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Residents celebrate tree lighting


Santa hitches a ride from the Cedar Springs Fire Department to the tree lighting event.

Excitement filled the air Friday evening, December 2, as boys and girls and kids of all ages waited for the moment Santa would arrive on the corner of Main and Ash Streets in Cedar Springs for the annual “Mingle with Kris Kringle”  event.
The evening started at 5 p.m. with a live nativity from Calvary Assembly of God Church, which included live actors and animals. They were later joined by the choir from the play, “A Christmas Carol.” At about 6:15, the children all began singing to see if it would bring Santa Claus to them, and it did! Santa arrived (much to everyone’s delight) and the Christmas tree was lit.
Afterward, people were invited to pet the animals, and those who had signed up to see Santa waited (or were supposed to) until their name was called, and then made their way over to the United Methodist Church and into a long winding line to see Santa. Children were entertained in a couple of spots along the way, with Tom Noreen and Donna Clark reading storybooks, and a couple of crafts in the gym.

A live nativity from Calvary Assembly of God Church started off the evening.

This year’s event was organized by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Rec Director Amanda Gerhardt, and Craig Owens, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God.
“I thought it went great!” said Owens. “I didn’t get an exact count, but we had at least 200 kids (based on how many crafts we did). So I would guess 300-350 total.”
Gerhardt said that the Community Action Network would talk about the event to see what could be improved for next year.

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Library Corner – December 2010


By Donna Clark, Director
Cedar Springs Public Library

November and December are such festive months, holding great anticipation of warm family gatherings, good food and fun.  The City invited us all to “Mingle with Kris Kringle” on December 3, and that we did!  The “Town Square” was full of happy families, all present to enjoy the live Nativity Scene provided by the Calvary Assembly of God, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Local businesses welcomed families for games and activities at the United Methodist Church after the tree lighting. The Library set up a table full of Christmas-themed books, and we set up a cardboard “fireplace with chimney” and provided Santa’s bag full of toys (a tennis ball inside a fuzzy stocking hat) and let dozens of children take a turn at throwing that bag down the chimney!
Holiday blessings are already pouring into the Library. Seventeen area women who serve on the committee for the Annual Women’s Community Christmas Tea provided one such blessing. Visitors to the tea were invited to bring books to donate to the Cedar Springs Public Library, and 108 books were donated, valued at $983.91!  The Library was able to use about half of the books this year and the rest are boxed up and ready to be shared for the education of area youth. We so appreciate the support and resourcefulness of our community!
Also, two or three new computers are being donated in the memory of Lois Arthur, who passed last year at 94. Lois was a lovely lady, fine and kind, with joy in her laugh.  I think she would be glad that her neighbors and friends will be able to do better resumes, job searches, homework, email, etc. online with much-needed computer upgrades.
On December 9 we had 16 persons come to fashion holiday greeting cards with long-time volunteer, Gabrielle VanScoy. Cards were precut and easy to assemble.  Everyone left with 5 new cards.
December 11, 51 gingerbread houses were decorated by area children and even a few adults.  Yes, those houses went out of here looking very festive indeed. We had 114 people in the library that day.  It was a good reminder to keep asking Santa for a new library!
Preschool story times are bringing in families with little ones every Tuesday morning from 11:15am-12pm and every other Friday morning.  Ms. Shannon chose “Stinky the Skunk” as this year’s mascot. Every Story Time child will be getting a Christmas card from Stinky wishing them all a very merry and “stinky” Christmas.  You must remember that stink is a good wish coming from a skunk! If you want to have fun with your children and grandchildren, consider joining Ms. Shannon at the CSPL next year!
The Library has programming for adults, too – our monthly Book Discussion Club meets every 3rd Monday night from 7-8pm. January 17 join us for the movie of the book we are reading, “Mistress of Spices,” by Chitra Divakaruni.  Call the library for location of the movie evening and snacks!
On a very exciting note, the Library Board voted to join 24 other Lakeland libraries in the capability for Cedar Springs library cardholders to be able to use the downloadable audio books and ebooks. Starting January 31 you will be able to download to Windows, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, nook, Windows Mobile, Android and BlackBerry and MP3!  Go to Lakeland.lib.overdrive.com to enter the Digital Catalog and Download Center to see what we have to offer as the 25th library to join OverDrive.  To check out what OverDrive is, go to Overdrive.com and choose “Digital Library Reserve” and click on “View an Online Demo.
Lastly I want to take a moment to remember some very special people who gave so much to our community and way of life when they were here.  Six such people have passed from this life, leaving behind them many gifts of love and financial blessing to our community library.  They are Helen Gilchrist, Niels Andersen, Amanda Kruse, Jari Morris, Tom Bliss and Lois Arthur.  Together donations in their individual memories add up from October to December to $5,665!  Monies are designated for various needs like the new library fund, large print books, books on CD and new computers.  Pick up a new book, listen to a new audio book, work at one of the new computers…take a moment to be grateful for the lives of these great people who are loved and admired by those who knew them.

From our Hearth to Yours, have a wonderful Holiday Season full of love and meaning!
Donna Clark, Library Board and Library Staff

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Holiday event lights up Main Street


Santa and kids

Santa took note last Friday night of what all the good little girls and boys want for Christmas. Post photo by M. Ford.

Jolly old St. Nicholas came to town with his elf helper last Friday, December 2, to help Cedar Springs celebrate the holiday season.
The chilly evening started with a live nativity at 5 p.m., courtesy of Calvary Assembly of God, at the corner of Main and Ash. Copies Plus handed out warm refreshments until 6 p.m., when Santa arrived on the scene to help sing Christmas carols and light the tree. Also on hand was Red Flannel Queen Tinsley Nulph and Court members Kayla Ovokaitys and Samantha McGahan, Parks and Rec Director Amanda Gerhardt, and city mayor Charlie Watson and Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl.
nativity sceneAfterward, everyone trekked down Main Street toward the United Methodist Church, and the Amish Warehouse handed out candy canes to everyone that passed by. At the church, Santa listened to what all the good little girls and boys wanted for Christmas, and businesses provided activities for the children while they waited.
According to Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns, they didn’t have firm numbers on how many attended, but last year there were 92 families registered, and she said she thinks there were even more this year.

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