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Kids shop with a Sheriff

Three of the officers on hand for the Shop with a Sheriff event included (L to R) Sgt. Jason Kelley, Chief Deputy Kevin Kelley, and Sheriff Larry Stelma.

Three of the officers on hand for the Shop with a Sheriff event included (L to R) Sgt. Jason Kelley, Chief Deputy Kevin Kelley, and Sheriff Larry Stelma.

On Sunday, December 13, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office hosted their annual Shop with a Sheriff Program at the Cedar Springs Meijer. Thirty kids from the Cedar Springs and Kent City school districts were selected to shop with Deputies and experience law enforcement in a nontraditional role. Approximately 35 Deputies volunteered their time to participate in the event.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause made an appearance at the Shop with a Sheriff event. Photo by P. Conley.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause made an appearance at the Shop with a Sheriff event. Photo by P. Conley.

Before shopping, the kids were able to ride in police cruiser, playing with the lights, sirens and other electronics. After the cruiser ride, each child was placed with a Deputy and they were able to shop throughout Meijer. The children select items of need—coats, boots, and clothes. They are able to select some toys as well. Once the shopping is complete, the kids were treated to donuts, juice, a special t-shirt, and a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

This program started in 2003 and the kids are identified by referrals from the schools. Deputies participate on a volunteer basis and help the kids shop for the items on their list. The program is fully funded through gracious donations made by businesses and members of the community.

Kids shopped throughout the store with a deputy.

Kids shopped throughout the store with a deputy.

Donations for this program can be made to the Kent County Community Action Fund and mailed to:

Kent County Sheriff’s Office

Community Services Unit – Sandi Jones

701 Ball Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Did you mail your Santa letter?

Post photo by L. Allen.

Post photo by L. Allen.

Zeke Miles, age 23 months, was so excited to drop his letter to Santa in the Santa mailbox at the Post earlier this week! What about your kids? Have they mailed their letter to Santa? Would you like to see it in the Post? There are only a few days left to get us those letters, because next week’s paper comes out on Christmas eve, the last week we will be running them. Drop yours off today at 36 E. Maple Street, and we will print them as space allows. Click here to see this week’s letters.

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Families celebrate at Mingle with Kris Kringle

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Photo by by Craig Owens

Photo by by Craig Owens

By Judy Reed

Last Saturday, December 5, was a beautiful day to be out and about in downtown Cedar Springs, to celebrate the annual Mingle with Kris Kringle, sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

According to Chamber president Perry Hopkins, the first weekend of the 2015 Cedar Springs Christmas went really well, with a lot of people turning out to make and take ornaments at both the Cedar Springs Public Library and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, and to see Santa at the end of the day.

Photo by Donna Clark

Photo by Donna Clark

According to Library Director Donna Clark, 70 people—old and young alike—attended the “Make and Take Ornament” morning at the library. They created an ornament for the town Christmas tree and one to take home. They created lots of pine cone ornaments filled with birdseed, so that they would be environmentally and bird friendly.

At 4:30 p.m., a mini parade made its way down Main Street from Maple to Ash, with Sgt. Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Cedar Springs unit leading the way, and a horse-drawn wagon carrying Santa Clause at the end.

“Having the cheerleaders in the parade again this year singing, as the mini parade escorted Santa to the tree, was great,” said Hopkins. “And the Chamber was happy to have royal courts from both the Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire and The Red Flannel Festival in our mini Christmas parade this year.”

Photo by by Craig Owens

Photo by by Craig Owens

The American Legion Post #287 Honor Guard also marched in the parade.

After the parade, the Jubilee quartet led the singing of Christmas carols, and Calvary Assembly of God put on their live nativity, assisted by the Double K Farms petting zoo. “The awesome voices of Jubilee leading the caroling added a new touch  to this year’s Christmas tree lighting,” remarked Hopkins. “As always, the petting zoo and live nativity scene were awesome.”

Mayor Jerry Hall addressed the crowd, and then it was finally time to light the tree. Afterward, children lined up to sit on Santa’s lap in the heated tent.

Hopkins said they are already making notes of ways to improve the event for next year, and they hope more businesses, organizations, and community members will be in the parade next year.


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Tree lighting with Santa this Saturday


Santa parade, tree lighting and more 

Are you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 5, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will start at 10 a.m. with families able to create decorations for the Christmas tree at the Cedar Springs Library from 10-1,and then at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. then decorate the tree at Main and Ash with their ornaments from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Cedar Springs Cheerleaders.

There will also be a bake sale, free hot chocolate, a storytime with Mrs. Clause, a Christmas puzzle time with Santa’s Elves, and a petting zoo, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene, tree lighting, caroling, and mingling with Kris Kringle at the corner of Main Street and Ash.

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, December 5, for a fun, community Christmas celebration! See info in our holiday events section on pages 10-11 for complete details on times and locations.

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Letters to Santa

It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.


Hi Santa i want…

New rasr scotr elechrick

Legos candycane sweters

Kindle Fire

Air hogs scdolonde

Minecraft Lego


Sno glod

Marvle akshin figr

Thank you for dowing

this for me


Ben eden drier




Dear Santa

• I really really want

a xbox 360!!!  —–> game’s

  • minecraft story mode!!
  • call duty zombe’s!!!
  • Bat Man game!!!

• new zoomer


• Elf on the Shelf

clothes \ Jacket!!!

• minecraft toy

• canby cane’s

We got A new elf on the shelf her name is angle. We are taking care of angle & Josh. tell Josh we got him and new hat. Can you send Josh back erly!!!

love Joseph Drier.

love you Santa

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Letters to Santa



Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas

is Tetris and The Legend of Zeald

for nintendo enertamit Syestem

and pokemon red for my game

boy color. I also want Super

Mario 3d land for wiiu. I really

want Grayson to live because

he is a stray cat and I really

want him to live more than

geting presents. That’s all

I want for Christmas please

and thankyou!

Love, Courtneny Mooney

P.S I hope you have a safe

flight Christmas Eve!






Dear Santa

My name is Owen. I am 4 years old. I have been a good boy. Could you please bring me a present? I would like a trailer with ramps for my power wheels, a fertilizer spreader, three power wheels lawn mowers. One is a push mower, one is a feet stand mower and one is a buckler mower. The old one is leaking oil. I’m so tired of fixing it. I also need a new lunch box. Could you fill it with cheese and boiled eggs. They’re my favorite. Mrs. Holloway makes them for snack time at school. She’s my teacher. Could you please bring Mrs. Holloway some new toys for her classroom? A lot of them got stepped on and broken. But I didn’t step on any, I’ll leave a bell for your reindeer.

From Owen Spicer



Dear Santa

This is my first Christmas so I want rattles, musical toys, and outfits because I’m growing fast. And my mom to get a good night sleep.







Dear Santa

My name is Oliver. could bring me a nerf gun please?

I have been kinda a good  boy for 5 days in a row.




Dear Santa i hope you  Get my Good or  Bab List and The Things Theat i watid

from Gracie. aBBott


to: Santa

i Love You Santa

Santa i wat a Monster high american Girl Polly Pocites toy horses

Schleich s woves and pups shopkin Pok’emon Game DS CanDy

Colering Book Books Monster high Books Gift

Cards money and a american Girl Horses. american Girl outfit for me and the american Girl.



Dear Santa,

I would ask for a few

things. First bands… Lime, orange, brown, red, blue/baby blue, purple, sparkley, clear, Black, yellow, dark green, raseberry, white, & pink! please Santa. Next I want a cute just white jacket for my puppy bella. Last please! please! please! get 2 things 1. The movie star wolf and Amercan doll cloths!


Chandyce Novak

P.S. Please get my brother a pet!

P.S.S. Please!

P.S.S.S. Please put me and  are presents under the snow tree!

Please get me a camra


Last Get my dog a BIG doggy bed!


Dear Santa

I would like camo

stuff, batman nemoto

car, spring shoes, ralph.


thank you, Keegan Nix



Dear Santa

I love you, I am 4 years old. For Christmas I want a

really big tool Box filled with Little screwdrivers,

A beautiful necklace with A angel on it, and a match

Letters game. for my mom I would like a ring with a

jewel in it. For my Dad I would like some wood Island Stools.

for my brothers I would like smelly soap

and last my dog Audrey a sqweeky toy.

Merry Christmas.

Colton Ream


Dear Santa

My Name is Ben Dorrance

all I want for Christmas

is a beebee gun and

football, cars, clothes.

Thank you





Dear Santa,

This is River Oligney from Cedar Springs, MI. What I want for Christmas is call of duty advanced warfare for my X-box 360. And farcry 4 for Xbox 360.

I also want a GoldenTate Jersey and call of duty legos

I also want to get internet at my place because my mom said it cost to much    I would like to get Xbox live also    Thank you very much.

Please get me some stuff I know you are real and you can do it.

Luv River Oligney


P.S Dont forget my little sister

Brooklyn Archer. Even if she is a brat!



Dear Santa,

Hello My name is Brooklyn Archer and I live in Cedar Springs MI

I am 3 years old so mommy is helping me write this to you. I would like for you to bring me a woofer hound dog guitar and Doc McStuffins walk n go doll and a Doc McStuffins get better talking mobile cart and a puppy suprise and the game shark mania and a Hello Kitty Sports Car 6 volt ride on with bonus 3 wheel scooter. I’m trying to be good at home and school.

But at home im a little bad. But my brother River Oligney is real bad. But you can still bring him stuff if you want. I love you Santa. Dont forget me please!


Love Brooklyn Archer

from Cedar Springs.

Dear Santa,





Monsterhigh Doll’s



Frosen Poster


That is all

I love you Santa






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Tree lighting brings holiday spirit downtown

By Judy Reed


The annual “Mingle with Kris Kringle” in downtown Cedar Springs gets a little bigger every year, and is starting to become a tradition for families in the community.

Last Saturday’s event, sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, was a day-long affair, and kicked off with about 40 kids and adults showing up at the library to make decorations to hang on the tree. Perry Hopkins, who organized the event for Chamber, said there was also a great turnout for the story time with Mrs. Clause at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas and more, and the Christmas Puzzle time with Santa’s Elves at Alpha Omega Coffee and Games.

There was one glitch—the parade started a half hour late because Santa was running later than expected. But on the bright side, the parade had more participants this year, with the American Legion walking in it, and the cheerleaders leading Santa. Mayor pro-tem Pam Conley also walked in the parade, and helped Santa with his countdown for the tree lighting.

The Red Flannel Queen and Court mingled with residents near the tree, while waiting for Santa, and there was also a petting zoo, and a live nativity by Calvary Assembly of God Church.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society held a tour of the museum after the tree lighting (see page 2).

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Santa spotted in Sand Lake

N-Santa-Sand-Lake-Rostic-webOlivia Rostic 2, was all smiles with Santa at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library last Saturday, December 14. Olivia had a lot to share with Santa and told him all about what she wanted for Christmas. To see more Santa photos click here.

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Santa visits Cedar Springs and Sand Lake

Santa heard lots of wishes from boys and girls last  weekend when he visited at both Family Fare in Cedar Springs and the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.  If you missed him, you can see him at Classic Kelly’s Restaurant on Main Street on Sunday, December 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Letters to Santa














Dear Santa I want a

3 DS a i pad a i pod

a magic kit

Justin BiBer perfume

a puppy


But I most want my

Grandma Dee

She is up there whith you

please please please




Love Rylee





Der Satul I No

I Fora I Fon

But I wot a

I Pod



Kaylee Muree


I love You


Rylee is MeN


I wot a Dog

and I wot a I poD

I wot peroofom


I woot a puppy

Santa and

a I paD

Justin Bevrv

and do Not raDool

reD HiS LeDSwu


Are You MaJit

Yes Are No


Sorry  For Being NaugHty




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