Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Find out what to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays in New Baltimore and Chesterfield Township.
Christmas has come and gone. Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to kick the tree to the curb. Here’s how to properly dispose of your Christmas tree in New Baltimore and Chesterfield Township. New Baltimore: Residents can dispose of their Christmas trees by placing them at the curb on a Wednesday for Waste Management to pick up, Clerk Marcia Shinska said. Chesterfield Township: Residents can dispose of their Christmas trees by placing them at the curb on their regular garbage collection day through the first week of January, Clerk Cindy Berry said. The trees will not be collected after that time. All decorations, ornaments and tinsel must be removed. When it’s time to trash the tree, make sure you do it safely. The U.S. Fire …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Local residents who donated to the Anchor Bay Community Giving Tree program helped brighten Christmas for dozens of area families.
The Anchor Bay Community Giving Tree program is supporting a record number of families this year, thanks to local residents who donated. “We hit our all-time high this year with 70 families and 182 children,” Anchor Bay Community Giving Tree President Sherry Lawfield said. “It’s wonderful to see so many communities come together and help the less fortunate in our own backyards in times of struggle.” The program was created in 1999 when the Anchor Bay Community Giving Tree Committee partnered with a local Girl Scout troop and the New Baltimore Police Department to help families during Christmastime, according to the group’s website. Committee members put giving trees on display in various locations around town. The program encourages local …
Tell us what makes the holiday special for you.
Whether it’s decorating the Christmas tree or pulling fresh cookies out of the oven, there are some Christmas traditions that make the season special. Maybe it’s reading a book on Christmas Eve or preparing cookies and milk for Santa’s arrival. Maybe it’s watching the kids open gifts on Christmas morning or sitting down to a family meal. Patch wants to know: What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? Tell us in the comments below.
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Volunteers at Carkenord Elementary School made it possible for students to select free gifts from the Santa shop this year.
Volunteers at Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield Township put a twist on this year’s Santa shop in an effort to share the spirit of giving with students. The school’s Family Council, along with help from volunteers, raised the funds needed to supply gifts for the Santa shop this year. Instead of students bringing money to buy gifts, each student was able to select up to six gifts for friends and family free of charge. “The focus was a return to the spirit of giving, where all students were given equal opportunity to go through the entire process of making a list of gift recipients, selecting an appropriate gift and wrapping the gift,” said Stacy Clark, Family Council co-president. The changes to this year’s Santa shop also help solve …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Chesterfield Township Library employees mailed holiday care packages to six U.S. Air Force members serving overseas.
Chesterfield Township Library employees are shipping their holiday spirit overseas. Earlier this month, employees sent care packages to six U.S. Air Force members serving in Afghanistan. “Since mid-November, library staff have been purchasing and placing candy, gum, snacks, puzzle books, cards, magazines and similar items in boxes,” said Librarian Ed Mandel. This is the third year that Chesterfield Township Library staff members have sent holiday care packages overseas. Employees sent eight packages in 2010 and mailed six packages to troops in Afghanistan last year. “Library staff member Lori Tipton again asked her son, Senior Airman Scott Tipton, who serves at Little Rock Air Force Base, for a list of people the library could send care …
New Baltimore and Chesterfield Goodfellows are supporting nearly 200 local families in need this Christmas.
Thanks to the efforts of Goodfellows from New Baltimore and Chesterfield Township, nearly 200 local families in need will have a brighter Christmas this year. Volunteers from both communities worked this season to achieve their goal of “no child without a Christmas.” New Baltimore Goodfellows Vice President Florence Hayman said the group is supporting about 65 families this year by providing them with Christmas gifts and coordinating with food pantries to make sure they have something to eat. About 100 volunteers raised funds in New Baltimore by making and selling the 72nd edition of the Goodfellows’ newspaper, Hayman said. Donations from the public also helped the group achieve their goal. “We have very generous donors,” she said. “We …
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Find out when local government offices, schools, libraries and more will close for the holiday.
Local government offices, schools and libraries are closing up for Christmas 2012. Here’s a look at closures for various places in New Baltimore and Chesterfield Township. New Baltimore Chesterfield Township Schools Other Closures
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
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Monday, December 24, 2012
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …