Mitzvah Day for Muslims and Jews who step up and fulfill volunteer duties so Christians can celebrate Christmas Day.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Share the story, show off the ring and spread the news about your engagement with a photo of the happy couple!
Newly engaged? Share the joy, whether the proposal arrived the traditional way, on bended knee, or in some surprising way. Add a photo and tell the story here -- Did you use a family ring or brand-new one? Propose directly or as a surprise? What else happened? Also, share your wedding announcement right here.
Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net $100,000 to Canton's schools.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $100,000 gift to Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home in its Patch communities, and the winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. How the contest works: Beginning on today and continuing through Dec. 26, nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period, you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through Jan. 8 you …
Dennis and Carol Heminger volunteer every year, several times each season as Salvation Army bell ringers.
Carol and Dennis Heminger spent at least two hours of their Christmas Eve standing outside Holiday Market, 520 S. Lilley Rd., depite chilling temperatures and an overcast sky. They each rang a small handbell, smiling and thanking passersby who dropped money into the red kettle hanging on a stand nearby, marked "Food" on one side and "Warmth" on the other. The donations support efforts by Salvation Army workers to help those in need. The Hemingers volunteer every year, several times each season. "It's a family tradition," said Carol Heminger. If you'd like to record a Good Morning, Canton! segment, email Canton Patch editor Peg McNichol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Many retailers such as Toys 'R Us, Kohls, Walmart and Kmart offer wish lists at some location with online gift registries, but beware the pitfalls of electronic gift-seeking.
The traditional letter to Santa may be the preferred method of dropping hints about what kids — or kids at heart — want for Christmas. But some are opting for store registries and wish lists to aid friends and family. Some families even take the tradition of mailing off that letter to Santa into a totally virtual experience. Websites like Santa.com and Santa’s Hideout allow kids to write their Santa letters online, create wish lists to share with family and friends, interact with elves, read blogs from Santa, play games and do activities, all under their parents’ supervision. As noted in a recent opinion column on Hartland Patch, children can now be found roaming the aisles of local retailers, such as Kohl's, with electronic scanners, …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Plymouth Corps seeks volunteers as holiday fundraising reaches final stretch.
A visit to Plymouth and Northville by some Detroit Red Wings personalities to help ring bells helped the Salvation Army Plymouth Corps catch up with 2010’s donation pace, but the organization still is behind pace for its 2011 goals. Maj. Dan Hull of the Plymouth Corps said the group has raised $94,080 so far this year with its Red Kettle Campaign and is at 41.8 percent of its 2011 goal of $225,000. Overall, the group’s fundraising has totaled $115,514, at 36.7 percent of its goal of $315,000, including the Red Kettle Campaign. Sandy Kollinger, volunteer and special events coordinator, said that these numbers are on pace with 2010, but behind what is needed to reach this year’s goals. She said the group still needs volunteers for the …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Up to 3 inches of snow expected before it all ends.
Plan on leaving a few minutes early for work on Tuesday morning. The snow should have stopped falling by then, according to the National Weather Service, but it may still be a messy commute. Temperatures overnight will hit the mid-20s and will hover in the mid-30s once the sun comes up, but the roads may continue to have slick spots. Michigan Department of Transportation issued two reminders for wintertime drivers. MDOT asks driver to "give snowplows plenty of room to groom" roads.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Show off your holiday spirit while helping schools with this Patch contest.
Does your house outshine the others in your neighborhood when it comes to holiday decorations? If the answer is yes, starting Dec. 8, enter Patch's Deck the House Contest for a chance to win $100,000 for your local public school system, $500 toward your electric bill or bragging rights in your neighborhood. The contest will run until Dec. 26 and users will vote for the best-decked house in their town. From there, Patch judges will select 24 finalists nationwide, who will get their December electric bill paid by Patch (up to $500). The grand prize winner will recieve a $100,000 donation to their local school system. We'll give you an update with more details next week, but for now, get decorating. And don't forget to take photos!
Cyril Miranda's outdoor Christmas decor offers a simple but classic sign of light during winter's darkness.
Cobblestone Ridge resident Cyril Miranda decided to take advantage of Sunday's relatively mild temperatures to string lights around the shrubbery outside his home. He tossed on a warm jacket over his work clothes and began to work. Shortly after that, Canton Patch happened upon the scene and asked for an interview and a good-morning greeting. Christmas is filled with "a spirit of love and affection," he said. "All the best of the year, we find in Christmas and the love of Christ." While Miranda said he enjoys driving around looking at others' Christmas lights, he demurred about having a favorite. "Every lighting .... is good," he said. If you'd like to record a Good Morning, Canton! segment, email Canton Patch editor Peg McNichol at peg.…
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Holiday cheer and networking ruled the evening.
The Canton Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday party, at Keller & Stein Florist and Greenhouse on Friday, mixed food, drink and music with a few hours of networking. Dianne Cojei, who spent her time at the 2010 party saying goodbye after a 10-year-run as the chamber's executive officer, returned this year as the chamber's interim president. She said she was pleased with the turnout. Susan Jones of Plymouth won the 50-50 raffle, going home with $190 in cash.