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  2. Being fully informed is always good. I'm pretty sure that even with all the info out there some (new and old) will still sign on to do BPS. They'll be persuaded the opportunity outweighs the risk. "Woohoo! Sign me up, sign me up!" <sarcasm>
  3. My agent has contacted me about a Christmas in July event next week. Crossing my fingers!
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  5. Santa Claus is Coming to Moorestown for Christmas in July He will make a special appearance at an event sponsored by the County and U.S. Marine Corps Detachment #695 by Anthony Bellano, Patch.com | Posted: 07-17-2017, 9:58 AM EST EXCERPT: MOORESTOWN, NEW JERSEY --- It's not snowing, and temperatures have hovered close to 100 degrees, but, for Burlington County, Christmas in July is right around the corner. Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance during the County's "Christmas in July" celebration at the Burlington County Farmers' Market on Saturday, July 22nd. The Burlington County Farmers' Market is located at 500 Centertown Road in Moorestown. The event is being co-hosted by the County and U.S. Marine Corps Detachment #695. "Every year, the Marine Corps Detachment #695 from Burlington collects new and unwrapped toys for their Toys for Tots toy drive to be distributed during the holidays," said Burlington County Freebooter Linda Hughes. "This free family-friendly event is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and support a good cause." Santa will make his special guest appearance at 11:30 a.m., arriving in style in a red convertible guided by his "reindeer" from the Warriors' Watch Riders Motorcycle Group. Warriors' Watch provides motorcycle escorts for military units returning from war, for units deploying, and for individual warriors coming home and/or going off. In this case, the special guest is Jolly Old Saint Nick. SOURCE:
  6. 6-Year-Old Girl Gets Christmas in July After Cancer Made Her Miss Celebrations Last Year by Johanna Li, Field Producer, Inside Edition with Deborah Norville | Posted: 07-13-2017, 4:20 PM EDT EXCERPT: LONDON, ENGLAND --- A 6-year-old girl is celebrating Christmas in July after cancer forced her to miss out on last year's celebrations. 6-year-old Agatha King was among some 20 children who had been invited to the holiday celebrations earlier this month, where they took turns riding aboard horse-drawn sleighs, playing in the snow, and meeting with Santa Claus. "We colored in pictures of the snowglobes, and there were games, too, and sweets," a happy Agatha told InsideEdition.com. "I felt really excited." Karen, Agatha's mom, said that her daughter had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was just four years old. Her compromised immune system now means that her family, including 4-year-old younger brother Bacchus and 1-year-old little sister Meredith, must now be careful of where they go. "You miss out on all the things that build up toward Christmas --- the parties, the switching-on of all the lights in the town, and all the ice-skating," said Karen King. "Nobody expects childhood cancer ever to enter into our lives. That's something we never considered." Throughout last winter, Agatha was both in and out of the hospital and was too ill to participate in all the holiday fun, including a Nativity play being staged at her school, even though she had been rehearsing her role for months. But with the help of Cancer Research UK, several childhood patients were able to enjoy a few of the winter celebrations at the Christmas party held at Number Two Temple Place. "Lots of tears were being shed because it's so nice to see them being so well enough to enjoy things," said Agatha's mom. "It's lovely to be with other families because they just get it, they understand exactly what you're going through." SOURCE:
  7. Robins Regional Chamber celebrates Christmas in July by Edna Ruiz, WGMT-TV/DT, Macon, GA | Posted: 07-13-2017, 9:19 pm EST EXCERPT: WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA --- Santa Claus came to town a little earlier this year. He made his appearance Thursday afternoon at the Warner Robins Christmas in July Fest. The Robins Regional Chamber hosted the event for the first time ever, in partnership with the Warner Robins Police Department. They all brought out their families for food, live music and bounce houses. The event was the traditional kick-off to the Chamber's annual Christmas Parade in December. April Bragg, the Chamber's President and CEO, announced the parade's theme: "In honor of our 60th Anniversary, we're having a Classic Christmas," she said. "We'll be celebrating the very best from the '50's and '60's, with everything from classic cars to oldies music blasting out and really slowing things down, and just turning the pages of time back a little bit." SOURCE:
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  9. Sounds like those Seniors had an awesome time! What a wonderful thing to do for them!
  10. Spirit of Christmas: Tribute honors late neighbor known for lavish holiday display by Kristy Deer, Greenfield, Indiana Daily Reporter | Posted: 07-11-2017, 10:56 PM CDT EXCERPT: NEW PALESTINE, INDIANA --- It was just too early in the year for all those lights to twinkle. Red and green below the hot summer sun, and only months before the first snowflakes would fall. Bob Kingry would've loved it. As the residents of Schildmeier Village hung their wreaths and strung up their tinsel, they remembered a man whose elaborate holiday displays had for years lit up their neighborhood, drawing crowds to West Village Way. Bob Kingry, 68, died unexpectedly last week, as he was vacationing with his family in Utah. Throughout the weekend, his neighbors honored the memory of this special man who embodied the Christmas spirit by hauling out their own holiday decor and displaying it for everyone to see. Kingry, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, moved with his wife Rebecca to New Palestine in 1979, raising two children. Though among neighbors he was best known for streaming up his Christmas lights --- stringing up some 200,000 of them had been his most glorious passion, according to his closest family members --- he enjoyed any chance to make every occasion festive. He would line up his neighborhood entrance with the official Indianapolis 500 banners every Memorial Day Weekend. The Stars and Stripes would take their place in the days leading up to the Fourth of July. He loved flowers and landscaping, and often referred to his own yard as "Kingry Park." But as fall began turning into winter --- that's when the crowds began coming. SOURCE:
  11. Santa Claus is coming to town From the Mena, Arkansas Star | Posted: 07-12-2017, 8:50 AM CDT EXCERPT: MENA, ARKANSAS --- Mena Downtown Partners (MDP) is promoting a special event for Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22nd for all of downtown. "Christmas in July can be a great event for all of Downtown's businesses," said Judy Thompson, an MDP volunteer. "Downtown Partners would like to encourage everyone, especially retailers and restaurants, to take part in this special activity." The nonprofit organization hopes that downtown businesses will be fully decorated for Christmas, with windows and sidewalk displays. "This will encourage people to drive through downtown and then be enticed to stop and shop," Ms. Thompson added, going on to say how excited she herself was that "Summer Santa" would be making a special visit downtown on that same Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers and downtown patrons are invited to take photos and selfies with Summer Santa, or to share their early Christmas lists. Live musical entertainment is also being planned for Friday evening. In addition, the Mena Star will host a children's coloring contest, entry forms for which are available in the current and three previous Star issues, on page 9A. Stop by the Star's offices, or visit a participating newsstand, to share the coloring sheet with the children you know. Further children's activities are being planned, as well as food tastings, Christmas merchandise for sale, special discounts --- and much, much more. Mena Downtown Partners will also work with Toys for Tots and ask all downtown visitors to bring along a new, unwrapped toy in support of the program. SOURCE:
  12. Edward Estlin (E. E.) Cummings (1894 – 1962) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is best known for his typographically creative poetry which are seemingly placed at random, slicing up individual words as well as sentences, but Cummings was also a painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems; two autobiographical novels; four plays and several essays. Little Tree by E. E. Cummings little tree little silent Christmas tree you are so little you are more like a flower who found you in the green forest and were you very sorry to come away? see i will comfort you because you smell so sweetly i will kiss your cool bark and hug you safe and tight just as your mother would, only don't be afraid look the spangles that sleep all the year in a dark box dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine, the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads, put up your little arms and i'll give them all to you to hold every finger shall have its ring and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy then when you're quite dressed you'll stand in the window for everyone to see and how they'll stare! oh but you'll be very proud and my little sister and i will take hands and looking up at our beautiful tree we'll dance and sing "Noel Noel"
  13. An hour or two after this weekends post, I got the confirmation and deposit on my first gig for the fall. Hooray! One down, 40 - 60 to go to make Santa MikeE a happy and busy Santa.
  14. I too have decided to go with shorter hair this year and a shorter beard than last year, still good length and not too short, but perhaps just below the collar line. That way I can keep cooler and more comfortable.
  15. An old friend had a saying....."Tis better to "Urp" the burp and bear the shame, than squelch the belch and feel the pain!!!"
  16. More than one 'Santa Claus is coming to town' 'Santa Claus is coming to town' --- and more than one it would seem in Tenby this winter. From the Tenby Observer, Pembrokeshire, Wales | Posted: 07-08-2017 EXCERPT: TENBY, PEMBROKESHIRE, WALES --- The resort's annual 'Santa Run' could be moved to form part of a festive celebration in the town leading up to Christmas, organizers have suggested. The minutes of a recent meeting of the town's Christmas Festivities Committee came before members of Tenby Town Council at their meeting on Tuesday night. Although the initial intention of the committee was to try and spread out the entertainment over the period of four weeks leading up to Christmas, it was once again felt that there was not enough support forthcoming in order to achieve this, and as a result, it was agreed to focus once more on a single event for one day, Saturday, December 2nd. It was discussed that Tenby Round Table had considered switching the date of their own Santa Run to this date in order to make it more of a day-long event, possibly with the addition of a Christmas Market to keep the visitors in town, and thus help to boost the local economy. The idea received unanimous support, with the suggestion being for the run to take place starting around 12 noon, followed by events carrying on throughout the afternoon and on into the early evening, and the lifeboat launching that would fetch Father Christmas and bring him into Tudor Square around 4 p.m., ready for the festive lights switch-on an hour later, at 5 p.m. SOURCE:
  17. The Top Ten Reasons David Letterman should be Santa 10. He is alive 9. Somewhat jolly... 8. Is knowledgable about coal... 7. He's got the look 6. Has a HUGE Naughty List... 5. Does his best work while everybody is asleep... 4. Currently not working during "the season." 3. 2. Commercial Break And the Number One Reason #1 ___________________
  18. Great....now I have a HUGE desire for eggnog! For those of you (like me) who don't hail from this neck of the woods, here is the link to Lewes Dairy: http://www.lewesdairy.com/index.php Guess I'll have to make my 1% milk make due tonight:)
  19. Santa Claus is coming to town! by Kierra Pixler, Managing Editor, Belton, TX Journal | Posted: 07-06-2017 EXCERPT: BELTON, TEXAS --- When you think about Santa and Mrs. Claus and their trusty team of Elves, you usually think about Christmastime. Well, that's not the case when you think about the Lone Star Santas and their Convoy of Toys Disaster Relief for Children. They serve children and families every year who have been directly affected by disaster. They help to bring back the joy and hope that often seems to dissipate whenever disaster strikes. The non-profit organization first distributed more than 3500 toys in Joplin, Missouri, when the town was hit by a deadly F-5 tornado. Since then, they've continued to travel all around Texas to be in assistance wherever they're needed. The Convoy of Toys has been kept pretty busy due to the tornado outbreak that began on April 29th. Children from at least four Eastern Texas towns in three different counties have been visited by Santas, Mrs. Clauses and Elves from all over the state. And not just one, but three Convoys of Toys: one to Emory, Texas and Fruitvale, Texas on June 10th; another to Eustace, Texas on June 22nd; and the third to Martin's Mill, Texas on June 24th (just six months away from Christmas) have recently been completed. Earlier this week on the Fourth of July, they attended the FreedomFest Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church. Santa Ted Duffield from Belton brought the event to the attention of the group, where they met and spoke with residents from all around. On Monday, they shared their Love, Hope, Joy and Toys event with all of Belton by doing community service at six different locations. "Ultimately, the Lone Star Santas are dedicated to the joy of just being Santa. We believe that no one better than Santa Claus can help and serve children of disasters better; by giving them a familiar image who can listen to their perspective without judgment, and can offer a warn hug and gentle interaction, and of course a toy that maybe can replace one that was apparently lost," said Santa Doug Portwood, Director of the Convoy of Toys. "We Lone Star Santas have recognized that when we bring the Love, Hope, Joy and Toys and give 'em that big Santa hug, the children begin to smile again, and that smile can bring a smile to the parents, too. By bringing a sense of love and hope back to the children who have been affected by a disaster, it also restores a sense of hope back to the parents, their families, and the entire community as well. While the Lone Star Santas are not first responders, we call ourselves second responders who bring some joy and happiness where it might be needed the most. "Lone Star Santas feel that it is important to involve our organization with the communities we serve, because it's the people in these communities who support our mission of bringing Love, Hope, Joy and Toys to children and families affected by disasters. It's a small way to keep the true spirit of Christmas burning in the hearts of all those who care and give," Portwood continued. This was the first year that the Lone Star Santas had participated in the town's Annual Fourth of July Parade. Between 30 to 40 Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves and Helpers spread their Christmas cheer during the widely anticipated event. Sonny Wooley even donated a new trailer for the Convoy to use at the Parade. "Mr. Wooley heard about the Lone Star Santas Convoy of Toys from Santa Ted Duffield, who asked him if he had a used trailer that our group could use at a reduced price. After a long conversation with Santa Ted on the mission of the Lone Star Santas and the tens of thousands of children that we bring Love, Hope, Joy and Toys to, Mr. Wooley decided that he liked what he'd heard," said Portwood, "and he wanted to support and contribute to this mission, and so he donated a brand-new trailer to Lone Star Santas Charities, Inc. Our Santa hats are off to Sonny Wooley, for his big heart, and his even bigger Santa spirit! We've used the trailer he donated recnetly on our 16th and 17th Convoy of Toys to Eustace, Texas and Martin's Mill, Texas. You'll see the new trailer with the Elves on the front at your Fourth of July celebration out there in Belton." SOURCE:
  20. Christmas in July hopes to help high demand at Bloomington food pantry from WJBC-AM Radio, Bloomington, Indiana | Posted: 07-06-2017 EXCERPT: BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA --- The Salvation Army of Bloomington is gearing up for its annual Christmas in July Campaign to support a drastic increase in clients visiting the food pantry. Christmas in July is scheduled to kick off on Friday. Bell-ringers and their red kettles will be at all three Kroger locations and at HyVee between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be bell-ringers and red kettles at the entrances to the CornBelters' game on Friday. A month-long food drive will run at all three Kroger locations between now and the end of the month. Prepackaged food bags may be purchased at the checkout counter. All items will go to the Salvation Army Food Pantry, which has seen increased numbers since the closing of Western Avenue's food pantry earlier in May. For the month of June, the Bloomington pantry served 100 more people than it did in May. SOURCE:
  21. I was gonna post this myself. Well, at least we know one thing: there will always be those who seek to use Santa's good name for their own nefarious ends. Fortunately, we all have standards to uphold around here, and here's hoping we maintain those standards so that only the Good Guys have a place here!
  22. I was overdue for a new one... Go Figure! Sometimes I’m asked just how it is That I can go so fast, To circumnavigate the globe Before the night is passed. There are so many theories and Sometimes I think it’s fun To listen as the experts try To understand each one. First they start with time zones Let’s say there’s twenty-four, Unless you add the date line Which adds in three zones more. Now factor in the weight of toys And sleigh and reindeer too, And several breaks to give them time To do what deer must do. We can’t forget to count the homes That celebrate the season, The ones with children young enough For Santa to have reason To stop and leave a gift or two And maybe have a treat, Then scurry back up to the roof And make a quick retreat. Now divide and multiply And add the speed of light Adjust for wind and weather And the darkness of the night And what you’ll find when you are through, You will concede at last That the only explanation is That I go REALLY fast!
  23. I may have to stop by after having lunch with some of my loval Santas at Fudruckers :-)
  24. Prayers to his family and friends.
  25. Christmas in July-themed Independence Day celebration by Shelli Adamczyk, WPBN-TV/DT, Missaukee County, Michigan | Posted: 07-04-2017 EXCERPT: LAKE CITY, MICHIGAN --- Lake City's Greatest Fourth in the North Celebration is highlighting another point of community pride: Christmas Tree Capital of the Country. Whether it's locals or tourists, the nearly-100-year-old annual event joins together floats, food and family to help celebrate Independence Day. This year, Festival organizers expect over 25,000 people to attend the events. "We're the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, so not only were we able to bring in the joy of Christmas to help celebrate the Fourth of July, but we were also gonna give a shout-out to our local tree farmers as well," said Heather Jensen, Executive Director, Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The annual event brings the community together for free entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and the traditional Fourth of July Parade. SOURCE:
  26. Local businesses supporting Christmas in July Toy Drive From the Carson Valley, Nevada Record-Courier | Posted: 07-04-2017 EXCERPT: GARDNERVILLE, NEVADA --- 12 members of the Chamber of Commerce will be providing toy drops starting the week of July 10th, and then continuing until the end of the month. Their cooperation will help ensure the success of the Stephanie Wagner Memorial Christmas in July Toy Drive, benefiting Project: Santa Claus. Each holiday season, Project Santa provides at least two gifts to approximately 700 children in need. Collecting new and unwrapped toys and books during the year plays an important role in the overall success of this effort. While most of these gifts come from members of the community who shop for gifts on Angel Trees in November and December, Project Santa can't get angels for every deserving child in time for Christmas. The Stephanie Wagner Memorial summer toy drive, along with the support of the Salvation Army, generates the gifts necessary to help those children not covered by the angels. SOURCE:
  27. Lake City's Greatest Fourth in the North Celebrates Christmas in July by Jamie Valentine, Producer, WWTV/WFQX, Cadillac, Michigan | Posted: 07-04-2017, 3:28 PM EDT EXCERPT: LAKE CITY, MICHIGAN --- For most of us, the Fourth of July is all about the parades, the fireworks, and the candy. And for others, it's a very special time to remember family. Of course, we all agree that the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our freedom, and to thank all those who fought with honor to defend it. But today, 9&10News stopped by Lake City's Greatest Fourth in the North Festival, to check out their annual Grand Parade. This year's parade theme was "Christmas in July," and all the participants, along with the crowd, were all dressed up for the occasion. The event was decked out with everything from Christmas trees and Santa Claus, to an actual visit from one of Santa's Elves. Kids of all ages lined the Lake City streets this morning, hoping to have some fun and maybe even catch a little candy. SOURCE:
  28. Definitely! Dr. Pepper, All The Way!!!!
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