Grand Ledge church holds new trick-or-treat variant

By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Halloween is right around the corner, so that means it’s time for decorative jack-o’-lanterns, dressing up in costumes, and of course, trick-or-treating. Or should I say, trunk-or-treating? Trunk-or-treating is a variation of trick-or-treating where, instead of going house-to-house, children go from decorated car-to-car, usually in a local parking lot. First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Grand Ledge just held their sixth annual trunk-or-treat event located at 210 W. Saginaw Highway. It’s been getting better and better each year,” one of the event planners, Sara Gooley, said.

Lansing police, community satisfied with St. Patrick’s Day safety

Lansing police officers and residents alike said that they are pleased with the safety of St. Patrick’s Day in Lansing, this year in particular. Lansing Police Department Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said that after glancing at the arrest log, he didn’t think the number was over 10 arrests for this St. Patrick’s Day.  “We really didn’t have any spike in arrests for drunk driving or impaired people.”

In preparation for the sometimes raucous holiday’s festivities, the Lansing Police Department issued safety tips for the community.  According to the press release, Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski said he wanted to ensure that the safety of both those who wanted to celebrate and those who didn’t was the top priority. “Lansing Police’s priority is the publics’ safety, so please be responsible as you celebrate,” Yankowski said in the release.  Tips included:

Designate a sober driver before a party begins,
Pace alcohol consumption and
Call a cab or use public transportation if you drink.

Merchants push shopping local this holiday season

By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service
LANSING – The forecast for this holiday looks to be a steady sprinkle of revenue for Michigan retailers, as local stores work to provide customer service that Internet merchants can’t offer. The Michigan Retail Index predicts an increase in holiday sales, up 1.3 percent from last year. Although that increase isn’t ideal, it is still a moderate bump that shows “cautious optimism,” said Tom Scott of the Michigan Retailers Association. “The actual numbers may turn out even better than that,” Scott said. “That survey was taken during the government shutdown when there was a lot of uncertainty.”
One important step to ensuring a jolly season for retailers: encouraging shoppers to think twice ordering online.

Holiday shopping season starts strong

With the official kick-off of the holiday season happening last week on Black Friday, how is this year stacking up to 2011? With sales, markdowns and deals to be had eat every turn, retailers are pulling out all the stops this year to get shoppers through their doors. “Because it’s such a competitive industry, retailers are offering really sharp price point to get consumers into the store and also to get them online,” said Patricia Huddleston, MSU advertising and retail professor. This year, shoppers are already exceeding sales expectations with Black Friday sales up 13% and Cyber Monday sales up 25% from last year. Meridian Mall had more than 80 stores open at midnight on Black Friday.