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The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special -- the hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants- may also pose hazards for our canine and feline friends.

With a few simple precautions, our pets can share this special time with us safely. The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep our four legged family members healthy and happy:
• A number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets if nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistletoe and others. Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets, but can damage their digestive systems. Remember to keep tree ornaments high enough that they’re out of your pet’s reach.
• Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing opportunities, others will be overwhelmed by the excitement of a party.
• As you enjoy candy and other treats during the holidays, please don’t share with your pets.

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40 percent of adults have put off holiday shopping

`Tis the season for procrastinating, or so Consumer Reports’ latest Holiday Shopping Poll suggests.

As of Dec. 6, 40 percent of adults said that they have yet to hit the stores for gifts, the poll reports. Respondents also told Consumer Reports that, on average, they will be spending $699 on holiday gifts.

Over the past three holiday shopping seasons, the average amount shoppers plan to spend on gifts has declined steadily. In 2008, shoppers anticipated spending $740, on average, down from $763 in 2007. While planned spending has decreased by $64, the number of gifts shoppers plan to buy has not changed. On average, shoppers plan to buy 15 gifts, which is about the same number as in previous years.

The next week may be frantic for many shoppers, as only 12 percent have finished their holiday shopping and nearly one-third (30 percent) do not anticipate finishing until Dec. 23 or later. Just over one in 10 (13 percent) shoppers will not finish until Dec. 24.

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Longtime Bergman Field public-address announcer Kevin “KG” Gladden may best

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be known as the successor to the legendary John “Jack” Werner and the current “Voice of Genoa Comet Football,” but what many may not know that his day job is serving as the director behind the Genoa Public Works department.

“KG” is also the head- honcho –the man in the red and white hat (okay, so it’s really maroon and gray) responsible for bringing that hometown holiday spirit to Genoa.

Each year, on that much-anticipated Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, KG and his hardworking crew create a little Christmas magic in the form of twinkling Christmas lights and other assorted festive holiday decorations that deck the village’s historic downtown business district and the expansive town hall lawn.

“It generally takes six of our guys to do the job, even though the pole decorations are relatively easy to get done,” offers Gladden, of the giant, flickering candles; full, fragrant evergreen wreaths; and blooming poinsettias.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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