As of last weekend the local Salvation Army Unit was running well short of its $64,000 goal for the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign. So with just a week before Christmas, I hope when you go shopping at any of the Red Kettle locations in Ottawa County, you dig deep and help the Salvation Army do its job of helping needy families. Last week’s cold snap reminds us all of the hardship some are enduring, making decisions between rent, food or heat.
Next week’s Beacon will be coming a couple of days early so we can help you with your last minute Christmas shopping. That also means a very early deadline for next week’s paper. If you have some editorial submissions or classified ads you would like to run, please be advised that our deadline will be Thursday, December 19 at 4 p.m. for our Beacon that will come out prior to Christmas.