December 25, 2014
Among Change, Gift Of Jewels For Salvation Army
Doral, FL (AP) In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace.
On Tuesday afternoon, the agency received a call directing bell ringers to check a kettle in Doral, a Miami suburb. There, a worker found the necklace and a note telling the group to keep up the good work.
The Miami Herald reports that it’s the fifth consecutive year the organization’s Miami-Dade chapter has received an unusual gift around the holidays. It always comes with a similar note and a phone call from a woman.
Judith Mori of the Salvation Army says the necklace is appraised at $1,340. Previously, the gifts have been a gold nugget, $1,000 and two diamond rings.
Broken Treetop Hanging On Wire Gets Holiday Decor
Indian Island, WA (AP) Some Washington state residents are getting in the holiday spirit by decorating a Douglas fir that toppled onto an unused utility line in a recent windstorm and looks like an upside-down Christmas tree.
The 12-foot top of the tree that snapped off now dangles on the line on Indian Island, about 40 miles northwest of Seattle across Puget Sound.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that local residents decked out the tree with garlands, ribbons, ornaments and a sign that says, “Santa, I want it all!”
A utility agency says the tree doesn’t pose an immediate electrical hazard but advises residents to stay away.
Elf Gets Charged With DWI
Riverdale, NJ (AP) Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey.
Riverdale police tell NJ.com that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume.
Lt. James Macintosh says the Cedar Grove man was asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. He says Chellis was in a red shirt, red pants and white ruffled collar.
Macintosh says Chellis seemed confused about where he was and had an open can of beer in the car. He was issued a summons and released to a family member.
Leg Lamp Stolen From New York Store’s Display
North Tonawanda, NY (AP) Who took the leg lamp belonging to Ralphie’s “Old Man” from a New York store’s annual tribute to “A Christmas Story”?
The owner of the Yankee Spirits liquor store in North Tonawanda says his annual window display honoring the holiday classic includes memorabilia from the 1983 film, including several versions of the now-iconic leg lamp.
The store’s surveillance video shows a man in a gray hoodie and sunglasses walking into the store and glancing around before he grabs a large leg lamp and leaves.
Store owner Gary Brennan tells Buffalo’s WIVB-TV even his customers are angry about the theft.
In the movie, Ralphie’s father wins a prize that turns out to be a garish lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg in a fishnet stocking.
Ralphie’s mother “accidentally” breaks it, leaving the Old Man heartbroken.
Rudolph Stamps Guide Tiny Post Office To Success
Rudolph, WI (AP) This seems to be Rudolph’s Christmas.
The post office in this tiny central Wisconsin village that shares the name with the most famous reindeer of all has seen an uptick in business this season.
Usually, the post office gets 10,000 cards for their mid-month special cancellation postmark. This year, there were 16,000.
Postmaster Becky Trzebiatowski (treh-bah-TOW’-skee) attributed the increase to the special stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” television special. She says stamp sales are up at least 50 percent over last year at her post office.
Cards sent to the post office can be embossed with a special cancellation on certain days as well as an ink stamp that features a reindeer and reads, “Rudolph, Wisconsin - home of the Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer.”
Soviet Threat To Santa? No Way, Said JFK In 1961
Boston (AP) The Kennedy Presidential Library wants to remind the world that not even the threat of thermonuclear conflict can stop Santa Claus from making his rounds.
The library has republished the text of a 1961 letter from President John F. Kennedy reassuring a little girl who was worried about possible Soviet nuclear tests at the North Pole.
Kennedy’s letter to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon says he shares her concerns, not just for the fate of Santa but all people. The president added that he had talked to Santa just a day earlier and all is well.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum reissued the letter Friday as a holiday greeting on YouTube.
Fort Worth Firefighters Use Oxygen To Save Cat
Fort Worth, TX (AP) North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own.
The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday that the pet, named Stubby, survived.
No humans were hurt in Friday’s fire, which heavily damaged a home. Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the fire.'
Lt. Kyle Falkner says firefighters found the cat while trying to bring the blaze under control. Stubby was extricated but had suffered from smoke inhalation, so firefighters administered oxygen via a mask.
The cat was taken to a veterinarian for further examination.