Mark your calendars! This Saturday, Dec. 14th, will be the 21st annual Cookie Walk at the Mill Pond Library in Kingston. Doors open at 9am and the sale will go on until the cookies are gone. Never been to a cookie walk? When you come in the door you are handed a carry-out container and a plastic glove. Walk around the dozen or more tables loaded with cookie and other sweet treats. Pick the items you like. Take the box up to the front desk, where it is weighed and you pay. Then head out the door to your home or next party, with a plate full of sweets that your friends and family will think you slaved over for hours.
Santa will also be at the library from 9am until 11am. Kids, bring your lists so Santa knows what you want this year, and take home a goodie bag. There is also a gift raffle that day. There are 3 large boxes of wrapped gifts. One has gifts for a woman, one has items for a man, and the 3rd has things for children. Buy your tickets and put them in the jar of your choice, woman’s, men’s, or kids. Three lucky tickets will be chosen at 11am, and those names will each win an entire box of gifts. We have a book sale also. Normally books are $5.00 a bag full, but on Saturday they will be only $3.00 a bag full. The shelves are loaded with a wonderful selection of books to chose from.
It is estimated that older adults lose billions of dollars to scammers each year. Chances are good that someone you know has been scammed, whether they talk about it or not. Some won’t mention it because they are embarrassed, thinking “I can’t believe I fell for that.” But the truth is this…if you share what you know about scams, you can help protect someone you know from being scammed as well. The Federal Trade Commission runs a website, www.consumer.ftc.gov., where you can easily report scams and/or find out about ones that may be happening in your area. And it’s easy to talk about scams, simply start the conversation by asking if others are getting unwanted calls. We all get them, and the majority of them are from scammers. The important thing to remember is to just hang up. And don’t trust caller I.D. either as it can be faked. You can ask your carrier about call blocking – or consider buying a call blocking device as a holiday gift. Or maybe you prefer a little friendly competition? Quiz your friends and family about what a money mule is. Not sure yourself? The short answer is: when someone sends you money and asks you to send it on to someone else, you could be what law enforcement calls a money mule. Don’t do it. You could lose money and get into legal trouble. You can come to the Mill Pond Library in Kingston on Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 10am to learn about tips and tricks to avoid scams. The presenter will be Chad Holdorf from the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. Don’t delay, sign up for this informative program the next time you are at the library, or if you won’t make it in before then, call 920-394-3281 to be added to the sign-up sheet.