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Rural-Urban Record “Your Free Weekly Community Newspaper” www.rural-urbanrecord.com

Volume 61, No. N 37

Columbia Station, Ohio

March 21, 2016

Get Ready for Spring!

Special Pull-Out Section The Keel-Haulers Canoe Club is sponsoring its 48th Annual Vermilion River Canoe & Kayak Race on Sunday April 3. This race is one of the oldest annual canoe & kayak race in the US. It has become a traditional sign of spring in northern Ohio. The race covers an eight-mile course from the Schoepfle gardens (a Lorain County Metro Park on State Rt. 113) in Birmingham, and finishing at the Vermilion River Reservation (a Lorain County Metro Park) commonly known as Mill Hollow near the city of Vermilion. There are seventeen separate classes for the race. These include classes for men, women, mixed couples, juniors, “over and under” (adult and youth) and masters (over 40 yrs. of age). Awards will be given for the first three places in each class. Only amateurs are eligible for awards. Professionals may compete for time only. SEE RACE ON PAGE 8

(L R) Front row: Brody O’Boyle (BOB), Mady Sokolowski, Austin Duta and Tucker Webb. Back row: Coach Dennis Bartlett, Corbin Rigda, Kaleb Scott, Griffin Pasters, Brady Schacht and Coach Tim Webb.

On Saturday March 5, the Keystone Webb Basketball Team swept the Berea Basketball Tournament by winning all three of their games to secure the 1st place championship for 1st and 2nd graders. The team started practicing back in November 2015 and had a game every Saturday morning. They fought hard to remain undefeated all season, finishing regular season play with a record of 8-0 and after their three tournament games, finished 11-0 overall. The team is comprised of 1st grader Mady Sokolowski and 2nd graders: Austin Duta, Brady Schacht, Brody O’Boyle, Corbin Rigda, Griffin Pasters, Kaleb Scott and Tucker Webb and is coached by Tim Webb and Dennis Bartlett. Thank you to the great coaches for leading the team to the championship, thank you to the parents and family members who traveled from all around to cheer on the team every weekend and most importantly, thank you to the team for another championship! Great season boys and Mady!

The 4th grade girls team ended the season with a huge championship win over a very tough Brook Park Team. Coached by Brian Menge, the girls had a perfect undefeated season. They started strong and got even stronger as the season went on. We expect great things next season from these girls and are excited to see them advance to the older 5th/6th grade league next year. All Columbia Youth Basketball teams were well represented in the league and had a great season. There were several teams that advanced into the playoffs and all teams improved their skills as the season progressed. There were 13 teams playing in various age groups ranging from 1st to 6th grade. Starting in November, teams start practicing and the season ends in early March. This would not be possible without the generous sponsors in our community. Thank you to Red Wagon Farm, Sharc Industries, MiraVista Trading Co, Mercury Messenger, Gibbs Butcher Block, Designor Pools, Four Keys Restaurant, JL Moore Construction, Northcoast Awards, ALR Cleaning, Hazel Eyes Photography, the Columbia Ballroom and Anchor Construction for the support and sponsorship. Please like the “Columbia Youth Basketball” Facebook page for updates and pictures from the season and youth basketball information all year round.

CMS Washington D.C. Trip fund-raiser The parents of the Columbia Middle School 8th grade class would like to invite you to Bootleggers on March 22, from 5 p.m. until closing. A percentage of all proceeds will help fund the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. Be sure to tell your server that you are there to help out Columbia’s 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip.

Lorain County’s 4-H program currently helps over 2,000 youth, ages 5-18, develop skills to become successful contributing adults in our society. With support from donors, they are able to continue to keep the 4-H program in Lorain County one of the best in Ohio. The 4-H Endowment fund helps support this vital 4-H program by awarding scholarships, grants and other funding requests. The dinner/auction this year will be held April 9 at Wellington Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are available for $20 each or you can sponsor a table for $200 and receive 8 tickets. All tickets are advance sale only. For ticket purchase or donation information, please contact the OSU Extension Office at (440) 326-5851.

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Carlisle............ 8 Columbia......... 2 Eaton............... 8

The 4th grade Northcoast Awards Team Delaney Friscone, Madison Rodgers, Cameron Baker, Payton Menge, Elise Champagne, Megan Simon, Callie Demegall with their Coach Brian Menge.

Grafton............ 12 Grafton Twp..... 13 LaGrange......... 14

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6 p.m. Girls Basketball banquet-café. 6:30 p.m. Cheer Banquet-off site. Thursday, March 24: 1:50 p.m. HS assembly-Long assembly schedule Marching Band to perform at Monsters Game. Friday, March 25: Spring break begins

Future Chefs to compete WEEKLY CALENDER Monday, March 21: Columbia Board of Trustees will hold their meeting tonight at town hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and the community is welcome to attend. Tuesday, March 22: Copopa/Sodexo Food Service will sponsor the “Future Chef” competition in CMS cafeteria from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 26: Community Easter Egg Scramble will be held at Columbia Community Park at noon today. The scramble is sponsored by the area churches, and everyone is welcome.

CHS Weekly Calendar Monday, March 21: Cedar Point ticket sales begin. Tuesday, March 22: 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Cap and Gown and Announcement Delivery-CHS. 6:45 p.m. Academic Banquet at West Side Irish American Club. JVS National Technical Honor Society Inductions-LCJVS. Wednesday, March 23:

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On Tuesday, March 22 six students will compete in the “Future Chef” competition. The 6 contestants for Future Chef 2016 will be: 2nd Grade - Ava Mescan & Piper Erman; 3rd Grade - Alianna Ibarra & Lyric Zeiger and 4th Grade - Elise Champagne & Rachel Bledsoe. In addition Mrs. Borlings 3rd grade class turned in the most recipes and as a result, won a pizza party courtesy of Sodexo. The participants will have the opportunity to present their health conscious dish with simple kid-friendly preparation, and the best table demonstration. Judges will decide whose cuisine reigns supreme by voting for the best dish, and that Future Chef will go on to compete at the regional competition. In addition, the winning recipe will be served at Rachel’s Diner in Grafton! Following is the time line schedule of events: • 4 p.m. - Time students arrive & decorate their table • 4:30 p.m. - Time kitchen prep begins! Everyone moves to the kitchen to begin work. Guests may watch a live stream in the dining hall • 5:15 - Time judging starts • 5:30 - Awards ceremony The community is invited to watch this fun competition to find Columbia’s “Future Chef”!

Library Friends Book Sale On April 4-9, Friends of the Columbia Library are sponsoring a used book sale at the library. Admission to Monday’s book sale preview from 5-7:30 p.m. is reserved for members of the Friends of the Columbia Library. The book sale is open to the public Tuesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon-7 p.m., Friday from noon-6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. New members can join or former members may renew their annual membership that week. This will be a large book sale with a terrific assortment of material for all ages. Friday is $3/bag or $5/box. Note: Saturday will be penny day for everything!

Dawn Dewerth Columbia Local School Board of Education wishes to hold a forum at Columbia High School on April 6, 2016 regarding drug testing in schools. The District invites community attendance as they are looking for insightful input prior to establishing policy. The next State of the District meeting will be held at Columbia Middle School gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. following the Regular Board of Education Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on April 20, 2016. The Copopa School Sign will remain on township

property located in front of the building now known as Whitehall (due to the cost to move the structure and age of the fixture). The District acknowledged Mr. Milluzzi, as the person who completed brick work on the sign over 10 years ago. The District looks to plan with the Trustees on procuring a new community sign that will promote both school and community functions. Lorain County Sheriff’s Office had the Dogs sweep the school buildings and parking lots as training for the dogs. Graig Bansek said the Sheriff’s Office used to come about 5 times per year.The Audit & Finance Committee is investigating a software program to automate reporting for the Treasurer. Columbia Local School Board of Education Regular Meeting was held at 6:30 p.m. on March 16, 2016 at the District Administration Office. The Board of Education (Board) approved the minutes from the February 17, 2016 Work Session and Regular Meeting. The Board approved the District’s receipts, expenditures and balances

for the month ending February 29, 2016, and donations. Donations from the Columbia Schools PTA include a) $500 for Outdoor Education, b) $500 for the 8th Grade Washington DC Trip, c) $400 for four ChromeBooks. A donation from Foundation Software was for $500 to CHS Golf Program. Two donations from Columbia Athletic Boosters were a) $1,198.40 for Football champ t-shirts and b) $1,975.50 for softball machine. Patricia Eddy, Treasurer, noted the receipt of casino revenue for 2016 in the approximate amount of $44,340 (down from 2015 by approximately $2,000). Total collection of casino proceeds from seven payments received since inception of the program were around $158,000. The Treasurer said the District saw a decrease in salaries from last year, increase in health insurance costs, and decrease in utility costs. Proceeds from the sale of the Capel Road property are funding some of the renovation projects at the stadium at this time. Graig Bansek named Carlene Pullman, Intervention Specialist, as the recipient of the Raider Nation Award at Columbia Middle School. The next deadline for Raider Nation Nominees is March 24. In response to community input, Graig Bansek discussed the pupil per custodian ratio followed by the District. Presently there is one custodian during the day, and one custodian and two cleaners in the evening. In rare events where

there is no custodial coverage (substitute or otherwise) during school hours, other District members may take care of urgent clean up issues. The Board approved supplemental contracts for FY2015/16 for Suzie Neff and Jason Ward, add to the list of available substitute teachers Jonathan Renuart, and Kimberly Seekings. The Board approved the resignation for retirement purposes from Linda Clark (bus driver), the addition of Dan Clark as FY2015/16 volunteer working with athletics teams. The Board authorized the lease renewal of property leases on 13516 West River Road. The Board approved Staff members and CHS Seniors as Chaperones for the 6th Grade Outdoor Education. The Board employed one Groundskeeper for seasonal work. The Board renewed the agreement with Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide school-aged services to individuals age 6 through 21 for the 2016/2017 school year. The Board adopted the following policies as reviewed / revised by the Policy Committee (see Board minutes found on the District Website for detailed list). The next Regular Board Meeting will be April 20, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia Middle School gymnasium followed by the State of the District Meeting. Please see the District website for more information: http://www.columbia.k12.oh.us/BoardofEducation.aspx

Song of the Shadows program The Columbia United Methodist Church extends an open invitation to its Good Friday Tenebrae service of Joseph Martin music entitled “Song of the Shadows.” The service is centered on the life of Jesus Christ as the Light of the World who delivered himself into our darkness. Please join them Good Friday evening, March 25, at 8:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. A chamber orchestra and choir comprised of members from several local churches will present the program. There is no charge. Columbia United Methodist Church is located at 25453 Royalton Road (south side), in Columbia Station, in front of Columbia High School. Inquiries may be directed to the church office, (440) 236-5824.

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On Wednesday, March 16, Columbia Local Schools welcomed the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department and their drug dogs. At our request, the department and dogs swept the halls and parking lots of CHS. We believe strongly that our administration will do what it takes to make sure our staff and students are safe and drug-free while on school grounds. We also believe that the community should know that we care for each child as if they are our own. We will take any and every precaution to accomplish this goal. A letter explaining the process is posted on our website. These drills will continue to happen unannounced in the future. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. The annual “State of the Schools” address will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. at CMS in the gymnasium. We hope that you can attend to hear the great things that are happening in our schools. We will also enlighten the audience on things to come in the 2016-2017 school year. A reminder that CLSD will have a drug testing forum on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at CHS in the gymnasium. We are looking for input as to whether or not to incorporate a drug testing policy for our high school students. We welcome your feedback and attendance at this important event. We are always looking to improve the quality of the school district and the services we provide. If you have a suggestion, question or comment please feel free to call me at (440) 2365008, email [email protected] or on twitter at @ graigbansek

Columbia Youth Soccer Spring Registration This is the final week to register your child ages 3-10 to join the Columbia spring soccer league. Registration ends on Friday, March 25. Registration forms were sent home with Copopa students, are available at the library, or online at http://columbiayouthsoccer.jigsy.com. Games will begin the week of April 11 and go through May 21, 2016. Games will be played on Saturday mornings. The cost is $30 for tots; ages 3-5; and $45 for youth ages 6-10. Team size and schedule format will depend upon the number of participants. Any questions, please contact them at [email protected], or visit their facebook page at Columbia Youth Soccer.

Columbia Youth Football Clumbia Youth Football will hold free strength and conditioning training in the Columbia Middle School on the following dates from 5:30-7 p.m.: March 21 & 23 and April 4, 11, 18 & 25. Stop in and shake off those winter blues and get started with conditioning. This is open to all Columbia students in grades 1st-6th. The participants will be moved through several stations and get times and results documented on their Raider Card. At the end of the sessions, their Raider Card will be given with an individualized training plan to get them at maximum potential when football practices start. While this is sponsored by Columbia Youth Football, anyone can participate and benefit from these activities. There will be in-person registration during these dates. Free T-shirts will be given to any new players that register and pay during any session (limited supplies and sizes). If you have any questions, please call Pam Coleman at (440) 742-3456. Don’t forget to LIKE the “Columbia Youth Football” facebook page for updates all year long.

CMS Washington D.C. Fund-raiser The parents of the Columbia Middle School 8th grade class would like to invite you to Bootleggers on March 22, from 5 p.m. until closing. A percentage of all proceeds will help fund the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. Be sure to tell your server that you are there to help out Columbia’s 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip.

fees for all of our teams. We offer flag football for the 6-8 year old kids and tackle football for kids ages 9-12 years old. We are the original youth football organization in Columbia and have been in existence since 1971. Stay tuned for more information on the camp. Other days of the camp will be April 13 & 20. For more information about football, contact Dwayne Hershey at (216) 276-0628 or email columbiayouthfoo[email protected], check out their website, www.leaguelineup.com/columbiayouthfootball or Like them on Facebook at Columbia Raiders Youth Football.

Columbia Library events Artsy Egg Decorating Class - Jazz up your hard-boiled eggs. Learn different decorating techniques at on Tuesday, March 22, from 6-7 p.m. Bring your own hard-boiled eggs, as many as you would like to decorate. Pre-registration is required. March Book Discussions - Get your read on. Here’s the lineup of upcoming book discussions. On Wednesday, March 23, from 6-7 p.m., the teens will be speaking out on The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. On Thursday, March 24, from 6-7 p.m., feast over dishes from Grandma’s German Cookbook by Linn Schmidt and Birgit Hamm. Bring a dish to share. Fly in on Monday, March 28, from 1-2 p.m. to talk about The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Copies of all of the books are available at the circulation desk. Pre-registration is required. Coffee And A Classic Film - Journey to an Irish village in a 1952 classic playing on Monday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. Adults are invited for the screening of a film where an Irish-American boxer returns home, recovering from the trauma of accidentally killing a man in the ring. Pre-registration is required. Coffee And A Classic Film - Journey to an Irish village in a 1952 classic playing on Monday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. Adults are invited for the screening of a film where an Irish-American boxer returns home, recovering from the trauma of accidentally killing a man in the ring. Pre-registration is required. Registration for programs and more information is available online at LorainPublicLibrary.org or by calling the Columbia Library at (440) 236-8751. The Columbia Library is located at 13824 W. River Road North, in Columbia Station.

Columbia Raiders Youth Football Agility Camp Raiders Youth Football will host their 3rd annual free “Spring Agility” camp. The camp is three days and begins on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Elementary Gymnasium. The camp is open to all Columbia kids ages 5-12 years old. Come work out with some of the current high school players. Sign up early at camp and receive a discount on registration

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Garden Club of N. Ridgeville The Garden Club of North Ridgeville will meet on April 12, at 6 p.m. at the Sandy Ridge Reservation, 6195 Otten Road, in North Ridgeville. Their speaker for the evening will be Brad Muck from Uncle John’s Plant Farm in Olmsted Falls. His program will be on combining plants and new varieties. Also add to your calendar our upcoming Plant Sale on May 21, at 9 a.m. at the Rini Plaza (Giant Eagle) on Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville. They will have lots of perennials dug from their own gardens and a bake sale at very reasonable prices. For information on the garden club or plant sale, please call (440) 365-8522 or visit our web site www.northridgevillegardenclub.com.

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John Butkowski, President of the Corn Festival, presented a check for $1,300 to Rita Price, Director of the North Ridgeville Office for Older Adults (Senior Center).

“Young at Heart” seniors spent last Thursday afternoon celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the North Ridgeville Senior Center Super Thursday Luncheon while receiving a special gift from the North Ridgeville Corn Festival Committee.

During the luncheon John Butkowski, President of the Corn Festival, presented a check for $1,300 to Rita Price, Director of the North Ridgeville Office for Older Adults (Senior Center). The funds will be distributed between the Senior Center and its non-profit, Seniors Inc. for the Meals-On-Wheels and the Lock Box Program. The donation also includes the Corn Festival as sponsors, along with O’Neill Healthcare - North Ridgeville, of the Singing Angels Concert which will be held in December. “We are very excited to receive this generous gift from the Corn Festival Committee,” said Price. “We will put it to good use and it will provide countless benefits to the older adults who use our services and programs.” After the presentation, attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch of corned beef/cabbage with mint chocolate chip ice-cream for dessert. After lunch they were entertained by Debra Rose with some wonderful songs, comedy and a sing-a-long.

North Ridgeville Library Peewee Picassos - Help clean out the craft closet on Tuesday, March 22, anytime from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Did you miss a story time craft? Maybe you have a favorite craft that you’d like to remake. This is your chance! For ages 2 and up while supplies last. Adult Afternoon Book Discussion - Read and discuss a multilayered, heartbreaking tale with unforgettable characters. Come on Tuesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. and participate in their adult afternoon book discussion. This month, they’re reading The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley. Copies are available at the adult information desk. Holiday Closure - The Library is closed on Sunday, March 27 for the Easter holiday. Internet For Beginners - Learn Internet basics aon Monday, March 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. and Thursday, March 31, from 2-3:30 p.m. Practice using online search tools and receive pointers for evaluating Web content. Please be comfortable using a mouse before attending this class. Pre-registration is required. Movie And Popcorn - Look for a new evil boss in a movie adventure showing on Tuesday, March 29, from 2-4 p.m. Families will enjoy a PG-rated film and popcorn. Pre-registration is required. LEGO® Day - Play with LEGO® bricks on Thursday, March 31, from 2-3 p.m. This fun building time is intended for ages 5 and up. Pre-registration is required. Prank Day Science - Explore the science behind some truly surprising and hilarious pranks on Friday, April 1, from 2-3 p.m. This program will have kindergartners through fifth-graders laughing uncontrollably! Pre-registration is required. Read With A Dog - Attend Browser’s® Reading Buddies on Saturday, April 2, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to read to a dog! Certified K-9s from Therapy Dog International will be at the library to listen to first through fifth-graders read. Sign your child up for a 15-minute session. Pre-registration is required. North Ridgeville Writers - Meet other adult writers on Saturday, April 2, from 2-4 p.m. Get motivated and hone your writing skills with the North Ridgeville Writers. Pre-registration is required.

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Friends Meeting - Join The Friends of the North Ridgeville Library, Inc. See what they’re all about at their next meeting on Monday, April 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. Registration for programs and more information is available online at LorainPublicLibrary.org or by calling the North Ridgeville Library at (440) 327-8326. The North Ridgeville Library is located at 35700 Bainbridge Road, in North Ridgeville.

Dog Fair fund-raiser It’s that time again. Please come to the 4th annual Dog Fair. This year it will be hosted by Elite K-911 Dog Training and The Grateful Dog Bakery. All proceeds go to participating Animal Rescue Groups (Fido’s Companion, Mutts In A Rut, Love-AStray, Hartman’s Hounds, Hand Me Down Dobes, R.E.A.L. Rott Rescue and others). Many adoptable dogs will be there and several vendors will be attending. Admission is free. There will be great raffle baskets and 5050 raffles. The Brunch Box Food Truck will be there with good eats. The event is from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at 33549 Liberty Parkway, in North Ridgeville (off of Lear Nagel, close to Center Ridge Blvd.) If you have any questions, please call (440) 666-0749.

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Pittsfield Church Fish Fry There will be a Fish Fry at the Pittsfield Community Church, located at the corner of St. Rts, 58 and 303, on Friday, April 8. Serving time is from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $10/ adults; $8 for ages 7-12 and under 6 eat free.

Swiss Steak Dinner St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 1377 Lester Road, in Valley City is having a Swiss Steak Dinner with all the trimmings including country sweet and sour slaw and desserts. The dinner is being held on Saturday, April 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12/adults; $6/children. Takeout will be available.

Lasagna Dinner On Saturday, April 9, from 5-6:30 p.m., LaPorte United Methodist Church, located at 2071 Grafton Road, in Elyria will be having a Lasagna Dinner. Cost is $10/adults and $8 for children under 12. Proceeds from the dinner will go towards the SOWER Mission Trip in Southern Ohio in June 2016. For more information, call (440) 458-5717.

Fish Fry Dinners The Grafton V.F.W. Auxiliary is holding their Friday night Lake Erie Perch Fish Frys starting now through Good Friday, March 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the Post, located at 783 Huron Street. Carry outs are available by calling (440) 9263341 after 4 p.m. The dinners are open to the public.

Lake Erie Perch Dinner East Oberlin Community Church is hosting a Lake Erie Perch Dinner with french fries, scalloped potatoes, macaroni-n-cheese, green beans, coleslaw, bread, beverage and a dessert. The church is located at 43709 Oberlin-Elyria Road, in Oberlin. This event is from 4:30-8 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Cost of the meal is $13 per person for adults, $7 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Carry-out will be available. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (440) 774-3443 or Chris Vough at (216) 299-5372 (please leave message if no answer).

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Roast Beef Dinner The Holy Name Society and Our Lady’s Guild of Our Lady Queen of Peace are sponsoring a Roast Beef Dinner on Sunday, April 3, from noon-2 p.m. at the parish hall, 702 Erie Street. Raffles, a 50/50 and other contests will be available throughout the dinner. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children 4 - 12 years of age, and free for children 3 and under.

Easter Egg “Scramble” On Saturday, March 26, the local churches of ClearView Church, Columbia Baptist Church, Columbia United Methodist, New Life Wesleyan, Hosanna Lutheran, SEAS Catholic Church and N. Eaton Christian Church invite you and your family to an Easter Egg “Scramble” at Columbia Park. The scramble is for children ages 2-12, and begins at noon. All participants are asked to bring a basket, or something to hold the eggs that they gather. There is also rumored to be an appearance by the Easter Bunny, so be sure to have your cameras on hand. The event will be held rain or shine. See you there!

Bingo! Once a month, the residents of Northridge Health Center are entertained by Journey of Faith Church members showering them with love and attention. Being one of these visitors, last week I found myself calling out Bingo to eager residents. The prize basket was stocked full and enticing. While my voice rang out B3 other friends went door to door hanging up Easter decorations on each door. Others handed out Easter cards to each resident and Birthday cards to those who were celebrating a birthday this month. Our visits will continue every month and our activities will be exciting but most importantly our increasing relationships with the elderly, who have such amazing life stories to share, will continue to bless our lives daily. Take a visit to a nursing home near you or come join us for a visit. You’ll be glad you did! Pastor Traci Featheringham

GriefShare GriefShare is a faith based support group for those who have lost a loved one. They offer comfort, guidance and support through shared experiences. The group meets at Christ Church, located at 23080 Royalton Road, in Columbia Station (Rt. 82 at Marks Rd.), on Tuesday evenings, from 7-8:30 p.m., now-May 17. Join them and discover hope for your future. Bring a friend if you prefer. For more information, visit http://www.griefshare.org/ about or contact Pastor Dominic Verdell at (440) 236-8282.

Compassionate Friends A bereavement group for parents, grandparents and siblings who have experienced the loss of a child, Compassionate Friends, is establishing a charter in Lorain County for all the surrounding areas. They meet at the parish hall of Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Grafton, every fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a child, this group is a supportive safe place to be surrounded by people who know and care. For more information, contact Terri Zunis at 216-469-5311 or log on to Facebook at www.facebook.com/ TCFLorainCounty.

Love Over Latte Love Over Latte (LOL), a Christian Women’s Ministry, meets on the third Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held at Fields United Methodist Church, located at 34077 Lorain Road, in North Ridgeville. They meet from 7-9 p.m. The cost to attend is $3 per person. Love Over Latte is open to all women of faith for music and worship, and is led by Darlene Hepler of Alabaster Jar Ministries. From 8-9 p.m., they gather for coffee/dessert and conversation discussing questions presented by the speaker and sharing in small groups. One door prize is awarded at each event. For more information, please call the church office at (440) 327-8753 or find Fields United Methodist Church on Facebook for online ticket information.

Moms in Prayer International The Moms in Prayer International group meets every Wednesday from 9-9:30 a.m. at North Eaton Christian Church, located at 35895 Royalton Rd. They pray for the schools, teachers, students, etc. Some things may seem out of control in our lives, but prayer does work and helps us to know we are not alone in any situation. All are welcome to stop by and see what the prayer sessions are all about.

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Easter Services BELDEN BELDEN UMC 36130 State Rt. 303 • 440-926-2209 Good Fri. - 7 p.m. • Easter Sunrise Service at Sheldon Woods Pavilion 7 a.m. Breakfast at church 8-10 a.m. Easter Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

COLUMBIA COLUMBIA UMC 25453 Royalton Rd. • 440-236-8822 Holy Thursday Service 7:30 p.m. Good Fri. Tenebrae 8:15 p.m. “Song of Shadows” Easter Sunday Sunrise 6:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CHURCH 25801 Royalton Rd. • 440-236-5095 Wednesday Tenebrae Service 8 p.m. Holy Thurs. Mass of Lord’s Supper 7 p.m. Good Friday Service 3 p.m. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 9 p.m. Easter Sunday Masses 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. CHRIST CHURCH 23080 Royalton Rd. • 440-236-8282 Good Friday Service 12, 5 & 6:30 p.m. Easter Saturday Service 5 p.m. Easter Sunday Services 9:30 & 11 a.m.

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NORTH EATON BAPTIST CHURCH 12109 S. Reed Rd. • 440-748-2552 www.northeatonbaptist.com Saturday Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast 9-11 a.m. Easter Sunday Celebration 11 a.m.

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH 242 Whitman Blvd. • 440-324-4070 Good Friday Service 7 p.m. Saturday Vigil / Holy Communion 5 p.m. Easter Service / Holy Communion 10 a.m. ST. JUDE CATHOLIC CHURCH 590 Poplar St. • 440-366-5711 Holy Thurs. Lord’s Supper Mass 7 p.m. Good Fri. Service 2 p.m. Stations 7 p.m. Sat. Food Blessing 2 p.m. Easter Vigil 8 p.m. Easter Sunday Masses -9 & 11 a.m. ST. MARY CHURCH 320 Middle Avenue • 440-323-5539 Holy Thursday Mass 7 p.m. Good Friday Programs 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. Saturday Easter Vigil 9 p.m. Easter Sunday Masses - 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 9685 East River Rd. • 440-322-5497 Maundy Thurs./Holy Communion 7 p.m. Good Friday Worship 7 p.m. Sunday/Holy Communion 8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion at both services Easter Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.

COLUMBIA BAPTIST CHURCH 25514 Royalton Rd. • 440-236-8206 Good Friday Vigil 7 p.m. Easter Sunrise Service/Breakfast 7 a.m. Easter Service 10:30 a.m. HOSANNA LUTHERAN CHURCH 13485 West River Rd. • 440-236-8900 Good Friday Service 7 p.m. Easter Morning Services 7 & 9:30 a.m.

ST. ANDREWS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 330 Third Street • 440-322-2126 Maundy Thursday Service 7 p.m. Good Friday Services Noon & 7 p.m. Easter Sunday Service 9:30 a.m.

LIGHTHOUSE BIBLE CHURCH 24050 Royalton Rd. • 440-236-6341 Join us on Easter Morning Service times: 8 & 10:30 a.m. www.lighthousebible.org

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eATON NORTH EATON CHRISTIAN CHURCH 35895 Royalton Rd. • 440-748-2230 Sunrise Service at Butternut Ridge Cemetery 6 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.

COMMUNITY OF FAITH UCC 9715 East River Rd. • 440-322-3781 Maundy Thurs. at Pilgrim UCC 7:30 p.m. Friday Tenebrae Service 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 8:30-9:45 a.m. MIDWAY BAPTIST CHURCH 41812 Griswold Rd. • 440-324-3769 Easter Sunday Services 11 a.m. Easter Evening Service 7 p.m., Bus/Van Service available LAPORTE UMC 2071 Grafton Rd. • 440-458-5717 Maundy Thursday Service 7 p.m. Easter Morning Service 9 a.m., Traditional Service 11 a.m.

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N. RIDGEVILLE FIELDS UMC 34077 Lorain Rd. • 440-327-8753 Holy Thurs. Worship 7 p.m. Good Fri. 5:30 p.m. “Cross Walk” S.Central Park / 7 p.m. Worship Easter Sunday - 9 & 11 a.m. ST. JULIE BILLIART CATHOLIC CHURCH 5500 Lear Nagel Rd. • 440-327-1978 Holy Thursday - Lord’s Supper 7 p.m. Good Fri. - Stations of the Cross 12 p.m. Passion of Jesus 3 p.m., Holy Saturday - Blessing of Food 1 p.m. Easter Vigil - 9 p.m. Easter Masses 9 & 10:30 a.m.

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Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Redear Sunfish (Shellcrackers), Yellow Perch, Flathead Minnow and Triploid White Amur. Payment is required when the order is placed. The truck from Fender’s Fish Hatchery of Baltic, Ohio, will be at the Ag Center for delivery on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 10-11:30 a.m. to distribute orders. Order forms and additional information for both the fish and seedling sale are available on the SWCD website, www.lorainswcd.com, or by calling the office at (440) 326-5800. SWCD is located at 42110 Russia Road, in Elyria.

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The Black River Audubon society is pleased to present, Jason Lewis, Refuge Manager at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, on April 5. at 7 p.m. at Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, in LaGrange. His talk is titled Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Conserving the Future and Connecting People to Nature. “I will highlight the refuge’s history and management, along with our public use programs,” he explained. “Our programs are designed to bring people and nature together.” Prior to coming to Northwest Ohio in 2011, Lewis spent 4 years at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Missouri and 9 years at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Indiana. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ball State University. For his graduate thesis, he studied the habitat selection and productivity of the acadian flycatcher in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. He is an avid birdwatcher and enjoys photography, sports, and outdoor recreation. This program is free to the public. For more information on programs, volunteering or becoming a member, visit www. blackriveraudubon.org or call (440) 225-7601.

Lorain Soil & Water news SWCD Tree Seedling Sale: The Lorain SWCD annual tree seedling sale is scheduled for pick-up on April 15, 2016. Tree species available will consist of evergreens (Pine, Spruce, Cedar); hardwoods & deciduous trees (Bald Cypress, Pin Oak, River Birch, Swamp White Oak, Mixed Hickory); plus flowering and fruit bearing shrubs (Black Chokeberry, Black Haw). Planting stock can be used for reforestation, wildlife habitat or landscaping. Seedlings are bare-rooted stock, 12-18 inches in height, and will be sold in packets of five (5) for $8. Flowering perennials (Black-Eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower) will be offered in 3 inch pots for $3 each. New to the list is a Rain Garden Kit containing an assortment of ten (10) perennial native plants in 1.5 gallon pots which don’t mind getting “wet feet.” Rain gardens are built in depressions designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways. A “Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners” is available at the SWCD office at no cost. For additional resources, visit http://www.centralohioraingardens.org SWCD Spring Fish Sale: Lorain SWCD is also taking orders for fingerling-size fish for stocking your ponds. We are selling Largemouth Bass, Bluegill,

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Veteran’s Committee Meeting The Veterans Committee will be hosting a meeting at Eaton Township Hall on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m., to discuss planning the Memorial Day Services & Observances that will take place at Eaton Township Butternut Ridge Cemetery. Residents interested on serving on this committee or that would like to volunteer is some way should plan on attending. For more information please Call Donna at Eaton Township (440) 748-2236 or email at [email protected]

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How to Make Older Homes More Energy Efficient Older properties tend to have a sense of charm that newly built homes may lack. Perhaps it’s their livedin feel or design elements that remind homeowners of yesteryear that make older homes so popular among home buyers. What older homes have in character they may lack in modern amenities. For example, whereas many homes are now built with energy efficiency in mind, older homes may not be so eco-friendly. Fortunately, there are many ways for homeowners who love their older homes to keep that love going strong while making their homes more energy efficient at the same time. · Check for leaks and plug any you find. Homes may develop air leaks over time, and such leaks allow air to infiltrate the home. When that occurs, homeowners instinctively turn up the thermostat in winter to combat the cold air getting in. Come summertime, those same homeowners will run their air conditioners on a higher setting in an effort to stay comfortable when hot air is creeping through the cracks. Rather than adjusting the temperature inside, fix any sources of air infiltration you

find. Run your hand along doorways and windows to determine if any drafts are coming through. Older homes may also develop cracks in bricks, around the foundation and in siding or stucco. Seal any areas where you feel air infiltrating your home, which will save money, reduce your energy consumption and make your older home more efficient. · Add insulation. Many older homes are poorly insulated. But according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, adding insulation can reduce energy costs by as much as 50 percent. Installing insulation can be tricky, especially if insulation was not originally included in your home, as is sometimes the case with older homes. Insulation can become damp and prove ineffective if installed improperly. Damp insulation also may contribute to mold growth and rot in the home’s framing. Older homes may be lacking adequate insulation around attics, crawl spaces, basements, heating and cooling ducts, and water pipes. Cover your water heater with an insulated water heater blanket so the heater retains more heat and consumes less energy

to heat the water. · Stay on top of your home. Much like older vehicles, older homes require a little extra TLC on the part of homeowners. Don’t allow your home to fall into disrepair. Even if your energy bills are not on the rise, inspect windows and doors to make sure they are closing tightly, as over time such seemingly minor problems can add up to substantial energy loss. Don’t forget to clean gutters and downspouts, removing debris that can add up and lead to water damage that may ultimately compromise the effectiveness of your home’s insulation. · Book an energy audit. Energy audits, which may be offered free of charge by your utility company, can help detect any additional areas where a home may be using energy inefficiently. Even if you have to pay for an audit, the cost savings if any additional inefficiencies are discovered will likely add up to more than the cost of the audit. Older homes are attractive to many homeowners, who can take several steps to make sure their homes are operating as efficiently as possible.

Find the Best Deal on Your Next Car Fall selling season was long considered the best time to buy a new vehicle. Fall was when new inventory was moved in and dealerships were gearing up to liquidate last year’s models, making this a very buyer-friendly time of year. But nowadays finding a deal on a car or truck is more fluid. Year-round marketing gives shoppers even more opportunity to save money or get the vehicle they want. So when is the best time to buy a car? That depends on a variety factors. · Financing: Most people do not buy a car with cash and must apply for financing or a leasing program. Take inventory of your finances and check your current credit score to see if now is a practical time to buy a car. Use the various online payment calculators to determine a rough estimate of financing costs. This way you’ll be informed of the payment range that is affordable to you. · Rebates: Call the auto manufacturer for up-to-date information on rebates and look through the newspaper to see if any deals are being advertised. After you have negotiated a deal with the dealer, then you can have the rebate deducted, rather

than getting a check in the mail later on. This way you do not pay sales tax on the rebate. · Sales quotas: Many salespeople have quotas to meet and will be more eager to cut a deal if they are quickly approaching that quota. Quotas may be at the end of the week, end of the month or end of the year. Therefore, sales personnel may be more motivated to give you a discount on Friday or Saturday, after the 25th of the month, or at the end of the year. · Buyer loyalty: Explain to the dealership that you’re willing to use its service department and refer friends. A positive survey report or increased potential to buy from the same dealership in the future are other things to mention.

· Patience: If you are thinking about buying but not ready to bite the bullet, visit the dealership on a weekday when you are more likely to get a salesperson’s undivided attention. On busy weekends you may be competing for attention or ignored if you’re not a serious buyer. Take a test drive and get all of the facts on the vehicle. · The big picture: According to Edmunds.com, pay attention to everything that’s being offered to you, including trade-in value, interest rates and additional costs, focusing on more than just the selling price. Buying a car is a big decision and one that requires weighing numerous variables, including the best time to buy.

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Take This Insulation Tour for an Energy Savings Trip

Did you know that onethird of all air leakage in a home can be attributed to walls, floors and ceilings? You might think your home is well insulated, but if it has conventional air permeable fiberglass or cellulose insulation, gaps, seams or damage could compromise its performance. Taking a tour of your home’s insulation may not sound like much fun, but it could be a sound investment in energy and money savings. Here’s a checklist for the four key stops to make on your tour:

Stop #1 - The Attic * Look out for sagging insulation batts or gaps. * Are there any signs of moisture or mold on the insulation? * Make sure soffit vents are not covered by insulation to maintain airflow.

Stop #2 - The Basement * Check insulation around the rim joists (where your first floor meets the basement foundation walls) for gaps. * Seal any penetrations that go through the basement

ceiling to the floor above, including those for electrical and plumbing service. * Look for signs of moisture or mold on the insulation.

6. Color code projects that aren’t necessary but you would like to do, including cosmetic home improvement projects such as repainting a room, planting flowers or changing drawer pulls on cabinets. 7. Organize your final list of projects that have been assigned a priority level. You may want to leave it organized by area of the house. Another option is to organize the home improvement projects by priority level. Rearrange them putting the top-priority projects together as well as the lower priority projects. 8. Save a copy of your home improvement project priority list. You may also want to print a copy of the list to keep in the garage. This will be your reminder of the projects that need to be completed. 9. Start working on your home improvement projects. You don’t have to go through the list in order. There may be a cosmetic project that you want to finish before your higher-priority projects. This list is just to help you decide which home improvement projects need to be done. How you use it is up to you.

Did you Know? Daylight savings time, when clocks are moved forward one hour ahead in the spring and set back one hour in the fall, was initiated to save energy on artificial lighting and make better use of daylight. DST was implemented roughly 100 years ago, but conceived much earlier than that. Today DST is in use in more than 70 countries across the globe, affecting about one billion people every year. Despite the well-intentioned purposes behind DST, little evidence exists to support DST as an effective means to saving energy. In 2016, DST will begin at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 13, and end at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 6, in the United States and Canada. However, Hawaii, most of Arizona, most of Saskatchewan, and some regions of British Colombia, Nunavut, Quebec, and Ontario will not observe DST.

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Wash Your Car like a Pro to Make the Most of Mulching Protect its Value Vehicle owners know maintaining a vehicle can be a lot of work. Taking the time to properly care for a vehicle can prolong its life expectancy and help owners avoid breakdowns and other issues along the way. Regular washing is an aspect of vehicle maintenance that some may classify as a purely cosmetic benefit. Certainly a car wash can keep the vehicle looking its best, but there are other advantages to washing as well. Washing offers preventative maintenance for the car’s paint and can help prevent rust and corrosion resulting from dirt, acid rain and road salt. Rust can compromise hydraulic brake and fuel lines, as well as many moving parts in the chassis and frame. Corrosion of electrical connectors and other parts under the hood can lead to leaks, electrical shorts and a host of additional problems. It’s easy to see how washing the car is more essential than one might have suspected. If you live in an area with a high amount of dust or industry, you may need to wash your car as frequently as once a week. Drivers who

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ate noticeable swirl scratch marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the body panels and hood. · Keep a separate rinsing bucket to clean the sponge or washing mitt so that dirt is not mixed into the clean, sudsy water. · Consumer Reports suggests using a soft squeegee to remove most of the water on the body of the car after washing and rinsing. Blot up any extra water with a chamois. · Wax the car every season to ensure it has maximum protection. In between, apply a liquid spray wax to touch up spots. Water beading is not an ideal indicator of whether or not the car needs a coat of wax. · Don’t forget to pay attention to the interior. Vacuum the carpets regularly to prevent ground-in dirt and routinely clean the upholstery with a product specific to your vehicle’s interior, whether that interior is leather or fabric. Protecting a vehicle investment involves keeping the car clean. Know the right ways to help a car or truck look and perform like new.

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Create a Budget-Friendly Home Landscape Homeowners understandably envy the award-worthy photo spreads in lawn and garden magazines, wanting to emulate those same looks on their own properties. Scores of designers and landscape architects are involved in the process of creating those amazing lush lawns and perfectly placed plantings. Although not every homeowner has the budget to create lavish landscape designs, it’s still possible for homeowners to create lawns they can be proud of. · Establish your budget. The first step in any project is to determine how much money you can devote to the job. Once you have established the budget, all other factors can be built around it. · Find an inspiration piece. Great landscapes are inspired by many things, whether it’s a memorable piece of art or a landscape layout in a lawn and gardening magazine. Use photos of other gardens or neighbors’ yards as inspiration and build off of them. As long as the theme is cohesive, it will look pleasing to the eye. · Consider the space and how you want to use it. Understanding the space will help you better allocate your budget. If your yard is more of a retreat, look for ways to create privacy and a vacation feel. If you have kids and entertaining friends is a main priority, focus on recreational aspects, such as a pool, playset and some durable plants. Understanding how to allocate your budget will help you to avoid spend-

ing money frivolously. · Think about reclaimed or repurposed materials. Brand new items can quickly eat up a budget. However, repurposing salvaged or inexpensive items can stretch that budget while adding some unique flair to a landscape. See if you can find an outdoor patio set that someone is giving away or selling for a lower price. All it takes is a coat of paint and some new cushions to make it look like new. Discarded bricks or stones can be worked into a patio space or used to create raised garden beds. Purchase inexpensive flower pots and then paint them to make them look like stone or another desired material. · Buy native plants. Native plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers will fare better than non-native, exotic plants. That means you’ll have to spend less time and money nurturing them into health, and less money having to replace plants that cannot withstand your climate. · Consider perennial plants. Perennials may cost more at the outset, but the savings will be realized in the years to come.

· Hire a professional. It may seem counterintuitive to spend money on a landscaping professional when you’ve established a strict budget, but that’s one way to save money. Landscape artists or garden designers have the experience to guide you in the right direction and help you avoid potentially costly mistakes. · Use gravel in spots where plants don’t thrive. Gravel is an inexpensive landscaping material that can fill in voids where plants or ground cover simply do not flourish. Those working on limited budgets may be happy to learn gravel is typically less expensive than concrete or pavers. · Ask friends or family for clippings. Don’t be shy about admiring the plantings of those you know. Flatter their good taste and ask if you can have some clippings to propagate yourself. These clippings can turn into lush plants in no time with no additional spending required. With some frugal spending, planning and budgeting, anyone can create a beautiful landscape.

Distracted Driving a Real Threat Dating back to the days of the first automobiles, drivers have always taken on a degree of risk when getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road. While technology has done much to mitigate that risk, it’s also contributed to the growing number of distractions drivers face on the road. Distracted driving is a significant threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 more than 3,300 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. Just a year earlier, 17 percent of crashes in which someone was injured involved distracted driving. Those figures are even more disturbing when one considers the problem of underreporting with regard to distracted driving. The National Safety Council notes that underreporting of mobile phone use leading to car crashes makes the issue of distracted driving appear less substantial than it likely is. Perhaps because they fear potential citations or even possible incarceration, many drivers involved in crashes do not admit to using mobile phones while driving. But a 2011 CDC study found that distracted driving is a genuine threat. In the study, survey participants were asked how often they had read or sent a text message or email while driving in the previous 30 days. Nearly one-third of study participants in the United States admitted that they had, and those figures were similar in Portugal and Belgium. In addition, 69 percent of U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that they had talked on their mobile phones while

driving in the past 30 days. Combatting distracted driving is not easy. As the use of mobile devices grows, many people are finding it increasingly difficult to put those devices down, even when they are behind the wheel of their automobiles. But there are some steps drivers can take to improve their awareness on the road. One such step is to reduce reliance on hands-free devices. Though it might seem as though hands-free devices are the ultimate weapon against distracted driving, the NSC reports that more than 30 studies have shown that such devices do not make drivers any safer. That’s because drivers remain distracted by the conservations they have while using hands-free devices. Reports from the NSC, Texas Transportation Institute and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicate that drivers talking on handheld or hands-free devices can fail to see as much as 50 percent of their surroundings. When driving, stick to driving so you can focus all of your attention on the road, where it belongs.

Another step drivers can take to improve their awareness on the road is to educate themselves and their teenaged drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. A University of Utah study found that drivers using mobile phones had slower reaction times than drivers with a .08 blood alcohol content, which is the legal intoxication limit in many states. If more drivers realized that speaking on their mobile phones impairs their reaction time even more than driving drunk, then perhaps more people would put down their phones and continue their conversations once they reach their destinations. Finally, drivers who recognize their habits can take steps to prevent those habits from putting them in harm’s way. If you are never too far away from your mobile phone and unable to resist the urge to read and/or answer a text message or email, turn your phone off and put it in the glove compartment before you hit the road. Doing so might just save your life and the lives of your passengers and fellow motorists.

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Spring Planting Season: Select the Right Tree As winter thaws into spring, many homeowners are poised to take advantage of prime tree-planting season. Establishing new trees early can aid their growth throughout the year, and help them survive when hot weather arrives. But with so many tree species to choose from, how can homeowners know which trees are best suited for their landscapes? “Selection of trees for planting in a home landscape depends on several factors, including a suitable growing site and any function they are going to serve,” explains Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “Will they attract birds to the area? Shade a patio? Screen an unsightly view? Enhance the appearance of the home? Trees can provide contrast and relief from surrounding buildings and create seasonal interest in areas near the home,” says Andersen. TCIA advises homeowners to consider the following factors when selecting a tree: • hardiness (ability of the plant to survive extremes of winter cold and summer heat, and sudden temperature swings) • mature height and spread • growth rate above and below ground • available space above and below ground • aesthetics • moisture requirements for the life of the tree • maintenance requirements for the life of the tree

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How to Help Kids get into Golf Golf is a game of skill that can take years, if not decades, to master. Many golfers find their time on the golf course both rewarding and relaxing, even on those days when the fairways seem impossible to find. Though many players never swing a golf club until they reach adulthood, it’s never too early to hit the links. Some of the world’s most accomplished golfers, including four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, began playing as toddlers, and many feel that getting an early start can lead to a more successful game down the road. Getting kids into golf is a great way for parents to bond with their children while enjoying the great outdoors. Golf can also be used to teach kids humility, sportsmanship and the importance of hard work. Thanks to the often frustrating nature of golf, parents may find it somewhat challenging to instill a love of the game in their youngsters. But there are ways to introduce kids to this wonderful game that kids might just play for the rest of their lives. · Focus on having fun. Few, if any, golfers at your local golf course on a given weekend could say with certainty that golf has never frustrated them. The challenge of golf may be its most appealing characteristic to older players, but young kids can be easily overwhelmed by the challenges golf presents. By focusing on having fun instead of perfecting techniques, parents can get kids to look forward to their time on the links. The more fun kids have, the more likely they will be to embrace the game and its many challenges. Don’t put pressure on youngsters as they develop their games, but encourage them through their struggles and reassure them that you faced the same obstacles when you started playing. · Hire an instructor with experience teaching children. Instructors with experience teaching children will understand the basics of the game and how learning those basics provides a great foundation for future enjoyment and success on the course. Instructors who have taught kids in the past also know that teaching youngsters the finer points of golf requires patience and encouragement. Ask a fellow parent or an employee at the club where you play to recommend an instructor for your child. And take advantage of any kids’ courses your club offers. · Purchase the correct equipment. Even the best golfers are bound to struggle when using the wrong equipment. While it might be unwise to invest in especially expensive equipment for youngsters likely to grow out of it in a few months’ time, deals can be found on used kids’ equipment. Used kids’ equipment is typically subjected to less wear and tear than used equipment for adults, as kids tend to play less often and fewer holes than adults when they do play. But make sure to find correctly sized equipment that kids feel comfortable using. · Play some holes. Instructors may teach kids the differences between the types of clubs and how to swing and putt. But golf is most fun when players are out on the links going from hole to hole. Instruction is important, but don’t forget to play a few holes with your child each week as well. Golf is a challenging game, but it’s one that can be enjoyed by athletes of all ages.

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Why Hiring a Landscaper May be for you The majority of homeowners want their properties to appear as appealing as possible. While many homeowners want to be proud of their properties and come home to a welcoming home each night, the benefits to maintaining landscaping go beyond the notion that wellcared for lawns make for more comforting retreats. Because numerous variables, including landscaping, influence property values, it’s difficult to assess just how much the property values of homes with impressive landscapes are influenced by those very landscapes. Indeed, studies have produced varying results regarding the effect of well-landscaped homes on property values. But what many studies have shown and what many realtors indicate is that impressive landscaping adds a significant amount to property values, with estimates suggesting landscaping increases home values by anywhere from 5 to 20 percent. Such estimates are good news for homeowners, and they also highlight the stakes involved when making landscaping decisions. Homeowners with green thumbs may embrace the challenge of revitalizing

their lawns and gardens, but many, especially those pressed for time, can benefit greatly from working with professional landscapers. Why hire a professional

landscaper? Maintaining a property requires more than just mowing the lawn every couple of weeks. Even homeowners committed to making their properties as pristine as possible can run into problems when adverse weather conditions pose a threat to lawns and gardens. The following are just a handful of reasons why homeowners may find working with landscaping professionals is the best thing for their properties and their bank accounts.

· Professionals understand the local climate. Experienced professional landscapers will understand the local climate and the challenges it presents to your lawn. Experience can prove invaluable as lawns battle adverse conditions that threaten its survival. While homeowners going it alone may struggle through a trial and error period as they try to address problems threatening their lawns, experienced professionals are more likely to identify the problem immediately, providing a ready solution that can prevent potentially costly repairs down the road. · Professionals can provide inspiration. In addition to maintaining properties, many landscaping professionals have vast experience improving properties through landscape design. Professional landscapers may have a host of ideas for your property that you would never think of. Homeowners with little to no lawn and garden experience may not realize all the things they can do with their properties, and those who go it alone may end up with unappealing landscapes that do not attract buyers’

attention when the home hits the market. Professionals typically have a wealth of ideas and, perhaps more importantly, they understand which ideas will and won’t work on a given property. · Professionals can remove some of the stress of managing landscaping projects. Homeowners know that home improvement projects, whether they are addressing home interiors or exteriors, can be stressful. Professional landscapers typically have a network of professionals, including contractors, who they have worked with in the past. Such connections can ensure more complex projects that require both landscapers and construction contractors go as smoothly as possible. In addition, homeowners who receive contractor recommendations from their experienced landscapers tend to rest easier knowing the people working on their properties have already developed a rapport and established a successful track record working together. Professional landscapers can be just what homeowners need to turn their properties into appealing oases no buyer can resist.

Homeowners Go Tankless to Resolve Hot Water Woes (NewsUSA) - The average household has enough to worry about each day -- from deciding when to start dinner to which load of laundry to wash first. The last thing anyone needs to worry about is having sufficient hot water for giving the kids baths, washing dishes, doing laundry -- or, if you’re lucky -- relaxing in a long, hot shower. This, among other reasons, is why so many homeowners are making the decision to go tankless. Rinnai tankless water heaters give homeowners the flexibility of on-demand hot water whenever they need it. Because the water is heated only as needed, there’s always enough to meet the demands of hot showers, baths, laundry and dishwashing -- even if these are done simultaneously. With a traditional tank-style water heater, however, once the stored water is depleted, it can take up to 33 minutes to heat the tank again. “Today’s homeowners are realizing they don’t have to schedule their lives around their hot water anymore, and many also want to make wise long-term home improvement investments with significant return. The decision to go tankless simply makes sense,” explains Kerri Walker, senior marketing manager at Rinnai. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website, tankless water heaters can be 24 to 34 percent more efficient than a traditional tankstyle water heater, depending on a home’s daily hot-water demand. Some tankless units, such as those manufactured by Rinnai, allow homeowners to save up to 40 percent on energy bills because a tankless unit does not have to heat and re-heat like a traditional water tank does. “No one leaves their car on all the time, as -- among other things -- it would waste too much gas. Tankless technology is of a similar mindset. You’re using energy only when you need hot water,” adds Walker. To calculate how much energy your household could save by switching to a tankless water heater, go to www.rinnai. us/tankless-waterheater-energy-savings-calculator. The tool also shows how many trees a tankless water heater can save by reducing a home’s overall carbon footprint.

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How to make Spring Projects more Eco-friendly The arrival of warmer weather means different things to different people. Some anticipate opportunities for outdoor fun, while others may be considering redecorating or remodeling their homes. For the latter group, home improvement season provides a great opportunity to make homes more eco-friendly. When planning home improvement projects, it’s best to first choose a project and then look for ways to make the project more environmentally friendly. Such an approach may not only benefit the environment, but it also may benefit homeowners’ bottom lines. Interior decorating Longer days and warmer temperatures often translate into wanting to freshen up the interior of a home. Heavy draperies and comforters are put away, and lighter fabrics are taken out of storage. Whenever possible, reuse or repurpose items you already have rather than purchasing new items. Longer drapes can be cut and hemmed to be used as window treatments in other rooms. Making a patchwork blanket out of old T-shirts is a crafty project that makes use of items that would otherwise be destined for landfills.

When laundering linens, skip the energy-using dryer and let items line dry in the sun and fresh air. If you decide to purchase some new items, look for products made from sustainable or organic fabrics. Hemp and bamboo textiles have grown in popularity. Hemp and bamboo plants grow quickly, and their durability makes these materials smart choices. When replacing items around the house, donate older items to a charitable organization. Flowers and plants Spring and summer call to mind beautiful blooming plants. Relying on native, sustainable plants is practical, environmentally friendly and cost-effective. According to the National Wildlife Federation, sustainable plants are native plants.

Native plants sustain local wildlife more effectively than non-native alternatives, so include native plants in your sustainable garden. Native plants also are less reliant on pesticides and herbicides to keep them healthy and viable. Don’t forget to bring plants indoors as well. Even though you may be opening the windows more, indoor plants can filter and purify indoor air. The NASA Clean Air Study, led in association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, found that certain common indoor plants naturally remove toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. Efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space. Proper disposal

Spring cleaning is another tradition for many families come the end of winter and dawn of spring. Many people use spring as a time to go through closets and garages to remove items they no longer use or need. In an effort to clean up fast, some people may dispose of chemical products, paints, treated lumber, and many other items in ways that can be damaging to the environment. Always learn local municipal guidelines for proper disposal of potentially harmful products. Area recycling centers may have drop-off areas for stains and paints, used motor oil and other potentially harmful products. Before discarding something, see if it can be donated or sold. This will result in fewer items ending up in landfills. Exercise caution outdoors as well. Runoff from cleaning products used on home siding or driveways can leach into the surrounding soil or find its way into sewage drains that ultimately direct fluids to public waterways. Choose environmentally responsible products whenever possible. Springtime renovation and cleaning projects provide the perfect opportunity to adopt eco-friendly practices that pay dividends for years to come.

Tax Breaks for People over 50 Men and women over 50 who are considering returning to school may be eligible for financial assistance through various programs. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, older men and women who want to go back to school do not necessarily have to bankroll that expenditure on their own. AARP notes that the Internal Revenue Service offers tax breaks such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit that older students can take advantage of to lessen the blow of tuition costs, which have risen considerably since today’s men and women over 50 were in college. Older men and women may also be able to take advantage of 529 college savings accounts they opened for their children that their kids did not end up needing. AARP also notes that men and women over 50 who want to apply for financial aid must be prepared to enroll in more than one class and in more than just a continuing education program. More information is available at aarp.org.

Have you heard of Holy Thursday? Holy Thursday, which falls on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, commemorates The Last Supper of Jesus Christ. During The Last Supper, Jesus, who Christians believe is the Son of God, established the sacrament of Holy Communion. The Last Supper was the final meal Jesus enjoyed with his disciples in Jerusalem, and it was during The Last Supper when Jesus predicted one of those disciples would ultimately betray him. Holy Thursday is sometimes referred to as “Maundy Thursday,” a reference to the religious rite of maundy, which is the washing of the feet. The Last Supper and the rite of maundy are connected because it was during The Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Though The Last Supper, during which Jesus gave his disciples bread, telling them it was his body, and wine, telling them it was his blood, is celebrated at every Mass as part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Holy Thursday Mass places even greater emphasis on this significant event.

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Tips for a Fun and Frugal Road Trip Driving vacations are popular for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is flexibility. Such excursions are not restricted by flight schedules, and travelers often feel as though they have more control over their trips when traveling by car rather than traveling by air. Road trips also can save travelers money, especially when traveling in groups of three or more and expenses such as fuel and tolls are shared. In addition to sharing the road with a few friends and family members, road trip enthusiasts can employ several other strategies to enjoy a vacation that’s both frugal and fun. · Downsize your vehicle. While prices at the pump have been more driver-friendly in recent months, road trippers who drive large sedans, trucks or SUVs might be able to save money by driving smaller vehicles during their trips. Especially small vehicles may be impractical and uncomfortable depending on the number of people who are making the trip, but mid-size vehicles with ample storage space tend to be more fuel-efficient than large trucks or SUVs. If someone in your traveling party drives such a vehicle and it’s in good shape, take that car instead of a larger alternative. · Get a tuneup. Another way to save money on your road trip is to get a vehicle

tuneup in the days before your trip is set to begin. Let your mechanic know you are planning a road trip and ask that a full diagnostic test be conducted to make sure everything is running efficiently. An air filter nearing its expiration date may be worth replacing, as a new filter will help to save money on fuel. In addition, replace tires with worn tread, as old or inadequately inflated tires will force the engine to work harder, wasting fuel and costing you and your fellow travelers money along the way. · Consider various types of lodging. Road trippers who plan well in advance may be able to find great deals on lodging, but too much planning may cost travelers some of the flexibility and freedom they were hoping to enjoy during their vacations. Weather permitting, campsites can be unique and affordable places to stay. When planning your routes, choose roadways that are close to popular campsites, avoiding campsites that are too re-

mote, as such sites may cost you in time and fuel what you’re saving on lodging. If campsites are unavailable, download hotel website apps on your phone and use these apps to find affordable rooms as you go. Simply showing up to hotels without reservations is unlikely to yield great rates, but apps may offer discounted rates on rooms hotels are simply looking to fill at the last minute. · Bring your own food. Fuel, lodging and food tend to be the three biggest expenses on driving vacations. Travelers who bring their own food can save a substantial amount of money and maintain some control over what they eat. That’s a big benefit for men and women who like to eat healthy and prefer to avoid the fast food fare that tends to be the only options available at rest stops. Road trips make for great vacations, and travelers can take many steps to make such excursions more affordable without sacrificing fun.

8 Ways Kids can go Green Raising eco-friendly children is less complicated than it once was. From very early ages, today’s kids are exposed to environmental topics and how they can do their part to maintain and protect the planet’s resources. Between activities at daycare and lessons at school to information they receive from educational television programming, some kids are taking their own environmental initiatives - and involving their parents along the way. Inspiring children to be eco-friendly can be enjoyable and get those creative juices flowing. The following are eight ways children and their families can work together to protect the environment. 1. Precycle. Kids can attempt to reduce waste by recognizing products that could be wasteful and then avoiding those items. Toys or everyday items with excessive packaging that we use without thinking are just some examples of items that can be precycled. 2. Repurpose. Look at items that normally end up in the trash and find new and fun ways to repurpose them. Children can make crafts out of junk mail, catalogs and old newspapers. Juice boxes or plastic containers can be turned into boats or accessories for dolls and action

figures. Use natural materials found in the yard or on a nature walk to make a fairy garden or imaginative world for small toys. 3. Reuse. Toting lunch or snacks around can be more eco-friendly when reusable containers are part of the equation. Explore the many lunch bags, beverage cups, thermoses, Bento boxes, and other packaging available. Many are made from recycled materials as well. 4. Walk. Encourage getting around without firing up the car. Walking, jogging, biking, or scootering around the neighborhood is more eco-friendly than driving. Many adventures can unfold when seeing the world from a pedestrian’s vantage point, but things are easily missed when riding inside cars or trucks. 5. Conserve water. Lessons learned in conservation are important. Water is one resource that is crucial to human life. Kids can explore ways to cut down on water consumption or use water more efficiently. The environmental resource Green Lifestyle Changes says that a 10-minute shower with a standard shower head can use upward of 80 gallons of water and generate up to four pounds of CO2 emissions. Simply reducing show-

er time can save energy and water. There are other ways to conserve as well. Make it a family project to collect rain water to use for washing cars or watering plants. 6. Rent rather than buy. From toys to video games to movies, people have more entertainment options than ever before. And nowadays it’s easy to access a fresh supply of entertainment without making purchases that require the manufacturing of new items. Streaming rented content rather than buying packaged versions can reduce waste in a number of ways. 7. Turn off/turn down. Turn off lights, appliances, electronics, and much more when they’re not in use. Also, encourage children (of an appropriate age) to unplug certain electronics so appliances aren’t consuming electricity while in standby mode, which is called vampire power. 8. Change body care products. Introduce kids to earth-friendly soaps, shampoos, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Children are the next generation to take on the task of protecting the planet. When they begin an eco-friendly lifestyle early on, they may be more likely to employ the same strategies in adulthood.

Car Prices over the Years According to the popular website ThePeopleHistory.com, the average price for a new car in 1986 was $9,255. While figures for 2016 have yet to be determined, in September 2015, the automotive resource Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb. com) reported that the average transaction price for light vehicles in August 2015 was $33,543. Those figures should raise eyebrows among consumers, as they illustrate just how much more expensive new cars have become over the last three decades. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index inflation calculator indicates that $9,255 in 1986 had the same buying power as $20,041.47 in 2015, leaving consumers in 2015 well short of the necessary funds needed to purchase new vehicles. If new vehicle buyers in 1986 were faced with similar average car costs as buyers in 2015 faced, they would have needed $15,489.91 to drive a new car home from the dealership.

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How to Approach Refinancing or Consolidating Student Loans The average college student can expect to pay between $10,000 and $23,000 in tuition fees at public universities depending on if they live in-state our out. Those costs are even higher for private colleges, with prices starting at $30,000, according to The College Board, a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Millions of students and their families simply cannot afford to pay for tuition and boarding outright, leaving them to seek out student loans and other options to finance their educations. Today’s college students can expect to graduate with substantial debt. According to an analysis of government data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors, a group of websites offering advice about planning and paying for college, members of the class of 2015 can expect to have a little more than $35,000 in student-loan debt upon graduation. In an effort to make repayment more manageable, many students opt to consolidate their loans or refinance for better rates. Renegotiating, consolidating or refinancing can help recent grads in various ways. Some grads may find it easier to work with a sin-

gle lender, while others may recognize how much they can save over the life of their loans if they refinance with lower interest rates. But before restructuring their loans, borrowers should take steps to understand the process so they can rest easy knowing they made the best decision. · Know the risks. Borrowers who have federal student loans and are looking for better interest rates should realize that they may sacrifice some benefits by cutting ties with the federal program. These can include passing up on federal loan protection, such as deferment and certain loan forgiveness programs. · Explore the strengths of other lenders. Many banks are out there looking to do business, but lower interest rates may not be reason enough to refinance. Think about the convenience of keeping the loan with the bank you currently use for other accounts. This can make managing your finances much easier. There may even be incentives to keep all of your accounts with the same bank. Such perks may include lower interest rates or fee forgiveness. Some borrowers may want to work with lenders that specialize in student loans.

· Inquire about potential fees. Some lenders charge fees to transfer loans. Weigh the benefits of paying that fee against the perks of the new lender. Will you really save money? · Think about interest rates. Rates are usually separated into fixed or variable rates. Although variable rates can start out low, they may increase incrementally based on the market. Fixed rates do not vary and can be a safer option if you cannot pay off the loan very quickly. · Verify your credit standing. Even after all of the rate advertisements and the assumed benefits of a new loan, loan rates and terms are usually based on a borrower’s financial health and credit. Be sure your credit rating is good; otherwise the rate you end up with may not warrant refinancing. · Make sure loans are eligible. Not every lender will take on student loans. Determine your eligibility before you begin doing all the legwork required to restructure your existing loans. Restructuring student loans can benefit borrowers in various ways. But borrowers should do their best to learn the ins and outs of restructuring before changing their existing terms.

How to Childproof your Home New parents face a host of challenges upon bring their newborn sons and daughters home, not the least of which is childproofing their homes so the newest additions to their families are safe and sound. The strategies moms and dads employ when childproofing their homes will change as youngsters grow older and mure curious, but the following are a few tips to get parents started. · Install safety latches and locks on cabinets and drawers. Curiosity might start to take over at the moment infants learn to crawl, so new parents should install safety latches and locks on all cabinets and drawers in their homes. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that such latches and locks can prevent access to a host of

potentially harmful items, such as medications, cleaning products, knives, and other sharp objects. · Use anti-scald devices. Burns from hot water can quickly cause significant burns to young children’s skin, so install anti-scald devices that regulate water temperature and reduce the risk of kids being burned. The CPSC also recommends lowering water heaters to 120 F to further reduce the risk of burns. · Use safety gates at stairways and in rooms that are off limits. Safety gates around stairways and in doorways of prohibited rooms can reduce the likelihood of potentially harmful falls and keep kids out of rooms where they might be harmed. Place gates in the doorways of rooms that contain sharp objects, work tools,

substances that can prove harmful if ingested, and any other items you don’t want inquisitive tots to come into contact with. Make sure all safety gates at the top of stairways are the kind that can be nailed into the wall. · Attach bumpers to the edges of sharp furniture. Corner and edge bumpers can reduce the risk of injury when kids bang their heads on sharp furniture such as coffee tables or other items with hard edges. Make sure the bumpers are firmly secured before allowing youngsters into the room. Infants, toddlers and young children are vulnerable to injury around the house. Parents can reduce that injury risk by taking several steps to childproof their homes. More childproofing tips are available at www.cpsc.gov.

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Are formal spaces disappearing? Formal dining and living spaces could once be found in every home. But such rooms are becoming more and more rare, thanks in large part to the rising popularity of multipurpose open spaces. As early as 1992, architects and builders were predicting the demise of formal living spaces in homes. At that year’s International Geographical Congress, architectural geographer Artimus Keiffer estimated the living room and dining room would disappear from the American residence in the next century, to be replaced by the family-entertainment room and the computer room. According to North Carolina-based builders Stanton Homes, many home buyers have inquired about converting their formal dining rooms into office spaces or rooms to be used for purposes other than dining. The National Association

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Some surprising health benefits of caffeine That new coffee bar opened up just around the corner and you have been eager to sample one of their signature blends. But you consistently resist the urge to venture inside. Caffeine is not so healthy for you, right? Caffeine, the most widely consumed stimulant on the planet, has garnered a bad reputation. Some people fear caffeine and it’s potentially jittery and addictive side effects. However, many medical professionals attest that, when consumed in moderation, caffeine actually can have a number of health benefits. Before you skip that morning cup of Joe or choose an herbal blend instead of black tea, consider the following health benefits of caffeine. · Caffeine boosts brain and central nervous system function. Caffeine mimics the shape of another compound in the body called adenosine, which helps the body calm down and become sleepy. Caffeine can fit in adenosine receptors and cause a jolt of energy rather than sleepiness. Harvard researchers have found that blocking adenosine may slow the buildup of a toxic brain plaque that is associated

with Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, caffeine may help keep dopamine molecules active in the brain and prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease. · Caffeine can help improve mood. The stimulant effect of caffeine may help boost people’s moods, and thus reduce the propensity for suicidal thoughts. In 2013, Harvard’s School of Public Health found that respondents who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day cut their suicide risk by 45 percent. · Caffeine may lower risk of stroke. Studies conducted in both the United States and Sweden found that older women who drink more than a cup of caffeinated coffee each day have between a 20 and 25 percent lower risk of stroke. Similar findings were discovered in older men. · Caffeine boosts memory. Studies from Johns Hopkins University showed that a 200mg caffeine pill helped boost memory consolidation. · Caffeine offers pain relief. Caffeine is often paired with other pain relievers to bring about faster relief. The Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that when caffeine was combined with

other pain relievers, patients required 40 percent less of the other drug to bring the same amount of relief experienced when using just the non-caffeine drug alone. Caffeine on its own can also relieve pain. Consuming caffeine before or after a workout can help reduce muscle soreness. · Caffeine may help to prevent cancer. A recent study from Rutgers University pointed out that caffeine prevented skin cancer in hairless mice. · Caffeine could open up air passages. People with asthma may find caffeine can improve their breathing. A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine determined that caffeine seems to open airways and help asthmatics breathe easier, providing a similar benefit to theophylline, a current asthma medication. Although caffeine can prove beneficial in various ways, individuals should realize that it remains a potent and potentially addictive stimulant. Caffeine also can aggravate anxiety symptoms and interact with certain medications. People concerned about caffeine should discuss their caffeine consumption with their physicians.

Allergic to Pet Dander? According to the American Lung Association, pet dander is composed of tiny flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. While pet dander is so small it’s sometimes microscopic, it can still cause reactions in people who are allergic to pet dander. But skin is not the only potential allergen associated with pets. Pets may cause allergic reactions in some people thanks to various proteins found in the saliva, urine and feces from cats, dogs and other pets. Dried saliva containing allergens may flake off from animal fur and enter the air, where it can be inhaled by people and trigger an allergic reaction. That might be one reason why, according to the ALA, nearly twice as many people report allergies to cats compared to dogs. Cats often clean themselves by licking their own fur. Any dried saliva left on cats after these cleaning sessions may contain allergens that even-

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GRAFTON POST OFFICE The Grafton Postmaster has announced the retail office will close for lunch from 1-2 p.m. beginning March 26. This change (formally closed from noon-1 p.m.) is to better serve the Grafton area community. Customers will still have access to P.O. boxes and mail drop receptacles during this time. The operating hours for the Grafton Post Office are: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. LIBRARY CLOSURE The Grafton-Midview Library will be closed Easter Sunday, March 27. The book drop on the side of building adjacent to the parking lot will remain available. BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE There will be a meeting on Wednesday evening, April 6, at 7 p.m. at in the Council Chambers of Grafton Village Hall for all persons interested in planning and assisting with the Grafton Bicentennial. Grafton will celebrate its bicentennial in 2017.

former work, and road repairs. The two police cars purchased by the village have arrived and are now in use. Energy saving LED lights have been installed in portions of Village Hall. The remaining lighting exchange work at the hall will be done by the Electric Department when forced inside by weather. It was announced during the meeting, Grafton’s own Soldiers of History will lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cleveland. A full schedule of programs is being offered at the library the next two months. The library is also asking for volunteers to help with the summer lunch program. There will be three locations where children can receive a free meal and learn about nutrition. The locations include Eaton Community Park, Colonial Oaks, and the library. The next meeting is scheduled for April 5.

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Angels Haven Horse Rescue We will be hosting our 7th Annual Spring Wing Fling Fund-raiser in support of the Angels Haven Horse Rescue horses. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Quaker Steak & Lube, located at 4900 Transportation Drive in Sheffield Village. Come enjoy all you can eat pasta, pizza, wings, salad and pop, beer, wine and well drinks. We will have sideboards, 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets and door prizes. DJ Paul will be providing great music. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets and donations help pay for horse feed, supplements, veterinary and farrier care and stall bedding. Please call Heidi at (440) 781-5060 for tickets as we would like them to be sold before the event for planning purposes (some will be at the door). If you have questions, please let us know.

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Sponsored by North Ridgeville Seniors, Inc. with programs being held at Hinkson Hysell VFW Post 3341 Banquet Hall - 783 Huron Street in Grafton The Grafton/LaGrange areas are looking for Meals on Wheels drivers. To become a driver, contact Robin @ 353-0829. If there is ever a snow day for Keystone or Midview, ALL PROGRAMS WILL BE CANCELED. These Programs are Available to ALL SENIORS at NO CHARGE.

3/21 at 2:00 pm Senior Coffee Club. Movie with free donuts and coffee for participants. 3/22 at 2:00 pm Senior Exercise Class being instructed by Debi’s Personal Training with fruit and juice for participants. 3/25 at 2:00 pm Senior Card Club with pop and snacks for participants. 3/28 at 2:00 pm Senior Coffee Club. Movie with free donuts and coffee for participants. 3/29 at 2:00 pm Senior Exercise Class being instructed by Debi’s Personal Training with fruit and juice for participants. 4/01 at 2:00 pm Senior Card Club with pop and snacks for participants. • If you have questions on these programs, please contact the VFW’s Canteen Manager by calling 440-926-3341. • The VFW Hall is available for rent to use for your special occasions. Call 440-926-3341 and ask for the Canteen Manager for additional information.

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Wine & Beer fund-raiser The Midview Compass Committee invites you to save the date, May 7, for their 8th annual Wine and Beer Tasting event. This will again be a Kentucky Derby themed fund-raising event, and we will watch the race live! Cost is $40 per person. Tickets will go on sale soon. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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February was “Thank your Bus Driver” month. To celebrate, honor and show their appreciation to the Midview bus drivers, the students and staff at Midview East Intermediate School presented them with a blue and white carnation. This event was sponsored by the Midview East Student Council.

Midview Kindergarten Registration Night will be held on Wednesday, March 23, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Midview North Cafeteria. You will be able to register your child for Kindergarten, meet the Principals and Kindergarten teachers, tour the school and enjoy some cookies! Please remember to bring your child’s birth certificate, 2 proofs of residence, shot records, social security card, IEP (if applicable) and custody papers (if applicable).

CROW HAVEN OPEN HOUSE “Happy Spring to our friends!”

March 18, 19 & 20 Ready to plant your garden and watch it grow? Ready to see some green because your’re sick of the snow? Lose your cabin fever and be of good cheer! The buds will soon be poppin’! Spring is almost here!! The robins are singing and “Birds of a Feather” know, there’s a fun place to “flock” to... Come on into the crow! Crow Haven that is!!

Please join us for our Spring Open House, Friday, March 18, from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, March 19 & 20, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Now open additional days to serve you better! Thursday & Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Enter for a great door-prize with every purchase! Crow Haven specializes in Primitives, unique country décor, select antiques and many new & old treasures. CASH OR CHECK ONLY! Located in downtown Grafton at 955 MAIN STREET Call us at (440) 926-2002 Our regular store hours are: Thurs. & Fri. 11-6 SAT. 10-6 & SUN. 12-4

Solo and Ensemble results Midview High School Band members also participated in the Lorain County Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event held at Firelands High School in February. The following musicians received Superior or I ratings. Congratulations to: Michele Manuk, Ken Specker, Sara Helwig and John Koleski - clarinet quartet; Kristin Prunty - woodwind solo; Jonathan Leopold - bassoon solo; Holden Reutener and Joe Bucknavich - clarinet duet; Brent Shassberger-brass solo; Lauryn Kmitt, Kristin Prunty, and Sara Liszeski - woodwind ensemble; John Koleski and Sara Helwig clarinet duet; Kaila Gallagher - woodwind solo; Michele Manuk and Nick Lawwill - woodwind duet; Nick Lawwill - brass solo; Killian Moore - euphonium solo; Luke Hewing - solo; Victoria Ternes and Brent Shassberger - horn duet; Emily Juncker - flute solo; John Koleski - alto sax solo; Jakob Helwig - percussion solo; Sara Liszeski - woodwind solo; Michael Whary - trumpet solo; Nick Lawwill and Devon Lichtler - trumpet duet. Receiving Excellent or II ratings were: Corey Dulemba and Patrick Sim - brass duet; Julia Diederick-bassoon solo; Michele Manuk - 2 clarinet solos; John Koleski - flute solo; Jason Breuler - oboe solo; John Koleski - clarinet solo; Victoria Ternes - French horn solo; Lauryn Kmitt - woodwind solo; Jacob Reising, Tyler Pragg, Brent Shassberger, Jesse Doehr and Nick Lawwill - wind quintet; Griffin Buchanan-percussion solo; Sara Helwig - clarinet solo; and Julia Diederick - clarinet solo.

Grafton-Midview Library To register for programs, call 926-3317, or visit the library at 983 Main Street in Grafton, or visit their website at www.gmplibrary.org. Chronic Pain Management - Monday, March 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Chronic pain is pain lasting six months or more from a variety of causes can cause you to feel irritable, tired, isolated, or helpless and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Learn techniques to safely and effectively manage chronic pain through this sixweek course. Attendance to all programs is highly encouraged. Three spots just became available! Registration is required. Additional dates for this program are: March 28, April 4, 11, & 18. Roary’s Readers - Wednesdays, now-March 23, 4-6 p.m. Teen volunteers provide assistance to younger readers to make reading a more enjoyable experience. Go to www. gmplibrary.org for all the details. AARP Tax Aide - Fridays, now-April 15, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. AARP Tax Aide volunteers assist patrons with no-cost tax preparation. Participants must schedule an appointment for assistance. Appointments can be made by calling the library at (440) 926-3317. Batman VS. Superman Night - Wednesday, March 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Compete in an Injustice Tournament. Make bottle cap necklaces, magnets, and paper crafts featuring your favorite characters. Enjoy “su-

Chick Hatching @ GMPL! Saturday, April 2, 10:30 - 11:30 AM Join us for a presentation from Bring the Farm to You, and learn all about chicks and their life cycles. For three weeks, we will watch them grow from egg to adorable chick! Sponsored by the Friends of GMPL’s 2014 & 2015 Read Between the Wines event. Registration is required and is only a click, call or visit away.

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Lions Easter Bunny Lunch The LaGrange Lions will be serving lunch with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 26, at Lions Park, 240 Glendale St., from 12-1 p.m. Lunch will be a hot dog, snack and a drink for $2/ person. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for kids 10 years and under immediately after lunch, with prize tickets in some eggs and a special Easter basket raffle. Please bring a bag or basket for egg collection. Don’t forget your cameras!

Books and Brunch The Friends of The Keystone-LaGrange Community Library are hosting their 5th Annual Books and Brunch on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lions Park, located at 240 Glendale Street, in La Grange. Tickets are available on a pre-sale basis for $10 each. For more details or ticket information, call

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LaGrange Twp. Trustees At the last regular meeting Chief Rader stated that he has four firemen that have gone through their probationary period and need outfitted with new turnout gear. Cost of the four sets totaled $8,788 plus shipping costs. Trustees motioned to approve the purchase from Warren Fire. Trustees approved the purchase of four sets of turn out gear for new personnel who have fulfilled their probationary period. Cost of each set of turn out gear is $2,197 with the total cost of $8,788. Trustees also approved the purchase of rope rescue equipment which would be necessary for tall buildings like the school or farm buildings or even the quarries. Currently there are two personnel trained in rope rescue but others are qualified to assist. This equipment will be purchased at a cost of $5,993. Foreman reported that they are continuing maintenance and repair on all vehicles. He reminded the board that the 2005 International is 11 years old and has 40,000 miles on it. He will check pricing on new vehicles. He submitted two quotes on replacing the air brakes on the 2005 truck from Kelling Equipment and Dunlap’s. After comparing the work quoted Canfield motioned to approve to spend up to $3,900 to have the air brakes adjusted and repaired by Kelling Equipment. On March 22 the township will meet with the County Engineer and residents of the King Ditch to review the clearing project. The Township has been notified by ODOT that there will be a closure on Parsons Road due to the repair of the bridge. Detour route for the township will be Kipton Nickle Plate Road into Pittsfield Township, north on West Road back to Parsons Road. Trustees approved this detour. The Lorain County Board of Commissioners and County Sanitary Engineer are working with Pheasant Run Association to resolve their failing sewage treatment system. A plan has been submitted to the Ohio EPA for review and a flow agreement has been executed between the Commissioners and the Village of LaGrange. The County Engineer has asked for comment from all affected designated management agencies in the proposed area. The Trustees will submit a letter stating their concerns regarding this plan. They question adding a third entity to the facility planning area which places the township in an extremely complicated position with little to no bargaining power with any of them. The township will be carved up at the whim of county and village officials and annexation could soon follow. The refusal of

all entities involved to include township officials in any and all discussions sets a disturbing precedent for all future discussions and negotiations. The effect on the proposed sewage line running thru the township is sure to have an impact on our residents along that line. Our residents deserve answers to this question and no response has been received when the township has asked. It is concerning that the county and village can make decisions for our township residents without our input during the investigative process even though we have asked. This project would essentially take all of the wastewater discharge from one area of the township and move it to another area north of the village which already has existing drainage problems.No answer has been given as to how this additional flooding and devaluation of our resident’s property will be alleviated. Hopefully these questions will be answered without being forced into a situation that is not in the best interest of our residents. The Engineer has contacted the township on the Webster Road project. With the increase in the price of oil it will be cheaper to blacktop the part of the road which was widened last year. This was included as part of this year’s Issue II application with Penfield Township. SEE LAGRANGE TRUSTEES ON PAGE 19

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4H Chili Cook-Off The Country Kids 4H club of Wellington will be hosting a Chili Cook- Off on Saturday, March 26 at the Town Hall in downtown Wellington. Chili, sides and desserts will be served from 4-7 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as awards for the top three chilis. If you would like to enter a chili, please contact Wendy Spicer at (440) 822-6168. They are asking for a donation of $10 for a chili entry and $5 to just eat and vote for your favorite. Come out for a great meal and to support a great group of kids!

4-H Endowment Board Dinner & Auction fund-raiser Lorain County’s 4-H program currently helps over 2,000 youth, ages 5-18, develop skills to become successful contributing adults in our society. With support from donors, they are able to continue to keep the 4-H program in Lorain County one of the best in Ohio. The 4-H Endowment fund helps support this vital 4-H program by awarding scholarships, grants and other funding requests. The dinner/auction this year will be held April 9 at Wellington Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are available for $20 each or you can sponsor a table for $200 and receive 8 tickets. All tickets are advance sale only. For more ticket or donation information, please contact the OSU Extension Office at (440) 326-5851.

Penfield Twp. Trustees The March 1, regular meeting of the Penfield Township Trustees was called to order at 7:30 p.m. All officers were present. The meeting was attended by 12 guests. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved with a motion made by Lloyd Gordon, seconded by Richard Conrad. Voucher #’s 11200 thru 11215, withholding voucher 7-2016 thru 9-2016 and blanket certificate 16-2016 were approved with a motion made by Duane Johnson, seconded by Richard Conrad. Fiscal Officer Denes read the correspondence which included the MOU’s from SWAC for the Curtis Ditch Phase II lateral and the Curtis Ditch Phase III. The MOU’s

were signed and Fiscal Officer Denes will take them and the signed easement forms to the SWAC office. Two utility locates were received from the Engineers office. The Oberlin Municipal Court reports that their annual report is available online. The annual General Health District meeting will be held on March 10. The February LC Sheriff’s report was received and is available for review. The Department of Commerce continues to work to encourage Southshore Cable to pay the franchise fees owed to the Township. Fiscal Officer Denes reminded all of the American Red Cross Blood Drive to be held on March 2, from 3-7 p.m. Zoning Inspector Richard Donahue presented the

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monthly zoning report. He advised that the material from the OTA winter conference had been copied and distributed to zoning board members. He further advised that copies of the zoning resolution changes pertaining to in home occupations had been mailed to parties that were impacted by the changes. Inspector Donahue advised that the printer purchased by the Township for use in his home zoning office had expired and he replaced it at his cost. The old printer, purchased in 2000 at a cost of $250, will be removed from the inventory. Park Board president, Tim Tyrone, reported that the Board’s annual reverse raffle will be held April 30 at the Izaak Walton League. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from any Park Board member. The Board’s Palm Sunday Brunch will be held on March 20, from 10 am until 1 pm. A new scoreboard for Field #3 has been donated by KATZ. They also made a $1,000 donation toward new windscreen. Boy Scout Troop #118 member Vinnie Tyrone spoke about the possibility of installing fencing at the Ball Park for his Eagle Scout Project. He will obtain cost estimates and report back to the Trustees. Jackie Johnson of the Penfield Historical Society advised that they will hold a fund raising steak fry in July and requested permission to use the Community Room. Permission was granted. The PHS will hold a dinner at the Jilbert Winery in September. They will also have a “Fill the Truck” fund-raiser in conjunction with the Township’s 5/21 Dumpster/Pride Day. Road man, Bill Albrecht advised that there was room in the salt shed for at least 50 ton of salt. Salt usage was down this year due to the milder winter. Trustee Gordon will ascertain how much tonnage is left on our salt contract for the year. Delivery must be taken by the end of May. Deputy Bungard of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department reported that there are many scams this time of the year. Some scammers pretend to be from the IRS, others from the Lottery Commission. When in doubt, get the number & contact information and call the LC Sheriff’s Department. Brian Douglas and Beryl Blaylock from Big Dog Allegiance were on hand to answer any questions about their CCW classes which are held twice a month. Trustee Conrad reported that he had almost fallen prey to an online printer service scam. Conrad reported that he spoke with the operations manager from Armstrong who advised that 3 of 5 phases were complete in the Township and that they expected to be finished by mid-April. Discussion was held regarding attendance at the annual General Health District Meeting. Trustee Conrad advised that

The Penfield Historical Society will meet on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Penfield Town Hall, located at 41012 Rt.18, in Wellington. Thier program will be presented by Janet Bird. The title is “An Overview of Lorain County History with a Spotlight on Keystone.” This half-hour program is one of a series that was started in 2011 to coincide with the schools’ units of

study on local history. It begins with an overview of the history of the development of the county into townships and then focuses on those townships in a specific school district – in this case, Keystone. Janet Bird retired in 2000 after teaching Latin and English at Keystone and then

Strongsville. Since 2002, through grants from Community Foundation of Lorain County and the Nordson Corporation, she has been creating and presenting programs for the Lorain County Historical Society. The public is welcome.

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FOR SALE 11 5-Gallon wine making carboys for sale. $20 each or $200 for all, Firm. 440-748-2139 Dog grooming equipment, Oster clipper, 10 blades, scissors, oil, grease, blade wash. 440-748-3386 Pure Maple Syrup $32/gal. $18 /half gal., $9.50qt., $6.50/pint. 1 3/4 miles south of Homeville, 10125 Zimmerman Rd., Homerville, OH Vintage Slate Pool Table with accessories, $150. Ph: 440322-4280 Acorn Stairlifts. The AFFORDABLE solution to your stairs! **Limited time -$250 Off Your Stairlift Purchase!** Buy Direct & SAVE. Please call 1-800-410-7127 for FREE DVD and brochure. Safe Step Walk-In Tub Alert for Seniors. Bathroom falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less Than 4 Inch Step-In. Wide Door. Anti-Slip Floors. American Made. Installation Included. Call 1-800-906-3115 for $750 Off Building Materials METAL ROOFING- A real roof for your house, garage, barn. Roof, ceiling, siding. Closeout deals. Low prices. Fast delivery. slateroadsupply.com 717 445-5222 KILL BED BUGS! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killers/KIT. Hardware Stores, The Home Depot, homedepot.com

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FULL park with restrooms, 3 pavilions, air conditioned hall, for 25 to 138. Call LaGrange Lions Club. 440-458-6781.

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RUMMAGE SALE Huge Rummage Sale: Elyria First United Methodist Church, 312 Third St. Downtown Elyria. Fri. Apr. 1, 9-5; Sat. Apr. 2, 9-12. Sat. $2 Bag, Entrance to Parking behind Church off Holly Lane.

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LAWN & GARDEN Cordells: Lawn Mowing and Yard Maintenance. Insured. Contract or no Contract. 440-236-3609 Granular fertilizer programs Ullrich Lawncare A Columbia Station company FREE ESTIMATES 440-236-9117 New customers $20 off first visit www.ullrichlawncare.com GREENPIECE Personalized, complete landscape restorations. Trees, new beds, lawns, walk-ways, topsoil & mulch. 440-458-5551 Land Works Spring Clean up specials! Also offering rolling lawns with 1 ton roller. Free estimates. Call 440-452-9353. TOWN & COUNTRY Tree Service. Complete tree removal, trimming, root feeding and cleaning. Fully insured. FREE ESTIMATES. Firewood for sale. 440-236-3061.

SALES & SERVICES SMALL DUMPSTERS for roofing, remodeling, etc. Bobcat, Backhoe & Dump Truck work available CALL JASON’S SERVICES 440-926-3446

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A contract from First Merit was presented for the online transfer of payroll through direct deposit. It was noted that this would save money on the purchase of checks and on the delay of check cashing by employees as well as lost checks. The contract was approved. The board voted to approve the purchase of an Apple MBAIR 13.3 laptop and software for the use of the Zoning Inspector at a cost of $1,132 from Apple Retail which was under the price of State Purchasing Vendors. The 2016 Garage Sale weekend was set for June 2224. Garage Sales held during this period will have the permit fees waived. Dumpster Days for 2016 have been announced. They will be held on May 14 and October 8. The next regular meeting of the Trustees will be held on March 28, at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall. Roberta Moore, Fiscal Officer, LaGrange Township, Lorain County [email protected] gmail.com

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Rosie seeks loving home Rosie loves to be brushed! This pretty 3-yearold was brushed daily and slept with her owner every night. She was the only pet in the house and lived with her owner until they died. Rosie is used to living in a house and being loved a lot. It would be so nice for her to be back in a good home ASAP. If you would like to give Rosie a loving, forever home, please call the Friendship Animal Protective League at (440) 322-4321. (www.FriendshipAPL.org) The shelter is located at 8303 Murray Ridge Road, in Elyria. Their hours are from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Friday & Saturday; from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday; and from 11

Rosie

a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Adoption fees are $10 for 1 year and older and $40 for less than 1 year old. All cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and have tested negative for FeLV. Friendship APL is a private, non-profit humane society. They depend on the generosity and financial support of the public to serve the people and animals of Lorain County.

Mathletes Shine at Competition Over 100 students attended the fourth annual integration bee competition! An integration bee is like a spelling bee, but instead of spelling words, students solve integrals. Of the eleven competitors this year, Joseph Irwin earned first place, followed by Anna Anikienko in second, and Koral Kasnyik in third. Keystone High School Calculus Teacher Ms. Konya explains, “The Integration Bee is a chance for the calculus students to showcase their skills, and it also helps prepare them for the upcoming Advanced Placement test. Additionally, the competition gets underclassmen interested in calculus and allows them to see how the skills they are learning this year will be applied next year.” Teachers, administrators, and SpaceBound, Inc. also helped support the event by donating items for the winners and door prizes for the spectators. Of this support, Konya says, “I was impressed with the number of staff members who were so willing to help and all of the people who made donations. The entire math department helped judge and keep time, and everyone helped to encourage our competitors.” Congratulations again to all of the student participants and to the competition’s top three finishers, Joseph, Anna and Koral!

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