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Local artisans show off their talents at Sylvania Arts & Crafts Festival
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 29 August 2008 09:23

The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce annual Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Sept. 7 at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania.
The festival, one of the largest one-day events in the country will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, 180 juried arts and craft artisans will be on hand, including:
• Rod Graffis, from Curtice, who does indoor and outdoor garden metal art.
• Julie Shine Webster, from East Toledo, who has porcelain pottery.
• Rebecca Booth, from Genoa, featuring glass jewelry.
• Lynn Hanely, from Millbury, with her hand-painted Christmas ornaments, pins, hand-stitched sweatshirts and decorations.

Toledo Zoo installs small wind turbine
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 29 August 2008 09:20

In keeping with its commitment to finding alternative energy sources and creating a greener world, the Toledo Zoo installed a residential-sized wind turbine Aug. 26.

The turbine will provide power to the new ticket booths in the zoo’s renovated Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Zoo officials also hope the installation will raise awareness about the need for environmental responsibility.

Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak and Toledo City Council member Michael Collins attended the installation to lend their support for this project.

The wind turbine is expected to generate 3,600-kilowatt hours per year for the zoo’s ticket booths. In addition, the zoo will install three solar panels on the ticket booths. All told, the steps are expected to reduce the zoo’s carbon footprint by

Genoa band members keep in step with a little help from a friend
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 29 August 2008 09:15

Technically, it was still their summer vacation, but from July 21 to Aug. 1, members of the Genoa High School Band packed up their fans and water bottles and headed off to band camp at Heidelberg College.

After camp, band members continued to put in many long, hot hours of practice – generally at least eight hours a week, and often 10 or more to prepare for Friday-night halftime shows.

The band will perform halftime shows through the end of the season on Oct. 24, and then will put on one more show Oct. 30 at the Indoor Marching Concert, where they play all the songs from each show over the football season. The band will also participate in four parades now through October.

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