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Just about everyone is familiar with what happened when Dorothy – and her

little dog, too – was transported on her whirlwind adventure to Oz.

But long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz.

One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. 

“Wicked” is the story of their remarkable odyssey and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

The musical, the most anticipated musical production of the 2009-2010 Lincoln Mercury Broadway Series, landed at the Stranahan Theater March 31 and will run through April 18. 


Through April 9: 6th annual Terra Community College Art Show, in the Atrium of Building B on the Fremont campus. Students, faculty and staff will be exhibiting their work in various media including painting, drawing, mixed media, black and white photography, color photography, web page design, animation, sculpture and watercolor. Free. 419-559-2411.

Through April 18: Theater League Broadway Series Presents “Wicked,” Stranahan Theater, 4646 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo. So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, “Wicked” is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Tickets: 419-474-1333 or

Through April 25: “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2455 Monroe St. Photographer, journalist and film director Gordon Parks captured a cross section of the human experience-from wealth to poverty, fame to obscurity. 419-255-8000 or

Through April 25: “Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller,” The Henry Ford Museum 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI. Explore the collaborative problem-solving design process employed at the world-renowned and West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. 313-982-6001 or

Through April 30: “Animation Exhibition,” Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo. Ever wonder what it takes to bring cartoon character to life? Find out at the fully interactive exhibit, “Animation,” featuring Cartoon Network. Learn how art, math and science come together to create superheroes, virtual worlds and spectacular special effects. 419-244-2674 or


With Crystal Bowersox one of the last nine standing in the quest to become the


To honor Elliston’s “American Idol” contestant,
Dorothy Gackstetter enlisted the help of
airbrush artist Bob Poiry to create and erect a
sign proclaiming the town as the “Home of
Crystal Bowersox.” (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

2010 American Idol, the Ottawa County native is gaining more and more recognition nationally and even internationally.

But what about her hometown of Elliston? Even native Northwest Ohioans might be challenged to find the tiny hamlet on the map.

“I’ve lived in this area for over 50 years,” said Dorothy Gackstetter, who lives just outside of Elliston in Graytown. “My husband’s grandma grew up here and she lived to be 108 and his mom and dad lived in Elliston.

“But people often ask, `Where is Elliston?’” she said. “One lady told me that her GPS had no listing for it.”

Gackstetter envisioned a way to congratulate Bowersox’s success, and maybe bring a little recognition to the singer’s hometown too. She proposed a sign announcing Elliston as the home of Crystal Bowersox.

“When I had kids in school, and they had success in track, or baseball, or showing their horses, I always appreciated when they were recognized,” she said. “I thought, here’s a young girl who persevered and follow her dream like she did – she’s already a champion in my mind.


Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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