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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.


Nationally known writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor will bring his

Writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor
will present “An Evening of Storytelling”
April 15 at 7 p.m. at Owens Community College.

satire and humorous anecdotes to Northwest Ohio as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents “An Evening of Storytelling” on April 15 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Student Health and Activities Center.

Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is proud to welcome the return of Garrison Keillor to Northwest Ohio,” said Barbara Barkan, Owens manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. “Mr. Keillor is the living embodiment of the Midwestern spirit as he shares his steady thoughtfulness, old-fashioned values, traditional songs and dry humor through the legendary radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’”

Keillor began his radio career while attending the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, he went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969. Five years later, Keillor hosted his first broadcast of the now-famous radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”


The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, a 17-acre paradise of gardens and home to

For the first time, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore will
open in April, allowing visitors to enjoy spring in bloom.

hundreds of rare and unusual species of trees, shrubs and plants has announced that, for the first time, it will open its gates to visitors in the month of April.

“Since we opened to the public in 1991, we have always started our season on May 1 and we just felt like our members and guests have missed out on so much early spring beauty that is present in April,” said events coordinator Veronica Sheets.

Sheets noted that in the next few weeks, the gardens will be adorned with crocuses and daffodils blooming among the grove of ancient dawn redwood trees. Tulips, forsythia and hundreds of other flowering trees and shrubs, including more than 20 varieties of Japanese maple, many of which grow in the Japanese Garden, will also add their brilliant colors to the spring landscape.

According to assistant director David Halsey, the nearly 20,000 annuals that are on display each year at the gardens won’t be planted until May, however, “There is still an amazing display of beauty here in the springtime that we’re excited for folks to get a chance to see for the first time.”


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