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Nature’s Neighborhood, The Toledo Zoo’s new children’s zoo, offers many great opportunities to encounter the natural world all year round, and the leafcutter ant exhibit is one of the most fascinating.

The tiny insects are a wonder of nature and now that the leafcutter ants have populated their entire exhibit, they offer even more opportunities for learning and fun.

Native to Central America, South America and parts of North America, leafcutter ants use their large jaws to cut off bits of leaves, which they carry great distances to underground chambers. There the leaves provide a sort of compost that helps grow the fungus on which the ants feed.

In Nature’s Neighborhood, the zoo has created an exhibit that allows the ants to replicate this behavior in a way that’s also engaging and interactive for kids. The ants travel through nearly 80 feet of clear tubing from a fungal garden area at one end of the exhibit toward the leaf cutting area at the other end. There they gather the leaf bits, which they then carry back to the garden area.

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The big white home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., has been the residence of world-famous personalities – including those of the feathered and four-footed varieties.

Animals have been a part of White House life since John Adams became the first president to reside in the White House. From horses that provided transportation for 19th century chief executives to pets whose popularity rivaled that of their masters, non-humans provide a vibrant part of presidential history.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center explores this fascinating aspect of America’s past through a pair of special exhibits, “White House Pets: Ambassadors at Large” and “White House Horses,” on display through Jan. 10, 2010 in the Hayes Museum. The pair of White House Historical Association exhibits is sponsored by Wonderly-Horvath-Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory with additional funding provided by Memorial Health Care System. “White House Pets: Ambassadors at Large” takes a look at the menagerie of animals that have called the White House home. Pet keeping in America evolved from Native Americans’ and European settlers’ domestication of animals for hunting, guarding, working, and friendship. Cows, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, songbirds, parrots, and other small animals were a part of daily life during the early years of the White House. Since 1870, domestic pets at the White House have mirrored the species generally seen in American households. The major difference always has been that a pet belonging to a president generates great public interest and scrutiny.

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Built in and around a massive hydro electric power plant that was constructed in 1911 and used by the city to generate power until 1943, Haunted Hydro is a unique historic structure that draws thousands of people from all over Ohio and surrounding states. This year, Northwest Ohio’s longest-running and most authentic Halloween event celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The attraction drew the interests of two paranormal investigation teams with high-tech equipment to detect possible paranormal activity. Both teams found several unexplained readings and several spikes and electronic voice phenomena (EVPs).

The Hydro has won many national awards and recognitions for their operations. Owners Bob and Beth Turner train their actors in a style of entertaining they call “hauntertaining,” which features heavy emphasis on makeup, costuming and creative character development. To this they add realistic, high-tech and detailed sets for a complete entertainment experience.

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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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