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Caladiums add an exotic touch to the yard and garden

What colorful backyard tropical is related to a plant that is a staple, worldwide food source? Interestingly, this plant, though part of a family of plants that feed millions around the world, is poisonous.

Is your curiosity piqued?

This colorful beauty is the caladium and it is a close cousin to the taro plant used by many cultures as a food source. With its large, arrow-shaped leaves and wide variety of colors and patterns, it is an exciting addition to any shady area of the yard or garden. It also does very well in pots and can be grown with other blooming annuals to create a container that would brighten up any drab spot on a porch or patio.

Caladiums are native to the tropical areas of South America but they can be grown in Northwest Ohio during our summer growing season. Garden centers carry caladiums as dormant tubers or growing as potted plants. Whichever you choose, do not plant the caladiums outside until soil temperatures are constant at 70 degrees. Planting the tubers when the soil is too cool will cause them to rot before they have a chance to sprout.

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Local bikers and members of the community were invited to join in a show of unity against child abuse at the 2nd

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David Bork visited the grave of his twin sister, Kaycie, who
died at the age of 3 in October 2008, a victim of child abuse.
(Photo courtesy of Rhonda Bliss)

Annual Stand Against Child Abuse held June 12 at Traveler’s Motorcycle Club in Toledo.

The event raised funds for the Children’s Advocacy Center, Warriors for the Children and other non-profit organizations to raise awareness and to help children who are the victims of abuse.

Stand Against Child Abuse was founded by “Big” Mike Wallace, of Oregon, following the death of his 3-year-old granddaughter Kaycie Bork in October 2008 – a victim of ongoing abuse by her mother’s boyfriend.

A survivor of childhood abuse himself, Wallace said he felt compelled to create something positive from such an horrific situation.

Stand Against Child Abuse’s stated mission includes:

• To raise awareness of child abuse, its signs and the possible consequences of allowing the cycle to continue.

• To provide referrals to resources available to those who suspect abuse, who are in danger of continuing the cycle of abuse, or who have need of counseling and/or other forms of support following confirmed abuse.

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Rebecca Booth, “Marketing Goddess” with Genoa-based Imagine That! and award-winning fine artist, has created a

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Booth Painting

special collection of pastel paintings to raise funds for the Toledo Area Humane Society.

The 12 paintings and set of signed limited-edition prints will be unveiled at the fundraiser’s kickoff July 31. Each painting is a portrait of a cat or dog, including George, the cruelty case cat who was severely burned but has overcome his injuries and left a big impression on the hearts of the humane society staff, volunteers and visitors.

The kickoff will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laura’s Framing Place, Parkway Plaza, Maumee. Those attending may also visit with adoptable animals from the Toledo Area Humane Society. Donations and sales of the prints will continue online through the humane society’s website.

Booth has committed to posting new pieces to the collection in hopes that the giving never stops.

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Giving money to people along road

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