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Household items and materials serve double-duty in the garden

How can you use stale soda pop, old metal hangers and cuticle scissors in your garden?

And, why are baby powder, dirty aquarium water and Styrofoam packing peanuts actually valuable items for gardeners?

Very common, everyday materials that most of us have around the house and may be routinely throwing away can be recycled for use in our gardens, flowerbeds and container growing. Many money-saving, time-saving and convenient solutions to help us with our garden problems are available using household items you already have in your home. So, now that the flowers are planted and the vegetables are growing, make up your own remedies for fighting the weeds and garden pests, and keeping your plants healthy and beautiful throughout the growing season.

Weed and pest control
Protect bulbs from chewing critters by dusting them with medicated baby powder before planting.

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Woodville, Oak Harbor plan Independence Day events
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a gala Independence Day celebration Saturday July 3 along the Portage River, in downtown Oak Harbor.

The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies, followed by entertainment performances by Class A Dance Studio and music provided by Legacy II.

The winner of the Village Anniversary T-shirt contest will be announced. At 8 p.m. Apple Festival Royalty will hold their famous “Duck Race” on the Portage River. Watch as the excitement builds to see if your duck is a lucky prize winner.

The night would not be complete without the sky being illuminated with the most spectacular fireworks display around!

No coolers will be allowed. All beverages must be purchased at the event.

The Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help with the celebration. Volunteers are needed for gate checking, ticket sales, and bartending.  Call 419-898-0479  to volunteer or obtain more information.

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The 31st annual Portage River Festival, which will be held Sunday, June 27 at Depot Park in Elmore, is promising great food and entertainment for the entire family.

A community garage sale beginning June 25 and continuing through Sunday will help kick off the weekend. To be added to the garage sale list please call 419-862-3029.

This year's festival will include:

• A “Redneck Lawnmower Pulling Contest” (info: Tim at 419-376-2639)

• A talent show (info: Randy at 419-665-2761)

• A flea market and craft show (info: Rick at 419-862-3058)

• The first annual Charlie Schneider Memorial Car Show and “Ugliest Pickup Truck Contest” (Info: 419-862-2978)

• The 35th annual Portage River Bicycle Tour (info: 419-243-7680)

• And a new event – The Portage River 5K run (info: Candy at 419-355-3322).

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