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Study: more teens using alcohol, ecstasy and marijuana
After a decade of consistent declines in teen drug abuse, a new national study released recently by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America® and MetLife Foundation points to marked upswings in use of drugs that teens are likely to encounter at parties and in other social situations.

According to the 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) sponsored by MetLife Foundation, the number of teens in grades nine through 12 who used alcohol in the past month has grown by 11 percent, (from 35 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2009); past year Ecstasy use shows a 67 percent increase (from 6 percent in 2008 to 10 percent in 2009); and past year marijuana use shows a 19 percent increase (from 32 percent in 2008 to 38 percent in 2009).

The PATS data mark a reversal in the remarkable, sustained declines in several drugs of abuse among teens: methamphetamine (meth) was down by over 60 percent and past month alcohol and marijuana use had decreased a full 30 percent over the past decade from 1998-2008.


Visit Pemberville for “A Touch of Spring” March 27
Pemberville Independent Merchants are planning a “Touch of Spring” celebration March 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Village of Pemberville.

Festivities will include:
• Pemberville Independent Merchants will hold their annual Donut Sale featuring Thompson’s homemade donuts at the Pemberville Medicine Shoppe. Mixed varieties will be available by the dozen or half-dozen. Order forms are currently available at local shops or by calling 419-287-3373.

• Beeker’s General Store will feature artisan Krista Jackson and her unique Pysanky egg art. Pysanky is the centuries-old Ukrainian wax-resist technique for creating elaborately-dyed eggshells. Jackson also creates unique jewelry featuring dyed eggshells and will have a number of pieces on display and for sale.
Debbie Wines, from Wines Bee Yard, will feature a variety of natural honey products including flavored honey, lip balms, honey mustard and carved beeswax candles.

• Riverbank Antique Market will host folk artist Pat Smith, who creates whimsical folk art dolls with needlesculpted faces and clothing fashioned from a variety of vintage fabrics and furs.

• The Spieldenner Art Gallery will feature a number of works by local artists, and will be holding a “Touch of Spring Sale.”

• Lori’s Country Craft Closet will also feature a number of Easter and spring primitives as part of open house activities.

• Youngsters will want to be on the lookout for the live bunny petting station located in the downtown area.

• Downtown Deco Floral Design will feature a number of unique spring wreaths and swags, and will be offering complimentary Easter balloons for children who visit.

• PIMA’s annual Brunch With the Bunny will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forks Restaurant. The buffet will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, toast, homemade donuts, fruit medley and a choice of beverage at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Kids 2 and younger eat free with an adult. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for those who want a photo (bring your own camera). There will also be a make-it take-it craft table and a free gift for kids.
Call 419-287-3274 for more information.

Spring Festival of Crafts
The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild’s Spring Festival of Crafts will be held March 20 and 21 at the Stranahan Great Hall, Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo.

Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show, sponsored by the juried members of the guild, will feature handcrafted spring items including spring floral arrangements, yard and home decorations, solid wood items, fabric,  metal work, country crafts, pottery, jewelry, seasonal items and more.

Admission and parking are free.

Safe in the Shade
The 2nd Annual “Safe in the Shade” Walk/5K Run for Melanoma will be held May 1 at 9 a.m. Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon (shelter #3).

The advance registration fee is $20, which includes a t-shirt. Event-day registration, which can be completed between 8 and 8:30 a.m., is $25, with no guarantee of a t-shirt.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Victory Center, which provides support and educational services to cancer patients and their families.

Pre-register at

Grief support
Foundation Stone Christian Church has started a free, Christian Grief Support Group for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the church, located at 4532 Woodville Rd., Northwood. Anyone interested in attending is asked to call the church at 419-693-5102 to register.

For Men Only
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia is a challenge. Changes in the person’s thinking, behavior and mood caused by the progression of the disease can lead to frustration, anxiety and a range of emotions for the caregiver. Men encounter unique issues, so the Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring a caregivers group “for men only.”

The program is presented at the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 2500 North Reynolds Rd. the first Thursday of every month from 6-7 p.m. by Bob Haush, LISW.

Male caregivers attending will find a relaxed, confidential atmosphere for a facilitated round-table discussion. Various topics will be discussed, from communication and challenging behaviors, to progression of the disease. The group also occasionally views videos, followed by discussion. To register for the free program, call toll-free 1-800-272-3900

The Genoa High School auditorium will soon be filled with the likes of witches,


wizards, munchkins, monkeys, ruby slippers, lions, tigers and even bears – oh my – as “The Wizard of Oz” is presented March 18-21.

The live adaptation of  L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, which closely follows the 1939 MGM film of the same name, is based on the production presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Local families are invited to follow the story of Dorothy (Ellie Swisher) and Toto (Duke) on their journey through Oz as she seeks to find her way back home to Kansas. Along the way, she learns to have heart, brains and courage, thanks in part to her new friends, the Lion ( Jake Winters), the Tin Woodsman (Christopher Miller) and the Scarecrow (Derek Miller).



Giving money to people along road

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