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During the winter months, for those with a passion for green, growing, things, it is interesting to check out what the garden centers of our local department stores have available. One interesting plant that I have been noticing is “Curly” or “Lucky” bamboo. I am told that this plant in the home brings good luck but, whether or not this is true, the plant is very decorative and unique.

In China, Lucky Bamboo plants are a symbol of good luck and are frequently given as gifts during the Chinese New Year. Recipients of Lucky Bamboo keep it near the entrance to their homes to attract good fortune. The number of stalks that the plant has determines the kind of luck it will bring. Three stalks, which is most common, are reputed to bring good happiness while five stalks mean wealth.

Lucky Bamboo is actually not a bamboo, rather it is a member of the family of plants called draecena. Draecena are native to rain forest areas of the world and include such common houseplants as the corn plant, pleomele, Madagascar Dragon tree,\ and striped draecena. These plants are also closely related to such houseplants as the snake plant and mother-in-law’s-tongue.

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Baba (Magdelene) Ujvagi, a Hungarian folk artist from the Birmingham

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Hungarian folk artist Baba (Magdelene) Ujvagi
decorated a series of Christmas ornaments for
this year’s White House holiday displays, through
the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America in
Washington D.C.

neighborhood of Toledo, has been asked by the White House to design and decorate a series of Christmas ornaments for this year’s holiday displays through the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America in Washington D.C.

She is among a number of ethnic community artists who are participating in the project.

Ujvagi received several large ornaments to decorate, she said. The communications from the White House asked artists “to decorate the Christmas ornaments paying tribute to a noteworthy and inspiring building or site with historical significance or cultural importance.”

Ujvagi chose to paint the Toledo Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge on one ornament. In addition to the bridge, the ornament features views of the Toledo Museum of Art, downtown Toledo, and the Mud Hens’ and City of Toledo logos.

Her other designs include:
• Ellis Island, which features depictions of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, American flags, pictures of Hungarian immigrants and a post card dated 1908.
• A statue of Louis Kossuth, a Hungarian Revolutionary hero, whose bust is displayed in the U.S. Capitol, along with news clippings of the artist Csaba Kur, views of the Capitol and red, white and green ribbons separating the globe into four sections.

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Heading out to do some last-minute shopping or to one of the many special holiday events planned throughout the area?

With winter officially beginning Dec. 21, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) encourages motorists to get ready, and during icy and snowy conditions, to “Take it Slow.”

ODOT fleet of snow-clearing equipment and crews are well-prepared for the 2009-2010 winter season and the department is asking Ohio motorists to be sure their vehicles are ready for safe driving during upcoming winter weather. 

“Driving in winter weather requires preparation,” ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris said. ODOT safety experts suggest that motorists can commit to do their part by driving at a safe speed for the conditions, avoiding following too closely and by planning ahead for unfavorable conditions.

Knowledge: Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions. Safe drivers know the weather, and their limits. If the weather is bad, remember, “ice and snow, take it slow, or just don’t go.”

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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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