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Memorial “Baby Shower” under way
A “Baby Shower” is being planned in memory of Sherry Sprouse, executive director of Heartbeat of Fremont Pregnancy Support Center, who lost her brave battle against cancer on Sunday, Dec. 13.

In honor of Sprouse’s dedication and hard work, the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County will host the shower, with all items donated to be given to Heartbeat.

Heartbeat most urgent needs include baby wipes; diapers sizes N, 3, 4, 5; sleepers; digital thermometers; nursing pads; and baby laundry detergent. The organization always gratefully accepts diapers of any size, baby clothing, Onesies, crib sheets, receiving blankets, bottle brushes, pacifiers, baby socks, formula and baby food.

Donations may be brought to the chamber office, located at 101 S. Front St., Fremont,  through the end of the year. Gifts will be delivered to Heartbeat the first week of the New Year. For more information, call 419-332-1591.

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The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special -- the hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants- may also pose hazards for our canine and feline friends.

With a few simple precautions, our pets can share this special time with us safely. The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep our four legged family members healthy and happy:
• A number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets if nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistletoe and others. Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets, but can damage their digestive systems. Remember to keep tree ornaments high enough that they’re out of your pet’s reach.
• Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing opportunities, others will be overwhelmed by the excitement of a party.
• As you enjoy candy and other treats during the holidays, please don’t share with your pets.

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40 percent of adults have put off holiday shopping

`Tis the season for procrastinating, or so Consumer Reports’ latest Holiday Shopping Poll suggests.

As of Dec. 6, 40 percent of adults said that they have yet to hit the stores for gifts, the poll reports. Respondents also told Consumer Reports that, on average, they will be spending $699 on holiday gifts.

Over the past three holiday shopping seasons, the average amount shoppers plan to spend on gifts has declined steadily. In 2008, shoppers anticipated spending $740, on average, down from $763 in 2007. While planned spending has decreased by $64, the number of gifts shoppers plan to buy has not changed. On average, shoppers plan to buy 15 gifts, which is about the same number as in previous years.

The next week may be frantic for many shoppers, as only 12 percent have finished their holiday shopping and nearly one-third (30 percent) do not anticipate finishing until Dec. 23 or later. Just over one in 10 (13 percent) shoppers will not finish until Dec. 24.

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Toledo water

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