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“Baba’s” ornaments on display at the White House
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Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:43

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


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.

ODOT reminds motorists, in ice and snow, take it slow
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Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:42

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.”

Handwashing the first line of defense against illness
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Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:40

It sounds like common sense, but doctors and the Centers for Disease Control think it bears repeating - hand-washing is by far one of the best ways to prevent germs from spreading and to keep you and your family from getting sick.

It’s the first line of defense against germs – such as bacteria and viruses – can be transmitted several different ways, especially by touching dirty hands or other contaminated surfaces.

“Hand awareness is knowing where your hands are and what they are doing at all times,” said Will Sawyer, M.D., a solo family physician in Cincinnati.

When germs are picked up by your hands, you can unknowingly become infected simply by touching your eyes, nose or mouth (also known as the “T Zone”). Once you are infected, it is usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness because they also plant germs in the T Zone

“I recommend everyone follow the four principles of hand awareness:

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.

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