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Newshound emerges victorious in “Mascot Mania”
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 14:46

The Toledo Walleye held the first annual “Mascot Mania” night Jan. 10 at the

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In a hard-fought battle among several local
mascots, The Blade’s Clementine the Newshound
emerged victorious in a game of Mascot Dodge
Ball held recently at the Lucas County Arena.
(Photo courtesy of The Toledo Walleye)

Lucas County Arena. The mascots took part in a first intermission meet-and-greet with their fans on the concourse and in the second intermission, they teamed up and took each other on in Mascot Dodge Ball.

Teams included JJ Jaguar (Owens Community College); Wendy (Wendy’s); T.C. Hops (Toledo Children’s Hospital); Clementine the Newshound (Toledo Blade); Muddevious, Muddonna and Muddy (Muddy Toledo Mud Hens) and The Gray Wolf (Lourdes College); Derrick the Oiler (University of Findlay); The Frickin’ Chicken (Fricker’s); Uncle Vito (Vito’s Pizza); Muddiva (Toledo Mud Hens); CatTrick and Spike (Toledo Walleye).

In a hard-fought battle, the mascots were eliminated one-by-one until only one remained. In the end, Clementine the Newshound took the title of Toledo Walleye Mascot Dodge Ball Champion of 2010. All of the remaining mascots claim that 2011 will be their year.

The Toledo Walleye host the Johnstown Chiefs Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. the Lucas County Arena. Call 419-725-wall or visit www.toledowalleye.com for more information.

 
Are infomercial products really worth buying?
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 14:44

Products sold on late-night television often promise to solve pressing life problems like eliminating baked-on crud from cookware, mopping up gallons of spilled milk and preventing falls from ladders when cleaning gutters. But do they work?

Consumer Reports’ tests of 15 products sold through infomercials reveal that many of them are just not worth buying.

CR’s experts suggest that some of the products not worth paying for include The Slap Chop dicer, the Snuggie, the ShamWow, the Ab Circle Pro, Debbie Meyer Green Bags and the iRobot Looj gutter cleaner.

According to the report “Should you buy this now!?” infomercials are a mighty money machine. They can chop marketing costs to as little as one-tenth the size of a traditional advertising campaign and slice posted prices when they increase the total bill with shipping and handling fees and other extras.

The secret, according to an advertising expert, lies in neuroscience – infomercials are carefully scripted to pump up dopamine levels in your brain. The fun starts with dramatizations of a problem you didn’t know you had followed by an incredible solution, then a series of ever more amazing product benefits, bonuses, and giveaways, all leading to the final thrilling plunge of an unbelievably low price. After the ride, dopamine levels drop in five or six minutes, which is why they ask you to buy in the next three minutes.

 
Program aims to help disabled youths with job skills
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 14:43

Wood Lane/Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities is partnering with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC) to begin a new program called “Bridges to Transition.”

The program’s focus is to assist youth with developmental disabilities to acquire the needed skills to obtain employment upon graduation from high school.

National statistics indicate that youths with disabilities have significant difficulties with their transition from school to the demands of adult life.

“A student with a disability has less than a 20 percent chance of ever being employed in adult life if he or she does not have a job upon high school graduation,” said Wood Lane Employment Services coordinator Vic Gable. “Bridges is intended to change that outcome in Wood County.”

According to RSC, Bridges to Transition will generate new, high-quality transition assistance programs, expand services to young people with disabilities and maximize federal match funding for the state’s vocational rehabilitation program.

 
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