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Get growing - Pleasingly plump pumpkins mean fall is here for sure
Written by J.K. DePeal,Garden Writer   
Friday, 16 October 2009 11:46

Isquotm, Pepon, Ponpion, Isquotersquash, Pumpion. These are all delightful names for a fellow who is available most everywhere right now – a sure sign that fall is here. Whatever you want to call this pleasantly plump, nicely rounded guy, he is, of course, the pumpkin.

Pumpkins come in a pleasing variety of colors from orange-gold to white, tan, green, yellow, red, and even blue. They also range in size from tiny little guys called “minis” to the truly huge Atlantic giant varieties. In recent years one of the largest of the giant pumpkins weighed in at 1,654 lbs. Now that is a serious pumpkin.

Pumpkins were first grown in Central America and migrated north and south throughout the Americas. In 1584 the French explorer, Jacques Cartier reported finding “gros melons” growing in the St. Lawrence region of North America. Pumpkins are now grown in every continent of the world except Antarctica.

 
ODNR offering mapped routes for fall foliage tours
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Friday, 16 October 2009 11:45

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has introduced a

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new map feature on the Ohio Fall Foliage Web site, accessible through www.ohiodnr.com, which will allow “leaf peepers” to more easily tour Ohio’s scenic roadways in search of brilliant fall color.

The new “Hit the Road” feature allows site visitors to select from a series of 32 pre-mapped routes that are known for spectacular autumn views. The routes were chosen by natural resource professionals.

It shows a map with the route highlighted and place markers at the starting point of each route. It also identifies nearby state parks, forests, wildlife areas and nature preserves where people can go to enjoy autumn activities.

To help Ohioans plan seasonal outings and enjoy the fall color that will radiate through Ohio’s 100-plus tree species, ODNR will post weekly fall color updates on its Web site, www.ohiodnr.com. The reports will run through the first week ofS November.

 
Briefs
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Friday, 16 October 2009 11:44

Pumpkin Path and Little Boo Return to the zoo
The chill in the air means a chill up your spine as The Toledo Zoo’s Halloween happenings, Pumpkin Path and Little Boo at the Zoo return for more spooky thrills.

Little Boo at the Zoo will be held Oct. 22 and 23, while Pumpkin Path will be held Oct. 24 and 25. Both events offer family-friendly trick-or-treat activities, plus all the extras that make these events so frightfully fun.

Pumpkin Path, presented by Meijer, features trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo and the Fisher-Price Play Area, plus games and interactive activities to make it a true “ghost-ravaganza.”  See magic shows and more (Pumpkin Path entertainment is sponsored by Bob Evans).

For the preschool poltergeists, Little Boo offers the fun of Pumpkin Path on a smaller scale, offering trick-or-treating, games and more in a way that’s sure to delight without the fright. Little Boo at the Zoo is sponsored by Fisher-Price.

For Toledo Zoo members, tickets for one day’s admission to Pumpkin Path and Little Boo are $5 for children (and adults who trick or treat at Pumpkin Path). Tickets for non-members are $11 for adults and children and $8 for seniors. Discount coupons for non-members are available at Meijer stores.

Visit www.toledozoo.org for more information, including an opportunity to purchase tickets online through Oct. 18.

The Toledo Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information,  visit the Web site or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.


Singles Meet & Mingle meeting
Riverview HealthCare Campus, in conjunction with Ottawa County Senior Advisory Board, will host the Oct. “Senior Singles Meet & Mingle” meeting Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverview’s multi-purpose room at 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

Area singles are invited to this month’s “Halloween Spooktacular” meeting, costumes are optional. Music, games and fun activities are planned. Home Instead of Port Clinton will provide the refreshments for the evening.

For more information, call Juanita Mills Persley at 419-341-1080 or Kimberly Geldien at 419-898-2851.


Rummage Sale benefits Food for Thought
A rummage sale to benefit Food For Thought, a local nonprofit organization serving the Toledo and Oregon communities, will be held Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Harvest Church, 3540 Seaman St., Oregon.

For more information, contact Tana at 419-972-1338 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Beginning as a small Saturday morning gathering, Food For Thought now serves sack lunches, including their famous PB&J, to around 350 individuals every Saturday morning in downtown Toledo. Their choice mobile food pantry allows them to serve over 300 families per month by providing a variety of food and resources to those that may not otherwise have access to a pantry. They also serve over 700 families per month in their stationary food pantry in Oregon. For more information, visit www.freelunchtoledo.com.


Oregon Community Theatre presents “Fiddler”
Oregon Community Theatre will present Fiddler on the Roof Nov. 6-7 and 13-15 at Fassett Middle School Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 419-691-1398 or visit www.oregoncommunitytheatre.com.


Becoming your best 
New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly will present, “Becoming the Best Version of Yourself,” Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 204 Main St., Genoa.

In his book, “Perfectly Yourself: Nine Lessons for Enduring Happiness,” Kelly discusses the challenges and opportunities people experience in their quest to become the best version of themselves. The talk will deal with the corresponding themes, beginning with a discussion about which parts of ourselves are really a part of who we are and which parts should be challenged and changed.

Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 419-855-8501. For more information about Kelly, visit www.matthewkelly.org.


Harvest Gathering
Pemberville’s Harvest Gathering Craft Show & Gift Boutique will be held Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The craft show, which will be held at the American Legion Hall and elementary school on Front Street (SR 105), will feature more than 75 craftsmen.

The Gift Boutique, which will feature unique gift items from area shops, will be held at the fire hall, also located on Front Street.

Homemade soups, pies and sandwiches will be available at both locations.

For more information about the craft show, call Joanne Busdecker at 419-287-3274. Details about the Gift Boutique are available by calling Todd Sheets at 419-287-3274.


Babysitter training
The American Red Cross will offer Babysitter Training Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 19225 W. Witty Rd., Elmore.

The class, which will be offered in the basement classroom, is open to students 11-13 years old. Participants should pack a sack lunch.

American Red Cross babysitters are given the information they need to be more confident and knowledgeable about childcare. Participants receive a handbook and certification upon completion.

Space is limited to 15. The fee is $30. Thanks to a generous grant form the Ottawa County Community Foundation, full scholarships are available.

Call 419-734-1100 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Corn maze collection donations for food bank
The Corn Maze at The Butterfly House at 11455 Obee Rd, Whitehouse, will be a collection site for canned goods for the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

Canned goods will be accepted through Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be a collection box on site where goods can be delivered any time during the day, regardless whether or not donors are going through the maze.

Participants who donate canned goods will receive $1 off adult admission. No other coupons or discounts will apply.

 
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