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Find SpongeBob and pal Patrick at farm’s fall festival
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 18 September 2009 10:07

Usually, he lives in a pineapple under the sea, but this fall SpongeBob

SpongeBob SquarePants and his pal
Patrick are ready to provide a
challenge and some a-maze-ing fall fun
at Country  Lane Tree Farm in Genoa.

SquarePants and his pal Patrick can be found in the cornfields at Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa, just west of Clay Center.

“We were excited to receive permission from Viacom Productions to use the image of SpongeBob and Patrick in our corn mazes this year,” said farm owner Melissa Bowlander. “We’re also excited that our 17-year-old son John Jr. actually cut our mazes using GPS technology – he’s in A+ Computers at Penta and he happens to love computers.”

The farm is celebrating the opening of its Fall Festival season this weekend. Highlights include:
• Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Hours: Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to dark; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to dark. (Last maze admission is one hour before dark.)

Street Fair, Ox Roast, Lime Fest offer weekend fun
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Friday, 18 September 2009 10:03

Three area communities will host festivals this weekend or next as September -- and summer -- come to an end.

The 2009 Genoa Street Fair is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Main Street. Sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, the fourth annual event features street vendors, a farmers’ market, American Legion bingo, children’s activities, Air Extreme kids’ games and more.

Rayz Benefit Bike Run begins at 11 a.m. (registration at 10 a.m.) The event is designed to raise funds for Jenna Apthorpe, a Genoa student diagnosed with leukemia. The ride will be followed at noon by a chicken barbecue at Rayz Café, 608 Main Street. Raffles and door prizes are also planned. For more info, call 419-855-CAFÉ.

Consumer Reports - High-fiber cereals make progress in taste
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Friday, 18 September 2009 10:00

Want to increase your fiber but can’t bear to choke down that high-fiber cereals that tastes a little like cardboard?

Consumer Reports evaluated 18 high-fiber cereals and found seven especially flavorful choices. The report notes that most Americans can stand to double their intake of fiber which can help control appetite and weight, and might help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Consumer Reports’ trained tasters noted that high-fiber cereals have come a long way from those of over a decade ago when testers said these cereals tasted “more like straw than grain.”

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