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Martin couple distributes craft products coast to coast
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Monday, 19 August 2013 09:17

Crafts artists Thomas and Dawn Van Ness, who recently celebrated 39 years of marriage, are hitting it nationally with their handmade creations — distributing coast to coast.

Tom, a 62-year-old Vietnam veteran, and Dawn, 56, grew up in Martin and live there today. Their company, Early Homestead Primitives, distributes a variety of handmade scented candles to about 175 wholesale customers.
“We do two craft shows a year in Mansfield — the Simple Goods Show and people from all over the United States come to that,” Dawn said. “I look forward to that. Actually, I have a couple customers from that show in which we sell candles to now. The one lady in Massachusetts, Walker Homestead, we started making candles for her, and then there is a young man who has a shop in Massillon, Ohio, and I started selling him stuff.”

Dawn began her side of the couple’s crafts business 27 years ago. This year the couple opened a shop called Simple Gatherings at 18909 West State Route 51 just before you enter Elmore. It is open on Saturdays only, but it is there that locals can now see their entire range of products — all handmade.

Locals attend Plus 50 event at Terra State
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:58

The theme among participants at last night’s Plus 50 Encore Career event at Terra State Community College was summed up by Lynette Lawless of Fremont when she lightheartedly said, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.”

More than a dozen area residents attended the informational event designed for people over 50 who want to pursue a new career.

Pink trunk reveals precious glimpse into wartime love story
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:56

Lynne Drouillard remembers seeing the trunk in the attic of her Nebraska Boulevard home in Toledo when she was a young child. Painted pink, like a princess treasure chest, it looked so big to her.

She doesn’t recall whether or not she ever popped the lid up for a peek inside. “If your parents told you something didn’t concern you, you left it alone,” she said. “Even if I did look, I probably figured it didn’t have anything of interest to me – no dolls, or toys or anything.”

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