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Children’s book author Diane Terry has traveled the world over. But the Genoa resident knows adventure even can be found in your own backyard.518Diane Terry

One needs only to look and question their surroundings, Terry explained during an intermission between morning programs at Genoa Elementary School. The creativity is there. It just needs a spark, she insisted.

“Everything is done for them,” she says of today’s kids wired into their electronic devices. “They’re not creating.”

So when students filed into the gymnasium for a program inspired by her third and newest book “Sweet Lips”, they were serenaded to a toe-tapping tune focused on “possibilities” to get the creativity juices flowing. The story is about a magic fish who takes kids on a tour of exotic underwater lands.

Immediately students starting swaying side to side, swinging their arms and dancing a jig or two.

I’m yet to meet somebody who doesn’t want a brighter future for his or her family. Let’s face it; changing other people to see your point of view isn’t easy. In fact, it’s nearly impossible. Because of that sobering reality, the best chance we have to improve our family’s future is to look inward and start improving ourselves. As Gandhi once said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

In an effort to jumpstart your family’s bigger future, I offer 10 actions you can take immediately that can not only transform you, but may also inspire those you care most about to begin thinking of themselves and their future much differently.

1. Start saving something, automatically, today – Setting aside money each month, by way of an automatic savings plan, can be one of the simplest ways to reshape your financial future. Whether it’s putting a dollar a day into a Mason jar or $100 each month into an investment account, the simple act of making saving automatic will cause you – and your family – to wish you had started sooner. Start now.

Memorial Day celebration
Miller Ferry offering vets, military free tickets to Put-in-Bay
Miller Ferry is offering free tickets to active military personnel and veterans looking to visit Put-in-Bay for the Memorial Day bicentennial celebration.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the village on South Bass Island for a final bicentennial celebration honoring the 557 sailors who gallantly served in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. While the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie was celebrated two years ago, 2015 marks 200 years since the historic signing of the Treaty of Ghent, the parchment that officially ended the war and restored relations between the United States and Great Britain.

At noon on Monday, May 25 on the steps of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, representatives from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Great Britain, Canada and the Flagship Niagara will give a short speech, followed by the unveiling of a permanent plaque commemorating all who served in the battle.

Six area seniors were inducted into the Ottawa County Senior Hall of Fame during the festivities at the 2015 Senior Day presented by County Senior Resources May 6 at the Camp Perry Clubhouse.

The Elmore community honored Shirley Hensel, who currently serves as vice president of the Elmore Golden Oldies site council. At the center, Shirley can often be found socializing, greeting those who arrive for the meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, helping with setting and clearing tables as needed or giving a call to someone who is sick.

Shirley is also very active with her church, St. John’s United Church of Christ in Elmore. She is president of the Honor Workers, serves as an Elder, making visits to hospital, nursing homes and shut-ins; is a member of choir; provides meals for funeral lunches and helps with activities as needed. She stays active in the community as well, and works with the Elmore Historical Society, the Elmore Kiwanis and at American Red Cross blood drives.

Medical groups team up to educate families on preventing dog bites
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually - more than half of whom are children. Over the past five years, dog bite injuries are reported to be the 11th leading cause of nonfatal injury in children ages 0-14 in America.

In observance of Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23), the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Academy of Pediatrics are joining forces with the U.S. Postal Service, non-profit community, insurance industry and veterinarians to educate the public that dog bites are serious and avoidable.

“As pediatricians, we see the injuries dog bites can cause,” said Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. “In addition to teaching children about safety when riding their bike or walking to school, it’s important to educate them about how to stay safe around dogs.”

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