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On Sunday, Nov. 9, Imagination Station welcomed its 1 millionth visitor – the Jerew family, of Northwood.

Chief Executive Officer Lori Hauser presented Cory, Heather, Jada and Mya with a gift basket that included a lifetime membership to Imagination Station, a $100 gift card to Meijer, a science birthday gift package and a gift bag from the science center’s Science2GO! gift shop.

The family was also included in an EXTREME Science Show and treated to lunch in the Atomic Café. In addition, they will be the #1 photo in a photo mosaic celebrating Imagination Station’s five-year birthday.

On becoming the millionth visitor, Cory Jerew said, “This is so exciting! It feels like we won the lottery. Now we can come whenever we want.” The family has been members of the science center for two years.


Wooly worms offer mixed predications about upcoming winter

November has come, and my yards are a carpet of gold and bronze leaves. Hostas, in beds along a picket fence, are a bright yellow-gold color that will soon turn to brown as the weather grows colder. The wooly worm is making an uncertain prediction for the winter this year –I have seen several worms with differing markings and they seem to be in disagreement as to what kind of winter we will have. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a colder-than-usual winter with snowfall at below normal levels.

November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. With their bright colors and compact, mounded shapes “mums” are so pretty in yards and garden centers this time of year. This flower comes in a lovely range of colors, such as: yellow, pink, white, bronze, red, burgundy, lavender and gold. They also come in a variety of flower forms.


“Boys Next Door” auditions
Oregon Community Theatre will hold auditions for the comedy “The Boys Next Door” Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Avenue, Oregon.

Director Kevin Harrington is looking for seven males and two females. Audition materials will be provided for this open audition where people will read with other actors various selections from the script.

The play, a comedy by Tom Griffin about four men with mental disabilities living in a group home, is essentially a series of brief vignettes that together form an often charming and moving picture of life, friendship and overcoming or living with adversity. For detailed character descriptions, visit and click on “Auditions.”


This holiday season, Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is once again asking area residents to help with its annual Holiday Gift Drive.

The goal of the drive, co-sponsored by the Friends of Lucas County Children Services (FLCCS) and several community partners, is to provide gifts to as many as 2,500 children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Gift collection runs through Dec. 19.

The drive provides gifts for children living in foster care, with relatives or with their families under LCCS supervision. “Children continue to be affected by abuse or neglect in Lucas County. Giving them a reason to smile at the holiday season is really important. Lucas County residents have been very generous in the past, and we hope they will continue that tradition of giving,” says Sherry Dunn, LCCS campaign coordinator.

Gifts are needed for children from birth to age 18. “While we are seeking gifts for all age groups, the agency is in particular need of gifts for children of all ethnic groups who are newborn to 3 years old, and gift cards for teenagers,” Dunn said.


Does a family gathering have to mean family conflict?

For many families Thanksgiving is a special opportunity to bring far-flung family members back together and to renew family ties.

Unfortunately, many families find the holiday more an opportunity to gather and renew family squabbles and fights.

While there’s no guaranteed way to avoid family conflict, there are things you can do to decrease the chances of family fights and increase the odds of enjoying the event yourself.

Start with realistic expectations. Your family is probably not Norman Rockwell’s perfect family around the Thanksgiving table, yet the media and advertisers bury us with such images.


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