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The unique history and architecture of several area homes and buildings will be highlighted on a pair of holiday tours being sponsored by two area organizations on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society’s 2015 Holiday Tour of Distinctive Homes, which will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., will feature five distinctive homes plus St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Lane Park Senior Complex and the Black Forest Café at Oak Shade Grove.

“For this year’s event, the term ‘homes’ is used rather loosely, since three of the locations are distinctive structures chosen because of their importance to our community,” said Connie Isbell, historical society member.

Hurricane Katrina. For most, even 10 years later, those two words bring to memory images of the devastation and human drama in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Category 3 hurricane made landfall in August 2005, and is considered one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States. It is estimated that more than 1,800 people died and more than $108 billion in damages was caused by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.

What many do not realize is that damage from Katrina was spread throughout the Gulf Coast, with many parishes and cities in Mississippi being washed away.

November has its own cool, hazy beauty. The sun is gentle now and the sky has changed from the bright blue of October to the deeper gray-blue of November. November mornings are full of chill but days can still melt to mild warmth by mid-day. The grasses and the plants are fading and most of the trees are nearly bare. The fields and countrysides are tawny shades of russet, cinnamon and copper. November is misty, mellow, and calm, multi-shades of brown.

Though the weather outside has hardly been “frightful” – at least until now, organizers are working has hard as Santa’s elves to make the fourth annual “Winter Wonderland” at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds nothing less than delightful.

Corporate and business sponsorships, Christmas-themed craft show vendors, as well as lighted displays from businesses, clubs and organizations are being sought for the annual event, scheduled to run Dec. 10-13 and 17-20. According to committee chair Danyelle Lantz, Winter Wonderland is one of a few county-wide holiday events in the region.

Each year, the displays and participation continue to grow, with more businesses and community organizations being involved. New for his year, any business, community organization, or individual may set up a lighted outside display, free of charge. An inside lighted “Christmas Tree Forest” will also be added this year, allowing civic and community organizations to set up and decorate a tree inside the fairground Exhibitor Hall.

Santa will herald the arrival of the holiday season in Oak Harbor in grand fashion as his friends from the Portage District Fire Department guide him through the village streets Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4:15 p.m.

At 5 p.m., Santa will arrive at the Log Cabin to light the Village Christmas Tree and to visit with all the kids. After their visit with Santa, children will receive Santa Bucks and be able to shop for two free gift items for their loved ones from downtown businesses.

Parents can obtain a punch card featuring the names of eight businesses, which will be open that night. Those who visit all eight with their kids can then enter to win a $100 gift certificate.


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