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March, with its warm, sunny spells and continuing cold, gray, wintry weather, actually brings some plants into blossom. Very early spring bulbs, witch hazel, and hellebores will bloom this month as forerunners of the gardening season soon to come. Forsythia, with its bright yellow blooms, will also soon give its spring color to our yards and landscapes.

While we’re waiting for these spring bloomers, we can visit our local super centers and home and garden shops to see some vibrant displays of spring color. African violets, primrose, orchids, tulips, hyacinths, and many more are in full bloom now.

Kalanchoe is also one of the plants you’ll see on display in our local stores. This colorful, tidy, little flower is a succulent related to the cactus. The kalanchoe produces blooms of red, orange, yellow, or violet and it has small, oval-shaped, fleshy leaves. This is a very easy-care plant and it will keep blooming for up to six to eight months with proper care. When the blooms die off, just cut them back and let it rest for about three to four weeks. When new buds begin to appear on the plant, place it in a sunny spot and water at least once a week. This plant does not like over watering and it is sensitive to cold temperatures. Fertilize every two weeks with an all-purpose plant food. They are so bright and colorful and easy care, you may want to bring two or three home and enjoy a bit of spring inside until spring comes back to our area outside.

“A Walk in the Woods”
Oregon Community Theatre will present its Readers’ Theatre “A Walk In The Woods” Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 3416 Starr Ave., Oregon.

The intriguing play, directed and performed by Reed Steele and Bill Quinlan, takes place in a “pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva,” where two superpower arms negotiators, a Russian and an American, meet informally after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table. They continue their informal meetings as the talks drag on and the seasons change, and through their absorbing and revealing conversations, the audience becomes aware both of the deepening understanding between the two wise and decent men and also of the profound frustration which they increasingly feel.

Reader’s theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors do not memorize their lines, rather they either go through their blocking holding scripts and reading off their lines, or else sit/stand together on a stage and read through the script together. Actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking.

Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit oregoncommunitytheatre.org.

In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is aiming to raise community awareness about the heartbreak of child abuse and neglect, and street violence in our community.

On April 8, LCCS is urging county residents to participate in Ohio’s “Wear Blue” campaign to combat child abuse. Now in its fourth year, the initiative urges everyone to wear blue on this day to show their support for keeping kids safe from abuse or neglect.

LCCS is also encouraging people to post photos of themselves wearing blue on April 8 on the agency’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LucasCountyChildrenServices, to tweet their photos using the hashtag #LucasCoOHKids or email images to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Between April 2013 and April 2014, two infants died in Lucas County as a result of physical abuse and two teenage boys were also shot and killed. LCCS will remember these youths at its annual memorial on April 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the agency’s offices at 705 Adams St., Toledo. The solemn ceremony will include displaying the child memorial flag and musical performances by the Woodward High School choir. The public is encouraged to attend.

St. Patrick’s Day has become a deadly day in the United States with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in more than a third (40 percent) of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

In 2014 in Lucas County, there were 37 fatal crashes and 41 fatalities. Forty percent of the fatal crashes involved a driver that was impaired by alcohol, drugs or both. The average BAC (blood alcohol content) in these fatal crashes was .196 or two and half times the legal limit. Fifteen people died in these impaired driving crashes.

Gwen Neundorfcer, coordinator of the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program, offers this advice to partygoers: “Plan ahead. If you know you’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol, then figure out a plan ahead of time for how you’ll get home. Don’t wait until you’re too buzzed to decide, and don’t let your friends drive drunk. Please remember to buckle up. Fifty-four percent of the 41 people that died in it he 37 fatal crashes had a seat belt available but weren’t buckled up at the time of their crash. A seat belt is your best protection against an impaired driver”.

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The Oregon Choraliers (shown in 2011 with Chris Clark as director) are seeking past members who would like to join in singing a segment of songs for
the 60th Anniversary Shows April 30-May 2. Rehearsals will be held March 23, 30 and 31. Call Vicky Cubberly at 419-693-7542 or Cheryl Berger Garlow
at 419-873-9814 for further details. (Submitted photo)

Speed Limit

Do you think 75 mph is a good speed limit for the Ohio Turnpike and rural highways?
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