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Students at Coy Elementary School in Oregon decided to forgo funds for their organization in order to help another local organization help those going through cancer treatments and their families.

According to Becky Dunsmore, a secretary at Coy and an organizer of the Ram Drama Team at the school, the 60 members heard about Nightingale’s Harvest Cancer Family Pantry and Resource Center and decided to use their annual talent show to gather much needed canned goods for the organization.

“The producer, Mary Brucker-Horman, and the rest of the team decided to collect canned goods instead of the $5 ticket price to be able to get the donations,” Dunsmore said. “They collected 262 cans during the show held Jan. 27."

Birds encounter many perils as they migrate between their wintering and breeding grounds.

In addition to dangers from predators, roaming house cats, pollution, disease, storms and natural disasters, birds face significant risk of dying from collisions with buildings, particularly when flying at night.

In the darkness, lights on tall buildings or illumination aimed skyward can disorient birds and draw them toward the buildings. The result – many collide into windows or circle buildings until they fall from exhaustion.

Across the United States, it is estimated that up to a billion migrating birds are killed annually in collisions with buildings.

April is here and very soon it will be safe to sow seeds in the ground and/or set out transplants for warm season plants. Garden centers are already stocking garden supplies and gorgeous plants for your yards and flower beds. Visiting garden centers can also give you a head start on planning what you want to grow in your yard or garden this year.

With the garden season just ahead – how about trying some unique annuals this year that will produce colorful, interesting blooms in your gardens and can be dried and used in colorful, aromatic arrangements throughout the winter season to come? Each of these varieties are easy to grow and maintain and can be grown in beds with other annuals or perennials. These varieties may be found at your garden centers as transplants but, if not, all are available as seeds from garden catalogs or garden plant websites.

If you’re looking for a unique nature-themed arts and crafts shop, look no further than at the 2nd Annual Wildlife Stop and Shop at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. 

The Stop & Shop will feature some of the area’s best nature artists and craftsmen during the Biggest Week in American Birding, May 5-14 from noon-5 p.m. daily.

Visitors can shop for nature-themed items in an idyllic natural setting located in the Bob Hines Refuge Ranger Station in the woods just behind the Refuge Visitor Center.

Hobbyist and studio artists will be on site including Huron, Ohio ceramics artist Barb Wismar who will be back this year with handmade tiles featuring everything from warblers and marsh scenes to safari scenes.

If you’re a spring river angler, you have to be nuts to want to go any further than the Maumee River when the walleye are running, arguably the best walleye fishing in the nation.

Heck, lots of others travel a long way for the experience – Metropark rangers have logged license plates from virtually every state in the union and most Canadian provinces. You’ll see them packed in along River Road at Side Cut Metropark.

But if something really different beckons, not far from here is a beautiful trout stream – one of our state’s precious few trout streams – that flows cold and clear through one of Ohio’s most magnificent gorges.


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