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Every year in late autumn, as the leaves start to fall and the winds turn blustery, the United Methodist Women of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Millbury make plans for a special shopping trip.

Armed with cash they raise through fundraisers and donations, the women head out to buy warm coats for Lake students whose families may be facing financial challenges. This year, they purchased 70 coats – up from the 55 they provided last year.

The group of women, formed in 1985, is small, but mighty in their determination. Though they currently number only seven, they work tirelessly throughout the year to make a difference in the community where they live and worship.

“Over the years, some [members] have come and gone but the nucleus is still here,” said Judy Sigler. “We’re all retired now but we plan to keep on going as long as we can.”

“The Coat Project” is one of their major projects and one that’s near and dear to their hearts. “It’s a commitment we make to the community and the school district,” Sigler said.

While traveling around our area this time of year, it is enjoyable to see so how many homeowners have decorated their houses and landscapes for the holidays.

Along with the icicles, bells, stars, and snowmen, it is a pleasant addition to include some natural accessories to holiday decorating. Spruce boughs, pinecones, berries and evergreen plant materials make beautiful and fragrant decorations. One especially interesting and attractive plant with a fascinating history of holiday use through the centuries is holly (ilex).

The ancient Greeks and Romans decorated their homes with bright, fresh holly. The Greeks considered holly a symbol of foresight. The Romans sent wreaths of holly to friends as tokens of goodwill and good wishes. The Chinese festooned their temples and royal courts with boughs of holly to celebrate the Chinese New Year season.

Early English tradition in Great Britain considered holly a very important part of preparing for the yuletide season as branches, clusters and sprigs of the plant were hung just about everywhere.

When the weather outside is frightful, head inside to discover the fun and science of the season at “Frostology,” which runs through Jan. 4 at Imagination Station Toledo.

The cool seasonal exhibit examines the slippery science of snow, turns elves into engineers and allows visitors to design masterpieces from paper with holiday-themed activities. Activities will vary daily.

Every Saturday at 1 and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m., the science center will be cooking with chemistry to harness the power of cold and create liquid nitrogen ice cream for an afternoon treat.

Throughout Frostology, visitors can enjoy a display of hand-cut snowflakes from Toledo artist Mary Gaynier. her collection will showcase many iconic images including Imagination Station’s The BOYO and The High Wire Cycle as well as many of Toledo’s famous landmarks and organizations.

In the last year, Norma Schaub has earned a reputation as one of the friendliest receptionists Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center has ever had.

The 80-year old, who has been a Perrysburg Commons resident since June 2011, volunteers at the center’s front desk three days a week, welcoming visitors and sharing information about the community.

She also heads up the Welcome Committee, a group of residents who help folks moving in to Perrysburg Commons to get adjusted and acclimated to the community.

“Norma is all about the people,” said Kelly Ebersbach, executive director. “She takes time to form relationships with her fellow residents whether they have lived at our facility for 14 years or just moved in last week.”

3rd Annual Winter Wonderland open for two weekends
The third annual Winter Wonderland – which promises to be the biggest celebration yet – will be held Dec. 11-14 and Dec. 18-21 at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont.

Organizers say the 2014 Winter Wonderland has continued to grow from its inception and will be twice the size of the first display held in 2012.

Junior Fair Coordinator and Winter Wonderland Chairperson Danyelle Lantz says the committee has been able to add additional displays and activities for families, thanks to increased involvement and participation from the community.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the lighted displays from the warmth of their vehicles each Thursday and Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Fridays and Saturdays, visitors can park and walk through the fairgrounds, viewing the attractions from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the various lighted displays, there will be Christmas carolers, kids’ crafts and games, dance performances and more. Horse rides will be offered in the Anderson Arena, (donations accepted). A craft show will be held in the Flower Building on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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