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Few would deny that turning 40 is a milestone – and kind of a big deal. It’s a good time to take stock…to reflect on the past and look forward to the years to come.

As her 40th birthday approached, Meredith Hill thought about how she wanted to mark the occasion. A Toledo firefighter and massage therapist, the Northwood wife and mom felt she had much to be grateful for.

“I started thinking about it last year,” she said. “I didn’t want to look at turning 40 as something sad or depressing – I want to be happy about it, to start the next chapter on a positive note.”

There is a lavender hue in the skies this month that I seldom see at other times of the year. Sometimes it tinges an overcast February morning and other times it can be seen in the low cloudy sunsets. The lavender of February is a dusky shade sometimes referred to as “old lavender.” Perhaps this shading in the February skies is one reason that the beautiful lavender amethyst was selected as the birthstone for this month. 

Amethyst is a form of quartz with a very unique crystal structure which creates its rich, brilliant violet/lavender color. Though its name, amethyst (from the Greek word “amethystos”) means “not-intoxicated,” “amethyst-violet” along with the “old lavender” of the February skies are delightfully intoxicating treats for this mid-winter month.

One never knows what gem you might find as you read the book, “History of Ottawa County – The First 175 Years.”

Such was the experience of Forest and Arlene Sabin. Having received their copy of the new book, Forest was looking through its many photos and one particular picture made him pause.

“That’s Dad,” he said to Arlene. Although the photo did not reference Edgar Sabin by name, it was immediately clear from the broad smile and curly head of hair that Forest was looking at a photo of his very youthful father.


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