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hristmas is coming! For some of us we have been waiting to play that ole time favorite Mariah Carey Holiday CD, put up the tree and hang the stockings… we have been anticipating it since before Halloween. For others, you choke on your Thanksgiving turkey as you realize it has snuck up on you again! It’s the 25th of December every year, but can surprise even the best of us. Whether you are ready and waiting for the holidays to approach or you are wishing you had more time… Christmas is among us and now is the time to be merry. This Christmas season, I will be enjoying the season by watching my 15-month-old son as he experiences Christmas for the first time, as a toddler. Santa and Christmas trees and gifts will all be a new experience. My husband and I will be more excited for Christmas morning than he will be, at least for this first year. For my family, now is the time for us to start some new traditions and enjoy Christmas in a whole new way. Find something this season to be merry about and enjoy the little things. Try not to get caught up in the hustle of the season. Stop and relax in the moment. This season is fleeting and soon we will be eagerly anticipating spring flowers. Hopefully in this edition of Family Today, you will find great holiday ideas, new traditions and something to be merry about. Spectrum Publications and Gatehouse Media wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and safe New Year! …now cue the carols… See you next year!

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This Holiday Season “You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first one right away.” ~Indira Gandhi~

From “The Little Book of Positvity” By Lucy Lane Family Today

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A Look

Inside Features

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Useful Tips Wrap It Up!

Special Feature A Whole Community Food Project

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Holiday Treats

Departments

Make Mine A Double!!

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Trips & Travels Shine Bright

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Family Life Celebrating The Holidays With A Blended Family

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Discover Downtown Wooster

Thankful Thoughts Giving Thanks

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Health & Wellness Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Calendar of Events Things to Do in Our Area

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Business Feature Creating Cozy Christmas Spaces

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Learn & Grow

How To Get The Most From A College Visit

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Smart Consumers Are Shopping Earlier Every Year flexibility may not be possible for shoppers who wait until the last minute to start shopping. Time Shoppers can save more than money by starting their holiday shopping in advance of the holiday season. In spite of the popularity of online shopping, many people still visit traditional brick and mortar retailers to do their present buying. Such stores can be overwhelmed with shoppers in the week leading up to Christmas, leading to long lines and lengthy searches for parking. Shoppers are far less likely to encounter big crowds and crowded parking lots if they get their shopping done before the dawn of the holiday season, saving themselves substantial amounts of time as a result. Shoppers who commit to getting their holiday shopping done early can save money and time and protect their financial reputations, but probably one of the biggest benefits is reducing the overall stress levels during such a busy and bustling time of the year.

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ith proper planning families can turn college visits into a key tool for making a smart decision. Once students have a list of possible schools, such visits can help them separate the top contenders and determine where they would feel most at home. Timing is important. A family that starts such visits during a student’s junior year of high school will have plenty of time to complete and mail applications, and make a choice. Still, some experts advocate starting sooner. For highly selective schools, students need to know by the start of their senior year where they’re applying. Colleges that admit students on a rolling basis, meaning they have a large application window and respond to applications as they come in, visits can start the summer before senior year and continue into the fall. And experts recommend a second visit to a student’s top schools. Visiting when classes are in session gives a flavor of the academic life of the campus; and, for some prospective students, a visit during cooler weather can be a deciding factor. Many colleges offer daylong events for visitors - from informational sessions to walking tours - that can prove helpful. And some schools even track student visitors and consider such visits in their admission decisions. Many

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experts said that, if they could offer just one piece of advice, they would encourage high schoolers to talk to as many students as possible while on campus. Be sure to take time to see the town; that’s the thing that most families miss and it’s going to be a large part of the student experience. Families of students who know the major they plan to pursue should call ahead to schedule a meeting with a representative of that department. Among the questions that experts suggest asking: What percentage of students who declare the major stick with it? Are graduates finding jobs - and, if so, where? What types of internship opportunities are open to students? What is the average class size? What advising do students receive? And, yes, families should talk about money. You can call ahead to schedule a visit with the financialaid office. That early in the search process, many schools don’t give a personalized analysis of college costs, but representatives can provide averages. You can also ask for the numbers that may not be in the brochure: the percentage of graduates who leave with debt, for example, and the average size of that debt. Getting swept along through group tours is easy, and some students might feel embarrassed when their parents


pepper guides with questions. But that is one of the most important values of a visit. Lunchtime during a college visit should be spent on campus, and it’s important to make time to visit a dormitory. Walk from one end of campus to the other - so a student knows before selecting a college exactly how long the trek will take. After a few visits, the campuses might start to blend together - so you may want to take photos along the way in order to help with the final decision. For families that don’t have the budget to travel, options are available. Some colleges offer programs to help visitors pay such costs. Many will set up alumni interviews with prospective students who want to talk about the college. Even following a school on social media, Franek said, can help families learn about its students, culture and academics. The goal of visits, is to help a student pick a college. Ultimately, the decision comes down to a mix of financial factors, academics and a school’s culture (specifically, whether a student fits in there).

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The College Board, a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence and equity in education, o f f e r s suggestions for making the most of college visits. Here is its checklist (adapted from the book Campus Visits and College Interviews): • Gather information • Find out what you need to do to apply and see whether the class and major offerings are what you want. • Take part in a group information session at the admissions office. • Interview with an admissions officer. • Pick up financial-aid forms. • Sit in on a class that interests you. If classes aren’t in session, just see what the classrooms are like. • Meet a professor who teaches a subject that interests you. • Talk to students about their classes and professors. • Get the names of the people you meet and their business cards so you can contact them later if needed. • Explore the campus • Get a feel for student life to see whether the college is a place where you think you might excel. • Take a campus tour. • Talk to students about the college and campus life. • Check out the freshman dorms and, if possible, stay overnight with a student.

• Visit the dining hall, fitness center, library, career center, bookstore and other campus facilities. • Talk to the coaches of sports you might want to play. • Walk or drive around the community surrounding the campus. • Check out campus media • Listen to the college radio station and read the student newspaper. • Read other student publications, such as department newsletters, alternative newspapers and literary reviews. • Scan bulletin boards to see what daily student life is like. • Visit the career center and learn what services it offers. • Browse the school’s website and any campus blogs. Some questions you might ask a tour guide or students • What are the best reasons to go to this college? • What is it like to go from high school to college? • What do you do in your free time? On the weekends? • What do you love about this college? • What do you wish you could change about this college? • Why did you choose this college? • What is it like to live here?

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3. Sift the flour with the cocoa and salt in a small bowl. Fold into the egg mixture with the chocolate chips. • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 4. Place 4 heaping tablespoonsfuls of the • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar mixture on the prepared baking sheet, spacing • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar, sifted them well apart. Press down and spread out • 1 large egg, beaten to about 1/4-inch thick with the back of a wet • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla essence or chocolate spoon or with dampened fingers (you may extract (see note) like to scatter some more chocolate chips over • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons self-rising flour the top). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa on the baking sheet for 1 • 1/4 teaspoon salt minute, then transfer to a • 2/3 cup (or more) dark and white (or milk) wire rack. When cool, store chocolate chips (or roughly chopped chocolate) in an airtight container. • A heavy, nonstick baking sheet Repeat with the remaining mixture. 5. Serve them with hot 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. cocoa for some added 2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and warmth and triple the sugars together until pale and fluffy. Beat in chocolate factor! the egg and vanilla essence.

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hile this list does not include all the holiday fun in our area (be sure to see our calendar of events for more family festivities to enjoy), it is a great collection of some of the best holiday displays. Some may be well known, while others may be new to you. Email us your favorite holiday display spots at editor@spectrumpubs.com and we will share them with our readers on Facebook. Sometimes the most wonderful displays can be found just up the road or in your own culdisack. Happy Holidays and have fun out there exploring in the chilly evening air! Wachtel’s Christmas Light Display This display has been running for over 45 years, with more than 52,000 bulbs, 90 spot lights and 400 different figures. There is a wide collection from the little

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drummer boy, to Arthur, to the Power Rangers, to the Nativity Scene. Visit their facebook page at https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / Wa c h t e l s Christmas-Lights-319074091457043/ Runs Thanksgiving night until New Years Eve night from 5-11pm at 13079 Township Rd 503 Big Prairie, Ohio. Free display, donations are accepted. Holiday Lights at GE’s Nela Park in Cleveland This year’s scenes will use more than 500,000 LED lights. Displays inside the Nela Park gates will be open to the public and accessible only by non-commercial passenger cars, trucks or vans on three Fridays - Dec. 8, 15 and 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. (Due to weight limits on interior bridges, no buses, trolleys or commercial fleets will be permitted and walking is not permitted for safety reasons). Outdoor displays along Noble Road south of Euclid Avenue will be illuminated from 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1st through Monday, Jan. 1st and can be viewed from a vehicle or on foot. Located at 1975 Noble Road south of Euclid Avenue. This is a free display and 2017 will mark it’s 93rd year, this will be the first time the drive-through area has been open since the 1950s and there will be re-creations of favorite displays from the last 10 decades. Santa’s Christmas in Motion A walk-up Christmas display with over 200 animated figures, a wonderful holiday family tradition! Santa will be there Friday and Saturdays. Visit wccvb. com for more information. Open daily

from November 24 thru Jan 1, 5pm9:30pm, 330-345-7119, 1400 E. Milltown Rd. Wooster, Ohio. Peppards Memorial Light Display 20,000 lights and 50 blowups. Done in memory of David Peppard, who passed away in 2007 from cancer at the age of 16. https://www.facebook.com/ PeppardsLightDisplay/?rc=p Lights run from 5pm-11pm from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, 13499 Emerson Road, Dalton, Ohio. The display is free, but donations are appreciated. 100% of proceeds go towards the Wishes Can Happen Organization. Yochum Holiday Light Display 3 1/2 acres and approximately 100,000 lights and decorations 15673 Orrville St NW, North Lawrence OH 44666 The lights come on every night from about 5:15 till 11 PM, and they are kept on til Christmas. After that by chance only. The display is free, but they do accept donations which benefit local veterans in need. This year they will be teaming up with the


Massillon American Legion Auxiliary Post 221 and 100% of all donations go directly to this need. https://www.facebook.com/ YochumHolidayLightDisplay/ Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - Deck The Hall Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1-3, 7-10, 14-23, 26-30, 2017 This year’s theme is Postcards From The Past. 5pm-8pm, Tickets, Sun.-Thurs.: Non-members: $18 adults (18+) , $7 youth (6-17). Stan Hywet Members: $14 adults, $6.00 youth Tickets, Fri. & Sat.: $22 adults (18+), $9 youth. Stan Hywet members: $16 adults, $7 youth. Children 5 & under are free. College students with a valid student ID qualify for the youth rate. Groups of 10 or more: Group pricing available for groups of 10 or more with two weeks advance notice. Contact Group Sales at 330-315-3284. Parking: Free on-site parking is available in their main lot. Once the lot is at capacity, guests will be directed to auxiliary parking lots and shuttled back to Stan Hywet Handicapped Parking: Handicapped

parking spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Accessibility: Only the first floor of the Manor House is wheelchair accessible. Level Paths to and from the Manor House, down the Dazzle Path and to the Corbin Conservatory are kept as clear as possible of snow and ice. There is a nightly tree lighting at 5:30pm and there will be over one million lights on display, including an outdoor light show that is choreaographed to music. More information and helpful tips are at: StanHywet.org/events/deck-hall-2017 Victorian House Museum – Holidays At The Mansion Holidays At The Mansion kicks off on Nov. 18 with a grand opening event from 6:00-9:00pm and general tours continuing until Dec. 31st. 484 Wooster Rd. just 7 blocks north of Historical downtown Millersburg, OH. Tour 28 rooms and four floors, featured on HGTV and listed on the National Historic Registry. www.VictorianHouse.org

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oday’s families are increasingly blended, meaning there is often a varied collection of hopes, feelings, opinions and traditions all longing to be heard. Even though the holidays are meant to be joyous, navigating the family get together after a divorce, a separation or a death in the family can be challenging. Accommodating the unique needs of all involved including cultural traditions, visitation schedules, rituals, and religious beliefs may seem overwhelming at times. But blended families need not fret as they attempt to negotiate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or New Years. Logistics The first step to holiday planning is to keep in mind predetermined custody or visitation agreements. Although there can be hope for holiday flexibility and generosity, try to stick as close to existing arrangements as possible. Some families choose to divvy up particular holidays throughout the year in advance. Others may do it as plans get arranged. As long as the arrangement is fair to everyone, the choice is up to the families. Just make sure the plans have been communicated well in advance to everyone involved. Discuss Expectations The Stepfamily Association of America says that communication during the holiday season is vital, especially for children so they know what to expect. Writing down specific itineraries can help alleviate the stress of not knowing where they will be at a given time.


for years can contribute to feelings of anxiety for people accustomed to these annual traditions. Draw the focus away from how things used to be done and create new traditions that all can anticipate. Host a holiday movie night if this isn’t the year to have the kids for Christmas. An annual outing to see a concert or show might be a new tradition the entire blended family can enjoy. Don’t Expect Perfection Putting too much emphasis on trying to make the holidays perfect can backfire. Blended families must recognize that holiday celebrations will change. It can take time to find a new celebratory rhythm, and comparisons always will be made. It’s acceptable to have mixed feelings about new traditions, but each member should go into the season with a positive attitude. Blended families may face additional challenges during the holidays, but by working together, they can restore joy to the season and create new memories that will live on for generations to come.

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Health &

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms & Treatments

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any people suffer from numbness of the hands. This is known as upper extremity neuropathy. A wide range of physicians, from primary care providers to specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons or neurosurgeons, are sought to care for these problems. Symptoms which have been traditionally attributed to normal aging have also been recognized in younger patients. These patients often times will have occupations or vocations that require repetitive motion, exposure to vibration or certain posture of the wrist and hand for workrelated tasks. The symptoms and objective measures of nerve function as the result of nerve compression have been well documented. The median nerve is the most commonly compressed nerve in the upper extremity. This is the nerve that is involved when someone suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome. The diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome can often be made by physical examination. This is done by reproducing the symptoms by using provocative maneuvers. Sensation testing often will reveal a deficit in a specific neurologic pattern involving the thumb, index and middle fingers. It will at times also affect the outer half of the ring finger. Findings from x-rays and MRIs are occasionally helpful. Electromyography with nerve conduction velocity is the gold-standard for objective measure of the amount of compression on a nerve. The carpal tunnel is formed by carpal bones and a ligament in the wrist. Nine tendons pass through the carpal tunnel along with the median nerve. Many things can contribute

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to carpal tunnel syndrome. This includes; diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy, repetitive motion, or fractures. Initially, treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome initially is centered on non-surgical measures. This includes wrist splinting in a neutral position to minimize pressure in the carpal tunnel. This splint is typically worn at night unless symptoms are extremely severe. Alterations in work station or total change in work activity may also resolve the condition. Often times a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication can be used as well as an attempt at physical therapy. If these noninvasive treatments are unsuccessful, your physician may recommend a steroid injection into the carpal tunnel. Surgical therapy is indicated in cases of carpal tunnel that are not resolved with nonsurgical measures. There are a couple of different ways that the surgery can be performed. These include endoscopic as well as an open procedure. All of the surgical techniques focus on releasing the ligament that forms the roof of the carpal tunnel. The recovery can vary depending on preoperative symptoms, but typically, there is an immediate improvement in pain and numbness. The patient can return to normal activities of living in approximately 2 weeks. Your physician may recommend physical therapy after surgery in order to speed the recovery of function and help with wound healing. For further information regarding hand numbness and other orthopaedic related issues, please contact my oďŹƒce to schedule an appointment; Wooster Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center. (330) 804-9712.


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Calendar of

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11/18 - 12/31

Holidays at the Mansion Holidays at the Mansion at Victorian House Museum in Millersburg, 330674-0022 www.VictorianHouse.org

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Orrville Home for the Holidays When: 5 - 8 p.m. Where: Downtown Orrville A seasonal mix of entertainment and holiday open house events at downtown merchants will provide a full evening of family fun. Don’t miss the Iceless Skating Rink, free for

everyone at Serpentini Chevrolet! 330-682-8881 www.OrrvilleChamber.com

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Huge Holiday Sale Black Friday in the Country This is the Lehman’s on the square at 4779 sale of Kidron Rd, Dalton; 800-438-5346; the year! Lehmans.com Kauffman’s Bakery is celebrating 25 Berlin Live Nativity Parade years serving Amish Country. For Celebrate the season in Berlin. Candle these three days, all souvenirs, jams lighting ceremony, nativity parade, & jellies and all specialty goods will luminaries and refreshments. Nativity be 50% off! Don’t’ miss out on this parade begins at 5:45pm; Main Street great event. Kauffman’s Bakery, 4357 in Downtown Berlin; 330-893-3192; US 62, Millersburg, OH 44654 (across VisitBerlinOhio.org from Heini’s Cheese), 330-893-2129, www.KauffmansCountryBakery.com

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Small Business Saturday Celebrate Shop Small Saturday, and the rest of the holiday shopping season, with specials and promotions at local Wayne & Holmes County merchants. Christmas at the Depot When: Noon - 4 p.m. Where: Orrville Depot Museum Tours of 1868 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot now a museum. Visit with Santa. 330-683-2426 www.OrrvilleRailroad.com

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Dalton Merchants Holiday Open House When: 5 - 8 p.m. Where: Downtown Dalton Area Dalton merchants kick-off the weekends festivities with refreshments, special sales and drawings. 330-466-5948 www.DaltonFestival.org

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Walnut Creek Journey to Bethlehem When: 4 - 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Business Association, the annual Journey to Bethlehem features seven dramatic stops illustrating the Biblical Christmas story of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus. Be prepared to walk and drive between stops in the town of Walnut Creek and into the countryside for a Live Nativity. Free admission, 330-893-4200 http://cometowalnutcreekohio.com/ events/ Pictures with Santa at the Library When: Fri. 5 - 7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Wayne County Public Library 330-262-6222 www.MainStreetWooster.org

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Light Up Sugarcreek When: 1 p.m. Sleigh rides and visits with Santa who has a gift for each child When: 5:30 p.m. The outdoor program with live music, caroling, candle lighting and light up in the form of thousands of lights on the cuckoo clock, the Village Christmas tree and antique lights strung over the streets. VisitSugarcreek.com 330-852-4112 Broadway & Main St, Sugarcreek


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Dalton Holidays Festival When: Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Where: Dalton High School Coolest parade in Ohio steps off Saturday at 2 PM, juried craft show, entertainment, and children’s activities. 330-466-5948 www.DaltonFestival.org Christmas in the Village When: Sat. 6 - 8:30 p.m. Sun. 1:30 - 4 p.m. The Pioneer Village will be decorated in the holiday style of the 1800s. Music and rides in the “Kid’s Wagon.” Sunday at 3:30 PM the Orrville Community Band will perform. Smithville Community Historical Society, 330-669-9308 www.rootsweb.com/~ohschs/index. html

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The Nutcracker When: Sat. 7 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. Where: Wooster High School Performing Arts Center Ballet Wooster is proud to present this long-standing holiday tradition. Magical sets and costumes. 100% chance of snow! Tickets available on website. www.BalletWooster.org

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ocal retirees, community members, homeschool students and College of Wooster students have been volunteering at A Whole Community Food Project over the past few months, helping to organize the food donations coming in. A large donation of apples during the fall season meant all hands on deck, including the project’s executive director and founder, Karen Potter and her husband, Charles Runion. Rachel Medina, a Research Associate at the OARDC, read a story on A Whole Community and decided that she wanted to get involved by coordinating donations from an OARDC Research Farm, where apple trees are grown for research and study. The vegetation that is not being used can be donated to the project. The project is also still getting plenty of support from the seconds (produce that is considered imperfect), donated by Amish Farmers and Local Roots Farmers. Most Americans choose produce from the store based upon how perfect

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and fresh it looks. For produce to be considered “imperfect” this could mean that the fruit or vegetable harvested is not perfectly shaped or there may be a small blemish on it. The concept of the Community Food Project first came about in 2011, when Potter met with Betsy Anderson and Jessica Eikleberry from Local Roots Wooster and with Clarence Stutzman of the People’s Garden to create a project that would be part of a federal Community Transformation grant proposal. The group explored the possibility of taking donated produce (creating less food waste) and getting the produce into local schools, preschools, summer programs, and food pantries, resulting in improved nutrition

for the area. The grant proposal was approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, but it remained unfunded. During the time that the grant proposal spent waiting on the list of those being considered, the federal funding was ended for that initiative. Fast forward to 2017, Potter is now the Executive Director and Founder of A Whole Community (AWC) which is a Christian-based, non-profit 501c3 organization based out of Wooster. Their mission is to help individuals, families


freezing in the Summer/Fall 2018.” AWC is partnering with Local Roots, Wooster as a base operation facility. The contact for anyone interested in donating or volunteering for the project will be Karen Potter at karen948@gmail. com “We started with Wayne County, since this is ‘home’ for me and where AWC is based,” said Potter. “The ultimate goal is to create sustainable solutions to meet multiple community needs all within one project.” AWC plans to assess other communities’ needs and create additional projects in the future. Having been a single mother of four sons (her boys

are now graduated from high school), Potter understands that the need is real in Wayne County and feels blessed to have the ability to work for change in the community with the support of her family and her husband, Charles. Research for the project was gained through the Wayne County Nutrition and Physical Activity Needs Assessments conducted on behalf of the Wayne County Health Department’s Maternal Child Health Program (ODH grant). Additional information was obtained through the Wayne County Child Nutrition & Fitness Coalition and the Food Insecurity Target Action Group. Needs were determined and a current

action plan has been put into place not only for Wayne County but for Ashland County as well, with help from the Ashland County Health and Wellness Committee. For more information or to get involved, visit http:// AWCinc.org, or contact Karen Potter, AWC Executive Director, at karen948@gmail.com.

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and communities transition to wholeness – physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially and relationally. Right now the project is serving food pantries and sites that serve meals to those in need, including two pilot sites at Northwestern Local Schools and Community Action Headstart Preschools. They are still awaiting funding for the equipment and supplies needed for flash freezing. “AWC will be seeking other funding sources and is accepting donations through our website with an online secured giving option or by mail,” said Potter. “We hope to have the equipment and supplies purchased for flash

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Thankful

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n a chilly November afternoon, I checked in with the locals to ask people what they are most thankful for this year. Everyone was willing to talk or at least give a “hello” and it filled me with pride and gratitude to live in an area where people are so open and friendly. The most popular answers I heard when asking, “What are you thankful for this year?” were health and family. Some people were thankful for coffee, for a warm house or for an amazing, supportive group of friends. What are you most thankful for?

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“I am thankful for my relationship with God, for Jesus dying on the cross and I am thankful for my family.”

“I am grateful for all of the mentors and stakeholders who have helped O-Huddle Inc. to be successful.” Sara from Wooster, Ohio

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“I’m thankful that Jesus Christ is my Savior and I’m thankful for my health and my family’s health – for everything that God has given to us.” Denise from Wooster, Ohio

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“I’m thankful for my salvation and for my family.” – Sarah from Ashland, Ohio


“I am thankful for my own family and friends but also for the families of the officers that work with me, for sacrificing and spending time away from them so they can be out and about on the job.”

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agnificently designed Christmas trees are on display this month at Berlin Village Gift Barn, Country Gatherings and The Gardens as the holiday season kicks off in Amish Country. The Christmas trees, done by Andrew Thomas Design of Wooster, provide a complimentary ebb of inspiration, tying together the themes and celebrations featured throughout the three stores. Additional information and a creative portfolio of the tree designer’s services can be found at AndrewThomasDesign.com and on Instragram @andrewthomasdesign. Shoppers this year may hear phrases like, “This is

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exactly what I need!” and “I love how they did this!” as they browse through the store, feeling the spark of ideas for creating a warm Christmas space around their own fireplace mantle or family dinner table this year. Knowledgeable, stylish and friendly experts on hand are ready to answer questions and make recommendations. The staff works to create the perfect visual story for your home each season, providing original and unique pieces that will allow you to bring excitement and new life to your home décor. Never underestimate the importance of that first impression greeting guests to your home, the holiday

wreath. The experts on staff will design a custom creation that highlights the natural beauty surrounding your home and brings a welcoming, visual “hello” to your doorstep. Parking in Amish Country, normally a challenge for large groups and travel

parties, is no longer an issue at these three spacious stores. Groups can come to shop together and take on the town with plenty of parking spots available in the large lots that wind gracefully across the hillside. The latest trends and ideas are embraced in the well


thought out, hand-crafted displays. From primitives to country to modern, with pieces from Magnolia Home, farmhouse and contemporary design, there is something for everyone at Village Gift Barn. Men and women enjoy shopping together, parents bring the kids, and everyone comes along for the experience. Shopping together in the stores is a family outing, an event, not just a mad dash through to get to the next stop. Kids enjoy exploring the multiple levels and there is a special section with toys, stuffed animals and personalized items just for the young and young at heart. Outdoor items at The Gardens and Country Gatherings include statuary, bird baths and fairy garden supplies with an even larger selection on display outdoors for guests to enjoy the

sunshine and fresh air as they browse. “Berlin is a place where visitors can take a really deep breath,” said Brittany Yoder, Marketing Director for Village Gift Barn, Country Gatherings and The Gardens. “There’s no need to take a vacation after your vacation when you come to Berlin.” The Berlin Nativity Parade is coming up on Friday, November 24th. Children dress as shepherds and angels and the entire community turns out for the event, which begins at 6pm. Village Gift Barn, Country Gatherings and The Gardens will be open until 8pm that evening as traditional celebrations continue to set the Christmas scene around town. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday 9am-6pm, Fridays 9am-7pm and Saturdays 9am-6pm. Full details and information can be found online at OldeBerlinVillage.com and you can

see regular posts on some of the most followed places in Amish Country via their social media including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. The Gardens is on Instagram @the_ gardens_at_cg while the other two stores are @villagegiftbarn and @ countrygatherings. Let them handle the details this year and be inspired as you shop, dreaming of a Christmas experience that is cozy, complimentary and full of good cheer.

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Hobbies &

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What You Will Need • Ornament or bulb - you can use any size or color. The bulb we used was 4 inches in diameter. • Washable Paints (Crayola Washable Kids Paint Pots worked well for dipping fingertips and easy cleanup afterwards) • Cord, twine or thread to make a loop for hanging your ornament. You can also use ornament hooks. • Sharpie or paint marker for drawing the strand that runs between the lights, plus we used a Metallic Gold Sharpie for some added shimmery accents. Instructions 1. Take the bulb and set it onto a surface where it won’t roll around. Using the container the bulb came in worked well and it kept the bulb in place while the paint was drying, another great way to prop them in place would be with an egg carton or on top of the open end of a cup or jar.

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2. Have your little one dip their finger tip into the color you would like to start with and place their finger onto the bulb, pressing gently. You can alternate with different colors like we did, or stick with a single shade. 3. Once the fingerprint colors are all in place., give the bulb about 5 minutes to dry (the paint should dry fairly quickly, depending on how much paint you use and how thick each fingerprint is). 4. Next, take your marker and draw the light strand running between the bulbs. You can also add the child’s name and the year. 5. Finally, take a small piece of twine, chord or string about 6 inches long, run it through the ornament loop and then tie the piece a couple of times to make secure, or you can also attach an ornament hook. 6. Feel free to add any other embellishments you think will make it more festive – make it your own and enjoy all season or give them as a gift for friends and family! Happy crafting!

Make great fun memories with your kids by either doing crafts or cooking. Give us your ideas and recipes so others can make memories too! Email us at editor@spectrumpubs.com


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