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18 Ideas For Making Holiday Memories Counting down to Christmas Day means many different things to people across the globe. Although families likely have several different traditions they anticipate each year, it can be fun to incorporate some new merrymakers into the festivities. Here are some festive ideas to include in the days leading up to Christmas — a special family calendar of fun finds. 1. Annual memento: Have the kids or adults make one new handmade ornament each year. This way the tree is always evolving, and everyone can track milestones. 2. Cookie day: Devote one day to making Christmas cookies. Invite friends or family members over. Distribute some cookies to elderly neighbors. 3. Holiday classic: Spend a night in and watch a classic Christmas flick you’ve never seen before. Streaming movie services often put classics and obscure titles into rotation during the holiday season. 4. Christmas concert: Host a gathering of children where they can sing or perform their favorite tunes for an audience. Take it on the road to a nearby nursing home. 5. Dine out: Take a break from cooking, shopping and hosting and stop into a restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Keep it local to support nearby businesses. 6. Adopt a child/family: Volunteer with a charitable organization that provides for less fortunate families. Answer the Christmas desires of a needy child or family by purchasing an item on their wish lists. 7. See the sights: Pack the children into the family car to tour nearby areas and look at Christmas lights displays. Bring along cookies and hot chocolate.

8. Trim a tree: Get together with adult friends at a tree-trimming party. Rotate the hosting house each year. 9. Play dress-up: A gentleman can dress up as the man in red and pop into a friend’s holiday gathering. 10. Wilderness walk: Enjoy the crisp air and snow and see a local park from a winter perspective. 11. Acts of kindness: Choose any act of kindness and make it happen this Christmas. It can include feeding the hungry or helping a disabled person shop for the season. 12. Kids’ Secret Santa: Spread the joy of giving by having the kids choose a sibling or friend’s name from a hat and purchasing or making a gift for that person. 13. Hand out hot chocolate: Make a big thermos of hot chocolate and give it out to shoppers or workers who have been out in the cold. 14. Read religious stories: Understand the true meaning of the season by reading Biblical passages. 15. Camp-in: The first night the tree is decorated, allow the kids to sleep beside it under the glow of Christmas lights. 16. Scavenger hunt: Plan holiday-themed trivia questions and hide small trinkets for children to find. 17. Surprise box: Put a gender and age nonspecific gift into a box. On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the person who finds a hidden gift tag under their chair at dinner gets to open the box. 18. Family portrait: Wear your holiday finery and pose for a portrait that actually will be printed and framed. HL17A388

Windham Firemen’s Turkey Raffle Draws a Crowd Denise Bly | Contributing Reporter

Windham - It was standing room only at the Annual Turkey Raffle at Windham’s Fire Station Monday night November 20, 2017. The event raises money for small equipment, supplies for the fire station and other items that the WVFD District doesn’t cover. The raffle this year had 35 turkeys, 15 hams and 50 second-spin prizes. Here’s is the lowdown on how things worked. Folks entered the fire station and each one was given a door prize ticket just for being there. This year’s door prize was a leaf blower. One could then purchase 50/50 raffle tickets at the door as well. Each person purchased as many tickets as they would like for each round of the raffle for $1 apiece. Every ticket purchased had two chances to win for that round. After all the tickets for the round were sold, they’d spin the wheel. The number that came up was the winning number. There could be more than one winner per round and one could choose between a turkey and a ham until the hams were gone. Then it was just turkeys. But wait, there’s more. Each round contained two spins, the first one was for a turkey or ham, and the

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second spin was for prizes donated by local businesses. Many of the donations this year were cash on behalf of area businesses. Some of the folks who won cash, just reinvested it into the raffle, making it a win /win for the firemen and the winner. Some of the other donations were oil changes, gift baskets, car wash, maple syrup, pizza, gift cards, and so much more. Making the second round spins almost as sweet as the first round spins Trying to find out how long the raffle has been going on was a tough feat. As near as anyone can remember, it has been going on for more than 35 years, but no one seemed to know exactly how many years. Chief Rich Gano said, I’ve been here 35 years, and it’s been going on long before I became a fireman.” He also said, “Many of the same faces return year after year to help support the firemen. It has always been a great event that many in the community look forward to each year.” It was a fun event that gave one a chance to win a bird or ham for the holidays while investing in the community, making it a win/win for everyone.

Santa’s Coming To Mantua This Friday Night, 12/1/17

Submitted by Edie Benner, Pres. DMRC Mantua - Get in the holiday spirit. Bring the family to downtown Mantua to see Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck, hear the Crestwood High School choir sing holiday carols and then visit the Mantua Pop up Art Gallery and downtown shops that will be open late that evening. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 6:00 at the corner of Prospect St. and Main Street. Arrive a little early and join the Crestwood High School choir in singing many of your favorite holiday carols. There will be candy canes, hot cocoa and treats for the family. Santa in Mantua is brought to you by the Mantua-Shalersville area Chamber of Commerce. The Mantua Pop up Art Gallery is open before, during and after Santa comes to town. The temporary art gallery is located across the street from the mini-park and will be hosting an open house and reception for all! Come browse! Come shop! Come view the amazing art work in the gallery! There are 33 local and regional artists displaying their work in the gallery and more artwork is coming in each day. Proceeds from the art gallery will benefit the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation Arts Initiative. Spend the evening walking, shopping and eating in Downtown Mantua Village. The Mantua-Shalersville area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Mantua Revitalization welcome you to ring in the holidays in downtown Mantua.

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Patio Raffle

On Sale Now Get your tickets now for the JAG All Sports Booster PATIO RAFFLE! A 600 sq. ft. decorative concrete patio with fire pit, decorative seating and steps is being donated by Creative Concrete Impressions. Install will take place at the winner’s home in the spring of 2018 and winner will be drawn at the Spring JAG Night at the Races. Proceeds benefit JAG Athletic Facilities Committee. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Please contact Ted Lysiak (216.534.7413) for tickets or stop into the JAG Athletic or Board office (330.527.4336).

Windham Lions Club Gun Raffle

The Windham Lions Club is selling Gun/Cash raffle tickets. Win your choice of: S&W M&P Shield 9mm, Mossberg 500 12Ga 28” VR/24”RS, PSE Fang LT Crossbow, $400 Cash. Anyone interested in supporting the Lions Club can purchase tickets by calling Harry Skiles 330-326-3387.

Bell Ringers Needed

Call Today! The Salvation Army serving Portage County needs volunteers to ring the Red Kettle Bells starting November 24 thru December 23. There are locations throughout Portage County to volunteer call the Salvation Army office at 330 296-7371. Two hours at a kettle will feed a family of four (4) for a week.

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Donate to the art students at James A. Garfield High School!!! Donations can be dropped off during school hours (7:30am-3:00pm) M-F at the front office. Thank you so much!

Grief Support Group

Sundays Grief Group meets every Sunday at 3 pm. The meetings are held at Garrettsville United Methodist Church and last

about an 1 – 1 ½ hours. Everyone is welcome. For questions you can call the church at 330-527-2055.

Monday Breakfast at American Legion

Mondays Open to public $7.00 breakfast from 8-11:00am at the American Legion Post #674 in Windham. Menu: eggs ‘any style’, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, bacon, sausage (patties and links) and white, wheat or rye toast and coffee, tea and juice. Call 330/3263188 for info.

Men on Mondays

Mondays Men on Mondays a men’s Bible study is held every Monday from 6:45 - 8 pm at the Cellar Door Coffee Shop in Garrettsville. Coffee and pastry will be provided at no charge.

Families Anonymous Meeting

Mondays Do you have a family member addicted to drugs or alcohol? Families Anonymous may help restore your serenity. We meet 7pm every Monday at Coleman Behavioral Services, Sue Hetrick Building, 3922 Lovers Lane/Loomis Parkway in Ravenna. For information call Peggy 330-760-7670.


Every Tuesday St. Ambrose Church 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville-Early bird at 6:45pm and first game at 7pm. Also featuring instant tickets, coverall jackpots, and other fun games. Doors open 5:45pm. Great refreshments!

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Tuesday & Saturday Start Talking! Portage has been able to schedule two NEW NA meetings in Portage County on Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church at 118 South Mantua St., Kent, Ohio




at 7:30 p.m. the second one is on Saturdays at Mantua Christian Church 4118 S. R. 82, Mantua, Ohio 44255

Story Time At Mantua Center Church

Thursday Children ages 2-5 are invited along with their accompanying adult (siblings are welcome too) every Thursday to STORY TIME, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 St.Rt. 82. No need to sign up, simply drop in any Thursday. This program follows the Crestwood School schedule and meets every Thursday that Crestwood is in session.

BINGO At St Michael’s

Every Thursday St. Michael’s Church Weekly Bingo at 7pm every Thursday at 9736 East Center Street Windham, OH 44288.

TOPS Meetings

Thursdays TOPS OH#1941, Ravenna meets Thursday mornings in the fellowship hall of the Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 State Route 88, Ravenna with weigh-in from 9-9:45 a.m. and a meeting/ program following at 10:00 a.m. TOPS Club, Inc. is an affordable, nonprofit, weightloss support and wellness education organization.

2nd Thursday Storytime

through May 10 2nd Thursday Storytime at Maplewood Christian Church. Come for stories, crafts, music and movement for children ages 2 - 5 (adults stay for fun, siblings welcome). This event will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at 7300 State Route 88 in Ravenna. We will not meet if Ravenna Schools are closed. Email or call 330-297-6424 with questions.

Kolache Sale For Holidays

Order deadline Dec 8 St. Mary & St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild of Newton Falls will be baking homemade kolache for the Christmas h and you may purchase this taste of Eastern Europe at the low cost of $10.00 each. The Ladies offer the following fillings: Apricot, Nut and Poppy Seed. To order your taste of Europe, contact Patti Kinel at 330-980-8560. Pick up times and days will be Tuesday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, ently venied in ric n o C ocat isto L wn H le! nto vil DowGarretts


December 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brighten your Christmas Holiday with the flavors and traditions of this tasty pastry native to Czechoslovakia and Poland. Order deadline is Friday, December 8.

5th Annual Model Train Display

Wed & Sat in Dec The N. Bloomfield Historical Society is presenting its 5th holiday model train event on every Saturday afternoon in December from 2-5pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm in the 1893 Town Hall. The address is 8830 Park Drive. Each year the layout has grown, with new items added each year and now exceeds 500 square feet. The exhibit is free and everyone is welcome. Fun for children and adults alike. For more information call 440685-4410.

Annual Christmas Sale

Dec 1 At the First United Methodist Church, located at 14999 South State Ave., Middlefield. Come and shop on Friday, Dec. 1 and Sat. Dec. 2 from 9 am - 2 pm.

Free Christmas Decoration Giveaway

Dec 2 The Back Door Free Store of Hilltop Christian Church is having a FREE CHRISTMAS DECORATION GIVEAWAYon Sat., Dec 2nd. 10am - 4:30pm. We have many beautiful Christmas decorations and a few Christmas trees to give away at: Hilltop Christian Church...4572 W. Prospect St. Mantua, The giveaway is located in the Church fellowship hall. Everything is FREE!!!!

Pictures With Santa

Dec 2 Shannan Jursa - State Farm 4th Annual Pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Avenue Garrettsville, OH 44231. Join us for cookies and refreshments. Donate a canned good for the Community Cupboard to receive a FREE Professional digital image of your child or family with our Jolly Elf. For questions please call our office at 330-527-2001.

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Breakfast With Santa

Dec 2 Parkman Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Parkman Community House (16295 St. Rt. 422). Bring a camera and take your child’s picture with Santa Claus. You can then enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage & pancakes. Kids eat for only $3.00 each and $5.00 each for accompanying adults. Call to make your reservation – Sandy @ (440) 548-5740; Patty @ (440) 548-2242; Denise @ (440) 548-2939

feature vendors, crafts and food. The church is located at 59 East Mennonite Rd. in Aurora. For more information please call the church at 330562-8011 or visit the website at www.auroramennonite. com

Portage County Genealogical Society Meeting

Dec 2

Dec 2 Ohio Women’s Ministeries of Mantua Center Christian Church is holding a craft bazaar on Saturday, Dec 2, 8am-4pm At Mantua Center School, 11741 Mantua Center Rd. Mantua. There will be food & beverage available, 50/50 Raffle FREE PARKING. Contact Carolin 330-6067125

The Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. The society is located at 6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, next to the Ravenna High School. The topic of the program will be Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold In Probate Packets, presented by Chris Staats. The program is free and open to anyone interested in genealogy or local history. The genealogy chapter meets the first Saturday of the month at the Portage County Historical Society at 10:00 a.m. from September through May, with no meeting in January.

Advent Celebration & Cookie Walk

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Dec 2 Ready to kick off the holiday season with some delightful music performed by Faith Journey Four? Need cookies for family and friends? Portage Faith Church, 9922 SR 44, Mantua, has what you need. Join us at 9:30 am for an uplifting Advent Celebration as we look forward to our Savior’s birth and then from 10:30 - noon for a cookie walk where you purchase tasty homemade cookies for very reasonable prices. A free continental breakfast will be available after the service.

Christmas Craft Connection

Dec 2 The Christmas Craft Connection will be held at Aurora Mennonite Church on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and will

Dec 3 Back by popular demand! Start the holidays with a family sing-a-long tradition as “tubists” perform at the 19th Annual TubaChristmas on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium. This year a Holiday Craft Show will take place in conjunction with the event from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Come early or stay after to do some shopping with food and drink concessions! Admission to TubaChristmas concert is by donation to cover costs associated with in kind use of Stambaugh Auditorium and event.

Book Review Club

Dec 4 MONDAY, December 4th, 9:30am: Dr J Patella, with the cooperation of Garrettsville YMCA, presents and reviews the book: THE AFTERLIFE

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OF BILLY FINGERS in which every chapter tells its own story. It is not necessary to bring a book. Please join us for a stimulating exchange of impressions and opinions at the Garrettsville YMCA, 8233 Park Ave, the 1st (non-holiday) Monday of every month at 9:30am for our monthly Book Review & Discussion group. Questions - call the YMCA (330)469-2044

Hiram Farm Annual Craft & Gift Sale

Dec 8 & 9 Hiram Farm Annual Craft and Gift Sale will be held on Dec.8th and 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Hiram Farm, 11543 Garfield Rd., Hiram. Handcrafted items made by our farmers including holiday decorations, soaps, culinary delights, pet gifts and much more !

Breakfast with Santa

Dec 9 All are invited for a pancake breakfast, fun activities and of course, Santa will be making his list and checking it twice! Sponsored by the St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus on Sat. Dec 9th at 10am in the St. Ambrose Church hall 10692 Freedom St. Garrettsville. Admission is only a can of food for the Food Pantry. Please join us in sharing food and fun during this wonderful season!

Holiday Celebration Dinner

Dec 9 The Geauga County Democratic Party will host a “Holiday Celebration” Dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Geauga County Democratic Headquarters and Social Hall located at 12420 Kinsman Road, Newbury. The event is 6 pm to 9 pm. Doors open at 5:30. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for a local food pantry. Additional parking is available on the far eastern side of the plaza. RSVP: on the website www. or call Janet Carson 440-836-4060

Friendly Squares Christmas Dinner Dance

Dec 9 The Friendly Squares will host their Christmas Dinner Dance, Saturday, December 9 at the Niles SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St., Niles, Ohio. The festivities begin with a Christmas dinner for Friendly Squares members from 6:00 to 7:30. Members, please RSVP for dinner by November 30 to Frankie Hammond at 330-506-3370. Please bring a covered dish to share. Square



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dancing, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:30 and continue until 10 p.m. Neil Harner and Gene Hammond will be the callers and Frankie Hammond will be calling line dances. This will be a High/ Low dance with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual. There is a $6 donation per person at the door.

Drive Thru Nativity

Dec 9 & 10 The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting their second drive-through Live Nativity on St. Joseph Church grounds, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255, on Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th, 6:008:00 p.m. Come join us in caroling. A free will donation of cash or non-perishable food items will help you to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and have a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Proceeds from this event will help St. Joseph Church in Mantua with interior repairs and food items will be donated to 4C’s.

Silent Auction

Dec 9 New Mercies Community Church 12767 Butternut Rd., Burton is hosting a Silent Auction on Saturday, Dec 9th at 2 pm. Please bring a salad to pass as we will have a salad lunch. Also bring a new or handmade item for the auction.

Morning Retreat With Mary

Dec 9 St. Joseph Parish, Mantua invites you to a Morning Retreat With Mary - Mary, Woman of Hope, presented by Sr. Mary Dion Horrigan, SND, on Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall. All adults are welcome to come join us for a morning of reflection on the Virgin Mary in the Season of Advent. The day begins with coffee and registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by welcome and introduction at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Dion will guide us through Mary’s Annunciation and My Life, Mary: Hope and Advent Light, and Being HOPE in our world. Cost is $10.00 (payable at the door).


Presenting the benefits of shade-grown products for birds Shade-grown coffee and chocolate play an important role in saving critical wintering habitat in the tropics of central and South America for many of our summering birds, while keeping traditional bird-friendly methods of growing coffee and cocoa beans economically feasible. These birds include many of our most colorful songbirds including Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and various thrushes, vireos and warblers. Learn all about these uniquely grown products as you enjoy a cup of coffee and a chocolate treat during an indoor program, Coffee & Chocolate: The Benefits of Shade-Grown Products, on Sunday, December 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. at The West Woods Nature Center. Discussion will also touch on the details of creating a local coffee club to purchase this coffee at a discount. Registration is not required for this wheelchair/stroller accessible program at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Pizza With Santa

Dec 9 Kiwanis of the Western Reserve invites you and your family to our annual Pizza with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 9th 10:00am - 12:30pm in the Hiram Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 6868 Wakefield Rd., Hiram 44234. $3.00 per person, naughty & nice kids 3 & under FREE! There will be face painting, cookie decorating, elf crafts, Secret Santa Shop with gifts $1.00-$5.00 and of course, pizza and SANTA! Bring your camera to take photos with Santa and don’t forget your list!

Santa on The Fire Truck

Dec 16 The Hiram Fire Dept. and Firefighters Association will be working with Santa Claus to deliver presents on Dec 16 beginning at 4:30 pm. Presents for delivery can be dropped off at the fire station beginning on Monday, Nov 27 through 6 pm. Questions - call 330-569-9826.

New Year’s Eve Reverse Raffle Party

Dec 31 Looking for a New Year’s Eve party! The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 is planning to have a New Year’s Eve/Reverse Raffle party on Sunday, December 31. It’s a Roaring 20’s theme this year!


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If you’re looking for a fun time, at a good price, come and join us at the Sentinel Party Center (FKA Knights of Columbus Hall), 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $65.00/couple, $50.00/single, and include appetizers, raffle, dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing, and a midnight champagne toast. Purchase your tickets in the Narthex after Masses December 2/3 or through Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156). All proceeds go towards interior improvements at St. Joseph Church.

Square Dancing Lessons

Jan 9 The Friendly Squares will begin a second session of weekly square dance lessons for beginners. The introductory session will be Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m. Each weekly session builds upon the previous session and will include learning new steps along with plenty of review. Gene Hammond will be the instructor. The Tuesday evening sessions will run through April. There is a nominal fee of $6 per person per lesson. For info call Gene Hammond at 330-506-3370.

Holiday Closings The library will be CLOSED Friday, December 22nd through Monday, December 25th. Regular hours resume Tuesday, December 26th at 8:00 am. We will be CLOSED Friday, December 29th through Monday, January 1, 2018. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 2nd at 8:00 a.m. The Staff of the Bristol Public Library wishes you a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. 9th Annual Language Tree on Display The 9th annual language tree is now on display at the Bristol Public Library. Students in the Spanish language classes at Bristol High School have decorated a language-themed Christmas tree that will be on display in the library through December 15th. All of the Spanish club students were involved in making the decorations for the tree. The tree, in the library’s entryway, is decorated with the students’ handmade ornaments. Ferdinand the Bull Giveaway Children can enter for a chance to win a “Story of Ferdinand” book and toy set. Ferdinand: The Movie, being released in theaters December 15th, was inspired by this best-selling children’s book. Beginning Friday, December 1st, children ages birth through age 5 will receive one prize drawing ticket each day they visit the library. A random drawing will be held on Friday, December 15th. Elf on the Shelf The Bristol Public Library’s own Elf on the Shelf, Andrew, will be somewhere in the library waiting to hear all the children’s Christmas wishes during the month of December. Santa sent his scout elf, Andrew, named for the library’s benefactor, Andrew Carnegie, to library as an extra set of eyes and ears to report which children have been naughty or nice. Visit the library each week, December 4th through December 21st to see what Andrew is up to. If you find him you might receive an early Christmas present when you tell the librarians where he is. Finding our Elf on the Shelf is open to children ages 3 through twelfth grade. Just remember not to touch him or he’ll lose his magic and won’t be able to report to Santa! The Bristol Public Library is located at 1855 Greenville Road. For more information contact the circulation desk at 330-889-3651.

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Looking for Creative Holiday Gifts? Make the season a little “greener” with Geauga SWCD! This holiday season do something different for your friends and loved ones with a gift from the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The District offers unique and meaningful gifts that keep on giving long past the holiday season. We sell rain barrels ($80) and compost tumblers ($180) that make lovely holiday gifts and are guaranteed to enhance any yard. Gift certificates are also available for our annual tree and fish sales. These gifts are a way of improving our natural resources, keeping dollars in our local community, and investing in the future. For more information, call 440- 834-1122 or visit Our office is located in the Patterson Center at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton and hours of operation are 7:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Friday.





New ACT Prep Workshop Jan. 20 at James A. Garfield High School Busy college-bound students can prep for the ACT in just one day. A new workshop this winter in Garrettsville will offer a one-day session packed with review and strategies for time-strapped students to achieve higher ACT scores. The ACT Prep 1-Day Intensive Workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at James A. Garfield High School, 10233 State Route 88, Garrettsville. The workshop costs $99 and includes lunch and materials. Area students will master testing strategies, conquer core subjects and build confidence to ace the college entrance exam and stay competitive among peers for college admission and scholarship dollars. The one-day format will offer tips and problemsolving techniques, practice questions published by ACT and a review of core subjects in a condensed format. The new scoring method of the exam’s writing portion also will be discussed. Some students have averaged up to five-point increases on practice exams after taking ACT prep classes. The workshop will help students to identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals, measure progress and boost confidence as scores rise, said Laura Icardi, who first taught the course at the University of Akron before expanding throughout Northeast Ohio. “The main reason to prepare is to make sure the test score ref lects your ability,” Icardi said. “Students want to reduce their anxieties and score better for scholarship dollars.” Experienced teachers will review skills in all subject areas. Students also will practice new st rateg ies a nd solve problems, from figuring algebraic equations to editi ng sentences to a n a ly z i ng s cie nt i f ic experiments. To register or receive more information, call Laura Icardi of ACT Test Preparation at 330-7227235, or email licardi@ Parents and students also can check out the website at or Facebook. Financial aid also is available for qualifying students.

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Leavittsburg, OH Lance C. Perrine, 78, of Leavittsburg, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 25, 2017. He was born on March 24, 1939 to Marvin and Beulah Perrine in Gassaway, West Virginia. He was a member and trustee at Faith Evangelical Free Church and attended a me et i ng la st mont h. Lance worked at Custom Materials, Inc., Garrettsville Hardware and as co-owner of Perrine’s Service Center. He enjoyed watching westerns, researching genealogy and his ‘39 Packard and ‘39 Farmall tractor. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His nickname was “Mr. Fix it!” Lance is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Mary (Miller) Perrine; children, Kenneth (Kendra) Perrine, Barbara (Robert) Smith, Ralph (Cheryl) Perrine, Lance (Tamara) Perrine and Ruth Anne (John) Hecky; brother, Arthur Perrine; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Visitation was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Rd, Garrettsville, Ohio. Services were held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10 AM at the church with Pastor Michael Grantz officiating. Burial to follow in Southington Reformed Cemetery in Southington, Ohio. Online condolences at

Edward R. Church Youngstown, OH Edward R. Church, 59, of Youngstown, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 22, 1958 in Mantua to Ralph and Anna (Bush) Bounds. He enjoyed hunting, f ishing and any thing o u t d o o r s . E d love d spending time with friends and especially his family. Ed is survived by his wife, Lenora (Jeannie) Church; 3 sisters: Joanne Gibson, Gladis Parker, and Sue Spaure; 2 sons, Josh Howell and Edward Annis; 2 daughters, Kimberly Knisely and Elizabeth Church; 5 grandsons, 7 granddaughters, 3 great grandsons, 6 great granddaughters,1 great grandsons, and 1 great granddaughter not born yet. He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 Brothers, John Bounds, Bill Bounds, Preston Church, Wally Church, and Walt Church; Sister, Betty Bounds. Visitation was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 12-2 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio. Services followed at 2pm with Dr. Michael E. Carlson officiating. Burial was held in Harrington Cemetery. Online condolences at www.

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Hiram Twp. - Fiscal Officer Diane Rodhe noted that she and Village Clerk, Susan Skrovan met to discuss the communities’ combined Fire and EMS Budget. Diane will be scheduling another meeting with Ms. Skrovan to include Chief Byers, as well. The meetings were scheduled at the request of Trustee Jack Groselle, who would like to have a better understanding of how the department’s funds are managed through the village’s capital fund. Next, Ms. Rodhe provided trustees with a 2015 & 2016 audit update. She noted that the auditors provided several recommendations. Among them, they advised the township to create a record for employees to have personal time off approved by the road supervisor in advance of taking PTO time, and suggested that the township use a procedural checklist for hiring new employees. As a result, Ms. Rodhe will create a PTO request form for the Road Department, as well as a hiring checklist for trustee review. In Resolution 2017-33, trustees unanimously approved Steve Pancost’s motion to accept the payment of $4,000 as final payment on all costs associated with the Donald Kosher property along with the motion for release of judgement and the letter of certainty that has been submitted by Gordon Kosher and Debra Blake. In his Fire Report, Chief Byers shared that the monthly Fire Report has been emailed to the trustees and fiscal officer. He noted that the new squad has been received and is having graphics placed. It was determined that the township will write a check directly to PFund Superior Sales to help fund the township’s portion of the new vehicle when the invoice for $30,000.00 arrives. The grant application for the loading system is pending. Next, the subject of 911 service in northern Hiram Township was discussed. It has been noted that currently some 911 calls from that area are being transferred to Geauga County inadvertently. Chief Byers would like to get a message out to all township residents to reach the Fire Department directly at (330) 569-7505. He requested funding to print and mail a postcard to township residents notifying them of this issue and providing the proper emergency contact number; the trustees unanimously agreed to cover the cost. Similarly, it was shared that the Fire Department and Firefighters Association will once again be hosting Santa on a Fire Truck this holiday season. Township and village residents may drop off wrapped gifts, labeled with the recipient’s name and address at the Fire Station from now through 6 pm on Wednesday, December 13th. Deliveries to township and village addresses will take place on Saturday December 16th beginning at 4:40 pm. In police news, Chief Brian Gregory shared that his department was awarded a $7,300 grant from the US Department of Justice. The funds will be used to purchase body armor, which ranges in price from $600 - $800 per officer. “I want all of our officers to have updated and modern body armor to wear as part of their daily uniforms,” he shared. Also, for the sixth consecutive year, Chief Gregory proudly shared that his Department was awarded the AAA Platinum Award for Traffic Safety and Community Program Awareness. Trustees unanimously approved increased police patrols for October, November, and December. In his road report, Road Supervisor Tom Matota shared that chip and seal work is complete, and that road salt has been ordered, with partial delivery already received. He noted that the helipad has been graded and seeded with grass for next year, and that grading and grass seeding has been completed around the new building and along the east side of the driveway, as well. It was unanimously agreed that the service for the telephone landline at the Ryder Road garage should be cancelled, with all calls forwarded to the road supervisor’s cell phone of (330) 569-8908. This updated information has also been added to the website. The next regularly scheduled trustee meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at 7 pm; residents are encouraged to attend.




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Portage Park District Foundation Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Kent - The Portage Park District is pleased to present an arts and crafts sale featuring the work of 34 artists. The “Nature’s Store Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale” will be held December 7 and 8, 3-8 p.m., at the Downtown Gallery located at 141 East Main Street, Kent. A reception will be held both evenings from 5:308:00 p.m. with refreshments available. A ll t he pieces i n the juried show have been inspired by nature and i nclude acr ylics, watercolors, photography, sculpture, jewelry, cards and more. “We are very happy with the work the artists submitted for our second annual show. The pieces are beautiful and capture the beauty and power of nature,” said Sally Kandel, president of the Portage Park District Foundation. “They are simply inspiring.” Through donations of a portion of the artists’ sales, the show will raise money for the Portage Park District Foundation, which supports the Portage Park District. “This is a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping. The majority of our artists are local and are sharing their talents for the benefit of the parks,” said Beth Buchanan, vice president of the Portage Park District Foundation Board. The Kent State School of Art provided help and support for this program. For more information please visit the Portage Park District website at or contact Sally Kandel at

Garrettsville - Hiram Rotary Report Iva Walker | Columnist

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram met on Monday, November 27, 2017 to conduct the following business: Delores McCumbers gave a brief exposition on the upcoming Foundation Dinner fundraiser to be held at the Happy Day Lodge in Peninsula, Ohio. This is in support of the Rotary Foundation, to be used for international projects such as the eradication of polio, which is nearing its desired completion, since only four countries in the world still have widespread cases of the disease. The Foundation was started with a donation of just $26.50 by Arch Klumpf in 1917. It is now one of the most effective and respected foundations in the world. All district members are invited and urged to attend. A donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be made by the local club in the name of the sister-in-law of Lisa Muldowney. Tom Collins and Delores McCumbers spoke briefly on their attendance at a meeting of the DMRC (Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation). Discussion ensued on working with Garrettsville council to encourage similar promotion of the Village of Garrettsville. Rebuilding, signage, focus on the possibilities of the Headwaters Trail all came up. Co-operation with the Portage County Park District also figured into the discussion. Signage for the Trail giving directions to locations in the village and the available bike repair station were also brought up. And—it’s getting to be a tradition--exchange student “Chovv y” from Chile lettered in both soccer and cross country for James A. Garfield High School, and the district championship in cross country. Way to go!


Is Santa Really a Troll? You decide. Are trolls real and is Santa Claus a troll? Experience a new holiday tradition at the Troll Hole Museum in downtown Alliance. The museum is aglow with t wi n k li ng lights, decorated with themed decor, tantalizing smells of holiday spices and delicious hot c h o c ol a t e a n d lattes. The Troll Hole Mu seu m staff have planned an unforgettable ex p e r ie nce for young and old alike. Streaming holiday music, exclusive tales of trolls and Santa to intrigue and delight. Throughout the month there are scheduled meet and greet photo-op times with “Princess Poppy” of Dreamworks “Trolls”. The Troll Hole Museum houses the Guinness World Record troll doll collection and troll memorabilia numbering over 20,000 items and growing. Originating in the Scandinavian countries the history of trolls, told in folk tales, has survived for over 2,000 years. Take the guided tour with our guides clad in red, green and white attire and be awed at the legends of Santa, trolls and the many stories that connect the two. Learn about the 13 troll Yule lads of Iceland and their wicked mother, Gryla. Participate in the scavenger hunt to locate the 20 missing trolls in the stockings that escaped from the cupboard to win chocolate prizes. Once your forty-five minute tour is completed, you can shop for unique gifts, including garden art , jewelry, candles, soaps, purses, candies, and toys. There is also an extensive section of the shop which houses vintage troll dolls, souvenirs of the museum, Scandinavian trolls and the latest Dreamworks troll dolls. Sit and relax sipping on a delicious handcrafted latte or hot chocolate and savour a Christmas tree Belgium waffle at our Grumpy Troll Coffee shop in the back of the gift shop. The special holiday season opens Nov 21st and runs till Jan 6th 2018 , The Museum hours are from 10am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday or book your holiday party at the Troll Hole for personalized time with the trolls and Princess Poppy. “Downtown Alliance is a destination filled with vintage shops, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind museums celebrating cats and trolls,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. Visit us at The Troll Hole Museum at 228 Main Street in Alliance, Ohio or contact Sherry at (330)929-1071 or visit our website at

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1. STREAKING - The S&P 500 is up +1.2% (total return) for the “month to date” with just 4 trading days remaining in November. If the index does finish “up” for the month, it would be its 13th consecutive “up” month, the best run for the S&P 500 since it ran off 15 straight months of gains from March 1958 through May 1959. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research).

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4. SMALL RANGE - For the 7 years from 2010 to 2016, the S&P 500 experienced 417 trading days in which the index gained or lost at least +1% (total return) for the day, an average of 60 per year. YTD through Friday 11/24/17, the S&P 500 has produced just 9 trading days of “1% up-or-down” movement (source: BTN Research). 5. LOW-TAX STATES – The House’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” retains the deductibility of property taxes up to a maximum of $10,000 per year. Of the 10 states with the smallest average property taxes, President Trump carried 8 of the 10 states in the 2016 presidential election (source: Internal Revenue Service). 6. HEALTH CARE - 23% of health care spending in the USA is incurred by just 1% of Americans. The healthiest 50% of Americans account for just 3% of total health care spending nationally. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 35 states had “high-risk” pools to insure their high-cost sicker citizens (source: KFF).

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How Much Should You Save By Age 30, 40, 50, or 60? Provided By Chris Perme | Columnist It is agreed that the earlier you start saving for retirement, the better. The big question on the minds of many savers, however, is: “How am I doing?” This article will show you some rough milestones to try and reach. (Keep in mind that you may need to save more or less than these amounts based on your objectives and lifestyle and income needs.) At age 30, can you have the equivalent of a year’s salary saved? Some 30-year-olds have the equivalent of a year’s salary in debt, it is true; the thing is, you can probably manage debt and save and invest to build wealth simultaneously. One way to plan to reach this goal is to save (and invest) about a fifth of your after-tax income beginning at age 25. That assumes you start at 25 with no savings; if you start saving and investing earlier, the goal may be easier to attain.1 At age 40, will your savings be triple that of your yearly earnings? The average American currently saves about 3.5% of his or her income. Can you save 3.5% of what you earn at 25 or 30 and build a six-figure retirement fund by your 40th birthday? Perhaps, if you are an absolute investing wizard or start your career with a salary north of $100,000. Otherwise, saving and investing 10-15% of what you earn annually will be crucial in planning to reach this goal.1,2 When you are 50, will your savings be about six times your salary? Slow and steady saving and investing could get you there, but building up $250,000 or more in retirement money can be a challenge given factors like child-rearing, divorce, periodic unemployment, or health concerns. One response is to adjust your discretionary spending habits, if life allows.1





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Pie In The Sky

Iva Walker | Columnist

Pie in the sky. It’s all about pie. I have been forced to whomp up a new batch of pie pastry dough. The last iteration of my handy-dandy, flakey-good recipe was rescued from the freezer just time to produce a couple of delicacies for the Rotary Reverse Raffle( Pies also appears at other fund-raisers, since I’m no good at baskets), so a new edition is due now that Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us (One could be forgiven for thinking that these two holidays, firmly ensconced in November and December, actually begin celebration somewhere before Halloween‌or even the Fourth of July.). This highly secret recipe (which will follow shortly) was given to me by friend Pat Vidis and has been my standby through thick and thin for years. It’s great, makes enough for—if I roll it delicately thin—two double-crust pies and one single crust pie, and maybe a few pieces of trim. It even stands up to my various “additions and correctionsâ€?. Every time I make the stuff, it’s liable to be slightly different from the last time because I forget exactly how much of whatever I used the last time, the proportions. I use regular all-purpose flour, as per the original recipe, but over the years I have slipped in white whole wheat, whole wheat, maybe a little flaxseed, various combinations of these, anything I think might work and be interesting. So far, this has turned out O.K., but, as I said, no two times exactly the same. Gluten-free has not yet arrived.

Notes from the vineyard Amanda Conkol | Columnist

There are so many books about wine making, wine regions, wine “rulesâ€? and wine tasting guides. Some books are great; I highly recommend them. Some books I suggest skipping. So, as a friend was Christmas shopping last week, she asked me for recommendations so she could pick out the appropriate gift for her father-in-law. Since he lives out of state, I think my list is safe to share with all of you! My first recommendation is from Jon BonnĂŠ, with “The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Knowâ€?. I am not a fan of “rulesâ€? books but I truly enjoyed the 89 new “rulesâ€?. BonnĂŠ once said in an interview that he didn’t want to write the traditional basic wine book. “You can Google grape varieties,â€? he said. “I wanted to write for people who are already buying wine and want to know enough about it to enjoy it, and maybe to hold their own when they run up against someone who claims to know everything about wine in an obnoxious way.â€? Some of his rules are common sense (Make sure to buy wines you want to drink yourself when going to a party) while some of his rules explain why some rules are in place (wineglass stems are there for a reason). Looking for a more sophisticated read? I recommend (love) “Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers and Terroirs of the Iconic Region, â€? by Peter Liem, Liem has written a beautiful book, focusing on champagne not as a luxury but as serious wine, expressive of the place where it is grown rather than the lifestyle of the person drinking it. This is a great comprehensive guide to a famous wine region, including producer profiles, artsy photographs and descriptions of the region’s geography and geology. The handsome boxed set includes not just his book but also reproductions of seven maps of Champagne’s subregions. My favorite book though, is “In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaireâ€? by Peter Hellman. In a “who did itâ€? style, Hellman tells the story of Rudy Kurniawan, the charming modern-day swindler who fooled wealthy wine collectors, famous writers and auctioneers with elaborate fakes of rare and expensive wines. However, Hellman takes Kurniawan’s story further than what you may have read in the news and writes about the arrest and the conviction in 2013. “In Vino Duplicitasâ€? is a cautionary tale of how we can let the romance of wine get the better of us. Happy reading!

Shortening, of course, is also required, and here too, “variety is the spice of life.â€? Usually, I’m pretty kosher and use Crisco, as in the original. Then Procter and Gamble came out with butter-flavored Crisco—not a hard sell to try that out. Occasionally, I forget to stock up on that stuff—I’m not a big fryer—so I have been known to sub in a partial portion of the real thing, butter. In a real experimental mood, I have even been known to slip in( It does slide right in there) what my grandma probably used in her pie dough (She was really good at her version of pie dough; Grandpa sometimes liked a piece of pie for breakfast‌or anytime, for that matter), that is to say, lard. Go with what you’ve got, I say. So‌you cut the shortening, whatever it is, into the flour mixture, of whatever combination. The cooking gurus always say that you can do this in a food processor or blender, but I always think that I wind up leaving WAY too much of the resulting dough in the container, stuck under the blades or on the sides or something(That could be the pastry rosette on the top crust!). I just use a pastry blender. Besides, the motion required is almost as good as kneading bread for taking out pent-up hostilities, aggression and frustration. Blend away! Try to keep the flour mixture IN the bowl. If you do not do this, cats will inspect the resulting mess and take it to other parts of the house; this is not a good thing. So now you’ve got a cornmealy-looking bowlful of flour and shortening. Next comes the SECRET ingredient. Before you’ve started all of these operations, you’ve put 2 T of brown sugar, a dash of salt, 1 egg and 1T of vinegar into a 2-cup measure, whisked it thoroughly and added milk up to the 1-cup line; whisk again. Put the whole thing in the fridge while you do your flour/ shortening thing. Then pour the cold milk (Whisked again) mix into the flour combo and mix it all up with a spoon until the dough holds together into a large ball. Presto! Pastry! I ran into another recipe for an open-face tart which used buttermilk powder making the dough; it was close to the same but the egg makes a difference. At this point, you can divide the dough up into portions suitable for rolling—a 9â€? pan is the preferred size for standard pies, but do your thing. I have been known to fit an off-size sheet of it into casserole-sized dishes to bake , or just roll out a sheet to float, on its own, on top of filling (A renegade version of low-calorie, I calls it. Tastes fine to me). Standard cookbooks usually say to make it 1/8 inch thick; whatever feels right works for me. Arrange the pastry in the pan; getting it to the pan is always a challenge, but one of the good things about this particular recipe is that it is very forgiving, that is, you can patch whenever you need to, around the edges, at the bottom, whatever needs rehab work. Press the dough down into the pan, trim the edges (You can use the trimmings to do the repair work mentioned above.). You can re-roll and do more pies or you can portion out discs of a size to make another pie (s) another day, stack the discs—separated by wax paper or parchment paper—put them in a freezer bag and either stick them in the refrigerator to be used soon, or in the freezer for an emergency. Remove them from their cold storage to soften/thaw before trying to make another pie but cold dough works fine usually. Fillings : ad lib. More on this later. Usually, cookbooks will suggest baking at about 400 degrees but this recipe is better off at about 375 degrees. Now occasionally, a book will say to bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce the temperature to 400 or even 375. This pastry works just fine at 350 degrees, but best at any temp if you cover the crust edges with aluminum foil or edge shields. Make a couple of trials and figure out your oven; do it that way from then on. Another advantage to this recipe is that –in my experience (I’ve had a lot)—it tastes just fine even when the juice boils over and drips onto the bottom of your oven. It freezes just fine too. I even, for some reason, forgot half of the shortening once, and it was a little hard to work with but tasted fine. A pastry that’s smarter than I deserve, that’s what it is.

Peninsula Community Christmas Bazaar A holiday sale featuring handmade, up-cycled, re-purposed and vintage items, bakery, antiques and crafts, with a focus on past or present residents of Boston Township, Peninsula, 44264 will be held on December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm. It’s the ultimate shop local experience! We’ve gathered over 40 local artists and vendors to create this holiday shopping event just for you! You’ll find everything from soaps, jellies, vintage clothes and shoes, paintings, cards, bookmarks, birdfeeders, birdhouses, bat houses, jewelry, jeans purses, crochet, knitting and local honey! Christmas dĂŠcor that you can‘t imagine! Artwork, woodworking, crocheted baby blankets and upcycled clothing, snow people earrings made from broken jewelry, upcycled, repurposed, holiday, vintage, handmade gifts and more, with vendors from your favorite fleas and vintage shows, art fairs, church sales and local artists. Amy and her team have been baking homemade cookies, and did I say homemade cookies!! Yes, there will be cookies for you to enjoy and coffee, cocoa and tea. There’s no admission fee but donations will be accepted for the Boston Township Hall Restoration Fund. Intersection of Route 303 and Riverview Rd in Peninsula, Ohio, 44264

10 Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues We see it on television, magazine ads and movies — a table covered with delicious food, a perfectly decorated house, and family and friends laughing together in the glow of a warm fire. Unrealistic expectations can lead to the “holiday blues,� which often begins before Thanksgiving and lasts until after the first of the year, according to Ellen Lucas, associate director of Ball State’s Counseling Center. She points out other factors contributing to holiday stress: the loss of a job or house, a friend or relative unable to come home or grief for someone who recently died. In addition, people frequently experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and feel more depressed due to the cold, gloomy days of winter, she said. So what can you do? Lucas has 10 ideas: 1. Set realistic expectations and accept that no holiday gathering is perfect. 2. Make a holiday budget and stick to it. 3. Express your feelings. Write in a journal or talk to someone you trust. 4. Make a plan and realistically structure your time. 5. Reach out to other people. Volunteer through your community or church. 6. Watch your alcohol consumption; alcohol is a depressant. 7. Exercise. Take a walk, do resistance training or do yoga. This will help release endorphins, the natural opiates in our brains. 8. Stick to your usual eating habits. Plan what you will eat before going to gatherings so you don’t overeat. 9. Don’t compare yourself to others. You don’t need to have the best light display in the neighborhood or the best party or give the most expensive presents. 10. Think about what is the most important part of the holidays for you and focus on what the holidays mean to you. Lucas advises those who have feelings of depression lasting more than two weeks to seek professional attention. Symptoms include a disturbance in sleeping or eating, an inability to concentrate and feeling hopeless and worthless.

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