The Norwalk Public Library serves everybody. Who uses the library? Senior citizens. Teens. Students. Pre-schoolers. Families. Job seekers. Researchers. Businesses.
Members of the Employer's Practices Committee are planning to attend the 2007 Healthy Ohio Worksite Health Promotion Conference in Columbus. This full-day conference includes several keynote speakers presenting topics such as how to create a healthy lifestyle program, how to control health-care costs, the links of a healthy workforce to your productivity and profits, how to conduct worksite programs at all sizes of businesses, and so on.
WAKEMAN This village has contested races for mayor and council in the Nov. 6 general election. Mayor Stan Wolfe has three opponents challenging him on the ballot: Chris Hipp, Chuck Moore and Larry Cancel. Hipp, of 53 River St., has lived in the community his whole life and said one reason he is running for the office is because his grandfather, John Burke, was mayor in the 1960s.
One session is new, the other is an "encore" performance, yet both of the Oberlin Heritage Center's fall workshops will be of interest to those who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills in properly caring for their historic artifacts. Advance registration is required for the workshops which will be offered at the Oberlin Depot, 240 S. Main St. Participants may choose to register for either or both of the following sessions: "Identifying, Dating and Caring for your Historical Photograph Collection" will be presented by Ohio Historical Society Curator Kim Feinknopf-Dorrian is an all day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Feinknopf-Dorrian is a curator specializing in fine art, photography and historic costume. Her love of photography began with the study of early cased images as a member of the Daguerreian Society and an avid collector of daguerreotypes. She has used the historical image as an important primary resource in her work with historical objects and garments for the past 17 years. Participants in Feinknopf-Dorrian's workshop will learn how to better date their 19th- and early 20th-century photographs by learning about the history of photography, sharpening their observation skills, and receiving tips on how to preserve, store, and care for their photographs. Those attending the workshop also are invited to bring images to identify or date. This will be a participatory class, with enrollment limited to 20. The fee is $50 ($40 for Oberlin Heritage Center members) and includes lunch and a folder of resources.
Eight of Huron County's 19 townships have contested races for trustee and/or fiscal officer. Townships are governed by a board of three trustees and fiscal officer, all of whom are elected to four-year terms. The elections are staggered, so two trustees run in one general election, and then the third trustee and fiscal officer run two years later.
Alzheimer's Support Group held on the first Thursday of every month at Hearthstone Assisted Living at 6:30 p.m. Located at 3290 Cooper Foster Park Road in Lorain. Please call 960-2813 with any questions. * * * Crafters are needed for the 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Hearthstone Assisted Living. Bazaar will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up will begin at 10 a.m. Hearthstone is located at 3290 Cooper Foster Park Road, Lorain. Call 960-2813 for details.
November Birthdays Nov. 1 - Stella Pearl Nov. 3 - Earl Mahl Nov. 3 - Pat Browning
With more seniors working, many at low-wage jobs, improvement in the state and federal minimum wage comes as a welcome benefit. However, not all employers may be following the law. In January, the Ohio minimum wage went to $6.85 per hour as a result of voters' approval of a change to the state's constitution. Most jobs, but not all, are covered by the state minimum wage. The Federal minimum wage went up on July 24, 2007, but at $5.85 an hour it remains below the state minimum.
On average, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping, yet many of us take sleep for granted. Only when it becomes disturbed do we pay some attention to it even then, we probably heed the warnings of daytime fatigue less than we should. Researchers do not know why, but humans definitely need to sleep. It is also known that the amount of sleep needed varies a great deal among individuals. Surveys show that 25-35 percent of the adult population has a sleep complaint. Further, poor sleep and the resulting daytime sleepiness play a major role in work-related accidents, traffic accidents and lost productivity. There are more than 84 types of sleep disorders. Treatment depends upon the cause(s). Sleep problems can be caused by factors as benign as a change in living arrangements, or as serious as a brain disease or a tumor. General guidelines for sleep hygiene: * Set a regular time to go to bed a key component to improving sleep and adhere to this as closely as possible. If you cannot fall asleep within a reasonable period of time, get out of bed, leave the bedroom and do something nonstimulating. This may be watching a late-night talk show or reading. After 30-60 minutes, try again to fall asleep. The idea is to not spend too much time in bed awake. An association between the bed and an inability to fall asleep can increase the problem.
Lorain County Health Commissioner Kenneth G. Pearce urges residents to prepare themselves for emergencies. "Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere," reminds Pearce. There are certain things you can do to prepare yourself for any disaster, natural or man-made such as: 1. Pack an emergency supply kit: medical and contact information, water, non-perishable food, first aid and hygiene supplies, medications, weather radio, batteries, blankets. 2. Make a family emergency plan: meeting places, escape routes.
Can you recall how you felt when you were at an outing like the park, a carnival, and the parade? Perhaps you walked a short distance to buy something at a food stand only to realize you might have turned and taken the wrong way. Maybe you experienced it going to the movie theater. During the intermission you went to the restroom, when you came out into the lobby the scene was not the same. It didn't seem familiar. You might have turned and taken the wrong way. You realize none of the scenery looks the same. Some identifying landmarks are not there. The central figure is not there. This is like being away from home. We tend to think of home as being a familiar place. It connotes warmth, a place of comfort and safety and a sense of good things coming from this milieu. Can you recall becoming uneasy, uncomfortable at first? Tension sets in, breathing may become labored, fear takes hold, and blood vessels are constricting/your heart is pounding. If there is no relief at this time you may experience a feeling of heaviness, depression, then fatigue/even exhaustion. Think back to a time when you may have been lost or separated from something familiar. Did you experience all of these feelings? By contrast do you recall a calming, a peacefulness and sense of well being? The heart pounding subsides. The blood flow returns to normal for you and breathing is restful when you found your way to that which was familiar or were found by that person who was familiar to you. The correlation between the scenario described and a love one going through the various stages of Alzheimer's disease will lighten the pathway for those who will be involved in the care to help such a person find their way to that which is familiar, comforting and safe. We often identify this place as home. To the person with this illness, it is all of those things put together that he or she has identified as "home".
Mature Saints Country Western Christmas Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at The Cross Community Church, 525 N. Abbe Road, Elyria. Our guest speaker/singer will be a special treat in December! By request! Coming back to us from the Cash family in Nashville, Dr. Joanne Cash Yates, was a vocalist for the Grande Ole Gospel Times on the Grand Ole Opry Stage from 1971-1975. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in ministerial Science, Masters in Theology, and a Doctorate in Ministry. Joanne is the sister of Johnny Cash. Free seating tickets will be available for the evening service. A catered luncheon and the price is $11 per person.
By William Galler As a boy Raymond Bottles loved to ramble about the railroad yard. Everything about trains fascinated him. Needless to say, on occasion, adults tried to shoo him away out of fear for his safety or for concern that he might distract railroad workers. But he was not to be kept away for long. Some studies indicate that the average person may have as many as five careers during a working life. Not so with Bottles. There never was any doubt in his mind when it came to making a career choice as a junior at Toledo Libby High School. This absence of doubt was not surprising. Ray Bottles had been born into a railroad family. Once Ray and a dozen of his relatives were working on the railroad at the same time. His grandfather, Wesley J. Bottles, had railroad tracks running behind his home. It was this grandfather who on occasion chased Ray off the tracks when Ray was just seven years old. Wesley J. had started the Bottles' railroad employment when he worked as a switchman in 1901.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, eight residents and eight volunteers boarded a bus headed for Jacobs Field to watch the Cleveland Indians defeat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 4-2. It was Senior Day at the ballpark with fans in attendance from area nursing homes, senior centers, and assisted living facilities. For several of the Golden Acres residents it had been years since they saw the Indians and for several it was their first time at a major league baseball game. The residents had a ball and were thrilled when the Indians Mascot, Slider, took time out to visit with them and have a photo taken. For information about Golden Acres Lorain County Nursing Home, call (440) 988-2322 or (440) 324-6827, or just stop in for a visit at 45999 N. Ridge Road, Amherst.
Birds add color to a winter garden. If you've never encouraged birds to visit your home and garden, consider adding plants next spring that shelter and feed them. Natural habitat is the best way to attract birds. A yard with native plantings that appeal to the birds can also be very effective landscaping. Some of the best-loved trees and shrubs for color and form are also favorite sources of berries, seeds and fruits. Ornamental crabapples add lovely blossoms in the spring and usually hold fruit until winter. Hollies, viburnums, dogwoods, bittersweet, honeysuckles, coned evergreens and others provide food, besides serving as beautiful foundation plantings, hedges, trees, vines and windbreaks. While providing natural foods all through the year, mixed plantings provide cover during bitter weather. A vine-covered arbor provides nesting spots, while dense under-story plantings protect from predators. Providing foods in a feeder brings the birds up close for viewing, but plenty of birds can be attracted without erecting feeders. The more diverse the garden plantings, the more variety of birds attracted. Flower gardens can be planned to feature plants that have tough seed heads that hang on through winter. Roses have nutrient-rich hips and thorny places to nest. A natural source of water, or a heated birdbath, also attracts birds.
JoAnn Jones Family: Husband, Paul; three married daughters and sons-in-law; six grandchildren (five in college)
This organization has been in business for over 30 years. Entertaining in over 15 area nursing homes with old time songs as far back as the 1920's. We also entertain at church groups, senior groups, and church senior groups, but due to health reasons we are retiring from the group at the end of 2007. We hope that someone will come along and take over in our places. Many of our members would like to continue, but we must come up with a new director and a new piano and keyboard accompanist. If anyone who reads this is interested in taking over as director of the group and another person is needed as an accompanist on the piano and keyboard please contact me at Clyde E. Matthews (440) 282-3785.
* Develop a positive attitude. * Eat right Foods high in protein, vitamin C, B, and A protect us from effects of stress. * Work at managing your time efficiently. * Get enough sleep at night.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of The Music Man and what better way to start the show than with our 50-man barbershop chorus and Avon Lake Soloist Lorene Coughlin singing the lovely counter melody arrangement of Lida Rose. Then go upbeat with one of the all time spiritual favorites, This Little Light of Mine, followed by those good old School Days and a wacky arrangement of Rubber Ducky. The songs are all part of "Reminisce", the Golden Crescent Chorus' show playing at the Lorain Palace Theatre Saturday, Nov. 10. The playbill will also feature the chorus quartets South Shore Four, the Directors Quartet, and Johnny Appleseed's cool new District Champions, The Allies, who placed 7th in international quartet competition this year. All this and more at both afternoon and evening performances General admission for the 2 p.m. Matinee is $10. Reserved seating for the 7:30 p.m. evening performance is $18 and $16. All tickets purchased before Nov. 1 receive a $2 discount.
Moving can be a difficult experience so it is easy to forget to file that very important Change of Address form with the Post Office. Just think of all the important mail you could miss if you don't tell the mailman that you have moved. You won't get important Medicare or Medicaid information. Your Social Security or other benefit checks won't get to you.