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Columnist Laura Moore discusses her and her house's feelings toward the long spell of cold weather.

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Columnist Herb Broda discusses the way modern life slows down in the winter and how nature teaches patience.

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Nature Photo Club will meet at the Wilderness Center. The guest speaker will be award-winning photographer Richard Patrick from Louisville.

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GIVE 365 Wayne County, the dollar-a-day philanthropy initiative of the Wayne County Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits.

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The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Foundation has announced its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship.

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Agriculture News & Events

Ohio Historic Family Farms program list continues to grow

In 2017 the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 125 new century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years.

Master Gardener training to be offered

Secrest Arboretum, located on the Wooster campus of the Ohio State University, will offer Master Gardener Volunteer training.

Mid-Ohio Growers meeting is a chance to meet, educate and share ideas

Now in its sixth year, the Mid-Ohio Growers meeting will be an all-inclusive event for those involved in vegetable, fruit and flower production.

Local cooperative helping plain communities to preserve agricultural heritage

Founded in 2003, Green Field Farms, located between Fredericksburg and Wooster, is a local farming cooperative that is doing much to help preserve the farming lifestyle for plain communities in Wayne and Holmes counties as well as elsewhere in Ohio.

Finney honored with Distinguished Service Award

Three outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards including Fred Finney of Wayne County.

Baker to serve third 3-year term

Roger Baker of Wooster has been re-elected as District 8 trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He will represent Farm Bureau members from Ashland, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties.

One area farmer proves just how important networking is for small farmers

Leah Miller, a semi-retired sheep farmer in Holmes County, teaches connecting, networking and facilitating with Leadership Holmes County.

Hall named as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio

The Trump administration recently appointed David L. Hall, a native of Millersburg, as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio.

The fall Wooster Science Café to conclude Dec. 7

The fall Wooster Science Café will conclude with a visit from Shauna Brummet, president/CEO of the BioHio Research Park and an adjunct professor in the department of animal science at Ohio State.

Retreat designed for women in agriculture

OSU Extension will offer an Annie's Project Retreat at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Lore City to provide education and a support network to enhance business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture.

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Business News & Events

Ohio Historic Family Farms program list continues to grow

In 2017 the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 125 new century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years.

Alternative therapies: A solution for pain and much more

While most people might be familiar with acupuncture for the treatment of pain, it's really so much more than that, and Therese Byrne launched her Happy Sunflower Acupuncture in Wooster with numerous treatment options.

Handcrafted toys made of locally sourced wood

Based in Newcomerstown, Russ Riggle makes and sells wood toys. He became serious about making toys as a business five or six years ago.

Buehler's Fresh Foods names board of directors

Buehler's Fresh Foods announced the board of directors for their newly formed company. Dan Shanahan, president and CEO of Buehler's, was elected as chairman and is joined on the board by Jim Tapscott and Paul Nanula.

Lehman's Hardware of Kidron to host maple syrup class

Lehman's of Kidron will host a maple syrup class in late January for those who are just getting started with their own maple syrup ventures. It will offer a unique, hands-on experience that covers the whole syrup-making process from start to finish.

Ohio Proud program provides link between local business and community

Ohio Proud is a marketing program to increase awareness and sales of food and agricultural products in the state and helps consumers easily identify products that are made in Ohio.

OARDC honored the service of nearly 100 faculty and staff members

The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the research arm of the Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, honored the service of nearly 100 faculty and staff members at its annual Employee Appreciation Night last month in Wooster.

WEDC hires new president

The Wayne Economic Development Council announced the hiring of Tom Pukys as president.

Shop Small Saturday encourages shoppers to keep it local

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce will host Shop Small Saturday and post videos to its Facebook page featuring small businesses in Wayne County, providing chances to win prizes from local businesses by liking and tagging a friend.

Black Friday in the Country is Nov. 24

Kidron's Black Friday in the Country will offer holiday sales and promotions from local businesses.

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Church News & Events

Watoto children's mission presents breakfast fundraiser for the kids

Watoto has been instrumental in creating growth opportunities for many villages in Africa, and an upcoming fundraiser breakfast will provide financial support for a group of 13 people from Holmes and Wayne counties to travel overseas to Africa to continue the ongoing effort to help people there.

NewPointe to host Night to Shine

NewPointe Community Church's Dover campus announced they will serve as one of more than 350 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine.

Annual celebration to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

The First Presbyterian Church in Wooster will honor civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King, Jr. with a free celebration that is open to the community.

Anabaptist history class coming to Walnut Creek Mennonite

Marcus Yoder, director of The Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center (Beholt) in Berlin, will teach a class on Anabaptist history at Walnut Creek Mennonite on consecutive Wednesday nights.

Community members serve Christmas breakfast to those in need

Breakfast at Trinity is free and open to everyone. The breakfast has been available since 1995, and Caren Starr decided seven or eight years ago to take charge of having the breakfast on Christmas.

After-school arts program is free and open to all

The Children's Arts at Trinity after-school program has a goal to create a caring community of children through the arts.

Church to host community dinner

Wooster Mennonite Church will hold a community Christmas Eve dinner.

WaCPAC to present holiday-themed play

The Wayne County Performing Arts Council will present “Inlaws, Oulaws and Other People" at Wooster Foursquare Church.

Red Cross blood drive in honor of Gary Sands: Become a donor and save a life

A Red Cross blood drive in honor of Gary Sands will be held at Mennonite Christian Assembly in Fredericksburg.

Cantate Singers to perform in Dalton

The Cantate Singers will perform their fall concert in the sanctuary of Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Dalton.

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Community News & Events

Emergency preparedness: It's a full-time job

The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency operates year round, making sure everything and everyone is as ready as possible to handle whatever natural or human events might bring the city to a standstill.

OHuddle awakens youth to their unique value

OHuddle is a not-for-profit in Wayne County, lifting up youth in Wooster and Orrville City Schools.

TWC Nature Photo Club to meet

Nature Photo Club will meet at the Wilderness Center. The guest speaker will be award-winning photographer Richard Patrick from Louisville.

Applications accepted for GIVE 365 grants

GIVE 365 Wayne County, the dollar-a-day philanthropy initiative of the Wayne County Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits.

Local rink named finalist in contest

A panel of judges from Ephesus and the AHL selected the Alice Noble Ice Arena as a quarter-finalist for the Light Like The Pro's essay contest. Now through Feb. 2, the rink encourages the community to support them through an online vote.

Watoto children's mission presents breakfast fundraiser for the kids

Watoto has been instrumental in creating growth opportunities for many villages in Africa, and an upcoming fundraiser breakfast will provide financial support for a group of 13 people from Holmes and Wayne counties to travel overseas to Africa to continue the ongoing effort to help people there.

NewPointe to host Night to Shine

NewPointe Community Church's Dover campus announced they will serve as one of more than 350 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine.

Orrville YMCA fundraiser welcomes Bob Knight

The Orrville YMCA will kick off its Natatorium Project Capital Campaign with Orrville native and icon, coach Bob Knight.

Jane Austen Ball and events has something for everyone

The Jane Austen Ball is approaching with workshops and other events prior to the ball to prepare those who wish to participate.

Handcrafted toys made of locally sourced wood

Based in Newcomerstown, Russ Riggle makes and sells wood toys. He became serious about making toys as a business five or six years ago.

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Cooking News & Events

Amazing Grazing wants chefs to share their favorites

Every two years since 1992, local chefs have taken center stage to help raise funds to benefit substance-use disorder services provided through OneEighty.

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Education News & Events

Diversity scholarships available to law students

The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Foundation has announced its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship.

Students recognized for essays

Four Wayne County Schools Career Center students received certificates and a gift card from American Legion Post 68 for having the highest career center test scores on the American Legion Americanism test.

O'Neil's “We, The Masses” to be featured at CWAM

The film “We, The Masses” by Los-Angeles-based artist Robyn O'Neil will be the feature exhibition in the Sussel Gallery at the College of Wooster Art Museum.

Nominations sought for distinguished alum award

The University of Akron Wayne College Alumni Association announced nominations are now underway for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Montessori School connects with community through nature preserve

Montessori School of Wooster has created a unique learning experience for youngsters that extends beyond the typical elementary and preschool educational world, and part of that learning experience is the new Melissa Schultz Nature Preserve.

Cosmetology students place at competition

Students in the cosmetology program at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center recently competed in the Ohio Association of Beauticians contest in Columbus with two career center students both placing third.

Heartland has winter offerings

The winter schedule is now available at Heartland Point.

11th annual Andy Dye Memorial Tournament

The 11th annual Andy Dye Memorial Scholarship Tournament will be held at Wayne Lanes Bowling Alley.

Volunteers sought for Bridging Along Beall

Bridging Along Beall is a program that was developed to encourage and enhance dialogue between college students and the Wooster community members of diverse political opinions to get to know each other and engage in meaningful dialogue. Volunteers are being sought.

West Holmes and Waynedale female choir members enjoy once-in-a-lifetime chance to sing with The Three Tenors

When the Wooster Symphony Orchestra took the stage this Christmas season with The Three Tenors, a trio of area high schools participated in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the stage with them.

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Family News & Announcements

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Health News & Events

Alternative therapies: A solution for pain and much more

While most people might be familiar with acupuncture for the treatment of pain, it's really so much more than that, and Therese Byrne launched her Happy Sunflower Acupuncture in Wooster with numerous treatment options.

Black tie affair benefits ALS research

The Trample ALS Ball will be at Redwood Hall on the campus of Ashland University.

Ohio has first pediatric flu death

The Ohio Department of Health reports that a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County is the state's first pediatric flu death of the 2017-18 flu season.

Flu is more dangerous to older adults

In response to news that flu activity in Ohio is now widespread, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Aging urge older Ohioans and their families to be aware of seniors' elevated risk of complications from flu and to take steps to prevent its spread.

Optimism high even as drug overdoses trend upward

The Wayne County Health Department released a report highlighting rising death rates over the past five years due to drug overdoses.

Quit smoking with help from Aultman

Aultman Orrville Hospital will offer another session of tobacco-cessation classes.

Class offered for new mothers

To meet the needs of new mothers, Aultman Orrville Hospital will offer a breastfeeding class.

Aultman offers Health Talks

Aultman Orrville Hospital will host three Health Talks in January as part of a monthly educational speaker series.

Lose-a-Ton/Win-a-Ton contest aims to get Orrville fit

Join the Lose-a-Ton/Win-a-Ton contest to get fit. The Growing Healthy Habits Coalition, based at Aultman Orrville Hospital, is reaching out countywide to challenge teams to successfully meet their weight-loss goals and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize of $2,000.

Class is a lifesaver to those who have a loved one with serious mental illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wayne and Holmes Counties is offering a free 12-week Family-to-Family education program for families and friends of individuals with mental illness. The upcoming Family-to-Family workshop will take place in Wooster.

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Obituaries

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Opinion News

Hey winter, enough is enough

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her and her house's feelings toward the long spell of cold weather.

Winter is a season of patience

Columnist Herb Broda discusses the way modern life slows down in the winter and how nature teaches patience.

Cold weather inspires cooking and baking

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the pros and cons of the cold weather that has been taking place.

There are iconic pizza joints everywhere you go

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his favorite local pizza joint and his desire to see this business continue.

Cold temperatures have the deck popping

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the impact of the cold weather on her house.

The only thing holding me back are my own excuses

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his desire to be more aware this year.

Resolve to listen to one another in 2018

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh shares about beginning the new year by making resolve but not resolutions.

Offerings left by deer are roll-worthy to the dogs

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a deer situation at her home.

Read all the news that wasn't in 2017

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses strange news stories that didn't make the news in 2017.

​Endings and beginnings

Columnist Bruce Glick reflects upon 2017 and discusses some birding memories.

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Political News & Events

Volunteers sought for Bridging Along Beall

Bridging Along Beall is a program that was developed to encourage and enhance dialogue between college students and the Wooster community members of diverse political opinions to get to know each other and engage in meaningful dialogue. Volunteers are being sought.

LaRose-backed bill moves to the House

The Senate passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Frank LaRose that would waive the skills test for a commercial driver's license for veterans who have applicable military certifications.

Hall named as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio

The Trump administration recently appointed David L. Hall, a native of Millersburg, as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio.

Open enrollment for 2018 ACA health insurance ends Dec. 15

Open enrollment for the 2018 Affordable Care Act is currently under way.

Farm Bureau to host Issue 2 debate

Spokesmen from both sides of state Issue 2, the highly publicized drug price ballot issue, will present their arguments for and against the measure on this weekend's Town Hall Ohio.

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