Wednesday, January 2, 2013
City recycling live trees now through Feb. 3.
Why not scatter the live Christmas tree around the yard this year instead of pitching it on the tree lawn? The city is offering a free live Christmas tree recycling program now until Feb. 3. Those interested can take the tree down to the Parks and Recreation Department , located at 5070 Stow Rd., near the location for brush drop-off , and have it chipped instead of trashed. Trees should be void of all bags, ornaments, garland and tinsel, said Linda Nahrstedt, a spokesperson at City Hall . City crews will take the pine trees have them chipped into mulch by a contractor in 2013. The mulch will be available to Stow residents for free on a first-come, first-serve basis, said Nahrstedt. (A photo I.D. is required for proof of residency.) …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I hope you and your family have a wonderful day!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.
In the midst of all the holiday hoopla, do you stop every time you find Miracle on 34th Street on television? Between the made-for-TV offerings, the newbies and the annual chestnuts, there are lots of opportunities to get some holiday spirit from the comfort of your couch. Vote in our poll and share your favorites in the comments! Do you need some modern humor, like Elf, or are you hooked on classics like It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas when it comes to Christmas movies? Which variation of A Christmas Carol has you wishing for roast goose and plum pudding, Alastair Sim's version or Scrooged? Are there TV movies that you remember, even though few do, like The Homecoming (which led to The Waltons series) or The House Without a …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Take a look at the hustle and bustle at city hall last night during the Winter Wonderland Celebration.
If you're one of the 500 or so Stow parents who took adorable photos of your children last night at the city's Winter Wonderland Celebration at City Hall, feel free to share your digital cuteness with the rest of us! Upload your photos or videos directly to this post. Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 5, 2011
It was the first time the band was selected to play in the 40th annual Ohio Band Directors Hall of Fame Professional Convention.
It was a first for the band at Kimpton Middle School. The school's eighth-grade band performed for more than 250 parents, college students and band directors the 40th Annual Ohio Band Directors Hall of Fame Professional Convention at the University of Akron Student Union Ballroom Dec. 3. "Performing at The University of Akron presented a great learning and growth opportunity for the students. I really feel the group is bonded as a result of the preparation for this performance. The students were excited and nervous but well prepared and ready," said Greg Newman the director of the band. "Being selected to perform for colleagues and mentors was truly an honor." The Ohio Band Directors Conference features nationally known guest conductors, …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Having a Christmas party? Don't stress over what to make to keep the guests twinkling all night long. Try our easy and fabulously tasty party appetizers.
Ah, the Christmas season. At no other time in the course of a year does humanity revel as one in the same epic state of emotion. Now granted, this emotion is not always for the better. In the midst of our revelry lies a lot of stress. The human being is never under more pressure to succeed as a consumer than at this time of year. My advice, for what it’s worth, don’t let the right gift, the right price and the right outfit define you this year. Let the season be what it is intended to be, whether you are religious or not. This time of year is magical. I know this because I have children and see simple wonder in their eyes while looking at the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. It is not only about Santa and presents for them. I know …
Friday, December 31, 2010
Not sure what to do with your Christmas cards, unwanted gifts and leftover cookies? Read on.
Now that Christmas is over, you probably have at least three items you don't know what to do with: Christmas cards, unwanted gifts and leftover cookies. There are easy solutions, however. If you're like me, you feel bad about throwing away all the Christmas cards you received. So, at the end of the season, I gather up my Christmas cards and cut out the pictures using scissors with a scalloped edge. Pinking shears would work well too. Depending on the picture, I either keep it square or cut around the shape. Then, with a hole punch, I make a single hole at the top of the picture. I store these away with my Christmas wrapping paper and use them as gift tags the following year. The tags are always unique and are beautiful enough to sometimes …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Lights are tuned in to radio station.
This isn't your average Christmas light display. This is a light display that would make Clark W. Griswold green with envy. The home at 4525 Yorkdale Dr. has Christmas lights synced up to music on a radio station. Drive down the street, stop your car in the cul-de-sac, tune the radio station to 93.5 FM and enjoy the show. Just to be safe, turn on your hazard lights — consider it your own light display. The Christmas lights bounce, dance, flash and move to holiday classics like Silent Night, Here Comes Santa Claus and Jingle Bells. A few unexpected songs were thrown in the mix like the score for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The home has 10,000 lights set up and is tuned into 64 channels of computer animation. The lights are on from 5:30 to 10 p…
Friday, December 24, 2010
Stuffed peppers stuff my heart with joy during the holidays.
Wonderful Life is a series of essays from Patch contributors on what the holidays mean to them. We welcome your thoughts on the holiday season, your family's traditions and how you celebrate. My holiday story may not be as sentimental as others, but I guarantee it will warm you up. Christmas, like many holidays, is all about the food. When I reflect on Christmas' past, I think about standing in the kitchen watching my mom cook or helping her. I was a sous chef of sorts for all of those years, until this year. It is the first Christmas in my own home. Every year, my mom and I would make hot cherry peppers stuffed with ham and cheese. Usually when I walk into my family's house I hear, "Did you bring the peppers?" before I hear "Merry …
Be careful your presents aren't going to start a fire in the hiding place you choose.
Good intentions during the holidays can also have dangerous results. Fire Safety Educator Sandy Ray said she remembers a fire that started just before Christmas because of a hidden present. "The little boy was about 5 and he made his mother a paper craft at school," she said. "Wanting to surprise her for Christmas, he decided to hide it as best as he could and he needed a good hiding spot at his level so he decided to put it in the broiler drawer below the oven." When the mother turned the broiler on to start the Christmas meal, "the whole house filled with smoke," said Ray. Thankfully the family called the fire department and left the house safely, but the present and kitchen was full of soot, like Santa's coat after going down a chimney…