Tuesday, December 25, 2012
NORAD website and smartphone apps let you follow St. Nick's every move.
No need to check out Stow's skies on Christmas to see if Santa Claus is really coming to town. You can track his flight path the high-tech way. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is charged with keeping the United States and Canada safe from dangers originating from the sky or space. For Christmas, however, the Colorado-based government agency adds one more important task to its daily list of duties. The agency will again provide its Official Santa Tracker that marks The Big Man's every move as he makes his way throughout both hemispheres. Included on the site is a countdown and activity page and a flight tracking system. Going to be out of the house? Don't worry, you can track Santa on your smartphone or iPhone with …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
If Stow receives the most votes in Patch's "Deck the House" contest, the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools will receive $100,000!
The chance to enter our Deck the House Contest has ended and the winners across Northeast Ohio have all been crowned! Click here, browse the town winners, and come back on December 18th to vote for your favorite Finalist. Your votes will decide the National Grand Prize Winner and the schools in that town receive $100,000!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Fruitcakes, like mother-in-laws, have a negative stereotype. But that doesn't mean they're all bad.
My husband is a connoisseur of fruitcakes. What's that you say? He must have a cast iron stomach because fruitcakes are usually inedible? Well, he may have a cast iron stomach, but it's unrelated to his love of the candied fruit of a fruitcake. Although, I must say that I gasped in horror the first time I saw my husband open up a Christmas gift from his mother and it was a fruitcake. And it wasn't just any fruitcake. It was a Collin Street Bakery fruitcake. It's one of his favorite gifts. Every time my husband gets one and jokes about how he's going to eat the whole thing in one sitting. And every time he says that, my mother-in-law always reminds him how expensive it is. Fruitcakes, the good ones, aren't that hard to find, are they? If …
Dealing with stress or feelings of loneliness this holiday season? The Cleveland Clinic's wellness coordinator gives simple ways to beat the holiday blues.
“Fitness, nutrition, mind, body and spirit are all connected,” said Cleveland Clinic Wellness Coordinator and RN, Rose Hosler. She suggests five, low- to no-cost ways, that improve overall well-being and keep stress levels in check. 1. Take Time to Breathe: Sit quietly for one minute, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. You could do this while driving to and from work, before sitting down to eat, or at bedtime. The Benefit: Research shows taking deep breaths four times a day improves cognitive function by 20 percent. “Just step back. When you pause to take a deep breath it calms your mind and body,” said Hosler. For emotional and physical benefits she suggests breathing deep four times a day. 2. Use Aromatherapy: …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Temptation to switch is the real story of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Would you switch from Coke to Pepsi? What about changing your driving habits to reduce carbon emissions? Would you Occupy Wall Street? Would you change your religion? Temptation to switch is the real story of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which begins this year on Sat., Dec 8 at sundown, and lasts for eight days. It’s relevant today as a way to think about what we’re willing to give up. How much pop culture can we accept into our lives, and how much of our tradition (be it Indian, Catholic or Jewish) do we want to preserve? Pressure to conform Some 2,000 years ago, Greeks dominated the world from Western Europe to India and imposed their cultural philosophy, “Hellenism,” on their subjects. Greek culture, language and philosophy were …
Our Patch Elf on the Shelf has gotten a hold of our computer and now wants to know what his buddy elves are up to. Share your photos here!
Hi friends! I'm the Patch Elf on the Shelf. Call me Patchy. I've heard that more of my friends are hanging around the area lately, and I wondered what they were up to. Could their families post pictures here on Stow Patch to show me? I'd love to catch up with them. We all go back to Santa on Christmas Eve, but in the meantime, we'll be watching you! Cheers, Patchy the Elf
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Fuzzy on how to shoot clear photos of holiday lights? We can help.
Holiday lights add sparkle to so many special moments. When I was a kid, I lived for the night my mom loaded us into the car and drove us around town so we could marvel over the magnificent displays that took hours to produce. We pointed from the car and kept moving. Now, though, folks get out and snap a photo. But the twinkling lights, and other holiday photos, aren't easy to capture. Starting today, we're going to run a series that describes how to snap photos of lights, family and other holiday moments so you can preserve those memories. I wish I could take credit for this tutorial, but I can't. I got it from Strobist. The blog is published by Dave Hobby and has been around since 2006. This site has a track record; the content and the …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This year's holiday lights were just set up at Stow City Hall. However, they did break tradition by making a change.
This year, you'll see thousands of Christmas lights at Stow City Hall, but they won't be accompanied by cutout Santa, reindeer, elves and the like. What do you think of the new lighting scheme? Tell us in the Comments!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Stow 6th Grade Traveling Boys Basketball Team rallied to buy gifts for families in need.