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Willoughby Hills burglar smashes rear sliding glass door to ransack home

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (WOIO) - Willoughby Hills Police urge the community to come forward and identify the suspected burglar caught on a home surveillance camera. Officers were sent to the reported burglary on Nov. 26 after the homeowner said they returned home from a brief outing to find their rear sliding glass door smashed out and their home ransacked, according to WHPD.
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Madison: Mary’s Diner sees business picking up amid pandemic

When Neil LaRusch and his wife, Nicole, opened Mary’s Diner in Madison in late 2019, they already had experience running a restaurant, as they had purchased Mary’s Kitchen in Geneva in 2015, where the pair worked since 2003. However, the Geneva restaurant had already existed for nearly 75 years by...
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Conneaut working on first phase of dredged material facility

CONNEAUT — Council discussed plans for the first phase of work on the city’s dredged material reclamation facility at a work session on Monday night. Plans for the first phase of the project need to be approved by representatives of Canadian National and regulatory agencies before they can be put out to bid.
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Jefferson graduate Knight earns second team all-Sun Belt for ULM

University of Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver Jeremiah “Boogie” Knight has been selected second team all-Sun Belt Conference at wide receiver. “It’s a great honor to receive this award and just be able to see how far I’ve come as a receiver, and just see all the early mornings and late night workouts and countless hours of training pay off,” the Jefferson graduate said.

Santa Calls back for another year in Painesville

While Santa Claus may not be coming to town to ask kids for the items on the Christmas wish lists, children in Painesville can have a chat over the phone with him this month. Painesville Recreation has set aside four days — Dec 6, 8, 13 and 15, between 6 and 8 p.m. — for parents to register their children to talk to Santa this year. Parents have through Dec. 1 to register their children to receive a phone call from Santa this year.

Entrepreneur Success Breakfast – Lisa LaBanc of Elements Fitness Studios Shares Her Story

Join us as Lisa LaBanc, Owner and Operator of PSI Product Specialists and Founder & Creator of Elements Fitness Studios, shares her story of how the businesses started, being a female leader and entrepreneur, and the challenges and opportunities presented in the current climate, and plans for the future. Come for the interview style presentation and stay for a tour of the beautiful Elements Fitness Studios!

Messages From Mother Nature ~ White?

During the winter months in northeast Ohio, snow isn’t the only thing that is white. When the snow flies…. some animals turn white too! Say what? As we all know birds, insects, and animals have different strategies when dealing with winter in northeast Ohio. Most birds migrate south, some insects bury themselves in the ground, some reptiles and amphibians bury themselves in the mud, some animals grow thick fur, and some hibernate. As it turns out, there are 21 mammals and birds that actually turn white in the winter. A few live-in northeast Ohio. At first glance one would think it is for camouflage, but it seems there is more to it than that. Conventional wisdom would dictate that if keeping the animal hidden in the snow was the reason for this coloration, more animals would be white during the winter. While white coats can provide camouflage in a snowy landscape, researchers have found a more practical basis. There is a theory that a light-colored coat may keep animals warmer. With less pigment in the hair shaft, there is room for more air, which traps body heat and provides insulation to the animal. The color change is thought to be at least partially linked to day length. As the days shorten, receptors in the eye transmit that information to the brain, stimulating the replacement of brown hair to white, starting with the extremities. The reverse is true in the spring as the days grow longer. The white fur is replaced by the darker brown fur. This is called molting. Birds go through a similar process each year prior to breeding season.

Workouts at West End YMCA keep seniors moving

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a series looking at classes and their instructors that cater to area senior citizens. On a brisk fall day at the West End YMCA in Willoughby dozens of active seniors lifted weights, pulled resistance bands and performed aerobic dance moves. Leading the lively bunch...
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Roundup of gardening news for Nov. 25, 2021

Master gardeners. Geauga County will have training for master gardener volunteers from February through mid-May. The training program is a course in plant science, and classes will be on Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $250, collected after being accepted into the program. That cost covers all books, materials, handouts and travel costs for speakers.
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Gifting In Willoughby

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Great Lakes Brewing Company, Mentor Public Library holding online beer tasting

Adults can enjoy a special BYOB virtual beer tasting with Great Lakes Brewing Company and Mentor Public Library at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 9. Michael Williams, Great Lakes Brewing’s education coordinator, will guide tasters through four of the brewery’s specialty beers: Dortmunder Gold Lager, Crushworthy Lo-Cal Citrus Wheat, TropiCoastal Tropical IPA and its Christmas Ale, according to a news release.

Great Lakes Mall unveils holiday events

Great Lakes Mall has unveiled a full list of holiday activities allowing friends and families to celebrate the season, whether that’s sipping cocoa or parading around with Santa. “The holidays are an important time for our community to gather, celebrate our loved ones and share gratitude,” said Scott Creel, general...

Blackbrook Audubon to lead walk in Mentor Headlands

Blackbrook Audubon welcomes nature enthusiasts to its monthly Important Bird Area walk at 8 a.m., Nov. 28. Participants are asked to meet at the entrance gate to the utility pipeline access road, an otherwise restricted area, by the intersection of Woodridge Lane and Forest Road in Mentor Headlands, according to a news release. This will be a closed program with group birding together, not the open-house style that’s offered by the Marsh Nature Center staff on the second Saturday morning of each month.
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LHS students participate in baking contests

ASHTABULA — Confidence is the main ingredient in any baking contest. For the past 13 years, students in Teresa Stopek’s orthopedically handicapped class entered two baking contests — the Great Geauga County Fair and the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival. The students choose recipes they want to use from the categories provided...