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Spring Thaw?

Was that it?  The Spring Thaw...New Year’s Day was the whole thing?  When the subject comes up for the rest of the season we get to say, “ Been there. Done that.”  Doesn’t seem right somehow.  We ought to get a chance to get out and wash cars or something; mine is middling filthy--salt-splash and  mud-luscious décor bumper to...

Notes From The Vineyard

All of this talk about Champagne last week really put me into the holiday mood and the best way to celebrate the season was to go out and find some champagne to recommend for your holiday parties. I selected two bottles from the label of Domaine Ste Michelle which is located in the Columbia Valley in Washington State. During...

Treating Your Employees Well

You might think that, with currently high unemployment rates, it will be an employer’s market forever. But, you would be wrong. Even today, as unemployment remains stubborn, some industries are having difficulties filling their job openings. Today, your industry could be in a buy or sell mode as far as attracting top employees is concerned. But there will come a...

Law & Government

Since it is Christmas, we are shopping.  For most of us, that also means we do not have much money and so we shop with credit cards.  Some stores offer “zero interest” on a purchase or on a credit card.  But be cautious!  Read the fine print and get all of the details. I had a client recently who made...

“Can you help me? I got a Christmas card, I can’t read the signature, and I don’t recognize the return address…”

The lady on the phone asked, “Can you help me?  I got a Christmas card, I can’t read the signature, and I don’t recognize the return address. I tore off the label and my dog ate it. All I can remember was her...

Notes from the vineyard

Well, 2010 is almost in the history books and 2011 is just around the corner. Between getting together for holiday parties, making holiday treats and, of...

Quick, check the calendar! Is it winter yet?

Wholeeee Snowleee!  When the real thing hits, It’s gonna be “Bessie bar the doors!” if this is just the preview.  Wouldn’t you know that this exercise in inclemency--weather division--happens in the year that the powers-that-be down in Columbus, where the sun never sets,...

Do Things Talk To You?

Do things talk to you?  You know, THINGS, do they address you with plaintive tales about their origin, the treatment that they should get, a recital of their finer qualities, a subtle urging to purchase more of their little friends? With all of the buying going on, I think that I must have just run into more of these than...

Puppy Tails

A beautiful morning awaited Doodle Dog as he wandered down the main street of town. Chasing leaves had been so much fun, but now he wanted...

Notes From The Vineyard

It’s been a good year, actually, let me rephrase that – it’s been a GREAT year! Sure, this year has definitely put up a good fight...

Law & Government

A friend recently had a fire at her home.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  It did cause lots of damage and has left our circle of...

“I was looking at a magazine and I saw this little ceramic bird stuck in the middle of a pie. Can you tell me anything about it?”

“I was looking at a magazine and I saw this little ceramic bird stuck in the middle of a pie.  Can you tell me anything about it?” Some members of the Newton Falls Public Library staff were familiar with this cute item known...

Welllllll…..

No flies on us last weekend.  The place was hoppin’.  Basketball games all over the place; Geauga Theater opened its holiday run of “It’s A Wonderful Life”; Santa and his clones--you know they’re all the REAL Santa wherever they are--were breakfasting and eating...

Oops

The expression “oops” is a very useful one. However, there are times when one really, Really, REALLY does not wish to hear it...or...

Top 5 gifts for wine lovers

As is my yearly tradition, my husband and I were one of the insane that went shopping on Black Friday. For us, it’s not about getting...

Puppy Tails

Several months ago, a little floppy-eared puppy found his way to the office of The Weekly Villager. The editors immediately fell in love with him and didn’t want...

If It Weren’t For Bad Luck…

Well. It’s official : If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all...when it comes to gambling, that is.  On all other fronts I’d say that I’m ‘way ahead of the game. The LAF/SOMe expedition to the Bright Lights/Big City...

We have a patron who needs a wiring diagram for a 21-foot 1976 Starcraft boat. Is there a library that has this information?

The Newton Falls Public Library recently received the following email query. “We have a patron who needs a wiring diagram for a 21-foot 1976 Starcraft boat. ...

Sparkling wines during your get-togethers

By now you probably have had your share of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and desserts! But if your family is like mine you also have...

Christmas Walk Finale

The Christmas Walk must be over; a cat just upchucked on the carpet. They’ve been ticked off for two week-ends now at being shut down in the basement. The saying is that “revenge is sweet” but that’s not quite how I’d describe this ( I’ll spare you how I would describe it.). All-in-all, that’s pretty small potatoes compared to what...

Notes From The Vineyard: Sake is quiet different than South Korean rice wine…

In last week’s article I mention how I sampled a South Korean black raspberry rice wine. I had a number of people ask me why I...

One Down!

Whew!  Do you remember a TV program from ages ago called TW3 (That Was The Week That Was)? Well, tweak it just a little to That...

Ask The Librarian: Someone I know was purchasing a fish at Wal-Mart and the cashier told her that the security gates would cause the fish to die?

“I had never heard this before, but someone I know was purchasing a fish at Wal-Mart and the cashier told her that the...

Why is a new ship christened with a bottle of champagne?

The caller on phone line number two wanted to know, “Why is a new ship christened with a bottle of champagne?” This is...

Der Tag…the Day is upon us!

It’s beginning to look a lot like....O.K., who left the Clint Eastwood glam pin-ups on the fridge?  Get them down right now and put them with the Chuck Klamer voodoo figurine...the one with the pins in it.  Put a red bow on the...

EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival

I recently had the chance to go back to Walt Disney World to check out the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. I have read many...

Sunshine Laws…

Since the election season has just passed, more attention than usual may be focused upon our government.   In Ohio, our state and local...