Sunday, January 1, 2012
It's a new year, and time for new resolutions
Happy New Year! Can you believe it's already 2012? With each new year, many of us out there make new resolutions. Some may argue that you don't need a certain day of the year to decide to make a change, but what better day than today? It's a fresh start right? We want to know what your resolution(s) is/are. Did you decide that it's time to join a gym? Maybe you want to try a new food? Or maybe you want to stay in contact with your family better? Whatever it is, we want to know, so please share with us in the comments section. In the meantime, here are what some of us Patch editors resolved: Megan Rozsa, associate local editor: "I want to start believing in myself more. I'm my own biggest critic and I need to quit sweating the small stuff…
Saturday, December 31, 2011
National study has surprising statistic
A new national survey on driving habits shows one in 10 teens has driven drunk on New Year's Eve. But the study also shows a way for other teens to protect themselves -- and their friends behind the wheel: Just ask them not to. About 94 percent of teens surveyed said they would stop drinking and driving if a passenger in the car asked them not to, according to the study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Some 90 percent said they would stop driving under the influence of marijuana if asked to by a passenger. “To avoid a fatal start to the New Year, teen passengers need to use their voices if they have concerns about their friends’ behaviors," Stephen Wallace, senior advisor for policy, research …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The United Way of Portage County's goal was $1,040,000.
The United Way of Portage County is still accepting donations to meet its campaign goal of $1,040,000. The 2011 campaign has raised $520,000. "Our campaign is progressing well to date," said President and CEO Steve Kleiber. "However we still need the community’s help to achieve goal." United Way funds 43 programs, including United Way’s 211 Portage, which is in financial crisis because of local and state government budget cuts. "Many organizations that we fund are struggling and I can’t over emphasize importance of making goal this year," said Kleiber. "With the campaign winding down the United Way and all the local agencies need your support more than ever." To donate, call Liz Ziots at 330-297-1424 ext. 113, or e-mail her at lizz@…
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Center offer these recipes for tasty, alcohol-free drinks
Throwing a New Year's Eve party? You can make it a safe one for designated drivers by serving some non-alcoholic cocktails. Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Center offer this Mocktail Recipe Guide for delicious non-alcoholic drinks. They sound delicious! Mock Champagne Punch • 2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale, chilled • 1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice, chilled • 1 (64 oz) bottle white grape juice, chilled To make ice ring: Fill a ring-shaped cake pan to 1/2 with ginger ale. Freeze until partially frozen. At this stage you can place edible flowers, or pieces of fruit around the ring. Fill pan with ginger ale and freeze until solid. Place in punch bowl just before serving. In a large punch bowl, combine 1 bottle ginger …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Three businesses saw a larger turnout than last holiday season.
The holiday shopping season couldn't have been better for three of downtown Kent's more popular stores: McKay Bricker Framing, Off the Wagon and The Works. "We were very busy and I was very pleased at how shopping went this season," said Bob Mayfield, owner of McKay Bricker. "I think it's because we've been here longer and because the shop local movement is getting traction." Mayfield said the other small businesses in downtown had the same thoughts, and the good thing is that they help each other succeed. "We all talk about each other, so maybe someone who is over at The Works will head over here next," Mayfield said. Mayfield's biggest sellers this season were his tree ornaments, black squirrel ornaments and framing of submitted photos…
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Kent's Festival of Lights was held Saturday
In downtown Kent, it's officially the holiday season. On Saturday, residents, city officials and members of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce flipped the switch to light up Home Savings Plaza, and welcomed Santa to town. The Festival of Lights started at 5:30 p.m. with the Theodore Roosevelt High School ACES Choir and then Santa arrived on a train to hundreds of cheering children.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Rides encourage people to shop local, avoid malls after Thanksgiving
Main Street Kent, the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and PARTA are offering free bus rides to downtown Kent on Black Friday to encourage people to avoid long lines at big box stores and shop local. PARTA will use its 41/42 Suburban and 11/12 Kent Circulator routes to shuttle people to downtown Kent on Friday, Nov. 25. Full route times and schedule are available on PARTA's website. Main Street Kent is billing the free rides as a means to avoid the crowded parking lots and aisles at big-box stores and malls, where people begin camping out days before to get Black Friday deals.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Whether you have Black Friday gift-buying plans or you like to wait until the last minute, our guide can help you buy for everyone on your list
With Thanksgiving around the corner, the holiday season is upon us. Starting today and running through the holidays, Patch is running a special page we hope will make your holiday gift-giving a little easier. The Holiday Shopping Guide, which appears on the tab at the top of this page, is the place for you to find local deals on gifts, holiday décor and more, plus all of your local Patch site’s holiday content like event listings and helpful articles. Local businesses will have the option to change their advertisements on this page daily, which means we will deliver to you the most up-to-date information on holiday sales, clearances and limited-time offers. The best part? You will not have to scour paper ads and drive around your city to …
What holiday events are going on this season? The Patch Holiday Guide provides all the answers.
The holidays are upon us. Prepare to eat, celebrate and be merry for the next seven weeks, until the calendar flips to 2012. We know our readers in Patchland want to know what holiday-centric events are going on in their communities, so we created the Patch Holiday Guide, a handy list of all the events— tree lightings, turkey trots, religious services and more— that are coming to your neighborhood this season. Did we miss a great event? Add it to the comments and we'll be sure to include it in the guide! We want to wish all of our Patch users Happy Holidays! We hope to help you make it the best one yet. *Click the links for dates, times and more information on each event!* Free Zoo admission on Thanksgiving Day Admission to the Zoo and The…