Tips to Keep Halloween Spooky and Safe

Halloween is one of the top five days out of the year for candle fires.

Many hallmarks of Halloween – lit jack-o-lanterns, candle decorations and billowing costumes – all pose fire safety hazards.

Halloween jack-o-lanterns fired by candles.

As kids and families select costumes and decorate their homes for the season, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages everyone to implement simple safety precautions to ensure that this year’s Halloween remains fun and fire-free.

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Scary Question: If Guests Drink Too Much At Your Halloween Party — Who’s Liable?

Your Halloween Party Could Reach Out and Grab You!

“Tricks for Making Your Halloween Party a Social Host Treat

Halloween PartyHalloween can be a fun time of trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns and costume parties, but it can also be a deadly time of increased drunk driving. Anyone hosting a Halloween party should take steps to limit their liquor liability and make sure they have the proper insurance.

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Stigmatized Property, Gray Area In Ohio – Legally Speaking

Originally published Sept. 21, 2010.

Ohio has no former or present statutes covering so-called ‘stigmatized’ property.

Question: There used to be an Ohio Real Estate law pertaining to so-called stigmatized property tainted by psychological impact (murder, suicide, etc).  Does the current Ohio law require a seller or agent to admit to a potential psychological impairment regarding a property?  Would such impairment also pertain to ghosts, poltergeists, etc?

Answer: NO, there has never been an Ohio Law regarding stigmatized propertybuuuuuuttttt… 

Haunted house.In Ohio, the Residential Property Disclosure Law requires the seller of a home to disclose to possible buyers information pertaining to the visible (patent) and non-visible (latent) condition of the home or other material fact (such as presence of underground storage tanks, encroachments, incessant foul odors from neighbors garage, etc,) that may affect the buyers’ decision to purchase the property. But, what about a murder on the property or even rumors of ghosts?

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The Bluebells Of Poland Woods, Poland Village, Ohio


The Bluebells Of Poland Woods, Poland Village, Ohio

Bluebells of Poland WoodsThe blue bell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air;
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care.
Emily Jane Brontë


Bluebells of Poland WoodsLocal Historian, Ted Heineman in his Riverside Cemetery Journal is just about the only online source for a history of the area we popularly call “Poland Woods,” but more properly called  by it’s official name “Poland municipal Forest.” According to Mr. Heineman most of this 244.5 acre forest (located at the end of College Street in the heart of the ‘burbs’ – see map below) came by way of two land gifts to the Village of Poland. The first of 50 acres donated by the wealthy Judge Rose in 1916 as a ‘tax deduction,’ and a second of 150 acres by Mrs. Grace Butler as a memorial to her husband. To its credit, Poland Village officially annexed the forest to the Village in 2005.

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2011 Woollybear Festival – Vermilion, Ohio

Dick Goddard hosts the 39th Annual Woollybear Parade & Festival, Vermilion, Ohio, Sunday, October 9, 2011.

Woollybear Festival

The Banded Wooly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella). Top – the familiar larva stage. Bottom – few people will recognize the Isabella Tiger Moth as the adult or ‘imago’ stage. (The smaller the dark band on the caterpillar – the more severe will be the winter, as the folklore goes.)

The Woollybear Festival is the largest one day festival in the state of Ohio. Cleveland’s Fox 8 Meteorologist Dick Goddard hosts the fun-filled events when the 39th Annual Woollybear Parade & Festival takes over Vermilion, Ohio on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

The woollybear wackiness all started more than three decades ago. Northeast Ohio TV weatherman Dick Goddard of Fox8 TV in Cleveland talked with some friends and co-workers about his idea of a celebration built around using the woollybear to forecast what kind of winter is ahead.

The first Woollybear Festival attracted perhaps 2,000 people but now the event attracts an estimated 15,000 and features the Woollybear Parade, one of the largest parades in the state of Ohio. It starts at 1:30 pm and lasts approximately 2 hours. It includes the Woollybear kids and pets, over 15 marching bands with nearly 2,000 musicians, radio and TV personalities, vintage automobiles, floats animals, festival queens, clowns and much more!

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Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival – 2011

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival will be celebrating its 28th Anniversary with the 2011 Festival to be held October 8th and 9th, 2011.

Netcher Rd. Bridge

Netcher Rd. Bridge over Mill Creek in Jefferson Township

Mahoning Valley’s neighbor to the north, Ashtabula County, is home to many authentic and restored covered bridges and celebrates the fact the every second full weekend in October with a lively fun-filled festival. It’s a great place to share experience Americana at its finest as well as being a great time to take in some spectacular fall foliage, .

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2011 Burton Apple Butter Festival

The Burton kettles will again be bubbling with maybe finest homemade apple butters in Ohio, October 8 and 9, 2011.

63 years of tradition simmer in copper kettles over open flame log fires right before your eyes. The delicious aroma of apples and cinnamon wafts everywhere over the Village. The fall festival celebration brings with it gifts, fine arts, food, crafts, antiques, games, pony rides, and musical entertainment to welcome the arrival of autumn at Century Village, in Burton, Ohio.

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Green Energy Ohio Tour – 2011

Green Energy Ohio (GEO) welcomes the new Green Energy Ohio Tour for 2011! So Far Two Mahoning Valley Sites are featured.

Green Energy OhioEach October Ohiocelebrates the green energy industry in a statewide event that enlightens consumers about the developing marketplace. For the last 11 years, Green Energy Ohio (GEO) provides market information to the public on the first weekend in October to exhibit the industry across the state.

This year the “Ohio Solar Tour” name has been changed to the “Green Energy Ohio Tour” to more accurately describe the tour that features not only solar, but tour sites with wind, energy efficiency, biomass and other green energy technologies. This FREE statewide event on October 1 & 2 provides the unique opportunity for people to visit hundreds of Open House Sites and talk with owners living and working with clean energy technologies.

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Remodeling? Don’t Expect to Recoup Your Expenses.



Americans are spending more on pimping their digs, including major renovations. But, there’s a caveat:

“Don’t expect to recoup your expenses. If the goal is to live longer in your current house, proceed with your renovation plans. If it’s to boost the value of the home — and to make more when you sell it in the future — you may be setting yourself up for a major letdown. It used to be that renovating a home would push up its selling price, helping them recover their remodeling costs. But that’s less likely now. Homeowners are recouping 60% of their renovation costs, down 3.8 percentage points from last year, according to Remodeling Magazine, a trade publication. That has fallen steadily since 2005, when it peaked at 85%.”

—  Joe Emison, Vice President of Research and Development at BuildFax, SmartMoney, September 23, 2011

Video-Pawsitivity: Vote For Your Favorite Hero Dog


Vote For Your Favorite Hero Dog

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, presented by Cesar® Canine Cuisine celebrate the animals who enrich, enhance and save our lives.

The country nominated 453 dogs from every state in the Union for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™. Now, they are down to the final eight! Meet and vote for your favorite competing for the title of 2011 American Hero Dog. The Hall Mark Channel will televise the final vote tally November 11, 2011.