Real Vs Artificial?

Real vs. Artificial Trees—Really, There is no debate

Each Christmas season, there seems to be a lot of focus on the so-called “debate” over real vs. artificial Christmas trees. From ACTA’s standpoint, there is no debate. Consumers should feel free to choose either type of tree, or better yet, choose one or more of each! Both types of Christmas trees have very distinctive characteristics and a recent Life Cycle Analysis concluded that neither tree has a significant negative impact on the environment. It really comes down which kind of tree, or trees, best fits your lifestyle. The Christmas season should be a time of celebration, not a platform for debate. So if a Christmas tree is part of your holiday celebration, relax and celebrate with the Christmas tree of your choice.

To help clear things up, here are some straightforward answers to the most common tales. Maybe you’ve heard some of these or even had these very same thoughts yourself. Either way, it may be worth your time to read on:christmas-tree-42473_640

Myth: Artificial trees aren’t part of Christmas tradition:
If your holiday traditions began before the 1960s, there’s a good chance you are right. However, a recent survey conducted by Nielsen indicated that more than 80 percent of American households with Christmas trees are celebrating with an artificial Christmas tree.

Myth: Artificial trees don’t look real:

It’s ironic. There are also people who say that artificial Christmas trees look “too perfect” to be real. In any case, many testify that their artificial trees appeal to even the most scrutinizing of relatives. Admittedly, artificial trees in the past looked nothing like the real thing, but now they appear like genuine Christmas trees. Advances in artificial-tree design have helped many obtain the “perfect tree” for the holidays – without looking “too perfect.”

Myth: Artificial Christmas trees harm the environment:
This is the myth that does the most harm to the well-meaning, environmentally conscious consumer. In an effort to help promote the facts, a comprehensiveLife Cycle Analysis, conducted by PE International, studied the environmental impact of the average real and the average artificial Christmas tree. The study concluded that there was no significant environmental impact from the use of either an artificial or a real Christmas tree. Consumers should feel great about choosing either kind of tree and many consumers are choosing to display both kinds throughout their homes and in their outdoor Christmas displays. Now that’s the Christmas spirit.

Myth: Artificial Christmas trees don’t smell as nice:
On the surface, this is a fair point. But along with that fresh pine smell comes nearly 10 times the amount of mold normally found indoors. For those predisposed to allergies, this is no small matter. 
A study conducted by a researcher in Connecticut and presented to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Dallas shows that after two weeks of being indoors, a live Christmas tree emitted significant amounts of mold spores into the air. The truth is that fresh pine smell can be replaced with a special fresh pine scent and scented ornaments.

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Gaden Shartse Monks from Phukang Khangsten to Visit Findlay, Tiffin, Bowling Green, Bluffton

Findlay, Tiffin, Bowling Green, Bluffton, OH – Area residents are invited to explore the ancient Tibetan traditions and culture as Findlay and the surrounding area welcomes Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastic College. The group visiting this time around is from one of the largest dormitories at the college called Phukang. Currently, there are about 450 monks living in the crowded quarters of Phukhang Khangtsen. These monks follow a very strict monastic education which last for 17 years. Besides their studies, they are also involved in doing prayers or pujas. The purpose of the tour is to share with all people the monks’ culture, as well as practices and paths to inner peace and compassion. Donations raised by past tours support much needed building improvements, medical needs, teachers’ salaries and the day to day expenses of supporting the khangtsen.


The monks will begin their presentations on Thursday, November 6 in Tiffin. They will provide a group empowerment session at 11:30 a.m. at the Gem Yoga and Life Enrichment studio, 114B S. Washington St. in Tiffin. A donation of $25 per person is suggested. To register, call 567-232-0304. In the evening, they will present a talk titled “Meditations for Patience and Compassion” at 5:00 p.m. at the Old Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Market St. in Tiffin. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. A free will donation is encouraged.


On Saturday, November 8 the monks will present a one-day sand mandala in the Arts Village at Bowling Green State University beginning at 9 a.m. They will build the mandala until 3 p.m. They will proceed with a dismantling ceremony at 4:00. The monks will provide a presentation from 7-9 p.m. These events will take place BGSU, Arts Village, 101E Kreischer Quad.


On Sunday, November 9, the monks will move to 123 Court St. in downtown Bowling Green to begin a three-day sand mandala. Additional events will take place such as: a public empowerment ceremony at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N Dixie Hwy.; a chant presentation on Monday, November 10 from 7-9 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S Main St., and the dismantling of the sand mandala with a ceremony on Tuesday, November 11 from 5-6 p.m.


Mandala means literally “that which extracts the essence.” There are many different types of mandalas used by Tibetan Buddhists. They can be created in either two or three dimensions. The ones on the monks’ tour will be two-dimensional sand mandalas. The sand is applied very precisely by the gentle tapping of a sand-filled metal cone that has had its tip removed. The outline of the mandala is defined by the holding of a string that is dipped in chalk and then ‘snapped’ in the appropriate place. Upon completion of the mandala, the monks will purposely destroy the work of art. In upholding the principle that life is transient, the monks sweep up the mandala and place the sand in a river, lake, or ocean as an offering to purify the surrounding environment.


On Wednesday, November 12, the monks come to Findlay’s Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St., for an empowerment ceremony from 5:30 – 7 p.m. A donation of $10 per person is suggested.


On Thursday, November 13, the monks will visit Bluffton University to provide a sand mandala demonstration for university art students and the public. The demonstration will be presented in the gallery at the Sauder Visual Arts Center at 2:30 p.m.  The monks will provide a public presentation at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. Bluffton at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. A donation of $10 per person is suggested.


The monks come to Findlay on Friday, November 14 and will present personal empowerment sessions from 1-5 p.m. at Hot Yoga Findlay, 1730 E. Melrose Ave, Suite B.  Suggested donation for these private sessions is $50 and they take 45 minutes each. Register by calling 419-306-3229. On Friday, from 7-9 p.m., the monks will present a meditation session at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Blanchard Valley, 2415 N. Main St.


On Saturday, November 15, the monks will present a hands-on butter sculpture workshop open to adults and children at the Children’s Museum of Findlay, located in the Findlay Village Mall. Cost to attend is $30 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult may participate with pay, or assist the child for free. This session is limited to 15 participants (not including adults assisting small children.  To register, visit or call the museum at (567)250-9616. Payment is expected at the time of registration.


From 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, the monks will present a community empowerment session at Harmony Yoga 1100 Suite C, Croy Dr. A donation of $25 per person is suggested. To register, call 419-306-3229.


The final event will be “Dinner and Conversation with the Gaden Sharse Monks” at China Rose, 2431 S. Main St. The event includes a four course buffet style meal, pre-meal blessing and conversation time, and a short presentation by Carole Elchert.  Suggested donation for this event is $10.


Many of the events will also include an opportunity for participants to purchase merchandise from the monastery in India.


For more information, contact Tamera Rooney at 419-722-7810 or visit for schedule updates.


About the tour:

The purpose of the Monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang tour is to share with all people the monks’ culture, as well as practices and paths to inner peace and compassion. Accomplishments of previous tours have provided funds for construction of new buildings at Gaden Shartse, including the new debate hall. Additional funds raised by past tours have supported medical needs, teachers’ salaries and the day to day expenses of supporting the monastery. This success is due to the help and generosity of those who support the tours.

To learn more about the Gaden Shartse Monastery, visit

Red Cross Asks Public to Give Something that Means Something this Holiday Season

Imagine being a U.S. service member stationed abroad. You miss your friends and family, but you also miss those little things that remind you of home – the smell of the soap you used every day or those cookies you’d have every Sunday afternoon. You can help the American Red Cross collect little things that bring back big memories for our brave service members.

See PDF below for more info.

Red Cross Holiday Care Packages and Holiday Mail Program-Hancock County release

Zombie 5K Fun Run/Walk

zombieDo you love to dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and run from zombies?  Then, this 5K Fun Run/Walk is for you!  Grab your friends and sign up to join us for a race you’ll never forget.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate, from accomplished runners to those just wanting to walk the route dressed in costume.  All proceeds benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Date:                          Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time:                          Registration begins at 3:30 PM  |  Race begins at 4:00 PM

Starting Point:         Upper Sandusky Middle School

Fee:                            Preregistration:  $15 (includes a t-shirt)  |  Day of Race:  $20 (shirts will be given until gone)

Awards:                    Medals given to the top 10 male and top 10 female  runners overall.


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Scrap4 Art Announces Young Frankenstein Halloween Fundraiser at the Valentine

Scrap4Art Announces Young Frankenstein Halloween Fundraiser at the Valentine

When: Friday, October 24, 2014 Halloween Events start at 6:30 pm, movie shown at 7:30 pm

Where: Valentine Theatre, 400 North Superior, Oh 43604

Celebrate Halloween with a costume contest, Selfie Photo Booth and craft at a Pre-Party before the Valentine Theatre’s showing of the classic Mel Brooks’ film Young Frankenstein. This 1974 black & white film stars Gene Wilder as the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein. Wilder discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual and works to bring a corpse to life. This all star comedic cast features Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Gene Hackman and Peter Boyle as the monster who only wants to be loved.
Tickets are just $10 per person and include the Pre-Party at 6:30 pm and the movie at 7:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to wear a costume, take selfies at a Photo Booth, watch a dance demonstration, create a Halloween craft and participate in a Silent Auction. A cash bar is available with movie snacks for purchase.
Scrap4Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and redistribution of clean supplies which are usable in arts and education projects. The store in historic, uptown Maumee (333 West Wayne) is entering its eighth year in business. Scrap4Art carries large inventories of arts and crafts supplies, papers, fabrics, matte board pieces and frames, as well as many surprise donated craft treasures. Materials are donated to Scrap4Art by individuals and local businesses and then are available for purchase at low cost by teachers, artists and craft enthusiasts.
To purchase tickets for this event or to obtain other programming information, please call Scrap4Art at (419) 720-2978 or visit our website at
Scrap4Art is funded in significant part through the Ohio Arts Council and Community Shares of Northwest Ohio.

Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

Komen Findlay Race for the Cure!The 2nd annual Komen Findlay Race for the Cure will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 Downtown Findlay at 9:00AM. Join us in raising awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer and the continued support for breast cancer research.

The Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.


  • Race Day Registration ……………………………….. 7:00 am – 8:30 am
  • Local Sponsor Tents …………………………. 7:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Kids Zone ………………………………….. 7:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Survivor Photo ……………………………… 8:00 am
  • Survivor Parade …………………………….. 8:10 am – 8:30 am
  • Survivor Tent……………………………….. 8:15 am – 11:30 am 5K
  • Race Begins ……………………………… 9:00 am
  • Followed by 5K Walk and 1 Mile
  • Family Fun Walk Race Results 10:00 am
  • Medal Distribution and Award Ceremony…………………. 10:30 am


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The pop punk duo known as Two Years Later is setting aside the electric guitar and powerful drums for a free and intimate acoustic show at 8 pm on Saturday, September 13 at Coffee Amici, a coffee shop in the heart of Findlay, Ohio that has a reputation as a mecca for both new and seasoned performers alike.

University of Findlay alum and vocalist of Two Years Later, Jamie Rogers, cut her teeth as a performer on the Amici stage during the coffee shop’s weekly open mic nights throughout her time at the University and has made appearances as a solo musician on a few Saturday nights since graduating in 2013. Now, with their first EP about to release, Rogers and drummer Zak Toth are bringing their powerful and moving music to the Amici stage in a stripped down version of their fiery pop punk show.

Toth will lay down a solid percussive foundation on his cajon, an acoustic drum box that is gentler than a full drum set, to support Rogers’ powerful vocals and rhythmic acoustic guitar. After playing over 20 full rock shows throughout Columbus, Two Years Later hopes to share an intimate and invigorating performance of their original music coupled with reflective stories of how the songs came to be .
Two Years Later will be releasing their EP, #Road2Fame, on September 21 in Columbus, Ohio but will be releasing the tracks in succession over the five weeks leading up to the release date via their social media for streaming. To learn more about the duo and join their 1,500+ fans connect with them via their social media platforms including: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud and Reverbnation.



Jamie and Zak met in 2011 at an open mic and two years passed before they saw each other again, reuniting through a mutual friend in 2013. They bonded over their shared love for making music and decided to put their talents to good use. In 2014 they put their serious business faces on and started recording their EP and putting together their band: Two Years Later. They’ve evolved into a captivating duo that engages their fans with their percussive pop rock and catchy pop melodies. Jamie’s lyrics bring a hypnotic depth to the invigorating rhythms that Zak lays down. Their music is thought provoking, infectious, and fun for loyal fans and first time listeners alike.

Local woman in critical condition after truck plows into backyard

Friends and family are requesting prayers for Nikki L. Puchta who was struck by flying debris last evening after a semi truck plowed into her garage and a fence. Puchta is reported to be in critical condition.

Click here to read today’s article from The Courier.

Viewer shared photos. Posted by Jamie Cooper Bracy via Facebook 6/27/14.


Movie Ticket Contest-ENTER NOW!


Showing one night only on May 27th, 7:00 pm at Carmike Cinemas in Findlay.

Award winning director James Moll has created an amazing documentary that focuses on the lives of young ranchers and farmers who are responsible for growing the food that we eat.  Farmland is coming to Findlay and YOU have a chance to win 2 FREE tickets to see the show (4 tickets available – 2 winners).

Follow these links to read more on what the documentary is really about.


For your chance to win…..

Using Facebook comments below, answer the following question: “Instead of replanting grass what would be the University of Findlay’s best ‘cash crop’ option?”


Read full story here.

Two winners will be selected to receive a set of tickets. Tickets are non transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or other prizes. Contest ends May 19th at 5:00 PM. Employees of The Findlay Publishing Company are not eligible to win.