In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are reminding motorists not to compound the problem by drinking and driving.
â€śWith Black Friday shoppers and people starting their holiday travels, Thanksgiving weekend is a very busy time traffic wise,â€ť OSHP Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said. â€śWe keep our fingers crossed that the weather cooperates and doesnâ€™t complicate the busy traffic.â€ť
Presents under the tree and a full stomach on Christmas Eve may be customary for some, but, for others, even basic necessities can be difficult to come by throughout the holidays.
One local organization is dedicated to bringing â€śChristmas Cheerâ€ť to those those families who need extra assistance this season.
Personnel from fire departments from Wapakoneta, Buckland, St. Johns and Uniopolis are asking their communities to donate toys and non-perishable food items through the â€śChristmas Cheerâ€ť program, which is celebrating its 31st year collecting and distributing donations.
Students took turns petting and cuddling puppies and kittens while learning about their care during a special event at Cridersville Elementary School on Monday.
Paraeducator Laura Hadding organized the event as a fun activity on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. All of the schoolâ€™s kindergarten through fourth-grade students got a turn visiting the activity housed in the gym. While there they learned about pet care from an employee and volunteer of the Humane Society of Auglaize County, got their faces painted to look like