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Stir crazy kids and other holiday notes

Jason Werling • Dec 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

All right, the kids have a week off next week and, if they are like mine, you are going to want them to run out all of their energy on a hamster wheel as they fill up on holiday treats.

Here’s hoping for a White Christmas; make sure your sleds are ready to go. A sturdy cardboard box is good for a couple times down a hill, but what would Clark do? Clark Griswold would use a noncaloric, silicon-based kitchen lubricant on the bottom of his metal sled to rocket down the hill.

Also, if the kids are stir crazy, don’t forget area parks don’t close for cold. So bundle them up so much that they can’t put their arms down and let them run out their energy. Or take a hike in one of the many parks in the area. If you are reading this in print, there can’t be a park farther than 20 minutes from where you are right now.

If you can calm them down long enough to sit in a car, check out all the local lighting displays. Two of the best in Sandusky are set to music. Michael Young’s Sycamore Line house near First Street in Sandusky starts playing at about 6:30 p.m., and you just have to tune your car radio to 107.7 FM to sync the lights to the music in your car.

Ghostly Manor’s display is up and running, so just tune your car to 99.7 FM.

Luke has left the building, Sandusky

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that staff photographer Luke Wark is joining his fellow soldiers in the Army National Guard as they serve our country overseas next year. Luke had a ceremony in Canton. He and his dad were interviewed by Channel 5 in Cleveland, and Luke also can be seen in a photo taken by the Canton Repository. Both can be found by clicking HERE.  If you would like to write Luke, you can do so by sending it here: SPC Luke Wark, Co B 3/238th Avn Reg, Bldg #56719, North Fort Hood, Fort Hood, TX 76544. I’m sure he would enjoy hearing from our readers.

Earlier this month the Register published a list of other soldiers who are Away for the Holidays. That list is available HERE. It could be a good and time-consuming project for stir-crazy-on-winter-break kids to color pictures for the soldiers, and all it would cost you is a stamp.

Local and last-minute shopping ideas

Don’t call me a procrastinator. I like to think of it as deadline-oriented.

If you have waited long enough to the point online stores can’t ship it to you fast enough and you’re looking for something a bit different — and last minute — look at some of our local shops.

There are many options in downtown Sandusky, and there are plenty of places locally where you can get a season pass for the upcoming year. I don’t think I have to mention that place with a few of roller coasters across the bay, but if you are looking for some CP gear, they have a gift shop set up at Castaway Bay. If you have kids, season passes are a good way to go for multiple visits at places where tourists spend big money every year. A few that come to mind are the Merry Go Round Museum and Maritime Museum in downtown Sandusky, African Safari Wildlife Park, Monsoon Lagoon or Train-O-Rama.

And if you’re looking for something for that boy or girl who hasn’t been so good this year and may need some motivation, the Sandusky Coal Docks will possibly have a bucket of coal available sometime this week to pick up a lump or two for those who have been naughty.

Good things

Finally, as we head into this new year 2012, the Register is looking back at our top stories of 2011. Yes, a majority of the stories on our top 20 list are things we as a community would rather forget, but taking a look back helps us move forward. Please vote at sanduskyregister.com on what you think was the biggest story of 2011.

If you are in the list-making mood, email or mail me your list of top 10 stories from this year and I will include everyone’s “best things” in an upcoming column. My contact info is at the top of Page C1. It doesn’t have to be stories in the Register, it could be the birth of a grandchild, the Cardinals winning the World Series or that big plunge you took this summer when you rode Millennium Force for the first time. Just make a list numbered 1-10 and give YOUR top stories of 2011.

Thanks for reading this far, and we’ll talk soon.

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