A shopping center near Toledo wants your bras -- not to burn, but to display.
The American Cancer Society and The Town Center at Levis Commons are seeking decorated bras for the 2009 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Battle of the Brassiere Project.
Anyone can submit decorated and titled bras to display in the front window at The Town Center at Levis Commons. Bras will be on display throughout the month of April leading up to the Making Strides walk May 9.
I've seen similar exhibits before, and it's a one-of-a-kind way to memorialize people we've lost to breast cancer and honor survivors.
Those who participate in the walk can see the collection and vote for their favorite. (Plus, it's a great excuse to walk around the outside shops.)
The Town Center and The American Cancer Society are taking bra submissions now until May 1.
They can also be mailed to:
The American Cancer Society
Northwest Ohio Office
740 Commerce Drive, Suite B
Perrysburg, OH 43551
-- Annie Zelm
Criscione's Easter Bunny left more than baskets
Bill Criscione, who owns the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center with his wife, Jayme Criscione, is a professional at deploying special effects. Visitors at his haunted house can expect to confront rotting corpses, animated ghouls, horrifying noises and other efforts to induce panic.
Ghostly Manor's manager, Renee Matthews, said she learned shortly after meeting Criscione that creating special effects wasn't just a job for Criscione -- it was a passion.
She said Criscione recounted with relish that when he and his wife would set out Easter baskets for their children, he would leave a trail of Raisinets on the floor leading to the baskets, explaining to the kids that they were rabbit droppings left by the Easter Bunny.
Criscione also tried to add realism by deploying carrots that the bunny had chewed and spat out.
Matthews said she remembers thinking, "He's either really funny or he's got some issues."
"He likes to be creative," Jayme Criscione explained.
-- Tom Jackson
It's not THAT kind of prescription...
Last week, I learned about a national program called Prescription Hope, which provides more than 1,500 name-brand medications to uninsured and underinsured people at no cost.
The Columbus Dispatch ran a story about the program last Sunday. More than 40 million people in the United States cannot afford adequate health care, and 19 million of those 40 million did not get the prescriptions they needed because of cost.
Needless to say, this is a noteworthy service, and I wanted to know more. I went to the program's Web site, prescriptionhope.com, and called the contact number listed.
The problem is, the number they use differs by one digit from the number for another hotline providing a very different type of service. Before I realized what had happened, I was listening to a greeting from a woman with a very seductive voice.
She told me she'd been "waiting for me" all day and said I could enter my credit card number if I was an "experienced" caller.
I hung on the line for a moment out of curiosity, but I knew the woman wasn't going to tell me much more unless I paid up.
I checked the Prescription Hope number and dialed again.
For the record, Prescription Hope can be reached at 877-296-HOPE. If you need medication, it's a good resource. If you need something else, I'm sure you can find it without my help.
-- Annie Zelm
Help Huron grad help others
With dim job prospects in Ohio, Mary Templeton is turning her eyes oversees.
Templeton, who graduated from The Ohio State University last week and from Huron High School in 2003, was one of 18 students from across the country selected for the Global Development Internship, an initiative of the Student Movement for Real Change.
The program, which lasts June 11-Aug. 3, will take Templeton to the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa, to teach English and sex education in Manyeleti communities.
Although Templeton sees the experience as invaluable, the internship is not without cost. Each intern must raise $5,000; so far, she's come up with $1,500.
Her fundraising Web site is at studentmovementusa.org/mtempleton.