Giving a puppy or kitten to the pet lover on your list is a gift idea animal activists have long warned people to avoid. But a national animal welfare group says the fears of pets being rejected or returned are unfounded.
(Here's a guest post by Chicago writer Lynda Barckert, a native of Birmingham in Florence Township in Erie County. Hope everyone's local college kids had an easier time getting home than she did -- Tom)
Santa Claus paid a visit to Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport on Saturday where dozens of area children gathered to greet him upon landing. Claus flew in aboard a small aircraft after rain prevented him from bringing his reindeer.