ASHTABULA - - Holiday Angels Loving Others (HALO) helps the less fortunate during the holiday season and has kicked off it annual campaign.
HALO evolved five years ago out of the Share Your Christmas program and is coordinated by Catholic Charities as a collaborative among several Ashtabula County agencies. HALO's main goal is to provide assistance during the holiday season through donations.
The donations then provide needy families with food and gifts, bringing the Christmas spirit to everyone.
There are three ways to help with the HALO program by adopting a family, donating to the program or volunteering. Organizations and individuals can adopt a family for the holiday, donations can be made and are tax deductible or by volunteering to help one's church, school, family or service organization adopt or donate.
Those wanting to be a recipient of the HALO program may fill out an application at one of the various sites throughout the county. This year applications will be taken between Oct. 2 through Dec. 1.
The following are the application sites.
- Ashtabula and Geneva residents
Ashtabula Senior Center, 4632 Main Ave., Ashtabula, on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dream Center, 604 W. 57th St., Ashtabula, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Salvation Army, 3527 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, on Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Geneva Community Center, 62 W. Main St., Geneva, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
- Conneaut area residents
Conneaut Human Resources Center, 327 Mill St., Conneaut, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Jefferson area residents
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 89 E. Satin St., Jefferson, on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Monday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley area residents
Nativity exhibit to open in Kirtland
Volunteers are still busy putting up more than 600 Nativity scenes for the nationally acclaimed exhibit at Historic Kirtland in preparation for the formal opening on Friday. A lighting celebration and musical program will begin 6 p.m. Friday. Nativity sets representing countries and cultures from around the world will fill the Visitors Center and the one-room schoolhouse located next to the center. The theme of the 11th annual exhibit is “Unto Us A Son Is Given.” Admission is free and open to the public. Historic Kirtland is located at 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road, just off Route 306 south of I-90.
Odd Tales of Ashtabula County
Twins were pretty rare in Williamsfield Township, so when Correne Cutlip delivered twin girls on April 22, 1939, her husband, Bob, started calling neighbors and relatives with the good news and a plea for help: they would need twice as much of everything.
Guilty of treason!
She was a lonely child, precocious, some said; others said she was simply aloof. Two things for certain, she was beautiful — neighbors often remarked on her black curls — and odd, especially by the standards that existed in Conneaut in 1916.
Those 10 Calaway girls
In an era when many couples are happy to dote on just one offspring and most U.S. McMansions have at least 2.5 bathrooms, the story of the Calaway sisters is amazing.
The music got him 'All stirred up inside
Floyd Hewitt loved to listen to the radio, especially that cool jazzy music that got him “all stirred up inside.”
The romantic bachelor
The brass plate is partially obscured by the July grass that grows about the stone substrate.
Second of a two-part series on the Big Blow of November 1913
Launching an industry
Shortly after midnight on Sept. 26, 1941, German U- boat No. 203 fired four torpedoes into convoy HG-73 north of the Azores.
Ransom for an attorney’s little boy
Tony Muscarelli, 13, and Willie Madden, 12, were walking down Depot Street, Ashtabula, on the evening of March 20, 1909, when a 30-year-old man accosted them from across the street.
Kelsey’s Run rambles through the flatlands of Conneaut Township Park, carving graceful curves in the grassy area just north of Lake Road and slipping quietly under the two stone bridges in its final stretch toward Lake Erie.
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