Our Small City

Our small city in Northwest Ohio has an historic Courthouse;

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beautiful, quiet streets;

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lovely birds, flowers and trees along residential areas;

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architectural houses of wonder owned by many home-town people;

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innovative business transitions (an actual lumberyard renovated into a winery named “Lumberyard — “, featuring an outside, fenced-in visitors and smoking area);

a beautiful bridge completely restructured in 2008 that features wide walkways and rustic iron railings on each of its sides!

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This is Napoleon in Henry County, Ohio!

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Credit:
All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Christmas Lights Appearing

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Does it seem like Christmas is coming already? Are you beginning to think about the Christmas shopping season, and what you’ll get for whom?

Isn’t it rather early for this annual obsession about the biggest gift-giving holiday of the American year to creep into our mindsets?

It seems to be as though we used to wait at least until Thanksgiving to put Christmas lights in our homes and yards, and yet…

Christmas lights were installed on the Napoleon, Ohio, bridge this evening!

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Lucky Day

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It’s really difficult to catch a sharp picture of a flying big bird with my modest Canon digital, but I had my lucky day recently. I caught this fellow just in time before he left my frame. He flew over the Maumee River from bank to bank (South to North) as I stood on the bridge watching.

He’s a Great Blue Heron. It’s easy to see in this picture how the bird folds in his stick feet in flight. Also, his small tail feathers are clearly on display.

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg