NegOcc’s Panaad Fest makes it to tourism award’s Hall of Fame – Northbound Philippines News Online

BACOLOD CITY — The province of Negros Occidental won big in the 2017 Pearl Awards, making it to the Hall of Fame after the Panaad sa Negros Festival was hailed Best Tourism Event – Provincial Festival category for three straight years.

This year’s awards rites, organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism, was held at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City Friday night.

Negros Occidental first won the distinction in 2008, and again in 2014, 2015, and 2016, which elevated it to the Hall of Fame along with Laguna’s La Laguna Festival.

Ma. Lina Sanogal, provincial planning head and festival executive director, said the award is a “nice gift” as Panaad is set to turn 25.

“This award is significant as we are celebrating the 25th year of the festival next year. We are already a top destination for domestic tourists, but this latest recognition will further bring in more tourists to Negros, especially to our festivals,” Sanogal said on Saturday.

She noted that other provinces have been coming to Negros Occidental to learn from its initiatives, adding that tourism is one of the main drivers of the province’s economy.
For this year’s award, Negros Occidental bested Bataan, Pangasinan and Bulacan.

Held every summer, usually in April, Panaad is dubbed “the festival of all festivals”.

It features the festivals of the 13 cities and 19 towns of Negros Occidental, and showcases an array of themed pavilions of 32 localities that highlight their history, arts, culture, commerce, trade and industry.

Five cities in Negros Occidental – Sipalay, Sagay, Victorias, Silay and Cadiz – also won major awards.

Grand winners were Sipalay City’s Kite Festival for Best Tourism Event – Sports category; Sagay City, Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category; and Sagay’s Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resources Advocacies to Boost Sustainability, Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism.

Sipalay was also named first runner-up for Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category.
Second runners-up were Victorias Agri-Ecotourism Enhancement Program for Best Practices on Community-Based Responsible Tourism; Silay Heritage Program, Best Community-Based Heritage Conservation Project – City category; and Cadiz City, Best Tourism-Oriented LGU – City category. PNA-northboundasia.com


NegOcc’s Panaad Fest makes it to tourism award’s Hall of Fame … – Northbound Philippines News Online

BACOLOD CITY — The province of Negros Occidental won big in the 2017 Pearl Awards, making it to the Hall of Fame after the Panaad sa Negros Festival was hailed Best Tourism Event – Provincial Festival category for three straight years.

This year’s awards rites, organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism, was held at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City Friday night.

Negros Occidental first won the distinction in 2008, and again in 2014, 2015, and 2016, which elevated it to the Hall of Fame along with Laguna’s La Laguna Festival.

Ma. Lina Sanogal, provincial planning head and festival executive director, said the award is a “nice gift” as Panaad is set to turn 25.

“This award is significant as we are celebrating the 25th year of the festival next year. We are already a top destination for domestic tourists, but this latest recognition will further bring in more tourists to Negros, especially to our festivals,” Sanogal said on Saturday.

She noted that other provinces have been coming to Negros Occidental to learn from its initiatives, adding that tourism is one of the main drivers of the province’s economy.
For this year’s award, Negros Occidental bested Bataan, Pangasinan and Bulacan.

Held every summer, usually in April, Panaad is dubbed “the festival of all festivals”.

It features the festivals of the 13 cities and 19 towns of Negros Occidental, and showcases an array of themed pavilions of 32 localities that highlight their history, arts, culture, commerce, trade and industry.

Five cities in Negros Occidental – Sipalay, Sagay, Victorias, Silay and Cadiz – also won major awards.

Grand winners were Sipalay City’s Kite Festival for Best Tourism Event – Sports category; Sagay City, Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category; and Sagay’s Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resources Advocacies to Boost Sustainability, Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism.

Sipalay was also named first runner-up for Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category.
Second runners-up were Victorias Agri-Ecotourism Enhancement Program for Best Practices on Community-Based Responsible Tourism; Silay Heritage Program, Best Community-Based Heritage Conservation Project – City category; and Cadiz City, Best Tourism-Oriented LGU – City category. PNA-northboundasia.com


NegOcc’s Panaad Fest makes it to tourism award’s Hall of Fame – Northbound Philippines News Online

BACOLOD CITY — The province of Negros Occidental won big in the 2017 Pearl Awards, making it to the Hall of Fame after the Panaad sa Negros Festival was hailed Best Tourism Event – Provincial Festival category for three straight years.

This year’s awards rites, organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism, was held at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City Friday night.

Negros Occidental first won the distinction in 2008, and again in 2014, 2015, and 2016, which elevated it to the Hall of Fame along with Laguna’s La Laguna Festival.

Ma. Lina Sanogal, provincial planning head and festival executive director, said the award is a “nice gift” as Panaad is set to turn 25.

“This award is significant as we are celebrating the 25th year of the festival next year. We are already a top destination for domestic tourists, but this latest recognition will further bring in more tourists to Negros, especially to our festivals,” Sanogal said on Saturday.

She noted that other provinces have been coming to Negros Occidental to learn from its initiatives, adding that tourism is one of the main drivers of the province’s economy.
For this year’s award, Negros Occidental bested Bataan, Pangasinan and Bulacan.

Held every summer, usually in April, Panaad is dubbed “the festival of all festivals”.

It features the festivals of the 13 cities and 19 towns of Negros Occidental, and showcases an array of themed pavilions of 32 localities that highlight their history, arts, culture, commerce, trade and industry.

Five cities in Negros Occidental – Sipalay, Sagay, Victorias, Silay and Cadiz – also won major awards.

Grand winners were Sipalay City’s Kite Festival for Best Tourism Event – Sports category; Sagay City, Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category; and Sagay’s Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resources Advocacies to Boost Sustainability, Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism.

Sipalay was also named first runner-up for Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category.
Second runners-up were Victorias Agri-Ecotourism Enhancement Program for Best Practices on Community-Based Responsible Tourism; Silay Heritage Program, Best Community-Based Heritage Conservation Project – City category; and Cadiz City, Best Tourism-Oriented LGU – City category. PNA-northboundasia.com


Panaad Festival elevated to Pearl Awards Hall of Fame | SunStar – Sun.Star

THE Panaad sa Negros Festival made it to the Hall of Fame of the Pearl Awards after it was hailed Best Tourism Event in the Provincial Festival Category for the third time Friday night at Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City.

The province won the award for three consecutive years – in 2014, 2015, and 2016, which covered last night’s awarding rites organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism.

This year, Negros Occidental bested Bataan, Pangasinan and Bulacan, making it as the second Hall of Famer in the category. The first is La Laguna Festival of Laguna.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Lina Sanogal, Panaad Festival executive director, said the recognition is a “nice gift” for the 25th edition of the festival slated on April 14 to 22, 2018.

With the win, the province will no longer join the Pearl Awards next year, Sanogal said.

Dubbed “festival of all festivals,” Panaad features the festivals of the 13 cities and 19 towns in Negros Occidental every summer.

It also showcases an array of themed pavilions of 32 localities that highlights their history, arts, culture, commerce, trade and industry.

Other winners

Other tourism events of the local government units in the province were also recognized in the Pearl Awards.

These are the Sipalay Kite Festival, grand winner for Best Tourism Event-Sports Category; Sagay City, grand winner for Best Tourism Month Celebration-City Category; Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resources Advocacies to Boost Sustainability, grand winner for Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism;

Sipalay City, first runner-up for Best Tourism Month Celebration-City Category; Victorias Agri-Ecotourism Enhancement Program, second runner-up for Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism; Silay Heritage Program, second runner-up for Best Community-based Heritage Conservation Project-City category; and Cadiz City, second runner-up for Best Tourism-Oriented LGU-City category.

Joining Sanogal in the awards night were Provincial Tourism Officer Cristine Mansinares, Special Programs and Concerns Division head Ian de Ramos, and other local officials.

The annual search recognizes exceptional practices, projects, and innovations in the Philippine tourism arena in the past years.

Celebrating tourism excellence | SunStar – Sun.Star

THE flourishing tourism industry of Negros Occidental is attributed to the continuous support the Provincial Government is receiving from its partner-stakeholders.

To celebrate these dynamic partnerships, the Negros Occidental Tourism Division has again hosted the Provincial Tourism Excellence Awards at the Provincial Capitol’s Social Hall in Bacolod City on Friday, September 29.

Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said the Asean-inspired activity aims to recognize the best practices, innovations, and creativity of tourism offices in every local government unit (LGU).

Also, this is to serve as platform of celebration for partners in the private sector, who are actively supporting the growing tourism economy of the province, Mansinares said.

“Negros Occidental was able to receive numerous tourism recognitions because of our strong and active partnerships with the different sectors,” she said, adding that “the awarding is our way to personally extend our heartfelt appreciation to all stakeholders.”

The Province has recognized La Carlota City for its prompt submission of tourism statistics, while awarded as top LGUs with high tourist volume were cities of Bago, Cadiz, Kabankalan, Sagay and Sipalay, and towns of Hinobaan, Calatrava, Binalbagan, Cauayan, and Hinigaran.

Excellence awardees for tourism-oriented LGUs were cities of Bago, Cadiz, Sagay, San Carlos, Silay, and Victorias, and towns of Binalbagan, Calatrava, and Hinoba-an.

The province’s nominees for this year’s Pearl Awards of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines – Department of Tourism (Atop-DOT) were also recognized.

These are Sipalay City for best tourism week celebration and best tourism event for its Kite Festival; Silay City – best practices in community-based heritage conservation; Sagay City – best practices in community-based tourism campaign and best tourism month celebration; Victorias City – best practices in community-based tourism campaign for its agri-ecotourism enhancement program; and Cadiz City – best tourism-oriented LGU.

Murcia, meanwhile, was adjudged as best booth for this year’s Provincial Tourism Fair held at Robinson’s Place Bacolod. Kabankalan City and Bago City were awarded as second and third place, respectively.

Punta Bulata Resort, Mambukal Mountain Resort, and Lakawon Island Resort and Spa received the Tourism Excellence awards for resorts.

The Province also recognized L’Fisher Hotel for serving as one of the prime supporters of the province significantly contributing to the development and promotion of tourism industry.

Speaking at the awarding rites, Roseller Ciocon Jr. representing Lourdes-C Group of Companies said the celebration is a unique opportunity to raise awareness among public and private sectors as well as decision makers on the contribution of tourism in sustainable development.

“It also fosters awareness among international community on the importance of tourism in social, cultural, political and economic development,” Ciocon said, as he urged unity to make tourism a catalyst of positive change.

The Provincial Government also awarded 23 agencies and organizations that contributed to local tourism industry development.

These are the Alliance of Tour Guides in Occidental Negros, Association of Negros Producers, Association of Tourism Officers of Negros Occidental, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Negros Occidental, Department of Tourism-Western Visayas, Department of the Interior and Local Government-Negros Occidental, and Department of Science and Technology-Negros Occidental.

Also receiving the recognition were Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Association of Independent Travel Agencies-Bacolod City Chapter, Negrense Blogging Society Inc., Negros Cultural Foundation, Negros Occidental Historical Council, Negros Press Club, and Network of Independent Travel Agencies-Negros Occidental Chapter.

Other recipient-organizations are Organik na Negros Organic Producers, Retailers Association, Philippine Life Saving Society, Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc., Provincial Environment Management Office, Spa Alliance of Negros, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Negros Occidental, and Tourism Educators and Movers Philippines-Western Visayas.

The awarding ceremony capped this year’s Provincial Tourism Week celebration adapting the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s World Tourism Day theme, “Sustainable Tourism for Development.”

This is also hoped to motivate partners and individuals to continue offering products and services with the highest standards as provided under Republic Act 9593, or the National Tourism Act.

57 cited for tourism excellence – Manila Bulletin

By Mark L. Garcia

The Negros Occidental Tourism Office honored 57 towns, cities and industry stakeholders during the annual Provincial Tourism Excellence Awards at the provincial capitol in Bacolod Saturday.

Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Cristine Mansinares said the awards recognize the efforts of stakeholders in pushing tourism development under the Negros First agenda of Gov. Alfredo Marañon.

The awarding ceremony capped this year’s celebration of the 17th Provincial Tourism Week.

The awards were given to cities and towns with the highest tourist arrivals and receipts, that were shortlisted for the Department of Tourism’s Pearl Awards, and for best booths.

Private sectors and partner agencies and organizations were also given recognition.

La Carlota City was cited for its prompt submission of tourism statistics in the province, while the municipalities of Hinobaan, Calatrava, Binalbagan, Cauayan, Hinigaran, and cities of Bago, Cadiz, Kabankalan, Sagay and Sipalay were recognized as the LGUs with the high tourist volume.

The tourism-oriented LGUs were cities of Bago, Cadiz, Sagay, San Carlos, Silay, Victorias and towns of Binalbagan, Calatrava and Hinoba-an.

Five LGUs from Negros Occidental were also shortlisted for the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and DOT’s Pearl Awards this year. Sipalay City was nominated for Best Tourism Week Celebration and Best Tourism Event, Silay City for Best Practices in Community-Based Heritage Conservation Projects;

Sagay City for Best Practices in Community Based Tourism Campaign and Best Tourism Month Celebration, Victorias City for Best Best Practices in Community Based Tourism Campaign and Cadiz City for Best Tourism Oriented LGU.

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A showcase of rich culinary tourism | SunStar – Sun.Star

ASIDE from attractions and tourism-related activities, Negros Occidental is also home to rich culinary offerings.

Negrenses showcased the province’s mouth-watering dishes and delicacies during the annual Food Parade at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City Monday, September 25.

The activity was part of the eight-day 17th Provincial Tourism Week celebration themed “Tourism for Sustainable Development,” running until Friday, September 29.

Each city and municipality bannered their respective delicacies, mostly their one town, one product, made with twists using locally sourced ingredients paired with Negrense creativity and innovativeness.

Showcases were a wide variety of seafood dishes like the “uga” and “lukos” of Cadiz City, blue crabs of E.B. Magalona, “alimango” and “pasayan” of Ilog, and “Barongoy in Oil Spanish Style” and fish embutido of Sipalay City as well as truly Negros native delicacies like the “puto” of Manapla, “alupe” of Murcia, “bitso-bitso” of Talisay City, “suman” and “but-ong” of Valladolid, and lumpia, panara and “bukayo” of Bago City.

Other food attractions during the parade were the marang ice cream of Sagay City, ham of Victorias City, buko pie of San Enrique, macapuno of Binalbagan, banana balls and empanada of La Castellana, “turon de pineapple” and organic coffee of Candoni, coco jam and “pasayan nga puti” of Cauayan, tuna tocino of Hinoba-an, “pinasugbo” and lechon manok of Kabankalan City, piaya of Silay City, and the famous chicken inasal of Bacolod City, among others.

Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said the province has huge potential in terms of food tourism as it is even compared to Pampanga in Luzon.

“We really have rich culinary culture. Some people visit Negros Occidental just to taste our delicacies especially our chicken inasal,” Mansinares said, adding that food is a sector which helps the province in acquiring more tourism traffic.

Among the efforts of the Provincial Government to further boost culinary tourism is the creation of a food guide to be released this year. It will contain top and must-try dishes of Negros Occidental.

It is also making the Negros Food Video which will be aired during the Arima, or opening night of the 32nd Negros Trade Fair at Glorietta in Makati City today.

“This celebration also aims at further creating awareness on the need to continue preserving and sustaining the rich food tourism of the province,” Mansinares said.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said tourism has been one of the major thriving industries in the country.

In a message delivered by Mansinares, the governor said it does not only give focus to many exciting and alluring natural wonders, but most importantly tourism provides a wide range of economic opportunities to many people in the province.

“Let this Tourism Week be another opportunity for us to show the rest of the country and the world that we have the best and exciting tourist attractions worthy of visit,” he added.

Speaking at the activity, Department of Tourism-Western Visayas Regional Administrative Officer Artemio Ticar, designated tourism area development head for Negros Occidental, challenged tourism officers and stakeholders to deliver excellent services and facilities to the guests.

“Sustaining our efforts is vital in maintaining our position as the second most visited province by domestic tourists and convert day tourists into overnight staying guests which will surely propel employment and investments in Negros Occidental,” Ticar added.

Also part of the event was the cultural performances of the MassKara Festival dancers and Negros Occidental Singing Ambassadors.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson inducted the officers of the Association of Tourism Officers of Negros Occidental led by their president Ma. Elma Gerasmo of Bacolod City.

“Food is one of our attractions, there are many other potential delicacies that can be developed by other cities and municipalities adding to the already known chicken inasal of Bacolod City,” Lacson said.

Tourism an alternative amid sugar industry woes | SunStar – Sun.Star

TOURISM is an industry that is contributing positively to the economy of Negros Occidental amid the challenges hounding the sugar industry today, a top provincial official said.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who spoke at the 17th Provincial Tourism Week opening rites held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City yesterday, said with the “ups and downs” in the sugar industry, the province can actually bank on tourism as potential alternative industry.

He cited competitions triggered by high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as one challenge currently affecting the sugar industry and its stakeholders.

“It is already happening, tourism is actually contributing a lot to our economy,” Lacson said, adding that being the second most visited province in the country “we need to analyze how we got there and how to further improve.”

The vice governor stressed the need for the province to find more areas that can be promoted, as he urged each local government units (LGU) to come up with at least one major tourist destination.

“Through this, we can be able to provide tourists more places to visit,” Lacson said. “We need first to work here before we can invite more people to come to the province.”

The Provincial Government is also positioning food as another tourism product and offering that can be further developed.

Aside from various tourist attractions like Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia, The Ruins in Talisay City and resorts in Sipalay City, Negros dishes like blue crabs of E.B. Magalona, dried fish of Cadiz City, and “puto” of Manapla, among others on top of the chicken inasal of Bacolod City are also seen to complement the tourism industry.

In terms of peace and order, Lacson pointed out that given its ranking as one of the most visited places the province, including Bacolod City, is still a safe place for tourists.

The lack of accommodation facilities like hotels can be an area for investments, he added.

“We hope that someday, Negros Occidental can also be an international tourist destination,” Lacson said.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., in a message, said he believes that tourist destinations have been one of the major factors why the province continues to be on the uphill climb in terms of economic development.

Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, ranked second in terms of number of tourist arrivals in Region 6, with almost P32 billion in tourism receipts in 2016.

Data obtained by SunStar Bacolod from the Department of Tourism in Western Visayas showed that almost 1.65 million domestic and foreign tourists visited the province last year. The figure is 14 percent higher than the almost 1.42 million arrivals in 2015.

“Tourism provides a wide range of economic opportunities to many of our people,” Marañon added.

Provincial Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Cristine Mansinares said one of the strategies to really promote the province is by clustering the attractions.

She said they divided the province into north Negros, metro north, south central, and southern Negros.

“We merged cities and municipalities offering various attractions and activities under each cluster,” Mansinares said, adding that each locality is highlighted. “It must not be attraction only, it can be extended to food or services.”

Aside from tourism, other industry seen to also complement the sugar industry is agriculture including farming and fisheries.

Park hosts Sally Buffalo Days – Harrison News Herald

By ESTHER MCCOY

The Harrison County Regional Chamber of Commerce was showing off one of its once well traveled spots along State Route 250, The Heavilin Tea Room/Bed and Breakfast, that was captured in a prize-winning picture for the cover of the new Harrison information and tourism book published each year. It was available from the chamber at the front door of Wallace Lodge in Sally Buffalo Park for its annual festival days with a business expo, aisles of crafters, bakers and gardeners; entertainment; travelers information; Chinese auctions; update on the building of the Harrison Central All Grades School; food stands; Puskarich Public Library; Harrison Central High School; and various clubs. Joyce Brown, left, was the winner of the photo contest for the front cover of the booklet. She resided in the household and grew up helping with the many tea parties for club members ,overnight rooms and a meal for out of town travelers and the miniature animal spring events conducted by her parents, Harry and Helen Heavilin. Janeen Scott, right, is executive director of the Harrison County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Clark Gable Foundation held a Chinese Auction and many baskets of various themes were present for buyers to drop their purchased tickets into containers in the hopes of winning something. Pictured are Joyce Klinger, board member and volunteer at the museum, left; and Mary Jane Wood, Foundation member. The Gable Gift Shop and Museum is located on Charleston Street and open through October on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

One of the big attractions of Sally Buffalo Days is the early pancake, sausage, orange juice and hot drink meal provided by the Cadiz Lions Club in the kitchen area of Walace Lodge. It takes many members to clean the tables, keep them stocked with syrup, make sure there are enough plastic cutlery and dishes out for the cooks and especially fry the pancakes and prepare the sausage patties. It takes two to make the pancakes ahead but John Tabacchi has been at the sausage griddle almost since the club started holding the breakfasts in 1960. He is a 71 year of the Lions Club, the longest attending member and just celebrated his 100th birthday on Sept. 7. Staying active seems to keep John on the go and keeping up with adults many years younger.

CADIZ – With excellent pre-autumn weather on its side, the Harrison County Regional Chamber of Commerce and its many contributors put on a Sally Buffalo Days that had the outdoor exhibitors, food stands and sellers quite happy.

  The grounds took on a carnival look with the many eating establishments; the  selling of pumpkins, baked goods, tickets for a raffle on a four-wheel vehicle for the Luke Sedgmer Foundation and other events and materials.

  Janeen Scott, chamber executive director, was excited about the new cover on the county tourism book that was being distributed. It bore the picture of a farm that saw great activity through the late 1970’s to the time of a demise because of the declining health of Harry and Helen Heavilin. Organizations came  from many counties to the farm living room and dining room to have a sumptuous dinner or an afternoon tea for ladies church and club members. There were the Bed and Breakfast stays for those from out of town and each spring, there was a miniature farm animal event that brought families to the farm to show their children the animals.

  Joyce Brown, a daughter of the Heavilins, won the opportunity to have her photo of the farm house and its surrounding area on the front of the tourism book. “Each year there is a photo selected and Joyce was the winner this year,” Scott said. Harrison County was also featured at a booth in the Wallace Lodge, where George Bedway took his turn manning the table. The winery industry in Harrison County was highlighted by including the winery at Monzula Drive in Cadiz. Harrison County was highlighted in the magazine “Sip-Wine Weekends” listing the Blacksheep Vineyard on State Route 250, Adena; and the Vineyard 22 Winery at Monzula Drive in Cadiz.

  The  Harrison Hills City School District had a table with large plans of the school that will house all 13 grades and brochure to follow along. Puskarich Public Library had a table , with Ashley Smith, children’s librarian, and other staff members on hand to talk to the children.

Krista’s Collars had dog neck ware in Ohio State, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and other sports organizations. The Cozy Cabin had soaps for all types of skin types and  laundry soaps that used a certain berry that she was willing to show in the mix. Pops Barn on Gundry Ridge had many autumn arrangements and Ohio State items. The Clark Gable Foundation had a large table of baskets filled with anything imaginable to take a chance of winning by buying tickets and placing them in a desired bag. Nan Mattern, executive director; Pat Eberly and Joyce Klinger, members and volunteers; and Mary Jane Wood, Foundation member, were there taking down numbers to keep the tickets straight to call the winners. There was a very tall, cackling witch that came to life at the slightest movement as one of the prizes.

  The Cadiz Lions Club started getting ready for hungry breakfast patrons early in the morning and opened at the Wallace Lodge Kitchen at 8 a.m. As per usual, John Tabacchi was manning the griddle for the sausage patties, something that he admits to doing almost every year since the Lions started the breakfasts in the early 1960’s. As chipper as he is with that spatula, one would never guess that he celebrated his 100th birthday on Sept. 7. A party was held to celebrate that great day on Sept. 10 with friends and relatives coming from near and far.

 It was interesting to note that along with the small school house brought to Sally Buffalo Park years back and renovated this year, there is another school that is alive and well for events and host to second grade classes from the county each spring — Ourant School. It was opened in 1873 and renovated a few years ago. Cake walks, reunions, a Fall Festival, Christmas party and the spring elementary classes learning about the “old time 3 R’s” are featured for the students. It is located on Deersville Ridge, Nottingham Township, between Cadiz and Deersville. Tour buses and individuals are welcome to attend. Call Tillie Heavilin at (740) 942-3357 to make arrangements.

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