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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 5:16 pm

I’ve decided to turn 30 this year, again.

I had all these great ideas about what my life would be like by age 30. There was going to be a house with a white picket fence, a husband and a couple of kids. I was going to have lots of money and belong to various clubs and organize social events. It was gonna be great.

Somehow things didn’t quite work out that way.

My best friend Matt, who I’ve now known for more than half my life, is also 30 (for real) and thinks my stressing over it is hilarious. Hilarious, that is, until I reminded him of our teenage pact to get married at age 30 if neither of us were already married. After the deer-in-the-headlights look went away, he amended the age to 40. I can’t say that I blame him.

If you do the math, you might think I will turn 31 this year since I was born Dec. 15, 1981. My cousin, Sally Ann, was born Dec. 5, 1980. However, we both plan to turn 30 this year. It seems like a great plan so far. We had ourselves a 30th birthday party on Sunday, complete with cake and presents.

I would say I’m pretty satisfied with where I am in life, despite it not fitting in with my teenage/early-20s plans. I own a condo and enjoy my job. I have two wonderful cats, along with a few close friends and family members. My lack of being a size six is a bit of a bummer, but I think my 7-year-old cousin Madi summed it up well when I quipped I had better lay-off the birthday cake so I could fit into a wedding dress someday.

“Oh Cousin Pam, that’s never going to happen,” she said. “Everyone is fat anyway.”

I guess that pretty well says it all.

Skip the sweets

As if it were a dieting omen, I happened to receive a press release in my e-mail on Monday entitled “Are those holiday sweets calling your name?” from Summa Health System. Summa’s Bariatric Care Center has several tips for maintaining or losing weight this holiday season:

• Keep a food diary, either on paper or electronically, to monitor calorie intake each day

• Use a smaller plate to help create an illusion of more food

• Be aware of the liquid calories in alcohol and other holiday drinks

• Always make a place for fruits and vegetables on your plate during holiday dinners

• Remember to eat a healthy breakfast so you’re balanced on Christmas Day and during other holiday meals

• See if your family or friends would be willing to take a brisk walk a few hours after the meal – just 30 minutes of physical activity can make an impact.

For more information on this topic, you can read the full press release in this week’s Health section in the Trading Post portion of our newspaper.

Leaf me alone

While I was at the city council meeting on Monday, Service Director Nino Piccoli gave an update on the leaf pick-up program.

“I understand from the tree supervisors that we had a record year,” said Nino. “There were approximately 800 tons of leaves vacuumed up, in comparison to last year when there 632 tons. The season ended last week. There were approximately 145 loads this year.”

I can’t imagine there being that many trees within the city, but it appears there are. Now that the leaf pickup season has ended, Nino asked that residents bag up any that remain and put them out for the regular trash pickup.

Which leads me to...

Trash tidings

Trash pick up for the city of Medina will be delayed one day for the Tuesday through Friday pick-up for both the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Additionally, Christmas trees will be picked up on the tree lawns for two weeks after Christmas.

Early Post deadlines

With the holidays approaching, The Post Newspapers will have early deadlines for the Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 editions so that our employees may spend time with their families. The news deadline will be noon on Friday. The advertising deadline will be 4 p.m. on Friday. Thanks for understanding!

Building relationships

The Medina Sunrise Rotary club recently partnered with Judge John Lohn on a Build-A-Bear Workshop.

“All our hard-working volunteers were a big help,” said Becky Shotwell, Rotary project chair. “The Build-A-Bear program, under Medina County Common Pleas Judge John Lohn, was another big success this year as last. The lovable bears will be given to local foster children and distributed to some of the children who currently attend Medina County’s Windfall School.”

Rotary Club President Daryl Kubilus added, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Judge Lohn on such a worthy project. The Build-a-Bear program is a perfect extension of our Medina Sunrise Rotary mission of ‘Making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures.’”

Pictured are (front, left to right) Dylan Kubilus, Molly Kubilus, Nolan Kubilus, Judge John Lohn, Daryl Kubilus, (back) Bonnie Kubilus, Becky Shotwell, Frank Shotwell, Gary Chidsey and Todd Piper.

Rocket science

Twelve students from St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, including two Medina County residents, are busy this year doing real rocket science for NASA, building a rocket-deployed airship that will serve as a modular sensor platform. They are participating in the space agency’s Student Launch Project. Most of the teams in NASA’s SLP are made up of university students; SVSM is one of only 20 high schools from across the country who are a part of this year’s SLP. The project will culminate with the team traveling to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. in mid-April 2013, to demonstrate their rocket and airship. NASA will provide the funding for the rocket and its payload.

Participating Medina residents are Alex Morley and Ryan Schweter, who are pictured with the rest of the SVSM team.

Congratulations

Medina resident Master Chief Petty Officer Doug McClure, a member of the Ohio Naval Militia, recently received several awards. He received the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Award, Sailor of the Year, Crewman and Coxswain ribbons. Master Chief McClure is part of Headquarters Company and is the Unit Training Officer. He resides in Medina with his wife Becky.

The Ohio Naval Militia is a part of the defense forces of the state of Ohio.

Engagement: Banning-Szekeres

Francis Szekeres of Wadsworth and Natalie Banning of Medina announce their engagement as of Nov 22. Their wedding will be in the summer of 2013 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Wadsworth. They are both graduates of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where they first met in 2006.

Campus news: Ashland University

Matthew Shy of Litchfield was named to Delta Mu Delta honorary organization at Ashland University. Shy is majoring in entrepreneurship. He is the son of Gregory and Mindy Shy of Litchfield. Shy is a 2009 graduate of Buckeye High School.

The purpose of Delta Mu Delta is to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement by business administration students. Students must be in the top 20 percent of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Delta Mu Delta sponsors two annual field trips and occasionally arranges for visiting speakers.

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