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The News-Herald Wishing Tree is a place for the community to share their wishes during the holiday season. If you'd like to share your wish for the tree, email your name, city of residence and wish to tellthenh@gmail.com, or call 440-497-0858 and leave a message. Your wishes will be added to the tree, and wishes may be published on this blog, on News-Herald.com, through our social media accounts, and in The News-Herald's print edition.

Friday, December 21, 2012

News-Herald staffers share their wishes on video

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wishes from Chick-fil-A in Mentor

Mentor Chick-fil-A owner Glen Efford and his staff expressed their holiday wishes via The News-Herald’s Wishing Tree endeavor.

In addition to those mentioned on the video (embedded below), Efford wanted to send out a special holiday wish to Al and Pat Kostrab. Pat is an employee who is dealing with the serious illness of a relative. Efford’s hopes are for the family  to know that the Chick-fil-A staff is praying for them every day and that their thoughts are with them.

In regards to the store, Efford expressed his gratitude for the guests who have helped to make the year 2012 a good one.

“Christmas is a good time to reflect on these things, and we’re very grateful,” Efford said. 

Chick-fil-A staff members taking part in The News-Herald Wishing Tree video are Keith Silvi, Victoria Hall, Debbie Monahan, Robyn McFarland, Melinda Eitutis, Amanda Waychoff and Allison Bernstein.

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A wish for a van for special-needs grandsons

My wish is that our two special-needs grandsons would have a van with provision for two power wheelchairs and a power lift. The van would greatly reduce the stress, challenges and physical difficulty of transporting them to medical appointments and to other activities.
— Linda Knapp

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Students at Euclid schools share wishes

Some special visitors came to The News-Herald Wishing Tree open house today. Members of the Euclid Police Department escorted students from two Euclid schools to The News-Herald so they could decorate ornaments and hang their wishes on the Wishing Tree.









Euclid students who represented their schools and who were escorted by the Euclid Police Department to visit The News-Herald Wishing Tree were:

Our Lady of the Lake
Principal: Sr. Laura Bregar
Anna Zele
Duncan Fraser
Carrie Peters

Shoreview Elementary
Elana Pitts
Kaisean Perkins
Taylor Quitman

A class wish from fifth-grade students of Our Lady of the Lake School in Euclid:
“This Christmas season the fifth-grade students in Room 10 at Our Lady of the Lake School are wishing for a class pet. Having a class pet would teach us responsibility, and help us to care for other living things as God would want us to.”

Wishes from fifth-grade students of Shoreview Elementary in Euclid:
  • I wish for all children to value education and know they are unique, important and capable of changing the world. – Ms. Mast (teacher)
  • I wish for a world where we can all be safe and a world full of peace.
  • I wish everyone to be with their family during the holiday.
  • To stop bullying and to keep streets safe. – LaMarco Clark
  • I wish for children to have school supplies. – Marshall
  • I wish everyone would with their family on Christams and New Year’s days – Cordell
  • I wish for world peace – Shonti’a
  • My wish is for everyone to be treated the want they want to be treated. – Kaisean
  • A portable basketball hoop.
  • My wish is for all children to feel safe and loved this holiday season and always. –
  • For everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle more – Kayla
  • That all children in the U.S. will be safe in school.
  • I want everyone to be thankful for what they get for Christmas and everything else. – Paige
  • To have a better world. – Taylor
  • Outdoor playground equipment.
  • A wish for peace and respect for each other in the world.
  • To keep children safe. – Tanajah
  • I wish that everyone would start practicing being green. – Tanajah
  • Bless the newest angels in heaven.
  • For everyone to spend time with their families. – Tiffany
  • I wish that we would end world violence. – Mike
  • I wish that every parent would not have to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas – William Noel
  • That every adult will volunteer at least one day of the year to mentor a child. – Mrs. DeMarco
  • I wish for everyone to be treated equally. – LaBron
  • I wish all the veterans to come home safe and really proud. – Ijah
  • My wish is for peace in the world for all children and to make them feel happy and safe.
  • End violence. – Aijah
  • For everyone to spend time with their family. - Tiffany
Below, two videos from the students' visit. In the first, some of the students share what they wish for. In the second, News-Herald staffers give a tour of the building to show the kids how the paper is put together every day.



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Stars fill our Wishing Tree

We welcomed some special visitors today to hang their wishes on our Wishing Tree. We'll publish their wishes, photos and videos later, but for now, check out the stars that have filled our tree:



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Wishes from Ledgemont

I received this note from Carol Leikala, art teacher and Project Love adviser for Ledgemont High School:
Hello Cheryl,
Inspired by your e-mail we created our own wishing tree with handmade ornaments created by our students, along with their holiday wishes. Attached is some of our wishes for the New Year.

Below are wishes from Ledgemont:
  • I wish for less violence.
  • I wish for a white Christmas.
  • I wish for a bully free school.
  • I wish for world peace.
  • I wish that every girl, one day, finds the man of her dreams.
  • I wish all the military comes home for Christmas.
  • I wish my dad wouldn't smoke.
  • I wish for world hunger to end.
  • I wish I could spend Christmas with my dad. He's a marine, so he's gone.
  • I wish everyone has a great Christmas.
  • I wish every soldier gets to come home and spend Christmas with their families.
  • I wish Cleveland has a championship season!
  • I wish everyone has a happy, safe holiday.
  • I wish for a great Redskin basketball season!
  • I wish for continued support for the Ledgemont community.
  • I wish the Ledgemont School levy would pass in May!
  • I wish our club volleyball team does really good!
  • I wish everyone would just be happy.
  • I wish wishes would really come true.
  • I wish for a fun, exciting winter.
  • I wish for a new car.
  • I wish my family could be one again, instead of being out of touch.
  • I wish our basketball season does well! GO SKINS!
  • I wish I could ride the bus to school.
  • I wish people would stop hitting my hummer!
I'm so thrilled that our project has inspired these students to create their own wishing tree. I hope all of their wishes come true.

-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last Wishing Tree open house scheduled for Wednesday

Would you like to come in and create your own ornament for the wishing tree? Or would you like to record your wish on video? Plan to attend one of our four open houses, and bring the kids. We'll have coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Our final open house is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 19) in The News-Herald's Community Media Lab, in our office at 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby.

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A wish about achieving the Y's mission goals

"Our wish is that we can effectively promote the Y's Mission of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility to all that will be touring the 2013 Lake County YMCA Dream House opening 6/23/13 in Concord Township and that we sell even more tickets this year to achieve our Mission goals!"
— Molly and Tonda, 2013 Dream House Co Chairs

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A wish for grandchildren to come home

Regina Burya's nine grandchildren live out of state, and she wishes one of them could find a job back home "so we could feel like family."

Listen to Regina make her wish.

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A wish for literacy

The Geauga County Public Library wishes increased literacy for all our citizens. May everyone be able to have access to great reading materials so they can learn, grow and enjoy their lives more fully!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

A wish for Christ's love

That all people find Christ’s love in their hearts, so that disagreement does not become hostility or violence.
— Dawn Slike, Madison OH

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A wish for legislation to stop gun violence

In response to last week's tragedy, Rudy Knaus of Painesville Township wishes for legislation to stop gun violence.

Listen to Rudy make his Christmas wish.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Next Wishing Tree open House is Monday

Did you miss today's open house? Don't worry; we have another one coming up Monday evening.

Plan to attend the open house — scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 — if you'd like to come in and create your own ornament, or record your wish on video. Bring the kids! The family-friendly event includes coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

The open house is in The News-Herald's Community Media Lab, in our office at 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Come to our next Wishing Tree open house

Would you like to come in and create your own ornament for the wishing tree? Or would you like to record your wish on video? Plan to attend one of our four open houses, and bring the kids. We'll have coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Our next open house is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday (Dec. 14) in The News-Herald's Community Media Lab, in our office at 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Labor and Delivery nurses at Lake Health Medical Center in Willoughby express holiday wishes

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Christmas wishes from St. Helen School

"I'm wishing for a peaceful Christmas for our students and their families sharing love, laughter, and smiles even amidst difficulties."
— Sr. Christin


"That there will be peace throughout the world."
— Sr Dorothy


"For one of Cleveland's professional sports teams to win a championship."
— Mr. Bud Mills


"I just want to be with my whole family this Christmas!"
— Nick B.


"More iPads and laptops for our classrooms."
— 4th grade Computer Class


"That people will know the meaning of Christmas."
— Mrs. Annemarie Wenner


"I wish for snow on Christmas."
— Mrs. Darla Hollowell


"That we don't fall off the fiscal cliff."
— Mrs. Debra Hollowell


"That everyone will be healthy."
— Mrs. Lesley Somrak

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wishes for lottery winnings, a safe Christmas and soldiers coming home

A wish to win the lottery – just once!
— John Lasko


I wish everyone has a safe Christmas and that the American soldiers come home.
— Anonymous (circulation department)

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Schedule of Wishing Tree open houses

Would you like to come in and create your own ornament for the wishing tree? Or would you like to record your wish on video? Plan to attend one of our four open houses, and bring the kids. We'll have coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

Times and dates are as follows:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 19
If you would like to come in but can't make any of those times, send us an email at tellthenh@gmail.com, and we will arrange something else.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

A wish for a hovercraft?

Explaining that he’s constantly on his feet while at work, he asked for “a hoverround to save a few steps…and a Merry Christmas to all!”
— Ron Penko (Maintenance)

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Hear four area residents share their wishes for this holiday season

Four area residents called our voicemail line to tell us their wishes. Click to listen to what they've wished for.

If you'd like to submit your wish in audio format, call our voicemail line at 440-497-0858. Let us know your name, city of residence and what you are wishing for this year. Your wish will be added to our tree, and the recording will be posted on this blog.

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A wish for a visit from Santa

I have five young grandchildren living in my home — custody of two and my young daughter had to move home with her three young ones. So as my income is stretched beyond my means just keeping the lights on, I wont be able to provide gifts for the family. So my wish is for Santa (yes, I said Santa at my age) to bring a little something for the little ones.
— Tracy Cimino

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A Euclid Police officer's wish

"My wish would be for the kids at The Rose-Mary Center in Euclid to receive a special visit from jolly old St. Nick!"
— Ptl. Ed Bonchak, Euclid Police Department

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What’s your wish this holiday season?

Whether you’re an individual, a family, a business, a school or a nonprofit agency, we’d like to know what you wish.

The News-Herald is gathering wishes to hang as ornaments on our Wishing Tree in our Community Media Lab.

You can share your wish in several ways:

  • Email TellTheNH@gmail.com.
  • Call 440-497-0858.
  • Fax to 440-975-2293, Attn: Cheryl Sadler.
  • Mail to The News-Herald, Attn: Cheryl Sadler, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094.
  • Tweet @newsheraldinoh with the hashtag #wish.
Your wish will be written on an ornament to hang on our Wishing Tree, and wishes will be published on our Wishing Tree blog, newsheraldwishingtree.blogspot.com.

If you’d like to record a video of your wish or create your own ornament, you may come in to our Community Media Lab at our Willoughby office during our Wishing Open Houses:
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec 19
The family-friendly open houses will include coffee, hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

Happy holidays!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Wishes from the Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village

The animals at Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village have their own wish list for the holiday season:
  • Premier Click Stick Dog Trainer (can be found at premier.com)
  • Horse dewormer: Any brand name oral paste
  • Horse feed: Strategy, Purina Senior and Ultimate Finish
  • Horse treats
  • Any all-purpose animal feed – sheep/goat
  • Gift certs to feed stores. Geauga Feed, Western Reserve, Tractor Supply
  • Used laptop for Cat Program
  • Trauma sheers
  • Clorox wipes
  • Lazer lites
  • DAP refills
  • DAP collars
  • Breakaway cat collars
  • Feather wand cat toys
  • Kong wobbler treat dispensers
  • Clay litter
  • Bleach
  • Purell hand sanitizer
  • Purina kitten chow
  • Purina cat chow
  • Purina puppy chow
  • Purina dog chow
  • Tug –A-Jug interactive dog toy (can be found at premier.com)
  • Kibble Nibble activity ball for dogs (can be found at premier.com)
  • Twist N Treat for dogs (can be found at premier.com)
  • Clik R Duo (can be found at premier.com)
  • Lickety Stiks (can be found at premier.com)
  • Barnacle (can be found at premier.com)
  • Pogo Plush (can be found at premier.com)
  • The Dog Tornado interactive dog toy (can be found at things4yourdog.com)
  • The Dog Brick interactive dog toy (can be found at things4yourdog.com)
  • Peanut butter
  • Stretch and Scratch
  • Edge Bound Carpet Samples for bottoms of Cat Cages
  • Plastic Door Corner Protectors
  • Hide Perch and Go's
Learn how you can help fulfill their wishes at geaugahumane.org/donate/wish.html, and learn more about Rescue Village at geaugahumane.org.

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More wishes from The News-Herald editorial department

That society will evolve in such a way that we learn to tolerate our differences and respect each other as individual beings. To learn from our past mistakes to build a brighter future.


I wish for a J Crew at the Great Lakes Mall!
Betsy Scott


My holiday wish is to make each day memorable
Liz Lundblad


I wish fans in the stands at sporting events would be kinder. There is too much screaming and negativity going on night after night.
Theresa Neuhoff Audia

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Wishes from N-H staffers (anyone know how to play reindeer games?)

“My holiday wish is to receive two round trip tickets to Hawaii.”
Melisa Schneider (classified)


“My medical bills to be paid for from my surgery in July”
Lisa Ditto


“My wish is … reindeer games. I don’t know what they are, but I’ve always wanted to play.”
Jan Pettit (classified)

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

A few more wishes from The News-Herald's editorial department

A happy and healthy baby girl in January.


That I continue my road to a healthier lifestyle successfully.


A Red Ryder BB Gun
Jim Finlayson


A raise for 2013 (or 2014)



HGTV Property Brother Jonathan Scott to renovate my house (or he can just stop over).

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Wishes from The News-Herald classified department

$1,000 so I could buy everyone in my family a Christmas present and I wouldn’t have to pull a name to buy only one present.
— Beverly Dever


A winning lottery ticket
— Sharon Puruczky

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Wishes from The News-Herald advertising department

I wish for a happy, healthy baby boy and an easy delivery.
Cheryl Ivancic


Refer to Cheryl Ivancic’s wish.
Alex O'Brien


I would like to have someone to donate money so my quilt guild can finish the “Home of the Brave” quilts for families of fallen servicemen and servicewomen.
Vandy Linhart


I wish for my grandkids to have the best years of their young lives.
 — Phil Davis

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

News-Herald Wishing Tree open house and wishes

Community Media Lab blogger Amber Chapman (Family Matters With Amber) brought her three children to tonight's Wishing Tree open house to write and decorate their ornaments.
Justice, Tatum and Taylor decorate their ornaments.

Justice hangs his wish on the tree.

Tatum hangs her wish on the tree.

Taylor hangs her wish on the tree.

Check out the video below to listen to Taylor, Tatum and Justice share what they wish for:



-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl

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An anonymous wish

"Bring troops home from overseas."

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A wish from The News-Herald IT department

Future healthy days and great life changes

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Wishing Tree Open House tonight

Would you like to come in and create your own ornament for the wishing tree? Or would you like to record your wish on video? Plan to attend one of our four open houses, and bring the kids. We'll have coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Our first open house is from 6 to 9 p.m. today (Dec. 5).

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A wish about Clothe-A-Child

Managing Editor Laura Kessel's wish for the holiday season relates to Clothe-A-Child, The News-Herald's charity:
"Wishing the girls and boys I shop for during Clothe-a-Child have a good holiday."

The Clothe-A-Child program provides new, warm clothes and shoes to area children in need. To donate, please make checks payable to Clothe-A-Child, Attn.: Lisa Migliorini, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094.

Like Clothe-A-Child on Facebook to receive updates and information on the program.

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Presents under the Wishing Tree

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A wish from a Wickliffe business

Second Family Assistance Services, LLC in Wickliffe made a wish for the holiday season:
“To be able to reach out to more people in our area and find a workable and affordable solution to help them maintain their independence in the comfort of their own homes.”

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Wishes from The News-Herald's editorial department

"That all the hard work of the last three years proves to be a great investment in my future."


"The continued health and happiness of my children, their wives and my husband, and the birth of a healthy first grandchild in June."


"I wish my shoulder wouldn’t hurt anymore."


"An hour or so with an interior designer who could point out easy and affordable ways to spruce up my home. It needs a facelift!"

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Wish from Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

“My Wishing Tree request is simple: One day – just one day – free of pain, free of a daily fistful of pharmaceuticals, and free of worry that some doctor or another will find yet one more busted part in my rusting-away body. Just one day, please. ... If that doesn't pan out, a new Dodge Viper SRT with its 640 HP engine. In red, of course.”
Jeffrey L. Frischkorn, News-Herald Staff Writer


Frischkorn blogs about his experiences coping with the inevitable changes and challenges facing the maturing male at Walk With Me, Please: The Other Side of 60.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Lights on the tree

Thanks to Lee Moran for finding some extra strands of Christmas lights and for helping with the Wishing Tree sign. We're ready to add some wishes!

 

(And thanks to Staff Writers John Arthur Hutchison and Jean Bonchak, who unwillingly posed for the picture below.)


The News-Herald Wishing Tree is a place for the community to share their wishes during the holiday season. If you'd like to share your wish for the tree, email your name, city of residence and wish to tellthenh@gmail.com, or call 440-497-0858 and leave a message. Your wishes will be added to the tree, and wishes may be published on this blog, on News-Herald.com, through our social media accounts, and in The News-Herald's print edition.

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Wishing Tree (mostly) assembled

Staff Writer Jean Bonchak put together the Wishing Tree today. It's just waiting for your wishes! Also, it's waiting for a strand of lights to brighten the spot of the pre-lit tree that we can't seem to get to work. (My first wish may be for someone to create a better way to put together Christmas trees and Christmas lights!) Jean plans to add a tree skirt and some garland, and a strand of working lights.

If you'd like to share your wish for the tree, email your name, city of residence and wish to tellthenh@gmail.com, or call 440-497-0858 and leave a message. Your wishes will be added to the tree, and wishes may be published on this blog, on News-Herald.com, through our social media accounts, and in The News-Herald's print edition.


-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Wishing Tree Open Houses

Would you like to come in and create your own ornament for the wishing tree? Or would you like to record your wish on video? Plan to attend one of our four open houses, and bring the kids. We'll have coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

Times and dates are as follows:
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 19
If you would like to come in but can't make any of those times, send us an email at tellthenh@gmail.com, and we will arrange something else.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The News-Herald Wishing Tree

What’s your wish this holiday season? Whether you’re an individual, a family, a business, a school or a nonprofit agency, we’d like to know what you wish.

The News-Herald is gathering wishes to hang as ornaments on our Wishing Tree in our Community Media Lab.

You can share your wish in several ways:
  • Email TellTheNH@gmail.com.
  • Call 440-497-0858.
  • Fax to 440-975-2293, Attn: Cheryl Sadler.
  • Mail to The News-Herald, Attn: Cheryl Sadler, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094.
  • Tweet @newsheraldinoh with the hashtag #wish.
Your wish will be written on an ornament to hang on our Wishing Tree, and wishes will be published on our Wishing Tree blog, newsheraldwishingtree.blogspot.com.

If you’d like to record a video of your wish or create your own ornament, you may come in to our Community Media Lab at our Willoughby office during our Wishing Open Houses:
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec 19
The family-friendly open houses will include coffee, hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

Happy holidays!