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    Artist Michael Dickinson of Columbus paints a winter scene on the windows of Schmidt's Fudge Haus in German Village Nov. 9. Dickinson has been painting Christmas scenes at Schmidt's for the last three years and said this year is his most elaborate. He has painted other scenes for other seasons over the past 10 years at Schmidt's. "My goal is to create a German scene with rural America and Charles Dickens all in one," Dickinson said. The work will stay up until about March. He was creating the painting to prepare for Village Lights, the popular German Village holiday event that will be taking place Dec. 6. There are more than 10,000 luminaries, carolers a live nativity and shops in The Village will be open.

    Holiday decorating

    John Fair of Woodcraft of Columbus (left) helps Michael Casillas of Casillas Construction with a lumber purchase Thursday, Oct. 29. The business on Nov. 6-7 will host "Turn for Troops," in which people can make pens to be mailed to service members overseas.

    Turn of the lathe aims to harness power of the pen

    Area woodcrafters making special wood-turned pens to send to troops stationed overseas.
    Zayne Harshaw (left), 20, of Gahanna chats with job developer Lauren Strawn (right) as his mother, Gwen, listens during a job-counseling session Oct. 7 at Greenleaf Job Training Services, 3397 N. High St. in Columbus. The business provides job training and counseling for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

    Greenleaf 'ascends together' with its workers

    Jennifer Kuntz created a summer job for herself so her special-education students wouldn't lose their jobs over the summer.
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