Merchants of Hudson meet Jan. 17

The Merchants of Hudson will have its annual General Membership Meeting Jan. 17 at Town Hall. It will start at 7:30 a.m. with coffee, pastries and networking, and the meeting will begin at 8. This meeting is an opportunity for all local Hudson-based businesses that are current members or those businesses that wish to learn more about the Merchants of Hudson and what it offers to receive first hand information. The Merchants will also review the plans for the first half of the year in terms of events and promotions. RSVP to Connie at, or Debra at by Jan. 15.

In Style Accessories collecting used handbags for shelter

In Style Accessories, 96 First St. in Hudson, has kicked off its January "Hope for Healing" Handbag Charity Event. Through Jan. 15, In Style Accessories will offer $30 off of a new handbag in return for a donation of a gently used handbag to be given to the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina counties.

For more information, call 330-653-5499 or visit

Through sales of new handbags during the month of December, In Style Accessories was able to donate $450 to the Harvest Home for Women and Children in Akron, which is a part of Haven of Rest Ministries. In Style Accessories selected the charity as it searched for an organization that served to assist, protect and empower females in the area. The store describes it as "a wonderful sanctuary of hope, new beginnings and peace for many women and children residing in the Akron community."

Help others at Great Clips

Great Clips of Hudson continues to offer several opportunities to help folks help others in need during the holiday season.

In partnership with the Cleveland Browns, Great Clips of Hudson is selling "Believe in Miracles" wristbands in Cleveland Browns orange for $2. All proceeds will benefit The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, and Great Clips will give a certificate good for $2 off a haircut to those who buy a bracelet. So far Great Clips of Hudson has donated more than $2,100 to the Children's Hospital.

Great Clips of Hudson is conducting it's annual food drive to help families in need during this holiday season. Stop into Great Clips of Hudson in the Acme Plaza to donate non-perishable food items and Great Clips will provide a certificate good for $2 off a haircut in January or February.

Great Clips of Hudson is also matching all contributions to the Holiday Lighting Fund, dollar for dollar, up to $250 total. Stop into Great Clips to donate.

Ski Patrol Safety Week observed

National Ski Patrol Safety Week will be observed at Boston Mills/Brandywine ski resort Jan. 19 through Jan. 26. As part of this national campaign, ski patrols nationwide are encouraged to host a diverse number of programs and events that promote safety. Each of these ski patrols have joined together to increase community awareness and be advocates for safety, according to a spokesperson. Ski patrols locally will attempt to catch skiers and snowboarders in the act of "making good choices." The theme for safety week is "Lead by Example" and customers seen wearing helmets, picking up debris from the ground, checking on an injured skier, taking turns, waiting for a friend, or similar activities will be recognized by ski patrollers and awarded a pin for jackets that says "Lead by Example."

The hope is that customers will wear the pin proudly and might even pass the pin to some other deserving person. Borrowing the concept of "paying it forward," the ski patrol hopes to encourage people to make good choices when it comes to safety, according to a safety week spokesperson.

The National Ski Patrol is a member-driven professional organization of registered ski patrols striving to be recognized as the premier provider of training and education programs for emergency rescuers serving the outdoor recreation community. To meet that goal, and promote the safe enjoyment of snow sport enthusiasts, NSP supports its members through accredited education and training in leadership, outdoor emergency care, safety programs and transportation services. Boston Mills/Brandywine reportedly has the largest patrol in the United States. This year, the National Ski Patrol celebrates its 75th Anniversary and the Boston Mills/Brandywine ski patrol celebrates it's 50th Anniversary.

For information or to become a member, visit