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Fun In the Sun in northwest Ohio
formation visithttps://sites.google.com/site/fouryearsoutofheaven5k/June 9 – Payne Church of Christ 3rd Annual Biker Sunday,220 W, Merrin St., Payne. Servicestarts at 10 a.m. sharp. All makesand models welcome. If you don’town or ride a bike, drive your car,truck, or whatever, and support agreat cause. See more atwww.facebook.com/events/432756556756012/June 10-15 – Paulding CountyFair, Paulding.June 11 – Senior Day at thePaulding County Fair, activitiesstart at 8:30 a.m., lunch at noon,RSVP required for lunch at 419-399-3650June 14 – FLAG DAYJune 14-15 – Village WideGarage Sales - HicksvilleJune 15 – 14th Annual ApacheRun/Walk, 1.5 Mile Jason KlineMemorial Run, and Alex’s OneMile, Fun Run, 1.5 Mile, 1 Mile.Fairview Elementary, Sherwood.For more information visit Defi-ance County Runner online.June 16 – FATHER’S DAYJune 18 – Paulding CountyCarnegie Library CentennialEvent at the OSU ExtensionBuilding at the fairgrounds; detailsTBAJune 18-22 – Bryan’s Jubilee,downtown Bryan. For more infor-mation visit Bryan Chamber on-line.June 20 – Third Thursday inDowntown Defiance, 4-7 p.m., acelebration of art, entertainment,conversation and refreshments.For more information visit the De-fiance Development and VisitorsBureau online.June 21 – SUMMER BEGINSJune 21 – Fountain Park Con-cert Series, Downtown FountainPark Van Wert, 7 p.m.June 24-29 – Putnam CountyFair, Ottawa. For more informa-tion visit Putnam County Fair-grounds onlineJune 24-30 – Annual NationalThreshers Reunion, FultonCounty Fairgrounds, Wauseon.For more information visit theWauseon Chamber online.June 27 – Music in the ParksSeries, 7 p.m., Dirty DixielandBand at Riverside Park, Defi-ance.June 28 – Napoleon Rib Fest,5:30-11 p.m., downtownNapoleon. Ribs, bands, and funfor all. For more info visit theNapoleon/Henry County VisitorsBureau online.June 28 – Fountain Park Con-cert Series, downtown FountainPark, Van Wert, 7 p.m.June 29 – Fort Brown bicen-tennial celebration, beginning at10 a.m.June 29 – Bryan Ohio’s Day InThe Park and Fireworks, Food,fun, music and much more. BryanFireworks at dusk. For more infor-mation visit Bryan Chamber on-line.June 29 – Scared Stiff by theRiver, Defiance. Dr. MOR B.S.Presents FREE Movies at Duskwith games, prizes and more lo-cated at Pontiac Park.June 30 – Art in the Park, 33rdarts and crafts fair. Food, craftsand activities. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,rain or shine. Located on the fortgrounds in downtown Defiance.
July 3 – Fireworks in Defiance,Fireworks at dusk. Pontiac Park,Kingsbury or the fort grounds indowntown Defiance.July 4 – INDEPENDENCEDAYJuly 4 – Bryan Kiwanis Fly-inBreakfast, Williams County Air-port, Bryan. The money raisedthrough the annual fly-in break-fast benefits the Kiwanis Clubscholarship program.July 4 – 17th Annual Fire-cracker Century Bike Tour, Ju-bilee Park, Van Wert 7:30 a.m.For more info visit the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bu-reau online.July 4-7 – Old FashionedFarmers Days, Van Wert CountyFairgrounds, Van Wert.July 5 – Fountain Park ConcertSeries, downtown Fountain Park,Van Wert, 7 p.m.July 7 – AuGlaize Village Mo-torama, AuGlaize Village, Defi-ance. Open to self-propelled,motorized, or powered “anything”. Antique cars, customs, rods, firetrucks, and cycles. Hours are 10a.m.-3 p.m.July 10 – Paulding CountyHospital Foundation’s Dr. MarkTeets Memorial Golf Tournamentat Auglaize Golf Club, contact419-399-1138July 12 – Napoleon Elks “Rallyin the Alley” – 126 E. Clinton,Napoleon. Food and cold bever-ages available. 6-11 p.m.July 12 – Fountain Park Con-cert Series, downtown FountainPark, Van Wert, 7 p.m.July 12-14 – Delta ChickenFestival, Delta. For more info visitthe Delta Chicken Festival online.July 13 – Big Boys Toys Car Show at 3-8 p.m. in Antwerp, call419-258-2727July 13-14 – Rapids RallyDays, Grand Rapids. Stroll down-town and enjoy a chicken barbe-cue, community play, sidewalksales, tractor/trolley rides, chil-dren’s art area and activities for the entire family.July 13-14 – Railroad HeritageWeekend, Van Wert County Fair-grounds, Van Wert.July 18 – Third Thursday inDowntown Defiance, 4-7 p.m., a
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 Aug. 1-4 – US 127 Yard Sales,600+ miles of yard and garagesales from Ohio to Alabama. Visitwww.127sale.com Aug. 2 – Napoleon Elks “Rallyin the Alley” – 126 E. Clinton,Napoleon. Food and cold bever-ages available. 6-11 p.m. Aug. 2-3 7th Annual VanWert Rib Fest, Van Wert CountyFairgrounds Van Wert. Aug. 3 – John Paulding Histor-ical Society chicken barbecue, 4-7 p.m. Aug. 8-10 – 3 Rivers Car ClubShow, 20th annual event atNorthtowne Mall, Defiance, Aug. 8-10 – Lincoln HighwayYard Sales, For more info visit theVan Wert Area Convention andVisitors Bureau online. Aug. 9 – Fountain Park Con-cert Series, downtown FountainPark, Van Wert, 7 p.m. Aug. 9-15 – Henry County Fair,Henry County Fairgrounds,Napoleon. For more informationvisit Henry County Fairgroundsonline. Aug. 10 – “A Day In the Park”at Riverside Memorial Park in Antwerp. For information call Antwerp Chamber of Commerce,419-258-1722Aug. 10-11 – AuGlaize Village Pow Wow, AuGlaize Village, Defiance, Sat-urday noon-?, Sunday 1-5 p.m.For more information visit the De-fiance Development and VisitorsBureau. Aug. 15 – Third Thursday inDowntown Defiance, 4-7 p.m., acelebration of art, entertainment,conversation and refreshments.For more information visit the De-fiance Development and VisitorsBureau online. Aug. 16 – Fountain Park Con-cert Series, downtown FountainPark, Van Wert, 7 p.m. Aug. 16-18 – National Tractor Pulling Championships, WoodCounty Fairgrounds, BowlingGreen. For more info visit the Na-tional Tractor Pulling Champi-onships online. Aug. 17 – Scared Stiff by theRiver, Defiance. Dr. MOR B.S.presents FREE movies at duskwith games, prizes and more lo-cated at Pontiac Park. Aug. 17 – Swanton Corn Fes-tival, Swanton. For more info visitSwanton Corn Festival online. Aug. 17-18 – Corn City Festi-val, Deshler. For more info visitwww.deshlerohiochamber.com.
NOTE: The following eventsare scheduled this summer inPaulding County and around northwest Ohio. Events may berescheduled or canceled; pleasecheck before attending.
May 24 – Fountain Park Con-cert Series, downtown FountainPark, Van Wert, 7 p.m., The sum-mer outdoor concert series getsa grand beginning with a perform-ance by the Van Wert Area Con-cert Band. For more info visit theVan Wert Area Convention andVisitors Bureau online.May 25 – Cruisin’ Knights An-nual Car & Truck Show, Open toall cars and trucks, $10 registra-tion, proceeds to charity, Satur-day May 25, registration 10a.m.-noon, awards at 3 p.m., raindate May 26 at the LincolnSchool, Bryan.May 25 – Brook’s Bucks 5K &800 Meter Fun Run. 5K at 9 a.m.,Fun Run 8:30 a.m. Fairview HighSchool, Sherwood. For more in-formation visit Defiance CountyRunner online.May 27 – MEMORIAL DAYMay 31 – Napoleon Elks “Rallyin the Alley” – 126 E. Clinton,Napoleon. Food and cold bever-ages available. 6-11 p.m.May 31-June 1 – Payne Com-munity Garage SalesMay 31-June 1 – AmericanCancer Society Relay for Life,Paulding County Fairgrounds,beginning at 6 p.m. Fridaythrough noon Saturday. For moreinformation, visit www.relayfor-life.org/paulding
June 1-2 – Black Swamp Trac-tor & Engine Show & Flea Mar-ket, AuGlaize Village, Defiance.Steam and gas engines and an-tique tractors are displayed anddemonstrated. There is an oper-ating sawmill; antique, modifiedand garden tractor pulls; a pre-1840 encampment and livemusic. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.For more information visit the De-fiance Development and VisitorsBureau online, click on the eventcalendar.June 1-2 – 52nd Annual Ju-bilee Flower Show, Van WertCounty Fairgrounds Van Wert.For more info visit the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bu-reau online.June 6 – Music in the Parks,Defiance College CommunityBand kicking off the series atLatty’s Grove Park, Defiance, 7.pm. For more info visit the Defi-ance Development and VisitorsBureau online,June 6-8 – John PauldingDays, downtown Paulding.Theme: “Going For the Green.”Parade 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information visit the Pauld-ing Chamber onlineJune 7 – First Fridays, down-town Defiance. For more info visitthe Defiance Development andVisitors Bureau online.June 7-8 – Antwerp Commu-nity Garage SalesJune 8 – Paulding CountyHospital’s annual Family HealthDay 7-11 a.m. held in the hospi-tal’s medical office buildingJune 8 – Third Annual RibfestRiver Run 5K, 9 a.m., Oasis Bar & Grill, Antwerp.June 8 – 3rd Annual AntwerpCleveland Street Rib Fest, 5KRun and Corn Hole Tournament, Antwerp OhioJune 8 – The 4 Years Out of Heaven 5K Run/Walk, Oakwood.This event was to fulfill the legacyof Taylor Tumblin. All proceeds of this event will be put towardsscholarships that will be awardedto high school graduates pursu-ing a career in special educationor nursing. There will also be araffle afterwards. Registration Be-gins at 9 a.m. and the race startsat 10 a.m. at the Oakwood FireStation, Oakwood. For more in-
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Locally harvested produce tends to be more fresh than produce imported from foreign countries.
Popular items that canbe purchased locally 
Many consumers prefer to buy locally whenshopping. There are several advantages tochoosing local products, including the benefitof aiding your local economy by supporting a business with roots in your community. Deal-ing with an individual or small enterprise in-stead of a billion-dollar operation is another reason people are drawn to local stores and businesses.Spring and summer are great times of year to shop locally, as the warmer weather facili-tates strolling community shops and businessdistricts. The following items are popular among consumers who emphasize buying localwhen making their purchases.
If you desire fresher fruits and vegetables,then shopping locally is the way to go. Accord-ing to Local Harvest, most produce in theUnited States is picked four to seven days be-fore it reaches the supermarket shelves, and itmight have traveled thousands of miles beforelanding on those shelves. A lot of produce isgrown and imported from South and CentralAmerica, and such produce can take evenlonger to arrive on supermarket shelves. As aresult, the flavor and freshness of fruits andvegetables shipped from afar might be compro-mised. The best way to get peak-season pro-duce is to buy items that come from local providers.
Home services
If you’re in the market for a new air condi-tioning unit or are considering a home renova-tion, using a local, licensed contractor is oftenthe smart way to go. Rather than dealing withthe red tape of a larger outfit that may subcon-tract its work, local businesses are often morecustomer-service driven. What’s more, if ever a problem arises, it’s much easier to go into alocal business and discuss concerns face-to-face instead of dealing with an unknown per-son answering phones at a corporate call center.
The home-based arts and crafts industry hasundergone a rebirth thanks to sites like Pinter-est, Craftsy and Etsy. Many of the items offeredin local craft shops are handmade by local ar-tisans and not mass-produced in overseas fac-tories. Local artisans may be your best betwhen shopping for unique arts and crafts fullof detail and quality.
Dining out is a different experience whenyou select independent restaurants over na-tional chains. Chefs at independently ownedrestaurants have a greater say over ingredientsand menu choices than those at franchise es-tablishments, and you may be introduced tofoods you had never before dreamed of trying.Restaurants that team up with local food sup- pliers offer a double-dose of regional com-merce and fresher ingredients. If you’re new tothe area, browse the local newspaper, commu-nity direct-mailers and coupon books to finddining establishments in your area.There are numerous benefits to shopping lo-cally and ideal ways to get started in your townor city. Take in a farmer’s market or street fair to get started.
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How to prep your yard for summer parties
Backyard soirees are a stapleof summer for many families.Whether hosting a family re-union, a gathering of friends or a mix of both, such gatheringscan be a great time to recon-nect with your loved ones in arelaxing and natural setting.Hosting such gatheringsmight not require as muchwork as organizing a more for-mal get-together, but thatdoesn’t mean summer soireesdon’t require a little work inadvance of the guests’ arrival.That’s especially true if youplan to host the party outdoorsin your yard, which will needa little TLC before guests ar-rive.The following are a few tipsto get your yard ready beforeyour next summer soiree.
Cut the grass and clearyour walkways.
Cutting thegrass before guests arrivemight seem like commonsense, but try to do so a coupleof days before the party. Thisgives you an extra day or so toclear the walkways of grassclippings, and it saves you thetrouble of cutting the grass onthe day of the party whenyou’re likely to have morepressing tasks to take care of.
Decorate your yard.
Dec-orations are a staple of partiesheld indoors, so why not dec-orate your home’s exterior when hosting a get-together inthe backyard? Use freshly cutflowers from your own gardenas centerpieces on your patiofurniture, or purchase flowersof various colors from your local florist to add a dash or two of color to the festivities.
Clear the yard of toys.
Before guests arrive, clear theyard of the kids’ toys, puttingthem away so guests don’t in- jure themselves by stepping onerrant action figures or skate- boards left hidden in the grass.
Trim trees and shrubsaround walkways.
While a backyard barbecue is less for-mal than a party held indoors,you still want your home to beas accommodating as possiblefor your guests. Don’t forget totrim trees and shrubs aroundthe walkways so guests don’tfeel like they’re on safari whencoming to and from the back-yard.
Make sure outdoor light-ing is working properly.
If you’re about to host your firstevent of the summer, inspectyour home’s exterior lightingso everyone isn’t left sitting inthe dark. Check patio lightingand replace any bulbs andmake sure the lights alongyour walkways are function-ing at full capacity so guestscan safely navigate their wayaround the party. You mayeven want to string holidaylights around the patio to cre-ate a more laid-back ambiancein which guests can relaxwithout lights beating downon them.
Protect your guests frominsects.
Insects like mosqui-toes can quickly turn a swing-ing soiree into a nuisance, so purchase some decorative cit-ronella candles to repel mos-quitoes. Tiki torches alongwalkways and around the patio furniture may also proveeffective insect repellants. Inaddition, if there are any areasaround your property wherewater has gathered, such as bird fountains or puddles fromrecent rains, do your best toget rid of that water. Water at-tracts many insects, which laytheir eggs in the standingwater. The less standing water around your property, the lesslikely any uninvited insectguests are to appear.Backyard gatherings are astaple of summer. But even if such soirees are less formal,hosts still must survey their  property and address any is-sues before guests arrive.
Before hosting a summer soiree, hosts must survey their property to ensure it’s safe and soundfor their guests.
The unofficial start to summer
With the coldest of weather behind us in most of the coun-try, this month ushers in a dayof commemoration that marksthe unofficial start of the sum-mer season. In the UnitedStates, Memorial Day signi-fies the beginning of barbecueand pool weather. Here’s alook at the origins of each of the holiday and traditional cel-ebrations.Americans celebrate Me-morial Day on the last Mon-day of May each year. Itcommemorates the men andwomen who died while inmilitary service and was pre-viously known as DecorationDay.Initially designated tohonor Union soldiers whofought in the American CivilWar, Memorial Day has since been expanded to embracefallen American soldiers inall wars.There are many traditionalobservances on MemorialDay. Visits to cemeteries andmemorials are made acrossthe country. Volunteers often place American flags on thegraves of fallen veterans. Anational moment of remem- brance takes place at 3 p.m.local time, and the presidentvisits Arlington NationalCemetery. Flags around thecountry are also flown at half-mast from dawn until noon asan honor to lost heroes.Some towns host MemorialDay parades and other fan-fare. The National MemorialDay Concert takes place onthe west lawn of the UnitedStates Capitol. Music is per-formed, and respect is paid tothe men and women who gavetheir lives for their country.
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 Aug. 17-24 – Defiance CountyFair, Defiance County Fair-grounds, Hicksville. For more infovisit the Defiance County Fair on-line. Aug. 18 Sunset Jazz andArts Festival, Grand Rapids,Ohio. Enjoy an evening of artsand jazz. For more informationvisit Grand Rapids online. Aug. 28-Sept. 2 Van WertCounty Fair, Van Wert CountyFair Grounds, Van Wert For moreinformation visit Van Wert CountyFair online. Aug. 30 -Sept. 5 FultonCounty Fair, Wauseon. For moreinformation visit the FultonCounty Fairgrounds online. Aug. 30-Sept. 2 OakwoodHomecoming
 Aug. 30-Sept. 2 OakwoodHomecomingSept. 2 – LABOR DAYSept. 6-8 – Black Swamp ArtsFestival, Bowling Green. TheBlack Swamp Arts Festival(BSAF) connects art and thecommunity by presenting an an-nual arts festival and by promot-ing the arts in the Bowling Greencommunity. For more info visit theBlack Swamp Arts Festival on-line.Sept. 6-8 – Van Wert Hot Air Festival, Hot air balloon launchesand special events, Van WertCounty Fairgrounds, Van Wert.For more info visit www.van-werthotairfestival.com,Sept. 7 – AuGlaize Village Mili-tary Day & Wing Fest, AuGlaizeVillage, Defiance.Sept. 7 – Tunnel to Towers De-fiance 5K Run/Walk, Registrationbegins at 7 a.m., the race beginsat 8:46 a.m. at the Defiance FireDepartment. Visit their Facebookpage to read more info:www.facebook.com/t2tdefiance.Sept. 7-14 – Williams CountyFair, Williams County Fair-grounds, Montpelier. For more in-formation visit www.wcofair.comonline.Sept. 8 – GRANDPARENTSDAYSept. 8 – 3rd Annual Car showsponsored by Paulding CountySenior Center downtown on thesquare, noon-4 p.m.Sept. 14 – Paulding CountyHospital Foundation’s “Strides for Scholarships” 5K race, 10K relayrun and 1 mile run/walkSept. 14 – United Way of Paulding County’s Women’s ExpoSept. 19-22 – Annual CanalDays, Delphos, For more info visitthe Delphos Chamber online.Sept. 20-22 – Paulding CountyFlat Rock Creek Fall Festival,Paulding County Fairgrounds,Paulding. For more info visitwww.flatrockcreekfestival.comSept. 22 – Antique & ClassicTruck Show at John Paulding His-torical Society Museum, 9 a.m.-4p.m.Sept. 22 – First day of autumn
Ultraviolet rays may cause damageto the eyes today and tomorrow 
COLUMBUS – As theweather continues to warm,more Americans will be head-ing outdoors to enjoy the sun-shine. The public shouldknow, however, that ultravio-let (UV)-blocking sunglassesand hats are the ultimate sight-saving accessories to pair withtheir shorts, sandals and short-sleeved shirts. Prevent Blind-ness Ohio has declared MayUV Awareness Month to helpeducate the public on the dan-gers of UV and how to protectthe eyes.While UV-A rays havelower energy, they penetratedeep into the eye and may in- jure the macula, the part of theretina responsible for sight inthe center field of vision. UV-B radiation is presumablymore dangerous and is mainlyabsorbed by the cornea andlens of the eye and can dam-age those tissues.Sunglasses without UV protection may shade theeyes, but actually cause the pupils to dilate, allowing ineven more harmful rays.When going outside, bothadults and children should al-ways wear both a wide- brimmed hat or cap and the proper UV-rated sunglasses.Wraparound sunglasses are best as they protect the eyesand the skin around the eyes.Some contact lenses mayoffer UV protection but theycannot protect the entire eyeand the skin around it.Photokeratitis, or cornealsunburn, is a result of intenseexposure to UV-B. It is mostcommon among individualswho spend long hours on the beach, in the water or on skislopes without proper eye pro-tection. It can be extremely painful and can result in tem- porary loss of vision for 1-2days.UV damage is also cumula-tive and has been linked to eye problems later in life, includ-ing tumors, cataracts and mac-ular degeneration, an eyedisease that currently has nocure. Also, people who havehad cataract surgery or other retinal disorders, and peoplewho take certain medicines,such as tetracycline, sulfadrugs, birth control pills, di-uretics and tranquilizers, are atspecial risk.Prevent Blindness Ohiorecommends wearing sun-glasses that:reduce glarefilter out 99-100 percentof UV raysprotect the eyesare comfortable to wear do not distort colors.If at the beach or on the skislopes, sunglasses should beworn that have a darker tint to block more light. The risk of eye damage from the sun isgreater because of reflectionoff the water and snow.“We want to stress the im- portance of protecting theeyes from UV rays, especiallyto young people,” said SherryWilliams, president & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio. “Al-though we may not notice anyill effects of UV exposuretoday, it can greatly impactour ability to see clearly in thefuture.”For more information onthe dangers of UV exposureand how to choose the bestUV protection, please callPrevent Blindness Ohio at800-301-2020 or visit pbo-hio.org.
Eye tumors, cataracts and macular degeneration are some of the problems that can be caused by ultraviolet damage. Chil-dren and adults should protect themselves outdoors by wearinghats and sunglasses.
Helping your car keepcool in warm weather 
(NAPS) – Whether it’s avacation road trip or your daily commute to work,when the temperatures climbhigher on the outside, thingsare also heating up under thehood of your car.Fortunately, there are sev-eral preventative steps youcan take to keep your enginerunning cool. Here are sometips that can help to keep youon the road to safety and con-venience.• Check Your Battery. If you have an older vehicle or you’ve had your battery for more than three years, youshould have it tested. While itis common to hear of car bat-tery failure during the coldwinter months, heat is just ashard on your battery. Warmer temperatures can evaporatebattery fluid, causing damageto internal plates and speed-ing up corrosion.• Top Off Or Change Flu-ids. Engine fluids are a keycomponent in keeping your car running during the sum-mer months. When fluid lev-els are low, the cooling effectis decreased and could resultin overheating. Check your vehicle fluids includingmotor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. Refer to your owner’s manual for recom-mended fluid type.• Check Engine Belts AndHoses For Cracks And Wear.Look for leaks and feel to de-termine if the hoses are firmand pliable. Pay special atten-tion to places where hoses areconnected and clamped. Donot attempt to touch anyhoses or belts after you have been driving your vehicle, asthey will be hot and couldcause burns and serious in- jury.• Cool Your Engine. Your engine works extra hard dur-ing the summer and relies onthe cooling system to protectit from overheating. To keepyour cooling system in goodworking condition, youshould flush your system and
Hot summer temperatures can be hard on your battery so it’s important to check for corrosion.
replace the coolant as recom-mended by the manufacturer.Engine coolant can becomecontaminated and its protec-tive additives can lose their effectiveness.You can also try using a ra-diator coolant additive to im- prove engine performance,help prevent overheating andkeep the system clean.
Lighten hair naturally
Summer is upon us, and with it comes the desire to try a fresh, new look. Many people like to lighten their hair to giveit a sun-kissed appearance. While plenty of people head to their nearest salons for a desired treatment, those who wouldrather skip the chemical applications can rely on some natural products and still get the result they’re looking for.• Lemon juice: Apply 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the hair and sit in the sun or use a hair dryer to heat it up to providesubtle lightening.• Chamomile tea: Brewed chamomile tea can be added to a mild shampoo and used as a lightener. The chamomile so-lution also can be blended with plain yogurt and applied to the hair, left to sit for 30 minutes and shampooed out.• Honey: By mixing a ratio of 1 tablespoon honey to 6 tablespoons distilled water, you can activate the natural hydrogen peroxide present in honey and lighten hair.Keep in mind that these lightening methods are gradual and will not produce the same effects as chemical lighteners.

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