Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft readies for weekend visitors
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A folk art painting on wood by Grace Myer is among the crafts to be shown this weekend.

Craft fairs have taken a back seat since Christmas when there were plenty to choose from, but with the arrival of spring many folks are looking for something new to decorate their home or garden.

One of the most popular fairs, the Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft, will be held indoors on Saturday and Sunday at the Young Building on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.

Springtime offers the artisans and crafts people from 11 states there plenty of themes on which to base their newest creations, said coordinator Marcia Wojewoda.

“The Deerfield Spring Craft Fair is designed to inspire yard and garden enthusiasts and to meet this season’s gift giving needs, as well as provide a full array of ideas for a bright, up-beat spring for people and their homes,” Wojewoda said. “From fanciful to fantastic, the discerning eye is sure to find the perfect items for Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation, shower or wedding gift giving, not to mention many unique home and garden accents.”

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Goodwill job fair next Wednesday in Lorain
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LORAIN — Ollie Bohannon needs a few good painters.

The Elyria painting contractor is among more than 20 area businesses expected to be at next week’s Goodwill Job Fair.

“I was just awarded a contract with Kent State, and I’m needing some new painters,” Bohannon said.

In business for 12 years, Bohannon said he is making a concerted effort to grow his business.

“I believe this year will be a good year to do that,” Bohannon said. “It’s already starting to take shape.”

The job fair at Goodwill’s Lorain Center at 1600 Broadway runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and will feature a major restaurant chain, local garden center and bus company seeking drivers.

According to Sherwin Goldberg, Goodwill’s director, signs of a reviving economy may mean good things are in store for the annual spring job fair.

“The economy is slowly moving upward,” he said, pointing to the autumn fair held in October that saw 507 people turn out to chat, interview and file applications with 23 businesses that hired 67 people.

“The fall one comes near the end of the fiscal year, and usually there isn’t a lot happening at that time of year,” Goldberg said.

Bohannon said his Bohannon Painting and Restoration Co. has four painters, but he’s on the lookout for even more experienced painters.

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