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Christmas parade

WHAT: Henry County Christmas Parade sponsored by Napoleon Alive.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7

WHERE: The parade will begin at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Napoleon starting at 4 p.m. The parade will travel north on Perry Street across the river bridge and conclude at the Henry County Courthouse.

DETAILS: The parade will feature a live nativity, third grade princes and princesses and cookies and cocoa with Santa. The top three parade entries will win $100, $50 or $25.

Online shoppers boost small business sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shoppers, many of them using smartphones, spent $3.6 billion buying online from small businesses on Saturday.

Adobe Analytics, which tracks online sales, says that’s up 18% from a year earlier. Adobe reports that holiday season sales are on track to grow 14.9% from 2018. Small businesses garnered $68.2 billion in online sales from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30.

More people are shopping on their phones. Adobe said Sunday that smartphone revenue made up 41.2% of all e-commerce revenue on Saturday. That is up 22% from a year ago.

Saturday’s top-selling products included toys from Disney’s “Frozen 2,” “Madden 20” and “FIFA 20” video games, Amazon’s Fire TV and Apple AirPods.

Looking ahead to Cyber Monday, Adobe expects a record $9.4 billion in online retail sales, up 19% from last year.

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone

Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme weather disasters. Fires have burned, ice has melted and seas have grown.

The first United Nations diplomatic conference to tackle climate change was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Here’s what’s happened to Earth since:

— The carbon dioxide level in the air has jumped from about 358 parts per million to nearly 412, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s a 15% rise in 27 years.

— Emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and industry jumped from 6.06 billion metric tons of carbon in 1992 to 9.87 billion metric tons in 2017, according to the Global Carbon Project. That’s a 63% increase in 25 years.

— The global average temperature rose a tad more than a degree Fahrenheit (0.57 degrees Celsius) in 27 years, according to NOAA.

— Since Jan. 1, 1993, there have been 212 weather disasters that cost the United States at least $1 billion each, when adjusted for inflation. In total, they cost $1.45 trillion and killed more than 10,000 people. That’s an average of 7.8 such disasters per year since 1993, compared with 3.2 per year from 1980 to 1992, according to NOAA.

— The U.S. Climate Extremes Index has nearly doubled from 1992 to 2018, according to NOAA. The index takes into account far-from-normal temperatures, drought and overall dry spells, abnormal downpours.

— Nine of the 10 costliest hurricanes to hit the United States when adjusted for inflation have struck since late 1992. The other one, Andrew at No. 6, hit in August 1992, according to NOAA.

— The number of acres burned by wildfires in the United States has more than doubled from a five-year average of 3.3 million acres in 1992 to 7.6 million acres in 2018.

— The annual average extent of Arctic sea ice has shrunk from 4.7 million square miles (12.1 million square kilometers) in 1992 to 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million square kilometers) in 2019, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. That’s a 17% decrease.

— The Greenland ice sheet lost 5.2 trillion tons (4.7 trillion metric tons) of ice from 1993 to 2018, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

— The Antarctic ice sheet lost 3 trillion tons (2.7 trillion metric tons) of ice from 1992 to 2017, according to a study in the journal Nature.

— The global sea level has risen on average 2.9 millimeters a year since 1992. That’s a total of 78.3 millimeters, or 3.1 inches, according to NOAA.

Christmas House returns

Chairpersons Jan Stover and Carolyn Heinrichs have had their committees scurrying around like busy bees, fine-tuning details and creating items for the annual Christmas House that returns to St. Augustine Catholic Church in Napoleon this weekend.

As in the past, this annual event will feature displayed Christmas trees and glitzy holiday gift items to purchase to make decorating for the 2019 Christmas season extra special.

A cluster of parish ladies have also been working on a beautiful handmade quilt, entitled “Falling Leaf,” which will be raffled off at the conclusion of the weekend, along with additional prizes.

Special offerings include frosted sugar cookies (made fresh daily), secret-recipe cheese balls and a special visit from Santa.

Friday’’s activities commence at 9:30 a.m. and will wrap up at 8 p.m. Homemade soup and sandwiches will be available for lunch and dinner. Supper with Santa will be from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday’s hours are the same as Friday and a baked steak dinner will be offered from 5-7 p.m. Soup and sandwiches are again offered that day.

Breakfast will be served Sunday from 9-noon and everything wraps up at 2 p.m.

Former city councilman calls for congresswoman's hanging

TOLEDO — Former Napoleon councilman and current Bowling Green State University Adjunct Professor Travis Sheaffer posted a tweet Saturday night saying that Democratic Congresswoman from Minnesota Ilhan Omar, “needs to be tried for treason and hanged.”

Omar is the first woman elected to Congress to wear a hijab.

WTOL reporter Tyler Paley asked for an explanation from BGSU and Sheaffer, also on Twitter, on Sunday morning.

Since then, Sheaffer has deleted his Twitter account and the university has answered saying the professor does not speak for the school and “the tweet from his personal account was inappropriate and counter to BGSU’s values on diversity, belonging and civility. However, his comment is protected under the First Amendment and the University’s policy on free speech and expression.

“While we respect Mr. Sheaffer’s right to share his views, we will always speak out against individuals or groups that espouse intolerance or hate.”

According to numerous sources, Omar’s opponent in her upcoming re-election campaign was banned from Twitter earlier this week after making a similar statement.

It is unclear what sparked Sheaffer’s tweet, however. Sheaffer declined by text to give the Northwest Signal a comment.

This is not the first time Sheaffer has taken to social media in an outspoken manner. A few weeks ago, through his Twitter account, he engaged in an argument, including swear words, over U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.

In reply to disparaging remarks made by @Toledo_Tweets about Jordan, Sheaffer posted, “I am from Ohio and Rep Jordan speaks for everyone outside the Democratic Socialist Republic of Toledo. When you get your st in order then you can talk. It is you who does not speak for Ohio.”

Prior to resigning from council, Sheaffer also engaged in a handful of arguments on Facebook, especially during the time council was deciding what, if anything, to do about feral cats in the city.

Sheaffer served on city council for 25 years before resigning at the end of October, stating time constraints.

(Northwest Signal staff contributed to this story.)