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Published: Saturday, 11/5/2005

Italian maker of Nativity figures to appear at shop

ARCHBOLD Marco Fontanini, a fourth-generation member of the House of Fontanini of Bagni di Lucca, Italy, will make a personal appearance at the Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe, 22897 U.S. Route 20-A, Archbold, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. Fontanini oversees production and quality control of the House of Fontanini s 20 to 50-inch Nativity figures.

The tradition of Nativity scenes is believed to have been started in Italy by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223.

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