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A Sensory Friendly Halloween Advice for trick or treating with special needs children

Keeping Halloween Safe for Kids with Food Allergies Tips for a safe trick or treating experience

Stay Out of a Fitness Slump by Mixing it Up FitPassClub Offers Multi-studio Gym Membership



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Volume 7 • Issue 10 October 2017

[special features]

A Dentist Office Kids Don’t Like to Leave

Fall Fun and where to find it! 12


community snapshots


what’s briefly happening


exceptional families 10


Stay Out of a Fitness Slump by Mixing it Up FitPassClub Offers Multi-studio Gym Membership


Onlinein October

tween the lines 11 Child Predator Dangers

growing up online 16

How to keep your kids safe from strangers and aquaintances By Kimberly Blaker

calendar 21 marketplace 23


Parenting Hacks 11

Local moms share their favorite parenting hacks — by Jessica Kempf

A School Choice with Impressive Results 15 Findlay Digital Academy offers online learning for by Emilee Roberts

Healthy Kids 14

Keeping Halloween Safe for Kids with Food Allergies Tips for a safe trick or treating experience — by Halley Sullivan

food fight 20

Southside Family Restaurant A small town feel right in Findlay — by Emilee Roberts

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An inside look at what we’re loving for parents this month

Do you love or loathe pumpkin spice? Publisher/Editor in Chief

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Coffee Amici

Pumpkin, apple or toasted marshmallow. Whatever flavor suits your fancy, Coffee Amici has a drink for you. This October Coffee Amici will feature in-house creation “Apple Chi-der,” a unique blend of creamy chai tea and steamed apple juice, served hot or iced. A large cup of the specialty drink is just $4.80. If a pumpkin spice latte is more your style, they’ve got you covered there, too! (419) 423-7957, 328 S Main St, Findlay,, “Coffee Amici” on Facebook

The Granary Gift & Furniture Barn

Spruce up your fall decor with a rustic wooden sign from The Granary. The shop carries a variety of signs ranging in size (22’’-28’’+) and price ($25.99-$80.99). Inspirational quotes about thankfulness, family and autumn adorn the hand lettered boards along with special touches such as distressed paint and metal letters. The Granary also has new fall accessories, such as scarves, bags, and jewelry! (419) 422-0200, 7977 Co Rd 236,, “The Granary Gift & Furniture Barn” on Facebook

Ghost Town

Grab the family and head to Ghost Town’s “Junior Haunt” for some nostalgic, not so scary, quality time. Open Saturdays from noon to 4pm, the Junior Haunt allows a daytime look at the haunted buildings around Ghost Town, trick or treating, Zombie laser shooting and a 24 ft. climbing wall. Each activity costs $5 or you can participate in all activities for $12. If you’ve got older kids or love a good scare, the evening Haunt (open Friday and Saturday nights from 6-11pm, $20 admission) is sure to send chills up your spine! (419) 270-2667, 10630 Co Rd 40, “Ghost Town Findlay, Ohio” on Facebook or “ Haunted Ghost Town Findlay, Ohio” on Facebook

The Dressing Room Boutique

Check out this modern take on a long sleeve t-shirt at The Dressing Room Boutique. The flattering lace up bodice and trendy camo print make it the perfect addition to your cool weather wardrobe, comfortable and stylish for a busy mom on the go! The Dressing Room Boutique carefully curates their merchandise, selecting pieces in limited quantities with special details. (419) 422-7297, 404 S Main St, “The Dressing Room Boutique” on Facebook



Assignment Editor Emilee Roberts ( I love everything pumpkin! Associate Editor Athena Cocoves ( love more than loathe. Staff Writer Jeff Klima ( My wife loves it. does that count? Calendar Chloe Rothschild ( ONLY IN BAKED GOODS. Contributing Writers Rose Barto, Jessica Kempf, Kay Mathias, Kathy Miller, Kelsey Nevius, Emilee Roberts, Halley Sullivan, Betsey Watson


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Mazza’s Tales for Tots Returns in a New Way Tales for Tots is a fun story time at the University of Findlay Mazza Museum, to inspire toddlers and preschoolers, beginning on October 11th at 11am. Gail Lazarczyk, known to past participants as “Story Nana,” will be missed as she has retired, and the Museum will feature a new host for each session this year. Some of the highlights for the season will include sign language, singing and a “Mazza Art Minute,” where little ones will learn about illustrators and the way they create artwork. Pre-register online, or registration will begin at 10:45am. For more information, the schedule and the pre-registration link, visit

Tales for Tots

“The Boot” First Installed at Cory-Rawson

McComb Park Receives an AARP Grant

Park improvements are on the way thanks to an AARP grant of $20,000. Some of the improvements that will take place include: park benches, new water fountains and special needs playground equipment. Councilwoman Carol Cary, who applied for the grant, received thanks from Councilman Dennis Turner. Additionally, the McComb area Heart and Soul will contribute $2,000 for park improvements according to Village Administrator Kevin Siferd. The Park is located on the east side of the Village on State Route 186.

Fused Glass Workshops at Tiffin Art Guild Tiffin Art Guild offers a variety of workshops including Fused Glass Jewelry, Sculpting & Embossing and Holiday Ornaments. This month’s feature, Fused Glass Sculpting & Embossing, will teach students various techniques to create either a plate, trivet, ornament or suncatcher. No experience is required for this course. Minimum age of 10. Cost includes all project supplies, use of equipment, art glass & kiln fusing. Class fees must be paid in advance to reserve a spot. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 10 am-12:30 pm. Members $35, Non-Members $45. Pre-register by sending a check to TAG, PO Box 194, Tiffin OH 44883-0194 or stop by the Guild/Gallery, 130 S Washington St, Tiffin Wednesday through Saturday from 12-4pm, 419443-0478, For more information contact Jill Groves, 419-902-7966. 6

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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, after over a year of fundraising, is installing “The Boot”, a metal plate placed at the bottom of a classroom door to prevent the door from being opened, protecting students from a shooter. First installed at Cory-Rawson School, there is still a need to raise $152,000, of the $425,000 total for the project, in order to install “The Boot” on all classroom and administrative office doors in every Hancock County public, private and parochial school. To date, money has been raised from donors, including Marathon, Ohio Logistics, Centennial Screen Printing and Embroidery, and the Community Foundation.

Kids Can be Bakers in Training with Panera

Do you have a child that is interested in baking? Panera’s Bakers-In-Training program is a great way to introduce kids to kitchen essentials and the fundamentals of baking. In this fun-filled culinary experience, your child will put on their own cotton baking hat and apron and try their hand at bread making. They'll stretch and score a mini French Baguette, sample from the clean kid's menu and even decorate a cookie with tips from a baker. Created for groups of 10–15, Panera’s Bakers-in-Training program is great for class groups, scouts, kids clubs and birthday parties. It is ideal for kids ages 5-12 and registration is $20/child. Register at least three weeks in advance by going to

Awakening Minds and Making Art in Leipsic’s New Community Center Putnam County artists have a new reason to celebrate! On August 5th, the Leipsic Community Center opened Awakening Minds Art’s (AMA) newest satellite studio. Artists of all ages and abilities will find therapeutic and educational art programming to suit their interests such as classes for homeschoolers and toddlers as well as open studio time and adult programs. Classes are underway at the new location and area residents have embraced the newest extension of AMA. To register, simply become a member of The Leipsic Community Center (TLCC) and register online at Membership to TLCC is free though classes at the AMA studio range in price. Details on AMA’s programming in Findlay, Leipsic and Lima are available at -BW



120 East Main Street, Leipsic, 419-943- 7400, Hours: Mon-Thurs : 7am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-6pm, Sun: Closed,

New Hancock Hotel to have a Mancy’s Steakhouse The newest addition to Findlay’s downtown, Marathon Petroleum Company’s Hancock Hotel, is an eagerly awaited addition to the area. With the opening of the hotel, a new Mancy’s Steakhouse Restaurant will debut as well. This will be the first Mancy’s Group restaurant outside of the Toledo area and will feature a fine dining experience. The menu will offer Mancy’s well-known and loved steaks as well as lighter fare like salads, burgers and sandwiches. Mancy’s will also cater events like weddings and parties in the hotel’s ballroom. The Hancock Hotel and Mancy’s Steakhouse will open February 28, 2018. -KN

Married Couple Ashley and Mark Boehler of Findlay Recently Tied the Knot Again Wife and husband joined their separate businesses together in one building this summer, offering customers a 2-in-1 visit with Revive Hair Salon and Quality PT Physical Therapy, located at 9747 US 224, just west of CR 140 and Old Barn Auctions. Ashley, 26, is a managing cosmetologist for Revive. She has advanced training in color and cutting and is a certified Brazilian Blowout stylist. Revive is the first and only Green Circle Salon in Findlay. “Mark and I use organic at home,� said Ashley. “I developed a strong sensitivity to other brands while expecting my first child and wanted to have a line that improves hair health along with quality services.� Mark, 33, holds a doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Findlay. He offers patients one-on-one sessions that utilize hands-on manual therapy techniques such as muscle energy, active release, joint mobilization and manipulation, cupping, dry and vestibular rehab for vertigo. Mark says combining the two businesses has always been the couple’s goal.

“We are very motivated.. We found this space and it was set up perfectly to house both businesses.� The Boehlers are inviting the public to a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting on October 5th. from 4:30 to 7 pm. Revive Salon services include hair care (no perms), facial waxing and makeup sales. Tues- 8am-7pm; Weds- 8am-4pm; Thurs- 8am-7 pm; Fri- 9am-5 pm and Sat- 9am-2pm. For appointments, call 567-250-8190. Quality PT hours are Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. 567-2509190.

Finn + Emma Play Mat

Get baby-ready for the best playdate ever! Made from super soft, organic cotton and nontoxic, eco-friendly dyes, Finn + Emma’s playmat features light padding and provides a hygienic space for babies to move around, play, and stretch, and also provides a safe place to conduct diaper changes. Retails at $59.00 at Send your favorite moments to byOctober 31st for a chance to win this great prize! Please be sure to include your child’s name, age and city.

Come & Ice Skate at the COOLEST place in town! Public Skate Sessions

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Saturdays from 1:00-2:50pm Sundays from 3:00-4:50pm

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Gatlin, Draiman and John Treece sail the sensory seas in wagonturned pirate ship. Wagons not only contain children during trick-or-treat, they also provide a familiar, calming space for children with sensory issues.

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Specialized Dental Care for Infants, Children, Adolescents & Children with Special Needs

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Having a Successful Sensory Halloween Tips for including special needs children in trick-or-treat By Betsey Watson

For parents of children who struggle with sensory issues, Halloween presents particularly challenging questions: What fabrics will my child tolerate? How will my child react to noises during trickor-treat? Will my child panic due to the crowds? Christina Treece, President of Friends of Blanchard Valley School, notes that costumes are especially difficult for children with sensory issues. Parents should consider the feel and fit of the fabric along with tags or awkward, uncomfortable shapes. A DIY costume similar to everyday clothes will help ensure that the child will wear and enjoy it. Consider layering a tight athletic shirt underneath, as the continual pressure, offering calming sensory input, can help your child cope with sensory overload. For those children sensitive to sounds, incorporate noisecanceling headphones, or a hat, into the costume.

Be prepared



Preparation is crucial for a successful sensory sensitive Halloween. Treece recommends showing videos of trick-ortreating and role playing, especially for

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children lacking verbal or social skills. Before heading out, allow your child to engage in a therapeutic activity prescribed by an occupational therapist. Be aware that crowds may overwhelm your child. Use a wagon as a safe, calming space for the child. Decorate it to add to the fun! Preparing yourself for the experience is as helpful as preparing your child. “Public situations can become more stressful for the parent than the child,� Treece noted. “It can be overwhelming to go into a situation where you are not sure how your child will react or how the public will react to your child’s behavior.� Stay calm and redirect your child’s behavior before the situation escalates. If your child knows sign language, use it! That can clue others in that something other than “bad behavior� is going on. Lastly, remember that what you think is fun may not be fun for your child. Treece wisely notes, “It’s good to expose our kids to things but it’s also okay to go home early if things just aren’t working. You can always try again next year.�

tween the lines

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Local Tween Twirling her Way to the Top Findlay’s own Marie Kershaw striving for baton twirling greatness By Kelsey Nevius

Exceptional people with amazing stories and abilities abound within our community, but there are none as inspirational as the stories of young men and women who have the drive, passion and determination to achieve their dreams. Marie Kershaw is one of those stories, a local tween whose passion and hard work has elevated her baton twirling to a new level.

Greatness from Small Beginnings

Marie first began twirling at the age of 6 in 2012. Over the past few years, Marie

has trained rigorously to progress through the stages of twirling from a novice to an advanced twirler at age 10. Thanks to her dedication and hard work, she’s competed in multiple competitions, including the National Baton Twirling Association’s America’s Youth on Parade where she took home the 2017 Juvenile Intermediate Pageant Winner title. As well as the AAU Junior Olympics, she won the All-Around Junior Olympics Champion title for the 10 to 12-year-old age group. And those are just her most recent national twirling accomplishments. She’s setting her sights next on competing

Marie Kershaw - AYOP 2017 Juvenile Int Pageant Winner in the 2018 Twirl Mania Gold Invitational Championship at Walt Disney World and becoming a world champion. “Marie is exceptionally determined and pushes herself harder than her coaches do,” said dad, Steve Kershaw. “She loves competing, and making new friends at competitions. The contestants are like a family: they’re competitive but still support one another. She also loves sharing the sport with other people. She carries her batons everywhere.”

Building a Baton-Based Community

Marie is exceptionally talented, and she encourages other young people to begin the sport and build their skills as she did. “It’s a great sport for boys and girls which involves strength, coordination, concentration, discipline, self-confidence, composure and agility. Those are only some of the skills you’ll learn while twirling.” • October 2017 •


A Dentist Office Kids Don’t Like to Leave By Emilee Roberts

A parenting struggle many of us share is getting kids to the dentist without resistance. It’s not often that kids actually want to go to the dentist. At Mutchler & Lewis kids not only want to go to the dentist, but they also don’t want to leave! Dr. Kathryn Lewis works hard to treat her patients as if they were family starting as young as six months to adults. With a unique play structure in the waiting area, prizes after cleanings and the chance to win a big prize as part of the Cavity Club, kids look forward to their appointments. Plus they receive a toothbrush, toothpaste with a bag to take home. Lewis has been a dentist for 11 years, and many of her patients are children which she enjoys. “I have kids of my own so I love kids in general,” said Lewis, “They do enjoy coming to the dentist. Sometimes they don’t want to leave.” Lewis recommends children to be seen every six months for cleanings and to check for any problems. It’s important to treat problems early. Mutchler & Lewis, 12515 County Road 99, 419-423-0343,, Facebook under “Mutchler & Lewis Family Dental Care


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Top Parenting Hacks Solve Common Parenting Woes with Tips and Tricks of Local Parents


By Jessica Kempf

edtimes and potty training and groceries…oh my! Parenting is not for the faint of heart. Often it can be as overwhelming as lions and tigers and bears. We asked local parents for tips on potty training, getting kids to do chores and other common challenges. And Findlay parents, delivered. Settle in and take note of several tricks to make everyday tasks go more smoothly. Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping Betsey Watson Mascaro shares the idea of theme nights to make dinner decisions easier. Each night of the week has a different theme, such as Pasta on Sunday, Mexican Monday, Leftover Tuesday, and Breakfast for Dinner Wednesday. “I made up some of the categories to fit what we like and on days that made sense with our schedule. I really didn’t think it would be as helpful as it is, and the kids enjoy it too!” says Betsey.

Be Prepared on the Go. As a working parent with three kids, Amy Scott stays organized by thinking ahead. “I keep a bag of extra clothes, snacks and drinks in the car just in case,” says Amy. Additionally, having something on hand to keep kids entertained is key to avoiding meltdowns. “I keep kids’ meal toys and little trinkets like wind-up toys in a little bag in my purse for restaurants and car rides. That way they are new and exciting to the kids and if they get lost no one is sad!” adds Nikki Matheny.

How about an easier way to grocery shop? “Curbside grocery pick up is a fantastic invention,” says Audrey Kruse. “It’s convenient and saves time, plus it helps from a budgeting standpoint as you don’t buy extras,” she explains. Kroger on Tiffin Avenue offers Kroger Clicklist, which allows you to shop for groceries online and pick them up at the store without leaving your car. Potty Training Thanks to a tip from Clarisse Schroeder, potty training on-the-go doesn’t have to be a hassle. “When potty training I put disposable puppy training pads in my boys’ car seats. If they have an accident in their car seat, all I have to do is throw away the puppy pad and put down a new one instead of disassembling and washing the entire car seat!” explains Clarisse.

Bedtimes Laura Fagan found the perfect alarm clock for tackling bedtime. “As soon as our oldest got his first big boy bed we put a stoplight alarm clock in his bedroom. We have used that clock with all three boys and have never had any problems putting them to bed. We turn on the red stoplight after prayers. You can set the green light to turn on whenever you want them to get up,” says Laura. Several products work similarly with “ok to wake” signals for children who cannot tell time. Chores: Give them Visuals Young kids can do chores, too! “Before the older two could read I printed out pictures of their morning chores and some additional chores as well. I laminated them, put a magnet on the back, and placed them on a dry erase board on the side of the counter,” explains Kristin Sharpe, mother of four. Have them complete their chores before breakfast or before play time to keep them on track.

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Where to go andwhat to do this fall Compiled by Emilee Roberts Oh fall, how we welcome you! With the crisp air, the colorful leaves and the fun of pumpkin patches, hayrides, and all things Halloween. There’s so much fun to be had this season. We’ve rounded up a spooktacular list of haunted happenings and fall fun for you and yours to enjoy. The only problem might be fitting it all in! Trick or Treat on Horseback October 21st and 22nd and October 28th and 29th, 12-5pm 6645 Township Road 215 419-469-0415 Bring your children out (any ages, yes, parents and older “kids” may ride, too!) to share in the fun! Fun costumes are encouraged but of course, they are not required to have a ride. Riders get on a horse and are guided by a person that takes them around to different stops to participate in an activity on their horse. Once they finish the activity, they are rewarded with candy to put in their bucket. There will also be food, face painting, pony cart rides, and a chance to get your picture taken with a REAL unicorn! $10 donation per rider. Halloween Parade October 24th, 7-10pm This year’s parade, expected to last approximately over 2 hours, invites spectators to dress in their best family-friendly Halloween costumes and cheer on the participants as they walk, ride, roll, or drive by! Come Downtown early to have dinner before you enjoy the festivities. Participants in this year’s parade will include six Hancock County bands and many great floats featuring costumed characters of both the spooky and family friendly variety. Look for Findlay Family staffers to join the fun when we participate in this Findlay tradition! Free. Pumpkin Train Saturdays and Sundays in October, 1-5pm 12505 County Road 99 419-423-2995 Ride the trains and Pick a Pumpkin! Lots of family fun to be had! Admission $2 adults, $1 Kids; Purchase of Pumpkin additional, but not required to ride the train. Haunted History Tour October 27th, 7-8pm and October 28th, 7-10:30pm 313 E Sandusky St. 419-427-6110 This family friendly tour will take guests through the mansions 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors and takes about an hour. Enjoy an evening that will feature “ghosts,” light refreshments, haunted history and a recreation of a Victorian séance that you will not want to miss! Tickets are required, tours are given every 10-15 minutes, 10-12 people per tour. Tickets will be available at the door if they do not sell out. You may have to wait until a tour has space for you so get a reserved ticket early and save time and money. Reserve your ticket, $10, by calling 419427-6110. Tickets the day of the event are $15. 12

Halloween Candy Buy Back Supports the Troops By Emilee Roberts

Soon children will be bringing home bags full of candy and most of the time it is too much. Instead of stashing away all the extra candy kids can sell their extra candy at the Halloween Candy Buy Back at Mutchler & Lewis on October 29th. The best part is the candy is donated to our troops! Mutchler & Lewis has partnered with Operation Gratitude to send packages to our troops. Not only do they include the candy, but they also receive toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and a letter from the children. It’s a great way to thank them for their service and letting them know how much they are appreciated. Other local businesses have partnered with them to make this happen as well. Ball Metal provides the shipping cost for the boxes and Culver’s donates coupons for the event. The Halloween Candy Buy Back is Sunday, October 29th from 1-3pm (though candy donations are accepted through November 2nd) at Mutchler & Lewis (12515 County Road 99). Kids receive $1 per pound of candy. There will be games, a magician, the tooth fairy and more. Everyone leaves with a toothbrush and a chance to win an Xbox One. The Halloween Candy Buy Back started in 2009 and continues to grow. It’s a great way to do something meaningful with the extra candy and have fun, too!

Findlay Village Mall’s Indoor Trick-or-Treat October 26th, 6:30-8pm 1800 Tiffin Ave. 419-423-8732 No tricks, just treats! It’s safe, friendly, and warm. Event begins at 6:30pm. Please visit participating stores for treats and goodies. Pick up a fun Findlay Village Mall activity book at Guest Services while supplies last. Family-friendly costumes only. Free.

Historical Museum Spooktacular October 21st, 5-8pm 422 W Sandusky St. Halloween fun for all ages including crafts & games, tours of the “haunted” Hull House and season treats! $1 per person. Spooky Science at Imagination Station October 27th-31st, during regular museum hours 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, 419-244-2674 You have never seen science this scary (or fun)! During the last weekend of October, explore the hair-raising, bone-chilling, spine-tingling myths of Halloween. Learn chemistry, physics and biology with their spooky activities. Plus enjoy a live pumpkin carving demonstration from 12-3pm on Saturday only. Event is free with admission. Admission is $11 for ages 13 and up, $10 for seniors, $9 for ages 3-12 and free for age 2 and under. Spooky in Nature October 29th, 1-4pm Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center 1400 Oakwoods Lane 419-425-7275 Nature can be awe-inspiring and AHHHHinspiring. Celebrate the spooky season by learning about nature’s creepy offerings like star-nosed moles, ghost orchids, horror frogs and more. Displays, crafts and activities will be available for visitors. Free.

Riverside Halloween Express Fridays and Saturdays in October, 6:30-9:30pm 12505 County Road 99 419-423-2995 You have ridden during the daylight now experience a night time trip on the Riverside Train. This is a family friendly train ride on their quarter scale Riverside Train through the museum grounds that are decorated for Halloween. Keep an eye out for the ghosts, giant pumpkins, and other characters of the night! Recommended for families with children of all ages. $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. City of Findlay Trick-or-Treat October 26th, 6:30-8pm It’s that time of year! Get your scary, silly, cute or cuddly costumes ready and head out for an evening of tricks and treats across the city. Free

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Ben, 2 as Harry Potter Tommy,6 mo. as Hedwig These brothers won second place in the Forest parade.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Fall Fest October 21st, 4-8pm Benton Ridge Park 152 Pine St. 419-859-1234 Visit this family-friendly festival for great chili, exciting games, a rustic bonfire complete with s’mores and hot chocolate and, most of all, a loving family atmosphere. Free community event.

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Little Boo at the Zoo October 19th and 20th, 10am-3pm Toledo Zoo, 419-385-5721 Little Boo is the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright! Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them! To help with the zoo’s green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-ortreating. $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $16 for children ages two and older (includes trick-or-treating), Free for children under age 2 but a $7 trick-or-treating ticket must be purchased.

5th Annual Pumpkin Giveaway Benefits Local Charities

5th Annual Pumpkin Giveaway & Fall Festival

By Jessica Kempf

On October 14th from 11am to 1pm, families can enjoy a free community event at Hufford Family Funeral Home and walk away with a free pumpkin! With train rides, bounce houses, safety vehicles and more this annual family event gets more exciting each year. Now in it’s fifth year, the annual Pumpkin Giveaway also collects non-perishable items to benefit local charities. “I started the pumpkin giveaway five years ago as a way to give back to the community,” explains Tony Hufford, owner and director of the funeral home. While donating non-perishables is not required, it’s a great way to impact those in need during the holiday season. In addition to benefitting a good cause and enjoying fun fall activities, everyone can take home a pumpkin to carve just in time for Halloween.

Saturday, October 14th - 11am-1pm FREE PUMPKINS FOR KIDS! Limited quantities

(donation of non-perishable foods to benefit local charities)

SAFETY AWARENESS and Free fun for the family

UÊBounce Houses UÊTrain Rides UÊApple Cider & Other Goodies UÊEntertainment by Ary Entertainment UÊLocal Emergency Vehicles UÊPumpkins provided by Wolfe’s Produce

This year’s event takes place at Hufford Family Funeral Home, located at 1500 Manor Hill Road in Findlay. For more information go to or call the funeral home at 419-422-1500. Pumpkin Path October 19th and 20th, 10am-3pm Toledo Zoo, 419-385-5721 Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive at the Toledo Zoo! In addition to costumed trick-or-treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins! To help with the zoo’s green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $16 for children ages two and older (includes trick-or-treating), Free for children under age 2 but a $7 trick-or-treating ticket must be purchased. Sauder Village’s Fall Family Fun Nights October 20th and 21st, 6-8:30pm 22611 State Route 2, Archbold 800-590-9755 or 419-446-2541 There is something magical about being in the Village after hours! Take a hayride, learn about pioneer life, decorate a pumpkin, warm up with some hot cocoa and enjoy a snack, take an evening train ride and other activities! Fun for the whole family! Space is limited, so register early! Pre-registration is required.

Suter’s Corn Maze Weekends in October, 1-8pm 8250 Road R, Pandora 419-384-3331 Loads of family fun will be had at Suter’s Corn Maze & Cider Press. Enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick the best pumpkins for your family and explore your way through this year’s corn maze: Walking with Dinosaurs II. There are many fun activities plus kettle corn and cider slushies! Hayrides and Corn train end at 6pm. Maze prices: $6 for adults, $4.50 for students in K-College. Hayride prices: $2.50 and free for children under age 2. Corn Train prices: $1 and free for children under age 2. Fall Fest at Hedges-Boyer Park October 13th, 6:30-8pm Amvets Shelter in Hedges-Boyer Park 621 E Market St, Tiffin Join the St. Francis Community at the Amvets Shelter in Hedges-Boyer Park, located across from the YMCA.for “Trunk or Treat,” Games, S’mores, Hayrides, Story Walk, Apple Bobbing, Crafts and much more! Please bring a can good donation to help the local food pantry. Decorate your trunk and bring some candy to pass out to the trunk and treaters in the YMCA parking lot! The event is FREE and open to the entire community, so bring your friends and family! (Signage will be in place)

Wood County Historical Center’s Foklore & Funfest October 14th, 4-9pm 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green 419-352-0967 You will have a ghoulishly good time at this This year put some magic into your Halloween Party! family friendly event full of fall fun. Enjoy Magic shows for all occasions specializing with wagon rides, apple Children’s Birthday Parties where your child cider pressing, live becomes the star of the show. music, storytelling, s’mores, games in >œÜii˜Ê*>À̈iÃÊUÊ œ“«>˜ÞÊ*ˆV˜ˆVÃÊUÊ-V…œœÊ -…œÜÃÊUÊ՘`À>ˆÃiÀÃÊUÊ …ÀˆÃ̓>ÃÊ*>À̈iÃÊ Booville, a spooky trail

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Open to children and adults of all ages. No experience necessary. Guided horseback rides to 10 activities for treats. Costumes can be worn but not required Face painting and fun!!

$10.00 per person This fundraiser helps support Project Hope, a nonprofit organization with locations in Findlay and Bowling Green that uses horses to provide counseling services for those who are dealing with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Keeping Halloween Safe for Kids with Food Allergies Tips for a safe trick or treating experience By Halley Sullivan

What’s scarier than goblins, ghouls and witches on Halloween night? Trick or treating with a child who has a food allergy. Parents want to include their children in the fun Halloween traditions but also know the very real dangers a seemingly harmless candy bar can pose. Fear not, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday while avoiding allergens. Do your research: Many companies outsource or use different ingredients to manufacture fun size or holiday candy. Always, always read the label to check for allergens, even on previously safe products. If it doesn’t have a label (which many don’t) it isn’t safe to eat. Make a plan before you go: Talk with your child about how to select or accept candy that may include their allergen. Make a rule that candy cannot be eaten while trick or treating. Have your child’s injectable epinephrine and a cell phone readily available while you trick or treat. Be prepared to swap: Stock up on safe candy and treats before your child goes trick or treating. When you get home, sort through the candy together and trade unsafe options for treats that can be safely enjoyed. Keep ALL kids safe: Halloween isn’t just tricky for families with food allergies. Children with diabetes, Celiac Disease, and other medical 14

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“The Teal Pumpkin Project helps to ensure that every child, even those with food allergies, enjoys a safe and happy Halloween. “ conditions also have to avoid specific offerings. Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a national campaign by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) to include every child in the tradition of trick or treat. It’s simple! n Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate that your home has non-food treats available. n Offer non-food treats (inexpensive items such as stickers, glow sticks, vampire teeth, etc.) as a candy alternative. For more information visit: teal-pumpkin-project or “Findlay Teal Pumpkin Project” on Facebook

A School Choice with Impressive Results

Findlay Digital Academy offers online learning for students in grades 9-12 By Emilee Roberts

Do you have a teenager that is struggling to stay at grade level or one that would benefit from moving ahead? Does he or she have challenges in the classroom? Findlay Digital Academy is designed for students whose needs, desires or circumstances would best be served by a non-traditional educational model. It is an online Conversion Community School available to grades 9-12 in the Findlay City School District and adjacent districts such as Arcadia, Arlington, Liberty Benton, Riverdale, Van Buren and Vanlue. Findlay Digital Academy enrollment is free and issues a laptop to students. Using a continuing progress model, students can work at their own pace at home while learning from teachers that are highly qualified and certified in their area of study.

You are not alone

Students at Findlay Digital Academy are never alone. Each student is assigned an Instructional Coach and can receive tutoring if they need additional support or technical assistance. The lab is open Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm for tutoring. Appointments are not necessary. They are encouraged to meet with their Instructional Coach at least one time per week. Plus there is someone monitoring progression to reach out with any concerns. “What makes us unique and special is our lab and Instructional Coaches,” notes Rosemary Rooker, the Superintendent at Findlay Digital Academy. Findlay Digital Academy also offers Work Study opportunities where students are partnered with a Work Study Coach. Students can also earn college and high

school graduation credit with Ohio College Credit Plus. Findlay Digital Academy also participates in the Millstream Career Center. Career College Readiness Coaches are also available.

The results speak for themselves

Findlay Digital Academy has had impressive results over the last few years. Just recently the 2016-2017 records were released and they definitely speak for themselves. The High School Test Passage Rate has consistently met the standards though exceeded the standards for the 2016-2017. They have exceeded the standards in Gap Closing as well. Their Overall Score was “Exceeds Standards.” “We’ve been very successful,” states Rooker. “On our state report card we met standards overall and exceeded standards for graduation rate. Our students report very, very well.” Findlay Digital Academy has exceeded Graduation Rate standards for over eight years. The Graduation Rate component looks at the percent of students who are successfully finishing high school with a diploma in four, five, six, seven or eight years. Plus they had a 100% attendance rate for 2016-2017. Findlay Digital Academy is part of School Choice Ohio which is committed to helping parents find a learning environment that allows their child to grow and thrive. “FDA is an option for students that don’t do well in a traditional setting,” Rooker noted. I think that shows in the results! • October 2017 •


Where Are They? What to consider before using GPS to track your kid By Carolyn Jabs

Sooner or later, most parents lose a kid— usually for only a few minutes. Even if it’s brief, the experience is heartstopping. And it’s given rise to a whole new industry— GPS tracking for kids. Some parents turn to GPS because the world seems scarier than it was when they were kids. Others want an electronic yenta who can keep an eye on children (and their caregivers) when parents can’t be there. Still others want a better way to supervise and enforce family rules about safety. For those who really can’t take care of themselves— very young children, kids with disabilities, even pets or elders with dementia— tracking devices may provide peace of mind. For children, that can be a problem. Experts point out that tracking devices can encourage both passivity and a false sense of security in children as well as parents. As parents find themselves counting on surveillance, they may be less intentional about helping kids anticipate and avoid risks. Instead of learning what they need to know to navigate confidently and safely in a risky world, kids depend on the panic button that summons Mom. Before utilizing GPS technology, consider these questions: What does it do? Some trackers, such as Trax, do nothing but show location. They can be attached to children, elders, pets or even a laptop that tends to wander off. Many units resemble watches or function like flip phones. What’s the technology? Tracking units that use GPS depend on satellites and some provide coverage pretty much anywhere on the planet. Other devices use the cellphone network so they won’t work if the child wanders out of range. Still, other devices like My Buddy Tag use Bluetooth technology. Their reach is limited, though that may be just fine if you’re trying to keep tabs on a child in the backyard or your local park. What does it monitor? At the very least a tracking device should pinpoint a child’s location. Some send a signal at intervals; others allow continuous tracking though that may drain the battery. Many units make it possible to set


up safety zones or geofences and send an alert if the child goes beyond those boundaries. Is it complicated? For very young children, simplicity is a virtue. Tinitell, for example, is a band with a button. If a child pushes the button, the device calls preprogrammed numbers until someone picks up. Check the app as well as the device. If it has lots of features, be sure customer support is readily available. How long is the battery life? Even the best tracker won’t work if the battery is dead. Find out how long the battery lasts, how it has to be charged and whether there’s a low battery alert. Is the device secure? If you have to sign in to get information about your child’s location, it’s possible for other people to sign in, too. What precautions has the company taken to prevent hacking? What kind of alerts will you get if there is a security breach? What kind of communication is possible? Some units have a big panic button a child can press. Some allow one-way communication. Will your child wear it? Trackers such as HereO feature bright colors that may appeal to a pre-schooler and be decidedly uncool in elementary school. Check bands to be sure they are flexible and won’t cause irritation. And think about how big the device is in relation to your child. Multi-feature devices may be too bulky for little wrists. How much does it cost? Tracking devices range from $40 to $200. Many devices also require a monthly service contract that can cost from $4 to $40 per month. Before signing with a new service, check your existing cell phone provider to see if they offer a better deal on a device. Some kids may benefit from additional supervision, but parents must keep their eyes on the ultimate goal— raising children who are responsible and confident enough to make their own decisions about staying safe in a complicated world. That, of course, can be done without a tracking unit.

Stay on Your Own Side! Sharing a room? It’s complicated. By Rose Roccisano Barto

When I was five years old I fell asleep with Karen and Richard Carpenter staring at me from a poster above my bed. Why was the poster above my bed and not my sister’s? Because I was the little sister. What was hers was hers, and what was mine was hers. Our twin beds were so close we could reach out and touch each other, and probably did, in a not-so-loving manner. The DMZ was occupied by a brave, lonely nightstand.

Sharing space

And the room definitely could not contain our fights. For seven years my sister had the room to herself. When I came along, she suddenly had to share. Those who say sharing a room builds character obviously never did. Want to hear the worst part? We shared a closet with sliding doors. This was a 1957 vintage house with closets that were about four feet wide and a hangar’s depth. Add in two twin beds, two dressers, a nightstand, a sewing machine and a vanity, and there was barely room to turn around. We each had a dresser top for our belongings. She sewed, so nothing could ever go on top of the sewing machine cabinet. She commandeered the entire vanity table. We had an uneasy truce about the closet, and it was roughly split in half by duct tape. Our parents refused to let us put tape down the center of the room, otherwise we would have done that, too.

Adding room

When my brother went to college, sweet freedom beckoned. I took over his room, including his double bed. My sister and I were able to get a little

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breathing room, but I lived like a nomad because I had to move back out when he came home. Eventually, he left home for adulthood and my sister took over his room. I stayed in our room. My sister went off to college, too, but came home nearly every weekend. We peacefully co-existed, more or less. She lived at home once she got her first post-college job, which turned out to be a blessing when my dad fell ill and we needed another adult to help out. We now are best friends and talk to each other by phone every day. We were each other’s maids of honor at our weddings. It’s hard to say if living together made us closer as adults.

Sharing lead to caring?

My daughters tried sharing a room at one point in our three bedroom house when they were much younger. It went surprisingly well – no duct tape required - until one complained that the other snored. Now they have had separate bedrooms for years but are in each other’s rooms all the time. My sister and I can now laugh about our epic battles and realize we probably both played a role in most of them. Those who knew us then are really surprised at how much time we spend together now, despite being two states away. We have gone on vacation together and have even discussed moving closer to each other as we retire. Maybe sharing a room does build character – or at least tolerance.

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FitPassClub: A Multi-studio Gym Membership Stay out of a fitness slump by mixing it up By Jessica Kempf

“Why only join one gym? With FitPassClub, you can literally join them all,” explains Michael Matthes, founder of Findlay’s newest multi-studio fitness membership. As the owner of CrossFit M2, Matthes knows that people tend to stick with exercise longer when they mix it up and keep their fitness routine exciting. He found that by bringing together the top fitness studios in Findlay and offering discounted classes he could tackle boredom and help others reach their fitness goals. This MomFit column tries out new fitness studios and classes around town. Since FitPassClub offers a great way to do just that. This month’s column focuses on the multi-studio membership and how it works.

How Does It Work?

FitPassClub Members have access to Anytime Fitness, CrossFit M2, Downtown Yoga, Hot Yoga Findlay and Z Pulse Fitness studios. Offered classes include Yoga, CrossFit, Core Barre, Spinning, Bootcamp and more, booked by users through a web app. Pricing ranges from $39.95 to $134.95 per month depending on how many classes you plan to attend. Those who act early can take advantage of a variety of perks including a one-onone nutrition consultation and discounts at several health and fitness businesses around town.

Give Back to the Community

Matthes is passionate about giving back to the Findlay community. “I wanted to contribute to a greater cause, and allow people to feel even better about their fitness memberships fees. Year after year I see people’s homes and personal spirits damaged from Findlay’s flooding issues. FitPassClub has become the first local business to pledge that we will donate 1% of all profits to help #FixFindlaysFlooding issues,” says Michael. Matthes sums up fitness results with a simple equation: “Variety equals fun, fun equals attendance, attendance equals results.” FitPassClub offers a solution to those looking for variety and results. For more information go to fpc-join-now or contact Michael at winning@

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How is parenting different n Singapore? In Singapore, it’s quite common for families to have a domestic helper live in their home. Most homes include an additional room designated for the helper who performs a variety of services for families, including childcare or housekeeping. Singapore is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, so although there are daycares and preschools it’s usually more affordable for families to hire a helper. What is a Singapore cultural tradition that you enjoy? Eating! Singapore is made up of many different cultures which all lend their influences to the food scene. There is a great mix of Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Thai, Indian, and even western influences to the food. Our favorite place is local “Hawker Centers,” food courts that house individual stalls, manned by a ‘hawker,’ each specializing in their signature dish or flavors. Do you have a favorite Singaporean recipe? Our two favorite family dishes in Singapore are Fried Kway Teow (stir-fried ricecake strips) and Popiah Rolls (fresh spring roll filled with shredded vegetables, wrapped in a thin crepe and lathered with sweet bean sauce). We have never tried to make them at home. The Hawker Centers here just make them too well for us to try in our own kitchen.

Michael and Annie Gill pose with their three girls in front of the iconic Marina Bay Sands building in Singapore

Making Singapore Home The Gill family embraces life on a tropical island By Jessica Kempf

Annie and Michael Gill both grew up in the nearby town of Pandora, spending nearly ten years calling Findlay home. The couple “loves all things Findlay,” says Annie, including picnics at Donnell Pond, burgers at Wilson’s and chocolate shakes at Dietsch Brothers. In January of 2017, the Gill family moved to Singapore to begin a new adventure with their three daughters, Ailey (5), Callie (4) and Brinley (2). Annie and Michael reflect on some of the differences they have encountered in southern Malaysia compared to back home in Northwest Ohio. How did you end up in Singapore?

My position at Cooper Tire in Findlay provided the opportunity to travel internationally and I definitely enjoyed it. I was offered a position at Cooper’s rubber purchasing office in Singapore. After a lot of prayer and consideration we decided that the adventure this would provide our family was something we could not pass up. What are the biggest differences between Singapore and home? One of the biggest differences that you notice in Singapore is the heat and humidity. Singapore is about 80 miles north of the equator so the intensity of the sun is obviously very different than it is in Findlay.

(Left to right) Ailey, Brinley, Annie and Callie Gill enjoy different dishes at a Hawker Center

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Craft of the Month

Mentoring brings out

Halloween Yarn Garland By Raegan Nelson

Need an inexpensive, no-sew project to dress up your mantel? This craft found on Growing Up Gable Blog is made with very few supplies and is easy enough for tweens to make all by themselves. Since the finished product costs less than a dollar, these garlands are a perfect holiday drop off to friends and neighbors. What a fun and easy way to add a little extra personality to your décor.

Orange yarn Black yarn White yarn Twine Fishing line (optional for hanging) Dining chair (mine was 14 inches but larger works fine too) Green pipe cleaners (three total) Black pipe cleaners (six total) Scissors

Spider (makes 3):  Wrap the black yarn around your chair 75100 times. The pompom will be thicker the more times you wrap the yarn. Slide the yarn off the chair.  Cut three 12-inch pieces of black yarn. Start by double knotting one of these pieces around the center of the chunk of yarn, then double knot the other two 12-inch pieces closer to the looped ends. The goal is to have an equal amount of yarn on each side of the knots.  Cut the looped ends.  Cut the large chunk of yarn equal distance between the center knot and side knots. While holding on to the tails (12-inch pieces of yarn), trim and shape your spider.  Cut two pipe cleaners in half to make four pieces. With the long tail facing up, lay your pipe cleaners down and tightly tie to the spider.  Shape the pipe cleaners to resemble legs.  Trim the tail if you plan to use fishing line to hang, or leave the tail long if you plan to create loops instead.

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Pumpkin (makes 3):  Follow steps 1-3 for the spider, but use orange yarn and wrap around the chair about 150 times.  After you trim your pumpkin, attach a stem. Lay a green pipe cleaner across the tail and secure it with a knot.  Fold and shape the pipe cleaner to create a stem and vines. Ghost (makes 3):  Wrap the white yarn around the chair around 150 times. Slide the yarn off.  Cut one end of the looped yarn so you have one long bunch. Cut that chunk into thirds.  Cut six, 12-inch pieces of white yarn. Set three aside.  Tie one piece of yarn around the center of each chunk. Keep the long tail separate if you want to hang the finished ghost with yarn; otherwise, mix it in.  Fold the bunch down the center and smooth.  Tie the remaining yarn near the folded end to make a head.  Shape and trim the ghost.

To hang: You can easily use the yarn tails to create loops to string over the twine or tie loops of fishing line to the tops of the pompoms. Loosely arrange across the twine. • October 2017 •


A Small Town Feel Right Here in Findlay

Family Restaurant offers home cooked food for the whole family

Southside Family Restaurant

3050 S Main St 419-422-7031 Hours: 7am-2pm Sunday-Monday; 7am-8pm Tuesday-Saturday; Check Facebook under “Southside Family Restaurant” If you have a hankering for a home cooked meal but want to take the day off from cooking, Southside Family Restaurant is the place to go. Southside offers a variety of options for the whole family. If one member of your bunch is craving breakfast, while another wants fish, it’s good to know that all items on the menu are available any time of the day. Southside Family Restaurant, a name befitting its location at the South end of town just before South Main Street turns into State Route 68, has a small town feel and many patrons are referred to by name. The staff is warm and friendly, whether it is your first time there (as it was for us) or you’re a “regular.” There were only two other tables with patrons while we were there in the later after-

Kid-friendly: Yes but bring your own crayons/activities if needed while waiting for meals.

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Noise level: Quiet. Bathroom amenities: Clean and adequate.

noon, but more were coming in when we left around 4:30pm. Two of the staff members talked about what makes Southside Family Restaurant unique; what draws people in. They both agreed Friday is the most popular day with Fish Fry Friday when all-you-caneat Walleye is served all day. Surprisingly, they also said many patrons come for the liver and onions, something many people like but can’t find elsewhere.

A menu with variety for people of all ages

The menu at Southside Family Restaurant offers a variety of options including multiple options in their section for Kids and Seniors. Whether you are craving breakfast foods or something more hardy, there is a great selection of both foods and drinks. All options are featured on one menu from appetizers to dinner specials.

Do you need a quick and easy meal? Look no further than Brinkman’s Country Corner! Brinkman’s Own offers a variety of different options including their Beef Vegetable Soup, making dinner time easy. Simply heat and serve this convenient and tasty meal in a can! Beef Vegetable is a very hearty, chunky soup which includes over a quarter pound of beef in each can along with tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, peas, celery, green beans, corn, onion and lima beans. Brinkman’s Country Corner is located at 1800 E Sandusky St, For more information visit and “Brinkman’s Market” on Facebook.


The Short Course

High chairs? Yes and booster seats. They are kept in back, so be sure to ask. Got milk? Yes, white and chocolate. Kids’ menu? Yes. Kids and Seniors options are listed on the varied menu. A variety of affordable options are available.

Food allergy concerns? They do not offer allergy friendly options. We tend to be a “breakfast family.” We love breakfast foods no matter what time of day it is. My 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter quickly chose from the breakfast menu. My son got a stack of big, fluffy pancakes with traditional breakfast sides like sausage and eggs but chose a baked potato for another side. It’s not exactly a traditional breakfast side, but that was no problem! My daughter opted for a classic breakfast of toast, eggs, bacon and hashbrowns. They both ordered their eggs over easy, and my daughter’s had one broken yolk upon arrival, but that’s the first thing she would have done anyway. I was really craving breakfast foods as well, but in order to share a varied experience, I chose something from the dinner specials: the 6 oz. sirloin steak which I ordered medium well. For my sides I chose their hashbrown casserole and coleslaw. A biscuit was included as well. My 7-year-old son chose something from the Kids/Seniors section which really is exactly what I think of when I think of what kids love: a hot dog and mac & cheese. There is really is a unique selection in the Kids/Seniors menu as well, though. There are three other selec-

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tions that are things kids usually like, but there is also an option for a one piece walleye with fries.

What did we think?

We really enjoyed our dinner at Southside Family Restaurant. In fact, as we were wrapping up our meal my oldest son said, “Mom, we definitely have to come back here!” He loved his big pancakes and all the sides. He couldn’t even eat it all, which is actually surprising because he usually eats quite a bit! My daughter really enjoyed her meal as well! I thought the hashbrown casserole was amazing. The steak was a little dry, but it’s hit or miss with steak sometimes especially if you ask for medium well or well done. My youngest son loved his hot dog but wasn’t too keen on the mac & cheese. It’s exactly like mac & cheese at other places, but he is definitely the picky one. My daughter tried it and said it was ok. I think what we liked most about Southside Family Restaurant was the atmosphere. It’s quaint, quiet and you can’t beat a home cooked meal...when you don’t have to cook it!

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7th Annual 5k Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk 7th Annual 5K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk is returning to the Waterfalls Pavilion at Riverside Park. This event is the largest fundraiser for the Hancock Youth Leadership class of 2018, a leadership group that consists of Hancock County High School Juniors from local districts. Beat the Pumpkin in the race and your registration fee will be fully REFUNDED! Register through October 6th.

All calendar events are subject to change, cancellation and limited size. Calling ahead for confirmation is recommended.



Pumpkin Fest with Tracks to the Past - Celebrate fall with family games and activities, music, and the pumpkin train. 10am-5pm. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 12505 County Road 99. 419-423-2995. Check or Facebook for details. Free


Punkin Chunkin Archery Challenge Practice your archery skills on pumpkins, then enjoy some cider and donuts. Reservations required. Ages 9 and up. 12:30-2pm. $13. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln., 419-425-7275.


Funday Sunday: Camping Adventure - Stories, games, and activities for your young ones will center on a camping theme. 1:30-3:30pm. Mazza Museum, 201 College St., 419-434-4560. Free



Nature Hike - Check out this monthly community nature hike presented by Bittersweet Farms and the Toledo Metroparks. Explore the different habitats at the beautiful farm, led by a Metroparks interpreter. 10-11am. Bittersweet Farms, 12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Rd., Whitehouse. 419-875-6986. Free



Fitness Fun with Flashover Sports Music and movement will get your child involved in indoor activities to improve kicking, aiming, and social development. 11am-noon. Children’s Museum of Findlay, 1800 Tiffin Ave Ste 201. 567-250-9616. Check Facebook for details.



Open Gym for Little Ones - Kids, preschool and younger, can explore, meet friends, and work on skills during unstructured play time. Snacks and coffee available. Check Facebook for cancellations and updates. 9-10:30am. Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W Bigelow Ave., 419-422-2641. Free


Fall Tractor-Drawn Hayrides - Take a one-hour tractor-drawn hayride with the whole family. Reservations required. Every week through October. Rides offered at 5, 6, 7pm Wednesdays; 5, 6, 7, 8pm Fridays; 4, 5, 6, 7, 8pm Saturdays; 3, 4, 5, 6pm Sundays. $60/hayride. Riverbend Recreation Area, Township Rd 208. 419-425-7275.



Full Hunter’s Moon Hike - Learn about nighttime creatures and their preparations for winter on the only night this month that will be lit by the moon’s light through the entire night. All ages welcome. 7:30-9pm. Riverbend Recreation Area, Township Rd 208. 419-425-7275. Free



Riverside Halloween Express - Take a ride on this quarter-scale train around the grounds, filled with spooky and delightful Halloween decor. 6:30-9:30pm October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28. $2/adults, $1/children 12 and under. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 12505 County Road 99. 419-423-2995. Check Facebook for details.

9am, 231 McManness Ave,, $35 (All proceeds support the Hancock Youth Leadership program)

October 15

Harvest the Past Bring out the entire family as Hancock Park District goes back in time to celebrate the past. Check out the 1847 McKinnis House and enjoy apple turnovers and stew. Stop by the garden shed to see what’s for the taking at the Historic Farmer’s Market.Enjoy cider and popcorn while listening to music and see the live farm animals. Learn more about illnesses and remedies of the 1840s. Plus, the artesian tent will feature local folks showing and selling some of their wares. There is something for everyone!

1pm-5pm, 6100 US Route 224 West, Free (Registration not Required), Contact: Michelle Rumschlag at


Pacesetter South 2017 Flag City Fall Classic - Come enjoy this soccer tournament with teams from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. October 6-8. Emory Adams Park.




Fall Family Festival - Enjoy inflatables, pony rides, games, prizes, food, train rides, and family fun at this annual autumn fest. 4:30-9pm. Parkview Christian Church, 15035 Ohio 12. 419-423-2161. Free

Legopalooza - Library staff shares their Lego collections and stories in the Children’s Place Programming Room. 2-3pm. Wood County District Public Library Main Library, 251 N. Main St., 419-352-5104. Free Cont’d on p22


Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes - Experience the adventure of a lifetime as Marvel’s most famous superheroes join up to defeat Lozi. Expect to see Spiderman, Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. Showtimes:11am, 3pm, and 7pm Saturday, October 7. 1pm and 5pm Sunday, October 8. $15-$108. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. 800-745-3000.


Seussical the Musical - Enjoy this family-friendly story of Horton the Elephant, Jojo the Who, an abandoned egg, and troublemaking Mayzie La Bird. 7pm. $15/adult ticket, $12/student. Marathon Center for Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., 419-423-2787.


30th Christmas in October Art & Craft Show - Get ready for pony rides, entertainment, demonstrations, and food in addition to this huge fall craft show with over 300 exhibits. Grab your Christmas presents early. 10am-5pm Saturday, October 7. 11am-4pm Sunday, October 8. $5/admission, free/12 and under. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 East Sandusky St., 419-436-1457.

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Fall Freeze - Enjoy a free public skate and lesson to prep for ice skating season. 3-5pm. Huntington Arena at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., 419-424-7176. Free

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October 24


Halloween Parade This year’s parade, expected to last approximately over 2 hours, invites spectators to dress in their best family-friendly Halloween costumes and cheer on the participants as they walk, ride, roll, or drive by! Come Downtown early to have dinner before you enjoy the festivities. Participants in this year’s parade will include six Hancock County bands and many great floats featuring costumed characters of both the spooky and family friendly variety. Look for Findlay Family staffers to join the fun when we participate in this Findlay tradition!

7-10pm, Downtown Findlay, Free

October 26

The Wright Stuff: First in Flight Barely out of their teens, two brave bicycle mechanics team with their studious sister to out-invent the world’s top scientists and achieve the timeless dream of flight. From their tiny workshop in Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright travel to North Carolina and launch the first powered, sustained, and controlled flight of an airplane, changing the world forever. This School Day Performance is brought to you by The Arts Partnership and is ideal for grades 3 to 8.

10-11am and 12:30-1:30pm, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., $5.



Scarecrow Making Workshop - Bring clothes, decorations, and some support for your scarecrow, and the Parks District provides the rest. Take your not-so-scary friend home or enter them into the annual Scarecrow Contest for prizes. Registration required. 5-7pm. Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967. Free



BGSU Homecoming & Parade Homecoming weekend is full of fun activities, including a parade, football game, and other things to do with your family. October 13-15. Prices and times vary. Bowling Green State University & Downtown Bowling Green. 419-372-2531.




Autism Daddy - Frank Campagna, father to a 13-year old boy with autism, presents an honest and humorous look at life as a parent to a special needs child. Registration required. 7-8:30pm. Marathon Center for Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St., 419-423-2787. Free

12 THURSDAY Pumpkin Carving Workshop & Contest - Drink cider, eat snacks, and practice your pumpkin carving skills. Take one home or leave on display for the Folklore & Funfest. Registration required. 6:30-8pm. Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967. Free


Harvest the Past - Art vendors, live farm animals, music, sweet and savory treats, McKinnis House tours, and special exhibits and activities will be at this annual program. 1-5pm. Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 US-224 West. 419-4257275. Free



Wee Ones: Spiders - Learn all about spiders through storytelling and crafts, and see why these spooky creatures aren’t as scary as you think. 10-11am. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln., 419-425-7275. Free


Wordplay: Creative Writing Club Get ready for a creative afternoon of word games, writing prompts, and more. Ages 10 and up. 4-5pm. Wood County District Main Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-5104. Free


Family Movie Night Enjoy a family friendly movie with your little ones. Popcorn and water provided. Takes place in the Lindamood Room. 5:30-7:30pm. FindlayHancock County Public Library. Free





7th Annual Pumpkin Fun Run/ Walk - Help a worthy cause at this fun 5K. Register in advance to get some goodies and a t-shirt. Presented by the Hancock Youth Leadership Program. 9am-1pm. $30. Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. 419-424-7178. Check Facebook for details. Register at


27th Annual Folklore & Funfest Wagon rides, apple cider making, live music, treats, games, and even a spooky trail. Costumes encouraged but not required. 4-9pm. Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967. Free


Self-Guided Fall Float Trip - Take a beautiful and relaxing tour of the Blanchard River in canoes or kayaks. Registration required. 1-3pm October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. $10/person. Riverside Park, Zonita Landing, 231 McManness Ave., 419-425-7275.


38th Annual New Music Festival This festival includes performances by talented musicians, along with art exhibits, demonstrations, classes, and concerts. October 18-21. Bowling Green State University, various locations. 419-3722531.



Garrison Ghost Walk Listen to fun and spooky stories by firelight as you visit multiple stations with a guide. Tours start every 15 minutes from Visitor Center. October 20, 21, 27, and 28. 7-8:30pm. Free/5 and under, $5/ages 6-12, $10/ages 13+. Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-4121.


Ghosts of Providence Lantern Walk Meet characters that haunt the ghost town on this lantern-lit walk through the park. Recommended for kids over 5. 7-7:45pm. $7/nonmembers, $5.60/members. Providence Metropark, 13801 S River Rd., Grand Rapids. 419-407-9741.


Spooktacular - Games, crafts, autumn treats, and tours of the “haunted” Hull House. All ages welcome. 5-8pm. $1/person. Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., 419-423-4433.


Sunburst Spooktakular Pageant and Costume Contest - Your child can enter this spooky and fun twist on a beauty pageant in their respective age category. 5pm. $10-$20 registration. Findlay Village Mall, 1800 Tiffin Ave., 419-423-8732.


Friends’ Fall Colors Bus Tour - Take a bus tour as well as short hikes in the metroparks, with seasonal treats and drinks at the last stop. 9am-1:30pm. W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg. 419-353-1897. Free


Halloween Public Skate - As Halloween approaches, spend some time skating with your family. Session at 1-4pm and 7-11pm. $7.50/admission, plus skate rental. Rolling Thunder Skating and Family Fun Center, 2225 Keith Parkway, 419-422-7227.


Trick-or-Treat on Horseback - Trickor-treat atop a horse with this spin on a classic Halloween. Food, activities and games, face-painting, pony cart rides, and a chance to get a picture with a unicorn. Costumes encouraged. Noon-5pm October 21, 22, 28, and 29. $10/person. Project H.O.P.E., 6645 Township. Rd. 215, 419-469-0415. Check Facebook for details.



2017 Findlay/Hancock County Halloween Parade - All things creepy, spooky, and delightfully frightful will be parading through the streets in celebration of Halloween. Don’t miss out on costumes, candy, and more. 7pm. Downtown Findlay. 419-422-3313. Free


Fairy Houses at Wintergarden Park Enjoy fairy stories, then build your very own dwelling for the little creatures, made of materials you find in the woods. 5pm. Wintergarden Park, 615 S Wintergarden Rd., Bowling Green. 419-353-0301. Free



Farm Play: Folklore Campfire - Hear seasonal stories and legends while using pie irons to make personalized treats in the campfire. Fun for the whole family. 6-8pm. Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Rd., Bowling Green. 419-601-3653. Free

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BGSU Treehouse Troupe Presents: New Kid - Experience the story of young Nick, from the imaginary country Homeland, as he navigates fear and xenophobia while moving to a new country. 10:30-11:30pm. Wood County District Public Library, 251 N Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-5104. Free


Free Spooky Crafts - Vote on your favorite pumpkin carving, make a candy craft, and enter a coloring contest at this special autumn event taking place before the parade. 5-7pm. Awakening Minds Art, 515 S. Main St., 419-302-3892. Free



Trick-or-Treating - Getting ready for candy collecting this Halloween? Check out our round-up of trick-or-treating times around the Greater Findlay area from October 26-31. Full calendar online.



Friday Night Folklore, Trick, Treat, & Tour - Enjoy a night of trick or treating and shows by magician Andrew Martin. RSVP encouraged. 7-10pm. $15/adults, $13/students. Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967.


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Watch this Halloween favorite as it plays throughout the day. Takes place in Children’s Place Programming Room. 9:15am-5:45pm. Wood County District Public Library, 251 N Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-5104. Free



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Luminous Lights Enchantment awaits with this Chinese lantern festival, with over 500 beautiful lanterns in the shape of zoo animals and botanicals. Runs through October 29. 6-10pm Sunday-Thursday. 6-11pm Friday and Saturday. $17/ adults, $14/kids, $14/adult members, $11/kid members. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. 419-385-5721.


Free Community Dinners Stop by for a wonderful community meal featuring fun, food, and friends. Every Sunday at various locations and times. Begins around 11am. Check for location list. Free


Mornings with Mommy Moms can relax and mingle, while kids enjoy crafts, activities, 9:30-10:30am, first and third Mondays of the month. $5/family per session. Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. 419326-4685.


Little Tikes Play Date Children and their caregivers can spend a morning building skills, making friends, and playing with toys and games. All ages. 10:15am-noon. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St., 419-422-1712. Free



Halloween Skate - Wear a costume and and get free admission on this special night. 1-2:50pm. Huntington Arena at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., 419-424-7176. Free


Autumn Harvest of Crafts 2017 Enjoy the 10th annual arts & crafts festival and pick up some treats. Proceeds benefit Putnam County District Library. 9am-3pm. Ottawa-Glandorf High School, 630 Glendale Ave., Ottawa. 419-659-5478. Check Facebook for details. Free



Open House: Spooky in Nature Displays, crafts, and activities focusing on fall and the creepy, creative critters that come out to play. 1-4pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln., 419-425-7275. Free

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