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Volume 2 • Issue 6



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15 parent profile

community snapshots what’s briefly happening new kids on the block exceptional families calendar — compiled by Julian Garcia


Man on a mission

Hancock County’s Brian Robertson — by Kathy Miller

June 2013


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W.E.T-ing our appetite

West End Tavern’s lunch hour surprisingly kid-friendly — by Rose Roccisano Barto



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Amie Noel: I would in a heartbeat! Amy Cook: Experienced birth photographers are

tasteful and non-obtrusive. It’s something that happens in such a whirlwind blur that you hardly remember it in a month, let alone years. I hired one for my third and am grateful! She did a beautiful job...

Erin Fauble Garrett: Never thought of this! I think I would love one for my third and final baby when the time comes!

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Want to keep the kids’ math skills sharp this summer? Head to our website! We’re giving away Mead Tangram activity books and Math Builders work books each week in June. • June 2013 •


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Born May 21 — June 20     By Sue Lovett The symbol for this sign is “The Twins” — you definitely get two for the price of one when a Gemini is born. They are “busy” at birth, looking around, opening and closing their eyes, AND hanging on to your finger tightly. They always want two of everything, one for each hand. They chatter incessantly and enjoy a toy telephone. They love to write, to color, and will sit for hours when someone will read to them. They are curious and good natured. They learn quickly. Gemini children may have a few allergies, but other than that they are healthy. They talk at a very early age and often easily learn a second language. Geminis often are bi-lingual. They are friendly and popular with other children. They enjoy all games, puzzles, coloring, painting, and reading and “playing school” before they are old enough to go there.

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Vino is for grown ups Your date-night could be dry or sweet on Saturday, June 22 at the 5th annual Riverside Wine Festival in Riverside Park. Traditionally, this fermented fruit function has served only Ohio wines, but this year event sponsor, The Arts Partnership, will feature wines of the world. French, German, South American and California-made wine will be available along with Ohio-made wines. Art pieces, crafts and artist demonstrations, such as pottery making and dessert making, will be on display. Fine food will also be available for purchase. 1pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. $10 for those not sampling and kids in strollers get in free. With paid admission, patrons will receive a wine glass and 10 wine-sampling tickets. Riverside Park, 219 McManness Ave. 419-422-3412.

Weekend devoted to a good cause Grab your walking shoes and take a hike for a great cause. Every dollar raised at The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Friday, June 21 at 6pm at the Hancock County Fairgrounds will benefit cancer research. Teams or individuals should come prepared to camp overnight, while each team should have a member on the track at all times. Food, games, and activities will provide entertainment for the entire family. Relay will run from Friday, June 21 at 6pm through Saturday, June 22 at 5 pm. $10 per person. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St. 800-227-2345.

Alley cats

Out to lunch Enjoy a more lively family lunch outing every Tuesday beginning June 4 from 11:30am-1pm with Courtyard Concerts featuring local musical acts in Latham Courtyard in downtown Findlay, sponsored by The Arts Partnership. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own meal or purchase a boxed lunch from one of Findlay’s participating restaurants. “It’s a great way to enjoy local music and great local food while socializing with friends,” says Leigh Esper, executive director of The Arts Partnership. The concerts are free and will run weekly for eight weeks (excluding July 4th week) from 11:30am-1pm. Latham Courtyard, 500 block of S. Main St. 419-422-3412. 6

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For more than 15 summers, Findlay-Hancock Chamber of Commerce has given Findlay residents a chance to celebrate the end of the work week with live music, libations, and great food at Rally in the Alley. This year is no exception. Every Friday, from 5-8pm beginning Friday, June 14, downtown’s Latham Courtyard will be rocking with live, local musical talent. “We plan to build upon our efforts and showcase downtown Findlay as a place to live, work, and play,” Chamber of Commerce Public Relations Coordinator, Rachael Rahrig said. “Rally in the Alley is a great way to kick off your weekend.” Fridays, June 14-Aug 16. Free. 5-8pm. 419-422-3313.

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Organized and show ready Busy homeowners barely have time to mow the grass and make dinner. Big projects like organizing, remodeling and getting a house ready to sell seem overwhelming. Enter Melissa Terhark of Staged 2 Sell by Melissa. She brings a designer’s touch to the home, helping her clients reduce stress and get the results they want — her specialty is getting homes show ready for the real estate market. Statistics show that working with a professional to stage your home not only helps you sell your house faster, but results in a higher price, explains Melissa. “Your home should be a place of comfort,” says Melissa, a former oncology nurse who turned her passion into a full-time career in 2012. “I love space planning and using color to create a mood or feel in a room. I love helping clients get satisfaction from living in an organized space.” In addition to home staging, Melissa helps clients with home organizing, interior re-design projects, paint color assistance, space planning and personal shopping. For more information, visit, call 419203-3742 or email

Rebuilding as a team

Camp Berry—Findlay’s Boy Scout camp—suffered severe damage when the “Derecho” storm swept through the city last June. Strong winds uprooted trees and flattened or damaged 14 camp facilities, including the J.T. Boyd Pavilion, a main gathering spot at the camp. But this summer, campers will enjoy a new shelter house, thanks to the efforts of the Hancock Leadership Class of 2013. The leadership class — 26 members total — not only raised funds for the shelter, but also built it themselves, relying on members with expertise in architecture and construction. The entire project cost $20,000, and a dedication ceremony for the reconstructed J.T. Boyd Pavilion took place in May. Thousands of young people visit Camp Berry each year, including 6,500 area Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schoolchildren and church youth groups. The J.T. Boyd Pavilion was originally built in 2005 in memory of a local teenager who passed away. Hancock Leadership, a program sponsored by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, fosters and promotes volunteer leadership resources within the community. • June 2013 •





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Finding hope, and hanging on to it The Montgomery family faces special needs with compassion By Rose Roccisano Barto

Olivia Montgomery was whisked away for emergency heart surgery when she was just five days old. Her mother, Lori, was prepared for the surgery since prenatal tests revealed Olivia had a heart defect. What she wasn’t prepared for was the doctor saying her baby girl had Down syndrome. Through her shock, she heard a statement that changed how she and her husband Tim looked at parenting. “You will get out of her what you put into her,” she remembers the doctor saying. Keep her locked away and assume there is no hope, and there will be none. Get her out into the world and challenge both her and society’s ideas about her, and they may be surprised. “Every time we hit a bump in the road we just thought of that,” she says. “We wanted her to experience other people and for them to experience her. God gave us this wonderful gift and we want to expose her to the things available to her. We didn’t want to keep her in a box.” There might not be a big enough box to contain Olivia anyway. While she is less than five feet tall, Olivia — now 12 and a fifth-grader at Chamberlin Hill Intermediate School in Findlay — has a personality twice her size. She fits right into a family that is on the go not only with her activities but those of her older brother, Zach. For the last eight years, Olivia has ice skated with the Gliding Stars of Findlay. Through Special Olympics she has earned medals in skills softball and basketball, has participated in gymnastics, and also painted through Awakening Minds Arts & Athletics. Zach, 14 and an eighth grader at Glenwood Middle School, plays travel soccer for Findlay Soccer Club and also participates in track and field. 8

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There is always a family cheering section at both siblings’ events, but the Montgomery family’s involvement with Olivia’s activities is truly a family affair. Tim Montgomery produces the annual skating show for Gliding Stars, a volunteer job that includes helping to develop a theme and to find music to go along with the skating numbers. Zach volunteers with Special Olympics, and Lori Montgomery volunteers in all the different ways so many moms do. Olivia’s biggest fan might be her older brother, Zach who helps his sister with small things like breaking a bad habit, and larger things like working on her skills for the Special Olympics. And when Olivia competes, he is one of her loudest cheerleaders. “She does stuff and she enjoys it, and I like to watch her enjoy it,” he says. “When she lights up, I light up inside. Even though she has a disability, she still deserves the same opportunities other kids have.” The Montgomerys heard another bit of special needs parenting advice the day Olivia was born — to slow down and enjoy the journey. There will be hurdles and roadblocks, but don’t forget the happiness. “Sometimes I get to thinking how will she live on her own, but if I do that I miss out on the joy that’s going on right now at age 12,” says Lori. “She’s reading, and making friends. If I look past that, I miss it.” They also didn’t anticipate how life with Olivia would change them for the better. “Zach is such a compassionate person, and I attribute that to her,” says Lori. “She made me a stronger mom, and she made my husband a more patient person. She’s had a major influence on all of us.”

Free activity

Mazza Museum Funday Sunday 1000 N. Main St. 419-422-8313

Breathe easy, parents — June is the month you're allowed

to play favorites. In fact, we encourage it! Every year, our readers (an opinionated bunch!) tell us their picks for the spots that make Findlay such a great place to raise a family — their top places to eat, play, learn, and be cared for — in our Family Favorites awards. Their votes create an annual guide to the best of the best for the families of Northwest Ohio. Use the 2013 results as your family resource — and feel free to let your favorites be known!

Runner up: Easter Sand Sculpture

Family-friendly fair or festival

St. Michael the Archangel Parish Festival 617 W. Main Cross St. & 750 Bright Rd. 419-422-2646

Runner up: Hancock County Fair

Live theater for kids

The Arts Partnership

618 S. Main St. 419-422-3412

Runner up: Fort Findlay

Place to hop on a horse

Project Hope Equine Therapy

16195 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green 419-469-0415

Runner up: Sanderson Stables

Place to volunteer

Habitat for Humanity                                                       


2042 Tiffan Ave. 419-429-1400                               

Runner up: Blanchard Valley Center                                                                                             continued on pg. 10

ing k c i l o r F Family Place for winter fun

Findlay Reservoir Sledding

Runner up: Snow Trails Ski Resort

Rainy-day activity

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712

Runner up: Ice Skating at the Cube

Sunny-day activity

Riverbend Recreation Area 16618 Township Rd. 208 419-425-7275

Runner up: Emory Adams Park

Place to sneak in a history lesson

Hancock Historical Museum 422 W. Sandusky St. 419-423-4433

Runner up: Litzenberg Woods

Dance class

Becky's School of Dance    14550 US 224 419-423-7423

Runner up: Studio 1 Dance

Martial arts program

Findlay Martial Arts Academy 1740 Lima Ave. 419-427-3988

Runner up: Academy of Martial Arts

Art class

Awakening Minds Art 515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892

Runner up: Findlay Art League

Music class

Music Together of Findlay 208 Broadway 419-421-0543

Runner up: Val King Piano Teacher Extraordinair

Birthday entertainer

Fun-ominal Face Painting and Entertainment

419- 421- 063 2 / funo mina lfac epa intin m

Mercy Hanners’ artistic ability and originality makes her a shoe-in for Findlay Family readers’ favorite birthday entertainer. Her business , Fun-ominal Face Painting and Ente rtainment, is the perfect addition to a rockin’ birthday party, with Han ners offering unique face painting ideas and glitter tattoos. Hanners began painting six years ago for her daughter, and things escalated from there. Her personal face painting style is more than just clown pain t — reaching a whole new level of fun experimentation that truly refle cts the originality of her art form . “I didn’t want to be a cheek painter,” Hanners says. “I want to be more of a face artist.” —DL • June 2013 •


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Vacation that won’t empty your wallet

m a f e h t d Fee

Cedar Point Park or Playground

Riverside Park                                                                                          

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky 419-627-2350                                                                                                         

Runner up: The Toledo Zoo

231 Mcmanness Ave. 419-424-7176

Runner up: Riverbend Park


Story hour location

Mazza Museum

Family-friendly gym

300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424

Runner up: The Gym by Jamie

1000 N. Main St. 419-422-8313

Runner up: Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Gold Medal Gymnastics Fitness                                                              

Runner up: Findlay Elite Gymnastics and Cheer


1850 Manor Hill Rd. 419-425-4653

Swim lessons                                                                     

300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424

Runner up: Gold Medal Gymnastics

Place to play rec sports


Place to Swim

300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424

Riverside Park

Runner up: Allen Thompson Sports Complex

231 McManness Ave. 419-424-7176

Runner up: YMCA

Gymnastics center

Indoor water park

Maumee Bay State Park

Bowling alley

Ali's Bowling Alley

132 E. Crawford St. 419-424-5750

Runner up: Seneca Lanes

Runner up: Great Wolf Lodge Water Park


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Family restaurant

Tony’s Restaurant

10280 US 224 419-424-3100

Runner up: Cheddar’s Casual Café

Ice cream shop

Mr. Twister                                                                      631 Trenton Ave. 419-427-2663

Runner up: Dietsch Brothers


Healthy fast food

15075 US 224 419-424-0905

Place where kids eat free


1410 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-9464

Runner up: Main Street Deli

Runner up: City BBQ

Joey Fratello’s

Great Scott Community Market

Pizza joint (non-chain)

116 E. Sandusky St. 419-427-5639

Runner up: Flag City Pizza

Burger place (non-chain)

Keith’s Dugout          3112 N. Main St. 419-423-7911

Runner up: Wilson’s Sandwich Shop

Kid-friendly grocery store

2021 Broad Ave 419-422-7853       

Runner up: Kroger

Natural food store

Apple a Day                                                                                                 600 S. Blanchard St. 419-423-3973

Runner up: Health Yourself

y p a r e h T Retail

Hey Shor It’s your

Kid’s clothier

Kiya Papaya Boutique

Place to furnish your little one’s “nest”

213 E. Crawford St. 419-957-1743                  

Runner up: Trends Too!

Once Upon a Child

1825 Tiffin Ave. 419-422-0400

Kid’s shoe shop

Stride Rite

Visit website for locations,

Runner up: Scoot’s       


Kid’s consignment

Once Upon a Child

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Fun-ominal Face Painting and Entertainment 419-421-0632 Facebook page: Funominal Face Painting

Runner up: Magic & Memories Magician

Runner up: Babies 'R Us

Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet

Kiya Papaya Boutique

Runner up: Kiya Papaya Boutique

Runner up: Trends on Main    

Locally-owned specialty toys/gifts

Birthday party venue

7535 Patriot Dr. 419-427-9999

213 E. Crawford St. 419-957-1743     

Runner up: Your Kids Closet

Place for goody bag loot

Place to buy maternity clothes

2225 Keith Parkway 419-422-7227

1825 Tiffin Ave. 419-422-0400

Old Navy

Visit website for locations,

Runner up: Goodwill

Rolling Thunder Skating and Family Fun Center Runner up: Pirate’s Cove

Place to buy cake

Buggy Whip Bakery

111 E. Crawford St. 567-301-2203

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Support group for moms

Parent-2-Parent Runner up: Newcomer’s Club

Mom-friendly play date

Findlay Village Mall

Art class

Awakening Minds Art

515 S. Main St. / 419- 302 -38 92 / www .awa ken

ingm inds art.o rg When a child with cerebral palsy creates a beautiful piece of art, it creates a sense of confidence for the child and a sense of pride for the parent. It’s one of the reasons Findlay readers voted Awakening Minds Art the best place to take an art class — the staff is dedicated to bringing out the full creative pote ntial in every participant. They also love the patient, supportive staff and appreciate a new outlook on the abilities of their loved one s. Awakening Minds has worked with students from 11 months to over 100 years old, and while the programs are designed to benefit individuals with brain disorders, they are open to students of all abil ity levels. —DL


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1800 Tiffin Ave. 419-423-8732

Runner up: Newcomer’s Club

Place for single parents to meet


Runner up: Playground

Parent blog

Moms in Heels, Lisa Harst

Runner up:

Date-night restaurant

Rossilli’s Restaurant 217 S. Main St. 419-423-5050

Runner up: Logan’s Irish Pub                                                      

Place for Mom to be pampered

Journey Salon and Day Spa 127 W. Hardin St. 419-427-2420

Runner up: Designer Group

Romantic Getaway

Belamere Suites Hotel                   12200 Williams Rd., Perrysburg 419-874-2233

Runner up: Triple T Western Bed and Breakfast

s r e y l F h g i H s ' y Findla

Best Neighborhood

Runner up: Golden Gayle Drive

Blanchard Valley Hospital


Program (activity for preschoolers)

Hancock Park District

1424 E. Main Cross St. 419-425-7275

Runner up: Oakwood’s Discovery Center

Summer day camp

Camp Discovery

Visit website for details,

Runner up: Findlay E Free


Tutor/ learning

Kid-friendly emergency room

1900 S. Main St. 419-423-4500

Runner up: Walk-In Urgent Care

2020 Tiffin Ave. #2 567-208-5287

Runner up: Sylvan Learning Center, Ottawa                


Cheryl Bays, 6th and 7th grade math

First Federal Bank

Visit website for locations,

Runner up: Fifth Third Bank

Family Lawyer

Place to take Dad for Father’s Day

Michael J. Malone

Bistro On Main

Oxley, Malone, Hollister, Warren & Spaeth 301 E. Main Cross St. 419-422-8713

407 S. Main St. 419-425-4900

Runner up: Bass Pro Shop

Runner up: Gregory Rakestraw, Rakestraw & Rakestraw LLC.

Cedar Valley Cafe

Dr. Bruce Heater

Place to take Mom for Mother’s Day

1132 Tiffin Ave. 419-425-8866

Runner up: Rossilli’s Restaurant

Kumon of Findlay

Bank/financial institution

Kid-friendly salon

Rustic Razor

227 W. Crawford St. 419-423-7177

Runner up: Generations Salon and Spa

Dentist/ Orthodontist                                                                   310 W. Hardin St. 419-423-1499

Runner up: Dr. William Kibbey       


Place to give birth

Blanchard Valley Hospital 1900 S. Main St. 419-423-4500

Runner up: Mercy Tiffin Hospital  

Picnic spot

Riverside Park

231 Mcmanness Ave. 419-424-7176


Dr. Kimberlee Perkins

Van Buren Middle School 217 S. Main St., Van buren 419-299-3384

Runner up: Litzenberg Woods

301 W. Wallace St. 419-424-0180

Runner up: Arlene George, Montessori Children’s Village

Runner up: Dr. Carmen Faye Doty-Armstrong

Blanchard Valley Health System

Family-friendly car dealership

Reineke Ford Lincoln, Inc.

12000 County Rd. 99 800-531-2613

Parent-friendly work place 1900 S. Main St. 419-423-4500

Runner up: Nissin Brake Ohio, Inc.


Dr. Liane Wilt

334 S. Main St. 419-422-2015

Runner up: Dr. Kurt Ebersole, Spectrum Eye Care

Runner up: LaRiche Toyota continued on pg. 14 • June 2013 •


continued on pg. 10


Kathy Fries, C.N.M, Cascade Women’s Health 1641 Lake Cascades Ct. 419-425-1510 Runner up: Debra Moore, C.N.M., Blanchard Valley Women’s Care

Pediatric practice

Dr. Andrew Ritz, Blanchard Valley Pediatrics 1818 Chapel Dr. 419-424-1922

Runner up: Dr. Romena Moorjani


Dr. Ami Orr, Blanchard Valley Pediatrics 1818 Chapel Dr. 419-424-1922

Runner up: Dr. Cheryl Huffman


Dr. Chris Lofquist, Trenton Chiropractic and Rehab 643 Trenton Ave. 419-427-6300

Runner up: Dr. Chris Berry


Dr. Ghassan Safadi


VCA Animal Medical Center 15028 E. US Route 224 419-424-9737

Runner up: Blanchard Valley Veterinary Clinic                                                     

Place to nurse a baby


Runner up: Findlay Village Mall

Kids photographer

Amy Cook                                                                                                          

Runner up: Goodrich Photography


Special needs

Blanchard Valley Center 1700 E. Sandusky St. 419-425-6387

Runner up: Special Kids Therapy

Place to worship

St. Wendelin Catholic Parish 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria 419-435-6692

Runner up: Findlay Evangelical Free Church

1818 Chapel Dr. 419-427-2900

Runner up: Dr. Gary Petro

Montessori Children’s Village


220 Cherry St. 419-722-8797

Runner up: Something Special Learning Center


Montessori Children’s Village 220 Cherry St. 419-722-8797

Runner up: Around the Clock Child Care

Family-friendly restroom

Findlay Village Mall

1800 Tiffin Ave. 419-423-8732

Runner up: Owen’s Community College


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Man on a mission

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson By Kathy Miller

Fun Facts:

Hometown: Louisville, KY (the “Ville”) Family: Wife, Jane; children, Tiffany, Brian and Jane Robertson (right) with their daughters Tiffany & Brittney (left) When he was in his early twenties, Findlay resident Brian Robertson knew he had reached a crossroads. A few years prior, as a wayward teen, his mother told the youngest of her 13 children that she felt he was a natural born leader and that he just needed to figure out how he would lead. The defining moment came at 22 when he decided to make a list of 101 things he wanted out of life. As a man of great faith, number one was a relationship with Christ and number 101 was to go to heaven. Between those two ends of the list were a variety of goals (one was completing a Ironman triathlon, which this “health nut” has done eight times!) and judging by his triumphs thus far, he’s likely exceeding some of those early expectations. Despite his humble beginnings in urban Kentucky, Brian’s determination has led him to successfully balance duties as an area businessman, community volunteer, recently-elected Hancock County commissioner and family man. He has done so with strong faith and great enthusiasm. After an unsuccessful bid in a Findlay mayoral  race, Brian chose to focus on the positive — he was an unknown candidate who ran a close second place, which thrilled him. He was initially reluctant to run for a commissioner position, despite prodding by many to vie for an open seat. He surprised his supporters when he finally committed and chose to run against an incumbent rather than take the open seat. The move reflected his desire for real change. He won the primary and now delights in serving his community. Among his extensive volunteer activities, one of his favorites is being a Sunday school teacher for Saint Michael’s, a role he has now reprised for the past three years. He proudly of teaches his seventh grade students that “being grounded in faith is a bridge to having a sense of self.” Other work includes volunteering for the National

28, and Brittney, 24; grandchildren, Jaelynn, 9, and Kaeden, 5

Mottos: One, all things are possible through faith, family and friends. And two, no worries. Hero: his mother, Betty Jane Robertson Items he can’t live without: A cross from

his mother that he wears all the time

Person he admires: Athlete Jim Thorpe (“I love what he did as an athlete and as a Native American”) Favorite spots in Findlay:

St. Mike’s and Dietsch’s Bone Marrow Donor program, the annual Flag City Multisport Celebration, and the Give Back program. Despite these significant professional accomplishments and admirable volunteer efforts, Brian takes the greatest pride in his family. He’s not shy about praising the women in his life. It’s clear he has an incredible amount of respect for his wife, Jane, mother, Betty, and daughters, Tiffany and Brittney. According to this smitten husband, his wife Jane is an accomplished professional herself who is “working on sainthood.” As a father, he is guided by the belief that one should love their kids unconditionally. He’s strived to model hard work and his example and unwavering support have been rewarded via recent full circle moments when his girls expressed that their father was right about so many things. Like his own realization of his mother’s wisdom, he says it’s been such a gift to receive his daughters’ affirmations. Brian has a few recommendations for achieving balance and joy: Accept that things won’t always go perfectly, do the best you can, and ask for forgiveness when mistakes are made. Don’t give up. Most people only see his success, yet Brian reiterates that nothing has ever come easy for him. As for his good fortune in Hancock County, “I believe God has me where he needs me,” he says, and he intends on creating positive change for Findlay’s residents, just as he committed the same to himself as a young man not so long ago. • June 2013 •


W.E.T-ing our appetite

West End Tavern’s lunch hour surprisingly family-friendly By Rose Roccisano Barto

THE SHORT COURSE Kid-friendly: Yes, if you come for lunch or dinner To avoid wait: Consider off-peak times Bathroom amenities: None High Chairs: Yes Got milk? Not on the menu Anything healthy for the kids? Salads Food allergy concerns? As always, ask

West End Tavern

West End Tavern 506 W. Main St. 419-424-1640 Facebook page: West End Tavern Findlay Kitchen hours 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily For 15 years, I’d driven by the West End Tavern thinking it was just a pub. Now I know better. We recently decided to have lunch at the tavern, nestled by the railroad tracks at 506 West Main Cross St. I wasn’t sure what to expect, except those who had gone there for the food kept coming back. A loyal clientele? Good food at good prices? Friendly service and an interesting atmosphere? We are there. We walked into a dimly lit, narrow building that felt cozy without being claustrophobic. We were warmly greeted and picked our own table. The smell of freshly-popped popcorn competed with other mouthwatering smells coming from the kitchen. The tavern was decorated with vintage Guinness beer signs and other items that indicate this is just the spot for St. Patrick’s Day. And, it played the best music we’d heard in a restaurant in a long time — Roy Orbison, Del Shannon and John Lennon were just a few of the musical gems we listened to. The decor is old-school, including napkin dispensers on the table, and the food is just downright delicious. Sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, wraps and sides dominate the menu. The sandwiches include reubens, chicken breast and grilled pork tenders, as well as 1/3 pound burgers. Wraps run the gamut from chicken to egg. While there is no official kids’ menu, kid-friendly fare, such as grilled cheese, is plentiful.


We started with the pretzel bites with dipping sauce ($2.79) and an order of onion rings ($1.99) to share. My kids had no problem finding something to order — in fact, they were torn between several choices before finally deciding. The teen ordered the breaded chicken breast sandwich on a bun ($3.99), while the tween wanted the three-tiered W.E.T. Club ($5.29). My husband ordered the cod fish sandwich ($4.29). I ordered an egg salad wrap ($3.29). All of the sandwiches are served with potato chips. “Man, that’s as good a fish sandwich as you’re going to find,” said my husband. My teen was too busy eating to comment. My tween took most of her sandwich home — it was three inches thick, so mammoth

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she couldn’t finish it. My egg salad was just right; it’s something I won’t bother making for myself, so it was nice to find a well-made option that was not too heavy on the mayo. Though we walked out satisfied, we wondered about other offerings on the menu: The Westender is a deep-fried pork tender sandwich that comes in both king and queen sizes, the burger with bleu cheese sounded interesting, and how can you not be curious about a snack basket that combines hot cheese balls, onion rings and mushrooms?

We might just become regulars at the West End Tavern — we’ve already been back three times. The menu offers enough variety to provide different lunch and dinner options for several weeks. When you are in the mood for good food, and a place where eventually everybody will know your name, you can definitely whet your appetite at the W.E.T.

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Wednesdays, June 12 - August 14

Riverside Summer Concert Series

Once again as summer rolls in local volunteers and invited musicians will entertain the community with a free concert series down by the river. The Riverside Summer Concert Series continues this summer at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell at Riverside Park every Wednesday until August 14. Pack a picnic basket and bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a Findlay tradition the whole family will love. The series kicks off June 12 with the smooth sounds of Night Jazz. June 19 will feature Lake Plains Chorus. And on June 26 the Napoleon Community Band performs. 7:30-9pm. Free. Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. 419-425-7275.—JG

4 TUESDAY Courtyard Concerts: Jeff Tucker & On the Beach - The Arts Partnership is pairing great local talent with some of Findlay’s amazing eateries to make your lunch anything but ho-hum! Courtyard Concerts are free to the public, and meals will be available for purchase. Today’s cuisine provided by Fresh Encounter.11:30am1pm. Free. Latham Courtyard, 500 block of S. Main St. 419-422-3412.

7 FRIDAY Boogie on Main - Come down to Main Street, and celebrate the beginning of Summer and break out the live music, libations, food and fun. On deck to rock the stage at this year’s event will be Black Swamp Funk and Willful Blindness. 6pm12am. $5 adult / $3 children 12 and under / Free, kids in strollers . Main St., Downtown Findlay. 419-422-3412.

8 SATURDAY Evening Canoe Float - Get the summer started off right with a relaxing evening canoe float. Program Assistant, Chris Allen, will give basic canoe instructions before going out. Families welcome, with at least one adult per canoe. Register with $10 per canoe by Thursday, June 6. 7-9pm. Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. 419-425-7275.

9 SUNDAY Hands On History: Making Cheese Join the settlers as they make cheese and work on building up the pantry. 1:304:30pm. Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. Route 224. 419-425-7275.

11 TUESDAY Dairy Days - Celebrate National Dairy Month with dairy-themed demonstrations and activities at Sauder Village! To help guests better understand the role dairy plays in lives today and in the lives of the early pioneers, guests can help make but-

ter, ice-cream, biscuits and watch cream separating demonstrations. Other activities planned for the week-long event include making buttermilk biscuits, butter churning and cheese making. June 11-16, 10am4pm. $15 adult / $8 student / Free, 5 & under. Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold. 800-590-9755. Junior Historian: Civil War - Become a time traveler and go back to the 1860’s to explore the American Civil War. Learn how to set up a pup tent, create your own secret code, make hardtack, drill like a real Civil War soldier, and much more! Children are required to be ages 9-12. Please bring a lunch and drink each day. Register by Monday, June 3. 9:30am-2:30pm. $30. Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. Route 224. 419-425-7275. Courtyard Concerts: Cantãre - The Arts Partnership is pairing great local talent with some of Findlay’s amazing eateries to make your lunch anything but ho-hum! Courtyard Concerts are free to the public, and meals will be available for purchase. Today’s cuisine provided by Bread Kneads. 11:30am-1pm. Free. Latham Courtyard, 500 block of S. Main St. 419-422-3412.

14 FRIDAY Rally the Alley - Rally the Alley is an outdoor musical event that has become a tradition in the downtown for celebrating the end of the week. Relax and enjoy live music, beverages and food. Gather with friends and unwind. And when the music ends, visit one of the many local restaurants for a wonderful meal to make the evening complete. This week’s band is The Reunion Band with food provided by Jimmy John’s! 5-8pm. Free. Latham Courtyard, 500 block of S. Main St.

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Mom & Tot Skate, Bring the little ones to the Cube for open ice skating Monday-Friday. 10am-11am. $2 child/$3 adult skates included. The CUBE, 3430 N. Main St. 419-424-7176.


Story Time, Hear stories with songs and a simple craft. For all ages. 10:3011:30am. Free. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419422-1712.


Starflight First Grade Trail Starter, Camp Fire USA connects children and families with caring, trained adults in an intimate group atmosphere through our club programs. first and third Tuesdays. 3:30-4:30pm. $15. 733 Wyandot St. 419-422-5415.


Toddler Art Zone, Includes a story, art project and music. For ages one to four. 11:30am-12:15pm. $5-$10. YMCA, Downtown Branch, 300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-8249.


Jr. Teens in Action, This is for children grades six to eight. Curriculum is based on the Five Trails of Camp Fire USA. The Trail to Knowing Me. The Trail to Family and Community. The Trail to Creativity. The Trail to the Environment. The Trail to the Future. 5:30–6:30pm. Camp Fire USA, 305 W. Hardin St. 419-422-5415.


Baby Story Time, Infants birth-36 months will enjoy simple stories, rhymes, music, puppets, movement for the youngest learners. 9:30am. Free. FindlayHancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712.

15 SATURDAY Tractors, Tractors, Tractors - Get an up-close look at the machines that make farming possible! Historic tractors from the 1920s to the 1960s will also be on display. For an even more in-depth agricultural experience, guests can also enjoy many hands-on activities as part of the “Dairy Days” event. To help celebrate the importance of the dairy industry there will be dairy-related cooking demonstrations, cream separating and guests can help make butter, ice-cream, biscuits and more! 10am-5pm. $15 adult / $8 student / Free, 5 and under. Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold. 800-590-9755. Classic Memories VIII - Join the Flag City Classics Car Club for their annual one day car, truck and motorcycle show! Open to all makes, models and years. There’ll be awards, games, music and fun. All proceeds go to local charities. Awards are presented at 3pm. 10am-4pm. Owens Community College, 3200 Bright Rd. 419-387-7286.

16 SUNDAY Father’s Day Cruise: Dads Ride Free - Forget the tie. On his special day, treat Dad to a Canal Experience. “The Volunteer” a replica 1870s canal boat, departs at 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm. Boat trips last one hour. The historic Isaac Ludwig Mill and General Store are open free of charge. A fee applies for non-fathers to ride the boat. Contact the ticket booth to purchase canal boat tickets or purchase the day of prior to your desired boat run time. 12-4pm. $6. Providence Metropark, 13827 Old U.S. 24, Grand Rapids. 419407-9741. Hands-on Nature: Mammals of Ohio - What mammals are here in Hancock Parks? Learn how to identify tracks, scat, and furs. 1-4pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-7275.

17 MONDAY Wee Ones: Ponds & Lakes - Program includes a story, activities, and craft. Recommended for children 3 years old and under with an adult companion. Other aged siblings welcome. 10am, 1pm & 7pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-7275. Monday Night Family Movie - Beat the heat and enjoy a free family movie at the library. Please bring your own snacks for your own enjoyment. 6-8pm. Free. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712.

18 TUESDAY Courtyard Concerts: JD Owen - The Arts Partnership is pairing great local talent with some of Findlay’s amazing eateries to make your lunch anything but ho-hum! Courtyard Concerts are free to the public, and meals will be available for purchase. Today’s cuisine provided by Main Street Deli.11:30am-1pm. Latham Courtyard, 500 block of S. Main St. Free. 419-4223412.


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19 WEDNESDAY Juneteenth Celebration & Dinner Join the Black Heritage Library and Multi-Cultural Center for the Annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom and the Emancipation Proclamation! Enjoy guest speakers, live music, crafts, dance performances, storytimes for the kids and a delicious soul food dinner. $10 adult / $7 students over 10 / Free, children 9 and under. Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center, 817 Harmon St. 419423-4954

21 FRIDAY Planetarium Night: Zoo in the Sky Costume Party - Lions, swans and bears, oh my! Kids, put on your favorite animal costume and come on out to the park. Try to identify whatever animal you dress up as in the evening stars. Cookies and punch after the show. Participants should be at least 5 years old. Participants must sit on floor. Ask about handicap accessibility. No fee, but register by Thursday, June 20. 7-9pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-7275.

22 SATURDAY Astronomy Day & Star Party - Join members of the Millstream Astronomy Club to safely view the Sun. After dark, they will be looking at the full Moon, Venus, Saturn and many other celestial wonders. Bring your telescope or binoculars or look through theirs. 7pm. Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Rd. 208. 419-425-7275.

1 SATURDAY 42nd Annual Historic Old West End Festival - Celebrate one of Toledo’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods with family oriented activities, a juried art fair, food vendors and the annual King Wamba Carnival Parade. Saturday, 9:30am, parade registration; 10am start. Festival goes all day Saturday & Sunday. The Historic Old West End, Toledo.

12 WEDNESDAY Holland Strawberry Festival - This year marks the 75th anniversary of the four day long event that includes a bake off, parade, DJs, the Haywire Band, Rollie Run, and the always popular Strawberry Pageant. Wed. & Thu., 4-11pm; Fri., 4-12am; Sat., 12pm12am, Sun., 12-10pm. $3, parking. 7807 Angola Rd., Holland.

12 THURSDAY Whitehouse Cherry Fest Sponsored by the Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce, this festival features local crafts vendors, a parade on Saturday at 12pm, the Miss Cherry Queen pageant, a beer & wine garden, a cherry pie eating contest and a fireworks show to close out Saturday night. Thursday, 6-11pm; Friday, 12pm-12am; Saturday, 9am-12am. Downtown Whitehouse.

5th Annual Docs-N-Socks 5K Run/ Walk & Kids Fun Run! - Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ohio Orthopaedics Medical Scholarship Fund. Visit the website to register and see full list of different runs. 9am. $12 children / $20 adult. Ohio Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Inc., 1501 Bright Rd.

24 MONDAY Nature Pressing & Printing Workshop - Participants will learn basic printing and pressing principles in this fun and creative way to capture plants on paper. Register with $15 per person by Wednesday, June 19 at the HPD office. Participants must be at least 13 years of age and over. 7-9pm. Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Rd. 208. 419-425-7275.

25 TUESDAY Courtyard Concerts: Melody Road The Arts Partnership is pairing great local talent with some of Findlay’s amazing eateries to make your lunch anything but ho-hum! Courtyard Concerts are free to the public, and meals will be available for purchase. Today’s cuisine provided by Waldo Peppers. 11:30am-1pm. Free. Latham Courtyard, 500 block of S. Main St. 419-422-3412.

28 FRIDAY Family Movie - Beat the heat and enjoy a free family movie at the library. Please bring snacks for your own enjoyment. Today’s show is Despicable Me. 1:30pm3pm. Free. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712.

16 SUNDAY Father’s Day Celebration and BBQ Free admission for dads when you visit with your child(ren)! Enjoy the day with fun activities and an opportunity to enjoy a special BBQ lunch—this is a day your family won’t want to miss. Test your skills with dad-friendly games, too, included with your admission. 10am-5pm. $15 adults/ $11 children. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. 419-385-5721.

28 FRIDAY Sand-tastic - Sandcastle pros return to Levis Commons to create giant sand sculpture masterpieces. There’ll also be sidewalk art, live music, an amateur sandcastle contest and a giant public sandbox. June 28-29, 12-8pm. Free. Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419931-8888.

29 SATURDAY 48th Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts - Northwest Ohio’s premier art festival brings in over 200 artists from all over the country with works in every medium from jewelry and paintings, to glass and ceramics. Also attendees will enjoy live music all weekend and awesome food vendors! Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. $7 adv. at The Andersons / $8 days of / Free, members & children 12 and under. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-841-3905.

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