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Adams Street Publishing Co.

Volume 2 • Issue 9

September 2012

Publisher/Editor in Chief

Collette Jacobs:


Mark I. Jacobs:

Editorial Editor

Alia Orra: Scott Recker:

Staff Writer

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Julian Garcia:

Social Media Specialist

Amanda Goldberg:

Contributing Writers

Rose Roccisano Barto, Mary Helen Darah, Sharon Gittleman, Kristen Gibson

Art/Production Art Director

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Graphic Design

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Classified Sales

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Advertising/General Info: For advertising and general information, call (419) 244-9859 or fax (419) 244-9871. E-mail ads to Findlay Area Family subscriptions are available by mail for $28 per year at Findlay Area Family, 1120 Adams St., Toledo, OH 43604. Letters to the editor must be limited to 300 words, are subject to editing and should include the writer’s full name and phone number.


Mother Mayhem earns a survival badge — by Mary Helen Darah

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Baker’s Dozen

Savory and sweet treats at Bread Kneads — by Rose Rocissano Barto

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Second time’s a charm The advantages of child number two — by Malia Jacobson

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Field Guide The area’s best after-school and weekend activities


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Don't balance the budget on the backs of poor children There is a lot of talk in our nation’s capitol about the pending sequestration of nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs. That talk is 'Washington budget speak' for hacking away at the country’s budget deficit by imposing a $109 billion, across-the-board spending cut that will kick in January 2, 2013. The day after we ring in the New Year, many domestic programs will experience staggering budget cuts, all of which will be jammed into the nine remaining months of the fiscal year. As Executive Director of the Ohio Head Start Association, I am aware these cuts will be particularly devastating to the poor children and families Head Start serves in Ohio.  Each year Head Start offers nearly one million of our country’s most vulnerable children access to quality early education, health screenings and support services during the critical window of opportunity from birth through age five. Sadly, the number of children and families slipping below the poverty line is growing and the need for quality early learning programs like Head Start and Early Head Start is exploding. Nationally, 25 percent of American children under the age of six are living in poverty – that’s more than 6 million children.   And just this week the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report showing that in 2010 23.1% of Ohio’s children were living below the federal poverty level. A report released in May of 2011 by the Ohio Barbara Haxton


Association of Community Action Agencies, titled The State of Poverty in Ohio, indicates that a year later, over 26% of Ohio’s children under five are living in poverty. These are children who will never be able to catch up in life unless they receive the support and opportunities offered by a program like Head Start.   Despite these escalating poverty figures, the sweeping spending cuts that sequestration mandates will mean nearly 100,000 poor children across this nation will lose their Head Start and Early Head Start slots . . . right in the middle of the school year.    Here in Ohio,  sequestration will mean nearly 4,000 children will be dropped from the Head Start and Early Head Start rolls because of funding cuts, and nearly 800 Head Start jobs will be lost because of these cuts.  These children will be left behind, and our nation cannot afford to lose ONE child to failure, let alone the thousands that will be affected by these cuts. Head Start and other non-defense discretionary programs are collectively only  3.4% of the entire federal budget—and are not the cause of our growing debt.   Congress needs to act quickly on a balanced approach to restore fiscal stability that replaces the sequester and maintains funding for Ohio's at-risk children whose early preparation for a lifetime of success is being threatened. ABOUT OHSAI OHSAI is a non-profit, 501(c)4 organization that serves as "The Voice of Ohio Head Start". The agency depends upon contributions and donated funds to support state and federal advocacy efforts on behalf of at-risk children and their families. OHSAI provides training to Ohio Head Start providers. The organiza-

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tion works with members of state legislature and the Congressional delegation to advocate the benefits of the Head Start programs. ABOUT Head Start Started by President Johnson in 1965, and saved by President Reagan, Head Start embodies a non-partisan national commitment to ensure opportunity for every American. It has become the most successful, longestrunning, national school readiness program in the United States. Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children and families of low income. More than 22 million preschool aged children have benefited from Head Start. Early Childhood Education is the one area of President Obama’s Race to the Top reform plans. Research by developmental psychologists shows that the early childhood years are a critical time for learning. Economists have conducted persuasive studies showing that early childhood intervention programs can have lasting and profound effects on at-risk kids. Families benefit from Head Start's early childhood learning curricula and services that include a comprehensive focus on lifelong success. —Barbara Haxton Executive Director– Ohio Head Start Association, Inc.

communitysnapshots Summer winds down

Findlay kids were snapped enjoying their last opportunities to run shirtless in the yard or bask in a sunny day by the pool. Next month we celebrate all things Halloween. Send your fun family photos to and include the child’s name, age and hometown.

Lilian Houck, 4 months, Findlay

Zander Shank, age 2 months, Findlay Charles Pina, age 3, Findlay

Karlee and Kayden Livingston, both age 3, from New Baltimore

Noah Schmitt, age 3, and Kyle Schmitt, age 5, Findlay

Olyvia Gonyer, age 2, North Baltimore

Ava Cole, age 9, at the Summer Campfire Carnival

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compiled by Matt Desmond

Keeping it shady

Our homegrown treasures

Findlay is proud of its trees. We’ve been designated a Tree City USA Community by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 30 years running. But preserving our urban forest and keeping it beautiful takes time and work. And with widespread recent tree loss due to this year’s damaging storms, the Adopt-a-Tree program created by the City of Findlay Shade Tree Commission couldn’t have come at a better time. The program is accepting applications from all area residents for up to 100 trees which will be distributed around the city in October. The trees include small species like spring snow crab and ivory silk lilac as well as larger ones like frontier elm. Residents can apply to “host” up to two trees, for a fee of $25 each. Applications are accepted through September 21, and trees will be distributed on October 6. Download your application at

Agriculture is the number one industry in the area — and, more importantly, mealtime would be dramatically different without it. Take the opportunity to share the wonder of farming with your kids, as the Hancock County Farm Bureau presents this year’s Hancock County Farm Tour. You don’t have to join a group or get on a bus — it’s a self-directed, self-driven day of discovery, in which nine local farms open their doors and fields to visitors eager to learn. See the source of a diverse array of products, from apples to horses to Christmas trees — even some Ohio-raised bison! It’s a great way to foster a real connection with the land and the people who work it. Saturday, September 15, 10am-5pm. 877-447-3091.

Red and ready

The American Red Cross is always ready to support our armed forces and their families, and you can help them do it with an evening at the Red Cross’ annual B+A+S+H, a full-on fundraising party with a theme that nods back to a certain beloved military sitcom. It’s the last big party of the season, with a “mess hall” featuring hearty all-American food courtesy of Texas Roadhouse. Spend some time in “the Swamp,” featuring games of chance and family-friendly entertainment (along with some drinks for the grown-ups). Plenty of 50/50 drawings and prizes give you a chance to get lucky, and live music from local bands will keep things rocking. Proceeds benefit the Red Cross’ Hancock County chapter, and help to fund its work in disaster preparedness and relief, as well as its service to the armed forces and families. $5 adults, $3 children. Saturday, September 15. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St. 419-422-9322. 6

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New schools, new space

Findlay students have even better resources at their disposal for this coming school year, with the opening of the new Millstream Career Center at the site of Findlay High School. Millstream’s more than 500 students will benefit from the centralized location of the school, which was previously spread out over three locations. “It gives the students more time in the classroom and less on the road,” says Community Relations Officer Barb Schick. In addition, the new Millstream facility frees up space in the high school, which will become a fine arts wing in coming years. It’s part of a banner year for the Findlay Schools, which will continue with the opening of the new Donnell and Glenwood middle schools in January.

Snap into it

Cool running

Serious athletes and weekend warriors alike now have a store that stocks nearly every clothing item needed for the active lifestyle. Dave’s Running Shop, at 1765 Tiffin Ave., opened recently just in time for back to school sports. It’s the fourth and latest store run by the Mason family, which opened its first performance footgear store in Delta in 1973. The store features walking shoes, supportive sandals, running shoes and other sport-specific footwear ranging in sizes from a youth 12 through adult 14 in various narrow, medium and wide widths. Other sizes can be specially ordered. The store also offers insoles, apparel and other incidentals for the active person. In addition, staff can specially fit a shoe to a patron’s needs. “We properly analyze the fit. We can watch people walk and analyze your gait and then we can recommend a shoe,” said Matt Mason, co-manager of the Findlay store and a family member. “We can read the wear pattern of your current shoe and recommend a shoe. We want to make everything you do more enjoyable for you.” Dave’s Running Shop, 1765 Tiffin Ave. Store hours are 11am-7pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday. Closed Sunday. 567-525-4767. —RB

Legos are wild at Snapology, a new business in Findlay that allows kids to go beyond basic Lego fun and explore math and science with the help of those humble little building bricks. But, as the business’ catch phrase goes, don’t tell them it’s educational. Snapology is a Pittsburghbased company that believes learning happens hands-on — and what better way to build, create, animate and invent than with Legos? The Findlay franchise, run by Jennifer Bishop, hosts camps at local kid-friendly businesses (like DorAnne’s Gifts and Gourmet) where kids get to work together on more complex creations than they might be able to at home. “They get the experience of working on a team with other kids their age. They make a building or a bird and attach batteries and watch it come to life,” she says. “It’s not [the same as] just playing with Legos at home.” This summer Snapology has offered mini summer camps that included making Lego ninjas, mini-figures, animal robotics, combat robots, rescue mission robots and stop-motion animation movies. Bishop hopes to expand into after-school programs and birthday parties. For more information on upcoming events, or to inquire about hosting a Snapology camp or party, go to for a list of local events call 419-701-9529 or email —RB • September 2012 •



Ask Doc L

Dr. Chris Lofquist of Trenton Chiropractic and Rehab answers your pressing health questions

What are shin splits? Why do they hurt for so long, how do you treat them and how do you prevent them? Shin splints cover a wide range of lower leg pain from occasional pain to a signifier of a stress reaction in the bone, so it is somewhat of a catch-all diagnosis, as many different structures can cause the pain. Most commonly shin splints are due to an overuse of the deep compartment of lower leg muscles, causing increased tension on the muscles and/or periosteum (the thin outer layer of the bone). They typically hurt so long because they are continuously being irritated by loading the muscle and bone with activity. They can also hurt because of abnormal loading patterns like the wrong pair of shoes for one’s running style, muscle imbalances, decreased flexibility or soft tissue adhesion. Most often several of these factors are in effect to cause the shin splints. Since most cases of shin splints have several causes, in my office I treat shin splints from several angles. First we take a history and perform an exam to determine the likely culprits. Treatment consists of load management and restoring your recovery capacity. Recovery capacity is restored through treatment like Active Release Techniques™ to break down soft tissue adhesion between the muscles. Adhesion due to overuse or poor running mechanics is often the original source of the pain from shin splints. If this is not addressed, the shin splints will usually come back. We also include specific therapeutic exercises to address muscle imbalances and other modalities to treat and prevent shin splints from occurring again. If you would like to learn how Dr. Chris Lofquist can help your shin splints, or other aches and pains, contact his office at 419-427-6300, or like Flag City Sport & Spine/Trenton Chiropractic & Rehab on Facebook!


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The ring of the bell doesn't have to signify the end of the day — it's also the start of an after-school identity your child can hone through practice, practice, practice. From dancer to fitness buff to Hollywood-star-in-training, tykes to teens can take on any role they want, with plenty of support and training from the area's experts. Here, we guide you through the options. Whip out a highlighter and enjoy the task of scheduling these fun hobbies together!

Field Trip Guide

Make the weekends fun and educational! Hancock Park District

1424 E. Main Cross St. 419-425-7275 The best way to understand science and social studies is in the great outdoors! Hancock Park District provides Findlay kids and their parents an opportunity to explore natural life with fun activities. Practice astronomy skill while camping under the stars at Riverbend or view ecosystems firsthand while kayaking on the Blanchard. There are also historical reenactments for those children who are history buffs, and organized programs and events for teachers seeking an exciting field trip opportunity or parents who want to make the weekend fun and educational, too. Visit their website to see which outdoor exploration suits your fancy!


419-701-9529 Children can test their creativity with inventive creations in Snapology’s Lego classes, birthday parties, scouting events, camps and after school programs. Children can make Lego ninjas, robots and other exciting creations and explore engineering, animation, science and most importantly, fun! Camps are held at various kid-friendly locations, such as DorAnne’s Gifts and Groumet at 327 S. Main St., and can be booked by calling Snapology or emailing Happy building!

Mazza Museum

University of Findlay 100 N. Main St. 419-422-8313 Book illustrations have been known to spark an imagination or two. At Mazza Museum, there are more than 3,000 on display, inspiring creativity in children and adults alike. The museum focuses on developing activities that keep the art engaging, during and after school, with tours and events. During school tours, docents lead children on a tour of illustrators’ fanciful creations, a chance for them to learn about art and literature, and hopefully lead them to put pen to paper themselves. Learn more about the museum’s mission and plan your next outing or trip by visiting their website.

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After School Activities

Make the weekends fun and educational! Happy Kidz Pony Club Day Camp

19030 CR 7, Shady Pine Stable 419-306-6890 Happy Kidz Pony Club Day Camp features 24 hours of pony-related crafts, games, education and riding, complete with a pony show for the children to show off their new skills. HKPC birthday party’s rock, with ponies in costumes, games, crafts and more! Private lessons cater to your child’s personal goals using creative exercises and techniques. All events are rain or shine in their large indoor and outdoor facilities! Call 419-306-6890 today to schedule.

Academy of Martial Arts Studies

410 E. Sandusky St. Suite B 419-422-9262 Hanshi Cullen has been teaching families like yours since 1979. The staff is trained to prepare your child for school and for life. They teach a comprehensive martial art that will make them strong both physically and mentally.



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Eli Shank, 5, of Findlay. They provide a clean, family friendly training environment and, unlike the competition, all classes are age/ experience appropriate. The art of Goju Karate is renowned as the most effective answer to bullying and personal defense.

Marilyn's Lifelong Educational Center 15100 Birchaven Lane 419-425-3047 The environment at the Macklin Intergenerational Institute's Marilyn Lifelong Educational Center is that of an encouraging family — children are engaged in hands-on activities and learning experiences under the guidance of nurturing adults. MLLEC's s aim is to provide role models

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Scouts of America. Youth are led by guides who'll teach them how to navigate the great outdoors, and in turn, life. Expect character growth, greater self-esteem and most of all, the courage to face any challenge life throws your child's way. At the Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts, after-school fun leads to important life skills, too.

Montessori Children's Village

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220 Cherry St. 419-722-8797 The before and after school care, preschool and kindergarten at Montessori Children's Village are exceptional for many reasons — the caring staff, engaging curriculum, and certification from the American Montessori Society. Children at Montessori Children's Village are able to thrive and reach their full potential under the guidance of attentive, trained teachers in a creative and welcoming environment. Call Montessori Children's Village for more information on how to enroll your child in an after-school environment that will both engage and entertain them.

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Flag city youth cheerleading squad, Steelers riculum, and after-school activities are fun yet educational, too. Call today to find out how to enroll your child!

Around The Clock Child Care

920 McManness Ave. 419-423-5967 Facebook: Around The Clock Findlay Campus Around The Clock Child Care is not only convenient, it's a great place to be! It's "where the fun and learning never end," with 24-hour childcare and a nurturing, educated staff. Their mission is to "help families in our community live happier, healthier lives by providing around the clock care for young children with quality programming," an aim that not only helps parents arrange their schedules, but also eases their minds! For more information, call or visit their Facebook page.


Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

419-225-4085 Today's Girl Scouts is a chance for adventure — after all, as the Scouts say, if you can think it, you can do it!. There are more reasons than ever for girls to join — Girl Scouts offers activities that help young women realize their amazing potential and build courage, confidence, and character. There are also many ways for adults to volunteers as well! Troops are forming now. To find the nearest Girl Scout recruitment event or to volunteer, visit their website. School

The safety dance

Teens looking for a safe place to party have a new option, as local club Studio 4 Findlay launches its teen night every Friday. Kids will always want a place to gather and to enjoy their own nightlife, but for parents nervous about letting their young ones into a potentially dangerous situation, Studio 4 is committed to easing their concerns. Strict antialcohol policies are in place, and any teen suspected of drinking will be denied entry. All bags and purses are searched, and a dress code is in place to screen out unwanted behavior. Teens can’t leave the club and re-enter, so parents can be sure of knowing where their charges are. But Studio 4’s goal is to keep them from wanting to leave at all, with an emphasis on wholesome good times. So, no need to worry — kids can dance the (early) night away and they’ll be happy when you pick them up. Fridays, 7:30-11:30pm. $5-10. 1926 Tiffin Ave. 419-4232582. —MD

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Troop 229


Is there a badge for surviving troop leadership? By Mary Helen Darah

Memories and more

Findlay’s Blanchard Valley Center is ready to celebrate another decade of increasing opportunities for the developmentally disabled, with a 60th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, October 3 at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the University of Findlay campus. The free event is open to anyone who’s been affiliated with Blanchard Valley over the years, from parents to faculty to staff and local dignitaries, and will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks and entertainment from the award-winning Findlay First Edition Show Choir. Blanchard Valley Superintendent Connie Ament will present on the Center’s long and fascinating history, with help from veterans like former board member Clark Frasier. Blanchard Valley is eager to thank all those who have shown their support over the decades, and it’s sure to be a warm and welcoming night to remember. 5-7pm. 950 N. Main St. 419-422-6387. —MD

Not boxed in

Findlay’s Special Kids Therapy is a valuable resource for families with special needs, and they’re offering a chance at some good times, too, with their Out of the Box after-school program. Kids up to 20 years old can take part in swimming, bowling, art and music over three 8-week sessions during the school year. The program is inclusive, with no restrictions other than that the child must have a special need and scholarships available for those in need of a little extra help. “We don’t specify that it has to be autistic children, or children with Down Syndrome,” says executive director Anne Spence. “We have a wide variety.” And participation in group activities can have a great effect on kids’ well-being and behavior. “It’s keeps the kids engaged and involved,” says Spence, “and it gives them things to do, and ways to be creative and have fun.” They even bring in a DJ for scheduled dances two to three times a year for the participating kids and young adults. Cost is $60 for each week, with activities between Tuesday and Thursday evenings. (Families can choose two evenings for $45.) 6-7:30pm. 1700 E. Sandusky. 419-422-5607. —MD

I inherited a Brownie Troop from a woman with organizational skills that could put Martha Stewart to shame. She had three adorable offspring who always had their permission slips turned in two days before they were due and carried nutritious lunches in boxes that didn’t have Corgi bite marks on them. Needless to say, with her at the helm of Troop 229, sashes were pressed and worn, badges were sewn on in a timely manner, forms were given to parents WEEKS before a field trip and the entire year was mapped out in cohesive, detailed descriptions. Then I took over. Thankfully I had two brave female cohorts to assist me in taking on Troop 229: my warm, fuzzy “Don’t make me bake or plan a darn thing” mother (AKA Noni) and my friend “Terry the Trooper” who could easily be reincarnated as an air traffic controller. At first it was a fairly easy gig, especially during the “Brownie years.” Seriously, you paint a picture, get a badge; show them how to set a table, get a badge. There might even be a badge for breathing and having a pulse. We would sing a few songs, have some laughs, eat large quantities of chocolate and life was grand. Then we “stepped over” into the Girl Scout world.

Scout jargon

I was quickly introduced to a whole new Troop vocabulary that included words such as “protocol,” “authorization” and “regulations.” Terry was thrilled — I was mentally mapping out my resignation letter. I discovered that you actually had to work, I mean work, to get a badge. It was then that I made the executive decision that we would do our best with the whole “badge thing,” but our meetings would focus around two questions: “Where are we going?” and “What are we eating?” It was highly suggested by the powers that be that our troop attend a week-

end camping excursion at the official Girl Scout camp. In true Troop 229 form we opted to camp in my parent’s 1.5 acre yard complete w i t h hot tub and electrical outlets. We set up our tents, ate outdoors, and ended the night by the campfire. Someone thought it would be a brilliant idea to play “Truth, Truth, Lie,” a game where you tell two truths and one lie about yourself and everyone must guess which item is the falsehood. Our first player started out with, “My dad’s in prison, my sister’s pregnant and my grandpa died while sitting on the toilet.” At that moment Noni started singing Kumbaya!

The morning after

We survived that overnight adventure and, with newfound confidence, several weeks later, headed to the Toledo Zoo for another sleepover experience. It was truly amazing having the opportunity to walk around the zoo in the dark of night. We progressed to our sleeping quarters in the basement of one of the zoo buildings. I was jolted awake by a freaked out “Terry the Trooper” who informed me that a mouse had just made a pilgrimage up her sleeping bag and across her face and that it would take DECADES before I would be forgiven. The resignation letter that I had been formulating finally made it to pen and paper after five years. I remember writing that I learned far more from the girls than they could have possibly learned from me. There were times I pondered my sanity while staying on as their ununiformed, slightly crumpled leader, but I recently bumped into one of my former 229 alumnae. She ran into my arms, gave me a big hug and told me that in Troop 229 she felt as if she belonged for the first time in her life. I wonder if there’s a badge for that. • September 2012 •



Baker’s dozen

Sampling sweet (and savory) treats By Rose Roccisano Barto

Bread Kneads Bakery & Deli

510 S. Blanchard St. 419-422-3863 Open Mon. thru Fri., 7:30am-5:30pm Facebook search: Bread Kneads Walking into Findlay’s Bread Kneads Bakery & Deli, you are bathed in the beautiful smell of cookies, bread sticks, rolls and other sweet treats. But if you think Bread Kneads is merely carbohydrate heaven, you’d miss a large part of this Blanchard Street staple. In addition to the bakery, which has become a part of the holiday season for many with its special order rolls and desserts, the deli offers a nice selection of sandwiches and salads. We’d always wanted to try their deli sandwiches, and it didn’t hurt that we could get great desserts as a bonus. How could you not love a place that has a sweet roll schedule? Depending on the day, you can taste Orange Blossoms, Lemon Kisses, Cinnamon Twists and other goodies. It also has a bread sched-


ule that includes whole wheat, cracked wheat and Italian loaves. The lunch chalkboard explains the sandwich and salad offerings that include ready-made sandwiches as well as custom creations, all of which range reasonably from $4.50 to $5.25. Salads, including garden, tuna and chicken, range from $3.50 to $5.95. Soup of the day can be a $2.25 cup or a $5.25 portion in – what else? – a bread bowl . All of the items can be eaten in-house or packaged to go for those on the run, and since it opens early that can include rolls

and twists for breakfast. Bread Kneads, 510 South Blanchard St., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, so we made a special point to have a late lunch/early dinner – “linner” in our family.  My husband ordered his go-to sandwich of turkey and swiss. My younger daughter had roast beef and provolone cheese while my older daughter had turkey and ham with provolone cheese. I had a veggie sandwich with cheese.   The sandwiches hit the spot, but as we sat in the intimate dining section we eyed what makes Bread Kneads famous: Those goodies in the display cases.  Kuchens (a Germanstyle coffee cake), muffins, sweet rolls, cheesecakes, toffee bars, carrot cake and cookies tempted us as we finished up our sandwiches. There was much discussion about what to sample, so of course we tried a little bit of everything. My girls insisted the sugar cookies were the fluffiest, softest cookies they’d ever tried. My husband said the carrot

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Kid-friendly Yes Noise level Just right High Chairs No

Got Milk Not on the menu, but there is apple, cranberry, orange and grapefruit juice Kid’s menu? No, but sandwiches can be made to order Anything healthy for the kids? Salads are available Food allergy concerns? Lots of items made with or near nuts, so proceed with caution cake was just the right amount of sweet cake and creamy frosting. I liked the crunchy breadsticks that would go with just about any meal, or as a little nosh anytime. Families may have difficulty finishing their meal before delving into desserts. But, why try? Have a sandwich at the tables and, if necessary, get your dessert to go. When you fall in love with one of the desserts – and you will – you can special order it for gatherings or just because. And, certainly, you can always go to Bread Kneads and have dessert first! We are glad we didn’t forsake the deli when we visited Bread Kneads Bakery & Deli, while we were able to sample the bakery side at the same time. Bread Kneads has a sign inside that says “It’s all good.” And you know what? They’re right.

Baby Talk

Twice the mom

Twenty Reasons To Love Second-Time Parenthood By Malia Jacobson

With a second baby in the works — or in your arms — you’re probably doing your fair share of fretting. Will your firstborn learn to love a sibling? Will you be able to handle the demands of a bigger brood? Will your body ever recover? I shared the same questions when I learned that I was expecting a second bundle of joy. But nearly three years into the two-kid thing, I’m happy to share the answers: absolutely, without a doubt, and probably (with a few sit-ups and some SPANX, anyway). This time around, you have more parenting experience, fewer hang-ups, and expert diapering skills. Still not convinced? Here are 20 reasons having a second (or third, or fourth…) child is one of life’s greatest experiences. 1. Realistic Standards. First children are groomed like prize poodles, but when a new baby arrives, things relax. Crumb-covered cheeks, mismatched outfits, haphazard hair — they all add to the secondborn’s charm. 2. Babies-R-Us. No need to spring for a new stroller or crib. Your house is already stocked with kid-gear, eliminating the need to spend hours cruising baby-goods emporiums—unless you dig that sort of thing. 3. Independence Day. Firstborns are notorious attention-hogs, but younger siblings never had undivided parental attention, so they don’t expect it. Independent play is a beautiful thing! 4. Confident Discipline. No need to consult the latest parenting book for every tantrum or time out — you know what flies and what doesn’t in your household. 5. Sympathy. Your siblings no longer expect you to organize the family Christmas dinner, and your friends give you a break you skip the book club pick.

After all, you’ve got your hands full with all those kids. 6. World’s Cutest Vacuum. Finally—some long-awaited cleaning help! When your oldest isn’t so careful with his Cheerios, don’t worry, because the baby will Hoover them off the floor in no time. 7. Family Bonding. When baby two arrives, your older child has a builtin friend. Until the baby learns to crawl and steal Legos, that is. 8. Little Workhorse. Preschoolers love affixing stickers to everything, including hardwood floors, windows, and kitchen cabinets. Luckily, crawling babies love peeling stickers. (The drool actually helps.) 9. Nights Out. Remember when your spouse or girlfriends had to drag you away from your first baby for a much-needed evening away? These days, you appreciate the value of a good babysitter. Date night, here you come.

10. Kodak Moments. You’ll melt—and scramble for the camera—the first time your oldest cradles their baby sibling. (Better hurry and snap that pic, because those moments are as brief as they are heart-warming.) 11. Mom-to-Mom Support. It takes time to find and gel with a new group of mom friends. Now that you’re welcoming another child, you’ve likely found a few mommy pals to share the ups and downs. 12. Doctor Mom. With firstborn babies, every sneeze and scrape prompts a “just-in-case” doctor visit. When baby two arrives you aren’t fazed by a runny nose or a gnarly rash—and you’re able to spot a true emergency when you see one. 13. Family Matters. Grandpa doesn’t do diapers? Auntie flakes on babysitting duties? The birth of your first child ushers in a whole new understanding of your extended family. When baby two arrives, you know whom to call in a pinch.

14. Cannonball. With two or more kids in the family, you can finally justify that new pool or swingset. And if you’ve been dreaming of a new ride, now’s your chance (sadly, it will probably feature a third-row seat). 15. Planet Me. When your only child becomes an oldest child, his world suddenly includes daily lessons in sharing, patience, and cooperation. The payoff is a child who gets that he’s not the (only) center of the universe. 16. Carried Away. Take note: baby carriers have come a long way from the bulky backpacks of years past. A good carrier is practically mandatory (and makes a cute accessory) when there are multiple children underfoot. 17. Baby Proof. When the new baby masters crawling, you won’t be fretting over your electrical sockets and stairways; your house is probably still fully babyproofed. 18. Perspective. By now, you’ve learned to let go of the small stuff. Diaper blowouts and spit up catastrophes are no sweat—clothes and babies are both waterproof and washable. 19. Stretch Pants. Pregnancy and its aftermath are hard on your body and even harder on your wardrobe. Now that your closet holds mommy duds in various sizes, you don’t have to worry about finding something that fits. You just have to worry about whether it’s clean. 20. More Joy. Now that you have firsthand experience with the fleeting magic of babyhood, you’re better prepared to appreciate its wonder. So grab some coffee, charge your camera—and prepare to love every sticky, sweet, sleepless moment. Malia Jacobson is a nationally published freelance writer and a happy mom of two. • September 2012 •



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Fostoria Rail Festival

1 SATURDAY Hancock County Fair - Since 1852 the Hancock County Fair has been a summer tradition with plenty of activities, quality entertainment, communal engagement and fun for the whole family. Enjoy great fair food, midway rides & games, 4H competitions and pageants. Also, Mike Albert’s “Ultimate Tribute” Elvis show is sure to rock, the Broken Horn Rodeo will thrill and the tunes of Nashville Crush will roll. Pack up the kids and discover the many other experiences going on at this year’s fair. For a full schedule of events and activities visit the website. Gates are open at 7am everyday. General admission $7. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St. 419-429-7344.

6 THURSDAY Old Millstream Farmers Market The Market takes place at the Hancock County Fairgrounds each Thursday. Local vendors share their home grown produce, plants and other assorted products for you, your body, home and yard. Various vendors each week. 4pm. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St.

8 SATURDAY 2012 Reaching Women Conference Reaching Women is excited to welcome Lisa Harper as the main speaker for the 2012 Reaching Women

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Fostoria’s importance in the United States railroad history is known world-wide. Presented by the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society, the 11th Railroad Festival invites visitors to Fostoria to enjoy  a train show that includes model train displays, workshops, a historic bus tour of Fostoria railroad history locations and the opportunity to learn more about Fostoria’s role in the railroad industry. Other events at the festival also include a Soup Contest, Cookie Contest and various childrens activities. 10am-4pm. $3. Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School, 1202 H L Ford Dr. Conference, entitled “Seriously!” Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person, but Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical. She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit. Go online for lunch options. 9am-3:30pm. $35-$40. Winebrenner Seminary, 950 N. Main St.


How's your hearing?

School signifies the importance of sound ears By Dr. Larry Schmidbauer School has started! Does your child like his or her classes? Does the teacher give them plenty of work to do? How well does your child hear? Good hearing is critical to any student's ability to learn and settle in well for the school year ahead. Whether in grade school, high school or college, hearing is the main avenue of acquiring information in our academic settings. If you do not hear well, you're in a difficult position to "compete" in the classroom. Much as we may not like to think about competing, it is definitely part of the way the education system works. An audiologist can evaluate your child's hearing to determine if it is normal. If a loss is determined, then appropriate care and intervention strategies will be discussed. Treatment may involve referral to your family physician for medication or to an ear, nose and throat specialist for medication or an operation. If the loss is not medically treatable, then discussion of other possibilities like amplification or auditory processing skill therapy may follow. Good hearing sensitivity is the foundation for ease of getting the teacher's voice, other student's voices and being aware of what is going on around you. It is essential to a normal attention span and critical listening skills. Good hearing is also part of figure vs. ground perception. This is our ability to pull the voice of the speaker out of the background noise. The equality of hearing level for the right and left ears is also important here. If you hear significantly better for one ear versus the other, you cannot perform figure vs. ground skills — so in noisy conditions you hear the voice, but it is hard to understand. This better hearing in one ear can very easily be the result of ear infections. Even though they are not permanent they can cause fluctuation in hearing that in turn cause difficulty/frustration for the student. If the ear infections are not cleared up readily, then strategies for the student to follow can be discussed to make performance in these conditions better and easier. Take a little time to make sure your hearing is in good shape, and then study on! Dr. Schmidbauer is an audiologist serving patients in Findlay and the surrounding areas at Professional Hearing Care locations at 1913 S. Main St. and 716 W. Market St., Tiffin. 877-664-7758.

Hancock Handlebars Horizontal 100 - The Hancock Handlebars Bicycle Club sponsors this annual “century” ride. Participants can pedal a 32, 62 or 100 mile route. Bicycle dealer/ vendor displays and a free ice cream social take place on Saturday evening 6:30-7:30pm. There will be certificates of completion and ice cream from 2pm4pm at the end of the ride for everyone! Registration and ride start/finish will be at The Cube. Online registration available. 7:30am. The University of Findlay Kohler Center, 1250 N. Main St. Art-See-Mart - This summer and fall, Art-See-Mart will allow consumers to do open-air shopping reminiscent of European street markets.  Local artists will display and sell their unique creations. • September 2012 •


Browse vendors from along Crawford Street. 10am-3pm. E. Crawford St.-W. Crawford St., Downtown Findlay. NWORRP Tracks to the Past - In addition to train rides powered by the quarter-scale coal-burning steam Engine 901, there will be exhibits of gas engines and tractors, tours of our 1920s era B&O caboose and more. Kids will delight in a play area with a big sand pile. Take a ride in a little buggy pulled by cute miniature horses from Dragongate Farm. In the food area, volunteers will be serving a variety of good food, desserts, and drinks. Saturday, 9am-Dark;Sunday, 10am-5pm. $2 adults/ $1 children 12 and under/$1 train rides. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 11600 CR 99. Planetarium Debut Party - Come down for the first ever program with the new portable planetarium! Sign up for 20 minute presentation inside the planetarium to learn what’s going on in the night

sky in early September. Then enjoy a s‘more by the fireplace outside. Nighttime activities will also be ongoing. No fee, but register by Thursday, September 6. 7-9pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-PARK. Preserving the Past -  Learn how early pioneers preserved their food for the winter! Guests will learn basic 19th century drying, pickling, and preserving methods for fruits, vegetables, and other food items. In addition, guests will receive a booklet of recipes and tips for trying out yesterday’s preservation methods today. No fee, but register by September 5. 6pm. Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. Route 224. 419-425-PARK. www.

10 MONDAY Discovery Story: Let’s Go Outside Recommended for children three to six years old with an adult companion. Other

age siblings welcome. Program includes a story followed by a nature hike. Wear play clothes and tennis shoes.  Please dress for the weather, including raincoats for a light rain. If there is heavy rain or thunderstorms, the program will be held inside. 10am & 1pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-PARK.

12 WEDNESDAY Buchaneer Bash - Ah Matey, be ye prepared for ol’ Speak Like a Pirate day! We will start with learning some words and make a pirate craft. Teen movie night to follow from 5:30-8:00 p.m. with a pirate filled film. Ye best be there or ye be walkin thee plank! Grades 5 to 12. Snacks provided. Wear your best pirate outfit. Parent permission form must be on file for teens to watch the movie. 5-8pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway. 419-422-1712.

15 SATURDAY Farm Tour 2012 - Spend the day in the country that’s both fun and educational for your family. You can visit any or all of the nine different stops along a 35-mile round-trip route through Hancock County. Along the way, you’ll learn about agriculture and the variety of local businesses that help make farming the Number 3 industry in Hancock County. Download brochure with full list of participating farms online. 10am-5pm. Various locations Hancock County. International Dot Day - Help celebrate International Dot Day by making your mark. Come create a dot for the Teen Art Wall. the library has lots of art supplies to create with. 1pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway. 419-422-1712. Ride for the Red - Head for the Highway for the 2nd Annual Ride for the Red sponsored by the American Red Cross, Hancock County Chapter.The route is 100 miles beginning at Thiel’s Wheels and ending at the B+A+S+H at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. All riders receive free admission to the BASH. Registration 3pm; 4pm ride. $20 one rider / $25 two riders. Thiel’s Wheels, 350 Tarhe Trail, Upper Sandusky. American Red Cross Annual B+A+S+H - The B*A*S*H is a signature fundraising event for the American Red Cross Hancock County at the Hancock County Fairgrounds presented by Marathon Petroleum Company. The theme of the event is based on the popular TV show M*A*S*H and Red Cross support for the Armed Forces and military families. Activities include a barbeque dinner provided by Texas Roadhouse, live music by local bands, “The Swamp” with games of chance and adult beverages, 4077th photo booth, 50/50 drawings, prizes and more! 6pm-11pm. $5 adults/ $3 children. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St.

16 SUNDAY Hands-On Nature: Mushrooms Janet Sweigart, member of the Ohio Mushroom Society will be presenting a program on mushrooms. Then hit the trails to look for this fabulous fungus. Janet will be bringing her mushroom collection for viewing. Mushroom information and activities will take place after the program. 1-4pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-PARK.

22 SATURDAY Phil Vassar in Concert - Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him, again and again, as one of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars. His uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of music has carried Phil throughout his career and remains his specialty in the genre. Opening for this event is the girl Campus Activities Magazine named “Entertainer of the Year” and “Female Entertainer of the Year” for 2012, Natalie Stovall. 7:30pm. $30-$40. Hancock County Fairgrounds-South Grandstand, 1017 E. Sandusky St.


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27 THURSDAY Leaf Collection Hike - This program is designed for students, scouts, and others who have to do a leaf collection. Participants will be collecting and identifying leaves common to Hancock County, as well as learning about pressing and preserving leaf collections. Minimum participant age is seven years old. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the program. Participants are asked to bring the following items: gallon zip lock bag, roll masking tape, ball point pen, small notebook. No fee, but register by Tuesday, September 25. 6:30pm. Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Road 208. 419-425-PARK.

28 FRIDAY Flag City Classic Soccer Tournament This is a great event filled with three days of action packed soccer matches! And while you are in the area there is a lot to see and do including golfing, swimming, tennis, putt-putt, movies, lots of local dining including Findlay’s very own Dietsch’s Ice Cream Shop. Friday-Sunday. Emory


Adams Park, 1861 S. Blanchard St.


29 SATURDAY Nature’s Velcro: Sticky Seeds! -  Ever think about all the ways that seeds can be spread? Come learn about the “sticky” ones that travel far and wide attached to someone else! Comfortable walking shoes are suggested. 1-2pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425PARK. Pumpkin Train - Autumn is a great time to visit the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation museum and trains! You can take a little train ride with your children (or grandchildren) to our ‘pumpkin patch’ where the little ones can chose their special pumpkin and have it shipped by rail back to the station. Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm. $2 adults / $1 children. Northwest Ohio Railroad, 11600 CR 99.

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TUESDAYS Tales for Tots: Preschool Story Time, It’s all about them at this event. Stories for tots are read.11am. Free. Mazza Museum, University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St., Findlay. 419-422-8313. 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 Street, Findlay. 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., Findlay. 419-422-8249. First and second Grade Art Classes, each month focuses on an element of design. Students will explore new art techniques and media. 4-5pm. $30 per month. Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St., Findlay. 419-422-7847.

THURSDAYS 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., Findlay. 419422-5415.

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