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The modern family dinner — by Rose Roccisano Barto

Leah Cole fights child abuse — Mary Helen Darah

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B-Dubs turns up the heat — by Rose Roccisano Barto Rachael Wyble, 3, of Findlay

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In our February issue, we incorrectly identified the name of a former Victoria’s Secret model contest winner and coordinator of the Get REAL InC event in Findlay. Her name is Kylie Bisutti, not Cheryl Larbus.

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Pisces are the most sensitive sign of the zodiac. They love being held and cuddled. If you sing a lullaby to the Pisces baby, they are absolutely delighted and devoted to you. They do not like to wear booties or socks, preferring to wiggle their little toes. Loud noises startle the little Pisces and they may have to be held to calm them down. It is as if you are the most important person in the world, perhaps the only person capable of knowing their needs.   Their symbol is two fish and they enjoy their bath and as much time as they can get in the water. Pisces children are shy in groups and may need to be encouraged to participate; they “hang back” until specifically invited to join in. They are very musical and enjoy singing and dancing — even the little boys enjoy participating in these programs. They also swim competitively.


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Pancake party time

Celebrating 30 years of helping Hancock County youth through strikes and spares, the Children’s Mentoring Connection, formerly Big Brothers/Big Sisters, will sponsor its annual “Bowl For Kids” fundraiser in Findlay on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, with plenty of fun and prizes. Form four- and five-member teams and collect pledges to rattle the alleys at AMF Sportsman Lanes. Activities will include a 50/50 cash drawing, a raffle to win a seven-day condo stay in New Bern, North Carolina, local celebrity announcers, and a Wii bowling contest with prizes. All fundraisers will receive food, a commemorative T-shirt, and a game of bowling; the champion fundraiser will be awarded $100 cash. Proceeds benefit area children ages six to 14 seeking guidance from caring, supportive adult mentors. AMF Sportsman Lanes, 616 Trenton Ave. 419-4249752. hancockmentors.org.

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State Senator Cliff Hite (left) and State Representative Robert Cole Sprague (right) do their part on Pancake Day

Ice queens

Egg-stra spring fun Eggs and trains and goodies — oh my! Two area egg events will be bring out the Easter scavenger in children this month, both on Saturday, March 30. At Fremont’s Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, children can re-enact a White House tradition the then-president started more than 150 years ago by rolling their own decorated hard-boiled eggs down the slopes of the Hayes center. Or, visit the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation (NWORRP) of Findlay, where kids ages 1 to 12 can participate in an annual hunt at 10:30 am. Bring a bag or container and collect your share of over 1,000 plastic eggs, then swap them for a bag of goodies. (More than 400 guests attended last year, so arrive early.) Hayes Presidential Center: Free (but children expected to bring three colored, hard-boiled eggs). 2-3:30pm. The Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 419-332-2081.www.rbhayes.org. NWORRP: $2 adults, $1 children, includes a train ticket. 11600 County Rd. 99 just outside of Findlay, 1-75 exit 161. 419-423-2995. www.nworrp.org.

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Bowling for a cause

Pancake pandemonium is approaching, as the Findlay Kiwanis Club hosts its 55th Annual Original Pancake Day,  Saturday, March 16 at Findlay High School. The signature fundraising event offers all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage prepared by celebrity flapjack flippers, including Mayor Lydia Mihalik and State Senator Cliff Hite. Two thousand hungry guests are expected; the goal is to exceed last year’s $15,000 in proceeds. The event provides Kiwanis with 80 percent of their annual funding, which benefitted more than 7,000 people in 2012 through service projects and assisting non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA “Feed a Child” program and Boy Scouts of America. Saturday, March 16, 7am- 2pm, Findlay High School, 1200 Broad St. Tickets: $6 adults, $5 children 12-under, senior citizens. Advanced $1 discount tickets available at Bindel’s Appliance and AAA, Findlay. For information, visit the Findlay Kiwanis Facebook page or findlaykiwanis.org.

A popular spring entertainment tradition will hit the ice at Findlay’s Huntington Arena Friday through Sunday, March 22 through 24, when the Silver Blades Figure Skating Club presents “The 38th Annual Ice Classics: Dazzle.” This year, the two-hour, costumed extravaganza spotlights the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, including the Sinatra era, the glitzy shows along the Strip, the fabulous hotels and the city itself. Joined by four guests from the United States Figure Skating Association, the 87member skating club will be featured as a group and in solo, duo, and quartet performances. Proceeds benefit the non-profit club’s training expenses. Performances  are scheduled for March 22 and 23 at 7pm; March 24 matinee at 2pm. Huntington Arena at The Cube Findlay Sportsplex, 3430 N. Main St. Reserved seats: $16. General admission: adults, $10, students and senior citizens, $6. 419-306-0506. findlaysilverblades.com.


Hot for habanero

The spice ranges from sweet to hardcore at Hot Head Burritos, a new restaurant at 2025 Tiffin Ave. Not feeling the heat? Try the sweet habanero or ranch sauce as an addition to your burrito. Want to wake up your taste buds? Perhaps the eightalarm straight habanero will impress you. Either way, Hot Head Burritos lets you make your burrito to order. Owner Derrick Snyder opened a Findlay location of the franchise in December, after experiencing Hot Head Burritos in Dayton. He believed the 12 different sauces and nearly unlimited burrito combinations, from vegetarian to pork — as well as a kids menu and other specials — filled an empty niche in the local casual dining market.  Kids meals for those 12 and under include smaller portions, a small drink and a cookie for $4.29. The restaurant also offers an information sheet touting their gluten-restricted items. Patrons can also call or fax orders in for pickup, and catering is available. “You can come in and not just get a straight burrito,” says Snyder. Hours are 10:30am to 10pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 10pm Sunday. For more information, call 419-429-0969 or visit hotheadburritos.com. —RB

Painting the town

From nurseries to newlyweds, B.J. DeLong captures life’s important moments through art. DeLong has used his artistic talents on different projects, ranging from children’s books to interactive iPad apps. Now he’s bringing his skills with a brush to Flag City Murals, his new business dedicated to providing the Findlay area with murals and caricatures. The murals can be hand-painted right on the wall, such as in a nursery, or applied like wallpaper. Caricatures can be done live, during a birthday party or wedding reception, or done from photos as a surprise gift. It’s a way for this stay-at-home dad of two daughters to continue his artwork while being available for his family. “Art’s always been one of my great loves, and I felt like if I wasn’t doing something with that I wasn’t happy,” he says. “When my first daughter was born I did a mural for her room. I know how important it is, and what that meant for us. I hope I can pass that on to my customers.” For more info, visit www.flagcitymurals.com, call 419-434-0194 or email info@flagcitymurals.com. —RB

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A trio of Findlay teens brightens patients’ days at Blanchard Valley Hospital By Laurie Wurth-Pressel In this month’s Tween the Lines, we feature the Wagner sisters, who spend every Monday afternoon visiting patients at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Twins Emma and Lucy, juniors in high school, and their younger sister Maya, a high school sophomore, have been candy stripers for three years. Why are you called candy stripers? Maya: We don’t actually deliver candy! But we do wear red and white striped frocks that sort of look like peppermints. Emma: Our main job is going to each patient’s room and asking them if there is anything we can do, like getting fresh water, or anything at all to help them out.

Maya and Emma Wagner volunteer at Blanchard Valley Hospital but we’re all very competitive and want to do our best so sometimes that turns into controversy. What is your favorite thing to do together? Emma: Sister’s night together. We hang out, watch movies, eat lots of junk food and just relax.

What is your favorite floor Any special moments you to visit? remember as a candy striper? Emma: I personally like the sixth Maya: The hospital seems to be filled floor because of the elderly people. I with older people, so I always relove getting them to smile and making member the younger patients. I try to their day. give children Maya: My special attenfavorite is the tion because I third floor maknow they are ternity ward. scared of the I like seeing needles and the newborns other stuff. and families. I Emma: I hand out baby remember bags with a once coming children’s book, across this sparkling grape elderly man juice and other eating alone in goodies. the cafeteria. Sisters Maya, Emma and Lucy Wagner Lucy: I really I decided to enjoy each floor. The third floor is just go over and talk with him and fun because of the babies. But I also we had a nice long chat. My visit with like the floors with elderly patients him  reminded me that our job is to because they keep us on make everyone in the hospital happy, our toes. and that includes family members. Lucy: There are always a few patients You three volunteer together. that stand out because they share What other interests do advice and compliment us. We have a you share? lot of fun! Maya: We are involved in similar activities, including athletics and varWhat have you learned as a sity cheerleading. We share the same candy striper? determination and motivation. Lucy: Even if you are having a bad Emma: Maya and I are also on the day, there is someone else having a [Findlay High School] dance team, and worse day. It always lifts our spirits to Lucy is involved in the Findlay First see someone smile even though they Edition Show Choir. are sick. It makes us realize we don’t have anything to complain about and Lucy: All three of us are outgoing and we should be grateful for every day always willing to help people. that we are healthy. Do you always get along? Maya: We get along most of the time, 8

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Sidney Wise, with her parents Kimberly and Gary, led a brief but inspiring life

Love lost, but not forgotten Sydney Wise’s inspirational story raises awareness for Trisomy 13 Awareness Month By Rose Roccisano Barto

Sydney Wise lived less than three months, but she left behind a legacy of love and caring that her parents continue to revisit. Sydney was born in Findlay, two weeks before Christmas, 2011. In utero ultrasounds hinted at possible issues with her brain development. It wasn’t until she was born eight weeks premature due to a pregnancy complication that the full story was known. “They were monitoring her as a premature baby, and she seemed to be doing really well,” says Kim Wise, Sydney’s mother. “But on Christmas Eve the doctor sat us down and told us the name of her condition. I didn’t even know what that was.” Little Sydney was born with Trisomy 13, also known as Patau Syndrome. Extra genetic material disrupts the normal course of fetal development, and causes major issues including heart and kidney defects. More than 80 percent of children born with Trisomy 13 die before their first birthday.   “But to look at her, you wouldn’t know she had that,” Kim says, adding that the only physical manifestation of the disorder was a cleft palate. “They said they were shocked when they ran the genetic tests.” The Wises held on to hope, however, especially since Sydney had survived birth. She weighed only three pounds when she was born, eventually growing to five pounds. She came home, and was doing well on a feeding tube. Her heart monitor rarely beeped an alarm, and she went about the business of being a very cute baby who looked like her father and had her mother’s eyes. “She definitely lit up a room,” Kim

says. “At the time we had two dogs at home. One would lick her and she just giggled.” One evening, however, the heart monitor alarm kept going off and wouldn’t stop. Sydney died on February 25, 2012 at home. The Wises don’t regret a moment of the 10 weeks they had with their daughter. They also feel that a pregnancy should not necessarily be terminated due to a trisomy diagnosis. “My husband and I were told that Sydney was just not compatible with life on more than one occasion,” says Wise. “No mother and father should ever think that just because their child has some type of trisomy that their life is not worth living or saving.” While the Wises will always grieve for their daughter, they decided to turn Sydney’s short life into a legacy to help others. Before Sydney’s birth Kim made jewelry as a hobby. Now, after Sydney’s passing, it’s become something more. She started making bracelets with the pink, yellow and green colors of Trisomy 13/ Patau Syndrome awareness, with proceeds going to support families living with Trisomy 13. The $10 bracelets also contain a “hope” charm. Kim was able to sell enough of the bracelets to help provide a Lima woman with a special bear that recorded her child’s heartbeat. Those interested in the bracelets can contact Kim at wise_1108@hotmail.com. The Wises plan to organize other fundraisers in the future. In the meantime, Sydney’s mother hopes the bracelets will make a difference, just like Sydney Jean Wise did in the short time she was here. For more information, visit trisomy.org.


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1 Amazing Place provides a safe and nurturing environment for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years while their parents are at work. “We have a large facility which allows our children to move throughout the building during the day,” said owner Ann Manley. “Our programming includes a library, music room, cafeteria and gym. We also provide child-friendly and healthy meals cooked right at our center — no need to brown bag it!”

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We want children to have fun and learn at the same time. We’re known for our low infant to caregiver ratio, with three caregivers for every ten babies. We also have a stimulating summer program for school-aged children, with trips to art museums, the space center, the pool, and more,” said Meghan McKinney, curriculum director.

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Around the Clock Childcare is literally open around the clock, providing care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old whose parents work first, second or third shifts. Through a government-funded program, Around the Clock has sliding scale fees based on a family’s income and size. “We teach children lifelong skills and offer a wonderful nature-based program,” said Linda Malone, owner. “Our beautifully landscaped, large outdoor play area is equipped with fun learning centers. Children get plenty of fresh air and time to explore their natural world.”

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continued from p. 10 of science fundamentals in a safe and exciting environment. Little KIDSPACE also features its own Science Studio with a daily story time and take-home activity; Babyspace, for children up to 19 months; a family restroom and nursing room for our guests’ convenience.

220 Cherry St. / 419-722-8797

The only Montessori school in Findlay, Children’s Montessori Village offers childcare and preschool programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. “We’ve created a cooperative and creative environment where each child learns to become independent and is allowed to develop at his or her own pace,” said Arlene George, lead teacher and administrator. “Children learn by doing with lots of hands on activities and manipulative toys. Our teachers provide individualized attention, with one teacher assigned to just two or three children.”

1 Discovery Way (at Adams and Summit). 419-244-2674. www.imaginationstationtoledo.org

Imagination Station uses over 250 handson exhibits and innovative activities to teach kids about science concepts in meaningful and inspiring ways. Little KIDSPACE, an area dedicated to our preschool age scientists, offers exploration

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2 Hippo Way (off the Anthony Wayne Trail).  419-385-4040. www.toledozoo.org

The Toledo Zoo Preschool is licensed by the State of Ohio, Department of Job and Family Services, providing children with a unique, nature and animal based curriculum blending traditional readiness learning with preschool age appropriate activities. Children use all of their senses: taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing through play and learning activities. With weekly opportunities to observe nature and experience outdoor exploration, The Toledo Zoo provides guided play time, fine and gross-motor skill development, and story time. All  teachers are fully certified. Maximum class size is 12 students with two teachers supervising each class. Classes are filled on a first come first served basis.  After class sizes are reached,  applicants are placed on a waiting list.


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Asian persuasion

Mastering the art of foreign exchange By Mary Helen Darah

Writer Rose Barto enjoys dinner during simpler times

The problem with supper time The dinner table has changed since the days of Leave It To Beaver By Rose Roccisano Barto

Hoi Ping, May, and Mary Helen conquer Chinese-American relations I have lived through a few “biggies,” so I rarely sweat the small stuff. I have survived cancer, a failed marriage, driving with an ADD/HD teen, and countless explanations that begin with “Mom! It’s not as bad as it looks.” My friend, who is still in the trenches raising six boys, sums it up best: “You can’t scare me, I’m a mother.” Therefore, I was surprised when I found myself in full panic mode when my exchange student from China informed me her mother, Hoi Ping, was coming for a visit. Maybe my nerves were on edge because the woman sent me a box of the Chinese version of Mr. Clean magic erasers prior to her visit. Before we officially met, I was already in total awe of Hoi Ping. A year and a half ago, she somehow found the strength and courage to send her 14-yearold child to live on the other side of the world. I, on the other hand, had to use a crowbar to separate from my child when dropping her off to camp for a week. Her daughter took a fourteen hour flight solo. My daughter, who is now  a nurse, had a meltdown when I dropped her off in front of the terminal at DTW. She spent the entire ride to the airport telling me how she treated a gang member’s gunshot wound the night before in the ICU, but didn’t know how to get herself on a plane. While Hoi Ping’s daughter can Skype and use a barrage of advanced technological devices, my stressed out middle daughter called me because she couldn’t find her phone until she realized she was using it to talk with me. Anticipating the visit of Hoi Ping, I was bracing myself for a full blown culture clash. I had successfully hidden the ironing in the attic, bleached the heck out of 14

everything that didn’t move, sprayed the dog with floral perfume, and pitched anything from the fridge with “fuzz” on it. I was ready. Well, at least I thought I was. Hoi Ping is a highly successful, powerful business woman. I was fearful that she would be judgmental of my world of “mayhem.” I was pleasantly surprised that instead of judgmental, brazen assertiveness, a woman of peace, tranquility and quiet intelligence entered our home. We spent the week bonding over card games, our love of art, food, more food and although we have diverse ways of expressing it, the love we share for her daughter. I also discovered that I am a wood dragon in eastern astrology. Thankfully, the pliable element makes me softer (if I were a metal dragon I would be a real pain to live with) and that a challenging person in my life is a cock, which really cleared things up for me. The week sped along down the fast track. I found myself aching to slow its pace. After a week of cultural exchange, we had to say our goodbyes. I was “ugly crying” (audible sobs, and massive wet works) as I hugged my guest, promising that although a pale comparison, I would do my best to guide and nurture her child in her absence. Hoi Ping started to tear up, took a deep breath, looked me in the eye and said, “Meri, I put clothes in washer. Need to go in dryer” and with that she was gone. Our exchange student, May, and I did what my girls refer to as the “death grip”, clinging  to each other as we watched her mother blend into the crowd of passengers. May is doing well, holding her own in her chaotic American home, and I am doing my best to honor the woman who entrusted me with her greatest treasure.

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When I was growing up, meals tout the importance of eating dinner together as a family. Beyond the social made memories. I remember my aunt’s sponge cake aspect of actually spending time toand my uncle’s homemade salami. gether, families who eat together often My mother, a head cook in a local res- eat better. There tends to be more of a taurant, rightfully gained a following focus on nutrition and mindful eating. A recent study, howevfor her lasagna and other er, says it’s not so much Italian delicacies. She I recall eating dinner together was also the woman who as spending any kind of made tuna noodle cassethose meals together that bonds role one night without the being shared at time families. tuna or the noodles, so she Researchers at the had her limits. Still, some ‘normal’ dinner University of Minnesota, of my fondest memories times. These — including the inedible days, however, in a study published last year, found that dinner casserole — were rooted normal is served as a connection around the kitchen table, whatever ritual. One positive link eating meals as a family. between family meals I recall those meals works.” and children’s wellbeing shared at ‘normal’ dinner times. These days, however, being that lasted into the teen years was a decrease in depression, perhaps normal is whatever works. At my house, dinner is whenever because family mealtime helped in we are all together. Often, this means monitoring the adolescent minefield. Not everyone leads a “Leave It to that as early as 3 pm we have a meal ready to go. Very rarely does the din- Beaver” lifestyle, however — I really ner bell ring much past 4:30 pm on doubt even The Beav did. Growing up, my father worked school days. Between ballet, karate, guitar and other activities, it’s nearly swing shifts. He wasn’t home promptimpossible to have a sit-down meal ly at 5 p.m., handing his briefcase over at the socially acceptable times of 5, 6 to my mother and asking what was or 7 pm. Instead, dinner is sometimes for supper. I’m sure there were many eaten while doing homework and times he was not at our family table. I don’t remember those. I do remember signing permission slips. It is definitely an unconventional when he was there, which might have approach, but one that works for us. only been a night or two a week durWhile they eat, my daughters can tell ing the plant’s busy time. Now, as parents, we all do what us about their day — the positive and the negative — and ask questions. I we can. Between jobs and after school hear all about their playground pos- activities and homework, it is increasses and who made the spelling bee. ingly rare to sit down for dinner at the By 7 p.m. my kids are hungry again, same time each night. I’ve realized and we have what we jokingly call a that meal time, rather than the time of second sitting, which is more like a the meal, is what is most important. And those meals will make memories heavy snack. I used to feel bad about serving for my children no matter what time dinner so early, but various studies of day they are eaten.


A passionate advocate

Leah Cole fights child abuse as the leader of CASA By Mary Helen Darah

Each year approximately 250 children are placed into the turbulent world of foster care in Hancock County. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children of Hancock County is often the voice for those children. CASA GAL (Guardian at Law), a United Way partner agency, recruits and trains volunteers as guardians at law to represent children in the Juvenile Court System. The Court processes cases for children whose primary caregivers cannot care for them. Many of the children are victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect. The woman at the helm of this important organization for the past three years is Findlay native Leah Cole. Cole graduated from Miami University and began working with people with Who: Leah Cole disabilities. She quickly realized that she is not, as she puts it, “much of a social worker.” So, Kids: A daughter, 16 and son, 19, Cole redirected her career path toward invesa BGSU student. tigative services. She loves working with her Hometown: Findlay volunteer advocates, who are assigned to cases through CASA with the primary goal of finding hero: Condoleezza Rice a permanent, stable situation for each child as favorite restaurant: Asian Grill quickly as possible. Social workers, attorneys, Hobbies: Nothing “blows off steam” and therapists carry heavy caseloads. CASA volunteers, on the other hand, focus like a little target practice. She also solely on the “best interests” of the child in the loves to read “just about anything.” Court case. “There is no greater feeling than first job: “I was hired by a local seeing ‘average’ people do astounding things farmer when I was 11 years old to pick for children in our community,” Cole says. strawberries at the crack of dawn!” Volunteers listen, mentor and guide children and teens and frequently become the most important favorite getaways: Disney World, person in a child’s life. “Sometimes we give these white water rafting, and zip lining in kids their first experience of feeling cared for. It West Virginia. is so rewarding knowing you can give a brighter future to a child,” Cole says. She manages motherhood, juggling her personal time with her own children with the caseload of children she and her staff represent. Cole is constantly in search of ordinary people willing to donate ten to 15 hours a month, who will be trained by the agency and then assist abused and neglected children. “I always tell people that they can make an incredible difference in this world, one child at a time.”

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To avoid wait Consider off-peak times and avoid the big games, since there are dozens of televisions to attract the sports fans. Noise level Moderate to loud unless a big game is on Bathroom amenities Changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms High Chairs Yes Got Milk Yes, along with lemonade Kid’s menu? Yes Anything healthy for the kids? Sides include fruit cup and carrots Food allergy concerns? The website, www.buffalowildwings.com, offers a full allergen list of most items

Special sauce at ‘B-Dubs’ draws teens and adults alike By Rose Roccisano Barto

Buffalo Wild Wings

15080 Flag City Dr. 419-422-9464 www.buffalowildwings.com Monday through Thursday 11am — midnight Friday and Saturday 11am — 1am Sunday 11am — midnight It has been years since we’d been to Buffalo Wild Wings. The last time we went, my teenager was a toddler. Time for another visit, right? A lot has changed about the restaurant at 15080 Flag City Drive, next to Menard’s. The dining area is more open and airy, yet still separated from the bar area by a high wall. The televisions have multiplied like bunnies. Some things are the same as we remember, though, and they definitely a good taste. The first order of business was explaining to my youngest that buffalo don’t have wings. The “buffalo” comes from authentic Buffalo, N.Y.-style chicken wings that are coated or “spun” in special sauce.  BW3 — or B-Dubs, as it’s called — offers more than 20 ways to tweak your wings, with sauces rang-

ing in heat from smilin’ to screamin.’ We were not quite ready to try the hottest   “Blazin’” sauce, which came with a menu admonition to keep it away from eyes, pets and children. My family played it safe and stayed on the sweeter side of the menu sharing boneless wings in teriyaki sauce. Both of my offspring ordered the child’s portion of chicken tenders ($4.39), which comes with a side choice of fruit cup, carrots or French fries and a drink. Other options for kids include macaroni and cheese, mini corn dogs and a smaller portion of wings. My husband had a side salad ($3.49) and cheeseburger ($8.49). I am a garlic lover, and gave in to the temptation to try the roasted garlic mushrooms appetizer ($5.69). Said my husband, not a garlic lover, “Go ahead, I don’t have to kiss you anytime soon.” And yes, vegetarians, there is an option for you in a restaurant celebrating chicken wings. I built my own burger starting with a black bean patty ($7.99) and was able to order various toppings. Other burger starters include beef, grilled chicken and crispy chicken,

and side choices of fries or chips and salsa are offered. Everyone was happy with their meals — so happy, in fact, that we didn’t have any leftovers to bring home! The wings were gobbled up by the carnivores at the table, who declared them juicy and delicious. And for the record, those garlic mushrooms didn’t overdo the garlic at all — using just a nice hint. I am, how-

ever, not the best judge since I’ve been known to roast garlic and spread it on toast. My youngest, who shares my love for spice, also declared them delicious. Our only regret about Buffalo Wild Wings? We passed up dessert. Desserts included ice cream with caramel or chocolate topping ($1.99) or chocolate fudge cake ($4.79), drizzled with chocolate sauce and served with vanilla ice cream. We certainly could have gotten dessert to go, since BW3’s does a brisk business in carry out as well. No matter. It will give us something to look forward to on our next visit!

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Sunday, March 17

Glinding Stars of Findlay Rockin’ the USA

Choreographed ice skating isn’t just for the Olympics. The Gliding Stars of Findlay, which provides customized equipment and volunteer instruction to people with special physical and mental needs, making them feel like skating stars, will present their 12th annual ice show that will include 57 Stars from Hancock County and the surrounding area. 2:30pm. The Cube, 3430 N. Main St. $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of or in advance at Romans, 626 S. Main St. or Integrity Salon, 117 W. Sandusky St. 419-4234536. www.glidingstars.org—MHD

1 FRIDAY On Golden Pond - This play involves a classic love story told through Ethel and Norman Thayer, a married couple who enjoys their 48th consecutive visit to their summer home on Golden Pond. This visit is different because the couple knows their time together is dwindling and they are looking after a young boy, teaching him and learning life lessons in the process. Friday & Saturday, 8pm. $12. Fort Findlay Playhouse, 300 West Sandusky St. 429-422-4624.

2 SATURDAY Greater Hancock County Home Show - This home show at the Findlay Village Mall exhibits various ideas for leisure living and decorating the home with professionals to answer questions about the home, pets and garden. People can come get ideas for how to spruce up the space in which they live! Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm. Free admission. Findlay Village Mall, 1800 Tiffin Ave. www.leisurelivinghomeshow.com Maple Sugarin’ - Step out on the trails and take a self-guided tour back in time for a late winter living history and nature walk. The trail features maple trees, sap science, and sap collection by Native Americans and pioneers. Before you leave, stop inside the historic McKinnis House to chat with living history characters. Inside the Activity Barn maple sugar products from Fruth’s Sugar Camp will be available for purchase along with refreshments for a donation. 1-4pm. Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. Route 224. 419-425-7275. www.hancockparks.com

4 MONDAY Greater Hancock County College Night - More than 80 colleges and universities from Ohio and the surrounding states will visit the Findlay area as the Owens Community College Findlayarea Campus serves as host to Greater Hancock County College Night. The counseling staffs of nine local high schools

in the surrounding area are co-sponsoring the annual event, which is being held at the Owens Findlay-area Campus Community Education and Wellness Center. Informational sessions will occur throughout the evening. Attendees can hear presentations on financial aid, planning for college, preparing for the ACT test and career trends of the future. 6:308pm. Free. Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus, 3200 Bright Rd. 567-429-3656. www.owens.edu

5 TUESDAY Farm Fun - Stories, songs and activities that focus on farming and agriculture. Presented by members of the Block and Bridle Club of the University of Findlay. For ages 2-8 years old and their caregivers. No registration required. 7:30-8pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. www.findlay.lib.oh.us

6 WEDNESDAY Flower Arrangement Class - Pam Bowers, experienced floral designer, will be presenting a program on flower arranging. 6:30-7:30pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. www.findlay.lib.oh.us Family Movie - Bring your family to watch the movie, Wreck It Ralph. No registration required. 1-4pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. www.findlay.lib.oh.us

8 FRIDAY Planetarium Night: The Vernal Equinox - The first day of spring is soon approaching and that means a day of equal light and dark. See what’s going on in the night sky during this annual occurrence. Activity is recommended for those ages 5 and over. Participants must sit on floor. Ask about handicap accessibility. No fee, but sign up by Wednesday, March 6. 7-8pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-4257275.www.hancockparks.com Cont. on pg 18

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MONDAY-FRIDAY

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. www.findlayohio.com

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Fall Story Time, Hear stories with songs and a simple craft. For all ages. 10:30-11:30am. Free. FindlayHancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. www.findlaylibrary.org

TUESDAYS

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. www.campfireusa-nwohio.com

WEDNESDAYS

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. www.findlayymca.org

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. 419-422-7847. www.findlayartleague.com

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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. www.campfireusa-nwohio.com

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Rest, Renew, Revitalize - All women and teenage girls are invited to attend this weekend of inspiration and renewal. Featured speakers include Keri Wyatt Kent and Char Binkley, and musicians Rebecca DeZurik and the Worship Team. FridaySunday, 5-7pm. $90 weekend / $70 one day registration. Winebrenner Seminary, 950 N. Main St. www.WomenForGod.org Don’t Stress Over the Dress - Are you in need of a beautiful gently-used prom dress at the right price? Over 300 next-to-new, current gowns are available at no charge. Gowns are available in all sizes and styles. Some still have the tags on them! Each girl may bring with her one female guest (parent or friend) to help her shop. Males will be asked to sit in waiting area as to make sure girls do not feel self conscience. An adult cannot shop for a girl unless that girl is present. Friday, 3-9pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. Findlay Village Mall, Tiffin Ave. 419-429-3440.

9 SATURDAY Children’s Mentoring Connection Bowling For Kids 2013 - CMC Bowling For Kids 2013 is s fund raising event for youth mentoring programs in the community. Form a team of just 5 individuals, collect pledges and help support mentoring programs right here in Hancock County. Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm. AMF Sportsman Lanes, 616 Trenton Ave. 419-424-9752. www.hancockmentors.org March of Dimes March for Babies Kickoff - Take part in this year’s March for Babies. Form a team or just come and walk yourself. Pick up your packets, then get out there and start raising money for the babies! 9am-12pm. Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. www.marchofdimes.com Growing Gourmet Mushrooms Jim Artman will be teaching you how to make your own mushroom log in order to cultivate gourmet mushrooms. You will also learn what kinds of mushrooms are edible and how to cook them. Each participant will go home with their own mushroom log. Participants are required to be ages 16 and up. Register with $5 per person by Wednesday, March 6. 1-4pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-7275. www.hancockparks.com

13 WEDNESDAY Geek Olympics - Celebrate Teen Tech Week and unleash your inner geek with games, nerd challenges and best dressed geek contest. 5:30-6:30pm. FindlayHancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. www.findlay.lib.oh.us

14 THURSDAY Toledo Symphony Concert at Sauder Village - Enjoy an evening of varied musical selections presented by the TSO with resident conductor Jeffrey Pollock. The performance, which begins at 7:30pm. in Founder’s Hall, is co-hosted by the Black Swamp Arts Council and Sauder Village. All seats are reserved and tickets are on sale at the Sauder Village Welcome Center. 7:30-9pm. $15 in adv. / $18 door. Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold. 800-590-9755. www.saudervillage.org

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16 SATURDAY HCCH Annual Garage Sale Browse through furniture, electronics, sporting goods, collectibles and more. Proceeds benefit the Hancock Christian Clearinghouse. Saturday, 8:30am-4pm; Sunday, 1-4pm. Brinkman’s Country Corner, 1800 E. Sandusky St. www.hcchfindlay.org

17 SUNDAY The Night Train Puppet Show - Get on board the night train as it travels through the countryside to pick up neighborhood animals. This full production includes a puppet show, music, and activities, and is great for families. Sunday, 1pm & 3pm; Monday, 10am & 1pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-7275. www.hancockparks.com

22 FRIDAY Homeschool Show What You Know - For homeschooled students K-12. Come to the library for a Homeschool Show and Tell. Each student will have approximately 5 minutes to share a project, read a report or their own creative writing, present their artwork, or demonstrate something they have learned how to do. Presentation and active listening skills will be introduced. 2-3:30pm. FindlayHancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. www.findlay.lib.oh.us

24 SUNDAY Flag City Train Show - Celebrate the opening day for 2013 and the 10th annual train show where toy trains, model trains, and railroad memorabilia are for sale by various vendors. Tour HO, Lionel, and other displays including a B&O caboose. Quarter-scale steam train rides $2, or $1 children. 10am-4pm. $3 / Free, children 12 & under. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc., 11600 CR 99 @ I-75 Exit # 161. 419-4232995. www.nworrp.org 14th Annual Sand Sculpture Event Local artist Roger Powell transforms sand into an extraordinary Easter-themed sand sculpture. Spectators are encouraged to come view the process all week. March 24-31. Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St. www.walkingoncommonground.com

25 MONDAY Wee Ones: Beaks - Other aged siblings welcome. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft. Recommended for children three years old and under with an adult companion. 10am. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419425-7275. www.hancockparks.com

28 THURSDAY Growing Flowers - Master Gardener Ruth Furiate will be presenting how to grow flowers. 6:307:30pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. www.findlay.lib.oh.us

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9 SATURDAY Spring Festival of Crafts - Spring is coming and so is the annual Spring Festival of Crafts show sponsored by the juried members of The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild. This show is just the place where you can purchase handcrafted Spring items for decorating; and with Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and weddings just around the corner you will find gifts for those celebrations too! 11am-4pm. Free. Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. www.toledocraftsmansguild.org

16 SATURDAY Gross Anatomy Camp-In - Boys and girls from 2nd-7th grade are invited to pitch a tent for the Gross Anatomy Camp-In. Included are stinky, slimy science workshops, one free ride on the simulator, an overnight stay inside the Imagination Station and then a second, full day of educational activities. $47 members/$50 non-members; Chaperones $37 members/$40 nonmembers. March 16 camp is boys only; March 22, co-ed. 5:30pm-5pm next day. Imagination Station, Adams & Summit St., Toledo. 419-244-2674. www.imaginationstationtoledo.org

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