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In Memory of Jeff McGinnis

8/13/77 — 9/27/22

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While the City Paper has lost one of our own, our entire community will suffer from the loss of Jeff McGinnis, editor of the City Paper and longtime contributor to publications throughout the area. Jeff began writing for the City Paper in 2015 and came on as Assignment Editor in 2020. His humor, upbeat attitude, bracing honesty and determination to tell the story to read ers is a rare combination of talent and commitment that cannot be matched.

Around the office, Jeff was always the one who could “get it done.”

Whatever the task, whatever the ask, McGinnis was the go-to guy who always delivered. His sense of humor and his heart of gold were emblematic of his personality, as was his concern for all things human — a trait too often missing in these days and times.

While Jeff was known for his incred ible work as a journalist — he won a Touchstone award in 2019 for his work on “She’s in the Scene: Toledo’s Women in Music” and was nominated for another award this year — his creative voice made an impact on our community in countless ways. His pop culture expertise came into play dur ing his time as an on-air host for local radio station 92.5, and he made his mark on the theater scene at BGSU, where he was involved in their pro ductions. Jeff was also a prolific short story writer who has had his work published in anthologies like “Monster Earth.” In short, Jeff’s life was spent telling stories, making people laugh, and bringing to light human interest pieces that touched all of our hearts.

He was also a good friend. Any staff member who worked with Jeff knew that he was available for a chat any time you needed him. Not just about work, but about life stuff. He always made the time.

He was committed to his family, especially his nieces, who he talked about lovingly and often.

While we have lost an editor, one who drove story ideas and content creation, our community has lost an influencer and a wordsmith that will be most impossible to replace.

Our appreciation, expressed to Jeff often, but now we realize, sadly, perhaps not often enough, goes out to Jeff and his family. We will continue without him, but he will not be forgotten. As Jeff said regularly and in a series of texts, including one just before his passing, “Big Hugs!” October 1 • October 31 3 most read online 1. 50 Years of Charlie’s 2. Toledo Food Truck Guide 3. Road Trip: September 2022 4. September Astrology: The Stars Speak 5. Dining by the Shore: Waterfront Restaurants Roundup Toledo Repertoire enters 90th season of live theater A Weekend Warrior’s Brunch Bucket List October 1- October 31, 2022 Vol. 25 • Issue 10 Adams Street Publishing Co. For Halloween: What’s a horror movie that scares the heck out of you? Advertising/General Info For advertising and general information, call 419/244-9859 or fax 419/244-9871. E-mail ads to Deadline for advertising copy 2 p.m. Friday before publication. Toledo City Paper subscriptions are available by mail for $28/quarterly or $75 per year at Toledo City Paper, 1120 Adams St., Toledo, Ohio 43604. One copy free per person per week; extra copies $1 each. Persons taking copies for any reason other than personal use are subject to prosecu tion. Letters to the editor must be limited to 300 words, are subject to editing, and should include the writer’s full name and phone num ber. Any letter submitted to the editor or publisher may be printed at the publisher’s discretion in issues subsequent to its receipt. ©2022 by Adams Street Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form iwithout written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Also publishers of: Audited by Member Publisher/Editor in Chief Collette Jacobs
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„ A new coworking space is open in the offices of Spacebar at 5687 Main St. in Sylvania. Spacesicle houses up to three individual work areas for tenants, a lounge area and kitchen, an entertainment area and more.

„ Delicious baked goods made from scratch in a gluten-free kitchen are available at Natalie’s Cake Library baked goods now being sold at 5441 Main St. in Sylvania, the site of the former Fitness Shack. Baker Natalie White offers a variety of gluten and dye-free goods, freshly baked, and a variety of other items to fit many dietary restrictions.

„ Eco-friendly junk removal company Junk King opened a Toledo location at 515 Burbank Dr., near the UT Scott Park Campus.


The long-vacant Rosemary Apartments at 3632 North Detroit Ave. will soon be demolished, it was announced this past summer. There are no plans to replace the building, unoccupied for over two decades; but a green space will be created with a memorial to Joshua Sorrell, a 16-year-old who passed away at the site in 2016.


The Toledo Federation of Art Societies (TFAS) finally has a building to call home. The TFAS Studio + Gallery opened at the Toledo Botanical Garden’s Artists’ Village, located at 5403 Elmer Dr. The first physical location for the Federation— which has existed since 1917— the Studio will provide a place for the organization to exhibit work, hold meetings and workshops and serve as a permanent headquarters.

„ Toledo may soon get a new Culver’s location as Toledo City Council approved zoning for the construction of the restaurant on Executive Parkway, near Secor and Central. The fast food restaurant would join two other area Culver’s restaurants, currently in Oregon and Holland, as well as a new location under construction in Perrysburg.

„ Seafood and chicken are served fresh from the new food truck Scales & Bales, which opened this past summer. Search “Scales & Bales” on Facebook for the latest on their schedule.


Rossford-based florists Urban Flowers have expanded into a second location at 118 S. Superior St in the downtown Toledo Warehouse District, near Swan Creek Candle Co.


If you love premium coffee, freshly roasted, you’re gonna want to stop by Freight House Coffee Company at 16 S. Stadium Rd. in Oregon, near Clay High School. freighthousecoffeeco


A Waffle House has opened at 5445 Monroe St., just east of Whiteford Rd. in Sylvania Township. The eatery, with over 1900 locations in 25 states, serves up breakfast and diner fare 24 hours a day. 419-293-5310


New clothing store WEAR Boutique celebrated its grand opening at the end of September in the Cricket West shopping plaza at 3159 Central Ave on the second floor above MBrowz. The boutique carries sophisticated styles and brands including FRAME, Moussy Vintage Denim, Smythe, Chan Luu,Velvet, Rails, Perfect White Tee, Enza Costa and more. 419-665-6688/

„ Closing

Over a century of delicious memories came to an end with the closure of Malczewski’s Catering this past summer. A family business that began as a market, Malczewski’s created Polish favorites for generations of grateful Toledo diners. The closing followed owner Fred Malczewski’s decision to retire, though longtime customers may still purchase some of the family’s trademark seasonings through Facebook. Search “Malczewski’s Seasonings” on Facebook.


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Charter changes on the November ballot

There is an anachronistic anom aly buried in the Toledo City Charter from a simpler, more optimistic time. In order for someone to be certified as a candidate for munici pal office, they must submit a petition with signatures from a certain number of registered voters who support their candidacy. Except that wasn’t quite right, because the candidate need not circulate the petition, and they need not submit it for certification to the board of elections.

In fact, the candidate need not even know they have been nominated for office. Civic-minded folks can circulate and submit a nominating petition unbe knownst to the prospective candidate. “You know who would make a great councilman? Good ol’ John Johnson, that’s who! Let’s nominate him!” So the charter says that, after the petitions are certified, good ol’ John is notified, and he must accept the nomination within five days. Because it might be the first he’s heard of it, and he might recoil at the notion of serving in elected office. The old “if nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serve.”

Of course that literally never hap pens these days. Candidates are never thrust onto the ballot against their will. They seek the ballot with salivating selfassuredness. In the extremely rare, like, never gonna happen instance where someone gets pranked, it would make much more sense that they have five days to decline the nomination. In other words, the default position should be you’re on the ballot unless you decline, rather than you’re still not on the ballot unless you accept.

Of golden showers and parachutes

This sensible change is one more pro posal on the ballot November 8 as part of the massive ballot initiative to change the Toledo charter. In our column in the last issue of the Toledo City Paper we listed a half dozen or so other provisions in the single ballot issue that contains proposed Amendments to the City Char ter. And they don’t end there.

Another provision would allow for the city to repave unimproved streets, meaning those lacking curbs and sew ers. Another would state that someone appointed to city council would not have their initial term, which might be as

short as a few months, count against them for the three-term limit. There is also a pro posed change to how the city contracts for public works, a process already extensively regulated in the Toledo Municipal Code.

Remember Carty’s golden shower? No, not that one. The shower he had installed in Hizzoner’s office for a pricey nine thousand nine hundred and ninety five dollars. Which was conveniently just below the ten grand threshold at which the contract would re quire council approval. Well, inflation being what it is, the proposed charter amendment would raise that threshold to twenty-five grand. Golden shower indeed.

Then there’s the two-term limit for Toledo mayor. The proposal is to raise that to three terms to align with limits for city council. And if passed would allow Wade to run for a third term in twenty twenty-five. Which is great for him, since there is no obvious elected office landing ground for him. And he hasn’t held a non-elected job in decades. Call this the golden parachute provision.

Strength in numbers

Whew! Two whole columns devoted to the massive variety of proposals in one ballot initiative! Contrast that to Maumee, where there are proposed changes to the city char ter regarding nominations, elections, filling council vacancies and more. Which have been divided into five separate ballot issues. Contrast it to Oregon, where provisions to change the charter regarding nominations, elections, filling council vacancies and more have been divided into three ballot issues.

Why did Toledo put all its charter change eggs into one issue basket? From a City Politics perspective it makes little sense. One unpopular provision can tank the whole thing, bringing more popular provi sions down with it. And which proposal is unpopular will likely be different for different voters. Maria doesn’t want to give the mayor another term? Baron doesn’t want to change term limits for council? Leslie doesn’t like Carty’s golden shower? TJ doesn’t want to read page after page of provisions? Carol doesn’t trust charter changes? No, no, no, no and no.

Let’s see if the basket holds. Or if it unravels like a cheap suit, breaking all the eggs, good and bad. It’s Issue Twenty-One on the ballot. Vote your conscience.

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It’s that time again — time to do your patriotic duty and vote (and remember, you have until Oct. 11 to register)! City Paper has rounded up this year’s crop of local and statewide candidates who are all vying for your vote on November. Where do the candidates stand on the issues that are important to you? Read on.

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Voters interested in learning about Ohio’s absentee ballotprocess can do so by visiting the Ohio Secretary of State’s YouTubeChannel, and watching the upload titled “Sec LaRose: The Life ofan Absentee Ballot.”

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tHE issUEs:

Responsible gun Ownership: America is losing far too many people to gun violence. I’m committed to solving the problem. I support universal background checks, stand with law en forcement in opposing permitless carry and was proud to pass legislation closing the boy-friend loophole.

Access to Abortion and related services: I believe women and their doctor should be given the privacy to make health care decisions. Extremist state legislators should not play a larger role in family planning than families themselves.

Experience: Incumbent member of Congress

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 19

The number of times elected: 19

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: First elected to Congress in 1982. Stand for election every two years

Adjustments to the cost of health care: Health care cost is one of the biggest threats to many Ohio families. I’m proud to have passed a law this year that will cap the price of insulin at $35 per month for seniors while cap ping their out of pocket prescription costs to no more than $2,000 per year.

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues: Climate change presents peril and incredible opportunity, particularly for our region. Compa nies like Toledo Solar and First Solar are a part of addressing excess carbon emissions and rebuilding our region’s manufacturing sector. I’m committed to investing in all of the above energy strategies as we transition to a renew able energy future.

Transgender athletes and participa tion in competition: All athletes deserve dignity and respect. Rules regarding scholastic athletic participation are best left to schools, parents, teachers, and coaches not extremist legislators.

Bolstering local business opportuni ties and support: In Congress I fight to deliver the funding needed to help employers in Northern Ohio thrive. From ensuring our region has the roads, bridges, and broadband infra structure needed to compete, to investing in research that spawns new innovations like the technology used by First Solar and manufactur ers across the region.

Teaching K-12 grades critical race theory: High quality education is key to our region’s ability to compete in the global economy. I strongly support a well rounded edu cation that includes science and the humanities, math and the arts, vocational trades and history.

gay marriage: I oppose discrimination on the basis of sex and support marraige equality and have cast votes in Congress consistent with these positions.

The events of January 6, 2021: On January 6th J.R. Majewski and a mob attacked the US Capitol to overturn the people’s will in an election. Majewski broke past police barricades. 140 police were injured. Majewski hasn’t apolo gized, he blamed the police, and said he’d do it again. Injuring police is wrong.

Minimum wage for workers in Ohio: Ohio workers deserve a raise - $7 an hour is not enough to raise a family on. I have been a consistent supporter of living wage legislation.

Family leave (paid/unpaid time off for child/senior care): The U.S. remains one of the few modern countries without paid leave. Last year I supported legislation to create paid family leave, but it stalled in the Senate. I’m not done fighting to deliver this critical resource for working families.

J.R. Majewski did not respond

Despite repeated attempts andvaried methods of contact, ToledoCity Paper did not receive a replyfrom the candidate and thereforeno responses are included here.

Education: University of Wisconsin–Madison (BA), University of Michigan (MUP)
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tHE issUEs:

Responsible gun Ownership: No matter where you live in Ohio, you deserve to feel safe. I will work to pass common-sense laws like universal background checks and red flag laws, which are supported by a majority of Ohioans, including law enforcement, and will keep guns from people who want to hurt others.

Access to Abortion and related services: I support access to abortion services and the codification of Roe v. Wade in the Ohio Constitution. This issue affects the future of Ohio. Women and their partners, along with health care providers, will be dissuaded from residing in Ohio if women are restricted in their health care decisions.

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Adjustments to the cost of health care: No Ohioan should have to choose between keeping food on the table and paying for life-saving medicine. As governor, I will lower prescription drug costs by cracking down on price gouging and capping out-of-pocket insulin costs at $30 a month.

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues: Climate change is a threat, but also an opportunity to create new industries and jobs for Ohioans. I will prioritize resources for post-secondary education — from career tech schools to apprenticeships to community colleges to universities — to build the talent base needed for the jobs of the future. (43)

dTransgender athletes and participation in competition: Our state elected officials need to be focused on the issues that actually impact Ohio families, like protecting abortion access, raising wages, and makes our communities more safe.

Bolstering local business opportunities and support: I’ll invest in Ohio’s businesses, especially its small businesses. We know that these businesses are the cornerstone of our communities and our state. They deserve a governor who will look out for them, not just the large companies that come with a fancy ribbon cutting or groundbreaking.

Teaching K-12 grades critical race theory: Critical race theory isn’t taught in Ohio K-12 schools. And it shouldn’t be. A few politicians are trying to use this to divide and scare parents. I think we need to teach history – the good and the bad – so we can learn about it for our future.

Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Dayton and a Master’s in Public Administration from Wright State University

Experience: I was elected Mayor of Dayton in 2013 and 2017 following two terms on the Dayton City Commission. I am also a founding board member for the Ohio’s Mayor Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of Ohio’s 30 largest cities. I also served as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2021, being chosen by mayors from across the country to serve in that role.

gay marriage : No matter who you are or who you love, you should be welcome in Ohio. I support gay marriage and was honored to perform the first same-sex marriage in Ohio. As Governor, I will work to make Ohio a more welcoming and inclusive state, just like I did in Dayton.

The events of January 6, 2021: It was a riot and an insurrection aimed at undermining the core values and principles of the United States and democracy. Those responsible should be prosecuted and the politicians who incited it should be held accountable.

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 5

The number of times elected: 4

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected:

Dayton City Commissioner, 2006-2014

Mayor of Dayton, 2014-2022

President, U.S. Conference of Mayors 2020-2021

Minimum wage for workers in Ohio: I support raising wages for all Ohio workers, including raising the minimum wage in Ohio to $15 an hour. This is how we make Ohio a place where one good job is enough and where every community can thrive.

Family leave (paid/unpaid time off for child/senior care): I support the implemen tation and expansion of family leave programs by private businesses and the public sector. As mayor of Dayton, I led the effort to provide paid family leave for all city employees. This is a vital program to help Ohio families.

mike dewine did not respond

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tHE issUEs

What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? Prior to being elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, I served as Judge, 10th District Court of Appeals and Franklin County Common Pleas Court. As a trial court judge, I founded the county’s adult felony drug court, known as the TIES Program, now in its 17th year of operation.

What do you feel is the role of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? Ohio is at a point in time that experienced and principled leadership of the Ohio Supreme Court is critical. The judiciary is an entire branch of government, and it is the only branch of state government that can hold the other two branches accountable in quelling corruption perceived or otherwise.

Education: Miami University 1975-1978 B.S. Sociology-Gerontology, Cum Laude

Capital University Law School 1979-1982 J.D. Law (1983), Order of the Curia

Experience: Wife, mother, lawyer and Judge

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 7

The number of times elected: 6

Which legal movie would you choose to view, and why? My Cousin Vinny or Liar, Liar? I would select My Cousin Vinny. For all the formality of court, it is about allowing ac cess to courts no matter what differences exist.

What are the major influences in your life and why? I consider Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as my judicial role model. She was smart, worked within the legal system, has been creative and dogged... in fighting for equal rights of women. I try to emulate her work in the clarity and directness of her written decisions.

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: Judge, Franklin County

Common Pleas Court; Judge (2000,2002Elected to unexpired term and re-elected), Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals (2014,2016- Elected to unexpired term and re-elected);

Secretary of State of Ohio (2006); U.S. Senate (2010), Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio(2020).

If elected (or re-elected) to this po sition, what is the minimum num ber of years you intend to serve before seeking a judicial post at a higher level? Are you committed to serving out the full term? If elected, this judicial term would be six years. I am committed to serving out the full term.

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What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? I advocated for clients for twenty years, litigating in state and federal courts, representing clients from all over the world and all walks of life. This included Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Criminal Defense, Custody, and Immigration Law. I successfully handled many complex cases, including appeals to the federal courts.

As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved? Growing up in neighborhoods devastated by drugs and crime, the show “Police Women” inspired me. I came to Ohio 34 years ago as an IT Manager for Procter & Gamble. Ultimately, I pursued my dream, becoming an attorney. It is my oldest brother who became the Police Officer.

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Education: CUNY, the City College of New York, 1987, B.S. in Computer Science; University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1997, J.D.; FBI Citizen’s Academy, Class of 2011


What do you feel is the role of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? Younger and younger teens are being charged with crimes. It is critical that our juvenile court system emphasizes rehabilitation by providing mental health treatment and behavior therapy, programs to strengthen families, and educational opportunities to enable our youth to re-enter the community without committing further crime.

Fill in the blank “The Toledo Legal Community reminds me of ________________.” My family. Hardworking, sometimes underestimated, upfront, and welcoming.

Which legal movie would you choose to view, and why? My Cousin Vinny or Liar, Liar? My Cousin Vinny. In addition to it being hilarious, it teaches us to not judge people too harshly and that everyone deserves a fair chance.

Describe a situation in which you dealt with an ethical dilemma and how you resolved it. In 2011, I represented a client who had previously hired a person he thought was an attorney. Had my client followed this person’s advice, he would have been subject to deportation. I notified authorities that this

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: November 2016 and November 2018 for Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals

person was practicing law without a license and cooperated in the subsequent investigation.

What do you consider your greatest strengths as a (prospective) judge? Weaknesses? My ability to fully grasp all sides of the issues that come before the court, and my commitment to faithfully apply to law equally to all, independent of outside influence or political pressure. I earned the highest rating, “Excellent”, from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

What are the major influences in your life and why? My mother. She had two sayings, “The only inheritance from me is your education”, and “Do not have a single dollar in

pat dewine did not respond

The number of times elected: Successfully elected in November 2016 and re-elected in November 2018 for Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: Judge, Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals, December 16, 2016 – February 8, 2019; Judge, Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals, February 9, 2019 – February 8, 2025

your pocket that wasn’t earned.” After leaving a difficult marriage, she single-handedly raised her four children working as a seamstress in a unionized garment factory.

If elected (or re-elected) to this position, what is the minimum number of years you intend to serve before seeking a judicial post at a higher level? Are you committed to serving out the full term? I am committed to serving the full-term at the Ohio Supreme Court with resolved dedication to serving everyone and faithfully applying the law equally to all, untainted by outside influences.

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sHaron l. KEnnEDy

Education: University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work, BSW 1984

University of Cincinnati, College of Law, JD 1991

Despite repeated attempts andvaried methods of contact, ToledoCity Paper did not receive a replyfrom the candidate and thereforeno responses are included here.

tHE issUEs

What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? In practice I handled adult criminal and juvenile delinquency cases and civil matters. I also served as a part-time magistrate hearing civil, small claims, and eviction cases before serving 14 years as a judge in the Domestic Relations Court. I have served as a Justice since 2012.

As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved?

As a young person I wanted to serve as a police officer. In 1985, I began serving as a police officer in the City of Hamilton. I later left law enforcement because I thought I could do more serving the needs of families and the less fortunate as an attorney.

If you became aware of unethical conduct on the part of a trial advocate during a case you were presiding over, how would you handle it? I would stop the proceedings and address the matter immediately. While serving on the trial court bench I had the occasion to address such a matter which was resolved by the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program.

Experience: OHIO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 2012–Present Associate Justice

COMMON PLEAS COURT, DOMESTIC RELATIONS DIVISION 1999–2012, Administrative Judge/ Judge, PRIVATE PRACTICE 1991–1998, Attorney at Law – General Practice, BUTLER COUNTY AREA COURTS 1995–1998, Magistrate & Warrant Officer, BUTLER COUNTY JUVENILE

COURT 1996–1997, Warrant & Compliance Officer, OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL, BETTY D. MONTGOMERY 1995–1998, Special Counsel, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 38 1991–1998, Disciplinary Counsel, BUTLER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS 1989–1991, Director, Victim/Witness Division, Law Clerk for the Honorable Matthew J. Crehan, Judge, HAMILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 1985–1989, Police Officer, Civil Assistant

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: Six

The number of times elected: 6

What do you feel is the role of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? As framed the question alleges that there is only a perception of a rise in violent crime. If that perception is untrue, a judge can inform the public of the true statistics through editorials and civic speaking engagements and collaborate with other criminal justice partners to calm the public. October 1 • October 31 7

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tErri JaMison

Education: Franklin University, B.S. in Business Administration, Minor in Human Resources Management

Capital University Law School, Juris Doctor Franklin University, Doctorate in Community Leadership (Hon. Causa)

Experience: Small Business Owner; Managing Attorney of Jamison Law Offices Co. LPA;

tHE issUEs

What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? I have 8 years of trial practice in the area of criminal law including jury and bench trials in counties in Ohio. I have handled domestic relations cases, juvenile cases, probate and guard ianship cases, and a few other civil cases as plaintiff counsel.

As a young person, what pro fession did you hope to be in volved in and how did that hope become resolved? I wanted to be in the military. I had breathing conditions that prevented me from going into the military. I attempted to apply for JAG when I graduated law school but I was over the age to enter the JAG corps. I gave up on the idea of serving in the military and became a public servant through the judiciary.

If you became aware of unethical conduct on the part of a trial advo cate during a case you were presiding over, how would you handle it? If it is something that doesn’t require a report, I would call counsel into my office together and talk to them in an attempt to prevent them from crossing an ethical line. If they did cross the ethical line, I would follow the requirement to report unethical conduct for investigation and provide a copy of the transcript, if one was available.

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Intermittent Hearing Officer for Unemployment Compensation Review Commission; Judge

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 3

The number of times elected: 3

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: 2012

Elected to

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations-Juvenile Branch 55%-45%; 2018 Re-elected to same seat 60%40%; 2020 Elected to Ohio Court of Appeals, Tenth District 53%-47%

What do you feel is the role of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? The judiciary’s role is to enforce the law, either deny bond or set ap propriate bonds to guarantee the defendant’s return while analyzing the factors: the type of crime, criminal history, past failures to appear and warrants issued for the same, the safety of the community, ties to the community, education level, employment history, and other factors the court finds relevant.

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Education: Harvard Law School ‘83 JD, Harvard College ‘80 AB

Experience: Almost 6 years as a Supreme Court Justice; over 6 years as an Appeals Court Judge; 27 years as a practitioner representing both plaintiffs and defendants throughout the state and country and in both federal and state courts.

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: For this office, Ohio Supreme Court Justice, only in 2016 I ran twice and won both times when I ran for Appellate Judge in 2010 and 2012 Ran for Cincinnati City Council in 2007

The number of times elected: For this office, Ohio Supreme Court, so far 1 for 1; For Appellate Judge 2 for 2; For Cincinnati City Council 0 for 1.

tHE issUEs

What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? Over 25 years in at least 5 states plus Ohio. I represented parties as plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts, including Sixth, Tenth, and Second circuits. I won a case in US Supreme Court. I was Rated as a Best Lawyer in America, Ohio, and Cincinnati, and as a Super Lawyer.

As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved? I had hoped to become a lawyer starting in the 8th grade when I testified at a trial. I worked hard and then paid my way through Harvard Law School. I passed the Ohio and Texas bar exams. I also paid off all my student loans myself.

What do you feel is the role of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? The role of the courts is to enforce the law as written in the Federal and Ohio Constitutions, and in Ohio’s statutes. Unless a statute is unconstitutional, we must make sure the law is enforced as set forth in the Criminal


Education: CAPITAL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Colum bus, Ohio; Juris Doctor – May 2013; THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, Ohio; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – June 2010

Experience: I am currently an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office. I previ ously worked as a Judicial Attorney at the Ohio Supreme Court for retired Justice Ter rence O’Donnell, an Attorney Rules Analyst for the Ohio General Assembly’s Joint Com mittee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), and in private practice as a litigation attorney.

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 1

The number of times elected: 0

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: Justice Ohio Supreme Court January 1, 2017 to the present

Ohio First District Court of Appeals De cember 24, 2010 to December 31, 2016.

What kind of jobs, interests or volun teer activities did you pursue during your schooling and law school? I paid my way through Harvard College and Harvard Law School (my parents had little money so I had no choice) as follows: cleaning bathrooms, picking up bags of trash, umpiring/refereeing intramural sports, bartending, cleaning dorm rooms, running intramu ral programs, and working summer jobs and clerk ships. I also paid off all my student loans myself.

What are the major influences in your life and why? My parents, especially my father, had a great/major influence over me. He was a part of the greatest generation and fought as a Marine in the Pacific. He worked one full and one part time job much of his life so we kids could go to good high schools. He also impressed upon me that ‘showing up on time,’ that is a good work ethic, is the most important element to keeping a job and taking care of one’s family.

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As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved? Growing up, my godfather was an attorney, and I was always very impressed by him when I was a kid. I first wanted to be a lawyer when I was in the 6th grade. I took a detour from that idea for a time but ultimately realized that my true calling was the law after taking my first political science class at Ohio State.

Which legal movie would you choose to view, and why? My Cousin Vinny or Liar, Liar? Both are great movies. Liar, Liar reminds us in a humorous way of the importance of being honest in our personal and professional lives. And while I like a lot of Jim Carrey movies, I have to choose My Cousin Vinny as my favorite. The interactions between Joe Pesci and the judge are great.

What do you consider your greatest strengths as a (prospective) judge? Weaknesses? My experience as an assistant prosecutor, a civil litigation attorney, and a Judicial Attorney at the Ohio Supreme Court uniquely qualifies me to be on the Sixth District. These experiences will allow me to be effective from day one. I will show up every day and do the work needed to ensure that I am efficiently making decisions that are based on the law and not my personal or political views.

What are the major influences in your life and why? The major influences in my life are God, my wife, my three kids, and my parents.

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Responsible gun Ownership: Means that gun owners are well trained in the opera tion, maintenance, handling and safe storage of weapons.

Access to Abortion and related services is a private decision between the patient and her medical professional.

Adjustments to the cost of health care: need to be made so that people have access to health care when they are sick and also preventative health care to help keep them from becoming sick.

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues Govern ment must do more efforts to reverse the effects. More support for alternative energy technologies, more education and information should be avail able to show how people can reduce our carbon footprint.

Transgender athletes and participa tion in competition: Transgender ath letes and participation in competition the Ohio legislature passed legislation that prohibited a transgender athlete from participating in high school sports. This legislation was poorly written and is wrong.

Bolstering local business opportuni ties and support. I have and will continue to be a strong advocate for economic development for NWOH. I will continue to remind Columbus that Toledo IS part of Ohio and attention should be given to us.

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Ottawa Hills High School – HS Diploma 2000; Denison University – BA History 2004; University of Toledo – JD 2007


Private Practice 2007 – 2009, Public Defender’s Office 2009 – 2010, Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office 2010 – 2015, Staff Attorney at 6th District Court of Appeals 2015 – 2017, City of Toledo, Senior Attorney 2017 – present

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: I ran for Toledo Municipal Court Judge in 2019

The number of times elected: I lost by 374 votes

Education: BA Spelman College; MA Colorado State University; JD The University of Iowa

dExperience: Mayor of the City of Toledo, 2 term District 4 City Council, 2 term Member of the Ohio House of Representatives

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office:

The number of times elected: 6

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: 6

Teaching K-12 grades critical race theory First off, critical race theory IS NOT be ing taught in these grades. It is one way that law school pedagogy can be use to examine how laws were created and applied.

gay marriage are legal and should remain so.

The events of January 6, 2021 was an insurrection that should be a wake up for all that we must be come knowledgeable and participate in the democratic process.

Minimum wage for workers in Ohio is to a lo low. We need to raise the minimum to cre ate a living wage so that Ohio families can thrive.

Family leave (paid/unpaid time off for child/senior care) is a necessary piece to strengthening families and improving the number of people who can work.

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Responsible gun Ownership: Responsible gun ownership is very important and critical.

Access to Abortion and related services: Only in the case of rape, incest or life and death.

Adjustments to the cost of health care: Current cost of health care is too expensive.

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues: I would need more information to study.

Transgender athletes and participa tion in competition: It is not fair and should not be allowed.

Education: Currently seeking a bachelors in criminal justice

Experience: Businessman for over thirty years

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 2

The number of times elected: 0

rBolstering local business opportunities and support: We need to support local businesses and remove excessive red tape that hinders them.

Teaching K-12 grades critical race theory: Absolutely against it.

gay marriage: It is their right.

The events of January 6, 2021: Everyone has the right to protest as long as it is peaceful.

Minimum wage for workers in Ohio: Minimum wage in Ohio is where it should be at this time.

Family leave (paid/unpaid time off for child/senior care): It depends if the employer is able to afford it.

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What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? I have significant courtroom experience in civil and criminal law as a county prosecutor, public defender, and with Toledo’s civil law department. I have completed numerous trials, including civil and criminal jury trials. I reviewed all aspects of the law at the 6th District Court of Appeals.

As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved?

Growing up, I wanted to be a professional baseball player and a lawyer. I was lucky enough to play baseball through college before going to law school, but quickly realized that only one of those hopes was realistic for me.

Fill in the blank “ The Toledo Legal Community reminds me of ________________.” “A family.” We have an outstanding bar in Toledo. I interact with several lawyers every day. We may not agree on every issue, but we are able to vigorously represent our clients while maintaining respect for each other.

Which legal movie would you choose to view, and why? My Cousin Vinny or Liar, Liar? My Cousin Vinny is one of my all-time favorites. I love how Vinny shows up to defend his family. I enjoyed how he took on a seemingly impossible case, went in with no preconceived notions, and put himself in the shoes of all the witnesses.

What kind of jobs, interests or volunteer activities did you pursue during your schooling and law school? I enjoy working with kids. During my schooling and law school, I worked as a volunteer baseball and football coach, and volunteered at my church as a Sunday school teacher.

What are the major influences in your life and why? My parents are a major influence in my life. They taught me the values of hard work, integrity, being a good husband and father, and the importance of respecting everyone. I try to live my life in the example they set for me.

If elected (or re-elected) to this position, what is the minimum number of years you intend to serve before seeking a judicial post at a higher level? Are you committed to serving out the full term? When I worked at the 6th District Court of Appeals, I realized that it would be a dream job for me. I love learning about the law and enjoy research and writing. I would serve at least a full term and would not seek a judicial post at a higher level. October 1 • October 31 9
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Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Toledo; JD, Ohio Northern University College of Law

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What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? I am a former Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor. I represented the State of Ohio in adult felony proceedings, with charges including murder, rape, aggravated robbery, drug trafficking, and firearms cases. I also assisted on cases in Juvenile court involving delinquency matters related to pending adult cases assigned to me.

As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved? In Junior High School I thought, I wanted to become a lawyer. I took the bus downtown to the courthouse to observe lawyers in court. I visited a courtroom where I encountered a female judge who inspired me to become a lawyer and run for judge.

What do you feel is the role of the of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? Incarceration is one necessary option but not the only answer. Many young people can be set on the right path with smart and early intervention. We need to get to the root of the problems that bring children and families into the Juvenile Court.

Experience: Toledo Municipal Clerk of Court; Former Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 4

The number of times elected: 4

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: Toledo Municipal Clerk of Court 2003; 2007; 2013; 2019

Fill in the blank: “The Toledo Legal Community reminds me of ____.” A family full of unique individuals striving to practice law in a culture of camaraderie, collegiality, competence and mutual trust that we call “The Toledo Way”.

Which legal movie would you choose to view, and why? My Cousin Vinnie or Liar, Liar? My Cousin Vinnie

What do you consider your greatest strengths as a (prospective) judge? Weaknesses? As judge, I will be tough, but fair. I will bring a balance of life experience, professional experience, and a proven record of service and leadership that our community and the court needs right now.

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What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? 1995 I began in Toledo Municipal Court as an intern, then Public Defender in Juvenile Court. 23 years as Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor. 9 years as Child Victim Prosecutor and 14 years as Deputy Chief of the Juvenile Division. Elected Judge in 2020. Full criminal and civil docket ever since.

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What is your personal experience practicing in the area of criminal or civil law? Prior to becoming a Judge, my most recent criminal experience was as an Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor at Juvenile Court, where I handled the very cases which are before me as the Judge. While still in school, I also handled criminal matters as a Public Defender intern. My civil experience includes child support cases, adoptions, guardianships, trusts, estates, property matters, licensing issues as well as presiding over children services matters as a Judge, hearing officer and magistrate.

As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved? As a first generation college graduate, I did not know of all the possibilities a college degree could bring. I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference in the world. As a young child, I wanted to be a nurse because my grandfather was in the hospital a lot, but I do not have the stomach for a medical career. With a psychology degree, I looked to the law to help pave the path to helping others.

If you became aware of unethical conduct on the part of a trial advocate during a case you were presiding over, how would you handle it? It depends upon the severity of the conduct and whether it prejudiced the other side. My response would range from counseling the attorney to sanctioning the attorney and referring the matter to the grievance committee. And I would attempt to remediate any potential prejudice.

If you became aware of unethical conduct on the part of a trial advocate during a case you were presiding over, how would you handle it? Depending on the severity, I would first pull the attorney aside and speak with them. Under the rules of ethics, in most cases there is no choice but to turn the matter over to the bar association.

Education: University of Toledo College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1992

Wayne State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1988 (major: pshychology)

Experience: Judge, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, July 2021Present; Magistrate, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division, March 2020 – July 2021, Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor, Juvenile Division, October 2018 – March 2020; Director, Board of Revision, Lucas County Auditor’s Office, March 2015 –October 2018; Probation Officer, Lucas County Adult Probation, February 2012 – March 2015; Administrative Hearing Officer, Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency, July 1995 – December 2011; Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor, Child Support Division, March 1993 – July 1995; Certified Legal Intern, Lucas County Public Defender Office, May 1991 – November 1992

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 0

The number of times elected: 0

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: N/A current judgeship was through an appointment.

What do you feel is the role of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? As a Juvenile Judge, my role is to do my best to keep our community and our kids safe. I tend to detain youthful offenders who commit gun-related offenses in order to incapacitate them long enough to hopefully challenge their thought process and decision-making so that they don’t commit further violence or become victims themselves.

Education: Whitmer High School Class of 1988

University of Toledo Bachelors of Education 1993

University of Toledo Juris Doctor 1997

Prior campaign runs: 1

Number of times elected: 1

Current Office: Judge Lucas County Court of Common Pleas

As a young person, what profession did you hope to be involved in and how did that hope become resolved?

I aspired to be a lawyer at age 10. I have never swayed from that goal. Everything I did from then on was devoted to going to law school. I was then accepted, graduated and passed the bar. I have never doubted that I was meant to be a lawyer.

What do you feel is the role of the judiciary in addressing the perceived crisis in our community as it relates to violent crime? Community Safety plays a role in my daily decision making as a common pleas judge. Whether it be making a decision about bond or appropriately sentencing a criminal defendant, protecting our community is of the utmost importance.

Fill in the blank: “The Toledo Legal Community reminds me of ____.” A close extended family. Always there when you need them.”

Which legal movie would you choose and why? My Cousin Vinny. First and foremost you can’t beat the line “the two utes”. However, under all of the comedy there are some good messages. Appearances can be deceiving, don’t be afraid to ask others for help, and finally it epitomizes the legal standard of innocent until proven guilty.

Describe a situation in which you dealt with an ethical dilemma and how you resolved it. As a Prosecutor I was given a case of child abuse. I brought the youth in to interview. The child read from a notebook and said “my mom says this is what happened”. When confronted the parent denied coaching, but I had to turn all of the information over to defense and ultimately dismissed the case.

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Education: Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University.

Experience: Appointed Lucas County Recorder in January 2021 following the death of Phil Copeland. Current Chairman of the Lucas County Democratic Party.

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: Seven

The number of times elected: 6

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: Appointed to Toledo City Council – District Four in 2002. Elected in 2003. Re-elected in 2007. Elected to three terms as State Representative in 2011, 2013, 2015 as State Representative where I served as Minority Whip.

The Lucas County Recorder’s Office handles some of our most important documents. They can range from documentation related to mortgages, real estate, land contracts, liens, certificate of transfer, deeds, plats, military service discharge, DD-214 Forms, military service I.D. cards, Medicaid recovery form, powers of attorney, health care power of attorney, living will declaration, and more. Your issue related questions do not apply to the role of the Lucas County Recorder, nor does the Lucas County Recorder have any accountability regarding these issues. There fore, I respectfully decline to give my opinion or stance. I am more than willing to answer questions or discuss my education and work experience as it relates to managing the du ties of Lucas County Recorder.

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public Service: Member of Waterville City Council since January 1, 2014; previously Vice-Mayor Chairman of the Public Safety Committee; served on the Public Works Committee

Previously served on the Waterville Civil Service Commission

Candidate for Lucas County Treasurer, 2020 Member of the Board of Education of Anthony Wayne Local Schools from 2000 to 2008; President of the Board for two years; also, Vice President

professional Experience

Admitted to the Ohio Bar, 1978

Attorney since 1981 with Shindler Neff LLP in Toledo and now in Holland

Practice in estate planning, probate and trust administration, real estate, business, and tax law

Community Service

Member of the Board of the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio Founding Trustee of the Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation

Board Member of the Anthony Wayne Youth Soccer League

Founding Trustee of the Anthony Wayne Education Association


University of Toledo College of Law, 1977

Case Western Reserve University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1973


Married over 50 years; wife, Debbie

Three children, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Melissa, all graduates of Anthony Wayne High School

Resident of Lucas County for over 47 years

Resident of Waterville for over 40 years

The Recorder’s office is an administrative service in Lucas County. The Recorder is primarily responsible for filing and maintaining complete, accurate, and accessible re cords of all deeds, mortgages, and other documents relating to the ownership, transfer, and encumbrance of all land within Lucas County.

I am a public servant, not a politician. I am committed to serving as Recorder of Lucas County with dedication, honesty, integrity, and the highest standards possible.

JosH WilliaMs

Education: AAS in paralegal studies 2016 and BS in paralegal studies with honors (Magna Cum Laude) 2017University of Toledo, Juris DoctorateUniversity of Toledo College of Law 2020

Experience: Attorney, College Professor, and former Charter School Board President

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 0

rThe number of times elected: 0

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Responsible gun Ownership

The 2nd Amendment enshrined the God-given right to self-defense. Our founding fathers lived under a tyrannical government and knew that the right to bear arms protects the other rights outlined in the Constitution. I believe that so long as someone is not a disqualified adult, under either federal or state law, they should be permit ted to own, possess, and carry a firearm. I believe that we should be more active in providing and covering mental health screenings and requiring medical providers to provide information concern ing mental diagnoses that can result in someone posing a threat to the community. I propose each school provides students K-12 with annual mental health, abuse, and threat assessment. This will allow us to identify issues before they place our communities at risk.

Access to Abortion and related ser vices I believe that we should protect life inside the womb the same as we do outside the womb. In Ohio, an individual may take the life of another only if they have a reasonable belief of imminent or immediate threat of great bodily harm or death. Therefore if there is an immediate or imminent threat to the life of the mother the pregnancy can be terminated, before the baby is viable outside the womb. Once the baby is at a stage in their development where they can survive outside the womb, delivering the baby must always be the first choice. Abortion should never be used as a form of birth control. Unfortunately, it is being used that way now. Any intentional act to kill a baby inside the womb is a homicide and should be held to the same standard as taking the life of any other Ohioan.

Adjustments to the cost of health care I believe that to reduce the cost to patients, care providers should be required to be transparent about the costs of services. The cost of services should not vary depending on what type of insur ance you have or even if you are uninsured. All patients should be charged the same price for all services. The only question then is if they have to pay for the services out of pocket or through their insurance provider.

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues Climate change is real, but the cause is not so

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Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: N/A

clear. Many reports indicate that climate change is part of a natural cycle for our planet. That does not mean that we should not do everything we can to be environmentally friendly. Mandating environmental policies that harm our economy is not the solution. Instead, the government should be encouraging businesses, organizations, and individuals to be environmentally friendly through incentives, not mandates. We can provide incen tives to businesses that will make environmentally friendly a profitable endeavor. Similarly, Ohioans should be encouraged to do what they can to combat climate change through tax incentives.

Transgender athletes and participa tion in competition No biological male should be permitted to participate in female sports. PERIOD. We have to protect the athletic opportunities available to our girls by assuring that they are not facing boys playing their sports.

Bolstering local business opportuni ties and support Businesses are just now recovering from the devastation that was created by government shutdowns. I will work with busi nesses to remove the red tape that is standing in their way. We need to reduce regulations that are preventing businesses from reaching their true potential. I will work with business leaders to help fill gaps in workforce development to assure that available jobs have skilled workers to fill those po sitions. I intend to work with businesses to make sure they can grow and flourish in Ohio.

Teaching K-12 grades critical race theory CRT has no place in our classrooms. We do not need to teach kids that because of their skin color they are either an oppressor or being oppressed. Accurate history needs to be taught, including the painful past of slavery and discrimi nation, but that does not mean that our children should be taught that they somehow have to pay for the wrongs of those that came before them simply because of the color of their skin.

gay marriage Equality

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Responsible gun Ownership: As a gun owner and previously trained on various guns in the military I support common sense gun ownership.

Access to Abortion and Related Services: I support a woman to have access to abortion and related services of which she chooses to seek out. A majority of the citizens of Lucas County, the State of Ohio and beyond, support a woman to make choices for her own body.

Adjustment to the cost of health care: As a County Commissioner I will maintain a working relationship with the Toledo Lucas County Health Department to provide healthcare to our most vulnerable citizens while advocating at the State and Federal level for low cost high standard health care coverage.

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues: Climate change is happening now. As Commissioner I will continue championing the Lucas County Sustainability program and will work with the State and Federal Government to obtain dollars for our county to enhance programs to be a partner in slowing down climate change.

Transgender athletes and participation in competition: As a County Commissioner this isn’t a policy that I can act upon. However, I support all of the issues and causes advocated by the LGBTQ+ community.

Education: After High School graduation

I proudly served in the United States Navy as the first female firefighter instructor

Experience: In addition to my professional career at Lucas County Jobs and Family Services as a caseworker and AFSCME 544-01 Chapter Chair, I proudly served 8 years on the Toledo Board of Education, 4 years as the Ohio House of Representative, District 45. This gives me a unique opportunity to be best suited to serve the citizens of Lucas County

The number of times, prior to this campaign, have you ran for office?

Twice for the Toledo Board of Education and twice for the Ohio House of Representatives

Number of times Elected: 4

dCurrent and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: 2008-2015 Toledo Board of Education, 2018-Present Ohio House of Representative, District 45

Bolstering local business opportunity and support: I will facilitate and maintain opportunities for local business to thrive in Lucas County and the region. One way to do this is for the County to invest in a strategic planning process with all our municipalities, business leaders, labor leaders and our public. This process will be the guiding tool to grow as a county and provide numerous opportunities.

Teaching K-12 critical race theory: Very simple, It’s not taught in K-12 education. I will continue to be a fierce advocate for Early Childhood education and funding K-12 education.

gay Marriage: As I have stated before I support the LGBTQ+ community therefore I support any marriage between two individuals.

The events of January 6, 2021: As a supporter of the constitution, law enforcement and our military, the events of January 6, 2021 were deplorable and counterintuitive to what we stand for as a country that stands for democracy.

Minimum wage for workers in Ohio: As an advocate for working families, I will always strive for livable wages and increases in benefits for the citizens of Lucas County.

Family leave (paid/unpaid time off for child/senior care): I support reasonable paid family leave for child/senior care. I support fathers having paid leave for the birth of their child as well.

JoHn JEnnEWinE

John is going to decline the opportunity to complete the City Paper Candidate survey. If you have something more specific to local county issues or the opportunity to interview he would be glad to do so.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Responsible gun Ownership

Everyone should be educated about gun safety. Anyone legally allowed to carry a firearm should be educated and understand the consequences surrounding possessing a firearm. Gun ownership is guaranteed and protected by the Constitution of the United States and should be upheld.

Access to Abortion and related services. Women and families should have unfettered access to quality medical care, information, and privacy. Most of all women and individuals should have the final say in what happens with their bodies & health care.

Adjustments to the cost of health care. The rising costs of health care disrupts the lives and bankrupts millions of seniors and Ohio families annually. I am in support of lowering prescription drug medicines, medical procedures for seniors and for all. We must invest in our healthcare system to ensure that it is affordable and that we have the best trained medical staff and personnel.

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues

We must protect our planet and understand that we should not destroy the only place where human beings are able to live. Stop littering and polluting –so that future generations can enjoy the benefits of a clean planet.

Transgender athletes and participation in competition

I believe in equality, equity, and democracy. No one should be discriminated against.

Bolstering local business opportunities and support. I support local businesses and believe that every effort should be made to invest in local talent. Our region is ripe with innovation, ingenuity, and hard-working people.

Teaching K-12 grades critical race theory. Buzz words are often used to confuse, misinform, and divide. I am opposed to Big Government Censorship. I am in favor of allowing teachers the autonomy to teach and not be Censored by Big Government. Allow teachers to use the resources needed to develop students to become good citizens (respectful, honest, compassionate, & resilient), great critical thinkers, and objective researchers so that they may become leaders from a well-informed electorate.

rMost people do not know that critical race theory’s origins are from the field of law. It has been used by scholars such as the late Harvard Law School Professor and civil rights attorney Derrick Bell. Bell and other legal scholars and sociologists developed CRT to explain the complexities and nuances of racism in the legal field and society. Students in K-12 grades do not have the prerequisites or instructors to teach them about legal and social curriculum taught in graduate schools and law schools.

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Education: Jesup W. Scott High School, Kent State University, Indiana University, Experience: Experienced “down to earth” public administrator, educator, and leader who gets results. I am a first-time candidate working to improve how the government responds to the challenges of everyday people. Elected twice by voters as Precinct Captain.

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: This is my first time running for the Ohio House of Representatives. I have helped many candidates and elected officials, successfully run for office.

The number of times elected: 0

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: 0

I believe in equality, equity, and democracy. No one should be discriminated against nor have their civil rights or Constitutional rights violated. Love is life.

The events of January 6, 2021

[They] represent a very turbulent and virulent time in modern American history. The attacks on the United States Capitol and our nation’s lawmakers further highlight that we must have open, honest communications about how we see ourselves and each other in our nation. Back in the day - Benjamin Franklin said to delegates at the Constitutional Convention – that we must come together, compromise, and stand UNITED because our enemies are watching.

Minimum wage for workers in Ohio I am in favor of providing quality education, financial literacy training, and job training opportunities to help mothers, individuals, and families better their positioning to command higher wages. A minimum wage does not necessarily equate to a less complicated life nor a living wage. Let’s be for real about the growing divide between the haves and the have nots in America. Let’s take real steps towards improving our quality of life, mental health, wages, and eliminating student loan debt.

Family leave (paid/unpaid time off for child/senior care) Family leave is necessary and reflects a culture that puts families and people first. I am for it. For those who are opposed to it and/ or abuse it - Karma will call. We all know that one of the most important moments for a new family and a baby are during the first three months after birth. Mother, dad, and child deserve the opportunity to bond, connect. Employees should not have to worry about losing their job as they take care of their ailing parents, spouses or children. Strong families make great neighborhoods and great cities.

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Responsible gun Ownership As a dad of three school-age kids, I am committed to working to keep our communities safe and free from the threat of violence. In the Senate, I will fight for gun safety reform legislation, including commonsense proposals to expand background checks and keep guns away from dangerous criminals.

Access to Abortion and related services The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is the biggest act of governmental overreach in my lifetime. I am an original co-sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would protect abortion access, and I will continue to fight like hell for reproductive freedom in the Senate.

Adjustments to the cost of health care Nobody should go broke from hospital or prescription costs. I voted to let Medicare negotiate lower drug costs, and I’m working to expand Medicare, lower the eligibility age to 60, let folks buy-in to the program at 50, and create a public health care option for those who want it.

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Education: I hold a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center) and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

dExperience: I have served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.

The number of times, prior to this campaign, that you have run for office: 12

The number of times elected: 10

Current and prior offices, and dates, to which you have been elected: 2000- Ohio State Senate 32nd District, 2003- Ohio’s 17th Congressional District, 2013- Ohio’s 13th Congressional District (after redistricting made the 17th Congressional District obsolete).

Stance regarding climate change and options to address the issues We can’t afford not to take action against climate change. As Ohio’s next senator, I’ll continue to support innovation, create new jobs and opportunities for the Buckeye State to dominate the clean energy industries of the future, and protect the health and safety of every Ohioan.

Transgender athletes and participation in competition I agree with Governor DeWine that federal and state governments have no business pushing legislation that takes personal decisions out of the hands of students, parents, teachers, and coaches, and makes political victims of young kids who deserve our support as they navigate a challenging world.

Bolstering local business opportunities and support Rebuilding our economy is a team effort that must include businesses and workers. I’ve brought billions of dollars home to Ohio to promote innovation and help businesses succeed. I’ll keep working to support entrepreneurs and local companies, and cut taxes for the family businesses at the heart of our communities.

Teaching K-12 grades critical race theory We shouldn’t teach CRT in K-12. We can teach history— good and bad—without pitting parents against teachers. As a dad, I want to know what’s happening in my kids’ school. As the husband of a longtime teacher I know it’ll take all of us to help our kids succeed.

gay marriage Protections for gay marriage are settled law. I voted for the Respect for Marriage Act to codify gay marriage and am committed making sure that all Ohioans are able to live their lives safely, with dignity, and free from discrimination or fear.

The events of January 6, 2021 The attempted ransacking of our democracy on January 6th was a tragedy and a disgrace. We must remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty that day and continue working to protect the sanctity of our democratic process and build a government that works for all Americans.

Minimum wage for workers in Ohio Every worker deserves a fair wage. I’ve spent my career fighting for working people, which is why in the Senate, I’ll keep fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15—and ensure everyone can get a good-paying job. Everyone should be able to access basic necessities like food and shelter.

Family leave (paid/unpaid time off for child/senior care) Nobody should have to choose between a paycheck and their health or that of a family member. In Congress, I cosponsored the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a bill that would establish 12 weeks of paid leave, and I’ll continue this fight in the Senate.

rj.d. vance did not respond

Despite repeated attempts and varied methodsof contact, Toledo City Paper did not receivea reply from the candidate and therefore noresponses are included here.


Candidates listed throughout the preceding City Politics Guide where “NO RE SPONSE” is noted, along with the candidates for office in the races listed be low (where neither candidate responded to requests for answers to questions designed to familiarize City Paper readers with their stance and perspectives on the issues) have obviously not been included in the Guide. Despite repeated at tempts with a variety of mediums, there has been NO RESPONSE. The question arises, if they cannot respond to numerous requests to inform City Paper read ers, how responsive will they be to constituents? Just sayin’ .

Secretary of State

Frank LaRose (R)

Chelsea Clark (D)

Terpsehore Maras ( Ind)

Attorney General

Jeff Crossman (D)

David Yost (R)


Keith Fabor (R)

Taylor Sappington (D)

Treasurer Robert Sprague (R) Scott Shertzer (D)

Ohio House of Representatives Dist. 42 Derek Merrin (R) Erika White (D) October 1 • October 31 13
u.s. senate-ohio

WE got issUEs!

A quick look at some of the issues on this year’s ballot

Issue 1 is an Ohio constitutional amend ment to make it easier for cash bail to be used to keep the accused in jail before trial. The Ohio Supreme Court has said it is unconstitutional to use excessive cash bail to keep the accused in jail, and that bail should only be used to ensure that the accused will return for trial. Issue 1 would amend the constitution to allow broader use of cash bail.

Issue 2 is an Ohio constitutional amend ment to circumscribe who can legally vote statewide and supersede local “home rule.” This would effectively pre vent political subdivisions from allowing legal resident noncitizens to vote on local issues. The Village of Yellow Springs has done so since twenty nineteen.

Issue 7 is a renewal of the .9 mill Me troparks operations levy. As a renewal, this is not a new tax nor will its renewal result in a tax increase. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $2.08 per month.

Issue 10 is a renewal of the .17 mill levy that supports Imagination Station. It allows for discounts to Lucas County residents. As a renewal, this is not a new tax nor will its renewal result in a tax increase. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home less than 50 cents per month.

Issue 11 is a renewal of the 3.5 mill levy that supports the Toledo-Lucas County library system. It provides a majority of funding for the libraries’ operations. As a renewal, this is not a new tax nor will its renewal result in a tax increase. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home a bit over $8 per month.

Issues 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17 are City of Maumee charter changes

Issues 18, 19, & 20 are City of Oregon charter changes

Issue 21 is a set of City of Toledo charter changes.

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Come & Get It!

Toledo is a wonderful place to live for foodies; a place where you can find most any kind of cuisine to satisfy your hunger. Each year, City Paper asks our readers to spotlight the best places, people, potions and plates that the city’s food scene has to offer. We are proud to present the winners of the 2022 Dining Awards. Come and get it, everyone!


Best Restaurant: Inexpensive (under $10)

WINNER: Balance Pan Asian Grille 5860 Central Ave. 419-578-7777. 215 N. Summit St. 419-243-2222. 26520 N. Dixie Highway. 419-874-7777.balance

RUNNER UP: rudy’s hot dog

Best Restaurant: Overall

WINNER: Mancy’s steakhouse 983 Phillips Ave. 419-476-4154.

RUNNER UP: Benchmark restaurant

Best ‘Splurge’ Restaurant

WINNER: final cut steak and seafood

Hollywood Casino Toledo, 1968 Miami St. 419-6615381.

RUNNER UP: Benchmark restaurant

Best View

WINNER: The heights 444 N. Summit St. 419-243-7585.

RUNNER UP: Webber’s Waterfront restaurant

Best Patio/Outdoor Dining

WINNER: rosie’s Italian Grille 606 N. McCord Rd. 419-866-5007. rosiesitalian

RUNNER UP: ciao! Italian restaurant

Best Waterfront Dining

WINNER: real seafood co. 22 Main St. 419-697-5427.

RUNNER UP: Webber’s Waterfront restaurant

Hidden Gem

WINNER: Toledo Museum of Art cafe 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

First-Date Restaurant

WINNER: Benchmark restaurant 6130 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-873-6590.

RUNNER UP: Mancy’s steakhouse

Mom & Pop Restaurant

WINNER: Mayberry diner 8253 Mayberry Sq. 419-824-3399.

RUNNER UP: schmucker’s

New Restaurant

WINNER: harbor Town Tavern 7010 Lighthouse Way, Perrysburg. 419-874-8590.

Place to Impress Your Date

WINNER: final cut steak and seafood Hollywood Casino Toledo, 1968 Miami St. 419-6615381.

One of the Toledo area’s most sophisticated and delicious eateries is hiding in plain sight. Whether you’re in the mood for a delectable lunch item or just something sweet to enjoy before taking a tour of the galleries, the Museum Cafe offers wonderful salads, sandwiches and specials in a quaint setting. If you’re a museum member, you even get 10% off all cafe purchases.

RUNNER UP: hannon’s Block

Fast-Casual Eatery

WINNER: Zingo’s Mediterranean 3154 Markway Rd. 419-407-5586. 106 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-872-5800.

RUNNER UP: charlie’s restaurant

The creators of Benchmark Restaurant have wowed diners again with the introduction of Harbor Town Tavern. Located at the site of the former Jed’s in Perrysburg, the Tavern is a true neighborhood watering hole featuring unique and memorable food and drink menus, along with the same first class service that makes Benchmark an area mainstay.

RUNNER UP: rosaria’s on 3rd street

Old School Favorite

WINNER: ventura’s Mexican restaurant 7742 W. Bancroft St. 419-841-7523.

RUNNER UP: Inky’s Italian food

Restaurant You Want to Try

WINNER: souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar 139 S. Huron. 567-777-7685.

RUNNER UP: kengo sushi & Yakitori

Restaurant To Take a Foodie

WINNER: Benchmark restaurant 6130 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-873-6590.

RUNNER UP: element 112

Place for a Late Night Bite

WINNER: frogtown Johnnie’s 6725 W. Central Ave. 419-843-2999. frogtownjohn

RUNNER UP: village Inn

Place for a Business Lunch

WINNER: Mancy’s Bluewater Grille 461 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee. 419-724-2583.

RUNNER UP: Mancy’s steakhouse

You want to wow your date with a scrumptious and sophisticated dinner in a four-star restaurant? Head for Hollywood Casino and its beautiful Final Cut steakhouse, featuring an extensive wine list, thick cut steaks and some of the best crab legs in Toledo. And hey, if the date doesn’t work out, afterward you can always hit the tables.

RUNNER UP: The chop house

Place to Be Seen

WINNER: final cut steak and seafood Hollywood Casino Toledo, 1968 Miami St. 419-6615381.

RUNNER UP: Mancy’s steakhouse

Restaurant: Bowling Green

WINNER: Porkbelly’s BBQ 1616 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-8194465.


Restaurant: Downtown Toledo

WINNER: souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar 139 S. Huron. 567-777-7685.

RUNNER UP: hannon’s Block

Restaurant: East of the River

WINNER: real seafood company 22 Main St. 419-697-5427. realseafoodcotoledo. com

RUNNER UP: old Bag of nails

Restaurant: Oregon

WINNER: luckie’s Barn and Grill 3310 Navarre Ave., Oregon. 419-725-4747. luck

RUNNER UP: cousino’s steakhouse

Restaurant: Maumee

WINNER: The village Idiot 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281.

RUNNER UP: Barr’s Public house

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Restaurant: Lower Michigan

WINNER: sidelines Italian Grille 7965 Summerfield Rd., Lambertville, MI. 734-5686055.

Restaurant: Whitehouse

WINNER: Whitehouse Inn 10835 Waterville St., Whitehouse. 419-877-1180.

RUNNER UP: local Thyme

Restaurant: Swanton

WINNER: Mail Pouch saloon 14260 Airport Hwy., Swanton. 419-825-5502.

RUNNER UP: loma linda restaurant

Some of our area’s best Italian cuisine can be found just a quick drive over the border. Sidelines Italian Grille offers delicious, fresh-baked pizzas, tender pastas with house-made sauces, mouth-watering steaks grilled to perfection and even amazing Italian desserts like their homemade zeppoli. Be sure to stop by on Sundays for their special on sangrias!

RUNNER UP: Webber’s Waterfront restaurant

Restaurant: Perrysburg

WINNER: Benchmark restaurant 6130 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-8736590.

RUNNER UP: stella’s restaurant and Bar

Restaurant: Sylvania

WINNER: element 112 5735 N. Main St., Sylvania. 419-517-1104. elemen

RUNNER UP: Inside the five Brewing

Restaurant Worth A Drive

WINNER: Porkbelly’s BBQ 1616 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-819-4465.

Rooftop Spot

WINNER: The heights 444 N. Summit St. 419-243-7585.

RUNNER UP: fleetwood’s Tap room

Spot for Breakfast

WINNER: The original Pancake house 3310 W. Central Ave. 419-578-0342.

RUNNER UP: Mayberry diner

Spot for Brunch

WINNER: Manhattan’s Pub ‘n cheer 1516 Adams St. 419-243-6675.

RUNNER UP: souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar

Spot for Lunch

WINNER: souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar

RUNNER UP: harbor Town Tavern

A visit to Porkbelly’s is like a warm hug for your stomach. Locally owned and operated, practically everything on the menu is made from scratch, and the restaurant’s slow-cooked homestyle barbecue— available in sandwiches, platters and more— can stand toe-to-toe with any in Toledo. This mouth-watering Q is definitely worth the trip to BG.

RUNNER UP: Whitehouse Inn

Best Ice Cream Parlor

WINNER: Mr. G’s Barn 6756 Hill Ave. 419-866-6756.

RUNNER UP: handel’s homemade Ice cream

Most Creative Menu

WINNER: registry Bistro 144 N. Superior. 419-725-0444.

RUNNER UP: souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar

Best Use of Local Ingredients

WINNER: fowl and fodder 614 Adams St. 419-214-1588.

RUNNER UP: souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar

Best Take-out

WINNER: Bangkok kitchen 582 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee. 419-897-7777. face

RUNNER UP: QQ kitchen

Best Family Meal Deals

WINNER: sebastiano’s Italiano restaurant 4448 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-382-0615. sebas

Want a yummy dinner for the whole family without spending hours in the kitchen? Sebastiano’s Family-Style Meals offer tremendous take-home food every Wednesday for pickup, in both full and half sizes, with a new and unique option available every month. Visit Sebastiano’s website to find out what’s on the menu today!

RUNNER UP: Adams street cafe

Place We’ll Miss

WINNER: social Gastropub

RUNNER UP: Arturo’s fritz and Alfredo’s

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Farmers Market

WINNER: Perrysburg farmers Market Louisiana Ave. 419-874-9147. farmers-market

RUNNER UP: Toledo farmers’ Market

Boutique Bakery

WINNER: The Baker’s kitchen & Thrush’s Pastry shoppe 6433 Monclova Rd., Maumee. 419-891-9693. Since 1987, the artists at The Baker’s Kitchen/

Best Bartenders

WINNER: rosie’s Italian Grille 606 N. McCord Rd. 419-866-5007. rosiesitalian

RUNNER UP: sundown cantina

Best Catering

WINNER: Back 40 catering 5215 Monroe St. 419-724-7901.

RUNNER UP: Michael’s catering of Toledo

Best Chef

WINNER: erica rapp, registry Bistro 144 N. Superior. 419-725-0444. A native of Lake Township, Chef Rapp has been creating delightful examples of “Modern Midwest cuisine” in the Toledo area for over 15 years now. Visitors to Registry Bistro are spoiled for delicious options, from poultry to seafood to steak, all cre ated with Rapp’s signature flair, and with affection for the area which she calls home.

RUNNER UP: Moussa salloukh, souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar

Best Overall Staff

Thrush’s Pastry have served up some of the finest (and sweetest) cakes, pies and pastries in the area. Thrush’s offers delicious custom cakes for most any occasion, from weddings to birthdays, gradu ations and more. Their elegant baked goods are truly works of art, and they almost look too good to eat. Almost.

RUNNER UP: The Mindful Table

Home Bakery

WINNER: simplified by steph

RUNNER UP: PM frosted fantasies


Best Baristas

WINNER: Wandering Bean coffee co. 419-469-5960.

RUNNER UP: Maddie & Bella coffee roasters

WINNER: Final Cut Steak and Seafood Hollywood Casino Toledo, 1968 Miami St. 419-6615381.

RUNNER UP: Benchmark

Farmers Market Vendor WINNER: feez fusions

RUNNER UP: dee’s Bees

Best Food Truck

WINNER: rusty’s road Trip

RUNNER UP: Beastro Burger Truck

Local Food Supporter

WINNER: Brittany Gibbons

Local blogger Brittany Gibbons is a favorite among area readers for how she openly discusses matters of health, fashion, parenting and, of course, food. Offering recipes and advice through her entertain ing videos, podcasts and blog entries, Gibbons has become a beloved part of Toledo’s culinary landscape.

RUNNER UP: Tim McMahon

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Zac Smith

Spanish Teacher at Sylvania, Northview High School. 9 years

What inspired you to be a teacher? Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a teacher and be able to create a classroom environment that’s conducive to creating respect, open mindedness, and empathy. Especially in a world language class, we teach language and you learn how people who speak that language live in their day to day life, which helps make you more open minded to how you might be similar or different to people around the world.

How do you feel about snow days? I love them more as a teacher than I did as a student.

How do you keep up on current trends? I have a teacher TikTok account @sr.smith90 and it helps me to keep up with Gen Z and what’s cool to them.

Armel Burns

Business Teacher

Jones Leadership Academy of Business Toledo Public Schools. 9 years

What inspires you every day as a teacher? I was already working in the school system, but I felt like there was a need and that my skills and passions could be better used in the classroom as a teacher.

#1 rule in your classroom? Be flexible and go with the flow.

Favorite after school activity? Shopping!

They give our kids the smarts they need to succeed!

So Franklin Park Mall decided to give back inviting teachers from all over the Toledo area to show their style in the season’s fieriest back-to-school trends. Forget pens, paper and procrastination – these teachers abandoned the playground for Grade A workwear style in fashions from Franklin Park Mall’s hottest stores. Now that’s a smart move.

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Lunchroom guilty pleasure Chocolate Lunchroom guilty pleasure Doritos Abercrombie & Fitch Aerie Aeropostale Altar’d State American Eagle BoxLunch Blended Buckle Champs Children’s Place Clarks Customized Tees Dick’s Sporting Goods Dillard’s D’Moda Shoes Dry Goods DSW Eddie Bauer Express Finish Line Footlocker/ House of Hoops D’Moda SHOES

Jon Torrence

Music teacher at Evergreen Local Schools 12 years

What inspired you to be a teacher? The way my 5th grade teacher made me feel in the classroom inspired me to become a teacher. All of the things kids can accomplish, inspire me every day now.

#1 rule in your classroom? Making sure it’s a safe space and a fun space.

How do you keep up on current trends? I’m always conscious. I’m always taking in what’s going on and looking at my surroundings.

Christy Weiss

1st Grade teacher at McGregor Washington Local Schools

34 Years (I’ll be retiring after this year.)

#1 rule in your classroom? Be kind.

Favorite after school activity? Going home and reading where it’s nice and quiet, which usually turns into a nap.

How do you feel about snow days? What’s not to love? Especially when they’re unexpected.

How do you keep up on current trends? Teaching trends are always about professional development. For fashion, I pay attention to the kids. They always have the latest trends and keep me up to date.

Lunchroom guilty pleasure Milky Way bars Lunchroom guilty pleasure Chocolate and donuts October 1 • October 31 21
Forever 21 H & M Her Walk in Closet Hi Level Fashion Hollister Hot Topic Jasmine Intimates J.Crew Factory JCPenney Journey’s Journey’s Kidz Kids For Less LA7 Lane Bryant Leather Company Lids Locker Room by Lids Macy’s Maurice’s No Time for Error Old Navy Pac-Sun Pink Premium Stitches ProImage Sports rue 21 Skechers Shoe Dept. | Encore Snipes Sole Status Spencer Gifts Talbot’s Ticknor’s Men’s Clothier Torrid Underground by Journey’s Vans Versona Victoria’s Secret Windsor Fashions Zumiez

Coffee Roaster

WINNER: Iron Bean coffee company 25561 Fort Meigs Road, Ste. E, Perrysburg.

RUNNER UP: Maddie & Bella coffee roasters


Bar: Bowling Green

WINNER: city Tap 110 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-0090.

RUNNER UP: howard’s club h

Bar: Downtown Toledo

WINNER: The Blarney Irish Pub 601 Monroe St. 419-418-2339. theblarneyirish

RUNNER UP: Ye olde durty Bird

Bar: East of the RIver

WINNER: hamburger Mary’s 26 Main St. 419-205-9393.

RUNNER UP: The old Bag of nails Pub

Bar: Oregon

WINNER: luckie’s Barn and Grill 3310 Navarre Ave., Oregon. 419-725-4747.

RUNNER UP: el camino sky

Bar: Lower Michigan

WINNER: smokehouse 734 7309 Lewis Ave., Temperance, MI. 734-224-7056.

RUNNER UP: Pavlov’s Brewing co.

Bar: Maumee

WINNER: The village Idiot 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281.

RUNNER UP: dale’s Bar & Grill

Bar: Perrysburg

WINNER: swig 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-873-6224.

RUNNER UP: stella’s restaurant and Bar

Bar: Sylvania

WINNER: Inside the five Brewing 5703 Main St., Sylvania. 567-408-7212.

RUNNER UP: Te’kela

Bar: Toledo

WINNER: Bar 145 5305 Monroe St. 419-593-0073.

RUNNER UP: Maumee Bay Brewing company

Bar: Whitehouse

WINNER: Whitehouse Inn 10835 Waterville St., Whitehouse. 419-877-1180.

RUNNER UP: local Thyme

Bar: Swanton

WINNER: Mail Pouch saloon 14260 Airport Hwy., Swanton. 419-825-5502.

RUNNER UP: loma linda

Best Bar Overall

WINNER: Bellwether at Toledo spirits 1301 N. Summit St. 419-662-9521. toledospirits. com/bellwether

RUNNER UP: frogtown Johnnie’s

Sports Bar

WINNER: frogtown Johnnie’s 6725 W. Central Ave. 419-843-2999. frogtown

RUNNER UP: shawn’s Irish Tavern

Dive Bar

WINNER: The Bunker Bar 1950 S. Eber Rd., Holland. 419-865-5650. bunker

Not many classic dive bars have a full catering hall attached to them, but that’s part of the magic of the Bunker. If you want to hang out with friends, have a few drinks and enjoy some of the most delicious burgers, chicken and more in a friendly atmosphere that will always welcome you back, head for Holland.

RUNNER UP: rocky’s Bar

Wine List

WINNER: Mancy’s Italian Grill 5453 Monroe St. 419-882-9229. mancysitalian. com

RUNNER UP: final cut steak and seafood

Craft Cocktail Selection

WINNER: Barr’s Public house 3355 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-866-8466.

RUNNER UP: Bellwether at Toledo spirits

Local Spirits

WINNER: Toledo spirits co. 1301 N. Summit St. 419-662-9521. toledospirits. com

RUNNER UP: six fifths distilling

Happy Hour

WINNER: ventura’s Mexican restaurant 7742 W. Bancroft St. 419-841-7523. venturas

RUNNER UP: My Way Bistro

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Best Meadery

WINNER: four fires Meadery 1683 Lance Point Rd.,Unit 106, Maumee. 419288-5007.

RUNNER UP: funky Turtle Brewing company

Locally-Brewed Beer

WINNER: earnest Brew Works 25 S. St. Clair. 419-318-8344. 4342 S. Detroit Ave. 419-340-2589.

RUNNER UP: Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Place to Buy Local Beer

WINNER: The casual Pint 3550 Executive Pkwy. 419-469-8965.

Drinkers are spoiled for choices at The Casual Pint. With dozens of draft options and literally hundreds of beers available to purchase in bottles, pints, flights and more, you can always find something delicious and local at the Pint. Be sure to bring your growler, you can get that filled up, too.

RUNNER UP: earnest Brew Works

Place to Drink Local Beer

WINNER: The Casual Pint 3550 Executive Pkwy. 419-469-8965. thecasual

RUNNER UP: earnest Brew Works

Bloody Mary

WINNER: Bar 145 5305 Monroe St. 419-593-0073.

RUNNER UP: sidelines sports eatery and Pub


WINNER: ventura’s Mexican restaurant 7742 W. Bancroft St. 419-841-7523. venturas

RUNNER UP: loma linda restaurant


WINNER: Barr’s Public house 3355 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-866-8466.

RUNNER UP: rosie’s Italian Grille

Bubble Tea

WINNER: Balance Pan Asian Grille 5860 Central Ave. 419-578-7777. 215 N. Summit St. 419-243-2222. 26520 N. Dixie Highway. 419-874-7777.

RUNNER UP: kung fu Tea

Juice Bar

WINNER: clean Juice

3155 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 567-3318248.

RUNNER UP: local roots Juice co.


Creative Burger

WINNER: Bar 145 5305 Monroe St. 419-593-0073.

RUNNER UP: Bergers Bar and Grill

Creative Pizzas

WINNER: The village Idiot 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281. village

RUNNER UP: Basil Pizza and Wine Bar


WINNER: Mancy’s steakhouse 983 Phillips Ave. 419-476-4154. mancyssteak

RUNNER UP: Benchmark restaurant


WINNER: rayoka Japanese steakhouse & sushi

465 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee. 419-794-0038.

Whether you want something traditional or a little more unique, Rayoka’s sushi selection has you covered. Offering tons of standard sushi favorites at good prices, Rayoka also features quite a few unique creations, including the “Maumee Roll,” featuring shrimp, avocado, tuna, spicy mayo and more. Stop by and try the city’s sushi!

RUNNER UP: domo sushi October 1 • October 31 23
Drink Specials every day Local Beer & Spirits Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm Live Music Thurs thru Sat Private event space available Best Spot for Brunch 1516 Adams St | 419-243-6675 | Thank You, Toledo. We’ll see ya Sunday! Call for reservations Cont’d on p24


WINNER: sIdon lebanese Grille & Bakery 4625 W. Bancroft St. 419-558-3900

RUNNER UP: The Beirut


WINNER: J&G Pizza Palace 5692 Main St., Sylvania. 419-882-6061. jandgpiz

RUNNER UP: Zingo’s Mediterranean

Mac N’ Cheese

WINNER: Ye olde durty Bird 2 S. St. Clair St. 419-243-2473.

RUNNER UP: Maybe cheese Born with It


WINNER: schmucker’s 2103 N. Reynolds Rd. 419-535-9116.

RUNNER UP: Mayberry diner


WINNER: Porkbelly’s BBQ 1616 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-819-4465.

RUNNER UP: shorty’s True American roadhouse


WINNER: ventura’s Mexican restaurant 7742 W. Bancroft St. 419-841-7523.

RUNNER UP: san Marcos

Local Fried Chicken

WINNER: odd fodder 26520 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-386-9800.

If we’re being picky, Odd Fodder refers to it as fried “chik’n,” but their menu items all taste so good we’re okay with the different spelling. Whether diners want chunks, wings, sandwiches, wraps or even mac and cheese with chunks added, Odd Fodder offers a remarkable number of ways to enjoy this “Odd Bird.”


RUNNER UP: snapper’s seafood and chicken Search “Snapper’s Seafood and Chicken” on Facebook.

Pasta Dish

WINNER: rosie’s Italian Grille 606 N. McCord Rd. 419-866-5007.

RUNNER UP: sidelines Italian Grille

Killer Salads

WINNER: Grumpy’s 34 S. Huron. 419-241-6728. 5629 Main St., Sylvania. 419-517-4448. 121 S. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-205-9021.

RUNNER UP: The salad Galley


WINNER: Frogtown Johnnie’s 6725 W. Central Ave. 419-843-2999.

RUNNER UP: Ye Olde Durty Bird


WINNER: dollop shop 3144 Markway Rd. 567-315-8769.

Comfort Food

WINNER: The Black forest cafe 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. 419-593-0092.

The sweet treats at the Dollop Shop are as deli cious to the taste buds as they are beautiful to the eye. Offering fresh-made cakes, cookies, macar ons, ice cream and more, the ever-evolving menu at the Shop will surprise and delight each time you visit. Better yet, you can either take your items to go or enjoy them in the Shop’s friendly dessert parlor.

RUNNER UP: Jera’s heavenly sweet

Keto Options

WINNER: Basil Pizza and Wine Bar 3145 Hollister Ln., Perrysburg. 419-873-6218.

RUNNER UP: fowl and fodder

Gluten-Free Options

WINNER: The leaf & seed cafe 116 10th St. 419-407-5333.

RUNNER UP: The Mindful Table

Vegan/Vegetarian Options

WINNER: The leaf & seed cafe 116 10th St. 419-407-5333.

RUNNER UP: The Mindful Table

Best Healthy Lunch

WINNER: Poco Piatti

9 N. St. Clair St. 6710 W. Central Ave. #1 3155 Chappel Dr., Perrysburg. 419-931-0281.

RUNNER UP: The leaf & seed cafe

Most Instagram-Worthy Plates

WINNER: souk Mediterranean kitchen and Bar 139 S. Huron. 567-777-7685.

RUNNER UP: Benchmark restaurant

Sometimes you want a unique and creative meal. And sometimes, you just want a great pretzel. In that case, Black Forest Cafe has you covered, with a menu full of great German food, including wurst, schnitzel and other traditional favorites. Throw in some great burgers, steaks and, of course, lager to wash it down with, and it’s no wonder that people go running toward this Black Forest.

RUNNER UP: schmucker’s


WINNER: smokin’ olive deli 3726 S. Detroit Ave. Unit A. 419-351-0690.

Smokin’ Olive started primarily as a catering busi ness, but during the COVID shutdown, customers started coming in to order sandwiches. Soon, the Olive’s delicious fresh-made creations became the talk of the town. A sandwich, chips and a drink only cost $11, a great value given the amount and qual ity of the ingredients used. Be sure to try The Tony!

RUNNER UP: The original sub shop & deli

Healthy Selections

WINNER: Poco Piatti 9 N. St. Clair St. 6710 W. Central Ave. #1 3155 Chappel Dr., Perrysburg. 419-931-0281.

RUNNER UP: Balance Pan Asian Grille

Local Artisanal Food Product

WINNER: feez fusions

Looking to shake yourself out of your BBQ sauce blahs? Feez Fusions offer the perfect solution. Of fering locally made apple butter sauces in a variety of flavors— everything from mild to spicy and honey mustard— Feez delivers a unique twist on traditional flavors in a healthier form. Shoppers can find Feez at many local retailers, including Sautter’s and various Farmers Markets.

RUNNER UP: Boochy Mama’s


WINNER: cocina de carlos 27072 Carronade Dr. Perrysburg. 419-872-0200. 205 Farnsworth Rd., Waterville. 419-878-0261.

RUNNER UP: condado Tacos

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Brunch GROWs on the farm

Enjoy a delicious meal, with produce delivered literally farm-to-table, at Toledo GROWs’ Harvest Brunch, Saturday, October 15, featuring a buffetstyle meal prepared by local favorite Chef Pam Weirauch, formerly of Pam’s Corner. Showcasing fresh picked produce from the Toledo GROWs farm, the brunch will also include juice, coffee and an assortment of adult brunch beverages. $50 per person. 10am. 900 Oneida St. 419-720-8714.

A little VINO during the “Crush”

Wood County Fairgrounds will be a hub of food, shopping, music and plenty of delicious wine as Vinters in Northwest Ohio (VINO) present the first annual VINO Wine Festival on Saturday, October 8. Scheduled to take place during the fall “Crush” when winemakers pick and process grapes after the growing season, the Wood County event will host a number of wineries pouring products for sampling. In addition, there will be food and live entertainment throughout the day. $45 admission at the gate. 1-7pm. 13800 West Poe Rd., Bowling Green.

Go down South at Foodology

Southern fried chicken. Shrimp and grits. Succotash. Fried green tomatoes. But termilk Biscuits. Peach cobbler. These items make even the most stone-hearted diner smile with anticipation, and each of them will be on the menu on Friday, October 21 when Foodology presents a class in Southern Comfort Food. Teaching all about these staples of down-home cooking, at tendees are encouraged to bring their own favorite adult beverages, though coffee and ice water will be provided. $60 per adult. 5:45-8:45pm. 2059 W. Laskey Rd. foodolo

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Hot and Heavy

Heavy Beer’s only sandwich is the hot beef, but it’s the only one you need

The City Paper has reviewed restau rants with diverse menus that offer new cuisine to an unfamiliar public. Heavy Beer Company is an exception— with a single food selection available, a hot beef sandwich — an item you might find in Chi cago masquerading as Italian Beef or in Philly as a cheese steak.

If a menu is limited to a single item, it’s important that the item itself, or the business around it, is something special. Both the Toledo Hot Beef sandwich and the Heavy Beer Company are decidedly special.

Located in the basement of the Toledo Spirits building on N. Summit Street, di rectly beneath another restaurant and bar, Heavy has competition in the area, even in its own building. The bar itself has an air of confidence and swagger. Once you get a whiff of the hot beef, and a taste of the freshly brewed beers, you will defi nitely want to stay.

Nothing satisfies like . . .

Eric Strayer, Marketing Coordinator for Heavy Beer Co., explains that the hot beef sandwich comes from being “a fan of other cities’ iconic beef sandwiches, like the Philly Cheese Steak and Chicago Hot Beef, and [we] thought that Toledo should have its own sandwich. We definitely didn’t want guests enjoying Heavy Beer on an empty stomach and we knew we needed something filling and delicious, but also practical to execute.”

The Hot Beef was designed after “experiment(ing) with various styles of bread, cheese and beef before nailing

down the recipe”. The ingredients include the sandwich’s secret weapon: a topping dubbed Bloody Mary spread. “The spread is a reduction of the house made Bloody Mary mix used upstairs at Bellwether Cocktail Bar,” explained Strayer, “and it has just the right amount of spice and horseradish to really make the Toledo Hot Beef pop.”


You can tell how much pride Heavy takes in its Toledo Hot Beef ($15) when you step into the bar. Walking down the stairs you’re alerted to Heavy’s one avail able food option with a massive arrow –the “BEEF” sign behind the bar notifies patrons to the main ingredient.

When the sandwich is delivered, the aroma overwhelms you while unwrapping it. The sandwich bread is crusty, making it rigid enough to hold the toppings, but soft in the middle to absorb the meat’s juices. The sweet and tangy Bloody Mary spread has a ketchup-like consistency, topping the beef and mingling with the melted cheese.

The sandwich comes with sides which take it from great to glorious. Gardiniera (a mixture of pickled vegetables, a stan dard of Chicago Beef) is crunchy and a perfect topping, but not for the faint of heart. It brings a wonderful kick to the sandwich, one that lingers. For those who do not revel in the marvels of spice, there’s also a great au jus for dipping. Made from the drippings of the beef, the sauce enhances the savory richness of the beef.

The Hot Beef paired well with Heavy’s American pale ale, ‘Loop’ ($6), a rich ale that bolsters the flavors of the sandwich and tempered the spice of the giardiniera. But any of Heavy’s beer selections will make a perfect companion when you try Toledo’s new iconic sandwich. October 1 • October 31 27


Sing me your songs

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical Jesus Christ Superstar first took to the stage in 1971. In honor of the show’s 50 year legacy, a new production of Superstar from director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie arrives at the Stranahan Theater for a four-day run. 7:30pm, Thursday, October 13; 8pm, Friday, October 14; 2pm and 8pm, Saturday, October 15; 1pm and 6:30pm, Sunday, October 16. 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 866-3817469.

Attend the tale

One of the most popular shows by the late, great composer Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a macabre musical about cutting hair, serving meat pies and seeking bloody revenge. Per rysburg Musical Theatre opens its 2022-23 season with a production of Sweeney, October 28-30, at the Juliet Beck Auditorium in the Commodore Building in downtown Perrysburg. 7pm, Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. 2pm, Sunday, October 30. 140 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.

Suor Angelica Opera

The Toledo Opera brings two one-act operas to the Valentine Theatre as part of double performances on Friday October 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday October 16 at 2pm. Suor Angelica, set in a convent in 17th cen tury Italy, deals with the social constructs placed on women who do not conform to the rules of society in their everyday lives. Cavalleria Rusticana, set in a 19th century Sicilian village, centers around the tempestuous relationship between villagers. Opera is a compelling way to tell a story - elevating a great work of theater because of the drama brought by music. Don’t miss these performances! For tickets visit or call 419-242-2787.

Tesla, Edison & Holmes

Adventure of the Ghost Machine at The Toledo Rep

Just in time for Halloween, the Toledo Rep Theater debuts “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ghost Machine.” Written by David Mac Gregor, the play comes to Toledo from The Purple Rose Theater Company in Chelsea, MI, where it finished its run in August.

“Adventure of the Ghost Machine” is the third play in a trilogy by MacGregor where he incorporates famous figures of the Victorian era — Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, both inventors and fa cilitators of the use of electricity — into a new Holmes mystery. The story takes place in 1905 with Tesla and Edison on the precipice of creations that will change the world, when both inventions go missing. It’s up to Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler to unravel the diaboli cal scheme of villainess Marie Chartier, daughter of the late Professor Moriarty.

Channeling Sherlock

A writer of both books and plays, MacGregor says his first Holmes play, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear, was a one off, because he wrote for fun. It did well at the theater in the 2018 season, and he was asked to write a second, and yet a third, “Adventure of the Ghost Machine,” in 2020. Ghost Machine didn’t run in 2020 due to the pandemic, so with two years of closed theaters, MacGregor used that time to create novelizations of all three Sherlock-based plays. He also wrote two non-fiction books on the enduring popularity of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective over three centuries called “Sherlock Holmes, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Vol. 1 and 2” These books contain everything you’d want to know (and perhaps more) about Sherlock Holmes from novels to plays, silent films, sound films and television.

MacGregor explains, “All three plays contain four essential charac ters — Holmes, Dr. Watson, the woman Sherlock Holmes is in love with, Irene Adler, who I took from the first Sherlock Holmes short story and a character I invented — the daughter of Profes sor Moriarty. The professor was the original villain in the books. In the plays, Moriarty’s daughter is the vil lainess, as evil and smart as her father. For the third play, MacGregor found inspiration at home in Detroit when he took his daughter to Greenfield Village and came across a book called Tesla and Edison. “They were perfect,” he says, “both were famous, brilliant, and loathed each other. I’ve always been

fascinated by Tesla. He’s a transcen dent genius who never got the credit he deserved.”

MacGregor describes “Adventures of the Ghost Machine” as darker in tone than the first two, “There’s a séance, a ghost, and a lot of great theatrical stuff — and a love story between Adler and Holmes.” The premise came from the first Holmes story by Conan Doyle where Adler is described as just as smart as Holmes and almost outwits him. She is referred to later by Holmes as the woman but dies at the end of the story. MacGregor’s theory is that this character wasn’t continued because that relationship, the woman as an intellectual equal, couldn’t have existed in the Victorian era. He resurrects her in these plays, camouflaging their relationship for the outside world when needed.

Bringing it to the Rep

Nina Wright, the director for The To ledo Rep’s production, talked about how the show came to The Rep. “The Rep decided it would be cool to connect our season with the Purple Rose in nearby Chelsea. We opened each of his plays shortly after their professional theatre premieres. Wright was tapped in 2019 to launch this project at The Rep. “Hap pily,” says Wright, “David (MacGregor) liked my work on the first one and re quested that I direct the entire trilogy. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to ‘grow’ this trilogy in Toledo, and to work with the same four local actors in the prin cipal roles.” Each production features two ‘fresh’ local actors as the historical figures who hire Sherlock Holmes. “Our Rep design team has created a gor geous Victorian set. Even the most diehard Sherlock Holmes fans will find our version of 221B Baker Street accurate and fascinating in every detail.”

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ghost Machine runs october 21-30, 2022 at the toledo Rep
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Don’t take a shower

See an all-time classic horror film in a whole new way as the Toledo Symphony Orchestra presents Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film Psycho with a live performance of the film score. Experience the harrowing tale of Norman Bates and his dear (though little-seen) mother as TSO plays Bernard Herrmann’s unforgettable music, making this a perfect night at the Valentine for the Halloween season. $30-51 for adults, $15 for students. 7pm, Friday, October 28. The Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. 419-246-8000.

Spend Halloween with Anthony Michael Hall

Actor and 1980’s film icon Anthony Michael Hall appears at the Maumee Indoor Theatre for a pair of screenings highlighting some of his most memo rable roles. On Monday, October 31, he’ll answer questions and tell stories of his work on 2021’s Halloween Kills, then on Tuesday, November 1, he’ll take you back to the 80’s with a showing of Sixteen Candles. Each screening will feature a Q&A beforehand. $30 general admission, $50 VIP. Halloween Kills, 7pm, Monday, October 31. Sixteen Candles, 5pm, Tuesday, November 1. 601 Conant St. 419-932-1111. October 1 • October 31 29


Find (and meet) your new favorite writer

Remember how much fun book fairs were when you were a kid? How would you like to have that kind of fun again, along with the chance to meet some authors in person? The 2022 edition of the Writer’s Block Author Fair, Saturday, October 22 at Franklin Park Mall, will feature 30 writers from the Toledo/Northwest Ohio area. Discover new writers and support local creators all in one place. 11am-5pm. Search “Writer’s Block Author Fair 2022” on Facebook. Free to attend.

Go get-together at Goth Gala

Bust out your chokers, it’s time to get gothic at the first annual Goth Gala, Saturday, October 1 at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center. The glamorous evening will feature dinner, dancing, live art on display and a silent auction. The keynote address will be given by local comic author Dirk Manning, creator of Tales of Mr. Rhee. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival. Admission starts at $100 for two tickets. 6-9pm. 1222 Broadway St. 567-336-6188. Search “Goth Gala” on Facebook.

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Chalk it up

Abigail Bruce makes the sidewalk her canvas

Local artist Abigail Bruce has been creating since she could first draw or write; however, it wasn’t until 2018 that she began working with chalk as a medium. Bruce created her first public chalk piece after a friend contacted her in search of an artist who could “chalk” for an event at Levis Commons. “I said ‘why not?’ and I did a couple of dinosaur drawings. I guess you could say chalk chose me, in a way,” Bruce explains.

Since then, she’s gained recognition as an artist who uses the sidewalk as her canvas. Bruce has been commis sioned to create colorful and ornate chalk pieces around the Toledo area, including the Toledo Botanical Gar dens, the Momentum Art Fest, the Arts Commission Uptown Green Summer Spectacular and the Schedel Arbore tum and Gardens in Elmore.

True Colors

Bruce describes her artistic style as “bright, colorful and fantastical.” She uses tempera paint, chalk, soft pastels, water and her hands to transform side walks into vibrant chalk murals. Some of Bruce’s proudest pieces include an Easter Bunny piece, a 3D yellowjacket and a Pride rainbow. Many of her creations are available to view on her website,

“My favorite subjects are animals or flowers and plants with some abstrac tion, or pieces with multiple perspec tives or hidden meanings. I draw inspi ration from my emotions, those around me and nature,” Bruce explains. A self-taught artist, Bruce’s father began teaching her and her brother music theory and how to play the piano around age 2. “I gravitated away from the music arts and toward the visual.

It just seemed more natural for me,” she said. Bruce also credited her art teachers at Bowsher High School for sparking her passion for creativity.

Bruce describes artistic expres sion as a healthy emotional outlet that brings peace in the chaos. “When I create, it’s like I’m in a trance and nothing can stop it. Whatever I’m feel ing or going through comes out in what I create. The stress, worry and grief melt away,” Bruce said. She also loves to see the joy that her art brings other people.

An Artist in Motion

In addition to chalk art, Bruce dab bles in acrylics, watercolors, jewelry, alcohol inks, drawing, fabrics, furniture refurbishment, sculpture and mixed media. She recently completed a mural on the side of a fence surrounding her yard in Perrysburg. The mural, which faces Eckel Junction Road, features bright red poppies, green leaves and yellow jackets. It is a tribute to her late mother and to the City of Perrysburg.

Bruce has had a presence at area art festivals and events, including Wild About Art at the Toledo Zoo, The Old West End Festival, Art at the Botanical Gardens and the Fallen Timbers Art Festival.

to commission a mural for a birthday, wed ding, or art event or to schedule a chalk art demo, visit Bruce’s website at

TMA touts 27 new acquisitions

Earlier this year, amid some controversy over the liquidation of some of the TMA collection inventory, the Toledo Museum of Art sold three works by Cézanne, Matisse and Renoir to raise funds to “diversify [the] collection.” Perhaps in an effort to bolster this strategy, TMA announced in July that it has thus far acquired 27 new works in 2022, including 11 that the Museum purchased. The new additions run the gamut with some works dating back to 4th Century B.C.along with works of African American artists and Indigenous artists, among other works. “These new acquisitions demonstrate the Museum’s collecting strategy in action, with each curator adding superlative artworks to our collection,” Museum Director Adam Levine explained.

Head downtown for a Haunted Harvest

The Arts Commission’s Art Loop gets a little bit spooky for a day of family fun on Thursday, October 13, as the Haunted Harvest returns to downtown Toledo on Madison at Uptown Green Park. The event will feature family-friendly trunk or treating, pumpkin carving by artists, a petting zoo, live music and more fun for everyone from kids to adults. Costumes are encouraged, so get ready to show everyone your best Halloween duds! 5:30-8:30pm. Uptown Green Park: 1904 Madison Ave. 419-254-2787.

Colorful elegance

Students will learn the art of “Painting Loosely” at a two-day watercolor painting workshop hosted by the Toledo Artists’ Club beginning Saturday, October 15. Led by award-winning watercolor artist Yuki Hall, the workshop will teach students about utilizing watercolors’ unique properties to create more spontaneous-looking works. Hall, a renowned artist in the medium, has had works featured in publications such as Watercolor Artist Magazine, The Best of Watercolor and more. $225 for Artists’ Club members, $275 for nonmembers. 9am-4pm, Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-531-4079.



State of the Art: Revealing Works from the Conservation Vault

This exhibition opens the “conservation vault” to give visitors a glimpse of works of art that largely have been out of sight in storage for, in some cases, decades. The works include paintings, sculpture, metalwork, textiles, and paper and range in date from the 1500s to the 1990s. All of them are in need of conservation— specialized treatment that will allow them to return to view in the galleries in improved condition. Runs through Feb. 5, 2023. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000.

Momentum | Intersection

Momentum | Intersection celebrates the ingenuity that results when art and industry meet. Now in its fifth year, this juried exhibition brings new artwork to Toledo made in response to a call for creativity by Pilkington Glass North America, part of Nippon Sheet Glass., Ltd (NSG) and The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Runs through Oct. 16. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000.


Great Lakes Maritime Art Art on the Great Lakes emerged with the economic boom of the Industrial Revolution. The earliest artists sometimes set up their easels on the banks of the body of water that they were painting. As shipping moved into the 20th century, art changed slightly. However, after

the 1950s, many Great Lakes artists went back to a realistic form, which is still prevalent today. Tuesdays 8:30-11:30am, Wednesdays 1-5pm, Thursdays, 8:30-1:30pm. Runs through Oct. 21. Walter E. Terhune Gallery in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg.

Various Library Locations in October Introduction to Macrame

Learn how to knot and tie your way to a beautiful creation. Oct 3, Point Place Branch Library. Oct. 4, Maumee Branch Library. Oct. 10, Waterville Branch Library. Oct. 17, Mott Branch Library. Oct. 26, Washington Branch Library.


Uncork & Unwind: Fall Landscape Painting Celebrate the beginning of Fall with twohour guided painting classes. No experience is necessary for these autumn landscape inspired paintings. Step-by-step instruction, plenty of time to be creative and a relaxing glass of wine. $25. 6-8pm. Side Cut Metropark, 1025 W. River Rd., Maumee.


Letterpress Journal Workshop During the first day of the workshop, immerse yourself into historic letterpress techniques to create the covers for journals with an introduction to letterpress printing. Using printing presses and vintage metal and wood type fonts to design, create and print art prints or event posters. The experience of hand-setting type and basic typographic design concepts. The second day of the workshop, hand sew the covers onto journal paper to create finished pieces. $70 members, $75 nonmembers. 2 Fridays, Oct 14 & Oct 21, 6–8pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000.

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Jam band Renegade Lemonade; rousing tunes for waiting audiences

Collaborating with other local per formers and establishing relationships is key for local bands. Connections are easily made in the Toledo area music scene, and one never knows who might provide an opportunity to advance a mu sic career. Renegade Lemonade, a local psychedelic jam band, knows a lot about those relationships, which is how the band has come to perform twice on The Man Cave with Jeff Lamb. (The per formances are available on YouTube.) Lamb, a DJ in Toledo for 30 years, started a show about 10 years ago, the Man Cave, to showcase local talent.

Showcasing Renegade Lemonade’s eclectic range of covers and original tunes, the band is fronted by Rebecca and Mike Hallock, who also perform acoustic sets together. Readers can see both Renegade and The Hallocks in various local venues in the coming months. Toledo City Paper talked with Mike Hallock about the band’s origins and their past and future performances.

Freshly Squeezed

Renegade Lemonade formed a few years ago, though The Hallocks have been together and performing for a

while. “We met through another band and hit it off, playing acoustically togeth er. We decided to form our own band, but went through a few different performers before we found the Renegade Lemon ade we’re playing with now.”

Along with Mike and Rebecca, Ren egade Lemonade is made up of Marco Karia and Steve Danielak. “We all have (musical) backgrounds playing with other groups,” explains Mike. “We’ve had a few line-up changes, but we’ve had this line-up consistently for the past year.”

Going with the flow has allowed the band to find the right members, and the right name. “Rebecca came up with [the name Renegade Lemonade],” Mike explained, “when we were driving to din ner one night. We were going back and forth trying to figure out words/names of things that felt smooth, [that rolled off the tongue] and Renegade Lemonade just flowed together.”

Sweet Success

Past experiences have flowed togeth er with current opportunities. Longtime local DJ Jeff Lamb hosts ‘The Man Cave’, a show where he “reaches out

to bands in the area, and [Mike] said we’d be happy to play. After our first show there we found out Jeff’s wife and daughter were fans and had seen me perform in other bands. We ended up playing a second time as a surprise for Jeff’s wife for her birthday”

The two Man Cave performances are great examples of the band’s talent. “We play mostly covers, but we play them with justice,” Mike explained. “We jam out Grateful Dead songs, just seeing where they go. We’ve been working on our own originals, too. Years ago when we started, we were playing mainly Rebecca’s original tunes.” And they still play those originals for live performances.

If you follow Renegade Lemonade to see their upcoming shows, some are listed as duo performances. “Those

are full-blown acoustic shows with just Becca and I,” said Mike. “We sing 50/50, and I’m on percussion. We do many different things musically with just the two of us; maybe the same songs, but a different feel and show.”

There is talk of a Renegade Lem onade album. “That’s a goal for sure, but we still have a busy year with two or three shows a week,” Mike said, “and next year we’re looking to make a music video and get some of our originals down. We think it’s important to express ourselves and get people out to support local music.” If you’re looking for a good time, take a sip of Renegade Lemonade

For upcoming tour dates visit Shaking it up with Renegade Lemonade are (l to r) Steve Danielak, Mike and Rebecca Hallock and Marco Karia.
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Black Kite Coffee: Nicholas Graham Hall (acoustic)

Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week


Town Center at Levis











It’s a Prime time for music

Local music venue Prime Nightlife (the former Club Soda, among other names) is hosting a celebration of the area’s musical scene with the Ohio Music Festival on Saturday, October 15. The six-hour long concert will be full of acts representing Ohio and Michigan, including co-headliners R.M.O. (a rock band from Toledo) and Second Hand Mojo (classic rock based out of Canton, Ohio). Other performers include Alien Carnival, My Inner Tragedy, Bulletproof and Raymond Knight. 6-11:45pm. 3922 Secor Rd. 419-972-2221.

Fabulous performers Over Yonder

The musical haven that is the Old West End’s own Over Yonder Concert House will host two shows in October.

On Saturday, October 8, bluegrass favorites Joe’s Truck Stop will play along with banjo-and-harmony favorites

The Montvales, as well as folk artists McKain Lakey and Creekbed Carter. Nationally recognized pop-folk artist Carsie Blanton will take to the Over Yonder stage Friday, October 21. $25 for October 8 concert, $30 for October 21.

Lucille’s has all that jazz






Toledo’s jazz roots continue to shine through during a big month at Lucille’s Jazz Lounge, located within TolHouse. Among the acts set to wow on Lucille’s stage this October are renowned quartet Djangophonique on Saturday, October 1, contemporary jazz master Bobby Falk on Thursday, October 20 and Louis Armstrong Scholarship-winner Sean Dobbins and his Trio on Saturday, October 29. For the latest on who will be playing Lucille’s or to purchase tickets, visit 1447 N Summit, Toledo.

Remembering Naomi Judd

Don’t miss your last chance to pay tribute to the late, great Naomi Judd as her daughter Wynonna and special

Brandi Carlisle and Martina McBride take command of the Huntington Center on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Wynonna will be performing all the Judds’ classic country hits and more at this emotional concert. Bring Kleenex. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. $79.50 and up.











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Benfield Wines: Tim Oehlers (acoustic) Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Chris Knopp (acoustic) Lucille’s at TolHouse: Djangophonique (jazz) Huntington Center: The Judds: The Final Tour (country) Stranahan Theater: John Valby (comedy) Bier Stube: Noah I Mua Trio (rock) Prime Nightlife: DubtronicA (electronic) The Brick Bar: Bobby G. & the 3rd Street Cigar Band The Distillery: Todd Michael Band (rock)
Wright Pavilion, Grand Rapids: Otsego Swing Choir & Marching Band (jazz) Harmony in Life: Sound Journey with Jeremy and Nancy (new age) The Toledo Club: Buckeye Broadband and Blade Cham ber Series: The Taskin/Hubbard Harpsichord (classical)
Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Jake Pilewski (acoustic) Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock) Bowling Green State University: Jacob Clark & Sujung Cho (piano)
Papa’s Tavern: Adam Sorelle (acoustic) Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock) Ottawa Tavern: Source (metal)
Town Center at Levis Commons: Hector Mendoza (guitar) Papa’s Tavern: Bobby May (blues)
Prime Nightlife: Under the Mushroom Cloud (electronic) Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Aaron Rutter (violin) MyWay Bistro: The Skittle Bots (pop/rock) Papa’s Tavern: Renegade Lemonade (pop/rock) The Brick Bar: Chris Buzzelli Duo (jazz) FRI, OCT 7 Bier Stube: Category 5 (rock) Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: The Nylon Twos (blues) Ottawa Tavern: January Man (alternative rock) Lucille’s at TolHouse: Quick Quartet (jazz) Maumee Indoor Theater: DooWop, Soul & Rock n’ Roll (doowop) The Brick Bar: Tree No Leaves (rock) Wheelin’ on the Rocks: Married with Children (rock) SAT, OCT 8 The Original Sub Shop & Deli: Joe’s Truck Stop / The Montvales / McKain Lakey & Creekbed Carter (americana) Benfield Wines: Tammy & Dan (soft rock) Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Dave Rybs (acoustic) House Concert: Poor Man’s Gambit (folk & traditional) Pat & Dandy’s Sports Bar & Grill: Matthew James (acoustic) Bier Stube: Parallel Universe (rock) The Blarney Irish Pub: Unanimous Decision (folk & traditional, rock) The Distillery: 2 Left Missing (rock) Bar 145: Red Carpet Crashers (pop/rock) SUN, OCT 9 Ottawa Tavern: Texas Hippie Coalition (metal) MON, OCT 10 Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Jake Pilewski (acoustic) Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock) Ottawa Tavern: Jazz Night (jazz) TUE, OCT 11 Papa’s Tavern: Adam Sorelle (acoustic) Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock)
Commons: Ben DeLong Band (acoustic)
Brothers Pizza Bar: Aaron Hertzfeld (acoustic)
Tavern: Bobby May (blues)
& Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Abbigale (blues) Ottawa Tavern: String Machine & Orson
(indie rock)
Tavern: Open Jam with Bobby May (blues)
Stube: EVRYDY PPL419 (pop/rock)
& Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Curtain 8 (acoustic) Valentine Theater: Suor Angelica/Cavaleria Rusticana (opera) Bowling Green State University: 43rd Annual New Music Festival, Concert 6 (classical) Wheelin’ on the Rocks: Chick Flick (acoustic) Dexter’s: The CastawayZ (rock) Bar 145: Jimmy Rock (electronic)
Benfield Wines: Abbigale (blues) Prime Nightlife: Ohio Music Festival feat. Second Hand Mojo & R.M.O. (rock) Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Cindy Slee (acoustic) Bier Stube: Random Act (rock) Dexter’s: Venyx (pop/rock) Bar 145: 56 Daze (rock)
Valentine Theater: Suor Angelica/Cavaleria Rusticana (opera)
Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Jake Pilewski (acoustic) Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock) Huntington Center: Zach Williams (country)
18 Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock) Levi & Lilac’s Listening Loft: Caswell & Co. (acoustic) WED, OCT 19 Papa’s Tavern: Bobby May (blues) Bowling Green State University: Faculty Artist Series: Caroline Chin, violin and Laura Melton, piano (classical) THUR, OCT 20 Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Mark Sims (acoustic) Lucille’s at TolHouse: Bobby Falk (jazz) Papa’s Tavern: Live Jam with Renegade Lemonade (rock) Bowling Green State University: Chamber Jazz Ensembles (jazz) FRI, OCT 21 Majestic Oak Winery: Jeff Steward (singer/songwriter) Bier Stube: Madison Avenue Band (blues) The Casual Pint: Ethan Timm (acoustic) Over Yonder Concert House: Carsie Blanton (singer/ songwriter) Valentine Theatre: Promedica Masterworks: All Mozart (classical) Bar 145: The 25s (rock)
Benfield Wines: Ramona Collins (jazz) Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Jeff Stewart (singer/ songwriter) Bier Stube: Heavy Spirits (rock) Wheelin’ on the Rocks: 2 Left Missing (rock)
Majestic Oak Winery: Sarah Brosch (indie rock) Toledo Museum of Art: BGSU Faculty Chamber Music (classical)
Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Jake Pilewski (acoustic) Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock) Ottawa Tavern: Jazz Night (jazz)
Ciao!: Chris Brown & Candace Coleman (soft rock)
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Papa’s Tavern: Bobby May (blues) Stranahan Theater: One More for the Road - A Sinatra Reenactment (jazz)
Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Anthony Beck (acoustic) Papa’s Tavern: Open Jam with Bobby May (blues)
Bier Stube: G-String Jettison (rock) Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room: Frank May (acoustic) Sneaky Pete’s: Aces & Eights (rock) Kickstand Saloon: Caveman (rock) Bar 145: Union Rising (rock, country)
Levi & Lilac’s: Zak & Nissa (acoustic) Lucille’s at TolHouse: Sean Dobbins Trio (jazz) Bier Stube: The Skittle Bots (pop/rock)


SAT, Oct. 1


Goth Gala: Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festi val Fundraiser A glamorous evening with din ner, dancing, live art, and silent auction benefiting teen literacy. Tickets available on Eventbrite. $100-$800. 6-9pm. Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, 1222 Broadway St.

[fundraisers, road


Glow Roll 419 Benefitting Read for Literacy GLOW ROLL 419 is Downtown Toledo’s premier Glow Bike Tour presented by Wersell’s Bike Shop, benefiting Read for Literacy. Tickets available on Eventbrite. $25-$100. 6:30pm. The Erie Street Market, 201 S. Erie St. @WersellsBikeShop

SUN, Oct. 2


Wildly In Love Bridal Show - Looking to add a little wild to your wedding style? Save the date for the first Wildly in Love bridal show at the Toledo Zoo. $10. 3-7pm. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way.

MON, Oct. 3

[talks & lectures]

Great Decisions 2022 Speaker Series - Dr. Jetsabe Caceres, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will discuss drug control policies in Latin America, including the roots and bureau cratic logic behind them and whether it’s time to reconsider ones that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession. 5:30-7:30pm. Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. Free

TUES, Oct. 4


Ben Brainard - During quarantine, Ben found viral success producing “The Table,” a sketch comedy series about how the various states of the US are handling current events. $25. 7:30pm. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg.

WED, Oct. 5

[hiking, geology]

Geology Hiking Series: Bowling Green Fault Ohio isn’t known for large earthquakes, but there are still faults in the Buckeye State. Enjoy a scenic river-side hike to the Bowling Green Fault, the only fault in the Toledo area.$3. 6-7pm. Farnsworth Metropark, 8505 S. River Rd. (US 24), Waterville.

THURS, Oct. 6

[beer & wine]

Beer & Wine Tasting - Join personal chef, Jennifer Schuerman for a beer & wine tasting with creative foods. This tasting is for both the novice and expert. $36.05. 6:30-8pm. Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19225 W. Portage River S Rd., Elmore.

Friday, Oct. 7

[craft beer]

Brews and Bites Come out for a night of craft beer sampling featuring fall flavored beers as well as some traditional favorites while enjoying yummy food and live music.$10. 6pm-12am. Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania.

Saturday, Oct. 8 [handicraft markets]

2022 Old West End Autumn Market - Vendors, music, food and a great time. 10am-5pm. Agnes Reynolds Jackson Arboretum, 716 W. Delaware St.

Sunday, Oct. 9 [festivals & fairs]

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest The Applebutter Fest is regarded for its historical reenactments, handmade crafts, live music, food, and apple butter. 7am-5pm. Downtown Grand Rapids.

[markets & shopping]

The Vintage Market Presents: Wicked Pickin’

The Vintage Market is a vintage inspired, fleamarket style, upscale shopping event featur ing local curators, artisans, shops and small businesses. $5, children 12 and under are free. 10am-4pm. Monroe County Fairgrounds, 3775 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, MI. @thevintagemarketmi

WED, Oct. 12 [painting]

Uncork & Unwind - Celebrate the coming of fall with a 2 hour guided painting class. No experi ence is necessary for these autumn landscape inspired paintings.$25. Side Cut Metropark, 1025 W. River Rd., Maumee.

Fall into Sylvania

For folks in Sylvania, autumn doesn’t truly begin until the Fall Festival, and the wait is nearly over. The 36th Annual Sylvania Fall Festival, October 15 and 16, will feature a Nite Lite Farmer’s Market, craft vendors, trick or treating, a parade, live music and a cornhole tournament. Sylvania’s largest community event, the Festival draws tens of thousands of people every year. 4-10pm, Saturday, October 15. 10am-4pm, Sunday, October 16. Downtown Sylvania.

Doggos got talent

Watch some of the Toledo area’s most talented pooches strut their stuff while raising money for other pets as part of Toledo’s PET Bull Project’s annual fundraiser, A Starry Night. The event’s main attraction, the Tail Waggin’ Talent Show, features dogs doing tricks, but the event also includes a dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction, all hosted by 13ABC’s Lissa Guyton. $65 per ticket, $450 for a table of eight. 6:30pm, Saturday, October 15. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. 567-315-8051.

Finding Paranormality

Step out of your comfort zone and learn about paranormal investigators. Beyond what you see on TV or in the movies, Toledo’s Fringe Paranormal Investigators host a series of presentations, dubbed “Paranormality,” to showcase “the reality of paranormal investigating.” These perfect-forHalloween-month events will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at the Oregon Branch Library; Tuesday, October 18 at the Holland Branch; and Wednesday, October 26 at the West Toledo Branch. For more information, visit…if you dare.

A Killer Anthony Michael Hall Appearance

Actor Anthony Michael Hall got his start starring in such classic ‘80s fare as “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” various John Hughes movies, and that creepy adaptation of Poe’s “The Gold Bug” that used to air on cable back in the day. But Hall has also established himself as a great actor in modern horror films. Come spend Halloween night at a screening of “Halloween Kills” hosted by Hall himself, who will dazzle the audience with stories from the set of the box office smash, as well as signing autographs and taking pictures. $30-$50. 5-8:30 p.m. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee.

Yo, Jeff! Drop that beat!

If you were a kid in the ‘80s, you likely remember DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince as being the first rappers your parents let you listen to. They didn’t swear much and they wrote fun, upbeat songs like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Nightmare On My Street.” DJ Jazzy Jeff knows a thing or two about rocking a party and he’ll be bringing the grooves to Toledo for the Toledo Museum of Art’s 2022 Block Party on Saturday, October 15, celebrating art, music, and diversity. The fun and funk goes from 4 - 8 p.m. at Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Free.

THURS, Oct. 13


Gift Baskets From the Pine Tree Practice the art of basket making, using materials gifted from pine trees and give yourself a gift from nature that celebrates your love of the outdoors. Also Sunday, Oct. 23, noon-3pm. $10. 2-5pm. Oak Openings Metropark, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton.

[talks & lectures]

Great Decisions 2022 Speaker Series - Dr. Andy Jorgensen, associate professor emeritus of chemistry, will talk about the international dimensions of climate change and the role the U.S. will play in future negotiations to greenhouse gas emissions. 5:30-7:30pm. Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. Free

FRI, Oct. 14

[outdoor movies]

Movie Night: Hocus Pocus - Grab your blankets and popcorn and come watch your favorite movie on the biggest screen in town!

Fifth Third Field Movie Nights are presented by NSG. $8. Fifth Third Field, first base gate, 406 Washington St.

SAT, Oct. 15 [handicraft markets]

The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild’s Bewitched Harvest Art and Craft Show 9am-4pm, also Sunday, Oct. 16. 11am-4pm. The Premiere Banquet Hall, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd. @ToledoCraftsmansGuild

[markets, parties]

Wicked Plants Vendor Faire & Halloween

Party - Featuring “Make Your Own Curiosity Jars” with The Flower Market. Each participant will dissect their own owl pellet and create a curiosity jar using the bones they collect, dried flowers, and other interesting objects. Halloween party to follow. 10am-11pm. The Flower Market, 8930 Custer Rd., Monroe, MI. @theflowermarket

[festivals & fairs]

Sylvania Fall Festival - Event-goers can enjoy local craft booths, live music, the annual parade and so much more. 4pm-10pm. Also Sunday, Oct 16, 10am-4pm. Downtown Sylvania. sylvania

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THURS, Oct. 20. [fundraisers[

Beer & Books | Grown-Up Book Fair - Relive the glory days of the school book fair while enjoying a craft beer and supporting the Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival. 5-9pm. Earnest Brew Works, 4342 S. Detroit Ave.

SAT, Oct. 22 [paranormal]

Haunted Collingwood 30 minute tours for up to 6 people. Tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets. $50. 6-10:45pm. Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd.

[dance, halloween]

Terror at the Terrace Halloween party. 21+.

Do the Time Warp in Ypsi

For many, watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an essential Halloween tradition. With a drive to Ypsilanti, Rocky Horror lovers can view the movie in a unique outdoor setting, as the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority screens the film on Thursday, October 27. The series of movies in Frog Island Park on an inflatable movie screen that has continued throughout the summer will end with Rocky Horror, complete with a costume contest. Show starts at sunset. Rice St. and Cross St., Ypsilanti. Free

Terror in October

When you have visited the local haunted houses and want to travel a bit out of town to find some scares, there are plenty of spooktacular haunted at tractions within an hour’s drive of Toledo. Distracted Haunted House (feard, 1234 N. Main St. in Bowling Green, has thrilled visitors since 2020. Walk the corn maze at Scream Acres Haunted Attractions (scream at 0064 Co. Rd. 16 in Napoleon. And Fremont’s Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park ( celebrates its 33rd year of terrifying guests at 1333 Tiffin St.

[parties & reunions]

2022 Block Party Gather once again at the Toledo Museum of Art campus to celebrate art, culture and community! Fun for the whole family, a free event that embraces the diversity of To ledo. Enjoy live performances, local food vendors, and art making activities.4-8pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Free

SUN, Oct. 16

[markets & shopping]

Iris Market Iris Market is an event that al lows local businesses, farmers and food trucks to serve the community.11am-5pm. DeVeaux Elementary School, 2620 W. Sylvania Ave.

TUES, Oct. 18


Classic Movie Nights Join the Maumee Up town Business Association for a free film. Movies are chosen by popular vote before showtime, so watch socials for which film will be shown. 6-10pm. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. Free

Dance, drinks, costumes. $15-$31.25. 7pm. Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania.

WED, Oct. 26 [comedy]

Josh Adams Rising star of the Detroit comedy scene, Josh Adams, will take the stage for one night only. $10. 8pm. Ottawa Tavern, 1815 Adams St.

THURS, Oct. 27

[talks & lectures]

“The Glass Pavilion and the Toledo Museum of Art - The Libbey House Foundation is sponsoring a lecture series throughout 2022 that will highlight the rich history that has made Toledo “The Glass City.” Lecture by Adam Levine, Director, Toledo Museum of Art. $10. 6:30-8pm. Libbey House, 2008 Scottwood Ave.

FRI, Oct. 28


Eerie Manor Tours - Metroparks Toledo presents Eerie Manor Tours, a family-friendly, free, open house event. Roam through over 20 chillingly decorated spaces. Costumes are strongly encouraged. 9am5pm. Also runs Saturday, Oct. 29, 9am-1pm, Sunday, Oct. 30 3-9pm, and Monday, Oct. 31, 3-9pm. Wild wood Preserve Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave.

SAT, Oct. 29

[markets & shopping]

Fall Expo Extravaganza The Social Butterfly presents a fall expo with local vendors and opportu nities for networking. 11am-4pm. St. Clements Hall, 2990 Tremainsville Rd.


Zombie Prom Participants are highly encouraged to attend Zombie Prom in costume. Zombie Prom’s multiple activities include morbid trivia, signature spooky cocktails from Toledo Spirits, tarot card readings, mini Eerie Manor tours, music, food trucks and more! Alcohol, food, and tarot card readings are not included in the general ticket price. 21+. $30. 7-10pm. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave.

MON, Oct. 31


Anthony Michael Hall Film Screening: Halloween Kills Spend a thrilling evening with actor Anthony Michael Hall as he regales you with stories from his experience on the set of Halloween Kills. There will be a Q&A session beforehand, along with autographs, merchandise and a photo op. $30-$50. 5-8:30pm. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St.. Maumee. October 1 • October 31 35
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Racing for Recovery

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Todd Crandell, author, athlete and founder of Racing for Recovery, is a Licensed Profession al Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and a Chemi cal Dependency Counselor (LICDC-CS). Cran dell, a former addict, has beaten the odds to become “the original sober triathlete.”

Crandell began drinking alcohol at thirteen years old which led him into drugs and addic tion. While engaging in that self-destructive behavior, he recalled an IRONMAN triathlon on television that wowed him. Later, early in his sobriety, Crandell made competing in a tri athlon a top priority and he successfully com pleted his first IRONMAN in 1999.

Crandell’s success, incorporating nutrition and exercise as part of his recovery process, led him to found Racing for Recovery in 2001, a comprehensive healing and prevention center that offers individual counseling, outpatient services and free group meetings for support.

Crandell, now preparing to compete in his 100th IRONMAN Triathlon inHawaii for the IRONMAN World Championship, comes as Racing for Recovery is prepping for the 21st annual 5k Run and Walk, October 22nd at 8:00 a.m. in Rossford, a cel ebration of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, awareness and treatment. Register at A Racing for Recovery app launches October 8, available for use with all mobile devices.

To learn more about Todd’s life and his healthy, holistic approach to recovery, the basis for Racing For Recovery’s fundamentals, his new book, Choices and Conse quences, details it all. A documentary film detailing his journey, The Road to 100, will be released in 2023.

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Aries – Motivated - eager - (March 2-April 19) - As Jupiter continues to ret rograde in your own sign, your energy is on overload. Trying to make reason out of all the chaos, mainly work and financ es can be a feat in itself. However, the bright side of all of this is seen as Venus and the transiting Sun now in your area of partners, sheds a beacon on personal and work relationships. Though opposition to your own sign can lend an interesting balance. In addition to all of this, finances will be a major source of influence as you find yourself trying to get yourself back on track. Also, a good month for settling some old-time annoyances. Putting the past behind you can work wonders.

Taurus – habit-oriented - dependable - (April 20-May 20) - This month, your ruler Venus and transiting Sun in your area of health suggests it’s time to get back on a fitness routine. No excuses, just do it. Also taking time out for mat ters of the heart can be on your “To Do” list. As with most Taurus individuals, change is difficult, routine a must. However, at this time as planetary influences trig ger you, the compulsion to make changes is imminent. Uranus, in transit of your own sign, can prompt the unexpected, so be ready. Mars transiting your money house can be fortuitous. Though caution, as always, is indicated.

Gemini – curious - communicative(May 21-June 20) - The stage is yours as the transiting Sun and Venus dance favorably around you. In addition, Mars, the planet of movement, is transiting in your own sign as your energy is at a high point. However, communication with friendships may need some work, though your ability to interact with others is your gift. Also, know that Mars moves retrograde in your own sign October 30, so keeping it real, preparing for an energy shift would be in your best interest.

cancer – compassionate - sentimental - (June 21-July 22) - So much of what you do relates to home and career, family and security, sentimental at heart. Your ability to give love expands beyond. However, with transiting Mars in that sacred part of your chart, it’s time to clean house. To let go of matters that have weighed you down. Also, with the transiting Sun and Venus in your area of home, you may find yourself more open to cre ating and beautifying your inner sanctuary. A good solid period for closure as well. Putting matters to rest.

leo - dramatic - social - (July 23-August 22) - Though you are a freedom-seeking individual at heart, this may be your time to nest, focus on home and family, do the things you need and want to do within the con fines of your own foundation. A strong cycle for you to speak up and express what it is you really feel as the planets in transit, specifically the Sun and Venus travel your area of chat. You may find yourself wanting to write, travel, or do something different yet the pull towards home keeps you stationed. Either way, a good period to create your inner Zen.

virgo - Practical - Analytical(August 23-september 22) - A strong, powerful period for you as you may find yourself seeking ways to cre ate a sort of balance between yourself and others. A great working period for you, as career should be at a high point, though Mars moving retrograde at the end of the month can be challenging. So, get your ducks in a row, now. Also, financially speaking, money should get bet ter in the upcoming months as you strive to seek out better options. Relationships may be tough, but worth fighting for.

scorpio - sensual - Mystical(september 23-october 22) - As Mars, the planet of action creates an intense chaotic influence with regard to money, the challenges are there to be met. Not a good time for speculation, though careful investments are okay. Make sure you are to finalize details, being cautious before it moves retrograde October 30th. Also, the Sun and Venus traveling through the private sector of your chart can highlight your sub conscious inner self.

sagittarius - optimistic - Generous - (november 22-december 21)With transiting Mars in opposition to your own sign, and Sun and Venus both in Libra favorably in transit, your focus should be on friendships, partners and career. These transits can energize you, though on the flip side as Mars moves retrograde October 30th, it could also trigger compulsions. Taking care of yourself should also be on your list of “what to do.” The next few months can be a wake-up call triggering the need for you to stay in sync. This has been a long haul for you and now is the time to get back to the basics.

capricorn - Goal-mindedstructured - (december 22-January 18) - There have been some challeng es; however, now that the planets are synchronized in your area of career, you would do well to look at matters from a completely different and more analytical angle. A strong yet profound cycle for you financially, though it is up to you to keep things moving. Also, being made more aware of health and fitness should be part of your repertoire, taking stock, in knowing that for the next few months life can be in a whirlwind as Mars moves in retrograde. Work obligations and health matters may be a bit frenzied.

Aquarius - Inventive - humane(January 20-february 18) - With so much activity taking place at the zenith part of your chart, this could be the time where your career takes center stage. Also, a good strong month for finances, however, without pain there is no gain; it’s how you handle your everyday affairs. Also, as Mars, the planet of movement occupies your area of speculation and love, you may find yourself a bit impulsive. Know that what you see may not always be what you get. Realize that perception will play a huge role as Mars turns ret rograde October 30th. Know that you have more control than even you expected.

Pisces - empathetic - Intuitive(february 19-March 20) - It’s all about you this month. Time to put your fun hat on, enjoy life, get your creative juices going, and do some therapeutic meditation. This can be a very intense, positive, influ ential month for you as you finally have your game on. Mars in Gemini, though at odds with your own sign, can force changes where they need to be. Occupying your area of home, it may create a bit of unsettledness. So, take time out if need be. Know your limits.

Janet Amid is a columnist & radio/media per sonality and can be heard Monday mornings 8:10 AM to 8:20 AM with denny, Suzi, and paul on 93.5 FM. text or call 419-240-1935 as I take your astrological questions/requests! * And every 2nd Wednesday on 96.7 CLASSIC HItS with Keith & dawn -1-888-561-2837. Call in every other WEd Morning from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM as I take your calls live.

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A fall run through Secor and Wiregrass

The leaves are changing, the temperature is drop ping and it’s the perfect time for a run through the Metroparks. The Toledo Roadrunners Club’s Falling Leaves 8 Miler and 5K races on Sunday, October 23 will give competitors a chance to run through Secor and (the adjacent) Wiregrass Metroparks. 5K runners will make a loop of the Secor all-purpose trail, while 8 Milers will travel all the way to Wiregrass Lake. Proceeds will benefit Sew Hope, a non-profit aiding the poor in Guatemala. $20 for 5K, $25 for 8 Miler. 8 Miler: 9am, 5K: 9:15am. 10001 Central Ave., Berkey. toledoroad

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