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Area residents taking the plunge to try H2O tae kwon do By Jeffrey D. Norwalk Press Contributing Writer A martial artist who has been studying tae kwon do since 1977, owns a 6th-degree black belt in the art, can lay folks out flat with a simple flick of the wrist, and runs not just one, but two successful tae kwon do dojangs in Woodville and Columbus Grove, Sr. Master James P. Taylor isn’t sweating much these days. It’s not because Taylor is some sort of hard case. On the contrary he is quite possibly one of the most peaceful, outgoing, friendly, and warmest gentlemen one could ever meet. The reason he’s not sweating much, is because in the last three months, he’s taken a centuries-old Korean martial art from the hard floor into the pool for perhaps the newest, coolest wave in martial arts, selfdefense training and all-around health and fitness he simply likes to call H2O tae kwon do. The impetus behind this idea? To welcome in a whole new demographic of potential TKD students who might not otherwise have ever had the opportunity to study the martial arts due to age, physical limitations and trepidation to check out a rigid, traditional dojang (school) environment. To become a better instructor. To meet new, interesting people. And oh, yes. . .to have a whole lot of fun doing it. “The benefit of this class, beyond the idea, of course, that one can get a great aerobic workout in the water, is that when we teach tae kwon do in the pool, we’re teaching the exact same techniques of selfdefense we teach on land, only it’s much easier for students who might have balance issues, or people trying to come back from knee surgeries, or older and much younger folks,” offers the 55-year-old native of Walbridge, and owner of Taylor’s Tae Kwon Do, Tumbling & Dance in Woodville. He also holds an additional black belt (3rd degree) in the Korean grappling art of hapkido, and is also proficient in the Filipino stick-fighting discipline of kali. “For instance, when I look at the dynamics of my class this past summer (at the Woodville Pool, where the class debuted in July), I had students all the way from 8year-olds, to people in their 20s and 40s, to 70-some-year-olds,” he said. “I think H2O TKD was a chance for them to meet new people, have fun doing it, and get involved in something new they might not have otherwise had the chance to. “In H2O TKD, we do basic tae kwon do kicks like groin kicks and front kicks up and down the length of the pool. For those with balance problems, we do them in place, while holding onto the side of the pool,” he said. “We do a lot of our more advanced hand basics, because we want to move a lot of water, and get that nice resistance training in.” “I demonstrate practical self-defense applications first on land, on one of my black belts, and then we hop back into the water and let the students try,” he said, adding “H2O TKD is great cross-training for young athletes, to increase their skills,

Sr. Master James P. Taylor’s H2O TKD combines a low-impact workout and the basics of self-defense techniques. balance, and cardio-endurance. It’s nice for improving things like posture and strength, and it’s great low-impact exercise for those with arthritis, joint problems, and past injuries. “It’s also a great ice-breaker for folks who have always been curious about the martial arts, but who at the same time maybe have cold feet about stepping into a traditional tae kwon do class. And, it’s a lot of fun.” H2O TKD is typically practiced in about three to four feet of water which checks in right around a refreshing 75-80 degrees, however, there’s also an option of deep-water training, for which buoyancy belts are typically provided. For Master Taylor’s more-experienced TKD students, and adventurous new adherents alike, a pool’s diving board can be brought into the training equation, serving as a launching pad off which to execute flying sidekicks, spinning heel kicks, double jumping front kicks and other techniques. Students are never forced to do something they’re not comfortable with, and Taylor stresses everybody working to their own level and ability. Though the classes are fun, participants learn real self-defense techniques including sweeps, throws, joint locks, arm bars, distraction strikes, effective hair pulling, and the force it requires to snap a thug’s

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water would help me move without pain. I learned a lot.” Woodville Pool manager Dawn Peters, who was the first to embrace H2O TKD this past summer at her facility said, “When (Master Taylor) first approached me about H2O TKD, my immediate reaction was ‘Yes,’ because I’d always wanted a fitness class here at the pool for the adults of the community to come down and enjoy. “And I was very pleasantly-surprised that from the start, half the class was made up of kids,” Peters said. “People have definitely been excited about it, and I’ve already informed (Master Taylor) that we want this class back at the pool next summer.” “I think the really cool part about H2O TKD is that it’s opening up the martial arts to a whole-new scope of people we probably wouldn’t have otherwise reached,” Taylor said. “Because in some cases we’re getting them into the pool, they’re learning something new and loving it, their confidence is building, and they’re getting curious about stepping foot into a traditional tae kwon do studio after all. Plus, they’re getting that great low-impact workout in.” Want to find out more about taking the plunge into H2O TKD this fall? Taylor at 419- 704-4407 or visit for class times, locations, rates and further details.

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By Tammy Walro Press Staff Writer “Stuff” happens to everybody, but what can you do when you find yourself with just too much stuff for your own good? While our possessions can conjure up happy memories, serve as symbols of success and embellish our homes, offices and cars, seemingly overnight, even once-valued possessions can turn into clutter that can take over our space and our lives. Even if you weren’t born with the “organization” gene, it’s possible to get it together and conquer clutter, says Reannon Hayes, a professional organizer and blogger who works with individuals and businesses throughout the northern Ohio community. Often it’s a life change – finding oneself with an “empty nest,” a desire to downsize or a move or relocation that necessitates a desire to de-clutter, Hayes said. Sometimes, people just find that their environments are holding them back, preventing them from having family or friends over or just enjoying their space. Hayes, who grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, always tended to be on the organized side. “We were a middle class family, and my parents really instilled in us that we needed to take care of the stuff we had,” she said. As a student at Terra Community College, she enjoyed helping roommates and friends organize their small apartments to maximize the space, however, the idea of a career in professional organization didn’t occur to her. She earned a degree in design, with the goal of going into advertising. After she married and started a family, she took a job in environmental services at Tiffin Development Center. When she was laid off, she decided to try to turn her passion and knack for organizing into a business, helping family members and friends getting their homes and gardens in order. Positive feedback and word-of-mouth referrals led to jobs with friends of friends and businesses. “I enjoyed what I was doing for others and they really appreciated the help in not only getting organized, but also learning how to prevent clutter from taking over in the future,” she said. Typically, Hayes starts out with a consultation where clients discuss goals for her services.“Some people want to get organized, which is really about being able to find what you need when you need it,” she said. “Others are looking to downsize, which is about moving into a simpler life so you can enjoy the now. “Sometimes people are overwhelmed and apologetic – they tend to think they’re the only ones dealing with too much stuff or disorganization,” she said. “The next thing they ask is, ‘Are you going to make me throw everything away?’” Hayes works side-by-side with her clients throughout the organizing process. “We usually start with one room – the one that’s really driving them crazy,” she said.

For parents, experiencing their kids leaving the nest can not only be a momentous event, but it can also be one sometimes tinged with a bit of sadness. After all, your little boy or little girl is all grown up now. However, looking at the bright side, this means you now have one or more rooms that can be turned from a kid’s bedroom into a space you can now enjoy. You may have been making do with storing your personal effects into rooms in the house simply because of necessity. But now that the kids have flown the coop, it’s possible to take over their rooms and turn them into something tailored to you and your spouse. The following are a few transformations that can take place. • Craft center – Many people enjoy making things with their hands, be it painting ceramics or knitting sweaters. A room A busy mom to Alaina, Dillan and Carson, Reannon Hayes stresses that her home that is set aside for different types of craft projects can keep work undisturbed and orisn’t perfect but simplifying the organization process – like having a designated place ganized. Walls filled with shelves and storfor everything – helps her get things back into shape when clutter happens. (Photo age containers alongside bulletin boards by Shannon Nicole Photography, @Shannon Hayes Photography) will create a utilitarian feel to the room. Have a large task table so you can spread “We move left to right and evaluate every- utes a day looking for things they cannot out work and comfortable sitting chairs. thing, sorting things into piles of things to find.” Stick with a flooring material that can be keep, donate or trash. Another rule of thumb – to help avoid cleaned quickly, like tile or wood in the “Some people have trouble letting stuff amassing too much stuff, adopt the habit event of spills. go, others are just so ready to make a change that when something comes in, something • Sports room – Sports enthusiasts and free themselves,” Hayes said. “I always goes out. may want to set up a room devoted to coladvise to keep what you truly use and love, Clients are often surprised to discover lections of trophies, collector cards, memoand let the rest go,” she said, adding that that it’s not necessary to buy special conrabilia, and any other sports-related items. some things are harder to let go of than oth- tainers and organizational tools – most Add a sofa or recliners in the room as well ers. people have everything they need in their as a big-screen TV, and this spot can be the “Parents tend to hold on to the boxes home to be organized, Hayes said. perfect place for watching the game undisfilled with their kids’ childhood mementos, “Often, clients become good friends turbed. which I completely understand,” Hayes because I take on this challenge with • Home office – For those who have said. “I suggest they take a photo of sou- them,” she said. “It’s such a great feeling been doing bills at the kitchen table or tryvenirs and mementos and put them in a when they reach that ‘aha’ moment -- when ing to work from home amid the noise of scrapbook and frame one or two treasured they realize they’re getting control over the the kitchen or the television in the family pieces of artwork, then let the rest go. clutter. room, a home office can be just the solu“What value are these things giving “Sometimes we can’t help but do a tion. If the room is large enough, place two your life stored in boxes?” she said. “Also, happy dance or high five – it’s a very freedesks face-to-face so it can be a his-andthere’s the hard truth – who is going to take ing and satisfying experience,” she said. hers work center. Use neutral paint colors care of this stuff after you’re gone?” Hayes charges by the hour for her serso that it will be more of a gender-neutral In the end, getting organized is really vices. Currently, her clients range from colspace. about a lifestyle change, about developing lege students to account executives. • Private bedroom – Although topics new habits. “Finding a place for everything For more information and tips on how of the bedroom are often kept hush-hush and returning things to their designated to get organized, visit www.theorganizeramong friends and family, many men and space can not only reduce clutter, but also or look for Reannon Hayes Prowomen aspire to one day having their own save time,” Hayes said. “I read a statistic fessional Organizer on Facebook. bedrooms. After time retreating from the that said people spend as much as 55 minmaster bedroom because of a spouse snoring or simply because of being on opposite schedules, separate bedrooms enable you to create rooms that cater to you. Put in the MY MOM IS BATTLING CANCER. 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How to take action to get what you want out of life From the American Counseling Assn. Most of us have times when we realize our lives aren’t turning out the way we once dreamed. We may feel “stuck,” or resigned to our current situation, surrendering our optimistic visions to the realities of our lives. But rather than complaining about what hasn’t worked out, a more positive approach is to take action to get closer to the goals you’d like for your life. There’s no magic formula to achieving your desires, but you can start working toward the life you’d like with small, doable steps. A vital starting point is to stop blaming others, harboring anger or feeling helpless over things that haven’t worked out. You need to begin taking responsibility for your own behaviors, finances, work, health and

There’s no magic formula to achieving your desires... relationships. When you do so, your life will begin to reflect who you are and what you value. Often, past relationships, whether romantic, family or work-related, leave us unsure of ourselves or reluctant to express our feelings. Learning to voice your preferences, both positive and negative, can help move you toward honest living and loving. It’s not about being bossy or always getting

your own way, but rather about being honest and understood. Forget myths about “perfect” romances, friendships and jobs. We’re all human and there will always be some problems in our paths. Being honest with yourself regarding these relationships makes it easier to honestly evaluate their impact on your life. A big step forward is to identify your personal strengths and interests, and then put time into nourishing them. Instead of being someone you’re not, work at enhancing the real you. Find time for friends, sports, hobbies or other interests that satisfy you. You should also learn to say “no” sometimes. It doesn’t mean being selfish, but rather avoiding the resentment and anger that comes with agreeing to things you

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Waite alums gather for luncheon More than 450 people attended the annual Waite High School Golden Years Luncheon Sept. 10. The event, open to members of all classes 1915 through 1963 that have celebrated their 50th class reunions, was held in conjunction with the kick-off of Waite’s 100th anniversary. Alumni gathered at the Grant Murray Field House at Waite, where they enjoyed a buffet lunch, a performance by Waite’s Show Choir and a presentation by local historian Larry Michaels, who is a member of the class of 1965.

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Open house, grand opening set for St. Clare Commons An open house and grand opening will be held for St. Clare Commons, located at 12469 Five Point Rd., Perrysburg, Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tours and light refreshments will be offered. The Franciscan Living Community will offer 56 assisted living apartments, 36 memory care suites, and 60 skilled nursing/short-term rehabilitation beds. Future phases on the campus include the addition of independent living apartments and villa homes. Each option will include a wide array of services and amenities. For more information, visit

Senior Discovery Days Age has its benefits, and one of them is the annual Senior Discovery Days at the Toledo Zoo. Each Tuesday in September and October will bring a new adventure at the zoo for senior visitors, from guided tours of Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era buildings to bingo and big band music. In addition to the Tuesday events, each weekday, seniors 60 and older can enjoy free parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot, special discounts, free fresh-brewed coffee and a mini-muffin in the North Star Trading Post (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and more. The schedule of special events include: Sept. 24: Tour the Reptile house and learn about the history of the building while getting a close up view of the zoo’s reptile collection. Meet in the Reptile House entrance at 11 a.m. Oct. 1: Take a guided tour through the zoo’s butterfly, rose, vegetable, herb and formal perennial garden. One of the zoo’s master gardeners will explain how to prepare the garden for winter and next spring. Meet at the Conservatory at 11 a.m. Oct. 8: Take a guided tour of the Aviary and its three walk-through habitats — the African Grasslands, Madagascar Desert and Australian Outback. Meet at Aviary entrance

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Singles Dance party Glass City Singles will hold a special Western Night Dance Party Friday, Sept. 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland. Anyone wearing a hat will receive a $1 discount on the $8 admission. For more information, call 734-8568963 or visit

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Fall craft show A Fall Craft Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Community Room at Lutheran Home at Toledo, 131 N. Wheeling St., Toledo. The show will feature craft displays, baked goods, food and refreshments. For more information, call 419-724-1738.

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Left: Kindergartner Lily Hineline hugs grandmothers, (left) Georgeta Dyer and (right) Teri Hineiline. Above: Alexis Stark and “Poppy� Ron Hensley have fun at recess.

St. Boniface School celebrates grandparents and VIPs The hallways hummed with anticipation. Children practiced songs in the music classroom, darting expectant glances to the hallway. The pasta sauce simmered. The craft tables lay ready. And then, they arrived – the grandparents. Grandparents’/VIP Day is eagerly awaited and joyfully celebrated each fall at St. Boniface Catholic School. The day began with students sitting with their VIPs during the celebration of the Mass. Children and their loved ones then

participated in art activities, drawing pictures of good times spent together. There were family photos taken and decorated, colored handprints made together, and then time for recess and touring classrooms before sitting down to a pasta dinner. “It’s very nice; we enjoyed the whole morning,� said Jean Whiteside who attended with her grandsons, Seamus and Isaac McHale. “It’s so interesting, to be able to step out of our world and step into our grand-

kid’s world and see it through their eyes,� added Lucia Kousino, also grandmother of the McHale children. First-grader Toby Karl said his favorite part was playing with Legos and drawing pictures together. Seamus McHale said just being with his grandparents was the best thing of all. “The activities really added to the day,� said Yvonne Rosiak, who has two grandchildren attending St. Boniface. “The day flew by. And the teachers and staff are

so cooperative. The school has a very happy environment. You can tell the kids are glad to come here.� St. Boniface Catholic School serves students in grades K-6 of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration call the school office at 419-898-1340 or visit www.ourstb. com.

The “Middle Agesâ€?- and we’re not talking history here By Ken Chisholm Press Contributing Writer Ok, everyone can relax. This isn’t an impromptu history class, and you won’t be tested at the end of this column‌except for maybe your patience. Every now and then I’m asked to do an article for the Prime Time Section of the Press -- a section targeted to those of us in our “primeâ€? and over the age of 50...or 60... or‌ So I find myself asking, “Self, how do I write something that is relevant to 50-plusers, those in their 60s and, well you know, those who say, “age is but a number?â€? So, this begs the burning question, “who is a senior citizen and when do we officially attain this lofty pinnacle of life?â€? Good question - and one, it seems, with no definitive answer. Seems we’re a “seniorâ€? at different ages, and in different venues – I guess it depends on who you ask. So here is my, albeit somewhat tonguein-cheek, take from a “seniorâ€? point of view. First, some interesting statistics: • Approximately 18 percent of those living in Northwest Ohio are 60 years old or older; • Lucas County boasts the largest population of those 60-plus years old at just over 77,000; • AARP issues their cards to those 50 and over; • You can get your Golden Buckeye Card once you’ve reached 60; • Some grocery stores and markets have “Senior Daysâ€? once or twice a month, which offer seniors discounted prices on

No Bones About It.

by Ken Chisholm


groceries etc. Kroger offers a 5 percent discount to seniors every Wednesday. • Some fast food outlets give “seniorsâ€? free small coffee or a free small ice cream with their “regularâ€? priced meals; • Seniors can obtain coupons/vouchers for fresh produce through the Area Office on Aging, which requires application; some restrictions apply. • Most golf courses have “senior ratesâ€? but are restricted to specific times of the day and in many cases times only those “retired seniorsâ€? could take advantage of. I don’t know about you, but I’m the same age every night when I go to bed as when I wake up in the morning. So how come so many places only recognize “seniorsâ€? at only certain times or on certain days? Lest we forget, the senior population is very rapidly becoming the largest sector of the U.S. population. Now there is at least one consumer establishment that recognizes seniors as seniors 24/7; Rave Motion Pictures at Franklin Park, Levis Commons and the Shops at Fallen Timbers. I can get discounted “seniorâ€? tickets ($7.75 vs. $10+ regular admission). Now, if we can just get them to give seniors a bit of a break on the concessions. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are some wonderful benefits available for seniors. One only need to check out the AOoA (Area Office on Aging) for some pretty terrific services etc. It seems the government

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agencies like the AOoA recognize seniors ‘round the clock, as opposed to many of their “commercial� counterparts. This column was not meant as an indictment of our system, and it is not a scholarly article with a lot of evidencebased information scattered throughout - just a bit of reality-check information, which only serves to reinforce the notion

that our society and culture unlike many other countries, views its senior population differently, but I suspect this will gradually change over the course of time as the “Boomers� become stronger in numbers as well as “voting prowess.� Hang in there. As the saying goes; “we’re not getting older, we’re getting better!�

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Honor Flight of NWO benefit Members of an area Program and Planning Committee for Older Adults recently collaborated to enhance the image of active aging in their communities and to help a worthy cause. The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA), in partnership with Abundant Life of Perrysburg, the Maumee Senior Center, and Waterford of Levis Commons challenged each other to raise funds for the Honor Flight Northwest Ohio. Honor Flight is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed in 2007 to send the veterans of Northwest Ohio to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built to honor their service. To date, 1596 veterans have safely flown on 31 flights to see their memorials. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that approximately 1,000 WWII veterans die each day. Due to their deteriorating health, and their financial limitations, most veterans would not be able to see their memorial on their own. It is through the generosity of our volunteers, corporate and individual sponsors, that Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is able to help provide this service to these veterans. With the need for

To date, 1596 veterans have safely flown to see their memorials. extra funds the Program and Planning committee determined that it would be their mission to have this collaborative project take flight. Each participating location created an event or events to assist in collecting funds for the project. Waterford at Levis Commons and Abundant Life of Perrysburg held separate “Penny Wars” to collect pennies in a competitive nature and also raise funds. Abundant Life of Perrysburg alone collected $1,734.20. The Maumee Senior Center held a line dancing event and the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. sold pilot pins for the cause. The effort raised $2,558, which was presented to Honor Flight to continue their mission.

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