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March 15 - April 4, 2016 • Vol. 20, No. 24 •

Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees Named

Beeping Easter Egg Hunt

6A Olivia Shay Byrne Partner, Reed Smith Washington, D.C. The 25th Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame honorees have been announced by members of the Sylvania Academic Excellence Foundation. Honorees include Brenda Wright, Sylvania High School Class of 1975, Vice President, Policy & Legal Strategies for Demos in Boston, Mass.; Olivia Shay Byrne, Sylvania High School Class of 1975, law partner with Reed Smith in Washington, D.C.; Eric Brown, Southview High School Class of 1988, Professor/Department Chair of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.; and Ramy Eidi,

Ramy Eidi CEO, Eidi Properties

Brenda Wright Vice President, Policy & Legal Strategies, Demos, Boston, Mass.

Northview High School Class of 1988, business entrepreneur/philanthropist with EIDI Properties and the Mehdi Eidi in Toledo. Honorees will be celebrated at a banquet on March 18 at the Sylvania Country Club. As part of the evening, the Foundation will also honor students from each high school for their commitment to service in the community: Emily and Parker Stephens, Northview and Francis Mok, Southview. Also honored during the banquet will be the 2015-16 teacher of the year Gail Masse for her commitment to teaching and education.

She will also represent Sylvania Schools in the Ohio Teacher of the Year program in the fall. The Foundation will also honor Alix Greenblatt with the Legacy Award for her commitment to the schools, the Foundation and the community. She has served on both the Board of Education and the Foundation board, as well as giving of her time and expertise on various boards and organizations in the community. Visit for more information on the Academic Excellence Foundation.

Locally-Produced Shorties U Film Played in Boston BY MARISA MERCURIO

Students Daniel Mahoney, Knickolas Laux and Taryn Wachowiak were part of the two student groups whose films were showcased in Boston.

After participating in last year’s Shorties U film workshop, two short movies created by groups of fifth- to eighth-grade students were chosen by a film curator to be showcased at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The shorties, entitled “Locker Avengers” and “Little Monsters,” were filmed last year during the Shorties U workshop, which allows young students to experience the art of filmmaking, including developing an idea, writing a script, shooting on a budget, and the fundamentals of editing. The two short films were showcased at the Institute’s Family Films event on Jan. 30, which featured films made by children around the world. This year, members of last year’s “Little Monsters” group, Daniel Mahoney, Knickolas Laux, and Taryn Wachowiak, are participating in the Shorties U workshop again and are working on a new film about a “wimpy” kid who attempts to defeat a bully at dodge ball.



Kwinn Nieckarz was able to find Easter eggs thanks to the beep at the annual event on March 12.

Student Art on Exhibit

Sylvan student Emily Gillen signed in for the Sylvan/Whiteford schools open house at the Sylvania Heritage Center Museum.

Whiteford Charity Fair

Sylvania School Superintendent Scott Nelson learned about Whiteford fourth-grader Charlie Walker’s ‘Thirst with a Purpose’ campaign.


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ACS Volunteer of the Year

Lauren Darah, RN, BSN, CCRN, a 2007 Northview High School and 2011 University of Toledo College of Nursing graduate, recently received the CCRN certification credential granted by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The certification reflects the discipline, dedication and care in providing bedside care to acutely ill adult, pediatric and neonatal patients and their families.


Theo Jaquay of Sylvania won the Promoting Inclusion Award for his film ‘Life is an Adventure’ at the second annual CommUNITY film festival held at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. The CommUNITY Film Festival's mission is to inspire audiences, promote inclusion, and celebrate the everyday lives of people with disabilities. This unique event focuses exclusively on amateur video. The event celebrates contributions made to the community, challenges assumptions, and enhances respect for individuals with disabilities.

Sylvania Township resident Joanna Hinton, Ph.D., received the 2016 Toledo Section of the American Chemical Society Volunteer of the Year Award from Frank Butwin, immediate past chair. Currently, Hinton serves as chair of the Toledo Local Section ACS, which was founded in 1917. For the past three years, Hinton has organized a multitude of free chemistry hands-on outreach programs at libraries throughout the area to coordinate with the Toledo/Lucas County Public Library’s Summer Reading Theme, which will be Fitness FUN with Chemistry in 2016. She is preparing for 11 scheduled summer library outreach programs and will be at the Sylvania Branch Library on Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. She also organized the Toledo ACS table at STEM-in-the-PARK last September at Bowling Green State University, preparing all materials and recruiting volunteers. She implemented the partnership with the Library in 2014 to bring science authors for OPEN BOOK Events at the Toledo Main Library downtown, of which to date there have been three. After the awards presentation, Hinton introduced Jeannette Brown, chemist and author of the book ‘African American Women Chemists.’ Hinton invited Brown and intentionally scheduled her OPEN BOOK talk as a celebratory link between National Black History Month in February and National Women’s History Month in March.

L-R: Edith Kippenhan, president AWS NWO, Joanna Hinton, chair, Toledo Section ACS, Jeannette Brown, author and chemist, and Ben Malczewski, Toledo/Lucas County Public Library Humanities Department Manager/ Coordinator Authors! Authors! The title of the talk was ‘African American Women Chemists Hiding in Plain Sight’ and was co-sponsored by Toledo ACS, AWIS NWO, and TLCPL. –Photos courtesy of Joanna Hinton

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Alzheimer’s Association An Alzheimer’s Association support group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 9144 Lewis Ave., Temperance. Contact Marie Ready at 800/272-3900 or Aquatic Exercise for Survivors CPW and The Victory Center offer Aquatic Exercise for Survivors at CPW, 3130 Central Park West, on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Free to all survivors through a grant from The Rotary Club of Toledo. Boomers Resource Network Boomers Resource Network meets every Thursday at Uncle John’s Restaurant, 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by educational speakers from noon to 1 p.m. Call 419/865-8503 or visit Cardio Drumming Elevate Nutrition, 6383 Monroe St., offers Cardio Drumming on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Cardio Kickboxing Cardio Kickboxing/Circuit Training is offered on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at Elevate Nutrition, 6383 Monroe St. Boxing gloves required. Call 419/517-7080. Food Addicts in Recovery Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets every Monday night at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 4855 W. Central Ave., room 206. Call 419/699-1007, email or visit God Works! Crossroads Community Church, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Road, Ottawa Lake, Mich., offers God Works!, providing a warm meal to anyone in need each Thursday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; meal is at 6 p.m. Knit or Crochet for Charity Interested in learning to knit or crochet? Join the small group that meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to Noon. If you know how, share your knowledge or we will teach you. For more info, contact 419/882-3907 or Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo Weekly meetings at McCord Road Christian Church, 4675 N. McCord Rd. in Sylvania. In addition to meetings, the group offers

playdates and an Executive Mommas’ group for working mothers. Nursing Mothers’ Group The nursing mothers’ group meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the new Ronald McDonald House. Call 419/291-5667. Olivet Lutheran Church’s Free Community Meal Olivet hosts a free community meal each Wednesday in the Christian Life Center. Enjoy food and fellowship at 5840 Monroe St. Call 419/882-2077 or visit for info. Pet Loss Support Group SylvaniaVet hosts a pet loss support group meeting at Christ Presbyterian Church, 4225 W. Sylvania Ave., 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call 419/885-4421. Prostate Cancer Support Group A Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Cancer Center Library at St. Ann Hospital. Call Roger Augustyniak at 419/346-2753 or Tom Maidment at 419/490-4690. Taizé Service A Taizé Service is held the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Sylvania United Church of Christ chapel, 7240 Erie St. 419/882-0048. T.A.M.E. Meeting The Toledo Area Miniature Enthusiasts, meets the first Saturday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. in the carriage house at the Sylvania Heritage Museum, 5717 Main St. Call 734/847-6366. TOPS Meetings (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Three chapters of TOPS - 0640, 1961 and 1672 - meet at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6715 Brint Road. Meetings are held Mondays from 9-10:30 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., and Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 419/478-1103 or 419/841-6436 for info. TOPS is not church affiliated. Zion Lutheran LCMC Updated Hours Zion Lutheran LCMC Church, 8307 Memorial Hwy., Ottawa Lake, Mich., has updated their hours. Robin Blum will lead the Children’s Sunday school at 9 a.m. Traditional service is 10:15 a.m. During Lent, a contemporary service is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with communion on the first and third Sunday of each month.


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Sylvania Senior Center Programs

The Senior Center hours of operation: Monday 8 am-5 pm, Tuesday 8 am-7:30 pm, Wednesday-Friday 8 am-5 pm Lunch is served from 11:45-12:15 p.m. Monday-Friday; suggested donation for persons who are 60+ is $2.50; non-senior is $5.62. Make reservation by noon the day before. Tuesday evening dinner is served from 4:30-5:15, $7 per person; make reservation by noon the Friday before. Billiards: Monday-Friday open all day, weekly. Computer Lab open when classes are not in session. Open Gym: open when classes are not in session. Quilting and Sewing: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8-12 noon, weekly. Woodshop: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1-3, weekly 3/18




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Sylvania Senior Center Anniversary Week March 14-18 Scrabble: Fridays 1:30-4:30, weekly 55+ Line Dancing: Fridays 2:304, $3 at the door, weekly Quilt Fan-Attics: Mon 9-11, weekly Jazzercise: Mon, Wed & Fri 9-10, Tue & Thu 8:30-9:30; weekly Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly* Blood Pressure Clinic: Tue 8:3011:30 Art Studio Class: Tue & Fri 9-11, weekly* Contract Bridge: Tue 12:30-3:30, weekly Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly* Save your Hearing presentation & screening: 5:30, Dr. Clint Keifer Hatha Yoga: Tue evenings 6-7:15, Mar-Oct* Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly* Restorative Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly* Podiatrist, by appointment CLOSED/HOLIDAY Quilting & Sewing: Mon, Tue & Thu 8-12 noon, weekly Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly* Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:3012:30, weekly* Art Studio Class: Tue & Fri 9-11, weekly* Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly* Cinema Studies w/Dr. Jan Wahl: 5:30-7, monthly Hatha Yoga: Tue evenings 6-7:15, Mar-Oct* Party Euchre: Wed 10-12 noon, weekly


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Pinochle: Wed 12:30-3:30, weekly Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic: 10:30-11:30 Poker: Thu 12-4, weekly Bingo: Mon & Thu 1-3, weekly 55+ Line Dancing: Fridays 2:304, $3 at the door, weekly Quilting & Sewing: Mon, Tue & Thu 8-12 noon, weekly Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly* Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:3012:30, weekly* Senior Chorus: Tue 9:45-11:15, weekly Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, MarOct* Nat Geo: Engineering Egypt: 5:30, with Betty Dorcas Hatha Yoga: Tue evenings 6-7:15, weekly* Knitting & Crocheting: Wed 9-11 & Fri 2-4, weekly Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly* Restorative Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly* Health Fair: 10-1, Free! and open to 55+ Spanish Club: 1st & 3rd Thu, 3-4, monthly Estate Planning Review: 2nd Friday, 10-12, monthly 55+ Line Dancing: Fridays 2:304, $3 at the door, weekly Jazzercise: Mon, Wed & Fri 9-10, Tue & Thu 8:30-9:30; weekly Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly* BP Clinic: 11-12:30 Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:3012:30, weekly*

*Call for fee and registration • For more info call: 419/885-3913 Sylvania Community Services, a nonprofit agency, manages the Sylvania Senior Center. For a complete listing of all Senior Center activities and programs, visit and click on Senior Center Newsletter.

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Locations Franciscan Center, Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania Olander Park (Nederhouser and Gorman), 6930 W. Sylvania Ave. To register, 419/8828313, ext. 1013 or Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central, Berkey Sylvania Branch Library 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania 419/882-2089 Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo Valentine Theatre 410 Adams Street, Toledo Wildwood Preserve Metropark (Manor House) 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo

• Through March 17

Cardio Drumming, M/Th, 7 p.m. Epworth Family Life Center 4855 W. Central Ave. 419/466-2847 Cardio Drumming is a full-body workout and a fun stress reliever for all fitness levels. The cost is $15 if you have your own equipment and $30 if you purchase equipment from Cardio Drumming staff. Drop-in classes are $3 if you have your own equipment and $5 if you need to rent. Call Sue at 419/4662847 for information or to register.

• Through March 19 Animal Tales: Animal Babies Toledo Zoo Preschool aged children are invited to attend this three-week educational series. Classes meet three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) for one hour. More information is available at Member discounts apply.

• Through March 31

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Toledo Artists’ Club Exhibition Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 1-4 p.m. TAC Gallery at Toledo Botanical Garden Toledo Artists’ Club exhibition, ABSTRACTS is the newest exhibition of the Toledo Artists’ Club.

• Through May 8 Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection Toledo Museum of Art Canaday Gallery Drawn from Native American art collected by Charles and Valerie Diker, this exhibit features more than 100 masterworks representing tribes across the North American continent. Free admission.

• Through May 15 The American West: Photographs of a New Frontier Toledo Museum of Art Works on Paper Gallery This exhibit offers a portrait of the landscape of the Western United States. Ansel Adams, Timothy O’Sullivan and Carlton Emmens Watkins are a few of the photographers represented by the approximately 70 works on display. Free admission.

• Through May 25 (Wednesdays) Come Dance With Me, All Ages, 6:30-8 p.m. Olander Nederhouser Learn to line dance with Mary Leugers. $5 per person per class. Register.

• March 18 Sister Gretchen's Easter Bake Sale, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Regina Hall Conference Room 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania Franciscan Sister Gretchen Faerber and her volunteers have an array of Easter pies, cakes, bread, cookies, jams, jellies and candy along with sugar free options available for purchase. There will also be craft items from All Good Things that includes original artwork, prints, cards, jewelry, prayer pillows, soaps and lotions. All proceeds will benefit the ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis. Make and Take Easter Cards, 1-3 p.m. All Good Things Sisters of St. Francis 6832 Convent Blvd. Make and Take Easter Cards with Sister Roselynn. The fee is $10. March Madness, PreK, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Join Joyce Davis to learn about rainbows and try to find magical leprechauns. Register. Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m. Toledo Zoo Ages 21 and up enjoy an array of wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and socializing surrounded by the historical beauty of the Museum of Science. Advanced tickets are required. Separate fee. Member discounts apply. For more information, visit

• March 19 W.A.V.E. Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Franciscan Center of Lourdes Proceeds from the ninth annual W.A.V.E. (Women, Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs) Festival benefit Rebekah’s Haven, a shelter for homeless and women in need with small children. For more information, visit Clothing Giveaway, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Flanders Road Church of Christ 5130 Flanders Rd. Everyone is welcome at the Flanders Road Church of Christ’s clothing giveaway. Teddy Bear Care Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Toledo Zoo Bring your favorite stuffed pal and Zoo volunteers will make sure it’s fixed up and fit for another year of fun! Visitors and their stuffies can also enjoy keeper and vet talks, animal feeds and demonstrations, puppet shows, activities and more. This event is free with Zoo admission. Additional information available at

Living Well with Lymphedema, 8:30 a.m.-Noon West Toledo Branch of the YMCA 2110 Tremainsville Rd. ‘Living Well with Lymphedema – A Program for Cancer Survivors’ will be presented. Speakers include Susan Ruff of the Y’s Livestrong Program, acupuncturist and Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr. Diane McCormick and Amy Huntsman, OTR/L CLT of Total Rehab at Flower Hospital. There is no charge for the program. Reservations are required and can be made by calling The Victory Center 419/531-7600. The program is sponsored by the YMCA, MSN Medical, Optimum CHI Studio, The Victory Center and Cancer Connection of NWO.

• March 20 The 2016 Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture, 2-4 p.m. Franciscan Center of Lourdes The 2016 Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture focuses on the art of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania during their 100th anniversary year. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Erin Palmer Szavuly, MFA, chair of the Lourdes University Art Department, at Feminism and the 2016 Presidential Election, 2 p.m People Called Women Bookstore 6060 Renaissance Place In celebration of Women’s History Month, Steinem’s Sisters and AAUW Toledo be hosting a talk circle entitled Feminism and the 2016 Presidential Election, a lively, respectful conversation with refreshments, and is free and open to the public. Restoring Wildlife Habitat, 1-4 p.m. Olander Maintenance Building Join the National Resources Team to restore wildlife habitat in Sylvania. Be prepared to weed, plant, clear brush, etc. Wear long pants and bring gloves. Volunteers will need transportation to worksite. Register. Beethoven! Beethoven! 7 p.m. Monroe St. United Methodist Church 3613 Monroe St. 419/473-1167, ext. 230 The Monroe Street United Methodist Church Concert Series offers two Beethoven works on Palm Sunday. The Mass in C Major, Op. 86 and the Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 will be performed with the Palm Sunday Orchestra and Chorus led by Conductor Kevin Bylsma. The Mass features soloists Sujin Lee Mathey, Ellen Strba Scholl, Christopher Scholl, and Lance Ashmore and the Fantasy features pianist Solungga Liu. Admission is free.

Your Go-To Event: Eighth Annual Maple Sugaring Fest

Linda Bechstein explained the advantages of pure maple syrup to Barbara and Ashley Bettings during last year’s event. oin ECO Discovery! for the eighth annual Maple Sugaring Fest on Saturday March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Olander Park. The sap is flowing and it’s syrup time. Begin your adventure at the Nederhouser Community Hall. Then hitch a ride on a wagon to the north end of Olander Park and stroll your way through the history and mystery of maple syrup. Discover


where it comes from, find out about Native American and pioneer sap extraction techniques, help with the boil down and taste the real thing. Programs are free for residents of The Olander Park System. Advance registration is required two days prior to the event by contacting 419/882-8313, ext. 1013 or



• March 22

• Beginning April 1

S.A.V.E. Lecture, 7:30-9 p.m. Franciscan Center of Lourdes Dr. Donald Stierman, geophysicist at The University of Toledo, will present, ‘Does Hydraulic Fracturing Trigger Earthquakes: Why did Oklahoma Hire a State Seismologist?’ The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 419-824-3691 or email for information. Amphibian Jewelry, PreK, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Join ECO Discovery! and learn about frogs, toads and their eggs. Make your own amphibian jewelry. Register.

Beginning Tai Chi Classes, 1-2 p.m. The Elks Lodge 3520 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. 419/537-0131 or Beginning Tai Chi Classes meet Tuesdays and Fridays. Tai Chi classes consist of slow movements that use gentle turns and graceful stretches to improve balance, flexibility, circulation, and strength.

• March 25 Animal Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Toledo Zoo Visitors can enjoy watching their favorite Zoo animals discover what enrichment treats the Easter Bunny left in their baskets. This event is free with Zoo admission. For the full schedule visit

• March 25, 26 Breakfast with the Bunny, 9-11 a.m. Toledo Zoo Begin with an egg hunt, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get pictures taken with the bunny, meet a new animal friend and enjoy fun crafts and activities. Reservations required. Separate fee. Call 419/385-5721, ext. 6001. Visit

• March 26 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and Noon Olander Nederhouser Make an Easter art project then find and collect plastic eggs. Redeem each egg for a prize. Bring a camera to take a family photo with the Easter Bunny. Free for Sylvania School District residents. and $5 per car for non residents. Register. Waterfowl Migration, 8:30 a.m. Meet at Olander Park and carpool to Maumee Bay State Park Nature Center The end of March is peak waterfowl migration. Black Swamp Bird Observatory staff naturalist Ryan Jacob will lead a group to help explore the best sites along the western basin of Lake Erie. Register.

• March 29-April 1 Spring Break Camp Toledo Zoo Campers, ages 5- 12, will enjoy spending the day exploring animal exhibits, making crafts and enrichment and playing games. Information, including cost and daily themes, is available at

• April 1 April Fools’ Day, PreK, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Join ECO Discovery! to find tricksters, create camouflage and enjoy a silly snack. Register.

• April 2 The Big Dig, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sylvania Area Family Services 5440 Marshall Rd. 419/882-8415 SAFS is going to double the size of its community garden. Volunteers are needed for rototilling, leveling dirt and burying pallets for raised garden beds, plus all the work necessary to set up the garden for planting. Fence line work will include raking out fall/winter leaves and brush, mulching, and ridding the area of vines and branches. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and garden tools.

• April 5 Scandia String Quartet, 3 p.m. Epworth United Methodist Church 4855 W. Central Ave. 419/531-4236 Part of the Epworth Artist Series, the Scandia String Quartet, featuring Cecilia Johnson and Dana Mader, violins, Alice Neff Petersen, viola, and James Anderson, cello, will perform chamber and classical music. A free will offering will be taken to benefit FOCUS. Twinkle Little Star, PreK, 10 a.m. Olander, Gorman Join ECO Discovery! for a story about the stars and make a starfinder to take home. Register.

• April 7 Eco-Friendly Crafts, Terracotta Herb Garden Adults, 6-7:30 p.m. Olander Gorman TOPS’ Casey McDonald will help create a sustainable, decorative piece for your home.

SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE | MID MARCH 2016 | 5A • April 8 Gene Zenz & The Quality Control Band, 7–11 p.m. Joseph W. Diehn American Legion 468 5580 Centennial Rd. The event is open to the public. There is a cover charge of $7. Call 419/882-9080. Rain, Rain Go Away, Pre K, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Mary Leugers and her mascot, Rags, will introduce you to the joys of rain with stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts. Register. Alzheimer’s Association presents

• April 9 Alzheimer’s Association presents Boots and Bling, 6-9 p.m. Parkway Place 2500 Parkway Plaza, Maumee, Ohio

800/272-3900 The evening will feature a country-themed dinner and entertainment including live music, line dancing, boots and bling mystery boxes, silent auction, grand prize raffle and more. 12th Annual Spring Craft Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hope United Methodist Church 4069 W. Sylvania Ave. (Across from Franklin Park Mall) This annual show features crafters from Ohio and Michigan offering an excellent variety of crafts for men, women, children, and even pets. Get your mom a unique, handcrafted gift for Mother’s Day. Lunch is from 11 a.m.2 p.m., as well as an all-day bake sale.

Whiteford Safety Moms on Duty

Ann Marie Hinkle, her dog Delilah, and Stacey LaPointe can be seen daily in the Whiteford school parking lot as school lets out making sure traffic flows smoothly as parents drive in to pick up their children from school. The two mothers, members of the safety committee, volunteered to be a presence in the parking lot to help drivers and children navigate the area safely. Principal Josh Tyburski is happy to have the trio on duty and outfitted them with the bright yellow safety belts.



• April 10


Bead for Life Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sylvania United Church of Christ 7240 Erie St. 419/882-0048. Beautiful jewelry created by Ugandan women who use this income for food, medicine, school fees and hope. Epworth Health Fair 2016 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Epworth United Methodist Church 4855 W. Central Avenue 419/531-4236 Experience ‘Wellness Across the Spectrum’ at the ‘2016 Epworth Health Fair.’ The event is geared for children through seniors in the Family Life Center at Epworth. Information and activities can be found for all ages and stages of life including bone scans, dyslexia simulation, stroke information, assisted and independent living information, child safety, nutrition and fitness. Night Flyers, PreK, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Join ECO Discovery! to learn about birds, bugs and bats that fly at night. Share a story, find daytime roosting spots and make a finger puppet to take home and fly after dark.

• April 11 Monday Morning Bird Walk, Families, 10 a.m. Sylvan Prairie Park Take a leisurely walk around the park

observe the local bird life. Bring binoculars. Register.

• April 12 IEP Training, 6-8 p.m. Lucas Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities 1155 Larc Lane Presenter: Sandy Brickner, OCECD Information Specialist/Trainer offers training for parents and will overview the Individualized Education Program and how parents can be effective partners in the IEP process. Parents and professionals may register for this free training by contacting Wendy Smenner at 419-/214-3066 or at

and other astronomical sites. Bring your own scope, too. Canceled if cloudy or raining. Register.

• April 17 Restoring Wildlife Habitat, 1-4 p.m. Olander Maintenance Building Join the National Resources Team to restore wildlife habitat in Sylvania. Be prepared to weed, plant, clear brush, etc. Wear long pants and bring gloves. Volunteers will need transportation to worksite. Register.

• April 19 April Showers and Flowers, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Join ECO Discovery! to look for seeds and signs of flowers. Share a book about Ohio’s wildflowers and make a trillium, Ohio’s state wildflower, to take home. Register.

• April 22 It’s Earth Day! PreK, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Celebrate Earth Day with ECO Discovery! Look at what’s around, hear a story about the earth and make something to remind us to care for our planet. Earth-friendly snacks add to the fun. Register.

• April 23 26th Annual Kid’s Trout Derby, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Olander Nederhouser The Ohio Department of Natural Resources stocks Lake Olander with over 2,000 trout. Each child receives a door prize and is eligible for a raffle of over 100 prizes donated by area businesses. Kids must bring their own fishing poles. Bait and small tackle available at the Bait Shop. Register from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

Beeping Easter Egg Hunt Held

• April 14 Woodcock Walk, Adults, 7:30 p.m. Sylvan Prairie Park Every spring the male woodcock puts on an aerial display to impress a female woodcock. Come watch the amazing flight. Register.

• April 15 Amazing Worms, PreK 10 a.m. Olander Gorman Join Joyce Davis and learn about worms, gather their castings, find tunnels and even a worm or two. Have fun with puppets, songs and stories. Register. Star Party, Adults, 8:30 p.m. Sylvan Prairie Park Join Toledo Area Astronomers for an evening of star watching. TAA members set up telescopes so you can look at stars, moon

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Ella Ibsen compared eggs with Mariana Mitova and her son Alex Mitov and Alex Bodi at the second annual Beeping Easter Egg hunt for blind and visually impaired children at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. The event, organized by Michelle Ballard, was sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club and Sighted Guide Ohio.


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With fresh ingredients and aromatic, magical that spices immediately ignite and tantalize your taste buds, PitaSub Express gives a nod to amazing Middle Eastern cuisine, set in a modest, unpretentious Janet Amid setting. Serving a range of delicious Middle Eastern delights, PitaSub Express is no stranger to delicious, authentic Arabic food. For over 40 years, Zane Ismail, a true Pisces by heart (as you can tell by his passionate artistry for his culinary delights), has been in the restaurant business, serving an array of flavorful, tasty, homemade recipes handed down from generation to generation. What sets him apart is his prideful connection to his food/cooking, as well as his soulful relationship with his customers. His extended hospitality is immediately felt as when you enter PitaSub Express. Each customer is openly greeted with a smile and the feeling that you have just entered Zane’s home kitchen. Customers are treated in such a way as to place Zane way above most restaurateurs. Hospitality at its finest. PitaSub Express opened in July 2, 2013,

under the sentimental, moon-ruled sign of And don’t forget that all starters come Cancer. In trine to Zane’s own sign, the with Zane’s own specially made garlic mayo. restaurant is sure to be a hit, as it So I opted for the chicken tawook on a bed synchronizes and represents the bonding of of brown rice topped with onions, tomatoes family and friends, signifying “home” and and grilled veggies, along with garlicky, “culture.” lemony humus. For my side I ordered a Simple in decor, it’s not a fancy place, but fattoush salad, (tomatoes, lettuce, red onion, then again you’re there for the food, right? cucumbers, sumac and pita chips), chopped PitaSub Express serves both vegetarian and very fine and much to my liking. non-vegetarian, and, of course, the Jane decided on the yellow saffron rice concentration is mainly on Middle Eastern topped with grilled steak, fresh veggies, cuisine. tomatoes, onion and grilled zucchini, topped My friend Jane Wilde and I had a yen for off with freshly made humus. The food was some humus (ground chick peas with garlic flavorful, but the service somewhat slow due and lemon, and a touch of tahini), so I to the fact that everything is made to order, convinced her to check it out and she readily not to mention we were there at the heart of agreed. The food concept at PitaSub Express, lunch time, and they were slammed. So FYI, unlike any other, is about “building your call ahead! own bowl.” Roll it or bowl it! You can select Truly we felt indulged by the tasteful treats between gyro, falafel, Zane prepared for us. chicken tawook or my favorite However, PitaSub Express steak. You choose the delight (and I am 5155 South Main St. toppings you like, ashamed to say I had 419/882-1796 whether yellow rice or four cups) was the brown rice, grilled herbal and black mint Cuisine: Casual veggies, or cheese. And tea. you add any sauces, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Roll it or bowl it! such as cucumber Sound complicated? Average price: $-$$ sauce, garlic, humus. In Not really. It’s fun and addition to this you can unique and you end up Hours: add from one of the devouring your own Monday through Saturday, freshly made sides likes creation with the help 11.a.m. to 8 p.m. grape leaves, Lebanese of Zane and his staffers. salsa, fattoush salad & more. The chicken is The plus side of this restaurant is the hormone-free, and the vegetables organic. fresh, homemade food and, of course, the Their yogurt and humus are from old family tea! Adding to this, the friendliness Zane and recipes, made from scratch. his staff.

PitaSub Express owner Zane Ismail enjoyed chatting with Star Grazer Janet Amid. The minus side was the slow lunch time service, but then again, it’s worth the wait if you have the time. And remember, “Eating well can be a daily indulgence.”

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Area Nature and Portrait Photographer Via Giovannucci


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Got art?

Yes we do! In the months ahead, we go “behind the canvas” and speak with area artists on how they got their start, who and what fuels their artistic soul and their hopes for the future. We chatted with Via Giovannucci, nature and portrait photographer, whose work will be displayed in the upcoming Photo Arts Club of Toledo 30th Annual Photo Contest Exhibit beginning April 1 at the Metroparks of the Toledo Area Nature Center for Nature Photography, located at Secor Park.

Via Giovannucci

What are your artistic roots?

Actually, the medical field. I started out taking pictures internally. I worked in diagnostic imaging. The whole basis of nuclear medicine is to know the functioning of internal organs. It was the combination of my curiosity of the human body and structures combined with my creativity. I lost my job in 2009 and when I did, I took my daughter’s little digital camera and started walking in Sidecut Metropark. I used to refer to that park as my ‘Itchycoo Park’ from the song with the lyrics, ‘We’ll get high. We’ll touch the sky. I’ll tell you why. It’s all too beautiful.’ My high was nature. I got enthralled with it. My male friend bought me a better quality point and shoot with a zoom. I was able to take photos across the river. I started posting my photos on Facebook. My sister, who is a therapist that dabbles in photography, told me I should start using a DSLR. She bought it for me for my next birthday and I started getting consumed with capturing nature through photography.

Were there any ‘aha’ moments?

I think the ‘wow’ moments were when I experienced interaction with wildlife. It was more of a spiritual connection. I could look at a doe, in her eyes and have a soul connection. It made me want to keep doing it. There are so many aspects of nature that people do not see.

What are your favorite subjects?

I don’t have a favorite. I love exploring different aspects of photography, such as portraits, abstract wildlife and candid moments of individuals. People are always an interesting subject.

Where has your work been shown?

I have won two awards through the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. One of those images was awarded in the Toledo Blade. Photos of mine were also used for the cover and centerfold of the former ‘Maumee Life.’ My work was also used in the 2015 and 2016 ‘Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency.’ I had four photos in each calendar. I received ‘Honorable Mention,’ ‘Second Place’ and ‘People’s Choice’ awards by a juried panel.

Future plans?

I am hoping to sell my work. Several of my pieces are for sale at the Toledo Botanical Garden. You can only have your work displayed there if it is accepted through a juried process.

Any advice for blossoming artists?

Try to create and pick up your camera every day. Don’t be afraid to try different settings and working—more like playing with your camera. I’m not a directions manual person. It has all come together for me by putting my passion into action.

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Noted singer/songwriter/performer entertains local audiences A chance meeting to arrange an unconventional musical benefit brought singer/songwriter/performer Vaughn Penn to Main Street in downtown Sylvania. Her music had caught the attention of Proclaim FM radio host Catherine Steele, who began playing her tunes and liked them so much that she stopped by Penn’s North Carolina studio on a recent trip. An instant friendship developed, resulting in an impromptu concert at Choconotes at the end of January to benefit Musicians’ Mission of Mercy and a March 10 concert at Chandler Cafe. No stranger to center stage, Penn’s appearance in downtown Sylvania was an unbelievable coup. She has opened for many artists, including the Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Aimee Mann, and many more, and shared the spotlight with any number of other recognizable performers. “I love to make connections with people with my music, whether on a big stage with a large audience or in an intimate setting such as Choconotes or Chandler Cafe,” Penn related. “I’d be happy to perform for an audience of one if my music can touch that person and make a difference in his or her life,” she noted. And make a difference she does. Her throaty voice, inspirational lyrics, easy-to-listen melodies and larger-than-life delivery connects with people of all ages, from the very young to

the more seasoned listener as reflected by the appreciative reaction of her Sylvania audiences. Out of the spotlight, melodies for new songs continue to float through Penn’s head. “That’s how it happens,” she explained. “I hear bits and pieces and eventually the song comes together,” Penn offered. “Lyrics usually happen the same way.” Penn is also an avid photographer. She has assembled a portfolio of inspirational photos taken during her travels. She and Tom Prescott of Choconotes, collaborating on a new project, have introduced “Sweet Devotions,” a Choconote featuring one of Penn’s inspirational photos and a Bible verse or inspirational saying. “Best of all, the reverse side of the Choconote has a QR code linking to one of Vaughn’s songs apropos to the verse or saying,” Prescott pointed out. Penn, whose songs are a combination of Americana sounds including contemporary Christian, country and pop, was influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Carole King and Stevie Nicks and later by Christian rock band Third Day. “I grew up in the musical world. My grandfather played the violin and my mother, Dixie, sounds a lot like Ella Fitzgerald, while my dad George plays the saxophone. My three sisters, Elaine, Liz and Georgianna also sing, dance, play instruments and write music. You should see us when we get together,” she laughed. “We had

a great childhood and were exposed to all of the arts. We were encouraged to use our imaginations and to dream big dreams,” she said. “This is a great gift my sisters and I received from our parents.” Penn recalls receiving her first guitar when she was 14. It was also then that she met missionaries at her church and became a Christian. “It was shortly after that experience when I began to write songs. I was able to channel emotions into my songwriting and I saw how that could help heal other people. I learned how my songs could help someone when a girl I knew in school confessed that she had contemplated suicide but reconsidered because of our friendship and my music. That led to my first song, ‘Who Am I?’ with more to follow,” she noted. Penn, who lives in Winston, N.C., spent time in Los Angeles and Nashville, where she established her credentials as a versatile songwriter and performer. She had landed a record deal with a recording studio and established her songwriting career by having over 150 songs placed in films and TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Bones,” “Criminal Minds,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “The Real World” and “The Hills.” She has also released several CDs on her own label, Meepers Music Records, that include “Solitary Girl,” “Over My Head,” “Angels Fly,” “Transcendence,” “Somebody

Vaughn Penn is entertaining Sylvania audiences with her songs. Besides Yourself,” and “The World’s Alright.” Her song, “Ready to Rise,” is the 2009 Showtime Original Series promo song and “Bring on the Day” was the theme song for “The Hills” on MTV and featured in the Oscarwinning “The Big Short.” In addition, Penn’s original music was used for trailers and as the opening theme of the “American Girl” movie. Sony Pictures has just picked up her work for upcoming features filmed in Canada. Penn is also about to launch a new CD, “Coffee House Rocks,” along with a medley of never-before recorded songs.

Savvy Sylvanian—The Serenity of Beauty: A Visit to La Luna Salon and Spa

Madonna Fong, owner of La Luna Salon and Day Spa, created a simple yet current haircut that even the low-maintenance Savvy Sylvanian can keep stylish.


I was having one of “those” weeks. Instead of sending my puppy, who has recently discovered the joy of digging and eating anything quilted from an upscale home store, and two pouting, high octane teens to the moon, I decided to go. Well, at least to its equivalent in another language—La Luna. Walking through the doors of La Luna, an Aveda concept salon, in itself will get you one step closer to sanity. I began my journey toward peace with a relaxing facial from esthetician and aspiring makeup artist, Ashley Green. While I received a purifying Aveda customized facial, Green was patiently playing

Aspiring makeup artist, esthetician, and mother of two boys, Ashley Green, enjoys assisting clients, including the Savvy, find their best look. therapist to yours truly. She told me to relax and that being an esthetician is more than just about skincare. “What I do changes lives,” states Green. “Being a friend, a listening ear, or sometimes being in silence and providing the power of touch is very beneficial to our clients. I enjoy making others feel revived and beautiful.” Following a makeup session with Green, I had a hair consultation and cut from founder and owner of La Luna, Madonna Fong. I always find it fascinating to find out how small business owners get their start. In Fong’s case, she was literally along for the ride. Fong grew up in a farming family in Port Clinton, Ohio, with a strong work ethic, whose motto was, “No matter what you do in life, do

your best.” Her mother, who was one of 15 children and her dad, one of 13, wanted to make certain their daughter could make a living. When one of her friends planned to attend cosmetology school in Toledo, Fong decided to join her. Fong moved to Columbus after graduation and worked in a salon until she got a job as a sales coordinator for Shiseido Skin Care Company. “*I met and observed Diane Von Furstenburg during this time in the late 1970s. I was impressed by the excitement and impact makeup had on all the people. I also noted that clothing designers, such Halston, were developing and marketing their own makeup brands. I met a makeup artist who was also a psychologist who worked with abused/addicted women. He also recognized the powerful impact looking your best can have on a person. He incorporated a complete makeover as part of his group therapy sessions. When I saw that powerful and positive impact, I decided to pursue a similar course. I care deeply about each of my clients’ sense of self,” Fong related. She wanted to be close to her family so she returned to this area. Even though she realized she couldn’t make a living here freelancing as a photo stylist, a wonderful outcome came out of the move; meeting her highly talented photographer husband, John Fong. She ended her freelance work and returned to working in full service salons. Fong contemplated getting out of the business because of the products and concerns with health issues. “As a stylist, we are constantly exposed to toxins,” states Fong. She attended an industry show and discovered Aveda and its philosophies. “Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, had a vision to create an

environment that encourages connections, using the power of plants and promoting health and well-being,” states Fong. “I knew this is the type of salon I wanted to open.” The couple opened their salon using the concepts and philosophies of Aveda in 1995. We stopped talking for a moment and I took a deep breath. The only thing I could smell was the incredible aromas of Aveda products. “We put money in our quality air system and lighting,” explains Fong. “Our manicure tables are actually part of the venting system.” I also absorbed the environment. You can see glimpses of Madonna and John Fong’s creativity in the space they have created. “I always loved art, creative people and those who think outside of the box,” states Fong. “I get that here with my wonderful clients and staff. I also think it is important to provide a nurturing place where our clients feel safe. It’s important to keep confidences. People share a great deal with me—things that I will take to the grave.” Fong says she enjoys working with her husband and plans on doing what she loves as long as she possibly can. “John and I work well together. I respect his advice. I couldn’t do what I do without him. He is the computer I.T. guy, does payroll and oh, grows orchids,” states Fong. “Age has nothing to do with creating and nurturing. We acquire wisdom through experience. I am wise enough to surround myself with positive, very humble people who share their talents with those who walk into our salon.” I can attest that I am a far more relaxed, content and stylish person following my trip to the moon—La Luna.



March Red Bird Art Walk Featured Artists, Musicians and More Who

Sherry Godlewski took the opportunity to do a bit of shopping at Chic Happens during the Art Walk.

Ragazza’s artist, Mary Willets, demonstrated paper flower art in the Chandler Concourse.

Red Bird Art Winner Chosen

Barb and Scott Hudson of Hudson Gallery presented Chrissy Ziviski with the painting she won in the Lucky Red Bird drawing March 4.

Lisa Rosen of Etcetera Fashions talked about her trunk show with Colleen Barnhart of Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Emily Obereder of Emmy Kate Designs showed wooden puzzles to Taylor Condon of Bowinkles.

Artist Kimmey Mumford talked about her art with Armon Miller and Diane Simons at Choconotes.

Steve Matrisciano, center talks with Rich Chambers, left and Tomlyn Chambers, right, at Chic Happens.

Mike Calahan, Lorelei and Shawn Litzer of Lorelei and 3s Company entertained guests at Choconotes.

Sarah Williams of Willow Moon Botanicals talked with Art Walk guests at Earth to Oven.

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Erik Russell listened as artist Paula Adams highlighted the work she had on display at Frogtown Computers.

Martin and Sharon Sauter looked over the gemstones and crystals at Harmony in Life.


Entertainers Perform at Chandler Café L-R: Acclaimed North Carolina singer/songwriter Vaughan Penn presented a free concert at Chandler Café on March 10. Also performing were local musicians Ben Barefoot and Catherine Steele, and Peter Kharchenko, who accompanied Penn on guitar. —by Jen Ruple

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Shelby White and Karsten Camargo learned about printmaking from Matt Squibb, whose work was on display at Interrupt Marketing.

Linda Erbland of Erbland Elegance, right, helped Patty Sheehan to try one of the necklaces she had on display at Kur Massage.

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John Heer and Tammy Lesle worked on canvasses on one side while Kate Lesle and Phil Levering painted on the other side during the painting party hosted by Greg Justus at Kevin Charles Hair Artistry.

Pat Myer of Lily Whitestone cut a piece of the cake for Bridged Lark, David Martin and Myer’s husband, Bob, in celebration of the store's 23year anniversary.

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March Red Bird Art Walk Featured Artists, Musicians and More

Kaydence Varnes, Jennifer Smith and Reegan Street looked through one of the children's activity books available at T.K. Lane’s Boutique.

Jess Betz explained the many ways to wear her handmade scarves and sarongs to Hannah Surovchak of Reve Salon & Spa.

Laurie Nistell of Sheffield Road looked over the silk arrangements with designer Cathy Goodenough of Wiredstem Design.

Barb Hudson of Hudson Gallery looked at the prints by Craig Fisher with Gabe Ng and David Jakes at SpaceBar.

Erin and Scott Stampflmeier of Sylvan Studios and their son, Michael enjoyed visiting all of the venues during the March 4 Art Walk.

Lynn and Patrick Schmidt admired the tile coasters with local photo art by Michele Ross and the watercolors by Marisa Mercurio in the Sylvania AdVantage office.

Scott Hudson, center, welcomed Rossford residents Jan Merrell, left, and her husband, David, right, to Hudson Gallery and the Red Bird Art Walk.

Diane Schuette, left, and Nancy Veidt, right, learned about the jewelry made by Kristen Vasques who had her work on display at Angela's Angels.

Jamie Squibb and her daughter Nora looked for their favorite bowl to purchase at Chandler Cafe. Lourdes University art students brought their 'empty bowls.'

Lisa and Kevin Aller were welcomed to the River Centre Gallery by David Garner, Ph.D.

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When: April 27th and May 4th Where: Sylvania Senior Center, Willow Room Time: Class starts promptly at 10 a.m.; FREE lunch is served noon-1 p.m.

We will help you get your “homework” done and get the answers to your funeral pre-planning questions. Do I want burial or cremation? What are my options? What are my social security benefits and / or veterans benefits at the time of death? Can I still have a visitation if I choose cremation?

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To register for our Funeral School or if you would like more information, please call Mark Henderson at 419-902-0114 There is no charge for attending. 55 & over please. Space is limited.

Brian Zachel entertained guests with his saxophone at ProMusic.

Group of Nine to open at Hudson Gallery

Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main the Red Bird Art District, will host an opening reception on Friday, April 1 from 6 to 3 p.m. for the Group of Nine exhibit. This is the ninth in an ongoing series of exhibits showcasing the work of nine local artists: Shannon Mossing, Carrie Day, Biz Drouillard, Brien Strancar, Ian Welch, Mary Dunkin, Natalie Lanese, Matthew Cook and Stephen Williams.


Sylvania–Then & Now: History of one of Sylvania’s bank robberies BY GAYLEEN GINDY LOOKING BACK

In my last article we finished the histories about our downtown Main Street buildings and businesses, ending with today’s Key Bank building, located on the northeast corner of Main and Monroe streets. Now I would like to tell you the facts about the day that this bank, then known as the Farmers and Merchants Bank, was robbed by the infamous Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd and his gang. It was shortly before noon on Feb. 5, 1930, when Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd and four of his “gang” cruised into Sylvania in a black Studebaker sedan with Michigan license plates, and pulled up in front of Sylvania’s Farmers and Merchants bank. All five were well dressed, and none of them wore masks. Floyd and three other men piled out of the vehicle and rushed through the front entrance of the bank. All the men were armed with revolvers, and at least two of them carried a pistol in each hand. Two of the bandits stood just inside the door, while Floyd immediately headed toward the rear of the bank, where the vault was located, and the fourth man walked over and started threatening the employees behind the caged railing and shouted, “Stick ‘em up! We’re not fooling,” while the driver remained behind the wheel of their “machine” parked just outside the front door. By that afternoon, the headlines of the Toledo Blade dated Feb. 5, 1930, read: “CASHIER SAVES THOUSANDS IN SYLVANIA BANK HOLDUP.” The report was that John C. Iffland, cashier at the Farmers and Merchants Bank, prevented a couple of bandits from obtaining thousands of dollars that were on deposit at the bank. Iffland said that he noticed two men holding guns walking toward the vault, and he instinctively slammed the huge vault door shut and twisted the dial, which automatically closed a time controlled lock that could not be opened again until 5 p.m. When Pretty Boy Floyd asked him to open the vault, and he reported that he couldn’t, Floyd was furious and ordered him to open the vault. Iffland told him that was impossible because of the time lock. Floyd said, “I’ll give you two minutes to open the safe.” Iffland replied with the same answer and then Floyd lost his temper. He struck Iffland on the head with the barrel of his gun and Iffland fell to the floor. Then Floyd kicked him and ordered him not to move. At that time another bandit marched the second teller to the vault and with his gun at his back demanded that he open it, but again they were told that it could not be done. Back in the lobby area, two of the bandits ordered the bank employees and customers to line up with their backs against the windows (along Monroe Street) and they told them to keep their arms in the air where they could see them. This ended up being a fatal mistake because Edwin Howard, who owned the gas station directly across the street, and who was also the vice president of this bank, observed this through the window, and he ran to the phone and turned in a fire alarm. The operator then set off the fire alarm siren on the council building, which was directly across Main Street. Upon hearing the ear-piercing alarm, the robbers aborted their plans. Floyd yelled “let’s get out of here!” and they all raced to the door and quickly entered their getaway car, but it was reported that one of the bandits was able to scoop up some cash in the tellers’ cages. Howard had grabbed his shotgun and as they were pulling away he opened fire on the moving vehicle, but missed them. In the meantime, our local volunteer fire chief, Ralph VanGlahn, who also doubled as a


township constable, jumped in the only piece of fire equipment that the village owned, which was parked behind the council building, within view of this bank (see photo of the fire truck). VanGlahn raced out toward the bank with red lights and siren blowing. Harry Ries, the assistant fire chief, who worked in the tire and battery shop just down the street from the bank, grabbed Howard’s shotgun and leaped onto the fire truck as it was pulling out. The getaway car was turning off Main Street and heading east on Monroe Street, and they chased the bandits down Monroe Street to Dynamite Road (today Sylvania Avenue), then to Central Avenue, and back to Monroe Street. Along the way, Ries unloaded hundreds of feet of fire hose in order to lighten the load of the fire truck, and increase speed. But the Studebaker out maneuvered the fire truck and disappeared into heavy traffic in the Auburndale district. But all was not lost because Ries was able to get the Michigan license number from the bandit’s vehicle and he turned it over to authorities. It was in May of 1930 that the Toledo News Bee newspaper reported: “Sylvania Bank Holdup Solved.” It reported that it had positively identified the bandits of the Farmers & Merchants Bank robbery, with the help of two bank employees and two customers who were able to positively identify them. Floyd was going under the alias of Frank Mitchell. He was eventually caught and convicted of the robbery of Sylvania’s Farmers & Merchants Bank and sentenced on Nov. 24, 1930 to 12 to 15 years in the Ohio State penitentiary, but he escaped authorities before they could take him to jail. They recaptured him and as the deputy sheriffs were taking him to the penitentiary in Columbus, he asked to use the restroom and then he leaped from the moving train and escaped. Floyd went on to rob many more banks, murdered the Wood County Sheriff, and was suspected of numerous other murders during the next four years. His criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage and after the death of John Dillinger in July of 1934, “Pretty Boy” Floyd was named Public Enemy No. 1 by the F.B.I. But like most other prominent outlaws of that time, he was killed, on Oct. 22, 1934, in a corn field in Columbiana County, East Liverpool, Ohio, by local law officers and FBI agents. It was reported that Melvin Purvis, who headed the manhunt for Floyd, rolled him over and asked him if he was Pretty Boy Floyd, a nickname that he hated. Floyd replied: “I am Charles Arthur Floyd,” and these were his last words. Next time I will tell you about another bank robbery that occurred four years later in downtown Sylvania.

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Charles Arthur ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd

1930 Farmers & Merchant Bank robbed by Floyd.

1916 Bank vault under construction

Fire truck used by VanGlahn and Ries to chase Floyd.



Commercial real estate firm joins global network

The NAI Harmon Group, L-R: Dallas Paul, broker, Kim Boos, administrative assistant, Ed Harmon, owner, Stephanie Kuhlman, agent-commercial development, and Craig Stambaugh, property management. NAI Global, the single largest global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms, recently announced its newest member firm, NAI Harmon, headquartered in northwest Ohio. Formerly known as Industrial Developers Ltd., NAI Harmon Group offers a full range of commercial real estate services, including brokerage, development, property management, construction and logistics. Under the leadership of Ed Harmon, president, the team brings a deep level of local market knowledge and leadership.

“Northwest Ohio is an increasingly important market to our member firms and their clients,” said,” said Jay Olshonsky, FRICS, SIOR, President of NAI Global. “The region is home to a number of world headquarters and Fortune 500 companies, and we are pleased to present our members access through the outstanding track record of NAI Harmon Group.” Historically, northwest Ohio has been at the forefront of the U.S. automotive and manufacturing sectors. Today it is one of the premier locations for bioscience, alternative

energy, food processing, agribusiness, transportation and logistics companies. Located within 600 miles of 62 percent of all U.S. and Canadian population, the region is served by the busiest intersection in the country: Interstate 75 and Interstate 80. With class one railroads, international and domestic airports and navigable waterways, northwest Ohio offers the optimal mix of location, technology and workforce. “With these market fundamentals, northwest Ohio is positioned for dynamic growth” said Dallas Paul, Principal Broker. Major companies include Owens Corning, Owens Illinois, Cooper Tire, Andersons, First Solar, Pilkington, Dana, Promedica, Mercy Health Care and Fiat Chrysler, home of the Jeep Wrangler. “The decision to join NAI Global was an easy one,” said Harmon. “We’ve expanded our reach nationally and internationally, and are now part of a network of over 375 offices and more than 6,700 brokers to directly market northwest Ohio. As part of NAI Global, we are able to offer our clients access to local experts anywhere in the world, and at the same time, offer our agents additional opportunities to drive business locally.” As the region continues to flourish, NAI Harmon Group is uniquely poised to offer commercial real estate solutions to companies looking to expand existing operations or relocate to the area. “As the only truly full service commercial real estate firm for this area, being part of the NAI Global network will help us not only retain our current market share but to grow it at a faster pace,” added Harmon. About NAI Harmon Group NAI Harmon Group is an independently owned, privately held, full service commercial real estate firm developed around a vision of integrity and service to customers. The group was founded by Ed Harmon and Dallas Paul, whose combined experience as real estate op-

erators and developers, provides an ability to deliver complete real estate solutions. NAI Harmon Group provides brokerage and property management and through a network of affiliates can integrate construction and logistics capabilities to complement any client’s needs. About NAI Global NAI Global is the single largest global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms. NAI Global provides a full range of corporate real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. Founded in 1978, today NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. Supported by the central resources of the NAI Global network, Member firms deliver market-leading services locally and combine their in-market strengths to form a powerful bond of insights and execution for clients with multi-market challenges. NAI Global was acquired in 2012 by C-III Capital Partners, a leading commercial real estate services company engaged in a broad range of activities, including primary and special loan servicing, loan origination, fund management, CDO management, principal investment, online capital markets, title services and multifamily property management. CIII’s principal place of business is located in Irving, Texas, with additional offices in New York City, Greenville, S.C. and Nashville, Tenn.

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Kimberly Clark, MSW, LISW, has launched her private therapeutic practice in the offices of psychologists Brithany Pawloski, Psy.D., and Karen Robie, Ph.D., of NorthWest Ohio Psychological Services in the Pacesetter building at 4930 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. “I had worked with Brithany in a local clinic a few years ago. Recently, we reconnected and I learned that she and Karen had opened their own private practice and had available space for those of us in the helping field,” Clark reported. “I had been thinking about starting a practice and the available office space suited my needs,” she said. “The building is conveniently located with ample parking for our

clients,” she said. “The décor of this office suite is comfortable, soothing and client friendly,” she added. “This is just perfect for me and my clients. Now I have the best of all worlds. I can arrange my schedule to accommodate both my clients and my family allowing me to help my clients navigate life’s challenges. It is most rewarding to work with clients and help them discover their strengths and provide them with the tools they need,” Clark noted. “I like to think I can be a gentle, helpful guide or someone who lights a fire under my client. My approach depends on clients. As I work with a client I develop a rapport with him or her and learn what could work best for each individual,” she said. “I am not an authority figure but more of a partner helping my clients along their journey,” she added. Clark works with male and female clients of all ages beginning with adolescents. “As a clinical social worker, I concentrate on the person and how he or she affects the environment and how the environment affects him or her, she reported. “I primarily use cognitive behavioral techniques, and collaborate with clients, using their strengths, to tackle whatever issue they are facing,” she said. “I am so blessed to see people make changes in their thinking and behavior with a little help from me and become the best they can be,” she added. Clark is available for clients by appointment. She accepts most insurance coverage and is also available for those who pay privately.



V Collection opens featuring a whole new look V Concept, which opened in November, 2011, at 5630 North Main St., has been transformed and renamed V Collection. “That original store served us well,” noted proprietor Valentine Ononye. “When we decided to reimagine that existing store, we asked our customers how we could refine what we offer to meet their needs even better. ‘More great casual looks. Things I won’t see anywhere else,’ our customers told us,” he explained. According to V Collection shopkeeper Jonathan Rodebaugh, “Our customers told us they wanted a more luxury-casual fashion and we built this new store around that request. We work with each of our customers to determine his lifestyle and to help him find the appropriate apparel for that lifestyle. We help our customers build their wardrobe and teach them about clothing. We can show a customer five different items and how those items can work together,” he reported. “We also love to educate our clients on some of the small but important

details of fashion. For example, we can talk about how to maintain shoes, how to wear a pocket square or a scarf. There are just so many areas.” Rodebaugh said the new V Collection has assembled two anchor brands that can be relied on to offer high-quality merchandise. Barbour dates back to 1891 when its founder, John Barbour, revolutionized clothing for the fishing and whaling crowd. He developed a process to wax cotton fabric used for outer jackets rather than using the customary tar that proved to be dangerous. The Barbour line still carries a classic waxed jacket that works for today’s lifestyles as well. “In addition, the brand offers a line of shirts tailored to fit nicely for the lifestyle of our clients,” he noted. A re-energized Gant brand is the second anchor, offering its traditional shirt with classic lines, a trendy relaxed knit blazer/jacket and more. Lacoste, AG, Jeremiah, Hickey Freeman, Frye and French Connection brands along with

New products debut at Chic Happens

Carol Matrisciano arranges the display of Simple Beauty skin care and makeup. Carol Matrisciano of Chic Happens, 5693 N. Main St., has added tuxedo rental and sales service to her repertoire of offerings in her downtown Sylvania boutique for women of all ages. She has also added a line of organic skin care and makeup products. “I’ve added the tuxedo line from Jim’s Formal Wear of Indiana. He features Michael Kors brand,” she noted. For those wanting to rent a tux, customers come in and select the style of tux they prefer. They can also choose from a wide selection of accessories such as bow ties and cummerbunds, pocket squares, vests and even shoes and socks. “We have all styles from which to choose including the now trendy ‘slim’ fit that has become

Carol Matrisciano points out that she is offering tuxedos for rent or sale from Jim’s Formal Wear. most popular,” Matrisciano said. “We are offering $40 off from rental orders and sales, as well. Also, for wedding parties of five or more groomsmen, the groom’s tuxedo is free. “And, for the man who will wear a tuxedo at least three or more times, he may consider purchasing a tuxedo,” she added. Matrisciano recently introduced the Simple Beauty skin care and makeup line, which boasts all-organic products. “This is manufactured by a group of women in California who use pure minerals with no toxins. Beeswax is used in the lipsticks. Also, these products will not harbor bacteria. The products are just great and I am encouraging my customers to try them,” she said.

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Customer Danielle Lewis-Jones receives help from V Collection shopkeeper Jonathan Rodebaugh as she shops for her husband in the newly opened store in downtown Sylvania. the whimsical Ted Baker shirts, jackets and ‘happy socks,’ all complement the anchor lines. “We have the Mavi brand along with Paige Denim and Joe’s Jeans, catering to a variety of tastes,” Rodebaugh noted. Along with the new merchandise, the store itself boasts an upbeat contemporary new look, complete with an inviting bar in the middle of the shop. “Customers can relax and take time out while shopping,” Rodebaugh explained. “We are also encouraging our customers to plan events here, as well.” The adjacent grooming shop also features a new, updated look but continues to offer the same emphasis on customer service. “Jonathan is committed to connecting with the community and bringing people together to introduce some great new services and events that will inspire our customers to look good and live great,” Ononye suggested. “We are all very excited with our new store!”


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Ground broken for Dream House to benefit NWO Red Cross 16A | SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE | MID MARCH 2016

Chris Kiel, Lucas County; Lisa Schaller, BGSU; Tom Schlachter, The Moses Schlachter Group; Duane Lubinski, Lowe’s; Steve Piller, Red Cross Board of Trustees; Julie Fisher, RE/Max Masters; Brian Nickoli, Carter Lumber; Rachel Hepner-Zawodny, Red Cross executive director; Stephanie Kuhlman, Red Cross trustee/NAI Harmon Realtor; Doug Howard, Doug Howard Builders; Neal Mahoney, Midland Title; Phil Klocinski, Lucas County; Chris Kozak, president, Red Cross board of trustees/Columbia Gas; and Brian Hopkins, Red Cross board of trustees.

Doug Howard Builders, Moses Schlachter Group and more sponsor project

Ground was broken on March 7 for a Dream Home and one of the largest contributions to the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. Doug Howard, of Doug Howard Builders, is constructing a home for the 2016 Parade of Homes. Proceeds from the sale of this Dream Home will benefit the Northwest Ohio

Chapter of the American Red Cross. The two-story, 2,280 square-foot home is under construction at 9833 Talonswood Rd. in the Eagle Creek development in Sylvania Township just west of Pacesetter Park. The two-story traditional-style home features four bedrooms, two and a half baths, double staircase, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a finished basement. The house will be featured in the 2016 Home Builders Association Fall Parade of Homes and will be ready for occupancy in mid-October. Stephanie Kuhlman of the NAI Harmon Group and Julie Ann Fisher of RE/Max Masters are the listing agents for the home.

“Doug Howard Builders and the Moses Schlachter Group, Inc., are incredibly excited to be building the Dream Home benefitting the Northwest Oho Chapter of the American Red Cross,” Howard said. “We understand and support the critical mission of the Red Cross and how it supports our community. We are excited about the opportunity to come together to contribute to the funding of their local programs and services,” he added. Eagle Creek subdivision is being developed by the Moses Schlachter Group, Inc., and features 190 lots over eight plats. Doug Howard Builders is an award-winning northwest Ohio-based company formed in 2009. The company has constructed homes in several neighborhoods including Wrenwood, The Quarry, Berkshire Village, Carrietowne North, Riverbend, Colony Oaks, Stone Oak, Stonybrook, Timber Valley, Wildwood Hollow, Country Walk and Greycliffe. In addition to Doug Howard Builders and The Moses Schlachter Group, Inc., more than 30 area companies, crews and contractors are coming together to make this unprecedented contribution. They include Owens Corning; Cater Lumber; The NAI Harmon Group; Lowe’s; The Andersons; PPG Paints; Royalty Money & Moses; Installed Building Products; Get’Er Dug Excavating and More; Gypsum Supply Company; Continental Building Products; Jehm Enterprises; Target HVAC; PAHL Ready Mix Concrete; Luckey Seamless Gutters; Parksite; Innovation Painting; Wolff Brothers Supply, Inc., RE/Max Masters, Midland Title Co.; Co-Man Portable Toilets; Feller Finch & Associates; Habitec Security; The Countertop Shop; Fantastic Finish; Mika Concrete; G & S Construction; MS Distributors; S & D Plumbing; All Ohio Concrete; American Standard;

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Barada relocates and opens trendy Damascene Grill



Sisters Lama and Yara Karam are no strangers to the restaurant business as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve literally grown up working in their fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barada restaurants over the past 20 years. Last August, the family closed Barada and opened Damascene Grill, located at 5834 Monroe St. Suite B, on Feb. 19. Many changes were made to the business including the overall look and location. In addition, the sisters are now serving as comanagers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted a new and quite different look from the old look. The new place has a more open floor plan and is more intimate compared to the old restaurant,â&#x20AC;? said Yara Karam. Along with the new location came a name change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Damascene is an adjective meaning anything of or pertaining to the city of

Damascus,â&#x20AC;? she added. Barada, a long-time Middle Eastern restaurant staple in the area, had about a 10-year run in its first location on Alexis Avenue and another 10 years on Monroe Street in the Beverly Hills Plaza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the same food and great service, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more updated. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to attract a younger clientele too,â&#x20AC;? said Lama Karam. Specialties of the house include marinated chicken or lamb shawarma and a dish called chicken tips, which is sliced chicken breast that has been marinated with lemon, olive oil and garlic, sautĂŠed and then served over hummus. Another best seller is Damascene dip, a feta cheese dip served cold with diced tomatoes, Kalamata olives and pita chips. A few Italian dishes are offered too, including baked

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L-R: Chef George Karam and co-managers Yara Karam and Lama Karam at their recently opened Damascene Grill on Monroe St. spaghetti, lasagna and cheese ravioli. The restaurant also sells its own line of dressings including three olive oil-based recipes, a house dressing similar to Greek dressing, and a red wine-based Mediterranean Saha, which can be purchased at the restaurant, at Sofo Foods and Health Foods by Claudia. Although Lama and Yara are the co-managers, their family is very much a part of the operation. Father, Issa Karam, created all of the

recipes, and their uncle, George Karam, is the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chef. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom makes the rice pudding and dad makes the baklava,â&#x20AC;? said Yara. Damascene is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. and is closed Sundays. The restaurant is still in the process of hiring. Those interested should call 567/455-5252.

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Ian McClellan, of Sylvania, has accepted the position of marketing manager with Rudolph Libbe Inc., of the Rudolph Libbe Group. McClellan has more than 10 years of marketing management experience. Before joining Rudolph Libbe, he served as marketing department manager with Gleaner Life Insurance Society in Adrian, Mich. He holds a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in communications and mass media/broadcast from Ohio University.

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The Sylvanian You Need to Know: Former Sylvania Teacher Val Hendricks 18A | SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE | MID MARCH 2016

Front Row, L-R: Students at the American School, Manahil, Fatimah, Jihye and Zainab; Back Row, L-R: assistant Denise Porter, Phuong, Oula, Masami, and Naho, are being taught English, along with compassion and encouragement by former Sylvania teacher and volunteer Val Hendricks.


The American School for Women and Children, located at 3925 W. Central Ave., was established in 2003 to assist immigrant women and children with conversational and functional English. Val Hendricks, a Sylvanian for nearly three decades, will tell you it is far more than helping others conjugate verbs and verbally communicate. Hendricks, a former teacher at Sylvania Maplewood Elementary, has discovered the rewards of “giving back” as a volunteer teacher and conversation partner at the school. “The school offers compassion and a community support system for families, that, at times, feel isolated in their new country,” states Hendricks. “The school provides a safe place for women and children to study English in a positive environment. It is far more than just learning a new language.” Hendricks had always wanted to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. She found the perfect volunteer opportunity at the American School and has been teaching there for the past three years. “I teach more English comprehension than ESL,” she explains. “We offer classes for all levels. Most of my students have a good working use of the English language.” Hendricks teaches two classes once a week. The American School provides her with training annually to teach

her class consisting of six to 10 adults. A typical session begins with some conversation followed by the introduction of new vocabulary words. “Currently, we are reading ‘Little House in the Big Woods.’ The words, although familiar, are different in this context. I encourage them to get the big picture of the story. Not to get every word but to read about how people lived during that time. We read a section and then we converse and compare something in the story to how it pertains to their life such as preparing food and housing,” states Hendricks. In addition to teaching, the former Sylvania educator also is a conversation partner for students attending the school. “I go to a woman’s home and converse with her for an hour in English,” says Hendricks. “She and her family are so welcoming and appreciative. She always has a special homemade treat for me. It is just an honor to be in their presence.” Students who attend the American School have diverse backgrounds and come from all parts of the world. “Some students are refugees from Syria,” states Hendricks. “One of my students is from Iraq. A lot of women that come here have spouses are students at the University. I know one woman who came here with two young children. She had to navigate getting on two different buses to get food for her family. The first year she was here

she cried every day until she found the American School. There is so much laughter, compassion and encouragement here.” Many of Hendricks’s students talk about how much they miss their families at home. Hendricks finds it very fascinating to hear their stories about courtship, dating and how weddings are celebrated. “One of my students had an arranged marriage,” she states. “Sometimes they talk about what they like about American life. One little girl from the Middle East said ‘pizza’!” Hendricks finds the friendships she builds with her students to be the most rewarding part of her volunteer work. “They are so appreciative,” she states. “One student this year invited me to her ceremony to become a U.S. citizen. There were two of our students that

Arts Commission hosts filmmaking workshop

L-R: Evan Pienta, Ty Gildersleeve, Alison Meyer, Kennedy Adkins, Sydney Moore, and Theresa Fisher with coach Chris Koelsch from Root Inc. work on their film at the Shorties U workshop.


This February and March Sylvania Community Arts Commission hosted the third annual Shorties U Workshop in which students from grades five to eight gathered in the Northview Performing Arts Center to learn the ins and outs of filmmaking. This year 50 students signed up to become better filmmakers. Each week at the workshop, the students learn about a different aspect of filmmaking from script writing to tools of the camera to how sound impacts a movie and helps tell a story. At the beginning of the day, an expert in the film industry speaks to the students on their specific area. In a typical workshop, the students break up into several groups lead by adults who have a passion for film and tele-


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became citizens that day. She was dressed in her traditional Arab attire but wore a scarf with the American flag on it. She kept her tradition but displayed her pride in becoming an American citizen. The students in my class never leave without saying “thank you teacher” yet I feel it is I that should be thanking them.” The American School will be hosting an ‘International Dinner Fundraiser’ on April 15 at Epworth United Methodist Church, located at 4855 W. Central Ave. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students from over 20 different countries will cook food from their home country for the event that expects a crowd of over 300 guests. All proceeds will provide English education for refugee children in Toledo.


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vision, and who are professionals in the field. From storyboarding to scene work to writing, the workshop covers it all. Additionally, each group has begun to produce their own short film, in which the students work both in front and behind the camera. By the end of the four weeks, the students gather to watch their movies. The workshops itself supports Shorties filmmakers and the Tree City Film Festival; Arts Commission Executive Director Jennifer Archer stated she hopes the workshop will inspire the students to create their own films for the festival in April.

Photo contest underway

Through April 9 families can have their child’s portrait taken for free by local children’s photographer Kurt Nielsen of Kurt Nielsen Photography, and help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio. This contest has helped raise hundreds of dollars for the local Ronald McDonald House each of the last five years, and it is anticipated that even more money will be raised this year. This photo contest is open to all children ages 12 and under. There is no entry fee, no session fee and no purchase is required to enter or win. Each “mini” session will consist of between 15 and 20 images. These sessions will be scheduled every 30 minutes through April 9. Parents will get to choose their favorite image to be entered into the contest. Voting will begin on April 18 at noon, and last until April 22 at 5 p.m. on Kurt Nielsen Photography’s website. Winners will be announced on and or before April 29.

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Wake up to Easter brunch BY JENNIFER RUPLE

The robins are chirping, Peter Cottontail is hopping down the bunny trail, and your guests are on the way. Make your Easter brunch egg-stra easy by setting the table a day or so early, and relax with make-ahead brunch dishes to share with a few family members or with a crowd. Here are three recipes to ensure your holiday is stress free and give you more time to hide those eggs!

Cheesy Sausage and Croissant Casserole

Prepare this rich and substantial casserole the night before, pop it in the oven in the morning, and it will be hot and bubbly by the time your guests arrive. Serves 9 ½ pound crumbled, cooked sausage, Vegetable cooking spray mild or spicy 2 cups milk 1 ¼ cups shredded Parmesan cheese 1 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon kosher salt 5 large eggs, lightly beaten 3 green onions, sliced 2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese 18 mini croissants, torn In a large bowl, toss together the sausage, Parmesan, salt, onions and croissants and arrange in a 13 x 9 baking dish, coated with cooking spray. Whisk together milk, cream and eggs and pour over sausage mixture. Cover and chill eight hours. Heat oven to 350 F. Uncover casserole, and sprinkle with Gruyère. Bake 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly. (Recipe adapted from Southern Living)

Citrus Salad with Honey, Mint and Lime Bring on the color with this sweet and sour salad. Mix it up with blood oranges, navel oranges or white grapefruits. Serves 8-10 6 oranges, segmented 2 grapefruits, segmented 6 clementines, segmented

Zest of one lime 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint

Segment fruit over a bowl, reserving juice for the dressing. Remove segments from juice and place in another bowl. To the reserved juice, whisk in lime zest, honey and mint. Add to citrus segments. Stir to combine. Sprinkle with more fresh mint. (Recipe from Jennifer Ruple)


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Mini Vegetable Frittatas It’s never been easier to serve eggs to a crowd, plus the smaller size of these frittatas makes them perfect for little fingers. I’ve made them with just about every veggie combination I could think of, and they never disappoint. Serves 10 6 eggs 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup mushrooms, coarsely chopped 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup onion, diced 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ¼ teaspoon kosher salt Chopped parsley for garnish Heat oven to 350 F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. In a pan, sauté onions and mushrooms in butter. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt, pepper and veggies. Divide evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. (Recipe from Jennifer Ruple)



Sylvania Country Club Kicks Off Centennial Celebrations with Mardi Gras Party

L-R: Susan Strup, Carey Stansbury, Sherri Stansbury, David Strup, Sheila and Dennis Fernandez were pleased with the selection of Cajun food at the Sylvania Country Club celebration.

L-R: Kim Fighter, Lindsay Gill, Tracy Strasser, Lisa Krebs and Sarah Gabel share a laugh at the Mardi Gras party.

Ann and Larry Moon were part of the crowd who enjoyed the Mardi Gras festivities.

Denise Colturi and Cheri Joseph donned their beads for Sylvania Country Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mardi Gras event.

Stephanie and Blake Pilgrim had fun hiding behind their Mardi Gras masks.

Brian Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor and Neil Koplit looked dapper and festive.

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March 15 - April 4, 2016 • Vol. 20, No. 24 •

Showcase Sylvania Business Expo Better Than Ever

Gary Fitzpatrick of Learning Express talked with Michelle Bieber of Over the Rainbow at the 2015 Business Expo. “Showcase Sylvania Business Expo will be held March 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Sylvania Sports and Exhibition Center at Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave.,” said Michelle Bieber of Over the Rainbow Early

Tina Haack of Little Mouse PreSchool caught up with Tom and Lauren Creque of Creque Greenhouse at the 2015 Expo. Learning Center. She and Gary Fitzpatrick, who owns Learning Express with his wife, Molly, are this year’s co-chairmen for the annual event. “We have 175 booths that will be

displaying products and services of various vendors. Once again, we will have the Taste of Sylvania as well as the popular children’s area,” she said. “The Showcase Sylvania Expo is such a wonderful opportunity for regional businesses to highlight what they can offer their community. Over the Rainbow has been involved for several years providing information, giveaways and activities for the children. The experience of meeting area residents and other participating businesses is invaluable. Sylvania Area Chamber has provided a perfect setting to have face-toface conversations making it a win-win for everybody involved,” Bieber added. “This is our 14th year for Showcase Sylvania. Each year it has grown and improved. We look forward to providing this service for the community and invite everyone to experience it. We have something for everyone from kids, parents and grandparents, as well. There is a lot of

free information and free entertainment. Come out and enjoy this great event at TamO-Shanter’s Sports and Exhibition Center,” Fitzpatrick said. Last year more than 4,000 people attended the one-day event. “The Chamber recognized several years ago that it is important to highlight regional businesses and the expo is the perfect venue. It gives all businesses a face in the community, is an effective use of advertising, and allows interaction one-on-one with residents and other businesses,” said Chamber President Jeff Boersma. Lowe’s Home Improvement Zone, which will offer home and outdoor ideas for spring projects, will be featured again this year. Lowe’s professionals will also be on hand offering advice and how-to tips. In addition, free blood glucose screenings, BMI and body fat screenings, blood pressure, cholesterol, and bone density CONTINUED ON 4

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4 | SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE | MID MARCH 2016 screenings will be offered at the ProMedica Health Pavilion. There will be informative booths about cancer, strokes, surgical services, rehab, home health care and more from ProMedica Flower Hospital. The Taste of Sylvania will feature several local restaurants that will offer fresh ideas for entertaining, dinner and healthy alternative meals. A children’s area will highlight several local childcare centers and organizations. Entertainment will include local and regional groups. Free parking for the expo is on site at Tam-O-Shanter as well as at Olander Park, Southview High School and Boulevard Church of Christ.

The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce produces Showcase Sylvania Business Expo with cooperation from businesses. Executive Sponsors are Lowe’s, The Pinnacle, Paramount Healthcare, GenoaBank, ProMedica Flower Hospital, Heartland at ProMedica, The Blade and WRQN. Gold sponsors are Kingston-Sylvania, Walker Funeral Home, Lourdes University, Vin Devers Autohaus, VZN Group, Sylvania AdVantage and City Paper. For more information about the Business Expo, call the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce at 419/882-2135 or visit

Chris Batch and the KeyBank mascot entertained and informed visitors at the 2015 KeyBank booth.


Sylvania Senior Center’s Julie Graf talked with Mary Shirey during last year’s event.


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March 15 - April 4, 2016 • Vol. 20, No. 24 •

Sylvania Students Excel at Power of the Pen Regional Meet

The Timberstone team with Sweepstakes trophy awarded to the team with the most points from the competition.


The Power of the Pen sixth annual regional meet for junior high school students was held March 2 at Lourdes Univeristy. Winners will advance to State competitions in May in Wooster, Ohio.

Seventh-grade individual recipients Seventh Place: Elle Rhee, McCord Ninth Place: Maddie Rahman, McCord Fourteenth place: Piper Nicely, Timberstone

The McCord eighth grade team placed first in the Power of the Pen regional meet.

Eighth-grade individual recipients

The St. Joseph’s seventh-grade Power of the Pen team finished second and the eighth-grade team finished third.

First Place: Grace Werner, St. Joseph Tenth Place: Ananya Kodali, McCord Thirteenth Place: Taylor Legall, Timberstone Fourteenth Place: Daniel Klein, McCord Fifthteenth Place: Jayna Lonsway, St. Joseph

Seventh-grade team awards

First: Timberstone Jr. High with coach Sara Nelson Second: St. Joseph School with coach Jessica Jones

Eighth-grade team awards

First: McCord with coach Diane Long Second: Timberstone with coach Sara Nelson Third: St. Joseph School with coach Molly Lindsley

Sweepstake award Best of round

Timberstone Jr. High with coach Sara Nelson

“Discover What a Powerful Weapon Pen Can Be” prompt: Daniel Klein, McCord

Whiteford Elementary Students perform random acts of kindness

L-R: Whiteford students in Andrea Shackle's fifth L-R: Students in Mary Beth Headman's fourth-grade L-R: Students in Betty Strawcutter's third-grade class grade class include Isaac Finkbeiner, Savannah class include Bailey Alexander, Kenneth Kochan, include Andrew Khoury, Duhaa Ali, Gionna Dorris, Honna Bonde, Bailey Rehkopf, Alan Charlie Walker, and Trinity Beasley who made the Greiner, Alaina Sherwood and Rayan Deen who Flansburg, Joy Dillallo and Erin Pope who staff appreciation poster. made bookmarks for fifth graders. collected donations for the Cherry Street Mission. to be kind every day, such as a smile or “Much can be achieved simply by teachFebruary was National Random Acts of dents executed with enthusiasm. “Students thoughtful words.” ing compassion, empathy and the value of Kindness Month. Whiteford Elementary were so excited about all of the possibilities Social and emotional learning is part of kindness,” Ray explained. “Researchers have School’s 430 students took this a step further to show kindness and once we decided on a the school’s comprehensive school counselactually discovered that kind acts can change as every class participated in a group kindparticular act of kindness, they went above ing program. These school-wide programs how the brain works, making acts of kindness project. Cards for sick children, and beyond to make it special,” explained can have a tremendous effect on relationness pleasurable and more common. The Valentines for the elderly, positive post-it Sherri Ray, school counselor. She continued, “Some acts of kindness ships and interpersonal skills, valuable charmore students practice kindness, the more notes for lockers, fundraisers for nonprofits needed planning. However, students learned acter traits important to 21st century learnlikely they’ll repeat these kind behaviors.” and staff appreciation projects were just a the importance of small but powerful ways ing. few of the acts of kindness Whiteford stu-





SUA Dance Team is Tops in Ohio

The dance team at St. Ursula Academy repeated its sweep of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators dance competition held at Worthington Kilbourne High School on Saturday, March 5. The dancing Arrows took first place State honors in all three categories, Jazz, Pom, and Hip Hop, as they did in 2015. The team is coached by Morgan Melchert. –by Christine Holliday The Northview Dance Team placed second in Jazz and Pom and third in Hip Hop at the state competition.


Museum Hosts Student Artwork

Sylvan student Sangay Gray shows his dad, John Gray, and his art teacher, Julia Koraleski, his work that is on display in the parlour of the Sylvania Heritage Museum.

Whiteford art teacher Ani Geha looks on as Fancy Moreland checks out her son Kobe’s art work.

Stranahan art teacher Kari Armstrong enjoys a cookie with her students Connor and Madison Radkov and their parents Melissa and Ross Radkov.

Stranahan art teacher Kari Armstrong and Jaden Muenzer check out his work on display in the dining room of the Sylvania Heritage Museum.

A decade of youth theatre celebrated

L to R: Cristien Quarterman, Noah McGee, Owen McGee, Brynn Chaffee, Nash Malczewski, Irina Zaurov, Sydney Crowl, Georgia Palko, Brooke Vass and Reagan Snyder.


Every spring, like clockwork, Irina Zaurov, professional actor/director/acting coach, prepares for a series of 10-week theatre classes for elementary and middle school students. Celebrating her 10th year of teaching students the art of theatre, Zaurov also highlights the benefits of theatre beyond the stage. “It helps them to be confident about themselves and to learn to work as a team,” she stated. “It is important,” she continued, “that all students have the opportunity to be involved in the arts.” Hosted by the Sylvania Arts Commission, Zaurov this year offered, in addition to her regular acting class, a musical theatre class.

Whereas the acting classes focus on exercise to improve acting, the musical theatre classes emphasize the audition process, warming up their voices, monologues, and dance and movement. Zaurov said she has been proud to see how many of her students end up in Northview or Southview productions a few years later. With about two-dozen beaming students in total, classes start and end with an energized fervor unique to the theatrical world. Coming up next for Zaurov is her summer theatre workshop held at the end of July at the Franciscan Center, where the students get to tour backstage, which she described as a real treat. To find out more about classes, visit

Early Childhood Ed students qualify for regionals

Sylvania students in Ryan Eickholt’s education and training program, Michelle Notestine, Language & Literacy; Michael Hildebrandt, Early Childhood; Meredith Oblizajek, Job Interview; Andrew Nickoli, Specific Task Assessment; and Ellen Wood, Curriculum Unit, advanced to regional competition on March 5.

NV to host 28th annual Jazz Festival

Now in its 28th year, the Jazz Festival will be held Wednesday, March 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Along with outstanding jazz bands from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, the featured guest will be The University of Toledo Jazz Ensemble. Performances begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Northview Performing Arts Center and continue throughout the evening. Students can attend for free and all other admissions are $2 at the door.



Where are they now?

NV grad takes to the Oscar’s red carpet

Mark Greenblatt sampled ‘lucious’ lemonade and learned about Charlie Walker’s ‘Thirst with a Purpose’ plan to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand charity, childhood cancer.

Danielle Bonfiglio explains her charity project to her grandmother Sharon Salsberry. Whiteford fourthgrade students learned about different charities and created presentations about them.

Whiteford fourth-grade teacher Mary Beth Headman looked over Macayla Winfree’s display about autism at the Charity Fair.

Mason Greenblatt explained his efforts to raise funds for the Humane Society to fifth-grade judges Rhys Graham and Austin Vogelpohl.

Whiteford Fourth Graders Hold Charity Fair

Students Rally Around Candidates

Hailey Nowak pauses for her moment on the red carpet. As a graphic designer, Nowak’s responsibiliBY MARISA MECURIO ties include art direction, photography, and, of course, design. After graduating from the “I only got my dress the day before the University of Southern California with a Awards,” she confesses sheepishly. You would degree in fine arts, she interned with Disney never know, looking at the polished photos of and last spring became fulltime with the the young woman in black and gold, the red Academy. This year was Nowak’s first at the carpet yawning out behind her. From Los Academy Awards, accompanied by her mom Angeles where she lives, Hailey Nowak apoloand sister who were given bleacher seats. gizes that she can only speak briefly before she During the ceremony, in addition to taking has to get back to her work as a graphic designphotographs for social media outlets like er at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Twitter, Nowak worked behind the scenes with Sciences. With the 2016 Oscars over now, one the award recipients. “My favorite photo I took might expect a lull in the Academy’s productivwas of Jacob Tremblay, from ‘The Room’,” she ity–a short recess after the biggest film event of said, recounting her encounter with the young the year–but Nowak tells me they’re still in full actor. swing, already preparing for the coming seaShe credits her success to her time at son. Northview, where she was part of the yearbook Hailey Nowak could call several states home committee and took computer graphics classat this point: she was born in Michigan, spent es. “Those classes piqued my interest,” she said, her toddler years in North Dakota, then moved “I realized I could make a career out of it.” As to Sylvania in 2001, where she graduated from for the future, Nowak’s ambition isn’t quite satNorthview High School in 2010. But it’s isfied. A lifelong Disney fan, she would like to Sylvania she calls her hometown. And it’s here return fulltime to the company. “This is just she developed a passion for graphic design that one more step in perfecting my skills,” she says. brought her from Ohio to California, where To the career-orientated Nowak, each new job she spent Feb. 28 on the illustrious red carpet. is another thrilling climb up the ladder.

Library’s essay contest is underway The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is tapping into the 2016 presidential election in its annual Ruth Blank Venner & Mary Jane Blank McCormick Essay Contest. Open to grades K-12, participants are asked to describe what America would be like if they were elected president. Submissions are being accepted now through April 4. A first-place prize of $200, second of $100 and third of $50 will be given in the following grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Winning essays will be posted on the

L-R: Sylvania Southview High School seniors, Kevin Allen, Avi Levison, Stevie Rosen, Matt Wainstein, Zander Bader and Nickel Bader, were on hand at the SeaGate Convention Centre on March 6 to hear 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich. The Ohio Governor was the first presidential candidate to visit Toledo.

L-R: Bernie Sanders supporters, Sumner Lancef and Sabrina Niedalski, both of Rossford, Ohio and Sylvania Northview High School seniors, Brandon Myers and Jill Newton, attended the campaign event for the 2016 presidential hopeful and senator from Vermont on March 11 at the Seagate Centre in downtown Toledo. A crowd of over 2,400 attended the event.

Library’s website, and a reception and presentation honoring the winners will be held on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library in the McMaster Center. Entry forms can be picked up at all Toledo Lucas County Public Library locations or by visiting Prizes are provided by the Ruth Blank Venner & Mary Jane Blank McCormick Memorial Project of the Friends of the Library through the Library Legacy Foundation. For more information call 419/259-5200.

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When a color run takes place, you will hear about it. Social media blows up with incredible shots of participants making their way across the finish line, covered in brightly colLibby Stupica ored powder, running past huge speakers blasting energizing jams. For those of you who don't know what a color run is, it is a run (often 5k) where the participants, typically wearing white shirts, have large amounts of colored powder launched at them throughout the run. I always wanted to be a part of one and also imagined how much planning and work went into these runs. Now I know firsthand. I am one of a group of teens from Youth Leadership Toledo who is in the midst of setting up our own color run to raise money for Veterans Matter, an organization that houses homeless vets. We know how phenomenal a well-executed color run can be (and we are sure the people who sign up for our run will have high expectations), so we have a lot to live

up to. However, my partners Abbey, Alexa, Jake, Katie, Luke, Michael and I are all motivated and passionate about this undertaking and are ready to put on the best color run Sylvania has ever seen! The process, though there is still much more to accomplish, has been a wonderful, fun, and extremely educational experience so far. From contacting sponsors, obtaining pounds upon pounds of colored powder, and working very hard to find a location, it seemed like during the first couple weeks, every time we made a decision, a new one needed to be addressed. We decided that our course would be two miles instead of the traditional 3.1 and that there will be no recorded times or winners, because we want to draw in as many participants as possible and want to make non-runners feel comfortable signing up. Catering to our audience also came into play when figuring out what time our run should start: a seemingly small detail has a big influence on attendance. We figured most of the people signing up would be our peers, and because we know teens dislike few things more than early wake-up calls, we decided to ditch the early start time of other traditional 5k runs and schedule it later in the morning. Luckily, after weekly meetings as a group, a

meeting with a representative from Dave's Performance Footgear, and many phone calls to sponsors, everything began to settle into place. Everything but our location. We noticed that every park we contacted didn't want to host our run because of one fatal flaw: they were worried about the powder. Despite the fact that we are purchasing biodegradable powder, we understood their reasoning. We are now looking at other options and are in contact with UT, who has formerly hosted a color run. Not having a secured location has slowed progress, but we are not defeated. We know that once our location is locked in we'll be back to work advertising and securing more sponsors.

We are very much on the road to a successful color run! With Savage and Associates as our first sponsor, local business Wilkinson's offering to make our t-shirts at a discount, and Dave's staff providing us with the start and finish arches, things are looking up! To me, one of the most exciting parts about planning our color run, called Color for Camo, is that despite being a group of seven students from six different high schools and not having any experience in the business field, we have relentlessly worked together amidst our homework and individual extracurriculars to create something that takes great organization, networking, determination, and a professional attitude, all by ourselves.

Chamber Students of the Month

Need-based scholarships available The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is now providing an educational choice of schools for the current school year for 17 families to attend St. Joseph School and Toledo Islamic Academy by awarding need-based scholarships for private school and homeschool expenses. The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for need-based scholarships for grades kindergarten through eighth worth up to $1,500 for children to use at a nonpublic school or $500 for homeschool expenses. The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is the only privately funded need-based scholar-

ship program in northwest Ohio that awards scholarships to children who otherwise might not be able to afford private schools for kindergarten through eighth grade and who do not qualify for an Educational Choice Voucher. Eligible families are required to demonstrate their financial need. For example, a family of four with a household income of $65,475 would qualify for a scholarship. Interested families can find more information about the program at or apply online at For more information, contact Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund at 419/720-7048. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 29.

Southview principal Dave McMurray, left, congratulates Southview senior Alan Fong, and Northview principal Steve Swaggerty, right, congratulates Northview senior Madisen McGranahan and her parents Terri and Dave McGranahan. The two seniors were named Sylvania Chamber Students of the Month and honored at the chamber’s March luncheon meeting.

Scouts Honored!

L-R: Ray Mullins, Ed Caldwell, Scout Executive/CEO at Erie Shores Council, Boy Scouts of America, Rick Fuchs and his son Bobby, represented the Scouts at the event.

L-R: Eric Nelson, Justin Semler, Southview, Jack Truman, Timberstone, Alex Truman, Southview, Kevin Semler, Southview and Jeff Wertz celebrated scouting at the event held on Feb. 14.

L-R:Central Trail students Bobby Fuchs, age 10, Max Rhodes, age 6, right and Andrew Rhodes, center, were part of the event that honored Scouts.

Jim Scheib and Joe Wieligman, both Eagle Scouts, were honored during the service held at Epworth United Church. —by Mary Helen Darah

Oakleaf scholarship for SV and NV students

Oakleaf Village is again sponsoring a scholarship to recognize one Sylvania Northview and one Sylvania Southview senior whose life has been touched by a senior citizen. These scholarship winners will receive a $1,000 check

to be used towards their higher education. It is time for students to apply for this scholarship. Forms can be found in their guidance counselor’s office. The winners will be announced at the Senior Assembly on May 20 at 9 a.m.



Distinguished history lecture focuses on Women’s Religious Orders On Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m., author and theologian Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D., will address the important contributions of women’s religious orders in the United States. This installment of the annual Lourdes University Distinguished History Lecture will occur at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. McGuinness is a Professor at LaSalle

University in Philadelphia, PA. Previously at LaSalle, she served as Chair of the Religion Department and served a term as Vice President for Mission. She obtained her doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1985 and taught for 20 years at Cabrini College in Radnor, Penn. As an author, Dr. McGuinness penned Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America (NYU); and Neighbors and

The Collegiate Employ-Net Career and Internship Fair takes place on Friday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Collegiate Employ-Net is a consortium of 20 colleges and universities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. This year’s Career and Internship Fair has more than 40 companies and organizations registered. Job seekers who possess certificates, associate or bachelor degrees are encouraged to attend the Career and Internship Fair. Individuals can network with professionals and learn more about employment and open positions at these organizations. Employers wishing to participate are encouraged to visit or The 2016 sponsors include APS Medical Billing, The Mennel Milling Company, and Custom Deco, LLC. If your company is interested in sponsoring, register at the above link. The sampling list of employers offering openings include: Anne Grady Services, Renhill Group, Fulton County Health

Center, Kelly Services, Clean Team Inc., Signature Bank, N.A., Northwestern Mutual, Belle Tire, Christian Home Care LLC, Senior Helpers of Northwest Ohio, Arnolds Home Improvement, Advance Staffing Solutions, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Formel D USA, Inc., Wood Haven Health Care, Western and Southern Life, Home Care by Black Stone, SSIHM, Toddler Tech Child Care Center, Speedway LLC, Surace Smith Group of Ohio-American Income Life, NAMSA, Renhill HR on Demand, Genesis Health Care. Walgreens, Velocity The Greatest Phone, Ohio Department of Transportation, Carrols Corporation, Colonial Life/Ed Clunk Agency, Ottawa Hills Police Department and Mount Carmel Health System. There is no cost for job seekers to attend. Participants are asked to bring updated copies of their resume and are asked to arrive in professional attire. For more information, contact Andrea Domachowski, Director of Lourdes University’s Career Services Department at 419/824-3704 or email

Career and Internship Fair planned

Missionaries: A History of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (Fordham). Called to Serve received a first place award for General Excellence in History from the Catholic Press Association. Dr. McGuinness also edited “A Catholic Studies Reader” with James T. Fisher (Fordham U Press). “Having served as Co-Editor of American Catholic Studies for 12 years and as President and Past Vice President for the American Catholic Historical Association, Dr. McGuinness will enlighten those in attendance on an important topic in U.S. History,” saysDwayne Beggs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and Director of the First Year Experience at Lourdes University. The year 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the Sisters of St. Francis who founded Lourdes in 1958. Dr. McGuinness will meet and have dinner with Lourdes history majors prior to the lecture.

Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D.

Scholarships for area educators available

Sr. Shannon Schrein, OSF, Ph.D., Dean of the Lourdes University Graduate School, announced a new scholarship program available to area educators. Teachers can receive up to $2,500 towards the completion of a Reading Endorsement Certificate or a Master of Education degree with a Reading Endorsement. Educators pursuing the Reading Endorsement Certificate are required to complete five courses or 15 credit hours. These courses can also be applied to the M.Ed. Reading Endorsement Degree, which requires an additional six courses or 18

credit hours. Learn more about the program by attending a Graduate School Open House on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. To RSVP, go to Educators with questions are encouraged to contact Carolyn Jaksetic, M.Ed. Program Director, at or by calling 419/824-3661; or Tara Hanna, Director of Graduate Admissions, at or by calling 419/5178908.



Executive Master of Organizational Leadership is new offering at Lourdes

Patrice McClellan, Ed.D., is the Director of the MOL Program Sr. Shannon Schrein, Ph.D., OSF, Dean of the Lourdes University Graduate School, announced a new Executive Master of Organizational Leadership degree program. The Executive MOL is a two-and-a-half year program with classes meeting one Saturday per month. Applications are now being

accepted for the Fall 2016 cohort. Program features include: • Choose from two concentration tracks: Global Leadership or Healthcare Leadership; • Candidates complete 27 credit hours within the MOL core courses and 9 credit hours within the MOL elective/concentration courses; • An iPad, 360 Leadership Assessment, textbooks and optional international travel are included in the cost of tuition; • Merit scholarships available to qualifying Executive MOL candidates; • Lourdes University alumni will receive a $1,000 Alumni Scholarship “The Lourdes MOL program has more than 350 alumni in the northwest Ohio region who are leaders in their respective fields. Our graduates are in the forefront of the healthcare, for-profit and non-profit sectors,” says Patrice McClellan, Ed.D., Director of the MOL Program. For more information about the Executive MOL program, contact Dr. McClellan at 419/517-8862 or The Graduate School is offering a spring

Lourdes students visit Detroit’s Quicken Loans headquarters Lourdes University students expanded their real-world horizons at the first Career Services externship program at Quicken Loans on Feb. 16. Students who participated in the program applied and were selected to attend based on their answers to externship essay questions, career goals and interest areas. The selected students traveled to the company’s headquarters in Detroit, Mich., to participate in the one-day externship program. Students were able to explore different career opportunities available and learn about Quicken Loans culture from experts in a variety of fields. The Quicken Loans externship is just one of many strategies that the Lourdes Career Services Department offers. The Center uses these types of events to present more networking and real-world opportunities to students as they explore the job market while completing their degree. The day was packed with a tour of the company, presentations from employees and a lunch and learn session with the Fathead Internet Marketing Director Michael Layne. Presentation topics included a background on the client relations department by Senior Team Leader Joseph Jovanovic, mortgage banking basics by Senior Purchase Banker Guy Levin, business development basics by program manager Joshua Babb and an overview of the

technology department by Technology Team Leader Jane Losensky. Another key theme of the day was an intensive introduction to Quicken Loans’ reputable internship program, which has a high transition rate into a full-time position at the company. More than 15,000 individuals apply for Quicken Loans internships each year says College Recruiter Cecil Johnson. In addition, the company offers internships in almost every core area of the business world from mortgage banking to general sales. Mr. Johnson advised Lourdes students to stand out amongst other applicants by being a “great” intern, and by doing even more than what is expected of them. He also stressed that being a “great” intern is a vital component, which often leads to full-time employment. The day concluded with a final tour of Quicken Loans’ sister company dPop! and the opportunity for students to submit their resumes to recruiters. As a result, students left the externship confident in their opportunity to interview for an internship with Quicken Loans to propel their career. “Lourdes University Career Services thanks Quicken Loans for hosting our students in the first annual externship day program,” says Angela Gorny, Assistant Director of Career Services.

open house Tuesday, April 5, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Those interested can RSVP at or 419/8243517.

To apply for the Executive MOL Fall 2016 cohort, visit the graduate school admissions page at, email or call direct at 419/824-3517.

The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University announced its April 2016 slate of events.

leadership, or theology are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit, email, or call 419/8243517.

Franciscan Center April events

Friday, April 1

The Lourdes University Department of Career Services offers a Collegiate EmployNet Career and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Collegiate Employ-Net is a consortium of nearly 20 colleges and universities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Professional dress and printed resumes are required of job seekers. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 2

Toledo Symphony’s “Mozart & More” Series presents Eine Kleine Nahtmusik at 7:30 p.m. Call 419/246-8000 for tickets and pricing.

Sunday, April 3

The Lourdes University Department of Theological Studies offers the 34th Annual Ecumenical Lecture at 3 p.m., titled “Care for Creation: Muslim and Catholic Accord.” Presenters include Dr. Fatima Al-Hayani and Sr. Shannon Schrein, Ph.D., OSF. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Benjamin Brown at

Thursday, April 7

The Sylvania Franciscan Village offers the first of four Father Jim Bacik Easter lectures from 5:30-7 p.m. Father Bacik is a widelyregarded theologian, writer, lecturer and pastor. The topic of the series is “Christ According to Mark.” Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. RSVP at or call 419/824-3515.

Monday, April 11

Lourdes University offers its annual Distinguished History Lecture at 7 p.m. featuring author and professor Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D., LaSalle University. The lecture, focusing on the contribution of women’s religious orders in American history, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419/824-3648 or email

Tuesday, April 12

The Lourdes University Graduate School offers an Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. Individuals interested in pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, education, nursing, organizational

The Sylvania Franciscan Village offers the second of four Father Jim Bacik Easter lectures from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Father Bacik is a widely-regarded theologian, writer, lecturer and pastor. The topic of the series is “Christ According to Matthew.” Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. RSVP at or call 419/824-3515.

The Lourdes University Department of Theological Studies will present “Care For Creation: Muslim and Catholic Accord” on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public. Guest speakers include Fatima Al-Hayani, Ph.D. and Sr. Shannon Schrein, Ph.D., OSF. The speakers will discuss Muslim and Catholic understandings of the goodness of God’s creation and the special call as believers to treat the environment with respect and awe. They will also provide some practical ways for doing this together. Dr. Al-Hayani earned her doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan and has taught, lectured and published widely on a variety of issues in the field including Muslim understandings of science and religion. Sr. Shannon Schrein, a Sylvania Franciscan, earned her doctorate in

Theology from Marquette University. Currently serving as the Director of the Master of Arts in Theology at Lourdes University, she has shared her Franciscan way of life and her love of Jesus and the Scriptures with her students for more than 40 years. “With the very recent publication of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home and the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium’s (IICCS) Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, the time is ripe for Muslims and Catholics to work more closely on ways that all might reverence God’s gift of creation and call our brothers and sisters to action for the sake of our common home,” says Benjamin Brown, Ph.D., chair of the Lourdes University Department of Theological Studies. For more information on the 34th annual Ecumenical Lecture, contact Dr. Brown at 419-824-3946 or

On Monday, March 21, the Lourdes University Department of Education, the Appold Planetarium, and the Collegiate Middle Level Association student organization are offering a STEM Day for 75 Beverly Elementary School fifth graders. Students will learn and enjoy from a variety of hands-on activities and presentations. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “As March is national Middle Level Childhood Education month, the Lourdes

Department of Education and the Appold Planetarium wanted to provide a fun and educational program for these students. Additionally, we held a two-day workshop earlier this month for Diocesan Principals. Education plays such an important role in students’ lives as well as the greater community,” says Dr. Christine Knaggs, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Tuesday, April 5

Ecumenical lecture offers a ‘Muslim and Catholic Accord’

STEM Day offered by Lourdes University


St. Joe’s Sixth Grade Girls Win Champonshp

Top row, L-R: Coach Allan Poturalski, Coach Justin Burnard; middle row, L-R: Anna Burnard, Maddie Zoldowski, Izzy Kalas, Jenna Poturalski, Grace Sanford; bottom row, L-R: Skylar Tiell and Sydney Gfell (not pictured Molly Nowak) are members of the St. Joseph Sylvania’s sixth grade girls basketball team who were crowned CYO Tournament Champions on Feb. 27. They were also CYO League Champions in the Alter Division for the second consecutive year.

St. John’s Jesuit High School Varsity Soccer Team Earns Sportsmanship Award


Northview Signing

Caitlyn Smith, center, had her parents Carey and Eric Smith, brother Jake, and grandparents Debbie and Mike Condon on hand as she signed a letter of intent to play softball at Case Western Reserve. –Photo by John Chrisman

NV Athlete of the Week

Reed Kross

Front, L-R: Brad Marshall, Connor Savage, Chris Hertzfeld, Jason Wheeler, Frank Almester, Evan Zervas, Matt Pinkelman, Stephen Wainz, Chuck Baumgartner, Sergio Gonzalez-Brana; Back, L-R: Derek Huddleston, Eli Shope, Leo Gomez, Dane Kalman, Parker Myers, Ted Kentopp, Zach Neenan, Zach Buescher, Daniel Bandelaria, Brady Ryan, Caleb Gibbons and Jackson Pollock are members of The St. John’s Jesuit High School varsity soccer team that was presented with the Eddie Clemons’ Excellence & Sportsmanship Award. Started in 2010, the honor is bestowed annually to a boys’ and girls’ team by the Northwest Ohio Soccer Officials Association. During the season, officials meet weekly and assign points to teams based on their sportsmanship and points are then tallied. The team also made it to the State Final Four. Players from Sylvania include Chris Hertzfeld, Jason Wheeler, Evan Zervas, Stephen Wainz and Ted Kentopp.

SCAT introduces ‘Life of an Athlete’ The staff of SCAT will introduce its newest program “Life of an Athlete/Human Performance Project” to the Sylvania Schools and community. This is a science-based program that educates students about the effects of alcohol and drugs on performance and the benefits of proper nutrition and adequate sleep, while training them to be peer mentors and school leaders for a healthy lifestyle. The presentations for the students will take place March 21, 22 and 23. SCAT will also host an evening community presentation on March 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Southview Theatre. Any parent or community member who is not able to attend the evening presentation is welcome to attend any of the school presentations. John Underwood, a former NCAA AllAmerican runner, coach of Olympic champions and consultant for U.S. Navy Seals, will present up-to-date information on video on how alcohol and other substances affect the body and brain as well as ways to boost

performance for the athlete, dancer or student preparing for tests. Underwood is a dynamic speaker who is passionate about sharing his expertise and insight on how to train, inspire and guide young students to perform at the peak of their ability. According to Deb Chany, executive director of SCAT, “If you are a student and want to have a positive influence on your school, your community and improve and enhance your performance or if you’re a coach or a parent, this presentation is for you. Get an advance look at this exciting program that SCAT is bringing to the Sylvania Schools and the Sylvania community to teach lifestyles that will help your child succeed in life as well as sports.” Interested persons can preview videos of presentations at Click on “about” tab to view videos or go to Youtube videos-John Underwood: Life of an Athlete from Link. For more information, contact the SCAT office via email or call 419/824-8588.

Senior Reed Kross has been a model of consistency on and off the ice for the Wildcat Hockey Team the past four years. As a captain for both his junior and senior seasons, Kross has helped keep the Wildcats among the top 10 in the state rankings. He helped guide the Cats to a second state title during his sophomore year and has developed into a steady force along the blue line during his time with the program. For the season, Kross has scored nine goals and eight assists while being counted on to shut down the opponents' top forwards.





Annual Report Part 2

Area Mayors Meet Several area mayors met Sept. 3 in Perrysburg to discuss current water treatment and delivery systems, water crisis preparation plans, and Mayor Craig options available for future Stough water sources and treatment. The meeting proved to be a frank discussion of the water challenges facing the Toledo metropolitan area and the opportunities to make water a regional asset to attract new businesses, jobs and residents. The meeting was the second in a series of mayor’s forums hosted by Perrysburg Mayor Michael Olmstead, and followed up on issues discussed at the initial forum on June 22. The meeting was well attended including the mayors of Toledo, Maumee, Sylvania, Holland, Bowling Green, Whitehouse, the administrator of Oregon and two Lucas County Commissioners. Several area service directors and treatment plant operators were also in attendance.

Maumee Mayor Rich Carr, Lucas County Commissioner Tina SkeldonWozniak, Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, Whitehouse Mayor Angela Kuhn, Perrysburg Mayor Michael Olmstead, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Lucas County Commissioner Peter Gerken and Holland Mayor Mike Yunker. Following the August 2014 water crisis, Mayor Olmstead led a discussion about Perrysburg’s and other communities’ preparations for future “Do Not Drink” water emergencies. Communities reported having bottled water reserves, portable water purification systems and emergency water distribution plans. As the summer wound down, a toxic algae event becomes less likely, however, households should always be prepared with a bottled drinking water supply in the event of any emergency. The heart of the forum discussion was reports of the various water studies underway in the region. TMACOG is overseeing a water rate study expected to be complete this fall for the City of Toledo that will project water costs in three scenarios – if all current customers of Toledo remain, if Toledo loses suburban customers, and if Toledo becomes part of a regional water system. All suburban contracts are set to expire in the next 10 to 15 years, and some customers are leaving, such as Waterville choosing to buy water from the City of Bowling Green. The Wood County Economic Development Corporation has a study underway to review water service throughout Wood County, with the study expected to be complete later this year. Fulton County is studying switching its water supplier from Toledo to the City of Archbold. Finally, the City of Sylvania has a study underway to update a 1998 cost projection for building a separate water intake and treatment facility in southeast Michigan on a site and right-of-way previously acquired following the 1998 study. A number of area communities are contributing to the cost of the study. The study will estimate the cost of three possible scenarios: a Sylvania only system, a southeast Michigan and western Lucas County system, and as part of a regional system including

SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE |MID MARCH 2016 | 9B Toledo. The study is scheduled for completion in early 2016. Water should be a regional asset attracting jobs and residents from areas of the country facing water shortages. Instead, the August, 2014 Toledo water crisis gave our region a black eye for water not safe to drink. The studies underway are looking to provide cost efficiencies and treatment redundancy in our water supply so we no longer face “Do Not Drink” water emergencies. Signing Up for Emergency Alerts During mid-January, the City of Sylvania partnered with Lucas County and launched an electronic emergency alert system that issues text messages and/or emails about Sylvania emergencies and other events to registered subscribers. As of late January, over 400 phone numbers and emails had been registered. The alert system is free and offered to anyone choosing to opt in, whether they are Sylvania residents, business owners, community visitors or whoever. The City of Sylvania has joined with Lucas County and other local communities for this new system of electronic emergency alerts. Public sign-up is available by visiting and entering your name and desired contact information. Scroll to the listing for the City of Sylvania and make your selections for which categories of notices you wish to receive. When residents enroll they can sign up for Sylvania-specific notices, including notifications about boil and water advisories, street closures, events and other Sylvania emergencies. Lucas County Alerts will also provide public notification for countywide emergencies to include, but not limited to, snow emergencies, tornadoes and Amber alerts. Lucas County Alerts supplements other current emergency warning methods such as the outdoor warning sirens, the television emergency alert system, and tone-activated weather radios. The city of Sylvania is partnering with Lucas County, city of Toledo, city of Oregon, Village of Whitehouse, Monclova Township, Springfield Township and Sylvania Township for these community alerts. Community alerts go beyond emergency alerts, providing our residents community information about road closures, leaf pick up, trash schedules, etc. The partnership between local communities and Lucas County provides an efficient and cost effective system for the County and local communities to keep their residents informed. The cost for Sylvania to participate in the county system is $2,500 annually. The cost is low because it is shared among all participating communities. The August water crisis, where residents around metro Toledo were instructed not to drink the water for more than two days because of an algae-related toxin, is exactly the kind of emergency this alert system will help with quick notifications and updates. I encourage all interested Sylvania residents to sign-up. There is no cost to do so, and the alerts you receive may help keep your family safer and more prepared. Wonderful October Weekend Beautiful weather and excellent planning lead to a wonderful Fall Festival on Oct. 18 in downtown Sylvania. Thousands of residents and visitors filled Main Street for the 29th Annual Fall Festival, including our guests from Sylvania’s Sister City of Woodstock, Ontario. The Fall Festival Parade was spectacular. Both the Northview and Southview Marching Bands participated, appearing in Halloween costumes in lieu of their regular band uniforms. Many children walked in the parade, also in Halloween costumes or with twirling groups, cheer groups or others. The Shriner miniature cars were in the parade, as were two camels and horses, and many more floats and vehicles. Lourdes University President David Livingston served as Grand Marshal. Lourdes held its first Homecoming celebration the same weekend, with student representatives also riding in the parade. Many booths were open along the parade route in downtown Sylvania. Food venders, church groups, levy groups, candidates, retailers, etc. rented the spaces, which added to the festive atmosphere and also helped raise funds for the Sylvania Area Sister City Commission. The Sylvania Sister City Commission was the sponsoring and planning agency again this year,

and what a wonderful job they did. My congratulations and thanks to them all, especially Michelle Atkinson, John Bolster and Katie Cappellini for organizing the parade and festival activities. The Sister City Commission also welcomed representatives from Woodstock, Ontario, including Woodstock Fire Chief Scott Teglar, and hosted them at a Sister City Dinner on Saturday night. The Sylvania Southview Marching Band will be traveling to Woodstock to march in their annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday evening, Nov. 21. Our high school marching bands are always warmly welcomed in Woodstock and are a great addition to their parade. Also on Sunday, I was privileged to attend the Dedication Ceremony, hosted by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, for the new ceramic mural in front of City Hall. The mural depicts animal and plant life in the Oak Savannah areas of Sylvania and Lucas County. The mural was commissioned by the Arts Commission and created by Sylvania Franciscan Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak. This beautiful piece of art will be a part of our community’s public art for many years to come. Thank you to the Arts Commission and to Sister Jane Mary for their wonderful efforts creating this unique artwork in downtown Sylvania, and also to the Stansley family for their help building the mural wall.

New ceramic mural created by Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak.

Charitable Donation Containers Many of you had probably noticed the growing number of charitable donation containers appearing around the City of Sylvania in some of the large retail center parking lots. Based on their growing numbers, the lack of maintenance of some of them, resident complaints about their appearance and the complaints of the parking lot owners, Sylvania City Council is considering legislation to regulate and control the donation containers. City Council’s efforts began in 2014 in the Zoning and Annexation Committee as the donation container complaints increased. The Committee reviewed the appearance concerns as well as concerns that the containers pose a health risk and fire hazard as they overflow with items and become a dumping area for old mattresses, furniture and trash. Moving forward, the Committee contacted many of the donation container owners and solicited input about their organization, donation process and container maintenance. Many of the containers are operated by charitable organizations, but some are operated for profit. Some of the containers are well maintained and serviced regu-

larly, while others are not. The Committee also heard from representatives of Kroger and Starlite Plaza that some of the containers have been placed on their parking lots without permission. In Kroger’s case, some container owners ignored Kroger’s request to remove their containers. In response, legislation was approved in 2015 creating Chapter 1167 – Charitable Donation Containers in the City’s Code to regulate the containers. All unattended containers, other than on school, church or community center property with the owner’s permission, must be registered and pay an annual $100 fee. Placing containers without registering them will result in a $250 impoundment fee plus $20 per day while impounded. Further, the containers cannot exceed four cubic yards in size and can be no nearer than 200 feet to residential dwellings. Container owners must provide regular maintenance and clean-up around the containers to remove trash as well as donation items left outside the containers. The legislation permits only one donation container per property. Marathon Classic LPGA Last year’s tournament was held July 16 through 19 with pro-am events scheduled earlier in the week. The LPGA brought thousands of fans and media representatives into Sylvania. Our local restaurants, shops, and hotel benefit from the many visitors to our community. The tournament also greatly benefits local charities serving Sylvania and Lucas County. Over the years, the LPGA tournament has raised over $8.7 million for 140 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children’s charities. This year’s tournament benefited 20 area children’s charities. The tournament has become a highlighted stop on the LPGA tour. It was voted 5th favorite of all the stops. The purse has grown substantially to $1,500,000. All four rounds of this year’s tournament will be televised live in the U.S. and 160 countries around the world by The Golf Channel. The tournament has become a huge event in Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan attracting over 70,000 spectators. The Marathon Classic once again provided free admittance to all active police officers, firefighters and military personnel along with one guest. Kids under the age of 17 were also admitted free into the tournament as long as they were accompanied by an adult. Highland Meadows Golf Club, the sponsors, and the over 1,000 volunteers that make the LPGA tournament a success every year deserve our thanks. The members of Highland Meadows have hosted the LPGA since 1990 and the course and facilities are always in great shape. Local residents and golf fans donate thousands of hours for hole marshalling and the many jobs that must be done well for a successful tournament. Sylvania prides itself on being a great place to live, work and raise a family, and the LPGA Tournament helps enliven and enrich the lives of our residents every year. The tournament brings the excitement of national attention to our community. Our residents are treated to competitive golf at the highest level. And our young people see first hand from world class athletes that hard work and practice can lead to success.





Why Does My Computer Run Slowly?

Here are some things to consider. First of all your computer is meant to become obsolete. It is a marketing thing in my Janis Weber humble opinion. Microsoft does its own updates as you well know. They will require a heftier machine over time. Time to replace (4-6 years for the average computer). It is common for users to download utilities, applications, and other programs that run in the background. The more programs that are running (whether you see them or not) the less attention span your computer has to do other things you are asking it to do. Avoid downloading web browser-helpers, more than one anti-malware program, or applications that claim to â&#x20AC;&#x153;speed upâ&#x20AC;? your internet or your computer, as each one added will slow down your performance. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a good idea to uninstall programs that you do not use to increase your machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s processing speed. The commercial for this software is tempting but actually slows things down. Random-access memory (RAM) is what your computer uses for temporary working and thinking space. The more programs running at time, the more RAM is used. If your computer is running slowly, it could be



Sylvania Township Annual Report Sylvania Township departments have been moving smoothly into the new year, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too late to take a look back at some of the accomplishments of those departments in 2015. Many of the items didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gain headlines when they occurred, but are examples of work that continues to go on behind the scenes to make government provide services as efficiently as possible for the residents and businesses in the township. As the year goes on, remember that anyone interested is always welcome at public board meetings and you can also stay up to date by visiting the township website at www.sylvani-

because too many programs are running, and not enough RAM. To make your computer run faster, run fewer programs at a time or upgrade your RAM. Internet slowdowns and slow computer operation can be a symptom of an infection. To find out if you have a malware problem, use an anti-virus and anti-spyware application to find it like Malwarebytes. Be sure and clear out your cookies and temporary internet files periodically as well. Lack of hard drive space often affects older computers, or computers that do a lot of video editing or design work. Hard drives, which store all of your computerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information, have a finite amount of space. Once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re filled up, the computer no longer has the ability to manipulate files. The computer will slow down, eventually becoming unusable. Keep at least 25% unused and free. Every once in a while, it is a good idea to restart your computer. A computer cannot complete some of its updates until you restart. Restarting your computer can also free up memory resources tied up by buggy programs. If your internet is running slowly, but your computer is running quickly, you could have a lot of activity on your wireless network. Check to see if anyone else on your network is doing something that uses a lot of bandwidth (like streaming video or playing online games), as this can make your computer run slowly. You should also make sure your wireless network is secure so someone else isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t using your Internet bandwidth. If your wireless network is not secure, I recommend you create a password to secure your Fire Department Although the work of the fire department is most obvious when members of the Sylvania community hear sirens and see apparatus heading toward an emergency, there are a number of less noticeable but vital steps taken throughout the year to stay up to date. Last year the township department was awarded a grant of $95,000, which will be enough to replace hoses on all of the fire engines. The department also spent $1 to purchase a retired Life Squad. They were able to refit it, and make it a reliable Air Unit. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a vehicle equipped to go to fire scenes and has the capability to refill mobile air packs worn by firefighters when combating smoke and flames in buildings. Personnel also spent time updating a mothballed unit, which is now used as an ambulance for patients when private ambulance service is unavailable. The department also spent time in getting the right credentials and insurance for the additional service for residents of the city and township.

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data and ensure strangers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t join your network. Animated pointers and hi-resolution images of your favorite vacation spot may look nice, but they can also slow your computer down. Since animations and images load into memory every time you start your PC, there is less processing power available for more important tasks. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use changing slides on your desktop. That eats up RAM. When a scanning program such as an anti-virus, anti-spyware, or automatic backup is running, your computer may respond slowly. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend disabling these, as they are an important part of your computerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety. These programs should be run at least once a week, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan on using your machine while they are running. Schedule them to run when your computer is indeed turned on but you are not likely to be using it. Software usually has a list of requirements for things like processor speed, operating system, memory (RAM) and hard drive space. These specifications are the absolute minimum levels needed to make the software run. If your computer just meets the requirements, the software will run, but it might not run well. Try to meet or surpass the system recommendations of your software, rather than just meeting the bare requirements. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move up to the newest and greatest software. Your machine may barely be able to run with it.

Computer Classes

Computer classes are available and taught by me at the Eberly Center on the campus of The department sponsored its third annual Safety Fair in October at the fire station on Sylvania Avenue east of Centennial Road. Attendance has grown every year and this year the fair opened one hour early to allow children with special needs to attend, before the space got too crowded. Captain Aaron Frye was part of the inaugural Managing Fire Officer Program conducted by the National Fire Academy. Deputy Chiefs Mike Froelich and Mike Ramm were both certified as Credentialed Fire Chiefs by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.

Police Department

Similar to the fire department, our police department is most noticeable to the public as officers who patrol the community and respond to emergencies. But they too are involved in numerous activities that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always get noticed, but are quietly performed to allow for a smooth running operation and for the safety of the citizens. Last year the department instituted a change in the procedure of filing criminal complaints in Sylvania Municipal Court. In the past, individual officers would do the necessary paperwork and file charges in the court, but that task is now undertaken by the administrative sergeant. The sergeantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s filings totaled 381 charges against 231 defendants. By using the new procedure, overtime was significantly reduced. In fact, for the year, police overtime was at less than 80 percent of what it had been budgeted. Another move to increase efficiency last year was the closing of the community affairs bureau office in Mayberry. Those officers were relocated to the headquarters building, 4402 King Rd., so they can work more collaboratively with other members of the department. The department continues its cooperative agreement with the Sylvania city department by supplying transportation for prisoners going to the Lucas County Jail. In the past, the departments transported their own prisoners, but both departments benefit with only one agency dealing with that issue. The township force also works with the Sylvania police in joining in the Sylvania Metropolitan Special

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Response Team. With seven members from the township and five from the city, the unit goes through extensive training to react in any emergency setting or to aid in a dangerous situation. The townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DARE program last year graduated 319 students from the program in the four elementary schools located in the township. Safety Township graduated 93 children from the summer program. The departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dispatch center received just over 72,500 calls last year Of those, just over 15,000 resulted in calls for police service.

Road Department

The work of the road department never comes to an end. There is always some work to be done on the 130 miles of township roads. Some of the numbers from last year suggest a rapid pace. Improvements were made to 5,027 linear ft. of storm sewers, 40 tons of road patch were applied, and 2,000 sq. ft. of concrete road and sidewalks were repaired. Those are just some of the chores accomplished by the department, which also provided great service to residents keeping roads plowed during a record-breaking winter. In addition to the roadwork done, the department is responsible for the spring and fall brush and leaf pickup, managing the Christmas Tree drop-off spot, and the household goods collection. The department is also responsible for inspecting, maintaining and repairing township items ranging from monster fire rigs to chain saws. The departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mechanics deal with all of the township vehicles, keeping them in top running order. They regularly attend seminars and workshops to stay on top of the best practices. The department is also responsible for jobs that are only noticed when they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get done, such as repair or replacement of damaged street signs, roadside maintenance and the upkeep of the township cemetery. In 2000, the department had 22 employees, while there are 14 today. The strategic use of private contractors and training for a more skilled and efficient workforce has made that possible.



Continued from 10C Zoning Department

A good place to get a snapshot of the local economy is the zoning department. By the activity there, things are looking pretty good. Permits for the construction of single-family homes moved upward again last year to a total of 98, the most since 134 permits in 2006. The record high number was set in 2004, when 256 permits were issued. Total zoning permits of 474 were also the highest number issued since 2006. In addition to single-family homes, the department also permitted development of Carlisle Commons at 8739 Central Ave., which will offer ranch-style apartments to those 55 and older. Other residential developments include 34 units in the 3900 block of McCord Road, and an 85-bed assisted living unit at 5350 Mitchaw Rd. That development will also have 15 independent living duplexes. In addition to residential development, the office also was involved in commercial construction, much of it focused along the Central Avenue and Monroe Street corridors. Some of the larger projects completed this year include the Mercy Hospital emergency room and diagnostic clinic at Central Avenue and King Road, remodeling and expansion of Central Park JMS, on Central Avenue east of McCord Road. Devonshire REIT transformed what is generally thought of as the Target shopping area with dramatic remodeling and construction in that area of Monroe Street. Slightly east of there, the Fresh Thyme Market is under construction. It was obviously a busy year in the department, which is the administrative office for both the zoning commission and the board of zoning appeals. The office instituted action that will have the Lucas County Plan Commission first look at and make recommendations for some conditional use permits in the future. Most requests for large development will likely also be reviewed by the county agency. The reason is primarily to allow for a different perspective on something, which could have a large effect on an area of the township before making a final decision. Last year, the office began to take steps toward establishing an updated land use plan for the township. Although planning for that is still in the early stages it is likely to generate a good deal of effort and interest during the current year.

Finance Department

Keeping an eye on income and paying the bills can become routine, but not if making sure the two are always in balance is the continual goal. The success of that effort for the township is clear at the end of each year. This past year, as has become usual, the results show that the close eye on expenses has kept departments below their budgeted amounts. There is little to do about revenue budgets as they are pretty much established by law, but expenses can be controlled to a certain extent. Township employees and managers did a good job again in 2015. Expenses of the general fund were 89.2 percent of the amount budgeted. The road and bridge fund spent 78.7 percent of its budget while the police department spent 95.8 percent and the fire department expenses were at 94.4 percent.

SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE | MID MARCH 2016 | 11B Late last year, the finance department decided to look into the possibility of refinancing bonds issued for fire station construction. Through that process, the township was reassured about its financial stability and the refinancing will result in a savings of $511,000 by the maturity of the bonds in 2030.

Human Resources

The largest single move in township employment last year was the hiring of five firefighter/paramedics. The four men and one woman were hired to replace three firefighters who retired and to fill two positions that were promised during the recent levy campaign. In the police department, a dispatcher resigned and a person was hired to fill that position. Two officers were hired to bring department staffing back up to the 2014 level. Greg Hoffman, longtime superintendent of the road department, retired and he has been replaced by Rob Nash. Steve Kessler was promoted to replace Nash as road foreman and a person was hired to fill Kessler’s former position. The department also purchased additional hardware to allow for greater efficiency in remaining compliant with the Affordable Care Act. Personal data of employees is now in one place and easily accessible for employees to make updates.

Firefighters hired

The Sylvania Township Fire Department marked the hiring of five new firefighter/paramedics with a badge ceremony at a recent meeting of the Sylvania Township trustees. Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski read a brief history of the meaning of the Maltese Cross on the badge, a symbol of bravery, before the group was sworn in by Deputy Chief Mike Ramm. The chief noted that three of the new members of the department were hired to replace firefighters who retired and two of them were hired to fulfill a pledge during the most recent levy campaign. Those who are replacing retired firefighters are Ben Coppes, Gregory Shadler and Jason Fritz. Those hired as a result of the success of the levy are Jaime Sesock and Kurtis Baumgartner.

not be used for people seeking a conditional use permit for a home occupation. In most of those cases, there is not an intensive change in a neighborhood as opposed to some permits sought which may have an effect on a large segment of the township.

Sign Variances Approved

Two requests for variances for signs at Wildwood Metropark have been approved by the Sylvania Township board of zoning appeals and a request for a variance for a third sign was approved if the area is rezoned. The Metroparks of the Toledo Area made the request in their effort to get new and uniform signage at all of the parks in their district. The district was granted a variance, which will allow for signs to be placed nearer Central Avenue than what the current zoning regulations allow. Daryl Graus, manager to the township zoning and planning office, told board members that those regulations are currently under review and that restrictions on the placement of signs may be less restrictive in the future. The approvals are for sites at the main entrance and a secondary entrance east of that on Central Avenue. The metroparks also sought a variance for a sign on McCord Road at a parking lot adjacent to the University-Parks Trail. Graus noted that the area is zoned for residential use and that no signs are permitted in that area. He said the easiest way around the issue would be for that space to be rezoned for its use as public property. Marty Overholt, representing the metroparks, said he would suggest the rezon-

ing possibility, but couldn’t make a commitment. He said that although the metroparks maintains the area, it is owned by Lucas County and the county would likely have to seek rezoning. The board tentatively approved the design and location for the proposed sign on McCord Road, if the property is rezoned.

Brush and Leaf Pickup

The annual brush and leaf pickup for Sylvania Township property owners this year will begin April 11. Residents are reminded to keep brush and leaves at the curb or the street side, but not in the street. Limbs and branches should not be more than 6 ft. long and must be kept separate from leaves. Crews will make a one-time sweep through the township, beginning April 11.

Conditional Use Permits

Most requests for conditional use permits to the Sylvania Township board of zoning appeals should first be reviewed by the Lucas County Plan Commission, according to a recommendation by the township zoning commission. The extra step will allow for an additional set of “eyes and ears” to review a proposal as well as allow for an additional forum for people to weigh in with their opinions. Daryl Graus, planning and zoning manager for the township, told members of the zoning board that the role of the county agency would be only to make recommendations and that their opinion would not be binding. The township board of zoning appeals would have the final determination on approving conditional use permits. He said the proposed new procedure would

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Eileen Eppstein-Tucker

Eileen K. Eppstein75, of Tucker, Lambertville, Mich., passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at St. Vincent Medical Center, after a long illness. Born April 21, 1940, in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of Morris and Kathryn Eppstein. Eileen graduated from Scott High School and went on to graduate from Ohio University with an elementary school teaching degree. She taught for many years in Toledo Public Schools and the Bedford School system before retiring. She was preceded in death by her parents and eldest sister Shirley. Eileen is survived by her sister Ruth Davidson, her daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mary Kruse

Mary E. Kruse, 93, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away, Thursday, March 3, 2015, at The Grove. Mary was born in Fremont, Ohio, July 23, 1922, to parents, Charles and Edna (Rath) Hansen. Mary was employed with Ernst and Young for more than 20 years before retiring in 1985. She was the longest surviving member of Olivet Lutheran Church where she spent many years volunteering in the kitchen following in her mother’s footsteps. She was a faithful member of the Olivet Adult Choir for over 76 years. She enjoyed the many trips and friendships with the Olivet Leisure League, Mary’s family and church were her life, especially here grandand great-grandchildren. Mary also was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. She is survived by her daughters Carol DeGroff and Marilyn (Thomas) Somers; son John (Cheryl) Kruse; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Virginia Hansen, nephew Chuck (Ann) Hansen, one great-niece and four additional nephews and niece and one great-nephew and niece. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, John Kruse; brothers Leonard, Wilbur, Burdel, and Marion “Lawrence” Hansen and one greatniece. The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff of The Grove at Oakleaf and her Great Lakes Caring Hospice team. Mary will be laid to rest beside John at Toledo Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer memorials in Mary’s memory are asked to consider, in lieu of flowers, the Olivet Lutheran Church Adult Choir, c/o Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania, ohio, 43560.

Roy Fitkin

Roy “Bud” D. Fitkin, age 90, of Ottawa Lake Mich., passed away Tuesday March 1, 2016, at his home in the loving care of his family. Roy was born to Raymond and Martha Fitkin in Toledo, Ohio. After serving in the United States Navy during World War ll and the Korean War, Bud with his wife, Ruth, owned and operated Fitkin Greenhouse and farm in Ottawa Lake, Mich. Their love for plants and farming was evident in the successful business they operated for 42 years before retiring in 1989. Bud was a longtime member of the Sylvania First United Methodist Church having attended there over 70 years. He is survived by loving wife of 61 years, Ruth; sons David Fitkin, Thomas (Theresa) Fitkin; daughters Judy (Steven) Fitkin, Beth (Stanley) Duda, and granddaughter Ella Duda. Online condolences maybe given to the family at

Sandra Sterba

Sandra S. Sterba, 52, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. Sandra is survived by her loving mother, Beth Sterba; sister Cathy Sterba; nephew Michael Gochenour; niece Claire (Joshua) Norman; and special friend Jackie (Muffa) Ritzenthaler. Those wishing to offer memorials in Sandra’s memory are asked to consider the St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Sylvania.

Richard E. White

Richard E. White, 90, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away on March 10, 2016, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. Richard Earl White was born on Sept. 12, 1925 in Stillwater, Minn., to Eugene Raymond and Helen Claire White. He left Stillwater in 1943 to join the U. S. Navy with hopes of serving overseas as a pilot. Due to the end of the war, he was unable to fulfill that ambition. After his discharge in 1945, he took advantage of the GI Bill to attend the University of Minnesota and graduated with a BBA in 1947. He met Pearl Marie Schmitt in 1943 while he was attending the University of Dubuque during his Navy enlistment and they were married on June 12, 1948. After a brief period of work-

SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE | MID MARCH 2016 | 13B ing for John Deere, he completed a second bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Minnesota. In 1949, he took a job at Casper College in Casper, Wy. as the Director of Adult Education. In 1955, he became the youngest college president in the country when he became the president of Sheridan Community College in Sheridan, Wy. At the time, the college was operating out of an old hospital building and he lobbied for state aid, private donations, and a municipal bond issue to construct the first building for the college. Enrollment at the college tripled while he was president. During the summers, he continued to pursue his education at the University of Minnesota and received a MA in curriculum and instruction in 1957. In 1959, he returned to the University of Minnesota to pursue a Ph.D. while also working full-time in the Office of Institutional Research. Subsequently, he served as an assistant to the vice president of the university. After completing his Ph.D. in 1965, he was offered a position as president of two start-up community colleges in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (now known as the Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College). After those colleges completed the start-up process, he became the assistant executive director of the Minnesota State Community College System in 1966. In 1967 he moved to Ohio to take a position teaching college administration at The University of Toledo. In his twenty years at The University of Toledo, he served in various capacities in the College of Education, including chairman of the Higher Education Department, assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean. During his time with the university he served as the advisor to multiple doctoral candidates who went on to become college administrators. He was known both for his sage advice and his insistence on correct grammar in doctoral dissertations. He retired in 1987 but continued teaching as a professor emeritus until 1994. During that time he was also asked to serve as the interim budget officer for The University of Toledo during a six-month period in 1989. In his retirement, he enjoyed learning about tax preparation and worked for many years at HR Block during the tax season. He also spent several years working as an election worker for the Lucas County Board of Elections. He was an active member of the local genealogy society and enjoyed using the computer to conduct genealogy research. In addition to a 45 year career in higher education, Richard also served on the executive committee for the Ohio Association of Higher Education, including serving as president in 1970. He was on the board of trustees for Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan for many years including board chairman from 1975 to 1979. He then served on the board of Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio from 1995 to 2003, serving as the chairman of the academic affairs committee for five of those years. Finally he served on the board of directors for the Dental Center Of Northwest Ohio, a nonprofit dental center, from 1996 to 2001. He was active in the Sylvania community as a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and worked with Sylvania City Schools as the

treasurer of the levy campaign that resulted in the construction of Southview High School. He was devoted to his family and encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams. Richard is survived by his four children, Mary Himmelein, Sarah (Bruce) Groves, Claire (David) Achen, and Richard L. (Renee) White; his six grandchildren, Sarah (Mark) Floria, Melanie (Paul) Stutzenstein, Michael (Ann Reihing) Himmelein, Christine (Ian) Zimmerman, Jennifer Groves, and Kathleen (Michael) Burnett; four great-grandchildren, Connor and Avery Floria, Kaitlyn Stutzenstein, and Violet Zimmerman; his sisters Dorothy (Mike) Scullen and Jean (Ted) Gillen; his sister-inlaw Virginia (Robert) Daniels, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Pearl (2010) and his brothers Pat White and Charles White. The family would like to thank the staff at the Kingston Residence of Sylvania for their many kindnesses; ProMedica Hospice for their assistance during his final weeks, and Dr. Robert Axonovitz for his care and guidance. The family requests any donations be made to Lourdes University. He will be remembered by his family as a wise role model who provided unwavering love and generosity, excellent advice and guidance, and was never afraid to admit he liked frosting. Online condolences may be given to the family at

Daniel Gibson

Daniel J. Gibson, 58, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. He was born in Streator, Ill., on Jan. 18, 1958, to K. Wayne & Jeanette I. (Schweickert) Gibson. Daniel loved music, reading, playing chess and was a talented writer. He was the editor of his high school paper in Charlotte, Mich., where his teachers were not only educators to him but also his friends. Daniel is survived by his loving family; parents, Wayne and Jeanette; brothers Kerry, Steven (Cindy), Thomas (Betsy), Robert (Kristen) and William Gibson; sisters Gail (Elston) Gaurin and Lynn Wolfe; plus many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by sister Mary Brophy. Online condolences may be offered to Daniel’s family at

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Joseph W. Diehn American Legion Post 468 Honors Students

Students participants from Southview included Julian Liber, left, and Pallavi Lanka, right, shown with Superintendent of Sylvania Schools Scott Nelson, center. Liber was awarded as an Americanism and Government test winner and Lanka received recognition as an American and Government test winner as well as being a 2015 Buckeye Girls State delegate.

Commander of the American Legion Post 468 Joe Cafferty welcomed guests to the 'Americanism Program' held at the American Legion, 5580 Centennial Rd., on Feb. 28.

Sylvania Town Crier Michael Lieber and American Legion Post 468 member Wesley Falls visited before the program that honored Buckeye Boys State and Girls State delegates.

Americanism committee member Evelyn Navarre and Southview High School principal David McMurray were on hand to congratulate the winners.

Kathleen Duwve, a student at Northview High School, was honored as a 2015 Buckeye Girls State delegate.

The Southview High School Band, directed by Alison Knowles, entertained guests with a patriotic musical selection at the Americanism Program.

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