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Sylvania, OH 43560 Permit No. 8

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A Fond Farewell

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2-4A Happenings 5-7A Community 8-11A Business 12-13A Food 14-23A Community 1-2B Schools 5B Sports Sylvania Then and Now 6B 12B Community 10B Stars Speak 12B Business Cards 13B Lives Remembered 14B Real Estate 15B Classifieds Healing Service The Victory Center invites cancer patients and survivors to a healing service on the third Tuesday of each month at Epworth United Methodist Church, 4855 W. Central Ave. The service is free and open to the public. Register by calling 419-531-7600. Mom2mom Mom2mom is a way for moms to get connected with others who are also journeying through motherhood. We meet the first Wednesday of every month from September through May from 9:15-11:15 am at Christ the Word Church, 3100 Murd Rd. Childcare is provided. facebook.com/Mom2momtoledo/ MothersÊ Center of Greater Toledo First and third Thursday meetings for fun, food and friendship from 9:45-11:15 am at West Toledo YMCA, 2110 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo. Developmentally appropriate childcare provided. For info visit motherscenter.net. Nar-Anon A 12-step program for families and friends of addicts meets on Saturdays from 10-11 am at Mercy St. Anne’s, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave, third floor conference room and Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm at Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Ln. Olivet Lutheran ChurchÊs Free Community Meal Olivet hosts a free community meal each

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Wednesday in the Christian Life Center. Enjoy food and fellowship at 5840 Monroe St. Call 419-882-2077 or visit olivetsylvania.org. Pet Loss Support Group SylvaniaVet hosts a pet loss support group meeting at Christ Presbyterian Church, 4225 W. Sylvania Ave., 7 pm the second Tuesday of each month. Park in the back. 419-885-4421. Prostate Cancer Support Group A prostate cancer support group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at Cancer Center library at St. Anne’s Hospital. For info, call 419-346-2753 or 419-344-9830. Stamp Collectors Club of Toledo Meets first and third Thursdays, Sept.-May at Perrysburg Masonic Hall - 590 E South Boundary at 7 pm. Each meeting is a program or member auction. Stroke Support Group Monthly support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 4 - 6 pm at ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd. Contact 419-291-7537 or stroke.support@promedica.org. Survivors of Suicide Support Group Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at the Advent Lutheran Center, 3941 N. McCord Rd. at 7pm. Call Nancy Yunker at 419-517-7553 for more information. Taizé Service A Taizé Service is held monthly on the third Thursday at 7 pm in SUCC’s Christ’s Chapel, 7240 Erie St. 419-882-0048. TAME Meeting The Toledo Area Miniature Enthusiasts meet the first Saturday of each month from 1- 4 pm in the Sylvania Heritage Museum Carriage House, 5717 Main St. 734-847-6366. TOPS Meetings (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Two chapters of TOPS,1961 and 1672, meet at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6715 Brint Rd. Meetings are held Mondays from 9-10:30 am and Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm. Call 419478-1103 or 419-841-6436 for information. TOPS is not church affiliated. Toledo Area Genealogy Society Meets from 7-9 pm the second Monday of the month September through June at Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St. Visit tagstoledo.org for info. Toledo Country Live Band Toledo Country Live Band is in concert the first and third Saturday, 6 pm at the Church of St. Andrew United Methodist, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd. Light refreshments. Free. Information 419262-4453.

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Sylvania Senior Center Programs

Hours: 8 am- 5 pm Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri • 8 am-7:30 pm Tuesdays Lunch is served from 11:30-12:15 p.m. Mon-Fri; suggested donation age 60+ is $2.50; non-senior is $5.62, make reservation by noon the day before. Tuesday Evening Dinner served from 4:30-5:15, $8.00 per person; reserve by 2 p.m. the Friday before Billiards: Mon-Fri open all day, weekly Computer Lab: open when classes are not in session; Open Gym: when classes are not in session, see schedule; Woodshop: Tue, Thu & Fri, 1-3, weekly; Woodcarvers: Tue, 3-6 weekly through Dec 17, 2-5 Dec 17 through February Transportation to Senior Center & Shopping: call Deb, 419-885-3913

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Art Studio Group: Tue 9-11, weekly, * Charter Sr. Living BP/BS Clinic: Tue 9:30-11, weekly Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Bunco: 1st & 3rd Tue, 1-3, monthly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * Retirement Specialist: 2nd Wed, by appt., monthly Rummikub: 2nd & 4th Wed, 3-4, monthly Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Memory Chat: 2nd Thu, by appt., memory care professional, monthly Pathways Consultation: 2nd Thu, by appt., monthly Camera Club: 2nd Wed, 1:30-2:30, monthly Estate Review, by appt., monthly Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Line Dancing: Fridays 2:30-4, $3, weekly Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Arbors at Sylvania BP Clinic: 11:30-12:30 Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Cardio Drumming: 2nd Mon 2, 40 minute workout, $2 Charter Sr. Living BP/BS Clinic: Tue 9:30-11, weekly Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Legal Outreach: 2nd Tue of the month, by appt. Contract Bridge: Tue 12:30-3:30, weekly Adult Coloring: 2nd & 4th Tue, 1-3, monthly

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Current Events: 2nd & 4th Tue, 2-4, monthly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * Knit & Crochet: Wed 9-11 & Fri 2-4, weekly Party Euchre: Wed 10-12, weekly Pinochle: 12:30-3:30, weekly Movie Day: 3rd Wed 1-3, monthly, please RSVP Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Book Review: 3rd Thu, 2-3, monthly Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Advanced Funeral Planning: 3rd Friday, by appt. Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Line Dancing: Fridays 2:30-4, $3, weekly Closed/Holiday Charter Sr. Living BP/BS Clinic: Tue 9:30-11, weekly Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * O.S.H.I.I.P. Trained Specialist: 3rd Tue of the month, by appt. Blood Drive: 12 noon-6 p.m., call Red Cross for more details Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Line Dancing: Fridays 2:30-4, $3, weekly Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, 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 sylvaniaseniorcenter.org and click on Senior Center Newsletter.

Sylvania Senior Center • 7140 Sylvania Ave. • Sylvania, Ohio 43560


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•Through April 26, 2020

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water Toledo Museum of Art Yayoi Kusama’s artistic practice spans seven decades and her paintings, sculpture and installations have left a mark on the art world. A single infinity mirror installation will be available for viewing with timed tickets.

•Jan. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Quiet Study·times vary King Road Library Join us at the library if you are in need of a quiet place to study or work. Quiet study will take place 2:30-5:30 pm on all days except Jan. 9 and Jan. 28. On Jan. 9, quiet study will take place 3:30-5:30 pm. On Jan. 28, quiet study will take place 2:30-5 pm.

•Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Gamers Guild Free For All, 6-8 pm Sylvania Library Play Nintendo Switch on a jumbo screen, enjoy retro video games, play Roblox on iPads, or even try out a new board game! Ages 13-18.

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Team Leadership Council, 6-8 pm Sylvania Library A chance to have fun and earn community service hours for planning, supporting, and executing teen programs and community service projects. Ages 13-18.

•Jan. 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

Homework Helper, 3:30-5:30 pm King Road Library A homework help service that will be available through the end of May. Ages 5-10.

•Jan. 9

Mercy Health Talks, 2-3 pm King Road Library Join us monthly for an informative presentation from Mercy Health. Ages 18+. Register.

•Jan. 9, 16, 23

Gamers Guild, 3:30-5:30 pm Sylvania Library Play the newest games on the Nintendo Switch, such as Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Just Dance, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Party, and many more. Gamers Guild meets in the Teen Area. Ages 13-18.

•Jan 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31

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Snooze at the Zoo Toledo Zoo Spend the night at the Zoo. A good time for families, groups and schools. Each Snooze lasts from 6:30 pm to10 am the next day. Separate fee, pre-registration required. For more information, including pricing and available dates, visit toledozoo.org/snooze.

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Horticulture Make & Take Workshop, 10 am-noon Toledo Zoo The horticulture staff help you improve the health of your home and humans by creating a custom houseplant arrangement in a decorative glazed ceramic planter. No experience necessary but space is limited. Reservations required. Register and learn more at toledozoo.org/workshop. •Code IT for Adults, 2-3:30 pm King Road Library An opportunity for adults to learn how coding works. Ages 18+. Registration required. •50s-60s Dance, 7-11 pm Joseph Diehn Post 468 Join us for a 50s-60s-themed dance, presented by American Legion. Larry & Char will be DJ-ing the dance. Cost is $10 per person. Appetizers are appreciated.

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Blissfield Model Railroad Open House, 11 am-4 pm 109 E. Adrian St. Blissfield, Mich. Come and see the layout which has three levels and it is set in the 1950s - 1960s era. The railroad covers the C&O and Clinchfield Railroads in the Appalachian Mountains, Ohio and Kentucky region. The event is free.

•Jan. 12, 26

Piano recital series, 3 pm Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery Yearlong celebration of the 250th birthday of Beethoven with a complete cycle of his piano sonatas. Organized by Robert Satterlee, professor of piano at BGSU.

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Aromatherapy, 1-2 pm The Victory Center, Suite B 5532 W. Central Ave., Toledo Learn about how essential oils can be used for everyday health and wellness. Program is free to people with a cancer diagnosis and is sponsored by ProMedica Cancer Institute. Aromatherapy takes place the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call the Victory Center at 419-531-7600 for details. •Monday Crafternoon, 4-5 pm King Road Library A chance for children ages 5-12 to make crafts, jewelry, and art projects. The library will provide the projects, supplies, smiles, and fun. •Toledo Grows Presents: Gardening in Small Spaces, 6:30-7:30 pm King Road Library Learn which vegetables, herbs, or fruits you can easily grow in a pot or small space in your yard. Ages 18+. •Cricut for Kids, 4-5:30 pm Sylvania Library Find out how our Cricut Machine works. We will be creating snow-themed crafts to take home. Registration required. Ages 5-10. •Sylvania Book Club, 7-8 pm Sylvania Library Join us for a lively discussion about Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Ages 18+. •White Coat Ceremony, 5:30-6:30 pm Franciscan Center The College of Nursing at Lourdes University will host a White Coat Ceremony for new nursing students. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Jodi Spewick, co-chair of undergraduate nursing at 419-824-3781 or jspewick@lourdes.edu for information.

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Nursing Mothers Support Group,

1:30-2:30 pm ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Entrance F, Mom & Me Boutique 2142 N. Cove Blvd., Toledo An opportunity for breastfeeding mothers to receive support from a certified lactation consultant and other nursing mothers. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 419-291-5666. •ProMedica Dementia Education Series, 6:30-7:30 pm ProMedica Flower Hospital Conference Center, Boardroom . A certified dementia practitioner will provide free adult day care supervision and recreational activities during the event. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is requested but not required. For more informational or to register, call Cheyenne Abrego at 419-824-1758 or email Cheyenne.Abrego@ProMedica.org. •Google Apps for Beginners: Drive, Docs, and Sheets, 6-7 pm King Road Library This hands-on class will introduce you to the various free tools available through Google and provides instruction on how to use Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. Ages 18+. Registration required. •TED Talk Discussion, 12-1 pm Franciscan Center A discussion will be held about the ideas Theo E.J. Wilson presents in his TED Talk titled ‘A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt Right.’ Bring your lunch—coffee and cookies will be provided. Hosted by the Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lifelong Learning. Free and open to all. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu.

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Bariatric Seminar, 6-8 pm ProMedica Health and Wellness Center, Rooms 1 & 2 5700 Monroe St. Free informational seminars that are designed to help people learn about the ProMedica Weight Loss Surgery Program and the benefits of weight loss surgery. To register or for more information, visit promedica.org/bariatric or call 419-291-6777.

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LEGO Freeplay!, 3:30-4:30 pm King Road Library Practice your engineering skills and put your creativity to work in this fun building program featuring LEGOs and K’Nex. Ages 5-10.


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King Road Book Group, 11 am-12:30 pm King Road Library ‘Where the Crawdads Sing,’ by Delia Owens will be discussed. Ages 18+. •Homeschool Hour, 1:30-2:30 pm King Road Library A monthly opportunity for homeschooling families from the community to connect for fun activities, networking, and social time. •Metroparks Toledo Presents: Surviving the Great Black Swamp, 4-5 pm Sylvania Library Discover the ways settlers adapted the Great Black Swamp to create the communities we live in today. Ages 5-10.

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Code IT Club, 4:15-5:15 pm King Road Library Have you ever wanted to create a video game, program a robot, or make a website? Make some friends, learn more about coding, and show others your skills. Ages 10-13. •Baby + Me Yoga Storytime, 10-11 am King Road Library Bond and stretch with your baby through yoga-inspired stories. No yoga experience necessary. Bring a baby blanket and a yoga mat. •Sylvania Public Art Exhibition: Birds of Sylvania, 6-7 pm Sylvania Library See works created by Highland Elementary fifth graders and the winning selections that will become public art banners around Sylvania. Presented by the Sylvania Arts Commission.

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Wine Tasting, 7-9 pm Toledo Zoo, Museum Great Hall Ages 21 and up enjoy an array of wines, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Advanced tickets are required. Separate fee. Member discounts apply. For information, visit toledozoo.org/wine. •The View from Here and There, 9:15-11 am Franciscan Center Lifelong Learning presents ‘The View from Here and There’ with Tom Estrella and Dr. Dale Lanigan, two professors, from opposite sides of the political spectrum, who partake in a public political debate. Refreshments served at 9:15 am. Free for members and first-time visitors. •Life Changes Discussion, 11:15 am-12:45 pm Franciscan Center Chris Cremean of the Caregiver Resources Group shares strategies for making informed choices in care and services for yourself and loved ones. He will discuss life changes such as finances, housing, legal issues, medical care, nutrition, and transportation. Reservations are requested at least one week prior. $10 for Lifelong Learning members, $15 for nonmembers. A buffet lunch is included in the entry fee. •Battle of the Wines, 5:30-8:30 pm La-Z-Boy Center Atrium Monroe County Community College Three flights of three different wines (9 tastings of your choice of either dry or sweet) from France, Canada, and Michigan presented and discussed by a sommelier. $40. Call 734-243-7136 for tickets.

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Camp for a Day, 9 am-4 pm Toledo Zoo Kids learn about animals built for the extreme cold weather. Bundle up and check out

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penguins, polar bears and more. Separate fee, pre-registration required. Ages 5-12. Zoo member discount applies. To register or learn more, visit toledozoo.org/camps. •KidÊs Day, 8 am-4 pm Christ Presbyterian Church 4225 W. Sylvania Ave Drop the kids off for a day of fun activities, games, and friendship. This event is for children ages 4 through fifth grade. The event is free and lunch is provided.Registration required by Jan. 15. Contact Jen Juhasz at 419-475-8629 or JenCPCToledo@gmail.com.

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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, 5-6 pm ProMedica Neurosciences Center, Second Floor,Rooms 1 & 2 2130 W. Central Ave., Toledo A monthly group that provides support, conversation, and educational discussions to individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis. For more information or to RSVP, contact Nikki Artiaga at nikki.artiaga@promedica.org. •Toledo UkestersÊ Jam Session, 8:30 pm King Road Library A fun evening that is free and open to all teens and adults. •Code IT, Jr., 4:15-5:15 pm King Road Library Learn the basis of coding with kid-friendly software and hands-on activities. Ages 5-10. •Tech Tuesday for Teens, 3:30-4:30 pm Sylvania Library Ages 13-18-explore new technology in the Maker Room. Check out the mini drones, the 3D printers, and much more. Learn about all your library has to offer and have a snack.

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Sylvania Branch Library Recurring Events 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania, Ohio

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Program Family Storytime Babytime Toddler Storytime Code IT Jr. Homeschool Hour Let’s Talk! Storytime Playdate Code IT Club Sit, Stay, Read Minecraft Meetup

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Your Go-To Event: Sylvania City Council/Township

Paint with a Penguin Toledo Zoo Enjoy a mix of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a paint class featuring expertise from the African Penguin artists in residence. Tickets are $75/person for Zoo members and $85/person for non-members. For tickets visit toledozoo.org/penguinpaint.

•Jan. 25

An Epiphany Celebration for Wise Women with Sister Nora Klewicki, OSF Regina Conference Center 6832 Convent Blvd. An opportunity to reflect on “What is wisdom?” and to think about what wisdom 2020 will present. Time for coffee/tea, conversation, reflections and celebration will follow thejjurski@sistersosf.org talk. The cost is $20. RSVP by Jan.17, 2020 to Sister Joan Jurski, OSF, or 419-824-3528. •Winter Movie-Craft, 10 am-noon King Road Library Make a wintry craft, then settle in for a cozy movie day! Showing Rise of the Guardians (97 min, rated PG). •Horticulture Make & Take Workshop, 10 am-noon Toledo Zoo Bring your summer garden into your kitchen window and learn how to care for and grow fragrant herbs for cooking all winter long. Chalkboard plant labels will also be provided. No experience necessary but space is limited. Reservations required. Register and learn more at toledozoo.org/workshop.

•Jan. 27

Family Storytime, 11-11:30 pm King Road Library Children, ages 2-5, along with a favorite grown-ups, are invited to talk, sing, read, write, and play as stories, rhymes, music and

2020 Sylvania City Council: Front Row, L-R: Katie Cappellini, Mary Westphal, Lyndsey Stough; Back Row, L-R: Doug Haynam, Patrick Richardson, Mark Frye and Brian McCann.

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hy not make 2020 the year to become a more informed citizen by attending a Sylvania City Council meeting? Council meets in the Sylvania Municipal building, 6635 Maplewood Ave. Learn how city government works. Meet the newly elected members of city council, Brian McCann and Lyndsey Stough, and become reacquainted with the other members, Katie Cappellini, Mark Frye, Doug Haynam, Patrick Richardson and President Mary Westphal. Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm, unless the scheduled date falls on a holiday, in which case it meets on the following Wednesday. Sylvania Township residents may also learn

about their government by attending Sylvania Township Trustee meetings at the Sylvania Township Hall, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Rd. Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm and the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm, unless the scheduled date falls on a holiday, The township is governed by a three member Board of Trustees, John Crandall, John Jennewine and Neal Mahoney; a Fiscal Officer, David Simko, and a full-time Administrator Oliver Turner. This event is highlighted on the Guy in the 419 Live Show, available on Facebook or by visiting guyinthe419.com.


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YMCA Child Development Center earns Step Up to Quality 4-Star rating from state of Ohio The Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center has been recognized with a prestigious Step Up to Quality 4-Star rating from the state of Ohio. This rating underscores the YMCA child care team’s success in preparing children for kindergarten. Step Up To Quality is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards exceeding the preschool and school-age child care licensing requirements. Step Up To Quality is based on national research identifying standards that lead to improved outcomes for children.

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3- to 4-Star Rating Last summer, the Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center moved from a nearby building on the YMCA/JCC campus at 6465 Sylvania Ave. into the same facility as its family and wellness center. The move necessitated the need to reapply for the SUTQ rating. The result was the child development center’s 3star rating advancing to a 4-star rating. “The benefits of high-quality learning and development centers last a lifetime. Your child has 1,892 days from the day they are born until they enter kindergarten. What happens on this journey lays the foundation for success in school and life,” said Lesley Doria, executive director of child care at the YMCA.

Annual regarding HIM Conference plans underway

Executive Director of Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, Inc. Ann Riddle visits with Sylvania Rotarian Laura Dosch before serving as speaker at the Sylvania Rotary Dec. 19 meeting held at Highland Meadows Golf Club. —by Mary Helen Darah

THE ♥ OF OUR COMMUNITY The theme of the 2020 re:garding Him Women’s Conference will be “Purpose.” The talks, all given by local women, designed to encourage women to find fulfillment and meaning in the design God has for them. Breakout sessions will include such options as time management, dealing with grief, using social media wisely and several others. This event, which last year drew more than 400 women, will be held Saturday, March 21

at Christ the Word Church. The conference will run from 9 am to 3 pm. The cost, including a catered lunch, is $25 if registered before Feb. 15, and $35 after that date. Learn more at regardinghim.com. Re:garding HIM women’s conference is a ministry of Christ the Word Church in Sylvania. For more information contact info@regardinghim.com.

Ben Pushka, local runner, former Mobile Meals’ employee and community volunteer, is attempting a feat that few have taken on. In 2020, Ben will attempt to complete 12 marathons in 12 months in an effort to raise funds for 12 nonprofits. On Jan. 5, Pushka kicked off this year-long endeavor in Jacksonville, Fla., running the Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon for Toledo’s Mobile Meals’

Weekender Program. The Weekender Program supplies weekend food to impoverished students at eight different schools in the community. Pushka is asking for a minimum donation of $26.20, which equals one dollar per mile to support The Weekender Program. Each donation of $26.20 will supply one Weekender Bag for seven children.

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Mark Luetke and Sandy Husman City officials recently honored four individuals for their work in various community organizations by congratulating them for their dedication to Sylvania. Among those were previous Sylvania City Council member and Planning Commission/Board of Architectural Review member Sandy Husman, former Sylvania Board of Education member and Sylvania City Council member Mark Luetke, former Sister Cities Commission Chairman John Bolster and former Sylvania Board of Education member James Nusbaum. In honor of their work to shape Sylvania into the lively, rapidly growing town we live in today, we asked each one of them to reflect back on their service to the community. How long have you been serving the Sylvania community?  Husman: Since 1978 when my husband, my two daughters and I moved to Sylvania. Luetke: I’ve been an elected official for 20 years ... but probably started volunteering pretty quickly after I moved to the community 32 years ago. Nusbaum: I have completed my 16th year on the School Board, Dec. 31, 2019. what inspired you to get involved with work in our community?  Husman: In 2006 Mayor Stough asked me to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission/Board of Architectural Review. He felt that my skill set would be helpful on the board, so I agreed. I wanted to help.  Luetke: I always believed it was important to invest time in the community where we live. I first got involved in elective office at a time when the school board was deadlocked on many key issues. As a result, many great administrators were leaving for jobs elsewhere; the teachers were threatening a strike and a very fine superintendent was in danger of being fired.  I felt that my ability to build consensus might be helpful, so I ran for the board and won. Nusbaum: I attended Whiteford Elementary, Arbor Hills Junior High School and graduated from Sylvania Southview. Once we decided to raise our family in the area, serving on the School Board seemed a great way to be involved with public service in a position which could be impactful. what’s your favorite part about

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working/living in Sylvania? Husman: Hanging with the wonderful and creative-thinking individuals who live and work here. Luetke: There is a very positive spirit among the people in Sylvania. People love this community and are willing to get involved in ways both big and little.  You see this every day in the schools and our service organizations. And I’m always amazed at how many people say “yes” to getting involved in big, transformational projects --- downtown, SAJARD, TOPS, the Chamber, and elsewhere. But at the same time, I hear stories every week about residents checking in on an older neighbor or volunteering at their church – daily reminders about the kind of people we are here. Nusbaum: I think it’s the people and the sense of community. People in Sylvania are very proud of their neighborhood, school and community and it’s very nice to live in an area which has positive feelings about those things. How have you seen Sylvania change over the years you’ve been serving? Husman: More of our citizens want to be involved and active.  They want to serve their community. Luetke: The change that I am most proud about is the amazing energy and growth downtown. Today, it is largely developed with an appropriate mix of retail, entertainment, and office (not to mention the DORA!). This all is the result of vision and planning led by the mayor and council, executed by a fine city staff – and enhanced by engagement of a new civic infrastructure that includes: a transformed Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Sylvania Association, Red Bird Arts District, Arts Commission, Heritage Sylvania and a number of grass roots groups. Nusbaum: I think it’s the people and the sense of community. People in Sylvania are very proud of their neighborhood, school and community and it’s very nice to live in an area which has positive feelings about those things. what are your hopes for the future of Sylvania? Husman: That it continues to be the familyfriendly place it is today.  That our educational system remains excellent, both academically and in the way we care for our students’ needs. That the emphasis on history and the arts in our community continues to grow. Luetke: I hope to see Sylvania expand and refine its work-job-life mix to provide more economic opportunities and an even better quality of life for both current and new residents. This could include more park and recreation offerings, better access to bike and walking trails, an expanded downtown that includes more business and residential growth. We will solidify our role as Northwestern Ohio’s community of choice to work, live and play.  Nusbaum: I hope that Sylvania continues to grow in a positive direction and maintains its sense of pride and community. 

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Jim Nusbaum, fourth from left, is honored by L-R: Assistant Superintendent of Academic Affairs Tim Zieroff, School Board members Vicki Donovan Lyle, Julie Hoffman and Shannon Szyperski and Sylvania Superintendent Jane Spurgeon. Nusbaum is retiring after serving 16 years on the Sylvania School Board.


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Mark Luetke and Sandy Husman City officials recently honored four individuals for their work in various community organizations by congratulating them for their dedication to Sylvania. Among those were previous Sylvania City Council member and Planning Commission/Board of Architectural Review member Sandy Husman, former Sylvania Board of Education member and Sylvania City Council member Mark Luetke, former Sister Cities Commission Chairman John Bolster and former Sylvania Board of Education member James Nusbaum. In honor of their work to shape Sylvania into the lively, rapidly growing town we live in today, we asked each one of them to reflect back on their service to the community. How long have you been serving the Sylvania community?  Husman: Since 1978 when my husband, my two daughters and I moved to Sylvania. Luetke: I’ve been an elected official for 20 years ... but probably started volunteering pretty quickly after I moved to the community 32 years ago. Nusbaum: I have completed my 16th year on the School Board, Dec. 31, 2019. what inspired you to get involved with work in our community?  Husman: In 2006 Mayor Stough asked me to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission/Board of Architectural Review. He felt that my skill set would be helpful on the board, so I agreed. I wanted to help.  Luetke: I always believed it was important to invest time in the community where we live. I first got involved in elective office at a time when the school board was deadlocked on many key issues. As a result, many great administrators were leaving for jobs elsewhere; the teachers were threatening a strike and a very fine superintendent was in danger of being fired.  I felt that my ability to build consensus might be helpful, so I ran for the board and won. Nusbaum: I attended Whiteford Elementary, Arbor Hills Junior High School and graduated from Sylvania Southview. Once we decided to raise our family in the area, serving on the School Board seemed a great way to be involved with public service in a position which could be impactful. what’s your favorite part about

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working/living in Sylvania? Husman: Hanging with the wonderful and creative-thinking individuals who live and work here. Luetke: There is a very positive spirit among the people in Sylvania. People love this community and are willing to get involved in ways both big and little.  You see this every day in the schools and our service organizations. And I’m always amazed at how many people say “yes” to getting involved in big, transformational projects --- downtown, SAJARD, TOPS, the Chamber, and elsewhere. But at the same time, I hear stories every week about residents checking in on an older neighbor or volunteering at their church – daily reminders about the kind of people we are here. Nusbaum: I think it’s the people and the sense of community. People in Sylvania are very proud of their neighborhood, school and community and it’s very nice to live in an area which has positive feelings about those things. How have you seen Sylvania change over the years you’ve been serving? Husman: More of our citizens want to be involved and active.  They want to serve their community. Luetke: The change that I am most proud about is the amazing energy and growth downtown. Today, it is largely developed with an appropriate mix of retail, entertainment, and office (not to mention the DORA!). This all is the result of vision and planning led by the mayor and council, executed by a fine city staff – and enhanced by engagement of a new civic infrastructure that includes: a transformed Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Sylvania Association, Red Bird Arts District, Arts Commission, Heritage Sylvania and a number of grass roots groups. Nusbaum: I think it’s the people and the sense of community. People in Sylvania are very proud of their neighborhood, school and community and it’s very nice to live in an area which has positive feelings about those things. what are your hopes for the future of Sylvania? Husman: That it continues to be the familyfriendly place it is today.  That our educational system remains excellent, both academically and in the way we care for our students’ needs. That the emphasis on history and the arts in our community continues to grow. Luetke: I hope to see Sylvania expand and refine its work-job-life mix to provide more economic opportunities and an even better quality of life for both current and new residents. This could include more park and recreation offerings, better access to bike and walking trails, an expanded downtown that includes more business and residential growth. We will solidify our role as Northwestern Ohio’s community of choice to work, live and play.  Nusbaum: I hope that Sylvania continues to grow in a positive direction and maintains its sense of pride and community. 

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Jim Nusbaum, fourth from left, is honored by L-R: Assistant Superintendent of Academic Affairs Tim Zieroff, School Board members Vicki Donovan Lyle, Julie Hoffman and Shannon Szyperski and Sylvania Superintendent Jane Spurgeon. Nusbaum is retiring after serving 16 years on the Sylvania School Board.


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Toledo Zoo’s urban prairie at the King Road Library captures landscaping award Teamwork truly does make the dream work. Toledo Zoo and Toledo Lucas County Public Library were recently honored by the local chapter of a national conservation organization for their collective landscaping efforts. Toledo Zoo’s urban prairie at the King Road Library branch was recognized by the local Oak Openings Region chapter of Wild Ones with the Native Landscaping Award. This award is presented to one homeowner and one organization who have created and maintained native landscapes exemplifying the mission of the national Wild Ones organization-- promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biconvexity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Zoo staff members, Ryan Walsh, Ph.D., conversation coordinator, and Jacob Schoen, conservation technician, along with Library representative, Mike Graybeal, superintendent, facilities and operations, accepted the award at a ceremony at Olander Park Nederhouser Community Hall on Dec.10. “The Zoo’s local conservation initiative, Wild Toledo, is proud to be leading the betterment of our local area for all animals, plants and humans. We are grateful to Wild Ones Oak Openings Chapter for the recognition and to Toledo Lucas County Public Library for their on-going support of our mission and urban prairie initiative. Together, we are making a making our area greener and greater,” said Walsh. The Zoo is open daily at 10 am and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org or call 419-3854040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge on non- holiday Mondays from 10 am - noon. Valid ID showing proof of residency is required.


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Visiting Angels brighten Christmas for veterans This year, Visiting Angels Toledo and Monroe partnered with Blessings in Disguise, an organization founded by John Sayre, to provide gifts for the 38 veterans the home health care agency serves. “Our caregivers played Santa’s elves and asked their veteran clients what they needed and also what they would like to have. The caregivers brought that information back and we incorporated those wish lists with each veteran’s angel that was placed on the Angel tree in our office. Thanks to the generosity of Blessings in Disguise and our caregivers, each of our 38 veterans received over $100 worth of gifts,” said Troy Hendricks, Visiting Angels Director. “Veterans received much-needed items such as sheets, bedding, clothing and more. But, they also received some fun things. Many received favorite candy bars or other favorite snacks.” According to Hendricks, the agency has been making Christmas special for their veteran clients for the past three years. William

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Visiting Angels, with offices in Toledo and Monroe, Mich., bring Christmas cheer to Desert Storm veteran Shannon Bohannan. Special thanks goes out to his secret elf and caregiver Jan Burkhardt and Blessings in Disguise.

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SACIC awards low interest loan to Highland Meadows Golf Club

Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation Executive Director Bill Sanford and President Jerry Arkebauer, left, and SACIC Loan Chairman Steve Leamy, right, present a check for $100,000 to Highland Meadows Board Finance Chairman Rick Hack, Vice President Jim Jensen and President Jay Potter before the organization’s annual meeting on Dec. 17.

A Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation low interest loan was awarded to the Highland Meadows Golf Club to help finance an extensive golf course renovation. When complete later in the spring, all of the bunkers will have been redone throughout the course. In addition, holes number 4 and number 6 will be revamped. “This has been a longtime goal of Highland Meadows members as well as the LPGA,” noted Board President Jay Potter. “We certainly value the support of the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation. This is our second project that has been helped by the CIC and it is a win for the Sylvania community.” According to Potter, work on the bunkers began last fall. “The trees on the left of hole number 4 have been removed and the fairway will be extended to the green with an added green-side bunker,” Board Vice President Jim Jensen stated. “Hole number 6 will also have a new configuration. Trees on the right side of the hole will be removed and the fairway will be moved closer to the ravine, bringing that feature into play. This new layout also serves as a safety feature with the nearby hole number 16.” “We all appreciate this great partnership with SACIC,” offered Rick Hack, board finance chairman. “The members have been suggesting these renovations for some time. The LPGA and the Marathon Golf Classic organization are also very supportive of these renovations.” “We all realize the benefit of the LPGA

Marathon Classic. Many local children’s charities have received a great deal of money through the years. And we all receive tremendous benefits from the tournament. The focus of the golf world is on Sylvania during that week,” he said. The tournament, started in 1984, has been hosted by Highland Meadows since 1988. It has become a highlighted stop on the LPGA tour and voted fifth favorite of all the stops. The tournament has become a huge event in northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan, attracting thousands of spectators annually. The 2020 tournament will be held July 6 through July 12.

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During 2019, SACIC low-interest loans were awarded to Silica Properties to help finance infrastructure improvements for the TimberstoneVet. A $40,000 loan was awarded to the Downtown Sylvania Association for parklets to be installed along Main Street. Another loan was awarded to Yee Properties for roof and parking lot upgrades for the J&G, Kevin Charles Hair Artistry building and the Edward Jones building. In addition, a $50,000 low interest loan was issued to KEI Realty Holdings, LLC, to assist Kripke Enterprises and its move to the former Reichert Stamping plant on Central Avenue at Centennial Road. SACIC loans are for a maximum of five years with a two percent interest rate.

SACIC Introduces Promotional Pieces

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and retiring city council member Sandy Husman admire the new Sylvania marketing brochure introduced at the SACIC annual meeting with SACIC Past President John Healey and President Jerry Arkebauer.

Waterville Mayor Tim Pedro chats with retiring Sylvania City Council member Sandy Husman and Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough about the new Sylvania promotional video introduced at the SACIC annual meeting on Dec. 17 at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

Sylvania School Board member Shannon Syperski talks about the new SACIC brochure with Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Sprott and Metamora State Bank President Kate Fisher.


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Time to Move Up to Windows 10

In the world of computers, nothing lasts forever. Products that seemed like cutting-edge Janis Weber technology one day are obsolete the next. The same can be said for software, which sometimes outlasts the hardware it comes with. A perfect example can be seen in Windows 7. This operating system has been one of the most widely used in the history of computers. But as time passed, it became less secure as hackers improved their tactics. And now, after more than ten years of service, Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows 7. Citing security issues, Microsoft is pushing alerts urging stubborn users to update their systems as soon as possible. Here’s why you might want to take these alerts seriously. What Happens if I Stick with Windows 7? In a nutshell, it’s all about security. Windows 7 has been around long enough for hackers to poke numerous holes through it. It’s far more vulnerable than a new piece of software hackers are less familiar with, and anyone who doesn’t update is at a higher risk for a host of malware and cyberattacks than users who can receive the latest updates. And truth be told, Windows 7 is much more dangerous to use than it used to be. A large amount of malicious software exists specifically to target Windows 7 users, and several security flaws have been found in software like Internet Explorer. Thankfully, upgrading to Windows 10 is easy, but it isn’t free. A new single license download for Windows 10 Home edition will run you $139, and it will take several hours of update time before you can jump back on your PC again. Nonetheless, updating will make you current with the most secure, recently patched version of Windows. This will protect you against the most common types of malware and will make your computer more compatible with new software that may not have worked on your PC before. However, think twice before investing in this on your older computer. The processor, ram, etc. are getting old and when you put Windows 10 on this machine you will not be happy, unless you happen to own a computer you put over a thousand dollars into years ago with a high end processor. Most computers will not run as efficiently with the upgrade. Yes, it is time to back up your data and purchase a new computer. I have been upgrading lots of people this winter to their new computer. If you would like to have me help you, give me a call, email or text to set a date to get you going for the next 5-7 years. You can have the retailer do this, but it will take a bit longer as they have stacks of them to do. Remember your programs will all have to be reloaded or downloaded. I know how to do that as well. I hope your holidays were bright and cheerful. May 2020 be the best year yet.

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Sylvania Area CIC offers community grant opportunity BY ERIKA BURI

Are you connected to a nonprofit looking for additional funds to use in support of the Sylvania community and its residents? The Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation (SACIC) is accepting applications for its 2020 Community Organization Grant, which awards monies to area notfor-profit organizations. “The grants are meant to be used by local nonprofits to promote their mission with an emphasis on benefiting the citizens of Syl-

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vania,” said Michelle Sprott, SACIC community affairs co-chair and executive director of Sylvania’s Chamber of Commerce. “We are specifically looking for projects that create jobs, improve our community’s quality of life, generate tourism, or in some way help to drive our economy forward.” Applications for this year’s grants are due no later than May 1. For more information or to request a 2020 SACIC Community Organization Grant application, contact Michelle Sprott at msprott@sylvaniachamber.org.


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Toledo Farmers Market 525 Market St., Toledo Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm The heat is on and the overhead doors are closed for cozy shopping until spring. Each week the market offers local winter vegetables, homemade baked goods, specialty foods, coffee, wine, plants and handmade items such as candles, soaps, jewelry and pottery. toledofarmersmarket.com Frozen II Cookie Workshops The Next Sweet Thing 8252 Mayberry Square N. Jan. 11, 18 or 25, 1 - 2:15 pm

Bourbon Dinner Ciao! 6064 Monroe St. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6 - 9 pm Enjoy five courses paired with some of the world’s best bourbon. Tickets are $89.95 per person, tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are required. Call 888-4563463. ciaorestaurant.com How to Meal Prep Workshop SIP Coffee 3160 Markway Rd., Toledo Saturday, Jan. 25 Hosted by The Heathful Human, this workshop teaches how to quickly cook and store prepped meals, plan menus, choose prep containers, shop in bulk to save time, and stock the pantry. Tickets are available at thehealthfulhuman.com TASTINGS

Learn cookie decorating techniques from The Next Sweet Thing’s Pastry Chef and Owner Jennifer Valo. Adults and children are welcome. All supplies are included for decorating nine delicious sugar cookies. For tickets, visit thenextsweetthing.com. Bon Appétit! Registry Bistro 144 N. Superior St., Toledo Monday, Jan. 13, 8 pm Hosted by Toledo Opera, Bon Appétit! is a comedic, one-woman opera based on a television broadcast of Julia Child making a French chocolate cake. Listen to Lee Hoiby’s musical monologue and mezzosoprano Lindsey Anderson while enjoying a French dinner and dessert bar. For ticket options, call 419-255-SING (7564) or visit itkt.choicecrm.net

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SofoÊs Italian Market 5400 Monroe St. Wednesdays, 5 - 7 pm Sip on several wines while enjoying complimentary food samples of Sofo products and a fabulous Sofo family dish created by Chef Frankie. Prices vary. shopsofos.com

Class participants show off their finished “Elf” movie-themed cookies during a holiday decorating class offered at The Next Sweet Thing Bakery in Mayberry Square on Dec. 21. Back: Lynn Ruple, Pastry Chef Jennifer Valo, Connie Reuther, Karlyn Reuther, Kim Pappas, Robin Simonton, Erin Knierim, Suzie Tsang, Lori Shope and Malini Aldrich. Front: Emily Stechschulte and McKenna Reitz. - by Jennifer Ruple

Bottle Shop at MancyÊs Italian 5453 Monroe St. Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Weekly tasting event. Pours begin at $2. bottleshopinfo@mancys.com JosephÊs Beverage Center 4129 Talmadge Rd. Wine Tasting: Thursdays, 6 - 8 pm Beer Tasting: Fridays, 5 - 7 pm Enjoy a selection of wines or beers for a nominal fee. josephswinestoretoledooh.com

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Jennifer Valo, owner of The Next Sweet Thing Bakery, demonstrates icing techniques for the class.

Class participants are eager to learn how to decorate their dozen cut-out cookies.

Kim Pappas decorates her cookies with royal icing in a piping bag.

L to R: Lori Shope and Malini Alrdrich put the finishing touches on their cookies.


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Cocina al Sol – find your kitchen in the sun also passionate about using local ingredients. “My sauces are made from all Ohio grown tomatoes. There’s nothing artificial, no corn syrup and no preservatives in them. The fresh ingredients such as pureed garlic bring the quality up to a level that you usually don’t find in a store-bought sauce,” he explained. Cocina al Sol Taco Sauce can be found in Sylvania at Sautter’s Market and at Monnettes Market on Secor Road. Brubaker is currently working on a plan to add more stores to his list as well as development of new products. Thanks to Chef Brubaker for sharing a few of his recipes to help bring some warmth to our chilly northwest Ohio winter. He replied, “My branding has to do with enjoying food, the sun and the beach. If I can’t be at the beach, I will bring the beach to me.”

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Chef Anthony Brubaker, owner and creator of Cocina al Sol Taco Sauce, developed an affinity for Tex-Mex and Caribbean flavors while stationed in Virginia Beach in the 90s. Those flavors are incorporated Jennifer Ruple into the three taco sauces he offers today through his business, which translates to Kitchen in the Sun. “You will notice the spice in my sauce, but it won’t burn your tongue or the back of your throat,” he explained. “There’s also a slight sweetness to it which gives it versatility to be used in many ways other than tacos.” Brubaker was deployed during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. While finishing up his military service in 1996, he attended the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University. “After the military, I stuck around Virginia Beach for 13 years. I was a chef at night and surfer bum during the day,” he laughed. Brubaker has a serious love for the beach and the sun and the name of his company reflects

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that love. Brubaker currently lives in Cygnet, Ohio where he developed his sauce in 2011 while on a barbecue kick. “Back then I was smoking a lot of meats. I came up with this finishing sauce that I would brush on chicken and brisket as it was coming off the smoker,” he said. That finishing sauce became the taco sauce he now sells at 25 locations spanning from Stanley’s Market in Toledo eastward to Ashland, Ohio. Although Cocina al Sol Taco Sauce was already out in the public, it was his 2013 win of a product development contest sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIFT) that helped escalate his sales. “I was on store shelves under a different name. With CIFT, I was able to get a lot of feedback on my products through focus groups,” he said. “After then, I rebranded, relabeled and came back out into the market. Since then it has been a big success.” Brubaker produces his sauces locally with the help of family and friends at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen in Bowling Green, Ohio, a commercial facility offered through CIFT. He is

1 pound ground beef 1 onion, chopped 16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 1 cup beef broth 8-ounce jar of Cocina al Sol Taco Sauce 1 teaspoon salt Chicken Wings

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Chicken Wings 2 pounds chicken wings 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 jar Cocina al Sol Taco Sauce 4 tablespoons butter Heat oven to 400 F. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet. In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet. Bake until chicken skin is crispy, 50 to 60 minutes, flipping the wings halfway through. In a small saucepan, whisk together Cocina al Sol Hot Taco Sauce and ¼ stick of butter. Bring to simmer then stir in butter. Cook until butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Heat broiler on low. Transfer baked wings to a bowl and toss with wing sauce until completely coated. Return wings to rack and broil, watching carefully, until sauce caramelizes, about 3 minutes. Serve warm.

Mexican Bloody Mary (pitcher) In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine the ground beef and onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain excess fat. Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, beef broth, Cocina al Sol Taco Sauce and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slow cooker version: Place cooked beef and onions in a slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours. This is Cocina al Sol’s basic chili recipe. For an extra boost of flavor, add a second jar of Cocina al Sol Taco Sauce. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, diced onion and chopped cilantro.

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Art Walk in Red Bird Art District Schedule FEBRUARY 7 Winter Brews

Come to the art walk to cure the winter blues! Coffee/tea offered, featuring coffee mugs, pint glasses, wine glasses

MARCH 6 Game Night

Sylvania Library/Reading Awareness Month Literary arts, books, products with words/phrases on them featured Play interactive games – Chess, Checkers, Bingo, Scavenger Hunt

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Yoga, Reiki, and Massage available at Harmony in Life The Harmony Shoppe is filled with unique gift items, many made by local artists!

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McCord Coney Island hosts Breakfast with Santa to benefit veterans

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Ahmad Mahmoud of McCord Coney Island pours coffee for Buffalo Soldiers Badger, aka Larry Angel, Desperado aka Taylor Tucker, The Febvre aka Fred LeFebvre, and Tabono aka Earl Mack, who enjoy breakfast at the diner with proceeds benefitting local veterans organizations.

Santa, aka Dave Davis, listens to Addison King’s Christmas wishes.

Owen Rogers and his brother Wyatt present their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus at the Dec. 21 event.

Ahmad Mahmoud of McCord Coney Island and his daughter Manag visit with Santa during the diner’s breakfast with Santa to benefit local veterans organizations on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Smith family cousins Janet Lamb, Grayson Spradlin, Debbie McCabe, John Rydman, Ed Smith, Frank Smith and his wife, JoAnn, John Kwikowski, Maria Spradlin, Connie Smith and Karen Rydman enjoy the festivities of the day at the McCord Coney Island Diner.


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Highland Meadows Golfers Have Winter Fun

City Retirees Enjoy a Holiday Brunch

Highland Meadows Golf Club Nine Holers Joyce Bettinger and Nancy Creech enjoy breakfast in the home of Joan Tobias. Guests brought hats, mittens and gloves, which were donated to Sylvania Area Family Services.

Phyllis Hammons and Teri Bowles were among the nine hole golfers at the breakfast.

Joan Tobias opened her home on Dec. 16 to host the Highland Meadows Nine Hole Golf League. –by Mary Helen Darah

LaJota Moncadania Continues the Tradition

Dancers Bernadette Solero Lim, Mona Cline, Maria Cribillo, Norah Scott, Melanie Smith, Joey Dagum, Nenita Nagy, Aida Fajardo and Emie Boyer performed LaJota Moncadania at the traditional party of the Filipino Association of Toledo. The event was held at the Premier on Dec. 7.

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City of Sylvania retirees, Helen Pytlinski, JoAnn Bell, April Garreau, Cheryl Lavimodiere, Chris Diver, Margie Lintner, Sylvia Capuano and Terri Drewyor meet at the Original Pancake House for a holiday brunch before experiencing Holidays at the Manor House.


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Sylvania Lions Club members host party for Sight Center clients

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A pride of Sylvania Lions and volunteers prepare to serve a holiday meal to clients of the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio. Guests enjoyed dinner, home-baked cookies, gifts and a visit from Santa —by Mary Helen Darah Fred LeFebvre plays Santa for individuals who are visually impaired and their families on Dec. 11 at Epworth United Methodist Church. Santa distributed gifts and holiday cheer at the event hosted by Sylvania Lions Club.

S.O.A.R. Sponsors Sensory Santa

Santa Claus, aka Dave Davis, learns the Christmas wishes of Avery and RJ Gottschalk at the fifth annual Sensory Visit with Santa on Dec. 15 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. The environment for the event is specially designed to have minimal distractions and other noises that can cause anxiety for individuals with sensory challenges. Visits with Santa are by appointment only. In addition, cookie decorating and Christmas crafts are featured. The event is sponsored by S.O.A.R (Strengthening Opportunities Abilities & Relationships). The organization supports and educates children and adults with disabilities.


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Sylvanians exchange Christmas greetings at the mayor’s annual holiday reception

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, center, welcomes Sylvania Fire Chief Mike Ramm, left, and Deputy Chief Mike Froelich, right, to his annual reception on Dec. 16 at the Sylvania Heritage Center Museum.

Mayor Stough and Tom Crothers renew their friendship at the mayor’s annual reception.

Mary Wharram and her husband, Bruce, former Sylvania Township Trustee, have fun at the reception.

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John Husman, left, with his wife, Sandy, who retires from city council after the Dec. 16 meeting following the mayor’s reception.

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Wreaths are placed on graves of veterans at Toledo Memorial

Maris Kolle, right, helps her brother Kaleb and his Cub Scout pack lay wreaths.

Girls and boys help adults place wreaths on many of the more than 14,000 graves of veterans in Toledo Memorial Park. Mylee Strock, second from left, prepares to sing the National Anthem surrounded by her family, Lane Strock, Matt Kennedy, Danny Strock, Lennon Strock, Tiffany Strock and Tina Fitzgerald.

Many children helped to place wreaths on the graves of veterans during the event.

Fred LeFebvre, right, talks with event originator Mel Harbaugh at the event held at Toledo Memorial Park on Dec. 14.

Marine Corps Veteran, The Rev. James J. Puhl, offers the invocation at the ceremony.


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Back Row L-R: Rance Miller and Amanda Doherty; Front Row L-R: Liam Miller, Aiden Germana, Cole Helfman, and Collin Doherty, of Cub Scout Pack 154, participate in the 2019 Wreaths Across America Day held at Toledo Memorial Park.

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Ability Center Auxiliary Celebrates

Ability Center Executive Director Tim Harrington and the Auxiliary President Gwen Ames welcome guests to the Ability Center Christmas Luncheon.

Arlene Whelan and Norene Drewicz show their support for the organization that supports individuals living with disabilities.

Jeannie Rerucha and Connie Bohlender are all smiles at the event held at the Inverness Club.

Jenny Barlos brings Rider, a service dog in training, to the event. –by Mary Helen Darah

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Holly and Ivy is Festive Event

Anita Devaul, Trina Meadows, Debbie Katich and her daughter Madison, and Brenda Ray enjoy the Holly and Ivy luncheon on Dec. 3.

Dana Devers and Bonnie Wrobel visit before heading down the runway at the event held at the Inverness Club.

Toledo Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Luncheon

Bill Garbe receives a check for the ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital from Auxiliary President Denise Benton.

President of Toledo Hospital Auxiliary Denise Benton, Lynn Masters and President of Flower Hospital Auxiliary Susan Kanwal visit at luncheon held on Dec. 12 at the Toledo Club.

Barbara Baumgartner and Dee Talmadge enjoy the Toledo Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon that included delicious food and holiday merriment.

Dasa Dzierwa, Susan Kanwal, Sharon Sordyl and (seated) Brian Hazel Bahrs get into the holiday spirit of giving at the event held at the Toledo Club.—by Mary Helen Darah

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Tony Ursell, Chris Roby, Stacey Pack, Dena Martin and Tim Casey make the holidays bright for kids by donating through SAFS Adopt A Family program.

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Terri and Terry Harrison of Toledo Elks Lodge #53 surprise 10 kids with new bikes and stock the SAFS pantry with needed items.

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Fire Inspector Shane Hilliard is ready to unload numerous donations for families in need at Sylvania Area Family Services.

Dave Spiess donates a cart full of toys for kids in need at Sylvania Area Family Services.

Jill Brick helps organize gifts for 500 recipients on Dec. 16 at SAFS. —by Mary Helen Darah

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Highland Meadows annual member party goes Motown

Brian Nupp and Tanya PipatjarasgitNupp get the party started for the annual members holiday event.

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Highland's Elf on the Shelf "Jamie" (named after Jamie Farr) rests on the shoulder of Terri Bowles with Tom Bowles and Myung Armstrong sending their approval.

Tom and Joyce Bettinger enjoy the evening with Sharon and Don Roman.

Greg and Elizabeth Kissner celebrate the season.

Mike and Gloria Sheline are dressed in holiday red for the season at the Highland Meadows annual members December party.

Joe and Cindy Mehling enjoy the member event held on Dec. 13.

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NDA holds Christmas Parties in both Ohio and Kentucky

Annual Appalachian Mission Trip of NDA students who traveled to Harlan, KY in the Appalachian Mountains. For over 30 years, Notre Dame Academy has skits and sang Christmas songs. The special packed up thousands of gifts, hundreds of guest was Santa Claus! pounds of food, as well as hygiene items and Students participating included Sylvanians traveled to Harlan, Kentucky, to bring Christmas Sophia Ruse, Natalie Suwinski, Ainsley Pike, to those less fortunate. On Friday, Dec. 13, stuMegan Vesoulis,Emilyn Lagger, and Katie Wisdents, faculty, staff, and parents loaded a seminiewski. truck, donated from Try Hours Expediting in Meanwhile, in Toledo, a group of NDA stuMaumee, with food, gifts, and supplies to travel dents, staff, faculty and parents gave families of to Harlan for a weekend of Christmas activities. Queen of Apostles Parish and School an afterA toy shop was provided for parents to choose noon of Christmas songs, entertainment, a items for their children. Each guest at the party warm meal and also a visit from Santa Claus, received two wrapped gifts. While there, at warm who brought a gift for every child. lunch for the families, NDA students performed

Sylvania Schools kindergarten information nights The seven Sylvania Schools elementary buildings will hold Kindergarten Information Nights later this month. The sessions allow parents to learn more about kindergarten in Sylvania, how to be prepared for the first day, and what to expect from a typical school day. Parents will have the opportunity to sign up their child for a Kindergarten Assessment that will take place later this spring. It is important that parents register their child for school this spring as the district determines staffing needs for the fall. Student Services will explain how to enroll online and what to bring to the registration appointment. Parents are asked to join the principal and kindergarten teachers at the elementary building their child will attend for this informative evening. Tuesday, Jan. 21 - Central Trail Elementary Wednesday, Jan. 22 - Highland Elementary

Thursday, Jan. 23 - Maplewood Elementary Monday, Jan. 27 - Hill View Elementary Tuesday, Jan. 28 - Stranahan Elementary Wednesday, Jan. 29 - Sylvan Elementary Thursday, Jan. 30 - Whiteford Elementary

Scholarship opportunity for future educators

The Sylvania Schools Foundation awards scholarships to graduating seniors. Northview High School and Southview High School seniors who plan to pursue education or an educationrelated field are encouraged to apply for the Marjorie M. Fitkin Memorial Scholarship. This is a $2,000 renewable scholarship. The application deadline is Feb. 1. The application is available on the Greater Toledo Community Foundation website, toledocf.org. This scholarship is made possible by the bequest of Marjorie Fitkin, a longtime Sylvania teacher.

Donations needed for NV garage sale Do you have things you want to get rid of? Parents of Northview High School seniors are collecting donations for their upcoming annual garage sale. Garage sale donations will be accepted every Saturday in January through Jan. 25.

There will be a trailer behind Northview High School to collect items from 9 am to 1 pm. All money raised will be used for the Senior After Prom event which provides a fun, safe, substance- and alcohol-free environment for NV seniors and their guests on prom night.

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Hour of Coding Held at NDA

Notre Dame Academy students joined schools from around the globe on Dec. 11 participating in Hour of Code, the largest learning event in the world. Led by representatives from Toledo area digital marketing and advertising agency, HART, over 25 students worked on coding games. According to Todd Coleman, Director of Technology and Innovation for HART, “Coding is like learning a new language. You have your basic codes and build on that language as you learn." Greg Krabach, Senior Software Developer for HART, shared that he really likes working with youth, especially when it comes to technology like this coding event. “It is interesting to see how different people approach coding,” he said. “Some people move full forward and use a lot of trial and error and others tend to pre-plan their paths. Either way works, and adds to the huge social aspect of coding, because you will often be working with your team.” Mrs. Anastasia Desmond, Career Counselor for NDA explained, “We were proud of them as well. The girls took a chance, tried something new, and maybe found that they too have an aptitude for coding.”

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Student loans available through cnbohio.com Citizens National Bank is providing a solution for private student loans through a partnership with College Ave, a recognized leader in student lending. Loans are available for current students or for those looking to refinance their existing student loans. Providing competitive rates and flexible terms, these loans help fill the gap between what federal loans and scholarships will cover and the total cost of paying for college. “We chose to partner with College Ave due to their excellent reputation in the student lend-

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SV Tech Students Named

Sophie Rees is an outstanding student in the SV Visual Communication Design I and II programs as well as succeeding in Computer Graphic Design I and II. In addition, she is a fouryear member of the varsity lacrosse team, serving three years as its captain. Sophie also plays tennis, basketball and volleyball. She is a member of National Honor Society and the Mock Trial team as well as the Ping Pong Club. Sophie also tutors young children in math and reading.

Ellis Meyer has completed the Engineering Career Tech Program as a junior and is now in the senior Horticulture Program. Ellis recently competed in the District 1 Nursery Landscape Contest held at Four County Career Center. He placed 2nd overall and helped the team capture a 2nd place score as well. Ellis Loves music and is selfemployed as a computer fabricator.

Commended Scholar The 2019-20 yearbook staff members Colleen Culp, Nadia Sonner and Mazey Smaciarz with Notre Dame Academy Yearbook Advisor Julie Sells show off the banner NDA received for being recognized as having a National Yearbook Program of Excellence.

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Andrew Dake placed among the top 50,000 of 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. He is a member of St. Joseph Parish Sylvania. He is Student Council president and a member of the varsity Crew team. Dake volunteers for Food for Thought, traveled to the Dominican Republic as a volunteer with Court for Kids, is a member of the National Honors Society and a TV-4 anchor.

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Jaezene Ambucay has been playing orchestra since sixth grade. She is a member of the first violin section of SV Chamber Strings. Jaezene is also a pianist. She has earned superior and excellent rates at Solo and Ensemble. Jaezene enjoys painting and drawing. She participates in Science Olympiad, Interact and National Honor Society all while carrying at 4.1 GPA.


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Northview Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Robert and Kris Hrynciw watch as their daughter Bianca gets ready to sign her letter of intent to attend Concordia University and be a member of the cheerleading squad.

Matt Fortner, second from right, signs a letter of intent to play football at Bowling Green State University while his parents, Nancy and John, and his sister Sarah look on.

Trent Simms is surrounded by his family, parents, Shawn and Victoria and standing grandfather Solomon Woodson, brother Tre and grandparents Donna and Chet Trail and Ethel Simms.

Bryonna Davis signs a letter of intent to attend Concordia University and cheer while her parents Luke and Heather McKinley look on.

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The Sylvania Court subdivision was established in 1925 by the Poulos Brothers. Their subdivision was located on the south side of Erie Street, just west of the railroad tracks. The lots in this subdivision ran along Erie Street, and they added Woodrow Drive and Roosevelt Drive for a total of 25 lots. Since a few of the homes already existed along Erie Street the developers had to incorporate those into the subdivision. Our subject house was one of those parcels where the house was already on the property before the subdivision was developed. The owners of the house at 6745 Erie St. are listed as follows: 1913 – Minnie Griest 1951 – Max C. Griest, etal. 1951 – Paul & Doris Eley 1964 – David & Susan Rothert 1983- Susan Rothert 1983 – Gene Paul Builders Inc. 1984 – William & Sandra Paul 1988 – Judith A. Kasper 1994 to current – Mary Beth Schoen Records show that this house was constructed in 1911, and in one of the photos taken in 1915 of the big hotel fire, you can see the back of this house through the smoldering smoke. In 1913 Minnie Griest purchased the home. Minnie was the widow of Frank C. Griest who died in 1912. When Frank died they had been living on their family farm on Erie Street, where today the Methodist Church is located. Minnie Griest lived here with her two children, Marguerite and Max, until they finished school and were married. In the 1920 census the three of them were living in this home. Minnie was listed as owning the home, free of mortgage, and listed as 58 years old. Marguerite was 26 years old and working as a stenographer at an insurance company. Max was 21 years old and employed as an agent for a retail utensils company. By the 1930 census Minnie was still living in this house, now by herself, and listed as 68 years old, widowed, and her occupation was listed as none. She was still listed as living here in the 1940 census but listed now as only 72 years old. Minnie passed away in 1950 and in 1951 the home transferred to her two surviv-

ing children, Marguerite Griest Patten and Max Griest. Paul and Doris Eley were the next to purchase this house in 1951. He had served in the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. While living in Sylvania Mr. Eley worked at Burnham High School, and was the band director. He appears in the Burnham Yearbooks starting in 1948, where he was listed as the band director, music supervisor and in charge of the A Cappella Choir. He appeared in the Burnham yearbooks through 1957. A photo of their daughter, Bobbi Eley, appeared in the Sylvania Sentinel newspaper in August of 1957 as being an entry in the Miss Sylvania contest. the article stated that she was a student and was working during the summer at the Sylvania Savings Bank. The next issue reported that Miss Eley had won the title of Miss Sylvania, and there was a picture of her and her father featured on the front page. The caption reads: “The happy new Miss Sylvania is congratulated by her proud father, the popular former instrumental music director at Burnham High School. The Eleys are moving to Gary, Indiana this week.” According to the back of the property transfer card the tax bills were being sent to the Eleys in Gary, Indiana as of Oct. 8, 1957, and they continued to own this home until 1964. Records indicate that they rented the house out from the end of 1957 through 1964. The Suburban Directories from 1958 through 1963 show Robert E. Nuzum renting the home. In 1964 the Eleys sold the home to David and Susan Rothert and the Suburban Directories from 1964 through 1967 show David L. Rothert owning and living in the home. The 1968 through the 1983 directories show Margery R. Fitch/Fiske renting the home. In 1983 Gene Paul Builders bought the house and in August of 1983 a building permit was issued for interior remodeling. In 1984 William and Sandra Paul purchased the home. The 1985 directory shows William B. Paul owning and living in the home through 1988. In 1988 Judith Kasper purchased the home and the directories listed her living here as of the 1989 directory, and through to the 1993 directory. In 1994 she sold to Mary Beth Schoen, and at that time Judith Kasper, who was a Realtor with the Cavalear Realty Co.,

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sent out a post card to all the area residents asking them to, “Please welcome Mary Beth Schoen to the neighborhood. I still have many interested buyers for homes in our neighborhood. I will really miss the neighborhood, I have enjoyed it so much. Since I was the

owner of 6745 Erie I know this market well.” In 1998 Mary Beth Schoen obtained a building permit to remove the rear porch from the house and install a new open deck. She still owns the home today.

1915-Hotel fire with 6745 Erie in the background (arrow).

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City of Sylvania Ready for 2020

The city of Sylvania is ready for 2020! Equipped with a balanced budget, 25 percent lower water rates, two new city council members and a new city logo, the Craig Stough city is looking forward to the promises and challenges of the coming year. Sylvania City Council unanimously approved the 2020 Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets during their Nov.r 18 meeting after several weeks of Finance Committee review and meetings. The Operating Budget is balanced with current revenues. The books for 2019 were closed without any additional allocations in the major funds. City operations continue to be more efficient with fewer employees than 10 years ago. Overtime has been reduced, equipment life extended and budgets lowered. City services have not been curtailed and tax rates have not been raised. Income tax revenue has grown slowly, but steadily, in the last several years as businesses continue to invest in Sylvania. Effective with the new year, water rates have been reduced 25 perceent for city of Sylvania customers. After decades of negotiations, particularly during the last three years, a Regional Water Commission has been established with the city of Toledo and its eight customer communities.

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Annexation resolution

Sylvania Township trustees have passed a resolution calling for collaboration and cooperation in dealing with the circumstances created by Sylvania's attempt to forcibly annex township property. It calls instead for an end to the annexation effort so those involved can "negotiate in good faith toward a resolution to annexation disputes and devote their energies and focus toward serving the public good and increasing efficiencies. The resolution is another step in a series of events following a letter sent by the city about a year ago to property owners in the city's water district instructing them to sign a petition for annexation. The city contends that property owners agreed to do that when they originally got water service from the city. Many property owners since that time have objected to the city's move. Most say they will be subject to the city's income tax and will gain nothing in the way of government-provided services. Most recently, Lucas County Commissioners were set to vote on Sylvania's petition to annex 31 properties when the city withdrew the application. They resubmitted it later that day. The trustees' resolution points to "a longestablished record of cooperating in areas involving recreation, fire service, emergency policing services, the senior center, economic development, and the support of non-profits," It notes that the city is actively seeking to annex more than 100 parcels in the Country Walk subdivision and has talked about annex-

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Toledo water surcharges have been removed and water rates are being equalized over the next eight years. This new water system cooperation ends the need to consider and fund alternate water sources, and is a great step forward for regional growth and cooperation. Sylvania City Council's every other year Organizational Meeting was held Jan. 2. The meeting is required by the city charter to be held no later than Jan. 5 following each city council election. Sylvania Municipal Court Judge Michael Bonfiglio swore in re-elected city council members Mark Frye and Douglas Haynam and newly elected members Brian McCann and Lyndsey Stough. The new city council then declared itself duly constituted of seven elected and duly qualified members. Mary Westphal was re-elected as city council president. Committee chairmanship and assignments were distributed by President Westphal and confirmed by vote of city council. The city also begins the new year with a new city logo. The new logo is a burr oak leaf representing the many oak trees of our oak savannah natural habitat. Our community heritage tree in the front yard of city hall is a burr oak estimated to be 370 years old. After working with Dani Fuller of the Fuller Art House for nearly a year, city council voted to replace the decades old three maple leaf logo with this new logo for our City of Trees.

ing 400 to 800 houses in the future. The resolution says that if the city were to succeed in its annexation efforts, township revenue loss would be substantial and have a negative impact on township services, particularly in policing and transportation. It notes that growth in the Sylvania community has been supported by collaborative efforts of the city and township and forced annexation threatens to undermine community stability. Also noted is the principle adopted by the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments which supports mediation or negotiation rather than confrontation and litigation when disputes arise.

Township Citizen Police Academy

Sylvania Township residents who have an

2020 Sylvania City Council: Front Row Katie Cappellini, Mary Westphal and Lyndsey Stough; Back Row Doug Haynam, Patrick Richardson, Mark Frye and Brian McCann.

interest in the daily functions of the Sylvania Township police department and what its officers experience, can submit applications for its Citizens Police Academy which will run from Feb. 26 to April 1, 2020. The classes, which focus on police procedure and everyday experiences, will be Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm and are open to people 21 and older who either live or work in Sylvania Township and pass a criminal background check after applying. Police Chief Paul Long said he's happy the academy is being resurrected. He said he was aware the department used to present it some time ago, but somehow it just didn't continue. He noted that Lieutenant Sarah Toth asked him about it recently and he approved reviv-

ing the program. "It's a positive when we and citizens can interact," he said. Lt. Toth said there will be several topics covered in the class, such as use of force, patrol operations, traffic stops and how impaired driving arrests are made. Participants will become familiar with the equipment officers carry and what additional equipment is available in a patrol car. They will also learn about officers weapons and will fire a handgun and a taser. Chief Long said it will offer an opportunity for citizens to become familiar both with stressful situations officers may face and the more mundane aspects of police work. An application for those interested is available on the township's website sylvaniatownship.com

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A year in review...

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THERESA GAVARONE STATE SENATOR

2019 was a great year, and I am honored to serve you in the Ohio Statehouse. At this time last year, I was preparing to serve my second term as State Representative for the people of Wood County, but shortly after the New Year, Governor DeWine asked former Senator Randy Gardner to serve as the Chancellor of the Department of Higher Education, and an opportunity opened up for me to seek the appointment as Senator of the 2nd Senate District. Thanks to the support I received from across the region, I was sworn-in on the Senate floor on February 6. The friendship and mentorship of Chancellor Gardner and former State Representative Steven Arndt have been instrumental in making my transition to the Senate a smooth one. I welcomed the opportunity to get to know the new counties I now represent in addition to Wood – Erie, Ottawa and parts of Fulton and Lucas – and I spent much of my year meeting constituents, visiting local businesses and listening to community leaders to learn how I can best represent the people and priorities of northern Ohio. That will continue in 2020. I look forward to traveling around the district as much as I can, and I encourage you to connect with me on social media

ERIN THOMPSON SOCIAL SECURITY

Social Security Questions and Answers

Question: Is it true I must now receive my benefits through direct deposit? Erin Thompson Answer: Anyone applying for benefits on or after May 1, 2011, will be required to receive their payments electronically. Paper checks will no longer be an option for most people. If you don’t have a bank account, you can get your benefits through the Direct Express debit MasterCard. Switching from checks to electronic payments is fast, easy, and free at www.godirect.org. You also can call the U.S. Treasury Processing Center’s toll-free helpline at 1-800-333-1795, speak with a bank or credit union representative, or contact Social Security for help. Question: Recently, I was told I shouldn’t be carrying my Social Security card around. Is that true? Answer: We encourage you to keep your Social Security card at home in a safe place. Do not carry it with you unless you are taking it to a job interview or to someone who requires it. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America and the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to safeguard your Social Security card and number. To learn more, visit socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. Question: I just started my first job and my paycheck is less than I expected. Why am I paying for retirement benefits when I have a lifetime to live before retirement?

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or via my e-newsletter to stay in touch and learn more. Since joining the Senate, I have sponsored nine pieces of legislation. Those bills range from improving the water quality in Lake Erie, increasing access to mental health care, ensuring the safety of children around school buses, and making it easier for first-time buyers to purchase their first home. The first bill I sponsored, SB 52, dealt with better protecting Ohioans from cyber attacks and ensuring election security, and I am proud to let you know that Governor DeWine signed that legislation into law a couple months ago. The Senate also took a leadership role in passing priority legislation to increase funding for public schools, fight against human trafficking, protect Ohio’s most vulnerable families, and remove job barriers for military families. We also continued our pro-growth agenda to keep our economy moving forward thanks to significant tax cuts, support for growth in disadvantaged areas, and the elimination of red tape that stifles small businesses and job creation. As we begin a new year, I am grateful for the time I get to spend with my family in Wood County for Christmas, and I am looking forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Port Clinton at the Walleye Drop. I look forward to continuing our good work together in 2020. From my family to yours, I wish you a peaceful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Answer: Besides being required by law, you are securing your own financial future through the payment of Social Security and Medicare taxes. The taxes you pay now translate to a lifetime of protection, whether you retire or become disabled. And when you die, your family (or future family) may be able to receive survivors benefits based on your work as well. Aside from all the benefits in your own future, your Social Security and Medicare payments also help today’s retirees. To learn more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov. Question: I got an email that says it’s from Social Security, but I’m not so sure. They want me to reply with my Social Security number, date of birth, and mother’s maiden name for “verification.” Did it really come from Social Security? Answer: No. Social Security will not send you an email asking you to share your personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or other private information. Beware of such scams—they’re after your information so they can use it for their own benefit. When in doubt, or if you have any questions about correspondence you receive from Social Security, contact your local Social Security office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to see whether we really need any information from you. Question: I’m creating my budget for next year. How much will my benefit increase at the beginning of the year? Answer: The annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. For 2020 the Cost of living allowance is 1.6 Percent.

The Vernon family were among guests attending the Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center’s 4-Star Rating celebration on Dec. 19.

Malaysia Pratt and her mom Regina have fun creating a gingerbread house during the celebration.

Jesse Martinez puts the finishing touches on the gingerbread house he makes during the celebration at the Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center.

Zander Lawrence is the ‘I’ in ‘kind.’ He and his family help Sylvania YMCA staff celebrate achieving the Step Up to Quality 4-Star rating.

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“In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!” –Mehmet Murat ildan

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020! New Year’s 2020- fresh beginnings, a time of renewal, and once again we are reminded of the passing of time, the quiet realization that life is always in constant motion. Let us celebrate 2020. Astrologically speaking, the winter solstice begins with the sun’s annual transit in the earthy, Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn. It’s conjunction to transiting Jupiter may reflect changes that could relate to our government, education system and financial betterment. In addition, on Jan. 12, a stellium of planets in Capricorn, specifically Saturn’s conjunction to Pluto will be phenomenal. This conjunction signifies the ending of one 20-year cycle, and the beginning of a new one. People who were born under cardinal signs, Aries, Libra and Cancer, will certainly feel the effects of this transit, though for others your time of birth will indicate where it is aspected in you natal/birth chart.

Full moon-lunar eclipse in Cancer Jan. 10

A full moon occurs when the sun and moon are in complete opposition to each other. For many of us we feel a sense of urgency, anxiety and restlessness. Emotions run high so during this transit it’s always important to keep yourself in sync ... more importantly, not to overact. The emotional reverberations from the “big squeeze” surface in waves, can be intense and may cause moments of irrationality or lashing out. Feelings have concentrated potency, so be aware. What comes up now is the emotional reality and impact of all this metamorphosis. Listen to your messages for what’s needed now to soothe frayed nerves or fill up the well. Maybe for you, it’s time for stronger boundaries in your relationships.

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This first new moon of the year happens on Jan. 24 in the independent free-spirited, rebellious sign of Aquarius. All new moons signify beginning and renewal. This particular new moon calls us to reach for our goals with innovation and hopefulness - and to do so with your community or a worldly cause in mind. This Aquarian-influence encourages sharing, helping, independence, positivity and detachment. This is a good time to work with others, explore new experiences, and broaden your horizons. This is also a great opportunity to distance yourself from any bad habits or situations that are preventing you from becoming your best self. Replace any weaknesses with something that makes you feel happy and proud and your energy will be infectious and inspiring.

SIGNS Aries (March 21-April 20)

Presently, the planets in transit are hovering over the zenith part of your chart, your area of career. It would be wise to slow down, be cautious and realize that this is a time for new methods, original ideas and a shift that is taking you in a new direction. Specifically, it is all about basic reconstruction. Also, personal relationships may be a bit strained, though your delivery can make a huge difference. Sometimes it’s all about listening and paying closer attention.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

The planets in the heavens bring forth your creative side, expanding on your individualism. Though, difficult as this may be, it’s also about exploring the unknown and making life a bit more profitable. In addition, this can be a most unique time for partnerships, as love can be stimulating as well as educational.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Finances continue to play a key role in importance this month as influences occupying your money house can be unpredictable with dualistic influences. So be aware. Also, this is an excellent week to exercise your in-born creative abilities. Furthermore, opportunities relating to work may be well under way with minor temporary setbacks.

Cancer (June 22-July 23)

Deeply intuitive and sensitive, ruled by the Moon, your emotions this month may weigh heavily as influences occupying your area of partners, work or personal, may be causing you to feel over anxious or just overwhelmed. The desire to do all, to please, can at times be counter

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productive. Therefore, pull back and just pace yourself. It’s more important during this month to just work on compromise, meeting in the middle if need be.

Leo (July 24-Aug. 23)

Those of you born under the fire, sun-ruled sign of Leo are born leaders. You’re creative, dramatic, and generous to a fault. During this month you may need to take better stock of your health. In fact, for the year ahead, this can be your mantra ... taking better care of yourself, as most Leo’s love to indulge. This is also a good year, to focus on your goals, career-wise to be specific. The changes you make will only benefit in the long run.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 23)

Your earthy, methodical way of life not only benefits you but others seem to follow your lead, though they may not always get where you’re going. Seeking out only the best in everyone is what you do best, though with a strong critical eye ... paying attention to details and feeling a deep sense of life is what you’re all about. This is your year for perfecting your love connections, whether new or existing. Focusing on family, taking stock in your everyday life is essential as well. Stepping a bit out of the box, perhaps?

Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 23)

As with most Libras, it’s always about love and partnerships, as your need for a strong connection is always your mantra. This year, it’s more so about your home, family and securing yourself while trying to maintain a balance in everything you do. Avoiding conflict, keeping the peace, and being strong within your inner core. Getting yourself financially secure is also a motivator.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

This passionate, intense sign of the zodiac, is ruled by Mars, the planet of action, as well as Pluto, the planet of transformation. Though more of an observer, as well as a thinker, as opposed to an open book communicator, you may find yourself more inclined to speak your own truth during this month as influences occupying your area of talk may trigger outward compulsions. This is the year to do something a bit different, maybe journal, vacation, step out of your financial world and experience.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Fun, charismatic, freedom-seeking Pollyanna, this last year was crazy, a total whirlwind. This year may be a bit more sedate with this month being a period in which you focus

primarily on your money matters. Your tendency to be overly generous, way too giving, can stump you if you’re not careful. Therefore, it is up to you to take the bull by the horns and become more responsible. Also, a good cycle for partnerships, work or personal, it’s really an overall transit helping you to get back to basics.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Traditional, responsible, Saturian-ruled, your mantra is always about work, ambition and climbing the ladder of success. The last few years have been intense as you saw yourself more inclined to take chances, while staying within your boundaries. This year, mainly this month, it all begins again, yet more so in your favor, more likely to open the doors that you have been waiting for. Personal connections seem to fall into place, as you strive to become more in touch with feelings.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19)

The innovative, Uranus-ruled sign of the zodiac. This year, specifically this month, you may see yourself working from the inside out. A good period to climb out of your inner thoughts, allowing your inner sense of being to surface. Your desire for mental stimulation is keen, and your desire to let go of past issues, and negative patterns is evident. Also, this is a great month to bring new connections in, whether through love or friendship. This is your year to explore, and create. To actually tune in to your more intuitive side as well.

Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20)

Ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion, you’re all about insight, intuition and feeling. Deep emotions and solitude at times can hold you back. Yet, at this time, it’s all about a year of progress and taking a step forward. This can be through group connections, former friendships meeting up, and existing relationships becoming more intense. Either way, it’s all about you, and your desire to step away and take a better look at yourself. Janet Amid is a columnist and radio/media personality, that writes for Sylvania AdVantage and can be heard on 105.5 FM Monday mornings from 8:15 to 8:45 am at 419-240-1055. She can reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at JanetAmid@aol.com. Check out her website at JanetAmid.com, Twitter and Instagram. She is located at 5600 Monroe Street, Building B, Suite 206, Sylvania, Ohio.

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SYLVANIA AREA CRIME REPORT Assault Laurence Sprage, 7100 block Sylvania, physical harm Leanne Martin, 5700 block Roan, physical harm Criminal Damage Andrew Eubank, 4900 block Corregidor, window screen, bladeless fan damaged Domestic Violence Stephanie Hall, 5600 block Alexis, physically assaulted Amanda Looman, 5100 block Brinthaven, physical violence threatened Melanie Kiszela, McGregor Lane, Merriman, chokehold on neck and hair pulled Desirable Liner, 5600 block Dornell, harm threatened Lost Property Jonathan Dashner, 5100 block Arbor Way, license plate lost Misuse of Credit Card Krista King, 5700 block Monroe, customer credit cards misused Theft Matthew Champnoise, 3100 block Centennial, cash stolen from ATM by fraudulent use of credit card Target, 5200 block Monroe, merchandise stolen Marshalls, 5200 block Monroe, clothing, furs stolen Marjorie Appling, 7200 block W. Central, wallet with cash, personal papers, stolen Meijer, 7200 block W. Central, merchandise stolen Joshua Williamson, 6200 block Chaney, coat, glasses, wallet with credit card stolen from vehicle Jennifer Wingate, 3900 block Harrowsfield, package stolen from front porch Shoe Carnival, 5200 block Monroe, shoes, boots stolen

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Speedway, 5900 block W. Central, food items stole Martha Kruse, 5300 block Harroun, cash, credit cards stolen Autumn Purcell, 4800 block Sandlewood Ct., laptop computer stolen from porch John Jackett, 5700 block Glasgow, leaf blower, float charger, marine batteries, log splitter stolen from garage Matthew Distel, 5800 block Glasgow, air compressor, tool box with tools, trimmer, freezer stolen from garage James Baer, 5800 block Glasgow, laptop, router and bits, drill stolen from garage Kris Armstrong, 5800 block Glasgow, air compressors stolen from garage Aimee Montrie, 5800 block Glasgow, snowblower, chainsaw, air compressor stolen from garage Nick Liggett, 5700 block Glasgow, chainsaw, weed whacker stolen from garage Vin Devers, 5500 block Monroe, wheels, wheel center cap, TPMS sensor stolen O’Reilly Auto Parts, 5100 Alexis, Tuff Teh charger, accessories stolen Jessica Taylor, 4900 block Burkewood Ct., cash, prescription drugs stolen Phyllis Bojarski, 6800 block Convent, cash stolen Alexander Talsma, 4900 block Burkewood Ct., vehicle, PlayStation, backpacks stolen From the Courts Attempted Petty Theft Adam Owad, 1907 Parc Rue, Northwood, $150, 90 days, 60 days suspended Heather Mullins, 1858 Finch Dr., Toledo, $150, 90 days, 88 days suspended Stephanie Hernandez, 704 Carnahan, Findlay, $150, 90 days, 86 days suspended Shontae Hill, 2020 Hawthorne Street, Toledo, $100, 90 days, 46 days suspended Dawn Ritenour, 3406 East Manhattan, Toledo, $150, 90 days, 80 days suspended

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Reuben Kalivis, 3634 Willys Parkway, Toledo, $150 Denontae Brown, 935 Superior Apt. 1, Toledo, $150 Herb Flowers, 1770 Hamilton, Toledo, $300, 130 days Attempted Theft Jennifer Thomas, 1274 Opal, Toledo, $150, 180 days, 162 days suspended Jennifer Howe, 1602 S Jackson Ave., Defiance, $150, 90 days, 88 days suspended Chantel Stuckey, 3230 Centennial Rd. Lot 50, Sylvania, $150, 90 days, 90 days suspended Attempt to Pass Bad Check Johnny Moton, 1704 Chestnut, Toledo, $150, 90 days, 60 days suspended Ebony Smith, 3033 ½ N Erie Street, Toledo, $100, 90 days, 86 days suspended Criminal Damages Chase Byczynski, 5114 Pressler, Toledo, $150, 90 days, 56 days suspended Criminal Trespassing Antony Kelly, 1022 Tecumseh St., Toledo, $100, 30 days, 30 days suspended Disorderly Conduct Scott Simon, 3405 Glenhurst Dr. Apt. 9, Toledo, $100 Derrick Roundtree, $150, 30 days, 30 days suspended Michael Held, 119 Forest Meadow Dr., Batavia, $100 Davion Nelson, 5956 Walnut Circle, Toledo, $150, 30 days, 30 days suspended Diane Peterson, 2219 Berdan, Toledo, $100, 25 days Sean Riley, 2150 N McCord Apt. B33, Toledo, $150, 30 days, 30 days suspended Kaylee Bastian, 340 S Reynolds Rd. Lot 176, Toledo, $50, 30 days, 30 days suspended Darrin Johnson, 26630 Crystal Ave., Warren, MI, $150, 30 days, 23 days suspended Domestic Violence Kierstin Kiszella, 5437 Grey Drive, Sylvania, $150, 180 days, 180 days suspended Diane Peterson, 2219 Berdan, Toledo, $150, 180 days Drug Paraphernalia Samantha Waller, 2253 S Berkey Southern Rd., Swanton, $50, 30 days, 30 days suspended Menacing Patrick Jones, 3611 West Circle, Toledo, $150, 30 days, 30 days suspended No O.L. Joshua Feigenbaum, 1133 W 9th St. 205, Cleveland, $150, 180 days, 148 days suspended Obstructing Official Business Tommy Weed, 2170 N Berkey South 64, Swanton, $150, 15 days O.V.I Scott Simon, 3405 Glenhurst Dr. Apt. 9, Toledo, $150, 180 days, 143 days suspended Tommy Weed, 2170 N Berkey South 64, Swanton, $525, 180 days, 133 days suspended Linda Kowalski, 6747 Nebraska Ave., Toledo, $375, 180 days, 144 days suspended Analicia Elizondo, 331 Sumner St., Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Gary Keeler, 12290 Sylvania Metamora Rd., Berkey, $525, 180 days, 175 days suspended Denise Simpson, 812 Butterfield, Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Brandie Raulerson, 8472 Warren Street, Ottawa Lake, MI, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Francheska Gill, 6249 Bonsels Pkwy.,

Toledo, $850, 180 days, 150 days suspended Chartyise Fagan, 722 Fernwood, Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Connor Yaney, 12403 Frankfort Rd., Swanton, $525, 180 days, 140 days suspended Eric Kachenmeister, 1839 N. McCord Rd., Lot 600, Toledo, $375. 180 days, 174 days suspended Katie Heilman, 7723 Yawberg Rd., Whitehouse, $525, 180 days, 134 days suspended Aarik Tucker, 2905 Gracewood Rd., Toledo, $375, 180 days, 174 days suspended Sharon Morgan, 829 Leopold St., Huntington, IN, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Harold Geer, Jr., 128 N. Holland Sylvania Rd., Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Nancy Adler, 6056 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, $375, 180 days, 174 days suspended Ryan Heath, 3279 N. Coldwater Rd., Mount Morris, MI, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Mickenzie Wettle, 11229 Birch Pointe Dr., Whitehouse, $375, 180 days 174 days suspended Jasmine Walker, 750 S. McCord Apt. 216, Holland, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Anthony Rivera, 1464 Berkey Rd., Swanton, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Danielle Laimbeer, 5818 Garden Park Dr., Sylvania, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Richard Siler, Jr., 1313 Woodlawn Ave., Napoleon, $375, 180 days, 169 days suspended Daniel Noward, 6453 Glenhurst, Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Tina Robinson, 751 Stillman St., Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Demetrius Richardson, 3604 Kershaw, Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Timothy Townsend, 1311 Hancock Street, Port Huron, $375, 160 days, 177 days suspended Petty Theft Tyonnia Haynes, 18 Southard Ave., Toledo, $150, 180 days, 180 days suspended Jennifer Thomas, 1274 Opal, Toledo, $150, 180 days, 160 days suspended Shontae Hill, 2020 Hawthorne Street, Toledo, $100, 90 days, 46 days suspended Andrea Johnson Russell, 2049 Berkshire, Toledo, $150, 180 days, 167 days suspended Physical Control Eric Kachenmeister, 1839 N McCord Rd., Lot 600, Toledo, $150, 3 days Symone Smith, 551 Carleton, Toledo, $375, 180 days, 177 days suspended Reckless Operation Sam Nguyen, 7812 Tournament Dr., Waterville, $250, 30 days, 27 days suspended Theft Jennifer Thomas, 1274 Opal, Toledo, $150, 180 days, 161 days suspended Andrea Russell Johnson, 2049 Berkshire, Toledo, $150, 180 days, 167 days suspended Unauthorized Use of Property Justin Smithfield, 306 E St Clair St., Swanton, $150 Danielle Campbell, 310 Burger, Toledo, $100, 90 days, 82 days suspended Cartrell Esper, 1383 Fitchland, Toledo, $150, 30 days

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Peter Moran

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo, receiving his 33rd Degree from the Ancient and Accepted National Scottish Rite. He served as President of Council for Augsburg Lutheran Church, member of the Board of Trustees Lutheran Orphans and Old Folks Home and was a board member of Wittenberg University. Peter was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Joanne R. Moran. Peter is survived by his daughters Elizabeth M. "Betsy" Carr and Mary Beth Moran Durfee; grandchildren Alexander B. (Allison) Carr, Emily E. Carr, Nicholas J. Durfee, Caroline E. Durfee; greatgranddaughter Logan E. Carr; and his sister Valerie A. Miller. Memorial contributions may be sent to Burt Lake Preservation Association, the Masonic Temple, or McCord Road Christian Church. Condolences may be left for the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com The family extends its sincere thanks to Christine Carlton for her devotion to his care and comfort.

Peter L. Moran, age 94, passed away Dec. 12, 2019. Peter was born in New Castle, Penn., on March, 12, 1925, the son of the late Nick and Anna Moran. Growing up as an active member of the Boy Scouts, Peter achieved its highest rank, Eagle Scout. This accomplishment highlighted strong characteristics in which he held value throughout his life. In 1943, Peter graduated from Shenango High School and immediately served his country as the member of the U.S. Army during WWII. He was assigned to the European Theater of Operation, Combat Infantryman. He was considered an expert-level marksman, which served him well during Rhineland and various battles during the European Theater. He was wounded during battle and was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, a Purple Heart, Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star. After the War, the GI Bill allowed him to continue his education. After graduating from Westminster College, he attended the University of Michigan College of Law. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1952 from the University of Toledo College of Law. He began his lifelong love of the law with Holloway, Peppers & Romanoff. For the past 30 years, he’s practiced alongside his daughter Mary Beth at their firm Moran and Moran. During his legal career, Peter was an active member of the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association, admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1968 and to the U.S. Tax Court in 1982. As an active member in the Toledo community, he was a member of the Paragon Masonic Lodge and an officer and member of the

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Carole Seney

Carole A. Seney, age 85, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away Dec. 15, 2019. Carole was born Nov. 3, 1934, the daughter of the late Bernard and Ella Mae (Hudgen) Schmitzer in Pittsburgh, Penn. Carole was a graduate of David Oliver High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956 from Penn State University, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Carole was the longtime editor of the Sylvania Sentinel and hosted her own weekly FM radio talk show. As a journalist, Carole had opportunity to interview many local and national celebrities including Burt Reynolds, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. She retired from the city of Sylvania as the mayor’s administrative assistant.

During and after her professional career, Carole played a pivotal part in Sylvania's community. She was president of the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce in the late 1970s, and an active member and former president of the Sylvania Community Improvement Corporation. Carole enjoyed participating in Zenobia Shrine activities with her husband, George, a former Potentate. Carole and George also enjoyed spending time together at The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, The Toledo Museum of Art and traveling the world. Carole maintained that chocolate was a basic food group. Carole is survived by her husband of 43

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years, George E. Seney IV; her children Mark (Kathleen) DeJeu of Twinsburg, Ohio, Sue (Greg) Harris of Macedonia, Ohio and John "JB" (Becca) DeJeu of Brooklyn, Mich.; 12 grandchildren Marc (Emily), Luke (Kristen), Matt (Christina), Sam, Gregory (Ashley), Rob (Jami), Elizabeth (Jake), Michelle (Cory), Kelly (Kyle), Brad (Angela), Brigitte (Dan), and Ryan; 16 great-grandchildren; and her sister Lynn (Mason) Frank of Seattle, Wash. Contributions in Carole's memory, may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be left for the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.

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