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Donna Farnsel of Farnsel Farms helps Kristen Peace and her children Ella and Mason with their produce purchase.

Pizza Palooza Natalie Sprott enjoys a slice of her favorite pizza at the eighth annual event at Centennial Terrace on July 20 -21.

Up, Up & Away

Kristen Howard and her daughter Piper talk with Sue Hague-Rogers at a Glass City Balloon party.


Flowers are growing in gardens at Sunset Village. For more see 6A. —by Jennifer Ruple

Sister Grace Ellen Urban and Sister Jeremias Stinson grow fruit and vegetables all year round in their outdoor and polyhous gardens on the Sisters of St. Francis campus to help feed people in need. —by Jennifer Ruple

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Ongoing Alateen Meeting An Alateen meeting for children and teens ages eight and up who are affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug use is held Sunday nights from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St. Call 419-537-7500 for more information. Alzheimer’s Association An Alzheimer’s Association support group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 9144 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. Call 800-272-3900 or Aquatic Exercise for Survivors CPW and The Victory Center offer aquatic exercise for survivors at CPW, 3130 Central Park West, on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. Free to all survivors through a grant from The Rotary Club of Toledo. Aromatherapy Aromatherapy takes place the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. at The Victory Center, 5532 W. Central Ave., Suite B. This program is free to people with a cancer diagnosis and is sponsored by ProMedica Cancer Institute. Call the Victory Center at 419-531-7600 for details. Beginner Tai Chi Classes Classes meet for one and a half hours once a week from 1-2 p.m. at The Elks Lodge, 3520 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. Classes consist of slow movements that use gentle turns and graceful stretches to improve balance, flexibility, circulation and strength. Berkey Farmers Market Saturdays 8 a.m. - noon through Oct. 20. Located in the parking lot of Keelers Korner Store, 12290 Sylvania-Metamora Rd. at the corner of Sylvania-Metamora and SR 295. Boomers Resource Network Boomers Resource Network meets every Thursday at Uncle John’s Restaurant, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 419-865-8503 or visit Cancer Support Group A cancer support group meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Mercy Health, St. Anne Hospital, second floor Cancer Library. Open to patients, family and caregivers. Call Marilyn at 419-8650659 or Laura at 419-754-1277 for more. Diabetes Education Support Group Monthly support group for people living with Type 2 diabetes meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center, Conference Room A, 2100 W. Central Ave., free and open to the public. Call 419-291-6767 or contact

Double ARC Online Parent Support Group A free support group for parents and guardians of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders facilitated by FASD specialists meets the second Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Double ARC building, 5800 Monroe St., Bldg. F-5. Food Addicts in Recovery Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets every Monday night at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 4855 W. Central Ave. Contact Stoney at 734-635-1392, email or visit God Works! Crossroads Community Church, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Rd., Ottawa Lake, Mich., offers God Works!, providing a warm meal to anyone in need each Thursday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; meal is at 6 p.m. Healing Service The Victory Center invites all 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 Healing Service is free and open to the public. Register by calling 419-531-7600. Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo First and third Thursday meetings for fun, food and friendship from 9:45 to11:45 a.m. at West Toledo YMCA, 2110 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo. Reliable and safe childcare provided. For information, visit Nar-Anon A 12-step Program for families and friends of addicts meets on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. at Unity of Toledo, 3535 Executive Pkwy., and Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Ln. Olivet Lutheran Church’s Free Community Meal Olivet hosts a free community meal each Wednesday in the Christian Life Center. Enjoy food and fellowship at 5840 Monroe St. Call 419-882-2077 or visit Pet Loss Support Group SylvaniaVet hosts a pet loss support group meeting at Christ Presbyterian Church, 4225 W. Sylvania Ave., 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Call 419-885-4421. Prostate Cancer Support Group A prostate cancer support group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Cancer Center library at St. Anne’s Hospital. For info, call 419-346-2753 or 419-344-9830. Stroke Support Group Monthly support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 4 - 6 p.m. at ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd. Contact 419-291-7537 or


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Items must be submitted one week prior to publication and will be printed on a space-available basis. Email information to Please include a phone number in case more information is needed. Taizé Service A Taizé Service is held the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Sylvania United Church of Christ Chapel, 7240 Erie St. 419882-0048. T.A.M.E. Meeting The Toledo Area Miniature Enthusiasts meet the first Saturday of each month from 1- 4 p.m. 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 a.m. and Tuesdays from 6:30-

7:30 p.m. Call 419-478-1103 or 419-8416436 for information. TOPS is not church affiliated. Toledo Area Genealogy Society Meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Monday of the month September through June at Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St. Visit for info. Toledo Country Live Band Toledo Country Live Band is in concert every first and third Saturday, 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Andrew United Methodist, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd. The live program will be followed by light refreshments. Free. Information 419-262-4453.

Sylvania Senior Center Programs Hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri • 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays

LUNCH is served from 11:30-12:15 p.m. Mon-Fri; suggested donation for persons who are 60+ is $2.50; non-senior is $5.62. Make reservation by noon the day before. TUESDAY EVENING DINNER served from 4:30-5:15, $8 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: open when classes are not in session; QUILTING & SEWING: Tue & Thu, 8-12 noon, weekly; WOODSHOP: Tue, Thu & Fri, 1-3, weekly; WOODCARVERS: Tue, 3-6 weekly Transportation to Senior Center & Shopping: call Deb, 419-885-3913 08/01 Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Restorative Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * 08/02 Duplicate Bridge: Thu 1-4, weekly 08/03 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly 08/06 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * 08/07 Franciscan Care Center BP/BS Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Bunco: 1st & 3rd Tue 1-3, monthly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * 5:30: after dinner program, call for details Caregiver Support Group: 1st Tue, 6-7 p.m., monthly Breathe, Stretch, Relax! Hatha Yoga 6-7 p.m., * 08/08 Party Euchre: Wed 10-12 noon, weekly Insurance Specialist: 2nd Wed, by appt., monthly 08/09 Chat with Brenda: 2nd Thu, by appt., memory care professional Camera Club: 2nd Wed, 1:30-2:30, monthly 08/10 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly 08/13 Sunset Communities BP Clinic: 11-12:30 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, *



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Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Franciscan Care Center BP/BS Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Legal Outreach: by appt., monthly Adult Coloring: 2nd & 4th Tue, 1-3, monthly Current Events: 2nd & 4th Tue, 2-4, monthly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * 5:30: after dinner program, call for details Breathe, Stretch, Relax! Hatha Yoga 6-7 p.m., * Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Movie Day: 1-3, rsvp, monthly Restorative Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * Book Review Group: 3rd Thu 2-3, monthly Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Franciscan Care Center BP/BS Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Facebook Class: Aug. 21 & 22, 3 hr course, * Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * 5:30 after dinner program, call for details Medicare & You: 5:30, 3rd Tuesdays monthly Breathe, Stretch, Relax! Hatha Yoga 6-7 p.m., *

*Call for fee and registration • For more info, call: 419-885-3913 Sylvania Community Services, a nonprofit agency, manages the Sylvania Senior Center. For a complete listing of all Senior Center activities and programs, visit and click on Senior Center Newsletter. Sylvania Senior Center • 7140 Sylvania Ave. • Sylvania, Ohio 43560

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Summer Safari Camps Toledo Zoo The Zoo offers wild opportunities for campers ages four through 15. Separate fee, pre-registration required. For more information, including schedule, themes and pricing, visit

Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018 TMA Glass Pavilion More than 175 outstanding examples of glass from TMA’s collection and Libbey Inc. archives.

•Through Aug. 31 King Road Library Help select the ‘Great American Novel’ by voting for your favorite book. 18+.

•Through Sept. 30 ‘Art at Alti2ude’ Secor Park Nature Photography Open Fridays through Sundays, 12-6 p.m.

•Through Oct. 2 Sylvania Farmers Market Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. Sylvania Municipal Court parking lot Fresh produce, food trucks and misc. items for sale from local vendors.

•Through Oct. 20 Berkey Farmers Market Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon Keelers Korner Store 12290 Sylvania Metamora Fresh produce by local farmers.

•Aug. 1 Senior Stroll, 2-3 p.m. Wildwood Metz Visitor Center Enjoy a walk through Wildwood. All participants should come dressed for walking outdoors. All ages. Free. Reservation •Toddler Trails, 10-11 a.m. Wildwood Metz Visitor Center Opportunity for toddlers to experience multisensory exposure to nature. For toddlers three years old and under. $2 Reservations. •Young Makers + S.T.E.A.M. Festival, 5-6 p.m. King Road Library An event celebrating the summer creations of Young Makers and S.T.E.A.M. club. •Rock Outside with Wilson Lake & the Rock Bass, 6-8 p.m. King Road Library Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with the music of local bands. Snacks provided. Event will be indoors in case of inclement weather.

•Aug. 2, 16, 21 Code IT Club, 4-5 p.m. King Road Library Practice and learn coding at the library. Ages 10 to 13. Registration required.

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•Aug. 2 Volunteer Orientation, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wildwood Ward Pavillion Encouraged for all future or prospective volunteers of the metroparks. Held the first Tuesday and Thursday of most months. Free. Reservation. Locations Franciscan Center, Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania Olander Park (Nederhouser and Gorman), 6930 W. Sylvania Ave. To register, 419-8828313, ext. 1013 or Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central, Berkey Sylvania Libraries 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania 419-882-2089 (Closed for remodeling) 3900 King Rd., King Branch 419-259-5380 Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo Valentine Theatre 410 Adams St., Toledo Wildwood Preserve Metropark (Manor House) 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo

•Wake Up With the Birds, 8-9 a.m. Wildwood Metz Visitor Center Informal bird viewing through Wildwood’s Window on Wildlife. Free. Reservations.

•Aug. 2-7 Social Security Educational Workshop, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Franciscan Center Local retirement specialist David Wright of the Wright Financial Group, LLC , will cover the latest strategies for maximizing benefits. Free RSVP: 419-885-0957.

•Aug. 3 Red Bird Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. Art and music in downtown Sylvania. •Make & Take Craft, 1-3 p.m. All Good Things 6832 Convent Blvd. Make and Take a children’s card. $10. Call 419-824-3749 for more information. •Tea at Stranleigh: All Dolled Up Tea, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House Enjoy specialty tea, sandwiches, and desserts, in proximity of the Shipman garden. $10. Call 419-407-9790 for reservations.

•Aug. 3-4 Burger Bash Aug. 3, 5-11 p.m. Aug. 4, 4-11 p.m. Centennial Terrace Rotary Club of Sylvania presents burger competition. $6 adults, $4 children. Bands.

•Aug. 4 Back 2 School BBQ, 11 a.m.-2p.m. Sylvania Area Family Services 5440 Marshall Rd. Face painting, games, inflatables, and entertainment. Sylvania School District residents can receive a free backpack and school supplies with proof of I.D. •Celebration of Freedom, 1-5 p.m. Lathrop House 5416 S. Main St. History of the house in conjunction with the Underground Railroad. Historical interpreter and celebration 1-3 p.m., and tours 3-5 p.m. 419-517-5533. •Community Days, 1-4 p.m. Sylvania Historical Village Hands on activities and museum buildings open. Free.

•Aug. 4- 5 Wild about Art Fair, by Buckeye Broadband, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Toledo Zoo Art Fair featuring local and regional artists. Children’s art displayed as well. Live entertainment and art demonstrations. Wild about Art is included in Zoo admission. Visit for more information about artists and schedules.

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•Aug. 4, 8 •Mountain Biking 101: Manual Front Wheel Lift, presented by Spoke Life Cycles, 10-11:30 a.m. Oak Openings Learn basic or advanced mountain biking skill. Class is suitable for riders of all skill levels. Participants should bring their own bike, helmet, and water. Free. Reservation.

•Aug. 5

Sylvania Triathlon and Duathlon The Olander Park, 7:30 a.m. Annual race.Visit to register. •Festival of India, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Centennial Terrace 29th annual celebration. Music and food.

•Aug. 6, 20 Music & Movement Playdate, 10:30-11:30 a.m. King Road Library Playtime including dance, music and storytime for children ages 2-5. Offered in partnership with Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Registration

•Aug. 6 Ukulele session, 7-8:30 p.m. King Road Library Newly formed Toledo Ukesters will be at the library. Any Uke players can join in. Call Sharon at for info. •Outdoor Explorers Camp Session #4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wildwood Metroparks Hall $150 registration fee. Reservations. •Tutu Classic Golf Outing, 1 p.m. Stone Oak Country Club Fundraising to benefit Toledo Ballet. Call 419-471-0049 to register.

•Aug. 7 Volunteer Orientation, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wildwood Ward Pavillion Encouraged for all future or prospective volunteers of the metroparks. Free. Reservations. •Yoga in the Garden, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Toledo Botanical Garden Enjoy an evening yoga session led by Jenn, the instructor who will guide you through the art of relaxation and meditation. Session will take place outside, in the fresh air of the Perennial Garden. $15, walk in registration. 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. Call Jenn at 419266-9642 for more information. •How to Make U, 6-7 p.m. King Road Library Opportunity to work on projects using the library’s Make U space and equipment, from 3D printing to coding.

•Aug. 7, 28 LEGO Freeplay, 3-4 p.m. King Road Library Legos provided for an hour of free play. Ages four to 12.

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•Aug. 11-12 •Aug. 8 Sunset Serenades Extra Stout, 6-9 p.m. Olander Nederhouser deck Sponsored by The Lakes of Sylvania. Free for Sylvania School district residents; $3 per care for nonresidents. Light refreshments. •Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral: Monthly Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 Superior St., Toledo Enjoy a meal in the Church Hall consisting of beef or chicken gyros on pita bread and fries, Greek salad, bread, coffee, and iced tea. $9. 419-243-9189. •Senior Stroll, 2-3 p.m. Wildwood Metz Visitor Center All ages can enjoy a walk through Wildwood. Come dressed for walking outdoors. Free. Reservation. •Toledo Ballet Open House, 5-7:30 p.m. 5327 Monroe St. Learn about fall classes. Preschool enrichment to classical ballet. Call 419-4710049 for more information.

•Aug. 9 ‘Bridging the Gender Divide: Christian Perspectives,’ 5:30 & 7 p.m. Franciscan Center Father Bacik lecture on the history of sexism. Tickets $10 reserved; $15 at door. Call 419824-3515 or •Wake Up With the Birds, 8-9 a.m. Wildwood Metz Visitor Center Informal bird viewing through Wildwood’s Window on Wildlife. Birding experience is not required. Free. Reservations. •Unleash Artist in the Garden, 6-8 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Garden Patio Paint outside. No experience needed. Canvas and painting supplies provided. Free. Reservations.

•Tales and Trails, 10-11 a.m. Wildwood Metroparks Hall A chance for toddlers and their guardians to enjoy story time, a nature walk and a craft together. $3 registration for children only. •Tinkerlab Build Challenge, 4-5 p.m. King Road Library Challenges that require teamwork to promote science, technology, engineering and math learning. All ages. •Device Advice, 6:30-7:30 p.m. King Road Library Get advice on smartphones, tablets, or laptops. 18+.

•Aug. 10, 24 Minecraft Meetup, 3:30-4:30 p.m. King Road Library Collaborate with other Minecrafters. Ages ten to 13. Registration required.

•Aug. 10 Kelly Miller Circus, 5 & 7:30 p.m. Tent Raising, 9 a.m. Brint & Centennial roads Tickets at Sautter’s and Metamora Bank. or 800-3345210.Advance tickets $10 adults; $7 children ages 2-12 and seniors. •Make & Take Craft, 1-3 p.m. All Good Things 6832 Convent Blvd. Make and Take a paper bead necklace. $15. 419-824-3749 for information. $15. •SCAT 8th annual Golf Scramble Bedford Hills Golf Club 6400 Jackman Rd. $85 per person. Call 419-824-8588 or email •Get to Know the Trails,1-2 p.m. Secor, NCNP Parking Lot Tour the trails with a park naturalist and learn about the flora and fauna. Wear weatherappropriate clothing. Free. Reservations.

Hort Hikes at TBG, 6-7 p.m. Toledo Botanical Garden Monthly walks through the Botanical Garden with a focus on seasonal interests. Second Tuesday of the month. Free. Reservations.

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•Aug. 14

Golfing for Scholars, 8 a.m. Legacy by Arthur Hills 7677 New U.S. 223 Shotgun start. $300 per foursome; $75 per person. Deadline to register is Aug. 4. Call 419-276-5685 or •Garden Tour: Best of Summer, 9 a.m. Toledo Zoo, Ziem’s Conservatory Join Toledo Zoo staff as they demonstrate how they care for their landscapes at the peak of summer. Pre-registration and fee are required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine. Visit •Under the Moon and Meteors Too 5K, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., by Yark Subaru and Toledo Roadrunners Club Run or hike the 5K course along the Metropark Trail after dark. Glow sticks will outline the 5K route. $5 registration fee. •Yoga Storytime, 10-11 a.m. King Road Library

•Aug. 13

Fun Snacks for Kids, 10 a.m. Olander Park, Open Air Shelter #2 Childrens class for learning how to make fun snacks, and eat them. Discussion on animals’ snacks. Ages Pre-K-K. •Yoga in the Garden, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Toledo Botanical Garden Enjoy an evening yoga session led by Jenn, the instructor who will guide you through the art of relaxation and meditation. Session outside. $15, walk in registration. Call Jenn at 419-266-9642 for information. •Nature Connections, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. King Road Library Nature story for children followed by a nature craft. For children in preschool. •Heirlooms to Hybrids, 10:30 a.m. Toledo Zoo, Ziem’s Conservatory Garden tour focused on the hybrids and rare varieties of hundreds of plants. Register by visiting

Your Go-To Event: Festival of India

Barbara and Mayor Craig Stough, meet the president of the Hindu Temple Shiv Kadur at the 2017 Festival of India.



xperience the rich and vibrant traditions of Indian culture at the 29th annual Festival of India. Organized by the community of Asian-Indian heritage, the festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Centennial Terrace. The one-day event will feature classical, folk and Bollywood style dancing; a variety of Indian food; and an opportunity to shop for traditional Indian clothes and accessories. “The festival is a window into Indian culture. It’s a very colorful, energetic event with great ambiance,” said Atul Agnihotri, media relations chairman for the event. “It will be like a little India.” This year’s festival theme is “Bollywood Express” in honor of India’s renowned movie industry based in Mumbai, India. The name is a play on America’s Hollywood combined with Mumbai’s name under British rule, Bombay. “All of the festival’s dances and performances will be based on Indian movies. Movies are a huge phenomenon in India,” explained Agnihotri. “Every movie has songs and dances in it. They are fun and beautifully choreographed.” A variety of Indian food will be available.


Yoga program teaching children healthy breathing and focus techniques. Registration required.

Family Campout, 1 p.m.-10 a.m. Secor, Lone Oak Shelter Camp overnight in the Oak Openings region of Secor Metropark. Hike will take place Saturday, followed by a relaxing evening at the campsite. Dinner and light breakfast provided. $15 for children 10 and under. $25 for adults and children 11+. Reservations.

Jiah Venattu enjoys the food, fun and performances at the 2017 Festival of India, held at Centennial Terrace. Masala Dosa is a popular dish consisting of a paper-thin crepe made from rice and lentils that is filled with a spiced mixture of mashed potatoes and fried onions. It’s served with Lentil Soup and Coconut Chutney. The Thali Naan meal plate features freshly baked bread served with Indian cottage cheese and tomato curry, served with rice pilaf and spiced yogurt. Snacks including Pani Puri and Samosas and Mango Milkshakes and Sugarcane Juice will also be offered. In the Indian Bazaar (marketplace), artists will be applying temporary henna tattoos with beautiful Indian motifs. Vendors will be selling jewelry, Indian clothing, accessories, arts and crafts and Bollywood music and movies. More than 5,000 guests are expected to attend the festival this year. “Our goal for the event is to share our culture with the community,” explained Agnihotri. “We don’t treat this as a fundraiser, we call it a friendraiser, that’s why admission and parking are free. We keep food and shopping at a nominal charge too. Our goal is to keep it at low cost for our guests. There will be fantastic food, fun shopping, and people should plan to spend the whole day with us.” For more information, visit

Sister Cities International to celebrate 25th anniversary

Sister Cities International will host a 25th anniversary gala on Sept. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Toledo Club, 235 14th St., according to Event Chairperson, Sister Ann Francis Klimkowski. The event is being planned by the Board of Trustees of Toledo Sister Cities International and the 10 Sister City committees which serve northwestern Ohio as a bridge to global sister cities. “We have the oldest Sister City partnership, with Toledo, Spain, since 1931. A second long-standing agreement was established in 1985 with Qinhuangdao, China. However, it wasn’t until 1993 that we incorporated as a non-profit organization. That’s when our real on-going efforts started,” said Sister Ann Francis. “This year we remember the past, celebrate the present, and connect to the future.” TSCI is asking for community support in the form of sponsors, donors and other advertising opportunities for the anniversary gala. Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, said, “I had the privilege of initiating the concept of the Toledo Sister Cities International in the early 1990s when the sister city movement expanded greatly in Toledo. Our relationship with Toledo, Spain began in 1931, long before President Dwight Eisenhower conceived the idea that world peace would be advanced by citizen diplomacy. The work goes on and is worthy of support.”

Sylvania Rotary hosts first Burger Bash BY ADDISON HINKLE

Local eateries will cook-off to see who has the best burger in town at Sylvania Rotary’s first-ever Burger Bash to be held Aug. 3 and 4 at Centennial Terrace. Guests may enjoy the event on Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. Competitors include Inside the Five Brewing Co., Mancy’s Ideal, Frogtown Johnie’s, Dave & Buster’s, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt and The

Cinnamon Stick Restaurant and Pie Bakery. The event will include live entertainment featuring Caveman & Ryan, Mikes with Mics and See Alice on Friday and Country Revival, Black Swamp Rebels, Skoobie Snaks, and The 25’s on Saturday. Adult tickets will be on sale for $6; kids between the ages 5-12 are $4; children 4 and under are free. All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Rotary Club of Sylvania.

Electronic recycling set for Temple Shomer Emunim

An opportunity to recycle computer/ electronics and E-waste will be available Sunday, Aug. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Temple Shomer Emunim, 6453 W. Sylvania Ave. at the Frogtown Computer bus in the parking lot. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit Temple Shomer Emunim. Desktop and Laptop computers, LCD flat panel monitors, servers, routers, cable boxes/DirecTV boxes, VCRs, DVD players, Bluray, cameras, any flat panel LCD TVs, video game consoles and video games, cell phones, tablets, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, projectors, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, turntables, speakers, stereos, cables/wiring/cords, ink and toner. New or used will be accepted. CRT monitors or CRT tube TVs and rear projection TVs and appliances will not be accepted. All data on hard drives is securely destroyed in accordance with HIPAA regulations.

Intersection Closing

The intersection of Main and Monroe streets is scheduled to be closed beginning Monday Aug. 6 and will reopen Monday Aug. 20. Signage will be posted to help people navigate the detours. For more information call Joe Shaw at the city of Sylvania, 419-885-8967


Garden beds at Sunset Village thrive thanks to efforts of residents

Letty Haigh and JoAnn Rennert check out the community bulletin board they maintain on a weekly basis and encourage other residents to contribute to as well.

Pat Yager volunteers to keep the garden beds well watered.

Letty Haigh and Linda Ward look on as Pat Yager waters a bed of zinnias.

JoAnn Rennert showcases her collection of flower paintings.


“Most women have hats. I have knee pads,” said Letty Haigh, who with her husband, Elmer, has lived at Sunset Village for the past three years. During that time she has pulled together other residents who have helped her create several garden beds in strategic locations around the facility. On her arrival at Sunset Village, she began working on reconstituting the five raised beds in the courtyard, which now boast a carefully chosen selection of perennials with coordinating blooming schedules, keeping the beds alive with color throughout the season. Haigh’ s eagle eye is quick to spot any weeds, and ever ready with her trademark knee pads, the unwanted plants do not remain in flower beds for long. Haigh has also organized “the big planting day” the second Saturday in May. She and some of her recruits from the neighboring Fieldstone Villas, Peg Anderson and Linda and Richard Ward, spend the day planting seeds collected from last year’s plants and new bulbs along with some plants. Another Sunset Village resident, Pat Yager, offers her services to the gardening effort by watering the beds when needed, up to twice a day. “It is a joy to work with Letty. She is a whirlwind and does an amazing job planning, planting and weeding,” Yager said. JoAnn Rennert is the third Sunset Village resident to offer her own talents to the

gardening effort. “I am not able to work in the beds, but I have a passion for painting flowers,” she said. “I have been doing this for many years and it brings me great pleasure.” In addition, Rennert has taken to composing haiku poetry corresponding to what is blooming in the garden. The garden lady triumvirate also took over, with the blessing of Sunset management, a community bulletin board in the hallway facing the atrium with the five raised beds. The board is changed every Tuesday and reflects the current status of the gardens. A painting by Rennert is posted along with her hiaku poetry and that of other Sunset Village residents and staff. Informative paragraphs about the current blooming flowers written by the three are also posted. “I supply the facts and they dress them up,” Haigh reported. “This is a group effort, too.” Rennert added, “We also encourage other residents to contribute to the board. This gives them the opportunity to learn about the flowers that are blooming in the garden and it also offers a place for them to showcase their own skills and talents if they choose.” “Gardening is an art form,” Haigh offered. “I stress having color and using complementary hues for my plantings. A garden has to speak to people. And it is so enriching to see something growing and flowering in a garden.”

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Sylvania Explorers Place Fifth in Nation

Front row, L-R: Sgt. Stacey Pack, Explorers Corey Wright, Jenna Wilkinson and Bryce Elliott; Back row, L-R: Officer Kevin Steinman, Explorer Josh Powlesland, Explorer Brad Childers, Explorer Ben Bostator, Explorer Bryton Thomas, Officer Chad Amstutz, members of the Sylvania Explorer Post #2266 attended the National Law Enforcement Explorer Competition recently at Purdue University. Explorers and advisors from around the nation attended the conference. The group attended seminars and participated in competitions in law enforcement topics which included scenarios. The Sylvania Police Explorers worked hard preparing for the competitions and their hard work paid off by scoring fifth place in the nation on Traffic Stops. The Sylvania Police Explorer Post is a joint venture between the city of Sylvania Police Division and the Sylvania Township Police Department. The post is represented by youths ages 14 to 20 who are interested in a law enforcement career. For more information regarding Explorer program, call the city of Sylvania Police 419885-8906 or the Sylvania Township Police 419-882-2055.


Sara Sullins and Tyler Martin, both of Sylvania, announce their engagement. Sara is a graduate of Spring Arbor University and is employed with the Sisters of St. Francis. Tyler, a University of Toledo graduate, is employed at Bay Corrugated Container Inc. Sara is the daughter of Julie and Bart Sullins and Tyler is the son of Barbara and Keith Martin. A spring wedding is planned.

Annual Pooch Plunge planned for after pool closing The seventh annual “Jack’s Pooch Plunge” will take place, Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4:45 p.m. at Sylvania Plummer Pool in Burnham Park, 6930 Maplewood Ave. The event allows dogs of all sizes to go for a swim after the pool closes for the season. Small dogs are encouraged to attend from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and large dogs will be admitted at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per dog. Proceeds will

benefit the Glass City Dog Park located at Woodsdale Ave. and the Anthony Wayne Trail. Since its inception, Jack’s Pooch Plunge has raised almost $7,000 for the dog park. The event is co-sponsored by Sylvania Recreation and the city of Sylvania. For additional information call Dave Spiess at 419-215-7078.


New agent joins McGuire Insurance Agency

Cathy McGuire welcomes Carolyn Chlebowski to her team of agents at the McGuire Agency, 6387 Monroe St.

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Franciscan spring art festival planned The Sisters of St. Francis will host an inaugural Spring Art Festival on March 30, 2019, at the Franciscan Center. Artists and fine crafts people are encouraged and invited to apply by Oct. 1 for inclusion in what is anticipated to be an annual event. “In a truly Franciscan fashion, we will welcome spring with beauty, imagination and joy,” noted All Good Things Executive Director Jana Whitmore, the coordinator of the event. The jury fee is $20 per medium and the

jury results will be announced in mid November. The booth fee of $80 is due Feb. 1, 2019. For more information or to sign up visit, call 419-824-3749, or email In addition to art work, a cafe with food and beverages will be available. Guests will also be entertained with live music and will have the opportunity to gather information about Sisters of St. Francis ministries.


Sylvania native Carolyn Chlebowski has recently joined the McGuire Agency. A former banker, Chlebowski noted that she has always been passionate about helping people. “Cathy McGuire has encouraged me to get my insurance license and join her agency for quite some time. I finally realized that this would be a good thing for me and my family,” Chlebowski noted. “I look forward to working with clients and helping them shop for all of their insurance needs,” she said. “I am thrilled to have Carolyn on my team. She is enthusiastic and energetic and is a great addition to the agency,” McGuire reported. “I have known her for a long time and knew she would be a wonderful asset for

our firm.” The McGuire Group, LLC, is licensed in Ohio and Michigan and represents many insurance carriers including Erie Insurance and Progressive. “Both of these outstanding companies not only have competitive rates, but also offer a variety of coverages to meet everyone’s needs,” McGuire pointed out. In addition to home and auto products, the McGuire Group Insurance agents provide products for renters, landlords, businesses, boats, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles along with life insurance products. “We pride ourselves on the ability to shop for our customers to find the best products and pricing,” McGuire stated.

SJS Investment Services has been named to the 2018 Financial Advisor magazine Top RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) Survey and Ranking, and is appearing on this list for the fifth consecutive year. Among the 700plus RIAs included on the list, SJS was ranked 155th, based on $1.97 billion in assets under management. The AUM figure is as of Dec. 31, 2017. “We are honored to be ranked among the top firms again this year,” said Scott Savage, founder and CEO. “For us, making this list is about more than the assets we manage as a firm. It’s about taking care of people. While we’re pleased with our firm’s continued growth, what matters most to us are the people we serve. Being there for them is a privilege, and our number one priority.” Scott Savage started SJS in 1995 to create a firm that puts the interests of its clients first. “I wanted to be able to sit on the same side

of the table and do what is best for all of our clients without compromise, without conflict of interest,” he said. SJS offers a proprietary investment process known as MarketPlus Investing®, which incorporates academic advances in portfolio design to help clients achieve their specific financial goals. This process, combined with the company’s signature client-first philosophy, makes it uniquely their own. Kevin Kelly, SJS Investment Services president stated, “Our inclusion in Financial Advisor magazine’s Top RIA listing further validates our commitment to implement leading-edge investment research, and to our client-first way of doing business. Strategic and steady growth supports our ability to reinvest in the business, to hire people with a ‘You Come First’ nature, and to access the best technology to support our clients.”

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Shay’s Carpets and Home Interiors opens second location in Mayberry Square Joe and Robin Shay of Shay’s Carpets and Home Interiors, located at 1122 N. HollandSylvania Rd., had been looking for a second location in the Sylvania area. “We want to better serve those who live in the Sylvania community,” Robin Shay offered. The Shays are able to expand thanks to their son, Joe Shay IV, who is joining the family business and will manage the new store. “We were driving past Mayberry Square and noticed that this corner location was available,” Shay stated. “We really like the high visibility the space offered and we like the sense of community that we feel the businesses in Mayberry share through all of the events that are held here.” “We think this will be a great location for our business and we are eager to become an active participant in all of the Mayberry happenings,” Mrs. Shay added. In fact, the Shays coordinated their opening to correspond with the first Monday of August Mayberry Car Show. No signs of the former restaurants remain in the renovated space, which showcases many of the floor to ceiling products the Shays offer customers. In addition to the flooring materials and the Sauder’s brand ceiling system, complete with its custom lighting

systems that have been installed in the new showroom, the Shays have carpeting, vinyl tile, waterproof vinyl planks and sheet goods, wood flooring including bamboo, laminates and cork. Brand names include Mohawk, Shaw, Armstrong, Aladdin and more. “We serve as a distributor for the Sauder ceiling systems we have installed here,” Shay said. “We do jobs of all sizes from small to large commercial projects. We also provide free estimates and we offer financing as well.” Over 30 years ago, Shay started the business selling out of his van after working for a large carpet store. “I knew the business and I wanted to be able to offer my customers better service,” he remembered. Shay quickly outgrew his van and had to rent a neighbors garage. From there he moved first to a location on Central Ave. at Reynolds Rd., then to a Monroe St. showroom. The Shays acquired the Holland Sylvania Rd. property, first using it as a warehouse, 25 years ago. Over time, the Shays moved their showroom to that location also. The Shays credit their longevity in the business to the excellent crews of installers with whom they work. “Our customers get our personal attention no matter the size of the job,” he promised.

Newest member of the company, Joe Shay IV, his dad, Joe III, and his mother, Robin, agree that their firm’s tag line, ‘We don’t want all the business. We want yours!’ continues to be an effective marketing tool.

WEN Members Learn About ‘Fit Happens’

Sara Best, president of IN2GREAT, is greeted by WEN co-executive directors Jennifer Alfred and Linda Kardux at the July 23 lunch meeting. Best was the speaker at the event.

Scrapbooking fundraiser planned A Scrapbooking Fundraiser to benefit the. Bethany House will be held Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held at St. Joseph Hall, Room 110 on the Sisters of St. Francis campus, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Participants can join in scrapbooking, card making, photo organizing or their favorite crafting project for a portion of the day or the whole day.

The fee is $35 for the whole day or $25 for a portion of the day. Lunch, dinner and snacks will be available. Raffle prizes, four feet of table space and scrapbooking and card making tools will be available for use. Participants can have an eight foot table for an additional $10. For more information call Sr. Roselyn Humbert, 419-824-3610 or email

The Wonders of Nature-A Walk for Families The Sylvania Franciscans invite naturelovers to “A Walk for Families” on the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn how humans benefit from water, plants, soil and flowers. Participants are asked to meet on the steps of Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Participants might want to bring blankets or something to sit on. The cost is $5 and reservations are requested. Contact Sister Joan Jurski at 419824-3528 or for more information or to RSVP.

Mini-pilgrimage planned

The Sylvania Franciscan Sisters will again host “Mini-pilgrimages” on the Franciscan campus on Thursdays, Aug. 23, Sept. 20 and Oct. 11. The pilgrimages and tours will take place from 10 a.m. to noon each day, and participants can meet at Madonna Hall, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Pilgrims walk among the sites on campus that are tributes to the lives of Saints Francis and Saint Clare. The pilgrimages include personal reflection, the history of the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters and lunch. The cost is $20. To make a reservation, contact Sister Joan Jurski, 419-824-3528 or


Duran Agency opens in Mayberry Square Angil Duran was on her way to nursing school when she realized that sales was more in line with what she wanted as a career. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she worked toward and was successful in obtaining her insurance license just as her mother, Katina, had done some 20 years earlier. “It is great to work in the same industry as my mom. I love networking with her and she is a big help for me in building relationships,” Duran reported. “She has been a great help to me in learning the insurance industry and learning what not to do.” On her mother’s recommendation, the younger Duran affiliated with Farmer’s

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Sylvania Library re-opening planned

The Sylvania Library will open beginning Aug. 20 offering basic services such as checking out materials and using the space. The library will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Full service hours will begin Sept. 4 including Saturday and Sunday hours. A grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for Sept. 7 to coincide with the First Friday Art Walk in the downtown Red Bird Art District.

Insurance. “This is a great company, which does a lot of community projects,” Duran stated. “It has been in business for over 90 years. The company offers affinity discounts for those who serve their community and give back.” Other discounts on alternative fueled vehicles are also offered. Farmer’s strives to maintain a high standard of corporate citizenship, and dedicates time and resources to disaster resilience, education and civic engagement. When Duran was ready to open her office, her search for the optimum location led her to Mayberry Circle. “I grew up coming by Mayberry Ice Cream and swimming in Centennial Quarry, so I was very familiar with the area,” she said. “When I found this office space was available it seemed like the perfect place to be.” Her new office is located at 5674 Mayberry Square adjacent to the Sundown Cantina and Sylvania Cleaners. According to Duran, Farmer’s offers a full menu of products including life, auto, home, business, motorcycle, recreational and umbrella policies that provide additional liability coverage. “I like to help my clients identify the insurance coverage that best fits their needs,” she promised.

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Wealth In Numbers spells a WIN(ning) networking opportunity Wealth in Numbers, or WIN for short, was the name insurance agency owner Bob Burns and financial planner Steve Cochran chose for the networking group they founded seven years ago. The two had been active in other groups and realized they wanted to have something else. They both shared a vision for a different kind of networking group. “We understand how valuable this kind of group can be,” Burns stated. “We wanted to have a local focus but we wanted to do things a bit differently and keep it affordable,” he said. With those concepts in mind, the two were soon joined by several other likeminded business men and women and WIN was formed. One of those who joined the group soon after its inception was Jeff Langenderfer of Resolute Bank. He now serves as treasurer working with Burns, the current president, and Cochran, the vice president. WIN members pay $50 every six months. They meet weekly on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at McCord Christian Church, 4765 N. McCord Rd. “We donate some of our membership funds to the church in return for the use of the room, which is a great space and a convenient meeting place for us. WIN is not affiliated with the church,” Burns related. In addition to the fellowship, members each have one minute to talk about his or her business and then ask about specific needs. A different member at each meeting also has the opportunity to make an indepth presentation about his or her

business. According to Cochran, the group is not category exclusive. “We have had people representing different industries,” he pointed out. “And we are always open to new members.” “Through the years, membership numbers range from 15 to 25 people,” Cochran added. “We would welcome an accountant and an attorney to the group. I know I would find it helpful to have a florist, for example.” “ We used to have one and it was so great to be able to call whenever I needed to send flowers to my wife, for example,” Burns said. “Our members support each other's businesses whenever possible” “It can be very helpful all around. I like doing business with people I know and trust,” he added. “Others in the group feel the same way.” For more information about WIN visit or Facebook

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John Monaghan of VZN Group gets the first place paddle for his pizza in the Corporate/Media category.

Dianna Miller shares her slice of Red Eye pizza with her husband, Greg.

Danielle and Ken Weins and their children Zoey and Evan look forward to an evening of fun.

Justin and Marci Bennett look over the tee-shirts on sale at the Sylvania Chamber booth.

Susan and Dave Spiess enjoy pizza from Red Eye.

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Pat Schumski, Sarah Best and Lea McLaren enjoy pizza as they volunteer at the event.

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Sisters-in-law Julie Bukowski and Michelle Ngo gently stretch before beginning the class. —by Meghan Rowe

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Amy and Jerry Malek and their children Nathan and Macey stop under the chamber tent during a brief rainstorm.

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Dan and Melissa Sandy and their son Jacob ride in the caboose with help from conductor Terry Roberts.

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Sylvania’s Superheroes Honoring Those Who Serve Prevention is Crucial

Deputy Chief Froelich is adamant about reducing community risk. “My first goal is to reduce people’s risk of being injured or losing a loved one due to fire. My second goal is to reduce the number of calls through prevention to keep our crews safe,” stated Deputy Chief Froelich. “Fire prevention is a tough sell. People have the attitude that it’s not going to happen to them… until it does. Accidents happen. That’s why we’re here, but there’s so much that can be done to reduce risk.”

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One of Deputy Chief Froelich’s roles is to serve as a fire and safety inspector. “We enforce the laws to keep people safe,” he explained. “Our basic job is to educate people to follow safety rules. Sometimes we have to enforce those rules. It would be incredible if we could get into the schools and receive funding from the Township to implement Risk Watch, a national school program similar to D.A.R.E. to educate kids fire safety.”


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“I would like to see us put greater effort into reducing the risk of home fires,” stated Deputy Chief Froelich. Many Sylvanians are unaware that the Sylvania Township Fire Department offers free home inspections and free smoke detectors to help reduce their risk from fires to falls. “We offer advice. All you have to do is call us at 419-882-7676 to receive this free service, that is personalized to your home. I’m dealing with aging parents. I have removed area rugs and gone

through their home to remove potential hazards. I would love for the community to take advantage of our service. People need to put it on their to-do list!”

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“After 30 years on the job, I still love what I’m doing,” Froelich offered. “I’ve been Deputy Fire Chief since 2011 and in Sylvania since 1988. I married a Sylvania girl and have four kids that are all Northview High School graduates. We have one out of college, one in grad school at Lourdes, the other two are undergrads at Bowling Green. The Deputy Chief has no difficulty leaving his work behind a closed door at the end of the day. “This has been a part of my life for so long,” he stated. “I have learned to shut it off when I have to. I am however looking into promoting a program that is available in Lucas County called Pulse Point. It is a free app for your phone. If you know CPR and someone in a half-mile from you is in cardiac arrest, your phone will alert you so you can begin CPR before the fire department gets there. Early CPR is incredible and increases someone’s life expectancy tremendously. It is important to mention that Sylvania was the first fire department in Lucas County to be fully equipped with paramedic service. All our guys on duty are paramedics. I am the ‘dinosaur,’ the last basic EMT in the department, that will go down in history when I retire at the end of next year. Then I will shut the door for the last time and enjoy spending time with my best friend… who happens to be my wife.”

Sister Gretchen Holds Bake/Rummage Sale

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Sister Grace Ellen Urban and her twin, Sister Adrian Urban, look over the selection of cookies and breads to choose what to purchase.

Families Host Feast at Hindu Temple

Front row, L-R: Sowmini Singh, Ananya Bimla Pandey, Avi Joshi, Maneesha Pandey, Nutan Dixit, Aditi and Savity Raghavendra; Back row, L-R: Tajinder Singh, Ajay Joshi, Mohan Pandey, Bharat Sharma, Sonali Sharma and Vijay and Divya Raghavendra, four families and close friends, gather at the Hindu Temple in Sylvania on July 16, after hosting and sponsoring a lunch for 100 families. Members of the four families prepared the food that was purchased from the Deepam Indian grocery store —by Mary Helen Darah

Art Fair at the Toledo Zoo planned

Sister Gretchen Faerber (standing) talks with sisters Cathy and Cindy Petretich, Bridget Holmes and Karen Charles, who are her volunteers checking out shoppers.

Sister Brenda Hawley finds a treasure trove of flowers that she plans to buy.

Wild about Art is a two-day art fair taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5. This unique show, set in the wild beauty of the number one zoo in the nation, will feature nearly 100 local and regional artists with various mediums on display for Zoo visitors, along with painting demonstrations from the animal artists in residence. In addition to art work, this free with Zoo admission event will also include: entertainment from the Toledo Symphony and Toledo School for the Arts; interactive activities such as origami, glass flameworking

demonstrations from Toledo Museum of Art and a large children’s art zone in Nature’s Neighborhood. To make this art fair weekend even wilder several animal residents, including African elephants, red pandas, and African Penguins, will be creating their own one-of-a-kind pieces of art as visitors look on. A full list of participating artists and a schedule of weekend activities can be found by visiting The Zoo is open daily at 10 a.m. and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo.

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The pre-K and school age groups in Andrea Ford’s and Camryn Bernier’s classes from Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center, 6765 Brint Rd. walked to Olander Park recently to enjoy outdoor activities in the neighboring park.

SAFS Campers Learn Baking Skills

Sylvania Area Family Services Camp Director Tina Fernandez helps campers Shepard Bayer, Kaydence Seiler, Trystan Kanellis, Sujourney Lavoy, Kaylann and Addison Ressler pour the banana oatmeal batter into muffin tins under the direction of volunteer Robyn Tebinka of the JamiLynn Fox Agency who taught the session.

The Kelly Miller Circus returns The Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club is once again hosting the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus on Friday, Aug. 10, with two performances at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The all-new 2018 season will feature a host of international circus stars from all over the world performing in the Big Top at the corner of Brint and Centennial roads. The tent raising will begin at approximately 9 a.m. on Circus Day.

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This year’s lineup features an All-Star group of performers and entertainers including: Rolla Bolla, Hula Hoops, Quick Change, Russian Swing and many more. Advance tickets are available at Sautter’s Market and Metamora State Bank and are also available to purchase online at or via ‘will call’ at 800334-5210. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and over. Tickets purchased on circus day at the box office will be $13 for adults and $8 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 2 to 12. Proceeds benefit Sunrise Lions Club charitable programs.

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Jana Whitmore of All Good Things points out the paper bead necklace and earrings that Julie Heitz will help participants create at the Aug. 10 'Make and Take' event at All Good Things. The class is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. There is a $15 per person charge. Call 419-824-3749 to reserve a spot.

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The University of Toledo Department of Art is offering summer art workshops for elementary through high school students on Aug. 6-10. The art department will hold two workshops each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, for each age group— one set for children ages 7-13 and another set for high school students. For ages 7-13, the theme of the morning workshop is “Wizard Camp.” Children will do projects across a range of art methods and materials. The afternoon camp theme is “Art Around the World.” Participants will learn about and try their hand at art forms traditional to certain regions of the world. Both camps will feature all new projects that are different from the previous camps. Each workshop is $60 or $105 for both. The high school art workshops will feature Fiber Arts in the morning. Students will receive an introduction to knitting and crocheting, sewing, and fashion/costume design. Students will also learn how to use a sewing machine and learn hand-sewing skills. They will make a stuffed crocheted animal and will create clothing (fashion or costume). The afternoon workshop is Sculpture and will feature mixed media and woodworking. Students will explore design through the use of different materials and get to try their hand at building and wood burning a wooden box. No one under age 14 is admitted to the high school camp. The cost of each workshop is $75. The morning workshops are from 9 a.m. to noon and the afternoon workshops are from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a supervised lunch break between the morning and afternoon sessions. Students staying all day are encouraged to bring a lunch and beverage, as lunch is not provided. To register, visit or call 419-5308303.

Camp Fearless helps kids deal with loss


Bill Gospodarek and his dog, Sadi greet Jason Wood and Emma Hemmert.

Jacob Koontz stops to greet Angel and her owner Carol Gospodarek.

Carol Gospodarek and her dog Angel welcome Aliya and Shyla Ice and Ava Vaculik.

Camp volunteer Angela Williams and Camp Director Kelly Macy are pleased with the camp enrollment.

Seventy-six children attended the second annual Camp Fearless at Sylvania First United Methodist Church July 24 through 27. The free, four-day camp for children ages 6 to 16 who have experienced the death of a loved one, is sponsored by ProMedica Hospice. In its inaugural year, 36 children

attended according to Kelly Macy, camp director. The camp was staffed by social workers, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers. Children participated in therapeutic activities, arts and crafts and team building exercises.

Growing up in Sylvania, Ohio, was a tremendous experience. It was such a close community. Kids would run around in the streets playing together, ride b i k e s Greg Wagoner together, a n d families welcomed you into their homes and treated you like one of their own. In Sylvania, I was also provided with a wonderful education system. You could play just about any sport, club or extracurricular activity imaginable at all different skill levels. an adult and As a CFP professional, I have enjoyed giving back to the community. I served on the Sylvania Athletic Association board. I was a board member for Sylvania

Youth soccer association for 10 years and most recently I volunteered and ran the Jr. Cat program for a former basketball coach of mine. On a professional level, it has been pretty rewarding to see things come full circle for me. I work with former coaches, mentors and family friends to help them plan for their retirement. I also work with young adults to get them started on the right path. Some clients were kids that used to work for me. I attribute my upbringing not only to my parents but also my extended families, coaches and mentors within the Sylvania community in helping me be successful. It’s an honor to be able to give back to the community and help in any way I can.

Gregory W. Wagoner, CFP, MBA, CLTC, is a financial advisor with Wagoner, Wagoner & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services located at 5954 Renaissance Place, Ste. D, Toledo, Ohio.

Free lunch totes available for school kids Hires Dental Care will be giving away free insulated lunch totes that include toothpaste, a toothbrush and dental floss Aug. 6-8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or while supplies last. Schoolaged children are eligible regardless if they are patients or not of Hires Dental Care. Children must be present with a parent to receive their freebies. “We love being able to give back to our community, which has supported us for over

40 years,” said Marketing Manager Erica Emery. “We also wanted to remind parents of the importance of good dental health for their children. We strongly recommend children have a back-to-school dental check-up so if there are any underlying problems, we can catch them before they get worse and cause discomfort.” Each year, over 51-million hours of school are missed due to dental-related illnesses.


Peace Run Travels Through Sylvania

Sunset Concert Hosts Big Crowd

Sarah Guinessy and her daughter Peg Eding enjoy the concert by the Fossil Creek Band on July 19 at Sunset Village.

Fieldstone Villa residents Richard and Linda Ward join Beverly Walters and other Sunset Village and Woodlands residents and guests at the concert.


Saranyu Pearson from Australia asks kids to try and guess where she is from on the map behind her during the Peace Run, a 30-year event.

Serenity Smith, 12, holds the torch as leader of the Peace Train during the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, which came to Sylvania recently.

Cara Tuck, 7, holds her handmade torch while she listens to the runners.

Kiara Knight, 8, holds up a ‘love is kind’ sign while learning the Peace Run dance. —by Addison Hinkle

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BY MARY HELEN DARAH Russ Axon, marketing coordinator at Imagination Station, met this Savvy Sylvanian at the front door of the Imagination Station. It was an odd feeling going to the science museum without kids in tow. It took me a few moments to stop trying to do a head count and locate the nearest bathrooms. I must say, the place still looks the same after years of taking my Girl Scout troop, my children and other assorted youngsters around the hundreds (literally) of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations that bring science to life. Axon has been working at Imagination Station for the past three years. “I worked all of the attractions and the extreme science shows,” he recalled. “I now serve as the marketing coordinator. I enjoy working here. Our goal at the Science Center is to bring learning to the community in a fun, hands-on way. For example, if kids are learning about physics, they can go on the high wire or see a science show to see how combustion or energy works. It is far more impactful than reading a text book.”

Blinded by science … at any age

Axon assured me that my visit would be engaging on some level, even as a woman “of a certain age.” He said, “No matter how old you are, you will be wowed. The older you get, the deeper you can dive into theories and take away some practical knowledge.” Speaking of taking away knowledge, guests will want to visit Body Worlds RX, a temporary exhibit presented by ProMedica and sponsored by the University of Toledo, that is here until Labor Day. “We always make sure to inform everyone

going through the exhibit that these are actually human specimens of people that donated their body to science. They have been through a process called plastination that allows them to be preserved through hardened plastics. You may be surprised to learn that there is a plastination laboratory at the University Toledo. The human specimens in the exhibit are anatomically correct. The goal of the exhibit is to educate about how the body reacts to poor health choices and disease. For example, you can see a healthy heart compared to a heart that has suffered from a cardiac incident or a smoker’s lung versus a healthy lung. To see it in a visceral way is more powerful than just talking about living a healthy lifestyle. When we do have kids in there, we occasionally get the kid that is “grossed” out but most children are truly fascinated and takeaway insights on ways to live your life in a healthful way.”

So much science so little time

I was surprised to learn that the museum offers more than hands-on science fun. The Imagination Station offers summers camps, programs for Scouts, and ‘Think Tank’ workshops, which offer a deeper dive into a specific topic. “Right now, for example, we are doing squid dissections,” stated Axon. “Soon, we will be having kids make their own guitar. We also have birthday parties which are held on Sundays. The party gets a whole room off to themselves and they have two science team members do personalized activities, including liquid nitrogen ice cream. Also, we have volunteer opportunities available. Many of our volunteers remember coming here as kids and now they get to pass that fun and learning on

The Savvy Sylvanian is Blinded by Science-A visit to the Imagination Station

The Savvy Sylvanian checks out the flight simulator with Chief Scientist Carl Nelson. to the next generation.”

The future is conducive to FUN

“We have the BASH party coming up on Sept. 22,” stated Axon. “We are also partnering with the Arts Commission to host the Toledo Mini Maker Faire. It is part of a larger movement to bring in local people that can teach or demonstrate creations you wouldn’t normally see. We have events exclusive to members, such as our Monster Bash, to be held Oct. 25. We also have a new flight simulator that we got from Toledo Jet. They retrofitted the cockpit to make you feel like you are taking off from local airports and flying through

Actual human specimens are used in the temporary exhibit Body Worlds RX. northwest Ohio. Of course, we also have the H2O Cafe where you can go to for a quick lunch or a beverage without having to come through the science center. You can walk up directly from the river and grab some food and fun. We are working hard to become not just a science resource but an event resource, and a fun destination. We want everyone in Sylvania to come explore.” I’m glad I went and after seeing the Body Worlds RX exhibit I’m going to stop procrastinating and make a better effort to exercise and lay off the baked goods ... starting tomorrow.

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Pickling with Paula

Paula Adam, creator of Mahalo Bake Shop, is known for her madeto-order treats with a tropical twist. She’s also an extraordinary cook who loves teaching classes out of her Sylvania Township home.

Adam shared her culinary talents by hosting a pickling class on Sunday, July 22. Guests learned how to assemble jars of crunchy, garlicky dill pickles and giardiniera, a spicy and chunky vegetable relish.

Sofo’s hosts free family picnic

Sofo’s Market Chef Frank Lazzarro assists Muddy the Mud Hen as he creates a pepperoni pizza at the store’s family picnic on July 14.

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Jennifer Ruple and Andrea DuBois fill jars with giardiniera ingredients including chopped cauliflower, carrots, celery, red bell peppers and green olives.

Andrea DuBois and Lisa Juette listen to Adam’s instructions while they prepare cucumbers and fresh dill for their pickles. –by Jennifer Ruple

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Festival of India: Experience Bollywood Centennial Terrace 5773 Centennial Rd., Sunday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Enjoy Indian food; traditional, folk and Bollywood style dancing; clothes and accessories shopping; movies and music; and activities including henna and photobooth. Free parking and admission. Greek Luncheon Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Church Hall 740 Superior St., Toledo Wednesday, August 8, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Menu features tiropita, pastichio and dolmathes, Greek salad, bread, and coffee or iced tea. Cost $9. Greek pastries also available. For information or carryout, call 419-243-9189. Sylvania Farmers Market 6700 Monroe St., behind the Sylvania Municipal Court Building Tuesdays, 3 - 7 p.m. Locally grown plants, herbs and

vegetables; homemade baked goods; plus honey, wine, food trucks and special activities. Burger Bash Centennial Terrace 5773 Centennial Rd. Friday, Aug. 3, 5 – 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 4 – 11 p.m. Presented by Centennial Terrace and the Sylvania Rotary Club. Vote for your favorite burger and enjoy live music. Admission is $6. WINE TASTINGS Sofo’s Italian Market 5400 Monroe St. Wednesdays, 5 – 7 p.m. Join your friends for wine tasting and fabulous food samples created by Chef Frankie. Prices vary depending on wines offered. Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian 5453 Monroe St. Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Weekly tasting features favorite Italian Estates. Pours begin at $3. Joseph’s Beverage Center 4129 Talmadge Rd., Toledo Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m. Each week enjoy a different selection of wines for a nominal fee. For details, call 419-472-1421.

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Kyle Baker brings the heat and the sweet with his bbq sauces designed by Terry Maurer. “We have the best label in the country!” In addition to making award-winning sauces, Baker is a father of five, grandfather to seven, and the assistant pastor at Northpoint Church of the Nazarene. “Gertie’s is truly a family-run business, and my wife, sons and daughter are a big part of the production.” For a true Gertie’s experience, Baker offers a few of his favorite barbecue recipes. While seasoning amounts aren’t noted, Baker urges you to “season to taste.”

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Lola’s Glazed Meatballs

“My granddaughter, Lola, loves this simple but delicious treat,” remarked Baker. “Whenever I come home from a weekend taste demo, one of the first things she asks me is ‘do you have any more of those meatballs, papa?’ If I do have any left, they are gone as soon as she finds out.”

BY JENNIFER RUPLE In 2009, Kyle Baker won a contest that pitted his homemade barbecue sauce against nearly 300 other food products. By winning the first-place award in the Ohio Signature Food Contest, hosted by the Center for Jennifer Ruple Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Baker was given the assistance he needed to launch his business, Gertie’s Premium BBQ Sauces. While Baker’s sauces are his own recipes, they were inspired by his mother, Vernice Gertrude Baker. “My mom was a really good cook. She made great barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens and cornbread, and I loved her fried fish,” reminisced Baker. Gertrude, a mother of eight, was also the head cook at Toledo Hospital in late 1970s and early 80s. “Cooking is what she loved to do,” he added. “When my wife, Ramona Rodriguez-Baker, and I were living in California in the 1980s, we came up with this sauce. People would come over to eat, and they’d ask if I could make them some sauce to take home,” recalled Baker.

“When we moved back to Toledo, we thought we’d step out and try selling the sauce at a festival. We were making barbecued ribs and people were lined up down the street for them. We could barely keep up. We decided to do the festival again the next year, and that’s when we thought about pursuing making and selling the sauce,” he added. Today there are three sauces in the Gertie’s line: Original, Bold and Spicy and Holy Smoke. “Original is a smooth and sweet sauce,” Baker explained. “Bold and Spicy is just that, without all the heat. We didn’t want you to have to put your head in a bucket of water,” he laughed. “Holy Smoke is for people who want a kick.” A fourth flavor is expected to be released in about a year. Gertie’s sauces are available in over 150 stores in seven states. Locally, they can be found at Sautter’s and Churchill’s markets, Foodtowns, Monnette’s Market, House of Meats, Zavotski Custom Meats and Deli, Stanley’s Market, and Kilgus and Milo’s meat markets. Baker believes his success is due to the highquality and distinctive ingredients he uses. “Our sauce is smooth. When you put it on the meat, it doesn’t roll off; it sticks to it.” Baker also believes in his custom label, which was

Bag of frozen meatballs (not Swedish meatballs) Garlic powder Pepper Dried minced onion 1 jar of Gertie’s Premium Barbecue Sauce, Original flavor Olive oil

In a crock pot, pour one cup of water. Add garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Allow seasonings to warm up in the water for about 10 minutes, making a broth. Place pork butt into water and cover crock pot with aluminum foil before placing lid on. This helps hold in the moisture. Cook pork butt on low heat for 8 hours. When pork is fully cooked, pour off juice/broth, and reserve approximately 1-2 cups. Remove bone if using bone-in meat. With a large fork, shred pork. Pour juice back into pulled pork and stir in barbecue sauce, about ½ to ¾ of a jar. Allow mixture to simmer for 20 minutes prior to serving.

Gertie’s BBQ Ribs

“There are many ways to make delicious tasting baby back ribs, and believe me, I have had some great barbecued ribs,” remarked Baker. “We like to keep things simple, and here is a simple recipe to make mouth-watering ribs.”

Heat oven to 350 F. Coat baking pan lightly with olive oil. Place meatballs on pan and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle minced onion, garlic powder and pepper on meatballs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and generously brush meatballs with barbecue sauce. Bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve in a chafing dish or crock pot.

Jamie’s Pulled Pork

“While my mom still ranks as our family’s favorite cook, I have to give my friend, Jamie, the title for the best pulled pork in all the land. After your friends and family taste this, there won’t be anything left,” smiled Baker.

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2 slabs baby back ribs Granulated garlic powder Salt and freshly ground black pepper Basil or finger crushed rosemary Onions, cut into wedges (optional) Heat oven to 400 F. Rinse slabs of ribs with cold water. Sprinkle both sides of ribs with garlic powder, salt, pepper, basil or rosemary. In a baking pan, place ribs bone down. Pour ½ cup of water into the pan. Cover pan tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil, so the heat and moisture cannot escape. Place pan into the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. While ribs are in the oven, preheat grill or have coals HOT for 20 minutes. Prior to searing meat on grill, if desired, place onions directly onto coals or flame. This will give meat a great smoked flavor and (add to its) tenderization. Sear meat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Brush meat with a generous amount of Gertie’s sauce. Cook approximately 1 minute, allowing sauce to caramelize. Turn ribs over, brush with sauce and cook for 1 minute. Remove from grill, cut and serve.


1964-The Tribute Returns

Amy and Joe Szafarowicz, Greg Deeg, Melissa William and Sharon and Joe Szafarowicz enjoy the sounds of Scoobie Snaks before the Tribute Band takes the stage.

Nancy and Paul Jomantas learn about the set up for the concert from Jim Park who helps his friend Tad Dickerson of Midwest Entertainment, who brought the band to Sylvania for the 18th year.

Michele and Mike Prephan enjoy the show with Nancy and Ken Miller.

Frank Lion and Bob Gray join the Gramzas, Mike, Barb and Alyssa at Centennial Terrace to enjoy 1964 The Tribute.

Balloon Race Party Soars!


Crew member Pete Canfield visits with balloon pilot Brad Burdue at a meet and greet party at the home of Kaiko and John Zureich, on July 15.

Frances Farmer, visiting from Hawaii, enjoys spending time with her mother, Pamela Schaefer at the event where guests could meet Glass City Balloon Race pilots.

Kaiko and John Zureich, visit with guests at the party they hosted in their home by the river. Guests enjoyed fabulous food, live entertainment and as always, fun.

Olivia and Brian Albright enjoy the event and the chance to meet the pilots of the Oompa Loompa and Rubrik. —by Mary Helen Darah



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School board weighs safety and security proposal ADAM FINESKE

SUPERINTENDENT SPEAKS In answer to community requests regarding the safety and security of Sylvania Schools, a team of concerned individuals was formed last spring to develop a Safety and Security initiative. Adam Fineske Based on the work of the team, recommendations for future safety and security initiatives included: •Increase visible law enforcement in the schools by hiring new additional school resource officers. •Address the mental health needs of students in a hands-on way by adding mental health counselors at the elementary, junior high and high school level. •Increase security visibility with new and up to date digital internal and external cameras to monitor hallways, classrooms, parking lots, outdoor spectator areas and more. •Install an electronic school visitor

identity system for check in and out of schools. •Implement a new secure communications network through an updated phone system allowing for direct access to police, with increased reliability and digital emergency messaging. Thanks to a combined effort from local educators, school board members, student leaders and State Senator Randy Gardner, an amendment to House Bill 24 was passed in March 2018. This amendment now allows school districts to request a special safety and security levy be placed on the ballot to gain dollars to address building safety improvement needs, as well as request funds to add school personnel such as law enforcement and counselors to address safety needs in a more immediate and hands-on fashion. The Sylvania Schools Board of Education heard this presentation on the safety and security initiatives July 23 from Dr. Fineske and discussed the possibility of a November 2018 special levy. Dr. Fineske and board members asked that any feedback about the future of safety and security work be emailed to

Southview graduate Jordan Topoleski spoke on behalf of the proposal at the recent School Board meeting.

Educators Dialed Into Rotary

Northview Principal Steve Swaggerty discusses programs available at Northview that stress ‘others before selfies’at the Sylvania Rotary meeting, held July 12, at McCord Road Christian Church.

L-R: Chris Jude, Jessie Minard, Crystal Burnworth and Ryan Creech, educators, discuss the importance of service projects and community outreach to Sylvania Rotary members. –by Mary Helen Darah

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Music on a personal note

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Maumee Valley Country Day School welcomes new head of school BY SNEHA KAMATH

Daniel Lee has played violin from an early age.


Dually enrolled at Northview and the University of Toledo, Daniel Lee recognizes the universality of music. More personally, he recognizes the healing power it possesses. Born with a tumor around his kidneys, Lee grew up with the fear that his spinal cord, which was severely curved due to the tumor, would leave him physically disabled. Lee relied on listening to his mother play music and playing music of his own to comfort the sharp pains of the medical staples and his insecurities about his incision scar. “I think of a childhood without music and how that could have affected me,” Lee said. “Then it hit me: I needed to give back.” Lee organized a four-week “crash course” in music for children at the Cullen Center of the Toledo Hospital’s Department of Trauma, for children at the Toledo Children’s Oncology Department, as well as children from local families and churches who heard about Lee’s mission. Each week focuses on a different music genre, which exposes the students to jazz, classical, rock and pop. Kids are taught how

Lee continues his love of music and shares that bond with children at Toledo Hospital. to read notes and given instruments to play and the necessary accessories in an effort to encourage lifelong healing and interest in music. While he initially worried about the response rate to this therapy, Lee recalled a realization that sparked him to pursue this project: his 93-year-old Sylvania Community Orchestra stand partner. Lee asked himself why someone would want to continue to play music at age 93. He concluded that there had to be something about music that enthralls people of any age and at any point in life. “By nature, humans are responsive to strong emotions and music is emotional,” he said. Lee believes music is more than just a sound, but a language, saying, “There are so many genres, but music is still one universal language.” “Music helps build relations, beyond healing,” he added. “I hope that what we do for these kids will be just as life changing as what my mom did for me.” For information to assist Lee with his philanthropy, visit


On July 1, Maumee officially Valley welcomed Lynn Casto to its community as the new head of school. Although Casto may be new to Maumee Valley, it is not her first experience with Lynn Casto education. She comes from Sanford School in Hockessin, Del., where she has served as the head of upper school since 2013. Her additional experiences in education include coaching and teaching at both the Brookwood School in Georgia, and at Charlotte Country Day School in North Carolina. Casto’s

education includes two master’s degrees, in art education and private school leadership. Maumee Valley’s board of trustees and head search committee, which were greatly involved in the search for a new head of school, are both convinced of Casto’s abilities to execute the responsibilities of head of school. Retired Head of School, Gary Boehm, also voiced his support for Casto, stating, “I feel confident that she will hit the ground running. Knowing that the school is going to be in good hands, knowing the work we have done will be carried forward, gives me a lot of comfort.” For Boehm, the most reassuring quality of Casto was her obvious potential to continue making progress towards his 2020 vision for the school, a plan Boehm had worked towards throughout his years at the school.

New leadership at St Francis De Sales BY ADDISON HINKLE

With the back-to-school season around the corner, St. Francis De Sales of Toledo has hired a new principal, John Hall, for the 20182019 academic year. Hall graduated from St. Francis in 2002 and continued his education at Bowling Green State University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in science

education and a master’s in education administration. Hall was hired as a teacher of history and AP psychology at St. Francis De Sales in 2010 and was promoted to athletic director in 2015. Although Hall does not plan to make a lot of drastic changes his first year, he does hope to include the student body more on decisions about homecoming, prom, and policies about things like uniforms.

Bedford Class looking for 1968 graduates The Bedford High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50 year class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 11 p.m. at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania. The organizing

committee is looking for its fellow classmates. If readers have any information, contact Margie Folk Breske at 734-856-5266 or or Ken Kruzynski at 734-847-0922 or The classmates are: Pat Austin, Mary Ballert Benner, Sue Barczak, Linda Belair, Sue Belongea Lawrence, Mary Blaesing Saris, Linda Briskey Biery, Adrienne Bristoll Biglow, Sam Caruso, Sandy Clark Hart, Karen Cossins, Jerry Dauterman, Karen Dorman, Edward Dunnigan, Kay Lykowski Dutcher, Mary Suzanne Evans Dullinger, Nick Fry, Sharon Fry Anger, Eileen Grabowski Harron, Jean Grimes Aultman, Bonnie Grove Mohr, Marilyn Hayward Kasse, Robert Henry, Kathy Hudson, Arlene Janney Hernandez, Greg Johns, Kathy Jones Metts, Bonnie Kalb goes, Jamie Kelly Newton, Denise Kinsey Kujawski, Mary Kraft Stachowiak, Sandra Kuhn Thorn, Rosa Kuhnke Smith, Faye Kujawski Miller, Art Ledyard, Kelvin Heininger, Bob Luttrell, Joe Maher, Julie Matuszak Kelly, Debbie matzinger, Edward Meincke, Sherry Mohr Telgenhoff, Donald Mullins, Brenda Nagy Tabb, Cheri Osborne Underwood, James Poole, Roy Roberts, Toni Rudnicki Young, Diane Sanders Fintel, Nelson Schulak, Jill Shook, Marsha Sims Cox, Becky Skidmore O’Konski, Sandra Skiver, Hank Slaughterbeck, Russell Sloan, Cindy Smith Witker, Penny Smith, Lyle Stacy, Jim Stark, Carolyn Steffens Zimmerman, Daryl Stevens, Jack Van Dyke, Art Wagner, Linda Walker Bierbusse, Faye Watson Eisenmann, Orville Wilcox, Peter Wiles, Adair Williams and Brenda Yancy Stoneburner.

Ready to Defend at St. Stephen Golf Outing

The winning 2017 Golfing for Scholars team Tom Pfau, John Carr, Brad Alexander and Dave Haddix will be defending their title at this year’s Golfing for Scholars on Aug. 11 at the Legacy in Ottawa Lake, Mich. Registration is at 1 p.m. with shot gun start at 1:30. All players are welcome. For more information, visit St. Stephen Lutheran in Sylvania has a strong commitment to helping with educational costs for its members.

Pickleball is King on the Courts of Sylvania

L-R: Mary Kay Urbanski, Maureen Goodremont and Diane Lewis learn the basics of Pickleball from seasoned player Vince King during a beginner class held July 12 at the Pickleball Courts of Sylvania, located at Veterans Memorial Field.

Annual Tutu Golf Classic planned

While the pictured golfer from the 2017 event is actually sporting a tutu, traditional dress is certainly acceptable attire for this golfing event. Tee off with Toledo Ballet at The Tutu Classic on Monday, Aug. 6 when players will take to the course at Stone Oak Country Club. The Ballet is looking for sponsors to step up to the ‘barre’ and all players are welcome. The cost is $100 per player, which

includes golf, lunch and dinner. There will be a 50/50 raffle, putting contests, skills contests, skins and tutu talent. Registration begins at 11 a.m. for those not pre-registered with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Call 419-471-0049 to register.

Big Frontier marketing determined the Memorial Day soccer tournament at Pacesetter Park made a $3 million impact on the economy by filling up hotels and restaurants. The tournament, which draws more than 12,000 young soccer players along with parents, siblings and grandparents to the area, has hosted some of the best teams in the country for 13 years. Players range in age from 8 to 17, and come from six states and Canada.

“The Pacesetter Soccer Invitational has grown year by year, both by the club’s recognition as well as the event as a whole,” said tournament director Bob Lutz. The park itself is a key element to the economic success, as participants appreciate playing their games at a single location. “The economic benefit is huge, but it’s also a chance for this area to show itself off to visitors from around North America,” Lutz added.

Kathy and Denny Schwartz take part in the first Interclub play held at the Pickleball Courts of Sylvania on July 13. Members of the Holland, Toledo, Bedford and Sylvania clubs met to enjoy an evening of fun and sport for all ages and skill levels.

L-R: Steve Cielingski, of the Bedford Pickleball Club, Connie Mierzejewski, of the Toledo Pickleball Club, and Cheryl and Bill Kyser of the Sylvania Pickleball Club, take a break from the fun. –by Mary Helen Darah

Memorial Day Soccer Tournament makes $3 million economic impact

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The Marathon Classic is well above par for all

Dani Fuller, David Navarre, Rae Betz and Tom and Katie Cappellini wait at the 18th green for the finish.

Mike Stevens keeps the scoreboard current at the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I.

John Finn and Alex Due head into the Championship Pavilion.

Chrys Peterson, who serves as emcee for the presentation, confers with Tournament Director Judd Silverman.

Mark Thees of The Pinnacle and his dad, Bill, use a cart to check on food stations around the golf course.

Stacey and Mark Bigelow and Brian McCann exchange golf stories at the tournament.

Tanya Pipatjarasgit talks with Legacy golf professional Claire Batista at the first tee.

Sylvania golfers improve their game postMarathon Classic

Pinya Pipatjarasgit and Lizzie Win


Keith Hamen, a 32-year tournament volunteer, keeps fans quite while LPGA players are putting on the 18th hole.

The Kotts, Dick, his daughter-in-law Lisa, her husband and his son, Mike, seated and his son, Greg, standing, enjoy the Highland Meadows patio during the tournament.

Marathon Classic winner, Thidapa Suwannapura, lines up the winning putt on the 18th green during the playoff.







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Intern Kimberly Stevens, a senior at Ohio University, serves as the tournament assistant volunteer coordinator and Hunter Cole wait on the 18th green for the players to finish.

Pinya Pipatjarasgit and Lizzie Win, former teammates on the St. Ursula Academy golf team, both conquered the Marathon Classic together as two of the three amateurs playing in the LPGA tournament. Both of the athletes received a sponsorship from Judd Silverman because of their golf career thus far. After playing two days in the Highland Meadows golf tournament, neither of the athletes made the cut to continue onto the next round. However, both Pipatjarasgit and Win agree that they had a great experience learning from and playing with the golf professionals throughout the tournament. According to Win, however, the most rewarding part of the experience was “seeing all the people Pinya and I brought out to the tournament.” As the two young women played, they were surrounded by students from their high school, former coaches, family members and other members of the community. The nerves where high among all players as they started playing, but Win and Pipatjarasgit had the advantage of playing the tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club, their home course. Pipatjarasgit said that the most important part of her game was “competing with confidence.” Both the girls hope to maintain and improve their game throughout their college golf career. Win is currently practicing six days a week at her home course to progressively improve throughout the summer. After the Marathon Classic, Pipatjarasgit traveled to Pebble Beach, Calif., to compete in the U.S. Girls Junior tournament at Poppy Hills Golf Course. Both Win and Pipatjarasgit hope to use their experience at the Marathon Classic to enhance their golf careers.


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High Tech – Low Touch vvIt can be a challenge keeping my family “high touch” in our high tech world. Back in the day, (I’m officially middle-aged starting a sentence with those three words) our access to technology was highly limited. We did not have cell phones, texting, iPods, or Alexa. In fact, living large for us was finally getting a longer phone cord so we could have enough line to take the phone out of the kitchen and into the utility closet to get a little privacy. Advances such as call waiting and caller ID were unheard of. When I dove for the phone, I never knew if it was going to be the captain of the basketball team or the weird guy from church that my mother adored, who had an endless supply of knock-knock jokes and a tendency to overuse hair products. We had to deal with taking turns to talk on the phone. Looking back, I am embarrassed to recall that, as an American teen, I was miffed about waiting in line to talk to my best friend Kari about important things, such as whether she was going to wear her hair down or in a French braid, while across the world kids my age were waiting in line for things like food.

The good, the bad and the unfortunate

Although technology has made it possible to keep in touch with the people I love living miles away, sometimes it distances me from the people close by. Often, I find myself sending off a quick text instead of reaching out with a

personal phone call or visit. I ask my Home Google for advice more frequently than I ask family or friends. OK, mind you, the people in my life cannot give me the extended weather forecast in Massey, Ontario, check the stock market, call to order take-out, make the sound of a loon, or play the Eagles Greatest Hits in mere moments, but at times I worry that my high tech world is squeezing out my human connections. Here’s a few helpful suggestions from a woman who has lived long enough to say “Back in the Day.”

No cell phones during dinner

Perhaps I should preface that suggestion with “have family dinners.” Study after study confirms that if you want your kids to have a better chance of coping in this high octane world of ours, simply sharing a meal will work wonders. Dining is a sacred cell-free experience where ideas, catching up, concerns, and eye contact can and will take place.

Privacy is a privilege

It’s tough for parents to keep up with the multitude of planning and, at times, plotting that occurs in the texting world. When I was a teen it felt as if the entire world knew my social life. Let me tell you, it would take a great deal of effort to plot a covert outing on a stationary rotary phone-even if the cord reached into the closet. Ask questions and when in doubt rely on this tidbit of knowledge; If your kid’s hair is


L-R: Maria, Lauren, Helena and Mary Helen Darah cherish a rare moment of being ‘unplugged’ from the outside world while at their home in Canada. straightened, makeup is applied and you get a whiff of the latest Victoria Secret scent as your teen walks out the door, chances are they are not going to a friend’s house to hang out.

Treat people the same if not better than your devices

I have witnessed, and am guilty of as well, being more concerned about the status and location of my phone and continually missing charger, than the humans in my life. Yes, it feels as if my entire life is contained in my phone, but should it be? I believe it would be a much kinder, more connected world if we checked on our loved ones with the same frequency as our Facebook pages. Also, it’s important to remember that, yes, Google Maps can tell you where to go and recalculate if you get off course, but you will miss the eye rolling and other assorted nonverbal gestures that come from receiving/giving directions from a human. It’s difficult to believe, but I actually

miss listening to the Darah men, upon arriving at their destination, strenuously discussing the way they SHOULD have gotten there.


I know this is nearly impossible, but I highly recommend unplugging from technology once in a while. I am blessed to have a forced time of being without cell coverage and WiFi. I just returned from taking my daughters and their friends up north. Some of the kids we have taken over the years, go through “tech withdrawal” but then something magical happens. Games are played, conversations are held, arts and crafts are created, and scavenger hunts are still a thing, even though my kids are in their twenties. Mind you, the hunt has been modified to a search for fun “wear it or drink it” items, but still... It’s during these precious moments that I am grateful that we can, even for a brief time, chuck the high tech and cherish the high touch.



5840 Main Street

Sylvania–Then and Now


Continuing south on the east side of Main Street, and working our way to Erie Street, the next house that qualifies as being 100 years or older is actually 111 years old this year. It is recorded as being constructed in 1897. At that time Julia A. Warren owned this property. She was the wife of well-known merchant and businessman, Foster Warren. In 1897, their son

Haskell was building homes in this area and dealing in real estate sales, so he was probably responsible for building this home. He also served as the Mayor of Sylvania starting in 1903 through the end of 1905. In 1900 the home was transferred into the name of Alice J. Warren, who was the wife of Haskell Warren. He owned a lot of property throughout downtown Sylvania and is found transferring most of his property into his wife’s name about this same time. Alice Warren owned this home until 1919. Haskell and Alice did not live in the home while they owned it, and instead rented it out. In 1919, John C. Iffland purchased this home and only owned it a couple months before selling to Andrew Strohl. Mr. Iffland lived at 6526 Erie St. and worked for the local bank at the time, and because of this, I found that properties were often transferred into his name for short periods of time. The list of property owners over the years for 5840 Main St. included: 1900 – Alice J. Warren 1919 – John C. Iffland 1919 – Andrew E. Strohl 1941 – Blanche Strohl 1948 – Stanley and Helen Kjoller 2002 – Janet S. Kjoller and others, Trustees 2012 – Jared and Ashley Helton In 1919, Andrew Strohl purchased the house and by the 1920 census he and his wife Bertha are listed as living in this house as follows: Andrew Strohl – owned home – with a


Auto Salvage Yard – Diller’s – North Robert (Pop) Wyandt Comments Side of Sylvania Ave. Clara Adsit Parker Interview Auto Salvage Yard – Diller’s – South Horace G. (Chub) Randall Interview Side of Sylvania Ave. Clyde Gault Interview Auto Salvage Yard – A-J’s Auto Parts – James Armstrong Tape Recordings 7553 Sylvania Ave. Memories from Hope Chandler-ClarkeAuto Salvage Yard – King Rd. Auto Lake Parts (K.R.A.P.) – 3845 King Rd. Interview with Richard J. Downing in Weather Events that hit Sylvania 1989 The Drought of 1838 Reminiscing with the Sullins Family in Noah C. Scott – Weather Reporter the 1970s Volume No. Seven – The Unusual Snowstorm of May 21-22, Articles Written in 1932 About Early Table of Contents 1883 Sylvania Businesses & Men Wars & Memorials The Weather Bureau Starts Keeping Miscellaneous Subjects Track of Snowfalls The Mexican War Bands in Sylvania Tornado Hits NW Ohio – Sylvania Hit Classic Cars are Produced in Sylvania The American Civil War Grand Army of The Republic (G.A.R.) - Hardest – Sept. 1887 First McDonald’s Restaurant in Page Post No. 471 & Page Corps No. The Great Snowstorm of 2-12-1894 Sylvania The Tremendous Snow Fall of February First Burger King Restaurant in 60, Women’s Relief Corps 1900 Spanish-American War Sylvania Lightning Strikes & Kills Boy in Early First Wendy’s Hamburger Restaurant in World War I 1900 Sylvania World War II The Big Storm of The Winter of 1912 Frog Farm in Sylvania World War II Victory Board Greasers, Jocks, Socials, Freaks & Steward “Mickey” Smith – Sylvania’s The Severe Blizzard of 1-11-1918 Tornado of Sunday Afternoon, 3-28Nerds World War II Hero 1920 Gypsies in Sylvania World War II Ends – Teenagers are Rain, Snow & Sleet of March 27, 1934 House Moving in Sylvania Urged to Return to Burnham H.S. The Drought of 1934 Korean War Mickey & Minnie Mouse Storm in Sylvania - June of 1937 Vietnam War Notes Made By The Sylvania History February 1951 Sub-Zero Weather Buffs Persian Gulf War Tornadoes of Palm Sunday 1965 Occupations of Sylvania Residents Memorial Day in Sylvania Snow of December 1974 According to Census Records Memorial Field The Blizzard of 1978 Oil & Gas Wells in Sylvania Landfills / Dumps / Auto Salvage Drought of 1988 Remember Yards Storm – Including Tornado - End of Ringing of The Church Bells in Landfills / Dumps June 1998 Sylvania Landfills - King Rd. Ice Storm of January of 2002 St. Joseph Antique Annex Auto Salvage Yards Sylvania Sisters of St. Francis Auto Salvage Yard – Gradon Hall Auto Flooding in Sylvania Interviews & Reminiscing About Strawberry Picking in Sylvania Parts Sylvan Serenaders Auto Salvage Yard – Central Auto Parts Sylvania Sylvania History Told By Life-Long – 6007 W. Central Ave. Telephones in Sylvania Resident Albert Harris Randall – Auto Salvage Yard – Monroe Auto Tree City U.S.A Parts/Alexis Auto Parts – 5318 Alexis 9-8-1932 Underground Railrd. & Anti-Slavery Auto Salvage Yard – Alexis Auto Parts Sylvania History Told By Life-Long Meetings in Sylvania Resident Albert Harris Randall – Pt II Murders in Sylvania – 8061 Sylvania Ave. Auto Salvage Yard – Diller’s – Holland- Another Final Interview with Albert List of Known Murders in Sylvania Harris Randall in 1959 Sylvania Rd. Man Found Dead in Sylvania Township

JUST RELEASED JULY 17, 2018 The seventh of an eight volume set of history books about Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio was released by local author Gayleen Gindy. Volumes One through Seven are now available for sale on-line at or Barnes & When all eight volumes are published the top of the spines will spell out S-Y-L-V-A-N-I-A. Maybe Your Name, Or Your Ancestor’s Names, Are Mentioned!




mortgage – 46 years old – employed as a laborer at an auto factory; Bertha B. Strohl – wife - 41 years old; Jessie D. Strohl – son – 23 years old – single – proprietor of a pool room; Ida M. Strohl – daughter – 15 years old – attending school; Sarah Strohl – daughter – 11 years old – attending school; Charles F. Strohl – son – 5 years old – not attending school. In April 1925, Andrew Strohl was issued a building permit to raise the current house and add a basement under the home. In the 1930 census Andrew Strohl was still living in this home, which was listed on the census as valued at $9,000. The family is listed as follows: Andrew E. Strohl – owned home – 56 years old – married at age 24 years – employed as an independent broom maker; Roberta B. Strohl – wife – 51 years old; Charles F. Strohl – son - 15 years old – attending school. Andrew and his wife were still living in this house when the 1940 census was taken and the house was listed with a value of $4,000. They are listed at this address as follows: Andrew Strohl – 66 years old – married – attended school through the fourth grade – employed as a broom maker; Blanche Strohl – wife – 61 years old. In 1941, ownership of this home transferred into Andrew’s wife’s name, Blanche Strohl. In December 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Strohl celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and the Sylvania Sentinel reported that they were married in Lancaster, Ohio in 1895 and moved to Sylvania in 1915. Among their children were two sets of twins, one of each set having died. They had five children living. Andrew Strohl died in 1946. According to his obituary notice, he had lived at 5840 Main St. in Sylvania and was a former employee of Willys-Overland Motors. He had been ill for six years and was 73 years old. Surviving were his wife Blanche; daughters, Mrs. Robert Valentine of Lancaster, Mrs. John Frank of Sylvania, and Mrs. William Gorr of Petersburg, Mich., sons Dallas and Charles, both of Sylvania. He was buried in Toledo Memorial

Park Cemetery. Roberta Blanche Strohl died in 1949 at the age of 70, but she had sold the home in 1948 to Stanley and Helen Kjoller before she died. Stanley and Helen (Smith) Kjoller were married in November, 1942 in Lucas County, and in February, 1943, Stanley was called to serve during World War II. He served in the Army until November of 1945. In 1948, they purchased this home and lived here until they both died. Stanley died in 2002 at the age of 82 years of age. According to his obituary notice he operated a meat market in Sylvania in the 1940s and 1950s, and then went to work for Cain’s Potato Chip Co., retiring in 1980. After retirement he worked at the Inverness Country Club as a groundskeeper. Kjoller was also a volunteer firefighter with the Sylvania Township Fire Department for over 30 years. He was survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Helen; daughters, Karen (Alex) Widiger and Janet Sue (Daniel Hanks) Kjoller; son, Kenneth S. Kjoller; 6 grandchildren; sisters, Norma Carlsen and Verna Drennan and brother, John Kjoller. Helen Irene Kjoller died in 2006 at the age of 84. Her obituary notice said that she had owned and operated the Terrace Beauty Shop in Sylvania for 15 years, retiring in 1977. The obituary also said, “Helen will be sadly missed by her dear friends, the “Subdebs” who have been enjoying frequent “club meetings” for nearly 70 years.” In 1967, Stanley had obtained a building permit to enclose the front porch. R.G. Hittler was the builder. Then in 1968 he had obtained a building permit to construct a two car detached garage. R.G. Hittler again was the builder. In 2002, this home transferred into the names of the Kjoller children and then the Suburban directories from 2004 through 2012 listed either Janet Kjoller, Daniel Hanks then Kenneth Kjoller as occupying the home. In 2012, the home was sold to Jared and Ashley Helton and they still own the house today.

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THE STARS SPEAK “August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer.” Henry Rollins Dear Readers, Summer is upon us ... the heat, the sweat, but what a wonderful ending to the season. The Sun, now in Leo, its ruling sign, brings to light childhood and playfulness as it jump-starts us to prepare for fall. It’s the renewal of life, warm days, wonderful smells, out of hibernation. This is a good month for activity yet the energies may feel a bit cloudy, as the planets aren’t really in sync. Yet we make the best of it as we begin to pull out of some crazy aspects. Mars and Mercury continue in retrograde, and as we approach the end of the month, a calamity awaits.

Mars, the planet of action, continues in retrograde moving into Capricorn Aug. 13

Mars, the planet of action, continues in retrograde until Aug. 28 in the independent, freedom-seeking sign of Aquarius, moving into Capricorn on Aug. 13. Its conjunction to transiting Saturn will no doubt inspire financial and work security as the rigid influence of Capricorn is intensified during its transit through Mars. Focus on the big picture, details maybe very important at this time. Most of the conflicts and challenges that appear during a Mars retrograde will be temporary—that’s why we need to keep focused on the big picture and the philosophy of what we are doing. Those born under Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer are most affected as Mars moves into Capricorn. However your time of birth will indicate its presence in your natal chart.

Solar eclipse and new moon Aug. 11 in Leo

This creative and playful sign’s urges are sweetened by a conjunction to beautiful Venus, the planet of love. The new moon in the vivacious, fiery sign of Leo brings to our attention a burst of creativity, along with a unique vibrancy of its own. During the time of the new moon we set aside a new intention, the theme and our attention is drawn to unconditional love, self-expression and individual style. For those born under Sagittarius, Leo, Libra and Aries, this can be your time to rejoice in the magic that this new moon brings. For others, based on your time of birth, the new moon will settle in. You may find yourself asking the question, “What stirs my heart? What am I attracting

in my life?” As the Sun and Moon conjunct we find ourselves wanting to share, to bring forth.

Full Moon in Pisces-Aug. 26

Nostalgia ~ Dreamy~ Emotional ~ Pisces is known to be the most spiritual, imaginative, sensitive sign of the zodiac, and each year as the Sun transits this feelingoriented water sign, it’s time to tap into your creative self. Everyone has at least a little bit of the artist in them! Follow your intuition, pursue your dreams and watch the magic begin!

Mercury retrograde in Leo until Aug. 19

Communication in most arenas will be lost. Reviewing, planning and mental awareness are imminent during this time. As Mercury retrogrades in Sun-ruled Leo, we find ourselves being more analytical, as well as finicky, with a possibility of being more critical in our everyday thinking. It’s important to be aware that words do count.

SIGNS: Aries (March 21-April 20)

Friendships may be a bit unsettling at this time as you see yourself more judgmental as well as distant, although this can be temporary. Much of what is taking place astrologically has affected you through work and close connections. It’s important to bring it all together by remaining neutral. Also work matters may be frustrating, though no matter what, you always seem to fall in step. Also with both Mercury in retrograde and the transiting Sun in Leo in aspect to your area of romance, anything goes. Tread carefully.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

During this period work/career may feel unpredictable as Mars continues in retrograde, and the Sun in Leo as well as Mercury in retrograde reinforces the intensity. Moreover, your home base may feel unsteady, though perception plays a huge role in how you react. Compulsions as well as overreactions may occur, though it’s all up to you. Take a step back before jumping in.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Your words may differ from your actions as Mercury transiting through your area of chat may trigger wiggly boundaries as well as words. So, as always, delivery does count. Also, Mars in retrograde in your area of thought may bring to light a stronger sense of realization. Perception may be keen, your goals may heighten, and your senses can be on overload. Either way, this transit may cause you to revisit your own instincts.

Cancer (June 22-July 21)

With the transiting Sun, and Mercury in retrograde traveling through your area of finance, your fears may be worse than the reality. So paying attention and seeking advice from an expert may help to diminish your anxiety. In addition to all of this, Saturn’s continued transit in Capricorn opposite your own sign may cause you to question yourself as well as work matters. Your tolerance level is at an all time zero, so pace yourself and all should be well.

Leo (July 24-Aug. 23)

It’s all about you as the Sun and transiting Mercury traveling through your own sign may raise the energy bar. Though Mars in retrograde could slow down the process. New or existing partnerships take on a new vibration, as you may feel completely overwhelmed by what is being thrown at you. During this month, ease into anything new and unexpected. Trust your own instincts where judgment calls are needed.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 23)

Sometimes it’s better to take control of the past, instead of letting the past control you. This month’s cosmic influences, specifically the Sun and transiting Mercury now in the most intense private sector of your chart, the 12th house, may trigger unresolved memories. This is where your intuition deepens. In addition, you may feel significance in focusing on health and fitness.

Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 23)

As the planets favorably chime with your own sign, this may be your month to accomplish all that needs to be done. Specifically speaking, the transiting Sun and Mercury now accenting your area of friendships, are bringing to light your best where social connections are concerned. Also, the area of speculation accents your ability to win at almost anything. Great cycle for love matters, new or current.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

With the Sun and Mercury hovering over your career house, you may find yourself in a dither, as you feel very torn between work and home. However, much can be said about your need to control every given situation and to constantly feel as though you’re always putting out fires. As difficult as it may seem, this period may prove to be one where

you find satisfaction in finally getting things done.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

You may feel quite at home during this month as the transiting Sun and Mercury, now in retrograde, is traveling through the sector of your chart, the ninth house. You may feel inspired to write, travel, and to take on new ventures that you have been aching to tap in to. This is your month to create, to just be.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 20)

As careful as you are with money, you may find yourself, with the Sun and Mercury traveling through your eighth house, a bit more cavalier than usual. Also, you may find yourself a bit more generous than usual, and less inclined to be obsessive about financial affairs. Regardless, Mars in retrograde until the 28th, may halt progress so plan accordingly.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19)

It’s all about partnerships, both personal and career related as the Sun and Mercury travel through your area of relationships. This may be your time to show what you are capable of. A great month for hanging out, taking care of legal obligations and being in the public eye. Also, as Mars continues in your own sign, you may feel a need to travel within yourself. Taking a personal inventory perhaps?

Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20)

With the Mars retrograde occurring in your area of thought, you may find yourself letting go of past issues, cleaning out your mental closest. Also, with the transiting Sun and Mercury in your area of health and fitness, this may be your month to be in charge of yourself. Focus on staying fit. Don’t forget, Celebrate The Senses Psychic event Oct. 7 at St Clements Hall on Tremainsville. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Janet Amid is a columnist who writes for Sylvania Advantage, and can be heard every Tuesday with Lynn and Cliff on 93.5 WRQN between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. - taking your Astrological calls LIVE at 419-240-1935. Janet can also be reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at Check out her web site at



THE MOUSE TRAP Cutting the Cable Cord – Check Out Antennas

has Cord-cutting become a national pastime as TV fans find ways to separate from Janis Weber traditional cable subscriptions and instead get their entertainment from streaming services. While Netflix and Hulu are booming, over-the-air broadcasts are still an important piece of the cord-cutting puzzle. And for that you need the right antenna. A long time ago, antennas were a pretty simple proposition, but now you have to sift through a variety of options and styles. You will see different ranges listed and a variety of designs from ones that look like ray guns to ones that look like a flat piece of paper. Your first big decision when shopping for an HDTV antenna is whether to buy an indoor or outdoor model. Outdoor antennas can be incredibly powerful, but also tend to cost more and require mounting on the outside of your home. If you live in a spot with tricky reception or are located many miles from your local broadcast towers, then this can be a smart way to go. An indoor antenna may not pick up as many channels as an outdoor one, but it’s a very convenient choice if you can get decent reception inside your home. They are easy to set up and may be the only option for people who live in apartments or rental houses where they can’t install an outdoor antenna. If you go this route, be sure to experiment with placement to see what spot brings in the most channels. You will want to choose one that has at least a 50 to 60-mile radius. Most HDTV antennas come with a range number expressed in miles, but this comes with some caveats. While the antenna may be able to pick up signals from all those miles away, that’s a best-case scenario with no obstacles or sources of interference in the way. Tall buildings, trees, the construction materials used in your home, or landscape features like mountains and hills can cut into an antenna’s usable range. Think of an antenna’s advertised range as more of a guideline than a promise. To pick up broadcast signals coming from more than one direction, look for a multidirectional or omnidirectional antenna. If you know the broadcast towers are in one single place, then a directional antenna is an option. You will need to orient it toward the towers you want to pick up. Most people in urban areas with good broadcast coverage will

likely opt for an indoor multidirectional antenna. For special situations or places with tricky reception, look to an outdoor model with a greater range. There’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to HDTV antennas, but with some smart shopping you can find one that works with your location and fits your needs. Before you shop for a TV antenna, make sure you first survey your home’s location for all the available channels and their corresponding signal strength with a tool like AntennaWeb from Just screw the coax cable into the back of your TV like a normal antenna and hook up the power. After plugging it in, have your TV scan for the available channels. Putting it beside a window also works wonders. With a high customer rating, the ClearStream antennas ($35+ on Amazon) are arguably the best indoor antennas around. They grip to your wall or window for an easy install and they have different ranges. Due to their clever design, these antennas can receive signals from every direction. Not only are they reversible (black or white), you can also paint them to match your home’s decor. If you don’t live in an area with good reception, then the Mohu Curve 50 TV Antenna ($18 +) is the right Mohu model for you. It’s not reversible but it does have a whopping 50-mile range. It can lie down or stand upright near your TV or you can mount it to the wall. The connection cable is 16-feet long and it provides a 1080 HD picture.

Public Computer Classes

I will be teaching classes at the Sylvania Senior Center in 2018 (419-885-3913). These classes are noncredit and are priced reasonably. Check them out. If you prefer personal tutoring; that is my specialty. It’s just you and me. Contact me personally for patient / knowledgeable tutoring at 419-318-9112.

Home Computer Party

Would you like to have a mini-learning gettogether? I have been tutoring PC Computer and iPhone/iPad classes anywhere that has WiFi. Informal and informative. We all access the same local WiFi connection. We pick a topic using open discussion. It is amazing how many different issues are solved. Bring a list of questions. Let’s get started. Got a small business? I can customize a class for your staff.

I Make House Calls

I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades and general software or hardware issues. I can be your resident “Geek.” I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge with years of experience. Give me a


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THE ITALIAN GARDENER Roots! It seems that all you read about life in general refers to having strong roots, whether it is from Confucius or from the Book of Matthew. Roots are what give life its anchor. But roots are more Rick Cozza important to the gardener than he/she often realizes. For example, I have talked about my ‘not-quite-hardy-here’ Southern trees/shrubs that I have been nurturing for several years . . . roots are the key. I have heard many customers talk this year about their hydrangeas again not blooming . . . a combination of roots and blossoms. So, let’s look below the soil a bit. Start with a very basic concept. For plants that are hardy in our area, (the damage point varies by area and type of plant) think*flower buds +10 degrees *leaf buds 0 degrees *stems -10 degrees *roots +20 degrees OK. Obviously, roots are most tender. But where are the roots? Yes . . . underground, where even frozen ground is at 32 degrees. Aha! The air above might be at ten below, but under that nice layer of fresh mulch, it’s a balmy 32 degrees. If the air temperature stayed at ten below for a month, the soil should indeed drop as well, but it judiciously doesn’t. Those businesses that plant an evergreen shrub in a concrete pot outside the door will find that it



Nanny Lessons

When not serving ice cream at Honeybear, I spend the bulk of my days with three kids, two cats, and a golden retriever. It is some of my most cherished time. The LIBBY STUPICA hours I spend as a nanny hardly feel like a job at all. The three siblings are well behaved and kind to each other, and their generous hearts give me faith and hope in the future. They are unapologetically goofy and don’t think twice before speaking their minds. Without much of a filter, they share every thought they have and alert me to things that I might otherwise miss. Their personalities remind me that confidence is always the best quality. Listed below is what they have taught me. 1. Wake up and excitedly search for your siblings to start the day. Joy is more energizing than coffee. 2. Unless you’re going to be late for Boy Scout camp, take your time getting dressed. Walk a new route leisurely with the dog, and take your time picking out paint for homemade birdhouses. Not rushing allows for creativity.

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does indeed drop to the air temperature, of course. The container is surrounded by air. The hydrangeas around your patio will often have lush vegetative growth in spring, but alas, no flowers (or just 1 or 2). The older hydrangeas set their flower buds in the fall, and the new buds are hardy to only 10 degrees or so. Zap! My favorite Annabelle Hydrangeas, and many of the new varieties, bloom on new growth in spring, so they are hardier (vegetative buds at 0 degrees and stems at -10). Ta da! My Tennessee-hardy Chocolate Mimosa Tree in the back yard died back to the ground this year, but is coming back as strongly from the roots as can be (roots protected by a good mulch). Last year’s mild winter did not kill it back (stems hardy only to -10 degrees, but roots survive at 32, well below the surface). At this rate, it will never be taller than 4 feet. Oh well! So, when I say to put down a good layer of mulch in the fall (2-3 inches) that is why. That is why you rake up the old garden material in fall, so it will not hold moisture against the stems of plants and later freeze against the tender tissue. That is why you should purchase plants from a reputable nursery or garden center, that does not try to sell you an azalea grown in Georgia, but instead, one grown in Lake County, Ohio. And that is why idiots like me should not be trying to grow Crepe Myrtles and Chocolate Mimosa trees in northern Ohio. But they are sooooooooooo pretty in the years with mild winters. Even though the tops freeze and die every few years, the roots boogie on. Even at an air temperature of minus-twenty, the roots are basking in 32-degree luxury. Nurture them. I can live with some disappointment. 3. Never eat soup from a Fruit Loops Toucan Sam cereal bowl. Everything (and everyone) has a specific purpose. 4. Even if you think you don’t want to go to the park, go to the park. Within five minutes of playing on the playground you won’t want to leave your new friends or the twisty slide for at least another two hours. Every situation is what you make of it. 5. Too much physical activity under a blazing hot sun invites crankiness. Staying hydrated and a good nap indoors is the antidote for crankiness. 6. Lunch tastes good with the grass tickling your toes and the breeze keeping you cool outside. It tastes even better with watermelon or strawberries. Linger in nature’s bounty. 7. Starting a new book can be intimidating at first, but getting lost in it isn’t scary at all. Just start. 8. Read The Magic Tree House series in order. Period. 9. Be a superhero. If your mom is a dental hygienist, you learn early that bad guys don’t brush their teeth. Good hygiene = superhero. 10. As long as you’ve got your floaties on, you are invincible. Just keep swimming. 11. Never leave the zoo without riding the train. Life is a wild ride. 12. A goodbye is never complete without a hug and kiss. Keep love in the leave-taking. 13. Summer, like every season, passes quickly. Savor childhood.


Our Sister City relationship with Woodstock, Ontario has renewed and been strengthened with a recent joint planning meeting held in St. Clair, Mich. Sister City Commission from both members Craig Stough communities met on Sunday, July 22 at a midway point between our two cities near the Blue Water Bridge to plan and grow our continuing international relationship. Formed in 1992, our friendship with Woodstock has broadened our horizons and lead to a much better understanding of our neighbors to the north. We share many of the same goals and challenges in our communities and benefit from an open exchange of ideas and solutions. Woodstock is a very successful community four hours away, about an hour this side of Toronto. In the late 1990s, they competed for and won a new Toyota RAV5 assembly plant, and have successfully grown their community to about 45,000 residents.



Vacancies filled

Sylvania Township trustees have hired people to fill two key positions recently vacated in the township administration. Karlene Henderson has been hired as manager of the township’s planning and zoning office, replacing Darryl Graus, who took a position with the Toledo Plan Commission. Henderson currently is the director of the law department of the city of Perrysburg, a post she has held for about three years. Prior to that she was an assistant Lucas County prosecutor in the civil division, often working on zoning cases. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1988 and graduated cum laude from the university’s law school in 2002. Imran Mirza will replace Scott Smith who retired, as part-time supervisor of the finance department. Prior to taking the position with Sylvania Township, Mirza was an auditor for 31 years for the state of Ohio. Much of his work was concentrated on financial audits of townships, cities, and boards of education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and has been a CPA since 1990.

Burglary suspect arrested

A Lima, Ohio man has been indicted by the Lucas County grand jury on two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary last month in Sylvania Township’s Brookside subdivision. Eric Roberson, 37, was arrested by Farmington Hills, Mich., police after they were informed by Sylvania Township, using a tracker on his car, that Roberson was headed in their direction. Sylvania Township Detective Robert Colwell said the arrest was the result of cooperation by a number of police agencies who had all been working on a spate of similar break-ins in their communities. After the local burglaries, the detective put out images from a security camera from the attempted burglary in Brookside. Although the suspect wore a mask, jacket and long sleeves, a Bowling Green police officer said he saw similarities with a person he had once arrested. Sgt. Colwell got in touch with the

We have met and worked with their leadership, including five different mayors, who all came to value our Sister City relationship. We have had many cultural exchanges including Boy Scouts, school group interactions, annual vintage baseball games and participated in each other’s parades and community activities. Many individual friendships have been formed over the years as well. We even adopted their tradition of having a town crier. One of my strongest memories of our Woodstock friendship came on Sept. 11, 2001. We had shut down Sylvania City Hall and the Courthouse due to telephone bomb threats received following the 911 attacks in New York and Washington, DC. We had called all police officers to duty to guard vital community services, not knowing what to expect next. During that period of uncertainty, I received a call from Woodstock Mayor John Geoghegan offering to send Woodstock firefighters and police officers here to Sylvania if needed to supplement our own. Woodstock later began a Book of Condolences, signed by many in Woodstock expressing their sympathy and support to Sylvania and to the United States. Both Woodstock and Sylvania recently updated their official relationship with new legislation. My thanks to Sylvania City Council suspect’s parole officer and was able to get sufficient information to extend the investigation and eventually to obtain a warrant for a tracking device to be placed on his car. On the night of his arrest, “We saw he left Lima and we thought he might be headed here, but when we saw he was continuing north, we got in touch with the police around there we had been working with.” Before the suspect reached the neighborhood in which he was arrested, several officers were already in the area waiting for him. After an attempted home invasion he was placed in custody. Sgt. Colwell said that of the burglaries with which he is charged as well as crimes still under investigation they were invariably committed at houses that were not locked. They were usually in upscale neighborhoods and the only theft was cash. Homes were usually left undisturbed and for some victims it took some time before they put circumstances together and recognized there had been a theft. The sergeant noted that other agencies were kept up to date on the investigation involving the suspect. They too were ready to react if the vehicle with the tracker had headed to their jurisdiction. Among other items seized from the suspect was his cellphone. The sergeant said authorities are now checking it to determine his past locations and if they match with the site of other burglaries. In addition to the Lucas County indictment, the sergeant said Roberson has been charged with home invasions in both Wayne and Oakland counties in Michigan. He noted as police examine data from Roberson’s phone, he may face additional charges in several other jurisdictions. Sylvania Township Police Chief Paul Long said that a lesson to be learned from the events is to lock your house and your car. “We’re glad people feel safe and secure here, but there isn’t anyplace immune to a guy like that.” He noted that the security camera that caught the image eventually leading to his arrest was of him approaching a sliding glass door at a patio. “When he pulled on the glass slider and it didn’t open, he walked away. He was just interested in easy access, get money out of a wallet or purse, and get out.”

member Mark Luetke and all of our Commission members for their time and energy serving on our Sylvania Sister City Commission. Last fall we had a 25-year celebration with the Canadians held here in Sylvania during our Fall Festival and again in Woodstock during their Santa Claus Parade weekend. I look forward to growing our international sister city relationship with them in the coming years! Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch and Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough.

Woodstock City Counselor Jerry Acchione, Mayor Trever Birtch, Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and City Council Member Mark Luetke. The chief added that he was very proud of the work his department did on the case and with the input and cooperation of other police agencies.

TARTA vote

By a 2-1 vote, Sylvania Township trustees have voted against a potential issue on November’s ballot that would have imposed a 0.4 percent sales tax and removed property tax as a funding mechanism for TARTA. In addition to outlining a new funding procedure, the resolution, which was voted down, would have made Lucas County a member of the transit authority. That would have allowed for county-wide service and for a county-wide ballot issue. Voters would have had to approve the changes before they took effect. Voting against the resolution were chairman Neal Mahoney and trustee John Jennewine. Trustee John Crandall voted in favor of the measure. James Gee, general manager of TARTA, told trustees that the increased income from the sales tax was necessary to maintain current levels of service and to expand the authority’s services. He added that setting the sales tax at 0.3 percent would not raise enough funding for now or the future. He added that state law demanded that any sales tax be enacted on increments of 0.1, meaning they could not ask for something like a 0.35 sales tax increase. Had the plan been implemented, income from local taxes was estimated to rise from $13 million to $25 million and that was too much for the

Woodstock and Sylvania Sister City Commissions met in St. Clair, Mich. trustees voting against the resolution. Mahoney said he was troubled by the fact that the move would have established a new tax on citizens and that he was bothered by “the number.” TARTA officials had argued that the increase in revenue wouldn’t be solely from current tax payers, but would be spread throughout the county and also would be collected from visitors to the county. During the trustees’ discussion of the issue, a member of the audience who had spoken in favor of the proposal, said she was there just asking that the trustees allow the issue to go to the public for a vote. Jennewine said he had been elected by residents of Sylvania Township and local control would be lost if the issue was subject to a county-wide vote. Township residents could vote against the plan and it could still be imposed because of voters in other parts of the county, he said. John Crandall said his vote was based on his position that the voters should decide the matter. For the issue to have gotten on the ballot it would have required the approval of each of TARTA’s members. In addition to Sylvania Township, the entities are: Sylvania, Maumee, Toledo, Ottawa Hills, Rossford and Waterville. The only two entities that had voted on the issue prior to Sylvania Township, were Maumee and Ottawa Hills. They both voted unanimously in favor of the plan.


Brian Johns

Brian Russell Johns, age 61, passed away unexpectedly from heart failure on July 21, 2018, at his home in Sylvania, Ohio. Brian was born on Oct. 18, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio, as the second of three children to Paul (Bob) and Annadelle (Treat) Johns. He grew up in Toledo and remained an active member of the community his entire life. Brian attended Whitmer High School, graduating in 1974. Early into his career, Brian took a chance and started his own heating and air conditioning business. His charisma, ability to fix anything, and passion for helping others enabled him to grow his business and live life on his own terms. Brian was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He would do anything for the ones he loved. He was a generous man who valued experiences over possessions and enjoyed sharing those experiences with others. Brian always made the annual trips to Hubbard Lake and the Abaco Islands memorable. His friends and family will never forget the countless nights sitting on the porch laughing together. Brian leaves behind his beloved children Andrew (Brandi) Johns, Samantha (Chad) Warren, Emily Miller, and Anna (Dustin) Van Hove; and precious grandchildren Simon Palmer and Tabitha Warren. He is also survived by his sisters Robin Markey and Sharon Johns. Also surviving are the loving extended Johns, Coyle and Markey families, countless wonderful friends and his dog Stella. In passing, Brian was reunited with his mother, father, and beloved wife, Cathy Coyle Johns. If you would like to make a donation in Brian’s name, consider Mobile Meals of Toledo, The family also encourages guests to keep Brian’s spirit alive by shopping locally and helping support the small business owners of Toledo, just as Brian would want us to do. Online condolences may be placed at

Harry Johnston, Sr.

Harry Louis Johnston, Sr., passed away on July 6, 2018, at the age of 72. He died in his home in Toledo, Ohio. Harry was born in Chicago,

Ill., and grew up in Toledo, where he and his wife, Charlotte, raised a family together for many years. He worked for Seaway Beverage and later Heidelberg Distributing, moving Harry and his wife to Sagamore Hills, Ohio, in 1994. Charlotte passed in 2011 and Harry retired from Heidelberg in 2016. He moved back home to Toledo to be closer to his loved ones. Harry loved golfing, cooking, good wine, and his family and friends. He was always revered for his honesty, generosity, and high moral values, which he imparted on many who came across his path. He loved his wife with his entire soul and the two were true soul mates. He was proceded in death by his father, Lawrence, and mother, Charlotte; sister Barbara; brother Larry; and son Charles "Berry." He leaves behind son Harry Johnston, Jr., and his wife, Rita, of Toledo, and their son, Daniel (Courtney) Kine; son Alan Johnston and his wife, Jamie, of Grand Blanc, Mich., and their children Abigail, Charles and Sophia. Tributes in Harry's memory may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be placed at

Stephen A. Mikoleski

Stephen A. Mikoleski, age 57, died unexpectedly July 6, 2018, at St. Anne's Hospital. Born July 27, 1960, in Toledo, Ohio, Steve graduated from Sylvania Southview High School and attended the University of Toledo and Owens Community College. He was employed with Doyle Manufacturing in Holland, Ohio. In his free time, Steve enjoyed boating and fishing on Lake Erie, technology, and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed his pets, Skylar and Ariel. Steve was a veteran of the United States Navy. Surviving are his mother, RoseMary, (Bembnista); children Stephen and Nicholas; sisters Donna and Kathy; and nieces and nephews Kristy, Kimmie (Brian), Kelsey and Michael. His father, Thaddeus Mikoleski, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or the Humane Society.


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On July 16 Toledoan Jeff Bockrath, a veteran Realtor, was nationally recognized in the 13th Annual REAL Trends “The Thousand,” as published in The Wall Street Journal. This survey is divided into four categories: individual agents by sales volume, individual agents by transaction sides, agent teams by volume and agent teams by sides. Jeff Bockrath of RE/MAX Preferred Associates placed 205th in “The Thousand” rankings for individual transaction sides. “It’s an honor to be listed among such hardworking and dedicated professionals across the country,” said Mr. Bockrath. “The Northwestern Ohio housing market has been steadily improving this selling season. That, along with over 15 years of local real estate expertise, allows for the ideal opportunity to provide clients with the highest level of customer service.” Co-owner, Kathy Kuyoth, noted, “Jeff has a tremendous work ethic that has propelled

his career regardless of market conditions.” Business partner, John Mangas, added, “It’s great to watch an agent like Jeff grow both personally and professionally. He is always one of the first to step forward to volunteer for our company CMN annual event. We are honored to have him as an associate.” RE/MAX LLC Vice President, Jeff Lagrange, said that this places Mr. Bockrath among the top 1 percent of all agents nationally, which is quite an accomplishment. “Real estate is a very competitive business and we’re proud of our RE/MAX agents and teams for their outstanding professionalism and commitment to raising the bar in real estate,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “The real measure of success is customer satisfaction and that’s why year in, year out, homebuyers and sellers turn to RE/MAX to help them with one of life’s biggest investments.” Of the 1,000 rankings in the survey, RE/MAX agents claimed 156 – more than any other brand.

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L-R: Ben Malek, Josh Jones, Jared Helton and Brian DeBenedictis relax before the “The Race Between Two States,’ held at Centennial Terrace on July 12. Participants could choose between 8K, 5K, and Kids 1 Mile run.

Noah Hartman visits before the race with Tiffany and Rick Akeman. The Ohio-Michigan Race also celebrated the 45th anniversary of Dave’s Running Shop.

Sylvania’s one and only Tom Falvey prepares to hit the pavement for the 8K race held July 12.

Cheryl Walter and daughter Natalie make running a family affiar as they participate in the Race in Two States, the Ohio-Michigan 8K, 5K, and Kids 1 Mile Race.

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