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December 1 - 12, 2016 • Vol. 21, No. 16 •

Toys for Tots

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in downtown Sylvania in a horsedrawn carriage.


Victoria Hogan took part in last year’s Wreaths Across America ceremony.


Santa Claus, decked out in oldworld attire was a star at the 2015 Heralding the Holidays event.

DJ Lloyd helps his grandfather Don Carson hang an ornament in memory of loved one Alfred Carson, at the sixth annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony at Toledo Memorial Park.


Zac Crandall and Gavin Smith put two games in the collection boxes at the fifth annual LCpl. Kyle Sporleder Memorial Toys for Tots event.

Gordie Howe Memorial Colleen and Murray Howe looked on as Mayor Craig Stough and Town Crier Mike Lieber began the ceremony.

Gifts for Vets

Epworth Girl Scout leader Janice French and her daughters Fallon, Ronan and Killeen FrenchHill enjoy making ornaments.


Each branch of the military is honored during the ceremony. ‘Wreaths Across America’ takes place nationally to honor veterans.

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Metroparks wins record six awards

Happy 103rd Birthdays Celebrated at Oakleaf Village Marie Franciscy and Thelma Coogler blew out the candles on their birthday cake from Brieschke’s Bakery during a celebration of their 103rd birthdays at Oakleaf Village on Nov. 14. 'Help one another and treat everybody nice. It does more good than you know,' Franciscy responded when asked her secret to a long life. '’And enjoy a martini,' she adds. She was joined by her granddaughter Sandy Kosmyna for the party. She was born Nov. 6, 1913, and feels she has lived a fairy tale life. She equates her success in life to having the right DNA and a belief in the ‘Great Unknown.’ Coogler's nieces Henrene Valdez and Yolanda Benjamin also joined the celebration. She was born in Champaign, Ill., on Nov. 18, 1913, and grew up in Toledo. ‘The Lord brought me through it all, including cancer,’ she says.

Holidays in the Manor House, a 40-year annual event that last year drew more than 25,000 people to Wildwood Preserve over nine days, won first place at the annual Outdoor Adventure Expo. Metroparks of the Toledo Area has won a drew more than 25,000 people to Wildwood record six first-place awards in a statewide Preserve over nine days, won first place and the contest among parks and recreation agencies. annual Outdoor Adventure Expo, held in May The park district received nine awards in all at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee, won third from the Ohio Parks and Recreation place. Association in its annual Awards of Excellence Three awards were given in the Program contest. Category: A grand opening event marking the “These award winners represent the best of opening of Fallen Timbers Battlefield won first the best in parks and recreation in Ohio,” said place for historical and cultural arts programs. OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. A series of new Outdoor Skills programs won “These programs and projects are changing second place for recreation programs and a the lives of people around the state and summer camp program, My Mentor and Me, building better communities in Ohio.” While in partnership with the Ability Center of 18 different agencies received awards, and nine Greater Toledo and the Lucas County Board of won first place awards, Woodward said Developmental Disabilities, won third place Metroparks broke an OPRA Awards record by for special populations programs. taking home six first place awards. A panel of 41 parks and recreation Three of the awards were in the Capital professionals from around Ohio judged the Improvements Category: The new awards. The OPRA Annual Awards of Middlegrounds Metropark, which opened Excellence will be presented at a banquet Sept. 17 in downtown Toledo, won first place hosted by the association on Feb.14 at the for projects costing more than $2.5 million. Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky in Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark, opened conjunction with the 2017 OPRA Conference in Oct. 2015 in Maumee, won first place for & Trade Show. One first place award winner projects costing $1 million to $2.5 million. will be presented with the 2016 Governor’s Westwinds Metropark, an archery park in Award for Parks and Recreation, a “best-inHolland that also opened last October, won show” award. second place for projects costing less than $1 million. A strategic land acquisition plan, which increased the size of the park district by 4,387 acres since 2002, won first place in the Natural Resources and Conservation Category. A new website,, won first place in a category recognizing Marketing Innovation. Two more awards earned were in the Special Events Category: Holidays in the Manor House, a 40-year annual event that last year


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Alateen Meeting There is a new Alateen meeting in the area at the Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St., Sylvania. The group meets Sunday nights from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is for children and teens ages eight and up who are affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. Call 419/537-7500 with questions. 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. Contact Marie Ready at 800/272-3900 or Aquatic Exercise for Survivors CPW and The Victory Center offer aquatic exercise for survivors at CPW, 3130 Central Park West, on Wednesdays from 6 - 7 p.m. It is free to all survivors through a grant from The Rotary Club of Toledo. Beginner Tai Chi Classes Beginner Tai Chi classes are held from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at The Elks Lodge, 3520 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. Tai Chi classes consist of slow movements that use gentle turns and graceful stretches to improve balance, flexibility, circulation and strength. Boomers Resource Network Boomers Resource Network meets every Thursday at Uncle John’s Restaurant, 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by educational speakers from noon to 1 p.m. Call 419/8658503 or visit Cardio Drumming Elevate Nutrition, 6383 Monroe St., offers Cardio Drumming on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and every other Saturday at 10 a.m. Call 419/517-7080. Cardio Kickboxing Cardio Kickboxing/Circuit Training is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and every other Saturday at 10 a.m. at Elevate Nutrition, 6383 Monroe St. Boxing gloves required. Call 419/517-7080. Food Addicts in Recovery Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets every Monday night at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 4855 W. Central Ave. in the volunteer office. Contact Stoney at 734-635-1392, email or visit God Works! Crossroads Community Church, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Road, Ottawa Lake, Mich., offers God Works!, providing a warm meal to anyone in need each Thursday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; meal is at 6 p.m.

Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo Weekly Thursday meetings for fun, food and friendship from 9:45 – 11 a.m. at McCord Road Christian Church, 4675 N. McCord Rd., Sylvania. In addition to meetings, the group offers playdates and an Executive Mommas’ group for working mothers. For more information, visit or connect with them on Facebook.

Nursing Mothers’ Group The nursing mothers’ group meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the new Ronald McDonald House. Call 419/291-5667. Olivet Lutheran Church’s Free Community Meal Olivet hosts a free community meal each Wednesday in the Christian Life Center. Enjoy food and fellowship at 5840 Monroe St. Call 419/882-2077 or visit for info. Pet Loss Support Group SylvaniaVet hosts a pet loss support group meeting at Christ Presbyterian Church, 4225 W. Sylvania Ave., 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call 419/8854421. Prostate Cancer Support Group A prostate cancer support group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6.30 p.m. at the second floor, Cancer Center library at St. Anne’s Hospital. For more information, call Roger Augustyniak at 419/346-2753 or Tom Maidment at 419/490-4690. Taizé Service A Taizé Service is held the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Sylvania United Church of Christ chapel, 7240 Erie St. 419/882-0048. T.A.M.E. Meeting The Toledo Area Miniature Enthusiasts meets the first Saturday of each month from 1- 4 p.m. in the carriage house at the Sylvania Heritage Museum, 5717 Main St. Call 734/847-6366. TOPS Meetings (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Two chapters of TOPS,1961 and 1672, meet at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6715 Brint Road. Meetings are held Mondays from 910:30 a.m. and Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 419/478-1103 or 419/841-6436 for information. TOPS is not church affiliated. The Toledo Area Genealogy Society Meets from 7 - 9 p.m. the second Monday of the month through June in Wright Hall at Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St. Visit for more information.


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Sylvania Senior Center Programs Hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thur, 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 through December 13, served from 4:30-5:15, $7 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: Mon, Tue & Thu, 8-12 noon, weekly • WOODSHOP: Tue, Thu & Fri, 1-3, weekly • WOODCARVERS: Tue 4-7, weekly Transportation to Senior Center & Shopping: call Deb, 419/885-3913 12/1 Spanish Club: 1-3:30, monthly 12/19 Jazzercise: Mon, Wed & Fri 910, Tue & Thu 8:30-9:30; weekly Party Bridge: Mon 1-4, weekly Strength Training: Mon & Thu 1012/2 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly 11, weekly, * 12/5 Quilting & Sewing: Mon, Tue & BP Clinic: 11-12:30 Thu 8-12 noon, weekly Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30Strength Training: Mon & Thu 12:30, weekly, call for fee and 10-11, weekly, * registration Blood Pressure Clinic: 11-12:30 12/20 Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Learn to Knit: 2nd & 4th Tue, 10-11, bring 12/6 Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar your own supplies! Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Adult Coloring: 2nd & 4th Tue, 1-3, bring Holidays at the Manor House your own supplies! Outing: Call Deb for more info Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, National Geographic: 5:30 weekly, * 12/7 Party Euchre: Wed 10-noon, Medicare & You: 5:30-6:30, monthly weekly Cinema Studies w/Dr. Jan Wahl: 5:30-7, 12/8 Beltone Hearing Screening: 1-3, monthly by appointment 12/21 Movie Day: 3rd Wed. 1-3, Party Bridge: 1-3:30, weekly please RSVP, monthly Duplicate Bridge: 1-4, weekly 12/22 Podiatrist: by appointment 12/9 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly 12/12 Bingo: Mon Thu 1-3, weekly 12/23 CLOSED/HOLIDAY 12/13 Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar 12/26 CLOSED/HOLIDAY Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Learn to Knit: 2nd & 4th Tue, 10- 12/27 Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 11, bring your own supplies! Senior Chorus: Tue 9:45-11:15, weekly Adult Coloring: 2nd & 4th Tue, 12/28 Knitting/Crocheting: Wed 9-11, 1-3, bring your own supplies! Fri 2-4, weekly Current Events Discussion Group: Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:302nd & 4th Tue 3-4:30, monthly 11:30, weekly, Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue New Year Party: 1:30-3:30, $5/ticket 3-4, weekly, *

“Monuments Men” with Chris Rilling, 5:30 12/14 Pinochle: Wed 12:30-3:30, weekly 12/15 Book Review Group: Thu 2-3, monthly 12/16 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly

12/29 Poker: Thu 12-4, weekly 12/30 CLOSED/HOLIDAY 1/2/17 CLOSED/HOLIDAY

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

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

•Through Dec. 9

Lourdes Faculty Art Exhibition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday until 2 p.m. Canticle Center Gallery 5335 Silica Dr. The exhibition includes the work of Lourdes University art department faculty over 30 years.

•Through Jan. 8, 2017 ‘Shakespeare’s Characters’ Toledo Museum of Art Painting, prints, sculptures and photographs of Shakespeare characters. Free.

•Through Jan. 22, 2017 Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 35 Toledo Museum of Art Contemporary Mexican-born artist Gabriel Dawe’s textile installations have adorned gallery spaces around the world. Free.

•Through Feb. 12, 2017 The Libbey Dolls Toledo Museum of Art Collection of 78 fashion figures depict French style from A.D. 493 to 1915.Free.

•Through Dec. 31, 2016

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Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank Toledo Zoo Over a million sparkling lights, animated displays, Ice Slide, Douglas the Talking Fir Tree sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital, visits with Santa and new Bumper Cars on Ice in the Winter Village sponsored by Kroger.

•Dec. 1-Jan. 4, 2017 Cassandra Stansley Senior Exhibition Chandler Café 5648 N. Main St. The work of Cassandra Stansley will be featured in the Senior Art Exhibit in partial fulfillment of her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lourdes University.

•Dec. 1 Intro to eBooks for iPad, 2-3 p.m. Sylvania Branch Library Learn how to download eBook and eAudiobooks on your iPad with the Overdrive app. Make sure to bring your Apple ID and password, email address, and library card information. Registration required.

•Dec. 2 ‘A WISE Survey of our Nearest Neighbors’ 7:30 p.m. UT McMaster Hall, 4th floor, The Toledo Astronomical Association will present a lecture by Jennifer Greco, graduate student in The University of

Toledo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Call 419/535-8775.

House, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tours of the Stranahan home decorated for the holidays. Free.

•Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m. and •Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

•Dec. 3, 14, 22

Heralding the Holidays Toledo Botanical Garden 5403 Elmer Drive Village artisans and craftsmen offer handmade art. Food and horse carriage rides during the event.

•Dec. 3 Annual Santa Breakfast, 8 a.m.–11 a.m. Sylvania Northview High School Cafeteria, 5403 Silica Dr. Enjoy a pancake breakfast served by Student Government members who are reigniting one of Sylvania's favorite traditions. Meet, greet and get a photo with Santa and Elsa, Anna and Olaf from ‘Frozen.’ Cost is $5 person with a $20 max for families. Christmas Cookie Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. St. James Lutheran Church 4727 W. Sylvania Ave Come shop at the Cookie Walk for homemade holiday cookies. Toledo Zoo Family Class: Winter Animal Friends, 2-3 p.m. Enjoy learning all about the animals of the season including reindeer, polar bears, penguins and more. Make a fun zoo-themed ornament for a tree or as a gift for a family member. Separate fee.

•Dec. 3-4 The Blissfield Model Railroad Club Open House, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 109 E. Adrian St. Blissfield, Mich. The Blissfield Model Railroad Club open house will feature the large HO scale model railroad, which has been under reconstruction since the club moved two years ago, will have six to eight trains operating continuously. Free admission; building fund donations encouraged.

•Dec. 3-11

Santa Paws Workshop Toledo Zoo Do you have a special pet in your life that needs the perfect gift? Join Zoo staff to explore what makes dogs, cats and other great pets so amazing and then decorate a gift bag and make exciting treats to give to your pet this holiday. Times vary. Separate

•Dec. 4 Rejoice and Jubilee Handbell Choirs, 7 p.m. Olivet Lutheran Church 5840 Monroe St. The Olivet Lutheran Church Rejoice and Jubilee Handbell Choirs will perform sacred and secular music with a soloist, violinist, pianist and percussion.Free will offering. Seventh Annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony, 3 p.m. Toledo Memorial Park 6382 Monroe St. Register between 1:30-2:30 p.m. to receive a holiday tree ornament to be placed on the tree in honor of a loved one. Visit or call 419/882-7151 to register. Donations of a nonperishable food item, new unwrapped toy and pet food or toy will be collected. Tours de Noel, Noon-7 p.m. Old West End Neighborhood Four beautifully decorated historic homes will be open to tour, plus the Milmine-Stewart House. First Congregational Church, 2315 Collingwood Ave., will host a gift boutique and the annual Arboretum Cookie Walk from Noon to 7 p.m. Lunch will be served from Noon to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person (children 13 and under are free) day of event or $5 single house ticket. Call 419/244-4921 for tickets or purchase at any tour house during the event.

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ne of the area’s most revered holiday traditions, Children’s Wonderland, will continue to thrill children of all ages when the doors open on the exhibit on Dec. 9. Children of all ages will be able to o-o-h and a-h-h to their hearts’ content over the array of classic exhibits that transform Tam-OShanter’s Sports & Exhibition Center into a virtual ‘Wonderland’ open through Dec. 23 from 11 9 p.m. daily. Hours on Dec. 24 are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After viewing all of the exhibits, children can play a round of putt-putt golf, take a ride on the Wonderland Express train, write letters to Santa, make a Christmas craft and ornament, get a tattoo and spend time with Santa Claus. Young visitors and their accompanying adults can shop for a variety of toys in the Learning Express Wonderland boutique and enjoy cookies from Sautter’s Market. Admission is $7for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Kid Zone charge is $5. Children can also enjoy time with Santa in his workshop on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $11, which includes admission to Children’s Wonderland. No reservations are required for the continental-style breakfast. Sponsors include The Blade, ProMedica The Andersons, Learning Express, Sam’s

One of the reindeer from a display, welcomes guests to the annual Children’s Wonderland. Club, Sautter’s Food Center and Sylvania Recreation. Volunteers are needed. To help, call Kathy at 419/885-1167, ext. 3.


•Dec. 4


Free Christmas Band Concert, 2:30 p.m. Owens Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center The show features a variety of Christmas favorites, Hanukkah tunes, a medley from the Broadway show ‘Into the Woods’ and more. Veterans will be honored and are urged to wear military ribbons, medals or hats to the concert.

•Dec. 7 SACIC Annual Meeting, 5 p.m. Highland Meadows Golf Club 7455 Erie St. The Sylvania Area Community Improvement Council’s annual meeting offers a networking opportunity with area business professionals and community leaders. Also, community businesses will be highlighted. To register, call Michelle at the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, 419/882-2135 or

•Dec. 7 Aromatherapy, 1-2 p.m. The Victory Center 5532 W. Central Ave., Suite B Discuss the special ways that essential oils can be used for everyday health and wellness. 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. Study and Research Program King Road Branch Library, 2-3 p.m. 3900 King Rd. Supercharge your studies and rocket-power your research. Use the library's electronic databases to find the information you need, then put your skills in practice with a fun research project. This program requires a laptop or tablet to access the internet. Call 419/259-5380 for more information.

•Dec. 8 Pop Culture Jeopardy, 6:30-8 p.m. Teen Program Sylvania Branch Library Do you love the music, movies, television, video games and comics of the 2010s? Join us for three rounds of Pop Culture Jeopardy and you’ll have a chance to be a trivia champion and win prizes.

•Dec. 9 Olivet Lutheran Church’s Rejoice Handbell Choir, 7 p.m. Peristyle/Toledo Museum of Art Olivet Lutheran Church’s Rejoice Handbell Choir will perform its seventh annual concert of sacred and secular music with a soloist, violinist, pianist and percussion at the Toledo Museum of Art. This is the first time the free concert is presented in the Peristyle. Free Concert. Women’s Connection West 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Highland Meadows Golf Club 7455 Erie St. Sylvania Women’s Connection West’s next luncheon: ‘Songs of the Seasons,’ featuring Stephanie Alison will have your thoughts drifting back to memories of Christmas past as she sings holiday favorites. Guest speaker Jan Kronk of Temperance, Mich. will offer ‘Do Dreams Really Come True?’ The $13 cost is all inclusive. E-mail or call 419/340-6046 for reservations by Dec. 5. Toledo AIA Society 4th Annual Dorothy M. Price Lecture: ‘A New Look at Late Roman Gold-Glass,’ 7 p.m. Toledo Museum of Art, Little Theater, Sean Leatherbury, assistant professor of art


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history at Bowling Green State University, discusses gold-glass from the Wilshere Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

•Dec. 9-24 Children’s Wonderland, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tam-O-Shanter 7060 Sylvania Ave. Children age 2 and older $4; adults, 13 and older $7; seniors, $4 and the Kids’ Zone Train Pass is $5. Breakfast with Santa is Dec. 10 and 17 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $11.

•Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-17 Mystery of the Christmas Star, 7:30 p.m. Appold Planetarium 6832 Convent Blvd. Family-friendly modern telling of the Christmas story and recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during the timeframe. $5 for adults; $4 for 12 and under. Call 419/517-8897 or visit

The second annual 'Turkey Trot for Toys' brings friends and families together Thanksgiving morning to help children through 'CASA,' a nonprofit organization that assists children in finding permanent homes.

Matt Meridieth wishes his mom and event organizer, Stacy Meridieth, good luck before the 5K run and two-mile fun that begins and finishes at the corner of Whiteford Road and Courville Avenue on Thanksgiving. —by Mary Helen Darah

Epworth Hosts Turkey Bowl 2016

•Dec. 9-11 Tree City Playhouse’s ‘Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas’ Church 3TwentyOne 5845 Centennial Rd. The play, based on the writings by Robert Fulgham, consists of a series of dramatic vignettes that take a funny, heart-warming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the holiday spirit. Tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors and can be purchased online at, by calling 419/517-0118 or at the door.

•Dec. 10, 17, 27, 28, 29, 30 Toledo Zoo Winter Camps, ages 5-10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Need some kid-free time to shop or just to cure that cabin fever? Drop off your child at the Zoo for a winter adventure that promises exciting exhibit tours, amazing animal visitors, cool crafts and goofy games. Separate fee; member discount applies. For online registration, visit

•Dec. 10 Santa and St. Francis, 2-4 p.m. Lourdes Canticle Center 5335 Silica Dr. ‘Santa, St. Francis and the Animals’ is cosponsored by the Lourdes University Education Department and the Center for Science Education and the Environment. Toddlers through sixth grade students can take a photo with Santa, interact with various small furry friends and critters, enjoy crafts, cookies, hot cocoa and additional fun activities. Donations of cat and/or dog food to benefit Humane Ohio, are encouraged. PSO’s Holiday Music Concert, 8 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church 601 E. Boundary St. Perrysburg The Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of holiday music. In addition, the combined choirs of Grace United Methodist Church, directed by Mitch Tyson, and the Good Company Ensemble, directed by Karen T. Biscay, will present choral works by famous composers and join the orchestra in a Christmas Sing-along. Tickets at the door and are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students with ID. Natural and Handmade Items at the Winter Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Secor Building, third floor Downtown Toledo Shop and support local crafters, artisans and business that make handmade items. There will also be raffle itemsand you must be

Moms, dads, uncles, aunts, neighbors and friends of student ministry members at Epworth United Methodist Church, located on W. Central Avenue prepare for some friendly football at the 'Turkey Bowl 2016.' The event is an annual 20year tradition held on Thanksgiving morning. —by Mary Helen Darah


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present to win. Proceeds from the market will benefit the Toledo Area Holistic Moms & Women of Toledo.

•Dec. 11

The Ohio State University dental school graduate Dr. Tara Bingle faces off against Universityof Michigan dental school graduate Dr. Todd Shultz in the school-decorated dental office before the UM/OSU football game Nov. 26, where the Buckeyes were victorious, 30-27. The other two dentists in the Brookview Dental office, Dr. Peter Urbanik is a UM graduate and Dr. Brad Barricklow is an OSU graduate, making it truly a divided office in November.

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TCG’s Winter Festival of Crafts 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Franciscan Center Pick up that last minute holiday gift or decoration made by members of the Toledo Craftsmen’s Guild. Free admission.

•Dec. 15 Intro to Hoopla for Android and iPad, 2-3 p.m. Sylvania Branch Library Learn how to use the Zinio app to download magazines on your iPad. Make sure to bring your Apple ID and password, email address, and library card information. Registration. •Dec. 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m. •Dec. 18, 2 p.m. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Northview Performing Arts Center Adults $10. Children, students/seniors $8.

•Dec. 17

Northview graduates Katelyn Work and Mitch Kahn, wearing the band uniforms of their resective schools, meet as friendly rivals on the field at the OSu/UM football game on Nov. 26.



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Wreaths Across America, Noon Toledo Memorial Park, 6382 Monroe St. Volunteers will place wreaths on all veterans’ graves. Help is needed. Call 419/8827151

•Dec. 17-18 The Blissfield Model Railroad Club Open House, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 109 E. Adrian St. Blissfield, Mich. The Blissfield Model Railroad Club open house will feature the large HO scale model railroad, which has been under reconstruction since the club moved two years ago, will have six to eight trains operating continuously. Admission is free but donations to the building fund will be appreciated.

•Dec. 18 Ostomy Support Group, 2-4 p.m. ProMedica Toledo Hospital Croxton Auditorium 2142 N. Cove Blvd. Would you like to learn more about living with an ostomy? Ostomy support group meetings are informal with a 15-minute

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Joyce Rechtine helps a customer select one of the wreaths she and her staff made and have on display on the lot at 5437 W. Alexis Rd. In addition, the Rechtine staff makes and offers a large selection of grave blankets for sale.

education time followed by group participation and break out groups. This is a free event. For additional information, call Annie Foote at 419/291-4634.

•Dec. 19 Community Coloring! Sylvania Branch Library Stop by the library anytime and add some of your style to a group coloring sheets! It’s amazing the beautiful things we can create when we work together. No registration required.

•Dec. 21 Classic Movie Afternoon, 2-4 p.m. Adult Program Sylvania Branch Library Join us for the classic movie ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ starring Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane. Refreshments will be provided. No registration if required. Aromatherapy, 1-2 p.m. The Victory Center 5532 W. Central Ave., Suite B Discuss the special ways that essential oils can be used for everyday health and wellness. This program is free to people with a cancer diagnosis and is sponsored by ProMedica Cancer Institute. Aromatherapy takes place the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call the Victory Center at 419/531-7600 for details.

•Dec. 22 Stroke Support Group, 4-6 p.m. ProMedica Flower Hospital Conference Center 5200 Harroun Rd. This monthly support group is for stroke survivors and their caregivers. This month’s topic is nutrition and is called ‘You are What You Eat.’ The support group provides an opportunity for stroke survivors and supporters to share their experiences with one another and receive guidance from clinical stroke specialists. By participating, you will also have access to the many different community resources available. To learn more about ProMedica’s stroke support group, call 419/291-7537 or email

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Toledo Ballet Announces Its 2016 Mother Gingers:

A Priest, a Rabbi and an Imam walk up to the barre

L-R: Rabbi Samuel Weinstein, of Temple Shomer Emunim, Father Ron Olszewski, retired president of St. Francis de Sales High School, and Imam Telal Eid, of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, accepted the invitation to play the iconic role of Mother Ginger in the Toledo Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker.’

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The Toledo Ballet’s announcement of the cast of Mother Gingers for its annual ‘Nutcracker’ production sounds more like the beginning of a humorous story in addition to being an honored casting call. The Toledo Ballet was founded in 1939, and has the longest consecutively running annual production of ‘The Nutcracker’ in the entire country. This year, the Toledo Ballet will host its 76th production of the holiday favorite at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Dec. 17-18. Father Ron Olszewski, retired president of St. Francis de Sales High School, will perform the role Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Imam Telal Eid, of The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, will perform the role Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., and Rabbi Samuel Weinstein, of Temple Shomer Emunim, will perform the role Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Mari Davies, executive director at the Toledo Ballet, believes the inspiration for inviting the three local religious leaders was a result of learning that Bishop Thomas enjoyed the Toledo Ballet’s 75th anniversary performance of the ‘The Nutcracker’ last year. “It was just one of those magical visions that came to me as I imagined the Bishop enjoying himself as an audience member,” explained Davies. “I thought how wonderful it would be to have religious leaders actually part of the production.”

The three religious leaders enthusiastically accepted the invitation-only opportunity to play the iconic role of Mother Ginger. The Toledo Ballet is excited to display and celebrate the acceptance of cultural diversity that is appreciated in Toledo. Upon accepting the invitation to play Mother Ginger, Rabbi Weinstein said, “I look forward to participating in this wonderful communal event, especially knowing that clergy of different faiths have united to make ‘The Nutcracker’ and this season a time of peace and blessing for all people.”

Joe Zerbey starred in the role of Mother Ginger in a past performance of Toledo Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker.’

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Sisters of St. Francis celebrate their centennial; look forward to their future

Sister Mary Jon Wagner, OSF serves as Congregational Minister. “We stand on the shoulders of those who were before us and look to the future based on the vision of the past,” said Sister Mary Jon

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Wagner, Congregational Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis. “This year of celebration of our 100-year anniversary has been a time of reflection,” she added. “It’s as if the ‘DNA’ of the Sisters of St. Francis has been passed on through the years and will continue on in the years to come.” In 1916, a small group of Franciscans from Rochester, Minn., moved to Toledo to teach Polish immigrants in city Catholic schools. The next year, those 23 women under the direction of Sister Mary Adelaide Sandusky managed to purchase 89 acres of farmland in Sylvania and formally established the Motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Francis, Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes of Sylvania. Through the years, they have answered the call for education, healthcare, social work, religious education, parish and spiritual direction, outreach to the elderly, and meeting the needs of the poor and marginalized. “We build collaborations with those who

share our mission and our values, ” Sister Mary Jon stated. “We are called, we plan, develop and build. Then we form partnerships and turn projects over under our sponsored ministry. We are not silos. We reach out and connect with our lay brothers and sisters who share the Franciscan spirit and ministry.” For example, Lourdes University was originally founded for those entering the Sisters of St. Francis order. Through the years, the institution evolved and admitted some lay women. Later, Mercy School of Nursing personnel needed an educational component for its nursing students and Lourdes, under the auspices of the Sisters of St. Francis, admitted nursing students some of whom were men, which led to the inclusion of both male and female students. First a school, then a college and now a university, which evolved into today’s institution, the administration has been taken over by lay partners met the Sisters’ goal as sponsor. “The Sisters of St. Francis continue in a

sponsorship role and we have members of our leadership team who sit on the board of trustees,” Sister Mary Jon reported. She cited the movement of Franciscan healthcare to a large Catholic healthcare management company as another example of the Sisters’ business vision. “We answer the call, we fill the need, then we find partners to hand off the facilities so we can find and fill other needs,” she explained. “We live the Gospel and do whatever it is that we are called to do. We take what we have and we build on that in keeping with our mission and values that have remained in place for the last 100 years. That legacy will always continue as we walk with one another and continue to form partnerships with those who share our mission. We are all in this together. We share the joy and spirit of one another.” She added, “Our legacy will continue as we keep our vision alive and become those shoulders for the next group to stand on.”

Danita Binkowski reacts in a scene called ‘The Good Stuff’ in ‘Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas’ that will be presented Dec. 9-11.

Tim Robinson engages the audience in a scene called ‘The Refrigerator and Confessions.’

Courtney Gilliland, Andrew Austin and Rachel Kerlin in a scene called ‘Wind-Up Toys,’ struggle to find the holiday spirit.

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BY MARY HELEN DARAH Keith Ramsdell, artistic director for Tree City Playhouse, is excited to bring the familyfriendly show, “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas,” based on the writings of Robert Fulgham, to the Toledo area. Author Fulghum has published seven best-selling books, with more than 16 million copies of his various works in print and published in 27 languages in 103 countries. Fulghum has also performed in two television adaptations of his work for PBS and was nominated for a Grammy for a spoken word production of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The production, consisting of a series of the author’s dramatic vignettes, will run Dec. 9-10 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m., at Church3TwentyOne, 5845 Centennial Rd. in Sylvania. Tree City Playhouse is a community theatre programming effort of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” was a popular holiday tradition at Lourdes University for several years. Keith Ramsdell is excited the show is once again going to kick off the holiday season. “It takes a funny, poignant and heart-warming look at the struggle to find the holiday spirit,” he stated. “It is a great way to begin the holiday and to remember the many reasons we have to be thankful.” For Ramsdell, “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” is very personal. “I can relate to the show since I have directed it several times,” he stated. “Members of the audience will find it funny and honest.” Ramsdell, who has a degree in theater from the University of Toledo, has taught Introduction to Theater at

Keith Ramsdell, artistic director for Tree City Playhouse, directs ‘Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas.’ the University of Toledo and Lourdes University as an adjunct instructor for the past 20 years. He has also been an advisor for the Lourdes Drama Society for nearly 10 years. He currently works full-time at BGSU in the Graduate College but maintains his passion for the theater. “Starting Tree City Playhouse and partnering with the Sylvania Arts Commission has allowed our team to continue the work we started at Lourdes University. “Uh-oh, Here Comes Christmas” meets our goal of providing family-friendly theater in our community.” Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or by calling 419/517-0118. They can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance.


An Evening with Bill Nye BY MARISA MERCURIO

Chants of “Bill! Bill! Bill!” rose throughout the auditorium at Stranahan Theater late on Nov. 17 as engineer and comedian Bill Nye took the stage. Widely known for his children’s show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” Nye remains as beloved as ever by millennials and their parents, evidenced by the lively audience who routinely cheered, laughed, and applauded the scientist. The event was held in conjunction with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Authors! Authors! program. Nye himself has written several books; his most recent, “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World,” is a New York Times bestseller. The book’s environmental topic was Nye’s favored subject at the event.


Nye’s crusade against climate change is well known. Informative and funny, he explained new technology on the environmental front, where he sees the future of our planet heading, and what individuals and communities can do to ensure the health and protection of future generations. Though not without political commentary, the Science Guy emphasized the importance of optimism. Without it, he stated, nothing would be achieved. After taking questions from young children to adults working in STEM fields themselves, Nye closed the night with a book signing. The crowd left buzzing, ready to take action. If perhaps the current environmental issues have had you concerned lately, Bill Nye’s hope and taste for action just might be the cure.

ADAI hosts mannequin challenge at assistance dog graduation

Susan Maziarz with her dog Franklin participate in the mannequin challenge.

Dogs for Achieving Assistance Independence, (ADAI) a program of The Ability Center, hosted its assistance dog graduation at The Pinnacle in Maumee on Nov. 18. Five dogs were matched with individuals with disabilities, and one dog is to be shared between Hartville and Lake Elementary schools as a school therapy dog. The mission of Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs.

Marisa Mercurio stops to talk with Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy.’

ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital Receives Excellence Award ProMedica Defiance Regional and Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital have been awarded the 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award® by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in Physician Engagement. Engagement is measured by surveys that physicians complete, providing responses evaluating appraisals of their work environment, experiences and attachment to the workplace. “When our physicians are satisfied and feel an attachment to their workplace environment, they feel motivated to provide an even higher level of quality care to our patients,” said Darrin Arquette, president of ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital. “Our physicians always put their patients first, and we’re very proud of their achievement and recognition.” “Our goal is to make certain our patients receive safe, high-quality care with excellent outcomes in an integrated and collaborative care model,” said Dawn Buskey, president of ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital. “Our excellent, highlyengaged physicians and outstanding care team make this possible each and every day.” The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top five percent of all Press Ganey clients for

each reporting period during the course of one year. “We are proud to partner with ProMedica,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “This award is a testament to the organization’s leadership in delivering patient-centered care. By achieving and sustaining this level of excellence, ProMedica continues to demonstrate their commitment to reducing patient suffering and advancing the overall quality of health care.”

A school therapy dog is a companion that belongs to every student in the school. They are trained to help students develop motor and physical skills through human-animal interaction and facilitate discipline, loyalty and responsibility. Dale Fordham from Fordham Footage filmed a mannequin challenge at the graduation that incorporated the service dogs and people with disabilities. This take on the social media trend is intended to be used as a representation of inclusion and to raise awareness about how assistance dogs impact people living with disabilities.



Sylvania First Church to hold free Christmas concert

Junior High School Billboard anti-heroin art contest launched

Junior high students in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan have the opportunity to enter their anti-heroin art designs in a contest to determine the ads that will be used in the 2017 “Help with Heroin” billboard campaign, according to Keith Walker, president of Walker Funeral Homes. The campaign begins in January in cooperation with Lamar Outdoor Advertising. Contest designs can be submitted through Dec. 19. Students in grades six through eight can submit their designs for a billboard. Each design must include the tagline and a call for help phone number, 419/213-6582. The contest is open to all junior high students or groups of students. Designs must make people aware of the dangers of heroin addiction. Cash awards will be given to the first, second and third place winners. Local community leaders will judge the contest. Decisions of the judges is final. All designs should be sent to: Heroin Design Contest, Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, Ohio. 43623. “Heroin abuse has grown to staggering proportions in northwest Ohio and while the general public is made aware of it through the media, no one can assess the true impact of the epidemic to the community. The way to get the word out is to make our young people aware about the dangers and destruction from heroin abuse. What better way than to include them in the process of making the public conscious of the issue and what community resources are available,” Walker said. “Our funeral homes have a responsibility

to do what we can to get the word out that assistance is a phone call away. By partnering with junior high students for the design contest, hopefully we are getting young people to recognize the dangers of opioid abuse earlier, helping them to make sound decisions about abstinence,” Walker pointed out. Help with Heroin pulls together mental health agencies, government partners and the media. The Alliance introduced a year-long campaign in 2016 that placed hard-hitting messages via strategically placed billboards, radio, print, television and a website, . The second campaign beginning in 2017 will seek to reach an addict driving in a car, listening to the radio, watching television or through print ads and billboard ads. The mission continues to be to get the word out about where to get help for those involved in addiction and to families who are seeking assistance and guidance through the addiction process.

Members of the First Apostolic Church, 5701 W. Sylvania Ave. provided gift baskets containing items for a complete Thanksgiving meal to 500 families in the Toledo Area on Nov. 20. The meals were sponsored in part by Meijer. This is the fourth year that First Apostolic Church has hosted this giveaway.

First Apostolic Church has been serving the Toledo community for over 78 years. Currently, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Kris Dillingham, service times are 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the main campus, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at their Smith Park campus at the Fredrick Douglass Center.

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Church members provide 500 dinners for Thanksgiving for the fourth year

Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St., will present Kerry Patrick Clark in concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Clark is a former New Christy Minstrel, a chart-topping folk, Americana and Christian musician, and a recording artist who appears on tour nationally. He is releasing his longanticipated eighth album, The Heart of Christmas, a poignant and heartwarming collection of mostly original songs with some new twists on favorite classics and even a live recording of his very own spoken word poetry. To be clear, love is the heart of Christmas, but Clark’s songs grapple with issues of war and loss alongside the Christian themes of

miracles and faith. He also pays homage to what might be the most treasured and reviled dessert in history: the fruitcake. And, as an added bonus for anyone who has not had the pleasure of experiencing Kerry perform live, he includes a humorous rant against holiday consumerism. The Heart of Christmas is just that: filled with heart. It makes room for a broad range of conflicting emotions and ultimately leads us back to the reason we celebrate: love. Sylvania First United Methodist Church is a United Methodist community serving with Christian love. For more information on Sylvania First’s mission and outreach programs, visit or call the church office at 419/882-2205.

Sylvania United Church of Christ will hold a “Blue Christmas” service Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. in the narthex of the church at 7240 Erie St. The holidays intensify feelings of warmth and love and excitement for many. They also intensify feelings of uncertainty, doubt, fear, depression, and sadness for many as well. Those dealing with the loss of a loved one, major health issues, depression, separation from family and friends, loss of a job, or

addictions of any sort often feel “blue,” especially at the holiday times. The Dec. 18 service will provide comfort, reassurance, support, and a sense of wholeness for participants. The service is open to people of all faiths or people with no particular faith. It is a service to which all people are warmly invited. Light refreshments and snacks will be served providing a time for informal conversation following the service.

St. Francis de Sales School continued its long-standing tradition of delivering Thanksgiving baskets to families in the community. The day started with an all school mass and blessing of the baskets on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the school gym. Immediately following mass, the students along with parent drivers loaded 60 baskets and delivered them out into the community. The delivery is a time to connect St. Francis students with those in need.. This has been an experience that each young man cherishes for years to come. Students collected non-perishables in their classrooms several weeks prior to delivery and perishables were added directly before delivery. Additional items are added to the community food bank for their winter needs.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to downtown Sylvania

When Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in downtown Sylvania on Dec. 4 as the main feature of the Festival of Lights parade, it will be with true joy, according to the jolly man himself better known as Santa Anthony. “We feel blessed to be asked to return this year after our first appearance last year at the Festival of Lights parade. That was a delightful experience and my wife, Susan, and I were thrilled to be a part of the festivities,” he recalled. “Miracle on

Main is a wonderful weekend and a great family event. We are so pleased to be returning,” he said. “On a practical note, I just want everyone who comes out to be sure to be sure to bundle up and wear warm clothing. I do not want anyone to get cold as they stand in line to talk with me at the Sylvania Historical Village’s train barn following the parade and the tree TO 19A

Miracle on Main launches holiday spirit in downtown Sylvania

Jennifer Ruple and her mother, Carol Alexander, created this ‘Sylvania AdVantage’ wreath for the Sylvania Historical Village’s ‘Deck the Halls for History.’

Snow Sisters Sing

The Snow Sisters, Taryn Wachowiak and Isabella Litzer star in the ‘Wish Upon a Star Princess Party,’ affiliated with the Peace Project and perform at events throughout the community. Taryn is a student at McCord Junior High School and Isabella is a Northview High School student.

Downtown will come alive with holiday spirit beginning Dec. 2 as the Miracle on Main Street weekend will be launched with the Red Bird First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8-plus p.m. A variety of artists will exhibit their work in participating downtown shops along with a pop-up gallery in Kevin Charles Hair Artistry. The Art Walk continues on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, many of the downtown business owners will vie for the best dressed shop windows in the “Spirit of the Season” contest for Christmas displays. Participating businesses will have paper ballots available, which can be placed in the Snowman ballot bucket in front of the Sylvania AdVantage office, 5655 N. Main St. or shoppers can “like” their favorite decor on the Downtown Sylvania Association’s Facebook page. The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce will have a warming tent on Maplewood Avenue between Main and Summit streets throughout the weekend event. The tent will be decorated by Hafner Florist and is sponsored by Vin Devers Autohaus of Sylvania, Edward Jones, Modern Data, Meijer and Reeb Funeral Home. Adult beverages will be available for purchase on Friday evening and there will be live music and movies from 5 to 10 p.m. The Art Walk continues on Saturday. In the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce’s warming tent, there will be family crafts, a hot cocoa bar sponsored by Metamora State Bank and a popcorn bar by GenoaBank so participants will be able to have drinks and eat watching the kid-appropriate movies The staff from Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center will have child-friendly crafts and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be cookie decorating thanks to The Next Sweet Thing Bakery. Olaf from “Frozen” and Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall will also be on hand for children’s enjoyment. There will be face painting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kevin Charles Hair Artistry, 5633 N. Main St., and ornament making from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beautiful Blooms by Jen, 5646 Summit St. TO 19A

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Gail Stansley makes sure the new signage is straight on the front windows of Chandler Café. The new sign encourages patrons to ‘Eat, Sip, Chat,’ the café’s motto.

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Downtown Sylvania Association members host ‘Fashionably Main’

Dani Fuller, creative art director at River Centre Gallery, and David Garner, PhD, founder and president of River Centre Foundation, visit at ‘Fashionably Main’ which was held at the gallery on Nov. 10.

Kyle Talkington visits with Alana Hatcher before he hit the runway as a model for V Collection, located in Downtown Sylvania, at the event sponsored by the Downtown Sylvania Association.

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L-R: Store participants in the fashion event include Dani Fuller of River Centre Gallery, Jonathan Rodebaugh of V Collection, Lisa Rosen of Etcetera Clothing, and Tessa Mossing of TK Lanes Boutique.

Marlon Hopgood models clothing from V Collection, Deborah Dolin wears an outfit from Etcetera, and Taylor Putsch styles in the latest fashion from Etcetera, are ready to strut their stuff at ‘Fashionable Main.’

Scott, Michael, Erin and Madison Stampflmeier make the evening a family affair and enjoy the event with JoAnn Hymore.

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River Centre Gallery Creative Art Director Dani Fuller and River Centre Foundation President David Garner, Ph.D., talk about the generosity of Doug Glover of Redline Brewing Company. He is donating the proceeds from his specialty beer, Demon Killer, to the River Centre Foundation in appreciation of the success his wife experienced at the River Centre Clinic. Doug Glover of Redline Brewing Co. in Burto a former patient who battled eating disorders ton, Mich., wanted to find a way to give back to and now celebrates recovery, and is in apprecithe River Centre Clinic in gratitude for his wife’s ation of her husband’s and her generous suprecovery. He came up with a specialty line port. poppy seed ale appropriately called Demon The River Centre Foundation is a not-forKiller, whose flavors change depending on the profit organization formed in 2001 to advance season. He donates the proceeds of each sale to education, prevention, research, and treatment the River Centre Foundation. of eating disorders and to promote transformaThe River Centre Gallery hosted the introtional personal meaning and self-acceptance duction of Demon Killer, sporting a label dethrough the creative arts. The foundation supsigned by Dani Fuller, the gallery’s creative art ports the River Centre Clinic, 5465 S. Main St., director. It was available for guests to sample at a specialized and cost-effective treatment center a recent First Friday Red Bird Art Walk. “It was for individuals suffering from eating disorders. wonderful to see people enjoying the art in the The River Centre Gallery, 5679 N. Main St., gallery, holding conversations and tasting the which is owned by the River Centre FoundaDemon Killer that was on tap for the evening,” tion, offers local, regional and national art and noted David Garner, Ph.D., president of the an array of gifts. Its mission is to exhibit and sell River Centre Foundation. “And more than the fine art by locally and nationally recognized fun of the evening, having Demon Killer in the artists and promote artistic self-expression on a gallery also pointed out the importance of this community level. “Art can be healing, art can reas an ongoing funding source for the River Cenflect inner pain, art can be the ultimate exprestre Foundation allowing it to carryout its mission of joy and enlightenment,” gallery director sion.” Fuller noted. He added, “Also, it is heartwarming to see “The gallery provides a positive environment someone give back and pay it forward to an orto display creativity and expression, making this ganization that has made a dramatic impact on a complement to the clinic,” Garner added. his family. This underscores the importance of “We began with a psychiatric setting restorthe mission of the foundation.” ing patients to become functional; however, we The River Centre Clinic, under Garner’s recognized that patients thrive only if they feel Leadership, established a $5,000 scholarship for truly fulfilled through developing a higher sense needy patients to be awarded up to four times a of meaning in their lives. We see the creative arts year in appreciation for Redline Brewing Comas a common bridge from uncommon experipany’s generosity. ence stories to transformational personal mean“Treatment is very expensive and this scholing. We became interested in how art tells a story arship has been designed to provide treatment of the artists’ experiences, and their vision on that is needed when resources have been dethe journey toward finding meaning in their pleted,” Garner stated. “It is tragic when a palives. This message can be brought to those tient cannot complete his or her path to searching for meaning whether they begin in recovery.” the depths of depression or the peaks of creative Called the Kally Scholarship, it is dedicated ecstasy,” noted Garner.


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Sylvania–Then and Now: 5753 North Main Street BY GAYLEEN GINDY LOOKING BACK

As we continue to move south on Main Street the next property on our historical tour is a multiple-family residential home, which is currently owned under the name of Kermet LLC. Lucas County records show that the house was constructed in 1870. In the 1870 census, Joseph Warren, age 33, and wife Ann, 27, were living here with their two sons Elmer, seven years old and Arba, six years old. Joseph’s occupation was listed as a cooper. The value of his real estate was marked as $1,000. He is listed owning this home until 1881. The next available census from 1880 makes it impossible to determine who was living in this house because as of this early date they were not using addresses yet. The owner of the property, Joseph Warren, was not listed living in Sylvania at this time, so going by the known residents listed as living on Division Street (Main Street), in this area it appears that L. A. Wright, age 28 years, working as a druggist, was renting the house with wife Naamah, age 28, and their son Arthur, 4. Dallas Hank, 24, was listed as a boarder. We are unable to review the 1890 census because it was destroyed by a fire in 1922 and is not available. By the 1900 census, Joseph Hittler, Jr. owned the house, and he and wife Rose were living here. He was 35 years old and working as a blacksmith, and is listed as owning the house, with a mortgage. Rose was 31 years old and they had been married for nine years. Living at home were daughter Bertha, age 8, son Bernard, 1 year, and son Cyril, 11 months. As of the 1910 census, Joseph Hittler was still living here, now 45 years old and listed as a carpenter-contractor. He now owned the house free of mortgage. His first wife, Rose, had died in 1902 and he was married to his second wife Emma Marie Schoen, who was 40 years old. Living at home was daughter Bertha, 18 years old, son Bernard, 12 years old, son Cyril, 10 years old, and son Raymond, 9 years old. Also living with them was his father, Joseph Hittler, Sr., 74 years old, and his mother, Tracey, 73 years old. In 1916, Hittler sold the home to Charles J. Kimbell but the 1920 census indicates that Mary E. Kimbell was living here, and owned this house free of mortgage. She was 68 years old, a widow, and her occupation was “none.” Also living in the house was her son Charles J. Kimbell, the official owner of record. He was 49 years old, single, and working in retail groceries. Living with them was Catherine L. Baker, listed as a servant, 19 years old. Mary E. Kimbell was also the mother of Mrs. Uriah Cooke, Sylvania’s well-known medical doctor for over 40 years. Charles Kimbell was Mrs. Cooke’s brother.



2016 In 1930, when the census was taken, Charles watchman for the Village of Sylvania. She was J. Kimbell still owned the house and was living 28 years old and working as a sales lady at a dethere. He was 59 years old and listed as a meat partment store. cutter in a grocery store. He had married for the In 1943, Mrs. Kimbell sold this house to first time, two years earlier, to Mae Carl, age 52 Charles and Marguerite Chappelear. He was the years old. In this census, he is listed as owning contractor who constructed the post office the home, now valued at $8,000. Also living in building across the street, among other buildthe house was Mae’s son, Alfred C. Carl, 23 years ings in Sylvania. They only owned the house for old, and listed working as a bookkeeper at a cartwo years before selling to Lorentz and Mary buretor company. Kimbell obtained a building (Kos) Seitz. They were the original owners of permit in 1930 to construct a two-car garage. Seitz Bakery in downtown Sylvania, and lived at Kimbell died in 1939. 6820 Erie St. They rented this Main Street buildOn April 25, 1939, Mrs. Charles Kimbell reing out the entire time they owned the house ceived a building permit allowing her to have a from 1945 through 1977. frame chicken coop on the property torn down. Sometime between 1940 and 1957 the strucBy the 1940 census, Etta Mae Kimbell, the ture was converted into three individual living widow of Charles, is listed as the owner of the units. The first available Polk suburban direchouse. She was 61 years old, widowed and living tory, published in 1957, listed the following livon the upper floor, with a lodger living with her ing in the three units: No. 1 – Mrs. Fern Borglin; by the name of Marie K. Huff. Marie was 41 No. 2 – William B. McKinley, Jr.; No. 3 – Clyde years old, single, and working as a librarian at Cook. Space does not permit me to list the rentthe Sylvania Public Library. Mrs. Kimbell was ing occupants in the years that followed. renting out the lower floor to her son and In 1993, Eugene Paul was granted a building daughter-in-law, Alfred and Elizabeth Carl. He permit to build a three-car garage at the rear of was 33 years old and working as the night the property.


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Fires / Fire Department – continued History of the Sylvania Township Fire Department from 1932 through 2013. Roster of Sylvania volunteer firemen from 1931 through 2013 in date order. Roster of paid fire department employees from 1931 through 2013 in date order.


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A Sylvania Star: The Olander Parks to offer membership program

A view of the lake at Olander Park. New in 2017 will be the opportunity to become a member of The Olander Park System. Thanks to the recent action by the TOPS board of directors, Sylvania residents along with those living outside the city, will be able to support the seven TOPS’ parks and enjoy several additional benefits. “Another advantage of this new program is to provide those living outside of Sylvania

who use the parks, the ability to contribute more significantly than they could before,” noted Erika Buri, TOPS executive director. She said that the parks system serves residents in the Sylvania School District, which includes approximately 22,000 households in the city of Sylvania, Sylvania Township and four districts in Toledo. “Currently, those residents have free access


to the parks and programs,” she explained. “However, we will be experiencing a budget shortfall in 2017 and will have to charge a fee for many of our programs. Members will receive discounts on these fees. Up to now, nonresidents also had to pay a fee for admission to the park. As members, they will have free access.” According to the executive director, the new membership program is based on other Ohio park district’s member programs. There is an individual membership for $25 and a family membership for $40. Benefits include free admission for nonresidents and discounted program fees. The “Pathfinder,” The Olander Parks System’s newsletter, will be printed and mailed twice a year and will also be distributed digitally. Supporters category is $100 and includes membership benefits along with an invitation to members-only programs. Advocates who pay $250 receive all membership benefits and program invitations along with having their name engraved on the Giving Tree in the Nederhouser Community hall. The Trustee level is for $500 contributors and, in addition to the membership benefits,

also includes a discounted rental rate for an open air shelter and an invitation to an annual member appreciation event. Those wishing to donate $1,000, placing them in the Director’s Circle, will receive all of the above membership benefits along with participation in a Citizen Stakeholders’ Group and lunch with the director. “This program allows the park district to recoup some losses due to the budget shortfall and also gives the community a way to help,” Buri said. “We are facing a $600,000 budget deficit but we are hopeful that this is a short-term challenge. By passing a levy in 2017, we will return to normal in 2018.” At that point, the membership program would continue to benefit the park district or could be the basis for establishing a not-forprofit organization or a foundation. This group could apply for grants and create partnerships that TOPS, as a government entity, cannot pursue. The Olander Park System is a 1545 Park District funded through a tax levy voted on every five years. TOPS has a zero sum budget contingent on its millage. The focus of The Olander Park System is recreation, education and natural resources.

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GenoaBank employees Michelle Quilter, Joan Hany, Devon Shirey, Staci McDaniel, Angie Day and Joyce Harrison. GenoaBank, a locally owned, independent, community bank, recently participated along with The Ohio State University and Life Skills Academy in the ‘Real Money. Real World’ financial literacy program. ‘Real Money. Real World.’ is an interactive budget simulation program that aims to prepare students for their financial futures by assigning them spouses and children, occupations and a monthly salary which the students must manage to provide for their families. Students are then given various financial obligations similar to those they will face as adults, requiring tough decisions and encouraging thoughtful discussion on how best to prioritize financial responsibilities. “GenoaBank strongly believes in the importance of financial wellness and, our bank employees were able to provide their experience and overall banking knowledge to the students to help them make them make sound financial decisions,” stated Michelle Quilter, GenoaBank Branch Manager. “Financial literacy education is crucial in preparing students as they begin the next chapter of their lives,” added Marty Sutter, President and CEO of GenoaBank. “It is imperative that these young people understand that what they earn is not necessarily what they will get in their paycheck once deductions are taken out. This is where financial literacy is so important in developing an informed citizenry.” Recent legislation requires financial literacy to be taught in area schools. For more information on these resources visit



Fieldstone Villas offer maintenance-free living, sense of community “We are offering a wonderful lifestyle,” promised Fieldstone Senior Villa Advisor Felice Wolff. “We offer maintenance-free living in upscale villas on the Sunset Village campus complete with all appliances.” According to Wolff, of the 12 villas completed in the first phase of the development, eight are occupied to date. The first residents moved in Sept. 28. “We have a great group of people who have moved here from all over the area who are enjoying the sense of community here,” she added. That sense of community is enhanced by a myriad of activities in which residents can participate. “We’re selecting plays at the Stranahan Theater for next year. We will be decorating a tree on Dec. 2, and residents can personalize ornaments for it. We also plan to have the Sunset Woodlands chef offer a cooking for two demonstration. We had a chef prepare sandwiches and soup for National Sandwich Day, and some of us went trick-or-treating at Sunset Village. We are planning trips to places of interest. We do a lot of fun things here,” Wolff said. Construction began October 2015 on the villas, which range in size from 1,300 square feet to 1,800 square feet with six different floor plans. Construction on the clubhouse is planned. That facility will include a bistro, exercise areas for classes and equipment, and many additional amenities. The Fieldstone Villas on the grounds of Sun-

set Village are part of its life-planned community. The villas provide an independent living community for those age 65 and older. When residents require a higher level of care, they have guaranteed access to assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care with skilled nursing and memory care. “We found there was a need for offering this kind of life plan community. Once you are living in our community, you have access to everything offered at Sunset Village should you need it. And, if you outlive your financial resources, you are never asked to leave the Sunset Village thanks to its nonprofit status.” The nonprofit Sunset Retirement Communities has a long history in the area, tracing its roots back to 1871 when The Women’s Christian Association of Toledo, under the leadership of President Harriet May Barlow, established the Home for Friendless Women, which was renamed The Old Ladies Home of Toledo in 1889. The organization was relocated to Indian Road in 1930 following a building campaign. During the 1940s, the name “Sunset House” was coined by residents who were happily living in the “sunset” of their lives. Sunset House remained an all-female residence until 2000 when the first male resident and the first couples were welcomed to the facility. It was during this time that the facility was expanded to include the Woodlands on the Indian Road campus and

Ribbon cut to open Board & Brush

Sylvania Town Crier Mike Lieber, right, looks on as Lindsay Camargo of Board & Brush Creative Studio cuts the ribbon to open her business. Lindsay Camargo officially opened Board & Brush Creative Studio at 6725 W. Central Ave. in the St. James Shopping Plaza on Nov. 17. She leased the 1,500-square-foot retail space from Eidi Properties. “This is an ideal location for my studio. It is close to the highway and convenient for people from all over northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. There is also lots of parking and several restaurants in the plaza for those who may want to include lunch or din-

ner as part of their experience,” she said. According to Camargo, guests sign up online for a workshop and indicate which item they wish to make in their two-and-a-half-tothree-hour session. When they arrive for their scheduled workshop, all the materials needed to make the desired items are ready to go. “Step-by-step instructions are provided so everyone, regardless of skill level, is able to complete his or her desired project,” she said. “The possibilities are endless. Guests can choose to make holiday-themed signs or signs for specific rooms in their homes.” In addition to signs, guests can also make wooden herb boxes, flowerpots, and organizer chalkboards, to name a few other projects. “Each workshop is a fun-filled event in a positive environment. This is a place where people can be creative, have a great time and take home a piece to enjoy.” Camargo said the studio can be used for birthday parties, showers, corporate team building events and more. Camargo learned of the company when she spent an evening making a sign out of wood at a Board & Brush Creative Studio out of state. “It was so much fun to do I knew right then that this was something I wanted to bring back to Sylvania.”

Black Friday Cash Given Away

Hires Dental Care Insurance Coordinator Kim Mauck was found at Target on Monroe Street by Andrea and Alex Hammer during the Hires’ Black Friday Cash Giveaway.

Hires Dental Assistant Victoria Cook gave out $50 to Ashlie Goff at Walmart on Central Avenue during the fifth annual event as a way for the Hires practice to give back.

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Advance Advertising LLC relocates to Centennial Road

‘Kick-Off to the Cook-Off’ Held

Shawn Murphy The Polska Pryba team: Stan aka Stosh, Debbie, Allison, Jeremy and Garett Pryba came in first at the April 23 Kielbasa Cook-Off. In addition to the family kielbasa, the Prybas also served their own pierogi at the Nov. 12 ‘Kick-Off to the Cook-Off’ held in the Christian Life Center at Olivet Lutheran Church.

Advance Advertising Ltd, a local promotional marketing company, is celebrating 70 years in business and is moving from its office at S. Detroit Avenue to a new office and showroom at 2948 Centennial Rd. “Over the last 68 years, Advance Advertising has continually grown and changed. I am excited about our new location. It will give our customers even more access to viewing the many lines we offer, and it will grant us greater space for our growing sales team,” said Shawn

Murphy, owner Advance Advertising Ltd. Murphy is the third-generation owner of Advance Advertising, a company founded by his grandparents in 1949. Upon retirement, his grandparents sold the company to their nephew James Langendorfer, who owned and operated the company until 2013, selling the company at that time to Murphy, a Sylvania resident. Advance Advertising Ltd. is a promotional marketing company, specializing in the sale of custom-branded marketing items such as pens, drink ware, trade show items, signs and banners, and a wide range of embroidered and screen printed apparel for businesses, nonprofits and schools. Murphy and his staff work with clients throughout Ohio and West Virginia. The move is scheduled for the beginning of December.

Volunteers needed for Mobile Meals

Mike Hofer, Robin, Ron and Scott Smith of Dziadzia and Busia’s Old Fashioned Kielbasa and a Kielbasa Cook-Off winner, talk with one of the event organizers Jack Sparagowski. Money raised goes to fund the annual Polish-American Community of Toledo scholarship competition and the capital campaign for development of Polish Cultural Center in the Toledo area.

Matt Pietscher with Adam and Nicole Michalski of Michalski’s Special Recipe served their family pierogi in addition to mashed potatoes, gravy, kapusta (sweet & sour cabbage), mizeria (cucumbers in dill sauce), placek, (coffee cake) and paczki. Guests attending ‘Kick-Off to the Cook-Off’ could order homemade kielbasa from the three families for the holidays.

Corporate Care volunteers from Signature Bank NA Dan Miller and Chase Nelson pick up their bags to be delivered. Mobile Meals is looking for volunteers to contribute their time at lunch to deliver meals. All pick-up site locations are in need of meal delivery volunteers and/or substitutes. Pick-up site locations are: Mercy Campus (downtown on Jefferson Avenue), Mercy St. Charles (Wheeling & Navarre), Medical Mutual (Monroe Street near Talmadge), Great Lakes Light & Sound (Hill Avenue & Arco Drive), GFS (Alexis Road near Lewis) and St. Luke’s Hospital (Maumee). Without the help of volunteers, Mobile Meals would be unable to deliver to over 500 clients per day. Volunteers allow Mobile Meals to provide clients with nutritious meals and to assist them in maintaining their independence. Mobile Meals of Toledo is a nonprofit that provides home delivered meals to the elderly, ill, disabled and homebound in the Toledo area. In

2015, dedicated volunteers delivered over 326,000 meals to Mobile Meals’ clients. The saying, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give,” by Winston Churchill, sums up the attitude of Mobile Meals volunteers. Contact Mobile Meals at 419/255-7806 or email to to find out how you can get involved.

Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund receives top rating

The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund has been named a “2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students to attend a private school or for home schooling in one of 19 northwest Ohio Counties including Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot. Using the fund allows parents to send their child to a school of their choice. “We are honored to be named once again a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Ann Riddle, Executive Director, Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including serving 67 partner schools in 19 different counties with 614 students in the program.” The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients.



Wingate Hotel wins excellence awards; adds fitness center

Lea MacLaren displays the two new awards that were given to the Wingate Hotel in September.

Sylvania’s Wingate by Wyndham Hotel was named “Best of the Best” and “Hotel Quality of the Year” at the Wyndham Worldwide Global Conference held in September. The hotel is in the top 15 of the 150 hotels in the Wingate brand group. “It was very exciting to come back with these three awards,” hotel manager Lea MacLaren said. The Quality Award is based on Condition/Cleanliness Scores by the brand, highest guest service scores from travelers and being a top enroller in the Wyndham rewards loyalty program. In addition to the hotel awards, MacLaren’s housekeeping staff of 15 won a companywide contest for Housekeeping Week. Each member of the staff will receive a $50 gift card for the honor and a dessert party sponsored by Wyndham.

New Fitness Center

“We finished renovating the hotel last year and wanted to add updates to the fitness center for our guests,” MacLaren stated. She said the room adjacent to the lobby was updated to accommodate all new Precor equipment, including a treadmill, stationery bike and an elliptical machine along with a Nautilus weight machine and a full complement of

free weights. Guests can use the equipment 24 hours a day on a first-come basis. An adjoining room, also recently renovated, can be used for floor exercises or yoga with floor mats, with weighted exercise balls and stability balls provided. “We can also use the room for group functions and other purposes to suit our guest needs,” MacLaren said.


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Wingate general manager Lea MacLaren tries out the new equipment recently installed in the hotel’s fitness center.

Santa comes to town


lighting ceremony in Maplewood Park,” he said. Santa Anthony and Mrs. Claus will return to Angela’s Angels on Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. to talk with children and be available for photographs. Santa, aka Anthony Perzynski, credits Angela Christensen of Angela’s Angels with recommending him and Mrs. Claus to Downtown Sylvania Association’s Miracle on Main chairwoman Connie Torrey. He was excited to bring Christmas joy to Sylvania in its first Festival of Lights parade last year. The Perzynskis also introduced their Santa and Mrs. Claus to Angela’s Angels customers and their children during the last Christmas season. “Angie has known us for some time,” he pointed out. “Actually, Angie encouraged me to become Santa a few years ago. I had been a physical therapist at Flower Hospital until I was involved in a traffic accident in 2013 that

changed my life. After recovering from my injuries, I was unable to return to work and needed something positive to focus on. I remembered that Susan had given me a Santa suit shortly after we were married and as jolly old Saint Nick, I won the Christmas decorating contest in our apartment complex that year. He recounted, “I also happened to run across a writing I did 11 years ago explaining the ‘idea of Santa’ for our son David when he was just five years old. Coincidentally, Angie talked with me about becoming Santa and reminded me how I might feel in 20 years if I didn’t give this a shot.” With all of those encouraging signs, Perzynski realized this was something he could do. In 2014, he became an official, certified Santa at the St. Nicholas Institute in Livonia, Mich., and has been bringing joy ever since. His mantra for all is, “Open up your heart and allow the light and love of Christmas to come in.”

Deck the Halls for History, featuring a variety of holiday and winter-themed decorations and gift baskets, will be on display and available for auction bids from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Sylvania Historical Village. On Sunday, the Sylvania Historical Village will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring staff in pioneer dress along with children’s activities, live music and even a blacksmith demonstration. New this year is the Miracle on Main 5K run scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. with a “Santa’s Little Helper Kid Dash” at 5:30 p.m. The run starts at Maplewood Avenue and Main Street. Runners will head south past St. Joseph’s, west past Lourdes University, north past Northview High School, west to Erie Street, east to Main Street, to the parade route-filled finish in downtown Sylvania. Run Toledo will handle the race.

Funds from the race will benefit Olander Park. To register for the run visit The Festival of Lights Parade starts Sunday at 6 p.m. and will feature Melissa Andrews of WTOL TV11 on the podium to introduce each of the parade participants including Santa and Mrs. Claus. The jolly couple will lead the way to the lighting of the Christmas tree in Maplewood Park. Then they will head to the Sylvania Historical Village to talk with boys and girls from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Village Depot. To register for the parade visit 2016/10/2016-festival-of-lights-form51.pdf. Miracle on Main is sponsored by Dave White Chevrolet. The event is a collaboration with the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Sylvania Association and the Sylvania Historical Village.

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Sugar and spice; holiday cookies from around the world

Gr’raybeh, Lebanese Butter Cookies Everyone has their favorites. Whether your holiday cookie repertoire comes from cherished family recipes or from friends during a cookie swap, here are a handful from around the world worth adding to your list. Biscochitos Officially dedicated as New Mexico’s state cookie in 1989, biscochitos are typically made at Christmas. Their unique flavor comes from anise seed and brandy.

and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to cooling racks. When completely cooled, place in airtight containers or freeze. (Recipe adapted from Santa Fe School of Cooking, Celebrating the Foods of New Mexico, Gibbs Smith, 2015)

Yield: 4 dozen 1 pound butter at room temperature 2 cups corn oil 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 cup orange juice 3 tablespoons whiskey/ouzo 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 9-11 cups flour Biscochitos, New Mexico’s state cookie Gh’raybeh These rich and delicious Lebanese butter cookies will melt in your mouth. Be sure to let them rest on the cookie sheet for a few hours before removing, otherwise they may fall apart.

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Yield: approximately 30 cookies 1 cup firm rendered butter aka ghee 1 cup bakers sugar ½ teaspoon baking powder 2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons flour Blanched slivered almonds With a wire whip of a standing mixer, whip butter until fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Mix the baking powder and bakers sugar together and gradually add to whipped butter until fluffy and airy. Replace wire whip with a beater attachment, and gradually add the flour until very smooth. Do not over mix. With an ice cream scoop, scoop a small amount into your hands. Mold the dough into a ball about the size of a large walnut. Place on clean baking sheet. Place a blanched slivered almond on top center of cookie. If mixture becomes too warm, place in refrigerator for a few minutes. If cookie dough is too soft, it will result in a messy looking cookie. When finished with molding the dough, place cookies in refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Cookies must be firm. While cookies are cooling in refrigerator, preheat oven to 210 F. Place baking sheet on rack in middle of the oven. Bake for 2 hours making sure the cookie remains white. Let cookies cool completely on cookie sheet before removing (at least 2 -3 hours) otherwise they will fall apart. (Recipe from Corinne Cassis, Sitto’s Bakery) Finikia After baking, these traditional Greek holiday cookies are soaked in honey and then rolled in a mixture of cinnamon, sugar and ground walnuts.

Yield: 5 dozen 2 cups sugar, divided 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 cups lard or vegetable shortening 2 eggs 2 teaspoons anise seeds, toasted ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 6 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup brandy Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheets. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Cream lard until fluffy. Add remaining 1½ cups sugar, eggs, and anise seeds and beat until well incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Combine with shortening mixture. Add brandy and mix thoroughly. On a well-floured surface, roll dough out to about ¼ inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Sprinkle cookies with cinnamon-sugar mixture


Syrup 5 cups sugar 1 ½ cups honey 4 cups water Topping 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped 1-2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine butter, oil and sugar and blend well. Add eggs, orange juice, and whiskey and beat on medium speed 3-4 minutes. Combine baking soda, baking powder, and 2 cups flour and add to mixture. Continue to add flour 1 cup at a time.

Form cookies into 2” football shapes. With a fork, pierce cookies several times. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool cookies and soak in syrup 15 minutes. While still wet, roll in topping mixture. Cover and stand 1 hour. (Recipe from Jami Arvanitis) Kourabiethes Light and buttery Greek shortbread cookies are coated in powdered sugar and made for Christmas and special occasions. Yield: 4 dozen 1 ½ pounds butter, softened 1 pound confectioners sugar 5 ½ - 6 cups sifted flour Heat oven to 350 F. Cream butter on low speed about 10 minutes and then on medium speed about 10 minutes. Sift ¼ cup confectioners sugar into mixture. Add flour until mixture thickens. Roll into 1 ounce balls and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes. While still warm, sift with confectioners sugar. (Recipe from Jami Arvanitis) Coconut Madeleines The iconic shell-shaped French madeleines are more of a buttery sponge-like cake rather than a cookie and are a wonderful treat to dip in tea or hot cocoa. Yield: 2 dozen 1 ½ tablespoons melted butter, to grease pans 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 2 ⁄3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup cornstarch ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 ⁄3 cup sweetened shredded coconut Confectioners sugar Heat oven to 375 F. Grease and flour madeleine pans. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light yellow and fluffy. Add butter and mix. Sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt, and stir into batter. Stir in coconut. With a soup spoon, drop the batter into pans, filling each shell almost full. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they spring back when pressed. Tap the madeleines out onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper and allow to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. (Adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris, Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2004)


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Standing, L-R: Beverly Bender of Bizzy B's Embroidery and Jan Rife; Seated, L-R: Stacey Rife and Bonnie Rashleigh, both of Rick's Wood & Wire, visit with shoppers during the 'Winter Craft Show' held at ProMedica Flower Hospital.

Aaron Nieschitz and Emily Pierce hope their items for sale, at the event held on Nov. 11, will keep craft shoppers warm and toasty during the cold winter months. –by Mary Helen Darah

Central Travel Coat Drive Underway

Tammy Gorr of Central Travel in the Promenade Shoppes is collecting coats for charity for the sixth year.



St. Elias holds 36th Annual Dinner/Art Show

L-R: Amira Darah, Elaina Kfouf, Khawla Shiddyak, Joanne Nassar, Juhaina Antypas and Marie Barakat, members of the St. Elias Ladies Society are ready to serve the Middle Eastern food they prepared for a luncheon held on Nov. 10.

Corinne Cassis of Sitto’s Bakery displays her homemade cookies, pies and herb mixes at the annual luncheon.

Charlotte and Sara Klocinski enjoy their lunch plate of falafel, baked kibbe, hummus and green beans. —by Jennifer Ruple

Police, Security Officers Serve Lunch, Not Tickets!

Dillon Blasingim and Will Alexander were served meals by members of the Sylvania Police Department and the ProMedica security staff, L-R: Sylvania Police Captain Rick Schnorr, Officer Kevin Pooley, ProMedica Flower Security Officer Joe McDonald, Sylvania Police Sgt. Justin Music, Sylvania Area Family Services Executive Director Anita Sanchez-Serda, ProMedica Flower Hospital Security Lieutenant Keith VanSickle, ProMedica Flower Security Manager Jim Collins and Officer Asa Pooley served meatloaf, cole slaw, green beans and chocolate cake provided by the ProMedica Flower kitchen staff on Thursday, Nov. 17 for nearly 70 individuals at Sylvania Area Family Services. According to Collins, ProMedica Flower Hospital collaborates with SAFS twice a month providing a lunch and a dinner. Different hospital departments volunteer to serve the provided meals to those people who are in need of assistance.

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December 1 - 12, 2016 • Vol. 21, No. 16 •

Local First Lego League Team wins first place ‘Grand Champions’ award Game with a score of 106. This comeback helped them to win the first place overall “Grand Champions” award. This season, the I-BOTS discovered that one of the top 10 reasons that pets end up in animal shelters is because of human allergies. They were inspired to help solve this problem and help give more pets a “Forever Home” and allergy sufferers the opportunity to successfully live with a pet. For their project, they created a unique and innovative “Air Quality and Pet Care System” to make this happen. They used a specialized device to measure the allergens in the air by parts per million and then give the family with the allergy sufferer a brochure which includes “helpful tips” to help reduce the allergens in their home. The I-BOTS have partnered with the PET Bull Project of Toledo to help them identify families to test their system and to help the allergy sufferer foster a pet. Once the pet is placed in the home, the IBOTS refer the family to the brochure for

more “helpful tips” on how to take care of the pet to keep down the allergens on the pet itself. The team then tests the air in the home again to see if the allergens are low in the home and determine if the allergy sufferer can live with the dog or cat with little to no allergic response. If all goes well, the family will be able to give the pet a “Forever Home.” The team has already successfully tested this in one home and the Pet Bull Project is already in the process of identifying other families they can help. The I-BOTS, along with the Pet Bull Project, hope to help many others with this “Air Quality and Pet Care System” and help many other allergy sufferers to have a pet and lower the number of pets placed in animal shelters. FIRST Lego League is an international program for 9 to 16 year old children created in 1998 to get children excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

L-R: Catherine Thie, age 11 and Joshua Lovitt, age 11, Central Trail Elementary, Sean Wolfe, age 12, Arbor Hills Junior High: Adam Wolfe, age 10, Whiteford Elementary, Leo Chow, age 9, Central Trail Elementary Reese Krell, age 11, Central Trail Elementary, hoist their winning trophy.


A local First Lego League Team, the IBOTS won the coveted first place “Grand Champions” award at the Versailles Regional Tournament held at Versailles High School on Saturday, Nov. 19. As stated by the Masters of Ceremonies, “This team exemplifies all the qualities of FLL.” The team members all represent Sylvania Schools. They include Adam Wolfe, Whiteford, Sean Wolfe, Arbor Hills, Joshua Lovitt, Leo Chow, Catherine Thie, and Reese Krell, Central Trail. The team received the first place “Grand Champions” award and medallions to commemorate their achievement. They were also recognized for their superior Gracious Professionalism with special bands. They earned the opportunity to compete at the District Tournament on Jan.14 held at Bowling Green State University. The team meets at the home of Estel and Jody Lovitt, who are the I-BOTS coaches. In early fall every year, FLL releases a new challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. This year’s challenge, Animal Allies, focuses on a solution for a problem that exists between human and animal interactions. Each challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core

Values. Teams participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a real-world problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. The I-BOTS created an innovative solution regarding pets living with people with allergies, which is definitely a real-world problem. The IBOTS designed, built and programmed an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technologies to perform programmed missions based on the Animal Allies theme. After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates with highenergy, sports-like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams create their individual identity and travel to compete against other teams. Even though they are in competition with other teams, they demonstrate gracious professionalism by sharing knowledge and solutions with the other competing teams. The Robot Design and Programming judges said that the I-BOTS had the best programming and documentation. The team had a rough start on the game table and was in last place after their second run. After tweaking their programs, their third run put them in third place in the Robot

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SUA STEM team wins Lexus Eco Challenge

L-R: Abbi Pool, Bridgette Dona, Nisha Luke and Josiah Allison, all seniors at Southview, are ready to hit the stage with 80 other classmates in CougaReview ‘CougaRedemption.’

Southview student and director of ‘CougaRedemption,’ Taylor Spurgeon-Hess, visits with CougaReview advisor Cheryl Rothschild before the show held Nov. 17-19.

‘CougaRedemption’ Featured at SV

CougaReview host Brigham Steiger, a sophomore at Southview High School, welcomes guests to the annual studentwritten and directed production.

Southview High School student, Annabel Steenrod, gives a bit of attitude during the production that was held Nov.17-19. —by Mary Helen Darah

L-R: St. Ursula STEM team members Alexa Carlozzi, Hannah Haselhuhn, Sara Taite-Trail, Nuurah Parsons, Club Moderator Mrs. Jackie Kane, Sarah Brown, Maddie Kramer and Kate Burzynski celebrate their achievement.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) club members at St. Ursula received good news Nov. 14 when they learned they were selected as a winner in the Lexus Eco Challenge 1 Water and Land. Their ‘Save the Soil’ project was one of 16 high school projects selected nationwide, two of them from the Midwest, including the SUA project. The prize is the recognition and a $10,000 award, 70 percent of which will be divided among the seven team members for scholarships. The balance will go to the school for further STEM activities. The Lexus Eco Challenge called on student teams to tackle environmental issues related to land, water, air, and climate. They were asked to create practical solutions while

competing for amazing prizes for eligible teachers, students, and schools. The SUA team looked at the possibility of repurposing Lake Erie and the Maumee River sediment for agricultural purposes. They worked with the Port Authority, the University of Toledo, and Hull & Associates Engineering Firm in Toledo. The girls developed a project they called ‘Save the Soil.’ They knew that Ohio Senate Bill 1, passed in 2015, required that sediment dredged from Lake Erie must not be placed back into the lake. The team chose to try repurposing lake and river sediment for agricultural purposes. They grew Daikon radishes, a common fallow field crop, in the sediment to see how it supports vegetation. Their efforts results in the win and the financial award.

St.Ursula ranks sixth in Ohio Niche has just released its 2017 Best Schools in America rankings for private high schools, and it was announced that St. Ursula Academy has been ranked as sixth Best Catholic High School in Ohio. SUA achieved this ranking by scoring highly on a variety of factors including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, the quality of colleges that students consider, and reviews from students and parents. Niche’s Data Team analyzes data from thousands of schools across the country to create the 2017 Best Schools rankings.

Maumee Valley achieves ranking

Maumee Valley Country Day School swept the Niche website in multiple categories in Ohio. Maumee Valley has been ranked first as the Most Diverse Private High

School in Ohio. They were ranked number two in Best Private K-12 Schools in Ohio and third as Best Private High School in Ohio and Private High School College Readiness in Ohio. Maumee Valley has a long tradition of academic rigor, college readiness, and a diverse student population. The school credits its outstanding teachers and innovative programs for making Maumee Valley one of the best Preschool - Grade 12 schools in the state. Niche is a website that helps the public discover and research the best schools in their region. Niche 2017 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.

Northview Musician of the Week

Maggie Laberdee is the Northview High School Musician of the Week. Maggie has been an outstanding member of the

Northview Band Program all four years of high school. Maggie has been a member of the Northview Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Pep Bands, and has participated in OMEA festival events. She is a multi-instrumentalist playing both saxophone and bassoon. Maggie is also involved in Student Government, Class Government, World Language Club, National Honors Society, Jazz Combo, and Northview varsity tennis. She is the daughter of Margie and Brian Laberdee.

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Gordie Howe honored at Tam-O-Shanter

Cougarettes Volunteer at Halloween

Standing L-R: Alexa Gudelman, Jane McHugh, Akua Aggrey, Abby Heisler, Izzy Huss, Jenine Ball, Caroline Ide and Megan Bugert; kneeling, Taylor Turkopp and Allie Gehling volunteer at a Halloween party at Marshall Elementary School through the Boys and Girls Club.

Arbor Hills student play in Junior All-American Games

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Brodey Acres of Sylvania was selected to participate in the Junior All-American Games Fueled by Gatorade at the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Complex on Nov. 25-27. The event featured top baseball athletes of various ages from over 20 different states. She is a seventh grader at Arbor Hills, and plays for the Michigan Blue Jays, coached by Mike Beaty. The Junior All-American Games weekend included game competition, instruction, a skills showcase, player evaluations, a home run derby, and the opportunity for athletes to play on a major league field. Game Day USA is a 10year-old sports event management firm based in Naperville, Ill.

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, Mike Mankowski of Sylvania Rec, Colleen and Murray Howe, Mike Myer of Lite Landscape Co. and Deborah Fry of Select Stone admire the new plaque honoring Gordie Howe. Sylvania Town Crier Mike Lieber, Mayor Craig Stough and Sylvania Recreation’s Mike Mankowski joined Murray and Colleen Howe to celebrate the planting of a red pine tree and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in honor of hockey legend Gordie Howe, who died earlier this year. Known as “Mr. Hockey,” Howe had been a frequent visitor to Sylvania to visit his son Dr. Murray and Colleen Howe and watch his grandchildren play hockey at Tam-O-Shanter. He lived in Sylvania the last year and a half of his life and, according to his son, spent his happiest moments at Tam-O-Shanter.

A longtime hockey dad, Mike Myer of Lite Landscape Co., initiated the campaign to create a tribute for Howe. His efforts were rewarded by the generosity of several companies including Longnecker Nursery who donated the red pine, Howe’s favorite tree; Select Stone who donated the boulder holding the plaque donated by The Walker Funeral Homes. In addition, Keil’s Greenhouse donated the mums, T & J Mulch donated the mulch and Myer donated his labor to design and plant the tree and small plants.

NV Athletic Boosters Host Benefit

SV Soccer is District Runner-Up

The Southview High School Ladies Varsity Soccer team had a very successful season and earned ‘District Champion Runner-up’ with first-time victories against Northview, St. Ursula, Findlay and Anthony Wayne. They finished the season with a record of 14-3. Coach for the Southview Lady Cougar team, Majd Ali, was named ‘District 1 Coach of the Year’ for the 2016 season.

NDA game benefits Aurora Project

L-R: Brooke Varwig, Jill Thiel, Julie Sample, LeAnne Lutz, Claudia Newton, Heather Ersig, Renee Thomas and Kathleen Nowak enjoy visiting at the Sports Benefit, presented by the Northview High School Athletic Boosters. The event was held Nov. 12 at the Franciscan Center located on the campus of Lourdes University. Funds raised at the event will go toward the purchase of uniforms and equipment for Northview athletes. —by Mary Helen Darah

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Lourdes Research Lab Gains Funds

L-R: Christine Boudrie, Holly Baumgartner and Mary Arquette at the ‘Undergraduate Research Lab Reception’ recognized funds from ProMedica Flower Hospital Auxiliary.

L-R: Brittanie Kuhr, of Lourdes University, visits with Amy Klosterman, of Kingston, at the Lab Reception held Nov. 10. –by Mary Helen Darah

Veterans Honored at Lourdes

L-R: Colonel Scott E. Reed, Vice Commander at the 180th Fighter Wing, Lourdes President Mary Ann Gawelek and Gary Bentley at the Veterans Day event held Nov. 11

Veterans A.M. Davis and Michael Bonnar visit at the Veterans Day event where Colonel Reed led a ceremony to honor those who have served their country. –by Mary Helen Darah

Lourdes Donors Reception

Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek with Jenny Vancil, of O-I, who accepted special recognition for O-I’s support of Lourdes multicultural programs and scholarships.

Pat and Marilyn McAlear were honored for their longtime support of Lourdes students at the Donors Reception held recently.

Fourth Nurse Anesthesia Cohort Planned Michelle Andrews, Greta Feitel and Christine Harwood, of Sylvania are three of the Lourdes University Nurse Anesthesia graduates being honored at a Recognition Ceremony for the 2016 Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program cohort. The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. Toledo residents Kristi Decker, Matthew McIntire, and Kristin Shipman are also part of the graduation group. Dr. Hollis Hamilton, RN, Interim Dean of the College of Nursing at Lourdes University and Dawn AuBuchon, MS, CRNA, Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, noted the MSN: NAP program has a 100 percent employment rate in the field within 6 months

of graduation. Keynote speaker for the recognition ceremony is John Preston, DNSc, CRNA, FNAP, Chief Credentialing Officer of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

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The Andersons continues the tradition

Dan Anderson gets ready to make the first cut into the 5,630 pound block of mild cheddar made especially for The Andersons Talmadge Road store.

Sister Gretchen’s Bake Sale a Success

Linda Jensen selects several chocolate Christmas-themed lollipops at Sister Gretchen’s Bake Sale.

Sister Janeen Sobczak looks over the fruitcakes made by Sister Gretchen Faerber who originated the bake sale 29 years ago.

Sunset Village to host Holiday Home Shopping Day

Members of Tree City Playhouse Danita Binkowski, Andrew Austin, Alicia Allen, Tom Robinson and Kerry Henning, owner of Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese, and Megan Mockensturm talk about their upcoming production of ‘Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas.’ For the third year, The Andersons has worked with the staff at Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese in Kiel, Wisc., to produce a large block of mild cheddar cheese reminiscent of that begun by the Tiedke’s Department Store that closed in 1972. John Hoover, The Andersons’ director of marketing of business development, said this block is the largest block made in the United States. “This block was started last July and took three months to age. We had to measure the entrance to make sure the block of

cheese would fit inside,” he chuckled. “Our first year, we had a 3,200-pound wheel and last year, we had a 4,800 pound cheddar,” he said. He estimated that the 2016 cheddar would be sold out in two days. The cheese arrived at the store on Nov. 12. Kerry Henning, fourth generation owner of Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese, was on hand for the cheese cutting. He said this was the largest block of cheese his company has made.

Sunset Village, 9640 Sylvania Metamora Rd., will host its annual Holiday Home Shopping Day on Friday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with gifts priced for every budget. Several local crafters and businesses including Mary Kay, Thirty-one and Tupperware will have items and assorted baked goods available for purchase. A raffle with

proceeds benefiting the Life Enrichment program at Sunset Village will be held, and attendees can purchase a Coney Dog lunch for $3. Sunset Village is part of Sunset Retirement Communities, a not-for-profit organization which provides care for the senior population.

Heralding the Holidays, the annual kick-off to the holiday season at the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive, begins on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. This family-oriented event includes a winter

marketplace of unique holiday gifts handcrafted by local artists and crafters, open houses at resident Artist Guilds in the Artists’ Village, horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers and other live music, food and hot cider. And, of course Santa Claus will be there.

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Maplewood Daisy troop members Camellia Mahoud, Rebecca Klocinski, Sady Budzinski, Eleni Kalpakidis, Charlotte Weaver, Adele Hirschfeld and Madeline Barnhart with troop leaders Nadine Kalpakidis and Erin Hirschfeld work on ornaments to give to veterans at the event with over 200 Girl Scouts who came to Epworth United Methodist Church on Nov. 21.

Wreaths Across America volunteer Jerry Walker and Toledo Memorial Park President Jeff Clegg teach Maplewood Girl Scout Troop 10948 members Brenna Johnson, Reilly Brown, Julia Dubiel and Reilly Berends and Whiteford Girl Scout troop 10021 members Scarlett Holton and Ani Boman how to properly fold the American flag at the event.

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The 41st annual Holidays in the Manor House opens Saturday, Dec. 3, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 11, at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, and volunteers are needed to help direct visitors through the 30,000square-foot house. The nine-day event is open each day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Volunteers are placed throughout the house as stationary guides, welcoming and directing visitors on the self-guided tour of 32 displays. Other volunteers help with children’s activities at nearby Metroparks Hall, or by stoking the fires and supplying visitors with the cookies and marshmallows to make s’mores at the

welcome tent. To volunteer, call 419/407-9840 or visit A record 27,000 visitors toured the house last year – and made 16,000 s’mores. Holidays in the Manor House is a volunteerdriven event that has been a Toledo tradition since the earliest days of Wildwood. The process of decorating the stately mansion begins almost a year in advance, when decorators submit proposals for displays to a committee, which makes the final selection. This year, decorators were asked to incorporate a Metroparks or nature theme in each display.

The Toledo Choral Society will be joined by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Bowling Green State University Choruses for the annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m at Rosary Cathedral 2535 Collingwood Blvd. Tickets are $35 and available through the TSO Box Office by visiting or by calling 419/246-8000. They will present its Christmas concert, “Hodie!,” at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns

Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to help stock St Paul’s Methodist Food Pantry. The society will perform “Hodie!” at St Ann’s Catholic Church, 1021 W. State St., Fremont, Ohio, on Dec. 18 in celebration of its 175th anniversary. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Sandusky County Food Pantry.

The office of Dr. Amber Leer and her team at Alexis Road Family Dental, 4640 W. Alexis Rd., Suite 200, is a Toys for Tots toy drop-off location through Dec. 16. Dr. Leer and her team are excited to partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and hundreds of other donors to secure a joy-filled Christmas morning for thousands of less fortunate children. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be

dropped off during normal business hours: Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday from 8 a.m. to Noon; and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. With every donated toy, donors will be entered into a drawing for a 32-inch flat screen TV. Dr. Leer has also pledged to personally donate a boy and a girl bike to Toys For Tots when 50 toys have been donated.

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Alexis Road Family Dental supports Toys For Tots Event co-organizer Laurel Lovett talks with Whiteford Girl Scout Troop 10235 members Hadley Huselwick Lilly Gatner, Layla Clouse, Devyn Koster, Kara Hall, Matilda Christ, Averi Woody and Elise Reynolds as they craft their ornaments.

Maplewood Girl Scout Izie Miller thanks volunteer Sharon Roan for the goodie bag she was handing out to the scouts who finished their ornaments, which were bagged with fortune cookies and candy to be delivered on Dec. 3.



Christmas Fills the Air at Holy Trinity

The new music teacher from Holy Trinity in Assumption, Ohio, Brenda Waters, has introduced recorders to younger students and stringed instruments to older ones, and the notes, voices and enthusiasm are all coming together for the annual Christmas program ‘Carriers of the Light’ to be held Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Community Center. Pictured playing the violin are L-R: Peter LaPlante and Sylvania resident Dismas Dillon. In second grade recorder class are Sylvania resident Audrey Pylypuik, Nathan Vaughn and Sylvanian Beth Miller.






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Sylvania is ready for the Holiday Season

The holidays are officially underway in Craig Stough Sylvania! The holiday decorations are up and special holiday events are being planned. Sylvania is a great place to visit and shop during the Holiday Season. “Miracle on Main Street,” a holiday weekend with art exhibits, music and holiday events, will be Dec. 2 – 4. Santa Claus will be arriving Sunday, Dec. 4 as part of the Festival of the Lights Parade and holiday tree lighting, at Main Street and Maplewood Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. New this year will be a 5K Run beginning at 4 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Sylvania. Special holiday activities are also being incorporated into the First Friday Art Walk on Dec. 2 in downtown Sylvania. The Art Walks are organized by the Red Bird Arts



Percentum Road

Plans for a four-story apartment building designated for people 55 years old and older were scuttled when the requested change in zoning on Percentum Road was turned down by Sylvania Township trustees. Chairman John Crandall voted in favor of the zoning change, trustee Neal Mahoney voted against the measure and trustee John Jennewine, abstained from voting, citing a possible conflict of interest. Mahoney said his vote against the rezoning was primarily based on the size of the project. Although the developers, FFC Real Estate Development Co., emphasized that their proposal fit within the township’s zoning regulations and had been recommended for approval by both the county and the township zoning commissions, Mahoney said the


District to foster creative art culture in Sylvania, connecting art, design, music, fashion and food. If you haven’t been to a Friday Night Art Walk yet, Dec. 2 would be a great time to come. Sylvania has many fine stores and I encourage you to “Shop Sylvania” this holiday season. Downtown Sylvania shopping is better than ever with delightful stores and restaurants. New this year is Bowinkles, a children’s clothing store unique to Sylvania. Also, free WiFi is now available throughout the downtown. There are many more fine stores and restaurants all around Sylvania at Southbriar Shopping Center, Wickford Plaza, Saxon Square, Timberstone Plaza, the Kroger Plaza, the Promenade Shops, Country Squire, the Sylvania Marketplace and more. Sylvania stores offer the products, convenience and price you are looking for. They are beautifully decorated, less congested and closer to home. They are in safe, well lit areas. The snow is plowed and parking is close to the door. Many are locally owned and operated, and offer the kind of personal service you get only from an owner-operated business. Shopping at Sylvania stores also keeps local dollars in our community. They project was simply too big. His concern echoed that of neighbors who also said they were worried about the additional traffic the project would bring. The proposed 127-unit building was to have been four stories, in an area where most structures are single-family homes.


The last cycle for Sylvania Township leaf collection began Nov. 28. Rob Nash, superintendent of the road department, said trees were about two weeks later than usual before shedding the bulk of their leaves. That made for quick work early in the annual task, but heavier going recently. This year a new service allows residents to determine about how soon crews will reach their property. Those who go to the township website, will see where to click to be taken to a township map marked by numbered grids.



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Downtown Sylvania is decorated for the holidays. employ our friends, our neighbors and our children. Unlike out-of-town stores, they also help support our local charities, school programs and community fundraisers like tag days, career days, sports teams, prom nights, yearbook ads and more. Remember to join us for the “Miracle on

Main Street” holiday weekend Dec. 2 to 4 including the Friday Night Art Walk, Festival of the Lights Parade and holiday tree lighting in downtown Sylvania. Santa will meet with children that evening in the Train Depot of the Historical Village from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

After determining the grid one is interested in, that person can call a phone number which has a message recorded daily stating where crews are working and which grids will be collected next. The system has resulted in much fewer calls to the township with requests for information, Mr. Nash said. Although the township is on its last cycle, Mr. Nash said they may continue collecting leaves, if weather permits. The determining factor will be the need to refit township vehicles for snow and ice control. The fact that collection may continue

shouldn’t be counted on because there’s never a way to determine just when a winter weather event may hit. Leaves should be raked or blown to the street but not in it. It should be clear of brush or garden waste and should be away from fire hydrants, decorative landscaping items or other obstacles. Leaves should not be placed in plastic bags. In recent years, some home owners have made the annual task a little lighter for township crews by using their mulching lawn mowers to simply mow over the leaves.





Smart Phone Battery Longevity

Many of us have the same nightly phonecharging routine. We lay our nearly dead phones on the nightstand, plug them in, and when the Janis Weber alarm goes off we wake up to a full charge. People used to think that letting your phone get below a 5 percent charge or even letting it die was good battery maintenance. That’s not true and we’ve got an alternative that could triple your battery’s life. To maximize the life of your battery, you should charge it whenever it falls to 50 percent. Letting lithium-ion batteries die degrades them over time. After letting this happen 300 to 500 times, the battery will not be able to hold a charge as long as it used to. After one to two years the performance will decline. Nearly half of smartphone owners decide to upgrade to newer versions of phones after one to two years anyway. But if you plan to keep your phone longer, then taking care of


A STUDENT SPEAKS It’s no secret that the holidays are filled with food, fun, and family stories. I could share with you every single detail about how my grandpa got stuck in quicksand while in Libby Stupica Newfoundland or that corn is my absolute favorite Thanksgiving food, but I thought hearing other people’s favorite traditions, stories, and thoughts would be more interesting. So I asked around, and decided to share it with you: “One year, after a long, restless day of mom and dad in the kitchen making a turkey... it was finally finished and put on the table, only for our dog Casey to jump up and snatch in ten seconds. Whole turkey grabbed by her teeth, running around the house was our dog and our Thanksgiving meal!” -Gracie “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!! I not only love the amazing food, but I also love seeing my family and spending the weekend with them! My favorite traditions are cooking together as a family, eating, and then getting ready for Black Friday shopping!” Dalia

the battery is key. If you charge the phone once it hits 50 percent, after 1,200 to 1,500 times your battery performance will decline. As a phone charges, the lithium ions in the battery travel from one end of the phone to the other. The more these ions travel, the more wear and tear they cause on the battery, ultimately limiting the lifespan of an otherwise perfectly good battery. So, don’t leave your phone plugged in all night every night. The iPad Pro charger for your iPhone, the ions travel faster since the iPad Pro charger is more powerful than that of the iPhone thus less frequency and time required to charge your iPhone. The same holds true for android; use their equipment when at all possible. Off-branded charges react slower so it takes longer to charge. This could help the over stimulation when you constantly charge over every night.

Windows 10 Keeps Downloading Updates and Then Fails

Now that you have Windows 10 it will automatically update the current Microsoft information and fixes. Sometimes it will not succeed and will start repeatedly until the error message is taken care of. Go to the update location and let the new update try to download. When it stops, and says Retry do nothing. Now read everything on the screen.

“Hmm … so my favorite Thanksgiving tradition is going to my aunts to eat endlessly until I can’t even breathe anymore and then we watch football and go in the back yard and play a girls-versus-boys football game. We make shirts the week before. Another tradition is that my mom and I make pumpkin bread to give to a lot of our friends, family, and neighbors that have helped us throughout the year to show them our gratitude.” -Amanda “I would have to say that my favorite thing about Thanksgiving every year is all of my family getting really tired after the meal and watching The Incredibles in my grandma’s living room! My aunt would be especially tired until someone mentioned Black Friday. She always took me out the next morning to experience the greedy chaos that ensued after a day full of thankfulness.” -Jessica “My favorite Thanksgiving tradition would have to be our family football tournament we have each year! One of the funniest memories I have is when we were playing and my dad had tore his hamstring but still insisted on playing...needless to say things only got worse for him and at the time it wasn’t funny but when my family looks back at it we always laugh at how it was such a bad idea of my dad’s!” -Molly “When our family is gathered together, we all pile into the car and take a trip to Wildwood Metropark. We’re able to walk off some of the pounds of food we consumed ear-

There should be an issue that did not allow the update to finish. Recently I ran across this issue. The update was downloading then stopped. In a mixture of commands there was some dummy words that related to the printer in the building. It appears the printer was used to running on Windows 7 and the current drivers for the printer remained in Windows 7. Microsoft was looking for the Windows 10 connection to the printer and could not find it thus the updates could not complete. The solution was to obtain the Windows 10 drivers from the manufacturer’s website. You must match your exact model with the operation system you are using. I assume W10. Most websites have a detect button so that you do not have to type anything in. It will be found for you. All you must do is click on the drivers download link and follow the prompts from there on. Once the new drivers are installed, reboot the computer and restart the Windows Update. It should be happy now completing the installation. You may have to reboot again to make sure all is well. Hope this helped.

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Would you like to have a mini informational get-together? Recently I have been hosting PC and iPhone/iPad classes anywhere that has Wi-Fi. Informal and informlier, and watch the last of the animals scurry around in Window on Wildlife. The feeling of getting back into a warm house after a few chilly hours at the park is the best feeling afterwards.” -Claire “Last year was my first Thanksgiving. My family went to Cleveland to see my dad’s cousins, who married an American, which is why she moved from France. It was the first time I ate turkey and the first time I tried pumpkin pie…but I didn’t like it at all. It’s weird. We ate so much…It was really fun. I think we might go back this year so I’m really excited.” -Alycia (who just moved from France!) “A few years ago, me and my brother visited our aunt in Portland, Oregon. She got to show us all of her favorite places in town, and we got to meet her friends and coworkers. On Thanksgiving, we cooked a huge meal for us and for her coworkers. She taught me and my brother how to cook her original pecan pies, along with various other dishes! We didn’t have much cooking experience, so it was a little rough at first but it turned out great!” -Jami “Thanksgiving is always such a fun and great time; my birthday falls on this day every few years which is great since I get to be surrounded by loved ones who I usually don’t see! Also, after the post-thanksgiving dinner naps everyone gets around to go Black Friday shopping from midnight to 6AM, followed by getting milkshakes at Steak and Shake! Milkshakes, Thanksgiving dinner, being thankful for all of the wonderful things, and good company, there’s nothing better!” Maddy “I look forward to Thanksgiving every year - it is definitely my favorite holiday. The first thing my family does in the morning is turn on

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the T. V. and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While that is on, I help my mother prepare the stuffing and the turkey. I know it is the most important element of the night, so we always take the most time on it. While the turkey is in the oven, we get ready to head on over to my uncle’s house. All dressed up and hungry, my family makes the annual trip to downtown Toledo, and arrive at my uncle’s nice big house. It is a nice time to get the whole family together, play card games, and eat some great food. My favorite part of the night is getting all of my money together and going Black Friday shopping in preparation for my next favorite holiday, Christmas!” -Kennedy “My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is all of us going over to my mom’s house in my comfys and eating until I can’t eat anymore....but my most favorite part is that Danny always makes apple crisp, which is my FAVORITE, from my grandma’s exact recipe. It always makes me think of her!” -Mrs. Bean “Currently, in my family, we have found ourselves experiencing what I am calling a ‘transitional period’ when it comes to holiday celebrations. We have had several family members of our older generations, grandparents, great-aunts and such, pass away and find ourselves sort of “lost” without them. Plus, families change. People marry and then have another family with new traditions to learn and incorporate. People move, have children, start their own traditions. . . these changes can be hard to navigate. For many, the holidays are a time when the absence of loved ones can be even more prominent, but that void can seem larger when that loved one, or their home, was the center of many past holiday traditions. Where do we go? What do we do? Do we continue with the same traditions but sort of transplant it to a new setting? Of course, we want to remember loved ones and feel a connection to them. I have found it is important to keep connections and reminders of the ones we love but to also look to the future and create new, meaningful traditions. The first time is the hardest but persevere and allow a new idea to take root and maybe naturally it will become a new tradition to look forward to! For example, I might try a new recipe that has never been shared at a family gathering, but I’ll serve it in my grandmother’s dish that has graced many a holiday table before! Combine the old and new!” -Mrs. Morgan



THE STARS SPEAK Happy Birthday Sag! ENJOY! ENTERTAIN! Your mantra for the month: Generosity towards others brings light and happiness into our own lives. We are coming into that magical time of the year. The Holiday Season. This particular time of the year emphasizes the changes that are taking place within us as well as within the globe. With Venus in the picture we can expect to see heart opening, love, art, changes in our relationships. We want more freedom, equality, love and compassion in our relationships. Our human, receptive, emotional and heart centered nature is getting a lot of support from the universe. In addition to al of this, the magic of Christmas is symbolized as the Winter Solstice begins on Dec. 22, and the Sun commences in the earthy, Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn. This period marks both an ending as well as a beginning as we welcome 2017.

Saturn continues in the fire, opportunistic sign of Sagittarius

Saturn, the planet of structure continues in the independent sign of Sagittarius. Saturn spotlights your “life’s work,” so stand tall and get cracking on the next round of this soul assignment. Saturn and Sagittarius are strange bedfellows, because Sagittarius is the sign of optimism and expansion, while Saturn is all about restriction and harsh reality checks. But this blending of opposites could actually strike a healthy balance. Under Saturn’s measured approach, we may see the combustible global politics and uprising settle down again. Saturn can influence leaders, or leadership style, and with philosophical Sagittarius here, we may see some fascinating people rise through the ranks. Of course, as a brash fire-sign, Sagittarius can be rather dogmatic and outspoken, so we might also see a few grandstanding “armchair philosophers” who are more talk than action. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, mythic god of the feast and quite a contrast to self-disciplined Saturn. Our appetites for excess could meet a reality check. Sagittarius is also about higher education and philosophy, and this transit could be a boon for the personal growth industry. The cream rises to the top under Saturn’s reign, so any halfstepping leaders or false gurus will surely be exposed by Saturn’s audit. Belief systems also fall under Sagittarius domain, and under Saturn’s influence, new policies may be added to crack down on corruption within religious organizations.

Full Moon in Gemini Dec. 13, 2016

The tension between satisfying our most immediate needs and pursuing our future goals is amplified by the restless full moon in Gemini on Dec. 13, 2016. The far-reaching Sagittarius Sun illuminates this moon, testing our authenticity since we might not say what we believe. Gemini prompts our emotions to shift quickly, but our opinions to remain more constant. This full moon’s opposition to transiting Saturn further emphasizes this ongoing conflict between our emotions and stability.

Mercury retrograde Dec. 19 to Jan. 8, 2017

With Mercury in Capricorn, many of us have a strong need to compartmentalize our thoughts, often categorizing. Being resourceful in our mind-set can be taxing when Mercury, the planet of chat moves into retrograde. It creates a whole new set


up in the way we process. Therefore when it turns retrograde, take extra care and caution when dealing with matters that need resolution. Where ever Mercury retrogrades in our charts is where we pay more attention. This is based on our time of birth.

Sun Moves into Cap Dec. 21

For those born under Libra or Aries, you may be feeling stress with work matters as the sun in Capricorn creates obstacles. However, only temporarily and without a challenge.

New Moon in Cap Dec. 29

New Year Resolutions should be started right around this time. New moons are the best time to put forth our new intentions and our commitments to reach our goals. As we embark on the New Year, it would be wise to start with a fresh slate.

SIGNS: Aries (March 21-April 20)

The greater the challenge the more powerful you feel as this months influences bring to light a feeling of unrest as well as confusion. Specifically speaking, Mercury in retrograde at the zenith part of your chart may trigger confusion with work matters. Communication may be off so take heed not only in what you say but how you say it. Also Jupiter, at odds with your own sign, could stir you up matters that should have been left alone. Try not to be so touchy. And look at the source.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

Though you dislike change and are resistant to diversity, you may out of character get excited by the prospect of better opportunities that await you. Primarily relating to finances and work. Your desires remain true as it’s all about being grounded and maintaining a good stance. When traveling, be cautious between now and Jan 8 when Mercury moves direct.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

A very interesting, yet powerful cycle for you as Saturn, at odds with your own sign, intensifies your sense of balance. In addition it’s also about how you perceive others as well as how others mirror you. Personal and/or business related partnerships take on a new meaning this month, it’s important to remain neutral. Also be aware of your limits and do not be too hasty when taking on new projects.

Cancer (June 22-July 23)

Streamline your work load this month while focusing on your own priorities. This holiday season give yourself a gift the keeps giving; time not only with family and friends, but with yourself as well. Also, there is an exciting money aspect for you between now and Jan 8. Work feels stressful but not without its rewards.

Leo (July 24-Aug. 23)

Love can be plentiful this month, making it, as always, your main focus, and now that lucky Jupiter is in balance to your own sign you may see yourself a bit more in-tuned about other matters that need your immediate attention. Also, as the stars flicker in your favor, speculation comes calling. This may be your lucky time.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 23)

Influences in your area of work, accent your ability to be more productive as well as challenged. Though it is hard for you to make changes, you may see yourself a bit more open as opportunities begin to unfold. The year ahead is a going to be an interesting one, as Pluto in Capricorn in a good balance to your own sign, brings positive changes in job, and personal matters.

Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 23)

Impulsiveness in the work place can be

costly this month, as Pluto hovers over your 10th house of career, tearing down only to rebuild. Also, take care when dealing with those in authority. Be very clear with how you get your point across. This is not the time to forgo. For most Libras, the desire to create balance is of the essence. However, during this cycle you may find yourself becoming more assertive and less tolerant with those closest to you. Honor your feelings, and go with the flow.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

The home front is the focal point for the next few weeks or so as influences set the stage for better family interaction. Communication should be clear and less strained. Work matters should, for the time being, left on the back burner. Time for family, friends and a lot of reflection. In addition to all of this, you may find yourself on a better track as far as money is concerned. This is your period in which to excel.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Your mental perception is much clearer this month as you find yourself focusing on where it is you truly want to be. A very strong, as well as conducive, time for love connections as your own sign balances with expansive Jupiter. However, remember the golden rule; quality versus quantity.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Tremendous, potent changes begin as Saturn continues to travels through the most sensitive area of your chart; your subconscious. Be aware of your limits, and be timely with how you handle things. Resolution and moving forward is the key

start this year. Also, this can also be a strong time for career advantage as your desire to forge ahead brings you into a better place. All in all, the year ahead promises much success.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19)

Your ambition is to play a major role on life’s stage, this could be the month where you may get your wish. This cycle opens the way for personal recognition allowing others to see your self-worth as Jupiter regains itself and is finally in sync with your own sign. A strong time for money and financial gain. Love can be interesting as well as highly unusual.

Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20)

As true as your spirit is, this holiday season finds you clear-sighted and totally aware of all that is around you. Your instincts are at their best. An excellent time to venture into your own unique space as your creative juices are forever flowing. Love will be even more interesting and exciting this month. Astrological tips: Entertaining? Best times December 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 12, 15,16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 30. Janet Amid is a columnist who writes for Sylvania Advantage, and can be heard on 92.5 KISS FM Monday Mornings between 8:15 and 8:45 AM. She can reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at Check out our web site at “In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell



Catherine Belt

Catherine A. Belt, 64, of Holland, Ohio, passed away Nov. 12, 2016, at the Hospice of Northwest, Toledo, Ohio, Inpatient Unit. Catherine was born July 23, 1952, in Hillsdale, Mich., to parents Elton and Ruth (Riebe) Trumbull. She was employed as a secretary with the Medical College of Ohio for more than 36 years before retiring in 2006. Blessed with a beautiful voice, Catherine enjoyed singing in several choirs and ensembles. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. Catherine is survived by her son and daughter Aaron and Amanda Belt; sisters Phyllis Weatherbee and Roberta Kikolski. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Richard Belt, in 2009; and sister Dolores Kohli. Those wishing to offer memorials are asked to consider the Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 Indiana Ave. Perrysburg, Ohio, 43551, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Thomas Callis

Thomas W. Callis, 58, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Nov. 11, 2016, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Inpatient Unit. Tom graduated from Rogers High School in 1976. He was employed as a millwright for many years at Gerity Schultz. He is survived by his son Thomas W. (Danielle) Callis II; grandchildren Aliyah, Ashlynn, and Antonio; mother, Opsie Callis; sister LaDonna (Earl) Luppe; and brothers James and David Garrett. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Callis, and brother Fred Garrett. Those wishing to offer memorials in Tom’s memory are asked to consider the Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Barbara Kaduk

Barbara A. Kaduk, 83, of Temperance, Mich., passed away while under hospice care Nov. 20, 2016, at her residence. She taught first grade at the Ottawa Hills Elementary School for more than 30 years before

retiring in 1985. Barbara is survived by her sister Bonnie Konoz; niece Cindy (Ken) Brewer; nephew Tim (Teresa) Konoz; great-nieces Kelsey Brewer and Kiersen (Dan) Whitehead, and their children Lyric and Eden; and companion and care giver Don Klotz. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Kaduk, in 2000. Barbara’s family would like thank caregivers Kiersen, Mary, Karin, Brenda, and Kaleigh for their loving care and support during this difficult time.

Pauline Pool

Pauline K. “Polly” Pool, 66, of Sylvania Township, Ohio, passed away Nov. 17, 2016, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo Inpatient Unit. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1950, to parents Paul C. and Mary Alice (Cannady) McElyea. Pauline was employed for more than 22 years with United Way where she oversaw the audit and data processing departments. She was currently working in the accounts receivable division of the Unison Behavioral Health Group when she became ill. Pauline ran unsuccessfully for Sylvania Township trustee in the early to mid 1990s. She was, however, appointed as an alternate trustee. She was a graduate of the University of Toledo, where she earned her associate degree and was on the dean’s list. Pauline enjoyed the time and friendships she made while volunteering for Mobile Meals. She loved nature and being out of doors. Pauline fed the birds and enjoyed watching all animals that gathered in the yard. She was a seamstress, enjoyed crocheting doilies, and was an avid Teddy Bear collector. Pauline is survived by her loving husband of more than 46 years, Robert D. Pool Jr.; daughter Lesley Pool; son Robert D. Pool III; grandchildren Robert D. IV. and Riley A. Pool; sister Sherry Ann (George) Gillett; and brothers Thomas J. and Edward C. McElyea Sr; brotherin-law Dennis W. (Linda) Pool Sr.; sister-in-law Linda (Rick) Plasencio; and faithful K-9 companion Bailey. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter-in-law Terri Lynn Pool, sister-in-law Annie May McElyea, inlaws, Robert D. & Selene H Pool, Sr., aunt Lilly Clouse, cousin Betty Murray and her canine companion Teddy. Those wishing to offer memorials in Pauline’s memory are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or Hope Lodge 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

Ramona Roe

Ramona Lee Roe passed away at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, Ohio, Nov. 12, 2016, due to complications from dementia. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Roe was born April 5, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio, to Elmer and Genevieve (Jackman) Anderson. She had one brother Richard, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Whitmer High School and attended Bowling Green State University. She married her high school sweetheart, Harold Roe, in 1953. A daughter Rebecca was born in 1955. Mrs. Roe was a homemaker and devoted her time to caring for her husband and raising her daughter. She was a loving, supportive wife and mother, a sensitive and gentle soul, and a empathic friend. She was active in her church

and enjoyed playing the piano. She loved books and was an avid reader of fiction, historical novels, philosophy, and politics. She worked as a librarian, and later at Jacobson’s department store. She had a flair for fashion and enjoyed her shopping trips. She and her husband loved to travel and take cruises. Their destinations included numerous locations in the continental U.S., Russia, England, the Caribbean, South America, Hawaii and Alaska. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harold Roe, her daughter Rebecca Roe Zaun, son-in-law S. Jeffrey Zaun, two step-granddaughters, and 14 step-great-grandchildren. Many thanks to all the wonderful employees of Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the care and comfort that was so needed and appreciated. The family asks for donations to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Tom Carpenter

Tom J. Carpenter, 89, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away Nov. 12, 2016, at the Goerlich Center, Sylvania, Ohio. Tom was born May 28, 1927, in Wichita, Kan. He worked in construction building grain elevators until he went to work for Toledo Hospital as an electrician. Tom was proud to have served with the United States Navy during WWII. He is survived by his daughters Becky Carpenter and Patricia (Roger) Appley; sons Tom (Susan) and Robert (Karen) Carpenter; grandchildren Nicole, Emily, Bradley, April, Stephanie, and Chad; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Jack. Tom was preceded in death by his loving wife of many years, Shirley J. Carpenter. Those wishing to offer memorials in Tom's memory are asked to consider the charity of their choice.

John Hoellrech

John R. Hoellrich, registered architect in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, passed away Nov. 15, 2016. John was born in Defiance, Ohio, Jan. 17, 1941, to parents Orville and Edith (LaGorin) Hoellrich, and they preceded him in death. He attended the Holgate Schools, and graduated The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1964. John began his professional career with Buehrer & Stough Architects and Engineers where he did project design and wrote project specifications. In 1978, he established the architectural firm of Hoellrich Associates Architects, Inc., which, at its peak, employed 19 staff members. Some of the projects John was involved with were University of Toledo’s Centennial Hall, Ice Arena at Bowling Green State University, and Sylvania Northview High School Natatorium. More recent projects included Levrette Junior High School, Sylvania Maintenance Building, Springfield Township Fire Station #3, which was awarded the Excellence in Masonry Design Award, Ascension Lutheran Church, the Zepf Community Center, Christ Presbyterian Church Educational Building, Art Iron Corporation, many Toledo City Schools renovations, Grace Lutheran Church, Toledo, sanctuary renovations, Sylvania Township Fire Department #4 and Legacy Health Services, Parma, Ohio. The firm also provided environmental studies to area school districts, among them Sylvania, Swanton, Evergreen, Findlay,

OBITUARIES Wapakoneta, St. Henry, Fort Recovery, and many others too numerous to mention. An active member of the community, John served as president of the Toledo Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and chairman of its Student Design Competition in 1967; president of the American Society of Architects in 1986; a member of the American Arbitration Association Dispute Resolution Council; president of the Construction Specifications Institute; president of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Community Service Board; Mid-American Council of Economic Development, and the Barrier Free Toledo Committee. John was an instructor at the Toledo Community and Technical College Scott Park Campus, and was a founding member of the St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Sylvania. In retirement, he was employed parttime at Woodcraft and volunteered with the camp engineers at Boy Scout Camp Miakonda. John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue (Parker) Hoellrich; daughter Jennifer Hoellrich; and granddaughter Allison, and son Scott (Mary) Hoellrich; and granddaughters Mary Sue and Catherine; brother Donald (Judith) Hoellrich, of Logan, Ohio, sister Linda (Herbert) Meyer, of Spencerville, Ind., and many nieces and nephews. John’s family would like to thank the staffs of the Flower Hospital Intensive Care Unit and the Ebeid Hospice Inpatient Unit for their loving care and support during this difficult time. Those wishing to offer memorials in John’s memory are asked to consider, in lieu of flowers, The Little Shots Camp Scholarships c/o Diabetes Youth Services, 2100 W. Central Ave. Ste. 110, Toledo, Ohio, 43606, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Inpatient Unit, Sylvania, Ohio.

Cora Goetz-Schultz

Cora Jean GoetzSchultz, 78, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away Nov. 22, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. Cora was the proud farmer’s daughter of Alfred and Bernice Goetz of Blissfield, Mich. She attended Blissfield High School and was a member of the class of 1956. She married Lloyd J. Schultz, Jr. in Riga, Mich., on Dec. 5, 1959, and the couple resided together for 53 years in Sylvania, Ohio. She was a very proud, 25-year employee of the Sylvania School District as a para- professional. In the beginning, she worked the playgrounds, lunchrooms and offices at Highland, Stranahan and Central Elementary Schools. The vast majority of her career was spent working directly with kids with special needs, which she truly enjoyed. In retirement, she was a proud ticket taker at many Sylvania Northview Athletic Events. Cora is survived by her son Michael Schultz; daughter Michele “Shelly” (Chris) Irwin; grandchildren Caden, Claire and Izzy; her sister Donna Tiede; English bulldogs Bella, Nala and Reggie. She was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Goetz; mother, Bernice Goetz and her brother Laverne “Stub” Goetz. Those wishing to give memorials are asked to consider tributes to Heelers 4 Heroes/Heelers 4 Hope or the Sylvania Schools Athletic Foundation. Online condolences may be offered to Cora’s family at

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OBITUARIES Jeffery Barror

Jeffery J. Barror, 54, of Sylvania, Ohio, died Nov. 11, 2016, at ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. He was born Aug. 23, 1962, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Paul and Shirley (Laycock) Barror. Jeff was employed as a boilermaker with Local 85. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie, playing poker and spending time with his grandchildren. Jeff is survived by his wife and best friend of over 35 years, Susan M. (Troutman) Barror; children Kimberly Kohlhofer and Mark Troutman; grandchildren Austin and Breanna Kohlhofer; siblings Donald (Tina) Barror, Darlene Ryan, Karen Williams and Joyce Kasprzak; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Ken. Memorials are suggested to the Shriner's Hospitals for Crippled Children.

Doris Shaw

Doris D. Shaw, 73, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Nov. 21, 2016, at the Ebeid Residence, Hospice Sylvania, Ohio. She was born Oct. 12, 1943, in Toledo, to parents Clarence and Mary (Epley) McPherson. Doris was employed as a receptionist with Beacon and Associates for more than 15 years until retiring in 2013. She enjoyed doing needlepoint and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Doris is survived by her loving sons David (LuAnn) and Ronald (Nancy) Shaw; grandchildren Michael, Rebecca, Brennan. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Orville Shaw; sisters Margaret Alyne Bradley and Mary Florine Shipper; and brothers Rayburn, Lloyd, Kenneth, and Buddy McPherson. Those wishing to offer memorials in Doris’s memory are asked to consider the American Liver Foundation. Doris was a loving mom, grandma, and aunt. She Will Be Missed!

Tara Bunge

Tara Bunge, 38, passed away Nov. 19, 2016. She was a 1996 graduate of Whiteford High School. She received a Bachelor in Environmental Science degree from the University of Toledo and her BSN from Lourdes College. Tara was an RN in the cardiology department at St. Vincent Hospital. Tara was preceded in death by grandparents Cleo Bunge, and Ernest and Lillian LaPointe. She is survived by her loving parents, Dan and Rita Bunge; brother Brian (Lyndsay, Landon and unborn nephew); grandfather LeRoy Bunge; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a multitude of friends. Tara was such a beautiful, loving, caring person, taken from us way too soon. We can find comfort in knowing that she is now at peace in the loving arms of her Savior. Memorials can be made to St. Michael

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Ted Warrington

Ted David Warrington, 53, of Toledo, Ohio, died at 10:35 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2016, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, Ohio. He fought so hard to have more time after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May, 2015. He was born Oct. 18, 1963, in Toledo, Ohio, to Gail and John Warrington, who both survive. He married Marsha Cleemput on Aug. 18, 2001, who survives in Toledo. They not only shared a special love, but were each other’s best friend. Ted is also survived by his sisters: Chris Warrington of Toledo, Kelly (Joe) Garza of Sylvania, Kerry Warrington of Toledo; brother, Doug (Debbie) Warrington of Oregon, Ohio; several nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Ted was a business partner with his sister Kelly in All About Balloons and Crafts. He loved helping her turn simple latex balloons into a work of art. Ted was a current officer and very active member of the Sylvania Moose Lodge. Along with Marsha, he ran the Horseshoe League, Cornhole League, ran several functions and cooked countless delicious meals for the members. Ted was also a member of the Whitehall Moose Lodge in Groveport, Ohio, where he enjoyed hours of friendship and horseshoes. Ted was the Ohio State Moose Association Horseshoe co-chairman in charge of running the state horseshoe tournament. He also followed Northview Hockey, where he played in high school. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, traveling, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, and the Michigan Wolverines (Marsha told him he’s not allowed to influence the big game next week!) The family would like to thank all the nurses and aides at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, the staff of Interventional Radiology at Flower Hospital, and the pharmacy staff at the Kroger on Holland-Sylvania Road. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Sylvania Moose Lodge. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Cheryl Singer

Cheryl Kay Singer (Rogers), age 60 of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away at the Cleveland Clinic Nov. 1, 2016, surrounded by her family after years of battling numerous health issues stemming from colon

cancer. Cheryl was born to William and Freda Singer in Toledo, Ohio, on Feb. 20, 1956. Cheryl was the youngest of three girls and was known for her playful shenanigans. Cheryl graduated from Springfield High School in 1974 where she had fond memories of being a member of the Springfield High School marching band. Cheryl gave birth to four daughters, Ruby, Holly, Wendy, and Rachel Rogers. Cheryl’s legacy is passed on through her six grandchildren. Cheryl was also an animal lover and was known for rescuing animals in her younger


years. Cheryl’s beloved dog, Toby, will miss her tremendously. Her career path was in the medical field where she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital as an Echo Technician and worked at additional medical facilities as a medical assistant in more recent years. In addition to loving her family, Cheryl had a love for the outdoors, crafting and gardening. Cheryl is survived by three of her daughters Holly, Wendy and Rachel Rogers; her grandchildren Alexa & Savannah Stevens, Haley & Tristin Apgar, David Wysong, and Chase Strouse; her sisters Linda Miller (Charles) and Carolyn Boyer, along with her many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was her daughter Ruby, parents, William and Freda Singer, and brother-in-law Douglas Boyer. Consider donations to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.

Bonnie Flannery-Browning

Bonnie passed away Nov. 22, 2016. She was born Nov. 4,1930, to William and Martha Piper in Glasgow, Ky. Although she lived first in Denver, Colo., and then Sylvania, Ohio, for more than twenty years each, she always remained a Kentucky girl. She was fond of telling stories about her life there with her mother and younger brother. She recalled playing the drums in her high school marching band and being named Miss Durham of 1951 as part of the North Carolina beauty contest. Her career included taking part, along with her father, in the founding of a major chemical company. Later she worked for a group of doctors. During the following years, she was most grateful for becoming a forty-nine-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous. This gave her the opportunity of helping herself and many others, mostly women, to follow the road toward recovery. While living in Denver, she played a major part in organizing the first women’s AA conference west of the Mississippi. She spent her last few years in Denver marketing for a national AA treatment organization. She is survived by her loving husband, Tom Browning, step-daughter Dion, loved ones Terri, Fred and Amy as well as nephew Todd and friend Lisa. Contributions may be made to Ebeid Hospice. Its nurses’ and support staff were not only comforting but also helpful in every way possible. Online condolences to the family at

Thomas Werling

Thomas R. Werling, age 69, passed away at his Petersburg, Mich., residence. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Gloria J. and Norval R. Werling. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served in Vietnam. He worked as a set-up-man for GM Powertrain for 36 years retiring in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann

Werling, mother, Gloria Werling, sister Cheryl Rajner, daughter Michelle Auger, son Eddie LeDuc, stepson Bradley Locke and lifelong friend Pierre LeDuc. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert. Any contributions in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Online condolences at

Betty Szalkowski

Betty L. (Heilman) Szalkowski, 85, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Nov. 23, 2016. Betty was born in Defiance, Ohio, to parents Floyd and Cleo Heilman. She was employed as a waitress for many years but, most importantly, she was a wonderful mom to her children. Betty is survived by her children Tim, Luann, and Julie Szalkowski; grandchildren Andrea, Corey, and Kyle; and brothers and sisters Ruth, Jim, Don, and Shirley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom. Those wishing to offer memorials are asked to consider the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Betty was a loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother; She Will Be Missed.

Jeneen Reed

Jeaneen Marie Reed, 58 of Toledo, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home Nov. 25, 2016. She was born Dec. 10, 1957, three minutes after her twin sister, to Donald L. and Corinne (Griffiths) Reed. Jeaneen attended Sylvania City Schools, graduating from Sylvania High School in 1976, where she studied cosmetology. She was employed for 40 years at JC Penney Salon at Franklin Park, serving as manager for a short time, but eventually returning to her love of styling hair. Recently she was honored to cut the ribbon at the opening of the new InStyle Salon At JCP. Jeaneen enjoyed family trips, gardening, cryptogram puzzles, quilting and loved her cats Daisy Mae and Rosie. Preceded in death by her father Donald in 1997, she is survived by her mother, Corinne, brothers Don (Jan) and Brad (Liz) Reed, sisters Kathy (Jim) Whited, her twin Jeanelle and Kim, six nieces and nephews and nine greatnieces and great-nephews. She was courageous in her fight against ovarian cancer and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank the ProMedica Hospice staff, especially Audie and Wendy, for their loving care of Jeaneen. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials in Jeaneen’s name to the Ovarian Cancer Connection, 5577 Airport Hwy., Ste 206, Toledo, Ohio 43615. Online condolences to the family at

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