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December 3 - 16, 2019 Vol. 24, No.16 •

An Attitude of Gratitude

Sylvania, OH 43560 Permit No. 8


Back row, L-R: Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT) Executive Director Maria HoschackGagnon, Ability Center Executive Director Tim Harrington, Front row, LR: The Victory Center Dianne Barndt, Sylvania YMCA/JCC Executive Director Diana Jacobson, and Sylvania Area Family Services Executive Director Dottie Segur give thanks for being part of the missions they serve in the community. Sizzle Simmer Sauté

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Durocher’s hosts Thanksgiving side dish cooking contest! A10 – 11

Festive Things Afoot!

Our Holidy Section offers Sylvania shopping values!

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Happy Birthday!

Oakleaf Village resident, Thelma Coogler celebrates 106 years! 23A



Happenings Community News Food Main Street Activities Business Shop Sylvania Schools Sports Lourdes Sylvania Then and Now Community News Business Cards Lives Remembered Real Estate Classifieds

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


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


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Sylvania Senior Center Programs

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

12/03 Art Studio Group: Tue, 9-11, weekly, * Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * Alt. Health Discussion Group: st & 3rd Tue, 4:15-5 Silver Scholars: 5:30-6:30, call for details Alz/Dementia Caregiver Support Group: 1st Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., monthly 12/04 Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Hatha Yoga: afternoon practice, Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * 12/05 Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Rug Hooking: 1st & 3rd Thu, 9:30-11:30, monthly Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Duplicate Bridge: Thu, 1-4, weekly Hand & Foot: 1st Thursday only in December 12/06 Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly 12/09 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Woodcarving Class: Mon & Wed 1-2:30, weekly, ltd. occupancy Cardio Drumming: 2nd Mon 2 & 2:30 workouts, call for details 12/10 Senior Chorus: Tuesday 9:4511:15, weekly Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:3012:30, weekly, * Legal Outreach: by appt., monthly Adult Coloring: 2nd & 4th Tue, 1-3, monthly Current Events: 2nd & 4th Tue, 2-4, monthly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * Silver Scholars: 5:30-6:30, call for details 12/11 Party Euchre: Wed 10-12, weekly

Pinochle: 12:30-3:30, weekly Woodcarving Class: Mon Wed 1-2:30, weekly, ltd.occupancy Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:3011:30, weekly, * Hatha Yoga: afternoon practice, Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * Retirement Specialist: 2nd Wed, by appt., monthly Rummikub: 2nd Wed only in December, 3-4 12/12 Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:3012:30, weekly, * Memory Chat: 2nd Thu, by appt., memory care professional, monthly Pathways Consultation: 2nd Thu, by appt., monthly Camera Club: 2nd Wed 1:30-2:30, monthly 12/13 Estate Review, by appt., monthly Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:3011:30, weekly, * Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly 12/16 Jazzercise: Mon-Fri call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Arbors at Sylvania BP Clinic: 11:30-12:30 Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:3012:30, weekly, * Woodcarving Class: Mon & Wed 1-2:30, weekly, ltd. occupancy 12/17 Senior Chorus: Tuesday 9:4511:15, weekly O.S.H.I.I.P. Trained Specialist: 3rd Tue of the month, by appt. Chair Yoga: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:3012:30, weekly, * Contract Bridge: Tue 12:30-3:30, weekly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * Alt. Health Discussion Group: 1st & 3rd Tue, 4:15-5 Medicare & You: 3rd Tue, 5:30-6:30, monthly Silver Scholars: 5:30-6:30, call for details 12/18 Pinochle: 12:30-3:30, weekly Movie Day: 3rd Wed 1-3, monthly, RSVP Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:3011:30, weekly, * Hatha Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, *

*Call for fee and registration • For more info, call: 419-885-3913

Sylvania Community Services, a nonprofit agency, manages the Sylvania Senior Center. For a complete listing of all Senior Center activities and programs, visit and click on Senior Center Newsletter.

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


Through Dec. 31

Lights before Christmas Toledo Zoo Sponsored by KeyBank. Over a million lights, animated displays, ice slide and visits with Santa. Visit

•Dec. 2

Chilean Wines for Chilly Nights, 6:30-8:30 pm Franciscan Center Join Nicholas Kubiak, certified specialist of wine and spirits for a wine tasting. Contact Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or email

•Dec. 3

Holiday Open House, 4-7 pm All Good Things Madonna Hall, 6832 Convent Blvd. Once a year tile sale, which are 25% off. •TV Your Way, 6-7 pm Sylvania Library Adults want to find out how you can save money on watching TV? Learn how to enjoy television by using library resources, antennas and streaming devices.

•LEGO Freeplay! 3:30-4:30 pm King Road Library Kids age 5-10 practice engineering skills and put your creativity to work in this fun building program featuring LEGOs and K'Nex. •Woody Woodpecker and other Winter Birds, 11 am-Noon Wildwood Window on Wildlife Bring your binoculars and meet us in the Window on Wildlife for winter birds viewing. We will take a short hike to search for other winter birds Reservations, Code 404402614

•Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 31

Teen Gamers Guild, 3-5 pm Sylvania Library Tweens, age 10-13 play the newest games on the Nintendo Switch, such as Fortnite, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Minecraft, Super Mario Party, and many more. Teen Gamers Guild meets every Thursday in the Teen Area.

•Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11

Teen Meditation, 3:30-4:30 pm King Road Library Teens, need to de-stress before exam week? Learn how the power of breath, connection, observation and a quiet mind can profoundly impact your mentality before exams.

•Dec. 4

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Osmo, 4-5 pm Sylvania Library Kids, age 5-10 play interactive digital and physical games with Osmo Fun Play. •Murderino Book Club, 7-8:30 pm Sylvania Library An adult book club for true crime devotees with discussions covering books, documentaries, and podcast about past and recent true crime events. •Transparent Language Library Database –5:30-7:30 pm King Road Library Adults, learn a new language with Transparent Language, an online learning program that offers self-paced lessons! Register. Toddler Trails, 10-11 am Wildwood Metz This outdoor, multi-sensory nature play and exploration introduces toddlers up to 3 years of age to the natural world. An adult to accompany and assist. $2, Reservations. •Aromatherapy, 1-2 pm The Victory Center, Ste. B 5532 W. Central Ave. 419-531-7600 Discuss the special ways that essential oils can be used for everyday health and wellness. Free to people with cancer diagnosis; sponsored by ProMedica Cancer Institute.

•Dec. 5

Ladies Night Out, 6-9 pm Beautiful Blooms by Jen 5675 N. Main St. Food, beverages, door prizes and 10 local vendors for shopping. •Cricut for the Holidays , 6-7 pm King Road Library Adults, see what you can do with the Cricut cutting machine and learn how to design something unique. Register.

•Dec. 5, 10, 18

Bariatric Information Seminar, 6-8 pm ProMedica Health & Wellness Center Community Education Rooms 1 & 2 5700 Monroe St. ProMedica Weight Loss Surgery is hosting free bariatric informational seminars to help people learn about the ProMedica Weight Loss Surgery Program and the benefits of weight loss surgery. To register, call 419-291-6777 or visit seminar.

•Dec. 5, 19

Code IT Club, 4:15-5:15 pm King Road Library Tweens, age 10-13: Have you ever wanted to create a video game, program a robot or make a website? Learn more about coding and show others your skills.

•Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 Ice carvings, 6 pm Toledo Zoo Main Plaza

•Dec. 6

ParentsÊ Night Out, 5:30-8 pm Christ Presbyterian Church 4225 W. Sylvania Ave. Parent(s) can drop off the kids for dinner and activities while parent(s) shop or enjoy a date night. Free with registration by Dec. 2. Contact Jen Juhasz with questions or to register at 419475-8629 or Holiday Trunk Show, 11 am Inverness Country Club 4601 Dorr St. Toledo Bar Association Auxillary •Holiday Tree Climbing, 5:30-7 pm Wildwood Ward Pavilion Join Metroparks naturalists at this festive tree climbing opportunity! This special holiday climb will be a lighted spectacular! Don’t miss out! Space is limited! $25, Reservations.

•Dec. 6-24

ChildrenÊs Wonderland, 11 am-8 pm except Dec. 24 only until 2 pm Tam-O-Shanter 7060 W. Sylvania Classic displays, train rides, kids zone and photos with Santa. $8 adults, $6 kids and



•Dec. 6, 14, 20, 21

Sleepover Toledo Zoo This overnight experience features up-close encounters with animals, special talks by Zoo staff, evening cookies and hot cocoa and a continental breakfast. For more information, visit

•Dec. 6, noon-8pm and Dec. 7, 10 am-6 pm

Studio Sale 8029 Sterns Rd., Ottawa Lake, Mich. Potter Ann Tubbs and beadwork by Margaret Mazur highlight this sale.

•Dec. 6 and 7

Miracle on Main Street Downtown Sylvania Dec. 6: 5-8 pm is First Friday Art Walk, holiday shopping, Mistletoe Market, silent acution at the Heritge Center Museum, Elfin’ Brew Hop and 6 pm tree lighting. Dec. 7: 11 am-6 pm holiday shoppng, Mistletoe Market, Elfin’ Brew Hop, from 1-5:30 pm kids craft and activities in Historical Village, silent auction at Heritage Center Museum, from 4-5:30 pm is a 5K run, and at 5:45 pm is the holiday parade.

•Dec. 6, 7, 14, 20, 21

Mystery of the Christmas Star, 7:30 pm Appold Planetarium Lourdes University Story of the Star of Bethlehem. $5 adults, $4 children 12 and under. Reservations encouraged. Call 419-517-8897.

•Dec. 7

Teens Making a Difference, 2-4 pm Sylvania Library Teens, come together to help your community with hands-on projects to be donated to local organizations. Earn service hours;help others. •Winter student showcase, 9 am-6 pm Harvest Lane Alliance Church 5132 Harvest Forte Music School students in daylong concerts. Free and open to the public. •Santa, St. Francis, Animals, 2-4 pm Canticle Center 5335 Silica Dr. Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, Inc. presents this event co-sponsored by the Lourdes University Education Department and Christ Child Society. Photos with Santa, stories from St. Francis about the first Christmas and stories read by Mrs. Claus. There will be crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, face painting, live animals with the Lourdes students who care for them.


•Dec. 7, 8

Pet photos with Santa, 10 am-2 pm Pet Supplies Plus on Talmadge on Dec. 7 and Pet Supplies Plus on Alexis on Dec. 8. Proceeds to Mobile Meals.

•Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15

Family Movie Days, 1-3 pm Wildwood Ward Pavilion This is the first of four, free holiday movies at the Ward Pavilion (east entrance). ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ 12‘The Santa Claus,’ 12-8 ‘Prancer,’ 12-14 ‘Arthur Christmas,’ 12-15 Bring your camera! Santa and Mrs. Claus will make appearances before each movie, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations, Code 408404604

•Dec. 7, 21

Euchre Saturdays, 11 am-1 pm Sylvania Library Do you enjoy playing cards? How about coffee, conversation and a chance to meet new people? Whether you're a "card shark" or have never played Euchre before, all are welcome.

•Dec. 8

Longest Night Service, 4 pm Sylvania United Church of Christ 7240 Erie St. Service designed for comfort and support those struggling for any reason. All welcomed.

•Dec. 8-15

Manor House Holidays, 10 am-8 pm Wildwood Preserve Metropark Free tour of decorated mansion plus carriage rides, S’more Shack and holiday movies.



•Dec. 9

Anime Drawing. 3:30-4:30 pm Sylvania Library Tweens, age 10-13: Are you an aspiring artist who would like to get together with others to draw anime characters? We'll have paper and pencils for everyone to use. •Monday Crafternoon, 3:30-4;30 pm King Road Library Kids age 5-10: If you love to make crafts, jewelry, and art projects, "Crafternoons" are for you! The library will provide the projects, supplies, smiles, and fun. Children ages 5-12 •Sylvania Book Group, 7-8 pm Sylvania Library Adults can have an enjoyable time reading and discussing books! ‘Your Second Life Begins. . . Have One.’ by Raphaelle Giordano. •Poetry Writing Group, 6:30-8:30 pm King Road Library Adults join us for this monthly writing session. Work with your fellow poets to craft your best poems. The group meets on the second Monday of the month. Register

•Dec. 10

TED talk, Noon-1 pm Franciscan Center TED Talk video, where Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Imam Jamal Rahman provide a unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor in sharing about their work to support more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on major social and economic issues. Contact Dr. Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707. •Grandparent Project, 5-7:30 pm Sylvania Library Are you raising your grandchildren? Join us for informational programs on topics including legal issues, education, emotional support. •SACIC annual meeting, 4:30 pm Highland Meadows Country Club 7455 Erie St. Short business meeting followed by networking and light refreshments. No charge but reservations are required. Contact Michelle Sprott by calling 419-882-2135 or at by Dec. 6. •Ukesters Jam Session, 7-8:30 pm King Road Library Toledo Ukesters play ukuleles. Free and open to teens and adults.

•Dec. 11

English Language Conversation Club, 6-7 pm King Road Library Adults, immerse yourself in a welcoming, respectful and friendly environment to practice your English conversation skills while discussing a variety of topics. •Dementia Education, 6:30-7:30 pm ProMedica Flower Hospital Conference Center, Boardroom Free dementia education sessions for family members, caregivers, friends, and community members. Call 419-824-1758 or email

•Dec. 12

Bacik lecture, 5:30-7 pm Franciscan Center Father Jim Bacik’s Advent Reflection, ‘The Eucharist as a Memorial Meal.’ This lecture about Christ who went about doing good, washed feet, accepted death on the cross, rose from the dead. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets online at,

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

Days Mondays


Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays

Program Preschool Storytime Code IT Club Family Storytime Sit, Stay, Read Babytime Family Storytime Toddler Storytime Teen Gamers Guild Cricut Creations Library Playdate

Time 2-2:45 pm 4-5 pm 10-10:45 am 7-8 pm 10-10:30 am 11-11:30 am 10-10:30 am 3-5 pm 6:30-8 pm 10-10:45 am

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

Time 4-4:30 pm 10-10:30 am 11-11:30 am 4:15-5:15 pm 1:30-2:30 pm 6-7 pm 6-7 pm 4:15-5:15 pm 7-8 pm 3:45-4:45 pm

King Road Branch Library Recurring Events 3900 King Rd., Sylvania, Ohio

Days Mondays Tuesdays

Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays

Your Go-To Event: Deck the Halls for History

Sylvania Historical Society volunteer Liz Stover looks on as Sue Peppers and Mimi Malcolm try one of the holiday cookies at the 2018 fundraiser.



et in the holiday spirit while supporting a good cause at Heritage Sylvania’s fifth annual Deck the Halls for History fundraiser on Dec. 6 and 7 at the Heritage Center Museum, 5717 Main St., Sylvania. The fundraiser, part of Sylvania’s premier holiday event, Miracle on Main Street, features a silent auction with dozens of gift baskets, holiday decorations including wreaths and table centerpieces, and handmade items, all donated from area businesses and community leaders. Guests will have the opportunity to look over the items and place bids on their favorites from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, Dec. 6 and from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Lyndsey Stough makes a bid on one of her favorite Christmas items at the 2018 Deck the Halls for History fundraiser. Heritage Sylvania is comprised of the three independent organizations including the Sylvania Area Historical Society, the Friends of the Lathrop House and the Sylvania Historical Village. Proceeds from the fundraiser help to support Heritage Sylvania’s educational programs for children, maintenance for the organization’s historic structures,and preservation of artifacts from the past. Admission to Deck the Halls for History is free. To donate an item for the silent auction, email This event is highlighted on the Guy in the 419 Live Show, available on Facebook or by visiting


Fostering a service dog in training is a rewarding experience


Cindy Jones and Inca take many trips to local businesses as part of the training process. For most organizations, volunteers are an integral part of the effort to fulfill their mission. For The Ability Center’s Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) Program, they are essential. Committed fosters, loving puppy sitters, and dedicated donors are how the agency continues to train and place dogs with youth and adults with disabilities each year. Service dogs are considered assistive devices by standards written in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Foster Cindy Jones shares her story in an open letter to those considering volunteering for ADAI. Bringing dogs into the home has not only been positive for her son with autism, but also expanded her family’s outlook on what “giving” looks like. My name is Cindy Jones and I am a current ADAI foster for Inca, a black lab. I became aware of The Ability Center’s Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence Program last spring during one of the “Hug a Pup” events at a local bank. Weeks later, I attended another similar event at a coffee shop and signed up to become a sitter. I was drawn to The Ability Center’s program because of its mission to assist children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence. I have a personal connection to disability. My son Sam is almost 18 and has moderate autism and is non-verbal. It is my hope that Sam will receive his own assistance dog in the future to relieve some obstacles he faces. Fostering dogs allows Sam to become familiar with dogs so we can gauge if an assistance dog will help him. My favorite experience so far while volunteering with ADAI has been the graduation ceremony held in July 2019. I watched London graduate and participate in the “passing of the leash.” It was a heartfelt event to watch the fosters

hand their foster dog to the new forever person. I was able to meet the young boy who has autism whom London now lives with. Jones was a Thursday through Monday or weekend sitter for London for seven months while she was in the final two training phases. Fostering Inca in our home has impacted my family by helping us be more aware of the disability community. We have been aware and involved in the autism community for several years but ADAI has introduced us to the entire disability community and has shown us an amazing opportunity to become involved. As a family, we are overjoyed when Inca learns a new skill. It is heartwarming to know that our family plays an important role in helping Inca become the best she can be at her future role of assisting her forever person. Inca has been with the family since last April and will remain there until April, 2020. Jones hopes to have her on weekends during her final training and plans to graduate in the fall of 2020. Currently, she and Inca go to a training class every Thursday where they work on skills Inca has already been taught as well as on new skills. If are not in class, they are on an outing with the trainer and other dogs at a local business where they practice the skills in a public location. While at home, Inca and Jones work on the skills daily. Some days Jones also takes Inca out for practice at an area business such as stores, restaurants, etc.

Open House

Visit the new training facility for Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence and Agility Angels training facility at 5605 Monroe St. on Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 am to 1 pm and Tuesday Dec. 10 from 4 to 6 pm.




Local leaders of not-for-profit organizations share their ‘Attitudes

Sylvania Area Family Service

Sylvania Community Action Team

I am proud to say I have been a part of this mission for 17 years and have watched the impact SAFS has upon the lives of so many individuals and families. For 52 years SAFS has been strengthening the community by offering many programs and services to help families in need. We are living proof that the work done by food banks frees up money that enables them to use funds to pay utilities, rent or medical expenses. Working with this organization has been a meaningful experience for me. I have had the privilege of working with an incredible team of staff, board members and volunteers who share the same passion for serving others. I have come across those who feel there is no poverty in Sylvania. If you were to visit our weekly choice pantry and see the people waiting in line for food, you will see how great the need is right here in Sylvania! A single mother recently told me, “With an income that is just a little too much for government assistance and just a little too scarce to get by, SAFS has been a lifesaver for my family. Thank you for all you do for our community.”

Working at Sylvania Community Action Team is something I am incredibly thankful for every day. For starters, each team and board member believes in the mission of SCAT. I am very thankful to work for an organization whose mission I personally 100 percent believe in. Our goal everyday is to help our youth stay away from at risk behaviors by educating them and their parents and by giving them positive things to do. I originally got involved with SCAT because I was a parent wanting to learn how to be the best parent I could be, to help my kids be the best they could be. I know that staying away from risk behaviors helps this. at I love that the work we do actually makes a difference for the families that live here in Sylvania where I live and raise my family. Dottie Segur When I hear comments like these, I am thankful we are here for those who need a hand up during difficult times to strengthen Sylvania … one family at a time.


The Victory Center

Lending a hand, too.



Dear Eagle,

One of our cancer survivors told me recently that she doesn’t know what she would do without The Victory Center. We have become a haven for her—a place where she is understood, where she can cry (or laugh), where she can feel connected and hopeful. The reason I love my job at The Victory Center is because of this woman and the hundreds of other men, women and children who allow us the privilege of being an important part of their cancer journey. I see the difference we make in their lives every single day and it is humbling. I am thankful for what The Victory Center provides for our community of cancer patients and survivors, and I am eternally grateful to be a part of it. What a joy it is to do something for a living that fills your soul!”

Diana Brabdt

TOPS staff assist neighbor

You took the time to find programs that worked for my budget. Now I own a home for only $20 more than I was paying a month for o rent.


Sincerely, Carey Spellman

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Recently, two Olander Park System staff found themselves in the roll of rescue crew when they noticed a fire at a house next to Olander Park. Tim Miley and Darrell Everly were returning to Olander Park when they noticed smoke and flames coming from a neighbor’s house. They called 911, then turned around and went to the house on Franklin Drive. When they arrived, the front door was open and the

owner was sitting on the stairs inside. The men assisted the woman out the door and down the sidewalk to the EMTs who took over from there. “We are so proud of Tim and Darrell for putting themselves at risk to help a neighbor in need. All our staff work hard to make sure our community has great places to spend time with their families, exercise and enjoy nature. This week doing a great job also meant helping a neighbor in need. Thank you gentlemen!”



of Gratitude’ for their missions during this holiday season Ability Center of Greater Toledo

Sylvania YMCA/JCC

In 1963, community leaders within Toledo Rotary had the vision to purchase 17 acres of land on Monroe Street, to hopefully be the future home of The Ability Center. Seventeen years later that dream became a reality with the grand opening of the center. Their role in community leadership has benefited thousands through the years. I became director of the Ability Center in 1999, and was thrilled to be presented with opportunities to figuratively “build bridges” for others living with disabilities. The Ability Center supports and enables individuals living with disabilities to move out of a nursing home and provides programs and assistance that leads to greater independence. Building a ramp at the home of a child with disabilities or watching the pride in a young adult having a work experience through our Next Steps Program are the experiences that are so rewarding. We “build bridges” and change lives every day. I cherish my role of community leader, championing what is good for our community. May we be the cowbell in the band ringing out good.

I am thankful for the family culture at the Sylvania YMCA/JCC. As a mother of four, I appreciate our family friendly atmosphere. Because we welcome everyone, because we promote the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility, and because we strive to engage and improve the spirit, mind, and body of all, this is a great place to raise my children. The YMCA is a community within a community, working to meet social, physical, and spiritual needs for the greater good of all. With a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being, and give back and support our neighbors. It is truly a home away from home for myself and my family and I cannot imagine being anywhere else.

Tim Harrington

Diana Jacobson

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Help Our Birds and Butterflies: Get rid of invasive plants, trees 8A


City of Sylvania Tree Commission members Cheryl Rice, Pat O’Brien, Rick Barriclough, Eric Peterson, Candy Sarikonda and Toni Andrews plant native flowers to restore the natural habitat in Ravine Cemetery


I’ve been doing pollinator habitat restoration for a long time and I’ve learned a few things over the years. Most notably, I’ve learned that not all habitats are created equal. But not everybody knows it. Recently, I noticed a Facebook post in which citizens in our city were concerned about the removal of trees and shrubs at the intersection of two main roads in our city. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has planned a major project for that site, which involves completely redesigning the interchange. In preparation, ODOT crews were removing much of the understory brush at the site, and citizens were concerned that these trees and bushes would be a great loss for wildlife. I am chairman of the city of Sylvania Tree

Commission. I decided to share my thoughts about the trees and shrubs at that location. Specifically, the large number of invasive trees and bushes present there that harm our city’s ecosystem. I was happy to see them go. A healthy urban forest depends on forest management. Much of what was located at the city site was highly invasive. Invasive trees and bushes like common buckthorn, tree of heaven, bush honeysuckle, and callery (Bradford) pear choke out our native trees and wildflowers. These invasives destroy biodiversity. As we lose our native trees and wildflowers, we also lose our native insects that feed on them, and thus our native birds who feed on those insects. For example, a native oak tree can support 534 different species of butterfly and moth caterpillars. By contrast, the invasive common buck-


thorn tree has been documented to support only 4 species. On top of that, common buckthorn is a host for the soybean aphid, a recently introduced crop pest. Not a pest we want in northwest Ohio, where our main crops are corn and soybeans. Why do invasive trees and shrubs fail to support our native butterflies and moths? Because our native insects don't recognize these non-native trees as food. They can't overcome the chemical defenses of these plants, and thus can't and won't eat them. They'll starve rather than eat these non-native plants. Approximately 90 percent of our insect herbivores are specialists. That means they eat only particular native plants or groups of plants. These plants are referred to as host plants. Our native butterflies and moths have co-evolved with their host plants. Caterpillars have evolved to be able to digest the chemicals in their host plants. Caterpillars can’t simply evolve overnight and start eating non-native plants, that may take millenia. So we need to provide the host plants that will allow our native insects to survive. An example I like to use is the monarch butterfly. Monarch caterpillars have evolved to be able to consume milkweed, and sequester the cardiac glycoside toxin in their bodies, even using it as a defense against predators. Luna moth caterpillars in our area prefer the leaves of hickory and sweet gum. Polyphemus caterpillars love oak leaves. Not one of these caterpillars would ever eat Common Buckthorn. They would starve to death first. And without caterpillars, our birds will starve too. Warblers are insectivores, and they are masters at quickly finding and consuming flies, caterpillars, bees and other insects. Visit Magee Marsh in northwest Ohio on a spring migration day and you will witness numerous warblers plucking insects from the trees at speeds that seem near impossible to fathom. In the time it takes you to find one insect, the warblers will likely have found and consumed several. In 1907, Mosher recorded a chestnut-sided warbler eating 22 caterpillars in 14 minutes and a Nashville warbler ate 42 caterpillars in 30 minutes. A black-and-white warbler ate at least 28 caterpillars in 10 minutes “and probably took many more.” It is estimated that 96 percent of our terrestrial birds rear their young on insects. Caterpillars are a major protein source for those baby birds, and

they need a lot of them. A 1996 study by O’NeillGoodbred and Holmes showed that pairs of nesting black-throated blue warblers made 22 trips to the nest each hour! Douglas Tallamy describes the nesting habit of Carolina chickadees, “While they are feeding their young, watch what the chickadees bring to the nest: mostly caterpillars. Both parents take turns feeding the chicks, enabling them to bring a caterpillar to the nest once every three minutes. And they do this from 6 am until 8 pm for each of the 16 to 18 days it takes the chicks to fledge. That’s a total of 350 to 570 caterpillars every day, depending on how many chicks they have. So, an incredible 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars are required to make one clutch of chickadees.” Tallamy reports a pair of bluebirds, when feeding their young, bring back to the nest up to 300 caterpillars per day. Yet Tallamy and Shropshire found that when areas are overrun with invasive plants, they produce 22 times fewer caterpillars than more natural areas. Narango, Tallamy and Marra found that baby Carolina chickadees reared in landscapes with less than 70 percent native plants were food-limited and had low survival rates. But landscapes with 94 percent native plants produced a stable chickadee population, in other words enough offspring were produced to replace the parent’s generation. The city of Sylvania has many efforts planned to restore habitat in our city parks, and protect our river ecosystem. We understand the need for erosion prevention, flood control and habitat creation. We know that managing the forest will even help with tick control. All of that begins with removing invasives, and allowing our deeply-rooted native wildflowers and trees to regrow. So for me, seeing those invasive bushes and trees removed from the interchange in our city is a blessing because that site will no longer serve as a source of invasive seed, and undermine our city's ecosystem restoration efforts. All things green are not created equal. So learn about invasives in our area, and how you can help your backyard wildlife by replacing these invasive plants with native plants in your own backyard. The butterflies and birds will love you for it! If you would like some assistance, contact our tree commission through the forestry department at 419-885-8992 and we’ll be happy to help you!

In a bipartisan move, the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to help the state confront the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Senate Bill 24, introduced by State Senator Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) and Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), calls for the creation of a process that will lead to an official plan of action to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Among the issues the plan will address are Alzheimer’s as a critical public health issue, the importance of early detection and diagnosis, resources for caregiver support, as well as safety concerns like wandering and driving. The legislation is now headed to the Governor’s Office. Currently 220,000 Ohioans live with Alzheimer’s, a fatal progressive brain disease with no known cure, effective treatment or way

to slow its progression. For each one, there are 2-3 caregivers who also need support, making an estimated one million Ohioans directly affected by the disease. By 2025, an estimated 250,000 Ohioans aged 65 and over will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a 13.6 percent increase. Last year, Medicaid costs associated with Alzheimer’s stood at a staggering $2.36 billion. Julia Faulkner Pechlivanos, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter, said, “The passage of SB24 elevates Alzheimer's and other dementias as a state-wide priority. At the Alzheimer's Association, we are pleased to know that a state plan will improve access to support and other resources for the 220,000 Ohioans with dementia and their caregivers.” To connect with the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter, visit or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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Local author’s interest in Wild West leads to successful career another and I would have another subject for a book,” he recalled. His research quests have taken him to towns all over the west where he explored libraries and newspaper archives searching for bits of knowledge about his current subjects. He also met with descendants of those subjects and pursued old papers and any letters he could find. “Each book took a year or two at least,” he said. Some of his other books include “Early Days in Texas: A Trip to Hell and Heaven,” “The Life and Death of a Lawman on the Closing Frontier,” “Trailing Billy the Kid, National Association for Outlaw and Lawman,” “Bravo of the Brazos: John Larn of Fort Griffin, Texas,” “Deadly Dozen: Twelve Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West,” and “Ballots and Bullets: The Bloody County Seat Wars of Kansas.” DeArment found the advent of the personal computer and the internet radically revolutionized his research work and it allows him to keep on writing.

Bob DeArment Sylvania resident Bob DeArment did not intend to write books, but a love of the frontier old west and a fascination with law and order prompted the Sylvania resident to take pen in hand ... literally. Some 22 published books later, the 94-yearold has put down his pen in favor of a computer and continues to satisfy his curiosity researching subjects of interest and putting his findings in print. At the moment, he has turned his attention to self-publishing two volumes chronicling his own life for the benefit of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I have been so delighted when I came across memories written by subjects I have been researching, it occurred to me that perhaps someday someone might be interested in the work I did and would appreciate learning about me,” he thought. A third and final volume is incomplete because, he says, he does not know how it ends. DeArment grew up on Saturday movies that were 10 cents for kids depicting the exploits of Tom Mix, Buck Jones, and other celluloid heroes. That’s where he developed a love for the Wild West as a young boy. That feeling was reignited while serving in the Army. After six months of active combat as a gunner in a machine gun squad as part of the infantry marching through France and into Germany, DeArment found himself overseeing a parts depot after the war in Europe ended. The soldier he replaced told him that the prisoners of war working in the depot took care of everything and to enjoy the library of books there. To DeArment’s surprise and delight those books were all Western novels. Returning home, he earned a degree in literature and history from The University of Toledo while he did factory work at Champion Spark Plug Company.

In the early 1950s, he began questioning whether the movies he had watched and the novels he had read actually reflected the real history of the American West or were merely figments of the imagination of screen writers and novelists. Having seen the name Bat Masterson pop up in purported nonfiction books of the genre, he found that no biography of the man had been published, and determined to write one. Researching and writing while holding down one and sometimes two jobs, it took him more than 20 years to finish the manuscript, but “Bat Masterson, The Man and the Legend,” was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1975. That book was later selected as one of the 50 greatest Western books of all time by True West Magazine, and is still in print. He wrote a second Bat Masterson book, one dealing with the man’s later life as a sports columnist in New York City. DeArment’s second book, “Knights of the Green Cloth,” came about as a result of more research. Masterson’s career included being a buffalo hunter, army scout, gambler, and even columnist to a New York newspaper. In his day, gambling was considered a legitimate profession. Professional gamblers of that time were known as ‘Knights of the Green Table,’ thus the title of that book. In 1992, his volume “George Scarborough: The Life and Death of a Lawman on the Closing Frontier,” he details the U.S. Marshal in El Paso, Texas, Scarborough, who became known for one major event: the killing of the gunman John Selman in 1896. Scarborough was the son of a Baptist minister, and as a lawman was also noted for his ability to track down outlaws. As years went by, DeArment took early retirement from Champion to devote time to his research and writing. “One thing would lead to


Frontier old western memoriabilia and cover posters from Bob DeArment’s books line the walls of the Sylvania home.



FOOD, WINE & SHOPPING Toledo Farmers Market 525 Market St., Toledo Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm The heat is on and the overhead doors are closed for cozy shopping until spring. Each week, the market offers local winter vegetables, homemade baked goods, specialty foods, coffee, wine, plants and handmade items such as candles, soaps, jewelry and pottery. Wine-ter Fest at Cherry Creek Cellars 11500 Silver Lake Hwy., Brooklyn, Mich. Dec. 6 - 8, 11 am - 6 pm Enjoy a German Christmas Market at the winery. The three-day event features outdoor IGLOOs, a German-style bier tent, authentic cuisine and Gluhwein, handcrafted goods, outdoor games, fire pits and live music throughout the weekend. Cookie Decorating Open House DurocherÊs Sylvania 5555 Monroe St. Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 am - 2 pm Enjoy coffee and hot chocolate while decorating cut-out cookies. Holiday Markets at Eastern Market 2934 Russell St., Detroit, Mich. Sundays, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 10 am - 4 pm Thursday, Dec. 19, 5 - 9 pm Additional markets have been planned to help meet all your holiday shopping needs. The markets feature Michigan-made gift options including clothing, art, jewelry, beauty products and more. The events are free and open to all ages.


Winter Artisan Market Argus Farm Stop 1200 Packard St., Ann Arbor, Mich. Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 am - 2 pm The indoor, year-round farmers market hosts its annual winter artisan market. Shop from dozens of local vendors offering everything from pottery to pastries, and enjoy live music and local food. Toledo Night Market at The Stables 11781 Obee Rd., Whitehouse Friday, Dec. 13, 3 - 8 pm A holiday edition of the popular nighttime event under the twinkly lights. The event features local artisans, treats, a gift wrapping station, and music. Grab a beer, sip on wine, or create your own hot cocoa at the complimentary hot chocolate bar. Admission is $1. TASTINGS SofoÊs Italian Market 5400 Monroe St. Wednesdays, 5 - 7 pm Sip on several wines while enjoying complimentary food samples of Sofo products and a fabulous Sofo family dish created by Chef Frankie. Prices vary. Bottle Shop at MancyÊs Italian 5453 Monroe St. Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Weekly tasting event. Pours begin at $2. JosephÊs Beverage Center 4129 Talmadge Rd. Thursdays, 6 - 8 pm Enjoy a selection of wines for a nominal fee.

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Judges for the cooking contest at Durocher’s Sylvania are Jeff Tuttle of 98.3 Nash Icon, Jennifer Ruple of Sylvania AdVantage and Chris Durocher, president and owner of Durocher’s.


The sounds of rattling pans, clinking platters and laughter, not to mention heavenly smells, filled the air during Durocher’s and Cumulus Media’s Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Cook-off. The event, Jennifer Ruple held Saturday, Nov. 16 at Durocher’s Sylvania location, 5555 Monroe St., teamed four area radio listeners with onair personalities from local stations to compete for 2019 bragging rights and fantastic prizes. To make the finals, listeners of K-100, 94.5 WXKR, Q 105.5 Toledo and 93.5 WRQN were asked to send in their best Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Each station chose one recipe for the competition and sent a representative to assist their finalist with the cooking of the dishes. Contestants had one hour to prepare their side dishes in four of Durocher’s fully functioning display kitchens. When it was “time’s up,” the contestants presented their dishes to a panel of judges - I was honored to be asked to help choose the winner along with Jeff Tuttle of 98.3 Nash Icon and Chris Durocher, president and owner of Durocher’s. Heating up the competition were Shannon Bylow and Lyn Casye from K-100, Laurie Gombash and Eric Chase from Q 105.5, Deborah Norin-Kuehn and Becky Shock of 93.5 WRQN, and Coco Sutton and Pyke from 94.5 WXKR. While each of the dishes are worthy of a spot on the Thanksgiving buffet, there could only be one winner. Congratulations to Laurie Gombash who took home first place honors for her Cheezy Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. I, along with the all the

finalists, hope you enjoy reading and cooking their recipes. Until next year… Cheezy Brussels Sprouts

Cheezy Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Submitted by Laurie Gombash 1 pound Brussels sprouts 1/2 package bacon 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, sliced 3 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup Asiago cheese Heat oven to 425 F. Trim the ends of Brussels sprouts and cut in half lengthwise. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces. To a one-gallon bag, add sprouts, bacon, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Knead bag so that all ingredients are coated with olive oil. Spread ingredients onto a baking pan and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over sprouts and bacon. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and smash Brussels



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sprouts down slightly. Sprinkle with Asiago cheese and cook for 5 more minutes. Busia’s Kapusta

Busia’s Kapusta (Sweet and Sour Cabbage)

1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon Tabasco 1/2 pound grated Gruyere cheese Heat oven to 375 F. In a heavy skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onions until translucent. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until mushrooms release their liquid. Add spinach and Worcestershire and cook until spinach is no longer bright green. Add cream cheese, half-and-half and seasonings and cook until cream cheese is melted. Stir in breadcrumbs and Tabasco. Pour into greased 6x8-inch casserole. Sprinkle with Gruyere and bake uncovered until warm throughout and cheese begins to brown.

Pyke of 94.5 WXKR and contestant Coco Sutton create Herbed Oyster Stuffing. Sutton’s parents are from New Orleans, and this southern inspired stuffing is an annual tradition at her family’s Thanksgiving table.

2 heads cabbage 1 medium white onion 1 1/2 quarts water 1 pound unflavored Crisco 2 tablespoons salt 1 tablespoon pepper 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup sugar

Cheesy Spinach Casserole

Cheesy Spinach Casserole Submitted by Deborah Norin-Kuehn 1 stick unsalted butter 1 1/2 cup onions, chopped 1 cup mushrooms, sliced Three 10-ounce packs frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 8-ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup half-and-half 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Transfer stuffing to a buttered 3 to 3 1/2quart shallow baking dish. Bake, covered in middle of oven 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until browned, about 30 minutes more.

Herbed Oyster Stuffing

Submitted by Shannon Bylow

In a large pot, melt Crisco. Add onion, cabbage, salt and pepper and simmer until cabbage cooks down a bit. Add water and bring to a boil for 15 minutes. Turn down heat and add vinegar and sugar. Cook until cabbage cooks down a bit. Cook’s note: The Polish tradition is to layer the cabbage on top of mashed potatoes and top with gravy.

Transfer to bowl with bread cubes. Stir in bacon, parsley, butter and oysters. Drizzle with stock, season with salt and pepper, and toss well.


Herbed Oyster Stuffing Submitted by Coco Sutton 2 loaves, 2 to 3 day-old Italian or French bread (1 pound total), cut into 3/4-inch cubes (12 cups) 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (if needed) 2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups) 1 1/2 cups chopped celery 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried thyme, crumbled 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage, crumbled 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 24 oyster, shucked, drained and chopped (1 cup) 2 1/4 cups turkey giblet stock or low-sodium chicken broth Heat oven to 325 F. Spread bread cubes on 2 shallow baking pans and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of pans halfway through baking, until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool bread then transfer to a large bowl. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels, reserving fat in skillet. If bacon renders less than 1/4 cup fat, add oil to skillet to total ¼ cup fat. Cook onions, celery, thyme, sage, garlic, salt and pepper in fat over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

Becky Shock of 93.5 WRQN assists Deborah Norin-Kuehn with her Cheesy Spinach Casserole.

Contestant Shannon Bylow and Lyn Casye of K-100 work on Bylow’s entry, Busia’s Kapusta, a 100-yearold tradition at her family’s table.

Contestant Laurie Gombash and Eric Chase from Q 105.5 prepare Cheezy Smashed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. Gombash took first prize and was awarded a GE beverage fridge valued at $1,500.




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Toledo Memorial Park President and CEO Jeff Clegg, right, welcomes the Guy in the 419, Pat McCarty, who provided the music during the event.

Tana Ohneck and Gina Wells serve guests coffee or hot chocolate at the 10th annual event held at Toledo Memorial Park on Nov. 23.

Wanda Dickson looks for the ornament hung in memory of her husband Jeffrey.

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Carla McComb and her mother Carmen Maranan find the ornament in memory of Sunny Maranan.

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Toledo Memorial Park President and CEO Jeff Clegg, right, welcomes the Guy in the 419, Pat McCarty, who provided the music during the event.

Tana Ohneck and Gina Wells serve guests coffee or hot chocolate at the 10th annual event held at Toledo Memorial Park on Nov. 23.

Wanda Dickson looks for the ornament hung in memory of her husband Jeffrey.

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Carla McComb and her mother Carmen Maranan find the ornament in memory of Sunny Maranan.

Claudette and Norma Banton and her daughter Sharon Nichols celebrate the memory of their cousin.

Chelsie Siebenaler and her son Judah plan to look for the ornaments honoring his great-grandparents, Patricia and Harold Bunting.

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Athletico Physical Therapy opens third location in Promenade Shops

Timm Meyers has his knee looked over by Kevin Ruddy of Athletico. Physical Therapist Kevin Ruddy of Athletico has recently leased 2,600 square feet of space in the Promenade Shops at 5757 Monroe St. Ryan LaPointe of Miller Danberry Commercial Realty, negotiated the lease for the space. “In looking for our next location to expand Athletico into the northwest Ohio area, we wanted to identify a location with good traffic and surrounded by successful and vibrant businesses. Promenade Shops offers that and

more. The many businesses filling that plaza attract a high volume of engaged customers. In addition, some of the businesses in and around this location, like 9 Round Fitness, American Home Fitness, GolfTec and Dave’s Running Shop, complement the continuum of health and wellness of which Athletico Physical Therapy is a part. Being at this location, our hope is to capture the attention of those that are looking for therapy services,” Ruddy stated. “In addition, we chose that location to be

conveniently located for clients with easy on/off access to US23 and near other major medical facilities and health/wellness centers,” he added. “Finally, we talked to potential referral sources, like doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants, who indicated a desire for therapy services in this area. While patients in Ohio can refer themselves to PT without a referral from a medical provider, we work closely with many area providers and want to be where they need us,” he said. According to Ruddy, the finished space is 2,600 square feet, with another roughly 1,400 square feet of adjacent space. The finished space contains endurance equipment, resistance equipment and many other rehab related tools, including therapy balls and steps. “Since we provide services for athletes and injured workers, the additional space allows us to address functional activities that individuals have trouble with that require more space, including return to play testing for athletes and work conditioning and testing for injured workers,” Ruddy noted. This marks the company’s third location in the Toledo metro area. Other locations include Miracle Mile Shopping Center near Jackman and Laskey roads in West Toledo by Harbor Freight and in Temperance, Mich. on Lewis Avenue near Smith Road.

What sets Athletico apart from other PT facilities?

Three main things set Athletico apart from other facilities: access, attention and communication. When contacting one of the locations, a patient will receive an appointment within 24 to 48 hours. Access to medical care is one of the biggest keys to getting better. “We make a commitment to getting patients into care quickly so we can help them get ahead of their recovery right away,” Ruddy promised. Athletico provides a great environment for its therapists to use the skills and expertise they gained through education and experience. Patients receive the attention necessary from the therapist to identify the cause of an issue and come up with an individualized plan. Then the clinician carries out that plan. Patients remain under the direct supervision and care of the PT who started the care, with one-on-one attention. Finally, at Athletico, the staff remains in close communication with referring providers to be a team member in a patient’s recovery.

Whether it be post operative care, a referral from a doctor or a patient accessing PT directly, contact with other professionals involved is maintained to help determine the best course of action to help with ideal recovery. “At this new location, we will have a full time PT and an office coordinator present to help with the episode of care from start to finish. As our volumes grows, we will hire staff or bring in staff from other facilities to accommodate the additional patients. With Athletico being a large, multi-state company–500 clinics strong in 19 states–we have access to other staff for specialty care as well as additional staff as business demands change. We always ensure appropriate staff so we maintain the attention we promise,” Ruddy stated. Prior to beginning with Athletico in 2014, Ruddy spent 10 years working with another company at clinics in southeast Michigan and Toledo/Sylvania. During that time, he honed his clinical skills after having completed a specialty certification in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through Oakland University in 2000. From 2000-2005, he managed a clinic in Allen Park Mich. He started his career in outpatient physical therapy in Toledo from 1995-2000. “During the course of my 24 year career, I have held different clinical and managerial positions, however those have been in hospitalbased PT clinics. Having an entrepreneurial tendency, the opportunity arose with Athletico, a private PT company, to open a clinic from the ground up at the current Miracle Mile location. Since I’d never worked for a private practice, I accepted the challenge and, over the past 5 years, helped grow this location. Now we look to expand our footprint throughout the Toledo market and northwest Ohio at our new Sylvania location,” he explained.

Aquaponic farm opens

Balance Pan-Asian Grille held a grand opening Nov. 22 for its 8,600-square-foot aquaponics farm at 215 North Summit St., at the corner of Summit St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Toledo. Three years in the making, Balance Farms produces crops grown above the soil and served in Balance locations, as well as at other local restaurants and grocery stores. One of the Balance Pan-Asian Grille locations is at 5860 W. Central Ave.


Christie Bush and her daughter, Taylor, are business partners at their newly opened Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery located 7427 W. Central Ave.

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The timing was right for Sylvanians Christie Bush and daughter Taylor to begin a new adventure together. On Saturday, Nov. 9 they opened the doors to their new bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, 7427 W. Central Ave. at Central Crossing. “We had such a great turnout of friends and family and the community; it was a wonderful day,” said Christie Bush. Bush and her husband, Kevin, became interested in the Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise while on a trip in Jacksonville, Fla. “My friend suggested we stop in and check it out,” said Bush. “My husband always likes something sweet and went right to the samples tray. I think he



proceeded to eat all of samples available,” she laughed. “The cakes were so good we took home some franchise information.” Taylor, a recent graduate with a major in early childhood education from the University of Toledo, was looking for career options. Christie, who left her job in the finance field when she had kids, was ready to find something to fill the gap in her days after her youngest left for college. The mom and daughter team began working with the Nothing Bundt Cakes’ corporate team in Dallas, were approved for the franchise, and in just about a year got their bakery up and running. “Taylor and I spent four and a half weeks working at one of the

franchise’s locations in Dallas learning every aspect of the business, including the back of the house, or we like to call it heart of the house, baking, frosting, front of the house with guests, and management. It was tough work, but it was also fun,” said Bush. All of the cakes are made daily in house. Cakes are available in 8 and 10-inch sizes plus they can be made into tiered cakes. Individual cakes called Bundtlets and bite-size Bundtinis are also available. Flavors to choose from include Classic Vanilla, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, Carrot, Confetti, White Chocolate Raspberry, Lemon, Marble, and Pecan Praline. “All of our cakes are finished with our signature cream cheese frosting,” said Bush. “We also carry a feature flavor which changes every couple of months, right now it’s Pumpkin Spice.” In addition to cakes, the bakery carries an assortment of gift items that can be packaged with the cakes including balloons, platters, serving dishes, mugs, candles and cards. “We like to think of ourselves as a one stop shop for all of your celebration needs,” said Bush. “Whether you are celebrating a birthday, a baby, or wedding, or any joyous occasion, we can get you a cake and other gifts to go along with it,” she added. The shop also can decorate a cake to coordinate with the occasion and will be offering delivery services in the coming months. While the bakery is currently open for business, an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Dec. 5. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.

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McCord Road Christian Church purchases acreage for new facility

McCord Road Christian Church lead pastor Micah Sutton announces the successful real estate closing for the 15-acre parcel the church acquired on Mitchaw Road to the congregation on Nov. 18.

Since its very beginning, McCord Road Christian Church has been on a growth path. The initial church building, built in 1971 and expanded in 2010 to its full capacity, is literally bursting at the seams. In order to accommodate the growing congregation, additional services have been added. Currently, four services are held each Sunday, stretching the staff and teams of volunteers that serve the congregation during those services. “We can only do what we do because there are over 500 people who serve on the various teams that are part of the worship experience,” noted Micah Sutton, the lead pastor for McCord Road Christian Church. “This church family has a high level of dedication and desire to bring excellence in all we do for Christ,” he added. In addition to the demands of multiple services, parking ranks high as another challenge. “We are dedicated to continuing the family feel of our church, which is enhanced when people congregate in the lobby before and after each church service. When parking is at a premium people tend to hurry out making that ‘feel’ harder to keep,” Sutton pointed out. “The church’s leadership teams have wrestled with all of those issues for some time and concluded that expanding the current building and parking lot is not feasible. The only plausible option is to seek a new site,” he reported. According to Sutton, several sites were considered and then dismissed for a variety of reasons. About a year ago, a member of the church suggested that a site on Mitchaw Road might be available. “The 15 acres the church needed was not on the market, but our member approached the

landowner who actually was willing to sell. After many months of negotiation, we were able to close on the property on Nov. 18. Thanks to the generosity of our church members, we purchased the land and remain debt free,” Sutton explained. “This is an ideal location for us. It is in the path of growth. It is also next to the newest elementary and junior high schools in the Sylvania school district,” Sutton said. “It is also very close to Pacesetter Park, which offers many opportunities for us to serve the community,” he said. “We met with contractors from across the country who were seeking our business,” Sutton offered. “We were told many times that they had not seen many churches as healthy as McCord Road. That is quite gratifying to hear,” Sutton offered. “In the end, we chose the local company, Midwest Contracting, as the design build general contractor to work with the church’s leadership team to develop the plans for a new building. Those plans and the construction will move at the speed of generosity,” he noted. “Our goal is to expand while retaining the unity in the congregation and our financial strength,” he said. “We are dedicated to constructing a building that positively reflects the esthetics of our area, benefits our church family, and points people toward Christ while serving the community.” This sentiment has been reflected through the years. From its founding in the 1950s, when the original five-acre site was purchased and the congregation began meeting in Maplewood School, the McCord Road Christian Church family has stayed true to its mission: “Love God, Love Each Other, Get the Message Out.”

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New agent acquires Allstate book of business in Saxon Square

Rob Griffey has recently purchased an Allstate book of business and assumed the lease for space in Saxon Square from Chad Szczpanski, an agent who has retired and moved out of state. Griffey, who has spent the past 22 years in the financial services industry, said he had recently helped a good friend who is an Allstate agent with his business. “He told me I would do well in the industry, which started me thinking about this business. While I knew my friend’s agency would not be available, I let Ron Erdelyi, the Allstate regional manager, know that I would be in-

terested in joining the company and acquiring a book of business in the Sylvania area where I live,” said Griffey. “This seemed to be a good fit for me as I have always wanted to be in business for myself,” he recalled. “I have been helping people with their finances for the last 22 years, and I know I will have the same conversations as an Allstate agent. I also have established relationships with Realtors and many bankers, which will also help.” A few months ago, Erdelyi called about the Chad Szczpanski office, which fit Griffey’s re-

quirements and the deal was made. After a training period, Griffey has assumed the agency and has hit the ground running. “The reception from clients has been very welcoming,” Griffey noted. “And, I am so happy that Missy Lanzinger, who has been with the agency for nearly five years, is staying with me. She is invaluable and works so well with all of


our clients. We also have great products at competitive prices.” Griffey continued, “Everyday I learn new things and it’s very exiting. The challenge is learning all of the Allstate systems but every day gets a bit easier.” Griffey anticipates growing his staff along with the agency customer base.

SCIC to host annual meeting BY ERIKA BURI

Are you looking to network and grow your Sylvania area business? Consider learning more about the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation (SACIC) by attending its annual meeting Tuesday, Dec.10. The SACIC is a coalition of business and community leaders who encourage area economic and business development. "The annual meeting will give our members an opportunity to review what SACIC has accomplished during the year and what we hope to do in 2020,” said Jerry Akrebauer, the current president. The meeting itself will highlight some of the community’s businesses with the added opportunity for participants to personally connect with key community contrib-

utors. Two new projects will be unveiled at the meeting. This fall the SACIC worked on two promotional pieces to emphasize the benefits of bringing business to Sylvania. Working with Flanders Creatives, SACIC will present both a print piece and a short video showcasing all the advantages the Sylvania area has over other communities in the region. The event is free and takes place at the Highland Meadows Country Club, 7455 Erie St., Sylvania. Doors open at 4:30 pm with a short business meeting followed by informal networking and light refreshments. All are invited, however reservations are required. Contact Michelle Sprott at 419-882-2135 or by Friday, Dec. 6 to make a reservation.

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ProMedica Flower Hospital earns clinical achievements from Healthgrades ProMedica Flower Hospital has earned clinical recognitions in the areas of cardiac, orthopaedics, neurosciences, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and critical care from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. ProMedica Flower Hospital earned 10 fivestar recognitions, including for Hip Fracture Treatment, Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries, Treatment of Pneumonia, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke, GI Bleed, Sepsis, Respiratory Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Flower Hospital also was a recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence and Pulmonary Care Excellence Awards. Additionally, Flower hospital was named among the top five percent in the nation for Treatment of Stroke and Overall Pulmonary Services, and was named among the Top 10 percent in the nation for Treatment of Stroke, Overall Pulmonary Services and GI Medical Treatment. “The hospitals that stand out for exceptional clinical performance should be commended for their long-standing commitment to quality,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers are increasingly savvy when it comes to finding and selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition.” “At ProMedica, we take great pride in delivering outstanding care to our friends, family and neighbors,” said Dawn Buskey, president, Metro Region Acute Care, ProMedica. “Our physicians,

ProMedica Urgent Care has achieved accreditation through the Urgent Care Association (UCA), the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers. It is the first urgent care organization in northwest Ohio to earn the recognition. ProMedica Urgent Care’s seven centers provide patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention for a large scope of medical conditions. As part of the accreditation, the centers have met all of the Urgent Care Association’s established standards and criteria for quality of patient care, safety, and scope of services. When a patient’s regular doctor cannot address a medical condition promptly – such as unexpected cuts, sprains or fractures that do not require a visit to the emergency department, ProMedica Urgent Care’s centers provide a convenient and viable treatment option. The centers are all equipped with x-ray, laboratory services, and licensed providers who are always available to perform minor procedures like splinting and suturing. Urgent care fills the gap between primary care and hospital emergency rooms, offering increased convenience and cost savings. By participating in the accreditation process, ProMedica Urgent Care and the Urgent Care Association demonstrate their commitment toward providing patients with access to quality care of the highest level.

In partnership with United Way of Greater Toledo, Owens staff, students and alumni will gather with community volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Owens Learning Center Downtown Toledo to donate their time and skills to create memorable professional portraits for those in need. Walk-ins are welcome from 10 am to 2 pm. Photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists and volunteers will gather to take part in this event to mark the 10th annual Help-Portrait worldwide event. In 2008, Help-Portrait began as an idea that transformed into a movement. . Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart formed Help-Portrait, a nonprofit, in 2008 as he contem-

plated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity. It is a movement, a shift in photography. In the last 10 years, more than 75,442 volunteers have given more than 381,856 portraits. Help-Portrait is a global movement in more than 2,803 locations in 67 countries. The annual HelpPortrait event takes place on the first Saturday of December each year in addition to special events. The event is made possible through contributions made to the Owens Community College Foundation.

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New TARTA general manager hired After months of interviews and more than 30 applicants, the TARTA Board of Trustees has hired a new general manager. Kimberly Dunham comes to the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority from New Haven, Conn. where she served as the executive director of the Greater New Haven Transit District since 2015. Dunham has 25 years of experience in the transit industry, holding several positions including, director of fiscal and administrative services, deputy director and, most recently, executive director. “We are really excited to bring Kim on board, ” Danny Woodcock, vice president of the TARTA board of trustees said. “With her vast experience in transit and with the APTA board of directors, we are thrilled to have her as part of our team.” Woodcock, who was on the hiring committee added, “With her experience in streamlining processes to improve service delivery and efficiency, and her enthusiastic

Kimberly Dunham relationship-building abilities, we are confident she will guide our agency into the future.” Dunham is expected to start at TARTA on Dec. 16.

ProMedica Physician Receives Award

Brian Kaminski, DO, vice president, quality and patient safety for ProMedica, was the recipient of

Press Ganey’s Physician of the Year award. The Press Ganey® Physician of the Year award recognizes a physician who demonstrates exceptional leadership and has reached tangible success by improving the patient experience, reducing patient and caregiver suffering, and promoting compassionate, connected care in his or her organization. "I am extremely honored and humbled by this recognition. Receiving this award is a testament to the great work being done by ProMedica's quality and safety team, and it positions ProMedica among the nation's leaders in organizational reliability,’ said Dr. Kaminski. ‘ProMedica is fortunate to have someone as talented, passionate and committed to improving patient safety as Dr. Kaminski on our team’ said Kevin Webb, president, provider, acute and ambulatory care, ProMedica.

An Office Divided: UM vs OSU

University of Michigan alumni Drs. Peter Urbanik and Todd Schultz and Ohio State University graduates Drs. Tara Bingle and Brad Barricklow (not pictured) bring their friendly rivalry to their office on the week before the big game.

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Golf Outing Funds Help Children

ProMedica Foundation Senior Giving Specialist Keith Luke, left, and ProMedica Foundation Metro Region Executive Director William Garbe, right, look on as Turner Vault Co./Turner Concrete Products owner Steve Turner presents a check and 10 Wilbert Foundation Bertie Bear kits to ProMedica Vice President Paula Greb and ProMedica Metro Hospital President Dawn Baskey. The funds were raised at the Funeral Directors Association of Northwest Ohio’s annual golf outing held Oct. 16 at Stone Oak Country Club. Participating companies include Turner Vault Co., Astral Casket, Peirce Chemical, Sauder Casket, Homesteaders Life, Hartzler Welling Funeral Coaches, Funeral Planning Solutions, Toledo Funeral Supplies, Paws & Remember NWO and Randall Coon. Other participants include AnsbergWest, Bedford Chapel, Castillo, Dunn, Feehan-Rodenberger, Foth-Dorfmeyer, Newcomer, Peinert Dunn and Walker funeral homes. This event has raised over $11,000 in the last five years, which has been donated to the Toledo Children’s Hospital Chaplincy Program along with the bear kits developed by the Wilbert Foundation.


Running, coaching is subject of Sylvanian’s book Sylvania native Ross Deye has recently published “A Life Worth Running.” The book is currently available on Amazon. The story of the 50-year journey of one man’s life as a Ross Deye runner and coach provides insight to the inner-workings of the Hall of Fame distance running coach. Supporting the belief that it’s not always the best athlete who transitions into the best coach, his book retraces an evolution with the fundamental principle of making the most of what one’s been given. It validates the notion that setbacks are mere opportunities in disguise. With the development of Deye’s PlanPeak ETC Training System and a shared conviction to his plan, “A Life Worth Running” outlines how the young men and women athletes in Sylvania would accomplish what most runners only dream of. Deye graduated from Sylvania High School in 1972. He received a business degree from Ohio University and a teaching certification from the University of Toledo. Deye’s mother, Jeanette, was a Sylvania School teacher and his father, Gordon, was a member of the Sylvania School Board for many years. He was also the manager of the Sylvania branch of Toledo Trust Bank. Deye began running his sophomore year of

high school and ran one year in college. “I really never really stopped and reached my 50th year as a runner in September of this year. The highlight for me was running the Boston Marathon in 1981,” he recalled. “My oldest memory of a kid in Sylvania was watching them burn down the farmhouse on top of the hill to make room for Sylvania High School, which is now Northview. I would eventually sled down that hill hundreds of times as a kid. I also loved fishing and catching crayfish and turtles in Ten Mile Creek in the then woody stretch that is now Sleepy Hollow. Summer baseball games at Memorial Field were memorable, as was swimming at Centenial Quarry. Sylvania was a great place to grow up in the 50s and 60s,” Deye offered. Deye coached cross-country and track at Southview from 1982 to 1996, then at Northview from 1998 to the spring of 2010. After retiring, he and his wife Nance moved to the Traverse City area where he coached cross country and track at Traverse City West High School from fall of 2010 to 2016. He was inducted into the coach's Hall of Fame in 2012. “My very favorite memory of Sylvania is the student/athletes I coached from '82 to '10,” Deye stated. “Their dedication and commitment over the years was incredible. My success as a coach was 100 percent due to their willingness to work harder than the competition. I was blessed with good kids who wanted to achieve great things and their determination allowed them to achieve just that.”



Oakleaf Village resident celebrates 106th birthday BY EMILY WIN

Surrounded by friends, neighbors, and five generations of children and relatives, matriarch Themla Coogler celebrated her 106th birthday on Nov. 18 at Oakleaf Village, where she has been living for six years. Members of her close-knit family and Oakleaf residents alike came together to sing and laugh as Ragtime Rick played hits from her birth year, 1913. Warmly referred to as “Auntie,� she happens to share a birthday with her cousin Sherika Karim, who shared that her auntie’s secret to a healthy life is to simply talk to people and surround herself with family. Coogler added that her other key to living a long life is “serving the Lord ... that’s about all I do.� Her advice to anyone wanting to live as long as her is to simply “serve the Lord.� She repeat-

Thelma Coogler celebrates her 106th birthday with her cousin Sherika Karim.

edly shared that she loved to teach Sunday school and filled her time by doing church work. An active part of St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church, she has enjoyed helping them with whatever they need. Taking care of her family, children, and the eldery are all causes she has devoted her 106 years of life to. To stay young, she enjoys going to church, reading the Bible, playing piano, singing, and being around family and children. She was born in Champaign, Ill. to mother, Edith, and father, John, and had four brothers and four sisters. She attended Woodward High School and eventually met her husband, Jodie, at church. Together they had one son and one daughter. She continues to reside at Oakleaf, where she regularly chats with friends, participates in Bible study and painting groups, and enjoys time with local students.

Speaker to spotlight wetland development

Northwest Ohio will have more wetlands in the coming year: 24 will be newly constructed or reconnected to ditches, creeks and rivers in an effort to deliver cleaner water to Lake Erie, thereby helping to reduce the annual summer scourge of harmful algae. The wetlands' aquatic plants will absorb nutrients such as phosphorus, and allow sediment such as soil, to settle out before reaching Lake Erie. Scott Butterworth, district manager of Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife District 2, will discuss how the agency plans to spend $46.2 million on northwest Ohio wetlands on Dec. 12 at 7 pm at Manos, 1701 Adams St. Projects will range in size from a few acres to several hundred acres, and will be located on both public and private land, said Butterworth. Some will be reconnected to flowing water, some will be on the coast. Both the Maumee and Sandusky bay areas are included in the project, part of Gov. Mike DeWine's H2OHIO effort, using funds from the state's budget surplus. The talk, open to the public, will be followed by a roundtable discussion of the health of the lake.

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The Victory Center's Luncheon and Fashion Show committee is excited to begin planning the 2020 event. This year the theme will be ROCKIN' IN RUBY. The event, sponsored by Mercy HealthToledo, will be held Feb. 14. Tickets go on sale Jan. 6. –by Mary Helen Darah

Meijer Donates Gift Cards

L-R: Retail Administrative Assistant at Meijer, Coleen Weirich, gives food-only Meijer gift cards to Deb Damschroder, representing Sylvania Jewish Family Services, along with Meijer on Central Ave. Store Director, Steve Krout as part of the store’s Simply Give program on Nov. 21 –by Mary Helen Darah

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Veterans Enjoy Dinner at American Legion Veterans Denis Malone and Mike Roemmele enjoy the free meal in honor of their service. Meals were delivered to Legion members who were unable to attend. –by Mary Helen Darah

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Guest speaker Susan Maziarz, with dog Franklin, shares her gratitude for having a service dog through ADAI.

Donna Smith and Jeannie Rerucha welcome guests to the ADAI adoption event held Nov. 21.

Harry Barlos bids a fond farewell to Perry, the dog that he fostered. Foster Lee Ann Lyon passes the leash of Max to his forever companion Sarah Devlin.

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Annual Children’s Wonderland returns to Tam-O-Shanter YOUR HOMETOWN GOOD NEWS PAPER

Children’s Wonderland, a northwest Ohio holiday tradition which began 56 years ago, returns to the Sports & Exhibition Center at Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave. from Dec. 6 through Dec. 24. Hours are 11 am to 8 pm daily and 11 am to 2 pm on Dec. 24. The cost for adults is $8; children 2 and over and seniors 65 and older, is $6. As always, dozens of classic exhibits will be on display, train rides will be available and there will also be an opportunity to take pictures with Santa. Children’s Wonderland also features an

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Old Newsboys hold annual paper sale

Owens CC band to perform holiday concert Owens Community College Concert Band will welcome the holiday season with a free concert for the community on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 pm in the OCC Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd. The program will feature selections of popular Christ-

mas music including medleys of carols. Other selections will include the patriotic “Lest We Forget” honoring our veterans, a medley of music from the new movie “Mr. Roger's Neighborhood,” a saxophone solo, and much more.

Old Newsboy Ken Kill sells papers during last year’s sale. –Photo by Stan Czerminski

The Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association will hold its annual paper sale on Friday, Dec. 6. Old Newsboy members will be out soliciting donations to support their mission of helping children in need. Since 1929, the goal of the Old Newsboys has been to provide immediate emergency service when a school administrator, teacher, police officer, fire official or neighbor reports a child in need. The Old Newsboys provide aid and relief to financially disadvantaged children of northwest Ohio through distribution of new clothing and shoes to needy children via vouchers distributed by school administrators, policemen, firemen, and neighbors. They also make donations to other local charitable organizations that provide assistance to needy kids. The Old Newsboys make delivery of food baskets to needy families throughout the year and especially during holiday seasons. In addition, eight college scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors who would otherwise not have an opportunity to further their education. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent each year for these worthy programs. Distribution is made without regard to race or creed. The only criteria is being in need.




Pets photos with Santa will benefit Mobile Meals A special photo opportunity with Santa Claus kicks off the Pet Food Delivery season and helps raise needed funds for Mobile Meals. “Santa Claus & Paws" will be held this year at Pet Supplies Plus, 4115 Talmadge Rd. on Dec. 7. and at

The Lenhart Dental team ‘Olaf’ or Dr. Sydney Lenhart Sherman, ‘Anna’ or Colleen Lenhart, ‘Kristoff’ or Dr. David Lenhart, ‘Elsa’ or Mallory Lenhart and ‘Sven’ or Kacey Kidd welcome over 700 patients and their families to a patient appreciation party at the Westfield Theater for a matinee showing of ‘Frozen’ on Saturday, Nov. 23. Guests also enjoy hot chocolate, donuts and other treats. Many little patients also dress for the occasion.

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Travis and Trevor Aston join their parents Matt and Tara to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child at McCord Road Christian Church.

Nicky Chay, Claudia Martin and Robbie Bond prepare one of the shoeboxes for distribution. Members of the congregation filled 668 boxes this year.

Brooke and Courtney Brim select items for the shoebox they are filling. Bill and Carol Gospodarek coordinate the operation on behalf of McCord Road Christian Church.

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Santa and St. Francis travel to Sylvania for Christmas Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, Inc. (S.A.V.E.) presents its annual “Santa, St. Francis and the Animals” on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 pm in the Canticle Center, 5335 Silica Dr., in Sylvania. The event is co-sponsored by the Lourdes University Education Department and Christ Child Society of Toledo. The event is free and open to the public. Guests should come with a camera for a photo with Santa. They will hear from St. Francis about the first Christmas and listen to stories read by Mrs. Clause. They also can enjoy crafts, face painting, meet animals and the Lourdes students who care for them and have hot cocoa and cookies made by the

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Durocher’s to host cookie decorating open house

Durocher’s Sylvania general manager Kevin Meyers and his staff are planning an open house on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 am to 2 pm. “We are inviting people to get into the holiday spirit by stopping in for coffee or hot chocolate and to decorate cut-out cookies from Brieschke’s Bakery,” he offered. Durocher’s is located at 5555 Monroe St., Sylvania. For more information call 567408-2400.

Craftsman’s Guild presents Winter Festival of Crafts Holiday shopping and decorating can be completed with the purchase of fine handmade items crafted by one of the juried members of The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild at the Winter Festival of Crafts show at the Franciscan Center on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 am to 4 pm. Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase quality hand-crafted items not usually found in stores. Some of the items available for

purchase include jewelry, pottery, woodworking, fragrances and lotions, fabric, soft sculpture, decorative painting and photography. In addition, there will be a selection of holiday wreaths and seasonal decorations. Many of the Craftsman’s Guild members will create one of a kind gifts as a special order. This one-day show will be the last chance to buy quality, hand-crafted items from the Toledo Craftsman’s Guild show this year.

“Mystery of the Christmas Star,” a holiday tradition, returns to the Appold Planetarium this year. The Star of Bethlehem is part of every telling of the Christmas story. What was this Star and what was so remarkable that the wise men undertook the long journey across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem? What sign did they see that made them expect the birth of a king? Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem and discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. The Appold Planetarium’s holiday show, “The Mystery of the Christmas Star,” investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at

recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during the timeframe. This modern telling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages. Admission prices for “The Mystery of the Christmas Star” are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The family-friendly shows are offered at 7:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 14, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Dr. Laura Megeath, Appold Planetarium Coordinator, at or call 419517-8897.

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Unique gifts can be found at annual studio sale Potter Ann Tubbs and beadwork artisan Margaret Mazur will host their annual Holiday Studio Sale on Friday, Dec. 6 from noon to 6

pm and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. The studio is located at 8029 Sterns Rd., Ottawa Lake, Mich.


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Southview Musicians Honored Rena Salman is a member of the second violin section of the Southview Chamber Strings. She has played violin since the seventh grade. She has been a member of the Southview fiddle ensemble and is a current member of the Southview Rock Orchestra. She volunteers to help with junior high orchestra concerts, fundraisers, the annual car wash and recruitment orchestra. She also traveled with the Southview Orchestra to play in Nashville, Tenn. Director Megan Fitzpatrick believes that Rena, ‘is a core member of the ensemble. She is an intuitive player who performs with confidence.’ Rena participates in French Club and enjoys cooking and playing video games with her 9-year-old brother. Sophia Wilson is a member of the Southview choir and band for four years. She plays piccolo and serves s a marching band squad leader. She is a soprano section leader, leading sight readings and warm-up exercises. Sophia is a member of the OMEA District Honors Choir for the past two years. Her goal is to be a band or choir director.

Southview Career Tech Students

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Khush Patel is in his second year of Honors Programming. His classes include Intro to Programming, 2D Game Design, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, Computer and Mobile Applications, and two college level programming courses. He also set a record last year by being the youngest SV student to place in the Top 10 of the BPA Regional Java Programming Competitionplacing higher than many juniors and seniors. He will be entering in the Mobile App competition with the hopes of earning a spot in the national competition in Washington D.C. Khush plans to continue his education and pursue a career as a Computer Hardware Engineer.

Brayden Draughon, a junior in the Southview Construction Trades program, is the Career Tech student of the week. Brayden plays trombone in marching band, is first chair concert and on the cross- country team. In construction class, Brayden is always hard at work and contributing to the class. Brayden excels in time management, craftsmanship and skills essential for all construction careers. Brayden uses the skills he has learned to help in his dad’s custom American flag-making wood shop.


Be Kind First Grant Winner

Doug and Michele Koop congratulate their daughter Karlee, as does the Director of Communications for the Chad Tough Foundation, Jennifer DeGregorio. Karlee, a fourth grade student at St. Joseph’s, is the winner of the $250 Be Kind First Grant, which she has donated to The Chad Tough Foundation in memory of Colt DelVerne, her cousin. The Be Kind First Foundation grant is given to students who exemplify the values and its mission. She was nominated by her third grade teacher, Robin Lutz, who says, ‘Karlee will show kindness by example. Karlee is always the first to help in the classroom by stating, ‘Do you need any help Mrs. Lutz?’ She will complete her work and then continue to mentor her peers by helping them complete their work or state a concept in a new way. On the playground, Karlee’s answer to others who want to play is ‘Yes!’ Karlee is the friend who sees others not-nice-behaviors and will step in and bravely say, ‘That is not nice,’ and will help solve conflict between students. Her peer group always responds favorably to her lending hand, gentle voice or humorous tone.’

Northview Musicians Named


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Lily DelVerne sings alto in the Northview A Cappella Choir and Harmony Road Show. Outside of Northview, Lily’s musical activities include singing with her church’s worship teams and playing piano at Forté music school. Apart from her musical activities, Lily is involved in Northview Leadership Academy and National Honors Society. She is the daughter of Stacy and Mark DelVerne.

Patrick Osinski sings baritone in the Northview A Cappella Choir. He has also been an active member of the Northview Theatre Department. This fall he is portraying the role of Mike in Northview’s production of “Working.” Previous roles include Winthrop in “The Music Man,” Gavroche in “Les Miserables,” and John Brooke in “Little Women the Musical.” Apart from his musical activities, Patrick is involved in NHS and Earth Club. Patrick is the son of Nancy and Tom Osinski.

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Sylvania residents who attend St. Ursula Academy earned fall TRAC honors. Top row: Megan Britsch (tennis), Maria Richard (tennis), and Tiare

Nicholas-Bublick (cross country); second row down: Kathleen Hurley (soccer), Maddie Barnesky (soccer), and Jenna Poturalski (soccer); third row down: Lucy Turner (soccer), Karina Goldsmith (soccer), and Brynn McGowan (cross country); bottom row: Kelli Monaghan (soccer); Molly Forgach (tennis), and Zoe Flores-Rae (tennis). Missing: Hannah Chung (golf), Emma Caldwell (soccer), Roya Rashid (soccer), Meghan Barrow (tennis), Samantha Gallup (tennis), Hannah Best (volleyball), and Ellie White (cross country).

St. Ursula Academy announced the 2019 fallseason athletic and academic recognition from the Three Rivers Athletic Conference earned by Sylvania residents. For golf, Hannah Chung was named to First Team; soccer with All-Academic honors were Maddie Barnesky, Emma Caldwell, Karina Goldsmith, Kathleen Hurley, Kelli Monaghan, Jenna Poturalski, Roya Rashid and Lucy Turner; tennis with Second Team honors was Meghan Barrow, Honorable Mention, All-Academic included Megan Britsch and Zoe Flores Rae and All-Academics were Samantha Gallup, Molly Forgach and Maria Richard. On the court for volleyball, Hannah Best was

named Player of the Year, First Team, First Team District, Second Team All-Ohio, and All-Academic. Honored for cross-country were All-academics Brynn McGowan, Tiare Nicholas-Bublick and Ellie White. St. Ursula Academy, founded in 1854, is Toledo’s oldest, fully accredited, all-female, Catholic college preparatory school serving grades six through twelve. Located in the heart of Ottawa Hills, the school’s enrollment is 577 students with a 12:1 student-teacher ratio. SUA offers a full complement of honors and Advanced Placement classes, 13 varsity sports, and outstanding fine and performing arts programs.

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A hard look at the NFL

Last week one of the great rivalries in all of Pro Football, Browns vs. Steelers, was played out in a rather incredibly bizarre Tom Cole fashion. A Pittsburgh QB had his helmet ripped off of his head by a Cleveland Brown defender, then that defender tried to hit the QB over the head with it. A football helmet is very heavy and very hard and used as weapon in that fashion could hurt someone badly. Thankfully that did not happen in this case. The NFL bosses reacted as if a murder had been committed. Yes, this was a terrible incident and a very poor reflection on the game. But to me the NFL has tolerated violence against women for many years as if it were just a speeding ticket. For far too many years the NFL has lacked the ability to express to many of its highly over paid athletes that there should be a total and complete zero tolerance for any violence against women by any NFL players. No second or third chances. It happens once and you are done period, end of the story. The NFL continues to run through the field of hypocrisy with its former players. The older players who made the league and in many respects gave their bodies to the game had to go to court to get the league to help them with their football-related injuries that many times are lifethreatening. That is coming from a league that makes billions and billions of dollars every season. These owners and the commissioner of the

NFL are, as Alice Cooper once said, “Billion Dollar Babies.” The league that says it cares about player safety wants to add more regular season games because, as you already guessed, that means more money. If the NFL was truly interested in player safety it would eliminate all exhibition games. Players do not need them to get ready. It is just walking around money for the owners. Instead of adding more games, it should cut the number of games and take the kick return out of the game. Teams would just start their offensive drive at the 20 yard line. Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, is a lot like Mr. Potter from the Frank Capra movie “It's a Wonderful Life.” He makes $31 million a year making decisions based totally on greed and averice. I don’t think you can squeeze one more commercial into an NFL broadcast today the way the TV broadcasts work. It is the 100-year anniversary of the NFL. It is an incredible iconic game, true Americana. There are many many players that are great husbands and tremendous family men that give back constantly to the communities they live in, and the very same thing can be said for the majority of the coaches. The league owners and their “Emperor That Has No Clothes,” Commissioner Goodell, need to start making some integrity-based decisions on social issues like violence against women, and maybe think about making decisions on players’ saftey that are correct and not filled with hypocrisy. The NFL owners and their feckless commissioner can do much better for a GREAT GAME. Tom Cole is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Taylor Automotive Family and teaches broadcasting at Saint John’s Jesuit amd Adrian College.

Southview Athletes Named

Charlie Abowd has earned First Team All-League honors for his running. Charlie ran a personal best in every race during the championship season and bettered his time by 37 seconds from last year. Head Coach Theresa Mariea commented, “Charlie has been a pleasure to work with all season. His love of the sport, hard work and dedication are what make him such a successful athlete. He is also a great team leader. He always goes above and beyond to encourage his teammates and pushes them to be their very best. He is definitely going to be one to watch!” Charlie plays cello in the Southview Orchestra and is a member of the SV mock trial team.

Amy Dong is a third year varsity award recipient for football cheerleading, where she served as captain this year. She is a positive influence on her team, focusing on helping her fellow cheerleaders improve their individual skills. Head coach McKinley says, “Amy has always impressed me with her athletic ability and commitment to cheerleading while still being a dedicated student and maintaining an extremely high GPA. Her outgoing personality, industrious mind-set and enormous talent are the characteristics of a truly exceptional young woman.” She is a member of the SV Science Olympiad team.



NV-SV Tailgate is fun for all

L-R: Northview cheerleaders Teagan Oatman, Lydia Zaletta, Maddi Henderly and Maddie Soleau attend the event held Nov. 1.

L-R: Southview cheerleaders Cecelia Zake, Brooke Johnson, Cheyney Nelson, Mia Prisby, Marisa Ragusa and Tara Langenderfer are ready to inspire the crowd.

Northview Athletes Named

Senior Bryonna Davis has been a member of the Northview Cheer Team for the past four years. She was a part of Football Cheer for three years, Basketball Cheer for four years and the Competition Team all four years. Bryonna leads her team on and off the court with spirit and enthusiasm. She has been a Recreation Cheer Coach, IDance Volunteer, and an Arbor Hills mentor coach. She can always count on to be spirited, willing to make signs or participate in any activity to promote NV Spirit. Bryonna will continue her academic and cheer careers at Concordia University next year.


Junior Emma Steingass has been a varsity runner for the LadyKat cross-country program the past three years. She ran her lifetime best each of the last three races qualifying her for the OHSAA State Cross Country Championships. Emma won the NLL and District titles with times of 18:52 and18:50. At the Regional meet, she finished 2nd with another PR of 18:23. At the State Championships, Emma crossed the finish line in 29th place, with a time of 18:52, earning All Ohio Honors. –John Crisman Asset Photography

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Sylvania–Then and Now



We are still on the north side of Erie Street, now across Woodrow Drive. The house on the corner was built in 1903 and was built on Lot No. 4 of the Printup Subdivision, so this house was constructed before the subdivision was platted. The following are the owners of this house since it was built: 1903 – Nicholas Willinger 1917 – Robie L. Cone 1923 – Wayne O. and Mabel Roberts 1973 – Dorothy A. Williams 1973 – Wayne O. and Mabel Roberts 1991 – Wayne O. Roberts 1991 – Thomas I. West 1997 – Kevin C. Ruddy, etal. 2002 – Patrick W. and Ruth M. Schwenk 2013 – Abby L. Enser The first owner of this house was Nicholas Willinger. He was a very well-known builder in Sylvania and he probably built this house. If you look around the downtown area you will see many homes that are similar to this home, because it was a well-known “catalog home.” Mr. Willinger built more like this home along Summit Street, which is where he himself lived. He must have rented this house out while he owned it and in 1917 he sold it to Robie Cone. When Mr. Cone purchased the property there was a large barn located behind it, and he had the barn converted into a residential home where his single sister lived and he had his mother living in the home on Erie Street. At the time Robie Cone was the co-owner of McKesson & Cone Realty Co., and he was living in Toledo in The Miltimore Homes. His mother died in 1918, and at that time his sister moved into this house and he rented out the barn that he converted into a house behind it, now having a Woodrow Drive address. In the 1920 census Anna Cone was living in the home. She was the sister of Robie Cone. She was listed as 51 years old, single, and her occupation was listed as none. Living with her was a boarder named Martha M. Ward, 73 years old, widowed. Mr. Cone was renting the back house out to Harold E. Cilley and family at this time. Mr. Cone sold this home in 1923 to Wayne and Mabel Roberts, but he continued to own the land and barn that he had converted into a home


behind it, and his sister continued to live there. The Roberts owned this house for the next 68 years. Wayne Roberts was a builder, and constructed hundreds of homes throughout this area, and his name appears as the builder on hundreds of building permits that were issued throughout Sylvania. He also did a lot of carpentry work and cement work at all the local public schools. In February of 1928 Wayne Roberts obtained a building permit from the Village of Sylvania to allow him to construct a 20 x 22 foot frame garage. The next year Mr. Roberts obtained a building permit to make alterations to this home by rearranging the rooms and installing hardwood floors. In the 1930 census the following were listed living at 6726 Erie Street: • Wayne O. Roberts – head – owned home – value of home $7,500 – 35 years old – married – born in Michigan – occupation – carpenter – house – works on own account. • Mabel G. Roberts – wife – 34 years old – born in Michigan. • Richard W. Roberts – son – 8 years old – attending school – born in Ohio • Lloyd H. Roberts – son – 4 years old – born in Ohio • Virginia M. Roberts – daughter – 8 months old – born in Ohio • Joann E. Roberts – daughter – 8 months old – born in Ohio In 1933 Mr. Roberts obtained a building permit to put a new roof on the dwelling due to damage by fire. Then in May of 1939, he obtained a building permit to repair the porch railing and install new siding. He was listed as the builder on each of these permits. In the 1940 census the Roberts family was again listed living here on Erie Street. Wayne Roberts was now 45 years old and employed as a contract carpenter in the building trade. His wife Mabel was listed as 43 years old, and living at home were their four children: Richard – 19 years; Lloyd – 14 years; Virginia – 10 years; and Joann – 10 years. The Nov. 16, 1941 issue of the Sylvania Sentinel reported that: “Richard Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Roberts of Erie Street will play Amos in the Biblical play “Family Portrait” to be given December 10, 11 and 12 by the University Players at Bowling Green State University. Richard is enrolled in the College of Education.”

6726 Erie Street


There were no other building permits issued again until 1988 when Lloyd Roberts, as the builder, requested a building permit on behalf of Wayne Roberts, to enclose a porch and make a shower room. Wayne Roberts died in February of 1991 at the age of 95 years old. His obituary notice in the Toledo Blade reported that he was a self-employed builder for 46 years, retiring in 1974.

A review of the Suburban Directories from 1991 through the current time shows that the owners of the home over the years also occupied this home. In 2011 a building permit was issued to Pat Schwenk to remodel the existing attic space by adding stairs and making a library and two bedrooms.






Roadway snow and ice removal

Snow and ice removal started early this year when nearly 4" of snow fell in mid November. Three trucks were temporarily Mayor Craig Stough converted from leaf collection to snow and ice removal due to the early winter storm. With completion of the annual leaf collection approaching, the Sylvania Street Division Crews will soon be fully transitioning to roadway snow and ice removal. They will be removing the leaf boxes from the trucks and



Just say no

When your friend at the office Christmas party suggests, “just one more,” the best idea is to say no. One reason, at least if you’re heading into Sylvania Township, is the rise in drunk driving arrests in the recent past. In the month of October, township police made 26 arrests for drunk driving, compared to 19 in October the previous year. At the end of October the police had made a total of 185 drunk driving arrests through the year, more than the total of 155 for all of 2018. Police Chief Paul Long said he has never directed officers to specifically increase drunk driving enforcement, but has made no secret of the fact that he considers it a serious offense. The chief pointed to a late-October arrest that he said must have required a lot of guardian angels to keep people safe from the alleged drunk driver. Responding to a call, Sylvania Township police found Anthony McCoy, 52, of Kendallville, Ind., passed out, stopped with his foot on the brake at a green light on eastbound Central Avenue at Holland-Sylvania Road, according to the police report. When the officer shook him awake, Mr. McCoy said he was “waiting for his food,” but was unaware of where he was. He told the officer he didn’t need a field sobriety test, saying “I'm drunk. I already know I’m drunk.” He eventually took a breath test resulting in a blood alcohol level of 0.178, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Based on a quick records check at the time of his arrest it was found that he had at least six prior drunk driving convictions in Ohio and Indiana and that he had a pending drunk driving charge in Indiana. He told police of one other in Alabama. He was charged with felony drunk driving, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 months in prison. A warrant has been issued for his arrest after failing to appear in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. Although it is unlikely that “just one more,” at the office Christmas party or anywhere else will result in such an extreme case for most people, Chief Long said the dangers of drunk driving are the same. The possibility of arrest is always there, and the potential for an accident, injury or death is real the chief said. Drug TakeBack Saturday Sylvania Township police collected a total of 36.4 lbs of drugs during the recent National



installing snow plows, salt spreaders and brine tanks for the coming winter season. Snow and ice removal is an important service for our residents and is a big job in the City of Sylvania, with over 73 miles of roadways to keep clear. Last winter, Streets Division workers spent 1,134 hours and used 1,498 tons of rocksalt to remove snow and ice from the roads. Our Parks Division also spent 320 hours clearing public parking lots and sidewalks. Some of the rocksalt is mixed into brine and applied to the streets a day or two before predicted storms. The brine prevents snow and ice from building up as the storm begins. Last year 24,977 gallons of salt brine were prepared and used. The city of Sylvania has two trucks equipped with liquid brine applicators and 11' wide snow plows, and five more trucks

equipped with rocksalt spreaders and 11’ wide snow plows. Snow emergencies are declared whenever four or more inches of snow is forecast or accumulates on the streets. During these snow emergencies, there will be no parking permitted on City streets to allow the snow plows to efficiently clear the streets, and also keep the streets wide enough for emergency vehicles to respond to calls for service. Any vehicles parked in the streets during snow emergencies will be subject to ticketing and towing. Residents will be notified of snow emergencies through the media and by the Sylvania Alerts System, which residents can subscribe to without cost by visiting Residents are also reminded of the legal requirement to clear sidewalks in front of their

property by the next morning following a snowstorm. Although most residents clear their sidewalks, the city always receives complaints about those who don't. Snow and ice removal often keeps the trucks on the road 24 hours a day until the roads are clear. The heavier the storm, the longer the clearing process. The trucks will clear main roads first and then make one pass on all residential streets following predetermined routes, then return for a second pass to widen residential streets out to full width. Last winter was a little milder than the previous season. Let's hope we don't have too much severe winter weather this year. When we do have storms, our city crews and equipment are ready and will be on the road working to keep the snow and ice cleared.

Drug Take-Back Day, according to Maria Hoschak-Gagnon, executive director of Sylvania Community Action Team, which coordinates the activity locally. She noted that the day resulted in a reduced amount of drugs disposed than previous collections, but that it’s the result of people being more aware generally of the need to safely get rid of out-of-date or no longer needed medications. Hoschak-Gagnon said that as an example, township police have collected and incinerated 272.8 pounds of such medications since the last Drug Take-Back Day in April. The Sylvania Township Police Department has a bin for such items to be disposed of in the lobby of the police headquarters at 4420 King Rd. She added that Drug Take-Back day and its advertising remain beneficial. "About half the people disposing of drugs on that day this year said it was the first time they had taken part in the activity.”

will see no improvement in government service. Oliver Turner, administrator of Sylvania Township, told commissioners that, “township residents have been deliberate in choosing a home community,” for reasons including schools, recreation and the simplicity of township government. He said, “Forced annexation erodes the deliberate choices as well as the common good of the area and community.” He added the annexation of these properties will cost the road and bridge fund $8,000 and $26,000 in funding for police and that the city has taken recent action to annex 70 more parcels with immediate plans for 400 more. Turner said commissioners had received affidavits from township residents stating they would not choose to be annexed but felt “a looming threat that water service would be discontinued” if they didn’t sign the annexation petition. Joe Verkennes, a township resident near the area targeted for forced annexation, called the city’s action a land-grab and a money-grab. He and other residents who spoke at the meeting voiced complete satisfaction with the township's services and said that the income tax not only takes money, but also because of that, it reduces the value of homes taken into the city. Verkennes has taken to Facebook to urge residents to contact Lucas County Commissioners to voice their opposition to the city’s forced annexation policy. Other residents and presidents of homeowners' associations also voiced their opposition and the opposition of members of their associations to the forced annexation. John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, echoed Turner's comments noting that the city and township, until now, have been able to work together on such issues as establishing the senior center, operating the recreational districts and on economic development. He said he is saddened and disappointed in the city. Both Crandall and Turner said they hope to continue to work on a cooperative basis with the city. As the meeting was about to end, Malone told commissioners that they should decide the issue on the preponderance of the evidence presented in the testimony and noted that no one from the Sylvania city administration nor any resident had spoken in support of the annexation petition.

Matthew Hyerman, the county's director of public safety who has been shepherding the effort. Hyerman said nothing is guaranteed until the vote is taken, but it looks certain that a majority of the five will vote to unify the service. The shift to a single service has been publicly supported by Lucas County, Toledo and Sylvania Township. Hyerman said it appears that the single vote allotted to other townships will go against the proposal, and that the single vote of the other municipal governments–cities and villages–will be in favor of a single dispatch center. John Jennewine, Sylvania Township trustee, will represent the township at the Dec. 10 meeting. He said, “In a decision like this, either way will get criticism, but I believe the county, including our township, will be more efficiently served with one center. I think the fact that Sylvania's city council also supports the change validates our position in terms of looking out for what is best for the community." Jennewine added that it was important for him to know that everyone currently working as a dispatcher at any of the centers now has been guaranteed a job in the proposed system. He said he is aware of the difficulty in changing jobs, “but I think our dispatchers are the best.” He continued, “I think they may find ways to advance in a larger organization. I also think they will be a good influence as the new system goes into operation.” If the vote to consolidate goes forward as expected, a group comprised of the county sheriff, three police chiefs and three fire chiefs will be named to put together the new organization. The goal is to have it in operation in 18 months.

Annexation Issues

Lucas County commissioners have asked for legal briefs before issuing a decision on the city of Sylvania’s request to annex a residential portion of Sylvania Township. The request for written arguments came after procedural challenges to the city's petition for annexation and testimony from township officials and residents opposing the forced action. Richard Malone, an attorney representing the township, argued to commissioners that the city did not present enough valid signatures for the properties in the targeted Country Walk subdivision. He noted that of five properties, which are held in trust, there were signatures but for two of them there was no document showing that the signatures were of people authorized to sign. He raised issues with others which cumulatively resulted in the city having only 15 valid signatures for the 31 properties, less than the 50 percent required on petitions for annexation. Malone also noted that the hearing was beyond the 90 day requirement for a hearing, because it had earlier been continued after it was learned the agent for the petitioners had failed to publish a public notice. The city of Sylvania has insisted that property owners sign a petition for annexation because they agreed to when they signed up for water service, or such an agreement was in the title work for the property. Malone also noted that one of the requirements for approving an annexation is that benefits must outweigh detriments which would occur for property owners and the surrounding area. Residents who oppose annexation generally complain that they will be subject to a municipal income tax, but

Consolidation of 9-1-1 services

A committee representing five governmental groups will meet Dec. 10 to vote on whether or not Lucas County will have one 911 dispatching center or continue to have several, according to


YOURGOOD.NEWS approach is concerned. Jupiter's last occurrence was in 1996.

New Moon-Christmas Day

New Moon/ Solar Eclipse Dec. 26, in Capricorn. New Year Resolutions should begin around this time. New moons are the best time to put forth our new intentions, our commitments to reach our goals. As we embark on the new year, it would be wise to start with a fresh slate.


Aries (March 21-April 20) The cold is coming. December's winter solstice. Start of the season. –Robert Pettit, "Winter Solstice" Dear Readers, 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 ourselves 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.

As Jupiter, the planet of luck, transits your midheaven, (its last was occurrence 12 years ago) changes in the work place may occur. Not only will your sense of identity shift and sway, but your work/job situation may fluctuate as well. You may suddenly decide to open up your own business, focusing more on your need for autonomy. Either way, it’s clearly about you taking a step forward. Your career has been part of your identity, and for the next year or so you will most likely feel a need to re-invent how you see yourself. Therefore, it is essential to put your ambition and career aspirations into perspective, as well as getting yourself spiritually attuned, finding your passion where ever it is.

The tension between satisfying our most immediate needs and pursuing our future goals is amplified by the restless full moon in Gemini on Dec. 11. 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–and this full moon’s opposition to transiting Saturn further emphasizes this ongoing conflict between our emotions and stability.

The vast majority of Taurus people have gone through a period where they had to let go of the past in lieu of personal growth, and often this means the loss of old friends who perhaps no longer fit, or even family members who have created too much hurt to hold on to. This year you will find a renewed spiritual understanding, and deeper insight into the world, humanity and yourself. During this period, with Jupiter transiting your area of higher awareness, you may also "feel" a strong need to venture out of your comfort zone, possibly through travel, or just stepping out of your inner sanctuary. This is clearly a period of awakening. Time to start on a new path.

Full Moon in Gemini Dec. 11 at 9:12 pm

Sun Moves into Capricorn-Dec. 21

The Winter Solstice and the sun’s annual trip into Capricorn. For those born under Libra or Aries, you may be feeling stress with work matters as the sun in Capricorn creates obstacles. However, it is only temporary and without a challenge.

Jupiter in Capricorn-Dec. 3

Moving from its freedom-seeking, independent Sagittarius, Jupiter, the planet of opportunity, moves forward into the more goal-setting, structured, Saturan-ruled sign of Capricorn. A traditional sign at best, conservative, hard working and patient, its influence can be beneficial as it lends discipline to the more fiery Jupiter ruled energy. Jupiter and Saturn are neutral towards each other. However, they are at opposite ends where their

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

This month’s focus is about your financial well being, as well as working through the minor details of life. It's also about taking the time to get more situated. This can be a lucky cycle, or merely a time to get things back on track. Either way, it can be beneficial if done correctly. In addition to all of this, friendships may flourish. Spiritual guides may begin to enter your life as you become more attuned. This year, humanitarianism will play a bigger role in your life if it hasn't already. You may find even greater things begin to happen.

Cancer (June 22-July 23)

This year with Jupiter moving into your 7th house of marriage, watch partnerships, legal situ-


ations, contracts and issues of fairness in relationship to your career. It could be an anxious time, or an easy period, either way it's up to you, so be aware, and plan ahead. During this cycle, good things may occur, such as an engagement, a long awaited contract or a much desired business partnership may finally come to fruition. Best to be self-aware and manifest the positive side of this aspect. Time to rethink your own actions. It's about taking a personal inventory, and allowing yourself to make the necessary changes.

Leo (July 24-Aug. 23)

This may be your year to get yourself back on track where health and responsibilities are concerned. Jupiter transiting your area of health focuses on better eating habits, starting a new health regime, weight loss or weight gain. In addition, many of you will see major out of the blue changes in self-perception and personal goals. Some of these may have been paths that went nowhere, others may have led you to where you are today, helping you to get in touch with the more spiritual side of your nature.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 23)

Virgos have had a tough go of it, beaten up by squares to their Sun from Jupiter within the last year, causing upheaval in family life and work. The good side of this aspect has been a personal awareness, a greater connection forged between the mind and the soul, a heightened intuition. In addition to all of this, with Jupiter in your 5th house, matters of the heart are indicated as you see yourself more open and receptive, yet still a bit wary. A good strong year for you to focus on your own needs. Learning to let go and let live. This can be a very interesting fruitful year.

Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 23)

Now that Jupiter is in your area of home, it's time to make some physical changes such as remodeling, selling, or purchasing. This is a great year to really step it up a bit. Also, changes within your inner foundation can be beneficial as well as you free yourself from emotional ties that have left you deep-rooted in your past. Your stress with work may be ever-present, but this year you may find yourself less encumbered. A good year to take charge. Also March through July, very rewarding.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Jupiter’s move into Capricorn is going to be very beneficial for you. However, these opportunities are the type that will happen as you work with it. The last few years were not easy ... focus was placed on money and sacrifice. However, this upcoming year will allow you to gain new skills while also becoming hopefully debt free, if not also very lucky. Also, this time will provide a pow-

erful deeper-rooted sense of your spirituality and a pathway to following your bliss. Good cycle for love.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Most Sag's are blessed with tremendous good fortune; they are charming, capricious as well as decadent and didactic. Last year you would have experienced your personal shortcomings and had to come to terms with the truth about yourself, either bad or good. This year it's all about making it right, turning the tables, becoming more astute, focusing on finances, and feeling more settled in life. Jupiter moving into your money house, says “it’s time to stabilize.”

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Saturn your ruling planet has been giving you some steering directions for the past couple of years, and will continue to do so until March through July 2020, then back again until December 2020. However with Jupiter moving in your own sign, this period could bring about the cementing of a contract, relationship or a business partnership, but it will take a lot of work, exhausting to say the least. So try to build yourself up while staying on course. This can be a very conducive money period as well.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19)

Jupiter is moving in that sacred hidden part of your chart, the 12th house, expanding on your sense of self, your base of knowledge, your circle of friends and your inner thoughts. This period can lead to greater psychic ability and/or confusion, as well as a plethora of ideas and imagination. Also focus can be on your health, so be careful and trust every weird intuition you have during this period. This can be a useful cycle or a very intense one.

Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20)

Coming up as Jupiter moves into Capricorn, there is much more opportunity for your career, and you will experience great flashes of knowing, greater insight, and understanding, things you never got before will suddenly click in. On the negative side you need to be careful not to be too erratic or even too isolated. Also be careful with overdoing anything that will cause great temptation. Meeting new people, gaining new connections and really allowing yourself to circulate can be beneficial at this time. *Janet Amid is a columnist and radio/media personality, who writes for Sylvania Advantage and can be heard on 105.5 FM Monday mornings from 8:15 to 8:45 am at 419-240-1055. She can reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at Check out her web site at, Twitter and Instagram. Janet Amid is located at 5600 Monroe Street, Building B, Suite 206, Sylvania, Ohio.






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Sylvania Area Crime Reports Burglary

Badrie Moubarak, 4500 block Gilhouse, front door forced open, home tossed Brian Barachick, 4500 block Westbourne, rear porch window open, safe stolen

Domestic Violence

Oksana Abraham, 6500 block Cornwall Ct., physical harm caused Daaritta Armour, 4900 block Burkewood Ct. argument turned physical Kaitlyn Krasula, 5800 block Monroe

Found Property

5600 block Monroe, shotgun, ammunition, cell phone, nail polish, lens cleaner, bag found

Identity Theft

Faith Weber, 6800 block Convent Blvd. cash lost in unauthorized electronic checking account transaction

Telecommunications Harassment

Lisa Smith, 6100 block Arrowhead, harassing emails


Linda Abernathy, 7200 block Jamesford,



jewelry, cash, face cream stolen Speedway, 5900 block W. Central, beer stolen Tractor Supply, 7700 block W. Central, bib overalls stolen Polly Kasper, 2500 block Tiffany Ct., credit card, cash stolen Sharon Hallock, 5100 block Monroe, wallet with cash, debit card stolen Meijer, 7200 block W. Central, cash, merchandise stolen Leslie Rich, 7300 block Regents Park, cash stolen by fraud Meijer, 7200 block W. Central, shoplifting Emily Olds, 4200 block Wickford Green, Apple Watch stolen Jennifer Ludwig, 6400 block Monroe, check stolen Larry Dale, 57 Block Countryside, rims stolen from vehicle Yark Automotive Group, 6000 block W. Central, use of false credit card to pay for services Fresh Thyme, 5100 block Monroe, essential oils, eye balm stolen Precision Graphics Services, 5100 block Monroe, checks stolen Adam Delp, 2500 block N. Holland Sylvania, credit and debit cards stolen Target, 5200 block Monroe, merchandise stolen Taima Whittington, 6400 block Triple Crown Lane, cash stolen Speedway, 5900 block W. Central, beer stolen Lowes, 7000 block W. Central, merchandise stolen

Lowes, 7000 block W. Central, leaf blower stolen Lowes, 7000 block W. Central, generators stolen Waymart, 5800 block W. Central, vacuum cleaner stolen Melissa Dunne, 5100 block Brigantine, baseball bat stolen Dean Flensburg 5800 block W. Alexis, bicycle stolen Anthony Pistillid, 4600 block Langston Place, cash stolen by extortion

From the Courts CCW

Lawrence Boykin, 1509 Bell, Toledo, $150 fine, 180 days, 171 days suspended

Failure to Stop

Zachary Smith, 6053 Atwell, $150 fine, 180 days, 177 days suspended


Sarah Houke, 621 N. Crises, Holland, $100 fine, 180 days, 175 days suspended


Robert Lee, 6802 Dorr, Toledo, $525 fine, 180 days, 175 days suspended Charles Miller, 2132 Tedrow, Toledo, $375 fine, 180 days, 177 days suspended Jesse Davila, 5298 Yermo, Toledo, $375 fine, 180 days, 177 days suspended Lukas Krauss, 6958 Sue Lane, Maumee, $375 fine, 180 days, 177 days suspended Daprels Minniefield, 2275 Whitney, Toledo, $375 fine, 180 days, 177 days suspended Mark Raymond, 5600. Alexis, Sylvania, $375 fine, 180 days, 174 days suspended James Marlin, 5408 Allison Lane, Sylvania, $525 fine, 180 days, 134 days suspended Katie Gruhler, 7407 Second , Holland,


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Physical Control

Mark Roberts, 3223 Elm, Toledo, $375 fine, 180 days, 177 days suspended Jayne Barto, 225 E. Union, Walbridge, $375 fine, 180 days, 177 days suspended

Reckless Operation

Paul Kontaratos, 7347 Captain Harbor Ct., Maumee, $250 fine, 30 days, 27 days suspended

Resisting Arrest

Jennifer Saladin, 6728 Janel Lane, Maumee, $100 fine, 90 days, 84 days suspended


Jason Gonzales, 538 Lake, Toledo, $100 fine, 90 days suspended Calvin Boone, 730 Lorain, Toledo, $300 fine, 180 days, 178 days suspended Jennifer Saladin, 6728 Janel Lane, Maumee, $100 fine, 90 days, 84 days suspended Make landfall Stewart, 2727 N. Summit, Toledo, $150 fine, 90 days suspended Calvin Smallwood, 606 Lodge, Toledo, $100 fine, 90 days, 84 days suspended Virginia Sanchez, 2521 Gasser, Toledo, $100 fine, Vicki Jones, 2715 Robinwood, Toledo, $50 fine, 180 days suspended

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Steve’s greatest qualities included his loving and compassion for every human being. Steve was as humble as they come, always willing to give his shirt off his back to help those in need. He was an inspiration to all. Steve is survived by Marcia Pisanti (beloved wife), Dominic Pisanti (son), Michael Pisanti (son), and Isabella Pisanti (daughter), Joan Pisanti (mother), Frank Pisanti (father), Stacy and Jay Grimes (sister and brother-in-law), Greg and Amy Pisanti (brother and sister-inlaw), Denise and Terry Benton (sister-in-law and brother-in-law), Kathy and John O’Neil (sister-in-law and brother-in-law), Carol Maher (mother-in-law), and his eight nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by Donald R. Maher Sr. (father-in-law) and Donald Maher Jr. (brother-in-law). Friends and family are asked to consider a donation to a college scholarship fund at Huntington Bank for Isabella Pisanti entitled “Isabella Pisanti Scholarship Fund” or the Doberman Gang of Detroit/Cleveland.

Steven (Steve) Pisanti, 53, peacefully rested on Nov. 21, 2019 where he joined his best friend, his dog, Axel Rose, in heaven. Steve was born to Frank and Joan Pisanti in Manchester, Conn. on Sept. 6, 1966. The family moved to Temperance, Mich. where Steve attended St. John’s Jesuit High School. Steve was a graduate of the University of Toledo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. While growing up, Steve enjoyed wrestling and was an equestrian. Steve met the love of his life on a blind date at Manera’s Italian American Restaurant. Steve and Marcia enjoyed 25 wonderful years of marriage, and had three loving children: Dominic, Michael, and Isabella. Steve was a proud father to his three beautiful children. He was an avid supporter of all of his children–their biggest fan. He never missed a school or sporting event that the kids were involved in. His passion for hockey was fueled watching his twin boys, Dominic and Michael, play, and he proudly enjoyed watching his daughter, Bella, ride horses just as Steve did when he was young as well as play volleyball and run track. Caring for his family and close friends was an utmost priority in his life. One of his favorite pastimes was spending vacation time with his loving wife and three kids in Pompano Beach, Fla. He also cherished his Sunday Italian dinners made from his secret family recipes where he could be surrounded by his large family and his puppies. Steve was a role model and coach/mentor to many young hockey players in the Monroe and Toledo areas. He was very much involved in coaching and player development, and his passionate spirit left an impression on each player he touched, leading them by example to not only become better hockey players, but better people through their journey of life.



Paul Ditmyer, Jr.

Paul J. Ditmyer, Jr., M.D., 91, of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, passed away peacefully Nov. 4, 2019 at the Sunset House. He was born June 3, 1928 in Hamilton, Ohio to the late Paul J. Sr. and Charlotte (Crowley). Paul proudly served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a surgical technician in Seoul, Korea from 1946-48. During his time there, he found joy in organizing, directing, and playing piano for dance band on base and throughout South Korea. Paul served at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. from 1948-49 then went on to earn his B.S. and M.D. at the University of Cincinnati in 1952 and 1956, respectively. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (President, 1951) and Nu Sigma Nu Medical Fraternity. Paul served his internship in 1957 and residency in anesthesiology in 1958-59 at Indiana University Medical Center.

Dr. Ditmyer started his career at Toledo Hospital in the Department of Anesthesiology, serving as chairman and director of medical education from '72-'83. Paul served in many medical organizations including the Toledo Society of Anesthesia, Ohio Society of Anesthesia, American Society of Anesthesiology, American Medical Association, Ohio Medical Association, and the Toledo Academy of Medicine; in many of which he held office. He was also a former member of both The Inverness Club in Toledo and The Landings Club in Savannah, Ga. He enjoyed golf, photography, playing piano (especially Dixieland), and computers, and with his spare time he took pleasure in volunteering at Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, GA. Paul was a kind, gentle, reliable man with a great sense of humor, and he always offered a genuine smile to those he encountered. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of more than 62 years, Donna (Wheeler) Ditmyer; and son, Bruce Ditmyer. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Ditmyer in 1983. Memorial contributions may be made to Gesu Church or The Toledo Museum of Art.

Carrie Boze

It is with a thankful heart that we share the passing of our mother, Carrie Jean Heslep Boze. Her journey with Parkinson’s Disease ended Nov. 12, 2019 at Kingston Care Center in Sylvania, Ohio. She lived with Parkinson’s Disease for more than 22 years. Carrie was born a coal miner’s daughter in Winona, “Almost Heaven” West Virginia on July 6, 1938 to AnnaBelle and Guy Heslep. Her childhood was spent in the majestic green and poor Appalachian Mountains until her family moved west to Troy, Ohio in 1954. She was a junior in high school when she met a Buddy Holl-looking, handsome senior,

John Boze, who became her husband in July of 1956. They were married 44 years and truly loved and admired one another. Together they were committed to Jesus Christ and raised their family to love all, respect others, and work hard. Carrie and John had four children. Surviving are; Mark (Cindy) Boze, Jeff (Darlene) Boze and Suzette (David) Kanarowski, all of Toledo. Infant son, Todd, died in 1974. She is survived by her brother Curtis (Pat) Heslep of Troy, Ohio. Six grandchildren survive; Troy (Megan) Boze, Meghan Boze, Ian (Catelyn) Boze, Jordan Boze, Robert Kanarowski and Genevieve Kanarowski. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren; Kennedy Boze, Koltan Boze, and Owen Boze. Two nephews and a niece, along with numerous aunts and uncles also survive. Carrie worked in the banking industry for many years and retired from KeyBank after her husband’s passing. She helped customers balance their checkbooks and reconcile statements. Her accounting skills were exemplary. She was a talented seamstress, knitter, gardener, and housekeeper. It was her dream in high school to someday marry and have a family. We are all proud to have been a part of this dream. We are forever grateful to Kingston Residence of Sylvania, Kingston Care Center of Sylvania, and Ohio Living Hospice for their kindness and dedicated care of our mother. We would also like to thank Dr. Larry Elmer for his years of support and encouragement. Although flowers look nice and smell pretty, please consider making a donation to Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio, of which our mother spearheaded support groups and seminars for other Parkinson’s patients and caregivers. Your donation could help find a cure. Rest well and sleep in heavenly peace, mama. See you on the other side


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