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Addi Brzuchalski, Grace Tuorri and Dylan Meyer purchase lemonade from Ashley Bolster and Maggie Rennels of Local Roots.

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Owen Hixson draws while waiting to learn about water at the Lourdes Science Camp.


Calendar 2-4A Community News 5-7A Main Street 8-9A Business 10-13A Food 14-15A Marathon Classic Special 17-19A Community 20-23A Summer events/camps 1-3B Sports 4B Sunnyside Up 6B Obituaries 12B Business Cards 13B Real Estate 14B 15B Classifieds

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


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

Items must be submitted one week prior to publication and will be printed on a space-available basis. Email information to Please include a phone number in case more information is needed. Taizé Service A Taizé Service is held the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Sylvania United Church of Christ Chapel, 7240 Erie St. 419882-0048. T.A.M.E. Meeting The Toledo Area Miniature Enthusiasts meet the first Saturday of each month from 1- 4 p.m. in the Sylvania Heritage Museum Carriage House, 5717 Main St. 734-847-6366. TOPS Meetings (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Two chapters of TOPS,1961 and 1672, meet at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6715 Brint Rd. Meetings are held Mondays from 9-10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays from 6:30-

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

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

LUNCH is served from 11:30-12:15 p.m. Mon-Fri; suggested donation for persons who are 60+ is $2.50; non-senior is $5.62. Make reservation by noon the day before. TUESDAY EVENING DINNER served from 4:30-5:15, $8 per person; reserve by 2 p.m. the Friday before. BILLIARDS: Mon-Fri open all day, weekly; COMPUTER LAB: open when classes are not in session; OPEN GYM: open when classes are not in session; QUILTING & SEWING: Tue & Thu, 8-12 noon, weekly; WOODSHOP: Tue, Thu & Fri, 1-3, weekly; WOODCARVERS: Tue, 3-6 weekly Transportation to Senior Center & Shopping: call Deb, 419-885-3913 07/04 Closed/Holiday 07/05 Duplicate Bridge: Thu 1-4, weekly 07/06 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly 07/09 Sunset Communities BP Clinic: 11-12:30 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, * Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * 07/10 Franciscan Care Center BP/BS Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Legal Outreach: by appt., monthly Adult Coloring: 2nd & 4th Tue, 1-3, monthly Current Events: 2nd & 4th Tue, 2-4, monthly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * 5:30: after dinner program, call for details Breathe, Stretch, Relax! Hatha Yoga 6-7 p.m., * 07/11 Health & Life Insurance, Social Security Specialist: by appt., monthly 07/12 Chat with Brenda: 2nd Thu, by appt., memory care professional, monthly Camera Club: 2nd Thu, 1:30-2:30, monthly 07/13 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly 07/16 Jazzercise: Mon-Fri, call Christy for details 419-460-1734 Strength Training: Mon & Thu 10-11, weekly, *



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Body Recall: Mon, Tue & Thu 11:30-12:30, weekly, * Franciscan Care Center BP/BS Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Art Studio Class: Tue, Fri, 9-11,* Mud Hens Game: call for availability & details Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * Medicare & You: 5:30, 3rd Tuesday, monthly 5:30: after dinner program, call for details Breathe, Stretch, Relax! Hatha Yoga 6-7 p.m., * Knitting/Crocheting, Wed 9-11, Fri 2-4, weekly Party Euchre: Wed 10-12 noon, weekly Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Movie Day: 1-3, rsvp, monthly Restorative Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * Book Review Group: 3rd Thu 2-3, monthly Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly Sunset Communities BP Clinic: 11-12:30 Franciscan Care Center BP/BS Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * 5:30 after dinner program, call for details Breathe, Stretch, Relax! Hatha Yoga 6-7 p.m., *

*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 July 15 Toledo Museum of Art, Gallery 18 Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States In 1808, Scottish-born poet and amateur naturalist Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) began publishing ‘American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States,’ which inspired John James Audubon to publish ‘Birds of America’ (1827-38).

•Through July 16 Sixth annual Toledo Jewish Film Festival, 7-9 p.m. Franciscan Center Five films are shown during the series. The June 19 film is ‘The Wedding Plan.’ Followed in succeeding weeks by ‘Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas,’ ‘Fanny’s Journey,’ ‘Joe’s Violin’ and ‘Itzhak’. Admission is $7 per film or $30 for the series. Popcorn included. Visit or 419-724-0362.

•Through Aug. 17 Summer Safari Camps Toledo Zoo The Zoo offers wild opportunities for campers ages four through 15. Separate fee, pre-registration required. For more

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

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

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

•Through Nov. 25 Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018 Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818–2018 presents more than 175 outstanding examples of glass from TMA’s collection, objects and materials from Libbey Inc. archives.

•July 4 Reading, 10 a.m. Lathrop House steps Harroun Park Reading of the Declaration of Independence by area leaders sponsored by Friends of the Lathrop House. Light refreshments and tour of the museum until noon.

•July 5, 6, 7,14, 20, 21, 26 and 28 Snooze at the Zoo, 6:30 p.m.10:30 a.m. Toledo Zoo Spend the night at the Zoo, for families,

Locations Franciscan Center, Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania Olander Park (Nederhouser and Gorman), 6930 W. Sylvania Ave. To register, 419-8828313, ext. 1013 or Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central, Berkey Sylvania Libraries 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania 419-882-2089 (Closed for remodeling) 3900 King Rd., King Branch 419-259-5380 Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo Valentine Theatre 410 Adams St., Toledo Wildwood Preserve Metropark (Manor House) 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo

groups and schools. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichments for the animals, tour the Zoo, meet animals up close and enjoy delicious meals. Separate fee, pre-registration required. For more information visit

•July 5 Meijer Movie Night, 7-9:30 p.m. Northview High School “Moana” presented by the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce. Free. •Wake up With the Birds Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 8-9 a.m. Informal bird viewing. Come dressed for a potential trip outside to the viewing area. No birding experience required. Registration required. Free. Registration code 304404604.

•July 6 Red Bird Art Walk Red, White and Brew, 5-8 p.m. Art, music and flavors. Downtown Sylvania •Talent Show, 1-3 p.m. Franciscan Center Free and open to the public. •Make & Take Summer Card, 1-3 p.m. All Good Things 6832 Convent Blvd. Instructions to make a greeting card. $10. Call 419/824-3749 to register.

•July 7 Community Days, Sylvania Historical Village, 1-4 p.m. Hands on activities and museum buildings open. Free.

•July 8, 15, 22 and 29 Music Under the Stars presented by Mercy Health Toledo Zoo Free concerts by the Toledo Symphony concert band in the historic Zoo amphitheatre.

•July 9-Aug. 10 Art Camp For the Love of Art 4027 N. Holland Sylvania Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays. Grades K-3, 10-11:30 a.m., Grades 4-6 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 419-882-2060 to register.

•July 9-13 Camp Miakonda Camp Week Camp program for children through Sylvania Area Family Services. $100 per week for one child, $75 per week for a second child and $75 registration fee. Call 419-8828415 or visit Additional camp weeks from July 16-Aug. 10 from 8:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.

•July 9 ‘Joe’s Violin and Itzhak,’ 7 p.m. Franciscan Center Fourth in a film series from the Jewish

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Federation Greater Toledo. $7 •Hort hikes at Toledo Botanical Garden, 6-7 p.m. 5403 Elmer Dr. Meet at the Historic Log Cabin. Monthly walks at TBG will highlight plants throughout the garden focused on seasonal interests: flowers, fruits, bark and more. Take ideas home for your own landscape. Second Monday of the month. Reservations required. Free. Reservations, Code 104405605.

•July 10-15 Lucas County Fair 1406 Key St., Maumee $6 for admission and $5 parking fee. Rides tickets can be purchased on the grounds. Air dogs, rodeo, tug-a-truck and entertainment daily. Visit for more information.

•July 10 Garden Tour Series Toledo Zoo Ziem’s Conservatory, 10:30 a.m. Underused native plants. Both novice and experienced gardeners welcome. Separate fee, pre-registration required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine.

•July 11 Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, Noon-6 p.m. Sylvania Senior Center 7140 Sylvania Ave. 800-733-2767 Summer blood drive by the Red Cross. •Sunset Serenades Concert Series Mikes with Mic, 6-9 p.m. The Olander Park Nederhouser deck Concert sponsored by The Lakes of Sylvania. 20th season of this popular musical series. Free for Sylvania School district residents; $3 per care for nonresidents. Light refreshments. •F.I.N.E program classes for Seniors 60+ SAFS 5440 Marshall Rd. This health and wellness program hosted by Kingston of Sylvania will engage senior citizens in Fitness, Independence, Nutrition and Exercise as well as educate on services and resources available to them. Email Dottie at or Chelsea at

•July 12-15 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I Highland Meadows Golf Club 7455 Erie St. Professional women’s golf tournament on the LPGA tour. Tickets available at local Kroger stores. Proceeds to local charities.

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Unleash the artist in the garden Wildwood Preserve, Garden Patio, 6 to 8 p.m. Try painting surrounded by nature in the Ellen Biddle Shipman garden to relax and capture nature with a paintbrush. No experience needed. Participants will be provided with all painting supplies. Free. Reservations, Code 304401601

•July 13

‘1945,’ 7 p.m. Franciscan Center Final movie in a film series from the Jewish Federation Greater Toledo. $7 •Ukulele session, 7-8:30 p.m. King Road Library Newly formed Toledo Ukesters will be at the library. Any Uke players can join in. Call Sharon at for more information.

Make & Take an Origami Wreath, 1-3 p.m. All Good Things 6832 Convent Blvd. Make an Origami creation. $12. Call 419824-3749 for more information or to register.

•July 17 Garden Tea Blends Olander Park, Gorman Nature Education Center, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to grow herbs and their various uses. Class for ages 16+ with $12 registration fee.

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•July 18

Bedford Annual Garden Tour, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bedford Flower and Garden Club’s 22nd tour of six gardens. Also includes a garden boutique and a visit to the Bedford Library gardens. $8 tickets can be purchased at the library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance Mich. •1964 the Tribute Number One Beatles Show Centennial Terrace 5773 Centennial Rd. Call 419-381-8851 for tickets.

Aromatherapy, 1-2 p.m. The Victory Center 5532 W. Central Ave. Ste. B Learn how essential oils can be used for everyday heatlh and wellness. Free to people with cancer sponsored by ProMedica Cancer Institute. Call 419-531-7600 for details.

•July 15 Sundae Funday, 3-6 p.m. Toledo Zoo Ice cream stations throughout the Zoo including ice cream sandwiches, sundae bar and soda floats. Ten samplings. $5 members, $6 nonmembers in addition to Zoo admission.

•July 20, 5-11 p.m. July 21, 4-11 p.m. •Pizza Palooza, 5-11 p.m. Centennial Terrace Sylvania Chamber of Commerce presents this annual event with 10 local purveyors of pizza. Can be purchased by the slice or a whole pie. Awards for People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice.

•July 21 Up on the Roof Main Library Rooftop Dancing to DJ’s selected tunes. Cash bar.

$20 fee for ticket. For more information visit •River Kayak Adventure, 8-10:30 p.m. Middlegrounds, Kayak Cove Enjoy a sunset paddle on the Maumee River either by yourself or with a friend. Ladies only, registration fee of $30. Reservation code 305501102.

•July 23-Aug. 3 SCAC Thatre Camp, 9 a.m.-Noon Franciscan Center For grades 4-12. Call 419-517-0118 for registration.

•July 25

that era at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mich. Cost $117 for members, $132 for nonmembers. •Wonders of Yoga, 11 a.m. Olander Gorman Center Beginner level classes teaching the art of deep breathing and mindfulness for all ages. •Story Time in the Manor House Wildwood Manor House Library, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Stories and crafts in the Manor House library, followed by a short hike outside. Adults must accompany children. $3.50 fee.

•July 27 Star Party Sylvan Prairie Park, South Lot 8601 Brint Rd. Toledo Area Astronomers bringing telescopes for astronomical viewing. Viewers may bring their own telescopes as well. Event cancelled in case of cloudiness or rain. For all ages.

Sunset Serenades Concert, 6-9 p.m. Jeff McDonald’s Swingmania, Olander Nederhouser deck Concert sponsored by The Lakes of Sylvania. 20th season of this popular musical series. Free for Sylvania School district residents; $3 per car for nonresidents. Refreshments. •Under the moon 5K, Christmas in July, 9:30-10:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House Presented by Yark Subaru in partnership with the Toledo Roadrunners Club. Experience the Metropark under the light of the moon. Run or hike the 5K course after dark. Toledo Roadrunners place glow sticks lining the route marking the safe passage through the night time woods. Registration Required. Free. Reservations,

Habitat Summer Bash, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1210 Conant St., Maumee. Kids’ bounce house. Hot dogs and drinks available. •Click With Summer, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Secor Metropark Photography Center Photograph the beautiful nature of Secor Metropark. Guests should bring their own SD memory card, but cameras provided.

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Lourdes Lifelong Learning Bus leaves Lourdes at 9 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. 419-824-3707 Bus trip to learn about Willow Run plant, home of Rosie the Riveter, lunch, followed by the premiere of a play about the workers of

Back 2 School BBQ Sylvania Area Family Services, Inc. 5440 Marshall Rd., 11 a.m.-2p.m. Face painting, games, inflatables, and entertainment. Sylvania School District residents can receive a free backpack and school supplies with proof of I.D.

•July 28

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Red, White & Brew

Brandon and Leigha Murphy and their children Athena and Alexander enjoy the music of Bob Stevens and John Evarts in the Eddie Boggs Park at last year’s July Art Walk in the Red Bird District.



owntown Sylvania’s creative energy is brewing and people of all ages are invited to experience it July 6 at the Red, White and Brew event. From 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy live music, local business, art, food, spirits and more while walking up and down Main Street. Numerous shops along Main will have their doors open to welcome shoppers with deals and special items. Items at TK Lanes will be 20 percent off, Eden Fashion Boutique will offer refreshments, and handmade coloring books and stickers by Ava Whitson will be available at Bowinkles. Beautiful Blooms by Jen will host a floral design class, “Blooms and Brews,” in the Periodic Table at Element 112. Stop into Fuller Art House, Sylvan Studio, Hudson Gallery, Reve Salon and


Spacebar to admire art of multiple mediums and subject matters by several local artists. To further showcase their art appreciation, Sylvania Community Arts Commission t-shirts will be available for $10. An array of food trucks will offer the option for attendees to eat while surrounded by downtown’s atmosphere, and restaurant specials will attract those looking to sit down and dine in. Element 112’s bar appetizers will be half off, while Upside Brewing will offer a Friday pizza special. Craft beer specials at Inside the Five brewing, Chandler Café, Upside Brewing, Sodbuster Bar and Element 112 will ensure that the “brew” part of “Red, White and Brew” will not disappoint. Experience the culture of the Red Bird Arts District and immerse yourself in the celebration of all things local by attending this special July event.

Sylvania Franciscans host ‘Chapter of Mats’ gathering

Sisters of St. Francis came from seven different states to participate in the 2018 Chapter of Mats. Sisters Karen Daniewicz is from Minneapolis, Laureen Painter, South Bend, Clarinda Coffel, Minneapolis, Ann Marie Emon, Sylvania and Faith Cosky, Ann Arbor. The Sisters of St. Francis, along with their Associates and partners in mission gathered June 20-22 for the Chapter of Mats. This gathering takes place every four years on the Motherhouse campus, at the Franciscan Center in Sylvania. More than 160 individuals attended this year to reflect upon “How is God at work in our lives?” Saint Francis of Assisi brought his Friars together to St. Mary of the Angels of the Portiuncula in Assisi, Italy, so they could gain inspiration and strength from one another in 1221. Afterwards, they would go back into the world carrying on the mission of the Gospel. So many Friars would come for the chapter that they assembled outdoors and slept on mats at night. Thus, the Chapter of Mats received its name. At the event, Sister Barbara Vano, OSF,

presented “A Walk with Clare.” The program helped participants recall their Franciscan origins through the lives of Saints Clare and Francis. She shared the life changes Clare and Francis made to serve others, reigniting the passion for Franciscan values among attendees. Participants took a reflective campus walk, shared stories and ideas about how God is at work in their lives. Matt Grimshaw, CEO, Trinity Health System, Steubenville, Sister Patricia Gardner, OSF, Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Office and Deidra Lashley, Executive Director, Bethany House of Toledo, provided testimony about how God has led them in their professional and personal lives. A film documenting the education history of the Sylvania Franciscans also premiered during the Chapter of Mats.

Hudson Gallery, 5645 Main St., is featuring a group exhibition, “WATER: rivers, lakes and streams,” July 6 through Aug. 11. Artists represented will include Jan Dyer, Tamara Monk, Thomas Hilty, Susan Morosky, Jean Gumpper, Mary Brodbeck, David Herzig, Travis Taylor and Jan Thomas. Water is essential for all life. It’s used for drinking, to irrigate crops, to recreate and to

inspire. This group of artists has all used the power of water as inspiration to create paintings, prints and sculpture that reflect their connection to and love of this essential resource. The opening reception for the exhibition will take place during the art walk on July 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Red Bird Arts District located in historic downtown Sylvania.

The Sylvania Sunrise Lion Club is once again hosting the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus on Friday, Aug. 10, with two performances at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The all-new 2018 season will feature a host of international circus stars from all over the world performing in the Big Top on the corner of Brint and Centennial roads. The tent raising will begin at approximately 9 a.m. on Circus Day. This year’s lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers that include: Rolla Bolla, Hula Hoops, Quick

Change, Russian Swing and many more. Support the Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club Inc. and buy your tickets in advance and save. Advance tickets are available at: Sautter’s Market-Sylvania location, Metamora State Bank-Sylvania location and are also available to be purchased online at or via ‘will call’ at 800334-5210. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $7 for children (Ages 212)/Seniors (65 and over). Tickets purchased on circus day at the circus box office will be $13 for adults and $8.00 for children.

Sylvania Chamber of Commerce’s Meijer Movie Night, presented by Anchor Church, will take place Thursday, July 5, starting at 7 p.m. It will be held at a new location this year - “The Hill” at Northview High School, 5403 Silica Dr. in Sylvania. Families are invited to camp out under the stars and watch Disney’s newest princess,

Moana. There will be entertainment prior to the showing of the movie including: train rides, Touch-A-Truck featuring Sylvania police and fire personnel complete with a fire ladder truck and police car, bounce houses, face painting, a kids fashion show, a workout designed specifically for kids, food trucks and more.

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Downtown Sylvania lights recognized

The “Downtown Sylvania Under the Lights” project was recently recognized with a cover photo on a national publication. A photo of downtown Sylvania’s Christmas lighting project was featured on Bronner’s annual Commercial Display catalogue. The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce completed the project in the fall of 2017. Strings of lights were hung between buildings along Main Street, creating a canopy of yearround bubble lights. In addition, the lights on the trees lining Main Street were replaced with new LED white lights that will stay lit year-round. Large grapevine globes were hung at Christmas in addition to the bubble lights creating a snow globe-like scene upon entering downtown Sylvania. Bronner’s chose to highlight downtown Sylvania on the cover of their national

catalogue for its ambiance and the unique scene it created. The catalogue is distributed to over 5,500 towns across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam. Downtown Sylvania is the first town in the United States to create this canopy of lights across Main Street. The Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, led by Executive Director Michelle Sprott and the Chamber’s Board of Directors, fully funded the project to contribute to the vibrancy in downtown. The Sylvania Chamber worked in partnership with the city of Sylvania, JDRM Engineering, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, AA Boos and Lake Erie Electric to complete the project. In addition, the Chamber worked collaboratively with the building owners of JDRM Engineering, The Stansley Group, Unverferth Architecture, Reve Salon and Spa and Sylvan Studios to bring the project to completion as the anchor points for the lights were drilled into the facades of their buildings. “I was thrilled to see downtown Sylvania on the cover of this catalogue, it was a huge surprise when it came in the mail! I am grateful that the team at Bronner’s – a leader in their industry, chose to feature our beautiful downtown Sylvania as the top project they were part of in 2017. Our goal was to create an ambiance that is unlike any other in Northwest Ohio for people to enjoy when visiting, shopping and dining,” said Michelle Sprott, Executive Director, Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-882-2135 or visit the website


Historical Village to receive DAR grant

Sylvania Historical Village assistant Cassie Tenario and Executive Director Andi Erbskorn discuss plans for refurbishing the parlour in the Heritage Center Museum with Beverly St. Clair of The Fort Industry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced that the organization will be donating $3,130 to The Sylvania Historical Village for the renovation of the parlor room in the Heritage Center Museum. Funding for the project was made possible through the sponsorship of The Fort Industry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Toledo. The Cooke/Kuhlman Home, also known as the Heritage Center Museum, is the historic home of Dr. Uriah Cooke, an early 20th century Sylvania doctor. His unique home, first built in 1897 and expanded in the early 20th century, contains not only his living quarters but also his doctor’s office, waiting room and exam room. Three generations of the Cooke family lived in the home through the late 1980s. The DAR grant will be used to restore the home’s parlor to its late 1930s appearance, which is the time all three generations lived together. Design of the restoration is based on family photos from that era. “We are thrilled that the DAR Special Projects Committee has honored us by awarding this grant,” noted Andi Erbskorn, Executive Director of the Sylvania Historical Village. “We have been wanting to restore the parlor in this treasured home for several years. The funding provided by the DAR will allow that dream to be a reality. The

Cooke/Kuhlman home showcases a slice of life in the early 20th century. These stories are valuable as they helped shape who we are today. This grant will allow us to share this chapter with the public.” The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization’s mission of historic preservation, education and patriotism. The DAR receives hundreds of grant applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the non-profit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With 178,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, the DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit

A Golden Anniversary Proclaimed

Sylvania Town Crier Mike Lieber offered a cry in celebration of his friends’ Bernie and Dorothy Welniak's golden anniversary at a party held last month at the Zenobia Shrine. The couple was married May 25, 1968, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Toledo. The couple has traveled extensively and counts a trip to the Orient as one of their favorites. They most recently returned from visiting the island of St. Kitts.

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Erin McPartland, of Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Ann Malak and Don Rettig of Owens Corning, Rob Simon of the Glass City Marathon, Clint McCormick, race director and Julie Champa, race organizer, celebrate the success of the 2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon held April 22. Owens Corning is a sponsor of both the Half Marathon and Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, which is the sponsored charity and received a check for $13,000 from the event.

SAFS to host 16th annual Ray of Hope

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A visit to the Wingate

I still find it hard to believe that the Wingate by Wyndham has been open since May of 2003 and I have yet to walk through its doors… until now. I stepped into the spacious lobby and was greeted by General Manager Lea Maclaren, who has been at the helm since opening day. “I graduated from Indiana State University on a Sunday and began work on the following Monday,” she recalled. She quickly gave me a rundown of what the facility has to offer. “We have three meeting rooms and two boardrooms,” she explained. “We host many meetings and

events from interviews to new business gatherings. Lately, we have a lot of traveling business people that rent rooms while they are in town doing business. Our Arbor Room is the largest meeting room in our facility. It holds up to 40 people and it can be divided into two rooms. We have done rehearsal dinners, baby showers, and present opening for couple's following a wedding. Once the room was set up as a night care babysitting room for a wedding held elsewhere in the area. On holidays, we do a great deal of family gatherings. We have a Sylvania family that annually hosts their Thanksgiving holiday here. During the Christmas holiday, we have people rent the meeting rooms and rent rooms for families to gather. We also have people rent the lobby for overflow or social gatherings if a larger mingling space is needed.”

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Of course, it’s not all “meet-and-greet” at the Wingate. People stay overnight in a variety of room options. Acting as a potential guest I went up to the registration area and was warmly greeted by the front desk person. She immediately asked if I was part of the Wyndham Rewards Program, which sadly I am not a member of, but if I enrolled during my stay I would receive a goodie bag and 10 points per dollar. The most important info was to follow. I was also informed that breakfast is served from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. daily. By the looks of things, this self-described “foodie” would be a happy camper with their numerous selections of breakfast items. The facility also contains a fitness center that is open 24 hours a day (who are we kidding-not a huge concern for me) and a yoga/recreation room that at times is used for sports teams, speech and debate teams or people who want to work out in groups. Maclaren also told me a little tidbit that made me wish I had arrived later in the day. “In the afternoon, when people arrive, there are fresh baked cookies,” she stated. She then gave me a rundown of the room choices. “There are three whirlpool suites on the property and 19 additional suites that have a living room and a bedroom. The rest of the rooms are a combination of one king or two queen beds,” she said. “All rooms have Wolfgang Puck coffee, a microwave and a refrigerator. Guests really enjoy having those amenities. There is also an iPod compatible

alarm clock that you can customize with the music of your choice. We are also in the process of adding Chromecast streaming devices to all the TVs so guests can enjoy the movies and shows they stream at home.”

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The Wingate also actively participates in the ‘Count on Me’ program. “The program helps staff improve service initiatives, community involvement and to learn about green initiatives and safety,” stated Maclaren. “I started the program to improve our services as well as improve morale. We have a staff party quarterly where we reward employees for going above and beyond. We have been rated an A Property since we opened and intend to stay that way. We are always searching and striving for ways to improve.” Maclaren enjoys working in Sylvania and her career, which in a large part involves making people happy. “I love meeting new people and anticipating our guest’s needs," she said. "One of the best parts of my job is meeting people from all over the country and the world. I love what I do and plan on continuing welcoming Sylvanians and beyond through our doors and having them walk out smiling.” I know this Sylvanian was smiling-especially after checking out the suite with the jacuzzi tub which a close to 6’ female could easily fit in. I plan on treating myself the next time I have multiple, chaotic deadlines and be one of the many who has walked out the doors of the Wingate with a big smile.

General Manager at Wingate by Wyndham, Lea Maclaren, stands in the lobby of the Wingate Sylvania/Toledo in front of the numerous awards the hotel has received for its service.


DMC Technologies Group celebrates 25 years in business

Front row, L-R: Elaine and Pat Sheehan; second row, L-R: Kurt Everson, Jenny Becker, Sandy Reau, Kat Horvath, Debbie Farley, Chris Kajfasz, Mary Anne Mahaffey, Mike Jablonowski; third row, L-R: Dave Mihalik, Dan Pindoley, John Chadwick, Jeff LaButte, Steve Kern, Karen Albright, Jean Gist, Michael Seday; fourth row, L-R: Jim Froelich, David Horvath, Jeff Reau, Jim Oneail, Greg Gomach and Mike DeBrosse attend the celebratory dinner at the Sheehan home. DMC Technologies Group President programming expertise, but we also provide Patrick Sheehan and his wife, Elaine, hosted experienced business application developers their staff of 28 for a company meeting and a who understand business requirements and dinner in their Sylvania Township home to integration.” celebrate the company’s 25 year anniversary. As for the servers, security, and the DMC, located at 7657 King’s Pointe Rd. in the infrastructure side of the business, the King’s Pointe of Sylvania Business Park, is a company has a range of different tools and full-service Information Technologies services that it provides to businesses, company offering solutions including including data center and security, hardware, software, programming, virtualization, disaster recovery, high networking, virtualization, and cloud availability (HA), backup solutions, cloud computing. services, and managed services. Sheehan noted Nine of DMC’s current staff, including that over the years, DMC has added offerings Sheehan, worked together in a former IT from Dell, Cisco, Microsoft, and others to stay company which went out of business because ahead of the technology curve. of external circumstances. Rather than “One of the biggest trends right now in our abandoning their clients, the group banned industry is the need for better security and we together and started what has become DMC continue to address those needs for our clients Technologies Group in 1993. through new technology offerings, new “Through the years, we have stayed true to services offerings, and increased education,” our core values,” Sheehan noted. “We do the Sheehan said. “The other big trend is the right thing for our employees and our movement to cloud technologies. We consider customers and we focus on giving them DMC to be the lead firm in the area with quality solutions. As technology changes, we deployment of clients to Office 365 (Microsoft learn and make the necessary changes. That Cloud.) Cloud is not the right solution for process is ever changing.” everybody and we work with our clients to “And we are blessed to have the staff we do. determine where it does and does not make While nine of us have been together since the sense,” he said. “Again, we work toward start of this company, many others have also offering what works best for our clients.” been with us a long time. They consider each other as family and friends. They feel strongly about our core values and have a deep commitment to helping each other and our customers,” Sheehan added. Since its inception, DMC offers IT solutions using the latest technology from industry leaders and customizing it for clients, which include manufacturing/ distribution, government, education, healthcare, professional services, commercial businesses and not-for-profits in Michigan and Ohio. DMC provides two kinds of service, one is application development (using the leading development environments from IBM and Microsoft) and the other is setting up servers, security, and infrastructure for businesses. According to Sheehan, “If you need to present existing data in new ways and new formats, DMC can provide the technical expertise. DMC not only provides the technical

First Federal Bank Staff Builds (Play)House

Over 20 First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group employees participated in Project Playhouse on June 21. They built a playhouse at their 5520 Monroe St. campus, which was donated to 5-year-old Myles. First Defiance, the holding company of First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group, donated $2500 to Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity and the additional dollars raised by the Project Playhouse event will go towards the building of a “Forever Home” for a family in northwest Ohio.

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Ribbon cut to open Newcomer Funeral Home A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening in West Sylvania of the third Newcomer Funeral Home at 3655 King Rd. The company leased the facility from Jim Schwerkoske of JMS Real Estate Industries, the building owner. “This building was a good fit for us with its two chapels and convenient and ample parking. This is also a great location. We were able to just move in after painting and adding new furnishings,” noted Jim Raczkowski, Newcomer Funeral Homes area manager. “This facility allows us to offer good options for families, making it easier for them to select one of our three locations.” The company, headquartered in Topeka, Kan., first opened its Laskey Road location in 2001 and its Heatherdowns facility in 2010. The Toledo-area locations are served by

The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Welcoming Committee Dee Szabo, Taryn Schmitz, Alicia Yoxthimer, Katie Cappellini, Bill Sanford, and Marci Bennett join Sylvania Town Crier Mike Lieber and Newcomer staff Ren Newcomer, Don Boes, Jim Raczkowski, Erika Scheid, Kristin Toska, Deborah Antaeus, Peggi Burkett, Jim Seaman, Larry Haddad, Mike Alt along with friends Perry Hasselbeck, Paul and Helen Raczkowski, Dawn Tuite, Paulette Baz and Barb Dixon to cut the ribbon for the new funeral home on King Road.

Division Director Peggi Burkett and six funeral home directors including Raczkowski, Samantha Waltermyer, Laura DiNardo, Erika Scheid, Dee Maurice and Laura Clark. In addition, there are 25 support staff and two family service associates, Jan Eckel and Lorrie Briner. Ren Newcomer, a fourth generation funeral director whose great-grandfather started the business in the 1890s in Topeka, Kan., developed a business model in the late 1980s and early 1990s to offer funeral services at a lower cost and to expand the company to multiple locations. There are 40 Newcomer Funeral Homes in 10 states. The company also owns two cemeteries in Topeka, Kan. According to Raczkowski, the company’s core values: excellence, care, trust and growth, form the basis for each of the locations.

Sweet Shalom celebrates Royal Wedding

Sweet Shalom Tea Room paid homage to the Royal Wedding by hosting A Royal Wedding Tea every Friday and Sunday in June. Sara Velasquez and Krissie Cruze, who started the teahouse in 1999, host themed parties every month. July’s theme is “My Fair Lady,” while August’s theme is “Tea Around the World.” Visit or call 419-2977997 or 419-297-9919 to make reservations.

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Michael Calandra, owner of Frameworks Art and Frame at 5660 Mayberry Sq., has been assisting customers in preserving and displaying their cherished family photos, sports memorabilia, collectibles and children’s artwork for over 35 years. “I started framing while I was an art student at Monroe Community College. I thought it would be a good idea to learn how to frame my own art,” said Calandra. After several years of working in the framing department at a local craft store and then at a regional frame shop, he decided to open his own shop in 2003. In addition to running his business, Calandra is an award-winning artist whose airbrush fantasy and illustration artwork has been featured in and on the covers of Heavy Metal Magazine, Art Scene International, and Airbrush Step by Step. He also works with 78 Tarot, Unstoppable Cards, MNS Cards, Fantasy Flight Games, and Image Ten, Inc., the parent company of “Night of the Living Dead.” At Frameworks, Calandra enhances his customers’ experiences by guiding them to the best designs for their artwork. “As a working artist, I offer a different perspective when helping my clients with their custom framing projects. The finished design has to complement the artwork as well as the space where it will hang,” explained Calandra. While custom framework is a big part of his business’ services, Frameworks also offers canvas printing in which Calandra can take photos from a cell phone and turn them into a

piece of artwork. “As long as the file resolution allows for it, we can pretty much print any size,” he said. Memorabilia can also be turned into artwork in the form of a shadow box. “Oftentimes, memorabilia get stuck in a drawer somewhere, but if they are truly special, they need to be seen,” he added. Frameworks carries over 2,000 frame samples that cover every style from traditional to basic, rustic to art deco and decorative to novelty or themed versions. “That shouldn’t intimidate anyone. I can easily guide people to the best design by showing them options to fit their style and price range,” mentioned Calandra. Museum-quality mat boards are available at Frameworks in solid colors, marble, suede, fabric, metallic, silk and leather. “The glass I use is UV protective. I carry museum glass, which is perfectly clear and has no reflection. It’s a customer favorite. It looks like there is no glass on the picture. And it’s great for shadow boxes,” explained Calandra. Calandra’s business serves as a frame shop, and it’s also a studio where he creates his artwork. As a fantasy artist, Calandra has had the opportunity to participate in many exciting projects. This fall, he will create poster art for the 50th anniversary celebration of the movie “Night of the Living Dead” which will be rereleased in October. “Creating art that makes people happy and being able to preserve their treasures goes a long way in making my business successful. I am forever grateful to the community for its support, as it allows me to do what I love to do.”

TARTA to pilot autonomous bus technology

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will receive a $1.8 million grant for a pilot program to test autonomous bus technology in Toledo. The test program will begin in 2019 and is expected to run for approximately three years. Exploring autonomous vehicles is a component in TARTA’s recently introduced Move Toledo strategic vision that outlines a variety of initiatives to enhance public transportation in metro Toledo ( Originally slated to begin in a few years, this grant expedites TARTA’s plans to investigate the use of autonomous vehicles and electric-powered vehicles. An autonomous shuttle bus will transport passengers along a dedicated route in the Toledo area. The exact route is still being determined but will likely connect several popular destinations in downtown Toledo. While the goal is for the vehicle to function autonomously, a driver will be in the vehicle at all times to ensure the safety of passengers, other drivers and pedestrians. TARTA’s autonomous vehicle pilot program will make Toledo one of the first cities in the nation to explore the use of autonomous vehicles for public transit, positioning the region as a leader in this technology. Knowledge gained from the program will be used to improve future developments of autonomous vehicle technologies for eventual use around the globe. TARTA CEO-General Manager Jim Gee said, “This grant from the Federal Highway Administration makes it possible for Toledo to be on the cutting edge of new technologies. TARTA is proud to play a role in the evolution of public transit on a national and even global scale, especially in a way that makes significant contributions to Northwest Ohio. It is an

exciting time for TARTA and public transit in Toledo.” This program is possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. TARTA secured the grant in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. The grant is expected to fully fund the program; no local tax dollars will be used. TARTA’s autonomous vehicle pilot program was announced during the third “Technology Takes the Wheel” seminar at The University of Toledo. The free seminar was focused on selfdriving buses as the future of public transportation and hosted by the UT College of Engineering and AAA Northwest Ohio. In addition to remarks from Gee, the event featured Chris Pauly, director of business development in North America for NAVYA, a manufacturer of autonomous vehicles; Lt. Col. (retired) John Tucker, sales specialist for Path Master Inc., a traffic technology provider; Dr. Eddie Chou, UT professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Transportation Systems Research Lab; and Dr. Bhuiyan Alam, associate professor in the UT Department of Geography and Planning.

Michael Calandra, owner of Frameworks Art and Frame in Mayberry Square, holds a print of one of his original airbrush paintings. Calandra has been in the framing business for over 35 years and is an award-winning fantasy and illustration artist.


The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority was formed in 1971 and is a political subdivision under Ohio law, similar to a park district or a school district. TARTA supplies more than 3.1 million passenger trips annually and provides interconnected, regional service to six communities in Lucas County – Toledo, Maumee, Waterville, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania and Sylvania Township – and Rossford in Wood County.

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Jane Berry of Posey Jane arranges homegrown flower bouquets, and her daughter Emily Berry of Apple of M.I. creates cupcakes and other sweet treats for the market.

Nate and Lisa Roehrig of Get ROEHsted! bring their fresh-roasted coffee to the Sylvania Farmers Market each week including Rwanda and Tree City blends.

Monthly Greek Luncheon Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Church Hall 740 Superior St., Toledo Wednesday, July 11, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Menu features beef or chicken gyro on pita bread with fries, Greek salad, bread, and coffee or iced tea. Cost $9. Greek pastries also available. For information or carryout, call 419-243-9189. The Peach Truck Tour Black Diamond Perrysburg 12320 Eckel Junction Rd. Fridays, July 6 and 27, 3 - 4:30 p.m. The Peach Truck will stop in Perrysburg two Fridays in July offering fresh Georgia peaches. $40/25 pound box. $14/pound pecans (shelled and halved). For details, visit Glass City Donut Festival The Shops at Fallen Timbers 6832 Russell Rd., Maumee Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Taste donuts from all over northwest Ohio and vote for your favorite. $25 per ticket allows you to sample each donut and get two coffee tickets. Proceeds to benefit ACS of NW Ohio.

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No Bake Cheesecakes 6-8 servings Crust 8 graham crackers 3 handfuls of pretzels ½ cup melted butter 2 tablespoons sugar

BY JENNIFER RUPLE Emily Berry is a small town girl with big city style. Her business, Apple of M.I., is based in Blissfield,Mich.; however, she has sold her sweet treats over 9,000 miles away in Sydney, Australia. Berry creates Jennifer Ruple m a de - f rom - s c r a tch confectionaries for all occasions including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, showers and graduations. Her specialties are cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pies and cake pops, but it was her handcrafted caramel apples that put her in business and took her across the world. It all started in 2015 when Berry was showing her Australian boyfriend, Vince Bagnato, around her family’s apple orchard in Ottawa Lake, Mich. The two met while working at a summer camp in Maine. At the orchard, Berry gave Bagnato a caramel apple that she had just made. He had never tasted one. “Caramel apples are just not a thing in Australia. They don’t have the type of caramel you need to stick to an apple,” explained Berry. Bagnato suggested that they learn how to make caramel from scratch and take the caramel apples to Australia. The couple worked on their recipe for several months and then hit the streets of Sydney. For three years, they sold their caramel apples all around the city at food fairs and festivals. They were an instant hit. The couple decided on the name Apple of M.I.

because it reminded Berry of her home state. “Apple of M.I. - that’s Michigan, and that’s me even if I was thousands of miles from there,” she reminisced. Berry’s passion for cooking began when she was a young girl, but it wasn’t until she returned from Australia that she was inspired to learn how to bake. “Caramel apples are seasonal, and I wanted to create things throughout the year,” she said. Berry began offering to bake birthday cakes for family members, and before long, she was receiving custom orders. Berry brings her creations to the Blissfield Farmers Market on the first Sunday of each month and the Sylvania Farmers Market on Tuesdays where she shares a booth with her mom, Jane Berry, who offers homegrown floral arrangements through her business, Posey Jane. “When we were doing farmers markets in Australia, I fell in love with the whole lifestyle,” she said. “I love setting up my booth, I take pride in my products, and I love talking about them.” For her baking needs, Berry rents commercial kitchen space from Cakes n’ Shakes in Blissfield. “I’m just starting to sell my products there too,” she mentioned. In mid-August, Berry will offer her caramel apples at the farmers markets. She offers a few versions – traditional caramel apples, caramel apples dipped in peanuts, and caramel apples dipped in white chocolate and rolled in cinnamon sugar. “What makes my product unique is that I always use the freshest apples. I pick them from my family’s orchard and dip them within 24 hours,” she said. What’s next for Berry? More baking, of Strawberry Jam Cupcakes

Cheesecake 16 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 cup powdered sugar ½ cup sour cream ¾ cup cold heavy whipping cream Fresh fruit for garnish In a food processor, crush graham crackers and pretzels, adding sugar and melted butter while processing. Divide crumbs into small mason jars and press down to smooth. Set aside. In a mixer, mix together cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and

Emily Berry minutes or until crust starts to bubble. Remove from oven and cool completely. For the filling, cream together cheese and sugar. Add Cool Whip and vanilla and mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Spread the filling over the crust. Mash up the raspberries and spread over the filling. For the topping, prepare Jell-O from directions on the box. Gently pour Jell-O over the top. Allow to chill in refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours.

Strawberry Jam Cupcakes

24 servings 2 ¼ cups flour 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 ½ cups sugar 3 large eggs 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla 1 cup buttermilk or whole milk, room temperature No Bake Cheesecakes light, about 2 -3 minutes. Add sour cream and heavy cream and continue mixing until thick and creamy about 4-5 minutes. Pour mixture over graham cracker crust and cover. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with fresh fruit.

Raspberry Pretzel Bars 12 servings Crust 2 cups crushed pretzels 3 tablespoons sugar ¾ cup butter, melted

Filling 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 8 ounces Cool Whip Topping 8 ounces raspberry Jell-O 2 cups boiling water 2 cups cold water 1 pint raspberries Heat oven to 400 F. Combine pretzels, sugar and butter and mix well. Spread mixture on the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish. Bake for 7-10

Strawberry Jam Filling 10 strawberries (15 if small) ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon corn starch Buttercream Frosting 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 2 pounds powdered sugar Pinch of salt Dash of vanilla Handful of shortbread cookie crumbs Heat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In another bowl, cream together wet ingredients. Combine contents of both bowls. Bake cupcakes for 1719 minutes. For the filling, dice strawberries. In a small saucepan, combine strawberries and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently until sugar dissolves. Add corn starch and stir for about 5 minutes, until fruit is bubbly but not rapidly boiling. Remove from heat and let cool completely. For the frosting, in a mixer, cream the butter for about 5 minutes on high. Decrease speed to lowest setting and slowly add in powdered sugar. Once all sugar has been incorporated, mix in vanilla, salt and cookie crumbs. To assemble, remove the center of each cupcake with the wife end of a piping tip or a cupcake corer. With a spoon or piping bag, fill the holes with jam. Top the cupcakes with buttercream frosting.





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Memorial golf outing planned at Spuyten Duyval golf course Sue Shaneck and her daughter Sarai are hosting the Gary Shaneck Memorial Golf Outing, an 18-hole four-person scramble, on Saturday, July 14 at Spuyten Duyval Golf Club, 9501 W. Central Ave. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person, which includes greens fees, cart, range balls, lunch and a steak dinner. A $15,000 cash prize is offered for a hole-in-one. Registrations are due by July 10. The memorial tournament is in honor of Gary Shaneck, the long-time owner of Spuyten Duyval, who died four years ago. Shaneck purchased the golf course in 1972 and was instrumental in turning Spuyten Duyval into a successful and recognized public golf course over the 45 years he was the owner and manager. “My dad made so many changes here and was way ahead of his time,” noted Sarai Shaneck, who with her mother now owns and operates the golf course. “He built Cottonwood Creek, the first heated driving range in the area, complete with 72 grass tees. He also added the first executive-style golf course in the area, Cottonwood Creek, a ninehole course with five par four holes and four par three holes. “This has become a great place for beginners to put the lessons in play that they learn on the driving range. This is a quiet place that is less stressful to play for those new to the game. It is also helpful for the more experienced player who wants to work on his or her short game,” the younger Shaneck noted. During his tenure, Shaneck also added nine holes to the Spuyten Duyval course creating a total of 27 holes.

The mother-daughter partners assumed ownership and operation of the business four years ago. “We continue the tradition started by my dad. We look for opportunities to be great community partners. We also promote the fun of golf for families,” she said. There are two golf professionals, Gordon Meek and Brad Hellman, on staff who also contribute to the success of the club, according to the Shanecks. “We have developed a great junior program here and we have established great relationships with many area schools. We are the home course for Evergreen’s and Sylvania Southview’s girls and boys teams and we host at least two high school matches a week during the season,” Sarai Shaneck noted.

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“May your golf shots be long and straight and may all your putts go in the hole” notes the card-carrying and small but perhaps mighty Golf Angel pin available at Angela’s Angels, 5774 N. Main St. “We have sent hundreds of these pins across the country and even sent an order to Australia. We have also supplied pins for several memorial tournaments locally and far away,” noted Angela Christensen, owner of the angel store in downtown Sylvania. “People really like this little pin, which retails for $5 and is an affordable gift,” she added.


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Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, FL Sydnee Michaels, Murrieta, CA Annie Park, Levittown, NY Lindy Duncan, Plantation, FL Sakura Yokomine, Tokyo, Japan Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, GA Emma Talley, Princeton, KY Yu Liu, Beijing, China Aditi Ashok, Bangalore, India Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong, Thailand Mariajo Uribe, Bucaramanga, Colombia Caroline Inglis, Eugene, OR Wichanee Meechai ,Bangkok, Thailand Kris Tamulis, Naples, FL Celine Boutier, Montrouge, France Lee-Anne Pace, Paarl, South Africa Haeji Kang, Seoul, Republic of Korea Benyapa Niphatsophon Thailand Erynne Lee, Silverdale, WA Lindsey Weaver, Bellefontaine, OH Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Quebec City, Can. Katelyn Dambaugh, Charleston, SC Joanna Klatten, Paris, France Alison Lee, Los Angeles, CA Christina Kim, San Jose, CA USA 4 Kelly Shon, Port Washington, NY Caroline Hedwall, Stockholm, Sweden Mel Reid, Derby, England Katie Burnett, Brunswick, GA Sandra Changkija, Orlando, FL Yani Tseng Taoyuan, Taiwan Perrine Delacour, Paris, France Tiffany Chan, Hong Kong Paula Reto, Bloemfontein, South Africa Rebecca Artis, Coonabarabran, Australia Luna Sobron, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, CA Amelia Lewis, Jacksonville, FL Lauren Coughlin, Charlottesville, VA Kassidy Teare, San Diego, CA Cindy LaCrosse, Tampa, FL Laetitia Beck, Caesarea, Israel Brianna Do, Lakewood, CA Celine Herbin, Avranches, France Dani Holmqvist, Stockholm, Sweden Jessy Tang, Orlando, FL

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Tournament preparations underway BY ADDISON HINKLE

As the long-running LPGA golf tournament approaches, the staff from Highland Meadows is hustling to accommodate the professional golfers and crowd at their club. Greg Patenson, groundskeeper for Highland Meadows, remains calm, saying it is all “business as usual.” Highland Meadows staff, outside vendors, and the city of Sylvania all are necessary to pull off the tournament. Vendors set up the skyboxes and all the stands. Again this year, the Pinnacle has the responsibility of catering the food for the event. Mark Thees, owner of the Pinnacle,

and his team meet everyday to plan and prepare concessions and catering for the annual tournament. Currently, there are 80 food service operations to feed the crowds and the players, including nine concession stands, the champion tent, and the 19th hole event. According to Patenson, the staff works as hard as they do everyday, upholding the same standards with the professionals as they do with their regular members. The staff at Highland Meadows is committed to keeping such a major event in the city of Sylvania by establishing a venue that is welcoming to a large crowd of people from throughout the community, the region and beyond.

Sylvania Chamber to host Hole 14 Canteen party deck BY ADDISON HINKLE

The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce is returning as a sponsor for this year’s Marathon Classic, a nationally covered event in Sylvania. The annual golf tournament will be held at Highland Meadows Golf Club from July 9-15. This year in support of its partnership with the Marathon Classic, the Chamber is hosting the Hole 14 Chamber Canteen party deck. This networking event is open for Chamber members and the public throughout all four days of the tournament. The party deck is complete with complimentary beer, wine and Pepsi products. The Canteen will be open from 10 a.m. until the end of play each day. According to the Sylvania Area Chamber

of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Sprott, “We hope to introduce a light atmosphere encouraging friendly banter between the players and the audience at the Hole 14 Chamber Canteen. This is a fun place to be, offering fans the opportunity to be actively involved with the lady golfers.” The Chamber staff promotes the Sylvania golf tournament on social media and is also involved with the annual gala along with the city of Sylvania. They work closely with the Marathon Classic team to promote the event throughout the year.

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Sylvania Catches Disco Fever

Gene Horst and his brother Duane are longtime Sylvania Rec volunteers at the Disco Party.

Donna Stoll, Mark Kontac and Wendy Clark look forward to stepping lively on the dance floor.

Beth Zaire, Mark Ahrens, Susan Olsen, Barb and Rod Krahl make a 70s fashion statement.

Linda Birr, Terese Meredith and Pat Nowak celebrate the birthday of Joanna Konnieseker, third from left.

Quinn Nofziger, Sydney Boston, Sarah Nofziger, Ambria Nofziger, Cheryl Nofziger, Bobbi Case, Jeff Case, Jerrie Reeder, Janet Reeder and Micah Boston are ready to party.

Hannah Linares, Cocoa Huff and Dee Dee Ruckman get ready to go into Centennial Terrace for the Disco party.

Hawk Young, Carie Shertzer, Amy and Carl Hopp with Carey and Jeff McVicker.

Twila and Glen Gillespie are ready to join the crowd at the 23rd annual Disco party at Centennial Terrace.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart,” Elizabeth Andrew. Are you interested in giving back to your community? Mobile Meals is looking for volunteers to contribute their lunchtime to deliver meals. All pick-up site locations are in need of meal delivery volunteers and/or substitutes. Pick-up site locations are: Mercy Campus (downtown on Jefferson Avenue), Mercy St. Charles (Wheeling and Navarre), Medical Mutual (Monroe Street near Talmadge), Great Lakes Light & Sound (Hill Avenue and Arco Drive), GFS (Alexis Road near Lewis) and St. Luke’s Hospital. Without the help of volunteers, Mobile Meals would be unable to deliver to over 500 clients per day. Volunteers allow Mobile Meals to provide clients with nutritious meals and to assist them in maintaining their independence. Mobile Meals of Toledo is a nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered meals to the elderly, ill, disabled and homebound in the Toledo area. In 2017,

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Guinness certifies Metroparks s'more world record

On Oct. 21, 2017, Blue Creek Metropark in Whitehouse hosted 566 people to smash marshmallows between graham crackers with a piece of chocolate to make a sweet treat. Now Guinness has made it official: Metroparks Toledo is the new World Record holder for the most people making s’mores simultaneously. Guinness World Records, of London, examined photo and video evidence of the event as part of an extensive application and documentation process before certifying the new world record. The previous record, 453 people, was set in 2016 in Rocklin, Calif. The new record is now recorded at

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Crosby Festival of the Arts

Sylvania artist Tim Hacker talks about his work with Mike and Heather Green.

Sandra Stegman stops by to chat with Donna Wipfli and her artist husband Steve.

Diane Shull enjoys talking with ceramic artist Ann Tubbs about her maiolica-style pottery.

Jeff and Allie Knowles talk with Sylvania artist Todd Kime and admire his glass art.

Janet and Jan Bosserman look over the ceramics at Pond Scum Pottery to decide which piece to purchase.

Volunteer Chuck Hodge directs Crosby Festival of the Arts visitors to the appropriate line to check in for the show.

Valerie Shinaberry and Patsy Camp manage to stay dry during the rain shower that popped up while they shopped at the art show.




Ability Center Auxiliary Gears Up for Fashion

The committee for the The Ability Center’s 34th annual Style Show and Luncheon, to be held on Oct. 3, met June 21 at Oakleaf Village to map out a plan for the event. L-R: Chairman Lisa Rozanski, Gwen Ames, Auxiliary to The Ability Center president, Cookie Westmeyer, Karen Lumm, Jackie Heil, Alice Schorling, Sallie Krelis, Candy Vogel, Donna Carroll Smith, Mary Tucker, Amy Kerchevoy, Barbara Stewart and Cari Stevens of Oakleaf Village, want guests to 'Fall in Love' with fashion and giving to a great cause at this year's event. —by Mary Helen Darah

Inverness Club’s seventh annual Volley for Victory raises funds for The Victory Center

L-R: Members of the committee Ann Marie Hinkle, Inverness Tennis pro Lisa Bialorucki, Executive Director of The Victory Center Diane Barndt and Sharon Abendroth are pleased with the charity proceeds.


The Inverness Club held its seventh annual Volley for Victory recently to raise money for The Victory Center. Lisa Balorucki, Inverness Club’s head tennis professiona, started the charity event in 2012 when she realized all the services The Victory Center had to offer for cancer patients. The fundraiser started off as a small flower sale for club members and has turned into a tennis tournament, a luncheon, and a shopping event with over a dozen local vendors.

Tennis players from across northwest Ohio were invited to play and kick-off the summer season. All proceeds were donated directly to The Victory Center, a local charity that provides cancer patients with support groups, reflexology treatments, art and exercise classes to brighten patient’s lives after their diagnosis. The Volley for Victory Event has helped raise $45,000 over the past seven years. “It’s because of the amazing committee,” said Balorucki, one of the lead planners of the fundraiser.



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Sylvania Township Fire Assistant Chief Chris Nye and Chief Mike Ramm welcome Sylvania School Superintendent Adam Fineske to the annual fundraising breakfast.

Southview volunteers Nathan Taylor, Robbie McKinnon and Logan Danzeisen offer pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs to Bev Drenier.

TFirefighter Tom Reynolds is one of the many volunteers working at the annual pancake breakfast.

Firefighter Cliff Reeves shares a table with Lindsay and Benton Cole and their children Alison and Gavin.

Len and Judy Malec and their granddaughter Mila Malec-Kodak, center, wait in line for pancakes.

Laurie Weaver, left, and her husband Steve, right, catch up on news with Lindsay Kaneman, center.

Kim Woods and Terry Andryc of the Walker Funeral Homes take time out of their day to attend the annual fundraising breakfast.

Gavin Sutton and Andrew, Jaida, Brandon, Alex Betts-Williams, Donald Williams Sr., and Donald Williams, Jr. enjoy the event.

Lydia Applin and children Owen, Yana, Tyler and Connor have fun.

Nancy Minns and ML Becker enjoy their pancake breakfast.



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Lourdes Campers Learn About Water

Skylar Bone and Owen Hixson take a running stance before they run in the relay race.

Fuad Hassan squeezes the water out of the sponge before running back to tag the next teammate.

Taryn Hurst keeps her eyes on the prize as she runs in the relay race at the Lourdes annual “WOW: Wonders of Water” summer camp.

Nathaniel Boyer heads to his bucket during the water relay event. Story on 2C

Art teacher Emily Zunk presents her class with the activities for the day.

Camper, Lily Kutcher, asks for help on her artwork.

Dexter Marsh and Will Mullins start the class with pencil drawings.

Instructor Emily Zunk demonstrates a craft project for the class. —by Addison Hinkle

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SCS camp hosts summer activities

Sylvania Community Service summer campers enjoy activities such as yoga, for their hour of daily exercise, along with lunch, and arts and crafts during their summer days at the camp held at Maplewood Elementary School.


During the summer months Sylvania Community Services hosts a summer camp for students between kindergarten and fifth grade at Maplewood Elementary School. Students attending the camp have the opportunity to keep busy over the summer by taking walks to Plumber Pool, doing arts and crafts and getting

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Lourdes University’s Center for Science Education and the Environment recently held its annual “WOW: Wonders of Water” Summer camp. The week long camp lasted for three hours a day and included 16 students from 5th to 8th grade. The camp, taught by science teachers, including a biology professor from Lourdes University, was designed to introduce a new generation to the value of water. Sister Rosine Sobzak, one of the instructors for the camp, held diffusion and electrolysis experiments and also taught campers how to

reduce their water footprint. The students took a trip to Lourdes’ planetarium to learn about the universal search for water. The campers also touched on bigger topics, such as the algae bloom that recently impacted Northwest Ohio, and they checked the more recent makeup of water in both Toledo and Sylvania. The intended takeaway for these students was to understand that water is a finite resource that many people across the world don’t have.

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exercise through activities such as yoga. The camp at Maplewood provides activities for about 285 students throughout the entire summer, but only 125 students attend the camp on a daily basis. Students from nearby areas of Michigan join local children to enjoy the special activities SCS offers at the Maplewood site.

Disconnect for the Summer

Sylvania School Superintendent Adam Fineske joins with Dr. Roxanna Potter of Personal Eye Care in Mayberry Square and Tiffany Scott of Mayberry Ice Cream to talk with students about the benefits of ‘disconnecting’ from electronic devices to have a screen-free summer on June 18.

The theatre class of 2017 performed ‘The Fairy Tale Network’ for parents and friends at the Franciscan Center. Sylvania Community Arts Commission is more than 800 children through this program offering a two-week theatre intensive for alone. She also has extensive knowledge in students in grades 4-12 with previous dramaturgy, choreography, puppetry, etc. She acting/theatre experience at the Franciscan has been recognized by a myriad of local Center at Lourdes University. The camp runs companies for her expertise in theatre and July 23 through Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. work with children, teens, and adults. During this summer camp the students will be For more information about the SCAC working on creating a small production that Youth Theatre Program and registration, as they will perform at the end of the session for well as upcoming events, visit parents and family. For any questions about The camp is taught and directed by Irina the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, Zaurov, who has been working with the SCAC contact Jennifer Wegman at 419-517-0118 for multiple years. She has coached and taught

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Jeremy Bigelow gave an inspirational talk to Sylvan third, fourth and fifth grade students and did a demonstration of his wheelchair art. He offered the same talk and demonstration for Whiteford students the following week.

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Secor Park opens inclusive play area

Executive Director of the Ability Center Tim Harrington welcomes guests to the new play area.


The Ability Center of Toledo (ACT) was honored to be involved in the newest Toledo Metropark project, the Meadowview Accessible Play Area at Secor Park. The ACT Advocacy Program provided two support letters for funding for the accessible playground as well as helped to provide information on the needs of children with disabilities for the grant request.

Sylvanian on Dean’s List

Courtney Thebes of Sylvania has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. Courtney is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing. Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university that draws its more than 11,500 students from all 50 states and more than 75 different countries. For further information, visit

A child enjoys the new Meadowview Accessible Play Area located at Secor Park. The play area has removed barriers for those with disabilities so that children of all abilities are able to play together. The playground manufacturer, GameTime, contributed $100,000 toward the first phase of the play area that celebrated its opening on June 21. The second phase, which will include additional play equipment thanks to a grant from the Ohio-based Lott-Conlon Foundation, will be implemented next year. The grant will also allow for shelter and restroom renovations.

Bedford reunion planned

Bedford High School Class of 1968 Reunion will be held at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania on Aug. 25. Contact Margie Folk Breske, 734-856-5256, or email at or Ken Kruzynski at 734-847-0922, email

Coloring books share art, literacy with foster kids For the second year in a row, students at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School & Academy produced a coloring book to share with the community. The 60-page book, “A is for Art,” includes coloring pages and activities for each letter of the alphabet, designed entirely by students. For every book sold for $5, two books will be donated to deserving children throughout the community. This is made possible in part because of a partnership with United Way of Greater Toledo, Buckeye Community Arts Network and The Blade. “This is a great opportunity for our students to promote art and literacy throughout the community,” said Lauren Hurd, the art teacher who assigned the project. “This is also a chance for our students to work

Preventive maintenance keeps Sylvania school parking lots sound

on a project that goes beyond our walls; and giving back to the community is core to what we do at Cardinal Stritch.” “We are happy to partner with Cardinal Stritch and deliver these beautiful, studentdrawn coloring books to those in need,” said Wendy Pestrue, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. This year donated books will be gifted to as many as 2,000 foster children throughout Lucas County in collaboration with Lucas County Family Services. “A is for Art” is available for presale at and will also be available for sale at Art Supply Depo in Toledo and Bowling Green in the coming weeks.

The parking lot at Stranahan Elementary School is under construction.


Years of wear and tear, rough winters and heavy traffic have left several Sylvania school parking lots in need of repaving. Highland Elementary’s front drive, Southview’s Cougar Drive, a portion of Support Services Facility’s bus parking lot and Stranahan Elementary were determined to be the locations most in need of work. The improvements came as a result of a District program. “This is a preventative maintenance program that the District has instituted to help to promote the longevity of our pavement. The goal is to try to rotate through the District on a 5-7 year cycle and perform work in an effort to restore the worn pavement surface and protect it against the elements so as to get more life out of the pavement and protect our taxpayers’

investments,” said Alan Bacho, Director of Facilities and Operations for the Sylvania City School District. The estimate for the project was $685,000 and the lowest bid came in at $537,000. Schoen Inc. was the lowest bidder and was awarded the contract. “The project was funded out of Permanent Improvement funds,” Bacho said. “Our board was very glad to see the favorable bids so that we can accomplish this much-needed work but yet stretch the PI funds as far as possible.” In addition to the repaving, the District also bid pavement maintenance work which consists of crack sealing, re-striping of the lots, sealcoating and cleaning. For Stranahan, the District worked with the Lucas County Engineer’s office to improve the traffic pattern of the lot that previously posed a safety hazard to students and drivers.

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The autumn (and summer) of the age of LeBron

There was a sense of finality in the thing. When the last buzzer sounded on the Warriors’ sweep of the Cavaliers-the third Patrick Andres championship won by the Golden State in four years, all at Cleveland’s expense - there was a sense that Cleveland (and Ohio) had lost something greater than the NBA Finals, that something being one LeBron Raymone James. All season, the King’s looming free agency had lingered over Cleveland like a specter. It affected every move the Cavaliers made - on the court, in the front office, and in the coaches’ meeting rooms. At basketball’s trade deadline, it sent Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, and others packing, reeling in new faces Larry Nance Jr., George Hill, Rodney Hood, and Jordan Clarkson. Yes, this was the chaotic autumn of the age of LeBron - and none of the Cavaliers’ other four Eastern Conference titles were harder earned. A young Indiana team led Cleveland 10 and 2-1, and still the Cavs survived. Toronto, the best team in the East during the regular season, ran into a buzzsaw, and LeBron almost swept the Raptors single-handedly, killing them with a ridiculous two-game sequence that saw James nail eight fadeaway jumpers in Game 2 and then, for good measure, sink an absurd running buzzer-beater in Game 3 that put the Cavaliers up 3-0 and the Raptors away for good. And then there was Boston - oh yes, the glorious Celtics series, where the Cavs rallied from a 2-0 hole to defeat the Celtics in a bruising Game 7 for the ages, one in which LeBron ended affairs with a dramatic and-one with Marcus Morris draped all over him, and a long pass to Hill that resulted in the clinching layup. But the Cavs were swept unceremoniously in the Finals - although the King’s 51-point

Game 1 was anything but that - and now the question becomes a matter of where. Where will LeBron “take his talents” now? The entire balance of power in the National Basketball Association, more so, perhaps, than in any league ever, hinges on the decision of one man. This writer’s top 10 potential new locales for His Majesty are as follows: 1. LA Lakers - Young up-and-coming team with an area for LeBron to further his business career and raise his family. 2. Houston - Chance for LeBron to play with his longtime friend, Chris Paul. Rockets will have to work to create cap room, though. 3. San Antonio - Current home of best twoway player in NBA (Kawhi Leonard) and a coach that LeBron harbors great respect for (Gregg Popovich). Would LeBron go to a small market? 4. Cleveland - No place like home, right? Cavaliers would need major roster upgrade, however, which would likely mean more turnover. 5. Philadelphia - LeBron’s admiration for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, 76ers’ young stars, is well-documented. James’ fit into the Philly system may be awkward, though. 6. Boston - Best chance for LeBron to win a title right away may be with Celts. Would playing with LeBron again disillusion Kyrie Irving, who fled King once already? 7. New York - Dark horse gives LeBron a chance to play in the media capital of the world with a team on the rise. 8. Miami - Now we enter long shot category. Dwyane Wade will likely be back, but how keen will LeBron be on a Pat Riley reunion? 9. Chicago - Bulls give LeBron a chance to stay in Midwest and play where idol Michael Jordan played. Roster is lacking in talent, however. 10. Washington - James has always expressed interest in social issues. Is playing for Wizards alongside John Wall a potential springboard to bigger things, on and off the court? FIVE MORE TO KEEP AN EYE ON: Golden State, Oklahoma City, LA Clippers, New Orleans, Brooklyn.

Ribbon cut to open SAJRD pickleball courts

Sylvania School Board member Shannon Szyperski, Sylvania Schools Superintendent Adam Fineske, City Council members Mark Luetke and Katie Cappellini, along with Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Welcoming Committee members Kim Woods of Walker Funeral Homes, Alicia Yoxthimer of Metamora State Bank, Taryn Schmitz of Farmers & Merchants State Bank and Casey Nowicki of VZN join SAJRD board members and the Sylvania Pickleball Club board members Sandy Tiell, Bridget McClain, Maria Bennett, Kathy Pickett and Bill and Cheryl Kayseri to cut the ribbon for the new pickleball courts. Board member Chuck Dombrowski is not pictured. Sylvania Area Joint Recreation board members, Sylvania Pickleball Club members along with the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce welcoming committee and community members gathered in Veterans Memorial Field on Friday, June 22, to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Sylvania Recreation District Pickleball courts. “This is an example of how cooperation between community partners can make something happen,” Sylvania Recreation Corporation Operations Manager Mike McMahon reported. “On Dec. 15, 2015, approximately 60 members of the Sylvania Pickleball Club attended a SAJRD board meeting to request the Sylvania Rec District construct regulation Pickleball courts in the district. Two and a half years later almost to the day, six new Pickleball courts were open for play on June 16. We listened to suggestions from club members and we worked to make this happen.” According to McMahon, it was a cooperative effort between the Sylvania Schools, the city of Sylvania and SAJRD. About 40 percent of the cost of the project was funded by a Nature Works Grant through the state of Ohio Department of Natural Resources. “We were only able to apply for this grant when the

Sylvania School District agreed to sell us the site for the six courts at Veterans’ Memorial Field,” he said. “When we learned we were the recipients of the Nature Works grant last November, we worked with city of Sylvania’s engineers, principally Joe Shaw, who provided the engineering and design work for the project,” McMahon stated. Schoen, Inc. began construction on April 17 but fell behind schedule because of weather. “We also had to haul in extra stone to provide the necessary footing for equipment because of the difficult weather-related soil conditions” Shaw said. According to Shaw the courts have three inches of asphalt over a stone base. The green and blue surface color coating system is a Sportmaster product and are the standard colors used for most pickleball courts. The three-part process included an acrylic resurfacer coat applied first to fill in the voids and provide a smooth surface. Once the resurfacer cures, the color coating is applied in two applications to create the final playing surface. Each court is 60-feet long and 32 feet wide with a playing surface that is 44 feet long and 20 feet wide. While times are reserved for Sylvania Pickleball Club members, free time is also available. Free lessons are also offered on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. through July. To learn more about Sylvania Pickleball, visit

Sylvania Triathlon adds Aqua-Bike


The 38th annual Sylvania Triathlon will now include an Olympic distance Aqua-Bike event with sponsorship from Yark Nissan and Cycle Werks. At the Aug. 5 event, participants of all ages and abilities can choose to complete a swim course in Olander Lake and then a bike course on Sylvania area roads, before crossing the finish line. This event is open to anyone, especially those who may find running to be challenging for any reason. Yark Nissan and Cycle Werks are again partnering with Dave’s Running Shop and Run Toledo as sponsors of the upcoming triathlon. The SuperKids event and Multi-sport Expo will be Saturday morning, Aug. 4. Sunday, August 5 is the Sylvania Triathlon, Duathlon and new Aqua-Bike event at Olander Park and Tam-O-Shanter. Participants can choose from the Sprint, Olympic or Relay distances in either event (Triathlon: swim, bike, run — Duathlon: run, bike, run — Aqua-Bike: swim, bike).



My daughter has been enjoying the company of a young man. He is kind, respectful, intelligent, gainfully employed, and even though he is what I refer to as an “extroverted introvert,” he has a wicked sense of humor that emerges on a regular basis, oh, and he’s black. You wouldn’t think that the pigmentation of his skin would be an issue, but to my dismay, I have been asked, questioned and actually warned about the hue of his epidermis. There are a few people responsible for my child’s lack of concern over her male friend’s skin color. The first being Donald Frazier, retired firefighter, husband, father, and all around good guy, oh, and he’s black. He has been in my children’s lives since day one. He married my lifelong friend Sherri. When I say “lifelong,” I literally mean ‘lifelong.” Our dads friendship began in Sunday school and art class back when they were both 7-years-olds and has remained constant for nearly eight decades. We have been sharing family vacations, holidays, and large chunks of memorable life moments since we were infants. Sherri is my north star; my fixed constant I turn to in time of need. Sherri is the second to blame for my child’s lack of concern over skin pigmentation. She is compassionate, an educator extraordinaire, amazing mom, wife … oh, and she’s white. My kids and everyone lucky enough to be in their extended family, have witnessed what

it truly means to be in a supportive, mutually nurturing married union through Uncle Donnie and Aunt Sherri. In fact, it was with great pleasure that I threw them a bridal shower that started out as a disastrous chaotic mess and ended up turning into a life lesson. I must admit, I went a little overboard decorating for the couple’s outdoor garden shower. I had hung so many twinkle lights in my backyard that a small plane could have safely made a landing. Things were looking pretty darn good but my first indication that things were about to head south was with the arrival of the cake. The bakery tried, but did not succeed, in playing up the “shower” theme by putting what were to look like dainty rain drops made of sugar on the cake. Unfortunately, the affect made it look like dried contact lenses were sticking out of the frosting. Meanwhile, the brother of the bride decided, after one too many glasses of



champagne, to darken the plastic groom with a black Sharpie that stood on top of the confectionery nightmare, to make it fit the occasion. It was then that my dear friend whispered in my ear 10 minutes before the guests were to arrive, that her parents and the mother of her future husband had never met. I calmly asked, “NEVER, AS IN NEVER?” and immediately joined her brother at the champagne table. I barely had time to take a sip of bubbly, when a wind that could have blown Dorothy back to Oz swept across my Martha-wanna-be backyard haven. We all worked together to bring what we could indoors before the lightning started its impressive display that gave my twinkle lights some hefty competition. Having 40 guests now crammed inside should have been the end of the unexpected, but I was wrong. Suddenly, a large flash in the sky followed by a thunderous boom, found us without power and in complete darkness. It was during that moment in the dark that I saw the light. Even with countless imperfections, I realized that the evening was indeed PERFECT. There is nothing like a little electrical storm to solidify in people’s minds what we already knew. Equality is an electrical outage away. We all weathered the storm together and we certainly didn’t require a flashlight to see the immense love of two people who were meant to share one life. I know I won’t be able to have the world experience equality during an outage but I could suggest that, like my buddy did recently, get a DNA test. She always identified with her German heritage. She discovered to her surprise, that she is not German at all but Scandinavian, more specifically Viking, suggesting that her ancestors did not reside in

BY MARY HELEN DARAH Germany but perhaps pillaged it. Another friend thought she was 100 percent African. She was amazed to discover that Nigeria was evident in her results but the largest percentage of ancestral DNA was European. The next time I am on the receiving end of “race inquiries” regarding my daughter’s friend, I can confidently answer that he is a member of the one race that truly matters and that we are all a part of ... the HUMAN one.

SAFS Holds Open House

Sylvania Area Family Services Executive Director Dottie Segur, SAFS board members, Deputy Chief Sylvania Township Fire Department Chris Nye and Crystal Jordan of First Federal Bank welcome guests to the SAFS open house held May 30. The organization celebrated recent upgrades of its offices, multipurpose room and kitchen after receiving grants from the Toledo Port Authority and CDBG. –by Mary Helen Darah

What’s the Scoop?

Officers Amy Martin and Philip Gallup with Yithzak Geiser of McDonald’s on Alexis Road.

Officer Amy Martin ‘deputized’ Emily Harless at Scoop with a Cop.

Officer Philip Gallup of the Sylvania Police Dept. and Sarah Heck, general manager of McDonald's, Alexis Road in Sylvania.

Officer Gallup admires Olivia Edington’s badge at the Scoop with a Cop event. —by Mary Helen Darah

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This next featured home county records show was built in 1905, but since the home was featured in the 1903 Toledo Critic newspaper, it must have been constructed earlier. William B. and Laura E. Harris purchased the property from Clark and Eva Dings sometime after 1895. The records are unclear. William and Laura Woodruff Harris were married in 1889 in Knox County, Ohio, and came to Sylvania in the late 1800s when Mr. Harris was hired as a teacher at our public school. In the 1900 census they were already living in Sylvania on Main Street. He was 34 years old and employed as a teacher. His wife Laura was 31 years old. Their children living in the household were Wayne B., 10 years old; and Lelah E. , 6 years old. Also living with them was Laura’s brother, Lewis M. Woodruff, 23 years old, single, employed as a salesman. In the 1910 census William and Laura Harris are shown living here and owning the house free of mortgage. William was listed as 42 years old and working as the cashier at a bank. Laura was 39 years old. Living in the home was their son Wayne, 20 years old, working as a bookkeeper at a store; and daughter Lelah, 16 years old, attending school. In 1915 William Harris died, and at that point this home transferred to his wife Laura. She continued to own the home until 1928.

In the 1920 census Laura Harris still owned the home, but was living in Clinton Township, Fulton County, Ohio. She was 52 years old, widowed, and not employed. Her son Wayne was still living at home at the age of 29 years old and single. He was employed as a cashier at a bank. Renting her home on Main Street was Belle C. Peake, 45 years old, widowed. Also living in the home was Mrs. Peake’s son, Roland Spenker, 22 years old and employed as a bookkeeper at a bank; daughter Inez Spenker, 21 years old; and Belle’s brother, Charles B. Scott, 51 years old and employed as a laborer on a farm. In 1928, Laura Harris sold this house to Perce J. and Inez Spenker Dings. Inez had already been living in the home with her mother as of the 1920 census. She married Perce Dings in 1922, and in 1928 they purchased this home. In the 1930 census Perce and Inez Dings were still living in this home, valued at $5,000. He was 32 years old and employed as an auctioneer of furniture and rugs. She was 29 years old. Also living in the home was their daughter Margaret, 4 years old and Inez’s mother, Belle S. Peake, who was listed as a widow and 52 years old. On May 1,1931, P.J. Dings was issued a building permit to build a chicken house on the property. He was known as Sylvania’s “Strong Man of the Town” because when there was heavy work that needed to be done they would call on him. In one instance, when the safe at the Farmers and Merchants Bank would not open, a telegram from the manufacturer said that they should “jar the door severely.” So after several tries with a

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sledgehammer and several people trying to open the safe, they called Perce Dings to come down to the bank. He gave it a few gentle taps, sufficient to drive the timer back into schedule, and the door opened. True story! In the 1940 census Perce Dings was still listed living here as follows: Perce J. Dings, 43 years old, employed as the assistant manager at a retail department store; Inez Dings, wife, 41 years old; Margaret Ann Dings, daughter, 14 years old, attending school; Belle Peake, mother-in-law, 66 years old, widowed, not employed; Charles B. Scott, uncle, single, 72 years old , not employed. According to an obituary notice that appeared in the Sylvania Sentinel on Sept. 12, 1940, Charles B. Scott died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Perce Dings, on Main Street. He had been in failing health for several years. In 1942, when Mr. Dings completed his registration card for World War II, he was listed as 46 years old and living at 5872 Main St. He was listed as employed at LaSalle & Koch at Adams and Huron streets in Toledo. Inez’s mother continued to live in this home with her son-in-law and daughter until she died in 1962, at the age of 88 years. Her obituary notice said that she had been living at 5872 Main St.and died in St. Ann’s Rest Home. The first available Suburban Directory that listed this address was in 1958 and listed Perce J. Dings living here through the 1963 directory. Starting with the 1964 directory the house was listed as being rented out to Robert Alschbach through 1968. Perce Dings died in 1965 at the age of 69 years while in San Diego, Calif. The house on Main Street was transferred into his widow’s name in 1967, and she sold the

2018 home to Eugene F. Paul that same year. Mr. Paul owned the home until 1969 when he sold it to Donald C. and Sharon Stolberg. The 1969 and 1970 Suburban Directories show the home was vacant. As of the 1971 Suburban Directory, Donald C. Stolberg is listed living here through 1986. Beginning with the 1964 University of Toledo yearbook Donald C. Stolberg is listed as a teacher of physical education. A building permit was issued in 1973 for a 22-foot by 28-foot two-car detached garage, built by Wesson Garage Builders. Robert and Pamela Bull purchased the home in 1986 and still own the home as of today. All the Suburban Directories starting with the 1987 book listed Robert and Pamela Bull living here in the home. In 1991, Robert Bull was issued a building permit for a 10foot by 2- foot addition to the kitchen at the rear of the home.

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THE STARS SPEAK There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dear Readers, Many changes this month. The most significant hit us a few months back when Uranus, the planet of surprise, moved into the earthy-stubborn sign of Taurus. The last occurrence of this was 80 years ago, 1934 through 1942. That time period, along with transiting Jupiter in Scorpio, (as it is now), saw the passing of the Banking Act in 1935 as well as the Social Security Act, both under Franklin Roosevelt. So now history repeats.

Mars continues in retrograde

Mars, the planet of action, continues in retrograde until Aug. 28 in the independent, freedom-seeking sign of Aquarius. For many of us, this transit can be a heavy one in that it pulsates our energy. We find ourselves feeling on overload as this intense vortex may have us going in a thousand different directions. Since Mars is transiting in the humanity, Uranus- ruled sign of Aquarius, our need for justice and equality seems fitting. The good news is we may begin to see an advance in health technology as the retrograde brings situations out into the open. Closed cases will suddenly find their truth, relationships both new and existing will reveal themselves. Most of the conflicts and challenges that appear during Mars retrograde will be temporary-that’s why we need to keep focused on the big picture and the philosophy behind what we are doing. Mars retrograde is tremendously powerful, although the energy is not well suited for forward motion. It is very well suited, however, for reinforcing or strengthening some aspects of our lives. Those born under the sign of Aries and Scorpio may feel the intensity, as Mars is their ruling sign. Others born under Leo and Aquarius may feel the effects energetically, more than likely on a physical as well as emotional level. Towards the end of August, it transits into the sign of Capricorn, moving backwards from Aquarius.

July 12-solar eclipse, new moon in Cancer

This month the new moon/eclipse on July 12 in moon-ruled Cancer signifies a good time for positive intentions. Planting the seeds, manifestation. As the moon’s light grows and expands, intentions and actions could continue to develop further. How

everything unfolds for each person also depends on how one is being individually influenced by the astrology. Its opposition to transiting Saturn can create an emotional upheaval as emotions and logic intersect. The harmonious balance to the transiting Moon creates the need to break down the barriers as we follow through on personal growth as well as progression.

July 27 - Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon in Aquarius

This Aquarian energy in the cosmic fold, brings forth the ability to visualize while helping others connect on a more spiritual and intellectual level. The fire and air combination provides us with the ability to clear away debris from the past. It’s about venturing forth, not allowing us to be weighed down. Time to increase your spiritual flow. The unwanted drama in your life can cease to exist. It's all about you.

Uranus, the Planet of unpredictability now in Taurus until 2026

Interesting transit since Taurus rules money, banking, personal possessions and routine, now transiting the planetary influence of surprise, and revolutionary acts. This could shift how we view finance; it could revolutionize our banking system. On a much larger global scale we may begin to fight our way out of this financial flux. It may also set us free from the things that bind us, clearing the way for more opportunity, we may fall a bit before the dust settles, then we rise up again, better than ever.

SIGNS: Aries

(March 21-April 20) As the full moon eclipse and Mars retrograde occurs, friendships as well as connections through friends and co-workers may “feel” a bit unsettling. Though your heart may be in the best place, your ability to relate or connect may differ. During this month, with all the planetary influences in frenzy, observe, pay attention and focus on important details. This is a passing transit and in time will prove to be helpful as you find yourself weeding out the negatives and allowing the positive to remain.


(April 21-May 21) So much activity occurring at the zenith part of your chart, your career. This could be triggering a complete tailspin as you try to grab onto some sort of anchor. This can be a busy, prosperous time, yet also somewhat unpredictable, as Mars in retrograde in the erratic sign of Aquarius signals unexpected occurrences. You may find yourself needing to go with the current as opposed to going against it. In doing so, there will be a sense of calm as you gather your bearings. The

outcome may be fruitful, but it's all in how you play the game.


(May 22-June 21) Your mind as well as insight is in a whirlwind this month as Mars in retrograde along with the full moon on the 27th can trigger a higher sense of awareness. Your instincts are on fire, and your desire to step out of the box is well indicated. Also, a strong urge to travel or seek out is common for this transit; therefore it can also create impulse reactions. Pull back and rethink, while revisiting later on in the month. Either way, your spiritual juices are heightened, so stay tuned.


(June 22-July 21) As concerned as you are about finances, this particular cycle as Mars transits in retrograde could warrant some minor concerns. This transit could trigger unwarranted financial issues. Be clear with major purchases, as well as anything regarding real estate or investments. Pay attention when signing on the dotted line. On the flip side, this cycle has been known to create a windfall. Either way, trust your instincts.


(July 24-Aug. 23) As Mars retrogrades your area of partnerships/relationships, your concerns are aimed at those you’re connected to, whether work or play. This cycle lends itself to unpredictability. You may see yourself going in too many circles while trying to maintain a sense of balance. Stay neutral, and determine your position while trying not to make too many waves.


(Aug. 24-Sept. 23) As Mars retrogrades it’s important to be aware of your own health limitations. Specifically speaking, you may be feeling overwhelmed at this time, while not paying attention to your body’s signals. Clearly this is a period in which you pay more attention to what you need as opposed to what you think you want. Don’t over think it, just tune in to your own needs for a change.


(Sept. 24-Oct. 23) Matters of the heart can be somewhat unpredictable at this time as Mars in retrograde occurs in your 5th house of relationships/romance. This can be a period for a whirlwind romance that could possibly sour after Mars moves direct. So don’t be hasty, take small steps before jumping in with both feet. Also, not the best time for speculation, though in some cases it can be a positive transit. However, better to be safe than sorry.


(Oct. 24-Nov. 22) A need to get rid of unwanted stuff that has been loading you down as Mars in retrograde triggers an impulse to purge. In addition, your desire to nest is eminent, and you may very well find yourself needing to create family resolution. A good period to heal, not a good time to stir the pot. Also, the month opens itself up to your intuition. Trust your gut.


(Nov. 23-Dec. 21) As outspoken as you are, this can be a great transit to speak your words with clarity and less emotion. Although sometimes Mars in retrograde in your area of chat may cause unintentional words of hurt. So be aware and think things through before jumping in. Also, a cycle in which you may find yourself more introspective and in-tune to your surroundings. Try stepping away from yourself, doing something different, maybe trying your hand at writing or painting.


(Dec. 21-Jan. 20) This can be a good time to get your finances in order, to utilize your given skills of objectivity. It’s a good sound period to develop financial gain, yet also be creative when dealing with money matters. Hold off on investments, or any large purchases. If necessary, seek the advice of an expert, and aware when signing on the dotted line.


(Jan. 21-Feb. 19) An interesting transit with Mars retrograding in your own sign. Relationships, both work and personal, may be unpredictable to say the least. Your own energy may be in an upheaval as your scurry to keep it all together. Take time out before jumping the gun. Less words and more action make for a better day.


(Feb. 20-March 20) So much is taking place in your area of thought, as Mars in retrograde may unleash issues from the past. Dredging up issues that lack resolve. During this time, you may feel a compulsion to sift through while paying attention to your intuition. Trust your own judgment calls. JANET AMID is a columnist that writes for Sylvania Advantage, and can be heard every Tuesday with Lynn and Cliff on 93.5 WRQN between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m., taking your Astrological calls LIVE at 419-240-1935. Janet can reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at Check out our website at




What Is New with Apple’s New Phone?

There’s no guarantee the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 9. In fact, there’s a good chance it won’t be. Why, you ask? Janis Weber Because, with the iPhone X, iPhone 10, on the market, the iPhone 9 could be seen by consumers as a step backwards, which is something Apple may (understandably) be keen to avoid. Some tipsters claim the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 8s. It’s a prediction that makes a lot of sense – Apple has previously used the ’s’ suffix to denote incremental updates to existing iPhone models (think: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s), and that’s something 2018 could certainly offer. It’s more likely; however, that Apple will simply ditch the numbers altogether, like we saw with the iPad 3, which was dubbed ‘the new iPad’ when it hit the shelves back in 2012. The same naming scheme was adopted for the 9.7-inch iPad 2018 that was released in April. Here’s a recap of all the possible names for the next-gen iPhone: iPhone 9, iPhone 8S, New iPhone, iPhone 2018. Your guess is as good as

mine. Apple supposedly had plans to release three different iPhones in 2018: one with a 5.28-inch, one with a 5.85-inch and one with a 6.46-inch screen. Apple has a long and consistent history of iPhone releases, which makes predicting the launch date for a new iPhone a straightforward task. With that in mind, we expect Apple to announce the iPhone 9 on September 11 or 12, with it hitting the shelves worldwide on September 21. If Apple decides to switch to an all-front, near-edge-to-edge OLED on the iPhone 9, it’s more than likely it will also do away with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, replacing it with its Face ID face-recognition feature that made its first, and only to date, appearance on the top-of-the-line iPhone X.

iPhone 8 Versus iPhone X (10)

The biggest difference between the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X is the industrial design. The screen on the iPhone X stretches right to the edges and the once huge bezel has been shrunk right down. It’s a striking, futuristic design that is so much more eyecatching than your typical iPhone. The X benefits from a new feature called Face ID. There is no Home button to unlock he phone. The speakers are louder, the camera is much better, and the screen is larger. The OS is more efficient as well. At times Face ID simply isn’t as convenient as Touch ID (which the iPhone X

Local tea party gives relief to caregivers

The Garden Party, a tea party dedicated to providing respite to local caregivers, will be held Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Olander Park in Sylvania. Caregivers and

their families are invited and encouraged to attend this event featuring tea and lunch, musical entertainment by Rene Hamilton, chair yoga exercises, supportive discussions on caregiving and practical advice and encouragement from Mary Alice Powell, Jeff Bucher, and Joseph Biache. “It will be a wonderful afternoon to connect with a community of caregivers,� said Karen Culler, business development manager with Kingston Healthcare. “Often times caregivers of loved ones with health issues shoulder some enormous demands and could use some extra support and a day of reprieve.� Kingston HealthCare along with Caregiver’s Tea, Parkcliffe, Walker Funeral Homes and Hospice of Northwest Ohio hope to provide support, education and respite for caregivers serving their loved ones throughout the community by hosting this event and others like it. For more information and to RSVP, call Karen at 419-276-2798. The Garden Party will be held at the Nederhouser Community Hall in Olander Park. 6930 W. Sylvania Ave., in Sylvania. The cost is $5 per person.


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lacks completely) since you have to look at your phone every time to unlock it. It’s also slower to unlock than Touch ID and I’ve found it to be less reliable (Touch ID and Google’s Pixel Imprint fingerprint reader remain in a class of their own). If I were you, I would not get the X (10) but stick with the 8 or the new version of this one in September. I would assume the next version will have at least 3 choices in size and capacity all of which is driven by the price.

Public Computer Classes

Classes will begin again in September at the UT Eberly Center (free parking). Everyone has their own Windows 10 computer to use. The schedule will be posted on my website this summer ( and The Eberly Center’s website under Call 419-530-8570 to register for classes at UT. has all the information you may need. I will be teaching classes at the Sylvania Senior Center in 2018 as well (419-885-3913). These classes are non-credit and are priced extremely reasonably. Contact me personally for patient / knowledgeable tutoring at 419318-9112. If you prefer personal tutoring; that is my specialty. It’s just you and me.

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THE ITALIAN GARDENER Always worth repeating, from the author Henry James, “Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon: to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English languageâ€? Rick Cozza Yes, it is July. I almost said, ‘July already’ but it means that only the very beginning of the summer has passed, with two whole, gloriously warm months to go. A couple of curmudgeonly observations (and a miracle or two) from a long-time gardener and one who has never ceased to be amazed at what people do in the name of landscaping/gardening: • Those ubiquitous yellow daylilies that can be seen in every possible parking lot, intersection and apartment complex in the eastern hemisphere were a revolutionary breeding discovery of the 1990s, promising to bloom all summer long, and to change the face of commercial landscaping forever. As a result, they have been placed in every possible location, ad nauseam, by the landscape industry. In three weeks, look at those same seas of yellow, and tell me if you see any color whatsoever. In six weeks, tell me if they are not the ugliest dying leaves you see. But we did indeed plant them EVERYWHERE! • I watched a mother in her yard with a young son and daughter, planting pots full of petunias, each child with a little spade and watering can, and more excitement than they could keep inside themselves. God bless you, mom, for instilling that joy and creativity that we gardeners associate with just being a gardener. • I watched a landscaper (at least that is what the truck stated) trimming a shrub with a weed-whacker the other day. That’s enough

Fi. Informal and informative. We all use the same local WiFi connection. We pick a topic using open discussion. It is amazing how many different issues are solved. Bring a list of questions. Let’s get started. Got a small business? I can customize a class for your staff.

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I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades and general software or hardware issues. I can be your resident “Geek.â€? I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge with years of experience. Give me a text or call at 419-318-9112. Don’t forget to sign up for my Free Newsletter at Subscribers will get a copy of this article plus added hints, tips and trusted/valuable web-links. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER’S DATA TODAY Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training & Support, is a professional computer adjunct instructor at UT. All classes are offered through the Eberly Center with free parking. Email any specific questions or comments to or contact her for assistance at 419-318-9112. Public Classes are listed on her website; Call 419-530-8570 to register. Private tutoring and repairs are just a phone call or email away. said . . .! • I have had the distinct pleasure this summer of having most of my work be the removal and re-creation of existing older garden plantings. It always does my heart good to remove old stuff (though I have nearly torn up my legs and forearms), and planting some of the wondrous new material available from the garden centers these days. Color, texture, interest and the gardener’s creativity are what this gardening thing is all about, isn’t it? • Both of my ‘Not-Hardy-Here’ shrubs succumbed to the 3 winter nights of 15 degrees below zero, and died back to the ground, after two years of sustained woody growth. My Crepe Myrtle is putting up new shoots from the roots, and my Chocolate Mimosa is doing the same, though it is already 2 feet tall again. Those temperatures made Hydrangeas iffy this year (old varieties), but didn’t dampen the plants that are normally hardy in our area. Weren’t the Crabapples and the Dogwoods magnificent? • We have been blessed with ample rain (a bit too much in the counties south and east of us), and after a late spring the warmth has been great for just about everything. I have seen more flowers this year in pots, along walkways in beds, etc., so maybe this whole gardening thing is truly catching on. As we get into July, it becomes ‘iffy’ on the adequacy of natural rain for our gardens, so be prepared to water as needed. If your lilacs and forsythia are getting a bit tired, cut them back now, all the way to the ground, and let them rejuvenate themselves before your very eyes. They will. • The fall bulb catalogues are arriving, so choose something in the tulip or daffodil arena soon. You’ll thank me next spring. I suggest Colorblends, White Flower Farm or Wayside Gardens. Avoid pre-packaged bulbs, if you can. Summer afternoons . . . enjoy them as I do, and bask in the wonderful bliss of being a gardener! Not everyone is so blessed.

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Sylvania welcomes Marathon Classic LPGA

On behalf of the city of Sylvania, I welcome the participants, families and fans of the Ladies Professional Golf Craig Stough Association back to Highland Meadows Golf Club here in Sylvania. We look forward to the excitement and national attention the Marathon Classic brings to our community every year. This year’s tournament is being held July 9 through 15, with pro-am events scheduled earlier in the week. The LPGA brings thousands of fans and media representatives into Sylvania. Our local restaurants, shops, and hotel benefit from the many visitors to our community. The tournament also greatly benefits local charities serving Sylvania and Lucas County.



Holiday meeting schedule

Due to the Fourth of July holiday, the Sylvania Township trustees will not meet on July 3, their normally scheduled meeting date. The trustees will meet this month on July 10 and 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the township administration building, 4927 HollandSylvania Rd. On the 10th, trustees will hear a presentation from TARTA, involving the transit agency's plans for the future, which include admitting Lucas County as a member of the authority. That is being proposed as a necessary step in getting an issue on the November ballot which would ask voters to approve a measure asking for sales tax to be used as TARTA's funding source in place of property taxes. Sylvania Township is one of seven governmental entities which would have to vote in favor of Lucas County joining as a TARTA member. In addition to the tax issue, TARTA is expected to tout its plans for smaller vehicles, and the introduction of a type of ride sharing similar to Uber. The trustees' meeting of July 17 will likely see a continued discussion of noise complaints involving dirt bikes. The issue was first brought up by complaints from residents about the noise. Others in the southwestern part of the township have argued it is part of a longtime lifestyle by residents on their own property. Neal Mahoney, chairman, intended at the last meeting to introduce an amendment to the township's noise regulation which would have introduced times of day into the regulation. Several people who attended the meeting spoke in opposition to any measure which would impose limits on the use of dirt bikes. That amendment was not voted on. John Zeitler, township administrator, said that although the issue is likely to be discussed at the meeting July 17, there is currently no plan to have a resolution ready for a vote.

Since 1984, the LPGA tournament has raised over $10.3 million for 170 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children’s charities. This year’s tournament will benefit 18 area children's charities. The tournament has become a highlighted stop on the LPGA tour, attracting 137 of the best women golfers in the world. In 2015, the Tournament was voted fifth favorite of all the stops. The purse has grown substantially to $1,600,000. The tournament has become a huge event in northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan attracting over 50,000 spectators. The Marathon Classic will once again provide free admittance to all active police officers, firefighters and military personnel along with one guest. Children under the age of 17 will also be admitted free into the tournament as long as an adult accompanies them. Highland Meadows Golf Club, the sponsors and the over 1,500 volunteers that make the LPGA tournament a success every year, deserve our thanks. The members of Highland Meadows have hosted the LPGA since 1990 and the course and facilities are always in great meeting of township trustees, He added that as of that date the increase was continuing with a total of 71 permits issued for the construction of single-family homes compared to a total of 52 issued on that date in 2017.

Battle of the Badges

The Sylvania Township Fire Department will battle the Sylvania Township and Sylvania City police departments in a battle of the badges blood drive on July 11. Citing an annual shortage in blood donations over the summer months to the Toledo chapter of the American Red Cross, the department decided to have a friendly competition through a blood drive. There are 54 donors needed for appointments available for the drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sylvania Senior Center. Although some of the positions will be taken by members of the safety forces, the public is also invited to donate. After donating blood, which will be handled by Red Cross personnel, donors will be escorted to a canteen area where juice and cookies will be available. There may also be some lobbying going on to encourage donors to decide which badge to credit for the donation. Donors may get a T-shirt from the Red Cross and will also be eligible to win a gift basket being put together by the safety forces and the administration of Sylvania Township.

The Marathon Classic always brings an enthusiastic crowd of spectators to Sylvania. shape. Local residents and golf fans donate young people see first hand from world-class thousands of hours as hole marshals and the athletes that hard work and practice can lead to many jobs that must be done well for a success. successful tournament. Once again we welcome the Marathon Sylvania prides itself on being a great place Classic to Sylvania and wish the best of luck to to live, work and raise a family, and the LPGA all competitors. A great big Thank You goes out Tournament helps enliven and enrich the lives to Judd Silverman, his staff, and all the of our residents every year. The tournament volunteers who each year bring an exciting brings the excitement of national attention to LPGA golf tournament to our Sylvania our community. Our residents are treated to community for all to enjoy! competitive golf at the highest level. And our

Trail extention approved

The Sylvania Township portion of the popular University Parks Trail is set to be extended to the west after a recent vote by the Lucas County Commissioners. The commissioners approved a project outline for a 0.6-mile long extension, which will continue the trail past its current end point at King Road to Silica Road. The last step needed before construction

can begin on the asphalt addition is authorization from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That agency is funding about $215,000 of the $370,000 extension. It is viewed as a positive step on its own, but also as a stage toward a potential trail meant to travel generally along Ten Mile Creek and eventually north to trails at Sylvan Prairie Park and then to Sylvania-Metamora Road.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am a Sylvania Township resident. I can’t drive, but I work full time and go to many of Toledo’s events and attractions, thanks to TARTA. I look forward to the planned service expansions. Better funding is needed, however. The property tax that currently funds TARTA does not raise enough money for the system to grow. TARTA has proposed a Lucas County sales tax. Two thirds of the revenue would go to TARTA, while the other third would go to cities for infrastructure projects. Bus service would extend throughout Lucas County. The 2.5 mills in property tax now used for TARTA would be eliminated. The sales tax must be enacted by a ballot measure, and the Lucas County Commissioners and all jurisdictions

belonging to TARTA must agree to put it on the ballot. In 2017, Sylvania Township was the “no” vote. The City of Sylvania's “yes” vote was narrow. The City of Sylvania City Council plans to vote at their July 16 meeting on whether or not the sales tax should go on the ballot in November 2018. The Sylvania Township Trustees have not announced dates for a discussion or vote. Residents of Sylvania and Sylvania Township who care about public transit need to let their council-people or trustees know. Jessica Weinberg, Tottenham Road Editor Note: “Move Toledo New Strategy for TARTA” was in the June 1 SA edition, TARTA’s vision plan can be viewed at

Home construction

Single-family home construction is staying strong in Sylvania Township. Daryl Graus, zoning and planning manager for the township, told trustees that permits for construction at the end of May totaled 62 compared to 45 at the same time last year, a nearly 38 percent increase. The total value of those homes is listed at $17.53 million, compared to the total of $14.51 million in the prior time period, he said at the June 19


Carol Ann Heidtman

Carol Ann (Ross) Heidtman, 76, of Sylvania, Ohio, and Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully on June 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at St. Anne’s Hospital. Carol was born on Aug. 8, 1941, in Toledo, Ohio, to Emil and Phyllis (Neal) Ross. Carol graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1960. She enjoyed attending classes at the Toledo Art Museum, University of Toledo and Owens Community College. She worked for several financial organizations and owned her own business specializing in primitive antiques. While attending DeVilbiss, Carol would get gussied up, sit on the front porch and wait for the local paper boy, Hal Heidtman, who later became her high school sweetheart and the love of her life. Married for 57 years, together they raised three beautiful daughters, Bonnie Andrzejewski (Gus), Alie Hoeflinger (Mike) and Carrie Zanville (David) and are the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren, Alexandria, Katarina, Jacob, Max, Maggie, Chas, Joie, Lucy, Halley and Jack, and great-grandson Joseph. Carol and Hal shared many interests together particularly tennis, wintering in Naples and antiquing. Carol is survived by brothers John Ross of California and Tom (Sonya) Ross of Toledo, and many cousins, nieces and nephews; she is

preceded in death by her parents and brother (Neal Ross). Carol’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Sylvania Twp. Fire Department and the professional medical and spiritual staff at St. Anne’s Hospital. We greatly appreciate the care and compassion provided by nurses Tara, Kelly, Jen, Jacob and Jen (palliative). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial tributes be made to Mobile Meals, Toledo Humane Society, Toledo Tennis Club Preservation Fund, Salvation Army or Wounded Warriors. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Sharon Robison

Sharon Marlene Robison, age 75, passed away June 18, 2018, at Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania, Ohio. Sharon was born June 20, 1942, in Toledo, Ohio, to Felix and Pauline Tischinae. She was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School and received a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University. Sharon worked as a dental hygienist for many years locally, first for Dr. Tavtigan and later for Dr. Benedict. Sharon loved to travel. Her adventures took her to many beautiful places including Alaska, Israel, Brazil, and Denmark. She enjoyed playing tennis and played throughout the years both at the JCC and at the Toledo Tennis Club. Sharon had a strong love for animals especially

cocker spaniels. She grew up with the breed and even won one once in a popcorn contest, which she appropriately named Kernel. Sharon worked hard so that she could take care of her kids. She was a member of Olivet Lutheran Church and the Toledo Women's Club. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988 and suffered with the disease for 30 years. The last 15 years of her life, she was bedridden. Sharon is survived by her children Matthew D. Robison (Ginger Thompson) and Kristin L. Robison (Chad Settles); brothers John Marvin Tischinae (Barbara) and Brian Tischinae; and step-grandson Blake Northington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1718 Indianwood Circle Ste C, Maumee, OH 43537 or the Toledo Area Humane Society, 827 Illinois Ave. Maumee, OH, 43537. Online condolences may be shared by visiting

Sandra Viviano

Sandra Lynn Viviano, age 62, passed away June 14, 2018. She was born on Jan. 8, 1956, in Denver, Colo. After graduating from Wheat Ridge High School just outside of Denver in 1973, Sandy worked to put herself through the Community College of Denver. It was during that time that she met Frank, who would become her beloved husband and lifelong partner. They were married June 16, 1979, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. The couple moved to Toledo and began their family, later moving back to Denver and subsequently Bismarck, N. D. for Frank’s job. Growing up in the suburbs of Denver, skiing and riding horses on Table Mesa, Sandy’s gained a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors. This appreciation was clear throughout her life, most recently visible in the garden she cultivated in her yard. She loved to watch things grow and over the years transformed her yard into a rich, colorful assortment of plants and flowers. Sandy’s nurturing nature extended far beyond the bounds of her garden and into the lives of everyone she met. People seemed to innately sense that Sandy cared and it allowed her to develop close personal bonds with many people over the years. She regularly came home with stories about how standing in line at the bank or grocery store, strangers would begin talking to her as they would to a friend. Sandy would always listen patiently and offer an encouraging word. She was kind to everyone, regardless of who they were or how she encountered them.

Growing up as an only child, Sandy embraced the big Italian family she married into. She was happiest spending time with her family, holding the newest baby, chatting with her sisters-in-law, or preparing one of her wonderful dishes to share. When it was time to eat she seemed to be the last one eating but among the first to roll up her sleeves and help clean up. She enjoyed spending time with family so much that she took the lead in planning a family reunion this August. Sandy’s love of family, kindness, and concern for others were just a few of the wonderful qualities that made her an exceptional mother. She dedicated herself to her four children and spent countless hours caring for them and running the Viviano household. When her youngest daughter was diagnosed with a developmental disability, Sandy served as a determined advocate, not only making sure her daughter had the best medical care but that she reached her full potential. Sandy’s desire to help her daughter extended to other children with developmental and intellectual disabilities; she took up their cause by serving on the board of Mary Immaculate School and later Hope Learning Academy. In 1992, Sandy and her husband Frank returned to Toledo. As the kids grew and started spending most of their days at school, Sandy joined her husband Frank in running Bartz-Viviano Flowers & Gifts. They ran the business together for nearly 30 years, both retiring only recently. Sandy’s official title was gift buyer but she did so much more than select giftware and make the store beautiful. She was always willing to roll up her sleeves and do anything that needed to be done and due to her warm personality, many of the employees trusted and confided in her. Sandy had a deep faith in God and was an active member of the Catholic community in Toledo, serving as a member of Christ Child Society as well as Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders. She enjoyed reading and belonged to a book club made up of close friends and was also on a bowling team. Sandy will be deeply missed. She is survived by her husband, Frank; children Lauren Viviano, Jenny (Chris) Porter, Frank (Amanda) Viviano, and Tina Viviano. She was preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Bob Gilbert; and mother-in-law, Ellie Viviano. The family welcomes and appreciates any expression of sympathy you would like to make for Sandy. Condolences may be shared with the family at


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Danberry Realtors give back to the community

Lynn Fruth, center, CEO of the Danberry Co., Realtors, and Allyson France, vice president of marketing and technology, right, present a check to Jill Kegler, left, at the company’s second annual Community Benefits event held June 21. Kegler was recognized for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Toledo, Toledo Chamber of Commerce, Lott Industries and TASBA.

Lynn Fruth, CEO of the Danberry Co., Realtors, hosted a special event, recognizing the company for its commitment to serving the community through volunteer hours. The Danberry Co, Realtors, its management team, agents and staff, collectively contributed more than 5,600 hours of community service to 102 organizations, churches and schools in and around the Toledo area throughout this year as part of its Community Benefits Program. The Danberry Community Benefits Program is designed to increase and enhance the efforts of Danberry ‘family members’ in giving back to the community by focusing attention on individual efforts and rewarding a select few of them on an annual basis. Every member of the team is encouraged to give at least four hours a year from June 1 through May 31 to the community in an activity that the individual selects. The second annual Community Benefits event was held June 21 at The HeightsRenaissance Toledo Downtown. During the event, three members of the Danberry Family, selected by a panel of non-Danberry judges, were recognized for their outstanding contributions. The first place $1,000 check for a charity of her choice, went to Jill Kegler for her time working with Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Toledo, Toledo Chamber of Commerce, Lott Industries and TASBA. A second place, $500 check for his charity of choice went to Sean Rizor for his contribution

to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief and Hurricane Irma clean-up. The third place, $250 check was awarded to Lisa Sedlak for her charity of choice as a result of her volunteer efforts towards Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, All Saints Catholic School and Mom’s House of Toledo. During the check presentation, Danberry agent Victoria Valle announced that she will match the Danberry contributions for each organization chosen to receive funds. “Most volunteers give of their time not for recognition, but to help others. We recognize that but we believe that by sharing our efforts, we can serve as a positive example to others which will result in motivating them to also volunteer,” Fruth stated. “Our mission statement in part states that we as a company, believe that Danberry should be supportive of and committed to each other and the community. The Danberry Community Benefit Program gives us the structure to Live that part of our mission,” added Fruth. Established in 1962, The Danberry Co., Realtors is the region’s leading real estate brokerage based upon sales. Its 267 agents work out of six offices in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. In addition to traditional residential brokerage services, Danberry also provides commercial brokerage, property management, auction and relocation services.





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Guests go wild at 31st annual ZOOtoDO

Sylvanians Amelia and Pete Boyer, chairman of the event, enjoy PNC ZOOtoDO Party with a Purpose, held at the Toledo Zoo on June 15.

Margaret and son, Southview alumnus Hunter Baehren, enjoy the food, fun and frolic at the 31st annual ZOOtoDO.

Doug and Tiger Andrews please the crowd annually with their festive attire. This year the couple celebrates the ‘Big Cats’ theme.

Doug and Tiger Andrews honor the addition of three cougars to the Toledo Zoo from all sides at the event.

Cheryl Gibbs and husband Dr. Terry Gibbs enjoy the evening. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the Toledo Zoo.

James Combs and Zachary Richards of Element 112 welcome guests to taste their culinary samples.

Kelly Parker, Pam Pilz, and Barbara Bettinger are thrilled to support one of the nation’s premier zoos.

Sylvanians Tim and Matt Revard keep guests hydrated at the event that featured food stations, train rides, live music and specialty martinis. –by Mary Helen Darah

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