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World War II veteran receives Legion of Honor William Provonsha was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor, by the French consulate for the Midwest on June 15 at Friendship Park. He was selected for the honor because of his role in the liberation of France, and it was presented then in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Staff Sgt. Provonsha was one of the veterans interviewed by Sylvania resident Bud Fisher as part of the Veterans’ History Project. His was one of the 80 interviews selected for Fisher’s book, “What a Time it Was,” published in 2013. A 1940 graduate of Waite High School, Provonsha enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in October, 1942. After completing basic training, he became part of the 381st Bomb Group, flying 22 missions between October 1943 and March 1944 when his plane was shot down and he was captured. After 13 months as a POW, he and four others managed to escape. He was rescued by an advance group of General Patton’s army on April 12, 1945. Provonsha received many medals for his service including the Prisoners of War Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Fam Jam planned World War II veteran William Provonsha receives the French Legion of Honor in commemoration of D-Day and is congratulated by Bud Fisher, who interviewed the veteran for his book “What a Time It Was” published in 2013.

Celebrate TOPS Summer Bash BY ERIKA BURI

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a fun-filled day of summer activities at Olander Park all day on July 10. Spend the day in and on Lake Olander with specials on boat rentals and swim admission. The boat shop opens at 10 am with half-price rentals on all watercraft, and at noon cool off at the beach with half price swim admission plus free beach activities and games. Feeling adventurous? Register for one of the Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga classes at either 4 or 5:30 pm. Want to spend the day on dry land? Bring

Christ the Word Church, 3100 Murd Rd., is hosting a free festival open to the community on Saturday, Aug. 10. Fam Jam activities will include bounce houses, emergency vehicles, food trucks, face painting, music, and many other activities. There will be something for everyone in the family. The event runs from 11 am to 7 pm.

the kids out for Riley’s Adventure Puppet Show with TOPS partner Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful at 10:30 am (pre-registration required). Then you might want to get in a nap so you can come back in the evening for yummy food from Swisher Dogs and Mayberry Ice Cream, hilarious improv from Unfiltered, Toledo’s Premier Improv Troupe, and groovin’ music from the band INTUITION featuring LADY K • T-KAYE • JBONE. Spend the whole day at your park, because on this day, especially, there is truly something for everyone!

Public feedback needed for Whetstone Park

Whetstone Park is one of the seven properties managed by The Olander Park System. TOPS will hold the second of two public meetings to discuss plans for the park on July 17 from 5 to 7 pm at Sylvania Area Family Services, 5440 Marshall Rd. The plans for Whetstone will also be on display at the summer concerts at Olander Park in July. An online survey is available on the park district’s website at along with the master plan for the site. Comments may be made by email or phone as well. This small neighborhood park was deeded to TOPS by the city of Sylvania in 1959. It houses a picnic shelter, picnic tables and grills, a playground and swings and an activity field. In 2016 the TOPS Board approved draft master plans for four of its parks, including Whetstone Park. Located on McGregor Road behind the Promedica Health and Wellness Center on Monroe Street, many community members have no idea the park exists or that it’s part of TOPS. It is the hope of the Olander staff to

change that as the master plan proceeds. As master plans are finalized, the staff wants to revisit the community’s feelings on the design so adjustments can be made based on their feedback. For more information, contact Erika Buri, executive director, at 419-882-8313 x.1001 or

Quilt show planned

The Glass City Quilt Commission will hold Kaleidoscope of Quilts on July 12 and 13 at Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 W. Sylvania Ave. This is the 19th biennial quilt show sponsored by the 35-year-old Glass City Quilt Commission. This year’s quilt challenge is Prismatic Color Explosion, emphasizing color in quilt designs. Quilters are encouraged to enter their quilts whether for the challenge, for display or to be judged.  Over 200 quilts will be on display along with vendors, special displays and demonstrations.   For more information, contact or view on Facebook, Kaleidoscope of Quilts Show.


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