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Assistance Dog Graduation




Maize lovingly looks at LeeAnn Lyon before she officially graduates as the service dog for Timberstone Junior High School.

G.A.T.E. Fair

Rose Hajjar receives the Superintendent’s Award from Adam Fineske.

Celebrating Arbor Day Members of the Maplewood Diversity Club helped plant the Bur Oak tree on the school grounds.


Congratulations to Jim Sautter of Sautter’s Food Center for receiving the most community votes in the 3rd Annual We Love Sylvania Area Small Business campaign, sponsored by the Sylvania AdVantage, Boomers and GenoaBank. A reception was held to honor Sautter at the Sylvania branch of GenoaBank on May 8. From left: Marty Sutter, president and CEO of GenoaBank; Jim Sautter of Sautter’s Food Center; and Jennifer Ruple of Sylvania AdVantage and Boomers.

Calendar 2-4A Community News 5-9, 16-17A Downtown News 10-11A Business 12-15A Food 18-19A Special Veterans Section 1-3B Sports 4B Schools 6-7B Sunnyside Up 8B 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. It is 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 beginning Monday, April 2 from 67:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 3 from 1-2:30 p.m and Thursday, May 3 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 Begins May 26 through Oct. 20 on Saturday 8 a.m.-Noon weekly 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 419865-0659 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 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 Saturday 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. REFIT®Greater Toledo Fitness Classes REFIT® is a cardio-dance program that engages the whole person - body, mind and soul. Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Epworth UMC, 4855

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Items must be submitted one week prior to publication and will be printed on a space-available basis. Email information to Please include a phone number in case more information is needed. W. Central Ave. First class is free. FREE childcare during morning classes. Call 419450-1606, or visit Stroke Support Group Monthly support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month from 4 - 6 p.m. at ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd. Contact 419-291-7537 or 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 meets 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 910:30 a.m. and Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call 419-478-1103 or 419-841-6436 for information. TOPS is not church affiliated. 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, 3-5, weekly, January & February Transportation to Senior Center & Shopping: call Deb, 419-885-3913 05/16 Movie Day: 1-3, rsvp, monthly 05/17 Book Review Group: 3rd Thu 2-3, monthly 05/18 Line Dance Party: $10/ticket, call for availability 05/21 Sunset Communities BP Clinic: 11-12:30 05/22 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., * 05/23 Party Euchre: Wed 10-12 noon, weekly Windows 10: 1 day/2 hour course, * 05/24 Podiatrist by appt., monthly Duplicate Bridge: Thu 1-4, monthly 05/25 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly 05/28 Closed/Holiday 05/29 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 Welcome to Medicare: 6-8 p.m., registration not required

05/30 Pinochle: Wed 12:30-3:30, weekly 05/31 Party Bridge: Thu 1-3:30, monthly 06/01 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly 06/04 Sunset Communities BP Clinic: 11-12:30 06/05 Quilting & Sewing: Tue, Thu, 8-12 noon, weekly Franciscan Care Center BP/BS Clinic: Tuesdays, 9-11:30 Art Studio Class: Tue Fri, 9-11;* Bunco: 1st & 3rd Tue 1-3, monthly Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health: Tue 3-4, weekly, * 5:30: after dinner program, call for details Caregiver Support Group: Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., monthly Breathe, Stretch, Relax! Hatha Yoga 6-7 p.m., * 06/06 Knitting/Crocheting, Wed 9-11, Fri 2-4, weekly Strength/Balance: Wed 1-2, Fri 10:30-11:30, weekly, * Restorative Yoga: Wed 2:30-4, weekly, * 06/07 Duplicate Bridge: Thu 1-4, weekly 06/08 Scrabble: 1:30-4:30, weekly Line Dancing: 2:30-4, weekly

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

•Through 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 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 and objects and materials from Libbey Inc. archives.

•May 1-24 Lourdes Undergraduate Spring Art exhibition, Canticle Center Gallery 5335 Silica Dr. Open M-F from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•May 15 Black Swamp Winds, 7 pm King Road Library In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, a 45 minute children’s program performed by the Black Swamp Winds will be presented to introduce families to chamber music through a diverse collection

of classical, contemporary, jazz, and popular movie music designed to engage the young listener.

•May 16, 23, 30 Come Dance With Me Olander Nederhouser Center Adults 16 and older learn to line dance with Mary Leugers. For dancers with some experience. $5 per class.

•May 16 Brown Bag Book Club teen/kids program 12:30-1:30 p.m. King Road Library •Homeschool Hour, 1:30-2:30 p.m. King Road Library •Coding Club, 4-5 p.m. King Road Library •Ride of Silence, 7 p.m. UT Gateway Area 25 (Rocket Hall) parking lot Start cycling season with a community demonstration to promote safety and honor those who have died in bicycling accidents. A slow ride in silence with a police escort. Open to everyone; no registration necessary. For more information visit

•May 17 Stories and Stroll, 10 a.m. Olander Gorman, PreK-K Storytime for babies ages 9 months to 2.5 years. Enjoy listening to stories with your child then stroll around the park.

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A Real Polish American Festival, Club 16 Grounds 316 King Rd., Holland Food, entertainment, music and arts and crafts are part of the three-day festival held Friday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. •St. Joseph Festirama St. Joseph Church grounds 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

May 18, 6 p.m.-midnight; May 19, 2 p.m.midnight; May 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Raffles, bingo, BBQ chicken dinners, rides, kids games, entertainment. $5.

•May 18 Wine tasting, 7-9 p.m. Toledo Zoo Ages 21 and up enjoy an array of wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and socializing surrounded by the beauty of the world beneath the waves. Advanced tickets are required. Separate fee. Member discounts.

•May 19, 25, 26, 31 Snooze at the Zoo, 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m. Overnight adventure at the Toledo Zoo. Fee. Pre-registration required

•May 19, 20 ‘Zula Patrol: Down to Earth,’ 2:30 p.m. Appold Planetarium 419-517-8897 $5 adults; $4 children 12 and under.

•May 19 ACT/SAT Test Resources, 2-3:15 p.m. King Road Library •Volunteen Training, 4-5 p.m. King Road Library •Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, 8:30 a.m. Toledo Zoo The annual 5K race/walk and kids’ fun run treks through and around the Zoo. Preregistration encouraged. For information and registration procedures, go to •Super Saturday Carnival, 12-2 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church 4225 W. Sylvania Ave. Come dressed as a superhero and enjoy games, a petting zoo, horse rides, face painting and much more! •Curator Talk, 2 p.m. Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater Exhibition curator Paula Reich talks about the work of the Scottish-American ornithologist and illustrator. After the presentation, he will lead a tour of the exhibition ‘Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States.’

•May 20 SCO Spring Concert, 4 p.m. Franciscan Center Sylvania Community Orchestra’s ‘Spring Potpourri‘ Concert aims to engage kids with the art of music.

•May 21 ESOL Conversation Club, 7-8 p.m. King Road Library

•May 22 Turtles Live Here Too! 10 a.m. Olander Gorman, PreK-K Join ECO Discovery! And learn which turtles liver here. Find out where they sleep and what they eat. Hear a story and have a

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snack a turtle would love. •Turtles, Strawberries and the Endangered List, 1 p.m. Olander Gorman Join ECO Discovery! And learn about turtles and what you can do about those endangered or threatened turtles and what you can do about them. •Books & Breakfast, 10 a.m. King Road Library •Cat Attack, 6-8 p.m. Dana Manufacturing Center 6515 Maumee-Western Road Current 8-11th graders invited to an open house to learn more about being part of a robotics team.

•May 23, June 6 and 20 Wonders of Yoga, 4:30 p.m. Olander Gorman, PreK to Adult Build strength and confidence. Class based on physical postures, deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body.

•May 23 How to Make U, 6 p.m. King Road Library

•May 24 Girls Night Out, 6-8 p.m. Element 112 Beautiful Blooms by Jen hosts a make your floral centerpiece event. Call 419-517-8821 to register.

•May 25 Steve Martin and Martin Short Toledo Zoo. Visit

•May 26 Opening Day Beach Party, 1-4 p.m. Olander Beach Facility Enjoy half price day at Lake Olander Beach. •Berkey Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-Noon Keelers Korner Store Parking Lot 12290 Sylvania-Metamora Rd.

•May 28 Memorial Day Parade, 10:15 a.m. Sylvania parade on Main Street.

•May 29 Snails are Slimy Fun! 10 a.m. Olander Gorman, PreK-K Join ECO Discovery! For a take-part snail story then learn about snails from their slime to eyes on stalks. •Get Toad Away!, 1 p.m. Olander Open Air Shelter 2 Join ECO Discovery! And learn why toads are fascinating. •Financial Health and Career Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ProMedica Ebeid Institute 1806 Madison Ave Fifth Third Bank’s Financial Empowerment Mobile is visiting ProMedica Ebeid Institute as part of a fair on financial and career growth.

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Open House, 5-8 p.m. Sylvania Area Family Service 5440 Marshall Rd. Staff and board of directors invite the community to visit SAFS’s upgraded facility. Call for more information 419-882-8415.

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

•June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 Snooze at the Zoo, 6:30 p.m.10:30 a.m. Toledo Zoo Spending the night at the Zoo for families, groups and schools. Separate fee, preregistration required. For more information, visit

•June 1 Villains, Vamps & Vixens: The Sassy Women of Song!, 6:30 p.m. Toledo Museum of Art, Cloister It’s Friday Music: Songstress Sonia Perez and pianist Omaldo Perez. A musical evening dedicated to the dangerously seductive women of stage and screen we love and love to hate!

•June 2 and 3

Maple & Main Festival Downtown Sylvania Art, food and music event.

•June 2 Community Days, 1-4 p.m. Sylvania Historical Village 5717 N. Main St. Hands-ons activities, visit historic buildings, kids activities.

•June 3 Introduction to Kayaking, 2-5 p.m. Olander Gorman Learn basic paddle skills, safety, legal requirements and considerations for purchasing a kayak.

•June 5 Sylvania Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Sylvania Municipal Court Parking lot.

•June 6 Pillbug Discoveries, 9:30 a.m. Olander Gorman, PreK-K Who are these creatures called pillbugs? Explore various hiding spots and learn interesting facts from Joyce Davis and her pillbug puppet.

•June 7 6th annual ‘Raise the Cap’ Fifth Third Field Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund fundraiser. Call 419-720-7048 or visit

•June 8 Spittlebug Hunt, 9:30 a.m. Olander Gorman, PreK-K Go on a spittlebug hunt for this unusual insect that blows bubbles. Make bubble wands and celebrate this special day with Joyce Davis and her puppets. •Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m. Toledo Zoo Ages 21 & up enjoy a delectable array of wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and socializing on the Africa! Overlook. Advanced tickets are required. Separate fee. Member discounts apply.

Free Garage Sale McCord Road Christian Church 4765 N. McCord 419-882-6703 Donations accepted on June 7 and 8. •Bands, Bites & Brews, 4-11 p.m. J&G parking lot Celebration with food, locally crafted beer and music in downtown Sylvania.

•June 10 Kayaking on the Water, 2-4 p.m. Lake Olander $35 for both sessions. Register at

•June 11 Heartland at ProMedica 5360 Harroun Learn about the MedBridge, a post-acute care center. RSVP by June 8 at 419-3090550 or email

•June 12 Butterflies Flutter By, 10 a.m. Olander Open Shelter 2, PreK-K Join ECO Discovery! And learn more about butterflies. Make a cocoon and caterpillar and butterfly to put inside. •Garden Tour Series, 10:30 a.m. Toledo Zoo Come see the best plant combinations and

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techniques to pack the most punch into a small space. Tour meets at Ziem’s Conservatory. Separate fee, pre-registration required. Member discounts apply. Tour is rain or shine.

•June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 25 Sunset Serenades Olander Nederhouser Deck The 19th season is sponsored by The Lakes of Sylvania. Light refreshments are made possible by Buckeye Telesystem, Oakleaf Village and The Citizens for the Olander Park System.

•June 15 PNC ZOOtoDO, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Toledo Zoo Party with a purpose at the Zoo’s annual black tie and tennis shoes fundraiser! Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 419385-5721, ext. 2091. •‘The Moon and Sixpence’ film Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater, 7 p.m. Loosely based on the life of French painter Paul Gauguin, this film by Albert Lewin tells the story of Charles Strickland, a middleaged London stockbroker who abandons all responsibility to become an artist.

St. Joseph Festirama

Hunter Glass, Will White, Owen Little and Connor Bringer pick out ducks to win a prize at the 2017 Festirama.



elebrate spring at the 39th annual St. Joseph Festirama May 18-20. Festirama will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 5373 Main St. in Sylvania. The weekend will be filled with musical entertainment, food, bingo, children’s activities and carnival-style rides provided by Durant Enterprises. Get ready for an all-ages musical voyage as The RockShow presents the Ultimate Rock Tribute on both Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight. Local band Skoobie Snaks will perform on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. A barbecue chicken dinner will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. until it is sold out. Dinner prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children. Drive-through pick up is available in the Harroun parking lot, or guests may eat in the East Campus Family Center located off of


Ravine Drive. “Additional food options will be offered and cooked by St. Joseph volunteers including: hamburgers, hot dogs and brats, chicken tenders, gyros, curly fries and pizza,” said Elaine Dickendasher, event co-chairman. “The Market on Main tent will be filled with raffle items including handmade pieces donated by parishioners and themed gift baskets,” said Dickendasher. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each. Festival hours are Friday, May 18, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission on Friday and Saturday is $5 at the gate. Children under 10 are free. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Sunday is family day and admission is free for everyone. Proceeds from the festival support parish programs and ministries.

Sylvania Historical Village brings back popular ‘Community Days at the Village’ The Sylvania Historical Village is looking forward to summer and the return of the popular Community Days in the Village. These free, family-friendly events will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month from June 2 through Sept. 1, and will allow guests to have a “blast in the past” by experiencing the fun hands-on history at the Historical Village. Designed for families and guests of all ages, there will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, pop-up creativity stations and visits by area cultural and educational partners each month. “We have been in downtown Sylvania since the 1990s, but even life-long residents don’t know we are here,” said Executive Director Andi Erbskorn. “We are truly a ‘best-kept secret,’ but our goal with Community Days is to share the secret so everyone will know. Last year was our first year for these events and the feedback was amazing with guests coming back each month! We are looking forward to another great summer.” Long noted as a field trip destination, the

Historical Village includes several original and detailed reproduction buildings that tell the story of northwest Ohio’s past. It is one of many great resources in northwest Ohio. Erbskorn continued, “We are very excited to welcome our regional partners to our Community Days. It will give guests a chance to experience more of what makes northwest Ohio great. Starting in June, we welcome WGTE Public Media. July will bring Sauder Village. The MetroParks Toledo will be here in August, and Imagination Station will be presenting in September. We are also partnering with the Toledo Lucas County Library and the Sylvania Community Arts Commission to help provide hands-on activities each month.” Located at 5717 N. Main St., in historic downtown Sylvania, the nonprofit will also be running a membership drive during the Community Days events to encourage area residents to become partners in preserving the past and helping the organization continue to provide outstanding programming into the future.

Senior Center Totem Pole Dedicated

Children play games from the 1800s on the Sylvania Historic Village grounds and volunteers welcome guests to learn about the historic buildings in the village during the 2017 Community Days.

Recovery Walk planned

River Centre Foundation Recovery Walk will be held Saturday, June 9, at the River Centre Foundation House beginning at 10 a.m. Register by May 23 to receive a t-shirt with the registration. The event will include art activities, a cookout, photo booth, speak out and much more. Contact with any questions.

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Sylvania Senior Center Executive Director Julie Graf began the totem pole dedication ceremony on April 20, which honored of the late Art Landseadel, city forester, who originally commissioned the carving of the structure from locally grown locust trees for Harroun Park. According to Graf, Landseadel planted a tree at the center every Arbor Day.



Sylvania Senior Center Executive Director Julie Graf introduces Senior Center participant Elaine Bonkowski. She played an integral part in overseeing the refurbishing of the totem pole. She was also a neighbor and friend of Art Landseadel, making the dedication of the totem pole in his honor even more special.

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Senior Center participant Henri Lavimodiere spent three months duplicating the original paint scheme on the totem pole he was able to rescue. During the ceremony, he explained the significance of the alligator, peacock and thunderbird carved on the pole.



This is the last property that was part of Albert Carl’s subdivision, known as Carl’s Addition. You will remember from the past seven articles that all these parcels on the west side of Main Street, north of Erie Street, were part of his subdivision that he laid out in 1901. The house on this parcel was built in 1897, four years before the subdivision existed. In this case the Durfee family first owned this lot and they sold it to Clark Dings in 1895. So we can assume that he had the current house on this lot built in1897. According to Lucas County real estate records, after Clark Dings built the house it was sold as follows: 1901 – Bertha M. Hollister 1909 – William & Jennie Hollister 1928 – Jennie Hollister 1943 – Robert E. Dailey 1951 – Robert E. & Mildred C. Dailey 1975 – Richard & Mary Kramer 2015 to current - Mary Kramer In the 1900 census Clark Dings still owned the home and appeared to be living here with his wife and children as follows: Clark Dings – 45 years – married 20 years – employed as a day laborer; Eva May Dings – wife - 40 years – married 20 years with five children born – four children still living; Mabel Dings – daughter – 17 years – attending school; Georgia A. Dings – daughter – 14 years – attending school; Zillah Dings – daughter – 9 years – attending school; Percy Dings – son – 4 years. By the 1910 census William and Jennie Hollister owned this home and they are listed as follows: William Hollister – 45 years –

married 13 years – employed as salesman at hardware store – owned home, with a mortgage; Jennie Hollister – 44 years old – married 13 years – two children born – two children still living – employed as a seamstress. The Hollisters were still living here in the 1920 census and were listed as follows: William H. Hollister – owned home, with mortgage – 55 years – married – occupation – salesman – implements store; Jennie A. Hollister – wife 54 years – occupation – none; and Jacob Steck – boarder – 30 years old – single – employed as a delivery man for a retail hardware store. The Sylvania Sentinel newspaper, dated May 1, 1923, listed the employees of the Chandler Hardware Company in Sylvania and William Hollister is listed as the “dean of our sales force” and he had been working there for 15 years. He was in charge of the southwestern territory, and drove the company’s Ford roadster number one. William Hollister passed away in 1928. His obituary notice said that he died in his home after a long and painful illness. He had married Jennie Manley in 1896. He was born in 1864 and was 63 years old. He was buried in Toledo Memorial Cemetery. By the 1930 census, Jennie Hollister still owned this home but was renting it to Winona Gibbs and her two children. They were listed as follows: Winona Gibbs – head – renting home for $40 per month – 52 years old – widow – occupation – none; Lucile A. Gibbs – daughter – 25 years old – single - occupation – general office work – refinery; Almon V. Gibbs – son – single – 14 years old – occupation – newsboy – street. The March 17, 1931, Sylvania Sentinel featured the following under the column FOR

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Jamie Farr / Marathon Classic Ladies Professional Golf Association Lee Brothers All-American Three Ring Circus Comes To Sylvania Lyceum Courses in Sylvania Harriett Beecher Stowe National Bicentennial Wagon Train – 1976 Sylvania’s Centennial Celebration – 1933 Sylvania’s Time Capsule Is Buried Clubs, Centers, Camps, Organizations and Posts American Legion Volume No. Six – Boy Scouts in Sylvania Table of Contents Camp Miakonda Newspapers Girl Scouts In Sylvania Newspapers in Sylvania Great Black Swamp Frogs Baseball Libraries Club Sylvania Public Library Huntington Farms Community History of the Sylvania Public Library Center/Sylvania Area Family Services Properties Protected Home Circle Events, Festivals & Annual Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Programs in Sylvania Sylvania Area Community Art Show / Festival and Art Improvement Corporation Commission Sylvania Community Services Center, Ballooning Inc. (a/k/a SCSC) Bank Robbery By The Famous Pretty Sylvania Exchange Club Boy Floyd Sylvania Grange No. 1188 Bank Robberies In Sylvania – Two Sylvania Ladies Literary Club More Sylvania Masonic Lodge No. 287 F & Bean Festival AM Chautauqua In Sylvania Sylvania Order of the Eastern Stars Fall Festival and Parade No. 149 Fourth of July In Sylvania Sylvania Rotary Club Fun Day In Sylvania Sylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts Ginnivan’s Dramatic Company Gold Rush In California – Who Went? Sylvania Villagers

Welcome Wagon In Sylvania Places In Sylvania Banks Bridge Battery F Bittner Barn Cadwell’s Mill Catacombs Central Avenue Strip Collin Farm or Kingscroft Farm The Commons Crandall Field The Depot and Depot Grove Diamond Farm Dogpatch In Sylvania Glanntown Hotels at Main and Maplewood Lilac Hill Little Chicago Monroe Street Strip Recreation Area Ray West Hill / Suicide Hill Sweet Shalom Tea Room Sylvania’s South Side Silica Silica Sand The Quarries and Fossils in Silica Deaths, Accidents, Injuries in the Quarries Fertilizer Plant at 8061 Sylvania Avenue – In Silica Stone Companies of Sylvania Township In Silica Medusa Gardens or Medusa Row Medusa Gun Club Moorhurst Silica Park Silica Hotel



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RENT: “Furnished room, modern, for 1 or 2 men or ladies, house privileges, 5867 Main.” That same advertisement was featured in the March 3, 1932 newspaper under the column of PERSONAL. The June 30, 1932, Sentinel newspaper showed an advertisement by Mrs. Angeline Baker of 5867 N. Main Street, phone 82 B, Giving “Lasting Hair Waving – For Those Glorious Vacation Months – A Beautiful Eterne Wave - $3.00.” She also advertised permanent waves, shampoos, facials, manicures, and finger-waves. A 1933 Village of Sylvania water meter listing showed 5867 Main Street, with Jennie Hollister as the owner and Baker as the tenant. The business owners of Sylvania advertised in the Sylvania Sentinel with a full-page ad wishing “You and Yours a Merry Christmas.” One of the advertisements reads: “Season’s Greetings – Angeline Baker Beauty Shoppe – 5867 North Main Street – Phone 82-B.” Jennie Hollister still owned the home in 1940 when that census was taken and she was renting the house out to Alicia Parks for $25 per month. Alicia Parks was listed as 57 years old, a widow and employed as a beautician with a beauty parlor in the home. Living with her was her daughter, Jane, 14 years old, attending school, and listed as lodgers were William and Edna Fansler. He was occupied as a senior clerk at a newspaper. He was 59 years old and she was 62 years old. Also listed as a lodger was Lucille Bonar, 33 years old, divorced, occupied as a bookkeeper at a retail auto sales business. In 1943 Jennie Hollister sold this home to Robert E. Dailey who appears to have lived in the house while he owned it. County records show that a new garage was built in 1945. An October 31, 1946 newspaper article showed Robert Dailey, of 5867 N. Main Street, was a volunteer at Precinct No. 1 working to get a

school levy passed in Sylvania. The March 18, 1948, Sylvania Sentinel reported that James E. Dailey, father of Robert Dailey of 5867 Main Street, died suddenly. He had a heart attack after he and his son had taken some refuse to the village dump. James Dailey had worked for over 20 years with the Toledo & Western Railway and also worked with the Sheriff’s office for over 20 years. He served as the constable for many years in Sylvania also. In 1951 Mr. Dailey transferred the home and property to both his and his wife’s name, Robert E. & Mildred C. Dailey. In 1956, while Mr. Dailey was operating Dailey Jewelry Store in downtown Sylvania, suspects broke into his store and took cameras, watches, wedding rings, lighters and various jewelry items. It was reported that the Dailey’s discovered the robbery when Mrs. Dailey, wife of the proprietor, opened the shop front door on Monday morning. This was Mr. Dailey’s second time being robbed at his business. In 1939, while he was operating a gas station at the corner of Holland-Sylvania and Blossman, he and his father were robbed at gunpoint. His father, James Dailey, who lived at 6728 Maplewood, was shot in the leg and received a superficial chest wound when he resisted the attempted hold up. The first available Polk Suburban Directory that listed the occupants of this house was in 1958, and that directory listed Robert Dailey living here at 5867 Main. The 1959 and 1960 directories also show Robert Dailey living at this address. Starting with the 1961 Polk Suburban Directory Richard G. Kramer is renting the home. He and his wife then purchased the home in 1975. The most current 2017 directory lists Richard and Mary Kramer still living and owning the home.

Graduation ceremony held for assistance dogs

Jeannie Rerucha, Barbara Stewart and Donna Carroll Smith welcome guests

Gail Mewhort, puppy sponsor, talks with Debbie Mewhort Keller of the Ability Center.

Executive Director at The Ability Center Tim Harrington welcomes guests to the graduation ceremony.

The Sylvania Community Orchestra will hold a 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, May 20, at the Franciscan Center. The free concert is aimed at engaging young kids with the art of music. An ice cream social following the concert. Some of the music arranged for the concert includes “Disney Magic” and “Bugs Bunny’s Greatest Hits” along with “What’s Up at the Symphony.”

The SCO’s featured artist is 9-year-old Henry Shao, a fourth grade student at the Central Trail Elementary School. Henry has been awarded several top prizes in piano competitions. For more information about the SCO, visit, contact Jennifer Wegman at or call 419-517-0118.

Sylvania Orchestra plans kid friendly concert

Paul Jomantas entertains guests at the assistance dog graduation held at the Parkway Place on May 3.

Sprocker is surrounded by love and Gale Tedhams, Patrice Victor and Laura Pierce.

Timberstone Junior High School counselors Rochelle Ford and Brittany Robbins join Principal Michael Bader at the ceremony. Timberstone will be receiving an assistance dog.


Jenny Barlos, ADAI Client Services Manager, and Nancy Jomantas, events coordinator. –by Mary Helen Darah

A photo appearing in the May first issue incorrectly identified the Sunset Communities representative. The correct name is Carolyn Heintschel.


Shares Sylvania’s Best Kept Secret

A visit to the Sylvania Area Family Services


Sylvania Area Family Services recently came up in conversation at a function I was attending. I was startled by some of the misconceptions that were shared, especially regarding the lack of poverty in Sylvania. Nothing could be further from the truth. Roughly 6,000 people in Sylvania are living at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In fact, 50 percent of the students are part of the free or reduced lunch program at one of Sylvania’s elementary schools. Thankfully, SAFS, a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1967, has been strengthening Sylvania, one family at a time, for over 50 years. L-R: The SAFS team includes Tina Gonzales, family facilities manager, Dottie Segur, executive director, Chelsea Bray, social service coordinator, and John Brindly, youth diversion coordinator.

The only constant thing is change

There have been many new changes at SAFS. The first being Dottie Segur officially becoming the executive director in January of this year. Segur has been with the organization for 15 years. She began her career at SAFS in January of 2003 serving as the social service coordinator and administrative assistant. “It has been a smooth transition,” she stated. “I have known the ins and outs of the organization and have established relationships with the families we serve. SAFS really is a family from those we serve, our staff and with our volunteers. We are a small team, but we are mighty.”

There’s no ‘I’ in TEAM

Segur feels the SAFS “team” is the reason for the organization’s longevity and continued growth. “Chelsea Bray, Americore Vista Member, was hired as a full-time social service coordinator,” she stated. “She is a wonderful addition. She brings her incredible spirt, work ethic and passion for children and the families we serve.” John Brindly serves as the youth diversion coordinator. “How does one describe his uniqueness?” pondered Segur. “His compassion for these kids is so great and they really respect him. He methodically gets things done and has been a great mentor for the kids. I just overlook his Batman screensaver and a crate full of Diet Coke by his desk.” Tina Gonzales, family facilities manager, is also responsible for hall rentals and summer camp. “Tina does a fantastic


job,” stated Segur. “Another well-kept secret in addition to our vital services we provide families is our lovely rentable spaces.”

Service above all else

The main service SAFS provides is their choice food pantry. “Families come on a weekly basis,” stated Segur. “We also host a monthly community dinner thanks to the generosity of ProMedica, McCord Road Church and 321 Church. Kingston in Sylvania has also provided dinners for our families and ProMedica provides a community lunch nine months of the year.” The organization also provides a personal care hygiene distribution service the first Tuesday of every month through Sylvania United Church of Christ. “You can’t purchase personal items with a food stamp card,” explained Segur. “Although the church graciously provides items, we are always in need of donations.” The first Monday of the month Senior Government Commodity Distribution is held. “A premade box of cheese and pantry items for those 60 and over is provided by Seagate Food Bank. Sylvania Recreation picks up the boxes for us. Also, for our seniors, we have health and nutrition classes once a year that is provided by Kingston of Sylvania. They receive a bag of groceries for attending.” The organization also hosts nutrition and health classes quarterly for families with children through the Ohio State University Extension. Participants receive a bag of groceries for attending. SAFS also distributes holiday baskets. School supplies and backpacks are distributed annually for students in the Sylvania School District. The organization also has a youth diversion program for firsttime offenders that will allow participants to avoid a juvenile record once they successfully complete the program.

Check it out

SAFS hosts fundraising events throughout the year including the Ray of Hope, Chocolate & Wine Affair and the Vendor and Craft Show. “A big special event coming up is our open house on May 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.,” said Segur. “We recently renovated a portion of our building, including the offices, kitchen and multi-purpose room. We received a grant from Toledo Port Authority and a CDBG Community Development Block Grant. Come and explore our newly renovated facility while enjoying refreshments. We have been nurturing those in need in your community for over 50 years. We hope you come by and see us and most importantly, we hope the secret is out!”

In honor of Mother’s Day— LIBBY STUPICA

A STUDENT SPEAKS Dear Moms, I think every day should be Mother’s Day. I know it’s not easy to carry a baby for 9 whole months, and I know it’s certainly not easy to bring that baby into the world. Libby Stupica I know it’s not easy raising kids, and even harder to survive our adolescent years. I know it’s not easy to wake up early enough to pack our lunches and drive us to kindergarten or to go straight from work to our gymnastics practice. I know it’s not easy to think about how much money to set aside for school fees and to stress about giving us the best

opportunities you can. I know it’s not easy to always be patient, to always put us first, to worry about us when we come home later than we promised… I know it’s not easy to watch us drift away from you as we go through phases where we forget that you will always be our number 1 fan and biggest supporter. I know it’s not easy to live each day as a role model, cautious of making the wrong move, and critiquing yourself when you mess up. I know it’s not easy to watch us toss your advice aside and end up learning things the hard way. I know it’s not easy to lose sleep at night thinking about all of our hurts and pains, carrying them as your own. And I certainly know it’s not easy to see us graduate and leave the nest, after 18 years of dedicating every bit of your energy into shaping us to become change-makers and lovers. But somehow, you real-life Wonder

Libby Stupica and her mom Women make it all look pretty darn easy because that’s the power that all the Mamas of the world possess. Thank you for being our role models and best friends. Happy Mother’s Day. #MomsForPresident2020

Local Fest brings Bands, Bites & Brews downtown

Loves Her New Town

Teri Walter and her husband, Tom, are new to Sylvania and live near downtown. ‘We love walking up to Sodbusters on Wednesday night to hear Ragtime Rick plus all of the other activities,’ the Walters said.

Beautiful Blooms plans Girl’s Night Out Join the staff of Beautiful Blooms by Jen for a Girls Night Out! on May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Element 112. Guests will design an elegant centerpiece. Space is limited. Call 419-517-8821 to register or for more information.

The Red Birds are filling up the J&G parking lot with all things LOCAL on Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 11 p.m. A Kids Corner will be made possible by J & G Pizza Palace. Enjoy street food from The Displaced Chef, Latin Cuisine, Rusty’s Road Trip, and Mayberry Ice Cream and craft beers from Upside Brewing and Inside the Five Brewing Company. In addition, Majestic Oak Winery will be represented at the event. Stop by the eighth annual Sylvania Cycling Classic during the day and head over to Local Fest in the late afternoon. Listen to the sounds from The Katie &

Jordan Show from 4 to 5 p.m.; The Interrupters from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Twin Pfunk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and The Overton Project from 9 to 11 p.m. Enjoy the afterparty at The Sodbuster Bar from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. This is a free event. Donations are welcome at the entrance to benefit Downtown Sylvania Association. Local Fest is sponsored by JAWS® (Just Add Water System) Cleaning Products with support from Interrupt and Sylvania Steel.

Book signing at June Art Walk by local author

Cathy Smith, who suffers from MS and travels through the downtown Sylvania area in her motorized wheelchair, has just published her third book, “Speed Bump Cathy.” She will host a book signing in front of SpaceBar during the June Art Walk. In her book, Smith mentions that she has been nicknamed “Speed Bump Cathy” by some of the downtown business owners. She relates that term to the many “speed bumps” she encounters in her daily life and how she has learned to accept them, slow down and learn from them.

Mother’s Day Creations

Kaitlyn Stutzenstein and Grace and Sarah Schoen attend a class on May 5 at Beautiful Blooms by Jen to create unique Mother’s Day gifts.


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Jill and Rich Halker and their children Lucy and Wil take a break from Pedals to Petals at the Element 112 patio.

Erika Buri buys a ‘My HeART is in Sylvania’ tee shirt from Jennifer Wegman of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission.

Mykenzie Niemann of Willow Creek Salon gives Cassie Stansley a makeover while MaryAnne Johnson styles Meg Grzeszczak’s hair as Gail Stansley of Chandler Cafe Looks on.

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Gary and Shirley Pollman talk about the art on exhibit with Barb Hudson of Hudson Gallery.

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Chamber Business Spotlight Company

Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Sprott congratulates the Chamber’s Spotlight Business, 9 Round Kickbox Fitness, and its Assistant Manager Mark Telles and owners Monica and Kraig Gottfried at the luncheon meeting held on May 2. For the past three years, Holly Lopinski of Stellar Blooms has been a familiar face on Main Street. She acquired the floral shop, located at 5723 Main St. from her uncle, Mark Lair, in 2015 and has not looked back. Her goal is to go above and beyond the ordinary by combining her other business, Holly Pross Travel LLC, and her husband Jim’s DJ business, into package opportunities for those planning weddings and other parties.

Recent statistics show that more than 11.6 million businesses in the US are owned by women, generating $1.7 trillion in sales and employing nearly nine million people nationwide. In order to build better awareness of womens’ contributions to the Sylvania community, the Sylvania AdVantage in cooperation with the Creative Oxygen team want to highlight and make a special effort to support local women business owners and other women leaders in the community by featuring them in Instagram posts and in the Sylvania Advantage. Women leaders will be chosen at random.

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Josina Lott at River Crossings adds space to facility

Michael Malone and Katie Garber are pleased with the new meeting room. As the staff of Josina Lott at River Crossings gets ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary, they are also showcasing their new addition. “We had needed more space and had looked at possible facilities in the area but we love this location,” Josina Lott Executive Director Michael Malone reported. “Our landlord, Craig Stough, who was also the architect for our original space, suggested an addition on the back of our building to meet our space needs.” Once the suggestion was made, plans moved forward and the addition became a reality. The new space overlooks the Ten Mile Creek and Harroun Park, and serves as a conference/meeting room with seating for up to 25 people. The conference tables and chairs are stackable for easy storage, providing flexibility for the space. According to Malone,

the conference room is ideal for off-site meetings for the Josina Lott Residential & Community Services staff along with board meetings for the organization and the Josina Lott Foundation Board. “We are also offering the space to other community organizations to use for their off-site meetings. We have an outside entrance, allowing people to come directly into the conference room without disturbing the participants and activities of the day program,” Malone noted. The original conference room had been taken over as a workroom for the shredding operation that is part of the community-based vocational program offered through the agency. “Over the years, our needs at the River Crossing facility have changed,” Malone stated. “As our shredding business continued to grow, we turned our original conference room in the front of the building into a work room for shredding.” Two new shredders have been added bringing the total number to six. Documents are collected in special Josina Lott bins and delivered to the center where participants who choose to work shred the documents and send them off to recycling companies. During construction of the addition, the original carpeting in the now workroom was taken up and reinstalled in the new space. It was replaced with a hard surface flooring, which is easier to maintain. “The individuals we serve enjoy working and all of the advantages that go along with working, such as the feeling of satisfaction one gets with a job well done, and of course, receiving a paycheck. The work ethic that they

Sylvania Area CIC announce six grant recipients BY ERIKA BURI/KATE FINESKE

Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation awarded six area nonprofits a total of $5,000 in grant money as part of its annual Community Organization Grant program. Among this year’s recipients are the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, Sylvania Area Family Services, Sylvania Community Action Team, The Olander Park System, Downtown Sylvania Association and Sylvania Chamber of Commerce. Each recipient was required to complete an application detailing its need request. “The community grant support that the CIC provides to organizations like ours is invaluable,” said Jennifer Archer, Executive Director at SCAC. “With the CIC’s support we are able to inspire our community, make the arts more accessible and make Sylvania a better place to live.” SCAC was awarded $750 for musical entertainment for the Maple and Main

Arts Festival. The Sylvania Community Action Team was granted $1,000 towards t-shirts for the upcoming “Core Committed” program, and Sylvania Area Family Services will upgrade software to better serve its clients with its $1,000 grant. The Olander Park System was awarded $750 towards its second annual “I Love Olander Day” event. The Downtown Business Association is installing an informational bulletin board by Sylvan Studios with a $750 grant. Sylvania Chamber of Commerce will be using its $750 to purchase welcome signs for new businesses. The Community Organization Grant program was set up by SACIC to support local nonprofits in promoting their mission with an emphasis on benefiting the citizens of Sylvania. SACIC specifically looked for applicants that showed projects which might help create jobs, improve the community’s quality of life, generate tourism, or in some way help to drive Sylvania’s economy forward.

have attained is incomparable,” explained Associate Director Patty Schlosser. The River Crossing facility specializes in day habilitation and includes music and art therapy along with food preparation classes in the large lunchroom and other life skills training. In addition, vocational programs and community-based volunteer opportunities are available for individuals living with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Adults with ID/DD who live in Lucas County are welcome to participate in the Day Habilitation Center’s programs. Josina Lott residents and consumers have the option to participate as well. The center can accommodate up to 45 people, who can be transported by Josina Lott staff headed by Adult Day Habilitation Manager, Katie Garber. Josina Lott Residential & Community Services, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit

501(c)3, which provides housing and services to adults 18 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The campus at 120 S. Holland Sylvania Ave. has two homes, an activities and education building and an administration building. Respite care and community adult recreation programs are also available to adults with disabilities living in Lucas County. Josina Lott offers many opportunities for volunteers. Examples are an evening playing bingo during Games Nights or a nature walk during Afternoon Adventures. Students 14 and older, adults, university students, scout troops, church groups, clubs or anyone with an interest in helping others are encouraged to volunteer. For more information on Josina Lott’s programs and services contact Michael M. Malone, executive director at or call 419-866-9013.






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Personal Eyecare recognized for success in optometry

The Personal Eyecare staff: Velissa Seiler, Art Vantuinen, Bethany Huston, Dr. Roxanna Potter, CarrieAnne Campbell, Hope Wcislak and Kris Partridge.

For its leadership in optometry and delivery of exceptional care to its patients, Personal Eyecare in Sylvania has been named a 2018 Best Practice by CooperVision, Inc.— one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. Now in its third year, the Best Practices initiative seeks to discover and recognize U.S. eye care practices that have found unique ways to drive growth in their businesses, and celebrate the visionary and innovative things they do every day for their patients and communities. Personal Eyecare is included among the 10 honorees chosen as this year’s class of Best Practices after a nationwide search that began in Fall 2017. Roxanna Potter, OD, wants patients to know that her practice, Personal Eyecare, is true to its name. Established in 2008, the practice provides primary eye care to patients of all ages, but Dr. Potter specializes in cornea and contact lenses, including scleral lenses and orthokeratology, as well as dry eye treatment and macular degeneration prevention. With growing competition in automation and online vision services and products, Dr. Potter sees Personal Eyecare thriving by offering services that are not easily found elsewhere. From the newest in digital progressive designs to specialty contact lens fittings, she works to offer new, advanced eye

care options to every patient. Although Dr. Potter invests heavily in advanced technology, she still believes it is the practice’s personal, community, and family-focused atmosphere that keeps patients coming back. As an example, every child under the age of 5 receives a copy of “The Eye Book” by Dr. Seuss with Personal Eyecare’s information stamped inside. And at the end of every pediatric eye exam, Dr. Potter writes “prescriptions” for ice cream that can be fulfilled free for the patient at the ice cream shop next door. “Being honored as a Best Practice is entirely motivating to me,” said Dr. Potter. “It means we have been doing things right, which is gratifying because our priority is delivering great patient care and customer service. With this recognition, I’ll be held accountable for continuing to deliver the best possible service while improving along the way.” All U.S. optometry practices currently fitting contact lenses were eligible for consideration. Candidates were evaluated and honorees were selected by a panel of judges made up of past Best Practices honorees, optometry industry experts, and CooperVision leaders. Evaluation was based on insights and experiences shared about the practices’ innovation, patient experience, and business culture.

Northview Student Wins Trucking Scholarship

L-R: Dean Kaplan, Neal Chryst, Scott Pribe, scholarship recipient, and Denny Schwartz attend the Toledo Trucking Association event that supports local and national efforts to increase safety within the industry and to give back to the community. For the 11th consecutive year, The Toledo Trucking Association held its scholarship luncheon, May 3, at the Inverness Club. Scott Pribe, a junior at the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, was the recipient of a $5000 scholarship. Pribe was a graduate of Sylvania Northview High School. The TTA also supports many local and national platforms. The American Transportation Research Institute and The Driver of the Year Program of the Ohio Trucking Association were also benefactors of the event. –by Mary Helen Darah




Is It Time to Buy A Mac?

Apple’s computers have been a staple in schools since the early days of the Apple II. In recent years, the latest Macs have become highperformance, soupedJanis Weber up systems that give their PC cousins a run for their money. But what makes a Mac a great buy? In a perfect world, all computers would work together seamlessly. We’re nowhere near that technology utopia and you still can’t install Windows software on a Mac’s operating system. Macs play nicer with Windows than they did many years ago. The two systems are compatible, for example, when it comes to file sharing; because heavily used file formats such as JPEG, MP3, and MPEG are universal, they can be opened on a Mac as easily as they can on a Windows machine. One frequent argument against buying a


THE ITALIAN GARDENER My wife Judy and I were (gently) discussing our mulch the other day. And by the time we were into the details, our neighbors had joined in. No one agreed, so this sounded like a great topic for this issue. In other Rick Cozza words, I’ll bet you’re just itching for a good fight. I preface my comments by saying that not all landscapers will agree with me, but this is where I take out my old biology degree and wave it in the air. No one cares, but it makes me feel a bit more like I know what I am talking about. Oh well! OK! Here we go . . . There are five basic kinds of mulch – hardwood, pine bark, cypress, pine straw and (ugh) ground pallets. I will not talk about the newer ‘rubber’ or non-organic mulches since one primary purpose of mulch is to chemically break down and add its nutrients to the soil, as well as add some texture to the soil to avoid compaction. The nonorganic mulches do not do that, so I say “Phooey� on them. Pine bark is just what it says. It generally comes in larger chunks, is acidic to an extent (modifies our alkaline soil), and does not break down as fast due to its chunkiness. People tend to like it because it lasts longer, but remember one of the primary reasons to mulch . . . decomposition of the mulch into soil nutrients. I like to use pine bark if I am planting acid-loving plants like Azaleas and Rhododendrons, and I also have been known to dig some of the chunks into the planting soil to acidify and to help in drainage. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a six. Cypress mulch has changed the industry, making mulch now available from every gas station and convenience store in the Western World. It is composed of ground-up Cypress trees (Florida), is seldom given time to begin decomposing, is light enough to blow away in a windstorm, is slowest to decompose, and actually leaches nutrients out of the soil as it

Mac has to do with Microsoft’s Office suite of software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. While the two companies love to play the Mac versus PC game, Microsoft has also been creating products for Mac for years, including the Mac version of Office. (Microsoft created Word and Excel for the Mac before the release of Windows.) This means that documents that were created with Office for Windows will open with Office for Mac (and vice versa) without hiccups. If you don’t plan to purchase Office for Mac but still need Office compatibility, the free suite, Apple’s iWork ($79) suite and Google Docs also work with Office files. If you’re worried that peripherals like printers might not work with a Mac, you should know that you won’t have to download drivers for your Mac to work with printers, digital cameras, and other devices. Though there are some products a Mac won’t recognize, most will work without a hitch. A new paid service from Apple, called MobileMe, allows users to sync Windowsbased computers with Macs (and iPhones). For die-hard users who want to switch but can’t sever their relationships with Windows, begins to decompose. ‘Premium’ Cypress is mostly bark, while ‘Chipped’ Cypress is the whole tree. On our 1 to 10 scale, it’s a big, fat ONE. Remember how I warned you that not all agree with me? This is what folks use when they want to mulch as cheaply as possible. Read the label! Pine straw is the Crème de la Crème of mulch, but none of us working stiffs can easily afford it. It is not available commonly, except from a specialty distributor, but is absolutely wonderful as a mulch, though the appearance takes some getting used to. It comes in bales, is acidic, stays fluffy in the sun and rain, and is about the best weed barrier. If you are fortunate enough to have pine trees in your yard, do not discard the needles in fall, but rake them back under the tree for mulch. If you smoke, it can catch fire easily. It is a ten, but its availability lowers it to about an eight. But it will suppress weeds for years, so if you have pines, don’t discard it with your grass clippings. Hardwood mulch is my standard. It is generally native Oak (thus the name) and can be single, double or triple processed (ground up). Herein was the family discussion last week. Single-process has large bits of wood, and is partially-composted about 1-3 months. Double process (my favorite) is ground twice, has smaller (but noticeable) hunks of wood, and is composted for 3-6 months. It puts nutrients into the soil and will do the job for about two years in your garden. The triple process is the one that looks like soil, spreads easily, even by hand, and looks like you spent a billion dollars when you spread it on your garden beds. It is composted up to a year, hence the appearance. So, it, unfortunately, is decomposed and gone in a few months. It is a ‘mulch every year material, so I do not recommend it unless you work at Buckingham Palace. I used to use Andersons’ Hardwood Mulch exclusively, but ...! Hardwood mulch, double processed, is a ten. Go to a good garden center and ask to see it before you buy. Ground Pallets just might have been the base for some company’s leaky drums of sulfuric acid. ‘Nuff said! Read the label on that red or black dyed mulch you like. You never know. A zero! That’s my take on mulch . . . whew!

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the newest Macs (using Intel processors) will run Windows natively, although you must purchase a copy of the Operating System. We don’t recommend buying a Mac to run Windows, but it’s a nice best-of-bothworlds feature to have at your disposal. Once you’ve installed Windows on your Mac, you can access it through Apple’s own Boot Camp feature, which lets you choose whether you want to boot your Mac in Windows or OS X at startup. If you want to run Windows while also running OS X, then you'll need to purchase virtualization software like Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion. In other words, you will need to touch both of them and have someone show you the physical differences. It all works the same, but the commands and locations are completely different. The software is rearranged as well, but if you have never used a MAC there will be a learning curve. The Apple products do not have to deal with as many viruses as a PC so if that is your goal then choose the MAC and I bet you can learn it just like you managed to learn the PC. Oh, and the price point is higher on an Apple. Not double the cost of a PC, but at least 25 percent higher.

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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 my website by June on ( and The Eberly Center’s website under Utoledo,edu. Call 419-530-8570 to register for classes at UT. has all the information you may need. I will be teaching Word, and iPhone/iPad classes at the Sylvania Senior Center as well (419-885-3913). These classes are noncredit and are priced extremely reasonably. If you prefer personal tutoring; that is my specialty.

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. E-mail 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.

SB Financial Group, Inc., a diversified financial services company providing fullservice community banking, mortgage banking, wealth management and private client services, outlined its newly developed community volunteer program. SB Financial recently revealed State Bank GIVES (Gathering Individuals to Volunteer, Empower, and Serve), a volunteer program created to connect local nonprofits with a pool of State Bank employees seeking to take their passion for service outside the banking centers and into the communities they serve. “This month we saw the deployment of

our volunteer initiative, State Bank GIVES,� said Mark A. Klein, chairman, president and CEO of SB Financial. “The dedication of our employees to donate their time to philanthropic activities speaks to our culture of care for all stakeholders. These initiatives are just one of the many ways we are giving back to each of our communities while building on our strong community bank brand.� To learn more about the initiative and submit a request to have State Bank GIVES volunteers at local events and projects, please visit


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The end of May brings a national holiday long celebrated in Sylvania to honor our veterans who have bravely served in the armed forces and protected America. Many have died in battle, and many more are now growing old and Craig Stough nearing the end of their lives. Some have served more recently in Vietnam, the Middle East or elsewhere around the world. All these patriots and those serving today deserve our thanks and acclaim. The parade and services are sponsored by our local Veterans organizations and assisted by the City of Sylvania and Sylvania Recreation. Over the years, many of us have participated in the parade in one way or another. The Northview High School and Southview High School bands are always a part of the parade and ceremonies. I remember how excited and honored I was to first march with the Sylvania High School band on Memorial Day, 1968. The day begins at 8 a.m. with veterans placing flags at the Association Cemetery on Convent Blvd. then at St. Joseph and Sylvania



Wildlife feeding resolution

Sylvania Township trustees have passed a resolution establishing fines for the “feeding of wildlife and stray animals.” The resolution was passed based on complaints from a subdivision resident who said his area was overrun by feral cats after a neighbor began to put out food for strays. Craig Covrett, of Carrietowne East, told trustees that a few years ago he had noticed a few feral cats in the area, but that after a resident began to put out food for the cats, the population of “feral cats has exploded.” He gestured toward the audience and told trustees that others in the subdivision were upset by the cats and that it was his understanding that other subdivisions are also being overrun by felines. The township resolution allows for feeding one’s own pets and also allows for “a stationary birdfeeder,” but otherwise prohibits putting out food or water for wild and stray animals. Those who violate the resolution can be given a citation, with a fine of $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second

Bronze plaque honoring veterans in Sylvania City Hall. Cemetery. The morning continues with a 9:00 a.m. Memorial Ceremony at Toledo Memorial Park and Cemetery in the area near the 75 foot high Veterans Memorial Monument, where more than 1,400 veterans are buried. Over 14,000 veterans are laid to rest throughout the Cemetery and an American flag posted on each veteran’s grave creates a sea of flags. The Memorial Day Parade assembles at St. Joseph Church and heads north on Main Street at 10:15 a.m., pauses for a ceremony at Ten Mile Creek, and continues on to Veterans Memorial Field. An 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day Service follows at the north end of Veterans violation and $1,000 for a third violation. Provisions of the resolution go into effect May 31.

King Road zoning changes

Two parcels on King Road have had their zoning changed by Sylvania Township trustees to commercial from rural residential in order to conform with other zoning in the area. The property at 3234 King Rd. and the parcel abutting it to the north, were left when Mercy Health purchased the site of the former Central Elementary School at Central Avenue along with some of the properties to the north along King Road. Mercy established a freestanding emergency room facility at the site and also has a helipad there. Realtor® Sam Zyndorf handled zoning matters for that transaction and was also involved in the rezoning of these parcels. Although he said there is no immediate plan for the rezoned properties, in a letter to the township planning office he wrote that one reason rezoning was sought was “to reduce potential delays in future expansion.” Both the Lucas County Plan Commission and the Sylvania Township Zoning Commission recommended approval of the change.

Veterans Memorial Monument at Toledo Memorial Park and Cemetery.

Bronze statue honoring veterans in front of Sylvania City Hall.

Memorial Field, one of the largest and best attended in northwest Ohio. There are five bronze monuments at Veterans Memorial Field honoring those who served in five wars and lists the names of all Sylvanians who died in those wars. There is also a tank and a Howitzer cannon on display. In addition, a bronze statue cast in 1982 honoring those veterans stands in front of Sylvania City Hall on Monroe Street, where it is visible to thousands of people every day. The World War II Roll of Honor, previously on display in the Burnham Building, was relocated to City Hall in 2010 and is on display in the first-floor lobby. The Roll of Honor was restored and rededicated eight years ago during

a ceremony attended by many of Sylvania’s veterans who attended Burnham High School. Memorial Day is a patriotic day for all of us. If not veterans ourselves, nearly all of us have a friend or relative who served in the armed forces or is serving today, putting their lives at risk to protect freedom. Further, many of us have a relative or know of a community member who was injured or killed in defense of America. Memorial Day is the day to honor these heroes and to celebrate our freedom. I invite all of you to join us in Sylvania on Memorial Day. Sylvania is a wonderful place for families to gather, honor our veterans and celebrate America on Memorial Day.

Retirement announced

Scott Smith, Supervisor of Accounting and Budget for Sylvania Township, has announced that he will retire at the end of May. Smith, a certified public accountant, came to the township in December 2004 after the retirement of Jim Beck. John Zeitler, Township Administrator, said the township was fortunate to find him available at the time. In the past, Smith was the chief accountant and chief deputy auditor in the Lucas County Auditor’s office. He also had been the finance director for the city of Sylvania. Having retired from his job with Sylvania, Smith recalled, he was not looking for full-time work, but the part-time position the township had in mind made for a good match. Governmental accounting has its particular requirements. “Scott came here with all of that knowledge," Zeitler, a former manager of accounting and budget for Lucas

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Sylvania Township Police personnel Clarence Whalen, Tammy Martin and Bob Snow accept a batch of pills for proper disposal from Mike Kirk.


County, said. The impetus for leaving his position, Smith said, is simply to enjoy retirement. “Last winter my sister and her husband went to warm places and had a great time. She said I should come along and I was thinking I’d retire from the township as this winter approached. I like to ride my bike and I like to golf, so when it began to warm up this year I started to think, why wait?” Smith added that the job itself has been something that’s enjoyable and that he likes the people he works with, so it’s just that it is a job and he wants to be retired. Smith, who also has bachelor and master’s of business administration degrees, said he told Zeitler he would be available if necessary after his retirement date. He is also willing to come in and help his successor, but the whirr of the bike wheels and the swoosh of the driver are beckoning.

Sylvania Police volunteers Chris Robie, Tony Ursell and Todd Ziolkowski and S.C.A.T. volunteer Jayne Klinger help Kimberly Schena fill out a survey after dropping off unwanted prescription drugs along with U.S. Rep. Bob Latta who was visiting the station during the event.

Sylvania Franciscan Jubilarians honored

L-R: Sisters Janeen Sobczak, Barbara Ann Borkowski, Eve Marie Korzym, Jane Mary Sorosiak and Nathaniel Eisel.

L-R: Sisters Patricia Ann Taube, Rosemarie Fredericks, Sharon Havelak, Nancy Ann Surma and Judith Ann Zielinski. A celebratory Mass for the Franciscan (First vows in 1943) Sister Janeen Sobczak; Jubilarians is scheduled for 9 a.m., June 23 in 60th Diamond (First Vows in 1958) Sister the Queen of Peace Chapel and the public is Barbara Ann Borkowski, Sister Eve Marie invited. These Sisters of St. Francis Sylvania will Korzym, Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak, Sister express their gratitude to God and also provide Nathaniel Eisel and Sister Patricia Ann Taube; a time for deep reflection as they renew their 50th Golden (First vows in 1968)Sister Judith religious vows. Queen of Peace Chapel is Ann Zielinski, Sister Nancy Ann Surma, Sister located at 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania. Rosemarie Fredericks and Sister Sharon Those celebrating include: 75th Platinum Havelak.

Bethany House Celebrity Wait Night raises funds Nearly 50 “Celebrity” waiters invited their guests to the Bethany House ninth annual Celebrity Wait Night on Monday April 23 at the Real Seafood and Zia’s. Over 500 people attended the event which raised over $35,000 for Bethany House. Bethany House Board of Trustee and Event Chair, MJ Stewart said, “It’s exciting to see the diversity of our guests growing year

to year! We are so grateful to our waiters, guests and the community for their support.” Proceeds fund Bethany House's long-term apartment-style domestic violence shelter and their specialized advocacy efforts, which gives survivors the safety, time, and resources they need to begin recovering from the trauma of abuse - all free of charge.

Pig Roast to aid food pantry, summer camp Zion Lutheran Church, 8307 Memorial Hwy. in Ottawa Lake, Mich., is having a pig roast on Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The roast will benefit the church-sponsored food pantry, which provides 40 plus families with healthy food support. Proceeds will also help sponsor a children’s summer camp called Christ Camp. “The area of Ottawa Lake and Whiteford is one of the most precious communities of God’s creation,” stated Pastor Terry Rebert. “It is small enough that people know you by name and if they do not know you they will tip their hat and give you a smile as you pass by. Yet every community has its weakness. Here, there are some families in need of food. Our food pantry is a treasured source to supplement

their kitchen and basic supper table needs.” “Summer sports, art and recreation also are a growth area in our community,” observed Pastor Rebert. “Christ Camp is our first step in offering the community children more funfilled options when school concludes in a few weeks. Dr. Murray Howe, son of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, has volunteered to be a motivational figure for Christ Camp. His recent book, “Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father,” offers some excellent guidance for young children and parents as well.” The suggested price for the pig roast is $12 . More information about the food pantry and Christ Camp can be found at the church’s web page at

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Volunteers prepare sauerkraut balls on April 28 at Olivet Lutheran Church for the upcoming Polish-American Festival. L-R: Gayle Sparagowski, Matt Arehart, Heather Kenney, Angela Syrek and Angie Arehart.

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Angela Syrek and Angie Arehart keep the food prep assembly line moving. The Polish-American Festival will be held May 18-20 at the Club 16 Facility in Holland.

11th Annual Entre Amigos Dinner Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center 1225 Broadway St., Toledo Friday, May 18, 4:30-9:30 p.m. A fundraiser to provide youth classes, community gardens and cultural cooking classes. Enjoy Latin food, a dessert bar, art, music, raffles, a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets 419-241-1655.

Taste of Ann Arbor 605 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor Sunday, June 3 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 40 restaurants offer visitors a taste of what they do best. Live music. Tickets for food samples can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Samples range from $1 - $4.

Toledo Soup Spring Social Toledo Lucas County Public Library 325 N. Michigan St., Toledo Sunday, May 20, 4 - 6 p.m. Hosted by Toledo SOUP. Help make another local project a reality. Watch four short presentations, eat chef-made soup salad and bread, and vote for your favorite project. $5 cash admission.

Sofo’s Italian Market 5400 Monroe St. Wednesdays, 5 – 7 p.m. Join your friends for wine tasting and fabulous food samples created by Chef Frankie each Wednesday. Prices vary depending on wines offered,

Kombucha Brewing at Home Workshop Boochy Mama’s Probiotic Tonic 130 10th St., Toledo Wednesday, May 23, 6 - 7 p.m. Learn how to make this centuries-old fermented tea. Workshop includes: 1gallon jar, SCOBY, reusable herb pouch, your choice of herbs or tea, and free kombucha while you learn. $35 per person or $45 per couple (1 kit). Tickets available at


Garden Harvest Marketplace and Deli 8060 Airport Hwy., Holland 5:30 - 8 p.m. Wine and beer tastings held the first and third Thursdays of each month. Joseph’s Beverage Center 4129 Talmadge Rd., Toledo Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m. Each week enjoy a different selection of wines for a nominal fee. For details, call 419-472-1421. Walt Churchill’s Markets 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee Saturdays, 2 – 6 p.m. May 19 – Wines for backyard celebrations May 26 – Wines from Europe 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg Fridays, 4 – 7 p.m. May 18 – New Wine Tasting May 25 – Pinot Tasting

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A berry sweet spring in northwest Ohio Brioche French Toast with Blackberry Sauce

ingredients until smooth. Pour filling over graham cracker crusts. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before freezing or topping with berry sauce. (Recipe by Jennifer Ruple)

Cheesecakes with Berry Sauce

Fresh Berry Sauce

2 pints raspberries or blackberries 1 /4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice Add 1 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in a little water if a thicker consistency is desired.

BY JENNIFER RUPLE Spring has finally taken root in northwest Ohio, and folks are outside basking in all its glory. This past weekend saw the opening of the Biggest Week in American Birding where people Jennifer Ruple of all ages flocked to catch a glimpse of the warblers. Hundreds showed up to kick off the outdoor season at the Toledo Farmers Market; the Sylvania Farmers Market gets underway on Tuesday, June 5 at 3 p.m. And garden centers are packed with those working on their vegetable gardens and outdoor projects. Have you joined a CSA, a Consumer Supported Agriculture program, yet? I did, and I can’t wait to come up with new recipes to share from the farm fresh produce I receive each week. Speaking of recipes here are a few using fresh berries to sweeten up your springtime celebrations. After all, our local berry season is right around the corner. See you at the markets!

Cheesecakes with Fresh Berry Sauce

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the fruit breaks down. To remove seeds, push mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Let cool and drizzle over cheesecakes, or serve warm over French toast. (Recipe by Jennifer Ruple)

These mini cheesecakes are not only rich and creamy, but they are super easy to make. Prepare them ahead of time and pop them into the freezer until the day of the event. Just prior to thawing, remove the cupcake wrappers - they come off much easier when the cakes are frozen. While the cakes thaw, make the fresh berry sauce then drizzle just before serving. Yield 18 mini cakes.

Crust 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1 /4 cup sugar 1 /3 cup butter, melted Filling 1 pound cream cheese, softened 3 /4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs Heat oven to 375 F. In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients. Line cupcake pan with paper baking cups. Evenly distribute cups with graham cracker mixture. With a 1/4 cup measuring cup, firmly press crumbs down. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix all Cheesecakes with Berry Sauce

Mixed Berries Salad

Brioche French Toast with Blackberry Sauce

French Brioche with its moist, buttery and slightly sweet properties, will take classic French toast to a whole other level. We like Trader Joe’s brand, but if you can’t swing a drive to Ann Arbor, Sautter’s carries a version as well. Serves 4.

8 slices French Brioche 4 large eggs 1 /2 cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 /2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Cooking spray or butter Blackberry sauce (see above) Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray or butter. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Dip each piece of Brioche in egg mixture, coating both sides. Place two pieces of Brioche in the skillet at a time and cook about 1 minute per side, pressing down slightly with a spatula to ensure even browning. Top with blackberry sauce, fresh berries, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. (Recipe by Jennifer Ruple)

Mixed Berries Salad

So bright and colorful, who could resist a big bowl of fresh berries and nuts over a mix of spring greens. Top with crumbled goat cheese and dress with a fruity vinaigrette. Serves 4.

5 ounces spring mix lettuces 1 pint mixed berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries 1 /4 cup toasted slivered almonds or pecans 5 ounces crumbled goat cheese In a large serving bowl, layer lettuces, nuts, fruit, cheese. Drizzle on vinaigrette.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Makes 1 cup 1 /2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 /2 cup strawberries, sliced 2 tablespoons shallots, chopped 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar 1 /2 teaspoon Dijon mustard Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper In a blender, combine the olive oil, strawberries, shallots, vinegar, mustard and 1 /2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. (Recipe adapted from


Guests savor ZESTful evening


L-R: The Reve Salon crew Kaitlyn Palencsar, Julie Carl, Brittany Davis, Renee Gavioli, Carman Wigmans and Rae Distel gather for the inaugural event ZESTOLEDO.

Sylvanians Denise and husband Dr. Tom Colturi attend ZESTOLEDO on April 29, at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.

Labib Hajjar and Elias Abou-arraj of the Beirut, support the annual culinary event that benefits those in need of shelter, food and education.

Volunteer Ali McMaster is excited to sample the creative food and fabulous wine at the event where 100% of proceeds benefit the local community.

Matt Rennels and wife Chelsea take a break from the food and fun for a bit of ‘roof ‘ time to enjoy the view of downtown Toledo from The Heights.

Emmi Wang and Maria Darah, 2012 graduates of Sylvania Southview High School, catch up at the event that benefited charitable organizations.

L-R: Issac Jeffrey, AJ Kaminski and James Combs of Sylvania’s Element 112 were one of over 30 culinary creators who volunteered their time, talent and incredible edibles.

Lynn Weiner and Melissa Pollock, ZESTOLEDO volunteers, enjoy the art auction, Photoboothlive and the Bridges Band. –by Mary Helen Darah

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Memorial Day observances include parade and services BY MARY HELEN DARAH

Jerry Newman will serve as the grand marshal for the 2018 Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. Newman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968 and spent four years on active duty as an electronics technician; two of those years were spent in Chu Lai, Vietnam. He returned home and joined the U.S Navy Reserves for an additional two years before spending one year in the Ohio Army National Guard with the 585th Military Police. Newman retired from the Maumee Ford Stamping Plant as an electrician and being a UAW Health and Safety Representative in 2008. He served on the Veterans Committee and the Emergency Response Team before his retirement, and currently he works part-time for Brondes Ford in Maumee. He also enjoys time babysitting his grandchildren. “Being selected as grand marshal for the Sylvania Memorial Day parade is an honor, a privilege and a humbling experience. On this day, we get to memorialize all the veterans who fought and died for the freedoms and liberties that we Americans hold dear today. I stand humble and proud to represent these veterans who didn't have a chance to live out their lives,” Newman said. This year’s grand marshal is also the

current post commander of the VFW Post 606 in Toledo and captain of the honor guard, in addition to being a longtime member of the Sylvania American Legion Post 468. Newman enjoys volunteering at Toledo Memorial Park to place flags on the graves of U.S. veterans and wreaths during the Wreaths Across America event. He also volunteers with the Sylvania Township Police Department in the Citizen Patrol Program. He and his wife, Nancy, will be married for 37 years this August and have two children together and four beautiful grandchildren. Newman prides himself on serving his family, neighbors and the veteran community. Local Sylvania-area veterans groups, the city of Sylvania and Sylvania Recreation are assisting with coordination of the 2018 Sylvania Memorial Day observances. Beginning at 9 a.m., a brief service will be held at Toledo Memorial Park, 6832 Monroe St. Over 12,000 local veterans are laid to rest at Toledo Memorial Park. The “Sea of Flags” that decorates their graves is a truly magnificent sight. Local veterans groups and color guards will also visit Association, Ravine and St. Joseph’s cemeteries to honor area veterans buried there. The annual Memorial Day parade will start at St. Joseph’s School, 5411 S. Main St., beginning at 10:15 a.m. The parade will

The 2018 Memorial Day parade grand marshal Jerry Newman and his wife, Nancy. proceed north on Main St. to Erie St. finishing a.m. at Veterans Memorial Field with city of at Veterans Memorial Field. The Northview Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough serving as and Southview High School bands as well as master of ceremonies. Five large bronze local veterans, military, scout and civic groups monuments are in place at Memorial Field and local political dignitaries will participate describing five American wars and listing the in this year’s parade. Sylvania area residents who gave up their lives A 30-minute Memorial Day service in those conflicts. honoring America’s veterans will begin at 11

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American Legion Post #468 receives grant

Home Depot workers take a quick break from a day of renovating Post 468.


A $10,200 grant was awarded to the Sylvania American Legion Post #468, located at 5580 Centennial Rd. in Sylvania, by Home Depot. Sylvania American Legion member, Tony Roemmele, was instrumental in acquiring the grant. The funds were used for a new horseshoe pit, new patio, exterior and outdoor furniture painting, and cosmetic landscaping. Over 64 employees from 11 Home Depot stores in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio, volunteered to complete the project on their day off. “The grant was made possible through the Home Depot Foundation,” stated Scott Phelps, store manager at the Home Depot, located on Secor Rd. “One of the core values of the company is to give back to the community, especially to our veterans.” David Chambers, Home Depot assistant store manager, Airport Highway location, volunteered at the event. “I am a veteran and I love giving back and supporting the veteran community,” stated Chambers. Michael Nutter, store manager at the Airport Home Depot, added, “It’s a great feeling to have the chance to help vets who have given so much to us.”

L-R: Scott Phelps, store manager at the Secor Home Depot, David Chambers, assistant store manager at Secor Home Depot and Michael Nutter, store manager at the Home Depot on Airport Highway, relax after a job well done.

Volunteers work on creative landscaping at Post 468

Armed Forces Day 5K Walk/Run

Sylvania American Legion Post 468 member Tony Roemmele and building manager Don Sprague survey the new improvements made possible by the Home Depot team.

The Armed Forces Day 5K Walk/Run is an event aiming to bring military service members, veterans and community supporters together to raise money for programs in need. This year the event will raise funds for the American Legion’s 'Gifts for Yanks' charity, as well as the local Toledo chapter of Team Red, White and Blue. The event will take place on May 20 from 9-11 a.m. The course runs between American Legion Post 468, 5580 Centennial Rd., and Fossil Park, 5675 Centennial Rd., and Sylvan Prairie Park, 8601 Brint Rd. Register online at OH/Sylvania/ArmedForcesDay. Same day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on May 20. For questions, contact the Sylvania American Legion at 419-882-9080 or

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Sylvania Senior Softball Team hosts Wounded Warriors BY MARY HELEN DARAH

The Sylvania Senior Softball League is hosting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team for a series of three exhibition games at Mercy Health Field, 525 South Holland-Sylvania Rd., on May 26, from noon to 8:30 p.m.. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ (WWAST) is a standalone 501(c)(3) public charity, founded in 2010. WWAST gives Wounded Warrior athletes the opportunity to compete and serve their country beyond the battlefield, inspiring their fellow countrymen to overcome any challenge. The team is comprised of veteran and active duty servicemen who served in the armed forces. They now travel the country playing able-bodied teams in celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration with them. Their mission is to educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of wounded warrior amputees. The organization supports Kids Camp, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which assists with the college education of fallen veterans’ children, heterotopic ossification research (a condition that affects wounded service members with blast injury limb loss) and donates rehabilitation equipment to military health facilities. WWAST also provides guest speaker appearances to inspire others. The

Sylvania Senior Softball League is excited to be hosting this event. The SSS is a league of 50+ year-old men that play at Pacesetter Park in Sylvania. The event will include entertainment, recognition of military veterans, guest speakers, a 50/50 raffle and the exhibition games. At 1:45 p.m., the Toledo Police and Fire team will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, followed by a local celebrity team at 3:30 p.m., and the Sylvania Senior Softball Team, at 7 p.m. Fred LeFebvre, WSPD News Radio, will serve as emcee. Admission is $5, children 5 years and younger are free. Proceeds will go towards expenses for the event and sponsorship of local children with prosthetics to attend WWAST Kids Camp. Jay Schramm, event chairman, and Sylvania Senior Softball Team board member, is thrilled the SSS will be hosting the event for the third time. “The players love coming to Toledo because we are very patriotic and the community is very supportive of the Wounded Warriors and their mission," he stated. "The event will help bring in funds to help kids that have suffered from the loss of a limb. Sending kids to WWAST Kids Camp is very important to build their self confidence and to teach them skills to learn how to live independently. It's a great patriotic event. Many are not in tune with what it takes to protect our country and us.”

Post Shares Suicide Awareness

620 white flags are on display at American Legion Post 468 to bring attention to the suicide rates among veterans.


If you pass by the American Legion now you will notice the addition of 620 white flags waving in front of Post 468. They have been placed there by volunteers to bring awareness to the ever increasing suicide rate among those who have served our nation. “The most recent statistics show that 20 veterans per day commit suicide,” stated Post Commander Joe Cafferty. “That means 620 veterans will likely lose their life this month to suicide. With the help of some dedicated volunteers, we’ve placed a white flag in our front yard for each of these likely souls. Over

70 percent of veterans who commit suicide are not linked with the VA (U.S Department of Veterans Affairs). We have a responsibility to do what we can to link veterans to the single largest resource they have at their disposal, which is the VA.” Commander Cafferty hopes the flags will bring awareness to this crisis. “If anything, we hope seeing the white flags gets people talking,” he stated. “Our most basic desire is to help veterans. We hope to spread awareness regarding this tragedy and ensure that veterans get the help they need.” Veterans in need of help can call 1-800273-TALK. Press 1 for veterans.

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A visit with Red Bull Cliff Diver David Colturi

BY MARY HELEN DARAH Sylvanian David Colturi continues to reach new heights … and scary depths as a Red Bull Cliff Diver. Colturi is the son of Dr. Thomas and Denise Colturi and a graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School where he was a four-year varsity letter winner with a 4.0. Colturi continued his education and platform diving at Purdue University. He received numerous awards, including the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award, Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Championship 1-meter springboard. His goal was to apply to medical school after graduating from Purdue in pre med. “I worked in the lab at the University of Michigan while applying for med school,” recalled Colturi. “I also applied to Red Bull to cliff dive. I was invited to compete in the qualifier held in Australia in 2012. I then received an invitation from Red Bull to join the series that season.”

Diving in a different direction

The young Sylvanian put medical school on

Sylvanian reaches new heights … and depths

hold to pursue his diving passion. “Everybody was confused about my decision, especially my grandmother,” stated Colturi. “It was an interesting journey going from traditional springboard diving to cliff diving. I worked at an amusement park while at Purdue. I was one of the circus clowns. We dove off a platform that was welded to a radio tower … we kept moving it up. It’s hard to believe that I started diving at five years old, continued in high school, then in college and in a circus show. After college, you move into a normal workforce and you think that diving is behind you. Being able to have this new-found passion was incredible. My family came to see me in Ireland in 2012 and saw the professionalism of the sport and accepted my decision.”

Go jump off a cliff

Red Bull selects the venues for their divers. “We show up at a location and everything has been set up for us,” explains Colturi. “Standard heights for diving are between 26.5-28 meters. Cliff diving venues are somewhere around 85 to 90 feet.” Colturi believes that the mental preparation to cliff dive far exceeds the physical preparation. “When you look down the cliff, ‘fright and flight’ kicks in. Your mental training can keep you calm and focused. There are so many people who have the physical qualifications but do not have what it takes mentally. In the entire world, there are 30 guys and 15 women who cliff dive. It truly is a mental sport.”

Take the plunge

Colturi has a long list of places where he has taken the plunge. “I dove in every continent except Africa and the Antarctic,” he said. “A few of my favorites are the Coast of Amalfi and Thailand. We took a nine-day sail around Indonesia for a promotional documentary that Red Bull made. We were not competing. We



would find a cliff and jump. It was amazing.” Colturi has also competed in Boston and Texas. “These venues are great for me because my family comes to support me, which I greatly appreciate,” he stated. “The bulk of our series is in Europe. I have enjoyed diving in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Bosnia, Norway and Copenhagen.”

Mixing it up

Red Bull also varies the dive sites from locations in nature to urban environs. “In Dubai, we dove off the balcony of a restaurant located at a marina. We were in our Speedos and had to walk along the balcony of the restaurant where they had a platform set up. We received some interesting looks,” he said.

The big picture

Cliff diving is extreme and so is the potential for severe injuries. The short-term and longterm physical effects have yet to be determined since it is such a new sport. “I came back from a shoulder injury,” said Colturi. “The pure love of what we do balances out the risks of the sport. Cliff divers have been around for centuries. Cliff diving began to get some attention in the 1970s on Wide World of Sports in Hawaii. Red Bull put it on the map in 2009. Because it is so new and so niche, we do not have any dedicated training facilities. I train on a 10 meter platform. For most of the year, I do not have the opportunity to train for dives that I execute during competition. You do everything on your own that other athletes have in place for them. You are your own coach, program developer and nutritionist. It’s challenging.”

The family factor

The combination of participating in an extreme sport and the limited number of competitors, leads to a family-like environment according to Colturi. “The other divers are like my brothers and sisters,” he stated. “Competition is at the highest level but we have love and support from one another. There are no coaches. It is rare to be in a sport where you ask your competitors for guidance.I

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Maya Topoleski is the starting lacrosse midfielder and has been instrumental in helping turn around the girl’s lacrosse team. Head coach Khayle Hood commented, “Maya shows outstanding sportsmanship on and off the field. She excels in school and brings positive energy to the field every practice and game; helping her teammates and constantly showing us good values of lacrosse.” Maya is also involved in soccer, speech and debate, the spring musical, orchestra, Dance for a Chance, and the Interact Club.

David Colturi is all smiles after a successful dive. am also fortunate to come from Sylvania. People ask me how does someone from Ohio become a cliff diver? It is due to the encouragement I received growing up. I can’t thank people enough who helped me get to where I am today. It truly does take a village.”

Jumping ahead

The next Red Bull series starts in Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, in June 2018. “We start in June and then compete in Europe,” said Colturi. “I will be living in Austria through the summer. I am very aware that the window of time to compete is small. I see it for what it is yet I want to take it as far as I can. There is a sense of pride as you fly through the air, twisting and flipping on the way down. The bubbles rush through your ears as you swim to the top and you know you did a great dive … there’s no feeling like it on earth.”

Marathon Classic will feature top players

The Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I announced that a number of top players have committed to play in this year’s tournament. Leading the list of commitments is fan favorite, and top-rated American, Lexi Thompson. Other commitments include Toledo native Stacy Lewis, defending champion I.K. Kim, Cristie Kerr, Danielle Kang and 2018 tournament winners Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome. “We’re delighted with the commitments that we’ve received so far,” stated Tournament Director Judd Silverman. “Plus Lexi, Stacy, Michelle, Brittany, Danielle, and Cristie all played huge roles in last year’s U.S. victory in the Solheim Cup. We’re expecting record crowds this year, so we’ll hopefully exceed our goal of raising over $500,000 for local children’s charities.” This year’s Marathon LPGA Classic will be played July 12-15 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Patrons can purchase tickets through the Marathon Classic Charity Ticket Program online at or at any Toledo area Kroger store. The 2018 Marathon LPGA Classic will once again provide free admittance to all active and retired police officers, firefighters and military personnel along with one guest. Kids under the age of 17 will also be admitted free into the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult. To volunteer call 419-531-3277.

Curlers participate in bonspiel

Matt Smith and his curling team, Scott Piroth, Patty Warner and Martha Mazzarell of the Black Swamp Curling Center will travel to Estonia for the May 24 to 26 bonspiel playing against teams from Russia, Estonia, Switzerland and Latvia.



Southview is Overall Essay Winner in Ealey Contest

L-R: ‘Undefeated Spirit’ contest scholarship recipients Lauren Smith, Devon Cleghorn and Corinne Fischer, of Sylvania Southview, visit with Chuck Ealey.


Chuck Ealey, former University of Toledo/Canadian Football League star and philanthropist, continually gives back to the community by providing 15 scholarships ranging from $125-$500 to area high school seniors through his “Undefeated Spirit Foundation.” Ten athletes, five football players, and five girls’ basketball players were selected as finalists based on three criteria. First, the students must possess an inspiring drive and leadership with team/classmates on campus and in the community. Second, students must have strong family values with encouragement and support from within the family structure. Lastly, students must hold a

strong focus on education and community/campus involvement. Mr. Ealey has also partnered with Leadership Toledo to encourage all area high school seniors to share with him their “Undefeated Spirit” stories through a 500word essay contest. This year, over 80 students from almost 20 area high schools entered the “Undefeated Spirit Essay Contest.” All Ealey scholarship recipients were celebrated during an awards ceremony held April 8 at The University of Toledo’s Driscoll Alumni Center. Corinne Fischer, a student at Southview High School, won a $500 scholarship and was chosen as the overall essay winner. Fischer wrote in her essay, “One day I was a competitive gymnast, the next, it was difficult to walk. I was diagnosed with a movement disorder that affects the control of my legs.” Since then, she has had numerous tests, surgeries, and treatments. Ealey stated, “Corinne Fischer was chosen as the top essayist for the ‘grit’ that defines her in dealing with health challenges. Corrine is dealing with her struggles that reveal her undefeated spirit.” Lauren Smith, a student at Rogers High School and Devon Cleghorn, a student at Maumee High School, were also chosen to receive $500 scholarships this year. “Each exemplified the spirit of this program,” stated Ealey. “Each of these three young leaders made a choice to use the challenges that they faced to become better people.”

Chamber Scholarship Winners

Sylvania Schools Superintendent Adam Fineske, left, and Northview Principal Steve Swaggerty and Southview Principal Casey Vens, right, congratulate the chamber scholarship winners: NV senior Daniel Draheim, $1,500 second place; Southview senior Corinne Fischer, $2,500 first place and Northview senior Miali Dalwalla, $1,000 third place.

Flower Auxiliary Holds Speech Contest

L-R: Finalists in the annual speech competition Ada Ogbanna, Abagail Kohler, Loryn Wright, Carter Bomeli, Diala Abou-Dahech and Northview’s Kirsten Gable prepare to present their speeches.

L-R: Flower Hospital Auxiliary members Pat Hilfinger, Norene Drewicz, Tana Ohneck, Tracy Clegg and Susan Kanwal, president of the Auxiliary support the talented students who spoke.

The tough competition was judged by ProMedica Flower Hospital’s Jim Collins and Darrell Wachowiak and Holly Baumgartner, Ohio Northern University.

Grand prize winner Ada Ogbanna proudly displays the big check that shows her winnings. –by Mary Helen Darah

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Robotics team to host open house Dana Holding Corporation’s FIRST Robotics Team, The Cat Attack, is holding an open house for prospective new students on Tuesday, May 22. The event will be held at the Dana Advanced Manufacturing Center at 6515 Maumee-Western Road in Maumee. Current 8th to 11th graders can come to the Dana facility between 6 and 8 p.m. to learn more about the team. The Cat Attack Robotics team allows area high school students to learn about science and technology, engineering, business, and marketing. A new game is announced at the

beginning of each year, and students have six weeks to design and build a robot to play the game. The team then takes the robot to compete with other teams from across the country. According to the team’s website, The Cat Attack’s mission is to experience the fun, excitement, and hard work of using math, science, technology, and teamwork to accomplish goals—forming a partnership between students and engineers in the process. For more information, see

G.A.T.E. Fair showcases talent

Fifth grade Sylvania students Adam Kashk,Tiernan Loisel, Lauren Stuckey, Hamza Asad, David Liu, Ella Prisby, Ritika Varghese, Morgan Rowe, Rebekah Repp, Zoey Johnson and Rose Hajjar win awards and are congratulated by Superintendent Adam Fineske at the G.A.T.E. Fair on April 30 at Southview High School. These students are all part of Sylvania Schools’ Gifted and Talented Education fifth grade enrichment program and teacher Kathy Pollock. Students worked on researching something that interested them and were allowed the freedom to present it in any way they chose, thereby showcasing their individual strengths and talents. Most of their work is accomplished outside of school and is not done for a grade, only the joy of learning.

Sylvania School Superintendent Adam Fineske learns about chess from Maplewood student Nathaniel Norris.

Highland fifth grade student Morgan Shaketa explains the history of dance with her display at the G.A.T.E. Fair held at Southview on April 30.

NV Musicians of the Week

Violist Gabriel Weston is a member of the Chamber Orchestra and is sound crew chief for Northview’s Electric Orchestra, North Covers. At Northview Gabriel is a member of the National Honor Society. He is involved in the Theatre Department where he has been on the tech crew for every production of the past four years. He is also involved in Kempo Martial Arts and is a second-degree black belt. After graduation, Gabriel plans to attend college to major in computer software engineering. Gabriel is the son of David and Gretchen Weston.

Alley Lamb, daughter of Chris and Jodi Lamb, sings soprano in the Northview Women’s Chorus and Harmony Road Show. Alley is also part of the NV band where she plays clarinet in Wind Ensemble. Alley also is an active member of Northview Theatre Department. Apart from her musical activities, Alley loves working at her current job at ICING, where she has made many new friends. After graduation, Alley plans to go to the University of Toledo to study forensic psychology or secondary education.

St. Ursula Academy student earns prestigious award from ProMedica Junior Caroline Goetz, a Sylvania resident, was among four St. Ursula Academy winners of a prestigious Junior Philanthropist of the Year Award from ProMedica for the group’s work on raising funds to improve the health and well-being of others. The four students comprise the Executive Student Council and worked alongside students from St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis de Sales, and Notre Dame

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Academy to host the Breast Cancer Bowl, a friendly flag football game that raised more than $6100. According to Stacy Harper, executive director of Foundation and Community Relations for ProMedica, these students have “inspired their community to be generous, making a positive impact on someone’s life.”

Junior Garden Club Plant Sale

Central Trail students Camden Buganski, Carson Atman and Max Powers collaborate on their project about forensics.

Whiteford student Elizabeth Thomas and her brother Enoch talk about her display about allergies with Mike Riethmiller.

The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund will be hosting its 6th annual “Raise The Cap” event on Thursday, June 7 at Fifth Third Field. Thanks to this year’s Grand Slam Sponsors, Morgan Stanley and LaValley, LaValley, Todak & Schaefer, guests can plan on a fun evening with Toledo’s Mud Hens as they take on the Buffalo Bisons. The event will be held in The Roost, on the 3rd floor of the stadium that overlooks the field. Tickets are $55 and include dinner and a reserved seat. To make a reservation go to, call 419720-7048 or visit Proceeds for this annual event help children in the Northwest Ohio community receive an education that best meets their needs which includes private education or homeschooling.

NOSF provides scholarships for students in 19 counties across Northwest Ohio including Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties. Longtime sponsor and Event Chair Jan Tidd said, “Arrow Print and Copy has been a proud supporter for many years of this fundraiser. I feel that the scholarships they provide help our youth excel in school. Education is the key to our children’s future and Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund provides a fun-filled evening of dinner and a ball game to help raise funds to further their cause.” NOSF has assisted parents since 1999.

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Proceeds will be used to purchase seeds and tools to continue the work of the group.

‘Raise the Cap’ to benefit scholarship fund



How does your garden grow?

Everyone can calm down. The evil lilies have been destroyed.

is Green everywhere, blossoms are bountiful and I am once again filled with hope that this is the year that I am going to have a spectacular, enviable garden. I am a neophyte in the world of horticulture. I still blush when recalling my inappropriate response to a male who came up to me at a garden center and told me I had a beautiful mandevilla. I had no idea he was referring to the vining plant in my cart. On average, I annually kill one fern, two hanging planters and anything that requires daily watering. I vow that this year will be different and I can’t help but compare how life imitates not only art but your garden as

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well. Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of “The Secret Garden,” once wrote, “If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden.” I believe she has a point.

Dig in

I have spoken with many a master gardener and the first thing they say is that “it’s all about the dirt.” Just like in life, preparing your soil and having a good foundation is vital and will affect your ability to grow. The foundations of faith, family and friends will keep you blooming even if your wisteria withers or your daisies dry up. A friend and graduate of The Ohio State University told me that his four years of horticulture education can be summed up in three words—thrill, fill and spill. He plants tall, visually stimulating flowers in the back of his flower beds and containers, plants something dependable and solid in the center and finally, something that will spread or “spill out” beyond its borders. In life we need the “thrill” of memory-making moments, the “fill” of meaningful work and solid relationships and to “spill” love and compassion beyond our confined containers.

Weed out the negative

None of the “good stuff ” can grow if it is choked out by weeds. The same holds true in life. Why is it that nasty weeds of negativity love to take root and wrap themselves around healthy, beautiful plants? Trim back your interaction with people who are trying to strangle your happiness and steal your sunshine.

Diversity is a beautiful thing

Gardens are as diverse as their caretakers. You can tell a great deal about an individual if you peek over his or her fence. I know someone (who will remain anonymous to protect a certain anal-retentive perfectionist) whose garden is as OCD as he is. Every year he chooses a day to plant annuals. One year I made the mistake of helping him. Even though freezing rain was beginning to cling to my eyebrows, we kept planting. I put the plants in the soil (he didn’t want to get dirty) and he followed behind me with a ruler to make certain I was planting his precious impatiens (which I was experiencing at an accelerated pace) precisely six inches apart. The complete dichotomy of this garden is the one owned by the professor down my street, which is as free-spirited and rumpled as its owner. Another neighbor has a highly pruned garden that looks as if she hired Edward Scissorhands to tend to it. I’m not a fan, but keep in mind this comes from a woman who owns a fluffy golden retriever and not a high coiffed poodle. I like my garden, and my life, to be low maintenance. Don’t be envious of other people’s gardens. As my Gram would say, “The grass may look greener on the other side, but it still needs to be mowed.”

Unexpected obstacles

Unexpected things pop up in life. Find pleasure in the unexpected. Change is inevitable. Learn to adapt if the perennial you confined to the boundaries of the flower bed bursts forth in the middle of the yard. It had the power to make a break and you have the power to dig that baby up and relocate it. One of the reasons I attempt gardening is that I love the feeling you get conquering obstacles. Gardening is like an Olympic event at my home in Canada. Pests, weeds, rodents are for amateurs. I have to contend with blueberry-loving bears, finding ANY soil among the rocks and the unexpected such as a four-foot snakeskin among my daylilies and geraniums. I think the garden is a way to meet mother nature half way. Of course, she will always win, but in one designated spot, you have the false sense of being in control and conquering your world.

The root of it all


I have learned many life lessons from my ever-changing garden. I relax. Nature doesn’t hurry. Everything blooms in its own time. I remember that growth, however small, is still growth. I have also learned that what gets watered the most thrives. I’m still striving to be like one of those 360-degree sprinklers, so I can tend to my family, friends and career evenly. Gardening has also taught me to enjoy the NOW. That beautiful planter you received for Mother’s Day could be a goner by the time we celebrate our dads. Maybe the importance of gardening isn’t growing perfect plants, but how it reminds you, even after a loss or disappointment, to keep on digging. Like your plants, get plenty of water, put your face in the sun, remember your roots, be content with your beauty, open up and BLOOM.

Luminations raises funds for scholarships

Luminations honorary chairmen Faye and Ramy Eidi greet guests with Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D.

Connie and Harvey Tolson are among the guests enjoying the fund-raising event on April 28 at the Franciscan Center.

Mary Arquette, center, Lourdes Vice President for Institutional Advancemeny, who is retiring at the end of this school year, was surprised by her children and grandchildren who came from out of town to Luminations in her honor. Back Row, L-R: Lisa Bradford, Peter Arquette, Bob Arquette, Charlie Arquette, Nancy Arquette and Paul Bradford. Middle Row, L-R: Drew Bradford and Sam Arquette. Front Row, L-R: Kaitlyn and Maddie Bradford and Jack Arquette. Her Chicago family members, Andy and Kelly Arquette, and their children Kyle, Jacob and Corrine were there in spirit but senior prom, a rugby tournament and a big awards ceremony prevented them from being there in person but they sent their love.

Lourdes offers M.Ed. in special education Janet Robinson, Ph.D.,chats with Becky and John Zechman about the Ballet Theatre of Toledo, Toledo Opera and the Toledo Symphony.

Bob and Marcia Latta are guests at the annual event that raises funds for scholarships for Lourdes University students.

Vicki and George Brymer meet Sister Rebecca LaPoint during the silent auction during Luminations 2018.

Pamela Schaefer enjoys spending time with Sister Ann Carmen Barone at Luminations.

Jim and Tammy Banachowski determine their bids on the silent auction items.

Ballet Theatre of Toledo dancer Kalina Hillard chats with emcee Chrys Peterson.

Beth and Dan Carr talk with Sister Sharon Havelak.

Sondra and Michael Gibbons are greeted by Lourdes University Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mary Arquette.

Lourdes University President, Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., and College of Social Sciences Dean, Terry Keller, Ph.D., have announced a new graduate program-a Master of Education degree in special education. The program will be led by Director Carolyn Jaksetic, M.Ed. The first cohort is scheduled to begin fall 2018. The M.Ed. in Special Education can be completed in two years for those seeking the degree with a Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist Licensure. For those seeking their first teaching license, the program can be completed in two and a half years and allows individuals to obtain an Ohio K-12 Mild to

Moderate Intervention Specialist teaching credential. Intervention Specialists, also known as Special Education Teachers, work with a wide-range of student exceptionalities in all subject matters such as learning, mental, emotional and physical. The Lourdes program will prepare educators to meet the mild and moderate educational needs of their students and families. For more information about the M.Ed. in Special Education program, visit or contact a Lourdes Graduate Studies Admissions Counselor at 419-517-8908 or


Victory Center Swings for the Fences

L-R: Brenda Demar, Becky Gannon, and Wendy Haudrich enjoy Celebrity Wait Night hosted by The Victory Center.

Randy and Debbie Keller hit it out of the park at the event that raised over $45,000 for programs supporting cancer patients and their families.

Alan Huber and Denny Schwartz swing into fun at the Celebrity Wait Night event held on May 1, at the Premier.

Sarah Hartley and Mari Davies get into the spirit of the ball gamethemed event that supported The Victory Center. –by Mary Helen Darah

St. Elias Fashion Runway

Alyssa Darah looks forward to the St. Elias fashion show held April 26, at the church located at 4940 Harroun in Sylvania.

Elaina Antypas and Archpriest Ayman Kfouf prepare for the fashion show with lunch catered by Byblos.

Yohana Berhane models a beautiful gown for the event. The 2018 chairman was Amira Darah.

Clothing is from Ragazza, Chico’s and Zina’s Boutique including the charming top worn by Rania Saba Eid. –by Mary Helen Darah

Tree City Film Fest winners announced The Sylvania Arts Commission has announced the winners of the 2018 Tree City Film Festival. This year’s 50 Hour Challenge Screening Awards went to First Place, “Rory 1228”, by Flanders Films and Second Place was a tie between two films, “ #6,” by Sia Later and “Pabst Blue Lotto,” by D20. The Audience Choice Award went to “Consider it a Gift,” by Three Quarters Entertainment. A new award, the Arch Award, was given to the team who inspired the committee with their filmmaking wit, skill and story telling. Though this team flies under the radar in terms of winning first or second place, they “arch” toward perfection with every film they make. The winning film was “A Brief History of Mime,” by LowKey Misfits. The Spirit of Sylvania Award is selected by

the committee and celebrates the team whose story inspires them and best represents the city of Sylvania as a passionate, inspiring and creative community. The winner, “Rootie Tootie Point n’Shootie,” was made by Team No. My heART is in Sylvania Award is an award given to the team that best uses, most creatively and artfully, a location in or near downtown Sylvania in their film. The winner this year was “Babylon Sylvania,” by Deciduous Designs. The Shorties U Screening Awards went to First Place, “Never Play with Dolls,” by Matt Miller’s team; Second Place, “Poste-Haste,” by Team Green Light and the Audience Choice Award went to “Never Play with Dolls,” by Matt Miller’s team. The Judges Choice Award was given to “Sudden Death,” by Christopher and Knick Laux.

With the arrival of mosquito and tick season in northwest Ohio, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department suggests the community take precautions to prevent mosquito and tick bites to avoid diseases such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease. In Ohio, ticks are usually active April through September, and mosquitoes May through October. Ohio has a type of mosquito that can transmit West Nile virus, and two cases were reported in Lucas County last year. The primary mosquito that transmits Zika virus is found in the tropics and southern U.S., but it is not known to be established in Ohio. A “cousin” of the mosquito is found in parts of Ohio and may potentially transmit Zika virus. Mosquitoes can live indoors and outdoors, and some species bite during the day while others bite at dusk and dawn. The various ways to avoid mosquito bites and prevent mosquito-borne diseases include:

•If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks. •Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes. •Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions. •Wear clothing and gear treated with permethrin, an insecticide (do not apply permethrin directly to skin). •Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home. There are also tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around the home: •Eliminate standing water. •Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths. •Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly. •Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.

Fight the Bite: mosquito and tick season here


S.A.V.E. Awards Given at 26th Ceremony

Ian Hoffman, Sam Hise, Kangwon Kin and Zakaria Maaieh receive NW Ohio District Science Day Planet Earth Sustainability awards while Tracy Harmon wins the Eco-Service Award; Thomas Jackson, Eco-Friend of the Environment Award; West Side Montessori School, Elementary Eco-School Award; Kurt Erichsen, Eco-Community; Amy Boros, Elementary EcoEducator; Jackie Kane, Secondary Eco-Eductor; and Peggy Riehl, EcoEducator at the 26th annual S.A.V.E. awards ceremony on May 1. Two scholarships were given to Lourdes students Gabriella Crisp and Tracy Harmon. The event was held at the Franciscan Center.

Arbor Day Celebrated in Sylvania

Rotary President Scott Coolman helps to plant the Bur Oak tree Sylvania Rotary donated for the Arbor Day planting ceremony at Maplewood School.

Sylvanian receives Ohio Dance award

L-R: Ohio Dance Executive Director Jane D'Angelo congratulates award recipient Mari Davies.


Sylvania resident Mari Davies was presented with the Ohio Dance Award for Outstanding Contributions to Dance Administration at the 2018 Ohio Dance Festival and Conference, on April 28 in Columbus, OH. Davies served as the executive director of Toledo Ballet for 12 years before recently taking a position with the Toledo Symphony. The Ohio Dance board of directors annually awards excellence in the field of dance during the weekend conference. This year’s conference, “Dance Matters: Pathways from Past to Present,” co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Department of Dance, was held April 27-29 on the university’s

campus. “Leading the Toledo Ballet was a labor of love for me for a dozen years,” stated Davies. “There were many challenges over the years, but in my opinion, building relationships in our community was always paramount to its success. I am grateful to so many community leaders who trusted in my leadership and vision, and thus supported this nearly eightyyear-old arts treasure. Whether it was selecting from northwest Ohio’s highly respected leaders who would play Mother Ginger from year to year, or initiating the vision for a new Nutcracker set that celebrates Toledo’s iconic residence, the Manor House, I had a fabulous time. I am deeply appreciative for being selected as an award recipient and I enjoyed spending the weekend experiencing once more this amazing annual dance festival.”

Superintendent, Parks & Forestry, Pat O’Brien welcomes Maplewood school children along with the Northview Marching Band and the Sylvania Town crier, Mike Lieber, to the celebration.

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Lachlan Campbell, Ali Aboalaiwi and Alayna Davis Schullo enjoy cookies from Brieschke’s Bakery after the Arbor Day ceremony.

Members of the Sylvania Tree Commission: Judi Young, Toni Andrews, Chris Boggs, Candy Sarakonda and Rick Barricklow are on hand for the ceremony.

Appold Planetarium presents ‘Zula Patrol: Down to Earth!’ The Appold Planetarium announced its new show,“The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth!” based on the award-winning TV series, The Zula Patrol, will be presented during May. The audience joins the Zula Patrol after a routine fossil-hunting expedition turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been traveling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past and illegally dumping her company’s trash. The Zula Patrol blasts into the past to solve the mystery and save the Earth

from a toxic future. Along the way, those attending will travel back in time to learn about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms that call it home. Admission for “The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth!” is $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The family-friendly shows will be offered at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday May 20. For reservations call 419-517-8897 or email


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Charles Taylor

Charles Kevin Taylor, age 5 1/2, passed away with his mother by his side on May 5, 2018, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. Charlie was born Sept. 6, 2012, outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Charlie was a sweet, silly, smart and compassionate little boy. He attended Over the Rainbow Preschool where he met two of his best buddies, Quinton and Parker. Charlie was a perfect travel companion to his mom. They had wonderful adventures together in California, Florida, Chicago, Charleston, Petoskey, and various other destinations. Charlie loved being on the water, whether in a boat or swimming like a fish. He was energetic and fearless, recently learning how to dive. He also loved playing soccer and invented a unique backyard game called “Monster” that many got to enjoy. Charlie loved visits to the zoo and fed many a giraffe, his favorite animal. He was the most wonderful part of his mother’s life and brought joy to so many friends and family

members. Charlie is survived by his mother, Lisa Taylor; uncle and aunt, Todd and Connie Taylor; and dear cousins, the Connors, Horn and the Malec-Kosak families. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Luanne and Thomas Taylor; and Uncle Kevin Taylor. In Charlie’s honor, guests are encouraged to wear yellow, his favorite color. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to or Online condolences may be shared at

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca E. Johnson, was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, sister and aunt. She was also a teacher and administrator with a 28-year career with the Toledo Public Schools. Rebecca died May 6, 2018, at her home in Holland, Ohio, surrounded by her loving family. She was 83. Rebecca was born on August 17, 1934, in

Funeral homes are a community asset

If your local funeral home closed tomorrow, what impact would your community experience? Several studies have shown that when you work with an independent, locally-owned funeral home, rather than a nationallyowned business, more money continues into the economic base of the community. Local funeral homes donate more than twice as much to local nonprofits and events. Walker Funeral Homes has been in business since 1933. For over 85 years they have been a community asset and owners Gary and Keith Walker’s philosophy is to be personally involved in the communities they serve. Walker Funeral homes are often an important part of their communities’ heritage. Their funeral homes have helped shape the development of the areas they are in, both as a business and as a supporter of local causes and charities. Keith Walker is the catalyst for Help with Heroin, a partnership with the Zepf Center and the media to bring attention to the growing opioid problem in NW Ohio. His

dedication to the project earned him an award from The National Council for Behavioral Health for his efforts. In addition, Walker sponsors senior and family events, assists in schools projects, supports military, police, fire and EMS services as well as partners on many local events. Walker Funeral Homes, as a locally grown business, attracts and retains the best funeral directors from around NW Ohio. Every staff associate is expected and empowered to serve their customers well. Their goal is to instill confidence with customers that will ensure that they are satisfied. Many of the staff has an affinity for community service. They are active volunteers and appreciate the time to help others in need. Chances are you are unaware of how a locally owned funeral home is more important to your community than you might think. Every day they take action through good business empowerment and community well-being. Walker Funeral Homes continues to be a local community force.

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Toledo, Ohio, to Bernard and Margaret Schaller. She was the oldest of five children, Joan Schaller, Bernard Jr. (LeAnn), Harry Schaller (Guyneth), and Emily Galambos (John). Rebecca was a 1952 graduate of Notre Dame High School. Shortly after graduating from Notre Dame, Rebecca married her high school sweetheart on June 6, 1953. Mrs. Johnson received her bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees from the University of Toledo. She managed to attain these degrees while working and raising eight children. Mrs. Johnson started her career at Jones School on Broadway in 1971, working as a special needs teacher. She began her administrative career working as the head of the Crittendon School for unwed mothers. Rebecca then advanced to the role of assistant principal in charge of curriculum at Bowsher, then on to the position of principal at Woodward, Byrndale and finally Start High School. Rebecca retired from her role as principal of Start in 1998, after serving in the role for six years. Rebecca spent the majority of her retirement years enjoying family activities and her grandchildren, gourmet cooking, creating works of art, and world traveling. Throughout the course of their 65 years of marriage, Richard and Rebecca were blessed with nine children, 32 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Rebecca is survived by her husband, Richard A Johnson, her children Timothy Johnson (Sharon), Thomas Johnson (Doylene), Cheryl O’Hara (Ricky), Marianne Palmer (Tom Lake), Joseph Johnson (Connie), Barbara Schnapp (Jeff), Jeannie Padgett, Lawrence Johnson (Joyce). She is preceded in death by her parents, son James and brother Harry. The family requests that tributes be made to Our Lady of Lourdes. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Jo Ann Waters

Jo Ann Waters, age 81, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away April 17, 2018, in The Toledo Hospital. She was born Oct. 19, 1936, in Toledo to Joe and Nonie Mae (Burk) Saylor. A graduate of DeVilbiss High School she earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toledo. She was a teacher in the Toledo Public School system then opened her own daycare, Heatherdowns Nursery, from the mid 70s to the mid 90s. In 1999, Jo Ann became a bus driver in the Sylvania School system until her final retirement in 2014. She was a member

of the Toledo Women’s Society. Preceded in death by her longtime companion, Ken Cann. She is survived by her son David (Melanie) Waters; grandchildren Shamean, Deleah, Tyler, David-Aaron and Noel; five great-grandchildren; and sister Louise Wright. The family suggests memorials to the Toledo Women’s Society. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Barbara Nichols

Barbara Jane Nichols … we could go on an on about this lady, but we are going to try to just give you the highlights. When an old friend from the neighborhood learned of Barbara’s passing she said “She was the light of the neighborhood for sure. Remember the time in the middle of the winter she grilled hotdogs in the garage, or TGIF parties on the front porch … remember the time?” Barbara Uhler was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, spent her whole life there actually. She had two terrific brothers who died way too young, Gordon (Bud) and Jack Uhler. Raised by a single mother, Barbara went to work early and had various jobs including writing for The Toledo Blade. One day this Catholic girl got fixed up on a blind date with a handsome fella named Bob Nichols, and the next thing you know she is married and the mother of six kids: Bob Jr. (married to Lisa Olman), Sally Jo, Nancy (life partner Julie Mulder), Jim, Janie (married to Bill Wiciak) and Mary Pat; there are 10 beautiful grandkids as well. She never lost her true passion: all things education. She began her college education at the age of 40 when her youngest child was 5. Graduated with honors in three years and went on to earn a master’s degree in education. She taught and supervised special education programs in several counties and served for seven years as Superintendent of Special Education in the Anthony Wayne School System. If we had a nickel for every person who ever told us “you have no idea what your mom did for me.” If you are reading this, you either knew and loved Barbara or someone in her family. Now we want to ask you to do something for her: volunteer. Giving to others is who she was. It would make us happy to hear how you have given back to your community, your parish, a loved one. Please consider it in honor of Barbara and let us know-we sure would appreciate it. And she would love it.

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Christ Presbyterian Church 4225 Sylvania Ave.

4855 W. Central Ave. 419-531-4236

(corner of Sylvania and Talmadge)

Times of Service: 8 a.m. Chapel 10 a.m. Sanctuary

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St. Stephen Lutheran Church

7800 Erie St., Sylvania, Ohio 419-885-1551 Times of Service:

8:30 a.m. Traditional 11 a.m. Contemporary

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St. Michael’s In The Hills Episcopal Church 4718 Brittany Rd. 419-531-1616

Times of Service: Sundays, 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

Zion Lutheran Church

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Times of Service, Winter Schedule Adult Bible Study @ 9 a.m. Sunday School @ 9 a.m. Worship Service @ 10 a.m. Winter Hours begin Sept. 10 





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6011 Renaissance Place ~ $149,900 Why pay rent? Easy answer, you shouldn’t! Not when you can own a 1,200sf office condo conveniently located off Holland-Sylvania Rd. in Sylvania Twp. 4 offices and a reception area, all on one floor, end unit, all brick building. Brad Crown – Realtorman 419/467-7070 RE/MAX Central Group

5966 Sylvan Ridge Dr. ~ $40,000 City of Toledo, Sylvania Schools. Last buildable lot in the subdivision. Just under a half acre. Backs to woods. North off Alexis, just west of Talmadge. Sidewalk is in. Utilities at the street. Brad Crown – Realtorman 419/467-7070 RE/MAX Central Group



3730 Washburn Rd. ~ $69,000 Build your dream home on this 5 acre parcel in Richfield Twp. Evergreen Schools. 256 front ft. Area of newer homes. Brad Crown – Realtorman 419/467-7070 RE/MAX Central Group

2517 Live Oak Rd. - $367,000 Spectacular in Stonybrook! 5 bed, 2.5 bath beauty with over 3,400sf of living space. Spacious granite kitchen with Thermadore stainless appliance pkg. Big finished basement. Freeform saltwater pool with tanning ledge. Multi level brick patio w/ firepit. Brad Crown – Realtorman 419/467-7070 RE/MAX Central Group


Very nice, 2100+ sqft commercial building located on state highway in Blissfield MI. Very close to Ohio state line. Former use was a Daycare. Suitable for many different types of business’s. Well maintained, move in condition and immediate occupancy! $184,900. Owners anxious! Submit all offers! Call Larry at Faust Real Estate, LLC 517-270-3645 today

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New Listing in Sylvania 4608 Wickford Drive East. $182,500. Trendy, updated 3-4 bedroom, 2 full baths. Over 1800 sq. ft. Sunroom with vaulted ceiling overlooks fenced yard. Lower level family room with awesome bar.


Workspaces in Toledo From a full-time office to a meeting space for an hour The Office SPOT provides sophisticated workspaces and meeting rooms to business professionals and entrepreneurs in Toledo, Ohio. Our office space was specifically designed to help business owners focus on growing their business, instead of having to worry about building an office. Unlike similar office providers we offer all-inclusive fixed pricing so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank. The facility offers modern amenities without the hassle of maintenance or management. Private Offices - $425/mo 800-982-8003 N. Holland-Sylvania Ave. Toledo, OH 43615


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SERVICES JOHN’S STUMP GRINDING 40 years experience. No clean-up of chips. 419-467-9504 CLEANING SERVICES PROVIDED More than 25 years experience providing high quality performance with a conscientious attitude. Goal oriented to dependability & thoroughness. References provided upon request. Please call Tammy @ 419-882-8258

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HURLEY’S PAINTING Interior/Exterior • Paper Removal Deck Staining Quality Work • Reasonable Prices FREE ESTIMATES CALL 419/882-6753



BRENDA'S HOUSE CLEANING & MORE General/Deep House Cleaning Basic Yard Work, Adult Care, Run Errands, etc. 17 yrs. experience. References/Insured. 419-442-9439

LOST IN TIME CLOCK REPAIR Specializing in Grandmother and Grandfather Repairs and Rebuilding House Calls Available Appointment Only 419-262-2014


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FOR SALE TOLEDO MEMORIAL PARK 4 Plots for Sale $900 each Contact to arrange transfer of ownership Ottawa Hills Memorial Park Garden of Memories Two cemetery plots. $950 each includes transfer fee. Contact or call 567-342-3261 We are moving & need to sell our cemetery plots located in Sylvania at the prestigious Toledo Memorial park. Located in the old part of the park section 16 lot 427 graves 1 & 2 under a beautiful crab tree on the corner 20 ft. from the street. Monument space included. Once you view the lots you won't want to wait any longer. Lots sell for $1300 each. Monument space is $700. They are very beautful & will serve as a lasting final resting place. $2400 for everything including all fees. Call or text Ed at 419-704-2096



BOOTH RENTALS AVAILABLE Hair stylists wanted Sheer Perfection Hair Studio, 6381 Monroe St. has expanded. Call 419-517-4774 or 419-266-2780 and ask for Pam

Lawn maintenance help needed. Flexible hours. Please call Kevin at KLS Property Maintenance 419-367-9118


SIDING CREWS WANTED ASAP Due to tremendous growth, we are looking for an experienced Siding Crew! TOP Pay, paid weekly, no material costs & schedule flexibility. If you are ready to join a winning team, please call 844-Arnolds and ask for Lisa or email your resume to

30+ farm acres for rent this summer. Located in Sylvania Twp. at the corner of Central Ave and Crissey Rd. Good soil Call 419-262-5783


Turnkey Business for Sale Owner retiring from 14-year-old successful daycare center, which can accommodate up to 75 children. Well located near ProMedica Toledo Hospital and The University of Toledo on Monroe Street. Great visibility! Two-story facility, fully equipped. Excellent parking. Safe, large outdoor playground. Call 419-870-6680

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GARAGE SALE MULTI FAMILY GARAGE SALE Thursday, Friday & Saturday May 17, 18 & 19 • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4657 Imperial Drive Located off Sylvania Ave between Corey Rd & Talmadge Rd. Oak Roll-Top Desk, Oak Bar, Coffee Table, Budweiser Bar Table & Collectibles, Baseball Collectibles, Books, Antiques, Tons of Household Items, Baby Items, Clothes & Crib! SYLVANIA WATERSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD SALE FRIDAY, MAY 18 & SATURDAY, MAY 19 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sylvania Ave. between Mitchaw & Kilburn roads Furniture, antiques, oak, “shell” chair, outdoor swing, paddle boats, tools, camera, some childrens, tons of misc. and crafts

FURNITURE Several solid wooden dressers, $50 and up. Wooden desk, other furniture and many antiques. 419-540-3956 BUILDING LOT FOR SALE 2510 Live Oak Desirable Stony Brook Village Owner is licensed broker Asking $38,000 Call 419-345-0617

ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR SALE Amazing, multi-dimensional, abstract landscape paintings expressing your emotions and states of well being. View gallery at ‘Alfred Frank’ on Facebook or call 419-476-5336



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We believe a positive outlook is power against the barrage of negativity all around us and generally makes for upbeat living.

Sylvania Advantage MID MAY 2018  

We believe a positive outlook is power against the barrage of negativity all around us and generally makes for upbeat living.