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eople in the news business will Elton John, The Eagles and scores of tell you there is no such thing other concerts and family events to as “too much news,” but local Toledo. The Toledo Zoo had blessed readers could be forgiven if 2010 news with the birth of Siku the polar bear and grim news when longtime pushed the limits of that viewpoint. elephant keeper Don The emotional RedFox was attacked roller coaster ride that is and seriously injured just rolling to a stop deby Louie the elephant. livered some amazing Tim Beckman led highs and lows. the University of Toledo We watched a local football team to its first “farmer’s daughter” bowl game in five years. rise from humble oriThe Dec. 26 Little Caegins to national fame sars Pizza Bowl at Ford as Crystal Bowersox Field did not have a made an amazing run Thomas F. Pounds happy ending for Rockets on “American Idol.” Our friends and partners at FOX To- fans, but that gutsy two-point converledo allowed us to share access to the sion call that gave the team a brief lead Bowersox journey as the Elliston na- with a minute to go in the fourth quarter tive brought the best kind of attention summed up everything you need to to our region. Bowersox dominated know about Beckman’s approach to the the local discussion so strongly that game and his faith in his team. The news seemed to bring shock she made the cover of Toledo Free Press more times in one year than just after shock this year; the police about anyone else has in our six years shooting death of Linda Hicks; the trial of publishing (she gets one more for and acquittal of Lucas County Sheriff good measure as her “Newsmaker” James Telb for events following the profile leads the issue of Toledo Free death of inmate Carlton Benton; the missing Skelton boys in Morenci. Press Star distributed in this issue). The early June tornadoes took Other entertainment highlights included the inaugural year for the seven lives and destroyed homes, Huntington Center (also profiled in schools and businesses in Lake Townthis week’s Star), which experienced ship, Northwest Ohio, Dundee and some growing pains by not sched- Monroe. We have been privileged uling enough events to keep all the to chronicle one family’s journey as neighboring businesses happy, but they rebuild from the tornado with still brought Carrie Underwood, the yearlong “Storming Back” series,
in which Associate Editor Brandi Barhite has followed the Blank family from their initial days of survival to their triumphant move back into their rebuilt home. Attention turned to education as Toledo Public Schools (TPS) struggled with budget woes, two failed levies, closing Libbey High School and the hiring of a new superintendent, Jerome Pecko. Next week, Toledo Free Press will announce a major education initiative partnership with a local nonprofit that will keep TPS issues in the spotlight. On the political front, we have watched Toledo Mayor Mike Bell settle into his new job, clash over the city’s budget with unions and City Council, trave to China to seek business and brin a more accessible approach to One Government Center. May and November elections saw levies passed and defeated while Lucas County voters ignored the state and nation’s GOP sweep. But the biggest newsmaker of 2010 was Rich Iott, the former Food Town owner who mounted a major challenge to longtime Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Iott galvanized local conservatives and made the most serious run at Kaptur in her 15-term career, only to see poor campaign management and an international controversy derail his more than $2 million self-financed campaign. As we look forward to beginning
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In preparation for the 2010 Newsmakers issue, I e-mailed Rich Iott and asked if he would meet me for an interview. I offered to publish a straight question-and-answer transcript to preclude any concerns that I would edit his answers or interject any opinion into the story. Iott responded with a curt “No, thank you,” for which none of his many supporters will blame him. “Why should Iott talk to someone who, in the height and heat of his campaign against Rep. Marcy Kaptur, called for him to drop out of the race?” they will say. I would point out that for Iott’s supporters to criticize Kaptur for avoiding critics, such as those at WSPD and the Children of Liberty, and then cheer him on for avoiding me is hypocritical and indicative of their emotions trumping their intellects. I had dual motivations for asking for Iott’s time. First, I once liked Iott. I admired his self-financed entry into politics and his lack of polish. I respected that he spoke his mind without qualifiers and buzzwords. When Toledo Free Press Publisher Tom Pounds and I left our endorsement interview with Iott, there was little question we planned to endorse him for the office. Then, the wheels came off. The weekend of Oct. 9, The Atlantic website released photos of Iott in a Nazi uniform, during what Iott called a “historical re-enactment.” Between that moment and Iott’s November defeat, nearly every major news organization on the planet reported on the Nazi photos. The vast majority of the reporting and attendant commentary was incredulous; how could a U.S. congressional candidate not know how damaging such photos would be? How could he not display an iota of contrition or offer
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any semblance of apology? ed Iott and his campaign o Fr ee Pr mishandled the controversy in epic fashion, allowing the political newbie to swim with FREE since 2005 national TV sharks, which reA Toledo tradition sulted in exactly the bloodyred waters anyone else would JANUARY 24 2010 have predicted and prevented. When we learned that Iott had an apparent problem remembering his occupation on campaign finance forms and that those forms mostly detail contributions to some of the most left-leaning Democrats who breathe Lucas County’s Maumee River-tainted oxygen, it was clear Iott was not going to be our next congressman. Kaptur. seat Marcy On Oct. 14, I published an seek to unStor Page A6 y by Kristen Rapin, Iott and Jack Smith rd ha Ric opinion column, “Iott should MINN FLYING FRO exit, stage Reich,” which in sumEAPO LIS-SA M TOLEDO E INT PA I was president and mary said the region was suffering UL INTXPRESS (TO ERNA L TIONA ) to L (MSP Here are those unedited comments, CEO of Food Town our sales an enough embarrassment from the ) TOLED O Nazi uniform controversy and that so Toledo Free Press Newsmaker of the profits increased (per the TOLEDO shareholders PORT LUCAS COU AUTH NT Y IT Y if who could bailORout the BLADE study). the only way Iott could salvage his Year Rich Iott can have the last word. Fact: The year prior to the merger deal went badly, as an officer of the Posted by “Kathy,” Nov. 12, 2010 dignity and legacy was to bow out. with Spartan Stores was the most prof- company I could not sell any shares Hundreds of calls, e-mails, snail at 1:55 p.m.: Mr. Iott and his son Rich were the itable in the company’s history (per for three years. When things began mails, threats and delivery cancelto go south, shareholders sold out. I lation requests accompanied the majority share holders after the sale the TOLEDO BLADE study). Fact: Food Town was a publicly could not. I rode the stock down from scores of feedback messages in agree- and son Iott was on the board of direcment. As late as Dec. 28, WSPD “Eye tors. He in fact ran Food Town into the held company. The merger with $16 a share to $0.99 a share. I ended up on Toledo” host Fritz Wenzel and ground along side the other members Spartan could only happen with the selling most of it for between $8 and his callers were still bemoaning the of the board after he cashed out.Iott approval of the Board of Directors $13 a share. I lost millions on the deal stance I took. I understood then, casts himself as a job creator. Also false. first, and then the approval of the that other shareholders did not. Fact: Food Town was destined to and am more convinced now, that Until he has created the thousands of shareholders. Fact: Percent of ownership had no fail because changing market conthe column provided people who jobs he destroyed he cannot make that had placed great hope in Iott with claim.His weekend hobby was not the bearing on the Board’s vote. Each di- ditions. The Board and I saw that an outlet for their frustration at his issue, it was his remarks subsequent. rector has one vote. If it was a bad idea coming. The regional supermarket chains destroyed the local grocers in sudden — unquestionably Demo- Admiring the individual Nazi soldiers it could have easily been defeated. Fact: Food Town was not sold. It the 50s and 60s. Now the mega-chains was his downfall.this is not a man who crat-engineered — implosion. merged with Spartan. If it had been (and non-union chains like WalMart) The second reason I wanted to give should walk in the halls of congress. Posted by Rich Iott, Nov. 14, 2010 sold, there would have been a lot of have destroyed the regional chains. Iott a forum to voice his thoughts was Fact: My father was still Chairman money change hands and the future of that while I maintain I was right in at 11:34 p.m.: Kathy, I was going to call you a Food Town would have had no effect on of the Board and the largest single suggesting he bow out, I agree with the people who say he got a raw deal, from moron but I will, instead, refer to my pocketbook. That was not the case. shareholder (but not the majority media and the Republican machinery. you as part of the unfortunately mis- I — like every stockholder — received shareholder) at the time of the merger. In early November, Iott began com- guided and uninformed masses whose one share of Spartan stock plus five dol- He founded the company. If he hadn’t menting on Toledo Free Press website opinion is shaped by the media or lars cash for every share of Food Town agreed with the merger and thought it stories, seeking to clarify what he felt unions and who never bother to do stock surrendered. That was it; no buy was in the best interest of the company, it would not have happened. out, no golden parachutes. were many misconceptions about his objective research for themselves. Fact: Unlike most Food Town Fact: In each of the years that past and his campaign. n IOTT CONTINUES ON A5
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january 2, 2011 n IOTT CONTINUED FROM A4 Fact: My Congressional opponent chided me for ‘selling’ a profitable business. She displayed her total ignorance of real business: one sells a business when times are good! Who wants to buy a failing business? Democrats, I guess… Fact: The nearly 5,000 Food Town employees are not unemployed. Spartan sold many of the stores to independent operators who kept the employees on (in a non-union status, of course, which I guess menas that they are “unemployed”….). Rite-Aid acquired all The Pharm stores as well as the employees. Fact: I served on the Spartan board for three years following the merger and I argued against operational decisions which I thought were wrong. By the time I was proven right (and we had sacked the Chairman of the Board who was the root of the problem) it was too late. Fact: It was the right decision at the right time; the successor failed to continue to do the right things. Lastly, I do NOT admire individual Nazi soldiers. I am enough
of a student of history to admire the military accomplishments of a single country which took the combined efforts of the entire free world to defeat. For your information, WWII German tactics are a large part of required study of every major military force in the world today — including the US. And these were NOT Nazis — in fact, it was against German army regulations to belong to an active political party — they were German soldiers serving a Nazi Government. But they didn’t have a lot of options. I do not condone or support the objectives of that government, but I recognize the fact that the war DID happen and that ordinary people served on both sides. That is the same approach I have taken to the American Civil War or WWI where I have reenacted both sides. And most of my WWII reenacting has been as an American. Hmmm.. wonder why my opponent didn’t want to talk about that? I forgot one thing. Our polling showed that ten days after the Kaptur campaign’s release of the “Nazi bomb”,
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I was 1/2 point HIGHER in the polls than before. People got it. They understand reenacting for what it is and they understand politics for what it is. It had no effect on the election. I find it humorous now that the most senior woman in the House who “sits right next to the gavel” has not even been considered for any Minority leadership positions. Yep, NW Ohio is going to be proud of its representation…. Posted by “Kathy,” Nov. 15, 2010 at 5:35 p.m.: I’ve seen all your “facts” in your ads throughout the campaign ad nauseum. I would describe them more as splitting hairs than factual. FACT: The SEC warned you about “merging” with Spartan. FACT: the Kaptur campaign did not release your Nazi “bomb”, nor did she hold a gun to your head forcing you to pose for the photo op. I stand by my remarks. As to your added comment regarding Rep. Kaptur’s leadership consideration, you simply don’t understand Congress or politics. You must recognize the NUMBERS, both in the districts and the House of Representatives ... That little act during the TFP/FOX debate where you turned to her claiming your years of friendship and how she knew you as though you two had dinner once a week was quite a show. I found you and your campaign’s attacks on that hard working, respected member of congress and good woman terribly offensive. Be well Mr. Iott. Posted by Rich Iott, Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:58 p.m.: Well Miss Kapturite, please note the following: Fact: The Lucas County Democratic Party set up the “Rich Iott Nazi”
Visit www.toledofreepress.com web site in March of 2010 but did not release it until October. Fact: The Atlantic reporter was a “plausible denial” setup. He called to “talk about the campaign” and then dropped the ‘Nazi bomb”. I did not deny having worn a German uniform on occasion but explained my 30 years of reenacting in mostly various American, sometimes Confederate, sometimes German, uniforms. I sent him dozens of photos; he printed only one. And he talked about only one aspect of the whole sphere of historical reenacting. Fact: While Kaptur denied any responsibility or knowledge, the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman on the Wednesday before the release revealed to the Ohio Republican Party Chairman that they “had the goods” to “bury your boy in the 9th district”. Curiously, Kaptur’s ad campaign suddenly switched three days before the release to her talking to WWII veterans. Coincidence, eh? My “act” on Fox? Kaptur praised Food Town for being one of the largest employers in the region. If she was such a good representative, why had she never met the president and CEO of such a significant company in her region? She actualy asked me to serve on her Military Academy Selection Board in the 80s… but I guess she never met me, eh? And she said she knew little about the OHMR… but in fact, she visited its Annual Training, was briefed by the Commanding General, and was made an honorary captain in the OHMR. And I was the liaison officer who set it all up!. I have several of photos from the event if you’d like to see them. Would yo like to see the newsletter articles about it?
She consistently lied to make her point. End of discussion. Maybe I was foolish for not making them public; but I was trying to stick to the issues: her voting record and my positions. She was trying to deflect any and all attention for those two points. After all, that is the Democratic way, right? Saved myself some money? Hell, no! The money I spent was an INVESTMENT in America. You see, I BELIEVE in this country and I am willing to up my money where my mouth is. I don’t spend union or PAC money to get my message out there; I believe in this country. Look at the FEC reports. Tell me how much Washington PAC money Kaptur raises versus money from the real people. Most of her funding comes from out-of-state. And so who really owns her? Lastly, your comments about the SEC warnings are laughable. If you have ever read any merger document (how many have you read?) you would know that is simply boilerplate legal nonsense that is put in there by lawyers on both sides as a CYA. It has nothing to de with the actual deal being made. But then, you have probably never managed the merger of two multi-million dollar companies, have you? So I guess your ignorance is to be expected. :-) I shall be well, thank you. My other businesses will continue to thrive. We have provided a large number of (union) construction jobs in the area when no one is building anything. And we are about to start on Phase II. My movie production business is thriving (we just won at the Toronto International Film Festival and are closing worldwide distribution deals). It is the people of NW Ohio that will suffer from two more years of Kapturism.
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In medieval times, people prayed for a knight in shining armor to come to their rescue. In 2010, many Toledo-area residents believed a charismatic former fire chief, known for his Harley, was Toledo’s salvation. Instead of slaying dragons or rescuing maidens, Mike Bell had a harder task — attempting to manage the city while trying to appease businesses and residents who did not services cut or taxes increased. Rather than knights of the Round Table, Bell had 12 City Council members to face. His promise early on to be more proactive in attending Toledo City Council meetings is one that he has kept; he has attended more of the
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sions; one came away with only temporary concessions. Trash collection is a hotly debated issue in Toledo. The automation process that Bell did not support — but inherited — created changes in the trash fee and the elimination of weekly bulk pickup. Now the Bell administration is proposing completely removing Toledo from the business of collecting trash and turning it over to Lucas County. During 2010, the former Finkbeiner administration was blamed for many of the city’s woes. The most recent instance related to the four-year scheduling of utility rates. The Bell administration stated the reason for the large increase was failure of the past administration to generate the amount of revenue needed to repair and maintain water services, sanitary sewer and storm water systems. Prior to taking office, Bell said he would accomplish three goals in the first 30 days of his administration: hire a Business Advocate, initiate a plan to consolidate all city departments responsible for permits, inspections, business incentives into a single location; and to create an electronic business center. A year later, one of those goals has been met in full, as Bell hired Dean Monske for the position of Deputy Mayor for External Relations. On Dec. 20, Jennifer Sorgenfrei, public information officer, said via email that Bell was still working on the
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that.” However, Pecko said one thing that surprised him ed was how poor a perception o F r eBEnEeSTinWWPSpEEaprklEry many people had of the 31 ohio , A Toledo state of affairs within TPS, tradition since 20 05 something he hopes to FREE change with more transparency and dialogue with the community. Vasquez and Sobecki both said Pecko’s heart for children is obvious. Vasquez said he watched Pecko get Can ‘S upe emotional listening help t rman’ and Comm he 7.8 entary to a student talk from Je -mill T the United W rome Pe PS lev cko, Bi ll Kits y pass ay about TPS, while on, St even Fl ? agg an d Micha Sobecki said Pecko el S. M iller works tirelessly and sees the good in against Pecko every child. Vasquez said Pecko has a lot of pa- but against the search tience: “I have pushed him very hard process. Pecko was the only canand he has never gotten angry with didate remaining after another fime,” Vasquez said. “He doesn’t react nalist, Tom Watkins, withdrew. Despite the challenges ahead, impulsively to anything.” Pecko, who began his career Pecko said he is still glad he came to teaching English at an inner-city Toledo. “I am still very excited,” Pecko said. Akron junior high before moving into administration, was offered “I have a period of time to be able to the superintendent job in July after demonstrate that I can help make a a 4-1 vote in which board member difference in the school district and Larry Sykes said his vote was not that’s what I’m focused on.”
Toledo Public Schools (TPS) Superintendent Jerome Pecko can often be found walking the hallways of the city’s schools, interacting with students. It’s what he does when the stresses and challenges of his administrative role start to distance him from the true reason for what he does. School Board PECKO President Bob Vasquez calls it Pecko’s “kid time.” “One of the things I really like best about Dr. Pecko is he has students at the center of his thinking,” Vasquez said. “Sometimes the things we do as a board, especially financial issues, are so far removed from the students that he likes to go in and remind himself, because he believes they are why we are doing what we are doing. He has that built in. He had that when he first came to the district.” When Pecko came from the Akron area to take the reins of TPS in August,
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uary whether to pursue another levy. “As I reflected at the time, the notion was in my head that had we gotten started a month earlier we might have been able to have been successful.” School Board Vice President Lisa Sobecki said she understands why voters were apprehensive, but suspects Pecko had higher expectations of support for TPS. “I think where he came from, people had always rallied behind the schools, maybe not always agreed with decisions, but had always supported public education. I think maybe it was an eye-opener for him, a disappointment for him, that maybe he didn’t see that in Toledo,” Sobecki said. Even so, Pecko said Toledo has more interest in its school district than any other place he has served. “That’s been very impressive to me,” Pecko said. “Everybody wants to lend a hand. Whenever I think about that, it brings a smile to my face because I think we obviously don’t have a lot of resources available to us. To have so many different organizations and agencies out in the community who have legitimate services to provide that will benefit our students, reaching out with their hands and offering to help us, it doesn’t get any better than
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he inherited a system with declining enrollment and a nearly $40 million deficit poised to ask voters for the largest levy in decades. A smaller levy had failed only months before, prompting TPS to cut middle-school and freshman sports, lay off crossing guards and cut bus service to state minimum levels, angering many parents. When $824,000 in extra funds were discovered days before school started, the crossing guards were hired back, but the district has shed more than 400 employees and closed Libbey High School. When 59 percent of voters rejected November’s 7.8-mill levy, which would have raised roughly $21.6 million a year, Pecko handled the defeat with his characteristically even-keeled demeanor, conceding that voters had spoken and it was time to move on. Pecko said TPS’s budget crisis is challenging, but he has faced similar situations before and knew what he was getting into. Although proud of the campaign waged, he admits the defeat has been the low point of his tenure so far and wishes he would have started sooner and done more. “Momentum was starting to build right at the end,” said Pecko, who said the school board will address in Jan-
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sounded, but 0 he didn’t think a tornado FREE since 2005 would hit his A Toledo tradition neighborhood. 13, “You have ed feelings of guilt By Brandi Barhite o Fr ee Pr that you made it Toledo Free Press Associate Editor and your firstname.lastname@example.org bors didn’t,” Ed Even though Ed Blank and his said in June. The night family ended their year in triumph, they know rebuilding and healing will of the tornado started out as a not end in 2010. “It took six months, 11 days and 12 celebration. His son, Casey, was hours, but we are back,” Ed said. Ed said it feels great to return to turning 15, and rs ath of deadly twiste Bickley face afterm their Millbury neighborhood in such they were hosting Residents like Max a short amount of time, although the a party. Parents can help. ut Medicare? Humana S chools, view from their newly built house will began to pick up Turning 65 and have questions abo 6 2-5 -56 00 1-8 audience00that NA today:the assured Lake High their kids at about never be the same. Talk to HUMA His son’s school, Lake High 10 p.m. Ed told those who drove to School would be together in some hurry home because the fashion by the start of school. School on Lemoyne Road “By sticking together and taking weather looked bad. in Lake Township, was He told his wife, care of each other, this school disdestroyed in the June 5 though, “Don’t worry trict and this community will be even tornado that killed seven about it honey. They never stronger,” Witt said. people, including alumna Owens would become a lifeline hit us.” Bailey Bowman and three This time, a tornado for Lake. The community college of the four members of the Walters family. The BLANK FAMILY: did, and it took the placed Lake students and teachers in a building on Tracy Road. Before the Blanks’ home with it. Walters lived next door The tornado also hit a first day of school, a Lake High School to the Blanks. neighborhood in Moline, sign was erected to welcome anxious “The Walters’ house as well as the Delta area students to the new location. is gone,” Ed said. “There The building came with logistic and Southeast Michigan. is a picture of the four of In Dundee, Cabela’s, problems. It had no cafeteria, so a them in the yard facing both ways. We will have to see that. the Splash Universe water park and makeshift one was created. It also had no lockers, so those were installed. The That is going to be different. The view Dundee High School were damaged. Millbury suffered the greatest loss building has no gymnasium either, so is going to be difficult.” Ed remembers the last time he of life. In addition to the Walters, athletes practice at Lake elementary talked with them. It was the night the another victim was Ted Kranz. His and middle schools, which survived the F-4 tornado tore through the com- daughter, Katie, the valedictorian, tornado with mostly roof damage. Casey plays basketball and his team munity and destroyed and damaged was scheduled to graduate at the high has been practicing at the Lake Middle school June 6. dozens of structures. By June 8, Katie and her classmates School and East Broadway Middle Ryan and Mary Walters said they were tired and going to bed when were graduating at Owens Commu- School. His games are played at the StuEd saw them come home. Ed wishes nity College. Amid tears and cheers, dent Health Athletic Center at Owens. When it came to football, what he had woken them when the sirens Jim Witt, superintendent of Lake Local was left of Lake’s football field was turned into a state-of-the-art stadium with artificial turf. It was ready in time for the first home game Sept. 3. Lake also received good news when it won $500,000 through a national contest sponsored by Kohl’s Department Store. That money, along with Lake’s $19.1 million disaster insurance claim and a $4.8 million commitment from the Ohio School Facilities Commission, could help the district achieve its goal to rebuild the school for the 2012-13 school year. If that goal is met, Casey will start his senior year at the new school. Ed said Casey didn’t show much emotion until they moved home Dec. 17, reinforcing the notion that rebuilding and healing takes time. “He posted some things on Facebook that he was glad to be back and n A thank-you sign from the Walters family next to the Blanks’ home. loves his new house,” Ed said. Editor’s note: Toledo Free Press will follow the Blank family of Millbury for one year as they rebuild their lives after the June 5 tornado destroyed their Main Street home.
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about what’s happening in the wild,” said Dr. Randi Meyerson, curator of mammals for the zoo. Not only has climate change shrunk natural habitats, but mothers in the wild could have fewer offspring because of declining health. Polar bears breed between February and May but the female’s embryo goes dormant until August or September. This happens because the mother has to be healthy for the embryo to implant, to avoid birthing cubs when there is not enough nutrients for them, Meyerson said. Triplets have become rare as a result, she added. Siku’s mother has had twins before, but this time gave birth to Siku and a stillborn cub. Now Siku, weighs more than a couple hundred pounds and is in training. After about another year he will have to move to another zoo, to mimic the natural order of polar bear interaction in the wild, Meyerson said. The other big addition was Twiggy, a 25-year-old female elephant who came from a circus in Indiana. The United States Department of Agriculture confiscated her because she was mistreated, said Anne Baker, director of the zoo. Twiggy was underweight and had bad skin when she arrived. She had poor muscle tone because she spent most of her life standing in one place, Baker said. “She had spent her life alone,” Baker said. “Her first couple of days she was just standing in a corner and finally realized, ‘Hey, I can move here,’” Baker said. Getting her comfortable with the resident elephants took some time. One of the techniques zookeepers use to help is called “howdying” — they can see, smell and hear each other but cannot touch. By now she has blended in. Louie, the 7-year-old bull, is her favorite.
cub born in a zoo that year. The little cub who started out about the size of a stick of butter never had to make a sound to raise awareness. “We really want to try to link polar bears in the wild with polar bears in zoos because they really are the ambassadors to make people care
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The Toledo Zoo rang in last year debuting the polar bear cub, followed with a new female elephant named Twiggy, then made national headlines after the young male elephant Louie attacked a zookeeper. Siku, the polar bear cub born December 2009, was the only polar bear
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Lucas County Republican Party Chairman Jon Stainbrook overcame controversy in 2010 and said he has since worked to move the local party forward But for roughly six months, the leadership of the Lucas County Republican Party (LCRP) was in question. On Dec. 21, 2009, during STAINBROOK a LCRP central committee meeting an intra-party battle broke out. Two separate factions declared they were leadership of the party; one with Stainbrook as chairman, the other with Jeff Simpson as chairman. Both men acted in the forthcoming months as if they were head of the party. A number of court cases were filed regarding the dispute and on Feb. 11, a judge found that neither Stainbrook nor Simpson were head of the LCRP. The ruling also stated the Lucas County Board of Elections (BOE) was required by law to forward the two competing factions’ list of central committee members to the Ohio Republican Party to decide the true chairperson. The leadership battle raged through the May primaries and in June, with assistance from the state party, the LCRP’s
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the house Republican leader, for breaking the national single-day 27 phone call record. The phone bank made 18,685 calls on behalf of the Republican Party on Sept. 25, beating the previous record by 1,000 calls. “We wouldn’t be recognized by a visit from John Boehner unless we had done something that deserved merit,” Stainbrook said. Individuals who made phone calls at the bank were tracked by a barcode, Stainbrook said. The majority of the calls were made by individuals Stainbrook brought in, he said. Tom Waniewski, Toledo City Councilman and Republican candidate for state senator District 11, said regardless who won in June, Republican candidates would have faced the same problems. Waniewski did the majority of his campaigning on his own, but did receive support from the party dropping literature, he said. Republican George Sarantou said Stainbrook and the party were very involved in the elections locally and statewide. The party assisted Sarantou by passing out literature and sending volunteers to attend events with him.
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BOE to replace Olman. Neither Stainbrook’s nor Simpson’s recommendation for the position were considered due to the dispute. Since being declared chairman of the LCRP, Stainbrook has been helping the party raise money and get out the vote for candidates. Stainbrook has also assisted and met with statewide candidates when they came to the county. In Lucas County, Barbara Sears and Steve Yarbrough were the only Republicans to win. At the state level Republicans swept the election, but not one nonjudicial candidate won in the county. Despite not carrying any elections for the statewide candidates, Stainbrook said he felt the local party assisted the Republicans statewide. “It’s so hard when you have the Democrat machine to work against,” he said. “To win you have to have a vehicle these candidates can run through. You can’t just put candidates on the ballot and not have any volunteers with literature, or infrastructure. I believe we delivered on that.” For the county it’s always been about “stopping the bleeding” against the Democratic Party, Stainbrook said. For many of the races, more votes came in for candidates than the total number of registered Republicans in the county. Volunteers did a number of different literature drops for candidates as well as made phone calls on their behalf, Stainbrook said. The LCRP phone bank was honored with a visit from John Boehner,
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central committee hosted a meeting to elect new leadership. On June 10, Stainbrook was elected to his second term as LCRP chairman by a standing vote. During that meeting Meghan Gallagher was elected chairwoman of the LCRP central committee. Gallagher defeated Paul Hoag, of the Simpson faction, by a vote of 147 to 111, in a secret written ballot. “My leadership was never in question because we always had the vote and support,” Stainbrook told Toledo Free Press in a telephone interview. Stainbrook said the dispute was caused by the BOE wanting to cast doubt on the party’s leadership so it could to keep appointments from going through to the board. “I made it very clear that there was corruption at the Lucas County BOE,” Stainbrook said. “After all this mess and all the scandals, someone had to step up and say enough is enough.” Stainbrook had previously accused Lynn Olman, former member of the BOE, of bringing members to the December meeting to try and defeat the fact that you need to have petitions to get on the ballot. At the time, Olman said the accusation was “laughable.” “Never have I gotten so much credit for doing so little,” he said. “I wasn’t the person who planned the event and I didn’t make any motions, I just happened to be there.” On March 1, during the leadership dispute, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner appointed Ben Marsh to the
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The Chairman? Stainbrook and the LCRP are currently helping the Toledo city councilman with his contest of the election. “There is absolutely no way I wouldn’t stand beside [Sarantou] when I feel he was wronged,” Stainbrook said. Sarantou, candidate for Lucas County Commissioner, filed a Contest of Election Dec. 13 in regard to the outcome of the November commissioner’s race. Sarantou was originally declared Lucas County commissioner by 1,376 votes but lost the election to Carol Contrada by 191 votes after provisional ballots were counted. “They’re assisting me with a lot of research in the questions we’ve raised,” Sarantou said. “So far they’ve been very, very helpful.” Sarantou’s next court date is Jan. 3.
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tiple pages and I need to work on that,” Contrada said. Contrada said the most frustrating thing people say to her as an elected official is “How could you even consider such a thing?” “That drives me crazy. Because I think it’s our duty to consider everything,” Contrada said. “Consider does not mean vote. It means gathering data. I don’t think that I personally, or that the three members of the board, adequately explained to the public, all we’re doing is looking at it.” Contrada said the extent of budget cuts area public school systems are facing is “disturbing” and was her biggest disappointment of 2010. Fellow Sylvania Township Trustee John Jennewine said in an e-mail that Contrada was always professional, never losing her cool even while working with two new trustees with wide-ranging opinions. “Carol was able to keep the meetings on point and moving forward. She was well-prepared and did her
homework,” Jennewine said. “One of the most impressive qualities about her is her communication skills. She responds to every resident who has a problem or question in a very timely manner.” Trustee Kevin Haddad said that, while he and Contrada had their differences, they “always came up talking” and that Contrada was encouraging as he and Jennewine learned the ropes. Contrada, who expects to make a seamless transition to commissioner, said she hopes people in Sylvania Township will remember her as a trustee who delivered essential services at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer in economic times both good and bad. Looking back on the year, Contrada said no political victory has been as special as time spent with her family. “I truly enjoy public service and I had a lot of great moments as a township trustee, but I have to say, my greatest moments have been private moments with my family,” Contrada said. “I treasure them.”
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When it comes to football coaches, the Average Joe often pictures slightly potbellied, middle-aged men with the patience of drill sergeants that incessantly yell at their players and pace the sidelines to badger officials. What often gets lost in translation on TV is the relationship that goes on behind the scenes between coaches and players in practice, film study and team activities. While second-year Toledo head coach Tim Beckman is as intense, energetic and animated as football coaches come, his relationship with his players is more akin to father-son than coach-player. “It’s more than just about x’s and o’s in this program,” Beckman said in an interview with Toledo Free Press. “It’s about building men.” That father-son relationship is illustrated by a framed picture of a former player in Beckman’s office at Larimer Athletic Complex. The player in the photo is former Ohio State standout and current New Orleans Saints’ starting free safety Malcolm Jenkins, whom Beckman coached while he was with the Buckeyes from 2005-06. Jenkins, who won a Super Bowl ring in his first NFL season last year with the Saints and is starting to establish himself as one of the better defensive backs in the league, sent an
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said. “We don’t have to worry about egos in this program because none of us have them, from [the] coaching staff down. Their willingness to do what we ask them to do, it’s hard. They’ve fulfilled our expectations of this plan that we’ve set in place.” Part of that plan was dubbed “Operation Ford Field” by Beckman and his staff, a slogan featured on the players’ wristbands representing the team’s goal to end up in the MAC Championship Game Dec. 3. While a 65-30 loss at Northern Illinois Nov. 9 prevented that from happening, the Rockets still made it to Ford Field— albeit 23 days later—with an invite to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Dec. 26. Even though Toledo fell short in a 34-32 loss to Florida International that night, this year’s team more than exceeded its preseason expectations of a fourth place finish in the MAC West Division by the MAC News Media Association. The Rockets 7-1 conference record tied for the best since the 2004 season and the second-best in program history. The only other Toledo team to finish better was the 7-0-1 squad in 1995. Considering that this year’s group only had 13 seniors, the young Rockets have built the foundation for what’s to come. “We’re going to battle back from this,” Beckman said after the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. “When we get back on Jan. 10, they’re going to be ready to talk about it and ready to get to work for next football season.”
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autographed photo to Beckman to thank his former coach for what he has meant to his life and his career. “This is what it’s all about,” Beckman said as he held the picture. Jenkins’ fondness for Beckman and his family runs much deeper than that photograph. When Jenkins was recognized as the nation’s top defensive back and received the Jim Thorpe Award in 2008, his mother was unable to attend the award ceremony with him. In her place, Jenkins asked Beckman’s wife, Kim, to accompany him. “She was in tears,” Beckman said. For a former standout college player at one of the best football programs in the country who is likely on his way to a Pro Bowl to show that kind of respect and appreciation for Beckman and his family, then it’s easy to understand how quickly Beckman has made the connection with his current players. His passion and energy for the game has injected life back into the Toledo program as his core values of family, competition, community and accountability have translated into success out on the gridiron. After a 5-7 (3-5 Mid-American Conference) campaign in his first season in 2009, Beckman led the Rockets to an 8-5 (7-1 MAC) finish this year and their first bowl appearance since 2005. Beckman said that the players’ willingness to change was one of the more impressive aspects about the Toledo football program this season. “They’re all humble,” Beckman
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(ARA) — It makes sense to take care of your feet at any age and any health level — after all, they’re the foundation on which we walk through our daily lives. For people with diabetes, however, caring for their feet takes on a new importance, as diabetes-related complications prompt the amputation of more than 1.5 million feet and legs every year. More than 60 percent of nontraumatic, lower-limb amputations in the U.S. are performed on people with diabetes, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). If you or someone you love lives with the disease, knowing how to take care of your feet, and how to recognize signs of diabetes-related complications, is an important element of successfully managing the disease. “Research has shown that up to 25 percent of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime,” said Dr. Kathleen Stone, president of the APMA. “Foot ulcers and infections are the most common reason for hospitalization of those with the condition. However, these problems are largely preventable.” Common foot problems related to diabetes include neuropathy, skin
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Cherry Street Legacy Plan added to Toledo 20/20 Plan By Kristen Criswell
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The Cherry Street Legacy Plan, a community partnership designed to create a stronger and safer neighborhood, has been added to The Plan Commission’s Toledo 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. The project is a public and private partnership led by Mercy St. Vincent’s with collaboration from the community and city of Toledo. “I think we have 155 years investment in this community and the way we see it is this is a mission imperative — our mission is to advance the health of our community,” said John T. Schaeufele, president and CEO of Mercy Children’s Hospital. “Plus a positive interaction between us and our neighborhoods clearly improves the environment
for everyone involved.” The partnership is a positive example of what can be done when the public and private sectors find ways to collaborate, said Mayor Mike Bell. The Cherry Street Legacy Plan has already been working within the community for a couple months. As part of the plan, Mercy has worked with the city to pass legislation to provide more lighting in the neighborhood as well as resurface Bancroft Street, Schaeufele said. The Legacy Plan has also worked with the Department of Neighborhoods to focus on the demolition of vacant homes around Scott High School, said Karen Rogalski, Cherry Street Legacy coordinator. “It’s helped clean out and stabilize the neighborhood, as well as support the investment that is already going in,” Rogalski said. The plan has helped the city iden-
tify and demolish 30 vacant homes in the area surrounding St. Vincent. In addition to working with the government, the Cherry Street Legacy Plan has worked with citizens, providing space for block watch meetings at Mercy as well as providing off-duty policing. “Knowing that we have a perma-
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hot spots of criminal activity. The plan is something that will help change the perception of the neighborhood and change it back to a place that is “safe, livable and marketable,” said Gregory Kane, co-leader of the block watch who also sits on the Cherry Street Legacy board.
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A22 n Toledo Free Press MOORE, Philip J. â€œPJâ€? Swanton, OH www.weigelfuneralhomes.com
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MOSINIAK, Richard Alan age 54 Swanton, OH www.weigelfuneralhomes.com Rollman, Richard â€œDickâ€? age 81 Oregon, OH www.freckchapel.com
BROOKOVER, Rebecca Lynn age 16 Sylvania Township, OH www.walkerfuneralhomes.com JAMBOR, Mary Ann age 67 Toledo, OH www.coylefuneralhome.com McCarren, Janet L. (Bauer) age 80 W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home MIEKISZAK Frank W. age 90 Toledo, OH www.sujkowski.com RICKARD, Michael W. age 60 www.walterfuneralhome.com WOODRUM, Betty J. age 79 Perrysburg, OH www.witzlershank.com
JACOBSON, Lawrence D. â€œJakeâ€? age 87 www.bakerhazelsnider.com RIFE, George Herbert Sr. age 89 Toledo, OH www.blanchardstrabler.com DEC. 24 CRAWFORD, Joan K. age 58 Toledo, OH www.walterfuneralhome.com ELLERBROCK, Martha age 88 Toledo, OH www.pawlakfuneralhome.com KLEMPNER, June E. age 87 Toledo, OH www.walkerfuneralhomes.com
KOTT, Wayne Michael age 55 Wisniewski Funeral Home
CARROLL, Wiley, Jr. age 79 www.bennettfuneralhome.net
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community adoptions ADOPTION IS an act of love. We admire your courage. Your baby will be given love, secure future. Jane & Paul 866-530-8291. Expenses Paid. Call evenings if possible. classes & workshops
ART INSTRUCTION â€“ PERRYSBURG
Group, private, gift certificates. Contact Edgerton Art at 419.290.OILS (6457) for details.
WILSON, Jennifer D. age 54 Toledo, OH
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general THE OCEAN CORP, 10840 Rockley Road, Houston, Texas 77099. Train for New Career. *Underwater Welder, Commercial Diver. *NDT/Weld Inspector. Job Placement Assistance. Financial Aid available for those who qualify. 1-800-321-0298.
FT Case Manager/Womenâ€™s housing program. BS or 2 yrs w/exper. CDCA preferred. Knowledge of homelessness/recovery preferred. Salary commensurate w/educ & exper. Benefits provided. Send cover letter, resume, salary reqs and refs to: Personnel Dept., 1035 N. Superior St, Toledo, OH 43604 NO PCs or PERSONAL CONTACT. EEOC
â€œReliable, affordable service with a touch of Perfection.â€? â€˘Flexible Hours â€˘Over 10 yrs of experience â€˘Referrals available
Angela Short (419)283-8840
EARN EXTRA MONEY We are recruiting individuals to deliver phone books in the following communities:
â€˘ Toledo â€˘ Sylvania â€˘ Maumee â€˘ Oregon â€˘ Perrysburg
Must be 18 years of age Must have valid driverâ€™s license Insured dependable auto EOE ET CALL MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
for sale miscellaneous BUY VIAGRA, Cialis, Levitra, Propecia and other medications below wholesale prices. Call 1-866-506-8676. Over 70 percent savings. www.fastmedonline.com.
RENTALS APARTMENTS Newly Renovated Gated Community. 1, 2, & 3 Bedrooms. Starting at $400/mo. Heat & Water Included. Move In Specials & Low Security Deposits. 419.386.8578
All real estate advertised in this paper is subject to the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, in the sale, rental, or financing of housing. This Publisher will not knowingly accept any advertising that violates any applicable law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this paper are available on an equal opportunity basis. If you believe you have been discriminated against in connection with the sale, rental, or financing of housing, call the Toledo Fair Housing Center, (419) 243-6163. Toledo Free Press publishes classified ads and cannot be responsible for problems arising between parties placing or responding to ads in our paper. We strongly urge everyone to exercise caution when dealing with people, companies and organizations with whom you are not familiar.
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The cover for this edition features Toledo Free Press 2010 Newsmakers, including Rich Iott and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell (see page 4). Read No....