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he conversations inspired by Toledo’s inclusion on the Forbes “Most Miserable Cities” list offered some common themes. One of the most prevalent topics was the quality and source of city leadership. And while it will take several elections to determine the future direction of Toledo, one councilman has put forth a proposal that shows new thinking and an exciting opportunity. Adam Martinez is working on an idea to alter how Section 108 loans are handled in Toledo. According to a news story first reported by Toledo Free Press, he “has organized meetings with for-profit and nonprofit executives discussing such goals as a $100 million revolving loan fund.” Section 108 is a loan the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development must approve, an advance on future Thomas F. POUNDS Community Development Block Grants only available to formula cities like Toledo. In Martinez’s plan, a 108 loan, instead of being used for a single project, could be used for several projects through bonds. This could be achieved by allowing the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to leverage the annual nearly $20 million and increase it to a $100 million revolving loan fund. Martinez is also working with representatives from Toledo’s Department of Neighborhood and Department of Economic Development, LISC, ABLE, LCIC, LMHA, several Community Development Corporations, Martinez and Councilman Rob Ludeman, among others. According to our initial report (please see Page A7), “Martinez said in addition to creating a larger pool of available dollars, underwriting criteria would be established. Bonding, personal guarantees, a letter of commitment, a 5 to 10 percent cash equity requirement and a yet-to-bedetermined debt coverage ratio have been discussed.” We strongly endorse the exploration of this plan; while it has been described as being in “high-level talks” and there is a tremendous amount of work to be done, the concept is original, creative and collaborative in a way we do not see often enough in Toledo. It is especially insightful for Martinez to work with the Port Authority, one of the region’s most trusted and respected development institutions. Kudos to Martinez (read his comments on Page A4) and his collaborators for thinking of new ways to bolster growth and specifically for turning to a cooperative approach to moving the region forward. ✯ Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at tpounds@toledofreepress.com.

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ewspapers receive a lot of what I call “library infor- on the back for reporting that you have a problem with the mation desk requests.” People call to ask for histor- cross and what it stands for.” Lord knows (that’s my Christian Lord, by the way) I am ical dates, names of elected leaders, confirmations of rumors and to lodge consumer complaints against restau- used to reading criticism of our work online, but it bothered me that some of the readers assumed we aprants, doctors, etc. One of the most common proached the story from an anti-Christian appeals is for help in reaching elected officials. angle and somehow bullied TPS into making a “I e-mailed Politician X about Issue Y but change on the building. The story clearly stated have not heard back. Can you help?” comes that the photo was sent from a reader and did up a lot. It’s good customer service to follownot contain a single word of our opinion, but up on such requests whenever possible; I alseveral readers still assumed we “felt” a specific ways keep in mind that it was record store way or “Have a problem with the cross.” owner Brian Epstein’s dedicated effort to Ward responded with some calm commeet customer Raymond Jones’ request for ments, but soon, some level-headed readers a single copy of “My Bonnie” that led him to who actually read the story spoke up. discover The Beatles. Lauren ‘Lulu’ Tipton wrote, “Why is evSo on Jan. 23, when David Eichenberg Michael S. MILLER eryone pissed that TFP is doing what they posted a photo to our Facebook page and asked, “Anyone know why the new Beverly School on S. De- are supposed to do & reporting on things in our commutroit, where the old Bowsher was located is sporting Chris- nity? You’re going to stop reading their paper because of tian Crosses around the top of the Gymnasium? I tried con- that?! Really??” Jason Arbogast posted, “I’d like to applaud the TFP for tacting the TPS Board but none of them have replied,” it was part of our normal routine to try to help him find an answer. actually caring what the citizens of their community think.” Most importantly, Eichenberg pitched in: “It was not Up to that point, there was no news. One person asked one question we promised to answer. Toledo Free Press Web TFP that started this, it was I. So why did I do it? ... First it is Editor Lisa Renee Ward sent the picture to Toledo Public unconstitutional for our government to back one religion. Schools officials on Jan. 23. On Feb. 14, James Gant, chief Since this is a public building being paid for by all Toledo business manager for TPS, told Ward that the cross design tax payers, including myself, it can not have these symbols “was not part of the original plans, and that the design was … I was not trying to bash Christians … what I was trying to do is to get the problem fixed while the tax payers of Toto have been what could be described as a plus sign.” He then said the architect responsible was going to fix ledo did not have to foot the bill … I am glad that the TFP helped in getting the answers to my questions and that the the problem, and the fix would not cost TPS any money. Now there was news to report (please see Page A10). TPS is working out a solution with the builders. I also wish Someone at TPS saw the design and decided it would be that the TPS board would have had the decency to answer prudent to contact the architect to have the elements re- the inquiries that I sent them.” There was also an interesting comment from Dave moved. Remember, during the 22-day span between Ward asking the question and Gant answering it, Toledo Free Press Smith: “I’m a Jew. I live approximately 250 feet from the did not publish the photo, or any news story or editorial building. I pay taxes just like you do; however, every time on the topic. I had lunch with Gant, TPS Superintendent I drive away from my house, I have to see the three crosses Jerome Pecko and TPS Board of Education Vice President of Golgotha that are blazed across the gym roof line ... It’s simply wrong-headed and violates my rights under the Lisa Sobecki on Feb. 9 and never broached the subject. When the story was posted and linked on Facebook on US Constitution...which doesn’t say anything about sorta, kinda, sometimes...it speaks quite directly against the “esFeb. 14, there was an instant reaction. “Your kidding me right!” wrote Steve Crippen, a sentiment tablishment of religion” and not just when it suits the majority. Thanks to TFP for being that other part of the First echoed by Beth Beley Cutcher and Kim Bristow Dilloway. Less than 10 minutes after the post, Chris Coan wrote, Amendment, a truly free press. I applaud your efforts.” “Is it you TFP, that had a problem with this?” The conversation continued, mostly in civil and intelAmy Hanson DeAnda wrote, “From what i’m reading, ligent tones. 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common complaint about the media is that it doesn’t do enough to promote good news; it would rather focus on bad news and controversy. I was invited to attend a Jan. 28 event at Imaging Systems Technology (IST), which was celebrating patent No. 50. I expected there would be quite a bit of media coverage — 50 patents is a big deal for just about any company, but especially for one that is a small firm here in Toledo. After learning Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur was expected, and seeing the name cards for dignitaries who were invited, like Mayor Mike Bell, it was surprising when it became apparent myself and my husband, Miguel Roman, who was acting as my photographer, were “the” media and Kaptur was the only elected official. As part of Kaptur’s comments, she said, “Thank you first for staying in Toledo, for believing in this region, for giving your lives to this region, in research and development in one of the highest tech fields that exists globally. You are really rare and you are crucial to us as we try to build a new future in this 21st century.”

Everyone from IST and Deep complishment, it’s a testament to his Springs Technology (DST) was proud parents and his grandfather, Donald of what they had accomplished. K. Wedding, for inspiring such a love To describe it as amazing would be of technology and science. Toledo Free Press an understatement. posted a news brief Jan. 29 In addition to the about Kaptur’s comments, many things they are patent No. 50 and DST working on, including receiving an invitation to military armor, IST creparticipate in the Vehicle ated the first large touch Armor Challenge sponscreen in 1998 for a 42sored by the Defense Adinch plasma display and vanced Research Projects continues to lead in that Agency (DARPA), the market, making more than 30 different models. Lisa Renee WARD research and development office for the U.S. DepartAs part of the celebration, awards were handed out in rec- ment of Defense. Vicki W. Kurtz, vice president ognition; Kaptur was asked to present the awards. Donald K. Wedding was of IST, said on Jan. 31 that IST was the first to receive an award and was formed in 1997, DST in May of 2007 given a flag that had been flown over as a spinoff of IST to handle the structural applications of spheres. the Capitol by Kaptur. “We love this city. It’s a great place to Oliver Strbik, James Butcher, Ed Peters, Jessica Davis, Robert Wenzlaff, raise a family and you can live comfortJeff Guy and Tricia Wedding received ably on a modest income,” Kurtz said. The office of Mayor Bell was contheir awards to the applause of friends, tacted Jan. 28 for a comment about family and guests. Then Daniel Wedding II was hon- IST and responded Feb. 2 via e-mail: “IST has been a quiet success story, ored with a “Young Inventors Award” for receiving his first patent, at 9 years but to achieve a milestone of 50 patents old. He developed a unique design for in the company history is certainly rea boomerang. That’s not only an ac- markable,” said Toledo Mayor Michael

P. Bell. “It is the work of companies like IST and their spin-offs that contribute to technological advancements that demonstrate Northwest Ohio’s research and development capabilities are helping to reinvent our local economy.” After I shared the news with Councilman D. Michael Collins, he contacted IST and toured its facilities. Collins is sponsoring a resolution to honor IST for its entrepreneurial accomplishments that should be before City Council on Feb. 22. Journalist and novelist Pete Hamill once said, “The best newspapermen I know are those most thrilled by the daily pump of city room excitements; they long fondly for a ‘good murder;’ they pray that assassinations, wars, catastrophes break on their editions.” It is exciting to be involved in a breaking news story, to shine a light on things people would prefer to keep in the dark. But good news can create just as many emotions — pride, joy, accomplishment. Just ask anyone from IST. ✯ Toledo Free Press Web Editor Lisa Renee Ward operates the political blog GlassCityJungle.com.

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hen I began brainstorming about the of the “What ifs ... ” at some point in our lives. The idea of using Housing and Urban De- “What ifs ... ” taunt us in the back of minds or keep velopment (HUD) 108 funds differently us awake at night; it’s the constant antagonizing of questions with unknown answers. I it was more of a knee-jerk reaction kept asking myself, “What if there was than a bright idea. It really materiala better way to do development in Toized when Toledo City Council voted ledo?” “What if there is a better way to (10-2) to allow the Berdan Building to use this money?” “What if there was a use $10 million of a $20 million pool way to create a public/private partnerof funds. The development concept of ship to bring jobs to Toledo?” “What if the Berdan Building would be great for there was a way to use this money — Downtown Toledo, but my concerns leverage it — but also share the risk?” still linger about the underwriting criSo, like any good politician, I held teria and how this project was going to a meeting! I wanted to make sure that qualify for using HUD funds. While Mayor Bell and City Council may have Adam MARTINEZ meeting was simple and inclusive to ensure all stakeholders were represented. I wanted said OK to this project, the ultimate deto ask a few simple questions and most importantly cision is in the hands of the National HUD office. While there is not much I can do about that listen to the concerns about 108 loans. I invited memproject, I began to think about future criteria of what bers from the various economic development agencies, a HUD 108 loan should be. The reality is the city has CDCs and nonprofits, social justice advocates, adminno concrete public policy on uses for 108 loans, nor istrative departments and my colleague Rob Ludeman. underwriting criteria. HUD 108 loans have not been I wanted to know if other people had the same concerns used to their full potential and have not been used about how 108 was being represented. It was an impressive meeting with the “who’s very successfully in Toledo. HUD 108 loans are a very powerful tool if used correctly, but the mechanics are who” of development in our area. I was very nervous complex, the uses are specific, and the penalties and in the beginning, but was confident by the end that I consequences are severe if it is not used appropriately. had surrounded myself with professionals who were In crept the “What ifs ... ” We have all had a case not afraid to think creatively, understood/respected

the constraints of HUD, but were willing to look for creative solutions. There was a lot of talent, experience and passion for Toledo in that room. The concept is to leverage 108 loan funds with other funding sources. It’s a simple, but innovative approach to trying to figure out how we move Toledo forward, create jobs and help rebuild our economy. Imagine if we could use the whole $20 million of HUD funds and match that five times over through other financing instruments. Instead of only having $20 million and a lot of risk to the city, we would have $100 million to invest with low risk. Imagine instead of doing one residential building for $10 million and maybe create three to five jobs, we can do a variety of projects, low risk and create thousands of jobs. This is not a magic silver bullet, but rather a silver buckshot center mass to wound our economic condition. In these tough economic conditions, it is important to be creative, collaborative, inclusive and leave the egos at the door. This loan fund, while still conceptual, is not about me, the organizations or politics; it’s about good public policy, good underwriting, job creation and most importantly, harnessing our economic development power and giving it back to the people of Toledo. ✯ Adam Martinez is a Toledo City Councilman. E-mail him at adam.martinez@toledo.oh.gov.

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nfortunately, not everyone listens to WSPD or reads Toledo Free Press. If they did, we would be well on the road to solving the embarrassing, expensive and dysfunctional problem that is the Toledo Public Schools (TPS) system. Instead, due to contagious apathy, low standards of schools and parents, unfunded government mandates, fiscal irresponsibility benefiting contractors, and goldplated union contracts courtesy of parasitic interests (see union tyrants and so-called “officials”), we have those who see “transformational change” as re-arranging the Titanic’s deck chairs. While TPS President Bob Vasquez and TPS Superintendent Jerome Pecko both have graced WSPD airwaves (when they weren’t trying to get the FCC to yank our license), like most any TPS student, you won’t learn much listening to their erudite comments (podcasted at www. Brian wspd.com). Instead, you’ll get the usual tap dancing, glittering generalities, grandiose but vague promises of “transformational change” that might produce results in two to three or five years. Meanwhile, some TPS students are forced to endure their formative years at schools that have been on scholastic probation longer than they have been alive. Of course, if we had just passed that levy ... despite the fact Toledo Public Schools is currently paying $3,000 to $4,000 per pupil higher than the Ohio average of $10,000. The new TPS motto should be, “We get what you pay for.” Take a look at the perks and bennies Toledo Federation of Teachers (TFT) members have compared to yours. And you’re paying for them. Happy? They sure are. At bottom (no pun intended but appropriate), when it comes to TPS and its primary constituency, TFT, aka “teachers union,” the worn-out cliché “for the children” should be rewritten, “before the children.” Speaking of clichés, right about now the Usual Suspects are mouthing, “All WSPD does is complain. Why don’t you come up with some solutions if you’re so smart?” For the record, “coming up with solutions” is not our job. Lots of taxpayer dollars are being squandered on “leaders” responsible for that. But, indeed, we are “so smart” — because we haven’t been blinded by the prejudice of aggressive ignorance, infected with contagious apathy nor are we addicted to instant gratification. It’s called objective analysis. But we do offer solutions. On March 2 at 6 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, WSPD will host the premiere of “Kids Aren’t Cars.” Like “Waiting For Superman,” some people will not be happy with the message. You can see a trailer at www.wspd.com/pages/hotbutton.html to see if you can handle it. Let’s see how many TPS board members and TPS teachers show up without requiring a personal invitation or a private showing. The filmmaker, Kyle Olson, will speak at the event. Theater capacity is 300, so come early. Admission is $5. More solutions: Check out www.stepupforstudents. org. Here is an idea working well in Florida, Pennsylvania,

Arizona, Iowa and a fistful of other states showing how businesses can reduce their tax liabilities and cut the cost of getting lower-income/inner-city kids out of their failing “public schools” into learning institutions where the quality of “education” definitely is “higher.” WSPD continues to have on-air conversations with those who are actually out front on real “transformational change,” not just yapping about their good intentions. Hear my conversation with “Kids Aren’t Cars” filmmaker Kyle Olson and Cato Institute’s Andrew Coulson, director for the Center for Educational Freedom at www.wspd.com/ pages/brianstop10.html. Watch the “Reason TV” interview with Coulson as he discusses a new and tax-deductable way for parents to get children into priWILSON vate, parochial or charter schools at reason.com/ blog/2011/01/28/reasontv-expanding-choice-thro. WSPD sent Superintendent Pecko a copy of the Reason TV interview with Andrew Coulson discussing the programs mentioned above. He was advised of moring host Fred LeFebvre’s intention to ask about the program when he appeared Feb 10. It seems “Super” Pecko doesn’t set a very good example when it comes to homework. When LeFebvre questioned him about it, Pecko had to admit he hadn’t bothered to watch it. Rather than complain about WSPD not having any solutions (which isn’t really our job), maybe Vasquez and Pecko, when they get past “intending,” will actually do something to improve the quality of education at TPS, which really is their job. Or are they still spending their time and your money on TPS attorneys to get the FCC to yank our license? Even more solutions: We have podcasts of interviews with Chad Aldis of School Choice Ohio; Steven Flagg of the Urban Coalition; John Jones of the Greater Toledo Urban League; and Ron Adler, president of Ohio Coalition for Quality Education. All are talking about new ideas and new solutions. And that’s in just the past two months, which doesn’t even include hourlong “Eye on Education” programs on WSPD at 6 p.m., hosted by Fritz Wenzel. Of course, when the solution to the problem threatens to expose one’s incompetence, indifference, hypocrisy or skullduggery, it is only natural to hear the plaintive wail of the Red Herring, the “shiny thing” to distract the audience from learning the truth. And, of course, the predictable ad hominems from the intellectually bankrupt, which will surely follow this column. No problem. Good old Ben Franklin addresses that quite eloquently: “Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.” ✯ Brian Wilson is news director and program director of 1370 WSPD. E-mail him at Brian@wspd.com.

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hio faces an estimated $8 bil- private and public employees. These lion deficit in the 2012-13 Lucas County numbers come from budget. That is a big hole! the Buckeye Institute website. ■ Private sector wages in Lucas How does one climb out of a hole like this? That is what the Ohio legisla- county went from $32,194 in 2000 to ture is trying to figure out. First, we $37,769 in 2008, a 17 percent increase. ■ State employees wages in Lucas should look back and figure out how did we get into this mess in the first county went from $36,796 in 2000 to $48,004 in 2008, a place. Some will say it 30 percent increase. was because the state ■ Municipal lowered the income worker wages in Lucas tax; others will say that county went from we spent too much. But $36,809 in 2000 to what do the facts say? $46,381 in 2008, a 26 According to the Ohio percent increase. Office of Budget and State employee Management website, wages increased by 30 we know the following: percent, local governIn Ohio, spending ment employee wages in 2000 was $19.243 Scott ALLEGRINI increased by 26 perbillion. It increased to $26.783 billion in 2009, a 39.2 per- cent, and public sector employee pay cent increase. That is a lot of money increased by only 17 percent? There is a to spend, but if income kept up it discrepancy here so large that even The Blade could not ignore it. On April 11, would be no problem. Ohio income tax receipts in The Blade did an article about Toledo 2000 were $15.617 billion, which in- workers’ pay: “At $23.62, the average creased to $17.093 billion in 2009, a hourly wage of municipal employees 9.5 percent increase. With a decrease ... is 26 percent higher than the $18.69 in the tax rate, Ohio tax receipts in- average for all Toledo workers” and “Workers hired at Jeep or Powertrain creased by almost 10 percent. So the state increased spending by today ... will start at $14 an hour and 39 percent but income increased by top out at about $16- $17 an hour.” The same article quoted UAW only 9.4 percent. You don’t have to be a economist to see the problem here. Local 14 President Ray Woods as In simple English, expenses went up saying, “we definitely saw the situa lot more than income. Many of us ation for what it was. ... we realized are familiar with this scenario, as we had to make sacrifices for GM it has been happening to us for the to survive. If they don’t survive, we past four years. We have a basic un- don’t survive.” The State of Ohio can’t survive an derstanding of how we got into this $8 billion shortfall without changes mess, but how do we get out? An important first step is Ohio being made. SB5 begins to make Senate Bill 5 (SB5). This bill would those changes. The private sector has end collective bargaining for most had to make cuts and freeze wages, state employees, end salary sched- so the fair thing would be for the ules and steep increases and replace public sector to do so. We need to get behind SB5 so we them with merit pay provisions. But more importantly, it would begin to can climb out of this giant hole we have spent ourselves into. ✯ restore sanity to the Ohio budget. Take a quick look at the numbers and you will see that the current Scott Allegrini is a co-founder of the system has lost touch with reality. Children of Liberty. E-mail him at Look at the median wages of the thechildrenofliberty@yahoo.com.

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EDUCATION CHAMPIONS

Editor’s Note: Toledo Free Press, United Way of Greater Toledo and 13abc’s “Bridges” with Doni Miller are profiling 12 education initiative programs in Northwest Ohio. This is the sixth story in the series. By Kristen Criswell Toledo Free Press Special Sections Editor krapin@toledofreepress.com

High student mobility, or how often a child changes schools, can have a negative impact on a student’s education. The Stable Families Collaborative helps fight student mobility in Toledo by providing families with housing assistance. Since the program’s inception in October 2009, it has helped roughly 124 families, with 85 percent of children remaining in the same school. The Stable Families Collaborative is a United Way program administered by case workers at Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio. The program is designed specifically to address the issue of student mobility. “The goal is to decrease student mobility rates. If you have two kids in the household, it becomes how can we help that family be stable and make sure those kids aren’t missing school and stay in the same school,” said Jason Daniels, vice president of Strategic Initiatives at United Way of Greater Toledo.

“With so many issues in the area of education right now, we believe no kid should have to miss any day for any reason,” he said. “We know when a person is moving or a parent is moving from one place to another even if they have to move into a shelter, most of the time those kids aren’t going to school.” When children are forced to relocate to a new school, it can have a negative impact on their school performance and peer relationships, said Wendy Shaheen, vice president of program services at Lutheran Social Services and former Stable Families case worker. “For children and teens their peer group is a huge part of their world. They need that stability, especially if the family is in crisis, whether financially or through divorce,” she said. “With a lot of stress going on in their home environment, plus the stress of having to make a whole new adjustment at a new school with new teachers, that can be difficult.” According to Education Week, education studies have found problems students face when they move from school to school include lower achievement levels, behavior problems and a greater risk of dropping out. The Stable Families Collaborative can help fight mobility and prevent future problems for students by helping families remain in their homes. The program provides financial assistance to families with school-aged children who are in need of rental

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assistance. Families call United Way’s 2-1-1, where they are screened to see if they qualify for the program. Since the program is funded by two grants — $300,000 for three years from the Siemer Family Foundation and Homeless Prevention and Rapid ReHousing Program funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development — as well as $20,000 from United Way, in order to qualify families must meet a list of criteria. The most important qualifications are the family must have school-age children and have the ability to earn income after a short period of time, Shaheen said. If a family qualifies they are then paired with a caseworker who will assist the family with their landlord, help them with their budgeting, refer the adults to other community agencies for employment opportunities or skill building, Shaheen said. “We work with the clients to see what are their goals beyond getting this rent paid. As well as what are some of the other factors influencing their current situation,” she said. If a family cannot remain in their home for any reason, often the rapidrehousing portion of the program can help make sure a child doesn’t miss any school, Daniels said. After completing work with a social worker, Lutheran Social Services checks up with the family in three months to see how everything is going. Currently the program accepts one to two families every few weeks, Daniels said. However, since there are only two caseworkers the “pipeline gets clogged” often depending on their current caseload, he said. Stable Families Collaborative is

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modeled after similar programs in Columbus and Florida, which receive part of their funding from the Siemer Family Foundation as part of its family stability initiative. While helping to screen students at a school in Columbus, Barbara Siemer, chairwoman of the Siemer Family Foundation and former teacher, saw only 19 of 116 students to be at grade level. When she inquired with the principal as to what the problem was, he told her of those 116 students only three would start at that school in September and end there in June. In Columbus she began working with a social worker, the school districts and landlords to help students. “You can’t stabilize a kid if you haven’t stabilized the family. Preventing homelessness was the only way I could

prevent student mobility,” she said. Siemer established a grant working with local United Ways to help fight mobility issues in different cities in Florida, where she and her husband split their time. Four cities in Ohio and six in Florida receive funds from the Siemer Family Foundation for family stability programs. Siemer hopes to work with more United Ways to administer similar programs, she said. The Stable Families Collaborative features other community partners including the City of Toledo Department of Neighborhoods, Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo, Family Outreach Community United Services of Toledo, Toledo Area Ministries, Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board and Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime. O

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thority, said via e-mail, “The ToledoLucas County Port Authority continually works with various partners to investigate methods to fund development projects in our community. Investment of public funds demands a thorough review process and we have been exploring ways in which the Port Authority can work with the City of Toledo to begin this process.” Martinez said this is an opportunity to create public/private partnerships to leverage investment opportunities and increase economic development. “We called HUD [in Washington, D.C.] about the loan guarantee and debt reserve to ask if we can work with the port to leverage $20 million. HUD said there is some criteria that would have to be followed, but it’s a creative idea,” Martinez said. Each group that participated in the meetings was invited for its own area of expertise, Martinez said. Bill Farnsel, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Toledo, said Feb. 4 he was not able to attend the previous meeting but, “fundamentally I like the direction of this, I think if the city has loan authority or the ability to draw financing from the HUD source to pool that resource and then make communitywide decisions about where that cash is invested, that’s the right thing to do.” “It’s not to say the previous 108’s were a bad idea,” Farnsel said. “What this new system promises is a way to evaluate projects before a commitment is made. This group would not be a roadblock, it would be an endorsement. It would be a little sunshine.” Kattie Bond, director of neighborhoods for the City of Toledo said via e-mail the proposal could be a great development tool for the City of Toledo. “There is much more research that needs to occur and questions that need to be answered to ensure that the City’s future Community Development Block Grant funds are preserved in this process,” Bond said. “However, this type of collaboration and partnership is exactly what Mayor Bell continues to stress to the community and

his administration.” Hugh Grefe, executive director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), said one benefit is that the port bond program is stringently underwritten. “This program will work more diligently because of the underwriting powers of the por. They have third party agencies, they don’t care who you are,” Grefe said. “They are going to look at the project proforma, and ask underwriting questions that must be asked, but often are not. That’s a good thing.” He said, “It’s also good because you have more of the community in the room, it’s transparent, there is mutual accountability when you have that many at the table.” Martinez said the underwriting criteria has been part of the discussion. Bonding, personal guarantees, a letter of commitment from a lender or the equivalent, a 5 to 10 percent cash equity requirement and a yet-to-bedetermined debt coverage ratio are part of the proposal. Funds guaranteed by Section 108 are not risk-free. They require the local government to pledge CDBG allocations to cover the loan amount as security for the loan. “It’s like getting an advance on your future block grants, if whatever you lent that advance to defaults, HUD keeps it,” Grefe said. A lack of underwriting criteria has been cited as a concern during previous discussions on proposed Section 108 loans. The forming of a seven-member independent underwriting review committee made up of economic development professionals, CDCs, community members and real estate professionals is in the works. Discussions also included plans for how profits from the revolving loan fund would be handled. While that is not finalized, the meeting notes suggest that 80 percent would return to the revolving loan fund with the remaining 20 percent split among areas such as historic preservation, CDBG recipients and Department of Neighborhood for compliance and staffing costs. O

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Two local hotel professionals recently assumed the leadership at Destination Toledo Inc. with Richard Nachazel being named president and Tony Vetter named director of sales. Nachazel brings 30 years of experience in the hotel business to his new position. He served on the organization’s board of directors for the past three years while working as general manager of the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Toledo. “It was a pleasure to serve on the board and I am excited about the opportunity to lead Destination Toledo,” Nachazel said about his Jan. 31 appointment. Nachazel has been involved with the former convention bureau since the mid-1980s, working for it from 1985 to 1993. He said his new position is “different in a good way from running local hotels and being involved on the board.” “We have such a variety of highquality facilities for all types of events here in the region,” Nachazel said. The venues include three crown jewels of Downtown Toledo with the SeaGate Convention Centre, Huntington Center and Fifth Third Field. He also cited the Maumee River, access to Lake Erie and other historical attractions in the region “that are affordable, accessible and other communities don’t have.” “All events are important whether they bring people here for a day or longer to spend their tourism dollars,” said Nachazel, who also managed the Toledo Hilton and Holiday Inn Maumee. Events range from local shows, such as the recent Greater Toledo Auto Show, to regional and international conventions and meetings. Destination Toledo has facilitated the recent hosting of the U.S. Volleyball Championships and American Bowling Conference national championship. The largest group for convention business has been the Midwest Conferences of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the past several summers. It includes six conferences during six weekends in June and July, this year attracting 5,000 to 7,000 people per event. The International Flying Farmers Association will host its convention in Toledo this summer. The Ohio Association of Community Action will meet here in June. The U.S. Senior Open golf championship will be at the Inverness Club in July, drawing as many as 100,000 visitors to the area that week. National television coverage on NBC will ben-

efit the region, Nachazel said. The Biggest Week in American Birding took place in Northwest Ohio in May, attracting 55,000 vehicles from 38 different states with people who spotted 225 species of birds. It will return this year from May 5-15. The YMCA National Gymnastics Competition will be here in June and draw 4,000 to 5,000 people, Vetter said. Casey Koenig, director of gymnastics for the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, and her husband Rob were instrumental in bringing this event to Toledo, he said. The Ohio County Auditors Association will host its statewide convention in Toledo in June 2012 due to the efforts of two local county auditors. Henry County Auditor Kevin Nye, president of the association, was instrumental in bringing the group here. Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez worked behind the scenes to make

sure auditors who came to review the site met the right people in the area. “We wanted to make sure we brought our group to Toledo,” Lopez said. It’s not unusual for local business people or government officials to help bring their professional groups to the area for conventions, Nachazel said. Destination Toledo is conducting a contest, “Bring It Home Toledo,” to encourage local people to bring their convention, meeting or sporting event to Toledo with a chance to win $2,500 and other prizes in 2011. The goal of the sales staff is to bring tourism to the Toledo region and sell hotel rooms, said Vetter, who has 20 years of sales and marketing experience for local hotels. Nachazel said he is working with the branding committee that is developing a “brand” for the Toledo and Northwest Ohio region. The best tool is to tell tourism success stories about the region’s many assets, he said. O

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Architect to remove ‘crosses’ from TPS elementary school By Lisa Renee Ward

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TPS was contacted by Toledo Free Press on Jan. 23 and provided a copy of the photo submitted by Eichenberg. On Feb. 14, James Gant, chief business manager for TPS, told Toledo Free Press during a telephone interview that the cross

design was not part of the original plans, and that the design was to have been what could be described as a plus sign. “The architect will submit a fix to the design; they have indicated it will be an easy fix,” said Gant, adding that

TPS is not paying for the fix. “The only issue is it may have to wait until the weather breaks,” he said. Eichenberg said he had contacted several TPS Board of Education members, but had not heard back from any. O

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Honor Flight event

Manhattan’s Restaurant will host a special event to benefit Honor Flight Northwest Ohio. The afternoon is a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration of sorts and will feature a buffet-style Irish dinner and Irish tunes as well as music from Ragtime Rick, said Marty Lahey, owner of Manhattan’s. “It’s going to be a fun afternoon to benefit a great cause,” Lahey said. The event is Feb. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, with $20 directly benefiting Honor Flight. Admission includes dinner as well as one drink. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by calling (419) 243-6675. Manhattan’s is located at 1516 Adams St. The benefit is sponsored by Extra Stout, Manhattan’s Restaurant, The Blarney Irish Pub and attorney Debbie Papay. Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is a nonprofit organization aimed at raising money to fly veterans to Washington, D.C., to view the memorials built in their honor. O

Junior League dress drive

As prom and wedding seasons approach, women can purchase a gently used dress for their special occasion at the Junior League of Toledo’s Formally Yours event. The Junior League will sell donated dresses and accessories at discounted prices to benefit its current projects — Kids in the Kitchen, Respite Car and Bittersweet Farms — on March 5. With more than 300 members, in an organization that’s all women, everyone has dresses to donate, said Aileen Meyer, president of the League. This is the first year for the Formal-ly

Yours event and the Junior League chose it because it not only raises money for its causes, but also provides a community service in itself, she said. “It’s an opportunity for those who might not be able to afford a new dress the chance to purchase a quality dress at an affordable price,” said Brooke Schmitz, chairwoman of the event. The majority of the dresses and accessories will be less than $50, unless the group receives an old wedding or designer dress, she said. Prom, cocktail and bridesmaids dresses, as well as accessories and shoes to match will be on sale in the food court at Westfield Franklin Park Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5. A fashion show of dresses will take place at noon, Schmitz said. “I think it will be a fun ladies’ day,” Meyer said. “If you believe in the potential of women and want to support women in volunteer roles within the community, you should come out and shop because that’s exactly what we do.” In addition to the event at the mall, the Junior League will host a Formally Yours preview night March 3 at Harold Jaffe Jewelers from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity to get an exclusive look at the dresses for sale, Schmitz said. The Junior League will collect gently used formal attire to sell at the Formal-ly Yours event through March 1. Junior League is collecting everything from cocktail dresses and jewelry to dressy slacks and tops, she said. For more about the Junior League of Toledo, visit www.jltoledo.org. For more information on the Formal-ly Yours event and how to donate old dresses and accessories, visit formal-lyyours.com. O

Rave classic film series

Classic films are shown Mondays at 1 p.m. at Rave Motion Pictures at Levis Commons. Admission is $2. Sponsored by Toledo Free Press. For information, call (419) 874-5963. Feb. 28: “The Royal Wedding” (1951) is a musical romance with Fred Astaire, Jane Powell and Peter Lawford. Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding. March 7: “Against All Flags” (1952) is a drama witih Errol Flynn, Maureen O’Hara and Anthony Quinn. In 1700, the pirates of Madagascar menace the India trade; British officer Brian Hawke has himself cashiered, flogged and set adrift to infiltrate the pirate “republic.” O — All briefs by Kristen Criswell


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Toledo to throw birthday party for Loretta Lynn Toledo Free Press and 107.7 The Wolf are teaming with Lone Wolf Productions to make Loretta Lynn’s Toledo concert a special night. “The Queen of Country Music” will appear at the Stranahan Theater at 7:30 p.m. April 14, her birthday. Two contest winners will receive front row seats, signed memorabilia and will be onstage to present Lynn with a birthday cake and lead the audience in a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” Concert promoter Craig Wolf said he was inspired to bring Lynn to Toledo after seeing a November Toledo Free Press cover story with Lynn and Toledo fan Rick Cornett, who has seen her in concert 400 times, ran her international fan club for several years and publishes an online newsletter with 4,000 subscribers. Cornett said he has approached Mayor Mike Bell’s

office about having Bell onstage to present Lynn with a key to the city. To enter to win the grand prize package, and the second prize of two free tickets to the show, email “Loretta” to news@ toledofreepress. Lynn com or thewolf@toledo radiogroup.com. Contest winners will be chosen by April 11. Tickets go on sale Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone 1-800-745-3000, or The Stranahan Theater box office (419) 381-8851. O — Staff reports

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Block party to mark first anniversary of tornado Editor’s note: Toledo Free Press will follow the Blank family of Millbury for the next year as they rebuild their lives after the June 5 tornado destroyed their Main Street home. By Brandi Barhite Toledo Free Press Associate Editor bbarhite@toledofreepress.com

Ed and Julie Blank are planning to honor the one-year anniversary of the June 5 tornado with their friends and neighbors. The idea is to host a June 4 block party that will carry into June 5, which will mark one year since the tornado. The damage was some of the worst on Main Street in Millbury where the Blanks and their neighbors lost their homes. But the most heartbreaking loss was the death of three of the four members of the Walters family, who lived next door to the Blanks. “I am not really sure how it will go,” Julie said. “I don’t know what to envision for the block party, but I am sure there will be lots of people. I am sure it will be emotional.” Ed said he wants to secure vendors who are willing to donate food and beverages to the block party. He said he also wants to block off the street and bring in some bands. While Ed agrees that the party will be somber, the

party will also be joyful because of those who survived and returned to rebuild. He wants the public to know that the neighborhood is coming back to life. Ed and Julie decided to rebuild in the same spot because of their love for the community. “There is no better place. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Ed said. The Blanks made their triumphant return to the neighborhood one week before Christmas. More neighbors have since returned. Julie ended up in the hospital with heart damage after the tornado. The condition was fittingly called broken heart syndrome. Ed said the trauma of the devastation caused the condition, but what got Julie the most was how giving and helpful everyone was immediately after the tornado. “People were walking up and handing us money out of their pockets,” he said. Ed said the block party will be a chance for everyone to get together and celebrate making it one year. By then, he expects more of the neighborhood to be rebuilt. The block party will also be a time to thank everyone for their support. To help with the block party, call Ed at (419) 508-9693. “It is going to be a major celebration,” Ed said. O

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A Heart-healthy Routine for Women Heart disease is now the leading cause of death in American women. While some risks (such as family history, age or race) may not be modified, many risk factors are within your control. Here are some healthy lifestyle habits that will lower your risk of heart disease. Start with a satisfying breakfast Begin your day with a breakfast rich in fiber to help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full. Oatmeal, whole-grain toast or a high-fiber cereal topped with fruit or walnuts will do the trick. Get moving Moderate exercise for 30 – 60 minutes a day most days of the week will give your heart a healthy workout, strengthen your cardiovascular system, improve circulation, and lower blood pressure. Kick the habit Smokers have more than twice the risk for heart attack than nonsmokers. It increases blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance, decreases HDL (good) cholesterol, and is the biggest risk factor for young women when it comes to heart disease.

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bout a year ago, ProMedica’s Flower Hospital wanted to initiate a plan to reduce patient wait times in its emergency room and with just a few minor changes it has done so. When patients checked in they used to wait on average an hour before they were given a bed; now that wait is less than 30 minutes. Flower’s ER sees nearly 30,000 patients a year. With this much volume in a nonstop chaotic environment, in which areas did the hospital find room for improvement? Before I started my day in the ER I sat down with Flower’s ER director, Sherry Watson. Wearing white pants, a white coat and a smile from ear to ear, she could not wait to talk about the changes made in the ER. She started by acknowledging that her team makes it happen every day whether she’s there or not. The first major change the ER made is that when patients checks in, they are immediately sent to one of 25

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ER beds. In the past they were sent to triage, which basically prioritized the severity of the emergency. Getting a patient directly to a room and triaged is saving the patient at least 30 minutes. Second, the doctors used to take notes in each room and document each case themselves in between seeing other patients. Now a scribe has been added to follow each doctor, saving at least 90 to 120 minutes each eight-hour shift. This allows doctors another two hours of seeing more patients instead of punching computer keys.

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I saw these changes in action as I was given the opportunity to follow Dr. Michael Mattin during his shift on the floor. Dr. Mattin’s shift might start at 2 p.m., but his day starts at home with his wife, raising their four boys. On his way to work, he usually finds himself on the cell phone talking to one of his EPNO (Emergency Physicians of Northwest Ohio) co-members about a case or a question another physician may have. Once he arrives, it’s just like a scene out of the TV show “ER.” His day starts and ends in what is called a fish bowl, a glass-enclosed area filled with computers, monitors, ringing telephones and various colors of scrubs-wearing staff performing different objectives. He gets the rundown from the

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Raziah wants to be. She was sent by her doctor for X-rays. Raziah is all smiles while sitting upright in her ER room talking to the doctor, answering questions. After X-rays are taken by the doctor and a popsicle taken by Raziah, she is discharged. The most interesting case of the day is the 40-year-old man experiencing chest problems. In the past two months the man has lost 40 pounds. With his immediate family by his side, he answers the doctor’s questions with slurred speech. After X-rays find an unexplainable chest mass, the man is admitted for nerve tests. Testing finds a very rare case of myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disorder caused by an abnormal im-

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Crum Manufacturing in Waterville has found ways to increase revenues by 70 percent from 2009 to 2010 and expects a 40 percent increase in revenues in 2011 with new customers, patents and products. The company adopted a goal of adding market share to its revenue stream, balancing it with automotive and nonautomotive products while focusing on business development and marketing in a team effort, according to Douglas Waldie, vice president and chief operating officer. Waldie joined the family-owned business in March 2009 when it had reached its lowest revenues and gone from 37 to 15 employees. Today, the company is increasing revenues with a work force of 26 by keeping it lean and productive, he said. “It was a good time to rebuild or re-create the business with diversification of customer service, quality, cost reductions and operations, all achieved in a team environment,” Waldie said. For 26 years, Crum Manufacturing has supplied metalworking and machining to a variety of industrial and manufacturing customers. It specialized in manufacturing customized tooling, mandrels and quality check fixtures as a Tier 2 supplier for the formed rubber hose industry. The firm was founded by the father and son team of Ernest Crum Sr. and Ernest Crum Jr. Ernest Jr. serves as president and CEO but has given daily operations of the company to his son-in-law Doug and daughter Deborah Waldie, who serves as vice president and chief financial officer. “I’m extremely proud of the job Doug and Deb are doing with the company. Doug is an excellent manager of the team there,” said Ernest Jr. Deborah joined the family business in 1994 and now is responsible for the financial areas and assists Doug in human resources. She said they needed to be creative to make sure the cash flow is working and the company is stable financially, by conducting cost analyses of custom work and reducing the time it takes to receive payments for completed orders. The quick turnaround of the business resulted in Crum Manufacturing being named “2010 Business of the Year” by the Waterville Chamber of Commerce. The rebuild started when the company lost business with a large customer and adopted a goal to regain that business which it has started to do, Waldie said. Through its business development and marketing efforts, Crum is finding new customers in California, Brazil, India and Mexico. The company is also seeking local business, such as Tier 1 suppliers for Whirlpool in Ohio and La-Z-Boy in Michigan. Those efforts include researching new leads, participating in trade shows and establishing relationships with new companies and industries, said Kelley Rowe, who joined Crum last year as business development and marketing manager. With a bachelor’s degree in business management and

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K, so it didn’t end up being the biggest blizzard since 1978. Even though it wasn’t, I (Mark) was still thanking God for snowblowers. At the ripe old age of 50, I don’t think my back could have handled shoveling all of the heavy snow. Especially since I am still nursing my injuries from my adventure to Florida for the Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp. On Day 2 since I was injured on my graceful flop running to first base, I was informed by my roommate that, like the major leaguers, I could visit the training room if I Mark needed to. My roommate also had sevNolan eral nagging injuries and became a frequent visitor to the trainer, as did I. Jon Warden, who pitched for the World Series-winning Tigers, had a field day with this at “Kangaroo Court.” Kangaroo Court is a term for a sham legal proceeding in which the outcome is predetermined and commences quickly. Many major league baseball teams have a veteran player as a judge, jury and executioner who fines fellow players for such infractions as missing a belt loop or not running hard to first base. Warden wears a judge’s wig and is somewhat of a comedian and roasts various players in front of the whole group. The fines collected were contributed to “Jack’s Place,” which is a charity for children with autism. After losing five games in a row, it did not look good for my team. In Game 6 we were losing 5-1 going into our last at bat. We got a couple runners on base and there seemed to be some faint hope. However, the way we were hitting no one was holding their breath. We managed to get the score tied and my teammate Brian came up with two outs and smacked the game winning “walk-off ” hit to win

the game. Brian and our entire time exuberantly celebrated and our coach Jim Price was so thrilled to finally get a win that he kissed Brian on the cheek. I was able to take a photo of the moment that Brian would probably never forget for the rest of his life and had it printed so Brian could have former Tiger Jim Price sign it. During rain delays we took batting practice and stood around listening to the ex-Tigers tell old war stories. Mickey Lolich, MVP of the 1968 World Series, told one about the great Boston Red Sox CLAIR hitter Ted Williams and a young rookie BAKER pitcher by the name of Hank Aguirre. Aguirre was pitching to Williams and struck him out to save the game. After the game, someone in the locker room suggested that he go get the ball he had struck Williams out with signed. They were pulling his leg of course, but Aguirre took the bait and went over to the Red Sox locker room to ask Ted Williams to sign the ball. Williams looked at him like he was crazy but then agreed to sign the ball. The next day, Aguirre again faced Williams, who hit the ball into the second deck for a home run. As he rounded the bases, Williams yelled to Aguirre, “I’ll sign that one too if you can find the son of a gun”, (he did not say “son of a gun” by the way, he used a more colorful term). I had so much fun acting like a little boy again playing the game that I grew up loving. Baseball is just a game, but sometimes it is not just a game. To be continued ... O For more information about The Retirement Guys, tune in every Saturday at 1 p.m. on 1370 WSPD or visit www. retirementguysradio.com. The office is at 1700 Woodlands Drive, Suite 100, Maumee, OH 43537. (419) 842-0550.

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At just 5 feet 4 inches, Linda Jefferson looks like someone who would have trouble being tall enough to screw in a light bulb; it might be hard for some to imagine her as a football star in the 1970s. “It doesn’t bother me too much,” Jefferson said, in reference to her relative obscurity. “No one can take away what I did on the football field, and as long as I know what I did out there, that’s all that matters.” Jefferson’s achievements still resonate. At one time she was one of the most dominant football players in the country. Called the “female O.J. Simpson,” Jefferson had a record-setting career that spanned seven seasons as a member of the Toledo Troopers. She is back in Toledo, but instead of setting rushing records, she is working with children in the Jefferson Center’s Toledo Head Start program.

Football beginnings

In 1972, Jefferson graduated from Libbey High School. Prior to the NCAA’s passage of Title IX, which calls for equal athletic scholarships offered by universities to both men and women, there were very few opportunities for athletically gifted women to participate in competition. “When I graduated from high school, where I ran track and played softball and basketball, I wanted to stay physically active,” she said. “A teammate of mine [at Libbey] told me about this football exhibition at Woodville Mall.” Jefferson said she was lukewarm to the idea, but after some thought, she decided to try out for the team. “I thought, ‘I can play this game,’ and I went out for the team,” she said. But Jefferson’s hall of fame career almost didn’t happen after her mother found out about her daughter’s gridiron dreams. “My mom told me there was no way I was going to play football, so I had to sneak around to practice without her finding out,” she said. Jefferson practiced with the Troopers during their preseason workouts and broke the news to her mother as the first game approached. “I just brought home a football uniform one day,” she said.

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ablaze in her first season in 1972. She ran for 1,388 yards and 32 touchdowns in her first season as a Toledo Trooper. From 1972-1975, Jefferson ran for 4,092 yards on 285 carries, an astonishing 14.4 yards per carry. The stunning numbers prompted womenSport magazine to name her its first “Woman Athlete of the Year” in 1975. “I never thought I would be that good because I had never played before. But I always shrugged it off because when you play a team sport, you aren’t good. The team is good.” Jefferson is humble about her achievements, but there is no denying that she dominated the game. In 1976, she was the NWFL’s player of the year — she rushed for almost 1,500 yards — and was the league’s first most valuable player in its championship game. Jefferson said the team’s accomplishments attracted a lot of attention locally. “We had more fans than the [Toledo] Goaldiggers had,” she said. “I just remember the stands being packed.” The 1976 season prompted the producers at ABC television to select Jefferson as a contestant in the “ABC Women’s Superstars Competition.” “There were 10 events that were available and I had to pick seven to participate in,” she said. The competition allowed Jefferson to rub elbows with noted celebrities. Once such experience was meeting her childhood hero, tennis great Althea Gibson. “Althea pulled up next to our car

in a restaurant parking lot, and she introduced herself. I was speechless,” Jefferson said. “My mother had to say, ‘This is my daughter Linda Jefferson, the football player.’ She was so humble, and it still is one of the great moments of my life.” Jefferson’s success on the gridiron thrust her into a national spotlight. She did numerous interviews on “Good Morning America,” the “Phil Donahue Show” and was a celebrity on the show “To Tell the Truth.” Much of her popularity came from her dominance on the football field, but Jefferson used it to also become a spokeswoman for female athletes. She did several interviews with multiple media outlets, letting girls know it was all right to be athletically gifted and feminine. “Back then, people thought you had to be like ‘Mean’ Joe Greene to play football, and that wasn’t true,” she said. “They thought all of us players were big brutes, and we weren’t.” Jefferson was quoted as saying, “I’m no tomboy, but a female athlete,” in a 1976 JET magazine article. Despite the fame, playing for the Troopers was not a road to riches. During the 1975 and 1976 seasons, the team’s payrolls totaled $2,000 each year. Jefferson retired from football in 1979, after rushing for almost 9,000 yards and more than 140 touchdowns during her seven-year career. She and the Troopers left behind an overall record of 59-4 (including undefeated

seasons in 1972, ’73, ’74, ’75 and ’77) before the team was put up for sale in 1980. Jefferson was inducted into the American Football Association’s Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, one of the first women and the first African-American woman to be inducted into any football hall of fame.

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Today, Jefferson is a teacher’s aide at the Jefferson Center, working in the Toledo Head Start program. “I was working with special needs children in Detroit, and I had to move back because my mom was sick,” she said. “This position was open, and I decided to go for it.” Jefferson is working on her early childhood education degree, and the opportunity to go back and get an education is something she is thankful for. “I am so blessed and thankful to Toledo Head Start for allowing me to go back to school,” she said. “I just think that is wonderful.” Jefferson still gets recognized from time to time. “Some of the kids tell me that their mom or dad might remember me, and that is fun to know,” she said. “I love working here and teaching these kids.” She continues to impart wisdom to kids who might want to follow in her football steps. “I always tell them to give for their dreams. I tell them to give it 110 percent and give it everything they got,” Jefferson said. “If you do that, then you can achieve your dreams.” O

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Local bowler to represent USA in European games The 59-year-old Wexler has been bowling since the age of 8 when he was in Cub Scouts and has always had a passion for the sport. He bowled all the way through his time in college, as well as during his 22 years in the military. Wexler said the individual competitive nature of bowling is what keeps him going. “I think it’s independence,” Wexler said. “I can take out my frustrations. I look at the pins out there and say, ‘OK. Something’s bothering me tonight, and I want to take revenge on that headpin.’ Basically, I’ve conditioned myself that I thrive on the competition. “It’s an independent sport, and in order to be successful, you’ve got to do well independently.” When Wexler travels to Vienna, he will compete for the United States in Ten-Pin Bowling against Austria, Belarus, England, Finland, Poland and Sweden, all of whom have committed to bring athletes to the games. Instead of traditional bowling where bowlers play three games, however, each country in the Maccabi plays six games apiece in singles, doubles, trios and team competition. If bowlers make the top 16 individually, they bowl stair step style in the Masters competition,

where the highest seed takes on the lowest seed and whoever bowls the best two out of three games advances. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in all of those categories. Disappointed with his performance in 2005, Wexler said he wants to make the most of his opportunity this summer in Vienna. “Personally, when I went to Israel I felt like I bowled atrocious,” Wexler said. “In my heart, this is my last opportunity that I will have to compete on that kind of level. I am totally looking forward to redeeming myself.” O

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Whether they’re rocking, serving up smoldering soul, bringing the blues, playing old-timey gospel, footstomping through a country song, or giving up the funk, the Holmes Brothers keep it real. “It’s not about glittering suits and rhinestones and that stuff,” Wendell Holmes said and laughed. “It’s about the value of our music. We hope people take away from [our concert] the Holmes Brothers are serious and can play music.” That doesn’t mean the trio doesn’t have fun. They’ve recorded covers by everyone from Hank Williams, The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival to Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Lyle Lovett and Collective Soul. “We come from Virginia out of the late ’40s and early ’50s, so the black stations had very few kilowatts. You could be listening very plainly to Jimmy Reed and ‘Honest I Do’ and all of a sudden here’s Hank Williams coming through loud and clear, ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart,’”  the singer-songwriter-pianist-guitarist said during a call from his home in Rosedale, Md. “So I got to appreciate and recognize the good country music, the bluegrass music that is all Americana. And my cousin had a juke joint, and we played there, and we played at churches on Sunday, so we were well-rounded in the kinds of music that we got to play. “It has served us well because we’d play for somebody and they’d say, ‘Oh, they play all kinds of music.’ We play because we love it; it’s a part of us.” Fans love the harmonies of Holmes, bass player Sherman Holmes and drummer Popsy Dixon.

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“Here’s the funny part: We don’t practice,” Wendell said. “We don’t work on harmony parts; we just start singing together and by now everybody knows what his part is, so it’s an easy thing for us to do. As a matter of fact, we’re so amazed how much acclaim people give us for singing, but we greatly appreciate it.” The three have been making music together for more than 30 years. The winners of multiple Blues Music Awards have played with a slew of superstars, including Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Al Green, Keith Richards, Rosanne Cash and Joan Osborne. Produced by Osborne, the 2010 disc, “Feed My Soul,” followed Wendell’s recent bout with bladder cancer. “The writing of the music for that album was something that did reflect my experience with cancer,” he said. “I took some time off from playing, so I just wrote songs that reflected my mood.” One is “Fair Weathered Friend.” “It’s about one of my dear friends, for whatever reason, chose not to visit me when I was going through all this chemo and radiation,” Wendell recalled. “For a while, I was a little bit hurt by that. But now as time passes on, I realize that when your best friend is going through something that’s lifethreatening, sometimes you just don’t know what to say. So I’ve forgiven him. “Another one of the songs, ‘Living Well Is the Best Revenge,’ is an answer to my overcoming cancer,” Wendell said as he laughed. The Holmes Brothers will headline Monroe County’s Black History Month Blues Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Monroe County Community College’s La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater. Opening will be The Ebony Hillbillies and Rev. Robert B. Jones. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free show. O

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“American Idol” runner-up and Elliston native Crystal Bowersox will perform at Monroe County Community College’s La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater at 7:30 p.m. April 2. The La-Z-Boy Center is located on MCCC’s main campus at 1555 S. Raisinville Road in Monroe. Bowersox’s first studio release, “Farmer’s

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sometimes wonder how much different our country would look if everyone in it were to acknowledge and follow a small number of golden rules. How much better could our families, schools, businesses and governments be if we all agreed to keep just a few simple things in mind as we lived our day-to-day lives? The best system we have for instilling such values on a personal level and creating a principled populace is good parenting. It may sound like an oversimplification, but what kind of positive impact could one focused and dedicated generation of parents have on the next generation and generations to come? We need not agree on everything or present ourselves in the same manner. We need only adopt a handful of ideals and vow to diligently introduce them to reality.

Honesty is the best policy

When I was little, my mom explained people with Down syndrome and similar conditions to me as a gift of pure love. Many such individuals

not only seem to exude a kind of tempting to take advantage of others. love not often seen in the rest of us, Relationships are strained, problems but also possess the unique ability to go unsolved and lives are put in danger or taken altogether by extract such genuine our inability or refusal love from those around to live honest lives. Yet, them. As our society parents have the power struggles to unlock the to lead children into autism mystery, I can’t honest lives by living help but think there honestly themselves. may be a similar lesson Parents who do not lie, to be learned from its cheat or steal, and desudden prominence at mand the same of their this moment in time. If offspring, produce chilwe can at least tempoShannon SZYPERSKI dren who are much less rarily forget about the likely to do such things social awkwardness that might frustrate and unnerve the rest as they begin to lead their own lives. of us, maybe we could take a moment to appreciate that a part of autism also All for one, one for all sets an example of pure honesty for a While accepting his 2010 Emmy world that isn’t all that familiar with for his role of Cameron Tucker on it. In a world swollen with inhibition, “Modern Family,” Eric Stonestreet nuance and deceit, perhaps we are due proudly stated, “I would not be here for a lesson in sincerity. without my parents. I am the product We do not currently live in an of supportive parents.” It is such a honest world. Vast amounts of our simple, yet important sentiment. personal and public lives are wasted A family’s most basic obligation by beating around the bush and/or at- is to serve as a system of support and

interdependence for its members. The system is no doubt important on a personal level as we go through life, but the lesson we take away about raising one another up on a grander scale is just as essential, if not more so. The support system we develop as parents in a family unit is often the model our children will eventually use as a support system to raise up the greater good in the world at large.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you A favorite personal family story from my childhood was about how my brother once proclaimed that the original Golden Rule, the one that has weaved itself in and out of history in civilization after civilization for the past few millennia, was “Keep your hands to yourself.” While it may have been a sensible guess from the mind of an elementary-school boy who had been told such a thing time and time again, the actual Golden Rule is more

along the lines of treating others as you would want to be treated (keeping your hands to yourself not excluded). Fairness is a tricky, yet vital component of an honorable existence and an honorable society. Putting ourselves in the shoes of individuals receiving our words and actions is, based on its success and longevity, the fairest way to be fair. The Golden Rule has earned its golden status by setting a meaningful precedent for years on end. Honesty, interdependence and fairness are by no means novel ideas. Putting them into practice, however, has fluctuated throughout history and continues to do so today. If we could, through great parenting, make these basic principles the rules of the vast majority rather than exceptions by a shrinking minority, how many of our problems would just go away? O Shannon and her husband Michael are raising three children in Sylvania. Email her at letters@toledofreepress.com.


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he first time I heard “Someone’s starting the ‘Terrible Twos’ a bit early!” directed towards my bambino, he was hardly a year old. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard it since. According to an outside observer, any child aged 1 to 3 who’s having a tantrum must be suffering from the “Terrible Twos.” (If they’re under a year old, it must be colic.) The terms “Eighteen-Month Angst” or “Throwing-a-Tantrum Threes” just don’t flow off of the tongue as easily. “Terrible Twos” makes for great alliteration, I’ll give it that, but people have overused the clever title so it refers to any behavior in a toddler that can be ruled distasteful. Don’t be fooled. The ‘Terrible Twos’ is the ultimate misnomer. Let’s face it. Babies begin the magnum opus of their personalities the moment they are born. The first thing they’re able to express — and they do so quite loudly — is their unhappiness with the world that they’ve been thrust into. Babies fuss. It’s their specialty. Sometimes babies fuss and we just don’t know why. Any stimulation of the senses is equal stimulation for the tear ducts, apparently. Usually the origins of fussiness are simple — or at least obvious (I don’t know if I would call some of those diapers “simple.” I’m still traumatized by the second week of July, 2009, when I had three ‘poop-up-to-the-armpits’ fiascoes in one day). Generally, babies cry when they’re hungry, tired, overtired, over-awake, or (somehow) all of the above. The bottom line is that tantrums begin early. Really early. I can easily recall a few instances of unbridled rage spewing forth from the lungs of Bambino at 4 monthsold, 6 months old and throughout the months until he began to look and act (read: toddle) the part of someone suffering from the ‘Terrible Twos’. However, the Fuss Department is trickier now that Bambino is a Little Dude — you know, a toddler. His needs are essentially the same as when he was a baby, only now if they’re not met his reaction is a bit more ... theatrical (he’s had more time to practice). His fits range from shrieking to feetstomping to head-butting (yes, headbutting), usually leading to the signature finish: collapsing to the floor, an immovable, screaming puddle. Let the judgment of strangers begin. The most helpful thing an onlooker can do is offer a sympathetic smile or hold the door open (so we can leave everyone in peace). It’s not that I resent

your advice; it’s just that I can’t ingest paraphrased loosely, predicts that even the greatest wisdom when my computing power doubles every 18 kid’s screams are setting off car alarms. months), then his ability to communicate is still in the floppy And, if you have disc era. nothing nice to say, look It has to be frustrating the other way. Or look at to realize that a.) Most it this way: the situation is people don’t undernot nearly as hard on you stand them and b.) Most as it is on me. (Thankfully, people can do things that the kid won’t remember they can’t (like get onto any of it.) the couch unassisted). Based on my obserAs a result, toddlers pervations, I’ve concluded fect the art of the tanthat Little Dude’s pottrum (some sooner than bellied, toddler body Leah LEDERMAN others) — but can we reis overwhelmed with emotions and hormones, and there’s ally blame them? The ‘Terrible Twos’ has become a no way he can funnel any of them properly. Think of it this way: if his catch-all term to encompass the rage intellect is a computer, skyrocketing and angst of little children as they atat the rate of Moore’s law (which, tempt to understand their world. Per-

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a little different. Each day brings new discoveries, personal broadening ... and battles. A toddler, experimenting with the world around him, learns to express himself and gauge the reaction of others: “What will my parents do if I give myself a magic marker moustache?” “Why does Mom get so mad when I help her unload the laundry basket?” Some days the real miracle in parenting is that we all make it through the day. On good days, we can be there right along with them, discovering the world and broadening ourselves. O Leah Lederman lives in Toledo with her husband, their 2-year-old son and a boxer dog. She has 11 nieces and nephews. She can be reached at llederman@toledofreepress.com.


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INTERESTED BIDDERS: TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS – RE-BID BEVERLY K-8, BIRMINGHAM K-8, OLD ORCHARD ES, RIVERSIDE ES, AND WALBRIDGE ES FURNISHINGS AND EQUIPMENT PACKAGE Sealed bids will be accepted by the Board of Education of the Toledo Public School District until 1:00 p.m. on March 09, 2011, at the Toledo Public Schools Treasurers’ Room 3, 420 E. Manhattan Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43608, for all labor, material and supervision necessary for the Re-bid Beverly K-8, Birmingham K-8, Old Orchard ES, Riverside ES, and Walbridge ES FF&E package, as more fully described in the drawings and specifications for the project prepared by MacPherson Architects, Munger Munger + Associates, and The Collaborative Inc. and will be opened publicly and read immediately thereafter. Bid Documents for the project may be examined at the F.W. Dodge plan room in Columbus, Builders Exchange in Toledo, University of Toledo – Capacity Building, E.O.P.A. – Hamilton Building, Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The Plan Room in Ann Arbor, Construction Association of Michigan, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Construction News. Bidders may obtain copies of the documents starting February 16, 2011 which can be purchased from Becker Impressions, 4646 Angola Road, Toledo, Ohio 43615, phone: (419) 385-5303. Drawings may be obtained on CD-ROM for no cost with the purchase of the specifications. A MANDATORY PREBID MEETING is scheduled for February 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Toledo Public Schools Board Room, 420 Manhattan Blvd, Toledo, Ohio 43608.

Maggie is a 2-year-old shorthaired brown tiger. She was brought into the Toledo Area Humane Society with her babies because they were homeless. She and her kittens spent a couple of months in a foster home until they were old enough to go up for adoption. Maggie’s foster mom said that she was affectionate and well-mannered while she was in her home. Maggie may get along with some cats, but she doesn’t like when they invade her space. She is frightened of dogs and would be happier if there aren’t any canine companions around for her to

worry about. Maggie enjoys being brushed and she doesn’t mind being held by her owners. She is a nice, quiet companion that won’t require a lot of your time to keep her happy. Maggie has been spayed, examined by a staff veterinarian, is current on her vaccinations and is microchipped. Toledo Area Humane Society is located at 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Arrowhead Park, Maumee. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call (419) 891-0705 or visit the Website www. toledoareahumanesociety.org.

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