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uring his mayoral campaign, Mike Bell often referred to Toledo as a “sinking ship.” Attention needed to be paid to the economic fundamentals, Bell argued, not rearranging deck chairs. So it was historically appropriate that on April 15, the exact 99-year anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, Bell called a news conference to announce that a deal to sell the Marina District had struck an iceberg in the form of Toledo City Council. Dashing Pacific, the Chinese-based company that recently purchased The Docks, offered $3.8 million for the Marina District, which has sat empty and undeveloped for a decade. Dashing Pacific did not ask for any tax breaks or city money. The company simply offered to buy and develop the property in what should have been a promising transaction. Instead of welcoming the investment and finding ways to cooperate with Bell and Dashing Pacific, some Council members made odd demands and carried themselves as if they were doing the company a favor by deigning to the land. Thomas F. Pounds sellSteve Steel spoke condescendingly to Mayor Bell, objecting that Dashing Pacific is “12 time zones away and we don’t know anything about their track record.” We know their check for The Docks cleared. We know they are the only global concern to step up and try to help revitalize Toledo. Lindsay Webb, whose political standing has fallen dramatically in the past few months, seemed more interested in imposing “restrictive covenants” and in parroting a Blade editorial than expressing her own thoughts. Most curiously, the normally reliable and thoughtful D. Michael Collins clouded the issue with these comments: “I would expect that the prospective purchaser provide within the instrument of purchase, a complete business plan — defining schedules, financing, marketing and all of those essentials that would be required under a business plan for a conventional loan.” This is incongruent, of course, as there was nothing resembling a loan in the transaction. Collins also suggested that if 51 percent of the business plan were not complete within two years, the property would revert to Toledo for $2 million. Given the variables in development and construction, such a proposal is nothing less than obtructionist and nonsensical. But the 51 percent number could have some useful application. Perhaps City Council members should be held accountable for at least 51 percent of their campaign promises. Perhaps voters should look back on 51 percent of the resolutions, votes and actions taken by Council and prepare a list of items to be discussed as each seat is up for re-election. Titanic was sunk by only the smallest portion of the iceberg it struck; while there is faith that Mayor Bell will be able to salvage the Dashing Pacific deal for the Marina District, it is the 51 percent number that will resonate from this conflict. It’s appropriate, as 51 percent symbolizes the half-assed effort Toledo City Council has devoted to this transaction. O Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at

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“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” — Kevin Spacey as “Verbal” Kint, “The Usual Suspects”

before taking his own life. Just his suicide could guarantee eternal damnation according to many religions; murdering his family should expedite matters. The threat of Hell did not stop LaShanda Armstrong, here is a 1986 “Life in Hell” comic strip by Matt Groe- who last week drove her minivan into the Hudson River, ning that tackles the topic “Kids’ Questions About killing herself and drowning three of her four children. Nor Death.” After a string of ruminations about the after- did it stop Jared Lee Loughner from taking point-blank life (“When you go to Heaven, do you look like how you did shots at U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, six of when you died?” “If cats are bad, do they go to Cat Hell?” “If whom died, including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. your leg is amputated during your life, is it waiting for you in Fear of unimaginable fire did not prevent the crimes of Heaven?”), the young questioner is shown hiding under the Seung-Hui Cho, the 23-year-old who killed 32 students (and then himself) at Virginia Tech Univerbedcovers late at night, wondering, “Will I go sity. Or Columbine shooters Eric Harris and to Hell just for asking these questions?” Dylan Klebold, who killed 13 people and The threat of Hell was once a strong motithen themselves. Or Timothy McVeigh, who vator for those in a Christian home. For most killed 168 people in Oklahoma City. Or the of my childhood, I was more fearful of Hell Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists, who killed nearly and Satan than I was joyful about Heaven and 3,000. Or whomever is in the news this God. Lake of fire? Winged demons tearing morning for whatever senseless and brutal flesh off bones with hook-covered whips? murder they committed. Horned devils spearing their pitchforks It does not take an Ivy League sociolothrough bodies that never numb to tearing gist to make the elementary connection: We pain? No, thanks. I’ll brush up on the Ten Commandments, memorize the names of the Michael S. miller exist in a society in which life means little to nothing for some people. If the miracle of living can apostles and try really, really hard to walk the line. As I have grown and learned from life, I have become be extinguished without any more thought than it takes more confident in the love and eternal promise offered in to squeeze a plastic trigger in a video game, what possible Christian teachings, but I still have a child’s primal fear of threat can an afterlife wield? If you can’t find the glory in living, you’re not likely to hope for the glory of salvation, or burning forever in the pits of Hell. Unquestionably and successfully timed to create con- fear the retribution of Hell. I remember an afternoon in 1976 at my friend John versation during the Easter season, with its emphasis on the Resurrection, the April 25 Time magazine cover, Bleau’s house in Walbridge. We used to spin records for “What if there’s no Hell?” focuses on the work of Michigan hours — Cheap Trick, Queen, Eagles, Billy Joel, Fleetwood pastor Rob Bell. The story “Is Hell dead?” walks through Mac, all that good ’70s stuff. During one session, John the controversy regarding Bell’s book, “Love Wins: A Book played an Alice Cooper song, “Go to Hell.” Cooper sings a About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who litany of acts that supposedly condemn mortals to Hell (“ReEver Lived.” Written by Jon Meacham, the article does a fusing to act your age/For gambling and drinking alcohol thorough job of discussing Bell’s view (Jesus‚ redemptive constantly/For making us doubt our parents’ authority/ work is universal; “every person who ever lived” could go You’d even force-feed a diabetic a candy cane”). Every time to Heaven whether or not they acknowledge Christ, an idea Cooper would swing to the chorus and bellow “You could frowned upon by some clergy because it disregards nearly go to Hell,” John would turn the volume down on the reall of the prescribed church-sanctioned steps to salvation). cord player so the H-word could not be heard by nearby Meacham covers an admirable amount of ground (a adults. That’s how much power the word and concept used high point is his comparing religious debate to a “wilder- to hold. Today, hell, like so many other once-taboo words, ness of mirrors,” a CIA term describing bewilderment) but has lost its capital letter status; it’s almost quaint to think of a time when Satan was an upfront boogeyman, instead of he never really tries to answer his title thesis. Is Hell dead? People who have recently driven through certain areas of the “Simpsons” and “South Park” cartoon caricature who Toledo may beg to differ, but it’s not a stretch to posit that Hell does his real-life work in more subtle, quiet ways. It scares me that such evil lurks in our world, but that’s isn’t what it used to be. Hell certainly seems to have lost much of its stature as a punishment meant to deter bad behavior. where faith comes into play, isn’t it? That is where we look John Skelton doesn’t seem to have been concerned about deep inside, then up toward the stars, and decide what will Hell’s fires when he did whatever he did to his sons Andrew, motivate our life — fear of Hell, desire for Heaven, or the 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5. Images of Satan cackling nothingness that mocks them both. O with anticipation do not seem to have impacted Oak Harbor’s Alan Atwater, who on April 16 shot and killed his wife Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and ToDawn and their three children, Isaac, Ashley and Brady, ledo Free Press Star. Email him at


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n July 6, 2010, Toledo City source Recovery Systems (RRS). Councilman D. Michael Collins Council passed legislation to address a past due bill and raised questions concerning Toledo’s promised to create revenue for the decision to end trash collection. “Do we really want to commit to City of Toledo. At the April 19 Toledo City Council meeting, questions a company for three more years, for were raised when the legislation was a service that we’re not even going to be providing?” Collins asked. brought back before Council. Director of Public Services Ed Ordinance 295-10 authorized Toledo to enter into a three-year Moore said, “We think it would be a Agreement with FCR Recycling for good idea to enter into the contract the processing of recycling materials and lock ourselves into the rates that and to address the balance owed to we have right now.” Deputy Mayor Tom Crothers FCR at that time of $288,000. asked Moore to proDuring the July 6 vide details on the meeting, then-Countiming issue. cilman Michael Ash“If we pass this ... ford urged support we’ll be able to pay of the ordinance as a the lesser amount,” temporary measure Moore said. until Toledo and Lucas Councilman George County were able to esSarantou asked what tablish a Materials Rethe current bill was. covery Facility (MRF). “We still have almost Lisa Renee WARD Moore said it was more than $400,000. He said a $300,000 debt hanging over our head and because it’s a fluc- they negotiated that amount down tuating market, with this, finally we to about $316,000 then negotiated it got to the point where this could be lower using recycling rebates since a payout; it could pay for itself within they are now experiencing a positive cash flow from recycling; $30,000 this a year,” Ashford said. Dave Welch, who was at that month, which took the amount owed time director of public services, down to $288,000. “This deal is on the table today, talked about the MRF but also provided details on the ordinance then we’d like to move it forward,” Public Utilities Director Welch said. “We’ve before Council. “The current piece of legislation been holding these folks out negotiin front of you will buy us some ating back and forth.” Welch said RRS was honoring the time,” Welch said. “It will also pay down our debt and also bring in July contract, but could raise prices if some money into our coffers. It’s a Council did not act that night. The ordinance was held at first good opportunity.” The ordinance passed July 6, reading at Collins’ request It’s not clear how much Toledo 2010, as an emergency measure, with Mayor Mike Bell signing it on has earned from recyclables given July 8. According to a May 27, 2010 the variations in information. If memo from Welch, “The City would Toledo was collecting 20,000 tons a realize a rebate of $20.50 per ton year and was making a profit in Febor approximately $30,000 based on ruary, why wasn’t enough revenue 1,500 tons of recyclables in today’s generated to pay RRS from the proceeds as intended in July? market,” with the FCR contract. Welch did not respond to an At a Feb. 14 Public Utilities committee meeting, Councilman Mike April 20 request for information. Toledo will be out of the trash Craig asked how close we were to making a profit on recyclables. He collection busiuness, but will still was told it was profitable at that time, manage recycled material collected that Toledo generates 20,000 tons a by Allied Waste. Allied, as the trash year in recycling. Using the cited collector for Toledo through Lucas rebate amount, that should generate County Solid Waste Management District, would not benefit from the $410,000 in recycling revenue. On April 19, the ordinance came sale of recycling or be responsible for back to be amended, with it being the cost should the recycling market stated that not only was the original drop. Toledo would profit or pay. Something doesn’t smell right. O ordinance flawed because it failed to authorize the expenditure of funds, but now the amount owed to FCR Toledo Free Press Web Editor Lisa was more than $400,000. Addition- Renee Ward operates the political blog ally, FCR was sold and is now Re-


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How we educate children will determine our future Dear Residents of Sylvania, Twenty-four years ago I remember my husband and I tromping through the snow looking at houses. My 2-yearold was bundled in a snowsuit perched on my hip. About a year before, I had begun asking everyone which school district had the best public education in the area. The answer I had repeatedly received was why we choose to look for a home in Sylvania. The house we liked the best had hundreds of little footprints in the yard, which we perceived as a clue to the number of children in the neighborhood. In 1996, when all three of our children were attending Sylvania Schools, after a district operating levy had failed, was passed, and then the millage amount was successfully rolled back, I made the decision to become personally involved in our children’s educations and our community’s schools, a decision I will never regret. During my service to the community, and because our children had different needs and interests, I learned a great deal about the learning process and education. I also became keenly aware of the local, state and federal menagerie of funding, and the social and economic impact that a quality education package has on an individual, a family, and a community. A couple of weeks ago, I saw an interesting video. The video demonstrated the way we, as a society, choose to divide our “pie.” The first and largest piece was given to a neatly dressed man, representing our mortgages. The next two pieces about equal in size went to a man as car one and a woman as car two. The fourth piece was given to a elegantly dressed woman as fashion expenses, and the next to a businessman representing credit expenditures. Lastly, a couple of pie crumbs, representing education, were sprinkled over a sleeping teenage boy, dressed in an old hooded sweatshirt with earphones in his ears. Sadly, this scenario of images accurately represents our situation as well as our priorities. I’m sure you’ll agree that our world has been dramatically changed by technology in our lifetime. Its use has expanded our access to knowledge. It is not always for the better, but we do have the world at our fingertips, limited

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only by our willingness and our fear, of its acceptance. Technology has and will continue to change the rate knowledge expands, our access to the knowledge and its use, limited only by our imagination and our resources. Our world is changing, our children and our children’s children, will gain knowledge in ways we can only imagine — how we resolve to educate them reflects our priorities and will determine our future economic viability as a community, a state, a nation. O Pam Haynam, Sylvania

On second thought ... In Michael S. Miller’s April 17 column (“Crystal sour vox”) he quoted himself as saying, “As a middle-aged, overweight white guy with graying facial hair, I am America’s ruling demographic ...” What planet does Miller live on? We’re not the ruling demographic, we’re the targets. O JOHN R. HILL, Sylvania

Hit the showers, Coach Carty Congratulations to Mayor Mike Bell and his administration for [his efforts to pull off] a second great economic development deal with our new Chinese friends, Dashing Pacific Group Ltd. While the infusion of $3.8 million to the city coffers is certainly welcome news, the fact that it took $43 million of taxpayer money to get the property known as the “Marina District” to the point where it could be finally marketed, is distressing. True to form, our egomaniac former mayor, Carty Finkbeiner, couldn’t wait to start throwing stones at the deal. Let us not forget that it was none other than Finkbeiner who squandered $19 million of Toledo taxpayer’s money on this failed monument to his personal economic development genius, with more than $8 million of that going to building the one-mile long “road to nowhere.” n LETTERS CONTINUES ON A5


April 24, 2011 n LETTERS CONTINUED FROM A4 (Now we know where all the money for the maintenance of the water treatment plant and the paving of our crumbling roads and infrastructure went to). So obsessed was Finkbeiner in building his pipe dream, that he commissioned enough “conceptual drawings” from his development partner, Larry Dillin, to wallpaper the entire 22nd floor of One Government Center. Remember, Finkbeiner was the self-appointed architect behind failed development projects such as: Museum Place Apartments, The Commodore Perry and Hillcrest Hotel Apartments, The Edison Steam Plant project and the Southwyck Mall redevelopment, all of which cost Toledo taxpayers millions of dollars and put us on the hook for millions more for years to come. You would think that with his track record of total failure, the guy would have the decency to schlep off to some distant burg to live it down in obscurity. But not Carty. He is bound and determined to stick around, waiting for some opportunity to take credit for something positive that he had nothing to do with, or to cast scorn and doubt on those who manage to succesfully move the ball down the field for “Team Toledo.” It’s time for “Coach Carty” to hit the showers once and for all. O Mike McMahon, Toledo




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Barack Hussein W. Bush

Liberals, democrats, progressives n the eight years that he occupied office, George W. Bush saw his ap- and the like immediately fell in love proval ratings skyrocket up to 90 with Barack Obama. His smooth talk, percent post-Sept. 11, 2001 and tumble charming personality and technical savvy provided the feelto as low as 25 percent good vibe a candidate on three separate occaneeds to win undecided sions ( voters, and he quickly His presidency was not became the “popular praised for handling the choice.” Cries from the deadliest terror attack Right that he was unqualever executed on U.S. soil, ified and lacked any real or the passing of Sarbanes experience went unheard Oxley in response to and Obama quickly Enron, WorldComm and found himself president. Tyco frauds. Instead, Bush Ben TREECE Almost two and a half was ridiculed by the media years later, Obama’s presifor public gaffes, a cabinet lacking intelligence and involving the dency has lacked any form of leadU.S. in two wars without any evidence ership and common sense, but why has the media tried so hard to ignore of WMDs or an exit strategy. Americans had finally had enough. this? Sure, you hear the usual suspects Liberals wanted Bush out long be- speaking out — Rush, Glenn, Bill, fore the 2008 election and conserva- Anne, etc. — but constituents are not tives were eager for his exit following nearly as fed up with Obama as they the frivolous spending policies that were with Bush, judging by his 45 perplagued the end of his second term. cent job approval rating. Do the numThe public disdain for Bush presented bers reflect the job he’s done? Environment: Bush had Hurrithe perfect opportunity for the Democrats to sponsor the most progressive cane Katrina, Obama had the BP oil candidate to occupy the Oval Office spill. Both were handled quite poorly. Military: Bush led the U.S. in to since Jimmy Carter.

war with Afghanistan and soon after Iraq. Obama failed to withdraw troops in the manner that he claimed he would and helped spark an offensive in Libya. Economy: Bush approved massive spending increases in his second term which had little to no effect on the economy. Obama continued this flawed policy of tax and spend (and then some) with no different outcome. Public Gaffes: Bush made several foolish comments during press interviews. Obama compared his bowling skills to that of a man in the Special Olympics on Jay Leno and received a pass from the oh-so-forgiving media. Throw a shoe at Obama and we have an identical presidency. Those who support a political candidate and their values are reluctant to change their opinion overnight. It took conservatives several months to take notice of Bush’s faulty economic policy. I have recognized these similarities during the past few months, but finally others are beginning to take notice. Michael Moore recently demanded Obama return his Nobel Peace Prize and Minister Louis Farrakhan recently asked Obama, “Who

the hell do you think you are?” on his radio show, both comments in response to Obama’s policy in Libya. The time is coming and citizens are starting to take notice. It would not surprise me in the least to see Obama’s approval ratings drop at least 10 percent by the end of his term, especially with the way his administration has handled (or failed to) this jobless recovery. I would be shocked if his party allows him to run for a second term. The Democrats are not stupid; they know that dissatisfied voters sway elections. Angry Democrats helped elect Reagan over Carter and frustrated Republicans helped elect Clinton to his first term over H.W. Bush. Only two things are certain right now; Republicans are going to work hard to find a respectable, electable candidate to take control of the White House in 2012, and Obama’s publicist is going to be earning his paycheck in the coming months. O Ben Treece is a discretionary money manager with Treece Investment Advisory Corp and a stockbroker for Treece Financial Services Corp licensed with FINRA.


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As many Northwest Ohio residents learned last summer, a federal disaster declaration — and the resulting federal funds to help rebuild — is not a guarantee even in the wake of a destructive and fatal string of tornadoes. The next Ready U session, “Disaster Aid: Myths and Facts,” organized by the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of DRAGANI the American Red Cross, will address common misconceptions about state and federal aid as well as the short-term local resources available immediately following a disaster. The session will be presented by Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Dragani, who also serves on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council, has worked with the Ohio EMA since 1994, serving as director since 2005. The free, hour-long presentation is set for 7 p.m. April 25 at the McMaster Center in the Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St., and will be hosted by 13abc’s Sashem Brey. The session will first address what criteria must be met for a region to be declared a disaster area and then what state and federal government assistance residents can realistically expect once a declaration is made, Dragani

said in a recent phone interview. “I think people sometimes overestimate what kind of assistance they’ll get if we get a federal declaration,” Dragani said. “It’s not like you have an event and FEMA gives you a check for $2,100, and I think sometimes that catches people off-guard. People make an assumption that the money comes faster, comes easier and they will get a whole lot more than is actually the case.” The average individual assistance grant is typically between $4,000 and $6,000, Dragani said. “That’s really not a whole lot of money,” Dragani said. “That might replace a living room suite or dining room suite, but it’s not going to make someone whole. The whole purpose is to get them back on the road to recovery, but it won’t make them whole.” When FEMA evaluates a region after a disaster, it looks for uninsured damage. In the case of last year’s tornado, about 95 percent of damage was covered by home insurance, so the uninsured portion did not reach the level required for further government aid, Dragani said. “That’s a very difficult thing for people to understand because intuitively tornadoes cause a tremendous amount of damage and in that case we had fatalities as well,” Dragani said. “People in the Toledo area remember that and think ‘What could be more disastrous?’ but from federal perspective — not discounting at all the trauma to the school, community and individuals that were impacted — it didn’t require the federal assistance to help individuals recover, which is really what FEMA is all about.” Local resources, including county EMA teams, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other organizations,

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DRAGANI with EMA and national weather service OFFICIALS following a Cridersville tornado in 2010.

provide the first-responder, shortterm assistance after a disaster, said Matthew Heyrman, project manager for Lucas County EMA. “There’s an expectation out there that federal resources will be on the ground and there the next day and that’s not the reality,” Heyrman said. “As we say all the time in EMA, disasters are local. We are on our own at least for the first 72 hours. We have to use what we have here. The federal government is going to do as much as they can as fast as they can, but it takes time.” After local government declares a state of emergency, the state governor can make a declaration and then petition the president to declare a federal disaster, Heyrman said.

“Only then do we get the FEMA funds and things people see on TV,” Heyrman said. “We have great resources here and when the tornado or flood comes, we are going to do our best, but in any situation where a lot of people are affected, the government is going to triage and help the worst areas first. So people can help themselves and their family in a better position by having a kit, being informed and having a plan.” Dragani said she hopes attendees will take away the importance of insurance. “None of the [federal] programs will make them whole,” Dragani said. “They need to look at insurance policies to adequately protect themselves before an event because that’s where

the most comprehensive recovery protection is going to come from.” Ready U, a 10-session yearlong series presented by the Red Cross of Greater Toledo and the Lucas County EMA, is designed to educate the public and prepare individuals and families for potential emergencies in Northwest Ohio. Attendees will receive reusable grocery bags and have a chance to win raffle prizes, including a gift card from The Andersons, said Sheri Meeker, community disaster education specialist for the Red Cross. Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor for the Ready U program. For more information, visit the website O

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TPS to inspect several roofs after winter leaks By Emily B. Gibb

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Toledo Public Schools is inspecting the repairs needed to fix leaking roofs at Bowsher High School, Leverette Middle School and East Broadway Middle School. Lisa Sobecki, vice president of the TPS Board of Education, said that even though these are newer schools, the leaks could have happened to any roof, regardless of its age. When the snow and ice began accumulating on the roof, then thawing and then freezing over again, water was able to seep underneath the shingles and freeze — causing the leaks once it began to thaw again, Sobecki said. She said that the district is com-

municating with the schools to let them know the process that will be used to fix the problems. The board is stepping lightly so it can ensure that it is not spending unnecessary money because many parts of the buildings are still under warranty, Sobecki said. The district wants to SOBECKI avoid doing its own patch repairs and then finding out it voided the warranty. “We want to make sure that if there’s any repair work that we do that it falls under warranty specifications,” Sobecki said. “We’re taking precau-

tions so we don’t jeopardize further repairs and dollars.” Sobecki said that the district is also up against the weather. The district has not have not wanted to send people up to the roof with the wind and rain during the last few weeks. TPS’ construction manager, The Lathrop Company, inspected the roofs to assess and advise the board as to what needs to be done, but the board has to wait until the manufacturer for each roof looks at what it will replace before TPS can estimate the total cost of repairing the three schools, said Jim Gant, TPS business manager. “We can do some general patching, but I don’t even know what we need to do to fix it until they take a look at it,” Gant said. Enough repairs were completed

when TPS initially noticed the leaks so it have not had any problems with it since the brunt of winter ended, Gant said. So far, no permanent damage to property inside the schools has been reported, Gant and Sobecki said. But the board isn’t only dealing with roof issues in the district’s newer buildings. Even though TPS knew about HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) problems at another newer building, Rosa Parks Elementary, earlier in the year, it was unable to take any action until the ground thawed because some of the problematic HVAC lines run underground, Gant said. Those repairs are to be completed within the next few weeks, he said. O

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munities we serve,” said Michael Bankey, Owens Vice President of Workforce and Community Services, in a news release. Class times are as follows: O Arrowhead Park Learning Center, 1724 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 5, 12 and 19 (Thursdays); or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 1 and 8 (Wednesdays). O Owens Learning Center, The Source, 1301 Monroe St., Toledo: 5 to 7 p.m. May 10, 17 and 24 (Tuesdays); or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 9, 16 and 23 (Thursdays). O Wood County Courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green: 9 a.m. to noon May 13 and 20 (Fridays); or 3 to 5 p.m. June 6, 13 and 20 (Mondays). O Owens Campus, 3200 Bright Road, Findlay: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 17 and 24 (Tuesdays); or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 20 and 27 (Mondays). For more information or to register, contact Owens at (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357. O — Sarah Ottney

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Golf event to support Honor Flight A golf outing in Waterville on May 14 will support Honor Flight Northwest Ohio. The Honor Flight Northwest Ohio Golf Outing, organized by one of Owens Community College’s Leadership Academy groups, will

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Salon offers free hair, makeup for Lake prom Stylists at Brodava Salon in Perrysburg are donating their time to offer free hair and makeup for students attending Lake’s prom. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. April 29 at the salon, located at 742 W. Boundary St., and appointments are filling up fast, Owner Crissy George said. The prom will take place that night near the salon at the Hilton Garden Inn with dinner provided by Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi at Levis Commons. “We just wanted to give back and partner with Nagoya and the Hilton to create an unforgettable prom for Lake students after the destruction last year’s tornado caused to their school and community,” George said. “It actually affected a lot of the families, which didn’t get as much publicity as the school did. We just want to help them out. As soon as the announcement was made at the school, one of the moms called in tears and said, ‘You have no idea what this has done for my daughter.’ Just that alone made you appreciate everything that we’ve got.” For more information, call the salon at (419) 873-6500. O — Sarah Ottney

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he big news this week came when the rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded its outlook on long-term U.S. debt on fears that the United States’ budget difficulties may lead the Treasury to default on some of its bonds. This news, of course, sent shockwaves through financial markets, knocking major stock industries down several points upon release. The sentiment — and portfolios — of many investors around the world changed very quickly with this action by S&P. S&P’s decision to downgrade its outlook on long-term U.S. debt comes on the heels of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s warnings that a failure by Congress to raise the debt ceiling could result in a default on government debt. In other words, Mr. Geithner is warning Congress that the United States’ national debt has grown so large that the Treasury can no longer afford to service that debt without taking on additional debt. Sound idiotic? That’s because it is. First, Mr. Geithner, in his infinite wisdom, is pretending that he lacks any other mechanisms for servicing U.S. debt. Monetization stands out as one viable option; and while the resulting inflation would be far from ideal, it beats the heck out of default, which would cripple this nation’s credibility in international markets. Then again, Congress could always cut back on spending and gradually reduce the national debt. n TREECE CONTINUES ON A17

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The Maritime Academy of Toledo is now operating out of its new home in the former maritime union building on Water Street in Downtown Toledo. The Maritime Academy moved into the state-of-the-art marine training facility which it is leasing from the American Maritime Officers Plan (AMOP). “We now have the best marine educational facilities in the country,” Superintendent Renee Marazon said. She reported that the AMOP came to the academy about using the training facilities and left all the equipment and simulators for the students to use. The Maritime Academy is a tuition-free public charter school for students in grades five through 12 and also offers certification training for adults in the maritime industry. The academy was founded in 2005 and previously operated out of a Downtown building on Monroe Street. Today, 193 middle and high school students are studying marine subjects, learning to navigate a Great Lakes freighter or to play the steel drums in the school band, all while preparing for college and a possible career in the shipping industry. The new facility offers students an education using maritime and nautical themes in traditional subjects with hands-on learning in a boat building laboratory, two navigation simulators, ship-size galley, commercial laundry, and other hospitality amenities for potential positions on cruise ships and freighters. The curriculum at the academy focuses on one of the world’s most valuable resources, the navigable waterways of the Great Lakes, its islands, rivers, ecosystems, food chain and supply, recreation and impact on the region’s economy. “Our challenging curriculum and strong code of conduct set high standards for our students,” Marazon said. “We support our students with individualized attention and handson learning opportunities that keep

them engaged.” Quincy Cunningham is an example of many students who are taking advantage of the educational opportunities at the Maritime Academy. He was once a shy child who struggled with reading comprehension, Marazon said. “It opened a lot of opportunities for me and helped me to pursue a career as a veterinarian for large mammals,” Cunningham said. “When students have a passion for what they want to do, we help them pursue it,” Marazon said. After four years at the academy, Cunningham will graduate at the top of his class having earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He plans to attend Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. His mom, Patrece Tolbert, credits the one-on-one attention and hands-on learning experiences he received at the maritime academy for his success. “We learn more here from better teachers who work with students oneon-one with hands-on training,” said Daryl Winfree, a junior from Toledo. “There’s more attention focused on individual students in smaller classes,” said William Moore, a senior from Toledo, who plans to join the Marine Corps after graduation in June. The Maritime Academy has a staff of 30 professionals, including a licensed career tech instructor who happens to be a licensed sea captain as well, Marazon said. Rick Brown, instructor and marine CTE program director, heads a three-year career tech program for the students who also attend classes at Owens Community College. Students can earn up to 24 credit hours toward an associate degree, Brown said. The Maritime Academy of Toledo is one of only 18 maritime academies in the U.S., the only one on the Great Lakes and only middle and high school combination, Marazon said. The academy also serves an important role in retraining adult mariners and educating adults seeking to begin new careers in the maritime industry, she said.

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hen the Toledo Wistert Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 49th annual awards ceremony last month, most of the attention was centered on Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel, who served as the keynote speaker. While the attention toward Tressel was welldeserved given what he has meant to football in the state of Ohio, one local man honored that night didn’t get the opportunity to receive the attention he deserved for all he has meant to football here in Northwest Ohio. That man is Toledo native Jamie Knott, who together with wife Janina started the Springfield Youth Football Association in 2008 and was honored last month by the Toledo Wistert Chapter with the Junior League Coach’s Award for his contributions to local football. Starting with 90 participants in its first season, the SYFA has grown to more than 250 participants in flag football, tackle football and cheerleading. “It’s a great thing to be honored because you’re just doing something that you really enjoy doing,” Knott said in a phone interview with Toledo Free Press. “You’re not out there doing it for

“I played the sport all the way pating in the program receive weekly me and my wife — doing this. There’s any type of award. It’s been very good, almost like a family atmosphere that through high school, and a lot of grade and behavior checks from their a lot of people involved.” Unfortunately, due to health issues the lessons I learned in teachers and parents, a practice instiit’s been able to build. it are what I use on a tuted by SYFA coach Mark Masella. Knott — a self-proclaimed “huge Ohio We’ve got three third and daily basis and always Masella also started an offseason con- State fan and a huge Jim Tressel supfourth-grade teams per have ever since I’ve been ditioning program that takes place porter” — was unable to attend the Totackle, three fifth and playing the sport,” Knott once a week for kids not participating ledo Wistert Chapter’s awards ceremony sixth and because of lack said. “We wanted the in other sports. While Knott and because he was in the hospital. Even of space we’re trying to kids to get those same others involved in the SYFA enjoy though his health issues will prevent still find ways to bring experiences and get them playing games at Springfield High him from coaching in the time being, the kids together more. ready. If they’re going to School, they are also trying to raise Knott won’t let them get in the way of “As far as things move on to play football, money to purchase more land to de- his involvement with the SYFA, nor with that people have done, that’s what the grade and velop practice fields, possibly taking it 13-year-old son Zachary and nine-yearthe positive feedback Mike BAUMAN behavior checks [are for], a step further in building local com- old son Cameron. is probably the biggest “I’ve coached Zach for several years so that they understand munity center has been discussed. thing that really keeps “I can’t name them all, but there’s and Cameron for two, but with me you motivated, to know that you’ve that their school has to come first. But we want the kids to get more out of it a lot of people involved in this orga- stepping down right now I’ll still be done a lot of good things.” nization to make it run,” Knott said. somewhat involved trying to transition Prior to coaching football, Knott than football. “We want them to get the life les- “We’ve grown from zero to almost everything and help them out,” Knott was a player. He graduated from Whitmer in 1987, where he was an sons out of it and apply them towards 300 kids very fast, so it takes a lot of said. “I’m not just going to walk away people. I don’t want this to sound by and dump it in their laps, but I’ll finally offensive lineman and played for what they’re doing.” During the season, kids partici- any means that it’s just two people — be able to watch one of my kids play.” O OHSFCA Hall of Famer Pat Gucciardo, Sr. Knott received a degree in business from the University of Toledo in 1994 and now works for Toyota at $1.99 23 oz. Select 1/2 PRICE APPETIZERS the company’s Technical Center in Every day after 9 pm. DOMESTIC DRAFTS Ann Arbor, Mich. He coached for 13 Half-off regular menu price dine-in only. Mon. - Fri. 2 pm - 5 pm years in the Washington Junior Foot& ALL DAY Thursday! ALL-U-CAN-EAT All day! ball League before starting the SYFA 40¢ WINGS with his wife in 2008. SPAGHETTI Every day!

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Brown Automotive recently donated $10,000 to Downtown Perrysburg for the entertainment group’s First Friday Series and Rock the Docks events. The money — $7,500 for the First

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Texaco Country Showdown hunts for talent in Toledo By Emily B. Gibb

Toledo Free Press News Editor

Country radio station 107.7 The Wolf and Toledo Free Press are hosting a local singing competition as one of the first steps of the 30th annual Texaco Country Showdown. Contestants have an opportunity to join the contest’s storied history, which includes past winners and finalists LeAnn Rimes, Garth Brooks, John Michael Montgomery, Ricky Travino, Chris Young, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Sara Evans. Local competitions are taking place in every state in the continental U.S. After that winners will HART compete in state competitions and then move on to one of five regional competitions. Winners from the five regional competitions will move on the national finals at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., to compete for a $100,000 prize. Interested performers can pick up an entry form at the 107.7 studio, 720 Water St. or find one online at Each contestant’s entry form, audio demo and $20 entry fee is due by May 16 and can be dropped off or mailed to the station or emailed to thewolf@ Individuals and groups of up to seven people are invited to enter. “I would encourage everyone who really enjoys it, enjoys singing, to give it a try,” said Laura Hart, general manager of 107.7. “If they don’t have a demo, give us a call anyway. We don’t want to scare anyone away from participating.” To help make the entry process as easy as possible, the station will walk contestants through the forms if they have any questions, she said. All they have to do is call and the station will be happy to help. “We don’t want anyone to miss an opportunity,” Hart said. Country Showdown contacted the station about hosting a local contest. “They liked the market size. They thought Toledo had a lot of talent,” Hart said. She sent letters to prospective judges with musical experience from

a variety of backgrounds, such as music teachers, instead of local dignitaries, she said. Hart said that it’s exciting to be a part of the country music scene and showcase local talent who has a real shot at gaining national exposure. “This is a very musical town. There’s a lot going on,” she said. “Being a new station, we’re hoping this furthers the ties with the community.” Hart said the odds are good that the winner from this area could continue on in the competition past the state and regional rounds — the Toledo winner has a one in eight chance of winning the state round. Even if he, she or they lose at the state level, Toledo’s winning act will receive an autographed guitar from Jason Aldean. “[Toledo’s] just a great city with great people and the radio station there is wonderful and we wanted them to be a part of this and they

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Toledo Free Press – April 24, 2011  

The cover for this edition features LeeAnn Rimes and Jaclyn North, the 2010 winner of the Texaco Country Showdown. TFP and The Wolf 107.7 ar...