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ew music is one of life’s great plea- episode is revealed when her boyfriend, who sures; falling in love with a new is watching her bathe, notices a new carpet sound or voice is like walking into a burn on her body). Here was a frank and brutal female pocket of warm air in a frigid room. Every week, the online music service sexuality missing from the female stars of iTunes offers free songs for listeners to the time, the growling but nonthreatening download. These “Single of the Week” or Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Fergie and “Discovery Download” choices tend to be Kelly Clarkson. Winehouse played user and from new bands trying to break through, used, player and victim, with such organic clarity that she made those giving music fans a risk-free singers’ best shots at sexy taste of new sounds. sound like Julie Andrews in According to my iTunes “The Sound of Music.” info, on Thursday, Jan. 18, A series of mouse clicks 2007, I downloaded the free later, and Winehouse’s two altrack “You Know I’m No bums, 2003’s “Frank” and 2006’s Good” by singer Amy Wine“Back to Black” were safely house. While many free nestled on my PC. Diving into iTunes tracks are as dispos“Back to Black” first, I settled in able as a candy wrapper, the Winehouse track announced Michael S. miller and started the track “Rehab,” hoping the album could keep itself with authority from the the promise made by “You Know I’m No Good.” first beat and demanded multiple plays. I couldn’t believe the music the tiny comThe song begins with a light, scratchy hip-hop drumbeat, which is soon accompa- puter speakers tried to reveal. “Rehab” was nied by a rubbery, insistent bass line. At the as politically incorrect as anything Prince 14-second mark, an otherworldly, confident ever wrote, as funky as any girl group single, as vocally confident as Chrissie Hynde at her female voice begins its sermon. “Meet you downstairs in the bar and hurt, best and as defiant as early Madonna. Based on the next two hours of listening Your rolled-up sleeves and your skull T-shirt, You say, ‘What did you do with him today?’ and repeat listening, I decided that Amy Winehouse was uniquely talented, bold as And sniffed me out like I was Tanqueray.” The voice, jazzy and funky enough to be love and possibly crazy. Her blunt-force black but too self-aware and lacking in melisma street-level writing about sexual politics and to be anything but British, eased through the drug and alcohol addiction collided with a opening lines like a powerful swimmer taking soul music sensitivity that namedropped Ray her time, gliding through calm waters. The Charles, Donny Hathaway, Erykah Badu and way she clipped through the first few words, sampled Marvin Gaye. Any time Winehouse released a remix, then, slurred “with” into four syllables, showed immense command of her voice. The carnal B-side or soundtrack cut, I loyally added it contempt she layered onto “sniffed me out like to the iTunes playlist, and for most of 2007, I was Tanqueray” was simultaneously alluring “Frank” and “Back to Black” remained in and jarring. Within that opening verse, Wine- my mobile music library. I foisted her songs house name-checked Roger Moore, chas- onto fellow music lovers with the fervor of tised her man for doubting her fidelity, then a true convert. As her music demanded, admonished, “I cheated myself/Like I knew I Winehouse became a star. “Rehab” became would/I told you I was trouble/You know that a Top 10 song; “Back to Black” topped the charts; Prince and Jay-Z proclaimed themI’m no good.” Winehouse sang those last three words selves fans; and with the videos, live perforwith the unretractable conviction of the Bad mances and Grammy success (“Rehab” won Record and Song of the Year, though “Back Girl, and I was hooked. The track is unbelievably sexy and to Black” inexplicably lost Album of the Year sordid in its details of infidelity (she ad- to a Herbie Hancock album of Joni Mitchell mits to thinking of one man while “in the songs), she dominated music news. A July 2007 cover story in Rolling Stone final throes” with another and a cheating
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offered a prophetic glimpse into Winehouse’s troubles with drugs, alcohol and relationships. As the next year or two rushed by and the triumphs of “Back to Black” faded into pop culture history, Winehouse’s fame changed from being about her music to being about her issues with addiction and tabloid-fodder behavior. I went from looking forward to her next album to tuning her out as her exploits showed she seemed unable to conquer her many demons. Now, if I am in Toledo, Ohio, and I was fully aware that Amy Winehouse’s London days and nights were being eaten away by addiction, surely the people close to her knew she was in trouble. With all the family, friends, professional contacts and fellow artists, it’s hard to accept that no one could help her — even if she did not want the help. As the July 23 news of her death at age 27 spread, the fans mourned and the cynical maintained they weren’t surprised; they had seen this one coming. I saw the words “addict” and “junkie” as often as I saw the word “artist” used to describe her. As the pile of memorial items grew outside her home, many people left bottles of alcohol among the flowers and drawings and stuffed animals. In 1997, I lived in Washington, D.C., and daily walked by the mountain of items left outside the British Embassy when Princess Diana died. But no one tossed paparazzi cameras and steering wheels on her memorial. It struck me as more mocking than mournful to leave alcohol on the site of an acknowledged addict’s memorial. There is nothing romantic about it when a talent as great as Amy Winehouse is beaten by addiction. Her beautiful eyes and face, the throat that issued her aching voice, that famous beehive hairdo, all were reduced to ashes in a London crematorium July 26. The first time I heard “Rehab,” I imagined that Winehouse could mock the process through her art because she had transcended addiction and earned the right to celebrate. Hearing the song today, there is no defiance, no celebration. It’s the wail of a spirit that knows it will be a ghost in death, cheated of the chance to be an angel in life. O Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Exceptionalism at risk Separation of the inseparable
am now convinced that the GOP Under Reagan, income tax revenue is willing to turn our great nation ranged from 7.8 to 9.4 percent of the into a third-world country in its GDP. Last year, it was 6.2 percent. zeal to keep Obama from being re- Ronald Reagan raised taxes in seven of his eight years in elected. After watching office. He said it was John Boehner’s “reimportant that evsponse” to the president’s eryone “pay their fair July 25 speech, there can share”. (Thanks to Pat be no doubt (if there ever Garafalo of Thinkwas any) that the GOP Progress). Clearly, will lie, dissemble and we do have a revenue say anything to discredit problem and not just Obama, the public’s ina spending problem. terest be damned. Another interObama has bent over esting fact that the backward to cave into Don BURNARD their unwise demands, but even if GOP doesn’t bother to point out is he caved completely, once again they that 90 percent of the deficit was run would move the goalposts and blame up under Republican administrations. it on him. If they got a flat tire they Its newfound concern seems a little would undoubtedly try to spin that it as fatuous, given that they are responsible Obama’s fault. Boehner, and most GOP for most of the problem. The fact that responders, consistently speak as if they they appear to be willing to default on never listened to whatever speech they the debts that they by and large ran up are responding to, and just as consis- seems to run counter to their “families tently, keep repeating the same old tired have to live within their means” dross points that their corporate moneyed in- that they are constantly repeating from terests have provided, mixed in with the their sheet of talking points. Does your family run up huge Tea Party’s unfounded beliefs that they tabs and then walk away and let other are being taxed to death. Obama said in his speech that he families pick up the bills? Especially would back Harry Reid’s new plan, on the backs of the poor, the elderly, which gave the Repubs virtually every- and the middle-class? Mine doesn’t. thing they’ve been holding out for while How did these guys get a reputation containing no tax increases. In effect, for fiscal responsibility again? I must he called their bluff. Boehner’s answer have missed something. Every family was to say that Obama was asking for I know spends beyond what they have a blank check and had no plan. Even on hand. To be fair, we borrow to buy though I think Reid’s plan is nothing houses and automobiles. We borrow to short of abhorrent, it does indeed con- pay for college educations for our chilstitute a plan, so saying there is no plan dren. No one I know borrows so we is a flat lie. Boehner and the GOP rely can give up those things that we hold on the fact that much, if not most, of the dear so that the rich can get richer at public pay little attention to details, so if our expense. That’s ridiculous, but that they come up with a good sound bite, is what the GOP has done and wants to even if it’s a lie, chances are a portion of continue to do. Just tighten your belts. the public will believe it. What Reid’s We’ll be OK. You, maybe not so much. The other great lie is American explan does do, however, is prove that the deficit is not the GOP’s real concern. ceptionalism. The thing that always Defeating Obama at every turn is. It’s all made America exceptional was that her politics. Governing responsibly doesn’t citizens banded together for the good of all, not just some exceptionally wealthy even enter into the picture. Let’s look at some facts. Tax rates citizens. The discourse of today tells us now are the lowest since Eisenhower that basically everything we are or could was president. Taxes are remarkably be, we owe to the wealthy. America lower than they were under the Re- didn’t become the most powerful napubs’ saint, Ronald Reagan. In seven tion on earth under the robber barons of Reagan’s eight years in office, the of yore. We went through the Great Detop tax rate was higher than the pression thanks to those whose thought current 35 percent. For six of those processes are similar to today’s, GOP years, it was more than 50 percent. built a vibrant middle-class, reined in The bottom tax rate was more than the rampant greed and built a nation to 10 percent, the current rate, for his be proud of. That’s what made America entire term. The average tax rate for exceptional, and that’s the exceptiona family of four was 11.06 percent alism that is at risk today. O under Reagan. Under Clinton in 1992, it was 9.18 percent, and under Email Don Burnard at letters@toledo Obama in 2010, it was 4.68 percent. freepress.com.
o you enjoy working on a project without full knowledge of the subject? Does half a story convince you to act without regard to further scrutiny? Or do you subscribe to the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.” Jefferson furthered this principle in discussions of the freedom of religion in this new nation: “Question with boldness even the existence of God. Because if there be one, He must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.” Jefferson was not questioning the existence of God. He knew of Him because of his efforts to find Him through reason and inquiry. Similarly, Jefferson knew of two possible futures for the young republic he was now entrusted with as the president of the United States of America. Robert He knew of a future of lost liberties and the gains of tyranny, or one of the freedoms of man preserved and oppression checked. Like his fellow patriots of the day, he knew the high price that was paid for the freedoms they now enjoyed. His highest wish was for this ultimate freedom to flourish and prevail throughout generations. How best then do we secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and to our posterity? It is here we must heed the words of Jefferson, among others, and become fully educated on the issues of the day. Prior to the founding of our nation, 13 independent states, nations themselves, coalesced into a confederation ... a union of specific and limited purposes. The people were fresh from a war of independence. The marks and bruises from the heavy hand of King George’s oppression were still healing. Distrust of centralized power was foremost in the minds of the citizens. Their confederation was a loose gathering based upon state sovereignty, tempered with federal efforts only on behalf of the states. The Articles of Confederation stood as the document of understanding among the 13 states for nearly eight years to the day before the trade disputes and near interstate wars brought about its replacement with the Constitution of the United States of America. The Articles did not fall as a result of foreign involvement or through the actions of war. They fell through the failure of man to maintain the gifts of freedom granted them. From the dust and rubble of the Articles rose a new document and a new ideal. The formation of a republic based upon maximum freedom for the people. The framers learned many lessons from history, and took great care in saving the spirit of the confederation — state sovereignty — while creating a union of strength. The framers knew something else ... the nation would expand through the Western territories. One of the first actions of the Congress under the new
Constitution was to affirm the most important act performed under the now-defunct Articles. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was reaffirmed as the method by which territories become states in the newly formed union. The original document echoed the concerns of Jefferson in the matters of reason and inquiry. The Ordinance also carried on the words of John Adams who, on speaking on the future of the Constitution, stated, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance states: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of educaDENSIC tion shall forever be encouraged.” Our founders so closely tied the ideas of education with religion as to almost find them inseparable. Alexis de Tocqueville in writing on his observations of the new American nation, “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for it in the fertile fields, and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought it in her rich mines, and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.” For the formative period of our nation, this ideal held true. Religion, morality and education were the answers to the question of the great American experiment; “Can man govern himself?” As the states’ “encouragement” of schools and education gave way to the state-created institutions of education, these missions and core principles also came under attack through the revision of history. In 1892 in response to these attacks, a paper was printed stating, “If the study of the Bible is to be excluded from all state schools; if the inculcation of the principles of Christianity is to have no place in the daily program; if the worship of God is to form no part of the general exercises of these public elementary schools; then the good of the state would be better served by restoring all schools to church control.” This statement by the National Education Association (NEA)of 1892 grants us today a light into the nation that was, and a illuminates a principle that we must fight for yet again. Tyranny appears in many forms; the oppression of freedom, the destruction of our heritage, the revision of our history and the separation from that which allows us to govern ourselves. O Email Robert Densic at email@example.com.
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BAX Global layoffs impact 700 jobs By Zach Davis
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DB Schenker announced on July 22 a realignment that will lay off 700 Toledo jobs. BAX Global, parent company DB Schenker, will be shut down at the Toledo Express Airport. The company plans to transform its dedicated air fleet to ground transportation. It plans to focus on just a small number of customers requiring North American domestic transportation management. “We deeply regret that there will be some layoffs as part of this realignment,” CEO of DB Schenker Heiner
Murmann said. “However, we are working to redeploy as many employees as possible to other parts of our business. Our employees represent the cornerstone of our company and we will treat all affected personnel in an open, transparent and respectful manner throughout this transition.” The U.S. dedicated air fleet represents less than 10 percent of the company’s business in both North and South America. The company will eliminate the fleet in the coming weeks due to budgetary constraints. “As a result of the prolonged recession and spiking fuel prices, more and more of our customers are opting for expedited ground-based solu-
tions instead of domestic air freight,” Murmann said. “They are looking for partners who can provide transportation management services rather than transactional transportation.” Members of DB Schenker traveled to Toledo July 22 to inform BAX Global of the 700 layoffs that affect the location. TOTH Corey Mack, a sorter at BAX Global, worked for the company for four years before the layoffs. The Temperance, Mich.,
native said he wasn’t surprised by the announcement. “The company was trying to tiptoe around everything, so everybody kind of figured it was going to happen,” Mack said. “Everybody was expecting it, but at the same time we are used to them climbing out of the hole. We were not so much surprised but relieved to finally hear a decision.” Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, which operates Toledo Express, plans to continue cargo operations despite BAX Global’s departure. “The Port Authority continues to actively pursue various activities and opportunities relative to cargo development at Toledo Express,” President &
CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Paul Toth said in a written statement. “We believe the combination of the experienced existing workforce and the logistical advantages of the Toledo region and Toledo Express provide a strong framework for these activities.” The lease between the Port Authority and BAX Global is effective through September 2013. Toth said in the next few weeks “the Port Authority will determine the impact this will have on Port Authority operations.” DB Schenker is a leading logistics provider, ranking second in air freight, fourth in ocean freight and fifth in contract logistics and supply chain management in North America. O
Toledo to host NABF College World Series By Mike Bauman
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On Aug. 4-7, the oldest continually operated national baseball organization in the United States will host its College World Series in Toledo. This will be the seventh time in the past eight years Toledo has hosted the event. Founded in 1914 in Louisville, Ky., the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) is a nonprofit organization that hosts more than 50 regional tournaments and eight national championship tournaments across the country each year, comprised of eight divisions that rely on numerous volunteer officers and directors throughout the United States to keep the organization running. “It’s tough out there to find people willing to do these,” said NABF Executive Director and Franchise Membership Chairman Charles Blackburn said. “We’re proud of all them that contribute their time, effort and resources to the game.” One of those volunteers is Toledo native Aaron Myers. A 1993 Waite High School graduate who serves as the head varsity baseball coach at Otsego, Myers is the co-director of this year’s tournament along with Shawn Sobel, and is in his first year as the NABF College Division Director, taking over for longtime director Pat Eaken. “It’s quite a thing to have here in Toledo,” Myers said. “And for Toledo to be named a host city for the
last four or five years, I think that says something that we’re doing something right.” Myers said he became involved with the NABF about four years ago when he was hired by the City of Toledo as the Athletic Activities Coordinator for the city’s Division of Recreation, which organizes the tournament. The NABF honored Myers with its Award of Merit in 2009 for his efforts. “It was a great honor for me to be recognized, but it was more or less the recreation department being recognized for all of our hard work in bringing the NABF College World Series to Toledo seven out of the last eight years,” Myers said. “It’s just a tribute to people who work hard and enjoy what they do and the NABF obviously acknowledged it, seeing that that was something that they would like to honor. “Like I said, it was a humbling experience for me to go and accept the award, and it’s a great honor to continue to work with the NABF and with the people that I do work with.” This year’s tournament will feature a total of 16 teams from Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Illinois competing in the 22-and-younger tournament, which harkens back to baseball’s roots with the use of wooden bats only. With rosters comprised mostly of former Northwest Ohio high school baseball standouts now competing at the college level, Toledo’s Black Hawks and Gold Hawks will participate. “The experience has been great,” fourth-year Gold Hawks coach Ed Mouch said. “You get to see we’ve
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got a lot of very good, talented college baseball players from around the country, then be able to get to compete against them with a group of kids primarily made up of local high school talent from around our area, so it’s been great for us.” A 1981 St. John’s Jesuit graduate who coaches varsity baseball at Southview, Mouch has led the Gold Hawks to two NABF College World Series championships in the past three years. “I’ve always said as far as being a high school coach that I’ve thought there’s been as good of talent in Northwest Ohio as there has been when you talk about the state of Ohio,” Mouch said. “Just putting together a nucleus of kids like this just says a whole lot about the kind of baseball that we do play up in Northwest Ohio at the high school level.” Myers estimates the economic impact of the NABF College World Series to be between $500,000 and $1 million for the city, adding that there will be between seven and 10 volunteers at each of the four tournament sites. In the future, he wants to expand the field to 20 teams and include more leagues. “Big picture, I would love to see the NABF get involved with leagues like Cape Cod, and some big, East Coast leagues and some Southern leagues that we can bring into the NABF organization and get some more recognition that way,” Myers said. O
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Sites for this year’s NABF College World Series will be Rich Arbinger Field at Bowman Park, St. Francis de Sales High School, Owens Community College and Ned Skeldon Stadium, with the championship game at Fifth Third Field. On Aug. 4 and 5, pool play contests will take place at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at all four sites. The quarterfinals are on Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Rich Arbinger Field and Ned Skeldon Stadium with the semifinals later that day at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Ned Skeldon Stadium. The championship game will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Fifth Third Field. Daily tickets are $5 each, and a tournament pass is available for a total of $15. O
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UT lineman Kowalski signs with Dallas Cowboys By Zach Davis
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Former University of Toledo offensive lineman Kevin Kowalski signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys July 25. The 6-foot-4, 299 pound center from Macedonia, Ohio recorded 47 consecutive starts for the Rockets in his four-year career. “Kevin is well deserving,” Toledo head coach Tim Beckman said. “They got a great one. He’s been working out every day — it’s been nonstop. He’s very determined and I think he will be a great addition and he will give them everything he’s got.” Kowalski signed a three-year contract with Dallas. He said that there were a few other teams interested but the Cowboys gave him the best shot of making the team this season. He arrived in San Antonio on June 26 as Dallas’ camp opened the following day. “It’s just exciting to finally get the opportunity after waiting so long,” Kowalski said. “More than anything I’m just excited to be out here and be able to compete with the possibility of making the team.”
After Kowalski went undrafted in April, the NFL lockout prevented him from being signed by an NFL team. It was July 25 when the lockout was lifted that Kowalski could finally get his answer to whether or not he would be an NFL player. “The draft came along and I wasn’t drafted and then I had to wait another four or five months just to find out where I was going and if I was going to get picked up,” Kowalski said. “I just had to wait for the news and wait for the opportunity to come. It was difficult, but fortunately I have family and friends that were supportive throughout the process and helped me in every way they could.” Kowalski is the second UT player in the past two seasons to be signed as an undrafted player by Dallas. Barry Church was signed by the Cowboys last season and made the roster, playing in 15 games recording 20 tackles and one forced fumble at safety. “I’m excited to have a fellow Rocket down in Big D, especially one with the work ethic of Kevin,” Church said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how much his game has improved since I left.” Kowalski also believes Church’s
presence on the squad may help him better transition to the NFL, seeing as they both entered the league under similar situations. “It will be fun to be on the same team as him again,” Kowalski said. “It will be nice to have a familiar face down here so I will be a little more comfortable. He will be a great resource for me and he is a great guy to have around. He has a view of what I’m going through and can help me when he can.” While working out during the lockout, Kowalski made an impression on newly-signed Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who visited UT’s facilities and worked out with the squad. Gradkowski was the starting quarterback at Toledo from 2003-05. “Kevin’s a big kid that works his
butt off,” Gradkowski said via text message. “It’s definitely a great opportunity he has with the Cowboys and I think he will be just fine.” As for the team he left behind, Kowalski expects big things from the Rockets this season. Toledo was named as the preseason selection to win the Mid-American Conference on July 26 at the conference’s Media Day by 26 members of the league’s media contingent. “They are working just like we have the last two seasons to get it turned around,” Kowalski said. “They are ready to take it to the next level. They have just about everyone back and I can’t think of any pieces on that team that they really need. They have pretty much everything set up and I expect a big season.” O
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Condominiums offer ‘storage on steroids’ By Zach Davis
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A new, high-end storage concept has come to Toledo. Local businessmen Greg Repass and Rich Iott have partnered to create Stone Oak Business Condominiums. The warehouse-type building features 20 luxury “mancaves,” which are designed to bring its tenants’ dream spaces to reality. “My partner Rich and I are car guys,” Repass said. “We understand the need for storage space for big boys and big toys. We are a consumer-driven society. Once we acquire the stuff, where do we put it? What if you have multiple cars, a motorcoach or a boat? What if you have a big trailer? Where do you put that? Therein lies the idea for this. “It’s a really neat concept here and nobody has been either brave enough or stupid enough to do it. We are the first to bring this to market for sure.” These spaces, however, are much more than just storage facilities. The mancaves, which start at 1,475 square feet, more closely resemble entertainment areas that can house anything from boats and motor homes to classic
cars and hot rods in their owners’ dream spaces. “People say ‘Is this storage?’ and I tell them ‘No, this is storage on steroids,’” Repass said. “We don’t use that word storage. This is way more than just storage. We are in this to create a concept that nobody else has created. That’s really our motivation for doing this.” The $2.6 million facility has already sold out all 20 spaces and is planning to launch Phase II, another 20 spaces, by early fall. Repass said that they have the space to build up to six buildings onsite and could expand past even that. Repass said while half of the spaces are utilized as entertainment areas, the remaining have been used as homes for small businesses. “We have everything from small businesses, mom and pop startups, cottage industry businesses all the way up to multimillionaires and their private car collections and everything in between,” Repass said. Selco Industries, one of the biggest companies to operate out of the mancaves, is a national manufacturing company that specializes in office filing products. Among the businesses it works with are Office Depot, Office Max and Staples.
Patsy Thompson Designs is another company utilizing the mancaves space. The quilting supplies company began when Patsy began buying supplies in bulk for her hobby and selling the remainder on eBay. That spawned a full-fledged company, which includes employees running business operations out of the space. Virtual office spaces also exist in the complex. In one example that Repass featured, the mancave hosted 10 individually-leased offices, two restrooms and even a conference room for client visits. Some of the other businesses utilizing the mancaves include an overhead sprinkler company and a construction company. These small companies were important to Repass, who was the owner of Precision Motors until his retirement. “I’m a small-business guy and have been in this town my whole life,” Repass said. “For a little guy, especially a startup, to buy any real estate anywhere around here and build a new building is impossible. You can’t afford it. However, because we share the same economies of each other, it makes it affordable to come on board here and actually have ownership.”
Each mancave can be leased or bought and comes standard with air conditioning, heat, cable and highspeed Internet. Repass can cater each space to its owners’ needs, bringing anything they can imagine to life. All the mancaves also feature a “loft,” which Repass said came from a childhood wish for a tree house. “I wanted a tree fort and I never got my tree fort,” Repass said. “The rich kid down the road had a tree fort. I never got up in his and now I’ve got my own tree fort. That’s what the loft is all about, we call that the bonus room, that’s the tree fort.” Repass is especially proud of how the company has remained local in all forms. The construction of the building brought 200 jobs to the area and now 50 people work out of the mancaves. “Quite frankly we could afford to live and build wherever we want,” Repass said. “We choose to live and invest in Northwest Ohio and it was important to us that we used all Northwest Ohio skilled labor and products from the area to attract local companies.” For more information on mancaves, call Repass at (419) 865-6500 or visit www.MancaveCondos.com. O
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Group supports those affected by ovarian cancer By Kathryn Milstein
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Deb Rump said the smell of freshbaked cookies, memories of Christmas Eve and photos from Disney World haunt her. Three years ago, Rump lost her sister, Georgia Meyers — the cookie baker, holiday eve host and generous aunt to Rump’s two daughters — to ovarian cancer. Rump is angry. She is angry there are no screening tests. She is angry there are limited treatment options. But mostly, she is angry about her sister’s death. “Had there been a screening test,” she wrote in an email, “she would have had it. She would still be alive. Instead, we face this sad anniversary.” Rump said she finds solace in being a member of the Ovarian Cancer Connection (OCC), a Toledo-based organization of women dedicated to raising awareness and educating the community about the deadly disease. Meyers was one of the roughly 22,000 women diagnosed every year with ovarian cancer. She was also
one of the about 15,000 women who lose their fight with ovarian cancer every year, according to the American Cancer Society. Gini Steinke, president and cofounder of OCC, said the organization works with about 15 women at a time to organize yearly events, which include a walk, a STEINKE golf outing, and a survivors tea and luncheon. The organization, which used to be the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Northwest Ohio and Southwest Michigan, split from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to keep money and the ability to name events after the departed. The money goes toward organizing the annual events and research for ovarian cancer. “We need a reliable screening test,” Steinke said, “because we already have [ovarian cancer], but we don’t want our daughters or granddaughters or
whoever to get sick.” Steinke said most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are already in Stage 3 or 4, which are the late stages of the disease where little can be done to save a life. The lifespan of a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer at this stage is typically between a few days and a few years. Steinke said the symptoms of the disease could be mistaken as premenstrual syndrome, including bloating, abdominal pain, difficulty eating and urinary symptoms. Other symptoms can include fatigue, indigestion, back pain, constipation or menstrual irregularities. “If you’re not being treated for anything,” Steinke said of prolonged symptoms, “and your doctor doesn’t care, get a second opinion. Get a third opinion.” OCC hosts two annual fundraisers. Steinke said she organizes a cancer walk named after local women who have died of ovarian cancer. The 2011 walk is in memory of Ellen Jackson and will take place Sept. 17 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Steinke said about 1,500 people are expected. The other event is the annual
Karen Creque Memorial Golf Outing which began after group member and golf-enthusiast Karen Creque lost her seven-year fight against ovarian cancer. Amy Stone, Creque’s daughter, said her mother’s physician had downplayed her symptoms. “She was told that she was probably ‘just’ going through menopause,” she said, “and that he would see her in six months rather than waiting the full year.” Six weeks later, Creque was back at her physician’s office with quickly progressing symptoms. She had surgery the following day. “No matter what was happening with her,” Stone said, “she continued to raise awareness about this disease by sharing her story and being there for others.” Angie Rumer, one of the founders of OCC, said her mother Bonnie Nellett faced her cancer with “grace, courage and dignity.” Nellett went through a series of doctor visits and tests because there was a nagging feeling something was wrong before she was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. She died six
days after Rumer’s wedding, which was planned in three-and-a-half weeks to include her. Joan Drzewiecki thought the common cold caused her symptoms. A little extra weight, fatigue and lack of appetite didn’t bother her until her symptoms prevented her from drinking soup or water for an entire weekend. Exploratory surgery found Stage 1 ovarian cancer. “I’ve been very fortunate,” she said. “I try not to dwell on this, but it’s on my mind — not if the doctor will find something, but what will he find.” Drzewiecki’s cancer may recur, but she said she was glad they found it through surgery since screening tests showed her healthy. Without reliable screening, Deb Rump has no way of knowing if her daughters, a 20-year-old and a 22-yearold, will have ovarian cancer. Rump’s mother-in-law, like her sister, died of ovarian cancer. Rump places “symptoms cards” in women’s bathrooms. “I lost two women that I loved a great deal, and risk losing my two daughters,” Rump wrote. “It isn’t much, but if I can save one woman then I will have honored Georgia’s memory.” O
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Eastman & Smith expands law practice with affiliations By Duane Ramsey
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The law firm of Eastman & Smith is expanding its practice by affiliating with attorneys formerly practicing at Watkins, Bates & Carey of Toledo, adding expertise to its commercial litigation, employment and estate planning areas. “We are solidifying our reputation for quality, integrity and depth of coverage in those practice areas with this affiliation,” said Ronald Tice, a TICE member (equivalent to partner) of Eastman & Smith and chairman of its executive committee. Tice said the new relationship will enhance Eastman & Smith’s existing expertise, specifically in commercial litigation as the firm continues to grow by partnering with talented, hard-working attorneys with established practices. John Carey said his former firm of Watkins, Bates & Carey had needs for its clients and wanted to find a compatible firm to affiliate with while
staying together as a group. His associates joined him in the integration of the two firms except for former partner William Bates, who maintained his own practice. Carey recently joined Eastman & Smith as a member who specializes in commercial litigation. Kimberly Kondalski, who specializes in employment law, will become a member and Jared Lefevre, an associate. Shayne Rose joined the clerical staff at Eastman & Smith. Ann McCauley, a senior associate, joined & Eastman Smith earlier this year and helped CASEY to facilitate the affiliation. “Our business plan includes growing the practice in Toledo, capitalizing on the existing talent and people in our offices and bringing in experienced lawyers from smaller firms to gain expertise in those areas,” Tice said. “It was important to make sure our clients were comfortable with it and they have accepted it. We’ve discovered many capabilities here for our clients,” Carey said. He reported that bringing 40 to
50 clients with him, mostly industrial and manufacturing companies located in Toledo and smaller towns in Northwest Ohio, which will be served by other lawyers at Eastman & Smith. “We’ve always known Eastman & Smith was a good firm, not just in size but the quality of the firm and its people,” Carey said. “We found it to be a two-way street. It’s been healthy for us to bring small practitioners into the firm because they’re good business people by necessity,” Tice said. “They’ve already seen exponential growth in business since they’ve joined us with lawyers in other disciplines.” Tice said Eastman & Smith represents hundreds of large and small businesses in a 10-county area of Northwest Ohio. The firm recently opened an office in Findlay to serve its growing business in Hancock and Seneca counties. Eastman & Smith now employs more than 150 people including about 75 attorneys serving individuals and corporate clients. It also operates offices in Columbus and Novi, Mich. The firm has experienced steady growth from the mid-1990s to the present, expanding from about 30 lawyers to nearly 80 today. Tice attributes the firm’s growth
to its focus on fostering a positive internal culture, maintaining a diversified client base and practice areas, and ongoing strategic planning. Tice said that Eastman & Smith was established in Toledo in 1844 and is among the oldest law firms in the state of Ohio. William Baker came to Toledo to practice law as one of the graduates of the Harvard Law Class of 1844. The City of Toledo was only 7 years old with a population of about 3,000 people and the Lucas County Courthouse was located in Maumee. Barton Smith joined William and his son Rufus Baker in 1881 and the firm became known as Baker, Smith and Baker. LeRoy Eastman joined the law firm upon William’s death in 1894. The law practice evolved over 160 years undergoing several name changes, before becoming Eastman & Smith Ltd. in 1996. The law firm was located in what is now the Huntington Bank Building at the corner of Madison Avenue and Huron Street in Downtown Toledo
for 65 years. In 1992, it moved to One SeaGate where it now occupies the 24th and 25th floors. Eastman & Smith’s lease at One SeaGate expired along with OwensIllinois’ master lease when O-I moved its headquarters to Perrysburg. Tice said the firm decided to commit to Downtown and stay at One SeaGate where they expect to be for the next 25 years. “We’re proud of the history and reputation of the firm to be conscientious in serving citizens and companies in the community,” Tice said. Today, Eastman & Smith has numerous practice groups that focus on different aspects of law, including business law and commercial litigation, construction, education, environmental, estate planning, trust and probate, health care, immigration, labor and employment, professional liability, public and real estate law. O
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Many Toledo musicians expressed the same emotion regarding Amy Winehouse’s July 23 death — a lack of surprise. The British singer, 27, was found dead in her London apartment on July 23. A cause of death has not yet been determined. “I wasn’t too surprised,” said Amjad Doumani, owner of B-Bop Records, who found out on Facebook. “But it’s always sad when someone so young dies.” The petite songstress with the big voice famously sang about her troubles with love, alcohol and drugs on her 2006 album “Back to Black.” The album won five Grammys and featured the hit single “Rehab” about Winehouse’s refusal to seek help. Pat O’Connor, owner of Culture Clash Records and a self-described former addict, said that song stuck out to him because “it’s so anti what I think.” Aaron Brown, a Toledo-based DJ who also learned about Winehouse’s death on Facebook, said, “I was surprised that many of my friends A. cared, B. were surprised.” He added that although Winehouse had a good voice, “past that she was just a famous junkie.” Other area musicians also said
they noticed the irony of the song’s shocking lyrics. “Based on her escalating self-destructive behavior, her death came as no surprise. ‘Rehab’ foretold it,” said Doreen Robideaux, lead singer of the Frostbite Band. “It (‘Rehab’) was kind of funny and maybe a little tongue-in-cheek and a little rebellious,” said Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Still, he added of her attitude, “Ironically and ultimately, that’s what killed her.” Danni Stinson, poet, spoken-word artist and entrepreneur, said the song “Tears Dry on Their Own” helped her through bad relationships. “She was actually one of my favorite artists,” Stinson said. “I was hoping she’d get back on track.” However, Stinson said when she saw footage of Winehouse’s last public performance in Belgrade, Serbia, she knew the opposite was true. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘this poor baby’,” said Kim Buehler, singer for 6th Edition and jazz educator, of Winehouse’s onstage slurring. Winehouse canceled the rest of her European tour after being booed off the stage. Chavar Dontae, a local musician who just signed with Submerge in Detroit, said he learned of Winehouse’s death on Twitter.
“I hope people don’t make her whole legacy the problems she had,” Dontae said. Winehouse’s honesty in her song lyrics inspired Dontae. “I believed what she said and that’s the way I look at songwriting.” Others also noted Winehouse’s upfront approach to her music. “Amy was a natural talent, and what I mean by that was that she did not have to contrive a sound or an image. She was who she was,” said Megan Yasu Davis, an area musician. O’Connor said he doubts Winehouse’s problems will cause anyone to give up drugs. “Not one drug addict thinks, ‘That’s going to happen to me’,” he said. Calvin Cordy, guitarist for Prayers for Rain, also said he didn’t think Winehouse’s death would motivate anyone to give up drugs or alcohol. “It’s just the same as Courtney Love — predictable,” he said. Still, many like Stinson found Winehouse’s sudden death “heartbreaking” if not surprising. Like Dontae, Stinson said she found inspiration in Winehouse’s lyrics and would write with Winehouse’s music playing. Buehler, who felt sick after reading about Winehouse’s death, said that although many people wish they possessed talent like Winehouse’s, people with “creative talent are often tortured by it.” O
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By Patrick Timmis
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As Lourdes College becomes Lourdes University, it is opening four new graduate programs. Options will include a nurse anesthesia program, a liberal studies program, a Master of Business Administration and a teacher leader endorsement program. Jill Liebnau is the administrator of the new nurse anesthesia program, the only one of its kind in Northwest Ohio. Liebnau, a certified registered nurse anesthetist and former assistant director of a similar program in Florida, came to Lourdes to direct the program’s startup. While waiting on accreditation from the Ohio Board of Regents, the Higher Learning Commission and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs/ Schools, the nursing program sent out 100 applications for the new master’s degree track. Forty applications were narrowed to 28 interviews and 12 new students
were offered positions last fall — a year in advance to give the nurses time to prepare financially. “It’s highly recommended that you do not work while you’re in school,” Liebnau said. “It’s a 28-month continuous program. It’s very, very rigorous, and the time that you have to dedicate … in the operating room to learn anesthesia as well as reading and classroom doesn’t leave time to be able to work.” Applicants must be registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in science or nursing, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and the same score in math and science classes (3.5 to be competitive), must have taken the GRE, must be able to present recommendations from a supervisor and must have two years experience in a critical care unit. Candidates will graduate with a masters of science in nursing and a minimum of 550 case experiences in administering anesthesia.
While Lourdes had to put together a new lab for the anesthesia program, the MBA program will be part of a
brand-new college as the business and leadership department becomes the College of Business and Leadership. “We started developing the MBA a little more than a year ago, and just as we were ... starting to find the structure of that program, a wonderful study came out by a team of researchers at Harvard,” said Dean Ludwig, the new college’s dean. “The study was called ‘Rethinking the MBA,’ and that study examined MBA education across the globe, but especially in this country. And we were able to develop the framework for our MBA program with the benefit of that study, and we think it’s very forward-thinking and pretty cutting edge.” Prerequisites for the one-year program are business classes taken by the majority of business majors. The program consists of 10 core classes, with the first semester focused on skill development and the second semester shifting to managerial dispositions. In the summer following the second semester, students go on a foreign business project and then return for a local immersion experience. n LOURDES CONTINUES ON A13
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Teacher leader endorsement
The teacher leader endorsement program takes considerably less time to complete. It consists of three classes — a foundation class, a class about assessing needs in a classroom and a practicum implementing changes, with the latter two classes primarily based in a school.
“Basically what they’re learning to do is lead educational programming from a teacher basis as opposed to a principal basis,” said Michael French, director of graduate education. At the end of the 21-week program, teachers must apply for the endorsement and then may add it to their regular Ohio teaching license.
But some Lourdes alumni were looking for a graduate program that was distinctly not professional — a program allowing them to go deeper into science and humanities studies in an interdisciplinary context. The answer was the new liberal studies program, a five-semester course of study culminating in a cap-
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By Vicki L. Kroll
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There are a couple of new faces in Ravin Plaza on Centennial Mall, and a hefty catfish has landed behind Carlson Library near the Ottawa River. The stony visages, titled “Happy Happy” and “The Invention,” were made from glacial granite by Giancarlo Calicchia, and the corten steel and stainless steel “Cat Fish” was forged by Ken Thompson. The works are three of the 10 new pieces installed on the University of Toledo campuses for the sixth annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. More than 100 entries were submitted for consideration to the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. The UT Campus Beautification Committee reviewed the submissions and selected the sculptures to display. “We hope everyone continues to enjoy the beauty the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition adds to the university’s campuses,” said Steven LeBlanc, senior associate dean in the college of engineering and chair of the Campus Beautification Committee. Glenn Zweygardt’s “Passions Guardian” adds a 1,200-pound exclamation point to the Student River Plaza behind the Student Union. And Brian Ferriby’s red-painted steel “Sentinel” adds a dash of color to Ravin Plaza on Centennial Mall.
Other new works on main campus are Tj Aitken’s “Boomer’s Nike,” which is located near Ottawa East and the University/Parks Trail; John Sauve’s “Puppenspieler,” which is on the east side of the Health and Human Services Building; and Douglas Gruizenga’s aluminum “Harmony,” which sits near the southeast entrance to Nitschke Hall. “Interloctangles,” a 175-pound steel work by Lee Badger, is outside UT Medical Center’s east entrance, and the steel “Matisse Cut-Out” by Mike Sohikian is on the south side of the Health Education Building on Health Science Campus. “UT provides wonderful venues for the placement of outdoor sculpture that significantly adds to the beauty of campuses,” said Richard Eastop, former UT administrator, who serves on the Campus Beautification Committee. “We now have 14 sculptures that we own and 10 that are part of the annual rotating exhibit. The fact that we do this sets the university apart from many other institutions; I like that.” Thanks to donor Dorothy MacKenzie Price from the UT class of 1948, one work from last year, Sohikian’s “Harp,” will stay on main campus permanently. The piece was moved from the Ravin Plaza to the north side of the Snyder Memorial Building. All artists received a $250 stipend for their artwork, which will remain on display for the next year. This exhibition is funded by the Campus Beautification Committee. O
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Perrysburg, Maumee schools to adjust start times The internal clocks of adolescents tell them it’s unnatural to be awake and learning at early morning hours and Perrysburg Schools is listening. Starting this school year, middle school and high school classes in the district will start 20 minutes later and elementary classes will start 15 minutes later. Start times will switch to 8 a.m. from 7:40 a.m. at the high school, to 7:45 a.m. from 7:25 a.m. at the junior high, and to 9 a.m. from 8:45 a.m. at the elementary schools. Kadee Anstadt, director of teaching and learning for Perrysburg Schools, said the main reason for the shift is to better serve the learning needs of students. “It’s really about the adolescents,” Anstadt said. “Younger kids would do just fine. They are up early watching cartoons at 6 a.m. But financially we can’t run the buses that way.” Anstadt said it’s a misperception teenagers stay up late because they need less sleep. “That’s how their bodies are wired. They need that eight hours, but I don’t think many are getting it,” Anstadt said. “We know the later they start, the better they’re going to be. There’s a lot
of research that backs that up.” Anstadt said the district has been discussing the change for years. “I think every superintendent recognizes that we’ve got to maximize the time we have with kids,” Anstadt said. “We want it to be the most effective time we can and it’s not going to be when we’re yanking kids out of bed way before their sleep patterns.” Anstadt said students are excited about the change. “I was at the high school the day they announced it and they were crazy about it. They were so excited,” Anstadt said. “It’s like being able to hit the snooze button twice. That’s a pretty big deal.” Parents have also reacted positively to the change, said Superintendent Tom Hosler in a news release. “The Board of Education has been studying this and all the brain research shows that a later start time — especially at the secondary level — will improve student learning,” Hosler said. “This is a step in the right direction.” Although Anstadt said the later start times may affect some working parents who drop off their kids at school, she said the times are still early enough that most should not have an issue. Parents also have the option of
sending their kids on the bus or carpooling, she said. The district has worked with St. Rose and other nonpublic schools to which it buses students to revise transportation schedules. St. Rose adjusted its start times to match Perrysburg. Penta Career Center start times will not change. Revising the bus schedule has been a logistical challenge, but things are coming together, Anstadt said. “They worked and worked and worked that bus schedule until they figured it out,” Anstadt said. District Transportation Supervisor Ellen Moser said the change should not cost more than $3,000 and may end up not costing the district any additional funds, depending on how routes work out, according to a news release. Anstadt said the change is in line with the district’s ongoing goal of finding ways to better serve its students. “We’re just constantly looking for ways to help the students have a better day and we think starting later will help everyone,” Anstadt said. “First days are always a little challenging, but we’re hoping it works out just fine.” For more information, visit www. perrysburg.k12.oh.us. O — Sarah Ottney
Maumee start times
Maumee City Schools has adjusted start times for its elementary and middle schools in order to accommodate bus schedules after the consolidation of the district’s four elementary schools into three. Union Elementary School was closed at the end of last school year. Of the three remaining elementary schools, two will serve kindergarten through third grade and the other will serve fourth- and fifthgraders, said Nancy Sayre, communications specialist for the district. The school day at Fairfield and Fort Miami elementary schools will run 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. while the school day at Wayne Trail Elementary will run 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Last year, the school day at all four elementary schools ran 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The school day at Maumee Middle School will run 8:15 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. “We have had to tweak each within 10 minutes,” Sayre said. “We’re a small enough district that the same bus route runs to different schools.” The 7:45 a.m. to 2:32 p.m. school day at the high school is unchanged from last year. O — Sarah Ottney
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Bowling Green State University will soon offer one of the few fire administration (FIAD) degree programs in the country. The online bachelor of science degree, debuting this fall, will emphasize communication skills, legal aspects of fire and emergency management, public health, interagency coordination of large-scale events, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, critical thinking, applied research and analysis. Recently retired Toledo Fire Chief Michael Wolever said a degree in fire administration is a must for any chief officer. “Today’s chief officers deal with urban planning and development, labor law, contract negotiations and compliance, state and federal grants, the administration of fire departments in a shrinking and changing economy, and many other issues,” Wolever said in the release. More information can be found at www.bgsu.edu/fiad or by contacting Ann Light, recruiting adviser for Continuing and Extended Education, at (419) 372-8181 or email@example.com.O — Sarah Ottney
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Owens to offer new degrees in arts, exercise science By Patrick Timmis
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Owens Community College will debut three new degree programs this semester. The Fine and Performing Arts
Department will offer degrees in music business technology and interior design while the School of Health Sciences will offer a degree in exercise science. Owens will also offer two new oneyear certificates in popular music and urban agriculture.
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Douglas Mead, chairman of fine and performing arts, said Owens has offered coursework for music business technology and interior design in his department for several years., but students were clamoring for two-
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year programs. Mead said students in the music business technology program will split their time between business marketing and recording, with music and business professors teaching classes. In the program’s third semester, students will select a track to focus on — either the business or recording side — which will determine the upper-level electives they take. Owens upgraded its technology for the program, including new microphones, computers and software. It is also putting the finishing touches on a recording studio.
The interior design program had a similar beginning with students asking for a formal program before the Ohio Board of Regents formally accredited the degree. Interior design is a hot industry with plenty of interest in the area, Mead said. He does not expect the ma-
jority of students in either the interior design or music programs to transfer their degrees to a four-year college.
The exercise science degree is the School of Health Science’s first nonselective program. The goal of the new degree is to address the need for preventative care, said Marie VasquezBrooks, chairwoman of allied health. The program gives students handson experience with concepts like biomechanics and kinesiology and provides the basis for further study in a variety of directions, she said. “It is really designed for the focus of transferring into a variety of four-year programs ... such as exercise science, but there’s also other related degrees — sports management, base physiology,” she said. “So there’s a lot of really interesting nuances that the students can personalize with this base level of knowledge [of] the first two years.” O
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educational expenses, the money can come out federally tax free. The donor also gets to maintain control of the account. The contribution amounts are very flexible and allow a person to save a little a month or make a large one time deposit. The Uniformed Gift to Minors Act of 1956 was originally created to allow someone to gift money to a minor. In 1986, more flexibility was created under the CLAIR Uniformed TransBAKER fers to Minors Act. Part of the original intent was to make it easier for individuals to gift money to minors without the added expense of setting up a trust. It is important to understand that, ultimately, money goes to the child even though he or she may not have control over the funds until later in life. The account will automatically terminate once the child reaches a certain age. These types of accounts can be used for high net worth families who want to reduce their overall estate by gifting money away. A third option is to set up an individual or joint account with your spouse and keep it as a separate account. Most investment companies today will allow investors to set up an
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Kids and adults can dig for fossils in their own backyards at Fossil Park in Sylvania. “When you open up a box of cereal, no one wants the cereal they want the toy surprise,” said Gary Madrzykowski, director of the Olander Park System. “That’s what digging for fossils is — it’s digging for that toy surprise. I find it doesn’t have an age limit on it.” Fossil Park, managed by the Olander Park System, is one of three of its kind in the United States and one of two prime sites for Devonian Era fossils in the world. The park’s abundance of fossils and the size of those fossils sets it apart from the other fossil parks in the U.S., Madrzykowski said. “In Iowa, the fossils are so small they have a microscope on-site to view them. And in Buffalo, I was there for two and a half hours and found two fossils. You spend two-and-a-half hours at our park you’ll walk out with a bag full of fossils,” he said. Fossil Park features three stock piles of shale, including a handicapaccessible digging site, in which visitors can hunt for Devonian Era fossils. Whatever fossils visitors find, they are free to take home. The shale used at Fossil Park is provided by Hanson Aggregates Midwest’s working quarry down the street from the park. Every two weeks the
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shale is replaced with new piles, so there is always an opportunity to find more fossils. “It’s just an absolutely great family experience and it’s safe,” Madrzykowski said. Devonian fossils are roughly 360 to 420 million years old and are sea creature fossils. A full trilobite, one prized Devonian fossil, can sell for $300, Madrzykowski said. As one of two prime sites for Devonian fossils, the other in Devon England, Fossil Park receives fossil hunters from all around. Since opening in September 2001, the park has seen visitors from all 50 states and 23 foreign nations, Madrzykowski said. During the weekends a naturalist is on-site to help identify what indi-
viduals find. Visitors may bring a brush with them to the dig site, but no additional tools are allowed because the shale is soft enough to break by hand, Madrzykowski said. He suggests bringing egg cartons or a milk jug with the top cut off for younger children to store the fossils they find while digging. After the completion of a solar powered restroom at the site in 2010, the park is now open on a daily basis from spring to mid-September. Fossil Park hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 90 minutes before sunset. Fossil Park is located at 5675 Centennial Road, adjoining Sylvan Prairie Park. The park is free to the public. Check www.olanderpark.com for more information. O
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part of my issue with House Bill 191. Perhaps the longer summer break would like to address some concerns is supposed to be consolation for the I have with proposed Ohio House lost evening hours during September Bill 191. From what I understand, through May. However, I’m going to be brutally honest. I would this piece of legislation rather experience our would, with minimum allotted family togetherexceptions, prohibit ness in smaller increschools “from opening ments spaced somewhat for instruction prior to evenly throughout the Labor Day or after Meyear. This is not a commorial Day” each year. mentary on how long of With the general aca stretch I enjoy being ceptance that summer with my children, but learning loss exists, I am rather a commentary a bit surprised that Ohio Shannon SZYPERSKI on how little I enjoy the has decided to put an summer compared with extended summer break on the table. I do understand that the every other season of the year. I may be in the minority, but I just lengthening of summer may have a positive impact on Ohio’s tourism in- don’t want to go on vacation when it is dustry, however I’m not sure that it is 95 degrees outside. I want to go when my children’s responsibility to have to it’s 60 degrees, we can wear cozy, start every school year educationally in lightweight jackets, take advantage of off-season pricing and not worry the red because of such a thing. In shortening the school year about applying sunscreen every 45 while simultaneously increasing the minutes. I know several people who number of required school hours, have taken that once-or-twice-insurely you realize that the school days a-lifetime Disney trip during their may inevitably have to grow longer. school-issued summer family time Homework, dinner and extracurric- and they all returned with the same ular activities already take up the ma- three-word synopsis of their $3,000 jority of evenings. The small amount vacation: hot and crowded. Although three months in a row of truly free time left in the life of a child and in the life of a family would seems like an excessive amount of likely disappear altogether. Still, even time for kids to be out of school, I am the loss of family game night is only certainly in favor of giving students Dear Representatives:
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a break in general. Considering our minimal number of annual vacation days, the United States can definitely stand to work on its ability to kick back and refresh. Perhaps we can take this opportunity to set an example for our children that occasional time off is crucial for our well-being and productivity. However, time off should not just come in one lump sum if possible, especially when the days in between breaks will likely include extended hours because of it. We should be hesitant to pass along our current adult way of adding extra stress to our days in order to save up our free time for a much later date down the road. A day or a week or a month feels much longer to a child than it does to an adult. An extra hour or two in a school day is a big deal in the life of a 10-year-old. An extra two or three weeks without daily structured learning surely is too. Giving 14 undivided weeks to Ohio’s tourism economy now, without considering who those weeks are being taken from, will likely end up having a greater long-term impact on Ohio’s economy than a few extra weeks at Cedar Point each summer. O Shannon Szyperski Ohio Public School Parent Shannon and her husband Michael are raising three children in Sylvania. Email her at email@example.com.
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DETROIT — Toledo arrived at the Mid-American Conference’s Media Day at Ford Field on July 26 as the preseason selection to win the conference. The poll, of 26 members of the league’s media contingent, picked Toledo as the favorite to win the MAC Championship with five votes, followed by Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois (NIU), which each had three. “We were probably the No. 1 because we have Northern Illinois at home and we have Western Michigan at home,” Toledo head coach Tim Beckman said. “Every team in this conference has a chance to be here on Dec. 2 [for the MAC Championship] and that’s the greatest thing about MAC football. Not every conference is like that.” The Rockets received 83 votes in the preseason poll for the league’s West Division, just two votes ahead of defending champion NIU. Western Michigan (76) was picked third followed by Central Michigan (55), Ball
State (27) and Eastern Michigan (24). “It’s pretty exciting to actually have expectations going into a season,” senior cornerback Desmond Marrow said. “Usually we are at the bottom of the MAC and we have to sneak up on people. Not so much this year. Everyone is going to be ready for us.” Toledo is coming off an 8-5 season, including a 7-1 record in league play. The Rockets reached its first bowl game since 2005 in a 34-32 loss to FIU in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Rockets return 17-of-22 starters (9 offense, 8 defense), including wide receiver Eric Page, who received First-Team All-American honors as a kick returner in 2010. “We are picked No. 1, but it really doesn’t mean a lot to us. We are still trying to prove a lot,” Page said. “We have to come out this year and play every game one by one and try to get back to the MAC Championship.” Page finished seventh in the nation last season in receptions per game (7.77) and 18th in receiving yards (1,105). Entering his junior season, Page needs 49 receptions to pass former UT wideout
Lance Moore as UT’s all-time leader. “He’s already gotten better; his spring was outstanding,” Beckman said. He’s also taken over more of a leadership role. He doesn’t say anything. Eric is really quiet, but everybody looks at Eric and everybody follows Eric. That’s where I’ve seen his game mature.” UT reports to training camp on Aug. 2 as it begins practice for the season-opening contest against FCS school New Hampshire on Sept. 1. The Rockets then face one of the most difficult two-game stretches of any team this season when it travels to Ohio State before returning to host Boise State. “You want to play the bigger teams,” Marrow said. “They don’t respect us because we are in the MAC, a smaller conference. If you are a real competitor and you want to compete you will play against those guys. “It’s a relentless schedule straight out of the gate. It can be good momentum or bad momentum but either way we want to come out 4-0 in our non-conference games and then get into the MAC schedule and try to win a MAC Championship.” O
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Mobile Care Group, a locally owned and operated company that provides mobile health care and transportation services, is now making residential house calls to patients in their homes, assisted or independent living residences and long-term care facilities. The company will deliver health care services that include audiology, dentistry, optometry and podiatry to residential patients wherever they live. Adding residential services to the customer profile is a natural progression in the development of the business, said Joe Wallace, president and CEO of Mobile Care Group based in Sylvania. “We offer options for health care services. The way health care is delivered is changing and we’re trying to adapt to those changes and offer solutions for them,” Wallace said. “Maintaining their independence is so important to many older adults today. We want to let people know what’s available to them.” There is a real need for residential services since there are many people
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administrative and paperwork for them,” Wallace said. The firm’s transportation services escort more than 400 people per week in ambulette vans. It provides mobile care EMS and transport services in the Toledo area, accepting Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and private pay. “We provide safe and reliable door-to-door transportation for individuals with special needs. Excellent patient care is always our No. 1 priority,” Wallace said.
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john michael montgomery will headline the aug. 7 events at smoke on the water — ribs for the red cross in downtown toledo.
Country superstar still kickin’ it up By Vicki L. Kroll
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John Michael Montgomery is a morning person. He called promptly at 8:30 a.m. “I get up early,” the singer said. “I hate wasting sunshine.” He’s got a lot to do. “Today I’m going to be working on my lawnmower, getting the blades sharpened,” he said from his Kentucky home. “I’m one of those kinds of guys; I just like to get out and do things. I can’t sit around the house. I like to be piddlin’, doing something.” Like putting together a new disc. “I’ve been working on a documentary-style live album,” he said. “I’ve made live recordings of shows on and off for probably the last decade. And I decided to take some of those songs from those live shows and tell a little story about each song — how I ended up with the song, where it came from and how it ended up getting recorded.” The man has a lot of songs that topped the country charts: “Be My Baby Tonight,” “If You’ve Got Love,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “The Little Girl.” Montgomery shared what he called
the best story on the disc: “I just came off my first album [‘Life’s a Dance’], which was hugely successful. I didn’t expect it to be that successful, you know, because I’m just an old farm boy from Kentucky. I was just hoping and praying I’d make the Top 40 with something and I’d be tickled to death. “So ‘I Love the Way You Love Me’ was out, and it was on the first album, and it was going to be No. 1 on the weekend I hooked up with [songwriter] Frank Myers,” Montgomery said. “We were sitting around and writing here and there. And Bob Kingsley came on the Top 40 American Country Countdown, and he got all the way to No. 1, and this was what I was waiting for my whole life: Bob Kingsley to say my name on the radio as having the No. 1 record. So after he did, I looked at Frank Myers, and I said, ‘I’m not going to be any good the rest of the night.’ I was like, I can’t believe Bob Kingsley just told the whole world that John Michael Montgomery has the No. 1 song on the American Country Countdown. “So Frank looked at me and said, ‘I totally understand, but I’ve got this song on me that I wrote several years ago, and I’m not with this publishing company anymore and they don’t ever
push it, so I have to pitch it myself. And I just want you to take some time and listen to it, see what you think. I think it’s really a big hit.’ It had been on hold by several artists — Alabama, I think, was one of the groups that had it on hold — but it just never did get cut and it ended up falling through the cracks of Nashville. And he was the only one trying to push this song because he believed in it so much. “The song was ‘I Swear,’ and I put it in the little cassette player we had there and played the song and looked at him and said, ‘That’s a beautiful song.’ I loved the song and ended up cutting it and the rest is history. I thought ‘I Love the Way You Love Me’ was going to be the biggest song I’d ever have; I thought that was going to be my signature song. And then ‘I Swear’ came out and took it to another level.” “I Swear” was Billboard’s No. 1 country song for 1994. The baritone also chalked up the top song for 1995 with “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).” Montgomery, who has sold 14 million discs according to the Recording Industry Association of America, has a knack for finding great songs. “I think you have to be able to sing
about stuff that people can relate to on an everyday basis,” he said. “ ‘Life’s a Dance’ is obviously a philosophicaltype song that talks about things are going to happen in life and you’ve got to be able to turn the page and pick yourself back up off the ground and move on, and time will heal. “And then you’ve got songs like ‘I Swear.’ People get married every day and it’s a very special time in their life and they don’t always have the right words to say to the one they love, and I think songs like those are so wellwritten that they say the things they want to say in a very different way and not your everyday generic I love you.” One of Montgomery’s hits has touched many. “Letters From Home” is about a military man receiving missives from his mom, his girl and his dad. “I just kept finding myself hitting repeat,” he said of when he first heard the track. “Every time I listened to it, the more it grabbed me and the more I was blown away. “I really wasn’t planning cutting anything that had to do with the military because there are other artists that do that and they want to jump on that bandwagon. But this song, this story, is so awesome, it’s got to be told. It’s
definitely one of my all-time favorite songs that I’ve ever cut.” Montgomery will serve up a lot of hits at Smoke on the Water— Ribs for the Red Cross on Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. in Promenade Park. Tickets are $5; children 12 and younger and military personnel with ID are free. When you’re sampling the ribs, look for the headliner. “I will take me a little walk — nobody notices, they don’t even look for me, because I look just like everybody else, ball cap and T-shirt and shorts — and I’ll be easing around there because I definitely love ribs. And when there’s an abundance of them, you can bet I’m going to be out trying some,” he said. At home, Montgomery likes to fire up the grill. “If there’s one thing about grilling that I tell people, if you want a good steak, you’ve got to keep it moist while it’s cooking. And, of course, you know one of the best ways to keep that moist steak, don’t take the good beer, but go and buy some really cheap beer and you’ve just got to pour it over the top while you’re cooking, and it’s amazing. And not only does it help keep it moist while you’re cooking it, but also it adds a little flavor to it.” O
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Tonic singer and guitarist Emerson Hart said songwriting has been central to the success and longevity of the band. He had no idea, though, just how big “If You Could Only See” would be. The follow-up single to “Open Up Your Eyes” off Tonic’s debut album “Lemon Parade” (1996), “If You Could Only See” went on to become the No. 1 most-played rock song of 1998. “There’s no way you can prepare or anticipate for that,” Hart told Toledo Free Press. “You have to remember that on the first record, ‘Open Up Your Eyes,’ that was a No. 1 rock song. I thought that was, ‘Wow!’ I was like,
‘Man, I guess this is as good as it gets.’ I was totally surprised and excited about it. We were touring and I was like, ‘Man, life is good.’ “And then, ‘If You Could Only See’ hit and then I was like, ‘This is a whole other thing.’ You don’t ever expect to prepare for any of that. It’s lightning in a bottle. You open it, and it strikes you in the face and you just hang on.” Comprised of Hart (vocals/guitar), Jeff Russo (guitar) and Dan Lavery (bass), Tonic will perform Aug. 6 at the Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross event in Promenade Park. Hart said he and his band mates realized just how big “If You Could Only See” had become when the band’s management informed them that Lance Armstrong wanted Tonic to play at his celebration party following his first Tour de France
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victory. When Hart expressed concern about not being able to make it to Texas in time for the event, the response he got was surprising. “They were like, ‘Oh, no, no — Gov. Bush is going to send a jet to pick you guys up,’” Hart said. “I was like, ‘Oh, OK. I guess it’s different now.’ So we were flying on airplanes and it just kind of all changed.” Tonic was not content to rest on the success of “If You Could Only See.” The band released three more studio albums in “Sugar” (1999), “Head On Straight” (2002) and “Tonic” (2010), as well as “Live & Enhanced” (1999) and “A Casual Affair: The Best of Tonic” (2009). Tonic has had two Grammy nominations, six Top 10 singles and sold more than 4 million albums. “We always really felt as a band as that we were just being true to ourselves and true to the song, then everything else would work out,” Hart said. “There’s a certain amount of our business that is definitely a game-player, as far as I could have rewritten ‘If You Could Only See’ over and over and over again, but then where are you? Then you’re just a band that has a ton of songs that sound exactly the same. That was never my bag. I don’t want that.” In addition to his work with Tonic, Hart released a solo album in 2007, “Cigarettes & Gasoline,” which produced two Top 20 singles.
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Now 42, Hart said becoming a father made him realize the journey was not about him, a message he passes on to the younger artists he works with. And while Hart has helped them on their journeys, they have helped him remember the excitement of when Tonic got its start. Fifteen years after the release of “Lemon Parade,” Hart still feels excitement on tour with Tonic when he sees teenage girls in the crowd singing along to the band’s songs with their mothers.
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“That’s interesting to me,” Hart said. “That’s a real generational marker and I love that. It’s a real testament to what we did as a band and how songs will live if they’re great.” Tonic will perform at Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross on Aug. 6. The event will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 5-6, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 7. Admission is $5 for adults, while kids 12 and younger get in free. Call (419) 329-2619 for presale tickets. For more information, visit www. ribs4redcross.com. O
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Timberlake ready to rock ribs stage By Sarah Ottney
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It’s almost time for Rachel Timberlake to go back to school. But first the Indiana elementary school teacher will open for country superstar John Michael Montgomery at Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross in Downtown Toledo. The 29-year-old contemporary country artist will perform at 2 p.m. Aug. 7, followed by the rib judging awards. Montgomery will perform at 5 p.m. Timberlake said festival-goers should expect a high-energy show. “We like to move and we like to rock,” Timberlake told Toledo Free Press. “My band and I, we bring a lot of energy with us. We like to have fun and for the crowd to have fun and get into it and have a great time.” Her band mates have musical backgrounds in rock and blues as well as country so they add a touch of other genres to her songs, Timberlake said. Timberlake said she used to be shy, but now loves performing. “If you were to talk to anybody who was around me growing up, they would never believe a word of me getting up on stage,” Timberlake said. “I was the girl who never said a word. Somehow I transformed and came out of my shell. Now people wouldn’t be-
We like to move and we like to rock. My band and I, we bring a lot of energy with us. We like to have fun and for the crowd to have fun and get into it and have a great time.”
— Rachel Timberlake lieve I was so shy when I was younger.” The singer grew up and lives in southern Indiana, about a half-hour west of Louisville, and teaches fifth grade alongside some of her former teachers at the elementary school she attended as a girl. Timberlake tours during the summer and performs on weekends during the school year. Her husband, Jason, serves as her manager, driver, roadie and a little bit of everything else, Timberlake said. “We rarely have a weekend off where we don’t play,” Timberlake said. “We keep pretty busy with our day jobs and the music on the weekends, but it’s fun. We love it.” Timberlake started singing only
about three years ago in church. She entered a singing competition, started traveling to Nashville and was soon hooked. Her self-titled debut album was released in October and includes the singles “Honky Tonk Queen” and “Let’s Ride.” “That was really cool, just to have a full album recorded,” said Timberlake, who co-wrote a few of the tracks. Timberlake said she feels God led her to music after she and her husband tried unsuccessfully to start a family. “Things didn’t work out the way we were hoping for, but God works in mysterious ways,” Timberlake said. “I think he led me down this path of healing through music and to put myself out there and try something. You take different paths in your life and I think this is the one I’m on for a reason. At the time I wasn’t happy about the way things were going, but I’m happy and thankful for the way things worked out.” Timberlake said she’s excited to come to Toledo, play with Montgomery and do her part to support the Red Cross. “We’re very excited,” Timberlake said. “I think it’s gonna be a great weekend and a good show.” O
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Some volunteer opportunities simply rub people the right way. Consider the rib-judging gig at Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross to be near the top of this list. There, 13 celebrity judges will have the responsibility of determining which combination of meat rub and sauce is the tastiest. “We have a lot of fun and we get really full,” said Brittany Barhite, who serves on the Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross committee. “You can’t complain about free ribs.” Barhite oversees the Glass Pig award, which is the Judges’ Choice honor to be awarded to one of the 11 rib vendors at this year’s contest. There is also the People’s Choice award, voted on by the public during the weekend event. Oftentimes, the people and the judges speak the same language when it comes to rubs and sauces. Last year, both awards were won by AJ’s Doolittles of Lambertville. Vying for the Glass Pig and People’s Choice awards with AJ’s Doolittle’s at the 2011 event will be Baldy-
Q Rib Shack (Swanton); Big Moe’s (Kalamazoo); Deet’s BBQ (Maumee); Famous Dave’s (Toledo); Po Mo’s Ribs (Toledo); Johnson’s BBQ (Chesapeake, Va.); Sgt. Oink’s (Tiffin); Sidelines Sports Eatery (Toledo and Lambertville); Texas Roadhouse (Toledo); and Twist & Shout 4 BBQ (Carey). Winners will be announced onstage at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 prior to the John Michael Montgomery concert. Each of the celebrity judges — members of the media, city government and community organizations — will judge the ribs based on appearance, taste, tenderness, sauce and overall impression. “We get these huge turkey-roasting tins full of ribs and pass the tins around, one rib vendor at a time,” Barhite said, explaining the judges are free to sample as much as they want. “Typically they only take one slab because they know they have at least 12 more slabs to go. That’s about all they can handle.” This year’s celebrity judges are Toledo Humane Society Executive Director John Dinon; FOX Toledo News anchor Shaun Hegarty; 13abc reporter Tony Geftos; Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller; Glass City Jungle blogger Lisa Renee Ward; 94.5 WXKR’s The Morning Show host Mark
Benson; Toledo City Councilman Rob Ludeman; Columbia Gas of Ohio Communications and Community Relations Manager Chris Kozak; Toledo Zoo Chief Veterinarian Dr. Chris Hanley; Girl in the Glass City blogger Christine Senack; WTOL morning anchor Jonathan Walsh; K100 DJ Ryan Nutter; and Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo Monsignor Michael Billian. Local resident Kevin Kwiatkowski will also be a judge. Kozak, who is serving as a rib judge for the fourth year, said he relishes the role. “It’s a really amazing thing,” Kozak said. “You have a dozen racks sitting there, waiting to try. You don’t know which one is from where, each is different and distinct from the next — and they are all outstanding. But you can always tell the winner. It seems to just stand out from the rest and as soon as you try it, you go ‘That’s the one.’” Kozak said the judges are aware of the seriousness of their role. “For the vendors, this is not only their livelihood and career, but barbecue is personal,” Kozak said. “You can have wet or dry, Carolina, Memphis or Kansas City style, different cuts of ribs — there’s lots of thought, time and effort put into that rack of
ribs. So you want to be sure you give each rib equal attention.” Rachel Hepner Zawodny, a former rib judge who now serves as event chairwoman for Smoke on the Water – Ribs for the Red Cross, admits the tasting can get heated, especially for vendors vying for the hardware. “The rib vendors set up their booths and they’ll have all their awards there with them, surrounding their booths,” Zawodny said. “That’s really what draws in people — the more awards, the more people you might get at the booth. It’s definitely competitive for them. They want to be the best, they want to be well-known and they want the recognition to draw people to their restaurant.” In fact, the practice of judging the ribs behind the stage ended when some of the vendors began to question the fairness of the arrangement. “They said, ‘How do we know?’ so we said, ‘We’ll show you,’” Barhite said. The judging is now conducted under the watchful eye of the public — and vendors. “The vendors like to display all these huge trophies they get,” Barhite said. “They promote it in their restaurant that they were the People’s Choice award winner. It really is a big deal for them.”
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Barhite said Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross is great for Toledo for several reasons. “Not only is it a great fundraising event for the Red Cross, but it also brings camaraderie and excitement to Downtown Toledo,” she said. “We get boaters coming in on the water; you have all the people coming Downtown for three days. It’s just really nice to have an event in Downtown Toledo and see the park filled, people listening to music and enjoying the ribs. It’s just real nice to be a part of that.” O
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Tunes, food, fun await at Red Cross rib event Aug. 5-7 Win free passes! Email “Red Cross” to firstname.lastname@example.org and enter to win four free passes to Smoke on the Water.
Music and ribs will be in abundance along the waterfront Aug. 5-7 during the fourth annual Smoke on the Water – Ribs for the Red Cross, organizers say. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 5-6 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 12 and younger are free. Presale tickets are available by calling (419) 3292619. Admission is free Aug. 5 until 4:30 p.m. Military personnel get free admission Aug. 7 with a military ID. All proceeds will stay local and benefit the Greater Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross. Last year’s event drew 30,000 people and raised more than $65,000, said Red Cross Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Lent. Headliners will be Green River Ordinance on Aug. 5, Tonic on Aug. 6 and
John Michael Montgomery on Aug. 7. Aug. 5 will feature performances from Toledo School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble at 11:30 a.m., Dave Carpenter at 4:30 p.m., Nu-Tones at 6:45 p.m. and Green River Ordinance at 8:30 p.m. The inaugural Baldy-Q Rib Shack 7-Minute Slaw Brawl coleslaw eating contest is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 6 will feature performances by Ben Barefoot and the Handshakes at noon, Kingston Dread at 2 p.m., Noisy Neighbors at 4:30 p.m., The Good, The Bad, The Blues at 7 p.m. and Tonic at 8:45 p.m. A cornhole tournament will take place from noon to 5 p.m. with the championship game Aug. 7 in front of the main stage. A free, hands-only CPR class will be taught by Mandy Zajac, a certified CPR Instructor, at 3:30 p.m. Participants will receive a free compression trainer tool
to help ensure proper feel and technique and certified volunteers will circulate amongst the crowd to answer questions. Famous Dave’s Pulled Pork Eating Contest will start at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 will feature performances by
Haley Olds at noon, Rachel Timberlake at 2:30 p.m. and John Michael Montgomery at 5 p.m. The cornhole tournament championship will start at 1:15 p.m. and rib awards will be announced at 3:30 p.m. A free kids’ play area will be
offered 1-4 p.m., with activities and free child ID and fingerprinting services. Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor of the event. For more information, visit www.ribs4redcross.com. O — Sarah Ottney
NEW at WCM Senior Citizen and AAA Discount Days
SUSHI ANYONE? Looking for Best Tasting, Freshest Sushi in Town?
5% Off Senior Citizen Discount Days 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (Proper id required. See store for complete details.)
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Stop by Walt Churchill’s Market and let our Sushi Chefs - Pan & Richard and 3rd Wednesday of each month treat you with Great Tasting Sushi! 1st (Must present card to receive discount. See store for complete details.)
EVERY FRIDAY IN AUGUST - 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, august 5th is all-aMeriCan grill nite at WCM in MauMee
Life looks good from here ... “Living at Swan Creek Retirement Village is a gift I have given myself and my family. I feel secure, content and involved. I have great neighbors, and the services provided are second to none!”
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Choose from: • Coney Dogs, Chicago Dogs, Hunky Dogs,BBQ Dogs, Kraut Dogs – U-Name it – We got it! – Pick any 2 and grilled corn for Only $7.50 – Add a Strawberry & Pineapple K-bob for $1.50 Perrysburg is grilling Out
• Choose from Tall Grass Hamburgers, Tanks Hot Dogs, Tanks Hungarian Sausage, Marinated “Italian” Chicken Breast, BBQ Ribs. www.waltchurchillsmarket.com 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (Visit our website this weeks Weekly Specials.) (Must present cardfor to receive discount. See store forWalt’s complete details.)
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If you’re looking for a non-superhero, non-sequel, kid-friendly movie this weekend, “The Smurfs” may be the film for you. Based on the classic comics by Peyo (nom de plume of Belgian Pierre Culliford), this first-time movie adaptation follows the jolly adventures of the Lilliputian blue creatures, originally called “Les Schtroumpfs” in French. What surprised the most was the lighthearted and good nature of the Smurf troop, in line with Peyo’s original work. They are pure of heart with only the best intentions. They are children unfettered by today’s realities. Some character creations, however, almost ruin their purity by adding small ethnic stereotypes that only hinder the journey. Gutsy Smurf (with a Scottish accent) and the George Lopez-voiced Grumpy Smurf are not great additions to the plot. (At one point Grumpy reminds his fellow Smurfs, “I don’t do windows.”) The movie begins with an introduction to the Smurf village by none other than Narrator Smurf, one of the
many clever touches to the film. After classic villain Gargamel and his cat Azreal invade the village, the Smurfs evacuate. Finding themselves on a wrong path, a few of the Smurfs end up falling into a vortex and landing in Central Park in New York City. The adventure picks up from here (think “Enchanted”). As the Smurfs interact with humans, it is not an easy feat for the animators to mix the real and fantastical characters together. Hugging small animated creatures is not easy, but it looks pretty realistic. Overall, the film is a nice break from the current box office fare. “The Smurfs” is sweet, not saccharine. Lala-la-la-la-la … O /5
Rated PG: Some mild rude humor and action. Note: The 3-D animation for the Smurfs themselves is rich in detail and worth the surcharge; however, the realworld around them does not work as well in 3-D and can be dizzying. Toledo Free Press Lead Designer James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Solution, tips and computer program at www.sudoku.com
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Mercy St. Vincent is a national leader in minimally invasive heart surgery. “Going home just two days after major heart surgery is amazing. I worried about having a large scar, but the surgeon said I could have minimally invasive surgery, and that he had done hundreds of procedures robotically. By operating through tiny incisions, the scars are small. I was back fishing in just four weeks! “I can’t say enough about the Mercy Heart & Vascular Center at St. V’s. The modern room was big enough for my family, and everyone took such good care of me and never left me to wonder what would happen next.” – Roy 120 100
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