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oledo’s “temporary” income tax, enacted in 1982, has lasted longer than much of its contemporary culture. A number of entertainers who made an impact in 1982 are no longer with us. Richard Pryor, Paul Newman, John Belushi, Blake Edwards, Dudley Moore, James Garner, Jack Lemmon, Henry Fonda, Burt Lancaster, John Gielgud, Katharine Hepburn and John Updike have all passed. The biggest TV shows of the year, “Family Ties,” “Cheers” and “St. Elsewhere” have long faded from prime time, although that was also the year “Late Night with David Letterman” debuted. The dominating musicians of the day, J. Geils Band, Human League, Asia, Men at Work, Survivor and Toni Basil, haven’t impacted the charts Thomas F. POUNDS in decades. In 1982 business news, AT&T was broken up by the Department of Justice, General Motors workers made major pay concessions, Exxon closed nearly 1,000 service stations, the national unemployment rate was 10.1 percent by September and the Social Security system borrowed funds for the first time. Against that bleak 1982 economic background, the City of Toledo enacted a “temporary” 0.75 percent income tax. The world has since moved through many stages and eras, but every four years, Toledoans have approved the renewal of the tax, and will be asked to do so again in March. It won’t be popular but it is necessary, a crucial component of the city’s relative stability. I understand Councilman D. Michael Collins’ idea to drop the pretense and make the tax permanent, but Mayor Mike Bell and Council did the right thing by ensuring voters have a say every four years. Councilman Tom Waniewski is on the right track by suggesting a reduction in the amount of the money that can be moved from capital improvements to the general fund, but his proposed drop from $17 million to $8 million would be a dramatic sudden cut and a potential shock to the system. There are signs of development in our city, but there is a long road to travel and a tremendous amount of work to be done. City resources are already strained; rejecting the 0.75 percent “temporary” tax would only serve to create some permanent problems. ✯ Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.
ur boys were recently invited to a friend’s birthday party, where the growing threat of competition Toledo Free Press represents is one motivation for The Blade forcing a lawsuit described as “an embarrassthe candles weren’t quite as hot as the heat of competition. We are trying to teach Evan, 5, and Sean, 3, to understand ment” by observers and as “bullsh*t” by me. Here is how bad the situathat they are one of each other’s greatest resources in life. I have been tion is: On Dec. 2, I was asked to give a speech to Toledo Post 335 of the blessed with a brother who has served as a friend and partner through American Legion, and The Blade sent a reporter to observe my speech. Post 335 is a remarkable group of thoughtful veterans. One of them, a remarkable journey. I can’t imagine not having a brother as one of my best friends, and it is my fervent hope that Evan and Sean will one day Commander Ernie Mease, gave me a 1976 Blade Peach Section with a cover column by Don Wolfe. I grew up reading Wolfe’s column, and his body of enjoy a similar relationship. It hasn’t impacted their relationship yet, but Evan has started showing work greatly influenced my definition of community journalism and the line between having fun with someone and making fun of them. But that a competitive streak and a distaste for losing. wasn’t the only Blade representation at the event; the daily I have no idea where he is getting that tendency. paper of record sent a reporter to monitor my presentation. I hate to lose, absolutely hate it, and strongly favor American Legion Post 335 officials were surprised, as The the Captain Kirk “Kobayashi Maru” approach, in which Blade doesn’t pay attention to its weekly meetings; one post it is more admirable to force a redefinition of a no-win member told me that Blade President and General Manager scenario than it is to succumb to it. I recognize that is as Joe Zerbey is a member of Post 335 but he doesn’t attend much a flaw as it is a strength, so I have tried not to show meetings. But on the day of my speech, there was Blade speour sons that side of myself too often. I do not believe cial projects reporter Ignazio Messina, notebook in hand, in the “everyone gets a trophy just for showing up” phiscribbling as I spoke to the American Legion. losophy, but I don’t want winning to eclipse all reason as Messina was professional and pleasant, which is immy boys become men. pressive considering the stalker role his employers were The birthday party, for the wonderfully named Owen Plum, was at a bowling alley in Blissfield, where Owen’s Michael S. MILLER using him for. I felt bad for Messina; here I am, being falsely accused of being a puppet for an employer, and he parents rented a few lanes and set up food for the guests. All of the little kids were able to bowl a full 10-frame game, aided by had to carry out that role in front of a room full of distinguished veterans. I am not sure what The Blade was hoping they would catch me saying; bumper-protected lanes. Not wanting either of the boys to break a toe, I carried the ball to the stripe and set it down, then let them roll it down it’s not like I would ever have the poor taste to lead the crowd of veterans in a chorus of “Jingle bells/John Block smells/Allan laid an egg/The the lane, only occasionally assisting with a helpful push. All the kids seemed to be having fun and no one was really paying Blademobile lost its wheel and Tom Noe got away.” Nor would I have been so crass as to use PowerPoint to display their attention to the updates on the automatic scoreboard; there were no medals or cash-laden purses at stake. From almost the very first roll, “What Toledo Reads” ad, defaced with red paint to say, “Why Toledo Bleeds.” If you had an event or philanthropic effort The Blade failed to cover however, Evan, who for a boy born to right-brain parents has displayed a remarkable grasp of math, was noting how many pins he knocked on Dec. 2, at least you know its top reporter was being put to good use down compared to Sean. This was done mostly in whispers to me, as in the name of competition. an impossible-to-replicate fifth-frame bounce gave Sean a 12-pin lead. But then Evan managed to roll a strike, and by the eighth frame the Framing the issue boys were tied at 68 to 68. As he caught up, Evan became more intense. Back in the world of literal gutterballs, Evan and Sean entered the Not mean, and he never teased or said anything to Sean, but he displayed a 10th frame with Sean at 76 pins and Evan at 87 and riding a spare. Sean determination and reckless confidence I may have seen in a mirror or two. bowled first and knocked down nine pins. His second roll found its way to the lone standing pin for another spare. His bonus roll knocked down Noble and ugly seven pins to bring his total to 93. Evan knocked over seven pins and then one, missing a chance at an Competition is a powerful force. It can motivate or discourage. It can extra roll but finishing with 95, two pins over his little brother. bring out noble and ugly traits. Evan jumped up and down and ran to Sean. I braced for any “in your Of all the public discussion surrounding The Blade’s anemic lawsuit against me, I have been most interested in the talk attempting to define face!” behavior that would require admonishment, but Evan went to competition (to summarize, the daily newspaper is suing me in part with Sean and said, “I won, but you did great, too! It was close!” They hugged the claim that my Toledo Free Press writings violate an eight-year-old and kept jumping up and down. There are plenty of grown-ups who could learn a thing or two from contract my employer may or may not have agreed to — one I am not a those two little boys. Competition doesn’t have to be destructive, even party to and one I have never seen). From the beginning, message boards and blogs have debated whether when it is intense. You don’t have to knock down every single pin in the Toledo Free Press represents direct competition for The Blade. The short lane to be a winner. And while the bowlers with the biggest balls do not answer is yes, in terms of fighting for ad dollars, readers and relevance. always win, the bowlers with the smallest balls never do. ✯ There is a clear debate to be had about the scale of the competition, but to Michael S. 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Revisiting The Federalist “Nothing could be more ill-judged terests, innovates upon too many local than that intolerant spirit, which has, institutions, not to involve in its discusat all times, characterized political sions ... views, passions and prejudices little favorable to the discovery of truth.” parties.” — The Federalist This is the problem with the maartisanship is so rampant in this country it seems as if jority of modern political discourse. moderation is a relic of the The crises we face affect us all, but past. Our politicians have become so much of the talk we hear is based so engrossed in beating the other on the passions and prejudices of a party they seem to have lost sight few meant only to hide the truth and disguise the messages of everyone in the we Americans need to middle. We are under consider the most. a constant barrage “Among the most of differing political formidable obstacles viewpoints, with each … the obvious interest becoming more and of a certain class of more intolerant of men in every State any opposing view. It to resist all changes is getting ever harder which may hazard a to make sense of and dimunition of power.” discover the truth in The incredibly all of the heated vitriol Matt OPPERMAN powerful special interout there, and there often seems to be a severe lack of ests like how the system works today, historical perspective in this debate. with their money holding the power The United States Constitution in politics. They will do almost anywas written in 1787 but not ratified thing to hold onto that power, usually until 1789. During those two years, at the expense of the common good. “A torrent of angry and malignant an intense debate raged across the land regarding the future direction passions will be let loose. To judge of our newly freed country. Both from the conduct of the opposite parsides of the battle felt that its vision ties, we shall be led to conclude that of America was the lone proper they will mutually hope to evince the course of action, and there was no justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts room for compromise. At the time, there was a series of by the loudness of their declamations, 85 letters written to the American and the bitterness of their invectives.” Both major parties believe that people, all published anonymously in newspapers. Those essays came to only their position is correct, and the be known as The Federalist. The Fed- only way to prove this is to discredit eralist is now widely considered to the opposition, but we must always be one of the most important pieces remember that moderation and comof literature in the history of political promise are the keys to achieving a science. George Washington said at policy beneficial to everyone. “An enlightened zeal for the energy the time, “[The Federalist] will merit the notice of posterity, because in it and efficiency of government will be are candidly and ably discussed the stigmatized ... the stale bait for popuprinciples of freedom and the topics larity at the expense of the public good.” of government.” While it is true that there is much I was surprised to discover how wrong with the system today, it is pertinent the debates of the 1780s nothing that cannot be fixed. are to the debates of today. All of the It is often stated that those who following quotes are taken from The do not learn from history are bound Federalist No. 1, originally published to repeat it. This has been just a samin October 1787. pling of the wisdom found in the “Happy will it be if our choice first of the 85 essays that make up should be directed by a judicious esti- the incredible piece of work known mate of our true interests, unperplexed as The Federalist. and unbiased by considerations not We can all use The Federalist, “to connected with the public good.” putting you upon your guard against Before we can answer any of the all attempts to influence your decision questions we are faced with, we need in a matter of the utmost moment to to determine just what our true in- your welfare by any impressions other terests really are. Do our politicians than those which may result from the really have the public good in mind, evidence of truth.” ✯ or are they serving other interests? “The plan offered to our delibera- Email Matt Opperman at letters@ tions affects too many particular in- toledofreepress.com.
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This holiday season, Toledo-area resident Joni Meyer-Crothers will give back the best way she knows how. Meyer-Crothers, who with her family has been featured on TLC’s show “Extreme Couponing,” will take one local family in need grocery shopping for the holidays, where she will do what she does best — leave with massive savings. “It’s awesome, that’s what my whole life is about,” Meyer-Crothers said. “That’s what we were put on this Earth for. We hear and we see the need, but so many people just end it at that. We need to take it one step further and ask ‘What can we do?’ “People don’t think that one or two things matter, but every little thing matters to a family who is hungry. There’s nobody who should be hungry anymore. That’s why we did ‘Extreme Couponing.’ We have done it just ourselves, but it was trying to teach other people how you can do it, hoping that will encourage them more.” Meyer-Crothers is partnering with Toledo Free Press to gather nominations for one family to be featured in an upcoming issue and receive free groceries while being shown how she shops. Meyer-Crothers said she hasn’t spent $200 on groceries during
a month’s time in the past three years, despite the fact she buys an estimated $5,000-$6,000 worth of groceries each month. Whatever money she does spend with the family will be covered by Toledo Free Press. FOX Toledo is a media sponsor for the promotion. Nominations for Toledo-area families in need can be emailed to news@ toledofreepress.com. A winner will be chosen at noon Dec. 18 and will accompany Meyer-Crothers on a Dec. 20 shopping trip. Updates will be posted at www. Facebook.com/ToledoFreePress. “I saw Joni’s most recent appearance on ‘Extreme Couponing’ and watched her drop off thousands of dollars in groceries to a local food bank,” said Toledo Free Press Editor In Chief Michael S. Miller. “I was impressed and moved by what she is doing, but thought it would be powerful to put a specific face on the local need. Joni was on board instantly and understood the idea to tell a family’s story that represents what so many local people are facing this Christmas.” The chosen family will also not have to worry about some utility bills in January. Columbia Gas of Ohio and First Energy will cover the family’s natural gas and electirc bills for January, to help make the holiday a bit easier. “There are a number of families in our community that have a great deal of need. It’s an opportunity to work
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ONE LOCAL FAMILY WILL ACCOMPANY JONI MEYER-CROTHERS ON A DEC. 20 SHOPPING TRIP TO FILL ITS FOOD PANTRY.
with Toledo Free Press and the ‘coupon queen’ to provide one family with a gift will last beyond Dec. 25,” said Columbia Gas of Ohio Communications and Community Relations Manager Chris Kozak. “It’s very exciting and we
see this as a great way to not only help that one family get over the hump but give them the jump-start they need for a happy and prosperous 2012.” Meyer-Crothers has been featured on TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” on
two occasions with two more episodes due to air in the future. She donates an estimated 80 percent of her groceries each month to organizations around the area, most notably Sylvania Area Family Services. ✯
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Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep? Kids these days are pretty busy. Unfortunately, like adults, many children are also sleep-deprived. Lack of sleep does more than make your child crabby. It can lead to health and emotional problems, impede physical development, damage the immune system, and contribute to weight gain and obesity. School-age kids generally need 9 – 12 hours of sleep each night. This sleep helps them recharge for the next day, while aiding in important development and growth. Here are a few tips for helping your child get the sleep they need: • Create a simple, calming bedtime routine for your child that can be used anywhere. • Don’t keep a TV in your child’s bedroom or use it as part of his/her bedtime routine. • Keep bedtime positive, never using it as a threat. • Make sure your child has enough physical activity during the day. • Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine. The amount of sleep needed depends on the individual child. If your child can easily wake up in the morning and is awake and alert all day, he/she is probably getting enough sleep.
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Local resident to narrate Liddy audiobook thored several books and hosts a syndicated radio show. Shaw has narrated 22 novels firstname.lastname@example.org during his career, including “Radicals Sylvania resident Michael Drew & Visionaries — Entrepreneurs Who Shaw was selected by Regnery-Eagle Revolutionized the 20th Century” and Publishing to narrate “When I was a “Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days.” He discovered the opening on Kid, This Was a Free Country” by G. Audible.com, the world’s largest proGordon Liddy. “I’m excited,” Shaw said. “From vider of online audio, which allows users to audition for books. what I’ve read “I was just browsing the titles so far, having alout there looking for narrators ready started the and I decided to audition for it,” project, I tend to Shaw said. “It provided a five or six agree with some minute piece. I read it, uploaded of the things it and forgot about it. Three months Liddy says in later, I got a notification from this book.” Audible that they decided they Liddy is a wanted me to narrate it. I was former FBI speSHAW pleasantly surprised.” cial agent and His fi rst narration was of his own bureau supervisor. He ran the 1968 presidential campaign for Richard novel “Slider: The Leo Butterburger Nixon, served in the Treasury De- Story,” seven years ago. The story is partment and was a White House under consideration for adaptation staff assistant to Nixon. For his role into a motion picture. Shaw is a filmmaker, author, in Watergate, Liddy was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was re- composer and multimedia engineer. leased by President Jimmy Carter He is the co-founder of American after serving five years. He has au- Retrospects and US20 Records, By Zach Davis
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Toledoan featured in national Down syndrome campaign By Brigitta Burks TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER email@example.com
The National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) My Great Story campaign, the organization’s largest public awareness movement, features Toledoan Keegan Simms. NDSS’ My Great Story campaign gives people who have Down syndrome and their loved ones an online outlet to share their stories. The stories are broken down into themes like family, sports and the holiday season. The campaign, which launched in September 2009, has SIMMS raised $6 million in ad spots and donations. Readers can comment on the stories and vote for the best, which are featured in NDSS’ e-newsletter. “This time of year especially, we encourage everyone to share their stories,” said NDSS Communications Associate
Jordana Stern. “The campaign embodies the holiday feeling we have all year.” NDSS was founded in 1979 when Elizabeth Goodwin realized she didn’t have the resources she needed for daughter Carson, who has Down syndrome, and decided to create them herself. Carson still volunteers at NDSS, Stern said. Keegan’s mother, Cindy Rhinevault, learned of NDSS and the My Great Story campaign in her research of Down syndrome. She decided to enter Keegan, who has Down syndrome, heart issues and unilateral hearing loss. “He has a long list of health problems, but that doesn’t stop us from treating him like a normal child,” said Rhinevault, who works in sales at Sephora. When Rhinevault was pregnant, she and Keegan’s father, Keith Simms, didn’t know their son had Down syndrome. They found out when he was born. “I was a first-time mom and I had no knowledge of Down syndrome and the issues that would come up later. They (NDSS) really took me under their wing,” Rhinevault said.
Rhinevault now helps NDSS distribute information on Down syndrome to pregnant women or new moms at area hospitals. Rhinevault also takes Keegan to occupational and speech therapy several times a week. The 3-year-old hasn’t let his health issues slow him down. Keegan, who is “quite the dancer,”
learned to walk at 2 and a half years old instead of the predicted 4 years old. “When he walked, I cried; my whole family cried. I remember that whole day, what I was wearing, the weather outside,” Rhinevault said. “He’s made me a better person; actually, he’s made his whole family better people. I think we’ve all become
more patient and understanding,” she added. Keegan’s sunny disposition also helps. “He’s got a really great personality. He’s mostly always smiling and waving at people,” Rhinevault said. To see the campaign, vote on Keegan’s story or donate, visit www. ndss.org/stories. ✯
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experience success TOLEDO-AREA CAMPUS GRADUATES* Kelly L. Abbott Eric M. Agoston Dana N. Almester Jamie L. Almester Frank J. Altomare Michael J. Altstadt Audrey L. Amos Leslie D. Anderson Destiny M. Arquette Sarah M. Aschemeier Ronald L. Austin Patricia J. Bak Rita Banda Jennifer S. Barda Phillip S. Bartel Danielle R. Bates Albin A. Bauer Amy M. Beach Branden J. Beaudrie Joseph R. Bella Melissa A. Bennett Angela K. Berger Joshua R. Bittner Adam E. Blachuta Cynthia K. Blum Gabrielle K. Boes Jamie M. Booker Angelica J. Boyd Veronica A. Boylan Jerlena Brank Angela L. Brooks Katrina R. Brown Lori Brown Sirmar M. Brown Blake A. Brubaker Derrick T. Brubaker Casey R. Buck Meghan R. Bunker Bobbi J. Burkhard Donald R. Burnett Garrett M. Busch Nina E. Bush Emily M. Caldwell Roberta L. Camara Zachary A. Cameron Kristian R. Cardell Candice J. Cawley Marguerite Cervantes Evelyn J. Cherry Christina M. Clark Esther K. Clayton Billy Cockrell James E. Cole
Karen R. Coleman Rachel L. Colon Crystal C. Cowell Austin A. Craig Rayshawn Craig Sarah J. Crockett Andrea C. Crook Lisa M. Csomos Samantha L. Currier Rachel M. Cutlip Ashley N. Dannenberger Amber E. Davidson Mary A. Davies Tirzah L. Davis Crystal J. Deal Elizabeth J. DeAnda Zach G. Dermer Hillary B. DeShetler Molly A. Dicken Korena M. Ditmyer Cynthia L. Dixon Yolanda Dixon Lisa A. Domke Tyler S. Donnell Jessie R. Duke Rebecca C. Dykyj Nathan L. Eikost Dennis L. Eisel Linda M. Elchert Michele L. Elder Jessica R. Ellerbrock Leanne L. Emmons Nicole M. Eschbach Kayla L. Everhardt Cristian M. Ewing Kayla M. Fackler Stephanie L. Fairbanks Joanne M. Fankhauser Tara L. Farley Abigail L. Fay Shauntae L. Feagle Joseph T. Fisher Patrick J. Fleming Amy L. Flores Jessica R. Fountain Benjamin D. Fox Timothy J. Frank Brittany R. Franks Pamela D. Frazier Regina A. Freimark Christine M. Friess Regina M. Funches-Berry Julie A. Gaines Daniel A. Gary Deidra K. Gehr
Kathleen A. Gerity Debra J. Gilson Raymond J. Gloyd Rebecca A. Gluza Mark A. Golembiewski Julie A. Graffius Travis P. Grime Brittney N. Guerrero Joseph E. Gust Lynette D. Hairston Brian A. Halka Melissa L. Hall Rodcliff A. Hall Victoria Y. Hamilton Jason S. Hanefeld Erica R. Hanley Katrina R. Harderson Gary T. Harman Jeanne K. Harmon Gregg I. Hart Shawn S. Hartel Jennifer E. Heer Chris S. Hefner Kathleen R. Heibeck Douglas N. Helminiak Matthew D. Hendrix Amanda K. Hertzfeld Heather L. Hilger Shailyn E. Hill Renee F. Hires Isaac J. Hock Lisa M. Hodges Cynthia J. Hoenig Sarah E. Homer Melissa K. Horn Timothy E. Howard Katie L. Howze Tobias R. Huber Louis L. Ilia Julie A. Isola Jerry F. Isom Brittany M. Jacobs Callie L. Jacobs Danielle D. Jaques Erik M. Jarosi Ebonee C. Johnson Summit C. Johnson Kimberly S. Jones Krysta N. Jones Sasha J. Jones Ashley R. Jozefowicz Savannah M. Karr Kristyn E. Kautz Christina L. Keil Dionne M. Kelly-Taylor
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Dr. Douglas Dennis rarely sees his father cry. But the 89-year-old World War II veteran cried during his trip to Washington, D.C., when Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio took Ronald Dennis and his son on a trip to see the World War II memorial. Douglas, his father’s guardian for the trip, said his father’s tears sprang from gratitude for all the respect the veterans received. “It probably was the most wonderful day my father and I have shared together in our entire life. My dad has already told me he feels that way,” Douglas said. “It’s an unbelievably patriotic experience, an emotional experience. I learned so much more about what my father experienced in World War II.” Honor Flight is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that sends U.S. veterans from Northwest Ohio to see the memorials in Washington, D.C. More than 850 veterans have made the daylong trip. All expenses are paid for the veterans, who often have a yearlong wait after submitting an application before they get on a flight. Guardians, the designated caretakers for the veterans, pay a $400 fee. Douglas said the memorials they visited — which included the World War II memorial, the Korean War memorial, the Vietnam memorial, the Air Force memorial, the Marines memorial and the Changing of the Guard for the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier — were beautiful. “The amount of respect I have for what our World War II veterans went through is a whole magnitude more,” he said. “It is an outstanding tribute. The history that you are educated or reminded of is phenomenal.” Jack Paquette, an 86-year-old veteran from the June 22 flight, said he was astonished by how realistic the Marine
Corps statue looked, by how emotional the Changing of the Guard was and by the number of people who wanted to pay their respects. “Every place we went, people would stop us. I had people from foreign countries stop us, wanting to talk about World War II,” he said. “There were complete strangers who came up and thanked us for our service.” The veteran spent about a year on the waiting list before being given the chance to go on the flight. He said it was worth it. “I’m tremendously honored to have the opportunity,” he said. “I’m so pleased at this volunteer group who sacrificed a lot to make it possible. They cost a tremendous amount of money to sponsor these. I’m very, very grateful for what they have done and being honored by being eligible to go.” A history buff, Paquette said he hopes Honor Flight at least continues until the Vietnam War veterans are able to attend, because they deserve to be honored after their contentious homecoming. The men were spit on and publically humiliated, he said, although most of them had been drafted and wanted nothing to do with the war. He said in contrast, the sendoff and welcoming home party the veterans received from the flight was heartwarming. “I was astounded at the number of people who came out to the airport to see us off to Washington, and more astounded by the horde of people who met us at Washington.” There was one man who stopped Paquette at the gate. The man thanked the veteran for his service and mentioned that if it had not been for him, he would be speaking German or Japanese. Paquette said he never thought about how Germany or Japan would have occupied the U.S. had it lost World War II. Paquette, who has written six books, spent three years in the U.S. Navy
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Honor Flight gives veterans ‘best day of life’
RONALD DENNIS IS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II.
fighting the Japanese. His guardian, Eric Swisher, spent three years in the Army, a bonding point for the two. “I called [my guardian] my hero,” Paquette said. “He was a 46-year-old army veteran himself. He served in Germany. He served three years right out of high school.” Swisher, a first-time guardian, said he would be a guardian again in a heartbeat. “It was like I was his friend. We had a great time. We’re both history buffs. We just hit it off real well,” he said. “Well, his experiences were a lot more greatly in-depth than mine, because I was in during a peace time.”
Jim Tichy, Honor Flight emeritus board of directors presenter, said the organization has sent 80 veterans and 80 guardians on each flight this year, up from last year’s 50 veterans and 50 guardians. “Every [flight] is an emotional experience because of what these men and women have gone through. For most of them, World War II was a turning point in their lives,” he said. He said veterans and guardians have a tremendous emotional experience. “We’ve had quite a few guardians tell us it was the best $400 they ever spent in their life,” Tichy said. “Many of our veterans told us that this has
been the best day of their lives. It means so much to these veterans to be honored in this way.” He said during the trip, people would recognize the veterans from the tangerine T-shirts the group wore. The people would come up to the veterans and thank them for their service. When the veterans arrive back in Toledo, about 500 people typically welcome them back home. The party, which has family, friends and entertainment, gives closure to the veterans, Tichy said. “What we try to do at the end is the welcome home party they didn’t get 60 to 80 years ago,” he said. ✯
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JACK HADLEY Jack started serving our country ﬁrst in the R.O.T.C. and then switched to the Navy Reserves. He graduated from the University of Michigan in three years with a Mechanical Engineering degree. After graduation, Jack was an Ammunition Ofﬁcer in the Navy during WWII. He was based and served in the South Paciﬁc. Jack and wife Ruth have two children, John and Judith, and six grandchildren. He enjoyed his “Honor Flight” in September.
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OPINION: GUEST COLUMN
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fter a recent article on Medicaid planning myths and realities, I received a telephone call from a consumer who said, “Did you know that after you’re gone, Medicaid will take your home?” She was right … in a way. Social service programs are running on a shoestring budget these days. Tax bases are lower due to fewer people working. In order to fund important programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the Estate Recovery Mandate as a part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. Until recent years, many states did not follow the mandates of estate recovery and therefore many recipients were not affected by these rules. Also, different states applied the rules differently. However, most states are now following the mandate more closely and
consumers are frightened by the prospect of receiving a bill from the government, or being forced to sell the family home. In short, estate recovery helps to recoup large sums of monies paid for indigent persons to receive long-term care. In layman’s terms, once a recipient and their spouse have passed away, the state sends a bill to the recipient’s estate for the cost Debra of his or her care. If there are assets remaining in the estate, some money is put back into the system in order to keep it working for others in the future. In the past, estate recovery was only applied to assets which went through probate. Therefore, the past two decades have been rife with “Medicaid planners” who advised people to
put monies into irrevocable Trusts in order to avoid estate recovery. However, doing so now can make one ineligible for Medicaid due to what is considered an “improper transfer of assets.” Another strategy used in the past to avoid losing the family home was to arrange for the deed to the home to “transfer on death” to another family member, thus avoiding ROIDL probate and avoiding estate recovery. This play is no longer ignored by the attorney general when applying estate recovery rules. Some important facts are as follows (from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website): ✯ Whose estates are subject to recovery? Recoveries may only be made from
estates of deceased recipients who were 55 and older when they received Medicaid benefits or who, regardless of age, were permanently institutionalized. However, states may exempt recipients if their only Medicaid benefit is payment of Medicare cost sharing (i.e., Medicare Part B premiums). ✯ What is subject to recovery? At a minimum, states must recover amounts spent by Medicaid for long-term care and related drug and hospital benefits, including Medicaid payments for Medicare cost sharing related to these services. However, they have the option of recovering the costs of all Medicaid services paid on the recipient’s behalf. The majority of states recover spending for more than the minimum of long-term care and related expenses. ✯ What are the prohibitions on Medicaid estate recoveries? Estate recovery is prohibited in
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certain instances when federal law deems that the needs of certain relatives for assets in the estate take precedence over Medicaid claims. States are prohibited from making estate recoveries: ✯ During the lifetime of the surviving spouse (no matter where he/ she lives). ✯ From a surviving child who is under age 21, blind or permanently disabled (according to the SSI/Medicaid definition of “disability”) (no matter where he/she lives). ✯ In the case of the former home of the recipient, when a sibling with an equity interest in the home has lived in the home for at least one year immediately before the deceased Medicaid recipient was institutionalized and has lawfully resided in the home continuously since the date of the recipient’s admission. ✯ In the case of the former home of the recipient, when an adult child has lived in the home for at least two years immediately before the deceased Medicaid recipient was institutionalized, has lived there continuously since that time, and can establish to the satisfaction of the state that he/she provided care that may have delayed the recipient’s admission to the nursing home or other medical institution. If one requires the services of a nursing home and unless one has the assets to privately pay for nursing home care, there is little choice but to accept Medicaid assistance and therefore be subject to estate recovery. However, in the home and community-based program PASSPORT, many consumers refuse the help due to the prospect of estate recovery. Caregiving is stressful, to say the least. Caregivers give up their own jobs, subjecting themselves to a retirement bereft of Social Security benefits and privately funded IRAs, not to mention workers’ compensation. If they injure themselves taking care of their aging relative, they will have little recourse except attempting to apply for another already-stressed resource, Social Security Disability. For more information, visit aspe. hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/estaterec.htm ✯ Debra Roidl, MSW, member of the National Care Planning Council, is a certified care manager in the greater Toledo area. Read more about her eldercare services at her website: www.indepen dentcaresolutions.com. You can reach her for more information by calling (419) 367-8835 or emailing email@example.com.
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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
By Duane Ramsey TOLEDO FREE PRESS SENIOR BUSINESS WRITER firstname.lastname@example.org
A Planet Fitness franchise opened its first Toledo-area location in Sylvania with a grand opening Dec. 5 and plans for more facilities in Northwest Ohio. The 22,185 square-foot Planet Fitness is located in a former hardware store in the Timberstone Commons shopping center on Sylvania Avenue at McCord Road. “Toledo is a terrific market and we’re proud to bring a whole new health club experience to this area,” said Bryan Rief, Planet Fitness franchisee. “There are plenty of opportunities for us in this area.” Rief said it is his first location in Ohio and he is aggressively looking for additional locations in the Toledo area to further expand in the next 24-36 months. His franchise now operates nine Planet Fitness centers in metr Detroit based out of Livonia, Mich. “Our mission is to offer everyone a friendly, nonintimidating atmosphere to exercise at a very affordable price. This club will showcase our massive selection of top-of-the-line cardio and strength equipment with grand opening offers you won’t find anywhere else,” Rief said. The local Planet Fitness includes more than 150 pieces of equipment, a 12-minute abs circuit, 30-minute express circuit, tanning and red-light therapy booths and massage chairs. It provides locker room facilities with day lockers, showers and private dressing stalls for men and women. Certified fitness trainers on staff will help members design their own programs based on an individual fitness evaluation and each person’s goals. The trainers will supervise workouts to assure that members are getting what they need and want at no additional charge, Rief said. “There are no contracts or longterm commitments,” Rief said. “We’re the low-cost provider of high-quality fitness so we’re in a better position to grow during the tough economy.” Rief said they don’t divulge membership numbers but anticipate the
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ART NICHOLS, LEFT, AND BRYAN RIEF REVIEW EQUIPMENT AT THE NEW PLANET FITNESS LOCATION IN SYLVANIA.
Sylvania location would have a couple thousand members at maturity. Planet Fitness features more than 100 pieces of cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical and arc trainers for a full-body workout. Each cardio machine is connected to an entertainment system of 16 widescreen HD televisions. The 12-minute abs circuit includes exercising for one minute each at nine different stations, resting for 30 seconds in between each. The 30-minute workout allows members to exercise for one minute at 10 different machines and step boxes, resting for 30 seconds between the stations.
A Black Card membership is available for $1 down and $19.99 a month, plus a $39 annual membership fee that carries additional benefits such as free reciprocal use at almost 500 locations nationwide, unlimited guest privileges, tanning, red-light therapy and massage chairs. Rief said Planet Fitness charges a buyout fee of $58 to cancel a Black Card membership. Members can cancel a membership at anytime without further penalty. Planet Fitness is billed as “The Judgment Free Zone,” offering a relaxed atmosphere with a low tolerance for bodybuilders and a commitment to helping people of various fitness
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levels. It features a “Lunk Alarm,” a flashing blue beacon and siren that is sounded to deter any members from the hard-core “look at me” behavior found in too many gyms, Rief said. “Our philosophy works phenomenally well for people,” said Art Nichols, regional manager for the Planet Fitness franchise. Nichols began working with Rief four years ago when he started his Planet Fitness franchises. He has managed one location and now oversees the daily operation of all ten locations. Planet Fitness was founded in 1992 with a single fitness club in New Hampshire. It began franchising in 2003 and has more than 400 locations
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in the U.S. today. Forty percent of all franchisees own more than one unit and 70 percent are owner operators. A net worth of $1.3 million with $400,000 in liquid cash is required for franchisees. A franchise fee of $10,000, ongoing royalty fee of five percent and a total investment from $673,000 to $1.658 million are the financial requirements for a Planet Fitness franchise, according to www. entrepreneur.com. Planet Fitness has been named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America for three consecutive years by Inc. magazine. For more information, visit the web site www.planetfitness.com. ✯
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overnments and central banks around the world are quickly reaching the point where they are going to violate the golden rule of financial scams: Make sure your inflows are greater than your outflows. Say what you will about Bernie Madoff, but the guy sure knew how to keep a scam going. For years, he ran one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history without being caught. Ultimately, of course, it all imploded but he had a good time while it lasted. Now, all over the world, including in the U.S., we are seeing essentially the same thing happen. Countries and central banks are having their outflows exceed their inflows in that the new debt and the previous debt ma- Gary L. turing is much greater than what the investors are willing to take on. Several debt auctions have failed in the past few weeks due to declining demand, causing interest rates to increase and making the death spiral spin faster and faster. Politicians are resorting to more desperate measures. Like any good Madoff wannabe, governments are appealing to the masses first; all over Europe they are creating new marketing campaigns to pull on the patriotic heartstrings of citizens. It is now their patriotic duty to buy their bonds. Spain actually issued debt instruments titled “bonos patrioticos” or “patriotic bonds.” Japan recently created a bond that, after you purchase a certain amount, you will receive a gold coin in addition to the interest. If the value of gold continues to rise, this actually makes the bond fairly attractive. Ireland is issuing “prize bonds” which pay 0 percent interest but bondholders are entered into a weekly lottery contest. I didn’t ask where the lottery winnings come from or how they are funded. Italy is using sports celebrities to encourage citizens to purchase their bonds. I trust they don’t pay the celebrities in bonds.
Great Britain is reaching banana republic status and just this week announced the formation of the Collateral Term Repo Facility to deal with “shortages” of the sterling. One can only wonder what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will come up with to get people to purchase our debt. We haven’t quite reached the point where no one is buying, but the day is coming. We have already seen him raid some of the government employee pension plans to keep the scheme going. It is only a matter of time before all pension plans are subject to purchasing government debt to stay qualified. Maybe we can get Magic Johnson to enRATHBUN courage people to buy bonds; magic and U.S. bonds have an interesting correlation. For kids, we could have “Smurf bonds,” where you wait until you are blue in the face to get paid back. We could have the “Volt” bond; with each $100,000 you get a free Chevrolet Volt. The fact that they run a while and then burst into flames seems appropriate. How about the Pelosi bond, where you have to buy it before you know what interest rate and maturity you’re going to get. If only those greedy millionaires and billionaires would give a little bit more, everything would be all right. Desperate governments do desperate things. Add some additional credit downgrades and things start to get really desperate. We need to prepare and protect ourselves now. Our economy is circling the drain and it gets very dark before you come out the other end. ✯ Gary L. Rathbun is the president and CEO of Private Wealth Consultants. He can be heard every day at 4:06 p.m. on “After the Bell” with “Brian Wilson and the Afternoon Drive,” and every Thursday evening at 6 on “Eye on Your Money,” both on 1370 WSPD. He can be reached at (419) 842-0334 or at email@example.com.
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OPINION: RETIREMENT GUYS
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, Nolan, watched on TV as the U.S. national debt reached more than $15 trillion. That is now a debt of more than $48,000 for every man, woman and child in the country (www.usdebtclock.org). The sad part about it is my two boys, who are only 8 and 5, don’t even own a treehouse, but together have a debt our country has placed on them of nearly $100,000 and quickly growing. Our elected leaders failed to reach any agreement in cutting the debt while reports across the pond in Europe Mark are enough to make any investor wonder Nolan how far the ripple effect will go. As the global debt problems continue to grow, families can take one simple step to avoid the debt time bomb from going off at home. Here is our country’s current financial picture. According to the Congressional Budget Office, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts are set to kick in between 2013 and 2021 because our politicians couldn’t reach an agreement. Although that sounds like a big number, it is only about 3 percent of the projected spending. Knock a lot of zeros off the projected $40.3 trillion government spending during that time frame and the cuts are is like a family spending $40,000 a year reducing its spending by $1,200. Cutting spending by 3 percent is a good step in the right direction, until someone looks at how bad it has recently gotten. Gross debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is now more than 100 percent. This means that our country’s debt is now equal to the value of all goods and services produced in a year. Looking back 10 years ago, we were at 58 percent gross debt to GDP (www.usdebtclock.org). Our country’s spending isn’t getting any better either. The U.S. fi scal year
ended Sept. 30. This year’s $3.5 trillion spent is double what the government spent in fiscal year 2000, according to the Treasury Department. Long-term, the debt picture looks very troubling as well. Long-term entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and the prescription drug program could topple our country. On the surface, the problems overseas may seem like their problems to deal with, but that may not be the case. China, Japan and the UK are the top three foreign countries that own our CLAIR treasuries. Our government currently BAKER owes more than $2 trillion to foreigners based upon the most recent September 2011 report. Then there is the International Monetary Fund, which has been involved in many of the global bailouts. Their website states “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.” One might think that with 187 countries, the United States has little at stake. Not true — the IMF uses a “quota” system to determine which countries have to put in the most money, based upon a complex formula. And guess who has to put in the most money? Yup, you guessed it, the good old United States of America. Meaning me and you are on the hook for a lot of the bailouts given by the IMF. Remember, there is one easy way to avoid the debt time bomb from going off at your home and that is to pay off and stay out of debt. I know, it is boring and it can take some hard work to accomplish. I, like many
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“To see some of the things I’ve seen him do every day is amazing,” Hawkins said. “Stuff that I have to work all day for, he wakes up with. He’s an awesome guy and an awesome teammate. We’re good friends. He’s a silly guy, and we’re both laid-back. We hang out on and off the fi eld.”
“When I started out, we were out there connecting,” Hawkins said. “He was looking for me. Him having that firstname.lastname@example.org trust in me on the scout team got me moving up the ladder and enabled me Former University of Toledo wide to get out there and make some plays receiver Andrew Hawkins spent years on offense.” in the Canadian Football League and In Gradkowski’s senior season had a stint on a reality TV show on his at UT, Hawkins caught 28 passes for way to the NFL. He is solidifying his 283 yards and three touchdowns. He place with the Cincinnati Bengals after Reps and chemistry fi lling in while star rookie A.J. Green Filling in for Green allowed Hawkins finished his career with 67 catches for was out two games with a knee injury. to develop a rapport with rookie starting 1,107 yards and five touchdowns and 25 rushes for 109 yards and a touch“The next man up, you have to get quarterback Andy Dalton. in there and make a play,” Hawkins “The more reps you get, the more down. He also had 21 tackles, two said. “To be able to go in there and chemistry you get and the more trust forced fumbles and a blocked punt. “Back then, I was able to see make plays like I did when A.J. was you have in each other,” Hawkins said. down, it gave the coaches a little more “If Andy throws a 2-yard pass to me an NFL quarterback firsthand,” he confi dence in me. I got more confi- and I can get 12 yards, that builds his said. “It’s carried me throughout the dence in myself that I belong in this confidence in me. Being able to come process. Having him here now is a league and I can compete. A.J. is an in- up and get that chemistry with him blessing, too.” “Playing with Hawkins is great becredible player. He’s a freak. When you has been great.” lose him, there’s a drop-off. We picked “He’s very shifty,” Dalton said. “He cause he’s such a hard worker,” Gradup the slack as much as we could and I makes for good matchups on the inside. kowski said. “He’s always going to think we did a good job.” He’s really good coming out of breaks. I know what to do. He’s going to line up Hawkins caught nine passes for guess he’s a rookie like me in the NFL, right, get the right depth and catch the 103 yards in games against division but you can tell he has played pro foot- football. He’s going to make plays after rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore while ball before. He has been a really good he catches it. He’s an exciting player Green was injured. He has 17 catches addition to our off ense and brings a to watch. Back at Toledo, I remember how fast he was and how many exfor 194 yards this season with two package nobody else exactly has.” rushes for 10 yards and two special Hawkins had a rapport with backup plosive plays he can make if you get teams tackles. quarterback Bruce Gradkowski from the ball in his hands. It’s always fun playing with the guy.” “That guy is one of the hardest their days together at UT. Gradkowski lived with Hawkins workers I’ve ever seen,” Green said “Bruce is my best friend on the of Hawkins. “From day one he’s had team,” Hawkins said. “We’re together all during his final year at UT in 2005. “Hawk was a good roommate,” one speed and that’s fast. Whether it’s day and talk every day. He gives me inwalkthroughs or whatever, he is fast. sight into what the quarterback is doing. Gradkowski said. “He’s disciplined Just hearing his story, where he came He’s kind of a general and a leader in his on and off the field. He never left the from and the way he pushes himself to room even though he’s not the starter. house dirty or anything like that. I be the best, now he’s on the Bengals. I He understands what they see and is think he actually stole my bed when love having him here. We’ve become able to relay it to me so I know what the I left, but other than that he’s a good friends. He’s a great guy.” quarterback is thinking. It’s awesome roommate. We defi nitely enjoy our time together.” Hawkins has been equally im- playing with Bruce.” “Bruce is a good roommate,” pressed by Green, who has 50 catches Gradkowkski and Hawkins got for 832 yards and seven touchdowns plenty of reps together practicing on Hawkins said. “He’s quiet and sticks to himself. We’re the same type of guy, so in his rookie season. the scout team offense. it worked out.” They also shared their home with New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore. “There was never a dull moment,” Six weeks of hitting, pitching, catcher, and fielding Moore said. “Everybody likes to play baserunning lessons as low as $$99. Sessions start soon. games on each other and joke around. We all wanted the ball, so we were always messing with Bruce and telling By Jason Mack
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him to throw us the ball.” Since Hawkins focused primarily on defense in high school, Moore was crucial to his development on offense. “It’s meant everything to my career as a receiver,” Hawkins said. “I was kind of changing positions and I was able to watch Lance. Me and his little brother Nick came in at the same time and he took us under his wing. He’s really an awesome friend. I thank God for him.” “He’s a guy that knows no limits,” Moore said. “He works so hard. When he was leaving UT, people were saying he wasn’t going to play any kind of professional football let alone win two Grey Cups and play for the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s paved his own way.” Hawkins also earned playing time at cornerback to become the first twoway player at UT in 48 years. “It felt like I was playing high school again,” Hawkins said. “I’m the type of guy that’s going to help my team any way I can. I even take some reps at DB in practice for the Bengals in case of emergency situations.
I learned at Toledo that you have to do whatever you can to help the team. That’s really carried me, and I stick to it to this day.” Aft er going undrafted in 2008, Hawkins signed with Montreal in the CFL. He caught 41 passes for 457 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons as the Alouettes won the Grey Cup championship both seasons. “Still being able to play football is a blessing,” Hawkins said. “When I went to the Alouettes, I was on a great team with a great group of guys. I saw fi rsthand what a championship team looked like.” Between his two seasons with the Alouettes, Hawkins was the runnerup on Michael Irvin’s reality show “4th and Long” for a chance to be invited to the Dallas Cowboys training camp. “It was crazy to say the least,” Hawkins said. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s even harder than it looked on TV. It taught me a lot. ■ HAWKINS CONTINUES ON A18
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Rockets to face Air Force in Military Bowl By Zach Davis TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER email@example.com
After being passed over for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, the Rockets will travel to Washington, D.C., to play in the Military Bowl. Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) will take on Mountain West representative Air Force on Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium. “We are very excited to be selected to play the Air Force Academy in the Military Bowl,” UT Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “I think our players, coaches and fans will enjoy a terrific bowl experience in our nation’s capital over the holidays.” “The Military Bowl will provide our studentathletes with an outstanding bowl experience in Washington, D.C., as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough Air Force team,” Toledo head coach Tim Beckman said. “I am very proud of this team. This is an excellent reward for all the hard work put in by everyone involved in our team’s success.” The Rockets finished the season as cochampions of the MAC West Division along with Northern Illinois. Toledo will try to win a bowl game for the first time in six years after last season’s team squandered a late lead in a 34-32 loss to Florida International University in the Pizza Bowl. “This program is on the rise,” senior running back Adonis Thomas said. “It just goes to show you that we are only getting better. We want to ■ HAWKINS CONTINUED FROM A17 “Learning under Michael Irvin was awesome. It got my career going again. It was a crucial part of everything I’m doing now.” Hawkins worked out for the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati in the offseason and signed with the Rams. He was released Aug. 1 and claimed off waivers by the Bengals, but was almost reunited with Moore in New Orleans. “As soon as he got released he sent me a text message, and I went to our general manager,” Moore said. “I told him we played together at Toledo and I think he can help us. He looked at film and told me later that day, ‘I like him. We’re going to put in a claim for him.’ It didn’t work out for us here, but he’s doing a great job in Cincinnati. Hopefully we’ll see them down the line.” “Andrew has done a great job of getting to the NFL,” Gradkowski said. “He had more struggles than most of us and persevered through a lot of things. He deserves everything he gets. He’s an awesome story to see that if you work hard and have faith, everything will work out for the best.” Despite Green’s return from injury, the Bengals still plan on getting the
be a top program that gets the top recruits here.” For being selected to the Military Bowl, the members of each team will receive gifts from the NCAA, including an Amazon Kindle Fire, an Apple iPod Nano, a Deuce watch, a LunaTik wristband which holds an iPod, a beanie and a Nike backpack. Facing the Rockets is Air Force (7-5), which finished with a 3-4 league record in the Mountain West. The Falcons had wins against Navy, New Mexico, Army, UNLV and Colorado State this year along with wins over Football Championship Subdivision schools South Dakota and Tennessee State. Air Force lost to ranked squads No. 7 Boise State and No. 18 TCU as well as Notre Dame, San Diego State and Wyoming. Toledo’s biggest challenge will be dealing with Air Force’s triple option offense, which ranks second in the country in rushing offense at over 320 yards per game. “Air Force is a crazy offense we really don’t see in the MAC,” senior cornerback Desmond Marrow said. “We are used to five wide [receiver sets] and throwing the ball 60 times a game. We have to make our tackles and we can’t get lulled to sleep with the run and get hit with a pass because a guy is out of position.” This will be Air Force’s fifth straight bowl appearance. The Falcons topped Georgia Tech and Houston in the past two seasons in the Armed Forces Bowl and Independence Bowl, respectively. “They play really hard and really aggressive,”
ball in Hawkins’ hands. “Andrew has great explosiveness and is doing a great job of fitting his niche on offense,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “We’ll keep carving out chances for Andrew on offense. He’s done a great job on special teams for us. We’ll keep finding ways to get the ball in his hands. He’s dangerous with the football and does a great job.” Hawkins is continuing a tradition by playing for the Bengals. His brother Artrell was drafted in the second round in 1998 and played six seasons for the Bengals. He works for the show “2 Deep Zone” on 1530 ESPN Cincinnati. “I’ve been on his radio show numerous times,” Hawkins said. “It’s cool with him being a media guy now and people know him from his playing days. Being able to see both sides has been awesome. I love having him around here. It’s helped so much in my development as a player.” The Bengals are 7-5 and in position to make the playoffs as a wildcard. They host Houston on Dec. 11. “I’ve been really blessed,” Hawkins said. “We’re having a pretty good season. Hopefully we can finish hard the last four games and make a playoff push.” ✯
Thomas said. “They get after you and don’t take plays off, with a lot of people out there giving relentless effort. It’s going to be a good game on both sides of the ball.” The Rockets bowl bid did not come without drama as the team was one of the last to be announced for a bowl game. The team awaited a text from Beckman telling them where they would go, but first found out about the announcement from a tweet by Toledo Free Press. “A lot of people were following all the tweets about it,” junior linebacker Dan Molls said. “Someone read it on Twitter first but we didn’t officially believe it until we heard it from coach.” Before the announcement, however, the Rockets had begun to get nervous about whether they would be selected at all for postseason play. MAC member Temple was 8-4 in 2010 when it was passed over for a bowl slot. “We were all just waiting and we didn’t know what was going to happen,” senior offensive lineman Mike VanDerMeulen said. “Last year, Temple got left out after having a good season. You never know what’s going to happen being in our conference, so there was definitely that thought going through our minds.” Despite the wait, it was worth it for Toledo, which will get to visit one of the most historic areas in the country — Washington, D.C. “It will be surreal to be around so much history,” VanDerMeulen said. “It’s such a big place for our country and I think that will really hit home for a lot of us.” The Rockets know, however, that playing
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When Toledo sixth-year senior cornerback Desmond Marrow celebrates his 24th birthday Dec. 28, he’ll do so by bowling — in Washington, D.C. On Dec. 4, Marrow and his teammates learned the Rockets will head to the nation’s capital to face Air Force in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium. “We’ll miss Christmas again and I’ll miss my birthday, but I’ll be playing with these guys [for] the last time on my birthday,” Marrow said. “Hopefully I can go out and have a great game, and if we win it’ll be a pretty good birthday.” UT (8-4, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) won seven of its last eight games en route to receiving a bowl berth for the second consecutive season. Adding to Marrow’s excitement at the opportunity to end his collegiate career as a champion on his birthday is being able to visit a city he’s never been to. “It’s definitely going to be better than just driving up to Detroit 45 minutes,” Marrow said, referencing Toledo’s trip to the Motor City last year for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, where it fell 34-32 to Florida International University. “It was kind of like a home game last year pretty much to us. It’s a bowl game. I
mean, you want to be thankful, you had a great season and you get to end it out with a bowl game.” Marrow and his teammates are thankful just to have been selected to play in a bowl game. With Northern Illinois, Ohio and Western Michigan all receiving bids to play in the MAC’s three automatic bowl tie-ins, there was legitimate concern amongst the Rockets that they would get left out of the bowl picture in 2011. When he learned the Broncos were selected for this season’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Marrow said, doubt started to set in. “Once that happened, all my family and everybody back home were like, ‘Dang! You’re not going to a bowl?’” Marrow said. “I’m like, ‘What? What are you talking about?’ Then I went on ESPN and looked at the bowls and I’m like, ‘Man.’ But I mean we’re in one, so we’re happy.” In 2010, fellow MAC member Temple also finished with an 8-4 overall record but was left out of the bowl picture, something the UT players were thinking about when selections were being made and their name had yet to pop up. “That was in the back of everyone’s mind because last year Temple was 8-4, sitting with the same record that we had,” said senior running back Adonis Thomas, who earned Second-Team All-MAC honors this season. “[They] beat a few Bowl Championship Series conference teams and they got left out. So it was kind of a thought, but then at the same time you have to just play the hand you’re dealt.”
“It was definitely a surprise for all of us,” senior left tackle Mike VanDerMeulen said on UT’s selection to face the Falcons in the Military Bowl. VanDerMeulen garnered First-Team All-MAC honors with Marrow and junior wide receiver and Springfield graduate Eric Page this year. “We didn’t really have any idea about that bowl game — at least I didn’t. Coming down there to the last hour or so, we didn’t know where we were going.” Air Force finished 7-5 overall with a 3-4 record in the Mountain West Conference, winning four of its final five games against New Mexico, Army, University of Nevada Las Vegas and Colorado State. Featuring an offense that thrives on misdirection and confusing opposing defenses, the Falcons rank No. 2 nationally with 320.3 rushing yards per game and No. 19 nationally in total offense with an average of 458.8 yards per contest. “I mean, whatever they bring I’m going to be prepared,” Marrow said. “Like, if I have to play safety I’m going to do it; whatever [I need to do] just to help the team out, but I like to cover. I like the receivers to try to catch the ball on me. I like to break passes up, make big plays. I mean, this is the challenge that’s presented itself, and we’ll step up to it.” For Marrow, winning his last-ever game with the Rockets would be a great birthday gift. “For a couple years it’s always been my last game, but it’s really my last game,” Marrow said. “What other way to have your last game on your birthday? It’s pretty cool.” ✯
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DESMOND MARROW WILL TURN 24 THE DAY THE ROCKETS FACE AIR FORCE.
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New showroom at Vin Devers showcases inventory By Duane Ramsey TOLEDO FREE PRESS SENIOR BUSINESS WRITER firstname.lastname@example.org
A new showroom at Vin Devers Autohaus of Sylvania can power as many as 10 cars and run the new LED lighting in Audi and Mercedes Benz cars without using the batteries, said sales manager Jason Perry. All the ceiling lights were replaced with LED lighting as part of the remodeling. “The new lighting and illumination of cars created an environment of excitement that has people who are not even shopping for cars coming up to the showroom and peering into the windows,” Perry said. A new drive-in service entrance allows six cars at a time to be checked indoors, where it is heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer. The expanded service area has 15 bays for
servicing cars. The dealership opened the expanded showroom and new service entrance Aug. 1. It presented a grand opening party Oct. 18 that was hosted by radio celebrity Paul W. Smith and attended by 400 people. “The new facility has brought in a lot of new business as we have been overwhelmed by business,” Perry said. Vin Devers has experienced a 50 percent increase in sales of Audi vehicles in 2011 compared to last year and Mercedes sales are up nearly as much for the same period, Perry said. “December is going to be a great month for us. We already have had people coming in to buy new cars for their spouses and family members for Christmas,” he said. “People were excited and waiting for the remodel to be completed and
our clients just love the new facility,” Perry said. He said the grand opening party was a “great event” and the dealership looks forward to hosting many more such events.
As part of the grand opening party, the dealership paired with a number of Sylvania area restaurants to offer a “Taste of the Nations,” allowing guests to sample a variety of ethnic fare. The dealership has been in busi-
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When it comes to music, Delbert McClinton is a maverick. It’s impossible to corral his style — blues, rock, country, soul, jazz, funk. The singer-songwriter runs with it all, adding honky-tonk twang to boot. “I’ve been driven all my life to [play music]. I didn’t do it as much because I wanted to as I did it because I had to; it was just coming out and keeps coming out, and it’s a beautiful thing — it’s something to live for,” McClinton said. The 71-year-old is working on a new disc with an old friend. “Back in the early ’70s, I did two albums with a friend of mine, Glen Clark — Delbert and Glen — and Glen and I are working on a new record together,” the Grammy Award winner said. “We’re just doing it at leisure and having a good time.” McClinton, who will play a soldout concert Dec. 14 at the Ark in Ann Arbor, took a few minutes in Nashville, Tenn., for a phone interview with Toledo Free Press. Toledo Free Press: You were inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame this year; what do you think are the elements of a good song? McClinton: A good imagination. TFP: Is that what inspires you? McClinton: Inspiration can come
quite easily; all you have to do is look around. There’s always something going on that you can write about. Before I realized it over the years, I’ve always kind of written songs that even though it may be a hard luck song on somebody, there’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, so it’s seldom doomed. I have a couple songs where it’s doomed, but generally it’s I don’t know what I’m going to do but I’ll be all right [laughs]. TFP: Growing up, you played in house bands in Fort Worth, Texas, clubs frequented by Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf. What was the best lesson you learned? McClinton: The most important thing I learned was to never leave your wallet in the dressing room when you’re on stage. TFP: Is it true you taught John Lennon how to play the harmonica? McClinton: It is, but it’s been romanticized a great deal. I played on ‘Hey! Baby’ by Bruce Channel, which was a major worldwide hit back in 1962. And when Bruce got booked to do a tour of the British Isles, the promoter said, ‘Well, we’ve got to have the harmonica, so I got to go along. While we were there, The Beatles opened a couple shows for Bruce Channel. And John came into the dressing room and wanted me to show him how I played the ‘Hey! Baby’ part. He and I hung out maybe 12 to 15 hours all told during that time. He mentioned some-
where that he was influenced by the harmonica on ‘Hey! Baby,’ and from there it got to be I taught him everything he ever knew. TFP: What makes you so pas-
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OPINION: FAMILY PRACTICE
The birds and the bees and the moments of unease
he permission slip came home. “Your child will be studying the subject of human growth and development in school.” I signed a similar permission slip at the beginning of
the year for my kindergartner, but the introductory letter on the third grade slip was much more in-depth. All of a sudden words like “egg,” “sperm” and “uterus” were leaping off the page; by
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A24 ■ TOLEDO FREE PRESS ■ FAMILY CONTINUED FROM A23 My son has also had a bit of a heads up in related topic areas, because we haven’t avoided much of anything over the years. My birthing and feeding of his baby sisters, along with his inability to leave me alone while I’m in the bathroom, had given him an awareness of things like breasts and menstruation. Although I was a little leery, I figure that raising a son who thinks breasts are for feeding first and foremost and knows that women are in some physical and emotional turmoil at least once a month is a gift to the women of his future. Human reproduction being addressed in school is actually a good opportunity to set the record straight. However, the word about the third grade birds and bees unit came right before Thanksgiving, so finding the right time to give a pep talk was difficult. My husband and I weren’t certain when the subject was being presented in the classroom, but we wanted to make sure we threw in our two cents first. As Thanksgiving break was coming to an end, we figured we’d better sit him down and have “the talk” just in case the next school week was his formal introduction to eggs and sperm and uteri. Although I’m a fan of honesty and was prepared to tell him all there is to know, I’ve also learned by having kids that it’s sometimes best to avoid offering too much information
(or TMI as the kids are calling it these days). Offering too much only seems to lead to greater confusion and a look of “Why are you telling me this?” It turns out that we were still met with a why-are-you-telling-me-this atmosphere. I’m fairly certain our son would have expressed more interest had we given him our parental take on the multiplication and division unit also in his near academic future. He didn’t seem uncomfortable, just bored. I barely would have even known he had been listening had he not pulled out the million dollar question just as we were all standing up to resume our normal lives: “So, how do the egg and the sperm get together?” I reopened my handy dandy medical book, removed my thumb from its one possible TMI corner, and let him see for himself while also offering a simple verbal explanation, which he seemed to accept as more than sufficient. Although I was surprised to learn that third grade is the kick-off year for the traditionally feared elements of sex education, I have to admit that there is a certain brilliance to introducing it to children before they find it interesting. Whether we individually decide as parents to hold out on the details as long as possible in order to salvage some innocence, or get it out there early on as to not draw inappropriate attention or misinformation, life still goes on. ✯
DECEMBER 11, 2011
Pounds re-elected as Owens Foundation chairman Toledo Free Press Publisher and President Tom Pounds has been re-elected to serve as the chairman for the Owens Foundation for a his second one-year term. “I’m honored to be doing great work with such a high-quality organization as Owens Community College,” Pounds said. Owens also re-elected Toledo native Daniel Kimmet (vice chairman), the retired chief operating officer for Dillin Corp.; POUNDS Maumee’s David Seeger (secretary), the
president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes Credit Union; and Findlay’s James Geers (treasurer), the retired vice president of Global Human Resources at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. The Owens Foundation began in 2002 and is comprised of 30 community leaders. Its mission is to develop and provide resources to serve students and the surrounding communities. With more than $2.6 million in assets, the foundation also furthers education by providing student scholarships and supporting growth and innovation at Owens. ✯ — Zach Davis
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OPINION: MEDIA WATCH
y favorite part about the holiday season are the wishes. As Toledo children begin to write down their dreams and send off the requests to a man in a red suit, I thought I would save the stamp and print my holiday wishes here for Santa to read ... because Kris Kringle is one of
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and centralized location. If we Wi-Fi’d than willing to demonstrate the power Toledo and made a unified, intelligent of the social network. Toledo media is effort, we could lure some startup tech missing Carty’s words and Toledoans and Web-based businesses here. Don’t are missing Carty’s passion. Please Carty, call me! you think it’s time for ✯ Wish No. 4 — Jeep workers who have FCC Change Of Heart: sacrificed their bodies Toledo is the prime exfor their children’s colample of the wreckage lege education to enjoy the FCC caused when it their retirement with deregulated radio owntheir grandchildren here ership rules in the late in Toledo? ’90s. My wish is for the ✯ Wish No. 3 — A FCC to reconsider this Tweeting Carty: Twitter act and modify it. Toledo was created to provide a now leads the country in simplified method for Jeremy BAUMHOWER Sirius XM subscriptions sharing one’s thoughts with the masses, a “sound bite” in 140 due to poor local radio content. If the typed characters or less. Toledo has FCC were to break up these massive been way too quiet during the past upside down radio conglomerates and couple of years, notably since Carty force the sale of licenses, aka stations, Finkbeiner’s exit as mayor. Twitter is Toledo’s radio programming would the perfect vehicle for Carty to share instantly improve. Currently, Toledo his thoughts. Let’s be honest, news has two companies owning 95 percent conferences and live radio interviews of all local stations. These two companever went Carty’s way, and often his nies have way bigger markets to worry message would get lost in a seven- about, so mid-size cities like Toledo get second sound bite. I would like to per- lost in the bigger financial schemes of sonally offer my services to help Carty these corporations. get started on Twitter, and I am more ■ BAUMHOWER CONTINUES ON A26
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Great teachers are needed everywhere, especially here, but my children just want their aunt. Stop running and start remembering where your heart is. You have missed too many years, and I do not want it to become a lifetime. Plus, I need help with mom and dad. Our parents are
not old, just bored, so please come home so we can figure out a visitation schedule, I have you down for the next three years. I am probably on Santa’s “naughty” list again this year, but if you are on the “nice” list and share just one of my wishes, maybe just
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If we had more owners in Toledo, it would drive the competition up therefore creating better content. ✯ Wish No. 5 — A Miracle on LaGrange Street: In August, Ohio released its annual school year report card, where it reveals the results from the Ohio Achievement Test (OATs) and presents them on an individual school basis. Did anybody read this? Let me rephrase my question. Did anybody read outside of what your children’s school did? Well I did, and it has haunted me ever since. Did you know that 70 percent of third-graders are not reading at the level they should be at Lagrange Elementary? Did you also read that 80 percent of fifth-graders have failed the math portion of the OATs at Rosa Parks Elementary? The state of Ohio uses terms like “Academic Emergency” when it should use “Academic Catastrophe.” I refuse to point the finger as to who is responsible, because eventually we as a city will pay the price. My wish is to have a volunteerbased program using people who live outside the district to help. If those in the area could help, the problem would be fixed; but because many of those people are concerned about keeping bellies full and a roof over their heads, the children’s education pays the price. We do not need politicians to organize this, we need the “room moms” from achieving schools to divide and conquer. Lagrange and Rosa Parks’ kids need those competitive “room moms” to adopt a classroom and make a real difference. ✯ Wish No. 6 — Voetsch’s Return: WTOL’s Melissa Voetsch has been off the air since October dealing with a health issue, and she is missed. The ironic twist is that the issue causing her absence is why she is so beloved and missed; it’s her heart. Melissa has given so much love to Toledoans her heart was overworked. Please send her some love via email mvoetsch@ wtol.com. I hope she is not getting used to sleeping in — our mornings miss her. ✯ Wish No. 7 — Walleye Insurance: Someone please purchase health insurance for the Toledo Walleye, because they are playing like they have none. You’ve made the already embarrassing interruption of our National Anthem with the “Go Hit Somebody” chant even more sad. So please, for East Toledo, would you go and hit somebody? ✯ Wish No. 8 — The Return of Aunt Jessie: My personal wish this year is for my sister Jessica to come back home to NW Ohio and live.
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YOUR TAROTGRAM AND HOROSCOPE
DEC. 10-17, 2011
Events: Mercury direct station in Sagittarius (13th) Aries (March 21-April 19)
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Elixir of joy. Just as you’re piecing together bits and parts and preparing to move forward, health issues or dissention interrupt progress. Stop and reconsider your process. Practical answers and helpful assistance arrive Friday. Loved ones are making big changes.
Explicit instructions. Monday, a marginal situation is on the verge of capsizing. Doing the right thing may not be easy, and sentimental attachments clash with necessity. As the week closes, seek fresh avenues where your hopes and desires are more likely to be fulfilled.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Brave new world. Gradual career improvements slide into place this week and require intense concentration. Whole new worlds open to you after Thursday. Keen observation helps you adapt and settle into unfolding situations. Make like a sponge and absorb it all.
Original condition. You push to make repairs or get situations rolling in the proper direction as the week begins. Something clicks into place Tuesday. People’s dark sides slow your search for light and inspiration. You’re blessed with warmth and comfort Saturday.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Enough for all. Ceremonies, rituals and formal events require detailed preparations. A domestic fracas cause upsets Monday. Benefits flow from friends after Tuesday. Weekend events strike a universal chord and arouse powerful emotions in people sharing the experience.
Name in lights. Higher powers elevate you as the week starts, but gritty real-life demands may swat you off of Cloud Nine. Sudden luck comes Tuesday evening. People want you to take risks after Thursday. Be cautious about unproven affiliations or programs.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Safe place. Slow but steady changes alter household dynamics. Needs or concerns shift with age and maturity. Midweek events demand a faster pace. If your focus is on practicalities, others’ expectations seem unrealistic. Saturday brings hospitality and pleasing combinations.
Slither through. Leaders light the way for others. If you’re the leader, unexpected elements can dowse your lights. Blind spots can be your undoing this week. Avoid big promises. Re-stabilize emotions Friday. Saturday brings comforts and pleasures with loved ones.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Artist’s tools. Monday it becomes evident that facts don’t fit the fantasies. People don’t really know what they want. Brainstorm Tuesday evening. After Thursday, attempts to inject good will into hostile environments will bring noticeable but temporary improvements.
Fiery rhetoric. People with strong opinions are at odds. Playing the peacemaker can be risky business – don’t expect an attitude of gratitude for your efforts. Turn to the solace of your home, family and friends as the weekend arrives, as this is the source of all good things.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Distorted reflection. Long-term improvements are evident, but unexpected blitzes can catch you off-guard as the week begins. A reliable older woman will help if asked. Weekend events unite special friends. The true state of someone’s life may be revealed.
Solid foundation. The week starts with unexpected gushers and overflows. Restore balance Tuesday evening, when awaited messages and connections arrive. You can create a magical ambience with light and sound after Thursday. Good will flows Saturday.
Elizabeth Hazel is a professional tarotist-astrologer and author. She gives readings every Wednesday at Attic on Adams above Manos Greek Restaurant. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org (c) 2011
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WE PAY FOR DIAMONDS BIG AND SMALL
Estate Jewelers Needs Your Gold For Its Manufacturing Needs
PAYING TOP DOLLAR!! WANTED:
STERLING SILVER ALL TIME PERIODS, ALL KINDS, ALL TYPES
Costume Jewelry (cont): Sterling Items • Plastic Jewelry Crystal Items • Cufﬂinks Tortoiseshell Items Rosaries and Etc. Gold-Filled Items • Bracelets Glass Bead • Mash Purses Rhinestone Items • Figural Pins • Garnet Jewelry Watches • Gold Items Plastic Box Purses
STERLING SILVER Flatware and Holloware
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TESTIMONIAL: “Estate “E t t JJewelers l gave me $3200 for my jewelry, Other Buyers Offered only $600 Thank you Estate Jewelers!” – Mrs. Robinson
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WANTED: DIAMONDS Paying TOP Dollar for
1/4 to 10 Carats BUY • SELL • TRADE Gold, Silver, Platinum Diamond Jewelry In Any Form
(All Kinds And Time Periods) Silver Jewelry, Flatware Sets, Single Flatware Items Tea Sets, Antique Items (All Kinds)
COSTUME JEWELRY 1960 and Older (Buying Only Finer Quality Items)
Paying up to $300 for the following: Necklaces • Amber Items Sets Hat Pens • Compacts Mosaic Items • Cinnabar Items Jewelry Boxes From Jewelry Stores (pre-1940) Marcasite Items • Silver Boxes Bakelite Items • Earrings Glass Beaded Purses Purses (all kinds Pre–1950)
We are now buying selected pieces of ﬁne jewelry for a future jewelry museum. All time periods, all kinds, all types. We are looking for the following: Silver Jewelry • Brooches Pendants • Necklaces Cocktail Rings Charm Bracelets • Earrings Bracelets • Cameos • Victorian Art Deco • Enameled Cufﬂinks • Pins Gold-Filled Jewelry (1920 & Older) Pearl Items Geometric Design • Ring Art Nouveau • Crossover Rings Lavaliers • Garnet Jewelry Bakelite Items Fillgree Rings • Floral Design.
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WRIST AND POCKET WATCHES Wristwatches and Pocketwatches All Time Periods, All Kinds, All Types Rare Watches Worth A Fortune In Cash! Looking For : Regular Watches • Dudley Chronograph Watches E. Howard & Co Repeating Watches • Elgin Musical Watches • Frodsham Chiming Watches • Gallet Moon Phase Watches • Gruen Stop Watches • Gubelin Unusual Function • Hamilton Unusual Dial • Illinois Unusual Shape • International World Time Watches Jules Jurgenson Jump Hour Watches LeCourltre • Doctor’s Watches Longine • Pocket Watches Movado • Ladies Watches Omega • A. Lange Patek Phillippe Audemars piquet • Rolex Ball Seth Thomas • Breiting Tiffany & Co • Cartier Ulysse Nardin • Columbus Vach eron & Constantin Corum • All Others • Ditishiem
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