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It’s been six months since the founder of Barry Bagels, Barry Greenblatt, 65, died. I met him only once. I think it was in the summer of 2013 when I stopped by Barry Bagels in Sylvania Township to learn about how the company made bagels, not for people but the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Community Connections
Add new voting machines to the needs of the Lucas County Board of Elections. During the Nov. 4 election, three polling places lost power for a period of time and voters were given paper ballots to avoid using up the limited battery power. Elections Director Gina Kaczala said the machines'... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Slices
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The 2013 openings of two new Wales Road bridges in place of three busy, and sometimes blocked, railroad crossings have certainly reduced train-related delays for motorists using Northwood’s main east-west thoroughfare. But there always seems to be a trade-off, and in this case, the new bridge over the Norfolk Southern... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Road Warrior
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P.G. Sittenfeld, the only announced Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate against Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, said today he has hired a campaign manager - Ramsey Reid. Here is his campaign announcement: P.G. Sittenfeld Announces Ohio Native Ramsey Reid As Campaign Manager CINCINNATI – P.G. Sittenfeld today announced Ramsey Reid... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Blade Slices
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Congratulations to Kim Kaufman, Black Swamp Bird Observatory executive director, who any day now will be officially announced as the 2015 recipient of the American Birding Association's prestigious Chandler Robbins Award for Education/Conservation. The award "recognizes outstanding efforts in birder education, bird conservation or in the management or preservation of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ripple Effect
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Urbana), whose district includes Sandusky, Seneca, Allen, and part of Erie counties, has re-emerged as a leader of the Tea Partyers in the House. He is identified as the unofficial leader of a newly formed group, the House Freedom Caucus, that aims to channel the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blade Slices
The Toledo Tea Party is taking on the leadership of the Lucas County Republican Party, and is claiming that nearly half of the county's Republican Central Committee members did not vote in the Nov. 4, 2014, election. The group said it reviewed the voting records of the Lucas County Republican... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Slices
The Tri County Chapter of Delta Waterfowl will hold its annual banquet on Feb. 14 at the Lions Community Park Building in Arcadia. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. The meal will be provided by Dell’s Restaurant in Fostoria, and there will be live and silent... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Outdoors
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DTE Energy's combined application to build and operate a new reactor at its Fermi nuclear complex in northern Monroe County has reached the final step in its long approval process. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has scheduled a mandatory hearing for Feb. 4, starting at 8:30 a.m., for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Breaking news from the Democratic National Democratic sets dates for Democratic convention. It'll the week following the Republican convention in Cleveland. Is this news positive for Columbus's bid for the Democratic convention? Here's the DNC's release: DNC Announces 2016 Convention Date Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Blade Slices
From the Ohio Republican Party: Jo Ann Davidson Named Co-Chair for 2016 Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges issued the following statement today after former Ohio Speaker and current Ohio RNC Committeewoman Jo Ann Davidson was named co-chair of the Committee on Arrangements (COA)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Blade Slices
Students in Perrysburg woke up Wednesday for the fifth time in the past month to a snow day. Even though we haven’t had as much snow volume as last year, snow days are piling up. I’ve heard from many people who are surprised how often school has been canceled this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
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I tend to get annoyed at people who seemingly can’t park between the stripes in a parking lot, and get some degree of satisfaction when the Downtown Toledo Parking Authority leaves a warning notice on their cars’ windshields urging them to straighten out. I was a bit perturbed, therefore, when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Road Warrior
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Fascinating stuff from a good buddy of mine, Seth Borenstein, who is the Associated Press' national science writer in Washington and one of America's most highly regarded climate change journalists. As reported in The Blade's lead story on A1 Saturday, the world set another new record for annual global warmth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Ripple Effect
I know many of you are anxious for the construction of a new library at the corner of King Road and Sylvania Avenue, presently being referred to as the King Road Branch. I am especially awaiting a modern library where I can sip coffee and pound out on a laptop... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Community Connections
Republican candidates for President will start squaring off in debates in August, and the first one will be in Ohio. That's the decision today of the Republican National Committee's Debate Committee, which met today in San Diego. Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges is on that committee. Here's the news release... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Blade Slices
On Saturday, Jan. 17, kids from grades 3-6 are invited to take part in a bird count at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the refuge, located at 14000 West State Route 2, north of Oak Harbor. Children must be accompanied... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
The Republicans will be getting their convention out of the way early in 2016. The RNC set the date for the presidential nominating convention in Cleveland for July 18-21. Here's the Republican National Committee's news release: RNC Announces July 2016 Convention Dates WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee has selected... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Blade Slices
Do you remember that scene in the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, when Kate Hudson’s character, Andi Anderson, is discussing how to turn a guy off? That conversation between Andi and her coworkers Jeannie and Michelle who was recently dumped by her boyfriend, included calling the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Community Connections
Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is taking no chances with his 2016 re-election. Portman today released what has be the longest and most comprehensive list of endorsements I've ever seen. (It includes all four GOP Central Committee chairmen from the greater Toledo area, in bold below. And for some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Blade Slices
That far-below-$2 gasoline Toledo drivers have been enjoying in recent weeks is history -- at least for a little while. Prices at many area filling stations shot up to just above $2 per gallon for regular today. I noticed it first on Woodville Road, where several stations had posted a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Road Warrior
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When Toledo City Council members convene today in a 1 p.m. committee meeting to discuss a proposed development deal with ProMedica for the Steam Plant, the plans for a parking garage - and what some see as a threat to Promenade Park - will be front and center. Councilman Rob... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Blade Slices
As fitness places are crowded from people following their New Year’s resolutions, I challenge Perrysburg residents with a proposed resolution for 2015 that is non-physical. I want residents to speak respectfully to each other when debating issues and ideas at public meetings. Right now, many hot-button issues in the city... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
Former Toledoan Doug Ducey, who left Toledo right after graduating from St. John's Jesuit High School), was sworn in today as governor of Arizona. Ducey built the Cold Stone Creamery company, served as state treasurer, and then ran successfully this year as the Republican nominee for governor. Here the press... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Blade Slices
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Every year, Perrysburg neighborhoods light up in December, causing both Christmas spirit and electric bills to go sky high. Last year, I visited several subdivisions on the southeast part of town, so this year, I drove through a couple on the northwestern area of the city. Even there, I’m sure,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg