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Toledo, Ohio
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Here is the text of an anonymous message I just received on my phone while away from my desk. Caller sounded like an elderly woman: "About three days ago I received a recorded call from a woman asking about the special election to be held in November for a new... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Blade Slices
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It can't be done, it can't be done... ...except it is being done. In Burlington, Vt. I'm talkin' about renewable energy. Downtown Burlington has an attractive waterfront setting along Lake Champlain. Photo courtesy of VermontVacation.com I was probably as stunned as anyone to see stories such as this one on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ripple Effect
You know someone's a serious candidate when an independent committee forms to support his or her candidacy. Of course, the candidate knows nothing about this committee, but still the committee gets formed. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) has declared his intent to seek re-election in 2016. And former... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Slices
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The temperature at 7:48 a.m. on Monday Feb. 23, 2015, in rural Wood County. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blade Outdoors
Two years ago, I moved to Sylvania to cover the Sylvania area for The Blade. Before the move, I had never been to Toledo or Sylvania. On Monday, I make another move. I am changing what I cover as a reporter to The Blade’s features department, which is responsible for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Community Connections
The Tri County Chapter of Delta Waterfowl has rescheduled its annual banquet for Feb. 28, after inclement weather forced postponement on the original date. The event will be held at the Lions Community Park Building in Arcadia. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. The meal will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
Proposed 2015-16 Ohio deer hunting seasons Opening day Closing day Archery Sept. 26 Feb. 7 Youth firearm Oct. 10 Oct. 11 Firearm Nov. 30 Dec. 6 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Muzzleloader Jan. 2 Jan. 5 Proposed major changes: * Reduce the statewide bag limit of deer from nine to six... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
GOV. JOHN Kasich has touted the benefits of his new tax plan for all Ohioans, but Mr. Kasich is guilty of false advertising. His regressive tax proposal would overwhelmingly favor the wealthiest taxpayers. In fact, most Ohioans would pay more. The centerpiece of Mr. Kasich’s plan is an income tax... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Our View
  THE LONGTIME practice of permitting couples to marry at the Lucas County Courthouse will end later this month, after a three-member committee deemed the service "no longer in the best interests of operations of the courts." The policy change appears unjustified -- as well as unjust -- and ought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Our View
TWO proposed natural-gas pipelines in northern Ohio and southeast Michigan offer the promise of bringing the region good jobs, growth and investment, and new tax revenue. Not-in-my-back-yard sentiments and excessive fears of explosions or other disasters should not be allowed to scuttle either plan. But the companies that want to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Our View
ANY arrest for felonious assault and tampering with evidence is troubling. But when the one accused of breaking the law was responsible for enforcing it, the circle of hurt extends exponentially. In the minds of some, it clouds the entire criminal justice system. Toledo Police Chief George Kral understands this.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Our View
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My wife and I after Perrysburg High School's first ever home playoff game this fall. This will be my last blurb from the ’Burg. Beginning Monday, I will start covering suburbs to the north and east of Toledo. Just a reassignment. I can’t say how much I enjoyed learning how... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
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Now and then, Congress passes laws that create unintended consequences. In the case of nuclear power, though, the biggest problem isn't a bad law being passed. It's one of the most heated political stalemates on Capitol Hill being stuck in neutral, according to former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Ripple Effect
The late Mayor D. Michael Collins grew up in the Central City and South End of Toledo in houses that are still standing. Pasted below are pictures of those houses taken off the Lucas County Auditor's website. I drove by those houses yesterday. In interviews, Collins told us he lived... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Blade Slices
With former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland inching ever closer to entering the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Sen. Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican Party is blasting the former governor. Here's a video released today by the GOP claiming Ohio Democrats "don't want him back." Click... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Blade Slices
Jann's Netcraft, the national tackle supplier located at 3350 Briarfield Blvd. in Maumee, will host its 3rd Annual Walleye Rig & Jig Day on Saturday, Feb. 7. Walleye pro John Gillman will be on hand to share fishing tips, and manufacturer reps from Rapala, Gamakatsu, and Sunline will be at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
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Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins is first and foremost a cop, a former president of the largest Toledo-area union that represents cops, the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association. I don't mean Collins is still literally a cop, of course. But in terms of public persona and the way people think of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Ripple Effect
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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 Jan 29, 2015 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 Jan 29, 2015 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 Jan 28, 2015 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 Jan 28, 2015 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 Jan 28, 2015 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 Jan 27, 2015 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 Jan 26, 2015 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 Jan 26, 2015 at Blade Outdoors