The Toledo Choral Society plans 98th season

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
The Toledo Choral Society will present an expanded concert schedule for its 98th season, including three concerts in fall 2016 and two in spring 2017.

The region’s oldest continuously performing musical organization, TCS continues in its mission to “contribute to the cultural development of Toledo and the surrounding area through the performance of significant choral music representing all forms of the art.”

Under the baton of Richard Napierala, II, TCS presents music for everyone this season, including Handel’s Messiah as well as classical and contemporary music that will become new favorites. The Christmas concerts will debut a piece commissioned for TCS by composer Joseph Martin.

Fall 2016

• Annual Messiah concert with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Bowling Green University Choruses. Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m., at Holy Rosary Cathedral

• Hodie Christmas concert in Toledo, on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m., at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. Admission will be a nonperishable food item to benefit St. Paul’s Food Pantry and a freewill offering.

• Hodie Christmas concert in Fremont, Ohio, Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m., at St. Anne’s Church. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable canned good donation for the food pantry.
Spring 2017

• Good Friday, April 14, 2017, Time and location TBA. This concert will feature “The Passion of Our Lord According to St. John” by Randall DeBruyn.

• Sunday, June 11, 2017, Gesu Roman Catholic Parish, Time TBA. John Rutter’s “Requiem” and Gwyneth Walker’s “To an Isle in the Water.”


While all voice parts are welcome, there is a special need to add more exceptional tenors and basses to achieve maximum balance in the chorus.

Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
as well as Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to Noon, beginning Sept. 24
at Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St., Sylvania.


Sylvania–Then and Now: 5758 North Main Street

By Gayleen Gindy

5758 North Main -- Then and Now
5758 North Main — Then and Now



In my last article, you were left standing in the parking lot of the shopping complex. Now, move north to the next parcel, which is the facility built in 1946, first for automobile sales and service and then converted into the Haymarket Square shopping complex. In its earliest

days this property had a small single-family house on it where Alexander and Kathryn Russell lived. Alexander Russell died in 1934 and at that time he was serving an elected position on the Sylvania Village Council. By the following year, Mrs. Russell was renting out the house to Lawrence and Sophia Romaker and family, and they were listed living here in the 1940 census.

In 1941, Ernest Schaber began renting the property and started selling automobiles, using the old house on this property as his sales office. You will remember from my last article, Mr. and Mrs. Schaber lived in the house just to the south and he had been operating a sheet metal operation in the barn, which still stands on the back portion of that property today. During the war years, Schaber was mostly limited to selling used vehicles, but after the war he was back to selling new cars. On July 22, 1946, he purchased this property and that same year was granted a building permit to construct a brick and cement block building with a “fire resistant roof” to be used as a public garage and sales room, replacing the old house that sat on the parcel. In September of 1949, Schaber was granted another building permit to add a 70-foot x 45-foot addition to the existing cement block building for his auto sales and repair operation.

Schaber retired his DeSoto-Plymouth car sales franchise in October of 1956, and the Oct. 25, 1956, Sylvania Sentinel-Herald reported that he had rented the complex out to Vincent Devers who would be selling Mercurys here by January of 1957. Schaber died later in 1957 and his wife, Anna, continued renting this commercial building to Vin Devers. By 1961, Devers advertised that they were selling Mercurys, Comets and English Fords. In 1962, Devers purchased three parcels here from the estate of Anna Schaber and, in October of 1963, Vin Devers Inc. was granted a building permit to add a 12-foot by 19-foot cement block addition to the front of his building. Devers sold new and used cars from this property until 1968, when it just became too congested for his growing business and he moved his operation to Monroe Street.

The 1969 Suburban Directory shows the building was vacant. The 1970, 1971 and 1972 directories listed Jaranko Surplus Sales at this location. An advertisement in the Sylvania Sentinel dated Nov. 25, 1970, said: “Santa Says – for the best toy selection at the lowest prices—Try Jaranko First—All types of toys for all ages-girls and boys.”

In July 1973, the property was purchased by Phyllis Paul, wife of builder Eugene Paul. That same month, a building permit was issued to Gene Paul to convert the building into a multiple unit commercial shopping complex with a second story added to a portion of the building where he had offices available for rent. The outside of the building was made to look like an old-fashioned town with boardwalk sidewalks, a saloon, mercantile businesses, offices, a hair salon and a restaurant/ice cream parlor. The 1977 Suburban Directory listed the following occupants in nine units at 5758 Main St.:
Unit No. 1 – Pet Emporium pet shop;
Unit No. 2 – Sylvania General Store decorating accessories;

Unit No. 3 – The Prospector art supplies;

Unit No. 4 – Custard’s Last Stand; Unit

No. 5 – Ambassador World travel bureau; Unit

No. 6 – Sodbuster Saloon and restaurant; Unit

No. 7 – Betty’s Curling Iron; Unit No. 8 – Vacant;

Unit A – James M. Corbley & Associates


Today, the following businesses occupy the complex: Maumee Bay Kitchen & Bath Center, Shear Madness Family Salon, Earth to Oven Bakery, the Sodbuster Bar, Sylvan Meadows Family Therapy and Jem Photography.

Sylvanian creates Ten Mile Creek theatre company

­­–By Marisa Mercurio

The cast of ‘Harvey’ includes, L-R: William Perry, Jenna Noble, Tom Hage, Jane Butler, Craig Sneider, Breanna Randolph, Maureen Agosti, Colleen Sneider, Mandy Wolber, Dave Agosti, George Teague and Martin Boyer. ‘Harvey’ will be performed Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Northview Theatre.

Craig Sneider is a Sylvania local and the artistic director for Sylvania’s newest community theatre company, Ten Mile Creek, whose first show, “Harvey,” is currently in the works.

What are your artistic roots?
Out of high school—where I was involved in Northview Theatre—I moved to New York City and went to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. It was a great experience; I got to see first-hand what that life was like and realized it wasn’t for me. I came back to the Midwest and did a bunch of community theatre. I think I’ve always had a passion for performing.

Were there any ‘aha’ moments?
My freshman year at Northview I was a total jock, but then I took a theatre class as one of my electives. We did impromptu and ad-libbing and I fell in love with it. So, I auditioned for a play called “Our Town” and the rest is history. I ended up quitting all the sports and got involved in the theatre program.
That year I played the lead in “The Music Man.” From that point forward I never looked back.

What is your favorite kind of theater?
I’ve done a lot of musicals, but I really love stage plays. I have a passion for them. I love comedies and dramatic plays. “Harvey” has a little bit of both. I want Ten Mile Creek to be known as a stage play company.

Where have you worked?
I’ve performed in a lot of places around the area, including with the Oregon Players, the Bedford Players, and at the Rep in Toledo. I’ve directed several shows, and as I get older I want to do more of that instead of being on stage.

Future plans?
Ten Mile Creek will be doing two stage plays, “Harvey” and “Rumors,” both comedies. In the winter, we’re doing “Charlie Brown Christmas,” which we want to be a moniker for Sylvania, an annual Christmas show associated with Sylvania. And every spring into the summer, we’ll do a musical. This year it’ll be “Godspell.” I’m directing “Harvey” and “Godspell.”

Any advice for blossoming actors?
Get involved with your high school arts program and do as much as you possibly can. Be a sponge and get a lot of experience. Put together a portfolio. For actors, be able to perform a serious monologue and a comedic one. My recommendation would be to go to college. College programs today are just like regional theatres; they’re that good.

If you want to do musical theatre, go to New York. If you prefer stage plays, it’s Chicago or L.A. If you have that dream, if you have that passion, do it.


Toledo Choral Society begin rehearsals

The Toledo Choral Society is welcoming male and female voices. Tenors and basses are especially needed for the group. Interested vocalists are invited to attend the Society’s first rehearsals, which are:

Sept. 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and
Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to Noon

at Sylvania First United Methodist Church,
7000 Erie St., Sylvania.

Questions can be directed to:

The repertoire this season will include Handel’s “Messiah”, a new commissioned work by Joseph Martin, as well as “The Passion of Our Lord According to St. John” by R DeBruyn and Rutter’s “Requiem.”

A week without waste

­­–By Marisa Mercurio

A week without any waste: can it be done? From Sept. 5-11, I intend to find out. The zero waste lifestyle has taken off in the past few years in an effort to stem the flow of garbage into landfills, oceans, and animals. In the United States, the average person creates 4.3 pounds of waste a day and over half of what we toss ends up in a landfill.

Zero Waste Week is a seven-day challenge that began in 2008, but this will be the first year I will be participating. Since I undertook the Plastic Free July challenge two months ago, I’ve made some changes in my life with regards to my impact on the environment. I bought a composter with which I turn waste materials into soil for my garden, spend more time purchasing local and organic produce from farmers markets, and am generally much more conscious of what I purchase and use.

Even though recycling and composting are allowed, a week without garbage is a little daunting. In the coming week I’ll be putting away my garbage cans and replacing them with a single Mason jar and we’ll see how waste-free an average American can live.

Ulrich/Spaude Engagement


Former Sylvanian Ashley Ulrich will wed Christopher Spaude on Sept. 16, 2017, at Historic St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in downtown Toledo. A reception will follow at Hensville in the entertainment district of downtown Toledo. The couple met while interning for the John Deere Company in Waterloo, Iowa.

The bride is a graduate of Notre Dame University. The groom is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Parents of the bride are Sylvanian Pam
Ulrich and the late Dan Ulrich. The groom’s parents, Cheryl and Mike Spaude, reside in Hartland, Wisc. The bride and groom to be are both employed by
John Deere and reside in Iowa.


Darah/Payzant Engagement

She said, "YES"!
She said, “YES”!

Sylvanian and Northview High School and Lourdes University graduate Brooke Darah and Lourdes University graduate Joshua Payzant announced theirengagement. The couple met as collegiate athletes while playing golf for Lourdes University. On May 29 of this year, the couple participated with her parents in the ‘Memorial Couples Tournament’ at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

She was putting for a birdie on the 18th hole. “It was a little nerve racking,” recalled Darah. “Our friends were around the green watching me and my sisters came to watch as well. Thankfully, I made the birdie putt. I turned around, and saw Josh down on one knee with a big smile across his face and he popped the question. And of course, I said yes. It was a day we will never forget.” The proud parents of the bride-to-be are Brian and Faye Darah. Dean and Theresa Payzant are parents of the groom. A wedding is planned for May of next year. She is a sales representative at B-W Auto Supply and he is a sales and leasing agent at NAI Harmon Group.