Sisters of St. Francis sponsor Scrapbooking/Crafting Fundraiser

Sisters of St. Francis sponsor Scrapbooking/Crafting Fundraiser

On Saturday, June 4, 2017
from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

the Sylvania Franciscans are hosting a day of friendship, fellowship, scrapbooking, card making, and photo organizing.

The event location is
St. Joseph Hall, Room 110
6832 Convent Blvd.
on the Sylvania Franciscan campus.

Jill Oblizajek will be on hand to help with photo projects. No prior experience needed! Participants can bring stacks of photos to create an album in a day.
Sister Roselynn Humbert will have greeting card kits for purchase at $2.00 per card.

For $35, registrants will receive
four feet of work space,
lunch and dinner.

The cost is $25 for a portion of the day. Scrapbooking supplies are available on-site for purchase and Scrapbooking/Card making tools are available for use throughout the day.

To register contact:
Sister Roselynn Humbert,

or call 419-824-3610.

Proceeds to benefit the Sylvania Franciscan Sophia Counseling Center Charity Fund.

Sylvania Farmers Market returns to downtown on June 6

–by Meghan Rowe

Sylvania Farmers Market
6700 Monroe St
Sylvania, OH 43560

Contact: Erin Stampflmeier
Phone: 419-882-3423


The Sylvania Farmers Market returns
June 6
with new hours of 3 to 7 p.m.

weekly and monthly events, and new vendors. Lasting through October 10, the market is held every Tuesday night in the Sylvania Municipal parking lot.

Weekly features include the Comfort Station, provided by Frogtown Computers, and food trucks from Rusty’s Road Trip, Grumpy’s On the Go, Rosie’s, and Soup Del Giorno. New this year, however, is rotating spot that will feature a new vendor each week. Also new is the “Recipe of the Week,” to encourage seasonal shopping.

Monthly events include Music at the Market and The University Church Garden on the third Tuesday of each month, as well as Imagination Station on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

While most of the past vendors are returning, M&T Handmade Body Products, Single Grain Studio, Heavenly Hounds Doggie Delights, Turk Family Farm, Cinnamon Stick Bakery, Acorn Hill Farm, Majestic Oak Winery, and GLS Produce Winery join this year.

But these aren’t the only new things offered this year. New foldaway and jute tote bags are available for purchase at the first market, complete with the new logo.

Vincent and Jennifer Kuhlman looked over the produce offered by Louis Keil & Sons Farms at the 2016 Sylvania Farmers Market.


Karen Moreland and Margaret Walters bought strawberries from Lauren Creque of Creque’s Greenhouse.




Feminist Alliance makes their voices heard

–by Marisa Mercurio

People Called Women
6060 Renaissance Place, Suite F
Toledo, OH. 43623

phone: 419-469-8983

Store Hours:
Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday:

If a visitor stops at the People Called Women bookstore, located at 6060 Renaissance Place, on the right day, they might run into several dozen women making their voices heard. The new political action group, which calls itself Northwest Ohio Feminist Alliance (NOFA) Indivisible, now has more than 150 members in their Facebook group and have participated in protests at fundraisers, along with calling campaigns, tele-town halls with Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Latta, Lunch with Latta on Fridays, and Fulton County Indivisible Alliance events. Approximately 50 people attended the first meeting on Feb. 19 at People Called Women.

Gina Mercurio, owner of People Called Women bookstore, Susan Shelangoskie, a Lourdes University professor and resident of Sylvania Township, and Debbie Schwartz, a retired Lourdes University professor and resident of Sylvania Township, started the group to give local women a space in which to develop a strong voice and get involved in political action. According to Schwartz, one of their members was instrumental in planning a successful Equal Pay Day event in Sandusky on the same day Kasich gave his State of the State address there. Meanwhile, another NOFA member worked with other Ohio District 5 Indivisible groups on a town hall at Congressman Latta’s office on April 14 to showcase his “non-responsiveness to his constituents.”

On May 27, a
“Revitalizing Democracy” conference
will be held at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.

NOFA Indivisible is affiliated with the national Indivisible movement started by former congressional staffers.
They can be found on
Facebook, and Twitter
and can be contacted at




Toledo SOUP’s fifth-anniversary spring social to raise funds for four groups

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Toledo Soup

Sylvania architect Lyndsey Stough is the event chairwoman for the
fifth-anniversary spring social for Toledo SOUP
to be held on May 21
at Top of NINE
in Hensville in downtown Toledo.

Doors will open for a crowdfunding dinner at 4 p.m.
The cost is $5 per person,
which buys a bowl of soup from one of five chefs, a salad by Pam Weirauch of Pam’s Corner, bread by Rosie’s Italian Grille, and a vote for one of four community improvement projects that will receive the proceeds from the spring event before the end of the night.

Beginning at 5 p.m.
guests listen to four presentations that last for four minutes each. Every presenter will answer up to four questions from guests.

From 6 to 7 p.m.
guests enjoy soup from Chef Tony of NINE, Kelly Mettler of Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull, Scott Bowman of Fowl and Fodder and Cynthia Bunch of Cynthia’s Catering.

Southview graduate Molly Sullivan and Sylvania resident Bill Horvath are also helping to plan the event, which helps good ideas become a reality.

Since 2012, Toledo SOUP has hosted 11 crowdfunding dinners, raising over $15,000 to support community improvement projects. Some of the past microgrant winners include Glass City Pedicabs, Glass City Goat Gals, FDCA Late Night Basketball, Soul City Boxing & Wrestling, Sisters-n Law, Harvey House, Deep in Design and Toledo Streets.

The ideas can be about anything but must be based in the greater Toledo area. Anyone can submit at no charge.

“By hosting our crowdfunding dinners, we raise up to a $1,500 microgrant for a small, local project that could have a big impact on the community. Our events empower residents, encourage new relationships and networks, promote action and change, foster critical dialogue and fill heads, hearts and bellies…all over a bowl of soup,” Stough pointed out.

SOUPs are located in cities around the world. To learn more, go to

If you are interested in more information on sponsoring, donating, and/or volunteering,
please email at


Your Go-To Event: ProMedica Flower Hospital Ice Cream Social

by Mary Helen Darah

ProMedica Flower Hospital
5200 Harroun Road
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

ProMedica Flower Hospital is hosting an Ice Cream Social Cancer Survivor Celebration,
June 6
5:30 to 7 p.m.

The event will take place at the Conference Center/Garden on the campus of ProMedica Flower Hospital, located at Harroun Road.

Jill Johnson, CNP, Coordinator of the Cancer Survivor Program at Hickman Cancer Center, as well as a cancer survivor, feels the event is meaningful to those who have battled and are battling cancer. “I think we need to celebrate the blessing of life,” stated Johnson. “It is a celebration of making it through the continuous journey of cancer survivorship. Every year that I am asked to put this event together, I want it to be a celebration and a time to reach out and reconnect with other survivors and the physicians and nurses that made such a difference during treatment. The celebration is a reminder we went through a difficult time in life and we survived.”

To RSVP for the event, call 844-320-5863
or visit

Bike MS: Bike to the Bay

Special to the AdVantage
–by John Mohn


Fred LeFebvre

On Saturday, June 24, Fred LeFebvre will begin his 11th Bike MS: Bike to the Bay, the successful local fundraising event that benefits efforts to eliminate Multiple Sclerosis. Pretty impressive for a guy who isn’t known for wearing out bicycle tires. Fred will never be accused of over-training for the event, because his motto is: “Do the Bike to the Bay, then put the bike away.” Listeners to Fred’s 1370 WSPD morning radio program have probably heard him say this a time or two. He says his training consists of a few 20 to 25-mile rides once the weather turns more spring-like. And the rest of the year? The bike waits in the garage.

But his commitment to the event far outshines his lack of commitment to training. For the last decade, Fred has been riding, promoting the event on his radio program, raising money for research and services for those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and putting one pedal in front of the other for this important cause.

“By the time of the race I’ve done some training. I’ve made some 20-25 mile rides, so I know I can do 100.” Yes, 100, as in miles. Fred, the non-biker, will be tackling the 100-mile portion of the event for the second straight year.

Fred will be one of the 100s of riders — not racers, since nothing is timed — who participate in June event. The all-volunteer staff provides water and food on the course, and rolling SAG (support and gear) wagons to help bikers when repairs are needed. The local sheriff departments keep the route safe. But nothing can be done about the wind. Northwest Ohio receives a prevailing west to east wind, which would seem to help the Saturday ride, blowing bikers toward the bay. Fred says the winds don’t seem to help. “It isn’t a straight shot from Owens to Port Clinton. The ride takes a lot of turns. And when we turn north toward Lake Erie it seems like the wind is always coming off the lake. That can be a struggle.” At least the weekend is traditionally dry. Fred remembers only one rainy Saturday in the years he’s been involved.

LeFebvre originally decided to ride when a WSPD Breakfast Club colleague was diagnosed with MS. In those days, he was pedaling the 35-mile route. He’s found it a very worthwhile cause. So it’s no surprise that he’s raised his level of commitment to the 100-mile challenge. “The money that is raised by the bikers goes to research, and services for those with MS: wheelchairs; research and development for medication; the hope that the symptoms from this disease can be slowed down for those who suffer from it. And in the future, a cure.”

LeFebvre is impressed by the corporate teams that participate year after year. Pharmaceutical companies working on MS medications send teams, as do local firms. “Some of these teams are very professional. They draft off each other, they treat it like a race.” But Fred doesn’t ride with a team — he rides alone.

This devotion to a cause like defeating MS could be disheartening. Running to defeat breast cancer year after year, or biking to wipe out MS for 11 years, one must think, How much longer will I need to do this? But gripping those handlebars, head down against a strong wind, LeFebvre loyally continues to challenge his under-trained body, rolling over pavement that he’s seen before. He would prefer not to have to make this ride — which would mean the disease has been defeated. But he’s ready to ride another 11 years if that’s what it takes.


MAYOR’S MESSAGE – 05.02.17

Spring and Summer Events
by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough

Mayor Craig Stough
Mayor Craig Stough







Downtown Sylvania in bloom!

Sylvania is always a wonderful place to be in spring and summertime, and 2017 looks to be another great year for our community. Here are some of the many community events already being planned for our residents to enjoy and participate in and to welcome visitors to Sylvania:



Friday, June 23 – Summer Disco Party
Centennial Terrace – 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 25 – V Collection Exotic Car Show
Downtown Sylvania – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28 – Quarry Ridge Triathlon / Duathlon
Centennial Terrace – 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 3 – Star Spangled Celebration
Centennial Terrace – 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 6 – Chamber Movie Night
Downtown Sylvania – 7 p.m.

Friday, July 7 – First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Sylvania – 5 – 8 p.m.

Friday, July 8 – Community Days
Sylvania Historical Village – 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, July 13 – Ohio/Michigan 8K Race/5K Walk
Centennial Terrace – 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22 – Pizza Palooza
Centennial Terrace

Sunday, July 23 – Women’s Only Triathlon
Centennial Terrace – 7 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 3 – Chamber Movie Night
Downtown Sylvania – 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 4 – First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Sylvania – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5 – Community Days
Sylvania Historical Village – 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5 – Sylvania Superkids Triathlon, Duathlon – Run & Splash-N-Dash
Olander Park – 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 6 – Sylvania Triathlon & Duathlon
Olander Park – 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 11 – S.C.A.T. Golf Scramble
Bedford Hills Golf Club – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1 – First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Sylvania – 5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2 – Community Days
Sylvania Historical Village – 1-4 p.m.

Free dental care offered to veterans

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Hires Dental Care
3951 W. Sylvania Ave.


Hires Dental Care, 3951 W. Sylvania Ave., will host its eighth annual Stars, Stripes & Smiles event on Friday, May 12. The 501c3 non-profit event offers free dental care to any area veteran and takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– first come, first serve.
Stars, Stripes & Smiles has provided 684 veterans with $155k+ in free dental treatment.

For the first time, the event will also be held in Bowling Green on the same day at

Drs. Phipps, Levin, Hebeka & Associates
Suite 125 of the Wood County Hospital
970 W. Wooster St.

While they wait for their choice of an extraction, filling, or cleaning, the veterans will be treated to free food, beverages and raffle prizes. At the Hires Dental Care Toledo location, there will also be a deejay, games, free health screenings courtesy of ProMedica, veteran employment services, mental health information from The Expressive Therapy Center, and the Dental Center of NW Ohio will be on hand to provide assistance for any future dental needs.

“A lot of people don’t realize that many veterans fall outside of the VA’s strict criteria for dental care,” explained Event Director Erica Emery. “And with many companies eliminating dental coverage from their insurance benefits, that means even more vets need to pay out of pocket for dental care, which might not take priority over paying other bills. Our goal during Stars, Stripes & Smiles is to alleviate any pain the patient might be experiencing, discuss additional dental treatment they may need, and help them find the care they need at a suitable cost.”

Guests must park in the ProMedica lot at 3909 Woodley Rd., which is directly behind Hires Dental Care.

For more information, visit:

Kathy Smith’s silent auction plans underway

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

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After Gabe Ng of Spacebar, a computer shop located at 5687 N. Main St. in downtown Sylvania, put out a call to local downtown merchants to gather donations for an auction for Kathy Smith, he got responses. Ng’s request is to raise funds for a familiar figure on Main Street, Kathleen Smith, who has multiple sclerosis. An author and artist, Smith lives near downtown Sylvania and makes her way through the downtown area thanks to her motorized wheelchair. Her books, If I Could Make It, So Can You, and Rose Petals of Life, detail her challenges associated with her disease.




“Despite all of her challenges, Kathy has a positive attitude and always has a smile and a good word for everyone she encounters,” Ng said. “And, she is certainly a part of our downtown community. But many people here don’t know Kathy and some may not even see her.”

He continued, “I want the community to be aware of the people that we see every day including Kathy, and if she or someone else needs help, we figure out a way to provide that aid. That is what being a part of the community is all about. I also think it is important that if we are part of the community, we should do things that make a difference.”

Ng has organized a community-wide “auction” to be held during the May Red Bird Art Walk. To date, he has amassed several auction items including a $100 gift card and $100 of products from Revé Salon & Spa; a $100 print from local artist Matthew Squibb; a watercolor painting from local artist Larry Golba valued at $150; a Sylvania Arts package from the Sylvania Community Arts Commission valued between $150 to $200; two haircuts valued at $70 from Kevin Charles Hair Artistry; $500 value Geek Pass Cards from Spacebar; a $50 gift card from Sautter’s Market; an advertising package valued at $242 and 12 subscriptions valued at $288 from Sylvania AdVantage; a two-night stay at the Marriot Residence Inn, Maumee valued at $140 per night; an Estate Planning Package valued at $600 from Mockensturm Ltd.; and digital prints valued at $100 to 150 from Lavinia. “We are still accepting auction items,” Ng reported. “And visit FACEBOOK for more,” he said.

In addition to the buying items at the auction, guests who stop by can enjoy finger food provided by Executive Diner; desserts by Brieschke’s Bakery; and live performances by glass mural artist Javonn Bruce and blues guitarist Tony Geha.