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Christ Child Society volunteers offer HUGS for infant caregivers

–by Mary Helen Darah
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

HUGS
christchildsocietytoledo.org/hugs

Janet Kimble

Janet Kimble has plenty of “hugs” to give to infant caregivers. Kimble, a member of the Christ Child Society and retired pediatric nurse, is one of the certified instructors for the organization’s new program called HUGS (Help, Understanding and Guidance). The program is a supportive, educational class for infant caregivers that covers everything from feeding to recognizing common infant behaviors. Kimble, who worked in a pediatric neonatal unit believes she found a way to utilize her assets through the Christ Child Society. “Most of my career–90% of it—has been with pediatrics. I came in as a new member of the Christ Child Society and heard Katie Hughes speak about the HUGS program,” recalled Kimble. “It seemed like a perfect fit for me.”

The new program was initiated locally by Katie Hughes, a doctoral student at the University of Toledo, as part of her doctoral program. “Katie (Hughes) was looking for someone to sponsor her doctoral thesis,” explained Kimble. “She reached out to the Christ Child Society and it was a fit. Basically, our mission is to serve the underprivileged population and children in need with the love of Christ.”

Being a Baby
Hughes and Kimble are the only people in the area that are currently certified to present the HUGS program. “We will need to certify one more,” stated Kimble. “Katie’s original thought was that we would have presentations three times a year. So far this month, I have made three presentations. We developed an outreach letter to send out to folks to see if there was any interest and received many replies. The program has grown very rapidly. We are very pleased. Usually with a new program, it takes time to grow. It has quickly become well received and desired.

The program lasts roughly two hours and covers a variety of issues and is geared for prenatal and postnatal mothers and/or infant caregivers. “We encourage moms to bring their family members,” said Kimble. “Everyone involved in a child’s life will benefit from learning how to decipher what babies are telling us when they cry, how to prepare formula, shaken baby syndrome, crib safety and tips on successful breastfeeding. The program is fairly scripted but it is not verbatim. We have liberties to add information while keeping up with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is a two-hour presentation but keeping it within those parameters can be difficult to do. We encourage new moms to bring their babies so we can show them how to calm babies down. Moms have many questions about feeding and sleeping. We have known for a while that babies need to sleep on their back. One of their new guidelines is to put a baby to sleep with a pacifier for naps and bedtime to reduce the incidents of SIDS. Also, experts are now recommending that a child sleep in the room with their parents for a year—not in the same bed but in the same room. For the clients we service, this usually is not an issue because they only have one room. Another new thought is to utilize ‘bed boxes’ which are boxes that you put in the bed with you that the baby that are used as a bed. They vary in size. Most of what I read about them is that babies can be in them for 5-6 months. Many doctors are expressing varied opinions on them. I take a survey when I begin the program, and nine out of 10 times, the parents are using pack and plays as cribs. We give layettes to moms in the program.”

Reaching out
The Christ Child Society continues to look for organizations to partner with. “We continue to extend our scope and reach,” stated Kimble. “With the current heroin epidemic, we have been working with many grandparents, through the Area Office on Aging, that are raising their babies and young children due to this crisis.”

Hughes and Kimble have received positive feedback from the agencies that have utilized the HUGS program. “Their clients have walked away with a better understand of how to look at things a bit differently. The program opens the box for dialogue and that really helps,” stated Kimble.“Our goal is to reach as many people as we can.”

For more information please see
christchildsocietytoledo.org

 

Alzheimer and Dementia Care Services formed to offer services to community

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services
alzcareservices.org
419.720.4940 phone
419.720.4941 fax
2500 N. Reynolds Road
Toledo, OH 43615

Cheryl Conley, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, works with Salli Bollin, executive director of the new Alzheimer and Dementia Care Services organization.

There is an organization with a new name serving citizens of Sylvania. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services offers adult day services and respite programs for families living with dementia. When over 70 Alzheimer Association local chapters throughout the country merged and incorporated into the national association, some services offered by the local Chapter needed to be spun off into a new entity. Several members of the staff and board members of the Alzheimer’s Association realized there were specialized services unique to northwestern Ohio that had been developed under the original organization and are important services for the community.

“We made the commitment to form this new organization to continue these services. We worked closely with local board members from the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter and the national association to spin off the programs,” Bollin said.

“The staff and the board wanted to figure out what makes the most sense and what is best for families in our community,” she offered.

Those services include the Adult Day Program where families drop off their loved one for the day. In addition, a short-term respite program works in conjunction with the Area Office on Aging, Caregiver Support Program, and local nursing homes and assisted living providers to help caregivers meet one-time needs such as overnight stays, supplying a wheelchair, or installing door alarms when needed.

According to Bollin, the Adult Day Center opened in 1993 and has the capacity to care for up to 50 adults.
The center is open
Monday through Friday from
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“This is the only free standing dementia-specific day center in the area. Not only does the Day Center provide a safe and enriching environment for our clients, it also offers respite for their caregivers. This allows people to continue to work during the day or to do other things while their loved one is being cared for here,” she reported. While participants pay according to their ability, the program is subsidized thanks to the Area Office on Aging Senior Levy and the Monroe County Commission on Aging.

Cheryl Conley serves as program director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. “We continue to work together to help and support those with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” she said.

“Our main focus is on education, research, and caregiver support,” she offered. “We work with schools, legislators, and the general public to raise awareness. We also work with professionals in giving better care and with people in the early stages of dementia. We provide support groups for caregivers and those with early-stage dementia,” she said. “We also offer a 24/7 Helpline,” Conley said. “We don’t duplicate services, but offer complementary ones,” she added.

Sylvania Farmers Market returns to downtown on June 6

–by Meghan Rowe
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

Sylvania Farmers Market
6700 Monroe St
Sylvania, OH 43560

Contact: Erin Stampflmeier
Phone: 419-882-3423
Email: promotionsdsa@gmail.com

 

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.

 

 

 

Entrepreneur encourages support of arts; opens downtown gallery

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

Rick Stansley adjusts one of the paintings in the new gallery space he created in the back entrance to TK Lanes Boutique and the River Centre Gallery.

Three words describe what Rick Stansley of NZRD Properties feels the Sylvania community does best: art, education, and entertainment. These three words are consequently what he believes the Sylvania community needs to focus more on.

To aid in this focus, he has converted the underutilized space behind the River Centre Gallery and TK Lanes into an art gallery. “There is a small gallery that really complements the other galleries on Main Street. There will be a focus on artwork by Tina Wagenhauser, but other artists will have exhibits as well,” Stansley stated. He is also working with Tessa Mossing of TK Lanes who will manage the gallery and be responsible for sales.

To even further the focus on local artists, Stansley noted that the gallery “will have a select artist of the month.” He is enthusiastic about this platform in which local artists will receive the recognition they deserve. “There are just so many local artists that people don’t know about and will now have the opportunity to display their work here,” he explained.

Stansley is passionate about this project and effort in showcasing Sylvania’s assets, stating that, “I am committed and that is where my focus is.”

 

 

“THE MOUSE TRAP — 05.16.17

–by Janice Weber
ohcomputertraining.com
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

Janis Weber 2010

Janis Weber

 

 

 

 

 

 


Choose Your homepage
The web browser is a funny thing. Thanks to the internet it’s become one of the most-used programs on our computers, but many people don’t really understand it. That’s why in the past we’ve tackled common browser myths and misconceptions that many people believe but shouldn’t. What’s the first thing you see when your browser starts up? If you’re using Internet Explorer, it’s probably MSN’s website. Chrome loads up a modified Google page and Firefox and Microsoft Edge have their own start pages. But if the first thing you always do after the browser starts is go to Facebook or your email, why not have your browser start there? It saves you an extra step and it’s easy to do. Let’s look at the various browsers to see how to set your homepage.

In Chrome, click the icon in the upper right with the three horizontal bars and choose “Settings.”
In the left column, choose “Settings”
and then to the right look under “On Startup.”
Set it to “Open a specific page or set of pages”
and then click the “Set pages” link.
Type in one or more web addresses and click OK. The page or pages will load up when Chrome starts.

In Microsoft Edge, click the icon in the upper-right corner with the three horizontal dots and select “Settings.”
Under “Open with,” select “A specific page or pages”
and then select “Custom.”
Type in a web address and click the plus sign to the right.
You can do this multiple times to add multiple pages or click “X” next to a page to remove it.
When you’re done, click the icon with the three horizontal dots again to close the settings area.

In Firefox, click the icon in the upper right with the three horizontal bars and choose “Options.”
On the General page, set “When Firefox starts” to “Show my homepage.”
Then under that, type in the address you want for your homepage.
Click OK.
If you want to load multiple pages on startup, load them up in tabs first and then click the “Use Current Page” button.
Or you can click “Use Bookmark…” and select a folder of bookmarks.

In Internet Explorer, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and
select “Internet Options.”
Go to the General tab
and under “ homepage” enter the web address or addresses you want to see on startup.

In Safari on Apple, go to Safari >> Preferences.
On the General tab, go to “Homepage” and type in an address or addresses.

Zoom Text
Have you ever visited a page with text that was too small to read comfortably? If you’ve ever found yourself leaning too close to a computer monitor, you need to know this. To zoom text and images in any browser, just hold CTRL and press the plus key to zoom in. Hit plus a few times to zoom in even farther. Too far? Hold CTRL and press the minus key to zoom back out. CTRL and the zero key resets the zoom level.

 

Computer Classes Are Available:
MS Excel Basics will be held on
June 27 and 28,
1:30-3 p.m.

MS Word Basics will be held on
August 22 and 23 1:30-3 p.m.

Call 419-885-3913 to register.

There is a small fee. Microsoft Word and Excel will be offered in the fall. If you prefer personal tutoring, that is my specialty.
It’s just you and me.
Call 419-530-8570 to register for classes at the UT campus.

If you prefer personal tutoring; that is my specialty. It’s just you and me.
Contact me personally for patient/knowledgeable tutoring 
 419-318-9112.

Group Training in Your Home or Facility:
Would you like to have a mini informational get-together? Recently I have been teaching PC and iPhone/iPad classes anywhere that has Wi-Fi. Informal and informative. We all use the same local Internet. We will pick a topic using open discussion. It is amazing how many different issues are solved. Bring a list of questions. Let’s get started. Got a small business? I can customize a class for your staff.

I Make House Calls:
I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades and general software or hardware issues. I can be your resident “Geek.” I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge with years of experience. Give me a call at 419-318-9112. References and rates are always available upon request. Don’t forget to sign up for my free newsletter at OhComputerTraining.com. Subscribers will get a copy of this article plus added hints, tips and trusted/valuable web-links.
Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training & Support, is a professional computer adjunct instructor at UT and Lourdes University. All classes are offered through the Eberly Center at UT with free parking. Email any specific questions or comments to JwPcTutor@Gmail.com or contact her for assistance at 419-318-9112. Public classes are listed on her website OhComputerTraining.com. The classes at UT offer inexpensive and totally nonintimidating. Call 419-530-8570 to register. Private tutoring and repairs are just a phone call or email away.

Feminist Alliance makes their voices heard

–by Marisa Mercurio
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

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

phone: 419-469-8983
email: pcwtoledo@yahoo.com

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

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 Indivisibleguide.com
Facebook, and Twitter
and can be contacted at nofaindivisible@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles Selected as 2017 Outstanding Sylvania Area Small Business

–by Jennifer Ruple
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.16.17

Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles
6600 W. Sylvania Ave.
charlies-pizza.com

From left: Laurie Weaver; Steve Weaver; Cindy Weaver; Braxton Weaver; Steve Weaver Jr.; Jennifer Ruple, of Sylvania AdVantage and Boomers & Beyond; Tara Sibert, manager of the Sylvania branch of GenoaBank; and Marty Sutter, president and CEO of GenoaBank.

Congratulations to Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles for receiving the most community votes in the We Love Sylvania Area Small Businesses campaign, sponsored by the Sylvania AdVantage and GenoaBank. A reception was held to honor business owners Laurie, Steve and Steve Weaver Jr. at the Sylvania branch of GenoaBank on May 10.

Laurie, Steve and Steve Weaver Jr. are the owners of
Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles.

Owners since 2010: Steve Weaver and Steve Weaver Jr.
Year established: 1996

For the father and son duo of Steve Weaver and Steve Weaver Jr., Charlie’s is all about giving their customers a great dining experience. The restaurant is a family affair with Weaver as front of house manager, Weaver Jr. as Chef, and mom Laurie as head server. “We are a true family run, locally owned business, and my job is to make sure the customer is happy and the food is right when it walks out the door,” said Weaver.

What makes your business unique?
Charlie’s Homemade Pizza, a multi-year trophy winner at the annual Pizza Palooza competition, took First Place in the People’s Choice category and Second Place in the Judge’s Choice category in 2016. “Our pizza is like no other. When you ask for a topping, you get a topping,” laughed Weaver. “We make everything from scratch. Our Alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, our lasagna – they’re all freshly made. Our veggies are very fresh and are from local suppliers. In the summer, we go to the farm and pick our own. It’s the little things we choose to do those other restaurants don’t,” he added.

Who or what inspired you to create your business?
“Ultimately my dad inspired me. Being involved in a family business was something I always wanted to experience myself. My goal is to see the business grow in an environment in which people enjoy coming to. We want folks to leave with a smile on their faces and full stomachs.”

Charlie’s is a popular go-to for donations and fundraisers. “We support our local schools by hosting fundraising events where we donate a portion of our sales. We also cater many events for community organizations and donate gift certificates for special events and golf outings. It’s imperative to us to be involved in the local community, and we look forward to serving it for years to come,” explained Weaver.

What is your definition of success?
“Of course, you always want your business to grow. As my former supervisor once said, ‘You either grow or you go,’” said Weaver. “But at the end of the night, when you see a bunch of people having fun, having a good meal and enjoying their evening, that is success.”

 

 

Cure Bars creator wants to help cure hunger one person at a time

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.02.17

CURE
The Original Black Seed Bar
cureyourworld.com

CURE MISSION
CURE is geared to foster health and happiness by promoting acts that CURE the world. By using CURE, you are empowering your mind and enhancing your body by taking the initiative to live a healthier lifestyle as well as elevating your soul by giving back to those less fortunate. CURE yourself, CURE Your World. 

Zobaida Falah developed the recipe for her Cure Bars after several trials.

“We have all been blessed in so many ways. I have made it my mission to do something for others that leaves a resonating footprint,” said Zobaida Falah, the creator of the Cure Bar. “I decided that one thing I could do is for every bar I sell to give one to someone who is hungry,” she reasoned. “I like to think that maybe I will help to cure hunger one person at a time,” she said.

When Falah first started her business nine months ago from her home kitchen, she hand delivered Cure Bars to the homeless in downtown Toledo. An online blogger happened to capture a video of Falah distributing her bars among the homeless, which went worldwide. “That video really opened doors for me, and as the business grew, I could no longer keep up with the demand. I had to find a manufacturing plant and a distribution center,” she said.

Cure Bars now can be found across the nation and worldwide. Locally, Cure Bars are available at Sautters, Muna Market, the Middle East Market, Sip Coffee, Brew Coffee and Bleak House.

“I want to make the Cure Bars available for everybody. It’s great to see people buying the bars, which allows us to give bars to those in need,” she added.

Now that her business has grown and manufacturing is outsourced, Falah supplies Cure Bars matching the number sold to designated organizations, which in turn distribute the bars to needy people each month. In less than a year, Falah has distributed over 160,000 bars.

Last year, this young entrepreneur put together the recipe for her Cure Bars inspired by her grandmother Wafiqa Odeh, who lived a very healthy and long life. “These are many of the things I incorporate into my daily diet anyway,” she stated. “I started with 25 or more ingredients, adding everything I eat,” she explained. “I did spend a good bit of time getting the recipe perfected until I came up with my nine favorite ingredients that work well together,” she said.

“I had to include black seeds, which my grandmother claimed was a cure for everything. We were forced to eat them every day. My grandmother ate them every day and was never sick in her 95 years of life. As I grew older, I became interested in nutrition and did extensive research on those black seeds,” Falah pointed out. In addition to black seeds, she includes almonds, coconut, oats, chia seeds, honey, sesame seeds, puffed millet, organic coconut oil and sea salt.

Falah grew up in Cincinnati and completed her formal education from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to her marriage and moving to Lambertville, she sold commercial real estate following graduation to earn enough money to fund her own business, a dream she held since she had been a little girl and one she is realizing today.

Free dental care offered to veterans

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.02.17

Hires Dental Care
3951 W. Sylvania Ave.
starsstripesandsmiles.com

 

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:
starsstripesandsmiles.com

The Danberry Co. Realtors ranks as one of nation’s top firms

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 05.02.17

The Danberry Co. Realtors
danberry.com

The Danberry Co. Realtors, headquartered in Toledo recently announced its ranking as the number 417th real estate firm in the United States in sales volume and 196th real estate firm in total transactions, according to RISMedia’s 29th Annual Power Broker Report. The Danberry Co. Realtors reported a total sales volume of $580,736,131 in 2016, representing 3,785 closed residential transactions.

This year’s Power Broker Report is based on responses to RISMedia’s 2017 Power Broker Survey, distributed in early January. More than 1,000 real estate firms from across the country completed the Power Broker Survey, reporting a collective 3,648,075 closed residential transactions in 2016, accounting for a total of nearly $1.2 trillion in sales volume.

“We are honored to have helped so many buyers and sellers in our marketplace last year,” stated Danberry CEO, Lynn Fruth. “Our team of agents and our staff are dedicated to serving the various needs of our consumers and our ability to do that effectively is reflected in these results,” Fruth added.

Now in its 29th year, the Power Broker Report has long honored the incredible business feats of remarkable real estate leaders and brokerage firms who continue to shape the industry. RISMedia President and CEO John Featherston congratulated The Danberry Co. Realtors for their prestigious ranking in this year’s Power Broker Report. “The firms represented are the nation’s most elite brokerage firms serving literally millions of consumers with their real estate needs,” Featherston said. “2017 was a growth year for many real estate firms across the country, as low inventory created a ripe environment for home sellers and move-up buyers, and continued low interest rates and rising rents enticed more new buyers to take action. As market dynamics continue to fluctuate, today’s more knowledgeable, more tech-savvy real estate consumers will look to proven real estate firms and their agents to help guide them toward the best real estate decision. Being ranked in the Power Broker Report validates your firm’s reputation as a trusted resource for today’s homebuyers and sellers.”

Established in 1962, The Danberry Co., Realtors is the region’s leading real estate brokerage based upon sales. Its 240 agents work out of six conveniently located offices in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. In addition to traditional residential brokerage services, Danberry also professionally provides commercial brokerage, property management, auction and relocation services.

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