Michelle and Keith Zoeller are expanding their brand of fitness again. They recently leased the 5000 square-foot facility in Harvest Square at 7602 W. Sylvania Ave. They have reconfigured the space, adding their signature blues and greens throughout. The new Fitness 4 All logo completes the look.
“We have been wanting to do this for some time,” Zoeller reported. “Our gyms are big on strength training, and now we can stress cardio.”
There are four different stations from treadmills, rowing machines, heavy bags, TRX with weights and benches. Hour-long classes for up to 36 people will run throughout the day with at least two instructors in each class who vary the classes so there is a different routine each day, according to Zoeller.
“Each class is like having a personal trainer,” he said.
When clients first enter and sign in, they pick up a heart rate monitor, which they can conveniently check throughout their workout. Clients are invited to participate in the special pre-sale prices and can try a free class.
The Zoellers have Fitness 4 All gyms on Holland-Sylvania Road and in Perrysburg. They are also opening a Fitness 4 All Circuit on Dussel Drive in Maumee. They opened their first Fitness 4 All center in November 2009.
Zoeller, a certified personal trainer, licensed nutritionist and injury specialist said Fitness 4 All offers performance, team and core training, aerobics, kickboxing, sports specific, pre- and post-injury and nutrition programs in 30 and 55 minute sessions. “We also have a youth fitness program for teens ages 12 to 15 as well as summer camps for kids.”
Zoeller continued, “I love what I do. It is very rewarding to help people achieve their goals. I teach people how to eat healthy, exercise properly and lose weight. My clients and I talk about their daily routine. I teach them how food really works and I also teach how to increase metabolism. We develop an exercise routine best suited for each individual. Once we get started, people are amazed to see the difference they see in not only their body but their skin and hair as well. Clients find they not only look better but are healthier inside and out as well.”
He added, “Watching the transformation in peoples’ lives brings so much satisfaction. We care about people and love to motivate them.”
In 2009, the Zoellers left a thriving gym and fitness business in Florida to move back to northwest Ohio to be closer to family. “At the time, we had two small children and we knew this was where we wanted to be,” said Mrs. Zoeller who grew up in Swanton while her husband is a native of Kentucky.
Local developer Richard Arnos of Republic Development and John Hart of J.C. Hart of Carmel, Ind., were successful in acquiring the 5.5-acre SOMO site in downtown Sylvania. City Council voted unanimously to accept the offer of $1.2 million for the site at the March 6 meeting and recommended a zoning change for the property.
“This is the best building area in Sylvania,” noted Mayor Craig Stough. “We began to assemble this property in 2008. We razed the existing buildings to make the site ready for development.”
City of Sylvania Economic Development Director Bill Sanford added, “I am excited about the development that will be coming to Sylvania. We look forward to working with Rick Arnos of Republic Development and John Hart of the J.C. Hart Company. This project will bring people and energy to our downtown and should encourage additional development to our community.”
The co-developers plan to construct two buildings containing 193,000 square feet for 206 upscale apartments with underground parking and elevators along with a clubhouse and exercise facility. Most of the apartments will have views of Harroun Park, Ten Mile Creek and the Ottawa River. Construction is anticipated to begin later this year.
“We are very excited to bring something very special to the community,” Hart said. “We focus on the unique and this will be a one-of-a-kind facility designed for a wide variety of demographics.”
Arnos offered, “Our target market is active adults, professionals, empty nesters and millennials who are looking to be in the downtown area. There is a creative energy in downtown Sylvania and people want to be a part of that,” he said.
“The SOMO mixed-use project will help build on the positive momentum and energy already growing in downtown Sylvania. Current businesses, restaurants and vendors will be able to draw on that energy to make the city even more vibrant and appealing to their customers and others,” Arnos pointed out.
Sylvania City Council Economic Development Chairman Mark Luetke is enthusiastic about the project. “This was an opportunity City Council didn’t anticipate when the SOMO site was put together eight years ago. We thought then that the highest and best use would be for restaurants, commercial and retail use. Now we realize the impact of those who want to live in a vibrant downtown. We are eager to ride the wave of that demographic boom of millennials and empty nesters who want to be connected to the downtown shops, walkways and bike paths. With this project we are bringing new customers to the downtown businesses rather than competition,” Luetke added.
“Sylvania City Council’s unanimous vote to support selling the SOMO property to Republic Development and J.C. Hart was a vote of confidence. Both Republic and J.C. Hart have a long history of success with these projects,” said City Council President Mary Westphal. “This multiuse project begins Phase 1 by building 206 luxury apartments that will bring new energy and people of all ages to downtown Sylvania. The downtown businesses will benefit from new customers who live, work and play right there. We also anticipate new business growth as the demand for additional consumer services grows. Phase 2 will include additional retail and office space. The council members were careful to ensure that public access and public use of the River Trail remains in place. It is an exciting time for the city of Sylvania as we see new growth and opportunity for the future.”
The Sylvania River Trail is one of the features of the site. The trail runs from Main Street to Harroun Road with a connection to Monroe Street along the North Branch of the Ten Mile Creek. Phase II of the River Trail will extend the walkway from Harroun Road along the ProMedica Flower Hospital campus under U.S. 23 to Monroe Street near the new Burger King restaurant.
In addition to the apartment buildings, public use components are planned. Space for a bike rack, covered gazebo and seating with a refreshment area for trail users will be completed adjacent to the North Branch of Ten Mile Creek. The southwestern area will be available as a staging area for food trucks and other uses for city of Sylvania-sponsored events.
Republic Development LLC, based in Sylvania Township, is a private, multi-state real estate company specializing in the development of premier mixed-use properties, including residential and commercial components. Since 1999, Republic’s portfolio has grown to include multifamily apartments, retail, office, mixed-use, light industrial and the development of more than 10,000 residential lots.
The J.C. Hart Company has been developing, building and managing multi-family residential communities since 1976. J.C. Hart has built a total of 7,763 apartment units and its current portfolio is 5,073 apartment units located in 25 Indiana communities.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE KEVIN G. ALLER, PE, DIRECTOR
March 9, 2017
Green Yard Waste to Begin Early
The City has decided to begin its Green Yard Waste (GYW) program early in response to the high winds that we recently experienced. The program will begin Monday, March 13 and will start on Route B. Route A will begin on March 20. Residents are reminded that all material must be placed in City Yard Waste bags or rigid containers with a City yearly sticker. Limbs and branches must be bundled together and cannot be any longer than four feet in length. Residents will have to arrange for private collection/disposal of any material outside of those requirements. For zoning or other questions click: cityofsylvania.com/government/department-public-service
Sylvanian Jeanette Hrovatich has spent her entire career focused on nonprofits and children. “I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in education. That education component led me to the nonprofit world,” she recalled. Hrovatich’s first job was serving as manager at the Ronald McDonald House. She has been a woman on a mission ever since. “The reason I love nonprofit management is that you can have fun, meet a wide range of people, and every day a new challenge awaits me,” stated Hrovatich. “At the end of the day, you can say ‘because we did this work today, we made a difference.’ That is the motivator of the work I have done and it is now what I do for Read for Literacy and Claire’s Day.”
Read for Literacy and Claire’s Day are designed to provide programming for kids, adults and families. Hrovatich currently serves as executive director and CPO at Read for Literacy, Inc. and has again found a worthy cause in which to make a difference. “In our community, there are 39,000 adults reading under fourth grade level,” she stated. “As they have struggled, so have their children and their families. Our goal is to provide quality programming. We work in partnership with other organizations including the Sylvania United Church of Christ, located on Erie Street. We invited non-English speaking adults to come and work on bettering their English skills and orchestrated a program for their children called Creating Young Leaders to prepare them for kindergarten. The program is creating family readers. It is wonderful to have men and women volunteers who have never been exposed to refugees or Muslim religions in a safe environment, under one roof, and learning together. That is what I love about Read for Literacy. We can think creatively and meet our students on their terms. Some meet at libraries, some meet at churches and we are in 16 school buildings. We had over 3,000 students last year in various programs with the help of over 1,412 volunteers.”
Read for Literacy has four signature lines of service that include programs for adults and children, a literacy outreach program and Claire’s Day, named in memory of Claire Lynsey Rubini. For the past 16 years Claire’s Day was an independent nonprofit. In 2015, Read for Literacy and Claire’s Day merged. “We felt we could do more work together than separately,” explained Hrovatich. “Although we kept our own identities, we work side by side. The merger expanded our opportunities. For example, there are now over 43 school systems, including Sylvania schools, that participate in the Claire Awards. The Claire Awards honor children who are struggling. It is not the best and the brightest children we honor but those children who have worked hard to better their literacy skills. This year we will be honoring over 1,000 children. We are hoping to have more Claire’s Day programs in other communities.”
Each year Hrovatich and her team of literary lovers try to add a new school. “We have to be very strategic. We don’t have a big staff. We have five full-time bodies,” she stated. “The way that we are successful is through our volunteers. We can always use volunteers to work with adults, children or even in the library for an hour. The more we can expose children to adults who love reading, the more they will love to read. Once kids gain confidence in reading, things change for them in the classroom and they find a greater gift of success.”
The organization also depends on the generosity of others. “All of our efforts are done by fundraising, special events and grants,” she stated. “We have fantastic support from our community. We are a United Way affiliate program and use no government dollars.”
The woman on a mission has a vision for the future. She stated, “The hope for Read for Literacy is that every child is kindergarten ready and that one day children don’t have to struggle as readers. I truly believe that if you have a joy of reading, whether it be on the computer, a book, or any other way you gather your information, we want people to say, ‘I can do that. I can read’.”
“Our team really enjoys being in downtown Sylvania,” said Bill Rossiter, Interrupt CEO. “We love our space in the Maplewood Marketplace building, and we recently expanded that space to accommodate our growth.”
According to Rossiter, leasing the adjoining 1,100 square feet of space was part of the company’s future growth plans. “We had the right of first refusal on that space, so when the previous tenants gave notice late last year, we were ready to expand into that space,” Rossiter stated.
He said Interrupt has experienced double- digit growth, or what Rossiter calls “controlled growth,” consistently over the last 10 years since Rossiter owned Interrupt. However in 2016, Rossiter stated “we blew our historical growth rate away by growing exponentially with existing clients and adding some strong new ones.” Because of that growth he said that “we had the need to add more space, and have been very lucky to add several amazing members to our team.”
He added, “this additional space becoming available came at a perfect time. We are using the space for additional offices, another conference room, a small kitchen and lounging spaces. We are also able to house our ping pong table in the new space as well.”
The Interrupt space was awarded an American Institute of Architects Award for Best Interior Design. Anita Holman, Interrupt’s executive creative director and brand strategist, was also the vision behind the interior design of the space. Holman stated that “the space is a great selling point when clients come in across North America. This space, with its traditional brick and glass, wood accents and warm colors, reflects many of the products offered by our clients, and also was designed to embody Interrupt’s unique brand.”
“It’s an amazing space for our clients, our culture and our team,” Holman emphasized.
Interrupt is a strategic branding and marketing firm that works with Fortune 1000 building product and home improvement companies across North America. “We believe in the Power of Focus. We are very selective on working with the right type of client that fits our business model. We are more than a mere agency; we become a strategic business partner with each of them,” stated Rossiter. “We lead from strategy and then provide powerful branding, creative and marketing solutions to generate a unique brand experience and profitability for our clients.”
In addition to working with clients, the Interrupt team is also very community minded. “Giving back is a big part of our mission as demonstrated with the many events we do each year as a team,” he said. Each year in February, the Interrupt team travels to Matt Paskiet’s glassblowing studio, Firenation, where they engage in a team- building event resulting in hand-blown glass hearts of all shapes and sizes. Those hearts are offered for sale through an online auction in time for Valentine’s Day with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. The Interrupt team also spends time helping out at inner city churches, supporting the Toledo Northwest Ohio Food Bank, and collectively rides over 1,500 miles each summer during the MS Bike to the Bay event.
Interrupt is committed to bringing a focus on art to Sylvania. Local artists are encouraged to display their artwork on the Interrupt “gallery wall,” which is often featured during the monthly Red Bird Art Walks throughout downtown Sylvania. Recently, local artist Matt Taylor was commissioned to complete an indoor graffiti mural in Interrupt’s large kitchen area in the center of the building where team members can prepare and eat lunch or hold brainstorming sessions.
Fun is also a part of the Interrupt team’s overall schedule. While ping pong contests occur throughout the year when team members challenge each other along with visiting clients, an Interrupt tournament is held once a year. In addition, there is a foosball table and video game table near the lobby, signaling to all that fun is a big part of this company’s culture. Interrupt also has an Interrupt band, the Interrupters, which practices regularly in the mezzanine and sometimes plays around town. “In fact it’s a common interview question to ask candidates if they have any musical experience,” he stated.
Rossiter wouldn’t say who wins the most ping pong championships, but his grin notes that, maybe, he is pretty competitive.
Rossiter spent 21 years in the corporate world where he was involved with leading teams or businesses around sales, operations, marketing and demand creation. In 2007, he bought a local marketing firm, which he and his team transformed to into a specialized strategic branding and marketing firm to partner with clients helping them to optimize their profitability. Rossiter credits his business acumen and success to “the amazing team I am blessed to lead, and the many mentors I have been lucky to have worked with through the years.” In turn, he is a guest lecturer each quarter at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Last year, he also published Diverge: Break Away from Business as Usual, a business book filled with his insights and unique techniques for business success.
Block Malicious Apps on Android and Apple Phones It’s hard to get malicious apps on an Apple gadget because they have to sneak into the Apple Store first. However, Android lets you install apps from anywhere, including malicious text messages if you aren’t careful. Did you know that one-third of smartphone users don’t set up the lock screen on their phones? Many stick with the default “Swipe to unlock” screen, which won’t stop a bad guy or even a casual snooper. You need to use the lock screen that requires a password to continue, and come up with a good number code. This code should be something that isn’t easy to guess. Something like 1-2-3-4 or 0-0-0-0 isn’t going to cut it. Apple gadgets make you set up a passcode for the lock screen the first time you use them. However, if you created it a while ago, it might be time to beef it up. Go to Settings>Passcode to edit your passcode
A few taps and you could be giving hackers full access to your information, including text messages and banking information. Fortunately, a single setting can almost eliminate this threat. On your Android gadget, go to Settings > Security and uncheck “Unknown Sources.” This blocks Android from installing apps from anywhere but the Google Play store. While you might still run into occasional malicious apps, you won’t be tricked into installing them from malicious websites, text messages or emails.
It’s no secret that advertisers are tracking where you go online and your cellular provider is helping them. In fact, some providers, like Verizon, are doing it in a way that exposes you to hackers as well. Verizon is allowing customers to opt out of advertisers tracking you in April. You must log in to your account and find the security and preferences connection. You can also call Verizon at 866-211-0874 and request to opt-out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising program. This is a “Super Cookie.”
Find Your Lost or Stolen Phone If your gadget is lost or stolen, tracking apps can tell you exactly where your phone is. These apps also let you wipe sensitive information remotely. If your phone does end up in the wrong hands, you can at least make sure somebody else doesn’t get your information. Apple users have Find My iPhone. To enable it, go to Settings > iCloud. Look for Find My iPhone and turn it on. Android users have Android Device Manager. To enable tracking, launch the app, link it to a Google account and follow the directions. For Windows phones, there’s the Find My Phone feature. To set it up, go to Settings > Find My Phone. Make sure the slider is set to on.
Most smart phones now have a way to not only find your phone but wipe your personal information from it in case you never see it again. Don’t forget to clear out everything if you are going to give or sell your phone. Theft may be down but you must always have your guard up.
Computer Classes Are Available I will be teaching MS Word, two levels of MS Excel and MS PowerPoint in the Eberly Center on the campus of UT. Parking is free and the classes are very inexpensive. Please check out my website for dates and times. (OhComputerTraining.com) This semester all classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 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. Contact me personally for tutoring 419-318-9112.
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Sylvania Community Improvement Corporation Is there interest in a Sylvania-area co-working space?
The Sylvania Area CIC, a coalition of business and community leaders who encourage area economic and business development, is currently determining community interest in opening a co-working space and assessing possible downtown Sylvania locations if interest is confirmed.
What is a co-working space? Don Miller, the current operator of the downtown Toledo co-working space, Seed Co-working, and also a potential partner in the project explained, “Co-working offices provide Wi-Fi, work areas, a community of like-minded individuals, and the availability of a conference room. It is for those seeking professional office space without the financial burden of their own property lease. Those choosing a co-working space have the flexibility to purchase various options to best meet their business’s needs. Co-working spaces also offer other valuable opportunities such as networking among peers.”
The co-working space in Sylvania would be priced comparable to the rates at Seed in downtown Toledo which offers unlimited use and a permanent desk for $175 a month, guaranteed space twice a week for $85, or space once a month for $25. One- and two-day plans allow for extra days to be purchased at a rate of $10 a day.
Are you interested in joining a co-working space in Sylvania? Contact the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-882-2135. In order for the
In order for the SACIC to move forward and determine the best location, it is imperative to assess community interest.
For additional information and details on this co-working space, contact
Don Miller at 419-290-6141
John Healey at email@example.com
Bill Sanford at 419-885-0482
–by Gayleen Gindy PUBLICATION DATE: 02.21.17
This next property is somewhat near and dear to my heart because this is the house where I grew up, and there was no better place to grow up than in downtown Sylvania. This house had that wonderful wraparound front porch, and back in the 1960s and 70s when we lived in this house, there was constant foot traffic past our house. The post office and church were across the street, the Sterling Milk store and Medic Drug Store to the north, and downtown Sylvania to the south. Just about once or twice a week we would set up a Kool-Aid stand in our front yard, and we’d have never ending customers. Maybe you remember us? We went through lots of Kool-Aid and made enough money to afterward take a trip down to Seitz Bakery, Lindau’s Soda Fountain, or Sterling’s for their large selection of penny candy. Remember?
Focusing now on the house, the original portion was constructed in 1858. It had many different additions that can be seen by standing in the back and looking up at the various gables that exist in odd places.
John Henry Parker purchased this property in 1858, along with the property that surrounds it. Mr. Parker was born in 1822 in Massachusetts and married Almyra Harwood in 1855 in Bedford, Mich. In 1858 they came to Sylvania and he built this house at 5723 Main. Over the next 40 years that he lived here he added additions to the house to accommodate his five children. At the 1860 census, he and Almyra were living in this house. He was listed as 38 years old and his occupation was “cooper,” and she was listed as 26 years old. This census also lists the following living in the home: Francis, son, 10 years old; Maggie, daughter, 5 years old; and Cordelia Grum, house servant, 18 years old.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, John Parker was 39 years old and considered too old to serve, but at the end of the war, when President Lincoln called for any and all available men, John Henry Parker stepped up and volunteered his services, joining as a private in Company G of the 130th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served from May 2, 1864 to Sept. 22, 1864, a total of 4 months and 20 days. He was 42 years old at the time.
After returning from the war, John and Almyra had three more children while living at the house, Gladys, born 1865; Mary, born 1867; and Lillian, born 1870. At the 1870 census John and Almyra were living on Main Street and he was 47 years old and listed as a farmer, and Almyra was 37 years old. Living at home was Gladys, 5 years; Mary, 3 years; and Lillian, 3 months. Also living in the house was Polly Nixon, 82 years old, who was John’s mother. At this time they were farming their small plot of ground, which extended to the railroad tracks.
In about 1875 Mr. Parker purchased additional property in downtown Sylvania and built a structure where he ran a grocery store. In 1877 and 1878 he was elected to the position of Sylvania Village Council.
At the 1880 census, he was listed as Henry Parker, 57 years old, retail grocer, while his wife Almyra was listed as 47 years old. The following children were still living in the house: Gladys, 15 years; Mary, 12 years; and Lillian, 10 years. Also living here, listed as a boarder, was Andrew Reger, 26 years old.
The Toledo Blade dated Jan. 23, 1884, reads as follows: “Sylvania, Ohio – At 11:30 Sunday forenoon smoke was seen issuing from the upper story of a house on Division Street, owned by J.H. Parker, and occupied by him as a dwelling house. The fire originated from the chimney in the upper story and had gained considerable headway when discovered, and for a time the chances were that the building must go. It was very warm work for the boys but they soon had the fire checked as water was plenty. Loss estimated at $300, and fully insured.” The house was rebuilt at this time, repairing all areas damaged by fire. This was probably when the front portion of the house was added, to include a large front bedroom on the second floor, a living room, parlor room, and the wrap around front porch on the first floor, and a basement.
Mr. Parker did not have good luck with fires because records show that in 1887 when the entire west side of downtown Main Street was destroyed by fire, his grocery store was one of the buildings. He rebuilt his store and continued in the grocery business in Sylvania until he died in 1897. An interesting fact about his grocery store and this house is that in about 1990 when the owner of this home was remodeling in the upstairs front bedroom, he pulled down one of the walls and behind the wall he found a crate. Inside the crate, he found some old bottles still filled with its black syrupy contents and an account book that had belonged to John Henry Parker, where he kept track of his income and expenses each day at his grocery store. I wonder whatever became of that account book? How interesting that would be to members of the Sylvania Area Historical Society today!
Almyra continued to live in this house until after the 1920 census, where she was listed as 85 years old. After this census, because of health reasons, she had to move and spent her remaining years living with one or the other of her three surviving daughters. In 1913, she had transferred this house to her youngest daughter Lillian Carl, and then in 1914, the house was sold to Mrs. Uriah Cooke, with a life lease allowing Almyra Parker to live in the house until she died. When Mrs. Parker died in 1925 she was living with her daughter Mrs. Kroh at 2137 Adams Street in Toledo.
After Mrs. Parker vacated the house, Dr. and Mrs. Uriah Cooke, who lived next door, took over ownership of the home, and from about 1925 until 1990 the house was rented out. Using the various resources available, the following people rented this house:
1926 – Sylvania post office list shows that Guy Gloyd was renting the house.
1930 – census – Renting the home for $45 per month was the family of Lester and Evelyn Pair, with their adult children: Donald Pair, 28 years; Darrell E. Pair, 27 years; Orville Pair, 29 years; and Bonita E. Pair, 23 years. They were all working at the bus garage or telephone company.
1933 – Water meter list for the Village of Sylvania shows U.A. Cooke as owner and “Pair – tenant.”
1940 – census – renting home for $35 per month: Lucinda H. Gray, 97 years old, widow, occupation – none; Sarah A. Gray, daughter, 71 years old, single, occupation – assisting manager – greenhouse; Lou E. Gray, daughter, 69 years old, single – occupation – none
1945 to 1948 – Stanley & Helen Kjoller
March 19, 1952 – House ownership was transferred to Elizabeth G. Cooke Kuhlman, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Cooke
1948 to 1955 – L.A. Waterman
1955 – Advertisement in the Sylvania Sentinel reads: “SYLVANIA CARRY ALL. We collect garbage, rubbish, ashes. Commercial and Residential. L.A. Waterman LU 2-2691, 5723 Main.”
1957 thru 1963 – Elmer K. and Norma Cline
1964 –1966 – Arthur P. Ach and family (Building Contractor)
1966 thru 1973 – Charles V. and Carolyn J. Sullins and five children
1973 thru 1977 – Carolyn J. Sullins and five children
1977 thru June-1984 – Jill and Mark Dallas
1984 thru 1986 – Randall A. and Leslie Boudouris
1987 and 1988 – Charles V. Hopkins
1989 – Owner Elizabeth Cooke-Kuhlman died and house was transferred to her daughter Marilyn E. Enz
1990 – House was vacant when sold on May 24, 1990, to James K. Jr. and Gina M. Ragland.
Nov. 24, 1993 – House was purchased by the city of Sylvania
1995 – Sylvania City council approved a lease with Aurum & Argent Studio, Michael Biscay
1999 – Robin Crego – Garden Delights
2010 – Dragonfly Artisan Tea Cottage opened
2013 – Heaven’s Gate Soy Candles – Jacquelyn M. Olender
2015 – Ka’Bloom Flowers & Gifts – Mark and Janet Lair
2015 – Creative Oxygen on the second floor
2016 – Ka’Bloom Flowers & Gifts under new ownership, Holly and Jim Lopinski, then name changed to Stellar Blooms
For the past 50 years, Sylvania area families in need have been turning to Sylvania Area Family Services and its predecessors, Huntington Community Services and Huntington Farms.
While its name and physical presence has evolved, SAFS maintains the same mission to offer services to families in need in the Sylvania School District.
The organization began when several neighbors in the “Huntington Farms” area saw that a high percentage of children in the area were dropping out of school. They realized there was a need for youth services to address those challenges. A group evolved and began operating in a basement under the banner Huntington Farms Association in 1967.
By 1972, the group moved to 5440 Marshall Rd., leasing the land from the city of Sylvania for $1 a year and constructed a building on the site in 1974. Over the years, a thrift shop was initiated, an active Boy Scout troop was organized and an active girls club was formed. A senior citizens club termed S.A.I.L., Senior Action Interest League was formed that became the forerunner and the foundation of the Sylvania Senior Center.
Huntington Farms evolved to the Huntington Community Center in 1980 and then Sylvania Area Family Services in 2003. An addition was completed in 2014, more than doubling the size of the original building, providing a main event hall, which can be rented providing ongoing revenue for the organization.
Today, under the leadership of Anita Sanchez-Serda, SAFS continues to offer services to those families in need in the area. “We are a change agent in the community,” she pointed out. “People come to us and we help find the resources to meet their challenges,” she added. “We also have many ongoing programs here.” Those include an after school program for at-risk youth, a youth diversion program for those charged with non-violent first offenses, a summer enrichment camp program and a student mentoring program. Kevin Milliken, who is the Youth Empowerment Coordinator, also works with students from area high schools who need community service hours. “Kevin coordinates meaningful jobs for those students here at the center and throughout the community,” Sanchez-Serda explained. “Over 9,000 hours of community service have been compiled in the youth volunteer program in less than two years,” Milliken reported.
In addition, a fully stocked choice pantry is maintained and is available for qualifying family members to shop for groceries once a week. “Rather than packaging groceries for these families, we open the pantry to them so they can select the items they need and want. It’s about providing a hand up, not a hand out.”
Social Services Coordinator Dottie Segur works with families throughout the year. She makes sure those in need receive holiday food baskets. She also works with area businesses and individuals who adopt families for the holidays. Families can also participate in the 11-week Families United in Nutrition or FUN program where they learn about healthy eating habits, shopping on a budget and the importance of exercise. All of these services are made possible thanks to the generosity of the community, through grants from the city and township, contributions from local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals, according to Sanchez-Serda. In addition, SAFS hosts a number of fundraising activities including the upcoming:
Chocolate and Wine Affair planned for March 25
Casino Night on May 13
the annual Ray of Hope Dinner honoring the accomplishments of community members in October.
ProMedica and Paramount Health Care now offer video medical visits with healthcare providers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ProMedica OnDemand connects patients and families with healthcare providers through computers, tablets and smartphones via the ProMedica OnDemand mobile application or website. Medical experts can treat patients for a variety of non-emergency conditions such as colds, flu, bronchitis, sore throats, ear aches, eye infections, sinus and respiratory infections, and more. The service launched in early February.
“Between work and family, it can be challenging for patients to schedule office visits,” said Daniel Cassavar, MD, president of ProMedica Physicians. “ProMedica OnDemand is a convenient and affordable way for patients to get the medical care they need at a time and location that is most convenient for them. To help facilitate continuity of care, visit notes can be shared with the patient’s primary care provider with their consent.”
ProMedica OnDemand costs $49 or less per visit and accepts all major credit cards. The benefit option is available to Paramount commercial members. They pay the same office visit copay for the video-based service.
“We’re excited to offer telehealth services to our members,” said Jack Randolph, president of Paramount Health Care. “ProMedica OnDemand is one more way we are going above and beyond to improve health and well-being.”
Telehealth is one of the fastest growing areas of health care. According to IHS Markit, the number of patients using telehealth globally will increase to 7 million by 2018, up from less than 350,000 in 2013. Additionally, an American Well Telehealth Index 2017 Consumer Survey found 65 percent of consumers would see their primary care provider over video.
For years, ProMedica has offered specialty telehealth services such as ProMedica Stroke Network, which allows stroke specialists at ProMedica Toledo Hospital to consult on stroke patients at rural and suburban hospitals and ProMedica Home Health Care, which lets nurses remotely monitor patients in their home after a hospitalization. This new service will expand ProMedica’s existing telehealth capabilities by allowing patients to receive care at any location they choose.
ProMedica OnDemand is offered in collaboration with American Well, a leading telehealth company.
“We are thrilled to be working alongside ProMedica – helping them to extend their reach by bringing care to the homes of the nearly five million people they serve,” said Danielle Russella, president, customer solutions, American Well. “This is just the beginning of an exciting partnership. We have the opportunity to use innovative technology to improve the health and well-being of ProMedica’s patients and their families through the convenience of online care.”