MAYOR’S MESSAGE – Senior Center Congratulations

by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough

Mayor Craig Stough
Mayor Craig Stough







Congratulations to the Sylvania Senior Center on again receiving National Accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers/National Council on Aging. Only 120 senior centers, or less than one percent of the 15,000 senior centers in America, have been so recognized.

Accreditation is based on excellence in nine areas: purpose and planning, community connections, governance, administration and human resources, program development and implementation, evaluation, fiscal and asset responsibility, records and reports, and facility/operations.

The Sylvania Senior Center has been in operation for 38 years – the first 24 years of which were in the basement of the old and now demolished Burnham Building. The last 14 years have been in their beautiful newer building on Sylvania Avenue next to Tam-O-Shanter.

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The Sylvania Senior Center

In 2001, the city of Sylvania reached out for help and received financial support from the state of Ohio Capital Improvements Fund, the Lucas County Area Office on Aging and Sylvania Township to join in paying for the new center’s construction. Bonds were issued by the city and are being paid down by regular payments from the city and the Township.

Prior to authorizing construction, the city required a senior operating levy be approved by Sylvania city and township voters to support the ongoing operation of the center. The .32 mil operating levy was first passed 16 years ago, was renewed in 2005 and 2010 and increased to .42 mil last year. The center also receives about $90,000.00 of support annually from the Lucas County Area Office on Aging.

The Senior Center annually serves nearly 3,000 area seniors, and about 265 on a daily basis, with a staff of four full time and seven part-time staff and volunteers. The programs it offers help seniors remain independent in their homes, decreases isolation and provides transportation. Programming includes health and wellness, education opportunities, outreach, supportive services and recreation.

Our award winning Senior Center is an asset to the Sylvania community. Their slogan is “nationally accredited and locally committed.” The Center improves the quality of life for our senior citizens, while at the same time making our community more desirable and keeping our property values higher.

Congratulations to the Sylvania Senior Center!

MAYOR’S MESSAGE – Sisters of St. Francis Centennial

by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough

Mayor Craig Stough
Mayor Craig Stough









The Franciscan Village sign on the corner of Convent Blvd. and Main Street.















The Sylvania-based Sisters of St. Francis are celebrating the 100 years of mission and ministry since their founding in 1916. Their presence in Sylvania is a great treasure and resource for our residents and our quality of life. To the Sisters of St. Francis: thank you for all you do and congratulations for 100 years of service and vision!

The nearly 200 Sisters of St. Francis work in a variety of ministries in 12 states and Haiti, including education, healthcare, pastoral work, social work, environmental stewardship, social justice and world peace.  Here in Sylvania, their campus is a beautiful and serene setting of unique buildings, greenspace, enlightenment and cultural treasures.

The Sisters sponsor Lourdes University, which offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and brings to Sylvania all the programming and resources of higher education. Most recently, they have partnered with Sylvania Schools to improve Northview Cat Stadium and are opening a new campus recreation center bringing collegiate-level athletic competition to Sylvania.

Also in the Sylvania area, the Sisters have founded and continue to sponsor Bethany House, Sophia Center, Rosary Care Center, Our Lady of Grace Hall assisted living, Convent Park senior apartments, the Franciscan Center and Appold Planetarium.  The Sisters and their programs in Sylvania have greatly impacted and enriched many of our lives.

The Sisters of St. Francis began on Dec. 8, 1916, when Mother Adelaide Sandusky, along with twenty-two other Sisters, responded to a call from Toledo Bishop Joseph Schrembs to come to Ohio from Rochester, Minn., and educate the children of Polish immigrants. Over the years, they taught in numerous Catholic grade schools in northwest Ohio and at Toledo Central Catholic High School. I am sure there are many here in Sylvania who had them once as teachers.

My own memories of the Sisters of St. Francis began while in high school. With views along Convent Blvd. and from Sylvania High School into their campus, which in the 1960s was private, it was mysterious to me and my fellow students. But over the years, starting with the Franciscan Center, the beauty, resources and treasures of their campus have been opened up and shared with us.

Like many of you, I would occasionally see Sisters dressed in their traditional habits around Sylvania. Sister Sheila Shea, as director of the Franciscan Center, was the first Sister I came to know and became a good friend as she joined to help with several Sylvania committees and commissions.  Today I am truly fortunate to know and count as friends many of these unique and talented women who constantly work for a better quality of life for all.

The Sisters are planning a Centennial Gala and Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24.  They welcome any and all of us to attend and help celebrate and honor their diverse ministries.  Tickets are available at for what will surely be a memorable evening.

On behalf of the citizens of Sylvania, thank you and congratulations to the Sisters of St. Francis for all you have brought and continue to bring to our community. You enrich our lives and broaden our horizons.  Best wishes always as you celebrate your centennial!