Strength In Numbers

The majority of New Year’s resolutions consist of plans to optimize one’s health. People want to work out more, eat healthier, and plan to lose weight or run their first race. I think fitness and nutrition goals are an awesome way to make your 2015 a healthy and happy year! However, many resolutions tend to fail within the first couple months when the excitement and motivation starts to wither. Therefore, my advice to you is to join forces with a friend, family member, co-worker, etc., to help reach your goals and to stick with your resolutions throughout the whole year!

“Two heads are better than one” and “teamwork is best” are phrases we constantly hear and there is certain validity to them. When we work with someone, we encourage one another and help each other stay on track. For example, if your plan is to attend a spinning class three times a week and you come home one day exhausted from a long day’s work, realistically, you may end up sprawled out on the couch with a doughnut in your hand, Netflix “binging” and falling asleep. However, if you made this commitment with a friend, they will call you up and say something like, “Get your butt off the couch. We promised we would go and we are sticking with it! No excuses!” You may hate that person at the time, but you will definitely thank them after you leave the class feeling refreshed, healthy and proud of yourself for going. You can repay your friend the same way when they want to play “hooky.”

When working towards a nutrition goal, it is also important, if not vital, to do with someone else. Eating healthy can be hard if you live with someone or are close with someone who stuffs his or her face with junk. You and your resolution partner in crime need to stick together! Dinner plans? Skip the fast food and have a nice sit down meal. Scour the menu and look for options you both agree to be healthy and satisfying. Order some fish with fresh vegetables and opt for a lower calorie drink!

Cooking for your family is a GREAT way for everyone to be on track. There are so many healthy, scrumptious recipes that are gluten- and sugar-free that the whole family will love. They will also love the way they feel after switching to better nutrition.

Another great reason for making resolutions together is to help a family member or friend that really needs to lose weight without hurting his or her feelings when addressing the issue. Say something along the lines of, “I really want to change my lifestyle this year. I want to eat healthier and workout more but no one will do it with me! Do you think you could help me and be my resolution buddy? Maybe we can make a pact to go to the gym four times a week together and start a new nutrition plan! It could be fun!” This way, you are putting the emphasis on YOU wanting to be healthier, but that you need assistance to keep you motivated. You will not hurt feelings or make anyone feel uncomfortable. Rather, you are helping him or her become healthier (along with yourself).

So, for this New Year’s Eve, find someone to make a health pact with. Again, I advocate health, not “skinniness.” Women, don’t make your goal to become a size 2 or for men, to gain 50 pounds in pure muscle mass. Make a goal to be HEALTHY and to push yourself to limits you did not think you were capable of (running a race, taking up a new class, etc.). I guarantee that if you join forces with a friend, your success rate will be MUCH higher! Remember, you only have one body, so treat it right. Nourish it, care for it and love it!

Avocado Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps:

1 can tuna

1 medium avocado

2-3 tbsp. mustard

1 lemon squeezed

1 tbsp. vinegar

1/3 cup finely chopped onions

1/3 cup finely chopped celery

½ tsp. garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Iceberg or romaine lettuce leafs

Skip the mayo for this delicious tuna salad! Serve wrapped in lettuce leaves!

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Make as thin or as chunky as you would like (I like it a little chunkier!) Place mixture into center of lettuce leaf and wrap! Enjoy!

Courtney Gilliland Lourdes University Nursing Student Appears on the Rachael Ray Show

Courtney Gilliland, a 2011 Sylvania Northview High School graduate and Lourdes University nursing student, had the thrill of a lifetime when she appeared on the “Rachael Ray Show” on Dec 2. The daytime program stars Food Network celebrity Rachael Ray and features a mix of entertainment, information and, of course, cooking. Gilliland vaguely recalls writing a letter to the show at age 16, expressing her desire to be in the theater and her admiration for Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth. To her surprise she received a call from the production manager of the “Rachael Ray Show.”

Courtney Gilliland, a 2011 Sylvania Northview High School graduate and Lourdes University nursing student, had the thrill of a lifetime when she appeared on the “Rachael Ray Show” on Dec 2. The daytime program stars Food Network celebrity Rachael Ray and features a mix of entertainment, information and, of course, cooking. Gilliland vaguely recalls writing a letter to the show at age 16, expressing her desire to be in the theater and her admiration for Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth. To her surprise she received a call from the production manager of the “Rachael Ray Show.” The show’s coordinator inquired why Gilliland became interested in the theater and if she were still involved in theatrical productions. Gilliland had been in theater, band and choir at Northview High School. Currently, she continues her involvement in the theater at Lourdes University where she serves as president of the Lourdes University Drama Society. “I couldn’t believe that they called me after all these years,” said Gilliland. “I told them that I got into theater because I was so shy. It really helped me to express myself and get in front of people.” Following a lengthy conversation of inquiries, she was asked if she would like to be on the show. “I sent them a video of me singing. We then set up a time to film a segment in my house the day before I was to go to New York City to tape the show,” said Gilliland. “They filmed me doing homework and showed my bedroom that is filled with Broadway paraphernalia.”  Gilliland arrived in New York City with her aunt, Carol Sharp. “An intern came and got us and walked us from our hotel a short distance to where the show is filmed,” says Gilliland. “They did our hair and makeup and told me that they wanted me to sing on the show. That was nerve wracking. They took my Aunt Carol [Sharp] to be part of the audience, put a mike on me and walked me across the street to wait in the green room. We were supposed to film at 11:30 a.m. but it was almost two hours later before we filmed because of a ‘technical’ difficulty.” Gilliland finally found herself in front of the camera with Rachael Ray. Ray asked her numerous questions about her Broadway hero, Kristin Chenoweth. “She [Ray] also asked me how many times I saw ‘Wicked’, which is eight,” said Gilliland. “After the interview, I was asked to sing ‘Popular’ from the show ‘Wicked.’ Ten seconds into singing the song, I heard a voice behind me. It was Kristin Chenoweth! It was an incredible moment. Later I found out the ‘technical difficulty’ that delayed taping that day was actually due to Chenoweth’s being stuck on the Brooklyn Bridge.” Beside the thrill of being on the show, Gilliland also received two tickets to the Broadway revival of “On the Twentieth Century” that Chenoweth will be starring in this February. “The tough part is deciding who to take,” said Gilliland. “It’s still hard to believe that this really happened and that a letter written six years ago brought me an experience I will always remember.”
L-R: Television personality Rachael Ray gave Sylvania Northview High School graduate and Lourdes nursing student, Courtney Gilliland, the thrill of a lifetime with a surprise meeting with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.
The show’s coordinator inquired why Gilliland became interested in the theater and if she were still involved in theatrical productions. Gilliland had been in theater, band and choir at Northview High School. Currently, she continues her involvement in the theater at Lourdes University where she serves as president of the Lourdes University Drama Society. “I couldn’t believe that they called me after all these years,” said Gilliland. “I told them that I got into theater because I was so shy. It really helped me to express myself and get in front of people.” Following a lengthy conversation of inquiries, she was asked if she would like to be on the show. “I sent them a video of me singing. We then set up a time to film a segment in my house the day before I was to go to New York City to tape the show,” said Gilliland. “They filmed me doing homework and showed my bedroom that is filled with Broadway paraphernalia.”

Gilliland arrived in New York City with her aunt, Carol Sharp. “An intern came and got us and walked us from our hotel a short distance to where the show is filmed,” says Gilliland. “They did our hair and makeup and told me that they wanted me to sing on the show. That was nerve wracking. They took my Aunt Carol [Sharp] to be part of the audience, put a mike on me and walked me across the street to wait in the green room. We were supposed to film at 11:30 a.m. but it was almost two hours later before we filmed because of a ‘technical’ difficulty.”

Gilliland finally found herself in front of the camera with Rachael Ray. Ray asked her numerous questions about her Broadway hero, Kristin Chenoweth. “She [Ray] also asked me how many times I saw ‘Wicked’, which is eight,” said Gilliland. “After the interview, I was asked to sing ‘Popular’ from the show ‘Wicked.’ Ten seconds into singing the song, I heard a voice behind me. It was Kristin Chenoweth! It was an incredible moment. Later I found out the ‘technical difficulty’ that delayed taping that day was actually due to Chenoweth’s being stuck on the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Beside the thrill of being on the show, Gilliland also received two tickets to the Broadway revival of “On the Twentieth Century” that Chenoweth will be starring in this February. “The tough part is deciding who to take,” said Gilliland. “It’s still hard to believe that this really happened and that a letter written six years ago brought me an experience I will always remember.”

Amy’s Allie to open in January

Sylvania area resident Amy Parker, a Northview graduate, majored in interior design in college and was also interested in fashion merchandising. However, her career path followed a different route until recently when she decided to open Amy’s Allie, a unique fashion boutique at 3146 Markway in Cricket West. “This a good, central location and easy to find. We are also just down from Biggby’s Coffee, which is a very busy location,” Parker said.

Amy Parker puts a finishing touch on one of the displays.
Amy Parker puts a finishing touch on one of the displays.

“I had been a sales representative for fashion eyewear and I got tired of all of the travel I had to do,” Parker said. “I decided that the time was right to open a women’s clothing boutique. This has always been my dream and is something I have always wanted to do.”

With help from her good friend from high school, Michael Szurko, and her husband, Craig, Parker was able to transform the former yoga studio into a high-style boutique. “We used a lot of fun items like the pipes we used for displays. We also polished the concrete floors to complete an industrial look,” she added. One of her friends, Dawn Hackett, painted the store’s logo on a canvas and painted “Amy’s Allie” on one of the side interior walls. Her friend, Deb Dartt helped with inventory and social media, among other things. Another friend, Cyndy Maxwell, a teacher at Rogers High School, had one of her students, Colleen Urbina, designing a website for Amy’s Allie as a school project.

According to Parker, women of all ages, from ‘tweens’ to mature older women will be able to find suitable apparel that is age- and size-appropriate. “We have clothing from petite to plus sizes,” she noted. “We have a lot of layering pieces along with leggings and other popular pant lines. We also have a selection of party dresses, shoes and boots,” Parker said.

“And, best of all, all of our clothing and footwear is reasonably priced,” she added. “We offer quality merchandise that is affordable. Shoppers do not have to spend a fortune here for trendy fashions.” Shoppers will also be able to purchase handmade jewelry by Cyndy Maxwell and other gift items as well.

In addition, Parker is working with Brooklyn Hauck of neighboring salon French Twist, who will coordinate all of the makeup and hair styling for models wearing fashions from Amy’s Allie. “This is a great center with lots of synergy between the different business owners. I am looking forward to working with other business personnel for various projects,” Parker said.

The new store is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Edward Jones office opens in Nantuckett Business Plaza

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 19 officially opened Jennifer Panczyszyn’s new Edward Jones office at 4646 Nantuckett Dr. in the Nantuckett Business Plaza.

After 20-plus years in the banking industry, Jennifer Panczyszyn joined the Edward Jones team, working with John King for a little over a year in his Mayberry office. After the successful completion of the Good Night training program, she was eligible to select a location in the Sylvania area for her office.

“We both liked this area and this location,” noted Jean Lowe, the branch office administrator. “This is a great building in an excellent business plaza.”

Front row, L-R: Brian Panczyszyn joined his wife, Jennifer, and daughter Ellie to cut the ribbon to open Mrs. Panczyszyn’s new Edward Jones office with Jean Lowe, Sharon Smith and Kelsie Shehorn. Back row, L-R: John King, Bob Heisler, Dave Achen and Suzy Greene of Edward Jones and Kathy Crowther of Office Image.
Front row, L-R: Brian Panczyszyn joined his wife, Jennifer, and daughter Ellie to cut the ribbon to open Mrs. Panczyszyn’s new Edward Jones office with Jean Lowe, Sharon Smith and Kelsie Shehorn. Back row, L-R: John King, Bob Heisler, Dave Achen and Suzy Greene of Edward Jones and Kathy Crowther of Office Image.

Panczyszyn leased the 1,000-square-foot office suite from Jim Schwerkoske of JMS Real Estate Service, the owner of the building.

Headquartered in St. Louis, the 93-year-old Edward Jones has grown to become the fourth largest investment firm in the country and has nearly 10,000 locations, seven of which are in the Sylvania and Sylvania Township area. Edward Jones financial advisors are committed to a philosophy that emphasizes quality and diversification and they focus on individual clients who share that philosophy and are long-term investors. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly seven million clients to understand their personal goals, from college savings to retirement, and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy.

Be part of the planning for Sylvania’s second library

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is planning to build a second state-of-the-art library branch in Sylvania. The new branch will be located on 5.29 acres of property near Sylvania Southview High School at the intersection of King Road and Sylvania Avenue.

The Library is committed to Sylvania and surrounding area customers and welcomes feedback about current and projected library service needs in the Sylvania area. A public planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m at the Sylvania Municipal Building, 6635 Maplewood Ave., Sylvania.

The present Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St., will stay open during the construction of the new branch. After the new branch is built, there are plans to renew, upgrade and refresh the present Sylvania library. Blueprints of the new Sylvania Branch project will be made available to the public soon and will be displayed in the current Sylvania Branch lobby. Additional public meetings may be held for continued customer input.

For more information and to access the Library’s online resources, visit toledolibrary.org.

A new restaurant, POP Grille, Party on Palate, opens on Holland-Sylvania Road

Chef and owner Ray Oka is realizing his dream when his restaurant, POP Grille, Party on Palate, opens at 3309 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. “We are offering ‘world cuisine with Asian fusion,’ and diners will find a menu of healthy offerings on a whole different level,” Oka explained. “Diners will experience many dishes with sweet, spicy and fruity tastes.”

The Bali-born chef plans to introduce some of the specialty dishes from his native land combining them with the more traditional offerings. “We’re going to combine dishes such as ribeye steaks in a pineapple marinade and use a fruit-based barbecue sauce for our swordfish and shrimp dishes,” he stated. “We are also going to do a lot with pickled carrots, cucumbers, radishes and more.”

Partners Ray Oka and Tom Parent have made significant changes to the former El Matador facility.
Partners Ray Oka and Tom Parent have made significant changes to the former El Matador facility.

He continues, “Look for the menu to include such specialties as a cold lobster sandwich with peach sauce and wasabi coleslaw and three pieces of lamb rack marinated in a tropical barbecue sauce. There will also be an ocean delight of shrimp and calamari paired with pineapple and topped with a house vinaigrette, to name a few. Even our burgers will have a totally different flavor.”

Oka and his partner, Tom Parent, recently leased the former El Matador restaurant and reconfigured the space to accommodate the new concept. An upscale bar has returned to the main room adjacent to the entrance. High-top four-seat tables complement the row of booths that line the bar area. A separate dining room has been created that will accommodate diners and even private parties for up to 60 people with projections for meetings. According to Oka, the new restaurant has a seating capacity for 137 guests. “This is a good location in the heart of other businesses and residential communities,” Parent said. “We saw great potential for this location.”

According to Oka, the new restaurant looks forward to offering a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Sunday brunch. “We are also anticipating hosting regular monthly events. We plan to have different tastings such as wine, whisky and even cognac,” he said.

New Sylvania City Council Member Appointed

Jason Mishka, a network architect at the University of Michigan Health System, has been newly appointed to the Sylvania City Council. He replaces former council member Mike Brown who moved to Florida.

Mishka, chosen by the council out of a pool of applicants, has been attending council meetings since before his appointment and stated that he is eager to learn more about Sylvania and help in any way he can. While Mishka was assigned by the council to fill Brown’s vacant seat, he plans on running for reelection to continue working on the City Council when his term is up in December 2015.

Mishka graduated from The University of Toledo with a Masters of Business Administration and has worked in the information technology field for over 15 years. He and his wife have been resident of Sylvania since 2006. Mishka said he chose to apply for the council seat because he believes “public service is a meaningful use of time and energy” and his educational and work experience will be beneficial to his work on the council. He also stated that he is pleased to be a part of the council and hopes his being a member will prove to be both a challenge and a learning experience.

Mishka serves on the following committees: Buildings and Grounds, Employee and Community Relations, Parks and Forestry, Streets, and is chairman of Utilities and Environments. Committee.

Mobile Care Group gives Back to the Community

Mobile Care Group employees hosted a food drive to benefit the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. A friendly competition began between the Ancillary and Transportation departments. MCG announced it surpassed the 1,000-pound goal and the Ancillary department won the competition.

“Your 2,330 items weighed in at 1,583 pounds, providing 1,320 meals,” said James M. Caldwell, president and CEO of the TNWOFB. “Fighting hunger requires a partnership between the charitable, private, and public sectors. We are very grateful to the Mobile Care Group for hosting this outstanding food drive.”

“Everyone at MCG is committed to helping the local community, and we felt a food drive would be a perfect way to help families during the holiday season. We have assembled a great and generous team at MCG and we’re already looking forward to surpassing this donation next year,” added Joe Wallace, president and CEO of MCG.

Mobile Care Group is located at 5151 S. Main St. in Sylvania.

The White Family Dealership Continues a Century-old Tradition

When Hugh White opened his first Chevrolet store in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1914, little did the family realize that was the beginning of a long-standing tradition of four generations in the automotive industry.

White’s son Jim began working at the family dealership as a teenager in the late 1920s. He returned to the Zanesville dealership after college during the Depression. The younger White moved to Toledo to continue the family business by opening his own Chevrolet dealership on Monroe and 14th Street in 1940. It was at that location the dealership became known for what was to become a familiar jingle used to this day, “The place to go, 14th and Monroe!” That jingle, altered a bit through time, is still encouraging customers to buy their Chevrolet from the dealership. White also developed several other innovations in retail marketing, finance and insurance and centralized statistical controls.

L-R: Keith Walker of Walker Funeral Homes, Neal Mahoney, Sylvania Township Trustee, Mary Westphal, Sylvania City Council president, George Cordray of Budget Blinds and Dave Achen of EdwardJones, joined Hillary and Dave White Jr., Dave White Sr., and Stephanie White to cut the ribbon to open the new used vehicle showroom on Alexis Road at Monroe Street in 2012.
L-R: Keith Walker of Walker Funeral Homes, Neal Mahoney, Sylvania Township Trustee, Mary Westphal, Sylvania City Council president, George Cordray of Budget Blinds and Dave Achen of EdwardJones, joined Hillary and Dave White Jr., Dave White Sr., and Stephanie White to cut the ribbon to open the new used vehicle showroom on Alexis Road at Monroe Street in 2012.

Over the next 20 years, the family dealership continued to grow as White acquired a total of 12 additional Chevrolet dealerships throughout Ohio. In 1968, he purchased Suburban Automotive on the corner of Alexis Road and Monroe Street in Sylvania. From a one-car showroom and a two-car service garage, the dealership has grown to encompass the entire corner under the leadership of Dave White Jr. The Acura dealership was added in 1998. In 2012, the dealership expanded, again, to include a renovated 100,000-square-foot building to house an upscale used vehicle showroom and offices. A large collision center is located on Alexis Road, Lexus of Toledo is on the corner of Central and King and Jim White Toyota is at 6123 W. Central Ave. in Sylvania Township, all part of the group. Currently, the dealership employs over 250 people in the five locations in the Sylvania area while Jim White Honda is located in Maumee.

Dave White Chevrolet has long been a driving force in the Sylvania area and employs over 250 people in the five locations in the Sylvania area. Company-wide, there are 850 employees in the 21 dealerships in Ohio, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Former Southview Athletic Director Wins National Award

Retired Sylvania Southview High School athletic director, Glen Gillespie, was one of 10 recipients to receive the “2014 Distinguished Service Award” given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Gillespie was honored for his contributions to interscholastic athletics in National Harbor, Md. at the 45th annual National Athletic Directors Conference. The award is presented annually to members of the NIAAA for outstanding service and contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state, and national levels.

Gillespie, of Sylvania, retired in 2012 after a 35-year career in education and 22 years serving as an athletic director in Ohio. Gillespie enjoyed 13 years as the athletic director for Sylvania Southview High School before his retirement. Gillespie has had numerous roles in his career including serving as a tournament manager for the Ohio High School Athletic Association and board member for the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Association. He became the newsletter editor for OIAAA and was appointed the Leadership Training Institute’s coordinator in 2012. Gillespie was awarded the OIAAA Citation in 2007 and was inducted into the OIAAA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Twila Gillespie congratulated her husband, former Sylvania Southview athletic director, Glen Gillespie, who received the national ‘Distinguished Service Award’ on Dec. 16.
Twila Gillespie congratulated her husband, former Sylvania Southview athletic director, Glen Gillespie, who received the national ‘Distinguished Service Award’ on Dec. 16.

Retirement has not slowed him down or mellowed his enthusiasm. His numerous post-retirement activities include Leadership Training, serving on the NIAAA Publications Committee and being the editor for the “Ideas that Work” column of the “Interscholastic Athletic Administration Magazine.”

“I am very proud to be a member of the NIAAA,” says Gillespie. “I am humbled to receive this honor. I have to thank Sylvania Schools for allowing me to participate in the conferences during my time with them. I always wanted to get up and go to work every morning.” Gillespie also acknowledged his wife, Twila, for encouraging him throughout his career and currently supporting his numerous activities in retirement. “My friends say that they know the truth,” says Gillespie. “They are correct when thinking I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I do without my wife.”

The NIAAA has about 9,000 members worldwide with members in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Gillespie is the 16th Ohio athletic director to receive the “Distinguished Award” since its inception in 1979.