Sisters of St. Francis sponsor Scrapbooking/Crafting Fundraiser

Sisters of St. Francis sponsor Scrapbooking/Crafting Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

To register contact:
Sister Roselynn Humbert,

or call 419-824-3610.

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

Flea and tick season has begun-how to protect you and your furry friends

by Mary Helen Darah

4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd.
Sylvania, OH 43560

Black-legged tick.
—Photo courtesy of the CDC

Dr. Bob Esplin of SylvaniaVET, located at 4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., believes that 2017 has the potential of being a challenging flea and tick season. “We saw ticks during the winter on animals that did not have a tick infestation in their house,” said Dr. Esplin. “This correlates with recent literature stating that ticks are adapting to the changing environment more effectively than people. For example, we have diagnosed a Gulf Coast Tick infestation, named for its habitat, here in northwest Ohio.”

Dr. Esplin believes ticks are a more pressing concern than fleas. “Everyone freaks out about fleas,” stated Dr. Esplin. “They bite and get on people, but we do not have many diseases transmitted by fleas. Tick transmitted diseases, on the other hand, can become a public health issue for pets and humans.” There are two strains of parasites associated with ticks, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Tick season begins in the spring and flea season is at its peak in summer and fall. “These seasons appear to be merging and becoming longer,” explained Dr. Esplin. “You are not going to get fleas in January because it is too cold, but you could get a tough tick year-round.”

The life cycle of the flea plays a critical factor in treatment. Esplin said, “Your pet may pick up fleas from your yard that have been contaminated by stray cats and wild animals while visiting other animals at the dog park or walking around the neighborhood.” Places where your pet lays down inside or out are prone to flea infestations. “It is vital we treat the animal before the pupa stage of the flea cycle,” stated Dr. Esplin. “The pupa is resistant to anything we throw at it.”

There are five types of common ticks in Northwest Ohio. Ticks attach to animals while walking in the tall weeds or grass, but animals are susceptible just by being outdoors.” Ticks attach themselves to the animal, get situated, and begin to ingest blood in four hours leading to the injection of bacteria-laden anti-salviants into the dog. A flea and tick comb is a really good diagnostic tool to see if your pet is infected.”

“There are old theories of how to remove a tick, such as touching it with a match. This could injure the animal and is not a good idea,” explained Dr. Esplin. “It is also not wise to hold a tick with your bare hands. Use a baggy and gently squeeze and pull the tick off, being careful not to twist and yank. Slow and steady is key. If it bleeds, you know you’ve gotten it all.”

Published articles suggest that if a dog is diagnosed with tick transmitted diseases, pet owners should see their physician. Thankfully, there are diagnostic and preventive measures available.” We do our annual blood testing, 4DX plus, that includes tests for five tick-transmitted diseases. We do not have to wait for an animal to exhibit symptoms,” stated Esplin. “There are great medications available. We recommend Simparica, given year-round for dogs. It is an oral medication, not topical. There are no issues with it being washed off or having an animal being handled by young children. The oral chew is really terrific. It has a kill time of less than four hours. It is a full 30 days of protection. It is safe, nontoxic and does not have any cumulative effects.”

For cats, we recommend a topical product. We recommend dosing the cat at night so the medication dries while your children are sleeping.”

Dr. Esplin believes it is important to keep your pet safe by taking preventive measures this flea and tick season. “I came across a quote I really liked that explains veterinary medicine and the relationship between pets and people,” he said. “Pets are not our whole life, but they make our life whole.”


In Honor of Stroke Awareness Month Malcolm Richards Urges Survivors to Never Give Up





by Mary Helen Darah

Peggy and Malcolm Richards

Malcolm Richards, founder of Supplemental Staffing, went for a stress test in 2007 that led to having a cardiac catheterization and other diagnostic tests. “I was told they wanted to admit me to the hospital after discovering I had 95% blockage in two arteries,” recalled Richards. “I remember telling them I could come back on Tuesday and they said I may not make it until then. I ended up having a triple bypass. In 2009, two years after surgery, I was at the YMCA and told my doctor friend who was with me, that I was not feeling well. I passed out and my heart stopped beating. Thankfully, they revived me but the years ahead would be interrupted with hospital stays due to failed bypasses.”

In 2013, Richards faced a new challenge—a stroke. “I remember being at work when the stroke happened,” he stated. “We were collaborating to buy a business through a conference call. Our conversation ended yet one person remained on the line. She asked if I was OK and told me she thought I could be having a stroke. I remember thinking ‘what a terrible thing to say.’ I then did what many stroke victims do. I got in my car and drove home. Once home, I began vomiting violently. The last time I went to get up to go to the bathroom, I fell flat on my face. I couldn’t feel anything. By the time my wife came to me, I was paralyzed on one side. I was so focused on getting up. I broke the toilet in my efforts to get upright. After that, I remember waking up in the hospital and seeing my grandchildren. The little girls jumped up in bed with me. I recall them telling their mother that, ‘Everyone knows you get better with hugs and kisses.'” I was so cold. I couldn’t communicate but remember their warmth.”

A hemorrhagic stroke occurred above Richard’s right ear where the brain controls emotions. He required surgery to eliminate the pressure and leakage in the brain. “I had 92 staples in my head,” recalled Richards. “I had to learn to feel emotion, I couldn’t smile due to the paralysis and had to learn math again. Thankfully, my grandchildren helped me with my math skills. They even made me flashcards.” In addition to neuropathy, fatigue and migraines, Richards also had to learn how to walk. Having no feeling below the knees has made the process extremely challenging. “I can’t tell when my feet hit the floor,” he stated. “I found marching is the best and safest choice.”

The stroke survivor equates his success in recovering to his faith, wife and family. “I have been married to Peggy (Richards) for 49 years,” he stated. “Four friends of mine were getting married. At one of the functions, I spoke with Peggy and she jokingly told me that she thought she would be an old maid and asked if I would marry her. I said ‘yes’ and after our fourth date, we were! She is my rock.” His son-in-law has also gotten him back on the bike—literally. “One month before I had the stroke, my son-in-law bought me a trike since I was having difficulty getting on and off my motorcycle. When I got on the first time after my stroke, I was so happy I wanted to scream but nothing came out but a ‘whoopee!’”

Richards has some words of wisdom for others who have suffered a stroke. “It’s a process,” he said. “Remember, no two strokes are alike. I have friends who are 18 years out and still recovering. Be around other people. Go to support groups. I was a workaholic. I would cancel trips at the last minute. Today I don’t miss a trip. I appreciate life and especially the family and friends who cheered me on. Above all, never, ever give up. I vividly remember my grandchild asking the doctor if he helped save my life. She said, ‘God loves my grandpa. He was going to take him but he has more work for him.’ I truly believe I do.”

NDA announces new principal

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Notre Dame Academy
3535 W. Sylvania Avenue Toledo, Ohio 43623
Phone: 419.475.9359
Fax: 419.724.2640

Sarah Cullum

Notre Dame Academy announced that Sarah Cullum is its new principal, effective July 1. Cullum brings fifteen years of experience with Toledo Area Catholic Schools to Notre Dame, most recently serving for six years as principal of Rosary Cathedral Catholic School. Under her leadership, Rosary Cathedral Catholic School improved its infrastructure, integrated technology into every classroom and built strong community connections.

“Sarah has a proven record of innovation and commitment to Catholic education that will ensure NDA continues to carry out the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and provides the highest level of academics,” said Kim Grilliot, President of Notre Dame Academy.

“I feel called to lead students forward with Gospel values,” said Cullum. “I look forward to continuing the important work of the Sisters of Notre Dame and impacting these young women on an even higher level. NDA’s strong sense of community has led to its successes, so building meaningful and positive connections with NDA students, families, faculty, staff and alumnae will be a top priority for me.”

Cullum has principal and teaching licenses. She holds a Master’s of Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo. She, her husband and son are members of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral parish.


Christ Child Society volunteers offer HUGS for infant caregivers

–by Mary Helen Darah


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.”

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Alzheimer and Dementia Care Services formed to offer services to community

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services
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.


–by Mike Jones

Safety Township
Safety Township, a program managed by the Sylvania Township Police Department for youngsters preparing to enter kindergarten in Sylvania Schools, is set to begin
June 12 at
Central Trail Elementary School on
Mitchaw Road.

Those enrolled learn during fun presentations about safety in important lessons taught both in a classroom setting and outdoors. Topics discussed include traffic and school bus safety, fire and electricity safety, and how to deal with strangers.

Presentations will be made by both the Sylvania Township police and fire departments, Operation Lifesaver, the Lucas County Dog Warden, Lucas County EMS, ProMedica Flower Hospital emergency room, Sylvania Schools transportation department and Toledo Edison.

Classes this year will be June 12 through June 16 from 9-11:30 a.m. There is a $30 fee.

Registration forms for Safety Township may be picked up at the police department or from the police department section of the township website,

Brush Pickup
The Sylvania Township annual brush pickup concluded May 10 this year, one month after it began. Although numbers aren’t yet available, Rob Nash, road superintendent, said crews this year were on track to collect at least twice as much in the way of tree limbs, sticks, twigs, etc. as in a typical year. As a result, collection from start to finish, was nearly double the time the project usually takes.

Mr. Nash said the difficulty this year was primarily due to a wind storm on March 8, which damaged several trees in the area and brought down large limbs at several homes. There had been some thought to making a special pickup after the storm, but because it was close to the already-scheduled collection, it was decided against doing so.

He also noted that, as it took longer for crews to get to some neighborhoods, people in those neighborhoods have longer to add to the pile of brush in front of their homes.

Because the collection took longer than usual, Mr. Nash said there were some calls to his office from residents, but most were understanding when the situation was explained.

He added that his crews and those contracted by the township all worked hard in making as much progress as possible each day of the collection cycle.

At the end of this month, Susan Wood, assistant administrator and human resources director for Sylvania Township, will retire. According to John Zeitler, administrator, she has been “tremendous.”

“She helped train me,” he said of the time in November 2010, when he moved from being budget director of Lucas County to take the township position. He seemed to run out of words as he specified attributes such as “knowledgeable,” “steady,” “immensely helpful,” etc., which he said he and the township have benefited from.

The energetic Ms. Wood has helped run the day-to-day workings of the township since February 2003. When asked what the future might hold, she said she had recently told someone they might someday see her selling popcorn at a movie theater.

That thought may not come to pass, but it’s time for a change. “I’ve been doing this for 42 years,” she said with a gesture to her desktop covered with papers and government forms.

It falls to Ms. Wood to deal with insurance companies, labor unions, and others who have dealings with the township administration. Discussing the complexities of some relationships with other entities, she also mentioned how cool it might be to work in the floral section at Kroger’s “and be surrounded by beautiful flowers.”

Unquestionably adept and able, Ms. Wood is clearly beginning to think about a world full of opportunities away from a paper-filled desktop.

She is a graduate of Northwest State Community College and began in private industry as a human resources manager for an automotive company. She became clerk of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in 1997 and served in that capacity until coming to work for Sylvania Township.

She and her husband have a daughter and two grandchildren in Findlay and another daughter and a son in Arizona. There are also two grandchildren there.

Although any future jobs may be products of her imagination now, trips to see the children and grandchildren will happen, “and if I feel like staying for a month, I can,” she said.

Trustees Hire New HR Director
Janet Ontko has been hired by the Sylvania Township trustees to replace Susan Wood as township human relations director.

John Zeitler, township administrator, said Ms. Wood’s title of assistant administrator will not be filled immediately. He said he wants to wait a few months to determine how best to deal with those duties.

Ms. Wood said her successor began working as a paralegal in 1991 after training at the University of Toledo. She said Ms. Ontko later received a bachelor of arts degree from UT.

After working as a paralegal at a number of law firms, she worked in the HR department at E.F. Wagner Co., and most recently has been employed in the Toledo office of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.


MAYOR’S MESSAGE – 05.16.17

Sylvania Touch-a-Truck
by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough

Mayor Craig Stough
Mayor Craig Stough







Touch-a-Truck is coming to Sylvania! Already popular in central Ohio and southeast Michigan, the first Touch-a-Truck event in Sylvania is scheduled for

Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
with a rain date of May 21

at the Sylvania City Hall parking lot
6730 Monroe St.

This family event offers fun hands-on opportunities for children to touch, explore, climb and learn about a variety of trucks and service vehicles, and meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. A street sweeper, backhoe, police car, SWAT vehicle, sewer JetVac, asphalt paver and more will be available for the kids to explore.

FREE Popcorn and Slushies!

My grandchildren have attended and enjoyed similar events in their communities, and I thought it could be a great event to offer here in Sylvania. Children entering kindergarten already have a chance to see and touch safety vehicles at Safety City, but Touch-a-Truck will offer more and different vehicles for interested children, younger and older, to touch and explore.

The event is free and no donations are required. Free popcorn and slushies will be available for attendees.

The event will also feature a donation drive to benefit the Sylvania Area Family Services. Canned food items (tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, chicken, salmon, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, fruit, vegetables), boxed or bagged food items (cereal, flour, sugar, crackers, pasta/rice mixes, cake mixes) and personal hygiene items (shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, tissues, toilet paper diapers/wipes, laundry soap, feminine products and hand soap) will be gladly accepted for distribution to those in need in our community.

For more information, go online to
or call the Sylvania Service Department at 419-885-8965

My thanks to the city of Sylvania employees who have embraced this idea and stepped forward to make it a reality!


Sylvania Farmers Market returns to downtown on June 6

–by Meghan Rowe

Sylvania Farmers Market
6700 Monroe St
Sylvania, OH 43560

Contact: Erin Stampflmeier
Phone: 419-882-3423


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




Entrepreneur encourages support of arts; opens downtown gallery

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

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.”