Nearly 57 years ago, just before Christmas, two young businessmen (and future Sylvania residents) were enjoying a night on the town when their discussion took a serious turn. How could “self-made men” like themselves help less fortunate local families who “fell through the cracks” at local social service agencies? Continue reading MARK LUETKE LOOKING SIDEWAYS


This house, built in 1887, was owned by Rebecca Chapple, the widow of Robert S. Chapple who had served in the Civil War. Military records show he was discharged on March 16, 1864, and death records show that he died that same day. Their children, Julia Chapple Heath and William Chapple, who also lived in Sylvania, inherited this house after their mother passed away. Continue reading SYLVANIA­ THEN & NOW

Three-generation family-run Rowe Collision celebrates 50 years

In 1973, Ken Rowe Sr. began repairing and painting cars in his Chestnut Drive home garage after working a full day for the Jim White auto dealership. Little did he know that a half-century later, his business, Rowe Collision, would still be going strong. Best of all, he is surrounded by his family working with him in the business. Daughters Cheryl and Kim and sons Ron and Kenny Jr., along with grandson DJ, are currently part of the 10-person team operating from the 7709 West Central Ave. headquarters. Continue reading Three-generation family-run Rowe Collision celebrates 50 years

Fifth annual Rowing to Remember raises money for Alzheimer’s

The fifth annual Rowing to Remember will be held on Friday, June 16 at Forest View Lanes, 2345 Dean Rd., Temperance, Mich.
Event organizer Chris Heerdegen will row from 6 am to 10 pm, completing 72 miles to raise money for Alzheimer’s Disease research. He will be joined by team members and others during the day. In addition, a volleyball tournament will be held on site. Bowling from 10 am to 10 pm is available. Guests may rent lanes in 90 minute blocks. A percentage of sales from bowling, food, and beverages will be contributed to the Longest Day fundraising event. Continue reading Fifth annual Rowing to Remember raises money for Alzheimer’s