Sunny Side Up! – Is that a real badge?

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Sylvania Area Family Services “Shop with a Hero” event at Meijer on W. Central Ave. It is a heartwarming event where children are paired with local firefighters/EMTs and police officers to shop for the holidays. It was there that I ran into Ben Bostater. As someone who has shared the happenings of our police departments in Sylvania, I knew Ben from years of taking the young man’s photo at various police related events. He has been part of the Sylvania Explorer program through the Sylvania Police Department as long as I can remember. The program gives Sylvania School District high school students the opportunity to explore careers in criminal justice. I approached Ben, as he was shopping with a delighted youngster in the toy section at Meijer, and commented on the noticeable upgrade of the Explorer uniform. He responded with, “Um, that’s a real gun Mary Helen and a real badge.” Can we say emotional meltdown in aisle 23? Continue reading Sunny Side Up! – Is that a real badge?

Sunny Side Up

Mary Helen Darah My mom, our beloved, Noni, died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving morning, 2019 while in Florida where we were all gathered to share the holiday. I continually fight the urge to not celebrate the fourth Thursday in November but I believe I would be doing a disservice to my family. Erasing the day would mean eradicating the memories of years gone by. Mind you, … Continue reading Sunny Side Up

DBE dedicates tree to Her Royal Highness

The Daughters of the British Empire was thrilled for the opportunity to celebrate Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. King Charles had encouraged the planting of trees throughout the world to celebrate his mother’s 70th year on the throne. The DBE in Ohio held events to raise funds to plant a Variegated Beech Tree in Walbridge Park overlooking the Maumee River along with a commemorative plaque. “The tree was planted by the Toledo Park Service,” noted Sylvanian and 66-year member of the DBE, Pamela Schaefer. Continue reading DBE dedicates tree to Her Royal Highness

Sylvania survivor shares wisdom

Beth Ballay received a breast cancer diagnosis in August, 2015. “I happened to get the phone call while on vacation with my husband and all my children,” she recalled. “Everyone was out by the pool and I went outside and blurted it out. I was so fortunate to have everyone there. If I had to make those individual calls it would have been extremely difficult. We then had the next few days to absorb and process the information. The scariest thing about a cancer diagnosis is the feeling of not being in control and not having any idea what you are facing. Once we got together with my doctors and had a plan, I knew we could do this.” Continue reading Sylvania survivor shares wisdom

Sunny Side Up

Going to my Canadian home also means that I am heading to my living, breathing north star, Anne Voll-Reitzel, the woman I have called friend for as long as I can remember. Recently, she and her husband sold their cabin across the lake from ours to begin a new chapter.

Beloved Anne has stage 4 breast cancer and in her mind it was time to move closer to her two sons and their families. Continue reading Sunny Side Up

Clean Up 419 beautifies Sylvania

Alex Eichner, Ben Graalman, and Connor Radkov are on a mission to clean up the 419, and they’re beginning with Sylvania. The trio, students at Sylvania Southview High School, started a club at their school after seeing a pile of trash by the road. Radkov recalled, “In April, Alex, Ben and I were driving along Centennial Road and saw a big pile of trash. A few days later we noticed it was still there. The third time we drove by the unsightly pile, we pulled over and picked it up. It was then that we noticed there was trash all the way down Centennial Road so we decided to pick that up too. It was at that moment that we decided to form the Clean Up 419 club.” Continue reading Clean Up 419 beautifies Sylvania

ColtStrong 5K/1M Fun Run to be held

The 4th annual ColtStrong 5K/1M Fun Run will be held virtually or in-person at Centennial Terrace Oct. 1 beginning at 8:30 am. This family-friendly fun run is a great way to come together to provide hope for families fighting DIPG.

The ColtStrong Fun Run originated in 2019 after the DelVerne family lost their beloved Colt to DIPG. The Delvern family became friends with the Carr family to become a Family Partner and joined them in raising funds for the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation. Continue reading ColtStrong 5K/1M Fun Run to be held

From couch to ‘Iron Mom’

Amanda Ballard is proud to be an “Iron Mom.” The mother of three earned the title by swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles in an Ironman event held in Des Moines, Iowa on June 12.

“I didn’t start running until 2021,” stated Ballard. “I didn’t run in high school or college. I did the “Couch to 5K” program. I started doing 5Ks and eventually did a half marathon. My friends encouraged me to consider triathlon racing. I purchased a road bike and learned how to swim. My first triathlon was in 2018. My first Half Ironman was to be in 2020 and I ended up doing a virtual race on my own with my friends after it was canceled in 2020. I did not complete a full marathon until the third part of this Ironman. This Ironman was my first full marathon.” Continue reading From couch to ‘Iron Mom’

Grant from Lions aids victims

Sylvania Lions Club received a $5,000 disaster relief grant from the Ohio Lions Disaster Relief Foundation to assist the victims of the Hunt Club Apartments. This is the second oldest foundation in Ohio and assists with such things as fires, floods, tornados and other disasters. The funds are given in the form of $50 gift cards purchased from Walmart. “The grant was applied for by our District Governor, Dave Stockum,” said Carol Collins, president of the Sylvania Lions Club. “The Ohio Lions Club Foundation is funded by all the Lions Clubs in the state of Ohio. The Lions Clubs band together to help those in the state.” Continue reading Grant from Lions aids victims