Sylvania flag returns home

Viktor Barricklow, who now calls New Zealand home, was finally able to travel after COVID to Sylvania for a long-overdue visit with his parents, Kati and Rick Barricklow. One of his must-dos while in town was to pay a return visit to Mayor Craig Stough. His previous meeting with the mayor in September 2018 was to ask permission to fly the city’s colors at the South Pole where he was heading back to work for a second winter season. Mayor Stough gave him a Sylvania flag, which Barricklow promised to fly. Continue reading Sylvania flag returns home

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

Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure is back in person

“We’re back!” exclaims Gretchen Awad, the new executive director of the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure, to be held Sunday, Sept. 25 in downtown Toledo. “For the first time since the pandemic,  we are excited to welcome race participants in person this year and grateful for the opportunity to provide a community for anyone who has been impacted by breast cancer. Whether you are in treatment, celebrating survivorship, or a family member, friend, or loved one, we hope you will join us and be part of our collective efforts to end breast cancer forever. The Race for the Cure is about making an impact toward curing breast cancer and the funds raised through registrations, participant fundraising, and sponsorships will give more individuals who have been impacted by the disease access to resources and the support they need now.”
“The last two years have been a little challenging, not just for Komen but for everyone,” Awad says. “This year our partners, our participants, and sponsors are back in person. We are back in person 100 percent. We’re thrilled to celebrate what Komen’s mission is all about.” Continue reading Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure is back in person

Sylvanian raises record-setting funds to go Over the Edge

Sylvania resident Jim Perlman registered to rappel at Over the Edge for Victory on June 10. By the end of July, he single-handedly raised over $12,000 in donations for The Victory Center (TVC). This is the largest fundraising effort by an individual since the inception of TVC’s signature event in 2017. Continue reading Sylvanian raises record-setting funds to go Over the Edge

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

Local breweries give back at ‘On Tap and UnCorked’

Upside Brewing, located in downtown Sylvania, is “On Tap” to give back to the community by being part of the On Tap and Uncorked event. The brewery has been open six years and continues to grow its following. What started as a home brewing hobby has led to one of the favorite must-visit destinations in Sylvania.

Exciting developments are in the works for Upside Brewing. “We are expanding next door and look forward to welcoming more guests. We will have additional seating for guests, guest taps from the area and a full bar. Continue reading Local breweries give back at ‘On Tap and UnCorked’

Ability Center Auxiliary is ‘Steppin’ Out in Style’

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo will be hosting ‘Steppin’ Out in Style,’ on Oct. 5 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee. Doors open at 10 am. The perennial event will be hosted by Sashem Brey of 13abc.

Gwen Ames, past president of the Auxiliary to The Ability Center and co-chair of this year’s event, has been involved in the organization for years. “My interest in TAC started many years ago when I attended their style show that, at the time, was held at Stranahan Theater & Great Hall,” she recalled. “I kept getting drawn back. Mary Tucker of the Auxiliary persisted in asking me to help with the fashion show. I finally agreed and helped with arrangements my first year and the rest is history. I’m still at it a decade later.” Continue reading Ability Center Auxiliary is ‘Steppin’ Out in Style’

Pizza Palooza returns for tenth event; adds kids challenge

Nine restaurants will compete at the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Pizza Palooza July 22 and 23. The event, presented by Grogan’s Towne and Sofo Foods, will be held at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., on Friday, July 22 from 5 to 11 pm and Saturday, July 23 from 4 to 11 pm.

The competition features both people’s and judge’s choice awards, and organizers are expecting more than 8,000 guests to attend, eat pizza, and cast their votes. Those vying for the title of best pizza restaurant in northwest Ohio are Bambino’s, Half Time, Romeo’s, Mama Mary’s, Vikings Pizzeria and Wings, J-Cups, Dandino’s, and All American. Continue reading Pizza Palooza returns for tenth event; adds kids challenge

New Rotary president takes the gavel

Joe Szafarowicz, of PT Link Physical Therapy, took the helm to lead the Sylvania Rotary Club when he began serving as president on July 1. A celebration dinner was held at Highland Meadows Golf Club on June 30 where outgoing president Ben Malczewski passed the gavel to the new leader. Rotary Club members and their guests enjoyed a picnic-style dinner, mingling, and a presentation by Malczewski. He comically showed before and after photos of himself, thanks to his technical prowess, demonstrating how being president has aged him. He also showed digitally enhanced photos of what he believes the new president will look like after his year in the office. Continue reading New Rotary president takes the gavel

SACIC aids YMCA/JCC kids’ program

Recently, the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, 6465 Sylvania Ave., created a new activity called the Outdoor Adventure Program. Daily, one of the YMCA childcare sites brings a group of its school-age kids to the Sylvania YMCA/JCC campus to participate in a day of camp experiences, with a range of activities including art, STEM, archery, fishing and canoeing. Continue reading SACIC aids YMCA/JCC kids’ program