Looking Back – 5840 Summit Street

This house was built on Lot No. 4 of the Briggs Place subdivision in 1910 by George and Lottie (Chandler) Cook. They were married in 1894. Lottie’s brother was Dana Chandler who owned and operated a cement block manufacturing company in Sylvania. In 1910, each brother-in-law built the exterior of their homes on Summit Street entirely of “Chandler” block. These blocks were made to give the effect of cut stone, and just about every house in Sylvania, built before 1930, has a foundation built of this Sylvania-made block. Continue reading Looking Back – 5840 Summit Street

Computer 101 – Happy New Year everyone

A new year and new good habits. Organize those drawers and, oh my, that closet! I must be preaching to myself. I promise to get A Round Tuit. However, I am great at keeping my computer backed up and in good shape. Make this your resolution. Clean up your files and pictures. Get more organized. You will feel fantastic. Continue reading Computer 101 – Happy New Year everyone

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?

Chris and Kristy’s Boutique opens in downtown Sylvania

Chris and Kristy Binkowski have opened Chris & Kristy’s Boutique featuring their curated jewelry collection at 5658 N. Main St. “We are so happy to be in downtown Sylvania,” Chris said. “The new building owners are planning to renovate the exterior of the building and we will have a large plate glass window, which will give our boutique a great deal of visibility.” Continue reading Chris and Kristy’s Boutique opens in downtown Sylvania

Three generations of a Sylvania family share love of musical theater

Although not quite the Von Trapps, the Hayes clan of Sylvania definitely brings a family vibe to the hobby they share—musical theater.

With three generations currently participating in the St. Ursula Academy musical, “Phantom of the Opera,” opening Jan. 26, grandfather William, dad Bill, and kids Chris and Laura make the massive production a family affair. Continue reading Three generations of a Sylvania family share love of musical theater

Lourdes’ ‘Like Me’ program receives $50,000 grant

Dr. Jami Curley, Dean of the Lourdes University College of Social Sciences, announced a new grant for its Like Me program dedicated to diversifying the educator workforce. The $50,000 one-year grant is awarded by the Greater Toledo Community Foundation through the Sylvania Sisters of St. Francis Donor Advised Fund. Continue reading Lourdes’ ‘Like Me’ program receives $50,000 grant

Looking Sideways – Supermarket etiquette brightens holiday

The just-completed holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year began on what economists say is the busiest grocery shopping day of the year, Turkey Day Eve. As I fought the supermarket crowds ramping up to the holiday that day, I discovered some remarkable kindness among my fellow shoppers. Call it “Supermarket Etiquette.” Continue reading Looking Sideways – Supermarket etiquette brightens holiday