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If you lived in Toledo, Ohio..........you'd be trippin' too!





Updated: 2016-07-14T23:42:39.404-04:00

 



three years later...

2013-02-17T12:21:16.587-05:00

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It is now February 17, 2013. I refuse to delete this blog as I need it as a counterpoint of how I thought and felt back when I was writing in it regularly. Facebook has pretty much taken over as my blog sharing device, to the dismay of my aqaintences who no longer get my wordy updates. Thank God some still like and tolerate my rantings, no longer all about my Dad, but still too informative just the same.

I'm still interested in many of the things I wrote about. I have been the Block Watch Leader for my neighborhood for 7 years, the last including being Sector Leader for all of East Toledo, which I found to be somewhat fruitless and time and gas consuming. I have submitted my resignation as Sector Leader and am looking forward to a new year with my own neighborhood group. Things are looking up in the area, as many of the nuisance properties surrounding me are now demolished. We shall see how the crime and gangs fare with the coming Summer months. The Toledo Land Bank promises to take down many homes in the East Toledo area by the end of the year, and all we need is a little more patience. More police classes are forming which means quicker response to 911 calls in the coming Fall, once they graduate. Downtown is more city friendly, with expensive restaurants taking the place of the old and much-missed department stores of old. The Huntington arena offers concerts (though seating is way too crowded) and the Muds Hens Stadium is packed all Summer-long. I have to admit that I am still dreaming of getting away from the cold Winters, as I completely waste 3-4 months of my life every year, staying in out of the cold. I am, however, considering actually keeping my house and just going south for the Winter rather than selling it. Who knows..I change my mind frequently.

Lindsey is fine and happy in only calls around once every 3 weeks, is in love and planning her future wherever that may lead her (staying in Columbus? moving to Colorado w/Jeb?). We would be pretty much the same by phone, anywhere she moved to or that I went. Dad is still a factor, as I just could not leave him alone to fend totally for himself, and now that Ron and I are speaking again, I would miss him very much if I moved. I feel very fortunate to have the close, (though rarely seen due to my laziness and lack of gas money), friends that I do still have, and leaving them and moving away seems to be foolish. The year ahead seems promising at this point, but true to my inner demon, I am waiting for the ball to drop and something bad to happen. I hope not. God willing, I still feel in my prime though I certainly do not look it anymore, and am hoping for a bright future before a health problem strikes and changes everything.



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2013-02-17T12:25:45.603-05:00

Sunday, September 5, 2010
"Toledo's Labor Day parade to include Biden, Strickland"

Here is the info for September 6 2010, if you happened to find my OLD OLD post while conducting a GOOGLE search:

All the other festivals and events that were in downtown Toledo are OVER. And there was NO FIREWORKS AGAIN this Labor Day, just like 2008, but there WERE fireworks if you were at the MUD HENS GAME. I just head them, with a rounding applause after ward, at 9:30 pm on Sunday night Sept. 5.
TOMORROW, Monday, all that I can find to do nearby is the PARADE in the morning, from 9 am until 11:30 am., along the parade route in downtown Toledo (I will post the photo for the parade route map)
I'm not sure if Blockwatch is going to march in it, but if they are, and usually they do, I will just join in when they come past me, IF I CAN GET UP EARLY ENOUGH TO CATCH THE TARTA BUS and get downtown before they close the streets off. I really doubt it. If I had a car, mind you, I would NEVER miss a parade, AND I WOULD TAKE MY DOG!!
Still Love, TTR 2010!

http://www.topix.com/who/joe-biden/2010/09/toledos-labor-day-parade-to-include-biden-strickland




How the East Side, in my neighborhood anyway, is changing..and NOT for the better!

2009-09-06T03:17:48.823-04:00

It is my observation that my neighborhood is going down-hill, quickly. I pray to God that it is temporarily but I doubt it. Oh, sure, I could just be feeling negative, but I just had my first attempted break-in, in 4 years, just the other night. I bungee cord all of my gates to my fenced-in yard day & night, and also purposely leave them squeaky, so that my dog and I can both hear when someone comes through the fence gate. At 2:00 am on a Sunday night/Monday morning, "they" took the time to take off the bungee cord, strategically placed near the lower part of the gate, making it difficult to reach, s-l-o-w-l-y opened the gate, and opened the screen near the back of my home where it is clearly lit up, then attempted to open the window that had my membership sticker to the NRA (National Rifle Association)and my security system sticker on it!! These are some ballsy kids. And, yes, I would be willing to bet that it IS "kids". In the past 9 years since I've moved here, I have, more so since they took down the basketball net at Prentice Park, seen this neighborhood change from a quiet area with virtually no kids, to one that all night long, there are narcissistic teens walking down the middle of the street, with their "mo fo" this and "mo fo" that, being loud and out at all hours after curfew. The kids that live in our neighborhood are respectful and friendly, but the "outsiders" disrespectful, rude and in my opinion, pigs. And YES, I DO call the police on them nearly every time for curfew violation, but police rarely ever show up in time to catch them quickly enough. During the day, for example, some of them purposely walk by, recently right in front of my face while i was chatting with a friend getting into her car, pulling off leaves from my newly planted baby trees, and throwing down pop cans and garbage. When I say something to them, they usually laugh at me or ignore me altogether.We have new a new East Side gang, spray painting graffiti on the vacant building on both sides of me, the stop sign and vacant door of a neighbor's house across the street, twice this Summer already. Nine years ago? NEVER. NEVER DID WE HAVE THESE GAGGLES OF TEENS WALKING PAST, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, many heading down to Burnett Park to play basketball or to loiter illegally there after dark, & basically BEING DISRESPECTFUL. There were also homeowners ACTUALLY LIVING in their homes on every side of me, up until last year..The last home owner near me moved out last week, and is allowing his grown children (one recently released from prison and a known thief) live in his house...people in and out all day and night. The homes on all sides of me are now rentals, with people living there and "stiffing" the owners for one or two months rent every few months. They don't cut their grass regularly, there is always trash out way before the pick-up day, and crap in the yard, and rarely do these newer renters says hello to anyone, and God-forbid any of them ever attend a neighborhood Blockwatch meeting. Some have relatives over that play rap music very loudly and sing the obscene lyrics to young teenage girls that are walking by, often, "showing off" themselves as well.Nine years of blessings, gratefulness and a constant battle to help make my neighborhood a nicer place to live.Now I am begging the homeowners not to rent to "undesirables" so that I can sell possibly my own home next Spring, and get out before it's too late to sell at all..Will I get a buyer? Have any of the homes for sale in the last three years been sold? No way. They are all still vacant with the same for sale signs in front. Not due completely to the state of the economy, but also due to the neighbors who now disrespect other neighbors, who don't care about calling the police for violations to the law because they don't care, who walk their dogs and allow them to defecate in neighbors yards with no bag to pick it up, and when offered one, they just walk away and pretend they didn't hear you ask them if they wanted one. Neighbor[...]



NUISANCE PROPERTIES for week of Aug 10 2009

2013-02-17T12:15:15.543-05:00

442 Raymer - very tall front weeds - tall almost to the roof by the end of each Summer. Supposed to be a flower bed but is just gross with weeds.

450 Raymer - garbage stacked up between homes right next to neighbors window with flies - 5-6 cans overflowing. Been there for a couple weeks, also grass and weeds but not more than ankle deep.

1414 Starr - always garbage out in front from the gas-n-go carry out next door. I pick it up occasionally but too much to keep up with looks vacant but not sure

1420 Starr - vacant home for 3 years needs work badly, wood all worn and paint chipped, neighbors having to maintain grass



TTown Trippin'! by TTownRobin

2009-07-02T01:45:39.399-04:00

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WE NEED ANSWERS NOW...PLZ!...Mayor Finkbeiner...?

2013-02-17T12:15:21.350-05:00

OR...how about this idea? (thanks to for writing in to editorials about it...)

"Letters to the Editor | Published 06/26/08
Don't blame; be part of the solution
A June 12 contributor to the Readers' Forum wrote concerning what he called a "half-baked idea" of Mayor Finkbeiner to get money out of folks by charging a fee for empty and abandoned houses."



My New Discovery & A CONTEST TO ENTER!

2013-02-17T12:15:53.812-05:00

I fell in love AGAIN yesterday, Aug 11th, 2009...DREAMING AND SEARCHING for places I'd like to move to gives me great comfort. i have always dreamed of buying an RV after my daughter moves out, and selling the house (I doubt I will get enough even for a down payment with the economy! I owe more than it's worth!)
Here are some new places I be happy just to syat at for a week, but in my WILDEST DREAMS to own and live in with my extended family!





I am so taken by the images that I happened to come across, it seems that it was meant to be, in my fate or stars, or life plan...I went on a search, just a thought out of the blue, for the BEACH HOUSE used in the movie to be RELEASED tomorrow SEPTEMBER 26, 2008, called "NIGHTS IN RODANTHE"...I long for the water/ocean & dream of owning a camper and parking it and living all along a coastline (Gulf or Ocean, no matter), wherever the sun reflects off of the white sand, where the seagulls fly, and the ocean waves kiss your toes as you walk the shore, thanking God for His gifts to us.
I was curious what town it was really in and how much it rented for, if at all...(like I could EVER afford to rent a 5 bedroom beach house!) If you know ME - you know I hope to NEVER give up on MY DREAMS. Because "when you stop dreaming, you start dying".
I located it by way of a Google search, at Shirl's Rose Cottage, a bed-and-breakfast cottage which rents out in West Virginia. "Shirl" happens to vacation near the beach house located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Here is a visual:
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...from there as I read her posts and recommendations, I clicked on link after link, displayed on the right side of her blog, and found the MOST LOVELY SITES! Here are just a few, whose photos made me decide to redecorate my bedroom in blush pink, crystal lamps, and tiny roses. Here are some of the images that creeped into my psyche and changed me forever, as well as some of the wonderful contributors to the contest prizes...(I have deleted all this as the contest is over and the images actually started getting on my nerves. Actually, you can only take so much blush pink..)

XOXO, TTownRobin

cc: also posted at RobinsBirdHouse, LiveJournal/ttownrobin and MySpace!



Tune in to Channel 13 ABC, program: BRIDGES hosted by Doni Miller

2013-02-17T12:15:53.816-05:00

I had been wanting to mention this for some time and had never gotten around to it, as I haven't on A LOT of things...(I am really tired of this putting off of things...it's time for me to get on the ball again!), but the television program called "BRIDGES' hosted by Doni miller, that airs on Sundays at noon and again late at night, maybe midnight 9check your local listings) not only keeps local minorities in touch with Toledo events that pertain to them but also many important topics that relate to crime, government, and issues that effect US ALL. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU TRY TO START WATCHING IT IF YOU HAVEN'T YET CAUGHT IT. Here is the article that reminded me to place it in my blog...Thank you

13 ABC Bridges Program
Although I am a news junkie, I'm totally unfamiliar with this program, but I happened to catch it today and it was quite interesting.

Today it was hosted by a woman by the name of Doni Miller. The show was directed at the group of concerned parents that are asking students to boycott school at Scott High School the first five days of school as well as important days that attendance is taken for determining the amount of state funding the schools get.

The first half of the show Ms. Miller was talking to John Foley. Mr. Foley was explaining that he does understand where these parents are coming from but that for students to purposely miss school on the days they are being asked to miss will only serve to hurt the school district.

The second half of the show Ms. Miller was talking to a man by the name of Francis Dumbuya who, from what I understand, is leading the group of people asking for the boycott. Mr. Dumbuya was explaining his feelings about why this boycott is necessary and went on to explain that there are more than 6,000 days of school missed by students because of suspensions and B.I.C. days.

Now, I am in no way trying to undermine the reason for this show, but when I heard how many days are being missed because of students being suspended in/out of school I was just blown away! It just makes no sense to me that that amount of days is even possible! I know we're a fairly large sized school district, but that is ALOT of suspensions!

Anyway, I just thought I'd touch base about this show. I'm sure that it's not always about TPS, but you can be assured that I will be tuning into this show weekly! It airs on 13 ABC at 12 noon. Check it out if you can!
Thanks for reading



GLOBAL WARMING OR JUST TOLEDO WINTER?

2007-12-13T10:04:14.592-05:00

From the TOLEDO BLADE, DECEMBER 11, 2007:"Freezing rain that has blanketed northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan contributed to a crash in Sylvania that killed two people from Perrysburg, authorities said.Those icy conditions were expected to continue into this morning with more freezing rain overnight, but temperatures were predicted to warm up into the low 40s by this afternoon.Authorities believe that an ice-slickened U.S. 23 caused a crash in which Heather Richie, 26, the driver, and her passenger, Joseph Lee Bekker, 26, both of Perrysburg, were killed after their sport utility vehicle traveling southbound struck a guardrail and went over a bridge railing near Holland-Sylvania Road between Monroe Street and Sylvania Avenue and plunged about 40 to 50 feet onto Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.The crash likely occurred late Sunday or early yesterday, but the SUV wasn't found until noon yesterday by some children walking along the railroad tracks, authorities said.THIS WAS ONE OF THE SADDEST WINTER STORIES FROM TOLEDO THAT I'VE EVER HEARD! THOSE POOR PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN ALIVE THROUGH THE NIGHT, BUT WEREN'T DISCOVERED UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. I PRAY TO GOD THAT THEY BOTH PASSED AWAY UPON CONTACT>>>They called police; the woman and the man were pronounced dead at the scene at 12:22 p.m., said Bob Hannon, an investigator with the Lucas County Coroner's Office.Ms. Richie was wearing a seat belt; Mr. Bekker was not and was partially thrown from the SUV, authorities said.Conditions have been just about perfect the last couple days for dangerous, icy conditions, said Mike Abair, a meteorologist at the Cleveland office of the National Weather Service.As a result, schools across the region closed for the day yesterday, many events were canceled, and there were numerous traffic accidents."THE ICY CONDITIONS ACCOMPANIED BY SNOW, POSSIBLY UP TO 4 INCHES, ARE GOING TO BE APPROACHING THE NORTHEAST U.S. TODAY AND TONIGHT. HOPEFULLY IT WILL DISSIPATE AND BECOME LESS OF A HORROR AS IT DID FOR US LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING. WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE FREEZING RAIN IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS< BUT BECAUSE IT TEETERED AT 32 DEGREES, IT MERELY RAINED. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I'd also like to mention the terror of having no heat or electricity like many (at least 20,000 people!) throughout the "tornado belt" including Oklahoma City and all the surrounding area. Can you imagine being a new mother and your brand new baby risking getting a too-low body temperature? or Having to be on life-support in the hospital and have to spend on a generator, or in a home and worrying about the carbon monoxide that a generator puts out to care for an elderly adult that may be on oxygen to begin with? PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS, THAT THEY FIND COMFORT AND RESCUE TODAY!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The weather that Georgia and the Southeast is having this week has to be a global-warming effect, I believe. When cities that should be very cold, have temperatures from 75 to 82 in early December, something's not right.WHAT DO YOU THINK?? PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS! THANK YOU, TTOWNROBINPS. Happy Holidays!PS. THERE ARE AMAZING ICE STORM PHOTOS AT TORNADOVIDEOS.NET FROM AN ICE STORM THAT OKLAHOMA HAD IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR...I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS AREA HAD BEEN HIT SO HARD WITH THIS TYPE OF EXTREME COLD AND PRECIPITATION ALREADY THIS YEAR!! NOW do you think it might from the effects of GLOBAL WARMING???Here's one example...you really should check out thier blog for more of the rest...[...]



Toledo Budget: Good News & Bad News
(thanks a lot Carty!)

2007-12-13T10:21:31.905-05:00

There's lots more to talk about regarding the proposed Toledo Budget that Mayor Finkbeiner has announced, but these things stuck out in my mind:

There will be an elimination of two city pools, Roosevelt and NAVARRE! No more junior pool for our East Toledo children under 13.
That means MORe punks roaming the neighborhoods with nothing to do this summer.

B. He actually has the odacity to include another UTILITY hike!
Electricity @ 2.5% per annum
Gas @ 2.5% per annum
Water 5% per annum
Sewer 5% per annum
We just had a new charge added to our water bills this past year for refuse collection and a hike in the water/sewer charge...now he plans to raise it again!? We have some of the HIGHEST UTILITY RATES IN THE ENTIRE US!!
I didn't ask (nor was I given the opportunity to vote on it!) for a multi-million dollar bridge to be built, not a WAY TOO EXTRAVAGANT Mud Hens Stadium, and personally, I LIKED the Sports Arena before they tore it down and decided to build a huge one downtown (that was just started this past month) why should I have to pay for it? Because our mayor tells us, as he chuckles, "Bend over and take it up the ass!"
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You can see this on page three at this location:
http://www.toledo.oh.gov/Portals/0/2008%20Proposed%20Operating%20Budget(f).pdf
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The only good news to speak of is that we will have a ferry dock at the area along Front Street in East Toledo, called the new marina District, that will be gearedtoward the up and coming upper class professionals in the way of housing, shops and other things most East Toledoans can't afford. But it will provide a possible service to Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point, and maybe Windsor.
Completion:
The RF's were posted Friday, November 9th as scheduled. The RFPs are due December 7 with a recommendation scheduled to the New Project Development Committee on December 12.
The facility is available for banquets and rentals.
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More info about this can be found at: http://www.toledoportauthority.org/pressroom/marinepassengerterminal.asp
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If you want to try to sell your home (good luck) one of the inexpensive ways, AND get the hell out of here, to live somewhere more affordable, try going to:
http://www.toledohomes4sale.com/



Things I learned from OPRAH and DR. OZ today!
3 DRINKS
that will make you feel like a NEW PERSON

2007-11-05T19:48:59.007-05:00

HI!This post is not only about the 3 drinks, but also about Oprah Winfrey's friend, Doctor oz's Anti-again plan. I am reprinting most of this as a reminder to myself, to really think about how much better I could feel if I would just spend a little more on groceries for a month or two (yeah, right, LOL - I get groceries from the church half the time because we're so poor!)1) THE GREEN DRINK THAT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL YOUNGER AND LIVE LONGER"The Green Drink" aka, according to Oprah: "FRESH" in a glass!Serves 1-2Ingredients:2 big handfuls of Spinach1/2 cup parsley, chopped1 rib of celery1 thumb of ginger, skin peeled1 lemon1 medium cucumber2 applesice cubes (optional)In a juicer, place all ingredients except optional ice cubes in a juicer until juiced. Serve in your favorite wine goblet or other favorite glass of choice. If desired, add ice cubes for a refreshing cold beverage.As always, you can adjust these ingredients to your own liking. Perhaps you really really like cucumber. Great! Add 2 cucumbers instead!For a starter green juice, I recommend additional apples until you get used to the taste. There is no requirement to start out with swamp water that tastes like swamp water. Start with something fruity. Then over time if you want you can add more greens and less apples. That is why green smoothies are so popular - they are usually 60% or more of fruit, and 40% or less of greens.The green color is a good indication that you have enough greens in the juice. As long as it is green, you know that you are getting the alkaline benefits of greens.2) Dr. Oz's second drink might not be as pleasant, but it's still important:a shot of cod liver oil."First of all, cod liver oil has the right kind of vitamin D in it—vitamin D3. That's why people who live in the north lands who don't get any sun at all can still survive. It's got the healthy fats that you want in it," Dr. Oz says. 3) Xango Mangosteen Juice and the Magosteen Fruit:"Why Drink Mangosteen Juice?There are two very good reasons for having a daily hit of mangosteen juice. First there is the flavour, and then there are the health benefits. Many people like to kick start their day with a glass of fruit juice and, sure, most juices are very good for you, but none have the combination of taste and goodness provided by the fruit of the exotic mangosteen tree.Take orange juice, for example: great flavor and lots of vitamin C, which is, of course, a well known antioxidant. Mangosteen, however, has been shown to contain over 40 different antioxidants. In fact, laboratory tests have shown that juice from the whole mangosteen fruit is 20 to 30 times more effective at neutralizing dangerous free radicals than juice from most other antioxidant-rich sources.Mangosteen fruit have been used for centuries in Asia, both as a delicious foodstuff and as a one-stop pharmaceutical gift shop. In more recent times, health researchers from around the world have conducted studies to establish whether the fruit may have a role to play in treating a whole raft of conditions, from cancer to mental illness. Although there is still much work to be done, the results thus far have been able to verify what has been accepted folklore for generations of Southeast Asians—mangosteen is one of Mother Nature’s great gifts to mankind.So, if you are going to have a morning fruit drink, why not drink mangosteen juice?Mangosteen FruitRarely has a fruit that has been so unknown to the common man of the western world been so studied, examined, researched, and scrutinized by science than the remarkable Mangosteen. Study after study, research paper after research paper all extol the extraordinary benefits of the Mangosteen and its rich supply of antioxidant xanthones."The body's immune and other systems produce homemade antioxidants and som[...]



MELLENCAMP SURPRISES TOLEDO
BEFORE THE CONCERT NOV. 2, '2007
another UPDATE: R-n-R Hall Induction!

2007-12-20T09:43:21.753-05:00

ANOTHER UPDATE! WOO HOO!CONGRADULATIONS JOHN MELLENCAMP!FROM: http://www.nbc24.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=77406Rock Hall induction ceremony to return to ClevelandPosted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 1:44 p.m.CLEVELAND (AP) -- The city will rock in early 2009 when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns for the first time in more than a decade, Mayor Frank Jackson announced Wednesday.The ceremony has been held in New York - a sore spot for many Clevelanders - every year except 1997.After the March 2009 event, the ceremony could return to Cleveland every three years. The New York-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation sponsors the induction ceremony, which features a concert performance by the inductees and serves as the foundation's main fundraiser.The announcement comes in a year where the Rock Hall has seen a 10 percent increase in attendance and is planning a major renovation to better convey rock's history to visitors.Last week, the Rock Hall announced its 2008 class of inductees: Madonna,John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and The Dave Clark Five. A panel of 600 industry figures selected the five acts to be inducted at the annual ceremony, to be held March 10 in New York.UPDATE ~ UPDATE ~ UPDATE!Found at: http://www.nbc24.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=62109Tent City kicks off with Mellencamp visit"Singer John Mellencamp stopped by the annual Tent City weekend in Downtown ToledoBy Arielle BerlinPosted: Saturday, November 03, 2007 at 1:45 p.m.TOLEDO, OH -- Singer John Mellencamp kicked off the the opening of the annual Tent City project in Downtown Toledo, helpling area leaders raise awareness about the homeless.Mellencamp made his visit prior to a Friday night performance at the Seagate Center. He said the real stars were the homeless people who get to spend the weekend getting pampered and prepared for winter.Volunteers gathering for the annual Tent City project at the Downtown Mall between the Lucas County Jail and the Toledo police headquarters."Homelessness is a rising issue in our community with the loss of jobs and just recently we found out that 700 workers on the third shift at chrysler lost their jobs. That could mean foreclosure and eventually homelessness, said Richard Langford, fromt he Toledo Area Alliance to end Homelessness.At Tent City homeless people can eat, get haircuts, and have medical and dental check-ups."When they come here they can get pretty much prepared for the winter time, we have donations of hats, coats, gloves here for them, said Langford.Mellencamp stopped by after being invited by organizers ation to check out tent city."I think it's a fantastic thing that the city is doing, to show some compassion to people who need compassion," Mellencamp said.Mellencamp performed a few songs and handed out 68 free tickets for his concert.Activites continue at Tent City Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, there will be a celebrity pancake breakfast - celebrities will be cooking and serving pancakes to the homeless." WATCH THE VIDEO! GO TO: http://media02.toast.net/nbc24.com/news/11020711ptentcity.wmv~~~~~~~~~~~~~MORE COVERAGE FROM THE TOLEDO BLADE:Article published Saturday, November 3, 2007Rock star takes time for homelessMellencamp opens annual Tent City in downtown ToledoFound at: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071103/NEWS16/71103002/-1/NEWSJohn Mellencamp, right, greets Jim Fuller, center, of Open Door Ministry Inc. as Jason Slemp, one of its residents, looks on. ( The Blade/Amy E. Voigt ) By TOM HENRYBLADE STAFF WRITER"John Mellencamp gave Toledo something to remember yesterday, hours before he stepped onto the stage at SeaGate Centre for his concert.About 5 p.m., he stopped at Tent City on Toledo’s Civic Center Mall for a half-hour an[...]



FOR THE 1ST TIME EVER
MARCY KAPTUR LET ME DOWN

2007-10-22T01:52:06.618-04:00

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"Please see below, how your legislator voted
on the Federal Excise Tax Increase"


Legislator Name Vote Position

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (DEM) Y Yes


copied from:
http://www.stopthefetincrease.com/legis_scorecard.aspx?LegisID=KaptXMar06171946


CONGRESSWOMAN MARCY KAPTUR HAS BEEN THE ONE TO WRITE TO WHEN EVERY CONTACT HERE IN TOLEDO HAS FAILED ME, AND SHE HAS ALWAYS COME THROUGH FOR ME AND FOR US TOLEDOANS. SHE HAS BEEN A CRUSADER FOR US FOR MANY YEARS...BUT I JUST FOUND OUT THAT BECAUSE OF HER VOTE, WE SMOKERS WILL BE PAYING ANOTHER $6.10 FOR A CARTON OF CIGARETTES STARTING NOVEMBER 1st, 2007.

WHY DO SMOKERS HAVE TO CARRY THE TAX FOR EVERYTHING NEW?


IF THE PROPOSAL FOR THE NEW HEALTH INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN GOES THROUGH ONCE CONGRESS HAS RE-VAMPED IT TO BE STATED PROPERLY, THAT NEW TAX WILL ALL BE OUT OF OUR POCKETBOOKS TOO!

I AGREE, I NEED TO QUIT SMOKING. I AM HAVING A HELL OF A TIME DOING IT. I HAVE TRIED THE NEW STOP-SMOKING MEDICINE: CHANTIX, WHICH CAUSED ME TO EXPERIENCE HORRIBLE NIGHTLY BAD DREAMS, WEEK LONG HEADACHES AND A LACK OF RESTED SLEEP, PLUS CONSTANT BITING THE INSIDES OF MY CHEEKS...BUT EVEN WORSE THAN THAT, I AM SIMPLY NOT READY TO GAIN 100 POUNDS.THE LAST TIME I STOPPED SMOKING, I GAINED 10 POUNDS IN 13 DAYS! I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON MEETING THE MAN OF MY DREAMS YET AND AS LITTLE AS I GET OUT, IT'S NOT LOOKING VERY GOOD RIGHT NOW EITHER, WITH WINTER COMING.

SMOKING IS MY ONLY VICE. I DON'T DRINK TO SPEAK OF, I DON'T DO STREET DRUGS, I DON'T EVEN GO AND SEE MOVIES OR GO SHOPPING! I CAN'T AFFORD IT!! MY ENTERTAINMENT IS SMOKING AND MY COMPUTER AND GARDENING. THAT'S IT! SAD BUT TRUE. AND UNTIL I CAN GET MY MIND AROUND QUITTING, IT LOOKS LIKE I WILL BE STUCK AT HOME EVEN MORE, PAYING $37.10 a CARTON FOR THE CHEAPEST CIGERETTES I CAN STAND RATHER THAN $31.00 (the least expensive at my local carry out within walking distance BECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD A CAR!!)
PLEASE HELP LET OUR LEGISLATURE KNOW THAT WE DO NOT WANT THIS TAX!!

VISIT stoptheFETincrease.com
or call: 1-866-527-4494



Why can't we find the PARTY AFFILIATION of OREGON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES?

2013-02-17T12:15:53.838-05:00

Oh, I know this isn't what I usually write about, but I spent hours searching for the answer to the question my Aunt Sissy asked me...she got an absentee ballot and wanted to see what party each person running for Oregon City Council was representing and, I swear, I couldn't find it ANYWHERE. You name the search terms and I searched for it that way. In fact, THESE are the only sites that I found that had anything to do with Oregon city council candidates:



My VAN HALEN CONCERT/Cleveland, OH TRIP EXPERIENCE

2007-10-15T14:55:44.768-04:00

(Above: The pic we took of the overhead screen of Eddie & Wolfgang singing:Below: me and my Brother, in front of the "Van Halen" mustang, across the street from the Arena & the bar where the local radio station held the concert psyche-up party) Aside from the trip to Cleveland being a chance for me to get out of the house and out of Toledo for a day or two, it was also a teary eyed (for me) reunion for my little brother and I. Though I am now 47 and he's 42, when we get together it's always like old times, the good ones anyway..(and we have definitely had some bad years apart here and there.) After comparing how old looking we'd gotten and laughing our asses off, we got down to the plan of settling into the hotel: the Holiday Inn Express, downtown Cleveland (nice: Mezzanine floor offers 2 pool tables which I didn't see until the next day, going down for a tray of breakfast goodies, which were awesome, to take back up to the room, as well as a copier and 2 computer/work stations. The staff was very cordial and professional, and quick to bring us extra supplies. (though the guy at the front desk was a smart-ass to my brother, he was nice to me). The bathrooms were super-nice and I can't wait till I'm rich enough to buy a shower head like the ones they offer! Check out this page to see how nice the bathrooms were:http://www.awardhq.com/Custom/48323_HIExpress/cat_bath_collection.htmlThere was a CVS drug store across the street in case you'd like to get pictures developed at the one-hour-photo (like we did) and to pick up batteries, film, snacks, drinks and/or beer & wine. Before the show, we kind of stupidly decided to try to find a party or concert psyche-up bar event, which we did, across from the Quicken Loans Arena (near Jacobs Field) and it was there that we saw the Van Halen painted camero. The bar was so crowded with rick-looking people squeezing in & out of the door, that we thought for a minute that the band might just be in there too. We got our picture in front of the Camero, and went in and talked to a few people about the difference between the "Sammy" Van Halen & the "Dave' Van Halen, while waiting for our beverages. We left soon after though, because the prices were really up there. We also were asking around about a Van Halen party AFTER the concert, with no luck...it was drizzling and we couldn't find a liquor store ANYWHERE in the area, which dampened our plans in more ways than one. You can't go to the hotel where the band is staying (the Radisson, I'm assuming, across from the Arena and one of the most expensive if not for the 119.00 a night special by showing your event ticket _ AND SOLD OUT THE FIRST DAY AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT) and try to fit into a party without a bottle of some sort...or SOMETHING to share. Anyway, as the rain got heavier, we headed down to the Quicken Loans Arena..We had our glow sticks that my brother brought to sell or give away, in vain, before the show, but got looks like I'd NEVER seen from a group of supposedly happy people...then we found out upon entering that glow sticks aren't allowed inside. What a bunch of maroons! We hid them in the bushes and took them back to the hotel afterward.The arena was really nice. The acoustics were great from where we sat. We paid $6.25 for a very large draft beer in a cup, and there were plenty of food and drink booths, as well as commonly located concert souvenir tents, inside and outside. The most inexpensive t-shirt was $35.00 with most of them being $40.00 each. Most of them were black, and one was grey. My brother only likes the white ones, and hasn't been to a concert, evidently in a long while, because he thought $40.00 was too much for a t-shirt. I, being [...]



This is an EAST SIDE white-trash story, but Toledo needs to know..

2007-09-30T00:11:28.822-04:00

DO YOU KNOW "KEL"?This morning at 6 am, on Saturday, September 29th, a wasted dyed-blond, trash-mouthed 29 year old ** named KEL ** (petite about a size 3**) with thick lips and a weather-worn, partied-out face, broke into my back door, after coming out of my screen room screaming to let her in to let her go "pee". She was yelling and calling me every name in the book at the top of her lungs and not one neighbor came out to help me. The men (who act like spoiled boys) neighbors on my right side were up with the lights on and they didn't even come over after it was and said and done to see if we were alright.**The white trash down the street a few houses from the Bowling Alley came down about 1:45 to see if I knew where she went because the tramp left her little (around) 3 year old at their house and had not been in touch or come back to get her, as well as her purse (full of make-up only**) and her jeans were still hanging from the outside of my fence along the sidewalk (that she took off out on my sidewalk evidently before she came in my house with just her white cotton undies and t-shirt on), but JUST before they came to ask me this, the jeans disappeared.This was about 1:30 this afternoon...(same day)I looked out the front door, and there the tramp was, talking to the 13 year old that she had gone out partying with the night before, the mother, and sister, handing over her daughter to her in a stroller. As soon as she saw me, she took off down the street with the stroller and the daughter in tow. I followed her for 6 blocks, up White Street, then nvada, then Plymouth, then Willard, taking her picture with the digital the entire way. I was determined to find out where she lived or hung out at because it was evident that the police were going to do absolutely nothing about her break-in. I finally got up to the area of Idaho and Willard, and she had hid somewhere there..and learned from the mother of the 13 year old that that is where her girlfriend lives and where she hangs out.When the police FINALLY came back a 2nd time (about an HOUR after 3 of us called about her...oh it was longer than that...THEY GOT HERE AT 5:00 PM!!) they said they would drive over to that area and see if they saw her. WELL DUH! Who with any brains (especially a white-trash girl who had already lost 3 of her kids, and must be familiar with the law) whatsoever would stay in a place with the one kid they have left (that isn't in Child Protective Services out of the 4 total she has**) knowing that so many of us had called the police and that I knew where she had gone and had a picture of what she looked like. So yeah.She'll be back. And I'll be ready.She threatened to kick my ass, and I have no intention of starting anything with her. She will end up here one day again, wasted, and that time something will happen. There may just be a body - either her's or mine.I refuse to allow this to just drop. She terrorized my child, broke all the screens on the street side of my house and broke the front and back doors as well as the screen room door. They're trashed. I don't have the money to fix them! And the officer this morning said, "well, if you find out who she is through Block Watch or something, then you can press charges", and he took a report of some of the damage..I found more damage after he left) just because some waste-case chose my house randomly to be the one where the white-trash tramp decided to want to go to the bathroom at.HOW IN THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO FIND OUT HER LAST NAME AND ADDRESS!!?? THAT'S THEIR JOB!!THIS IS BULL SHIT!I never claimed to be a vigilante. But when no one will tell you her last name, (even the MOM who claimed to [...]



TOLEDO LABOR DAY WEEKEND INFO (Fireworks and parade only)

2007-09-03T02:49:25.794-04:00

NIGHT OF SEPT. 2: ADDING IN - UPDATE REGARDING THE FIREWORKSWELL THEY TRULY OUTDID THEMSELVES. THE FIREWORKS STARTED AT 9:50 (half way between what the Toledo Blade said and what the Citifest website said..), THEY LASTED A FULL HALF AN HOUR, THEY ADDED IN @ NEW TYPES, AND THEY FAKED US OUT WITH A FINALE AT THE 20 MINUTE POINT< THEN PROCEEDED TO BUST OUR CHOPS FOR ANOTHER 10 MINUTES WITH CONSTANT POPPING< BANGING< COLORS AND PURE AMAZEMENT. THANKS CITY OF TOLEDO. Punk'n and I had a wonderful time!The Labor Day parade is tomorrow (I hope I got it right!) at 9 am., and it's 3 am. right now. We have to take the stupid bus to get down there, so we have to leave by 8 am. I don't thiunk my daughter attitude is going to be "parad-y", but she's better not ruin it for me, since she chose to let me go to the fireworks with THE DOG!Nitey Nite! TTR xoxoI FINALLY TRACKED DOWN A TINY BIT OF INFO ABOUT THE TOLEDO LABOR DAY 2007 PARADE (Yes, there WILL BE ONE)thanks to the Tarta Bus website and the updates that i get from them. They wrote in their newsletter about the streets that will be blocked for the labor Day Parade in downtown Toledo on Monday. So here a copy of what I received:SEND SUMMER OUT WITH A BANG AT RIVERFEST 2007!!To celebrate our 20th year of Rockin' the Riverfront at Promenade Park, Citifest is proud to present one of your favorite Rally by the River performers - EDDIE MONEY!After the concert, Citifest and Colonial Fireworks are proud to present the: Pandemonium VIII FireworksOne of the largest fireworks shows in Northwest Ohio.Colonial Fireworks takes out all of the stops for this end-of-the-season fireworks spectacular - easily bigger and better than even their 4th of July show!! (IT BETTER BE BETTER THAN THE 4th! THAT ONE ON THE 4th of JULY ONLY LASTED 20 MINUTES!!)The downtown skyline will be lit with the largest fireworks display in Toledo history!Festival Goers can tune into Cumulus Radio Stations to hear the fireworks music simulcast.Downtown TARTA Routes detoured for Labor Day Parade.On Labor Day, Monday, September 4, all TARTA routes will operate on a holiday schedule.ALSO FOUND ON THE UAW UNION WEBSITE ABOUT THE LABOR DAY PARADE:The following detours will be in effect beginning at 6:30 a.m. due to the Labor Day Parade being held downtown Toledo: (see www.tarta.com)Ohio UAW Local 12, Toledo Local 12 will march in Toledo's Labor Day parade. The parade begins at 9 a.m. After the parade Local 12 members will enjoy a gathering at their union hall. For more information: call Bruce Baumhower at: 419.241.4474. THIS IS THE INFO THAT I GOT ON TIMES FOR THE DAY OF THE FIREWORKS FROM THE TOLEDO BLADE (http://www.toledoblade.com):First band - sorry, I forgotEddie Money: 8 pm - $5.00 to get in - no coolers allowedFireworks: In the paper it said 10 pm, which is the usual time, but on the Citifest site it says 9:30 pm...so please be sure to go early. The best spots to be able to come late and still get a good place to lay your blanket or se up your chairs are across the river from the Citifest activities (Promenade Park), on the East Side, at International Park. Parking there in the past has been free, but of course you have to come early to get a spot right there in International Park. They only have an ice cream truck as far as vendors for food and drink and a bottled water was $2.00 in the past. (BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS). There were only 2 port-a-potties at the last fireworks on the International Park side so go before you leave if you're coming over to the East Side.WARNING - THE LAST FIREWORKS ONLY LASTED 20 MINUTES. I SUSPECT THESE WILL BE 1/2 HOUR - TOPS. IF YOU ARE COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN - [...]






PERSOID METEOR SHOWER - 8-13-07 - 3am. till dawn

2007-08-17T02:22:25.202-04:00

UPDATE: PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE VIDEOS OF THE METEOR SHOWER AND READ THE WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT:http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=152734660HEADS UP PEOPLE! SET YOUR ALARMS FOR 3 AM ( then plan to stay up!)Summer's annual meteor shower promises to put on a dazzling show when it peaks this weekend — provided you're far from city lights. With no moon in sight to interfere with the Perseid meteor shower, skygazers can expect to spot streaking fireballs late Sunday into dawn Monday regardless of time zone. Astronomers estimate as many as 60 meteors per hour could flit across the sky at the shower's peak. This year's sky show comes with an added bonus: Mars will be visible as a bright red dot in the northeastern sky."We have front-row seats this year," said Kelly Beatty, executive editor of Sky & Telescope magazine.Last year's Perseid shower was somewhat of a dud because the moon's glare washed out many of the faint meteors. This weekend's meteor shower coincides with a new moon, which means the skies will be dark and perfect for viewing meteors.Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear.Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise. Although the peak occurs this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights after that.Unlike other celestial sightings that require a telescope or binoculars, the best way to watch a meteor shower is with the naked eye.The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers because of their predictability. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.The annual Perseid shower occurs when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle. As the cosmic junk — many the size of a grain of sand — enters the atmosphere, it burns up in a flash, appearing as "shooting stars" across the sky.In the past, the Perseid showers have produced such spectacular displays that people swamped radio stations with reports of a mysterious light in the sky.PREVIOUS STORY FROM: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070811/ap_on_sc/meteor_showerMORE FROM SKY AND TELESCOPE MAGAZINE: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/8935687.htmlThe Perseid meteors appear to stream away from their radiant near the border of Perseus and Cassiopeia. And while you're outside on a dark night, don't forget to look for the Double Cluster and the Andromeda Galaxy, two of the easiest "faint fuzzies" to spot with your unaided eyes.Prepare for the PerseidsAugust is the best month overall to view meteors from the Northern Hemisphere, according to Robert Lunsford, operations manager of the American Meteor Society. And conditions are ideal this year because the Perseid meteor shower peaks on the new-Moon night of Sunday–Monday, August 12–13.The Perseids are one of the two strongest and most reliable annual meteor showers. (The other is December's Geminids.) And while some showers produce brief bursts lasting just a few hours, the Perseids have a broad peak. So don't despair if clouds are forecast for Sunday night — or if work obligations prevent you from staying up until dawn on Monday. Even now, a week before the peak, you can see up to a dozen Perseids p[...]



INTERESTING (found this in YAHOO ANSWERS) regarding The Toledo Blade

2007-08-12T00:15:48.559-04:00

QUESTION: Is there any connection between the Toledo Blade newspaper(Oh), and the Toledo Blade Blvd in North Port ,Fla?

The Toledo Blade is a local newspaper in Toledo Ohio. There is also a major roadway near North Port, Port Charlotte, Florida called the Toledo Blade Blvd. Is there any corolation? (sp?)

ANSWER: Best Answer - Chosen By Voters

Not a bit. The paper in Florida was named for a landowner from the late 1800's names Steven Toledo.

ANY OF YOU OUT THERE HAVE MORE INFO ON THIS??
I'm Curious...

Have a good one!
TTR



COOL THING ABOUT LIVING IN TOLEDO: Cedar Point!

2007-08-04T19:26:40.809-04:00

Today is the first time in as long as I can remember that I HAVEN'T gone to Cedar Point at least once in the Summer. It has been common place that I take my daughter to Cedar Point (in Sandusky Ohio, about an hour and 15 minutes away, as the crow flies) every year on or for her birthday at the end of June. She went with her boyfriend and his sister and her fiance' today.It wasn't for any special occasion; her boyfriend's parents had free tickets and gave them to the kids. Even if I would have had a ticket, I have no idea who I would have asked to go with me, and you REALLY SHOULD go in groups of two, so no one is waiting around to ride a ride. That happened to me last year AND the year before! We had invited Richard, my daughter's best friend (that recently moved to Knoxville, TN, and whom I REALLY miss having around ) to go with us. They wanted to run from ride to ride, and ride coasters that I can't ride (the wooden ones and ones that jerk my neck) so I just wandered around by myself, window shopping, eating, and got so bored that I actually went out to he car and TOOK A NAP! AT CEDAR POINT!! I vowed this past year that I would not go again without a friend of my own. And lately, for me,m they are few and far between. Although, I must note that my old grade school friend, Judy Gawronski has been getting in tough with me, which is awesome, and my friend from the corner., Jeremy, has been in touch and we actually went out last night down to the docks. We had 3 long Island ice Teas , took the water taxi across the River over to the Rally By the River, downtwon, had a bloomin' onion, ride the taxi back, and danced our butts off till the bar almost closed. I had a GREAT WONDERFUL FUN AND LONG NEEDED GOOD tIME. But back to the Cedar point story.Many friends that I COULD have asked to go, IF I would have had a fre ticket and a ride (I have no car at the present), either work a lot, or have children that they may have wanted to take..NO THANK YOU. NO KIDS. NOT WIHEN I GO TO CEDAR POINT..Well, unless I am getting paid to babysit them. Then that's different.. As far as the kids that went today, as it turned out - they unkowingly chosen the most awesome day they could have gone so far this month. We have had temperatures in the 90's for well over a week, and more to come next week, but TODAY: 80 and cloudy. GREAT for CEDAR POINT. No HOT sun to burn you like a lobster, and no threat of rain either to speak of, just a only slightly humid summer day with clouds. AWESOME. One of my favorite things to do when someone I know goes to Cedar Point is to find them on one of the web cams...I love to look for them periodically throughout the day on one of the 4-5 web cams that are USUALLY working, and didn't have bugs stuck to it.. Today only one seems to be up, and that is the Sky Ride web cam. I have attempted to include it in with my post, in case someone you know is at the "ROLLER COASTER CAPITAL" Today!!Let's see if this web cam is going to work: (If not, I will post the link to get to it at the bottom)Park Webcams, Online Fun, Cedar Point LINK TO WEB CAM PAGE FOR MAIN CAUSEWAY AT CEDAR POINT: http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/fun/webcams/webcam.cfm?chip=1[...]



IN RESPONTS TO RANTS for the TOLEDO CITY PAPER, July 26, 2006!!

2008-02-02T03:28:59.296-05:00

Dear "TOLEDO CITY PAPER": I am addressing the invitation to "RANT" as offered in your July 26, 2006 issue,(OMG - I JUST NOTICED THIS ARTICLE IS A YEAR OLD, AND I ALREADY SENT IN MY REBUTTAL! WHAT A MAROON!!), as well as online, at: http://www.toledocitypaper.com/view_article.php?id=789&highlight=RANT.Thank you for this opportunity to get up on my soapbox and shout: I am so tired of folks here in TTown complaining about what is lacking in our fair city! I am shocked at how attitudes have shifted over the past 10 years, and how so many more more of our residents have become "reactive" and negative, instead of "proactive" and POSITIVE!! Just for a moment, those of you who can't think of anything great to say about TOLEDO, please try to imagine yourself living out in Lindsey, (pop. 504), Van Buren, (pop. 313), or Metamora, (pop. 563), to name a few. Imagine trying to think of something to do inexpensively on a weekend night. There are many folks in those Ohio small towns who would LOVE to have all the resources that we have, within a half-an-hour's drive. With a day of pleasant weather and the ability to be adventurous, there's no excuse for ANYONE in TOLEDO to be complaining about a lack of things to do, places to go and things to see! Whether or not you have a pocketful of money, here is a list of ideas (inspired by Sarah Pierce, who writes for hitchedmag.com), of mostly FREE things, or things that cost no more than $20 to do here! Upon leaving TOLEDO, you may have to travel more than 2 hours to find many of these same amenities. AREN'T WE LUCKY?!* Did you know that the TOLEDO ZOO is free on Mondays to Lucas County residents if you arrive before 11 am? You could pack a lunch and some bottled water, and make a day of it. If you search around, you will find coupons where children can get in free with a paid adult, if you wish to visit on other days besides Mondays.(2700 Broadway, 419-385-5721). How about "them apples"?* You knew this was coming...When is the last time you went to the TOLEDO ART MUSEUM? It's FREE and if you even remotely like art, you could spend hours there. You can even stroll the museum outdoor surroundings and enjoy the sculptures while taking in some fresh air. It's always air conditioned in the Summer months.(2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood, 419-255-8000 / 1-800-644-6862, www.toledomuseum.org). You also have the opportunity to explore TOLEDO'S local galleries and artists. Some smaller shops don't mind at all if you drop in and take a look around...outside of TOLEDO, shops maybe, ART MUSEUM, I doubt it..* Many of those small cities have festivals and fairs, but not as large a scale as our annual LUCAS COUNTY FAIR. It is held just outside the Toledo city limits, in Maumee, and offers FREE admission on certain days, every year. Last year, you could donate a canned good to get in free. This year, the FREE dates are/were: July 24th, 25th, and 26th, from 11 am to 2 pm. only. If these dates have passed, remember it for next year. It really is fun to watch the sheep and pig judging, the wood carvers and the magic shows. I can honestly say we have gone there with $5.00, and have eaten 4 of the most delicious corn dogs on the planet, split a can of soda, AND had a wonderful time, without even riding one ride..(Lucas County Recreation Center 2901 Key Street, Maumee, 419-213-2230,http://www.lucascountyfair.com/)* You could enjoy a romantic or educational hike anywhere, I suppose. Have you ever walked along all the trails in our lovely TOLEDO METROPARKS? ([...]



GAS PAINS

2007-07-17T03:04:39.131-04:00

I sold my car and I STILL think gas prices are too high!Actually, I think I am still in denial. I sold my "piece-of-shit-car" for $200.00 the other day. Normally, I would be completely stressed that my car "took a shit' (needed valve and/or engine work, as advised by a very kind & helpful employee of the Woodville Road AUTO ZONE, who said he used to own the exact same car, a 1990 Ford Escort)...but this time, I felt like it was more of an informed, concious choice to get rid of it before it was completely dead. I could sell it, if I were lucky, or I'd have to "junk it" (although I may have at least been able to have gotten $100.00 for it at the junk yard for recycling the steel & aluminum & what not). The MINUTE I posted it on Toledo BSTF, I received an email from a friend/neighbor saying she wanted to buy it, and that she has a friend who is a mechanic that would fix it for her. That lightened the load on my already-overloaded brain, instantly. Then, pondering the gas prices and that I would be saving about $70.00 a month on gas and insurance, which may help me to get out of the "check into cash" trap much sooner than planned, I realized that what has happening to me was actually a Godsend.Before I go deeper in to a boring story about how much I paid for that car, and how much I appreciated having it when I've had to drive across town to the doctor, or have had to buy cat litter, milk and laundry soap, all in the same day, I think it might be more helpful to you, the reader, if I focus this post more on what the current gas prices are across the U.S. and here in TTown. Here is a story I ran across while Googling:Nebraska Has Highest Gas Prices in U.S.By Anna Jo Bratton, Associated Press Writer Article located at:http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070716/ne_gas_prices_nebraska.html?.v=1According to AAA Survey, Nebraska Has Highest Gas Prices in the Nation OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska edged Michigan to take the dubious honor of having the most expensive gas in the nation, according to a nationwide AAA gas price survey released Sunday.At $3.34, the average price for a gallon of gas in Nebraska was down a little less than a cent from Saturday, but Michigan was down more than a cent and slightly lower than Nebraska.That puts Nebraska at 29 cents above the national average -- $3.05 -- and the pain at the pump has some people cringing."I don't fill it up," said Susan Heitmann of Omaha, who was pumping gas into her older pickup at a west Omaha gas station. "I just go up to a certain dollar amount."The truck has two tanks, she said, so she's used to watching the numbers on the pump spin higher and higher."I don't care which one it is -- I pick the cheapest," Heitmann said.Prices in Norfolk are were few cents lower Sunday -- averaging $3.32 -- but in North Platte, the average price was $3.40, according to AAA.Wisconsin, Illinois and Hawaii join Nebraska and Michigan to round out the top five most expensive places to buy gas, all with prices between $3.28 and $3.34, according to AAA. The national average was down just one-hundredths of a cent from Saturday.AAA gives South Carolina the cheapest gas ranking, at $2.83, followed by New Jersey, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, all between $2.83 and $2.89.U.S. gas prices on average rose about six cents in the past three weeks, according to the national survey.Regular gas prices averaged $3.06 a gallon, mid-grade was $3.17 and premium was $3.29, said oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg.The lowest pri[...]



A "Hecky's" Pond Mystery for FRIDAY THE 13th in East Toledo

2007-07-13T08:32:59.346-04:00

Does anyone else out there have GOOD luck on Friday the 13th, or when a black cat crosses your path? I usually do! Today is FULL for me, with an all day bus ride across town and a store "walk", so I hope it goes well...I'm hoping to make it over to Hecklinger's "Hecky's" Pond, here in East Toledo, off of Consaul St./Ravine Parkway on the way to "Hunky"town, to witness the draining of the water, after 30 odd years of it being off limits to fishing due to pollution, and ice skating due to thin ice. They started emptying it yesterday, and so far they have found 2 cars, & 2 safes (one unopened).Of course, never being one to ignore a good mystery, most, including myself, are hoping that the empty pond leads to a dead body or tow; a mystery solved or a new search for a killer to be begun.(sp)God Bless all of you, and if you have any good Friday the 13th true stories, please send them in as a comment, would you?By the way, the Pond will be cleaned, restocked with fish and refilled once they are finished cleaning it. I'll let you know if anything interesting turns up.TTRPS. Here's some history behind Friday the 13th:There have been a number of events known as "Black Fridays" in history. Usually, these events are devastating. Some historians propose that the origin of the "Black Friday" was the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of Knights Templars on October 13, 1307 (Friday), to be later tortured into "admitting" heresy.Today, the concept of Friday the 13th has been extended through the 'black Friday' concept to incorporate anything really bad that happens on a Friday. In history there have been a number of events that happened on a Friday and are known as Black Friday:Black Friday (1869), a financial crisis in the United States Black Friday (1889), the day of the Johnstown Flood. Black Friday (1910), WSPU took militant action when the Conciliation Bill failed. Black Friday (1919), a riot in Glasgow stemming from industrial unrest Black Friday (1921), day on which British dockers' and railwaymen's union leaders announced their decision not to call for strike action against wage reductions for miners Black Friday (1929), a stock market crash in the United States Black Friday (1939), a day of devastating fires in Australia Black Friday (1945), largest air battle over Norway, over Sunnfjord Hollywood Black Friday (1945), the day the six-month-old Confederation of Studio Unions (CSU) strike boiled over into a bloody riot at the Warner Bros. studios leading to the eventual breakup of the CSU. Black Friday (1978), a massacre of protesters in Iran Black Friday (1982), known in Britain after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, sparking the Falklands War Black Friday (1987), the day an hour-long F4 category tornado ran through the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Black Friday (2004), a crackdown on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé Other uses of the term include:Black Friday, a name used for any Friday which falls on the 13th of a month Black Friday, the Friday preceding Easter, also known as Good Friday or God Friday. Black Friday (shopping), the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the first shopping day of the Christmas season and one of the busiest shopping days of the year "Black Friday" is the name given to the last Friday before Christmas in the United Kingdom. It is a day when widespread anti-social behaviour due to public alcohol consumption is expected to occur, and polic[...]



MORE IMPORTANT TOLEDO OH reference and stats...

2007-06-26T17:57:45.989-04:00

FROM: Britannica Concise EncyclopediaCity (pop., 2000: 313,619), northwestern Ohio, U.S. It is the principal Great Lakes port, located at the southwestern end of Lake Erie. The area was opened to white settlement after the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers. Formed by the consolidation of two villages in 1833, it figured in the so-called Toledo War of 1835 – 36, a bloodless dispute between Michigan Territory and Ohio over the location of their common boundary. Industrial development was spurred in the 1830s and '40s by the arrival of canals and railroads. Glassmaking, now a major industry, was introduced in the late 1880s. A major commercial, industrial, and transportation centre, it handles considerable foreign commerce, and its port is one of the world's largest shippers of bituminous coal. Its educational institutions include the University of Toledo (1872).FROM: US History EncyclopediaToledo, the fourth largest city in Ohio in the early twenty-first century, began in 1680 as a French trading post. Ceded to the British in 1763, it became part of the U.S. Northwest Territory in 1787. Canals and railroads helped establish Toledo as a major inland port and center of industry. During the Progressive Era, Toledo won national recognition for urban reform. Historically, Toledo has been a major producer of glass and automotive products, but these industries declined, and from 1970 to 2000 employment in the Toledo metropolitan area decreased markedly. During this same period, population declined from 383,062 to 313,619, although city leaders question the accuracy of the 2000 federal census. Toledo has experienced other problems. A 1967 race riot caused extensive property damage, injuries, and arrests. Public schools were closed for several weeks in 1976 and 1978 because of teacher strikes. In July 1979 a bitter dispute between the city government and police and firemen led to a two-day general strike and costly arson fires. In the 1980s and 1990s, Toledo sought to emphasize its strong medical, cultural, and higher educational institutions. New downtown buildings and the Portside festival marketplace along the Maumee River were indicative of business leaders' commitment to the city.FROM Columbia EncyclopediaToledo (təlē'dō) , city (1990 pop. 332,943), seat of Lucas co., NW Ohio, on the Maumee River at its junction with Lake Erie; inc. 1837. With a natural harbor and its railroads and highways, Toledo is a port of entry and one of the chief shipping centers on the Great Lakes. Oil, coal, farm products, and motor vehicle parts are exported; iron ore is the principal import. Toledo is also an industrial and commercial center, with oil refineries, a glassmaking industry, shipyards, and plants that manufacture vehicles, powertrain assemblies, machinery, and chemicals. The health-care industry is also significant.Gen. Anthony Wayne built Fort Industry there in 1794 after the battle of Fallen Timbers. The city was settled (1817) as Port Lawrence on that site and in 1833 was consolidated with nearby Vistula as Toledo. In 1835–36 occurred the “Toledo War,” an Ohio-Michigan boundary dispute, which was settled by Congress in favor of Ohio when Michigan became a state.Toledo grew and prospered with the opening of the canals in the 1840s, the arrival of numerous railroad lines, the development of the Ohio coal fields, the tapping of gas and oil deposits in the late 19th cent., and the establ[...]