The Little Caesars Love Kitchen is scheduled to stop in Toledo to serve approximately 200 people at the St. Paul’s Community Center on July 29 and approximately 150 people at the Cherry Street Mission on July 30.
— Katherine Timpf
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen is scheduled to stop in Toledo to serve approximately 200 people at the St. Paul’s Community Center on July 29 and approximately 150 people at the Cherry Street Mission on July 30.
— Katherine Timpf
In addition to energizing the local business community, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic always creates a buzz amongst the nonprofit organizations throughout our region. Although income and expenses are still being finalized, the tournament has contributed more than $5.75 million to 110 Northwest Ohio Children’s Charities since its inception in 1984. Additionally, the tournament has donated more than $1 million to the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio.
The tournament offers a variety of visibility and ticket sponsorship packages for businesses supporting the event. Everything from advertising on the back of parking hangtags to leader board advertising provided opportunities to underwrite the event and raise funds for charities. National City Bank, Toledo Edison and Promedica signed on as lead sponsors of pro-am events, while Merrill Lynch sponsored the annual gala dinner and Columbia Gas gained visibility and supported the event on the "Quiet Paddles."
Owens Corning supported the event this year with the lead sponsorship and by lending the marketing power of the Pink Panther to every event logo. Since 2003, Owens Corning has been a title sponsor of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic to help put Northwest Ohio on display for the world every summer and help raise millions of dollars for children’s charities in the Toledo and surrounding community.
Charities receiving funds from the 2008 Tournament are Anne Grady, Assistance Dogs of America, Bittersweet Farms, East Toledo Family Center, Kids Unlimited, Area Office on Aging "Kinship Navigator Program", Lourdes College "Children’s Education Outreach Program", The Miracle League of Northwest Ohio, Serenity Farm, Sophia Center "Families and Schools Together Program", The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toledo Seagate Food Bank, Wood County Gift Exchange, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the JFOCC Scholarship Fund.
Spring boarding off of the official LPGA festivities, The Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation hosted an elegant dinner featuring golf legend, Nancy Lopez, to benefit the daily operations of the hospital. A lead sponsor of the event was Loft & Home Essentials providing store gift certificates to all attendees.
"We love giving back to the community," said owner Mona Shousher. "It makes us feel more intimate with the community, not just as a business, but as a friend of the community."
Lopez donated a round of golf to a Toledo Children’s Hospital fundraiser earlier in the year and spent part of the day visiting the children in the hospital.
"I saw what the community has done. It is a fabulous hospital for children. It opens your eyes to everything that Toledo has built," she said.
In appreciation for Lopez’ commitment to the Toledo Hospital, a signed golf club was auctioned off at the event with the proceeds going to AIM for the Handicapped, which is a charity Lopez chairs in Dayton. AIM teaches movement to children with disabilities.
Music Under the Stars 2008. An 8-week series of musical events featuring the Toledo Concert Band, conductor Sam Szor, commentator Gordon Ward, and local guest artists. These family-friendly concerts take place Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, located at 2700 Broadway, concluding Aug. 31. An estimated 2 million loyal audience members have attended since its inception. Free thanks to sponsoring businesses. Visit toledosymphony.com or call (419)241-1272 for more information.
July 25 Bow Wow Bash. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, dancing, and a variety of great grazing foods and drinks. Raffles will be available throughout the evening with all proceeds to benefit the Humane Society. Tickets are $40. Cash bar. Find out more at toledoareahumanesociety.org or call (419) 482-7101.
PHOTO: Dr. Kathy Carlson, Nancy Lopez, Alan Brass, Dana Fike and hostess, Barbara Steele enjoy an evening to benefit Toledo Children’s Hospital.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping people,
businesses and non-profit groups work smarter together for the greater
good. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
The future of Toledo Express Airport may not depend on passenger service but who owns and operates it, according to airport, city and port authority officials.
The City of Toledo currently owns Toledo Express Airport but has leased the operation of it to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority since 1973. That lease was set to expire in 2008 but last year the city extended the lease for an additional 25 years.
The FAA requires the security of 20 years into the future to maintain its funding and support of the airport, according to Eric Frankl, airports director for the port authority. The airport received $3 million in federal grants in 2007 and receives similar amounts annually to support its operation. With the 20-year advance requirement by the FAA, Toledo Express would not qualify for federal funding beyond 2009, Frankl said.
“We need a long-term development strategy for the airport to continue receiving federal funds,” Frankl said. “We need to diversify our revenue stream to make up to the loss of revenue from the lost passenger service.”
While the port authority receives $2.5 million of levy funds, currently no taxpayer dollars are used for the daily operation costs of the airport. The port authority does not get any revenue from the airport yet has operated and supported it for the past 25 years.
“We will continue to improve operational efficiencies and focus on what we can control to provide the best possible aviation service. Closing the airport is and should not be an option,” he stated.
Frankl cited four apparent options for long-term ownership and operation of Toledo Express. The city could extend the lease for a longer term, transfer ownership to the port authority or another entity, take over operation of the airport, or create an independent airport authority.
“The City of Toledo has absolutely no interest in running the airport now or in the future,” said City Council President Mark Sobczak. “We’ve had ongoing discussions about the future operation of the airport.”
With the interest in expanding the cargo business and developing additional intermodal facilities at Toledo Express, “we have to put someone in the position to operate the airport on a long-term basis. We’re putting forth our best effort to sell the airport or work out a long-term lease for it,” Sobczak said.
Frankl agreed that the city and port authority need to decide the best method to own and operate the airport for the long-term so appropriate investment and operational changes can be accomplished.
He did not speculate on whether the port authority would continue to operate or be interested in owning the airport at this time. Other port authority officials were not available for comment.
Frankl reported that there is interest in airport development from the cargo industry to add logistical and warehouse facilities on the current property. An 80,000 square-foot building is currently under construction there and is completely leased in advance, according to Frankl.
The city, specifically Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, has disagreed with the port authority on the development of an intermodal transportation center at or near Toledo Express Airport. The mayor was unavailable for comment prior to deadline.
“There is a significant economic impact to the community regardless of passenger air service,” Frankl said. “Passenger service generates about 15 percent of the annual revenues for the airport.”
The port authority reported that Toledo Express creates $640 million in annual economic impact for the northwest Ohio area.
“That’s an impressive number for a community of Toledo’s size,” Frankl said.
However, the airport owes a reimbursement of $127 million to the FAA with $120 million coming from the operations of Toledo Express and $6.7 million from Metcalf Field, according to Frankl.
Airport consultant Michael Boyd said that passenger service is not likely to change at Toledo Express as long as the price of fuel remains high. The sudden 30-percent increase in the price of jet fuel from $90 to $130 per barrel has created a problem for the airlines.
“Air service is being cutback across the nation due to the high cost of jet fuel. The airline industry has a problem providing passenger service with a model based on $50 per barrel let alone $130,” Boyd said.
“The airlines were not prepared for it and the industry is having a problem providing a product to the public. It’s too expensive to serve the levels of consumers it does today.”
“The airlines are not interested in taking a chance on entering mid-size markets such as Toledo under those market conditions. There are no other options for Toledo Express at this time,” Boyd said.
Boyd told the audience that business travelers should consider Toledo Express for connecting with flights in Detroit and Chicago.
“Toledo is curbside service for Detroit and Chicago because it’s easier to park, check-in and fly out of Toledo than Detroit,” Boyd said.
Boyd and Frankl addressed the airline industry and local airport issues at a meeting of Toledo business leaders and government officials hosted by the port authority July 24 at the National City Bank Building.
PHOTO: Eric Frankl, director of airports for the port authority, and Michael Boyd, president of The Boyd Group of airport consultants, discuss airport issues at the July 24 meeting.
Sunday August 3 is Friendship Day. A proclamation was made by the United States Congress in 1935 declaring the first Sunday in August as Friendship Day. This special and almost invisible occasion is dedicated to friends and friendship.
Most of us lay claim to a few friends. The closeness one feels to a friend or friends may be calibrated in different ways and to different degrees. For example, there are workplace friends, neighborhood friends, family friends, church friends, drinking friends, school friends and childhood friends. There are close friends, good friends and toxic friends. On a philosophical side, Aristotle noted three types of friendships: Friendships of Utility which could use the premise of “quid pro quo”, Friendships of Pleasure where people simply enjoy one another’s company and Friendships of Good which are lifelong and where each friend values the others virtues.
I am honored to have many friends and love many of them, but the dearest friend I have is Kathleen, who came to Toledo from England. We met when we were growing up in West Toledo when we were both 7-years-old. Kathy attended Nathan Hale with me for a couple of years and then Kathleen went to Gesu School while I remained at Hale. Kathy and I could talk about anything and everything. As the years progressed we became even closer. In the summers of the late 1950s, we would play jacks on the front porch while we listened to CKLW on Kathy’s transistor radio. We’d ride our bikes around west Toledo or take the Community Traction bus downtown to Tiedtke’s and have lunch in the cafeteria. After lunch and a quick stop at Kresge’s we’d take in a movie at the Paramount or Pantheon theaters. In the winters we’d go sledding down the big hill at Ottawa Park and ice skate on Waldon Pond and again go downtown to Tiedtke’s and take in a movie.
Spending the night at each others’ houses was as commonplace in our young lives as a cherry Coke at the Fairmont Pharmacy on Dorr and Upton Avenues. But the times we did have to separate, we’d always make sure to shake off all the “cooties”, on the sidewalk, midpoint between our houses. It was a wonderful and carefree time.
But as with life, all good things come to an end and Kathy and her family returned to England when we were finishing up 8th grade. It was a sad occasion, but did little to dampen our affection for each other. We stayed in touch by sending pictures and letters. She moved to British Columbia, married and had three sons. I stayed in the Toledo area married and had three sons and a daughter. We laughed when we discovered we named our youngest sons Eric. Just before we ushered in our 50th birthdays, we reunited in Penticton B.C. Our reunion was glorious and not without tears. We started talking and I don’t believe we stopped until I left. It was as if we picked up where we left off when we were 13. The compatibility that was forced into dormancy decades before was awakened without so much as a jostle.
When it was time to say goodbye again, it was in dramatic contrast to our nonchalant separation as children. This time we embraced for what was a long time on the outside, but too short a time in our hearts. I asked her to please write and walked away quickly. Mirroring a scene from the movies, I started to turn to look at her once again but caught myself and kept on walking as I waved my arm. Since our reunion we have seen each other a couple of more times. We both are doting grandmothers and keep each other informed about the goings-on with our grandchildren.
August 3, 2008 will be a bittersweet Friendship Day for me because my dear friend Kathy is very ill with Cancer and her prognosis is not favorable. In one of Kathy’s last e-mails to me she wrote, “You are a very good friend and I don’t think I have told you that enough.” It is with Kathy’s poignant words in mind that I ask if you have a special friend ,make a concerted effort on August 3 to let that person know how important he or she is to you. An unknown author wrote, “A Friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway!!!.”
What if I told you that labor unions, small-business associations, drug companies, physicians’ groups, prominent academics, and the Bush administration were all lined up against a major piece of federal legislation currently winding its way through congress?
Would the convergence of these normally disparate interests make you suspicious of the legislation, sight unseen?
It should. All these groups have publicly opposed the Patent Reform Act, a bill that’s supposedly aimed at modernizing America’s patent system. Backed by several large technology companies, the measure passed the House last September and is currently under consideration in the Senate.
To be sure, the U.S. patent system is in need of change; it’s costly, complicated and litigious. But the Patent Reform Act goes overboard with its overhauls, drastically weakening intellectual property protections and jeopardizing future innovation.
Take, for instance, a provision in the bill reworking the way that patent-infringement damages are calculated.
Currently, damages are based on the market value of the product as a whole, factoring in the patented innovation. Generally speaking, courts have asked how much money the patent holder would have made if the infringement hadn’t occurred. The dollar answer is roughly equivalent to how much the infringer owes the innovator.
The bill would narrow that calculation to consider only the economic value of the patented innovation itself, not the value of the product on the whole.
That switch might make sense for, say, patented parts in mechanical products. It’s relatively easy to appraise a particular kind of rudder, for instance, outside the total value of the airplane it’s used in.
After all, a Boeing 747 with a different rudder is still a Boeing 747.
But the switch is illogical when it comes to other products, like pharmaceuticals. Active drug ingredients normally aren’t worth a dime outside the context of the drugs they’re in. What’s more, it’s effectively impossible to parse out the benefits of a particular patented portion of a drug.
Thus, the new standard would both drastically decrease the monetary value of a slew of U.S. pharmaceutical patents and reduce the damages for infringing on those patents.
Consequently, a chilling question arises: Would you invest nearly a billion dollars — the average cost to bring a new drug to market — on a new medication if a counterfeiter could copy it the second it went on sale and pay you only a small fraction of his profits as penalty?
If you wouldn’t, do you think America’s pharmaceutical companies would?
The benefits of medical innovation cut across party lines. Undermining the patent protections that drive that innovation is bad news for everyone. No wonder the Patent Reform Act is finding opposition across the political spectrum.
Douglas Schoen was a campaign consultant for more than 30 years and is the author of “Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System.”
I quit smoking about 2 years ago and I gotta tell you — I don’t miss it at all. Matter of fact, I find myself almost nauseated by the smell of it now; more than enough incentive to stay smoke-free down the road here.
But that’s just me.
We all know that smoking is terrible for you, so I’ll spare you the grim statistics. I’m not saying that smoking isn’t bad. I’m not saying that at all. Health-wise, it is; there’s no doubt. But what I AM saying, however, is that it’s terrible the way we’re treating smokers these days. And it seems it’s only going to get worse.
See, first, smoking was banned inside buildings. And I can dig that, for the most part. Kids, or really any non-smoker, should not be forcibly exposed to a known carcinogen. So banning smoking in restaurants, ballparks, or any “family-oriented” place makes a good deal of sense to me.
What has NEVER made sense to me, though, is outlawing smoking in bars. Bars serve ALCOHOL: a substance known to cause severe health problems; a substance responsible for over 100,000 deaths each year. Aside from the latest research concluding how ‘a glass of wine a day can help ward off cancer’ (an article I swear they publish every 3-4 months), alcohol is generally not a substance one would associate with “health”. Telling people they can’t smoke in a bar because of all the “health risks” it poses is like telling a heroin addict at a Chinese OPIUM den, “Hey, you can’t blast-off in here, man — we only SMOKE our morphine in THIS place!” Can you really say one is worse than the other?
But what really gets me is the way smokers are being treated now. Branded with a big, fat Scarlet “S” and shoved out to the sidewalks and parking lots of ‘fine establishments’ everywhere, these guys (and ladies) just can’t seem to catch a break –- because it’s only a matter of time before they lose that “right” altogether.
Bans against outdoor smoking are popping up all across the U.S. People can’t smoke INSIDE, so as you’d expect, they’re taking their habit OUTSIDE — because if you can’t smoke indoors, hmmm … where else can you smoke? And now they’re being told that they can’t even do that. Now the complaint is that they’re exposing people to second-hand smoke as they enter and exit buildings. Now they’re being called ‘an eyesore’ for standing out in front of buildings, the place where the law FORCED them to go in the first place. Now, they’re a nuisance.
I mean, really?
Do you know what’s in the air you’re breathing, right now, as you’re reading this? Any idea how many different types of pollution, how many microscopic particles, how many impurities you’re sucking in at this very moment? And let’s not even get started on what may or may not be in our drinking water. Passing-by a smoker on a sidewalk may stink, but isn’t going to kill you. Not unless they tackle you, hold you down, and exhale smoke into your face for, oh, 10 or 15 years. Then, of course, you’re doomed.
So what’s the real issue here? Is it because the smell is offensive? Well, I know a couple of European dudes that opted-out of the deodorant requirement (sorry, Slavco) -– does that mean we should deport them on the grounds of having bad b.o.?
The real issue is that these folks are being discriminated against — and the reality of it is that it’s happening because people simply don’t like them. Eliminating smokers from lighting up around our kids and baking-out whatever building we’re in was a good idea. But we’ve gone too far. Not only are we infringing on people’s rights, we’re making them outcasts. And just how far are we going to push them? They can’t stand in front of a building and they’re being told to move from sidewalks, so now they’re being roped off in designated “smoking zones” in parking lots (an unnecessary physical-safety risk, might I add). Now they’re in the parking lot, standing in bitter 10-degree Ohio weather, and people are actually saying ‘uggh, you mean I still have to LOOK at them smoke?’
Even job interviewers are joining in. “Hmm, I see you have your Master’s in marketing, you graduated with honors — wow, impressive — and let’s see, you … oh … you smoke? Well, I’m sorry, Mr. Smoker, but we just don’t want your kind around here.” Sounds like discrimination to me.
I don’t know how long from now, exactly, but at the rate we’re headed smoking will be outlawed in the U.S. before you know it. And it’ll be enforced by laws and sanctions from our very own government — the same government that taxed and regulated and capitalized on tobacco sales for years and years and years. The same government that in all likelihood possessed knowledge that tobacco companies were spending millions of dollars researching ways to further HOOK people on their product and reel in new smokers of all age and demographic.
The same government that declared that “…all men are created equal …”
Right … unless, of course, they smoke.
If you’re headed to the Monroe County Fair or the Ohio State Fair to see Miranda Lambert, you might want to hang out near the rides.
"I love fairs. Unfortunately, I don’t get to go out into the fair that many times now that I’m performing at them, but definitely sometimes I sneak out and ride the Ferris wheel," she said during a tour stop in Calgary, Alberta.
The singer-songwriter-guitarist will be with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, at the Monroe County Fair at 8 p.m. July 28. Tickets range from $23 to $43. Then she’ll share billing with Dierks Bentley at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus at 7 p.m. July 31. Tickets are $30.
Lambert said she and Shelton are trying some dates together to see if fans approve.
"We have something special planned, and we’ve really rehearsed it with our bands," she said. "I think people will enjoy it because besides Faith [Hill] and Tim [McGraw], there aren’t a lot of couples who can go out there and do what we’re doing, so we’re really, really happy to be working together."
Lambert has a lot to smile about these days. The 24-year-old recently took home the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year Award for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
"I was nominated for three awards, and they kept asking me in interviews what do you want to win the most, and I kept saying album of the year because I’m a songwriter," she said. "It just means the world to me because I put my heart and soul into the record, and the fact that the industry thought I deserved it as well is just a huge, huge step for me in my career and not just for my career, but for me personally, as a writer."
Hits from the disc include "Famous in a Small Town" and "Gunpowder and Lead." The latter is a vengeful track that packs a lot of firepower to start the record: "I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun/ Wait by the door and light a cigarette/ He wants a fight well now he’s got one/ And he ain’t seen me crazy yet/ Slapped my face and he shook me like a rag doll/ Don’t that sound like a real man/ I’m gonna show him what a little girl’s made of/Gunpowder and lead."
"I started the song with my friend Heather [Little], and I actually had to leave the writing session because I had to go to a concealed handgun class," Lambert said. "We couldn’t figure out what that main line was going to be, what girls where made of, and it just hit me sitting in gun class, of course, because they were telling me all the elements of what are in guns and I thought that’s perfect — gunpowder and lead. It just kind of came together real easily."
Things came together for Lambert after she finished third during the 2003 season of "Nashville Star." She signed a recording contract and her 2005 debut, "Kerosene," led to the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist Award and a Grammy nomination, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. She toured with Keith Urban, George Strait and Toby Keith.
"I wasn’t really a performer; I was more of just a girl to send up there with my guitar until I went on tour with Keith Urban. We had a pretty good live show at that point — we had a great band — but then I realized watching his show and watching tours that I’ve been on over the last few years that you really have to bring you’re A game," she said. "We really want to make an impact on places we go and want people to remember us, so we don’t hold anything back on stage."
When she’s not touring, Lambert likes to kick around her farm in Oklahoma.
"It has everything — goats and chickens and donkeys and pot-bellied pigs and miniature horses. I have six dogs; I started collecting dogs somehow. They’re just dogs I found on the side of the road, that are homeless. I have a huge heart for animals, so that’s my safe haven that I go to."
On the Web: www.mirandalambert.com
Akron is by no means Memphis.
Not that Patrick Carney ever noticed.
The drummer for Akron-based The Black Keys never let his hometown deter him from playing the brand of gritty dirt-road blues often associated with towns more known for their slow-cooked barbecue than their rubber.
Since 2001, Carney and the Marlboro-voiced bandmate Dan Auerbach have comprised what has become the second largest two-piece blues rock band in the world, next to the Detroit-based unit formed by Jack White.
“I don’t think you need to be from a certain place to play a certain type of music,” Carney said while taking a break in his Akron studio. “Maybe in the 1940s it would have been unusual. … Dan listened to old blues records , and I grew up listening to a lot of 70s blues rock. I think our meeting point is Captain Beefheart.”
Not since the new wave days of Devo and Chrissie Hynde’s Pretenders has the city of Akron been so proudly displayed on the music scene as it has been with the Black Keys’ rise to prominence since their highly acclaimed 2002 debut, “The Big Come Up.”
Carney, whose mother is from Toledo, said Akron has a lot in common with the Glass City, which the band has stopped at regularly through their six-year career. On Aug. 2, The Black Keys hit the Toledo Civic Theatre (Erie Street Market), 237 S. Erie St. Due to high ticket demand, the venue was moved from the originally scheduled Headliners location.
“Like Toledo, Akron’s an underdog city,” Carney said. “There are things going for it, but there’s a lot of things going against it. (Dan and I) have pride in our town, even though at times there’s nothing to be proud of.” Carney and Auerbach both still live in their hometown. “We both would rather contribute something to the city rather than go to L.A.,” he said.
The Black Keys’ latest release caught a lot of attention initially because some of the songs on it were meant to be performed by the late Ike Turner. Carney and Auerbach were approached by producer Danger Mouse (Brian Warner, of Gnarls Barkley fame), who was working on the Turner project. While working on songs for Turner, however, the duo realized they had the foundation for an album of their own.
The result, this spring’s dynamic “Attack and Release,” expanded upon the Keys’ garage blues rock sound to incorporate old-school R&B and a more subdued approach to the raucous grooves they explored on earlier albums.
“We both thought it was important for us to branch out and stop being so insular,” Carney said. “As far as working with Brian, we’ve never really worked with a producer before so I can’t really compare, but for us, he was probably the perfect producer. He was hands off on things that Dan and I felt real strong about, and he was real hands on and into experimenting with things that we had never really considered doing.”
Although the Toledo venue was changed because of high demand (many of the shows on this tour are sold out), Carney said the location doesn’t matter much to the band, which has played venues ranging in size from Frankie’s Inner City in Toledo to Bonnaroo in their career.
“As you play bigger places, it stops being about the venue and starts being more about the crowd,” Carney said. “For us it doesn’t really matter if it’s outdoor or indoor, big or small.”
He does have one stipulation, though. Shows should occur when the lights go out, as one of their songs says.
“It does need to be nighttime, we do know that. It should be dark. We played a festival the other day and it was scorching, bright light. I just don’t think music should be performed during the day. I’m against it.”
Doors open at 9 p.m. for the Aug. 2 show, with all Headliners tickets to be honored. Opening act The Kills are scheduled to start at 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, Culture Clash Records, Ramalama Records, charge by phone (419) 474-1333 or www.ticketmaster.com.
On the Web: www.theblackkeys.com
Will Anthony Wayne voters remember to vote on Aug. 5 if it is a beautiful sunny day (or complete an absentee ballot if they will be on vacation)? Voting is open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and absentee ballot requests must be turned into the board of elections by Aug. 2.
Will they be able to put aside their personal emotions (regarding the nice administration building, previous board decisions, etc.) and realize how important the passage of both levies is to the kids, the community and their property value? Will they remember why they chose to live in this area or why several generations have remained here?
Will they think that voting "yes" on just the renewal levy will be enough?
Will they take the time to research the need for both levies?
Passing just one levy is not enough. Without the passage of both levies, we lose so much @@ teachers, tutors, guidance counselors, nurses, custodial staff, bus drivers, uncrowded classrooms, individual attention to students and so much more. Not to mention teacher’s enthusiasm to teach, children’s excitement to learn, pride in our community and school system.
More information about the levies can be found at www.aw4kids.com and answers can to addressed by calling the school board.
Will the Anthony Wayne voters realize that the renewal levy will not increase taxes? And will they think that that $9 a month (per $100,000 of home value) is a small price to pay to maintain our excellent school rating and community pride?
I have faith in the voters to do the research, ask the questions, take time out of their day and vote "yes" for both levies.
KELLY PIEH, Waterville
Whether you don’t have much time to watch television or if you are a huge television fan, it’s now even easier than ever to not only watch some of your shows streamed online thanks to some of the networks but to read about what you’ve missed. You can also read about what’s coming, latest gossip and much more thanks to television bloggers.
Tuned In focuses on some shows but more on what’s behind the scenes. Information on major happenings in the lives or the death of television stars and coverage about what some other programs are doing.
Interested in getting a quick update on what many tv focused blogs are covering today? Then No Control might be just what you are looking for. They use a blog aggregator style coverage to bring you posts from a large number of different blogs on one easy page.
The Lost Remote is another great blog that reports behind the show type news as well as pointing out other media stories about television that they think will be of interest to you.
We’ve all heard of TV Guide, but did you know that they have blogs too? Not just one, not just two but over a dozen different TV Guide Editors blog about one or more shows and television news.
One of the things I like best about Beet.TV is they don’t focus on the same stories some of the other television blogs do. Quite a few of their posts are on topics/shows you won’t find anyplace else.
Over at the TV addict he’s taking a few days off after two years of blogging, and being addicted to tv. How will a vacation away affect him? Tune in next to his blog next week to learn the answer…In the mean time there are lots of great archived posts awaiting you.
Many of the television networks out there have blogs for some of their top shows, as an example, one show that I try to never miss (or I watch online if I do) is the Mole. John Kelly who is the show’s host, has his own blog on ABC that I always try to keep up to date on.
Another fun tv blog to visit is the Gay TV Blog and no, they don’t just cover shows with a gay theme or gay stars. Some of the articles do focus on items related to gay culture but they have stories at times I don’t read elsewhere. They also do great coverage on some of the reality shows out there that I do watch at times like “Project Runway”.