Archive for December, 2013
The City of Toledo Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry will provide drop-off locations for Christmas tree disposal at six of Toledo’s city parks. Collection sites will be operational Dec. 26 through Jan. 17. All sites will be marked with signs indicating drop-off points. The service is free.
The sites are:
- Jermain Park
- Schneider Park
- Ravine II
- Detwiler Park
- Bowman Park (Laskey Road entrance)
- Greenwood Park (Darrell entrance)
Trees should be cleared of all decorations, bags or other materials. Collected trees will be ground into mulch by forestry crews.
Writing an original Christmas song for the Make-A-Wish benefit CD “Holiday Wishes 3” presented an unusual challenge for Toledo area singer-songwriter Chris Shutters. Not necessarily writing a holiday song —he’d always wanted to try that. No, the obstacle was the state of mind he’d need to be in to write it.
“As far as stylistically, it was a challenge. Because it had to be really happy, and I don’t have a problem with that. But it’s easier to write songs when, say, you’re not happy,” Shutters said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star.
“I almost had to put myself in a cheery situation. The song’s about, you know — everybody writes Christmas songs about already-married couples and their love together. But nobody talks about, like, the first Christmas as a couple. The very first Christmas, and the nerves you feel, and ‘What do I get her?’ and ‘What do I do?’ And now you’re in a situation where her family’s coming. And there’s a lot of nerves in there, and nobody really talks about that at all.”
The resulting song, “Just Your Love,” sounds like a departure from the bluesy rock that Shutters has become best known for around the Glass City and beyond. Yet he and his writing partner Scott Fish tackled the song with the same creative vigor they approach all their joint projects with.
“I got a Facebook message, and [was] asked if I would be interested in doing it,” Shutters said. “And I’d never written a Christmas song before, so I figured, why not give it a shot? And I had my buddy Scott Fish — we’d written together before, as a group we’re called Shutterfish — and he said he’d help me out.”
The songwriting process was fairly truncated — Shutters estimates it took roughly a day to finish — but was still challenging. “It was definitely hard. I’ve never done anything like that before. Actually, I just listened to a lot of — I was inspired by Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime.’ So I listened to that, and I was like, ‘I’ve got to do something like this. Cheery, simple, have a good story. So that’s where I got the idea.”
The stripped-down, simple execution of the track extended to the recording process. Shutters said the song came together fairly quickly in the studio. “I laid the guitar down and the vocals down in one. Those are two separate takes, but I laid them both down in one take. And then Scott added, I believe piano, he added piano to it. And the whole process probably took, it was like three hours one day and like an hour or two the next day. It was fun.”
Shutters said he hopes listeners get the same level of fun from the track as he and Fish had recording it — especially for a cause as heartfelt as Make-A-Wish Foundation.
As an investor, it is much more difficult than one might imagine to buy low and sell high. While this seems like a logical course of action, that mindset will likely result in you being labeled a contrarian. This week I wanted to take a look into the concept behind contrarian investing, and a sector that I believe is vastly undervalued.
Lately, I have found that many investors are hoping to ride the wave of the Dow Jones industrial average and other blue chip stocks. This year, the Dow is up approximately 25 percent and it is up 145 percent from the lows in 2009.
However, the time to buy is not when the prices are high; that’s a sucker’s bet. The time to buy was back in late 2009 and early 2010, when we heard disgruntled investors who took a significant hit in the 2008 recession claim that they would never buy stocks again. For the sake of comparison, buying into the Dow blue chip stocks today would be like buying a house in 2007, right at the peak. That is not to say that the market will not go higher, but it certainly is not a value buy today.
I have been keeping a close eye on precious metal mining stocks and companies, as I see a great opportunity for growth in that sector. In the past three years, gold and mining stocks have been hit hard; however, I contend that the hit has not been due to investment fundamentals. For example, Kitco publishes a ratio that tracks daily the price of physical gold divided by XAU, an index of gold mining stocks that trades on the Philadelphia exchange. This ratio historically ranges from about 3-5. At the time of this writing, that ratio is just shy of 15. In order for that ratio to come back into alignment, gold stocks would have to triple in value, gold would have to go from $1,200/oz. to $400/oz., or some combination of the two. Another possibility would be if mining stocks were to rally significantly while the price of physical gold remained stagnant.
Unfortunately, the gold market has fallen victim to rather obvious market manipulation. For homework, track the price of gold on the world market and watch what happens at approximately 8:30 a.m. every morning. As soon as NYMEX trading opens, the price takes a sharp turn one way or another, which has lately been down.
The fact remains that gold stocks (judging by XAU) are at 10-year lows. XAU’s all-time low was in October of 2000, and gold stocks went on to rally over 300 percent from 2000 until the recession in 2008.
From 1997-2000, physical gold fell in price by approximately 37 percent while the Dow rallied almost 77 percent, and from 2011 to the present, physical gold is down 35 percent while the Dow is up 60 percent.
Given recent news regarding tapering and that interest rates are at historic lows and should rise, I see growth opportunities in the sector, however I understand if some readers call me biased due to our holdings. Some will call it absurd to even give the sector any consideration whatsoever.
That is the story of a contrarian: Buy when others call you crazy and sell when others call you stupid.
Disclaimer: This column contains opinions regarding investments or sectors in which Treece Investment Advisory Corp. and Ben Treece currently hold long positions. Readers should consult with an investment adviser or broker-dealer representative before making any investment decisions. This column does not serve as a recommendation or solicitation.
Ben Treece is a 2009 graduate of the University of Miami (FL), BBA International Finance and Marketing. He is a partner with Treece Investment Advisory Corp (www.TreeceInvestments.com) and licensed with FINRA through Treece Financial Services Corp. The above information is the opinion of Ben Treece and should not be construed as investment advice or used without outside verification.
McGinnis: 2013′s Best Thing, Period: ‘Breaking Bad’s’ final episodes set a new standard for televisionWednesday, December 25th, 2013
WARNING: The following contains spoilers.
“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And … I was … really … I was alive.”
And this was the redemption of Walter White, something I didn’t think would be possible. It totally fit the theme and structure of the masterpiece of “Breaking Bad”‘s final season, and the show in general. The series’ final bow was all about Walter White making things right, or as right as he could, for everyone in his life — those he had wronged, and those who had wronged him. And perhaps the most important name on both those lists was himself.
The simple yet complicated perfection of this moment — and the whole of the eight episodes that comprised the end of this remarkable series — makes “Breaking Bad” 2013′s Best Thing, Period of pop culture, by a wide margin.
There are natural pitfalls when you’re wrapping up a show that is as beloved as Vince Gilligan’s unusual and unforgettable crime drama/black comedy. Whether it’s fair or not, shows are often judged as a whole by how their creators handle their ending. Series as beloved as “Lost,” “The Sopranos,” “Battlestar Galactica” and even this year’s “Dexter” have lost luster in the eyes of fans because their stories came to unpopular conclusions.
Yet beginning in early August, Gilligan and his staff made the process look so easy. Over the last eight episodes of “Bad,” the saga of Walter White — the nebulous chemistry teacher who transformed over five seasons into a crystal meth kingpin nicknamed Heisenberg — began crashing down in a carefully orchestrated symphony of chaos.
As the sins of his past began to catch up with him, as everyone he had hurt turned on him, as years of evil choices took their toll, White — played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston — flailed wildly to try and keep everything under control, seemingly making everything worse with every choice. As his brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris) tightened the figurative noose, enlisting the help of his former partner Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walter began seeking the help of the wrong people to salvage the situation.
This led up to perhaps the greatest single episode of the series, and maybe one of the greatest episodes in television history — “Ozymandias” — where it all definitively came to a terrible climax. Hank and his fellow DEA agent Steve were murdered in cold blood, almost all the money Walt had worked so hard to make was stolen from him, Walt’s family finally turned against him, and Walt left Albuquerque in disgrace, his life in tatters.
But “Breaking Bad” had one final surprise for all of us. There was a path back for Walter — not a “happy ending,” by any means, as he was far past hope of total salvation. But moments of resolution, closure, and understanding. Heisenberg had destroyed everything he had touched. Now it was up to Walter White to set things as right as they could be.
The center of it all, though, was that moment of admission from Walter to his long-suffering wife, Skylar (played by Anna Gunn). Of all the characters, she had been the one who had been dragged furthest down the rabbit hole by Walter’s alter ego. There had been plenty of moments where she seemingly had lost her own way, as well. And all the while, Walt had insisted his intentions had been pure — that he’d done it all for her, for their children, for the family.
And in their last meeting, Walter made it plain — that had been a lie. To her, certainly, and probably to himself. After a lifetime of being marginalized and being made disposable, Walter finally had something that made him exceptional. Who among us could give up on such power so easily, even if it meant the rejection of all that made us good and decent?
All that followed served to underscore this revelation. White’s efforts to punish those who had harmed him, suddenly tempered by his impromptu rescue of Jesse, who he’d probably planned to kill with the rest. His execution of the villainous Jack, in the same way Jack had executed Hank, despite being tempted by the money he’d stolen — a bargain which Heisenberg might have taken.
And in the end, Walter, bleeding out and near death, took a moment to say goodbye to his true love, as well — wandering the makeshift meth lab and touching the equipment with warmth. A fitting coda to a final season that set new standards for how a show should be concluded.
For taking us all on the most remarkable ride for five years, for tying up virtually every loose end in a satisfying way, and for giving a just ending to the saga of one of the most remarkable characters ever — “Breaking Bad” is, easily, 2013′s Best Thing, Period.
Caden Keith Feller will be 10 years old on Jan. 1. In fact, he will be the first child in Lucas County to turn 10 years old in 2014.
That’s because Caden was the first baby born in Lucas County in 2004. He was born at 3:51 a.m. at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon. But at the time, being the first baby born in the new year was the last thing on his parents’ minds.
“We made a joke that maybe I would have the first baby of the new year, but we didn’t think he was because he was born at 3:51,” said Samantha Feller, Caden’s mother.
Caden wasn’t due until later that month, and with an older brother, Jacob, who was born after just a 23-week pregnancy, Caden’s birth was a relief for his parents.
“When I went into the hospital [on Dec. 31], I wasn’t planning on having him,” Samantha said. “We were relieved with having a healthy baby.”
The nurses at St. Charles called other area hospitals and eventually learned Caden was the first baby of the year. Samantha said someone associated with the hospital made quilts for New Year babies, so they received one, but otherwise the hospital did not do much to celebrate the unique birth.
The media was another story.
“It was overwhelming, all the people that were in there,” said Jeff Feller, Caden’s father. “It was cool and everything, [but] it was too much for that point in time. … [The media was] there like three hours after she had him.”
“We were shocked about it, honestly,” Samantha said.
Now it’s a story to bring up each year around Caden’s birthday, but Samantha said her son didn’t fully grasp it until recently. About a month ago, the family was getting ready to move and a box containing videotapes of the newscasts and newspaper articles about the birth was found in the attic.
“That was his first time actually seeing it,” Samantha said. “He was excited. He didn’t realize that it had been that big of a deal.”
Caden is now in fourth grade in Oregon, and his parents said he loves playing baseball. Aside from his brother Jacob, Caden has three younger sisters: 6-year-old Addyson, and – another surprise for his parents – 16-month-old twins Adilynn and Bentleigh.
Caden will ring in the new year and turning 10 with a birthday party with his family.
The Bruhl family was dealing with a lot when they were blessed with the birth of son Joshua, the first baby born in Lucas County in 2005.
Shortly before Joshua came into their lives, Laurel and Steven Bruhl’s baby son Nathaniel died suddenly and unexpectedly.
“[Joshua] ended up being our little symbol of hope and rebirth in our family after losing his brother Nathan,” Laurel said.
Laurel also had high blood pressure during her difficult pregnancy. Labor was induced at Mercy St. Anne Hospital on Dec. 31, 2004. Meanwhile, her grandmother was passing away at a hospital in Lima.
“My grandma was actually on her deathbed the night [Joshua] was born and I was very close to my grandma,” Laurel said. “I just remember thinking, ‘Grandma’s leaving and I can’t go see her.’”
Laurel said her infant’s potential status as first baby of 2005 wasn’t on her mind until the nurses at St. Anne informed her.
“[The nurses] kept coming in going, ‘It’s always Toledo Hospital, but you might be the first; right now you’re the first,’” Laurel said with a laugh.
“We weren’t planning on it. We really thought he’d be there Friday night (Dec. 31).”
Joshua was born at 6:18 a.m. Jan. 1, 2005, an hour and a half after his great-grandmother died.
Laurel said within four hours of his birth, the media were there. Her best friend recorded all the Bruhls’ TV appearances for them, which Joshua still enjoys watching.
“He loves watching the day he was born,” Laurel said. “His birthday usually gets overshadowed with the holidays so at least it’s a fun thing for him.
“He started life with a bang. … He started off right,” Laurel said.
After Joshua’s birth, the community rallied around the family, Laurel said.
“We just had people calling the hospital and calling our home and leaving gifts on the steps,” she said. “They saw us go through the grieving with Nathan and everybody was excited to see Josh there and healthy.”
The hospital released Laurel and Joshua so they could attend her grandmother’s funeral, where the baby continued to be a symbol of hope for the family.
“We sat up front and the uncles who are never emotional are sitting there, looking at him and crying,” Laurel said.
Laurel and Steven, a cardiologist for Mercy, now live in Bowling Green with their children. Joshua will turn 9 this year.
The third-grader enjoys Legos, reading, history and playing on the computer, Laurel said.
His siblings Laurel Emily, 12, Ethan, 7, Alexa, 6, and Michael, 3, aren’t jealous of their brother’s former “celebrity” status, Laurel said.
“He’s our sweet funny computer guy.”
Jimmie Jordan and his wife Karen had plans to spend New Year’s Eve 2005 at a Detroit casino. Instead, the couple spent the night welcoming Lucas County’s first baby of 2006. Jordan said he didn’t believe the news at first when the nurse told him. “They have a way of finding things out,” he said. “When I first heard, I thought they were just joking. “As time went on and they convinced me that this was the actual truth, I was very happy. We were both happy, my wife and I. We were excited. It was a history-making moment, actually.” Jordan said he thought of his newborn as a celebrity, in a way. “It was a pretty iconic moment,” he said. Karen was a week overdue, so her going into labor wasn’t much of a surprise. Jordan said the hospital was not crowded or hectic at all. Romeo Jordan, who weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, was born at Mercy St. Anne Hospital shortly after midnight and less than an hour after the couple arrived at the hospital. “He was ready to come on out,” Jordan said. Romeo was the 10th baby for the couple, who has since gone on to have two more, for a total of 12 children. Jordan said he always wanted to have a big family and thinks Romeo will too one day. “He has very big concerns with family,” Jordan said. “Any family function we have, he always wants to be there. … He’s going to be a family man, I know it.” Romeo is currently in the first grade and likes to play football and basketball. His father said he has a lot of energy. “He’s pretty lively,” Jordan said.
The first baby born each year always generates a lot of attention, but New Year’s Day 2010 brought four times the usual excitement as quadruplets were the first to arrive in Lucas County.
“They are a miracle. They are,” said mom Lauren Hablitzel-Lake of Michaela, James, Dakota and Isaiah Lake of Perrysburg, who will turn 4 on Jan. 1. “From being preemies, they have some developmental delays, but they don’t have any major medical issues. To have four healthy babies, they are the minority when it comes to quadruplets.”
The siblings, who started preschool this year, share the same birthday, but their parents said that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
“They are each their own individual and really have their own personalities, their own strengths, their own weaknesses,” Lauren said. “Within a week their personalities were completely different, right away, even as babies.”
Michaela is “all girl,” said dad Nick Lake. She loves princesses and the colors pink and purple.
“We thought she’d be a tomboy, but she’s a complete girlie girl,” Lauren said. “She’ll do everything [her brothers] do, but in her skirt.”
Dakota loves animals, planes, cars and Nerf guns. Isaiah likes trains and bells. James is into firetrucks and dragons. In terms of personality, James is the take-charge leader while Dakota is more laid-back — and it’s been that way since they were babies, Lauren said.
“I just love watching them together, watching them play, watching them talk to each other,” she said. “They could talk to each other before they could talk to me. They had their own little language and they could understand each other.”
The couple, both now 29, said they were ecstatic to find out Lauren was pregnant with quadruplets.
“I thought something was wrong the whole time because the way the doctor acted [during the ultrasound],” Lauren said. “He stopped and pulled back and said, ‘I need her chart,’ and he’s flipping through papers.”
Instead, he pointed out four separate heartbeats.
“By that point, I was already crying because I thought something was wrong. So I was just relieved,” Lauren said. “[Nick] just laughed. Delirious laughter. The doctor kept looking at him like, ‘Are you OK?’ We’re like, ‘Yes! We’re great!’ Life is a blessing. It’s precious.”
The Lakes, who were Perrysburg High School sweethearts, moved back to their hometown shortly after the babies were born, having outgrown their one-bedroom home in McClure overnight.
“Both our families live in Perrysburg and that was always our ideal end location,” said Lauren, who left her job as a middle school math teacher to care for the kids, but plans to return to work once they start kindergarten. Nick is a structural engineer with DGL Consulting Engineers in Maumee.
The easiest part of having four kids the same age is that all are at the same developmental level and interested in similar activities, Lauren said. The hardest part is finding ways to give them individualized attention.
Although the boys still let their mom dress them alike — which she said she plans to do until they protest — Michaela is already having none of that.
“When they were little, they always had coordinating outfits, but that ended real quick because she’s extremely independent and wants to do everything herself,” Lauren said. “She dresses herself every day.”
Lauren was 30 weeks pregnant and had been on bed rest at ProMedica Toledo Hospital for six weeks when her water broke around 10:45 p.m. Dec. 31, 2009. The babies were delivered via cesarean section: James was first at 12:17 a.m., followed by Isaiah at 12:18 a.m., Michaela at 12:19 a.m. and Dakota at 12:20 a.m.
The couple’s one request was that all four be born in the same year, even though it meant missing the deadline for that year’s tax deductions.
“Basically, a difference of 18 to 20 minutes was thousands of dollars,” Nick said, laughing. “The money would have been nice, but it was fine.”
The couple said they found out pretty quickly they had the county’s first babies of the new year.
“People ask me all the time if I planned that. No, I did not,” Lauren said. “As soon as I delivered, they were like, ‘OK, let’s call whoever and see.’ I guess it’s a big deal for them. The nurses were so excited. And with it being quads, I think that just elevated everything.”
The couple said that, as news spread, they were showered with well-wishes and gifts, including a six-month-supply of diapers from a local church and baby clothes from other parents of multiples.
Nick said the distinction of having the first babies was “the cherry on top,” but he was mainly just relieved to be finished with the stress of Lauren’s high-risk pregnancy and moving on to the next phase.
The babies weighed between 2 and 4 pounds each at birth. Including Lauren’s bed rest and the time they spent in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the Lakes stayed at the hospital for 114 days. Michaela and Isaiah went home Feb. 28. Dakota was released two weeks later and James three days after Dakota.
Lauren said it was an amazing feeling when all four children were finally home.
“Relief. Just like — finally. The family’s together. We’re all home,” she said.
The family turns heads and fields questions everywhere they go, Lauren said, which can be frustrating at times, like when people take pictures of the kids without asking.
“Questions I don’t mind, as long as it’s nice,” Lauren said. “But we need to put up a little sign on our wagon: ‘Please refrain from photography.’ I would never take a picture of someone else’s child. Why are you taking pictures of my kids? They are not a circus act. These are my children. Yes, there’s four of them and I know that’s a lot, but …”
The Lakes haven’t really talked to the kids about their “celebrity” status yet, but plan to when they are older.
“This will follow them now for life, which is kind of a nice little bonus,” Nick said. “It doesn’t define them by any means, but it’s neat.”
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day always generate an extra buzz of anticipation on local labor and delivery floors as patients, hospital staff and media alike wait to see which family and which hospital will deliver the first baby of the new year.
“We hope every year we have the first baby,” said Gloria Mayne, a registered nurse who’s worked in ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s nursery for 43 years. Her shift starts at 7 a.m. “The first thing we say [when we walk in] is, ‘Did we have the first baby?’ and they are like, ‘Yeah!’ or ‘Not this year.’ It’s a fun little competition.”
Other holidays, like Christmas, are special too, but nothing compares with the excitement of New Year’s, agreed Beth Garzony, a registered nurse who has worked with Mayne at Toledo Hospital for 26 years.
“We always like to get the title of first baby,” she said. “It’s a new beginning. New Year’s is just exciting. It’s just fun to be here.”
The buzz might be higher than normal on New Year’s, but procedures are the same as any other day, said Dr. Kent Bishop, an OB/GYN and medical director for ProMedica Toledo Hospital Women’s Services.
“It’s pretty much business as usual,” Bishop said. “But there’s a certain amount of excitement to deliver that first baby of the year or even if it’s just the first baby of our institution.”
The excitement means many staff members volunteer for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day shifts.
“That’s not usually a day that we struggle to get coverage,” Bishop said.
First in state
At least twice in recent years, Lucas County’s first baby was also the first born in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Andre Clark, born to Tonya Clark of Toledo at midnight at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, was Ohio’s first baby of 2007, beating 14 other Lucas County babies born Jan. 1 for the local title and making him the first of nearly 150,000 babies born in the state that year. JaNiyla Fields, born to Shaniece Fields of Toledo at 12:01 a.m. at Toledo Hospital, tied for first in the state in 2011.
A set of quadruplets born at Toledo Hospital in 2010 are among the most memorable first births among hospital staff, said Tracy Buder, a registered nurse and clinical director of ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s labor and delivery unit.
“The quads stick out in my mind,” Buder said. “I remember it being very exciting and that everyone thought it was pretty neat to have the first baby of the new year be quads. I believe there was a patient who was upset, that thought it was purposeful, but it absolutely was not. She had to be delivered for a necessity.”
Regardless of a family’s desire to have the first baby of the year, there is a strict set of criteria that must be met when deciding whether or when to induce labor, stressed Dr. Michael Hnat, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Toledo Hospital.
“There has to be a medical indication, not just because it’s the end of the year,” Hnat said.
“We don’t just induce people haphazardly,” Bishop added. “There are some pretty stringent criteria.”
A typical delivery includes a care provider — a physician or midwife — along with two nurses to assist, Bishop said.
“That would be the minimum for a low-risk, straightforward birth,” he said. “That number can be jacked up to about three times that in about 30 seconds if needed, so it has the ability to ramp up quickly.”
Bishop said there was once a set of twins at Toledo Hospital who were born in two different years — one on Dec. 31 and one on Jan. 1.
“They had different birthdays and different years. That was really cool,” Bishop said. “It’s been a few years, so it’s turning into folklore now, but it definitely happened.”
Toledo Hospital is home to the region’s busiest labor and delivery unit. The first baby of the new year has been born there five out of the past six years. The hospital delivered nearly half — more than 3,800 — of the county’s nearly 8,000 babies born in 2012 and is on track for similar numbers this year, Bishop said.
“It would make sense that we have a good chance to get [2014’s first birth] just because of the number of deliveries being done,” Bishop said.
Katelyn Shaner of Bowling Green was the first baby of the new year in 1990. She was born at 12:01 a.m. at Toledo Hospital.
“My parents would tell me about it all the time how the doctors said my mom could decide what year I was born in and how they watched the ball drop just as she had me,” Shaner wrote in an email. “I have the newspaper clippings in my baby book and it’s a running joke about how I was impatient to make my entrance and spoiled my older brother’s plans for the night.”
In Lucas County, there were 12 babies born Jan. 1, 2013, 17 born that day in 2012, 21 in 2011, 27 in 2010, nine in 2009 and 14 in 2008, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
Buder and Bishop said they have each delivered the first baby of the new year once.
“That was very exciting. It was cool to do that,” Buder said. “We didn’t really think we were going to be the first baby of the new year, but we ended up being so it was very cool. We always want to have the New Year’s baby.”
New Year’s Day isn’t the only coveted birth date, Bishop said. Some parents have personal reasons for hoping for a certain date, whether for family significance or because of a unique numerical sequence, such as 10/11/12, Bishop said.
Despite the extra attention heaped on the first baby each year, Hnat said every birth is special.
“Giving birth and having children here or anywhere is a magical time. It’s a birthday and it is a magical time for everybody,” Hnat said. “It’s business as usual on New Year’s Eve. It just happens to be a special time and it’s always a special time. We go on and take care of the patient and their needs, but we don’t really provide the magic to it. That’s their part.”
Lucas County’s first babies 1990-2013
- 2013: Eli John (Parents: Britney Spoldt and Dan Poulin of Toledo), ProMedica Flower Hospital, 1:28 a.m.
- 2012: Axella (Parents: Amanda O’Leary and Nick Bueter of Toledo), ProMedica Toledo Hospital, 12:32 a.m.
- 2011: JaNiyla Marie (Parents: Shaniece Fields of Toledo), Toledo Hospital, 12:01 a.m.
- 2010: James Houston (Parents: Nick Lake and Lauren Hablitzel-Lake of McClure), Toledo Hospital, 12:17 a.m. Followed by siblings Isaiah Parker at 12:18 a.m., Michaela Ann at 12:19 a.m. and Dakota Perry at 12:20 a.m.
- 2009: Ryleigh Addison (Parents: Dawanna Hintz and Adam Owens), Toledo Hospital, 4:37 a.m.
- 2008: Jewel (Parents: Donna and Tim Aldrich of Genoa), Toledo Hospital, 12:16 a.m.
- 2007: Andre (Parents: Tonya Clark of Toledo), Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, midnight.
- 2006: Romeo (Parents: Karen and Jimmie Jordan of Sylvania), Mercy St. Anne Hospital, 12:58 a.m.
- 2005: Joshua (Parents: Steven and Laurel Bruhl of Maumee), St. Anne Hospital, 6:18 a.m.
- 2004: Caden Keith (Parents: Samantha Wilber and Jeff Feller), Mercy St. Charles Hospital, 3:51 a.m.
- 2003: Christopher David (Parents: David and Susan Oleksiak of Oregon), Flower Hospital, 4:05 a.m.
- 2002: Eric Thomas (Parents: Jim and Kelly Joldrichsen of Oregon), Flower Hospital, 12:05 a.m.
- 2001: Tavion (Parents: Tiffani Williams of Toledo), St. Vincent Medical Center, 4:09 a.m.
- 2000: Nathanial Myles (Parents: Leslie Graves and Maynard Belcher Jr. of Toledo), Toledo Hospital, 12:07 a.m.
- 1999: Kersten Elise (Parents: Wendy Lewis and Roger Sallows), St. Luke’s Hospital, 12:01 a.m.
- 1998: Cordell Jarrod “C.J.” (Parents: Jerry and Karin Austin of Perrysburg), St. Luke’s Hospital, midnight.
- 1997: Janell Renea (Parents: Lisa Williams and Joel Wright of Toledo), Riverside Hospital, midnight.
- 1996: Allen Michael (Parents: Tracy Wolfenbarger), Toledo Hospital, 12:03 a.m.
- 1995: Not reported.
- 1994: Jacob (Parents: Jennifer Avalos), Mercy Hospital, 12:50 a.m.
- 1993: Philip Thomas (Parents: Jacquelyn Scanlon and Thomas Baron of Toledo), Flower Hospital, 12:01 a.m.
- 1992: Derek Kristopher (Parents: Darin and Misty Householder), St. Vincent Medical Center, 12:03 a.m.
- 1991: Carol (Parents: Carol Long of Toledo), Riverside Hospital, 12:30 a.m.
- 1990: Katelyn Elizabeth (Parents: Larry and Nancy Shaner of Bowling Green), Toledo Hospital, 12:01 a.m.
— Source: Media reports