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Barbara Hendel


Author tells of black, female chemists

Event was link between black, women’s history months

JEANNETTE Brown of Princeton, N.J., spent a day and a half in Toledo telling histories of female African American chemists from the late 1800s to today. 

Ms. Brown, the author of the book, African American Women Chemists, is a retired chemist from the pharmaceutical research industry, advocate for diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences, and fellow of the American Chemical Society and Association of Women in Science.

She spoke in the McMaster Auditorium of the main Toledo-Lucas County Public Library on March 3. The event was a celebratory link between Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March.

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Ms. Brown was also among the speakers in a Meet & Greet: Women Scientists Bridging Generations March 2 in the Student Union of the University of Toledo. Professional women with diverse STEM — standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — backgrounds and ethnicities shared their stories and offered advice to the young ladies present from area middle and high schools as well as the University of Toledo.

Sponsors of the event at the library were the Toledo Local Section of the American Chemical Society, the Northwest Ohio Chapter of Association for Women in Science, and the library.

Organizers of the Meet & Greet included the local chemical society with Alicia Smith, director of the Toledo Youth Commission, the local Women in Science group, the University of Toledo, and the city of Toledo.

THE 2016 Ohio International Pageants Organization was at the historic Maumee Indoor Theatre last weekend. Competition included interview, fitness, fun cashion, and evening gown categories.

Local Miss contestants included Miss Maumee Loren Baker, Miss Sylvania Laurel Lovitt, and Miss Lake Erie Whitneyshainne Smith. Local Teen contestants included Miss Teen Toledo Olivia Sohnly, Miss Teen Sylvania Alexa Borgerson, and Miss Teen Perrysburg Abigail Davis.

The winners, who will go on to compete in the national pageant in Jacksonville in July, were Alissa Brumbaugh, 2016 Miss Ohio International, Kimbrance Slay, Cover Girl Modeling 2016, and Abbie Davis, Miss Teen Ohio International 2016.

Running the Ohio pageant were Gerri Walczak, state director and Susan Botek of Maumee.

In addition to the competition, the girls support a charity. This year it was Prom Possible and the volunteers from the Maumee dance team, Joy MacLeod and Sherrie Burkhardt. Each pageant contestant donated a dress.

THE 6th annual Restaurant Week Toledo hosted by Leadership Toledo started Monday and continues through Sunday.

More than 378 party-goers attended the kickoff party the Thursday before in the Secor Building. Tastings of Restaurant Week Toledo menus were offered by 16 of the 44 participating locally-owned restaurants as well as samples of wine and craft beers from local distributors. The food and spirits whet appetites. By the evening’s end, Chief Magistrate of Lucas County Probate Court Nancy Miller and husband attorney Mike Mikkonen, had decided to visit at least three restaurants.

Music was by Youth Jefferson Award recipient (Springfield High School) Nick Amlin of Nick’s DJ Service.

The coat check was run by the Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence group to raise funds toward their $20,000 goal for local youth-serving groups.

In the crowd were Leadership Toledo board President Troy Hill, WTVG-TV, Channel 13’s Brian Trauring, Christina Williams, Ben Cathey, and Tony Geftos. Also on hand: Paul Hollenbeck, Paul Toth, Michael Malone, Molly Luetke, Rick Osgood, Faye Rochon, Joe Metzger, Bruce Douglas, Alicia Wagner, Candice and Brandon Harrison, Mary and Jerry Kern, and Mark Chovan who won the raffle package that included a $25 gift card from each of the 14 restaurants at the kickoff.

Restaurant Week Toledo supports Youth Leadership Toledo for high school sophomores; Students In Action — students at the area’s 42 area high schools, and YiPEE.

MORE than 2,000 beer aficionado’s attended the 10th Annual Glass City Beer Festival on Friday at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee. There were 300 plus beers for sampling by 50 breweries. The event is touted as the original and biggest beer festival in Toledo and the only one that benefits nonprofit organizations.

During the VIP hour, Swig provided tasty treats to compliment the suds. Sating appetites the rest of the night were PizzAroma in Maumee and Dorr Street Café.

About $40,000 was raised for Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and Camp Courageous/​Arc of NWO. Sponsors included iHeart Radio, The Andersons, Joseph’s Beverage Center, and many more.

Event chairman Mary Lee Rietzke, a board member of the Hemophilia Foundation, was assisted by a vast committee.

TOLEDO Country Club members had fun at the Celebrity Bar Tender night. Courtney Fox, Danielle Spahr, Margot Estes, and Cindi White were the celebrity bar tenders. They created a “The Grass is Always Greener on Our Side” theme, referring to tennis vs golf.

TIDBITS from around town:

Devoon, which recently relocated next to Manhattan’s Pub ’n Cheer on Adams Street was the hub of entertainment Friday night. Owner Sandy Blackstone Carman hosted her own birthday party in the affordable and unusual boutique and there was a constant stream of area movers and shakers.

Groundhog day is a weather omen, but folks here know it’s spring when Mr. Freeze opens for the season. The lines were endless on the first day, Feb. 26.

The former Wayward Inn in Rossford is now the Wayward Bar Grille. It opened Monday.

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