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  • Perryburg's Mars Orta-Deemer misses a wild throw to first base during Monday's 6-1 win over Maumee at Rolf Park in Maumee.

    IN PICTURES: Perrysburg 6, Maumee 1

    Perrysburg topped Maumee in a Northern Lakes League softball game Monday afternoon.

  • If you want to set a speed record, how do you make a train go faster? Equip it with jet engines.  In a July 23, 1966, test run for New York Central railcar M-497, twin jet engines were mounted on the car’s roof. This Blade archive photo was shot along a 30-mile straight stretch of track in Williams County, as the train set a U.S. railroad speed record of 183.85 mph.  At the time, New York Central said the speed test was to see if high-speed shuttle train service between major cities would make sense. But thanks to airlines, automobiles, and relatively inexpensive gasoline, the experiment faded away. Another problem with high-speed trains in the United States was the county’s railroad infrastructure. The world train speed record in 1966 was just over 200 miles an hour, and Asia and Europe, including Japan and France, boasted the fastest commuter trains in the world. But those trains had the advantage of running on separate tracks to avoid road crossings and slower-moving freight trains.  An Ohio Historic Marker was placed at the train station near Bryan in November, 2003, to commemorate the U.S. speed record.

    Pictures of the Week: April 17-23, 2017

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, April 117 to Sunday, April 23, 2017.

  • Kalamazoo's Cameron Darcy and Toledo's Evan Rankin, are separated during Sunday's Game 6 of the ECHL Central Division semifinals in Kalamazoo. The Walleye lost to Kalamazoo, 4-3, to set up Game 7 Tuesday in Toledo.

    IN PICTURES: Kalamazoo 4, Walleye 3

    Kalamazoo dug out of an early 2-0 hole to beat the Toledo Walleye in Game 6 of their ECHL Central Division semifinal series Sunday at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. The Walleye and Wings will face off Tuesday at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo in Game 7.

  • Half marathon runners Olivia Scheid, left, and Sydney Kramer, right, hold hands as they cross the finish line during the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon at the University of Toledo today.

    IN PICTURES: 41st Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

    Runners participated in the 41st Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Sunday morning in Toledo.

  • The Yenrick family, from left, daughter in Law Kellie, son William, wife Linda, daughter Leigh Yenrick, daughter Anne Woodring and father Tim Yenrick at the 20th annual East Toledo Family Center Gala, ‘Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,’ presented by El Camino Real Sky at St. Michael’s Centre in Oregon.

    On The Town: Gala aims to make kids’ wishes come true

    Recent events included MAKE-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana BIG Wish Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg; third annual Bravo! BGSU, a celebration of the arts presented by PNC; Flip Flops in Paradise to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio at Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg; 20th annual East Toledo Family Center Gala presented by El Camino Real Sky at St. Michael’s Centre in Oregon.

  • Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler, left, gets ready to measure a fish that the team of Tyler Winters, 9, caught.

    IN PICTURES: Maumee-Perrysburg High fishing tournament

    The sixth annual Maumee High School vs. Perrysburg High School fishing tournament was held at Side Cut Metropark on April 22, 2017, in Maumee.

  • Amos Woods, 4, sported his sign as he joined his father Steve Woods of Toledo and brother Wyatt, 6, for the March for Science.

    March for Science in Toledo

    A March for Science happened on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Toledo. Several hundred people turned out for celebrate science at the rally and march, which began in East Toledo's International Park and ended at the Imagination Station in downtown Toledo.

  • Toledo Walleye forward Evan Rankin fights Kalamazoo Wings forward Brian Hart during game 5 of their ECHL Central Division semifinal series Friday.

    IN PICTURES: Walleye 3, Kalamazoo 2

    A goal by A.J. Jenks with 23 seconds left in regulation lifted the Toledo Walleye to a 3-2 win over the Kalamazoo Wings in Game 5 of their ECHL Central Division semifinal series Friday at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The Walleye lead the series 3-2 and have a chance to close it out when they travel to Kalamazoo for Game 6 Sunday afternoon.

  • Northview's Ben Boyers slams a home run in the bottom of the first inning Friday. The Wildcats beat Perrysburg, 5-2.

    IN PICTURES: Northview 5, Perrysburg 2

    Sylvania Northview improved to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the Northern Lakes League with a win over Perrysburg Friday. Northview pitcher David Mulligan struck out 7 and allowed just 4 hits.

  • Spencer Shully, left, receives a hug and a Good Samaritan Award from Mark Manifold, right, during the 50th annual Hero Awards Banquet.

    Hero Awards Banquet

    The 50th annual Hero Awards Banquet took place Thursday at the Pinnacle in Maumee. Presented by the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio, the ceremony honors those who have saved a human life in the past year and those who went above and beyond the call of duty.

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens to fifth graders at Van Wert Elementary School during a visit Thursday.

    Betsy DeVos vists Van Wert schools

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten met with students, teachers and administrators in Northwest Ohio's Van Wert school system Thursday.

  • Harpist Julie Buzzelli plays at the Toledo Symphony League's annual Rite of Spring event.

    Around Town: 4/20

    Annual Rite of Spring at the Hilton Garden Inn, JO-JO and Stu Goldberg’s annual April Fool’s Dinner, and Belmont Country Club Easter celebration.

  • The Wings scored four goals in the opening period in Game 4 of the Central Division semifinals, including consecutive goals 16 seconds apart tonight.

    IN PICTURES: Wings 8, Walleye 5

    In a span of 16 seconds, the Walleye's opening-round playoff series with Kalamazoo became uncomfortably tight for Toledo despite a late comeback bid in the third period.

  • Kalamzoo's  Josh Pitt, Walleye's Landon Oslanski, Walleye goalie Jake Paterson  and Walleye Nolan Zajac.

    IN PICTURES: Kalamazoo 6, Walleye 4

    Toledo goaltender Jake Paterson stood tall against a barrage of shots, but Kalamazoo rallied to take a 6-4 win over the Walleye in Game 3 of the Central Division semifinals tonight.

  • Notre Dame Academy's Lauren Sasala reacts to scoring on a double by Mel Faltys during Monday's Three Rivers Athletic Conference game against Whitmer. Notre Dame won 6-0 to remain unbeaten in the TRAC.

    IN PICTURES: Notre Dame 6, Whitmer 0

    Notre Dame Academy's softball team improved to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference with a win at Whitmer. The Panthers fell to 8-3 and 3-1.

  • April is usually a busy time for zoo nurseries. The Toledo Zoo earlier this month welcomed a newborn female Masai giraffe named Kipenzi, though she is still off exhibit with her mother.  This Blade archive photo captured some of the newest arrivals at the Toledo Zoo on April 29, 1957. Diane Jean Blech from Kendallville, Ind., is shown cuddling one of five baby foxes. Though she may have wanted to take one of them home, it wasn’t part of her father Edwin Blech’s plan for the day.  They are not ideal pets, but the red fox is adaptable, intelligent and cunning. They can do well in locations close to humans, such as farms or suburban areas. When living near humans, they dine on garbage and pet food.

    Pictures of the Week: April 10-16, 2017

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, April 10 to Sunday, April 16, 2017.

  • Toledo's Michael Almanzar high-fives third base coach Basilio Cabrera after hitting a home run against Indianapolis Sunday at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens won the game, 9-5.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens 9, Indianapolis 5

    The Toledo Mud Hens scored six times in the 7th inning and held on for a win over the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. Toledo has started the season 8-3.

  • Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications Inc., parent company of The Blade, left, with wife Susan Block and Tom Cole in The Blade suite at Fifth Third Field

    On The Town: Mud Hens Opening Day

    On Opening Day at the Toledo Mud Hens, tailgaters started as early as 9 a.m., and more revelers and Hens fans joined in by noon or so. The parties continued through the game’s first pitch and way past the finish. People were everywhere in Hensville — at area eateries and bars, private tailgate parties, and in the field house where some watched the game as others gabbed the night away.

  • Toledo Walleye goalie Jake Paterson blocks a Kalamazoo shot with his head during Game 2 of an ECHL Central Division playoff series Saturday at the Huntington Center. The Walleye won, 4-1, to take a 2-0 series lead.

    IN PICTURES: Walleye 4, Kalamazoo 1

    The Toledo Walleye got two goals from Evan Rankin and took a 2-0 lead in their ECHL Central Division playoff series against Kalamazoo with Saturday's win at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. Game 3 of the best-of-7 series takes place Tuesday in Kalamazoo.

  • Toledo's Efren Navarro, left, is greeted by manager Mike Rojas after Navarro hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning Saturday against the Indianapolis Indians. Toledo beat Indianapolis, 6-3.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens 6, Indianapolis 3

    The Toledo Mud Hens improved to 7-3 with a win over the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field Saturday. Efren Navarro belted a pair of two-run home runs for Toledo.


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