Thank you for Frank Bruni’s June 8 op-ed column, “The gift of siblings keeps on giving for life.” That column was published just as our three sons completed their annual “brothers’ weekend,” a sacrosanct event to which no other relatives are invited.
They are in their 50s, and live in different parts of the United States. For 13 years, they have traveled to each other’s cities without fail, treasuring their time together more each year.
Their families happily accept the solidity of their commitments to each other. As their mother, I couldn’t be more delighted.
More history of Manor House
Your June 3 article “Manor House to celebrate 75 years” stated that developer Robert Cavalear wanted to build 1,000 luxury apartments on the grounds surrounding the house at what is now Wildwood Preserve Metropark. Actually, Mr. Cavalear had started plotting out the property to build upscale homes, not apartments.
Many people who could afford them were looking forward to living on this beautiful piece of land. They did not want the land to become a park.
My husband, Bob Metz, was director of Metroparks of the Toledo Area from 1968 to 1985. Bob, who died in 2005, was a large part of the effort to get the land for a park.
Many people who were against the park later told Bob that securing the Manor House for Metroparks was the best thing that ever could have happened to Toledo.
Queen’s date fixed on park plaque
On one of my recent walks in Wildwood Preserve Metropark, I noted a bench at the Manor House marking the silver anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.
The bench was there, so the words on a plaque say, to mark her silver anniversary in 1877 of ascending to the throne.
I saw the queen at close quarters a year ago. She bears her age well. If the date on the plaque is to be trusted, that makes her 187 years old.
Editor’s note: A Metroparks spokesman said a new plaque recently was installed with the silver anniversary’s correct year, 1977.
Waite saluted for Honor Flight aid
Kudos to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Waite High School for their donation to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.
At this year’s Memorial Day program, students presented a representative of Honor Flight with a check for $1,600.
In the past few years, contributions from Waite to this cause have amounted to more than $5,000. Way to go, Indians.
BRENDA BRIGHT HAGMAN
Editor’s note: The writer is a graduate of, and retired teacher from, Waite.