Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018
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The best election-day story yet

Talk about dedicated voters!

Carolyn Owens of Toledo went into labor on election day, and with her sister driving, she started for the hospital.

On the way, she stopped to vote.

Continuing on, she reached St. Charles Mercy Hospital and delivered a baby daughter, Vivica India.

That's not all. Eight years ago, Carolyn gave birth to a son, Dyllon, also on election day!

Hats off to the roofers union and Owens Corning. The much-used old shelter house at Toledo's Ottawa Park has a new roof - and it didn't cost taxpayers a cent.

Local 134 apprentices did the work free, and shingles were donated by Owens Corning, says Domenic Montalto, the park's citizens advisory board chairman.

“Rich Shackelford, local president, and Mike Maguire, the apprentice education director, got the guys out there one day and it was done,” Dominic says.

Ottawa is regarded as a “regional” park, because of heavy use it gets by people from all over, he says. One big reason for increased use is the nearby police station.

Check your closets, folks. Someone has Chris Mann's best sweater and may not know it.

Chris of Sylvania took the sweater to Touch of Class cleaners. When she went to pick it up, it had disappeared, most likely gone home mistakenly attached to someone's else's clothes.

“It's special, my favorite,” says Chris, who hopes someone will return the blue-green sweater with checked collar to the cleaners.

“Florida could offer

an early clue”

That was the ironic headline over a Bryan Times voting day report on the presidential election.

It was no slow anniversary waltz for Antoinette and Archie Marmar of Toledo.

For their 25th wedding anniversary, they were picked up in a white limousine for a ride to the Valentine Theatre, where they had box seats for a Glenn Miller Orchestra concert, all courtesy of daughter and son-in-law Ruth and Dennis Gwynne.

It recalled memories of when Archie and Antoinette were young in the 1930s and '40s and they danced the jitterbug (but not together) at Toledo's Trianon Ballroom.

They met years later at a singles dance in 1968 while dancing the jitterbug. “We were married in 1975 and we still like the jitterbug,'' Antoinette said.

“It isn't what a teenager knows that worries parents, it's how they found out,” notes Chuck Camp-bell of Perrysburg.

While “teaching” his son, Andrew, to ride a skateboard, Ken Lynch of Toledo fell and broke his ankle. When Ken returned from the hospital, he found that a neighbor had put up a sign:

``Skateboarding can be

Dangerous to your Health

to Those Over 40!''

“Feed Your Faith and Your Doubts Will Starve to Death.”

So reads a sign at Gomer United Church of Christ in Gomer, O.

Mike Tressler is a Blade columnist. E-mail him at mtressler@theblade.com, call 1-419-724-6107, or mail an item at The Blade, Box 921, Toledo, O. 43660.

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