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Mayor touts 'wonderful October weekend'


Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough


Beautiful weather and excellent planning lead to a wonderful Fall Festival on Oct. 21 in downtown Sylvania. Thousands of residents and visitors filled Main Street for the 26th Annual Fall Festival, including our guests from Sylvania’s Sister City of Woodstock, Ontario.

The Fall Festival Parade was spectacular.

Both the Northview and Southview marching bands participated, appearing in Halloween costumes in lieu of their regular band uniforms. Many children walked in the parade, also in Halloween costumes or with twirling groups, cheer groups or others. The Great Black Swamp Frogs Base Ball Club appeared, as did the Shriners. Two camels were also in the parade, a first in my memory.

Sylvania Forester Art Landseadel served as Grand Marshal, honored for his many contributions over the years including establishing Sylvania as a Tree City USA, starting the Sylvania Conservation Corps and designing many of our parks and street trees.

Many booths were also open along the parade route in the downtown. Food venders, church groups, levy groups, retailers, etc. rented the spaces, which added to the festive atmosphere and also helped raise funds for the sponsoring agency.

The Sylvania Sister City Commission was the sponsoring agency again this year, and what a wonderful job they did. My congratulations and thanks to them all, especially Jane Herwat for again organizing the parade and festival activities. Also thanks to Eddie Boggs, Bob Wurst and Rose Gaiffe for their work on stage announcing the parade, and also to Joy Armstrong and the Sylvania Historical Commission for their work and participation.

The Sister City Commission also welcomed several representatives from Woodstock, Ontario, including Mayor Pat Sobeski, and hosted them at a Sister City Dinner on Saturday night. We are pleased to hear that Mayor Sobeski is reinvigorating the sister city relationship in Woodstock, and I look forward to participating in Woodstock’s Santa Claus Parade in November.

Also on Sunday, I was privileged to attend a Main Street Bridge Art Dedication and Blessing Ceremony hosted by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission for the four new ceramic murals on the Main Street bridge piers. Each pier has a different mural depicting Sylvania’s Native American settlement, the Freedom Road, Tree City USA and the new Sylvania River Trail.

The four murals were commissioned by the Arts Commission and created by Sylvania Franciscan Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak. They are each beautiful pieces of art and will be a part of our community’s history for many years to come. I encourage you to view and enjoy them.

Thank you to the Arts Commission and to Sister Jane Mary for their wonderful efforts creating this unique artwork in downtown Sylvania.

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