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  • Riders arriving at Oscar Bunch Park for the Big Brothers Big Sisters eighth annual Ride-for-Kids’ Sake Family Picnic and Motorcycle Run to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio.

    Around Town: 8-18

    About 45 motorcycle riders from as far away as Indiana rode from Toledo Harley-Davidson to the Oscar Bunch Powertrain/​UAW Family Park on Jackman Road for the eighth annual Ride-for-Kids’ Sake Family Picnic and Motorcycle Run to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio.

  • Mud Hens starter Donn Roach delivers a pitch.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens vs. Syracuse

    The Toledo Mud Hens and Syracuse Chiefs were forced to wait out a 1-hour, 11-minute delay at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo, but they did finally play on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

  • Hundreds of people watch as the historic Port Clinton Lighthouse is installed at its new home.

    Port Clinton Lighthouse moves

    Hundreds turned out on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, to watch the city’s 1896 lighthouse return to Lake Erie, after spending more than six decades on a private marina. It was placed on a barge and moved from Brand’s Marina, down the Portage River, under the Route 163 bridge, and to Water Works Park.

  • The sun sets during the Mud Hens game.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens vs. Syracuse

    The Toledo Mud Hens beat the Syracuse Chiefs by a 4-3 score Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Fifth Third Field.

  • Syracuse's Zach Collier scores while Mud Hens catcher John Hicks waits for the throw.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens fall to Syracuse

    The Toledo Mud Hens took an 8-1 loss against the Syracuse Chiefs on Monday, August 15, 2016, at Fifth Third Field.

  • The crowd listening to the first group a performance by The Pulse Sunday at the 15th River Raisin Jazz Festival in St. Mary's Park in downtown Monroe.

    River Raisin Jazz Festival and Monroe Fine Arts Fair

    The 15th River Raisin Jazz Festival was held Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 in St. Mary's Park in downtown Monroe, Michigan. The 13th Annual Monroe Fine Arts Fair was held in conjunction with the jazz festival.

  • Jane Rye, 3, hugs her stuffed animal as she sits on her loft bed in her family’s 360-square-foot tiny house.

    Tiny house in Spencer Township

    Jamie and Kelly Rye and their children, Jonah, 6, and Jane, 3, moved into their tiny home in Spencer Township last month. Complete with a fully furnished kitchen, compost toilet, multifunctional living space, and two lofts, the 360-square-foot house was built by Mr. Rye and his stepfather over the past year.

  • Sophie Howard, 13, of Sylvania takes aim at the target.

    Northern Archery Championship

    The Northern Archery Championship was held on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at the Oregon South Recreation Complex.

  • Justin Botzko of Toledo drives a Jeep go-cart.

    Toledo Jeep Fest

    Thousands of people who flocked to downtown Toledo for Jeep Fest on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. The festivities began with a four-block parade of Jeeps down Huron Street. The procession included more than 800 Jeeps of all years, models, colors, shapes, and sizes.

  • Mud Hens player Joe Jimenez signs an autograph for Brody Weimer, 13, Carleton, Mich., after throwing out the first pitch for former pro wrestler Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens handle Columbus

    The Mud Hens snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory against the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Toledo scored five runs in the first four innings, with leadoff batter Alex Presley and No. 2 hitter Dixon Machado each going 3 for 5. Buck Farmer earned the win.

  • From left: Cathy Shaffner, Fanell Williams, guest speaker, and Sharee Youssef at the Soroptimist of Lucas County ice cream social.

    Around Town: 8-11

    Outdoor events for fun and fund-raising are popular. The Soroptimist International of Lucas County’s annual ice cream social was held on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Sylvania home of Sharee Youssef. Ladies enjoyed the backyard event as they cooled themselves with ice cream on the hot afternoon.

  • Workers from the Kelly Miller Circus erect the big top for its performance Wednesday night at the Toledo Speedway.

    Kelly Miller Circus returns

    A summer tradition is back in Toledo as Oklahoma-based Kelly Miller Circus returned on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at Toledo Speedway for its seventh straight year in the Glass City.

  • Toledo's Jordany Valdespin beats Columbus' Adam Moore to score in the bottom of the sixth inning.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens fall short against Columbus

    The Toledo Mud Hens suffered a 7-5 loss to Columbus at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Toledo starter Cesar Ramos gave up three runs in the first and a run in the third to take the loss.

  • The B-25 Mitchell arrives.

    World War II-era airplanes

    World War II-era airplanes arrived in Toledo on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at Grand Aire at Toledo Express Airport. The planes are participating in the Collins Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour.

  • Mud Hens second baseman Argenis Diaz tags out Columbus' Bradley Zimmer at second base on a steal attempt.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens blanked by Columbus

    The Mud Hens finished with just five hits and suffered a 3-0 loss to Columbus at Fifth Third Field on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Clippers shortstop Erik Gonzalez hit two home runs to lead the Columbus offense as Toledo saw a three-game winning streak end.

  • Sgt. Alex Drabik, left, Gen. Leonard and Drabiks parents at a celebration at the zoo amphitheater in Toledo on August 18, 1945. Drabik was the first Allied soldier to cross the Rhine River into Germany at the end of WWII.

    Pictures of the Week: August 8-14, 2016

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, August 8 to Sunday August 14, 2016.

  • Local Muslim men pray during service.

    Local Muslims cope with tensions, scorn

    A look at Muslim life as local Muslims cope with tensions, scorn, and increased discrimination given global events.

  • Lee Randles of Holland, center, discusses what life was like for African Americans during the Civil War at the Lathrop House celebration of freedom

    The Lathrop House celebration of freedom

    this year's annual celebration of freedom hosted by the Friends of the Lathrop House Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the historic home in Sylvania's Harroun Park. The house, built by Universalist minister Lucian and Larissa Lathrop, served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

  • Sometimes fishermen catch a little more than they bargain for. Such was the case when 5-year-old Frank Hickman went fishing with his 8-year-old cousin, Jason Hickman, on Aug. 16, 1982. The pair thought their line was caught on the bottom of Silver Lake while fishing from the walking bridge at Side Cut Metropark. But after a few tugs, they discovered something much more exciting.  Frank had landed a 32-pound snapping turtle. Frank’s father, Brad, had to help retrieve the reptile from the water. In this photo taken the next day by Blade photographer Dave Cron, Frank, at left, and Jason apparently have been told the news that the snapping turtle was not going to be their pet.  After much cajoling, Mr. Hickman persuaded his son that the turtle was too big for their family bathtub and they turned it loose in the Ottawa River, near their home.

    Pictures of the Week: August 1-7, 2016

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, August 1 to Sunday August 7, 2016.

  • An Indian dance troupe.

    Festival of Indiana at Centennial Terrace

    The Festival of India was at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania Township on August 7, 2016. The event featured traditional folk and Bollywood dancing, a variety of Indian food, meditation, vendors with traditional Indian items, and henna.


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