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  • Saying hello to Santa Claus at LaSalle's are Chuckie Williams, 4, and Archie Williams, 2. Toledo Blade file photo dated Nov. 28, 1953.

    Pictures of the Week: Dec. 14-20

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, Dec. 14 to Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW

  • Santa Claus is one of dozens of cut-out scenes in front of the Faine house on State Route 235 outside of Ada.

    Cutouts give Christmas character

    Each Christmas season, the Faine family in Hancock County puts up dozens of cut-outs to celebrate the holidays.

  • Toledo's Stuckey Mosley drives against Bethune-Cookman during a basketball game Saturday, December 19, 2015, in Toledo, Ohio.

    IN PICTURES: Toledo basketball gets win

    The Toledo men's basketball team beat Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

  • Lona Lakatos, of Social Services for the Arab Community, left, speaks with Dr. Gigi Sankary, center, about medical documentation for her husband Dr. Fahed Martini, at their home in West Toledo.

    Syrian families find themselves in limbo after fleeing war

    The ongoing war in Syria has produced an international refugee crisis, and forced many of the country's citizens to flee by other means, such as seeking asylum. The war has also divided families, leaving some in Syria and the Middle East while those who have made it out to countries such as the United States struggle to reunite the family abroad.

  • Toledo's head coach Derek LaLonde briefs his team during a time out in the third period.

    Walleye top Manchester

    Photos of the Toledo Walleye's Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, hockey match up against Manchester at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The Walleye won, 2-0. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW

  • Santa pumps gas for customers at Sam's Club in Holland.

    A day in the life of Santa Claus

    Santa (in civilian life Ric Nierman) and Mrs. Claus (Carol Olszewski) do their best to keep local kids off the naughty list.

  • Decorations sit at the Stone Oak Country Club in Springfield Twp. at its annual Puttin' on the Glitz Holiday Lights event, co-coordinated by Arlene Whelan and Toni Zammit.

    On The Town: 12-20

    Holiday themes reign as many local country clubs and other organizations held galas.

  • Paige Boleros shows off her diploma to family members in the audience during the Bowling Green State University Fall Commencement at the Stroh Center.

    Bowling Green fall commencement

    Bowling Green State University holds its fall commencement at the Stroh Center on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. The commencement speaker was 1965 BGSU graduate Howard Aldrich, who is a sociology and business professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

  • Hannah Lerro, left, and Avery Capaldi, right, react during the University of Toledo Fall Commencement Ceremony in Savage Arena.

    University of Toledo fall commencement

    The University of Toledo held its fall commencement Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Savage Arena.

  • Central Catholic's head coach Nick Lowe, center, and bench cheer on their teammates.

    IN PICTURES: Central Catholic 55, Whitmer 53

    The Irish had to go to overtime to beat the Panthers on Friday, Dec. 18. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND BEGIN SLIDESHOW.

  • Rogers' Geionna Hollingsworth (10) shoots against Start's Nadia Dumas (33).

    IN PICTURES: Rogers 55, Start 51

    The Rams overcame a four-point halftime deficit to beat the Spartans on Friday, Dec. 18. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND BEGIN SLIDESHOW.

  • Defendants Kenneth Maldonado, left, and Jack Welninski appear in Perrysburg Municipal Court in Perrysburg, Ohio, Friday, December 18, 2015, after allegedly engaging in a shootout with police in Northwood, Ohio.

    Northwood police shootout

    Two men have been arrested and one woman, 22-year-old Erica Lauro of Pensacola, Fla., is dead after a shootout with police ended Friday, December 18, 2015, in Northwood, Ohio.

  • Toledo Central Catholic players celebrate after defeating Whitmer High School 67-66 Dec. 17 at Whitmer.

    IN PICTURES: Central Catholic at Whitmer girls basketball

    Central Catholic's girls earned a 67-66 win at Toledo Whitmer in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls basketball contest Dec. 17.

  • Kyle Recker, 7, left, talks with her father Chris Liebe, center left, as the pair join other fans in lining up more than three hours early to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on Thursday at Rave Cinemas Franklin Park 16 inside the Franklin Park Mall in West Toledo. Mr. Liebe picked Kyle up from school and headed directly to the theater.

    Fans gather for Star Wars premiere

    Loyal Star Wars fans were waiting in line at Rave Cinemas Franklin Park 16 as early as 3:30 p.m. for a 7:30 showing as "The Force Awakens" premiered Thursday, December 17, 2015.

  • A Christmas tree made from poinsettias at the Block Communications holiday party at the Valentine.

    Around Town: Holiday parties a way to say thanks

    Two recent events were the Block Communications Holiday Party at the Valentine Theatre Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, and the Toledo Animal Shelter's party at the Inverness Club.

  • Rogers' Ahmad Smith (5) battles Scott's Eli Belmon (10) for the ball.

    IN PICTURES: Scott vs. Rogers boys basketball

    Rogers took it right to defending City League boys basketball champion Scott on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in an 80-77 double-overtime victory at home.

  • Front row, from left: Kadyn Driftmeyer, Macey Davidson, Karsin VonDeylen, Will Strzesynski, Ilayda Gocmen, Paxton Jones. Back row, from left: Tiffanie Ghesquire, Sarah Smithers, Chrissy Nackowicz, Jenny Thompson, Julia Lark, Katie Freels, Emily Conley.

    Right-To-Read Week at Frank Elementary

    Frank Elementary is celebrating Right to Read Week to encourage students to read more and help instill a love of reading in the children. There was a school-wide challenge to read 40,000 minutes. As an incentive to reach the goal Principal Chad Warnimont agreed to dress like a super hero.

  • Toledo player Alden Hirschfeld, right, and Indy Fuel player Dylan Clarke fight to reach the puck.

    IN PICTURES: Indy Fuel at Walleye

    The Walleye defeated the Indy Fuel 5-1 Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, before a crowd of 5,934, mostly energetic kids attending the School Day Celebration game at the Huntington Center.

  • Sisters of Notre Dame take communion for the last time at the Toledo Provincial Center, Tuesday.

    Sisters of Notre Dame move to Whitehouse

    About 20 of the Sisters of Notre Dame moved Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, from their Provincial Center at Monroe Street and Secor Road in West Toledo to their new housing complex near Whitehouse. About 20 more will make the move Thursday. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW

  • Rossford's Jeff Hodak snags a rebound during basketball game against Elmwood.

    IN PICTURES: Elmwood at Rossford boys basketball

    The Royals did just enough to ultimately prevail 56-53 as Elmwood won Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, for the first time at Rossford High School since Northern Buckeye Conference play began in 2011.


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