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  • Kevin and Emily Wilcheck wait to order lunch with their son Aiden, 8, at Tony Packo's Restaurant Downtown at the Park in Toledo.

    Tony Packo's 5-cent hot dog

    The restaurant is offering five-cent hotdogs for dine-in customers this week to commemorate its 85 years in business.

    3/30/2017
  • From left: Doug Kearns, VP; Emily Yark, Community Relations Manager; Billy Yark, Marketing Manager; D.J. Yark, General Manager; and John Yark, President at the Yaark BMW grand opening.

    Around the Town gallery, March 30, 2017

    Events photos from Yaark BMW grand opening, Carlos' Poco Loco restaurant, Wood County Economic Development Commission annual dinner, and Toledo Junior Bar Association.

    3/30/2017
  • It was another Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio, but not the boring kind described in the lyrics of the old John Denver song. Not this time. In fact, it was a downright enjoyable night.  This photo was taken by Blade Chief Photographer Tom O’Reilly shortly after 7 p.m. on October 20, 1973. The parking lot was already filling up at the Granada, on Monroe Street near Secor Road. The piano bar was a place for a date, to unwind from the week, or to just sit back with a drink and listen to the music.  In 1973, Monroe Street was quite the happening place to be. From Erie Street in Sylvania to Summit Street in downtown Toledo, Monroe Street boasted at least 75 bars and restaurants, eight churches, six hotels and motels, a cemetery, a park, 42 gas stations, 21 furniture and appliance stores, 13 car dealers, 10 shopping centers, two nurseries, and a couple of bakeries.

    Pictures of the Week: March 20-26, 2017

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, March 20 to Sunday, March 26, 2017.

    3/27/2017
  • Matt Pohlkamp of the Toledo Walleye checks Norfolk's Trevor Gerling.

    IN PICTURES: Norfolk 3, Walleye 2, shootout

    The Norfolk Admirals beat the Toledo Walleye in a shootout Sunday at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The loss ended Toledo's 7-game winning streak.

    3/26/2017
  • Gary and Lorie Morelock flank their 5-month-old male German Shorthair Pointer named Ruger during the first dog-friendly game in Walleye history Sunday at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

    Dog-friendly Walleye game

    A number of fans at Sunday's game between the Toledo Walleye and Norfolk Admirals were of the 4-legged variety, as the Walleye welcomed a limited number in attendance to bring their dogs to the game. Tickets for dog owners were $17, with tickets for dogs going for $5. All proceeds from dog tickets will go to benefit Lucas County Canine Care and Control.

    3/26/2017
  • Cathy Brown of Toledo takes a look at a succulent at the Field of Flowers Market booth during the 49th annual PRO Home Improvement & Garden Show Sunday at SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.

    PRO Home Improvement & Garden Show

    Home and gardening vendors and events for children were part of the 49th annual Professional Remodelers Oragnization Home Improvement & Garden Show at SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.

    3/26/2017
  • From left, Dr. Gregory Kasper, Heart Ball co-chairman; Dr. Daniel Cassavar, Heart Ball co-chairman, Pulse of Toledo Honoree; Dr. Christopher Cooper, Professor of Medicine, Dean, College of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Toledo; and Dr. James Bingle, Heart Ball chairman during the 20th Annual Toledo Heart Ball at the Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg.

    On The Town: Toledo Heart Ball, Zepf fund-raiser, St. Patrick's Day

    The On The Town gallery includes pictures from the Toledo Heart Ball in Perrysburg, the Zepf Center's Serve Up an Ace fund-raiser, and St. Patrick's Day festivities.

    3/26/2017
  • Walleye forward Tylor Spink scores against Florida goalie Alex Nedelijkovic during Saturday's game at the Huntington Center. The Walleye won, 8-2.

    IN PICTURES: Walleye 8, Florida 2

    The Toledo Walleye scored on their first four shots of the second period Saturday night and built a 7-0 lead en route to a win over Florida. The crowd of 8,300 represented the 19th sellout of the season at the Huntington Center, a franchise record.

    3/25/2017
  • Carol Brown, left, Durita Kirby, and Ashely Shepard, all of Ashland County, supporting Ashland County athletes who are performing on four different courts in front of them at the Special Olympics Ohio state basketball tournament skills contest.

    Special Olympics basketball in Bowling Green

    About 240 athletes participate in shooting, dribbling, and passing drills in the Individual Skills Contest for the Special Olympics Ohio state basketball tournament in Bowling Green on March 25, 2017.

    3/25/2017
  • Wauseon brings it in to touch their trophy after coming in second place against St. Vincent-St. Mary in the Division II title game at Ohio State today. at The Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center today.

    IN PICTURES: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 45, Wauseon 30

    Wauseon falls to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the OHSAA Division II boys basketball final in Columbus on March 25, 2017.

    3/25/2017
  • Toledo Walleye goalie Cal Heeter stops a shot by Florida Everblades player Michael Kirkpatrick during the Walleye's 6-4 win at the Huntington Center.

    IN PICTURES: Toledo 6, Florida 4

    Dane Walters scored twice as the Toledo Walleye overcame a 2-0 deficit to down Florida by a 6-4 score at the Huntington Center on Friday, March 24, 2017.

    3/24/2017
  • Archbold's Kaiden Bedsole shoots a 3 over Roger Bacon's Jack Bishop.

    IN PICTURES: Roger Bacon 68, Archbold 43

    St. Bernard Roger Bacon was dominant from start to finish on Friday, March 24, 2017, in taking a 68-43 victory over Archbold in a Division III boys basketball state semifinal at Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

    3/24/2017
  • Wauseon's pumps up before the start of the Division II state championship semifinal matchup against Eastmoor Academy.

    IN PICTURES: Wauseon vs. Eastmoor Academy

    The Wauseon Indians defeated Eastmoor Academy 42-35 Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the Division II boys basketball state semifinal at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.

    3/23/2017
  • Susan and Dr. Panos Doukides at the soft opening of Plat8.

    Around Town: New Ottawa Hills eatery generates buzz, Princesses gathered at Broer-Freeman Jewelers

    THE big buzz is Plat8, a new restaurant in the Ottawa Hills Shopping Center, which is opening Friday. Plus five little princesses gathered at Broer-Freeman Jewelers to create designs for rings to be sold to benefit Lambie's Legacy for health awareness and cancer research.

    3/23/2017
  • From left: Van Wert County hog farmer Meindert Vandenhengel, former Executive Director of the Keith Campbell Foundation Verna Harrison, farmer and President of the Ohio Farmers Union Joe Logan, moderator Jack Lessenberry, OSU Farm Extension Greg Labarge, and retired Director of the OSU Stone Lab Jeffery Reutter engage in a panel discussion on phosphorous reduction in Lake Erie Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Ostego High School Auditorium in Tontogany. About 100 people turned out to hear  the presenters, who focused on the challenges for farmers in controlling phosphorus runoff.

    Attendees discuss phosphorous reduction in Lake Erie

    At a Wood County event Tuesday attended by more than 100 people — many of them farmers — in the Otsego High auditorium, much anxiety was expressed about the potential for this summer’s algae.

    3/22/2017
  • Ottawa HIlls Councilman Jeffrey Gibbs, right, reads documents on the Secor Road expansion during a council meeting at the Hope Lutheran Church. Gibbs opposed the project and the council voted 4-2 not to move forward with construction.

    Ottawa Hills Village Council votes against Secor Road work

    Residents crowded into Hope Lutheran Church in Ottawa Hills for a village council discussion of the proposed widening of Secor Road. Ottawa Hills Village Council voted 4-2 not to move forward with the project.

    3/20/2017
  • Toledo running back Kareem Hunt, right, doing position drills for NFL teams during UT's Pro Day.

    IN PICTURES: UT Football Pro Day

    Former University of Toledo football players were able to showcase their skills for pro coaches and scouts prior to the NFL Draft during UT's Pro Day Monday at Fetterman Training Center. Twenty players took part in testing and drills, including offensive lineman Storm Norton, a Whitmer graduate.

    3/20/2017
  • When Gene Autry brought his show to the Toledo Sports Arena the evening of April 2, 1948, the crowd broke an attendance record.  About 8,900 cheered and applauded as Autry performed audience favorites, including “Back in the Saddle Again” and “You Are My Sunshine.” Autry’s horse, Champion, helped close out the show as he rode the steed through the aisles, to the delight of those stationed far from the stage.  Earlier in the day, Blade photographer Carl Gifford was at the Sports Arena for the matinee performance that was attended by more than 6,500, mostly children, including 300 youngsters who were guests of the Lions Club. From left to right are William Smith from the Lucas County Home, Bill Fischer from the Lutherans’ Home, C. Gaylord Bancroft from the Lions Club, Gene Autry, and Dorothy Wexel from St. Anthony’s Orphanage.  The singing cowboy was in Toledo as part of a 60-day tour that included more than 50 cities.  Sports Arena officials said attendance at the evening performance topped a previous high set by the Spike Jones Orchestra. An estimated 1,800 people were turned away at the door, as tickets were sold out.

    Pictures of the Week: March 13-19, 2017

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, March 13 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.

    3/20/2017
  • Toledo's J.P. LaFontaine and Tulsa's Christophe Lalancette fight during their ECHL game Sunday at the Huntington Center in Toledo.

    IN PICTURES: Walleye 3, Tulsa 2

    The Toledo Walleye improved to 46-14-3 with a 3-2 overtime win over Tulsa Sunday at the Huntington Center in Toledo. Tylor Spink's goal with 3:45 left in OT sealed Toledo's fifth consecutive win.

    3/19/2017
  • Dam Clements, STEM education associate for Imagination Station, left, speaking with Bobbi Hunt, 9, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help school. Second from left, and rear, is Kate Moran, 9, also of OLPH. Area Girl Scouts learned detective and secret agent skills to earn badges in a special program Sunday. Participants learned about ciphers, fingerprints, forensic science, and criminal psychology.

    Area Girl Scouts learn detective skills at Imagination Station

    Area Girl Scouts learned detective and secret agent skills to earn badges in a special program Sunday at the Imagination Station in Toledo. Participants learned about ciphers, fingerprints, forensic science, and criminal psychology.

    3/19/2017

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