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  • 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.

  • Col. Kevin "Buzz" Doyle takes over the 180th Fighter wing of the Ohio Air National Guard.

    Change of Command at the 180th Fighter Wing

    Change of Command at thee 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard in Swanton on August 7, 2016. Col. Kevin "Buzz" Doyle assumes command from Col. Craig Baker in a ceremony at the base.

  • Nicole Nanez, center, with parents Juan and Linda Nanez at the Alliance Française of Toledo annual dinner meeting at Georgio’s International Cafe.

    On The Town: Lewandowski Engineers turns 100

    Recent events included the Lewandowski Engineers celebrated its 100th anniversary party on July 28; Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s It matters Where You Clambake It presented by PNC was at the Hollywood Casino on July 28; Charlotte's Hot Ribs and Chicken and Cool Jazz was at the Toledo Club on July 28; and Alliance Française of Toledo’s annual dinner meeting was at Georgio’s Cafe International.

  • Master of Technology Management graduate and India native Kshiteej Dalal, right, hugs BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey.

    BGSU summer commencement

    Bowling Green State University held its summer commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Bowling Green.

  • Toledo Police Chief George Kral reads to a group of children during the first East Toledo Storybook Festival at Waite High School in East Toledo. Volunteers from more than 10 organizations contributed to the festival.

    Storybook Festival

    Superheroes, prizes, and local celebrities encouraged children to read at East Toledo’s first Storybook Festival held Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Waite High School.

  • Former St. John's Jesuit and current NBA player Brian Roberts teaches defense techniques with a camper.

    IN PICTURES: Brian Roberts helps camp in Maumee

    St. John's Jesuit alum Brian Roberts, a 30-year-old point guard with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, helped campers during a basketball camp at the Premier Academy in Maumee on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. The camp hosted 35 campers ages 6 to 16.

  • Justin Creeden of Middleborough, Mass., is cloaked by Dr. Iman Mohamed, professor of medicine, during a ‘white coat ceremony’ as the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the former Medical College of Ohio, welcomed new medical students Thursday at UT’s Nitschke Auditorium.

    UT white coat ceremony

    A white coat ceremony was held on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, as the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the former Medical College of Ohio, welcomed new medical students at UT’s Nitschke Auditorium.

  • Event emcee Melissa Andrews with panelists Eric Eberly Birthday Celebration. Chase, Stephanie Calmes, and Ed Speedling.

    Around Town: 8-4

    Impact and INspire, a series for young professionals, hosted Unmasking Mental Health: It’s Time to Talk, It’s Time to Change recently at the new ProMedica Health and Wellness Center on Monroe Street. Guests at the fourth event sipped and nibbled while learning about mental health.

  • Supporters of Sierah Joughin march and ride during  a "Take Back our Roads"  event on County Road 6. Sierah Joughin, a 20-year-old University of Toledo student, was killed during a July 19 bicycle ride on the road.

    Take back our roads

    Joggers, walkers, bikers, and kids in strollers traveled the cornfield-lined road together during the "Take Back Our Roads" event. It represented a show of solidarity with Sierah Joughin and her family after two weeks of horror and heartbreak.

  • Toledo's Warwick Saupold winds up to deliver the pitch in the top of the first inning of game one of Tuesday's doubleheader against Louisville.

    IN PICTURES: Louisville at Toledo Game 1

    The Toledo Mud Hens hosted the Louisville Bats in a Tuesday doubleheader at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens won the opener, 5-1, but lost game two, 3-0.

  • Caleb and Lisa Grills of Haskins brought their three children Trenton, 4, left, Darryn, 6, right, and Ellen, 2, top, out as they all searched for Pokemon together during a Pokemon Go scavenger hunt hosted by the Toledo Botanical Garden.

    Pokemon Go at Toledo Botanical Garden

    A Pokemon Go scavenger hunt took place Tuesday at Toledo Botanical Garden. Hundreds of people turned out to search for Pokemon in the gardens which, at 32, boast the largest concentration of Pokestops in the community.


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