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  • Spencer Shully, left, receives a hug and a Good Samaritan Award from Mark Manifold, right, during the 50th annual Hero Awards Banquet.

    Hero Awards Banquet

    The 50th annual Hero Awards Banquet took place Thursday at the Pinnacle in Maumee. Presented by the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio, the ceremony honors those who have saved a human life in the past year and those who went above and beyond the call of duty.

    4/20/2017
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens to fifth graders at Van Wert Elementary School during a visit Thursday.

    Betsy DeVos vists Van Wert schools

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten met with students, teachers and administrators in Northwest Ohio's Van Wert school system Thursday.

    4/20/2017
  • Harpist Julie Buzzelli plays at the Toledo Symphony League's annual Rite of Spring event.

    Around Town: 4/20

    Annual Rite of Spring at the Hilton Garden Inn, JO-JO and Stu Goldberg’s annual April Fool’s Dinner, and Belmont Country Club Easter celebration.

    4/20/2017
  • The Wings scored four goals in the opening period in Game 4 of the Central Division semifinals, including consecutive goals 16 seconds apart tonight.

    IN PICTURES: Wings 8, Walleye 5

    In a span of 16 seconds, the Walleye's opening-round playoff series with Kalamazoo became uncomfortably tight for Toledo despite a late comeback bid in the third period.

    4/19/2017
  • Kalamzoo's  Josh Pitt, Walleye's Landon Oslanski, Walleye goalie Jake Paterson  and Walleye Nolan Zajac.

    IN PICTURES: Kalamazoo 6, Walleye 4

    Toledo goaltender Jake Paterson stood tall against a barrage of shots, but Kalamazoo rallied to take a 6-4 win over the Walleye in Game 3 of the Central Division semifinals tonight.

    4/19/2017
  • Notre Dame Academy's Lauren Sasala reacts to scoring on a double by Mel Faltys during Monday's Three Rivers Athletic Conference game against Whitmer. Notre Dame won 6-0 to remain unbeaten in the TRAC.

    IN PICTURES: Notre Dame 6, Whitmer 0

    Notre Dame Academy's softball team improved to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference with a win at Whitmer. The Panthers fell to 8-3 and 3-1.

    4/17/2017
  • April is usually a busy time for zoo nurseries. The Toledo Zoo earlier this month welcomed a newborn female Masai giraffe named Kipenzi, though she is still off exhibit with her mother.  This Blade archive photo captured some of the newest arrivals at the Toledo Zoo on April 29, 1957. Diane Jean Blech from Kendallville, Ind., is shown cuddling one of five baby foxes. Though she may have wanted to take one of them home, it wasn’t part of her father Edwin Blech’s plan for the day.  They are not ideal pets, but the red fox is adaptable, intelligent and cunning. They can do well in locations close to humans, such as farms or suburban areas. When living near humans, they dine on garbage and pet food.

    Pictures of the Week: April 10-16, 2017

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, April 10 to Sunday, April 16, 2017.

    4/17/2017
  • Toledo's Michael Almanzar high-fives third base coach Basilio Cabrera after hitting a home run against Indianapolis Sunday at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens won the game, 9-5.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens 9, Indianapolis 5

    The Toledo Mud Hens scored six times in the 7th inning and held on for a win over the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. Toledo has started the season 8-3.

    4/16/2017
  • Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications Inc., parent company of The Blade, left, with wife Susan Block and Tom Cole in The Blade suite at Fifth Third Field

    On The Town: Mud Hens Opening Day

    On Opening Day at the Toledo Mud Hens, tailgaters started as early as 9 a.m., and more revelers and Hens fans joined in by noon or so. The parties continued through the game’s first pitch and way past the finish. People were everywhere in Hensville — at area eateries and bars, private tailgate parties, and in the field house where some watched the game as others gabbed the night away.

    4/16/2017
  • Toledo Walleye goalie Jake Paterson blocks a Kalamazoo shot with his head during Game 2 of an ECHL Central Division playoff series Saturday at the Huntington Center. The Walleye won, 4-1, to take a 2-0 series lead.

    IN PICTURES: Walleye 4, Kalamazoo 1

    The Toledo Walleye got two goals from Evan Rankin and took a 2-0 lead in their ECHL Central Division playoff series against Kalamazoo with Saturday's win at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. Game 3 of the best-of-7 series takes place Tuesday in Kalamazoo.

    4/15/2017
  • Toledo's Efren Navarro, left, is greeted by manager Mike Rojas after Navarro hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning Saturday against the Indianapolis Indians. Toledo beat Indianapolis, 6-3.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens 6, Indianapolis 3

    The Toledo Mud Hens improved to 7-3 with a win over the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field Saturday. Efren Navarro belted a pair of two-run home runs for Toledo.

    4/15/2017
  • Pete Andrade of Fremont gives his son Jaxon Andrade, 3, some guidance during the annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll.

    Easter services, egg hunts underway

    The annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll took place on Saturday at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont, Ohio. An egg hunt also took place the Church on Strayer in Maumee after services were held, featuring music from DayOne.

    4/15/2017
  • Grove Patterson's Amalia Salas shakes hands with opponent Noah Guerra, of Elmhurst Elementary, after their match.

    Toledo Public Schools chess tournament

    John Pokrzywa spoke on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to about 100 northwest Ohio schoolchildren, grades 2 through 12, who were about to start their first game in the all-day 14th annual Toledo Public Schools chess tournament at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus.

    4/15/2017
  • Toledo Mud Hens first baseman Efren Navarro tries to pick off  Indianapolis Indians baserunner Max Moroff during the the first inning.

    IN PICTURES: Mud Hens 4, Indianapolis 3

    The Toledo Mud Hens improved to 6-3 and picked up their first home win of the season with Friday's win over the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field.

    4/14/2017
  • A walleye is hauled of the ice after a Toledo Walleye goal against the Kalamazoo Wings during the first game of their ECHL playoff series Friday at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

    IN PICTURES: Walleye 4, Kalamazoo 3

    The Toledo Walleye scored three goals in the first period and held off a late charge by the Kalamazoo Wings to win the first game of their ECHL playoff series at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

    4/14/2017
  • A.J. Fritz, 10, of Pemberville fist pounds Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Drew Verhagen prior to the home opener against Indianapolis Thursday at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.

    IN PICTURES: Indianapolis 5, Mud Hens 1

    The Mud Hens dropped their home opener 5-1 to Indianapolis at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo Thursday. Jim Adduci homered for the Mud Hens. The announced attendance was 12,789.

    4/13/2017
  • Adam Crofts, 13, sported a hat with plenty of pins as he watched the Mud Hens' home opener.

    Mud Hens home opener

    A crowd of 12,789 attended the Toledo Mud Hens' home opener against the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. Area establishments opened their doors to fans early in the morning, though the first pitch didn't take place until after 4 p.m.

    4/13/2017
  • Shelly and Richard Walinski attended an open house to celebrate the third year of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

    Around Town 4/13

    Photo gallery featuring 20 North Gallery, National Museum of the Great Lakes, and EPIC Toledo.

    4/13/2017
  • Bowling Green pitcher Devin Westerman delivers during the game at Perrysburg. Westerman earned a shutout in the 10-0 victory for the Bobcats against the Yellow Jackets.

    IN PICTURES: Bowling Green baseball beats Perrysburg

    Bowling Green earned a big win in Northern Lakes League play on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, with a 10-0 win on the diamond at Perrysburg.

    4/12/2017
  • Elmwood's Josh Firsdon winds up to pitch against Lake in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Flyers' 8-3 win in NBC action Wednesday.

    IN PICTURES: Lake baseball downs Elmwood 8-3

    The Lake baseball team defeated Elmwood in a Northern Buckeye Conference showdown on April 12, 2017, by an 8-3 score at Lake High School.

    4/12/2017

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