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  • Cathy Perrin gets a kiss from her ‘pit bull,’ Jake, as they are reunited in the Frenchtown Township home of Rick and Kim Canales.

    Family reunited with dog lost after accident

    One extraordinarily lucky pooch got just what he wanted for Christmas this year: his family. Jake, a 4½-year-old 'pit bull' was reunited with his owners on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, after a gut-wrenching month apart.

    12/24/2016
  • Ann Hannah, 66, and Al Cizauskas, 70, above left, exchange rings during their wedding in the chapel at St. Charles Mercy Medical Center in Oregon. Mr. Cizauskas has end-stage pancreatic cancer, and the pair had decided to move up their wedding from Wednesday, its original date, so they could be married for Christmas.

    Getting married for Christmas

    Ann Hannah, 66, and Al Cizauskas, 70, exchanged rings during their wedding in the chapel at St. Charles Mercy Medical Center in Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Mr. Cizauskas has end-stage pancreatic cancer, and the pair had decided to move up their wedding from Wednesday, its original date, so they could be married for Christmas.

    12/24/2016
  • ‘He’s got to go back. Our job is done,’ says Amy Northrup, holding Yvan Youan, 4, at her home in Sylvania Township, where she and husband, Reeves, have been caring for the boy.

    Love, surgeries help mend African visitor

    Yvan Youan, who Reeves and Amy Northrup of Sylvania Township believe is 4, came to the United States in January with two club feet. Yvan’s grandmother cared for him until Ohio-based Children’s Medical Missions West discovered him and raised enough money for him to fly to the United States for corrective surgery.

    12/24/2016
  • Nakesha Phillips reacts as she sees the donated furniture volunteers from Extreme Results gym delivered and assembled for her family.

    Christmas gifts at Birmingham Terrace

    Vincent Ceniceros, CEO of Extreme Results gym, grew up in Birmingham Terrace and wanted to donate to someone at the East Toledo complex for Christmas. He reached out to Rosalyn Koontz, a longtime resident of the complex, to find a family in need. Ms. Koontz thought of Nakesha Phillips and her five children.

    12/24/2016
  • Shirley Lajti, left, and her husband Ron Lajti joke around at their kitchen table in Graytown, Ohio.

    Man, 71, survives fall from barn roof

    Six months after 71-year-old Ron Lajti survived a 27-foot fall through a barn roof — breaking ribs, puncturing a lung, and causing traumatic brain injury — he can be found today on his feet cooking a turkey for his family. It’s been a long road to recovery for the lifelong farmer, who grows 600 acres of corn, beans, and rye in Ottawa County.

    12/24/2016
  • Katie Holmes takes questions from the audience.

    Katie Holmes draws crowd in Maumee

    Toledo native actress Katie Holmes attracted a sold-out Maumee Indoor Theatre showing of her film 'All We Had' on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016.

    12/23/2016
  • Perrysburg's Matt Gruden battles for control of a loose ball with Anthony Wayne's Connor Trost.

    IN PICTURES: Perrysburg 65, Anthony Wayne 45

    Perrysburg's Matt Gruden scored 24 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 65-45 Northern Lakes League boys basketball victory on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at Anthony Wayne in Whitehouse.

    12/23/2016
  • Central Catholic's Michael Warren waves to the crowd after dropping the ceremonial puck.

    IN PICTURES: Kalamazoo 3, Walleye 2

    The Walleye were quieted by Kalamazoo in a 3-2 loss in a game that went to a shootout on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

    12/23/2016
  • Gibsonburg's Addison Weaver, left, fouls Toledo Christian's Joseph Ochoa.

    IN PICTURES: Toledo Christian 57, Gibsonburg 48

    Toledo Christian's Joseph Ochoa pumped in a team-high 18 points to lead the undefeated Eagles to a 57-48 victory against Gibsonburg in a Toledo Area Athletic Conference game on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Toledo.

    12/22/2016
  • Falcons forward Wes Alcegaire hangs on the rim after a dunk.

    IN PICTURES: BGSU men 74, Alabama A&M 61

    The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team claimed a 74-61 victory against Alabama A&M at the Stroh Center on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. Dylan Frye came off the bench to score 16 points for the Falcons.

    12/22/2016
  • Bowling Green guard Sydney Lambert shoots against Cleveland State forward Shadae Bosley.

    IN PICTURES: Cleveland St. 64, BGSU women 56

    The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team lost 64-56 to Cleveland State at the Stroh Center on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Carly Santoro led the Falcons with 15 points.

    12/21/2016
  • Toledo's Mariella Santucci shoots over Detroit Mercy's Rosanna Reynolds.

    IN PICTURES: UT women 72, Detroit Mercy 66

    The University of Toledo women's basketball team defeated Detroit Mercy 72-66 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Savage Arena. Mariella Santucci led the Rockets with 15 points, while Kaayla McIntyre and Janice Monakana added 13 points each.

    12/21/2016
  • Harrison Riggs of St. John's shoots over Whitmer's Trey Syroka.

    IN PICTURES: St. John's Jesuit 76, Whitmer 50

    Harrison Riggs scored a game-high 21 points to lead St. John's Jesuit to a 76-50 win against Whitmer in Three Rivers Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at St. John's.

    12/20/2016
  • Rockets guard Jonathan Williams, right, battles Loyola forward Vlatko Granic for a rebound.

    IN PICTURES: UT men 74, Loyola 70

    The University of Toledo men's basketball team held on to defeat Loyola (Ill.) 74-70 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at Savage Arena. Senior guard Jonathan Williams led the Rockets (6-6) with 24 points.

    12/20/2016
  • Base Commander Col. Kevin Doyle, right, speaks to Regional Students In Action members after they dropped off more than 6,000 cookies/

    180th Fighter Wing cookie drop

    Regional Students In Action members dropped off more than 6,000 cookies during the annual cookie drop by the 180th Fighter Wing on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Swanton, Ohio. The students were from Anthony Wayne and Springfield high schools.

    12/20/2016
  • Roy Adams, center, jokes around while people wait in line to get toys and food baskets.

    Salvation Army distribution event

    Toys and food baskets were distributed during a Christmas event hosted by The Salvation Army at the UAW Local 12 Hall on Dec. 20, 2016.

    12/20/2016
  • Whitmer's Maddie Brown shoots as Central Catholic's Alexa Denko looks on during a Three Rivers Athletic Conference game at Central Catholic Monday. Whitmer improved to 3-1 in the TRAC with a 62-24 win.

    IN PICTURES: Whitmer 62, Central Catholic 24

    Whitmer jumped out to a 17-1 lead on the way to 62-24 win over Toledo Central Catholic in Three Rivers Athletic Conference play.

    12/19/2016
  • Waterville Township police officer Christopher Guanilo guides Anthony Okey, 12, through the toy aisle during the annual 12 Kids of Christmas shopping spree at Meijer in Toledo.

    12 Kids of Christmas

    The eighth annual 12 Kids of Christmas shopping trip to Meijer paired local law enforcement officers with 202 children. The young shoppers receive $110 at Meijer for anything they would like.

    12/19/2016
  • Flames soared above the stores, as a three-alarm blaze destroyed several shops at Cricket West. Firefighters battled the fire in freezing weather, and Blade photographer Lee Merkle was at the scene, on Dec. 5, 1970. He took this photograph as firefighters pumped water into the burned-out roof on the southwest side of the building, above Haney Interiors and other shops along Markway Road, near Secor Road and West Central Avenue.  Winds were gusting up to 40 mph, and temperatures in the low 20s turned water into ice as soon as it cascaded from windows of the blazing building. City crews were dispatched to the scene to spread salt in the parking lot, in an effort to provide firefighters with firm footing while they fought the fire.

    Pictures of the Week: December 12-18, 2016

    Our best pictures of the week that was Monday, December 12 to Sunday, December 18, 2016.

    12/19/2016
  • Linda Shaw, of Sylvania, wears a Santa Costume while running in the Run Santa Run 5K at Levis Commons.

    Run Santa Run at Levis Commons

    Hundreds of red-hatted, fur-trimmed runners jingled through Levis Commons, prancing cheerfully despite the 20-degree temperature that chilled participants of Sunday’s Run Santa Run 5-kilometer race. The race is the first local St. Nick-themed event hosted by the running store Second Sole, though such races have become a popular way to celebrate the season here and across the country.

    12/18/2016

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