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2/10/2014
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From left to right: ‘Faun,’ by Antoine Coysevox; ‘Atalanta,’ by Pierre Lepautre; and ‘Hamadryad,’ by Coysevox. The sculptures are part of the more than 100 pieces of art in the Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit will run from Thursday to May 11.
From left to right: ‘Faun,’ by Antoine Coysevox; ‘Atalanta,’ by Pierre Lepautre; and ‘Hamadryad,’ by Coysevox. The sculptures are part of the more than 100 pieces of art in the Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit will run from Thursday to May 11.

1. Exhibit brings piece of Paris to Toledo

The garden in Paris that surrounds the Louvre has been the stage for exceptional works of art and inspirational urban green space for artists and pedestrians for more than four centuries. That European garden will come to life over the next three months at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The Toledo museum is one of only three museums in the United States — and the only in the Midwest — to host the major exhibit Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, which will include more than 100 sculptures, paintings, and photos from collections in France that had never traveled to the United States. READ MORE

 

 

Some scientists are finding Lake Erie’s ice cover nearly as exciting as ice fishermen do. The ice’s effect on evaporation is more complex than previously thought.
Some scientists are finding Lake Erie’s ice cover nearly as exciting as ice fishermen do. The ice’s effect on evaporation is more complex than previously thought.

2. Lake Erie’s ice cover studied for clues to weather patterns

With the record or near-record cold this winter, it’s not surprising that 93 percent of the surface of Lake Erie is frozen over.

But it’s not just ice fishermen who find that interesting. Scientists are learning that Great Lakes water levels are influenced more than previously thought by a complex interplay among evaporation, ice cover, fall and spring water temperatures, and atmospheric climate change.

A better understanding of how the lakes evaporate could, among other things, help improve public safety because meteorologists predict snowstorms and other forms of precipitation with more precision. READ MORE

 

ProMedica has announced plans to relocate its headquarters and several area business offices to downtown Toledo. The health system’s new home will be the former Toledo Edison Steam Plant and the KeyBank office building downtown on Summit Street, as depicted in this artist’s rendering.
ProMedica has announced plans to relocate its headquarters and several area business offices to downtown Toledo. The health system’s new home will be the former Toledo Edison Steam Plant and the KeyBank office building downtown on Summit Street, as depicted in this artist’s rendering.

3. ProMedica another victory for downtown

Twenty years ago, downtown was home to an adult book store and Brenda’s Body Shop along Monroe Street where prostitutes occasionally roamed the sidewalks.

But since then Toledo, Lucas County, and state officials have pumped tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into developments such as Fifth Third Field and Huntington Center. Two historic buildings were converted into market-rate apartments, and taxpayers footed the $43 million bill to clean up 125 acres on the other side of the Maumee River in the Marina District.

ProMedica’s announcement last week that it had selected the downtown former Toledo Edison Steam Plant and KeyBank Building as its new corporate headquarters — where 700 employees will be consolidated in one campuslike riverfront setting — is evidence to many that the public investment to remake downtown is paying off. READ MORE

 

Road crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation load up with rock salt at the agency’s garage in Maumee. The harsh winter has led the department to seek bids from rock salt companies for more salt.
Road crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation load up with rock salt at the agency’s garage in Maumee. The harsh winter has led the department to seek bids from rock salt companies for more salt.

4. Winter puts Great Lakes salt in demand

Deep beneath the world’s largest supply of fresh water lays an abundance of one of its most essential minerals: salt.

But while Great Lakes water is in demand year-round, the need for the rock salt mined at seven locations in New York, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario can vary from year to year, depending on winter weather.

Right now — with the Great Lakes region as a whole in the midst of its roughest winter in at least two decades, and Toledo pushing toward an all-time record snowfall — salt companies are selling every ton they can lift out of their mines to snow and ice-weary highway agencies desperate to replenish stockpiles.

“All of our assets in the United States are at maximum output, maximum capacity,” Jim Vincent, vice president of operations for Morton Salt, said Friday. READ MORE

 

Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld holds the Smile Basket, which is sent around the country from fire dispatchers who have dealt with line-of-duty deaths. The basket is filled with goodies and messages of support.
Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld holds the Smile Basket, which is sent around the country from fire dispatchers who have dealt with line-of-duty deaths. The basket is filled with goodies and messages of support.

5. Toledo firefighters receive traveling care box from Arizona

It was a box bigger than most others in the mail pile at the Toledo fire headquarters.

The sender’s address was Prescott, Ariz.

“What’s coming from Prescott?” fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld asked himself before opening.

Inside the big box, wrapped in bubble wrap, was another box. One made of baby blue fabric with tan trim. Tucked among the candies, puzzle books, toys, and heart-shaped stress relievers was a large white envelope addressed to the Toledo fire dispatchers.

The box labeled the Traveling Dispatch Care Box, Box of Smiles, was sent to Toledo after two city firefighters died in the line of duty Jan. 26. READ MORE