You, too, can help needy in Toledo


Police officers on horseback will sell newspapers. So will men in stocking caps and ladies in high heels.

So dig deep in those pockets, Toledo, the Old Newsboys will be peddling charity Blades on Dec. 8.

The money you give them buys shoes and coats and maybe food for needy schoolchildren. It sends some of them to college. It helps in a thousand other ways, too.

New wrinkle this year: Toledo's mounted police will sell papers and collect your donations, says Ron Shnider of the Old Newsies. So if you see one, give the horse a pat and the officer a few dollars.

Or you can sell papers yourself.

Seriously, the Newsies could use more people to spend a few hours collecting for the best charity in town. Want to help? Just show up at to a pancake breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m. next Saturday in the Teamsters Hall on Hawley Street, just off the Anthony Wayne Trail.

In Whitehouse, reports Peg Lerch of Waterville, the Rev. Tom Hoover has a sign in front of Hope United Methodist Church:

“Pray For Our New President.

Only God Knows Who He Is.”

Toledo post office maintenance worker Jerry Shelton discovered a bracelet inscribed with the name Robert Bauer, a Marine Corps serial number, and a 1941 date.

With help from the office of Rep. Marcy Kaptur, he located Mr. Bauer's daughter in Millbury, O. By coincidence, Mr. Bauer, who lives in Florida, was visiting her the very day Jerry called.

Mr. Bauer said he had lost the bracelet many years ago and never thought he'd see it again.

Five Toledo Road Runners ran the Steamtown Marathon, which began at an elevation of 1,700 feet, went up and down hills, through 11 towns, and finished in Scranton, Pa., elevation 745 feet.

Walt Kosydar of Toledo, who earlier ran 72 miles in the 24-Hour Run at Olander Park in Sylvania, won the 70-over age-group.

Jim Zink, Toledo's self-proclaimed “Ole Running Ham Actor,” was second at 70-over. Mitchell Garwolinski of Toledo and Mary and Cy Steinhauser of LaSalle, Mich., also finished.

“The toughest thing was the nine-hour ride back to Toledo with those stiff, aching muscles and joints,'' Zink said. “But, I just remembered, we do this for fun.”

“She's a walking history book,” Mary Simmons says of her grandmother, Allie Jones of Toledo, who is 100 this month.

“She quilts, cans food, and will cook Christmas dinner for the family,” Mary says. Allie lives with daughter Mary Lou Maddox, says Mary, whose mother, Elizabeth Walker of Toledo, is Allie's only living child.

Grandchildren traveled from New Jersey, New York, California, and Korea for a party today.

“Grandma is an old-fashioned cook who puts in this and that until it tastes right,” Mary says, “and she cleans house better than I do.”

“I had a good time but I didn't get to see the queen.”

So teary-eyed first-grader Cameron Hoppe, 7, told teacher Dori Boggs after the Maumee Fairfield School class visited MacQueen's Orchard west of Toledo.

Mike Tressler is a Blade columnist. E-mail him at, call 1-419-724-6107, or mail an item at The Blade, Box 921, Toledo, O. 43660.