Sunday, April 29, 2007

Welcome Home, Weapons Company

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THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG As his mother Linda Meyer, left, looks on, Sergeant Jon Meyer of Waterville, Ohio, gives his girlfriend Hope Childers her first kiss from him in 9 months after the Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines returned home from Iraq to the U.S. Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Perrysburg Township on Saturday evening.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The Treace family of Montpelier, Ohio, gathers in a hug as Sergeant Hayworth Treace is embraced by his wife Mindy, left, his mother Joanne Miller, rear, not shown, his son Jamison, 3, in center, and daughter Makaela, 6, upon his company's return to America.

The 180th Fighter Wing Deploys for Iraq

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Bowling Green Tech Sergeant Brad Haas, 25, holds up his 9-month old son Tyler Duprey before the farewell ceremony for the 180th Fighter Wing Air National Guard in Swanton on Saturday. Brad's brother, Senior Airman Matt Haas, 22, will be making the trip with his sibling, their second mission to the Middle East as members of the Guard unit.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Senior Master Sergeant Jim Ellis stands at the front of the 350-strong contingent of Air National Guard who will be deploying to Iraq in the coming months.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Knight Relays

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Central Catholic's Dane Sanzenbacher held off Strongsville's Kendall Gregory, left, to win the 400 in a meet-record 48.66 at the Knight Relays at St. Francis de Sales on Friday evening in Toledo.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG St. John's Titan DaJon Booth, left, edged Strongsville's Paul Szeltner 14.89 to 14.90 in the 110 hurdles.

Reverend Pat McKinstry

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The Rev. Pat McKinstry, a former evangelist in the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ denomination, has been pastor of Upton United Methodist Church for 17 years.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG People join hands in prayer at Upton United Methodist on Wednesday evening. Church attendance has risen to the point where more than 500 people are packing the pews on Sunday morning. With no more room to expand at their current site, the congregation is moving to a new facility being built on an 8.5-acre site on Hill Avenue.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Carolyn Hobbs raises her hands in prayer at Wednesday evening 'sservice at Upton United Methodist Church.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Democrats Gear Up

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Outside of the storefront of the soon to be closed England Custom Furniture, Democratic City Council candidate for the Second District Ed Cichy speaks with the news media after announcing his candidacy for the seat being vacated by Rob Ludeman. "My first goal is to push the administration to hire an economic development director," said Mr. Cichy.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG District Five City Council candidate Marty Skeldon acknowledges applause from a crowd of supporters and family including his mother-in-law Sophia Zychowicz, left, and wife Mary Chris Skeldon, right after announcing his candidacy at Wersell's Bike Shop on Thursday morning. "I will be your full-time, rapid-response city councilman," Mr. Skeldon said.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Pitcher, Hitter

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Clay starting pitcher A.J. Achter helped his own case by smashing this run-scoring double to the wall in the first inning of the Eagles' 11-1 win over Start High School on Monday in Oregon.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Kite Day

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Bresean Randolph, 8, runs with his kite after his uncle Sean Hunter helped him get it off the ground during the Monroe Street Neighborhood Association’s annual kite day Saturday at Beatty Park in Toledo.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Marion Steiner, 73, proves that when it comes to flying kites, the sky’s the limit as he delights in watching his kite catch the breeze and sail high into the April sky.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Domestic Violence Vigil

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Sherri Linn, left, sister of murder victim John C. Mitchell, comforts her mother, Angel Turpin, while she looks at photographs Mitchell had sent her the morning he was slain. He and Alicia Castillon were shot to death March 29 at Castillon’s Bowling Green home in what police say was a domestic-violence incident. Castillon’s former boyfriend, Craig Daniels, Jr., has been charged with their deaths. Their families were outside the Wood County Courthouse yesterday afternoon at a vigil for victims of domestic violence sponsored jointly by the Women’s Center at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo’s Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Fear Factor: Oregon Public Library

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Those brave enough to tackle Fear Factor: Oregon Public Library included, from left, Riley Rayner, 10, of Oregon, tearing up over horseradish; Katlynn McNeil, 13, of Oregon, choking down Limburger cheese; Katie Szilagyi, 13, of Northwood, experiencing horseradish; Savannah Nowakowski, 13, of Oregon, sampling pickled eggs; and Emily Yoder, 11, of Oregon, smelling the eggs.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Toledo's Byron Barker, 11, and his grandmother Yolanda Calhoun, left, seem to feel similarly about the smelly Limburger cheese Byron was attempting to eat, much to the amusement of his mother Vanessa Barker, at right.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Crash at Angola Road

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Emergency crews tend to one of the injured in a two-vehicle accident last night at North Reynolds and Angola roads. Two people were killed and three were injured after a pickup crossed the median and slammed head-on into a passenger car, shown above, around 9:30 p.m. Police Lieutenant David Mueller said preliminary reports were that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Cause, Effect

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Mud Hens second baseman Kevin Hooper knocks down a ball hit by the Durham Bulls' Chris Richard in the first inning. Richard was safe at first...

...but out at second on the next play as Hooper turned the 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Despite the early heroics, the Hens lost 8-0 in seven innings on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Playoffs and Sendoff for The Sports Arena

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG A referee keeps the Storm's Matt Zultek from going after Cincinnati Cyclone's Greg Stewart during the fight-marred first period of Saturday night's ECHL opening round playoff matchup at the Sports Arena.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Cincinnati’s Mike Wirll tries to control the puck in front of Storm goalie Logan Koopmans during the first period. Toledo faces elimination on Thursday in Cincinnati after losing 7-3.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Storm players Matt Zultek, left, and Scooter Smith take one last look at the fans and ice after their dispiriting loss. The Toledo Sports Arena will be torn down and the Storm franchise shuttered for two years while a new ownership team works to get a multi-purpose arena built in downtown Toledo.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Announcer Bobb Vergiels consoles Storm employee Wendy Dailey after the team’s last game in the Toledo Sports Arena. The building holds strong memories for both, Wendy was proposed marriage on center ice, but times change and as they parted, Bobb said to Wendy, "If there's a mic somewhere, I'll fill it."

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Mud Hens Home Opener

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The returning members of the Mud Hens raise the International League Champions Pennant flag before their home opener on Friday evening against the Durham Bulls.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Four-year old Noah Dressel, the son of slain Toledo Policeman Keith Dressel, hops in the infield after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the Mud Hens' home opener.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Fans try to avoid Ryan Raburn's sixth-inning two-run homerun as it bounces off of the railing in left-center field. Raburn's dinger proved to be decisive, putting the Mud Hens on top 5-4 over the Durham Bulls.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Nowhere to Hide

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG During an intense game of pass the vampire bunny, Bunnicula, Melanie Dzyak, 10, at left, watched as her sister Katie Dzyak, 9, was accused by, from center, Jordan Furko, 9, Mark Lair, 9, and Cole Tabbert, 10, of holding the bunny when the music stopped at the Swanton Library on Friday.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Korean War Veteran Identified

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Marilyn and John Patterson of Findlay hold a photo of Marilyn’s brother, Rex ‘Jack’ Wagner, who enlisted at age 16. The army used a blod sample Using from Mrs. Patterson to identify skeletal remains recovered from a North Korean cornfield as those of her brother. “It seems like a dream, and I should wake up,” Mrs. Patterson, 74, said yesterday. “It’s been all these years.”

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG A white cross grave marker that stood in Maple Grove Cemetary in Findlay for decades honoring Rex ‘Jack’ Wagner is displayed in the front yard of his sister, Marilyn Patterson.

Monday, April 09, 2007

An Easter Ritual

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG On an Easter Sunday that saw temperatures dip into the low 30's, Jim Brady was taking advantage of the first day of fishing at Pearson Metropark in Toled with his daughter Sarah, 9, who caught and released several bluegills.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Bowling is Taxing

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Lynn Gaylord, a receptionist at Weber O'Brien Ltd., bowls simultaneously with Jim Weber, CPA and managing partner at the accounting firm. During tax season, the entire office heads to a local bowling alley to blow off steam for an afternoon. It’s all part of the firm’s commitment to its employees. “It’s a respite from the insanity of work,” says Weber. “It’s not about retention, but attention.”

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Easter Shoppers Buy, Flurries Fly

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Shopping for Easter gifts, Pat Bartholomew of Ottawa Lake, Mich., loads a shopping cart with Easter rabbits for her four grandchildren at Bassett's Market in Sylvania, where manager Mark Katafiasz suggests the recent cold weather is a help to holiday sales.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Springtime, I Hardly Knew Ye

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Enjoying springtime while it lasts are, Erin Cromly, trying to get a kite aloft for her daughters, Clare, 3, and Adeline, 1, at Wildwood Preserve Metropark on Tuesday afternoon in Toledo. Temperatures are expected to plummet today in Northwest Ohio.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Wrestlemania 23: All Grown Up

Wrestlemania 23 in Pictures and Sound

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Wrestlemania 23's "Money in the Bank" ladder match featured Jeff Hardy, coming eye to eye with Finlay as he flips off of the ropes, and six other wrestlers competing for a WWE contract.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The Undertaker walks to the ring for his World Heavyweight Championship match against Batista

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG "The Battle of the Billionaires" between WWE President Vince McMahon and Donald Trump ends in a shaved head for McMahon and a victory for wrestler Bobby Lashley, right.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Destiny's Palm

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Destiny Ball, 3, looks at her palm with her grandfather Brad Ball at the Palm Sunday service at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday. Today is Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week that leads into Easter Sunday, a day in which Christians remember Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem with the people waving palms.