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If the number of residents attending the second town hall meeting sponsored by Toledo Police Chief George Kral is any indication, there is a growing interest in improving relations between the police department and the community.

More than 100 people attended the meeting held Monday at the College of Health Sciences and Human Services building at the University of Toledo – at least double the number who attended the first meeting in April at Scott High School.

For two hours Chief Kral and the department’s advisory board of clergy, representatives from social service agencies and other organizations listened to residents who were asked to address two questions:

• What police-related issue or concern would make Toledo a safer place to live?

• How do we build trust between the community and police department?

“We need your help and the only way we’re going to get your help is if you trust us,” Chief Kral said in his opening remarks, adding to get that trust the department needs a dialogue with the community. “We’re here to listen.”

A resolution to amend eligibility rules for Woodmore students participating in extra-curricular activities received its first reading Tuesday by the school board.

By a 4-1 vote, the board approved the amended policy, which applies to interscholastic activities that involve more than one school or district.

The amended policy would permit students in grades nine through 12 to participate in the activities if they receive a failing grade but have at least a 1.6 grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale. However, during a probationary period they would be required to participate in an intervention plan. The plan stipulates probationary students who are unable to meet state requirements of passing five classes during a quarter are ineligible for participating in athletics the next quarter. Passing five classes but not maintaining a 1.6 average would also result in a probationary status for the next quarter.

Like most Facebook users, Meredith Fletter enjoys logging on to keep up with the latest from family and friends, watch cute animal videos and read news and feature stories.

Last year, as she was wading through her feed, a story caught her attention. “It was a touching story about a mom who threw a special wedding-type 25th birthday party so that her daughter, who had Down syndrome, would have the opportunity to feel special,” Fletter said. “She immediately thought of how her sister Megan, who also has Down syndrome, would be turning 30 on her next birthday, which was Aug. 2 of this year.

“Megan had watched me and my two sisters have these elaborate weddings with the beautiful dresses, big cakes and everything,” Fletter said. “After reading the article, I thought that would be such a sweet idea to have a big special event where she could feel like a princess.”

This year marks a milestone for the German-American Festival as Toledo’s oldest and largest ethnic festival celebrates its 50th year.

The German-American Festival (GAF), operated by G.A.F Society and sponsored by the seven German-and Swiss-American Societies in Toledo, returns to Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon on Aug. 28-30.

“I can’t believe it’s been 50 years, that’s a lot of beers and brats,” said Tim Pecsenye, festival chair. “We are very excited to celebrate this amazing culture by entertaining our guests in every way possible.”

The GAF’s heritage and good times are being celebrated with the “50 Days of 50 Years of the GAF, currently underway on Toledo’s seven iHeartRadio stations. Visit an iHeartRadio station website and answer the GAF question to enter the contest every day leading up to the festival.

The community is invited to a groundbreaking for the long-anticipated project to “Raise the Elevator” at the Pemberville Opera House on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., 217 W. Front St.

One of the oldest operating opera houses in Ohio, the Pemberville Opera House was built in 1892 and in its early years was home to Vaudeville shows, medicine shows, plays and even basketball games. When the World War captured the attention of the country, the opera house would not see use again for several decades.

In 1999, a dedicated group of volunteers from the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society took up the cause and returned the opera house to its former glory, however some would-be patrons still faced a challenge to get to the “theatre on the second floor” – accessible by a long and daunting staircase.

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