The Press Newspaper
Imagine going to the grocery store and seeing “Honeyka” brand honey next to Tony Packo’s pickle relish.
If that day arrived, it would be two food brands with roots in Birmingham, East Toledo’s historic Hungarian neighborhood.
That is the dream of the Birmingham Development Corporation, creating a cottage industry that is bottling and selling honey it manufactures and processes out the 100-year-old Magyar Garden on York Street.
At least three warm breakfasts a week are part of the new menu at the Ottawa County Jail since Chef’s Best began providing meal service for the inmates.
Chef’s Best Catering of Port Clinton started cooking June 1 for the prisoners at the Ottawa County Detention Facility located at the Ottawa County Courthouse and the misdemeanor jail at the county complex off Buckeye Boulevard.
Their contract specifies meals at $1.95 each and will be in effect for three years, Sheriff Steve Levorchick said.
Two Ottawa County school systems plan to hold meetings this summer to educate the public about the Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate (ALICE) school emergency response program.
The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District and St. Boniface School will hold the town-hall meetings in August, said Guy Parmigian, superintendent of the B-C-S district.
The program was discussed during the May 28 meeting of the B-C-S school board.
Fire departments from six area jurisdictions are jointly applying for a $400,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Services to purchase communications equipment.
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday agreed to apply for the grant, joining with the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, fire departments in the cities of Northwood, Perrysburg and Rossford, and the Perrysburg Township Fire Department.
If received, the grant, which requires a 10 percent local match, would be used to purchase a radio repeater system that amplifies signals.
Statewide farm tour promotional material states that the Magyar Garden in East Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood is over 60-years-old.
Lucas County Administrator and longtime Birmingham resident Peter Ujvagi says the community garden’s roots can be traced back over a century.
The Magyar Garden is once again becoming a popular gathering place for gardening with 37 families putting down plots. Gardeners are arriving from as far away as Genoa and other East Toledo neighborhoods.
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