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Two homes in East Toledo have been chosen by voters and One Voice For East Toledo as the area's “Most Beautiful.”

According to Jodi Gross, community builder with the East Toledo Family Center, the contest drew a few nominations which were then put up on the One Voice Facebook page for voting.

“This program was established to recognize homeowners or investors who take pride in the appearance of their property and community,” Gross said. “We let the voters pick their favorite property.”

This was the first year for the contest, according to Gross. The winners both received a certificate of recognition, a Meijer $50 gift card and a “Beautiful Home” yard sign to place in their yard.

The house that brought in the most votes is owned by Marv and Karen Traver, of 1623 Idaho Street.

The 44th Annual East Toledo Christmas Parade, sponsored by River East Associates, will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Lineup starts at 10:30 a.m. at East Broadway and S. Ravine Parkway Dr. The route goes along East Broadway, Starr, Main and Front, disbanding at the Waite High School Skills Center.

So far, about 45 units have signed up to be in the parade, according to Denny Fairchild, one of the parade’s organizers. Participants include the Waite Band, antique cars, walking groups, fire trucks – new and antique – and members of the Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay, who will be passing out flags, to name a few.

Earlier this month, River East Associates conducted a holiday coloring contest for students in grades K-5 from the six East Toledo Elementary Schools and L. Hollingworth, Reach and Aurora academies and the winners from each school earned the honor of riding on a Gingerbread House float.

Oregon City Council approved a Special Use permit for New Harvest Christian Church at 3540 Seaman Road.

The Special Use is in an R-2 Medium Density Residential District. The applicant, Khalid Esmail project manager for BP Husky, is seeking the Special Use permit for an office on the property. Esmail sought the permit on behalf of the owner, Sharon McQueary, interim pastor of New Harvest Christian Church.

A public hearing was held on Oct. 20 by the Oregon Planning Commission, which voted 3-0 to recommend that the application be approved.

Tim Odenweller, council chair of New Harvest Church, said the church decided to rent out part of the building “to assist us in the financial health of the church.”

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right.

Greetings from Charleston Folks,

Class A Dance Studio in Oak Harbor will present the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” Sunday, Dec. 6.

The studio has staged five productions of the show since 2000. The two-act ballet was originally choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score coming by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Under the leadership of Paula Fox-Ferguson who owns and operates the studio, the cast and crew is putting the finishing touches on the production. McKinley Ferguson, Fox’s daughter, is co-producing the play. The cast, which numbers over 80, includes residents of Oak Harbor, Genoa, Woodville, Elmore, Port Clinton and Fremont.

“It’s really a great storyline. It can be adapted many ways; every time I do it there are little changes, every company has its own vision. The story is such a magical one,” said Fox-Ferguson. “It’s just a wonderful story, a fantasy that this girl has in our dream. It’s a part of our culture and it gets your ready for Christmas and the holiday spirit. It’s basically this girl going into a wonderful dream on Christmas and it was all inspired by the wonderful nutcracker that she was given.”




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