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"Tour of Duty" passes through area
Written by Tammy Walro   
Saturday, 04 September 2010 07:06

A group of emergency responders from the U.S. and Australia, running across America to raise funds for various charities in honor of the victims of 9/11, passed by The Press office early Saturday along SR 51.
 
“Tour of Duty" is comprised of 36 firefighters, policemen and paramedics running with the goal of arriving at the World Trade Center site on September 11. The group left Santa Monica, Calif on Aug. 12 and planned to take 31 days to cover 4,600 miles across 20 states.
 
At 1 a.m. Saturday, Australian firemen were handling the running chores. They were running through gusty winds from Northwood southeast on SR 51 and were halfway between Millbury and Genoa on SR 51. The runners passed the 3,600-mile mark in Northwood and had about 735 miles to go. They were moving at speeds of 9.9 mph with an average speed of 6.6 mph, according to a special GPS tracker that allows people to follow their progress by going to http://myathletelive.net/tourofduty.

 
Don't look down!!
Written by Press News Staff   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 14:41

It's official! Cedar Point has announced that it will introduce WindSeeker, a 30-story-tall swing ride next summer.

WindSeeker will tower above everything around its location on the beach, rising almost as high as the Millennium Force roller coaster’s giant first hill.

In the early 1900s, the Cedar Point Beach was a hub of activity as families played in the sand or frolicked in the lake. One of its most popular attractions was the Sea Swings, which would dip riders into the cool waters of Lake Erie as it spun in a circular motion. Now 100 years later, Cedar Point will add a 21st century version of that thrilling ride to the park for next summer.

Cedar Point will add the WindSeeker in 2011.

The WindSeeker will be a 301-foot-tall tower that will spin riders nearly 30 stories above the Lake Erie shoreline. Seated in two-person swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion as the swings ascend the tower. At the top, the swings will be reaching speeds between 25-30 mph, flaring out almost 45 degrees from the tower.

WindSeeker will be able to accommodate 64 riders (32 swings) at one time. “Spinning almost 300 feet above Lake Erie and the Cedar Point Beach will be a very exciting ride experience for our guests,” said John Hildebrandt, the vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Day or night, WindSeeker will provide riders with dramatic views of the park and the Cedar Point Peninsula. It will be an extremely popular addition to Cedar Point.”

 
Senior Discovery Days planned at Toledo Zoo
Written by Tammy Walro   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 16:47

Folks 60 and over are invited to reconnect with the Toledo Zoo at Senior Discovery Days, planned throughout September and October.

Senior Discovery Days will include free admission and special events each Tuesday. Each week will bring a new adventure at the zoo, from guided tours of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era buildings to live music to bingo.

There will also be free health screenings from MedCorp and flu shots provided by Kroger. (Flu shots are $25 and may be covered by insurance. In addition to Tuesday events, seniors will enjoy free parking in the AnthonyWayne Trail lot, free fresh-brewed coffee and a mini-muffin in the Zoo’s North Star Trading Post® each weekday.

 
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