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Couple overcame adversity to build a life at store that never closes
Written by Nori St. Paul   
Thursday, 05 August 2010 12:48

Scientific research shows that reading and hearing about success stories can

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        Del & Nancy Ackerman

reduce stress, increase feelings of happiness, and is good for your mind-body-spirit health.   

Of course, famous people have success stories, especially if they have had to overcome much adversity.  Stories in the media of such stars and their families captivate many of us, but the chance of running into these celebrities in Toledo today is scant, unless Toledo born actress Katie Holmes happens to visit, or M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr, or famous feminist/ political activist Gloria Steinem. However, this weekend you’re more likely to run into Del Ackerman visiting his hometown to connect with his roots during the huge Ackerman-Hecklinger-Cook family annual reunion. Del’s wife, Nancy, also born and raised here in Toledo, will stay behind in Naples, Florida to run the family business.

 
Bacon retiring - Northwood begins search for new administrator
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 05 August 2010 12:47

Northwood is advertising for a new city administrator to replace current administrator Pat Bacon, who is retiring in October.

Mayor Mark Stoner said the city has placed an ad in the Ohio Municipal League publication for the administrator position. “We already received six resumes,” he said.

Candidates have until Aug. 14 to submit resumes to the city, he added.

After the deadline, city council will narrow the field to seven candidates to be interviewed, said Stoner.

“What’s happened in the past is that council chooses the final three, then leaves it up to me to make the final choice,” he said.

Bacon is retiring after 30 years of public service.

She has held the administrator’s position for nearly 10 years. She was administrative coordinator for the previous administrator, Chuck Curtis, before she was picked for the position.

Council had passed a motion at a special meeting last month to authorize advertising for the position.

 
Mlynek family celebrates 50 years with their boots in the dirt
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 05 August 2010 12:17

Jim Mlynek is 57 years old and still gets to work before the sun comes up.

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                               Tim, Jim & Jim

 

 

Mlynek and his wife, Jean, own Woodville Road Nursery and the Stone Yard, located at 5819 Woodville Rd, two miles past the Woodville Mall. The business is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

“I've been doing this full-time for 33 years,” said Mlynek, whose father, Tom J. Mlynek, opened the nursery in 1960. “We've stayed small. First of all, we're workers. We are experienced people working on people's homes, and we don't send out a crew that's only been here a year or two. We're hands-on people.

“I get to work between 5:30 and 5:45 every morning. A lot of times I may go to jobs, and there is always getting trucks loaded and getting the equipment out, doing paper work. There's always something to do.”

Woodville Road Nursery has remained a family business for five decades. Jim and Jean are co-owners and their son, Jim, 26, has been working at the nursery for more than 20 years.

 
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