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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.

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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.

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City officials hope to answer residents’ concerns about the impact the Big Ditch project may have on the South Shore Veterans Park at a public forum on Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in city council chambers at the municipal complex, 5330 Seaman Road.

The Big Ditch project calls for improving the drainage ditch along the west side of Stadium Road from Seaman Road to Bayshore Road to increase safety by eliminating the eroding ditch banks along the roadside and to improve the overall drainage system.

Property owners will not be assessed for the project. It is funded by a $319,200 grant and a $478,000 low interest loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The improvements will include the replacement of the ditch and undersized culverts with a large storm sewer, catch basins, and shallow grass-lined swales. At the downstream end of the project, near South Shore Veterans Park, and in areas along open farmland, the project will include enhancing the existing ditch by widening and relocating it further from the roadway to restore it to a more natural stream channel, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

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It made animal lovers everywhere cringe upon hearing on July 9 that a dog had been shot several times by its owner and the owner’s friend while confined to a cage in East Toledo.

A Lucas County Dog Warden deputy transported the dog, called Sarge, to an emergency veterinary clinic, where x-rays showed six bullets were lodged in its head, neck and chest. The dog recovered, and was transported late last month to the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS) for temperament testing.

Although Sarge dodged death, the TAHS deemed he was too aggressive for adoption. According to John Dinon, executive director of the TAHS, Sarge had bitten two employees at the shelter before any testing could be conducted.

“Through informal observation, we’ve determined that he is an aggressive dog. He’s snapped at several staff members, and actually bitten two staff members,” said Dinon. “He would definitely not pass our regular temperament test. He’s too aggressive to even do the test on.”

As a result, the shelter is left with only three options for the dog: transfer it to a certified rescue group that has a history of rehabilitating aggressive dogs like Sarge; a transfer to an animal sanctuary where Sarge could live out the remainder of its life without posing a threat to the public, or humanely euthanize him.

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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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