The Press Newspaper
Ethnic restaurants are a part of our present-day culture.
We are all familiar with restaurants that specialize in Hungarian, Chinese, Greek, Mexican, and food from other cultures. There’s one ethnic food that has African roots, but it’s become associated with African-American culture today.
Soul food, which became a part of America’s pop culture in the 1960s, has come a long ways from its roots in Africa. But a new business owner is introducing soul food to East Toledo.
Six months ago, J.R. McCardell and his family opened Serenity Family Soul Food Restaurant at the former location of O’Malley’s Pub at the corner of Woodville Road and East Broadway.
“Our food is good down to your soul...,” is the restaurant’s motto, and McCardell stands behind that.
Armed with a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, Jennifer Fording, is preparing to take the Harris-Elmore Public Library’s historical materials on the road for viewing by the public.
Between 150 to 200 people showed up at the Christ Dunberger Post Legion Hall on Pickle Road for a special send-off to Northwood graduates Lance Mendoza, Ronnie Koch, Brandon Bugbee, and Thomas Lackner.
The young men, who have enlisted into the U.S. Marines, were also honored at a blessing ceremony at Hope Community Church in early September. Three of the boys left one day after their send-off for basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and Lackner is scheduled to leave in October.
“The kids have known each other from I think second grade, when we moved over to Northwood,” Susie Mendoza, Lance’s mother, said.
“I know Lance and Ronnie were on the same soccer team when they were little, in third grade. The only way I know that is because I was their coach and every year at the end of the year the parents of the soccer team would give me a shirt with the names of all the kids on it. They were all pretty close, but Brandon and Ronnie were really close.
Michael Seferian was sworn in as Oregon’s new mayor last Sunday at 2 p.m. by
Municipal Court Judge Jeff Keller at the city municipal court.
It probably helped Susie Mendoza’s nerves when she received a letter from her son Lance Mendoza telling her that he and his Northwood buddies Brandon Bugbee and Ronnie Koch are in the same platoon while in U.S. Marines basic training.
But all of the parents of four Northwood graduates won’t deny they were nervous about their sons’ decisions to enter the Marines.
Susie and husband Jesse Mendoza say they made good use of the blessing ceremony at Hope Community Church Labor Day weekend.
“We just gave him hugs and kisses, I guess. He doesn’t need to pack. He can’t take anything with him,” Susie said. I’ve got mixed emotions. They’re running high.”
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