The Press Newspaper
This year marks a milestone for the German-American Festival as Toledo’s oldest and largest ethnic festival celebrates its 50th year.
The German-American Festival (GAF), operated by G.A.F Society and sponsored by the seven German-and Swiss-American Societies in Toledo, returns to Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon on Aug. 28-30.
“I can’t believe it’s been 50 years, that’s a lot of beers and brats,” said Tim Pecsenye, festival chair. “We are very excited to celebrate this amazing culture by entertaining our guests in every way possible.”
The GAF’s heritage and good times are being celebrated with the “50 Days of 50 Years of the GAF, currently underway on Toledo’s seven iHeartRadio stations. Visit an iHeartRadio station website and answer the GAF question to enter the contest every day leading up to the festival.
The community is invited to a groundbreaking for the long-anticipated project to “Raise the Elevator” at the Pemberville Opera House on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m., 217 W. Front St.
One of the oldest operating opera houses in Ohio, the Pemberville Opera House was built in 1892 and in its early years was home to Vaudeville shows, medicine shows, plays and even basketball games. When the World War captured the attention of the country, the opera house would not see use again for several decades.
In 1999, a dedicated group of volunteers from the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society took up the cause and returned the opera house to its former glory, however some would-be patrons still faced a challenge to get to the “theatre on the second floor” – accessible by a long and daunting staircase.
The National Rimfire Sporter Match has always been a destination for families. Its challenging yet simple design is perfect for introducing kids and adults of all ages to the world of competitive shooting in a safe and fun environment, while also providing them with lasting memories they can share for a lifetime.
Will McChesney, 45, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, had never been involved in a real competitive shooting match before – and neither had any member of his whopping family of six kids he brought along with him to fire in the 2015 National Rimfire Sporter Match on Aug. 1 at Camp Perry.
Growing up, Will used to shoot groundhogs, birds and other critters on the farm he lived on as a child. Pulverizing vermin was about the extent of his firearm experience until he and his wife, Sarah, bought a handgun during the Y2K scare and took it out to his dad’s farm in New Galilee, PA. From there, shooting became a new hobby for the couple.
“At that point, my wife really began to enjoy shooting guns, so it started to be something we’d do for fun,” he said.
Oregon residents may get some relief from overpopulated mosquitoes after City Administrator Mike Beazley met with officials from the Toledo Area Sanitary District Mosquito Control last week.
“I did meet with the folks with the Toledo Area Sanitary District on Friday morning about mosquito control,” said Beazley at a council meeting Aug. 10. “One of the things they’re dealing with, with the volume of rain we’ve had, there’s really almost no system that keeps everyone happy. But we did advocate for a more aggressive response in Oregon.”
At the July 27 council meeting, Councilman James Seaman said he was getting calls from the public complaining about the need to increase spraying in their neighborhoods because of the increase in mosquito bites during the day and night time hours.
“It’s horrible,” he said. “Kids don’t play outside...They’re getting eaten alive.”
Volunteers witnessed arrests, found tires, picked up garbage, mowed, weeded, raked and whatever necessary to clean up an East Toledo neighborhood during T-Town Action Week.
For six days, 40 volunteers spent 900 volunteer hours cleaning up the area between Starr to Navarre and Oak to White, focusing on East Broadway over to Main to Oak. Ages of volunteers ranged from 11 to 72, and they focused on “the worst of the worst” — 14 properties, and mowed over 30 properties during the course of the week.
The basic premise is — if they don’t do it, then who will?
Among the volunteers were youth employees from Pathway and the City of Toledo’s Neighborhood Department. Police set up a temporary substation on East Broadway and remained in full force the entire week. The city provided lawnmowers, rakes, brooms, garbage bags, and gloves.
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