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Many, many years ago hall of fame driver Rick Ferkel scored the first of hundreds of his career sprint car wins at Fremont Speedway. On Saturday, a young protégé from Kokomo, Indiana – Parker Price Miller, 16 years-old – would take the lead from Byron Reed with just nine laps to go and drove to his first career 410 sprint car victory.

It was the 65th season opener for “The Track That Action Built” on Tanks Meats Night and Price Miller became the 407th different feature winner in the track’s long, storied history.

“There’s no other track I’d rather get my first 410 win at than Fremont. They say this place is tricky and it definitely is. Turn one and two had me for awhile…I figured it out. I got some help from some lapped traffic but that’s why you run 30 laps,” said Price Miller beside his PPM Titanium Products/Triple X Racing/Indy Race Parts backed No. 9P.

“Rick Ferkel, Jim Roby, my Dad and Mom, Kathy Ferkel all worked hard for me. I can’t thank Rick Ferkel enough. He does everything for us. Me and him are bonding together and I love him to death. It’s pretty awesome to get my first win at the track where he got his,” added Price Miller who said Ferkel’s advice before the feature – drive it hard.

In a crash-filled 305 feature Steve Rando of Lindsey would survive to score his sixth career Fremont win.

The Toledo Reign offers it players a lot of things, such as camaraderie and a chance to travel to places like Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. Oh, and you get to hit people, too.

The Reign is a local team that plays an eight-game schedule in the Independent Women’s Football League. Mitchi Collette, an Elmore resident who coaches and founded the team along with Beth Razzoog in 2003, has assembled a 28-player roster for the 2015 season.

Angie Blasingim, a 2005 Lake High School graduate, is a Reign rookie and plays mostly nose tackle and offensive guard. It is a far cry from her softball-playing days in Millbury. Blasingim saw some action on special teams in the Reign’s season opener last Saturday against Pittsburgh.

“It’s interesting, that’s for sure,” Blasingim said. “It’s different than any other sport I’ve played. Softball was my main sport in high school, but I’ve played volleyball, run track and played basketball. For the first time, they’re telling me to hit the girls.

“Most women’s sports aren’t high-contact. That’s been the difficult thing to wrap my brain around, as well as the sheer amount of information I’ve had to take in since starting. Softball and basketball, you start when you’re little and you build on them. It’s not like that with football. Being a little girl, you don’t get that opportunity.”

Blasingim was a student athletic trainer for Lake’s football team, but she never tried out for the squad.

The Toledo Reign women’s tackle football team dedicated its season opener to the memory of Officer Jose “Andy” Chavez and Daniel Ramirez.

Officer Chavez graduated from Ross High School in Fremont in 2006 and was an exemplary police officer for the Elmore Police Department as well as an Auxiliary Officer for the Woodville Police Department and a security guard for the Toledo Public Library.

Ramirez graduated from Ross High School in 2008 and served overseas in the U.S. Army for two years at Yongsan Garrison in South Korea and finished his active duty in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

A press release from “The Reign” stated they wanted to honor “our local heroes in Northwest Ohio who work tirelessly to protect us and our nation. We appreciate your service.”

Chavez and Ramirez were honored at halftime with their families in attendance. The team invited Northwest Ohio fire, police and military police to the game against Pittsburgh at Fremont’s Don Paul Stadium. Other Reign home games this year will be at Waite’s Mollenkopf Stadium.

Days after losing Officer Chavez to an act of violence, members of the Elmore Police Department were still trying to come to terms with the sudden death of the man known as Andy to friends and colleagues.

April, named for Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love, is here and it will not be long until Northwest Ohio’s full garden season will arrive.

April’s flower is the Sweet Pea which, in the language of flowers, means “good-bye” or “departure” and this month does say good-bye to winter weather and hello to the warmer months ahead. The Sweet Pea seems a good choice for this intermediary month.

With the warm days we’ll enjoy this month, gardeners will have the chance to get out to clean and prepare their beds and gardens for May. Right now, with very little growth in the garden, it is easier to see what needs to be removed, pruned, and cleaned out. Dried plants and foliage from last year can be trimmed and dead plant material should be dug and discarded.

As soon as the soil can be worked, you can divide late blooming perennials such as daylilies, asters and sedum. These will have time through the summer months to put on new growth and get established in their new locations. There are also some seeds that can be planted in April which will produce flowers and vegetables as the weather warms. These plants prefer to begin their growth in the cooler weather of early spring and can be started now. They include bachelor’s buttons, cabbage, calendula, kale, peas, phlox, poppies, spinach, sweet peas, and Swiss chard. If you are planning to grow flowers from seed this year, you may want to try a few that will give continuous color and do well in our heavy, clay soil. Annuals to try would include salvia, marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, Mexican sunflower, and nasturtiums.

When someone in your family needs financial help, do they turn to you for support?

While this is a very complex matter that has many nuances, I want to focus on whether or not you can truly afford to be the bank for those in need. After all, it’s an amazing testament to your discipline and track record if you’re getting the call, but to what lengths should you factor this familial assistance into your planning?

Let’s be clear: a family member who has been asked for money is put into that role because of a demonstrated ability to manage money…or at least has a perception of being good with money. This ability can manifest itself in a number of ways, including a resulting sense of obligation. After all, if you won’t help family, what kind of person does that make you anyway? This can lead to writing checks, doling out cash, and co-signing for items that may or may not be well-understood, much less in the best interest of the family member in-need.

So, what can a person do to ensure that helping family doesn’t result in overextending oneself? Is there also a strategy that can make saying yes or no a less gut-wrenching experience?

The answer to both of these questions, assuming you’re not vehemently opposed to helping family, is to plan ahead. That’s right; get your own financial house in order so that you know what amount of help you can offer without breaking the bank. I suppose another way to say it is to budget, so when that call comes, the response you offer can be one of love and not of financial fear or ignorance.

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