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Spend a “weekend in the Old Country” at the 41st Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival Aug. 15 and 16 on Consaul Street in the Birmingham neighborhood on Toledo’s East Side.

One of Toledo’s oldest and most popular ethnic festivals, the event is a celebration of the strength and diversity of the Birmingham community and an ongoing dedication to the preservation and recognition of the neighborhood’s heritage.

Festival hours are noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. As an unofficial opening to the Festival Weekend, the 20th Annual Waiters Race will occur on Friday night, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. The race with relay teams of four carrying trays with a full pitcher and two glasses of beer has become one of the most popular events at the festival. Entertainment and refreshments will be available at the VFW Post 4906 before and after the race. Be sure to come down to Consaul Street and join in the festivities!

Elmore Church of God is planning a soccer field in hopes of honoring the memory of fallen police officer Jose “Andy” Chavez.

“Along with our planning for this soccer field, we established a relationship with a local family whose late husband and father was an assistant coach for the Woodmore varsity boys’ soccer program,” stated a press release from church pastor Tom Willhardt.

“Officer Andy Chavez graduated from Woodmore and stayed involved with the soccer program in an unofficial role until the head coach, Carlo Pacino, invited Andy to come aboard as an assistant coach for the boys’ team a few years ago,” Willhardt’s release continues.

With his family’s blessing, we began planning for this soccer field to be a memorial to Andy and all he stood for. We want to honor his memory and honor his contributions to Woodmore soccer.”

A wonderful blessing and a curse of marriage is the joining together of two very different people. While their values are likely the same, the challenges of living life together have caused many a couple to struggle with financial decision-making. One spouse may obsess over every penny, while the other spouse is a never-ending party, spending money feely, because “Hey, you can’t take it with you, right?”

While different approaches to money can make for plenty of heated discussions over the years, the most critical decisions often happen as retirement age approaches. Without a shared approach to financial matters, new retirees can find themselves laboring over decisions that have huge consequences later in life, when the opportunities to correct course may be very limited.

For the couple that is nearing retirement or has recently retired, there are a number of questions to address as a couple, to ensure a unified approach. After all, the numbers are bigger than ever and the consequences are significant:

• Do we both feel comfortable that we have enough savings to retire?

• How much risk do we intend to take with our investments during retirement?

Chicory, aka “watcher of the road” lines many area roadways 
Almost as suddenly as it comes, summer begins to wind down with the “dog days” of August. These late summer days are filled with the song of the cicadas – buzzing and droning on so that they almost drown out the bird songs. Vegetables are ripening and green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet corn are ready to harvest and enjoy.

Along the field edges and roadsides now the wild chicory is in bloom. Northwest Ohio, with its natural limestone deposits, is an ideal area for chicory to grow. The bright, blue, daisy-like flowers of the chicory are the color of a clear August sky and, because it is so commonly seen along roadsides, its German name “Wegewarte” meaning “watcher of the road” is very appropriate.

Chicory, though it grows wild, is not an American native plant but came to this country centuries ago from the Mediterranean area. The plant was originally used as a food crop for animals. Different varieties of the plant were also grown and used in salads and the root of “chicory sativum” was roasted, ground, and prepared as a beverage that is very similar to coffee. Chicory root contains a carbohydrate called inulin, which is now used commercially as a sweetener and to add fiber to foods. Inulin acts in the body by slowing down the metabolism of sugars, which makes it a beneficial addition for those with blood sugar conditions. For centuries, chicory was used medicinally as a general tonic, cleansing remedy, and skin ointment. That starry, blue blossom growing wild along our byways has quite a valuable and useful reputation.

Happy picking! American Pickers looking for “rusty gold” in Ohio
“American Pickers” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and the Antique Archeology team will be coming to Ohio in early October in search of America’s most valuable antiques, from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

The modern-day archaeology team will film episodes of the hit History Channel series, “American Pickers” – a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on history. Wolfe and Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, are embarking on a road trip across the U.S. on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

water crisis

Are you prepared for another water crisis this summer if there is an algae bloom that shuts down the water supply?
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