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Zoo lion death
Wisdom, one of the Toledo Zoo’s three white lions on loan from Siegfried & Roy, died July 18 following surgery to treat a deteriorating spinal condition.

“Wisdom had a history of back issues, which our veterinary team successfully managed with therapeutic steroidal treatments,” Randi Meyerson, DVM, the zoo’s assistant director of animal programs, said. “However, recently his symptoms began to worsen.”

The zoo arranged to have a mobile computerized tomography (CT) unit brought in to provide more detailed diagnosis of Wisdom’s condition. The scan indicated intervertebral disc disease. “Two discs in Wisdom’s spine were compressing his spinal cord,” Dr. Meyerson said. “Without corrective surgery, the condition would have eventually paralyzed him.”

Three veterinary neurological specialists worked with the zoo’s veterinary team to perform the corrective surgery. Although the surgical procedure was successful, Wisdom did not awaken afterward from the anesthesia.

Wisdom was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2001 and came to the Toledo Zoo in 2003. He lived in the Tembo Trail exhibit with his brothers, Courage and Legend.

“Wisdom was a charismatic animal whose loss is keenly felt by zoo staff, visitors and supporters,” Jeff Sailer, the executive director of the zoo, said. “But I am proud of the tireless work put into his diagnostic treatment and care; it is because of these tremendous efforts that his quality of life remained high.”

1812 flag to fly
A 15-star, 15-stripe 1812 flag is being flown July 22-28 at the Lucas County Courthouse to commemorate the American victory at the Second Siege of Fort Meigs.

Following their defeat at the First Siege of Fort Meigs in May of 1813, the British and Native Americans attempted a second siege July 21-28, 1813. British Gen. Henry Patrick Procter had close to 5,000 men, half of whom were Native Americans. Although Procter could not count on the cooperation of the British navy, he decided that he must make another attack on Fort Meigs or lose once and for all the use of his Indian allies.

In an effort to fool the Americans into opening the fort walls, British and Native American forces hid outside the fort in the nearby woods and staged a mock battle. American Gen. Green Clay, in command of Fort Meigs and with about 100 militiamen, sent notice of the arrival of the British forces to Gen. William Harrison, who did not send reinforcements. With the defensive advantage of a strong fort, Clay ultimately resisted the pressure to send out his men. After seven unsuccessful days of siege, the British troops withdrew and in early August, attacked Ft. Stephenson (modern-day Fremont) where they were defeated. Following the successful second defense of Fort Meigs, the American forces were prepared for a counter-attack.

The Commemorative 15-star flag was raised over the Lucas County Courthouse on June 18, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of War against Great Britain, and will fly during significant dates during the War of 1812 200th anniversary. The flag has been provided to each of Ohio’s counties through a donation to the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission by Buckeye Cablesystem.

Jason & the Argonauts
Pemberville Children’s Theatre Workshop will present “The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts” Aug. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House.

The production features 26 children ages 7-16 who have been working on the show since early June under the direction of Angela Patchett.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 15 and under, and are available at Beeker’s General Store or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.

The production is sponsored by the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society through the Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund. Because Marlyn played and taught piano for decades in the Pemberville area, many people came to know of her love of music. The Williamsons enjoyed live performances of all kinds and had a deep love and appreciation for the arts. The couple also supported the restoration of the opera house and enjoyed attending events there.

Additional information is available at

Lake Erie Wonders
Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area will host a program about Lake Erie – Ohio’s largest natural resource –Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Magee Marsh is located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.

Participants will meet at the Wildlife Beach to learn fascinating facts about the lake through displays and beach activities. This program is free and family-friendly.

The ODNR Office of Coastal Management is co-sponsoring the event. For more information, call 419-898-0960, ext. 31.

577 celebration
The 577 Foundation, located at 577 East Front St., Perrysburg, will hold a 25th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

It was back in 1988 when Virginia Secor Stranahan decided to preserve her property from being sub-divided and opened her grounds to the community to enjoy educational, environmental, experimental and fun opportunities. In the past 25 years, The 577 Foundation has served more than 250,000 people through a variety of classes, events, tours, pottery, book fairs and community gardens. An untold number of people have just walkrd through the grounds for a little bit of peace, enjoyment and educational wonders.

Guests are invited to enjoy a slice of birthday cake while listening to musical entertainment in Virginia’s home. There will also be opportunities to plant and take home a creation in one of the newly constructed greenhouses, watch pottery demonstrations in the Pottery Barn or participate in a fun scavenger hunt. The pottery creations will be raffled off and 577 Foundation T-shirts will be available for purchase. Guests will also be encouraged to simply wander the grounds, visiting the Riverwalk,

The event is free and open to the public.

Women’s Distance Festival
Women’s Entrepreneurial Network (WEN) will present the Women’s Distance Festival Saturday, Aug. 3 at Fallen Timbers, Maumee.

The event will include a 5K run, a mile walk and 100-meter dash heels race, along with a heels decorating contest, kids’ activity tent and more. Registration includes a race t-shirt and goody bag.

Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 7-8 a.m. The 5K run, open to women only (wearing running shoes) will run from 8-9 a.m. The “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” family/friend walk, open to youth, men and women (wearing tennis shoes) will be held from 9-9:30 a.m. A 100-Meter Heels Race open to men and women 18 and older wearing heels, will begin at 9:30 a.m. An after-party and announcement of race winners will be held at 10:30 a.m.

Register for a single event or all three events at a discounted fee. For more information, visit Proceeds raised will go to support female youth and women in the community.

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to attend the “Can You Can?” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program, which will include a presentation by Deb Trzcinski, from Oak Harbor about home canning; musical entertainment and Sheila Emenhiser, of Topeka, Kan., speaking on “The Mouse Traps of Life.”

Tickets are $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.

Wood County Fair 
The 2013 Wood County Fair will run from July 29-Aug. 5 at the county fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd,,  Bowling Green.

The Wood County Youth Parade will kick things off Monday, July 29, followed by Harness Racing and a Junior Fair Dance July 30; a Kids’ Ride Day Special, National Championship Horse Pull and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Show July 31; Senior day and a Quilt Show and Tractor, Truck and Semi Pull Aug. 1. Hundreds of cheerleaders will come to the fair to compete Aug. 2 and The Beach Boys will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

Celebrating 150 years
The congregation of First St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1121 Grasser St., Oregon, invites members of the community to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary at a sit-down meal Sept. 15.

Tickets for the meal, which will include Swiss steak or fried chicken, are $12.50, payable by check or money order. The deadline for reservations is Aug. 4.

For tickets or more information, contact Dolores Damschroder at 419-693-7128 or email




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