Man’s Diamond Dash nets $787 in tools and model train cars
John LaPorte ended his 75-second shopping spree through Gladieux Do It Best Home Center by picking up two model train cars for his father’s hobby.
LaPorte, a Clay grad and Sylvania resident, was in Oregon Saturday, Aug. 3 to visit his father, Dave, a Curtice resident, and his grandfather who was recovering from heart surgery at Mercy St. Charles Hospital. The busy day also included a wedding shower for LaPorte’s fiancée. While the shower was being held, LaPorte and his father went to Gladieux’s. The impromptu visit paid dividends when his name was drawn as the winner of a 75-second shopping spree called the Diamond Dash in honor of the Gladieux family celebrating 75 years in business.
LaPorte was given a half hour to peruse the store before making his dash. He scooped up these nine items: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill Driver Kit; Milwaukee M12 Multi-Tool Kit; Black & Decker Finish Sander; 8pc gear wrench Set; 20-pocket tool pouch; trouble light w/25' cord; Crystal Blue pond dye and two model train tank cars representing local refining history, one Sunoco car and one Gulf car.
Brandon Ziegelhofer, Gladieux co-owner, said the take totaled $787.55.
LaPorte picked out some tools he had wanted for some time, but the execution of his planned route fell apart. He wrote in an email, “During the run I was actually going so fast that I blew right past some of the things I had picked out, so I started grabbing other things I wanted as I saw them. I also told my Dad to pick out some things he wanted and I'd get them for him, especially considering it was his idea to go. He picked out the model train cars and needed the pond chemicals, so I made sure to get those as well.”
Did he succumb to the pressure?
“It made it fun, “he said. “It's not everyday that you have the opportunity to just sprint through the store and grab whatever you want. Going as fast as you can for 75 seconds is a workout too. I was a bit winded by the end. I'm thankful to everyone at Gladieux for the opportunity, it was a lot of fun and I walked away with some nice loot.”
The day-long event attracted a couple hundred well-wishers, Ziegelhofer said.
Artistic Memorials has opened a branch sales office in Northwood. Jeff Pettit, a Lake Township resident, started his business in 2002 after working for another monument company for 18 years. He will have a grand opening of the new showroom at 5552 Woodville Road during the Labor Day Weekend.
Pettit and Judy Radar of Curtice will be responsible for sales.
Pettit is a Certified Memorialist and has been serving the Northwest Ohio and lower Michigan cemeteries for more than 30 years.
Various specials will be offered Aug. 30, 31 from 10-4 and Sept. 1 from Noon-4. All specials will be available at the Northwood location as well as at 12551 Jefferson St. in Perrysburg, across from Levis Commons. Call 1-866-tombstone
H & M Open Arms Massage Studio will host a grand reopening Sunday, Aug. 18, Noon to 4 p.m. at its new location at 860 Ansonia St. #4 in Oregon.
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon at Noon along with owner Ashley Hirzel and her massage therapists.
The center offers alternative therapies for arthritis, migraines, back pain fibromyalgia and sports injuries as well as other conditions.
A bake sale, chair massages and raffles will he featured with proceeds going to benefit ProMedica’s Light the Night Walk to fight leukemia and lymphoma.
For more, go to openarmsmassagestudio.massage therapy.com or visit the Facebook site.
Sponsorship packages are available for the 20th anniversary dinner of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation Thursday Dec. 5 at Maumee Bay State Park.
Thomas Nimbley, CEO of PBF Energy, parent company of Toledo Refining Company, will deliver the keynote address.
Prior to joining PBF Energy in 2010, Nimbley had been with Nimbley Consultants LLC for five years, providing consulting services to clients on various projects, including acquisitions of two oil refineries.
Before that, he was a senior executive with ConocoPhillips, Phillips Petroleum, and Tosco Corporation. He began his career in the oil industry in 1973 when he joined Exxon Company, USA after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering / New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Contact Lindsay Myers at 419-693-9999
At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host an OktoberFest Party to raise funds for Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Toledo Free Press warehouse 11, N. Huron St. in Toledo.
Captain Sweet Shoes, a local cover band, comprised of Anthony Beck, formerly of Resonant Soul, and Allen Spencer, formerly of Empire Drift, will perform acoustic sets from the 50s to the present.
For sponsorship information, call Angela Crosby at 419-410-5937.
Penta Career Center is searching for successful individuals for its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards. Since its inception in 1993, these prestigious awards have been presented to 120 Penta alumni. Recipients will be honored at a special banquet at the high school on Nov. 7.
The Outstanding Alumni Awards are bestowed to individuals who have completed a career-technical program at Penta and who are currently working in a successful career. Nominees must have completed a high school or adult education program at Penta prior to 2003.
Applications are available by calling 419-661-6351 or they can be downloaded at www.pentacareercenter.org (click on “Alumni”). Deadline: Sept. 6.
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