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Car dealer consolidates lots and eliminates eye sore
If you regularly drive Woodville Road in Oregon you’ve noticed the transformation of a long-time eye sore into the new home of Nationwide Auto Finance.

Al Tawil, an Oregon resident, has invested $300,000 into the building and parking lot at the site that once housed Andy Handy and more recently the Boomtown Flea Market. Tawil plans this November to open the area’s largest used-car lot on the site consolidating his three existing locations. Nationwide operates two used car lots on Woodville Road and a storage and repair facility at 2160 Oakdale. All are in East Toledo. Tawil estimates he will have some 500 cars on display once he becomes established at the new location.

Tawil has installed a new roof, tucked and repainted the exterior, added landscaping and repaved the parking lot. The building has 95,000 square feet and will house a garage to detail and mechanically prepare cars for sale, an office area and space that Tawil hopes to rent to auto-related businesses such as insurance agents and after-market parts specialists.

The company will have 12 to 13 employees.


Fitness is a SNAP
Oregon has its first 24-hour fitness center thanks to Beach family.

Mark and Beth Beach and their daughter Alison have opened SNAP Fitness at 3355 Navarre in the plaza next to WalMart. Alison Beach, a Clay grad and Owens College student, manages the facility. She said members are issued a key card, which allows them entrance 24/7. The 3,400 square-feet facility houses treadmills, elliptical machines, recombinant and upright bikes, Cybex machines and weights.

There is a personal trainer on staff to conduct fitness analyses and tailor exercise and nutrition programs to fit your condition.

No contract is required.

For more information, go to

Opportunity knocks
Food For Thought, a local nonprofit provider of food to the area’s impoverished, has appointed Amanda Aldrich executive director.

Aldrich has volunteered as the organization’s marketing director for the past year. As a member of the board of directors, she has directed marketing endeavors and increased awareness of the organization. 

Aldrich graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts Individualized Degree with a focus on culture and diversity. She also has worked for Hart Associates, a marketing and communications firm.     

Aldrich replaces the current executive director, Tana Schiewer, who resigned effective September 1 to pursue other opportunities.

Schools & skills
The Fifty Plus Job Fair, now in its sixth year, returns to Toledo on Friday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Erie Street Market. The fair provides opportunity for experienced, skilled, and reliable job seekers and savvy employers to meet.

Vendor space for businesses and community resources is now available. Registration is $30 and includes one 8-foot table, chairs, breakfast, and company information promoted in the event directory.

Last year’s event attracted 54 vendors and more than 700 job seekers.

To receive vendor registration materials, call The Source at (419) 213-6312, or go to

The fair is sponsored by Lucas County Workforce Development Agency, Stautzenberger College and Experience Works.

The National Bank of Oak Harbor and GenoaBank will host their annual scholarship golf outing Friday at the Oak Harbor Golf Club in Oak Harbor. Call Marie at 419-898-5741 or Joyce at 419-855-8381.

At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will hold its Charity Derby Horse Race to benefit local charities on Wednesday, September 15. The race will be the featured event at the annual steak roast.

The Derby Horse Race is open to any business, non-profit organization, family or individual. Each entrant must choose a charity to represent. The first place winner’s charity will receive 25 percent of the auction’s proceeds, second place receives 15 percent and third receives 10 percent, according to Sarah Beavers, chamber director.

The base horse on a stick can be purchased at Toys R Us and decorated to suit your taste. Jerry Anderson, WTOL Channel 11 news anchor, will auction off the horses. The six horses receiving the top bids will advance to the Charity Derby Race. Horses will move along the track by a roll of the dice.

The entry fee is $20. Call Sarah at 419-693-5580.

The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, September 17, 7:15 a.m. at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for the 32nd Annual Apple Festival to be help October 9 and 10. Call 419-898-0479.

Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday at noon to 419-836-1319, e-mail to, or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.



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