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To my Whitmer classmates of ’77…you guys rock

To my Whitmer classmates of ’77…you guys rock

By Don Radebaugh — It’s too bad we couldn’t have the high school experience later in life…say in our 40s or 50s, when we could appreciate it all the more. By then, we’re past most of our insecurities and we have grown to be comfortable in our own skin. We don’t even try to fit in anymore because we don’t care about what he or she thinks about us…we’re past all that nonsense. We are who we are, and we’re…

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The fascinating story of Sylvania’s Underground Railroad, the historic Lathrop House, and the fight to save it

The fascinating story of Sylvania’s Underground Railroad, the historic Lathrop House, and the fight to save it

By Don Radebaugh — It’s a pretty nice rock, as far as rocks go. And to a geologist, I’m certain it would tell an interesting story; but none more interesting than the story that sits behind it. If you look beyond the rock (cover photo), you can see a white house among the trees, a house that holds more history than most could imagine. On one hand, the rock literally serves as a marker for where the house used to…

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The story of the Stranahans, Champion Spark Plug and the preservation of a world class park

The story of the Stranahans, Champion Spark Plug and the preservation of a world class park

By Don Radebaugh — It’s the mother of all metroparks in northwest Ohio. While the area is well known for its beautiful parks and recreation, none can compare to Wildwood Preserve, and that’s because none has the heart and soul that Wildwood has…a bona fide heartbeat left behind by the family who called it home. A family that arguably did more for the citizens of Toledo and northwest Ohio than any other single family before, or after. At the center…

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Meet the real Tony Stewart; racing icon sharing a day with a dying man

Meet the real Tony Stewart; racing icon sharing a day with a dying man

By Don Radebaugh — I’m not sure if you can uncover more emotion from a human life in one afternoon, but the Nemire racing family got just about as close as you can get. Longtime ARCA/USAC competitor, winner, champion Jerry Nemire has been fighting cancer for the better part of 15 years. Monday morning didn’t start out all that good for him. He was weak and wasn’t feeling well. He also knew that Tony Stewart’s dad Nelson was on his…

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Welcome to the Keeper’s House…

Welcome to the Keeper’s House…

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio — Every time I venture out on another historical adventure, I always discover something new outside the intended target. My original destination was Johnson’s Island, just off Marblehead, Ohio. And for good reason. A prisoner of war camp for Confederate soldiers once occupied space there during the Civil War, leaving behind only gravestones of Confederate soldiers who died at the camp, many of the stones unmarked. I’m looking forward to bringing you the story. But on the way…

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Friends and foes, Adams and Jefferson…divine intervention?

Friends and foes, Adams and Jefferson…divine intervention?

By Don Radebaugh – If there was ever an example of “divine intervention” in American history, one could arguably make the case around the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The two men, most responsible for the contents of the Declaration of Independence, died about five hours apart on July 4, 1826. It wasn’t just any Independence Day celebration…it was the 50th anniversary of the signing of America’s independence from Great Britain. Jefferson, 83, slipped away first, an hour…

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March on America…well done ladies

March on America…well done ladies

By Don Radebaugh – The historic Women’s March on Washington, and all across the United States, was American democracy on display, and well done by the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of women, men and children who marched peacefully in support of a cause near and dear to those who participated. Through it all, not a window was broken; no one got hurt…no tear gas…not a scratch. And, make no mistake, their voices were heard without a hint of…

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Remembering Johnstown…lest we forget

Remembering Johnstown…lest we forget

By Don Radebaugh – The gravestones in the Unknown Plot at Grandview Cemetery are without names…only numbers, marking unidentifiable people, most of whom died in a space of about 10 minutes when more than 20 million tons of water and tangled debris, accumulated over the course of a 14-mile descent down the mountain, came crashing down on the good people of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Outside of September 11, 2001, it’s the worst man-made disaster in American history, yet relatively few people…

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Success anyone? New Year’s resolutions that work

Success anyone? New Year’s resolutions that work

By Don Radebaugh – TOLEDO, Ohio – It’s that time of year…lose a few pounds here…lose a few there. New Year’s resolutions are all the rage these days; at least until they’re not. Give it a month, and often we sink right back into that dark place we’re trying to escape. Regardless of the goal, the best way to get there is through your mind, not necessarily through the physical grind. The secret is to create the image in your…

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Post Christmas depression anyone? … holiday ramblings and hangovers

Post Christmas depression anyone? … holiday ramblings and hangovers

By Don Radebaugh…TOLEDO, Ohio – For me, the day after Christmas “hangover” is far worse than the New Year’s “hangover”. In part, because I’m not fighting an overdose of alcohol that accompanies January 1 for so many. Lincoln always said that alcohol left him “feeling flabby and undone,” and I couldn’t agree more. That, and as you spend the first day of the new year in recovery mode, you find another excuse to stay stagnant on the couch, ultimately putting your…

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