BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Attorney Beth Tischler was named law director during the May 20 Maumee city council meeting. Tischler, who will be paid an annual salary of $72,500, will be responsible for all civil legal matters related to Maumee and will advise city council, board and commission members and the administration on legal matters. She will also supervise the municipal prosecutor and oversee outside counsel. A search committee consisting of Maumee Mayor Richard Carr, council member Brent Buehrer, interim human resource director Susan Noble, Sylvania prosecutor Robert Pyzik and attorney Connie Snyder narrowed the field of 27 applicants to six potential candidates. Carr said that following the interview process the choice for Tischler was unanimous. “We look forward to working with her,” Carr said. Since 2006, Tischler has worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Sandusky County prosecutor’s office. She also spent two years as an associate attorney for the law firm Dewey & Dewey Attorneys in Clyde, Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rio Grande. She also earned a master’s degree in business and law degree from the University of Toledo. She and her husband Dave have two children and plan to move from Clyde to Maumee soon. “I’m very excited about this new opportunity,” she said. In January, the personnel committee recommended hiring a full-time law director following an outside advisory committee report that concluded the position should be in-house if 1,000 hours of legal services are logged annually, said personnel committee and council member Brent Buehrer. The previous law director, Sheilah McAdams, who was a contract employee, was paid $135 an hour. McAdams worked an average of 1,100 hours annually and was paid $148,500 for her services, Buehrer said. In other action council also: • Approved the appointments of Jason Blair and Devon Becker as Summer Laborers. • Approved the resignation of Michael Piatz, radio/telephone operator, division of police. • Approved the Ohio police and fire pension fund employer pick-up plan. • Authorized an agreement with Vance’s Law Enforcement for $27,414.80 to purchase 20 Tasers and associated equipment. • Approved a $3,990.70 agreement with Sound Communication for a radio and telephone recording system for the Maumee police and fire divisions. • Authorized an agreement with Midwest Golf and Turf for $43,345 to purchase an athletic field mower with trade-in utilizing the state purchase program. • Asked to the building and lands committee to investigate expanding the parking lot in the 100 block of West Broadway.
BY EMILY GORDON | MIRROR REPORTER — A historical marker dedication and wreath laying ceremony was conducted at Fort Miamis on May 4 to honor those who lost their lives fighting in the War of 1812. The ceremony, Honoring our Ancestors: Fort Miamis and the War of 1812, drew about 300 people, including historical re-enactors, said historical programs intern Jennifer Christensen. “It was a great event. We were hoping for 200 people, so getting 300 was fabulous,” she said. The ceremony featured a 21-gun salute, music from the 41st Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps and a keynote speech about partnership and peace from Dr. Roy Norton, the consul general of Canada. The event was timed to occur during the week of the bicentennial anniversary of the First Siege of Fort Meigs, May 1-9, 1813. About 2,200 U.S. Regulars and militia were stationed at Fort Meigs. A mix of 2,200 British Regulars, Canadian militia and Native American allies were camped near Fort Miamis. On May 5, 1813, 800 Kentucky Militia, led by Col. William Dudley, attacked the British batteries across from Fort Meigs and took a cannon. Instead of leaving the scene, Dudley let his men stay and they were ambushed by Native Americans. The British infantry units then marched from Fort Miamis to recapture the British batteries and took the Kentuckians as prisoners of war. The Kentuckians were forced to march to Fort Miamis to run a gauntlet, which did not end until Shawnee Chief Tecumseh came to the fort, Christensen said. One side of the Ohio Historical Society marker dedicated during the ceremony honors Pvt. Patrick Russell, a soldier of the 41st Regiment of Foot, who died while attempting to stop the gauntlet. Attending the ceremony was a couple that flew in from Texas, to honor an ancestor who survived the gauntlet. That ancestor was taken to Canada and later released to make his way back south. “It was a great experience to really see that people are still connected to the stories. It brought the event to a personal level,” Christensen said. Northwest Ohio is rich with historical events that had lasting effects on the western front of the U.S. “For me, it’s just local pride. We have a lot to be proud of and remember,” Christensen said.
BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Bill and Janet Weyandt knew something was wrong with their front window when they felt a blast of cold air seeping into their living room last December. The Maumee couple discovered that the wood below the 10-year-old window had rotted, causing a large gap in the frame. “It was defective installation,” said Bill, who contacted Dunright Building Services to replace the faulty window. “They were very professional and they did a great job.” Dunright owner Bill McConnell, who has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, said that new quality windows don’t have to be expensive. “Our windows enable our clients that need windows to be able to afford windows,” he said. A locally owned and operated business, Dunright offers double hung windows starting at $179.00, which includes installation, a lifetime warranty and maintenance, McConnell said. What usually drives up the cost of competitor window prices – marketing and overhead costs – doesn’t apply to Dunright Windows, which are made in Michigan. “We have bigger volume and factory pricing,” he said. In addition, Dunright does not use telemarketing techniques or have sales people canvass neighborhoods, he said. Spring and summer are busy times for window installation, and McConnell employs 10 installers. In addition to replacing the living room window, the Weyandts also had Dunright replace the roof on their garage and house, replace family room ceiling tiles, remove a free standing fireplace and install a rubber roof on an airing deck. “I was in the construction business for 30 years and I can spot quality, and they really do quality work,” Bill said. In addition to McConnell, Joe Fath serves as vice president of sales and Bryan Orwig serves as installation manager. McConnell credits his wife Robin and his employees for his success in the business. “I’m surrounded by wonderful people and I’m thankful to God who has blessed us with so much,” he said. Free estimates are available. Dunright Building Services is located at 1057 Custer Dr. in Toledo. For information, please visit www.dunrightbuildingservices.com or call (419) 897-7988.
BY KAREN BERGER | MIRROR REPORTER — Cycling may be his first love, but Cycle Werks owner Dave Pickering spends a lot of time running. Two Metroparks trail patrol volunteers stop in with a question, a man wheels in a bike that needs air in the tire, a mom and young boy search for accessories; and several calls come into the store – all within 10 minutes. “It’s been busy,” Pickering said, looking from the repair area out onto the Whitehouse sales floor. “It’s a balancing act. I just got 15 bikes in that we put together.” Just a few yards from the Wabash Cannonball Trail, Cycle Werks opened in Whitehouse in October 2010. Combined with its Bowling Green location, Cycle Werks’ sales were the highest since Pickering opened the specialty shop 32 years ago. During that time, he’s raced to keep up with the consumer-driven changes in the industry. For instance, when bike manufacturers saw that city-dwelling cyclists were taking mountain bikes and making their own adjustments to make them more urban-friendly, they responded with a hybrid that does the same. The sturdy frame has smaller tires that are suitable for riding in town or on a paved trail. “That happens over and over again. There are more categories of bikes now than I’ve ever seen,” Pickering said. Hybrids are now the No. 1 category, because they fit the recreational rider who likes riding the Wabash Cannonball Trail and through neighborhoods or on streets. The fitness bike is also big, especially among younger adults who want to maximize the efficiency of how a bike rolls with less power. “It’s a tool to stay active. It may be a runner who wants to get a workout but not spend $1,000 on a road bike,” Pickering said. “Instead, they can spend $500 on a fitness bike.” The newest iteration is a dual sport bike – a fitness bike with off-road features, he said.
Because so many choices exist, employees have to quiz customers who come in looking for a bike, Pickering said. “We ask how they plan to use the bike and what position they want to be in.” Gary Switzer, an avid cyclist who rode a hybrid, researched options for a more comfortable seating after some health issues, Pickering said. Switzer asked about Bacchetta recumbent bikes, a unique, niche product that is radically different from a regular bike. While it’s a challenge to learn to ride and turn – as some models require the knees be trapped within the handlebars – it also meets the needs of changing bodies, Pickering said. “As we grow and our bodies change, we don’t give up and quit,” Pickering said. Switzer was instrumental in Pickering’s choosing Bacchetta for Cycle Werks – which is now the only area shop to carry the brand. Cycling has become increasingly popular for several reasons, Pickering said. The sport is covered more regularly on TV and the explosion in the number of bike trails has given the public a reason to pedal. “People feel safer on bike trails,” he said, The economy only had a positive effect. “For some reason, bike shops do better in a down economy. One man last night said he rides 8 miles each way to work – something he started doing when gas topped $4.00 a gallon,” Pickering said. Cycle Werks carries new bikes and accessories and offers repairs. For more information, visit www.shopcyclewerks.com.
BY MELINDA MYERS | GARDEN COLUMNIST — The extreme heat and drought of 2012 was hard on lawns and gardens. “Many gardeners are facing a blank slate of bare soil, masses of dead patches that were once lawn or a bit of grass interspersed in a sea of weeds,” said gardening expert Melinda Myers. Myers recommends following these steps to improve lawns this season. Start this spring to renovate or improve your weather worn lawn. Remember that water is critical to get newly seeded and sodded lawns to survive. Be prepared to help nature along with the recovery effort. Evaluate the damage. Then use the checklist below to find the best course of action to aid the ailing lawn. If the lawn is more than 60 percent weeds or bare soil, it’s probably time to start over. Use this opportunity to create a great foundation for growing a healthy lawn. Kill off the existing vegetation, add several inches of organic matter such as compost or peat moss and a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer into the top 6 to 8 inches of soil, and rake smooth. Select more drought-tolerant grasses like rhizomatous (turf-type) tall fescues, buffalo grass, and Habiturf native lawn mix. Make sure the grass is suited to the climate and plant according to the label. Then sow the seeds, lightly rake and mulch or lay sod. Water often enough to keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout or the sod roots into the soil below. Then water thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are crumbly, but slightly moist to encourage deep roots. Fertilize new, existing and stressed lawns with a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer like Milorganite. It won’t harm stressed lawns, young seedlings or newly laid sod. It will encourage slow steady growth. Southern lawns can be fertilized in April and again in early June. In the north fertilize around Memorial Day. And if 2013 turns into another hot dry summer, it won’t burn the lawn. Mow high to encourage deeply rooted grass that is more drought tolerant and pest resistant. And mow often, removing only a third of the total height. Be sure to leave these short clippings on the lawn. They return moisture, nutrients, and organic matter to the soil. Repair small dead and bare patches as needed. Use a lawn patch kit, grass seed and mulch. For small spots, loosen the soil surface, sprinkle grass seed and lightly rake. Or mix a handful of grass seed in a bucket of topsoil. Sprinkle the mix over the soil surface. Do a bit more soil preparation when renovating larger dead areas in the lawn. Remove or kill any weeds that have filled in these areas. Till two inches of compost, peat moss or other organic matter into the top six inches of soil. Sow seed, rake and mulch or lay sod. Overseed thin and sparse lawns. First, core aerate the lawn to improve soil conditions and increase seed-to-soil contact. Spread grass seed over the aerated lawn and water as needed. Or rent a slit seeder or hire a professional with this type of equipment. These machines slice through the soil and drop the grass seed in place, increasing the seed-to-soil contact, which is needed for good germination. Core aerate lawns that have more than a half an inch of thatch, those growing in compacted soils, or before overseeding. By removing plugs of soil you break through the thatch and create channels for water and fertilizer to reach the grass roots. Spot treat weeds on lawns that need minimal repair. Wait at least until fall to treat new and overseeded lawns. Spot treating minimizes the use of chemicals and reduces the stress on already stressed lawns. As always read and follow label directions carefully. Proper maintenance and a bit of cooperation from nature will help transform a lawn from an eyesore to an asset in the landscape. For more gardening tips visit www.melindamyers.com.
BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Good health is a gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted, believes Deitra Hickey, Ph.D. “Good health is a gift we need to honor,” said Hickey, owner of Serenity Health and Wellness Center in Maumee. Hickey opened the med-spa three years ago, and provides a variety of holistic services at affordable prices. “I think the combination of our unique services and atmosphere is most appealing. There really is nothing like this in the area,” she said. The 1,400-square-foot space is filled with soothing music, calming smells, dim lighting and neutral colors. Fountains with trickling water are scattered throughout and relaxing beach scenes are shown on flat screen televisions. “I want people to instantly de-stress,” she said. The staff of 20 provides services including massage therapy, acupuncture, infrared sauna treatments, waxing, foot bath detoxification and cellulite reduction treatment. Hypnotherapy services are also offered to address issues such as smoking, sugar addiction, migraines, stress, pain, fears, test anxiety and sleep deprivation. Dr. Deanne Kiba, a metabolic and nutrition physician, also recently joined the staff. With services including metabolic testing, fertility testing, advanced esthetics, chemical peels and Botox injections, Kiba helps women find balance, Hickey said. “Sometimes there are simple reasons for the problems women experience and the key is identifying and treating those problems,” Hickey said. “That’s why alternative therapy is a good fit here, because it works so well for so many.” Serenity is one of three facilities in Ohio to offer the Angel of Water device for colonic hydrotherapy, which works to cleanse the large intestine. It can be used prior to a colonoscopy procedure, for colon cancer prevention and even by brides-to-be who want to quickly lose five or more pounds. The device, which is FDA approved, may also help alleviate fatigue, bloating and many common bowel disorders such as constipation and diarrhea, and improve complexion and increase metabolism and muscle strength, Hickey said. “People can be apprehensive about the procedure, until they understand how safe it is,” she said. Since being offered, thousands of men and women have had colonic hydrotherapy, she said. “Five to six feet of large intestines are cleaned of waste – we can carry waste for a decade without even knowing it – and that can affect how we feel or how we sleep,” she said. Hickey, who is a certified life coach and licensed counselor, also provides individual, couple and group therapy services. An education professor at the University of Toledo and a public speaker, Hickey is also devoted to supporting local charities, giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in services and funds to organizations such as the American Cancer Society. Hickey’s personal story motivates her to maintain a positive approach to life. Growing up, Hickey cared for her terminally ill mother and her father, who was paralyzed. She drew strength from overcoming the adversity of caring for her ailing parents, eventually becoming a teacher, high school counselor and principal. When she left the field of education to open Serenity, she continued her passion to help others maintain their health and well being. “This has blossomed into so much more than I ever thought it would,” she said. Hickey utilizes the services offered at the spa and encourages her staff to do so as well. She is also known for giving hugs to her clients. “It comes from the time I worked with inner city kids. Sometimes that was the only hug they got,” she said. “I don’t conform to what’s common and if a hug makes someone smile or fills their bucket, then it’s worth it.” Hickey plans to expand Serenity by adding yoga, tai chi, self defense and nutrition classes. Serenity Health and Wellness is located at 1685 Lance Point Drive in Maumee. For more information, visit www.serenityspamaumee.com or call (419) 891-2181.