Is Corned Beef Irish or Jewish?

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and we love it! We have shipped over one million pounds of corned beef in the past 3 weeks, as restau…

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Toledoan Wade Kapszukiewicz was the Topic of a September 14, 2005 Toledo Talk Message Thread.


I wrote a Roland Hansen Commentary blog entry on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 entitled
Wade Kapszukiewicz, The Boy Who Would Be King. Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.

You may read that commentary of mine if you go over to Roland Hansen Commentary and search for it; or, you may go directly to the entry itself by following the embedded link that is contained within its title in the opening sentence of this Roland’s Ramblings blog entry.

I ended that Roland Hansen Commentary with this sentence:

Open the embedded link to a message thread that was started September 14, 2005 on the message board of Toledo Talk that provides more scuttlebutt about Wade “Skippy” Kapszukiewicz.

Interestingly enough, though, for some reason that I do not understand, that embedded link does not load from the Roland Hansen Commentary blog entry, even though that exact same link opens immediately from comments I made in a message thread on my Facebook page. Ergo, that is the reason for this Roland’s Ramblings blog entry that now follows.

Just in case the URL [http://www.]  for the September 14, 2005 Toledo Talk message thread entitled “Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz”  is no longer on line or in the event that the URL stops displaying the information contained therein, I am placing below a copy of its text.

toledo talk
Discussing the news and events
in and around Lake Erie West
northwest ohio & southeast michigan

September 14, 2005
Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz – This is a message thread to post your comments about Wade Kapszukiewicz, currently the Lucas County Treasurer, former Toledo City Councilperson, and former member of the Governing Board of the Lucas County Education Service Center.

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North Towne in Toledo, Ohio

I was raised in and I have made my home in an area of Toledo known known as North Towne. Originally part of Washington Township in suburban Toledo, Ohio, the area that became known as North Towne was annexed to the City of Toledo in the 1960s.

North Towne is bounded on the north by the Ohio/Michigan border, on the east by Detroit Avenue, on the south by Laskey Road, and on the west by a railroad spur line just west of Lewis Avenue and east of Jackman Road going north and continuing with an imaginary line to the Ohio/Michigan border.

Growth came to North Towne in the 1950s and steadily continued through the 1970s. The houses of the area reflect the popular designs of that time. Ranches, split-levels, and neo-colonial cottages are the dominant architectural styles. Many of the houses sit on large lots with broad front lawns, while the street system is laid on a grid pattern with limited access to major streets.

Situated in the center of North Towne is Mayfair Park, which features a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and a playing field. Fort Meigs Sertoma Park, also near central North Towne, has a baseball diamond, basketball court and tennis court for recreation.

North Towne is home to many commercial businesses. Alexis Road serves as the commercial corridor for the neighborhood, and many restaurants, small plazas and shops can be found all along this entire road that transverses the entire north side of Toledo, Ohio.

At the the intersection of Alexis and Lewis Roads alone, there is the North Towne Commons Shopping Center on the south side and the Alexis Park Shopping Center on the north side of that intersection. These two strip shopping centers provide lots of shopping opportunities to the community with a Kroger, a Target, a variety of retail stores, many restaurants including a Golden Corral, Lowe’s Home Improvement, The Home Depot, and many more retail goods and service establishments.

However, the former North Towne Square Mall that had opened in 1980 on the northeast corner of Alexis and Telegraph Roads was almost totally vacant by 2002, was closed down in 2005, demolished in 2013, and is now vacant land. The Super Fitness Center that occupied the mall’s former Montomery Ward anchor was not affected by the demolition.

From 1949 until 1957, North Towne had been the home of Raceway Park on the south side of Alexis Road between Telegraph Road and Detroit Avenue (aka Dixie Avenue) where Toledoans enjoyed stock car and midget car races and also demolition derbies. Then in 1958, Raceway Park was converted to a horse track where people enjoyed horse races on the weekends until 2013. In 2016, Ann Arbor Railroad bought the property, leveled it, paved it, fenced it in, and turned it into a new car storage faciity from which newly manufactured cars are trucked out to various retail sales locations throughout the country.

North Towne contains many of North and West Toledo’s major streets. Alexis Road runs east to Toledo’s industrial sector, another shopping center, hotels, restaurants, and the Point Place neighborhood, while the road heads west to Sylvania. Laskey Road also runs west to the Miracle Mile Shopping Center, and joins with Detroit Avenue to the east. Interstate 75 is accessed via the nearby on ramps east on Alexis Road or south off Detroit Avenue.

The average estimated value of detached houses in 2015 in North Towne was approximately $81,000.00. Approximately 9,300 people live in the neighborhood, and the median annual household income in 2015 for the North Towne community was $38,367.00.

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Older People Feel Isolated, Alone, and Lonely. Me Included.

Many people in the late adulthood stage of their life (aka senior citizens, old age, 65+, etc.) suffer from feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
Read 20 Facts about Senior Isolation That Will Stun You.

Indeed, the feeling of loneliness is very common among people in late adulthood.
You might find some interesting reading in the article, Aging, Isolation and the Value of Connectedness.

If the topic of senior citizen isolation is of interest to you, please go on over to read about its causes and impacts. I refer you to:
Snedeker, Lauren LMSW, Aging & Isolation — Causes and ImpactsSocial Work Today, January/February 2017 Issue, Vol. 17 No. 1 P. 24.

Truth be told, I myself, often feel isolated, alone, and lonely. That is just a fact of life; I am not that much different than are many other people my age.

Read the following quotaton I found on the Facebook page of a person with whom I am acquainted and who is of my age cohort:

My children each year ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give them my real answer: What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don’t care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how, and I’m not bragging, but I did a pretty darn good job. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work, I’m pretty proud of it.
Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don’t mind. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Christmas, I say “nothing” because you’ve already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.

There are exceptions to a generalization that I have concerning inter-generational relationships, of course, but I still have a question:
When will our adult children and grandchildren truly understand how we older people truly need to be included in their lives?

I have always tried my best to “be there” for others.
And yet, as I previously stated, “I myself, often feel isolated, alone, and lonely.”
I find the quotation in the followimg meme to be very poignant and all too true too often.

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Colony House – “You & I” – Courtesy of Z104.5 THE EDGE

Video courtesy of Z104.5 THE EDGE via YouTube.

“You & I”

Lately, what’s the problem? What’s the headline this time?
Somehow, we’re okay with all these differences leaving us blind, blind, blind

I’m not scared of fighting; I’m just a little bit over this conversation
I’m not trying to hide it; I’m just thinking slowly
Maybe you and I can live together if we ever learn to ease the tension
Maybe the world isn’t crazy; maybe it’s you and I, I, I

I found the truth in the distance; I heard the words in the wind
And on it goes like wildfire, it’s spreading, from past lives to the living
Who’s changing, the people or times, times, times?

I’m not scared of fighting; I’m just a little bit over this conversation
I’m not trying to hide it; I’m just thinking slowly
Maybe you and I can live together if we ever learn to ease the tension
Maybe the world isn’t crazy; maybe it’s you and I, I, I

Lost with a cause someone wrote down on a paper
That defines all the lines that we draw
But, we don’t understand what’s unstable
Maybe we’re all lonely and afraid
Maybe we’re all trying to find the words to say
Maybe we just need love, love, love, love…

I’m not scared of fighting; I’m just a little bit over this conversation
I’m not trying to hide it; I’m just thinking slowly
Maybe you and I can live together if we ever learn to ease the tension
Maybe the world isn’t crazy; maybe the world isn’t crazy
Maybe the world isn’t crazy, maybe it’s you and I, I, I

COLONY HOUSE LYRICS “You & I” courtesy of Copyright © 2000-2017

COLONY HOUSE lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “You & I” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

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Happy Birthday, George Washington!


My Best Buddy, Boo, says, “Happy Presidents’ Day to all Americans everywhere.”

It is Presidents’ Day, isn’t it? Or is it?

The third Monday in February is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States of America. The name of this holiday is officially designated as Washington’s Birthday, not Presidents’ Day.

I hope you opened and read the embedded links I placed in the preceding paragraph. They make for some interesting reading. Tell you what, the following embedded links provide some more interesting reading:

While there were seven Presidents of the United States of America who preceded George Washington, the first of whom was John Hanson, it was George Washington who was the first President under the Constitution of the United States of America.

And while the February holiday has long celebrated the birthday of George Washingon, honoring him on the anniversary of his birth has had to move over to make room for all the other American Presidents, even though the federal holiday is still officially his, but in name only.

May I be so bold as to suggest you go on over to read The Daily Signal article “Why We Should Celebrate Washington’s Birthday, Not Presidents Day” by Arthur Milikh published on February 17, 2017.

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Website for The Buckeye Institute

Source: The Buckeye Institute

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