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Cherry Street Mission volunteers excited to serve on Thanksgiving Day

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Most people learn in grade school that sharing is caring. But the volunteers of the Toledo-based Cherry Street Mission Ministries said lesson means more when used in the real world.

62-year-old John Heinl said he started working with the mission because it reminds him of the basic skills learned in childhood.

“This is about me giving and nothing else. It’s as simple as that,” Heinl said. It’s just kind of a good, warm-hearted feeling.”

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40,000 books to be given away to Toledo families

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TOLEDO, Ohio — School is out, but education experts say it’s important for kids to keep reading all summer long.

The Toledo Federation of Teachers is teaming up with MetroParks Toledo for a massive book giveaway. 40,000 books will be handed out on Saturday, June 25.

Volunteers are spending the week sorting all the books for early readers, through high school.

“We know that literacy is the foundation of future success and the best way to get that going is a jump start by giving kids books to take home,” Kevin Dalton, President of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, said.

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Holland Strawberry Festival happening this weekend

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The Holland Strawberry Festival is going on this weekend.

The festival will feature its two big annual events, the parade and the Strawberry Festival Bake Off.

According to organizers, the parade will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. with theme of “Hometown Pride”. You can find even more information about the parade by clicking here. Line up for the parade will be at 12 p.m.

The Strawberry Festival Bake Off will take place on Sunday at 4 p.m. Organizers say that all entries must be in the kitchen no later than 3 p.m. with your name and dessert name fixed to the bottom of your dish. They also say that as always, strawberries are required to be the main ingredient of your dessert.

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Old West End Festival kicks off after a 2 year hiatus

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, The Old West End Festival kicked off its first night at the Agnes Reynolds Jackson Arbetorium.

“We’re excited to be back, everyone was just itching to get back to the festival. It’s the best event in the neighborhood each year, and not having it for two years we really missed it. And we’re excited to be back,” said Dan Finkle, the Public Relations Chair for the event.

” Normally festival starts Saturday morning, and it still does. But what we decided to do was open up the festival one night early, at a limited location,” said Finkle. “Here tonight we have food trucks, we have the beer trucks, and we’ve got music live entertainment. So everyone is just going to be partying until 10.”

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2022 Pride events to look out for across Ohio

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TOLEDO, Ohio — June is Pride Month, which means celebrations are happening all over the country.

Millions of people today identify as being apart of the LGBTQ+ community. As times have changed, it is becoming more and more “normal” to accept who you are and who you choose to love. “Coming out” as LGBTQ+ used to be shamed upon by a vast majority of the population.

That’s not to say that there aren’t those that still disagree with it, although it is more acceptable now than it has ever been. If you would like to join in on the Pride festivities, there are several cities in the Buckeye State that have their own events to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture.

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‘You play for all the marbles’ | Fans excited to be back in Kelly Cup Finals

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Despite the Game 1 loss to the Florida Everblades in the Kelly Cup finals, the fans were there to be heard.

“You play for all the marbles,” Toledo Walleye fan Ron Stutesman said. “When you collect all the marbles, it’s good.”

Fans say the anticipation for this series was so much more than the last Kelly Cup Final appearance in 2019.

“Can’t wait. We’ve been season ticket holders for about six seasons. I remember the excitement level when we did this in ’19. I can’t wait. Tomorrow’s going to be even better,” fan Stan St. Clair said before the game.

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Summer meals program will provide over 250,000 hot meals to kids across northwest Ohio this summer

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Connecting Kids with Meals will once again be working to make sure kids living in poverty are able to get a hot meal during the summer months.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Editor’s note: the above story originally aired on May 25. 

Once again, local community organization, Connecting Kids with Meals will have sites all over Toledo and northwest Ohio this summer, making sure kids who are living in poverty are able to get a hot meal.

According to the organization, in Lucas County, childhood hunger affects 1 in 4 kids, making the summer meal program a vital resource for families.

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Memorial Day Weekend: events and celebrations in the area

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Here are some events that are taking place in Toledo and throughout the surrounding areas.

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  • Memorial Day Parade
    • Saturday, May 28 starting at 10 a.m.
    • The parade will begin at the intersection of Summit and Monroe Street, proceed on Summit Street, go left at Jackson Street and end at the reviewing stand on Jackson in front of One Government Center
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony
    • Saturday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m., following the parade.
    • The ceremony will take place at the War Memorial in the Civic Center Mall.

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UTMC hosts Click It or Ticket event

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – City leaders came together for a press conference at University of Toledo Medical Center to talk about the importance of wearing a seat belt while hosting a Click It or Ticket event on Thursday, May 26.

“As we continue to see an increase in traffic deaths across the country, risky driving behaviors, like failing to wear a seat belt, continue to be a contributing factor,” Steven Cliff, NHSTA Deputy Administrator, said. “This campaign is designed to remind drivers that a seat belt is truly your best defense in a crash. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives.”

Lucas County has had 1,345 unbelted crashes so far this year. Last year Lucas County Safe Communities partnered with ProMedica Ebeid Children’s Hospital to hold presentation at the local Boys and Girls clubs.

They asked children about seat belt usage, whether it was their own or friends or family. The results they had included excuses like, “My mom’s boyfriend is allergic, so he doesn’t wear his seatbelt,” or “I only buckle up if I see cops, or if they are chasing me,” and even, “We only buckle up if we are about to get into an accident.”

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Annual Independence Day concert

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Bring a blanket and chairs for the annual outdoor Independence Day concert at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums where the Toledo Concert Band and members of the Toledo Symphony will perform on July 4 at 2:00 p.m.

The performance is sponsored by Hal and Diane Hawk and Crown Battery, additionally funding has been provided by the City of Fremont.

The concert has been preformed on the verandah of the historic home each Fourth of July since 1997.

“People in the community and surrounding region love this patriotic event and look forward to it every year,” Kristina Smith, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums said. “We are so grateful to our partners at the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Concert Band for their fantastic performance here and all the behind-the-scenes work they do to make it happen. We are also grateful to WGTE for broadcasting the concert. Having this performance at the home of one of our U.S. presidents on Independence Day is very special.”

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