Three Days, The Sixth Hug & The Owl

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

The Baumhowers- Dave, Joeli, Sue, Kacee and Brady

The Baumhowers- Dave, Joeli, Sue, Kacee and Brady

In honor of my fortieth birthday, indeed I said forty– we packed up the ol’ family truckster and headed to the local Wally World… I mean Cedar Point.

My parents wanted to take my family on a mini-vacation. My mom chose the destination and length of time: Cedar Point and three days.

It was the first time, we, the Baumhowers, had ever spent the night in Sandusky, Ohio. West Toledoans typically make the drive back and forth.

Throughout my childhood, the annual Cedar Point trips were only day-long adventures and are some of my favorite moments with my family, memories I still vividly recall.

My younger three children are just now hitting that magical age, where they are tall enough to ride everything, and roller coasters like Millennium Force, and the Top Thrill Dragster are personal challenges of courage.

My kids are incredibly blessed because they have never waited more than 15 minutes to ride any coaster. No, we are not the “Fast Pass” family, who wave their first-class park status in the faces of others. I am the person, who knows what days and times to go to help eliminate the complete lack of patience my kids (on occasion) can display. They have no idea what two-hours in the blistering sun, waiting for a 40-second ride feels like.  I’ve likely ruined them for life.

Last week featured the perfect three days to go; it was colder than normal July, sometimes rainy and were mid-week. This is the trifecta formula when wanting to eliminate all wait times at ‘The Roller Coaster Capital of the World’.  Our hotel room at the Breakers, allowed us to come and go, in-and-out of the rain.  Read more ›

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Posted in Autism, Baseball, Baumhower, Column, Family, Fatherhood, Feels, Ohio, Parenting, Toledo, Tourism

Caution & Identify: Stolen Phone

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

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My Facebook friend messaged me the following: “A dear friend was at work yesterday (Monday July 13,2015), in a meeting when two punks walked into her office and took her phone right out of her desk. They claimed to be selling candy bars, please put the word out so others don’t become victims . This happened on Airport Highway area, next door to Lowes.” Read more ›

Posted in Crime, Facebook, Toledo



Friday The 13th” was a classic horror film built around a holiday of sorts and now there is another holiday of sorts getting the horror film treatment. The film “Pi Day Die Day” is being co-produced by One Stoplight Productions, LLC and Cullen Park Productions.  Being set on a non-traditional holiday is not the only connection to “Friday The 13th” that the film has. Ari Lehman, the first actor to ever play Jason Voorhees in the film series will be a featured actor in this film being shot right here in Northwest Ohio. Read more ›

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Lessons from being lost

Puzzled Confused Lost Signpost Shows Puzzling Problem

Written by: Scott Allegrini

“Ideals are like the stars. We will never reach them, but like the mariners on the sea, we chart our course by them.” Carl Schurz

In late July, when I was ten years old, I went on my first camping trip.  I was camping with a group of boys and a couple of dads.  On the second night, a buddy and I went for an evening hike.  As we walked, we were surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of nature, and I realized, even at ten years old, how small we are and how much there is to explore in the world.  (If you have never been in the wilderness at night, it is must.  It helps you focus on what is important)

My friend and I walked further and further, but as we were too busy looking at the stars and the view, we walked off course and were lost.  We were so involved in exploring our surroundings in every direction, that we forgot to pay attention to where we were and where we came from.  And what’s worse, it was dark. Once we realized we were lost, and not recognizing anything, we began to panic. Read more ›

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Written by: Jeremy Baumhower


Received the following message last night about a Woodville woman and her heartbreaking story:

Her name is Laura Strong.  Her story will show you how appropriate her name truly is.

“Hi Jeremy! Hope you’re all having a great summer!

I have a special request tonight. A young, local woman, from Woodville, is currently fighting a hard battle. She battled breast cancer and just when she thought she won the battle, it came back with a vengeance, in her bones. She has three young children, who she calls her “monsters” and she had to tell them yesterday that her liver isn’t working anymore and there isn’t anything more the doctors can do. It’s heartbreaking and unimaginable. I know Laura and her family would love if the community could pray for comfort and peace during this most difficult time. Her name is Laura Strong. She’s on Facebook if you want to follow her posts.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. I thought you would be the perfect person to spread the word for prayers.


Laura Strong posted the following yesterday:

“When medical treatment offers no answers. When Gerti is beyond repair. When I can see the rainbows all over my house, but can only feel pain.

In my opinion, that’s when it’s time to tell your littles what is going on. Tell them why everyone is crying and saying I love you.
Read more ›

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Posted in Cancer, Column, Facebook, Family, Feels, love, Marriage, Motherhood, News, Ohio, Parenting

Allegrini: My year long journey toward forgiveness

Written by: Scott Allegrini


On a brutally cold February day; I was walking on the frozen lake at Olander Park. It was a surreal scene.  On every side there were ice huts, with people ice fishing.  I did not notice the cold because I was angry and hurt. That day it all surfaced, as I began yelling at the person on the other end of my phone.

How could my “friend” do this to me?

Most of the winter had been brutal, but this day I learned that the only thing more brutal than the weather was the attitude I displayed toward my friend on the phone. Read more ›

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Posted in Allegrini, Column, Family, Feels, Life, love, News, Ohio, Sylvania

UPDATE: Little boy, big heart


Jr. and his aunt Nikki


Jr. finishes 3rd

Jr. finished 3rd in the Pin cancer tournament! He also raised over $1000 for cancer research. Great job!  

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17 Years– The Price One Pays for being an A**hole

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

Baumhower family photo courtesy of the 1987 St. Clement's family directory.

Baumhower family photo courtesy of the 1987 St. Clement’s family directory.

I’m kind of excited, today.  My sister and her wife, are currently driving cross-country to come home.  Their three-day hike from Las Vegas to Toledo, is the first step in their August 1st arrival.

My younger children will finally have their Aunt(s) in their everyday lives.  If I were to copy & paste this week’s schedule, they’d turn around the truck, for sure. My oldest, MacKenzie,  gets Jessie back in her life, at an age when she is older then when my sister left. Read more ›

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Posted in #ToledoIsBeautiful, Baumhower, Family, Fatherhood, sobriety, Toledo
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