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Summer's Over: Bring on the Fall

The official first day of autumn in Metro Toledo came this weekend. The end of summer is sad for some. Those of us who don't look forward to the cold winter months seem to make the signal end of summertime more than it is. We tend to skip the whole fall season. Bif mistake. Fall is cool, not cold, and the changing colors of the trees, the respite from, what this past summer was a string of brutally hot days, the start of highschool and college football and trips to the corn maze are just a few of the things I look forward to this time of year.

Navy Week, pictured above, was a terrific chance to get out and see downtown Toledo and the Maumee riverfront. The crowds were terrific. It was one of the best things I've seen downtown in years. Seeing those crowds in and around International Park, right across Cherry Street from the still vacant Marina District, made me want to scream for the folks involved over there to get off their asses and get something going.

Summer 2012 was great. Fall will be too. Enjoy.

Metro Toledo supports Susan G Komen Foundation

Metro Toledo has had a rough time of it, economically for the last few years. It's been tough for individuals and businesses. But we find ways to help. I got a press release a few days ago from my friends, the Pontius family, at Toledo Auto Care.

They are getting ready for one of their many company fund raisers for local charities and I wanted to pass it on to the community here at My Metro Toledo. If you can help, please do so.

ToledoAuto Care

4544 Monroe Street   *    Toledo, Ohio  43613



FORIMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    September 14, 2012


CONTACT:     GaryPontious

                                                                        (419) 479-7350          



Toledo Auto Care Celebrates Komen Foundation on 10/10


Toledo, Ohio.  GaryPontious, Jr., owner of Toledo Auto Care (TAC), announces its upcomingfundraiser forthe NorthwestOhio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  “Weare known for treating our customers well and are pleased to be a caring partof the community.  ‘Auto repair by people who care’ is not justour slogan, it’s how we run our business,” Pontious said.  “On10/10 (Wednesday, October 10), we will donate 10% of our sales to the localSusan G. Komen organization.”;


TAC supports Breast Cancer awareness withone or two drives each year, and collects Toys for Tots every December andTools for Schools for Springfield Schools every fall.  TAC contributesnumerous gift certificates to fundraisers for schools, churches and charities. It has held several food-collection drives for Salvation Army and has sponsoredsoftball and volleyball teams. 


Mary J. Westphal, ExecutiveDirector of Komen Northwest Ohio, comments that“The Komen Northwest Ohio Affiliatevalues our friends at Toledo Auto Care.  This event will help raise fundsthat directly impact local women who are uninsured and at risk for breastcancer.  The funds will support mammograms and educational outreach. Please join us at Toledo Auto Care on October 10th, and save livesin the fight against breast cancer.”  The first Susan G. KomenRace for the Cure in our area was held in 1994, andthe Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure wasfounded in 1999.  


Toledo Auto Care originated as ToledoRadiator in downtown Toledo in 1917 and moved toits current location in West Toledo in1969.  The Pontious family purchased it in 1985 and changed the name toToledo Auto Care in 1990.  It is Toledo’soldest independent auto repair shop and is proud of its A+ rating from BetterBusiness Bureau.  TAC is located on the north side of Monroe Street, just east of Secor, and is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.




Digital photos of the TACshop and the TAC team are available upon request to ellen@critchleycreative.com


Releasesent by

Ellen Critchley Pittman, president & creative director

Critchley CreativeLLC



cell  419.356.6162

fax   419.710.0869

Memorial Day 2012 in Metro Toledo

I spent a big portion of my Memorial Day Monday at the new Mercy Field watching the St. Johns Jesuit Titans baseball squad battle the Fremont Ross Little Giants in the first ever Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship. The Titans won in comeback fashion, scoring 5 in the bottom of the sixth. Good baseball game.

It was hot, 94 at one point according to my mobile. And hot isn't really the norm in Metro Toledo in May. But 2012 hasn't been normal weather wise, since before it was 2012. We'll take the early summer though. On Saturday, Flower Day at the Toledo Farmers' Market was great and there are no worries that all those tomato plants and flats of annuals will suffer from a cold snap this year.

Several Metro Toledo communities staged Memorial Day parades and the weather was perfect. It has been a terrific weekend to take a moment to honor our veterans. We are blessed to live in a place that is protected by such heroes.

Although the summer festival season kicked off a couple weeks back. Next weekend the 41st Old West End Festival will be a highlight. Hope to see you there.