Do you face a food hardship? According to a new report many of you should.

What do you think? Is this self-justification or maybe statistics and lies or is it reality?
For one in five Columbus-area households, the economic decline is making for bare cupboards.

A report released today by the Food Research and Action Center found that 20 percent of households in the metro area faced "food hardship" in 2008 and 2009.

That means families answered "yes" when Gallup surveyers asked whether there were times in the past year when they did not have enough money to buy needed food.

El Tiempo Story: 2009 Foreclosure Numbers Show Mixed Picture

El Tiempo Article by Kevin Milliken
Lucas County’s 2009 foreclosure numbers show more properties continue to fall prey to the poor economy, but fewer homeowners are losing the biggest investment of their lives to a sheriff’s sale. It’s a mixed picture that suggests local foreclosure prevention efforts are succeeding, banks are giving up on situations that can’t be resolved—or both.

St. Andrew’s Hosts Chili Cook-Off to Benefit Outreach Programs

Toledo, Ohio. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church hosts its annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit the parish’s community outreach programs. There will be two awards for Best Chili: the People’s Choice and the Celebrity Judges’ Choice. This family-friendly event includes Game Night where participants can play card and board games.

This year’s celebrity judges are friends from other churches:

Jane Weber, organist, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Maumee
Bob Morris, clerk of the Vestry, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Toledo

Mike "The Rocketman" Bell

Well we are finally free of Carty Finkbeiner. In The Blade I read that our newly inaugurated Mayor announced that the new Welcome To Toledo signs would not bear his name. No ego-massaging signs for Mr. Bell as we had for Finkbeiner. Instead of the new mayor's name being displayed on the signs we will see an image of a rocket! How great! The Blade's cartoonist Kirk stuck Finkbeiner with the title Hizzoner. A great suggestion for all the pundits out there: let's call our new mayor Mike "The Rocketman" Bell!

Careful Reference and more selectivity

From Tim Higgins' Just Blowing Smoke:
I usually try these days to avoid commenting on Blade editorials, as their voice becomes increasing more irrelevant over time. In spite of the fact that I have no ties to the Republican Party, I could not however, let pass without comment the editorial today "Dissension in GOP".

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You are Invited to attend Darlene Fisher's last Toledo Public School's Board meeting .

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Place: Thurgood Marshall Building (corner of Elm and Manhattan)

If you wish to speak and tell Darlene Fisher how much you appreciate what she has done to bring Transparency, Accountability and a Quality Education for all children to the public school system, plan on calling 419-729-8200 before 12:00 P.M and ask for the treasurer's office. They will put you on the agenda to speak.

Libbey Humanities "Make it and Take it" event

You’re invited
Libbey Humanities 3rd Annual
Make It and Take It
Who: Future Cowboys & Cowgirls
When: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.
Where: Libbey High School Cafeteria
Free Admission & Free Lunch
Arts and Crafts, Dance & Musical Performances, Cookie
Decorating, Homemade Popcorn Balls, Reading room, Science
Experiments and much more!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming too!
Bring a canned good donation to receive a holiday surprise from
Humanities (all canned goods will be used to supply holiday
baskets for those in need)
Write a letter to be delivered to Santa!

Automated Trash Pick up


I wasn't able to make it to the info meetings about this new trash pick up so I was wondering if anyone here might know the answer to this question.

I can sit a bag of trash on top of a snow drift but I'm a little unclear about balancing a 96 gallon trash bin on one. I'm thinking of just leaving them sit where they get dropped off instead of trying to drag them around my car through the snow.

Jingle Balls to Play Benefit!

Friday, December 18, 2009
8:30 p.m.

Jingle Balls, a garage band comprising the stellar and nearly-stellar talents of various members of the local legal community, will be performing a benefit for Wake Up Youth, Inc.

Band members scheduled to contribute their talents include:
Jim Yavorcik, Esq., President of the Toledo Bar Association
Judge Michael Goulding, Acting Presiding and Administrative Judge, Toledo Municipal Court
Jim Anderson, law clerk to Judge C. Allen McConnell, Toledo Municipal Court

A George Mason physicist's thoughts on unintended acceleration

A George Mason Physicist, Eugenie Mielczarek, saw Wolfman's post on unintended acceleration and wrote to send his thoughts on the issue. His theory is quite interesting. Eugenie is saying that she feels the Toyota cases of unintended acceleration could be a result of RF interference given all of the wireless controls on a car right now. He speaks with experience being he was a victim of his Subaru Tribeca taking off for no apparent reason.

Should the current so-called 'profanity' filter be continued on Swampbubbles?

Yes, I appreciate how the filter eliminates words I don't wish to see used in this forum. It adds to forum civility.
32% (24 votes)
No, tjhe filter is needless and overly-restrictive in a public forum where adults should be free to express themselves openly
68% (52 votes)
Total votes: 76

Be Thankful

Well tomorrow is Thanksgiving day. A very American holiday. A time to pause and give thanks for all we have been blessed with as Americans. For a strong and free government blessed with divine providence from God. So take a moment and be thankful.It could be worse. We could actually have a horrible economy and owe the nation to a Communist country. (Oh wait we do!) Well at least we have a President who puts his country before his own ego. One that will support his troops and let them know that , he has their back. (OH what?

Live Stream, Ottawa Hills Village Council Meeting

Live Internet Streaming
Ottawa Hills Village Council Meeting
Monday, Nov. 23th - 7:30 pm
at Ottawa Hills Elementary School Gym

The location for the next Village Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 23rd at 7:30 pm, will be the gymnasium at the Ottawa Hills Elementary School, which is located at 3602 Indian Road. The meeting location will provide more space for interested citizens who wish to attend.

A thank you from the Red Cross

A hot meal delivered to victims after a disaster. Blood when it is needed most. Shelter when there is nowhere else to turn. These are just some of the ways the selfless gifts from our community are put to work through the American Red Cross. The lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is possible because of individuals like you and we are privileged to provide gifts that save the day for families in our community. Thank you for your compassion, generosity and volunteer spirit. Thanks for giving.

Tim Yenrick
American Red Cross
Northwest Ohio Regional Director

Should the Toledo Blade Continue To Print In "Today's Log" Dogs Killed and Dogs Adopted at the Lucas Co Dog Pound

Would You Vote For Someone Other Than Pete Gerken and Tina Skeldon Wozniak Based Solely On Their Refusal To Fire the Dog Warden

local community organizing for 2010

Let’s get together and put together the plan to be an effective Community organizing group for the 2010 elections and beyond. The Parties have been doing this for years, now it is time for WE The People to rally the troops.
*Tired of having to vote for the lesser of two evils?
*Tired of seeing your voice have no effect?
*Wondering how has hijacked our country and where are we heading?
*Wondering how do we stop it?
*Do you think you are alone in having these questions?

Miami University Alumni and Friends Announce Wine Tasting Event

Toledo, Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Chapter of Miami University Alumni Association announces a special wine tasting event for alumni, family and friends. We will sample five wines (two white and three red) and enjoy appetizers of antipasto, assorted cheeses and crackers, hummus, bruschetta, spinach artichoke dip, stuffed mushrooms, Swedish meatballs, fresh fruit, artisan breads and dessert petit fours.

DATE: Monday, November 23, 2009

TIME: 6:00 pm

PLACE: Manhattan’s Restaurant
1516 Adams Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is November 11, 2009

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