Excerpts from my July 2004 shutdown posting for ToledoArts.com :
Spreading the word should be more than a paper or a magazine that simply lists a calendar of arts events. And more than the Blade publishing a couple of arts-related articles per week. Why not a weekly paper with news articles, opinions, educational how-tos, etc. that is 100% devoted to local, national, and international arts? The political and business aspects of the arts should be covered. Maybe one exists and I don't know about it.
I'm talking about something along the lines of the Toledo City Paper, except only about the arts. Local people: journalists, authors, artists, teachers, and fans of the arts could contribute articles, questions, opinions, and news. Pad it with some national arts news too. And hopefully a one-stop calendar of arts events.
I realize the Star will also contain sports and maybe columns or articles on other subjects. What about a nature-related column? Many local nature areas exist to explore year-round, and this area is blessed with several people who are very knowledgeable on nature.
The Toledo Naturalists Association has existed for more than 70 years. People like Lou Campbell and Harold Mayfield, who both have passed on, came from this area and contributed greatly to nature studies. Lou Campbell wrote what might be called the "manual" for nature fans of the lake shore area in the book titled The Marshes of Southwestern Lake Erie. And Mayfield's research only helped save the Kirtland's Warbler from extinction. Campbell and Mayfield helped influence other generations of nature admirers in the Toledo area who are now doing the same for the next generation.
The only national wildlife refuge in Ohio is in our area at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge complex.
We have state wildlife areas, such internationally-known Magee Marsh Wildlife Area that's visited by thousands of people from all over the U.S., Canada, and beyond during the spring bird migration.
At the entrance of Magee Marsh exists private non-profit Black Swamp Bird Observatory, which is engaged in research and education.
Fine county park systems exist in Lucas and Wood counties.
The Nature Conservancy manages one of my favorite places the Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, which exists in the fascinating geological oddity known as the Oak Openings Region, which the Nature Conservancy called "One of the Last Great Places on Earth."