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Sylvania centenarian Walter chapman Still Sketching after all theSe yearSpg. 6
Smell good, stay safe Some fragrances pose health risks
keeping the peace
Tips for when children move back
keeping up with teens
Retiree joins students on Europe trip
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In this IssueAugusT 2014
Movie reviewS 14
wHere are tHey Now? 15
HouSiNg guide 17
Cover Story 6
CaleNdar 12Pg. 6
n teaCH kiDs to FisHn be a zoo guiDen get your PassPortn breaking new grounD
retiree tours euroPe witH teens
PeaCe witH booMerang kiDs
CHeMiCals & FragranCes
Cover photo by Bob Lubell
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Become a fishing instructorA free Passport to Fishing workshop, to be held Aug. 13, will train people to become certified fishing instructors.
The workshop, presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resourc-es, will teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a kid-friendly fishing event. These instructors can then go back to their communities with a written curriculum and training aids to teach youngsters and begin-ning anglers the basics of fishing.The workshop will be from 9am-4pm at the Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay. Reservations are due by Aug. 6. Information: 419-429-8347 or wildohio.gov
Zoo guides neededThe Toledo Zoo is looking for adults interested in volun-
teering their time as Exhibit Guides, Zoo Educators, or clerical volunteers.
Exhibit Guides work on the zoo grounds to educate the public about the animals and to help keep visitor traffic flowing in a timely and friendly manner.
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Breaking new groundA groundbreaking ceremony was held June 25 for the Elizabeth Scott Communitys new Skilled Rehabilitation Center, a 12,288-square-foot facility on its Springfield Township campus. The new center is expected to open by late spring, 2015. Pictured are members of the Bucher family, current owners and operators, from left, Maximillian; Allyson; Paul Deb; Matt, and Jean holding Vincent.
Going places?Passport services are available at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Librarys Main Branch, 325 Michigan St., Mondays and Thursdays 9am-7:30pm; Fridays and Sat-urdays from 9am to 4:30pm.
The total fees are $135 for adults and $105 for minors under age 16. Information: 419-259-5200 or toledolibrary.org
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W ith a twinkle in his bright blue eyes, Walter Chapman laughed off a question about his secret to longevity. How the hell do I know? he asked with a smile and a shrug.An artist who has won numerous awards worldwide for his watercolor and oil paintings, Chapman turned 101 last year on Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7th).
He said he tries to eat well, including plenty of fresh fruit, and was ac-tive in sports most of his life. He played football at Scott High Schooluntil he got knocked out and was told he couldnt play any longerand then took up tennis.
Chapman has been using a wheelchair since he took a fall in his Sylva-nia home several years ago, breaking a leg in three places. Thats when his wife, Jean, decided to close the Chapman Art Gallery in downtown Sylvania, which she had run for 30 years, and spend more time caring for her husband. While Chapman is not as mobile as he used to be, he stays active and still enjoys painting and sketching.
READS THREE BOOKS A WEEKHe reads three books a week, mostly mysteries by such authors as James
Patterson and John Grisham, and loves watching sports on television.Jean a spry 93, has a theory why her husband of 51 years (it was a second
marriage for both) is such a vibrant and vital centenarian: his peaceful per-sonality and positive outlook.He is a very sweet, kind, thoughtful soul, she said. He doesnt have any agitation or anger in him. He has good feelings. Now that doesnt mean he cant get angry...
Walter interjects a story about when he was a student at the Cleveland School of Art and had a friend who was a professional boxer. He taught me to fight and I got pretty good, even though I never really was a fighter.
One day the two were walking past a fraternity house when the frat boys started hurling insults.
We stopped and my friend said, Walter, pick out anyone you want and Ill handle the rest. We walked up to their yard and he said, Come on. He knocked them out with one punch. I didnt have any problem with my guy because he had taught me how to box. The rest of them retreated back to their porch, and we said goodbye. That was an aberration, though an unforgettable one, for the peaceful painter. But it wasnt the only time he experienced violence firsthand.Chap-man was a sergeant in World War II and was stationed on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge.
SKETcHES Of ARmy lifEHe brought his art equipment with him and captured many scenes of
Army life while advancing through France and Germany. (But my real job was to kill a few Germans, he said.).
He went out with a big sheet of white paper to do the painting, Jean added, and it was like a target. They started shooting at him while he was trying to paint!
His WWII artworks have been featured in a number of books, in the Brown University Military Collection, and in the military newspaper Stars & Stripes. Chapman said all he ever wanted to be was an artist. When I was just a kid I was doing drawings, from the very beginning. I used to do
101-year-old WalTer CHaPMaNs Works oN disPlay iN Perrysburg
from left, New Orleans Jazz Band (watercolor); chapman at the Tile club (Bob lubell photo);
Plaza in Oaxaca, mexico (watercolor).
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little portraits of people because I like to do faces.He also loves painting landscapes, and specialized in watercolors
because they are easy to use while traveling. He has carried his easel and supplies literally around the world, painting scenes from the Maumee River to Notre Dame Cathedral to the Taj Mahal.
Chapman said he never tried to copy other artists styles, but followed his own creativitydeveloping a light and spirited touch that can crys-tallize a scene without getting lost in the details.
Do your own thingIts always easier to do your own thing, he said. I dont like to copy
other peoplebut they can copy me if they want to!Chapman has taught scores of local students, holding classes in his
Sylvania home for decades. Many have kept in touch with their kind and patient instructor. One even married him. Jean met Walter when she was his student.
Their relationship is so loving, Jean said, that she believes it contrib-utes to living long and fruitful lives. Hell say, I need a hug, or, I need a kiss. Jean said. It happens all the time.
Walter Chapman: People, Places, and Things, an exhibit featuring 28 paintings, is on display through Aug. 16 in the Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 Indiana Ave. Some artworks are for sale, priced from $800
to $2,500. Information: 419-324-4758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the Toledo City Paper story on Chapman: http://bitly/1mEZWNZ
AwArds: First Place Awards and honors (he won some of these awards more than once)n Bronze Star for combat art during WWIIn Salmagundi Club (prestigious art club in New York City with such famous painters as members as William Merrit Chase, Nor-man Rockwell, Paul Cadmus, and Andrew Wyeth
n National Watercolor USA Honor Soci-ety (national contest sponsored by Spring-field Art Museum, MO) n Toledo Area Artist Exhibition n Purchase Award Toledo Federation of Art Societies (a painting purchase for the permanent collection)
n Honored with a 50-year retrospective at the Toledo Museum of Art, 1988
n Grumbacher Art Co. Award
n Inducted into the Distinguished Artist Hall of Fame, Sylvania
the artist looks over his profiles of courage sketches published in the book world war ii Art of walter h. Chapman, by Mark Miller
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them to the fact that this is not a permanent arrangement. Will it be three months? Six
months? A year? Until your kid finds a job?
Talk about things like who is
responsible for what chores around the house, access to cars, late nights/no-shows, and overnight guests. Your child is now an adult, and needs re-ality checks. Parents should feel entitled to negotiate what works for them during this time. You arent run-
ning a bed and breakfast, so be clear about what you need.
All personal responsibilities like laun-dry, cleaning their room, and cleaning up after themselves should be a mustno ne-gotiating on this one.
And it wont hurt to ask them to help the family with things like grocery shop-ping, cooking, and yard work. If you dont open those lines of communication fully up front, youre opening the door for your boomerang kid to dodge responsibility and take advantage of the situation.
The financial implications of mov-ing back home are crucial for the par-ents and the adult child. If he or she has income and can pay rent and contribute to food costs, they should. One ground rule that can be especially helpful is to schedule regular bank savings check-ups with your son or daughter to make sure they are holding up their end of the financial bargain.
Agree on a set amount to be saved that would be enough for your child to get his or her own placeand make sure it happens. A boomerang situation doesnt have to be a negative experi-ence. If you can view it as a teachable moment, then perhaps some personal financial concepts can be forged that will stay with your children the rest of their lives.
But preferably in their own resi-dence, and the sooner the better.
RelationshipsWhen Boomerang Kids are filling empty nestsTips on keeping the peace
by Linda Tippett
Hello, Mom? Guess whatIm coming home!
That message would normally be cause for celebration if the son or daughter has been gone for some time. But the situation changes when your child asks, Can I stay with you and dad for a while?
Your son or daughter, now a young adult, has just become a member of a fast-growing groupthe Boomerang Kids, the children of baby boomers who are finding it tough to make it on their own and are landing back in the parents empty nests.
Some have begun or finished col-lege. Others cant find jobs. Some have jobs, but want to save money. Others may have young families and cant swing the monthly finances.
Some have credit card or college
Kim Bryson of Perrysburg:Thankful for the boomerang opportunityby HannaH benson
as soon as I got home and realized how much I missed it, with being so far away for school, it was hard to think about leaving again anytime soon, said Kim bryson, 22, of Perrysburg.
bryson, who recently gradu-ated from niagara University with a degree in early childhood and special education, played college softball and the time demands of athletics prevented her from work-ing while she was a student. That is one of the reasons she moved back in with her parents.
I think its a good option for those who arent quite ready to be on their own, she said. Whether they dont have the money, theyre unsure about their future and where they want to be, or even if they just want to stay in the same city, it doesnt make sense to pay for an apartment if your parents are willing to take you in for some time.
bryson said it was a big change, replacing a life filled with softball and schoolwork with spending her time searching for a job to cover her living expenses. she enjoys being home and the independence that her parents let her have as a boomerang kid, allowing her to make her own decisions.
I offer up a lot of help when I can because I am thankful they allowed me to move back in, she said.
she has given herself a timeline of one year to find a job, decide where she wants to live, and save money to support herself.
loan debt they cant pay off.
So the empty nests are filling upand in some instances, becom-ing crowded. Making room will, of course, have advantages and disadvantages, but with proper planning, it can be a win-win situation for everyone.
If you find your-self dealing with your own boomerang kid, here are some tips to help keep the atmosphere nontoxic.
Before they arrive at the door with clothes, furniture, sporting gear, and all their electronics, try discussing an appropriate pe-riod of time for them to live at home. Alert
Before they arrive at the door with clothes, furniture, sporting gear, and all their...