Stephen Vasquez, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Lt. Col. Scott “Coma” Schaupeter, 180th Fighter Wing, were honored at the 2016 Toledo Air Show by the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute team with the “Golden Knights Baton Honor.” The two were recognized for their dedication to bringing the air show back to Toledo after a 12 year hiatus. The Golden Knights Baton is a 12 inch mahogany baton that is passed between members of the Golden Knights parachute team during their 120mph free fall at the Toledo Airshow.
By: Mary Taylor, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Before taking office in 2011, it was already clear to Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor that Ohio needed a new culture to address the bureaucratic red tape that had been a key obstacle for businesses looking to grow and expand in Ohio. The solution was the Common Sense Initiative (CSI). Led by Lt. Governor Taylor, CSI has been a main driver of the Administration’s regulatory reform efforts. Any regulations from the state’s executive agencies, departments, boards, or commissions that adversely impact business must be sent to CSI for review. By the end of 2015, CSI had reviewed nearly 8,000 business-impacting rules, with 59 percent of them either amended or rescinded.
By: Kimberly Kaufman, Executive Director, Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Since the inception of The Biggest Week In American Birding in 2010, more people in this region are aware of birds and birding than ever before.
For those who haven’t given it much thought (or are still operating under the notion that all birdwatching is just for the Jane Hathaways of the world), it’s time to consider the benefits of birds and birding. Birds enhance the quality of our lives in myriad ways, and birding tourism is providing our area with a much-needed economic “shot in the arm” in early spring. Here are just a few reasons to consider expanding your interest in and knowledge of birds and birding.
Birds Mean Business
From the end of April to mid-May, more than 90,000 birders visit our area to take in this astounding migration spectacle.