Celebrating Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month


My daughter, Taylor, at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital NICU Reunion Day on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at the Ronald McDonald House.

By: Janelle L. Awls

During my childhood years, I participated in the March of Dimes walk in downtown Washington, D.C. with an after school group. It was a part of our community service.

Years later, after relocating to Ohio, I understand why March of Dimes is so vital.

My daughter was born prematurely in 2012.  According to March of Dimes Web site, about 1 in 10 babies in the U.S. are born prematurely each year.

On yesterday I had the opportunity to attend ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit’s (NICU) Reunion Day.  The event took place in the parking lot of the Ronald McDonald House.

It was a great experience.  Former patients and family members of patients were invited to fellowship and enjoy an afternoon of fun!

I am thankful and grateful to see some of the doctors and nurses who cared for my daughter, while she was in the hospital for two months (61 days) after birth.

September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month.  A salute to all of the NICU families!

Interested in getting involved? For more information, click here:


It was also exciting to see a representative from March of Dimes at the Reunion Day.  For more information about March of Dimes, click here:




Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference at the University of Toledo

colorful trafficking

By: Janelle L. Awls

I had the opportunity to cover a story for the Toledo City Paper.

The 14th Annual Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference will take place at the University of Toledo on Sept. 21-22, 2017.

Click here to visit the story. http://toledocitypaper.com/online/educate-collaborate-and-raise-awareness-the-14th-annual-ut-human-trafficking-conference/

For more information about the conference, click here:


Thinking About Getting Involved?

The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition meets the third Wednesday every month at the Kent Branch Library from 9-11am.  Free and open to the public.  There will not be a meeting in September.

If you have a tip, concerns or would like to report suspicious activity, please call the national trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text HELP to 233733(BEFREE).


The Great Solar Eclipse

In the Shadows of the Moon

By:  Janelle L. Awls


Some say it was the super bowl of science.

Millions are left in awe and wonder of the natural phenomenon that took place on yesterday.

When the moon met the sun in the middle of the day, it was such an amazing sight to see.  The last time a solar eclipse swept through the United States from coast to coast was 99 years ago.

The path to totality started in Oregon and ended in South Carolina.

Carbondale, Ill. had the opportunity to witness the longest duration of the total eclipse.  The sun was completely covered.

The sun was in the shadows of the moon. Darkness filled the sky in the middle of the day. What an awesome wonder! Breathtaking.

I love nature, but I am ecstatic about God’s creation of the universe.

Although, there was a partial eclipse in Toledo. The next total eclipse is coming to the U.S. in 2024.  Toledo will be in the path of totality!

Solar Eclipse Path of Totality for 2024


Jim Vance, Distinguished Washington D.C. Anchor, Dead at 75


Photo Courtesy: http://www.nbcwashington.com

By: Janelle L. Awls

I remember watching Jim Vance on the local news growing up in Washington, D.C.

His natural, calm presence and voice on-air differentiated him among the rest.

He’s a legend that will be missed.

James Howard Vance III, also known as Jim Vance, died on Saturday, July, 22, 2017, after his battle with cancer.

According to the Washington Post, “The death was announced by WRC-TV, where he had worked since 1969, but no further details were provided. He announced his diagnosis of cancer earlier this year.”

Vance was the longest serving anchor for a local news television station in the Washington, D.C. region.  He had more than 40 years of experience as a journalist

While attending American University’s School of Communication graduate program, I remember taking a field trip to NBC 4 studio, just blocks away from AU…where Vance worked.

President and general manager, Jackie Bradford of NBC4, issued a statement about Vance’s death.

“We are heartbroken to announce that Jim Vance died this morning. For more than 45 years, Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void.”






The Art of Seeing Art


At The Glass Pavilion, home to Toledo Museum of Art, world-renowned glass collection, featuring more than 5,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary times-on my birthday January 3, 2017.



I have lived in Toledo, Ohio for 5 1/2 years. I have visited the Toledo Museum of Art Family Center with my kids, but today I had the opportunity to explore and see art.

This was my first time visiting The Glass Pavilion a part of The Toledo Museum of Art.

The building itself is a piece of art. The beautiful glass collections and pieces of art inside the glass building, are breathtaking.

The white glass chandelier, is one of Dale Chihuly’s chandeliers from the Venice exhibition.  It is a magnificent piece of art.

Toledo is known as “The Glass Capital of the World.” Toledo has a long history of innovation in many aspects of the glass industry.

I am truly blessed to see another birthday!

Astronaut John Glenn’s Legacy Lives On


STS-95 crewmember, astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn poses for his official NASA photo taken April 14, 1998. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and returned to space in 1998 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. (Photo by Reuters/NASA)

By: Janelle L. Awls

The year was 1998. I was in the ninth grade at Jefferson Junior High School in SW, Washington, D.C.

I was invited to attend an event to talk to astronaut John Glenn via satellite from space. 

Looking back, I realize that I missed a once in a lifetime opportunity.

John Glenn, 95, died on December 8, 2016 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  He became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.  Glenn returned to space in the shuttle Discovery in 1998.  He was the oldest person to travel to space.

Glenn was a U.S. Senator, pilot, astronaut, and a national hero of the space age.

His legacy will continue to live on for generations to come.


President Clinton Stumps for Wife Hillary Clinton in Ohio on National Voter Registration Day

By: Janelle L. Awls


Photo By: Janelle L. Awls/Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a National Voter Registration Day Event at Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Toledo, Ohio–Former President Bill Clinton urged a crowd to get out and register to vote,

because this is a change election.

Mr. Clinton spoke at Waite High School on Toledo’s east side at a National Voter

Registration Day event for about 30 minutes today.

“The future of your children and grandchildren is on the line,” he said.

He also spoke about his wife’s economic policies, including climate change and jobs.

Mr. Clinton told the crowd that he was proud of his wife’s performance last night, during

her first presidential debate against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at

Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Do you want to see change? One vote makes a difference. Get out and vote.

If you haven’t registered, do so today!

Click here to learn more.





It was a great experience to shake President Clinton’s hand and for my kids to

see the 42nd President of the United States of America!