Ohio city turns 175, passes on big birthday party

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- One of Ohio's largest cities is turning 175 without much hoopla.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/A9Fnlk ) reports Toledo was founded on Jan. 7, 1837.

The city marked its 125th anniversary with a yearlong observance and a visit from the mayor of Toledo, Spain. For the 150th anniversary in 1987, it threw a party. But the city isn't doing anything to mark the milestone this weekend.

Mayor Mike Bell says it's noteworthy but he didn't think a major celebration was appropriate.

Councilman George Sarantou said the local economy has faced recent challenges but he wished there was at least a small celebration.

City Council President Joe McNamara said he didn't know about the anniversary. He says the lack of celebration means Toledo should have larger festivities for the 200th anniversary.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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