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Sylvania businesses aim for hole-in-one during Marathon Classic

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Joshua Spangler doesn't mind sacrificing space on his large, corner-lot lawn if it means cash in hand for people needing close parking to the Highland Meadows Golf Club.  The Sylvania homeowner expects to see a lot of people in his neighborhood in the coming days as the Marathon Classic Golf Tournament kicks into high gear.

"Yesterday we had about eight cars, today was maybe two or three," says Spangler, who has lived at his home for almost two years.  "I expect this weekend to be a little chaotic with people running in and out and trying to get parking and get a good spot for the tournament."

At $5 a car and the potential to fit 90 vehicles, the couple plans to buy a new roof with their parking profits.   Spangler and other neighbors near Erie Street look forward to the small summertime boost each year.

"I think the one (neighbor) said he made about $1,500 with their smaller yard. So we figure we can make double that with our bigger yard."

From Mayberry Square to downtown Sylvania, established businesses are also preparing for the bigger crowds.   Summer months are their busiest, but they expect already high numbers to grow even more this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"They come out on the break and whenever they have a chance to stop by and grab something to eat," says Ibrahim Mahmoud who owns both Jo-Jo's Original Pizzeria and Andy and Barney's Sports Bar.  "It's a growing area. We've been here almost 13 years."

"Oh it's great," says Nick Dallas who manages J&G Pizza Palace in downtown Sylvania.  "It brings in a whole bunch of people and a lot more business.  Every business has to love that."

The tournament is a source of pride for the Sylvania community and an economic powerhouse to businesses big and small.

"We'll try to take part with the community and help out as much as possible," says Spangler.  :"A little extra money on the side won't hurt either."

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