WITH VIDEO: Toledo Symphony members lend a hand – and ear – to young musicians

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Eighth-grade violinist Olivia Gargac was “kind of surprised and a little nervous” but excited when she heard the Toledo Symphony Orchestra would be coming to Glenwood Middle School. Olivia, 14, is among 67 seventh- and eighth-graders at...

Parents wonder whether to vaccinate or not

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Awareness of the importance of vaccinations is increasing, but Dr. Cheryl Huffman still sees many parents who refuse vaccinating for their children against potentially life-threatening illnesses. Huffman, a pediatrician at Caughman Health Center, said...

Spectrum of Findlay aims to be resource for LGBT community

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER An April 1 event will be a murder mystery, a dinner theater — and a chance to raise funds for an organization working to be a resource for the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Tickets are now on sale for Spectrum of...

Readers Marvel at graphic novels

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It was around 15 years ago when Sharon Mason, technical services manager at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, started expanding the comics collection — then just a few volumes, shelved alphabetically along with other fiction —...

Escaping the ‘spiderweb’ of grief: Living Through Loss helps the bereaved

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Death is a part of life, and everyone, at some point, will lose a loved one. There’s no way to take that pain away, but learning to get support and take care of yourself may help. Bridge Hospice offers support groups and education for the...

Hats off to these senior stitchers

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Need help staying committed or inspired when it comes to your creative projects? Look to Katheryn Strite as an example. The 96-year-old makes something just about every day. Strite, of Findlay, is one of the few remaining members of the “Trinity...

WITH VIDEO: Progress 2017: A happier, healthier community

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Changes at Blanchard Valley Health System in 2016 were often behind-the-scenes technology, including a complete overhaul of the electronic medical records system. But in 2017, area residents will see new things springing up. Among them are the...

WITH VIDEO: Students discover the ‘wonder’ of directing

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The Queen of Hearts announces that she wishes to play Simon Says, as croquet is “so 19th century.” She directs Alice to: hop on one leg, do jumping jacks, “melt like wax,” “walk like a monster.” The children in the...

When there’s no hope, there’s help: Suicide prevention services available in Hancock County

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER No one talks about it, but you likely know someone who has thought of suicide. Maybe you are that someone. But help is out there. And many, many members of this community have been that someone, gotten help, and gone on to heal. One in 25 adults and...

Surprise gifts lift nursing students’ spirits

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A group of residents and staff from Primrose Retirement Communities handed out gifts to Owens Community College nursing students Friday to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day. April Mangett, executive director, said they decided nursing students...