Honor Flight gets second tour of duty

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Twice as many veterans will get to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C., in 2017, thanks to a fundraiser from an accounting firm. The firm Gilmore Jasion Mahler held an event, “Carnevale,” on Nov. 4 at the Marathon Center for the...

Pandora woman works to raise awareness of moyamoya disease

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s been six years since Consolation “Connie” Shaffer first experienced symptoms of a rare neurological disorder, moyamoya disease. Now, after multiple brain surgeries, she is grateful for the support of her husband and community,...

Go tell it on the message board

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Time was, churches would post pictures on their bulletin boards and send out news in their newsletters. Many still do, but social media has become the new way many congregations communicate. Adam Borsay, director of outreach and church planting at...

Black Friday shopping a tradition for some

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Black Friday has a reputation for being all about the “stuff” — the electronics, the clothing and other gifts that are presented by stores as great deals. But for many Findlay shoppers, Friday was just as much about the people...

Cranberry facts to ‘bog’-gle your brain

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER They’re able to withstand brutal winters, they’re increasingly popular worldwide, and contamination of them caused a national crisis in 1959. Cranberries aren’t just tasty with orange in relish — the humble cranberry has many...

Chefs get creative with cranberries

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Area chefs are getting creative with cranberries this time of year. Manager Jack Winans said last year, We Serve. Coffee changed its pastry menu to include more seasonal choices. This time of year both cranberries and oranges are big, so they’ve...

This Thanksgiving, cook smarter, not harder

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Roasting the turkey, mashing the potatoes, baking the pie, dressing the salad — but before all of that comes planning the day. With so many steps involved in making a Thanksgiving dinner, it will run more efficiently if you plan ahead. Planning...

Ecumenical efforts dig into common ground

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER As the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation approaches, area Catholics and Lutherans are focusing on what they have in common, not their differences. It was in 1517 that Martin Luther published his “95 Theses,”...

Transform your thoughts, transform your life

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Doing what you feel good about may be more difficult than just doing what makes you feel good, but it’s the former that is more likely to create genuine happiness. John Bruna will be sharing this message, and talking about mindfulness and...

WITH VIDEO: Tell your smoking habit to butt out

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you smoke, Dr. Anas Balaa wants you to quit — but he’s not interested in making you feel guilty. Balaa, pulmonologist and critical care medical director at Blanchard Valley Hospital, said he tries to avoid talking about the diseases...