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Livin’ with amphibians — and reptiles

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Walking in the parks, or even sitting in your backyard, you’ll encounter some of Ohio’s wild creatures — squirrels, bunnies, certain birds and, of course, mosquitoes. Other creatures living here, like reptiles and amphibians, might...

Ohio needs to focus on suicide prevention, NAMI members say

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Ohio needs a greater public focus on suicide prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio board members told The Courier on Tuesday. One of the state board members is Eric McKee of Findlay, who lives with clinical depression that is...

Pets sheltered while families seek help from domestic abuse

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER In the past, fear that an abuser would hurt a beloved pet made it less likely a family would flee a home with domestic violence. Now, victims can call for help knowing that their furry friend will be safe and that they’ll someday be reunited....

Hamler Summer Fest: 50 years of bratwurst, beer and polka dancing

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER HAMLER — At its peak, the Hamler Summer Fest featured a ton of bratwurst — literally. About 25,000 people attended the festival each summer in the 1970s. “It was THE thing years ago,” said Jeff Brubaker, mayor of the village of...

Atlas Strong: Community rallies around sick infant

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Six-month-old Atlas Shaffer is carrying a heavy weight — but the community is surrounding him to help him bear it. Atlas is being treated for hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s...

‘Incredible loss of life’ to overdoses

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Over seven years, Hancock County lost nearly 2,000 years of life expectancy because of opioid overdoses, and Ohio lost more than half a million years. Those figures are among the findings of a recent report by the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in...

Online travelogue among first of its kind

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER After the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, the Bluffton University website crashed. People all over the world were seeking out professor Mary Ann Sullivan’s collection of architectural images, then one of the few extensive collections online....

Tiny superhero aims to bring big attention to food allergies

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Cortney Butler used to shrug off concerns about food allergies as no big deal. Then it happened to her family and she became one of “those people” — the people who wipe down all surfaces, batch cook food ahead of time and warn their...

From The Well springs deeper grounding in young people’s faith

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Who is God calling you to be? And are you listening? A talk at “The Well,” an immersive summer theological camp for high school students held at the University of Findlay this week, focused on identity. It was one of many activities meant...

Find support after a loved one’s suicide attempt

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Helping a loved one after a suicide attempt can be incredibly scary. But “With Help There is Hope.” A support group of that name, for family and friends of those who have had a loved one attempt suicide, will hold its first meeting...