Addiction epidemic takes toll on families

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER As Findlay grapples with a rise in opiate addiction, the community is also seeing a rise in the number of middle-aged adults raising their grandchildren because their children can no longer care for them. “It wasn’t anything I ever...

Compassion, comfort and consolation

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER FOSTORIA — St. Wendelin Roman Catholic Church will host a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe today. The feast day honors Mary, mother of Jesus, and is particularly celebrated by people of Mexican descent. The Toledo Diocese is...

Music makes a lively dinner companion

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER As Findlay’s bar and restaurant scene continues to expand, so too does the opportunity to hear the talents of local musicians. Many local restaurants, bars and coffee shops regularly feature live music, which they see as a good way to draw...

She wore blue velvet: Findlay couple marks 75 years of marriage

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Lawrence “Buss” and Irene Shearer, who met roller skating in their teen years, will mark 75 years of marriage Sunday. It’s a challenging time, as Irene’s poor health is continuing to decline. However, the Findlay couple’s...

The beginning of the story

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Judy Hofmann and her adopted son, Kevin, know just how long and painful the search for an adoptee’s birth parent can be. Judy, of Fostoria, and Kevin, of Toledo, are advocates for adoptees having more access to their birth records. In Ohio, the...

Small house feels just right

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer BLUFFTON — Wendy and Andy Chappell-Dick’s new house on North Lawn Avenue in Bluffton is not just a place to live, but part of an effort to shift toward a more environmentally sound lifestyle. The Chappell-Dicks built their house as part of...

Pandora woman’s passion was art, and ‘she didn’t quit’

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Velda “Pat” Patricia (Biederman) Lehman did more than her part to make Pandora and northwestern Ohio a more creative and artistic place. The Pandora woman, who died July 22, was a founding member of the Findlay Antique Collectors Guild and...

‘Expect nothing and welcome the unexpected’

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Reiki is a form of healing that provides relaxation to people struggling with mental health issues, going through chemotherapy and even giving birth. Teresa Bartchlett, a Findlay reiki master and owner/operator of Rei Light Healing, said it involves...

Elderly more reluctant to seek help with hunger issues

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Each year, the National Coalition for the Homeless designates the week before Thanksgiving as National Homelessness and Hunger Week. The week is intended to encourage Americans, as they think about what they are thankful for, to also show compassion...

Planning for a meatless feast

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the most meat-centric holidays — after all, the celebration centers around the turkey. But those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets say they, too, have found ways to make the holiday special. Stacy Parker, who is...
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