Washed out BalloonFest inspires ‘rainy day’ campaign

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER David Trisel was glad in mid-August when it finally rained. But he realized CASA/GAL of Findlay and Hancock County, whose main fundraiser had been rained out, might see things differently. So Trisel set upon the idea of a “rainy day”...

Findlay’s Focus on Friends earns national accolade

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Focus on Friends has been honored on the national level for its Recovery Month efforts last year. The nonprofit organization has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the agency within the U.S. Department of...

Quilters craft blankets from late veteran’s T-shirts

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Nine months after Tommy Dawson’s death, his family has received quilts made out of the late veteran’s T-shirts. Tommy Dawson, of Arlington, died Nov. 8 at age 43. His father, Bill Dawson, recently received the quilts a group of Bluffton...

Hardin County’s Amish are ‘part of God’s country’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Drive down the road in Hardin County and you are likely to see horses and buggies passing by. You are in Amish country. The Amish lifestyle is centered around farming, and the Old Order Amish do not use tractors but do use modern farm equipment pulled...

Hardin County a living history lesson

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER This is the sixth in a series of seven stories exploring the counties that circle Hancock County. Not far from the busier streets of Findlay is the quiet world of Hardin County. The home of Amish farms, antique shops and an old-timey general store,...

WITH VIDEO: Fanciers get all dolled up

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Dot Brown is always on a bear hunt. A doll hunt, too. Brown is president of the Fort Findlay Doll and Bear Fanciers, which she joined in 1992. A longtime collector, she keeps an eye out for something that isn’t yet in her collection. As well as...

Is Pokemon a cure for our lazy lives?

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Can Pokemon save us from our laziness? Yes and no, according to health experts. The Pokemon Go game is getting a lot more people out and about walking, but more needs to be done. The Hancock County Community Health Assessment, a survey released in...

For those facing addiction, a ‘message of hope’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Those whose loved ones are struggling with addiction can learn a new way to encourage them to seek help at a training coming up in September. The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is sponsoring a three-day...

BVH doc is Brazil-bound

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER When the U.S. Olympic triathletes compete in Rio de Janeiro, a Findlay physician will be working behind the scenes to make sure they stay healthy. Dr. Andrew Gerken, medical director of Blanchard Valley Hospital’s emergency department, will...

County is Ohio’s first ‘dementia-friendly’ community

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer It isn’t just medical professionals or family caregivers who must know how to communicate with someone with dementia. It’s everyone: the beautician who notices changes in a woman whose hair she has styled for the last 10 years, the waiter...