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WITH VIDEO: ‘God made them; I just take care of them’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Along Greystone Drive in Findlay this time of year, a visitor can spy many colorful rhododendrons and azaleas in front of the home of 85-year-old Richard Billings. Worldwide, about 9,000 varieties exist. But many are not available commercially, since...

Do you know your numbers?

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Do you know what your blood pressure is? If not, the Findlay Family YMCA would like to educate you. Many of those who have high blood pressure do not know it and are putting themselves at risk for heart problems and stroke. A new program to educate...

WITH VIDEO: Close to home: Sex trafficking is not just a big-city problem

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Sex trafficking of young girls does happen here, and we all must be part of the solution, said Jefferson Award winner Jeff Wilbarger at a talk Tuesday at First Lutheran Church. He and his wife founded the Daughter Project, a home in Perrysburg where...

Original Vietnam-era chopper will be displayed

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer A Vietnam War helicopter will be on display in honor of Armed Forces Day this weekend. The Huey helicopter was the primary helicopter used in the Vietnam War. Helicopters are referred to by the serial number on their tail. The organization American...

Tag the library in your best ‘shelfie’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Reading is encouraged year-round, but May is Get Caught Reading Month, and the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is encouraging residents to join in a social media campaign to celebrate. Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign which launched...

Former nurse, 92, gets VIP treatment

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A 92-year-old former nurse had her wish granted this week — and it’s the first of many to come for local senior citizens. Jane Elsea is a resident at Sunrise Senior Living, which is embarking on a program to fulfill residents’...

Marching to the beat of their own drums

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Among this spring’s newly minted college graduates are young people seeking — or already succeeding in — careers in the arts. One is Megan Nedds, whose goal is to become a children’s book illustrator and who owns her own...

Walter defied expectations

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Stephen Walter was a gifted artist, a loving uncle, a hard worker and a man of deep faith. He also had Down syndrome. But, his family was resolved never to let it stop him from living a full life. Walter, who died on March 9 at age 64, was the 11th of...

Blanchard Valley’s Wells nurses 36-year career

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you’re under 36 and were born at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Linda Wells just might have been one of the very first people to meet you. Wells, a registered nurse, has been a staff nurse at the hospital since 1980, most of that time in...

Currency changes offer lessons in American history

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Even in the age of debit and credit cards, most of us see a penny or a 20-dollar bill every day. When Dave Nauert looks at a bill or a coin, he thinks about the artists behind it. “Somebody had to sit down and engrave a die with a design,”...