WITH VIDEO: From ‘shushing’ to rushing: All-ages summer programs liven up libraries

  By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer They may walk in the door to make puppets or sing karaoke — but once they show up at the library, some kids do actually leave with books. As summer winds down, so does a busy season for area librarians. The Findlay-Hancock County Public...

Ada: Summer ghost town

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER ADA — The pace in this village is never exactly frenzied, but it’s much slower in the summer, with half the populace away. Ohio Northern University’s enrollment of about 3,200 students makes up roughly half the residents of Ada. So...

WITH AUDIO: Myth busters: Dietitians set the record straight, from superfoods to the 5-second rule

Hover over blue text to hear audio clips from the interview By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Go online even briefly and you may come across the claims: "This superfood will cure all diseases!" "Eat THIS and lose 10 pounds overnight!" And so on. Dietitians have heard it all. And...

Obamacare: County gets 2 insurance firms

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER In early June, Hancock County residents faced the prospect of having no insurance carrier under “Obamacare” for 2018. On Monday, it was announced they will have two. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been the only carrier offering...

Struggling with skeeters? Eliminate standing water

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER They’re everywhere. Growing in number, sucking human blood, causing mayhem. No, it’s not a vampire movie — it’s the current mosquito situation in northwestern Ohio. All of a sudden, there are a lot more of the pesky pests. The...

BVH expansion allows for greater head, shoulders, ear, nose and throat care

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Blanchard Valley Health System has purchased what used to be Findlay ENT Properties as part of an effort to expand its ear, nose and throat care. A real estate transfer public records listing shows the transfer of the property at 1110 W. Main Cross...

In Putnam County, cancer support is a community affair

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — When Marilyn Burkhart was going through radiation treatment for cancer in Lima, she picked up a brochure from Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program, and contacted them saying she might want to get involved. A little while later, she...

Authors offer road map for health care reform

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Congress has been debating for months — really, for decades — how to change the health care system in America. Bill Ruse thinks he knows the way. Ruse, former president and CEO of the Blanchard Valley Health Association, has written a...

Prescription drug issue on ballot draws criticism

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Everyone wants cheaper prescription drugs, but an initiative on the November ballot in Ohio would do more harm than good, members of a campaign against the issue say. Dale Butland, communications director for Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot...

Map your route for the Reformation Crawl

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Saturdays in July are a great time for getting away and taking a little road trip to a nearby community. Lutheran churches throughout northwestern Ohio are hoping you’ll consider them as a spot to visit and learn some history. Twenty-two...