Make a date for more veggies on your plate

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s all too easy, when cooking for one, to settle for something hurried and unhealthy. But although vegetables are usually sold in larger amounts, it’s quite possible to get your veggies and eat healthy, even if you’re dining alone....

Lt. gov. says Obamacare not working

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Hancock County — and 19 other counties in Ohio — are left with just one carrier selling insurance under Obamacare, an indication the federal health insurance law has not kept its promises, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor told The Courier on...

Where there’s a will there’s a way for peace of mind

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Nobody likes to think about their own death. But Hancock County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson has seen what happens when people don’t — and it often involves ugly fighting. “I would encourage everyone to have a...

Legal Aid: ‘When in doubt, call’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER People who need a lawyer but don’t have money to pay for one can sometimes get help from Legal Aid of Western Ohio. The nonprofit organization provides free legal help for civil needs to people meeting certain income guidelines. They do not help...

Helicopter crews attend to patients on the fly

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Look up in the air above Blanchard Valley Hospital and, on occasion, you may see a helicopter. While it’s flying, a crew of medical professionals is working to keep a patient stable. Helicopters fly from Blanchard Valley to several other...

Should auld exercise excuses be forgot

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The new year is looming and, with it, many people’s resolution to get fit. In response, area gyms are bracing for an influx of new members. Michael Matthes, owner of CrossFit M2 in Findlay, said everyone wants a “fresh start” around...

Well-traveled seniors form friendships on the road

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Area seniors have been on the go for quite some time — and come 2017, some will travel as far as Cuba. Demand for day trips and longer excursions offered by 50 North keeps growing, and staff members say trips tend to fill up fast. They’re...

Father-daughter duo from Tiffin shares songs of the season

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Along with “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night,” some new Christmas songs are joining the familiar carols this year — thanks to a father-and-daughter team who hail from Tiffin. Angela C. Howell’s latest masterpiece,...

Maintaining the magic of Santa

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s the season of believing, the season of miracles. So how to keep that spirit alive? A child’s attitude toward Santa may, shall we say, change as he or she gets older. If there is a large age gap between siblings, parents may need to...

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER ‘Tis the season for so many things, but among them is making — and devouring — delicious treats. And area bakeries are hard at work creating them. The No. 1 seller this time of year at the Baker’s Cafe is cutout cookies, said...