Ecumenical efforts dig into common ground

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER As the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation approaches, area Catholics and Lutherans are focusing on what they have in common, not their differences. It was in 1517 that Martin Luther published his “95 Theses,”...

Transform your thoughts, transform your life

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Doing what you feel good about may be more difficult than just doing what makes you feel good, but it’s the former that is more likely to create genuine happiness. John Bruna will be sharing this message, and talking about mindfulness and...

WITH VIDEO: Tell your smoking habit to butt out

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you smoke, Dr. Anas Balaa wants you to quit — but he’s not interested in making you feel guilty. Balaa, pulmonologist and critical care medical director at Blanchard Valley Hospital, said he tries to avoid talking about the diseases...

WITH VIDEO: Med students take their shot

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Throughout their careers in health care, they will deal with many, many patients. But recently, University of Findlay students dealt with patients, outside of the classroom, for the first time. Third-year pharmacy students, working with fifth-year...

19% of adults considered binge drinkers

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Consuming alcohol is a normal part of life for many of us, but some approaches are riskier than others. According to the Hancock County 2015 Community Health Assessment, released last April, fewer youths in Hancock County are drinking. The opposite is...

Exchange student ‘Czechs’ out America

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Findlay is a long way from home for Jan Kozlík, but he’s enjoying getting to know new people and explore American culture. Kozlík, 17, is from Písek, Czech Republic. He’s studying at Findlay High School this year through Rotary Youth...

Younger generation carries church bazaar torch

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer The torch for the St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church bazaar has been passed to a new generation, and they’ve got a lot planned for visitors Nov. 12. Co-chairwomen Kerry Clapper, 43, and Mary Rood, 37, are making an effort to get...

WITH VIDEO: St. Mike’s students strum ukuleles with gusto

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Ukulele mania has taken hold at St. Michael Catholic School. Students are giving up their study hall to practice. They’re going home and learning new songs, then coming back to school to demonstrate to teacher Robert Ciesluk. And even...

Just one ‘Obamacare’ carrier left in county

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Confused about Obamacare? There are fewer carrier options — in Hancock County, there is actually only one left — but there are still people who can help you make sense of it. Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care...

‘Moderate,’ ‘extremist’ and the 2016 election

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER There is great diversity among Muslims, attendees learned at a panel discussion at the University of Findlay on Thursday night. Panelists included Ahmad Hussein Al-eteiwi, a UF graduate student from Jordan; Nada Bahammam, a UF undergraduate student...