Little but oh-so-lovable

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Cats and dogs aren’t the only common pets in northwestern Ohio. Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and even hedgehogs are among the four-footed members of some families. Many of these animals, sometimes referred to as a group as small exotic pets, are...

Santa spreads the spirit of giving

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Parents looked on and smiled as their children ate cookies and talked to Santa, a typical Christmastime scene at … an insurance agency? For the third year, Byron Dashnaw, owner of the Allstate Insurance agency at the corner of Blanchard Street...

No place like home

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Why take on the monumental task of educating children at home when public education is so readily available? Parents who home-school their children say it allows them to tailor their child’s education to his or her particular needs....

Spreading kindness, one smile at a time

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer A new group calling itself Bringing Back Humanity wants to spread acts of charity and kindness beyond the holiday season — and they’re encouraging everyone in the community to join the movement. David Rayford of Findlay, who created the...

Vaping creates platform for debate

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The use of electronic cigarettes is far more popular than it once was. Some see it as a good way to quit smoking regular cigarettes, but public health advocates worry that they may get young people addicted to nicotine. An e-cigarette is a...

Advent: A season for preparing

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer It’s a season of giving to those in need, of decorating, but most of all of preparing — Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, begins this Sunday. Area churches have many special sermons and musical events planned, but pastors...

‘Kids don’t come with instructions’

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer It’s hard not to take it personally when your child is yelling “I hate you!” but parents shouldn’t lose their own tempers when disciplining their children. It’s never an easy job, but help is available. “Kids...

The many facets of bereavement

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The death of a loved one is never easy, but bereaved seniors may face particular issues younger people don’t experience. This may include multiple losses at once. Beth Wechta, a geriatric therapist at Century Health, said people in their 80s or...

Time to quit? Make a plan

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s time to quit! Quit smoking, that is. Today is the Great American Smokeout and the American Cancer Society is encouraging smokers to quit, or to make a plan to quit, on this day. Carole Leeman of Findlay, a lung cancer survivor, is glad she...

Signup period starting for 2015 health insurance

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Signups for 2015 health insurance under Obamacare start today, and they are expected to go much smoother. Last year, people going to healthcare.gov encountered glitches, but these have been fixed and the application is “more streamlined,”...