Beginning the journey of faith

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Confirmation, when young people become full-fledged members of their church, is an important rite of passage in one’s faith life. Students prepare for the event for many months, leading up to a confirmation ceremony that is often held in the...

Great gifts for grads

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Graduation from high school is a rite of passage and a time of celebration and parents often want to mark the occasion with a special gift. After seeing a quilt someone had made as a graduation gift a few years ago, Betty Barwig decided that was what...

Consider the lilies, how they grow

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer With spring comes time, at last, to get into the garden. This is true not only at homes but also at churches, where many volunteers are busy sprucing up the landscaping. Tim Brugeman, who helps plan and maintain the landscaping at St. Michael the...

Guide will provide easy access to emergency information

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER With today’s technology it’s easy to assume any information is readily available. But what about when the power goes out, and you need emergency information? Soon, every household in the county will have a copy of a guide that lists...

Like two ships passing in the night

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER When one spouse works a different shift than the other, a couple doesn’t get much time to spend together, but they may find there are advantages, too, such as not having to pay for child care. Take Marisel and John Brant of Findlay, both of whom...

The blessings of a late-life baby

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Pregnancy later in life has a higher risk of complications than pregnancy among younger women, but many families are finding that waiting until they’re older makes the best sense for them and their family. Nationally, more women are having their...

Take time with senior living decisions

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Deciding when it’s time for an older family member to make a move to assisted living or a skilled nursing facility is never easy, but it’s a conversation families should have together, and ideally earlier rather than later. Mollie Zinser,...

Be safe at any age

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Self-defense is as much about mental preparedness as physical prowess, and it’s important for seniors to learn, said Nancy Proctor, who will teach a senior self-defense class at Birchaven on May 15. Proctor is a fourth-degree black belt in...

Blood thinners are sometimes a necessary risk

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Many people take blood thinners and for a variety of reasons. The medication is commonly prescribed for ailments such as stroke and atrial fibrillation, a history of deep-vein thrombosis or a hereditary blood clotting condition. The medications have...

Bank donates to arts center

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Fifth Third Bank on Friday donated $250,000 to the Hancock County Performing Arts Center, the governing board of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Bob LaClair, president of Fifth Third Bank in northwestern Ohio, presented a check to the...