Volunteer advocates help voice senior concerns

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you like seniors, and want to make a difference as a volunteer, the Ohio Department of Aging can use you as a volunteer ombudsman associate. “Ombudsman associates are volunteer advocates who provide a voice for the concerns of long-term care...

Senior sweethearts: Love is in the air at 50 North

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s never too late to fall in love. And as a hangout for seniors seeking activities like card games, exercise and lunch, it’s only natural that 50 North has fostered companionship and even brought about a few weddings. Here are a few of...

Controlling contention in the congregation: Pastors diffuse holy hostilities

  By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Every pastor has a story about “the budget committee meeting of 2014” which will “go down in church lore,” said the Rev. Jim Klausing. People fight. Even in church. And it’s up to pastors to figure out how to...

‘Tomodachi’ means friend, and many friends fueled Japanese celebration

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A wide cross-section of the community has been coming together to celebrate Japanese culture this week — and more activities are coming this weekend. The events were advertised with the name “Tomodachi” — Japanese for...

‘Our grief is the same’: Support group forges healing community

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Every week, the group gathers to mourn, to share good memories and to build strong friendships. GriefShare is a Christian grief support group, part of a network of support groups at 12,000 churches worldwide. It was created locally 14 years ago with...

Battling the bugs: Public spaces put extra emphasis on busting germs

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s flu season, and that means germs are everywhere. Those managing places where lots of people congregate are getting out extra disinfectant. Flu is considered widespread in Ohio, with 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in...

All-female OB/GYN offers sense of sisterhood

  By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Dr. Carmen Doty finds that women are more willing to talk about their own health issues than those from her mother or grandmother’s generation, who would just do what their doctors told them. Women are “savvy” and are not...

Poison control center experts available 24/7

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you are or have been a parent of a little one, you’ve doubtless read the advice to “call poison control” if a child ingests something questionable. But what does that mean? What happens if you call? Poison control experts can be...

‘Tide Pod Challenge’ worries health officials

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Laundry pods aren’t made of soap. They are toxic chemicals — and if you eat them, you could die, doctors report. Teenagers have been eating them to gain attention on the internet, and Ohio doctors are trying to get the word out that this...

As temperatures plummet, need for financial assistance rises

  By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s been a few weeks since Christmas and the flurry of charitable donations that come along with the holiday season. But charities still need help, as higher utility bills in winter affect people’s ability to meet their financial...