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It’s a gas, but it’s no fun

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Radon, a cancer-causing gas prevalent in this area, can easily seep into homes through basements and crawl spaces, unbeknownst to the occupants. Fortunately, it can be easily remediated. The radioactive gas is naturally released as rocks break down in...

Boy Scouting: A game with purpose

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The Boy Scouts of America Black Swamp Area Council is seeking funds to make scouting possible for more local boys in the future. The council is launching its annual Friends of Scouting campaign, a fundraising effort that pays for local programs and...

A chance to feel normal again

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The staff of the Northwestern Ohio Make-A-Wish Foundation has two wishes: to let families of children with life-threatening conditions know that they are out there, and to recruit more volunteers. Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children who have...

Creating a ‘positive birth environment’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Doulas, who provide support to women as they give birth, are becoming more popular among young mothers. The word “doula” comes from a Greek word for “a woman who serves.” A doula does not deliver a baby but helps while the...

Alzheimer’s Association reaches out to community

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Making someone feel beautiful can restore self-esteem when they are struggling with dementia, so cosmetologists play a role in helping them feel better, Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter education manager Marty Williman told...

Music soothes the soul, reawakens the spirit

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Dementia robs a person of the ability to communicate but music can reawaken it. Debra Kriner, director of nursing services at Birchaven Village, said when staff play music, such as the activity director playing guitar and going from room to room,...

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...