‘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...

It’s not too late to get a flu shot

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER With northwest Ohio hard hit by flu, residents are being urged: Get a flu shot — it’s not too late. And if you do get sick, please stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others. No one knows exactly how many people have gotten the...

‘Battle Buddies’ enlisted for veteran support

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER “Why struggle through your issues all alone?” asks the brochure for a new program called “Battle Buddies.” “We have veterans who want to support you!” Veterans wanting to serve as a “Battle Buddy” to a...

Revamped YMCA youth center merges fitness and fun

  By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Children in Findlay are on the move. That is, they’re getting active and fit at the Findlay Family YMCA‘s new Youth Physical Activity Center. Program coordinator Chandlar Henry said the center has been revamped in an effort to get...

Ambitious doctor pursues law degree in spare time

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER People choose all sorts of things to do with their spare time. Dr. Andre Gilbert used his to earn a law degree. Gilbert, a urologist in practice at Blanchard Valley Urology Associates, received his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the University of...

Sprague bill would ban forced nurse OT

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A bill introduced in the Ohio House by state Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, would prohibit hospitals from requiring a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse to work overtime as a condition of employment. House Bill 456 was introduced Dec. 28....

Innovative therapy a ray of ‘sunshine’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Some people are still uncomfortable with the idea of going to therapy, but what about moving your body? Or spending time petting dogs? A local counselor trying to incorporate all these things said some people are more comfortable with certain...

Chaplain reflects on years of spiritual advisement

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER After 17 years, the Rev. Elizabeth Kelly’s last day as chaplain at Blanchard Valley Hospital is near. Kelly said she’s not retiring, but it’s time to “open space to discern what I need to be doing next.” When first...

Appy New Year! How technology is changing the way we achieve our resolutions

  By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Years ago, when you made that New Year’s resolution to exercise more or quit smoking, you might have told a few friends. But today, you can tell all your Facebook friends. Technology has changed how people can communicate their goals...