Head Start eliminates hurdles for families

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Head Start, a preschool program preparing low-income children for kindergarten, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. About 20,000 children in Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot and Putnam counties are among more than 31 million nationwide who have...

Alzheimer’s advocates lobby lawmakers for support

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer COLUMBUS — The aim was simple: to raise awareness and protect funding in support of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. But the stories — of family members who got lost, of people who have forgotten nearly everything...

Lock the door and start the party

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER You think you’re stressed by tax season? Imagine you’re an accountant. Even those who genuinely love their work will breathe a sigh of relief at the end of the day today. After all, they have spent the last several weeks working long hours...

Wilson’s employee remembered for many years of service

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Ann Marie VanSant’s seven children remember her as a loving mother and grandmother. But they, and many others, also remember her for her 50 years working at Wilson’s Sandwich Shop. At Wilson’s, VanSant met nearly everyone in Findlay....

Former POW recalls his day of liberation

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Ken Lentz was not quite 20 when his plane was shot down over Germany in 1944. Seventy years later, Lentz was honored Thursday at Primrose Retirement Communities, where he lives, on the day President Barack Obama proclaimed as National Former Prisoner...

Grace Speaks makes therapy more attainable

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER One family’s experiences with trying to find affordable speech therapy has led to the creation of a nonprofit organization in the hopes of making it accessible to everyone. Dr. Todd and Nicole Leslie are the founders of Grace Speaks, a Findlay...

Use it, don’t lose it

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Want to stay healthy? Take a vacation. That’s the message John de Graaf is trying to get out. De Graaf, of Seattle, is president of Take Back Your Time, a nonprofit coalition dedicated to encouraging Americans to use all of their vacation days....

Safety first and always

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer United Parcel Service driver Nick Yoder drives more than 100 miles a day — and in 25 years, he hasn’t had an accident. Yoder was recently inducted into UPS’ Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving. He was...

Help for gambling addictions available

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer It’s rare that someone seeks help locally for problems with compulsive gambling, but that help is available. Ohio for Responsible Gambling, a joint effort of the Ohio Lottery, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission...

Ready for a helping paw

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Sam Durain is looking forward to getting a helping paw. The 22-year-old Findlay woman dreams of going back to college, traveling more, and generally getting her life back. She struggles with mental illness, and she and her family are raising funds to...