New project aiming to help addicted mothers-to-be

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you’re pregnant and using opiates, Dr. Allison Westcott wants you to seek medical care — without shame. “Just call us,” she said. “We will get you in. We want to take care of you.” Westcott is among the medical...

Blind massage therapist wraps up touching career

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Dick McStraw’s career has touched a lot of lives. More precisely, McStraw, who is about to retire at age 80, has given approximately 74,000 massages in Findlay. This follows decades of his being a fixture in downtown Findlay, regularly spotted...

‘Living art’ signifies new start

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Last May, Derek Hess put an image on Facebook and Instagram every day, marking Mental Health Month. With each drawing, he posted a description of how it relates to mental health. The internationally renowned artist found people were “hungry for...

Hardin County father teams with Sprague to spread NF awareness

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Neurofibromatosis is more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease combined, affecting more than 125,000 Americans, said Larry Gossard. But most people aren’t familiar with it. Ohio is trying to...

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ trailer provides lessons for parents

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A new resource — demonstrating that drugs are often “Hidden in Plain Sight” — is available to educate local parents and make it easier for them to start a conversation with their children about drugs. Hancock Leadership this...

Friends don’t let friends do drugs

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER There aren’t many teens in treatment for substance abuse, compared to adults. But area professionals are working to ensure help is there should they need it. They’re also inviting teens themselves to create a space where they can hang out...

On a wing and a prayer: A Findlay parakeet’s big adventure

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Jeannie Kirby thought she’d never see her Dolly Girl again. Her three parakeets were flying around in her garage on Glessner Avenue the morning of April 26 when Dolly Girl slipped out an inadvertently open door. Kirby said Dolly Girl was the...

Seniors stay fit to stay golden

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The woman at 50 North excitedly told the story of reaching down to pick up a book at the library, then standing up without need of assistance. She marveled at the experience, as she never would have been able to do that before she started exercising....

‘She was always Marianna’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A keen intellect. A generous heart. Also, a sharp tongue. These are among the attributes friends recalled in describing Findlay poet and photographer Marianna Hofer. A year after her death, Friday will be Hofer’s final ArtWalk. Proceeds from the...