Health system’s new venture: Medical spa for area women

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Dr. Lorie Thomas has been trying to create something like the new Beyond MedSpa for “a few years now.” Thomas, a gynecologist with the Blanchard Valley Women & Children’s Center, is the medical director of the medical spa at 2113...

Show love to your heart

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER One in 25 adults and 9 percent of those over 65 in Hancock County have survived a heart attack, yet this common killer is often preventable. Dr. Michael Denike, a cardiologist at Blanchard Valley Hospital, said the key to surviving a heart attack is...

Immigrant family ‘just a part of the community’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Like a lot of grandmothers, Nouhal Shaheen bakes cookies. Her granddaughters were homecoming queens. The family as a whole is, as her daughter says, working jobs and attending school and paying taxes and going about their lives, “just a part of...

WITH VIDEO: Ada festival to kick off Super Bowl weekend

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER ADA — “It takes a lot of people to put together something this silly.” That’s what Ada Mayor Dave Retterer is saying about the upcoming “Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival,” a celebration on Saturday of football,...

An urgent edict on urns

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Cremation is becoming more commonplace in Ohio and around the country, and one Carey priest is encouraging Catholics to be aware of the denomination’s rules — and to approach funerals with respect. In October, the Vatican put out an...

For Girl Scouts, a century of sweetness

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Do you want cookies? Lydia and Adalyn Andrews are eager to sell them, and they’re not alone. “We have a new cookie this year … It’s yummy,” said Lydia, 8. The new cookie, S’mores, is made to commemorate 100 years of...

Inspired by her mother’s journey, RN forms ostomy support group

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A new support group is starting for people living with ostomies — and, though someone new to this situation might feel alone, there are actually many who can relate. The group has been organized by Pam Somers-Kathrens, wound and ostomy nurse at...

Make a date for more veggies on your plate

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s all too easy, when cooking for one, to settle for something hurried and unhealthy. But although vegetables are usually sold in larger amounts, it’s quite possible to get your veggies and eat healthy, even if you’re dining alone....

Lt. gov. says Obamacare not working

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Hancock County — and 19 other counties in Ohio — are left with just one carrier selling insurance under Obamacare, an indication the federal health insurance law has not kept its promises, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor told The Courier on...

Where there’s a will there’s a way for peace of mind

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Nobody likes to think about their own death. But Hancock County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson has seen what happens when people don’t — and it often involves ugly fighting. “I would encourage everyone to have a...