A matter of life and death

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer No one likes to think about it, but we all have to face it: at some point, we may be incapacitated and need someone else to make vital medical decisions. Blanchard Valley Health System is trying to get more people talking about it — and putting...

Small but thriving church ready to grow

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer As it marks 131 years since its founding, Mason Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is small but thriving, and looking to grow. The church will celebrate its anniversary at a luncheon today on the University of Findlay campus. Registration for...

A study in living well

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON — The oldest person in a nationwide study of type 1 diabetes credits her longevity to exercise and her faith. Clara (Rettig) Jacobs will turn 97 on June 1. She is a resident of Good Samaritan Society in Arlington, where she has lived...

Letting go with love

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Pet owners now have a new option at the end of their pets’ lives with Restful Pets, a new pet crematorium that opened late last year which provides in-town cremation. Austin Gerber and his wife, Rachel, own the Findlay business. Austin Gerber...

It’s never too late to bloom

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The artists whose work was on display last week at Birchaven Village prove it’s never too late to be creative. The show featured artwork by residents of the Heights at Birchaven, an assisted and independent living community. Submissions included...

Keep deer away from the garden buffet

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer It’s springtime in Ohio, and that means the deer population is at its peak, frustrating gardeners around the area. “They’re a major problem,” said Dick Deerhake, a Hancock County master gardener. And, he said, there are...

Motherless foals find greener pastures

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER On Sue Child’s farm south of Findlay, weeks-old foals Millie, Bette and Moses gallop, nuzzle each other and sleep together in a pile like a litter of puppies. It’s a far cry from the fate that might have otherwise awaited them. The trio...

Taking great strides for a good cause

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Jim and Dyan Steffen of Findlay didn’t know what cystic fibrosis was when their then-days-old daughter, Maddie, was diagnosed with it. Today, the Steffens are trying to raise awareness, as well as funds, as organizers of Findlay’s first...

Area men to enter Ohio Military Hall of Fame

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Two area residents are among the veterans who will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor today. Pfc. Frederick Makrancy of Findlay served in the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. Spc. David Frederick of Carey served in...

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...