Health department getting more naloxone kits

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Having already given out 291 kits of the medication that can reverse opioid overdoses, Hancock Public Health is gearing up for the second year of the program. The Ohio Department of Health recently announced it has awarded Hancock Public Health...

Hepatitis A surge linked to drug use

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Hepatitis A is becoming more common, and Hancock Public Health wants to get the word out that a vaccine is available. “In 2016 Hancock County had only three cases of Hepatitis A,” the health department’s newsletter stated earlier...

Librarian of Congress: Don’t let reading become a chore

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Captain Underpants was a hit at the Library of Congress, Carla Hayden told a group Friday at the University of Findlay. Hayden, the librarian of Congress, spoke at “Fridays at Findlay,” an executive speaker series presented by the...

Health assessment IDs gaps in rural resources

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Partners for a Healthy Putnam County has released the county’s Community Health Improvement Plan, intended to guide its citizens in becoming more healthy between now and 2020. The plan identifies four strategic priorities: mental health and...

#MeToo conjures mixture of emotions

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER As one woman after another comes forward to say #MeToo, those who work with sexual assault survivors say healing is possible, and they are here if you need them. “Sexual assault is a big problem for us in Hancock County,” said Ashley Ritz,...

SANE nurses provide emergency care for survivors of sexual assault

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER When a sexual assault survivor arrives at the hospital, someone like Michelle Stratton is there to do what she can to make the traumatic experience slightly more bearable. Stratton is a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), providing physical...

Findlay man cements win at national bricklaying contest

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Jon Weininger has cemented a victory in a national bricklaying competition. The Findlay man won first place in the second-year apprentice division of the Masonry Skills Challenge in Las Vegas. Weininger was previously a welder and started bricklaying...

Outgoing presbyter reflects on ‘uncommon life’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The Rev. Susan Meier has spent the past eight and a half years leading the Presbyterian Church in northwestern Ohio. Now, she’s going to embrace her identity as a theater geek. Meier is retiring as presbyter for common life with the Maumee...

Unmet emotional needs, not food, drive eating disorders

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and local mental health professionals encourage those who need it to seek help. Holly Schweitzer Dunn, along with her husband, owns a Findlay therapy practice, Mind Body Health Associates, which...

Hair show addresses heroin crisis head on

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER High school cosmetology students have — like everyone else in the community — been hearing and talking and thinking a lot about the heroin crisis lately. So three of them are organizing a glamorous “hair show” as a student...