Keeping faith alive: Author to speak at church Saturday

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Sometimes, John Wood is treating seniors’ glaucoma and cataracts. Other times, he’s helping Catholics see more clearly their life’s purpose and who God wants them to be. Wood, a traveling optometrist and author of two books on...

Resurrection topic of open dialogue

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER “An open dialogue between Christianity and atheism” on the resurrection of Jesus grew heated at times at Winebrenner Theological Seminary Thursday. But the speakers — Michael Licona, Ph.D., from Houston Baptist University, and...

Flag City Honor Flight receives national award

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Flag City Honor Flight, the Findlay-based hub of the National Honor Flight Network, was awarded the prestigious Leading By Example award at the National Honor Flight summit held on Feb. 17 and 18 in Baltimore, Maryland. The summit is a gathering of...

Volunteer advocates help voice senior concerns

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you like seniors, and want to make a difference as a volunteer, the Ohio Department of Aging can use you as a volunteer ombudsman associate. “Ombudsman associates are volunteer advocates who provide a voice for the concerns of long-term care...

Senior sweethearts: Love is in the air at 50 North

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s never too late to fall in love. And as a hangout for seniors seeking activities like card games, exercise and lunch, it’s only natural that 50 North has fostered companionship and even brought about a few weddings. Here are a few of...

Controlling contention in the congregation: Pastors diffuse holy hostilities

  By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Every pastor has a story about “the budget committee meeting of 2014” which will “go down in church lore,” said the Rev. Jim Klausing. People fight. Even in church. And it’s up to pastors to figure out how to...

‘Tomodachi’ means friend, and many friends fueled Japanese celebration

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A wide cross-section of the community has been coming together to celebrate Japanese culture this week — and more activities are coming this weekend. The events were advertised with the name “Tomodachi” — Japanese for...

‘Our grief is the same’: Support group forges healing community

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Every week, the group gathers to mourn, to share good memories and to build strong friendships. GriefShare is a Christian grief support group, part of a network of support groups at 12,000 churches worldwide. It was created locally 14 years ago with...

Battling the bugs: Public spaces put extra emphasis on busting germs

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER It’s flu season, and that means germs are everywhere. Those managing places where lots of people congregate are getting out extra disinfectant. Flu is considered widespread in Ohio, with 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in...

All-female OB/GYN offers sense of sisterhood

  By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Dr. Carmen Doty finds that women are more willing to talk about their own health issues than those from her mother or grandmother’s generation, who would just do what their doctors told them. Women are “savvy” and are not...