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Notes on weather, birding economics

The weather plays a part in the numbers of birds found. No matter when or where, statistics show birding is one of the most popular forms of nature-based tourism. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 71.8 million Americans enjoy wildlife watching, and 46.7 million people ...

Lake Erie Birding Trail

Of course, birds don’t follow the calendar and the spring migration isn’t limited to the Biggest Week in Merican Birding, May 4-13. The annual migration is under way and is to continue through most of May. “Lake Erie and its associated habitats are among the most bird-rich ecosystems in ...

New park to open right on time for peak of spring bird migration

A new spot is to open next weekend along the shores of Lake Erie for bird watching, just in time for the peak of spring migration. With a dual purpose of providing another recreational area in northwest Ohio and restoring coastal wetlands, Howard Marsh is to open April 28-29 as the newest ...

Biggest Week in American Birding May 4-13

When talking about spring birding, the Biggest Week in American Birding (www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com) has become a focal point. In its ninth year, the Biggest Week focuses the attention of the world on northwest Ohio for 10 days in early May. Last year, more than 90,000 birders ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Rampage’ lead newcomers at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was another weekend of buzz versus pure star power at the box office as the word of mouth sensation “A Quiet Place” found itself neck-and-neck again with Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage.” This time buzz had the slight advantage. Studio estimates Sunday placed “A ...

Entertainment briefs, April 19

Terra State to host rhythm summit Friday through Sunday FREMONT — Terra State Community College, in partnership with Bass Gear Magazine, is to host the 2018 Midwest Rhythm Summit Friday through Sunday. The event is for high school and college educators, music technicians, professional ...

In Motion dancers to help raise funds for F.A.C.T. April 29

A local dance studio is to bring its dancers together to perform for a cause at the end of April. In Motion Dance Studio is to present “Dancers In Motion For F.A.C.T.” at 2 p.m. April 29 in the auditorium of Columbian High School, 300 S. Monroe St. This will be the second local ...

‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

LOS ANGELES (AP) — R. Lee Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. Ermey’s longtime manager Bill Rogin said he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related ...

Education | VIEW ALL

Supporting the arts

Students and community members look at an art exhibit at Columbian High School. Musical performances and artworks by students were part of the annual Tiffin City Schools spring music and art festival Friday.

Send-off

Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools students and staff gather Friday to celebrate the marching band's moving on to state competition this weekend.

Having an impact

Nine seniors recognized people who had a significant impact on their lives during the Columbian High School Excellence in Education Dinner Thursday. Tiffin City School Board of Education member Dean Henry opened the celebration hosted at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center, by noting ...

Next speaker in diversity series at OF to focus on drug awareness

OLD FORT — In October, Old Fort High School junior Nicole Fry began a diversity series geared toward bringing more knowledge and awareness to the community. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the school is to host a session focusing on drug awareness with Mircea Handru, executive director of ...

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Park Programs, April 22

Seneca County • A Craft Creations program on knitting 101 is planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Participants can try their hands at basic knitting stitches. No experience needed, but experienced people ...

Some hard-earned knowledge about skunks

As the Ojibwe elders tell it, there was once a hunter who was a good provider for his wife and young son, but he unfortunately had a bad temper. One day, his wife irritated him while he was trapping beaver and he yelled at her so harshly that she ran back to the wigwam and took away their son, ...

Outdoor briefs, April 22

Tiffin gets 37th Tree City USA award Members of the Shade Tree and Beautification Commission of Tiffin Wednesday accepted the city’s 37th award from the 2018 Northwest Ohio Tree City USA awards celebration at Trinity Evangelical Church, Upper Sandusky. The northwest Ohio district ...

Volunteers muscle behind Kildow

A partnership among Seneca County’s conservation organizations has been quietly happening for more than two years. About 25 dedicated people have been restoring Kildow Wildlife Area from a mass of invasive species to a vibrant habitat for wildlife. The state-owned Kildow property north of ...

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State ag chief up for challenges

The head of the Ohio Department of Agriculture told Seneca County residents Thursday that the future of agriculture will be challenging, but he said he believes farmers and producers will adapt and succeed as they always have. Director David Daniels spoke to residents and took their questions ...

Keys to success

How to make the majority of crop producers understand the benefits of no-till and cover crops for creating healthy soils was the keynote speaker’s focus Tuesday morning during the second annual Ohio Soil Health Symposium at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center. “I think the keys ...

Seneca residents get info on Republic Wind project

GREEN SPRINGS — APEX Clean Energy, a company proposing about 60 wind turbines in the Republic Wind project, hosted a pre-application open house Wednesday evening at Green Springs VFW to provide a project overview — one step in the process of getting the project approved. The company ...

Wyandot County Fair Results, Sept. 16

Junior Fair Sheep Breeding Champions Ram Over All Breeds: Cameron Shellhouse, Kids Got the Spirit. Ewe Over All Breeds: Cameron Shellhouse. Showmanship Junior: 1st, Liam Shellhouse, Kids Got the Spirit; 2nd, Avery Stump, Kids Got the Spirit; 3rd, Kyle Bishop, Town and Country. ...

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St. Francis events

• Yoga classes Sr. Paulette Schroeder will host yoga classes 5:15-6:15 p.m. every Wednesday in the Greccio Room at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. A $7 donation is requested. Mat and belt provided. No registration or experience required. For more info, ...

Vietnam POW speaks at Calvert

Nearly 35 years ago, U.S. Air Force Captain Guy D. Gruters was reunited with his family after more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Now an author and motivational speaker, he addressed the Calvert student body Friday in the school gymnasium. Before his presentation, Gruters ...

Amazon is ‘heart of the church,’ pope says

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — From deep in the scorching Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demanded Friday that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God’s “holy ground,” and called on governments to recognize the indigenous peoples living there as the ...

Advent series set to begin

West Independence United Methodist Church plans to begin its Advent sermon series, titled “The Gift,” Sunday with a sermon titled “The Gift of Doing Right.” Avery Authenreith is to provide special music.

Births/Birthdays | VIEW ALL

Holden Lee Atkinson

A son, Holden Lee Atkinson, was born Wednesday, April 11, 2018, to Amber Aaro and Devin Atkinson of Tiffin. Holden weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Tammy Kinn of Tiffin and the late Gregory Kinn. Paternal grandparents are Debra and Rudy ...

Brixton Lee Bogard

A son, Brixton Lee Bogard, was born Wednesday, April 18, 2018, to Erica Mesnard and Trent Bogard of Tiffin. Brixton weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 21 inches long. Maternal grandfather is Timothy Bogard of Tiffin. Paternal grandparents are Geri and Terry Bogard of Tiffin. Paternal ...

Alayna Rose Miller

A daughter, Alayna Rose Miller, was born Saturday, April 14, 2018, to Crystal and Jeffrey Miller of Republic. Alayna weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Tom and Cheryl Wagner of Bucyrus. Paternal grandparents are Don and Lynn Miller of Attica. ...

Brianna Michelle-Lynn Zemmel

A daughter, Brianna Michelle-Lynn Zemmel, was born Tuesday, April 10, 2018, to Jamie Lynn Baker and Brian Michael Zemmel of Tiffin. Brianna weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 18 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Tonya Daughenbaugh and Jamey Baker of Tiffin. Paternal grandparent is ...

Engagements | VIEW ALL

Stine-Zoeller

Courtney (Tusing) Stine and Cory Zoeller are announcing their engagement and Sept. 15, 2018, wedding. Courtney is the daughter of Janis Fish and the late Mark Tusing. She graduated from Columbian High School and Southern Ohio College with an associate degree in business management. She is ...

Smith-Cahill

Audrey Smith and Brian Cahill are announcing their engagement and June 23, 2018, wedding. Audrey is the daughter of Gene and Jane Smith of New Riegel. She graduated from Hopewell-Loudon High School in 2008 and Bowling Green State University in 2012. She is an auditor for the Ohio Auditor of ...

Somodi-Schultz

Mark and Amy Somodi of Tiffin announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Jo Somodi, to Austin Michael Schultz of Tiffin, son of Allen and Ann Schultz, and their Aug. 4, 2018, wedding at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Megan graduated from Calvert High School and Sentinel Career & ...

Depinet-Schloemer

Emily Peyton Depinet and Jonathan Michael Schloemer are announcing their engagement and June 16, 2018, wedding. Emily is the daughter of Scott and Shari Depinet of Republic. She graduated from Seneca East High School in 2013 and Ashland University in 2017. She is a registered nurse at Mercy ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Genet-Chavez

Catherine Genet and Joshua Chavez exchanged wedding vows at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2017, at St. Bernard’s Church in Akron. The officiant was Father Dan Reed. A reception followed the ceremony at SYB Party Center in Stow. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Fran Genet of Tiffin. The groom is ...

Wahl-Felton

Sara Linn Wahl and Zachary John Felton exchanged wedding vows in a double-ring ceremony at 1:30 p.m. May 20, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin. The officiant was Father Bill Rose. A reception followed at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center. The bride is the daughter of Tom ...

Hefner-Joliat

Courtney Mae Hefner and Ryan Michael Joliat exchanged wedding vows Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tiffin, with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. A reception followed the ceremony at Sycamore Community Center in Sycamore. The bride is the daughter of Todd and Donna ...

Pardi-Myers

Lindsey Michele Pardi and Patrick Raymond Myers exchanged wedding vows at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Parish in Akron, during a Catholic ceremony. The officiant was Father John Valencheck. A reception followed the ceremony at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton. The ...

Anniversaries | VIEW ALL

The Wysses

Gene and Diane Wyss of Sycamore plan to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, April 22, 2018, with an open house 11:30-3 p.m. at Sycamore Community Center with family and friends. The couple was wed April 26, 1958, in Sycamore, by the Rev. Nolan Younkman. Diane is the daughter ...

The Wagners

Dale I. and Shirley A. Wagner of rural Sycamore celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday, April 12, 2018, with a family get-together. The couple was wed the afternoon of April 12, 1958, at Harmony United Methodist Church by the Rev. Claude Chivington. Shirley is the daughter of ...

The Keens

Tom and Mary Keen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, March 24, 2018, with a gathering of family and friends at the AMVETS shelter, Tiffin. The couple was wed Saturday, March 29, 1958, at Calvin United Church of Christ in the Hungarian neighborhood (Birmingham) of Toledo. ...

The Bells

John and Connie Bell of Tiffin will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, May 5, 2018, with an open house 2-4 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, 733 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin. The couple was wed May 10, 1958, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, by the Rev. Reichert. Connie is the ...