Lifestyle

Plan to help get people moving

An active transportation plan that would greatly increase the numbers of bicycle and walking trails in Seneca County in the next 20 years has been approved and is in the early stages of development. The plan, coordinated by Seneca Regional Planning Commission, is a partnership of the cities ...

Living in the lofts: Increasingly, people choosing to dwell in downtown Tiffin

As more and more businesses have chosen to locate in downtown Tiffin — especially during the past five years — the downtown area has experienced a revitalization. The increased business activity — shopping, restaurants and other establishments — and the interest of building owners in ...

Vision for riverwalk, hotel, housing and more taking shape in downtown Tiffin

A former Heidelberg University student who says he fell in love with Tiffin during his time in town is envisioning a plan for adding a river walk, housing and a technology business incubator to downtown. The Kear's Family property is secured under a purchase and sale contract, but has not ...

Economic impact: Benefits vs. costs of wind turbines

The economic impact of wind farms on Seneca County can be seen as beneficial or not, depending on individual perspective. Two proposed wind farm projects are in the works in Seneca County - Seneca Wind Farm and Republic Wind Farm. A third wind farm, Emerson Creek, is proposed for Huron and ...

Wind projects carry local impact, but decisions won’t be made here

 Although they would be built in Seneca County if approved, decisions on wind turbine projects to generate electricity are not made locally. Investigations and decisions fall under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Power Siting Board, a section of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that ...

Neighbors helping neighbors: Blessing Box fills a community need

The first Blessing Box in Tiffin was stocked Friday. What’s a Blessing Box? “It’s neighbors helping neighbors,” said Christy Wiser, a NOAH board member. “Give what you can. Take what you need.” Anyone is welcome to drop off items at the box off Jefferson Street on the grounds of ...

Up in the Air takin’ it to the stage

There are few musicians to whom the term “living legend” applies. Members of this exclusive club have written, recorded and performed chart-topping songs over the course of multiple decades, won the music industry’s top awards, influenced popular culture and inspired legions of younger ...

Tiffin couple marks 65 years of marriage

Just before Thanksgiving, Ernst and Trudy Wahl of Tiffin returned from a four-month stay in Germany. For years, they have made the trip to maintain close ties to family and friends in their homeland. At age 88, might this have been Ernst’s last pilgrimage? “I hope not. I don’t give up ...

TU students organize hurricane relief effort

Students and the campus community of Tiffin University again are asking for help collecting items for those affected by Hurricane Florence. Juniors Kaitlyn Borer and Emily Boersen are coordinating the effort at TU. This is similar to that of last years’ efforts to help with Hurricane Harvey ...

Lifestyle briefs, Nov. 6

Alzheimer’s group to meet The next Alzheimer’s support group meeting is to feature Todd Harris, pharmacist at ICP, at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave. For more information, call (419) 447-2723. TAG to host student workshops in November Tiffin Art Guild is to ...

Book brings ’48 murders to life

In 2012, Scott Fields published a novel based on the Niebel murders committed by Robert Daniels and John West, with the primary action set in Mansfield. He previously had written several other books, but “The Mansfield Killers” has outsold all the others. “Writing has always been a ...

Murders in Seneca County

On a warm July night in 1948, James and Rita Smith had spent the evening playing cards at her parents’ home in Tiffin. Before heading home in their Buick, they stopped for refreshments at Stewart’s Root Beer Stand on North SR 53. Married two years, the couple could not foresee the tragedy ...

Here’s a start for a custom wine trail

Whether you’re spending an evening relaxing with friends and enjoying a glass of wine at a local winery or you’re on a mission to visit every winery in Ohio, northwest and north central Ohio have a lot of winery choices. The popularity of “trails” — whether they feature wine, ...

Relief work: Tiffinite has devoted her lifetime to art

Around the age of 4, Patricia Banks remembers watching her mother drawing the comic strip character Blondie. Her mother was delighted when her daughter copied what she saw. “She said, ‘I think we have an artist here,’” Banks recalled. At St. Mary Elementary, her classmates were ...