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FELC celebrating 25th anniversary

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center on the campus of the Sisters of St. Francis is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 1994, the center opened in one office with the goal of teaching people to have healthy relationships with nature and educating people about environmental ...

Johnston finds her role ‘endlessly interesting’

In its 25th year of operating, the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center has a new director. Mimi Lange Johnston started her new role in early June. “The time has really gone quickly,” she said. “There’s so much to do. There’s so many different aspects to the job, but most of it is ...

World War II veteran turns 100

A woman who was likely one of the first few hundred women in the military in World War II turns 100 today. Dorothy Staib and some friends decided to enlist in January 1943. She went to basic training in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, according to information ...

Local World War II veteran turns 100 today

One of the oldest veterans in Seneca County, a man who served in World War II, turns100 years old today. Arthur Breidenbach, who was born on this day in 1919, said he was in the first draft of the war and had a pretty high number in the county, but he didn’t have to report until 1942 after ...

Tiffin fire lieutenant working final shift before retirement

A lieutenant at Tiffin Fire Rescue Division is working his final shift today. Lt. Eric Boeser of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division is working his last shift before officially retiring Friday. In addition to his 21 years at Tiffin Fire Rescue Division, he spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as ...

Communities lose when newspapers die or slide into decline

It is a story of corruption that will stay secret, politicians who will need fewer votes to win, even dangerous communicable diseases that will spread faster as our best scientists struggle to fight them. The story is the slow and painful demise of local newspapers, a story whose ending is ...

Town by town, local journalism slowly fades away in plain sight

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket. Maurina, who ...

‘Everything was fine’

Alec Van Beveren's loved ones say he is happy, smiley, charming and lovable. The 21-year-old who basically is in a 4-month-old state has taught his mother, Amy Laird, patience. She said that some days, it’s hard — physically and emotionally — to raise him in his condition. “She makes ...

T-SEP names development manager

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership announced that Audrey Flood will be joining the team in the new role of development manager with a focus on community, small business and rural development. She replaces Katie Lang, communications manager, who obtained a real estate license and is working in ...

Sportsman’s Raffle to benefit firefighter

The proceeds from Tiffin Firefighters Local 322 fourth annual Sportsman’s Raffle is going to benefit a fellow firefighter and his family. Firefighter/paramedic Keith Johnson of Tiffin Fire Rescue Division said proceeds from the event are going to Sean Tyler and his family. Tyler has been ...

Extension educator eyes team of youths to judge livestock

As 2019 begins, coaching a youth livestock judging team is on the agenda for Extension educator Hallie Williams. “I’m really excited,” she said. “I’m going to start up a livestock judging team for the county. With my background, it just seemed to be a natural fit.” Beginning this ...

Extension educator finding her niche

As Seneca County’s new Extension educator, Hallie Williams said she’s beginning to find her niche in teaching people about local foods, assisting farmers with ways to diversify their incomes and starting a youth livestock judging program. She started work Oct. 1 as Ohio State University ...

Donations sought for original Bascom fire truck

Funding is being sought to purchase an original Bascom Joint Fire District truck from the late 1920s. Joseph Brandt, a retired fire chief and current firefighter with Bascom Joint Fire District, said when he began looking for the truck, he didn’t even know if it still existed, because so ...

Eberly ends 53-year career

A local attorney is retiring after working for more than five decades. Thomas Eberly, who worked as an attorney for 53 years, spent his last day working Thursday, and his retirement is effective Monday. Dennis Eberly, Thomas Eberly’s son and partner in the office, said it had been a ...

Saying farewell to K9 Riky

FOSTORIA — Fostoria Police Department is saying farewell to a furry friend. Detective Brandon Bell, said Riky, an 11-year-old German shepherd, died at Bell’s house on Christmas Day. Riky never officially retired but hadn’t been used this year. “I think, over the years, we had a lot ...

Blanketing the community

BASCOM — Five Hopewell-Loudon second-graders identified a need and are covering it. Eli Beidelschies, Lyla Dull, Kian Hammer, Izabelle Holguin and Addie Smith are spearheading a drive to collect blankets for First Call For Help to assist homeless in the area. The five read a book about a ...

Paw-sing for retirement: Andy’s duty is finished

Tiffin Police Department’s canine is paw-sing for retirement. After 6 1/2 years of serving the city of Tiffin, K9 Andy now is retired as of 7 a.m. Sunday. Andy, a Belgian Malinois, was used for 560 calls — including 170 call-outs while off duty — and gave 63 public demonstrations. Also, ...

Elite Sports & Culture Week spotlight: Gary Morgan

Gary Morgan is to be among more than 20 elite athletes and coaches, including Olympians and Paralympians, in the Tiffin area Oct. 23-25 for Elite Sport and Culture Week hosted by Tiffin University, Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Terra State Community College. For more information on Elite ...

‘Mac’ retiring after years of service

Seneca County Veterans Services Office is saying goodbye to a long-time employee July 2. Executive Director J.M. “Mac” McAuliffe is retiring after working 27 years with the organization, including serving in his current role since 2009. McAuliffe began working at the office after he ...

Opportunity Center athletes compete in State Special Olympics

COLUMBUS — Twenty athletes from the Seneca County Opportunity Center spent the weekend competing in the 2018 State Special Olympic games. The Ohio games took place on the campus of The Ohio State University. The first events, the 1,500-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay, took place Friday ...