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A Canada goose protects a group of goslings resting on brush in the Sandusky River near Washington Street Sunday afternoon.

Golden years

A 44-year employee of McDonald’s is working her final shift today. General Manager Sue Gaietto said she began working at McDonald’s a couple of months before she graduated from Columbian High School in 1974. She said she began working there to earn money to buy a horse and became an ...

Ties to past

A Massachusetts woman has been reunited with her husband’s stolen belongings with help from Tiffin Police Department and Tiffin Fire Rescue Division. Carol Poirier, a 68-year-old Massachusetts resident, said her husband, Paul, was a Vietnam combat veteran who served three years in the ...

Chandelier to lighten local event planning

A wedding and event venue announced plans Friday to open in downtown Tiffin this year. According to a Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. release, The Chandelier, a full-service wedding and event venue, is to open at 151 S. Washington St. Holly Hoffman and Tom Fretz are ...

‘Our hearts connected’

McCUTCHENVILLE – An 80-acre farm near McCutchenville has been in Willard Hipsher Jr.'s family since 1895. After research and work on the application for at least a couple of months, family and friends gathered at the farm at 7845 S. CR 47 Thursday afternoon to erect a sign designating it as ...

Santa visits Sycamore early

SYCAMORE — Santa Claus gave up his sleigh for a fire truck Monday. Instead of reindeer, he had a crew from Sycamore Volunteer Fire and Rescue to help him make deliveries. Santa and the crew delivered gifts to homes around the Sycamore area. Chief Rodney Clinger said the effort was funded ...

Man calls on faith, family’s love

Less than two months ago, Tiffin resident Kent Cartwright was driving a school bus and working. His condition deteriorated rapidly in the past seven weeks. His family — wife, Lynne; sons Nick and Brent; and Brent's new wife, Heidi — were gathered at Cleveland Clinic over the weekend. ...

Rising from ashes: Local family rebuilding after fire destroys home

Heidi Ramirez wants a message on the wall of her family’s new home: “From ashes, we will rise.” In January, five fire departments responded to a fire that destroyed the home at 50 W. CR 6 and most of its contents. The owners, Heidi and Anthony Ramirez, and their children, Enola, 11, ...

Fitting together: Puzzle pieces connect two octogenarians

Two residents at Seneca House have been pieced together by a common hobby. Gene Fatzinger, 89 and Joann Hatton, 86, first met last summer. Hatton and Fatzinger each have lost a spouse and, in June, she became a resident at Seneca House where Fatzinger had been residing for three ...

Columbian band students in state contest

For the sixth year in a row, Columbian High School band students will get a chance to perform at state competition Saturday. Fifty-four students who make up the high school’s wind ensemble are to perform three pieces at 10 a.m. at Findlay High School after earning superior ratings at ...

Seneca East band to compete at state

ATTICA – The Seneca East High march band received a “I” superior rating during competitions in March, moving on to compete this month. “Our band has had a great year,” Dana Willman, Seneca East band director said. The band performed at the District 2 Large Group Adjudicated Event in ...

Voices heard

Those affected by shaken baby syndrome, domestic violence and sexual assault were heard Wednesday. Seneca County Victim Assistance Program set up a display on Courthouse Square along South Washington Street Wednesday as part of the Clothesline Project, which began with a display of 33 shirts ...

Arctic Wolves are just like Nehemiah

BOWLING GREEN -- Nehemiah Hill’s teammates are just like him. Born with spina bifida seven years ago, the Hopewell-Loudon Elementary School first-grader doesn’t have feeling from about the middle of his thigh area down. He has found more independence since playing for the Northwest Ohio ...

Columbian grad now with ODNR District 2 office

Columbian graduate Meredith Gilbert is the new wildlife communications specialist at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources District 2 office in Findlay. She began her duties Jan. 23, and she and husband, Kyle Gilbert, moved from Columbus back to their hometown of Tiffin. “I have ...

Sentinel instructor named Teacher of Excellence

COLUMBUS — Sentinel Career and Technology Center’s hospitality management instructor was named the Ohio ProStart 2017 Teacher of Excellence during a ceremony Sunday. Valerie Zeno, who has been with Sentinel for three years, received the award, which recognizes teachers who embrace ...

Youths show off Lego skills

Local children showed off their Lego building skills at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Saturday afternoon during its annual Lego contest. About a dozen creations were displayed in the library’s Frost Kalnow Room, where anyone at the library could vote on the best creation within age ...

Take a seat at Benchwarmers

A new dining option is to open Monday. Benchwarmers Restaurant and Delivery, located at 105 Allen St., will be open 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday with dine-in closing at 10 p.m. most nights, unless an important sporting event is ...

Bellevue plans Safety Town for special needs adults

BELLEVUE — Bellevue Police Department is offering programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Sgt. Keith Jesse said the department is offering its first Safety Town for adults with special needs. The program is to be 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in February in city council ...

Tiffin native gives kidney to woman seeking transplant

A former Tiffin resident gave the ultimate gift in the form of a kidney this past November to someone she had only met a handful of times. It was through the Mount Orab Church of Christ in the village of Mount Orab that Patty Gosche met Rachel Drees and learned about her need of a kidney. ...

From Little Italy, Tiffin, to seeing the Enola Gay

The last and biggest of the Pacific battles of World War II occurred on the island of Okinawa, Japan, from April 1 to June 22, 1945. It was considered the bloodiest battle of the Pacific campaign, involving 287,000 troops of the U.S. armed forces against 130,000 Japanese soldiers.The war ended ...