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Gene Fatzinger and Joann Hatton work on their latest puzzle together at Seneca House.

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 ...

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The Columbian High School wind ensemble practices Wednesday afternoon, preparing to perform at state competition Saturday at Findlay High School.

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 ...

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Shirts hang along South Washington Street as part of the Clothesline Project Wednesday morning.

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Valerie Zeno (left) hospitality management instructor, earned the Ohio ProStart 2017 Teacher of Excellence award Sunday. She is pictured with Elissa Heal (center), director of Sentinel CTC and Greg Edinger (right), superintendent of Vangard-Sentinel.

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 ...

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David Wyatt (center), 10, tells Junior Library Manager Connie Cole about his island scene during the Lego contest at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

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 ...

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The back wall of Benchwarmers Restaurant and Delivery, 105 Allen St., features wooden bleachers with the restaurant’s slogan, “Ride the Pine,” on the wall above.

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 ...

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Patty Gosche, (left) visits Rachel Drees, to whom she gave a kidney.

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 ...

It’s about the pie … and more

ATTICA - Homemade pies may be the specialty at Backroads Diner, but a variety of other menu items also draw in customers to the restaurant.Peg Carrick, owner of Backroads Diner, said her homemade coconut cream pies top the list, but other homemade pies include apple, cherry and banana split. ...

Young boy volunteers time, saves money for education

Shane Webb, an 11-year-old boy from Old Fort, is volunteering his time monthly and already saving money for college.This begs the question, "what were you doing with your time and money when you were 11?" Bob Sheffer, AMVETS Post 48 commander, knows exactly what he had on his mind when he was a ...

Car show character

Jack Cramer of Findlay shows off his 1958 Chevrolet "Tow Mater," customized to portray a character from "Cars," at Sunday's AMVETS car show. Funds raised will go to Flag City Honor Flight, an organization that facilitates visits for veterans to see memorials in Washington D.C.. Event ...

Exercise might help after blood clot

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 62-year-old male in generally good health. I have a clot in the popliteal vein in my right knee, and have been taking warfarin and getting periodic blood tests. Typically, the numbers are where my primary care physician wants them. It seems to be taking a long time (eight ...

Give ‘Barney’ a chance — slowly

Dear Annie: I've been good friends with "Barney" for 10 years. During that time, we've had an on-and-off romantic relationship. For years, I assumed it was a timing issue, but I finally realized that, as much as he might care about me, I was just being used to fill up time between women. I felt ...

Hospice now focuses on life quality

Dear Dr.?Roach: I was advised by a doctor at a reputable hospital to put my mother in hospice for congestive heart failure. She also has multi-infarct dementia. That was a year ago. Her vitals have been checked twice a week since that time and are always good. Her oxygen level also is very ...

He’s not rebound guy, he’s backup

Dear Annie: Many years ago, "Hazel" sat next to me in high school and apparently had a crush on me. (I had no clue.) She married someone else, and her husband passed away 20 years ago. Four years later, she met "Larry," who is married and says he can't divorce because of his religion. He tells ...