Features

Taking care of business in New Riegel

In its 50th year of business, Paul's Market in New Riegel has new owners and a new name. The new Perry Street Market officially changed hands Dec. 1.The store at 11 N. Perry St. is staying in the New Riegel "family," as Larry and Mary Mathias, both New Riegel natives, purchased the business ...

Reporting for Duty

During his first few months as Seneca County's new wildlife officer, Austin Dickinson said he has been completing training and getting to know people."It's been a great experience so far," Dickinson said. "It's something that I think falls in line with what I like to do."Seneca County is a very ...

Natural and Nutritious

Long before it was popular to eat organic foods, two area natural food cooperatives were offering the natural food choice in the Tiffin area.The oldest is Whole Family Foods, which was formed in Sycamore in 1976, making the co-op 38 years old. A co-op named Healthworks was started in Tiffin in ...

Having fun with preservation

Nichole Jones finds water fleas and fathead minnows exciting.Actually, it's the part those organisms play in her life and her new Fostoria business, Bojhun Environmental Services, 111 W. South St. And it's the idea of protecting the environment and helping other people to protect the ...

Local farmers using cover crops to combat erosion

Editor's note: Harmful algal blooms and the health of Lake Erie have been in the public eye for the past month after Toledo was forced to tell its residents not to drink the water coming out of their home taps in early August because of high levels of a toxic bacteria.Since then, there has been ...

Project Peace plans fall events

Founded three years ago by Sister Paulette Schroeder, Project Peace continues its mission to promote peace at personal, community, regional, national and international levels. The organization twice has sponsored a Peace Fair, several speakers, non-violence workshops and public peace ...

Timber!

Wednesday marked the 220th anniversary of the Battle of Fallen Timbers, an event historians often cite as a turning point in Ohio history.The battle took place Aug. 20, 1794, at a site near what now is the city of Maumee.It was called "fallen timbers" because large trees that had been toppled ...

Harold Walliser celebrates hall of fame career in announcing

When Harold Walliser took his tractor to a local pull in the early 1950s, he never imagined he someday would be an announcer for the National Tractor Pulling Championships and be recognized for his service by the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association Hall of Fame.Although he's no longer behind ...

Algae in bloom

The appearance of toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie near Toledo last week was not a surprise. A forecast for a significant bloom had been announced last month."What was a surprise is that it has happened so early," said Laura Johnson, research scientist with Heidelberg University's National ...

Trenching business finds global success

Before Denny Kirian of rural Tiffin invented and built a tractor-mounted field trencher in 2000, he hadn't thought much about traveling to New Zealand. Or Uruguay. Or Europe.He hadn't thought about his business growing so much his daughter, Linley, would join him as sales manager.He hadn't even ...

Getting around nature with disabilities

People with disabilities sometimes find themselves limited by circumstances when they want to go outdoors to enjoy a nature trail or maybe an afternoon of fishing, but Seneca County has many options to help.Family members who use wheelchairs or need flat surfaces for walking have many trails to ...

Being Birdseye

"By silent merit alone" seem to be the words that epitomize the life of Gen. James "Birdseye" McPherson."Those words describe his military career as well as his life," said Scott Thomas, who portrays Gen. McPherson as a living historian and has spent much time studying his life. "He certainly ...

Grist mill offers education on grains

ARCHBOLD - A grand summer outing might be a trip to Historic Sauder Village to see the renovation of a historic water-powered grist mill.The outside of the mill and the pond got a facelift, while a new educational display was added to the inside."What we really want to do is make sure the mill ...

Bringing back the barn owls

Often described as ghostly when they're seen flying through the night, barn owls were a common nocturnal sight 50 years ago in most parts of Ohio. But today, the species is threatened in the state, even more so in agricultural areas such as Seneca County."Barn owls reached a low point ...

Tiffin U backs up Ben Folds

When rocker Ben Folds came to perform with the Columbus Symphony Saturday, his team turned to the Tiffin University Music Department to provide his background vocals. Music Department Director Brad Rees put together a select group of TU students, alumni and staff to serve as his Columbus ...

Faith-based concert boasts Clyde quartet

ROCKFORD - Saturday, the Rockford Belle, 135 Market St., Rockford, is to host autoharpist Patrick Briede II of Decatur, Indiana, and Southern gospel singers, The Fishermen Quartet of Clyde. The doors open at 6 p.m. A donation will be accepted.Forty years ago in Clyde, brothers Larry and Jim ...

Boy, age 8-12, sought for movie

Richard Hicks Casting is looking for a boy 8-12 years old and weighing 150-200 pounds to appear in a new feature film, "Weightless." Online open auditions are being conducted, and no acting experience is needed."With this film we are trying to authentically and very sensitively portray a child ...

July stage productions around the area

"Les Miserables," The Ritz Players' summer musical, 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12, 19 and 2 p.m. July 20, The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Based on the 1862 novel "Les Miserables," this international hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean ...

Custom apparel shop owners seek to make national connections

A group of Fostoria High School graduates has opened a custom apparel shop in downtown Fostoria with designs on national prominence.For now, Connexionsink, 110 N. Main St., Fostoria, is a custom apparel store. But the group of investors sees far bigger things."We created this business on the ...

Longtime choir director steps down

Ron Burkett, choir director at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin, has decided to step back from these duties after 37 years of service to the congregation in this capacity. Burkett began his church career in 1977 at the request of Father Jim Steinle, pastor of St. Joseph at that time.He ...