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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 ...

Doctor explains causes of anemia

Blood is made up of many different cells, including red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Anemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells in the blood are lower than normal.Red blood cells are disc-shaped cells and look like doughnuts without a hole. They contain an ...

Art by Tiffin woman on exhibit in Toledo

Through September, visitors at Toledo Museum of Art can view "Zeroes and Ones," an exhibit of art inspired by video games and technology. Among the works on display are three digital pieces by Patricia Banks of Tiffin. Many friends and family members attended the opening reception in May, and ...

From ash to art

When Tiffin resident Beth Walliser found out an ash tree in her yard had been affected by emerald ash borer, she decided to find a way to preserve the 134-year-old tree.Walliser, who describes herself as an environmentalist, said the idea of having the dying tree carved into a totem pole was ...

Strides being made against Alzheimer’s disease

Today, families are honoring their mothers with gifts, gatherings and a show of appreciation. At the same time, the Alzheimer's Association is recognizing women as "the epicenter of the Alzheimer's crisis."Figures gathered recently by the Alzheimer's Association state women in their 60s are ...

Support groups available for Alzheimer’s patients, family

Cathy Buskirk is the manager of the Chiara Center, the unit for dementia patients at St. Francis Home. At the time of this writing, the unit had 19 residents, with space for three more.Buskirk said the people in her unit get manicures, attend ice cream socials and other activities with the rest ...

Catching up with J.J. Fleck

The docents served a spring lunch Saturday afternoon at the Seneca County Museum. About 30 guests were finishing their food when they heard a knock on the door of the Fort Ball Room. In answering the knock, museum director Tonia Hoffert discovered a man with a mustache clad in a white apron and ...

Tackling history’s leftovers

Where one person might see an old, dilapidated building in a rundown part of town, Larry Breidenbach sees hidden treasure.The next step on his list of plans for Tiffin's historical buildings is under way.He has purchased an apartment building on North Monroe Street in the Fort Ball area across ...

Heroin battle overwhelms

For Kayla*, a 22-year-old mother of two, heroin abuse has been a tough battle to fight.Kayla, who has been clean now for nearly five months, said she first began abusing opiates soon after the birth of her first child in 2010. After transitioning to higher and higher doses of Percocet and ...

Perfectly Frank

SYCAMORE - After working 30 years at a spark plug plant in Fostoria, Franklin Callahan decided he was "too young to sit and do nothing." So, for the past 11 years, he has beendriving bus for Mohawk Local Schools.Come May, he plans to retire again.Callahan, 80, said has been a lifelong resident ...

A dry basement begins with keeping water out

After a cold and snowy winter, the prospect of a rainy spring can put home owners on edge with the threat of water problems and flooded basements.Jack Day, owner of The Block Doctor in Fostoria, said water problems can be experienced any time of the year, but certain measures can be taken to ...