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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 ...

Landscaping plays role in water management

An above-average winter for snowfall, combined with rainy spring weather, can make managing water flow around a home or structure an important topic to address, and a vital problem to fix.Dan Vera, owner of Mohawk Nursery, 2950 SR 231, said landscaping can play an important part in water ...

Generators can provide back-up power for your home when the power goes out

In the event of a power loss, generators can be a priceless tool for the comfort and safety of home and business owners.John Tracey, store manager of Tractor Supply Co. in Tiffin, said his store sells a variety of portable and whole-house generators to provide back-up power for everyday ...

It’s a small world after all, and Rick Sterling is in charge of it

Visitors to Rick Sterling's home can't help but notice a distinctive decorative feature. The ledges above nearly every door, window and archway are lined with three-dimensional miniatures of local structures, historical buildings, sculptures, bridges, people, Biblical figures and vehicles. ...

Volunteers stretch to help CROSSWAEH clients

Volunteers at CROSSWAEH play important roles. They not only provide activities and education for the clients at the community-based correctional facility, they also help successfully transition them back into the community.One volunteer, Sister Paulette Schroeder, does just that during her ...

Helping hands abound

Like Sister Paulette Schroeder, other volunteers at CROSSWAEH have a common goal of helping clients successfully transition back into the community.Margie Maddox, who teaches a modified 12-step program at the facility, meets with men and women at CROSSWAEH for four hours a week. Her program is ...

Going for the gold

More than 35 students are headed to Columbus next month to compete in the 62nd annual SkillsUSA Ohio Championship.Students from across the state are to compete in 89 competitive skills and leadership events. The competition is set for April 15 and 16. Gold-medal winners from the state ...

Remembering when …

Stoner Brothers, Sankey's, Falkner & Leckrone, Jack Cinnamon's, Runion's, Groman's, Lake Shore Meats, Smith's, Gaietto's. These and many more names from the past came to life again Monday evening at the Seneca County Museum with the debut of the "Mom and Pop Grocery Stores" exhibit in ...

McCartan’s Grocery continues tradition

McCartan's Grocery opened in 1875 at 41 S. Sandusky St. The store is still in operation and still owned by the McCartan family.The current proprietors, Maureen and Eric McCartan, have been running the business for more than 40 years. When customers enter, Maureen greets them and rings up the ...

Landscaping with a function equals permaculture

Choosing beautiful plants that double as a food source. Selecting ground cover that produces fruit. Saving rainwater for irrigation during dry months. Planting herbs in the front yard.These all are part of permaculture, a design system based on ecological principles or based on nature.But those ...

‘Be here. Be present.’

John Bruna has lived at nearly every economic level and worked in a multitude of occupations in his life. The grandfather of two is a speaker, counselor and director of the Way of Compassion Foundation. Having visited this area in the past, Bruna returned to present "Wisdom of Compassion" ...

100

Valentine's Day, 1914, identical twin girls were born to George and Gertrude Wood in Moorefield. Although Ethelyn died in 2012, Evelyn Sertell, a Tiffin resident, is about to celebrate her 100th birthday. Her family has planned a celebration for her family and friends. Her three granddaughters ...

Tiffin family adopts a Dragon

One Tiffin University family decided to open their home to an international student through the school's Adopt a Dragon program.The program, established by the International Student Services Office, was designed to unite TU international students with Tiffin families.TU has nearly 200 ...