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Local Columns

The impact of breast cancer awareness month

As I was designing the October 1 edition of the paper, I had to learn how to turn the pages pink, marking the beginning of breast cancer awareness month.  Some people have begun to believe such special days, months and ribbon campaigns, whether for breast cancer awareness or other issues, have ...

Memory kits now available at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library now has Memory Kits available to our patrons. Memory Kits are bags filled with activities for caregivers to do with seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The kits also include a book on dementia that caregivers may read to help gain insight on ...

Being resilient and giving grace

I'm a family-first guy. Aside from work, I plan my life around my family. I look forward to watching my kids participate in their activities, to involving us all in mundane tasks like cleaning and grocery shopping and dreaming of our next adventure together. I try to be all in on my kids ...

Protecting small businesses from cyberattacks

All individuals and organizations are potential targets of cyberattacks. Small businesses have become especially susceptible to these attacks. In fact, they are the most common target, having been the victims of 43 % of cyberattacks in 2018. Criminals choose small businesses due to their lack ...

‘Educating’ myself on the area’s important institutions

It’s time for a potpourri column sharing a little bit of everything I’ve been able to see in the area over the past couple of weeks. I continue to be impressed by the variety of things Tiffin has going for it. • A highlight for me was my recent tour of National Machinery, whose name ...

Keeping up with Calvert: Marinis Monthly Memo

Great things are happening for the families, friends and supporters of Calvert Catholic Schools. We invite everyone to join us this weekend as we celebrate Alumni Weekend. Alumni members will be welcomed at the Friday night home football game, followed by an open house at the K of C Hall. ...

Fall sports galore in the Tiffin area

After my first five years of professional life, I became editor of the paper I was working at. As a guy who figured I’d be a sports writer of some form my whole career, this was quite a change for me. Suddenly, city council meetings, community festivals and crime stories became my playoff ...

Dorothy Day in bold strokes

“The violence of war cannot be reconciled with the gospel of peace.” That’s a strong statement coming from Dorothy Day when she worked in her day to eradicate war! Scholar Robert Russo shared his knowledge this past Thursday, Sept. 21 on the pacifism and the work of the corporal ...

The challenges of moving to a new place

My family is happily settled in Ohio. We love our house, my wife and the girls love their school, and we’ve already compiled a growing lists of “favorites” in the area. The refresh that comes with moving to a new place has been good for our family unit, to the point where I fully ...

Thoughts from Japan: Day seven

Returning home from a trip is always bittersweet. I have enjoyed our experience in Japan, but there is nothing quite like coming back home to Northwest Ohio. Our trip to Japan was an effort to represent our community on the global stage. We had the opportunity to meet a lot of people that ...

Community mourns the loss of a leader

I’m sad I won’t get the chance to meet Mark Hayes. I consider it my biggest regret thus far in Tiffin. I have made it a point to visit groups and community organizations but hadn’t yet been to a Tiffin City Council meeting. Mark reached out to me and invited me in a way I’ve come to ...

Thoughts from Japan: Day six

I am writing this at 8:42 p.m. in my hotel room in downtown Nagoya, and now that our Japan trip is winding down, I have a few moments to collect and share my thoughts. What a whirlwind and action-packed schedule it has been! In the span of nine days, we will have travelled more than 12,400 ...

Thoughts from Japan: Day five

Editor’s Note: We received this correspondence from Commissioner Mike Kerschner after Tuesday’s final session of the Midwest U.S.-Japan 51st Anniversary Conference entitled, “Growing Together in a Global Economy.” The topic of the discussion today was “Expanding Trade and ...

Tiffin schools continue tradition of excellence

Four years ago, when I joined the Tiffin City School Board of Education, we held a goal of transforming our district to destination status. This would require our administrators, teachers, and support staff to be directed by a board with vision and leadership. Our first step along that path was ...

Thoughts from Japan: Day one

It is 4:51 am on Monday (3:51 pm Sunday in Ohio) as I write this from my 25th floor hotel room at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. I was awakened a little while ago by Typhoon Faxai, a Category 2/3 hurricane with sheets of rain pounding against my window and winds up over 90 mph making themselves ...

Tiffin takes on the world

I continue to be intrigued by this area and how it simultaneously feels like a blue-collar town in the middle of rural America and a diverse community with universities, arts and athletics that outpace Seneca County’s size. In recent times, I’ve been able to view Seneca County’s ...

Keeping up with Calvert: Marinis Monthly Memo

Calvert Catholic Schools is off to a great start for the school year with several innovative programs in the beginning stages of implementation.  Our programs are designed to focus on the holistic learning experience for our students.  We are providing a “Premier Education through ...

Walk at park stokes love of football

On a warm and sunny August evening, parents and siblings lined a field at Hedges-Boyer Park, their eyes fixed on the Browns, adorned in the familiar brown jerseys and pants and orange helmets. The whistle blew as the coach shouted instructions. The center snapped the ball and the quarterback ...

T-SPL’s new Elementary Reading Challenge

Do your children lament the end of summer reading? Having a physical representation of achieving a goal is a powerful motivator. It isn’t just the prizes that they want, they want to feel as though they’ve completed something that they’ve chosen to do rather than something they’re ...

National Corner adds to community’s ‘cool factor’

Children laughing and bounding carefree through water features. Residents lounging and bopping their heads to the tunes coming from the amphitheater. A tiered garden. A picnic area. And, it’s all downtown. The “cool factor” continues to grow in Tiffin thanks to the National Corner ...