Local Columns

A bit of British humor — could you be a royal?

You might think that marrying a member of the royal family would be enough to become a British citizen, but as good as that looks on an application, Meghan Markle is also going to have to take a test. This requirement came in after I got my own citizenship, which is just as well, because if ...

Library Notes: Books inspire movies

Books often inspire movies. It’s no wonder with all the great stories that have been published. Sometimes, it’s tempting to skip the book. Watching the movie takes less time, but is it the same as reading? Doing a little internet search will lead you to many articles which passionately ...

Officers need tools to instantly identify fentanyl

Unfortunately, we know that illegal, deadly fentanyl is all too common in Ohio — our local law enforcement must deal with it on a nearly daily basis. And because of the massive quantity of these drugs officers are seizing, state and local testing labs are facing big backlogs. Sometimes ...

Library Notes: Library providing screen-free living, activities this week

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be celebrating National Screen-Free Week Monday through Thursday. Screen-Free Week encourages families or individuals to celebrate the joys of life beyond the screen. With that in mind, the library is challenging families to put away their phones, tablets and ...

Roads and bridges levy is not a trivial pursuit

I have had the good fortune to wear many different hats in my 30-plus years in the city of Tiffin. I am a husband, father, son, educator and part-time trivia host, amongst other duties. Oct. 16th, I took my first oath of office to serve as one of three at-large representatives for Tiffin City ...

Act would get recovering Ohioans back to work

Last week, I called for a full-scale public health campaign to fight the opioid epidemic. Getting Ohioans struggling with addiction the treatment they need must be a big part of that effort. But our investment can’t end there. We need to make sure recovering Ohioans have the job ...

Thank the frontline workers in addiction crisis

Data released by the Ohio Department of Health on the opioid epidemic in 2016 are daunting, and facing this crisis has led many to despair. The Ohio House, though, has worked to combat the opioid epidemic through enhanced treatment and prevention methods, revamping prescription drug laws and ...

Volunteer Link

Autumnwood Autumnwood is looking for individuals willing to volunteer an hour of their time twice a week to assist resident with playing bingo. Games are played 1:30-2:30 p.m. every Monday and Saturday. Interested individuals should contact Mary Lee Creeger at (419) 447-7151 or by email at ...

Library card opens new world for kindergarteners

Looking back to my childhood, some of my earliest (and fondest) memories include visits to the library. In fact, it was during the summer reading program that I developed a passion for reading. I’ll never forget how proud I was when I was able to read a story all by myself. As a child, ...

Working in Senate to protect internet neutrality

High-speed internet is an absolute necessity, and the free flow of information is vital to our everyday lives. It impacts the way we live, work, study and enjoy our free time. But right now, net neutrality rules that help ensure we have a free and open internet are under attack. The Federal ...

First step is admitting to social media problem

With all the anger about social media services collecting and selling our personal information, it was only a matter of time until someone used a gun to take out their frustrations, right? But that isn’t why Nasim Aghdam opened fire inside the YouTube headquarters building in California ...

Bipartisan effort led to Ohio’s budget victories

At a time when there’s not nearly enough bipartisan cooperation in Washington, I was able to work with Republicans and Democrats to secure Ohio priorities in the spending bill Congress passed last month. This bipartisan compromise finally will give our businesses, our communities and our ...

April is the library’s favorite time of year

It’s a librarian’s favorite time of the year … and no, I don’t mean Summer Reading. Spring has arrived, and with that comes two very exciting events at the library, starting with National Library Week. National Library Week is a national celebration sponsored by the American Library ...

Volunteer Link

Volunteer Link is service of First Call for Help and this newspaper. If you need assistance with finding a volunteer placement, or if you wish to advertise for volunteer help, contact First Call For Help at (419) 448-4357. Autumnwood Autumnwood is looking for individuals willing to ...

Selling: Online plus brick and mortar

Sales of products online continue to grow. Last year, online revenues grew about 17 percent in the U.S., but still only accounted for about eight percent of overall retail sales. At the same time, the giant online retailer Amazon has ventured into the brick-and-mortar world by buying Whole ...

Protect Ohio jobs from being shipped overseas

For far too long, our trade and tax policy has encouraged a corporate business model that shuts down operations in Ohio, cashes in on a tax credit at the expense of working Americans, and ships production to Reynosa, Mexico or Wuhan, China. Jobs at call centers are some of the most vulnerable ...

Explore fairy tales and fables

Fairy tales and fables have delighted and fascinated children and adults in many countries for years. A brief explanation of fairy tales and fables would say they contain magical elements, are set in the past, warn of danger and convey a moral or right a wrong. They may not all begin with ...

Author looks ahead to a new chapter in his life

Our city of Tiffin happens to be blessed with two fine nursing homes, one of which is Autumnwood Caring Center and the other St. Francis Nursing Home. Both are a blessing to our community. This past March, I have become a permanent resident of Autumnwood, so I would I like to share with you my ...

There’s nothing wrong with fighting unfair trade

Imagine it is 1942. You are in President Franklin Roosevelt’s Oval Office. He is on the telephone and has a worried look on his face. “But Emperor Hirohito, we need the steel to build some new aircraft carriers. “Yes, we do plan to use them to sink your ships. But we thought we had a ...

Prevent managers from taking workers’ tips

Tips belong to the workers who earn them. But a new rule under this administration is threatening the wages Ohio workers earn. In December, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed new regulations that would allow employers to force workers to hand over hard-earned tips to managers, and there is ...