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Local Columns

Finding hope from our local youth

Kids just aren’t the same these days. They don’t know how to work. They are selfish. Caught up in their devices. Unable to handle adversity. These things are often said about the next generation, and in my opinion, often said lazily about the next generation. Are youths different than ...

My day as an election worker

It was November 5th last year and with my 5 a.m. alarm clock, I awoke with excitement and anxiety for the long and important day ahead. My name is Jimmy Flint and I am the Public Relations Coordinator for the Seneca County Board of Commissioners. Due to a policy change in the county and a ...

Longing for a more tolerable political culture

You’re too liberal, they say, pointing to a syndicated column on one of our papers’ editorial pages. You’re too conservative, they say, pointing to a syndicated column on one of our papers’ editorial pages, perhaps on a different day. It’s hard to win the hearts and minds of ...

Keeping up with Calvert: Marinis monthly memo

Expecting excellence at all facets of education, I am very proud to update the Tiffin community on the progress and growth at Calvert Catholic Schools. Through the publicity and support of our area news and social media outlets, we have been busy sharing our good news. Catholic Schools Week ...

A trip down memory lane at The A-T

The publisher’s recent column ’24 hours in the life of a newspaper’ took me back to the tail end of the 70s and into the early 80s. When I wasn’t delivering The Advertiser-Tribune down First Avenue, Wall Street, and the aptly named Short Street, I had it open on the kitchen table for ...

Enjoying ‘the drive’

The drive. It started in May, as the drive signified transition, the miles between Tiffin and my previous home in Northern Michigan serving as a buffer between my challenging new job and my family. For six weeks I lived out of a hotel, traveling home on weekends on a trek that alternated ...

24 hours in the life of a newspaper

Editor’s note: This column is dedicated to the hard-working people of The Courier, The Advertiser-Tribune and Review Times, and those I’ve known at other places over the years. The bylines you see in the paper daily and those you talk to when calling or buying an ad are far from all of the ...

Thank you to all from Commissioner Kerschner

Last November, I penned a column to applaud and thank those who were involved in the planning and implementation of the holiday decorations on the Seneca County Justice Center lawn. In that piece, I talked about how we often use words like collaboration and cooperation when working on ...

Keeping up with Calvert: Marinis Monthly Memo

The year 2020 begins with a vision to celebrate the past and create the future. In these few short months during the fall semester, I have appreciated watching our students learn, serve, lead and succeed. We remain committed to supporting our student’s professional growth by providing ...

Why I wear a tie

It’s the definition of love. Every morning (or the night before if our tired minds let us think ahead) I pick out a tie and my wife ties it for me. She has much perfected this art compared to my fumbling hands, and it probably makes her feel better that I’ll be put together enough not to ...

Impressed with the passion of people in this area

Passion. You’ve got to have it to be successful. In a fast-paced industry like newspapers, you’ve got to have it to thrive. In one’s out-of-work pursuits, you’ve got to have it in order to stay engaged and having fun. In the success of a community, you’ve got to have it in ...

Christmas is alive and well in the county

We often use words like collaboration and cooperation when working on projects for the city or the county. We strive to get as many people as possible involved in projects and we try to do what’s in the best interest of those we represent. The idea that we needed to have a Christmas light ...

More assaults in the Middle East

Once again — after horrific assaults on the Gazan people these last weeks--I find it necessary to report some facts from Israel/Palestine since our mainstream media is not reporting it. While living in Hebron Palestine, and most frequently while the Palestinians are experiencing war as they ...

Seeking inspiration through self-reflection

You might be surprised to learn that running a newspaper isn’t all rainbows and high fives. Like any business, there are challenges every day, and the fact that some of our challenges are very public can be stressful. It’s easy for me to get dug into problem solving mode — lost in a ...

We’re trying to get better every day

It’s about six months into my time here as publisher of The Advertiser-Tribune. It’s been a whirlwind. I’ve gotten to meet some great people as I’ve striven to get a crash course on what makes this area tick. I’ve delivered papers, designed sections and worked in the mailroom ...

The social media ‘like’ culture has jumped the shark

This Millennial had to read it twice to avoid it going over my head. From my teen years on, I grew up in an online world, and have done my best to keep up with it while never abandoning the sensibility of things like a good cup of coffee and newspaper in hand. But here, in 2019, I recently ...

Coaching helps weave a lifelong constant

If you haven’t caught it yet from reading my column, I am a sports fan. I was a solid-C athlete growing up, but loved playing baseball, football and basketball. I collected sports cards voraciously, and with pen and paper, I created my own version of fantasy football and fantasy baseball ...

Faith and God pull toward relationships

April 4, 2018 seven people, in a strikingly bold action motivated by faith entered into the nuclear Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia. There in a symbolic nuclear disarmament action they spray-painted peace signs, strung yellow police tape, and poured symbolic blood from ...

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 ...