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Local Columns

Getting through the COVID-19 nightmare

There is enough bad in the world. Enough scary things to keep us up at night. Enough challenges. We are all getting through the COVID-19 nightmare, and we are all in it together. As I wrote last week, darkness can bring out light, and we have seen this in our communities. I wanted this week ...

Keeping up with Calvert: Marinis monthly memo

I start this note with the realization we are blessed by many gifts. The educational entities of our community have done a remarkable job to continue the learning experience for our students. This is an unfamiliar journey; however, I believe that adversity creates opportunity for great growth ...

Finding the good in these trying times

As we all settle into this new, socially isolated routine, we are getting to a tough point in all of this. The luster of spending time at home, possibly working from the comforts of one’s couch, has worn off. While we all know we are doing the correct thing by isolating ourselves from one ...

Uniting our community

Who would have thought in the middle of a pandemic crisis that so much good could come of it? Over the past several weeks, we have witnessed some wonderful random acts of kindness, amazing compassion and thoughtfulness of people offering their time and talents to help others in need and ...

A message from Columbia Gas of Ohio: Our Commitment to You

During this heightened time of concern due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want our customers to know that their safety and well-being is of utmost importance to us. We understand that this situation has changed how our customers function and operate in their daily lives. With many of you ...

We’re dedicated to informing, helping our communities

At the beginning of the week, I started a column about sports. It was going to be about how much I miss March Madness, the start of baseball season, high school winter tournaments. It was going to be about my quest to find fill-ins to supplement this time without sports, maybe poking humor ...

Exploring all throughout the Buckeye State

My family and I are explorers at heart. In our home is artwork of U.S. national parks, and we’ve enjoyed traveling all around to places small and large. I love showing our girls that there is so much to the world out there, and we have found there are just so many neat places to check ...

Keeping up with Calvert: Marinis monthly memo

It is a great honor and an enriching experience to lead the vision at Calvert Catholic Schools. Observance of the changes, improvements and successes this first year here strongly confirm my convictions about the value of Catholic education for our young people who will become our future ...

The A-T proud to be ‘the mirror’ of the Tiffin area

“Newspapers are the world’s mirrors.” This quote by James Ellis sums up one of my core beliefs about the important role our industry plays. I’ve shared a version of the quote in speaking at Rotary Clubs, at college campuses and while giving tours of our facilities to young ...

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 ...