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Local Columns

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 ...

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 ...