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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 ...

Secrets from the woods

It seems that almost everyone I know enjoys a hike in the woods on a nice summer day. To feel the cooler air, to hear sounds unlike that around our homes, to see flowers and unusual vines circling up around the trees all lift a person’s spirit and soothes one’s heart and mind. The woods are ...

Tiffin most definitely a college town

“It’s time Tiffin quits being a community with two colleges, and we start becoming a college town.” This quote from Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz some six years ago intrigued me when it was mentioned in a conversation I had with Heidelberg University President Rob Huntington. It was spoken ...

Controversial topics cause stress and anxiety

Is your Facebook feed full of intense arguments? Have you found yourself avoiding certain social situations because you know the conversation will turn controversial? The dialogue around controversial topics can be a real source of stress and anxiety! Controversial issues, such as abortion, gay ...

State budget will benefit students and employers

Ohio comprises many different regions, people and pursuits. Part of our strength comes from this diversity coupled with key commonalities that unite us. Those of us lucky enough to call Ohio home share a work ethic, creative problem-solving and a penchant for tenacity that makes our state a ...

Thank you for showing me around my new town

I’m impressed. It isn’t the easiest thing to up and move to a new place, and while I knew I had a good crew at The Advertiser-Tribune, I knew very few people around here. But, boy, was the red carpet rolled out. I’ve tried to make it a point to meet with one new person or group ...

Why Medicare for all? A trillion-dollar savings

The United States has an inefficient national healthcare system. The US system is ranked 54 out of the 56 wealthiest nations. Average US per capita cost is $10,224 per annum. Other wealthy countries, on average, spend 50% less than the $10,224 average consumers spend on US healthcare. The ...

Keep up to date on Calvert with Marinis Monthly Memo

I would like to begin this informative memo with a thank you to the many people and businesses in the Tiffin and area community who continually support Calvert Catholic Schools. We are very blessed by the dedication you have shown in assisting us in providing an alternative school choice to ...

Getting teachers ready for back to school

As teachers prepare for another year of enriching young minds, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be hosting an event exclusively for educators. We want to encourage area teachers to stop by our Back to School Bash, an open house-style program 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 13 highlighting some of our best ...

A day in the life of a publisher

I’ve been overwhelmed by the support my weekly columns have been getting. I appreciate each note, conversation and declaration of: “Hey aren’t you that guy from the paper? I see your face in there each week.” A cool thing that has happened is that people have begun to suggest column ...

National Machinery celebrates 145th anniversary

A couple of months ago, I had a really good conversation with Jeremy Speer, the new publisher at The Advertiser-Tribune, and Joanna Lininger, its new editor. We talked about where we came from, our shared passion for community, and how our organizations both are in the business of helping make ...

Education Community making entrepreneurs

Tiffin is known as The Education Community because of the two universities and other trade and vocational schools located here. But do people starting their own businesses or working in business need a college degree? There are plenty of examples of business people who succeeded without ...

A profession with a unique language

Every profession has a unique language, right? Go into an accounting firm and you will hear them discussing the P&L sheets and asking about ROIs. Head into a school and you’ll hear about 504s and RTIs. The list goes on. One way to reduce stigma is to shine light on the unknown. So, what ...

The importance of the Seneca County Fair

One day. That’s all it took for me upon moving here to realize the significance of the Seneca County Fair. When talking to staff about life in this area, one theme kept emerging — “the fair is the biggest event of the season.” So for two months, I’ve done what the natives do ...