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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 ...

A diagnosis, of course my second option was Google

I recently spent an uncomfortable 24 hours with a blood pressure monitor strapped to me, to check on possible hypertension. The results were reassuring, but I did find myself explaining to the doctor why the numbers were elevated in the middle of the night: I was on my bicycle. For someone ...

Overdue book fees no more at T-SPL

In 1955, the poetry book Days and Deeds was checked out by a woman at the Kewanee Public Library in Illinois. In 2002, 47 years later, the woman’s daughter found the overdue book in her mother’s house and returned it to the Library. At a rate of 2 cents a day, the total fine for one overdue ...

A different kind of Millennial

It is generally considered that I am part of the Millennial generation. I’m definitely on the older end of that grouping, but my under 40 nature makes me one of the oft-criticized, oft-written about Millennials. Like the characteristics of my generation, I value experiences over things, ...

Moving to Tiffin: Finally settling in and enjoying it

When we made the decision to move to the Tiffin area, we were excited about my job opportunity. We were excited about the community and its vibrancy and proximity to other places. We were excited about Betsy getting a job at a new school, about the weather, about our new house. But despite my ...

Community literacy goal set

The Tiffin City Schools and the education community believe that every child in this community deserves the opportunity to reach their full academic potential. How do we as a community accomplish this feat? Truly, the basis of all learning begins with literacy, that is, the ability to read and ...

Online resources offer wealth of info

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has access to many online resources that can help you do or learn new things. All are accessible from the library website, many through the Ohio Web Library, an online collection of resources free to use for all Ohio residents. Chilton Auto Repair is a source ...

Cake ‘on-brand’ with Tiffin, Seneca County

Maybe it’s because I’m a sports fan, maybe because I’ve always been interested in the media, or maybe because I’ve always had a fascination with places and what makes them unique, but I’ve always been intrigued by logos. Thus, my reaction was big when some old Gaylord/new Tiffin ...

Does faith have boundaries?

How is it possible that any one of us usually ethical, caring individuals can be at the same time unfazed by the continuous oppression and suffering of a whole people near or far from us? Perhaps our generalizations like “they’re illegals” or “they come from a terrorist country” do ...