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Here’s the benefits of — and myths about — being an EMT

Earn money while you stay at home; no experience necessary, free education. Does this sound too good to be true? Is this some sort of scam? If it isn’t a scam, then what is the catch? These are all valid questions. Well, the catch is that a person does have to commit for two years, the ...

What’s all the Hoopla about?

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library strives to remain well-informed about the latest developments in the digital realm. One of the many free applications we offer is Hoopla, a digital service of Midwest Tape. The library has partnered with Midwest Tape for many years to bring our patrons the latest ...

Leave more money in pockets of Ohio workers

As Ohioans filed their taxes this spring, more and more people saw President Donald Trump’s and congressional Republicans’ tax scam for what it really is — a handout to millionaires and billionaires at the expense of working families. Ohioans are working harder than ever before to make ...

How do we avoid giving attention to those who seek infamy?

Did Sol Pais just want a lot of people to know about her, to hear her name over and over again in connection with big news? For that matter, what about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who may have been Pais’ inspiration? Harris and Klebold were the boys who carried out the massacre at ...

T-SPL talks trauma

Last fall, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library hosted several programs to create awareness and educate the public about the opiate epidemic in Seneca County. Through the conversations that took place at these events, the library identified additional ways we could connect the community to needed ...

Volunteer Link, April 13

Autumnwood Autumnwood is looking for individuals willing to volunteer an hour of their time twice a week to assist resident with playing bingo. Games are held 1:30-2:30 p.m. every Monday and Saturday. Interested individuals should contact Mary Lee Creeger at (419) 447-7151 or by email at ...

POWER Act to help police identify fentanyl

There’s not a community in Ohio that hasn’t been touched by the opioid crisis, and law enforcement is on the front lines. Because of the massive quantities of fentanyl officers are seizing, state and local testing labs face big backlogs. Seizures of fentanyl by the state agency that ...

Imagine a week without using social media

Imagine being without social media for a month. (You say you’ve managed without it all your life? Consider this an exercise in empathy.) No quickie Facebook updates, or notifications on what friends real or imagined are up to. That video on Instagram will have to find a way to be shared ...

Understand and handle impostor syndrome

At some point, most people feel like they are doing something they don’t know how to do … they are in a situation in which they do not belong and fear others will find out. It’s called impostor syndrome and entrepreneurs suffer from it as much or more than anyone else. Impostor syndrome ...

JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to better jobs

With the help of new pro-growth policies such as tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Library appreciates volunteers

Many people come to the library to simply browse and let our extensive collection tell you what to read next. Then there are those who know exactly what they want to read, and know exactly what shelf to find it on. When you find the perfect book on the shelf, right where it needs to be, thank ...

Reduce the cost of college for students

If we want hard work to pay off, we have to get the cost of college under control. When Connie and I went to college, a part-time job often was enough to put you through school. The idea that you could afford that today without mountains of debt would be laughable, if it weren’t one of the ...

Communist Cuba embracing entrepreneurship, with limits

I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Cuba recently and saw the changes that have occurred due to an increase in entrepreneurial activity. The U.S. reestablished relations with Cuba in 2015. Diplomatic efforts with Cuba ended in 1961, after Fidel Castro took control of the country. ...

Act seeks to save American cars, jobs

It’s time for the president to keep his promises to Ohio autoworkers. As GM began laying off workers in Lordstown last week, we also heard the company is planning to close its West Chester processing center this spring, laying off another 100 workers. This news has been devastating for ...

Library recommends 1,000 books before kindergarten

Have you ever noticed that children are like sponges that absorb everything around them? Because of this, parents and caregivers are a child’s first education provider. They hear what you say and watch what you do, so it’s important to make those early years together count. One way the ...

Let HHS secretary negotiate lower drug prices

The cost of prescription drugs is too high in this country. We have to crack down on big pharmaceutical corporations and get these prices under control. It’s why my entire career I have pushed to allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies for lower prices. Right now, the ...

Points to consider in favor of creating a DORA

There have been questions and concerns regarding the designated outdoor refreshment area for downtown Tiffin. I believe some of this stems from a lack of information, and as the Downtown Main Street manager representing our downtown board and more than 50 volunteers on our committees who ...

Activities tied to community read

Each year, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Community Read encourages county residents to read and discuss a single, outstanding book. The title selected for 2019 is “The Atomic City Girls” by Janet Beard. This historical World War II novel takes place in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where ...

How Sunny Farms is responding to residents’ concerns

When I took leadership as CEO in December 2017, I saw a number of things that I wanted to do to make Sunny Farms Landfill the best facility it could be. I hired a new management team last year, chosen from among the best in the industry. I told them we needed to meet standards expected of a ...

Thinking outside the box – and other annoying business clichés

Anyone who has worked anywhere knows every organization has its own jargon that sounds like a foreign language to a new employee. In addition, there are common business expressions that have become a little too common. Many of these terms are difficult to define or don’t mean anything at ...