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Helping Children Find Their Voices

If necessity is the mother of invention, then Nicole Leslie is the mother of affordable speech therapy in Hancock County. Inspired by her experience seeking a diagnosis and therapy for her 10-year-old daughter Grace, Nicole and her husband Todd founded an award winning non-profit organization to make speech therapy more affordable for local families. Grace’s

Becoming a Foster Parent

Bill Grose 53, is an independent provider for people with developmentally disabled. Though not married, he always wanted children of his own. Four years ago he decided to make his dream happen. He knew there was a community need to find loving homes for children so he became a foster parent to five children from

Findlay ballet instructor has storied career

A world class ballet dancer, performing throughout the U.S. and across the globe with the finest dance companies, grinding all day, every day, practicing to remain in top physical form. Three or four understudies are always waiting to take your spot. You peer from behind the curtain, nervous, spying the New York City dance critics

A local family’s adoption story

Every child deserves a stable home environment with loving parents. But for the 400,000 U.S. children in foster care each year, that isn’t always a reality. After learning about the significant need for foster families in Hancock County, Rachel and Austin Gerber became licensed foster parents in 2012. Just five years later, the Gerbers are

Liberty Benton Schools welcomes new superintendent Mark Kowalski

In his 27 years as an educator, Mark Kowalski has held just about every position in a school setting. He’s been a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels, a coach, an athletic director and the Director of Operations. And this fall he will become the new Superintendent