All posts by Laurie Pressel

Hancock Park District to Reclaim Wetlands

Beginning this summer, the Hancock Park District will begin reclaiming approximately 100 acres, formerly leased as marginal farmland, at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The district received two grants totaling close to $1.4 million for the project, including $651,800 from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and $753,000 from H2Ohio. The projects, which will be completed by 2021,

Serenity in the Countryside

Scarlet Oaks Estate Expands Offerings Ask owners Kate and Patrick Manders to describe Scarlet Oaks Estate, and you’d expect to hear words like “charming,” “picturesque” and “peaceful.” But the couple chooses this phrase: “more than meets the eye.” Take a tour of their property off U.S. Route 68 in Findlay, and you’ll understand what they

New location for Bluffton’s Et Cetera Shop

Bluffton’s iconic thrift store moved to a larger location in early September. The Et Cetera Shop has been part of the community for 45 years, opening in 1974. Limited space in the shop at 111 S. Main Street prompted the move to a much larger location down the street at 327 N. Main Street. The

Findlay receives grant to combat childhood obesity

The city of Findlay’s efforts to combat childhood obesity kicked into high gear with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The grant will expand Findlay’s “Keep Active, Keep Healthy” program, especially during the winter months. Some possible programs include ice skating lessons at the Cube, gym activities such as pinball (a type

Sanctuary Salon opens on Broadway

A new hair salon opened at 219 Broadway across from the Findlay Hancock County Public Library. Owner Jole Stevens, who lives in Van Buren, has been a hair stylist for 20 years. “I wanted to spread my wings and create a salon that reflected my vision,” she says. Stevens had the building space completely remodeled,

Mazza Museum to host 2019 weekend conference

Teachers, librarians and book lovers will delight in the Mazza Museum’s fall weekend conference, November 8-9, featuring engaging presentations from top authors and illustrators in the picture book industry. Keynote speakers include Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Lois Ehlhert/Allyn Johnston, Nina Laden, Peter Catalanotto, Lori Nichols, and Melissa Sweet. For more information, visit