September 21, 2014


Gary Obermiller

The Firelands native and new Deputy Director of the ODNR and Chief of Ohio State Parks traces his success to a humble start as a volunteer and seasonal maintenance worker.

Gary Obermiller looks at home in the outdoors. So much so that I feel sorry for the guy who’s had so much professional success that he’s risen to the level where he now has to wear a neck tie much of the time, but that’s the breaks. You see, one day about twenty-six years ago Read More…

70th Anniversary – Lindquist

Robert & Myrna Lindquist

                Robert and Myrna Lindquist, of Elyria, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5, 2014. The couple met on a blind date at Miami University. They married during one of Robert’s brief military leaves. The Rev. Homer Courtney performed the ceremony at the First United Methodist Read More…

Hocking Hills 2014


Driving up route 33 leaving Hocking Hills State Park last year, I looked in the back seat to see both kids asleep as the rain beat down in sheets on the hastily re-packed van. I turned to my wife who was also on the edge of Sandland and said, “You know, I think this place Read More…

Be the Support that New Mothers Need!

Essential nutrients and life-long disease-fighting protection are just a couple of the seemingly endless benefits of breastfeeding. The whole community benefits from having healthier mothers, babies and children when breastfeeding is supported.

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I think that, as teenagers, most of us discovered Mohican State Park and the Mohican River Valley. If there’s one place in Ohio that is all about accommodating group camping and outdoor fun, it’s Mohican State Park in “The camp and canoe capital of the world!” But if you’ve been back to the park lately Read More…

Take Five Minutes to Save Your Skin!

Everyone can protect their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays in less than five minutes, which is less time than it takes for skin damage to happen in the sun. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS) in as little a… Read More…

Engagement – Ilcisko – Sunseri

Kelli Ilcisko &
Michael Sunseri

Thomas and Stephanie Ilcisko, of Amherst, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli, to Michael Sunseri, son of James Sunseri of Avon, and Stephanie and George William Keaton of Grafton. Kelli is a graduate of Cleveland State University. She currently works as an adolescent therapist at Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Read More…

Engagement – Cunningham – Snedden

Jay Snedden &
Brooke Cunningham

On June 6, 2015, at Landoll’s Castle in Loudonville, Brooke Allison Cunningham will exchange wedding vows with Bradley Jay Snedden. Brooke is the daughter of Bud and Faye Cunningham of LaGrange. She graduated from Elyria High School and Ashland University with a degree in education. She will be teaching second grade in McConnelsville. Jay is Read More…

Johnson’s Island


It’s a little past dusk on Saturday night, Fourth of July weekend, and we’re having the time of our lives in the simplest of ways. Matt and Scott have discovered that the really big catfish are coming in close to shore after dark here on Johnson’s Island, and the kids are reeling them in one Read More…

Vermilion Boat Club Sail Camp

Sail School Parents night II

VBC…boast a nationally recognized “Sail camp,” says the bronze plaque commemorating the Vermilion Boat Club’s founding in 1913. The plaque might well say: international recognition. This year’s 103 campers include members not only from Connecticut, Chicago and Florida, but also Jamaica. VBC’s Sail Camp was founded in 1950 by Nan Gregory and continues today under Read More…