Review Category : Local News

Findlay Shade Tree Commission Makes Changes

7/6/15 – 5:32 A.M.

The Findlay Shade Tree Commission is changing the way one of its programs works. A release from the city says the Adopt-A-Tree program is being transitioned into the new NeighborWoods initiative. The NeighborWoods program allows neighbors to band together to plant more trees with financial support from the Community Foundation.

The Adopt-A-Tree program had seen participation drop over recent years.

NeighborWoods started in 2013 in the Mound Park neighborhood. Last year it focused on the Sherman Park neighborhood and this year planting will take place in the South Main Street Neighborhood Association area.

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Monday Interview: Humans of Findlay Crowdfunding Its First Book

07/06/15     5:30 a.m.

HoF.jpgWith thousands of followers on Facebook, the Humans of Findlay project documenting stories of residents has been deemed a successful one. Humans of Findlay photographer Dave Morrow said he was surprised by the success, but is excited for the future which will include a book.

Audio: Dave Morrow

Morrow has teamed up with the Hancock Historical Museum to create a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for the book.

Hancock Historical Museum Executive Director Sarah Sisser said creating a book is a unique opportunity to preserve this point in time for Findlay.

Audio: Sarah Sisser

While they have support from organizations like the University of Findlay and Findlay Rotary Club, the group is looking to raise $7,500 from the community by July 19.

Humans of Findlay Kickstarter Campaign

Click play below to hear our full interview with Morrow and Sisser.

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Two Injued In Head-On Collision Near Fostoria

7/6/15 – 5:18 A.M.

A Fostoria man suffered severe injuries in a holiday weekend motorcycle crash. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 23 near West Township Road 33.

47-year-old Richard Vance II was riding his motorcycle north on U.S. 23 when a southbound car driven by 17-year-old Isabel Pichardo went left of center and hit the motorcycle head-on. Vance was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Pichardo suffered non-incapacitating injuries and was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment.

The incident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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One Injured In Weekend Crash South Of Dunkirk

7/6/15 – 5:08 A.M.

One person was injured in a weekend crash south of Dunkirk. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just after 1 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of U.S. 68 and State Route 701.

49-year-old Dawn Evans of Harrod was driving north when she slowed to turn left onto Route 701. 33-year-old Jacob Cordonnier had stopped behind Evans while she waited to turn. A third car driven by 66-year-old Richard Hyde of Columbus hit Cordonnier’s car, causing a chain-reaction accident.

Hyde was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton for treatment of his injuries. No one else was hurt.

Hyde was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance and for not wearing a seatbelt.

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Local Gas Prices Fall Following Holiday

7/6/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Gas prices are down following the Independence Day holiday weekend. reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.61. That’s a 12 cent drop since last Monday.

Ottawa drivers report an average price of $2.65 a gallon, down nine cents over the last seven days.

Around the state the average price is $2.70 a gallon. That’s a 10 cent decrease over the past week.

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Putnam County YMCA Hits Fundraising Goal

7/6/15 – 4:51 A.M.

The Putnam County YMCA more than met its fundraising goal for the 2015 Legacy Campaign. The Lima News reports the campaign brought in $1.9 million, nearly double the $1 million goal. Putnam YMCA executive director Lori Fetherolf told the newspaper the money will be used to pay down debt.

Fetherolf credited former State Representative Lynn Wachtmann for his efforts in securing a big grant to help the fundraising campaign. State Senator Cliff Hite and Governor John Kasich were also given credit for their support.

MORE: Lima News

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Fireworks Shows Dates and Locations for Our Area This Weekend

07/02/15     12:17 p.m.

You’ll have several opportunities to see fireworks around our area this weekend. The festivities will start Friday, July 3rd.

Findlay’s fireworks will take place Friday starting around 10 p.m. at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Bowling Green will also host their show Friday at the BGSU intramural fields. Fostoria’s will be Friday at Foundation Park, as well as Upper Sandusky’s at Upper Sandusky High School.

Saturday you can catch the annual fireworks in McComb at the community park. In Tiffin, the fireworks will start at 10 p.m. Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park. And lastly, you can head over to Hardin County to catch Kenton’s show at the Hardin County Fairgrounds at dusk.

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Findlay’s 4th of July Festivities Include Fireworks, A Parade and More

07/02/15     11:49 a.m.

Starting Friday, there will be plenty of Independence Day activities happening in the Findlay area for the weekend. First, Findlay’s annual fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. Friday night. Gates to the fairgrounds will open at 4 p.m. for food, kids activities and live music.

Friday night, several roads will be closed in the area of the fairgrounds during the fireworks show. The City of Findlay says from 9:30 to about 11:30 p.m. no traffic will be allowed to drive toward the fairgrounds on E. Sandusky Street, Blanchard Avenue or Fishlock Avenue for safety reasons.

On Saturday, there will be reenactors portraying the likes of George Washington, Ben Franklin and more at Dorney Plaza starting at 10 a.m. There will also be a speaker talking about the Constitution and the country’s founding.

The annual Fourth of July parade will step off at 11 a.m. in downtown Findlay. The parade will travel down Main Street from Lincoln to Center Street. There will be cash prizes for best float and for children who attend for the best-decorated bicycle.

Main Street will be closed from Baldwin Avenue to Center Street Saturday morning for the parade.

Following the parade, the Hancock Historical Museum will host an ice cream social and sundae buffet on the museum’s porch at 422 W. Sandusky Street.

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More Than 3,000 Hancock County Residents Sign Pot Petition

7/2/15 – 5:21 A.M.

Nearly 3,100 Hancock County residents signed a petition to make marijuana use legal in Ohio. The ResponsibleOhio organization submitted more than 690,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday. If the issue makes it to the ballot and is approved by Ohio voters, it would legalize marijuana for medical use and personal use by adults 21 years old and older.

ResponsibleOhio claims that by 2020 legalized pot would generate $554 million in revenue for the state. It projects Hancock County and its municipal governments would see a total of $3 million a year.

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Putnam County Considering September “Mini-Fair”

7/2/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Weekend rain washed out the final day of the Putnam County Fair, cancelling some entertainment events. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the fair board isn’t giving up on hosting the events though. A “mini-fair” might be held in September.

Fair Secretary Peg Kruse said the demolition derby and a Nashville Crush concert had to be postponed because of safety precautions. The entertainment tent was soaked, putting extra strain on the poles supporting it. The demolition derby pit was essentially a lake Saturday.

Kruse says the fair board will talk about holding a September event at their next meeting.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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