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Two recent additions further rail park dream

BY LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR Fostoria Rail Preservation Society is continuing to add on to the rail park that was more than 10 years in the dreaming stage before gaining steam in 2013 when building it became a reality. A New York Central call box and battery box have been...
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Seneca celebrates 175 years of fair fun

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR A speech will be made, a ribbon will be cut and a cannon will fire to kick off the 175th Seneca County Fair Monday. The opening ceremony is at 8 a.m. and shortly thereafter livestock shows, 4-H competitions, booth judging, fair food, live...
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From prison to pencils

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR John Henkel of Fostoria knows a thing or two about turning a negative into a positive. “I had some unfortunate mishaps. I went to work one day several years back and I ended up in prison for 10 years,” he said. Henkel was...
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Ukulele club strikes the right chord

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR It’s a small instrument making a big presence in Fostoria. And behind it all is a big man with a little ukulele. Josh Thomas, owner of Fostoria’s Second Wind Music Center, started a ukulele club shortly after opening his new store on...
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Rail Society: Big plans for B&O car

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR Fostoria Rail Preservation Society has big plans for the B&O caboose they recently rolled into Fostoria Rail Park, but for now, those plans need funding to move forward. The group purchased the caboose in May 2016 at auction for $1,500, but...
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Artists molded in pottery camp

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR Take 10 girls, add 50 pounds of clay and sprinkle in a lot of smiles and what do you get? An exhibit of pottery crafted by some of the most talented young artisans in this area. “Art is to be seen,” said Sr. Jane Frances Omlor, who...
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Father knows best

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR Some say, ‘father knows best.’ And many Fostoria community leaders would agree. Following is some of the best advice government, civic and school leaders in Fostoria have taken to heart: ERIC KECKLER: Fostoria mayor, son of James...
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Preserving Old Glory

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR Fostoria businessman Joe Bouillon is again spearheading a drive to keep the U.S. flag flying high at Midblock. It’s been nearly six years since the owner of JB Tours approached Fostoria City Council and announced the “Taking Pride in...
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Fostoria Community Band gets new director

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR Craig McKenzie is living the dream as Fostoria Community Band’s new director. Just as McKenzie was hitting his stride as a new retiree filling his days with other pursuits and passions, he was approached by a couple band members and asked...
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Fostoria teen brings home the gold while shooting for the stars

By LINDA WOODLAND MANAGING EDITOR Every child starting out in Girl Scouts learns the value of gold, beginning with the first song they ever learn. “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” So it should come as no surprise the highest...