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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month kicks off in Allen County

March 1 is the start of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! The Allen County Board of Development Disabilities will be celebrating all month long with the theme "Look how far we've come...let's take the next step" and hashtag #accessibleallencounty. 


Bluffton council meeting schedule update

The Village of Bluffton has announced the following public meetings for the council and its committees during the Month of March 2024:

Robert "Bob" C. Kiene was a self-employed mechanic

Robert "Bob" C. Kiene, 71, passed away February 28, 2024 at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. Bob was born December 20, 1952 in Lima to Cornelius and Rita Marie (Diemer) Kiene who preceded him in death. On November 20, 1976 he married Jane (Kahle) Kiene who preceded him in death on June 6, 2005.


Navigating NIL and social media for college athletes

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Bluffton University’s Virtue-Driven Athletics program welcomed Dr. Scott Grant, a personal branding and leadership development expert, to campus to help Bluffton student-athletes navigate two hot-button issues in college athletics—name, image, likeness (NIL) deals and social media use.

Francis "Paul" Misch was a truck driver

Francis "Paul" Misch, 76, of Toledo, passed away on February 26, 2024 at  his daughter's home in Toledo.  He was born April 2, 1947, in Toledo to Harold P. and Mary F. (Dunn) Misch. 


Changes: Niacin heart effects

By Karen L. Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU Healthwise Team 

In 1971, David Bowie released his Grammy Hall of Fame song Changes. This song is considered one of his top 5 songs. In the lyrics, Bowie writes “time may change me.”  How have our thoughts changed on niacin over time?

Niacin is known as vitamin B3 and is commonly found in foods such as meats, fish, nuts, brown rice, seeds and bananas. Many cereals, grains, flour, and breads are enriched with niacin. 

A deficiency of niacin results in a condition called pellagra. The term comes from the impact on the skin involving rashes and sensitivity to the sun. Other symptoms can include weakness, confusion, and stomach pain. Alcohol consumption can reduce niacin levels in the body as well as the prescription drugs, phenytoin (Dilantin) or valproic acid (Depokote).