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Bluffton, Ohio: You can get there from here, by bike

By Paula Pyzik Scott

New green and white signs have popped up in and near Bluffton marked “25.” They are wayfinding signs for US Bike Route 25 North, which takes cyclists from Toledo to Cincinnati.

Family Bike Ride, July 6

St John's UCC will host a family bike ride on Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. This is rain date for the ride originally planned for late June.


Focus on sober driving this holiday weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday reporting period, which begins at midnight on Wednesday, July 3 and will run through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.


Independence Day holiday for Icon media and will take an Independence Day publishing break on July 4-7, 2023. Except for breaking news, content will pause with Thursday morning updates and resume on Monday morning. Send news and advertising inquiries to [email protected] or leave a message at 567-400-4266.

Weekend Doctor: Virtual world, real problems

Technology and social media’s effect on mental health and young minds

By James Legge III, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio

After almost two decades in the healthcare field, I have noticed several themes that cause concern not only for teenagers, but also for young adults. 

The topics are driven by direct connections between technology/social media platforms and mental health, as well as the developing brain in general.

It has been claimed that social media outlets -- and the integration of artificial intelligence into them -- comprise what is called a “free platform.” 

This is ironic because recent studies suggest that these “free platforms” are actually very costly. Of course, these costs are not necessarily measured in dollars and cents. Rather, the costs can be seen from a mental health standpoint.  

Endless scrolling, accompanied by persistent cueing and random, perceived rewards, are the same methods that gambling casinos use to draw customers to their slot machines, theoretically. 



Mazza Museum Hosts 30th summer conference, July 15-17

Area teachers, librarians, and book lovers are invited to the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum for its 30th annual Summer Conference Monday to Wednesday, July 15 to 17.