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Tuscarawas Bargain Hunter Columnists

Joy in the Journey
Trish Berg Columnist Wooster Weekly News

Columnist Trish Berg reminds women to find joy in their journey and see each moment as a gift from God. She is author and co-author to four books and a nationally recognized speaker. She and her husband, Mike, are blessed with four children and live on a cattle farm in North central Ohio. View Columns

Nature Notebook

Herb Broda is an emeritus professor of education at Ashland University. His books, Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning and Moving the Classroom Outdoors, reflect Herb’s passion for helping teachers see ways to use the schoolyard as a teaching tool. He is very concerned about the shrinking amount of time that children (and adults!) are spending outdoors as the ever-present glow of video screens coaxes us to stay inside. Herb’s idea of a perfect day is sharing nature with his family. View Columns

Personal Finances For The Rest Of Us

Todd Colucy has a passion for helping people succeed with their personal finances. With his background that of a CPA and being a Dave Ramsey certified budget counselor, Todd brings years of experience, passion and commitment to winning with money. He learned that money, no matter if you have a little or a lot, needs to be told where to go. If not, most of the time it simply disappears with little if anything to show for it. View Columns

We Ate Well and Cheaply

Scott Daniels was born and raised in Tuscarawas County. His love of cooking began as a child, with long hours spent in front of the TV with Julia Child, Graham Kerr, later Jeff Smith, Jacques Pepin and many others to whom he owes a great debt. This culinary interest blossomed with a trip as a twenty something to Europe. He favors honest cuisine with an interesting history, free of modern chemicals and processes. When not cooking, he is an actor, writer, voracious reader, student of the arts and father of two daughters. View Columns

Another Way

Melodie Davis is a writer and producer for Third Way Cafe. She is married and the mother of three children. She is the author of Why Didn't I Just Raise Radishes? and seven other books. Her syndicated column, Another Way appears in publications in both the U.S. and Canada. Another Way is a weekly column on family life, values, and spirituality. View Columns

Life Lines

Mike Dewey is a native Ohioan who has written a weekly column for 20 years. A Notre Dame graduate, he's won writing awards, but what matters more to him is touching readers' hearts, sharing moments of insight and confusion, seeking to connect over that thin wire of common experience, confessing failures and reveling in the celebration of life. He and his wife, Kay, have lived in North Carolina for 10 years. View Columns

Gone Birding

Bruce Glick has long been fascinated by birds and people. Bruce has found that sharing birding information and stories is a great way to keep up with the changing world of ornithology, while meeting new friends and connecting with people who enjoy nature and birds. View Columns


Bob Hanna grew up hunting the hills of Holmes County. He and his wife, Taryn, have since been hunting the western U.S., northern Canada, and soon to be in South Africa. They have 3 daughters, Jena (Richard) Cooper and Sierra (Andrew) Stephanoff of Columbus and Ariel Hanna of Nashville, Tennesee. View Columns

Savvy Senior

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book. Each week Savvy Senior provides informations on a wide variety of topics, such as: health and wellness, retirement planning, senior products and technology, programs and services for the elderly, senior legal issues, Social Security and Medicare, caregiving, travel, employment, volunteerism, end-of-life planning and more. View Columns

Stik a Fork in It

Lee Ann Miller is a resident of Holmes County. She lives is Walnut Creek with her husband Daryl and their two sons. Lee Ann enjoys living life to the fullest, cooking, and operates a bed & breakfast with the help of her family. View Columns

A Word Of Truth

Amber Rice Miller has lived in Baltic her entire life and the last six years has been married to her wonderful husband Michael. She is a stay at home Mom and together they have three young, beautiful, ornery sons: A.J, Grady and Braxton. Amber enjoys playing volleyball, golf, reading and gardening. Her real passion is Jesus and telling others about His love and the wonderful work He did for us all on the cross. View Columns

Dr. Randi Pokladnik

Dr. Randi Pokladnikwas born and raised in Ohio. She earned an associate degree in Environmental Engineering, a BA in Chemistry, MA and PhD in Environmental Studies. She is certified in hazardous materials regulations and holds a teaching license in science and math. She worked as a research chemist for National Steel Corporation for 12 years and taught secondary and post secondary science and math classes for more than 20 years. Her research includes an analysis of organic farming regulations and environmental issues impacting the Appalachian region of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. She lives near Tappan Lake in an eco log home that she and her husband built in 2001. Hobbies include running, gardening, sewing and doing fun things with her granddaughters. View Columns

Live on Purpose

Kyle Snyder, born in Millersburg, has had Cerebral Palsy since birth. He is a graduate from West Holmes High School, where he was a member of the West Holmes quiz team. Kyle has always been the type of person who thrives on wanting to see others do their best in life, and believes that his Cerebral Palsy gives him insight on how to help people overcome obstacles in life. When he isn't writing, he loves to bike, fish, and spend time with his family, whom he loves very much. View Columns

The Rural View

Bruce Stambaugh writes about nature, weather, hobbies and people, often using personal experiences. Much to their dismay, he also writes about his family. He uses humor and pathos when he can't think of anything else to include. Bruce has won the Ohio Newspaper Association's Osman Hooper original column award, third place, and writes a weather column for Farming Magazine. He is a retired educator, retired volunteer firefighter/EMT, community activist, husband, father, grandfather, brother and favorite, though modest, son. He lives with his wife in an equally modest home built on an Amish farm in Saltcreek Twp., Holmes Co., Ohio. View Columns

Better Days

Teri Stein loves to look for the humorous and amazing moments that happen in everyday life. She has been writing since the 5th grade and became the self proclaimed Queen of Cut and Paste with the advent of the personal computer. She also enjoys camping, hiking, walking, reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Joe, and their cats. View Columns

Higher Education Matters

Darla Stitzlein is a strong believer in life-long learning and wants to inspire others of all ages to continue to learn new things. She grew up in the family restaurant business at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio and began working in Holmes County after graduating from the Ohio State University. She likes tackling new outdoor adventures every year, traveling with her husband Skip, sharing time with family and friends, and horseback riding. She is a member of the Millersburg Rotary Club, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, and Holmes County Horseman's Council. She serves as Executive Director of the Holmes County Education Foundation. View Columns

Avant Gardener

Kyle Valentini lives and gardens in the village of Parral, in Tuscarawas County, with a family that includes daughter Francesca and an assortment of overly domesticated and spoiled pets of both the four and two legged variety. She serves on the Parral Village Council. She is an avid supporter of the arts in addition to being an artist herself. She is excited to be sharing her love of gardening and her approaches to it with our readers and anyone else who may be interested. View Columns

Family Corner

With one husband, two sons, two dogs, and one parrot, Karen Wilson finds adventure in every day. With her crew, she enjoys hiking, biking, photography, gardening, learning and traveling. Through her writing, Karen endeavors to help other moms and families organize their time and homes so they too can savor life together. View Columns

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