Outdoor Briefs, Dec. 3

Community Park Grants Program info meeting Thursday

Seneca County Park District is hosting a required informational meeting Dec. 7 for town and township officials interested in applying for a grant through the Community Park Grants Program.

Eligible communities can apply for a portion of about $80,000 set aside from funds generated from a levy approved by voters in November 2016.

Meeting times are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the conference room of the RTA Building downtown.

Registration is required by calling Executive Director Sarah Betts at (419) 447-8091 or emailing sbetts@senecacountyparks.com.

For more information, visit www.senecacountyparks.com.

Have cookies with Santa

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., welcomes all ages to an open house and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10.

Visitors can tour the facility and meet the new animals living at FELC during the free event.

For more information, call (419) 448-7485 or visit felctiffin.org.

Straw bale house tour available

Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch Saturday and Sunday mornings using local foods from Little Portion Green for a donation.

For reservations for brunch, call Sister Jane Omlor at (567) 207-5393.

Tiffin Christmas bird count set

The annual Christmas bird count in Tiffin is to take place Dec. 16.

Some birders are to begin the day during the overnight hours to count owls. Meet at Paulette’s for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. before going out to count birds in daylight.

For information, call Jim Coffman at (419) 618-1835 or Tom Bartlett at (419) 447-0005.

Seneca hunters take 244 deer on first day

COLUMBUS — Seneca County hunters checked 244 deer on the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That number was an increase from 203 in 2016.

Statewide, hunters harvested 22,366 deer Monday.

In neighboring counties, numbers were up across the board: Crawford, 177 (134); Hancock, 133 (95); Huron, 370 (342); Sandusky, 68 (41); Wood, 74 (39); and Wyandot, 224 (168).

The season remains open through today, and is open again Dec. 16-17.