Sunday announcements

Group to gather for luncheon

Fremont Area Women’s Connection next luncheon is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Anjulina’s Catering, 2270 W. Hayes Avenue, Fremont. The event is $12 with a complimentary nursery available by reservation.

Monica Church, assistant director of Heartbeat, Fremont, is the featured guest.

The speaker is Chris Bassett, of Washington, Mich., a three-time cancer survivor.

For information or reservations, call Donna at (419) 680-2251 or email Carrol at by Feb. 7.

Teen art contest at library

In recognition of February being named International Friendship Month, and Responsible Pet Owner’s Month, the teen department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library are to host an art contest for teens only.

Participants are asked to create any type of artwork depicting friendship with a friend, a pet or both.

Entries before Feb. 16 to the junior library desk. The contest is open to teens in grades six through twelve.

Prizes will be given to first, second and third places. Entries will be displayed in the west hallway of the library.

For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page, the library’s website at or e-mail

Next selection for Coffee by the Book

Tiffin-Seneca Public Libary is to host an adult book discussion group, Coffee by the Book: Book Group at the Wick, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Bailiwicks Coffee Company, 62 S. Washington St.

The goup’s next selection, “The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown, is available for check out at the Information Desk at the library.

For more information, call the library at (419) 447-3751.

Valentine’s gaming tournament

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s teen department is to host the Valentine’s Day Gaming Party 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Junior Home Room.

Students in grades six to 12 are invited to participate in the teens-only program. Teens can participate in a Guitar Hero or Mario Brothers gaming tournament or play board games, relays and make crafts. Refreshments are to be provided. Participants can register at the junior library.

For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page; website at or call (419)447-3751.

Story time for children

Children ages 3-6 are invited to Preschool Story Time at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

Parents can choose sessions at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 in the Frost Kalnow Community Room.

Stories, poems, songs, fingerplays, crafts and more will entertain and teach preschoolers. No registrations is required.

For more information, visit the junior library, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Audit/financial committee to meet

NEW RIEGEL -There is to be a New Riegel Schools Audit/Financial Committee meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the library/media center.

Power of the Pen winners

Power of the Pen District Tournament 2013 was Jan. 19 at Tiffin Middle School.

Local winner in the best of round was eighth-grader Hannah Treadway of Tiffin Middle School in round two.

Ranked seventh-graders include Shane Souders of Fostoria Middle School, third place; Christina Park of Calvert Catholic Schools, sixth place; Kate Burkes of Tiffin Middle School, eighth place; and Ceci Brodman of Calvert Catholic Schools, 11th place. Ranked eighth- graders include Shayla Thomas of Tiffin Middle School, first place; Eden Stephey of Tiffin Middle School, third place, Hannah Treadway of Tiffin Middle School, fifth place; and Madison Jones of Calvert Catholic Schools, sixth place.

In team rankings, Fostoria Middle School seventh-graders placed fourth and Tiffin Middle School eighth-graders placed second.

TCS special education update

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 316 June 25, 2012, with an effective date of Sept. 24, 2012. This bill incorporates a few changes for students with disabilities. The three main changes of the bill are secondary transition, required eye exams and parent

notification of scholarship programs.

Changes in secondary transition are mainly associated with the age requirements. To respond to these new requirements, IEP teams must develop appropriate measurable post-secondary goals based on age appropriate transition assessments related to employment, education, and independent living skills.

Senate Bill 316 continues the requirement for students with disabilities to undergo a comprehensive eye examination within three months of receiving special education services for the first time. This piece has not changed from a previous bill.

The third piece related to special education is the Parental Notification of Scholarship Programs. School staff now is required to provide parents with information about the Autism Scholarship and the John Peterson Scholarship available to students. Tiffin City Schools has included this information with PR-02, parent invitations.

Bringing up grades at Noble

The Noble B.U.G., Bringing Up Grades, Club is a quarterly improvement program at Noble 4-5 School. This is determined each grading period for students who are able to bring up their grades from the last grade card. A student with all A’s who keeps them the next quarter will still qualify for the B.U.G. Club. Anyone can make B.U.G. Club by making an extra effort.

The members of the Kiwanis Club reward 137 students by providing ice cream sundaes at school after the second nine weeks.

ProMedica taking scholarship applications

FOSTORIA – ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Auxilary is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program.

Area high school seniors and college students pursuing a career in a health care-related field are encouraged to apply.

Applications are available in local schools through the high school guidance counselor, at the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital welcome desk and at

Applications are due Feb. 28 to Cindy Reinhard, 470 Linwood Ave., Fostoria.

State auditor announces award recipients

COLUMBUS – Auditor of State Dave Yost has announced Bridges Community Academy and Tiffin City School District were among the recepients of the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit report.

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.

TU’s Rovira to present paper

James Rovira will be presenting the paper “Picturing Language and the Language of Pictures in Blake’s Illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy” at American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies national conference April in Cleveland.

Up in the Air goes to conference

Tiffin University’s award-winning vocal group Up in the Air was selected to perform at the 2013 Ohio Music Education Association conference Feb. 7 at the Columbus Convention Center.

The program is to include a mix of a cappella jazz, pop and gospel, and will feature the debut performance of several new arrangements written especially for the group, as well as an original song by TU freshman and Up in the Air member Sam Miller.

Dedication of Heminger lobby

Dedication of the Heminger Center center lobby is at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 6.

Heminger Center lobby, located on Miami Street, will be dedicated in honor of Lenny and Lynn Clouse of Clouse Construction.

Terra State choir to have adutions

FREMONT – The choir is an auditioned choral ensemble, for singers grades 3-8.

Directed by Traci Newsome, Terra State Children’s Choir auditions are Jan. 28 at Terra State Community College. No preparations is necessary. The audition process is simply intended to assess whether or not the student has the ability to sing in tune.

To schedule an audition or for more information, contact Amanda Pochatko at (419) 559-2205 or

Rehearsals are 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 4. Cost to participate is $35 per semester. This includes all fees for children’s music and materials.

Food courses offered by Terra’s Kern Center

FREMONT – The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars.

Courses include:

Cake Decorating 101. Instructor Richana Smith, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Cost is $39.

Cake Decorating 102. Iinstructor Richana Smith, 6-8 p.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Cost is $39.

Cake Decorating 103. Instructor Richana Smith, 6-8 p.m. April 15, 22, 29 and May 6. Cost is $39.

Knife Skills 101. Instructor Chef Ed Logan, 2:30-4:30 p.m. May 31 and June 7 and 14. Cost is $49.

Wine Tasting and Tour of Chateau Tebeau Winery. Instructors Bob and Mary Tebeau from 6-8 p.m. May 1. Cost is $30.

Beer Appreciation. Instructor Nate Wahl, 6-8 p.m. May 7, 14 and 21. Cost is $49.

Chocolate Temptations. Instructor Donna McNemar, 9 a.m.- noon April 13. Cost is $59.

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Mercy announces scholarship recipients list

TOLEDO – Area students who received scholarships for the 20121-2013 year at Mercy College of Ohio include sophomores Elizabeth Smith, Susanne M. Prusakiewicz Smith and Michael C. Smith, all of Clyde, in the associate of science in tadiologic technology program.

Kent State dean’s list

KENT -Students named to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester at Kent State include Katherine Hansen and Ryan Meyer of Clyde; Austin Gossett, Elizabeth Heibertshausen, Taylor Heibertshausen, Kathryn Heyman, Janece Schaffer, and Carisa Smith of Attica; Katelyn Lang of Bascom; Brooke Racheter and Raina White of Fostoria; Amanda Welly of Kansas; Theresa Brodman of Republic; Shawnie Boyer, Megan Briggs, Arianna Brooks, Elizabeth Buchman, Blanca Daniel, Jill Daniel, Zoe Dolch, Rachelle Moore, Brianne Nusbaum, Jennifer Obringer, Brandon Ritzler, Abigail Sullivan and Philipp Wade of Tiffin; Adam Bakies of Carey; and Matthew Brown, Jordan Coakley, Courtney Collins and Taylor Flowers of Upper Sandusky.

Seneca East grad on MVNU dean’s list

MOUNT VERNON Erica Cramer has been named to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. A 2011 graduate of Seneca East, she is the daughter of Mark and Lynne Cramer.

Baldwin Wallace dean’s list

BEREA -Area students named to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester at Baldwin Wallace University include Kali Fittro, Macey Heslet, Stephanie Shockley, and Robert Zito, all of Tiffin; Shallon Gabel and Stephanie Porter of Fostoria; and Zachary Waner of Clyde.

M.J. Brown hires sales chief

M.J. Brown Co. has hired Chris Goddard as its new sales director.

Goddard has more than 15 years experience in the roofing industry.

Starting as a laborer roofer, he has held positions of site foreman, service technician, job site superintendant and project manager for various roofing companies.

Goddard’s responsibilities is to meet with customers for roofing, painting or sheet metal needs.

Rudolph/Libbe has new manager

Lowell Metzger of Alvada has accepted the position of contracts manager for Rudolph/Libbe Inc., a general contractor and construction management firm based in Wood County.

A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional, Metzger joined Rudolph/Libbe in 1998 as a senior project manager. He graduated from University of Akron in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering.

United Way sets cornhole tourney

Tiffin-Seneca United Way is to host the 5th annual cornhole championship 2-4 p.m. March 3 at Camden Falls. Businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a team in the friendly “Battle of the Businesses.”

This competition will bring Seneca County businesses together to share a common interest, and have a little fun, all while supporting members in our local community. Winners are to have the honor of having their business name engraved on the traveling trophy, which they are to keep on display for the year. The cost per team of two is $50 and businesses may enter more than one team.

To register, contact the Tiffin-Seneca United Way, at (419) 448-0355, stop by the office, or visit Forms may be mailed with a check made out to: Tiffin-Seneca United Way, 201 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH

44883, or dropped off at our office. Registration forms may also be faxed to (419) 448-0709, by Feb. 27 and United Way will send a bill at a later date.

Donations also are being accepted for raffle prizes to take place at the event. Proceeds go toward the United Way Campaign, which will end March 31.

Sunday announcements

Farm Bureau seeks members

The Seneca County Farm Bureau membership campaign has begun.

“We are excited to kickoff our membership campaign this year,” said Alice Luhring, membership chairman. “We want to keep our organization strong and continue the great work we do locally such as our activities at the Seneca County Fair and also helping educate our young people through our Ag in the Classroom project.”

Benefits of farm bureau membership include:

Members collaborate on issues they deem important to shape regulations affecting their community.

A subscription to Our Ohio magazine featuring recipes and information about farm families.

Members can host or attend on-farm dining events, food tours, how-to seminars and other learning activities.

Farm Bureau staff provide information on oil and gas leasing activity, property tax issues, private property rights and more.

OFBF offers a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for felony crimes committed on a member’s property.

Members receive discounts on Nationwide insurance products, GM vehicles, Grainger products and Case IH tractors and access to individual health plans through Medical Mutual of Ohio’s SuperMed One-Ohio Farm Bureau and more.

For more information, contact the county office at (877) 447-3091 or visit

Business seminars scheduled

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free seminars, Small Business Basics, that answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

The seminars are designed to take the confusion out of efforts and provide basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The schedule is:

9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6, Ottawa County Improvement Corp., 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.

9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 20, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.

4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

To register or for more information, call (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210, or by email at bauxter

Rural King partners with Red Brand to support FFA

INDIANAPOLIS – Rural King Supply representative Josh Gordon presented a $45,000 check to the National FFA Foundation at the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo. The proceeds are the result of Rural King’s participation in Home Grown, a funding partnership with Red Brand fence, manufactured by Keystone Steel & Wire in Peoria, Ill.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Red Brand and Home Grown in this funding initiative,” Gordon said. “And as a result, we are very proud to provide financial support to the National FFA Foundation and to offer a way for local chapters to receive funding.”

Foundation sponsors make possible award and recognition programs, scholarships, service learning activities, global engagement programs, national FFA convention functions, educational materials, teacher training and much more.

“Without the generous support of companies like Rural King and Red Brand, the foundation could not be effective in our efforts to reach out to the local, state and national FFA levels,” said Robert Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation. “The financial assistance we receive directly impacts the lives of FFA students throughout the organization, so we are deeply grateful for this contribution.”

Home Grown was launched in 2010 and has raised funds for more than 700 FFA chapters annually. The program applies to all new orders of Red Brand ag fence with $1 per roll donated to a designated FFA chapter in the retailer’s name.

For more information, visit

Library closed for MLK day

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The library is to re-open Tuesday with regular hours.

Library to host Fancy Nancy party

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library junior department is to host a “Fancy Nancy Party” 2-3 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

Girls 3- and older are invited to attend the party in true “Fancy Nancy style,” reminiscent of the children’s books by Jane O’Connor.

Participants will read fancy books, play fancy games, make fancy crafts and enjoy fancy refreshments. Girls may dress in their fanciest clothes.

Registration is necessary by Feb. 8 by calling (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Story time with Chinese theme

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host “International Story Time” featuring China at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The program is to be presented by the International Cultural Center and international students who will tell stories about China. Students are to discuss the Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 10, make a customary Chinese craft and refreshments.

Register by calling the junior department at (419) 447-3751.

German food event at Phat Cakes

As part of the “Celebrating Germany” cultural series, International Cultural Center is sponsoring an event featuring authentic German soups and breads.

Suppe und Brot (Soup and Bread) will be hosted at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Phat Cakes & Cafe. Admission is $5 and includes samples of three German soups and breads and a beverage.

There are 50 tickets available. Tickets are pre-sale only and available at Phat Cakes & Cafe, 45 S. Washington St., Tiffin Middle School or call (419) 447-3358.

Pay-to-participate program updated

The Tiffin City Schools Board of Education implemented a pay to participate fee starting with spring sports in the spring 2012. Currently, 510 student-athletes have participated in at least one athletic or school event during the 2012-2013 school year.

In spring 2012, a pay-to-participate scholarship fund was created to help aide students in need of financial assistance, the balance of which is $8,555.00. Fundraisers included a program at Reineke Ford in Tiffin last Spring which raised $5,060 and other donations.

TCS addresses changes to menu

The United States Department of Agriculture has some new guidelines for lunches this school year. The rules are to help the childhood obesity problem and offer more nutritious and healthy meals served in schools.

The emphasis is on more whole grains, more fruits and vegetables and low fat or fat-free milk. The initial rule was for restrictions on weekly maximum grains and meat servings, but that has already been revised to allow more. One of the biggest changes is incorporating more vegetables, especially dark green, red/oranges and beans into weekly menus.

According to a release, Tiffin City Schools always has offered in meals, a meat or meat alternate entree, a grain, a fruit, vegetable and milk. Schools also have followed portion controlled servings. Milk choices are 1 percent unflavored or fat-free flavored.

TSC is adding more spinach and using more romaine salad this year. The schools oven bake or steam all items. Another change is sweet potato tots, considered an orange vegetable, that is offered weekly.

Homeschoolers events planned

Tiffin Homeschoolers is a free homeschool group with members from across Northwest Ohio.

Members meet several times throughout the school year. This year, science, gym, art and literature co-ops are to be offered.

Upcoming events include bowling at Heritage Family Center, a Ritz Theatre performance, a visit to Shelley Wetland with a Seneca County Park District naturalist, a Moms Morning Out and a tour of Seneca County Airport.

For more information, contact Sheri Trusty at (419) 639-0662 or

SE education board meeting dates

ATTICA – Seneca East Local Board of Education meetings for the 2013 calendar year have been set. They are at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the board of education office, 13343 East U.S. 224.

The dates are Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 Sept, 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

St. Wendelin receives grant

FOSTORIA – St. Wendelin Catholic School has been awarded a $5,000 grant form the Henry Geary Memorial Foundation, managed by Key Bank. The award is to be used to develop the robotics program in the St. Wendelin science department.

Students make winning dish

FOSTORIA – Students in the foods class at St. Wendelin Catholic School had their appetizer project incorporated into the Chuck Wagon menu at KemoSabes Roadhouse Grill restaurant in Fostoria.

Students developed a concept for an appetizer and created a recipe. Groups then presented dishes for judging.

The winning dish was an Italian chicken and cheese calzone by the group of Colleen Fondessy, Maddie Hoffman, Shelby Emerine and Adrienne Emerine. The dish appears on the menu as a “Roasted Chicken White Pizza.”

Students have theme day

FOSTORIA – Students at Fostoria Longfellow Elementary School are be having a theme day, “Where, Oh Where? maps and locations,” 8:30-10:50 a.m. Thursday.

Students test knowledge

A team from Tiffin Middle School competed against students across the U.S. and foreign countries in the Knowledge Master Open academic competition Dec. 5. More than 2,000 middle school, junior high and high school teams faced their computers to answer 200 questions in the event, earning points for the speed and accuracy of their answers.

The Tiffin Middle School contest was sponsored by The Tiffin City Schools’ Office of Gifted Education. The 27 students on the TMS team scored 1,186 of 2,000 possible points to place 10th in the state.

Academic coach and gifted coordinator Paula Zirm described the event as “a really wonderful opportunity to use our collective knowledge and show that TMS students are fierce competitors in an academic competition.”

Tiffin Middle School team included eighth-graders Gabrielle Roszman, Cheyenne Heyman, Daniel Bupp, Maddalyn Carpenter, Madison Zimmerman, Lydia Bruno, Lynsey Tyree, Shayla Thomas, Hannah Treadway, Madison Troha, Eden Stephey, Pranav Parsi, Logan Anway and Emma Ramsdell; and seventh-graders Kate Burkes, Lydia Arnold, Gabriell Everetts, Evan Laux, Zoe Cook, Logan Young, Brad Stuchel, Sydney Lambert, Noah Rees, Jacob Charlton, Natalie Gase, Corey Meisner and Austin Harp.

Seventh- and eighth-graders with a gifted identification in superior cognitive thinking skills, or a combination of reading and math gifted identifications, could apply for the team. This team is looking forward to a county-wide competition in the spring, in which TMS won first place in 2011.

‘Berg extends

president’s contract

The Heidelberg University Board of Trustees announced President Robert H. Huntington’s contract has been extended an additional year.

Board Chair Sondra G. Libman said Huntington was given a rolling contract designed to automatically turn into another five-year contract at the end of the first year and every year thereafter. Huntington’s new contract extends to June 2018.

Huntington began as Heidelberg’s 14th president in July 2009. He and his family have put down roots, and embraced the opportunity to join the Heidelberg and Tiffin communities. He currently serves as chair of the board of trustees of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and is a member of Tiffin Rotary.

During his tenure, the university has completed five renovation and construction projects, including Adams Hall, the Media Communication Center and University Commons with its Fireside Cafe Pub and the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. The next project would be construction of an athletic stadium and alumni center, built around Mayer Field.

‘Berg students chosen for honor band, ensemble

Nine music students have been selected for the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductor’s Association Collegiate Honor bands. They include Anthony Narvaez, a senior from Joshua, Texas; Sarah Haines, a senior from Minerva; Cassandra Purcell, a junior from Grant, Mich.; Michael Lee, a senior from Bellefontaine; Bobbi Custer, a senior from Woodstock; and Katie Stephens, a junior from Waynesville.

Students selected for the Collegiate Honor Jazz Ensemble include Kyle Sherepita, a senior from Brunswick; Lucas Walter, a senior from Fostoria; and Kyle McDonald, a sophomore from Berlin Heights.

In addition to the students who will perform, John Owen, associate dean and director of the School of Music at Heidelberg, is to serve as guest conductor of the OPCICA Concert Band, conducting a piece commissioned by the organization.

Heidelberg chair honored for lifetime contributions

Sondra Gerhardt Libman, chair of the board of trustees of Heidelberg University, will be inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in April.

Libman graduated from Heidelberg in 1967 and will join the Heidelberg alumni in the Hall of Excellence.

Throughout her career and her life of service and philanthropy, Libman represents the Heidelberg vision of leading a life of purpose with distinction, according to President Robert H. Huntington. She works in the private sector and is the retired president of Americana Healthcare Corp. She balances her time as mother, grandmother, volunteer, civic leader, philanthropist, activist and leader.

Tiffin to host Cleveland artist

Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery of Art is to host a new exhibition of ceramics and drawings focusing on orchids by Cleveland artist Angelica Pozo.

The exhibition titled, “Orchidaceae: A Study – Drawings and Ceramics” will begin with a reception 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 7. There is no charge to attend.

Pozo also will speak about her work at the reception at 7:15 p.m.

The exhibition is to run through March 17. The Diane Kidd Gallery is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday or by appointment.

For more information, call (419) 448-3427.

Heidelberg prof plays at museum

On Dec. 28, Heidelberg University adjunct music instructor Joan Holder McConnell played a recital of early organ music on the Dutch “cabinet organ,” housed at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Heidelberg welcomes staff member

The Heidelberg University Office of Admissions has welcomed Cinzia Mancini-Cross as its newest staff member.

Mancini-Cross started Jan. 14 as the associate director for international and graduate admissions. She will work with prospective undergraduate and graduate international students as well as domestic graduate students.

Students to present psych research

As part of their junior year experience, Heidelberg University psychology majors Kayla Graves of Tiffin, Ashley Dean of Twinsburg and Amber Calderelli of Cleveland are to present research at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in May in Chicago.

Graves’ topic is “Sexual Hookups among College Students: Prevalence and Emotional Reactions.” Dean and Calderelli will co-present their work on “The Participation in Greek Life and Happiness among College Students.”

Terra offers classes for teens, ‘tweens

FREMONT – The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering a “Teens/Tweens” series for students grade five and up.

Classes are 10 a.m.- noon Saturdays. The fee for each class is $29, but students who enroll in three or more classes receives a 20 percent discount.

Supplies and materials are included in the cost of the class and adults are also welcome.

The schedule for “Teens/Tweens” is:

Handmade Valentines, Feb. 2.

Nail Art 101, Feb. 16.

Make Your Own Lip Balms, March 23.

Make-Up Basics, April 13.

Nail Art 102, April 27.

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Terra State’s Kern Center announces business seminars

FREMONT – The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.

“Success in the Workplace” seminars include:

Time Management for Beginners, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 5. Instructor: Christine Schneider-Smith. Cost: $59

Stress Management, 8 a.m.-noon March 5. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $59

Worksite Wellness: What is the Real Cost of Neglecting Your Employees’ Wellness, 9-10 a.m. March 14. Instructor: Angie Schroeder. Free.

Positive Leadership Series: A Leader’s Guide to Positive Organizational Success, March 20 and 27 and April 3. Instructor: Dr. Bryan Cavins. Cost: $249

Leadership Essentials, Part 1, 9 a.m.-noon April 2. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $49

Leadership Essentials, Part 2, 9 a.m.-noon April 9. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $49

Time Management-In Depth, 9 a.m.-noon May 15 and 22. Instructor: Christine Schneider-Smith. Cost: $99

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Terra announces

development classes

FREMONT – The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.

Personal development classes include:

Do You Hear What I Hear – Listening Skills and More, noon- 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $59.

Grief and Loss Issues, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 9-11 a.m. April 10. Instructor: David Guardiola. Cost: $25.

Balancing Work and Home, 9 a.m.- noon March 18. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $49.

Becoming a Power Presenter, 9 a.m. – noon March 19. Instructor: Kitty Brandal. Cost $69.

That Says What? Texting Decoded, 6-8:30 p.m. March 21. Instructor: Joseph Cutcher. Cost $39.

Dating in the World of Technology, 6-8 p.m. April 18. Instructor: Joseph Cutcher. Cost $59.

Self-Defense, 1-4 p.m. May 24. Instructor: Chris Hofacker. Cost $49.

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Terra State ensebles to form

FREMONT – Instumental ensembles at Terra State Community College are forming for the spring semester.

Terra Brass Choir is an ensemble open to brass instrumentalists, trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium and tuba. The choir meets 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 28.

Terra State Jazz Band is open to instrumentalists, sax, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar and drums. The jazz band meets 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Terra Jazz Combos are open to instrumentalists and vocalists and meet at various times during the week. Contact Doug Neel at (419) 559-2233.

Terra Chamber String Ensemble is open to string instrumentalists and meets 7-9:20 p.m. Thursdays.

Terra Guitar Ensemble, Terra Harp Ensemble and Flute Choir are open to students. To register, contact the music office at (419) 559-2233.

In addition, Terra State of the Art auditions will be held in room D116B. Sign-up sheets are posted in Building D on the campus of Terra State Community College. Audition results will be posted Friday and the first class meeting is at 4 p.m. Jan. 29.

Macklin Institute offering first aid and CPR training

FINDLAY – The Marilyn & Gordon Macklin Intergenerational Institute is offering first aid and CPR trainng 6-10 p.m. Tuesday in the Hub, located at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay.

First aid and CPR are combined into one class with full course credit. Cost is $60 and fees are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable.

For more information or to register, contact Linda Winkelman at (419) 425-3047 or lindaw@macklinig

Hospice receives donations

Community Hospice Care received $4,000 from Tiffin Charitable Foundation for patient massage/Reiki and healing touch


The Allen Eiry Fund of the Columbus Foundation provided CHC with funds to purchase an iPad and “I Tap To Talk” software, that is to enable patients whose voices may be hindered. The device is to facilitate patient care and improve communization.

Sunday announcements

Fairhaven interim administrator named

UPPER SANDUSKY – Fairhaven Community, an Ohio-based non-profit dedicated to celebrating the spirit of older adults, has named Cydney Bare as interim administrator of the community.

Bare joins Fairhaven, a United Church Homes community, with several years of experience working with older adults. Most recently she served as the administrator of Westlake Healthcare Center in Westlake. She earned a master of business administration in finance and marketing from Case Western Reserve University in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Rochester in 1995. Since 2009, Bare has been certified as a nursing home administrator through the American College of Health Care Administrators and is currently president of the Ohio chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Bare lives in Westlake with her therapy dog, Norman. Norman also will join the Fairhaven family as resident pet therapy program.

CROSSWAEH board to meet

The CROSSWAEH Facility Governing Board and Judicial Advisory Board are to meet at 1 p.m. Friday at CROSSWAEH Correctional Center on SR 100.

Fostoria Foundation announces officers

FOSTORIA – The board of trustees of the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Inc. elected Bridgett Mundy, president, and Chris Widman, vice president, for 2013-2014. Aaron Smith is to continue to serve as board treasurer and Executive Director Michele Cochran is to serve as standing secretary of the board.

Mundy is employed by Blanchard Valley Continuing Care Services as the administrator of Independence House and Birchaven Village. She is a board member with the Macklin Intergenerational Institute, Fostoria Early Childhood Center and executive committee board member for Fostoria Economic Development Corporation. She resides in rural Fostoria with her husband Jason and their two daughters, Isabelle and Lilianne.

Widman is the executive director of the Good Shepherd Home, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community associated with the Church of the Brethren in Fostoria. He serves on the Boards of ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, the Leading Age Ohio Foundation, the Fellowship of Brethren Homes and Tiffin Jr. Basketball. He resides in Clinton Township with his wife, Joni, and their three children, Alanna, Eline and Noah.

Additionally, Chris Posey has been elected to serve as a new board trustee. A long-time supporter of Greater Fostoria Community Foundation activities, he is the co-owner and secretary of Posey Excavating Inc. in Bascom.

Other members of the board of trustees include immediate past president Mark Baker, Dr. A.K. Basu, Angela Briggs, Cheryl Buckland, Ronald Burns, Barbara Hoening, John Irwin, Karl Kerschner, Charles Knight, Donald Miller, Judy Miller, William Reineke Sr. and Eugene Schalk.

Williams graduates from basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Zachary L. Williams graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Williams completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Williams is the son of Shannon Williams of South U.S. 23, Alvada.

He is a 2012 graduate of New Riegel High School.

Knitting at the library

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a series of beginning knitting classes 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27 in the Junior Home Room.

The event is open to all ages and participants can learn to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Participants should bring solid light-colored, worsted-weight yarn and knitting needles, US size 7, 8 or 9. A limited amount of practice yern and needles will be available. The class is especially for those without any prior knitting knowledge, but those needing a knitting refresher are welcome.

The program is free and open to the public. To register, call the library at (419) 447-3751, at the check-out desk, or go the library’s events calendar at

Learn the basics of patent law

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host “Learn the Basics of Patent Law,” a program on inventions, patents and intellectual property, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

Jacob Ward, a patent attorney from Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC of Perrysburg and Detroit is to discuss intellectual property, local patents and how to obtain a patent covering an invention. Ward is to focus on what inventors need to know about the new patent laws under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of U.S. patent laws in 60 years.

Register by calling (419) 447-3751, at the circulation desk or online at

Library receives $6,000

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Senior Citizen Outreach program has received a grant of $6,000 from the Allen Eiry Fund of the Columbus Foundation.

This is the 27th year that Allen Eiry has donated money to the library for its original programming for senior citizens throughout the country.

The goal of the Senior Citizen Outreach program is to stimulate and amuse Seneca County’s senior citizens. Janet Kimmet, T-SPL senior program coordinator, presents new programs every month to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

February computer classes at T-SPL

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced computer classes for the month of February.

Beginning Internet computer class for adults, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6.

Email computer class for adults, 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

Online Resources for Readers computer class for adults, 11 a.m. -noon Feb. 9.

Find Your High School Sweetheart in the Seneca County Digital Library computer class for adults, 2-3 p.m. Feb. 12.

Searching the Internet computer class for adults, 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Introduction to Publisher computer class for adults, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 19.

Introduction to Excel computer class for adults, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 20.

All About Digital Photos computer class for adults, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21.

Intermediate Excel computer class for adults, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

All classes will be held at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. For informatino or to register, call (419) 447-3751.

Book group topic announced

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s adult book discussion group, “Let’s Talk About It,” is to discuss “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strought at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Junior Home Room.

Copies of the book now are available at the information desk. For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Read, see “Moneyball”

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a book discussion on “The Moneyball” by Michael Lewis as part of the “Read It-See It” series with The Ritz Theatre at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

Copies of the book are available now at the library’s information desk.

The Ritz Theatre will feature the motion picture “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt at 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Patrons can present their library card and get free popcorn.

For more information, call (419) 447-3751.

Bliss to host annual book sale

BLOOMVILLE – Friends of Bliss Memorial Public Library will have their annual book sale Jan. 25-Feb. 2.

There will be an array of items to choose from such as adult and juvenile fiction, non-fiction, mystery, western, romance, VHS and magazines.

All proceeds go to Bliss Memorial Public Library.

Program committee to meet

The Tiffin City Board of Education program committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the Administration Building in the conference room on the third floor.

Chili and Jeopardy canceled

The annual Chili Cook-off and Community in Jeopardy, sponsored by Columbian High School Key club and Kiwanis Club Family, scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

2013 Peacemaker’s award is Jan. 21

The Tiffin Seneca Martin Luther King Committee is to present the 2013 Peacemaker’s Award Jan. 21.

The award is presented to an individual or individuals who direct their efforts toward building a better community in the spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nominations for the award are closed.

For more information, call (419) 448-2106.

Leadership workshop planned

The Situational Leadership Workshop is a one-day professional development opportunity that is a strategic and effective method for managing and developing people.

The next workshop is 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Tiffin campus of North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St., Suite A.

Registration included materials and lunch and the cost is $75 per participant.

For more information or to register, contact Debbie Husk at (419) 447-2027.

NCOESC board to meet

MARION -The 2013 Organizational meeting of the North Central Ohio ESC Board of Governors is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North Central Ohio ESC Marion Office, 333 E. Center St., Marion.

The regular January meeting will immediately follow the organizational meeting.

H-L board to meet

BASCOM -The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education is to have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s Distance Learning Lab.

MLK Jr. Day celebration set

The Tiffin-Seneca Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Celebration and dinner is to begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 with the program “Continuing Dr. King’s Dream of Creating a Better World,” by Marshall Rose, beginning at 7:15 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church.

The program is free and open to the public.

Reservations for dinner must be made before Thursday by contacting Jill Earl at (419) 448-3264. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children between ages 4-10.

Lakota High School student of month

KANSAS – Jessica Walter has been selected by the staff of Lakota High School as the December 2012 student of the month.

Walter is the daughter of Brian and Jeannie Walter of Bradner.

McPherson Jan. students

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS -Clyde-Green Springs McPherson Middle School has named the January students of the month.

Those students are Sklyer Andres, Paige Brown, Owen Combs, Chris Hatlay, Josh Jenne and Cheyenne Stedman.

Lakota students inducted into honor society

KANSAS -The following students were recently tapped for membership into the Lakota chapter of the National Honor Society. Students were selected on the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Students tapped were Alaina Bickford, Mac Flanagan, Sierra Harris, Kyleigh Harrison, Marissa Hicks, William Jenne, Tiffany Johnson, Brittany Kerlin, Gates McGough, Morgan Mowry, Jack Raymond, Cariss Reese and Taylor Smith.

Students will be officially inducted at the honors banquet May 2.

FFA Scholarship available

NEW WASHINGTON -The Gary E. Green Memorial FFA Scholarship Committee is seeking applications for two, $1,000 scholarships to be awarded.

Applicants must be either a current or former Buckeye Central FFA Member currently or planning on being enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university program with preference to those in an agriculturally related field, and students who have exhibited strong character through teamwork, excellence, integrity, and service in the Buckeye Central FFA program and community.

Applications can be picked up at the high school office, in the agriculture classroom or email Tyler Pope at Applications are due at 3 p.m. Jan. 30.

Mohawk FFA members honored

Twenty members of Mohawk FFA Chapter received the Greenhand Degree at a Dec. 3 meeting. Members were Jena Baum, Chelsy Mattox, Blaec Kearns, Michael Shaw, Caleb Bollinger, Sara Spencer, Jordon Wheeler, Paige Sigler, Morgan Edgington, Austin Miller, Joanie Lininger, Aaron Williams, Megan Cleveland, Logan Reinhart, Dominic Smith, Katie Pinkston, Tori Chaney, Cambria Kohlenberg, Vanessa Stull and Meghan Ohl.

To earn this degree, first-year members must be enrolled in agricultural education class, have a plan for their supervised agriculture experience, and explain FFA fundamentals. During the ceremony, the FFA officers welcomed and handed out pins and certificates to the Greenhands.

Heidelberg to host poetry day

Heidelberg University is hosting a William Stafford Poetry Day at 11 a.m. Thursday in Herbster Chapel. The event is free.

Organist featured in recital

Organist, Joan McConnell is to be featured in a faculty recital at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin. The event is free.

Woodwind quintet concert planned

Heidelberg University is to feature the Heidelberg Woodwind Quintet Concert at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at The University Commons.

‘Berg stages faculty symposium

Heidelberg University will feature a faculty research symposium at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in Adams Hall.

‘Berg to host open house

Heidelberg University President’s Day Admission Open House is 8:30

a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 18.

For more information or for reservations, call (800) 434-3352.

Student research conference set

Heidelberg University is to feature a student research conference, “Minds at Work,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 21. The event is free.

TU celebrates diversity

Tiffin University students are to celebrate the life and message of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St.

The event is sponsored by the Seneca County Martin Luther King Day Planning Committee.

Mark Butler, manager of diversity and inclusion at Marathon Petroleum Company LP, will be the featured speaker. Butler is nationally recognized as a thought leader in regard to diversity and inclusion.

Arts, crafts offered at Terra State

FREMONT -The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and


Ballroom Dancing, Level 1 Instructors: Timothy and Annessia Nyman. 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 28 through March 4 or March 25 through May 6. Cost: $80 per couple.

Ballroom Dancing, Level 2 Instructors: Timothy and Annessia Nyman. 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 28 through March 4 or March 25 through May 6. Cost: $80 per couple.

Basket Weaving Basics Instructor: Marty Willis. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 5 through 26. Cost: $60, plus $35 for materials payable to the


Basket Weaving with Wooden Bases Instructor: Marty Willis. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays from March 19 through April 9. Cost: $60, plus $35 for materials payable to instructor.

Beginning Sewing Instructor: Richana Smith. 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays from May 7 -21. Cost: $49.

Intermediate Sewing Instructor: Richana Smith. 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays from May 28 through June 11. Cost: $49.

Stained Glass Mosaics Instructor: Steve Noblet. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Cost, including all supplies and glass: $55.

Stained Glass Panels Instructor: Steve Noblet. 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 20 and 27. Cost, including all supplies and glass: $120.

Stained Glass Garden Ornament Instructor: Steve Noblet. 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 22. Cost, including supplies and glass: $55.

Floral Design Instructor: Mary Hill. 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from April 3 through 24. Cost, including all materials: $160.

Beginning Chip Carving Instructor: Kent Cartwright. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays from April 4 through 25. Cost: $79.

Intermediate Chip Carving Instructor: Kent Cartwright. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays from May 2 through 23. Cost: $79.

Knitting for Beginners Instructor: Marty Montgomery. 6-8 p.m. Thursdays from April 16 through 30. Cost: $49.

Jewelry Making Instructor: Lynne Cartwright. Shaggy Loops Bracelet 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 4; Cascade of Hoops Earrings 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 11; and Beaded Wave Bracelet 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 18. Each class is $20.

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at, (419) 559-2255.

Terra State offers health courses

FREMONT – The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering several non-credit healthcare courses.

Pharmacy Technician Training Receive the training you need to become a certified pharmacy technician. This course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to pass the CPhT exam. 5-9 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 20 through May 5. Cost: $899.

STNA Training After completing this 75-hour course, students will be prepared to take the state written and competency exam for state-tested nursing aide. There are sessions in February, April and June. Cost: $539.

American Heart Association CPR and BLS Certification This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills. Renewal 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 1. Cost: $35. New certification 8 a.m.-noon, April 5. Cost: $45.

To register or for information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

University of Findlay fall graduates

FINDLAY -Approximately 168 students graduated from The University of Findlay in December.

Local students include Sarah Sickmiller of Alvada, master’s in education; Bradley Scheiber of Attica, master’s in education; Katherine Wilburn of Bellevue, master’s in occupational therapy; Drew Bauman of Fostoria, master’s in education; Jamie Kaczor of Fostoria, bachelor’s in animal science, and Whitney Steyer of Tiffin, master’s in occupational therapy.

Wright State dean’s list

DAYTON -Local students named on the Wright State University dean’s list include Benjamin Clouse of Alvada, Susanne Lange of Bloomville, Kaci Miller of Bloomville, Breann Smith of Bloomville, Kyle Bayes of Carey, Adam Niederkohr of Carey, Collin Snyder of Carey, Olivia Woodruff of Risingsun and Jamin Fuller of Tiffin.

Mercy College of Ohio dean’s list

TOLEDO -Mandy Bonawit of Fostoria was on the dean’s list for the summer semester at Mercy College of Ohio.

Students awarded honors for the fall semester included Elizabeth Gosche of Carey, Katelynd Reid of Fostoria, Kelly Martinez of Kansas, Brihanna Myers of New Riegel, Jenna Gottfried of Tiffin and Nathan Kessler of Tiffin.

Ohio Northern fall dean’s list

ADA – Ohio Northern University has announced the students that have made the dean’s list for the fall semester.

Those students include Kaylee Adams of Tiffin, daughter of Barbara Fry and Timothy Adams; Paige Krupp of Tiffin, daughter of Petter and Annette Krupp; Kyle L. Kwiat of Bloomville, son of Karen Kapelka Kwiat; Austin T. Price, of Tiffin, son of Keith and Linda Price; Kelly A. Racette of Tiffin, daughter of Raymond and Debra Racette; Samantha A. Riedlinger of Sycamore, daughter of Steven and Joann Riedlinger; Michelle C. Seislove of Tiffin, daughter of Ronald and Marilyn Seislove; and Cody E. Siebenaller of Fostoria, son of Joel and Susan Siebenaller.

Red Cross recommends getting flu shots now

FINDLAY – Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country and the American Red Cross urges people who have not yet had a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now.

The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting someone against flu viruses.

In addition to getting vaccinated, the Red Cross has some simple steps people can take to help prevent the spread of the flu virus.Parents can also practice these things with their kids to help keep them well:

* Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into the elbow, not the hands.

* Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-rub.

* Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

* Stay home if sick.

The common signs of influenza are high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children).

If someone thinks they have the flu, their health-care provider should be consulted.

For more information, visit

Sunday announcements

Library to host Lego contest

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Junior Department is to host a Lego contest at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

Children ages 4 and older can create an original Lego creation in advance of the competition to be judged the day of the event. Pre-registration begins Monday and runs through Jan. 25.

On the day of the contest, participants will bring their Lego creation to the Frost Kalnow Room to put them on display to be judged. Participants must be present to win prizes.

For more information, visist the junior library, call (419) 447-3751 or email

Marketing committee to meet

Tiffin City Board of Education marketing committee is to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the administration building.

Heidelberg to celebrate MLK

Plans are coming together for a series of events at Heidelberg University and in the community to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The university is to observe a “day on” inservice 12:30-4:40 p.m. Jan. 21. The observance begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a program at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St.

The campus celebration is at 11 a.m. Jan. 22, in Brenneman Music Hall with Sharon Perry-Nause giving the call to action. She is the director of institutional diversity and assistant professor of management at Tiffin University.

The community is invited to the program Jan. 22.

Garcia graduates from Pittsburg

Aaron Garcia, of Tiffin, has graduated from the University of Pittsburg.

A 2008 graduate of Columbian High School, Garcia has a bachelor’s degree in English and political science along with a minor in criminal justice.

Gracia is the son of Lisa Garcia, of Tiffin, and the late Asencion Garcia.

Terra offers instant admission days

FREMONT -Spring semester classes at Terra State Community College begin Jan. 14 and there still is time to register.

The last of a series of Instant Admission Days for prospective students and those transferring from other colleges and universities is 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

These special days are designed to ensure students can go to campus and leave with a clear idea of what steps to take to get a course schedule. Participants should provide official high school or college transcripts.

For more information, call (419) 559-2349 or visit

Medical assisting open house

FINDLAY – Brown Mackie College of Findlay is to hosting an open house for the school’s new medical assistant diploma program and careers in medical assisting at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the school, 1700 Fostoria Ave., Suite 100, Findlay.

The event includes information on a career as a medical assistant, and hands-on experience with phlebotomy, EKGs, taking vital signs and using electronic medical records software. Prospective students also can learn about careers in the field.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Andrea Voll at or (419) 429-8631.

Terra dean’s list

FREMONT Local students on the dean’s list at Terra State Community College for the fall semester are Kourtney Carrick of Attica; Marsha Bowers, Zachary Didion, Christopher Flynn, Jennifer Kaman, Kaitlyn Renwand, Ben Schindley, Michele Upton, Nicholas Valko and Danielle Waldrup of Bellevue; Bryan Koteles and Logan Robinson of Bettsville; Cassondra Mickley, Brook Myers and Charles Summers of Bloomville; Joyce Alridge, Jeremy Blakely, Kay Elfring, Patty Hall, Jordan Marshall, Ameila Rohde, Melissa Ware and Aaron Williamson of Clyde; Brandon Beining, Dodi Capehart, Jennifer Hemminger, Katherine Huffman, Tracy Margraf, Max Reinhard and Nicholas Saldusky of Fostoria; Aaron Markin, Angelina Williams and Audra Woodland of Fostoria; Breese Reidling and Eddmond Sisco of Kansas; Brandi Maynard of Old Fort; George Smith and Britani Young of Republic; Kimberly Crowl, Greg Keiffer and Adam Williams of Risingsun; Peggy Brown and Wesley Strait of Sycamore, and Stephanie Acheson, Candis Atwell, Ramona Baykurt, Chelsea Bickelhaupt, Daniel Bower, Alexa Cleveland, Joshua Conrad, Erin DeMonte, Roxanne Gobs, Amanda Hays, Danielle Huffman, Stephen Kizer, Franklin Klingshirn, Cory Kontak, Rebecca Lang-Hurt, Wei Lee, Scott Mareches, Joshua Martin, Michelle McGee, Alexis Miller, Elizabeth Miller, Dendara Oakleaf, Michael O’Donnell, Matthew Sallee, Kayla Schreiner, Ashley Shiley, Tammy Smith, Michelle Stevens, Charles Stuller, Ryan Thom, Sarah Tiell, Jennifer Walker, Sonja White, Casey Wilson and Heather Wolfe of Tiffin.

Nurses attend conference

Rachel Lentz and Karen Kennedy, nurses from Community Hospice Care, attended an inservice provided by Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice, Hospice 101, Dec. 13 in Columbus.

They learned information on Medicare guidelines, auditing and fundamentals of HIPAA.

Vision group to meet

St. Francis Home Inc. invites visually-impaired senior citizens to attend a support group for individuals with low vision.

The next gathering is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the multi-purpose room, 182 St. Francis Ave. The session is to focus on “Suffering, Endurance, Character and Hope,” presented by Paul Karos.

For information or to reserve a seat, call Jane M. Cook, director of nursing, at (419) 447-2723 or email

Sycamore fund drive raises $9K

The 2012 Sycamore Village and Sycamore Township 1 Fund Drive has come to a close and $9,118.56 has been distributed to 11 local charities and organizations.

Recipients include Sycamore Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Sycamore Girl Scouts, Hospice of Wyandot County, Mohawk Historical Society, Mental Health and Recovery Services of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, Sycamore Community Pool, Wyandot County Council for Birth Defects, Wyandot County Home Health Agency, Wyandot County Multiple Sclerosis, Wyandot County Red Cross and Wyandot County Senior Citizens (Mohawk 60+ Club).

“We had an amazing year,” said Kim Mohr, president. “This is the second-highest total in our 54-year history. A big thank you to all who contributed to our 2012 campaign. What a great place to call home, the Sycamore community has a huge heart.

“We had 35 volunteers on this years team and they made it happen. They were a great group to work with.”

Sunday announcements

Tiffin school board to meet

The Tiffin City Schools Board of Education is to have an organizational meeting and budget hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St.

Spelling bee at St. Wendelin

FOSTORIA – St. Wendelin Catholic Schools are to host a local spelling bee Friday.

Grades 7 and 8 are to compete 8:15-9 a.m.

Grades 5 and 6 are to compete 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The top two winners of the seventh- and eighth-grade bee and the top two winners of the fifth- and sixth-grade bee will move onto the Seneca/Wyandot Area Blade Bee at Tiffin at the end of January.

FFA Farm Toy Show

JERRY CITY – The Elmwood High School FFA and Alumni FFA are to host the 20th annual Elmwood FFA Alumni Farm Toy show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 6 at Elmwood School Community Center, 7650 Jerry City Road.

Admission is $1.50 for adults and children younger than 12 are free.

There will be free parking, a lunchstand and door prizes.

For more information or for reservations, call Ed Feasel at (419) 655-2583 ext. 146.

FFA hosts leadership event

Tiffin-Sentinel FFA hosted a state FFA leadership night Dec. 17 with 10 schools in attendance.

The evening began with leadership activities. Students then divided into four groups and attended individual leadership workshops with state FFA officers. The students worked on team building and leadership skills. After the breakout sessions the group came back together for a wrap-up session and food.

Organizers thank FFA alumni for providing and preparing food for the evening.

Small business help at the library

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host “Free Assistance for your Business from SCORE” at 3 p.m. Jan. 23.

Participants will learn about SCORE mentoring and what SCORE can do to help small businesses in the Seneca County


SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide.

For more information or to register, call (419) 447-3751.

Computer classes at T-SPL

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the schedule for adult computer classes in February. Nine classes are to be offered. Classes are free, but space is limited and registration is necessary. Registration begins Thursday.

“Beginning Internet” will be offered 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6, and is designed for users who are just learning the Internet.

“Email” will be offered 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, and will show students the different sites that offer free e-mail accounts and walk them through setting up an account.

“Online Resources for Readers” will be offered 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 9. A trained Reader’s Advisory Specialist will show students free resources for title and author read-alikes, genre lists and print resources that will help find the next great book.

“Find Your High School Sweetheart in the Seneca County Digital Library” is 2-3 p.m. Feb. 12. The class will take participants on a tour through the Seneca County Digital Library, which contains local high school yearbooks as well as history and genealogical resources covering Tiffin and Seneca County.

“Searching the Internet” will be 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. Students will learn how to search the Internet and formulate good searches using Google.

“Introduction to Publisher” will be 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 19. Students will learn the basics of the desktop publishing program, Microsoft Publisher 2007 and how to use basic tools such as text box, picture frame and templates while creating and saving a document.

“Introduction to Excel” will be 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 20, and will teach the basics of the spreadsheet program Excel.

“All About Digital Photos” will be 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21. Students will learn how to save, transfer, organize, and share digital photos.

“Intermediate Excel” will be 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 27, and will review the fundamentals of Excel, work with formulas, and become familiar with sorting and organizing data. It is important that students have a basic knowledge of Excel before taking this intermediate course.

To register or for more information, call (419) 447-3751.

Laptop meet-up at Clyde Public Library

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS – Clyde Public Library’s Meet-Up is a gathering of people who have a laptop computer, who connect wirelessly to the internet and who want to improve their computer skills.

Meetings take place at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

To register, call the library at (419) 547-7174.

Paranormal program at Clyde library

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS – The Ohio Spirit Searchers are to be at the Clyde Public Library 6-7 p.m. Jan. 9.

T.O.S.S. has helped people authenticate evidence of spirit or paranormal activity. T.O.S.S. will be answering questions and concerns that the public may have about paranormal activity, and they will discuss encounters that they have experienced.

Registration is not required for this free


Fitness fair at library

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS – Are exercise and weight loss high on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Visit Clyde Public Library 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 for the Fitness Fair.

The fair is to give attendees an opportunity to find out about area businesses that specialize in personal fitness through exercise, sports and play. Participants will have information available about their programs.

Businesses that will be putting on demonstrations include All About Dance from Huron, Audrey Young, Zumba instruction, Body Lines Health Club Karate, Fremont Cycle and Fitness Center, Fremont Recreation Center, Jazzercise Fremont Fitness Center, Sandusky County YMCA and the Korean Karate Academy from Bellevue.

A list of participants is available at