Sunday announcements

Buy a chance at a new car

Baumann Auto Group is donating a choice of a new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Buick Verano, Ford Fusion or a Dodge Dart to one lucky winner.

Community Hospice Care is to sell tickets for $5. The drawing is Sept. 28.

All proceeds are to benefit Community Hospice Care along with other surrounding area charities.

To purchase tickets, call (419) 447-4040 or (800) 834-8100 or visit 181 E. Perry St.

Kiwanis to host pancake lunch

FOSTORIA – The annual Fostoria Kiwanis Club Pancake Day fundraiser is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 7 at St. Wendelin Parish Life Center, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria.

Pancake Day is the Fostoria Kiwanis Club’s largest fundraiser, and includes all the pancakes you care to eat, sausages, coffee and orange juice. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for Golden Buckeye members, $3 for children five to 11 years old and free for children under five.

In addition to the meal, the club is to sell raffle tickets and a 50/50. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, 6 for $5, 12 for $10 or 25 for $20.

Proceeds from the sales will go toward the operation of the Fostoria Kiwanis Club. The club participates in community projects including providing new school shoes for needy children, car seat safety checks, and hosting an annual New Educators Luncheon and community Prayer breakfast.

For more information or to become a member, contact Amy Tehlewitz, president elect, at

Musical valentines fight cancer

FOSTORIA – Three quartets from the Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus delivered Singing Valentines to men and women in Tiffin, Fostoria, Fremont and the surrounding areas on Valentine’s Day. Singing Valentines is a joint event by Angels of Hope Survivors, a Fostoria Relay for Life team, and Fostoria Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. This was the 14th year for the event, and the efforts succeeded in raising over $2,500 this year to help fight cancer.

Sixty-six Singing Valentines were delivered with a song and a custom-made Valentine card, and most included homemade candy and a rose arrangement in a vase. The candy was made by members of Angels of Hope Survivors. Roses were donated by Flowerland of Fostoria, and flower arrangements created by Fostoria Ladies Garden Club.

Proceeds go to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society.

Lodge taking orders for sausage sale

Seneca Masonic Lodge No. 790, Republic, is taking orders for the March sausage sale. The meat is fresh and comes as bulk, link or bratwurst.

To order, contact any lodge member or call (419) 639-2049 by March 1. The sausage can be picked up March 9 at the lodge on SR 19.

Storytime dates set

BLOOMVILLE – Bliss Memorial Public Library is to host storytime at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday beginning March 5.

The program is for children ages 3-5 and consists of play time, stories, fingerplays, flannelboards, songs, and crafts.

The schedule is:

March 5 – These Feet Were Made for Movin’.

March 12 – For the Birds.

March 19 – Spring Has Come.

March 26 – Easter Friends.

April 2 – Here Comes the Rain.

April 9 – Monkey Love.

April 16 – Wiggle Worm.

April 23 – Under the Sea.

For more information or to register, call (419) 983-4675.

Dates announced for toddler time

BLOOMVILLE – Bliss Memorial Public Library will host toddler time at 6:30 Wednesday beginning March 6.

The program is for children ages 1-3 and is to consist of stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time.

The schedule is:

March 6- Teddy bears.

March 13 – Hands and feet.

March 20 – Springtime, birds and flowers.

March 27- Bunnies.

April 3 – Colors and rainbows.

April 17 – Pets.

April 24 – Transportation.

For information or to register, call (419) 983-4675.

Old Fort FFA ranked

Old Fort FFA Chapter started FFA Week Feb. 16 by placing fifth in a field of 20 teams at the State Food Science event on the campus of The Ohio State University, Columbus. Members of the team were Lea Wilczynski placing 11th, Johanna Becker placing 19th, Tonya Heileman placing 35th and Taylor Miller placing 63rd.

The event consists of a written test, a team product development project, a practicum in food safety and quality and a practicum in sensory evaluation.

H-L board meeting changed

BASCOM -The Hopewell-Loudon Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the Distance Learning Lab.

A special meeting also has been scheduled at 6 p.m. March 5 in the Distance Learning Lab.

Senior brunch set

The annual Senior Citizen’s Brunch is to be held at Columbian High School at 9:30 a.m. March 25 in the high school cafeteria.

All seniors 50 years and older living in the Tiffin City School District are eligible to receive free tickets. Tickets are limited to two per person and available at Allen Eiry Senior Center, and must be picked up in person during regular business hours.

The musical “Grease” will be shown following the brunch at 11:30 a.m.

Those that attend are advised to park in the Charlotte Street lot near the softball field. A shuttle bus is to be available and pickups begin at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 1:30 p.m.

TCS art show

Tiffin City Schools annual art show is 6:30-9 p.m. April 19 and noon-3 p.m. April 21 at Tiffin Middle School.

The show features art from students grades K-12.

TCS online courses

Tiffin City School is considered a member of the Virtual High School Collaborative. Area students and students from throughout the United States can take courses online through a catalogue of courses including German language and culture, epidemics, forensic science and number theory.

Paula Zirm, supervisor of gifted education, serves as the districts VHS site coordinator.

For more information, call Zirm at (419) 447-2515 or visit

Hopewell-Loudon taking enrollment applications

BASCOM – Hopewell-Loudon Local School District is to participate in the open enrollment program. Students from any Ohio school district may apply for attendance at Hopewell-Loudon Schools.

Applications for open enrollment are available in the Hopewell-Loudon board office or online at

Completed applications will be accepted 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning March 1. Deadline is March 22.

High school band students receive high marks

FOSTORIA – Fourteen Fostoria High School band students participated in 11 events at the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event, Feb. 16 at Marion Harding High School.

Students receiving a superior rating include freshmen Hunter Kauffman and Misty Lovejoy and juniors Alaina Conlin, Momoka Inuoe, Austin Poland, Ricky Medina, and Momoka Inuoe.

Students receiving an excellent rating include Alaina Conlin, Hunter Kauffman, Lydia Galvan, Raissa Napier, Hannah Nye, and Dylan Weimerskirch.

Students receiving a good rating include freshman Samantha Rusk, Alysha Baney, Samantha Rusk, Isabel King, and Cierra Valenti, and junior Austin Poland. The piano accompanist was Jennifer Abell.

ProMedica taking scholarship applications

FOSTORIA – Fostoria area students pursuing degrees in health care can apply for scholarships through the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation. Scholarships in the amounts from $500 to $1,500 will be awarded for the 2013-14 academic year.

Scholarship applications are available at and at the hospital welcome desk. Completed applications will be accepted through April 26 with awards announced in May and monetary disbursements in August.

For information, contact Glenna Phillips at (419) 436-6824 or

Heidelberg presents education summit

Heidelberg University’s School of Education is to present its inaugural Education Summit on assessment March 21-22.

George H. Wood, former Ohio University education professor, is to be the keynote speaker. Wood serves as superintendent and high school principal of Federal Hocking Local Schools in Stewart.

The summit begins at 4 p.m. March 21 with Wood’s keynote address and continues at 9 a.m. March 22 with a series of presentations:

Make it Real: Where Authentic Assessment and Standards Meet by Wood.

It’s More than Just Grades: Formative Assessment for Learning by Julie Green, assistant professor of special education at Heidelberg.

Uncommon Ways to Meet Common Core State Standards by Robin Dever, assistant professor of education at Kent State University and formerly a member of the education faculty at Heidelberg.

A panel discussion is to conclude the summit.

For additional information and to register, visit


Co-sponsors for the summit are the alumni organization, friends of Heidleberg Education, and Kappa Delta Pi, the education student honorary.

HU speech team takes trophies

Heidelberg University Speech Team members Hannah Long-Higgins and Ashley Racicot brought home a third-place team trophy at the 2013 Ohio Forensic Association’s State Varsity Championship at Marietta College Feb. 15-16. The team, coached by Dan Higgins, also won the Quality Speakers’ Award.

The team is to travel to St. Louis March 13-16 for Pi Kappa Delta’s 100 National Convention and


Business seminars set for March

FREMONT – The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

The schedule is:

9:30-11:30 a.m. March 6 at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 13 at Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 20 at Erie County Chamber of Commerce, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 27 at Terra State Community College Building B 101, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

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

Terra president advocates for community colleges

FREMONT -Terra State Community College President Jerome E. Webster recently spent time in Washington, D.C., meeting with legislators to advocate for community college support by the federal government. Trustee Nancy Grandillo, of Tiffin, also made the trip in support of Terra State.

Lawmakers get water quality lesson

A group of state and national legislators and representatives visited the National Center for Water Quality Research Feb. 14 and 20 on the campus of Heidelberg University to learn about the lab’s programs and research.

While representatives toured the facility, located in Gillmor Hall of Science, NCWQR staff members demonstrated equipment used in their research and spoke about the extensive data sets collected over the past four-plus decades.

Columbian grad on Wooster dean’s list

WOOSTER- Andrew Hoover, a graduate of Columbian High School, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at The College of Wooster.

Area native gets prestigious award

COLUMBUS – The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society of The Ohio State University has announced Daniel L. Toland, of Upper Sandusky, as a recipient of its 2013 Young Professional Achievement Award.

The society is to present the award at an alumni awards luncheon March 2 at the Fawcett Center for Tomorrow on OSU campus.

BGSU to host technology camp

BOWLING GREEN -A STEM based camp, Tech Trek, is to be offered to eighth grade girls at Bowling Green State University.

Eighty girls are to get the opportunity to participate in the camp. The cost for participants is $700, however BGSU is charging families $50 and fundraising for additional finances.

For information or to donate, contact Beth Pinheiro at (419) 372-7824, or email

Statehouse taking applications

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for a legislative and telecommunications fellowship program.

The Ohio General Assembly is to hire more than 20 fellows to work with members and staff at the Ohio House of Representatives and senate in 2014.

The program is open to graduates of all major fields of study. Fellowships are full-time, paid positions and application materials must be postmarked by April 1. The deadline for applications is May 31.

For more information call (614) 466-3615.

Baumann donates to local charities

On Feb. 13, Baumann Auto Group donated $100,000 to Liberty Center of Fremont, Village House of Fremont, Sandusky Co. YMCA, Back To The Wild of Castalia, Safe Harbour of Sandusky, Ruth Ann’s House of Port Clinton, Genoa Athletic Boosters, Morrison House of Tiffin, First Step of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties & Norwalk Area Food Bank.

Baumann Auto Group thanks the employees and volunteers of these local charities for their work.

Baumann has locations in Fremont, Norwalk, Port Clinton, Tiffin and Genoa.

McClung continues education

Dr. Brad McClung of McClung’s Animal Hospital recently attended conference on emerging infectious diseases spread by fleas and ticks, and clinical pharmacology focused on new treatment protocols to prevent antibiotic resistance.

Sunday announcements

Smith graduates from highway patrol

A Tiffin man was among 81 State Highway Patrol cadets to graduate from the patrol’s 153rd academy class Feb. 8.

According to a release from the State Highway Patrol, Joshua P. Smith graduated after 22 weeks of intense paramilitary training which included core values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness and self-defense. The cadets also received training in motor vehicle operations.

Smith received special honors for top performance in physical fitness, according to the release.

He has been assigned to Milan post.

Library closed for President’s Day

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed Monday in observance of President’s Day.

The library is to reopen Tuesday with regular hours.

Library directors to meet

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Board of Directors is to meet at noon Tuesday in the Junior Home Room.

Teen essay contest

The Teen Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a writing contest for teens in recognition of National Optimism Month.

Participants are asked to write an essay explaining what optimism means to them and who has helped develop optimism in their life. The contest is open for teens grades 6-12 and entries are due by March 11 in the Junior Library.

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

Group to read ‘The Tiger’s Wife’

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s adult book discussion group, “Let’s Talk About It,” has announced the title for the next meeting at 10:30 a.m. March 7 in the Junior Home Room.

The book to be discussed is Tea Obreht’s, “The Tiger’s Wife.” Copies of the book are available at the information desk and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Mystery Night at the library

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS -The Clyde Public Library is to present “The Clyde Casanova Gets His Just Desserts” at 7 p.m. Friday.

Join friends as teams of assistant detectives and interview persons of interest, view forensic results and crime scene materials and determine the who, why and how of the murder mystery.

Parental guidance is suggested for those younger than 14. Successful sleuths can win prizes. Registration is required and the program is free of charge.

Arrive by 7 p.m. as the library is to be closed at the time of the event. For more information or to register, call (419) 547-7174.

Scholarship for Bloom students

BLOOMVILLE – Applications for the 2013 Bloomville Lions Jim Newlove and Evelyn and Jerry Lutz Memorial Scholarship have been distributed to area schools. There are five $800 scholarships available for Bloom Township graduating seniors.

To date, 55 seniors have been awarded scholarships totaling over $15,000 over the past 23 years through donations and the Bloomville Lions Golf Scramble.

For more infromation, call Bloomville Lions secretary Dave Zartman at (419) 983-2475.

Business council to meet

The Tiffin City Board of Education Business Advisory Council is to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Administration Building in the conference room.

Vanguard-Sentiniel FFA hosts contest

Tiffin-Sentinel FFA hosted nine schools in the District 4 FFA Ag Sales contest Jan. 26. Students prepared sales presentaions, handled customer complaints and participated in a written test about sales and service.

Clyde FFA and Fremont Ross FFA satellite schools of Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology centers took home top honors that evening. The team of Travis Zimmerman, Jimmy Lauer, Tim Goshe, and Andrew Kiesel from Sentinel placed ninth overall.

Judges were Bryan Zimmerman, Sam Burnside, Andrew Kimmet, Randy Frankart, Jeff and Jason Fox, Ashley Burger, Tim Baum, Ron Wurm, Matt Lawson, Amelia Roser, Josh Bennett and Claudia Anyway.

Students give back to community

Tiffin City Schools is launching a student-based community service initiative where members of the community can request volunteers to help with projects.

Student volunteers can be requested through the Tiffin City School District website,, in the quick links section through the “Need help from our students” button.

For more information, contact Amy Schwarts at (419) 447-2515.

Playing for charity

Students at Tiffin Columbian are to participate in several competitions beginning Feb. 25 to raise money for charity and build sportsmanship among their classmates.

Activities include are tug of war, backward run, banana pass, jump rope and other games.

Elementary hosts blood drive

Washington K-1 is to host a Red Cross Blood Drive March 5.

This month students learned about blood and that blood donations can save lives.

Business program accepting applications

Ohio Business Week is accepting applications for its 2013 summer program. The week-long residential program is managed by the Ohio Business Week Foundation and assists in high school students in the American free enterprise system.

The program is June 23-29 on the campuses of Ohio Dominican University and July 28-Aug. 3 at Yongstown State University. Space is limited to 250 students.

The full cost of attendance is $850, however each student accepted to OBW would receive a $500 scholarship from a business, civic organization, foundation or individual to attend the program. Also, there is a $350 commitment fee to attend and financial aid is available.

A $50 early bird discount is to be given to students who apply before Feb. 28.

For more information or to apply, call (888) 377-7419 or visit

The third grade guarantee

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee is part an education policy backed by Gov. John Kasich and approved by state lawmakers in spring 2012 as part of Senate Bill 316.

According to the legistation, schools cannot promote students entering third grade in 2013-14 to fourth grade if they score below a certain level on the state reading test. That level is slightly below a passing score on the state reading test, the Ohio Achievement Assessment.

Exceptions apply to students who are learning English and in special education programs and to students who have been behind in reading in past years, have been held back before and have received extra help. Students also can be promoted if they pass a state-approved alternate reading test.

Heidelberg hosts former executive

Heidelberg University School of Business is to host an executive-in-residence of the spring semester Thursday and Friday, featuring former Owens-Illinois Inc. exec Ed White.

White was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Owens-Illinois before his retirement in June after 38 years with the company.

The executive-in-residence program provides students with career advice and a link to the corporate world.

White will lead a nine-member panel discusionon career preparation Thursday for Heidelberg business students. White is to visit several classes Friday, lecturing incorporate finance, business administration and strategic management and is to interact with students and parents as part of the Heidelberg School of Business’s Admissions Preview Day.

Joining White on the panel:

Stacy Cox, senior vice president of Croghan Colonial Bank and chair of the Berg Business Board.

Eric Willman, Old Fort Banking Co.

James Hill, 30 years experience establishing, managing and growing information technology businesses.

Anne Martin, vice president of human resources at National Machinery Co.

Brett Hohnson, Crogan Colonial Bank.

Barry Luse, senior vice president and trust officer at Croghan Colonial Bank.

Jon Laux, certified public accountant.

Charles Nagy, tresurer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

TU professor to co-present

Jonathan Appel, associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Tiffin University, is to co-present research at the annual American Counseling Association Conference March in Cincinnati.

Appel is to discuss how the family system concept of “differentiation of self” is related to specific measurements of “mindfulness,” a concept rooted in Buddhism.

Co-presenting with Appel is his wife, Dohee Kim-Appel, associate professor in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College.

TU business summit

Tiffin University’s School of Business is to host the second annual Summit to Success at 2 p.m. Friday in the Osceola Theatre, located in Gillmor Student Center.

The summit is to aid in preparing students for success in the business world. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The keynote speaker is Jeff Oravitz, president and CEO of Metokote Corp. He joined MetoKote in 2005 and has served as vice president of North American Operations, global vice president of Business Development and on the company’s board of directors.

TU music director goes national

Brad Rees, Tiffin University music department director, has been invited to serve as a participant at a choral directors’ roundtable at the national convention for the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas.

Rees also led the performance of TU’s a cappella group, Up in the Air, at the Ohio Music Education Association annual conference and is serving as judge at several choir competitions in Ohio and Indiana.

Nathan Santos, TU commercial music director, is serving as guest conductor for two high school honors vocal jazz ensembles in Pennsylvania this winter. The PMEA District 6 honors vocal jazz ensemble met in Johnstown in February, and the District 7 honors vocal jazz ensemble meets in Mechanicsburg in March.

TU to celebrate black History Month

Tiffin University is celebrating Black History Month with events for students, staff and the community to attend.

February is Black History Month, during which time African Americans celebrate their heritage.

Student African American Brotherhood, Student African American Sisterhood for Equality, Black United Students and the Office of Institutional Diversity are hosting movie nights, luncheons, socials, discussions, poetry slams and “a moment in black history” series and game show.

There are 1,521 African American students enrolled at TU and 15 full-time African American faculty members.

For a list of events visit,

Former Terra staffer gets Fulbright Award

PIPESTONE, MN -Ric Shrubb, president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to exchange students and agriculture faculty with Russia to advance substance farming techniques in Russia during the 2013 academic year.

Shrubb is a former vice president of Academic & Student Affairs at Terra Community College.

Dayton dean’s list

DAYTON – Area students named to the University of Dayton’s fall dean’s list include Alexandria Digby, Andrianna Iannantuono, George Iannantuono, and Justin Reinhart of Fostoria; Jarrod Wurm of Republic; Sam Arnold and Joan Poland of Tiffin; and Kyle Frobose of Upper Sandusky.

Hocking College dean’s list

NELSONVILLE -Area students on Hocking College dean’s list for the fall semester include Andrew Hendricks of Alvada and Jordan Zartman of Tiffin.

Bluffton dean’s list

BLUFFTON – Area students named to Bluffton University dean’s list for the fall term include Sarah Bernard of Attica; Randy Lambert and Eric Wilfer of Bloomville; and Amanda Cholodewitsch, Daniel Williams and Courtney Wringer of Tiffin.

Local graduates from law school

LANSING, Mich. – Ryan Good, of Hesperia, Mich., graduated cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Jan. 20.

Good was on the dean’s list and honor roll. Good also is a graduate of the University of Toledo and St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Fremont.

Good is the son of Jeff and Judy Good and he and his wife, Christa Sturtevant-Good have three children, Caleb, Aydan and Elaina.

Ohio State University list

COLUMBUS – Area students named to the Ohio State University dean’s list for the fall quarter include Maggie R. Burney, Grant E. Niedermier, Joshua J. Senn and Brooke E. Siesel of Attica; Sarah L. Agee, Alison M. Fields, Kelsey M. Layne, Nicole L Steinmetz and Eric Norman Eberhard of Bellevue; Taylor A. Hanes, Kalli A. Luhring, Aaron Weisenauer and Jared B. Wurm of Bloomville; Aaron J. Bishop, Jared R. Cox, Christopher D. Eidson, Cody M. Ellis, Adam Dornbirer, Hannah E. Hoover, Millissa K. Johnson, Kassidy Katona, Alicia P. Knipp, Brandon D. Kocher, Alyse M. McBride, Amanda J. McCoy, Jennifer L. Miller, Matt C. Moser, Michael L. Moser, Christa A. Reffey, Gabrielle R. Richardson, Talon D. Rittenhour, Trenton A. Rowland, Tori N. Schimpf, Donald R. Shumaker, Austin T. Smith, John M. Spears, Andrew W. Spiegel, Nikki G. Stuckert, Jessica Thompson amd Ashely M. Zornes of Bucyrus; Emily M. Harris of Carey; Lindsay A. Crockett, Ellen C. Hoy, Sonya J. Kwiatkowski, Cody W. Rine and Jessica L. Wasserman of Clyde-Green Springs; Alex D. Cramer, Emily A. Cramer, Lyn S. Drive, Justin D. Hammer, Katonya C. Lawson, Mary Ellen McAllister, Quniton W. Noel, Meghan E. St. Clair and Zeb Walters of Fostoria; Erika M. Coldiron and Craig J. Parker of McCutchenville; Rebecca L. Kimmet of New Riegel; Roni E. Good of Old Fort; Jonathan L Phillips of Republic; Ashley Cooper, Casey L. Edgington, Kara S. McCarthy and Jonathon J. Morter of Sycamore; Douglas J. Bouillon, Nathan R. Burns, Stephanie R. Creamer, Benjamin L. Davis, Megan Depinet, Bradley D. Frankart, Megan S. Gibson, Adam J. Hohman, Nick A. Hohman, Nicholas, J. Huffmon, Ashely M. Jackson, Tyler J. Knaplund, Austin, T. Magrum, Zachery T. Murphy, Ross J. Newlove, Gregory J. Reinhart, Olivia N. Riedy, Ryan J. Tran, Carly R. Yanni and Victoria Q. Zepp of Tiffin; and Trevor J. Barth, Shelby A. Caldwell, Jessica G. Creamer, Patricia D. Cortez, Rakay D. Kin, Haley M. Miller, Lauren A. Miller, Gwyneth A. O’Flaherty, Akshar Patel, Sydney R. Piecha, Jordan A. Patton, Ryan T. Rettig, Erin M. Rife, Cheri L. Schoenberger, Jakob A. Searfoss, Alec P. Stansbery and Abigail R. Warfel, of Upper Sandusky.

OSU fall graduates

COLUMBUS -Area students who graduating from The Ohio State University during Autumn Quarter 2012 include Jacob W. Chatlain, bachelor’s in human ecology, Kaleigh A. Henak, bachelor’s in arts, Jeffrey F. Hope, bachelor’s in science education, Ashley C. Horsley, master’s in education, Jennifer L. Miller, bachelor’s in business administration, and Cody D. Schifer, associate’s in arts, of Bucyrus; Shelby E. Walton, master’s in education, Clyde-Green Springs; Aliesha P. Boonie, bachelor’s in arts, of Sycamore; Aaron J. Banks, bachelor’s of arts, Douglas J. Bouillon, bachelor’s of arts, Lindsay M. Bloom, associate’s in applied science, Jordann E. Dillard, bachelor’s of arts, Adam J. Hohman, bachelor’s in pharmaceutical sciences, Audrey R. Neal, bachelor’s of science in agriculture, and Victoria Q. Zepp, associates of arts, of Tiffin; Roni E. Good of Old Fort; Julia M. Colman, bachelor’s of arts, and Chelcie M. Rutter, associate’s of applied science, of Fostoria; Melissa S. Gallant, bachelor’s of science in administration, Todd S. Karg, bachelor’s of science environment and resourses, Lauren A. Miller, bachelor’s of arts, Ryan T. Rettig, bachelor’s of business administration, and Katherine S. Seman, master’s of arts, of Upper Sandusky.

Cole W. Howey

Air Force Airman Cole W. Howey graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman 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.

Howey is the son of Chad and Yvette Howey of Clyde. He is a 2012 graduate of Clyde High School.

Gregory A. Davisson

Marine Corps Pvt. Gregory A. Davisson, son of Ann Szablewski and Doug Davisson, both of Tiffin, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Davisson stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

One week prior to graduation, Davisson endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Davisson is a 2012 graduate of Columbian High School, Tiffin.

St. Joseph Credit Union recognized

BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading credit union rating and research firm, has recognized Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union with a 5-star rating. To earn the superior rating, Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union must excel in areas of capital, asset quality, profitability and more. This is Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union’s 12th consecutive quarter for the rating.

Established in 1952, Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union has been serving the needs of its members for 61 years. It operates through two offices in Tiffin and online at

Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union is a member of the NCUA and is an Equal Housing Lender.

Fostoria hospital hosts support group

FOSTORIA Friends Helping Friends Cope, a women’s cancer survivor support group, is to meet 6 7 p.m. Tuesday at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. This support group is free.

Friends Helping Friends Cope was developed as an extended support service for women who have survived any form of cancer, as well as their family members and the public. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center, on the hospital’s lower level, entrance 2.

For information, call Kim Willford at (419) 436-6626 or visit

Consider donating in February

Every day, hospital patients depend on steady and consistent blood donations from volunteer donors for the ongoing and emergency medical care. Since February is American Heart Month, it’s a great time to put your heart into a worthwhile cause: donating blood at an American Red Cross blood drive to help hospital patients who require blood transfusion.

Since 1963, the president of the United States has proclaimed February as American Heart Month.

“Donating blood, and sharing your good health with others less fortunate, is a great way to observe this annual event,” said Tiffany Gradel, spokesperson for Western Lake Erie Blood Services of the Red Cross.

Sunday announcements

Couponing 101

CLYDE -The Clyde Public Library is to present Couponing 101 at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Whirlpool Room.

The presentation is to be by Robert Bobik, a computer network technician for Cleveland Public Libraries who maintains many Clevnet computer systems.

Bobik has been couponing for 15-20 years. He is to share his method of using coupons in combination with store sales and specials to reduce grocery bills.

No registration is required.

Mittens for cupid

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the knitting class Cupid’s Mittens 1:30-3:30 p .m. Saturday and Feb. 24 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

Participants should know how to knit, purl and be willing to learn to knit in the round, using either double-pointed needles or the magic-loop method.

A pattern is to be provided with the option of making adult or child-sized mittens. Participants should bring about 250 yards of smooth, worsted-weight yarn and needles in U.S. size 7.

Participants also are to have the option to donate completed mittens to a local charity.

Registration is required by calling (419) 447-3751 or at

Monthly Lego program set

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host Lego Saturday 1-3 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The event is for all ages and families to create their own Lego creations. The library is to provide Duplo Blocks for children ages 2-4 years old and Legos for children 4 and older.

February’s theme is a 20 piece challenge, which encourages participants to make a Lego creation with only 20 pieces.

For more information, call the Junior Library at (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Altrusa offering scholarships

Altrusa International of Tiffin is accepting scholarship applications for Seneca County residents pursuing post-secondary education.

Applications are available at Seneca County area high school guidance offices, at or from any Tiffin Altrusa member. The deadline is April 1.

Scholarships are made possible through Altrusa fundraisers.

Help available to senior pursuing degree in education

Seneca County Retired Teachers Association is to award a scholarship to a Seneca County high school senior who plans to pursue a career in education.

Application information has been sent to area high school guidance counselors. The deadline to apply is April 12. Applications include a completed form, high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay. An interview also may be requested at a later date.

The winner is to be notified after May 15.

Scholarship opportunity for girls

The Tiffin Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering scholarships to the AAUW Be Wise Camp.

The week-long residential camp for girls around Ohio is set for June 16-21 on the campus of Denison University in Granville.

Be WISE is a mathematics and science camp designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in girls enrolled in the sixth and seventh grades.

The cost of the camp is $480, which included room, board, and educational materials. The Tiffin Branch of AAUW is to provide each camper with 4240 toward the total cost.

For more information or to apply, call (419) 937-1079. The deadline to return completed applications and teacher recommendation forms is March 1.

Board meeting rescheduled

Seneca East Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled from Feb. 18 to 7 p.m. Monday at the board office.

Program committee to meet Monday

The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Program Committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the Administration Building in the conference Room.

High school parent/teacher conferences set

Parent/teacher conferences are to be by appointment 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Columbian High School.

There will be no school Friday. All Tech Prep and Vanguard classes are to be in session and bus transportation is to be provided.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call (419) 447-6331.

Archeology class at Earth Lit Center

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center on St. Francis Community campus is to offer an archeology class for students ages 5-10 at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the FELC located on the St. Francis Community campus, 200 St. Francis Ave.

The cost is $15. Students are to be able to do a dig with a chocolate chip cookie to learn the techniques used by archaeologists and then do a dinosaur dig of their own and make a 3-D dinosaur.

Students also are to be able to look at fossils and make a fossil of their own.

To register and for more information call, (419) 448-7485 or

Kindergarten registration begins at Old Fort

OLD FORT -The Old Fort Elementary School is taking registrations for kindergarten class of 2013-14 through March 15.

The child must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 to register. A Stepping into Kindergarten meeting for parents is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. March 19. Screening isApril 26 by appointment only.

For more information, call (419) 992-1024.

Kindergarten registration starts in Fostoria

FOSTORIA – Fostoria City Schools is to have kindergarten registration 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 15 at Longfellow Elementary School, 619 Sandusky St.

Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 and reside in the district to be eligible for kindergarten during the 2013-14 school year.

Parents and legal guardians must bring documentation at the time of registration which includes proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate or hospital record, immunization records, social security card, and custody agreement, if applicable.

A medical history form will be completed by the parent or legal guardian at the registration. Children should accompany their parent or guardian to receive a required vision and hearing screening at no charge in addition to a brief literacy assessment.

If a child needs any of the required immunizations, the Seneca County Heath Department provides weekly clinics in Fostoria and Tiffin. For information on the clinics or to schedule an appointment call, (419) 435-6673.

For more information, call (419) 436-4135.

K of C announces grant winner

FOSTORIA -The Ohio Knights of Columbus awarded St. Wendelin Catholic Schools freshman Cameron Hunter with a scholarship Feb. 7.

Scholarships are available for Catholic students in grades 9-12 attending Catholic High Schools in Ohio. This is the 17th year Knights of Columbus Scholarships have been awarded.

Area native receives award

NEW RIEGEL -Nathan Lynch of New Riegel was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches at their annual Hall of Fame Banquet held in Columbus.

This award is to acknowledge individuals who have given exceptional service to the sports of track and cross country in Ohio.

Parents learn Importance of Play

The Seneca-Wyandot Parent Mentor Program of North Central Ohio Educational Service Center and Seneca County Help me Grow Family Support Specialist are to be sponsoring “The Importance of Play,” Feb. 19 at the Family Learning Center at Sentinel Career and Technology Centers, 797 E. TR 201.

The program is to be presented by Kate Plott, mental health therapist of the Wyandot Counseling Association. It is to proved parents with useful play techniques and effective parenting with children ages 3-10.

Register by calling (419) 447-7674 or (800) 549-5959

St. Wendelin senior receives racing awards

FOSTORIA – Heather Saalman, senior at St. Wendelin Catholic Schools, attended the Summit Motorsports Park Annual banquet.

Heather is the track champion in the Advanced Junior Dragster class. She was also awarded a plaque for a fifth place finish in the Accel Sportsman class, which is a street-car class.

Heather raced a 1993 Ford Mustang and was nominated and chosen as Rookie of the Year and accumulated 17 points throughout the season.

Carnival of fun and learning

Fostoria’s Longfellow Elementary School is to host the Carnival for Longfellow Learners 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Longfellow Elementary.

Learning activities to help with reinforcing math and literacy skills for preschool and kindergarten students are to be featured.

The event is free, with free hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn.

Lakota kindergarten registration

KANSAS – Residents of the Lakota Local School District who have a child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 may register them for kindergarten.

Registration is to be conducted at Risingsun First Church of God, 7968 US 23, Risingsun. The screening is to be April 4 and 5.

To schedule an appointment, call (419) 986-6640.

February student of the month

KANSAS – Lauren Raymond has been selected by the staff of Lakota High School as the January 2013 student of the month.

Raymond is the daughter of John and Amy Raymond of Bradner.

McPherson Middle School students of the month

CLYDE – January students of the month at McPherson Middle School are Hunter Rofkar, Madison Bannister, Alayna Barrera, Kristopher Mange, Austin Nasser and Bree Dowling.

North Central Academy awarded for clean audit

COLUMBUS -Auditor of State Dave Yost announced North Central Academy in Tiffin has received the Auditor of State Award for a clean audit report.

Heidelberg honors faculty and staff

Heidelberg University honored faculty and staff who completed milestone years of service in 2012 at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon Jan. 31. The 34 honorees have contributed 425 years of service to the university.

In addition to the service awards, the annual Jeannine Curns Distinguished Service Awards for administrative and support staff were presented. The winner of the Curns Award for Administrative Staff is Cindy Hay, assistant registrar. Ronda Winkler, payroll officer, received the Curns Award for Support Staff.

Those receiving service awards were:

35 years: Kathryn Venema.

30 years: Gary E. Dickerson, William Reyer.

25 years: Pamela Faber.

20 years: William Grasman, Terry Magers, Ginny Mesnard.

15 years: David Kimmel, Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders, Tobey Robison, Jenny Shetterly.

10 years: Nik Boyer, Dustin Brentlinger, Donna Hefner, Lindsay Kagy, Wendy Kelbley, Linda Mapus, Ryan Musgrave, Linda Stine, James Troha.

5 years: Kyle Ardner, Trevor Bates, Kevin Bohn, Carol Dusdieker, Michael Fehlen, Chad Fitzgerald, Michael Hallett, Ashley Helmstetter, Rod Morrison, Keri Newell, Ray Pollard, Teresa Schmidt, the Rev. Paul Stark.

TU to partner with Indians

Tiffin University’s School of Business is partnering with the Cleveland Indians baseball team mentoring program designed to improve student’s sales skills.

According to Bonnie Tiell, TU’s associate dean of graduate studies, more than 70 marketing and sport management students in four classes will be mentored this spring by Matt Clark, group’s sales account executive for the Indians.

Clark is to visit the TU campus Wednesday to offer students a one-hour basic sales training seminar. TU faculty and students are to visit Cleveland’s Progressive Field Feb. 27. Students are to compete individually and as groups to sell tickets to the April13-14 Indians’ home stand against the Chicago White Sox.

International Dinner March 23 at TU

Tiffin University is to host its 22nd Annual International Dinner with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. March 23 in the Gillmor Student Center.

This year’s theme is “United Colors of TU,” in honor of the peoples, cultures and colors of the world.

Tickets are $10 each. For information or to purchase tickets, call (419) 448-3369, e-mail or visit the International Student Services Office on the second floor of Franks Hall.

Genetics course offered at TU

Tiffin University is offerening a genetics course to its science program and students are learning about genes, how they are inherited using the drosophila (fruit fly) model, and how to be able to predict the outcomes of different genetic crosses.

As part of this course, students are to learn how genes are regulated, how to map genes and learn molecular techniques which are relevant to this course.

For more information, contact Sushmita Ghosh at (419) 448-3591.

Tiffin University fall dean’s list

Area students on the fall semester dean’s list at Tiffin University include Alex Acree, Amber Brickner, Corey Harrold and Jamie Young of Carey; Chelsea Bennett, Ryan Coutright, Elizabeth Cousino, Kellee Hensley and Scott Ruttmann of Upper Sandusky; Erica Cenkus, Alex Dority, Alyssa Millis and Dawn Stiger of Clyde; Jillissa Reesman and Amanda Zack of Attica; Shawn Davis, Katelyn Teschner and Brittany Twigg of Bettsville; James Akers, Britney Hays, Rick Zeigler of Bloomville; Donielle Crall and Schirley Justiniano of Bucyrus; Courtney Hall, Naomi Karr, Monica Murray, Roshankumar Patel, Douglas Stewart and Eva Tanner of Fostoria; Brice Taylor of Green Springs; Olivia Frantz and Amy Gosche of Kansas; Casin Spero of New Riegel; Elliott Lee and Jarron Theis of Republic; Eric Sowers of Sycamore; Quierra Adams, Hamad Al Hammadi, Nicole Arnder, Anthony Birch, Carl Bishop, Stephanie Bobotas, Brooklyn Boehler, Carli Bogard, Tiffany Bragg, Ashley Brodman, Eric Brown, Nicole Bruck, Antoinette Carter, David Chimahusky, Monique Clagg, Leslie Conley, Christine Courtney, Rafael Cuellar, Blake Debruyn, Scott Devaughn, Kelly Feasel, Cory Fowler, Richard Fox, Matthew Frank, Desirea Freshcorn, Angelica Garcia, Jaycee Garrow, Micahel Gibbons, Michael Gomez, Emmanuel Grembo, Derek Griffin, Savannah Harner, Cheyenne Hartman, Al’;Licia Hill, Maria Hoepf, Chelsea Houtz, Cara Kelley Mekenna Klaiss, Deker Kneeskem, Maureen Kurtz, Xian Wen Liu, Kayla McClintock, Shanice McLellan, Heather messer, Tyler Perry, Natasha Saylors, Seth Sholl, Nakisha Small, Karlie Snyder, Merete Soeberg, Zane Troup, Benjamin Wagner, Alexander Weaver and Kershauna Young of Tiffin.

Tiffin native on Otterbein dean’s list

WESTERVILLE -Ashley N. Carlisle of Tiffin was named to the dean’s list at Otterbein University for the 2012 fall semester.

Columbus State Community College dean’s list

COLUMBUS – Area students named to the fall semester dean’s list at Columbus State Community College include Holly Nielsen of Bloomville and Joel Duress of Upper Sandusky.

Bluffton dean’s list

BLUFFTON – Area students named to Bluffton University’s dean’s list for the fall semester include Amanda Cholodewitsch, Daniel Williams and Courtney Winger, all of Tiffin.

H-L graduate to perform in Findlay Pops concert

FINDLAY – Ryan Wood, a 2010 Hopewell-Loudon High School graduate, is to perform in The University of Findlay’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Pops concert “Music for the Red Carpet” at 3 p.m. today in the TLB Auditorium, Winebrener Theological Seminary.

Wood, is the son of Roger and Charlene Wood, of Tiffin.

Tiffin native has hand in UF play

FINDLAY – Samantha Prenzlin, a 2008 Columbian High School graduate, is to be serve as a costume assistant in The University of Findla’s performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” Feb. 20-24 in the John and Hester Powell Grimm Theatre, located in the Frank J. Egner Center for the Performing Arts.

Prenzlin is the daughter of Nancy Prenzlin, of Tiffin.

For tickets, call (419) 434-5335.

Hospital to offer lunch ‘n learn event

FOSTORIA – The next meeting of the Eat with an Expert Lunch ‘n Learn series is noon-1p.m. Wednesday in the ProMedica

This month’s topic is hearth health in recognition of American Heart Month with local cardiologist Paul Berlacher as the speaker.

Fostoria Community Hospital Board Room, entrance 2/first floor.

The free events are focused on educating the community about health topics, while providing participants with a chance to ask a local expert any questions they might have about the program topic.

Registration is required. To R.S.V.P., call ProMedica Wellness at (419) 436-6688 or e-mail

For more information, visit

Low vision support 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 at St. Francis Home located at 182 St. Francis Avenue in Tiffin. The session is Participating in Clinical Trials, presented by Dr. David Birch, Dr. David Saperstein, Dr. Matthew Vincent, and Dr. David Wilson.

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

Fairhaven administrator receives honor

UPPER SANDUSKY – Cydney Bare, interim administrator of Fairhaven Community, has been named a fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, a professional society for long-term care administrators.

Becoming a fellow requires participation in professional continuing education, suitable formal education, community service and at least two years of voting membership.

Since 2009, Bare has been certified as a nursing home administrator through ACHCA and serves as president of the Ohio Chapter. Bare joined Fairhaven as interim administrator Jan. 7.

Local attorney appointed to Ohio Commodores

Attorney Karl C. Kerschner was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores January 17. The Association of Ohio Commodores held a cabinet luncheon in Columbus at the Athletic Club. Karl was sponsored for induction by Karen Gillmor, chairperson of the Ohio Industrial Commission.

Kerschner is the managing partner of Meyer & Kerschner Ltd., a law firm that focuses on business, financial institution, and estate planning representation. Meyer & Kerschner Ltd. was founded in Tiffin and has offices in Tiffin and Columbus.

Kerschner obtained his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a member of Ohio State Law Journal. Prior to purchasing the Meyer & Kerschner Ltd., Kerschner worked with large corporate law firms in Columbus and Cincinnati. For the past 4 years, he has been named by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for his legal work on behalf of businesses and financial institutions.

Gov. James A. Rhodes formed the Association of Ohio Commodores in 1966 for the purpose of assisting the state of Ohio in advancement in all areas contributing to the growth and development of the state and greater prosperity of its citizens.

Harassment law meeting set

Findlay Area Human Resources Association is to host a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The meeting is to focus on developments in harassment law, including types of of harassment, conducting harassment investigations and a legal update on recent harassment decisions, presented by Heidi N. Hartman.

The meeting, which is to take place at the Findlay Country Club, 1500 Country Club Drive, Findlay, includes lunch 11:30-noon, legal update at 11:50 a.m. and a program noon-1 p.m.

Cost is $15 for FAHRA members, $20 for non-FAHRA members and $10 for students/members in transition. Regiation and payment can be made at Payment also is to be accepted as cash or check at the door.

For more information, contact Kristina Van Buskirk at (419)421-4713 or email

Dayne Vincent Williams

Dayne Vincent Williams, a 2007 Columian High School graduate and 2011 Heidelberg University graduate, was sworn into the United States Marshal Service Dec. 20, 2012, after completing training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia.

Williams is the son of Benjamin R. and Shirley A. Williams.

He has been temporarily assisgned to serve out of the federal building in El Centro, Calif.

Sunday announcements

Babies and Books to meet in February

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the date for “Babies and Books” for the month of February.

There will be two 30-minute classes at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

“Babies and Books” features stories, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Parents or caregivers and babies, age birth to 24 months old, are asked to sign up for one session of language enrichment activities.

To register, beginning Tuesday, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Knitting classes at the library

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host open knitting sessions 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The event is open to all ages and all knitting levels.

Participants are asked to bring their own yarn, needles and project. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For information, call (419) 447-3751.

Library computer classes for March

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the schedule for adult computer classes in March 2012. Space is limited so registration is necessary.

Mouse 101, 6-7 p.m. March 6.

Intro to Excel, 6-7:30 p.m. March 13.

Basic Computing, 6-7:30 p.m. March 19.

Beginning Word, 2-3:30 p.m. March 26.

Intermediate Excel, 6-7:30 p.m. March 27.

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

Tiffin foundation offers scholarships

The Tiffin Charitable Foundation Inc. is offering scholarships to area students.

Scholarships include:

Stephen Brodman Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships awarded to graduates of Calvert High School.

Casey Rochelle Elchert Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships awarded to graduates of Columbian and Calvert high schools.

Garlapati Family Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships awarded to one eighth-grader and one senior from Tiffin Schools who demonstrates leadership to prevent bullying.

Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships are awarded to graduates of Seneca County high schools.

Teresa Kessler Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarship awarded to a New Riegel High School senior pursuing a two- or four-year degree program at a college or university.

Katie Wertz Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarship awarded to a senior at Sentinel Career Center pursuing a post-secondary degree.

Daniel G. Klepper Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships awarded to graduates of Calvert High School.

Donna Warns March and Donald R. March Scholarship: Annual scholarships to Hopewell-Loudon graduating seniors.

Father Edmund F. Morman Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarship awarded to a New Riegel High School senior who is pursuing a two- or four-year degree program at a college or university.

New Riegel Moose Lodge Scholarship Fund: Scholarships to graduating seniors whose parents are New Riegel Moose members.

Mary Lou Schultz Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships to students studying to become registered nurses.

Tiffin Columbian Alumni Association Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarship to a graduate of Columbian High School.

Harland & Ida Warns Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships to graduates of Hopewell-Loudon School pursuing a career in education.

Linda K. Wurm Memorial Trust: Annual scholarship to a graduating senior of Calvert High School pursuing studies in medical or health-related field.

Nick Zeyen Memorial Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarship to a graduating senior of Columbian High School who plans to attend a college or university and earn a two- or four-year degree.

Roland Zimmerman Inspiration Scholarship Fund: Annual scholarships to graduating seniors enrolled in high school agriculture education pursuing a post-secondary degree in a program of agricultural study.

St. Francis Care Center Foundation of Green Springs Scholarship Fund: Scholarship grants to students in associates, bachelor or higher degree programs in the health care field. Students must have completed at least two years of a four-year program or one year of a two-year program to apply.

Students should contact their guidance office for applications.

Safety council scholarship

FREMONT -The Sandusky County Safety Council, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to qualified class of 2012-13 high school seniors who intend to pursue studies in a safety-related field.

Applicants must be children, stepchildren or grandchildren of Sandusky County Safety Council member companies. A list of Sandusky Safety County members is available from the chamber.

A $1,000 scholarship also is offered to qualifying students enrolled full- or part-time in a safety-related course of study at the post-secondary level.

For more information or to apply, call (419) 332-1591, or ask at county high school guidance offices. Applications must be returned by March 31 to Chamber office, attn: Jim Miranda, 101 S. Front St. Fremont, OH 43420.

Theme day rescheduled

FOSTORIA- Theme day at Longfellow Elementary, “Where, Oh Where? Maps and Locations,” has been rescheduled for Thursday.

TMS parent teacher conferences

Tiffin Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb. 15. Students are to attend school Thursday, but not Friday.

For information, call (419) 447-3358 or visit

Mohawk FFA members receive chapter degrees

Nine members of Mohawk FFA received chapter degrees Jan. 14 at Mohawk School. The recipients were Meghan Chaffee, Austin Morter, Austin Harris, Aaron Vasquez-Miller, Bri Thiery, Kelsea Fleming, Kevin Lonsway, Morgan Sniffen and Caitlin Huffman.

Kayla Draper gave the introduction, Emily Daniel led the invocation, Jarred Shellhouse was president for the ceremony and Deon Morter gave closing comments.

Gary Klopfenstein, the District 4 FFA president, spoke at the event.

Transition fair set

North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is to sponsor the Transition Fair 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at Sentinel Career and Technology Center.

The event is to provide high school special needs students, parents, teachers and administrators information about community agencies and colleges in the Seneca and Wyandot county area.

Free transportation is to be provided by SCAT for students and parents. For more information, call Susan Phillips at (419) 448-7344.

For more information about the fair, contact Steve Gilbert at (419) 447-2927, Marta Mohr at (419) 447-7521 or Michele Spencer at (419) 448-1212.

Sentinel students of the month

Students recognized in January at Sentinel Career & Technology Center include Brandi Godlove, of Fostoria, daughter of Steven and Ann Garner; Shannon Somers, of Tiffin, daughter of Kevin and Cathy Somers; and Bridgett Stallard, of Mohawk, daughter of Darin Stallard and Dennisa Parrott.

Tiffin Middle School students of the month

Students recognized in December at Tiffin Middle School include Andrew Branson, Logan Franklin, Megan Fry, Hunter Breidenbach, Cora Grine, Madrienne Herdlick, Marina Pennycuff, Toby Ramsdell, Gavin Borer, Jessica Funk, Johnathan Hedges and Andrea Spurck.

St. Wendelin perfect attendance

FOSTORIA – Students recognized for perfect attendance at St. Wendelin for the first semester include 2nd-graders Alexandrea Jackson, Collin McCarty and Evan Mersch; 3rd-graders Lucas Souder and Adrien Tolento; 4th-graders Taylor Leiter, Sarah McCarty and Gerardo Oliveros; 5th-graders Anna Bowman, Erika Gonzales, Braelyn Moes and Vincent Volpe and 6th-graders Austin Goodman, Collin Hipsher, Hannah Kelbley, Patrick Pariseau, Allyson Souder and Ashton Wolfe.

Buckeye Centeral perfect attendance

NEW WASHINGTON – Students recognized for perfect attendance at Buckeye Central include kindergarteners Ryan Carver, Phoebe Durnwald, Bailey Holt, Riley Kilgore and Makayla Martin; 1st-graders Faye Betts, Gavin Carman, Derex Dean, Laine Dixon, Christopher Hancock, Nora Lane, Tyler Mason and Landon Sherwood, 2nd-graders Kirsten Ady, Hunter Allgyre, K’liyah Joseph, Kaelynn Norville, Preston Rachel, Donnie Reinhart and Grady Schafer; 3rd-graders Damian Dean, Koda Kehres and Allen Reinhart, and 4th-graders Mason Brown, Warren Lillo, Timothy Pugh and Zachary Seiler.

Clyde FFA sales team places first

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS – Clyde FFA Ag Sales team placed first at district ag sales competition Jan. 24 at Sentinel Career Center.

The team consisted of seniors Kayla Dales and Jessica Miller and juniors Kayla Geyer and Brittany McClure. The students had to prepare a sales demonstration, handle a customer complaint and complete a written examination about sales and marketing.

The team is to travel to Columbus March 2 to compete at state.

HU speech team piling up trophies

Under the direction of adjunct communication instructor Daniel Higgins, Heidelberg University Speech Team won second place at the Ohio Forensic Association’s Novice State Championship Tournament. In addition, the team earned a special distinction as the quality award winning team. Individually, junior Ashley Racicot of Dudley, Mass., placed first in the programmed oral interpretation category and second in after-dinner speaking.

The team also competed at Ohio University Interstate Individual Events Tournament. There, junior Hannah Long-Higgins of Canal Winchester won first place with her after-dinner speech and third place with her programmed oral interpretation speech. Senior Gabby Mintz of New Riegel placed second in informative speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking.

The team is preparing for state varsity tournament at Marietta College.

Grad courses offered at HU

Teachers in professional fields soon are to have a new learning opportunity through the School of Education at Heidelberg University.

Through the graduate education program, Heidelberg offers online classes leading to endorsement in K-12 reading. The reading endorsement consists of four, three-semester hour graduate courses. All courses are offered online during the school year and in the traditional classroom in the summer. These courses may be completed as courswork only, by non-degree students, used as electives in Heidelberg’s graduate education degree program or as additional coursewook for those already holding a master’s degree.

Classes are forming now and are scheduled to begin in March. Heidelberg will offer the first two online courses with two more scheduled for May and June. After completing the K-12 reading endorsement coursework, students must take a state-mandated examination.

Heidelberg also is partnering with UThink for instruction of the reading endorsement coursework. In addition to the reading endorsement coursework, Heidelberg has applied to offer Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages through UThink. Approval is pending with the Ohio Board of Regents.

The School of Education also is offering endorsement of the addition of grades 4 and 5 to a current early childhood education pre-K through grade 3 teaching license. Teachers with other licenses may take these courses for credit or licensure renewal but cannot add the 4/5 endorsement to their license.

This endorsement consists of five two-semester-hour graduate-level classes. These courses are also offered in the summer.

For more information, call (419) 448-2125 or visit

Track and field event at TU

Ohio AAU youth track and field event is to be conducted at Tiffin University Feb. 23 for children ages 6-18 years old.

The cost is $10 per child to be paid before Feb. 16.

For more information, contact DeCarlo Blackwell at (614) 805-9713 or register at

Findlay college hosts workshops

FINDLAY – Brown Mackie College is to have health workshops at no charge to the public.

Community Outreach Day-Helping You Care for Those You Love event begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the school, 1700 Fostoria Ave., Findlay.

The day is feature workshops and lectures, including:

Today’s total joint replacement, 9-10 a.m.

Basic life support and first aid, 10-11 a.m.

Protect the ones you love-disaster training, 11 a.m.- noon.

Choosing and modifying toys for your child, noon-1 p.m.

Showing love through a living will, 1-2 p.m.

A notary will be available 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is encouraged as seating is limited for select presentations. For information, contact Andrea Voll at (419) 429-8631 or avoll@brown

Financial aid event set at Terra

Terra State Community College is to host the state-wide college financial aid event, College Goal, at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.

The event, presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents, is to assist students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants.

Walk-ins welcome but registration is encouraged. For information, call (800) 233-6734 or visit

Local students make Wilmington dean’s list

WILMINGTON Several area residents have been named to the Wilmington College dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester.

Students include Kirsten E. Glick, of Fostoria, sophomore, athletic training; Spencer N. Robles, of Clyde, sophomore, business administration; Dominic J. King, of Bettsville, freshman, undecided major, and Christine S. Tiell, of Tiffin, senior, athletic training.

Matthew G. Hill

Marine Corps Pvt. Matthew G. Hill, son of Kelly Menningen of Tiffin, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Hill stayed committed to military training. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Hill endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Hill is a 2011 graduate of Carey High School.

Columbia gas to donate $5 for customers who go paperless

Columbia Gas of Ohio and American Red Cross Thursday announced a partnership to help the environment and support local Red Cross offices across northwest Ohio.

For each customer who enrolls in Columbia Gas of Ohio’s free, paperless billing service through March 31, the company is to donate $5 to local Red Cross offices.

The paperless billing option is a free way for customers to manage their account and help the environment at the same time. Visit and select “Manage Your Account” to sign up for free, paperless direct e-bill services.

E-bill customers can continue to mail their payment if they prefer. Or, they can pay online at no charge and perform other business on their account, such as signing up for the budget payment plan.

McClung attends conference

Dr. Brad McClung of McClung’s Animal Hospital attended a four-day conference on canine and feline ophthalmic medicine and surgery, detailing ocular emergencies, new and innovative medical treatments and advanced surgical techniques.

January is blood donor month

Since 1970, blood collection organizations like the American Red Cross have designated January as National Blood Donor Month. Each year, about 9.5 million volunteers donate around 16 million units of whole blood and red blood cells. About 20 percent of these donors are giving blood for the first time.

Every day, about 44,000 units of blood are transfused in the United States. And while that need is constant, blood donations often slump during the winter months due to the cold and inclement weather. That makes it even more important for donors to give blood if they can.

Hospital hosts support group

FOSTORIA The Kidney Disease Support Group is to meet at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. This support group is free.

This support group was developed as an extended support service to those who have kidney disease, their family members and interested public. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center, on the lower level, entrance 2.

For more information, call Keesha Talley at (419) 436-6685 or visit