Sunday announcements

Time remains to secure HEAP funding

Although it is officially spring, the temperatures, and many household energy bills, still bear reminders of winter. Columbia Gas of Ohio announces there still is time and available funding to secure assistance for energy bills.

Many of the programs are available for households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; for a family of four, that figure is $46,100.

For households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, several assistance programs are still available, including:

Winter crisis program: Available through March 31, it provides assistance once per heating season to eligible households that are disconnected or threatened with disconnection.

Winter reconnect order: Available through April 15, it allows customers whose service is off for non-payment or who have received disconnection notices to take advantage of this service. No matter what amount is owed, service can be restored or maintained with a payment of $175 plus a reconnection fee.

Applications for HEAP: Available through May 31, the Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program administered statewide by the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance. It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans with their home heating bills.

For more information, visist

Tiffin library hosts book sale

The Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host its annual book sale 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19 and 20 and 2-4:30 p.m. April 21 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

There will be a bag sale Sunday, selling any sized bag of books for $2.

There will be a special preview for Friends of the Library members only 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 18; memberships will be available at the door.

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

Teens win video challenge

Tiffin-Seneca Public Libary’s Teen Advisory Board has won the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s video competition at the state level and will go on to nationals.

The T-SPL video was created by TAB members Lynette Kelbley, Shawn Daniel and Sarah Bryant. The video was selected as the Ohio winner and won a cash prize for the creators and a cash award for the library.

The video will be featured on the library’s

Facebook page at

Want to improve your Spanish?

CLYDE – The “La Tertulia” Spanish club is to meet 10-11 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month at the Clyde Public Library.

The club is geared toward those who have a basic knowledge of the language and want to improve their speaking skills. Registration is not required and the program is free.

Clyde collectors to meet

CLYDE – The Clyde Public Library will host “My Favorite ‘Clyde’ Things II” at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Attendees are asked to bring in items of local interest that they have collected.

No registration is required and the program is free.

Board to meet

The Tiffin City Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafetorium at the Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.

Vanguard offers services for donations

FREMONT Community members are invited to the Community Outreach Day 9:30-10:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Thursday at Vanguard Tech Center, 1306 Cedar St.

Students are asking for community members to donate non-perishable items to be given to charity. Students are to offer free services in return such as blood pressure checks, manicures, small appliance trouble shooting, car wash, small vehicle maintenance, identification kits for kids, address labels and more.

In addition, a class to teach how to make flower corsages is to be offered 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. in the landscaping and greenhouse management lab.

For more information, call (419) 334-5692.

Calvert offers special needs scholarship

Calvert Catholic Schools is looking to accept more special-needs students through the Jon Perterson Special Needs Scholarship Program.

The program is provided by the Ohio Department of Education. A scholarship is to be provided to a student with special needs who has an individualized education plan. Funds will be awarded to the families to pay the tuition at private schools and for additional services of intervention specialists and other therapists.

Deadline for applications is April 15.

For more information, call Todd Fox at (419) 447-5790.

Kindergarten registration for Clyde-Green Springs

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS – Kindergarten registration for the 2013 school year for Clyde-Green Springs Schools will be held in April.

Eligibility is open to children living in the Clyde-Green Springs District who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1.

Registration dates are April 16 at Green Springs Elementary and April 17 and 18 at Clyde Elementary.

For an appointment, call (419) 547-0588 by April 12.

Education leaders receive honors

The Northwestern Ohio Education Association announced some local Education Association members were recipients of awards during the district’s annual awards banquet March 7.

Jennifer Conner of New Riegel Local Schools was awarded the NWOEA Local Service Award; Jerry Schlick of Seneca East Local Schools was awarded the NWOEA District Service Award; and Danielle Clime of Seneca East Local Schools was awarded the NWOEA Promising Leader Award.

Students receive science awards

Columbian High School students Lindsay Gilikin, Katie Repp, Jacob Dickman, Braden Kuhn, Kayla Magrum and Gage Dryfuse competed at the Marion Area Science and Engineering Fair March 16-17.

Repp received a $50 prize from Northern Ohio Wastewater Treatment and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Dickman was awarded the district award for best 11th grade project and the In Vitro Biology Award. Dryfuse received the Yale Award for the best 11th grade project in the area of physics, chemistry and engineering.

Fostoria Relay For Life sets event

FOSTORIA -The Fostoria City Schools Relay For Life Team, “Next Generation” is to host Crop Out Cancer 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27 in the Fostoria High School cafeteria.

Cost to attend is a $25 donation to the American Cancer Society as part of the Relay For Life Team. The day includes scrapbooking. A light lunch will be provided. Two “Make-and-Take” card projects will be available for an extra $5 donation. There also will be a silent auction with proceeds going to ACS.

To attend, forms must be turned in no later than April 19 with the $25 donation.

For more information, contact Amy Baxter at (419) 436-4110 ext. 2201 or


V-S to offer EMT classes

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers will be offering an EMT program in April.

The first class is 6-10 p.m. April 2 at the Vanguard Campus in Fremont.

Another class 6-10 p.m. April 10 at the Sentinel Campus in Tiffin.

To register, call (419) 334-6901 ext. 2731.

Bank offers scholarships

Charter One Bank is offering its third annual TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship, awarding a total of $50,000 in college scholarships to 40 students across the country for the 2013-14 academic year.

Applications are being accepted April 1, participation is limited to 3,000 applicants.

For more information, visit

Food Service group finishes meetings

Food Service Chapter 74 was to conclude its 2012-13 school year of meetings March 19. Jan Beard, Rose Zoeller and Deb Shellhammer were to step down from their positions as new officers were to be installed.

Through February, a total of 162,248 reimbursable lunches and 24,408 breakfasts were served to Tiffin City School District’s students.

TU to host Easter egg hunt

Tiffin University’s Student Government is to host the annual Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Heminger Recreation Center.

Age groups are 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6, and 7 and up. Hunting times vary.

Also featured will be the TU Dragon and the Easter Bunny.

There is no charge for the event just bring a basket to collect eggs.

For more information, call Laura Green at (419) 448-3424.

Program hits record enrollment

As of the fall 2012 semester, Tiffin University’s master of humanities program has enrolled 165 students, more than double the program’s enrollment from the previous year.

Tiffin University establishes school

Tiffin University has established the School of Graduate and Degree Completion programs to begin operation during the summer semester 2013.

The new school is to oversee academic administration of all graduate and degree completion programs currently offered including bachelor’s degree completion programs in business administration, criminal justice, professional studies, paralegal studies, and master’s degree programs in business administration, criminal justice, education and humanities. Additional degree programs will be added in the near future.

TU honors seniors

Tiffin University is to honor the academic achievements of seniors at the annual academic honors ceremony at 1:30 p.m. April 7 in the Gilmor Student Center.

TU’s professor’s paper accepted to national conference

Tiffin University Professor James Rovira’s paper, “Knowing Love and Peace by their Opposites: the Demonic in Blake and Kierkegaard,” has been accepted for the 2013 National Conference of North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, to be held later this year in Boston.

TU’s Fang-Mei Law presents papers

Tiffin University Professor Fang-Mei Law presented two accepted research papers at the 2013 Academy of Criminal Justice Science annual meeting. The papers were “Why Do College Students Drink?” and “The Impact of Reality Therapy on Self-Efficacy for Female Drug Offenders in Taiwan.”

The conference was March 19-23, in Dallas, Texas.

Tiffin riders excel

Tiffin University equestrian team competed at the regional competition at the equestrian facilities of University of Findlay March 16.

Hunt seat riders were Michelle Holman, who placed fourth in novice equitation on the flat, and Josh Gerschutz, who placed sixth in advanced walk trot canter equitation.

Overall, the hunt seat team placed fifth out of 12 teams in the region for the year. The western team was reserve champion team, they placed second out of nine teams for the year.

Nicole Bruck moved into the finals for her division. She had a second place finish, which advances her to the national semi final competition this weekend in Pomona, Calif.

‘Curious Savage’ to be staged at TU

Tiffin University’s Dragons Den Players is to present “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick.

Curtains are to rise at 8 p.m. April 12 and 13, and at 3 p.m. April 14. Performances will take place in TU’s Osceola Theatre.

Tickets are $4 and will be available at the door.

Native makes dean’s list

Joel Ardner, 2008 Calvert High School graduate and 2012 Muskingum University graduate, has been named to the dean’s list at Logan College of Chiropractic for the first trimester.

Northwest Ohio college career fair

TOLEDO – Collegiate Employ-Net is to host a career fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5 in the Owens Community College gymnasium.

Employers offer internships, full- and part-time employment. Register at

Quicken Loans, Cedar Point and Cummins Bridgeway are among the participating employers.

For more information, contact Lisa Dewey at (419) 559-2258 or

Raffle offers new 2013 vehicle

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

Community Hospice Care is selling tickets for $5 a piece to win one of these vehicles. All proceeds benefit Community Hospice Care and other surrounding area charities.

To purchase tickets, contact Community Hospice Care at (419) 447-4040 or stop in the office at 181 E Perry St., Tiffin. The drawing will be Sept. 28.

UF dean’s list

FINDLAY -The University of Findlay has announced the students that have made the dean’s list for the fall semester.

Students include Gabryelle Johnson, Loretta Kelbley, Tessa Kelbley, Amy Littlejohn, Ila Lynch, Ryan McKinnon and Derek Shermon of Carey; Jessica F. Lynch of Bascom; Ivy Billings, Alexandria Bishop, Krystal Brant, Micahel Copas, Jacinda Jones, Kacie Pholman, Keri Seel, Nicholas Steve and Debra J. Ward of Fostoria; Caitlin Baker, of Kansas; Lauren Fredritz, Jacquelin Messersmith, of McCutchenville; Melanie Margraf, Kylie Mathias and Brooke Scherger of New Riegel; Katherine Britton, Taylor Elchert, Mariah Hohman, Tyler Long, Lauren Meisner and Nathan Ritzler of Tiffin.

Owens of Findlay to host literacy fair

FINDLAY – Owens Community College will celebrate the importance of literacy by inviting area residents to participate in several free activities at a Literacy Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday in Owen’s Education Center room 111.

For more information, call (567) 429-3029 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext 3029.

Clyde native graduates from Kent

KENT – Kaysia Crews of Clyde received a bachelor’s of science in education from Kent State University.

Stein Hospice seeks volunteers

Stein Hospice is looking for volunteers to aid in its many fundraising events.

Responsibilities include registering participants, baking, selling raffle tickets and soliciting donations. Events occur throughout Erie, Huron, Lorain Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties.

An orientation is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus, 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, attend a one-hour orientation and be fingerprinted.

For more information or to register, contact Angie Esposito at (800) 625-5269 or email

Hospice employee completes workshop

Alice Frazier-Snook, licensed social worker at Community Hospice Care, attended the workshop “Embracing the New Normal: Living Well after a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or other Dementia,” March 7 at Winebrenner Seminary at University of Findlay.

The conference, offered by the Alzheimer Association of Northwest Ohio, was sponsored by Community Foundation of Findlay-Hancock County, Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Blanchard Valley Health System, The Heritage in Findlay and the Good Samaritan Society of Arlington.

Red Cross offers babysitting course

Combining video and interactive activities, the Red Cross is offering an online course that helps students develop leadership skills and tools for reacting appropriately and efficiently in the event of an emergency. Topics include how to provide care for infants and children; how to stay safe; what to do in an emergency; how to choose age-appropriate activities; and how to recognize and handle a variety of behaviors.

The online course can be completed in as little as four hours and there are no additional participant materials required to take the course. Within the environment, participants have unlimited access to downloadable resources that can be used for additional self-learning or to refresh their skills.

For more information or to register, visit or call (800) REDCROSS.

Two named to Diamond Society

Bobbie Miller and Teresa Lonsway, sales associates with Coldwell Banker, Tri-Pro Realty LLC, have earned membership in the company’s International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 9 percent of sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Wingart joins Sterling Society

Sara Wingart, sales associate with Coldwell Banker, Tri-Pro Realty LLC, has been honored as a member of the company’s International Sterling Society. This membership was awarded to the top 14 percent of sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Sunday announcements

Local farmer makes donations

ATTICA – A.V.R. Fire District and Attica Community Food Pantry will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmers Fred and Christy Schoen and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Seneca County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving the Schoens the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. They selected the A.V.R. Fire District and the Attica Community Food Pantry.

The fire district is to use the donation to purchase new helmets, boots, a hose and possibly a few air bottles to supply a self-contained breathing apparatus.

The food pantry is to purchase food and personal hygiene products for more than 60 families in the Seneca County area.

“I’m a nurse and it’s in my blood to help people,” said Christy. “I’m so grateful to be donating to these organizations because they take great pride in assisting the community.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund is to invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more information, visit

Professional group to meet Wednesday

Findlay Area Human Resource Associates are to meet 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at The Findlay Country Club 1500 Country Club Drive. The topic is social media recruiting by April Glonek/The Right Thing.

The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for students/members in transition.

For information or to RSVP, email or call (419) 421-4713.

Low vision group to meet Wednesday

St. Francis Home Inc. is to host a low vision support group for visually-impaired seniors 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Ellen Morrow is to present the session “Growing Through Grief: Emotional Adjustment to Vision Loss.”

The International Low Vision Support Group provides free monthly webcast presentations about eye disease and living successfully with low vision. It is hosted by MD support.

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

Organization hosts dining program

Community Hospice Care is to offer a dining assitance program 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30 at the office, 181 E. Perry St.

A diing assistant is a person who is paid by any agency to feed patients/residents.

The cost of the class is $65 which includes all books needed for the class.

For more information or to register, call (419) 447-4040.

Red Cross honors everyday heroes

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in the United States, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and families in war zones, military hospitals and military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than 7 million people in first aid, water safety and life-saving skills every year.

The Hancock County Chapter provided relief to over 400 people affected by disaster, assisted more than 400 military families and trained thousands of people in lifesaving skills last year. Sixteen local Red Cross volunteers also assisted in relief efforts in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana following Hurricane Isaac and in New Jersey and New York to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.

Records open for viewing

The records of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library for 2012 are open to the public for inspection.

Learn to knit

CLYDE -Knifty Knitters of Clyde is to teach beginners knitting/crocheting 5:30-7:30 p.m Thursday at the Clyde Public Library.

Knitting/crocheting supplies are to be provided. Knifty Knitters meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the library to knit and crochet for charity.

Register at the lobby desk or call (419) 547-7174.

Lego program is out of this world

Lego Saturday at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is 1-3 p.m. March 23 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The theme for March is outer space.

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

Library movie screening

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a screening of “Toy Story 3” at 6 p.m. March 25 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The movies is rated G and runs 103 minutes. Refreshments are to be provided.

New magazine titles at the library

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced several new magazine titles to be checked out.

Titles such as “The Week,” “VegNews,” “Where to Retire,” and “Inc.” will be offered.

Tiffin library offers book bundles

The Junior Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has added book bundles to its collection from the Hurwitz Family and Altrusa International of Tiffin.

Book bundles are themed and contain two books, a movie and a drawing and writing sheet. Themes vary from shapes, transportation and farms and are geared for children ages 2-6 years old.

New library staff member

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the appointment of Shannon Wood to adult services staff as of Feb. 25.

Program committee to meet

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.

Seneca East board to meet Monday

The regular meeting for the Seneca East Board of Education is at 7 p.m. Monday in the board office.

Lakota board to meet Monday

Lakota Local School District Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the staff dining room at Lakota Schools, 5200 CR 13.

Board of governors to meet Tuesday

North Central Ohio ESC Board of Governors is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s Marion office, 333 E. Center. St., Marion.

Disabilities board to meet Tuesday

The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the opportunity center.

Space comes to students

FOSTORIA – Longfellow Elementary is to have theme days 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The theme days will be in preparation for a visit from the Hancock County Portable Planetarium. Students are to learn about astronauts, making name rockets, singing a song about the planets, eating “astronaut” pudding and playing moon ball.

Celebrate cultural heritage April 7

International Cultural Festival is 1-4 p.m. April 7 at Tiffin Middle School.

The event is a celebration of cultural diversity in the community.

The festival provides an opportunity to learn about countries and cultures. The event is for children ages 4-12 and parents. The International Cultural Center will provide all materials for crafts and games.

This event is sponsored by the International Cultural Center, the Office of International Student Services at Tiffin University and the Office of International Affairs & Studies at Heidelberg University.

To register or for more information contact Joe Moore, at (419) 447-3358 or email

Columbian artists win 30 awards

Advanced and senior portfolio art classes competed in the region 3 portion of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition at Willard High School March 2. Columbian artists won 30 of 110 awards given at regionals. This is the 18th time in the past 22 years TC artists have placed first in the total number awards given.

Artists winning one regional award are Abbey Anspach, Jackie Ardner, Ashley Bell, Josh Briggs, Justin Brose, Annie Demith, Dominique Herrera, Parker Holblen, Jordon Jarrett, Kayla Magrum, Austen Molyet, Alysia Scherger and Michaela Sharlow. Winning two regional awards are Kelsey Drown, Natalia Dunn, Alyssa Gardner, Devin Goetz, Alex Kramer, Colleen Smith and Audrey Vrancken. Winning three awards is Ashley Niedermier.

Regional winners were to advance to the state competition Saturday at Upper Arlington High School.

Vanguard honor society induction

Vanguard Tech Center announced 20 students representing seven member schools within the school district were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

Mark King, criminal justice instructor, and Aaron Wilson, social studies instructor, were co-master of ceremonies for the event.

Students who met the criteria set by the Vanguard Tech Center Chapter for academic excellence, scholarship, leadership and community service include Thomas Kipps and Logan Robinson of Bettsville; Patience Biggs, Macy Gill, Derek Logan and David Norman of Clyde; Shawna Fease, Casey Szymanowski, Jessica Griffin and Ty Willson of Fremont; Alyssa Lind, Jamie Billow, Kelsey Randolph and Aaron Triplett of Gibsonburg; Twyla Shuck, Nathan Ray, Aaron Reasor, and Alyssa Talbert of Lakota; Isaiah Galvan of Old Fort; and Megan Murphy of Tiffin.

The society recognized John Rizzardi, career-based intervention instructor, as an honorary inductee.

Bettsville to have open enrollment

BETTSVILLE -Bettsville Local School District is accepting open enrollment applications for students wanting to attend for the 2013-14 school year.

Applications will be accepted through May 31. Parents will be notified by June 15 of acceptance.

For a tour of the facility or more information, call (419) 986-5166.

Time to register for kindergarten at Bettsville

BETTSVILLE -Kindergarten registration for the Bettsville Local School District is May 2 at the Bettsville School.

Registration will be for children who will be 5-years old on or before Aug. 1.

To register, call (419) 986-5166.

BVHS offers scholarships

FINDLAY -Blanchard Valley Health System is offering educational Scholarships to individuals pursuing health care careers.

High school seniors entering college, current college students and BVHS associates are eligible to apply.

For more details, visit

FFA public speaking awards

CLYDE – The Clyde FFA Chapter competed in Public Speaking Career Development with Kayla Dales placing first in the extemporaneous speaking event and Kayla Geyer placing second.

Jessica Miller and Chelsea Zerman participated in the prepared speaking event. Aaron Klohn placed third in the FFA Creed speaking event. Jacob Wott and McKaylie Ridley also participated in the creed category.

The chapter also hosted the Greenhand chapter degree ceremony. Members receiving the Greenhand Degree are Emily Bogner, Jonathan Brooks, Kenton Durst, Dylan Hill, Logan Kessler, Carah Liebold, Ryan Miller, Alexis Peck, Paige Stiefel, Brooke Quaintance, McKaylie Ridley, Brandyce Wott, Jacob Wott and Tyler Sherman. Members who received chapter degrees are Eric Adams, Jason Bagley, Jessica Bowser, Austin Caster, Zach Caster, Jacob Dagg, Autum Dearsman, Kristi Geyer, Austin Gill, Sarah Gonzalez, Kyle Hartshorn, Time Hohenstein, Aaron Klohn, Kara Ohms, Jeff Selvey and Cyleen Sharpe.

TMS students have heart

During the first few weeks of February, National Heart Awareness Month, Tiffin Middle School students jumped for heart disease and stroke by participating in Hoops For Heart. Students raised more than $1,300 for the American Heart Association, which funds research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke.

The top grade-level fundraisers include Colin Burkett, sixth grade, with $205; TJ Sutter, seventh grade, with $100; and Brandon Couch, eighth grade, with $125.

In addition, TMS Student Council donated over $150 bringing the total to $1,500.

Farmer benefit

CLYDE – Clyde Young Farmer Organization hosted the 13th annual Annual Reverse Raffle Benefit Feb. 2 at Ole Zims Wagon Shed, raising $6,500 for local organizations.

TMS students of the month

Tiffin Middle School has announced the students of the month for January.

Those students are Abby Dryfuse, Dalton Doss, Clay Free, Trisha Simpkins, Matthew Cole, Ryann Hartenstein, Sami Hepp, Lexia Ziegler, Lydia Bruno, Drew Hoffman, Rachel Phillips and Hayden Stone.

February students of the month

CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS – The McPherson Middle School of Clyde-Green Springs Schools has named its February Students of the Month. The students are Jarett Jones, Hannah Clark, and Vanessa Guzman, Scott Clapp, Lewis Orr, and Elyssa Chong.

Visit for prospective students March 22

Tiffin University is to host Academic Discovery Day, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p .m. March 22 in the Gilmor Student Center and Franks Hall.

The event is free and open to prospective students and families to visit the campus.

TU dance team to perform

The TU Dance Team and Axis Indoor Percussion Ensemble are to perform during the spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in Gillmor Gymnasium.

TU student places first in martial arts

The Tiffin University Dragons Martial Arts Club attended the International Arnold Classic in Columbus.

TU student Tyler Malott placed first in kobudo, weapons competition, in the adult brown belt category, which qualified him for the world championships at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in August.

Local passes nursing exams

Alease Elaine McElhatten, of Tiffin, recently passed the National Council of Ohio State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination for practical nursing.

She completed the practical nursing program at Brown Mackie College, Findlay, where she had been elected as president of the Nursing Club.

McElhatten attended Calvert High School. She is the daughter of Sandy and Dan McElhatten of Tiffin.

Local firm chosen to renovate building at Terra State

FREMONT -The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees selected KF Construction and Excavating of Fremont to renovate the former Early Learning Center into a state-of-the-art conference center.

The firm submitted the low bid of $1,901,500 and was chosen by the board to serve as the project’s general contractor. The entire project, including furniture and a commercial kitchen, is projected to cost $2.5 million.

KidsCollege asking for volunteers

FREMONT -Organizers of the annual KidsCollege at Terra State Community College are seeking instructors and volunteers.

KidsCollege is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15-19.

Classes are offered in creative arts, science, technology, fitness and more.

For more information, contact Amada Pochatok at (419) 559-2205.

Sunday announcements

Wyka named new Habitat chief

Richard Wyka is the newly elected president of the board for Seneca Habitat for Humanity.

Fremont Area Women to meet

Fremont Area Women’s Connection is to host a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 12 at Anjulina’s Catering, 2270 W. Hayes Avenue, Fremont. The meal is $12 and a complimentary nursery is available by reservation.

The event is to feature Kathleen Darr, a freelance artist at Heirloom Artistry, and guest speaker Debbie Potts, of Rochester Hills, Mich., presenting “What to do when your bubble bursts.”

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

Knitting at all levels

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a series of open knitting sessions for knitters of all skill levels 1:30-3:30 p.m. today and March 10 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

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

The race is on at the library

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Junior Department is to host “Racetrack: Drive to Read” at 1-3 p.m. March 9 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The event is for children ages four and older and will consist of race car stories, games and building a racetrack. Participants can bring their own Matchbox or Hot Wheels car to race for fun.

Parents are asked to attend and to register by Friday.

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

Next Babies and Books meeting

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host two 30-minute classes of “Babies & Books’ at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Junior Home Room. The program will feature stories, rhymes, sons, and finger plays.

Register now. The program is free to the public.

To register, call the library at (419) 447-3751 or email

Date set for Twos & Threes

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host Tales for Twos & Threes at 6:30 p.m. March 12, 19, and 26 and a session at 10 a.m. March 13, 20, and 27 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The sessions are for language enrichment and are to feature stories, songs, and finger plays. No registration is required and the program is free.

Pi movie screening

The Teen Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will host a screening of “Life of Pi” at 1 p.m. March 16 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The movie is rated PG and runs 127 minutes. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required and refreshments will be provided.

Title for book group announced

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the next title for “Coffee by the Book: Book Group at the Wick” is “A Working Theory of Love” by Scott Hutchins. The group is to meet 6-7 p.m. March 21 at Bailiwicks Coffee Co.

Hutchins book is available now for check out at the Information Desk.

The group meets the third Thursday of the month. The event is free.

April computer classes

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is offering 10 adult computer classes in April.

Classes include:

Beginning Internet, 6-7:30 p.m. April 2.

Email, 2-3:30 p.m. April 3.

Searching the Internet, 2-3:30 p.m. April 9.

Facebook Basics, 2-4p.m. April 10.

iDownloads, 2-3 p.m. April 11.

Genealogy on the Net, 6-8:30 p.m. April 16.

Online Resources for Readers, 3-4 p.m. April 17.

Find Your High School Sweetheart in Seneca County Digital Library, 6-7:30 p.m April 17.

Intermediate World, 10-11:30 a.m. April 23.

Introduction to Publisher, 6-7:30 p.m April 23.

All About Digital Photos, 2-4 p.m. April 25.

Space is limited and registration is now open. To register or for more information, call at (419) 447-3751 or visit

Kindergarten registration for FCS

FOSTORIA – Fostoria City Schools is to host kindergarten registration 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 15 at Longfellow Elementary School, 619 Sandusky St., for students who reside in the district and are 5 years old by Aug. 1.

Parents and legal guardians must bring documentation at the time of registration including proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate or hospital record, immunization record, Social Security card, and custody agreement. A medical history form will be completed at registration. A vision and hearing screening will also be provided.

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

Students get inspired to succeed

FOSTORIA -Fostoria High School is to host a Student Success Night at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Fostoria Junior-Senior High School cafeteria.

The seminar focuses on students grades 7-12 and refreshments are to be provided.

The night features motivational speaker Bruce Boguski, who is to talk about overcoming obstacles, learning practical techniques, relaxing under pressure, building confidence, test-taking strategies and setting and achieving goals.

For more information, call (419) 436-4110.

Students prepare for wind contest

FOSTORIA -The sixth grade class at St. Wendelin Catholic School is to compete in a wind turbine contest, The KidWind Challenge, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Students will be tested on criteria like using measuring power performance, turbine blade construction and knowledge of wind energy topics.

NHS talent show

BASCOM -Hopewell-Loudon National Honor Society is sponsoring a Community Talent Show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hopewell Loudon School Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. All proceeds will go to a local charity.

Acts include comedy, vocal, instrumental and dance.

Party planned for Kennedy

Kennedy, Tiffin City Schools therapy dog, is to host an evening of fun 6-8 p.m. March 15 at Tiffin Community YMCA. A movie in the pool also will be featured 8-10 p.m.

Cost to attend is $3 per person or $10 per family with two adults per family.

Pizza and drink are to be available with pre-sale ticket purchase only and kids can join in activities such as a bingo. Raffles and collectible Kennedy trading cards also will be available.

Proceeds from the event are to be used for programming for Kennedy and a donation will be given to Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence.

Time to enroll in ABLE/GED classes

Sentinel Career and Technology Center’s ABLE/GED program offers a variety of services.

ABLE classes are free to participants 18 and older. Classes in reading, writing, and math are available. To enroll in classes students are required to attend an orientation and complete registration forms and placement testing.

Orientations are at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 12:30 p.m. March 20 in room 244 of the Family Learning Center at Sentinel.

Class times will be 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

GED testing is available the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month. Applications are required with a $40 fee.

For more information or to register, call (419) 448-5084.

Vanguard offering computer classes

Short-term computer classes are to be offered at Vanguard Adult Career and Technology Center, 1306 Cedar St., Fremont, for April and May.

Classes include:

Microsoft Word 2010 – Session one is 8-11 a.m. April 8-19 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Session two is noon-3 p.m. April 8-19 on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays; and session three is 9 a.m.-noon April 8-25 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Microsoft Excel 2010 – Session one is 8-11 a.m. May 6-17 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Session two is noon-3 p.m. May 6-17 on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays; and session three is 9 a.m.-noon May 7-23 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sessions include supplies, textbook, file data CD and online companion site. Each class costs $200 and funding may be available for displaced workers through the Sandusky County Job Store.

To register, call Becky Bernard at (567) 201-2872 or email

Students prepare for achievement test

Students at Noble 4-5 Elementary School have been preparing for the Ohio Achievement Assessment.

OAA practice tests were administered to students recently. Teachers can use data obtained from these practice tests to design instruction that will enable students to be successful on the tests that will be taken in late April.

Mohawk school registration

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Local School District is to conduct kindergarten registration April 11 and 12 for any child who will be

five years old on or before Aug. 1.

Appointments for screening and registration now are being scheduled.

For information, call (419) 927-2414.

Kindergarten information night

CLYDE-GREEN SPRINGS-Clyde-Green Springs schools along with the North Point Educational Service Center and WSOS are to sponsor a kindergarten readiness event 6-7:30 p.m. March 14 at Clyde Elementary School.

Children who will be 5 years old before Aug. 1 and reside in the Clyde-Green Springs School District are invited. Featured will be introduction of kindergarten teachers, elementary principals and other personnel. Children also will have the opportunity to participate in games and activities.

Sentinel FFA students succeed

Sentinel Career and Technology Center FFA members Tommy Hoover and Sarah Goshe earned high marks at the public speaking competition

Feb. 11.

Hoover placed first in his prepared speech about how agriculture is changing throughout time; and Goshe placed second in the advanced creed contest in which she had to memorize the FFA creed. The two competed and both placed third in their areas Feb. 21.

FFA chapters could receive $2,500

REYNOLDSBURG Local FFA chapters now can apply for their chance to receive grants to help fund community development projects through the 2013 Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program.

The program is administered by Ohio FFA Foundation, Ohio FFA Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Grants will be awarded to chapters with top-ranking projects.

Chapters can submit project proposals through May 15 to the Ohio FFA Foundation. Chapters can receive funds ranging from $750 to $2,500. Grant winners will be notified by May 30.

The program is funded by a $38,000 grant provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture through the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation fund.

For more information or to apply, visit

Local schools get clean audit

COLUMBUS -Auditor of State Dave Yost announced North Central Academy, Fremont, and Seneca East Local School District have received the Auditor of State Award for clean audit reports.

Local joins the Navy

Adam McGinnis, of Bloomville, is to join the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar.

Vocalists receive high ratings

FOSTORIA -Several vocalists from Fostoria High School participated in the Ohio Music Educators Association Solo Adjudicated Event Feb. 16 at Harding High School in Marion.

The following students received a rating of I, which is the highest rating: Misty Lovejoy, Taylor Garcia, Jackson Wolph and Hunter Kauffman.

The following students received a rating of II, the second highest rating: Alaina Conlin, Allyssa Sierra and Kaitlyn Gonyer.

The Chamber Choir is to perform at 4:40 p.m. March 15 at Oak Harbor High School.

Women in business scholarship

FINDLAY -Applications for the 2013 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships are available.

Zonta Club of Findlay selects service projects to benefit the status of women locally including Open Arms Domestic Violence Shelter, Alzheimer Annual Memory Walk, Z Club of Liberty-Benton High School, City Mission, and Habitat for Humanity, awarding $9,000 scholarships annually to local area women wanting to further their education.

For a scholarship form, contact Amy Dillinger at

Applications are due to Amy Dillinger, JMK, Zonta Club of Findlay, 1550 Cranberry Lane, Findlay, OH 45840 by May 6.

Master Gardeners scholarship

COLUMBUS -The Ohio State University Seneca County Master Gardeners are offering $500 non-renewable scholarship to be awarded annually.

The scholarship will be available only to college students entering their junior or senior year of college, or doing graduate work.

Applicants must be pursuing a plant science degree, a Seneca County resident, or a graduate of a Seneca County high school.

An application packet can be picked up at the OSU Extension Office, 3140 S. SR 100. Completed applications must be submitted by mail or hand delivered to the OSU Seneca County Master Gardeners Extension Office by April 15.

Friends of Beeghly Library fill a void

A gift of $5,000 from the Friends of Beeghly Library has allowed Heidelberg University’s Beeghly Library to acquire a popular online journal collection.

The library contributed an equal amount to gain access to the core collection of 150 journal titles in JSTOR: Arts & Sciences I.

Intern for the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman is accepting applications for internship opportunities in his Washington, D.C., office.

Internships are designed for Ohio students that have completed one full year of collegiate undergraduate coursework. Students that wish to apply for a summer internship should visit Senator Portman’s website,, to fill out an application and submit a resume, one page explanation of interest and two letters of recommendation. Deadline for applications is Tuesday.

For more information, contact the office at (202) 224-3353.

Students to help prepare taxes

FREMONT -For the third consecutive year, students at Terra State Community College are to participate in a nationwide program aimed at helping people complete their income tax forms.

The service at Terra are at 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, March 19, 21, 26 and 28, and April 2 and 4 in Building A, room 310. Accounting faculty will be supervising at all times.

Students are to prepare federal and Ohio income tax returns. City tax and school district tax returns are not part of the service.

Taxpayers need to present the following items to have their returns prepared: Photo identification, valid Social Security cards, spouse and dependents, birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return; wage and earning statements from all employers, Interest and dividend statements from banks, a copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available; bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit, information about income and expenses, day care costs and Day care provider’s identifying number.

To file taxes electronically on a married filing jointly tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

‘Berg students thank donors

Heidelberg University’s Student Alumni Association organized participation in Thank A Giver Day Feb. 28 as part of National Student Philanthropy Day.

Terra State job fair next week

FREMONT Terra State Community College’s annual Spring Job Fair is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Activities Center.

This year’s job fair has more than 70 companies coming to campus. There are full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs available.

For more information, see Joan Gamble, coordinator of Career Services, or call (419) 559-2256.

Ensemble ranks first

Axis Indoor Percussion, a new Tiffin University Music Department ensemble, was awarded first place with its show “Tribal Affect.”

Axis, TU’s indoor drumline, received the honor at the Ohio Indoor Performance Association showcase Feb. 16-17 at Springfield High School in Holland. The next performance is March 24 at North Royalton High School.

TU joins the Indians

Tiffin University’s School of Business is partnering with the Cleveland Indians baseball team in a mentoring program designed to improve students’ sales skills, gain real world experience, and increase their networking opportunities.

TU students Hayley Coppola and Ashley Madison are competing individually and as a group to sell tickets for the April 13-14 Indians’ home stand against rival Chicago White Sox.

Students, professor attend conference

Karen A. Jones, assistant professor of middle and secondary education at Heidelberg University, attended the Ohio Middle School Association annual conference Feb. 21-22 in Sandusky, accompanied by Heidelberg education students.

McConnell serves as guest composer

Doug McConnell, of music technology and programs and professor of theory and composition at Heidelberg University, was a guest composer Feb. 4 at the University of Wisconsin at Manitowoc.

TU’s Rovira contributes essay

Tiffin University’s assistant professor of English, James Rovira, was invited to contribute an essay to the anthology Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts, edited by Eric Ziolkowski of Lafayette College.

A degree in three

Tiffin University is to offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in three years followed by a master’s degree for one additional year beginning in the fall semester 2013.

Course offerings in the new program will be the same as TU’s regular four-year bachelor’s degree programs. The difference will come in the accelerated way in which these courses are offered and online and seated courses will be offered during the summer. Based on current costs, a student in the program could save more than $9,000 in room and board costs.

For information, call Joe Borich at (419) 448-3014.

Locals on dean’s list

CINCINNATI -Area students named to the 2012-13 fall semester dean’s list at University of Cincinnati include Shirley Bechstein and Holly Reinhart of Fostoria; Nicholas Bollinger, Daniel Chambers, Brianna Richey and William Roe of Tiffin; Shane Duffield of Bucyrus; Kathleen Hermes of Clyde; Evan Radloff, Kameron Richardson and Alison Schwarberg of Bellevue; Cecilia Rendon of Attica; and Samantha Walker of Republic.

Alzheimer’s group to meet

Ruffing Family Care Center of Tiffin is to sponsor an Alzheimer’s support group March 14 at United Church of Christ, 300 Sycamore St., Sycamore.

Marti Williman from the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is to give a presentation on programs offered through the association.

For more information, contact Melissa Gurney at (419) 618-2601 or Melissa Mullins at (419) 447-4662.