Sunday announcements, Aug. 11

Banquet for 4-H, FFA

The Ohio State University Extension and Kiwanis International is to sponsor a Grade “A” Banquet 5 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Entertainment Building on the Seneca County Fairgrounds.

Guest speaker for the event is to be Hal Walker who is to present a program on international musical folklore.

Chicken dinners are to be served at no cost to 4-H or FFA and other junior fair exhibitors who received an A grade on their project.

For additional people attending, meals are $7.50 per person.

To register contact OSU Extension, at (419) 447-9722 no later than Thursday.

Learn from experts in agriculture

Show dates for the Farm Science Review are Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.

The event is for people involved in agriculture to learn from top agricultural and technology experts in one place.

Tickets are $7 and are available at the Ohio State University Extension, 3140 SR 100, Suite E.

For more information, visit

Brickner reunion

The descendants of Laurent J. and Ruth G. Brickner had their 13th family reunion in the barn at Hedges-Boyer Park with 72 attending.

James Brickner led the prayer before a potluck dinner.

James H. Brickner of Tiffin was the oldest and Grayson Brickner of Tiffin the youngest. The Denny Brickner family from Springboro came the farthest.

Ken Krumm won the 50/50 drawing, Daniel J. Burns won the adult guessing game and Eliana Brickner the child’s guessing game. Children enjoyed the fishing pond and all received prizes. Derek Schletter and Daniel Kessler were the champions at cornhole. Players and spectators enjoyed the adult water balloon volleyball game.

Photo albums and swimming passes were provided. All August birthdays were honored with a song.

Family members came from Alvada, Bascom, Beaver Creek, Bloomville, Canal Winchester, Columbus, Fostoria, Findlay, McCutchenville, New Riegel, Republic and Springboro.

Many thanks to Kim Huffman, Steve Brickner and all their committee members.

The next Brickner reunion is to be the first Saturday in August 2014 at the barn at Hedges-Boyer Park.

Schalk reunion

The 24th Alphons and Catherine Schalk family reunion was July 24 at the American Legion Hall, New Riegel.

Ray Schalk gave the blessing with the potluck dinner following.

The Gervase Craig family had the largest attendance of 16 people attending. Family wedding photos of the sons and daughters were displayed. Cathy Supina announced births, deaths and marriages. Mike Craig from California traveled the farthest. There was storytelling and Loren Blake, Julie Nye, Jacob Supina, Carsen Smith and Shirley Schalk won prizes.

A family Mass was set up for July 10, 2014, at All Saints Church, New Riegel. The Rita Wurm and Irene Elchert families are to be in charge of the reunion.

Babies & Books set for Tuesday

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the next date for “Babies & Books” 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Frost Kalnow room.

The event is to feature stories, rhymes, songs, and finger plays. Parents of children ages birth to 24 months can sign up now.

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

MCL walk event

SYCAMORE Mohawk Community Library is to host Mind Body and Sole Monday through Nov. 2.

Participants that sign up for the event are to receive a pedometer and scorecard. Each person is to listen to books or ebooks from two levels to get a total of 26 books and walk or run 26 miles.

Group walks are to meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.

New titles at MCL

SYCAMORE – Mohawk Community Library is to include new titles into their collection.

New young adult fiction from authors Alexander Gordon Smith, Charlie Higson, Peter J. Tomasi, Jonathan Maberry, Will Hill, and Naoko Takeuchi. New fiction form authors James Lee Burke, Linda Farstein, Max Brooks and Wanda Brunstetter, and Juilanna Deering.

Adult book discussion date set

BELLEVUE – The next date for the Adult Book Discussion group is 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Bellevue Public Library.

The group is to discuss “The Sandalwood Tree” by Elle Newmark.

For more information, call (419) 483-4769.

Book club for teens

BELLEVUE – The next date for the Teen Book Club is 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Bellevue Public Library.

The program is for ages 13 and up. The group is to discuss “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson.

Refreshments are to be provided and copies of the book are available at the youth services desk.

For more information, call (419) 483-0422.

New teachers to be recognized

The 29th annual New Educators and Administrators Recognition Breakfast is to be 7:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Civic Community Center.

This event recognizes new teachers and administrators throughout Tiffin and Seneca County.

Highlighting the breakfast is to be the presentation of the Outstanding Educator Award to coach, mentor and teacher, Paul “Clutch” Miletti.

Carey BOE to meet

CAREY -The date for the August meeting for the Carey Board of Education has been changed to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the board room.

TCS program committee to meet

The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Program Committee is to meet 4 p.m. Monday at the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St.

Developmental disabilities board to meet

The board of Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to meet 5 p.m. Monday at the Early Childhood Center, Fostoria.

TCS back-to-school night set for Aug. 19

Tiffin City Elementary Schools is to hold a back-to-school night.

This is an opportunity for students and parents to drop of supplies, see their classroom and meet teachers.

The schedule for the event is:

6-7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Washington K-1.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Krout 2-3.

7-8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Noble 4-5.

Anyone new to the Tiffin City Schools district is to visit their school to register beginning 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday. Students are to register before Aug. 21, first day of classes. To register, parents are to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residency and proof of custody if available.

Mohawk Local Schools orientation

SYCAMORE – Orientation for all seventh-grade and new eighth-grade students ise at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Mohawk Local Schools in the performing arts center.

Presentations are to be made and class schedules are to be distributed. Parents and students are then able to take a tour of the building.

First day of classes is Aug. 21.

For more information, call (419) 927-6222.

Delays at FCS

FOSTORIA – For the 2013-14 school year, Fostoria City Schools is to have a one-hour delay starting Wednesdays district wide.

During these delays, busses are to run at the regular time and parents have the option to keep their students home during the hour delay, but would be responsible for transporting their child to school.

The delays are to be used by teaching staff to meet in Teacher Based Teams as a process by the Ohio Improvement Process, required by the Ohio Department of Education.

The time is to be used to review data from student testing, create common assessments, share instructional strategies, determine intervention needs and devise ways to increase student engagement.

In the event of a two-hour delay there will be no one-hour delay.

For more information, call (419) 435-8163.

FCS administration offices moves

FOSTORIA- The Fostoria City School District has announced its administration offices have moved to the Junior/Senior High School, 1001 Park Ave.

The entrance to the offices is on the east side of the building.

The administration offices are open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The phone number has not changed, (419) 435-8163.

FCS ABLE classes to begin soon

FOSTORIA -The classes for Fostoria City Schools’ Adult Basic and Literacy Education program announced classes are to begin.

New students have the opportunity to enroll in classes can attend the ABLE orientation scheduled for Aug. 19 and 21.

Classes are 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Holmes Administration Building.

For questions or to schedule an orientation, call Kelly West at (419) 436-4163.

Bridges Academy board meetings

Bridges Community Academy board has set its meeting schedule for the year. All meetings start at 6:15 p.m. at Bridges Community Academy, 190 St. Francis Ave.

Meetings are:


Sept. 11.

Oct. 9.

Nov. 13.

Jan. 8.

Feb. 12.

March 12.

April 9.

May 14.

June 11.


A fundraiser is to begin to help fund the Upper Sandusky Middle School Tirp to Gettysburg and Washington D.C., along with Elks charities.

The Bristal Bash begins with doors open at 5 p.m and an auction at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Upper Sandusky Elks Ballroom, 322 E. Wyandont Ave.

Auctioned off are to be replicas of the NASCAR field for the Bristol Race. Participants can also sponsor a driver and win money first through sixth place.

for more information call Mark Ratliff, at (419) 348-3554 or Jim Wheeler, at (419) 310-2704.

TU to present Dragon parade

Tiffin University is to host their first Dragon Parade 10 a.m. Oct. 5 as part of the university’s Homecoming 2013 celebration.

The parade route is to begin at TU’s Heminger Center on Miami Street leading to Frost Parkway on East Market Street, to South Monroe Street, ending at Frost-Kalnow Stadium for tailgating festivities and the annual Homecoming football game.

Those that wish to participate needs to fill out a parade participation form and return it to Jennifer Spangler in the TU Athletics Office.

To get the form, email Spangler, at

The deadline to turn in forms is Sept. 20. Confirmation of acceptance will be Sept. 25.

Terra to offer motorcycle classes

FREMONT -Terra State Community College is to offer Basic Rider and Returning Rider courses now through Oct. 13.

The motorcycle safety program is funded by Motorcycle Ohio of Columbus. Classes are to cost $50.

The course is designed to teach new riders how to safely ride. The class is only three days, 16 hours.

The Returning Riders Course is designed for those that have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have not obtained a license. The class is 8 p.m. Sept. 28.

Participants need to have a valid motorcycle permit.

To register, visit

For more information, call Edie Dirnberg, at (419) 559-2110 or email

Oak Harbor women donate to Terra

FREMONT -The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 114 in Oak Harbor collected school supplies for veterans and recently delivered them to the Veterans Center at Terra State Community College.

Volunteer of the second quarter named at Mercy

Jeannie Ludwig is the recipient of the Volunteering Excellence Award for the second quarter of 2013 at Mercy Tiffin Hospital. Approximately 140 volunteers give of their time and talents to the organization.

The Volunteering Excellence Award is presented each quarter and then annually to a volunteer who is nominated by either a fellow volunteer or employee.

Jeannie was nominated by Peg Gase and Carol Frey, two fellow volunteers at Mercy Tiffin Hospital. Excerpts from the nomination include: “Jeannie is excellent and dependableand a pleasure to work with. She reflects the Core Values of Mercyshe greets everyone and goes out of her way to talk to patients, staff and doctors and makes them feel comfortable at Mercy. Jeannie is always smiling and helpful to everyone. She is always willing to sub for me at a moment’s notice.”

“Jeannie volunteers at the information desk where she and others there are the first point of contact for visitors to the hospital; thus they play a very important role in helping fulfill the Mercy Mission,” Bernie Steinmetz, manager of Development, Donor Relations and Volunteers, said.

Jeannie was presented with her award during a volunteer forum by Steinmetz; Marsha Danhoff, rural division senior director of Marketing, Communications and Development; and Laurie Kaple, rural division manager of Retail Services and Guest Relations.


Tiffin Loader Crane achieves NTEA MVP status

Tiffin Loader Crane has announced it has achieved Member Verification Program status from the NTEA-The Association for the Work Truck Industry. Member Verification Program accredited companies distinguish themselves by achieving key criteria around employee education and training, quality, safety and compliance with government regulatory requirements.

“We are pleased to participate in this program and are very proud of the fact that our company has achieved these high standards,” said Luke Riesen, general manager of Tiffin Loader Crane. “We take our business commitments seriously, and this designation from the NTEA demonstrates to our customers that we strive for excellence in order to provide them with the best possible products and services.”

Tiffin Loader Crane is the largest distributor for Palfinger North America products, including knuckleboom, wallboard and service cranes along with truck-mounted forklifts. The company also manufactures and distributes its own line of scale test equipment. The company offers fully installed, turn-key packages or will install equipment on customers’ chassis.

Hospital hosts diabetes walk

FOSTORIA – The 2013 ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Walk for Diabetes, presented by the Fostoria Eagles, is set for Aug. 24 at Lake View Trails, Reservoirs 2 and 3, Fostoria.

For the 14th annual Walk, Sandy Haaser who was diagnosed with diabetes in January, is serving as the honorary chair of the event.

As a retired pediatric nurse I had a general understanding of what diabetes was, but when I was diagnosed in January I was surprised at how little I knew about living with diabetes,” Haaser said. “At first I was in denial, and very overwhelmed. Actually, it felt like life as I knew it was over. I now realize my life is better because I got educated, started eating right and exercising more.”

The Walk for Diabetes provides financial assistance to local patients to help cover the cost of equipment and supplies, screenings and education through the diabetes education programs at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.

This year’s walk is to feature free blood sugar, blood pressure and body fat screenings. Spectators and pets are welcomed, but pets must be on a leash.

To become a registered walker, participants pay a registration fee of $25 and receive a souvenir T-shirt. Another way to become involved is by becoming a sponsored walker or putting together a team. Any sponsored walker who raises $100 or more is to receive a gift and be placed into a drawing for an iPod touch. There will be a special drawing for the team with the most people and/or raises the most money. Community members may also sponsor trail signs posted along paths with information on diabetes or a memorial tribute to someone special.

For more information, call Becky Kile, co-chairman, at (419) 436-6644.


Low vision group to meet at St. Francis

International Low Vision Support Group is to meet 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Home located at 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

The meeting/webcast is for visually-impaired senior adults and is hosted by MD support, a leading nonprofit organization offering information and help for people affected by macular degeneration and related eye diseases.

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

Hepatitis B vaccine decreases spread

The Hepatitis B vaccine series is recommended to protect everyone against getting the disease. Almost all children who get three or more doses of the vaccine will be protected (95 percent). Getting the vaccine will protect us against ever getting the disease and also decrease the spread of Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus.

Hepatitis B is spread through blood and other body fluids that contain small amounts of the virus of the infected person. People can spread the disease even though they do not have symptoms.

For more information on this vaccine/disease, visit or call the Seneca County General Health District at (419) 447-3691 or (419) 435-6673.

Golf outing to benefit Mercy foundation

The 2013 Mercy Tiffin Foundation Walter A. Daniel, M.D., Memorial Golf Outing is set for Aug. 19 at Mohawk Golf and Country Club. A “Par-Tee” theme highlights the event.

Clouse Construction is supporting the outing as a platinum sponsor; Fifth Third Bank and Laminate Technologies are gold sponsors; Aris Teleradiology, Kris & Shannon Klepper, Merrill-Lynch Findlay, Reinke Family Dealerships, Tiffin University and Trilogy Health Services are silver sponsors. Additional sponsors still are being sought.

The golf tournament is a handicap scramble with a tee time scheduled for 9:00 a.m. The registration fee is $150 per person, of which $62.92 (or $82.92 for Mohawk club members) is tax deductible. The entry fee includes greens fee, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and a participant gift.

Following the tournament, a dinner catered by The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin is to be served.

Raffle tickets for a Holland Maverick Gas Grill are being sold in conjunction with the event. Cost per chance is $5 or five for $20. Contact the Mercy Tiffin Foundation office to purchase tickets.

“This year represents the 22nd consecutive year of this important fundraiser,” Bernie Steinmetz, foundation manager, said. “It provides a great opportunity to golf on Mohawk’s beautiful course and enjoy a delicious dinner with other friends of the Foundation.”

For more information about registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Steinmetz at (419) 455-7049.