Sunday announcements, Sept. 15

Historical society to honor couple

The Mohawk Historical Society is to present “This is Your Life Terry and Eddie Doss” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sycamore United Methodist Church, Sycamore.

The society is to honor Terry (Ransom) and Eddie Doss for their contributions to the group and the Mohawk community.

The event is to feature a “big screen” to honor the couple in the the “This is Your Life” format, which is to feature 1930s-’70s home movies, several comunuty members and sites in the area.

A reception is set after the conclusion of the program.

Mohawk FFA plans annual barbecue

Mohawk FFA members are now selling tickets for a barbecue meal Friday at Mohawk School. The serving time is 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Meal tickets are $8 and carry-out service is available. Meals include scalloped potatoes, one roll, cole slaw, a cookie and a bottle of water. You can pick from the pork meal which has two boneless pork chops, the chicken meal which has half a chicken or the combo which is a fourth of a chicken and one boneless pork chop.

Tickets can be purchased form any FFA member or at T-N-T Pizza in Sycamore.

Big Read at TSPL

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to participate in the 2013 Big Library Read program Monday through Sept. 30.

Library card holders are able to download eBook and audiobook versions of the Big Library Read Book, “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth” by Jane O’Connor by visiting

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

T-SPL to offer info through AARP

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Tiffin-Seneca United Way are partnering to host “Health Care and You” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Frost Kalnow room.

The program is to be presented by AARP representative Tom Joseph and is to focus on the Affordable Care Act. The program is to provide information for people who have Medicare, employers that provide health insurance, small business owners, those with long-term care and buy their own insurance, preventative care benefits, access to doctors, care coordination plans, tax information and is to provide various links and help lines for future use.

To register, visit, at the library’s circulation desk or call (419) 447-3751.

Halloween party set

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host its sixth annual Halloween party, the Costume Carnival 1-3 p.m. Oct. 5.

The celebration is to feature family activities, including Halloween games and crafts, face painting and storytelling.

Participants can wear costumes and costume judging is to be throughout the event.

The party is open to all ages and no registration is required.

New titles at MCL

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Community Library is to introduce new titles onto its shelves. New non-fiction books include authors Gooseberry Patch and Better Homes & Gardens and new fiction books come from authors including Carla Neggers, Kathy Reichs, Diane Mott Davidson and Fern Michaels.

Library to offer eMedia program

BELLEVUE -The Bellevue Public Library is to host Downloading eMedia 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

The program is to feature a review of the library’s eMedia site, borrowing and downloading titles, and requesting titles not yet available to borrow.

Next date for teen book club

BELLEVUE -The Bellevue Public Library is to host the Teen Book Club 4 p.m. Sept. 26.

The book club is for children 13-years of age.

The club is to discuss “The Misadventures of Maude March” by Audrey Couloumbis.

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

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

Book signing and author talk

BELLEVUE – The Bellevue Public Library is to host “My Life’s Reflection” book talk and signing with authors Samantha Bechtel and Alicia Bogard 6 p.m. Sept. 26.

Bogard is to be available to sign and sell copes of the book.

Craft day at Bellevue Library

BELLEVUE – The Bellevue Public Library is to host “Make It and Take It Craft Day” 9 a.m. Sept. 28.

Children are able to participate in creating autumn leaf decorations.

The event is to continue while supplies last.

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

Old Fort scavenger hunt set for Oct. 12

OLD FORT – The Old Fort Athletic Boosters is to sponsor its third annual Scavenger Hunt 7 p.m. Oct. 12.

The winner car is to receive $300.

The deadline to enter is Sept. 30.

For more information, email

Bob Evans to support religious education tuition

FOSTORIA – Bob Evans restaurant, 1111 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, is to host a community fundraiser 4-9 p.m. Thursday to assist in St. Wendelin religious education tuition.

Bob Evans is to donate 15 percent of sales when participants present a flyer. All proceeds are to go to religious education fro children ages K-8 that do not attend a Catholic educational institutions.

Chicken barbecue at Lakota

KANSAS – Lakota Cares and the Lakota Academic Boosters are to host a chicken barbecue 4-7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Lakota Schools auditeria.

The event is to be prior to the Lakota vs. Hopewell-Loudon homecoming football game.

The menu is to consist of chicken, baked potato, corn, roll, dessert and beverage.

Carry-out meals are available and the cost per meal is $9. All tickets are pre-sale.

Tickets can be purchased at the high school office during school hours or at (419) 986-6620.

Washington to start STAR program

Washington Elementary Schools is to implement a testing protocol this year called STAR Early Literacy for students kindergarten through first grade.

The assessment measures specific skills, overall early literacy and reading ability. The assessment is to gather data so teachers can make decisions about instruction and intervention for students.

VFW sponsoring essay contests

The Veterans of Foreign Wars 2858 is sponsoring the Voice of Democracy audio essay contest. The theme is “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.” Home schooled students also are invited to participate. This contest is open to freshmen to senior students.

The theme for the Patriot’s Pen essay contest is “What Patriotism Means To Me.” This contest is for sixth to eighth graders, including home-schooled students.

Judging is to be at the end of October.

The deadline is Nov. 1 for both contests.

Official entry forms, rules and regulations, judging criteria and deadline dates are available at program.

Shuff to take court to Heidelberg

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff is to bring his courtroom to the campus of Heidelberg University 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 23 in Herbster Chapel.

The community is invited to observe the hearings. Shuff is to also explain court procedure, protocol and rationale for his decisions and answer questions between hearings.

Heidelberg receives high ranking

For the 26th year in a row, Heidelberg University has been ranked in top colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national survey.

The U.S News 2013 America’s Best Colleges report, uses a set of criteria including peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and financial resources.

BergServe 2013 aids community

More than 300 new Heidelberg University students and upperclassmen participated in BergServe 2013 Aug. 24 as part of the welcome week activities.

Student volunteers traveled to more than 20 agencies and organizations in Tiffin, Bascom and Fostoria to complete service projects including weeding, washing windows, organizing toys and books and playing games with residents.

O’Reilly authors book; to present

Heidelberg University communication and women’s and gender studies professor Julie O’Reilly is the author of a new book, “Bewitched Again: Supernaturally Powerful Women on Television, 1996-2006,” that explores superhuman female television characters through the idea of power vs. empowerment.

O’Reilly also has been selected as one of 20 participants to attend the 25th annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty seminar Nov. 11-15 in Los Angeles.

HU music professor attends retreat

Heidelberg University music professor Barbara Specht recently attended The Savvy Musician Retreat at the University of South Carolina.

The retreat included leading performing musicians, educators and industry leaders who gathered for three days to form new music businesses that were judged and awarded in a Savvy Musician Venture Challenge contest.

Specht’s team received second prize in the challenge.

Kern Center offers crafts for teens

FREMONT – The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community Colleges is to offer a Teens/Tweens series this fall for students in grade five and up.

The fee for each class is $39. Students who enroll in three or more classes receive a 20-percent discount and all supplies and materials are included in the cost of the class.

The schedule of classes is:

Handmade paper bead necklaces, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bath scrubs, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 5.

Tie-dying basics, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

Marbleized stationary and cards, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Funky holiday wreaths, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

For more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Terra’s Kern Center to offer food classes

FREMONT – The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is to offer non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.

The schedule is:

Cake decorating basics, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Cost is $39.

Cake decorating flowers, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Cost is $39.

Wine tasting and tour at the Chateau Tebeau Winery, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $30.

Beer Appreciation, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2, 9 and 16. Cost is $59.

Chocolate Temptations 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 2. Cost is $59.

For more information, call (419) 559-2255.

Brown to nominate students for military academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, encouraged Ohioans to seek nomination from his office to U.S. Military Service Academies for 2013 admission.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 25.

Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Interested students that meet eligibility requirements can send completed application packets to Brown’s Cleveland office, 1301 East ninth St. Suite 1710.

Area student named to dean’s list

COLUMBUS – Columbus State Community College has announced Hannah Frey of Carey was named to the 2013 summer dean’s list.

Bloomville native makes dean’s list

LIMA The University of Northwestern Ohio announced Jacob Frankart of Bloomville made the dean’s list for the June 2013 session in the College of Applied Technologies.

Cameron E. Cory

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Cameron E. Cory graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an 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.

Cory is the son of Douglas Cory of East Street, Republic. He is a 2010 graduate of Bellevue High School.

Old Fort Banking Co. receives 5-star award for eighth quarter

Bauer Financial has awarded Old Fort Banking Co. a five-star “superior” rating for the eighth consecutive quarter. Old Fort’s most recent five-star rating is based on June 30 financial data. Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars, with five-stars being the strongest, and are based on the current overall financial picture of the bank.

The five-star rating indicates Old Fort is financially sound and has the resources to deal with a variety of adverse economic conditions. The rating also indicates Old Fort is among the top in the nation when it comes to capitalization, asset quality, profitability, liquidity, and risk.

Bauer Financial is the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm and is an unbiased third party that has been respected by regulators, bankers and consumers for evaluations since 1983.

“Despite the current economic environment, Old Fort remains a very strong institution,” Michael C. Spragg, president and CEO of Old Fort Banking Co. said. “The most recent Bauer five-star rating simply reaffirms our message of strength, stability and security.”

Old Fort has assets totaling more than $425 million and serves Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin and Sugarcreek Township. Old Fort also operates a mortgage loan production facility in Xenia.