Sunday announcements, Sept. 29

Halloween parade set for Oct. 20

Tiffin Developmental Center has announced the Tiffin University Dragon mascot is to serve as the grand marshal of the 47th annual Halloween Parade.

The parade is at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Tiffin Developmental Center, 600 N. River Road. Following the parade, an awards ceremony is to take place in the gym.

For more information or to particpate, call (419) 443-3116 prior to Oct. 10.

Book group to meet

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library adult book discussion group, Coffee by the Book: Book Group at the Wick, is to meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Bailiwicks Coffee Co., 62 S. Washington St. to discuss “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.

Books are available at the information desk.

‘World War Z’ to be screened at T-SPL

The teen department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a screening of “World War Z” at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Frost Kalnow room.

The film is rated PG-13 and runs 116 minutes.

The program is open to students entering sixth grade up through adult. No registration is required.

Teen Halloween party

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s teen department is to host a Halloween party 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Frost Kalnow room.

Featured are to be a costume contest, door prizes, games, crafts and refreshments.

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

Child literacy program set

The junior department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host “Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library” at 6:15-7 p.m. Thursday in the Frost Kalnow room.

The program is to feature five early literacy practices to encourage reading children.

The program is open to children ages birth to 5 years old.

The event is free, but registration is required.

To register, call (419) 447-3751.

Lego Saturday set for Oct. 12

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host “Lego Saturday” 1-3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Frost Kalnow room.

The library is to provide Duplo Blocks for children ages 2-4 and Legos for children ages 4 and up.

The theme for October is “Your Favorite Book.”

Babies & Books set for next week

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the next date for “Babies & Books” is to be at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Frost Kalnow room.

The program is to feature stories, rhymes, songs and finger plays.

To register, call (419) 447-3751.

Author to talk at Clyde library

CLYDE – Author Pat Bristley is to tell “Stories of Sandusky County” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clyde Public Library.

Bristley recently published her book of the same title. She is to sign copies of her book that also are to be for sale. The book contains 60 pages of photographs and stories from all over the county.

Library to feature gardens

CLYDE – The Clyde Public Library is to feature “Clyde in Bloom” 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 8.

The event is free but registration is required as refreshments will be provided.

To register, call (419) 547-7174 or stop by the lobby desk.

MCL to feature Lego Night Oct. 9

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Community Library is to feature the first Lego Night 6 p.m. Oct. 9.

MCL to host auction

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Community Library is to host a silent auction of Ohio State logoed items.

The auction is to run Oct. 7 through Nov. 16. Winners will be announced Nov. 18 and items may be picked up after that date.

Library to observe staff in-service

BELLEVUE -The Bellevue Public Library is to close Oct. 10 for staff in-service.

TCS marketing committee to meet

The Tiffin City Board of Education Marketing Committee is to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St.

Quiz bowl begins

The Seneca, Wyandot, Put-in-Bay and Sandusky High School Quiz Bowl League opened its season Sept. 17 with 18 schools represented. St. Joseph Central Catholic, Fremont, after an absence of two seasons, is back with Jody Twining as coach.

Matches are to be played in October at Calvert, Mohawk and North Central Academy.

The combined scores from September are:

Bridges-North Central Academy, 15-5

Clyde-Calvert, 125-95


Clyde-St. Joseph Central Catholic, 180-30

Columbian-Carey, 190-25

Columbian-New Riegel, 185-140

Columbian-Upper Sandusky, 140-70

Hopewell-Loudon-Carey, 105-25

Hopewell-Loudon-New Riegel, 185-70

Hopewell-Loudon-Upper Sandusky, 145-55

Mohawk-Bettsville, 80-35

Mohawk-Bridges Community Academy, 70-50

Mohawk-North Central Academy, 105-45

New Riegel-St. Wendelin, 140-105

Old Fort-Calvert,1 15-95

Old Fort-Fostoria, 130-95

Old Fort-St. Joseph Central Catholic, 135-60

Put-in-Bay-Bettsville, 165-30

Put-in-Bay-Bridges Community Academy, 190-55

Put-in-Bay-North Central Academy, 185-35


Ross-Bridges Community Academy, 95-70

Ross-North Central Academy, 100-10

Seneca East-Calvert, 140-45

Seneca East-Fostoria, 155-125

Seneca East-St. Joseph Central Catholic 140-90

St. Wendelin-Carey 155-40

St. Wendelin-Upper Sandusky 115-75

Student nationally recognized

ATTICA -Seneca East High School announced senior Cody Stombaugh of Republic as a commended student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. has been presented to Stombaugh in recognition of his achievement.

TCS to aid special needs students

Tiffin City Schools is to continue and expand the Equity Quest Program. The program is for students identified on the autism spectrum and other students with social difficulties.

The Equity Quest program was developed by Connie English, speech language pathologist after researching other schools and other programs to see how they were meeting the needs of students.

TCS welcomes special ed staff

Tiffin City Schools has welcomed new staff to the special education departments for the 2013-2014 school year. New teachers include April Sommer at Washington and Noble; Charlotte Lininger at Noble; and Libbie Kaltenbach, Amber Plikerd and Ann Reamsnyder at Tiffin Columbian.

Among the retiring are Rachel Hopple, leaving after 25 years.

For more information on the department, call Jeremy Koppus at (419) 447-2515.

Terra to host college night

FREMONT – Terra State Community College is to host the annual College Night of Sandusky County 6:30-8 p.m. Monday in the Student Activities Center in Building C, 2830 Napoleon Road.

More than 80 college and university representatives are to be on campus to share information about majors, athletics, student activities, financial aid, housing, costs and career opportunities.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or call (419) 559-2349.

St. Francis scholarship winner

St. Francis Home announced Betty Smith is the winner of the Julia Reimer Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship was established in the memory of Julia Reimer, a former nurse and resident of St. Francis Home, and offers financial assistance for an employee who may wish to pursue additional training or higher education within the nursing field.

Flechtner fundraising to return exhibit

Tiffin native Michael Flechtner is raising money to take care of the costs of returning the neon exhibit, “Prodigal Son,” currently at the Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University.

The exhibit is to run through Oct. 10. The cost is to go toward returning the exhibit to Flechtner’s studio in Van Nuys, Calif.

Those interested, can make tax-deductible checks out to:

Tiffin University Annual Fund, with a note on the memo line of the check, “Flechtner/Prodigal Son.”

Send to Jason Griffin, Development Tiffin University, 155 Miami St., Tiffin, OH 44883

Donations can also be made through check, wire transfer, cash or Paypal to Michael Flecthner, 7712 Gloria Ave. # 4, Van Nuys, CA 91406-1802

For any questions, contact Flechtner at

TU reaccredited for MBA program abroad

The European Council for Business Education and the Board of Commissioners for Accreditation, have recommended Tiffin University’s Executive Masters in Business Administration Program in Bucharest, Romania, be awarded re-accreditation for a period of three years, according to R. Bryan Holden, executive director of ECBE.

In 2005, TU was the first U.S. institution of higher education to receive accreditation from this European agency for its BBA and MBA programs. In 2007, 2010, and now in 2013, TU has achieved re-accreditation through separate review cycles leading to the three year award period.

HU administration visit China

Heidelberg University President Rob Huntington and Provost Dave Weininger traveled to China earlier this month to participate in the 55th anniversary celebration of Tianjin Normal University.

As part of the anniversary celebration, Huntington was invited to give a speech as part of a forum titled “International Forum on the Role of the University in Culture during the Era of Globalization.” Huntington’s speech was entitled “The Invitation of Globalization for the Modern University.”

HU names recipient of endowed chair

Robert Swanson, associate dean and director of the School of Education and professor of education at Heidelberg University, has been named the first recipient of the Swinehart Family Endowed Chair in Education.

The Swinehart Chair is the first of six endowed faculty chairs to be created at Heidelberg, supporting the university’s $75 million Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence.

Education professor gets published

Karen A. Jones, assistant professor of education in the School of Education at Heidelberg University, has co-authored an article, Ohio’s Middle Childhood Licensure Study, published in the current issue of Research in Middle Level Education Online.

NCWQR director invited for talk

Ken Krieger director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, presented an invited talk Sept. 6 at the Tenth Annual Conservation Symposium of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, with the title “Mayflies and Muffleheads in Lake Erie-Nuisances or Valuable Resources?”

Prenzlin participates in Findlay performance

FINDLAY Samantha Prenzlin, a senior animal science major, will serve as costume run crew and as a costume assistant for The University of Findlay’s performance of “Leveling Up.”

Prenzlin, a 2008 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School, is the daughter of Nancy Prenzlin, Tiffin.

Cincinnati dean’s list

CINCINNATI -The University of Cincinnati has announced its summer 2013 dean’s list.

Local students include Codee Adams of Tiffin and Brianna Richey of Tiffin, Shirley Bechtstein of Fostoria, Cindy Duffee of Risingsun; Kristyn Hemeyer of Bellevue, Jenna Radloff of Bellevue and Holly Reinhart of Fostoria.

University of Cincinnati grads

CINCINNATI -The University of Cincinnati has announced graduates for its summer 2013 term.

Local graduates include Shirley Bechstein of Fostoria, bachelor’s of science degree in education; Holly Reinhart of Fostoria, bachelor’s of science degree in education; and Brianna Richey of Tiffin, bachelor’s of arts degree.

Mercy College dean’s list

TOLEDO – Mercy College of Ohio has announced students awarded honors for the summer semester

Area students include Paige Cress of Bettsville, Elizabeth Gosche of

Carey, Kylie Podach of Risingsun and Nathan Kessler of Tiffin.

Programs to assist those affected by mental illness

NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is beginning its fall schedule of activities. The support groups are free.

NAMI Depression/Bipolar Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St.

NAMI Family Support is to meet 7-8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Republic United Church of Christ, 312 S. Madison, Republic.

The Tiffin NAMI Family Support Goup is to meet 10-11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at Tiffin Developmental Center Administration Building, Conference Room 1, 600 N. River Road.

“NAMI on Campus” is to meet 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Terra State Community College to offer support and help for students at Terra.

The 11th annual NAMI Ray of Hope Dinner and Awards is set for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Angelina’s, 2270 Hayes Ave., Fremont. Lois and Lee Waggoner of Fremont are to be honored for their dedication and service to persons living with mental illness. Bob Spada, president of NAMI Ohio, is to be the keynote speaker. A raffle and music by the Terra Thunder Jazz Band also are planned. Tickets are $25 per person and $350 for a table of eight. RSVP by Friday. Call (888) 582-8889 or e-mail

Airman Josh G. Gallegos

Air Force Airman Josh G. Gallegos graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

Gallegos is the son of Joseph Gallegos of Clyde and Bobbie Gallegos of Castalia. He is a 2009 graduate of Clyde High School.

Duncan attends company meeting

Carrie Duncan of Tiffin, an independent affiliate with Skinny Body Care, recently attended the company’s second annual convention at the Marriott Cleveland Airport in Cleveland. Skinny Body Care was started by business leader and entrepreneur Ben Glinksy in 2011. It offers weight loss and skin care products. Skinny Body Care reports to have more than 10,000 customers.

For information, contact Carrie at (567) 207-0037 or visiting

Ferguson to lead area Camp Fire

Camp Fire Northwest Ohio’s Board of Trustees has announced David P. Ferguson has been named interim CEO. The search was conducted to find a candidate to help restructure the organization.

Ferguson most recently was interim executive director for State University of New York in New Paltz, during which time he reorganized the office, clarified roles and responsibilities, and made director hires. Ferguson stepped down as vice president of development/advancement at The University of Findlay Dec. 31, 2011, and then served as the special assistant to the president of the university.

Camp Fire Northwest Ohio Board of Trustees along with National Camp Fire are to conduct a nationwide CEO search some time after the first of the year.

Ag Credit promotes Brian Ricker to COO

FOSTORIA – Ag Credit announced the Board of Directors selected Brian Ricker as chief operations officer at its August board meeting. Ricker is to assume these duties Tuesday.

Neil Jordan, CEO, has announced his retirement effective Feb. 1. Ricker is to step into the CEO position at that time.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve our cooperative in this role and look forward to a smooth transition,” Ricker said.

Ricker, 44, serves as chief credit officer, a position he has held for the past year. He has more than 16 years of experience with the Farm Credit System, becoming the branch manager for Ag Credit’s Van Wert office in 1997 and then moving into the position of relationship manager in 2009.