Sunday announcements, Oct. 20

Library Friends host silent auction

The Friends of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library are to host a silent auction featuring autographed books from nationally-known, bestselling authors.

The theme of the auction is “My Favorite Place,” and bids are accepted Oct. 21-Nov. 20.

Books to be auctioned include those by Linda Castillo, J.A. Jance, Charlaine Harris, Les Roberts, Jane Smiley, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jim Butcher and more.

The winning bids are to be announced and the books are to be presented at the friends’ annual meeting 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

For more information, visit, find the library on Facebook, or email

Book group to discuss “The Dinner”

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s adult book discussion group, “Coffee by the Book: Book Group at the Wick” is to meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Bailiwicks Coffee Co., 62 S. Washington St. to discuss “The Dinner” by Herman Koch.

Books are available at the information desk.

‘Christmas Jars’ to be discussed

SYCAMORE -Mohawk Community Library is to have a book discussion group at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to discuss “The Christmas Jars” by Jason F. Wright.

Halloween family fun night

SYCAMORE -The Mohawk Community Library is to host a Halloween themed Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

Participants can dress in a Halloween costume, participate in Halloween crafts and play Halloween bingo.

Paranormal presentation

FOSTORIA -The Kaubisch memorial Public Library is to host a presentation by paranormal investigators from Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits at 6 p.m. Thursday in the McClean Room.

Intro to Facebook

BELLEVUE -The Bellevue Public Library is to offer an Introduction to Facebook at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

The class is to demonstrate how to use Facebook.

‘Downloading eMedia’ course

BELLEVUE – Bellevue Public Library is to offer a “Downloading eMedia” course at 10 a.m. Nov. 2.

The course is to review the library’s eMedia site, and how to borrow and download titles and request titles not yet available.

Library to feature writer’s group

BELLEVUE – The Bellevue Public Library is to feature the writer’s group at 1 p.m. Nov. 2.

Aspiring writers are welcome.

Old Fort to have special meeting

OLD FORT -The Old Fort Local Board of Education is to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in conference room 318. The purpose of the meeting is for the board to discuss employment and compensation of personnel.

TCS development committee to meet

The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Local Professional Development Committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Administration Building in the conference room.

TMS parent-teacher conferences

Tiffin Middle School is to hold parent-teacher conferences 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and 4:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Students will not have classes Friday, but school is to be in session Oct. 29.

For further questions, call (419) 447-3358.

New P.E. teacher at Washington

Washington Elementary has introduced a new physical education teacher, Angela Ellis.

Ellis works with the students at Washington 30 minutes per session. The program focuses on movement, locomotor and manipulative concepts, tumbling skills and social concepts.

H-L wrestlers to serve community

BASCOM -The Hopewell-Loudon wrestling team is to feature the second annual Community Service Day 3-6 p.m. Oct. 27.

The team is to be out in Bascom to help clean up yards filled with leaves and small tasks to help out the community.

For more information, call Laura Vitt at (419) 619-1498.

Tiffin students to take test

The American Legion Department of Ohio is to present the 2013-14 American Legion Americanism and Government Test for Calvert Catholic High School and Tiffin Columbian High School. The test is scheduled to be given Nov. 4 at both schools.

The test is sponsored by Tiffin Post 169 of the American Legion.

The test is open to all students in grades 10-12 in all Ohio public, parochial, private and Christian high schools. The test consits of 50 multiple choice questions covering federal, state, county and local governments; the U.S. flag, and the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

There are to be 18 state winners chosen, three young men and three young women in each of the three grades. The winners are to be awarded a five-day, all-expense paid trip to Gettysburg, Pa., and Washingtion, D.C.

Students interested in taking the test, should notify the school officer or government teacher.

Quiz bowl update

The Seneca, Wyandot, Put-in-Bay, Sandusky High School Quiz Bowl League played its next round of matches Oct. 15. Calvert, Mohawk and North Central Academy were the host schools as schools played teams within their division or across divisions.

The final matches of the regular season will be played in November at Bridges Community Academy, Calvert and North Central Academy.

The combined scores from October were:



Calvert-St. Wendelin-130-125

Clyde-North Central Academy-100-45





Columbian-St. Wendelin-155-75




Mohawk-Carey 65-60

New Riegel-Fostoria-85-80

New Riegel-Mohawk-160-80

New Riegel-Upper Sandusky-140-65

Old Fort-North Central Academy-125-0

Put-in-Bay-Old Fort125-80

Put-in-Bay-St. Joseph Central Catholic-190-60

Ross-Old Fort-85-70

Seneca East-Bettsville-125-25

Seneca East-Bridges-155-40

Seneca East-St. Wendelin-100-80

St. Joseph Central Catholic-North Central Academy-120-60

Upper Sandusky-Carey-125-25

TCS breakfast and lunch options

Tiffin City Schools offers school breakfast in addition to lunches. Breakfast is offered daily in all five buildings before school.

Any student who qualifies for the free and reduced program also is eligible for a free or reduced breakfast. Reduced price for breakfast is .30 cents and full pay is $1.25.

Breakfast consists of whole grain cereal, muffin, graham crackers, fruit juice or fresh fruit and a carton of low-fat or fat-free milk.

For any questions, call the food Ssrvice office at (419) 447-5768.

St. Wendelin junior wins 4-H contest

FOSTORIA -St. Wendelin Catholic School junior Melissa Finsel won first place for her welding project at the 63rd National 4-H Engineering Challenge Sept. 11-Oct. 1 at Purdue University, Ind.

Disability awareness at Terra

FREMONT – Terra State Community College is to present “Celebrating

Differences” at 10 a.m. Monday in the recital hall in

Building D.

The program is to help raise awareness about people living with disabilities.

Speakers are to be Tim Berta, a survivor of the Bluffton University baseball team bus crash, and Tiffany McClain, director of disability services at Columbus State Community College.

The program is free.

For more information, contact Dori Dalton, coordinator of Counseling and Disability Services, at (419) 559-2342.

Terra board to meet

FREMONT -The Terra State Board of Trustees is to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the board room in Building B.

TU soccer team to sell T-shirts

Tiffin University’s men’s soccer team is to play against Malone University at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the annual Pink Day game benefiting cancer awareness.

The team is to sell T-shirts for the game Monday for $10.

All funds raised are to go toward cancer awareness.

TU to feature Halloween lock-in

Tiffin University is to feature a Halloween lock-In 6-10 p.m. Saturday in the Gillmor Student Center gym.

The lock-in is for boys and girls in grades K-6. All children must be signed in by an adult and the cost per child is $5.

Women’s basketball players and coaches are to monitor all activities including face painting, football, basketball, coloring and much more.

Children are welcome to wear costumes but are asked to wear tennis shoes. The best costume wins a prize.

Concessions will be available. Any questions can be directed to Jess Harris (419) 448-3503 or Holly Focke (419) 448-3418.

HU to feature haunted house

Heidelberg University is to host its third annual France Hall Haunted House 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31 in France Hall. Kids activities and the line are located next door in Brown Hall.

International journalist to speak on experiences

FINDLAY -Owens Community College is to present Haider Hamza, international journalist, scholar and activist, at 9:30 a.m. at the Findlay campus and at 1 p.m. at the Toledo campus Oct. 29.

Haider is to speak on life following the U.S-led invasion, the challenges U.S. troops face there, and his personal struggles and the high loss war causes.

The event is free.

For information, contact Jamey Katzner at james_

Art club to present Pumpkin Siege

FREMONT The Terra State Community Art Club is to present Pumpkin Siege 10 a.m.-noon Saturday in the field adjacent the school.

The club is to use trebuchets, a medieval military engine for hurling heavy missiles, to launch pumpkins at scarecrows.

For more information, contact the division of business, communications and the arts at (419) 559-2233.

TU baseball opens online store

The Tiffin University baseball team has announced its online store is to be open through Oct. 31.

This is to be the second year the team has hosted the store as a fundraiser. Funds are to go toward facility improvements and program needs.

For more information, contact coach Joe Willkins at (419) 448-5116, email or visit tubaseballsale.

Young Heidelberg alumni honored

As part of its homecoming celebration, Heidelberg University honored six young alumni at the Young Alumni Achievement Awards Oct. 11.

Those honored included Carrie Benedict, Bobie Davis, John Kramer, Christopher Lofquist, Amber Peariso and Patrick Turner.

Dunkin’ for a cause at Heidelberg

Dunkin’ for a Cause at Heidelberg University raised $450 to donate to SALSA over the Parent/Family Weekend. The event was organized by RyRy’s Autism Avengers.

In the dunk tank was Heidelberg President Rob Huntington; history professor David Hogan; Student Affairs staff members Dustin Brentlinger, Paul Stark, Mark Zeno, Laurie Kaltenmeier; Chris Washko and Zane Eschbaugh; students Deana Shook, Jake Slaback and Katie Caldwell and Sandy Hallett, the wife of Heidelberg head football coach Mike Hallett.

HU represented at conference

Heidelberg University graduate assistant Laurie Kaltenmeier and students Dylan Lohr, Deana Schook and Claire Meneer traveled to Washington, D.C., for a conference based on President Barack Obama’s Interfaith & Community Service Campus Challenge.

Universities from across the country were invited to Georgetown University to discuss their interfaith and service curriculums. There also were several guest speakers, including Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, and Eboo Patel, a member of Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Professor attended science conference

Heidelberg University’s Sean Joyce, director of information technology and assistant professor of computer science, attended the Midwest Region conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges.

NCWQR directors present findings

Current Director Ken Krieger and Director Emeritus David Baker of Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research gave a presentation at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in September regarding what has been learned from 31 years of uninterrupted water quality monitoring of the lower Cuyahoga River by the NCWQR.

Terra to host small business seminars

FREMONT – The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is to offer free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics.”

The November schedule is:

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

9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.

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

4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra at (419) 559-2210 or email

Engineering scholarships available

COLUMBUS -The Engineers Foundation of Ohio is offering over $27,000 in academic scholarships to qualifying engineering students for the 2013-14 academic year.

To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the state of Ohio, and be graduating high school seniors admitted to an engineering program approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology at an Ohio engineering college or Notre Dame. Deadline for applications is Dec. 15.

Candidates also must meet a SAT score of 600 in math and 500 in reading or composition; or an ACT score of 29 in math and 25 in English; and a 3.0 grade point average.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit high school guidance and career offices, visit or call (614) 223-1177.

New chief named for Catholic Health Partners

CINCINNATI – Brent R. Asplin has been named chief clinical officer for Catholic Health Partners. This is a new leadership role for Ohio’s largest health system.

In mid-November, when Asplin begins his new role at CHP, he is to provide system-wide strategic leadership for the organization’s physician network and clinical imperatives. His areas of focus will be physician integration, clinically integrated networks, population health management and CHP’s quality and clinical transformation function.

“I am excited to join Catholic Health Partners during this time of transformation,” said Asplin. “CHP is an organization known for innovation, and as the organization’s first chief clinical officer, I look forward to helping lead the organization’s population health strategies and develop its capabilities around clinical excellence.”

Asplin comes from Fairview Health Services, an eight-hospital system in Minneapolis, where he has been the organization’s president and chief clinical officer, and president of Fairview Medical Group, a multi-specialty group with more than 550 physicians.

This year, CHP has evolved to a new organization to prepare for value-based health delivery and further implementation of its 2014-2018 strategic direction.

Marker retires from Fostoria hospital

FOSTORIA – Evelyn Marker, executive director, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation, retired Oct. 1 following more than 13 years of service.

Evelyn began her career at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital in 2000, serving as foundation and marketing director, handling fundraising and communications for the hospital. In 2006, she began focusing specifically on development of the foundation as well as volunteer recruitment and coordination.

“Because of Evelyn’s leadership and the generosity of the community, the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation has reinvested millions of dollars into advancing health care in Fostoria,” said Don Mennel, chairman, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. “Her enthusiasm and vision has been an asset to the hospital and community.”

Over the years, Marker has volunteered her time and talent for a number of community organizations and Fostoria-area boards, such as the Geary YMCA, Fostoria United Way, The Ritz Theatre, church council for First Lutheran Church, and Childhood Ministries Pre-school and Daycare board chair.

During her retirement, Marker plans to work on a number of volunteer projects and travel. In addition to looking forward to spending more time with her family, she is excited to work behind the scenes on the Ritz Players’ winter production of “Moonlight and Magnolias.”

A retirement celebration was hosted by the ProMedica Philanthropy team Wednesday at Fostoria Country Club.

For more information, visit

Red Cross urges people to donate year-round

Inside the 23 hospitals served by American Red Cross, Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region, blood needs are constant for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses, victims of automobile and other accidents, infants born prematurely and many others.

“We need strong turnout from donors during the fall both to replenish blood supplies depleted during summer vacation season and boost supplies before the upcoming holiday season,” said Tiffany Gradel, marketing and communications manager of the Western Lake Erie Region.

“The blood products on the shelves today are what help save lives in an emergency. Blood and platelets can come only from generous volunteer donors,” she said. “Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there simply is no substitute.”

Gradel said donors of all blood types are needed to donate blood, adding that type O blood donors are in great demand.

To donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcross to make an appointment or for more information.