Sunday announcements, Nov. 10

Rail Festival winners named

FOSTORIA – The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society has announced the winners of the Lens-Eye View Photo Contest and soup contest conducted at the Rail Festival.

Black and white category: Jay Freet of Mishawaka, Ind., first; Jimmy Thorp of Fostoria, second; and Ron Breniser of Goshen, Ind., third.

Color photos: Sam Sponseller of Plymouth, first; Christine Berryman of Dearborn, Mich., second; and Stu Nicholson of Columbus, third.

Soup contest: Sandy Berrier’s cheeseburger soup, first; Allyson Murray’s steak vegetable soup, second; Kay Rochotte’s Mexican corn chowder, Teresa Lee’s chili and Ellen Gatrell’s cheddar broccoli soup, third.

People’s choice: Sandy Berrier (cheeseburger), first; Marilyn Beers (garden vegetable soup) second; and Marion Sheets/Kwik-Shake Restaurant (chili).


Airman Vincent Pardi

Air Force Airman Vincent M. Pardi graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Pardi 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.

Pardi is the son of Karen Pardi of Tiffin.

He is a 2010 graduate of Calvert High School, Tiffin.

Tiffin program committee to meet

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

Bettsville board to meet

BETTSVILLE – The Bettsville Local Schools Board of Education is to meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Seneca County board of DD to meet

The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Seneca County Opportunity Center, 780 E. CR 20.

Tiffin finance committee to meet

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

BC board to meet

NEW WASHINGTON – The Buckeye Central Board of Education is to have a work session at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 106 of the school located at 938 S. Kibler St.

Following the work session is the board’s regular meeting at 7 p.m.

St. Wendelin to host blood drive

FOSTORIA – St. Wendelin Catholic School is to host a blood drive for students 16 and older 8:30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m. Monday.

The Red Cross is to coordinate the drive in conjunction with a scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded based on total unites collected from students.

FFA students attend convention

The Sentinel Career and Technology Center FFA had 13 students, three graduates and two FFA advisors attend the National FFA Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Members in attendance were Andrew Kiesel, Sarah Goshe, Tommy Hoover, Eva Pahl, Lexa Beard, Gabby Tong, Sam Krinzline, Ethan Marks, Dylan Meyer, Allyson Bland, Cat Foos, Miranda Steinmetz, Katie Gregg, and graduate members Amy Covert, Brooke Meyer, and Paul Kiesel; and advisors Anna Horner and Brian Zender.

Students get leadership training

Seventh- and eighth-grade student ambassadors at Tiffin Middle School have been receiving leadership training in order to become positive role models.

Students participate in team building activities. The group of 34 students in the program are to plan activities for the entire student body around a theme they create.

OF celebrated Right to Read week

OLD FORT – Students at Old Fort Elementary celebrated Right to Read week recently.

Some special events included identifying mystery readers, collecting canned goods for the local food pantry and dressing up like scarecrows.

St. Wendelin seeks award nominations

FOSTORIA – Principal Mike Amlin of St. Wendelin Catholic Schools announced they are seeking nominations for the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguised Graduate Award.

To be eligible, nominees should have graduted from St. Wendelin Elementary School at least 10 years ago. The recipient is to be selected based on his or her contribution to the American Society and the Catholic Church.

Nomination forms can be found on the St. Wendelin Catholic School website,

Nominations are due no later than Dec. 13.

Information can be mailed to St. Wendelin Catholic School, c/o Mike Amline, 533 N. Countyline St. Fostoria OH 44830.

Forms also can be emailed to mike.amlin

Library to close for Veterans Day

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

The library is to re-open Nov. 12 with regular hours.

Babies and books set for Nov. 19

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the next date for “Babies & Books” 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Frost-Kalnow room.

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

Parents or caregivers along with babies ages birth to 24 months, are asked to sign up for one session of language enrichment activities beginning Nov. 12.

To register, call (419) 447-3751.

T-SPL offers computer classes

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the schedule for adult computer classes in December.

Class dates and times are as follows:

All About Digital Photos, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 5.

Resume Writing and Job Searching, 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

Labels, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 11.

Library eBooks, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 30.

To register, call (419) 447-3751 or visit

HU’s Collar to speak at library meeting

The Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host Doug Collar, associate professor of English and integrated studies for Heidelberg University, as the featured speaker at the annual meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Frost-Kalnow room.

Winners of the silent autographed book auction are to also be announced.

The Friends’ business meeting is to take place prior to the speaker. Tim Hagen, library director, is to give a state of the library and the election of officers is to take place.

Annual dues are to be collected at the meeting and members may donate to the Friends’ Books for Kids Project.

Participate in gingerbread craft

Library patrons are invited to make a gingerbread house 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Frost Kalnow room of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

Registration is required by Nov. 25.

Participants are able to create a gingerbread style house with graham crackers and icing. Those interested in joining are asked to bring a package of graham crackers, and decorations for the house.

Space and supplies are limited.

To register call (419) 447-3751 or visit the junior library.

Caregivers get assistance

BELLEVUE -The Bellevue Public Library is to feature a Family Caregiver Series about dementia and alzheimer’s disease 2-4 p.m. Nov. 19.

The series is in three parts and is to be presented for families beginning to encounter alzheimer’s disease and dementia, or who are looking for additional information.

Registration is required.

To register, call (419) 537-1999 or (800) 272-3900.

Date for adult book discussion

BELLEVUE – Belleuve Public Library is to offer an adult book discussion at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

The group is to discuss “Child of My Heart” by Alice McDermott.

AARP rep. to present

BELLEVUE – Stan Levine, an AARP representative, is to present the Affordable Care Act and its relationship with Medicare at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Bellevue Public Library.

Teen book club to meet Nov. 21

BELLEVUE -The Bellevue Public Library is to feature the Teen Book Club 4 p.m. Nov. 21.

The club is for children ages 13 and up.

The group is to discuss “What the Moon Say” by Laura Resau.

MCL to add titles

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Community Library is to add new non-fiction and fiction titles into their circulation.

Authors include Tharran E. Gains, Ann Rule, Thomas Carey, Donald Schmitt, Tracy Torme, Elizabeth Smart, Editors of Life Magazine, Winston Groom, Robert Scott, Ree Drummond and Michael Grange.

Heidelberg education majors attend conference

A group of Heidelberg University senior education majors traveled to Dallas for the Kappa Delta Pi Biennial Convocation Oct. 23-27.

Early childhood education majors Ryan Sarchet, Victoria Miller, Mackenzie Pinkelman, Kirsten Bumb and Julia Kagy presented a workshop titled “Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms.

Taylor Rambo presented “You Mean I Have to TALK to Parents? Strategies for Parent Involvement.”

HU students provide service over break

During Heidelberg University’s fall break, five students – Lauren Cosstantion, Lauren Belliveau, Stephanie Romie, Sean Bergman and Lily White – and chemistry professor Bryan Smith, traveled to Columbus to perform community service, including making cookies at a Ronald McDonald House and preparing flower beds for winter at the Franklin Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The group directed traffic and runners during the Nationwide-Children’s Hospital Marathon and served dinner to the homeless.

HU prof passes interpreter exam

Heidelberg University’s Spanish professor Cynthia Lepeley has passed the oral exam required for federal court interpreter certification.

Lepeley has been working as a legal and medical interpreter since 1995.

Heidelberg staff member pens book

Harry Djunaidi, institutional market research analyst at Heidelberg University, is the author of a new book, “Institutional Research Intelligence: Go Beyond Reporting.”

Heidelberg to host medieval seminar

Courtney DeMayo, assistant professor of history at Heidelberg University, organized the fall meeting of the Ohio Medieval Colloquium Oct. 26.

DeMayo presented “Education Reconsidered: Learning in Northern France, ca. 1000” and Emily Isaacson, assistant professor of English, presented “The Private Writ Public: Isabella Whitney’s Verse Epistles to Her Family.”

Heidelberg concert choir to begin season

Heidelberg University’s Concert Choir is to open its 2013-14 performance season with a concert today at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Findlay.

Local students performing with the choir include Ellen Lange of Bloomville, Kelsey Haynes of Tiffin, Hannah Mathias of Tiffin, Arneshiah Mitsch of Carey, Cy Boehler of Tiffin, Hunter Jordan of Carey, Landon Wiseman of Tiffin, Nicholas Saxton of Tiffin, Stephen Smith of Tiffin, Scott Cook of Tiffin and Jacob Smith of Tiffin.

Tiffin student receives scholarship

ASHLAND – Kaitlyn Boehler, of Tiffin, has been accepted to Ashland University for the fall semester 2014.

Boehler is a senior at Columbian High school and has received the Director’s Scholarship for $7,000 annually.

‘Berg profs present in Columbus

Heidelberg University’s Michele Castleman and Kristen Williams, assistant professors of education, and Annie Almekinder, education instructor and technology coordinator, presented “Game on!: Online Games Teachers Should Know About,” at the Ohio Confederation

of Teacher Educator Organizations in Columbus Oct. 17.

Student from Tiffin makes geology club

ASHLAND – Olivia Perna of Tiffin has been named a member of the Geology Club at Ashland University.

Perna is majoring in psychology and a 2012 graduate from Columbian High School. She is the daughter of Leonard and Paula Perna of Tiffin.

Counseling agency brings in new staff

Joanne Kosta has joined the staff at New Transitions Counseling agency in Tiffin. Kosta comes to New Transitions Counseling with more than 30 years of experience as a nurse, community advocate/volunteer and counselor. She has a bachelor of science in nursing from the College of Mt. St. Joseph, a masters of science in nursing from Lourdes University and a masters of arts in mental health counseling from Bowling Green State University.

Kosta is married to Christopher and they have three gown children. She grew up in Fremont.

NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties recognized Kosta with the 2006 Ray of Hope Award for her work in support and advocacy for those affected by mental and/or emotional illnesses. She recently completed an externship in couples counseling, is a certified dancing mindfulness facilitator and has a chemical dependency license in addition to a mental health counseling license.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact New Transitions Counseling in Tiffin at (419) 448-4094 or visit

Bahn to join orthopedics group

FINDLAY – Northwest Ohio Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Inc. announced the addition of Bret Bahn, a fellowship-trained pain management physician, to its medical practice in Findlay, Fostoria and Tiffin.

A Hancock County native, Bahn received his undergraduate degree at The University of Findlay. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Toledo and following this training, served as a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon on active duty. Following his service, he completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Michigan. In addition, he completed his interventional Pain Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He returns to the community with his wife Annette, who also hails from Hancock County, and his four children.

Bahn specializes in interventional procedures treating cervical, thoracic and lumber back pain. Procedures include epidural steroid injections, facet procedures and spinal cord stimulator therapy. His practice also includes medication management with carefully monitored opioid therapy.

Fore more information or appointments, call (419) 427-3070.