Sunday announcements, Jan. 5

Calvert test winners

Calvert High School students Cassie Reinhart, John Brodman, Lindsay Horn, John Burtis and Aaron Englehart were winners of the Americanism and Government test sponsored by American Legion Tiffin Post 169.

T-SPL program set for Jan. 14

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present its Tales of Twos & Threes series beginning Jan. 14.

The 30-minute session begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28 and at 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29.

The program features stories, songs and finger plays. No registration is necessary.

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

MCL to host Just Dance party

SYCAMORE The Mohawk Community Library is to host a Just Dance party 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Couponing class set

SYCAMORE The Mohawk Community Library is to host a couponing class with Kayleigh Tschanen at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14.

The class is to meet on the second Tuesday of every month.

Participants are to learn where the best deals are, how to get the most from your coupons and save money while stockpiling goods.

Boys-only Lego party

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Community Library is to host a boys-only Lego party at 11 a.m. Jan. 25.

The program is for boys 5 years old and older.

The program is to feature a 30-minute building contest, pizza and drinks.

Participants are to be signed up by Jan. 18.

For more information, call (419) 927-2407.

TCS marketing committee to meet

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

Y to offer special needs class

Through a grant received from the Great Lakes Collaboration for Autism, Tiffin Community YMCA is to offer a Special Needs Activity Time at 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

There is no charge for the seven-week session. Registration is to be completed before Thursday. The class is geared toward children with special needs ages 6 and older.

An adult is to participate with the child during gym activities.

For additional information, call (419) 447-8711.

BC board to have work session

NEW WASHINGTON – The Buckeye Central Board of Education is to have a work session at 8 a.m. Saturday in room 206 at the school, 938 S. Kibler St., to discuss district vision, mission, goals and acclimate new board members to operations of the district.

ABLE/GED orientation set

Sentinel Career and Technology Center’s ABLE/GED program offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of all individuals interested in improving their academic and workplace skills.

ABLE classes are offered free of charge to participants 18 years and older. Classes offered are in reading, writing and math.

To enroll in classes, students are required to attend an orientation. The next orientation is at 8 a.m. Wednesday in room 244 of the Family Learning Center.

Class times are 9-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, call (419) 448-5084.

Heidelberg to host MLK program

Tracy Maxwell Heard, Democratic leader of the Ohio House of Representatives, is to be the featured speaker for Heidelberg University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at 11 a.m. Jan. 21 in Brenneman Concert Hall.

The annual Tiffin-Seneca MLK Community Dinner and program is to be held Jan. 20 at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St.

The program is free of charge and community members are welcome to attend.

Heard has represented the Ohio’s 26th House District for seven years. She was the first African-American woman to be elected majority floor leader and the second African-American to hold that position. She is a graduate of the University of Akron and began her career as a television news anchor and switched to politics and consulting.

TU MLK program set

Tiffin University is to host a Martin Luther King Jr. roundtable discussion and breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 20 in Osceola Theatre at Franks Hall. Breakfast is free for the first 25 individuals.

Information sessions are to begin at 10:30 a.m. with a keynote address by Charlotte Broaden at 11 a.m.

Broaden is from Southern New Hampshire University and is one of the members on the committee that placed the university on the list of “game changers” in higher education. She is a professor of International Business and Organizational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University. She received her doctorate in international business with a concentration in international finance and teaches a course on the doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s levels. She has published articles on recruiting and placing global talent in the Journal of Diversity Management.

Foundation board elects members

FOSTORIA – During its annual meeting, the board of trustees of Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Inc. elected three members. New trustees whose terms begin in 2014 are Linda Holmes Bowling, D. Ford Mennel and Eric Stinehelfer.

Bowling moved to Fostoria three years ago to marry Bill Bowling of Bowling Transportation. Linda previously lived in New York City and was the senior vice president of a large import company.

Mennel is president and treasurer of The Mennel Milling Co. Locally, he is a board member of Fostoria Economic Development Corp., Good Shepherd Home and Fostoria Learning Center, where he is board vice president. Also, he is on the advisory boards of the University of Findlay, Hospitality Management Program, and Mercyhurst University’s Walker School of Business. He is a board member of the North American Millers Association and holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst College and a master’s degree in business administration from Averett University.

Stinehelfer has been executive director of Geary Family YMCA since 2005. He is on the board of directors of United Way of Fostoria and Fostoria Rotary Club. He also has served on the Kiwanis board of directors and Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador program.

Other members include Bridgett Mundy, president; Chris Widman, vice president; Aaron Smith, treasurer; and trustees Mark Baker, AK Basu, Angela Briggs, Cheryl Buckland, Ron Burns, Barbara Hoening, John Irwin, Karl Kerschner, Charles Knight, Donald Miller, Judy Miller, Chris Posey, William Reineke Sr. and Eugene Schalk. Michele Cochran is executive director and standing board secretary.

First Federal president retires

Tom Moore, CEO and president of First Federal Bank of Ohio, was to retire Saturday, after 44 years with the company.

During Moore’s tenure, the company has grown from a single office to nine offices in Galion (two), Mt. Gilead, Ontario, Mansfield, Shelby, Cardington, Tiffin and Sandusky with assets increasing during his tenure from $24 million to $250 million.

Moore began at First Federal as a loan officer and has held positions at the bank including branch manager, vice president of lending, executive vice president, chief financial officer and took over as president and CEO in 1995 upon the retirement of Russell Vose. He serves as chairman of the board of directors.

Throughout his career he has served on local, state and national banking committees and boards, among them board member and chairman of the Board of the Ohio Bankers League, chairman of the Ohio Bankers Benefit Trust, chaired Gov. John Kasich’s Foreclosure Reform Committee, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati Board Member, member of the American Banker’s Association’s Community Bankers Council in Washington, D.C., and board member of the Southeastern Conference of Financial Institutions based in Baltimore, Md.

“It will be especially difficult not to see and work with the fine employees of the bank on a daily basis, many of whom are like family,” he said.

Moore will leave the day-to-day operations, but will stay involved as chairman of the First Federal Bank of Ohio Board of Directors. He and his wife, Polly, plan to do some traveling and spend more time with family and friends.

Old Fort Bank earns five stars

Bauer Financial has awarded Old Fort Banking Co. a five-star Superior rating for the ninth consecutive quarter. Old Fort’s most recent five-star rating is based on Sept. 30, 2013, 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 rating represents an independent analysis of the financial institution’s safety and soundness. The five-star rating indicates Old Fort is financially sound and has the resources to deal with a variety of adverse economic conditions.

Bauer Financial is a leading independent bank rating firm and an unbiased third party that has been respected by regulators, bankers and consumers since 1983.

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