Sunday announcements, March 23

Fostoria resident wins WSOS Spark Award

Fostoria resident Biola Villareal won WSOS’s Spark Award for March.

The WSOS Family Development Department award is presented to employees who fulfill criteria based on the five pillars of excellence.

Villareal spent 32 years working with Fostoria WSOS, first as a janitor, then acting teacher assistance and assistant cook. Later, she was hired as a home visitor for eight years before becoming a family advocate.

She has worked with several WSOS locations, including North Baltimore, Bradner, Weston and Grand Rapids.

She was nominated for demonstrating leadership, quality and service to the children and families of the Early Childhood Program.

To contact WSOS, call (800) 775-9767 or visit

Elmwood at The Shawhan clears survey

During a recent survey conducted by the Ohio Department of Health, Elmwood at The Shawhan was found to be deficiency-free. This annual survey measures the facility against all rules and regulations imposed by the state to govern assisted living communities.

The survey found Elmwood to be in compliance in all areas of the provision of care and services, skilled nursing, resident rights, dining services, activities, building and maintenance, and personnel requirements.

“This is a result of hard work and open lines of communication between residents, families and staff. In order to accomplish this, everyone must have a common focus,” Teresa Jones, executive director, stated in a release.

In an unrelated survey, Elmwood at The Shawhan scored above the state average in overall resident satisfaction.

The Ohio Department of Aging surveyed 11,000 residents across the state to determine their level of satisfaction with their assisted living providers. The results, released Feb. 25, showed assisted living residents have a 92.3 average satisfaction score. This average score is based on a top score of 100. Elmwood at The Shawhan had an average score of 92.8.

Located in downtown Tiffin, Elmwood at The Shawhan offers 24-hour nursing, long- and short-term stays, memory care, activities and restaurant-style dining.

Old Fort Elementary hosts bakery bingo, basket raffle

The Old Fort Elementary PTO is holding its fifth annual Bakery Bingo and Basket Raffle Saturday in the high school gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bakery Bingo is to take place 6-8 p.m.

There are to be eight themed basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, guessing games, an activity area for young children and a food stand.

Proceeds go to needs in the school the PTO supports.

Speaker headlines awards lunch

Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is to host its annual Awards Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. April 16 at St. Wendelin Parish Hall, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria.

As well as a buffet-style meal from Greenbriar Florist & Catering, local speaker Bruce Boguski of “The Winners Edge” is to give a motivational prestation 12:20-1:30 p.m.

Door prizes are to be available.

Cost is $15 for non-chamber members. For more information or to RSVP by April 11, contact the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce at (419) 435-0486 or email