Community announcements, July 2

Groups receive funding from OSS

Eight organizations received funding to start recycling programs or to buy products made from recycled materials in the first round of the Competitive Funding Grant offered by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.

The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations. Any agency applying must have a recycling program in place in order to apply for funds for products made from recycled material. The applicant must match a minimum of 20 percent of the total project cost, and products must contain at least 25 percent recycled material.

Amy Drummer, assistant director of the Solid Waste District, who administers the grant program, provided checks to Franciscan Earth Literacy Center and Tiffin Park and Recreation Department. F.E.L.C. was awarded $2,782 for picnic tables and waste receptacles made of recycled material. Tiffin Parks and Recreation Department received $9,448 to purchase a new barn roof, made of recycled material, for the white barn by the city pool. 

To view grant guidelines and application or for recycling information, view the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at For more information, find OSS on Facebook by searching Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene or on Twitter @Aim2BGreen.

Next trivia night planned

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and Clover Club are to partner to host the next Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin 7-8:30 p.m. July 10 at Clover Club.

The program is hosted by Tiffin Middle School history teacher Ben Gillig. Families of all ages are invited to compete in four rounds of general trivia questions. Answers are to be judges by local celebrities.

Space is limited. Team captains are to register by calling (419) 447-3751.

TU to host track, field event for kids

Tiffin University is to host a Track and Field Camp July 15-16 for ages 12 and older.

Cost is $150 for overnight and $100 for commuter rates.

For more information or to register, visit

Miami University graduates

OXFORD — Miami University awarded 3,683 degrees to students during the spring commencement exercises May 13.

Local students who have earned degrees include Alyssa Gardner of Tiffin, bachelor’s degree in psychology, and Michael

Karl of New Washington, bachelor of applied science degree in engineering technology.

Muskingum University graduate

NEW CONCORD — Ethan Lynch of Republic has earned a bachelor degree in early childhood education from Muskingum University.

Spring Arbor graduate

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — Arminda Ginnever of Tiffin has earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Spring Arbor University.

Tiffin native named to dean’s list, earns swim award

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Katie Tiell of Tiffin has been named to the 2017 spring semester dean’s list from Lynn University.

Tiell also is a member of the Fighting Knights swim team, which collected its eighth consecutive College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team Award. Tiell finished 10th in Division II and tied for 44 in the nation.

Notre Dame dean’s list

NOTRE DAME, Ill. — Michael Smith of Tiffin has been named to the 2017 spring semester dean’s list at Notre Dame University.

St. Olaf dean’s list

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Darrius Morton of Clyde has been named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester.

Bluffton dean’s list

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University has announced the dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester.

Local students who made the list include and Cassandra Linkey of Bellevue and Alexandria Wick, Logan Wilhelm, Courtney Perry and Cassandra Reinhart, all of Tiffin.

Wheaton College dean’s list

WHEATON, Ill. — Quinten Kent of Upper Sandusky has been named to the 2017 spring semester dean’s list at Wheaton College.

Local students named to Akron dean’s list

AKRON — The University of Akron has announced the students who have been named to the 2017 spring semester dean’s list.

Local students who have made the list include Adam Alexander, James Gase, Grant Reinbolt, Makaila Woessner and Brendan Deats, of Tiffin; Sydni Brown and Joshua Jones, both of New Washington; Kyrah Cagle and Matthew Webb, both of Green Springs; McKenna Caldwell and Jenna Holly, both of Upper Sandusky; Tiffany Campbell of Fostoria; Derek Kalb of Bloomville; Robert Kinley and Logan Kinley, both of Carey; and Taylor Kirian of New Riegel.

Ursuline College president’s list

PIKE — Ursuline College has announced Amanda Schwartz of Tiffin has been named to the president’s list for the 2017 spring semester.

Students elected to UF senate

FINDLAY — Students have been elected to the Student Government Association Senate for the 2017-18 academic year at the University of Findlay.

Local students elected include Lauren Ackerman of New Washington, senior class president, and Christy Wickiser of Carey, junior class president.

Scholarship winner announced

Seneca County Medical Society has announced the winner of the 19th annual $1,000 scholarship award.

Trevor Schaffer, a graduate of Seneca East High School, is the recipient of the award. He is to attend Ohio University to pursue a degree in osteopathic medicine.

Community Connector grants distributed

There are to be 116 community partnerships sharing $9.9 million in new Community Connectors Mentoring grants to help mentor approximately 33,000 Ohio students.

Since July 2015, 342 community partnerships have been awarded $29.2 million for programs that give more Ohio students access to role models who can motivate and inspire them and help them develop skills that lead to success in school and the work place.

Local community organizations and groups that are to receive funding during this round of grants include the Tiffin-Seneca United Way to the SMYL program, $100,000 and TOPS Mentoring Advantage-Fostoria, $80,000.

Churches to host Bible school

REPUBLIC — Republic United Church of Christ and Republic Trinity United Methodist Church are hosting a vacation Bible school for children entering first through fifth grade July 11-14.

A dinner is to be served 5:30-6 p.m., followed by vacation Bible school at 6 p.m.

To register, visit

First National Bank of Sycamore has Customer Appreciation Day

Customers of First National Bank of Sycamore were recently treated to hot dogs, chips, Cracker Jacks and cookies as well as the chance to win several prizes at their annual Customer Appreciation Day.

Winners were selected at each branch location for $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates to be used at local businesses within each community.

Winners at the Sycamore location are Susan Runion, $100 to H&G IGA; Doris Daniel, $50 to Keller Hardware; and Carol Beard, $25 to T-n-T Pizza.

Winners at McCutchenville are Jim Wolfe, $100 to Route 53; Daryl Ruehle, $50 to Plankroad Tavern; and Kent Parker, $25 to Scutch Drive-Thru.

Winners at New Riegel are Edward Clouse, $100 to Perry St. Market; Dave Uitto, $50 to Hohman Garden; and Greg Ridner, $25 to Sauced.

First National Bank of Sycamore is a locally owned, independent community bank with more than $136 million in assets and $15 million in capital. First National Bank of Sycamore appreciates the loyalty of their customers and looks forward to hosting their Customer Appreciation Day each year.

Tiffin Columbian class of 1977 reunion

Tiffin Columbian Class of 1977 had its 40th class reunion June 17 at AMVETS. More than 120 classmates and their spouse or guest were in attendance.

The committee is to meet soon to set the date for the next reunion and discuss suggestions, ideas and possible improvements.

The committee is trying to find current information on every member of the class. To update information, contact Dawn at (567) 268-9066. For more information, find the class page on Facebook at Columbian HS Class of 1977.