Sunday announcements, March 25

Agricultural Hall of Recognition

nominees sought

Nominations are being sought for farmers or other agriculture-related professionals for the Seneca County Agricultural Hall of Recognition.

Recipients for this award must have made a major contribution to agriculture in Seneca County and should have had a long tenure (25 years or longer) in their field of endeavor. The award is to be presented at the induction ceremony during the Seneca County Fair.

Potential recipients must be nominated. Any individual or group in Seneca County may make nominations. Nomination forms and rules of eligibility may be secured from The Ohio State University Extension office, 3140 S SR 100, Suite E, Tiffin; Ag Credit/Country Mortgages, 1200 N SR 53, Tiffin; or the Seneca County Farm Bureau, 100 Hopewell Ave. (fairgrounds), Tiffin. An electronic version of the nomination form may be requested at or (419) 447-3091.

Nomination forms are to be completed and returned to Seneca County Farm Bureau office by May 15.

Veterans group to meet Thursday

Blanchard Valley Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge Association is to have its quarterly meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at Kathy’s Korner in Arcadia. The lunch is to be at 1 p.m. followed by a business meeting and time to reminisce and share memories of the greatest land battle fought by the American military.

The meeting is to include a presentation on the Tuskegee Airmen.

Any World War II veteran who participated in the Battle of the Bulge is invited to attend, as well as their family and friends and other veterans.

For more information, call (419) 435-3588.

Pet support group to meet April 11

Precious Paws is a support group for grieving pet-parents and for those facing the choice of having to end the life of their pet due to an accident or sudden/long-term illness.

The group is to meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 11 at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St. Pet-parents and family may bring pictures to share of their loved one. Friends and family are welcome.

For more information, call founder Craig Swartz at (567) 207-7569.

Library friends group to meet

BLOOMVILLE – Friends of Bliss Memorial Public Library is to have its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the library.

T-SPL writing group to meet

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Ink Well Writing Club is to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 3 in the Kernan Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

Participants are asked to submit writing samples to by Tuesday.

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

T-SPL tween book group to meet

The junior library at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the Tween Book Club at 10 a.m. April 7 in the Frost Kalnow Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

The group is to discuss “The Terrible Two” by Mac Barnett and Jory John.

The book is available in the junior library for check out.

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

MCL announces new fiction titles

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Community Library has announced new adult fiction titles to be added to its circulation.

Titles include “Covert Game” by Christine Feehan, “The Recipe Box” by Viola Shipman, “Duel to the Death” by J.A. Jance, “The Bishop’s Pawn,” by Steve Berry, “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlen, “Accidental Heroes” by Danielle Steele, “Fast Burn” by Lori Foster.

TCS board to meet

Tiffin City Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.

Aspire classes accepting students

Vanguard-Sentinel Aspire program offers free classes to help adults improve reading, math or writing skills; to prepare for a high school equivalency test; and to get ready for college or an adult certificate training program.

Orientations to the Aspire program are required before enrollment into classes.

Orientation dates are:

• 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. April 17 and 19 at Vanguard Adult Workforce Development Center, 1306 Cedar St., Fremont.

• 9 a.m. April 16 and 18 at Ottawa County Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

• 5 p.m. April 17 and 19 at the Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.

• 8:30 a.m. April 10 and 12 and 5 p.m. April 9 and 11 at the OhioMeansJobs- Seneca County, 900 E. CR 20
, Tiffin.

• 9 a.m. April 9 and 11 and 5 p.m. April 10 and 12 at Fostoria Learning Center, 342 Perry St., Fostoria.

Appointments for online classes at Clyde Public Library can be made by calling (419) 359-5907.

To schedule an orientation, call (567) 201-2941.

Upper Sandusky school earns recognition

UPPER SANDUSKY — In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, Union Preschool has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs.

SADD chapter to host ‘sober’ event

ATTICA — Seneca East SADD chapter is sponsoring an educational program, “The Sober Truth,” 6-7:30 p.m. April 18 in the school’s auditeria, 13343 US 224.

The program is to be presented by Susan Baker from the Ohio Investigative Unit. The presentation is geared toward students in grades 6-12 and their parents, to stress the dangers and legal consequences of underage drinking.

Parents and students are to be provided pizza and snacks 6-6:30 p.m. Child care also is to be available by SADD members. The first 40 who attend will receive a free T-shirt.

HU offering Easter brunch, egg hunt

Parkhurst Dining Service, Heidelberg University’s food service vendor, is to host an Easter Bunny Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1 in the Hoernemann Refectory, at Greenfield and Rebecca streets.

The cost is $15 per person, $7.50 for children 12 and younger and free with an adult for children younger than 3 years old .

An Easter egg hunt is to take place for children 12 and younger 10-11 a.m. in front of Adams Hall.

The Easter Bunny also is to be in attendance.

TU to host egg hunt

Tiffin University is to host the annual Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hayes Courtyard on TU’s campus.

Christi Thomas, daughter of Shayne and Angela Thomas of Tiffin, was an intelligent and cheerful 9-year-old who succumbed to cancer in 2006 after four years battling the disease.

All Tiffin-area children are invited to participate. TU’s dragon mascot, Blaze, is to be present for photos.

Children are asked to meet in the Osceola Theatre, located inside Gillmor Student Center with a basket to collect eggs. Parents and guardians are asked to assist in helping children.

Fremont Rotary names student of the month

FREMONT — Chelsea Civay of Attica, a student at Terra State Community College, has been named the Fremont Rotary Student of the Month.

Krumsee to retire as Old Fort Bank, Gillmor Financial chairman

Dianne Gillmor Krumsee, chairwoman of the board of The Old Fort Banking Co. and Gillmor Financial Services Inc., announced Feb. 23 she is to retire following the April 13 meeting of shareholders.

Old Fort Bank and Gillmor Financial Board of Directors elected Michael C. Spragg, the company’s president and chief executive officer, to succeed Krumsee as chairman in addition to his current responsibilities, effective at the April board meeting.

“Dianne has been a significant contributor to the overall success of our organization, providing a passion for community banking that has helped put us on a path for long-term success and independence,” Spragg said. “We remain profoundly grateful for her dedication and commitment at crucial times during the bank’s long history.”

Krumsee wholeheartedly supported the formation of the 2015 Employee Stock Ownership and 401(k) Plan-ESOP Component Trust, a move designed to allow bank employees to acquire more than 45 percent of the common stock of Gillmor Financial Services Inc. and thereby indirectly acquiring control of The Old Fort Banking Co. The formation of the ESOP enabled Krumsee to carry on Old Fort’s tradition of community banking while ensuring the continuing success of the organization. She has been a member of the board of directors of The Old Fort Banking Co. and Gillmor Financial Service, Inc. since 1991 and has served as chairwoman since 2007. Krumsee is the third generation to serve as board chairwoman, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Howard J. Fry, and her father, Paul M. Gillmor. She followed her brother, Paul E. Gillmor, who also served as the board chairman.

“The Old Fort Banking Co. and Gillmor Financial Services Inc. are in excellent hands,” Krumsee said of Spragg’s election. “Our board of directors has a sincere respect for Mike’s integrity, leadership ability and commitment to community banking. With his business acumen and his strategic vision for the future of our organization, the board has determined that the time is right for Mike to assume the additional role as chairman.”

Spragg joined Old Fort in July 2007 as the bank’s president and chief executive officer and was named president and chief executive officer of Gillmor Financial Services Inc. in 2010. Spragg has more than 28 years of experience in the banking industry.

Rule family reunion

Family members of the Jefferson Rule family are wanted to help celebrate the 100th consecutive annual reunion of the Jefferson Rule family which has been getting together every summer since 1918. The potluck picnic reunion is to be Aug. 12 in the Poplar Shelter at Meadowbrook Park, Bascom.

Jefferson Rule (1820-1902) was an early settler in Seneca County who, with his wife, Eliza Patterson, had 12 children. Names of families still in the northwestern Ohio region include Coffman, Henninger, Spotts, Egbert, Metzger, Matz, Miller, Dudrow, Brundage, deAngelis, Cundiff, Hoeltzel, Sherman and Fisher.

For more information or anyone having names who might be related to the family, contact