Sunday announcements, March 4

Crafting teen event scheduled

The teen department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host Craftastic for teens 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frost Kalnow Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

The craft for March is to create one-inch pinback buttons using the library’s new button-making machine.

All materials are to be provided.

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

Book club to meet

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s mystery book group Seneca County Sleuths is to meet at 10 a.m. March 13 in the Junior Home Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

The group is to discuss “Redemption Road” by John Hart.

Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

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

Toddler program dates set

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present Toddler Tales at 6:30 p.m. March 13, 20 and 27 and at 10 a.m. March 14, 21 and 28.

The program is geared toward children ages 1-3 years old and features stories, songs and finger plays.

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

T-SPL cookbook group to meet

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s “Cook by the Book Cooking Club” is to meet at 6:30 p.m. March 20 in the Kernan Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

The theme for March is 30-minute meals.

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

Bliss hosts storytime

BLOOMVILLE – Storytime at Bliss Memorial Public Library is to take place in March.

The event – which is for children ages 3-6 years old – includes playtime, songs, stories, flannel boards and crafts.

The event is to take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday nights.

The schedule of topics include:

• Rumble in the Jungle, Tuesday.

• Pajama Night, March 13.

• Spring Has Sprung, March 20.

• Hoppy Easter, March 27.

• Mix It Up, April 3.

• Planet Earth, April 10.

Bliss hosts toddler events

BLOOMVILLE – Bliss Memorial Public Library is to present Toddler Time for children ages 1-3 years old.

The program includes playtime, songs, stories, flannel boards and crafts and takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday nights.

The events schedule is as follows:

• Spotted Cow, Wednesday.

• Turtle Splash, March 14.

• Bubble Bubble, March 21.

• Happy Easter, March 28.

• Feed The Birds, April 4.

• Peek-a-Boo Bear, April 11.

BC board to meet

NEW WASHINGTON – Buckeye Central Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library of the school, 938 S. Kibler St.

NR board to meet

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel Board of Education is to meet at 4:30 p.m. March 12 at the school, 44 N. Perry St.

Columbian to host senior citizen brunch

The annual Senior Citizen Brunch is 9:30 a.m. March 22 at Columbian High School.

All seniors 50 years and older living in the Tiffin City School District are eligible to receive free tickets.

Tickets are needed to attend the brunch and musical “Pippin.” Tickets are available at Allen Eiry Center, 28 Hopewell Ave. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Due to limited parking at the high school, people are advised to park in the Charlotte Street lot near the softball field. There will be a shuttle to the front of the school. Pickups are to start at 8:45 a.m. and return at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Aspire classes accepting students

The 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 courses.

Scheduled orientations include:

• 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. March 13 and 15 at Vanguard Adult Workforce Development Center.

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

• 9 a.m. March 12 and 14 at the Oak Harbor Ottawa County Resource Centre.

• 5 p.m. March 13 and 15 at the Port Clinton Ida Rupp Public Library.

• 8:30 a.m. March 6 and 8 and 5 p.m. March 5 and 7 at OhioMeansJobs Seneca County.

• 9 a.m. March 5 and 7 and 5 p.m. March 6 and 8 at Fostoria Learning


For more information, call (567) 201-2941.

OGT spring testing dates announced

FOSTORIA – Fostoria Jr./Sr. High School has announced the spring Ohio Graduation Testing dates.

Dates are scheduled for 8 a.m. March 12-16.

Adult students who met graduate requirements, except for OGT, and want to take the test, are to make arrangements by calling (419) 436-4110.

Clyde to host kindergarten event

CLYDE – Clyde-Green Springs Schools, in conjunction with North Point Educational Service Center and WSOS are to sponsor a Kindergarten Readiness Event 6-7:30 p.m. March 20.

Children living in the Clyde-Green Springs School District who will be age 5 on or before Aug. 1 and their parents are invited to attend.

The event will feature an introduction of district kindergarten teachers, elementary building principals and other personnel. Children also will have the opportunity to meet “Freddy Flier,” participate in games, activities and explore a school bus.

For more information, call (419) 547-0588.

St. Wendelin hosts kindergarten registration

FOSTORIA – St. Wendelin Catholic School is hosting a kindergarten screening March 14 for children turning 5 years old on or before Aug. 1.

To register, call (419) 435-8144, ext. 319 or email Celia Stockton, director of enrollment, at

Calvert offering scholarships

Calvert Catholic Schools is to offer scholarship and tuition assistance making education integrated with faith affordable.

To schedule a child as a guest to shadow a current student, call (419) 447-5790.

Seneca East gets clean audit award

COLUMBUS – Auditor of State Dave Yost has announced Seneca East Local School District has received the Auditor of State Award for its clean audit report.

Heidelberg announces HYPE speakers

A well-known actor, the first female NFL coach and the founder of the #MeToo movement will be headed to Heidelberg University during the 2018-19 academic year as keynote speakers in the university’s HYPE Career Ready Program.

HYPE prepares students to bridge the gap between academics and life skills. Six times each academic year, Heidelberg hosts HYPE Days with inspirational speakers who share their stories of leadership, dedication and success around the themes of work styles, conflict management, communication, collaboration, job search skills and values.

Speakers for 2018-19 include:

• Actor Terry Crews, who stars in “Brooklyn 99.”

• Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza, who will be at Heidelberg in partnership with the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series.

• Scott Dikkers, founder of the humor website

• Jen Walter, the first female NFL coach.

• Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo Movement.

• Kevin Hines, a wellness advocate.

Athletic training program transitions to graduate level

Heidelberg University’s athletic training program has been expanding and starting in 2021, the program is to transition to a graduate program.

Current Heidelberg freshmen are to be the last class to complete the four-year undergraduate athletic training degree.

The change from undergraduate to graduate program is being mandated by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Students who enroll at Heidelberg and begin classes in the fall will have options to become an athletic trainer. The primary option would be to major in health science and complete the prerequisite coursework for admission into the master’s of athletic training program. This program would lead to a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

Students who complete the master’s of athletic training program are to be eligible to become certified athletic trainers. Career possibilities include high schools, colleges and universities, rehabilitation clinics, professional sports, hospitals, physician offices, industry, military, law enforcement and other healthcare settings.

The program is to be designed around an accelerated curriculum that includes a four-week summer session, two six-week fall sessions centered around a clinical experience, a second round of clinicals in the winter and a 12-week spring semester.

Kern Center expands training, leadership opportunities

FREMONT – Terra State Community College’s Kern Center has announced a new partnership with Development Dimensions International to offer leadership development training.

DDI is a human resource firm widely recognized for leadership and management training programs that improve employee performance.

The Kern Center will be offering trainings three times a year. Modules will cover topics such as communication for leadership success, coaching for peak performance, driving change, resolving workplace conflict and building a sustaining trust.

To register, call (419) 559-2325 or email Peter Palko, workforce development account executive, at

Bible exhibit to be featured at Ashland

ASHLAND – The Museum of the Bible is to bring its “Adornment” exhibit to Ashland University from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2-14.

The free exhibit will display about 40 items, including manuscripts, early printed Bibles, painting, woodblocks and prints.

The display is to be located in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center conference rooms.

Agency on Aging to offer scholarship opportunity

ONTARIO – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. has announced the availability of two $2,000 scholarships for students pursuing higher education.

Scholarships are made possible through revenue from sponsorships for the Area Agency on Aging Annual Meeting.

Applicants are to have at least a sophomore status in an accredited technical school, college or university for the 2018-19 academic year.

For further guidelines, visit

The deadline for applications is April 1.

Wooster dean’s list

WOOSTER – Kevin Miller and Lydia Bruno of Tiffin have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at The College of Wooster.

Columbus State dean’s list

COLUMBUS – Columbus State Community College has announced students who have been named to the fall 2017 semester dean’s list.

Local students who made the list include Addison Daniel of Attica; Allyse Rutter of Fostoria; Kylee Frankart and Abigail Reed, both of Tiffin; and D’ Anne Braun and Codie Smith, both of Upper Sandusky.

ONU dean’s list

ADA – Ohio Northern University has announced the students named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list.

Local students who have made the list include Brandon Arbogast of New Riegel; Megan Brown, Ryan Depinet and Alexander Wood, all of Bascom; Chelsea Clinger, Brandon Emshoff, Matthew Kimmit, Chet Margraf and MacKenzie Sowers, all of Sycamore; Hannah Miller of Kansas; and Maison Steyer of Old Fort.

Kent State dean’s list

KENT – Kent State University has announced the students who have been named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list.

Local students who have been named to the list include Aspen Ray of Carey; Logan Dible, Ayana Getz, Krista Caudill and Elizabeth Ogden, all of Upper Sandusky; Janelle Belcher and Alyssa Brutsche, both of Clyde; Marshall Lucius of Attica; Madison Woodard, Paul Birkholts, Brianne Widman and Tait Yeckley, all of Bellevue; Hailey Kapelka of Bloomville; Keara Steving, Keely Hoover and Alyssa Naus, all of Fostoria; Sierra Walker of Republic; Marisa Stephens, Amanda Wildman, Sidney Felter, Maryn Sykes, Rachel Aldrich, Mollie Sparks, Peyton Deats, Regina Smith, Emily Eichhorn and Kiersten Holman, all of Tiffin.

Clyde native named to honor society

ASHLAND – Nicholas Mikovits of Clyde has been named a member of Ashland University’s Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration.

Tiffin native joins sorority

ASHLAND – Julia Hohman of Tiffin has been named a member of Ashland University’s Alphi Phi, a sorority dedicated to improving and embodying the six core values of character development, scholarship, service, loyalty, leadership and sisterhood.

Students perform in ‘Funny Girl’

FINDLAY – The University of Findlay recently presented the production of “Funny Girl.

Local students who participated in the production were Ryan Bush of Fostoria and Mykayla Ruffing of Attica.

Shareholders gather for FNB meeting

SYCAMORE – Nearly 300 shareholders, guests and employees gathered at Sycamore Community Center for the 71st annual shareholder meeting of FNB Bancshares Inc., the single-bank holding company for First National Bank of Sycamore.

President Dean Keller welcomed shareholders and their guests. During a brief business meeting, directors were re-elected to serve until the next annual meeting, including David Bacon, Rick Ekleberry, Mark Mack, Suzie Reineke, Chris Tschanen, Charles Zimmer and Keller. A moment of silence was observed for the death of Denny Rosier, a former director.

Trinity United Church of Christ of McCutchenville provided the meal and Ben Herrick and the Chefs of Dixieland performed.

Keller highlighted accomplishments of the 2017 business year. The annual dividend was increased for the 29th consecutive year to $8.55 a share.

Keller said the bank hired Jerry Weininger as vice president of business development to generate business in the Seneca County market, with an emphasis on Tiffin. Originally from Tiffin, Weininger has more than 40 years of experience working at banks in Tiffin, and most recently as president of Erie Community Credit Union in Sandusky. Keller also noted the bank purchased an office building on West Market Street in Tiffin to serve as a loan production office, with opening slated for the spring.

Keller said the bank was instrumental in working with the Sycamore Business Association in a community fundraising effort to develop and maintain the Sycamore Community Pool and Veteran’s Park area. The bank partnered with its customer Creative Plastic Concepts factory in Sycamore and together they committed to fund $120,000 over the next five years toward this effort. In total, the project has raised more than $152,000 to benefit the future of the community and to provide recreational opportunities to residents of all ages.

First National Bank of Sycamore is a full-service, locally owned, independent community bank serving the area since 1919 with locations in Sycamore, McCutchenville and New Riegel.

WMS hosts seminar

A local downsizing seminar was hosted by WMS Marketing Services Real Estate & Auction Division Feb. 25 at the Master’s Building in Upper Sandusky. More than 60 residents from Wyandot County and surrounding counties enjoyed a complimentary lunch while learning how to downsize successfully and meet vendors that offer services that help make planning for the future an achievable goal.

Downsizing homes and lifestyles is not a popular or easy topic for most to discuss, but is necessary to handle sooner rather than later to protect your financial, mental and physical dignity as we age.

Vendors including Financial Design Property & Casualty of New Riegel, Fostoria and Tiffin, Fairhaven a United Church Homes Community, Bath Fitter/Kitchen Savers, Freedom Caregivers, Bringman Clark Shields Funeral and Cremation Services, Roszman Roofing, First Citizens National Bank, Westbrook Assisted Living, Superior Mobility/Atlas Vanlines and WMS Marketing Services sponsored the event to raise awareness on this subject.

For more information or for help to downsize, contact Ken Lucius, Realtor with WMS Real Estate Services, at (419) 294-4366 or visit