Briefly, Dec. 18

St. Wendelin to host symphony

FOSTORIA – The Toledo Symphony is to give a Community Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Wendelin Church, Wood Street, Fostoria. The doors are to open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the parish office at $10 for adults and $5 for students.

‘Polar Plungers’ accepting donations

FOSTORIA – Six Fostoria residents will make a splash as they jump into the frigid waters of Lake Lamberjack at 2 p.m. Friday. Participants are collecting pledges to make Christmas brighter for needy families.

Jumpers are Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler; Greg Flores, Geary YMCA; Drew Bauman, Fostoria Schools; Justin Kiser, Fostoria police officer; Jason Root, Fostoria firefighter; and Brian Shaver, St. Wendelin. Each man who collects $500 or more is to make the jump.

Wednesday is the last day to contribute to the Polar Plunge by calling Flores at (419) 680-3744 or by emailing

Bettsville looking to add to ‘Ice Block’

BETTSVILLE – Now through Jan. 3, the public is invited to vote for the Bettsville community member who should be included in the Eells Park Polar Bear Jump as part of the “Ice Block.”

Those designated so far include Bettsville Mayor Gary Harrison, councilman-elect Stan Poe, police officer Nick Baker and April Hull of the park committee.

Votes can be cast for $1 each at the Blue Eagle Inn, 218 State St., Bettsville. Anyone can join the event for a fee of $25.

Proceeds from the event at 11 a.m. Jan. 4 are to be used to purchase new picnic tables for the park.

For more information, email to aprilhull@frontier.


Bingo sweepstakes slated

Sunday, the Tiffin Mall Bingo Hall, operated by Pantry Plus of Seneca County, is to present one winner a choice of $10,000 cash or a new Ford Fiesta.

Hall coordinator John Sherer, coordinator for the Tiffin Mall Bingo Hall, said a special game, Triple Threat, was begun in March. So far, 94 of the Triple Threat games have been sold and the winners of each has picked a spot on the Triple Threat board numbered 1 to 100. The number each person selected is the number he or she is assigned for the final drawing at 5 p.m. Sunday. Six Triple Threat games remain unsold, but they are expected to be purchased before the drawing. One number will be drawn and the holder of that ticket will take home the prize.

If the winner opts for the cash, the prize will be awarded immediately Sunday; however, if the winner chooses the vehicle, the Ford Fiesta will be presented a few days later after the tax issues are taken care of and the title is transferred.

The hall is to open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, with early bird bingo at 1:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 2:15 p.m. Only bingo players are allowed to purchase the tickets still available for Triple Threat.