Region briefs, March 14

Ragtime Rick to open concert series Thursday

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Historical Society is to open the 2018 concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the 1910 Eden Town Hall.

Jazz band Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland is to perform.

Ragtime Rick is a traditional jazz band featuring Rick Grafing, who operated his own club Ragtime Rick’s First Draught for more than 22 years in Toledo before closing in 2003. Since then, he resumed his career as a ragtime performer, playing at concert halls and jazz festivals across the country.

The band features trombonist Ben Herrick, music director at Tiffin University.

Society members, seniors and handicap individuals can reserve seats by calling (419) 927-4566.

MCL to host free movie night Friday

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Community Library is to host a free movie night at 7 p.m. Friday featuring “Ferdinand.”

As Ferdinand grows and becomes a mature, strong bull, one day he is forced to toughen up when five men arrive and mistakenly choose him as the “biggest, fastest and roughest” bull for the highly anticipated bullfights in Madrid.

Free popcorn and drinks are to be provided.

Farmer appreciation breakfast to take place in Sycamore

SYCAMORE — First National Bank of Sycamore is to host the second annual Farmer Appreciation Breakfast 7-10 a.m. March 27 at Sycamore Community Center, 3498 OH 103.

The breakfast is to be catered by Savory Sweet Catering Co.

To RSVP, email or call (419) 927-6392 or Tuesday.

Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital named a 2018 top rural, community hospital

Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital recently was named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

This is the second consecutive year the hospital has earned this honor.

The hospital scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index.

Deer-vehicle collisions in Ohio drop as deer harvest grows

CLEVELAND (AP) — State data indicates more deer hunting between 2015 and 2017 helped decrease collisions between vehicles and deer around Ohio.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported the Ohio Division of Wildlife said hunters have harvested about 186,000 deer statewide during that time period. Accidents involving vehicles and deer peaked in Ohio in 2015 at more than 21,000 collisions, but that number had dropped by more than 2,600 by last year.

Some northeastern Ohio communities where the deer population had grown problematically allowed or have expanded bow hunting to thin the herds.

Strongsville’s public safety director, Charles Goss, said allowing bow-hunting had a nearly immediate effect in helping to reduce deer-vehicle collisions. Goss said the program is so popular that Strongsville is considering potential hunting on public lands and industrial properties.