‘Cold Justice’ investigator to speak at MLK celebration

The Tiffin-Seneca Martin Luther King Jr., Day Community Celebration has been rescheduled for 7:15 p.m. March 31.

Tonya Rider, a former Toledo Police Department detective, now an investigator for the “Cold Justice” television program and instructor in Bowling Green State University’s forensic investigations program, is to be the keynote speaker. The Peacemaker Award winner, Cindy Lepeley, does Spanish interpretation work and took a class of Heidelberg University students to interpret for asylum seekers in Dilley, Texas. The free program is at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St.

Bus trip to air, space museum planned for grandparents, kids

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is partnering with Allen Eiry Center to offer a bus trip to the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta for grandparents and their grandchildren. The trip is set for June 6, with the bus to depart Allen Eiry Center at 8:15 a.m. and return around 4 p.m. Registration is required in person at the center starting at 8:30 a.m. April 8.

The bus trip, in conjunction with the Summer Reading program, is designed to give different generations the chance to learn about Ohio astronaut Neil Armstrong and to share memories of the space program. The 2019 Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The trip is to include a guided tour of the museum, a visit to Modern Space (a gallery in the museum that includes simulators and a zero-gravity trainer), hands-on activities that use the principles of flight, a documentary about the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and a bus tour to see Wapakoneta as Neil Armstrong knew it.

Attendees would need to bring money for lunch (or bring a sack lunch) and admission. Admission is $7 per person over 12 years of age and $5 for 12 and younger. The trip is limited to 50 attendees.

For more information, call the library at (419) 447-3751 or go to the online calendar at

Winter utility assistance available through March 29

Utility assistance through the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program soon is to end for 2019, but there is time for families to apply for utility payment help.

EHEAP assists eligible residents of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties with their utility costs by providing a one-time payment to the household’s utility company, or by assisting with the purchase of bulk heating fuel supplies (propane, corn or wood pellets, etc.).

GLCAP is to offer walk-in appointments at its headquarters in Fremont at 127 S. Front St. today and March 19, March 26 and March 29. Assistance is to be available 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. for all walk-in days.

To qualify, the household must be at or below the 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines (e.g., up to $43,925 for a family of four). Applicants would need to schedule an in-person appointment and provide:

• Proof of income (copies of pay stubs) for the last 30 days for all members of the household ages 18 and older.

• Clients can provide proof of income for the past 12 months if the past 30 days are not reflective of normal income (e.g. seasonal employment).

• Due to the shutdown, self-employed and zero-income clients will not be required to provide IRS tax transcripts. Clients will be provided a form to complete in lieu of transcript requirements.

• Copies of their most recent energy bills.

• A list of all household members, including Social Security numbers and birth dates.

• Proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members.

To schedule an appointment for EHEAP, call (888) 441-4327. For more information, visit

Governor signs bill fixing error that could ban some guns

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a bill fixing what gun rights advocates said was a mistake that could have inadvertently banned several types of legal guns.

At issue was legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and limits local governments’ ability to pass gun laws, among other changes.

The Republican governor signed the bill Monday after lawmakers approved the legislation earlier this month. It takes effect immediately.