Hats off

A tip of the mortar board

Hats off to the more than two dozen people who pursued general educational development and received their diplomas Thursday at Vanguard Tech Center in Fremont.

An additional tip of the cap goes to Amy Blackford of Tiffin and Donna Collet of Carey, who received diplomas this week after finishing their GED work in May 2013. At the commencement, they told students to stay in school and get a diploma, and encouraged dropouts to return to school and earn a GED.

Blackford and Collet have strived to improve themselves and have shown others how to do so, too.

Hats off

Sharing is free, easy and legal

We tip our cap this week to Julie Haferd, media manager at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, for helping provide patrons with free online and mobile access to music, movies and books.

Earlier this century, peer-to-peer file-exchange websites made it easy for people to share MP3 files and other forms of entertainment media digitally. Unfortunately, those sites often violated copyright laws.

But online services have adapted. Now, people who have a T-SPL library card can use Hoopla Digital to download thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries and music albums, plus more than 100,000 audiobooks.

It’s all free, and there’s no need to worry about late fees. The digital content expires on the due date.

For more information, visit hoopladigital.com or call the library at (419) 447-3751. Also, see a column on page 2C of Sunday’s edition.

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Go outside and shop or recreate

This week, we tip our hat to everyone who gets outdoors. And with the arrival of spring weather – wet, unpredictable spring weather – there are plenty of things to get out and do.

There are community garage sales in Tiffin and McCutchenville today. The monthly flea market returns to the Seneca County Fairgrounds this morning.

Find a farmers market in Fostoria today or take advantage of license-free fishing this weekend in Ohio.

Also, Maddy’s Heart, a Relay For Life team, plans a carnival at Hedges-Boyer Park 1-5 p.m. today that includes a dunk tank with local celebrities.

So, it’s easy to find a reason to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and maybe even some sunshine today, and perhaps make plans for some landscaping or gardening this season. Plus, the typical frost-free date for our area arrives next week.