September 14, 2008
The Advertiser-Tribune

Alexis V. Ambrose has joined the United States Army under the delayed entry program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.

The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to receive as much as $50,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty prior to being assigned to their first permanent duty station.

The recruit qualifies for a $26,000 enlistment bonus.

Ambrose, a 2003 graduate of Mohawk High School, has reported to Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., for basic training in August 2008.

She is the daughter of Thomas and Jackie Ambrose of Autumwood Drive, Tiffin.

GREEN SPRINGS-Roeder Harley-Davidson is to present Bike Day 2008, an annual ride-in bike show, Sept. 21 at St. Francis Health Care Centre, Green Springs.

The event was started in 2004 by St. Francis resident Holly Anderson. Anderson has been at the center since suffering a head injury in a car crash in 1993. Her love of motorcycles inspired her idea for a bike day.

This year's Bike Day is to be in memory of a St. Francis employee, Cheri Weiker, who died in a motorcycle accident in June.

The day includes the ride to St. Francis. This year there are to be many different rides from area chapters. Riders are to gather at 11:30 a.m. at the Green Springs VFW on SR 19. The parade of bikes is to depart at noon for St. Francis Health Care Centre.

Registration for the bike show begins at 1 p.m. and cost is $10. Judging is to take place at 2:15 p.m. and awards are to be presented at 3 p.m. A picnic-style lunch is to be served from noon to 2 p.m. Cost for lunch is $5. Proceeds are to benefit the residents of St. Francis Health Care Centre.

Motorcycles are to be judged in four categories: custom, touring, cruiser and sport/street. Anderson is to pick her favorite motorcycle from the winner of the four categories for the Holly Award. All registrants are to receive a free Bike Day T-shirt. Shirts are also to be sold for $10, as well as commemorative pins to mark each year of Bike Day.

Tiffin Developmental Center is having its 42nd annual Halloween Parade beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, rain or shine.

The parade route begins at the Chapel parking lot of Tiffin Center traveling west through the grounds to the Huss Street entrance, turning left onto Ohio Avenue then right onto Industrial Avenue, right onto Riverside Drive, right onto Huss Street, then left onto River Road North and ending at the ball diamond.

Judging for the floats is to be done prior to and during the parade. First through fifth place ribbons and plaques are to be awarded.

The judging criteria is as follows:

Craftsmanship - Choice of material-5 points; labor-5 points; use of space-5 points; quality/neatness-5 points and eye-catching-5 points.

Creative/Imaginative - The degree of uniqueness within itself as separating it from others. Does the float show creativity using original ideas of an original adaptation?-15 points.

Theme - There is no theme for all entries. Each float may have its own theme. Is that theme carried throughout the entire float? Does everything on the float contribute to its theme?-5 points.

A total of 45 points may be accumulated in the overall judging.

No entries with political themes are allowed. Tiffin Center reserves the right to determine if any entry meets the requirements to be judged.

Tiffin Center also sponsors the "People's Choice Award," and ballots are to be distributed along the parade route for spectators to vote for their favorite floats. The award ceremony takes place in the gymnasium following the parade.

Anyone wishing to enter Tiffin Center's Halloween Parade may contact Tiffin Developmental Center, in care of Halloween Parade Chairperson, 600 North River Road, Tiffin, OH 44883 or telephone (419) 447-1450 prior to Oct. 9.

Bridge Home Health & Hospice offers training courses

Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a non-profit organization that provides home health care and hospice services in Seneca and nearby counties, is offering training courses for prospective volunteers beginning Sept. 22.

The training is to be in the Wenner Conference Room at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, and take place for seven consecutive Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Courses are to cover topics such as the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving, and understanding grief and loss.

No hospice experience is required; however, volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Advance registration is required. For more information or to request an application packet, contact Julie Tiell, Bridge Hospice volunteer coordinator, by phone at (419) 423-5351 or by e-mail at

Huston Insurance & Financial Services (HIFS) is pleased to welcome Bernie Kirian to their office as a full-time financial planning representative.

Kirian is a life-long resident of Tiffin. She has worked in the banking industry for 22 years and is excited to be making the transition into the financial services area.

Kirian resides in Tiffin with her husband, Kevin.

HIFS is an independent financial planning firm serving the insurance and investment needs of over 1,500 households in Seneca, Hancock, and surrounding counties.

Kirian may be contacted at the Tiffin office of Huston Insurance & Financial Services, 99 Ashwood Rd., Suite A, (419) 443-1304.

The Hopewell-Loudon Hall of Fame was established in 1999 by the board of education to recognize people who made a significant contribution to the district.

Andrew "Bud" and Phyllis Clouse's grandchildren accepted the award for their grandparents this year. The Clouses helped feed the football team, raised money for the athletic department and raised money to install lights to make the sidewalk to the school safe. They also helped start the school's football program.

Mary Ruth Crandall, a former teacher, coach, dean of students and athletic director, was the Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2000. She still works at area high school track meets.

Jim Miccichi started his career at H-L in 1972 and was the longest-serving superintendent in the district's history. He served as superintendent for 18 years and oversaw the gymnasium addition and music department renovation. He also helped establish the football program.

Doug Reynolds taught fourth grade. He coached girl basketball players to become state runners-up in 1998, and they claimed the state title the following year.

Herm Valentine served as a custodian, groundskeeper, bus driver, bus coordinator and head of the maintenance department. He still volunteers at the school.

The community honored them during the school's first football game.

Community Hospice Care is planning its seventh annual Hospice Waddle. Rubber duckies are to waddle down the Sandusky River at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 in conjunction with the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival.

Only 1,500 ducks are to sold for $10 each, with a chance to win $5,000, $500 or $50. If you would like to purchase your duck now, call (419) 447-4040 and ask for Melissa Bowers, volunteer coordinator.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is hosting adult computer classes in October. A total of eight classes are to be offered. Space is limited, so registration is necessary.

"Beginning Word" is to be presented 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 7. Students are to learn the basics of word processing, using Microsoft Word. Knowledge of how to use a mouse is helpful.

The "Beginning Internet" class, designed for people who are just learning to use the Internet, is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Students are to learn three different types of search engines and how to formulate good searches.

The "Mouse" class is to take place 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 and are to focus on how to use the mouse. Students are to be able to distinguish between left and right clicking and double clicking and are to practice moving the mouse around.

"Basic Computing" is to be presented 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 15. Students are to be introduced to computer fundamentals, paving the way for future classes.

"Beginning Excel" is to be offered 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 16 for students interested in learning the basics of the spreadsheet program.

The "Genealogy" computer class is designed for people who are interested in searching genealogy sites to add information to their family tree. The class is to take place 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

"Intermediate Word" is to be taught 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 28. The class is intended for students who have taken "Beginning Word" and are interested in formatting, graphics and tables in a Word document.

The "Intermediate Excel" class is 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 30 and is for students who already have taken "Beginning Excel." Topics include formulas, sorting and creating graphs.

All classes are free and in the Kernan Computer Lab. Anyone interested, must register at the Check-Out Desk or call (419) 447-3751.

A new high-speed fiber optic network is up and running at the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library.

Made possible by funding through the Ohio Public Library Information Network, fiber optic technology transmits information by light pulses along hair-thin glass fibers, enabling the library's Internet bandwidth to increase by seven-fold.

This substantial upgrade to the library's Internet connection-combined with wireless Internet access introduced earlier this year-provides Kaubisch patrons fast and free access to the Internet.

Call (419) 435-2813 for further information or with questions regarding Internet access at the library.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, National Guard and Reserve combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to develop drinking problems than active-duty soldiers. Speculation is that inadequate preparation for the stress of combat and reduced access to support services at home may be to blame.

The research is one of the first major studies to emerge from the Pentagon's landmark "millennium" study, launched in 2001 because of the concerns about possible health effects from the first Gulf War. In the alcohol study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 80,000 military personnel, including more than 11,000 sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. They looked at whether deployment and combat exposure were linked with new alcohol problems such as binge drinking.

Researches found more than 600 combat troops who reported no binge drinking at the start of the study developed the problem after deployment and combat exposure. That accounted for about 26 percent of the estimated 2,400 military personnel exposed to combat who did not report binge drinking at the start of the study.

New patterns of regular heavy drinking and alcohol occurred more often in guard and reserve troops who experienced combat. Their risk of developing new drinking behaviors, compared to guardsmen and reservists who weren't deployed, was about 60 percent higher.

Psychologist William Schlenger of Abt Associates Inc. in Durham, N.C., states that alcohol abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and depression make up an "unholy trinity" that haunts some combat soldiers.

Schlenger goes on to say, "The soldiers have intrusive recollections and try to escape the memories through alcohol or drugs."

For citizen soldiers, returning from war differs from the return for active-duty soldiers. They lack the group support of everyone on the street in the military.

The millennium study will continue to track veterans' health and may determine whether drinking problems among returning combat troops are long lasting. The study can be accessed at

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties invites returning vets and family members to contact the office at (419) 448-0640 during the week from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.



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