The monthly regional meeting of Johnson's Island Civil War Roundtable is to feature Howard Strouse from Pataskala, who is to talk about the expansion of the Mormon community during the westward expansion of the United States before the Civil War. The conflict of interest between the Mormon Sovereignty in Utah and the United States resulted in compromises on the new westward territories for being either pro-slavery or anti-slavery.
The meeting is 7 p.m. May 23 at T.J. Willie's restaurant, 38 W. Market St. Tiffin. There is an optional dinner with conversation at 5:15 p.m.
Tiffin Diabetic Support Group is to meet 7 p.m. Monday in the Hyatt Room at Kiwanis Manor.
Holly Knisley, physical therapist for Optima Rehabilitation is to speak.
Columbian High School's class of 1970 is trying to find classmates in advance of its 40-year reunion July 31.
People may contact Lynne Cartwright at (419) 447-4891 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is on Facebook.
Free, perishable food is to be distributed May 20 to families and individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
The free food items are to be distributed from the West Ohio Food Bank truck at Christ Church at Tiffin, 2586 W. US 224, near SR 18.
People in need of food assistance may meet the truck to receive food. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or while supplies last; recipients should bring bags to hold the food.
Examples of 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines: A monthly household income of $1,804 for one person; and a monthly household income of $3,674 for four people. Add $623 for each additional household member.
The residents and staff of St. Francis campus in Tiffin are to conduct the semi-annual garage sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The sale is to be in the auditorium of Elizabeth Schaefer Apartments, 190 St. Francis Ave.
Some items to be sold include appliances (large and small), kitchen equipment and dinnerware, household items and crafts. Lunch and bake sale items are to be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m each day. Doors open at 9 a.m. No early sales.
For more information, call (419) 447-3141.
BETTSVILLE - The Bettsville Local School District is accepting open enrollment applications this month for students who want to attend school there for the 2010-11 school year.
The board of education permits students from any Ohio school district to apply and enroll at Bettsville free of any tuition obligation, provided all open enrollment procedures are met.
Applications are to be accepted through May 31. Parents are to be notified by June 15 of acceptance.
Students currently attending Bettsville through the open enrollment program must submit a new application each year.
Applications are to be available in the main office or are to be mailed upon request.
People may call the school at (419) 986-5166 if they would like a tour of the facility or for more information.
NEW RIEGEL - The New Riegel Local School District is accepting open enrollment applications through May 31.
They are to be accepted from students living in any district in Ohio and may be picked up at the elementary and high school offices.
People also may request applications by calling (419) 595-2265.
The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Seneca County Opportunity Center in Tiffin.
FOSTORIA - The St. Wendelin Cub Scout Pack No. 450 hosted the Buckeye District pinewood derby, and 74 Cub Scouts competed in five categories.
The results were:
* Tiger Cubs: first, Jeremiah Martinez, Pack 442; second, Trey Combs, Pack 400; and third, Emmett Forney, Pack 441.
* Wolf Cubs: first Zachary Pool, Pack 443; second, Tyler Andrews, Pack 441; and third, Dylan Weisenauer, Pack 450.
* Bear: first, Jarrett Woodall, Pack 447; second, David McCaffrey, Pack 450; and third, Wyatt Forney, Pack 441.
* Webelos I: first, Andrew Pool, Pack 443; second, Jacob Anderson, Pack 471; and third, Joshua Crouch, Pack 443.
* Webelos II: first, Maco Gonzalez, Pack 450; second, Matthew Nieset, Pack 408; and third, Ben Kleinfelter, Pack 450.
The top three racers in each rank qualified for the Black Swamp Area Council pinewood derby to be in Findlay.
Bob Evans Farm Restaurant, 2310 W. SR 18, Tiffin, is to donate 15 percent of sales between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. May 17 to Humane Society of Seneca County when customers present a special flier.
A copy of the flier is available at bit.ly/dAekC8.
FINDLAY-The 11th Annual Black Swamp Classic is to take place May 18 at Red Hawk Run Golf Course as a fundraising effort to benefit the local Boy Scouts of America Council.
Since its inception, this event has raised more than $700,000 to support scouting programs in the 13-county Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
"This outing has been very successful for several reasons. First, it supports a very important cause. Nothing is more important than providing programs focused on building character and developing life skills for our youth," said Doug Hiegel, chairman of the BSA Classic. "Second, we have a planning and implementation team that is passionate about our purpose and committed to creating the finest golf outing in northwest Ohio. Finally, we are successful because of the generous individuals and organizations that provide team sponsorship and others who donated prizes, food and refreshments, promotions and entertainment."
One of the areas funded by ongoing support of the Black Swamp Classic is the exploring program of Boy Scouts. This program was created to provide students with career-building skills.
The Exploring Program goes a step beyond career education course work with supplemental studies in leadership, public speaking and interviewing. Students are encouraged to take part in service projects such as candy-striping, parking patrols and highway cleanups.
As part of the national 100-year celebration of Boy Scouts of America, "A Shining Light Across America" is to be broadcast across the world from National Scout Jamboree July 31.
Featuring anniversary celebration programming, Jamboree's Shining Light broadcast is to be accessible nationwide online via a Webcast. The event is to celebrate scouting heritage, core values and the role scouting has played on America's youth.
FOSTORIA - Certified child passenger safety technicians are to perform free car seat safety checks 4-7 p.m. May 20 in the Fostoria Community Hospital east parking lot.
During the check, Fostoria-area residents are to learn how to correctly install and use their child's car seat. Car seats also are to be available at a reduced fee for parents who are informed their child's car seat is unsafe.
The car seat check is sponsored by Fostoria Community Hospital and Fostoria Kiwanis Club. It is partially funded by the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation and the United Way of Fostoria.
Appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call ProMedica Total Wellness at (419) 436-6688.
FOSTORIA - Students selected for National Junior Honor Society at Fostoria Middle School are Kaleb Bemis, DeAndre Cannon, Connor Cooper, Ricardo Escobar, Zendon Griffin, Christopher Hampton, Jada Hampton, Zachary Kaplan, William Lawson, Erica Moore, Caitlin Nieset, Haley Porter, Jessie Rife, Luchauna Smith, Dylan Stone, Sydney Thompson, Schuyler Turner and Abigail Widman.
FREMONT - The Tech Prep letter award ceremony was April 30.
Local students honored were Alyssa Dymond, Morgan Haubert and Brittany Twigg, Bettsville High School; Lyndsey Browning, Jedediah Caldwell, James Colvin, Antony Costantini, D'Andrea Frey, Shelbi Meyer, Jarrod Nichols, Robert Pocock, Haylie Robinson, Manuel Rodriguez, Alexis Taylor and Emily Wood, Clyde High School; Alyssa Davidson, Corey Gabel and MeKenna Klaiss, Hopewell-Loudon High School; Cameron Boice, Amy Gosche, Kara Gunder, Courtney Hart and Nicholas Kerlin, Lakota High School; Lauren Bannister, Thomas Gillmor, Kelley Miller, Zachery Murphy, Ashley Shiley and Anna Vanwormer, Old Fort High School; and Amanda Brimmer, Eric Brown, Kylee Cascaden, Chelsea Houtz, Sara Kimmet, Katelyn Lonsbury, Stacey Rhodes, Cody Semer, Seth Sholl, Stevie Shook and Kayla Tyree, Columbian High School.
SYCAMORE - Four members of the Mohawk High School FFA chapter attended the State Skills Classic contest at Sentinel Career Center.
The team members included Niki Elchert, Jacquie Wise, Austin Wise and Richard Orr.
The team placed ninth in the state at the Northeastern Skills Classic.
Elchert earned first place in personal finance, and Orr placed fourth in assembly.
Other areas the team participated in were natural resources, animal care and small engines.
Chamber announces upcoming events
* The next edition of the Business Breakfast Break series, set for 7:45 p.m. May 19, is to focus on the basics of spreadsheet application and design. An understanding of basic spreadsheet functions may make it easier to organize and track information. An expert in the field is to help attendees become more proficient in using computer applications.
The 45-minute seminar is to be presented in room 105 of the Hertzer building on Tiffin University's campus. It is being sponsored by Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce and TU. The cost is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for others.
To register, call (419) 447-4141 or e-mail email@example.com.
* The next After Five event is 5-7 p.m. May 20 at Friedman Village, 167 St. Francis Ave. See the inside of a villa and tour the assisted living section.
To RSVP, call (419) 447-4141 or e-mail info@tiffinchamber.
Vanguard Career Center adult education and Technology Center students teamed up to fight cancer. April 30, they presented 60 Kimmie Cares dolls to surrounding education and medical facility personnel.
Kimmie Cares is an organization that was created by Kim Goebel, late cancer fighter, and her sister, Kris Kalnow, who continues the organization in her sister's memory. Kimmie Cares dolls were created for cancer fighters to educate their loved ones about the effects of cancer and the changes and struggles cancer fighters endure during their time of treatments. Proceeds from the dolls are given to cancer fighters who need financial assistance. Tech Center Director Rosemary Krieger and adult education Instructor Becky Bernard introduced the presentation by welcoming the doll recipients and giving some background information as to how adult education and Tech Center students became involved with the Kimmie Cares Foundation.
After presenting the dolls, Lyne Walby, Tech Center medical career instructor, presented an additional check for $1,013.53 to Kris Kalnow, chief executive officer of Partners for a Cure Foundation and co-founder of Kimmie Cares to assist cancer fighters in financial need. A release states it was emotional because Walby is fighting breast cancer.