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October 11, 2010
The Advertiser-Tribune

Discover the new fall activities and events planned for Seneca County by picking up the Seneca County calendar of events.

Seneca County Convention & Visitors Bureau's fall calendar is to feature events and activities for the remainder of the year is available by stopping by the bureau, 114 S. Washington St., Tiffin, or by calling (419) 447-5866.

Although fall has just begun, CVB is planning for the January-May 2011 spring calendar of events.

"Anyone who is planning a public event should let us know as soon as they set a date. If there is a change in plans we can update accordingly, but by letting us know early, we will be better equipped to answer questions and to successfully promote Seneca County," said Ruble.

Event planners wishing to have an event included in the spring calendar may submit the event information in writing to the CVB at 114 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883 or e-mail it to visitor@seneca by Nov. 1.

Events must be open to the public in order to be included. Event information may be edited. Space is limited.

For information or to receive a copy of the current calendar, contact the CVB at (419) 447-5866 or (888) 736-3221.

Five and 10 kilometer Celebration Races are planned for Saturday in Tiffin. Both races are to begin and end at Hedges-Boyer Park. Walkers are welcome.

Awards are to be given to the top two finishers in each age category, male and female. The race is to include a drawing for a $100 Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate.

The entry fee is a free-will offering for American Cancer Society. Any runner donating a minimum of $10 is to receive an event T-shirt.

Registration is to begin at 8 a.m. and end at 9:45 a.m. Award sessions are to begin at 10:45 a.m. for the 5K race and no later than 11:30 a.m. for the 10K. Drawings for door prizes are to be during the race, with prizes available during the award sessions.

Praise and worship music, starting at 9 a.m., is to feature Rebecca Dezurik and the praise band from Trinity Evangelical Church.

A collection of new and gently uses shoes for the victims of the Haiti earthquake also is planned.

Registration forms are available at

A lecturer, humorist and author about the Civil War era is to be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Johnson's Island Civil War Roundtable Oct. 24 in Tiffin.

Richard McMurry of Dalton, Ga., has written several books, including "Two Great Rebel Armies" and "John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence" - both listed in 100 essential books about the Civil War - plus "Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy."

The meeting is to begin at 7 p.m. at T.J. Willie's Restaurant, 738 W. Market St. An optional dinner is to begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information, contact George Freeman at or (419) 447-7514 or Ed Ginnever at

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day. The library is to re-open Tuesday with regular hours. Call (419) 447-3751 or visit for more information.

Friends of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has declared the month of October "Be A Friend Month" at T-SPL.

Since its inception in 1981, the Friends of the Library is a growing group of Seneca County citizens willing to contribute time, talent and money as a supportive organization of the library. Friends is the official host for library functions and provide volunteers for various projects.

Some Friends' activities include the annual book sale, summer reading program events, the Books for Kids project, the Friends' annual meeting and program and hosting library events, including the "I Love the Library" poster contest and the Halloween Hullabaloo.

Friends also take part in special projects throughout the year, which in the past has included the mystery dinner theater, the wreath sale and the silent art auction.

Membership costs range from $1 to $15. Those who sign up during the month of October are entered to win a Friends' gift bag. Stop by the library to sign up or go online to

For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or stop by the library's information desk.

BELLEVUE - People can learn about "Managing Your Library Account Online" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bellevue Public Library. They can learn about renewing some library materials online, receiving notification that their requested items are available via text message, how to sign-up for e-mail reminders and how to place requests online. The program is to be in the library's meeting room, and registration is not required. For more information, call (419) 483-4769.

BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to host Chocolate Olympics 4:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 18. It is for children in grades 5-8, and some of the scheduled events include M&M sorting, Oreo stacking, chocolate sprinkles relay and more.


Fostoria Community Arts Council has announced the winners of the FCAC Fall Fundraiser.

The first place prize of $200 went to Ann Woolf of Fremont; second place, $100, went to Pete Cardenas of Fostoria; and third place, $50, went to Chip Slaymaker of Columbus.

The Sycamore Lions Club is to again sponsor this year's Sycamore and Sycamore Township One Fund Drive.

Plans have been made for the drive to begin Oct. 18 and end Oct. 31.

Members of the Board who are to be conduct this year's fundraising effort are Jean Walton, Maxine Hannam, Sandra Mohr, Vicki Weininger, Wayne Walton and Dianne Tooley.

Phone calls are to be made to prospective volunteer solictors. These solicitors are to then contact all residents of the Sycamore and Sycamore Township area during the drive.

Funds are to be solicited for 10 worthwhile organizations which depend on the donations of residents and businesses.

Anyone who would be willing to be a solicitor and who has not served in this capacity during the past two years is invited to call Vicki Weininger at (419) 927-5752. Also, if there are any residents of the community/township who are not contacted during the drive, but who wish to make a contribution, please call Wayne of Jean Walton at (419) 927-9782 or Dianne Tooley at (419) 927-2349.

The 2010 annual recognition event was conducted Sept. 9 to honor members of the Mercy Tiffin Hospital medical staff and board of trustees for their years and terms of service, and to announce the winner of the Physician Excellence Award.

Mercy Tiffin Medical staff recognized for years of service include:

Five years of service: Syed Abidi, nephrology; Bahlinder Brar, nephrology; Steven Copeland, orthopedic surgery and Christopher Sears, internal medicine.

Ten years of service: Philip Havens, orthopedic surgery and Bikram Johar, nephrology.

Fifteen years of service: Romena Moorjani, pediatrics and Erik Nielsen, otolaryngology.

Twenty years of service: Andrew Gase, family medicine.

Thirty years of service: James M. Felton, internal medicine.

Jerry Bupp, Mercy Tiffin Board of Trustees chairman was recognized for his 3-year term of service.

The winner of the 2010 Physician Excellence Award was Dong Park, radiologist.

Park was nominated by Sue Bigelow, manager of radiology, and Mercy Tiffin Radiology staff.

The Physician Excellence Award is presented to a doctor who best meets the criteria which includes: commitment to teach and support medical education; using effective interpersonal skills to communicate and resolve conflict; promoting collaboration and team work; embodying the humanitarian mission of Mercy and modeling the Core Values of the founders of Mercy Tiffin Hospital.

GREEN SPRINGS- October 2010 marks the 25th year since the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was declared in 1985. Elmwood at The Springs Healthcare Center in Green Springs is to celebrate by wearing pink exam gloves.

The pink gloves Elmwood's caregivers are to wear are a visible reminder that early detection and prevention is key.

In addition to raising awareness, these pink gloves are to help provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them.

The manufacturer, Medline, is to contribute $1 for every 1,000 Generation Pink gloves purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

More than two dozen Stein Hospice staff members and volunteers recently began the Anamcara Apprenticeship program, an intensive, two-year training developed by the Sacred Art of Living, Oregon.

The program is based on the Celtic traditions of Anamcara, a Gaelic word meaning "soul friend." The 27 men and women are to spend time in daily practice and attend study groups and retreats throughout the two years.

The program is to train individuals to become an advocate and soul friend to those dying or experiencing other losses and transitions.

The first session took place Sept. 23-26, 2010, at Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron.

Stein Hospice was one the first pilot sites in the Midwest for the Sacred Art of Living and Dying series, a four-unit program that an individual must complete before enrolling in the Anamcara Apprenticeship program.

Area Stein Hospice staff members who are participating in the Anamcara program are: Denise Bowerman and Lori Scott of Bellevue, Gretchen Franklin of Tiffin and David Gowen of Clyde.

The simple act of rolling up your sleeve and donating blood can go a long way in the fight to beat cancer.

American Red Cross recently shortened the deferral criteria for blood donors with a history of nonhematologic cancer from five years to one year. Donors must be cancer-free for a year, have completed all their treatments, and meet all other eligibility criteria.

Donors currently deferred under the previous five-year deferral must be reinstated by the Red Cross before coming to give blood.

For questions on donor eligibility or reinstatement, call the American Red Cross eligibility hotline at

How to donate blood

To schedule an appointment to donate call (800) RED CROSS or visit for more information.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of valid ID when you come to donate.

COLUMBUS Now is the time for people with Medicare to evaluate their health coverage to ensure it will meet their needs in 2011 and determine whether they may qualify for financial assistance, and Ohio Department of Insurance is to lend a hand.

The Department's Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is to host a free Medicare Check-Up Day at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 77 Sandusky St., at 10:30 a.m.

The program is to help eligible Ohioans, family members and caregivers understand the different coverage options and to provide assistance with plan selection. Medicare's annual "coordinated election period" runs Nov.15 to Dec. 31, with coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2011.

"Plan benefits, premiums, co-payments and deductibles may change each year, so Ohioans are encouraged to attend the event or contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 for a free and objective plan review," said Mary Jo Hudson, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. "Our representatives will also explain how the $250 Part D rebate process works and discuss other health care reform initiatives that have strengthened Medicare by adding benefits and improving access to quality care."

At each check-up day event, program representatives are to discuss upcoming changes to the Medicare program, Medicare healthcare, prescription drug options and can answer questions about Medicare and related insurance coverages. The program can help beneficiaries enroll in their Medicare coverage of choice starting Nov.15. Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of their prescriptions drugs, dosages and preferred pharmacy, as well as any information on pension, VA or other medical care benefits they are receiving.

During the coordinated election period, people on Medicare can select one of several coverage options: 1) Original Medicare for their health coverage needs paired with a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan and or a Medicare Supplement plan; 2) a Medicare Advantage Plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits including drug coverage; 3) or determine if their existing coverage will meet their health insurance needs for the upcoming year.

For a complete listing of available Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, visit Those with Medicare questions and those who need enrollment assistance (starting Nov.15) and/or information about financial assistance programs can call OSHIIP at (800) 686-1578 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Medicare at (800) MEDICARE.

A listing of Medicare Check-Up Days is available on the Department's website at

Area residents age 60 and older who need minor home repairs can contact Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging for help.

The agency's home repair program can assist with repairs to roofs, ramps, plumbing, wiring and furnaces. The program also is to help with repairs, grab bars and bathtub accessibility in the bathroom.

For more information, call (419) 524-4144 or (800) 860-5799 and ask for the consumer assistance unit.

Vision clinic

Seneca County General Health District is to sponsor a Vision Clinic 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 27, 2010 at the Seneca County General Health Department, 71 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

For an appointment or for more information, call (419) 447-3691.

James Rovira, assistant professor of English at Tiffin University, is to present the paper, "Blake's Urizen and Updike's Roger's Version," at the American Literature Association's fiction symposium today in Savannah, Ga.

During his presentation, Rovira is to make the argument John Updike's Roger's Version redefines the contemporary debate between empirical science and religious faith.

"In the novel, research assistant Dale Kohler commits himself to empirically proving the existence of God, approaching divinity school Professor Roger Lambert for a research grant to do so. Lambert, on the other hand, opposes him and any idea of a quantifiably demonstrable God. Both men believe in God, yet each demeans the other's faith, precisely upon the point of the relationship between each believer's faith and empirical science."

FINDLAY Kerri-Anne Depinet, Jessica Lynch and Ryan Wood are to participate in the University of Findlay's Marching Oiler Brass indoor concert at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

Tickets are $5 for general admission; $3 for students and senior citizens; and free for UF students, faculty and staff with I.D. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling the box office at (419) 434-5335.

Depinet, a 2010 graduate of Seneca East High School, is the daughter of Connie and Donald Depinet of Bloomville. Lynch, a 2009 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, is the daughter of Ruth and Lawrence Lynch of Bascom. Wood, a 2010 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon, is the son of Roger and Charlene Wood of Tiffin.

BEREA - Stephanie Shockley of Tiffin has been selected as a Center for Innovation and Growth student fellow at Baldwin-Wallace College.

She is the daughter of Marcia Shockley and graduated from Columbian High School in 2009.

ASHLAND - Phillip Toney of Attica is a member of Campus Activities Board at Ashland University.

He is the son of Sandy and William Toney.

ASHLAND - Several local students are members of the honors program at Ashland University.

Lauren Miller of Upper Sandusky; Tricia Stansberry of Upper Sandusky, the daughter of Curtis and Ramona Stansberry; and Amber Weaver of Carey, the daughter of Joseph and Brenda Weaver, are members.

FINDLAY - Several local students were selected as resident assistants at University of Findlay.

Nathan Richey, a 2009 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, is the son of Laura and John Richey of Tiffin. Rachel Conley, a 2009 graduate of Mohawk High School, is the daughter of Linda and Justin Conley of Carey. Jessica Lynch, a 2007 graduate of Bettsville High School, is the daughter of Andrea and Jeff Lynch of Tiffin.

FINDLAY - Two local students were named to University of Findlay's homecoming court.

Corey Britton is a 2007 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School and the son of Mary Beth and Brad Britton of Tiffin. Jessica Lynch is a 2007 graduate of Bettsville High School and the daughter of Andrea and Jeff Lynch of Tiffin.

COLUMBUS - Sherrill Hammer of Tiffin completed a bachelor's degree by participating in an alliance between Terra Community College and Franklin University.

The degree completion program allows students to combine on-campus coursework at their local community college with online classes through Franklin to complete a degree.

CINCINNATI - Local students on the dean's list at the University of Cincinnati are Shirley Bechstein, Fostoria; Allison Carroll, Clyde; Keren Clark, Carey; and Lindsay Bernard, Kimberly Gaietto and Brianna Richey, Tiffin.

CINCINNATI - Kimberly Gaietto of Tiffin received an associate's degree of applied science from the University of Cincinnati.

VALPARAISO, Ind. - Students on the Valparaiso University dean's list are Ian Lee, the son of Bradley and Jennifer Lee, and Emily Seitz, the daughter of David and Jill Seitz.

Two service fraternities at Tiffin University are to compete in a basketball game to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Teams from Phi Theta Pi and Theta Eta Omicron are to play Wednesday in TU's Gillmor Student Center gymnasium, with tipoff set for 3:30 p.m. Admission is a $3 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie-Seneca Counties.

FREMONT -Terra Community College is announcing its 2010-11 Music on Sunday concert series.

The season begins today with a recital by soprano Rene Clair.

The series also is to include:

Nov. 21: Beethoven, Britten & Brahms! by Terra Arts Chorale.

Jan. 30: A recital by violinist Virgil Lupu and special guests.

March 27: Special evening featuring painter and world renown jazz singer Kathy Kosins with Terra Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

For more information, contact Terra's Department of Music, Arts and Humanities at (419) 559-2233.

Sentinel Career and Technology Center automotive technology program seniors Austin Clouse and Austin Frankart, along with public safety senior Kelsey Sewell, are students of the month for October. The students are to represent Sentinel and their career programs at the weekly meetings of the Tiffin Rotary and Tiffin Kiwanis organizations.

Sewell, Kiwanis Student of the Month, attends Columbian High School and is the daughter of Suzette and Dennis Breyman. Clouse, a Hopewell-Loudon High School senior, is a Rotary Student of the Month. He is the son of Bob Clouse of Tiffin and Lisa Clouse of Fostoria. Frankart, Rotary Student of the Month, attends Old Fort High School and is the son of Jon and Lori Frankart of Tiffin.

Two students at Columbian High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their achievement on AP exams. The students qualified for the award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP scholars are Keeron Ghose and Derek Walton.

FOSTORIA - Sarah Walas of St. Wendelin Catholic School has been named a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Bridges Community Academy's October board meeting has been changed to Tuesday.

NEW RIEGEL - New Riegel Board of Education is to have a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the library media center to review the five-year forecast.

The Tiffin City Board of Education's program committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Monday.

MILAN - EHOVE Career Center is to have an open house and car show 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today. For more information, visit

COLUMBUS In preparation for the 150th anniversary of the Ohio Statehouse, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board launched its "Sesquicentennial Creativity Challenge" for K-12 students throughout Ohio. The challenge is to be open through the next year and is to allow students to learn about the history of the Ohio Statehouse and Ohio democracy.

Detailed information, including instructions, entry form and creativity page template are available at

ORRVILLE - Smith Dairy Products Co. is again offering Cash Cow Fundraiser Coupon Books. Administrators set the selling price for the coupon books, which can be sold over weeks or months. Fundraisers interested in participating in the program can call (800) 776-7076, ext. 6528 or 6516, for more information.

St. Wendelin High School students participating in a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid are offering flamingo flocking in Fostoria and Findlay to raise money for the trip. For a $20 donation, they will place a flock in a yard for 24 hours.

For more information, call (419) 423-7774.

Parent-teacher conferences are to be at Columbian High School by appointment 4:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22.

All Columbian, Sentinel, Tech Prep and Vanguard classes are to be in session Oct. 21. There is to be no school for Columbian students Oct. 22. All Sentinel, Tech Prep and Vanguard classes are to be in session Oct. 22, and bus transportation is to be provided.

Parents who wish to schedule an appointment can call Columbian at (419) 447-6331 and ask for Pat Wise.

Sentinel Career and Technology Center's alumni hall of fame was established to celebrate the accomplishments of alumni who make substantial contributions in their chosen profession.

To receive the award, the recipient must meet the following criteria: have completed a Sentinel program; have graduated from high school at least seven years ago; given time, effort and talent for the enhancement of his or her chosen profession; have demonstrated leadership and high standards in his or her profession; have demonstrated commendable citizenship; and have demonstrated a willingness to volunteer in the community.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone. Nominees are to be sent an application/information questionnaire form, which must be submitted to the selection committee to be considered for the award.

Induction into the hall of fame is to take place at the National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony March 7.

To nominate an individual for the hall of fame, contact Sentinel at (419) 448-1212, by mail at 793 E. TR 201, Tiffin, OH 44883, or e-mail sen Provide the individual's name, year of graduation, career position and current contact information. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 20 to be considered for the 2010 selection.



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