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October 17, 2010
The Advertiser-Tribune

Michael Bulkowski, chef and owner of Revolver in Findlay, is to offer a cooking lesson to benefit First Step Family Violence Intervention Center.

The event is to take place 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ralph's Joy of Living, 33. N. Washington St., Tiffin. Tickets are $35 per person and include three tasting dishes as well as a lesson. Bulkowski is to present a menu of three dishes.

All proceeds are to benefit First Step, which has served the Seneca, Wood, Wyandot and Sandusky counties for nearly 30 years.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (419) 447-1051 ex. 4. More information can be found at, or

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Let's Talk About It, the book discussion group for adults, is to meet at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 in Junior Home Room. The book, "One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus, is to be discussed.

Multiple copies of the book are available at the check-out desk. The event is free, and refreshments are to be provided. For more information, call the library at (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Children who are 3, 4, 5 or 6 years old can participate in Preschool Story Time at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. One session a week is to occur for four Thursdays in November.

Parents can choose between sessions of 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 11 and 18 in the Frost Kalnow Community Room. Stories, poems, songs, finger plays, puppets and more are included in the free, 30-minute activity.

No registration is required. Parents' attendance is optional.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's board of directors is to meet at noon Tuesday in Junior Home Room.

Seneca County Crematory is Tiffin's newest addition in the funeral service profession.

Owned and operated by Tiffin funeral directors Robert Mack, of Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home, and Richard Traunero, of Traunero Funeral Home, Seneca County Crematory is to serve the cremation needs of Tiffin and the surrounding area by allowing area funeral directors to use a locally-owned and operated crematory service for all their cremation needs.

"We felt that, in order to better serve the needs of Tiffin and Seneca County, a cooperative effort would make better sense than to offer this service individually," said Mack

"Our crematory is located in a discrete location adjacent to our funeral homes, so that cremations can take place with no disruption to either funeral home's funeral operations," added Traunero.

Families served by funeral homes outside of the Tiffin area also may use Seneca County Crematory.

Seneca County Crematory has passed all inspections and is licensed to operate by the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Ohio.

For more information, call Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home at (419) 447-2424, or Traunero Funeral Home at (419) 447-3113. Information also is available at and

Maurices, a national specialty fashions store, has named Jessica Kleman as manager of the Tiffin Mall store. Kleman is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store, including sales performance, visual presentation and personnel recruitment and training.

FOSTORIA Certified child passenger safety technicians are to perform free car seat safety checks 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the Fostoria Community Hospital east parking lot.

Fostoria-area residents can 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 co-sponsored by Fostoria Community Hospital and the Fostoria Kiwanis Club. It is partially funded by the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation and the United Way of Fostoria.

Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call ProMedica Total Wellness at (419) 436-6688.

A support group for persons living with depression or bipolar disorder is to have its first meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St., Tiffin. The meetings are to occur on the third Tuesday of each month.

NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot counties is sponsoring the support meetings for persons who are living with these illnesses while leading an active life.

Group facilitators are David Culp and Mary Jo Murray.

Meetings are free. For more information, contact the NAMI office at (419) 334-8021, (888)582-8889, or information

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 if they may qualify for financial assistance.

The Department's Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is to have two information sessions Thursday in Sandusky County. Representatives are to be at Bellevue Hospital, 1400 W. Main St., at 11:30 a.m., and Fremont Memorial Hospital, 715 S. Fremont Ave., at 2 p.m. for free and unbiased "Medicare Check-up Day" events.

Representatives can help eligible Ohioans, family members and caregivers understand the different coverage options and assist with plan selection. Medicare's annual "coordinated election period" runs Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 with coverage beginning Jan. 1.

For a complete listing of available Medicare plans, visit Those with questions and those who need enrollment assistance (starting Nov. 15) and/or information about financial assistance programs, call OS

HIIP at (800) 686-1578 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or Medicare at (800) 633-4227). A listing of Medicare Check-Up Days is available at

FREMONT - Fremont Pressure Ulcer Prevention Group and other area agencies and businesses are to take part in a Community Health Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Sandusky County YMCA, 1000 North St. in Fremont.

This event is to inform seniors and caregivers assisting individuals with diabetes, poor circulation, limited mobility, cancer, poor nutrition, and other risk factors on how to prevent pressure ulcers and other skin related issues.

Various speakers and vendors are to be on hand throughout the event. The Health Fair is free. Boxed lunches provided by WSOS are available for a small fee for participants to take as they exit the event.

ASHLAND - Tyler Billeg of Upper Sandusky and the son of Neil and Christine Billeg; Lauren Miller of Upper Sandusky; and Stacia Rapp of Clyde and the daughter of George and Leslie Rapp, are members of the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University.

Brittany Reser of Tiffin, the daughter of Anthony and Kathleen Reser, participated in a Kappa Kappa Psi and Ashland University Jazz Orchestra fundraiser at Ashland University.

FREMONT - The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, "Small Business Basics," that are to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

The November schedule is:

9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 Ottawa County Improvement Corp. conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce conference room, 62 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 Erie County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.

4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 Terra Community College Building B, room 101, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

The events are free. To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra, at (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210. Or, contact him by e-mail at bauxter@terra.


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Area residents interested in gaining insight into the psychopathology and treatment of social phobia in children and adolescents can attend a free lecture featuring anxiety disorder expert Dr. Deborah Beidel at Owens Community College at noon Tuesday in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area campus. Admission to the event is free.

For more information about the presentation, call (567) 661-7180 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7180.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Area residents and students with career aspirations in a health-related field can learn about and explore various employment opportunities available throughout the region as Owens Community College hosts its annual Health Career Expo Thursday.

The expo is 2-4:30 p.m. in Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125-127 on the Toledo-area campus. Admission to the event is free.

Throughout the event, individuals can meet with local health care representatives and ask them questions about their professions or how to go about choosing a career path in the health field. Attendees are to be able to fill out applications for various employment opportunities.

Owens students and area residents attending the event can bring several copies of their resume and dress professionally in preparation for any impromptu interviews.

For more information, call (567) 661-7501 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7501.

FINDLAY The University of Findlay, in partnership with GreaterFindlayInc.'s Technology Infrastructure Committee, is to host the ninth annual Information Assurance Forum 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27 in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. All sessions are to relate to the theme, "Mobile Devices: Securing Your Perimeter."

There also are to be several pre-forum sessions, which are to begin at 9 a.m. and include student presentations detailing the results of the TIC Annual Business Survey and an update from GreaterFindlayInc. TIC.

The cost to attend is $25, which includes lunch if a reservation is received by Thursday. To register, call (419) 422-3313 or e-mail

FINDLAY Students considering a career in law enforcement can pursue such an opportunity by enrolling in the Basic Peace Officer Academy Training Program at the Owens Community College Findlay-area campus.

During the seven-month program, Owens police academy students are to take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics, criminal investigation, constitutional law and physical conditioning.

Coursework earned by police academy graduates is to apply toward an associate degree at Owens in law enforcement. Upon completion of the program, each student is to receive a certificate from Owens.

For more information or to obtain an application packet, call (567) 661-7439 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7439.

Tiffin Middle School's students of the month for September are Christopher Enke, Cheyanne Heyman, Dylan Work, Madison Troha, Peyton Hartenstein, Michaela Drown, Lauren Branson, Frazier Daniel, James Ceballos, Katie Garrison, Tyler Mesnard and Tawny Sarver.

FOSTORIA - Fostoria Community Schools' Adult Basic and Literacy Education program is accepting new students. The program, located at Holmes Administration Building, offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of all individuals interested in improving their academic, workplace and/or English language skills. ABLE classes are provided free to participants due to funding through a grant.

Classes in reading, writing and math are available for those individuals wanting to improve basic skills for the purpose of understanding materials related to the home, in the workplace or in the community. For those wanting to obtain a GED diploma, classes are offered for preparation.

Transitions classes are available to participants who already have a GED or high school diploma and are in need of preparing for college-level classes and/or training. The transitions classes are to prepare students to do well on college entrance exams and help to get them ready academically for higher education by ensuring basic reading, writing and math skills are met for placement into college-level classes.

Morning and evening classes are offered four days a week. For those students with alternative scheduling needs or those who want additional study time at home, a distance education program that offers online lessons is available.

The program's English as a Second Language classes provide academic and civics/citizenship instruction for adults who are non-native English speakers interested in learning to read, write and speak English, and gaining skills and knowledge to become active and informed parents, workers and community members. ESOL classes are at Fostoria High School two days a week and on the Owens Community College Findlay campus two days a week.

To enroll in classes provided by the ABLE program, students are required to complete the orientation process at which time registration is to take place along with placement testing. After completion of the orientation, students are to be allowed to enroll into the ABLE class that best meets their needs.

Orientation to the program is a three-day process that is conducted monthly with the first scheduled orientation for the classes taking place 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 27. An additional orientation session is to be 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1.

For questions or to schedule a time for orientation, contact Kelly West at the ABLE program at (419) 436-4163 during the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

BURGOON - Lakota Middle School's students of the month are Luke Chovanec, Gabrielle McGough, Elizabeth Graber, Chelsea Harden, William Riddle and Zach Rayle.

The October meeting of the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center has been changed from Tuesday to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Marion campus, 333 E. Center St.

Tiffin Middle School sixth-grade accelerated English students helped write a grant-contest application for a top prize of $100,000 for eReaders (Amazon's Kindle) for the school's library.

In order to be considered by the grant board, the project needs to be rated among the top 30 nationwide.

People can go to ourschool, register at the site and rank the middle school five out of five stars.

FREMONT - A Project READ volunteer tutor training workshop is to be offered 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 9, 10 and 11 in room 120 at Vanguard Technology Center, 1220 Cedar St., Fremont.

Participants are to learn how to assess a student's reading skills and are to be shown how to use teaching methods and materials designed for adults.

All materials are provided. There is never a cost to volunteer. Each volunteer is matched with a student who can meet at a time and place convenient to both.

All tutoring takes place in public settings, usually at a library or school, once or twice each week for up to a year.

To register, call Patti Diaz at (419) 334-6901, ext. 418, or e-mail her at diazp@vscc.

Tiffin Middle School parent-teacher conferences are to be 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

Students are to attend school Thursday, but are not to attend school Friday. A letter was sent home with children Oct. 1.

A copy also is available on the school website,

People can follow the instructions in the letter to request a conference with a child's teachers. For more information, call the school office at (419) 447-3358.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. Del Monte Fresh Produce, North America Inc. launched a program to help support kindergarten through 12th grade public school teachers across North and Central America with cash to purchase school supplies and fresh fruit in the "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms" campaign.

One hundred prizes totaling $1,000 each are to be awarded to teachers who get the most votes in the "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms" online contest at

Tiffin Tomorrow is organizing another downtown clean up day for Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet in City Lot 7 at 8:30 a.m. to form teams and make sure everyone has supplies and a cleaning area.

Students who need community service hours are welcome, as well as anyone else who would like to help.

The historic Tiffin Train Depot, located on North Monroe Street, is the site for an upcoming Tiffin Tomorrow event 1-6 p.m. Oct. 24.

Several downtown Tiffin eateries are to serve their favorite fall soups. Also, a historic trolley tour of Greenlawn Cemetery is to be offered, focusing on some of its most interesting residents. The trolley tour is to follow the original streetcar route to the cemetery and be narrated by a step-on guide.

A bowl of soup, roll and drink may be purchased for $5. Individuals may sample three soups, a roll and drink for $5. The trolley ride prices are $2 for adults, $1 for students younger than 18 and $5 for a family. Trolley rides are to be 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Participating eateries include: GW's Fine Food and Spirits, Guiseppe's Italian Ristorante, Reino's Pizza and Pasta, The Viaduct, Clover Club and Tiffin Bake Shop.

TPC is to donate paper products. The trolley is sponsored by Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home, Traunero Funeral Home and Engle-Shook Funeral Home.

The proceeds of the event will be used by Tiffin Tomorrow toward one of its downtown improvement projects. There also is to be a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for four Detroit Red Wings hockey tickets.

For more information, call Theresa Sullivan at (567) 230-4289 or e-mail her at



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