Army National Guard Pfc. Matthew D. Howerton has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
He is the grandson of Joan Howerton of CR 262, Clyde.
Howerton is a 2008 graduate of Bellevue High School.
Army Pvt. Dustin M. Leck has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
He is the son of Chris Leck of Midvale Avenue, Clyde, and Barb Cook of Walter Street, Bellevue.
The private is a 2008 graduate of Bellevue High School.
ATTICA - The fifth annual Attica Holiday Extravaganza is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Seneca East School. Craft vendors are to feature decorations, gifts and holiday goodies.
The Seneca East Parent Teacher Organization is to provide lunch.
Those interested in being a vendor, call Tami Diehm at (419) 426-1011 or Beth Diesch at (419) 284-3316.
St. Francis Home in Tiffin is to host a book fair 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the first-floor auditorium at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave.
There is to be a selection of new books and gift items available at discounted prices.
For more information, call (419) 447-2723.
St. Francis Senior Ministries is to host the fifth in a series of educational seminars beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
This seminar is to be presented by Kerry Kirk, a certified health and nutrition counselor who is the owner and CEO of Meaningful Wellness, a nutrition consulting firm in Findlay. She is to speak on "Clean Eating what to eat and how to stay healthy."
The event is free. Refreshments are to be provided.
The seminar is to be at Friedman Village Activity Center, 143 St. Francis Ave. in Tiffin. Call Kellie Hartsel at (419) 443-1540 for directions, more information or to RSVP.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to offer tutor training for its adult literacy program, Project READ. Patti Diaz, a trainer with the Adult Center at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers in Fremont, is to conduct the classes. A basic literacy workshop is to be 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Junior Home Room.
Participants are to learn how to assess a student's strengths and weaknesses and how to work with an adult learner. Volunteers are to be shown how to use teaching methods and materials that are proven to work. Those who successfully complete the course are asked to make a commitment to tutor a local adult once or twice a week for a year. Tutors must be at least 18 years old and be high school graduates. All materials are provided by the program.
Call Tiffin-Seneca Public Library at (419) 447-3751 to register.
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to have a class about making holiday bows at 6 p.m. Monday.
Attendees should take 5 yards of ribbon and scissors. Other supplies are to be provided.
To register for the free class, visit the circulation desk or call (419) 435-2813.
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library's youth services department is to have Halloween activities at 6 p.m. Thursday. Children accompanied by parents or adult caregivers can dress in costume. No registration is required.
COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Insurance's Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is to be at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to have a free and unbiased "Medicare Check-up Day" event.
Representatives can help eligible Ohioans, family members and caregivers understand coverage options and assist with plan selection.
FINDLAY The University of Findlay's Shafer Library is to have a used book sale 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. The library is located on the UF campus between Old Main and Frazer Street.
Hardbound books are 50 cents each, and paperback books are 25 cents each. The sale is to include a selection of books about religion, philosophy, psychology, social sciences, political sciences, language and literature, as well as smaller selections of a variety of topics. Contact the library at (419) 434-4876 with questions.
FINDLAY-The Community READ committee and Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation's 2011 CommunityREAD feature book is "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford.
Activities are being planned for CommunityREAD month, which is March, and include an event featuring Ford at 7 p.m. March 25 at Central Auditorium.
Tickets for the event are $5 and are to be available at the Arts Partnership Box Office, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation office and at local bookstores. A book signing for attendees is to follow the event.
Bloomville Fire Department is to host a fish fry Nov. 6 at the Bloomville firehouse to benefit Bobby Carrick, who lost his home to a fire.
The meal is to be served 5-8 p.m., and carryouts will be available. Meals are $8 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and younger. All proceeds go toward rebuilding Carrick's home.
Relay For Life of Tiffin is to have its second annual birthday bash May 9, 2011. T-shirt sponsorships are being sold through Nov. 10.
For $50, businesses will be listed on the back of the T-shirts. Instead of listing a business, people also could opt to include the name of a loved one touched by cancer. Names are to appear on 1,000 gray T-shirts to be worn May 9.
To obtain a sponsorship form, call (419) 937-6134.
FOSTORIA - A course for adult, child and infant CPR is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov.1 in the Fostoria Community Hospital Conference Center, on the hospital's lower level, entrance 2. The cost is $30 for the adult/child module and $50 for the full course.
The class teaches untrained rescuers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for adult, child and infant victims.
Participants can learn to recognize the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children. The program is divided into two courses: CPR for adults and CPR for infants and children.
To register or for more information, call ProMedica Total Wellness at (419) 436-6688.
Mercy to celebrate National Respiratory Care Week
Mercy Tiffin Hospital is celebrating National Respiratory Care Week today through Saturday. This week is dedicated to recognizing the work of respiratory therapists and the importance of lung health.
Respiratory care professionals are skilled in the treatment, management and care of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. They also have an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and medicine to perform as decision makers and advisers under the discretion of physician-established protocols.
Mercy Tiffin's respiratory department consists of the following respiratory therapists: Vicki Edgington, Pat Holsinger, John Kuhn, Traci McMurray, Deb Schoen, Tammy Smith and Travis Grasley.
Types of patients who benefit from the practice of respiratory care professionals are asthmatics, people who suffer from emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnea, pneumonia and those who need advanced cardiopulmonary life support. The patient population generally consists of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.
For more information, call Mercy Tiffin Hospital respiratory therapy department at (419) 455-7181.
Community Hospice Care Patient Care Coordinators Jaclyn Cline and Becky Hartzell attended a two-day, comprehensive course presented by Debra E. Heidrich.
This course was designed to provide an overview of all content areas outlined by the National Board of Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses for the Certification Examination for Hospice and Palliative Nurses. It also provided information valuable to hospice, home care and oncology nurses or other hospice professionals desiring more information on end-stage disease processes, palliative therapeutics and professional issues related to hospice and palliative nursing practice.
Heidrich has a master's degree in medical surgical nursing with a subspeciality in oncology and has more than 25 years experience in oncology and hospice/palliative care clinical practice as a staff nurse, on-call nurse, administrator and educator. Heidrich is active in nursing organizations and is an author and frequent lecturer.
FOSTORIA - People can help a Fostoria student play in the band. Fostoria City Schools' band department is to have a used instrument drive 8 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Fostoria High School band room, 1001 Park Ave. Community members can bring their used band instruments to donate to the school district for use by students who cannot afford an instrument. Donors are to be given a letter acknowledging their donation that includes the approximate value of the instrument. All instruments are to be accepted, regardless of condition. For more information, call (419) 436-4117.
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Elementary School's students of the month for September were Bryce Hannam, Brystol Hushour, Trevor Johnson and Colton Ogg, kindergarteners; Ryan Emshoff, Keara Rivera and Tyler Spoon, first-graders; Jorie Fawcett, Zachariah King, Jordyn Marsh and Jessie Weir, second-graders; Kurtus Ekleberry, Mikyla Gongwer and Wesley Sniffen, third-graders; Keyera Bowling, Emily Frankart, Hannah Swartz and Marcus Terry, fourth-graders; Jacob Amlin, Megan Gillig and Katie Heilman, fifth-graders; and Jeremy Barney, Lexis Crooks, Alec Loose and Brooke Theis, sixth-graders.
MILAN - EHOVE Career Center's free technology workshop for teachers, principals, librarians, college professors and other educators is back and is to be Tuesday. People can choose from a variety of topics such as Social Media and Education, Google Docs, 21st Century Tools in the Classroom, Web questing, Brain-friendly lessons, 101 Uses of a Document Camera, Quick Videos and more.
Sessions start at 3:30 p.m., 4:20 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. at EHOVE Career Center, 316 W. Mason Road in Milan Township. People can reserve their preferred sessions online at top21apr2010.eventbrite.com.
The Seneca/Wyandot/Put-in-Bay/Sandusky Area High School Quiz Bowl League is midway through its 2010-11 regular season play. Columbian High School is 6-0, leading the North Division, with Clyde and Calvert high schools tied at 5-1. Tied for fourth place are Bridges Community Academy and St. Joseph Central Catholic High School with 3-3 records. Tied for sixth place are Old Fort, Put-In-Bay and Bettsville high schools with 1-6 records.
Taking the lead in the South Division is 6-1 New Riegel High School. Seneca East High School (5-2) and St. Wendelin High School (4-1) lead the rest of the teams in their division. In fourth place is Hopewell-Loudon High School with a 3-4 record. Tied for fifth place are Fostoria and Upper Sandusky high schools with 1-4 records. In seventh place is Carey High school with an 0-3 record.
The combined scores from October are Bettsville-Old Fort, 55-45; Bridges-Bettsville, 105-30; Bridges-Old Fort, 80-65; Calvert-Bettsville, 140-85; Calvert-Put-in-Bay, 90-50; Calvert-St. Joseph, 130-60; Clyde-Calvert, 130-55; Clyde-Put-in-Bay, 175-10; Clyde-St. Joseph, 125-80; Columbian-Bettsville, 165-50; Columbian-Bridges, 80-40; Columbian-Old Fort, 65-50; Fostoria-Hopewell-Loudon, 30-95; Hopewell-Loudon-Carey, 70-25; Hopewell-Loudon-Upper Sandusky, 100-35; New Riegel-Carey, 100-0; New Riegel-Fostoria, 85-40; New Riegel-St. Wendelin, 145-60; New Riegel-Upper Sandusky, 95-70; Old Fort-Put-in-Bay, 100-80; Seneca East-Carey, 130-0; Seneca East-Fostoria, 60-50; Seneca East-Upper Sandusky, 95-50; St. Joseph-Put-in-Bay, 80-50; St. Wendelin-Hopewell-Loudon, 120-60; and St. Wendelin-Seneca East, 120-100.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2858 of Tiffin is to sponsor the Voice of Democracy essay for students of grades 9-12. "Does My Generation Have a Role in America's Future" is the theme.
To enter, record the three to five minute essay on a CD or cassette.
For more information, call the VOD chairman at (419) 447-2706.
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is to host its first "Road to College" program for local high school freshmen and sophomores Nov. 5 at Heidelberg University. Kendra Nelson, gifted supervisor for NCOESC, initiated the program to help guide and provide information to students who are considering college after graduation.
Officials from Heidelberg, Tiffin University, Terra Community College and Bowling Green State University are to be on hand to discuss how to choose a college/university, admissions processes, financial aid and campus life. There are also several currently enrolled college students, who have graduated from Seneca County schools, who are to be available to answer questions for those considering college.
Students also are to have the opportunity to work with presenters in small groups to discuss topics such as leadership skills, educational risk-taking and college finance.
The schools that have been invited include Bettsville, Bridges Community Academy, Calvert High School, Carey, Columbian, Fostoria, Fremont Ross, Fremont St. Joseph, Hopewell-Loudon, Mohawk, New Riegel, Old Fort, Seneca East and Upper Sandusky.
For more information, contact Kendra Nelson at (419) 447-2927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aric Billings, son of Tim and Christy Billings, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop No. 320, chartered by St. Mary Church in Clyde. He is 16 years old and a junior at Clyde High School.
Aric joined Pack No. 320 when he was 8 as a Wolf Scout and ultimately earned his Arrow of Light under Cubmaster Sr. Justine Gubernath.
As a Boy Scout, he earned 26 merit badges and led his troop as senior patrol leader three times. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow in Tinduchen Lodge.
Robert Gill, member of the Clyde Heritage League, contacted leaders of Troop No. 320 with a need for a service project. The need was to have a patio installed behind the Clyde Museum. Aric accepted this task as a way of serving his community through his Eagle Scout project.
The Basic Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance for the Boat Owner course is designed for the end use customer to maintain a diesel engine in a marine environment. The class is to be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13 at Skipper Bud's Marina Del Isle, 6801 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead, OH 43440. The cost is $50. Call EHOVE Adult Education to register at (419) 499-4663, (419) 627-9665 or (866) 256-9707.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has awarded EHOVE Adult Career Center Medical Assisting Program continuing accreditation. EHOVE's next comprehensive evaluation of the program with an onsite review is to occur no later than March 2020.
FREMONT - At a special meeting Oct. 14, the Terra Community College Board of Trustees approved contracts for the renovation of Building D.
Bids were accepted from four general contractors, four electrical contractors, five HVAC contractors, four plumbing contractors and two combined bids for plumbing and HVAC.
The low bids, which were accepted, were:
General contractor Harp Contractors Inc., Northwood, $2,305,000.
Electrical contractor Woolace Electric, Stryker, $718,100.
HVAC contractor Bay Mechanical, Lorain, $1.08 million.
Plumbing contractor - H.J. Schodorf, Willard, $270,640.
Fire protection contractor Vulcan Fire Protection, Carey, $106,803.
The total contract amount awarded was $4.5 million. The project is being funded by Ohio Board of Regents in the amount of $3.4 million, and the balance of $1.03 million is to come from local funds.
Terra plans to offer new allied health programs in collaboration with neighboring colleges as well as maintain and expand its existing nursing programs. The newly renovated space is to provide for simulated patient and model laboratories, patient rooms and physical therapist patient rooms.
TU faculty member Mary Grennen is to speak at this year's Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association Conference, to be Friday in Alexandria, Va.
Grennen, assistant professor of English and director of theater arts, is to discuss the social, political and cultural milieus as influential elements in Euripides' "Medea," Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and Miller's "Death of a Salesman" as part of a panel discussion focused on "environment in literature."
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Residents interested in a career as a private security officer now are to have the opportunity to pursue their educational training at Owens Community College as the academic institution has established a new Private Armed Security Training Academy. The academy is to take place Jan. 24-March 9 at the Center for Emergency Preparedness. The initial academy is to take place 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Applications for the new academy should be returned by Nov. 12. For more information, call (567) 661-7357 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
FREMONT - National Council for Marketing and Public Relations recognized Terra Community College for its work in marketing. At its District 3 regional conference in early October in Indianapolis, NCMPR awarded Terra two medallion awards, including a gold Medallion of Excellence for Video Advertising for the "Start here go anywhere" fall television marketing campaign; and a silver Medallion of Excellence for Promotion Campaign for Special Event for the Jet-Setting Jamboree Gala 2009.
FREMONT - Registration for spring 2011 classes at Terra Community College begins Monday. New students should call the admissions office at (419) 559-2349 for a testing and advising appointment. The schedule can be found at www.terra.edu. For more information, call (419) 559-2349.
KENT - Local graduates from Kent State University are Lindsay Rellinger of Upper Sandusky, Emily Harber of Fostoria and Casara Logan of Tiffin.
COLUMBUS - Local graduates from Ohio State University are Elifonso Ysasi, Clyde; Jesse Darr, Green Springs; and Jenaya Courtad and Lydia Rall, Upper Sandusky.
COLUMBUS - Local students on the honor roll at Ohio State University are Benjamin Stickney, Clyde; Lindsey Danhoff, Attica; Nathaniel Pelton, Fostoria; Charles Consolo and David Weber, Tiffin; Ryann Burks, Melissa Gallant, Ronald Joan, Shonda Ritterspach and Jessica Creamer, Upper Sandusky; and Laura Frankart, McCutchenville.
ASHLAND - Aaron Hurwitz of Tiffin is the vice president of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society, at Ashland University. He is the son of Steven and Cathy Hurwitz.
ASHLAND - Erica Smith of Tiffin is a member of the Delta Zeta sorority at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Rex and Tammy Smith.