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November 1, 2010
The Advertiser-Tribune

FREMONT - Creating a family tree just got easier thanks to Using RootsMagic, a new class being offered by Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

The session is to take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 in the Hayes Library. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students through high school age. Pre-registration is required.

RootsMagic is a computer program designed for genealogists.

In the past, the Hayes Presidential Center has hosted workshops on how to use the software's advanced capabilities, led by the author of the software Bruce Buzbee. This new class is to focus on the basics such as how to start entering data into the program and how to share information with others. Hayes Library Head Librarian Becky Hill is to lead the class.

For information on the class or to register, call (800) 998-PRES or e-mail

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located on the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. Visit for information about other upcoming events.

The 2010-11 Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program is to begin Nov. 1. Applications are to be accepted at WSOS offices at 103 S. Front St.

This year's program maintains the increase in the income limits set last year so more people may be eligible for assistance.

The amount of assistance per household also remains the same as last year - $600 for those who use propane - and up to $250, depending on electric and heating source.

EHEAP is to provide one-time assistance to income-eligible residents to help them maintain their heating source by paying some of their heating bills.

Income-eligible residents are those with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines, which amounts to $22,050 for a one-person household or $44,100 for a four-person household.

Columbia Gas is conducting a program for its customers in partnership with WSOS. This means residents who are Columbia Gas customers may get help with their bills through the Columbia Gas program and EHEAP.

EHEAP provides emergency assistance. To receive assistance, a household must meet the income guidelines and have received a disconnect notice or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel.

Households that do not have an emergency may receive assistance with heating bills from the regular Home Energy Assistance Program. This program also is to provide a one-time per heating season assistance with paying some heating bills. These applicants must file their applications themselves.

WSOS can provide the applications and can assist applicants with the forms. EHEAP and HEAP are to operate until March 31.

Appointments are required for EHEAP applicants. To make an appointment for EHEAP help in Seneca County call (419) 435-4884 (Fostoria) or (419) 447-0084 (Tiffin).

Need additional help?

Nov. 1, a new and improved Percentage of Income Payment Plan is to begin.

PIPP Plus is to make monthly payments for households more affordable on a year-round basis.

This program is to target customers of most heating utility companies, except for small companies who are at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Gas and electric customers are to pay no more than $10 or six percent, whichever is greater, of the gross monthly household income each month.

Households that are entirely electric are to pay $10 or 10 percent, whichever is greater. This payment is to be made each month for the entire year.

When a PIPP Plus customer makes a payment on time and in full, they no long owe rest of that month's billed amount. The customer also is to receive a one-twenty-fourth (1/24) credit toward any old debt. Payments made on time and in full for 24 straight months means all arrearages are to be eliminated.

Customers are to be dropped from the program if they miss payments or do not re-verify their income each year. At the time of re-verification, the customer is to have one billing cycle to make up any missed payments. If that does not happen, the customer is to be dropped and the entire debt is to be immediately due.

Customers also must notify the company if income changes and they become ineligible for the program.

Eligible residents may enroll when they enroll in PIPP Plus for EHEAP or HEAP.

Columbia Gas of Ohio announced it is to make more than $2.7 million available to income-eligible customers for assistance with paying their natural gas bills during the upcoming winter heating season.

These fuel funds are in addition to established public energy assistance options such as the federal Home Energy Assistance Program and Ohio's PIPP Plus program.

The $2.7 million is to include Columbia's Auction Fuel Fund containing $600,000 for the 2010-11 winter heating season.

Households at or below 200 percent Federal Poverty Level qualify for this fund.

Columbia's Utility Fuel Fund has $1.8 million available until the funds are exhausted. It is to offer a one-time assistance payment of up to $250 per heating season to maintain or restore service.

Customers do not need to be disconnected or facing disconnection to qualify.

The Winter Crisis Fuel Fund, with $312,500 available, is a fund of last resort that provides up to $175 to customers who are disconnected or threatened with disconnection.

Residents of Wood, Seneca, Ottawa and Sandusky counties may contact WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. at (419) 334-8911.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is having "Babies & Books" during the month of November. There are to be two 30-minute classes, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9 in Frost Kalnow Room. The activity features stories, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Parents or caregivers and babies, age birth to 24 months old, can sign up for one session of language enrichment activities. Call (419) 447-3751 to register, starting Tuesday, for the free program.

BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The library also is to be closed Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving Day. The library is to be open regular hours Nov. 26.

BELLEVUE - Help is to be available at Bellevue Public Library Tuesday in completing the Home Energy Assistance Program application. Representatives from the Mansfield office of the Area Agency on Agency are to answer questions and help with the application form between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the meeting room. Those looking for assistance with the application form should bring recent gas and electric bills, copies of income statements for anyone in the household older than 18 years of age such as pay stubs, tax forms or an award letter from Social Security, and a copy of the birth certificate for the person completing the form, if new to the program. Registration is preferred, but not required. Call (419) 483-4769 for more information or to register.

BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to welcome author Anne Lowery Thursday. Lowery wrote the book "Rumor Has It" about a 1974 murder near New London. She is to answer questions about her book and be available to sign copies. This presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the meeting room. Registration is not required.

For more information, call (419) 483-4769 or visit the library at 224 E. Main St.

COLUMBUS - Tiffin has a new experienced insurance agent in town, who is to strive to make the community safer through advocacy work.

The Tiffin AAA store is proud to welcome P&C Insurance Agent Chantel Robinson to the community.

Robinson has been in the insurance business for 10 years. Nine of which was spent running an insurance agency in her hometown of Clyde.

Prior to her insurance career, Robinson graduated from Heidelberg University with a bachelor degree in English/writing. She then went on to earn licenses in life, health and property/casualty insurance.

Community members may meet Robinson at the Tiffin AAA store, located at 191 E. Market St.

Robinson is to be available to give a free, no-obligation quote 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Michael C. Spragg, president and CEO of The Old Fort Banking Co., is pleased to announce Christine Simmons has joined Old Fort Bank as a treasury management specialist.

An experienced banker with more than 25 years in the financial industry, Simmons has specialized in treasury management for 14 years in the Tiffin, Findlay and Fremont markets.

In her new role, Simmons' responsibilities are to include developing new business, contacting and consulting with clients, product development along with providing exceptional client service and accessibility.

A graduate of Columbian High School and Tiffin University with a bachelor of business administration degree, Simmons has continued her education by attending industry related programs.

Simmons and her husband, Bob reside in Tiffin, with their son, Stone.

Seneca One Stop is to offer numerous services and resources for job seekers and employers.

The seminars also are available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.

The following workshops are to be at the Department of Jobs and Family Services, 3362 S. TR 151, Tiffin:

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Market Yourself for Success. Discover your own personality traits and transferable skills and learn how to promote them in your job search.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Get a Job or a Better Job. Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. This session includes a review of unemployment services provided by the state.

The following are free computer classes, but registration is required.

9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, introduction to computers.

9 a.m. to noon Nov. 10, introduction to Word.

9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17, introduction to the Internet.

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22, File Manager.

For more information or to register, call (419) 447-5011, ext. 443 or (800) 825-5011, ext. 443.

Seneca One Stop is a collaboration of 23 partners in Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties and is funded by those organizations through the Workforce Investment Act. Seneca One Stop is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and 7:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. All basic services are free.

Students and fans of The Ohio State University and University of Michigan have geared up for the Blood Battle.

The rivals have partnered with the Red Cross since 1981 to see which university's supporters can bring in the most blood donations.

If you bleed scarlet and gray, or maize and blue, show it by donating blood through the American Red Cross.

Give blood at any blood drive in the Western Lake Erie Region from through Nov. 21, 2010, and you enter to win a pair of tickets to the OSU vs. UM football game Nov. 27.

The Blood Battle generates thousands of pints of donated blood for the American Red Cross every year, which provides vital support for patients who need blood transfusions to help them through injury and illness.

Sign up to donate blood and encourage others to give, too. For more information, call (800) 828-1975.

Super Safety Saturday is scheduled at American Red Cross, 870 W. Market St., Tiffin, for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13.

A class for administering CPR/AED to adults is to begin at 8 a.m. Infant/child CPR is to start at 11:30 a.m. and a first aid class is set for 1:30-5 p.m. The cost is $30 for one class, $55 for two classes and $75 for all three.

To register, call (419) 447-1424.

Ohio-Residents living in and around the Tiffin community may be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Trinity United Church of Christ is to host Life Line Screening Dec. 1. The site is located at 131 E. Perry St. Tiffin. Appointments are to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk also is to be offered and is appropriate for men and women.

Packages are to start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 237-1287 or visit

The Tiffin City Board of Education's communications committee is to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the administration building.

OLD FORT - The Old Fort Local Board of Education is to meet in special session at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the library to discuss negotiations.

Jennifer Covert, a member of Sentinel Career and Technology Center's FFA chapter, received the American FFA degree. She is the daughter of Richard and Karen Covert and is a student at Heidelberg University.

FINDLAY Tyler Krupp, a student at Mohawk High School, was awarded a scholarship from the University of Findlay's College of Business Scholarship Competition Day Oct. 14. He is the son of Robert Krupp of Tiffin.

Brittany Reser of Tiffin is a member of the Collegiate Middle Level Association at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Anthony and Kathleen Reser.

Army Pvt. Kevin P. Burkin has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

He is the son of Doug and Denise Burkin of CR 260, Clyde.

Burkin is a 2000 graduate of Clyde Senior High School.

Valerie A. Stearns

Army National Guard Pvt. Valerie A. Stearns has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Stearns earned distinction as an honor graduate.

She is the daughter of Voni Detamore of S. Main St., North Baltimore and Thomas Stearns of Birch Road, Fostoria.

The private graduated in 2009 from North Baltimore High School



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