The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. announces the annual meeting luncheon is Dec. 2 at Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W. Fourth St., Mansfield.
Registration is 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.
Reservations are required. For more information, call (419) 522-5612, ext. 1157.
Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Solid Waste District Board of Directors is to meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the district office, 1875 E. State St., Fremont.
Friedman Village at St. Francis is to host its second One Stop Santa Shop 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the assisted living facility, 175 St. Francis Ave.
Representatives are be on hand from Tastefully Simple, Premier Jewelry, Longaberger, Partylite, Tupperware, Mary Kay and Pampered Chef, and Sister Laurene Toeppe is to offer needlework. Door prizes are planned.
For more information, call Kellie Hartsel at (419) 443-1540.
BELLEVUE - Registration for LEGOS at the Library is being accepted at Bellevue Public Library. Children ages 6-12 may compete in the building contest, which is to be 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Participants are to bring their own Legos and build an original creation. They should not use kits.
The projects must fit in a 2-foot square and cannot be more than 4 feet tall. Projects may be any theme, buildings, vehicles, animals, people or imaginary inventions.
There is to be one hour for building, and one half-hour for judging and awards. There is to be a prize for first place in each of three age categories: ages 6-7, 8-10 and 11-12.
Registration is requested, but not required. For more information, call (419) 483-0422.
Premier Health Partners announced organizational changes in its executive leadership. The changes, which become effective Jan. 1, are designed to better align the health system's leadership structure with key strategic initiatives, according to Jim Pancoast, who is to assume duties as CEO of Premier Health Partners at the first of the year.
Michael Maiberger, now president and CEO of Upper Valley Medical Center, is to be promoted to PHP corporate vice president of strategy and delivery system development. He is a graduate of Calvert High School. His new role is to include responsibility for health care reform strategies, physician practices, delivery system development and service lines.
Maiberger joined UVMC in 1992 after serving as vice president of patient services at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, S.C. He received a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in health administration from Xavier University. Maiberger serves on the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Board and VHA Central Planning Committee. He is a member of Troy Rotary and has held leadership roles on community boards including the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mary Boosalis, now president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital, is to become the system's executive vice president and chief operating officer. Succeeding Boosalis as president and CEO of MVH is to be Bobbie Gerhart, who now holds the position of chief operating officer at the hospital.
Tom Parker, now executive vice president and chief operating officer of UVMC, is to succeed Maiberger as president and CEO of the hospital.
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College is to present a small business tax workshop Dec. 1.
This free seminar is to assist a start-up or existing small business with its tax planning. Topics are to included income tax, sales tax, payroll tax, tax filings and tax changes.
John K. Krupp, who has more than 30 years of experience as a certified public accountant working with small businesses, is to present the workshop 6:30-9 p.m. at Terra in Building B, Room 101. It is free and open to the public.
To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College, at (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210, or contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republic Lions is to host its annual gun raffle at 8 p.m. Saturday at Republic Town Hall. Ticket donations of $10 are to be accepted.
There is to be a $5 admission at the door. Ticket are required to enter. No admittance of anyone younger than 21 years of age. Refreshments and snacks are to be provided.
An educational seminar, Diabetic Education and Management, is set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in the multipurpose room at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.
The free seminar is sponsored by St. Francis Senior Ministeries. Refreshments are to be served. Call (419) 443-1540 to RSVP.
7 things to know about immunizations
1. Children need immunizations to protect them from dangerous childhood diseases. These diseases can have serious complications and even kill children.
2. Children need to complete the recommended number of doses of each series in order to ensure adequate protection against diseases.
3. There may be minor side effects to any vaccine. Depending on the vaccine, side effects may include: fever, rash, soreness at the injection site, discomfort and swelling.
4. Serious reactions to vaccines are extremely rare. The risks of serious disease from not vaccinating are far greater than the risks of serious reaction to a vaccine.
5. If a child is having a severe or persistent reaction, call a doctor or get the child to a doctor right away.
6. Children younger than 5 are especially susceptible to disease because their immune systems have not built up the needed defense to fight infection. By immunizing on time (by age 2), parents may protect children from disease and also protect others at school or daycare.
7. It is each parent's responsibility to maintain and keep an accurate vaccine record.
For more information about vaccines, talk to a healthcare provider or the health department. You may also search www.cdc.gov or www.immunize.org for answers to your vaccine questions.
Amelia Miller, daughter of Kathy and Steve, was awarded a Leap Frog Alphabet Pet/Ball for the month of September. Her birthday is in July. Amelia lives with her parents in Tiffin.
The October drawing was won by Katelyn Strausbaugh. Katelyn is the daughter of Ashley and Scott. She turned one in August.
Not only is the Health District encouraging parents to bring their children in to complete the vaccine series on time, but also to bring them in for their first visit on time, which is 2 months. Each child is to receive a beanie animal and the parent is to receive a vaccine record protector.
Children that do not receive vaccines or do not receive them on time, are considered at high risk for developing any of the disease that vaccines could prevent.
Call Seneca County General Health District for answers to questions and/or to schedule appointments at (419) 447-3691, (419) 435-6673 or (800) 698-3691.
FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools' Giving Back Thanksgiving Dinner is to be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday in the junior/senior high school cafeteria. The menu is to include roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn, rolls and butter and pumpkin pie. There is no cost for the meal.
BURGOON - September students of the month at Lakota Middle School are Kyler Painter, Khilee Baltz, Hunter Chalfin, Bailey Bomer, Collin Gosche and FuYao Meng.
Meng, a sixth-grader, is the daughter of Jeff (Ling) Hammer. Gosche, also a sixth-grader, is the son of Jim and Denise Gosche. Bomer, a seventh-grader, is the daughter of Jeff and Angela Williams. Chalfin, also a seventh-grader, is the son of Todd and Lori Chalfin. Khilee Baltz, an eighth-grader, is the daughter of Cassie Shank, Shad Baltz and Carrie Corbin. Painter, also an eighth-grader, is the son of Tracy and Heather Travis.
The general purpose financial statements for North Central Academy for the fiscal year ending June 30 have been completed. They are available for review by contacting Treasurer Tina Peyton, 65 St. Francis Ave., (419) 447-2927, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
KANSAS - Senior Molly Dow is Lakota High School's student of the month for October. She is the daughter of Cynthia Dow and the late Dennis Dow.
ORLANDO - Olive Garden is seeking to capture students' future aspirations and plans to achieve their goals as part of its 15th-annual Pasta Tales essay writing contest.
This year, Olive Garden is to ask students to: "Describe how furthering your education beyond high school will help make your dreams come true."
The contest grand prize is a three-day trip to New York City and a $2,500 savings bond. Pasta Tales entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden's website at www.olivegarden.com/
company/community/pasta-tales.asp and at local Olive Garden restaurants.
Oct. 19-23, several members from the Mohawk High School FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention. Members who went on the trip were Nick Harrington, Ciara Long, Emily Daniel, Ben Vittoria, Lauren Beach, Danielle Sammet, Lindsay Daniel, Jordan Long and Donny Smith.
The group started the week with tours at Blue Spring Caverns, Burton Maplewood Farm and Purdue Feldon Research. Ellen Gilliand, a 2010 Mohawk graduate and current District 4 president, completed her speaking career by earning a silver rating and placing in the top 16 in the nation in the prepared public speaking contest.
Dustin Griffin and Greg Reinhart, members of the chapter, were among 3,446 members to receive their American FFA degree.
Linda Harvey, program specialist for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, has been awarded the 2010 Environmental Achievement Honorable Mention from the Ohio Environmental Council. She received the award at the "Green Gala" event in Columbus Nov. 6.
Harvey has coordinated a new program in collaboration with Franciscan Earth Literacy Center in Tiffin. The program is designed to teach girls about alternative energy and other environmental issues. The program culminated with a service project for the FELC.
FOSTORIA - St. Wendelin Elementary School is seeking nominations for the National Catholic Education Association's Distinguished Graduate Award. The winner is to receive a gold lapel pin and be honored at a Mass during Catholic Schools Week the last week of January.
To be eligible, the nominee should have graduated from St. Wendelin Elementary School at least 10 years ago. The award recipient is to be selected based on his or her contribution to the American society and the Catholic Church.
The school is to accept nominations received by Dec. 15. People may mail information to St. Wendelin Catholic School, in care of Cathy Krupp, 533 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, OH 44830 or e-mail email@example.com.
Included in the nomination should be the person's year of graduation, additional education, present occupation, three achievements of the graduate that reflect the characteristics of education received in a Catholic elementary school and the person's beliefs about Catholic education. The person making the nomination should include his or her name, address and phone number, along with those of the candidate.
CAREY - Carey Board of Education is to meet for a work session at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the board room to discuss the board of education scholarship fund qualifications and selection process. No action is to be taken.
BASCOM - The Hopewell-Loudon Holiday Raffle, formerly Casino Night, is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Meadowbrook Park's ballroom. Admission is $12, and raffle tickets are $25 each. The grand prize is $2,500. Call Ron White at (419) 937-1122 or Shelly Steinmetz at (419) 938-0851 for more information.
OLD FORT - Students of the quarter at Old Fort High School are senior Katelynn Young, the daughter of Kim and Don Young of Burgoon; junior Zachary Armstrong, the son of Danielle and Troy Armstrong of Fremont; sophomore Katie White, the granddaughter of Russ and Linda Dickson of Tiffin; freshman Brad Heilman, the son of Jeanne Heilman of Bettsville and Kent Heilman of Tiffin; eighth-grader Amanda Williams, the daughter of Lisa Williams of Vickery and Thomas Williams of Tiffin; and seventh-grader Zella Stull, the daughter of Lewis and Judi Stull of Tiffin.
OLD FORT - Old Fort Local Board of Education is to meet in special session at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library to interview a treasurer candidate.
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors is to have a special meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Marion office, 333 E. Center St.
Marvin Wise of Attica has been selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The awards are available through Monsanto Fund. Wise designated Attica Community Food Pantry to receive the award.
"My sister used to volunteer at the food pantry, and they do a lot of good for our community," Wise said. "I think the America's Farmers Grow Communities program is a very nice and thoughtful thing to do for rural communities."
Kathy Stephenson, associate at the Attica Community Food Pantry, says, "With the holidays approaching, this award will allow us to provide more special food items for family celebrations. This means a lot to a family who is struggling. We live in a wonderful community with very giving people, without every one of us and companies like Monsanto, the Attica Community Food Pantry would not survive."
Using the book "Learning American Sign Language" by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden, a licensed interpreter is to teach people how to be proficient in sign language.
The sessions are 5:30-7 p.m. at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's Tiffin campus.
The 10-part series is at the beginner's level and is to be Tuesdays starting Jan. 11 and ending March 15. An intermediate series is to be scheduled for the spring. The series is open to individuals of any age.
The registration fee is $90 for series, and the fee includes materials. People should register by Jan. 5 by visiting pd.ncoesc.org/ncoescpd/
pdevents.php; sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or calling (419) 447-2927.
BUCYRUS - The Wayside Christian School Warriors varsity soccer team finished first place in the Buckeye Christian School Association Division II (six man) State Soccer Tournament in Lima. The team went undefeated this year with a 12-0 record. It also took first place for the BCSA Sportsmanship/Christian Testimony Award.
Local players are Josh Martin, son of James and Jeanne Martin; Jacob Yaeger, son of Jacob and Denise Yaeger; and Allan MacLean, son of Marty and Jennifer Distel. Martin was named to the first team BCSA All Tournament Team and received the most valuable player award.
ASHLAND - Abigail Holman of Fostoria and Courtney Weller of Republic are members of the Philosophy Club at Ashland University. Holman is the daughter of David and Rosalie Holman.
ASHLAND - Aaron Hurwitz of Tiffin, Tricia Stansberry of Upper Sandusky and Amber Weaver of Carey are members of the Psychology Club at Ashland University. Hurwitz is the son of Steven and Cathy Hurwitz, Stansberry is the daughter of Curtis and Ramona Stansberry and Weaver is the daughter of Joseph and Brenda Weaver.
ASHLAND Chelsea Jury of Upper Sandusky, a student at Ashland University, participated in a business internship at Maurice's in Marion this past summer. She graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in 2007 and is the daughter of Darlene Steward and David Jury.
ASHLAND - Phillip Toney of Attica is a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Ashland University. He is the son of Sandy and William Toney.
ASHLAND - Jillissa Reesman of Attica is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants Accounting Club at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Joseph and Kim Reesman.
ASHLAND - Several local students are members of the Social Work Club at Ashland University.
Sarah Fritz of Attica is the daughter of Mark and Mary Fritz. Jessica Heck of Green Springs is the daughter of Michael and Carolyn Heck. Susan McConnell of Tiffin is the daughter of Douglas and Joan McConnell. Lauren Tussey of New Washington is the daughter of Olen and Marcia Tussey.
MARIETTA - Several Marietta College student-athletes recently completed their 2010 men's soccer season.
Marietta College junior Ben Dickerson completed his third season with the Pioneer men's soccer team, and sophomore Ben Federici completed his second season.
Dickerson, a Columbian High School graduate, earned Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honorable mention from the league office.
Mark Weiker, a 1995 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, was admitted to the Ohio Bar for the practice of law Nov. 8. He is the son of the late Arvilla Weiker and graduated from Capital University Law School. He is practicing law at Means, Bichimer, Burkholder & Baker, Co., LPA in Columbus. Mark and his wife, Courtney, live in Gahanna.
LOS ANGELES - Karen Forrest of Tiffin is on the dean's list at the University of Southern California. She is a 2008 graduate of Columbian High School and the daughter of Clair and Linda Forrest.
Peter Lang Inc. has published a new book by William (Lee) W. McCorkle Jr., assistant professor of psychology, history and social sciences at Ivy Bridge College at Tiffin University. "Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased: From Corpse to Concept" is volume No. 40 in the "Toronto Series in Religion," edited by Professor Donald Wiebe of University of Toronto.
The book is available at all major bookstores, as well as online through Amazon.
McCorkle is an evolutionary and cognitive anthropologist interested in ritual, language and communication.
Jonathan Appel, associate professor in psychology and criminal justice at Tiffin University, presented at the Ohio Psychological Association's annual convention. The event was in Columbus Nov. 11.
The topic of his workshop was on the science of mindfulness practices psychology and psychotherapy.
Appel's presentation surveyed the rise in the blending of the two approaches while examining the science around it. He also presented his current empirical research about mindfulness as related to Bowenian Family Systems Theory.
FINDLAY Owens Community College students are to have the opportunity to showcase artistic talents as the Findlay-area campus hosts its annual Fall Student Art Exhibition titled "Our Best Yet" in the library gallery Nov. 29-Dec. 10.
The college is to host a free community event, featuring Owens students, titled "An Evening of the Arts at Owens" Nov. 29. Owens student artists are to share insight about their artistic expressions, while student writers within the college's "Beginning Creative Writing" class are to provide attendees with readings of original poetry. The reception is to be 5-7 p.m. in the Findlay-area campus library.
Local students whose work is to be displayed are Ammie Henthorne, Maimie Jarrett, Linda Brandeberry and Caitlyn Payne of Fostoria, Thomas Flechtner, Samantha Sauber, Elaine Gaietto and Jerri Overmyer of Tiffin, and Christina Ward of Bloomville.
Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, contact the library at (567) 429-3088 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3088.