The seventh annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), is to take place Jan. 28-30.
To demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays, participating NABC-member basketball coaches, including coaches at Heidelberg University and Tiffin University, are to wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire during the Student Princes' and Dragons' home games. Fans are encouraged to wear sneakers to these games at Heidelberg's Seiberling Gymnasium and TU's Gillmor Student Center, to show support.
By lacing up sneakers with suits on the event's seventh annual awareness weekend, college and high school basketball coaches around the country are to spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease.
FREMONT The continuation of educational programming at the Hayes Presidential Center is more secure thanks to a grant from William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Announcement of the $50,000 award was received in late 2010.
The Hayes Presidential Center sought funding from The Hearst Foundations, which include the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation, Inc., to offset a 47 percent decrease in its funding from the State of Ohio. Such a loss in revenue placed educational programming at risk.
The Hearst Foundations make about 240 grants annually, all to non-profit organizations within the United States. Only 20 percent of awards are made to new organizations such as the Hayes Presidential Center. Receipt of a grant from The Hearst Foundations does not guarantee future support. Although applications are individually evaluated, The Hearst Foundations base awards using four broad categories.
Eighty-one individuals participated in the Tiffin Shootout, hosted by the Tiffin Park & Recreation and the Tiffin YMCA. The competition was based off of shooting from six different locations on the floor. The following were first place winners in their respected age groups. Their scores were the best out of a maximum of 70 points.
Natalie Troha (7 and younger)
Bria Coleman (8-10)
Madison Troha (11-13)
Maria Martorana (14-18)
Ashley Bloom (19-29)
Jean Haren (30-44)
Kevin Ardner (7 and younger)
Andrew Behm (8-10)
Jaden Fletcher (11-13)
Matt Zirger (14-18)
Cory Sager (19-29)
Kevin Bohm (30-44)
Carl Arnold (45 & up)
Overall High Score: Ashley Bloom 51
Females Jada Reaves
Males Cody Scheer
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host an open knitting session for knitters of all skill levels. Hosted by T-SPL's knitting class teachers, the first session is to be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Junior Home Room.
The event is open to all ages. People can bring questions, discussion topics and knitting projects and knit with T-SPL's knitting teachers and friends.
Participants are asked to bring their own yarn, needles and project. The program is free. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at (419) 447-3751.
The Junior Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a "Valentine Party" 1-2 p.m. Feb. 12 in Frost Kalnow Room. Families of all ages may participate in the program that is to include making a valentine, story time, singing and dancing, and a sweet treat.
No registration is necessary. For more information, stop by the Junior Library, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is having "Babies & Books" in February. There are to be two 30-minute classes, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Feb. 8 in Frost Kalnow Room. "Babies & Books" 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 Feb. 1, for the free program for babies and adults.
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 be offered for four Thursdays in February.
Parents can choose between sessions of 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 in 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 trustees acknowledged staff members who celebrated milestone anniversaries last year.
Cathy Brandt, head of reference, celebrated 10 years with T-SPL; Julie Rall, reference librarian, 15 years; Julie Haferd, head of the media department, 25 years; Janet Kimmet, head of extension services, 25 years; and Karen Culp, director, 30 years.
They were commended for their service last month and presented with gifts, donated by Friends of the Library.
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to host an "Introduction to Facebook" program at 11 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room. The presentation is to be an overview of how to set up a Facebook account, how to find friends and how to post photos. Registration is not required.
People can learn about managing their library account online at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bellevue Public Library's meeting room. People are to learn about renewing materials online, receiving notification about their requested items via text message, signing up for e-mail reminders and placing requests online. Registration is not required. For more information, call (419) 483-4769.
BLOOMVILLE - Friends of Bliss Memorial Public Library is to have its annual book sale during library hours Jan. 28-Feb. 5. Items are not to be priced, but donations are to be accepted.
FOSTORIA - Anyone interested in participating in a book discussion group can attend an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Kaubisch Memorial Public Library's Fruth Room. Book titles and meeting times are to be chosen at the meeting. The book discussion series is free, and books are to be provided. Registration is requested but not required by calling (419) 435-2813.
DETROIT - The Dodge brand's product momentum took hold at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit Thursday as Dodge dealers, including John Coppus from Coppus Motors in Tiffin, picked up keys to drive away nearly 200 2011 Dodge Durango SUVs.
The 2011 Dodge Durango is built at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit.
FOSTORIA - The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Inc. has announced the recipient of a grant award from among the applications received last fall.
Glass Heritage Inc. has received a $3,109 grant from the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Fund.
With the distribution of this latest award, the foundation has distributed more than $ million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Fostoria community and surrounding area since its inception in 1998. Nearly 50 charitable organizations have benefited from a Greater Fostoria Community Foundation grant award.
Glass Heritage - also known as the Fostoria Glass Association - has operated the Glass Heritage Gallery since 1992, attracting more than 30,000 visitors from across the United States and many foreign countries to downtown Fostoria. In preparation for commemorating its first 20 years in 2012, the association plans use the grant to refurbish the exterior of the gallery. As soon as weather permits, the grant award is to cover the cost to repaint the front exterior of the gallery, wrap the upstairs door and windows with aluminum and replace two upstairs windows.
The grant application deadline for consideration in the foundation's spring round of grant distribution is Feb. 28. Applications are available at www.fostoriafoundation.com/
Requests that garner long-term or lasting results in the community are given priority. Only nonprofit, charitable organizations that have been designated as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service code are eligible to receive grants from the foundation.
FOSTORIA - The Fostoria Board of Education is to have a work session oat 6 p.m. Monday at Holmes Administration Building. No board action is to be taken.
North Central Ohio Conservatives is sponsoring a poster contest for all children ages 10-12 with the theme "What the United States Constitution means to me." Guidelines have been distributed in all elementary schools. Those children who are home-schooled or attend a private school may pick up a form at Jim Green's Insurance Agency, 451 E. Market St.
The Tiffin branch of American Association of University Women is offering scholarships to AAUW Be Wise Camp. The week-long residential camp for 130 girls from around Ohio is to be June 12-17 at Denison University in Granville.
The cost of the camp is $480, which includes room, board and materials. The Tiffin branch of AAUW is to provide each camper with $240 toward the total cost. Any Seneca County girl interested in receiving an application and information about the selection process can call (419) 937-1079.
The deadline to return the completed applications and teacher recommendation forms is March 4.
Jacob Yaeger of Tiffin has been named an All-American Scholar by the U.S. Achievement Academy. He attends Wayside Christian and is the son of Jacob and Denise Yaeger.
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 February schedule is:
9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 Ottawa County Improvement Corp. conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 9 Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce conference room.
9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 Erie County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 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 email@example.com.
CINCINNATI - Local students on the dean's list at the University of Cincinnati are Codee Adams, Lindsay Bernard, Jessica Brown, Cheryl Hulse, Heidi Lundy, Dana Miller, Brianna Richey and Benjamin Shuff, Tiffin; Jordan Brown and Allison Carroll, Clyde; Keren Clark and Olivia McCartney, Carey; Heather Damschroder and Lauri Pedroza, Fostoria; Megan Kraus, Upper Sandusky; and Melanie Miller, Bascom.
FREMONT - ElderCollege of Terra Community College is a peer-led group serving learners 55 or older by broadening intellectual interests, physical activity and social interaction. Classes, outings and lectures aim at stimulating an interest in lifelong learning.
For more information, call (419) 559-2255 or for a complete description of classes, visit www.terra.edu/
FREMONT - Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra Community College is having a "how-to" series about technology. For information about the courses or manuals, call (419) 559-2255. For an entire listing of fall Kern Center courses, visit www.terra.edu/learning.
FREMONT - Each spring, Terra Community College Choral Society presents the Distinguished Choral Leadership Award to an individual who has served as an influence and helped promote choral singing in Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
Past recipients have included choir directors of high schools, churches and community music programs, as well as individuals who have contributed to the preservation and promotion of choral singing.
To nominate an individual for the award, people can submit their nomination in the form of a letter to the Terra Choral Society defining the individual's contributions to choral music. They should state why they or their organization feels the individual should receive the award. They should include their contact information with the submission. All submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 15.
Nomination letters can be sent to Mary Shaffer, TCS president, Terra Choral Society, Department of Music, Arts & Humanities, Terra Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont, OH 43420.
For more information, call (419) 559-2233.
FINDLAY - Mazza Museum at University of Findlay is to open its "Back of the Bus" exhibit Feb. 6, commemorating Rosa Parks' historic action as part of its celebration of Black History Month.
The exhibit includes more than 40 paintings and drawings from Floyd Cooper's 2010 book "Back of the Bus."
The exhibit is to open Feb. 6 during regular museum hours 1-4 p.m., and the opening is to coincide with February's Mazza Funday Sunday program, a free family program.
Julie K. Rubini, author of "Hidden Ohio," a search-and-find book that highlights the Mazza Museum among other Ohio treasures, is to be the Funday Sunday speaker; her talk is to begin at 3 p.m. The event also is to feature volunteers representing famous people from Ohio family members will be able to interact with.
Admission to Funday Sunday and Mazza Museum is always free. For more information about Funday Sunday, call (419) 434-4777 or (800) 472-9502, ext. 4777.
NORTH CANTON - Local students named to the Walsh University dean's list are Kayla Little and Emily Perry of Tiffin.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Matthew Kwiatkowski of Clyde earned academic honors at Purdue University.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Elisabeth Kelbley of Tiffin graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University and received a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Michael and Kathryn Miletti Kelbley and is a 2007 Calvert High School graduate.
DEFIANCE - Local students on the dean's list at Defiance College are Janis Wilkinson of Clyde; Elizabeth Petrie of Attica; and Niki Elchert and Michelle Sikora of Tiffin.
Army Pfc. Jeffrey S. Whitt graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.
He is the son of Randy Whitt of CR 224, Clyde and Shawna Whitt of Cory St., Findlay.
Whitt graduated in 2007 from Clyde High School, and received an associate degree in 2009 from Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.
During the nine weeks of basic combat training, Whitt received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.