T-SPL to have knitting session
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. March 6 in Junior Home Room.
People can bring questions, discussion topics and knitting projects. They are asked to bring their own yarn, needles and project.
The event is open to all ages and is free. No registration is required. For more information, call (419) 447-3751.
Babies & Books to be March 8
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to have "Babies & Books" in March. There are to be two 30-minute classes, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., March 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, are asked to sign up for one session of language enrichment activities.
Call (419) 447-3751 to register for the free program.
Bliss to have Toddler Time
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to start Toddler Time at 7 p.m. March 9.
Toddler Time is for children ages 1-3 and consists of short stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To register or for more information, call (419) 983-4675.
Storytime offered in Bloomville
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to have storytime for children ages 3-5 starting at 6:30 p.m. March 8 or 11:15 a.m. March 9.
Storytime includes playtime, short stories, songs, flannelboard stories and a craft.
For more information, call (419) 983-4675 or visit www.blisslibrary.org.
Watch 'Diary' at Bliss
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to show "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" at 4:30 p.m. Monday. It is for all school-aged children and includes a snack and beverage.
'Can Can' to be shown
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to show the movie"Can Can" at 1 p.m. Thursday.
The event is for adults, and there may be some popcorn available.
Yarn Club to meet
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library Yarn Club is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The alternate date for a weather cancellation would be 7 p.m. March 8. All experience and age levels are welcome.
People can bring their current project on which to work. Extra yarn and needles are to be available for beginners to try the craft.
The next meeting of the Yarn Club is scheduled for April 5.
Learn how to manage an account
BELLEVUE - People can learn about "Managing Your Library Account Online" at 3 p.m. March 8 in Bellevue Public Library's meeting room.
Registration is not required. For more information, call (419) 483-4769.
Seneca One Stop plans workshops
Seneca One Stop is to offer services and resources for job seekers and employers. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars also are available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.
The following workshops are to be at Department of Jobs and Family Services, 3362 S. TR151:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21, "Individual Resume Writing Assistance." Work one-on-one with a specialist and produce a good resume before you leave. By appointment only. Call Carol Guice at (419) 307-1189 for more information.
The following are free computer classes, but registration is required:
9 a.m. to noon, March 28, File Manager.
Call (419)447-5011, ext. 443, or 800-825-5011, ext. 443, to register.
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.
Forever Friends to host fundraiser
A fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, organized by the Forever Friends team, is set for 7 p.m.-midnight March 5 at Stiney's 3 Oaks in Tiffin.
Xpando Band is to play at 8 p.m.
Wurts receives certification credentials
Randy C. Wurts of Green Springs earned the status of certified chiropractic wellness lifestyle practitioner, one of the first doctors of chiropractic to complete this postgraduate educational program.
Wurtz was awarded the status by the International Chiropractors Association's Council of Wellness Lifestyle Science Dec. 22, having passed a final examination following completion of the program's course work and other requirements.
The wellness certification program offers a post-graduate curriculum of wellness research, patient care approaches and methods to maximize the clinical effectiveness of chiropractic care in a new wellness paradigm. The program includes evidence-based information in nutrition and natural health, wellness-directed physical fitness and spinal hygiene and state of mind and emotional health; as well as, effective insights for generating and supporting patient lifestyle changes.
Wurts is a 2004 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic. He is an active member of the International Chiropractors Association and the ICA Wellness Lifestyle Science Council. He practices at 423 S. Kansas St., Green Springs.
Senior health check March 9
Seneca County General Health District is to sponsor a Senior Health Check 1-3 p.m. March 9 at Kiwanis Manor for anyone 60 or older. For more information, please call (419) 447-3691.
If transportation is needed, contact Commission on Aging. This service is provided by Seneca County General Health District. Donations are accepted.
Red Cross still needs to boost supply
The American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Region is asking people who are eligible to schedule a time to give blood.
The recent round of winter storms forced the cancellation of many blood drives in this area, resulting in a shortfall of more than 600 blood donations since Jan. 1.
Since Jan. 1, more than 33,000 blood donations went uncollected across the country because of winter weather.
"Regardless of what the weather is, patients count on blood being there when they need it," said Annie Marckel, communications manager for the Western Lake Erie Region of the Red Cross. "Now that the weather has improved, we are asking people to give blood as soon as possible to build our blood inventory back to an adequate level."
People can make an appointment to give blood or platelets by calling (800) RED CROSS.
All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with O-Negative, A-Negative and B-Negative blood.
The Red Cross distributes blood products to about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.
NCA boards to meet
North Central Academy's board is to meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's Tiffin office, 65 St. Francis Ave. North Central Academy's Fremont board is to meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Tiffin office.
GED test to be offered
Sentinel Career and Technology Center's Adult Basic Literacy Education/General Educational Development Program provides free services for adults. The program is to offer classes in reading, writing and math for people wanting to improve basic skills for the purpose of understanding materials related to the home, the work place or the community.
For those wanting to obtain a GED, classes are offered that prepare students for the GED test and provide test-taking tips.
Students interested in attending ABLE/GED classes before testing must attend a mandatory two-and-a-half hour orientation session. Orientation is 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 p.m. March 16. Classes are 12:30-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 5:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Sentinel is to offer the GED test Tuesday and Wednesday. The test is to be given 4-8 p.m. Test registrants must attend both days. Registration is 3:30 p.m. the first day.
To be eligible to take the GED, a person must submit an application to Columbus, or applications may be submitted online. The application must be approved by the Ohio Department of Education before testing. The fee is $40.
For more information, to register to take the GED test or to sign up for an orientation, call (419) 448-1212, ext. 269.
Magical night Friday
Tiffin City Schools is to have a "Magical Family Fun Night" 6-8 p.m. Friday at Tiffin Middle School.
The cost is $3 per person or $10 per family, whichever is cheapest. The ticket price includes a dinner of a hot dog, chips, cookie and drink.
The event is to include Celebrity Career Corner, pictures with Magic for $1, bingo, Ask A Vet by Dr. Brad McClung, a presentation about pet care, raffles, activities, games and face painting.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is to be served 6-7:15 p.m. If school is canceled or there is inclement weather, the make-up date is March 11.
The event is a fundraiser with the proceeds from the evening going to programming for Magic and Assistance Dogs of America.
Tickets are on sale through Monday. Prepaid tickets are to be distributed at the door on the night of the event. A limited amount of tickets are to be available at the door on the day of the program. For more information, call (419) 447-1566.
Fostoria board to meet
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Board of Education is to have a work session at 6 p.m. Monday at Holmes Administration Building, 500 Parkway Drive, Fostoria. No board action is to be taken.
Fostoria schools enrolling future kindergarteners
FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools' has set the date of March 10 as kindergarten registration. Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 to be eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2011-12 school year.
Parents or legal guardians must bring documentation, including the child's birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card and custody agreement, if applicable, at the time of registration. A medical history form is to be completed by the parent/legal guardian at registration.
Children should accompany them to registration and receive a required vision and hearing screening at no charge.
Information about immunization clinics can be obtained by calling (419) 435-6673.
Parents/legal guardians should bring their child and all documentation to Longfellow Elementary School, 619 Sandusky St., Fostoria, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. March 10. No appointment is needed for registration.
For more information, call (419) 436-4135.
Lakota registering kindergarteners
KANSAS - Residents of the Lakota Local School District who have children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 may register them for kindergarten. Screening is to be April 11 and 12 at Risingsun First Church of God, 7968 US 23. Call (419) 288-3053 to schedule an appointment.
Mohawk to have kindergarten registration
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Local School District is to conduct kindergarten registration April 7 and 8. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 is eligible to attend kindergarten next school year. Screening is to include vision, hearing, speech and language, and general readiness levels. The screening process takes about 75 minutes.
Appointments for screening and registration are being scheduled. Anyone interested in registering a child for screening who has not completed a registration form can call (419) 927-2414 to set up an appointment.
ABLE enrolling new students
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Community Schools' Adult Basic and Literacy Education program is enrolling new students. The program, which is located at Holmes Administration Building, offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of all individuals interested in improving their academic, workplace 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 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 General Educational Development diploma, classes are offered that prepare students for all components of the GED test and provide test-taking tips. 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 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.
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, students initially are required to complete the orientation process at which time registration and placement testing are to take place. 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 conducted monthly with the first scheduled orientation for the classes taking place 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. An additional orientation session is to be 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23.
For questions or to schedule a time for orientation, contact Kelly West at (419) 436-4163 or (419) 435-8163 during the hours of 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Village Day School accepting children
BLOOMVILLE - Village Day School is accepting enrollment for the summer or fall program. The program is 9 a.m.-noon and also offers a full-day childcare program. It accepts children from ages 2 1/2 to sixth grade. The Buckeye Central Local School District bus is to pick up and drop off school-age children. For more information or to register, call (419) 983-5371 or e-mail
Museum foundation offering scholarships
Seneca County Museum Foundation Inc. is sponsoring an essay contest and awarding scholarships up to $1,500. The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors living in Seneca County and planning on post secondary education. Up to two scholarships may be given for qualifying essays.
To enter, the student must write an essay pertaining to the history of Seneca County. The essay can be about a single event or the progressive documentation of Seneca County's history or heritage. The deadline is May 1. Contest rules were sent to all high school guidance counselors for juniors and seniors living in Seneca County.
Further information can be obtained by calling Jane Supance at (419)447-0250.
STEM program to be offered
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Applications are being accepted through March 31 for the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program 2011. The Summer STEM Program is in three sessions: June 6-11 for rising eighth- and ninth-graders, June 13-18 for rising sophomores and June 20-25 for rising juniors.
The STEM program gives students the opportunity to experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on learning. About 375 students from around the U.S. are to be accepted to STEM. All students selected to participate are to receive a full scholarship to attend the academic summer program, but are to be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
For more information, visit www.usna.edu/Admissions/stem.html or call (410) 293-4361.
Mohawk FFA team competes
The Mohawk High School FFA chapter had two members compete at the sub-district tractor trouble-shooting contest. The team of Michael Sowers and Brett Spencer placed 12th overall.
SW students participate in music contest
FOSTORIA - St. Wendelin High School band and choir students participated in District II Solo and Ensemble Contest at Marion Harding High School. Results were Christina Arnold, Class B, vocal solo, excellent; Grace Berton, Class C, alto saxophone solo, excellent; Erica Gabel, Class C, alto saxophone solo, superior; Alexa Hallman, Class C, vocal solo, excellent; Zoleka Lali, Class B, vocal solo, superior; Catrina Lang, Class C, vocal solo, superior; Nate Marugg, Class B, vocal solo, superior; Ali Mowrey, Class B, vocal solo, excellent, and Class C, piccolo solo, superior; Edy Mowrey, class C, vocal solo, excellent; Katelyn Schiefer, Class C, piano solo, superior, and Class B, vocal trio, superior; Meghan St. Clair, Class B, vocal trio, superior; and Sarah Walas, Class B, vocal trio, superior.
OF names students of the quarter
OLD FORT - Old Fort High School's students of the quarter are senior Diana Stacy, the daughter of Douglas and Holly Stacy of Green Springs; junior Ashley Krupp, the daughter of Gary Krupp and Iva Krupp of Tiffin; sophomore Matthew Hill, the son of Kevin and Cheryl Hill of Fremont; freshman Molly Cleveland, the daughter of Bret and Melissa Cleveland of Green Springs; eighth-grader Morgan Kemenah, the daughter of Brian and Stacy Kemenah of Burgoon; and seventh-grader Jacob Vandergriff, the son of Toby and Andrea Stover and Josh and Sam Vandergriff of Tiffin.
Fostoria programs in compliance
FOSTORIA -Fostoria City Schools' preschool and school-aged childcare programs at Longfellow Elementary School are in full compliance with the rules and regulations established by Ohio Department of Education. A representative from Office of Early Learning & School Readiness visited the school and spent a day reviewing student and staff records and inspecting classrooms and other spaces used by the program. A renewal license is to be processed and sent to the superintendent.
Students to help a cause
Students in Seneca County are to participate in Olive Garden's 17th annual Pasta for Pennies program. The program benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's School & Youth campaign.
Committee having poster contest
COLUMBUS Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is looking for students in grades 1-6 and specialized instruction classes to participate in its annual poster contest. The goal of the severe weather awareness poster contest is to have Ohio's youth demonstrate through illustrations actions they can take before, during and after severe weather events to protect themselves and others.
Ohio schools have until April 16 to send their first-place posters per grade to their regional National Weather Service offices. The NWS offices are to judge all poster entries and choose their top regional winners per grade. In early May, the Severe Weather Awareness committee is to judge the top regional posters to determine the state and overall state winners.
Schools are to be notified of their regional winners by the end of May. All regional winners are to be invited to attend the poster contest awards ceremony, which is to be at the Ohio State Fair's DiSalle Center Aug. 6.
For complete rules and forms to participate in the poster contest, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.
Senior Forum to start
FINDLAY - The University of Findlay's Senior Forum is a six-part weekly series of learning opportunities for the retired community. The spring session is to begin March 30 in Alumni Memorial Union. Discounted session fees are offered for those who pre-register.
The forums are to take place each Wednesday through May 4. Three sessions are to be presented during every forum, one in the morning, one during lunch and one in the afternoon.
Each forum consists of three sessions. All 18 sessions may be attended for one fee of $60 per person or $115 per couple, if paid by March 23. Attendees also may choose to attend single sessions at $4 per person or $8 per couple.
After March 23, full-session fees are $65 per person and $125 per couple, and single-session fees are $5 per person and $10 per couple.
A buffet lunch is available for an additional $5 per person, per day. A complimentary coffee and tea bar, along with specific reserved parking, also are to be available.
For more information, call (419) 422-3560 or (419) 434-4553.
Alumni to honor professionals
FINDLAY Owens Community College's Alumni Association is recognizing the contribution area police, fire and emergency medical professionals make to northwest Ohio's surrounding communities by hosting the eighth annual Outstanding Service Awards. Recipients are to be honored as part of a community celebration April 29.
Alumni Association is accepting nominations. Area residents can nominate an individual or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations need to be returned to Office of Alumni Relations and Special Events by Friday.
For more information about the award celebration or the nomination process, call (567) 661-7410 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7410.
Owens to have college night
FINDLAY More than 80 colleges and universities from Ohio and the surrounding states are to visit the Findlay area as Owens Community College hosts Greater Hancock County College Night 6:30-8 p.m. March 7.
Admission to the college preview night is free.
For more information, call (567) 429-3074 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3074.
Business classes to be offered
FREMONT - 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 March schedule is:
9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ottawa County Improvement Corp. conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
9:30-11:30 a.m. March 9, Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce conference room, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.
9:30-11:30 a.m. March 16, Erie County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.
4:30-6:30 p.m. March 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 Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra, at (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210. Or, contact him by e-mail at
Spring job fair Tuesday at Terra
FREMONT - Tuesday, Terra Community College Career Services is to host the annual spring job fair in Student Activities Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 35 employers are expected to participate.
For more information, call (419) 559-2256 or stop by Roy Klay Hall, Building A, Suite 200.
UF to have economic summit
FINDLAY The University of Findlay's third economic summit, which this year is to focus on the free enterprise system, is to be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Convocation Center.
Kevin Moley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, is to deliver the opening presentation, "Free Enterprise Conquers the Globe," at 8 a.m. Following the keynote, a series of six discussion sessions are to examine the relationships between free enterprise and the government, local economic development, small business, the health care system and the venture capital market, as well as the future of free enterprise.
There is no cost to attend. For more information, call (419) 434-4704.
UD dean's list
DAYTON - Local students on the University of Dayton's dean's list are Chase Brandeberry and Jonathon Reinhart, Fostoria; Julia Faeth, New Riegel; and Mary Felton and Patrick Therriault, Tiffin.
Mercy College honors
TOLEDO - Local students awarded honors at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio are Jessica Whitehead, honors list, Clyde; Jennifer Arend, dean's list, Mandy Bonawit, dean's list, and Stacie Wood, honors list, Fostoria; and Shelly Warnement, honors list, Republic.
Miller is member of the week
Shelly Miller of Tiffin was featured as "member of the week" for the week of Feb. 7 on the website of Association of College and Research Libraries. She is a student in School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University.
TU dean's list
Local students on the Tiffin University dean's list are Lacey Laudenslager, William Dotson and Corey Harrold, Carey; Kasie Strausbaugh, Scott Ekleberry and Sharlene Thornton, Upper Sandusky; Erica Cenkus, Monica Rich, Ryan Myers and Breanna Farrar, Clyde; Erik Kessler and Kimberly Kipps, Attica; James Akers, Blair Gosche, Zachariah White and Kim Prenzlin, Bloomville; Christina Strait, Robbie Kilen, Eric Sowers and Cheryl Loftis, Sycamore; Heidi Kiesel and David Holmes, Republic; Andrew Schalk, David Peck and Carol Kline, New Riegel; Melissa Cassidy, Vannon Heater, Jill Kreais, Derek Williams, Amy Bowlin, Lauryn Root and Nadine Stevens, Fostoria; Lindi Humbert, Green Springs; Olivia Frantz, Savannah Harner, Carly Reese and Camille Wilson, Kansas; Christopher Hammond and Noah Fox, McCutchenville; and Derek Griffin, Maureen Kurtz, Alisha Hoover, Trachele Parker, Wenxiu Xiong, Margaret Betz, Bobbi Wagner, Kelly Graham, Joshua Green, John Havrilla, Ryan Webb, Niklos Weirich, Sarah Boysel, Brittani Trent, Holly Brennan, Ana Reyes, Bethany Owens, Tabitha Whaley, Nicole Ardner, Chelsea Houtz, Alexander Weaver, Jarrod Thomas, Tiffany Smith, Mekenna Klaiss, Mike Mullen, Raymond Bishop, Chris Frederick, Tunde Adedipe, Callie Dewald, Cameron Lewis, Rachel Wickham, Monique Clagg, Anthony Dean, Holly Murphy, Becky Bish, Christine Courtney, Michelle Rose, Travis LeFlore, Christopher Sauber, Kody David, Cole Williams, Joshua Fowler, Sabrina Gonzalez, Kya Achtermann, Cara Kelley, Luke Van Horn, Austin Mass, Lori Shellhouse, Rebecca Miller and Kory Young, Tiffin.
KENT - Kreston Elchert and A.B. Shearer of Clyde graduated from Kent State University.