Ambulance district to meet Tuesday
The Bascom Joint Ambulance District is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hopewell Township building on TR 112.
Cat club show in Columbus
The Mid-Ohio Cat Fanciers and Exotic Breeders Cat Club are to sponsor a two-day all breed cat show in Columbus 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2 and 3.
Cat breeders from Ohio and surrounding states are to show their best cats at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.
For more information, call Dave Hadley of Worthington at (614) 885-6119 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T-SPL to host book discussion
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to end the annual Community Wide Read with a book discussion about "The World is Bigger Now" by Euna Lee.
The discussion is to be 3 p.m. March 27 in Frost Kalnow Room and is to be led by Sherry Truffin, associate professor of English and director of Center for Teaching Excellence at Tiffin University. Refreshments are to be provided by Friends of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. The event is free.
During Community Wide Read, the library encourages area residents to read the same book and then come together for special events and discussions, celebrating the book.
Multiple copies of the book are available for seven-day circulation. The display is near the check-out desk. For more information, call (419) 447-3751.
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 27 in Junior Home Room.
The event is open to all ages. Participants are asked to bring their own yarn, needles and project.
The program is free, and no registration is required. For more information, call (419) 447-3751.
Bliss to have game night
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to host a game night at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The games to be played include Twister, Jenga, Aggravation and Mastermind. Game night is open to freshmen through seniors.
SE library to offer training
COLUMBUS Seneca East Public Library is a partner in the statewide Every Citizen Online broadband training project.
The program received $6.9 million in federal funding, as well as more than $3 million in assistance and contributions from a number of participating entities across the state, to increase the sustainable adoption of broadband services for more than 200,000 state residents.
Free computer training sessions are to be provided at public libraries and community colleges throughout Ohio to introduce new users to a range of communication, education and healthcare tools available online.
The program is geared toward first-time computer and broadband users.
As a chosen sub-recipient of the grant, Seneca East Public Library has received four new laptop computers.
Classes are forming for April at Seneca East Public Library, 14 N. Main St., Attica.
The coursework is to include three, two-hour sessions covering computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussions about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
Participants can register by contacting the library at (419) 426-3825.
Top of the line at Coppus Motors
Coppus Motors announces seven of its Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler vehicle models are names Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks for 2011.
IIHS recognizes vehicles with outstanding crashworthiness in front, side, rollover and rear crashes.
The following Chrysler Group vehicles were recognized by IIHS as Top Safety Picks for 2011: Dodge Avenger, Charger and Journey, Chrysler 200 and 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Patriot, when equipped with optional side airbags.
More information on IIHS Top Safety Picks, including video and photos, is available at www.iihs.org.
Be Healthy ... be wise ... immunize
Many children of the county have completed their primary immunization series before 18 months of age at Seneca County General Health District. One child's name is drawn out each month and is awarded a special prize.
Emily Sawinski, daughter of Jeff and Brittany, was awarded the toy of for the month of January. Her birthday is September. Emily lives with her parents in Fostoria.
The February drawing was won by Wyatt Westerman. Wyatt is the son of Tiffany and Terry. He turned one in September.
The vaccines these children have received are mandated by the State of Ohio. These parents are commended for having their children immunized on time.
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 of age. Each child is to receive a beanie animal and the parent is to receive a vaccine record protector. It is imperative parents obtain immunizations for their children on time. Children who do not receive vaccines or do not receive them on time are considered high risk for developing any of the diseases that the vaccines could prevent.
The adolescent period also is an excellent opportunity to update vaccines. Teens need protection against meningitis, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, chickenpox and Hepatitis B. The earlier children are vaccinated, the earlier they are protected against these diseases. Beginning with the 2010 school year, it is now an Ohio mandate all children entering the seventh grade be current in their tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis status (Tdap).
Call Seneca County General Health District for answers to questions and/or to schedule appointments, (419) 447-3691, (419) 435-6673 or 1-(800)-698-3691.
Volunteers honored during March
If the last decade is any indication, people worldwide rely on humanitarian aid during times of great need. And that's where the American Red Cross comes in.
For 130 years, American Red Cross has helped individuals and families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. And each spring, the U.S. president acknowledges American Red Cross and encourages volunteerism by issuing a proclamation that declares March as Red Cross Month.
"We're proud of our history and the volunteers, employees and supporters who make our mission possible," said Donald Baker, CEO for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. "That's why we make a special time each year to celebrate their contributions, and to welcome more community members as Red Cross volunteers."
Today, Red Cross Month celebrates Red Cross volunteers in areas such as blood donation, disaster relief, health and safety training, and support to military members and their families. The Western Lake Erie Region is among 36 Red Cross Blood Regions nationwide. Each year, those Regions work together to collect more than 6 million units of blood from about 4 million volunteer donors.
Take a break, help save a life
Although sights may be set on warmer locales for spring break, individuals can bring sunshine and warmth to one's life by volunteering to give blood or platelets through the American Red Cross.
"We know very few things compare to a burst of tropical sunshine after a winter like this one," said Annie Marckel, Program Manager Communications for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. "But we hear time and again about the good feeling people get when they realize they can help save a life by donating blood."
Every day of every week, people need blood for emergency and ongoing medical care. It's a need, Red Cross officials say, that doesn't take a break, despite the season. About 39,000 blood donations are needed daily by hospital patients undergoing treatment for serious diseases such as cancer and sickle cell, for surgery, and for trauma and burn care.
The challenge, Red Cross officials say, is while blood needs are constant, blood donors sometimes take a break, particularly during peak travel times like early spring. Blood donors who would otherwise give may wait until later to make and keep an appointment. Popular donation sites such as schools, colleges and universities also avoid scheduling blood drives during spring break times, which can further erode blood donation opportunities. The Red Cross depends on student-age blood donors for about 20 percent of the community blood supply.
"Collecting blood from volunteer donors isn't something that can be put on hold or caught up on later since the need for blood is constant," said Marckel. "We'd like everyone who can to consider donating blood now or in the next few weeks to celebrate spring. It could be a great way to renew yourself, and to bring the gift of life to someone in need."
Latta's office to host meeting
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The office of U.S. Rep Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, is to host an informational meeting regarding the U.S. Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2012 academic year. The meeting is to take place at 7 p.m. March 28 at Gibsonburg High School, 740 S. Main St., Gibsonburg.
At the meeting, potential candidates are to be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and Merchant Marine Academy.
Potential candidates may obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting. Completed applications are to be due Sept. 30. For more information, call (419) 668-0206.
OF accepting open enrollment applications
OLD FORT - Old Fort Local School District is accepting inter-district open enrollment applications for the 2011-12 school year. Applications are available in the elementary and high school offices and at www.oldfortschools.org. Old Fort offers instruction for kindergarteners through seniors and has all-day, everyday kindergarten.
Applications are to be accepted for students in all districts statewide.
For more information, call the elementary office at (419) 992-1024 or the high school office at (419) 992-4291 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Clyde-GS taking enrollment applications
Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District is accepting applications for open enrollment for the 2011-12 school year. Applications may be obtained at the board of education office at 106 S. Main St., Clyde, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The deadline for completed applications is May 7. Applications received after this date may not be considered.
Open enrollment is valid for only one year; current open enrollment students must reapply. Parents must give a reason for requesting open enrollment.
Parents are to be notified of a student's acceptance or rejection for open enrollment in mid to late June. Open enrollment is granted or rejected based on space or program availability.
Excellence in teaching and research
Heidelberg University honored three faculty members for excellence in teaching and research Feb. 18 as part of the winter board of trustees meetings. John Owen, professor of trumpet and director of bands, received the Jane Frost Kalnow Professorship in the Humanities; Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders, associate professor of counseling and director of the graduate counseling program, is this year's recipient of the Ream-Paradiso Distinguished Teaching Award; and Daryl Close, professor of computer science and philosophy, was selected to receive the Distinguished Scholarship/Research Award for Faculty.
Arrows advance to state
Seneca County Opportunity Center's Seneca Arrows advanced to the state playoffs in basketball. The playoffs are next weekend in Bowling Green. The Arrows are to play at 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
They defeated Defiance County, 56-31, with Brian Painter leading the way with 20 points and Jordan Scott with 14. They defeated the Wood County Comets 49-21. Scott lead the team with 12 points, and Pat Moore had 10.
TU's international dinner upcoming
Tiffin University's World Student Association is to host its annual international dinner April 8 in Gillmor Student Center. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and tickets are on sale.
Tickets for the dinner featuring culinary specialties from around the world are $15 for adult, and $5 for students. There is no charge for children ages 5 and younger.
Reservations are required and can be made on or before April 5 by calling (419) 448-3325, or sending an e-mail to MillerR@tiffin.edu.
Terra registration to begin
FREMONT - Registration for summer and fall term classes at Terra Community College is to begin March 28.
Returning students already have been encouraged to meet with their advisers prior to registering and then are instructed to register online using the student portal at my.terra.edu.
New students can call the admissions office at (419) 559-2349 for a testing and advising appointment.
Owens having a blood drive
FINDLAY The Owens Community College Findlay-area campus and American Red Cross are to host a community blood drive 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday in Conference Center room 111.
Qualified donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and not have given blood within 56 days prior to their donation. Individuals should feel well the day of the drive, be in general good health and have a picture ID, such as a driver's license. The blood drive is open to Owens employees and students, as well as area residents. Walk-ins are welcome.
Doctor to address heart disease prevention
FINDLAY The University of Findlay's College of Pharmacy is to host "Guidelines for Women for the Prevention of Heart Disease: New Topics" with Dr. Ileana L. Pina noon-1 p.m. Friday in Alumni Memorial Union Multipurpose Room.
There is no cost to attend. Continuing Education Units are available for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians and nurses. There is no registration fee.
Math Day speaker to discuss dice
FINDLAY The University of Findlay is to celebrate Mathematics Day Thursday with activities in Alumni Memorial Union.
At 10 a.m., Marepalli Rao, professor of biomedical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, is to present "The Wonderful World of Dice." Rao is to discuss the history of dice and examine how dice are useful in expounding ideas of probability.
At 1 p.m., Rao is to present "The Monty Hall Phenomenon: Controversies and Extensions." The Monty Hall phenomenon is a probability puzzle loosely based on the television game show "Let's Make a Deal," which featured show host Monty Hall. Rao is to discuss the game show, controversies generated and generalizations of the game show.
Hempy Water earns top award
ST. PAUL - Hempy Water Conditioning Inc. with locations in Forest, Mansfield and Tiffin was recently recognized by EcoWater Systems LLC as one of the top performing 2010 U.S. dealerships.
"We are excited about the opportunity to recognize the significant accomplishments of Hempy Water Conditioning Inc., said Steve Webb, vice president of dealer sales and marketing. "To be recognized as best in class at any time is a real honor but for 2010 it has special meaning given how unique and challenging of a year it was for many small business owners.
"Taking top honors during challenging times says a great deal about Hempy Water Conditionings ability to generate long-term success in water treatment. Being successful in this industry requires expertise in all aspects of water quality and a commitment to work with customers to identify the right solutions for their homes and businesses."