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Sunday announcements

April 3, 2011
dsp The Advertiser-Tribune

Daniel J. Bouillon

Army Spec. Daniel J. Bouillon has returned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, after a year long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The soldier is one of 100 members of the 23rd Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

Bouillon is a combat engineer and has served in the military for two years.

While deployed, he was promoted from private first class to specialist and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

He is the son of James M. Bouillon of Fostoria and Catie Ward of Chestnut Ridge Road, Auburn, N.Y.

Bouillon graduated in 2005 from Fostoria High School.

T-SPL to have preschool storytime

Children who are 3, 4, 5 or 6 years old can attend preschool storytime at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. There is to be one session a week for three Thursdays in April.

Parents can choose between two sessions, 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., April 14, 21 or 28 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.

Bliss to celebrate library week

BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to celebrate National Library Week April 10-16. The theme is "Libraries: the Heart of Every Community."

Activities scheduled for the week include grades 5-8 game night, 4:30 p.m. April 11; egg craft workshop, 7 p.m. April 11; preschool storytime, "Taking Care of Planet Earth," 6:30 p.m. April 12 and 11:15 a.m. April 13; and toddler time, "Bear Hugs," 7 p.m. April 13.

During the week, everyone can register to win a gift certificate to Backroads Diner and guess how many jelly beans there are in a jar. There also are to be crafts for children, and following each story time, balloons are to be released announcing National Library Week. The finder of a balloon is asked to either write or call the library to indicate where the balloon was found. Cookies are to be available.

Antique appraisal coming to Bloomville

BLOOMVILLE - Friends of Bliss Library is to host its own version of "Antique Roadshow" 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 10. The cost for a verbal appraisal is $10 for three items. All money raised is to go toward programs and equipment at the library. A lunch stand is to be open. For more information, call (419) 983-4675 or (419) 447-9467.

Learn about money in Bellevue

BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is participating in "Money Smart Week @ Your Library" through Saturday. Money Smart Week promotes consumer financial literacy. Bellevue Public Library is to host a series of "Money Smart" programs with local partners in April. All programs are to take place in the meeting room. For more information, call (419) 483-4769.

"Be a Money Smart Kid!" for children ages 6-9 is 4-5 p.m. Monday. Participants are to learn about the history of money and how to start and build a savings account. Participants also are to receive materials to create coin banks of their own. To register, visit or call youth services at (419) 483-0422.

"Schemes, Scams and Rip-offs" is to offer tips about protecting oneself and is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. "Reducing Risk in Retirement: Financial Planning in Tough Times" is to address planning for retirement and is 6:30 p.m. April 12. "Living Beneath Your Means," which is to give tips about saving in tough times, is 5:30 p.m. April 26. "Investing Made Easy" is 5:30 p.m. April 28.

Prison to be discussed

CLYDE - David Bush is to present "Johnson's Island Civil War Prison: One Story at a Time" at 2 p.m. April 17 at Clyde Public Library, 22 W. Buckeye St., Clyde.

The free program is to be about the life of the Confederate prisoners at Johnson's Island. It is part of the annual business meeting of Clyde Heritage League Inc.

Kiskunas named corporate sales manager

Tiffin Parts LLC, a business unit of Pettibone LLC, which is an affiliate of The Heico Companies, has announced Steve Kiskunas is to assume the new role of corporate sales manager for the construction sector.

Kiskunas has sold Pettibone construction and industrial handling equipment and Barko Forestry and Scrap handling equipment for the seven years in the midwest as a regional sales manager for Tiffin's sister companies: Pettibone Traverse Lift and Barko Hydraulics. He also worked for Lull as a regional manager and as a product manager for OmniQuip Textron managing the Lull and SkyTrak brand telescopic handlers. During this time he led the development of the new Lull product as the project manager for a $7.1 million development program. He also supervised the service parts support operation for the mobile crane division of P&H Harnishfeger for six years.

In his new role, Kiskunas is to focus on further building Tiffin's leading market share in aftermarket telehandler parts sales for brands such as Lull, SkyTrak, JLG and Genie/Terex at the corporate, regional and local levels and in working with the network of independent sales agencies. He also is to continue to support Pettibone Traverse Lift's Extendo Dealers in driving parts sales and customer satisfaction. Developing new dealer programs for Pettibone Traverse Lift will be key.

Seneca One Stop to offer workshops

Seneca One Stop offers 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.

This month's highlight is the 2011 Spring Career Fair Tuesday at Kalahari in Sandusky. Employers are to be there 1-4 p.m. Bring a resume and be prepared to interview.

At Department of Jobs and Family Services, 3362 S. TR 151, Tiffin:

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 4 "Get a Job or a Better Job." Learn to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. This session includes a review of unemployment services provided by the state.

At Kaubisch Memorial Library, 205 Perry St., Fostoria:

The following are free computer classes, but registration is required. Call (419) 447-5011, ext. 443 or (800) 825-5011, ext. 443 to register or for more information about workshops.

9 a.m.-noon April 6 Introduction to computers.

9 a.m.-noon April 13 Introduction to Word.

9 a.m.-noon April 18 File Manager.

Seneca One Stop, 3362 S. TR 151, Tiffin, 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.

April is minority health awareness month

Building a diverse blood supply is critical to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse U.S. population. Donating blood during minority health awareness month this April is one way to help.

Recent health data from the U.S. Office of Minority Health reveals the rates of cancer and heart disease are higher among African Americans and Hispanics than other populations. Treatment for these health concerns can involve the use of blood products.

While blood transfusions are typically based on basic blood groups such as A, B, AB and O, medical teams also may consider ethnicity when prescribing blood products. Certain rare blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups and the possibility of transfusion reactions decrease when donors and recipients share similar characteristics.

That's why, Red Cross officials say, it's important to build diversity among blood donors. For instance, in the Red Cross coverage area of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, Caucasians comprise 84 percent of blood donors, while African Americans and Hispanics constitute 6 percent. And although the majority of blood donors are Caucasian, the U.S. Census reports more than 40 percent of the U.S. population isn't.

Academy boards to meet

North Central Academy's board is to have a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Tiffin office, 65 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. The board for North Central Academy in Fremont is to have a special meeting Friday immediately following the North Central Academy board meeting.

NR board changes meeting

NEW RIEGEL - The regular April meeting of New Riegel Local Board of Education has been changed to 7 p.m. Monday in the library/media center.

Fostoria to build box city

FOSTORIA - HI-Y is to sponsor the third annual box city 6 p.m.-2 a.m. May 6. Fostoria junior high and high school students are to collect canned foods, non-perishable items and money to be donated to Fostoria Red Cross' food pantry. They are to be located at the north entrance of Fostoria High School.

Benefit dinner rescheduled

FOSTORIA - A spaghetti dinner at Fostoria High School has been rescheduled for 5-7 p.m. April 15 in the cafeteria. The senior project of Brent Edwards is a benefit for the local Red Cross. The cost is $5 per person with carry-outs available. For more information, call (419) 436-4114.

Annual dinner upcoming

The annual Palm Sunday chicken dinner is to be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 17 at Seneca County Opportunity Center. Dinners are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Carry-outs are available. Sponsored by Advocates Coming Together, which is the former Parent Council, the event includes a raffle with cash prizes of $250, $150 and $50. Tickets are $1 each or eight for $5. There is to be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 1-10 at 1:30 p.m.

SE changes meeting time

ATTICA - Seneca East Local School District's board of education meeting April 18 is to begin at 6 p.m. with a work session following the meeting.

Darrow coming to Calvert

Kelcey Allen and Blanca Daniel, seniors at Calvert High School, are hosting Leah Darrow for their senior project. Darrow is to speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert. She is to discuss the journey of her faith, missed opportunities and conversion. She previously was a contestant on America's Next Top Model and during one of her photo shoots, God gave her insight to the choices she was making. Her main focus is pre-teen and teenage girls, but anyone can attend her free program. Donations are to be accepted.

NCOESC to meet

North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's board is to have its regular meeting at 7 p.m. April 19 at 65 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.

Autism event April 14

"Pathways through Autism" is an evening designed for parents and educators to obtain information to help navigate through each stage of life on the road of autism. "Pathways through Autism" offers participants direct interaction with local providers who work in the field of autism spectrum disorders.

The event is 6:30-8 p.m. April 14 at Sentinel Career and Technology Center, 793 E. TR 201, Tiffin.

There are to be several vendors for parents to speak with and gather more information.

The vendors participating are Camp Watson Station, Tiffin City Schools, Parent Mentors of Seneca and Wyandot Counties, Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, Seneca Autism Learning and Support Association, Seneca County Autism Support Group, North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, Tiffin Dental Associates, Tiffin Community YMCA, Geary Family YMCA - Fostoria, Rehabilitation Services/Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bridges to Transition-Chris and Kathy O'Donnell, Tiffin University, Seneca County Opportunity Center, Bittersweet Farms, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps, Firelands Counseling, Ohio Center of Autism and Low Incidence, Sentinel, Ohio Coalition for the Education for Children with Disabilities, Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Wyandot County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Family and Children First Council and First Call for Help.

The event is free. For more information, call Kelly Hohman at (419) 447-2927, ext. 108.

Science competition to award $25,000

Middle school students with a passion for science have two weeks left to enter the 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for a chance to win $25,000. Ten finalists are to be chosen to work directly with a 3M scientist to create an innovation that solves a problem in everyday life that they are to present at the 3M Innovation Center this fall. For more information, visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

Scholarship being offered

Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling Professionals is offering a $1,000 scholarship to an Ohio student. Any person who is enrolled or will be enrolled in an accredited Ohio college, university or technical school can apply. The person must be enrolled in a major relating to environmental sciences and/or environmental education. Scholarship forms may be downloaded at www.oalprp.org or by calling Andria Marquis at (419) 443-7922. The deadline is April 15.

Calvert yearbook honored

Marla Shultz and the 2009 Calvert High School yearbook staff have been selected for inclusion in "Ideas That Fly, The Best-of-the-Best" edition by Herff Jones Inc. Herff Jones publishes yearbooks for junior high, high school and colleges/universities in the United States and Canada. Herff Jones compiles the best yearbooks from the previous year and puts together the "Best-of-the-Best" edition for thousands of yearbook staffs to use to come up with creative ideas of their own.

The Calvertana staff received honor for the third year in a row. On the staff were Amber Smith, Lauren Tanner, Marta Watson, Catherine Genet and Joseph Kirkpatrick.

Student wins environmental award

FREMONT Seventh-grader Maggie Hirt of the St. Joseph campus of Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools in Fremont was selected as the winner of the city of Tiffin's Stormwater Environmental Award. Hirt's project was titled "How Does Soil Contamination Affect Plant Growth" and was judged at the science fair at Heidelberg University March 26. Hirt, the daughter of Christopher and Denice Hirt of Fremont, is to receive a cash award for her selection.

The city of Tiffin's Water Pollution Control Center selects a project annually for the award from science projects introduced at the Heidelberg science fair. Those interested in competing in 2012 may contact WPCC Superintendent Dan McElhatten at (419) 448-5440.

Mohawk FFA members learn about leadership

March 8, the Mohawk High School FFA chapter hosted an Ohio FFA Association Leadership Night. FFA members from area chapters came to participate in activities and discussions about becoming a good leader.

The FFA members were split into groups and rotated to different stations that were run by state officers. Mohawk FFA members who attended the event were Cassie Parsons, Devon Fredritz, Jordan Long, Sabrina McDermott, Austin Eaton, Brandon Gernert, Lauren Beach, Taylor Clark, Robert Gilliland, Maygan Miller, Olivia Johnson, Keylee Sowers, Samantha Morehart, Alec Colich, Grant Price and Wesley Shaw.

Youths to attend conference

FOSTORIA - Fostoria youths Amarie Matthews, Henry Matthews, Zendon Griffin and Luchauna Smith are to participate in Pride2011 World Drug Prevention Conference April 14-16.

NSI hosting program

National Security Institute at Tiffin University is to host "Americans Learning Together about the US - Israel Relationship" April 15. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program concludes at 3:45 p.m. It is in Chisholm Auditorium in Franks Hall. The fee is $30 for non-students, TU students are free and other students are $10. The fee covers registration, a box lunch and beverage breaks. To register or receive more information, e-mail NSI@tiffin.edu.

Terra tuition to increase

FREMONT - During its regular meeting March 23, Terra Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition by 3.5 percent beginning with the fall semester.

The vote followed a presentation by Treasurer Randy McCullough. He explained that while the college can expect a 2.7 percent increase in state subsidy, it no longer will receive $1 million in federal stimulus dollars as it had the past two years.

All of that results in a cut of $860,000 for the 2011-12 year. A 3.5 percent tuition increase is to raise $328,000, so Terra officials still must cut $532,000 from the budget.

McCullough said Terra receives 33 percent of its funding from the state and 57 percent from tuition. There is a direct correlation between the two.

"We have seen a 40 percent decline in state support since fiscal year 2000," said Marsha Bordner, Terra's president. "So we have been doing more with less for years.

"But at some point, you can't continue to cut more without affecting the quality of education our students receive. With this hit from the state, we felt we needed a tuition increase coupled with asking our budget managers to cut their departments' expenses. This will hurt."

The 3.5 percent increase is the maximum allowed by Ohio Governor John Kasich's budget. There may be future changes if allowed.

UF offering workshops

FINDLAY - The University of Findlay's College of Business and Office of Graduate and Professional Studies are launching the first series of a continuing, noncredit professional development workshop series, "Building Your Company's Sales." The series is to begin April 20 and end June 1.

Three programs are to be offered: an introductory program, a two-part advanced selling program and a graduation program. All sessions are to be in Winebrenner Theological Seminary, room 254.

The first, introductory session, "Rising Above the Competition A Unique Sales Approach," is to be presented 7-9:15 a.m. April 20. The cost is $79 and includes breakfast.

The second and third sessions are part of the advanced selling program and are to be 7-10:30 a.m. May 11 and May 18. The sessions are to address two topics, "Selling Not an Art but a Process" and "New Business Selling." Both sessions may be attended for a one-time fee of $179 or separately for $99 each. Breakfast is included for both sessions. The first session is a prerequisite for the second.

The final session is "Sales Strategy Clinic for Closing Business Opportunities," and participants may choose either June 1 or June 2. The sessions are 7-10:30 a.m. Enrollment is limited to seven participants per session, and each session fee is $99.

Registration for all four sessions is available at a rate of $319. Checks may be made payable to the University of Findlay, and credit cards also are accepted. Fees are due with registration.

For more information, call (800) 558-9060.

'Power of Positive' celebration to conclude

FINDLAY The University of Findlay's "Power of Positive" yearlong celebration of human goodness is to conclude this month with several events, which focus on the attributes of humility and forgiveness.

At 7 p.m. Monday, local students are to join the campus community in a culminating celebration of Paying Positive Forward, a focused effort to complete acts of kindness to others. Motivational speaker Bruce Boguski is to speak at the event.

When a good deed is done, a Paying Positive Forward card is passed to the recipient of the good deed, and the recipient is encouraged to do the same. Completed cards may be submitted to Shafer Library or to Alumni Memorial Union Information Center.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park, professors of psychology at the University of Michigan and leaders in the national Positive Psychology movement, are to present "What Makes Life Worth Living: Lessons from Positive Psychology" in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. There is no cost to attend.

Peterson and Park also are to speak at the annual psychology conference, which is 9 a.m. April 6 in Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

Also Wednesday, "The Power of Positive: Personal Stories" is to be presented by Maile Doyle, Gillian Graber, Jim Rooney and Phyllis Smith during the noon Senior Forum session in Alumni Memorial Union. For more information about Senior Forum, a series of learning opportunities for the retired community, call (419) 422-3560 or (419) 434-4553.

The UF Film Series in April is to feature "Secondhand Lions" at 7 p.m. April 12 and "Bella" at 7 p.m. April 20 in Alumni Memorial Union Endly Room.

For more information about the lecture or Power of Positive, contact John Malacos at malacos@findlay.edu.

Wittenberg dean's list

SPRINGFIELD - Local students on the dean's list at Wittenberg University are Michael Chambers and Andrea Gaietto of Tiffin.

AU outdoor track and field

ASHLAND - Nick Painter, the son of Michael and Pam Painter of Fostoria, is a member of the men's outdoor track and field team at Ashland University. Morgan Myers, the daughter of Donald and Laurel Myers of Upper Sandusky, is a member of the women's team.

UT lists

TOLEDO - Local students on the University of Toledo's president's list are Alton Phillips of Carey, Alicia Lentz of Bradner, Devon Hasselbach and Alicia Williams of Clyde; Daniel Steyer of Alvada, Celina Mason, Jessica Naderer and Dominic Shaull of Fostoria, Emily Hemminger, Brock Kirian and Amber Metzger of New Riegel, Madison Herman, Eric Hohman, Nicole Hoover and Brent Welly of Tiffin, and Margaret Kanney of New Washington.

Students on the dean's list are Jessica Monday, Robert Puckett and Kayann Walter of Carey, Wendy Weaver of Bradner, Brittney Baker and Christopher Reinhard of Clyde, Adam Cox of Risingsun, Nicholas Steyer of Alvada, Brook Kracher of Bascom, Ethan Kagy and Jessica Luhring of Bloomville, Bethany Fuller, Travis Glick, Cody Holman, Lynnlee Myers, James Nye, Matt Painter, Anthony Peiffer, Elizabeth Tornow, Kristina Wildman and Cory Williams of Fostoria, Michelle Borer, Michelle Clouse, Carolyn Conley and Brittany Hemminger of New Riegel; Kerry Tschanen of Sycamore, Leslie Adams, Leigh Autullo, Ellen Bell, Daniel Bower, Aaron Gassner, Hillary Gyuras, Emma Hall and Johnathon Vogel of Tiffin, Emily Coakley, Ashley Heil, Gabryelle Johnson and Joseph Kennedy of Upper Sandusky, Christopher Scherley of Attica, and Lyndsey Agin, Collin Beeson, Shelbi Daniel, Kyleigh Fife, Luke Nye and Alyssa Zaebst of New Washington.

Zellner presents research

FINDLAY Brittaney Zellner, a 2003 graduate of Columbian High School and University of Findlay student, presented at the Physical Therapy Program Spring Research Forum March 3. She is the daughter of Kathy and Kent Zellner of Tiffin and presented "Trunk and Lower Extremity Muscle Activation in Children in Various Seated Positions on Horseback."

Local students placed in schools

FINDLAY Corey Britton, a student at the University of Findlay, has been selected as a student teacher with McComb High School in McComb. A 2007 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, Britton is the son of Mary Beth and Brad Britton of Tiffin.

Calli Coppus has been selected as a student teacher with Arcadia High School in Arcadia. A 2006 graduate of Mohawk High School, Coppus is the daughter of Luana Coppus of Tiffin and John Coppus of Tiffin.

Smith selected for honor society

Lindsey Smith, daughter of Eric and Shirley Smith of Tiffin, was selected to become a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society at Ohio State University.

TU equestrian team volunteers

Tiffin University Equestrian Team helped at "Our OhioYour Backyard." The event was in the gymnasium at the former St. Mary School and was sponsored by Seneca County Farm Bureau as an opportunity for local fourth-graders to learn about the land and animals in the community.

Lane of Dreams Farm LLC was invited to participate and share information with the students regarding horse care and feed. Lane of Dreams Farm is home to Tiffin's varsity equestrian team where the students practice and prepare for competition.

The Dragon student-athletes used the opportunity to participate in community service. The team divided the 20-minute time slots into four five-minute presentations. The stations included tack, grooming, feed and basic anatomy.

Cook to leave Heidelberg

ALLIANCE - Grant Cook III has been named director of choral activities at the University of Mount Union.

Cook goes to Mount Union from Heidelberg University, where he most recently served as director of the Heidelberg concert choir and chamber singers, oversaw the choral program and served as a tenured associate professor of choral music and music history.

He has been a member of Heidelberg's faculty since 1992, and since 1997, has led Heidelberg's concert choir on 13 tours, performing more than 100 concerts for audiences in 16 states. The choir embarked on its first European tour in May 2008, where it performed in and around Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and Heidelberg. Choirs under his direction have appeared by invitation at state and regional meetings of American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference.

Cook founded the Heidelberg College-Community Chorus in 1992.

Brett Graham's physics class at Mohawk High School completed the West Point bridge design and engineering competition. The program is designed to give students an introduction and exposure to the engineering process of structures and specifically truss-style bridge design.

The six-week program took students through the process of structure forces, truss design, strength of materials to include research and testing and computer-aided bridge design. The final step was designing their own bridge. After two weeks of design, they ended the project with a competition of testing each bridge for maximum loading and efficiency of structure.

The Ohio Army National Guard supported the top designers by donating three backpacks and basketballs to the winners. Staff Sgt. Ray Helms and Pvt. Chad Shellhouse stand with Craig Parker, who won and holds his back pack prize and the remainder of his bridge. His design held 40 pounds and had an efficiency rating of more than 8.

Drew Trusty and Lauren Fredritz received their backpacks for a second place tie, with their bridges holding 35 pounds each and having an efficiency rating of just more than 6.

Seneca County Opportunity Center, in conjunction with Developmental Disabilities Month, raised more than $150 to donate to Tiffin Parks and Recreation. The money was raised through donations from employees, staff, students and individuals. The money raised came in a variety of forms including penny donations and Kevin Creamer's Vocational II classroom recycling program, which collects and crushes cans throughout the year. All funds collected were matched by Hi-Way 101 Auto Parts. The money is to be used to help fund park programs throughout the year.

Scholarship being offered

Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling Professionals is offering a $1,000 scholarship to an Ohio student. Any person who is enrolled or will be enrolled in an accredited Ohio college, university or technical school can apply. The person must be enrolled in a major relating to environmental sciences and/or environmental education. Scholarship forms may be downloaded at www.oalprp.org or by calling Andria Marquis at (419) 443-7922. The deadline is April 15.

Calvert yearbook honored

Marla Shultz and the 2009 Calvert High School yearbook staff have been selected for inclusion in "Ideas That Fly, The Best-of-the-Best" edition by Herff Jones Inc. Herff Jones publishes yearbooks for junior high and high schools and colleges/universities in the United States and Canada. Herff Jones compiles the best yearbooks from the previous year and puts together the "Best-of-the-Best" edition for thousands of yearbook staffs to use to come up with creative ideas of their own.

The Calvertana staff received the honor for the third year in a row. On the staff were Amber Smith, Lauren Tanner, Marta Watson, Catherine Genet and Joseph Kirkpatrick.

Student wins environmental award

FREMONT Seventh-grader Maggie Hirt of the St. Joseph campus of Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools in Fremont was selected as winner of the city of Tiffin's Stormwater Environmental Award. Hirt's project was titled "How Does Soil Contamination Affect Plant Growth" and was judged at the science fair at Heidelberg University March 26. Hirt, the daughter of Christopher and Denice Hirt of Fremont, is to receive a cash award for her selection.

The city of Tiffin's Water Pollution Control Center selects a project annually for the award from science projects introduced at the Heidelberg science fair. Those interested in competing in 2012 may contact WPCC Superintendent Dan McElhatten at (419) 448-5440.

Mohawk FFA members learn about leadership

March 8, the Mohawk High School FFA chapter hosted an Ohio FFA Association Leadership Night. FFA members from area chapters came to participate in activities and discussions about becoming a good leader.

The FFA members were split into groups and rotated to different stations run by state officers. Mohawk FFA members who attended the event were Cassie Parsons, Devon Fredritz, Jordan Long, Sabrina McDermott, Austin Eaton, Brandon Gernert, Lauren Beach, Taylor Clark, Robert Gilliland, Maygan Miller, Olivia Johnson, Keylee Sowers, Samantha Morehart, Alec Colich, Grant Price and Wesley Shaw.

Youths to attend conference

FOSTORIA - Fostoria youths Amarie Matthews, Henry Matthews, Zendon Griffin and Luchauna Smith are to participate in Pride2011 World Drug Prevention Conference April 14-16.

NSI hosting program

National Security Institute at Tiffin University is to host "Americans Learning Together about the US-Israel Relationship" April 15. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program concludes at 3:45 p.m. It is in Chisholm Auditorium in Franks Hall. The fee is $30 for non-students, TU students are free and other students are $10. The fee covers registration, a box lunch and beverage breaks. To register or receive more information, e-mail NSI@tiffin.edu.

Terra tuition to increase

FREMONT - During its regular meeting March 23, Terra Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition by 3.5 percent beginning with the fall semester.

The vote followed a presentation by Treasurer Randy McCullough. He explained that while the college can expect a 2.7 percent increase in state subsidy, it no longer will receive $1 million in federal stimulus dollars as it had the past two years.

All of that results in a cut of $860,000 for the 2011-12 year. A 3.5 percent tuition increase is to raise $328,000, so Terra officials still must cut $532,000 from the budget.

McCullough said Terra receives 33 percent of its funding from the state and 57 percent from tuition.

"We have seen a 40 percent decline in state support since fiscal year 2000," said Marsha Bordner, Terra's president. "So we have been doing more with less for years.

"But at some point, you can't continue to cut more without affecting the quality of education our students receive. With this hit from the state, we felt we needed a tuition increase coupled with asking our budget managers to cut their departments' expenses. This will hurt."

The 3.5 percent increase is the maximum allowed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich's budget. There may be future changes if allowed.

UF offering workshops

FINDLAY - The University of Findlay's College of Business and Office of Graduate and Professional Studies are launching the first of a continuing, noncredit professional development workshop series, "Building Your Company's Sales." The series is to begin April 20 and end June 1.

Three programs are to be offered: an introductory program, a two-part advanced selling program and a graduation program. All sessions are to be in Winebrenner Theological Seminary, room 254.

The first, introductory session, "Rising Above the Competition A Unique Sales Approach," is to be presented 7-9:15 a.m. April 20. The cost is $79 and includes breakfast.

The second and third sessions are part of the advanced selling program and are to be 7-10:30 a.m. May 11 and May 18. The sessions are to address "Selling Not an Art but a Process" and "New Business Selling." Both sessions may be attended for a one-time fee of $179 or separately for $99 each. Breakfast is included for both sessions. The first session is a prerequisite for the second.

The final session is "Sales Strategy Clinic for Closing Business Opportunities," and participants may choose either June 1 or June 2. The sessions are 7-10:30 a.m. Enrollment is limited to seven participants per session, and each session fee is $99.

Registration for all four sessions is available for $319. Checks may be made payable to the University of Findlay, and credit cards also are accepted. Fees are due with registration.

For more information, call (800) 558-9060.

'Power of Positive' celebration to conclude

FINDLAY The University of Findlay's "Power of Positive" yearlong celebration of human goodness is to conclude this month with several events, which focus on humility and forgiveness.

At 7 p.m. Monday, students are to join the campus community in a culminating celebration of Paying Positive Forward, a focused effort to complete acts of kindness to others. Motivational speaker Bruce Boguski is to speak at the event.

When a good deed is done, a Paying Positive Forward card is passed to the recipient of the good deed, and the recipient is encouraged to do the same. Completed cards may be submitted to Shafer Library or to Alumni Memorial Union Information Center.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park, professors of psychology at the University of Michigan and leaders in the national Positive Psychology movement, are to present "What Makes Life Worth Living: Lessons from Positive Psychology" in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. There is no cost to attend.

Peterson and Park also are to speak at the annual psychology conference, which is 9 a.m. Wednesday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

Also Wednesday, "The Power of Positive: Personal Stories" is to be presented by Maile Doyle, Gillian Graber, Jim Rooney and Phyllis Smith during the noon Senior Forum session in Alumni Memorial Union. For more information about Senior Forum, a series of learning opportunities for the retired community, call (419) 422-3560 or (419) 434-4553.

The UF Film Series in April is to feature "Secondhand Lions" at 7 p.m. April 12 and "Bella" at 7 p.m. April 20 in Alumni Memorial Union Endly Room.

For more information about the lecture or Power of Positive, contact John Malacos at malacos@findlay.edu.

Wittenberg dean's list

SPRINGFIELD - Local students on the dean's list at Wittenberg University are Michael Chambers and Andrea Gaietto of Tiffin.

Habitat to mark 25 years in Seneca County

Seneca Habitat for Humanity recently had its annual meeting and installed new board members.

They include Emily Kizer, Bonnie Boroff, Lynn Cartwright, Nathan Howe, David Kimmel, Georgia Reed and Richard Wyka.

Following a potluck dinner, president Wayne Kromer gave the report for 2010. Two homes were completed on Third Avenue, and work started on two more three-bedroom homes. The all-electric residences are being constructed as Energy Star homes. Kromer said the construction of all future Habitat houses is to be adjusted for greater energy efficiency. In addition, two families closed out their mortgages with Habitat, and three new families have been approved to receive homes.

Sharon George of Family and Children First Council gave a presentation about Bridges Out of Poverty.

Zachariah Riedel, son of Tim and Christina Riedel, has earned his Eagle Scout. Zach is from McCutchenville Troop 400 and completed 21 merit badges. Zach's project was a portable multi-purpose building that is located on the grounds of the Mohawk Local School District. He raised more than $2,500 and organized more than 200 man hours to complete his project. He was honored at a reception with family, friends and Scouts Jan. 23 at Christ's Church.

 
 

 

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