Open houses this week
St. Francis and Friedman Village Assisted Living are to host open houses 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday at both locations.
Refreshments and door prize drawings are to be provided. Representatives are to be on hand to offer health screenings such as blood pressure checks, blood sugar testing, wellness profiles and oxygen saturations.
Transportation between buildings is to be provided.
St. Francis Assisted Living is located inside St. Francis Home at 182 St. Francis Ave. and Friedman Village Assisted Living is located at 175 St. Francis Ave.
For more information, contact Jean Overmier at (419) 447-2723 or Kellie Hartsel at (419) 443-1540.
Dinner planned for rail employees
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Rail Preservation Society is to host its second annual Railroad Employees Reunion next Thursday.
The dinner is open to the public and railroad employees, retired or employed. Anyone interested in Fostoria railroad history also is welcome.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Doors are to open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and a program to begin at 7 p.m.
The program is to include information on the No. 107 LE&W/NKP Caboose, a rail park update, presentation on Fostoria railroad history by Leonard Skonecki and information on the recent webcam project.
Checks may be made to FRPS and mailed to P.O. Box 421, Fostoria, OH 44830 or call (419) 435-1781 for reservations. Mailed envelopes need to arrive by Wednesday.
Social worker learns about Ohio HVP
Community Hospice Care is an active participant in the Ohio Hospice Veteran Partnership.
Licensed social worker Alice Frazier-Snook attended a speaker bureau training in Columbus April 13 with Ohio HVP.
Established in 2005, the Hospice-Veteran partnership of Ohio is a partnership of end of life care advocates, hospice and Department of Veteran's Affairs.
Nationally, 670,000 veterans are expected to die this year. In Ohio, more than 28,000 veterans are to die each year, with only 4 percent dying in VA facilities.
Contact Community Hospice Care for veteran/hospice questions at (419) 447-4040.
Shannon L. Alge and Danielle Bower attended a seminar titled, "Hospice 101", along with another colleague April 5 in Columbus. The seminar was presented by Terri Medley for Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice.
The information included in the seminar consisted of aspects of hospice at a state and federal level, including Medicare/Medicaid guidelines, conditions of participants, differences between DNR comfort care, arrest order and DNR comfort care, hospice eligibility requirements and services, Medicare/Medicaid billing process, lost reporting and the fundamentals of HIPAA.
T-SPL to host 'I Wished for You' program Saturday
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present the program "I Wished for You" in honor of the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms" at 1 p.m. Saturday in Frost Kalnow Room.
Local author Sharon Pheifer, who wrote the story "Your Son Looks Just Like You" in the book, is to be one of the speakers featured at the event. Pheifer is to read her story and talk about her quest for adoption, love and motherhood.
Johanna VanRenterghem from Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth is to speak to the group about fostering and adopting children. SAFY aids children who are victims of neglect and abuse in their own homes and focuses on treatment, intervention, adoption and the placement of children whose intensive needs cannot be managed through traditional foster care.
After the speakers, there is to be a panel discussion for people to ask questions and tell their own stories about fostering and adopting children.
Open for families of all ages, there are to be games, storytelling and activities for children. For more information, call the library at (419) 447-3751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library to have quilting class
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Community Library is to offer a quilting class 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the master's fellowship hall in Benton. It is a donation of $5 per day, and people can attend one day or both days.
Lunch is to be provided for a donation or people can bring their own. The project includes a twisted quilt. Equipment needed is a sewing machine, thread and sewing supplies, such as scissors and pins. Fabric is to be provided.
For more information and to sign up, visit the library or call (419) 927-2407.
Kaubisch to have book discussion
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to host a book discussion at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Fruth Room.
The group is to discuss "All Over but the Shoutin" by Rick Bragg. Copies of the book are available at the main desk for check-out.
Discussions are informal and free. For more information, call (419) 435-2813.
Diabetes education refresher course
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Community Hospital is to offer a diabetes education refresher course at 1 p.m. May 4 in the hospital's conference center, lower level, entrance 2.
The course is designed for individuals who have received previous diabetes education and would benefit from review and updates to improve blood sugar control.
Problem solving and updating participants on nutrition and exercise plans are to be the focus.
Pre-registration and physician referral is required for attendance. The course fee can be billed to insurance, and financial assistance is available.
For more information, call Shirley at (419) 436-6629.
Diverse donors called to help build blood supply
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.
"Encouraging people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to become blood donors is increasingly important in addressing the unique health concerns of different populations," said Kathy Smith, collections director for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. "Everyone, regardless of their background, may depend on blood for a medical emergency."
Recent health data from 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.
TCS accepting enrollment applications
Tiffin City Schools is accepting inter district open enrollment applications for the 2011-12 school year.
The enrollment is for people living outside the Tiffin City School District but who want to enroll their children in Tiffin City Schools.
State law requires each student previously approved for transfer from another school district to the Tiffin City School District must reapply every year. Open enrollment continuation forms were mailed in March and are being accepted and considered in order of date received. The forms can be obtained and returned to the administration office, 244 S. Monroe St.
Applications for new open enrollment students also are available at the administration office. New open enrollment is for students who have not attended Tiffin City Schools in the 2010-11 school year. The applications may be obtained at the administration building, or parents may call the office at (419) 447-2515 to request one be mailed. All applications are considered in order of date received.
Continuation or new placement in Tiffin City Schools is not guaranteed from one year to the next. Placement depends on class size in the school selected and receipt of the completed application. Parents are to be notified of acceptance in late June.
Computers to be given away
COLUMBUS Connect Ohio, a non-profit public-private partnership, is to distribute 12 new netbook computers to Ohio adults who have completed the Every Citizen Online free basic computer-training program. Program participants completing an online survey following the training are to be entered into the random drawing. The entry period is open through June 20. Winners are to be contacted and announced in late June.
Local training locations can be found by calling (855) NOW-I-CAN or by visiting connectoh.org/
Contest rules and guidelines are listed on Connect Ohio's website at connectoh.org/consumer-training/computer-giveaway.php or one may receive a copy by e-mailing email@example.com.
Also, area residents interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills with computers and the Internet can participate in new continuing education computer classes through Owens Community College during May and June as the academic institution has started a new educational partnership with Connect Ohio.
Owens is to offer free hands-on computer classes at four northwest Ohio locations beginning in May as part of the Every Citizen Online project. The four locations are the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park in Maumee, the Owens Findlay-area campus in Findlay and Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green.
The initial computer class is to take place May 5 at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee. Owens' first class is to begin at 5:30 p.m. and cover computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
Classes also are to occur at 5 p.m. May 10 at Owens Learning Center at The Source, at 9 a.m. May 13 at Wood County Courthouse and at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park. Additional dates are to be scheduled May and June.
For more information or to register for the free classes, individuals can contact the college's Workforce and Community Services at (567) 661-7357 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
Office administration program accepting students
FREMONT - Registration is under way for the fall office administration program at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers' adult career center. It is a full-time, 32-week program with financial aid available for qualifying students. Classes are at Technology Center in Fremont, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Aug. 24th. There is online coursework Fridays. Students are to graduate April 10, 2012, earning college credit for completing.
Seating is limited. For information or to register, call (419) 334-6901, ext. 407.
SW starts new scholarship
St. Wendelin High School has established the Donna O. Lynch Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-12 school year. The scholarship, $5,000 total, is to be awarded to no more than three registered students annually at St. Wendelin Catholic High School with demonstrated financial need; who actively live the Catholic faith; who are goal-oriented, focused on education and work to potential, and whose behavior inside and outside the classroom is consistent with the school's code of student conduct; who have applied through the tuition grants program at factstuitionaid.com; and who have completed the essay application by the May 9 deadline.
Essays that explain how the Donna O. Lynch Memorial Scholarship are to benefit the student's family financially, how the student lives and participates in his/her faith, the student's educational and personal goals and participation in curricular and extracurricular programs at St. Wendelin are to be considered.
For more information, call (419) 435-8144.
Mohawk FFA competes
March 22, three members of the Mohawk High School FFA chapter attended the ag mechanics contest at Sentinel Career and Technology Center. Members of the team were Donny Smith, Austin Kelbley and Evan Hoepf. The team placed eighth overall at the contest.
Long attends contest
March 19, one member of the Mohawk High School FFA chapter attended the state public speaking contest. Freshman Ciara Long qualified for the state speaking contest. She placed seventh in her room at the state contest.
Lakota honors students
BURGOON - Lakota Middle School's students of the month for March are eighth-graders Jacob Stewart and Alyssa Flores, seventh-graders Spencer King and Jaclyn Flanagan, and sixth-graders Andrew Hovis and Brianna Ray.
Ray is the daughter of Larry and Lachelle Ray, and Hovis is the son of Jim and Krista Hovis. Flanagan is the daughter of Adam and Tammy Flanagan, and King is the son of Karl and Jenny King. Flores is the daughter of Laura Flores, and Stewart is the son of Jason and Angela Stewart and stepmother Niki Stewart.
Local residents graduate from paramedic program
MILAN - Local students who graduated from EHOVE Career Center's adult education paramedic program are Tammara Lawson of Bascom and Robert Wilson of Republic.
OF selects students of the quarter
OLD FORT - Old Fort High School's students of the quarter are senior Roman Ream, the son of Brian and Phyllis Ream of Tiffin; junior Mikayla Compliment, the daughter of Mike and Beth Compliment of Old Fort; sophomore Ashley West, the daughter of George and Kelly West of Tiffin; freshman Jacquelyn Becker, the daughter of John and Maribeth Becker of Tiffin; eighth-grader Adam Alexander, the son of Rob and Anna Alexander of Tiffin; and seventh-grader Megan Cleveland, the daughter of Bret and Melissa Cleveland of Green Springs.
Following a solo and ensemble recital, two seventh-grade Fostoria City Schools band students continued on to represent their school at the Ohio Music Educators Association District 2 solo and ensemble contest April 9. Oboist Samantha Rusk received an "excellent" rating for her solo performance, and flutist Cierra Valenti received a rating of "superior" for her solo.
The seventh-grade band now turns its attention toward a performance at the OMEA District 2 large group festival in May, which is to be the first appearance by a Fostoria Junior High School band in at least 30 years.
Seminars to be offered
FREMONT - 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 May schedule is:
9:30-11:30 a.m. May 4 Ottawa County Improvement Corp. conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
9:30-11:30 a.m. May 11 Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce conference room, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.
9:30-11:30 a.m. May 18 Erie County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.
4:30-6:30 p.m. May 25 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 bauxter
Students to share work
FINDLAY Owens Community College students are to have the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents as the Findlay-area campus hosts its annual spring student art exhibition, titled "Our Best Yet," in the library gallery, Tuesday through May 6.
The college is to host a free community event, featuring Owens students, titled "An Evening of the Arts at Owens" Tuesday. Owens student artists are to share insight about their artistic expressions, while students within the "Beginning Creative Writing" and "Voice Class" courses are to provide attendees with reading excerpts from their dramatic compositions or are to sing, accompanied by guitar or CD, respectively. The reception is to occur 5-7 p.m. in the Findlay-area campus library.
Students whose work is to be displayed are Audrey Thacker of Tiffin, Caitlyn Payne of Fostoria and Scott Gearing of Upper Sandusky.
Aaron McDonald of New Riegel is among the Owens students reading excerpts from their dramatic compositions as part of "An Evening of the Arts at Owens."
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, call (567) 429-3088 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3088.
WOOSTER - Meghan O'Brien, a graduate of Columbian High School and a student at College of Wooster, received the Ronald E. Hustwit Prize.
Fatzinger to be regional VP
A Terra Community College student has been elected regional vice president for the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
Jason Fatzinger of Tiffin is the president of the Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter at Terra and also is to serve the northwest Ohio region as vice president. He is a 2001 Columbian High School graduate.
SE grad honored
Elizabeth Heibertshausen of Attica delivered an award-winning speech in the Hyde Park Forum Persuasive Speech Contest at Kent State University April 5. She received an honorable mention for her speech about "Changing Language Barriers: Learning a Second Language." She is a graduate of Seneca East High School.
Local residents graduate from academy
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Local residents who graduated from Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy at Owens Community College were Seth Combs, Candace Pahl and Kody Stickel of Upper Sandusky, Richard Donaldson of Tiffin, Ryan Miller of Fostoria and Jen Muro of Bradner.
Terra to unveil lab
FREMONT - Terra Community College and several collaborating partners are hosting an open house for a new lab on campus.
The Developmental and Assistive Technologies for Everyone lab and classroom officially are to be unveiled to the campus community and the public 2-7 p.m. Wednesday. The lab is located in the General Technologies Building, which is Building B, room 201.
Terra joined with the Adult Basic and Literacy Education program, the Pathways 2 Employment program and Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission in the project.
A $155,285 grant for the lab jointly was funded by Ohio Board of Regents and Rehabilitation Services Commission.
The learning lab and the classroom are to be used to enhance access to education for students with disabilities by providing a variety of assistive technology software and equipment and to provide instructional space for a developmental learning community comprising students with disabilities and students who place into developmental education classes.
The lab also is to be open to the collaborating partners and the public when they are not being used by Terra students.
Terra obtains equipment
Thanks to a grant and a cooperative agreement with Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Terra Community College has made it easier for its deaf and hearing impaired students to communicate, according to a release.
Three Ubi-Duo communication systems have been purchased through an assistive technologies grant from Ohio Board of Regents and Rehabilitation Services Commission. The units are to allow students who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate instantly with anyone without the need of a third party.
Two of the units are to remain on campus to be used by Office of Disability Services during advising sessions. The equipment also is to be available to other departments or academic divisional offices. The third unit was donated to the Sandusky County office of the ORSC.
Smidutz headed to Hawaii
Andrea Smidutz, a Terra Community College student from Tiffin, has been selected by the University of Northern Iowa for an internship in its Camp Adventure program. The program makes placements of early childhood specialists at military bases around the world. She was granted her top choice Oahu, Hawaii, at the Navy base in Pearl Harbor. She is a Hopewell-Loudon High School graduate.
Otterbein dean's list
WESTERVILLE - Local students on the dean's list at Otterbein University are Megan Johnston, Collin Debarbrie and Ashley Carlisle of Tiffin.
Hurwitz involved, honored
ASHLAND - Aaron Hurwitz of Tiffin is a new initiate of Phi Sigma Iota and is involved in Alpha Phi Sigma at Ashland University. He also was selected to receive the Ohio Council Criminal Justice Education Undergraduate Baccalaureate Achievement Award for the 2010-11 academic year.
He is the son of Steven and Cathy Hurwitz and is a 2007 graduate of Columbian High School.