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November 20, 2011
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coty J. Wright

Army National Guard Pvt. Coty J. Wright graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

The soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history and core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Wright is the son of Donna Teague of North SR 53, Tiffin, and grandson of Dorothy Moore of Fort Meigs Boulevard, Perrysburg.

He is a 2010 graduate of Bridges Community Academy, Tiffin.

Honor Flight receives $10K

COLUMBUS - Monday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine awarded $70,182 in grants to veterans charities across Ohio, including $10,000 to Honor Flight Northwest Ohio.

The grants were funded by proceeds recovered in the investigation of U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a fraudulent charity scam which solicited donations intended to benefit veterans.

Headquartered in Perrysburg, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio arranges flights for veterans to travel from Toledo to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built and dedicated in their honor. To date, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has flown 859 veterans to Washington to visit these memorials.

Statewide, eight grants were awarded to various veterans charities.

Other grant recipients include:

Fisher Houses at Wright-Patterson Medical Centers I and II in Dayton.

Equestrian Therapy Program in Cridersville.

Friends of the 179th in Mansfield.

Joseph House for Homeless Veterans in Cincinnati.

USO of Northern Ohio in Cleveland.

Veterans' Outreach in Struthers.

Operation Buckeye in Columbus.

Conquer grief this holiday season

The holiday season often can be a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one. What were once cherished traditions can reawaken or intensify grief.

Community Hospice Care plans to provide those dealing with loss this holiday season an opportunity to share their grief with others who understand.

Community Hospice Care, in conjunction with Scrap Happy, is to offer an evening workshop, Coping with the Holidays in Pictures, 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 12 at Scrap Happy.

People are to have the opportunity to create a small scrapbook of their loved one that they can carry with them through the holidays. Instructions and materials are to be supplied by Scrap Happy; all a person needs to bring are pictures and stories of a loved one.

For more information or to register, call Pam Tiell at (419) 447-4040 or (800) HOSPICE. Registrations are requested by Dec. 8.

Take a trot

Take a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Join others for a 3- or 5-mile run, walk or bike at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning at the shelter next to Tiffin Community YMCA.

Donations are to be accepted for Salvation Army. For more information, call Sara Riesen (419) 618-3139 or Vanessa Ardner at (419) 447-0127.

Gingerbread program to return

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's "Make a Gingerbread (Style) House" program is returning in time for the holidays.

The program is to be Nov. 30 in Frost Kalnow Room. Family members of all ages can stop by anytime between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., but they must register by Nov. 29.

Families are to create gingerbread-style houses with graham crackers and icing. Participants are asked to bring one package of graham crackers; decorations for the house and the "glue" are to be provided. Decorations can be old Halloween candy, stale cereal, marshmallows or other items to decorate the houses; people should not take colored sugar.

The event is free. Register by calling (419) 447-3751 or by stopping into Junior Library.

Author to visit library

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present the program "Rainbows in the Dark" at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in Frost Kalnow Room.

Local author Diane Riesen, who wrote the book "Rainbows in the Dark," is to discuss finding happiness and joy during the darkest of times and how the written word can bring inspiration to the drudgery of the daily routine. She is to discuss her love of writing, read an excerpt from her book and host a question-and-answer session.

Riesen was born and raised in Tiffin and raised two children in the Tiffin area. She worked for several doctors in the Tiffin area and also worked in Tiffin City Schools. She and her husband temporarily are living in Naperville, Ill.

"Rainbows in the Dark" is to be available to purchase for $10.99, with cash or check.

Call the library at (419) 447-3751 to register. For more information, log onto or email

T-SPL to offer tutoring time

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Teen Department is to host the new program "Teen Tutoring and Tech Time" every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, starting Nov. 28.

All students in grades 6-12 may participate in the teens-only program 5-7 p.m. in Kernan Computer Lab. Teens can get homework help with Kandi O'Donnell, teen programming specialist at the library, or use the library's computers.

For more information, log onto the library's Facebook page, onto the library's website at or call (419) 447-3751.

Learn about pre-1840s lifestyle

BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to have a program about the pre-1840s lifestyle 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. It is for children in grades K-4.

Now is time for flu shots

Influenza season is approaching. Now is the time for families to get their flu shots.

Influenza is a respiratory illness, characterized by headache, fever, cough and body aches. Protection from influenza peaks two weeks after vaccination and will diminish over the course of six months, thus the reason for needing yearly boosters. While influenza vaccination is recommended for all people older than 6 months of age, the following are considered high risk and should make flu shots a priority:

People older than 50.

People younger than 50 with any high risk or chronic condition.

Children aged 6-59 months.

Health care workers.

Pregnant women.

Household contacts and out-of-home care givers of persons at high risk.

In addition to vaccination, the best ways to prevent the flu and the spread of flu are to wash hands frequently, cover coughs, avoid crowded situations during peak flu season and stay home during illness.

Seneca County General Health District is to have a clinic 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, at 71 South Washington St., Tiffin. No appointment is necessary. The cost is $22 for adults and $14 for children. Those on Medicare part B and Medicaid may receive the shots at no charge with qualifying card.

For more information, call (419) 447-3691 or (800) 698-3691.

For more information, visit

YMCA to offer lifeguarding class

A lifeguarding class is to begin at Tiffin Community YMCA Nov. 30. People must be 16 years old to be certified. Pre-registration is required. Call (419) 447-8711 for more information.

DD board to have public forum

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to host a public forum at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at Seneca County Opportunity Center to take comments regarding the draft 2012 action plan and 2011 annual report. Copies of the draft plan are to be available at that time.

Boosters to have reverse raffle

BASCOM Hopewell-Loudon Athletic Boosters is to have its annual Chieftain Night Reverse Raffle to raise funds for Hopewell-Loudon athletes. It is to be Wednesday in Meadowbrook Ballroom within Meadowbrook Park in Bascom. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the reverse raffle starts at 7 p.m.

Reverse raffle tickets for the $2,500 grand prize may be purchased for $25 from any Athletic Boosters member or coach. Admittance to the event is $12, however, for each raffle ticket purchased, $2 is deducted from admittance. The evening features a number of games of chance including Texas hold'em, Black Jack, Big Wheel and 50/50 games. There is an entry fee for Texas Hold'em, and buy-ins are to be available.

Food and beverages, including chicken sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, ham sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, cheese and vegetable trays, potato salad, pretzels, chips, pop, wine coolers and beer, are to be provided for the admission price.

Attendees must be 21 years of age. The winner of the reverse raffle need not be present to win.

H-L to break ground

BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon Local School District is to celebrate the groundbreaking for its new K-12 school at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at the construction site across the road from the present school building. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony is to be in the gymnasium. Parking is to be available in the lot north of the construction site.

Board to meet

MARION - North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's board is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion Campus, 333 E. Center St.

V-S to offer adult courses

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers are taking registrations for part-time adult education courses in the fall, winter and spring classes in Fremont or Tiffin. Contact Adult Career Center at (419) 334-6901, ext. 402, or (419) 448-1212, ext. 221, to register.

Courses are to be offered in computers and technology, personal development, medical, culinary and trade and industrial.

Courses to be offered

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers' public safety services program at the adult center is to offer a fire/EMT instructor program, EMT Basic and professional firefighter courses. Classes are to be at the Fremont site's public safety building. Call (419) 334-6901, ext. 405 or 409, or (419) 448-1212, ext. 276.

Site shows schools' ranking

Parents and communities are to have new information to understand how effectively Ohio's public schools are helping students learn with a new ranking of Ohio public school buildings' performance released by Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner. Ohio Department of Education is to release a final list by September 2012 as required by state law. The draft ranking list can be viewed at

"Educators, parents and communities can make informed decisions about improving their schools when they have the right information. The ranking list is a powerful tool we can use to see how local schools stack up with similar communities around the state," Heffner said in a release. "Next year, this list will be coupled with financial data to give the public a clear way to see who is delivering the most return on the community's educational investment."

SW to host Christmas event

FOSTORIA - Preschoolers who are 4 and 5 years old and their parents can attend St. Wendelin Catholic School's annual "ADVENTures Fours/Fives" to be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. It is to include activities to help prepare children for the celebration of Christmas. Reservations are required by Nov 29 by calling the school office at (419) 435-8144.

Schools receive grants

North Central Electric Cooperative People Fund Board awarded Seneca East Elementary School a $1,350 grant to assist with the purchase of five iPads and covers for Lisa Rombach's first-grade classroom. Students are to read interactive books, work with interactive math activities and write words with "sparkle paint" with the iPads.

New Riegel Elementary School received a $900 grant to assist with the second-grade service learning project, which includes several in-school projects and monthly visits to Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria to visit with, entertain and conduct various crafts and learning projects with a select group of residents.

Other grants awarded at the July meeting included a $1,000 grant to Seneca County Youth Center toward the purchase of an automated external defibrillator, a $2,826 grant to Attica Agricultural Society toward the purchase of siding and doors for Art Hall at Attica Independent Fairgrounds, a $700 grant to the village of New Washington for trash receptacles for the village park, a $903 grant to Kansas Fire and Rescue toward the purchase of a generator with lighting system and $2,861 for three personal grants.

Quiz bowl teams compete

The final matches in the 17-team, two-division Seneca/Wyandot/Put-in-Bay/Sandusky Area High School Quiz Bowl League were played Nov. 8.

Clyde and Columbian high schools lead North Division at 7-1, but by virtue of its win over Columbian earlier in the season, Clyde takes first in the division and Columbian, second. Clyde's only loss had come at the hands of Bridges Community Academy. At season's end, Old Fort High School tied Bridges in the number of wins, six wins each, but Old Fort edges out Bridges for third place in the division by a win over it earlier in the season.

In South Division, Hopewell-Loudon High School 7-2, has won the division, with Seneca East High School, 6-3, taking second. There is more competition for third place in the division with both teams tied at 5-4, but Upper Sandusky High School, which had come out on top in its match with Carey High School, takes the third spot.

As winners of their divisions, Clyde and Hopewell-Loudon are to make the trip to the regionals of Ohio Academic Competition April 21. The top two winners of each of the six regionals across the state advance to the state championship in Columbus in May. Clyde and Hopewell-Loudon teams have been to the regionals before. Clyde's trip was in April 2010. Hopewell-Loudon's last trip was in 1994.

The next event for the league is to be the tournament in December to be at First Lutheran Church in Tiffin.

The combined scores from the November matches are: Bridges-Mohawk High School, 115-35; Calvert High School-Hopewell-Loudon, 80-60; Carey-Calvert, 80-45; Carey-St. Wendelin High School, 125-85; Clyde-Bettsville High School, 205-20; Clyde-Old Fort High School, 165-25; Clyde-Ross High School, 150-25; Columbian-Bridges, 150-55; Columbian-Fostoria High School, 110-5; Fostoria-Mohawk, 65-40; Fostoria-New Riegel High School, 145-95; Hopewell-Loudon-Seneca East, 130-90; Hopewell-Loudon-St. Wendelin, 175-60; New Riegel-Bridges, 115-110; New Riegel-Mohawk, 85-40; Old Fort-North Central Academy, 80-0; Put-in-Bay High School-Bettsville, 80-25; Put-in-Bay-Old Fort, 85-75; Ross-North Central Academy, 80-25; Ross-Put-in-Bay, forfeit; Seneca East-Carey, 80-55; Seneca East-Upper Sandusky, 180-20; St. Wendelin-Upper Sandusky, 100-70; and Upper Sandusky-Calvert, 75-60.

Ballash receives degree

Tom Ballash received his American FFA Degree at the 84th National FFA Convention. He is the 14th student from Hopewell-Loudon High School's FFA chapter to receive the award, which is the highest degree in FFA. Seven other students from the FFA chapter also attended the convention and participated in sessions, workshops and tours.

McPherson honors students

CLYDE - McPherson Middle School's students of the month are sixth-graders Brendan Wampler and Lily Noftz, seventh-graders Kane Milleson and Jewel Roberts, and eighth-graders Zach Rieman and Taya Rohrbacher.

SW honors students

FOSTORIA - St. Wendelin Catholic School's Mohawks of the Quarter are first-grader Grace Hoover, second grader Elijah Kitchen, third-grader Elijah Holman, fourth-grader Erika Gonzales, fifth-grader Valerie Zavala and sixth-grader Taiah Douglas.

FFA participates in parade

Members of the Tiffin-Sentinel FFA chapter participated in a Halloween parade Oct. 16 by preparing a float, dressing up and handing out candy. The theme for the float was a Halloween pumpkin house. Members walked along the parade route dressed in Halloween costumes and passed out candy along the way. Those who attended included Hugh Williams, Tommy Hoover, Kim Casey, Kyler Lange, Brittany Warnick, Kyle Thom, Cara Vassalle, Kevin Hoover, Stephen Harper, Chris Hays, John Morlock, Katie Sherman and the Zender children.

Heidelberg removes potential barriers

In a move that may be unprecedented among Ohio's private colleges, Heidelberg University has removed potential barriers for students with associate's degrees who want to transfer to Heidelberg to complete bachelor's degrees. The faculty passed a proposal earlier this month that allows coursework completed at community colleges to fulfill the university's general education requirements.

The proposal stipulates that degree completion students must have earned an associate of arts or an associate of science degree from a regionally accredited, state-assisted Ohio institution, according to a release.

Previously, students contemplating transfer to Heidelberg frequently had a significant number of additional general education requirements to take to complete a bachelor's degree. Many of these students chose to go elsewhere, Provost David Weininger said.

"We wanted to cut down on the number of courses a student with an associate's of science or an associate's of art degree have to take (upon transfer)," he said.

In essence, the proposal "deliberately seeks to avoid a course-by-course transcript evaluation of Heidelberg general education requirements" for associate's degree holders. "This will make us much more attractive to community college students," Weininger said. "They will then be able to focus on electives and their major."

The new degree completion option for associate's degree holders may be unprecedented among private colleges and universities in Ohio.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is not done at any other school of our type," Weininger said. "Where previously, transfer may have been difficult, all of a sudden, it fits."

Community colleges with whom Heidelberg shares articulation and transfer agreements are equally excited about the potential Heidelberg's new policy presents for their students to reach academic and career goals, the release states.

"Our students will greatly benefit from Heidelberg's new policy," said Nancy Sattler, dean of liberal arts and public services at Terra State Community College. "Our students will be confident that their general education courses will transfer to Heidelberg, saving them both time and money."

Scott Potter, dean of arts and sciences at Marion Technical College, agreed.

"Heidelberg's new policy gives MTC students a great opportunity to continue their education after receiving their AA or AS degree. I truly believe many of our students will be interested in continuing their education at Heidelberg," he said.

Terra introduces CORE

FREMONT - Complete Orientation and Registration Experience is a new mandatory orientation program at Terra State Community College that better aligns the college's admissions procedures with best practices in student success programming, according to a release.

"This program is designed to empower students as they begin their college studies and motivates them on their path to success," said Kristen Taylor, director of admissions and enrollment services. "The enrollment process now requires students to attend this session to learn about student policies, faculty expectations, student services and how to navigate through their student portal online so they can register for classes during CORE."

Students are required to submit an application, and submit test scores or complete the college placement exam prior to reserving their seat in a CORE session. All new students and students returning to the college after a five-year absence are to be required to attend CORE.

Registration for the spring 2012 semester began Oct. 24 and is to last through the start of spring semester Jan. 9. Several CORE sessions are scheduled from now through January.

For more information about the application and enrollment process, costs or financial aid process, contact the admissions and enrollment services office at (866) AT-TERRA or by e-mailing

Terra to offer tax workshop

FREMONT - Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is to present a small business tax workshop Dec. 7.

The free seminar is to assist a small business with its tax planning. Topics include income tax, sales tax, payroll tax, tax filings, tax changes and more. The presenter is to be John Krupp, certified public accountant, who has more than 30 years experience working with small businesses.

The free workshop is 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Terra in Building B, room 206.

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

Owens to close for holiday

FINDLAY Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, are to be closed Wednesday through Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving. There are to be no classes, and the college is to be closed.

There also are to be no classes Tuesday. However, administrative offices are to be open throughout the day.

Classes are to resume and administrative offices are to open again Nov. 28.

Students to perform in NYC

OXFORD - Two local students at Miami University, Alex Price of Tiffin and Darryl Johnson of Fostoria, are to travel to New York City with Miami University Marching Band to march in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The band was chosen from a pool of more than 150 applicants based on music ability, marching technique and performance skills. They are to join the line up of performers, Macy's employees, floats and giant helium character balloons in the holiday celebration Thursday.

Herman initiated

ADA - Alexandria Herman, daughter of Kimberly Herman of Tiffin, has been initiated into Tau Beta Pi at Ohio Northern University. She is a graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School.

White inducted

NORTH CANTON - Gemma White of Bloomville was inducted into Walsh University's education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.

Foundation board elects officers

TERRA - At its October meeting, the Terra College Foundation board elected officers for 2012.

Three of the four were re-elected, including Joseph Wasserman as chairman, R. Jeff Joerg as secretary and Robert Woolf as treasurer. Thomas Kern, vice chairman, is the lone new officer. Their terms are to run Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012.

TU selects Hilliard as trustee

Tiffin University has elected Janice Hilliard to its board of trustees.

She is vice president of player development for National Basketball Association. Under her leadership, programming and professional development initiatives are implemented for players and staff on 30 NBA teams.

Prior to joining the NBA, Hilliard spent seven years as a teacher, coach and counselor for public school systems in Texas and Michigan. She also worked seven years in student affairs and athletics administration at Central Michigan University, University of Houston and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mercy College honors list

TOLEDO - Michaela Jury of Carey is on the honors list at Mercy College of Ohio.

Fox involved at AU

Christy Fox of Upper Sandusky is a member of Eagle Eye Marketing at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Daniel and Judy Fox of Upper Sandusky and is a 2010 graduate of Riverdale High School.

Gajjala shares

Tiffin University professor Vinnie Gajjala shared his expertise in transnational entrepreneurship and e-learning during a workshop organized by Silicon Valley giant IBM. Gajjala received a personal invitation to present his research at "Future Technologies, Skills, Jobs and Careers: Connecting Frameworks, Theories and Models" at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif.

Gajjala has taught on campus and online in the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by TU's school of business and the university's executive master's of business administration program in Romania since May 2002.

McConnell reports at AU

ASHLAND - Susan McConnell of Tiffin is a reporter for "Collegian" at Ashland University. She is the daughter of Douglas and Joan McConnell of Tiffin and is a 2010 graduate of Columbian High School.

USC dean's list

LOS ANGELES - Karen Forrest, the daughter of Clair and Linda Forrest of Tiffin, is on the dean's list at University of Southern California.

Residents pass Bar

Local residents who passed the Ohio Bar are Laura Goshe and Anthony Hall of Tiffin and Jessica Monday of Carey. All three studied at University of Toledo.



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