Ground schools to be offered for pilots
FREMONT - Fremont Flight Academy is to begin its fourth annual private and instrument pilot ground schools Jan. 21 at Fremont Airport, 365 S. SR 53.
The courses are to take place each Saturday through March.
In order to earn a private pilot license, a student must pass three tests required by Federal Aviation Administration: a written test, oral test and flight test.
The private pilot ground school is designed to prepare students to pass the written and oral portion of the private pilot test.
The instrument pilot ground school is for advanced pilots who want to sharpen their aviation skills and obtain an instrument pilot license.
Rebecca Warner Butzier, a former airline captain and FlightSafety International instructor, is to teach the courses.
The ground school is to run 10 a.m.-noon, and the instrument school is to be 1-3 p.m.
For registration and information, call (419) 332-8037.
Fostoria foundation receives $100K grant
FOSTORIA?- Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Inc. has received a Fidelity Charitable grant of $100,000 from Carter Family Giving Fund.
In 2005, Fostorian Richard H. Carter Sr. made provisions for this planned gift that would be made to Greater Fostoria Community Foundation upon his death. The purpose of the gift is to establish Richard & Ann Carter Fund as a new component fund of Greater Fostoria Community Foundation. With receipt of this grant, the foundation has established the fund.
Gifts such as this one help to grow the foundation's endowment fund, which is designed to build a permanent lasting gift to the Fostoria community.
Contributions are pooled to provide funds that generate income for awarding grants to non-profit, charitable organizations in Fostoria and surrounding townships.
Since its inception in 1998, Greater Fostoria Community Foundation has awarded more than $1,005,581 in grants to almost 50 charitable organizations in areas such as the arts, culture, humanities, economic development, civic affairs, education, health and social services.
Options for making a deferred gift to the foundation:
Donors may make provisions for the foundation in their estate and/or financial plans by arranging to establish a deferred charitable fund or add to an existing fund at the foundation.
Bequests - You make a gift from your estate to the foundation. Your estate may claim a tax deduction for the full amount of your charitable bequest.
Charitable trusts - You designate in your trust that a certain amount of money or property may be transferred to the foundation. Your estate receives a charitable deduction for the full, fair market value of your gift.
Help Kiwanis celebrate 40 years
Kiwanis Manor of Tiffin is to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a picnic-style lunch at noon Feb. 4 in the Hyatt Room, 7 W. Market St.
The menu is to include barbecue pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, beverages and cake.
Doug Collar and Richard Miller are to be guest speakers.
Reservations are due by Jan. 25. Call (419) 448-4541.
Professionals to meet
Companies are increasingly turning to Recruitment Process Outsourcing to accomplish hiring objectives due to reduction in staffing teams, increased utilization of advanced recruiting technology and intense competition for top talent.
Join Tiffin Area HR Association 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin when AJ Granger, director of client solutions at The RightThing reviews RPO methodologies and examples of successful RPO partnerships.
The RightThing is a premier recruitment process outsourcing RPO provider. The RightThing leads the industry with innovative, scalable solutions that help clients find, recruit, hire and retain top talent. The RightThing offers recruiting solutions to small, medium and large organizations serving many of the world's leading companies.
The event is to include lunch and a program and the cost for TAHRA members is $11 and $12 for non members.
Knitters to celebrate anniversary
CLYDE - Knifty Knitters are to celebrate the group's sixth anniversary 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday with a potluck at Clyde Public Library.
Libraries to be closed Monday
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is to reopen Tuesday with regular hours. Call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us for more information.
Mohawk Community Library also is to be closed Monday.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Junior Department is to host a Lego contest at 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in Frost Kalnow Room. Children ages 4 and up can create an original Lego creation in advance of the competition to be judged the day of the event. Preregistration is to be Jan. 10-27.
On the day of the contest, participants are to bring their Lego creation to Frost Kalnow Room to put them on display so the public can judge them. "Crowd Favorite" is to be announced for each age category: ages 4 to 6, 7 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 and older. Prizes are to be awarded to the creations receiving the most votes. Participants must be present to win.
For more information or a listing of the rules, stop by Junior Library, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail email@example.com.
Library to have book discussion
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a book discussion about "Julie & Julia" by Julie Powell as part of the "Read It See It" series with The Ritz Theatre at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 in Frost Kalnow Room. Copies of the book are available at the library's check-out desk and include large-print and audiobook versions.
The Ritz Theatre is to feature the motion picture "Julie & Julia" at 2 p.m. Feb. 5. Patrons can present their library card and get a free popcorn.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
T-SPL to offer computer classes
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to have nine adult computer classes in February. Space is limited, so registration is necessary. Registration is under way. The library charges $1 per class to cover copy costs, which must be paid by the time of the class.
Searching the Internet is to be 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 and is to teach students how to search the Internet, in addition to learning about different types of search engines and directories, and how to formulate good searches. Students must be familiar with how to use a mouse and the keyboard and should have taken the "Beginning Internet" class.
iDownloads is to be offered 2-3 p.m. Feb. 8 and is to teach participants how to download audiobooks, eBooks and more on their computer, iPod, or eBook reader. The eReaders compatible with T-SPL's service are Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo and PanDigital. Students must be familiar with the Internet or have taken "Beginning Internet."
Intro to Publisher is to be 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 and is to teach the basics of the desktop publishing program, Microsoft Publisher 2007. Students are to learn how to use basic Publisher tools such as text box, picture frame and templates while creating and saving a document. Students may wish to bring USB flash drive to save documents. Students must be familiar with how to use a mouse and the keyboard
Intermediate Word is to be 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Students are to review the fundamentals of Word as well as learn about templates, formatting and working with graphics and tables in a Word document. Students should have a basic knowledge of Word before taking the intermediate course.
Mouse 101 is to be 6-7 p.m. Feb. 22 and is to teach students how to use the mouse. People are to distinguish between left and right clicking, double clicking and moving the mouse around.
Genealogy on the "Net" is to be 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and is to teach students the basics of searching genealogy sites to add to their family trees. Genealogy sites and techniques for formulating good searches are discussed. Students must be familiar with the Internet, have an e-mail address and have two ancestors' names to bring to class.
To register or for more information, call (419) 447-3751.
Library to host computer class
SYCAMORE - E-mail, how to check it and what programs to use is the class for Computers with Josh at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mohawk Community Library. Josh Ekleberry is from Sycamore Telephone Co.
'Book To Movie' series starts
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Community Library is starting a "Book To Movie" series Saturday. People can read the book and then see the movie. Books are available for check-out for the next six weeks. The library then is to show the movie made from the book at 2 p.m. Feb. 18.
Computer classes being offered
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is offering basic computer classes for free. The library received a federal grant to participate in Connect Ohio as a participant of Every Citizen Online, and the matching grant helped fund the purchase of laptops for small-group computer instruction.
The library is to offer basic computer training as part of Connect Ohio, continuing through July 2013. Monthly Connect Ohio classes are to consist of a series of three sessions. Each series of instruction includes an introduction to computers, an introduction to the Internet and basic use of the Internet, including e-mail.
After completing six hours of training, students are to receive a certificate of completion. Certificate holders are eligible for certain discounts on broadband Internet access.
The next series of classes is to be 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 23, Jan. 25 and Jan. 26. Registration by Jan. 19 is recommended. Call (419) 483-4769 to register or for more information.
Credit program to be Thursday
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is offering a program about credit reports and credit repair at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room. Accessing a free credit report, resolving discrepancies on the report and ways to improve credit status are to be the topics. Donna Green from the Erie County office of Ohio State University Extension Service is to be the speaker. Registration by Tuesday is required. Contact Adult Services at (419) 483-4769 to register or request information.
Book club to meet
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library has scheduled its winter series of Teen Book Club. The group meets at 4 p.m. one Thursday a month. The winter series is Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 29. Refreshments are to be served. The discussion book in January, "Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer" by John Grisham, is available at the Youth Services desk. For more information about Teen Book Club, visit or call Youth Services at (419) 483-0422.
Reading program to be offered Feb. 6
BELLEVUE - "Every Child Ready to Read" training for parents is to be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Bellevue Public Library. Because of a grant from International Metal Hose, each family is to receive a Ready to Read Parent Kit that includes three books, a music CD, magnetic alphabet letters and a story board with puppet characters. The workshop is free. Parents, grandparents and other adults may register for the workshop by visiting or calling Youth Services at (419) 483-0422. Child care is not available for the session.
Old Fort Bank hires Eric Willman
Michael C. Spragg, president and CEO of Old Fort Banking Co., is pleased to announce Eric Willman has joined company as branch administration officer.
"Eric brings with him an extensive background in retail banking management serving in this capacity for the past 10 years. His dedication and leadership abilities will further enhance our commitment to community banking, our clients and our employees." said Michael Spragg.
In his new role, Willman is to direct the activities of all Old Fort Bank Financial Centers and is to have overall responsibility for the operation and sales activities of the financial centers.
With previous banking experience in Seneca County, Willman said he is pleased with his new role.
"Old Fort Bank has given me an opportunity to fulfill a career goal with an organization and team that is committed to excellence in company performance and client satisfaction, while at the same time allowing me to work and support the communities in which I have a personal connection." Willman said.
A graduate of University of Dayton with a bachelor of science and a major in marketing, he is a graduate of Columbian High School. He resides in Tiffin with his wife, Danielle, and two children, Bradley and Abigail.
January is national blood donor month
January is the perfect time to honor the people who help others through the simple act of giving blood.
Since 1970, January has been known as National Blood Donor Month, a time when blood organizations such as American Red Cross pay tribute to the nearly 11 million people who give blood each year, and encourage others to start the New Year off right by coming to give the gift of life.
"Blood donors bring hope and promise to hospital patients who may need blood for their very life," said Donald Bake, CEO for Western Lake Erie Region of American Red Cross. "Donors are people like you who play a vital role in modern health care by helping ensure hospitals have blood for patients."
January is a challenging time for blood donation because cold and snowy weather and busy post-holiday schedules can make it difficult for blood donors to keep appointments. Regardless of the time of year, hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma.
Red Cross encourages donors to make and keep appointments, for convenience and to reinforce the feeling of commitment. Community members also can contribute to the blood supply by organizing or volunteering at a blood drive, or by suggesting blood donation to their family and friends.
"If volunteering in your community is on your list of resolutions, you can meet it by simply giving blood or recruiting others to give, too," said Baker. "Donating blood is a great way to make a lifetime of difference in just a little more than an hour's worth of your time."
Hospitals take steps to slim healthcare expenses, boost productivity
TOLEDO?- ProMedica has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by American Heart Association's Start! initiative for championing the health of their employees and for working to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.
Start! helps change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
In the past year, ProMedica has implemented a Healthy Nutrition policy that requires healthy food choices to be offered in facility cafeterias, vending machines and at any ProMedica event. Employees also have been provided a 50 percent membership reduction at ProMedica fitness facilities and at specific YMCA locations.
"Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at ProMedica. We are honored and excited to be recognized by American Heart Association's Start! movement as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company," said Arturo Polizzi, chief human resources officer. "We're committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees' health and produce even more positive results for our company overall."
Advisory council to meet
Tiffin City Board of Education's Business Advisory Council is to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building.
Columbian to have information night
Columbian High School is to have curriculum information night for parents and students in grades 9-11.
The session, which is for people to get information before scheduling 2012-13 classes, is 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium.
Board to organize
MARION - North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is to have its organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion campus, 333 E. Center St., Marion. The regular January meeting is to follow the organizational meeting.
OF taking registrations
OLD FORT - Old Fort Elementary School is taking kindergarten registrations for the 2012-13 school year. Screening is to be in April and by appointment only.
People can contact the elementary office at (419) 992-1024 for registration forms and information about the "Stepping Into Kindergarten" meeting.
Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1.
Board to have work session
FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools' board of education has scheduled a work session at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Holmes Administration Building, 500 Parkway Drive, Fostoria. No board action is to be taken.
COLUMBUS - Ohio high school students are registering for Student Legislature and Supreme Court at the Statehouse. Teens are to present legislation about issues they believe will improve the state while student justices are to consider cases appealed the Supreme Court.
In a release, Lois Nelson, state YMCA director, said Youth in Government is open to all interested high school students from every community. Youth in Government convenes at the Statehouse in Columbus April 12 for the three-day session. For information and to register, contact Lois Nelson at (304) 675-5899, e-mail lois@hi-y.
org, or visit www.hi-y.org.
Scholarship applications being accepted
FOSTORIA ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. Area high school seniors and college students pursuing a career in a health care-related field can apply.
Applications are available in local schools through the high school guidance counselor, at the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital welcome desk/switchboard, inside entrance 1, and online at www.promedica.org/fostoria.
Completed applications must be returned no later than Feb. 25 to Cindy Reinhard, 470 Linwood Ave., Fostoria, OH 44830.
FOSTORIA - Redmen Music Club is conducting its annual booster drive throughout the month of January. All funds collected are to benefit Redmen Music Club and its mission to support the music programs and student musicians of Fostoria City Schools.
Donation levels are Audience member ($10-$49), Musician ($50-$99), Section Leader ($100-$149), Concertmaster ($150-$249) and Conductor's Circle ($250 or greater). All donors are to have their names listed in all band and choir programs for the year, as well as listed on the high school band webpage.
To become a Redmen music booster, people can see Fostoria band or choir students in grades 7-12, drop off or mail a donation to Fostoria Junior/Senior High School (1001 Park Ave., Fostoria, OH 44830) or call (419) 436-4110.
FFA members honored
SYCAMORE - Mohawk High School's FFA chapter had a ceremony for the Greenhand degree recipients Dec. 5. To earn the degree, first-year members must be enrolled in an agricultural education class, have a plan for their supervised agriculture experience and explain FFA fundamentals. The students receiving the award and starting their FFA career were Tommy Allen, Meghan Chaffee, Kelsea Fleming, Austin Harris, Caitlin Huffman, Kevin Lonsway, Aaron Miller, Richard Moore, Austin Morter, Bailey Myers, Morgan Sniffen and Bri Thiery.
Tiffin Middle School students of the month for October are Briell Caine, Jacob Warnement, Patrick DelTurco, Abby Fox, Jenna Fawcett, Will Fleck, Audrey Behm, Cody Scheer, Kaleb Chance, Noah Francis, Sydney Saum and Jacob Wolf. Students honored in November were Shawn Daniel, Heather Riedlinger, Karson Kiser, Taylor Newman, Madison Auble, Dylan Breidenbach, Austin McDonald, Katelyn Stone, Brianna Leon-Guerrero, Kendalyn Sarka, Gabby Tong and Cheyenne Ward.
Science, technology, engineering and math are being enhanced at St. Wendelin Catholic School. Sixth- and seventh-graders have been building robots and programmed them to complete a task. The first task the crews had to accomplish was to program the robot to move a specified distance. A battery was placed on a table sitting upright. The robot that got the closest to the battery without knocking it over won the contest. Senior physics students also are to study robotics this year.
Other STEM offerings past and present include building an airplane, which is complete and is to go to Kenya; building, installing and testing an electric wind generator; and using handheld Lab Quest electronic devices to test various water parameters in the west branch of Portage River.
Lakota student of the month
KANSAS - Senior Brett Welly is Lakota High School's student of the month for December. He is son of Dave and Barb Welly of Kansas.
Owens to be closed Monday
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 Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are to be no classes, and the college offices are to be closed for business.
FINDLAY Owens Community College's Office of Adult Basic and Literacy Education is expanding its free academic opportunities available to area residents within the northwest Ohio region by offering new educational site locations in Bowling Green and Findlay.
Adults interested in improving their knowledge and skills in such areas as English, mathematics and reading now are to be able to attend ABLE classes at Wood County JOBsolutions, 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, Hancock County JOBsolutions, 7746 CR 140, Findlay, and Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway, Findlay.
For more information, call (567) 661-2708 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 2708.
UF plans DNA Day
FINDLAY - University of Findlay is to host DNA Day Jan. 27 for high school students who are interested in the natural sciences and laboratory research. The visit, slated for 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m., is to lunch on campus with current university students, a tour of the campus and admissions information. Interested students may reserve a spot by calling (419) 434-4161 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kern offers more classes
FREMONT - Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering a "How To" series regarding eBay, Craig's List and computer maintenance, and other classes in arts, crafts and hobbies. To register or for more information, call (419) 559-2255. For a complete listing of fall semester classes, visit www.terra.edu/learning.
Learn about financial aid
BOWLING GREEN- Bowling Green State University is hosting workshops Saturday and Feb. 3 to help students and their families understand the financial aid application and award process.
Two workshops are to be Jan. 21, with the first 9 a.m.-noon and the second 1-4 p.m. The Feb. 3 session is 9 a.m.-noon. Registration is required to attend and can be made by visiting sfa.bgsu.edu/work
shop. All workshops are to be in Bowen-Thompson Student Union Ballroom.
Learn about volunteering opportunities
FINDLAY Area residents can learn about and explore available opportunities to give back to their local communities throughout northwest Ohio as the Owens Community College Findlay-area campus serves as host to its second annual Community Volunteer Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Center on the Findlay-area campus. Admission to the event is free.
Throughout the event, individuals can meet with local community outreach representatives and ask them questions about volunteer opportunities available through their organizations. For more information, call (567) 429-3029 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3029.
Owens starts food pantry
FINDLAY Owens Community College, with the support of Toledo Seagate Food Bank, is reaching out to its students who are in need of help and assistance establishing the school's first Owens Harvest Food Pantries on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. The new Owens Harvest Food Pantries are designed to provide students with free non-perishable food resources as well as various service learning opportunities.
Maintenance/Department of Public Safety Building room 106 is to serve as home to Owens Harvest Food Pantry on the Findlay-area campus. It is to be open to all Owens students Thursdays starting in February. Students are to need to show a valid Owens identification to use the services.
Individuals and community organizations interested in participating or donating can call (567) 661-2275 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 2275.
Bluffton dean's list
BLUFFTON - Local students on the dean's list at Bluffton University are Caitlin Nearhood of Clyde and Mitchell Gosche and Courtney Winger (distinction) of Tiffin.
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Local students who were inducted into Alpha Omega Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Owens Community College are Christina Brown and Kathy Smith of Fostoria, Charlotte Cenkus and Hollie Irving of Tiffin, Jordan Hoppe of Green Springs and Matthew Romanko of Sycamore.
Heidelberg dean's list
Local students on the Heidelberg University dean's list are Tunde Adedipe, Derrick Arbogast, Rush Arbogast, Amanda Barger, Liesl Barth, Christy Biller, Cy Boehler, Anna Brodman, Nicholas Brose, Logan Burd, Chelsea Carley, Daniel Chambers, Si Chen, Alexa Cleveland, Nicholas Comer, Brianne Cook, Brittany Cook, Jennifer Covert, Danielle Dandar, Corey Gabel, Brianna Gaietto, Grant Gase, Jessie Gase, Sarah Geary, Erika Hammer, Elizabeth Hefner, Donald Hoover, John Huenemann, Julia Kagy, Nicole LaPierre, Clint Lease, Jonathan Miller, Seth Newell, Amanda Perry, Barbara Purviance, Danielle Reinhart, Megan Reinhart, Ronee Rice, Annette Roberts, Emily Runion, Alison Sauber, Taylor Stout, Jessica Warren, Cole Williams and Sebastian Williams, Tiffin; Bessie Artino, Johanna Baun and Renee Lacy, Republic; Aubrey Dorsey and Kayla Gerber, Clyde; Laura Gilchrist, Bloomville; Calista Hall, Green Springs; Nicholas Hay and Kyle Shock, Attica; Aaron Kapelka and Lucas Walter, Fostoria; Gabrielle Mintz, Jaclyn Reinhart and Jodi Zirger, New Riegel; Jami Wagner, Alvada; Breanna Weininger, McCutchenville; and Christopher Clinger, Brittany May and Kelsey Swavel, Upper Sandusky.
GIBRALTAR ISLAND - High school, undergraduate and graduate students and educators can register for summer science classes at Stone Laboratory. Twenty-five courses at Stone Lab, Ohio State University's island campus on Lake Erie, get students out into the field and onto the lake to experience science up-close and personal while earning college credit that is transferable to most colleges and universities.
This summer's courses are listed at stonelab.osu.edu/courses and applications are available at stonelab.osu.edu/