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Sunday announcements

March 17, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

Fostoria hospital auxiliary to host book fair

FOSTORIA - Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary is to host a book fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital's gift shop area, entrance 2 or 3.

A variety of books for adults and children are to be for sale during the auxiliary's bi-annual book fair fundraising event. Also, a variety of gifts are to be available for purchase.

The auxiliary is operated by volunteers and helps support the hospital's mission to improve health and well-being.

To learn more about the book fair, contact Annie Long at (419) 436-6690.

Boosters raising funds for the band

Tiffin Columbian Band Boosters is raising funds for the members of the high school marching band. The group is recycling old band uniforms by making them into pillows. The cost of each pillow is $25, and two styles are available. The proceeds benefit the band uniform fund so new uniforms may be purchased in the future. For more information, email

Part-time adult classes offered

Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Career and Technology Center is taking registrations for part-time adult education spring classes that are scheduled for Fremont and Tiffin. Courses are to be offered in computers and technology and cooking. To register, call (419) 334.6901, ext. 402, or (419) 448-1212, ext. 221.

Clyde-GS to host meeting Monday

CLYDE - Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District is to have an information forum at 5 p.m. Monday in the Clyde High School cafeteria. Administrators are to answer questions about the district's financial picture, and a presentation is to be made to outline the five-year forecast. Superintendent Gregg Elchert is to explain measures being considered to balance the budget next school year.

Host families sought

Hosts for international exchange students are needed. Center for Cultural Interchange can be reached at (419) 966-3796 or by visiting

Writers compete in Power of the Pen

Tiffin Middle School was among about 30 schools that participated in a regional Power of the Pen contest in Sylvania.

Seventh-graders who participated were Eden Stephey, Shayla Thomas, Katie Zirger and Audrey Behm, and eighth-graders who participated were Kayla McGinnis, Bryana Riedlinger, Hannah Hawk, Justin Bair, Samantha Shetterly and Skylar Tucker.

McGinnins placed fourth in the individual competition, and Riedlinger won Best of Round in the third round of writing. The eighth-grade team placed third in the team competition.

McGinnis and Riedlinger are to compete at the state level in May.

Old Fort FFA competes

OLD FORT - Two members of Old Fort High School FFA chapter, Molly Cleveland and Sprite Severs, competed in the job interview career development events starting at the sub-district level Feb. 1. Cleveland placed first in the sophomore division, and Severs placed first in the senior division.

They advanced to the district Feb. 16. Cleveland placed first, qualifying for state competition, and Severs placed third. At the state competition, Cleveland placed sixth of 10 in the sophomore division.

FFA members compete

SYCAMORE - Four members of Mohawk High School's FFA chapter attended the district agriculture sales competition. The four members were Kayla Draper, Somer Freeman, Caitlyn Huffman and Darby Walton. The team placed fifth in the district, with Walton placing first individually.

FFA Week observed

SYCAMORE - Mohawk High School's FFA chapter observed FFA Week Feb. 21-24. Activities throughout the week included FFA officers giving agricultural facts during the school's morning announcements and sponsoring Minute to Win It games at lunch each day. Also during the week, students were encouraged to dress up to show their support for FFA such as hat day, boot and buckle day, future career day and blue and gold day. FFA members thanked staff for their support of the FFA chapter by hosting an appreciation breakfast, and they also had an FFA meeting and bowling party.

Students compete in job interview contest

SYCAMORE - Four members of Mohawk High School's FFA chapter participated in the Wyandot County job interview contest. Tommy Allen, Meghan Chaffee, Sabrina McDermott and Deon Morter participated in the contest, with Chaffee placing second and Allen placing third in the freshman division, McDermott winning the sophomore division and Morter placing fifth in the junior division. They were joined by Olivia Johnson at the sub-district contest, where Allen, Johnson and Morter placed fifth in their divisions, Chaffee placed third in her division and McDermott won the sophomore division. McDermott advanced to the district competition, where she placed fourth.

McPherson honors students

CLYDE - Students of the month for February at McPherson Middle School are sixth-graders Alicia Carter-Koonce and Conner Long, seventh-graders Liz Sullivan and Scott Clapp, and eighth-graders Cailyn Campbell and Spencer Elfring.

Altrusa offering scholarships

Altrusa International of Tiffin is accepting applications for scholarships. The program is open to any Seneca County resident pursuing a post-secondary education, General Educational Development diploma or technical school trade. The application from is available at Seneca County area high school guidance offices, online at or from any Tiffin Altrusa member. The deadline for submitting an application is April 15.

Memorial scholarship offered

Cathy Margraf Scholarship is being offered to high school seniors who are involved in the Seneca County 4-H program and participate in Seneca County Fair. The scholarship to be awarded during the fair is in honor of Margraf, who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. She was a supporter of the 4-H program and its youth. Applications were distributed to area high schools, including Bellevue, Bettsville, Calvert, Columbian, Fostoria, Hopewell-Loudon, Lakota, Mohawk, New Riegel, Old Fort, Seneca East, St. Wendelin Clyde and Buckeye Central. For more information, call (419) 448-1369 or (419) 937-2698.

Sprow honored

KANSAS - Senior Spencer Sprow is Lakota High School's February student of the month. He is the son of Tom and Sherry Sprow.

Students study art

Office of Gifted Education at Tiffin City Schools offered an art academy for a select number of fourth- and fifth-graders. Students studied the print works of Albrecht Durer and created printing blocks. Smaller blocks were carved to create rhythmic designs on canvas. The final products are to be on display at Imagination Celebration, which is 5:30-8 p.m. March 23.

Edible Book Fest upcoming

The Friends of Beeghly Library is to have its annual Edible Book Fest on the international holiday, "Edible Book Day," at 5:30 p.m. April 1 at Heidelberg University's Wickham Great Hall.

Participants may create an edible entry based on a book or literary work. Entries can be literal, such as food made from an actual recipe in a book; can be an artistic recreation of a book cover, concept or subject of the book; or can be a play on words in a book title or author's name. Entries can be an appetizer, an entree, a vegetable or salad or a dessert and must be edible and safe. Entrants should take a copy of the book or a copy of its cover with their entry.

Those who bring an entry are to receive one free admission for each edible book entered. Otherwise, admission is $10 for adults and $2 for students. Door prizes are to be given throughout the evening, and there is to be a 50/50 drawing.

Awards and prizes are to be given for best entree, best side dish, best dessert, young chef (15 and younger), most artistic, most humorous, people's choice and best Harry Potter entry, which is new this year. Entries must arrive by 5:30 p.m. to be judged. After judging, all participants are to eat the entries.

Some examples of edible book entries can be found at For more information about Edible Book Fest or for sponsorship opportunities, call (419) 447-3751 or email

Book to be discussed

Tiffin Seneca Public Library's adult book discussion group, "Let's Talk About It," is to discuss "South of Broad" by Pat Conroy at 10:30 a.m. April 5 in Junior Home Room. Copies of the book are available at the check-out desk. The event is free. For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or email rosz

Learn about sharing memories

CLYDE - People can learn how to get started in using technology to preserve and share memories. Clyde Public Library staff member Christie Armstrong is to present an overview of digital scrapbooking at the library during a program 6-7 p.m. Thursday. She is to explain software programs and websites, and all attendees are to receive a manual from "Daily Digi." To register for the free program, call (419) 547-7174.

Computer classes forming

ATTICA - Seneca East Public Library is a partner in the statewide Every Citizen Online broadband training project. Through the partnership, 70 adults have participated in the free basic computer and Internet training. By completing the ECO training, participants receive a free USB drive and are eligible for discounted high-speed Internet service and computer savings from companies supporting the program.

The six-hour training is free. The coursework, geared toward first-time computer and broadband users, includes computer basics and an introduction to the Internet and e-mail, and illustrates how broadband can be helpful in daily life.

Classes take place in Community Room at 14 N. Main St., Attica. Participants can register by calling (419) 426-3825.

UF to host Moyer

FINDLAY - Alumnus Kevin Moyer will be at University of Findlay Wednesday as a college of business visiting executive. A presentation, "Leadership and Creating Green Communities," is to take place at noon in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. There is no cost for admission.

SE grad inducted

FINDLAY Trina Hosang, a 2006 graduate of Seneca East High School, was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at University of Findlay. She is the daughter of Eileen and John Hosang of Attica.

Heidelberg inducts students in Honor Society

Local students inducted into Honor Society at Heidelberg University are Derrick Arbogast, Liesl Barth, Anna Brodman, Elizabeth Hefner, Barbara Purviance, Ronee Rice and Robin Stull, Tiffin; Brittany May, Upper Sandusky; Jaclyn Reinhart, New Riegel; and Adriana Walliser, Fostoria.

Hall plays softball

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP - Aja Hall, a graduate of Fostoria High School and native of Fostoria, is on the Owens Community College softball team.

Kern Center to offer classes

FREMONT - Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is to offer non-credit arts, crafts and hobbies classes. For more information or to register, call (419) 559-2255.

Owens to host Literacy Fair

FINDLAY Owens Community College is to offer free activities on the Findlay-area campus during Literacy Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Center. Admission to the event is free. For more information, call (567) 429-3029 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3029.

Elmwood opens pharmacy

GREEN SPRINGS - Elmwood Pharmacy at The Springs is the newest service to be introduced at Elmwood Healthcare Center at The Springs for 2012. Meeting the needs of Elmwood's patients and medical specialists, Elmwood has opened an onsite, hospital pharmacy on the west campus that will provide pharmaceutical medications and supplies prescribed for all Elmwood Specialty/LTAC Hospital patients.

A private, ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the opening of the new pharmacy, located on the ground floor, was conducted March 7. Kathy Hunt, Elmwood's owner and CEO, welcomed the new pharmacist and pharmacy staff, the managing pharmacy representatives from Pharmacy Systems Inc. and other guests. After introductions were made, the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, followed by a quick tour of the new pharmacy.

"Our first step was to open the pharmacy so we could begin dispensing medications for our hospital patients," said Hunt. "Now that we have begun this phase, our next step will be to eventually extend this service to our employees and their immediate families. In the future, we hope to open the pharmacy to the public. However, that decision will be determined based on community needs at that time."

Christina Bell, director of pharmacy at Elmwood Pharmacy at The Springs, is available for consultations with physicians and patients to help with patient's education. She also is to review all physicians' orders for potential medication interaction and other medically related issues.

Pharmacy Systems Inc. is the managing company for the Elmwood pharmacy. PSI also manages other hospital pharmacies around the area.

Elmwood Health & Wellness Campus at The Springs is located on State Route 19 in Green Springs.

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Frazier-Snook continues


Licensed social worker Alice Frazier-Snook recently attended "Best Practices for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide." The program took place March 2 at The Toledo Hospital and was sponsored by the Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

In her work at Community Hospice Care, Frazier-Snook is a member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition for Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties.

Brian E. Holbrook

A retirement ceremony in honor of Master Sgt. Brian E. Holbrook, U.S. Air Force, was Dec. 9, 2011, at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Holbrook was born and raised in Tiffin by parents Jim Holbrook and Deanna and Gary White. After graduating from Calvert High School, he enlisted with the USAF and left for basic military training in February 1992.

After graduating from the communications-computer systems operator course at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, he was assigned to Silver Creek, Neb. From 1993 to 1995 Airman 1st Class Holbrook was assigned to the 24th Communications Squadron, Howard AFB, Panama. While there he was deployed to the Air Force Division of the U.S. Military Training Mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

From 1995 to 1998, Senior Airman Holbrook was assigned to Sheppard AFB, Texas, as system administrator for Field Training Automated Network.

From 1999 to 2004 Holbrook returned to Offutt AFB as a communication security accountant. There he became an non-commissioned officer when he earned his Staff Sergeant stripes in March 1999.

He also was deployed during this time to Prince Sultan Air Base in support of Operation Southern Watch.

From 2004 to 2007 Staff Sgt. Holbrook stepped out of his career field and became a recruiter in Toledo for three years, excelling in recruiting earning the Silver Badge twice for exceeding his goals.

From 2007 to 2008 Tech. Sgt. Holbrook was sent to USMTM, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as communication security manager.

From 2008 until his retirement Tech Sgt. Holbrook returned to Offutt AFB assigned to U.S. Strategic Command as a security manager. He completed two Community College of the Air Force degrees and earned master sergeant stripes in April 2009.

Family members from the area attending the retirement ceremony included father Jim Holbrook of Findlay, mother Deanna White of Tiffin, uncle Dean Cooley and cousin Kennedie Kopp of Tiffin.

Holbrook and his family will continue to reside in Papillion, Neb. His wife Tina is an algebra teacher at Bellevue East Jr. High and High School and children Paige Nicole, 10, and Cole Douglas, 6, attend St. Mary's School.



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