Directors to meet
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's board of directors is to meet at noon Tuesday in Junior Home Room.
Make a craft
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library continues "Dream Big Read!" the Junior Library's summer reading program with "Dream Big Stories and Craft" Thursday.
The program is to be 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and is to convene in Junior Library. The Junior Library staff is to host the program full of books and a craft. All sessions are to be the same, but numbers are limited, so tickets are to be handed out as children arrive. All ages are welcome, but an adult must accompany children 5 and under.
Eat scary food
Teen Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library continues its summer reading program, "We Own the Night," with "Serving up a Scary Supper" 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday in Frost Kalnow Room.
Participants are to create and customize their own scary dinner plate with creepy dishes such as "edible eyeballs," then dine on the dishes. The program is open to students entering sixth grade through grade 12 and is free.
Library to receive addition
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Community Library Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to proceed with a proposed library meeting room expansion. The 2,360-square foot addition is to include additional restrooms along with a kitchenette, mechanical room and storage area.
The $300,000 project is to be paid for with $125,000 from the library's building and repair fund, $50,000 from Mohawk Community Library Foundation and $55,000 from the late Ruth Earle estate. No real estate operating levy money is to be used for the expansion, and no additional taxes are to be requested. The board of trustees is to form a "Special Edition II" capital campaign fundraising committee in the next few weeks to raise the remaining $70,000 needed for the meeting room project. Community volunteers interested in being a part of this committee can contact Susan Runion, library director.
The meeting room is to allow library programming to be expanded to include more technology-based classes, movie events and children, youth and adult activities. The meeting room is to be made available to community organizations, area businesses and industries when not being used for library activities.
The capital campaign is to be launched at Library Family Fun Fest July 13. Tax-deductible donations may be given to Mohawk Community Library Foundation for the project or to Mohawk Community Library Building Fund.
Council to meet
Tiffin City Board of Education's business advisory council is to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building.
Board changes meeting times
FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools Board of Education has changed the July and November work session and regular board meeting dates.
The board canceled the July 9 work session and July 16 regular meeting and is to conduct the work session at 6 p.m. July 12 and the regular meeting at 6 p.m. July 19.
The board also canceled the Nov. 5 work session and Nov. 19 regular meeting and is to conduct the work session at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 21.
All meetings are to be at Holmes Administration Building, 500 Parkway Drive, Fostoria
Seats still available
FREMONT - Seats still are available for the fall office administration program at Vanguard-Sentinel's Adult Career and Technology Center. People can receive hands-on training for an administrative office position in a variety of business environments. Classes begin Sept. 4. It is a full-time, certificate program where students earn college credit upon completion. Financial aid is available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 332-2626.
Students visit Sentinel
Middle school students from Hopewell-Loudon Local School District, Tiffin City Schools, Seneca East Local School District and Old Fort Local School District attended a three-day summer camp at Sentinel Career and Technology Center. The students rotated through precision machining, digital technologies and welding and metal fabrication programs, spending one day in each program area. Students did projects in each program area that highlighted the scope of what is in that career field.
Zidd signs letter of intent
MEDINA - Natalie Zidd of Highland High School signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She is the daughter of Jim and Bonnie Zidd of Hinckley and the granddaughter of June Rose Huth of Tiffin and the late Carl Huth Jr.
FFA members take a trip
LOUDONVILLE - Seven members of the Tiffin-Sentinel FFA chapter participated in a summer activity at Mohican Adventures in Loudonville. Those who participated were Kevin Hoover, Travis Zimmerman, Tim Goshe, Jimmy Lauer, Alexis Pahl, Elaine Pahl and Eva Pahl. New Riegel FFA members also participated.
FCS makes updates
FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools is in the process of updating Fostoria Junior/Senior High School. The funding for the projects is coming from money received from the sale of the old high school to Kroger Co.
It includes new fitness equipment for the weight room, demolition of FJSHS gym, asphalt surface of tennis courts, commons and hallway flooring and gym floor installation.
Fostoria City Schools also is to have a new wireless network throughout the district. It has added and upgraded security cameras in the FJSHS building.
GREEN SPRINGS - Green Springs Elementary School students who received Focused Flier Award were Samantha Alexander, Chase Arndt, Brie Auxter, Madison Bannister, Joshua Caudillo, Trent Cook, Kyle Dewald, Alyssa Eisenhower, Andrew Evans-Keel, Hannah Fouke, Samantha Friend, Delaney Gill, Jacen Goble, Jager Hackenburg-Withrow, Derick Harrah, Isabelle Howerton, Ethan Howey, Madison Jones, Mason Kanyuh, Andrew Kauble, Kailyn Kidd, Selena Leal, Brandon Legg, McKenna Lynch, Dylan Matherne, Xavier Mestrey, Nathan Montgomery, Grace Murphy, Brock Newsome, Amber Nims, Olivia Norman, Jett Oakleaf, Margaret Orr, Isaias Ortiz, Alexis Parker, Trevor Phillips, Shane Pinnell, Carson Rieman, Nicholas Rust, Hunter Schwochow, Kamdyn Taylor, Ashley Teifke, Makayla Warner, Ciara Washam, Evan Watt and Daniel Ysaguirre.
Students achieve perfect attendance
GREEN SPRINGS - Green Springs Elementary School students who achieved perfect attendance were Travis Elkins, Shane Hohman, Sidney Hohman, Carrie-Ann Leibengood, Jessica McNatt, Veronica Mestrey, Griffin Noftz, Jocelyn Royster, Angeles Saldana and Jacob Tyree.
Howard receives grant
Samuel Howard of Columbian High School received the 25th annual AAA School Safety Patrol grant. Each year, AAA Ohio Auto Club awards the grant to 10 former school safety patrol members to assist them as they further their education after high school.
NCOC awards scholarships
Grant Gase, a Columbian High School graduate, was the first-place winner in a scholarship competition sponsored by North Central Ohio Conservatives Inc. Austin Burns, a Hopewell Loudon High School graduate, was the runner-up.
Thomas family awards grants
For the sixth year, Shayne, Angela and Shayla Thomas awarded scholarships to Dance Unlimited graduating seniors at their annual recital. Brooke Siesel received the award in memory of Thomas' daughter, Christi. Talor Musil, Kaitlyn Smith, Rachael Flood and Nicki Brose also received awards.
Columbian students receive scholarships
Columbian High School's class of 2012 was offered more than $5 million in scholarship money for the next four years based on all colleges to which applications were made. Of this, the students are to use more than $1.5 million during the next four years providing they continue to meet grade point average requirements and their scholarships are renewed. The total represents scholarships based on academic merit, extracurricular participation, services to school and community, church activities and athletic excellence. The total does not include money offered for financial need, student loans or area tuition grants.
According to a release, 168 students graduated from Columbian this year. Twenty-three percent of the graduates plan to attend a two-year college/university, 51 percent plan to attend a four- to five-year college/university, 1 percent plan to attend a specialized or one-year post-secondary school, 11 percent plan to enter the military, 8 percent plan to enter into direct employment and 5 percent are undecided or have unknown plans.
Vanguard Tech Center gives awards
FREMONT - Vanguard Tech Center honored seniors for various accomplishments.
Lucas Rogers of Clyde High School and the automotive technology program received a leadership award. Andrew Schmidt of Clyde High School and the computer communications/network technician program received a leadership award. Kaitlyn Smith of Columbian High School and the criminal justice program received a leadership award. Samuel Gerber of Clyde High School and the culinary arts program received an award of distinction and a leadership award. Megan Miller of Old Fort High School and the design, engineering and architecture program received an award of distinction.
Courtney Buckland of Clyde High School and the early childhood education program received an award of distinction, and Carissa Goebel of Clyde High School and the early childhood education program received a leadership award and National Technical Honor Society/Jon H. Poteat Scholarship. Christopher Harvey of Bettsville High School and the engineering technologies and robotics program received an award of distinction, and Derek Foos of Lakota High School and the ETR program received a leadership award and a director's award.
Angel Young of Lakota High School and the graphic communications program received an award of distinction. Angela Ratliff of Clyde High School and the landscape and greenhouse management program received a leadership award. Derek Bloom of Clyde High School and the masonry program received an award of distinction, and Dominic Miccichi of Bettsville High School received a leadership award.
Victoria Reidling of Clyde High School and the medical careers program received an award of distinction. Brian McConaha of Fostoria High School and the welding and fabrication program received an award of distinction and a leadership award. Brooke Dales of Clyde High School received a government award. Angel Young of Lakota High School received an environmental science award. Nicholas Bowen of Lakota High School and the electrical trades program received tools and Sy Jason Lucio Tool Scholarship.
Lamp of Knowledge awards were received by Samuel Gerber, Alex Dority, Jessica Gilbert and Edward Wilson of Clyde High School, Paula Kariker of Lakota High School, Brittany Loomis, Houston Burrow and Zach Leonard of Fostoria High School, Dylan Alexander, Derek Foos and Matthew Rieff of Lakota High School, Zachary Alexander, Kelly Joseph, Megan Miller and Daniel Williams of Old Fort High School, Christopher Harvey and Katelyn Teschner of Bettsville High School, and Kaitlyn Smith of Columbian High School.
TU names deans
Tiffin University has named Annette Staunton as dean of academic support programs and chief retention officer, Jeremy Marinis as dean of admissions and financial aid, and Michael Herdlick as dean of students.
Staunton is to oversee the registration and records office, academic advising, career services, Student Success Center, success coaches, disability services and retention. She has been with TU since 1991 serving in multiple director positions in the graduate office, adult and continuing education office, operations, financial aid, registration and records and retention.
Marinis is to oversee undergraduate and graduate admissions, student services, adult and transfer admissions, online bachelor's degree admissions and student services, financial aid, international admissions, international student services, admissions operations and the call center.
Herdlick is to supervise the daily operations of the student affairs division and is to continue to serve as director of institutional research. He has served TU as a faculty member since 2001.
Organization receives award
Heidelberg University anthropology Professor David Bush, chairman of the Friends and Descendants of Johnson's Island Civil War Prison organization, accepted a preservation award.
On behalf of the organization, Bush accepted the 2012 Brian C. Pohanka Preservation Organization of the Year Award. The award, given annually by the trust, recognizes organizations dedicated to the preservation, promotion and interpretation of America's Civil War history.
Bush has directed the archaeological investigation of Johnson's Island for nearly 25 years. In addition to serving as chair of the Friends organization, he is the author of "I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison."
More than 10,000 middle and high school students have visited the site and participated in the work of uncovering the buried history of this prison.
The actual prison site remained lost until the late 1980s when its relocation and significance was recognized. At that time, Bush began his archaeological work on the island. In 1990, the island was recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its preservation and archaeological resources. In 2001, the Friends organization was formed, and 17 acres of the prison site, including Fort Johnson, was purchased.
Through the efforts of descendants, various re-enactment groups, interested public, Heidelberg University and two foundations, the Friends paid off the mortgage for the 17 acres in October 2010. The Friends are implementing long-term preservation and interpretation goals.
Trine president's list
ANGOLA, Ind. - Dominic Zelenak of Fostoria is on the Trine University president's list.
Shawnee State dean's list
PORTSMOUTH - Shelby Perkins of Tiffin is on the dean's list at Shawnee State University.
Otterbein dean's list
WESTERVILLE - Local students on the dean's list at Otterbein University are Anne Eichhorn, Collin Debarbrie and Ashley Carlisle, Tiffin.
Terra dean's list
FREMONT - Local students on the Terra State Community College dean's list are Andrea Bender, Bryan Koteles, Alvin Kuhn, Bethany Melton, Katelyn Teschner and Linda Weller, Bettsville; Cassondra Humphrey, Bloomville; Bethany Aldrich, Dave Barnes, Christopher Fair, Patty Hall, Paige Hoffman, Autumn Kauble, Donny Poelvoorde, Anna Schmidt, Julie Sickles, Zachary Stanley, Zachary Thurn and Cody Whipkey, Clyde; David Banks, Eric Lawrence, Tracy Margraf, Pamela Moore, Tracy Nye, Kimberly Reinhard, Paige Reinhart-Anez, Lee Shiley, Gary Smith and Eric Tanner, Fostoria; Aaron Markin, Adam Nicely and Derek Schneider, Green Springs; Dual Durst and Ashley Mock, Kansas; Ryan Bumb, New Riegel; Corey Straub, Old Fort; Brittany Gifford and Alison McConnell, Republic; Jacob McGowan and Rayleah Sherard, Risingsun; Peggy Brown, Roxanne Gobs and Cody Smalley, Sycamore; Haley Amlin, Richard Bogart, Jeanette Borer, Chase Dull, Pamela Gaskins, Alexa Gatchel, Aric Hoover, Amanda Hough, Jennifer Kelley, Tiffany Kiesel, Renee Kin, Wei Lee, Lindsay Mattson, Brett Meisner, Alexis Miller, Elizabeth Miller, Shelby Monaco, Terry Naumann, Christopher Nelson, Rachael Nitschke, Sarah Porter, Matthew Sallee, Ashley Shiley, Seth Sholl, Ruth Wade, Jennifer Warnement, Kendra Welly and Dustin White, Tiffin; and Kendra Dininger, Upper Sandusky.
FINDLAY - Local residents who graduated from University of Findlay are Clare Aubry, bachelor's degree in intervention specialist education, magna cum laude, Misty Droll, bachelor's degree in social work, and Patrick Dunn, bachelor's degree in business management, Upper Sandusky; Michelle Kinn, bachelor's degree in pre-physical therapy, summa cum laude, Alvada; Megan Florence, bachelor's degree in multi-age/health and physical education, Bloomville; Amie Armstrong, master's degree of physician assistant, Beau Carmon, master's degree in education, Lisa Davoli, master's degree in education, Gavin Feucht, bachelor's degree in operations and logistics, Alisha Holman, bachelor's degree in pre-occupational therapy, and Marina Nye, bachelor's degree in early childhood education, magna cum laude, Fostoria; Paula Cosiano, master's degree in business administration, and Stephanie Lamb, master's degree in business administration, New Riegel; James Gates, bachelor's degree in natural science, Republic; and Lauren Hafley, bachelor's degree in pre-occupational therapy, Heather Hoyda, doctoral degree in pharmacy, Amanda Munoz, bachelor's degree in pre-occupational therapy, Whitney Steyer, master's degree in occupational therapy, and Travis Wise, bachelor's degree in personal training, Tiffin.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Christa Coppus of Tiffin received a master's degree in education from Lehigh University.
Indiana Wesleyan dean's list
MARION, Ind. - Teresa Benner, the daughter of David and Diane Benner of Tiffin, is on the dean's list at Indiana Wesleyan University.
BOWLING GREEN - Cadet Zachariah White received Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Commendation from his battalion commander Lt. Col. Douglas Mohler during the Bowling Green State University Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps awards ceremony. He is the son of Daniel and Teresa White of Bloomville. He is a 2008 graduate of Calvert High School and 2012 graduate of Tiffin University. He is to leave June 23 for Fort Lewis, Wash., for four weeks of leadership development assessment course training and then is to commission as a second lieutenant while awaiting his base assignment.
Owens names new director
FINDLAY Owens Community College named Mary Rizza as the new director of learning communities/Gateway to College. Her responsibilities are to include overseeing all administrative aspects related to the planning, leadership and management of the college's learning communities and the Gateway to College initiatives at the academic institution.
Her professional involvement includes governing authority president for Bridges Community Academy.
Heart center to be named after Tiffin natives
Blanchard Valley Hospital is pleased to announce the HeartCare Center will be renamed the Jane and Gary Heminger HeartCare Center. The renaming is a tribute for the Hemingers' donation to support cardiovascular services at BVH and in recognition of their many contributions to BVH throughout the years.
"I am proud to be able to offer this gift to support both the profession and the community that have meant so much to me," said Jane, who started her nursing career at Blanchard Valley Hospital in the coronary and intensive care units. "Blanchard Valley's HeartCare Center offers lifesaving service to our area, and I hope this gift will continue to advance our offerings here in Findlay."
"Jane and Gary's generosity will make it possible for our area to have the highest quality heart care services close to home," said Scott Malaney, president and CEO of Blanchard Valley Health System. "We are grateful that they have expressed their confidence in us, so that we can meet the needs of our community in such an important way. We are proud to name the HeartCare Center the Jane & Gary Heminger HeartCare Center in their honor."
Jane has worked at Blanchard Valley Hospital and also as an office nurse for Blanchard Valley Medical Associates. Jane has served on the Blanchard Valley Health Foundation board since 2010.
Gary Heminger is the president and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Tiffin University in 1976, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Dayton in 1982.
Jane and Gary Heminger were born and raised in Tiffin.
Old Fort receives 5 Star rating
Bauer Financial has awarded The Old Fort Banking Co. a five-star "Superior" rating for the third consecutive quarter. Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars with five-stars being the strongest, and are based on the current overall financial picture of the bank.
The rating represents an independent analysis of the financial institution's safety and soundness. The Bauer rating is based on a complex analysis of financial criteria including capitalization, asset quality, profitability, liquidity, and risk.
Bauer Financial is the nation's leading independent bank rating firm. Bauer is also an unbiased third party that has been well respected for its fair bank evaluations since 1983.
"Despite the current economic environment, Old Fort remains a strong institution," said Michael Spragg, president and CEO of The Old Fort Banking Company.
Credit union promotes Hill
Fremont Federal Credit Union Board of Directors has named Cheryl L. Hill as executive vice president/chief financial officer effective April 14.
Hill joined the credit union in June 2008 and has more than 25 years of finance service experience. Her previous positions include vice president of fiance with Bank ONe, chief financial officer with Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union and as vice president of finance with Fremont Federal
Hill graduated from Tiffin University with a Bachelor's of Business Administration and Terra Community College with an Associate of Applied Business in