T-SPL closed for holiday
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.
The library is to re-open Friday with regular hours.
Board of directors to meet
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Board of Directors is to meet at noon Tuesday in the Junior Home Room.
New room open for tutoring
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is happy to announce the opening of a tutoring room that will be free for patrons to use.
The room is adjacent to the adult reading room, can seat up to four people and is great for those tutoring or meeting with a small group.
Patrons must register to use the room at the check-out-desk and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum reservation length for the room is two hours. Patrons can schedule up to two meetings per seven-day period, up to 90 days in advance. Cancellations should be made as soon as possible in order to make the room available for others. The reservation will be held for 15 minutes after the reservation time.
Patrons may call the library at (419) 447-3751 or ask at the check-out-desk for more information.
Books for kids
Friends of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is sponsoring its 2012 Books for Kids.
The fundraiser, now in its 19th year, places new, age-appropriate books into the hands of local needy children.
A $3 donation buys a book that is distributed in December by area groups including the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Tiffin Fire Department, CASA, PatchWorks House and the YMCA. The American Red Cross distributes books as emergencies arise in the community.
In 2011 the Friends gave more than 1,100 books.
Anyone interested in donating this holiday should stop by the check-out desk at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library or send a check made out to the Friends of the Library with a notation "Books for Kids."
For more information call the library at (419) 447-3751.
Adult computer training
Connect Ohio and Seneca East Public Library have partnered to offer the Every Citizen Online, free basic computer and internet training program.
Classes are forming. The schedule is 6-8 p.m. Nov. 26, 27 and 29 at Seneca East Public Libarary, 14 N. Main St., Attica.
ECO coursework includes 6 hours of training covering computer basics, an introduction to the internet, and an overview of the many benefits of using the internet.
Seneca East Public Library received eight new laptops to aid ECO training sessions.
Adults can register by calling the library at (419) 426-3825.
Adult craft night at the library
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library will be hosting an adult craft night at 6 p.m. Nov. 26.
Christin Huffman will be showing how to make a plastic canvas snowflake.
There is a $1 charge for supplies and class size is limited to 10 participants.
To register call, (419) 983-4675.
Business advisory council to meet
Tiffin City Board of Education Business Advisory Council is to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the administration building.
Lakota school board to meet
KANSAS - Lakota Local School District Board of Education is to meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the staff dining room at Lakota Local Schools, 5200 CR 13, Kansas.
Columbian gives back
Columbian High School's annual blood drive was Nov. 1 in the high school gymnasium. Thirtynine students donated blood. Chris Monsour and the Biology Club sponsored the event. Red Cross is to donate $200 in scholarships to a few students for their efforts.
Quiz Bowl division winners
The final matches in the 17-team, two-division Area High School Quiz Bowl League played Nov. 13 at Bridges Community Academy, Calvert High School, and North Central Academy.
The next event for the league will be the tournament in December at First Lutheran Church in Tiffin.
The league will send the top division winners, Columbian (8-0), North Division, and Seneca East (8-1), South Division, to the Northwest regionals in April.
League team records are: Bettsville, 1-6; Bridges, 2-6; Calvert, 3-6; Carey, 6-3; Clyde, 6-2; Columbian, 8-0; Fostoria, 3-6; Hopewell-Loudon, 7-1; Mohawk, 1-7; New Riegel, 4-5; North Central, 0-7; Old Fort, 5-4; Put-in-Bay, 6-2; Ross (Fremont), 3-5; Saint Wendelin, 6-3; Seneca East, 8-1; Upper Sandusky, 2-7.
Columbian band to produce CD
TC Marching Band hosted a concert Nov. 6 and played a collection of music from the football season. They will be recording a CD of this music to sell to the public. Songs include the alma mater, Star Spangled Banner, What I Like About You, Frankenstein, Bully, We R Who We R, Moves Like Jagger, 2012 Pop Medley, Schools Out, Vehicle, Gangnam Style, Monster, Everybody Talks, End of the World (As We Know It), Bad Romance, Tequila, 7 Nation/Party Rock, We Got the Beat, Land of 1000 Dances, Fired Up and Hang On Sloopy.
Sales information will be available soon.
TCS gives reminder on bus etiquette
Tiffin City Schools would like to remind motorists to obey the flashing red lights on a stopped school bus. This means stop vehicles for the safety of students.
TCS also wants parents to take a minute to speak to their children about proper behavior on the school bus. Remember, the school bus is an extension of the classroom and classroom rules apply. There continues to be a lot of standing and changing seats while the bus is moving. A passenger in a school bus is only properly protected when seated facing forward with their feet on the floor.
For any questions regarding transportation, call (419) 447-8729.
NCOESC hearing specialist's team "Walks 4 Hearing"
Tricia Stradtman, hearing specialist took four of her deaf students along with family members to Lima Oct. 6. The group participated in the Walk4Hearing at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Students that participated were from Fremont City Schools and Clyde Green-Springs Exempted Village Schools.
The team "Little Ears, Big Dreams" walked with 12 other teams from northwest Ohio. As a team, they collected $717 in donations. Donations were given by many teachers from the school districts as well as family members, friends, Fremont local audiologists and the Lions Club. Donations are to be donated to Ohio Hands and Voices, an organization that provides support to deaf students and families.
23 inducted into Honor Society
BASCOM -Twenty-three Students from Hopewell-Loudon High School were inducted into membership in the National Honor Society during a Nov. 15 ceremony at the high school auditorium.
Members were selected by a faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
Students inducted were Allison Arnold, Benjamin Bodart, Shaina Bouillon, Morgan Brant, Hope Brickner, Katelyn Brickner, Courtney Burns, Zachary Clouse, Aleta Daniel, Ryan Depinet, Colton Feathers, Logan Frank, Jarid Gelinas, Marissa Kirian, Brandon Mock, Brendan O'Connor, Alissa Powell, Audrey Ranker, Alayna Rowell, Kassandra Shaver, Jordan Stewart, AnDrea Taulker and Kassandra Welly.
St. Wendelin to host Right to Read Week
FOSTORIA -Right To Read Week kicks off Monday and runs through Nov. 30.
The theme, "Fairy Tales Come To Life," will be carried out throughout the week by children reading fairy tales in their classrooms and in the library. Children in grades 3-6 will be asked to read a fairy tale at home and write about the lesson to be learned from that fairy tale. Children in grades K-2 also will be asked to read a fairy tale at home and draw a picture of their fairy tale. Throughout Right to Read Week, children will hear many fairy tales and they will have the opportunity to make snacks in the schools foods lab that coordinate with their fairy tale stories.
Monday - The Right to Read Week preview begins with an author visit from Nick Rokicki and Joe Kelley who wrote the book, "Pete the Popcorn." Nick is from Toledo St. Catherine's. The authors will do a presentation to grades K-4 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the north gym.
Nov. 29 - The Treehouse Troupe from Bowling Green State University will be presenting the play, "The Just So Stories." These stories are a rollicking musical adapted from the book by Rudyard Kipling. The production begins at 9 a.m. in the north gym. This day also is a special "dress-up" day where the children may dress up as their favorite fairy tale character.
Nov. 30 - Classes in gades K-6 are to perform a fairy tale or play that their class has decided upon. These plays will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the south gym.
Student places in essay contest
FOSTORIA - Eighth grader, Lauren Meyers of St. Wendelin Catholic School, was awarded third place in Owens Community College International Essay Contest titled "Celebrating International Education Week."
Blood drive at St. Wendelin
FOSTORIA - St. Wendelin Catholic School hosted a blood drive for students ages 16 and older and staff Nov. 16. Students and staff watched a video during their homeroom classes from the Red Cross explaining the procedure for giving blood, how a person's blood is tested for disease, and how many people one donation can help.
Student receives recognition in FFA
BASCOM - Ryan Wood recently received his American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention. Ryan is the son of Roger and Charlene Wood and a 2010 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School. Ryan is the 15th student from Hopewell-Loudon to receive this award, which is the highest degree possible in FFA. Ryan is an animal science and biology major at the University of Findlay.
Student of the Month
KANSAS - Nathan Ray has been selected by the staff of Lakota High School as the October Student of the Month.
Nathan is a senior and is a member of the golf, basketball and baseball teams. He is also a member of the yearbook staff, student council, show choir and serves as National Honor Society president.
He attends Vanguard Tech Center in the Design Engineering & Architecture program.
Outside of school, Nathan has done volunteer work for Fremont parks, projects for Fremont Police Department and creates graphics for local businesses.
Following graduation, Nathan plans to attend Bluffton University to earn a degree in graphic design. In his spare time Nathan enjoys drawing, singing and creating photos. He is ranked 12th in his class with a 3.44 GPA.
He is the son of Larry and Lachelle Ray of Risingsun.
13 students attend FFA convention
SYCAMORE -Thirteen members of Mohawk FFA attended National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Members were Meghan Chaffee, Meagan Cleveland, Emily Daniel, Lindsay Daniel, Kayla Draper, Morgan Edington, Somer Freeman, Caitlin Huffman, Blaec Kearns, Austin Morter, Deon Morter, Cassie Parsons and Austin Vasquez-Miller.
Members went to a career fair, toured Indiana Downs, visited a large dairy and went to many sessions. The trip is a great way for members to develop their leadership potential and to explore possible careers in the agriculture fields.
Mohawk FFA hosted day to stop distracted driving
SYCAMORE - Mohawk FFA hosted Distracted Driving Day recently. There was a speaker that talked to the junior and senior classes about the dangers of texting and driving.
The Ohio Department of Transportation provided a driving simulator to the school for a day during Homecoming week. Students participated by driving the simulator and signed and pledged vowing not to text and drive. The simulator was also available for community members to participate in during the football game that night.
'Berg to welcome HR director
Margaret Rudolph joined Heidelberg University as the new director of human resources Nov. 12. She comes to Heidelberg from the Erie County Board of Commissioners, where she has been director of human resources for six years. Prior to that, she held senior HR leadership roles in the cities of Huron and Sandusky.
Rudolph holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio University, a master's degree in labor and human resources from The Ohio State University and is a certified labor relations professional. She lives in Castalia with her husband, David, and their sons, Benjamin and Brock.
Rudolph is to replace Jeannine Curns, who is retiring from Heidelberg after 48 years of service.
Heidelberg helps storm victims
Heidelberg University is collecting funds to assist victims of Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast. Containers are located in the bookstore and the admissions office, where cash and check donations are to be collected through Tuesday.
Students participated in a "change war" last week, dropping their change in buckets in Hoernemann Refectory.
Gifts are to be divided between the American Red Cross and the United Church of Christ for emergency relief and long term recovery.
Heidelberg speech team takes trophies
Heidelberg University's speech team was on the road at Marietta College Nov. 3 for the annual Wilcox Invitational Tournament. HU's team joined the 200-plus entries at the tournament and came home with several awards.
Senior Gabby Mintz of New Riegel led the team with third place in informative speaking and fifth place in persuasive speaking. Junior Brand of Woodville earned fourth place in prose interpretation. Sophomores Hannah Long-Higgins of Canal Winchester brought home third place in after-dinner speaking and Racicot of Dudley, Mass., won the award for top novice in after-dinner speaking.
The team was coached by Dan Higgins, instructor of communication and theater arts.
TU students raise $600 for victims of Superstorm Sandy
Gretchen Carroll's GLM 205 students needed to plan, develop, coordinate, and conduct a service learning project as part of their course requirements.
The project they chose to create was to raise funds to give to the American Red Cross for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Students began their project Nov. 5 and exceeded their goal by Nov. 9.
Donation tables were set up outside Cole Dining Hall. The theme was "Donate $2 to Sandy, and We Will Give You Candy."
Instant admission days at Terra
FREMONT - Terra State Community College is to host a series of Instant Admission Days for prospective students and students transferring from other colleges and universities.
Participants should provide official high school or college transcripts.
Admissions counselors and financial aid staff are to be available 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 27, 28, 29, Dec. 17 and 18 and Jan. 8 and 9.
Students are able to choose from 64 degree programs or 56 certificate programs.
For more information, call (419) 559-2349.
H-L alumni perform in Findlay concert
FINDLAY - Ryan Wood, a 2010 graduate, and Jessica Lynch, a 2009 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, performed in The University of Findlay's Marching Oiler Brass indoor concert.
CSI Construction earns award
CAREY - CSI Construction Services of Carey was awarded an "Excellence in Construction" award Nov. 1 by the Northern Ohio Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors for its project Japan West in Findlay. CSI Construction received the award in the category of renovations less than $4 million.
Japan West was renovated July 2011, including a new glass storefront, glass etches with the family crest, new floors, refurbished Teppan grills and dining areas, a new sushi bar, private dining rooms and custom hickory cabinetry.
CSI Construction was also awarded the Platinum Safety Award for an injury-free workplace.
Terra to offer Six Sigma training
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering Six Sigma Green Belt training.
Six Sigma is a quality management strategy developed by Motorola in the 1980s which enables business professionals to identify and minimize product defects by improving processes that minimize manufacturing variability.
This two-week program is to be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 26-30 and Dec. 17-21. A two-day, free Minitab course with a one-year license of Minitab 16 software and textbooks is included.
Cost is $3,900, which includes all materials and lunch each day.
Register by calling Marsha at (419) 559-2255 or (800) 826-2431.
Garner recognizes employees, clients
FINDLAY - Garner Transportation Group hosted an employee safety meeting Nov. 3. During the meeting, Garner recognized employees for their work and safety record, including Ralph Depinet from Tiffin, technician of the year.
Nursing homes get high marks
Ruffing Family Care Centers of Tiffin and Bloomville have earned the highest ranking available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Ruffing Family Care Centers of Tiffin and Bloomville are the only nursing homes in the surrounding area to receive the 5-star rating.
Ruffing Family Care Centers have been locally owned and operated by Dennis and Diana Ruffing since 1998. In an industry where turnover is the norm and staff are unfamiliar with the residents, Ruffing Family Care Centers of Tiffin and Bloomville are known for constant continuity of care. Ruffing Family Care Centers of Tiffin and Bloomville's nurses average 16 years of service and nurse aides average 11 years of service.
Marlene Siefert of New Washington has been the director of nursing in Bloomville for 29 years. James Felton has been the medical director in Bloomville for more than 20 years. Together, along with caring compassionate staff, Ruffing Family Care Center of Bloomville may be small in size but they are big in heart.
Ticia Fox of Upper Sandusky has been the director of nursing at Ruffing Family Care Center of Tiffin for 10 years. Andrew Gase has been the medical director at Ruffing Family Care Center in Tiffin for nine years.
Ruffing Family Care Center of Tiffin is listed in U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Nursing Homes. Ruffing Family Care Center of Tiffin was one of only eight nursing homes listed in Ohio and the only one in Seneca County.
For more information or to arrange a tour, call (419) 447-4662 in Tiffin or (419) 983-2021 in Bloomville.