Sunday announcements, Dec. 9

Fostoria arts council plans concert

FOSTORIA — Fostoria Community Arts Council is sponsoring a concert by Fostoria Community Band and Fostoria High School concert band at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Wainwright Performing Arts Center at Fostoria High School, 1001 Park Ave.

The audience will enjoy Christmas favorites such as “March of the Toys,” “Ave Maria,” “Christmas from the 50s,” “A Christmas Auld Land Syne,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “The Polar Express” and “Yes, Virgina, There is A Santa Claus” complete with Virginia and the newspaper editor featured in the song. The combined bands are to take the audience on a “sleigh ride” and finish with “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” narrated by Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler.

Fostoria Community Band is directed by Craig McKenzie. They meet 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School. The band has about 53 members ranging in age from high school students to retirees. New members always are welcome. Contact any band member or find them on Facebook for more information.

Known as “America’s Original High School Band,” Fostoria High School band was founded in 1919 by Jack Wainwright, and was the first band in the nation to offer curricular credit for its members. The band won the inaugural National Championship of High School Bands in 1923, and most recently has performed at the Liberty Bowl, the McDonald’s All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, as the featured group at the 2017 Ohio Lions Club State Conference and is to trave to Gatlinburg, Tennesse, and competing in the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in April. The band is directed by Steve Kauffman and Bridget Olenik.

The concert is free. Due to construction at the high school please park and enter on the east or west sides of the building.

Elf to visit library

The Youth Services Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to have an Elf on a Library Shelf contest during the month of December.

Every day through Dec. 21, children ages 3 through 12 are invited to find the Elf on a Shelf, then fill out an entry form stating where the elf is and what he is reading. Correct answers are to be entered to win a prize. Patrons may enter once a day.

For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or log onto www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.

Babies to hear stories

Bouncing Babies at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Frost Kalnow Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St. For infants from birth to 18 months and their parents or caregivers.

For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or visit the junior library.

Make crafts at the library

Craftastic is to take place at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frost Kalnow Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

The program is for teens in grades 6-12.

For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.

Families can enjoy story time together

Family story time at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St, is to be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frost Kalnow Room and at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 in the Junior Home Room. Stories, songs, rhymes and more for the entire family.

For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.

Regular Get Crafty event planned

Get Crafty @ Your Library with the Seneca Re-Ads at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Frost Kalnow Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

Registration is required at www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.

T-SPL hosts Anime Club

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the Anime Club 3-4:30 Dec. 20 p.m. in the Frost Kalnow Room of the library, 77 Jefferson St.

The program is for teens in grades 6 through 12. Club for fans of manga and anime.

For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.

New spin on a classic game

Patrons can play Giant Candy Land anytime between 2-5 p.m. Dec. 27 at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Frost Kalnow Room, 77 Jefferson St.

Back by popular demand, families may play a life-size version of the classic board game at the library.

This family experience is open to all ages. No registration is required.

Aspire classes accepting students

Aspire classes are available for adults interested in improving basic skills, obtaining a GED or preparing to go to college.

Vanguard-Sentinel Aspire program offers free classes to help adults improve their reading, math or writing skills, to prepare for a high school equivalency test and to get ready for college or an adult certificate training program.

Orientation to the Aspire program is required before enrollment in classes.

The next orientation dates are:

• 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 17 at Vanguard Adult Workforce Development Center, 1306 Cedar St.,
 Fremont. (419) 334-6901, Ext. 2701.

• Online classes only, call for appointment. Clyde Public Library, 222 W Buckeye St, Clyde. (419) 359-5907.

• 9 a.m. Jan. 7 and 9 at Ottawa County Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. (419) 960-2025.

• 5 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10 at Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton. (419) 960-2025.

• 9 a.m. Jan. 8 and 10 and 5 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9 at Ohiomeansjobs-Seneca County, 900 E. CR 20, Tiffin. (419) 455-6787.

• 9 a.m. Jan. 7 and 9 and 5 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10 at Fostoria Learning Center, 342 Perry St, Fostoria. (419) 379-1371.

North Central

Electric refunds $700,000 to co-op members

ATTICA — North Central Electric Cooperative has refunded over $700,000 in patronage capital credits to nearly 11,600 former and current members starting in early December.

At its November meeting, the NCE board of trustees approved a patronage capital credit refund of $715,947 marking the 39th consecutive year the cooperative has retired capital credits to current and former members. Since 1980, the cooperative has refunded more than $20.4 million in capital credits.

The majority of refunds are issued as credits on members’ bills rather than issued as checks. Bills have been mailed or emailed to members as of Dec. 1.

For former members and cooperative members whose refund total is $100 or more, a check is to be mailed Dec. 8.

“Returning margins to our members is what sets cooperatives like North Central apart from other utilities,” Board President Duane Frankart said. “The return of margins also sends a positive message to members that the cooperative is financially stable and the board of trustees is doing its job effectively. Being a member of the cooperative is the reason you receive capital credits while other people who are customers of investor-owned utilities like AEP (American Electric Power) or FirstEnergy do not.”

Frankart said members provide the necessary capital for the cooperative to operate, maintain and expand its system. The cooperative retains allocated capital credits as working capital for new construction, equipment and system improvements throughout its service area. If financial conditions permit, the NCE Board of Trustees decides each year whether to retire a set amount of capital credits.

North Central Electric serves about 9,600 members and maintains 1,793 miles of line in Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot counties, and portions of Huron, Richland, Sandusky, Hancock and Wood counties.

For more information, contact Assistant Director of Communications Brian E. Barr at (800) 426-3072 or (419) 426-3072.

Mercy Health earns Most Wired honors

Mercy Health, a leading health system, is among the nation’s Most Wired, according to the results of the 20th annual 2018 CHIME Healthcare’s Most Wired Survey.

Mercy Health – Toledo is part of Mercy Health and serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy Health – Toledo provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents as well as a robust physician group, Mercy Health Physicians, and Life Flight critical air transport services.

HealthCare’s Most Wired, now in its 20th year, traditionally tracked the adoption of health care IT in hospitals and health systems. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives took over the Most Wired program and revised the survey questions and methodology this year to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of health care IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world.

Sept. 1, Bon Secours and Mercy Health formed Bon Secours Mercy Health, creating one of the five largest Catholic health care systems in the nation with more than 57,000 employees and 1,000 sites of care. Bon Secours also is a 2018 Most Wired recipient.

Mercy Health – Toledo is made up of Mercy Health -St. Vincent Medical Center; Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital; Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital; Mercy Health – Tiffin; Mercy Health – Willard; Mercy Health – Defiance; Mercy Health – Perrysburg; and Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital.