Fostoria man indicted

A Fostoria man was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury.

Miquel A. Garcia, 38, was charged with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, according to court records.

‘Nutcracker’ named theme for Heidelberg’s annual Christmas concert

Heidelberg University has maintained a tradition of presenting portions of G.F. Handel’s Messiah during the Christmas season. This year, the School of Music & Theatre will combine its 129th performance of Messiah with a playful re-creation of the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

The annual concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ritz Theater.

A Heidelberg Christmas will present “The Nutcracker,” a two-part celebration and collaboration of the School of Music & Theatre’s performing ensembles. Featured ensembles include the concert choir, Chamber Singers, University-Community Chorus, marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, Hei-Notes, Heimonics (acapella group) and Community Music School performers.

The concert’s first half will feature the entire School of Music & Theatre in a collaboration to reimagine the wonder of The Nutcracker. For the second half of the concert, Heidelberg returns to the inspirational Christmas classic, Handel’s Messiah. Various arias and choruses will be performed, including the stirring Hallelujah Chorus. As in years past, the ensembles will be joined by professional soloists, this year including soprano Chelsea Cloeter and husband and wife Jesse Donner, tenor, and Katherine Calcamuggio Donner, alto. Jonathan Waters, assistant professor of music education and director of bands, is the director.

Community members and Heidelberg alumni are invited to sing with the chorus for the Messiah portion of the performance. If interested, call Pat Page in the School of Music & Theatre at (419) 448-2073 to reserve a seat on stage.

General admission tickets for A Heidelberg Christmas Presents “The Nutcracker” are $10 and can be purchased at the Ritz Theater box office at (419) 448-8544 or online at www.ritztheatre.org.

Author to host book signing at library

Author and illustrator Marie Lucius is to host a book signing and release event 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St.

Lucius’ book is entitled “The Adventures of Tucker and Tilly.”

Ribbon cutting announced for Relevé Barre Studio

Join Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors as they host a ribbon cutting for Relevé Barre Studio at 4 p.m. Dec. 16, at 116 S. Washington St., Ste. D.

Donna Gross, owner of the fitness studio, offers classes designed to improve and enhance balance, posture, long and lean muscle tone, flexibility, endurance and core strength while having fun.

Relevé offers adult group classes and personal training with a choice of total body workouts that use a ballet barre, floor mat, hand weights and resistance bands. Non-impact classes are designed to lift the seat, tone the thighs, define the arms and strengthen the core while improving overall balance and flexibility.

Visit relevefit.com to learn more.

Farm Bill meeting moved to Opportunity Center

A meeting about the 2018 Farm Bill hosted by Seneca County Farm Service Agency set for Thursday at 6 p.m. has been moved to Seneca County Opportunity Center, 780 E. CR 20, because of an expected large turnout.

The start time has been changed to 6:15 p.m. to accommodate people who show up at the FSA office and must drive to the new location.

CREP funding available for farmers

REYNOLDSBURG — Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation is making farmers aware of funding available through the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

CREP is the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency in partnership with ODA and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, CREP targets high-priority conservation concerns in exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production. In return for establishing permanent resource-conserving plant species, farmers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and state incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 15 years.

A $200 bonus is being offered by the state for newly-enrolled filter strip and riparian area practices. Current CREP participants with expiring contracts who plan to re-enroll and expand the width of filter strips or riparian areas can earn bonus dollars on added acres, while expanding the environmental protection of these practices.

Lake Erie CREP is available in 27 counties, including Seneca and neighboring counties.

Farmers have until Feb. 28 to apply.

For more information and to sign up, call Seneca Conservation District at (419) 447-7073 or ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation at dswc@agri.ohio.gov or (614) 265-6610.

Kick off Sandusky County’s 200 birthday with New Year’s Eve bash

FREMONT — Start Sandusky County’s 200 birthday year with a New Year’s Eve party featuring live music, hors d’ oeuvres and a champagne toast from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at The Elks in downtown Fremont, 436 Croghan St.

Tickets are $20 per person. Classic Trendz will perform live music, and there will be a cash bar.

Tickets are available online at www.bicentennial2020.org or in person at Color Haven Paint & Supply, 105 N. Stone St., Fremont, and the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 712 North St., Fremont.

Ticket holders will receive a wristband that will allow them to leave the event to participate in other New Year’s events happening in downtown Fremont and return to the party.

A schedule of events and details are available at www.bicentennial2020.org and @SanduskyCounty2020.

Hayes to celebrate Sandusky County’s 200th birthday

FREMONT — Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums invites visitors to celebrate Sandusky County’s 200th birthday with an exhibit opening at 2 p.m. Sunday.

This exhibit will highlight the history of Sandusky County through the use of photos on two walls and will use a timeline to share historical points. Dozens of historic images artfully arranged in a photo collage tell the history of Sandusky County in visual form. This floor-to-ceiling mural will occupy two walls in the local history section of the Hayes Museum.

This project is a collaboration of the Hayes library and museums and a group of students from Heidelberg University. Students are putting together the project for their final as a part of their public history course, taught by Christie Weininger, Hayes executive director.

The exhibit opening is included with regular admission. Admission for Heidelberg University students is free with a valid Heidelberg University ID.

Hayes was among the top presidents for the economy, researcher says

FREMONT — Rutherford B. Hayes was one of the top presidents in U.S. history for having a positive effect on the economy, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology said.

Mark Zachary Taylor, a political scientist, spent years working in science technology policy and collecting data on how the U.S. economy has performed over the years. He decided to take that data and see if it showed how the president historically affected the economy.

Taylor plans to write a book about his findings. He spoke on Nov. 25 at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and focused on presidents of the Gilded Age, the era from about 1870 to 1900, including Hayes.

Four presidents tied for No. 1 ranking as best president for the economy: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley.

To learn more about Taylor’s research and conclusions, visit mzak.net.