Letters to the Editor

Vote Rich Focht

Vote Rich Focht to return a proven leader to Tiffin City Council. His vast experience in economic development has aided the city for decades. The spirit of cooperation between the city and the county as well as TSEP and Seneca Regional Planning is very strong. Rich Focht knows how important it is for all hands to be pulling the same direction. I look forward to keeping the momentum going with Rich in office for another term.

Shayne Thomas


Democracy Is the Only Way

I have been around for a long time and never seen the liberal party so disillusioned. With the lies and false information they are using to discredit our President.

This is not the America I have known in my lifetime. There is so much hate it cannot end well.

Instead of working with the Republicans they only want to be negative with everything that is proposed for the good of our country. There are so many things that need to be addressed yet have they tunnel vision and only want to get our President.

They were elected to represent the American people but have done nothing.

If the voters elect another Democrat to serve our country it would be a mistake. The liberals only want to control every aspect of your life.

If the Democrats gain control of this country we are in for a downward spiral. They will pass new restrictive laws, raise taxes and reduce our personal freedoms. The life you have now will not exist anymore. The country will fall into disarray and become a shadow of what it once was. A Democratic government is the only form of government that will thrive and prosper. Government run business will never work. We need competition to promote incentive for better products and the will to produce for a better life.

James A. Somers


Protect innocent animals

I am writing on behalf of innocent animals who do not have a voice nor a choice in what happens to them. I volunteered at the Wyandot Humane Society when the 149 puppy mill dogs were brought in and it was one of the most horrific situations I have ever witnessed. The dogs were covered in urine and feces and their hair was so matted that they were in pain. Their feet were raw from standing on wire cages. Some had a half inch thick mat on their feet and did not want us to touch them because it was their protection from the wire.

As we shaved them down and bathed them I put them in a kennel to dry and they couldn’t handle being put back into a small cage. One dog was so upset that he thrashed around in the kennel and lost control of his bowels. I believe that anyone who witnessed the condition of these poor dogs would understand why the Albaugh’s should never be allowed to own an animal of any sort ever again. The fact that they have been able to profit for many years off of the abuse of animals is a crime on all who allow it to continue. I hope you will take what I have stated into consideration. I believe as a society it is our duty to protect the defenseless.

Brandy Painter


Support Rich Focht

I am writing to ask you to support Rich Focht in his re-election bid for the City of Tiffin fourth ward council seat. Rich has the depth of experience that is crucial in helping make decisions for the City. He has dedicated most of his career to the City and the County. Rich was CEO of the economic development corporation of Tiffin and the County for 25 years. He also was the City Manager under Mayor Dave Martien.

Rich is a lifelong resident ofTiffin and that’s important because he understands the history of city government and has been involved in virtually all decisions relating to the city over the last 8 years. He is committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of those folks who supported him. He has no other motivation than to serve those who entrust him to this office.

Rich has been involved in several charitable and service organizations over the years and remains involved in many of those. His family is here, his home is here, and his heart is here. Please support Rich Focht for Tiffin City Council.


Mike Kerschner

A Huge Thank you

The family and friends of Kyle Tanner would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make the 7th annual Kyle Tanner Memorial Golf Outing, Sept. 15, 2019, one of the most memorable outings yet. Thank you to the 59 teams of golfers who participated in our outing, the donations of door prizes, the monetary donations to assist in covering some of the expenses, all the workers at the outing, Loudon Meadows Golf Club, and to those of you who donated food, cookies, and beverages for the outing. A very special Thank you goes to our Major Event Sponsors this year, which include, Posey Excavating, Inc., Afterhours AutoBody-Chance Brickner, Mark and Deb Brause, Graybar Electric Co., Sacksteder-Worland Insurance Agency, Robert Howley Co., and State Electric Supply Co.

Also, Thank you very much to the following hole sponsors: Red’s Construction, All Phase Electric Supply, Graybar Electric Co., Posey Excavating, Todd and Shannon Boes, Tangles Salon, Partners in Pines, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Denny, Lori, Hannah, and Emily Brickner, Dan, Lisa, Emily and Austin Kuhn, Sendelbach LLC, Keith and Cindy Fuller and family, Jane Birch, Harold and Aileen Coppus Family, Dave and Suzanne Frank and family, Bill, Julie, Jocelyn and Adam Black, Offset Electric Co., Bubba, Jessica and family, On The Mark Enterprises, Keith and Jody Scaife, Jim and Denise Gosche family, Dorothy Frankart Nagle, Ron and Nancy Schumm, Vaughn Industries Purchasing Dept., Thread Designs by Amanda Mack, State Electric Supply Co., Wilson Tire Co., Advanced Drainage Systems, Susie and Don Caudill, David and Brenda Burns, Franny and Linda Hammer, Jeannie Brickner, Rick and Cindy Brickner, Jerry and Bobbi Jo Schumm and family, Ron and Rita Gosche Family, Randy and Laura Brickner, Mike and Joanne Reinhart, Sacksteder-Worland Insurance Agency, Tom and Ernie Swanagan, Tin Lizzy Collision, Paul and Donna Gosche, Pizza Hut-Tiffin, Kuhn Sales and Service, Alfred and Ruth Brickner, Jerry, Ashley, Taylor and Haley Reinhart, Mark Ekleberry ELC, Affordable Auto Painting LLC, Rodney and Whitney Brickner, Ben and Courtney Reis, Shawn and Kelly Brickner, Brad and Julie Posey, Tim and Renee Schumm, Benchwarmers, Bascom Communications, Inc., Coppus-Bour Insurance, Paul’s Upholstery Shop, Paul and Carol Brickner, Stumble Inn-Bascom, Aaron and Eva Kapelka and family, Chris and Janelle Hall and family, MJ Recruiters, Dr. Christopher Sears, Jeffrey D. Shawberry, D.D.S., Brad, Lisa, Zach and Otis Hall, Square One Solutions, LLC, Penny Theis and Family, Chris, Kara and Hunter, Steve and Barb Schumm and family, Fitch’s Auto Repair, Ray and Dorothy Saalman, The Beaston Family, Garry Tanner, Cakes for All Occasions by Dawnitta Schalk, Brickner Farm Service, Bugner’s Sewer, Septic and Restrooms, Stenger and Associates, Bascom Carry-Out, Adam, Amy, Ryan, and Taylor Miller, Fr. Tim Kummerer, Lucas and Holly Brickner, Tim and Beth Welly, Zoeller Lawns/Lucius Fence, Eric and Jenny Hummel, Baumann Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC, Jim and Ginny Hull, Hawk Tree Service, Joe and Sue Kimmet, Mike and Karen Coppus Family and Afterhours Auto Body/Chance Brickner.

Your generosity, thoughtfulness and community support is truly amazing and greatly appreciated each year. Without this support, our outing would not be the success that it is every year. Proceeds from this year’s outing are being donated to local and national charities in Kyle’s name and memory for use as needed. Next year’s outing is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Loudon Meadows Golf Club and we anticipate this outing to be bigger yet. Hope to see all of you there and again, Thank you very much to everyone who participated in one way or another.


Doug, Lori and Eric Tanner

Chris, Janelle, Hadley and Hank Hall

Aaron, Eva, Tanner and Lee Kapelka

Kevin Hines visit

October 10, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library welcomed Kevin Hines, author of “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and thriving After a Suicide Attempt,” as our 2019 Foundation Speaker. This visit was made possible by the Tiffin-Seneca Library Foundation. We would also like to thank Tiffin University for use of the Marion Center for the author’s presentation and their assistance in making the event run smoothly.

Earlier in the day, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties (MHRSB) hosted a Meet and Greet with Mr. Hines for area mental health providers and community partners. Mr. Hines also shared his story with students at Bridges Community Academy. Thank you to the faculty and staff for hosting this visit and to the students for their insightful questions.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library collaborated with several local organizations to offer additional programs and educate the community about mental health and the resources available in Seneca County. Thank you to the following:

• TSPL Talks: Mental Health – Dr. Michelle Clinger, Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services; Robin Reaves, MHRSB; Stephanie Little, LOSS (Local Outreach of Suicide Survivor) Team and CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management); Melanie White, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties (NAMI)

• TSPL Talks: More Mental Health – Amanda Hoover, Seneca County Opportunity Center; Dr. Meagan McBride, Heidelberg University; Jill Miller and Ace, Tiffin City Schools; Jami Opp, Rigel Recovery Services; Kevin Van Hoosier, Awareness 22; Hallie Williams, Ohio State University Extension

• Max’s Miles Community Walk – Suicide Prevention Coalition of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties

• RUOK? for Teens and Tweens – Melanie White, NAMI

• QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer – Tim Wise, Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services

• Youth Mental Health First Aid – Ellyn Schmiesing, FOCUS Recovery and Wellness Community

• Adult Mental Health First Aid – Laura Miller and Jessica Richards, Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services

Thank you to the following mental health providers who set up resource tables at Kevin’s community presentation: Chi Sigma Iota, Heidelberg Chapter; Christian Counseling Center; Family Counseling Services; Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Counseling and Recovery Services; Higher Ground Counseling Center; MHRSB; NAMI; Rigel Recovery Services; Tiffin University Counseling and Wellness Services.

The week after Kevin’s community presentation, over 30 community partners set up exhibits at a Self-Care Fair. Attendees learned about activities and resources for practicing self-care and improving mental wellness. Thank you to the following participants: Ace and Kennedy, Therapy Dogs for Tiffin City Schools; Alcoholics Anonymous; CARSA (Community Action for Reducing Substance Abuse)l Chi Sigma Iota, Heidelberg Chapter; Christian Counseling Center; FACTOR (Families Addicts Communities Together for Ongoing Recovery); Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services ; Gem Yoga; Grief Share; Higher Ground Counseling Center; Mercy Health; M. K. Counseling and Consulting; Rigel Recovery Services; Seneca County Park District; Sit and Stitch; SLAMH (Students Leading Awareness for Mental Health); SPARK (Supporting, Positive, Action, Respect, and Kindness); St. Francis Spirituality Center; Stein Hospice; Summit Psychological Associates; Tiffin Art Guild; Tiffin Community Health Center; Tiffin Parks and Recreation; Tiffin University Wellness and Counseling Services; Walter Stahl and Lew Hurst (The Garden Guys); Weathering the Storm Together.

Over 400 people from our community attended Kevin Hines’ presentation. It was inspiring to see the room packed with people of all ages and backgrounds who came together to hear his message. The free resources that Kevin mentioned are available at www.kevinhinesstory.com/resources. The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library looks forward to continuing to work with the community to increase awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.


Trinity Lescallett

Adult Services Manager

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library

Thank you from the Calvert Alumni and Friends

The Calvert Alumni and Friends Association would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to our Annual Reverse Raffle Oct. 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. A special Thank You to: The Knights of Columbus, Doug Snyder, Calvert High School, Phillips Electric, Tiffin Ace Hardware, Gary Gruss CF Professional, Hempy Water, Jeffrey Jewelry, Calvert High School Institutional Advancement Office, Market Street Salon, Pam and Dennis Kelbley, Threads, Paulus Eye Care, Wayne and Sara Wax, Judy Hafley, Real Living Generations, Tiffin University, Reino’s Pizza and Pasta, LuLa Roe- Lindsey Work, Peg and Dale Shock, John Boehler, Somers Excavating LLC, Inspirations by Amy Recker, Friend of Calvert, Pampered Chef- Pat Kummerer and Carlyle Furher, Dr. Jack Felton, Drew Felton- Seneca County Sports.Com, Kuebler Shoe, Market Street Salon, Schubach Chiropractic, The Toledo Mud Hens, Toledo Walleye Hockey Club, Dunkin Donuts, Wat, Yoga Chuck, Ellie and Paul Boes, Carolyn and Randy Price, Sara Felton-Julie’s Jubilee and The Renaissance of Tiffin. We would also like to thank the CCS Jr. High Volleyball girls, for their help the night of the Reverse Raffle, Fort Ball for the delicious food, and congratulate our winners: $1,000- Ginny Bursa, $500- Mookie Felton Ziegler, $300- Ellie Boes, $100-Mike Musgrave, $75-Connie Mark, sideboard- Judy Hafley and $25 winners-Randy Waire, Mike Musgrave, Maria Hemminger, Robbin Ewald, Pam Kelbley, Greg Smith, Theresa Sullivan, Marguerite Bernard, and Bingo winner-Jo Patuto. Special Raffle Winners included: Walleye Tickets- Justin Wagner, Mud Hens Tickets- Judy Schleter, Paulus Eye Care, Oakley sunglasses- Marcia Marinis, $250 gift card donated by Phillips Electric-Doris Coleman. We look forward to seeing all of you next year!

Thank you for supporting The Calvert Alumni & Friends Association and Calvert Catholic Schools.

God Bless,

The Calvert Alumni & Friends Association Board Members


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