Experience wild Alaska
Destination Showcase Alaska is to take place at AAA/Ohio Auto Club, 191 E. Market St., at 6 p.m. Thursday.
For information or to register, call (419) 447-0551.
Teen Read Week at Tiffin-Seneca library
Teen Read Week is today through Saturday at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.
Special events and programs will be aimed at encouraging teens in grades 6-12 to read for the fun of it.
This years theme is "It Came From the Library." The week-long project push teens to read materials including graphic novels
and books about photography.
A game and reading night is 5-6:30p.m. Tuesday. Those that attend will play balloon badminton, compete in a human PacMan tournament and act in a Reader's Theater show.
Also, the film "War Horse" is to be shown 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday.
There also will be a "Dare to Create Poetry" contest. Teens are encouraged to write a poem about something they've dared to do in their lives. Entries are due Friday and will be displayed. Prizes will be awarded for first and second places.
New time for teen tutoring, tech
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Teen Department has changed the time of "Teen Tutoring and Tech Time" starting Monday.
Students grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the teens-only program 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday nights in the Kernan Computer Lab. Teens can get homework help with Kandi O'Donnell, teen programming specialist, or use the library's computers for enjoyment.
For information, call (419) 447-3751, find the library on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
Directors to meet Tuesday
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Board of Directors is to meet at noon Tuesday in the Junior Home Room.
Get a golden ticket to 'Read It-See It'
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Teen Department is to present "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," as part of the "Read It See It" series with The Ritz Theatre at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Junior Home Room.
For teens grades 6-12, the event is to feature a rendering of the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl via Reader's Theater, a "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" trivial pursuit challenge and participants will create their own Wonka Bar, complete with a golden ticket.
The Ritz Theatre is to feature the motion picture "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at 2 p.m. Oct.28. Patrons can present their library card and get free
The "Read It-See It" series is a partnership between T-SPL and The Ritz in which beloved books will be featured at the Library with a family program or book discussion, followed by a motion picture viewing at the Ritz.
Call (419) 447-3751 to register and for information, find the library on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
'Let's Move' Saturday at library
The Junior Department at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host "Let's Move!" 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the Frost Kalnow Room.
For children birth through kindergarten, participants are to play and listen to music, do finger plays, listen to new stories and play with new friends. The program encourages movement and early literacy for the young and
No registration is necessary and parents are asked to stay for the program.
For information, call (419) 447-3751, find the library on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
Read and discuss 'Wesley the Owl'
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's adult book discussion group, "Let's Talk About It" has announced "Wesley the Owl" by Stacey O'Brien will be discussed at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in the Junior Home Room.
Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk. All are invited to join the free event. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiffin BOE to meet
The Tiffin City Board of Education Business Advisory Council is to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building in the conference room.
Columbian offers college prep
Carrie Hoffman, representing Terra State Community College, is to work with juniors and seniors Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide assistance with academic and test preparation opportunities, financial aid assistance, career exploration, and research colleges and universities.
In addition, Hoffman is to visit classrooms to discuss scholarship opportunities, college application process and necessary timeliness/deadlines for seniors.
For information, contact Hoffman at (419) 447-6331 ext 1510.
Sentinel to sell metal projects
Sentinel Career and Technology Center's Welding and Metal Fabrication Technology program is offering custom fire rings for sale.
Rings are 30 inches in diameter and 11 1/2 inches tall. Rings can have names, logos, and other and other informantion cut into them. Rings cost $65.
Other items for sale include wire angel yard ornaments, wire or sheet metal snowmen, yard or interior ornaments, custom made wire yard ornaments, welding repairs and custom fabrication projects; projects made in the past have been anything from car trailers, buckets, picket fences and decorative archways.
For information, contact Dave Fryman, Sentinel Career and Technology Center welding and metal fabrication technologies instructor at (419) 448-1212 ext. 3107 or email@example.com.
TMS offers 'Steps for Success'
Tiffin Middle School offers a "Steps for Success" program after school Monday through Thursday to assist students that need extra support and
The program helps students overcome environmental, emotional and academic barriers that may be limiting them or keeping them from reaching their potential.
The program is funded through the National Machinery Foundation and Tiffin Columbian Alumni Association.
Teachers honored by Walmart
ATTICA Twenty Seneca East School teachers have been honored with $50 reward cards as part of the Wal-Mart Teacher Rewards Program Oct. 3.
The cards will be used to purchase classroom supplies to help students start the school year. This is the program's fourth year and it has raised $4.5 million to be given to 90,000 teachers across the United States.
Seneca East to host singing competition
ATTICA - Seneca East High School is to host a "So You Think You Can Sing" vocal-talent competition.
Try-outs are Nov. 10 and finals are Nov. 17.
Both sessions are to be conducted in the Tiger Auditeria at the junior/high school complex, 13343 E. US 224.
Grades 6-8 and 9-12 are to compete in seperate categories. Those who win are to receive trophies and cash prizes.
Hunger project Tuesday
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Junior/Senior High School Art Club is to sponsor the sixth annual Empty Bowls Project 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 16.
The empty bowls supper is to be in the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School
This year, art and creative cuisine students are to make bowls, mugs and chili for the event.
Guests can make a donation and be able to take a bowl or mug home with them as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
Food and drinks have been donated by Campbell Soup Co., Gordon Foods and Coca-Cola.
For information, visit www.emptybowls.net.
ABLE program accepting students
FOSTORIA - The Adult Basic and Literacy Education program is accepting students into the program.
The program will be located at the Holmes Administration Building, 500 Parkway Drive, and offers services designed to meet the needs of all individuals.
Classes are provided free due to funding through a grant.
To enroll in classes, students are required to complete the orientation process, for registration and placement testing. A scheduled orientation is 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. Oct. 22-24. and 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5-7.
Classes will be in reading, writing, and math. They are meant to assist individuals who are wanting to improve basic skills, or for those wanting to obtain a GED.
Transistions classes also are offered for college preparation.
For information, contact Kelly West at (419) 436-4163 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays.
FREMONT - Vanguard-Sentinel's public safety program is offering classes in the fall.
A CPR instructor program is to 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20-21 at the Fremont campus. An advanced emergency medical tech program is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays in Fremont. Classes begin Oct. 26.
A paramedic refresher program is offered 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with classes starting Nov. 19 in Fremont. A paramedic program is to start next year in Fremont. Classes are to be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays. An anatomy and physiology class, which is a prerequisite, is to start Jan. 10.
To register, call (419) 334-6901 ext. 2731.
Birthday to be celebrated
FINDLAY - University of Findlay's Mazza Museum is to celebrate its 30th anniversary during a birthday party 3 p.m. today. The Funday Sunday program is to be 1:30-3:30 p.m.
HU profesor's film wins award
An independent film starring Chris Tucci, director of theatre and assistant professor of theater at Heidelberg University, has won an award at a California film festival last weekend.
"Through the Flowers," which stars Tucci in the lead role, received the "Best Halloween Teaser" in the fourth annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Beverly Hills. The film tells the story of Tom, whose world is destroyed by the loss of his only son. Believing that his only chance to rebuild resides with his ex-wife, Olivia, Tom visits her on the one-year anniversary of their son's death to find closure and seize the new life that he so desperately needs.
The Heidelberg community got a sneak peek at the film, which was filmed a year ago in Columbus, when Tucci screened it as part of the faculty research conference this past spring. Because the film is being submitted to other festivals, it won't be available for public consumption any time soon, he said.
Tucci is no stranger to the stage and screen. His credits include lead and supporting roles in feature film and theatrical productions including "Company Retreat," "Camp Hope" and "Contemplating Annie."
He was introduced to director Tobias Roediger and producer Amber Mikesell when he was cast in a supporting role in the feature film by the working title "The Journey of Kane" (finished title "Blood and Water"). Tobias and Amber were so impressed with his performance that they contacted Chris about the audition opportunity for "Through the Flowers."
Ophthalmologist talks to students
Dr. Wade Young, a Heidelberg University alumnus and member of the board of trustees, was a guest lecturer in Trevor Bates' Healthcare Seminar course in late September. Young spoke on the topic of ophthalmology and specifically, about sports-related eye injuries.
To date, students have heard from an athletic trainer, a pharmacist and a chiropractor, with a variety of other health care professionals scheduled for the remainder of the semester. The course exposes to students to research and cutting-edge information from professionals in various specialties of medicine and allied health care.
County Soils was Sept. 25 at Gene Daniel farm on SR 231. At the soils contest students evaluated soil for agricultural and building practices. There were five Seneca County schools in attendance and about 130 students.
Top placing students from Sentinel in the Rural contest were Lalo Ludwig, Travis Zimmerman, Amy Covert and Brandon Gebauer. Top placing students from Sentinel in Urban contest were Danielle Faircloth, Eva Pahl, Elaine Pahl and Sarah Goshe. The teams placed fourth in Rural and third in Urban.
Wednesday, the teams are to head to district soils in VanWert.
Poker run hosted
BLOOMVILLE - Seneca County Park District and Tiffin University Equestrian Team had the fourth annual equestrian poker run/walk Sept. 29.
Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, in conjunction with the equestrian team, hosted an the equestrian poker run/nature walk. The event was open to those who wished to ride their horses on a trail or take a short hike through the park.
The proceeds for the event totaled $800, the largest amount since the event started. It also had the largest turnout with 42 participants, including 36 horseback riders. Proceeds benefit Garlo, Make a Wish Foundation and TU's equestrian team.
Sycamore kicks off annual fundraiser
The board of directors of Sycamore Village and Sycamore Township 1 Fund Drive have kicked off their 2012 campaign. The fundraiser has been a Sycamore tradition since 1958. Solicitation of the business district is under way, with the township drive begining Saturday followed by the village drive Nov. 3.
"We are always amazed by the generosity of our Sycamore community," said Kim Mohr, president of this year's drive. "We are very excited about our 2012 campaign. We have had several new folks step in and join our returning volunteers with the village drive. Bob Hosterman does a fantastic job with the business district and Wayne and Jean Walton do a terrific job guiding our township drive."
For information on volunteering, call the Waltons at (419) 927-9782.
The board of directors include Mohr, president; Jean Walton, vice-president; Cindy Engel, secretary; Sandra Mohr, treasurer; Diane Tooley, Maxine Hannam, Vicki Weininger and Norman Adams.
'Shop with a Cop' seeks donations
The Fraternal Order of Police, Harold J. Fraley Sr. Lodge 128, is sponsoring "Shop with a Cop," to provide Christmas gifts for area youth.
Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 53, Tiffin, OH 44883 or a designated driver from the lodge will pick up contributions.
For information, contact Bob Kulick at (419) 618-3592.
'Berg's Bush writes book chapter
As part of the "Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology," Marold Mytum and Gilly Carr (editors) have just published "Prisoners of War: Archaeology, Memory and Heritage of 19th and 20th Century Mass Interment." Chapter 4 of this book, titled "Johnson's Island U.S. Civil War Military Prison," was written by David Bush, professor of anthropology at Heidelberg University. The book is published by Springer.
Heidelberg director makes Minn. accreditation visit
Doug McConnell, director of music technology and programs for the Heidelberg University School of Music, and Clark Measels from Carson-Newman College recently presented the National Association of Schools of Music in an accreditation visit for St. John's/St. Benedictine's College in Minnesota.
Peer completes basic training
Navy Seaman Recruit Steven M. Peer II, son of Christine R. and Steven M. Peer of Tiffin, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Peer completed training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.
The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
Peer is a 2012 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School.
Strong turnout for aging expo
For the fifth consecutive year, Area Agency on Aging hosted "Positive Aging Expo" Sept. 25 at Richland County Fairgrounds, drawing nearly 1,000 attendees from numerous counties.
Celebrating a theme of "Under the Big Top," guests enjoyed entertainment which included a juggling stilt walker, balloon animal maker and musical entertainment by The Moonlighters. Hand and arm massages were offered free of charge.
While enjoying entertainment and popcorn, peanuts, animal crackers and Cracker Jacks, attendees were able to visit more than 80 exhibitors which included service providers, financial institutions, travel and tourism, the Genealogical Society, Gorman Nature Center and many others.
Although the event was free, guests were asked to provide a non-perishable food item to assist local food pantries an additional outcome of this event.
The Area Agency on Aging covers a nine-county planning and service area of Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca and Wyandot Counties and can be reached at (800) 860-5799.
Family counseling program offered
Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services of Wyandot County is to offer Strengthening Families Program for parents and youths ages 11-14 beginning Oct. 24 through Dec. 7. The weekly program is 3-5 p.m. at Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services of Wyandot County, 777 N. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky. There is no cost of the program and refreshments will be provided.
The program is a nationally recognized curriculum that provides parent, youth and family education. The model is designed to be delivered in local communities for groups of 7-12 families. To register, call (419) 294-4388.
Funding for Wyandot County's Family and Children First Council Strengthening Families Program is paid in part by Ohio Children's Trust Fund and in part by local Wyandot County levy funds from the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties.
Local caregivers complete training
Stein Hospice staff and volunteers recently completed "The Sacred Art of Living Anamcara Apprenticeship," an intensive training program for caregivers. Completing the apprenticeship were Gretchen Franklin of Tiffin, Denise Bowerman of Bellevue; Katherine Hall and Carolyn Bing-Nieset of Fremont; and Peggy Busby of Willard.
Over a period of four years, 21 men and women attended weekend workshops, met in study sessions and reviewed numerous books and videos to develop holistic skills and knowledge about the spiritual dimensions of living and dying.
NAMI basics class announced
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties is offering the basics program starting Oct. 20th in Fremont at the NAMI office, 428 Croghan Street, Fremont. The course is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on six consecutive Saturdays.
NAMI basics is an education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
Learo headed to livestock expo
Amber Learo of Attica has entered eight sheep in the Southdown and Jr. Wether division of the 39th annual North American International Livestock Exposition. NAILE is recognized as the world's largest purebred livestock show with more than 24,500 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for Nov. 3-16, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky.
Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada bring livestock to compete in one of 10 expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, beef cattle, quarter horses, draft horses, mules and donkeys, sheep, swine and llamas and alpacas.
The expo also is home to numerous youth events that are an important part of the livestock industry's traditions including: Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup; Youth, Junior College and Senior Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest; 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl; National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Skill-A-Thon Contest; Junior College Livestock Judging Contest; and National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference.ss
Select Realty staff attends conference
Fran Andersons, Sara Riesen and Heidi Stephey, Tiffin Area realtors with Select Realty Group, attended the 102nd annual Convention of the Ohio Association of Realtors Oct. 2-4 at the Hilton at Easton in Columbus.
During the three-day Convention, Andersons, Riesen and Stephey attended several seminars.
Convention highlights included an Opening Grand Session at which OAR's "Realtor of the Year" was named, and a President's Sales Club Dinner, honoring top producers in the industry.
In addition to the business meetings, educational courses and general interest sessions, convention attendees viewed the latest in products and services displayed by industry-related exhibitors.
Ribbon cutting held for Fostoria bank
FOSTORIA -Robert W. LaClair, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio), joined members of the Fostoria Fifth Third Banking Center and other local leaders for a ribbon cutting Thursday for the newly remodeled Fifth Third Bank, located at 220 Perry Street. LaClair also presented Neal Norris, executive director of United Way of Fostoria a donation in honor of the reopening.
"Everything we do at Fifth Third Bank is mindful of the customer experience and this newly remodeled Fifth Third Banking Center is no exception. We have added private offices directly off the lobby to move bankers closer to the customers and have also reconfigured the space to better serve our loyal clientele in Fostoria," LaClair said. "We also know that as a strong financial partner in this region, our collaboration with local not-for-profit agencies is instrumental in creating a healthy and vibrant community and I am pleased to present the United Way of Fostoria a donation in honor of the Grand Reopening of our Fostoria Fifth Third Bank."
Additional updates to the facility included new carpet, wall finishes and furniture throughout. The banking lobby was reconfigured to introduce a new teller line with added security for the safe deposit area. A new drive-up teller system was installed to improve reliability. The ATM was replaced with a new generation "imaging" ATM and the customer night depository was replaced. Some improvements to the back office include a new employee break room and the addition of handicap accessible toilet rooms. Finally, the branch received Fifth Third's new "branding" treatment which includes new interior and exterior signage and marketing elements.
The architect for the project is Normand Associates and the contractor is Dodson and Sons.