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January 21, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Farm Bureau seeks members

The Seneca County Farm Bureau membership campaign has begun.

"We are excited to kickoff our membership campaign this year," said Alice Luhring, membership chairman. "We want to keep our organization strong and continue the great work we do locally such as our activities at the Seneca County Fair and also helping educate our young people through our Ag in the Classroom project."

Benefits of farm bureau membership include:

Members collaborate on issues they deem important to shape regulations affecting their community.

A subscription to Our Ohio magazine featuring recipes and information about farm families.

Members can host or attend on-farm dining events, food tours, how-to seminars and other learning activities.

Farm Bureau staff provide information on oil and gas leasing activity, property tax issues, private property rights and more.

OFBF offers a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for felony crimes committed on a member's property.

Members receive discounts on Nationwide insurance products, GM vehicles, Grainger products and Case IH tractors and access to individual health plans through Medical Mutual of Ohio's SuperMed One-Ohio Farm Bureau and more.

For more information, contact the county office at (877) 447-3091 or visit

Business seminars scheduled

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free seminars, Small Business Basics, that answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

The seminars are designed to take the confusion out of efforts and provide basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The schedule is:

9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6, Ottawa County Improvement Corp., 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.

9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 20, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.

4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

To register or for more information, call (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210, or by email at bauxter

Rural King partners with Red Brand to support FFA

INDIANAPOLIS - Rural King Supply representative Josh Gordon presented a $45,000 check to the National FFA Foundation at the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo. The proceeds are the result of Rural King's participation in Home Grown, a funding partnership with Red Brand fence, manufactured by Keystone Steel & Wire in Peoria, Ill.

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Red Brand and Home Grown in this funding initiative," Gordon said. "And as a result, we are very proud to provide financial support to the National FFA Foundation and to offer a way for local chapters to receive funding."

Foundation sponsors make possible award and recognition programs, scholarships, service learning activities, global engagement programs, national FFA convention functions, educational materials, teacher training and much more.

"Without the generous support of companies like Rural King and Red Brand, the foundation could not be effective in our efforts to reach out to the local, state and national FFA levels," said Robert Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation. "The financial assistance we receive directly impacts the lives of FFA students throughout the organization, so we are deeply grateful for this contribution."

Home Grown was launched in 2010 and has raised funds for more than 700 FFA chapters annually. The program applies to all new orders of Red Brand ag fence with $1 per roll donated to a designated FFA chapter in the retailer's name.

For more information, visit

Library closed for MLK day

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The library is to re-open Tuesday with regular hours.

Library to host Fancy Nancy party

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library junior department is to host a "Fancy Nancy Party" 2-3 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

Girls 3- and older are invited to attend the party in true "Fancy Nancy style," reminiscent of the children's books by Jane O'Connor.

Participants will read fancy books, play fancy games, make fancy crafts and enjoy fancy refreshments. Girls may dress in their fanciest clothes.

Registration is necessary by Feb. 8 by calling (419) 447-3751 or e-mail

Story time with Chinese theme

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host "International Story Time" featuring China at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9 in the Frost Kalnow Room.

The program is to be presented by the International Cultural Center and international students who will tell stories about China. Students are to discuss the Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 10, make a customary Chinese craft and refreshments.

Register by calling the junior department at (419) 447-3751.

German food event at Phat Cakes

As part of the "Celebrating Germany" cultural series, International Cultural Center is sponsoring an event featuring authentic German soups and breads.

Suppe und Brot (Soup and Bread) will be hosted at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Phat Cakes & Cafe. Admission is $5 and includes samples of three German soups and breads and a beverage.

There are 50 tickets available. Tickets are pre-sale only and available at Phat Cakes & Cafe, 45 S. Washington St., Tiffin Middle School or call (419) 447-3358.

Pay-to-participate program updated

The Tiffin City Schools Board of Education implemented a pay to participate fee starting with spring sports in the spring 2012. Currently, 510 student-athletes have participated in at least one athletic or school event during the 2012-2013 school year.

In spring 2012, a pay-to-participate scholarship fund was created to help aide students in need of financial assistance, the balance of which is $8,555.00. Fundraisers included a program at Reineke Ford in Tiffin last Spring which raised $5,060 and other donations.

TCS addresses changes to menu

The United States Department of Agriculture has some new guidelines for lunches this school year. The rules are to help the childhood obesity problem and offer more nutritious and healthy meals served in schools.

The emphasis is on more whole grains, more fruits and vegetables and low fat or fat-free milk. The initial rule was for restrictions on weekly maximum grains and meat servings, but that has already been revised to allow more. One of the biggest changes is incorporating more vegetables, especially dark green, red/oranges and beans into weekly menus.

According to a release, Tiffin City Schools always has offered in meals, a meat or meat alternate entree, a grain, a fruit, vegetable and milk. Schools also have followed portion controlled servings. Milk choices are 1 percent unflavored or fat-free flavored.

TSC is adding more spinach and using more romaine salad this year. The schools oven bake or steam all items. Another change is sweet potato tots, considered an orange vegetable, that is offered weekly.

Homeschoolers events planned

Tiffin Homeschoolers is a free homeschool group with members from across Northwest Ohio.

Members meet several times throughout the school year. This year, science, gym, art and literature co-ops are to be offered.

Upcoming events include bowling at Heritage Family Center, a Ritz Theatre performance, a visit to Shelley Wetland with a Seneca County Park District naturalist, a Moms Morning Out and a tour of Seneca County Airport.

For more information, contact Sheri Trusty at (419) 639-0662 or

SE education board meeting dates

ATTICA - Seneca East Local Board of Education meetings for the 2013 calendar year have been set. They are at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the board of education office, 13343 East U.S. 224.

The dates are Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 Sept, 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

St. Wendelin receives grant

FOSTORIA - St. Wendelin Catholic School has been awarded a $5,000 grant form the Henry Geary Memorial Foundation, managed by Key Bank. The award is to be used to develop the robotics program in the St. Wendelin science department.

Students make winning dish

FOSTORIA - Students in the foods class at St. Wendelin Catholic School had their appetizer project incorporated into the Chuck Wagon menu at KemoSabes Roadhouse Grill restaurant in Fostoria.

Students developed a concept for an appetizer and created a recipe. Groups then presented dishes for judging.

The winning dish was an Italian chicken and cheese calzone by the group of Colleen Fondessy, Maddie Hoffman, Shelby Emerine and Adrienne Emerine. The dish appears on the menu as a "Roasted Chicken White Pizza."

Students have theme day

FOSTORIA - Students at Fostoria Longfellow Elementary School are be having a theme day, "Where, Oh Where? maps and locations," 8:30-10:50 a.m. Thursday.

Students test knowledge

A team from Tiffin Middle School competed against students across the U.S. and foreign countries in the Knowledge Master Open academic competition Dec. 5. More than 2,000 middle school, junior high and high school teams faced their computers to answer 200 questions in the event, earning points for the speed and accuracy of their answers.

The Tiffin Middle School contest was sponsored by The Tiffin City Schools' Office of Gifted Education. The 27 students on the TMS team scored 1,186 of 2,000 possible points to place 10th in the state.

Academic coach and gifted coordinator Paula Zirm described the event as "a really wonderful opportunity to use our collective knowledge and show that TMS students are fierce competitors in an academic competition."

Tiffin Middle School team included eighth-graders Gabrielle Roszman, Cheyenne Heyman, Daniel Bupp, Maddalyn Carpenter, Madison Zimmerman, Lydia Bruno, Lynsey Tyree, Shayla Thomas, Hannah Treadway, Madison Troha, Eden Stephey, Pranav Parsi, Logan Anway and Emma Ramsdell; and seventh-graders Kate Burkes, Lydia Arnold, Gabriell Everetts, Evan Laux, Zoe Cook, Logan Young, Brad Stuchel, Sydney Lambert, Noah Rees, Jacob Charlton, Natalie Gase, Corey Meisner and Austin Harp.

Seventh- and eighth-graders with a gifted identification in superior cognitive thinking skills, or a combination of reading and math gifted identifications, could apply for the team. This team is looking forward to a county-wide competition in the spring, in which TMS won first place in 2011.

'Berg extends

president's contract

The Heidelberg University Board of Trustees announced President Robert H. Huntington's contract has been extended an additional year.

Board Chair Sondra G. Libman said Huntington was given a rolling contract designed to automatically turn into another five-year contract at the end of the first year and every year thereafter. Huntington's new contract extends to June 2018.

Huntington began as Heidelberg's 14th president in July 2009. He and his family have put down roots, and embraced the opportunity to join the Heidelberg and Tiffin communities. He currently serves as chair of the board of trustees of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and is a member of Tiffin Rotary.

During his tenure, the university has completed five renovation and construction projects, including Adams Hall, the Media Communication Center and University Commons with its Fireside Cafe Pub and the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. The next project would be construction of an athletic stadium and alumni center, built around Mayer Field.

'Berg students chosen for honor band, ensemble

Nine music students have been selected for the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductor's Association Collegiate Honor bands. They include Anthony Narvaez, a senior from Joshua, Texas; Sarah Haines, a senior from Minerva; Cassandra Purcell, a junior from Grant, Mich.; Michael Lee, a senior from Bellefontaine; Bobbi Custer, a senior from Woodstock; and Katie Stephens, a junior from Waynesville.

Students selected for the Collegiate Honor Jazz Ensemble include Kyle Sherepita, a senior from Brunswick; Lucas Walter, a senior from Fostoria; and Kyle McDonald, a sophomore from Berlin Heights.

In addition to the students who will perform, John Owen, associate dean and director of the School of Music at Heidelberg, is to serve as guest conductor of the OPCICA Concert Band, conducting a piece commissioned by the organization.

Heidelberg chair honored for lifetime contributions

Sondra Gerhardt Libman, chair of the board of trustees of Heidelberg University, will be inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in April.

Libman graduated from Heidelberg in 1967 and will join the Heidelberg alumni in the Hall of Excellence.

Throughout her career and her life of service and philanthropy, Libman represents the Heidelberg vision of leading a life of purpose with distinction, according to President Robert H. Huntington. She works in the private sector and is the retired president of Americana Healthcare Corp. She balances her time as mother, grandmother, volunteer, civic leader, philanthropist, activist and leader.

Tiffin to host Cleveland artist

Tiffin University's Diane Kidd Gallery of Art is to host a new exhibition of ceramics and drawings focusing on orchids by Cleveland artist Angelica Pozo.

The exhibition titled, "Orchidaceae: A Study - Drawings and Ceramics" will begin with a reception 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 7. There is no charge to attend.

Pozo also will speak about her work at the reception at 7:15 p.m.

The exhibition is to run through March 17. The Diane Kidd Gallery is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday or by appointment.

For more information, call (419) 448-3427.

Heidelberg prof plays at museum

On Dec. 28, Heidelberg University adjunct music instructor Joan Holder McConnell played a recital of early organ music on the Dutch "cabinet organ," housed at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Heidelberg welcomes staff member

The Heidelberg University Office of Admissions has welcomed Cinzia Mancini-Cross as its newest staff member.

Mancini-Cross started Jan. 14 as the associate director for international and graduate admissions. She will work with prospective undergraduate and graduate international students as well as domestic graduate students.

Students to present psych research

As part of their junior year experience, Heidelberg University psychology majors Kayla Graves of Tiffin, Ashley Dean of Twinsburg and Amber Calderelli of Cleveland are to present research at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in May in Chicago.

Graves' topic is "Sexual Hookups among College Students: Prevalence and Emotional Reactions." Dean and Calderelli will co-present their work on "The Participation in Greek Life and Happiness among College Students."

Terra offers classes for teens, 'tweens

FREMONT - The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering a "Teens/Tweens" series for students grade five and up.

Classes are 10 a.m.- noon Saturdays. The fee for each class is $29, but students who enroll in three or more classes receives a 20 percent discount.

Supplies and materials are included in the cost of the class and adults are also welcome.

The schedule for "Teens/Tweens" is:

Handmade Valentines, Feb. 2.

Nail Art 101, Feb. 16.

Make Your Own Lip Balms, March 23.

Make-Up Basics, April 13.

Nail Art 102, April 27.

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Terra State's Kern Center announces business seminars

FREMONT - The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.

"Success in the Workplace" seminars include:

Time Management for Beginners, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 5. Instructor: Christine Schneider-Smith. Cost: $59

Stress Management, 8 a.m.-noon March 5. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $59

Worksite Wellness: What is the Real Cost of Neglecting Your Employees' Wellness, 9-10 a.m. March 14. Instructor: Angie Schroeder. Free.

Positive Leadership Series: A Leader's Guide to Positive Organizational Success, March 20 and 27 and April 3. Instructor: Dr. Bryan Cavins. Cost: $249

Leadership Essentials, Part 1, 9 a.m.-noon April 2. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $49

Leadership Essentials, Part 2, 9 a.m.-noon April 9. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $49

Time Management-In Depth, 9 a.m.-noon May 15 and 22. Instructor: Christine Schneider-Smith. Cost: $99

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Terra announces

development classes

FREMONT - The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.

Personal development classes include:

Do You Hear What I Hear - Listening Skills and More, noon- 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $59.

Grief and Loss Issues, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 9-11 a.m. April 10. Instructor: David Guardiola. Cost: $25.

Balancing Work and Home, 9 a.m.- noon March 18. Instructor: Dave Mehl. Cost: $49.

Becoming a Power Presenter, 9 a.m. - noon March 19. Instructor: Kitty Brandal. Cost $69.

That Says What? Texting Decoded, 6-8:30 p.m. March 21. Instructor: Joseph Cutcher. Cost $39.

Dating in the World of Technology, 6-8 p.m. April 18. Instructor: Joseph Cutcher. Cost $59.

Self-Defense, 1-4 p.m. May 24. Instructor: Chris Hofacker. Cost $49.

To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.

Terra State ensebles to form

FREMONT - Instumental ensembles at Terra State Community College are forming for the spring semester.

Terra Brass Choir is an ensemble open to brass instrumentalists, trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium and tuba. The choir meets 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 28.

Terra State Jazz Band is open to instrumentalists, sax, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar and drums. The jazz band meets 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Terra Jazz Combos are open to instrumentalists and vocalists and meet at various times during the week. Contact Doug Neel at (419) 559-2233.

Terra Chamber String Ensemble is open to string instrumentalists and meets 7-9:20 p.m. Thursdays.

Terra Guitar Ensemble, Terra Harp Ensemble and Flute Choir are open to students. To register, contact the music office at (419) 559-2233.

In addition, Terra State of the Art auditions will be held in room D116B. Sign-up sheets are posted in Building D on the campus of Terra State Community College. Audition results will be posted Friday and the first class meeting is at 4 p.m. Jan. 29.

Macklin Institute offering first aid and CPR training

FINDLAY - The Marilyn & Gordon Macklin Intergenerational Institute is offering first aid and CPR trainng 6-10 p.m. Tuesday in the Hub, located at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay.

First aid and CPR are combined into one class with full course credit. Cost is $60 and fees are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable.

For more information or to register, contact Linda Winkelman at (419) 425-3047 or lindaw@macklinig

Hospice receives donations

Community Hospice Care received $4,000 from Tiffin Charitable Foundation for patient massage/Reiki and healing touch


The Allen Eiry Fund of the Columbus Foundation provided CHC with funds to purchase an iPad and "I Tap To Talk" software, that is to enable patients whose voices may be hindered. The device is to facilitate patient care and improve communization.



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