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Sunday announcements

December 5, 2010
The Advertiser-Tribune

Seneca One Stop is to offer numerous services and resources for job seekers and employers.

The free seminars also are available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.

The following are upcoming workshops at Department of Jobs and Family Services, 3362 S. TR 151:

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Individual Resume Writing Assistance. Work one-on-one with a specialist and produce a good resume before you leave. By appointment only. Call Carol Guice at (419) 107-1189 for more information.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Get a Job or a Better Job. Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. This session includes a review of unemployment services provided by the state. Call Seneca One-Stop Job Store at (419) 447-5011 ext.443.

The following are free computer classes, but registration is required. Call (419) 447-5011 ext. 443 or (800) 825-5011 ext. 443 to register.

9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, introduction to computers.

9 a.m.-noon Dec. 15, introduction to Word.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 20, File Manager.

9 a.m.-noon Dec. 29, introduction to the Internet.

For more information in Seneca County, call (419) 447-5011 ext. 443 or (800) 825-5011 ext. 443.

BLOOMVILLE - Santa Claus is to make his annual visit to Bliss Memorial Public Library 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Local businesses and organizations are to provide goodie bags for the children.

BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to show "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

All school children may participate. There are to be treats.

FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to have a holiday family storytime at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the youth services department.

The theme is "Carols, Customs and Cookies," featuring local musician Mary Fry leading the group in carols. Each child is to receive a treat.

All ages are welcome, and children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. No registration is required. For more information, call (419) 435-2813.

ATTICA - About 13,150 former and current members of North Central Electric Cooperative are to start to receive patronage capital credit refunds this week.

For the first time, the majority of refunds are to be issued as credits on members' bills rather than issued as checks. Applying capital credit refunds to members' monthly electric bills is a more efficient way of refunding capital credits because it saves on postage, paper, printing costs and banking fees. Bills were scheduled to be mailed or e-mailed to members Wednesday.

In most cases, if a cooperative member's refund total is $100 or more, a check is to be issued within the next two weeks.

At its November meeting, North Central Board of Trustees approved a patronage capital credit refund of $746,423, marking the 31st consecutive year the cooperative has retired capital credits to current and former members. More than $14.8 million has been refunded since 1980.

"The refunding of patronage capital credits is one of the guiding principles behind not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives like North Central Electric," said President Richard Reichert of Venice Township.

Reichert said the cooperative retains margins to provide working capital for new construction, equipment and system improvements. Any revenue in excess of operating costs is treated as equity capital and eventually must be returned to members in proportion to their purchase of electricity. After considering the cooperative's financial condition, the nine-member board sets the amount to be refunded.

North Central serves about 9,700 consumer-owners in Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot counties, plus portions of Huron, Richland, Sandusky, Hancock and Wood counties.

FOSTORIA - To help individuals successfully manage diabetes, Fostoria Community Hospital diabetes education department is to offer a class 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 or 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 15. All classes are to be conducted in the conference center, on the hospital's lower level. A physician referral is required.

The course has a fee billable to insurance. Pre-registration is required. Financial assistance is available through the Foundation's diabetes fund. For more information, call Shirley Conley at (419) 436-6629.

FOSTORIA - Fostoria Community Hospital is to host a seasonal flu vaccination clinic 4-6 p.m. Dec. 13. The vaccines are for adults 18 years of age or older. The cost of the flu vaccine is to be $25. Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines also are to be available for a cost of $50.

Medicare Part B is to cover both vaccines. A Medicare card and photo ID are required for those who utilize Medicare.

The clinic is to be conducted in the conference center, on the hospital's lower level. For more information, call ProMedica Total Wellness at (419) 436-6688.

Tiffin City Schools has been selected by the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children for an onsite review of its special education program. OEC is to have a public meeting to give parents, guardians and other members of the public the opportunity to address OEC regarding the district's special education program.

A public parent meeting is to be 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Columbian High School auditorium. In case of cancellation due to bad weather or other emergency, an alternative date is Wednesday in the same location.

Individuals may participate in the public meeting by providing spoken and/or written comments. There are three ways for people to share comments with OEC:

Provide public comment at the meeting. Upon arriving, sign-in and, if needed, complete the form "Request to Address the Office for Exceptional Children" available at the sign-in table and return it to an OEC representative.

Provide written comments. Written comment forms are available at the meeting or by contacting Dolores Fantroy at the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education. She may be contacted by mail at 25 S. Front Street, MS 202, Columbus, OH 43215-4183; fax at (614) 752-1429; or e-mail at Dolores.Frantroy@ode.

The Office for Exceptional Children must receive written comments by 5 p.m. Jan. 5.

Through individual meetings. Parents may request an individual meeting with OEC consultants while they are in the district. About 20 minutes are to be scheduled for each meeting, depending on the number of individuals making requests. Contact Susan Rieger at (614) 995-9935 or to arrange for an individual meeting.

The meetings are not intended to resolve complaints about services for an individual child. Comments made at the public meeting and individual meetings or submission of written comments to OEC do not constitute a formal complaint.

Any issues addressed, either in writing or during the public meeting, are to be considered but may not be included in OEC's summary report to the district. However, they are to be considered during the monitoring process.

All meeting sites are accessible to individuals with disabilities. People can notify OEC if they need accommodations, such as interpreting services, assistive listening devices or materials in an alternative format, for a disability to participate in the public and/or individual meeting. Requests for special accommodations are required one week before the meeting. OEC is to make every attempt to comply with a late request, but cannot guarantee every requested accommodation will be available.

Although not required, people can confirm their attendance by contacting Rieger to help OEC make arrangements that give everyone an opportunity to participate. People who are not able to register in advance still can attend the meeting.

Tiffin City Schools is seeking public input as to how the federally funded "Title" dollars should be used in the programming for local students. Annually, the Tiffin City Board of Education seeks participation from the community asking for suggestions about how the money should be spent.

There are some stipulations placed on the funds, but parent and community members can submit ideas by calling the Tiffin City Schools administration building at (419) 447-2515 and asking to speak with Lindsay Rellinger, special education supervisor, or Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel.

BETTSVILLE - The Bettsville Board of Education changed the date of its regular December meeting to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Mohawk Elementary School's students of the month for October are kindergarteners Ella Moyer, Josie Smith, Selah Moyer and Alexis Caldwell; first-graders Maggie Wisda, Nadia Leeth and Lily Hammer; second-graders Rikki Cook, Grant Gibson, Xavier Oesch and Landen Snyder; third-graders Tony Stewart, Gavin Stump and Alexis Loose; fourth-graders Hannah Watson Jamie Zender, Collin Cordell and Ethan Stoll; fifth-graders Hunter Clouse, Makayla Burks and Steven Braxton Maple; and sixth-graders Emily Conner, Cole Harrison, Katie Vogel and Joseph Sours.

St. Wendelin Catholic School athletic alumni can participate in the bi-annual alumni basketball game Dec. 30. Two games are scheduled, with the women's game opening the evening, and the men's game to follow. Contact Greg Noel, Mohawk Club president, at for more information or watch for details on the website.

Students in grades K-3 are to present a Christmas program, "Beneath a Shining Star," at 7 p.m. Thursday in the small gym. The cost is free. People who are unable to watch the evening performance can attend the final dress rehearsal at 1 p.m. Thursday.

The fifth- through eighth-grade bands and choir and the high school band and choir are to present a Christmas concert at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the north gym at St. Wendelin High School. The concert is free.

COLUMBUS - The Engineers Foundation of Ohio is offering nearly $25,000 in academic scholarships to qualifying engineering students for the 2011-12 academic year. EFO's scholarship application and brochure, which details the specific criteria for the scholarships offered this year, are available at; in high school guidance and career offices throughout Ohio; or by calling EFO at (614) 223-1177. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15.

Steve Lee, a 2002 Columbian High School graduate, spent three years as an elementary school teacher with the Springfield Local School District in Holland, Ohio. He has been named the principal of Crissey Elementary School. He is the son of Tom Lee and Kim Lee, both of Tiffin, and the husband of the former Michelle Maxwell, a fellow Columbian graduate and an employee of the Springfield district.

CAREY - The Carey High School DECA chapter is sponsoring activities for Entrepreneurship Promotion Week.

David Cunningham, Brittany Freeman and Allison Wentling are the chief executive officers of the project for this year, which is themed, "Roll Out the Red Carpet for Entrepreneurs: The Stars of the Next Generation." Throughout the week of Nov. 28 and on through this week, members presented activities about entrepreneurship.

The chapter is developing and working with community members in forming a "Carey Mercantile" business for the village of Carey, and the organization is part of a campaign to bring the small businesses in Carey together as a group locally.

As a kick-off to the campaign, the co-chairs planned a scavenger hunt for "Christmas in Carey." The organization also had numerous school-related events, such as DECA members wearing entrepreneurship T-shirts in school, daily announcements, lunch time games, in-school scavenger hunts, classroom presentations and other promotional devices.

MILAN - EHOVE adult cosmetology student Brittani Erevia of Clyde entered the Fantasy mannequin competition at the 2010 state cosmetology competition.

CLYDE - Students of the month for September at McPherson Middle School are Dylan Hill, Mathew Gerber, Samantha Tornow, Kelli DeVanna, Evan Zaleski and Kate Jess. Students honored in October were Scott Clapp, Clay Martin, Clara Sewell, Alex Fisher, Melissa Laconis and Briana Hergesheimer. Those honored in November were Brailan Michael, Chelsea Strickland, Ian Cantu, Heath Maines, Jackson Jelenic and Trystin Kidd.

KANSAS - Senior Ryan Chalfin was Lakota High School's student of the month for November. He is the son of Todd and Lori Chalfin.

SYCAMORE - Representatives from the local Ohio Army National Guard office and residents of the area, including Pvt. Pat Ardner, Sgt. Ray Helms and Pvt. 1st Class Alec Traxler, presented Mohawk High School senior football players with their OHARNG Leadership Award at the fall sports award assembly. The OHARNG Leadership Award is given to all of the Mohawk seniors on the football team for their commitment to the team and their hard work, dedication and leadership in mentoring the junior players. Chad Shellhouse, a football player and new enlistee in the Ohio Army National Guard, also received a most valuable player backpack.

Heidelberg University's dining services is to have its annual holiday open house buffet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 17 at Hoernemann Refectory. The menu includes carved ham, pan-seared chicken with cranberry salsa, a potato trio, tortellini alfredo with roasted red peppers and spinach, fresh broccoli, Prince Edward vegetable, dinner rolls, assorted salads and desserts.

The cost is $8.50 per person, and reservations are due by Wednesday. Call (419) 448-2329.

FINDLAY Ryan Wood of Tiffin is to perform in the University of Findlay's symphonic band and wind ensemble Christmas concert at 3 p.m. today at Heminger Auditorium of Findlay High School. Wood, a 2010 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, is the son of Roger and Charlene Wood.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students. Call the UF box office at (419) 434-5335 for ticket information.

CINCINNATI - Samuel Shafer of Bloomville accepted a Dean's Award from Xavier University. He is the son of Teresa and Mark Shafer and is to graduate from Buckeye Central High School in 2011.



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