NAMI's depression/bipolar support group is to meet 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St., Tiffin.
The meetings are designed to support those living with depression and/or bipoler illnesses while leading an active life.
The free meeting is sponsored by NAMI Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties. For more information, call (419) 334-8021.
The Hopewell Township Board of Trustees is to have a special meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 31 at the township house to address end-of-year payroll and accounting obligations.
The Tiffin City Board of Education is to meet in special session at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 4 at 166 Greenfield St. It is to be an executive session to discuss the employment of public employees.
NEW WASHINGTON - The Buckeye Central Board of Education is to have its next monthly board meeting at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 in the multi-purpose room. There is to be an organizational meeting starting at 7 p.m.
FOSTORIA - There is to be a public hearing for the annual tax budget of Fostoria City Schools at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 17 at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School.
* Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed Friday and Saturday in observance of Christmas.
The library is to re-open Dec. 27 with regular hours. Call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us for more information.
* Kaubisch Memorial Public Library in Fostoria is to be closed Friday, Saturday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
* Bellevue Public Library is to be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. It is to be open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Dec. 27-30.
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College is to offer free, two-hour seminars, Small Business Basics, that are to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
The seminars are to teach the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
The schedule is:
* 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 5, Ottawa County Improvement Corp. (conference room), 8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor.
* 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 12, Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce (conference room), 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.
* 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, Erie County Chamber of Commerce (conference room), 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.
* 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Terra Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.
To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College, at (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210. Or contact him at email@example.com.
Janice Agler of Bowling Green recently received the Changing Lives Award from Experience Works for her efforts to help low-income older workers.
ExperienceWorks is a federally-funded, nonprofit organization that finds jobs for people who are 55-years-old or older, unemployed and on limited household income.
Agler's office serves Wood, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot and Ottawa counties.
For information about Experience Works, call (800) 842-4982 or visit www.experienceworks.org.
Daniel Kuhn recently received word he has passed a laboratory analyst examination through Ohio Water Environment Association and ABC Board of Certification. A training program and examination process preceded his earning of the Class I Ohio Wastewater Laboratory Analyst license.
He previously was employed at the city's Public Works Department before transferring to the wastewater treatment plant in 2009. Kuhn has EPA licenses in wastewater treatment and collection systems.
Kuhn resides in rural Tiffin with his wife, Lisa, and children, Austin and Emily.
SANDUSKY - Marv and Matt Gooding recently attended the Growers Mineral Solutions Sales Meeting conducted at Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky.
Tracy Temple, of PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, outlined the global market factors that are to affect the prices of fertilizer materials.
As regional sales manager at one of the leading chemical distributors in the Midwest, Temple predicted with the increase in global demand of fertilizer inputs, fertilizer markets are to be more volatile with prices likely to increase. He recommended attendees build inventory and suggested watching natural gas and sulfur prices. He said if they increase, fertilizer raw materials may not be far behind.
Growers Chemical Corp. is a family-owned company headquartered in Milan.
Greg Napoli was the featured speaker at St. Francis Senior Ministries' educational seminar Dec. 3.
Napoli spoke to a group in the multipurpose room at St. Francis Home on diabetic education and management. Heritage Home Health Care was the presenter of the program.
Napoli spoke on diabetic issues and ways to get testing supplies.
St. Francis Senior Ministries conducts regular educational seminars.
For more information, call Kellie Hartsel at (419) 443-1540.
Stein Hospice, a not-for-profit agency that offers compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients and their families, is looking for caring men and women to help carry out its mission.
Patient and family care volunteers are needed to provide companionship, relieve caregivers, supply transportation and run errands.
Volunteers must first complete LifeCourse, a 6-week program which explores the feelings and philosophies of the death and dying process.
There is no cost for the course, however registration is required.
For more information, or to register, contact Stein Hospice's volunteer office, (419) 625-5269 or (800) 625-5269 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning ahead is one way to take the stress out of holiday gift giving. And when planning to give the gift of life through American Red Cross, individuals can make the most of the donation experience by following a few tips.
"A lot of people say preparing for a great donation experience is just like preparing for a big event," said Annie Marckel, communications manager for Western Lake Erie Region of American Red Cross. "That's true, because helping to save a life is a truly remarkable thing to do."
Getting a good night's sleep, having a good breakfast or lunch, and drinking extra water and fluids may help ensure a successful blood donation.
Donors also are advised to avoid eating fatty foods, and to eat plenty of food rich in iron and Vitamin C in the days leading up to the donation.
Wearing comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow also is recommended.
Donating blood is simple, and takes about an hour. That's an hour, Red Cross officials say, that could amount to a lifetime for someone who needs blood for ongoing or emergency medical care.
Winter weather often causes delays and cancellations for schools, work and community events. But it also means cancellations of vitally important blood donation opportunities.
Since the beginning of December, winter weather has forced three blood drives to be canceled, which means the Red Cross was not able to collect more than 120 blood donations it was counting on.
With a 10 percent dip in donations overall since Dec. 1, the Red Cross is asking for more holiday season blood donors.
The Red Cross encourages everyone to make donating blood a priority this winter.
The Western Lake Erie Region needs at least 300 blood donors a day to meet patients' needs at 24 area hospitals regardless of holidays or vacations.
For more information, visit red
crossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS for additional information.
The 2010-11 Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program got off to a big start in November by serving 662 households in the WSOS four-county service area. This number is only one more than those served during the same period in 2009 despite changes in the way the current program is operated.
Due to changes made by some utility companies and the establishment of the Percentage of Payment Plan Plus program, fewer residents have received disconnection notices. In addition, agencies providing this service now have 28 days to meet with applicants.
These changes mean fewer people are to be seen in a month.
"However, with the volume of calls we are receiving so far, we are on target to serve more people than ever before," said Tony Lindenberger, basic needs specialist at WSOS.
The income limits to receive assistance through this program remains at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This means households with one person should earn no more than $21,660 or four-person households should have incomes of no more than $44,100.
EHEAP provides one-time assistance to income-eligible residents to help maintain their heating source by paying some of their heating bills. These households receive up to $175 one time for electric and other utilities and up to $600 for those who use propane and have less than a 10-day supply left in the tank.
In November EHEAP provided assistance to 662 households for a total of $174,207. The following explains how many were served in each of the WSOS four-county service area:
Sandusky - 182 households for a total of $55,980
Seneca - 213 households for a total of $50,798
Wood - 150 households for a total of $35,367
Ottawa - 117 households for a total of $32,062
Assistance with heating bills comes from EHEAP and regular HEAP. Regular HEAP also provides a one-time per heating season assistance with paying some heating bills. Applicants must file applications themselves.
WSOS has applications available and may assist applicants with the forms. EHEAP and HEAP operate until March 31.
Appointments are required to apply for assistance through EHEAP. To make an appointment for EHEAP help, in Wood County call (419) 353-7407; in Ottawa County, call (419) 734-2652; in Seneca County: Fostoria area, call (419) 435-4884 or Tiffin area: call (419) 447-0084; or in Sandusky County, call (419) 334-5126.
FREMONT - The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Center public safety program is offering the 240-hour professional firefighting class for the winter starting Jan. 11.
Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays with occasional Saturdays. Times are 6-10 p.m., and the class is to be at Fremont's public safety building.
For more information or to register, call (419) 334-6901, ext. 405 or 409; or (419) 448-1212, ext. 276.
UPPER SANDUSKY - Julie Herring, a teacher in the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District, is among 81 Ohio teachers who became National Board Certified Teachers, the highest credential in the teaching profession.
The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is to start the process to offer grants in the first round of the Competitive Funding Program in 2011.
As a part of the process, eligible participants are required to attend a meeting prior to submitting an application.
The grant program's main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, townships, cities and villages in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties. The District can not fund any privately owned businesses.
Once a recycling program has been established, an agency can apply for funds for products made from recycled material. A change to the application now requires all grant requests for products made of recycled material to contain documentation of a minimum of 25 percent recycled content.
The District is to conduct a meeting at the District office, 1875 E. State St., Fremont at 10 a.m. Jan. 6.
There are two funding rounds each year; deadlines are Jan. 31 and June 30. This meeting is to be for any applicant intending to submit an application for the first funding round.
The purpose of the meeting is to explain what information is needed to fill out the grant application form.
Applicants are required to pre-register for the meeting.
Dec. 10, Seneca Community Chaplain Corps had an awards ceremony recognizing members of the community for their community service and support for the organization as well as a night to remember the late Lt. Mark Derr. The chaplain corps is a non-profit organization that serves as a resource for those in need in the community ranging from food, shelter and addiction recovery groups.
Tom Maiberger, Sheriff Bill Eckelberry and Judge Mark Repp were among the community members who received recognition at the ceremony for their support and contributions to the organization. Also receiving awards at the ceremony were two Sentinel Career and Technology Center students, Abby Lang and Maranda Youster, who were the first recipients of the Lt. Mark Derr Excellence in Community Service Award. The students were selected based on community service and outstanding character that mirrored that of Derr's, along with an application that was submitted to the chaplain corps.
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families.
For more information, contact Pacific Intercultural Exchange at (866) 546-1402. The agency also has opportunities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools.
CLYDE - The Clyde High School FFA parliamentary procedure teams competed in the sub-district competition on Nov. 29 at Sentinel Career and Technology Center. The senior team and the junior teams placed first in their divisions and moved on to district competition. At district competition Dec. 1, the senior team placed third, and the junior team placed fourth.
Dec. 4, the agriculture communication team traveled to Columbus to compete in the state-level competition. The team placed 12th in the state and first in District 4. Dec. 10, 47 students from the FFA chapter attended a leadership workshop at Gibsonburg High School.
The FFA chapter took orders for citrus fruit. Extra fruit is available and can be ordered by calling the high school at (419) 547-9511.
NEW WASHINGTON-The Buckeye Central Local School District was presented with two awards during a meeting. Kent Buehrer, architect and president of Buehrer Group, presented an etched glass gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design seal to Superintendent Tara Meyerink and Board President Teresa Shafer in recognition of one of the highest ratings for eco-friendly design for the district's new K-12 campus.
The district achieved a gold LEED certification under a rating system developed by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council. Buckeye Central is one of two gold awardees in Ohio.
The second presentation to the board came from North Central Electric Cooperative. Buckeye Central was highlighted in NCE's annual report. Terry Mazzone and Kim Gardner presented a framed photo collage of the report, along with Buckeye Central's capital credit refund check in the amount of $1,978.73. NCE's capital credit refund is the means in which the non-profit electric cooperative returns excess revenue to its members based on the proportion of electric purchased.
Fostoria Redmen Pride Pep Band is to have band alumni join them Dec. 29 for the home boys basketball game against Rossford.
Rehearsals are to be 7-9 p.m. Dec. 28 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29 before the game.
To reserve a spot and request music, people can contact Steve Kauffman at (419) 436-4117 or email@example.com.
FINDLAY Local residents who graduated from the University of Findlay are Lindsay Caudill, bachelor's degree in business management, Carey; Melynda Daugherty, bachelor's degree in accounting, Carey; James Hawkins, bachelor's degree in middle childhood education, Carey; Stephanie Wade, bachelor's degree in hospitality management, Carey; Paulette Boes, master's degree in education, Upper Sandusky; Miranda Kennedy, master's degree in education, Upper Sandusky; Ina Latham, bachelor's degree in early childhood education, magna cum laude, Upper Sandusky; Angela Smith, bachelor's degree in art, Upper Sandusky; Julia Gressman, bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration, Clyde; Kevin Dotts, bachelor's degree in religious studies, magna cum laude, Risingsun; Misty Blaser, master's degree in business administration, Fostoria; David Gooding, master's degree in education, Fostoria; Ava Hall, bachelor's degree in business management, Fostoria; Brent Hoerig, bachelor's degree in adolescent/young adult/integrated science education, cum laude, Fostoria; and Stephanie Lamb, bachelor's degree in business management, summa cum laude, New Riegel.
WESTERVILLE - Ashley Carlisle, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Carlisle of Tiffin, is on the dean's list at Otterbein University.
MARIETTA - Benjamin Dickerson of Tiffin is on the dean's high honors list at Marietta College. He is a graduate of Columbian High School.
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Local students gaining membership in the Alpha Omega Pi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Owens Community College are Heather Haws and Diana Leemaster, Bradner; Benjamin Timmons, Burgoon; and Geremy Taylor, Jacob Whitta and Logan Wolph, Fostoria.
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses are to be closed Friday through Jan. 2, for the holiday season. Administrative offices are to re-open Jan. 3.
Wade Young was elected Medical Staff President at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.
Young, who specializes in ophthalmology, is to begin his term Jan. 1. He is to replace James Bosse.
As medical staff president, Young also is to serve as a member of the hospital's Board of Trustees during his year of service.
Mark Akers, who specializes in internal medicine, is to serve as president-elect during 2011. The new secretary/treasurer is to be Mohamed Salem, who specializes in general surgery. The executive committee's member at-large is to be Steven Copeland, who specializes in orthopedic surgery.
"I look forward to working with the new medical staff officers in 2011," said Dale Thornton, president and CEO of Mercy Tiffin Hospital. "Their leadership will be extremely important as we attempt to expand services and recruit new members for the medical staff."
Medical staff officers are elected by peers on the active medical staff of Mercy Tiffin.
Mercy Tiffin Hospital is a community hospital committed to providing excellent health care services to its patients and families. Area residents benefit from excellence in personalized inpatient, outpatient and emergency care.