All in Cheer is enrolling new cheerleaders, children aged 4 through 18, for its winter session.
*?Pee-wee level: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
* Junior level: 5:45-6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
* Senior level: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday.
* Mixed level squad: 5-6 p.m. Thursdays.
During this session, students are to prepare to participate in cheerleading competitions around Ohio this spring.
There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee for new members along with a $26 monthly fee. Prices may be reduced for paying in full and sibling discounts are available.
All In Cheer is located at 75 Prospect St.
NAMI's support group for people living with depression or bipolar disorder is to conduct its next meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.
NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot counties sponsor support meetings for persons who are living with these illnesses while leading an active life.
For more information, contact the NAMI office at (419) 334-8021, (888) 582-8889 or
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has added another adult computer class for January.
The "Download Audiobooks & eBooks from the Library" computer class is to be 10-11 a.m. Jan. 25 in Kernan Computer Lab. The one-hour workshop includes a demonstration of how to browse, check out and download titles from the library's digital catalog and download center. Students are to learn how to download audiobooks, eBooks and more to their computer, iPod or eBook Reader. eReaders compatible with the library's service include Barnes & Noble's Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo and PanDigital. The Kindle is not compatible.
Students must be familiar with the Internet or have taken "Beginning Internet" at the library. Registration is required. Students are to be registered on a first-come, first-served basis at the check-out desk or by calling (419) 447-3751. The class is to cost $1 to cover copy costs.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a beginners knitting class series. Participants must attend all three sessions on Sundays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6.
The class is to teach how to knit, cast on, purl and bind off while making a small project, such as a washcloth, scarf, iPod cover or headband.
Participants are asked to bring at least 200 yards of yarn. Yarn can be worsted, heavy worsted or bulky, not thin yarn such as DK or sport. Attendees also are asked to bring needles that correspond with the yarn size. Needle size is to be indicated on the yarn wrapper.
The program is free. Class size is limited to 15 people, so registration is required. Register by calling the library at (419) 447-3751 or at the circulation desk.
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to offer a combined toddler-preschool storytime at 11 a.m. every Tuesday beginning Tuesday and continuing through Feb. 22. The programs are open to children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old and accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
Each program is 30 minutes. If the city schools close for inclement weather, the program is to be canceled that day. No registration is necessary.
For more information, call (419) 435-2813.
FOSTORIA - Teresa Margraf is to teach a series of basket-weaving classes at Kaubisch Memorial Public Library 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 5.
Participants in the first class Jan. 29 can choose to make either a small-handled berry basket or jelly jar basket with a wood and wire swing handle. The class is appropriate for beginning- or intermediate-level basket makers.
The second class Feb. 5 is to feature a flat heart-shaped basket appropriate for intermediate-level students.
Examples of the three baskets are on display near the main desk. All tools and materials are to be supplied for a $12 fee, which is due at registration. Students should bring lunch, beverage and hand towel.
Each class is limited to 12 participants. In-person registration is required at the circulation desk and is under way.
For more information, call (419) 435-2813.
FOSTORIA - Area author Rose Ludwig is to speak about her newly released book, "Cursed from Birth with Abuse and Tragedies Alike," at Kaubisch Memorial Public Library at noon Saturday. Her book is to be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, call (419) 435-2813.
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library Yarn Club is to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. All experience and age levels are welcome. People should bring their current project on which to work. For those who are beginners, extra yarn and needles are to be available for them to try. Future meetings of the club are scheduled for March 1 and April 5.
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to host AARP's Tax-Aide program beginning in February. The program is to be offered 9 a.m.-noon Fridays: Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, and April 8. Appointments are required. Call the library at (419) 483-4769 to reserve a time and be reminded of the documents that the tax preparers will need.
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library now is to offer seven new languages as part of its Mango Languages online language learning system. Mango Languages is available free of charge to patrons with a Bellevue Public Library card.
The new language courses include Czech, Dutch, Tamil, Slovak, Ukrainian, Croatian and Indonesian. Among the other languages offered are Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, ESL for Polish speakers, ESL for Spanish speakers and ESL for Brazilian Portuguese speakers.
Mango's online language learning system focuses on teaching actual conversation skills for the languages. Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers with an interface and instructions. It is completely web-based, which means library patrons can learn anywhere they have an Internet connection.
For more information, visit the library's website at www.bellevue.lib.oh.us and click on the link for Mango Languages or contact Tracy Marr, head of adult services, at (419) 483-4769.
Stein Hospice, a long-time advocate of end-of-life care for veterans, has reached the first benchmark of a pioneering campaign focused on quality veteran care.
"We Honor Veterans" recognizes that one in four dying Americans is a veteran who often faces unique challenges at the end of life.
The program was launched in September by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
To achieve full partnership in "We Honor Veterans", a hospice must complete four levels of requirements. Stein Hospice was notified it is one of about a dozen hospices in the United States to reach level one. Three hospices have reached level three.
To achieve the first level, Stein demonstrated the agency has educated staff and volunteers about the specific needs of terminally ill veterans and has developed a system to identify patients with military experience.
The public may experience the meditative walk of a labyrinth thanks to Stein Hospice.
The not-for-profit agency owns a portable canvas labyrinth, and trained staff members are available to bring the labyrinth to local churches, schools and community groups to conduct programs. A labyrinth has been used for centuries by people of all cultures for healing, insight and relaxation.
Also the labyrinth is available for open walks on the second Monday of every month at the South Campus of Firelands Regional Medical Center, 1912, Hayes, Ave., Sandusky.
For more information about the labyrinth, or to schedule a program, contact JoAnn Didion, labyrinth program coordinator, at Stein Hospice, (419) 625-5269 or email@example.com.
Humane Society music lovers should mark their calendars for Feb. 5. Wally and the Beavs is to perform at the eighth annual bash to benefit the Humane Society of Seneca County.
Presented by Joe Herbert and Stagecoach Productions, the bash is to begin at 6:30 p.m. with Dave and Glenn and the Xpando Band at the Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, Bascom. Doors are to open at 6 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at $20 in advance at Tan-It-All on Jefferson Street, Mark Hagen's office, the Humane Society of Seneca County, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets als omay be purchased Feb. 5 for $25.
Must be at least 21 to enter. Proceeds are to benefit The Humane Society.
For more information, call the Humane Society at (419) 447-5704.
Since 1970 January has been declared National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. Above all other times of the year, it's the month that presents the most challenges in recruiting people to give blood.
Changing weather, busy holiday schedules, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues may keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give. Yet winter weather can lead to more traumatic injuries on icy roads and may increase the need for blood.
The local Red Cross needs about 300 blood donors every day to meet the needs of patients at 24 area hospitals. However, there has been a 10 percent dip in blood donations so far this winter.
As an added bonus for blood donors that come to give blood at the Toledo and Findlay Blood Donor Centers during January, can enter to win a $500 gas card.
For more information or to find out where to give blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS.
COLUMBUS - The "Promote Wellness 4 Behavioral Health" campaign of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities Foundation has been accepted as a contender for a $50,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project.
This project was launched Jan. 3, and voting is going on through Jan. 31.
The Pepsi Co. is providing more than $1 million a month in grant funding for worthy projects, and the OACBHA said it is hoping to win some of it to build positive attitudes about health care for people with mental illness and/or addiction disease.
The OACBHA project would fund radio ads all over Ohio that could be tagged with local contact information.
To vote for the OACBHA project, visit http://pep.si/h33dp3 and register in the lower left-hand corner of the page. Another way to vote is by texting 105207 to Pepsi at 73774. The top 10 vote-getters in this category each are to receive $50,000 at the end of the month.
The make-up date for the chili cook-off at Tiffin Middle School's cafetorium is 5-6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The menu is to consist of chili samples from 12 community organizations or businesses, plus salad, dinner rolls, dessert and beverage.
A donation is to be accepted that then would be used on a community project. "Community in Jeopardy" follows at 7 p.m.
ATTICA - Seneca East Board of Education is to have a work session at 8 a.m. Saturday. There is to be no action.
Meetings for 2011 are to be 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month - Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 - in the board office.
MILAN - EHOVE is to host programs for first-graders through eighth-graders Saturday mornings in February. Some of the program choices are robotics, crafts, cooking, drawing, science experiments, computers, guitar lessons, volleyball, acting, singing, baby-sitting, photography, hunter education, quilting and cheer/dance. Several programs are open to adults. Parents can use Cyber Cafe or attend the free Web Resources seminar while their children are in the programs. Visit www.EHOVE.net.
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center now is offering instructor-facilitated online courses. There are more than 300 online classes available every month. All courses run for six weeks and are project-oriented. They include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links and more. People can complete any course from their home or office, day or night.
People can visit the Online Instruction Center at www.ed2go.com/ncoesc. For more information, contact Kathy Mohr, director of technology and professional development, at (419) 447-2927 or email@example.com.
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is offering a Situational Leadership II Workshop Feb. 10 at the Tiffin campus, located at 65 St. Francis Ave. It is a one-day professional development opportunity to teach about managing and developing people.
In this program, people are to learn about a set of tools that are to help them have quality conversations about performance and development with employees; develop a self-reliance with people that is to empower them to address matters in a consistent manner; leverage competence and commitment of personnel and key leaders within the organization; build trust and enhance credibility for all in a leadership role; achieve greater productivity from their own team; and provide tools to retain and train the most talented employees.
Registration is 8:30 a.m., and the workshop is to end at 3:30 p.m. The registration fee is $75 and includes materials and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Debbie Husk at (419) 447-2927.
The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center board is to have its organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion office, 333 E. Center St. The regular January meeting is to follow the meeting.
CLYDE - McPherson Middle School had its annual geography bee Jan. 6 under the direction of social studies teacher Bill Young. All of the students in the building took a qualifying test, and 37 students participated in the bee. The winner was Emma Steinbauer, an eighth-grader. The runner-up was Mason Wills, also an eighth-grader. Steinbauer now is to take another qualifying test where she is to be competing with winners from other districts across the state in an attempt to qualify for the next regional round.
KANSAS - Lakota High School's student of the month for November is senior Austin Garber. He is the son of Ed and Mary Garber.
A Columbian High School alumnus and daughter of current Tiffin residents, Don and Nancy Nielsen, is reaching out to her hometown for support Pam Nielsen Jeffers and her husband, Robert Jeffers, own and operate a relationship-based equine facilitated learning and therapy business in southeast Ohio called Natural Freedom LLC. Natural Freedom is in the running for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant.
Pepsi awards money for community projects each month. Grant funds are distributed based on the number of votes received online and by texting on a mobile phone and/or an I Phone. Voting is taking place until the end of January. Ten ideas with the most votes at the end of January receive the funds.
The funds from the Pepsi Refresh Grant would be used to upgrade wheelchair accessibility and create a more private, confidential space for horse activities with a portable covered area. People can cast their vote for the project by texting Pepsi at 73774 and vote by typing in 105329 and/or www.Refresheverything.com. They can click on the "Health" button, click $50,000, type in Natural Freedom in the search button, click on vote for the idea, sign into Pepsi and then re-click the vote.
Dec. 20, the Mohawk High School FFA chapter had its annual Greenhand ceremony. Two guest speakers spoke before the ceremony began: Jessica Shanahand, state FFA reporter, and Ellen Gilliland, state District 4 president. Those receiving their Greenhand degree included Taylor Clark, Lydia Coldiron, Emily Daniel, Austin Eaton, Hunter Fitschen, Alex Hampshire, Dylan Hoffbauer, Olivia Johnson, Chris Koehler, Brady Kohlenberg, Sabrina McDermott, Jacob McMillion, Matt Miller, Brett Spencer, Ben Vittoria, Kayla Draper, Somer Freeman, Nick Harrington, Kim Kramer, Ciara Long, Cassie Parsons, Karen Wagner and Devon Fredritz.
BURGOON - Lakota Middle School's students of the month for December are sixth-graders Megan Belden, the daughter of Jason and Kimberly Beldon, and Andrew Kagy, the son of Bill and Penny Kagy; seventh-graders Samantha Shultz, the daughter of Evan and Judi Shultz, and Logan Ickes, the son of James Ickes and Linda Kleinmark; and eighth-graders Allison Strausbaugh, the daughter of Matt and Kelly Strausbaugh, and Mason Reinhard, the son of Kenneth Zender and Clarissa Reinhard-Zender.
MILAN - Tiffany Davis of Clyde was among the students who participated in EHOVE Career Center's capping ceremony, which marks the halfway point of nursing school.
COLUMBUS - A release from State Sen. Karen Gillmor, R- Tiffin, states more than 260 scholarships are available to graduating high school students planning to attend one of Ohio's career colleges and schools. The scholarships are to help provide students with the education and training needed to pursue a career in fields such as business, legal and medical technologies, criminal justice and computer technology.
Scholarships may cover one-half tuition or a specific dollar amount. The scholarships are provided by the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools at no cost to the state. Individuals interested in applying need to obtain a nomination form from the student's guidance office. Students residing in the 26th Senate District can send their nomination forms, along with a school transcript, to Gillmor at the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.
Scholarship applications must be submitted by April 1, and recipients are to be notified no later than May 2. Students can get a complete listing of participating schools as well as eligibility requirements by contacting their high school guidance counselors or by visiting www.ohiocareercolleges.org/Scholarships.html.
Instead of a day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Heidelberg University is encouraging its students, faculty and staff to observe a "day on" in service to reflect the civil rights leader's example and philosophy.
"We are challenging members of our campus community to follow Martin Luther King Jr.'s example and make a difference in the lives of members of this community," said Heidelberg's campus minister, the Rev. Paul Sittason Stark, whose office is coordinating the community service.
Various service projects are to be carried out at local agencies and for individuals throughout the community from noon-4:30 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday, the university is to have its annual celebration of the life and teachings of King, with the theme "Working Together We Are One." Retired Ohio Sen. Ray Miller, former minority whip of the Ohio Senate, is to serve as the guest speaker. The 14th black to be elected to the Ohio Senate, Miller was the chief sponsor of health care, human services and educational legislation in Ohio, resulting in the formation of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Institute for Urban Education at Central State University and state funding for Head Start programs, among other initiatives. Miller served as deputy special assistant to President Jimmy Carter.
Heidelberg's program is to focus on King's dedication to community service, as represented by the efforts of seniors Seth Robertson and Greg Doyle to help preserve the home of Spivy Manley. Robertson and Doyle are working on the preservation as part of their senior honors projects and are to give a presentation about their work during the program.
The campus program, at 11 a.m. in Brenneman Music Hall, is free.
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Internationally acclaimed Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States," is to make an appearance in northwest Ohio to discuss her experiences as an activist related to the death penalty process as Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents "Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues" Jan. 25.
Prejean's lecture presentation is to take place in Mainstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the lecture presentation are $20, and all seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu or contact the box office. For more information, contact Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 2787.
FREMONT - Students and staff at Terra Community College tasted the changes in food service in the school's cafeteria late last fall. When spring semester classes began Jan. 10, customers at the newly renamed TerraVue Grand Cafe could see the difference.
During the holiday break, construction workers and Terra staff removed a wall between the serving line and the rest of the cafeteria, laid new ceramic tile and used paint to accent the new layout. It means more room for Chef Edward Logan II and his staff to work, a healthier location for the salad bar and a more pleasing aesthetic look for patrons.
Last fall, Taher Inc. became Terra's food service management company. The Minnesota-based company provides services to K-12, college, senior and business clients in 11 states. Taher serves more than 34 million meals per year, and employs and/or supervises more than 2,000 employees.
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra Community College is offering social networking and eBay courses, personal enrichment courses and arts and crafts/hobbies courses. For more information or to register, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.
FINDLAY Area residents interested in careers in the installation and maintenance of alternative and renewable energy technology now have the opportunity to pursue their higher educational degree at Owens Community College as the academic institution's School of Technology unveils a new alternative energy and sustainable systems technology associate degree program.
Beginning with with the spring semester, the new academic program is being offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. The two-year associate degree program received formal approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.
For more information, call (567) 661-7457 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7457.
FINDLAY The Owens Community College Foundation is investing in northwest Ohio's educational future by making available thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunities as part of the academic institution's 2011-12 scholarship program.
Scholarship applicants must complete and return the application to the Oserve Office on either the Toledo-area or Findlay-area campus by Feb. 15. Scholarship award notification is to begin in March and continue until all awards have been made.
For scholarships based on financial need, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid application for the 2011-12 academic year must be on file in the college's Oserve Office by Feb. 28. FAFSA and Foundation Scholarship Program forms are available in the college's Oserve Office or can be downloaded by accessing the Owens website at www.owens.edu.
For more information about the various scholarship opportunities, call (567) 661-7603 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7603.
FINDLAY Area residents can learn about and explore the available opportunities to give back to their local communities throughout northwest Ohio as the Owens Community College Findlay-area campus hosts its first-ever Community Volunteer Fair 10 a.m.- 1p.m. Tuesday in Conference Center on the Findlay-area campus. Admission to the event is free.
Throughout the event, individuals can meet with local community outreach representatives and ask them questions about volunteer opportunities available through their organizations.
Area organizations in attendance are to include the American Red Cross, City Mission of Findlay, Children's Mentoring Connection of Hancock County, Kan Du Studio of Blanchard Valley Center, Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, Read of L.I.F.E., Serenity Farm, Special Kids Therapy, Taylor House in Findlay, Wood County Park District and Findlay Family YMCA, among many others.
For more information, call (567) 429-3029 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3029.
Tiffin University Professor Perry Haan co-authored two articles that appeared in peer-reviewed marketing journals. Haan, professor of marketing, also chaired the promotion and advertising track at the Atlantic Marketing Association in Orlando in September.
Haan was the lead author of the article, "Business Students' Perceptions of Evaluations," published in the December issue of the College Student Journal. He was co-author of "How Arrogant Are Sales and Marketing Professionals: The Business Students' Perspective." The piece appeared the fall issue of the Journal of Applied Marketing Theory.
For both articles, Haan's co-authors were Margaret Britt of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Art Weinstein of Nova University.
Tiffin University has named Bonnie Tiell as its new dean of graduate studies, effective Jan. 1. Tiell previously had served as TU's chairwoman of the master's degree in business administration program.
"It is exciting to work collectively with my colleagues and the graduate enrollment team to service the MH, MSCJ, and MEd and MBA programs on our main campus, online and throughout our international locations," she said. "Tiffin University has a rich tradition of supporting and rewarding the professional development of its employees. I am truly grateful the administration has selected me to join the academic leadership team and serve the university as dean of graduate studies."
Recognized as a national expert on intercollegiate athletics administration and work-life balance, the new dean co-chairs the NCAA Women's Leadership Symposium in Intercollegiate Athletics and consults with members of the NCAA Research and Gender Equity Departments. She is a recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award and a finalist for international distinction by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
Local students on the Heidelberg University dean's list are Kay Hartley, Rebecca Miller and Matthew Schock, Attica; Julia Kagy, Bloomville; Sarah Baker, Zachary Coe, Aubrey Dorsey, Kayla Gerber, Megan Ludrowsky and Edward Turpin, Clyde; Aaron Kapelka, Kandra Roberts and Stephanie Slover, Fostoria; Calista Hall, Green Springs; Tasha Miller, Kansas; Dawn Pfeiffer and Breanna Weininger, McCutchenville; Jenna Mathias, Gabrielle Mintz and Jaclyn Reinhart, New Riegel; Gregory Hendrix and Lauren Kagy, Republic; Cierra Holman, Risingsun; Derrick Arbogast, Nadia Ardner, Liesl Barth, Elizabeth Blank, Jakob Boehler, Anna Brodman, Alexa Cleveland, Emily Cleveland, Nicholas Comer, Brittany Cook, Stephanie Creamer, Jarred Eckert, Bonnie Faber, Ronee Farris, Heidi Fearing, Zachary Hawkins, Elizabeth Hefner, John Huenemann, Benjamin Laubender, Clint Lease, Mengna Li, Hannah Mathias, Travis McQuistion, Jennifer Miller, Jonathan Miller, Kimberly Patterson, Elisha Ramirez, Danielle Reinhart, Alison Sauber, Jacob Smith, Robin Stull, Phillip Tran, Jessica Warren, Sebastian Williams and Felicia Young, Tiffin; and Amanda Conley, Emily England and Brittany May, Upper Sandusky.
Alicia Hathaway of Fostoria, a student at Ohio Northern University; Michael Lee of Bellefontaine, a student at Heidelberg University; Simon Bernard of Attica, a student at the University of Findlay; Chase Brandeberry of Fostoria, a student at the University of Dayton; Julia Faeth of New Riegel, a student at the University of Dayton; Joshua Florence of Tiffin, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville; Jacob Lucius of Tiffin, a student at College of Wooster; and Kandra Roberts of Fostoria, a student at Heidelberg University, received scholarships through the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP More than 110 Owens Community College students were bestowed honorary pins by the School of Nursing signifying their graduation from the registered nursing program during a ceremony on the Findlay-area campus.
Local nursing students receiving their honorary pins include William Eisenman of Risingsun, Brandy Fredritz and Tracy Vanderpool of Upper Sandusky, Kristyn Link of Tiffin, Cassandra Ray of Carey and Melissa Schade of Kansas.