Community Hospice Care says it is to start volunteer training classes March 3. The weekly classes are to take place 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. through April 12 in the Community Hospice Care.
Community Hospice said it is looking for volunteers in the Tiffin, Attica, Fostoria and Willard areas.
Volunteers are to assist with patient care, fundraising and office duties, among other services.
For more information, call Community Hospice Care at (800) 834-8100 or (419) 447-4040; fax to (419) 447-4657; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has added more idownload classes for February.
The "Download Audiobooks & eBooks from the Library" computer class is to be 6-7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 2-3 p.m. Feb. 16. in Kernan Computer Lab.
The one-hour workshop is to include a demonstration about 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 and the Ohio State University Extension Office are to host the program "Valentine Daze" presented by Ruth Anne Musgrave, family and consumer science educator. The event is to be 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 in the library's Frost Kalnow Room.
Participants are to learn how to make homemade candy and Valentine desserts and how to present a gift from the kitchen.
Information about chocolate, its characteristics and health benefits, as well as taste testing are to be included in the program.
The program is free. Register by calling the library at (419) 447-3751 or at the circulation desk.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's digitization project has been recognized by Ohio's Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The project is the combined work of 12 public libraries from nine counties in northwest Ohio, including T-SPL. Each participating library selected items for digitization based on the value of the items to the local community and region, fragility and condition of the items, and to improve the public's access to some of the most-requested items and collections.
Some of the items T-SPL has digitized included Blue and Gold Columbian yearbooks (1917-1945), Calvert High School's Calvertana yearbooks (1927-1971) and Junior Home histories, booklets and pictures. Additional items are yet to be added.
By the end of the project, 5,395 items from all participating libraries were added to the Ohio Memory Project, as well as 63 World War II interviews.
The digitized information can be found at cdm15005.contentdm.oclc.org/.m There is a link from T-SPL's website.
The Digitization Project was selected as one of three in the state for the honor in 2010.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a baby-hat knitting class series. Participants must attend both sessions 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 27. The class is to teach how to knit in the round using variegated sock yarn by making a baby hat.
Participants are asked to bring at least 400 yards of variegated sock yarn and one package of five double point needles. 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.
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to have an afterschool program Feb. 7 for children in grades K-4. The program is called "Snowflake Bentley." Participants are to read the book and then a short movie is to follow with a craft. The program is to begin at 4:30 p.m. and last 45 minutes to an hour. Call the library at (419) 983-4675 or visit www.blisslibrary.org for more information.
COLUMBUS Seneca East Public Library is a partner in the statewide Every Citizen Online broadband training project through Connect Ohio.
The program recently received $6.9 million in federal funding, as well as more than $3 million in assistance and contributions from a number of participating entities across the state, to increase the sustainable adoption of broadband services for more than 200,000 state residents.
Free computer training sessions are to be provided at public libraries and community colleges throughout Ohio to introduce new users to a wide range of communication, education and healthcare tools available online. Interested adults throughout Ohio are eligible to participate in the program, which is geared toward first-time computer and broadband users.
Classes are scheduled to begin Thursday at Seneca East Public Library, 14 N. Main Street, Attica.
Coursework is to include three two-hour sessions covering computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussions about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
Participants can register by contacting the library at (419) 426-3825.
The Ohio EPA has approved a Phase I grant request that is to pay for the required initial environmental evaluation of the vacant buildings on Main Street/Route 20 (at Sandusky Street) owned by Bellevue Public Library. The grant application was facilitated by the Bellevue Development Corp. with authorization by the city of Bellevue on behalf of the library. Approval of the Phase I application means the project to raze the vacant buildings can move forward at no cost to the library or community. Selection of a contractor by the Ohio EPA for the Phase I work is expected in early February.
Once the Phase I evaluation is under way, an additional grant application is to be submitted to the Ohio EPA. The application is to include securing funding for a formal Phase II EPA environmental assessment and demolition of the three buildings.
Seneca One Stop offers services and resources for job seekers and employers. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars also are available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.
Upcoming workshops at Department of Jobs and Family Services, 3362 S. TR 151, Tiffin, are to include:
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 Feb. 2 , Introduction to Computers.
Seneca One Stop is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 7:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. All basic services are free of charge.
DayBreak of Fostoria Inc., a nonprofit, adult day center for people with memory loss or Alzheimer's disease, said it is pleased to announce the Columbus Foundation has awarded $5,000 to DayBreak from the Allen Eiry Fund for 2011.
The clients of DayBreak are stimulated mentally with activities and outings, as well as daily exercise. There are therapeutic values to activities for the elderly, such as challenging and tapping the potential abilities of participants, improving their physical and emotional well-being, and developing interpersonal relationships.
DayBreak of Fostoria Inc. is open 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call (419) 435-4022.
Community Hospice Care's co-patient care coordinators have become certified hospice and palliative nurses (CHPN).
Becky Hartzell and Jaclyn Cline attended a seminar last summer which gave an overview of caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families with the emphasis on physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs.
This was accomplished in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings which provide 24-hour nursing availability, pain management and family support.
In December, they received their CHPNs by passing the examination which consisted of end stage disease processes, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for pain, symptom management for palliative care, understanding families and culture and working collaborations with the interdisciplinary team.
This certification validates a nurse's competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.
The supply of type O-negative blood at the local American Red Cross has dropped to critical levels in recent days, as winter weather has forced cancellation of blood drives and prevented potential donors from safely traveling to give blood.
The Red Cross said it needs eligible donors with type O-negative blood to make a blood donation appointment.
The local Red Cross said it is not able to fully fill requests from hospitals for type O-negative, and said it is shipping to hospitals where it is needed most.
Type O-negative blood always is in high demand because it is the universal type, and it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Since the beginning of December, winter weather has negatively affected blood donations despite many donor recruitment efforts.
American Red Cross said the mounting effect of severe winter weather caused its lowest January blood supply in a decade.
"We have not seen the January supply drop this dramatically in a decade and we need to reverse this now," said Annie Marckel, communications manager for the local American Red Cross. "You don't wait to refuel once you've run out of gas. Donating blood or platelets now helps ensure immediate and future patient needs will be met."
The need for blood is constant. Every two seconds a person in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Blood is perishable and has no substitute. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets only 5 days.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
For more information, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS.
FOSTORIA - The Kidney Disease Support Group is to meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Fostoria Community Hospital. This support group is free.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans-one in nine adults-have kidney disease. Millions more are at increased risk for contracting kidney disease, and most don't know it. Kidney disease can be found and treated early to prevent more serious disease and other complications.
The Kidney Disease Support Group was developed as an extended support service to those who have kidney disease, their family members and interested public. The group is to meet the second Tuesday of each month in the Fostoria Community Hospital Conference Center, on the hospital's lower level, entrance 2.
For more information, call Keesha Talley at (419) 436-6685.
BASCOM - Each spring, the Hopewell-Loudon Local School District, in conjunction with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, conducts a pre-kindergarten registration and screening for children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, which makes them eligible to attend kindergarten.
Participation in the screening clinic is to be scheduled by calling the elementary office at (419) 937-2804 Feb. 22-March 4. When parents call the office to register, they will be assigned a time to bring their child to the screening clinic, which is to be May 5 and 6 at Hopewell-Loudon Elementary School.
At the screening clinic, parents are to be required to bring custody papers, if applicable; an immunization record; a Social Security card; and a certificate of live birth obtained from the health department. A hospital birth record is not acceptable.
A child is not to be scheduled into a kindergarten class unless all immunizations are up to date and a birth certificate and a Social Security number are on file.
There is to be a community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Hopewell-Loudon High School auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input about the exterior facade and overall layout of the new school building. Baby-sitting is to be available.
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. Area high school seniors and college students pursuing a career in a health care-related field can apply. Applications are available in local schools through the high school guidance counselor, at the Fostoria Community Hospital welcome desk/switchboard, inside entrance 1, and online at www.promedica.org/fostoria. Completed applications should be returned no later than Feb. 26 to Cindy Reinhard, 470 Linwood Ave., Fostoria, OH 44830.
North Central Electric Cooperative again is sponsoring its annual seven-day all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to two high school sophomore or junior students who live in homes receiving electric service from the cooperative. Tour dates are June 10-16.
Both students also are to have the opportunity to compete for a position on Youth Leadership Council, which allows them to travel as a representative of Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and assist in the decision-making process for the 2012 youth tour.
The tour educates the area's youth in the principles and practices of the American democratic system and involves Ohio rural youth in the principles and practices of cooperatives. For more information, visit www.youthtour.coop.
The awards are made on the basis of a competitive examination about rural electric cooperatives. Application forms are due back in the cooperative office by March 21. The test is to be administered 4 p.m. March 31 at the cooperative office.
For further information or an application, students can contact the guidance counselor at his/her high school, go online to the cooperative's website, www.ncelec.org, or contact the member services department of North Central Electric Cooperative at (800) 426-3072.
Optimist Club of Tiffin is enabling students to contemplate the phrase "How My Education is the Key to a Successful Future" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest. The club is to judge local students' essays and determine the winners. Winners are to receive a medallion and monetary award, and the winning essays are to be sent to the district level. Each district is to send top entries to the international level. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level. Students wishing to participate in the contest can call (419) 937-4374.
Tiffin Middle School students of the month for December are Eden Stephey, Austin Bell, Tyler Fitch-Lemons, Caleb Oberther, Elizabeth Exline, Samantha Shetterly, Kris Wilson, Olivia Smith, Caleb Fuhrer, Alyssia Hammons, Natalie Howard and Jordan Salazar.
KANSAS - Lakota High School's student of the month for January is senior Mackenzie Bender. She is the daughter of Mike and Shelly Bender.
FREMONT - Early Learning Center at Terra Community College has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Early Learning Center is an educational laboratory providing an early childhood program to college students, faculty and community members. It is built upon the belief that learning is an active process and knowledge is constructed by the child through hands-on experiences.
To earn NAEYC accreditation, the center went through a self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after an onsite visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure the program meets each of the 10 program standards.
NAEYC-accredited programs are subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
FREMONT Harold Brown, who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, is to be the featured speaker Feb. 10 at a Black History Month celebration at Terra Community College. He is a Port Clinton resident.
The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first black pilots. By the end of the war, white bomber pilots requested they be accompanied by the group of men. Brown, along with his fellow Tuskegee Airmen, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., in March 2007.
The event is 6-8 p.m. in Student Activities Center at Terra, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont. The Terra Jazz Band is to perform, and refreshments are to be served. The event is free.
For more information, call Jessica Bayer at (419) 559-2151.
FREMONT - The nursing program at Terra Community College has been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing since July 2008. Late last month, Terra received word the program was granted candidate status, the first step in the accrediting process through National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Terra now has two years to complete the process of becoming fully accredited by the commission.
MUNCIE, Ind. - Craig Genet of Tiffin is on the dean's list at Ball State University. He is the son of Fran and Steve Genet.
EMMITSBURG, Md. - Emma Haley of Tiffin is on the dean's list at Mount St. Mary's University. She is the daughter of Brian and Patricia Haley.