Planning to set sail?
AAA Ohio Auto Club, 191 E. Market St., is to host a Cruise Destination Showcase at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Cruise experts can offer travelers tips about choosing a ship, the best time of year to sail, what kinds of specials are available, and more. Space is limited. RSVP by calling (419) 447-0551
Records commission to meet
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Records Commission is to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at Fostoria Municipal Building.
Inventory forms for the disposition of obsolete material from city governmental entities are to be considered for approval.
Libraries to close Monday
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The library is to reopen Tuesday with regular hours. Call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us for more information.
Bellevue Public Library also is to be closed Monday.
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to have its semi-annual book sale Thursday through March 1. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 28 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 1.
Items offered during the sale include books, video cassettes, books on audio cassette and magazines. Most paperbacks are to be priced at 25 cents each, and hard-backs are to be as low as 50 cents.
Feb. 28 and March 1, any remaining items are to be priced at a dollar per bag.
Older computer work stations with flat panel monitors, receipt printers and a Drake analog satellite receiver also are to be for sale.
For more information, call (419) 435-2813.
Book donations being accepted
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to accept book donations for the spring's Friends of the Library book sale.
All items must be in good condition.
The book sale does not accept magazines, Readers' Digest condensed books, outdated books (especially technology and reference books,) paperbacks without covers, encyclopedias and textbooks.
For donations of more than one box, people are asked to call the library at (419) 447-3751 before bringing them in.
For more information, call the library or e-mail email@example.com.
Puppet show to be in Bellevue
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to host a puppet show for all ages at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The half-hour program is to include three short stories: "The Lion and the Mouse," "Ask Mr. Bear" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."
Registration is not required. For more information, visit or call youth services at Bellevue Public Library at (419) 483-0422.
Forever Friends to host fundraiser
A fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, organized by the Forever Friends team, is set for 7 p.m.-midnight at Stiney's 3 Oaks in Tiffin.
Xpando Band is to begin playing at 8 p.m.
Singers support cancer society
FOSTORIA - Three quartets from Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus delivered singing Valentines to men and women in Tiffin, Fostoria, Fremont and the surrounding areas Feb. 14.
Singing Valentines is a joint project by the Angels of Hope Survivors, a Fostoria Relay for Life team, and the Fostoria chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society.
This is the 12th year for the event and their efforts raised more than $2,000.
All 65 singing Valentines were delivered with a song and a custom-made card and most included homemade candy and a red or yellow rose arrangement in a vase.
Candy was made by members of Angels of Hope Survivors. Roses were donated by Flowerland of Fostoria, and flower arrangements were created by Fostoria Ladies Garden Club.
The members of the quartets were Ken Krieger, Paul Rothschild, Bob Gray and Jerry Arnold in the Tiffin area; Ted Stombaugh, Lou Engler, Dave Healy and Maury Carlo in the Fostoria area; and Jason Barton-Kashmer, Fred Schmidt, Tom Evans and Ted Williams in the Fremont area.
All the proceeds from this fund-raiser are to go to the Angels of Hope Survivors Relay for Life team.
Hospice recognized as a We Honor Veterans partner
Twenty-five percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Community Hospice Care has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Community Hospice Care has met stringent requirements that are to help improve the care their team of professionals and volunteers provide to the veterans who served in World War II and Korea.
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for veterans.
The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for veterans.
To learn more about We Honor Veterans, or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
For more information, call Alice Frazier-Snook, Community Hospice Care social worker at (419) 447-4040 or at (800) 834-8100.
H-L has open enrollment applications available
BASCOM - The Hopewell-Loudon Local School District is a participant in the open enrollment program. Students from any Ohio school district can apply for attendance.
Applications are available in the board office and online at www.hlschool.org. Completed applications are to be accepted 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning March 1 and must be returned to the board office.
The deadline is March 31.
TC students fighting hunger
Columbian High School students are helping to fight hunger. This month, they are participating in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine.
By going without food, they are to get a taste of what the world's poorest children and families face every day. Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month. Groups are encouraged to perform service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in their own communities.
As part of the famine, local participants are to be selling samples of Plumpy'nut, a fast-acting, high-protein and vitamin-enriched food that speeds the recovery of malnourished children. It can't be purchased from the store, but for a donation, people can try it at one of the participating locations around town Saturday.
Fifty percent of funds donated Saturday are to go to the community while the other half is to go to World Vision.
For more information, visit www.30hourfamine.org or call (800) 7-FAMINE.
WILD workshop to be offered
There is to be a Project WILD Workshop 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 26 at Seneca Soil & Water's office.
Materials are provided free of charge by Ohio Division of Wildlife. The event includes free curricula, hands-on activities, $500 grant opportunities and contact hours.
Participants are to receive training in the Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD curricula. After completing the training, participants are to be eligible to apply for a $500 WILD school site grant.
People should call (419) 447-7073 to register by March 18. The registration fee of $10, which is to cover lunch, needs to be sent in before the workshop.
Fostoria groups to perform
FOSTORIA - Fostoria High School's Wainwright Auditorium is to host performances by student musical groups at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free, but donations are to be accepted.
The concert is to feature performances by the seventh-grade band, eighth-grade band, Park Avenue Junior Jazzers and the junior high jazz band.
The concert also is to feature five high school chamber ensembles, including a flute trio, a clarinet choir, a saxophone ensemble, a brass choir and a percussion ensemble.
Mohawk FFA members get degrees
Jan. 10, 14 members of the Mohawk High School FFA chapter traveled to Upper Sandusky High School to attend the chapter farmer banquet where they would receive their chapter degrees. Those members who got their chapter degree were Tyler Boyd, Lee Vogel, Lindsay Daniel, Darby Walton, Jarred Shellhouse, Lauren Beach, Aaron Gernert, Austin Wise, Deon Morter, Samantha Morehart, Grant Price, Sarah Parker, Danielle Sammet and Wesley Shaw. Other members of the chapter who attended the ceremony were Jordan Long and Robert Gilliland.
ODE looking for sponsors
COLUMBUS More than 3.9 million free meals were served to Ohio children through the 2010 Summer Food Service Program. This year, the Ohio Department of Education wants to see the number of participants grow at existing SFSP sites, according to a release.
The agency also is looking for local entities to sponsor the program in underserved areas or to serve as SFSP sites under existing sponsors.
Schools and non-profit organizations may qualify to participate in SFSP if their program sites are in areas where 50 percent of children qualify for USDA's free and reduced-price school meals. All new sponsoring agencies are to be required to attend a training program in March or April and complete the application process by May 1.
Organizations interested in becoming sponsors or sites can get more information at www.ode.state.oh.us.
Potential 2011 sponsors should complete the survey no later than March 15. For more information, call (800) 808-6325 or write to ODE, Office of Safety, Health and Nutrition, 25 S. Front St., Mail Stop 303, Columbus, OH 43215-4183.
SCRTA to award grant
Seneca County Retired Teachers Association is to award a grant to a high school senior living in Seneca County who plans to pursue a career in the field of education. Funding for the grant is obtained through voluntary contributions made by SCRTA members.
Application information was sent to area high school guidance counselors in early February. The application package must be submitted no later than April 17. It includes the application form, a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay.
An interview may be requested at a later date. The winner is to be notified after May 15.
Last year, the award was presented to Chelcie Rutter, a St. Wendelin High School graduate.
Foundation offering scholarships
FOSTORIA Fostoria area students pursuing degrees in health care can apply for scholarships through Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation. Scholarships of $500 to $1,500 are to be awarded for the 2011-12 academic year.
Scholarship applications are available online at www.promedica.
org/giveFCH and at the hospital welcome desk/switchboard inside entrance 1. Completed applications are to be accepted through April 22. Past applicants may reapply. The scholarship awards are to be announced in May with monetary disbursements in August.
For more information, call Evelyn Marker, executive director of Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation, at (419) 436-6678 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students excel in merit program
National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September have met all requirements and are to advance to the finalist competition. Two Columbian High School students, Alicia Goshe and Donald Hoover, are among the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state's high school seniors. They are to be notified in March if they are among of the 8,400 Merit Scholarship winners selected to be offered more than $36 million in scholarships.
Bettsville seeks future kindergarteners
BETTSVILLE - Bettsville Local School District is registering children for kindergarten.
Parents whose children will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 should call the school secretary, Connie Weyant, at (419) 986-5166 by March 25.
When they call, they are to be required to give their child's first, middle and last name, date of birth and parents' names, addresses and phone number,
Parents also must provide the child's address if it is different than their parents, the name and location of preschool or childcare if applicable, and the preferred screening time.
Kindergarten screening is May 13, and further details are to be mailed to parents after registering.
Local students performing
FINDLAY Two local students are participating in the University of Findlay's production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" this week. Tickets for the performances are sold out.
Rachel Conley, a 2009 graduate of Mohawk High School, is to portray Taddy Jo. She is the daughter of Linda and Justin Conley of Carey. Loretta Kelbley, a 2010 graduate of New Riegel High School, is to portray a Melvin P. Thorpe Singer. She is the daughter of Nancy Kelbley of Carey and Jeff Kelbley of Fostoria.
Tax help available
FREMONT - More than a dozen students at Terra Community College are participating in a nationwide program aimed at helping people complete their income tax forms.
The students, with support from accounting faculty Jack Fatica and Terry Holmes, are part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service.
The students, who are mostly accounting and business students, have received training to prepare basic tax returns. They are to prepare federal and Ohio income tax returns. City tax and school district tax returns are not part of the service.
Those who want the service must bring their W-2 Form (wage and tax statement) from their employer and any other tax information, such as Form 1099 issued for things such as interest received, unemployment compensation or other related sources of income.
Proof of other forms of income would be a statement received by someone collecting a pension or Social Security benefits. Form 1098-T is mailed by colleges to students for tuition and fees. That is to be needed to allow them to apply for the appropriate education deduction and credit.
Social Security cards are needed for the taxpayer, spouse and any dependents.
The service is available 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-3 p.m. Thursdays through April 14. Student volunteers are to be in Building B, room 305. There is no need to schedule an appointment.
For more information, call (419) 559-2381 or (419) 559-2394.
UF offering Japanese classes
FINDLAY - Students from the University of Findlay, Japanese and American alike, are to begin teaching Japanese language and culture to elementary school children, grades 2-5, in an after-school program called Genki-Kids Japanese Club.
The program is directed and overseen by Hiro Kawamura, associate professor of Japanese. Teaching methods are to include song, dance, games and other activities in hour-long sessions.
The program begins Feb. 28 and continues through April 5. Classes are to be 4-5 p.m. in Davis Building 184 on the University of Findlay campus. Free parking is to be provided.
Registration is required. The program fee is $15 and is to be collected on the first day of class. Checks may be made payable to the University of Findlay.