Stay on track
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present the program "Staying on Track" at 6:30 p.m. June 13 in Frost Kalnow Room.
Presented by Kim Kancler, local teacher and founder of Helping Hands Learning Center LLC, the program is to teach participants ways to help children beat summer learning loss. Goody bags with learning materials are to be given to all who attend.
The program is open for families of children ages preK-5 and is to include activities, toys and books for children.
Registration is limited. Call (419) 447-3751 to register. For more information about the program call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children to participate in folktales and crafts
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host "Folktales and Crafts" as part of the Junior Library's summer reading program, "One World, Many Stories."
There are to be four sessions, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Frost Kalnow Room. The program is for all ages. All sessions are to be the same but numbers are limited to due to space and supplies.
Tickets are to be handed out as children arrive, and groups of 20 are to be taken at a time. A parent or other adult must accompany children 5 and younger. No registration is necessary.
Library hosts senior party
Sixth-nine guests attended Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's annual party for seniors May 19. "Experience Italy" was the theme. Residents and staff from Good Shepherd Home, St. Catherine's Manor, St. Francis Nursing Home and Chiara Unit, Friedman Village, Ruffing Family Care Center in Tiffin and Tiffin Developmental Center participated.
'Where in the World Have You Read?'
BLOOMVILLE - "Where in the World Have You Read?" is Bliss Memorial Public Library's annual teen and adult summer reading program.
In order to participate, patrons can stop in the library and sign their names on a suitcase and pick up reading tickets. Participants can read one book or three magazines per ticket and return them for a chance to win in the weekly drawings.
The library also has a summer reading program for students in grades K-4. Readers are to celebrate "One World, Many Stories" with folktales, crafts, music and more.
Programs are 1 p.m. Thursdays throughout the month of June.
For more information, visit www.blisslibrary.org.
Bliss offering youth programs
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library has programs for youth who just finished grades 5-8.
Programs are to be 1 p.m. every Monday in June and include games and stories.
For more information, call (419) 983-4675 or visit www.blisslibrary.org.
Bliss to have Toddler Time
BLOOMVILLE - Toddler Time has started at Bliss Memorial Public Library.
Toddler Time is for children ages 1 to 3, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime are to be featured with a different theme each week.
Programs are to be throughout the month of June. For more information, call (419) 983-4675.
Storytime starts in Bloomville
BLOOMVILLE - Storytime has started at Bliss Memorial Public Library. Storytime is for children ages 3-5 and includes stories, flannelboards, music and a craft. Programs last around an hour and are 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays.
Programs are to be throughout the month of June.
For more information, visit www.blisslibrary.org or call (419) 983-4675.
COLUMBUS Nearly a dozen adults have completed the Every Citizen Online free basic computer training, and nine additional adults have registered for training, through Seneca East Public Library, a partner in the statewide Connect Ohio.
Classes are forming for June at Seneca East Public Library, 14 N. Main Street, Attica. Participants can register by contacting the library at (419) 426-3825.
Join a reading club
Area children have the opportunity to win prizes and trophies at Birchard Public Library summer reading clubs at Fremont, Gibsonburg, Green Springs and Woodville branches.
Children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall can participate in the children's club, "One World, Many Stories." They are encouraged to read throughout the summer with incentives that include a prize for visiting the library and a trophy for reading 20 hours.
"You are Here" is for teens entering seventh through 12th grade. Participants read to earn "bucks" that can be used to bid on prizes at an auction Aug. 1 at the main library. Events for teens are to be scheduled during the summer months.
Both summer reading clubs conclude July 30.
For more information, visit www.birchard.lib.oh.us or call (419) 334-7101.
Read with Crispin
BELLEVUE Bellevue Public Library is to enable children in grades 1-6 to practice their reading skills with Crispin, the tail-wagging tutor and certified therapy dog. They can bring their own book or use one from the library's collection.
Fifteen-minute time slots are available by appointment or on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesdays beginning at 1 p.m. Dates available are June 21 and 28 and July 5, 12, 19 and 26.
For more information or to make an appointment, call (419) 483-0422.
Library has book club
BELLEVUE - Rappin' Readers Book Club for children ages 9-12 meets at Bellevue Public Library once a month, 4-5 p.m. Thursdays. Refreshments are to be served.
Over the summer, the group is to meet June 16, July 7 and Aug. 4. The book for June, "One False Note" by Gordon Korman, is available at Youth Services Desk.
Library to have cooking contest
BELLEVUE - Children ages 6-14 can enter the "Around the World Cooking Contest" at Bellevue Public Library Friday. The multicultural cooking contest is to begin at 1:30 p.m. Contestants should bring their completed entry dishes (enough for the judges to sample) along with their recipes to the cook-off. A microwave oven is to be available to reheat dishes as needed.
Entries are to be judged on taste, appearance and how well the entry represents a specific culture. Advance registration is not required.
For more information, visit Youth Services or call (419) 483-0422.
Library starting reading program
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library's summer reading event for all ages starts Wednesday.
The theme for children, ages birth through 9, is "One World, Many Stories." The theme for tweens and teens, ages 10-16, is "You Are Here!" The theme for adults is "Novel Destinations."
Participants in the youth programs can celebrate the kick-off with crafts, door prizes, helium balloons and temporary tattoos.
A puppet show for all ages, featuring R & T Puppets, is to begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Registration for the show is requested, but not required. Those who are registered are to be seated first with walk-ins admitted as space allows.
The mission is possible
Ohio has one of the highest numbers of lead poisoned children in the nation. We need your help in making Ohio Lead-Safe for children.
When it's time to remodel a home, we try to do everything right, from picking a great paint color to getting the correct building permits. Yet, many do-it-yourselfers are surprised to learn their home improvements could cause lead poisoning to the children who live there.
Lead poisoning causes permanent learning and behavioral problems, and a common culprit is household dust from peeling or chipping lead paint. Repainting and repairs can also create lead dust.
If planning to repaint or remodel, be sure to contain and clean up paint chips and dust.
Before you plan any work on your home, call (877) NOT-LEAD to receive free information about working lead-safe.
Healthcare awards go to Mercy Tiffin
Mercy Tiffin Hospital received five National Excellence in Healthcare Awards at the Professional Research Consultants Excellence in Healthcare Conference on May 31, 2011.
The honors included two PRC Five-Star Excellence Awards for scoring in the top 10 percent nationally by local physicians, who rated Mercy Tiffin in the areas of hospital administration and medical records.
Mercy Tiffin also was presented with three PRC Four-Star Excellence Awards for scoring in the top 25 percent nationally by local physicians, who rated Mercy Tiffin in anesthesia services, nursing care and quality of care.
"Mercy Tiffin Hospital is honored to receive the National Excellence in Healthcare Awards from PRC," said Dale Thornton, President and CEO of Mercy Tiffin Hospital. "Our local physicians' perception of Mercy Tiffin's healthcare services is important to us. We continue to enhance our services to meet the expectations of our physicians and our community."
Research was conducted through the 2010 Medical Staff Loyalty Study to obtain the opinions of local physicians through a confidential survey to assess their perceptions of Mercy Tiffin. The healthcare facility uses the research findings to continuously improve and enhance physician and patient satisfaction.
"We are so proud of Mercy Tiffin Hospital and are thrilled to present them with these National Excellence in Healthcare Awards," said Joe M. Inguanzo, President and CEO of Professional Research Consultants. "These awards are proof that Mercy Tiffin is committed to enhancing healthcare. It takes years of dedication, determination and hard work to achieve this level of success. Congratulations to Mercy Tiffin and its staff for enhancing healthcare services for Tiffin, Ohio."
Committee to meet
Tiffin City Board of Education's program committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the administration building.
Petitions for S.B. 5 are available at Ohio Education Association, 674 Miami St., suite A. The office is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Petitions are to be available until Wednesday. For more information, call (419) 448-1498.
Board to meet
BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon Local School District's board of education is to have a meeting about re-employing Susan Platt, who was a French teacher, after she retires.
The meeting is to be 6:30 p.m. July 13 in the school's distance learning laboratory.
Lane of Dreams offering camp
Lane of Dreams Farm LLC is to have a horse camp 8:30 a.m.-noon June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27- July 1 and July 11-15.
Students age 6-18 are to have the opportunity to learn horse management skills and riding skills. Students may sign up for as many sessions as they would like. There are limited openings in each session. Call (419) 448-7433 (RIDE) to register.
Alison Dittman now is an instructor at the equestrian facility. She is a 2011 graduate of Tiffin University and is to teach beginner through intermediate English and Western riding.
Lane of Dreams Farm is an equestrian training center for people and horses and accepts students of all ages beginning at age 6. It also is the home of TU's equestrian team. For more information, visit www.laneofdreams.com.
Sunrise Co-op awards scholarships
Local recipients of Sunrise Cooperative college scholarships are Katherine Daniel of Sycamore, Brian Depinet of Republic, Hannah Haubert of Tiffin and Tyler Shade of New Washington.
Students achieve perfect attendance
NEW WASHINGTON - Local Buckeye Central Elementary School students with perfect attendance are kindergarteners Casey Adams, Sydney Beamer, Ashley Case, Lexi Joseph, Kaelynn Norville, Elyse Pope, Preston Rachel, Brooke Songer, Brenden Ady, Kirsten Ady, Addi Kessler and Garrett Vaughn; first-graders Damian Dean, Koda Kehres, Logan Salyer and Cadence Vaughn; second-graders Lilah Auck, Martina Cornett, JoAllyn Maier, Ariana Remmel, Lydia Ackerman, Taylor Rachel, Emily Sparks and Lucas Showman; third-graders Drayden Gimlich, Jordan Salyer, Cierra Schwab, Alex Young, Chase Niedermier, Emma Rhodes, Matt Summers, Justin Dentinger, Connor McCarthy, Travis Norville, Katelyn Petty, Zavier Saldivar, Emily Sikora and Kailey Vaughn; and fourth-graders Eddie Pletcher, Jacob Rowland, Seth Shatzer, Kaylynn Thompson, Bryce Lutz, Christopher Acevedo, Hayley Cook, Samantha Fechner, Elizabeth Heydinger, Grant Shook, Mason Stahl and Elizabeth Cronau.
Hospital awards scholarships
FOSTORIA Fostoria Community Hospital awarded scholarships to local students on behalf of three scholarship funds administered by Fostoria Community Hospital Foundation.
Three scholarships were awarded from the J.L. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund. Recipients were Vivian Gao, Brittany Hargis and Abigail Marshall.
Six scholarships were awarded from the J.A. Murray Scholarship Fund. Recipients were Jacqueline Faeth, Lindsay Fleegle, Jordon Geroski, Emily Hemminger, Jessica Lynch and Morgan Podach.
Police award scholarships
The Fraternal Order of Police, Harold J. Fraley Sr. Lodge 128, awarded scholarships to Rachel Huth, Hopewell-Loudon High School, and Cleo Bowers, Calvert High School.
FFA chapter attends convention
The Old Fort High School FFA chapter attended the 83rd state convention in Columbus. At the annual gathering, Diana Stacy was elected as District 4 president for 2011-12. She also placed first in the fruit production proficiency area and is to represent Ohio at the national convention in October.
The chapter had its 80th annual awards banquet. Newly elected officers are President Taylor Helieman, Vice Presidents Brittany Metcalfe and Sprite Severs, Secretary Molly Cleveland, Treasurer Matthew Hill, Sentinel representative Travis Guyras and Chaplain Jacob Beekman.
Also, sales agent Dan Cleveland from Pioneer Hi-Bred donated $400 to the FFA chapter because he was awarded the money for his dedication to customer-focused activities throughout the year.
Office administration graduates
Local graduates of Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Career Centers' office administration program are Carolyn Prater, Tracy Capetillo, Linda Keels, Justine Boff and Michelle Overmier of Fostoria and Shelly Corthell of Clyde.
McPherson honors students
CLYDE - May students of the month at McPherson Middle School are Blake Kent and Jacey Groover, sixth-graders; Emi Bowers and Brian Wilkerson, seventh-graders; and Rebecca Hicks and Tommy Davis, eighth-graders.
OF students receive scholarships
OLD FORT - Students who were awarded scholarships at Old Fort High School's commencement are Brittany Adelsperger, Old Fort Lions Club Scholarship, Dr. Ellis and Judy Wagner Scholarship and Old Fort Banking Scholarship; Taylor Conn, Old Fort Alumni Scholarship and The John and Jane Willis Scholarship; Connor Kohlenberg, Meeker Memorial Scholarship, The John and Jane Willis Scholarship and Chamber Foundation of Sandusky County Scholarship; Hannah Edgar, Ernest Hiestand Memorial Scholarship and Church & Dwight FCCLA Scholarship; Melissa Baker and Cassidy Sumner, Dave Ulmer Citizenship Award; Roman Ream, The John Miller Memorial Scholarship; Kelsey Lotycz, Old Fort Board of Education Scholarship; Lauren Bannister, Church & Dwight Academic Scholarship; Diana Stacy, Church & Dwight FFA Scholarship; and Katie Schlepp, Old Fort Local Education Association Scholarship.
Lakota honors students
BURGOON - May students of the month for Lakota Middle School are sixth-graders Abigail Alexander, the daughter of Brian and Tina Alexander, and Caleb Flowers, the son of Joshua and Christy Flowers; seventh-graders McKenna Harrison, the daughter of David and Teri Harrison, and Grant Rutledge, the son of Paul and Cheryl Rutledge; and eighth-graders Tessa Ball, the daughter of Denise and Leo Hays and Michael Ball, and Drake Foos, the son of Len and Otilia Foos.
Matthew T. Rasmussen
Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Matthew T. Rasmussen, grandson of Anne Baumgartner of Tiffin, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.
During the eight-week training program, Rasmussen completed a training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, physical fitness, health and wellness, first aid, firefighting and marksmanship.
Rasmussen and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard's core values - honor, respect and devotion to duty - and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct. Rasmussen will join 36,000 other men and women who comprise the Coast Guard's workforce.
Rasmussen is a 2009 graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard.
Kayla M. Dull
Air Force Airman Kayla M. Dull graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
She is the daughter of Jamie Dull of Mass City, Mich., and granddaughter of Paul Steinmetz of Tiffin.
Dull graduated in 2009 from Buckeye Central High School, New Washington.