Book a bus trip
Altrusa Club of Tiffin again is to sponsor its annual Girlfriends' Shopping Weekend bus trip to Chicago Sept. 24 and 25.
The bus is to leave 8 a.m. Saturday from Old Fort Banking's Westgate parking lot and arrives at 1 p.m. It leaves Chicago at 3:30 p.m. Sunday to arrive home at 9 p.m.
Travelers may go shopping, explore Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, museums, theaters, Chicago zoo and China town. Choose from many resturants with deep dish pizza or get online with Chicago Convention Bureau for more ideas.
Lodging is to be at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Mariot, one block from Magnificent Mile. The cost is $130 per person for a quad room, which includes breakfast.
Purchase tickets at Seneca Computer, 239 N. Washington St., or call Gloria at (419) 448-0248 to reserve a seat.
Payment must be recieved prior to Aug. 24.
Profits from all Altrusa fundraisers are to go to community needs, veterans at Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Seneca County Youth Center and the scholarship fund for Seneca County residents and students.
Fremont Area Women's Connection
Area women are invited to join Fremont Area Women's Connection for "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," a luncheon and program at Fremont Country Club, 2340 E. State St., Fremont, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 9. The cost is to be $12 and doors are to open at 10:30 a.m.
Those attending should bring "evidence" of their summer activities.
The speaker is to be Pat Ellerholz from Adrian, Mich.
To take part in the luncheon and free child care, call Donna at (419) 334-2262 or e-mail Betty at firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 4.
Passport application services available in Fostoria
JB Tours, 545 E. Lytle St., Fostoria, is to host a passport application fair 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.
Postmaster Rubel, from U.S. Post Office, Kansas, Ohio, is to be present to help with the application form and take two regulation size photos.
The passport book is valid for travel by air, sea or land and is valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors.
The adult passport book fee is $110 plus an execution and photo charge of $40. The total is to be $150 for ages 16 and older.
The minor passport book fee is $80 plus an execution and photo charge of $40. The total is to be $120 for ages 15 and younger.
The passport card is wallet size, cannot be used for air travel. It is valid for land and sea crossings between the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
The adult passport card fee is $30 plus an execution and photo charge of $40. The total is to be $70 for ages 16 and older.
The minor passport card fee is $15 plus an execution and photo charge of $40. The total is to be $55 for ages 15 and younger.
To take part in this offer, individuals are to need to bring:
Proof of identity: such as a valid driver's license.
Proof of citizenship: such as a certified copy birth certificate.
Social security number.
Two checks or cash to pay for fees.
For further information, call Postmaster Rubel at (419) 986-5881 of JB Tours at (419) 435-8165.
Library forming teen advisory board
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Community Library is looking for teenagers 14 years old and older because it is forming a teen advisory board to assist the library.
Officials are looking for input about young adult material and help with children's activities.
The first meeting is 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the library. Pizza and soda are to be provided.
MCL to have Russian Roulette Reading
SYCAMORE - Russian Roulette Reading is a new program for adults at Mohawk Community Library.
People who wish to join the reading program must put two of their favorite authors in a hat then draw out one author. They then must check out a material by that author.
There is to be a get-together and door prize at the end of the six weeks.
The reading program is to be Aug. 8-Sept. 12 .
Library offers basic computer classes
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Community Library now is to offer basic computer classes 10-11 a.m. Thursdays starting Thursday.
People can call the library to reserve a computer for the class. There are five openings.
Reading program ending
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library's summer reading program continues through Friday. All tickets must be turned in by 5 p.m.
Winners are to be notified following the drawing Aug. 8.
Kaubisch to host book discussion ...
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library's book discussion group is to discuss Nancy Horan's "Loving Frank" at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in Fruth Room.
Copies of the book are to be available at the main desk. Siscussions are free.
And to have craft program
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to have "Tying up the Summer," a back-to-school craft program for children ages 9-14 6-7 p.m. Tuesday in Youth Services Department.
All children need to take a pair of flip flops to use for one of the crafts.
Small business basics seminars set for August
Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, Small Business Basics, that can answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
Seminars are meant to reduce confusion and help avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Learn 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. Wednesday, Ottawa County Improvement Corp., 8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor.
9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 10, Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.
9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 17, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Terra Community College, Building B, Room 101, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.
The seminars are free.
To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College, at (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210, or contact him by e-mail at email@example.com.
Local Red Cross blood supply remains low
American Red Cross blood supplies remain at seriously low levels even after hundreds of area residents responded to the national appeal for blood donors. Blood products are going out to area hospitals just as quickly as donations are coming in, the Red Cross said.
In addition, the massive heat wave encompassing much of the country is hurting blood collections at a time when the Red Cross has been working to rebuild its inventories to adequate levels. The triple-digit temperatures have made it extremely difficult to recruit sufficient numbers of donors to go out and give blood.
Furthermore, heat-related issues have forced the Red Cross to cancel blood drives or close them early, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of scheduled blood donations.
"The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who has come forward to give blood in response to this appeal, but we still need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met," said Annie Marckel, program manager of communications for Western Lake Erie Region of American Red Cross.
"We carefully monitor blood supplies, sometimes on an hourly basis, in the hope that there will never be a point where surgeries need to be cancelled," said "However, there is always the chance that a physician could opt to postpone elective surgery when the blood supply dips too low, or in a worst case scenario, have to forego a procedure such as a lifesaving organ transplant because of a shortage of blood."
The Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 24 hospitals and must have 300 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day.
There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
Columbian to register students
New student registration for Columbian High School is to be 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the guidance office.
Registration is for students who are new to Tiffin City Schools.
Students must bring their birth certificate, immunization record, high school transcript and custody papers (if applicable).
Class schedules to be made available
Class schedules for Columbian High School sophomores, juniors and seniors are to be available beginning Aug. 8, 9 and 10 in the main school lobby.
Freshmen are to receive their schedules Aug. 11 at freshmen orientation. Hours to pick up class schedules are 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Students are not to receive their schedules prior to the first day of school until any outstanding fees from last school year are paid and the forms packet is completed and turned in to Assistant Principal Greg DeVore.
Extra forms packets are available in the Columbian office. Packets were mailed with newsletters Tuesday.
Columbian to have orientation
Freshmen schedules and student handbooks are to be distributed at the freshmen orientation program Aug. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. in the auditorium.
Parents can attend the orientation program.
Completed forms packet for freshmen need to be turned in to Assistant Principal Greg DeVore before receiving a schedule.
Extra forms are available in the Columbian office.
TMS accepting new students
Students new to Tiffin City Schools who are to be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade may register for school 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive. Guidance counselors are to be available to answer questions.
Students must be accompanied by a parent and bring a copy of their birth certificate, immunization records, current individualized education program (if applicable) and proof of legal custody (if applicable).
For more information, call (419) 447-3358.
Chamber to host education breakfast
Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce is to host the annual administrators and educators appreciation breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at Community Civic Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin.
The breakfast is to honor new, current and retired administrators and educators from Heidelberg University, Tiffin University, North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, Bettsville Local School District, Bridges Community Academy, Calvert Catholic Schools, Hopewell-Loudon Local School District, Mohawk Local School District, New Riegel Local School District, North Central Academy, Old Fort Local School District, Seneca County Opportunity Center, Sentinel Career and Technology Center, Seneca East Local School District and Tiffin City Schools.
The 2011 Outstanding Educator Award is being presented to Gail Shreiner, who was hired by Tiffin City Schools in 1972 to teach sixth grade at Krout Elementary School. In 1996, Shreiner was named the full-time gifted and talented coordinator. She retired in 2007 as a full-time administrator.
This year's keynote speaker is Larry Kisabeth, who retired as principal of Columbian High School in 2009. He is an adjunct professor at Heidelberg.
The cost of the event is $10 per person. The deadline to RSVP for is Thursday. Calling Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce at (419) 447-4141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bettsville board changes meeting
BETTSVILLE - Bettsville Board of Education has changed its August meeting to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room.
WSOS accepting applications
WSOS has childhood centers for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and applications are being accepted.
Family development centers are in Bascom, Bellevue, Bowling Green, Bradner, Clyde, Fremont, Fostoria, Genoa, Pemberville, Perrysburg and Rossford.
For more information, call (800) 775-9767 or visit www.wsos.org.
Owens offering workshop
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Area residents and business professionals within the landscape, garden center, tree care and turf industry interested in expanding their knowledge about horticulture can attend the 2011 Northwest Ohio Green Industry Summer Session at Owens Community College 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The pre-registration cost for the workshop is $15. Individuals can register the day of the event for $25.
For more information or to register, call (419) 354-9050.