Doll show and sale
The 43rd Sandusky River Valley Doll Club's doll show and sale is to be Aug. 28, with the festivities occurring 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Seneca County Opportunity Center.
There are to be several local collectors are to down-size collections. Dealers are to cover every aspect of doll collecting and supplies for dolls are to be available.
Those attending can have a free appraisal with a $2 admission fee. Additional appraisals are to be $2 each. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.
Lunch is to be available and drawings for door prizes are to occur every half hour.
For more information, call (419) 447-7445.
Learn to search the Web for genealogy
FREMONT Internet resources for genealogists seem to change as rapidly as the weather. Hayes Presidential Center can help people keep up via its Internet genealogy II class.
The next session of the class is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hayes research library.
The cost for the program is $10 for adult and $5 for students through high school. Advance registration is required by calling (419) 332-2081 ext. 231 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head librarian Becky Hill is to lead the class that concentrates on online genealogy sites such as Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Footnote.com, NewEnglandAncestors.org, Archives.com and NewspaperArchive.
The Hayes library provides free access to all of these subscription-based sites via public-use computers available in its reading room. Internet Genealogy II also includes instruction on how to make the best use of the time spent searching these extensive databases.
Family reunion to celebrate 100 years
Sept. 5, Labor Day, is to be the 100th anniversary of the Binau-Sprau family reunion. The event begin at noon at First Lutheran Church in Upper Sandusky for a potluck and conversation.
This event is open to anyone who has a connection to the early Binaus (Bunau) settlers and others who emigrated from Germany to Wyandot County in the mid 1940s.
Throughout the last half of the 19th century, Binau families often met with relatives and in-laws at the home of Johann Georg Sr. and Marie E. Binau in Salem Township, as documented by early photos. The first family reunion took place Sept. 7, 1912 at Wyandot County Fairgrounds. By 1913 the attendance of the reunion reached more than 300.
This year's reunion is to honor Frederick C. Binau, avid genealogist, for his work in collecting family history. His work is to be processed on the Mormon website. More information is to available at the reunion.
Those interested in attending the reunion or for more information, should contact Nancy Tschannon at email@example.com
or M. Earl Chadwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library to offer computer classes
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to offer basic computer classes.
The library received a federal grant to participate in Connect Ohio as a participant of Every Citizen Online. The matching grant helped fund the purchase of laptops for small group computer instruction.
The library is to offer basic computer training as part of Connect Ohio, continuing through December 2012. Monthly Connect Ohio classes are to consist of a series of three sessions.
Each series of instruction includes an introduction to computers, an introduction to the Internet and basic use of the Internet, including e-mail. After completing six hours of training, students are to receive a certificate of completion. Certificate holders are eligible for certain discounts on broadband Internet access.
The classes are free.
The next series of classes is to be 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 22, 24 and 26. Registration by Wednesday is recommended. Call the adult services desk at (419) 483-4769 to register or for more information.
$7,000 raised for relief efforts
Rotary Club of Tiffin, Heidelberg University and Tiffin City Schools, in response to the earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear emergency in Japan, joined forces to raise funds for ShelterBox.
ShelterBox is an international aid organization providing shelter and other life-saving equipment for disaster survivors.
"The members of the club were moved by the disaster that decimated the northern portion of Japan in March," said Michael Strong of the Rotary Club of Tiffin. "With the assistance of President (Rob) Huntington and Heidelberg University, Joe Moore and Tiffin City Schools and the International Cultural Center, and individual donations by members, our Rotary Club was able to send seven ShelterBoxes in the name of the residents of Tiffin."
The groups raised $7,000 for ShelterBox, which would provide shelter and clean water for up to 70 people affected by disasters. Each green box contains a 10-person tent, water purification, a cooking stove, a tool set, blankets and more.
"You never know when the next disaster might strike," said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. "With generous donations such as this one from the citizens of Tiffin, we can continue our mission of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world."
Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org or by mailing a check to 8374 Market St. No. 203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.
For information or to make a contribution by phone, call (941) 907-6036.
Stroke, Osteoporosis screenings
Residents living in and around Tiffin can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.
First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St., is to host Life Line Screening Sept. 9.
Four key points every person needs to know:
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.
80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.
Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.
Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.
Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk also is offered and is appropriate for men and women. Many sites offer finger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose.
Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation's leading provider of preventive screenings.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 697-9721 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
Protect yourself from measles
The United States declared measles eliminated within the U.S. in 2000 due to the high two-dose coverage rates of MMR vaccine. However, the U.S. is experiencing high numbers of cases of measles this year, many acquired during international travel or imported from international travelers. The number of confirmed cases toped 156 from January through June 2011. This is the highest number of cases since 1996.
Before traveling, tell a doctor where you are going. Babies and children may need measles protection at a younger age than usual. Infants 6-11 months of age who are traveling internationally should receive the MMR vaccine at least 2-3 weeks prior to departure. These children are to receive the next dose after their first birthday and again after 28 days.
Measles (Rubeola) is:
Caused by a virus.
Widespread in Europe, Africa, Asia, India and the Philippines.
Spread through the air by droplets after coughing and sneezing.
After exposure to measles, 90 percent of susceptible people are to develop the disease and the virus can remain alive for up to two hours in the air and on surfaces.
Before a rash appears the infected person may have a fever, cough, runny-stuffy nose and conjunctivitis.
After the rash develops (about 14 days after exposure), the infected person will see the rash begin at the hairline, then face and then down the body. A high fever may develop.
The vaccine may prevent measles if it is given within 72 hours of exposure to the disease.
For more information, call Seneca County General Health District at (419) 44703691, (419) 435-6673 or (800) 698-3691.
Red Cross, Edible Arrangements launch summer partnership
American Red Cross and Edible Arrangements, the pioneer and leader in artistically designed fresh fruit displays and chocolate dipped fruit, are partnering during the month of August to "Make an Arrangement to Help Save Lives."
During the month of August, blood donors at select American Red Cross blood drives are to receive a free coupon for a free box of six pieces of chocolate dipped fruit for coming in to donate blood at a time when blood donations tend to drop due to hot weather, school vacations and holiday travel.
"The American Red Cross is thrilled to partner with Edible Arrangements during August, one of the most difficult months for collecting blood," said Annie Marckel, program manager of communications for Western Lake Erie Region of American Red Cross. "Thanks to the generous support of Edible Arrangements, the Red Cross will be better able to provide lifesaving blood for patients in need this August."
The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make or keep appointments to give blood this summer to help maintain a stable blood supply for ongoing or emergency needs.
Local Red Cross blood supply rebuilds
American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region needs more than 7,000 blood donors in August to continue rebuilding an already fragile blood supply.
Red Cross appreciates the hundreds of donors in the community who responded to the appeal for blood issued in July. However, the need still remains as the blood supply is not yet back to adequate levels, and blood products continue to go to area hospitals just as quickly as they are coming in.
Nationally, more than 500,000 blood donors are needed during the month of August to help the Red Cross keep up with demand across the country, and each and every blood donor can make a difference to a patient in need.
"The Western Lake Erie Region is extremely grateful to those who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood recently in answer to our urgent appeal for donors," said Annie Marckel, program manager of communications. "However, we're not out of the woods yet and we need to continue rebuilding our blood supply to adequate levels."
The Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, sponsors and community leaders to ask them to recruit blood donors to help meet the needs of patients in communities across the United States.
Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region provides 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.
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 your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when donating.
Eligible blood donors are asked to call (800) RED CROSS to find a blood drive and to make an appointment.
Fostoria board to have work session
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Board of Education is to have a work session immediately following the regular meeting scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Holmes Administration Building. No action is to be taken.
SE changes meeting
ATTICA - Seneca East Board of Education has changed its meeting from Monday to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the board room.
NCOESC board to meet
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's board is to meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tiffin office, 928 W. Market St., suite A.
Clyde-GS board to have work session
CLYDE - Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village Board of Education is to have a work session at 7 p.m. Monday at the board office. No action is to be taken.
Mohawk to have orientation
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Local School District is to have an orientation for all seventh-grade and new eighth-grade students and their parents Wednesday.
The session is to begin at 9 a.m. with a general meeting in the performing arts center. Several presentations are to be made, class schedules are to be distributed and parents and students may take a tour of the building. The orientation is to conclude around 10 a.m. School is to begin Aug. 23.
For more information, call (419) 927-6222.
CHICAGO, Ill. -Local residents who graduated from Kaplan University are Jessica Harp, bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies, and Mark Gibson, associate's degree in business administration, both of Tiffin.
GRANVILLE - Gabrielle Rickle of Fostoria received a Denison Founders Scholarship from Denison University.