Thomas Bowser, son of James and Eileen Bowser of Tiffin, continues his work in the war in Afghanistan. He is part of Task Force Power contracted to inspect and ensure the safety of U.S. forces assigned to the war.
Bowser served his country in the United States Air Force from 1977-1986 and has been involved in the contracting business in the Iraq and Afghan wars since 2008.
Bowser is currently assigned to Forward Operating Base Shank and provides support to other bases and combat outposts.
T-SPL, FELC to present program
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Franciscan Earth Literacy Center are to present the program "Care of Creation Basics" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Frost Kalnow Room.
Presented by Sister Shirley Shafranek, participants are to learn how to start a compost bin, learn about recyclables and recycling options in Seneca County, and learn how to become skilled at reducing, reusing and more.
There are to be book displays about recycling and activities for children.
Register by calling the library at (419) 447-3751.
For more information about the program, call the library or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
Library to offer 'Babies & Books'
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to have "Babies & Books" in October. There are to be two 30-minute classes Oct. 11, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., in Frost Kalnow Room.
"Babies & Books" features stories, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Parents or caregivers and babies, age birth to 24 months old, can sign up for one session of language enrichment activities.
Call (419) 447-3751 to register, starting Tuesday, for the free program.
'Tales' to start
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to offer the "Tales for Twos & Threes" series beginning Oct. 11. Stories, songs and finger plays are to entertain children 2 and 3 years old with their parents or caregivers. The sessions are 30 minutes.
There are to be sessions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, and a session at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, in Frost Kalnow Room. The events are free.
For more information, stop by Junior Library or call (419) 447-3751.
Learn to weave a basket
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to have a basket-weaving class 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15.
Tools and materials are to be supplied for a $15 fee, which is due at registration.
Students should bring lunch, a beverage and a hand towel.
Class size is limited to 12 participants. In-person registration is required at the circulation desk.
NAMI announces '11 Ray of Hope awardees
Two area police officers are to be the recipients of the 2011 Ray of Hope Award from NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties.
Sgt. Patrick Del Turco of Tiffin Police Department and Chief David Olds of Upper Sandusky Police Department are to be guests of honor at the 9th annual Ray of Hope benefit dinner Nov. 13 at Community Civic Center in Tiffin.
Del Turco and Olds are being recognized for their leadership and service in the Crisis Intervention Team program for law enforcement officers in Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot counties.
CIT is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the mental health community to improve officers' response to calls concerning people with mental illness in crisis.
NAMI supports and values the CIT program for its role in ensuring safety and directing persons in a mental health crisis into treatment.
A silent auction is to begin at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. The keynote speaker is to be Tony Lowe, a native of Green Springs who speaks with Challenge Day, an award-winning nationwide program based in California.
NAMI has begun taking reservations for the event. The dinner is $40 per person. Table sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call the NAMI office at (419) 334-8021.
Restaurant receipts to benefit Tiffin boy
FINDLAY - Applebee's, 2531 Tiffin Ave., Findlay, is to host a "Dining to Donate" event Wednesday to benefit Konnor Opp of Tiffin.
The 4-year-old needs treatment overseas to restore his sight. For each patron who presents a flier to his or her server, the restaurant is to donate 15 percent of the sale to "Sight for Konnor."
To obtain a flier, call Sandy at (419) 447-1005.
Wrap for the cure
It Works Global, a national health and wellness company, has partnered with Susan G. Komen to help raise money to fund a search for the cure of breast cancer.
To kick off breast cancer awareness month, SC Salon, a local distributor is to conduct a health and wellness presentation and a percentage of the proceeds are to benefit cancer research. The event is to take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the salon, 130 S. Washington St.
The presentation is to cover ways people can naturally get (and keep) their bodies in a healthy state by providing it with nutrients and minerals it needed to help fight disease.
The following products are to be the focus of the presentations:
Greens - an alkalizing and detoxifying drink powder containing 38 herbs and nutrient-rich "super foods."
Vitals - a complete vitamin containing all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients a body needs on a daily basis.
Regular - helps clean the colon and balance the colon's pH.
Estro rhythm - a natural support for menopausal symtoms.
Those participating are to also have the chance to try the Ultimate Applicator at a cost of $25 and all proceeds from the application are to be donated to charity.
Women to sell Spooky sweets
Fremont Area Women's Connection is to host a "Spooktacular Fund Raiser" 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 11, where those in attendance may purchase sweets and eat at Fremont Country Club, 2340 E. State St., Fremont. The cost is to be $12 and profits are to benefit Stonecroft Ministries.
Those wishing to participate in the fundraiser are asked to bring a food item to sell. Doors are to open at 10 a.m. to give those planning to sell a treat time to set up a display.
Judy Pyper of Macomb, Mich., is to speak about "freedom found after battling with life controlling issues."
To reserve a place at the luncheon and free child care, call Donna by Thursday at (419) 334-2262 or email Betty at email@example.com.
A free CPR class is to be offered by Tiffin Fire and Rescue 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the main fire station in observance of Fire Prevention Week.
The class is offered to Tiffin residents. Those who complete American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/AED class are to receive a certification card valid for two years.
Space is limited, and those interested should call (419) 448-5448.
Fostoria hospital to offer classes, support groups
Diabetes education class
FOSTORIA - To help individuals successfully manage diabetes, Fostoria Community Hospital diabetes education department is to offer a class 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the conference center, on the hospital's lower level, entrance 2. A physician referral is required to participate in the class.
Through this class, individuals are to learn more about diabetes, treatments, monitoring the ABCs of diabetes and preventing complications. The class is to be taught by a team, which includes a certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, physical therapist, pharmacist and social worker.
The course has a fee billable to insurance and pre-registration is required for attendance. Financial assistance is available through the foundation's diabetes fund. For more information, call Shirley Conley at (419) 436-6629.
Kidney disease support group
FOSTORIA - The kidney disease support group is to meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.
The free support group was developed as an extended support service to those who have kidney disease, their family members and interested public.
The group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the hospital's conference center, on the lower level, entrance 2.
For more information, call Keesha Talley at (419) 436-6685.
Flu vaccination clinics
FOSTORIA - Seasonal flu vaccination clinics are to take place at Fostoria Community Hospital 3:30 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 6 8 a.m. Oct. 11.
The vaccines are for adults 18 years of age or older. The cost of the flu vaccine is to be $25. Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines also are to be available for a cost of $60.
Medicare Part B covers the vaccines. A Medicare card and photo ID are required for those who utilize Medicare.
Clinics are to take place in the hospital's conference center, on the lower level, entrance 2. For more information, call ProMedica Total Wellness at (419) 436-6688.
Diabetes education refresher course
FOSTORIA - To assist individuals with diabetes in successfully managing the disease, Fostoria Community Hospital is to offer a diabetes education refresher course at 10 a.m. Friday in the diabetes education department, on the hospital's main level, entrance 1.
The refresher course is designed for individuals with diabetes who have had previous diabetes education and would benefit from review and updates to further assist in improving blood sugar control.
This course is to focus on maximizing diabetes management and problem solving, and update each participant's nutrition and exercise plans.
Pre-registration and physician referral is required for attendance. The course has a fee billable to insurance. Financial assistance is available through the foundation's diabetes fund.
For more information, call Shirley Conley at (419) 436-6629.
Better Breathers pulmonary support group
FOSTORIA - Better Breathers pulmonary support group is to meet noon-1 p.m. Wednesday in Fostoria Community Hospital's conference center, on the hospital's lower level, entrance 2.
This month the free support group is to feature Bev Funkhouser who is to discuss laughter therapy and keeping a positive outlook while dealing with a chronic illness.
Better Breathers pulmonary support group was developed as an extended support service for pulmonary rehabilitation patients, their family members and interested community members.
For more information, call Cathy Swisher at (419) 436-6809.
Heartsaver AED/CPR course
FOSTORIA - American Heart Association's Heartsaver AED/CPR course for adult, child and infant AED/CPR is to take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Fostoria Community Hospital's conference center, entrance 2. The cost is $50.
The class is to teach untrained rescuers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for adult, child and infant victims. Participants are to learn to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children.
To register or for more information, call (419) 436-6688.
To learn more about ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital and classes and support groups available, visit www.promedica.org/fostoria.
Social worker attends behavior communication workshop
Social worker for Community Hospice Care, Alice Frazier-Snook, recently attended a half-day workshop entitled "Behavior Communication: Listen to What I Am Doing."
The seminar was presented by Lynn Ritter of the Northwest Ohio chapter of Alzheimer's Association and took place Sept. 23 at The Bellevue Hospital.
Workshop topics included how to use the ABC's of understanding and addressing behaviors, the messages behind certain behaviors, how emotions are expressed by persons with dementia and suggested responses to behaviors.
Boy Scouts to collect cans
Boy Scout Troop No. 44 is to collect aluminum cans for recycling at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 9.
CPR, first aid classes to be offered
American Safety and Health Institute's CPR and first aid classes are available for area businesses and groups through Tiffin Community YMCA.
Classes may be hosted at a business or at YMCA. For more information, call YMCA at (419) 447-8711.
Fostoria board to meet
FOSTORIA - Fostoria Board of Education is to have a work session at 8 a.m. Saturday at 544 W. Fremont St., Fostoria. No board action is to be taken.
Workshop to be offered
Project Learning Tree Workshop is to be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Seneca Soil & Water office.
Materials are to be provided free of charge by Project Learning Tree-Ohio. The workshop includes free curriculum, hands-on activities, $5,000 in grant opportunities, contact hours and free material.
Participants are to receive training and curriculum guides for "Focus on the Forest," "Places We Live" and "Municipal Solid Waste."
The modules are targeted at grades 9-12, however, elementary extensions of each module also are to be covered.
People can call (419) 447-7073 or e-mail bdiesch@
senecaswcd.com to register by Oct. 28. They should take a brown bag lunch. Morning snacks are to be provided.
COLUMBUS - Parents now can go online to study the performance of organizations providing tutoring services in a federally funded program for students in low-performing schools.
Ohio Department of Education is to publish effectiveness reports for more than 200 providers as part of a comprehensive plan to improve the performance of the Supplemental Educational Services program. A recent internal audit identified areas in which ODE and local school districts can improve their management of SES.
The reports can be found online at ccip.ode.state.oh.us.
FFA members help
Five members of Tiffin-Sentinel FFA participated in a community service project at Sentinel Career and Technology Center Sept. 15.
As part of the Republic Elevator stockholder banquet, members helped prepare the plates to be served and then served the members in attendance.
FFA members in attendance were Amy Covert, Paul Kiesel, Brooke Meyer, Cara Vassalle and Tim Goshe.
Quiz Bowl teams compete
Seneca/Wyandot/Put-in-Bay/Sandusky Area High School Quiz Bowl League began its 2011-12 regular season play with matches at Put-in-Bay School, Calvert High School and Upper Sandusky High School.
This year, with the return of Mohawk High School to league play and the addition to the roster of Fremont Ross High School and North Central Academy, the league now is home to 17 teams with two full divisions, North and South.
After their first outing, Bridges Community Academy and Old Fort High School, both at 3-0, are at the top of the North division. Columbian and Clyde high schools are 2-1.
In the South division, there is a three-way tie at 3-0 among Carey, Hopewell-Loudon and Upper Sandusky high schools. Bettsville and Put-in-Bay high schools in the North division had one win each. In the South division, Calvert, Seneca East and St. Wendelin high schools came up with one win each.
The scores from September are Bettsville-North Central Academy, 70-15; Bridges-Bettsville, 95-70; Bridges-Clyde, 85-75; Bridges-Put-in-Bay, 125-55; Calvert-St. Wendelin, 90-80; Carey-Fostoria, 85-25; Carey-Mohawk, 115-15; Carey-New Riegel, 135-110; Clyde-Columbian, 200-130; Clyde-North Central, Academy, 150-45; Columbian-Bettsville, 205-10; Columbian-Put-in-Bay, 210-105; Hopewell-Loudon-Fostoria, 100-50; Hopewell-Loudon-Mohawk, 145-75; Hopewell-Loudon-New Riegel, 85-60; Old Fort-Calvert, 140-65; Old Fort-Seneca East, 170-30; Old Fort-St. Wendelin, 110-65; Put-in-Bay-North Central Academy, 120-30; Seneca East-Calvert, 85-50; St. Wendelin-Seneca East, 155-80; Upper Sandusky-Fostoria, 125-50; Upper Sandusky-Mohawk, 60-55; and Upper Sandusky-New Riegel, 85-65.
Local residents graduate from EMT program
MILAN - Shaunte Bradshaw and Markole Hackenburg of Clyde and Mike Shellhammer of Bascom graduated from EHOVE Career Center's adult education EMT Basic training program. Bradshaw had perfect attendance.
Scouts win awards
Boy Scout Troop No. 444 had its 2011 court of honors awards.
Ten scouts attended camp for a week at Camp Berry in Findlay and 12 participated in Sea Base camp off the coast of Florida. Through the events and other activities through the year, awards and rank advancements were earned.
Devon Borer, Brad Haren, Ethan Koop, Bryce Loudenslager and Tony Szablewski received the Baden-Powell Award. John Brodman, Nick Cummings, Travis Gase, Mitch Haren and Cameron Hoffbauer received the Community Service 35 Hour Award.
Borer, Brad Haren, Koop, Loudenslager and Szablewski received the Firem'n & Totin Chip. The Kayaking Award was achieved by Blake Borer-Miller, John Brodman, Cummings, Travis Gase, Joe Longanbach and Clay Magers. Venture Scouts achieving the honor are Emma Brodman, Emily Longanbach, Sarah Semer and Jessie Gase. Borer-Miller, John Brodman, Cummings, Gase, Joe Longanbach and Magers won the Snorkeling Award. Venture Scouts achieving the honor are Emma Brodman, Emily Longanbach, Semer and Jessie Gase.
Scout Rank went to Borer, Brad Haren, Koop and Szablewski. Star Rank went to John Brodman, Mitch Haren and Hoffbauer. Clay Magers received Life Scout Rank.
Two Scouts from Troop No. 444, John Brodman and Longanbach, are working on projects to earn Eagle Scout.
Camp Fire again partners with Tiffin City Schools
Camp Fire USA, Northwest Ohio Council is an associate agency of Tiffin-Seneca United Way.
Contributions to Camp Fire USA support its self-reliance programs in Tiffin City Schools classrooms.
As Camp Fire USA enters its fourth year of teaching in the schools, it once again is partnering with Noble, Washington and Lincoln elementary students and staff.
TU prepares for homecoming
Tiffin University's homecoming is to take place next weekend. The weekend starts Friday with a women's soccer game vs. Michigan Tech at 3 p.m. at Paradiso Athletic Complex.
Friday evening, TU is to host the athletic hall of fame dinner, silent auction and induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in Gillmor Student Center. Tickets are available on a presale basis only. For ticket information, call (419) 448-3334.
Saturday begins at the TU outdoor track at Miami Street Nature Preserve with an alumni 5K run at 9 a.m. followed by an alumni team challenge competition at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. at Paradiso Athletic Complex, there is to be an alumni softball game, tailgating, food and family activities prior to the noon start of the men's soccer game vs. Cedarville. Also at 11 a.m., there are to be guided tours of campus, the nature preserve, Paradiso Athletic Complex, Living Learning Community and the recreation center. Van tours are to leave from the Gillmor and Paradiso parking lots. Walking tours are to leave from the Gillmor lobby.
Prior to the 2:30 p.m. kick-off of Dragon football vs. Ashland Saturday, the alumni office is hosting a pregame tailgate party at the Tiffin stadium parking lot at 1:30 p.m. There is to be a chili cook-off, food tent and children's activities.
There is to be a post-game reception 6-8 p.m. for TU alumni and friends at Tinker's Dam at Pioneer Mill Restaurant, 2255 Riverside Drive.
The alumni golf scramble and lunch is to take place at Seneca Hills Golf Course, 4044 W. TR 98, Oct. 9. The lunch begins at 11 a.m., and tee time is noon. For reservations, call (419) 448-5116.
Homecoming weekend is to end when the women's soccer team meets Northern Michigan at Paradiso Athletic Complex at noon.
For more information, call (419) 448-3313 or visit www.tiffin.
Grandillo to discuss book
Michael Grandillo, vice president for development and public affairs at Tiffin University, is to discuss his book, "Onward to the Dawn: A History of Tiffin University," at Heidelberg University's Friends of Beeghly Library book discussion series Monday.
The discussion is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the library's Rare Book Room. The discussion is free.
FINDLAY University of Findlay is to host Explore Findlay week Oct. 10-14 to give high school students opportunities to discover student life at Findlay and in-demand career paths in a variety of disciplines.
Oct. 10 is Fall Visit Day, Oct. 11 is Health Professions Day, Oct. 12 is Be A Teacher Day, Oct. 13 is Hot Careers in Business Day and Oct. 14 is Pre-Vet/Equine Day.
Contact the office of undergraduate admissions for more information or to register for Explore Findlay at (800) 548-0932 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ElderCollege to offer programs
FREMONT - ElderCollege at Terra State Community College is offering educational outings and a brown bag lecture series. The organization offers lifelong learning for those 50 years of age and older through outings, lecture series and classes. For more information or to register, call (419) 559-2255.
Learn to play the bagpipe
FREMONT - Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and training opportunities.
This fall, a new music offering is to join Terra Music Academy. The Great Highlands Bagpipe 101 is to introduce participants to the instrument.
All pipers start out on the practice chanter. This is a quieter, less expensive version of the bagpipe and is included in the class fee.
The session includes 10 lessons 6-8 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 6-Dec. 15. The fee is $185.
Register in person at Kern Center, Building B, room 104, call (419) 559-2255 or e-mail email@example.com.
UF's Senior Forum continues
FINDLAY The second session in University of Findlay's Senior Forum, a six-week series of learning experiences for people age 50 and older, is Wednesday in Alumni Memorial Union.
Each forum consists of three sessions, one in the morning, one during lunch and one in the afternoon. Participants may choose their own level of involvement, a single session or a series.
Each session is $5 per person to attend. A buffet lunch is available for an additional $5 per day. A complimentary coffee and tea bar is available all day.
The forums are to take place each Wednesday through Nov. 2.
Wednesday's program is to begin with "Edward Drummond Libbey: A Biography" presented by Quentin Skrabec, UF professor of business, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
The lunch session noon-1 p.m. is "Diamonds: The Real Thing!" presented by Barry Niswander, jeweler.
The afternoon session 1:15-2:30 p.m. is to be "Israel: Touring the Holy Land" with the Rev. Chris Dittmar, St. John's Lutheran Church.
For more information, call (419) 422-3560 or (419) 434-4553.
School officials visit Terra
FREMONT - Counselors and principals from several area school districts attended the annual informational reception Sept. 21 at Terra State Community College.
Districts and schools represented included Fremont City Schools, Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District, Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center, Lakota Local School District, Old Fort Local School District, Tiffin City Schools, Danbury Local School District and St. Joseph Central Catholic.
After a greeting by Terra Student Government President Alicia Villarreal, of Gibsonburg, college officials provided updates about strategic planning, programs and the newly opened Arts and Health Technologies Center.
Terra to have college fair
FREMONT - Terra State Community College is to host Sandusky County Area College Fair 2011 6:30-8 p.m. Monday. More than 70 college and university representatives are to be on campus to share information about majors, athletics, student activities, financial aid, housing, costs and career opportunities. Personnel from various branches of the military also are to be available to answer service-related questions.
Staff from the financial aid office at Terra are to offer a financial aid workshop at 6 p.m.
The fair is to be in Student Activities Center, Building C, at Terra, 2830 Napoleon Road. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 559-2349 or (866) AT-TERRA, ext. 2349.
OF residents name studio
FREMONT - For the Corfman family of Old Fort, music and Terra State Community College are second nature.
Dan plays in Terra Thunder Jazz Band, his wife, Fayanne, is a member of Terra Brass Choir and their daughter, Christine, is a second-year student at Terra studying trumpet performance. She also plays in the jazz band and brass choir with her parents.
When it came time to help support the music program and the new Arts and Health Technologies Center, they didn't hesitate to step up with a donation for the rights to name Nihlen and Corfman Ensemble Studio.
For additional naming opportunities, call (419) 559-2301.
Hawks donate to Terra
FREMONT - Fremont residents Hal and Diane Hawk are continuing their commitment to Terra State Community College with a donation for the new Arts and Health Technologies Center. The Hawks have purchased the naming rights for the Hawk/Warnke Conference Room with a donation of $10,000. The room is named in memory of Diane's father, Earl Warnke, a longtime band director at Port Clinton High School.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Nearly $500 million in grants were awarded to community colleges around the country for targeted training and work force development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. The grants, according to a release, support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, a consortium leader, was awarded $19.6 million. Owens Community College is one of 10 members of the consortium.
The consortium has goals of providing trade-impacted and low-skilled workers with adequate preparation, support and opportunities to complete post-secondary training in health professions that provide credentials aligned with job advancement, expanding and enhancing the health care workforce with the competencies needed by industry and building the capacity of community colleges to continuously assess student and employment outcomes and use the information to improve the quality of health professions programs.
Students receive coats
FINDLAY Nouran Salem and Nathan Richey, University of Findlay students, were among students who received a white lab coat at School of Pharmacy's white coat ceremony. A 2009 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, Salem is the daughter of Hala and Mohamed Salem of Findlay. Also a 2009 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon, Richey is the son of Laura and John Richey of Tiffin.
Florence to student-teach
FINDLAY Megan Florence, a student at University of Findlay, has been selected as a student teacher with Carey High School. A 2007 graduate of Columbian High School, Florence is the daughter of Christy and Micheal Florence of Bloomville.
Ferstler completes program
FINDLAY Anthony Ferstler received a certificate of completion at University of Findlay for completion of Nuclear Medicine Institute. Ferstler, a 2006 graduate of Calvert High School, is the son of Tony Ferstler of Tiffin.