Book Fair at
Saint Francis Home
St. Francis Home in Tiffin is to host a Book Fair 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the first-floor auditorium at St. Francis Home.
A selection of new books and unique gift items is to be available at discounted prices. St. Francis Home is at 182 St. Francis Ave.
For more information, call (419) 447-2723.
Walk to stop hunger
CROP Hunger Walk is coming to Tiffin Nov. 6. Registration is at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 96 S. Monroe St., Tiffin.
The walk steps off at 1:30 p.m. Twenty-five percent of every CROP donation stays in Tiffin with local hunger organizations.
For more details and pledge forms, visit www.tiffincropwalk.org.
Salvation Army to offer assistance
Beginning Monday, Salvation Army is to accept registrations for Christmas assistance.
The citadel at 505 E. Market St. is to be open 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 4 and Nov. 7-11. Nov. 7, hours are to be extended to 6 p.m. for late sign-ups.
All adults must bring proof of identification and proof of income and expenses for the house hold. For details, call (419) 447-2252.
River scenes are focus of art exhibit
Tiffin Art Guild is to have works by Bellevue artist James Andrews on display during November. A free reception is planned for 6-9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the TAG Gallery, 178 S. Washington St., Tiffin.
Andrews has spent about 18 months creating "A River Runs Through It," a series of 15 paintings of scenes along the Sandusky River.
Refreshments are to be served, and the artist is expected to attend.
Bazaar slated at Good Shepherd
FOSTORIA - Good Shepherd Home Auxiliary is to offer its "Home for the Holidays" annual bazaar 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Good Shepherd Home, SR 18, Fostoria.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are to be served. Shoppers can find craft items made by residents and vendors, baked goods, trash and treasures. A silent auction also is to be featured.
November sausage sale
Seneca Lodge No. 790 in Republic is taking orders through Nov. 4 for its November Sausage Sale.
To place orders, contact any lodge member or call (419) 639-2049.
The sausage can be picked up at the lodge on SR 19, between 10 and 11 a.m. Nov. 12 or at the lodge breakfast, Nov. 13. Call ahead to arrange for pick-up at other times.
Glass show to return
Tiffin Glass Collectors Club is to host its 17th annual Fall Glass Show and Sale Nov. 5 and 6 at Seneca County Opportunity Center, 780 E. CR 20, south of Tiffin. The hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Dealers are to offer Tiffin Glass, collectibles and fine glassware from other companies. The club sales booth is to offer its annual limited edition Christmas ornament, books and other fundraisers to benefit the glass museum in downtown Tiffin.
In conjunction with Tiffin Little Box Shops, the museum is to participate in Holiday Happenings the same weekend. Visitors may playing bingo by stopping at various stores and shops in the downtown area.
The museum at 25 S. Washington St. has a retail shop with Tiffin glass and other items for sale.
Admission to the glass show and sale is $3, which is good for both days. Lunch is to be available, and door prizes are to be awarded. The handicapped-accessible building also has abundant free parking.
For more information, visit www.tiffinglass.org or call (419) 447-5505.
American Legion plans events
NEW RIEGEL - The public is invited to a Feather Party at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at New Riegel American Legion. Also, the Ladies' Auxiliary is to serve a Veterans' Day Dinner at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 for members and guests.
For more information, call (419) 595-2524.
Nominate outstanding youth
The annual Celebrate Youth Luncheon is planned for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at Community Civic Center in downtown Tiffin. Registration is to open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon is to concludes at 1:15 p.m.
Seneca County Youth Asset Committee is to accept nominations to recognize youth who display the 40 assets in themselves and promote the assets in others. Also eligible are adults who work with youth in various capacities.
There are some changes for this year's event. Rotary Foundation is to sponsor the luncheon. Sharon George, executive director of Seneca County Family and Children First Council, said the luncheon would not have been possible without Rotary's financial support.
Many clubs, agencies and businesses are donating funds to offset the expense of the luncheon for nominees and their guest. In addition, all other attendees are asked for a minimum $5 donation.
Nomination forms can be obtained at 201 S. Washington St. by fax, mail or e-mail and should be returned by Nov. 18.
For more information, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. or call (419) 443-0981. The fax number is (419) 443-1192.
Gov. appoints two to board, commission
COLUMBUS Gov. John Kasich has appointed a Tiffin resident to Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board and a Green Springs resident to Ohio Turnpike Commission.
Lynn Marie Busdeker of Tiffin is to serve on the Ohio OT/PT/AT board through Aug. 27, 2014.
Also, Adam Greenslade of Green Springs has been appointed to serve as a member of Ohio Turnpike Commission for a term ending June 30, 2019.
Busdeker, a graduate of Calvert High School, is following in the footsteps of her father. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University, a physical therapy assistant degree from North Central State College and a master's degree from University of Findlay.
Starting as a licensed physical therapy assistant with P.T. Services in 1998, she works as a physical therapist in Tiffin and Findlay. The board is to meet six times a year in Columbus.
Genealogy raffle winners featured
Seneca County Genealogical Society is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Frost-Kalnow room in Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. The program for the evening is to be "Who do you think you are, Mike and Regina Williams?"
The society's experts are to present raffle winners, Mike and Regina, with their family history. Experts are researching the Bartl, Schreiner, Haas, Rospert, Fix and Hamm families located in the Bellevue area of Reed and Thompson townships; and the Williams and Reid Families that settled in Paulding and Fayette counties.
Anyone with these families in their ancestry is welcome to attend.
November feature at Gaslight Gallery
FINDLAY - During the month of November, The Gaslight Gallery is to feature the work of member and co-founder, Janealla Smalley in a show titled "Life and Living." The opening of this show is to coincide with the downtown Findlay ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. Friday.
For this show, Smalley has done a small series of watercolor paintings of roses, representing various facets of her life, and three paintings of Boley Lake at Babcock State Park, WV, where she has spent many pleasant times. Also included in this show are to be several paintings of children, which are to be part of a later show at Wesley Gallery. That show is in appreciation for parents who chose life for their children.
For more than 37 years, Smalley has been an art teacher, presently teaching at St. Wendelin Catholic School in Fostoria. She also gives private art lessons in her home. She has been the recipient of many awards for her teaching and art.
Smalley's display can be viewed during open hours at The Gaslight Gallery throughout the month of November. She is to have prints and note cards available, as well as her paintings. She also is to offer three Christmas card classes during November.
Those interested may register at the gallery, 117 E. Crawford St., Findlay, or by calling (419) 306-5720.
St. Francis to host open house
St. Francis Senior Ministries plans to host an open house at its villas 1-3 p.m. Nov. 6.
St. Francis Villa 25 is to be open as well as Friedman Village Villa 165. Both are located off of St. Francis Avenue in Tiffin.
Attendees may register to win a 19-inch flat screen TV.
For more information, call (419) 447-3141.
New fund forged in Fostoria
Greater Fostoria Community Foundation has announced the establishment of Leroy T. Kelbley Donor Advised Growth Fund as a new component fund of the foundation.
Named as the sole beneficiary in Kelbley's will, the foundation received proceeds of more than $161,800 upon the settlement of his estate earlier this year.
While Kelbley did not specify how Greater Fostoria Community Foundation should use his donation, the board of trustees chose to establish a fund in honor of his gift to the community.
The board said it plans to use some of the money towards upcoming community projects.
According to a release, a donor advised growth fund is the most flexible type of fund at the foundation. It operates much like a charitable checkbook for awarding grants to 501(c)3 organizations. To also provide funds to extend the charitable purposes of the foundation in perpetuity, donor advised growth funds have a requirement that a portion of the fund remain in endowment.
Donor advised growth funds can be established at Greater Fostoria Community Foundation with a $25,000 donation, taking up to three years to reach this minimum. A minimum balance of $10,000 must be maintained in this account at all times once the initial $25,000 threshold is attained.
Kelbley was a lifelong resident of Fostoria. He died Nov. 19, 2010.
Library has new faces
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has added two new staff members in its Children's Library.
Becky Oswalt has been named early childhood programming specialist and is to be in charge of special programming, including Babies & Books, Preschool Story Time and Tales for Twos and Threes. She also is to focus on providing library services to local schools.
"Some of my goals are to find new and creative ways to get kids interested in reading. I'm excited to meet lots of new children who visit the library and come to the programs it offers and to get to share my love of reading and children's books," she said.
Kandi O'Donnell has been named teen programming specialist. She is to be responsible for all teen programming at the library. She plans to start an online teen magazine and tutoring programs and incorporate new teen-only events.
"I hope to expand the Young Adult Library, including its amount of space and amount of quality, high-interest books," she said. "I also want to attract many more teens to the library by offering exciting after school and weekend programs and entice even the most reluctant readers to find an interest in reading for enjoyment."
Library to have 'Medieval Fair'
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present the family program "Medieval Fair" at 3 p.m. Saturday in Frost Kalnow Room.
Hosted by The Society for Creative Anachronism, the program is for all ages.
Participants are to hear stories about medieval times, watch demonstrations with medieval tools, gear and armor, listen to music reminiscent of medieval times and create medieval crafts. There is to be a battle re-enactment in the parking lot after the event. Those who attend may dress like or a lord or a lady.
There are to be clothes, tools and book displays on medieval times as well as take-home activities for children.
Register by calling the library at (419) 447-3751.
For more information about the program, call the library or log onto the library's website at www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
Preschool story time to be offered
Children who are 3, 4, 5 or 6 years old can attend preschool story time at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.
There is to be one session a week for four Thursdays in November. Parents can choose between sessions of 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 10 and 17 in Frost Kalnow Community Room.
Stories, poems, songs, finger plays, puppets and more are included in the free 30-minute activity.
No registration is required. Parents' attendance is optional.
Gruss attends conference
CF Professional Inc. has announced Gary Gruss recently attended the 10th annual National Conference of American Portfolios Financial Services.
The conference was at Ritz Carlton in Orlando, Fla., and marks the 10th anniversary of American Portfolios.
This four-day conference was attended by more than 200 investment professionals. Several key-note speakers, including Sen. Chris Dodd, gave presentations discussing the economy and the financial service industry.
Gruss joined American Portfolios in 2007 as an independent financial professional.
CF Professional is a local financial services firm, offering accounting, payroll, tax, insurance and investment services. The office is at 132 N. SR 101, Tiffin.
Caleb R. Chester
Army Pvt. Caleb R. Chester graduated from basic combat training.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
He is the son of Doug and Jean Chester of Sycamore.
Chester graduated in 2011 from Mohawk High School, Sycamore.
Local social worker learns about 'End of Life Issues'
Alice Frazier-Snook, licensed social worker at Community Hospice Care, recently attended a workshop entitled "End of Life Issues: Best Practices and Applied Ethics."
The seminar presented by Hanno Kirk, provided insight on resolving ethical dilemmas, tensions and conflicts at end of life. Discussed focused on topics related to patient rights and autonomy, the "medicalization" of death, societal attitudes, advanced directives, underlying emotional issues, goals of care, role of family-faith-physician, communicating bad news, right to die and end of life visions and experiences of the dying.
Trees, toys needed for fest
Community Hospice Care is preparing for its 2011 Festival of Trees and Holiday Gift Gallery at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium, 190 St. Francis Ave.
The agency is looking for donations of decorated and undecorated trees and wreaths. Toys also are to be accepted in keeping with this year's "Toyland" theme.
The items featured in the event are to be pictured and described in a newspaper insert prior to the benefit. To be included in the newspaper, donations must arrive at Community Hospice Care by Thursday.
Cash donations also are welcome. For more information, call (419) 447-4040 or (800) 834-8100.
Bowl for Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Seneca County is gearing up for its annual benefit, Bowl for Kids Sake.
The event is to take place on two dates, at two venues. Nov. 6, bowling is to be at Heritage Lanes, 747 W. Market St., Tiffin. Seneca Lanes, 1090 N. US 23, Fostoria, is to host the Nov. 13 fundraiser.
Teams of up to five people are forming now to collect pledges and donations.
To schedule a bowling time and obtain pledge sheets, call (419) 626-8694. Prizes are to be awarded to the top teams.
For more information, visit www.mentorforkidssake.com.
Presbyterian Women to sell cheese balls
Fostoria's First Presbyterian Women are revving up its mixers for the annual cheese ball sales project. The women are to plan two sales, one for Thanksgiving and another for Christmas. This is the sixth annual sale and proceeds are used to fund mission projects.
Sales include three cheese ball flavors: spicy cheddar, beefy onion and tangy horseradish.
A zesty pumpkin ball is to be offered for Thanksgiving.
In addition to the three flavors, a festive holiday cheese ball with green peppers and pimentos is to be made for Christmas.
Cheese balls are to cost $5 each with $1 extra for chopped pecan-covered ones. The balls are to be made fresh for each holiday.
Thanksgiving orders are being taken through Nov. 10. These may be picked up from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 or during church office hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., through Nov. 23.
Orders for Christmas are being taken through Dec. 6 and may be picked up noon-1 p.m. Dec. 10 or during church office hours through Dec. 22.
Pre-paid orders of 12 or more can be delivered to one address. To order, call the church office at (419) 435-1884 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For more information, call the church or send an email to email@example.com.
Got holiday stress?
Caring for a loved one with dementia and memory loss can put a damper on the holidays.
Elmwood at The Shawhan is to host a free seminar, "Preparing for the Holidays: Practical Tips for Enjoying the Holidays While Reducing the Stress," at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Community Room at Elmwood at the Shawhan in downtown Tiffin. Martha Williman, R.N., from the Alzheimer's Association, is to be the presenter.
The free program is to focus on additional stresses of caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer's disease during the sometimes difficult holiday season.
Flu and pneumonia clinics scheduled
Seneca County General Health District is to offer two more flu and pneumonia clinics for 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday and 1-5 p.m. Nov. 9 at Seneca County General Health District, 71 S. Washington Street, Suite 1102, Tiffin. No appointments are needed.
The flu vaccine is $22 for adults and $14 for children. The pneumonia vaccine is $58. Only cash or checks are to be accepted.
Medicare and Medicaid clients must bring their cards.
For more details, call (419) 447-3691 or (800) 698-3691.
Open enrollment set for Medicaid Managed Care
Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services is to host an open enrollment for Medicaid Managed Care 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 15.
Representatives from Automated Health System, Buckeye, CareSource, Paramount and United Healthcare are to be in the Seneca County Job and Family Services lobby to assist individuals with information and enrollment in Medicaid Managed Care.
For details, contact Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services at (419) 447-5011.
Physicians and trustees recognized at Mercy banquet
The 2011 annual recognition event was took place Sept. 29 to honor members of Mercy Tiffin Hospital Medical staff and board of trustees for their years and terms of service, and to announce the winner of the Physician Excellence Award.
The recognition banquet takes place to celebrate and recognize the dedicated service provided to the community by members of medical staff and Mercy Tiffin Board of Trustees. Physicians are recognized for medical staff membership in increments of five years. Board members are recognized for three year terms of service completed.
Mercy Tiffin Medical Staff were recognized for years of service.
10 years of service: Mark Akers, internal medicine; John Kelly Randall, orthopedic surgery; Brian Savage, nephrology.
20 years of service: John Bremyer, podiatry; Wade Young, ophthalmology.
25 years of service: Robert Dornauer, oral and maxillofacial surgery.
30 years of service: Mahamuni Ganesan, internal medicine; Krishnaiah Garlapati, internal medicine.
Kris Klepper, Mercy Tiffin Board of Trustees, was recognized for his 3-year term of service from 2008-11.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Physician Excellence award, a tradition that began in 2005. The award winner is selected from nominations gathered from members of the medical staff as well as Mercy Tiffin employees and board members.
The winner of the award was John Bremyer, podiatrist. He was nominated by Lori Myers, manager of outpatient services, and Mercy Tiffin Outpatient Specialty Clinic staff.
The Physician Excellence award is presented to a doctor who best meets the criteria which includes:
Commitment to teach and support medical education.
Use effective interpersonal skills to communicate and resolve conflict.
Embody the humanitarian mission of Mercy and modeling the core values of the founders.
Nine employees representing clinical and support departments serve on Mercy's physician engagement team.
For more information about Mercy Health Partners, visit
Kidney disease support group to meet
FOSTORIA - According to National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans - one in nine adults - have kidney disease. Millions more are at increased risk for contracting kidney disease, and most do not know it.
Kidney Disease Support Group is to meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 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 ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Conference Center, on the lower level, entrance 2.
For more information, call (419)436-6685 or visit www.promedica.org/fostoria.
Blood battle of the year
For 30 years strong, students and fans of Ohio State University and University of Michigan have taken their battle off the gridiron to help save lives through their annual Blood Battle. This year is no exception.
Through Nov. 20, the archrivals are to partner with American Red Cross to see which university's supporters can bring in the most blood donations. Blood Battle has highlighted the first weeks of November leading up to the day the schools face off on the football field every year since 1981.
"Michigan has won the Blood Battle the last three years, and hopes to continue the streak," said Bonnie Meridieth, director of donor recruitment for Western Lake Erie Region of American Red Cross "Ohio State had taken home the traveling trophy ... from 2003 to 2007, and are eager to regain it."
Blood Battle drives generate thousands of blood donations for American Red Cross every year.
"The competition really motivates fans to donate blood at a key time," Meridieth said. "It provides an important boost for the blood supply as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. During the busy holiday season it's important not to forget the constant need for volunteer blood donors."
Everyone who comes to donate blood in the region through Nov. 20 can enter to win a pair of tickets to the OSU vs. UM game to take place Nov. 26.
Results of this year's Blood Battle are to be announced at the stadium during the Nov. 26 game in Ann Arbor, Mich.
There's nothing scarier than a blood shortage
American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region is to host Drain Your Vein, its annual Halloween blood donation campaign, at Toledo Blood Donor Center located at 3510 Executive Parkway 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday.
When volunteers come to donate blood they are to receive a Halloween T-shirt.
The American Red Cross says blood donations are always needed and it is important for individuals to make donating blood a regular part of their lives.
Classes to be offered
FREMONT - Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers is taking registrations for part-time adult education fall and spring classes that are scheduled to run in Fremont or Tiffin. Call (419) 334-6901, ext. 402, or (419) 448-1212, ext. 221, to register.
Classes are to be offered in computers and technology, personal development and trade and industrial.
FFA has picnic
SYCAMORE - Members of Mohawk High School FFA chapter met for the annual FFA family picnic Sept. 7. The picnic was at the Price residence this year. The officer team started off the evening with opening ceremonies followed by the meal. At the meeting, the FFA chapter set FFA dues, voted on the new program of activities, voted to attend various contests and talked about crop harvesting and the FFA fall barbecue. After the meeting, the officers had a meeting with the first-year members to give them information about the upcoming FFA year.
FFA members attend COLT conference
SYCAMORE -Four members of the Mohawk High School FFA chapter attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference.
Members who attended included Jarred Shellhouse, Grant Price, Darby Walton and Ciara Long.
Group planning SIDS Walk
Tiffin University's Alpha Iota sorority is planning a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Walk 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 6, with a cookout following.
The walk is to start at the shelter closest to Tiffin Community YMCA. The registration cost is $10, which is to entail the cookout and a T-shirt.
People can send the money to Alpha Iota Sorority, 155 Miami St., Tiffin, OH 44883 no later than Wednesday in order to get a shirt in time for the walk.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TU to welcome international students
Tiffin University President Paul Marion officially is to welcome new and returning international students from 28 countries during the university's annual international flag ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in Osceola Theater, located inside Gillmor Student Center.
International students new to TU are to present their countries' flags to Marion, and returning international students are to celebrate their reunion. Taking place at this year's ceremony is to be the induction of flags for Spain and Trinidad and Tobago, the rededication of the past and present flags, and performances by the TU choir.
For more information, call (419) 448-3369.
Mosser Group makes donation
FREMONT - Mosser Group has made a donation to secure the naming rights for a computer lab in the new Arts and Health Technologies Center at Terra State Community College. The gift was made as part of the Terra College Foundation's fundraising campaign, Investment in Education.
"The Mosser Group chose to make a donation because of the positive direction that Terra has taken regarding the musical arts and health programs along with the recent Skilled Trades Center," said President Royce Kohman. "We were also quite proud to have been the contractor once again on this latest addition to Terra State Community College."
The Mosser Group Computer Lab is a 25-station Mac computer lab where students are to have access to computers to work on assignments, studio projects and industry-based activities.
Fostoria natives to play basketball
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP - Ellen Riser of St. Wendelin Catholic School and Aja Hall of Fostoria High School are on the women's basketball team at Owens Community College.
Terra students honored
FREMONT - Local Terra State Community College students who were accepted into membership by the Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are Ramona Baykurt, Marcus Bratton II and Ronald Schramm of Tiffin and Erika Contreras and Jenna Myles of Clyde.
Help to veterans looking for assistance
Disabled American Veterans and Harley-Davidson Mobile Service Office is to be at Mad River Harley-Davidson, 5316 Milan Rd. in Sandusky, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12 to offer counseling and claim filing assistance for veterans.
The event if part of the nationwide Harley's Heroes, and is free to veterans and members of their families.