Col. Bryan Reinhart
Many people who are promoted to management positions are happy to leave behind some of the "grunt" work, but for the new 434th Air Refueling Wing vice commander, he's looking forward to diving back into the thick of it.
Col. Bryan Reinhart took over as the unit's No. 2 man this year after spending the last two years standing up the 604th Command and Control Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
"That was a tough job," the Tiffin native said about his time as commander of the 604th CCS. "Standing up a squadron from scratch was a real challenge, but I totally enjoyed it."
Prior to that assignment, the colonel spent time working at 4th Air Force at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and as an admissions liaison officer at the Air Force Academy, Colo.
Despite the rewarding challenges offered by those jobs, the thing he said he missed most during that time was flying.
"It's like going from a white-collar job back to my blue collar roots," he added. "I like getting my hands dirty, and flying is a little like that."
And while the colonel missed flying during his time in the arid Arizona desert, he said his family missed something a little closer to home and a bit chillier.
"My family and I were ecstatic that we were able to move back to our hometown in Ohio," he said. "We're looking forward to our first snow."
Looking at his new job, Reinhart said his goal is to be the best right-hand man for Col. William T. "Tim" Cahoon, the 434th ARW commander, by serving with honor and purpose, embracing the unit's goals, and fostering communication between people and the unit.
Reinhart said he wants wing personnel to know he has an open door to people and their issues.
"I'll be both attentive and decisive," he concluded. "Just ask me."
K of C to host food distribution
A food give-away is to begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 at Tiffin Knights of Columbus, 49 E. Perry St., Tiffin.
About 16,000 pounds of food from West Ohio Food Bank are to be given away, with cooperation from New Riegel St. Gaspar K of C Council.
The food is free and available to anyone in need, regardless of income.
Fostoria hospital to host 'Taste of Diversity'
FOSTORIA - ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, 501 Van Buren St., Fostoria, is to host "All American Picnic Taste of Diversity" 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Thursday.
The menu of traditional picnic selections is to be prepared by the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital dietary staff and is to include hamburgers, bratwurst, BBQ ribs, calico beans, mini corn on the cob, potato salad, and apple pie. All items, including combo plates and sample size portions, are available for purchase. Veterans and active members of the military are to receive $2 off their meal purchase.
The event also is to include themed decorations, music and educational displays and activities.
For more information, call the dietary department at (419) 436-6826.
Shepherd Center to meet
The Shepherd Center is to meet Friday at Good Shepherd Home, 725 Columbus Ave. Members and guests are invited to arrive for coffee, registration and fellowship starting at 9 a.m. A nurse is to be available 9:45-10 a.m. to do blood pressure screening for those interested.
Beginning at 10 a.m. David Reecher, director of Aquifers and Health Institute, Maryland, is to share what data it has found in the area of the "Cancer Cluster" in Clyde, and other similar areas. He is to share educational videos regarding specific tests that are to be conducted in order to find more information.
A lunch buffet is to take place at noon. Reservations should be made by noon Thursday by calling Mary Lou at (419) 435-1482.
Friends to meet
Becky Hill, head librarian of Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, is to present "From Great Grandma's Kitchen" at the Friends of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library annual meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in Frost Kalnow Room.
Hill is to guide participants on a tour of history through the kitchen and share culinary secrets from historical cookbooks. The program is to include samplings.
The program is to precede the Friends' business meeting. Tim Hagen, interim library director, is to give a state of the library and the election of officers is to take place. The proposed slate includes Jane Tomaszewski, president; Frazene Thornton, vice president; Jane Pickering, secretary; Jim Stultz, treasurer; and Jennifer Bupp, Leona Einsel, Saundra Myers and Jean Herron, directors.
Annual dues are to be collected at the meeting, and members are to be encouraged to donate to the Friends' Books for Kids project, which is to provide new books for needy children during the holidays.
Call the library at (419) 447-3751 or log on to www.tiffin.sen.lib.oh.us for more information.
'Babies & Books' to be offered
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to have "Babies & Books" in November. There are to be two 30-minute classes, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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 for the free program.
Build some bridges
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the first monthly "Lego Saturday" program 1-3 p.m. Nov. 19 in Frost Kalnow Room.
The program is for all ages, and families can stop by and create their own Lego creations. The library is to provide Duplo Blocks for children ages 2 to 4 and Legos for ages 4 and older. Parents of young children are asked to attend.
Each month is to have a design theme; November's theme is bridges. Photos are to be taken of the completed projects at the end of the day.
For more information, stop by Junior Library, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library to offer Facebook program
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to host an "Introduction to Facebook" program at 2 p.m. Monday in the meeting room.
Laptops are to be set up so attendees may register with Facebook during the class.
Yarn club to meet
Bellevue Public Library Yarn Club is to meet at 2 p.m. Saturday. Holiday crafts and gifts are to be featured.
People can take their current project to work on, and extra yarn and needles are to be available for beginners.
The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 6.
ECS earns accreditation
ECS Billing & Consulting Inc's North Division, 252 W. Market St., Tiffin, was awarded accreditation by Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation Oct. 22.
The process of accreditation is the certification in a specified area of expertise and of the integrity of a firm awarded by a recognized and respected accrediting organization.
By going through the survey process, ECS North had to meet and exceed the standards of the accrediting body in areas of medical billing, training and business operations. ECS is one of only three medical billing companies in the United States to receive this honor.
Small Business Basics seminar Wednesday
Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, together with Ohio Small Business Development Center, is to host a Small Business Basics seminar 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chamber office, 19 W. Market St., Suite C.
Small Business Basics is a free, two-hour seminar that can answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
Topics include name registration, licensing, taxes, advisers, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
To register, contact Bill Auxter, director of Ohio Small Business Development Center, at email@example.com or (419) 559-2210.
Tiel named Fraternalist of the Year
Robert Tiell has been named 2011 Fraternalist of the Year by Ohio Fraternal Alliance at the Oct. 22 conference in Strongsville.
Tiell is a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters in New Riegel. He has served as local secretary for 17 years and is a board member for the state of Ohio Foresters.
Tiell was recognized for his contributions to church, community organizations, fund raising, family, and fraternal insurance during the past year.
Tiell and his wife Kathleen live near Alvada and are members of All Saints Parish in New Riegel.
Mental health board looking for mambers
Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties is to recruit interested individuals to serve on its board of directors.
This board serves residents of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties and is dedicated to planning, funding, monitoring and evaluating mental health and substance abuse services through a network of provider agencies.
Interested persons should contact Nancy A. Cochran, executive director, at the board office at (419) 448-0640, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to obtain an application and schedule a time to share information regarding the board.
Stroke, osteoporosis screenings upcoming
Tiffin area residents may be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.
Faith United Methodist Church is to host Life Line Screening Dec. 9, 2011, located at 75 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin.
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.
The five screenings are to take 60-90 minutes to complete.
For more information regarading fees, screenings or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com.
Pre-registration is required.
WORTHINGTON Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2012-13 academic year.
The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is Jan. 17.
For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit www.soyohio.org/scholarship.
Essay contest open for entries
BOSTON, Mass. -The national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest, with a first place prize totaling $10,000, is open and accepting submissions from U.S. high school students.
The deadline for entries is Jan. 7. Students and teachers may access the contest's website by visiting www.jfklibrary.org.
Help fight hunger
TOLEDO - There still is time for area high school students to participate in ProMedica's fourth annual Fields of Green high school scholarship program, "Come to the Table."
This year's challenge is for students in grades 11-12 to develop a program and work with a community agency to help fight hunger locally.
All entries must be received by Nov. 30, and winners are to be announced in January.
Each member of the winning team is to receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 for their school.
For more information, visit www.promedica.org/fieldsofgreen.
Build a ride
Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky is teaming up with K'NEX to bring school groups in grades 6-12 the second Cedar Point K'NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off.
To celebrate Math and Science Week, Cedar Point and K'NEX are inviting classrooms across the country to build an amusement park ride using only K'NEX pieces for the chance to win prizes.
Class or student groups can register on the K'NEX website at www.knex.com. The contest continues through April 2.
Mohawk elects council members
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Junior High School students elected to student council are Triston Kindle, Nathan Kimmet, Cadin Emshoff, Katie Vogel, Chet Margraf, Addie Thiery, President Luke Gillig, Vice President Taylor Caldwell, Secretary Chelsy Trusty and Treasurer David Dietrich.
TMS honors students
Tiffin Middle School's students of the month for September are Avery Wilson, Grace Murray, Bailey Gibson, Adrien Elchert, Daniel Bupp, Dathan Liming, Sabrina Pena, Emma Ramsdell, Ross Pauly, Justin Bair, Larry Messer and Cheyenne Warnick.
Wasserman named student of the month
KANSAS - Senior Abby Wasserman is Lakota High School's October student of the month. She is the daughter of Dick and Laurie Wasserman of Burgoon.
Terra students volunteer
FREMONT - Nursing students at Terra State Community College are used to wearing surgical gloves as they practice skills in the nursing lab, but Oct. 22, the gloves they wore had a different purpose. Nine students spent their Saturday afternoon picking up trash along Napoleon Road from SR 53 to Brush Street in front of campus. They filled nearly 10 trash bags.
"The Terra State Community College Nursing Association chooses a community service project each semester, and this time we decided to do the trash pickup," said Angie Good of Tiffin. "Doing community service is our way of giving back to the communities we serve."
Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District donated the bags, gloves and vests and designated the area the students cleaned.
Bishop visits Fostoria
Leonard Blair, bishop of Diocese of Toledo, visited St. Wendelin School Oct. 25. During his visit, Blair had a "Talk-Show"with the senior class during which he and a small panel of experts talked with and answered questions from the students. The purpose of Blair's visit was to get to know the young people attending Catholic high schools within the diocese, to encourage the seniors in their faith in their final year of high school and as they prepare for the next phase of their lives and to give the seniors an opportunity to share their own thoughts about faith with their bishop and ask him specific questions they may have regarding various aspects of the Catholic faith.
Clouse receives award
Debra Clouse, a paraprofessional working at Mohawk High School, was the 2011 recipient of Special Recognition Award given by Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Ohio. She is employed by Hopewell-Loudon Local School District and has been working with the same student for more than 15 years. The award recognized her outstanding work in the field of visual impairments, according to a release.
FFA members judge soil
Several members of Tiffin-Sentinel FFA chapter participated in the county and district soils judgings. The county contest was Sept. 22 near Hopewell-Loudon High School.
The rural soils judging team participants were Eva Pahl, Suzanna Thallman, Molly Maksemetz, Tommy Hoover, Kim Casey, Brennan McGinnis, Brooke Meyer, Amy Covert, Cara Vassalle, Kade Widmer, Sebastian Borer, Cliff Miller, Kyler Lange, Dustin Trapp and Josiah Reilly. The team placed fifth overall with Maksemetz, Meyer, Covert and Vassalle being the top four members from the school.
In the urban area, participants were Elaine Pahl, Chris Rhodes, Brittany Warnick, Ryan Cline and Seth Hill. The team placed second with Pahl, Rhodes, Warnick and Cline being the top four students from the school. The top four students in each area were able to advance to the district contest.
Sept. 28, the district 4 soils contest was in Fremont.
The district rural team was made up of Maksemetz, Vassalle and Meyer. They placed 19th overall at the event. The district urban team was made up of Rhodes, Hill, Pahl and Cline. The team placed 12th overall at the event.
TU to have Veterans Day program
Tiffin University is to have a Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. Friday in Chisholm Auditorium located inside of Franks Hall to honor all Tiffin University faculty, staff, students and community members who have served in one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Teresa Collins, assistant professor of education, has offered to prepare a tribute video for the veterans. Veterans who would like to have their service photo included can e-mail the photo in JPEG format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refreshments are to be served in the atrium immediately following the program.
TU professor authors book
Tiffin University Professor Fang-Mei Law is exploring ways in which a step-by-step "Hope Theory" can enhance a person's development from infancy to adulthood. Law and her husband, Gwo-Jen Guo, describe their research findings in a new book, "Finding Hope: Applied Hope Theories in Counseling," published by Psychology Publish in October.
In connection with her new book, Law presented the paper "I Believe I Can: The Study of Involvement, Coping Ability, Hope in Predicting Academic Self Efficacy for First-Generation College Freshmen" at All Ohio Counselor Conference in Columbus.
As the lead author of the new book, Law who teaches in TU's school of criminal justice and social sciences emphasizes that although it is good to have dreams in life, the inability to attain those dreams may lead to depression more often than to happiness.
"This is because fulfillment of a dream is quite complex, but with a systemic approach, dreams can be attained," she said. "Such an approach includes transferring the dream into a concrete goal, setting up a pathway for its attainment and following the pathway step-by-step to reach the goal. This is called the Hope Theory."
Based on this concept, the chapters in the book discuss the application of the Hope Theory to enhance individual development from infancy to adulthood.
"Even under the worst circumstances addiction, depression, anxiety and cancer individuals can use the Hope Theory to make the most of their situations," Law said. "They can make lemonade even from the sourest of lemons."
She added, "It is our hope that our research and this new book will be useful in helping readers' personal and professional growth and will enable them to foster and enhance the light of hope."
Actor, author to visit UF
FINDLAY Anthony Edwards, an actor known for his role in "ER," and Steven Kellogg, famed children's book artist and author, are to be on University of Findlay's campus Saturday for a celebration of Kellogg's life work.
A public presentation is slated for 7 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling the museum at (419) 434-5521.
Local students in Alpha Lambda Delta
ASHLAND - Local residents who are members of Alpha Lambda Delta at Ashland University are Amber Weaver of Carey, a 2010 graduate of New Riegel High School; Christina Fox, the daughter of Daniel and Judy Fox of Upper Sandusky and a 2010 graduate of Riverdale High School; Morgan Myers, the daughter of Donald and Laurel Myers of Upper Sandusky and a 2010 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School; Nicole Kimmet of New Riegel, a 2010 graduate of New Riegel High School; and Jessica Heck, the daughter of Michael and Carolyn Heck of Green Springs and a 2010 graduate of Old Fort High School.
UF names resident directors
FINDLAY Rachel Conley and Jessica Lynch, local University of Findlay students, have been selected as resident directors for the 2011-12 academic year.
A 2009 graduate of Mohawk High School, Conley is the daughter of Linda and Justin Conley of Carey. A 2007 graduate of Bettsville High School, Lynch is the daughter of Andrea and Jeff Lynch of Tiffin.
Terra honored for its marketing
FREMONT - National Council for Marketing and Public Relations has recognized Terra State Community College for outstanding work in marketing. At its District 3 regional conference in October in Detroit, NCMPR awarded Terra a bronze Medallion Award in the single ad category for its television advertisement titled, "Shower Scene."
"Our fall enrollment campaign provided vignettes that portray access to classes and faculty as convenient and flexible in a humorous and exaggerated fashion," said Mary Mc Cue, director of marketing and auxiliary services. "The overriding message is the convenience factor provided by day, evening, weekend and online classes."
The commercials were a collaborative effort between Terra and Hanson Inc. of Toledo and included Terra faculty member Michael Shirtz as the professional voice over.
Owens receives grant
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP Owens Community College's Center for Emergency Preparedness has been selected by Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to receive a $34,576 hazardous materials grant for northwest Ohio public safety and emergency services personnel training specific to the proper techniques for managing hazardous materials transportation and spills.
The hazardous material training grant is part of a collaborative effort with several organizations in Wood, Lucas, Fulton, Henry and Ottawa counties. Fostoria Fire Department is among the city and township fire departments partnering with Owens.
Wagner in OSU organization
Adam Wagner of Clyde is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization at Ohio State University. He is the son of Mike and Joely Beeker and is a 2009 graduate of Columbian High School.