Brett A. Steinhauer
Marine Corps Pfc. Brett A. Steinhauer, son of Sheri A. Steinhauer of Tiffin, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. and was promoted to his current rank.
Steinhauer successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to physically and mentally challenge new Marine recruits.
Steinhauer and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values and what they mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Steinhauer and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team effort, problem solving evolution which culminated with a ceremony in which recruits were presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and were addressed as "Marines" for the first time.
Steinhauer is a 2011 graduate of Mohawk High School.
Tiffin-Seneca Library is to host "Operation Elf: A Community Christmas Party," sponsored by National Machinery LLC, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11.
The Christmas celebration is to include family activities such as holiday games and crafts, Christmas storytelling, face painting by Calvert High School Art Club and "Learn to elf dance" by In Motion Dance Studio. After the completion of all the elf activities, participants are to receive an elf school certificate.
Mr. Paul the Magician is to start his Christmas show of magic, juggling, balloons, puppets and laughs at 3 p.m. Santa also is to be there to take photos and hand out gifts. Refreshments are to be provided.
All ages can attend the party. Call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
'Babies & Books' upcoming
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to have "Babies & Books" in December.
There are to be two 30-minute classes, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 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.
Lego creations to be made
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the first monthly "Lego Saturday" program 1-3 p.m. Dec. 17 in Frost Kalnow Room. It is for all ages.
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 should attend.
Each month is to have a design theme; December's theme is toys. 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 email@example.com.
Santa to stop in Bloomville
BLOOMVILLE - Santa Claus is to visit Bliss Memorial Public Library 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Children through fourth grade are to receive a free goody bag and a photo with Santa. Visit www.blisslibrary.org for more information.
Learn about digital books
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library offers more than 11,000 digital books and downloadable audiobooks through the CLEVNET eMedia website.
To learn about these resources, people can attend a demonstration-style program at 2 p.m. Saturday in the library's meeting room.
The presentation is to review searching for titles, downloading titles and transferring titles to portable devices, such as the Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, and the Apple iPod. For more information, call (419) 483-4769.
Library offers computer classes
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is offering 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 Dec. 12, 14 and 16; each session is to be 10 a.m.-noon. Registration by Thursday is recommended. Call the adult services desk at (419) 483-4769 to register or for more information.
Yarn club to meet
Bellevue Public Library Yarn Club is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All experience and age levels can attend. People can take their current project to work on, and extra yarn and needles are to be available for beginners. The next meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 3.
Local excellent construction honored
Clouse Construction Corp. was recently honored at the Excellence in Construction awards during the Associated Builders and Contractors reception at the 700 Banquet and Conference Center in Mayfield Village.
The excellence in construction award competition recognizes outstanding quality and innovations.
Clouse Construction's North Central Ohio Educational Services Center new facility project received the Merit Award.
The project transformed the existing vacant Kroger building in Tiffin into a state of the art administration facility, classrooms, meeting rooms, lunch area and gymnasium. The company used the latest technology in products for sound, insulation, heating and air conditioning and computer and communication systems.
Clouse Construction also was presented with the S.T.E.P. Safety Award, which is presented to general contractors who promote safety on their job sites and in the construction industry. Nationally, Associated Builders and Contractors, located in Arlington, Va., presents this award to a select few top-rated contractors.
Cooperative refunding capital credits
ATTICA - About 13,000 former and current members of North Central Electric Cooperative are to receive patronage capital credit refunds.
At its November meeting, North Central Board of Trustees approved a patronage capital credit refund of $707,530, marking the 32nd consecutive year the cooperative has retired capital credits to current and former members.
Since 1980, the cooperative has refunded nearly $15.6 million in capital credits.
For the second year, the majority of refunds are to be issued as credits on members' bills rather than issued as checks. Applying capital credit refunds to members' monthly electric bills is a more efficient way of refunding capital credits because it saves on postage, paper, printing costs and banking fees.
Bills were scheduled to be mailed or emailed to members Dec. 1.
For former members and cooperative members whose refund total is $100 or more, a check is scheduled to be mailed Dec. 1.
North Central serves about 9,700 consumers-owners and maintains 1,779 miles of line in Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot counties, plus portions of Huron, Richland, Sandusky, Hancock and Wood counties.
For more information, contact Terry Mazzone, director of communications and community relations.
Housing authority approved and awarded
A recent financial audit of Seneca Metropolitan Housing Authority by Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost's office has returned a clean audit report.
The housing authority's excellent record keeping and compliance has earned it the Auditor of State Award.
"We are extremely pleased with this award from the State Auditor, which is a testimony to the entire staff of the Seneca Metropolitan Housing Authority and the hard work and effort they have all put in to safeguard the expenditure of public dollars," said Executive Director Patrick A. Heydinger.
The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of the state financial and compliance audit.
Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a "clean" audit report:
Must be a GAAP entity without a Certified Annual Financial Report that timely files their financial reports with the Auditor of State.
The report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs.
The entity's management letter contains no comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, findings for recovery less than $100 and public records and retention.
Hall joins law firm
Anthony D. Hall has joined the law firm of Barga, Jones & Anderson, Ltd.
Anthony D. Hall, son of Rick G. Hall of Coshocton and Charise A. Hall of Tiffin, is a 2002 graduate of Calvert High School.
Hall received his bachelor's degree in Corporate Finance from University of Toledo in 2006 and his juris doctorate from University of Toledo in 2011. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio Nov. 7.
During law school, Hall worked as a financial analyst for Austin Associates, LLC, a leading bank consulting firm in Toledo, where he was responsible for budgeting, and the analysis of interest rate simulations and forecasts for various community banks.
Fostoria hospital to host book fair
FOSTORIA - ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary is to conduct a book fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday in the hospital's gift shop area, entrance 2 or 3.
A variety of books for adults and children are to be on sale during the auxiliary's bi-annual book fair fundraiser. In addition, other gifts are to be available for purchase.
For more information, call Helen Emerine, special event chair, at (419) 435-7734 ext. 115.
Manage grief during the holidays
The Christmas season can often be a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one.
Once-cherished Christmas traditions can reawaken or intensify grief. This can create a dilemma of not wanting to spend the holidays wrapped in gloom, yet knowing that grief needs to be expressed and not repressed.
Community Hospice Care is to offer those dealing with loss an opportunity to share their grief with others who understand.
In conjunction with Scrap Happy, hospice is to offer an evening workshop, "Coping With the Holidays In Pictures," 6:30-9 p.m Dec. 12 at Scrap Happy. People are to have the opportunity to create a mini scrapbook of their loved one to carry with them through the Christmas season.
Instructions and materials are to be supplied by Scrap Happy; participants need to bring pictures and stories of their loved ones.
For more information or to register for this workshop, contact Pam Tiell at (419) 447-4040 or 1(800) HOSPICE.
Registration deadline is Thursday.
Red Cross, Chevy club out for blood
Through Dec. 3 the glass capitol region of Vintage Chevrolet Club of America is to the American Red Cross Toledo donor center.
"We are so thankful for organizations like Glass Capitol Region of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America that have shown their commitment to our community by joining forces with the Red Cross," said Bonnie Meridieth, donor recruitment director. "To help patients in need, we rely on local businesses and organizations to host blood drives or sponsor days at one of our blood donor centers."
American Red Cross, encourages local businesses who are too small to host an individual blood drive or those who just want to help, to sponsor a day at a local American Red Cross donor center. Then, the local business or individual recruits volunteers to give blood on the designated day.
For more information, or to schedule a blood donation appointment, call (800) RED CROSS.
Immunizations are important
Many area children have completed their primary immunization series before 18 months of age at Seneca County General Health District.
One child's name is drawn each month and awarded a Leap Frog or V-Tech Alphabet Pal, which encourages the learning of the alphabet, letter sounds, colors and tunes.
Brayson Leiter has been given the award for September. He is the son of Shelly Kessler and Josh Leiter of Bascom. His birthday is in April.
The October drawing was won by Nathan Gaietto, whose birthday is in July. He is the son of Laura and Robbert of Tiffin.
Not only is the health district encouraging parents to bring their children in to complete the vaccine series on time, but also to bring them in for their first visit on time which is 2 months of age. At that time the child is to receive a beanie animal and the parent is to receive a vaccine record protector.
In addition to the childhood vaccines, there also are recommendations for adolescents.
For more information or for an appointment, call the health district at (419) 447-3691, (419) 435-663 or (800) 698-3691.
Geography bee to be Monday
International Cultural Center, the Harvesting Excellence In Gifted and Highly Talented Students program and Tiffin Middle School are sponsoring National Geographic Geography Bee. This year's contest is to be 6:30 p.m. Monday in Tiffin Middle School's cafetorium.
The 10 finalists -Bobby Klepper, Wesley Henkel, Cameron Robinson, Dominic Latona, Mason Hill, Connor Meyer, Cana Ingalls, Waylon Ward, Autumn Pryor and Sophie Crist - are to be recognized, and a champion is to be determined.
Learn about financial aid
Seneca and Wyandot area high school guidance counselors are hosting a financial aid night at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Sentinel Career and Technology Center's cafeteria. People can learn about Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the financial aid process, scholarships and grants. There are to be scholarship drawings for attendees.
For more information, call (419) 448-1212, ext. 224.
Scholarships to be awarded
North Central Electric Cooperative, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship are to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing a college, vocational or technical degree.
Applicants for the scholarships must be the son, daughter or legal ward of a North Central Electric Cooperative member living on the lines and receiving service at the time of the competition.
For information about rules and guidelines, students can contact their high school guidance counselor, visit the North Central Electric Cooperative website or call (800) 426-3072.
KANSAS -Senior Gunnar Lentz is Lakota High School's November student of the month. He is the son of Kathy Hyatt of Bradner.
Students team up to help
SYCAMORE - Mohawk High School is offering a new course this year titled "Home Maintenance." The goal of the course is to prepare students to service and maintain basic items in their homes. Students investigate the home room by room to explore common repairs and to prepare to care for their own homes in the future. As a result of the class, students could gain the knowledge necessary to live frugally by saving money on common issues that otherwise would require a serviceman.
After investigating the exterior of homes, including siding and roofs, the class took on a new challenge: building and finishing dog houses for Wyandot County Humane Society. The class constructed four dog houses for the Humane Society. They partnered with the Mohawk High School FFA chapter, which implemented a project titled, "Help Us Help a Pet." The FFA collected more than 900 pounds of pet food, toys and bedding materials.
Leadership Seneca County continues programs
Founded in 1996, Leadership Seneca County has worked with more than 300 people expand their knowledge of Seneca County while refining their leadership skills.
This year, the program recalibrated its direction, increasing the program's focus on personal and professional development while placing development activities in the context of what's happening in Seneca County. The 15 members of the class began their experience in September with a series of personality and leadership skill assessments identifying key areas they would like to strengthen, including building self confidence, establishing trust, relationship management, identifying future outcomes and taking initiative.
The inaugural session in September, hosted by Chris Lewis at Camp Glen, engaged participants in team building exercises focusing on building relationships and establishing trust. Participants also began constructing their personal leadership development plans.
The October session continued to spotlight the themes of team building and relationship management by sending participants across the county on a scavenger hunt designed to test their knowledge of the county's history, introduce them to graduates, familiarize them with local businesses, educate them about the industries that drive the economy in the area and test their problem-solving and time-management skills.
November found the participants at Heidelberg University, hosted by Lee Martin who led a session about quality of life in Seneca County featuring discussion on building self confidence and the importance of establishing and maintaining trust as a component of relationship management. Additional speakers included Kristen Lindsay, a Leadership Seneca County board member and Heidelberg faculty member, who lead the group through exercises designed to help them understand their Myers-Briggs personality preferences and the way they influence communication in the work place. Kim Radison, another board member and PT Services employee, focused the group's attention on the role trust and the four cores of credibility play in achieving personal goals.
Theresa Sullivan of Tiffin Tomorrow spoke about the role relationship management and strategic risk taking played in establishing Tiffin Jazz Festival.
For more information about Leadership Seneca County, visit www.leadershipsenecacounty.org.
Bush to speak in Fremont
FREMONT An archaeologist who has spent years excavating a Civil War site in Ottawa County is to discuss "Coping with Imprisonment: The Life of the POWs at the Johnson's Island Civil War Prison" during a free lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hayes Presidential Center.
David Bush, director of Center for Historic and Military Archaeology at Heidelberg University, has been excavating the Johnson's Island site for more than 20 years. For his lecture, Bush makes use of historical and archaeological evidence from the Johnson's Island military prison to examine the choices POWs had during the American Civil War.
The lecture is to highlight some of the discoveries Bush documented in his newly released book, "I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison." Bush is to be available for a book signing after the presentation.
'Berg, Ursuline finalize partnership
Heidelberg University and Ursuline College have inked a partnership that is to allow undergraduates to complete their bachelor of nursing degree at Ursuline's Breen School of Nursing after finishing three years at Heidelberg.
In addition to providing another option for Heidelberg students, those who complete the program are to earn two degrees a bachelor's degree from Heidelberg and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ursuline and are to qualify to sit for the licensing exam to become a registered nurse.
Students who transfer from Heidelberg to Breen to complete the program are to have 15 months of additional study and clinical coursework ahead of them. The first two months are to be classroom work, followed by clinical placements at local health care facilities.
Each semester, Breen accepts 25 students into its nursing cohort. The agreement reserves two places within the accelerated program for Heidelberg students. Students would have to maintain a 3.0 grade-point average.
Area family donates to Terra
FREMONT - The family of the late Dr. John T. Waite made a donation to Terra State Community College that is to keep his legacy alive while helping students in the music field, according to a release.
Waite, who was a chiropractor for 18 years and had offices in Port Clinton, Maumee and Sandusky, died in February. His brother, Duane, rallied the family behind the idea of donating to the new Arts and Health Technologies Center. The family chose to donate toward the naming rights of Waite Music Suite.
Wood to perform today
FINDLAY Ryan Wood, a Tiffin native, is to perform in University of Findlay's Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concert, "T'was The Night Before Christmas," at 3 p.m. today in Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. Wood, a 2010 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, is the son of Roger and Charlene Wood of Tiffin.
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students. Call the box office at (419) 434-5335 for ticket information.
Tiffin native to perform
ALLIANCE - Maya Brown of Tiffin is to perform in University of Mount Union's Christmas Festival, Child of Light, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Myers Sanctuary, located in Dewald Chapel. Brown is a graduate of Columbian High School. The performance is free, but reservations are required. To make reservations, call (330) 823-2030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiffin native elected president
FINDLAY Bethany Parkhurst, a graduate student at University of Findlay, has been elected president of University of Findlay's Dance is For Everyone. A 2007 graduate of Tien Shan International School, Parkhurst is the daughter of Deanna Parkhurst of Tiffin.
Weaver involved at AU
ASHLAND - Amber Weaver of Carey is a member of Psychology Club at Ashland University. She is a 2010 graduate of New Riegel High School.
Keller in nursing group
ASHLAND - Amy Keller of Tiffin is a member of Student Nurses Association at Ashland University.
Toney member of CAB
ASHLAND - Phillip Toney of Attica is a member of Campus Activities Board at Ashland University. He is the son of William and Sandy Toney and is a 2009 graduate of Seneca East High School.