Pvt. Chad Shellhouse
Pvt. Chad W. Shellhouse of Tiffin graduated Oct. 13 from the Army National Guard Boot Camp at Fort Jackson, S.C. He is attending Advanced Individual Training in Helicopter HVAC Systems at Fort Lee, Va.
He is the son of Don and Wendy Shellhouse, the grandson of Joan and the late Harold Shellhouse and Rita and the late Keith Hossler. He was a 2011 graduate of Mohawk High School.
FREMONT - Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, "Small Business Basics," that are to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
The schedule is:
9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 4 Ottawa County Improvement Corp. conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 11 Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce conference room, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.
9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 Erie County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 Terra State Community College, Building B, room 101, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.
The events are free. To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra, at (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210. Or, contact him by email at bauxter@
Old Fort Banking gets 5-star rating
Bauer Financial has awarded Old Fort Banking Co. a five-star "superior" rating. Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero to five stars, with five stars being the strongest, and are based on the current overall financial picture of the bank.
Bauer Financial is the nation's leading independent bank rating firm. Bauer Financial is an unbiased third party that has been evaluating banks since 1983. No bank pays to be rated, nor can any institution avoid being rated.
Michael C. Spragg, president and CEO of Old Fort Banking Co., stated, "Despite the current economic situation, Old Fort remains a strong institution. The Bauer five-star rating simply confirms our message of strength, stability and security."
Old Fort Bank, established in 1916, is a locally owned independent community bank. The bank has full-service financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort and Tiffin as well as loan production offices in Centerville and Xenia.
Tiffin native earns certification in oncology nutrition
Carrie Smith, a clinical dietitian in Blessing Hospital's Food and Nutrition Department, now is a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition.
Smith, of Quincy, Ill., formerly of Tiffin, earned the credential from the Commission on Dietetic Registration after passing a national board exam for oncology nutrition. She also is a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian/nutritionist.
Smith joined Blessing Hospital in 2010 and works in the Food and Nutrition Department and the Blessing Cancer Center. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in 2007 and a master's degree from Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal in 2009.
Hospice gets Torch Award
Community Hospice Care was chosen as a finalist for the 2011 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Better Business Bureau of Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. The Torch Awards presentation took place Nov. 9 in the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
The award exemplifies the Better Business Bureau's mission of promoting the highest standards of business ethics and conduct. The award was received by Alice Frazier-Snook, LSW of Community Hospice Care, in recognition of Community Hospice Care's valuable contributions to Marketplace Ethics.
Give the gift of life
Imagine giving a gift that everyone wants but money can't buy.
That gift could be one that brings more smiles, more joy, more hugs, and more time with family and friends.
Imagine giving a gift like that. Then imagine you can in the next few months by donating blood and platelets through American Red Cross.
"We're asking you to think outside the gift box this holiday season," said Bonnie Meridieth, donor recruitment director for the Western Lake Erie Region. "The perfect gift doesn't come with a bow or fit under a tree. Your gift of life comes from within, and it costs nothing more than about an hour of your time."
Every day of every season, hospital patients need blood and platelets for the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, for lifesaving surgeries, or for emergency care related to accidents or trauma. And while the need is constant, donations from volunteer blood donors sometimes taper off during busy holiday times.
"When you give blood or platelets, you're giving someone hope," said Meridieth. "It's hard to think of a more perfect gift."
More details and a video on giving the perfect gift of blood or platelets through the American Red Cross can be viewed at . For information on other ways you can give back to your community this holiday season through your American Red Cross, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
'Read It - See It' continues
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a book discussion about "True Grit" by Charles Portis as part of the "Read It See It" series with The Ritz Theatre at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in Frost Kalnow Room.
Copies of the book are available at the check-out desk and include large-print and audiobook versions.
The Ritz Theatre is to feature the motion picture "True Grit" at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Patrons can present their library card and get free popcorn.
Call the library at (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us for more information.
Children can celebrate new year at library
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host "Happy Little New Year," a New Year's Eve party for children and their families, 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 31 in Frost Kalnow Room.
For children of all ages and their parents or guardians, participants are to celebrate the new year by listening to stories, singing songs, dancing and sipping on sparkling cider. There is to be a countdown to noon. Children are able to wear party clothes.
For more information, stop by Junior Library, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of directors to meet Tuesday
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's board of directors is to meet at noon Tuesday in Junior Home Room.
EReaders now can be checked out
EReaders now are available for check out from Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.
Only T-SPL patrons are able to check out an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch, which are preloaded with best sellers and classics. Patrons are not to be able to download any content to the device. EReaders can be checked out for three weeks and can be renewed one time.
An eReader can be placed on reserve by going to the library's online catalog at www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us or at the check-out desk. Patrons must be 16 years and older with a valid library card. All borrowers must complete and sign a borrowing agreement before checking out the device.
A late fee is to be $5 per day, and other fines are to be assessed for damage, loss or theft of the device. EReaders must be returned to the library, not in the book or media return.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or stop by the media desk at the library.
Bliss to host craft night
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to host a children's craft night at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Children are to paint their own snowman ornament, and author Patty Cole is to read her latest book. For more information, visit www.blisslibrary.org, or call (419) 983-4675 to register.
Library to be closed for holidays
Bellevue Public Library is to be closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 30-Jan. 1. It is to be open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and Dec. 26-29.
Statement ready for review
The basic financial statement of Tiffin City School District for the fiscal year that ended June 30 has been completed and is available for public inspection at the office of the treasurer, 244 S. Monroe St., Tiffin.
Fostoria board changes meeting
FOSTORIA - The December meeting of Fostoria City Schools Board of Education scheduled for Monday has been canceled. The board is to have a work session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular December board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Holmes Administration Building, 500 Parkway Drive.
Board changes meeting time
CLYDE - Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village Board of Education has changed the time of Monday's meeting to 5 p.m. at Clyde City Council chambers, 222 N. Main St.
Thousands of students throughout the country and in foreign countries competed in early December in the 57th Knowledge Master Open academic competition. Middle school, junior high and high school students faced their computers and 200 questions to vie for top scores based on accuracy and speed of their answers.
A team of 10 students at Tiffin Middle School scored 1,301 of 2,000 possible points. It earned them ninth place in the state of Ohio.
Team members include Jacob Bupp, Adam Forrest, Gabi Roszman, Samantha Shetterly, Ben Arnold, Kyle Edmond, Cameron Robinson, Kaleigh Abbott, Daniel Bupp and Shayla Thomas. Their academic coach was Paula Zirm. Contest results and sample questions are available at www.greatauk.com.
FFA members take a trip to convention
Oct. 18-22, 11 students from Tiffin-Sentinel FFA Chapter attended the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind. They traveled to the convention with Old Fort, New Riegel, Clyde, Fremont Ross and Vanguard FFA chapters. Members in attendance were Tommy Hoover, Kevin Hoover, Amy Covert, Brooke Meyer, Morgan Casey, Tyler Counts, Cara Vassalle, Travis Zimmerman, Jimmy Lauer, Elaine Pahl and Zach Vogel.
Klepper wins bee
Robert Klepper, an eighth-grader at Tiffin Middle School, won the school-level competition of National Geographic Geography Bee Dec. 5 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions about geography, was the final round at Tiffin Middle School, where more than 660 students were narrowed to a field of 10 competitors. Klepper now is to take a written test.
Terra to have Registration Weeks
FREMONT - Terra State Community College is having Registration Weeks Monday through Friday and Jan. 3-6. There are to be walk-in testing and advising available in preparation for orientation and registration sessions each week.
The last assessment test is to begin at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. Fridays. Registration Weeks are to be open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays.
Terra is to be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-Jan. 2. For more information, call (866) AT-TERRA, ext. 2349.
ElderCollege to take golf trip
FREMONT - In an effort to expand offerings to a wider range of adults, the ElderCollege program at Terra State Community College, in conjunction with Kern Center, has a new program Adults Wanting Activities, Knowledge and Experiences.
For its inaugural offering, the program is taking reservations for a winter golf trip to South Carolina. People are to be transported from Terra to South Carolina and back via motor coach, play 18 holes of golf with cart each day on a different course, get two meals each day and have lodging. Cost of the four-day trip, Feb. 15-20, is $635.
ElderCollege is a membership organization open to the public at Terra for adults age 50 and older who share a common desire to learn. For more information, visit www.terra.edu/learning or call (419) 559-2255.
Owens to close for holidays
FINDLAY Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, are to be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 1 for the holiday season. Administrative offices are to open again Jan. 2. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 9.
FINDLAY Rachel Conley, a 2009 graduate of Mohawk High School, performed in University of Findlay's student piano recital. She is the daughter of Linda and Justin Conley of Carey.
Students participate in 'Light' concert
FINDLAY Several local residents performed in "The Light of Christmas," University of Findlay's Concert-Chorale Christmas concert.
Samantha Prenzlin, a 2008 graduate of Columbian High School, is the daughter of Nancy Prenzlin of Tiffin. Rachel Conley, a 2009 graduate of Mohawk High School, is the daughter of Linda and Justin Conley of Carey. Loretta Kelbley, a 2010 graduate of New Riegel High School, is the daughter of Nancy Kelbley of Carey and Jeff Kelbley of Fostoria.
LANSING, Mich. - Jacqueline Martin of Clyde is on the dean's list and honor roll and Ryan Good, formerly of Tiffin and now of Hesperia, Mich., is on the honor roll at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Martin is a graduate of Clyde High School and Tiffin University and is the daughter of Eileen Martin and Rudy Martin. Good is a graduate of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School and University of Toledo and is the son of Jeff and Judy Good.