Zachary T.C. Brickner
Pvt. E-2 Zachary (Zach) T.C. Brickner graduated Feb. 9 from U.S. Army Fort Jackson, S.C.
Brickner is to continue his advanced individual training) at Fort Eustis, Va., as a watercraft operator (transportation division).
The 244th Quartermaster Battalion is an advanced individual training unit comprised of quartermaster, transportation and medical personnel. There are only 20,000 watercraft operators in the US Army.
Brickner is the son of Dan and Cindy Brickner, originally from Tiffin. Local family members include his grandparents, Leah Bulger, and Marge and Jerry Brickner.
Libraries to be closed Monday
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Kaubisch Memorial Public Library and Mohawk Community Library are to be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.
Teens to learn self defense
The teen department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a basic self defense program 4:30-6 p.m. March 1 in Frost Kalnow Room. Tiffin University's martial arts club is to teach basic self defense and safety skills to teens in grades 6-12.
Registration is necessary by calling (419) 447-3751 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board to meet
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's board of directors is to meet at noon Tuesday in Junior Home Room.
'Tales' to be offered
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to have a Tales for Twos & Threes series beginning March 6. 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 is to be a session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6, 13 and 20, and a session at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 21. All sessions are to be in Frost Kalnow Room, except March 6, which is to be in Junior Library. The events are free.
For more information, stop by Junior Library or call (419) 447-3751.
'Heaven is for Real' to be discussed
Tiffin Seneca Public Library's adult book discussion group, "Let's Talk About It," is to discuss "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. The discussion is to be 10:30 a.m. March 8 in Junior Home Room.
Participants are asked to read and bring their own copy of the book. The event is free and refreshments are to be provided.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or e-mail email@example.com.
Preschoolers to listen to 'Moo'
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to feature local author Marsha Rump at preschool story time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Frost Kalnow Room.
Preschoolers ages 3, 4, 5 and 6 years old can participate in stories, poems, songs and finger plays and listen to a reading of Rump's book, "A Cow Who Wouldn't Moo." Parents' attendance is optional.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751.
Light bulbs needed
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is in need of incandescent light bulbs for a craft project March 2. They can be dropped off during library hours.
Story time to start in March
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to have preschool story time March 6 and 7. Story time is for children ages 3-5 and includes short stories, flannelboard stories, songs and a craft. Story time is 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. The programming is the same both days.
Story time is to continue throughout the month of April.
Register by calling (419) 983-4675 or by visiting the library.
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at 3:45 p.m. March 2. The event is to include a craft and games and is open to all school-age children. For more information, call (419) 983-4675.
Bliss to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to have a St. Patrick's Day Fun Night at 6:30 p.m. March 5. The event is to include a snack, games and craft and is open to children of all ages. Call (419) 983-4675 for more information.
Library planning book sale
FOSTORIA - Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is to have its semi-annual book sale Thursday through Feb. 28. Book sale hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 27; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28. Items offered during the sale are to include books, videos and magazines. There also are to be RCA eBook readers, an Alpha-10 hand-held scanner, WinWay resume software and older printers.
Proceeds are used to buy new materials for the library.
For more information, call (419) 435-2813.
Advisory council to meet
Tiffin City Board of Education's business advisory council is to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building.
ProMedica hosts women's cancer support group
FOSTORIA - Tuesday, Friends Helping Friends Cope, a women's cancer survivor support group, is to meet 6 7 p.m. at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. The group is free and open to the public.
Friends Helping Friends Cope was developed as an extended support service for women who have survived any form of cancer, as well as family members and the public. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center, on the hospital's lower level, entrance 2.
For more information, please call Kim Willford at (419) 436-6626.
To learn more about ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, visit www.promedica.org/
Diabetes course to be offered
FOSTORIA To assist diabetics in successfully managing the disease, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital is to offer a diabetes education refresher course Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the diabetes education department, on the hospital's main level, entrance 1.
The diabetes 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. The course has a fee billable to insurance. Financial assistance is available through the Foundation's diabetes fund.
For more information, call Shirley Conley (419) 436-6629.
Mercy Tiffin achieves new status
Mercy Tiffin Hospital is pleased to announce it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide.
"To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Mercy Tiffin engaged in a rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack," said Dale Thornton, president and CEO of Mercy Tiffin Hospital. "This intense re-evaluation and refinement of heart care processes integrated the industry's best practices and newest paradigms into Mercy Tiffin's cardiac care services."
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Mercy Tiffin ensures patients who come to the Emergency Care Center complaining of chest pain or discomfort are given the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible. Protocol-based procedures developed by leading experts in cardiac care reduce time to treatment in the critical early stages.
The Chest Pain Accreditation Team includes Emergency Care Center employees; Michael Fitzpatrick, Emergency Care Center medical director; Megan Homan, chest pain coordinator; Sue Bigleow, imaging services manager; Tiffin Fire Chief William Ennis; Laura Gaietto, Emergency Care Center nurse manager; David Gardner, pharmacy manager; Catherine Gase, Emergency Care Center; Karen Gill, director, quality management; Travis Grasley, manager; Chris Hafley, Tiffin EMS; Seneca County EMS Director Don Kelbley; cardiopulmonary; Pam Kin, laboratory services manager; Lecia Wadsworth, education manager; and Anne Zimmerman, chief nursing officer.
Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation are to emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide evaluation and treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to treat other medical problems.
To Tiffin and the surrounding communities, Mercy Tiffin's Chest Pain Accreditation means processes are in place to:
Reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
Monitor patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure they are not sent home too soon.
Cancer group offers programs
American Cancer Society is offering free programs for cancer survivors and patients.
The group is to offer new, brand name wigs at three locations in Seneca County:
Angie's Boutique at Mercy Cancer Center, Tiffin, (419) 455-8127.
The Head Shed, Fostoria, (419) 435-2661.
LA Hair Design, Green Springs, (419) 639-2010.
Patient navagation is to offer personal help and resources for patients, families and caregivers by calling (800) 227-2345, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
"Look Good...Feel Better" is a program that teaches beauty techniques to women actively undergoing cancer treatment. Each participant receives a free makeup kit worth $250. Sessions are:
2-4 p.m., April 11, June 13, Aug. 8 and Oct. 10 at Fostoria Community Hospital, Fostoria.
2-4 p.m. March 12, May 14, July 9, Sept. 10 and Nov. 12 at Mercy Tiffin Cancer Center, 40 Fair Lane.
"Man-to-Man" support group for prostate cancer patients and survivors is 7-8:15 p.m. April 12, June 14, Aug. 9, Oct. 11 and Dec. 13 at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 214 W. Sandusky St., Findlay.
Business classes set for March
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering "Small Business Basics," free, two-hour seminars that can answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business. The seminars are meant to teach the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
The schedule is:
9:30-11:30 a.m. March 7, Ottawa County Improvement Corp., 8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor.
9:30-11:30 a.m. March 14, Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce, 19 W. Market St.
4:30-6:30 p.m. March 28, Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.
To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College, at (800) 826-2431 or (419) 559-2210, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local agent earns award
Scott Brickner of Financial Design Property & Casualty in New Riegel earned the No. 22 position in Auto-Owners Insurance Co.'s 2011 President's Club.
The President's Club honors the top 25 agents for Auto-Owners whose life, health and annuity insurance production is the highest for the company in a calendar year.
This is the fourth time Brickner has been a President's Club member. Financial Design Property & Casualty has represented Auto-Owners Insurance Co. for more than 27 years.
H-L seeks future kindergarteners
BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon Local School district is to have pre-kindergarten registration and screening for children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1. Participation in the screening clinic is to be scheduled by calling the elementary office at (419) 937-2804 Tuesday through March 5.
When parents call the office, they are to be assigned a time to take their children to the screening clinic, which is to be May 10 and 11 at the elementary school. They are required to take a certificate of live birth, immunization record, Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable.
ABLE program accepting students
FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools' Adult Basic and Literacy Education program is accepting new students who are interested in obtaining their General Educational Development diploma. Classes are offered that prepare students for all components of the GED test and provide test-taking tips. ABLE classes are provided free. The ABLE program also is providing assistance to students to pay for the $40 test fee to take the official GED test.
To enroll in classes, students initially are required to complete the orientation process, at which time registration and placement testing are to take place. After completion of the orientation, students are to be allowed to enroll into the ABLE class and begin instruction.
Orientation to the program is a three-day process conducted monthly, with the next scheduled orientation for the classes taking place 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28. Additional orientation sessions are to be 9-11 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. March 12 and 13 or March 26 and 27. A distance education program is available.
For questions or to schedule a time for orientation, call (419) 436-4163 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Students to fast, collect donations
The Students Taking A New Direction group at Columbian High School is a Christian student organization that each year raises funds for World Vision and the community. Friday and Saturday, the group is to fast for 30 hours to get a feel for what it is like when people are starving.
They are to participate in activities Friday night to help them stay away from eating. Saturday, they are to take part in community service projects and receive donations at several area businesses. Of the money received at the businesses, half is to go to World Vision and the other half is taken back into the business where the students are to purchase items that are to go to Sharing Kitchen in Tiffin and First Call for Help.
The students are to seek financial donations as sponsorships. All money goes directly to World Vision, which is a relief organization that brings food, medicine, education and community development to villages all over the world. The Tiffin STAND group over the past 16 years has donated $36,000. This year's goal is $5,000. Jeanette Marshall, faculty adviser, has challenged students with the goal and agreed to dye her hair blue if they reach their goal.
NCOESC to meet
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is having a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tiffin campus, 928 W. Market St., Suite A.
EMT courses to be offered
Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Center is offering three EMT Basic classes in Fremont and Tiffin. To enroll, call (419) 334-6901, ext. 405 or 409.
STEP UP to improvement
MILAN - EHOVE Career Center, Norwalk City Schools Adult Basic Literacy Education and Bowling Green State University Firelands are joining forces to assist local workers. Funded by a grant from Ohio Board of Regents, the new STEP UP program is to allow people in the community to gain confidence and basic employability skills, and improve time management and studying techniques, according to a release.
The 14-week program features a holistic approach and allows each person to focus on an individual education and career plan. Graduates of the program who meet certain criteria are to be awarded a $300 scholarship to attend an in-demand career field training program at EHOVE Adult Career Center. They then may receive another $300 scholarship to pursue a related associate's degree at BGSU Firelands.
STEP UP courses are free to participants and include computer awareness, effective communication, math boot camp, reading and writing boot camp, financial skills, teamwork, career exploration and more. Classes are to be 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 13-June 21, at EHOVE's campus. For more information and an application, call (419) 499-4663, ext. 279.
Local student seeks votes
NEW RIEGEL - Taylor Smith of Alvada and a student at New Riegel High School is entered in a Facebook scholarship competition for a $1,000 scholarship for College for Creative Studies. People can vote by searching CCS Facebook Competition 2012 on Facebook.
Education funding available
Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is offering six grants and one scholarship for people pursuing higher education. Grants applications are to be accepted from anyone age 18 and over. Scholarship applicants must have at least a sophomore status in an accredited technical school, college or university for the 2012-13 academic year. For more information, visit www.aaa5ohio.org.
Carey DECA to plan PR project
CAREY - The Carey High School DECA chapter, with coordination by co-chairwomen Adrienne Bjorling, Jasmine Manns and Haley Wickham, is to
organize a public relations project are to promote "Classroom Character Counts" to all county schools throughout the rest of the 2012 school year.
Time Warner offering contest
Time Warner Cable's Mid-Ohio Division is launching a contest that is to enable finalists to pitch their ideas to will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.
"Wouldn't It Be Cool If" challenges youth ages 10-15 to dream up ideas to make their life, community or the world better and then think about how science and math could help bring the ideas to life.
Eligible youth have until March 28 to submit their ideas at www.wouldntitbecoolif.com.
Clyde students perform
CLYDE - Students from the Clyde High School music department performed at the Ohio Music Education Association's District II Solo & Ensemble Competition Feb. 4 at Clyde High School. Students performed for audiences and an adjudicator who gave comments about the students' performances and a rating on the following scale: I - Superior; II - Excellent; III - Good; IV - Fair; V - Poor. Students could perform in three levels of difficulty from A to C.
Receiving superior ratings for solo performances in Class A were Josh Marty, voice, Haley Lozier, voice, and Marissa Purkey, voice; Class B, Rachel Peters, voice, Alexis Schmidt, voice, Kathy Hansen, voice, Samantha Green, voice, Maria Gerber, voice, Jackie Boyle, voice, Sara Smith, French horn and trombone, Brittany Miller, trombone, Jonathan Lewis, flute, and Madison Aldrich, flute; and Class C, Futaba Kono, voice, Clara Sewell, voice, Hailey Ameling, alto saxophone, Isaac Moore, alto saxophone and baritone saxophone, and Austin Fritz, oboe.
Receiving superior ratings for ensemble performances in Class A were alto sax trio of Ruby Rohrer, Caitlin Nearhood and Kathy Hansen; Class B, saxophone quartet, Vic Wobser, Hailey Ameling, Mackenzi Shaull-Babcock and Daniel Wyss, flute trio of Madison Aldrich, Sarah Miller and Emily Langenfelder, woodwind quintet of Madison Aldrich, D.J. Stanley, Austin Fritz, Sarah Smith and Kathy Hansen, and saxophone trio of Vic Wobser, Mackenzi Shaull-Babcock and Kathy Hansen; and Class C, percussion quartet of Alexis Schmidt, Christina Schmidt, Ryan Sherman and Nolan Rosen, trombone trio of Brittany Miller, Mathew Gerber and Greg Koviak, and clarinet quartet of Maria Gerber, D.J. Stanley, Emma Steinbauer and Samantha Tornow.
Receiving excellent ratings for solo performances in Class A were Leah Marty, voice; Class B, Mathew Gerber, voice, Breanna Wetzel, voice, Sara Smith, cello, Ryan Sherman, timpani, and Kane Crockett, euphonium; and Class C, Michaela McCowan, voice, Chelsea Weiker, voice, Adam Minier, voice, Samantha Tornow, clarinet, and Patrick Tea, tuba.
Receiving excellent ratings for ensemble performances in Class B were brass quintet, Edison Stayancho, Natasha Huffman, Sara Smith, Brittany Miller and Ben Wadsworth, and concert choir ladies ensemble, McKenzie Barcus, Tasha Huffman, Futaba Kono, Ashley Munger, Kara Pelham, Rachel Peters, Alexis Schmidt, Clara Sewell and Ashley Whitaker; and Class C, symphonic choir ladies ensemble, Aimee Cunningham, Naytasha Gooslin, Brailan Michael, Emily Minier, Stephanie Moore, Kari Poore, Savannah Roth, Cyleen Sharpe and Chelsea Weiker, and symphonic choir chamber ensemble, Riley Baker, Sarah Boyle, Ian Cantu, Naytasha Gooslin, Kyle Hartshorn, Aaron Klohn, Michaela McCowan, D.J. Morton, David Murphy, Kaitlin Myers, Kara Ohms, Marissa Purkey, Jacob Roach, Savannah Roth, Lindsey Scherger, Leah Swick, Paul Tyree, Chelsea Weiker and Breanna Wetzel.
Receiving good ratings for solo performances in Class A were Madison Aldrich, voice, and D.J. Morton, voice; Class B, Ashley Munger, voice; and Class C, Savannah Green, voice, Stephanie Moore, voice, and Leah Swick, voice.
MILAN - National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting has awarded EHOVE's School of Surgical Technology the annual Merit Award to recognize the program's 100 percent graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination for 2011.
EHOVE's School of Surgical Technology has three new clinical site partners for its students, including Mercy Tiffin Hospital, MedCentral Health System's Shelby branch and Mansfield Surgery Center.
Scholarships being offered
Altrusa International of Tiffin is accepting applications for scholarships. The program is open to any Seneca County resident pursuing post-secondary education, technical school or GED. The application form is available at Seneca County-area high school guidance offices, online at tiffinaltrusa.com or from any Tiffin Altrusa member. The deadline for submitting an application is April 15.
H-L field honored
BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon High School's athletic field has been awarded a Field of Excellence award from Pioneer Athletics. Pioneer selected 91 athletic fields from a pool of more than 250 applicants, according to its website. Of the winners, two are to be honored with a scholarship to give to a student.
Marcha wins spelling bee
CLYDE - The winner of McPherson Middle School's spelling bee was seventh-grader Zachary Marcha. He is to represent the school in a spelling bee at Owens Community College March 13.
Win Girl Scout cookies for a year
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is offering cookie customers an opportunity to win a year's worth of Girl Scout cookies. Any customer throughout the 18-county service area in northeast Ohio who purchases six boxes of cookies at a cookie booth is entered into a drawing to win. Every troop is to display a poster advertising the contest and entry forms. Completed entry forms are to be returned to council by March 4. Ten customers are to win.
OF students honored
OLD FORT - Old Fort High School named students of the quarter for the second quarter. Senior DeAnna Miller is the daughter of Kathy and the late John Miller of Green Springs. Junior Tyler Bowes is the son of Dan Bowes of Old Fort. Sophomore Tonya Heileman is the daughter of Gennie Runion and Steve Heileman, both of Fremont. Freshman Destony Severs is the daughter of Steve and Heather Factor of Tiffin. Eighth-grader Heather Kirchner is the daughter of Edward and Suki Kirchner of Old Fort. Seventh-grader Peyton Miller is the daughter of Mark and Ann Miller of Tiffin.
Students achieve degrees
The Tiffin-Sentinel FFA chapter had its Greenhand and chapter degree ceremonies. Those in attendance who received their Greenhand degree included Tommy Hoover, Eva Pahl, Molly Maksemetz, Suzanna Thallman, Dustin Trapp, Jacob Smith, Jericho Pearson, Bryce Kubasek, Cassandra Caudill and Morgan Casey. Those attending the annual chapter degree ceremony were Paul Dewald, Cory Blanton, Chris Rhodes and Elaine Pahl.
Leadership Seneca County
As part of the Leadership Seneca County curriculum focusing on economic development Feb. 8, class participants imagined they were forced to move away from the community only to return 20 years later. As they explored Tiffin, Fostoria and the surrounding areas, they imagined what people on the street would say about the community and the changes that occurred while they were away. Community involvement, a willingness to embrace change and a devotion to education, personal development and prosperity were present in many visions of Seneca County's future.
At the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services office, Ben Kenny from WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. and Leadership Seneca County Program Coordinator Simon Castellucio facilitated workshops that took participants through the planning processes involved in growing existing businesses, developing infrastructure to attract new business and creating a community culture for innovation and change.
Focusing on the leadership skill sets of strategic planning, goal setting, identifying decision networks and being influential and persuasive, each component of the day provided opportunities to work with each other to develop and plan individual strategies followed by interactions with local economic development leaders John Detwiler of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, Joan Reinhard of Fostoria Economic Development Corp. and Rich Focht of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp.
The class broke into groups with the task of identifying the best location to establish one of five new businesses.