Annual dinner upcoming
Seneca County Opportunity Center's Palm Sunday ham and chicken dinner is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger, and carry-outs are available.
An Easter egg hunt for children ages 1-10 is to be at 1:30 p.m.
There is to be a raffle, with tickets $1 each or eight for $5.
ACT registration open
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Registration is open for the April 14 ACT achievement test. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before March 9. Students can register online at www.actstudent.org or pick up registration forms from their high school counseling offices.
H-L offering open enrollment
BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon Local School District is a participant in the open enrollment program. Board policy allows students from any Ohio school district to apply for attendance.
Applications for open enrollment are available in the board office and at www.hlschool.org.
Completed applications are to be accepted 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Thursday and must be returned directly to the board office. Deadline is March 30.
FCS seeks future kindergarteners
FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools has set March 27 as kindergarten registration for students who live in the district. Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten during the 2012-13 school year.
Parents and legal guardians must bring documentation at the time of registration, which includes proof of residency (a current bill or mortgage/lease agreement), the child's birth certificate/hospital record, immunization record, Social Security card and custody agreement, if applicable. A medical history form is to be completed at the registration. Children should accompany their parent/guardian to registration and receive a required vision and hearing screening at no charge in addition to a literacy assessment.
Children are not to be assigned to a kindergarten class without a birth certificate and immunization record on file with the district. If a child needs any of the required immunizations, Seneca County General Health District provides weekly clinics in Fostoria and Tiffin. Information about the clinics can be obtained by calling (419) 435-6673 to schedule an appointment.
Parents and legal guardians should bring their child and all documentation to Longfellow Elementary School, 619 Sandusky St., Fostoria, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27.
No appointment is needed to register children for kindergarten. For more information, call (419) 436-4135.
ESL classes being offered
FREMONT - Adults whose first language is not English can attend English as a Second Language classes. The free classes are 5-7 p.m. Mondays at Technology Center, 1220 Cedar St., Fremont, room 120. To register for orientation, call (419) 334-6901, ext. 402 or 420.
Board members gather
North Central Ohio Educational Service Center hosted an all-boards meeting Feb. 15 for member school districts. It was an opportunity for school board members to come together to network, learn more about the services offered through the center, learn about the changes through Ohio Department of Education and hear about board leadership ideas. Information about North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments was introduced.
The center is embarking on a new venture by seeking way to help area school districts and other political subdivisions reduce their costs while maintaining and improving their services and purchase activities by introducing and facilitating NCORcog. A council of governments is two or more political subdivisions collaborating to form a governing structure that is to benefit all of the COG members. John Davoli has been hired as the director and can be reached at (419) 447-2927, ext. 136.
Gardeners offer scholarship
Ohio State University Seneca County Master Gardeners is offering a $500 non-renewable scholarship. The scholarship is to be available to college students who are to enter their junior year or senior year of college or are doing graduate work. The applicant must be pursuing a plant science degree and be a Seneca County resident or a graduate of a Seneca County high school. An application packet may be picked up at the extension office, 3140 S. SR 100, Tiffin. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 447-9722. The deadline is April 15.
Farm Bureau to grant scholarships
Seneca County Farm Bureau is offering a $500 scholarship to two recipients. The application can be found at www.ofbf.org.
The scholarship is available to any Seneca County high school senior or college student who preferably is entering a career in agriculture or related field. The applicant or applicant's parents or guardian must be a member of Seneca County Farm Bureau to be eligible. The deadline is April 1. For more information, call (419) 447-3091.
Margaret Bowers, a sophomore at Calvert High School, received Knights of Columbus Scholarship for the Toledo area for the second straight year. She is the daughter of Ken and Linda Bowers.
Student of the month selected
KANSAS - Senior Brian Vamos is Lakota High School's student of the month. He is the son of Heather and Ken Bloomfield and Joe and Tracy Vamos.
Tiffin schools get audit award
COLUMBUS Tiffin City Schools was one of several entities to receive Auditor of State Award for clean audit reports. The award is presented upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a "clean" audit report:
The entity must file timely financial reports with the auditor of state's office in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
The audit 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 meetings or public records.
Library, Ritz to offer 'Zathura' programs
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present the program "Zathura," as part of the "Read It See It" series with The Ritz Theatre, at 2 p.m. March 10 in Frost Kalnow Room.
For the entire family, the event is to begin with The Advertiser-Tribune's Sunday Editor Nick Dutro reading the classic book "Zathura" by Chris Van Allsburg. Afterwards, there are to be games, crafts and activities for all ages in the spirit of the book. Refreshments are to be provided.
The Ritz Theatre is to feature the motion picture "Zathura" at 2 p.m. March 25. Patrons can present their library card and get a free popcorn.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
Bullying group forms
Adults Against Adult Bullying's first meeting is 7-8 p.m. March 7 in Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Junior Home Room. It is for adults who have been victims of bullying in the work place or by family or friends, and for adults who are bystanders who want to take action and help end adult bullying.
Learn about eReaders
GREEN SPRINGS - The Green Springs branch of Birchard Public Library is to host "eReader eSsentials" at 7 p.m. Monday to teach patrons how to use an eReader to download eBooks from the library collection.
The free class is for those who already have an eReader, as well as those who are thinking of purchasing one.
For more information, call (419) 334-7101, ext. 216. The library is located at 217 N. Broadway.
Bliss offers Toddler Time programs
BLOOMVILLE - Toddler Time programs at Bliss Memorial Public Library are to be 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7-April 25. The programs are for children ages 1-3 and include short stories, fingerplays and music. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call (419) 983-4675.
TU to host dinner
Tiffin University is to host its annual international dinner March 23 in Gillmor Student Center. Doors are to open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is to be served at 6:30 p.m. The theme is "A World of Dragons," in honor of the Chinese year of the dragon, the TU mascot and dragon legends from around the world.
The dinner is to feature cuisines from across the globe with recipes submitted by TU students and employees. Entertainment from international students is to be included, and headlining the event is to be a musical performance by Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble.
Tickets for the dinner are $20 for adults and $10 for students. There is no charge for children 5 years old and younger.
To purchase tickets, call (419) 448-3369, email email@example.com or visit the international student services office on the second floor of Franks Hall.
TU to have business summit
Tiffin University's school of business is to host the Diane M. and George Kidd, Jr. Lecture Series in Business as part of the inaugural TU Business Summit activities.
The inaugural keynote speaker, Robert Hisrich, Garvin professor of global entrepreneurship and director of Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Global Management, is to give two presentations.
"How to Fix and Prevent the 13 Biggest Problems that Derail Small Business" is 11 a.m. Thursday in Osceola Theatre, located inside of Gillmor Student Center. "Being an Entrepreneur in Today's Global Marketplace" is 9-10:30 a.m. Friday in Osceola Theatre.
The summit is to continue until 3 p.m. Friday, with break-out sessions on topics focusing on entrepreneurship, global business and marketing, cross-cultural sensitivity and negotiating skill development, event planning and what skills students need to be a success in business today.
Hisrich, who has visited TU's Bucharest campus, also is to meet with TU's Graduate Senate during his visit and is to work with the school of business faculty as TU continues its implementation of global awareness throughout the business curriculum.
The Thursday morning keynote address is free. The cost is $25 for those wishing to take part in Friday events, which includes lunch. The cost for TU and Heidelberg University students is $15.
For reservation or additional information, call (419) 448-3590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about business basics
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. March 7 at Ottawa County Improvement Corp. conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
9:30-11:30 a.m. March 14 at Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce conference room, 19 W. Market St., Tiffin.
9:30-11:30 a.m. March 21 at Erie County Chamber of Commerce(conference room, 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky.
4:30-6:30 p.m. March 28 at Terra State Community College, Building B, room 101, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.
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, (419) 559-2210 or by email at email@example.com.
UF to hostsymposium
FINDLAY - University of Findlay's college of health professions is to host an electronic health records symposium 8 a.m.-noon March 15 in Alumni Memorial Union.
It is to focus on the challenges and benefits that health care providers encounter in adopting electronic health records. The cost is $25 and includes a continental breakfast. Eligible attendees can earn three continuing education credits.
For more information or to register for the event, visit www.findlay.edu.
Owens to have college night
FINDLAY More than 80 colleges and universities from Ohio and the surrounding states are to visit the Findlay area as Owens Community College's Findlay-area campus serves as host to Greater Hancock County College Night 6:30-8 p.m. March 5 in Community Education and Wellness Center. Admission is free.
For more information, call (567) 429-3656 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3656.
Owens to close for break
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 Friday through March 4 for mid-semester break. There are to be no classes, and the college offices are to be closed for business.
Administrative offices are to be open again March 5, while classes are to resume March 12.
'For the Birds' upcoming
FINDLAY University of Findlay's Mazza Museum is to host a Funday Sunday event 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 4. The theme is "For the Birds."
Admission is free.
For more information, call (419) 434-4777.
Learn to ride safely
FREMONT - Terra State Community College, in conjunction with Motorcycle Ohio in Columbus, offers three specialty motorcycle courses each year from April through October. All classes cost $25. New riders learn to ride in three days all while earning a motorcycle endorsement while the knowledgeable rider can receive an endorsement in one day.
The basic rider course is designed to teach new riders how to ride safely. The class is three days, totaling 16 hours. Weekday and weekend classes are offered. For the first time this year, Terra is to offer the basic riders course two times during the week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. All other classes are offered on the weekend with day and evenings classes available.
The returning riders course has been designed to help those who have had several motorcycle permits but never obtained a license. The class is offered three times this summer and is one day. All classes are 2-8 p.m. Saturdays.
For both courses, motorcycles and helmets are provided. People need a valid motorcycle permit.
The experienced rider course is for those who already have the endorsement but would like to lower their insurance rates. It is being offered twice this summer 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 16 and 2-8 p.m. Aug. 25.
To register, visit www.terra.edu.
STNA classes offered
FREMONT - Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers State Tested Nurse Aide classes. After completing the course, students are to be prepared to take the state written and competency exam. The next eight-day session begins April 16. Space is limited. The fee is $539 and includes books and preparation materials. To register or for more information, call (419) 559-2255 or (800) 826-2431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owens to honor contributions
FINDLAY Owens Community College's Alumni Association is recognizing the contribution area police, fire and emergency medical professionals make to northwest Ohio by hosting the ninth annual Outstanding Service Awards. Recipients are to be honored as part of a community celebration April 27.
The association is accepting nominations until Wednesday. The five awards, which are to be presented at the community celebration, are within the categories of Outstanding Police Officer, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Service to Community and Community Spirit.
The celebration is 8 a.m. in Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area campus. Admission is free and reservations are required.
For more information, call (567) 661-7410 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7410.
UF offering certifications
FINDLAY - University of Findlay is to offer Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and ISO Auditor Certification as part of a master's class in the spring. The class meets online 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays March 27-May 29.
Those who are interested in enrolling can call (419) 434-4002 or (419) 434-4640.
Defiance College to offer courses
DEFIANCE Defiance College has two professional enrichment and renewal courses in March. The two-day workshops are offered 5-9:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information or to register, call (800) 520-4632 or (419) 783-2351 or email email@example.com.
Central Missouri grad
WARRENSBURG, Mo. Denise Guadalupe Kirchner of Tiffin received a master of arts in teaching degree from University of Central Missouri.
SE grads join Kappa Delta Pi
ASHLAND - Several local residents are members of Kappa Delta Pi at Ashland University. Kate Bowerman of Attica is the daughter of Rickie and Sherri Bowerman and is a 2009 graduate of Seneca East High School. Phillip Toney of Attica is the son of William and Sandy Toney and is a 2009 Seneca East graduate.
OXFORD - Local students on the Miami University president's list are Hannah Eppley and Kristina Gaietto, Tiffin; and Brittany Molnar, Upper Sandusky. Students on the dean's list are Nicholas Petrlich, Risingsun; Joseph Nowatzke, Fostoria; Jaclyn Miller, Green Springs; Joseph Scherger and Derek Walton, Tiffin; Hannah Walter, Carey; and Elijah Aubihl, Sycamore.
Boes is RA at AU
ASHLAND - Ashlee Boes of Upper Sandusky is a resident assistant at Ashland University. She is a graduate of Upper Sandusky High School.
Weaver assists with careers
ASHLAND - Amber Weaver of Carey is a career assistant in Ashland University Career Services Center. She is a 2010 graduate of New Riegel High School.
PERRYSBURG - Local inductees of Kappa Beta Delta at Owens Community College are Kristy Knaup, Carey; and Kathy Smith, Michael Williams and Crystal Wonderly, Fostoria.
Northwestern dean's list
LIMA - Austin Frankart of Tiffin is on the dean's list at University of Northwestern Ohio.
Akron dean's list
AKRON - Local students on University of Akron's dean's list are Joseph Diehm, Attica; Reuben Auck, Bloomville; Marguerite Conley and Alexandra Woods, Carey; Mariah Bloom, Alex Ellenberger and Tyler Rex, Clyde; Morgan Hoffman, Fostoria; JoAnn Borer, New Riegel; Leah Miller and Chelsea Wolpert, Republic; and Jamison Brickner, Catherine Demith, Courtney Forsythe, Jared Forsythe, Catherine Genet, Raina King and Lindsey Pardi, Tiffin.
Local residents perform
FINDLAY Samantha Prenzlin, a 2008 graduate of Columbian High School, performed as a member of the chorus in University of Findlay's "Guys and Dolls." She is the daughter of Nancy Prenzlin of Tiffin. Rachel Conley, a 2009 graduate of Mohawk High School, performed as a Hot Box Girl. She is the daughter of Linda and Justin Conley of Carey.
TU dean's list
Local students on the Tiffin University dean's list are Jamie Young, Alex Acree, Celestia Brodman, Dennis Carter, Corey Harrold and Jordan Stock, Carey; Kasie Strausbaugh, Shelby Calmes, Ryan Courtright, Kiyomi Yamaguchi and Chelsea Bennett, Upper Sandusky; Jake Birkholz, Erica Cenkus and Lacey Smith, Clyde; Tyler Crapo, Jillissa Reesman and Ethan Branham, Attica; Shawn Davis, Bettsville; James Akers and Katie Back, Bloomville; Megan Benner, Amy Bowlin, Vannon Heater, Timothy Weber, Jamie Litwalk, Michelle Ulrich, Naomi Karr and Melissa Cassidy, Fostoria; Frank Martinez III and Marissa Bowman, Green Springs; Olivia Frantz, Kansas; Noah Fox, McCutchenville; Carol Kline, Kendra Reinhart and Mathias Stock, New Riegel; Jarron Theis, Republic; Eric Sowers, Cheryl Loftis and Christina Strait, Sycamore; and Douglas Stewart, Courtney Chapman, Heather Denaro, Jessica Huffman, Amber Lewis, Gabriel McConn, Tyler Perry, Tiffany Smith, Kaitlyn Tucker, Spencer Williams, Yan Xing, Andrew Brickner, David Chimahusky, Monique Clagg, Brandon Coffman, Anthony Dean, Scott Devaughn, Callie Dewald, Morgan Durbin, Chris Frederick, Derek Griffin, Michael Herb, Emily Herron, Ace Johnson, Monica Kizer, Mekenna Klaiss, Maureen Kurtz, Rachel Wickham, Nicole Ardner, Eric Bishop, Carli Bogard, Holly Brennan, Adam Dickson, Amanda Ellis, Desirea Freshcorn, Brooks Hall, Jessica Harris, Chelsea Houtz, Brett Huss, Holly Klesta, Samantha Leach, Tyler Malott, Aaron Mistic, Greg Phillips, Kenya Phillips, Ana Reyes, Kyle Robinson, Matthew Roidt, Nakisha Small, Merete Soeberg, Todd Tobolt, Seth Walker, Alexander Weaver, Al'licia Hill, Maria Hoepf, Brandon Ritzler, Andrew Dean and Cara Kelley.
Findlay Honor Flight receives grant
FINDLAY - Flag City Honor Flight has been awarded a grant of up to $25,900 from The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. The funds will assist with the expenses for the second local honor flight, scheduled for June 7, 2012.
For each Hancock County veteran on Honor Flight, the foundation has pledged $300 to help subsidize the travel expenses.
The second Honor Flight will depart from Grand Aire Terminal in Toledo to Washington D.C. The flight is to include 165 total passengers including veterans, guardians, medical attendants, flight supervisors and FCHF support staff. Seventy-eight veterans are expected to make the trip. The Community Foundation has also earmarked $2,500 to provide a professional photographer/videographer for the event.
For more information, visit www.flagcityhonorflight.org or call (419) 722-8268.
Energy workshop offered
The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, on the St. Francis Community campus in Tiffin, is to host an adult education workshop, Saving Creation, 10 a.m.-noon March 17. Experts from Superior Energy Solutions are to offer suggestions on incorporating renewable energy into the family home.
The workshop fee is $5. For information and registration, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 448-7485.
Learn sign language
FOSTORIA - Grace United Church of Christ, 4481 US 23 North, Fostoria, is to offer a new class on sign language for eight Wednesdays in March and April.
The first class is 6 p.m. March 7 with instructor Jan Fadley.
For more information, call (419) 436-2317.
Benefit euchre match planned
Catholic Order of Foresters annual euchre tournament (10 games, 12 hands) is to be held 1 p.m. March 11 at the Legion Club Room in New Riegel.
Benefit this year is Our Lady of Consolation Retreat House replacement window project. The cost is $6 which includes cards, snacks, drink and lunch.
For reservations, contact Alma Kramer (419) 595-2701 for reservations.
Sausage sale coming
Seneca Masonic Lodge No. 790, in Republic, is taking orders now for the March Sausage Sale. Meat comes in bulk, link or bratwurst.
Please contact any lodge member or call (419) 639-2049 to order by Friday.
Sausage can be picked up 10-11 a.m. March 10 at the Lodge on SR 19.
Blood donations needed every day
Toledo Like the Emergency Room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the support and generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where blood products are needed.
Each day, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed for patients in the United States. In fact, approximately every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood this winter.
To schedule a blood donation appointment, call (800) RED CROSS.
Hospice to present workshop
There is still time to sign up for the Sacred Art of Living and Dying workshop, taught by Richard Groves, author of "The American Book of Dying." The two-day workshop is to give cargivers, chaplains, health care practitioners and others a variety of tools and techniques to care for people at the end-of-life.
The program consists of four units but the units do not have to be taken in order. "Transforming Spiritual Pain," unit 4 of the program, is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 9 and 10, 2012 at Sawmill Creek Lodge, Huron. Cost is $200 before Feb. 29, $250 after Feb. 29, which includes continental breakfast and lunch.
To register, visit www.steinhospice.org or send check to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
McClung takes new courses
Brad McClung, vetrinarian at McClung's Animal Hospital, attended a three day conference for 14 hours of continuing education on Small Animal Dermatology and Wound Management.
NAMI to host 12-week course
Family-to-Family is a free 12-week class for family and friends of persons living with mental illness. The local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is to offer the course this spring.
Despite gains in the treatment and opportunities for recovery, coping with the difficulties that many people encounter in caring for a relative with mental illness can be difficult.
Course participants gain vital information, insight and understanding of their loved one that many describe as life-changing.
Classes are run 12 consecutive Mondays, starting 6-8:30 p.m. March 5 at Trinity United Church of Christ, 8910 S. SR 53, McCutchenville. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. To register, contact the NAMI office at (419) 334-8021, toll free (888) 582-8889 or email@example.com.
For more information about the NAMI affiliate for Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties, visit www.namissw.org.