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Sunday announcements

April 1, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

Community Women's Night

The Rebecca Circle of Republic United Church of Christ is inviting all women to attend the annual Community Women's Night at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Sanctuary.

Betsy Kniffin, a vocalist from Norwalk, is to share songs she has written and is to give a Christian message.

Refreshments are to be provided at the Fellowship Hall following the program.

Women A.C.T. conference

The Women A.C.T. committee continues to meet as they prepare for the upcoming April 21 conference at Camden Falls.

The cost is $23, and includes breakfast and lunch.

For more information or to receive a brochure with registration form, call Sue at (419) 447-3437 or Mindy at (419) 448-8130.

Attica Alumni Banquet

The 132nd Attica High School Alumni Banquet will be May 19 at Seneca East High School. The dinner is to start at 5 p.m., the meeting at 6 p.m. and music and dancing will follow after the meeting. All Attica and Seneca East graduates are welcome to attend.

Uncle Dudley's catering will prepare the dinner. Attendees will have the choice of chicken cordon bleu or swiss steak and sides will be mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with mushroom sauce, cole slaw, rolls, pie and drinks. The cost will be $16 per person payable at the time of reservation.

Reservations need to be made by April 27 and can be sent to Susan Shade, 5292 S. SR 4, Attica, OH 44807.

Remember to specify choice of meat and no reservations will be accepted after May 4.


Concealed-carry classes upcoming

Several concealed-carry training classes are available in the area. All are one-day unless indicated.

Courses are to include classroom instruction and live fire on ranges.

John Weslow, National Rifle Association-certified instructor, is to offer multiple-day classes Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and April 16, 18 and 19, and single-day classes April 22 and April 29. For more information, call (419) 618-1906 or visit

Kent Nord, an NRA-certified instructor, is to teach a class April 14. The classroom training is to be at 31 S. Washington St., with live fire at a nearby, outdoor range. For more information, visit or call Nord at (419) 618-1552.

Dean Henry, an NRA-certified instructor, is to conduct a course for women only April 15. Register by calling (419) 448-4575 or email

Don Mason, owner/operator of Excel Defense, is to offer a course Saturday and April 15 at Bettsville Fire Department, 308 Emma St., Bettsville. For more information or to register, call (419) 967-0192 or visit

Luncheon planned at St. Francis

The St. Francis Home Auxiliary is to have a luncheon and card party May 2 in the Elizabeth Schaefer Hall on the St. Francis Senior Ministries campus. The theme is "Celebrating 50."

The luncheon begins at noon with the doors opening at 10:30 a.m. There will be cards, bingo, a money raffle and door prizes. A bakery store will have homemade baked goods for sale.

Tickets are $7 and will be available at the front desk of St. Francis Home or at the door the day of the card party.

St. Francis Home Auxiliary is dedicated to promoting and providing St. Francis Home Inc. with assistance to enrich the lives of its residents, by personal involvement and monetary support. The auxiliary depends on the annual event to carry on projects.

Clyde Museum to open for season

Clyde Museum's seasonal opening is set for Thursday. The museum, in the former Grace Episcopal Church at 124 W. Buckeye St., is to be open 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, for special events and by appointment.

The McPherson House also is to be open for special events and available for tours by appointment. Individuals and groups that would like to schedule a guided tour at either venue, or have specific collections they would like to explore, can call the museum at (419) 547-7946 to make arrangements.

The museum plans to offer a series of family programs for the summer season. Exhibits, guest presentations, hands-on activities and refreshments are to interpret themes related to the historic heritage of the community. Dates and themes for the programs are: June 21, We Built This City (settlement and town building); July 19, We Get Around (transportation); and Aug. 16, We Go Shopping (money and merchants). The programs are free but registration is suggested by calling the museum or emailing by the Thursday preceding the scheduled program.

The programs are appropriate for all ages. Preschoolers should be accompanied by an adult.

Library to have book swap

The teen and junior departments at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library are to celebrate National Library Week with a book swap. During the week of April 8-14, patrons may bring in their gently used teen or children's book - no more than five - and trade it for a new-to-them book. Patrons may take books during open hours to Junior Library. People should not take books that are not in good condition, magazines, Reader's Digest condensed books, outdated books, textbooks, old sets of books, such as general encyclopedias and science encyclopedias, and paperback books without covers. For more information, stop by Junior Library, call (419) 447-3751 or email

Library appoints senior outreach coordinator

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has appointed Katelynn Geary as senior outreach coordinator.

Geary, who is to graduate from Bowling Green State University in May, is serving as an intern at Autumnwood Care Center as an assistant activities director. She is to work with local nursing homes, assisted living facilities and Tiffin Developmental Center, bringing programming to residents as well as bringing residents to the library.

Geary lives outside of Bloomville.

Teens to celebrate spring break

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Teen Department is to celebrate spring break with special events during the first week of April. All three events are for teenagers in grades 6-12.

"Gaming Challenge" is to be 3-4:30 p.m. Monday in Frost Kalnow Room. Teens are to be able to play Wii, PlayStation and classic board games such as Twister, Monopoly and Operation.

"Craft & Snack Nite" is to be 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Frost Kalnow Room. Teens are to make Easter boxes and peep shooters and have milkshakes and other refreshments.

"Game & Puzzle Pursuit" is to be 3-4:30 p.m. Friday in Frost Kalnow Room. There are to be "minute-to-win-it" challenges, optical illusion tests, puzzle and game races, an advanced "Simon Sez" tournament and other games.

Teens must register for each program by calling (419) 447-3751 or by email at

For more information, visit the library's Facebook page or

Learn about assistance dogs

CLYDE - People can learn about Assistance Dogs of America at a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clyde Public Library. The program is free.

Bliss to have fun night

BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library is to host an Easter fun night for children at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The event includes a snack, making a craft and playing games.

Clyde-GS accepting applications

CLYDE - Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District is accepting applications for open enrollment for the 2012-13 school year. Applications may be obtained at the board office at 106 S. Main St., Clyde, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The deadline for completed applications is May 14. Open enrollment is valid for only one year. Current open enrollment students must reapply. Parents must give a reason for requesting open enrollment.

All applicants for open enrollment must provide proof they are residents of a school district other than Clyde-Green Springs. Proof of residency can be provided by filling out the residency form and providing a copy of a current utility bill, rental/purchase agreement or tax duplicate that shows the parent name and the address at which they are living.

School to have open house

BETTSVILLE - Bettsville Local School District is to have an open house 6:30-8 p.m. April 30 for people interested in open enrollment.

ABLE classes offered

FREMONT - Changes are to be made to the General Educational Development test in 2014. People can enroll now in Adult Basic Literacy Education classes at Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Career and Technology Center. The free classes can help people accomplish their goal of earning a GED diploma. Classes are scheduled 9-11 a.m. or 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A summer session also is to be offered. Call (419) 334-6901, ext. 419, to register for orientation April 30.

Board schedules work session

FOSTORIA - Fostoria City Schools' board of education has scheduled a work session at 4 p.m. April 11 at the junior/senior high school, 1001 Park Ave., Fostoria. No board action is to be taken. The regular April board meeting is to be 6 p.m. April 16 at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School, 1202 H.L. Ford Drive, Fostoria. Board action is to be taken.

Meeting date changed

The date of the regular April meeting of North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's board of governors has been changed. The meeting is to be 7 p.m. April 23 at the Tiffin office, 928 W. Market St.

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. every Monday at Technology Center, 1220 Cedar St., Fremont, in room 120. To register for orientation, call (419) 334-6901, ext. 402 or 420.

V-S offers office training

FREMONT - Registration is under way for the fall office administration program at Vanguard-Sentinel's Adult Career Center. It is a full-time, 30-week program offered at Technology Center in Fremont. It is offered 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Sept. 4. There is online coursework Fridays. Students are to graduate earning college credit for completing. Seating is limited.

For information or to register, call (419) 334-6901, ext. 407.

Group helps Village House

FREMONT - A group from this year's Leadership Sandusky County class, which calls itself The Village People, chose Village House as its non-profit organization. Village House is under the direction of Kids in Crisis Start Inc. and is located at 530 Rawson Ave., Fremont.

The group's focus is to help Village House with its seventh annual reverse raffle and silent auction. The event is to be April 21 at Clyde Eagles, 1120 S. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the raffle is to follow at 7 p.m.

To purchase a ticket or for more information, call (419) 334-4582.

Posters sought

COLUMBUS Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is looking for students in first through sixth grades, including specialized instruction classes, to participate in its annual poster contest. The purpose of the severe weather awareness poster contest is to have Ohio's youth demonstrate through illustrations actions they can take before, during and after severe weather events to protect themselves and others.

For rules and forms to participate in the poster contest, visit

Camp hosted around the region

TECH CORPS is providing full and partial scholarships for the 2012 TECHie Camp summer program. The camp is a full-day, week-long summer program designed to engage rising third- through eighth-grade students in hands-on, interactive activities focused on robotics, Web development and programming.

For information about TECHie Camp and scholarships, visit

Scholarships being offered

Payne, Nickles & Co., CPAs, through The Fund for Huron County, again is offering up to two $1,500 scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarship is open to fourth- or fifth-year students with accounting majors and is intended to assist the student in meeting the 150-hour requirement to take the CPA exam.

At least $2,000 in scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year also are to be offered. The scholarship is open to fourth- or fifth-year students with accounting majors and is intended to assist the student in meeting the 150-hour requirement to take the CPA exam.

The deadline for the scholarships is May 4.

The firm's offices are located at 422 W. Market St., Sandusky, and 257 Benedict Ave., Building D, Norwalk. Scholarship applications can be picked up at either location or printed from the Payne, Nickles & Co. website at

Cook accepted to attend OBW

SYCAMORE - Mohawk High School junior Joanna Cook has been accepted to attend Ohio Business Week 2012 at Ohio Dominican University.

SW students compete

FOSTORIA - The St. Wendelin Catholic School Model United Nations team took second honors at the Mid American Model United Nations conference. The team represented the Holy See, which is the Vatican, in the General Assembly portion of the competition. Junior Anthony Halstead was awarded second honors individually for his work representing the Holy See in the science and technology committee event at the competition.

There were about 80 teams, or 400 students, in the General Assembly portion and about 80 individuals in Halstead's committee portion of the competition.

Two teams were awarded highest honors in the General Assembly portion, and two delegates were awarded highest honors in the committee portion of the competition. Five teams were awarded second honors and five individuals were awarded second honors for the committee portion.

The other Model United Nations team members were senior Nate Marugg and sophomores Lindsay Weaver, Morgan Hay and Maddie Statham.

BCA raises money

Bridges Community Academy raised more than $250 for Susan G. Komen's foundation, American Heart Association, Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services, Alex's Lemonade Stand and Born This Way Foundation through a Chocolate for Charity fundraiser.

FFA chapter elects officers

CLYDE - Clyde High School's FFA chapter elected officers March 19. Kayla Dales, the current president, is to remain president next school year. Savannah Kuns was elected vice president; Patrick Tea and Chelsea Zerman, secretaries; Shilee Sharp, Melissa Pearce and Holly Hofelich, treasurers; Brittany McClure, Kayla Geyer and Kaylin Adair, reporters; Logan Back, Sentinel Career and Technology Center; Jessica Miller, adviser; Morgan Horsley, parliamentarian; and Abigail Gill, historian. Other officers are Kristi Geyer, chaplain; Kara Ohms, junior president; Aaron Klohn, junior vice president; and Cyleen Sharp, junior secretary/treasurer.

Students have perfect attendance

NEW WASHINGTON - Students at Buckeye Central Elementary School with perfect attendance are kindergarteners September Drake, Coy Fredritz, Jonathan Pugh, Jalyn Cooley, Derex Dean, Laine Dixon and Leonardo Nunez, first-graders Lymesha Cooley, Jacob Kilgore and Garrett Vaughn, second-graders Damian Dean, Wyatt Martin, Isabelle Niedermier, Logan Niese, Brynn Pope, Taylor Rachel, Marcus Novak and Lorenzo Nunez III, and fourth-graders Samantha Hinton, Nick Ramey, Zavier Saldivar, Jordan Salyer, Matthew Summers, Chase Niedermier, Katelyn Petty, Travis Norville, Kailey Vaughn and Alex Young.

SW junior honored

FOSTORIA - St. Wendelin Catholic School junior Ali Mowrey was selected to represent the state of Ohio at National 4-H Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. She is one of three delegates selected to represent Ohio.

TU to host egg hunt

Tiffin University's Student Government is to host the annual Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Legacy Courtyard. The hunt was renamed to honor Christi Thomas, who succumbed to neuroblastoma in 2006. Nobody is to leave with an empty basket. Children should meet in Osceola Theatre in Gillmor Student Center with adult supervision and a basket to collect eggs. For more information, call (419) 448-3424 or email

Professor to lead trip

Jonathan Appel, associate professor at Tiffin University, is to lead an organized trip and tour to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The 11-day trip is to start May 15. There is a discount of $150 for those who place a $95 deposit by Thursday.

Ross to speak at breakfast

Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Heidelberg University's school of business are offering a breakfast with Jerry Ross, who is to explain "Fire, Fuel & Focus." Ross, a 1972 Heidelberg graduate, is the executive director of The National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando, Fla., which houses 11 business support organizations who serve thousands of central Florida entrepreneurs each year.

The breakfast is to be 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Camden Falls. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members. RSVP for the event by calling (419) 447-4141 or by e-mailing

Mazza art heads to Owens

FINDLAY Owens Community College is to welcome the return of University of Findlay's Mazza Museum to the Findlay-area campus with original illustrations from children's books featuring reading, writing and arithmetic. Library Gallery is presenting "Reading, Writing & Rithmetic: Illustrations from Children's Alphabet and Counting Books" through April 20.

Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (567) 429-3088 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3088.

Owens to host Registration Rocks

FINDLAY Area high school seniors can learn about Owens Community College's educational opportunities during Registration Rocks. High school seniors can sign up for any day of Registration Rocks, which is 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the Findlay-area campus. Attendees are required to RSVP prior to the event. Registration Rocks dates include Wednesday and April 9 and 12. For more information or to register, call (567) 429-3656 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 3656. Or, visit and click on the Registration Rocks icon.

Local residents to entertain

FINDLAY University of Findlay's Concert-Chorale is to present "Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night" at 3 p.m. today at Findlay High School's R.L Heminger Auditorium. Samantha Prenzlin, Rachel Conley and Loretta Kelbley are to perform.

Prenzlin, a 2008 graduate of Columbian High School, is the daughter of Nancy Prenzlin of Tiffin. Conley, a 2009 graduate of Mohawk High School, is the daughter of Linda and Justin Conley of Carey. Kelbley, a 2010 graduate of New Riegel High School, is the daughter of Nancy Kelbley of Carey and Jeff Kelbley of Fostoria.

Tickets are free but a limited number are available. Call the box office at (419) 434-5335 to reserve tickets.

Free training being offered

FINDLAY Northwest Ohio public safety, business and school officials, as well as first responders, interested in receiving hands-on learning related to a violent attack on a large number of people can participate in free Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate training classes at Owens Community College's Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

Training on the Findlay-area campus is to be 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in Community Education and Wellness Center, room 111.

For more information or to register, call (567) 661-7977 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7977.

UF to have art show

FINDLAY - University of Findlay is to host a juried student art Exhibition April 10-26 in Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery, located in Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.

An opening celebration and awards presentation is planned for 7 p.m. April 12 in the gallery.

Senior Forum continues

FINDLAY - The second session in University of Findlay's spring 2012 senior forum is to be Wednesday in Alumni Memorial Union on campus.

Each session consists of three independent programs at a cost of $5 each. A buffet lunch is available for an additional $5 per person. A complimentary coffee and tea bar, along with reserved parking, also is to be available.

The first program is to feature "Straight Talk on Flood Mitigation" with Steve Wilson, county engineer, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

The second program of the day is to feature "Great Decisions: Promoting Democracy" with Gary Hess, who has emeritus status at Bowling Green State University, noon-1 p.m.

The final program of the day is to feature "Encore: Paddington's First Concert and More!" with Wendene Shoupe, pianist, and Jerry Mallett, narrator, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

To obtain a registration form, call (419) 434-4672. To register, send the completed form and payment to Nancy Leatherman, University of Findlay, office of academic affairs, 1000 N. Main St., Findlay ,OH 45840. Checks should be made payable to University of Findlay.

Leader named

FREMONT A Cleveland-area man has been chosen to lead Terra College Foundation at Terra State Community College. Ed Mayer, of Lakewood, began his duties as the executive director of the foundation. He replaces Sue Babione, who now is director of grants development at Terra.

Ivy Bridge dean's list

Michelle Ulrich of Fostoria is on the dean's list at Ivy Bridge College.

Grunden performs with chorus

NORTH CANTON - Kelsie Grunden of Fostoria performed with Canton Symphony Chorus through Walsh University.

Wittenberg dean's list

SPRINGFIELD - Kelsey Grine, daughter of Lori Arnold-Grine and Mark Grine of Tiffin, is on the dean's list at Wittenberg University.

H-L grad performs

FINDLAY Ryan Wood, a 2010 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, was among the students who were to perform in University of Findlay's Jazz Ensemble spring concert. He is the son of Roger and Charlene Wood of Tiffin.

Frankart honored

BEXLEY - Capital University senior Dan Frankart was in a group of student-athletes recognized at the 2012 Columbus Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete awards banquet.

Frankart, a defensive lineman from Bloomville, received a Chief Justice William O'Neill Scholar-Athlete Award. He is the son of Randy and Nancy Frankart.

Tiell receives scholarship

BOWLING GREEN - Jessica Tiell, daughter of Jeff and Norma Tiell of New Riegel, was the recipient of Kenneth H. Harger Scholarship at Bowling Green State University. She is a 2009 graduate of New Riegel High School.

Students inducted

FREMONT - Local students inducted in Terra State Community College's Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are Kenneth Gyan and Anna Schmidt, Clyde; Katherine Huffman, Fostoria; Allison Dulgar, Christopher Nelson, Matthew Somers and Dennis Walter, Tiffin; and Kendra Dininger, Upper Sandusky.

Malone promoted to executive VP

Michael C. Spragg, president and CEO of The Old Fort Banking Company, is pleased to announce Mark B. Malone has been promoted to executive vice president and senior lending officer.

In his role as an executive officer and senior lending officer, Malone is responsible for building the loan portfolio with quality assets as well as establishing strategic planning and initiatives.

Malone is a graduate of Wright State University with a master of business administration in fnance and a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor of science in economics. Mark and his wife Diana, have 3 children.

For more information about The Old Fort Banking Company, visit

Deadline June 1 for FSA programs

Enrollment in the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program continues through June 1.

The U.S Department of Agriculture encourages producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit a USDA service center to complete their contract.

USDA will not accept late-filed applications.

The electronic DCP service saves producers time, reduces paperwork and speeds up contract processing at Farm Service Agency offices. It is available to producers who are eligible to participate in the DCP program and can be accessed at To access the service, producers must have an active USDA eAuthentication Level 2 account.

A change for this year affects producers who have contracts with landowners who die. In that case, FSA requires a copy of the death certificate and a letter of appointment. Contact the office if the landowner had a trust to ensure proper signature authority.

Producers in the Conservation Reserve Program are reminded they must certify CRP acreage before July 15. The annual requirement for 10- and 15-year contracts is needed to ensure acreage is being maintained and still being set aside.'

Due to budget constraints, the FSA will not be sending forms. Failure to certify acreage will result in a late file fee of $46 per farm and the October payment will not be issued until acres are certified.

For more information, visit the Seneca County FSA office, call (419) 447-7071 ext. 2 or visit



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