Get ready to build
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the monthly "Lego Saturday" program 1-3 p.m. Saturday in Frost Kalnow Room. Families can stop by and create their own LEGO creations with friends. The library is to provide Duplo Blocks for children ages 2 to 4 and LEGOs for ages 4 and older. Parents of young children are asked to attend.
Each month is to have a design theme. May's theme is "mazes." For more information, stop by Junior Library, call (419) 447-3751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library accepting story time registrations
BELLEVUE - Registration is being accepted at Bellevue Public Library for the summer series of preschool story time. Children ages 3-5 can attend with a parent or other adult caregiver. Parents also can take younger siblings. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes.
The series is to go for six weeks beginning the week of June 11. The weekly programs last about 35 minutes. Three sessions are available: 7 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
For more information or to register, visit or call youth services at (419) 483-0422.
Author to visit library
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to host author Kimberly Stults at 11 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room. Stults published "Lessons from Lorena: Living with Autism," which is about raising her daughter, in 2011. She is to answer questions about her book and is to be available to sign copies.
Library to offer gardening program
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library is to host Master Gardener Mary Strayer at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room for a talk about perennials. People can take any extra seedlings or divided plants they have for a plant exchange. For more information, call (419) 483-4769.
Yarn club to meet
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Public Library Yarn Club is to meet at 2 p.m. Saturday. People can take their current project to work on, and extra yarn and needles are to be available for beginners to try.
Architects and school personnel are to be available to provide information about Hopewell-Loudon Local School District's K-12 building project 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the distance learning lab for people interested in the progress of the construction project. The opportunities are being offered one hour prior to each regular board of education meeting throughout the course of the building project.
Students to receive awards
Columbian High School's recognition program is to be 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. Friends and relatives of Columbian students can attend.
Alumni to meet
Tiffin Columbian Alumni Association's annual board meeting is to be 7 p.m. May 14 in the teachers' lounge at Columbian High School.
NCA boards to gather
North Central Academy's board is to meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Fremont board is to meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The meetings are to be at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's Tiffin office at 928 W. Market St., Suite A.
CARSA to have presentation
Community Action For Reducing Substance Abuse is to have a presentation by Pete Davenport titled "Matthew's Music," which is a father's story of addiction and suicide. Davenport started Matthew's Music to educate parents and grandparents about drug awareness and suicide prevention to help keep their children off drugs and from following in his son's footsteps. Guests are to be Kathy Belfiore and her son, Tyler Watson, who are to share "A Family's Journey from Addiction into Hope for Recovery." The program is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St., Tiffin. The event is free. There are to be informational tables with free resources, light refreshments and door prizes. For more information, call (419) 448-9440.
FFA has banquet
The Tiffin-Sentinel FFA chapter had its annual parent-member banquet April 12.
The Star Greenhand degree went to Thomas Hoover of Tiffin and Eva Pahl of Sycamore. Elaine Pahl of Sycamore was awarded the Star Chapter degree. Travis Zimmerman of Tiffin earned the Star Junior award; Paul Kiesel of Bloomville received the DeKalb award; and Kevin Hoover of Tiffin received the Senior 110% Award. Molly Maksemetz, Suzanna Thallman, Amy Covert, Cara Vassalle, Alexis Pahl, Jimmy Lauer and Brooke Meyer received the chapter 110% award.
Community members who were recognized for service to the FFA chapter were Tiffin-Sentinel FFA alumni. Karen Covert and Vicki Lauer earned the appreciation award. Sam Burnside was nominated and is to receive the honorary chapter degree.
Lease receives scholarship
SHAWANO, Wis. Candace Lease of Tiffin was among five high school seniors nationwide selected to receive scholarships from Cooperative Resources International. She is the daughter Ray and Sandra Lease of Tiffin.
Students participate in walk
FREMONT - A group of students from Green Springs Elementary School led a NAMI walk in Fremont. Most were from the school's anti-bullying team. The students, teachers and parent all wore funny hats as part of their cold weather team costume, and many students carried signs supporting mental health and NAMI.
NR senior honored
Benjamin Clouse, the son of Doug and Loisanne Clouse of Alvada, is the Seneca County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Award. He is a senior at New Riegel High School.
TMS names students of the month
Tiffin Middle School's students of the month for April were Matthew Klepper, Allison Hepp, Alice Demith, Lydia Arnold, Jessica Funk, Logan Harp, Alexis Herr, Rebecca Hoffman, Adam Forrest, Tyler Hawk, Julia Hohman and Lydia Vallery. Students of the Month for May were Wayne Harrison, Emily Yoder, Catherine Stover, Natalie Gase, Isabella Kidwell, Keely Hoover, Madison Zimmerman, Nicole Zimmerman, Briannah Bird, Hannah Hawk, Zachary Kalafsky and Kaley Reinhart.
McDonald earns Eagle Scout
An Eagle Court of Honor took place April 27 for Eagle Scout Douglas McDonald, member of Boy Scout Troop No. 443, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Tiffin. Eagle Scout is the highest honor rank in Scouting.
McDonald presented his parents, Anthony and Dawn McDonald, mother and father pins, and then presented John Reinhart, assistant Scoutmaster, the mentor pin.
McDonald participated in Troop No. 443 for five years. He has earned 32 merit badges and is a member of Order of the Arrow.
His Eagle project was for Humane Society of Seneca County, where he made a path and put three benches on the path, three birdhouses in the field and a picnic table in front of the path.
McDonald is a sophomore at Columbian High School.
North Central Electric awarded scholarships as part of its scholarship award programs. Collin Snyder, 18, of New Riegel High School, and Marla Richards, 18, of Buckeye Central High School, took top honors. Snyder is the son of John and Denise Snyder of Carey. Richards is the daughter of Gary and Cynthia Richards of New Washington.
In the same competition, two scholarships were awarded to Kaleb Grine, 18, of Bridges Community Academy, and Marissa Willman, 17, of Seneca East High School. Grine is the son of Mark Grine and Lori Arnold-Grine of Tiffin. Willman is the daughter of Christopher and Dana Willman of Attica.
The cooperative awarded a Touchstone Energy Achievement scholarship to Austin Burns, 18, of Hopewell-Loudon High School. Burns also was awarded a scholarship at the state level from the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives competition in April. He is the son of David and Brenda Burns of Fostoria.
ALLIANCE - Maya Brown of Tiffin is performing on tour with University of Mount Union's Concert Choir.
Calvert grad honored
BEREA - Zach Szablewski, a Calvert High School graduate, was honored at Baldwin-Wallace College for his excellence in the classroom and running.
Terra offers new programs
FREMONT - Terra State Community College's department of music is offering a new degree, concert series and summer festival for "Jazz and American Music Studies."
The new degree program is to prepare students for future careers as working musicians by offering the first two years of a bachelor's degree in jazz studies, performance with contemporary music emphasis, and includes music business and professional production training opportunities.
Terra is to present its first "Jazz and American Music Festival" June 11-16. The festival starts out with a day camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., beginning June 11. The camp is to conclude June 15 to kick-off the JAM Fest weekend events.
For more information, visit www.terra.edu or call (419) 559-2233.
Fox receives scholarship
ASHLAND - Christina Fox of Upper Sandusky was awarded a scholarship through Ashland University's Emerson Scholars program. She is the daughter of Daniel and Judy Fox and is a 2010 graduate of Riverdale High School.
Hurwitz receives award
Steven Hurwitz, professor of psychology and criminal justice at Tiffin University, was selected by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to receive the 2012 Liaison of the Year Award in recognition of his dedication and support of The Washington Center on TU's campus.
He has been invited to attend the center's annual Academic Affairs Awards Luncheon & Gala in October.
TU names new VP
Tiffin University has named Leon Wyden as its new vice president for finance and administration, effective July 1. Wyden currently serves as associate vice president of finance and planning at Upper Iowa University. He is a certified public accountant.
At TU, his duties are to include serving as the university's chief fiscal officer and as a member of the president's cabinet. He is to supervise the positions of director of facilities, executive director of information technology services, controller, director of budgets and external accounts, financial coordinator and recreation center manager.
TU riders compete
Tiffin University's equestrian team finished the 2011-12 year placing third in Western horsemanship and fifth in hunter seat riding among 11 colleges from Ohio and Pennsylvania in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
The team sent three riders to semifinal competitions. Hunter seat rider Lauren Burdin placed fourth out of nine in hunter seat at the zone competition in Morehead, Ky.
Alumni riders Liz Buskey and Ali Dittman competed in Western riding. Out of nine riders, Buskey placed eighth and Dittman second. Dittman goes on to be the first Dragon rider to compete at the national competition in Raleigh, N.C., in May.
Gabel inducted into honorary
Corey Gabel of Tiffin was inducted into Heidelberg University's Tau Pi Phi national business honorary.
Students present projects
Heidelberg University students presented their final senior honors projects. Anna Brodman of Tiffin presented her project titled "Assessment of the Opportunities in the Ohio Grape and Wine Industry." Brittany May of Upper Sandusky presented her project titled "History of the Tablet."
WSU dean's list
DAYTON - Local students on the Wright State University dean's list are Ashley Langjahr, New Washington; Matthew Howerton, Clyde; Jessica Bruns, Tiffin; Jessica Kelbley and Melissa Kelbley, Fostoria; Katelyn Brodman, Kyle Bayes, Margaret McDougle and Adam Niederkohr, Carey; Kaci Miller, Bloomville; and Olivia Woodruff, Risingsun.
COLUMBUS - Local graduates from Ohio State University are Toni Schafer, master's degree in education, Sycamore; Derek Erwin, bachelor's degree in civil engineering, Tiro; Joshua Greer, bachelor's degree in agriculture, summa cum laude, Fostoria; Benjamin Stickney, bachelor's degree in construction systems management, Clyde; Meredith Miller, bachelor's degree, Tiffin; Rachel Beck, master's degree in city and regional planning, Carey; Ryan Mack, bachelor's degree in business administration, Carey; Jenaya Clabaugh, master's degree in education, Upper Sandusky; and Abigail Warfel, associate's degree, Upper Sandusky.
OSU honor roll
COLUMBUS - Local students on the honor roll at Ohio State University are Tyler Cramer, Lindsey Ehrman and Ashley Hawkins, New Washington; Rocky Forehand, Tiro; Lindsay Crockett, Sonya Kwiatkowski, Joseph Mook and Jessica Wasserman, Clyde; Tracey Schalk, Deirdre Christy and Thomas Christy, Alvada; Diana Stacy and Cody Rine, Green Springs; Kyle Parker and Craig Parker, McCutchenville; Joshua Senn, Brianna Jordan, Courtney Meyers and Grant Niedermier, Attica; Taylor Hoschar, Bascom; Megan Kessler, Rebecca Kimmet and Nathan Schalk, New Riegel; Jonathan Phillips, Republic; Danielle Coppes and Jared Wurm, Bloomville; Alyssa Cleveland, Danielle Coleman, Marissa Davis, Megan Depinet, Jordann Dillard, Rebekah Fabrizio, Bradley Frankart, Nick Hohman, Nicholas Huffmon, Meredith Miller, Zachery Murphy, Ross Newlove, Gregory Reinhart, Angela Reino, Olivia Riedy, Melinda Smith, Samuel Stephens, Phillip Tran and Victoria Zepp, Tiffin; Katonya Lawson, Andrew Harman, Mary Ellen McAllister, Nicole Dull, Alex Cramer, Quinton Noel, Alisha Weis, Julia Colman, Joshua Greer, William Kentris and Noah Stuby, Fostoria; Aaron Konkle and Gwyneth Voorheis, Sycamore; Healy Batton, Bradley Kitzler, Ryan Mack, Jacquelyn Risner, Ethan Smalley, Chelsea Bumb and Megan Kirian, Carey; and Luis Marchant, Lauren Miller, Victoria Mundy, Jordan Patton, Brenna Ritter, Cheri Schoenberger, Jakob Searfoss, Abigail Warfel and Jessica Reamer, Upper Sandusky.
TU student wins contest
Bryce Fredrick, a junior at Tiffin University, won the 2012 International Association for Intelligence Education essay contest, undergraduate division. His essay, titled "eIntelligenceUniversity," came about after researching virtual education for the intelligence field. He is the son of Randy and Kim Fredrick, Castalia.
Students present research
Four Heidelberg University students presented their research at the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference at Ashland University. The students, seniors Brandi Oswald, Katie Martin and Regan Thomas and junior Jaime Graham, were nominated by their professor, Courtney DeMayo, for the conference.
Oswald's paper received the best paper prize in the early modern Europe session.
Students attend poster event
About a dozen Heidelberg University students attended the annual Posters at the Capitol event in Columbus March 22. During the event, they presented their research and had an opportunity to talk with state legislators about their work.
Adjunct professor honored
Stephanie Tursic Burns, adjunct instructor in Heidelberg University's graduate counseling program, was honored with several awards. She is the recipient of Glen Hubele National Graduate Student Award from American Counseling Association; Graduate Student Research Grant Award from National Career Development Association; Doctoral Level Emerging Leader Award from Association for Humanistic Counseling; and Doctoral Level Graduate Student Research Award from the college of education, health and human services at Kent State University.
Assistant professor to sit on board
Leslie Haley Wasserman, assistant professor of education in the Heidelberg University's education school, has been appointed to National Advisory Board of "Watch Me Grow," an online database that can be used by parents of infants and toddlers.
Mark O'Reilly, associate professor of political science and director of international and multicultural academic programs at Heidelberg University, co-presented a paper at the annual conference of International Studies Association in San Diego April 2. His co-presenter was 2007 Heidelberg alumnus Greg Trumble, who is completing a second master's degree in national security policy at George Washington University.
Lindsay presents at conference
Kristen Lindsay, assistant dean of student affairs for student success, presented a session, "Make a Positive Impact in the First-Year Classroom," at the American College Personnel Association national conference in Louisville, Ky. At the conference, she volunteered for several career commission events as a member of Commission for Career Development Leadership Team.
Student awarded grant
Tarra Kraft, a student in Heidelberg University's graduate counseling program, has been awarded The White House Family Grant from Tiffin Charitable Foundation. Kraft plans to use the grant to purchase 15 iPads for use at Krout, Noble and Washington elementary schools in Tiffin.
'Berg appoints new executive assistant
Monica Verhoff has joined the Heidelberg University community as the new executive assistant to the president. She replaces Karen Miller, who is retiring.
Organization starts back up
Heidelberg University's master of arts in counseling program reactivated its chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. A group of graduate students was inducted into the organization April 21. Local students inducted were Monica Bryant, Attica; Tiffany Campbell, Sycamore; and Amy Cowles, Emily Hurt, Tarra Kraft, Amy Lehosit, Seoglae Morrison, Zachary Ratchen and Kasi Sponhaltz, Tiffin.
Students attend meeting
Five Heidelberg University students accompanied biology professor Susan Carty to Ohio Academy of Science's recent meeting at Ashland University. Susan Daniel of Sycamore; and Gabrielle Mintz of New Riegel were among those who attended.
Associate professor travels to London
Traci Sittason Stark, associate professor of psychology and chairwoman of the psychology department at Heidelberg University, attended the British Psychological Society's annual convention in London.
'Berg assistant professor presents paper
Julie O'Reilly, assistant professor of communication and women and gender studies and chairwoman of the communication and theater arts department at Heidelberg University, co-presented a paper titled "It's Complicated: College Students' Use of Facebook to Initiate and Terminate Romantic Relationships" at the 2012 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Boston. O'Reilly also served as the chairwoman of a panel discussion.
Lab director gives talk about status of Lake Erie
Ken Krieger, director of National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, gave a presentation to Ohio Environmental Health Association at its annual education conference in Worthington.
Tiffin native runs marathons
Mark Dornauer, who attended Columbian High School, finished his second Boston Marathon and ran both for handicapped students helped by Boston College. He is to graduate from Boston College in May.
Green Springs student receives scholarship
NEW CONCORD - John Clevinger of Green Springs was awarded John McCance Scholarship in Broadcast Media at Muskingum University.
Terra deans named
FREMONT - In a restructuring of its academic divisions, Terra State Community College has promoted four employees to the position of academic dean.
Cindy Hall, who served this year in an interim capacity, was named the dean of allied health, nursing and science. Andrew Carroll of Sandusky is to become the new dean of engineering technologies and mathematics. Michael Shirtz of Sandusky is to be the new dean of business and creative arts. Lynette Sullivan of Perrysburg was named the interim dean of liberal arts and public services.
All four are to begin their new positions July 1.
Lambert to travel
BLUFFTON - Randy Lambert, son of Mark and Donna Lambert, is to participate in a cross-cultural experience in New York City. He and other Bluffton University students are to live in spaces near Colombia University and in Tibeca, in lower Manhattan, site of the resurging Ground Zero neighborhoods. For two weeks, students are to engage in service-learning projects in Brooklyn and Washington Heights neighborhood. Lambert is a graduate of Buckeye Central High School.
UC dean's list
CINCINNATI - Local students on the University of Cincinnati dean's list are Codee Adams, Lindsay Bernard, Jennifer Kiser, Brianna Richey and Michael Saylor, Tiffin; Shirley Bechstein and Holly Reinhart, Fostoria; Elise Burdette, Green Springs; Keren Clark, Chad Deamicis, Emily Hyatt and Lauren Jacoby, Carey; Kathleen Hermes, Clyde; Cecilia Rendon and Nilda Rendon, Attica; and Dawn Shireman, Old Fort.
FINDLAY - James Gates of Republic received a scholarship from Town & Campus.
Cobb promoted to Air Force colonel
Tammy Cobb, a 1985 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon School, has been promoted to colonel in the U.S. Air Force. According to Cobb, just eight percent of officers reach the level of colonel or higher.
Cobb is stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Her next assignment is to take her to Baghdad, where she is to be director of logistics for the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.
She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University while attending ROTC programs at Bowling Green State University.
During her 21 years in the Air Force, she has served in Hawaii, California, Utah, New Mexico, Japan and Italy. Cobb was commander of the 31st munitions squadron stationed at Camp Darby, Italy, in 2008, when the division won the Air Force's Maintenance Effectiveness Award for the missile and munitions category.
She is the daughter of Larry and Martha Cobb.
FOSTORIA Ron Taylor, plant operations, retired April 27 following 26 years of service to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.
Ron, a rural Fostoria resident, graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1967. He and his wife, Brenda, have one daughter, Lori (Skip Zmuginsky).
Taylor started in the plant operations department July 1, 1985.
During his retirement, Ron plans to catch up on some projects around the house. He is looking forward to slowing down and enjoying life with his family and friends.
A reception celebrating his retirement was hosted by co-workers April 27.
Benner joins First National Bank
Peggy Benner joined First National Bank as assistant vice president and mortgage services officer. Benner is to be located in the main office in Bellevue.
She has more than 20 years of lending and management experience in the financial industry. She is a graduate of Seneca East High School, a graduate of Leadership Sandusky County and has completed course work at Tiffin University. She resides in Republic with her husband, Phil.
Breidenbach joins American Angus Association
Jakob Breidenbach of Tiffin is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, stated Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization, headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.
Wingart joins Diamond Society
Sara Wingart of Bascom, a broker-associate with Coldwell Banker, Tri-Pro Realty Ltd., has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society.
Wingart has been a licensed realtor for 34 years and a broker for 24 years. She has received Sterling and Diamond Coldwell Banker awards, and earned four Ohio Association of Realtors President Sales Club Awards.
Wingart is a member of the Heartland (Findlay) Board of Realtors and Firelands Association of Realtors MLS, Ohio Assocoation of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. She serves on the OAR board of directors, and the Bascom long distance board.