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September 30, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

Students build shed, playhouses

Last year, the junior/senior agricultural production class project at Sentinel Career and Technology Center was to build shed and playhouses. Tiffin-Sentinel FFA alumni are raising funds by raffling off the structures. Tickets cost $5 each or six for $20. Red tickets are for an 8 foot-by-8 foot storage shed and blue tickets are for an 8 foot-by-6 foot playhouse. Contact a local FFA member or purchase tickets at Tiffin Farmers Co-op. The drawing is to be Oct. 9 at the fall open house/FFA chicken barbecue.

These building projects are part of the structural engineering class curriculum the junior and senior students learn every other year. Students spent weeks in the classroom learning basic building techniques and requirements. Class members also visited the building trades construction site to study the basics of house construction. After plans were selected, students prepared a bill of materials and estimated cost of the project that they presented to the alumni association. The projects took about 10 weeks to complete. Students also added solar lights to the buildings.

Mercy honors Kathy Weaver with service award

The seventh annual Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Kathy Weaver, RN, during a ceremony at Mercy Tiffin Hospital Sept. 24 as part of Mercy Tiffin's celebration of Mercy Week.

The Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to be the most prestigious honor Mercy Tiffin can bestow on any associate of the hospital. The award is given to individuals who, through a lifetime of services to this hospital, emulate most closely the values of the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley.

Mercy Tiffin President and CEO Dale Thornton, opened the ceremony with welcoming remarks and Paula Karr, RN, Rural Division senior director of mission integration and pastoral care, offered the prayer.

"Kathy demonstrates certain character traits that we all admire," Thornton said. "This person of mercy and love enriches the lives of all those she touches, including her co-workers, her patients, and her family. Kathy embodies all the traits an award winner should have and is very deserving of being this year's winner of the Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award."

Kathy was nominated for the Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award by Travis Grasley, manager of Cardiopulmonary Services at Mercy Tiffin.

"Kathy coordinates a successful cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program that provides exceptional customer service and helps keep Mercy Tiffin Hospital a place to receive high quality patient care," said Travis. "She is a tremendous asset to patients suffering from cardiac disease within our community."

Kathy is a 1973 graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She has been an employee of Mercy Tiffin Hospital since 1985. In 1997, Kathy became the cardiac rehabilitation coordinator.

Every year for the past six years, she has volunteered her time in leading the "Hearts Alive Auction" and Heart Walk. These two programs have raised funds to support the Mercy Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department and the American Heart Association.

She also volunteered her time in the establishment and leadership of the New Hears Club for over 20 years. This club was set up as a support group to help patients learn from others and assist fellow heart patients in their struggle with their newly diagnosed disease.

For information, visit

Fremont Area Women's Connection

Fremont Area Women's Connection "Harvest Gathering" is Oct. 9 at Fremont Country Club, 2340 E. State St., Fremont, with luncheon 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for $12. Complimentary nursery is available by reservation.

Attendees can purchase their favorite seasonal offerings at the event, which is to benefit Stonecroft Ministries.

Attendees are asked to bring an item to be sold, suggestions include baked goods, canned items, autumn decor and produce. Doors open at 10 a.m.

The speaker is Cindy Dykhouse of Osseo, Mich., who is to present a life story, "Is It a Good Fit?"

For information or to register, call Donna by Oct. 4 at (419) 680-2251 or email Carrol at fawc

Genealogical Society to meet

The Oct. 2 meeting of Seneca County Genealogical Society is to be at 7 p.m. in the Frost-Kalnow Room of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

Meeting items include presentation of "Who Do You Think You Are Seneca County" raffle winner Jane Wagner's genealogy. Business meeting to follow.

NAMI announces 2012 Ray of Hope Awardee

The 2012 Ray of Hope Award from NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties was given to Josie Setzler, who will be the guest of honor at the 10th Annual Ray of Hope Benefit Dinner November 11 in Tiffin.

Setzler will be recognized for her leadership and service to NAMI. Setzler has served as board president and executive director. She is a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and activist.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Heidelberg University's Wickham Great Hall, Tiffin. Keynote speakers will be Tyler and Tami Aldrich. Tyler Aldrich is a high school senior from Jackson Township living with autism. He and his mother, Tami Aldrich, are to share a message about overcoming the stigmas attached with Tyler's neurological disorder and share personal stories.

The dinner is $20 per person. Table sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, call the NAMI office at (419) 334-8021.

Livestock judging team shows well

COLUMBUS The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team placed seventh at the 2012 National Barrow Show Sept. 8-12 in Austin, Minn., for their first competition of the season.

The team competed against 13 other schools around the country to judge 10 classes of hogs and present oral reasons on their class placing's. Ohio State ranked eighth in class placing and seventh in reasons scores.

Trey Miller led the team individually, being nineteenth high individual and fifth overall in class placing.

Miller, a fourth-year agribusiness major from Baltimore, Ohio, was excited to see the progress and hard

work his teammates showed for this competition.

"I am pumped for the fall because this is one of the best teams we've had in a while," Miller said. "We don't have to prove anything and have all to gain."

To prepare for the event, team members traveled to 10 locations around Ohio and various farms in Illinois and Iowa. They practiced evaluating the animals and presenting oral reasons. This practice served to help the students analyze different levels of animal quality and fully understand them for the competition.

Ohio State Judging Team coach Kyle Culp was pleased with the way his students performed.

"At this competition, the team had the best overall results since 2003," Culp said. "Our team has the potential, and now it is up to them to continue to improve and show everyone that we are serious about being competitive."

Other team members for this event also included Nathan Benich, Jacob Boyert, Lindsey Grimes, Bailey Harsh, Linsey Howell, Audrey Neal, Kyle Nickles, Sean Robinson and Nick Wright.

For more information, contact Culp at culp.1045@osu.ed or (614) 292-2201.

Salon wants everyone to feel sexy

GREEN SPRINGS - LA Hair Design is participating in BigSexy's national Caring is Sexy Cut-A-Thon, to raise money for Look GoodFeel Better, a national public service program that helps patients struggling with appearance-related challenges of cancer treatments.

The event is 10-2 p.m. Oct. 10 at 222 Smith St., Green Springs. LA Hair will be donating the staff's time and talents, and ask for donations to be at least $10 per haircut.

For information or to participate, call (419) 639-2010 or visit the salon.

Mercy Tiffin golf raises more than $57,000

The Mercy Tiffin Foundation's Walter A. Daniel, M.D., Memorial Golf Outing at Mohawk Golf & Country Club raised more than $57,000. The event, as well as the annual gala, are the two largest annual fundraisers in support of Mercy Tiffin Foundation.

"We are truly grateful to our generous sponsors for helping to make this another successful outing," said Bernie Steinmetz, manager of development, donor relations and volunteers.

Twenty-eight teams competed in the 21st consecutive year for the fundraiser. The first-place team was Wells Fargo Advisors Richard Dixon, Bill Bostelman, Alan Dixon and Brian Dixon. The second-place team was Dr. J.W. Bremyer Inc. Dr. John Bremyer, Dr. Gary Greger, Aaron Crider and Lee Sisler. The third-place team was Optima Rehabilitation Services Mark Somodi, Larry Adelsperger, Darren Herrigan and Mike Herbert.

Clouse Construction was the platinum sponsor and Fifth Third Bank was the gold sponsor. Silver sponsors included Aris Teleradiology; Kris and Shannon Klepper; The Lathrop Co.; John Schultz, Merrill Lynch Findlay; and The Willows of Willard (Trilogy Health Services).

Team sponsors included Autumnwood Care Center, Dr. J.W. Bremyer Inc., Marsha Danhoff, Dunbar Mechanical, Charles Ervin, Fulton County Health Center, Heidelberg University, King's Medical, Mercy Health Partners, Mercy Willard Hospital, Old Fort Banking Co., Optima Rehabilitation Services, Reineke Family Dealerships, Sacksteder-Worland Insurance, St. Francis Senior Ministries, Dale E. Thornton, Tiffin-Community YMCA, Tiffin Insulators Co., Tiffin University, U.S. Food Service, Webster Industries Inc. and Wells Fargo Advisors.

Hole sponsors included The Advertiser-Tribune, Dr. Mark Akers, Beerco/Michelob Ultra, The Children of Walter A. Daniel, Dunbar Mechanical, Integrated Orthopaedics & Sports Rehabilitation, JDRM Engineering, Lind Media Co., Mercy Tiffin Hospital medical staff, National Machinery Foundation, Optima Rehabilitation Services, Republic Lumber, TPC Food Service, Dale and Frazene Thornton, Tiffin Deluxe Services Inc./Dundore Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Tiffin Eye Center Wade E. Young M.D., and Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union.

For information about the 22nd annual golf outing tentatively scheduled for Aug. 19, 2013, or the Mercy Tiffin Foundation, contact Steinmetz at (419) 455-7049.

Tiffin-Sentinel FFA

Sept. 12, six members of Tiffin-Sentinel FFA participated in a community service project at Sentinel Career and Technology Center.

As part of the Republic Elevator Stockholder Banquet, FFA members helped prepare the plates to be served and then served the members in attendance. Those in attendance evening were Amy Covert, Andrew Kiesel, Tim Goshe, Ashley Bauer, Cathleen Ross and Lalo Ludwick.

Nominations open for Sentinel alumni hall of fame

The Sentinel Career and Technology Center Alumni Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the accomplishments of alumni who make contributions in their profession. These contributions demonstrate leadership and are recognized as being beneficial to the individual's community.

To receive the SCTC Alumni Hall of Fame Award, the recipient must have:

Completed a Sentinel Career Center program and graduated from high school at least seven years ago.

Given time, effort and talent for the enhancement of his/her chosen profession.

Demonstrated leadership and high standards in his/her profession.

Demonstrated commendable citizenship.

Demonstrated a willingness to volunteer in the community.

Any individual who has completed a Sentinel program may be nominated, but will not be considered until seven years after graduating from high school. Nominations may be submitted by anyone. Nominees will be sent an application/information questionnaire form, which must be submitted to the selection committee to be considered for the award.

Inductees will receive a plaque and citation. A plaque also is placed in the Alumni Hall of Fame display at Sentinel.

To nominate an individual for the SCTC Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Sentinel Career and Technology Center at (419) 448-1212, by mail at 793 E. TR 201, Tiffin, OH 44883, or e-mail: Provide the individual's name, year of graduation, career position and current contact information. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 20 to be considered for the 2013 selection.

'Berg students 'choose Tiffin'

Heidelberg University's international students participated in the Tiffin-Seneca County Heritage Festival Parade Sept. 15, decked out in red shirts to represent Heidelberg with the name of their native country on the backs and the logo We Chose Tiffin.

Students were joined by international students from Bridges Academy, Tiffin Columbian High School, Tiffin Calvert High School and Tiffin University. They marched down the streets carrying a banner reminding the community that they chose to study in Tiffin, the "Education Community."

There are about 170 international students in the Tiffin area from 42 countries including Australia, China, Germany, Jamaica, Libya, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The event was planned with the collaboration of Joe Moore, director of the International Culture Center; Rachel Crooks, director of International Student Services at Tiffin University; John Detwiler, president and CEO of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services; and Julie Arnold, director of International Affairs and Studies at Heidelberg.

Heidelberg to host Oktoberfest dinner

Heidelberg University's Office of International Affairs & Studies invites the community to enjoy a dinner of German cuisine on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 4:30-7 p.m. in Hoernemann Refectory. The dinner and a series of events throughout the month of October celebrate the German Oktoberfest.

The menu includes chicken piccata (Huhn picatta), roasted pork loin with pan gravy (geroesteter Schweinebraten mit Sosse), au gratin potatoes (Kartoffelgratin), peas and carrots (Erbsen und Moehren), braised brussel sprouts (Rosenkohl), flamkuchen (Flammkuchen), assorted German salads including (Salatauswahl), green bean salad (Bohnensalat), carrot salad (Moehrensalat) and pasta salad (Nudelsalat), and assorted German desserts including apple kuchen (Apfelkuchen), chocolate pudding with whipped creme (Schokoladenpudding mit Sahne), cheesecake squares (Kaesekuchenstueckchen), bread pudding (Brotpudding) and green Jello (gruener Wackelpudding).

Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

Recording artist to give concert

National recording artist Andra Moran and her husband will be on the Heidelberg University campus Oct. 5 for a concert and a retreat on "Justice, Faith and the Arts." The university's Religious Life Council and the Berg Events Council are co-sponsoring the event in Herbster Chapel. The concert begins at 7 p.m., followed by the retreat from 9 p.m.-midnight. Both events are free.

Moran studied music formally at Belmont University in Nashville while trying to make her way as a songwriter and performer. Her music expresses both a deep sense of faith and a mature sense of self. In July, she released "Harmony Grove," a collection of spiritual songs. Other recordings include "In Small Things," "Listening," "The Someday Sessions" and "If Not for This." In addition to her recordings, Moran's songs have also been published in a Chalice Praise and are sung in churches, summer camps and dorm rooms across the country.

'Berg readies for homecoming

Heidelberg University is making final plans for its homecoming celebration Oct. 8-13 with the theme "Moving Forward, Looking Back."

A variety of events are planned in the university's residence halls throughout the week.

Homecoming culminates with a pep rally, concert and crowning of the king and queen Oct. 11 and a student comedy show Oct. 12. On Saturday, a 10K run, a 5K run and a 2-mile fun walk will be sponsored by the Inter-Residence Hall Council. The homecoming parade from Greenfield Street to Mayer field is 11 a.m., followed by an end zone party prior to the homecoming football game against Otterbein at 2 p.m. A post-game get-together will follow the game at University Commons.

The university also will hold its annual Fellows Day luncheon and business meeting Saturday, as well as class reunions for alumni who graduated five, 10 or 15 years ago.

Elks scholarship available

The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship 2013 applications are now available at the Tiffin Elks Lodge for high school seniors. Applications also are available online at The deadline is Dec. 7 to the Tiffin Elks Lodge.

Kent dean's list

KENT - Ashley Riehm, 87 W. Market St., Tiffin, was named to the summer semester dean's list at Kent State University.

St. Joseph credit union gets new CEO

Rick Budde recently joined Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union as chief executive officer.

Budde has been in banking for 38 years, most recently as senior vice president of lending at Hancock Federal Credit Union in Findlay. He has an associate degree in accounting from the University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Findlay and an master's in business administration from Bluffton University.

Croghan expands Tiffin services

Croghan Colonial Bank has hired a lending team to serve Tiffin, Seneca County and surrounding markets.

Brian P. Bower was hired Aug. 31 as a real estate loan originator. Bower, a native of Tiffin, has more than 14 years of banking and mortgage lending experience. Since December 2010, he has served as regional sales manager of mortgage lending for US Bank in Fremont.

Bower has a bachelor's degree and a masters degree in business administration, both from Tiffin University. He can be reached at the Tiffin Westgate banking center at (419) 447-2250 or via email at

John M. Kerschner was hired Sept. 4 as vice president/commercial loan officer. A native of Tiffin, Kerschner has more than 11 years of banking experience. Since December 2007, he has served as the vice president of commercial lending and the vice president of credit administration for First National Bank of Gulf Coast in Naples, Fla.

John is a graduate of Tiffin Calvert High School. He has a bachelor's degree in finance from The Ohio State University. He can be reached at the Tiffin downtown banking center at (419) 447-8777 or email

Fostoria hospital offers kidney support group

FOSTORIA - A kidney disease support group is to meet at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. The support group was developed as an extended support service to those who have kidney disease, their family members and public.

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center, on the lower level, entrance 2.

For more information, call Keesha Talley, RN, dialysis department, at (419) 436-6685.

Hartzell attends conference

Becky Hartzell, one of Community Hospice Care's patient care coordinators, attended Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice's 2012 fall conference and tradeshow in September. This conference, "Transforming Your Agency for the Future: Extreme Makeover Healthcare Edition," and was designed to provide information for Home Care and Hospice agencies to survive with the unprecedented changes in Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance providers. Industry issues and initiatives were addressed by industry experts, recruited to provide insight on these updates and strategies designed to empower agencies.



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