MOPS Christmas party planned
Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS at the Y, is to meet 9-11 a.m. Dec. 13 at Tiffin YMCA. A Christmas party is planned with group gift exchange and holiday craft activity. Attendees also are to bring a $5 gift to exchange during Bunco.
Anyone interested in joining the group or learning more about MOPS can contact Brittany at (419) 618-1239. The group is for moms of preschool-aged children and there is no obligation to join the first time a mother attends.
Breakfast and childcare are provided.
Sharing kitchen Christmas party set
The annual Christmas party at the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen has been set for 11 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Madison Street.
Light refreshments are to be served and Santa is to greet guests with his bag of gifts. There are to be gifts for children and adults. The room is handicapped accessible.
Community volunteers, led by the Knights of Columbus, are to prepare party gifts beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers are welcome.
The Sharing Kitchen Board suggests groups wishing to support this activity with gift items consider cookies for refreshments, games and new toys that do not require batteries, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, gloves and small gifts for men. Other needed items are bottles of dish detergent, bar hand soaps, dish towels and cloths, toothbrushes and other personal hygiene items.
Donors are asked to bring gift items to the church door off the Monroe Street parking lot by Thursday between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 20, a full Christmas dinner with ham and fixings is to be served during regular hours.
For more information, call St. Paul's office at (419) 447-1743.
Red Cross serving holiday dinner for military families
FINDLAY - The American Red Cross Armed Forces Family Network is to hold its annual holiday dinner for military families and service members at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Hancock County Area Agency on Aging, 339 E. Melrose Ave., Findlay.
Dinner is free and is open to all military family members, service members and veterans in Hancock County, Fostoria/Seneca County and Wyandot County. Reservations are requested by Dec. 17 to Ron Rooker at email@example.com or (419) 422-9322 ext. 1503.
Today's military families active duty, National Guard, Reserve and veterans are spread across the United States. Many live far from military installations and the support services they offer but few are far from a Red Cross chapter. The Red Cross addresses the characteristics of today's military service members and their families, enabling and empowering military families to prepare for, manage and transition through the challenges of military life.
TSPL cookie club
The Junior Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a "cookie club" during December and January.
Junior library patrons will receive a cookie club card on their first visit, and then earn stamps for the card, each time he or she checks out books. They also will receive a paper cookie with their name on it to put in the giant cookie jar on the junior library door.
Participants are to celebrate at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Frost Kalnow Room with a cookie club party. The program will include cookie stories, fingerplays and cookie treats.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's craft night
BLOOMVILLE - Bliss Memorial Public Library will be holding a Christmas ornament craft night at 6:30 p.m. Monday for children in grades K-4.
Author Patty Cole also will be at the library to read her latest book.
A children's Christmas gift basket will be raffled off. Tickets will be 25 cents and can be purchased at the circulation desk, with funds donated to the library.
Patrons do not need to be present to win.
Santa is coming to the library
BLOOMVILLE - Santa Claus is to visit Bliss Memorial Public Library 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15.
Children can bring a wish list and Santa will be handing out goodies to children.
Tammie Reinhart of Portraits by Tammie is to take pictures and guests will receive a free 4x6 photo. Parents can pick up additional photos they purchase during the following week at the library.
Christmas stories will be read to children while parents wait in line. Parents are asked not to bring cameras so the line can move quickly.
All money made from extra photos will be donated to Relay for Life for cancer research.
Program committee to meet
Tiffin City Board of Education Program Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the Administration Building on the third floor in the conference room.
Business council to meet
Tiffin City Board of Education Business Advisory Council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Administration Building on the third floor in the conference room.
Seneca County opp board to meet
Seneca county Board of Developmental Disabilities will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Seneca County Opportunity Center.
A public forum also will be held to take comments regarding the draft 2013 Action Plan/2012 Annual Report.
Adult/workforce classes at Sentinel
Vanguard-Sentinel is taking registrations for part-time Adult Workforce Development classes scheduled to run in Fremont or Tiffin.
To register, contact the Adult Career & Technology Center at (419) 334-6901 ext. 2701 (Fremont) or Sentinel Career & Technology Center at (419) 448-1212 ext. 3008.
For dates, visit www.vsctc.org.
Those interested must register more than two weeks in advance. Without sufficient enrollment, classes will be canceled.
TCS welcomes NCOESC MD units
Tiffin City Schools has welcomed the North Central Ohio Education Service Center multiple disabilities units to the school buildings.
These units serve students at the appropriate grade level building.
Participating schools and teachers include:
Washington Elementary unit is led by Rachel Hopple, who is employed through Tiffin City Schools.
Krout Elementary unit is taught by Maureen Meyers.
Noble Elementary unit is taught by Shawn Siebenaller.
Tiffin Middle School unit is taught by Martin Williams.
Columbian High School has two MD units, taught by Lindsay Parkins and Coleen Gase.
Kindergarten registration starts
Tiffin City School District is to accept kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year. Kindergarten classes are to be held at Washington K-1 building, 151 Elmer St. Children must reside in the Tiffin City School District and must be 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2013.
Pre-kindergarten registration screenings are to take place April 8-12.
To register contact any elementary building office or Pat Smith at Tiffin City Schools Administration Office at (419) 447-2515.
December students of the month for Sentinel
Sentinel Career & Technology Center would like to recognize Amy Covert, Jimmy Lauer and Travis Zimmerman as students of the month for December.
Junior high presents Christmas show
FOSTORIA - The choirs at Fostoria Junior-Senior High will be performing their Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the school's Performing Arts Center.
Featured will be the Junior High Choir as well as the chamber, concert and jazz choirs.
Elementary Christmas concert
FOSTORIA - Third graders from Fostoria Intermediate Elementary are to stage "This Christmas" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fostoria High School Performing Arts Center.
Emma Pletcher is the Snow Princess with Zach Ward as Rudolph and Ryder Doane as Santa. Four dolls will sing a solo and two elves will perform a duet. There are also bell ringers performing Jingle Bells and Emma will sing "Carol of the Bells."
Families are invited to come and enjoy songs and dances of the season.
Help keeping children warm this season
FOSTORIA - Second graders at St. Wendelin Catholic School will be learning to make scarves using a mini loom to be distributed to area children through EnCamino.
This project will teach children diligence and patience along with learning the gift of giving.
FFA team advances
CLYDE-GREEN SPRINGS - Clyde FFA Chapter hosted the District 4 Parliamentary Procedure Competition Nov. 29. During the event, FFA members must demonstrate correct procedures for running a business meeting.
The advanced team placed first in the event and will represent the chapter at the state finals Saturday.
Chairmen for the event were Kayla Dales and Jessica Miller. Other team members included Kaylin Addair, Shilee Sharpe, Patrick Tea, Kayla Geyer, Kara Ohms and Aaron Klohn.
The novice team placed fourth. Chairmen for the novice team included McKaylie Ridley and Jacob Wott. Other team members wereTyan Miller, Logan Kessler, Paige Stieffel, Kara Leibold, Cyleen Sharpe, Kirsti Geyer and Brittany McClure.
Mohawk gets festive
SYCAMORE - Mohawk Music Department has scheduled its annual Christmas Choral and Band Concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Mohawk Performing Arts Center.
The concert will feature the Mohawk junior high and high school choirs under the direction of LuAnn Brodman, and the junior highband and jazz band under the direction of Kate Niederkohr.
Leaders visit leader
FREMONT - The Fremont Ross High School Leadership Class visited State Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, as part of its field trip to Columbus to learn about the operation of state government.
"It was truly a pleasure to welcome the leadership class and their instructors to Columbus today," Damschroder said. "It is always so encouraging to see youth in our area taking an interest in how to be leaders and learning the functions of our government."
The agenda included a meeting with Damschroder, State Auditor Dave Yost, Attorney General Mike DeWine and the legislative staffs of Gov. John Kasich and Secretary of State Jon Husted.
Additionally, the group took a tour of the Ohio Statehouse and attended a session of the Ohio House of Representatives, where the group witnessed the Ohio State University football team being honored for its undefeated season.
The class is instructed by history teacher Mike Gilbert.
Fostoria works with Heidelberg
The city of Fostoria and Fostoria Economic Development Corp. are to collaborate with Heidelberg University graduate studies in business.
This program has been patterned after the Harvard Business Schools MBA program. Heidlebergs's Field Study Program creates a customer-driven experience combining classic curriculum with exercising specific disciplines, emphasizing the development of essential skills in governance and ethics, emotional intelligence, teamwork and leadership, and critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem-solving.
MBA students will receive an excellent education, develop working knowledge with live practical experience and businesses gain value with an educated workforce that can adapt quickly to any situation.
MBA students will be working with Fostoria through mid-February.
Contractor wins award for Heidelberg project
General contractor Adena Corp. has been recognized with a 2012 excellence in construction "Eagle Award" for its work on Heidelberg University's Residence Life & Learning Hall and The University Commons from the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.
Open house at 'Berg
Heidelberg University will be hosting the campus dining service's annual Holiday Open House Buffet 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Friday in Hoememann Refectory.
The menu includes tarragon chicken with herb cream sauce, roasted redskin potatoes and parsley butter fingerling potatoes, pesto ditalini with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, artichokes, asiago and shaved parmesan cheese, fresh green beans with carmalized river shallots, butted corn and assorted salads, and several holiday desserts.
Cost is $8.50 per person and guests must RSVP by Thursday.
'Berg professor co-authors book
Leslie Haley Wasserman, assistant professor of education in Heidelberg University's School of Education, has co-written and co-edited a book, "Early Childhood and Neuroscience: Links to Development and Learning" (Springer Publishing), along with Debby Zambo of ASU.
Expected to be released in 2013, it is next in a series titled "Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research."
Shelly Miller of Bloomville has received the Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University.
The award is given to a student who has demonstrated scholarship, leadership and service, the qualities of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.
Music at night at Terra State
FREMONT - Terra State Community College will be offering "Jump Start" music courses in the evenings beginning in spring 2013.
The program is to benefit prospective students interested in music courses but unable to attend classes during the day and students not able to start during the fall.
For more information, contact John Cipiti at (419) 559-2378.
Terra organization donates to charity
FREMONT - The new medical assisting student organization at Terra State Community College conducted its first fundraiser this fall and a local charity is the beneficiary.
Recently, officers from the club gave Lindsay Ross, of Fremont, a check for $437.50 from Suzanne Weis, sergeant-at-arms, of Gibsonburg, and Erin Esker, treasurer, of Fremont. The money will help fund the work of Warm Tie-dings.
Several faculty members from Tiffin University have succeeded in publishing:
Tiffin University's Sushmita Ghosh, associate professor of science, published a paper, "Increasing Competency In Health Science Education: Introspection," in the American Journal of Health Sciences. The paper deals with improving science education.
Fang-Mei Law is to present two research papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science annual meeting in New York City. The first paper is "Validating the Index of Sense of Self-Control in Recovery for Drug Offenders" and the second is "Who is in Charge of Your Recovery? The Effectiveness of Reality Therapy for Female Drug Offenders in Taiwan."
Tiffin University faculty member Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, assistant professor of management and information systems, has published new research in the areas of smartphones, "Managers and the Mobile Device: M-Learning and M-Business-Implications for the United States and China." Kahle-Piasecki co-authored the article with Chao Miao of Virginia Commonwealth University and Sonny Ariss of the University of Toledo.
Senior Lecturer in the master of humanities program, Anne Marie Fowler recently earned her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in arts and sciences and a specialization in world literature in English and translation. Fowler also has had work published in the Tule Review and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Vol. 4): Louisiana.
Festival brings in holiday season
FREMONT - Terra State Community College's ninth annual Holiday Festival reached out to record audiences with performances this past weekend at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center and Clyde High School Auditorium.
The festival is presented in collaboration by the college's music department and the Terra Choral Society. Various ensembles from the college also are highlighted. This year, two new ensembles were introduced to the college, Terra Children's Choir and NORFA/Terra Community Flute Choir.
The Children's Choir is directed by Traci Newsome and features singers, grades 3-8 from northwest Ohio.
The holiday festival is performed by the choral programs of the college and is produced by the student production teams as part of the training requirements, providing real-life experience in concert and recording production.
TU students honored
Alpha Phi Sigma, Tiffin University's criminal justice honor society, held its annual induction ceremony Dec. 2. The keynote speaker was professor Marti Jerew.
Ohio Magazine recognizes 'Berg faculty
Heidelberg University Spanish professor Cynthia Lepeley and visiting BGSU professor Kenneth Snead, who is teaching in the school of business during the 2012-13 academic year, are among a group of educators featured in the December issue of Ohio Magazine.
Kern Center offers Christmas fitness specials
FREMONT - The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College will be offering a 20 percent discount on its winter fitness classes.
Registration must be completed by Friday to qualify and all classes begin the week of Jan. 7.
The following courses are to be offered:
Body Works - 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 4:45-5:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, cost: $55.
Get Your Groove On 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, cost: $50.
Kettlebell Blast 6:45-7:30 p.m. Mondays, cost: $50.
Maxed Out Cycling 7-8 a.m. Tuesday and 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, cost: $60.
Kickboxing Tuesdays, 5-5:45 p.m. Cost: $55.
Mind, Body and Spirit: The Connection 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, cost: $55.
Revamped 212 5-5:50 p.m. Wednesdays, cost: $55.
Going to TOWN (Taking Off Weight Now) 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, cost $50.
Zumba 6-6:50 p.m. Wednesdays, cost: $55.
Butts and Gutts 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, cost: $50.
Step It Up 5-5:50 p.m. Thursdays, cost $55.
To register or for more information, call Marsha Thiessen at (419) 559-2255.
Overmyer new Terra trustee
Sheriff Kyle Overmyer was sworn in as Terra State Community College's newest board of trustees member at the December board meeting.
Overmyer has been the sheriff since 2008 and is an alumnus of Terra.
"I am truly proud to be a graduate of Terra State Community College," Overmyer said. "I feel that obtaining an education from Terra has been a contributing factor to me being elected sheriff of Sandusky County at such a young age."
Tiffin native performs in Findlay studio voice recital
FINDLAY- Samantha Prenzlin, 2008 grad from Columbian High School, performed "Only Hope" by Jonathan Foreman during a studio voice recital at University of Findlay.
Prenzlin is the daughter of Nancy Prenzlin of Tiffin and is a senior animal science major.
Cooperative refunding $579,000 in capital credits
ATTICA - Approximately 12,400 former and current members of North Central Electric Cooperative are receiving patronage capital credit refunds this week.
At its November meeting, the North Central Board of Trustees approved a patronage capital credit refund of $579,486, marking the 33rd consecutive year the cooperative has retired capital credits to current and former members. Since 1980, the cooperative has refunded nearly $16.2 million in capital credits.
For the third year, the majority of refunds will be issued as credits on members' bills rather than issued as checks. Applying capital credit refunds to members' monthly electric bills is a more efficient way of refunding capital credits because it saves on postage, paper, printing costs and banking fees. Bills were mailed or emailed to members Dec. 1.
For former members and cooperative members whose refund total is $100 or more, a check was being mailed this week.
"Allocating and retiring excess revenue to members helps distinguish cooperatives," North Central Electric Board President Duane Frankart said. "We're proud to support our communities by putting money back into the local economy - and into the pockets of those we serve. It makes our business model special and positively reflects on the cooperative's financial strength and
North Central serves approximately 9,700 consumers-owners and maintains 1,781 miles of line in Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot counties, plus portions of Huron, Richland, Sandusky, Hancock and Wood counties.