Horse camp offered in new year
Lane of Dreams Farm, home of Tiffin University's equestrian team, is to offer a two-day camp 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan 3-4. This camp is designed for children 9 and older who desire to learn more about horses, have fun and experience adventure.
Formal riding is to be taught as well as natural horsemanship skills, anatomy and the fundamentals of owning a horse. The emphasis is to be on riding skills, horsemanship, learning about horses, crafts and fun.
Lane of Dreams farm also offers private and group lessons for children and adults April through July. English and Western riding, including dressage and jumping, are taught by certified instructors. For experienced riders, horse leasing is possible during the summer months.
For information or to sign up for the camp, call (419) 448-7433.
Red Cross receives free grant services
The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties has been selected for free services by JustWrite Solutions, a national nonprofit capacity building agency.
The Red Cross is to receive pro bono services for 2013. The services, which include a case for support, grant prospecting, master proposal/case statement development, grant writing training, proposal reviews and coaching, have an in-kind value of $7,900. To be considered for the award, nonprofits must serve communities in northwest Ohio, have an annual budget of less than $350,000, have been in operation for at least five years and never have been a client of JustWrite Solutions.
"We are pleased and excited to offer these pro bono services to the Red Cross," Heather Stombaugh, principal consultant of JustWrite Solutions, said in a release. "We are inspired every day by the outstanding work of many northwest Ohio nonprofits, and we believe strongly in donating our time and talent to the community.
"Many worthy organizations applied for our services," she added. "The Red Cross rose to the top of the applicant pool because, as one reviewer put it, 'They have a grasp of the essentials, but they need help taking it to the next level.' During the next year, we'll work with them to grow their capacity and raise more funds for their vital work."
"We are very excited about this opportunity to work with JustWrite Solutions," stated Todd James, executive director of The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties. "The training resources and experience that they bring to our organization will enable us to plan long-term revenue development through the grant seeking process."
For the past two years and with plans to continue in the future, JustWrite Solutions issues a request for applications for pro-bono services Aug. 1. The application deadline is Oct. 1. For information, call Stombaugh at (419) 494.6806 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library closed for Christmas
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to be closed today, Dec. 23, 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
The library is to re-open Dec. 26 with regular hours.
Family movie night at the library
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a family movie night at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
The library will be featuring the film "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift." The movie is rated PG and runs 88 minuets. The event is open to all ages and for the entire family.
No registration is required and refreshments will be provided.
For more information log onto the library's Facebook page, the library's website at www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us or call (419) 447-3751.
Free computer classes
CLYDE/GREEN SRPINGS - The Green Springs Branch of Birchard Public Library is to offer free computer classes in January.
Citizens Online is to have a series of four classes meeting 1-2:30 p.m. January 7, 9, 14 and 16.
Internet 1 and 2 classes will be held in Green Springs from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 25.
Pre-registration with Birchard Adult Reference is required. For more information, call (419) 334-7101 ext. 216.
Patty Cole visits library
BLOOMVILLE - Children came to Bliss Memorial Public Library Dec. 10 for a night of fun. Children began the night with a snack of popcorn, cookies, and milk.
Author Patty Cole came to share and read her latest children's book, "Papa's Birthday Gift." Cole also donated a children's gift bucket to the library in which tickets were sold, with Mary Rice chosen winner. The proceeds from the bucket raffle went to the library.
The children were encouraged to make a Christmas tree ornament with green craft sticks and various art supplies. The night concluded with children playing ring around the reindeer antlers.
TCS board to meet
The Tiffin City Schools Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafetorium at the Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.
Tiffin schools offer online payments
TCS has a partnership with e~Funds for Schools. e~Funds for Schools is to allow parents to pay for students' school lunches and fees from a checking account, debit card or credit card.
Parents can access the e~Funds for Schools system and make one payment for multiple school activities. Log on to the schools website at www.tiffin.k12.oh.us, then click "e~Funds for Schools" under the Quick Links to get started. The students' ID number is needed, which can be provided by the school secretary.
For more information, contact the school or email technology_coordinator@
November students of the month
CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS -McPherson Middle School of Clyde-Green Springs Schools has named November Students of the Month. The students are: Chloe Cousino, Grant Reese, Ashtyn Gill, Chelsea Strickland, Justin Moyer, and Brendon Wampler.
Elementary to visit nursing homes
NEW RIEGEL - Students from New Riegle Elementary school are to visit the nursing homes of Elmwood, Autumnwood and St. Francis Thursday to deliver Christmas ornaments, cards and well wishes to the residents.
A collection also will be taken of non-perishable foods for the local food pantries.
Student service projects
FOSTORIA - Third grade classes from Fostoria Intermediate Elementary are to go to Wesley Commons to carol for residents. Students will walk the halls at 2:15 p.m. Monday.
Third grade students also are going to participate in a "Cheers to the Elderly" service project at Wesley Village 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. Students are to lift the school neighbors' holiday spirits with special cards and songs and also will decorate cookies with the elderly.
TU faculty member Melanie Trost's article, "Asynchronous Art History," which promotes the positive aspects of teaching art history online, was published in the December issue of "Faculty Focus."
TU Professor Fang-Mei Law was the lead author of a paper published in the December issue of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Law, an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, published new research in the paper, "Hope and Recovery from Substance Abuse for Female Drug Offenders in Taiwan." Law's co-author is her husband, Gwo-Jen Guo of the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan.
Bonnie Tiell has published new research as the lead author of an article in the Fall 2012 issue of The Journal for Intercollegiate Athletic Issues. The article, "Roles and Tasks Of The Senior Woman Administrator Through A Role Congruity Perspective: A Longitudinal Progress Report," updates Tiell's research that originally appeared in The Journal for the Study of Sport & Athletes in Education in 2005.
FREMONT -Students in Kevin Walker's machining class were given a presentation from a representative from Materion about job possibilities at the plant located in Elmore.
James Lippert, maintenance and engineering manager, has been working with Terra State for two years to develop a process for Materion to continually replace its aging workforce.
Materion has developed the Skilled Trades Entry Program. It consists of a three-tier approach to allow people of various mechanical and electrical skills or specific educational background to gain entry and develop into fully qualified trades personnel.
Terra's recognized degrees are manufacturing engineering, manufacturing technology major or mechanical engineering technology and electricity major and power and controls. The two-year degree hires will work at Elmore for hands-on training experience in conjunction with specifically developed, technically focused training that will be required and provided at Terra or a similarly defined and accepted academic institution.
For more information on opportunities in the skilled trades at Terra and Materion, contact Kevin Walker at (419) 559-2440 or James Lippert at James.Lippert@Materion.com.
Frantz receives Delta Mu Delta scholarship
KANSAS, Ohio -TU Senior Olivia Frantz was awarded a Delta Mu Delta (International Honor Society in Business) scholarship. Frantz, from Kansas, Ohio, is double majoring in human resource management and accounting at TU. She is president of the Tiffin University Business Club, president of Delta Mu Delta, a peer leader and the Becker CPA campus representative.
Terra State OKs agreement with Michigan school
FREMONT -Officials from Terra State Community College and Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich., recently signed a transfer agreement that will allow Terra State students to transfer up to 64 credits from Terra towards a bachelor of Science in robotics engineering at LTU.
The agreement is the culmination of a yearlong effort between Terra State and LTU. LTU launched its robotics program in 2011. Jim Perlberg, an LTU alumnus and Terra State robotics faculty, contacted Giscard Kfoury, head of the robotics program at LTU, and they began the process of establishing the articulation agreement.
LTU is one of two colleges in the U.S. that offers a dedicated bachelor of science in robotics engineering. It also has one of the highest-rated engineering and architectural programs in the country. Terra State is the only community college in Ohio that offers a dedicated associate of applied science in robotics degree.
VFW group donates items to Terra State Veterans' Center
FREMONT -Several members of the ladies auxiliary from VFW Post 2947 of Fremont visited the Veterans' Center at Terra State Community College recently. They did not arrive empty handed.
The women brought a new coffee maker along with coffee, creamer, filters and cups, as well as plastic silverware, plates, napkins and several patriotic decor items.
Student receives first Terra arts leadership award
FREMONT -During Terra State's Holiday Festival production, Terra State Community College presented its first "Distinguished Student Arts Leadership Award" to Chelsea Wellman of Fremont. The award was presented to Wellman following the finale of the festival concert Dec. 1 at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center by Terra State President Emeritus Marsha Bordner.
The Distinguished Student Arts Leadership Award is selected by the faculty/staff and granted to a student who is graduating with an artistic or creative degree, demonstrates leadership among their peers, has academic aptitude, and has made a great impact on the arts.
Wellman is the first recipient of this award and received it for her work as a student producer and becoming an active leader and promoter of the arts. While at Terra, Wellman served as the student director for the Terra Choral Society and worked in the Music Office as the student production assistant. She served as the student producer of the Jazz and American Music Festival, Holiday Festival in 2011 and 2012, co-produced two veterans' tribute concerts, and helped initiate the new night club concert series at Terra State.