Foundation awards grant to Hayes Presidential Center
FREMONT The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community Foundation approved a Reed Fund grant of $5,000 to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. These funds are being used to bolster new development projects aimed at increasing the center's income to ensure its long-term continuation.
The Reed Fund grant has been used to support hiring an administrative assistant for six months. The assistant is to help the executive director and development director concentrate their efforts on development projects. New income sources are critical to the center, which has seen its annual income from the state decrease to $281,043.
Each year hundreds of school children take part in the center's satellite classroom program Curriculum Connections. Many people attend lectures, historical exhibits, and make use of the vast resources of the Hayes Museum and Library.
Tourists visiting the center make a significant impact on the local economy. The center's year-round special events also add to the quality of life for area residents and are important in attracting new business to the area.
"The Toledo Community Foundation recognizes the historic importance of the Hayes Presidential Center and its key role in the community at large. Making this grant is a way to help the center help itself. The foundation has been impressed by efforts already taken by the Hayes Presidential Center to overcome its financial crisis and is pleased to offer assistance," said Keith Burwell, president of Toledo Community Foundation.
"We recognize that the only way to significantly grow our income is through development," Hayes Presidential Center Executive Director Christie Weininger said. "This grant provides us with the support staff we so desperately need as we seek to engage new financial support from around the country."
Toledo Community Foundation Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the foundation has more than 545 funds with assets of approximately $166.5 million.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is home of the nation's first presidential library, dedicated to the life of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. For information, call Development Director Kathy Boukissen at (419) 332-2081, ext. 226.
Fremont Area Women's Connection brings in the new year
The Fremont Area Women's Connection is to host a New Year's luncheon, "Happy New Year" Jan. 8 at Anjulina's Catering, 2270 W. Hayes Ave., Fremont. The lunch is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the cost is $12. A complimentary nursery is available by reservation.
Featured speaker is Nancy Williams of New Bremen, who plans to show her handbags and jewelry and present "You Are Priceless."
For reservations or information, call Donna at (419) 680-2251 or email Carrol at email@example.com by Jan. 3.
Read, watch 'Charlotte's Web'
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a book discussion "The Story of Charlotte's Web," by Michael Sims at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
This discussion is part of the library's "Read It-See It" series. Copies of the book are available at the library's Information Desk.
The Ritz Theatre is to feature the motion picture "Charlotte's Web" at 2 p.m. Jan. 20, and patrons can present their library card and get a free popcorn.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
Book group to meet at Bailiwicks
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will host its next "Coffee by the Book: Book Group at the Wick" 6-7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Bailiwicks Coffee Company, 62 S. Washington St.
The discussion's selection will be, "Turn of Mind," by Alice LaPlante, and is now available for checkout at the Information Desk.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751.
Next date for Tales of Twos & Threes
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host its next Tales for Twos & Threes series beginning Jan. 8.
Sessions are to be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 15 and 22. Additional sessiond are planned for 10 a.m. Jan. 9, 16 and 23. All programs will be in the Frost Kaknow Room, except the Jan. 8 program, which will be in the Junior Home Room.
No registration is required for the free program.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751.
Next date for 'Babies and Books'
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced "Babies & Books" is to have two 30-minute classes at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Junior Home Room.
"Babies and Books" features stories, rhymes, songs and finger plays.
Registration starts Jan. 2 and there is no cost to attend.
Teen New Year's party at library
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Teen Department i to host a "Teen New Year's Party" 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
Teens can participate in a video gaming contest, a dance-off and making hors d' oeuvres and playing games.
Time to get crafty
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library's Junior Department is to host "Crafty Thursday" 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
All ages are welcome to make crafts and take one home.
The event is free and registration is not required.
Family movie screening
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a movie screening of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
The movie is rated PG and runs 93 minuets. The event is free and open to all ages.
No registration is required and refreshments will be provided.
Organizing tips to be shared
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to present the program "Get Organized" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
A local professional organizer, Reannon Hayes, is to teach participants how to get organized in four simple steps and how to downsize and get paper clutter under control. She plan to present before and after pictures and give handouts with organizational pointers.
Hayes is to give a door prize at the program, a "Thirty-One" gift bag full of organizational goodies.
The program is open to all ages. To register, call (419) 447-3751.
New Riegel Schools hold public hearing
NEW RIEGEL - New Riegel Schools Board of Education is to conduct a public hearing on its proposed fiscal year 2014 alternative tax budget at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the library.
The board's 2013 organizational meeting is to follow the budget hearing.
Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Center, Fremont, is offering an EMT program this winter 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 15 at the Vanguard campus in the public safety classroom at the new building, 1306 Cedar St., Fremont.
Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Career Center also is to offer an advanced EMT program 6-10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 21 at the Tiffin campus in the public safety classroom.
To register, contact Lorrie Dymond, Mary DelOng or Fanny at (419) 334-6901 ext. 2731 or 2732.
Family needs discussed
North Centeral Ohio Educational Service Center is planning "Spotlight on the Family" Jan. 15.
Participants are to discuss commonalities of family needs. Disucssion is to focus on techniques for parenting children with and without disabilities and for keeping family balance and harmony in the home. It is designed for parents with children ages 0-9. Discussion is to be presented by Sandy Brickner of the Ohio Coaliation for the Education of Children with Disabilities.
Registration is required.
For more information, call (419) 447-7674, or (800) 549-5959.
LSC class learns about health and human services
Leadership Seneca County met Dec. 12 at St. Francis Home for a "Health and Human Services" session.
Bob Hauzie, president and CEO of St. Francis Home, talked about community services St. Francis offers county residents.
In addition, the class heard from Bob Anderson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Sharon George of Family and Children First Council, Joe Moore of the International Cultural Center and Cynthia Morrison and Patrick Steyer of the Seneca County Opportunity Center.
A holiday social followed at the American Civil War Museum of Ohio where leadership members, alumni, board members and spouses gathered for food, friendship and entertainment by the Hopewell-Loudon Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir.
Molly Lofton of Tiffin YMCA won an iPad mini and class member Michelle Zimmerman won the 50/50 drawing.
YLC class to learn and relate
The Youth Leadership Class of 2013 met Dec. 17 at Vanguard Career and Tech Center to hear presenters talk about "Learning and Relating."
Students shared holiday traditions, and then Andy Helms of Terra State Community College presented "College Options."
Three Vanguard student ambassadors led tours of various labs within the school including engineering, transportation, marketing, welding, medical and horticulture.
A game of "Hats On, Hats Off" was led by YLC Committee member Holly Stacy, which explained the brainstorming process. Area eighth-graders then heard about the Youth for Understanding program from YFU area coordinator Jamie Withem and three area exchange students.
The group is to meet again in February.
Tiffin Middle School students of the month for November
Students recognized in November include Brady Stone, Hannah Chance, Rhea Hess, Clay Moore, Alex Beuoy, Gabby Everetts, Trevor Franklin, Zach Hoy, Allyson Bland, Jeremy Correll, Tyler Craig and Beca Kimmet.
Help Me Grow offers child development screening
Free child development screening are planned 6-7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Tiffin YMCA.
A free seven-day YMCA pass is to be offered to all who are screened.
For more information or to register, call (419) 447-7674. Walk-ins are welcome.
Private screenings are to be offered for those unable to attend.
McPherson attendance honorees named
Sixth Grade: Samantha Alexander, Skyler Andres, Chase Arndt, Mackenzie Baker, Cole Balsizer, MacKenzie Begley, Gracie Berlekamp, Samuel Borden, Braden Boyd, Owen Brewer, Paige Brown, Lakotah Cagle, Cory Collins, Brandon Craig, Ian Craig, Kyra Daniel-Dickey, Ajaya Desrosiers, Kyle Dewald, Alma Dominguez, Iris Dominguez, James Dry, Sidnee Estep, Sophia Estep, Camaron Farrar, Jared Flewelling, Viola Francis, Emma Friend, Rolando Garcia, Alejandro Garnica, Chelsy Gerwin, Mason Goshe, Levi Graham, Levi Hahl, Jakob Hatlay, Kacee Hemby, Benjamin Hohenstein, David Hohenstein, Zachery Hush, Madison Jones, Kade Kardotzke, Alexis Keegan, Mason Knight, Cadence Lamb, Austin Legg, Alexander Long, Dylan Matherne, Quinn Minnick, Burke Mitchell Jr., Julia Munoz, Logan Nicely, Jared Norman, Paige Perkins, Serenity Perry, Whitney Phillips, Taylor Pierce, Thais Ramirez, Jordan Roberts, Aleesea Rodriguez, Hunter Rofkar, Evan Rosenberger, Alyssa Scott, Jacqueline Smith, Seth Taylor and Paige Wright.
Seventh Grade: Zachary Anderson, Kyle Baker, Jason Bickhart, Haleigh Blosser, Kayle Butler, Elyssa Chong, Kaleb Crooks, Seth Eisenhower, John Falk II, Wyllow Gonzalez, Andrew Greider, Daine Greider, Ryan Hall, Joshua Jenne, Fernando Lemus-Deleon, Conner Long, Noah Mahler, Kristopher Mange, Casey McElfresh, Saylor Meyer, Robert Michael, Halie Miller, Alec Montgomery, Alexis Ott, Lilith Richie, Logan Riehl, Skylar Riehl, Cayden Rollins, Madeline Royster, Paige Sipperley, Tyler Sprouse, Desaray Taylor, Garett Taylor, Mason Tolbert, Zachary Tornow, Cy Ungerer, Chloe Venturino and Parker Wilson.
Eighth Grade: Sarah Alexander, Devon Anderson, Matthew Baker, Nathan Barnard, Derek Beier, Grace Borden, Noah Brown, Brooklyn Caudill, Scott Clapp, Brady Craig, Cassidy Dillon, Bree Dowling, Robert Elder, Makayla England, Jacey Groover, Maria Guzman, Abby Hartshorn, Christopher Hatlay, Joshua Heishman, Steven Hohenstein, John Jackson, Mia Kardotzke, Zachary Keegan, Blake Kent, Averi Kidd, Caitlyn Kimmet, Lazarus Kirk, Alicia Klohn, Dalton Liebold, Franklin Losey, Carlie Magers, Cole McBroom, Eric Middleton, McKenzie Mook, John Morrison, Lucas Nicely, Austin Ott, Kaleb Rosenberger, Lillian Royster, Robert Selvey, Frank Sewell, Molly Shearer, Amber Sherman, Megan Smith, Ally Sprouse, Foster Van Doren, Hope Washam, Millicent Waugh, Summer Workman and Evan Zaleski.
FFA hosts poverty awareness event
Mohawk FFA hosted Bring Your Own Box, an event which encouraged students to camp out in a cardboard box to stimulate the challenges of being homeless.
Members raised $1,000 in donations from local businesses to sponsor the event and to purchase gifts for families in need during the holidays. Students also collected about 200 pounds of canned food for the Sycamore Food Pantry.
At the camp-out, students heard from Sycamore Mayor Matt Boucher and his wife, Jennifer, about the importance of being involved within the community and helping those in need.
Mohawk FFA takes on competition
Mohawk Parliamentary Procedure Team recently participated in area contests. The team consisted of president Jarred Shellhouse, vice president Deon Morter, secretary Kayla Draper, treasurer Lindsay Daniel, reporter Emily Daniel, sentinel Darby Walton, student adviser Brady Kohlenberg and member Ciara Long.
The team participated in county-level competition at Riverdale High School, and placed second. At the sub-district contest at Upper Sandusky, the team also placed second, qualifying for district-level competition. At the district contest, hosted by Clyde High School, Mohawk placed fifth.
In the Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event, members are judged on their ability to run a business meeting. They discuss motions and use approved rules of parliamentary procedure.
Mohawk FFA tours businesses
In early November, 25 Mohawk FFA members traveled to area agricultural businesses. The purpose of the trip was to expose students to the importance of agriculture in the community and to show them the variety of careers available in the industry.
The day started by visiting Mennco Grain, a division of Mennel Milling, in Nevada. There, students experienced the grain industry first-hand, sampling loads of grain as they came to the elevator. From there, they traveled to ag service agencies in Upper Sandusky, including Ag Credit, Farm Service Agency, Soil and Water and the Natural Resources Conservation District. While in that office, they also visited UC Walton Realty. The group made one more stop in Upper Sandusky at Ohio CAT, where members heard about careers in the ag service agency.
After leaving Upper Sandusky, the group stopped at North Central Veterinary Services, where members learned about careers in animal sciences.
Seneca County Farm Bureau then spoke to the group about opportunities for involvement. Farm Bureau also provided lunch for the students.
The last stop of the day was at Genex Cooperative, where students learned more about artificial insemination and the size and scope of the business.
Terra to close for the holiday
Terra State Community College is to be closed for the holidays beginning 5 p.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Jan. 2.
Heidelberg reduces summer tuition
It may be December, but the time to start thinking about taking summer courses is now. To make the process easier, Heidelberg University has announced it will reduce tuition for undergraduate summer classes on the Tiffin campus by 30 percent.
The new rate sets summer school undergraduate tuition at $450 per semester hour, said Lindsay Sooy, vice president for enrollment management. Summer classes offer assistance with completing graduation requirements, staying on track with course sequencing within a major or improving the GPA.
Heidelberg offers more than 40 summer courses, both in class and online. The summer schedule will be available in mid-March, when non-Heidelberg students can apply and register for classes.
For information, contact the Heidelberg admissions office at (419) 448-2330.
Tiffin University profs recognized
TU faculty member Melanie Trost's article "The positive aspects of teaching art history online," was published in the December issue of "Faculty Focus," Magna Publications.
Trost is an instructor in TU's degree completion program and for the School of Arts and Sciences.
Terra among schools to receive grant
FREMONT - Up to 3,500 students at Ohio colleges and universities are to benefit from co-ops and internships created through an $11 million state investment with matching dollars from employers throughout the state such as Honda, Procter & Gamble, Owens Corning and First Energy.
Recipients of the funds are to award business and education partners that enhance learning opportunities for students in Ohio through co-ops and internships.
The program has been approved by the Ohio Controlling Board.
The grants are part of Gov. John Kasich's workforce development strategies to align Ohio's higher education curriculum with skills in demand by businesses.
Terra Community College has been awarded $69,145, and plans to expand its infrastructure to enhance future co-op placements with area businesses and increase student, business and faculty participation in co-ops.
Terra State nursing grads receive pins
Members of the seventh class to complete the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Terra State Community College received their pins during a ceremony Dec. 13.
Each nursing graduate chose a family member or friend to present the nursing pin. The graduates each received a Nightingale Lamp which was lit by nursing faculty and the entire class recited the Nightingale Pledge. A small reception followed the ceremony.
Receiving nursing pins were:
Jennifer Fry, Iris Reyna and Jessica Spriggs, all of Fremont.
Nicole Jumper, Jacob Frisch and Kelli Bloomfield, all of Tiffin.
Brandy Daley of Oak Harbor.
Holly Tyson of Helena.
Stephanie Skiles-Heuring of Bellevue.
Colleen Schill of Castalia.
Amy Portentoso of Fostoria.
TonyaHarris of Attica.
Local man plays in Findlay recital
Ryan Wood, a 2010 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, played "Nice Work if You Can Get It," by George Gershwin/Strommen, on the baritone saxophone during an instrumental recital recently at The University of Findlay.
Wood is a 2010 graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School. he is a senior at the University of Findlay and is majoring in animal science and pre-veterinary medicine. Wood also participates in marching and concert band.
Wood is the son of Roger and Charlene Wood of Tiffin.
Make plans now to help Easter Seals
TOLEDO After the joys of Christmas come the frustrations of tax season. But taxpayers have the ability to help children and adults with disabilities during this season of giving and potentially ease a little bit of their tax burden at the same time, just by cleaning out their closets.
Easter Seals Northern Ohio collects donations of clothing, household items and small furniture through scheduled pickups as well as at red-and-white donation bins throughout the area. Proceeds from the bulk sale of these donations support Easter Seals' programs, including speech and language therapy, medical equipment loans and summer camps for children and adults with disabilities.
Items collected are taken to Saver's thrift stores where they can provide funds to Easter Seals and make low-cost clothing and other items available to the community.
"When nonprofit organizations decide to collect reusable items from the public, the IRS allows them either to use the items themselves or sell them to help support their service offerings," said Sheila Dunn, president and CEO of Easter Seals Northern Ohio. "When we began this donation program, we knew we wanted to use the funds to assist local people with disabilities to improve their communication skills, enhance their physical mobility, or just live better lives."
Last year, Easter Seals Northern Ohio spent about $100,000 to provide speech therapy to children whose parents could not afford to pay. The organization also supplied 2,200 pieces of medical equipment on loan to 1,200 people who could not buy it themselves.
In addition, Easter Seals conducted summer camps in Bellevue, Ashtabula and Alliance, where 125 children and adults with disabilities were able to attend.
For information, call (800) 708-2716 or visit noh.easterseals.com.