Local farmer makes donations
ATTICA - A.V.R. Fire District and Attica Community Food Pantry will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmers Fred and Christy Schoen and America's Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Seneca County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving the Schoens the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. They selected the A.V.R. Fire District and the Attica Community Food Pantry.
The fire district is to use the donation to purchase new helmets, boots, a hose and possibly a few air bottles to supply a self-contained breathing apparatus.
The food pantry is to purchase food and personal hygiene products for more than 60 families in the Seneca County area.
"I'm a nurse and it's in my blood to help people," said Christy. "I'm so grateful to be donating to these organizations because they take great pride in assisting the community."
This year, the Monsanto Fund is to invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.
For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more information, visit growcommunities.com.
Professional group to meet Wednesday
Findlay Area Human Resource Associates are to meet 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at The Findlay Country Club 1500 Country Club Drive. The topic is social media recruiting by April Glonek/The Right Thing.
The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for students/members in transition.
For information or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 421-4713.
Low vision group to meet Wednesday
St. Francis Home Inc. is to host a low vision support group for visually-impaired seniors 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.
Ellen Morrow is to present the session "Growing Through Grief: Emotional Adjustment to Vision Loss."
The International Low Vision Support Group provides free monthly webcast presentations about eye disease and living successfully with low vision. It is hosted by MD support.
For more information or to reserve a seat, contact contact Jane Cook, director of nursing, at (419) 447-2723.
Organization hosts dining program
Community Hospice Care is to offer a dining assitance program 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30 at the office, 181 E. Perry St.
A diing assistant is a person who is paid by any agency to feed patients/residents.
The cost of the class is $65 which includes all books needed for the class.
For more information or to register, call (419) 447-4040.
Red Cross honors everyday heroes
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in the United States, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and families in war zones, military hospitals and military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply and trains more than 7 million people in first aid, water safety and life-saving skills every year.
The Hancock County Chapter provided relief to over 400 people affected by disaster, assisted more than 400 military families and trained thousands of people in lifesaving skills last year. Sixteen local Red Cross volunteers also assisted in relief efforts in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana following Hurricane Isaac and in New Jersey and New York to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.
Records open for viewing
The records of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library for 2012 are open to the public for inspection.
Learn to knit
CLYDE -Knifty Knitters of Clyde is to teach beginners knitting/crocheting 5:30-7:30 p.m Thursday at the Clyde Public Library.
Knitting/crocheting supplies are to be provided. Knifty Knitters meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the library to knit and crochet for charity.
Register at the lobby desk or call (419) 547-7174.
Lego program is out of this world
Lego Saturday at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is 1-3 p.m. March 23 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
The theme for March is outer space.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or email email@example.com.
Library movie screening
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a screening of "Toy Story 3" at 6 p.m. March 25 in the Frost Kalnow Room.
The movies is rated G and runs 103 minutes. Refreshments are to be provided.
New magazine titles at the library
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced several new magazine titles to be checked out.
Titles such as "The Week," "VegNews," "Where to Retire," and "Inc." will be offered.
Tiffin library offers book bundles
The Junior Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has added book bundles to its collection from the Hurwitz Family and Altrusa International of Tiffin.
Book bundles are themed and contain two books, a movie and a drawing and writing sheet. Themes vary from shapes, transportation and farms and are geared for children ages 2-6 years old.
New library staff member
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced the appointment of Shannon Wood to adult services staff as of Feb. 25.
Program committee to meet
The Tiffin City Board of Education's Program Committee is to meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the administration Building in the conference room.
Seneca East board to meet Monday
The regular meeting for the Seneca East Board of Education is at 7 p.m. Monday in the board office.
Lakota board to meet Monday
Lakota Local School District Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the staff dining room at Lakota Schools, 5200 CR 13.
Board of governors to meet Tuesday
North Central Ohio ESC Board of Governors is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center's Marion office, 333 E. Center. St., Marion.
Disabilities board to meet Tuesday
The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the opportunity center.
Space comes to students
FOSTORIA - Longfellow Elementary is to have theme days 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
The theme days will be in preparation for a visit from the Hancock County Portable Planetarium. Students are to learn about astronauts, making name rockets, singing a song about the planets, eating "astronaut" pudding and playing moon ball.
Celebrate cultural heritage April 7
International Cultural Festival is 1-4 p.m. April 7 at Tiffin Middle School.
The event is a celebration of cultural diversity in the community.
The festival provides an opportunity to learn about countries and cultures. The event is for children ages 4-12 and parents. The International Cultural Center will provide all materials for crafts and games.
This event is sponsored by the International Cultural Center, the Office of International Student Services at Tiffin University and the Office of International Affairs & Studies at Heidelberg University.
To register or for more information contact Joe Moore, at (419) 447-3358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbian artists win 30 awards
Advanced and senior portfolio art classes competed in the region 3 portion of the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition at Willard High School March 2. Columbian artists won 30 of 110 awards given at regionals. This is the 18th time in the past 22 years TC artists have placed first in the total number awards given.
Artists winning one regional award are Abbey Anspach, Jackie Ardner, Ashley Bell, Josh Briggs, Justin Brose, Annie Demith, Dominique Herrera, Parker Holblen, Jordon Jarrett, Kayla Magrum, Austen Molyet, Alysia Scherger and Michaela Sharlow. Winning two regional awards are Kelsey Drown, Natalia Dunn, Alyssa Gardner, Devin Goetz, Alex Kramer, Colleen Smith and Audrey Vrancken. Winning three awards is Ashley Niedermier.
Regional winners were to advance to the state competition Saturday at Upper Arlington High School.
Vanguard honor society induction
Vanguard Tech Center announced 20 students representing seven member schools within the school district were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
Mark King, criminal justice instructor, and Aaron Wilson, social studies instructor, were co-master of ceremonies for the event.
Students who met the criteria set by the Vanguard Tech Center Chapter for academic excellence, scholarship, leadership and community service include Thomas Kipps and Logan Robinson of Bettsville; Patience Biggs, Macy Gill, Derek Logan and David Norman of Clyde; Shawna Fease, Casey Szymanowski, Jessica Griffin and Ty Willson of Fremont; Alyssa Lind, Jamie Billow, Kelsey Randolph and Aaron Triplett of Gibsonburg; Twyla Shuck, Nathan Ray, Aaron Reasor, and Alyssa Talbert of Lakota; Isaiah Galvan of Old Fort; and Megan Murphy of Tiffin.
The society recognized John Rizzardi, career-based intervention instructor, as an honorary inductee.
Bettsville to have open enrollment
BETTSVILLE -Bettsville Local School District is accepting open enrollment applications for students wanting to attend for the 2013-14 school year.
Applications will be accepted through May 31. Parents will be notified by June 15 of acceptance.
For a tour of the facility or more information, call (419) 986-5166.
Time to register for kindergarten at Bettsville
BETTSVILLE -Kindergarten registration for the Bettsville Local School District is May 2 at the Bettsville School.
Registration will be for children who will be 5-years old on or before Aug. 1.
To register, call (419) 986-5166.
BVHS offers scholarships
FINDLAY -Blanchard Valley Health System is offering educational Scholarships to individuals pursuing health care careers.
High school seniors entering college, current college students and BVHS associates are eligible to apply.
For more details, visit www.bvhealthsystem.org.
FFA public speaking awards
CLYDE - The Clyde FFA Chapter competed in Public Speaking Career Development with Kayla Dales placing first in the extemporaneous speaking event and Kayla Geyer placing second.
Jessica Miller and Chelsea Zerman participated in the prepared speaking event. Aaron Klohn placed third in the FFA Creed speaking event. Jacob Wott and McKaylie Ridley also participated in the creed category.
The chapter also hosted the Greenhand chapter degree ceremony. Members receiving the Greenhand Degree are Emily Bogner, Jonathan Brooks, Kenton Durst, Dylan Hill, Logan Kessler, Carah Liebold, Ryan Miller, Alexis Peck, Paige Stiefel, Brooke Quaintance, McKaylie Ridley, Brandyce Wott, Jacob Wott and Tyler Sherman. Members who received chapter degrees are Eric Adams, Jason Bagley, Jessica Bowser, Austin Caster, Zach Caster, Jacob Dagg, Autum Dearsman, Kristi Geyer, Austin Gill, Sarah Gonzalez, Kyle Hartshorn, Time Hohenstein, Aaron Klohn, Kara Ohms, Jeff Selvey and Cyleen Sharpe.
TMS students have heart
During the first few weeks of February, National Heart Awareness Month, Tiffin Middle School students jumped for heart disease and stroke by participating in Hoops For Heart. Students raised more than $1,300 for the American Heart Association, which funds research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke.
The top grade-level fundraisers include Colin Burkett, sixth grade, with $205; TJ Sutter, seventh grade, with $100; and Brandon Couch, eighth grade, with $125.
In addition, TMS Student Council donated over $150 bringing the total to $1,500.
CLYDE - Clyde Young Farmer Organization hosted the 13th annual Annual Reverse Raffle Benefit Feb. 2 at Ole Zims Wagon Shed, raising $6,500 for local organizations.
TMS students of the month
Tiffin Middle School has announced the students of the month for January.
Those students are Abby Dryfuse, Dalton Doss, Clay Free, Trisha Simpkins, Matthew Cole, Ryann Hartenstein, Sami Hepp, Lexia Ziegler, Lydia Bruno, Drew Hoffman, Rachel Phillips and Hayden Stone.
February students of the month
CLYDE/GREEN SPRINGS - The McPherson Middle School of Clyde-Green Springs Schools has named its February Students of the Month. The students are Jarett Jones, Hannah Clark, and Vanessa Guzman, Scott Clapp, Lewis Orr, and Elyssa Chong.
Visit for prospective students March 22
Tiffin University is to host Academic Discovery Day, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p .m. March 22 in the Gilmor Student Center and Franks Hall.
The event is free and open to prospective students and families to visit the campus.
TU dance team to perform
The TU Dance Team and Axis Indoor Percussion Ensemble are to perform during the spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in Gillmor Gymnasium.
TU student places first in martial arts
The Tiffin University Dragons Martial Arts Club attended the International Arnold Classic in Columbus.
TU student Tyler Malott placed first in kobudo, weapons competition, in the adult brown belt category, which qualified him for the world championships at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in August.
Local passes nursing exams
Alease Elaine McElhatten, of Tiffin, recently passed the National Council of Ohio State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination for practical nursing.
She completed the practical nursing program at Brown Mackie College, Findlay, where she had been elected as president of the Nursing Club.
McElhatten attended Calvert High School. She is the daughter of Sandy and Dan McElhatten of Tiffin.
Local firm chosen to renovate building at Terra State
FREMONT -The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees selected KF Construction and Excavating of Fremont to renovate the former Early Learning Center into a state-of-the-art conference center.
The firm submitted the low bid of $1,901,500 and was chosen by the board to serve as the project's general contractor. The entire project, including furniture and a commercial kitchen, is projected to cost $2.5 million.
KidsCollege asking for volunteers
FREMONT -Organizers of the annual KidsCollege at Terra State Community College are seeking instructors and volunteers.
KidsCollege is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15-19.
Classes are offered in creative arts, science, technology, fitness and more.
For more information, contact Amada Pochatok at (419) 559-2205.