Community announcements, March 12

Downtown trivia night scheduled

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and Tiffin Elks are partnering to bring March’s Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin 7-8:30 p.m. March 27 at the Elks, 106 E. Perry St.

The program is hosted by Tiffin Middle School history teacher Ben Gillig.

Questions are geared toward those ages 12 and older. A panel of local celebrities are to judge the answers.

Participants are asked to form teams of two to four members, which can be composed of all ages. Teams are to write their answers. No phones, tablets or electronic devices may be accessed during the contest.

Space is limited. Team captains are to register by calling (419) 447-3751 or visit

MCL to host craft night

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Community Library is to host Adult Craft Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The craft is to create string art in the shape of a mason jar filled with flowers.

For more information, call (419) 927-2407.

MCL to host annual tea party

SYCAMORE — Mohawk Community Library is to host its annual tea party for girls 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25.

The theme is “Once Upon A Time.”

For more information or to register, call (419) 927-2407.

NCA board to meet

The North Central Academy board meeting has been changed to 8:30 a.m. March 22 at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Tiffin-Sentinel to host farmer share breakfast

Tiffin-Sentinel FFA

Chapter is to host a Farmers Share Community Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m. March 22.

Cost is a 50-cent donation per person, which is the estimated profit that a farmer makes off of each meal.

Included in the breakfast are eggs, pancakes, sausage, hash browns, orange juice, coffee and milk.

The breakfast is designed to make people aware of the farmer share of food costs. Now, the farm receives 15.8 cents for every dollar spent on food products in the grocery store or restaurant.

Terra State to offer manufacturing courses

FREMONT — The Kern Center for Business and Industry Training at Terra State Community College is to offer non-credit manufacturing courses for the spring semester.

Courses include reading schematics and prints, basic PLCs operations and troubleshooting for PLC 5 and SLC 500 controllers, motor controls, controllogicx 500 PLC, hydraulic and pneumatic troubleshooting and supervisory training 101: understanding the legal aspects of supervision.

To register and a full list of courses, visit or call (419) 559-2464.

Shafer earns new title

Teresa Shafer has been named Tiffin University’s vice president for institutional planning and effectiveness.

Shafer provides leadership and oversight to the research, planning, training, career services, global education and accreditation activities of the university.

She also directs a comprehensive college-wide institutional effectiveness program that includes strategic planning, institutional research and compliance with state, federal and Higher Learning Commission requirements.

Shafer has served in many capacities at TU including interim and assistant vice president of academic affairs, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, dean of outcomes assessment and assistant dean of the School of Business. She has also served as the chairwoman of the provost search committee.

TU newspaper wins five awards

Tiffin University’s student newspaper, The Tystenac, won five awards at the Associated Collegiate Press’ annual convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After competing with 200 delegates at the organization’s Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention, the campus newspaper won awards for best four-year university non-weekly publication, best single page design, best editorial and two awards for best feature story.

Lewis University dean’s list

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Lewis University announced Ali Mohammed S. Almansour of Tiffin was named to the 2016 fall semester dean’s list.

Resident named to honors society

FINDLAY — Kayla Magrum of Tiffin was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi while attending the University of Findlay

TU professor publishes paper

Tiffin University professor Fang-Mei Law, with her husband, Gwo-Jen Guo, published a paper entitled “Choice and Hope — A Preliminary Study of the Effectiveness of Choice-Based Reality Therapy Strengthening Hope in Recovery for Women Convicted of Drug Offenses in Taiwan.” It appeared in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

UF students participate in play

FINDLAY — Students at the University of Findlay recently participated in the musical theater production, “The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy,” based on the comic strip characters created by Charles Addams.

Local students who took part in the production included Ryan Bush of Fostoria as Gomez Addams and Mykayla Ruffing of Attica as an Addams Family ancestor/ensemble.

Airman Astacia C. Richardson

U.S. Air Force Airman Astacia C. Richardson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Richardson is the daughter of Stacy Kern and step-daughter of Marcus Kramb of Fostoria. She also is the granddaughter of Christine and Randall Kern and niece of Randall Kern, all of Kansas, Ohio.

She graduated in 2016 from Hopewell-Loudon High School, Bascom.

Doctor, football star to present at dinner

Mercy Health Foundation Tiffin, together with the Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund of the Tiffin Community Foundation, is sponsoring a Prostate Cancer Awareness program and dinner.

The presentation is to feature Dr. Thomas Zaciewski, a specialist in urology at Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital, and Dane Sanzenbacher, a wide receiver who was All Big Ten during the 2010 season with the Ohio State Buckeyes and then went on to play in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears.

The dinner and presentation are March 28 at Wickham Great Hall on the campus of Heidelberg University. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are to be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required with a cost of $5 per person including dinner. Sanzenbacher is to be available for photos and autographs following the presentation.

“We are very pleased to have this forum to present important information on prostate cancer,” said Bernie Steinmetz, foundation manager for the Mercy Health Foundation Tiffin. “Dr. Zaciewski does a wonderful job of presenting and answering questions.

“We are also very excited that Dane Sanzenbacher will be joining us,” Steinmetz said. “Dane had a great career with the Buckeyes and then went on to a very successful NFL career with the Bears and Bengals. He will help us welcome guests and then greet fans following the presentation.”

Heidelberg Dining Services is to provide a buffet dinner, and a cash bar also is available. Reservations are required and will be limited to 150 guests. Tickets are available at Mercy Health Tiffin Hospital and Varsity Barber Shop.

The Prostate Cancer Awareness Fund was started eight years ago to help promote awareness of this disease in men. Many forms of prostate cancer can be controlled if detected in their early stages. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer among men. The fund, started by the Reser family, is one of a number of funds within the Tiffin Community Foundation.

Purkey hired as Shelby County FSA director

Annette Purkey, longtime employee in the Seneca County office of the Farm Service Agency, has been hired as executive director of the Shelby County FSA office.

Purkey started her new position Jan. 23, replacing Latham Farley who resigned last year, according to FSA Acting State Executive Director David Drake.

In 1987, Purkey began working for the Seneca County FSA as a program technician responsible for implementing disaster and conservation programs. She served as the lead program technician while managing the office during the absence of a director in Seneca County.

She has completed several college courses in accounting and personal development while earning a certificate in supervision that have helped her manage her farm business and assisted in her career with FSA.

In 2016, Purkey was accepted into the county operations trainee program for Ohio and traveled throughout the state to study FSA programs and learn county office operations. After completing the training program, she was selected by Shelby County FSA Committee to serve as CED.

Plat books available at Extension office

Seneca County office Ohio State University Extension has announced 2017 plat books are available for $25.

The office is on the second floor at the Seneca County Ag Center, 3140 S. SR 100.

For more information, call (419) 447-9722.

Farmer appreciation breakfast planned in Sycamore

SYCAMORE — As a way to thank area farmers and others involved in agriculture, First National Bank of Sycamore is hosting a Farmer Appreciation Breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m. March 22 at Sycamore Community Center, 3498 SH 103, Sycamore.

The complimentary breakfast is to catered by Savory Sweet Catering Co. of Sycamore.

Area farmers, business leaders and public officials are invited. RSVP to Darren Frank at (419) 927-6392 by Tuesday.

“Agriculture is a huge part of our community and this is just a small way for us to show our appreciation to all of the area farmers and others involved that provide for us through their hard work and dedication,” said bank president Dean Keller.

First National Bank of Sycamore has been serving the area since 1919 with locations in Sycamore, McCutchenville and New Riegel.