Sunday announcements, Sept. 17

New Riegel American Legion

Commander Denny Nye opened the Sept. 4 meeting of the New Riegel American Legion Post 354. Members raised the flag at the Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 Hopewell-Loudon football games.

Donations were given to Finanial Assistance for Cancer Treatment of Seneca County for its Legacy Bike Ride; New Riegel High School for its winter sports program; and the benefit fund for Leroy Coleman.

A thank-you card was received from the Fritz Elchert family for the military funeral performed.

The next meeting is to be at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Tiffin Historic Trust

In preparation for Sunday’s Behind the Facade Tour: Riverside Ramble, Tiffin Historic Trust board members signed up to staff the tour locations 2-5 p.m. Tour goers are to be able to view the inside of renovated homes, apartments, industrial buildings, a social club and historic sites, including a statue and a tree, in the historic neighborhood that includes Frost Parkway, Adams Street, North Monroe and Hudson streets. Fort Ball Pizza and Ralph’s Joy of Living are to provide refreshments for tour-goers. Tickets, $5 per person, are available at Ralph’s, 33 N. Washington St., half-an-hour prior to the tour. As a bonus, a mini tour flyer will point out spots along the way of Charles Dickens’ 1842 visit to Tiffin. An artist montage print of notable locations in Tiffin will be available to purchase at the ticket table in front of Ralph’s Joy of Living on Sunday.

The historic trust is waiting for the list of approved contractors for the facade improvement grants managed by Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. as the preservation organization decides on its course of action for repairs to the Grammes-Brown House. The board also is planning a date to tour 81 Jefferson St., the former county commissioners’ office and records storage facility originally built as Dr. Benner’s residence and hospital.

President John Bing reminded the board to submit electronic versions of historic trust activities, such as copies of the Preservation Post newsletters, posters of the Behind the Facade Tours and photographs of the Victorian teas, to include in the Seneca County Justice Center time capsule. The cornerstone laying ceremony was Friday. The board approved donating to the Lady Justice Statue fundraising campaign.

Lisa Swickard promises to tell of Ghostly Encounters at Little Hedges Park at the Victorian Halloween Tea at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Phone reservations to Phyllis Watts at (419) 448-8312 and provide a detailed message with the names of the people attending the tea and your contact information.

The next board meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Grammes-Brown House.

YMCA to host Air Force fitness challenge

Tiffin Community YMCA is to host a U.S. Air Force Special Operations Fitness Challenge 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 23 for ages 17-39.

The events include a 500-meter swim, 1.5-mile run and two minutes each of push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups.

Awards for overall champion, male/female and individual events are to be given.

To register either for individual events or the entire challenge, visit www.facebook.com/afspecopsfitnesschallenge.

TU to host Latin American event

Tiffin University is to host Food & Culture – Latin America “Gifts of the World” 11 a.m. – noon Sept. 26 in Chisholm Auditorium located in Franks Hall on TU’s campus.

The event also is to consist of a themed lunch in Cole Dining Hall, located in Gillmor Student Center.

Tiffin native named as Kent royalty

Marisa Stephens of Tiffin has been selected as a member of the Kent State University 2017 homecoming court.

Stephens is a 2014 Columbian High School graduate and is the daughter of Denise and Mark Stephens.

DeWine announces video contest

COLUMBUS – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the start of the ninth annual Take Action video contest, which gives Ohio high school students a chance to win up to $2,500 in college scholarships.

To enter the contest, Ohio high school students in grades 9-12 can produce and submit a 60-second video on smartphone privacy, social networking scams or creating strong passwords. The deadline is Dec. 8.

College scholarships are to be awarded to the top three individuals or teams of two. The first place winner is to receive $2,500, second place $1,500, and third place $1,000. Winners are to be announced in March.

For more information or guidelines on the contest, visit www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

Tiffin resident named to dean’s list

CINCINNATI – Sidney Baker of Tiffin has been named to the 2017 summer semester dean’s list at the University of Cincinnati.

U.S. News ranks ‘Berg among best Midwestern colleges

Heidelberg University again is ranked among the top colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national survey.

As Heidelberg has intensified its focus on transformation, improvement and growth, several new student-focused initiatives implemented recently have contributed to an excellent educational experience for Heidelberg students.

Initiatives include the innovative PlusOneAdvantage Free MBA for students who meet certain criteria, the co-curricular HYPE Career Ready Program to prepare students for careers and life after college, and the stronger new student resources in academic advising, mentoring, support and career planning that aim directly at student success toward graduation and beyond.

The report uses a set of criteria, including peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and financial resources, in ranking colleges and universities. The survey provides a thorough examination of how accredited four-year colleges and universities compare on a set of 16 indicators related to academic excellence.

This year, Heidelberg ranks 60th in the top tier in the Midwestern University region.

Local students make semifinals

in National Merit Scholarship program

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced the semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.

Local semifinalists include Kamren Zirger of Bascom and Zoe Rutledge of New Washington.

New Washington resident earns scholarship

ALLIANCE – Emma Ollis of New Washington has been awarded the dean’s scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year by the University of Mount Union.

NCA board to meet in October

The North Central Academy Board meeting scheduled for Sept. 20 has been canceled.

The next regular meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center campus, 928 W. Market St.

NCOESC board to meet Tuesday

North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors are to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion campus office, 333 W. Center St., Marion.

Lakota board to meet Monday

KANSAS – Lakota Board of Education is to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the staff dining room at the school, 5200 CR 13.

TCS program group to meet Wednesday

Tiffin City Board of Education’s Program Committee is to meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, “Latin Americans: Who We Are” is to be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St.

Matt Bereza, a Tiffin University professor, is to open the event, and a panel of community residents and university students of Latin American heritage is to talk about their heritage and take questions.

Bliss to host ‘storytime’ event

BLOOMVILLE – Bliss Memorial Public Library is to host Storytime for children ages 3-6 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday nights, starting Oct. 3.

The event features playtime, songs, stores, flannel boards and crafts.

To register, call (419) 983-4675.

The schedule is as follows:

Turtle Time – Oct. 3.

All Things Fall – Oct. 10.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock – Oct. 17.

Monsters Inc. – Oct. 24.

Owlsome – Nov. 7.