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Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour “Small Business Basics” seminars designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The November schedule includes:
• Nov. 7, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

• Nov. 28, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter toll-free at 800-826-2431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Book signing set
In celebration of Halloween, the CollegeStore at Terra State Community College will host an “eerie” book signing featuring Dr. Victoria King Heinsen, of Port Clinton Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in the College Store in Building B.

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Dr. Victoria King Heinsen

Heinsen will be signing copies of her book, “Ghosts and Legends of Lake Erie’s North Coast,” a collection of ghostly tales from Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay, Catawba, Marblehead and beyond. She is an adjunct faculty member at Terra State where she teaches composition. For more information, call Jessica Sanchez at 419-559-2336.


B-C-S receives donation
Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools recently accepted a $5,000 donation from Bechtel Corporation.

Bechtel, a company that engages in major construction, engineering, and procurement projects throughout the world, will be doing work at the Davis-Besse Power Station.

The donation was presented to B-C-S- Superintendent Guy Parmigian and Treasurer Tim Coffman by Thomas Nixon, who will be heading the Davis-Besse project for Bechtel.

Beyond the donation, Bechtel offered a commitment to work with B-C-S Schools on mentoring programs that encourage engineering and design skills, and to begin a Junior Achievement (JA) program for students in the district. Board of education members expressed their gratitude to Nixon and Bechtel Corporation for the donation and commitment to excellence in education. Half of the funds donated will benefit B-C-S music programming, while the other half will benefit other educational initiatives.

During his visit, Nixon received a personal tour of the high school


Shoe Collection Drive
Owens Community College’s Environmental Club’s Shoe Collection Drive is continuing through Oct. 31.

The initiative is part of a collaborative effort with USAgain. Founded in 1999, an environmental organization that offers consumers a convenient and eco-friendly option for getting rid of excess clothing, which is then diverted from landfills for recycling or resale in the United States as well as abroad.

All collected shoes will be presented to Erek Hansen, of Curtice, to assist with his personal goal of promoting environmental conservation and awareness. Earlier this year, the Environmental Club presented over 500 denim materials to Hansen as part of a collection drive initiative with the “Cotton. From Blue to Green” program.

All types of shoes will be accepted as part of the collection drive. Donated shoes will either be reused or processed and recycled into material used in synthetic turf, playgrounds, running tracks, tennis courts, rubber mats and filling for car insulation.

A shoe collection point is located at the Student Health and Activities Center and the College Hall Bookstore. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.


Raking, shoveling help
The Northwood High School Key Club is offering free leaf-raking and snow-removal services to senior citizens living in the city.

For more information, call or email Tim Laird, Key Club advisor, at 419-691-4651, ext. 1513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Alexa Wegman, Key Club president, at 419-973-0901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Spring semester signups
New student registration for spring semester at Terra State Community College begins Oct. 29. For more information, call 866-AT-TERRA, ext. 2349.


Santa Shop vendors sought
Together in Education (TIE), the parent-teacher group at RC Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor, is looking for local vendors for The Santa Shop that will be held in the school Friday, Dec. 14 from 8:10 to 2:30 p.m.

The Santa Shop offers an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for family, friends and pets in the safety and convenience of their own school.  

Businesses that wish to participate may reserve an 8-foot table in the school gym. The charge is $10 per table. Items for sale should be priced from $1 to $5. Students will browse the tables and make their purchases. TIE will provide small, white lunch sacks for the students to use to ‘wrap’ their gifts.

RC Waters has 475 students plus teachers and staff. TIE will provide lunch for all vendors. The Santa Shop Committee will review and confirm all table reservations due to the limited number of tables/space and to avoid ‘like-type’ businesses.

For more information, call Valerie Winterfield at the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479 or visit Together in Education on Facebook.


Open house set
Owens Community College will offer a new compressed Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program beginning Spring Semester 2013.

The program will enable students to complete their associate’s degree in three continuous semesters, compared to the traditional five-semester program. Academic coursework will be completed as part of four-week, eight-week and 16-week sessions through classroom, laboratory and online learning.

Students enrolled in the program are trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics and group practices, performing administrative and clinical procedures. Offered through the School of Nursing, the program requires 70 hours of coursework within areas such as anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, computer applications, medical assisting clinical applications and medical assisting administrative applications, among others.

Upon completion of the program, students are able to take the national certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Owens’ program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment.

An open house offering more information about the compressed program will be held Monday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Health Technologies Hall Room 307. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2539.


Celebrate Terra State
Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont, will celebrate the installation of its new president, Dr. Jerome Webster, with a weeklong series of events.

“Celebrate Terra State” will include events involving students, staff and faculty, community members and organizations, veterans and representatives from local school districts and other Ohio colleges and universities.

Activities include:
• Thunder Showcase – 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13. Experience Terra’s campus and explore the college’s degree and certification programs through various demonstrations, activities, enrollment information, a Battle of the Bands, and a Chili Cook-off.

• Stand Down (Veterans services) – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14. In honor of Veterans Month, the Northcoast Jobs Connection Veteran Services Team is planning a Veteran Stand Down to provide information, services and support to our area homeless veterans.

• “Service, Honor and Dedication,” a celebration concert – 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Featuring Terra Choral Society and Orchestra, Terra State Jazz Band, regional high school choirs and special guests, tributes and presentations.

• Inaugural Ceremony – 2 p.m. Nov. 16 followed by the Inaugural Community Reception at 3:30 p.m.

A number of other invitation-only events will be held throughout the week. For more information, visit www.terra.edu/celebrate.


TSA Green Roof project
Toledo School for the Arts, a public charter school in downtown Toledo, celebrated the final phase of its Green Roof and Bioswale Project with the planting of its Green Roof Oct. 9.

Planting was conducted by Xero Flor. The green roof technology company produces tailors roof systems to individual project design goals, creating regionally grown pre-vegetated green roof mats that are effective in managing storm water in urban areas.

The school obtained a grant to build the rooftop garden and a bioswale to use as a hands-on learning lab for the students. Funds were awarded through a federal section 319 (h) under the Clean Water Act grant from the Ohio EPA.

The sponsoring partner on the Ohio EPA grant is the City of Toledo, Division of Environmental Services, and Mannik & Smith Group. A. A. Boos & Sons, Inc., and Xero Flor are additional project partners.

The City of Toledo will be helping TSA high school students in biology, chemistry and environmental science classes collect the rainwater for testing and monitoring as a part of their science curriculum.


“World’s Finest Pie Sale”
November will mark Clay High School Culinary students’ 15th annual “World’s Finest Student Pie Sale.”

The sale offers students the opportunity to learn to make pies from scratch using fresh local pumpkins and harvest apples. Funds raised support needy Oregon families at Christmas, as well as financing culinary activities.

Four styles of pies will be offered: Fresh Pumpkin, Chess (a southern-style sugar custard pie), Honey-Crunch Pecan and Apple-Crumb. The cost is $7 for the Pumpkin and Chess; $10 for the Apple-Crumb and $12 for the Honey-Pecan, which is made with a full half pound of Southern pecans.

Pumpkin and Apple-Crumb pies may be ordered as fresh baked or frozen raw to be baked at home. Honey-Pecan and Chess are pre-baked.

Orders are being taken through Nov. 8. Pies must be picked Tuesday, Nov. 20 unless other arrangements are made. To order, call the student-run restaurant, the Golden Eagle Café, at 419-693-0665 and ask for extension 2162.

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