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Counseling &disability awareness events
Terra State Community College is hosting several counseling and disability awareness events in October.

The first two are co-sponsored by NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties. On Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held on the front steps of Roy Klay Hall, Building A. This event will honor those who have been lost, are living with or are providing care to someone with a mental illness.

A Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training session will be offered Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Recital Hall, Building D. The one-hour suicide prevention presentation by NAMI will address how to recognize the signs and what to say to the person thinking about ending his/her life.

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Tim Berta

On Oct. 21 at 10 a.m., “Celebrating Differences” will help raise awareness about people living with disabilities. Special guest speakers will be Tim Berta, a survivor of the Bluffton University baseball team bus crash, and Tiffany McClain, the director of disability services at Columbus State Community College.

For more information about any of these events, contact Dori Dalton, Coordinator of Counseling and Disability Services, at 419-559-2342.


Business loan funds available
Entrepreneurs who have dreams of owning their own small business but have been turned down by traditional financing may still be able to achieve their dream with the help of the micro enterprise loan program at WSOS Community Action Commission Inc.

Microenterprise businesses, which usually employ five or fewer employees, can access loans available to small business owners who are low to moderate income within Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, Seneca, and Huron counties.

Funded through WSOS Community Action Commission, the loans are available to owners to help meet the needs of existing and/or start-up businesses, which do not qualify for conventional financing through a banking institution or which may have a financing gap to fulfill.

The loan amounts for each loan range from $500 to $10,000. The loans can be used for purposes such as buying furniture, fixtures, machinery and equipment, vehicles, minor building improvements, inventory, working capital and supplies. Items such as real estate purchase, major construction, and franchises are not eligible.

Applicants must be at least two years past a bankruptcy with no delinquencies. Depending on the nature of the project and the ability to repay, the term of the loan is one to five years with a current interest rate of 9 percent. Applicants are required to provide collateral.

WSOS has provided microenterprise loans for micro businesses for more than 15 years. For more information or to submit an application, contact Angie McConnell at 419-332-2008. For information about WSOS, visit www.wsos.org.


Parent group forming
Oak Harbor High School Principal Keith Thorbahn is inviting any parent/guardian of a student in grades 8-12 to a start-up meeting for the Oak Harbor High School Parent Group.

The meeting will take place Monday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the media center at the high school.

The goal of the OHHS Parent group will be to increase and improve communications between the home and school, and to provide parents the opportunity to provide input.

For more information, contact Thorbahn at 419-898-6216.


B-C-S alumni honors
Four times per calendar year, the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District strives to highlight the accomplishments of its graduates who reside in this area, as well throughout the nation and the world.

The B-C-S Alum Highlight will be featured in the district publication, “The Sampler,” and in other media throughout the area.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:
• Be a graduate of Oak Harbor High School and an alum for at least five years;

• Have made important and meaningful contributions to their community and/or their respective profession;

• Possess a strong sense of community-mindedness and a commitment to excellence in their lives, both personal and professional;

• Be worthy of serving as a role model for the children of the B-C-S School District.

Nominations will be reviewed by the B-C-S Communications Committee. For information about how to submit a nomination, contact the district office at 419-898-6210.


St. Kateri kindergarten Requirements changing
St. Kateri Catholic Schools have announced a change in the age requirements for students to be enrolled in the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs.

Effective at the start of the 2014-2015 school year, all new students must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten at St. Kateri Catholic Academy. Similarly, students will need to be 3 years old by Aug. 1 in order to enroll in the Pre-3 program, and 4 years old to enroll in the Pre-4 program.

The current cutoff date is Sept. 30.

All students currently enrolled in St. Kateri Catholic Academy’s Pre-3 and Pre-4 programs will still be able to move on to the next level of the education program.

For more information, contact Kelly Latz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-693-0465, ext. 238.


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 October schedule includes:
• Wednesday, Oct. 2 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. S.R. 163, Oak Harbor.

• Wednesday, Oct. 23– 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

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


Eastwood’s Got Talent
The Eastwood Vocal Music Boosters will host the “Eastwood’s Got Talent” competition, Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The talent competition will feature the top 15 finalists which will be selected through a preliminary round of auditions. The competition is open to anyone. The deadline for entries is Oct. 15. All interested parties need to fill out and submit an entry form. Concessions will be available throughout the evening.

The event is free and open to the public with donations being accepted at the door. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. All proceeds raised will benefit the Vocal Music Boosters.


Project WILD grants
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has grants available for Ohio teachers who have successfully used Project WILD in their classrooms. These funds will allow teachers more opportunities to provide students with hands-on learning about wildlife and habitat.

Grants totaling $500 each will be awarded by the ODNR Division of Wildlife on a competitive basis to 40 schools that have participated in Project WILD, a supplemental environmental education curriculum for grades K-12.

“A WILD School Site project allows teachers to bring conservation education concepts to life for students by taking lesson plans outdoors,” said Jen Dennison, wildlife education coordinator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “It also improves schoolyard habitat for wildlife while providing an outdoor learning experience.”

Project WILD uses wildlife and wildlife management techniques to teach traditional school subjects, such as math, science and language arts. Now in its 10th year, the grant program provides teachers with funding to purchase the materials, equipment and activities needed to develop WILD School Sites on their campuses.

The grants are awarded to applicants who best meet the WILD School Site criteria. Criteria includes participation in one of Ohio’s Project WILD programs, direct improvement of the habitat on the school grounds, involvement of the students in the projects as much as possible and correlation of the projects to the school’s curriculum.

Funding for the WILD School Site grant program comes from the sale of Ohio hunting and fishing licenses. Ohio has 133 certified Wild School Sites around the state.

Interested educators should submit an application anytime between now and May 31, 2014, to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Outdoor Education Section, 2045 Morse Rd., Building G, Columbus, OH 43229.

Complete details of the grant program and an application packet can be found at ohioprojectwild.com or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

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