Area residents seeking to add some new life and color to their gardens and yards are invited to the Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club’s annual Spring Plant Sale at Owens Community College on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the new greenhouse, located near the entrance to the Math/Science Center.
All proceeds from the plant sale will help in supporting the organization’s participation in the annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, which is a national horticultural and landscape competition involving over 50 colleges and universities across the country.
The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs and rare and unusual trees, among other items. A majority of the shrubs will cost $15, while tree varieties will cost between $15 and 35. Perennials will average $6.
For more information, call 567-661-7623 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7623.
Band boosters to meet
The next meeting of the Eastwood Band Boosters is scheduled for April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Eastwood High School.
Parents and current and incoming band members are encouraged to attend and learn more about Eastwood bands.
Woodmore Band Boosters will hold a Chicken Barbecue prepared by Bar-B-Que Traveler May 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Woodmore High School cafeteria.
Dinner will include a half chicken, baked potato, vegetable, roll and butter, dessert and drink. Tickets are $7 each. Dine in or carry out.
To order tickets, call Robin Utendorf at 419-862-2187 or contact any Woodmore band student. Tickets also available at Elmore Light & Water, 340 Clinton St. Limited tickets at the door.
Terra Early Learning Center open house
The staff of the Early Learning Center at Terra Community College is hosting an open house May 8 in celebration of the Step Up to Quality Three-Star Award given recently to the center.
“We are inviting people to come see what quality child care looks like,” said Michelle Cutler-Ervin, Coordinator of the ELC. “It’s a chance to tour the center and see the work we do here.”
The Step Up to Quality is a voluntary Three-Star Quality Rating System in select early childhood programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The award recognizes and promotes early care and education programs that meet quality benchmarks over and above the minimum health and safety licensing standards.
The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Early Learning Center, which is located at the eastern edge of the Terra campus at 2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont. For more information, call the ELC at 419-559-2250.
Mass with the Pope
Father David Reinhart, president of Cardinal Stritch High School, celebrated Mass with Pope Benedict XVI April 19 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Throughout his trip, Father Dave posted audio and photo updates on his blogspot. Read about his trip at http://cshsfatherdave.blogspot.com.
Woodmore continues open enrollment
The Woodmore Local Board of Education will continue the open enrollment program for the 2008-09 school year.
Any student from an adjacent or non-adjacent school district who has met outlined regulations may apply and enroll in the district.
Parents/legal guardians are responsible for transporting open-enrollment students to school or to a designated bus stop within the Woodmore district.
Applications must be received by the district between May 1 and May 31. Notification of the status of the application will be given by June 15. If approved, parents/guardians must indicate acceptance before June 30.
For more information, or to receive an application, contact Superintendent Jane Garling at 419-849-2381.
Board sets calendar
The Oregon Board of Education has approved the calendar for the 2008-09 school year.
Classes will begin Aug. 20 and the last day of classes for students scheduled for May 29.
A notable change for the next year is the timing of spring break. Due to state-mandated testing, in particular the Ohio Achievement Test, spring break will be held a week before Easter instead of the week after. The break will begin at the end of the school day April 3, with classes resuming April 14.
The complete calendar may be viewed online at www.oregon.k12.oh.us.
Small business seminars
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” 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 May schedule includes:
May 7 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
May 28 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Terra Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont.
The events are free and open to the public. To register or obtain more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College toll-free at 800-826-2431 or contact at
The Wood County Preschool Program at Lark Elementary, operated in collaboration with the Wood County
Educational Service Center, is now offering pre-registration forms for the 2008–2009 school year.
Placements of typically developing children (aged 3–5) are on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be toilet-trained.
Forms have been mailed to the local elementaries and the local library. They may also be obtained by calling Naomi at the Wood County Educational Service Center at 419-354-9010, ext. 133.
Registration deadline for ACT is May 9
The next ACT test administration for college-hopeful high school students is June 14. Students who wish to take the exam on this date must register online or have their paper registrations postmarked by the end of the day May 9. The late registration postmark deadline is May 23 (an additional $19 fee is required for late registration after May 9).
The June test date is a popular one for high school juniors. Many of them take the ACT at the end of 11thgrade to see how they fare, knowing they can always re-take it the following year. Based on the information they receive in their score report, students can study to boost academic weaknesses before taking the test again as seniors. Students who take the ACT more than once may choose which set of scores to send to college.
ACT offers an optional Writing Test. Many colleges do not require students to submit a writing score, so students should check the admission requirements of the colleges they are considering before registering for the ACT. The registration fee is $30 for the traditional ACT exam or $44.50 for the ACT Plus Writing.
Students may obtain a registration packet from their high school guidance counselors’ office, or they may register online at www.actstudent.org. The ACT Web site also features test-taking tips, practice tests, an online test prep program, and a searchable database for students to find out if prospective colleges require a writing score.
Tiffin MBA program lauded
Tiffin University’s MBA Program was named among the top three in rankings by Ziarul Financial, a daily financial newspaper published in Bucharest, Romania.
The publication announced that, “more than 2,000 Romanian managers had completed an MBA or Executive MBA (EMBA) program, most of whom chose local programs. With this in mind, ZF deemed it essential to launch the first MBA ranking on the Romanian market.”
TU President Paul Marion said, “We are very proud of the quality of our MBA program and are pleased that it has been recognized as one of the best programs available in Romania.”
For more information, go to www.tiffin.edu.