Saint Francis campus has much to offer

saint francis logoThe Saint Francis campus, located on St. Francis, offers many opportunities to the Tiffin community. These include education, conservation, relaxation, spiritual programs as well as senior living. Several of their programs:

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is an environmental education center and demonstration center that promotes the appreciation of nature and encourages sustainable living practices. Providing both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, “hands-on” activities make learning apart of who they are. The center is a place to meet, discuss, meditate, and act upon ideas for the community to work together and live well on earth. Experimental education programs and programming for people of all ages and abilities is lead by the professional staff, and volunteers are welcome to aid in the mission to encourage awareness of the environment and deepen the understanding of the relationship between the community and the earth.

Little Portion Green, the Project S.T.R.A.W. endeavor of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center headed by Sister Jane Omlor, will be an educational and demonstrative facility teaching young and old alike how the use of natural building materials and saving energy preserves the environment. With a goal to attain zero energy, the house will demonstrate the many ways that it will save resources by using passive solar design, solar panels, straw bale insulation with earth plaster, Energy Recovery Ventilation, and many other innovative systems.

The St. Francis Spirituality Center gives individuals and groups a brief respite from personal cares and worldly pursuits in a soothing natural environment that is conducive to quiet reflection and contemplation. Three different-sized meeting rooms, overnight and dining accommodations, make the center the perfect place for religious, not-for-profit, business, or family groups to use for retreats, workshops, meetings, personal growth activities, training sites, or celebration events. Although the Center is a retreat/renewal center based in Catholic tradition, all groups of diverse faiths and backgrounds are welcome.

Sisters of St. Francis come together in community to discover, express and celebrate the rich diversity and unity of God’s family and to strengthen and encourage one another in effort to be faithful to the gospel. They extend the rich blessings of community to those among whom they minister.

St. Francis Senior Ministries, a faith-based, values-driven ministry, serves the healthcare and housing needs of older adults. It provides opportunities for an active lifestyle now and a more assisted lifestyle as needs change without having to leave the campus. St. Francis Senior Ministries includes St. Francis Home, Elizabeth Schaefer Apartments, St. Francis Villas, and Friedman Village at St. Francis.

Heidelberg University’s graduate counseling program lands $1.3M grant

HU Logo 10.17Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Program has received a four-year, $1.3 million grant to train counselors to fill gaps and unmet needs in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The grant, titled Project KITE, will target the rural counties of Erie, Huron, Seneca and Sandusky and three urban cities, Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus.

Through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant, graduate counseling students in their final internship will be eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship during their field experience/internship. Working in interdisciplinary behavioral health care teams, the students will focus on providing trauma-informed care and substance abuse mental health services in rural and underserved areas throughout northwest Ohio.

This is the second grant the graduate counseling program has received from the Health Resources & Services Administration as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last fall, the program received a $214,286 grant to assist in the training of counselors dealing with at-risk children.

“What’s attractive about the grant is that it gives our students who are accepted into the scholarship program a $10,000 stipend to do their field experience as well as first-hand experience working with interdisciplinary teams in various agencies and schools,” said MAC Program Director Marjorie Shavers. The funding “opens up opportunities for our students and also speaks to the deficit we have in mental health providers” in the area.

In all, 78 scholarships will be available over the four-year lifespan of the grant.

Counselors trained through Heidelberg’s MAC program are being prepared to serve mental health clients with issues specifically related to the ever-growing drug epidemic, Shavers explained.

Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders, dean of the School of Education and Counseling at Heidelberg, said certain geographic areas historically have had less access to behavioral health care. “There’s a real serious shortage of both medical and behavioral healthcare in these areas for myriad reasons,” Lipford Sanders said, noting that by 2025, HRSA projections indicate “an additional shortage among many healthcare providers, specifically psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and school counselors.”

“There are really strong demands for these behavioral healthcare personnel trained in comprehensive service delivery as the demand for services from models such as the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) continues to grow,” Lipford Sanders said.

In addition to the student scholarships, Heidelberg will use the grant funding to recruit men and minorities into the MAC program, develop an interdisciplinary behavioral healthcare conference working with consultants from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and ongoing education for faculty and clinical supervisors. A full-time project coordinator will be hired to administer the grant.

Heidelberg’s grant partners are the Sandusky City Schools, Mercy Health, the Neighborhood Health Association of Toledo and the Erie County Health Department.

ABOUT HEIDELBERG
Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 30 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees, as well as master’s degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. Heidelberg has been consistently ranked as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report Magazine. For more information visit the web site at www.heidelberg.edu.

Seneca Conservation District

seneca conservation district logoFor more than 60 years, the Seneca Conservation District has been working with landowners, local, state, and federal agencies as an advocate of conservation in order to maintain healthy and productive working landscapes. With 24 staff members, 4 of which have joined the team in the last year, the District’s long history of helping people is continued through educating the community on how to take care of the environment. Many members of the staff specialize in an area of conservation, and they are ready to assist the community by providing resources and guidance to residents and business owners.

The Seneca Conservation District helps farmers with nutrient management, improving soil health, responsible water quality and quantity, protecting local wildlife habitats, and managing manure nutrients. The District has cover crop resources for farmers, as well as no-till drills, tree planters, and soil probes to rent, and field flags, erosion control netting and staples for purchase. In addition, the District arranges pasture and grazing management plans, engineering plans, private sprayings on rural ditches, new research and investigation into conservation techniques, and wildlife crop damage complaint consultations. Also overseeing the Seneca County Ditch Maintenance Program and the Seneca County Floodplain Management program, staff is ready to help farmers balance decisions by considering economic impact.

Schools can incorporate conservation into their curriculum with ease as the Seneca Conservation District provides educators with classroom instruction, presentations, and education materials on natural resources and agricultural topics. Students can also benefit from the educational tours given at the outdoor learning lab, Miller Conservation Farm. The District can assist educators on grant applications for related projects and with “Wild School” sites and fundraising, and supports students through Conservation Camps scholarships, academic scholarships, mentoring/job shadowing experiences, and youth conservation trophies at the Seneca County Fair. Students can also explore the Miller Conservation Farm, Kelbley Wildlife Area, and Red Fox Wildlife area which are maintained by the Seneca Conservation District. All these environmental programs are top of the line educational materials that strive to teach our youth about the importance and value of soil and water resources.

The community is encouraged to take part events hosted throughout the year by the Seneca County District. Farmers, college, and high school students join the team as part of the Nutrient Bus Tour, a fantastic learning experience to gather information about nutrients flowing into the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) and how they affect Lake Erie algal blooms last November. Farmers were invited on a cruise in August with The Charter Boat Captains Association to chat with the Division of Wildlife to learn about the unique habitat and species that live in and on the shores and water of Lake Erie. For families, Water Fest is a day filled with games and activities held at the Miller Conservation Farm, including crafts, hands-on water activities, and hayrides. Miller Conservation Farm hosts many events including youth clay pigeon shoots, a mobility impaired deer hunt, a youth turkey hunt, and many more!

Learn more about the Seneca Conservation District here.

The Historic Laird Arcade

LairdBuilt by Rezin Shawhan in the mid-1800s, the Laird Arcade has seen a resurgence since it was purchased by the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group in 2012. Both the interior and exterior of the building have been renovated, second floor offices improved, and the storefronts on the first floor are filled with new and exciting businesses.

1st Floor

2nd Floor Office Suites

For available spaces, downtown investment opportunities, and various business services contact Tyler Shuff at 419-618-9515 or shuffconsulting@gmail.com

Coppus Motors celebrates 90 years

coppusCoppus Motors will hold a Chamber After Five event and Open House on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 3-8 p.m. to commemorate 90 years in business.

The customer appreciation event will include refreshments, drawings, giveaways, and specials including the choice of a full vehicle detail or window tinting from Precision Window Tinting for anyone who purchases a vehicle Oct. 2-9.

Founded by Harry Coppus Sr. in Fostoria in 1927, the dealership was relocated to Tiffin during the Great Depression in 1933. In 1954, they purchased their first Mercedes-Benz, making them the oldest dealership in the United States still selling the brand.

John Coppus, Harry Sr.’s grandson, started full-time at the dealership in 1980 and took over the family business in the late 1980’s. During his tenure, John has made many improvements to the business, including remodeling and adding to the showrooms, offices and service department. Most recently, in 2014, Coppus began selling the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter line, which included a building expansion and additional training for the service department. Later that year, the dealership also received a 50 Year Dodge Dealer Award. They have also won three Mercedes-Benz “Best of the Best Awards,” one in 2008, 2014 and 2016.

 

Terra State Community College Offers Tuition Free Option

New Workforce Demand Scholarship Available for 2018 Graduates
Press release provided by Terra State Community College

TSCC Workforce Demand Scholarship

Terra State Community College President Dr. Jerome Webster announces new Workforce Demand Scholarship.

October 2, 2017 (Fremont, OH) – According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 64 percent of Ohio jobs in 2020 will require postsecondary degrees or credentials.  However, approximately 45% of Ohio high school graduates do not attend college directly after high school.  That is why it is imperative that this year’s high school seniors give serious thought about continuing their education beyond high school.  To assist those in their decision, Terra State Community College is offering 2018 graduates the opportunity to attend class tuition-free if they are pursuing a career in a high-demand job field through the Workforce Demand Scholarship program.  In addition to an education, students will also gain a guaranteed work-based experience.

Terra State will provide up to an Associate’s Degree tuition-free to 2018 high school graduates.  The Workforce Demand Scholarship is available to students majoring in these academic programs:

  • Computer Systems
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Electrical
  • Health Information Technology
  • Management (Business, Agribusiness and Hospitality)
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Music Technology
  • Office Administration
  • Robotics-Integrated Manufacturing Technology
  • Welding

“The majority of jobs need or will need a post-high school education,” says Heath Martin, Terra State’s Assistant Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services.  “The Workforce Demand Scholarship is a vehicle that will allow 2018 high school graduates to take advantage of getting an Associate’s Degree tuition-free.”

The Workforce Demand Scholarship will pay the gap between the cost of tuition and general fees and state and federal grants received by the student.  “For example,” Martin says, “At Terra State, the total cost of tuition and general fees for the fall and spring semesters is $4926.  If a student receives a Pell grant in the amount of $2000, your scholarship is the difference in the amount and would be $2296.  However, books and other fees are not covered by the scholarship.”

To qualify, a student must be enrolled full-time (twelve or more credit hours) for the fall and spring semesters and part-time (six or more credit hours) for the summer semester.  Students who are awarded the Workforce Demand Scholarship will be provided the opportunity to participate in a work-based experience with an employer in Terra State’s service area.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

“A recipient of the Workforce Demand Scholarship will need to enroll full-time at Terra State and attend consecutive fall and spring terms,” Martin points out.  “Students will have to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and have a course completion rate of 68%.  Students also have the option of enrolling in summer school.”  Recipients will lose all benefits if they stop taking classes and resume at a later date.

Terra State Community College continues its dynamic transformation as it works toward the goal of becoming the best rural community college in the nation.  Offering the Workforce Demand Scholarship is an additional avenue to support the college’s goals.  For more information on the Workforce Demand Scholarship, interested persons can call 419.559.2349 or email admissions@terra.edu.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, commuter college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

 

Community seeks proposals for new Comprehensive Plan

Seneca County, Tiffin, Fostoria to collaborate on community plan

View the complete request for proposal here.

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 27, 2017 – The Seneca Regional Planning Commission released a request for proposals for a new county-wide Comprehensive Plan, to include Tiffin and Fostoria. The request includes a combined plan for the three entities, as well as individual plans, each with separate cost estimates, and a twenty-year horizon. Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner said the plan is yet another way for the county to partner with the cities on a common cause. “This plan will continue the climate of collaboration between the different entities within Seneca County, including the successful merger of the Fostoria and Tiffin courts, as well as the execution of the Justice Center,” he said.

The Comprehensive Plan will address long-range policy for land use planning, transportation, economic development, housing, public facilities, historic, natural and cultural resources, agricultural preservation, intergovernmental cooperation, budget preparation, and capital improvement planning and other facets of community life deemed important by the chosen consultant and agreed to by the participating entities.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is looking forward to a new plan and direction for the city. “Our current plan was created in 1994 and is, at this point, extremely outdated. I am excited to see what the consultants will come up with for the community’s development,” he said.

Work is anticipated to begin in 2018 with an 18- to 24-month timeframe, if a firm is selected and funding allocated. The finished product should be ready for adoption by the participating legislative bodies at public hearings by late 2019.

Inquiries should be directed to Charlene Watkins, Executive Director, Seneca Regional Planning Commission, cjwatkins@senecarpc.org, 419.443.7936 ext. 123.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

$2.3M investment announced at Tiffin Mall

googoo2World’s largest car wash company to locate new facility

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 22, 2017 – Developers have announced intentions to build a Goo Goo 3 Minute Express Wash car wash franchise on an outlot of the Tiffin Mall property. The real estate purchase, construction and equipment costs represent a $2.3 million investment and the creation of up to 15 new jobs.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the project is just the first in a series of development initiatives being planned for the site. “It is exciting to see development moving forward in our West Market Street commercial corridor,” he said. “These large-scale projects take time to plan and bring to fruition; this is the first step of many to come for the mall site.”

Started in 1945 in Anniston, Alabama, Goo Goo Car Wash is an express car wash company headquartered in Columbus, Georgia with 39 outlets in five states. The company, in turn, is owned by private British IMO Car Wash Group, the largest car wash company in the world. IMO operates a network of 800 sites across 12 European countries and Australia, washing over 30 million cars every year.

The Goo Goo car wash is the first project announced for the property since the Tiffin Mall was purchased by Toledo-based Key Hotel and Property Management (KHPM) last September. KHPM continues to negotiate development opportunities for the property.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Reineke Ford Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Ford Motor Company

PRESS RELEASE - Reineke Ford Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Ford Motor Company - 9.20Press release provided by Reineke Ford


FOSTORIA, OHIO – Reineke Ford, Inc. of Fostoria celebrates 50 years of partnership with Ford Motor Company. On August 24, 1967, Mr. William F. Reineke, Sr. was welcomed into the Ford Motor Company in Fostoria, and Reineke Ford has been selling new Ford vehicles since that date.

William F. Reineke, Sr., took a great risk with the support of his wife, Corrine, and moved his very young family from Toledo, to Fostoria, to fulfill a dream of owning an auto dealership. He moved there in 1960 and first acquired a Buick Oldsmobile franchise. In 1967, he acquired the Ford franchise from Willis B. Hakes, who was an original dealer approved by Henry Ford in 1913.

“Bill” Reineke, Sr. worked very hard at pursuing the American Dream and raising 10 children in Fostoria. He was involved in many organizations and led by example.

Thomas Reineke, who is now the dealer principle and has been working at this dealership in various positions for the past 40 years, starting with the wash rack, service, parts, sales and today, management as President. Tom Reineke and wife, Stacey, are proud to have raised their children, Laura and Alex, through Reineke Ford’s community involvement in Fostoria.

Other Reineke Family members are involved in the management of Reineke Family Dealerships., including the next generation, who are pursing the example of the founder.

Today, Reineke Family Dealerships has Ford & Lincoln franchises located in Tiffin (Reineke’s Tiffin Ford Lincoln), Findlay (Reineke Ford Lincoln of Findlay), and Lima (Reineke Ford Lincoln of Lima) along with Reineke Ford, in Fostoria.  “Our long standing relationship defines why Ford continues to be our flagship brand,” said Tom Reineke, President, “from stated values to quality products we’re proud to be a part of the Ford family.”

Reineke Family Dealerships, founded in 1960 by William F. Reineke, Sr., is a family owned organization that will sell approximately 7,500 cars in 2017 and employs approximately 450 full and part-time employees.  Known for strong customer loyalty and high sales and service ratings, Reineke Family Dealerships operates in Fostoria, Tiffin, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay, North Baltimore, and sells Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles.

A customer open house is planned for Friday, September 22nd, starting at 2:00PM and Saturday, September 23rd, at Reineke Ford, 1303 Perrysburg Road, Fostoria.

$1.6M invested in short line rail 2016-2017

 

20170918_155958Major maintenance project slated for Northern and Ohio Western Railroad

The Sandusky County – Seneca County – City of Tiffin Port Authority (SSTPA), in conjunction with Omnitrax, has slated an approximately $900,000 railroad maintenance project for the Northern and Ohio Western Railroad (NOW) this fall. This project brings the total investment in rail and crossings for the short line railroad to more than $1.6 million over the past two years.

SSTPA Board Chairman Jim Supance stressed the importance of the rail and its maintenance: “The short line railroad is a valuable asset to business in Seneca and Sandusky Counties. We are committed to continuing to invest in the rail and appreciate the partnership with Omnitrax on day-to-day operations and projects like these.”

The NOW is a short line railroad that spans 26 miles, from Tiffin to Woodville. It was purchased by the SSTPA in 1990 and is operated by Omnitrax, one of the largest short line railroad operators in North America. The NOW serves 8 shippers and carries more than 2,600 carloads each year.

This fall, Omnitrax will replace 7,000 railroad ties, and resurface 24 miles of track at a cost of approximately $900,000. This is the second large investment for the year; new gates and lights were installed at two crossings and a road crossing was rehabbed, all in Gibsonburg, at a cost of $500,000 to the State of Ohio. The two projects, combined with brush cutting, signal updates and two road crossing rehabs, bring the total investment for 2017 to over $1.5 million. In 2016, six rail crossings were rehabbed for $100,000.