community

Reclaim It holds open house

IMG_20180618_114753_2.jpgA new establishment opening in downtown Tiffin later this year is holding an open house to highlight major renovations to the interior and exterior of 127 S. Washington St. Reclaim It is a charitable organization partnering with a wide variety of community businesses and organizations to uniquely refurbish household items for resale to benefit and empower local youth.

Karen Klepper is spearheading the initiative along with a board of 11 comprising community educators and leaders, as well as a youth advisory board made up of 11 college and high school students. “The greatest tool we have here is the youth board,” Klepper said. “They are the ones that will actually make the changes.”

Building trades instructor with Sentinel Career Center Aaron Thompson, who, along with his students, assisted in the renovation of the building added, “The kids act as mentors, but they still need mentors. Everyone gets something.”

Through furniture, creativity, story, community interaction, and group meals, Klepper hopes to create a safe and supportive environment for youth in our community to gather and learn both soft and hard skills, with the assistance of mentors.

“I am absolutely amazed by the community I live in,” Klepper said. “For all of the painful stories, there are more positive ones, and people who want to roll up their sleeves and make a difference and doing it for the right reasons. If we (in Seneca County) can’t change things, no one can. We are small enough to be manageable, but big enough to reflect others’ issues.”

Allen Eiry Center helps seniors stay active

allen eiryThe Allen Eiry Senior Center is a social organization that provides and promotes activities for those in and around the Seneca County community. Programs aim to benefit the health, educational, social and recreational interest of the community. It is a private, non-protif organization funded by Tiffin-Seneca United Way, The Columbus Foundation, membership dues, grants, special events, and friends of the organization. Named for Allen Eiry, the center honours his support in assisting seniors in the community.

Since 1983, the Allen Eiry Fund has benefited the citizens of Seneca County to honour the wishes of Mr. Eiry. A native of Seneca County, Mr. Eiry operated an automotive dealership in Green Springs, Ohio for more than 40 years.  A member of the Seneca County Farm Bureau and the Green Springs Masonic Lodge, Mr. Eiry’s ties to the community long succeeded him, having provided over $2.8 million to senior citizens.

Membership forms can be found online or at the center. Dues are $25 per person, paid annually from January through December. Members can participate in scheduled activities geared towards their interest, with a wide range of entertainment including bingo, potlucks, and live music. Seniors are encouraged to enjoy a full schedule of social activities, or meet friends at the center all on their own time. Health screenings and flu shots are regularly provided, allowing seniors to monitor their overall health. The Allen Eiry Center prides itself on its ability to provide activities that encourage an active lifestyle in order to maintain a happy and fulfilled lives.

Learn more here.

First annual Local Job Fair set for March 10

job_fair_imageThe Tiffin City Schools Business Advisory Council is sponsoring a job fair on March 10 at Tiffin Columbian High School. The primary purpose of the fair is to assist high school seniors who don’t plan to attend post-secondary classes in the fall.  It is also an opportunity for those who do plan to continue their education to learn about employers who will have a need to hire individuals with the skills they will be learning.  In addition, this event will get 8th graders thinking about their futures and give them the opportunity to learn about local career opportunities and the skills and education they will need to succeed.

The agenda is as follows:

10-11am:  8th graders from the Tiffin Middle School will meet with the employers

11am-12pm:  Lunch

12pm: Columbian seniors will arrive

1-2:30pm:  High school seniors from 10 other area schools will be in attendance

2:30-4pm:  Heidelberg and Tiffin University students have been invited and community residents will also be able to attend

There is space for approximately 50 tables and to date 30 Seneca County employers have responded to express an interest in attending.  To reserve a table, contact Pat Smith at Tiffin City Schools at 419-447-2515.

Students should bring a resume and be prepared for a brief introduction interview.

The Business Advisory Council is committee of the Tiffin City Board of Education and is comprised of people from industry, retail, public relations and journalism, medical fields, construction, government agencies along with parents and educators from elementary through higher education. Members look at the trends in the community, employment needs, and other issues to develop a plan that helps students become career ready.  Together they develop curriculum and/or study existing curriculum and activities that would teach necessary skills, career awareness, and economic knowledge while preparing the students to be good citizens. Meetings began in February 2016 and accomplishments include:

  • Implemented the REACH program for the TCS 4th-6th graders
  • Created student advisory committees at the middle school and high school
  • Have plans for Camp Invention this summer
  • Have plans to implement the STRIVE program for high school students at risk to not graduate (Coordinated with the Tiffin Rotary Club).

Seneca County Land Bank awarded over $4 million

ni-programPress release from the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

The Seneca County Land bank received over $4 million in Neighborhood Initiative Program funds to demolish blighted houses in the county – $4,025,000 to be exact.  Seneca County was one of the highest funded counties which speaks highly to the quality of the project, the application and the partners involved.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Seneca County,” Seneca County Treasurer Damon Alt said.  “This kind of money will allow us to eliminate blighted houses and increase overall property values in area neighborhoods.”

Currently, the Land Bank has identified 161 properties throughout the county for potential demolition with this award.  This allocation was made possible because of the large number of partners, including (but not limited to) the Seneca County Commissioners, the Seneca County Treasurer’s Office, the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office, the City of Tiffin, the City of Fostoria, and the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation office.

“For a community like Fostoria, this kind of money will have a tremendous impact,” said Renee Smith, President of the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation.  “Citizens will see the results of this funding and it will benefit the entire county.”

Seneca County formed the Land Bank in November of 2015 by resolution of the Seneca County Commissioners.  A Land Bank is a tool used to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, and improve the quality of life for county residents.  The formation of the Land Bank demonstrated our elected official’s commitment to healthy, sustainable community redevelopment within Seneca County.

The Seneca County Land Bank will begin acquiring the identified properties and demolition activity will then follow.  This will be an ongoing process but will directly impact property values, safety and even community pride.

 

Tiffin Music and Art Festival this weekend

TMAF flierThis weekend, June 12-13, the fourth annual Tiffin Music and Art Festival will be held at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin. This year will be the biggest yet, with 73 performances scheduled on five outdoor stages, a beer garden, vendors and workshops, and tons of events for children and adults. Headliners are the Tom Frietchen Band on Friday, and Shrub and Hawthorne Heights on Saturday.

Also new this year is the TMAF Scholarship, which will provide $500 each to at least two Tiffin area high school seniors planning to pursue education in performance or visual arts. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding the scholarship.

Founded in 2013, the Tiffin Music and Art Festival is a non-profit event staffed by community volunteers. It was created to raise awareness for the arts in the greater Tiffin area and benefit the surrounding community. Events and attractions for children and adults have included live music, fire performers, magicians, clowns, food vendors, glass blowing, a wide variety of workshops, an interactive ice cream stand, interactive kids’ zones and bouncy inflatables.

Festival admission is free, however there is a charge for access to the beer garden.

Check out the video below for more information about this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival.