TIFFIN, OHIO – July 1, 2020 – The City of Tiffin has announced that it has selected a contractor and will begin work on streetscaping Jefferson Street between East Market and East Perry Streets including new curb and sidewalks, decorative stamped concrete between the sidewalk and curb, stamped concrete crosswalks, decorative light poles, signage, trees, and streetscaping furniture including but not limited to trash cans, bike racks, planters, hanging baskets. The project also includes the resurfacing and striping of Jefferson Street and the resurfacing of the alley to the north of National Corner and the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green and to the east of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.
The project was awarded to Smith Paving & Excavating from Norwalk and construction is to start in the fall. The expected completion date is Dec. 31, 2020.
State Rep. Bill Reineke and State Sen. Dave Burke helped secure $300,000 for the project in the previous State Capital Budget, which was then awarded by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The grant was awarded to support the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green and National Corner developments in downtown Tiffin. The City Engineer’s office designed and will manage the construction administration and inspection for this project. By doing so and not using consultants, the City of Tiffin was able to maximize the grant dollars for this project.
The Downtown Tiffin Design Committee provided input on the streetscaping items and helped to coordinate with the City Engineer’s Office.
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m so proud to see that this project is moving forward. Thank you to City Engineer Matt Watson and his office for maximizing this grant funding and ultimately improving the look of Downtown Tiffin.”
New videos of Downtown Tiffin business representatives and community leaders reading books from the library will debut on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be available for just one week each.
The program is possible through permission from Simon & Schuster Education and Library for librarians to share picture books during the COVID-19 crisis.
Matthew Ross, director of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, commented: “With the virus making it hard for kids to get into the community — let alone the library — we decided to ask leaders in our community to help us bring the library to kids! Many thanks to our friends at Downtown Tiffin for helping us get the word out!”
The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and Phat Cakes will partner to host “Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin” on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Phat Cakes (45 S. Washington St., downtown Tiffin.)
Participants are asked to form teams of two to four members, which can be composed of all ages. Teams will write their answers to be judged by local celebrities. Questions will be geared towards ages 12 and up. No phones, tablets or electronic devices may be accessed during the contest. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the winning team.
That night, Phat Cakes will offer $2 tacos, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to order prior to the event.
Space is very limited. Team captains are asked to register by calling the Library at 419-447-3751 or through the library’s online calendar at http://bit.ly/FebTrivia.
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library announced in a press release on Sept. 1 that they would be embarking on a projected $300,000-$400,000 renovation over the next year. The remodel will provide an improved experience for the community in both layout and technology services.
From the press release:
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced a renovation project that is to take place in 2016 and 2017. The Library is working with a company out of Columbus, Library Design Associates, Inc., who has met with the Library Board and staff to gain insight in order to redesign the interior of Library. Some of the remodel project objectives include:
Updating interior and create a 21st century library for the community.
Reorganizing space to maximize efficiency, improve lines of sight, and create a feeling of openness.
Creating a Technology Center capable of housing current public computing resources and adapting to the future.
Converting existing computer lab into an additional meeting room to meet the demand for gathering and collaboration space.
Providing comfortable, usable furnishings optimized for technology usage.
Providing a larger, dedicated space for teens.
Library Director Matt Ross said “We’re proud of our past, but we’re also excited about our future. That’s why we’ve take on a remodeling project that will help us transition into the 21st-century library our neighbors deserve, while maintaining the traditional services and welcoming culture we’ve always delivered.”
Ross believes that the remodel project will support programs and resources that will improve lives in the community, will help to achieve positive outcomes in areas that make the future brighter, including literacy, quality of life, workforce and economic development, equal access to technology and information, and lifelong learning. Finally, it will serve as a symbol of community service and pride.
For more information or to donate for the remodel project, please call the Library at 419-447-3751 or go online to www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.
About the Library:
Founded in 1880, opened current location in 1976.
Employs 27 staff members serving a library district composed of 31,664 residents.
Partners with 92 library systems across Ohio to share resources and contain costs.
Offers access to over 103,000 physical items and over 238,000 downloadable items.
Houses 30 public access computers and hosts frequent programs.
Press release provided by Tiffin-Seneca Public Library
As a kick-off to this year’s summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and businesses in downtown Tiffin will be hosting a StoryWalk May 27 through June 3.
A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for families to enjoy reading and exercise at the same time. Each page from the book “Because I Stubbed My Toe” by Shawn Byous will be taped to a different business window downtown in a specific order. As participants walk through downtown, they will be directed to the next page in the story and essentially read a book as they walk.
StoryWalks have been installed in 50 states and 11 countries including, Germany, Cananda, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia and Pakistan. They are always received with appreciation. StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
The YMCA has received grants from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Marathon Foundation and the Tiffin Community Foundation’s White Fund to provide food weekly to children, ages 3 to 15 years old. Starting June 3 through September 3 five sites will hand out food every Friday at 3:30 to 5:00 pm; those sites include the YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Allen Eiry Center, Faith United Methodist Church and Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. The First Presbyterian Church will hand out food every Saturday at 9:00 to 10:30 am.
Other community members and organizations have stepped forward to provide additional resources during the thirteen-week period. Tiffin’s Altrusa Club will also be giving away books and the Library will host crafts or activities during some of the pickup dates.
Participants must be registered to receive food. Registration forms can be found at the Library, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Allen Eiry Center and Tiffin-Seneca United Way.
The group hopes to continue the program next summer and will accept donations to the Tiffin YMCA for the summer food fund. For more information or to volunteer for the program, please call Debby Roszman at 419-447-3751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.
Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it. I volunteered.”
Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers. I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”
The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:
Throughout the day, walkers can visit Tiffin museums and galleries to view exhibits, take tours, create crafts and enter into drawings for door prizes. There are also 15 downtown businesses participating, with free live music, art displays and demonstrations, and tours.
The following museums and galleries are participating:
In addition to the Flag Day observance, the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be on hand with children’s activities; GEM Yoga will conduct a class at 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn and Keith Hodkinson of WTSC radio will cover the flag event and provide musical entertainment.