Seneca County Parks is to host Toddler Trot-Winter Walk on Tuesday, January, 9th at 4 p.m. at Forrest Nature Preserve, Tiffin. This event is for ages 18 to 36 months with adult companion. Please dress for the outdoors as you walk the short trail looking for signs of winter. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, call 419-435-3915.
The Tiffin City Board of Education is having its Organizational Meeting, followed by a Records Committee meeting, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building.
Master Gardner classes applications for the 2018 Master Gardner classes will be accepted until January 10th. Forms can be picked up at the Extension office during business hours. For more information, call 419-447-9722.
The Seneca County General Health District will be sponsoring a Senior Health Check on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Allen Eiry Center from 9:30-11:15 a.m. for anyone age 60 or over. The Health Check Clinic includes vital signs, glucose, hemoglobin, lung sounds, edema, urinalysis, weight and height, review of medication, and education. For more information, call 419-447-3691.
The Seneca Radio Club will be offering an introductory Technician License class this January. Classes will run on Wednesday evenings beginning January 10th and end with the License Exam on March 28th. Classes normally run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m at the Public Safety Building at the Seneca County Fair Grounds. Although there is no charge for the instruction, course books will be $25 and the FCC test is $15. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Teen Department at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host “Craftastic” for teens on Thursday, January 11th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Frost Kalnow Room. Teens, grades 6 through 12, will be creating and a tote bag made from recycled t-shirts. All materials will be provided. However, teens are invited to bring their own t-shirt, if they wish. Registration is necessary. For more information, call the library at 419-447-3751.
The Tiffin City Board of Education’s Support Services Committee will meet on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Administration Building.
The Sandusky River Coon Hunters are to host an All-You-Care-To-Eat Fish Fry on Saturday, January 13th, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Walnut Grove Campgrounds, 7325 S Township Rd 131, Tiffin. Dinners cost $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Library will re-open Tuesday, January 16th with regular hours. For more information, call 419-447-3751.
GARY SINISE FOUNDATION HOLDS “WALLS OF HONOR” EVENT
FOR UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN NICK VOGT (RET.)
ON JANUARY 15th IN SHELBY, OHIO
When: Monday, January 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. (sharp) with a 45-minute event.
* U.S. Army Captain Vogt and family will be available for interviews following the event.
Where: Parking across the street at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church:
5742 State Road 61, Shelby, OH 44875
What: Gary Sinise Foundation will host a “Walls of Honor” event where veterans, community leaders, family, and friends are invited to write inspirational and personal messages of gratitude on the walls of the new specially adapted smart home currently under construction for United States Army Captain Nick Vogt (Ret.) and his family.
Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), along with our donors, Knights of Columbus, The Home Depot Foundation and Semper Fi Fund, as well as our building partners, including Shubert Design Furniture, Core Brands, National Wood Flooring Association, National Tile Contractors Association, GE, Sunbelt Rentals, Benjamin Moore, National Association of Home Builders, North American Van Lines, MAPEI, Broan-NuTone, American Airlines, Owens Corning, Crossville Tile, Natural Stone Institute, Dentons, and James P. Finnegan Construction, Inc., will join the greater Shelby, Ohio community in this “Walls of Honor” event.
Who: United States Army CPT Nick Vogt grew up in a small Catholic community in North Central Ohio and is the oldest of five siblings. At a very young age, Nick knew he wanted to join the military. He was accepted into West Point in 2006 where he began his formal military training.
During his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, Nick served as a Platoon Leader. On November 12, 2011, he and his team were on foot patrol when they discovered a weapons cache. While investigating, Nick stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) which exploded upon impact. He was immediately rushed to Kandahar, Afghanistan for treatment and was later transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for extensive surgeries.
Nick lost both legs above the knee, suffered severe brain injury, and was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. His recovery was extremely difficult with many complications preventing him from being in a wheelchair or adapting to prosthetics. He became frustrated with his new way of life.
A turning point came in June 2013 when Nick met his nurse, Lauren. They fell in love and married. Nick and Lauren currently reside in a Crestline, Ohio. They welcomed their first baby, Nathan, in February 2017. The Gary Sinise Foundation is proudly building them a specially adapted smart home, so Nick can have the accessibility he needs to be independent.
Why: The simple tasks of everyday life — climbing stairs, reaching a high shelf, getting in and out of the bathroom — are easy to take for granted. Because these tasks are done without a second thought, it’s impossible to imagine an inability to perform them. But that’s often the reality for our severely wounded heroes, where basic tasks are impossible obstacles and the enduring ambition of rehabilitation is to achieve a semblance of normalcy. Under its R.I.S.E. program, the Gary Sinise Foundation is building specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans and first responders. We are constructing these one-of-a-kind homes all across the country, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers, and families. With a place to truly call home, they will now be able to move forward with their lives.
Prior Dedication Ceremony Videos of Completed Specially Adapted Smart Homes:
Alan Babin Dedication: https://youtu.be/5NIy17AQCfE
Michael Frazier Dedication: https://youtu.be/yAxsvT2lNu4
Luis Avila Dedication: https://youtu.be/yJ9E-k4oxJ0
Cedric King Dedication: https://youtu.be/8bjehcePyvA
About the Gary Sinise Foundation:
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Soaring Valor is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. Its newest program, Snowball Express serves children of our fallen heroes and Gold Star families. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org.