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01/23/15     2:55 p.m.

In celebration of National School Choice Week, Bridges Community Academy of Tiffin will be having an Open Door Friday on Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BCA Student Ambassadors will lead tours through the school, lunch will be provided with a RSVP and there will be a celebratory assembly at 1 p.m.

BCA is one of more than 9,000 schools across the country participating in School Choice Week, which raises awareness about the importance of effective education options for students.

For more information about the event, see BCA’s website.

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01/23/15     1:15 p.m.

After a fairly quiet week weather-wise it’s time to break out the shovels yet again. WTOL 11 Meteorologist Chris Vickers said there is snow and cold air heading our way Sunday.

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers said though the snow will start and end Sunday, it may affect commutes and school on Monday.

Audio: Chris Vickers

Vickers said this particular clipper will also bring with it cold air, which will drop us into the 20s for much of next week.

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01/23/15     10:25 a.m.

A community forum on the planned addiction recovery house on Greendale Ave. has been pushed back.

The Hancock County ADAMHS Board announced today the forum will be held Feb. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The forum was originally scheduled for Jan. 27 but was changed due to lack of a suitable location to hold the meeting that day.

Winebrenner is located at 950 N. Main St. in Findlay.

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01/22/15     6:32 p.m.

The stretch between the holidays and spring time always seems like a long one, especially with cold winter weather preventing outdoor activities. The Findlay Service League is hoping to break up that stretch with their first Pirates & Princesses Children’s Carnival this Saturday.

Audio: Kathleen Cindric

Kathleen Cindric from the Findlay Service League said the carnival will take place Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Humane Society Multipurpose Room. There will be games, prizes, face painting and food.

The carnival is open to children of all ages. Costumes are welcome, but not required. The cost is $5 per child with all proceeds going to local non-profit organizations. Accompanying parents will get in free.

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01/22/15     6:14 p.m.

The deadline for producers to choose their farm bill program is looming. Ed Lentz from the OSU Extension Office says he does expect the March 31 deadline to be pushed back, but eventually you’ll have to choose.

Audio: Ed Lentz

To help make the right decision, the Hancock County OSU Extension Office will be offering a free workshop to cover some of the basics.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Bruce Clevenger from Defiance County’s OSU office will be presenting a number of risk management options and decision-making tools.

The workshop will take place Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hancock County OSU Extension Office.

More information: Hancock County OSU Extension

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01/22/15     5:13 p.m.

Two children were approached by an unknown man and woman while walking to their bus stop Thursday morning.

A report from the Findlay Police Department said the incident happened in the Highland Estates mobile home park off of Crystal Ave. in Findlay around 10 a.m. The two children said a man driving a white or tan sedan spoke to them and followed them until they met up with other children and an adult.

Once with the adult, a white Chevy van driven by a heavyset woman in her 30’s and wearing glasses was seen in the area. The woman was whistling and waving to the children at the stop.

The police are unsure if the two incidents are related. Officers are conducting extra patrols in the area, especially during bus drop-off and pick-up times. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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01/22/15     3:15 p.m.

The Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau has four grant programs available this year for organizations hosting local events and is now accepting applications. The new grant added this year is the Community Connect program, which offers a $500 grant for marketing expenses. CVB Director Rachael Rahrig says this grant is catered toward more than just Findlay.

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

The Community Connect grant has a rolling deadline of 30 days before the date of the event. Likewise, the Co Op Advertising Program grant has a rolling deadline of 60 days prior to the event. The Co Op grant offers a 50 percent matching grant of up to $3,000 also for advertising and promotional costs.

The remaining two grants can be applied to any event costs. The Tourism Development Grant Program is for an event one or two years in existence. It offers a 100 percent matching grant up to $8,000. Deadline for this grant application is March 9.

Lastly, the Tourism Growth Program is a 100 percent matching grant of up to $5,000 for an established event. This grant is for an event that has plans for growth or has been reinvented. Applications are also due March 9.

Last year the CVB awarded more than $85,000 in grant money to local organizations hosting community events. Some of those events included sports tournaments, agriculture programs, festivals, art shows and more.

Audio: Rachael Rahrig

Rahrig said beyond grants, once you utilize CVB resources they can help you even further. Rahrig said they can supply welcome bags, event support, use of their promotional and marketing resources or even stage a welcome tent at the event.

2015 CVB Grant Programs

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01/22/15     10:30 a.m.

The West Ohio Food Bank has announced two interim directors.

Current CEO Gary Bright has announced he will be leaving WOFB to return to work for Century Health in Findlay. He will be working with interim co-directors Brian Van Meter and Tommie Harner on a transition plan for the organization to ensure all the current operations are maintained.

An announcement will be made at a later date about the search process for a permanent CEO.

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01/21/15     9:08 p.m.

When Findlay City Schools announced it was struggling with being over capacity for kindergarten through second grade, many began suggesting reopening Washington School, which was closed in 2011 due to low enrollment.

Audio: Ed Kurt

At Wednesday’s strategic planning meeting, Superintendent Ed Kurt explained to community members that with the addition of Millstream there would be increased traffic congestion in the area on schools day if a full elementary school was added. He said there are also not enough elementary students living in that area to justify the change either.

Instead the strategic planning committee will pursue modular units attached to two current buildings. At the meeting community members told Kurt they support the idea of modular units at least for the time being. The modulars will likely be put at Jefferson Primary and Chamberlin Hill Intermediate Schools.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt said the next step will be to bring the decision to the board at their meeting Feb. 16. After that the district will decide which neighborhoods will move to different school zones.

All of the modular units would be paid for with permanent improvement funds and no levy would need to be passed to do so.

Kurt said he expects to be using modular units for three to five years, 10 at most. He said the strategic planning committee will have to decide how it wants to proceed after that.

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01/21/15     5:08 p.m.

A Tiffin woman who lost her five children in a fire has been sentenced on drug charges.

31-year-old Anna Angel was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of community control after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin. The Advertiser-Tribune reports Angel will also undergo substance abuse rehabilitation. Authorities say Angel was selling drugs from her home in the summer of 2014.

Angel’s boyfriend and five children died in their mobile home in September 2013 when cigarettes or burning candles sparked a fire. Angel was at work at the time of the blaze.

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