Have you ever been interested in birds, bird watching, or learning more about how our fine feathered friends touch our lives?
Maybe you want to pick up tips to be a better birder, or simply find out what that bird is at your feeder? Then join the Hancock Park District for Bird Fest on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
There will be guided walks for various skill levels, a light breakfast, and a bird banding demonstration by a member of the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be more guided walks, a talk on falconry by Ohio falconer John Blakeman, and hawks on display courtesy of the Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Later on, participants will take a drive to the Findlay Reservoirs to look for waterfowl and shorebirds.
Registration is needed by Wednesday, May 14. All-day registration is $8 per person. Half-day registration is $5 per person for either an 8 a.m. to noon time slot or a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. time slot.
The Oakwoods Nature Preserve, “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center is west of Findlay. From Findlay, go west on West Sandusky Street, and turn left on Hancock County 144, which leads to the park.

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Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2014 will be held in the Findlay High School R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret will showcase the FFE show choir, their musical accompaniment The Boingers, and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances which are chosen, arranged, and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz and rock music. In addition, FFE will perform its competition show.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Friday, May 12-15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances.
FFE will perform its competition show which includes the following selections: “This is the Life,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “Morning Glow,” “Tainted Love,” “Wings” and “Raise You Up.”
The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus and choreographer is Andy Haines.
During the 2013-14 season FFE competed in five regional events with the following results:
• Ada Music Feast: Overall first runner-up, Class AA grand champion, overall best instrumental combo, best combo class AA, Marquis Ramsey (most dynamic performer).
• Cuyahoga Classic: Overall second runner-up, Class A first runner-up, best costumes, Sybil Anast (most dynamic performer).
• Medina Midwest Classic: Overall grand champion, overall best choreography, Class A first runner-up, Michaela Long (most dynamic performer).
• Solon Invitational: Overall grand champion, overall best vocals, overall best choreography, overall best show design, overall best combo, best performance of “Wings,” Class A champion, Chase Wagner (most dynamic performer).
• Bishop Luers Midwest Invitational: Overall grand champion, overall best vocals, overall best choreography, Class A champion, Spirit of Luers Award, best female soloist Sybil Anast, Sarah Pulcheon (most dynamic performer).
• FAME Branson: Overall first runner-up, overall best tech crew.
In addition, FFE performed at the Arie Crowne Theatre in the FAME National Show Choir Championship. FFE was named the overall third runner-up show choir in the nation, and also received the award for overall best male vocals in the nation.
For more information, contact the Findlay High School choir office, 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.

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By MORGAN MANNS
STAFF WRITER
Fostoria junior high band members will participate in the Ohio Music Education Association’s large group Middle School/Junior High district contest May 16-17.
This is the first year in several years that Fostoria will host the event, according to Fostoria High School Band Director Steve Kauffman.
This year’s contest will feature 14 groups total, including both bands and choirs. Bands will perform in the Performing Arts Center at the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, located at 1001 Park Ave., and choirs will perform in the gymnasium.
Groups participating include Fostoria Junior High band, Fremont Middle School bands, Port Clinton Middle School bands, Seneca East Junior High, Woodmore bands, Sailorway Middle School band and choir, St. Peter School concert band, Western Reserve Middle School concert band, Lakota Local Schools choir, and Grant Middle School band and mixed choir.
Only the eighth-grade band members from Fostoria will take part in the event. They are scheduled to perform at 4:35 p.m. Friday. This is the fourth straight year the band has participated.
“I’m very excited,” Kauffman said. “Any opportunity to show off our facility, our kids and our town is a good one.”
Friday’s show will last from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with bands only, while Saturday’s recitals will begin at 9 a.m. with both band and choir performances.
Kauffman said this event is similar to the OMEA District II large group adjudication event, otherwise known as Ohio State Band Contest, which the high school band attended in March.
The bands and choirs will perform three songs, one of which was selected from a required list, in front of judges who will give them ratings. The difference is the groups won’t be required to complete a sight-reading piece.
A judge will work with the group for 10 to 15 minutes after each group performs their songs, according to Kauffman.
“The judge will work with them and teach them a couple things based off of what they heard (during their performance),” he said. “It’s a nice thing; the kids get more out of it then. It enforces (the judges’) written comments.”
The eighth-grade band will play “Quantico,” “Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 Finale” and “Antagonist.”
The bands and choirs will receive a rating of 1 through 5, 1 being a superior rating. Scores will be received on a white board in the school’s cafeteria.
Kauffman said the Fostoria Junior High band members will play these songs at their concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 15 in the FJSHS Performing Arts Center.
Both the contest and the concert are free and open to the public. No video or pictures are permitted during the contest.

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The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra and the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra will present a final spring concert on Monday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School.
The Chamber Orchestra will begin the concert by performing three selections: “Irish Suite,” “Allegro from Symphony No. 12 in G” and “Gregorian Rhapsody.” The Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1987, is composed of a select group of 19 string players who also perform in the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra rehearses on Monday afternoons throughout the year and performs challenging music written specifically for chamber groups.
Next, Hiromasa “Alex” Harada will perform a violin solo, “Allegro Molto Appassionato from Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in E Minor” by Felix Mendelssohn. He will be accompanied on piano by Anita Schaible, assistant director of the FHS Symphony Orchestra. Harada has played violin in the Findlay City Schools orchestra program for eight years. He has been the concertmaster of the Toledo Youth Orchestra for four years, and won the TYO concerto competition in 2011 and 2013. He participated in Ohio Northwest Regional Orchestra for four years (serving as concertmaster two of those years) and was selected for the Ohio All-State Orchestra for four years. He also participated in various national honors orchestras, performing at The Kennedy Center and the Grand Ole Opry. He has also performed the national anthem and solo works at various sporting, academic, church and fundraising events. A Findlay senior, he plans to attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to study economics and international relations, while minoring in music and violin performance.
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, comprised of 81 students, will perform six selections at the concert, including “Winds of Poseidon” by Robert W. Smith, which is based on the classic story, “The Odyssey,” about a shipwrecked warrior who wanders the land and sea for 10 years. Three other selections were performed by the orchestra at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra contest, where they received a “Superior” rating from a panel of judges. The three selections are: “Shalom Chavarin,” “Procession of the Sardar” and “Bacchanale from Sampson and Delilah.”
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel, with assistant director Anita Schaible. This is Pressel’s 21st year teaching orchestra at Findlay City Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in violin performance from Ohio University.
The concert is free and open to the public.

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LIMA — Ottawa-Glandorf got runner-up finishes at No. 1 and No. 3 singles Saturday to place third at the Western Buckeye League tournament at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
The Titans scored 32 points in the tourney and finished behind Lima Shawnee (54) and Celina (46).
Coupled with its third-place finish in the regular season standings, O-G placed third in the final WBL standings. Lima Shawnee and regular season champ Celina shared the final league crown.
O-G’s Alex Schroeder, at No. 1 singles, downed Wapakoneta’s Drew Wayman 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Van Wert’s Lane Mansfield 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Jason Barton defeated Schroeder 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 in the final.
The Titans’ John Schroeder beat Celina’s Nathan Lutz 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters at No. 3 singles, and defeated St. Mary’s Justin Nedderman 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Ruthvik Avvari won the title match 6-2, 6-1.
Brandon Hempfling placed third for O-G at No. 2 singles. He beat Van Wert’s Eric Yeung 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters, fell to Celina’s Alex Siebel 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and rebounded to defeat Kenton’s Jake Abbott 6-2, 6-1.
The Titans placed eighth at No. 1 double and sixth at No. 2 doubles.

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By AMY M. CARLES
Vacations are a much-deserved treat, and are necessary for health and emotional well being. However, they can be quite costly and they can put you in debt.
Do not let the idea, “We deserve it!” set you back financially. There are ways to enjoy a vacation on a budget.
Start by planning your trip. If you plan early enough, you can set up a vacation savings account to pay for it.
Setting up an automatic deposit each month is more effective than putting money in a jar, plus it will earn you a little interest. It also helps you avoid dipping into your vacation fund.
Planning early can also often save you money on travel. However, you can often find last-minute deals if you can be flexible when and where you go.
Create a vacation spending plan. Determine where you are going, how you will get there, what you will do there, and what you will need to take with you.
You should also create a daily budget for food, drinks, activities, souvenirs and shopping.
Make a list of people you want to buy for and set a spending limit. Before buying souvenirs, ask yourself if you really need another trinket you will not use.
Would a photo of a landmark or tourist attraction be just as good? Consider purchasing souvenirs to use every day.
Be careful not to underestimate vacation expenses, and build in a cushion for the unexpected.
Travel during the off-season, take your own food, and eat large meals at lunch or breakfast to save money on meals. Look for packaged, all-inclusive deals and coupons.
Consider staying with friends and family. But, if you do, make sure you do not overstay your welcome, and give a nice gift to say thank you for the hospitality.
Pack light to save money on baggage fees. However, packing all you need may avoid expenses when you arrive at your travel destination and cost you less in the long run.
The weather may not be what you expect. Pack with this in mind by packing clothes that are versatile and easily layered, and do not forget a jacket and umbrella.
Alert your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans, especially if leaving the state or country. Otherwise, you may discover your ATM card or credit card shut down because the bank believes it to be stolen.
If you are going to use a credit card for your trip, make sure you can pay it off to avoid going into debt. Putting a vacation on credit is not a good idea.
The debt will make the vacation more expensive and create stress that takes the fun of your vacation. Taking out a home equity loan for a vacation is considered bad debt, and could put your house at risk.
If the only way you can have a vacation is to charge it, consider a “staycation” instead, then start planning and saving for a vacation later.
If you need help, Hancock Saves can help at www.hancocksaves.org.
Carles is with the Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County, and program coordinator for Hancock Saves.

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BUCYRUS — It was a solid day Saturday for Upper Sandusky’s boys tennis team as the Rams claimed four championships and a runner-up at the North Central Conference tournament at Bucyrus High School.
The Rams swept the Nos. 2 and 3 singles spots and both doubles draws. Evan Sheck, at No. 2 singles, defeated Crestline’s Cody Taylor 6-0, 6-0 in the semis before beating Dalon King of Bucyrus 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
At No. 3 singles, Seth Frey downed Crestline’s Jacob Martin 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and defeated Galion’s Caleb Ivy 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
Danial Malsbarger and Aaron Pirc beat Crestline’s Blake Miller and Hunter Music 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals at No. 1 doubles, and topped Bucyrus’ Greg Patrick and D.J. Dagher 6-1, 6-1 in the final.
At No. 2 doubles, Drew Barth and Noah Frey got a bye into the final, where they beat Galion’s Alex Barker and Nic Oehler 6-1, 6-2.
Upper’s Seth Sprang topped Galion’s Sam Maddox 6-0, 6-0 in the semis at No. 1 singles, and fell 6-4, 6-4 to Mark Musick of Bucyrus in the final.

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The Fostoria Redmen celebrate Saturday after Chris Hampton's homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over Upper Sandusky in a Division II sectional semifinal game. (Photo by Mathias Leguire)

The Fostoria Redmen celebrate Saturday after Chris Hampton’s homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over Upper Sandusky in a Division II sectional semifinal game. (Photo by Mathias Leguire)

FOSTORIA — Chris Hampton hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Fostoria rallied for three runs in the final frame to drop Upper Sandusky 4-3 in a Division II sectional semifinal on Saturday.
The Redmen (15-7) advance to the sectional final at Wapakoneta (16-8) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Hampton also singled and drove in all four runs for Fostoria. Lance Smith notched a pair of singles as well.
Cody Gabriel, who picked up the loss on the mound, hit a solo home run and Carson Mittermaier doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs for the Rams (14-8).

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Fostoria 001 000 3 — 4 8 2
WP — Yates. LP — Gabriel. top hitters: (US) Gabriel HR; Mittermaier 2-2B, 2 RBI. (Fos) Smith 2-1B; Hampton HR, 1B, 4 RBI; Jackson 2B.
records: Upper Sandusky 14-8; Fostoria 15-7.

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BLUFFTON — Chris McClain fired a three-hit shutout Saturday as Bluffton defeated Allen East 3-0 in a Division III sectional semifinal at Bluffton.
The Pirates (11-8) play at Ottawa-Glandorf (17-4) at 5 p.m. Thursday in a sectional final.
Bluffton also had just three hits in the game, but the Pirates made them count with a three-run fourth inning. Trent Phillips reached on an error to start the frame, and Brett Rumer, Drake Luginbuhl and Braden Skilliter all had base hits.
McClain struck out two and walked four, and Bluffton’s defense backed him up with a pair of double plays.

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Bluffton 000 300 x — 3 3 0
WP — McClain. LP — Goodwin. top hitters: (AE) Stippich 1B; Ketchum 1B; Lawrence 1B. (Blu) Rumer 1B; Luginbuhl 1B; Skilliter 1B.
records: Allen East 13-11, Bluffton 11-8.

HOPEWELL-LOUDON 9
COLONEL CRAWFORD 2
BASCOM — All nine Hopewell-Loudon starters had at least one base hit and all nine scored a run Saturday as the Chieftains romped past Colonel Crawford 9-2 in a Division III sectional semifinal at Hopewell-Loudon.
The Chieftains (15-8) advance to Wednesday’s 5 p.m. sectional final against HURON/WESTERN RESERVE WINNER at a site to be determined.
Garret Sendelbach singled, doubled, drove in two runs and picked up the win on the mound with 11 strikeouts. Sendelbach allowed just two hits and one earned run.
Bryan Scherger and Jordan Steward had two RBIs each for Hopewell-Loudon. Tyler Imes had three singles and an RBI.
Connor McCreary had two RBIs for Colonel Crawford (7-14).

Colonel Crawford 000 020 0 — 2 2 0
Hopewell-Loudon 106 020 x — 9 13 0
WP — Sendelbach (6-3). LP — Burkhart. top hitters: (CC) McCreary 1B, 2-RBI. (H-L) Sendelbach 1B, 2B, 2-RBI; Depinet 2-1B; Imes 3-1B, RBI; Stewart 2-1B, 2-RBI.
records: Colonel Crawford 7-14, Hopewell-Loudon 15-8.

PARKWAY 8
VAN BUREN 0
VAN BUREN — Austin Adams scattered six hits over seven innings, while striking out three and not issuing a walk, and added a triple and three RBIs at the plate as Parkway blanked Van Buren 8-0 in a Division III sectional semifinal on Saturday.
Parkway advances to the sectional final at Liberty-Benton (19-3) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Wyatt Felver doubled, singled twice and drove in a run, Austin Dennison tallied a double and an RBI, while Cody Depweg and Brandon Gibson each finished with a single and an RBI for the Panthers.
Jameson Jacobs recorded two of the six singles by the Black Knights (12-8).

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Van Buren 000 000 0 — 0 6 2
WP — Adams. LP — Turner. top hitters: (Pwy) Depweg 1B, RBI; Riley 2-1B; Adams 3B, 2 RBI; Felver 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Dennison 2B, RBI; Gibson 1B, RBI. (VB) Jacobs 2-1B.
records: Van Buren 12-8.

VAN WERT 9
RIVERDALE 0
VAN WERT — Four runs in the first inning put Van Wert well on its way Saturday and the Cougars shut out Riverdale 9-0 in a Division III sectional semifinal at Van Wert.
Van Wert will play at St. Henry at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a sectional final.
Evan McKee and Tristan Davis each had singles to account for all the offense for the Falcons (4-16).
Ethan Williams had two singles and two RBIs, and Justice Tussing a double and an RBI for Van Wert.

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Van Wert 400 500 x — 9 8 0
WP — Henry. LP — Loveridge. top hitters: (Riv) McKee 1B; Davis 1B. (VW) Williams 2-1B, 2-RBI; Tussing 2B, RBI.
records: Riverdale 4-16.

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By MICHAEL BURWELL
Staff Writer
OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s baseball team has had its share of exciting one-run games this season, and Saturday’s 1-0 win over Lima Central Catholic in a Division III sectional semifinal was no different.
But it was the way that the Titans ended the game and how they regrouped after a scary collision knocked starting pitcher Tanner Schimmoeller out of the game that showed Ottawa-Glandorf’s mettle.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and O-G leading 1-0, Titans’ center fielder Tyler Zender threw out Luke Baumgartner at home plate to end the game.
Down to their final out, the Thunderbirds stayed alive when Baumgartner reached first base after O-G shortstop Brad Croy bobbled a groundball. The next batter, Drew Jennings, ripped a single to center field on an 0-2 count to advance Baumgartner to second base.
As Liam Stolly roped a line-drive to center field, Zender planned his game-winning throw to catcher Ben Dietering perfectly.
“It was a line drive right at me. I probably could have dove at that one, too, but I saw their coach was waving the guy around third,” Zender, who also made a diving catch in the fourth inning, said. “So I was like, ‘I’m going to set up and throw a ball right on the money’ and Ben (Dietering) was there, made a nice play, blocked the plate and it was a great tag on his part.”
O-G (17-4), a No. 4 district seed, will host sixth-seeded Bluffton, which knocked off Allen East 3-0 on Saturday, at 5 p.m. Thursday in a sectional final.
LCC (10-14) still has three regular-season games left, but the postseason run is over.
The win for the Titans, however, came with a potentially costly price.
In the fifth inning, Baumgartner hit a short pop-up in the infield between Schimmoeller and first-baseman Andrew Wischmeyer, and both players collided.
It appeared that Schimmoeller, a 6-foot-6 senior who will pitch for the University of Cincinnati next season, took a knee to the head. Both players were down for about a minute, and Wischmeyer was able to get up on his own. Schimmoeller stayed down.
LCC and O-G trainers and several players helped Schimmoeller get to his feet, but he fell right back down and, after a few more minutes, was helped off the field.
O-G head coach Nick Miller said that Schimmoeller had “more than likely a concussion.”
“Nobody likes to see that on the field there, and it affected both teams there, but we still had a game to play and Matt (Warnecke) came in and threw strikes, got out of the inning, got us back in the dugout where we collected our thoughts a little bit and found a way to finish the game,” Miller said.
Schimmoeller (3-1) picked up the win, pitching 41/3 innings and allowing no runs on no hits while striking out five batters and walking one.
Warnecke, another senior pitcher who’s had success for the Titans this season (5-2 record, 1.11 ERA), picked up right where Schimmoeller left off.
He struck out Jennings on four pitches and forced a groundout by Liam Stolly to get out of the inning. Overall, Warnecke pitched the rest of the game, allowing four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
“You got to give Warnecke credit, too,” LCC head coach John Schneiders said. “Here’s a kid who’s pitched against us for a couple years in the tournament and not had a whole lot of good fortune against us, and he comes in and in a really difficult position and became that senior leader that they really needed.
“When you looked at the body language of those O-G kids after watching their guy go down, he did a great job of stepping in and immediately continuing the momentum that they had.”
The lone run in the game came in the third inning from an RBI-single to left field from Austin Williams. Croy ripped a one-out single to center field, stole second base and advanced to third two pitches later on a passed ball, and scored on Williams’ hit.
LCC’s Colin Stolly was saddled with the loss, pitching six innings and allowing a run on four hits. He had six strikouts, no walks and didn’t allow a hit after Williams’ third-inning hit.
Both coaches said the game played out exactly like they thought it would, with dominant pitching.
“Like we told our kids, this is not a typical opening round of the tournament game,” Miller said. “These two teams, when we get together, it’s always a battle, and luckily we were on the right side of this.
“All three pitchers commanded the strike zone very well. Colin, with his assortment of breaking pitches and changeup, was very tough…He really limited us, he did a heck of a job.”

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WP — Schimmoeller (3-1). LP — C. Stolly. SV — Warnecke. top hitters: (LCC) Jennings, Romer & L. Stolly 1B. (O-G) Williams 1B, RBI.
records: Lima Central Catholic 10-14, Ottawa-Glandorf 17-4.
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