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Sectional Champs! A Good Week for Tiger Basketball At Norwalk High School, Huron picked up two wins against Woodmore and Lakota to claim their first sectional title in seven years. The Tigers hustled and played solid defense to win these contests. Huron now posts a 14-8 record on the season and head to Mansfield for Districts. For the complete story see page 6.

Community Invited Ohio Graduation for Breakfast Around Town and Egg Hunt Testing Schedule Members of the Huron Parks and Recreation DePage 2 Monday, March 15 (Reading OGT) The following is the Ohio Gradupartment invite the community to join them March 27 for a breakfast and Easter egg hunt. Participants can March 16 (Math OGT) ation Testing and bell schedule —————— enjoy the Huron Lion’s Club’s Annual Pancake Break- for Huron City School students. Tuesday, Wednesday, March 17 fast, then walk over to the Huron Boat Basin for one of (Writing OGT) The testing runs from March 15 the largest egg hunts in Huron. The Huron Lion’s Club Thursday, March 18 (Science OGT) through 19: Church Chat, will be serving up all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, All ninth-graders should report Friday, March 19 eggs, coffee, tea, juice and milk. The Easter Bunny will (Social Studies OGT) to their designated testing areas appearances at the breakfast and the hunt, and Gardening make by 7:25 a.m.: entertainer Greg Carson will perform after breakfast. Where: Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church The building opens at 9:20 a.m. Monday, March 15 (corner of Cleveland Road W and Williams) for all eleventh- and twelfth-grad(Reading Practice OGT) Page 3 Egg Hunt at Huron Boat Basin ers. Classes begin at 9:34 a.m.: Tuesday, March 16 Time: 8 a.m. to noon for breakfast 1 period 9:34 a.m. – 10:04 a.m. (Writing Practice OGT) p.m. for the egg hunt —————— Cost: 1:15 Wednesday, March 17 2 period 10:08 a.m. – 10:38 a.m. Breakfast: $5/Adults, (Math Practice OGT) 3 period 10:42 a.m. – 11:12 a.m. $3/Children Thursday, March 18 5 A lunch 11:12 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. Library, Egg Hunt: Free (for ages 2-8 years) (Social Studies Practice OGT) 5 B lunch 11:42 a.m. – 12:12 p.m. The department is encourFriday, March 19 5 C lunch 12:12 p.m. – 12:42 p.m. Parks & Rec aging participants to bring (Science Practice OGT) 4 period 12:46 p.m. – 1:16 p.m. a camera, a basket for their 6 period 1:20 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. kids who are participating in All tenth-graders should report 7 period 1:54 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Page 4 the hunt, and a donation of a to their designated testing areas non-perishable food item to by 7:25 a.m.: the breakfast or the —————— either hunt. Schools Huron Students Learn Ins and Outs of UN Page 5 Congratulations to the Huron High School Tuvalu and called for United Nations assistance eral Assembly for next year. Many thanks also Model United Nations Delegates who participat- in transporting its 10,000 citizens to Australia go out to Deanna Schumm, Huron City Schools in the Ohio Model UN Conference recently in before rising sea levels prevent their continued media specialist, who acted as the second adult —————— edColumbus at the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex. survival at home. chaperone this year. This year’s conference welcomed about 1,200 Special recognition goes to Jon Clark as outThis is Huron High School’s fourth year atSports high school students from all around the state to standing delegate for his speech and debate skills tending the Ohio Model United Nations Conparticipate in giving speeches, presenting Pow- and to Stephanie Grasl as outstanding leader ference. Eligible students grades 9-12 may parerPoints, debating solutions for world problems of her nation’s delegates. In addition, Allison ticipate in the club, providing they join together Page 6 and enjoying cultural talent shows. The confer- Scheid deserves recognition for being elected by as a nation, attend meetings and pay the hotel/ ence is student-run and organized through the the conference to be vice president of the Gen- conference fees. Leadership Institute, which also pro—————— Ohio vides and junior high level Model UN program as well as summer leadership camps for students. Health & In preparation for the conference, Huron students attended evening meetings from September through January. They researched Wellness, their chosen nation in order to devise a worksolution for a significant problem that Classifieds able nation faces: • Nancy Bloor, Adriana DeLuca, Ashley Franks, Erin O’Reilly and Allison Scheid repPage 7 resented the Democratic Republic of Congo and wrote a resolution to abolish the use of soldiers in Central Africa. —————— child • Jalen Alexander, Paige Bragg, Alyssa Franklin, Stephanie Grasl, Chloe Greenawalt, Laura Taxes Hahn, Ryan McNulty and Amelia Utley represented Lithuania and attempted to gain world support for the safe demolition of an aging Huron participants were: (Sitting) Nancy Bloor, Adriana DeLuca, Stephanie Grasl, and Page 8 nuclear power plant on the Baltic Sea. Amelia Utley; (Standing Front Row) Advisor Heather Merckens, Kayla Riddle, Ashley st

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Around Town Lions Pancake Breakfast The Sandusky Lions Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Sandusky High School Cafeteria (corner of State Route 4, Hayes Avenue and Perkins Avenue). Cost of the breakfast is children $4, and adult $5. The Lions will be serving their famous pancakes and sausage, juice and coffee will also be served. The Lions are also asking that anyone who has used eyeglasses bring them as a donation to the club’s “Knights Of The Blind” campaign.

Fire Department Responds to High Speed Crash The Huron Fire Department responded to a high speed roll-over crash on State Route 2 this past Sunday morning. A single occupant was extricated from the mangled wreckage by rescue personnel and treated by EMS crews before being transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center. The Huron Fire Department is reminding all drivers to remember to wear their seat belts and slow their speed when approaching emergency warning lights on roadways.

Historical Society Meeting Firelands Historical Society members will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Research Center, 9 Case Ave., Norwalk. Speaker Glen Bernhardt, owner of Blue Marble Collectibles in Berlin Heights, will talk on “When Kids Played Like Kids.” He has invited everyone to bring childhood toys and memories to share. The meeting is open to the public, and is free for members and $2 for non-members.

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Erie County Updates Community on 2-1-1 Service Community members recently met at a breakfast meeting recently to discuss the progress and future of 2-1-1 services in Erie County. The breakfast was sponsored by the Erie County Health Department, United Way of Erie County and the 2-1-1 Advisory Board. 2-1-1 is the national dialing code set aside to link community residents to vital social service agencies, government agencies, and faith-based organizations. It is a free call and is available 24 hours a day, year-round to anyone who needs to find assistance for themselves or a family member or friend. 2-1-1 was implemented in Erie County in 2006 with assistance from multiple agencies and organizations. “Since the implementation of 2-1-1, over 6,593 calls were made to 2-1-1. Residents are seeking assistance for rent, utilities, food and medical needs.

Each call results in at least three or more referrals,” said Pamela ColbertBrumbaugh, executive director of United Way of Erie County. More than 140 social service and public agencies are listed in the 2-1-1 database. Colbert-Brumbaugh further explained that the utilization of 2-1-1 enables community leaders to see where there are gaps in service as well as determine the critical needs of the residents. Pete Schade, health commissioner for the Erie County Health Department, commented about the health disparities within the community and that the use of 2-1-1 will help to end those disparities. Nick Roman, technical support coordinator for 2-1-1 at Ohio United Way explained to the audience the future of 2-1-1 from a statewide and national perspective. 2-1-1 is a priority

for United Way Worldwide and Ohio United Way. “Ohio United Way continues to promote the 2-1-1 in Ohio and 87 percent of Ohioans will be covered by 2-1-1 services by the end of 2010 …” he said. Nationally, 80 percent of Americans have access to 2-1-1, which is good news because people will be able to travel almost anywhere in the U.S. and be able to call 2-1-1 or advise friends and family members to call, Roman said. Currently, there are bills pending in the U.S. Senate and House that could provide estimated $700 million in sustainable funding to 2-1-1 programs over the next four years. For more information or to ensure an agency is included in the 2-1-1 data base, call Collette Fox at the Erie County Health Department at 419626-5623.

FROM THE BENCH DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI – What’s the Difference? By Judge Bill Steuk, Huron Municipal court The short answer to that question is: Not much in that they refer to the same thing. The use of the acronyms originates from a violation under Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19. The most commonly used acronym is DUI, which means driving under the influence. DWI stands for driving while impaired. These two acronyms are no longer

used in Ohio law. In the early 1980s, Ohio’s law changed regarding DUI and DWIs. The violation was then called operating a motor vehicle impaired or “OMVI”. This change was due to the inclusion of the operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, not just alcohol. Today, the term used for violation under Revised Code 4511.19 is operating a vehicle impaired or “OVI”. This change occurred when the law eliminated the requirement that the vehicle driven be motorized. Now a person can be charged with this violation while op-

erating any vehicle, including but not limited to a bicycle or horse drawn carriage. So really, the change in the use of the acronyms was a result of the evolution of Ohio Revised Code Section 4511.19. So the most up-to-date acronym for this section is OVI, which means operating a vehicle impaired. Articles appearing in this column are intended to provide broad, general information about the law. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, readers are urged to seek advice from an attorney.


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Church Chat Zion Church Celebrates Lent and Holy Week Mid-week Lenten Services are being held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at Zion Lutheran Church, 930 Main St. Huron. These services are family-friendly. The message is relating spiritual growth to the stages of growth of a butterfly.  All are invited to attend. Holy week is being celebrated at Zion Lutheran Church.  Thursday, April 1 is Maundy Thursday. There will be a special service conducted at 7:30 p.m. with the message centered around

The Last Supper and Christ being betrayed and arrested.  At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2, a special Good Friday worship service will be conducted with the message based on the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. Three Easter worship services will be celebrated. The Sunrise service will be at 7 a.m.  Festival worship services will be conducted at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The community is cordially invited to attend any of these services.

Women Called Upon to Renew Passion for Christ The Huron United Methodist Church, 338 Williams St., Huron, invites women of all ages and stages to revive their spirits, refresh their souls and renew their passion for Christ  at the church’s Women’s  Speaker Series, REVIVE, REFRESH, RENEW!, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Saturday,  March 13 in the church’s  Fellowship Hall. Speaker will be Rev. Joan Skelley-Watts, pastor of Vermilion Grace United

Methodist Church. Pastor Joan invites everyone to deepen their spiritual journey through an interactive time of study titled “Opening the Door of Your Heart: Experiencing the ‘I am’ Statement of Jesus from the Gospel of John.” Doors open at 8 a.m. and coffee and refreshments will be served. The church is handicapped accessible, and the event is free and open to the public.

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Mon. & Tue. 10 AM - 6 PM Wed. & Thur. 10 AM - 8 PM Fri. 10 AM - 5 PM; Sat. 10 AM - 1 PM Call 419-433-5009 or email huron@huronlibrary.org with any questions on the following: The Board of Trustees of the Huron Public Library gratefully acknowledges the following donations: In memory of Jim Holstine from John and Juanita Fenton. ——— If you currently receive phone calls from the library staff to notify you of items available to be picked up at the library, you will receive automated calls beginning Monday, March 15. If you prefer an email notification, sign up for NetNotice at http://www.clevnet. org/netnotice.php ——— The Second Thursday Seminar at library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 11will feature “Huron: My Hometown, Volume 3.” Interviews include Wilbur Ramsey: Working on the Huron Docks; Joyce Boyes: Growing Up Near Otto’s Camp; Gordon Meeker: Living on West Side of Huron; Steve Myers: The Huron Docks; and Dick Klein: Serving in

WWII, Huron Teacher. “Huron: My Hometown” is an oral history project of the Huron Historical Society and the library. ——— The library presents T-Shirt Quilting with Cathi on Saturdays, March 13, March 27 and April 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cathi Dix of our staff will demonstrate how to make a T-shirt quilt in this program for adults and seventh-graders and up.. Plan to attend all three sessions. Access to a sewing machine and knowledge in its use is required. The quilt will require nine to 12 T-shirts. The first session is “Preparing the T-shirts,” the second session is “Assembling the quilt top,” and the final session is “Finishing Options.” Call 419-433-5009 or e-mail huron@huronlibrary.org to register. ——— The library’s 2010 Spring Storytimes run from March 16 through April 28. There will be no programs on April 20 & 21. • Lapsit, for children up to 2 ½ years with caregiver, will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Registration required by calling 419-433-5009 or email to huron@huronlibrary.org. • Toddler Time, for children 2 ½ - 3 ½ years with caregiver, meets at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays

and 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. No registration required. • Storytime, for children 3 ½ - 5 years on their own, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No registration required. ——— Open Play Chess at the library for all ages will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Chess boards are available. ——— Chess Instruction at the library will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17. Players of all ages and abilities may sign up by emailing huron@huronlibrary.org or calling 419 433-5009. ——— The library’s Mystery Book Group meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, to discuss “Foolproof ” by Dianne Pugh. The library’s Book Exchange will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18. This month’s book will be “Good, Good Pig” by Sy Montgonery. Order copies of either book online at www.huronlibrary.org, email huron@huronlibrary. org or call 419-433-5009. ——— Ukrainian Egg Decorating with Bev will be presented at the library from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Schools Sasala Qualifies for State-level Geographic Bee By Jennifer B. KilBury Sixth-grader Tyler Sasala has qualified to compete against 99 other students from around Ohio on April

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Tyler Salsala, a sixth-grader, has qualified for and will represent Woodlands Intermediate School at the State-Level Geographic Bee for Ohio. 9 in the State-level Geographic Bee. Sasala had initially competed and won the Woodlands Intermediate School National Geographic Bee this past January 13. Placing first in the January competition had allowed him to continue on to the next step, which was a 70-question written exam. The results of the exam are what enabled him to move on to the State-level Geographic Bee. Gifted Intervention Specialist Dale Casper called Sasala to the front of the classroom last Thursday during Language Arts to congratulate him and to announce to him that he would be making the trip to Mansfield for the Statelevel Geographic Bee. Mark Doughty, principal at Woodlands, has been involved with the Geographic Bee for the past six years. Sasala is the first state qualifier in the Bee since Doughty’s involvement. “I was extremely surprised … that was the most difficult test I had ever taken,” Sasala explained. When thinking back about the exam, Sasala recalls several

ferent locations and a few of the questions required an educated guess,” Sasala said. The waiting process for the results was much longer than anticipated for the sixth-grader. “I am very happy to be representing Woodlands Intermediate School. I am looking forward to going (to the competition at the OSU Branch in Mansfield). I am very proud to have gotten to this point,” Sasala stated. The very mature sixth-grader is exceptionally grateful and appreciative of his teachers, family and classmates. His teachers have been very helpful in offering extra help in studying for the competition, while his sister, Gabrielle, frequently quizzes him on his state capitals, and his classmates have been supportive in a number of ways. He will continue to study maps and learn as much trivia as possible between now and the April 9 competition. The winner from the State-level Geographic Bee will go to Washington, D.C. for the National Geographic Bee held May 25-26.

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Tiger Men Emerge Sectional Champs This past week was a good one for the Ti- hit two threes along with a three-point ger Basketball program. At Norwalk High play of their own to tie the game at 31 halfSchool, Huron picked up two wins to claim way through the third period. The Tigers their first sectional title in seven years. Hu- wouldn’t hit a field goal during the final ron now posts a 14-8 record on the season two and a half minutes. At the end of the stanza, Woodmore’s Andy Flick hit another and head to Mansfield for Districts. In the first match-up, after a surprising struggle, they took down the team from Woodmore, 55-48. Then came the title game against the favored and higherseeded Lakota Raiders. An outstanding second quarter by the Tigers proved too much for the opposition to overcome. After the final buzzer and a 62-47 win, there was nothing left to do but cut down the nets. The Wildcats of Woodmore came into the sectional with a struggling record but, as Coach James pointed out before the game, a team loaded with good shooters as well. They were small in stature, but they ran a welldisciplined offense. Huron took advantage of their size early on. During the opening period, center Steve Bowers hit the first six points. Combined with a Zach Grieves’ jumper, the Ti- Center Brandon Poorman powers his way to the gers jumped out to an 8-0 lead. hoop against Woodmore. When Bowers left with early foul trouble, Brandon Poorman hit two buck- three to give his team their first lead, 39-37. ets of his own. Huron was up 14-8 after During the first five minutes of the final the first period. But Woodmore mounted a period, the lead went back and forth. Bow12-6 run to tie the game at 20 apiece with ers, who had 14 on the night, hit a jumper 3:45 left in the first half. Now, the Tiger with the game tied at 46 to start Huron off back court took their turn with a 6-0 run on their final 9-2 surge and punch the Tito close out the second quarter with their gers’ ticket to the championship game. Lakota came into Friday’s game with six-point lead still intact. Huron was very impatient on offense, a 14-6 record. The Raiders hit just four shooting quickly after just a pass or two. baskets in the first quarter, but they were This made them look sloppy. After a three- all threes. But Huron looked quick and point play by wing Grieves, the Wildcats fast. Guard Brian Bollenbacher opened

the scoring on the first possession with a three of his own. But it would be the Tigers’ man-to-man defense the really roared. The young men were able to force turnovers that allowed Huron to get out and run. At the end of the first period, Huron led 14-12. Out of the break, Bollenbacher and Grieves hit quick three pointers to take a 20-12 lead and force a Lakota time. It didn’t help. The Raiders tried to press and Huron’s breaker ripped right through it. By halftime, the Tigers were up 35-18 led by Grieves’ 13 points and Brian Bollenbacher’s nine points. Lakota opened the second half determined to make Bollenbacher work the full length of the court. The Raiders pressed him everywhere, but he maintained his composure and led the offense. Still, a team like Lakota was going to make a run. They were able to narrow the gap to 13 points by the end of the third quarter, 44-31. Early in the fourth, the teams exchanged baskets. Following a bucket that gave Huron a 48-33 lead, Bollenbacher was forced to the bench with four fouls. The Raiders promptly pressed and went on an 11-6 run to close the game to within 10 points, 54-44. With 1:58 left, Lakota called timeout. They needed rest. But it was too late. The Raiders had given everything they had to mount the comeback. Huron never really fell apart at any point during the second half to allow them back into the game. Coach James can thank his team’s senior leadership for that. The Tigers closed out the win, 62-47. Grieves had a great sectional with 20 points in both games. Most importantly, Huron hustled and played solid defense to win these contests. Huron now posts a 14-8 record on the season and head to Mansfield for Districts.

Point guard Brian Bollenbacher penetrates the lane – drawing two defenders – so he can dish the ball to a teammate.

Young Tigers Gain Experience at State It was a new experience and it was exciting. The floor of the Schottenstein Center was abuzz with anticipation for the start of the 2010 State Wrestling Matt King (152-pound) battles Zebulun Beam dur- Tournaments in Columing his first round match. Photo by Chris MisChler bus. Ten mats alive with 10

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matches going at once. It was hard to keep up with all of the area athletes there to show off their skills. The action was that fast and furious … and fun. The Tigers were represented by 152-pound junior Matt King and heavyweight, sophomore Nino Majoy. Neither placed, but both wrestled well and left the state capitol having learned lessons from watching or wrestling the best Division III had to offer. On Thursday, Matt King (22-8) was the first Huronite to compete. In the opening round, he matched up against Zebulun Beam (50-4), who was a sophomore from Apple Creek Waynedale. While King displayed his athleticism and wrestled well, Beam prevailed after three periods, 13-6. In his consolation match that evening, King wrestled against Scott Kaiser (389) of Martins Ferry. King took Kaiser the distance and was edged out by a single point, 7-6. Nino Majoy (41-6) defeated Damien McAfee (42-4) of Baltimore Liberty Union in his first round match, 8-5. The following

day saw him face off against Kyle Kelly (44-2) in a true grudge match. Nino battled hard, but succumbed by a score of 2-1. Now in the consolation bracket, Majoy battled his opponent, Mike Stenger of Clarksville, to overtime, but came up short, 3-2. When head coach Rob Majoy was asked what this tournament meant to Huron wrestling, he responded: “Having a sectional at home, then qualifying six

to districts was a big lift for our program. Then to have two young men (underclassmen) make the State Tournament was tremendous. It reinforces what we talk to the kids about, that anything is possible if you work hard and set goals for yourself.” When his son Nino was asked when he would begin training for next season, he responded with a determined tone … “Monday.”

Nino Majoy (285-pound) was completely spent following his victory in the first round of the State Tourney. Photo by Chris MisChler

Young Lady Tigers Win JO Tourney A group of fifth- and sixth-grade girls from Woodlands Elementary are proof that the Huron Volleyball program never rests and its future is in good hands. The

most recent Junior Olympic tournament the girls competed in was held in Marion. The group left Huron bright and early (6:15 a.m.) and returned later that evening as the first-place champions. According to Coach Amy Wennes, many of the teams Huron faced were comprised of girls older than our own. She also said: “They put in a lot of time and practice and the hard work paid off.” The team is comprised of Jill Balde, Cassie Battiste, Morgan Bollenbacher, Tori Fantozzi, Molly Lehrer, Alli Grendow, Gloria Souter, Sydney Ward, Kailee Wennes and Grabriella Wood. This JO team receives excellent coaching from Don Wood, Wennes and Lindsey Bradley. When I ran into Varsity Coach Wood about a month ago and asked him how long he was able to rest and enjoy his varsity squad’s state championship, he told me that he Back row: Cassie Battiste, Tori Fantozzi, Gloria was back to work on volSouter, Kailee Wennes and Jill Balde. Middle row: leyball the very next day. Alli Grendow, Morgan Bollenbacher and Molly Leh- This championship was rer. Front row: Sydney Ward and Gabriella Wood. more fruit of that labor.


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Health & Wellness Fisher-Titus Medical Center People who are overweight, Happiest Baby have a sedentary lifestyle and on the Block are over the age of 45 should

Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Erie-Huron County WIC services and Help Me Grow will offer The Happiest Baby on the Block course in the Norwalk area. The course, primarily for parents-to-be, and parents/ caregivers of babies, age birth to four months old, provides information on techniques to help calm and comfort babies. The techniques also can help babies increase their sleep at night. The national curriculum will be taught by Happiest Baby on the Block Certified Educators and FTMC registered nurses Julie Flesher and Beth Schnellinger. Class will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 at the Help Me Grow Office, 811 Woodbine Ave., Willard. For more information and to register, call 419-660-2117 Ext. 6560.

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In honor of Diabetes Alert Day – a day developed by the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness to the public about the seriousness of diabetes – FTMC Diabetes Educators will offer free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in Conference Room 2 (use Patient Pavilion Entrance and follow signs). Appointments are not needed, just drop in.

consider themselves at risk for the disease. For many, diagnosis may come several years after the onset of the disease. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

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Fisher-Titus Medical Center is offering Healthcare Provider CPR training from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 at the hospital, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk. Participants will be trained in adult and pediatric CPR, as well as adult and child choking response techniques. To register or for more information, call FTMC at 419-660-2646.

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Fisher-Titus Medical Center is offering an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Renewal Course for healthcare professionals from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at the hospital, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk. Participants must have a current CPR card. To register or for more information, call 419-660-2117, Ext. 6560.

Firelands Regional Medical Center A Pediatric Gastroenterology Heartsaver Clinic will be held Wednesday, First Aid March 17. Staffed by a board Firelands Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring a HeartSaver First Aid and CPR/ AED Course from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 17. This course will be held at Firelands’ South Campus in the Education Room, located on the first floor at 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. This course is ideal for anyone who needs to know the basics of first aid and be certified to perform CPR and AED. The course also addresses health and safety issues and blood-borne disease protection. The class fee is $75 per person, which includes a “take home” book. For more information or to register, call 419557-6740.

certified pediatric specialist from Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, pediatric specialty clinics are held in the Firelands South Campus Outpatient Specialty Clinic, 1912 Hayes Ave, Sandusky. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800377-3117. A Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic will be held Monday, March 22. Staffed by a Board Certified Pediatric Specialist from Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Specialty Clinics are held in the Firelands South Campus Outpatient Clinic, 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-3773117. Additional Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Clinics are also Pediatric Clinics Firelands Regional Medical available at Firelands. For a Center will be hosting some schedule, visit the Calendar of upcoming pediatric specialty Events at www.firelands.com. For more information about clinics: the clinics, call 419-557-6767.

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“under the table” for a business owner, he do esn’t report what he pays you on a Form 1099 or it is less than the required $600 for him to report, but he uses the payment as a business deduction on his return and he gets audited. IRS will be asking him who he paid this to. Bingo! There you are receiving the next audit letter. While most income you receive is generally considered taxable, there are some situations when certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all. To ensure taxpayers are familiar with the difference between taxable and nontaxable income, the Internal Revenue Service offers these common examples of items that are not included in your income: • Adoption Expense Reimbursements for qualifying expenses • Child support payments • Gifts, bequests and inheritances • Workers’ compensation benefits • Meals and Lodging for the convenience of your employer • Compensatory Damages awarded for physical injury or physical sickness • Welfare Benefits • Cash Rebates from a dealer or manufacturer Some income may be taxable under certain circumstances, but not taxable in other situations. Examples of items that may or may not be included in your income are: Life Insurance If you surrender a life insurance policy for cash, you must include in income any proceeds that are more than the cost of the life insurance policy. Life insurance proceeds, which were paid to you because of the insured person’s death, are not taxable unless the policy was turned over to you for a price. Scholarship or Fellowship Grant If you are a candidate for a degree, you can exclude amounts you receive as a qualified scholarship or fellowship. Amounts used for room and board do not qualify. Non-cash Income Taxable income may be in a form other than cash. One example of this is bartering, which is an exchange of property or services. The fair market value of goods and services exchanged is fully taxable and must be included as income on Form 1040 of both parties. All other items – including income such as wages, salaries and tips – be included in your income unless it is specifically excluded by law. These examples are not all-inclusive. Important Facts About Your Unemployment Benefits  Taxpayers who received unemployment benefits in 2009 are entitled to a special tax break when they file their 2009 federal tax returns. This tax break is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Normally, unemployment benefits are taxable; however, under the Recovery Act, every person who receives unemployment benefits during 2009 is eligible to exclude the first $2,400 of these benefits when they file their federal tax return. Seven Facts About Social Security Benefits  If you received Social Security benefits in 2009, you need to know whether or not these benefits are taxable. Here are seven facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about Social Security benefits so you can determine whether or not they are taxable to you.

For the rest of Dee’s tax tips see Next Weeks edition of the Huron Hometown News!


Huron Hometown News - March 11, 2010  

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