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$25,000 playground projected completed at Tiffin YMCA

Lowe’s, community groups provided labor, funding for project

TIFFIN, OHIO – Sept. 15, 2020 – A brand new playground recently was completed at the Tiffin Community YMCA Recreation Center. The $25,000 project was funded by the Lowe’s Heroes program, the Tiffin Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council grant and the Gillmor Charitable Foundation through Old Fort Banking Company.

Following a search by leadership of the Tiffin Lowe’s for a community project that could be supported by the 2019 Lowe’s Heroes program, YMCA staff worked together with Lowe’s partners to design and complete the project with much of the materials coming from Lowe’s.

The mulch for the playground came from local company Roppe Rubber through the recycled rubber mulch company Jelly Bean Rubber Mulch, which was funded through Tiffin Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council and the Gillmor Charitable Foundation through Old Fort Banking Co. The Tiffin Columbian Football Team provided volunteer labor to install and spread the mulch. Webster Industries also provided the use of its equipment during the project.

Buster Ardner, CEO of the Bucyrus-Tiffin YMCA, said, “Completing this project was truly a community effort. We’re grateful to have the generous support of local businesses and organizations.”

Tiffin Lowe’s Manager Steven Thom said, “We were happy to be able to support this project in the Tiffin community and we’re looking forward to finding other ways to be involved in the community in the future.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA 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:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com.

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

60+ businesses in local HR association

SCHRASeneca County Human Resource Association (SCHRA) was formed to provide professional development workshops, hear knowledgeable speakers, receive legislative updates, and networking opportunities to those professionals working in a variety of human resource capacities.

Past speakers include:

Monthly meetings are held throughout the year, generally in the Tiffin area, on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. You can fill out the 2015 SCHRA membership form here.  For more information contact Beth Hannam at bhannam@terra.edu.

Participating businesses include: