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Toronto briefs

April 5, 2014
The Herald-Star


being taken for

Karaffa Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Joseph and Anna Marie Karaffa Award for Excellence in Education.

The $500 award was established in 1997 to recognize the efforts of an outstanding teacher or administrator who creates an environment where teaching and learning is valued. It is presented annually to a current teacher or administrator in the Toronto City Schools.

Prior recipients include Jane Brower, 2013; Jennifer Dickinson, 2012; Donna McCasland, 2011; Ellen Hughes, 2010; Mary Jo Kuhn, 2009; Lynda Glenn, 2008; Charlene Starr, 2007; Linda Blair, 2006; Linda Antonucci, 2005; Gary Fisher, 2004; Maureen Taggart, 2003; James Ray, 2002; Susan Buckham, 2001; Barbara Carter, 2000; Kirk George, 1999; and Barbara Pritts, 1998.

Nominations are accepted from students, teachers, parents and alumni. They should be submitted to Karaffa Award for Excellence in Education Selection Committee, THSAA, P.O. Box 273, Toronto, OH 43964. Nominations also can be e-mailed to with Karaffa Award selection committee in the subject line. Nominations must be received by May 7 and postmarked by May 2 to be considered for the 2014 award. All nominations should include the nominee's name, current position in Toronto City Schools, nominator's name and reasons for the nomination.

Focus in Toronto taking applications for arts festival

The Focus in Toronto organization is accepting crafter, food and direct sales vendors until Aug. 1 for the Toronto Festival of the Arts set Aug. 30-31. All vendors interested should sign up early to take advantage of discounts on booth fees listed online. Applications can be found at All confirmed vendors are listed online. The organization is seeking entertainment. All interested should fill out an online application. Once the lineup is complete it will posted online.

The festival also is seeking sponsors. All sponsors receive one year of advertisement on the newly designed website. For information, go to

Upcoming events at the Toronto First Presbyterian Church

Sunday - Sunday school begins at 9:40 a.m. Worship begins at 11 a.m. Communion will be celebrated. New members and the confirmation class will be received during worship. The deacons will meet following worship.

Wednesday - The last Chi Rho after-school program for the season meets at 4 p.m. Choir practice is set for 7 p.m.

Thursday -Bible study meets at 6 p.m.

The church office hours are 8:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Upcoming events at North River Avenue Christian Church

Sunday - Worship service at 9:45 a.m.; junior church service in the junior worship area for youth ages 5 through fourth grade at 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school at 11 a.m.; and the youth group meets at 6 p.m.

Monday - The Boy Scouts meet at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday - Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. Adult choir practice is set for 8:15 p.m.

April 20 - The Easter cantata theme will be In Christ Alone, presented by the choir at 9:45 a.m. All are welcome.

April 21 - A van trip to Amish country leaves the church at 8 a.m. A signup sheet is posted on the church bulletin board.

April 24 -The monthly prayer walk begins at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming events at Riverview

United Methodist Church

The church office is open from 8 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-2210. The Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army located in the Riverview Church is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-4737.

Upcoming events at Toronto First United Methodist Church

Sunday- The rise and shine service begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m.

Monday -Bible study is at 6 p.m. The trustees will meet at 7 p.m.

Tuesday -Bible study is at 10 a.m. The faith fellowship meets at noon.

Wednesday - The Caring Crafters will meet at 6 p.m. The choir meets at 7 p.m.

Thursday - The Adventure Club meets at 3:30 p.m. TOPS and the bell choir will meet at 5:30 p.m,

April 11 - TOPS meets at 9 a.m.

Salvation Army Toronto Unit

offers prescription assistance

Those between ages 18-64 who have no prescription drug insurance can call (740) 537-2210 for assistance. A team of volunteers will help clients apply for low-cost or no-cost medications. The free program has been providing assistance since 2002 at the Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave. Assistance is provided on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The entrance to the church is handicap accessible.

Those age 65 or older and who have no prescription insurance are eligible for the program.

This is not a distribution center for medications, but a volunteer-based program that assists in filling out paperwork and sending in necessary applications to drug manufacturers. Once approved, clients begin receiving medications directly from companies in six to eight weeks.

Upcoming events at Toronto Bible Methodist Church

Sunday - Morning Sunday school, 10 a.m.; service, 11 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m.; weekly Bible study, 5:30 p.m.

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