Morning briefing – Nov. 24

Staff report

* The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded Habitat for Humanity of Ohio a grant to construct or rehabilitate 20 single family homes across the state. The funding is a Target of Opportunity Grant from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.

“We work with local communities to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The $200,000 grant will be divided among 14 regional Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Families benefiting from the grant have an income at or below 50 percent of the area median income. The regional affiliates benefiting from the grant are:

· Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity

· Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties

· Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

· Clark County Community Habitat for Humanity

· Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

· Habitat for Humanity-Mid Ohio

· Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity

· Lima Area Habitat for Humanity

· Habitat for Humanity of Lorain County

· Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County

· Maumee Valley (Toledo) Habitat for Humanity

· Richland County Habitat for Humanity

· Habitat for Humanity of Summit County

· Habitat for Humanity of Trumbull County

The Ohio Housing Trust Fund supports a wide range of housing activities including housing development, emergency home repair, handicapped accessibility modifications, and services related to housing and homelessness. Target of Opportunity grants fund projects and activities that do not fit within existing Ohio Development Services Agency housing programs.

* Matthew Portner, Ashland University’s director of auxiliary services, was recently named to a three-year term on the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) Education Foundation Board of Directors.

NACAS is the world’s largest auxiliary services support organization that serves higher education. NACAS includes colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. NACAS provides professional development and leadership opportunities necessary for its members to be successful as they support higher education through auxiliary/campus services in an ever-changing environment.

The Education Foundation works to fund new professional development programs, assists in improving technology, provides research funds and supports scholarships. The Education Foundation was formed to support and promote the auxiliary services profession through NACAS.

Portner has been a member of NACAS for several years and looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors of the Education Foundation.

* With interest in Ohio wine production growing among potential producers, understanding what goes into running a successful vineyard and winery can make the difference in developing a profitable operation, according to a grape expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

To help growers — new and experienced alike — learn the basics of grapevine propagation techniques and vineyard management, horticulture and viticulture experts from the college will host the Commercial Grape and Wine Workshop Dec. 3.

The workshop will also offer insight into other key concerns facing commercial wine grape growers, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the Ohio State University South Centers.

The daylong program is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, in Piketon.

* “A Heidelberg Christmas” returns to the Ritz Theatre for the Performing Arts this year at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The concert will include traditional concert music of the season, Christmas carols and highlights from Handel’s beloved “Messiah,” which has been a long-standing tradition at Heidelberg for more than a century.

For the first half of the two-part concert, the Heidelberg Chamber Winds, under the direction of John E. Owen, associate dean and director of the School of Music & Theatre, will perform four numbers, including “A Christmas Farewell,” “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” the Spanish carol “Fum, Fum, Fum” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”

The next segment will feature the combined voices of the Heidelberg University-Community Chorus, under the direction of Daniel Clark, and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Greg Ramsdell, both professors of music education at the ‘Berg. Those ensembles will perform the holiday classics “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” both arranged by Owen, and “Still, Still, Still,” an Austrian carol, and “Ding Dong! Merrily on High,” a French carol.

The second half of the concert will include arias and choruses from “Messiah,” conducted by Daniel Clark. This portion of the concert will include the popular and stirring “Hallelujah” chorus

Staff report