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Parkway Boys Golf team Defeats the Coldwater Cavaliers by a Score of 165-179

In their best outing of the year by far, the Parkway Boys Golf team defeated the Coldwater Cavaliers by a score of 165-179. In ideal weather conditions, all six Panthers scored well. Medalist for the match was Parkway's Hayden Lyons who shot a one over par, 37. Clayton Agler had his best round of the year with a 41, as did Connor Morton with a 42. Cole Schoenleben rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, shooting a 45. David Gause shot a 47 and Ashton Hamrick carded a 49 for Parkway as well.

Coldwater was lead by Jarren Kunk who shot a 4 over 40, and a 41,  by Tyler Kanney. Andrew Fisher shot a 48 and Trey Wolters a 50 to finish the team scoring for the Cavaliers. Also on the varsity match, Caden Seitz shot a 53 and Ben Meyer a 62 for Coldwater.

Coldwater won the JV match by a score of 202-248. 

Coldwater JV- 202

Alex Raffel -51

Ben Schmitmeyer-47

Chadric Brosher-49
Brandon Rose-57

Chris Meyer-59

Spencer Seibert-55

Parkway JV -248

Austin Metz -60

Andy Metz - 70

Duncan Morton - 69

Ashton Hamrick (from varsity match) - 49

Coldwater is now 2-3 in the MAC and Parkway is 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the MAC.

 

 

Parkway High School/Middle School Yearbooks have Arrived

The 2014-2015 Parkway High School/Middle School Yearbooks have arrived. Graduated seniors who purchased books may pick them up in the high school office. A limited supply of extra yearbooks are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis for $50. If you are not sure if you purchased a book, or are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please contact Curtis Hamrick at hamricc@parkwayschools.org or by calling the high school office at 419-363-3045.

 

 
 

Panther Golf Team Competes at Versailles Invitational 

In a steady team effort at the Versailles Invitational at Stillwater Valley Golf Club (par 72) in Webster, OH, the Parkway Boys Golf team placed fifth with a team total of 353. This was their best 18 hole team score of the season so far. Leading the way for the Panthers was Hayden Lyons with an 85. Connor Morton finished next lowest with an 88. Cole Schoenleben was right behind him with an 89. Clayton Agler finished the scoring for Parkway with a 91. David Gause shot a 97 and Ashton Hamrick carded a 114 in the competition for the Panthers as well. In comparison with last year at the same tournament, this group of players shot 26 strokes better this year. 

 

 
 
 

Garage Sale Coming to Rockford
Out of Town Sellers Welcome

The Village of Rockford will be holding Fall Community Garage Sale Days on September 18th and 19th.   Forms are available at the Rockford Village Office or at the Rockford Carnegie Library.
$10 Fee - covers advertising with name and description on the map.  Space will be available at Shane's Park (Ball Diamond Parking Lot) for "Out of Town Set up" - Fee is $15.  

Proceeds to benefit Rockford Recreation Associations.

Please contact Jessica at 419-905-6900 or email jessnicol6.jy@gmail.com

 

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser
The Board of Education from St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township, is selling Chicken BBQ tickets for Sunday, September 13.  Serving is from 11-12:30 with dine-in, carry-out or drive-thru available.  Meals are $7 each and include ½ chicken, chips, applesauce, dinner roll, cookie and bottled water.  All proceeds will benefit the Mercer County House of Hope.  Contact a church member for tickets or call the church office at 419-363-2154.  Tickets are on sale until September 6.

 

 

MERCER CO. PERI Meeting

Sept. 8, 2015, Hopewell Grange

 

The Mercer Co. PERI Meeting will be held, Tuesday, 10:00 A.M., September 8, 2015, at the Hopewell Grange, Mercer Co. Fairgrounds, Celina.

Shane Olson, Account Executive, Humana, will be the Speaker.   This is an important program because Mr. Olson has been invited back, to answer questions about Humana and PERI Health Benefits.  PERI Members and spouses are welcome.  Early Birds may enjoy coffee, juice and donuts at 9:30.

 

 

Outhouse Races planned downtown for Harvest Moon Fest

Van Wert, OH

 

Call it soap box derby racing for adults, or call it an outhouse on wheels. But now is the time to register your family, friends, or company to participate in a fun and competitive new event this fall. The promotions committee of MSVW is presenting Outhouse Races & Chili Cook-off for Saturday, October 3rd, with Cruze-In & Outhouse judging to take place the evening of Friday, October 2nd.

This event will pit teams of costumed racers and/or decorated outhouses against each other for the chance to win cash prizes & other awards. One person rides and the remaining team members push, pull, or drag the decorated outhouses down the course. This event is free to the public to watch, and should be quite the spectacle. Two outhouses will race at a time in double elimination format, providing for an entertaining day of racing.

The 1st place Golden Throne cash prize is sponsored by Chet Straley, Broker/Auctioneer with Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc.  Along with cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place racers, awards will be presented for Best Decorated, Most Innovative Materials, and Ugliest. A People’s Choice award will be selected by spectator voting.

Teams should consist of at least 3 members, with a maximum of 5. Each outhouse might be decorated with a theme or be designed to promote your company or product. If your business or family is interested in constructing an outhouse to enter, a full registration packet is available at the MSVW office, from Promotions Committee members, or online at www.MainStreetVanWert.org. Event rules & outhouse specifications are provided in this packet.

Van Wert Area churches should have received an invitation to participate in the Chili Cook-Off, but there is no limit to the number of entries for this event. Churches are encouraged to serve the race teams and sell baked goods to spectators throughout the event. For more details or to enter the Chili Cook-off, call Shelly at 440-523-0387 or email theembroiderycoop@yahoo.com.

 

 
Women’s Fall Retreat 2015 

Mt. Tabor is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Women’s Mini Retreat on October 9th and 10th 2015. This event started with an idea and with a group of ladies wanting to make a difference and now by the grace of God is turning into something absolutely amazing. The theme of the retreat is Let’s Get Real!! Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith.

This event is going to be open to any girl/woman over the age of 10 and will have breakout sessions for all women, but will also have them for the younger crowd. The 10-15 year olds will have sessions on God Loves You and Words Hurt. The 16-21 year olds will learn about Social Media and how it can affect life and how to never give up on life. The over 60 group will have a session on how to be a “Senior Saint” in todays world. The remaining breakout sessions will be on topics such as grief, abuse, ministry in motion, prayer in a mom hectic world, stress and faith in the work place.


Our main speaker is Robyn Dykstra she is a funny, Jesus-loving, Bible study teacher and Christian speaker with over 25 years experience in retreat and conference ministry. You will Love her stories and be captivated by her teaching.

Her life-changing message will strengthen your faith to face life’s real challenges. You’ll be encouraged and equipped to live the REAL life God has planned for you.

Hannah Beck travels the country spreading that message of Hope. Chains can be broken. Relationships can be healed. God can make a way when there seems to be no way. One of the ways she spreads the message is her gift of music. Through her music she tries to connect with the real struggles of life and promise the never ending message of hope that does not fail.

Hannah will share her personal story during a special session geared towards the younger attendees on Hope. She will follow this session up by meeting with our 16-21 year olds about never giving up on life. Hannah hopes that you walk away knowing that there is hope in Jesus and there is a plan for your life.



Music will be supplied to us by the Mt. Tabor Praise Band, Hannah Beck and Gethsemane. We will have a fun and praise time Friday night to close the evening. It will be a great time to fellowship, worship, laugh, maybe cry and praise God for all He does.


Registration by September 20th  – $30
Registration after September 20th – $35
* Mother/Daughter Registration – $50
Registration includes lunch on Saturday

*To qualify for the Mother/Daughter discount the daughter must be under the age of 18. Please note: The fee for any additional daughters under the age of 18 is $20.
Please fill out a form for each daughter and send all forms together.

Pastor’s Wives FREE with 10 
When 10 paid adult registrations from the same church are sent in the same envelope, registration for their pastor’s wife is free.




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Friday October 9th - Check-in / Registration – 5:30 pm – 6:45pm
Evening events will kick off – 7:00 pm
Evening events will end – 9:15 pm

Saturday October 10th – Morning events will start – 8:45 am
Lunch – 12 noon – 1:00pm (Lunch provided )
Afternoon events will start – 1:00 pm
Event will wrap up at – 4:00 pm

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OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

Photo Caption:  Who were the Grandfathers who invented mechanical toys for children of all ages?   You are invited to the Sunday, September 13 Treasure Hunt for ideas and inventions at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

 

You are invited to a Treasure Hunt for ideas and inventions on Sunday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00, September 13, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, a block east of the Mercer County Courthouse.  There is no cost; students of all ages are invited.  Students should invite their Grandparents to join them at this Museum, for the purpose of learning from each other.

Are today’s children learning from Grandparents about ideas?  There is a good chance that when Grandchildren and Grandparents are together, that the Grandchildren are sharing their computer and/or electronic gadget knowledge with their Grandparents.  Roles are changing.   Grandparents were probably taught the names of inventors and their inventions when they were in school.  For example, Thomas Edison has been given credit for inventions related to the light bulb and phonographs and Alexander Graham Bell has been credit for inventions related to the telephone.  May I ask if the same Grandparents were taught the reasons as to why those ideas for inventions were created? 

 

Mercer Countians have been recognized for their hard work, as well as for their creativity.  Mercer County Companies have been successful, due to creative ideas.  New Idea Company was founded and grew because of a need for new agribusiness ideas.  Mersman Company was founded and grew because of a need for new ideas for beautiful furniture.  Huffy Bicycles was founded and grew because of a need for new ideas for bicycles.  What happened to those Companies?  What successful businesses and industries exist in Mercer County today?  Why are they successful?  Is it due to Leaders with ideas?

The Greek philosopher Plato is given credit for the statement, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” 

What will be the needs of our Grandchildren, when they are adults?  What inventions will be needed to solve the problems of our Grandchildren?

The September 13 Sunday afternoon Treasure Hunt at the Museum is designed to encourage young people to use their minds and to create ideas for potential inventions for their own future.   Mercer County’s young people may look at exhibits of the past, and then consider what ideas from the past were used for today’s inventions.  Next, they may consider what ideas of the future can be created from understanding what inventions are being used today.

If Grandparents listened to phonographs, and today’s children listen to I Pods, how will future children listen to music?   If Grandparents used typewriters, and today’s children use computers, what devices will future children use, to replace computers?   If Grandparents used hand tools, and today’s children use electric tools, what type of tools will future children use?  If grandparents used wood stoves, and today’s children use microwave ovens, what will future children use to prepare their food?  If past generations used glass bottles, and today’s children use plastic bottles, what will future children use to hold liquids?   What ideas do you have to offer to help insure Mercer County’s successful place in tomorrow’s world?

On Sunday, September 13, children will be given Treasure Hunt Guides to help them find specific antiques, i.e. things used in the past at the Museum  These Guides will also make suggestions about how today’s inventions, tools, appliances, or recreational inventions are related to those items of the past.  The Challenge will be for children to share ideas for suggestions for future inventions for Mercer Countians.

The Mercer County Historical Society has the Mission To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.  That Education includes inspiring Mercer Countians to use their minds with creative ideas and to continue keeping Mercer County on the Cutting Edge of improving the Way of Life of Mercer Countians in order to help Mercer County to continue as a successful place to live.

 

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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Agritourism is a Growing Trend in Ohio

When the Ohio winter ends and the warmer months come, you see many people moving outdoors for entertainment. A growing trend in Ohio is for Ohioans to take part in agritourism. Over the last 15 or so years, this industry has really taken off and we in the state legislature are doing our part to help it continue to be successful.

 

Agritourism can be defined as the crossroads between agriculture and tourism. It can consist of farmers and agriculture-based enterprises opening attractions to the general public in an effort to educate, entertain, and increase revenues. Activities like pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and winery and wine-tasting tours all fall under agritourism.

 

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is reporting that the number of farms featuring an agritourism component has more than doubled to 650 farms from 2002 to 2012. It is a great chance for our farmers to increase their revenue while providing the general public with educational and recreational opportunities that reconnect them to Ohio’s agricultural roots.

 

As we continue to watch this trend, the House has taken action recently to help farmers continue to take part in this industry. House Bill 80, sponsored by my friend and colleague State Representative Tony Burkley, seeks to help and protect agritourism in Ohio.

 

House Bill 80 would clarify that agritourism receive the same zoning protections as agricultural land, would fall under the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value, and would provide farm operators with immunity from civil action liability if a participant is harmed as a result of a defined risk inherent to an agritourism activity. Twenty eight other states currently have legislation concerning agritourism, and this is a big issue to the citizens of western Ohio due to our roots in this industry and in agriculture in general.

 

The legislation would give operators of agritourism the freedom and flexibility to run their business without fear, and promotes the entrepreneurial spirit that makes this industry great. I hope to see this bill move quickly through the legislative process, and I hope to see Ohioans continue to enjoy agritourism in the future.

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyaugust2015 .

 

Boys Golf Victorious over Crestview, 187-196

In a Boys Golf scrimmage on the Mounds 9 at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in Van Wert,  Parkway defeated Crestview 187-196. The Panthers' Hayden Lyons won medalist honors, carding a 41. Low man for the Knights was Connor Lautzenheiser with a 44. Completing the top four scores for Parkway were Connor Morton with a 45, Clayton Agler with a 50 and David Gause, 51. The other three top scores for Crestview were Coleton Lautzenheiser with a 46, Ronnie Schumm with a 50 and Kaleb Myers, 56. Also for the Panthers, Ashton Hamrick shot a 60 and Cole Schoenleben scored 6

 

 

Celina Mercer County Chamber Welcomes New Member

RJB Financial Services is a national insurance marketing organization
helping agents, agencies, and brokers increase their success. They
specialize in the Senior Markets life insurance planning.  For more details
visit, www.financialsvcs.com.

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

 

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

Photo Caption:  “Houses By Mail, by Sears, Roebuck and Company.”

I have been surprised by the number of Mercer Countians who have told me that they live in a “Catalog Home.”  Thus, I had to seek more information about “Catalog Homes.”

“Houses by Mail; A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck and Company,” published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, by K.C. Stevenson and H. W. Jandl, and printed by The Preservation Press in 1986, is an excellent resource for identifying houses from Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Stevenson and Jandl introduced this book by stating, “From Pleasantville, N.Y., to Coldwater, Kans., from Philadelphia, Pa. to Cowley, Wyo. and beyond, 100,000 families turned to Sears, Roebuck and Company earlier this century for one of their most important purchases:  their homes.”

Between 1908 and 1940 Sears manufactured homes with a variety of 450 styles and sold them through  their catalogs.  Remember that R.F.D. (Rural Free Delivery) came to the country during that first decade of 1900-1910, and the public received their free catalogs in their rural Mailboxes. The Sears Homes were ordered through their Catalog and transported in a boxcar or two, by railroad from their manufacturing site to their destination.  Other companies also sold houses by mail around the turn of the century at the rise of the railroad transportation construction.  Sears’ sales of homes by mail amounted to 30,000 homes by 1925, and five years later, Sears sold about 50,000!  Some people identified those Sears Catalogs as “Wish Books.” 

The above drawing is a sample of a Sears Home.  It reminded me of my husband’s home place.  When I asked about it, I was told that the home arrived with lumber and instructions via the railroad.  Since the home is located on the Ohio-Indiana State Line, north of Fort Recovery, I thought that perhaps, the Hastings family who built that home, picked up the packaged home at Fort Recovery, at the L.E. & W. R.R. (Lake Erie & Western Railroad). 

Coldwater hosted two Railroads, the L.E. & W., and the C.N. R.R., (Cincinnati Northern).  Celina hosted those two Railroads, as well as the C.H. & D. R.R. (Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad). Those three Railroads provided the transportation for Catalog Homes to be shipped to Mercer County.

If you think you have a “Catalog Home,” email me a photo of your home, or send the photo via the U.S. Post Office.  I will refer to the archival collections of historical research, and share whatever information I find, with you.

Speaking of Sear’s buildings, the Sears, Roebuck and Company also produced and sold barns.  When I look at the plans for barns, sold by Sears, I realize that many Mercer County Barns could have been Sears, Roebuck and Company homes.  ( I visited about 2000 barns when I wrote the book, “Those Magnificent Big Barns of Mercer County, Ohio.”)

During the Coldwater Community Picnic on August 1-2, when the Historical Society’s New Idea Historic Preservation Committee held the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit, time after time, people thanked me for everything the Society does in preserving Local History.  They also told me about how they read these articles, “Our Old Bookcase,” every week.  That kind of public support tells me that Mercer Countians value the Mercer County Historical Society and its work to preserve their heritage.

This Autumn of 2015 would be a good time for people, who like what the Mercer County Historical Society Members do, to consider becoming Members of the Mercer County Historical Society and participate in preserving Mercer County’s heritage.  Contact me, or come to the September 23 Open House at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  You are very welcome at this Home.

 [The Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig, may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, OH 45883,  or histalig@bright.net or 419-678-2614.]

 

 

 

 
August 27-28, 2015
 

 
 
 

Baltzell Family Donates Items to Local Museum

The Family of the late Larry Baltzell recently donated two items of interest to the Shanes Crossing Historical Society Museum located at 151 East Columbia Street in Rockford. Sheila Baltzell and sons Chris, Scott and Tom Baltzell donated a small hand –operated printing press belonging to her late husband and their dad, Larry. The press was handed down in the Kinder Family since 1883 when the Rockford Free Press Printing Company was established. DeWitt Clinton Kinder gave the press to his son George R. Kinder who enjoyed the child-size press and later handed it down to his son George Jr. Kinder. George, Jr, then handed it down to his step-grandson, Larry Baltzell, when he was a child. Larry, who worked at and later co-owned the Rockford Press Printing Company, played with it, printing fun things like calling cards, invitations and flyers. The family is pleased to donate this letter-press printing press to the museum in memory of Larry Baltzell and the Baltzell and Kinder Families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other item, created and donated by Sheila (Wood) Baltzell, was a photo album/scrapbook of the history of finding and relocating the Anthony Shane (Antoine Chene) double log cabin from its location north of Rockford to Shanes Park in Rockford. Anthony Shane (Antoine Chene) was the founder of Shanes Crossing, later renamed Rockford. The photo album/scrapbook holds pictures and descriptions from the day a District Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Office of The Ohio Historical Society came and verified the cabin’s authenticity, through the painstaking process of taking it apart piece by piece and reassembling it in the park (all volunteer labor) for every visitor to enjoy. Pictured is Dylan Baltzell, grandson of the late Larry Baltzell, representing the Baltzell family at the donation to Lisa Kuhn, treasurer, of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society.

 

 

Van Wert County Fair Events

Jr. Fair King and Queen Coronation - Sunday, August 30th, 5:00pm at the Music tent (behind the Extension Office)

4-H Cloverbud Graduation - 6:30pm

4-H Awards Ceremony - 7:00pm

 

 

 
August 25-26, 2015
 

 
 


Parkway High School Marching Band



Parkway Panther Junior High Co-Ed Cross Country Team

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Parkway Panther High School Co-Ed Cross Country Team

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Parkway Panthers Boys Golf Team

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 Panthers Boys Golf Earn 2nd MAC Win

The Parkway Panthers Boys Golf team traveled to Arrowhead Golf Club Monday afternoon and defeated the New Bremen Cardinals by a score of 182-252. Medalist for the  match was Parkway's Hayden Lyons, who shot a 4 over par 40. Clayton Agler shot a 45, Connor Morton carded a 46, and both Cole Schoenleben and Ashton Hamrick shot 51s for the Panthers. Hunter Gause scored a 55 to complete the scoring for Parkway.

Leading the way for New Bremen was Tyler Leictliter, shooting a 58. Cole Hemelgarn came in next for the Cardinals with a 64, Both Kenny Simindinger and Hunter Drewes shot 66s for New Bremen, and finally Austin Schmitmeyer shot a 77.

 

Allen East Invitational Golf
The Parkway Boys Golf team made a team score of 370 at the Allen East Invitational at Hawthorne Hills Golf Club in Lima on Thursday. This was a 20 shot improvement over their score at the same tournament last year. Leading the scoring for the Panthers was Hayden Lyons, who carded an 80, including an even par 36 on the front nine. Connor Morton shot a steady 87 with a 43 on the front and a 44 on the back. Clayton Agler scored a 100, Cole Schoenleben and Hunter Gause both shot 103 and Ashton Hamrick shot a 110 to finish the scoring for the Panthers. In the team results, Parkway finished 11 out of the 15 teams at the tournament.

 

Panther Golf at Hawthorne Hills Club
Despite tying their low team total for this year so far, the Panthers Boys golf team fell to a very deep Lima Central Catholic squad at Hawthorne Hills Golf Club on Tuesday by a score of 181-159. Leading the way for the Panthers was Hayden Lyons, who shot a 41. Next lowest for Parkway was Cole Schoenleben who bounced back from a slow start to shoot a 45. Connor Morton provided a 47 and Clayton Agler finished the scoring for the Panthers with a 48. Hunter Gause shot a 51 and Austin Metz scored a 61 for Parkway.

For LCC, match medalist was Sam Meredith, with a 37. Collin Hennon added a 38 and Ian Friesner and Regan Altenbach both shot 42's to round out the scoring for the Thunderbirds. Caden Brunner shot a 45 and Dominic Riepenhoff carded a 49 for Lima Central Catholic.

In scrimmage and dual match action, Parkway is now 3-2, and 2-1 in the MAC. 

 
 
 

Van Wert County Hospital & Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio Open “Bump Clinic”

Van Wert, Ohio – Van Wert County Hospital and the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio (OIO) have teamed together to offer the Bump Clinic, a sports medicine walk-in clinic open every Saturday from 8-10 a.m., beginning August 29, 2015.  The Bump Clinic is available to athletes of all ages.  Athletes under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The Bump Clinic will offer sports physical therapy, orthopedic surgery, x-rays, and MRI services – all onsite at Van Wert County Hospital, with no appointment needed.  Athletes are requested to use the main entrance of Van Wert County Hospital.

“We wanted to offer a convenient service to athletes of all ages in our community – from young kids playing soccer for the first time, to high school football players, to adult athletes,” said Sheila Brokenshire, Vice President of Nursing Services at Van Wert County Hospital.  “If an athlete gets hurt in a game on Friday night, we wanted a place for that athlete to be seen right away on Saturday morning.  Van Wert is such an active community and we are thrilled to help athletes get back on the field faster with the Bump Clinic.” 

Van Wert County Hospital serves Van Wert County, Ohio and adjacent communities as a financially independent nonprofit community health system. Van Wert Hospital ensures that health care services provided are available to all members of the communities we serve.

 
 
 

Last First Day of High School for Vantage Students


Seniors Liz Lammers (Lincolnview), Brenna Baker (Wayne Trace), Caitlin Wilder (Van Wert), Lexi Doster (Continental), Ty Warnement (Continental), and Levi Hiltner (Continental) are all smiles on the first day of school back at Vantage!

 
 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Mitochondrial Disease Awareness

September is Mitochondrial disease awareness month in memory of western Ohio’s own Corynna Strawser. Corynna dedicated her life to raising awareness for this rare and devastating disease and in her honor Senate Bill 300 was passed to allow us to carry on her fight.

Mitochondrial disease, Mito for short, is an inherited chronic illness in which the mitochondria of the infected cells fail to produce enough energy for the organ or organelle to function properly.   The disease often shows at birth but has also been known to develop through out a life time. Today 1 in 4,000 Americans live with mitochondrial disease.

Because the disease has no cure, it is important to recognize and help those who suffer from it. Mito causes insurmountable physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities. Treatments are available but current methods can only slow the disease’s progression and mitigate its symptoms.

Senate Bill 300 was carried by Senator Beagle and Senate President Keith Faber. Having watched Corynna grow up I was humbled to manage this bill when it came to the house. The bill passed with overwhelming support before eventually being signed into law by Governor John Kasich on June 17th 2014.

It is our duty to help those in our community in any way we can. Senate Bill 300 and Mitochondrial disease awareness month serve the purpose of getting the general public aware of this very serious disease. The more people who know about the disease and actively pursue new cures and treatments the more likely we are to save those who suffer from it in the future.

 
 

Citizen Academy Offered
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office will be hosting a Citizen Academy in October of 2015.  The purpose of the academy is to give residents of Mercer County the opportunity to see an overview of Sheriff’s Office, and how it differs from other law enforcement agencies.

 

This will be the second citizen’s academy for the Sheriff’s Office.  The first Mercer County Citizen’s Academy was hosted in 2013 and culminated in the graduation of eleven students.  The class consisted of students from different backgrounds, age groups, and areas of Mercer County.  The participants were provided with instruction that included classroom time, hands on demonstrations, and tours of the facility.  The students were also given an opportunity to ride along with a patrol deputy during their normal duty shifts.

The 2015 academy will take place from October 13, 2015 until November 5, 2015, and will usually be held two evenings per week for a four week period.  The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and will last for 2-3 hours per session.

 

The academy is open to residents of Mercer County, who are at least 21 year old.   A background check is required.  Class size is limit to 32 students.  Interested persons can stop at the Sheriff’s Office during office hours; visit our fair booth at the Mercer County Fair, or go to our website at www.mercercountysheriff.org to obtain an application packet.  Completed applications need to be returned to the Sheriff’s Office by September 4, 2015.  If anyone has any questions they may contact Citizen’s Academy Coordinator, Sergeant Jay Wehrkamp, at (419) 586-7724.

 

 

 

Jackets and Socks Available From Mercer County Job and Family Services

Mercer County Job and Family Services (MCJFS) announce the “Getting Warmed Up To Go Back To School – Fall Jackets and Socks Program”. Based on available funding, MCJFS will provide a fall jacket and socks for any eligible child age 5 to 18 entering grades Kindergarten through 12th. Eligible children will reside in a household with family income at or below the 200% FPL. If the household is in receipt of Food Assistance at the time of application, eligible household members will have automatic eligibility (with submitted application). Applications are available at several community agencies and the MCJFS located at 220 W Livingston Street, Suite 10, Celina OH 45822. Please contact Elizabeth Rinderle at 419-586-5106 ext 524 if you have any questions. Applications will be accepted August 24th, 2015 through September 18th, 2015.

200% FPL

2- $2622        3 - $3299       4 - $3975       5- $4652       6 - $5329       7 - $6005

 

 
 
 
 

Sheriff Reports Fatal Accident
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred at the intersection of State Route 707 and US Route 127.

On Monday, August 24, 2015 at 00:11 hours Central Dispatch received 9-1-1 calls of an injury accident involving a truck and semi-tractor and trailer.

The investigation revealed Andrew J. Hughes, age 42, of 501 West Mechanic Street in Wapakoneta was heading west on State Route 707 and failed to stop at the stop sign located at US Rte. 127.  Hughes’ 1999 GMC truck was struck by a 2014 Kenworth semi-tractor and trailer that was heading north on US Rte. 127.  The semi-tractor and trailer was operated by 55 year old Bhupinder Singh of 440 Legacy Blvd. Greenwood, Indiana.  Mr. Hughes was transported to the Van Wert County Hospital by Rockford Squad where he was later pronounced dead.  Mr. Singh was not injured.

The accident remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted by Rockford EMS, Rockford Fire Department, and MCERV.

This would be the third fatal crash in Mercer County for 2015, and the second fatal crash recorded this weekend.

 

 

2015 Jr. Fair King and Queen Candidates Announced

 

          With the 2015 Van Wert County Fair quickly approaching, the Jr. Fair Coronation Committee would like to announce this year’s candidates for King or Queen and Species Prince or Princess. As this will be the 50th year for the Jr. Fair Coronation Ceremony, all past king and queen winners will be recognized right before the ceremony, which will take place on Sunday August 30th, 2015 starting at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

Chloee Gamble, daughter of Greg and Keely Gamble, will be a senior at Van Wert High School this fall. She is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, Spanish Club, Service Pack, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Buckeye Girls State. She also participates in cross country, swimming, track, band, and choir. Chloee is a member of the Shooting Stars 4-H Club and Junior Fair Board. She is also an active participant in the Ohio City Community Church Youth Group and Worship Team.

Katelyn Welch, the daughter of Rob and Jacque Welch, will be a senior at Van Wert High School. While at school, she is a member of Beta Club, French Club, Varsity V Club, Service Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Scarlett Squad, Concert Choir, Select Choir, a Renaissance Gold Card Holder, and is an Academic Letter Award Winner. She also is a Varsity Football and Basketball Cheerleader. Katelyn has also been a dancer at Kim Hohman’s Dance Works for 15 years and will be dancing at the Dr. Oz Show in April 2016. She is a member of the Van Wert All Star Cheer Squad and the First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert. She is also a 12 year member of the Bunny Hoppers 4-H Club, in which she is the current President. She assisted in the fundraising for the new rabbit barn in 2014 and was the 4-H Club Member of the Week in June of 2015. Katelyn was also the Rabbit Queen in 2012, as well as being recognized by the Times Bulletin as “Getting to know…a grand champion.” She has various awards throughout her 12 years as a member including being a state fair qualifier. Katelyn would like to be queen in order to influence others to pursue leadership in the Van Wert Jr. Fair.

Emily Bauer, 18, is the daughter of Dan and Beth Bauer and Ginger Hurless. She attends Crestview High School, where she will be a senior this fall. She is the current treasurer for the Crestview FFA and FCCLA. She is a member of the Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Student Council Treasurer, and was a class representative. She has competed in softball for 6 years, basketball for 11 years, and volunteers much of her time to numerous organizations. She also announces for the school’s baseball team and tutors students after school. Emily attends Redeemer Lutheran Church and is engaged in the youth group. She is a Junior Fair Board Member and was previously a member of the Ohio Challengers and Young Riders 4-H Clubs. Emily’s future plans after graduation are to attend college double majoring in Accounting and Ag. Business, where she plans to continue her basketball career.

Catlyn Richey, daughter of Patrick Richey, will be a senior at Lincolnview High School. She is a member of the FFA, where she is sentinel, Benefit Council, Science Club, and holds an office for the choir. She attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church and is a member of the youth group. Upon graduation, Catlyn wishes to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio, pursuing a career in Agribusiness.

Maddie Pohlman, 17, is the daughter of Paul and Donna Pohlman. She attends Delphos St. John’s High School where she will be a senior this year. She is an active member in 4-H where she currently holds the position of President. Maddie has played volleyball for 9 years, basketball for 6 years, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She attends St. John the Evangelist Church and is very active within the church as an Alter Server, Greeter, and Eucharistic Minister. She is also a member of St. John’s Mission Society and holds the position of President. Maddie has shown goats for 2 years and has been a 4-H Camp Counselor for 2 years as well. Her future plans after graduation are to attend 4 year college, double majoring in Dietetics and Exercise Science.

Savannah Bigham, daughter of Tom and Jody Bigham, will be a senior at Lincolnview High School. She is a member of the soccer team, track and field, FFA, where she is President, Band, Science Club, and Beta Club. She is also a member of the Junior Fair Board. She attends Trinity United Methodist Church where she is a member of the youth group. After graduation, Savannah would like to attend a four year college and pursue a degree Agriculture related.

Whitney Welker is the daughter of Michael and Ruth Welker. She will be a senior at Lincolnview High School where she participates in Track, Cross Country, Beta Club, Science Club, Student Council, Agents of Change, and FFA, where she is the Vice-President. She attends First Baptist Church and is active in her youth group. Whitney is also a member of the Venedocia Lads and Lassies, Junior Fair Board, Buckeye Ambassadors, and Carteens. Upon graduating, she plans to attend OSU Wooster in the fall of 2016 with a major in Agronomy.

Morgan Curran, the daughter of Karyn and Mike Curran, will be a junior at Delphos St. John’s High School. At school, she is the mascot for football and basketball, and is a member of SADD. She also helps with her church’s bible school. Morgan is member of the Udder Dairy Club where she is President, as was the 2014 Dairy Species Princess. After graduating, Morgan would like to join the United States Air Force to become an officer.

 

Ronnie Schumm, the son of Robin and Mike Schumm, will be a senior at Crestview High School. There, he is a member of the FFA Chapter, where he is serving as President, National Honor Society, and the Golf team. He is a 10 year member of the Barnyard Buddies 4-H club and is serving his second year as President. During 4-H, she has shown beef cattle, hogs, and sheep, and has taken woodworking and self-determined projects. Ronnie is also a member of the Junior Fair Board and is serving his 2nd term as President. In FFA, he has earned the Star Greenhand and State Farmer Degree. He attends Zion Lutheran Church, where he is an usher and a member of the Dartball team. He is a Jr. Firefighter with the Wren Volunteer Fire Department. Ronnie is involved with the family farm where he helps with the crops, beef cattle, and swine.

Travis Lichtensteiger is the son of Janice and Dave Lichtensteiger. He will be a senior at Crestview High School this fall, where he participates in the marching, concert, and pep bands. Last year, he participated in his school’s musical, “Shrek.” Travis is involved in Boy Scouts, where he is an Eagle Scout for Troop 45 of Convoy, NYLT, Crestview FFA, where he has earned is State Degree, Harrison Jolly Boosters and 4-H Exchange Clubs, where he has held numerous officer positions. He is a volunteer for the Big Brother/ Big Sisters of Van Wert, and is a Junior Curator with the Van Wert Historical Society. This summer, Travis was an American Legion delegate to Buckeye Boys State. He will also be traveling to Japan this summer to represent the Boy Scouts of America at the World Scout Jamboree. He works on his family farm. In his spare time, Travis enjoys playing basketball, soccer, hiking, being with his friends, and playing guitar. After graduation, he plans to attend The Ohio State University, majoring in Agriculture.

Derrick Jewell, the son Niki Stahl and Rick Jewell, is a 2015 graduate of Wayne Trace High School.  During high school, he participated in baseball and golf, and was a member of the FFA Chapter and was Vice President his senior year. He was a member of the student council and was Chairmen his senior year. Derrick is a member of the Delphos Pathfinders 4-H Club and his local church, and has participated in various community projects and contests. Derrick will be attending OSU Lima and will then transfer to the University of Cincinnati and major in Mechanical Engineering.

Returning this year is the crowing of Species Prince or Princess. Those candidates include Katie Hughes, Maddie Pohlman, Savannah Bigham, Whitney Welker, Sophie Wilson, Morgan Curran, and Travis Lichtensteiger.

Katie Hughes, the daughter of Brad and Susan Hughes, will be a junior at Crestview High School and is vying for the title of Goat Princess. At Crestview, Katie is a 2nd year Varsity Cheerleader and is a member of the track team. She is also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, marching and concert band, and musicals. She is an active member of the Convoy United Methodist Church, where she is a member of the youth group and volunteers. She is also a member of Pleasant View Youth Group. Katie is a 10 year member of the Van Wert County 4-H and has been a member of 4 different clubs since her 1st year. She is a current member of the 4-H Exchange, Buckeye Ambassadors, Junior Fair Board, and is a Camp Counselor.

Sophie Wilson, the daughter of Mike and Wendy Wilson, will be a senior at Delphos Jefferson High School and is running for Sheep Princess. At school, she is a varsity football and competition cheerleader, varsity softball player, wrestling stat, and is highly involved in the Delphos FFA Chapter. Her FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience project is taking market lambs, and currently holds the position of President. Sophie has also earned her Greenhand, Chapter, and State degrees. She was the 2014 Jr. Fair Queen and will be handing down her title this year. She is also involved in 4-H where she shows beef cattle. Sophie is a Junior Fair Board member where she is Vice-President, and a Camp Counselor. She is a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. After graduation, Sophie plans on attending college to major in Agribusiness.   

Link to their pictures: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0By9om8gcR8ClflE3RkhYSXZOUjFOR2JCbHZDQUp0TDNPZGRobm1OZm9QN25pN0tuNGZvOFk&usp=sharing

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 24, 2015
 

 
 
 

RADC Members to Meet
The RADC will have a regular meeting Monday, August 24th at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement. There is no scheduled speaker for this meeting but they do have a lot to talk about...so please plan to attend and maybe bring a friend. 

 

Parkway August 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

Living Blues Preservation Guild to Host Fall Blues Festival


The “Living Blues Preservation Guild” presents its first annual Fall Blues Festival, September 12, 2015  starting at 12:00 noon and ending at 1:00 am.
  
Dave Fields, Who is a New York Hall Of Fame member will be Headlining this event  with local artists ; Adam Andrews Blues Band, A young prodigy Gabe Bailey, Cody Gilbert, There’s nothing Wrong With Daisy, Cass Blue, Organic Liberation, and Driftwood.  With more to be announced.  There will be food vendors, and a Craft Beer from Moeller’s Brew Barn of Maria Stein, OH.  This is all happening at the Shane’s Park Pavilion in Rockford Ohio.  This event is a
membership drive/ fund raiser for The Living Blues Preservation Guild, with the hope to bring more events to the area, and provide support and services to both local and touring artist.  We also wish to offer support and education to young developing artist.  We will also be offering booking services to both artist, and venues.  Those interested in becoming members can contact John Dooley at 419 771 9461for details.  Listen to 101.3 WRKD to find out about free tickets.

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

Photo Caption:   Little Flower Learning Center Tour of Mercer Co. Historical Museum on July 30, 2015.  Front row:  Brianna Sheipline, Bella Donovan, Autumn Klosterman; Second Row:  Leighana Wells, Giada Ezzo, Hayley Ortiz; Third Row:  Aevah Davis, Emma Mann, Christian Fent; Fourth Row:  Leona Ravine, Parker Hernandez, Cali Nugent, Aliya Nugent, and Top Row of boys:  Gabe Nichols, Myles Harris, Tristan Gardener, Isaiah Sutton, Dominick Wells

 

The Little Flowers Learning Center Students visited the Mercer County Historical Museum on Thursday, July 30.  Their ideas for the future made me wonder about how many ideas will become a reality! 

 

Little Flower has been open for 10 years, and is owned and operated by Mrs. Aimee Fleurette. The Center serves children of newborn infants up to 12 years old. Each class is titled based on a flower, starting with the "SEEDLINGs", and ending with the "BLOSSOMers."  Approximately 150 children are enrolled in the entire center.  Little Flower is the only center with a 4-star Step-Up to Quality rating in Mercer County.   Miss Kristina Jones and Ms. Kim Robbins are Co-Lead Teachers this summer in the BLOSSOMer (school-ages 6-12).  Miss Kaitlyn Kuhn is an assistant teacher who also joined the trip to the Mercer County Historical Museum, on July 30.  Miss Jones plans all of the summer field trips in the beginning of May so the children have a site to visit each day with weather permitting. The children enjoy visiting many places in Celina such as the Fire Department, Langsdon Gem & Mineral Collection, Bryson Pool, Dominos Pizza, Potter House, Celina Manor, Chief's Supermarket, and the Mercer County Historical Museum, to name a few.  Their learning experiences are accompanied by a fun time.

 

The Mercer County Historical Society has served educational programs to students of all ages, since the Mercer County Historical Museum opened in 1959.  When The Mercer County Commissioners hired me as Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum in 1975, I was asked to provide guided tours to Students.  I tried to teach the Students to identify the old objects, and compare those objects with similar objects today.  In conclusion, I asked them to create ideas for future objects for their Grandchildren.  I took into consideration the age level and educational level of the students.  Forty years later, I still ask students to grasp the importance of understanding historical events and the chain of events which change the lives of future generations.

 

Therefore, I identify objects in the Museum which students will recognize.  Next, I identify a similar object today to discuss.  I conclude by asking the students what this object might appear to be, to their future grandchildren.  As easy example, would be to show the “high button shoes,” that school teachers may have worn over a century ago.  Next, I would ask about the shoes the children wear today, i.e. tennis shoes.  In conclusion, I would ask what type of shoes their grandchildren will wear.  The children speculate about wearing “moon boots,”   or “slippers to wear in spaceships,” and other possibilities. 

Another topic which is easy to use is a comparison of an old Phonograph of the 1890’s, to a Record Player of the 1950’s, to a CD Player, and the modern electronic equipment used today.  Their thoughts for the future cover a range of ideas for inventions.

 

I ask students of all ages, to look at the past exhibits at the Museum and to compare them to things of the present.  I request ideas for inventions for the future.  This “Computer Generation” is changing history.  I ask the students for ideas which could be used, in changing the lives of their children’s generation.  This understanding of the influence of the past on the future, is what makes history important. 

 

The Children’s Treasure Hunt at the Museum, on Sunday afternoon, September 13, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00, is designed to offer children, parents, and grandparents the opportunity to recognize the value of past inventions, to compare what affect those inventions have on today’s citizens, and to speculate about potential ideas for Mercer County’s future.  Mark your Calendar to visit the Museum on September 13.

 

 

VAN WERT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECEIVES IMMUNIZATION COVERAGE IMPROVEMENT AWARD

 

The Van Wert County Health Department received a notice from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) that they will be receiving an Immunization Coverage Improvement Award on September 10, 2015 at the 11th Annual Statewide Immunization Conference in Dublin, Ohio.

This award is presented to healthcare providers that achieve significant improvement in immunization coverage rates for any one single antigen for 1 dose of Tdap, 1 dose of Meningococcal, or 3 doses of HPV as indicated by results of the 2014 Adolescent Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, and Exchange (AFIX) continuous quality improvement process.  AFIX requires commitment and dedication of providers to achieve high levels of immunization coverage for the recommended series of vaccines. 

“I applaud your agency’s work to achieve continued improvement in immunization practices.  It is through these efforts that Ohio is working toward the goal of 80% immunization coverage of adolescents aged 13 to 15 years.  Thank you for your continued efforts to provide optimal health to Ohio’s children.  Congratulations again on this outstanding achievement.” stated John Joseph, Immunization Program Manager at ODH.

 

Fall Community Garage Planned in Rockford
Sale The Village of Rockford will be holding Fall Community Garage Sale Days on September 18th and 19th.   Forms are available
at the Rockford Village Office or at the Rockford Carnegie Library.  $10 Fee - covers advertising with name and description on the
map.  Space will be available at Shane's Park (Ball Diamond Parking Lot) for "Out of Town Set up" - Fee is $15.  

Proceeds to benefit Rockford Recreation Association.

Please contact Jessica at 419-905-6900 or email jessnicol6.jy@gmail.com

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 

Parkway Panther Fall 2015 Varsity Football Team Rosters - Click Here

Parkway Panther Fall 2015 Varsity & JV Volleyball Team Rosters - Click Here

Parkway Panther Fall 2015 Junior High Volleyball Team Rosters - Click Here

 

 
 
 

 
August 20-23, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Fox Family Ride for Autism Thank You

The members of the Fox Family would like to give thanks to Rockford Days for allowing the Fox Family Ride for Autism to join the many events held this year. It was a spectacular success due to the outpouring of help we received, and we were able to meet our goals, raising over an incredible $11,000! This provided 10 devices to students in our school district! Next year our goal is to expand throughout Mercer County. We would like to thank all of the donors near and far, all of the participating businesses that collected donations, the local and surrounding communities for their support, and the volunteers who made the event run so smoothly. We would also like to thank all of the family, friends, and bikers who braved the weather and showed their support. Thank you iTaalk for allowing us to partner with you for such a great cause. If there is anyone we missed we thank you. Please follow us on Facebook for updates on the families that our great community was able to help and details for next year’s event. Hope to see you there! Without all of you, none of this was possible, The Fox Family.

 
 
 

SALEM CHURCH OF VENEDOCIA CELEBRATES THEIR 100th GYMANFA GANU

The Salem Presbyterian Church of Venedocia, Ohio will be celebrating their 100th Gymanfa Ganu on Sunday evening, September 6, 2015.  The Gymanfa Ganu (pronounced “Ga-mahn-fa Ga’-nee”) is a Welsh Festival of Song tradition celebrated around the world. The village of Venedocia has strong Welsh roots as it was settled in 1848 by three Welsh families. These early settlers brought with them strong religious convictions, but also a deep love for music; particularly the singing in four part harmony.  The first church was built in 1851 and the present church building was built in 1898. 

The Welsh Festival of Song has been kept alive for the past century. Every year several hundred people come from many different states to renew friendships and to participate in the singing. To hear the grand old Welsh hymns sung in four part harmony by a large and very enthusiastic congregation is very inspiring.

Our director this year will be Eric Foster who was born and raised in Salem Church and is the son of the late Daniel and Carol Foster.  He has long been an active participant in musical events due to the influence of the rich Welsh musical heritage in Venedocia. In fact, both His grandmother and mother were organists at past Gymanfi. Mr. Foster attended Ohio State University and has directed past Gymanfi in Venedocia as well as in Michigan. He has also directed productions of the Stockbridge Festival Singers and has been soloist with the Ingham Festival Chorus. In 2007, he retired after ten years as director of the Mason Presbyterian Chancel choir. He also retired as Vice President of Agency Operations for the Regency Insurance Group of East Lansing, Michigan in 2007 and now resides in Dansville, Michigan with his wife Luana. They travel extensively and enjoy golfing and swing dancing.

Soloists for our Gymanfa this year will be two very talented and well known singers in our area. Sheila Chilcote-Collins, soprano, is an Ohio City native who enjoys performing sacred, opera, art song, and musical theatre genres of music. Over the years she has been involved in Youth for Christ Contemporaries, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic’s Summerfest Chorus, and the Heartland Festival Chorus. With a special enjoyment in theatre, she has previously been involved with the Van Wert Civic Theatre, Stage Left Theatre Productions, and the Celina Lakeside Players, winning both local and regional awards for acting.

Ms. Chilcote-Collins currently sings with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic chorus, is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert Women’s Quartet and also the Chancel Choir where she is a frequent soloist. She has been a featured soloist at several area churches, special programs, and weddings in the tri-county area and most recently concert venues in Huntington, IN. She studies voice with Mr. David Van Tilburg and resides in Van Wert with her husband, Keith Collins.

We also have the pleasure of featuring, Jake Wilder, as our second soloist. Mr. Wilder is a locally known tenor and teacher in Van Wert who graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Performance and a minor in Vocal Pedagogy. While at BGSU, Wilder was in numerous productions in the College of Musical Arts as principle tenor. He won first place in many competitions, including the Concerto Competition. He had the privilege of participating in master classes with Ann Baltz of Opera Works, Margo Garrett of Julliard, and Frederic West. While at BGSU, he studied voice privately with tenor Chris Scholl.

Hailed as a “powerful and unique timbre” by the Toledo Blade in 2011, Wilder performed a two month show tour with the Toledo Opera on Wheels. He has been principle tenor for productions of Handel’s Messiah in Bern, Indian and in Van Wert. In 2014, he joined Heartland Sings under the direction of Maestro Robert Nance in Fort Wayne where he performs each month throughout the tri-state area.

Also among our locally rooted musicians, Bonnie Bolton will be performing as our organist. She was born and raised in the Venedocia area but has lived in Colorado for many years. She recently retired after working for 45 years as a registered nurse.  She now is a full time online student in Healthcare Informatics with the University of Colorado. She has been the organist for the First United Methodist Church in Colorado for 21 years and also at the Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Bolton looks forward to playing the organ at Salem Church again with fond memories of when her father, Edwin, and Uncle Wayne sang in the Gymanfa many years ago.

Connie O’Neill, who was raised in Salem Church, will be our pianist this year. She is an accomplished organist and pianist who has participated in past Gymanfi. O’Neill currently lives in New Bremen with her husband, Kevin.

Not only will this be a celebration of our 100th Gymanfa Ganu, this year is also special as the 50th high school anniversary for many, including Eric Foster, Bonnie Bolton, and Margaret (Morris) Lopez who will be leading the alumni choir in the Sunday morning worship service. 

Held on Labor Day Sunday, a light supper will be served from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for a free-will donation. The Gymanfa will begin at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to experience a night like no other with the church full of voices raised glorifying our Lord, joyful reunions of friends and family, and celebration of our unique Welsh heritage in music here in the village of Venedocia of Van Wert County. Salem Church is located at 15240 State Route 116, Venedocia, OH 45894. The pastor, Rev. Thomas Emery, invites you to visit the church website, www.SalemChurch.cc, or contact Jean Owens at (419) 667-3523, joytrips@watchtv.net for more information.

 
 

Fatal Accident on August 22, 2015
News Media Release

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred on State Route 219 just West of Gause Rd. in Butler Township.

On August 22, 2015 at 11:26 am Central Dispatch received several 911 calls of a two vehicle injury accident at that location.  The callers indicated one vehicle was a motorcycle and the other an SUV.

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that Jane E. Fiely, age 65, of 3192 St Rte 219, Coldwater,  was eastbound on State Route 219 in a 2011 Chevy Equinox, and made a left turn into a private drive, turning into the path of the westbound motorcycle. The 1986 Honda motorcycle was driven by Dustin A Rutter, age 24, of  321 E College St. Coldwater, struck the passenger side of the Equinox. Mr. Rutter was transported by Coldwater EMS to Mercer Health, where he was later pronounced dead. Mrs. Fiely was also transported to Mercer Health Hospital by private vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted by Coldwater EMS,  the Coldwater Fire Department and MCERV

 

Celina Officials and Business Leaders Celebrate with Frontier 


The city of Celina celebrated its selection as one of 50 finalists for
America's Best Communities with a dinner party hosted by Frontier when the
city received $50,000 to help it advance to the next round. 
The award will help the city spur community-wide economic development.   "I
am extremely pleased. I think we have a great project on the lakeshore area.
It's going to be stiff competition moving forward but Celina has a great
chance" said Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel.
America's Best Communities is a 10 Million dollar prize competition
sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, Co-bank, and The Weather
Channel.  The competition aims to inspire the revitalization of small town
America and harness the power of community collaboration and innovation for
the greater good. "Great communities just don't happen, they are a result of
people coming together and working toward a common goal. America's Best
Communities challenges small towns and communities to create master plans
that will drive economic development and innovative growth," Frontier
Northwest Ohio General Manager Dick Hutchinson said. "With their
determination, grit and entrepreneurial attitude, they proved that Celina
does indeed have what it takes to be America's Best Community," Hutchinson
continued.   

The celebration was well attended by local Celina leadership including the lead grant-writer Jim Mustard, Congressman Bob Latta, Rotary Club members, City of Celina, Celina/Mercer County Chamber, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mercer County, Wright State University, Economic Development team and Frontier Communications leadership employees. Hutchinson said the 50 quarter-finalists all have large companies that have "adopted them" to help with plans and act as advisers.  For Celina it's the marketing company Catapult. Fifteen semi-finalists will be chosen in January 2016.

For more information on America's Best Communities contest visit americasbestcommunities.com.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 18-19, 2015
 

 
 




Parkway Local School District is Business of the Month for August 2015
Congratulations to Parkway Local School District for being selected as the Rockford Chamber's August Member of the Month!

Left to right are: Brian Woods - Middle School Principal, Debra Pierce - Treasurer, Greg Puthoff - Superintendent, Marie Miller - Rockford Chamber President,  Mark Esselstein - Elementary Principal, and Brian Fortkamp - High School Principal.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Piano Recital Held For Students of Roberta LePage
August 9 was the date for the Annual Recital for Roberta LePage's piano students.  From left to right, these students are:

     Brooke Stephenson, daughter of Luke Stephenson and Angie Stephenson 

     Clare Krogman, daughter of Dave and Marcia Krogman

     Madalyn Heindel, daughter of Tom & Shannon Heindel

     Corban Rich, son of Doug & Jennifer Rich

     Coby Jones, son of Mike & Shawn Jones

     Gwyneth Ridenour, daughter of John & Tricia Ridenour

     Hutch Ridenour, son of John & Tricia Ridenour

     Roberta LePage, teacher

A group of parents, grandparents, other family members and friends, enjoyed a variety of music shared by these students at the Praise Point United Brethren Church in Willshire OH.

 

 

School Bus Safety
by Sheriff Jeff Grey

It is the time of the year for all of the local schools to go back into session.  With that comes renewed concerns for our children’s safety and the safety of the motoring public.  Flashing yellow and red lights are a sure signal to drivers that school buses are making you aware that children will soon be boarding or departing the bus.  Drivers need to be attentive in school zones and when school buses are stopped.  While stopping and waiting for buses may be a slight inconvenience, it is a small price to pay for the safety of the children.

 

The Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up patrols during schools hours.  In an effort to enhance school bus safety, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey is reinstating the School Bus Riding Program for all six schools districts in Mercer County.  A deputy will randomly be assigned to a school bus in Mercer County each week to look for school bus passing violations.  Last year’s program consisted of placing deputies on school buses (39) times.  The deputies spent over (52) hours on school buses last school year.

 

Sheriff Grey,  stated that, “now is the time of the year that we need take a little bit of extra time and care to ensure that our children get to school safely.”   

 

It is also important for our children to understand the need for proper behavior while riding the bus to school.  While school bus drivers concentrate on the roadways and other drivers, the students must do their part as well. “Respect, Responsibility and Restraint are the new 3 R’s to be learned” said Sheriff Grey.

 

Motorists will also have to make adjustments while driving. They need to “slow down” and stop while students board and depart from the buses.  They also have to be aware of children walking and riding their bicycles to and from school.  It is the goal of the Sheriff’s Office to have a safe beginning to this school year.

 

 

Ohio City Youth Event on Friday, August 21, 2015

The Ohio City Youth Activities would like to invite you watch the movie “Frozen” at Water Tower Park. This is a FREE event and the concession stand will be open of offer its regular menu items. The show will start at 9:30 this Friday. The park can be accessed off of Koch Street or by parking at the Ohio City United Methodist Church. 

 

This is OCYA’s first movie of the season with many more to come. For more information “like”: Ohio City Youth Activities” on Facebook or visit the village’s website: villageofohiocity.org.

 

 

 

Chamber Day at the Harness Races

The 2015 Chamber Day at the Harness Races at the Mercer County Fair was
another successful
event despite the hot humid weather.   The Mercer County Harness Horseman
Association did another
great job assisting with Chamber Day at the Harness Races on Sunday, August
16th.   Several local
businesses donated door prizes for the day.  The Chamber donated $300 in
Chamber of Commerce
gift certificates.  These certificates can be used at approximately 170
different shops, restaurants,
and businesses.  Wal Mart donated a 32" flat screen TV for the event.  A big
thanks to all those businesses who donated and
the Chamber Trustees and Ambassadors who helped during the event.  

Pictured from left to right:  Pam Buschur,  Chamber Director and the family
of Bob Werner.
Bob won the TV but was busy at the horse barn and asked his family to pick
it up on his behalf.

Pictured from left to right:  Amy Harner winner of $100 in Chamber gift
certificates and 
Pam Buschur, Chamber Director

 

 

Boys Golf Win First MAC Contest over Fort Recovery

By Joe Falk

Parkway Boys Golf

 

In a very close contest, the Boys Golf team won the first MAC match of the year over Ft. Recovery by a score of 181-183. Leading the way for the Panthers was Connor Morton with a 44. Cole Schoenleben regained his form, shooting a 45 and Hayden Lyons and Clayton Agler both shot 46s to close out the scoring for the Panthers. Also for the varsity, Ashton Hamrick shot a 51 and Hunter Gause a 55. For Ft. Recovery, the medalist was Jackson Hobbs with a 43. Chase Bruns and Nick Litmer shot 46s, and both Micaiah Cox and Colt Grieshop shot 48s. Finishing the scoring for the Indians was Austin Faller with a 49.

The Panthers JVs lost to the Indians, 231-213. Using Ashton Hamrick's 51 from the varsity match, along with Austin Metz's 50, Andy Metz,63 and Duncan Morton 67.

 

 

New Baby Sister Welcomed at the Leighner Home

 

Collin, Salina, Elizabeth, Dennis, Addysin & Justin Leighner are excited to announce the birth of their new sister, Saige Alivia Leighner. Saige was born on July 17, 2015 at 1:16 p.m. at DuPont Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs 4 oz. 19 1/2". Proud parents are James and Jill (Shindeldecker) Leighner of Rockford. Maternal Grandparents are Marvin & Darlene Shindeldecker of Rockford. Paternal Grandparents are Ed & Joan Leighner of Ft. Recovery And the Late Joyce Leighner.

Click Here for more births.

 

 

 

 

Beahrs and Boyer Families Plan Wedding

Tom and Pam Beahrs of Rockford, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Taylor Beahrs, to Jeff Boyer, son of Lloyd and Carol Boyer of Rockford.



The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of Parkway High School, and an expected 2015 graduate of St Francis University. She is currently seeking her nursing degree, while also working as a Nurse’s Aide at Maplewood of Shane’s Village in Rockford. 


The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Parkway High School and a2009 graduate of Wright State University. He is employed as a Senior Buyer at Kennedy Manufacturing in Van Wert, Ohio.


The couple plans to wed on September 5, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Hopewell with the reception to follow at the Rockford Community Building.

 

 

 

 

 

Mercer County Prevention Coalition Organizing

Interested in making a difference while bettering your community? Concerned about the alcohol and other drug abuse/addiction in your area? Do you want to make a positive impact but realize it’s hard to do on your own?


If so, please consider joining us for our 2nd meeting and help us make positive change in our community!

 

When? Monday, August 31st from 5:30-7 pm 

-light supper provided. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 27th to Laura (see below)

 

Who? Concerned Mercer County Community Members prepared to make a

positive impact

 

How? There are power in numbers! Together we can make a difference!

Please share this information with others who are interested in bettering Mercer County!

 

What is a coalition? It is "the action or process of joining together with another or others for a common purpose." That common purpose: Reduce alcohol and other drugs of abuse and bring awareness and education to our communities! We will continue to address the alcohol and other drug problems that are impacting our youth and other community members and begin to implement strategies for positive change!

 

-If you have a heart for this, but can’t make this 2nd meeting, we will be sure to include you or try to plan future meetings more flexible with your schedule, so please contact me! Feel free to pass this onto others who may be interested!


~Smaller committees within the coalition will work towards problem areas that have been identified and concerned citizens are personally interested in addressing.

 

For Questions and to RSVP, Contact:

Laura Sanford, LSW

Prevention Coordinator

Foundations Behavioral Health Services

 

 

Donations Still Accepted

For the 2015 TV-44 Auction

Bring your items to 1844 Baty Rd., Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm.

Plan to attend the auction, September 12.   (9am start time)

 

 

Become a Fairboard Director!

For Immediate Release

 

 

 Van Wert Fair Looking for New Directors

This year, no matter where you live inside Van Wert County, it’s your opportunity to become a Fairboard Director!  Do you have ideas for the fair?  Would you like to be a part and have a vote on the board to make the fair happen?  Petitions are now available at the Fairboard office and are being accepted for Hoaglin, Tully, Union, Washington, and At Large for the 2015 term.  A Fairboard Director serves on the Van Wert County Agricultural Society Board for a term of three years.  Meetings are generally held the third Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm at the fairgrounds.  This is not a paid position.  

 

Unsure of the process or the commitment?  Call the fair office at 419-238-9270 or stop out at the next Fairboard meeting Wednesday August 19th at 7pm.  You can request a petition at the fair office anytime between now and Sept. 1st but MUST have the petition with signatures returned to the fair office by 6:00 pm Tuesday Sept. 1st.  So, the next step after pulling a petition is to acquire ten signatures from fair members in your township.  Fair members are those people who have purchased a fair membership ticket ($25) and hold voting rights.  Membership tickets are only available at the fair office or can be purchased from Fairboard directors or petition holders. Remember $5 of that $25 goes directly toward the long term maintenance fund for the fairgrounds, AND it allows a person to vote during the election Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7th from 11 am to 7 pm during the fair in the fair office as well as during the annual meeting election to determine proposed constitutional and bylaw changes held the first Saturday of November at the fair office (remember to keep your ticket as it must be presented at time of voting!!)

 

Remember, you MUST be a resident of Van Wert County to be a voting member or to run for Fairboard – Good Luck!  See you at the Van Wert County Fair Sept. 2nd – 7th 2015!     

 

Only 20 days till Fair!!   

 

 

 

Twenty 9 Technologies LLC Joins Chamber 

Matt Klenke, owner and operator of Twenty 9 Technologies has joined the
Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  

At Twenty 9 Technologies their objective is to provide exceptional
technology services at a cost within your budget. To do this they excel in
their business by balancing your company's current individual needs with the
expected growth in your future! They will come onsite to diagnose your issue
and then deliver a resolution to eliminate your issue. They only provide
products and services you need to succeed.  At Twenty 9 Technologies, they
know that your success is their success. 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf
By Joe Falk

 

Hayden Lyons came in 2nd place as an individual at Mercer County Invitational at The Fox's Den in Celina. He shot an 82, finishing three shots behind St. Henry's Kyle Naumann. The Panthers did not fare as well in team competition, finishing 6th out of the 6 teams present. Connor Morton and Hunter Gause both shot 103 and Clayton Agler shot 108 to make up the Parkway's 396 score. Cole Schoenleben and Ashton Hamrick both shot 115 in the Varsity competition.

 

The JV golfers competed at the invitational as well, where they also finished 6th. Low man for the JVs was Austin Metz with a 117. Andy Metz shot a 139, Duncan Morton a  149 and Alex Altenbach a 157 for Parkway.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 15-17, 2015

 

 
 

 

Parkway Graduation 2015
Click the pictures below to enlarge them.

Thank you to Nikki Fox for these Parkway 2015 Graduation Photos
Click below for more:

https://plus.google.com/photos/114795694345872018504/albums?banner=pwa

 

 
 

 
August 12-14, 2015
 

 
 

Rockford Eagles Donates to Lots for Soldiers, Inc.
By Sheila Baltzell 8-13-2015

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1,500 to Carol and Homer Burnett, founders of Lots for Soldiers, Inc. The money will be used  toward the purchase of a lovely building lot in Rockford which will soon be used to build a house for a military veteran or a currently serving military serviceperson. Pictured at left are (l to r) Dick Shaffer – Eagles member, Carol and Homer Burnett – founders of Lots for Soldiers, and Harold Shaffer, Eagles member. The Burnett’s explained that in 2014, they had watched or learned of the plight of so many veterans who could not afford a decent home after laying their lives on the line for our country, and they wanted to do something about it. Lots for Soldiers is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization formed to honor and thank those that have served in the United States armed forces.  The goal is to donate residential lots and then act as a conduit for others to say thanks in a tangible way by offering affordable housing to our current and former military service members. Homer Burnett, a veteran of the Air Force, and son of Hugh Burnett, a WW II Veteran, says they have been thrilled with the generosity of many people and organizations. To date they have purchased inexpensively or had donated 3 lots in the city of Celina. Two homes are now built and a third one will break ground in the Spring. Carol explained that their son, Paul Burnett,  serves in the Navy, and their pride in him as a soldier has helped in their mission to provide lots for free. Rockford is very fortunate that the new Marshall’s Department Store in Rockford, as well as some other benefactors, have stepped forward to make a lot in Rockford possible. A website is available for veterans and enlisted military personnel for applying for the free lot. Printed applications can be picked up in several locations in Rockford including the Village of Rockford office, The Eagles and the American Legion. A committee reads the applications and chooses the veteran/serviceperson. There are some rules. The person chosen must want to reside in Rockford, be honorably discharged, and agree they will take out a VA (or other) loan to build their house. This part of the deal helps instill pride in the home, as they have contributed to it themselves. It is not needs-based. It is a Thank You! The wonderful thing about this is that volunteers help build the house and donate much of the materials. Carol says they have been blessed already with flooring, appliances, closet organizers, and brick/stone & a mason to lay it, for the house in Rockford. The lot is located on Holly Street and borders Shanes Park. See picture below.

 


 
If any business, organization or individual would like to express your gratitude for the sacrifices of what the honorable men and women that have sacrificed to protect your rights and freedoms, then please earnestly consider supporting this local grassroots effort.  Donations can also be mailed to Lots For Soldiers, Inc., 201 Jill Avenue, Celina, OH  45822.  For more information call 419-586-5058  or on the web at lotsforsoldiers.com

 

 

 
 
 

Rockford Eagles Donates to Chattanooga Farmers’ Picnic
By Sheila Baltzell 8-13-2015

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $750 to the Chattanooga Farmers’ Picnic which is held each summer on Tama Road at a longtime wooded location west of Rockford, OH. The picnic celebrated 101 years this summer, and unfortunately were forced by rainy woodlands to cancel the tractor pulls and seek a temporary location for the chicken dinner and evening entertainment. Pictured at left are (l to r) Dick Shaffer – Eagles member, Trevor Eischen – President of the picnic association, and Harold Shaffer, Eagles member. Trevor explained that the crowd was still good for the event, which served 325 chicken dinners and held an evening program with a majicia. The St. Paul’s United Church of Christ hosted the events. Trevor explained that the donation money will be used to replace electricity at the site.In the past year, the Eagles membership has given back to the community through donations to WRKD Radio, Community Health Professionals, Mercer County Cancer Association, Parkway Back Pack Project and the Parkway Booster Club. These donations have helped fund many projects in countless ways.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 11, 2015
 

 
 
 

Coming Soon ~ Parkway Team Pictures by Nikki Fox Photography

Click Here for the Parkway Boys and Girls Golf Schedules in Printable Format

Click Here for the Parkway Varsity and Freshmen Football Printable Schedules

Click Here for the Parkway Varsity and JV Volleyball Schedules in Printable Format

Click Here for the Parkway Varsity Co-ed Cross Country Schedule in Printable Format

Click Here for the Parkway 7th & 8th Football and 7th & 8th Volleyball Teams' Schedules

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Joins Celina Mercer County Chamber

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the
belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in
life.  As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring
network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches
between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through
18, in communities across the country.  They develop positive relationships
that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Big Brothers Big Sisters held a ribbon cutting at their new location at 1005
North 
Main Street in Celina.   Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit
organization that relies on fundraising activities and volunteers.
Currently, Bigs and Littles are needed for the Lunch Club Program at Celina
Primary Schools.  For more information on this program or other events,
activities or volunteer opportunities
call 419 584 2447 or visit www.bbbsma.com. 

 

Pictured from left to right:
Pam Buschur, Chamber Director
Lisa Niekamp Urwin, Chamber Ambassador from Tomorrow Technology Today
Ned Sielschott, Big Brothers Big Sisters Board President
Nancy Eberle, BB BG Site Based Program Coordinator
Abby Balster, BB BG Executive Director
Angie Nixon, BB BG Community Based Coordinator
Twyla Hayes, Chamber Trustee from Brandit Marketing Communications

 

 

Van Wert Jazz to Play in Ohio City

 

The village of Ohio City and the “Arts in the Park” committee would like to invite you to listen to “Van Wert Jazz” Friday, August 14, 2015 in Memory Park (on Main Street across from the municipal building). The concert will be free to the public and will begin at 7:00pm on the 14th. Hamburgers, hotdogs, small refreshments and drinks are available. Bring along your lawn chairs, friends, and a cooler.

Weston Thompson - Saxophone. Weston enjoys taking the stage with his horn. From a young age, he practiced hard and in high school soloed with the VWHS Band and area Honors Band, graduating in 2009. He played around in Cincinnati in his two years there at UC. He then returned home to finish his design degree at IPFW. He now pursues local gigs, and has done acts with the IPFW Wind Ensemble, what was the Black Swamp Bistro, local churches, and other venues. He is happily engaged to his wonderful fiancée Quincy.

 

Mendon Man Tased After Altercation
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of a 34 year old Joshua Dorsten of 110 West Mill Street in Mendon.  On August 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM.  Deputies responded to the Mill Street address in reference to a domestic.  While deputies were talking with Mr. Dorsten he grabbed a long gun, and a struggle ensued.  Once the weapon was taken away from Dorsten he attempted to throw a coffee table at deputies.  Dorsten then rushed a deputy, tackling him out the front door, off the porch, and onto the ground.  Dorsten was tased multiple times before being brought under control.  Dorsten was checked at the Hospital, then transported and incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  A deputy was treated and released at the Hospital.

 

Mr. Dorsten is currently being held on $25,000.00 bond on charges of domestic violence, and resisting arrested.  The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for additional charges, which would include assault on a police officer.

 

 

Heindel Receives the Chamber Scholarship for 2015
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce announces the 2015 Chamber Scholarship has been awarded to Caleb Heindel.   Caleb will be attending Wright State - Lake Campus this fall. Congratulations Caleb!

 

 
 

Order a BBQ Chicken Dinner for Parkway Football
BBQ Chicken Dinners by Football Parents - $7.00
Friday, August 21, Pick Up at Panther Stadium
Time 5-7p.m.Presale only. 
Contact Chris 567-644-8129

 

Panther Golf at Rob Contini Invitational
In their second return to Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in less than a week, the Parkway Boys Golf team shot a 383 at the Rob Contini Invitational, hosted by Lima Central Catholic. Leading the way for the Panthers was Hayden Lyons, who shot an 85. Also scoring for Parkway were Connor Morton, who shot a 98, Clayton Agler, 99, and Ashton Hamrick, 101. Cole Schoenleben and Hunter Gause both shot 102 for the Panthers. Complete results for the Invitational are below.

 

 

Rob Contini Results 2015

 

Team Scores

Wellington      298                                             LCC                    341                   

Shawnee          302                                          Parkway              383

Bellefontaine 306                                             Spencerville   396

Arlington         317                                            Elida                  418

Lib. Benton     324                                            W. Lib. Salem  N/A

Bath                  330     

 

Arlington                                   Bath                                             Bellefontaine

Cody Rettig                  72         Spencer Stubbs           73              Nathan Lagenfeld      73

Michael Bils                 74          Adam Vieira                 72              Connor Adelsberger  77

Cole Thomas                74         Andrew Jordan           89              Hunter Karg                 86

Zach Durliat                 97          Jacob Horstman         105            Jarrett Beck                  77

Dylan Frazier               101        Isaiah Bolon               100             Devin Fowler               83

                                                 Jeremiah Bolon           96               Nicklaus Lyons           79

 

Elida                                            Liberty Benton                        Lima Cent. Catholic

Brett Shook                  86         Elliott Logsdon           78                Ian Friesner                 77        

Jared Rimerez             106       Tyson Neiling              83               Collin Hennon             92

Trevor Hooker            113        Kaiden Robinson        80                Sam Meredith             89

Dan Unruh                    146      Tyler George                83              Regan Altenbach        86

Donte Johnson            113       Wyatt Young                84              Caden Brunner           89

                                                 Carter Brand                84              Marcus McGee             101

 

Parkway                                    Shawnee                                    Spencerville

Hayden Lyons             85         Ian Hastings                 73              Mitchell Youngpeter 79        

Connor Morton           98         Sam Reed                      75              Drake Mertz                 116     

Cole Schoenleben      102       Jake Shivley                 79              Collin Davis                  93

Clayton Agler               99       Jacob Good                   75              Brian Wood                  108

Ashton Hamrick         101        Katon McKinley          79                 Alex Gallman               117

Hunter Gause              102      Ty Reynolds                 82

 

Wellington                                W. Liberty Salem

Chris Doody                 65         Dillon Callicoat           76

Princeton Ball              73         Michael Frederick        107

Temidayo Dairo           81         Tyler Gardner              109     

Jack Doody                 83                     

Kolapo Dairo               79                     

Matt Strasser               87        

 

 

Concert In The Park

 

On Friday August 14th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present their final park concert for the season in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  An all-new program of music has been prepared to perform at this concert.  Music to be featured will include a premier selection composed by one of our own members, Pastor Chip Steffey.  He has written a piece that depicts the sounds of a Scottish folk song. Van Wert native and Van Wert High School graduate Scott Turner will be featured on two piano solos.  Scott attends The Ohio State University majoring in piano performance and Music Education. He is a very talented young man versed in trumpet, clarinet, piano and organ.

Music from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and70’s, a German march Schutzenliesl, Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” and “Band of Brothers” march a tribute to the valiant Marine First Division of the Korean War will also be a part of the program.


A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville and Rockford for this special concert.   In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information. The band will also perform at the Van Wert Fair Music Pavilion September 5th at 4:00 P.M.

 

The Jubilees to Perform in Concert at Rockford Belle on August 15
On Saturday, August 15th, the Rockford Belle, at 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio will host gospel music entertainers- The Jubilees for a heartwarming appearance. Their purpose in singing is to present to all they meet, Jesus Christ, and trust you will make Him your own personal Savior and friend!”  Attend this exciting musical performance at 7pm with doors open at 6pm. A free-will offering will be accepted.  

The Jubilees officially started August 2000 in Marion, Indiana.  Warren and Kathy Johnson and Dave and Christy Birnell entered and won a talent search at the Northern Gospel Singing Convention held at the Marion Coliseum, earning them a two song recording session at Counterpoint Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio. Seven months later, at Counterpoint they were honored to record their first recording session entitled "The Jubilees Family Reunion".

After attending the 2nd Northern Gospel Singing Convention in Marion, Indiana, the Jubilees were privileged to meet Eddie Crook of the "Happy Goodman Family" fame and went on to record their 2nd project "Ready to Go" with him on his Cedar Hill label in Nashville, Tennessee, in February of 2002. 

Group members appreciate all the Lord has done for The Jubilees as well as all their friends, family and churches who have been there for them! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and enjoy what the four members of the The Jubilees bring to the stage at The Rockford Belle on August 15th! For more information contact Nancy Ritz at 567-259-9211.

 

 
 

 
August 7-10, 2015
 

 
 

School Prayer Walk August 15th

The Rockford United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual School Prayer Walk on Saturday, August 15th at 8:30 a.m. This is open to anyone who would like to lift up the 2015-2016 school year in prayer.  Participants will meet outside of the Parkway High School entrance and prayer will be offered there.  The group will walk around the outside of the school, stopping at various locations to pray.  Specific groups and programs will be lifted up.  Participants may either offer a prayer out loud as led, or pray silently as others lead prayer.  The School Prayer Walk will last approximately forty-five minutes.

 
 
 
 
Annual Fish Fry at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices August 22, 2015
Pete Schlegel Band will Entertain

11 AM to 3 PM is the time set for the Annual Fish Fry at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in St. Marys. Delicious Fish or hamburgers will be served with ice cream and beverage; tours are available; $6.50 for Adults; $3.50 for Children 10 and under; Horse Drawn Carriage Rides; Pontoon Rides; Bake and Craft Sale; Silent Auction; Antique Tractors Exhibit; Grand Door Prize; Snow cones and Cotton Candy by the Wapakoneta Lions Club. Everyone is invited! Call 419-394-2366
 
 
 

Prayers are Needed - Click Here

 
 

Parkway Middle School Supplies List for 2015-2016 ~ Click Here for a printable format

 

 

 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Minutes by Lisa Kuhn

http://www.rockfordalive.com/category/news/minutes/rcoc-minutes/

 
Share Your Rockford Pictures and Memories
The Rockford Bicentennial 2020 Planning Committee is putting together a book
about the history of Rockford.    We encourage you to share
your stories and/ or maybe stories that have been passed down through your family.
What was your favorite store or place to visit while in Rockford in years past?
We are also putting together a collection of old photos of the area.

If you have a Rockford memory and/ or pictures you would like to share, 
please mail to SCHS at PO Box 282, Rockford, OH  45882.  
 
 

 
August 4-6, 2015
 

 

To Read Older Articles - Click Here

 

Parkway Fall Sports Photo Sessions Scheduled by Nikki Fox

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12
8:30 HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS AT FOOTBALL FIELD
9:00 CROSS COUNTRY AT FB FIELD
10:00 SENIOR PICTURE AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD
10:30 HS VOLLEYBALL IN GYM
12:30 BOYS AND GIRLS GOLF @ DEERFIELD
2:00 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AT FB FIELD


THURSDAY AUGUST 13

6:00 PM JH VOLLEYBALL IN JH GYM
7:00 PM JH CHEERLEADERS AT FOOTBALL FIELD
7:30 PM JH FOOTBALL AT FOOTBALL FIELD
Seniors please wear jerseys and jeans and please be early, 9:30 would be great!!!

Thanks, Nikki Fox

 
 
 
 

Support the Rockford Fire Department on September 12th

Rockford Community Fire Department is selling reverse raffle tickets as well as chicken dinner tickets for our open house on September
12th, 2015. Raffle tickets are $50 and include one dinner ticket. Chicken dinner tickets only $8. Contact any fireman for purchase.  Se the ad above for full details!

 

Rockford Rec. Fall Sports Deadline Approaching

The Rockford Recreation Association is currently accepting registration forms for the 2015 fall sports season. Registration and medical forms can be printed from www.rockfordrec.com or picked up at The Peoples Bank Co. in Rockford. Registration deadline for all fall programs is August 10th. 

The 2015 Fall Soccer League is open to boys and girls entering grades K-6. Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Shanes Park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey and a soccer ball. Each player is required to provide their own shin guards.

The 2015 Fall Flag Football League is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-6. Flag football games will be played on Monday evenings at Shanes park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey and a mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are required to participate at all practices and games.

Completed registration forms, medical forms, and registration fees can be dropped off at The Peoples Bank Co. in Rockford or mailed to Rockford Rec. - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882.

 

 

THE BEACH BOYS

Sunday, August 2 at 1pm at the Niswonger PAC!

 

Tickets are $60 with a portion of ticket sales going to the Van Wert Area Chamber and Main Street Van Wert. Only these 2 groups are eligible to sell tickets for this private show! Must contact the Chamber or Main Street Van Wert to reserve tickets OR drop off payment with check or cash preferred, by Thursday, July 30 or until sold out:

Chamber office- 118 N. Washington St., Van Wert. Phone: 419-238-4390

Main Street Van Wert office- 136 E. Main St., Van Wert. Phone: 419-238-6911

Orchestra is sold out. All seats sold by Chamber & MSVW will be randomly assigned. Ticket pick up at will-call window at noon, Aug. 2 at the Niswonger.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 1-3, 2015
 

 
 

Jon Sidenbender Celebrates Landmark Birthday with Family

An old-fashioned barn party was held on June 20th to honor the 80th birthday of Jon Sidenbender.  Thirty-eight members of the immediate family gathered in the family barn for a carry-in lunch. Following lunch was a special viewing of “The Old Man and Company” video clips from past Rockford Variety Shows.  Jon’s daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren shared favorite memories and then presented him with a memory book which included these memories.  The photo includes 35 family members on hand for the celebration. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sock Hop and Cruise-In Held in Rockford on August 1, 2015

The Annual Sock Hop and Cruise-in Rockford was fun for old and young.

Pictured above is Delainey Fox at the dance and car show.  She is two years old and taking swimming classes as well as aerobics.  She is the daughter of Ryan and Tara Fox of Glenmore and her grandmother, Melody Akerman, made the outfit for her to wear to the sock hop. Donna Fox and the late Larry Fox of Van Wert are also her grandparents. Her brother is Levon who starts kindergarten at Parkway this year. Phil Akerman, Delainey’s grandfather showed his 1946 Ford (shown with Delainey) at the car cruise-in and sock hop in Rockford.

Phil Akerman reported a great time!

 

 

 

Classified Ad – HUGE Adoption Garage Sale – Classified Ad (Click Here)

HUGE Adoption Garage Sale Aug 6-8--Thursday & Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8am-1pm at 636 S Washington Street Van Wert, Ohio. Over 10 families have donated to help a local family raise monies to adopt. Clothing-infant to adult, baby supplies, toys-bikes, electric scooter, child's car, camping equipment, house wares, Collectibles,LOTS of homemade baked goods and many, many more items!!! 

 

 

Parkway Class of 1980 Planning Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1980 will hold its 35th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 29th, 2015.  Members of the class have been contacted via email, Facebook and land mail.  Anyone who was a student or staff of the class of 1980 but did not receive information about the reunion, please contact Loren Shindeldecker via email at lorens@bright.net.  The Parkway Class of 1980 has plans to attend the Friday, August 28th football game together, participate in a golf scramble on Saturday morning the 29th, and attend the reunion at Schroyer Truck Museum on Saturday evening, August 29th. 

 

 

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for July 2015

Herb Garden Volunteer, Ashley Baughman, Applauded for Her Work

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society would like to thank Ashley Baughman for all her help and volunteer efforts.   Each year when the 3rd graders visit the log house and museum,  Ashley has helped explain to the children what it was like growing up and going to school as a child in the early 1800’s.  

Another project Ashley has taken upon herself  has been the Shanes Park Pioneer Herb Garden.  The Historical Society had been considering tearing out the herb garden because care taker, Bill Now, had passed away.  It was days from being taken out when Ashley approached the Historical Society President, Norm VanTilburg, wanting to know if she could take over the herb garden for a Girl Scout Gold Award project.   She has done an exceptional job, not only taking care of the gardens, but also has put together a pamphlet explaining what herbs are planted in each bed and what the plants usage would be.

She has planted 4 main beds and a center bed.  The Natural Dyes Garden, The Medicinal Garden, The Cooks Garden, The Aromatic Garden and The Center Garden.

We hope that you will enjoy the herb garden !  Feel free to come and pick some of the herbs for your enjoyment,  but please pick them sparingly so that they will continue to grow and so others can enjoy it too.

Shanes Park Pioneer Herb Garden pamphlets can be picked up at the Shanes Crossing Historical Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outerwear Program Now Underway at Van Wert County Department of Job and Family Services

The Van Wert County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) is announcing the 2015 Outerwear Program for income eligible families with dependent children.  Clothing items may include Coats, Boots, Shoes, and Hats/Gloves/Scarves.  There will be up to $100 Voucher per child that qualifies within the 130% PRC guidelines.  Payment will be made directly to the merchant. 

 

The program is set to begin August 1, 2015 and will end September 30, 2015, subject to funding availability. 

The benefit is for each child in the home that falls within the 130% FPL PRC program guidelines.

Face to face interview is not necessary.

Applications may be picked up at the CDJFS Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:3- pm.

Incomplete applications will be denied without consideration. 

 

FAMILY SIZE AND 30-DAY INCOME

1

$1,265

2

$1,705

3

$2,144

4

$2,584

5

$3,024

6

$3,464

7

$3,904

8

$4,344

 

(All PRC programs are subject to availability of funding)

 

Any questions, please contact:

 

Deanna Lugabihl

Department of Job and Family Services

114 E Main St

Van Wert OH  45891

419-238-5430 x 0136

 

 

Mercer Health Diabetes Support Group To Meet

 

Mercer Health’s Diabetes Support Group will meet on Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Mercer County Community Hospital, 800 West Main Street, Coldwater, in the Sanderell Board Room.

Innergy Fitness in Coldwater will be providing a Silver Sneakers program and discussing the Silver Sneakers benefit.  Physical activity is important for good blood sugar control and overall health.  Come and learn some great indoor exercises you can do from one of the area’s local experts to help keep your blood sugars under control.

There is no fee and advance registration is not necessary.  For more information about Mercer Health’s Diabetes Program,

visit www.mercer-health.com or call 419-586-9657.

 

West Nile Virus Reported in Ohio

Ohio’s First 2 Human Cases of West Nile Virus in 2015 Reported in Cuyahoga and Hamilton Counties ODH Urges Precautions to Prevent Mosquito-borne Diseases COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio’s first two human cases of West Nile virus in 2015 have been reported in a 34- year-old Cuyahoga County man with a febrile illness (fever), and a 77-year-old Hamilton County man with encephalitis. Ohio reported 11 human cases of West Nile virus in 2014. The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). “Ohio’s wet summer has caused standing water in many areas of Ohio, and mosquitoes breed and multiply in such water,” said ODH Medical Director Dr. Mary DiOrio. “Ohioans should take reasonable precautions to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites.” Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:  If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear· long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.  Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.·  Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.·  Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.· Here are some tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home:  Eliminate standing water.·  Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.·  Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.·  Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.· Learn more about mosquitoes and West Nile virus on the ODH website at www.odh.ohio.gov/wnv.

 

 

VANTAGE ANNOUNCES ORIENTATION MEETINGS AND

SCHEDULE PICKUP DATES

It’s time to get ready for the new school year @ Vantage! There will be two orientation meetings to welcome new students and their parents to the school.  The first orientation meeting will be held on MONDAY, AUGUST 10 at 7:00 p.m.  This is for students who are enrolled in Ag & Industrial Power Tech, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Building & Grounds Maintenance, Carpentry, Electricity, Industrial Mechanics, Precision Machining, and Welding. 
         The second orientation meeting is set for TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 at 7:00 p.m. and is for students in the following Business and Human Services programs: Network Systems, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Interactive Media, Early Childhood Education, Health Technology, and Medical Office Management.
          Both meetings will be held in the Commons Area at Vantage.  The evening will include a brief general session as well as an opportunity for students and their parents to re-acquaint themselves with the Vantage building, talk to the teachers, complete electronic forms, pay program fees, and get measured for uniforms.  Class schedules and student handbooks will also be available for pick up.  ALL STUDENTS NEW TO VANTAGE AND THEIR PARENTS SHOULD ATTEND THIS MEETING.  

Students who attended Vantage last year can pick up their schedule and pay program fees from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, August 10 and 11.   Please return your completed emergency medical form on the day you pick up schedules and pay fees.

Returning students who are unable to pick up their schedule on the above dates should call Vantage Student Services at 419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2126 to make arrangements to get your schedule before school starts.

The first day of school for new students is Monday, August 24, starting at
8:23 a.m. The first day of school for returning students is Tuesday, August 25.  The school day runs until 2:40 p.m.

            If you have any additional questions, please call Vantage Student Services at the number above for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN PICKERS To Film In Ohio

Ohio is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Ohio. Filming is scheduled for October. 

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm ET on History.

Also, please note that Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com 855-old-rust.

 

 

 

New Celina Boutique Joins Chamber

Blossom Boutique has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
This new boutique is located at 123 S. Main Street in Celina.  They carry
new merchandise for women in all sizes along with unique accessories.  A
ribbon cutting was held on Friday, July 17th.   Like them on Facebook.
Pictured from left to right: Sue Heiser - Chamber Trustee from WCSM Radio,
Stephanie & Donovan Delong-Owners,  Twyla Hayes - Chamber Trustee from
Brandit Marketing Communications, Pam Buschur-Chamber Director

 

 

 

Van Wert Rib Fest Quickly Approaching

            Van Wert 9th Annual Rib Fest will take place on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 5 pm on Friday and 11 am on Saturday. Admission is $5 both evenings with free admission on Saturday before 5 pm.  There will be plenty of free parking and a handicapped parking area will be reserved. Those coming to Rib Fest should enter the fairgrounds through the Fox Road gate. Entrances will be clearly marked.

            Larry Lee, Executive Director of the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau – the organizer of Rib Fest – is especially excited about this year’s event. ”It would have been hard to have imagined 9 years ago that Rib Fest would be what it is today,” he said. “Every year we’ve tried hard to make it bigger and better than the year before. We have gained a good reputation which means we’ve been able to attract more vendors and bigger entertainment.”

            This year’s new vendors include After Hours BBQ from Orville, OH, Jubilee Winery from Delphos, Professor’s BBQ from Wapakoneta, Rados Foods from Willoughby, OH and Rismiller Concessions from Arcanum.  These will join previous vendors Pigtails BBQ from West Salem, OH, Prok Brothers BBQ from Lima, Smoke Shack BBQ from Pickerington, OH, and Timmy’s BBQ from Garrett, IN.  Other local vendors participating are C & J’s Shaved Ice, Gibson’s Barnyard BBQ  and Sycamore Ice Cream. Emmanuel Lutheran Church will be operating the pop and water concession. “With the addition of our new vendors those attending will find a huge selection of great food,” Lee said, “everything from ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, and turkey legs to French fries, funnel cakes, steamed buttery corn-on-the-cob, sweet potato fries, bloomin’ onions, elephant ears and Irish nachos to ice cream and strawberry shortcake.  Jubilee Winery will be doing wine sampling and offering such things as wine slushies.  There will definitely be something for everyone!”

            “We have an outstanding line-up of entertainment both evenings,” he said. On Friday night beginning at 7:30 the local band, Section Ate, will take the Cooper Farms Stage followed by The Earthquakers. “The Earthquakers, from the Erie, PA area, are back by popular demand.” According to Lee, this group has a big following in this area. “They put on a really good show and everyone has a good time when they are on stage.” Saturday’s entertainment begins at 5:30 when Fort Wayne’s Soft-N-Heavy comes on stage. “The band, formed by 4 local guys in 2012, have become one of the most popular groups in the Fort Wayne area.” At 7:30 Shelby County Line will perform. “This group is rapidly gaining popularity among people of all ages. They play fresh new country as well as classic older songs.” Taking the Cooper Farms stage at 9:30 Saturday will be the Mustang Sally Band. “This all-female country, rhythm and blues band from Nashville thrills crowds wherever they perform,” Lee said. When bands are not playing, Ron Birt from Magic Moment Entertainment will be providing DJ services.

            Other activities taking place at Rib Fest this year include a Corn Hole Tournament beginning at 1 pm Saturday afternoon and a Youth Wiffleball Tournament (ages 16 and under) starting early Saturday morning. Registration for the Corn Hole Tournament can be done in advance (registration forms can be picked up at the CVB office or downloaded at www.vanwertribfest.com) or same day registration will also be accepted. A $20 per team entry fee is required when registering. First place prize is 50% of the entry fees collected and second place prize is 25%. Registration forms for the Youth Wiffleball Tournament can also be found on the web site or from the CVB office.

            The YWCA will be holding their annual Pig Races starting at 4 pm on Saturday. Lee encourages everyone to support this local agency. “This is always a fund event! So, come out, place a bet on your favorite pig and cheer the little porkers as they race for Oreo cookies”  The United Way of Van Wert County is selling “piglets” for their When Pigs Fly event.  Pigs can be purchased from any United Way Board member. Then be sure to be on hand at 7:00 Saturday evening as 500 rubber pigs are dropped from high overhead with pig “owners” claiming money prizes for the pig that lands closest to and farthest from the target.

            Lee pointed out that as the event has grown every year, so has the need for more generous financial supporters of the event. “This year have nearly 30 local sponsors without whom this event just wouldn’t happen,” he said. Firery Hot sponsors this year are Cooper Farms and Iberdrola Renewables. They are joined by Scorchin’ Hot sponsors Citizens National Bank, Purmort Brothers Insurance and H. K. Violet Equipment. Other sponsors include K & L Ready Mix, Frickers, Northwest Ohio Beverage, Stephanie Dawn, Scott Equity Exchange, 1st Bank of Berne, Leland Smith Insurance, Wells Fargo Bank,Young’s Waste Service,  Pak-a-Sak, Eaton Corporation, 1st Federal Van Wert, Van Wert Propane, Stahl Stoller Meyer Insurance, Van Wert Manor, Tecumseh Packaging Solutions, Ayers Mechanical Group and Thatcher Insurance. Other area businesses support Rib Fest through their trade donations. These sponsors include Kenn-Feld Group, Store and Haul, GLM Transport, Sullivan RV Sales and Service of Decatur, BeScene Multimedia, WERT/WKSD/vwindependent and DHI Media.

            So remember to reserve August 7 and 8 on your calendars to attend the 9th Annual Van Wert Rib Fest. “For more information check out our web site, www.vanwertribfest.com or check us out on Facebook. You can also get information by calling the CVB office at 419-238-9378. There’s still time to get space reserved for a class reunion, a family get-together or a business/company party, “ Lee concluded. “We can accommodate your group in a private tent and obviously there’s great food and entertainment available!”

           

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

 Photo Caption:  Old Exhibit of Women’s Arts at the first building of the Mercer County Historical Museum, on the corner of Main and Fayette Streets, Celina.

 

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

 

Bronsart Gilberg was the Curator of Exhibits at the first building of the Mercer County Historical Museum, on the corner of Main and Fayette Streets, Celina. 

 

In 1957, the Mercer County Commissioners asked Roscoe Riley, Carroll Stubbs, and Carleton Reiser to plan and implement a County Museum for Mercer County.  The three men organized the Mercer County Historical Society and the Mercer County Commissioners funded the project, to open the County Museum, the Mercer County Historical Museum.  Bronsart Gilberg was employed as the first Curator of Exhibits.  (A Museum Curator takes care of a specific area of exhibits, where as a Museum Director has a multitude of responsibilities in the overseeing of a Museum.) 

 

In 1958 and 1959, Bronsart Gilberg set out to gather artifacts from Mercer Countians to host exhibits at this Mercer County Historical Museum.  The exhibit in the photograph above illustrates the Women’s Arts at this Museum.  The lamps, the yarn winder, the flax spinning wheel, the wool spinning wheel, with the dishes and cookware on the shelf on the wall, all illustrate the many facets of the tools women used in their daily lives here in Mercer County.

 

To put this in perspective in the past few centuries, sometimes women went about the same way of life for generations, until change came to their communities.  Within these past two generations here in Mercer County, a lot of changes have come about.  We no longer use spinning wheels or looms for our clothes; we purchase our clothes at the stores.  We do our laundry in our washing machines, but many pieces of clothes are no longer ironed!  The ice boxes have been replaced with refrigerators and deep freezes.  The kitchen appliances are still going through changes.  The computer has brought changes to the way of life of the lady of the kitchen!  You women know, as well as I know, the changes which have come to our lives in Mercer County’s kitchens.

 

Visit the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic, at the north side of the park, and share your stories of what your grandmother’s kitchen was like, with me.

 

Also, on Sunday September 13, 2015, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, a Children’s Treasure Hunt will be held at the Museum.  There will be a special Treasure Hunt for Women’s tools and arts and girls’ toys.  There will be a special Treasure Hunt for Men’s tools and crafts and boys’ toys.  (The adults and/or children can choose to go on both Treasure Hunts; when they finish one Treasure Hunt, they can go on the other Treasure Hunt.) 

 

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Lunch Club Programs

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs volunteers to be a Big for its Lunch Club Program.  In this program, volunteers would meet with a child from area elementary and middle schools for lunch and activities twice a month.  This year we will have programs at Celina Primary, Ft. Recovery Elementary, Parkway Elementary and Middle School, and Wapakoneta Middle School.

 

Each visit the volunteers would spend time with their Little during the child’s lunch.  Matches would then spend a little time doing educational enrichment activities and have some free time together.  During the free time, the activities could include the matches talking, making a craft, playing a board game, building a model, or playing on the playground.  The program will begin in mid-September and run through the school year.

 

Volunteers must be able to meet with a child once a week for about 45 min during the students’ lunch.  Volunteers will be able to decide which day they would like to attend and the grade level of their Little.  Volunteers will bring their own lunch or eat at another time. Big Brothers Big Sisters will supply a box of items to use during the educational enrichment and free time activities.

 

The Littles are students from Celina Primary (grades 1-2); Ft. Recovery Elementary (grades K-5); Parkway Elementary & Middle School (grades 1-7); and Wapakoneta Middle School (grades 5-7).  These are students that it is thought could use a special friend and someone to spend time with them, YOU!  They are looking forward to spending time with a special friend on a consistent basis.  We do not want to turn any students away because of a lack of volunteers.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters will be holding some information sessions to talk to interested volunteers and answer any questions at several locations in August.  Locations and times are: Ft. Recovery Public Library, 113 Wayne St, Fort Recovery, OH 45846 on Tuesday, August 11 from 5:30-6:30; Rockford Carnegie Library, 162 S. Main St, Rockford, OH 45882 on Wednesday, August 11 from 5:30-6:30; and Richardson Bretz Building, 119 W. Fulton St., Celina, OH 45822 on August 13 from 5:30-6:30.  Refreshments will be served.

 

To participate in this program or for more information, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 419-584-2447, 1-866-670-BBBS, or e-mail:  neberle@bbbsma.com

 

 

 

Arrests Made

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale and Coldwater Police Chief Jason Miller report drug related arrests that were made as a result of their joint HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team). 

 

On Friday July 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM a vehicle was stopped on East Main Street near 8th Street in Coldwater.  Arrested and taken into custody was the driver Beverly S. Selhorst, age 20 from 3212 Slavik Road Coldwater.  Selhorst was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments.  Officers recovered a capsule with suspected heroin inside, and what appeared to be two other capsules that appeared old.   Additional charges are pending urine test results. Selhorst was incarcerated at the Adult Detention Facility.

 

A Second stop on Friday July 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM was conducted on US Rte. 127 near Siegrist Jutte Road in Franklin Township.  Arrested and taken into custody was the driver Angela Storck, age 25 from 4010 US Rte. 127, and her two passengers:  Cherokee M. Storck , age 31 from 4010 US Rte. 127, and Cheyenne Woodle, age 34 from 4010 US Rte. 127, Celina.  All three were transported to the Adult Detention Facility.

 

Angela Storck was charged with permitting drug abuse.

Cherokee Storck was charged with possession of heroin, obstruction, and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Cheyenne Woodle was charged with possession of heroin, and obstruction.

 

Officers recovered two baggies containing rocks of suspected heroin, and a syringe.

 

HIT is a combination and collaborate effort between Celina and Coldwater Police Departments, and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Presents Dancing with the BIG Stars

There is no other place to be on Saturday, November 14 than at the Overdrive, located at 3769 U.S. 127, Celina, OH 45822, for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dancing with the BIG Stars event! This event is based off of the popular TV show, Dancing with the Stars. A group of prominent community members from throughout the area will put on their “boogie shoes” and test their newly learned dancing skills with their experienced dance partners. These dancers are putting their heart and soul into dancing and raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties. Each of the celebrity dancers and their experienced dance partners will compete twice on Saturday, November 14 at the Overdrive during an afternoon matinee performance doors open at 1:00 p.m. and show starts at 1:30 p.m. and an evening dinner performance with a social hour at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m., and the show following.

 

The 2015 cast includes Nikki Sawmiller (Dispatcher, Wapakoneta Police Department) dancing with Jeff Schnippel, Randy Bruns (Loan Officer, The St. Henry Bank) dancing with Janessa Schwieterman, Dr. Ed Hosbach (Family Physician, Mercer Osteopathic) dancing with Lisa Grunden, Nick Moeller (Owner, Moeller Brew Barn) dancing with Lisa Heckman, Casey Dues (Student Employment Coordinator, Wright State University Lake Campus) dancing with Ron Rindler, Jeff Snyder (Superintendent, Lincolnview Schools) dancing with Alice Laurent, Brittany Giere (Intervention Specialist, Celina Elementary School) dancing with Zach Ferrall,  and Jen Thompson (Owner, Jeneration Fitness) dancing with David Fennig. The professional dancers represent several dance studios throughout our servicing area, including:  Wagner Ballroom Dance Studio, En Pointe, The Bachwell Center, and Harmony Studio.

 

Dancers will be taking lessons, rehearsing their dances and soliciting funds over the next few months. Fans can donate NOW to their favorite dance couple at www.bbbsma.com or at the BBBS office located at 1005 N. Main St., Celina. The BIG Star Award will be announced at the dinner performance and is based on the couple that raises the most money on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition, a Judges’ Choice Award will be given to the couple that has the best dance performance based on the judges’ critiques. The night’s featured judges are Lucy Staugler, Eric Wellman, and Jane Diller.

 

 

Attempted Rape Reported near Ft. Recovery

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that deputies are investigating an attempted rape of a 20 year old adult female that was reported on July 4 at 11:01 AM.  The incident occurred at a rural Fort Recovery Farm.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Sebastian Saro Sanchez, age 39, 102 E. Main Street, St. Henry for attempted rape, a felony of the third degree.  No other details are being released as detectives continue to investigate.

Bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer at $750,000, subject to 10% or $75,000.

 

 

 

 

Man Arrested for Assault and Possession of Drugs

Celina, OH  - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of Krischen Blake Luna, 18, 6716 Brookside Drive, Celina for assault and possession of drugs.  On Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 7:39 PM the Sheriff’s Office received a call of an assault at the suspect’s address.

 

When deputies arrived and began the investigation they learned that Luna had been in an altercation and had assaulted his 17 year old girlfriend.  The argument started over another subject dropping off heroin to Luna.  The argument turned physical and the 17 year old sustained minor injuries.

 

During the investigation, deputies developed information that drugs could be located in the residence.  Deputies applied for and were granted a search warrant.  During the search, over 290 capsules containing suspected heroin residue were found, 3 doses of suspected LSD, and miscellaneous other drug instruments and paraphernalia.  Celina Police Department and K9 Ted assisted with the search.

 

Luna is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a bond set at $100,000, subject to 10%, by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 28-31, 2015
 

 

For Immediate Release from Parkway Local Schools ~ Parkway High School Student Schedules

 

Parkway High School student schedules for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year will be mailed out to students on August 7, 2015.  All school fees will need to be paid by the first day of school, Tuesday, August 25, 2015.  The High School “Back to School” night will be Tuesday, August 18 beginning at 6:00pm and will last until 8:00pm.  Students wishing to do a walkthrough of their schedule or try their locker combination can do so at this time.  The high school secretary will also be available that evening to take book fee payments and any completed forms from students or parents.

 

Parking permits this year will be issued on a first come-first served basis to students with a valid driver’s license and students will be able to pick their numbered spot.  We will be following this schedule to issue parking permits:  Seniors (Thursday, August 13), Juniors (Friday, August 14),   Sophomores (Monday, August 17), and any 10, 11, or 12 grader beginning Tuesday, August 18 between the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Parking permits WILL NOT BE available on Back to School night.  Any registration forms that are not completely filled out and signed by both the parent and student will not be accepted until they are complete.  Any students that will be attending Vantage this year will also need to purchase a permit if they plan to leave their vehicle at the high school parking lot area during the school day.  Extra parking forms are available in the high school office.

 

Mrs. Pam Smith, Cafeteria Supervisor will also be available in the cafeteria on “Back to School” night for students and parents to deposit money into their child(ren)’s lunch account(s).  All students must have funds available on their account the first day of school in order to buy breakfast, lunch or ala-carte items.  Free and Reduced Lunch Application forms will be available for you to complete that evening.  Applications need to be received before the start of school and can be dropped off at any of the principal’s offices.

 

If you are interested in receiving Text Alerts from the school, you can sign up for them on the Parkway Webpage under the “Parents” tab on the main webpage.  Just select the link: Parkway Text/Email Alerts, then select Ohio Alerts Subscribe/Unsubscribe.  After the page refreshes, select: “Subscribe to Alerts” and follow the online registration.  On this page, you can select only the alerts that you wish to be subscribed to by email or text message.  If you are already receiving text or email alerts, and want to change how you are receiving alerts, you will need to go and check what you are currently subscribed to and then make any necessary changes.

 

 

 

Free Community Breakfast

Rockford United Methodist Church is  planning a Free Community Breakfast and Worship Experience at the Refuge Lawn on Sunday August 9th at 9 AM, worship follows at 10 AM.

Come and bring your Hungry Friends. Special Musical Guests will entertain.

 

 

 

 

 


Rockford United Methodist Ice Cream Social – South Franklin Street in Rockford
August 2nd 4:30 - 6:30 pm

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

 

 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

 

 

 

 

Laurels and Maplewood Hold SummerFest Fun

The Laurels of Shane Hill and Maplewood of Shane’s Village celebrated their first annual SummerFest on July 24th from 5-7pm under a large tent in the front parking lot of the facility.  More than 200 family and friends, community members, volunteers and residents gathered together and enjoyed fried chicken and freshly baked pies.  Everyone was entertained by the local band Triad who played a few gospel tunes along with favorites from the 50’s and 60’s.   Marty the Magician performed magic tricks for the young and old.  It was a sizzlin’ summer party, that’s for sure!

 

 

 

 

 

Shanes Park Board President Accepts Donation from
Rockford Community Days President

Pictured is Sandy Schaffner, Shanes Park Board President, accepting a donation from Amy Joseph,  Rockford Community Days President, (Also in picture – Bella and Ellie). The donation will be put towards the new Shane Hall building that is currently in the planning stages.  The old Shane Hall is the last remaining building from the UB Church Camp grounds.  The old building has had many years of use and has served us well, but it’s time for a new, cleaner, more efficient building.  The Community Days committee has also supported the following projects in the past – the gazebo near the ball diamonds, helped purchase the North St. property to enlarge the parking areas, helped with the new pavilion, speakers in the park and purchased basketball backboards.  

Your support of Rockford Community Days and other fund raising events such as the Wine Tasting ( scheduled for February 27th, 2016),  roller skating and the bowling tournament help support permanent improvements to Shanes Park.

Your support is greatly appreciated,  making THE Shanes Park the best in the area !!

 

 

Burkett  5K

The 13th annual Burkett 5k will be Saturday August 8, 2014 at 8:30 starting and ending at Burkettsville Park.

The race is the eighth and final one of the Mercer Health 5k Challenge Countywide running Series.  Awards and shirts ceremony after the race for all that qualify.

Race day registration is from 7:00 to 8:15 at $10.00 for under 18 years and $15.00 for over 18 years of age.  Entries from and results after the race are on www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com.   Mail checks  payable to Burkettsville Community Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary to Tonya Siefring P. O. Box 205 Burkettsville, Ohio 45310.

For more information contact Tonya Siefring at 419-733-5445 email tonyajan@yahoo.com. Or Josie Snyder at 419-375-4616 email snydb@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

HIT Team Makes Arrest in Celina

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale, and Coldwater Police Chief Jason Miller reports the Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT) made an arrest of 32 year old Melissa Harper of 3601 State Route 703 Lot 55, Celina Ohio.

 

On July 28, 2015 at approximately 5:26  PM an Officer working HIT observed  a traffic violation on Logan Street in Celina.  The vehicle was stopped in the West Elementary parking lot.  The Officer observed signs of the driver (Harper) being impaired.  Officers also located suspected heroin and a syringe in Harper’s possession.  Harper’s 4 year old son was also found to be a passenger in the vehicle.

 

Harper was arrested and transported to the Adult Detention Facility where a presumptive urine test indicated a positive result for morphine. Harper was charged with the following: 

OVI (Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs)

Several driving under suspensions

Failed to have her child in a child restraint seat

Possession of drug abuse instruments

Child endangerment

 

Officers also issued the owner of the vehicle Barbara Hooten for wrongful entrustment for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive her vehicle and has been warned for the same violation in the past.

 

The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

 

HIT is a collaborate effort between the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office , Celina Police Department, and Coldwater Police Department, aimed to combat the drug problems in Mercer County.  Since HIT’s inception in April of 2014 officers have made 303 traffic stops, conducted 93 searches, and made 50 arrest which would include 22 criminal misdemeanor citations.  Officers have also issued 86 traffic citations.  

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Federal Policies are Hurting the Middle Class

 

Under the current presidential administration, the federal government has enacted policies that claim to help the middle class. In actuality, they are hurting it. From Common Core to the Affordable Care Act, the current administration is expanding the income gap, evidenced by marketing patterns that are developing a class system which is more divided than it has been since the 1970s.

 

Marketing is a good indicator of what is happening in the homes of Americans. Grain prices are dropping and the nationwide livestock industry is experiencing an inventory decline.  As a result, the food industry is in flux and meat prices should be on the rise across the board. 

 

The media will tell you that some fast food providers are marketing meat at a much lower price than their competitors.  For instance Burger King is marketing Chicken Nuggets for 15 cents a piece and McDonalds is charging 25 cents each. So while those who may be struggling with their income find a cheap eat at Burger King or McDonalds---those who have a little more to spare are eating at places where they sell cage-free chicken and organic lettuce for a much higher price.

 

In our schools, new, obtrusive federal policies are banning candy as rewards to children and their lunch plate is being piled with apricots and carrots that end up in the waste basket because the elitist are trying to control the appetite of our youngsters.  With that strategy, the obesity epidemic will be solved because the kids will just decide not to eat. 

 

Common Core is also a policy that is negatively affecting the middle class. A major focus of the Common Core standards is preparing children for college and career readiness.  But these standards are really separating students at an early age between those that will go to college and those that won’t. I fear that this can have an adverse impact on the number of career opportunities that some kids will have access to.

 

“Obamacare” is another failed policy growing the divide between Americans. This policy forces those who can’t afford or perhaps don’t need insurance to purchase a product that they may never collect on instead of investing their money to bring them to the next income level.  For other families, part-time hours have been cut in order to avoid having the employer provide insurance.  But many of those who are supporting these failed policies are fortunate to already have employer-provided health insurance and the increased costs of coverage is seen to them as a minimal cost.

 

The failed policies of the federal government are creating a wider income divide. Policies like Common Core will ensure that the pattern becomes generational.  As federal policies continue to separate society you will see a growth of patterns where some people eat  15 or 25-cent chicken nuggets, while others are eating $10 and $12 meals. I intend to continue working to void these failed policies for Ohioans.

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyjuly2015.

 

 

 

FOLLOWING ADVISORY ISSUED AT GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS TODAY, BROWN PLEDGES TO HELP COMBAT ALGAL BLOOMS IN WESTERN OHIO

 

Brown Has Worked to Secure Water Conservation Resources for Grand Lake St. Marys and to Help Improve Long-Term Health of Lake

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following an advisory barring swimming and wading in Grand Lake St. Marys July 28, 2015, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pledged to help combat the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) that have plagued the lake. Brown, the first senator from Ohio to serve on the Agriculture Committee in 40 years, has worked with local community leaders and federal officials to chart a strategy for improving the water quality and boosting tourism in the region.

 

“Advisories like today’s have had to been issued too many times for Grand Lake St. Marys,” Brown said. “A healthy Grand Lake St. Marys is critical to western Ohio’s prosperity and we must all work together to restore water quality and revitalize the recreation, tourism, and boating industries that it supports. That’s why I’ll pursue every avenue to find solutions to restore the lake.”

 

Grand Lake St. Marys has been affected by toxic blue-green algae that has left the lake unsafe for swimming, contributed to a decline in tourism, and reduced economic activity and local business in the area.

 

Brown helped secure $1 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) efforts in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed. EQIP offers technical assistance for farmers to plant cover crops, build manure storage facilities, install filter strips, and complete other conservation measures that keep phosphorus out of Grand Lake St. Marys. Studies on Grand Lake St. Marys have shown that excess phosphorus loading of the lake has been the primary reason for toxic algae blooms during the past few summers.

 

 

Pastor Rafael Cruz to Speak
Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, will be speaking on Reclaiming America. He will be at the Galleria in Celina (909 E. Wayne Street)on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7 PM. Free Event. All are Welcome!

 

 

 

 

3 – 2 – 1  Blast Off for Kids at Liberty Baptist Aug. 2 & 3

 

(Van Wert) Youth Evangelist Michael Sheppard from Mansfield, Ohio will be the speaker for this year’s two day Kids’ Rally at the Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third St. Van Wert according to Sr. Pastor, Jim C. Burns.  Michael Sheppard and his wife, Monica are both graduates of  West Coast Baptist College, Lancaster, California.

Evangelist Sheppard will speak to the grade school age kids at Liberty Sun. Aug. 2 during the Sunday School hour at 9:30 am, and the adults and teens during the main worship service at 10:45 am.  Also, Sunday night there will be a registration which will start at 6:00 pm followed by the Bible Kids’ Rally in the church’s auditorium at 6:30.  After the Sun. night Blast Off Kids’ Bible Rally, there will be free fun outdoor activities and refreshments offered to all who attend.  The activities for Sunday night are:  a Bouncy Castle, Pony rides, craft time, and Hot Dogs.

Aug. 3,  Monday night will offer “Wet Night” activities for the kids.  Registration will again start at 6:00 pm and the Water 

Blast activities start at 6:30.  The Water Blast activities for Monday night will be:  a Dunking Tank, Canvass Water spray/slide, Water Balloon Launching and Giant Volley Ball. 

3 – 2 – 1 Blast Off Kids Rally at Liberty Baptist is for 5 year old children up to 6th graders.  Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent.  For more information, call 419-238-2273 or check out Liberty’s web site at:  lbcvw.org.

 

 

 

Jean Ireland Makes Donation to Shanes Park

The Shanes Park Beautification Society would like to give a
special THANK YOU to Jean Ireland for her recent donation
of crepping phlox ground cover that was planted at the pavilion
and near the splash pad.  The phlox is done blooming for this
year, but will be beautiful come spring.

The rest of July was spent weeding and cleaning up flower
beds and trimming off dead heads.

Thank you to the July volunteers - Clete and Irene Schmidt, 
Marlene Roebuck, Donna Riley, Julie Long, Karen Long and
Joyce Emans.

You can volunteer in August on the following dates: 
August 4th and 18th at 8 am.  

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING August 11, 2015 6:30 P.M.
COMMUNITY ROOM - Agenda

 

 
July 27, 2015
 

101st Chatt Farmers' Picnic Coming on Thursday, July 30 ~ Change in Location!

The recent rainy weather and soft grounds where the annual Chattanooga Farmers' Picnic is usually held, has forced a change in location for the events.
St. Paul's United Church of Christ on the corner of Wabash & Oregon Road will be the site for the annual event on July 30th. BBQ Chicken and Pork Chop Dinners will be served starting at  5:00 PM (church opens at 4:30 PM). Dinner tickets are $7.00. Dine in or carry-out. Evening entertainment will be a Magic Show by Aaron Roehm, popular magician. Door prizes will be given away and gun raffle tickets will be sold by committee members.

Like them on Facebook (see the ad above for the Facebook Link).

 

Annual Sportsman's Club Trade Days Cancelled for July 31st and August 1st

The recent rainy weather and soft club grounds have forced the Annual Willshire Sportsman's Club Trade Days to be cancelled for 2015.

 

 

Christmas In July Coming to Spencerville's Farmers Market

Celebrate Christmas In July at Spencerville's Farmers Market, Thursday July 30th 4:30-7:30pm, located at St Rt 66 & North St. (Near the tracks)  They will have a large variety of vendors including produce, fruits, soaps, skin/body products, desserts, homemade breads, candles, eggs and much more. There will be coloring contest and face painting for the kids. For every canned food donated, the donor will receive a ticket to win a door prize donated graciously by the vendors. Visitors can also purchase an extra door prize tickets; $1 each or 6 for $5.  The canned food donations will be given to the Community Food Bank. Spencerville Farmers Market are all about giving back to the community and helping the community grow and prosper. They invite you to come out and join them for a fun filled holiday themed market! 

 

 

Tribute to the late Jim Baltzell
by Niece
Jacquie Wilson Watlington
Parkway Class of '96

Memories of Uncle Jim Baltzell
Written July 11, 2015


There is an old adage that says “Cooking is love made visible.” I think Uncle Jim could have written the definitive, best-selling book on the subject. I have a minister friend who swears some people have “the spiritual gift of casserole” – this is someone who exudes the compassion, love and encouragement through their culinary creations. Uncle Jim had this gift, among many others. From gourmet fondue birthday/New Year’s celebrations to Thanksgiving dinners that overflowed in to multiple rooms to camp fire s’mores, Uncle Jim brought love and joy into the world of his family and friends. Yes, many times food was a means of transporting these blessings, but the true gifting always centered on Uncle Jim’s sincere, consistent caring, his deep, affirming smile and contagious, joyful laughter.

One of my earliest “cooking” lessons from Uncle Jim revolved around a semi-retired Snoopy snow cone maker. I thought it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen and I was dying to make it work. Though in the midst of his own projects, Uncle Jim kindly paused to help two squirmy, excited girls discover the magic of shaved ice. That day, Uncle Jim taught me that like cooking, love involves patience and tending to the little things – which may look like sitting on the floor and catching white fluff out of a toy dog house because two little tow heads REALLY want to “cook” snow cones.

Around the same point in life as my Snoopy snow cone fascination, was my infatuation with Eric’s Big Wheel. Long retired to the Baltzell garage, I LOVED riding it down the steep driveway off of Route 33. Each run was a chance to break my last speed record or to see if I could come even closer to the parked cars than I did last time without hitting them. One day, I was struck with a wild compulsion to see if I could ride down the hill on the Big Wheel standing up, surf style. I was nearly balanced, one foot on the seat, the other on the center of the handle bars when the front door opened and Uncle Jim stepped out. “Time to put the Big Wheel back in the garage. I need you to help me in the garden.” With a sigh of disappointment, I rode the Big Wheel down “the right way” and walked it into the garage. I don’t know how he did it, but Uncle Jim always seemed to have great timing. Maybe it was because he knew how to keep his eye on the important things in life- like paying special attention when you have meringue under the broiler or a 6 year old with a bit of a daring streak playing in your drive.

When I think about Uncle Jim, I think of these stories and many others. In each remembrance, the first things that resonate in my heart are his honest, joyful smile, his laughter, his generosity and his pride in his family. Uncle Jim was one of those rare people whose immediate warmth and acceptance draw you in to a place of hospitality for your soul. His laughter was rich and deep and hearing it was a resounding wake up call for all those around him to join in, because life- in that moment- was ripe to be enjoyed, together.

Growing up, I loved it when Jim and Shirley would come to my ball games. Although I always wanted to show them my best, I knew that at any point in the game, whether things were going well or if they were not, I could look up into the stands and they would have the exact same smiling expressions of pride on their faces. To them, I had nothing to prove, no bar to measure up against. They simply loved me and cheered me on. What a priceless gift to know there are people in your life who will always be there- rooting for you unconditionally. That was Jim and Shirley. What a pair.

If Uncle Jim had a royal title, it would have been the King of Adoration and Aunt Shirley, his Queen. I always loved watching them together. He simply adored her. It was magical the way his eyes twinkled when he looked at her. Whether he was pulling out her chair or they were working together to pull vegetables out of the garden, there was never a question that he was crazy about her. When I think of Uncle Jim, this is part of his legacy that makes me smile the most; his dedication, his loyalty and his adoration toward Aunt Shirley. What a beautiful thing to behold!

There is an Irish proverb that says “Laughter is brightest where food is best.” In the Baltzell house, it was always hard to know if the great food brought about the brightness and laughter or if it was the other way around. However it worked, I am glad that it did. So whenever I make turkey and dressing, or angel food cake or Buckeyes with William and Evelyn, I will tell them stories of Uncle Jim and hope to pass along a bit of the sweetness of his legacy in the process.

With all my love,
Jacquie

 

Let’s Go to the Hop! Sock Hop and Cruise-In
Set for August 1

The Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio will hold its 6th annual Sock Hop and Cruise-In on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The street will be closed off and activities will take place outside in front of the entertainment venue. The Cruise-In starts at 4 PM and a live concert is set for 6 PM. A food tent will be available. Bring your lawn chairs and take in the sights and sounds of the Cruise-In cars and “Blind Date” band as they play a variety of 60’s and 70’s music. Cruise-In participants are welcome to bring their Classic Motorcycles, Cars, and Trucks; come, shine, and show! There will be no judging or entrance fee. Door prizes will be available for cruise-in participants, and a 50/50 drawing. Local favorite Jerry Bolenbaugh has been invited to perform with the band; there will be a special appearance with Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr. 

Mark your calendars for August 1st to enjoy this fun-filled evening- sure to please all ages. A free-will offering will be accepted and appreciated. For more information, call Nancy Ritz at 567-259-9211.

 

 

In Memory of Larry A. Baltzell  

October 23, 1950 – August 17, 2008

 

“He was our North, our South, our East and West,
Our working week and our Sunday rest,
Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song;
We thought he’d be here for ever: we were wrong.”

 

Adapted from the poem Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

 

Sadly Missed by Your Family

 

 

  

The Rockford  Chamber Minutes can be found using the link below to their website.
    
    http://www.rockfordalive.com/category/news/minutes/rcoc-minutes/
    

 

 
July 24-26, 2015
 

11th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk

The 11th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K was held, Saturday morning July 18, 2015, with over 170 runners/walkers competing.  The race is part of the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge and is sponsored by the Parkway Athletic Boosters.  The men’s winner was Dillan Schulze with a time of 17:33, and the women’s winner was Ashley Lefeld with a time of 18:27.  Complete race results can be found at:  http://www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com

Click here for a Printable Race Result

The Parkway Athletic Boosters would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their donations and support of the Shane’s Crossing 5K, and the Parkway Athletic Boosters.

 

Rockford Fire Department
Shane’s Park Board

Boy Scout Troup 98

Barry's Family Market

Subway, Rockford

Henkle Insurance

First Financial Bank

Peoples Bank

Tastee Twirl

Hair Design - Maria King

Becky's Village Restaurant

Willshire Home Furnishings

Lilly's Tin Ceiling

TJ's of Willshire

Reynolds & Reynolds

Peel's Pit Stop

Ace Hardware – Celina

O'Reilly Auto Supply

 

Roehm and Henkle Families Celebrate Birth of Son

Jordan and Amanda Henkle of Rockford announce the birth of their first child, a son, on  Wednesday, July 15, 2015. 

 

Rhett Allen Henkle weighed in at 6 lbs 14 oz and was 20 inches long. 

Grandparents are Kerry & Debbie Roehm and Todd & Julie Henkle. 

Great grandparents are Clete & Irene Schmidt (Rockford), Joe & Paula Miller (Decatur), Elmer & Ruth Ann Roehm (Willshire). Dan & Jean Henkle (Rockford) and the late Bob & Doris Stover. 

Click Here for more births.

 

 

 

Businesses, Restaurants, Caterers…

 

SAVE THE DATE!

2015 Van Wert Area Business Expo & Taste of Van Wert County

Thursday, September 24, 2015

At the stunning and centrally located

Wassenberg Art Center

215 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, OH

Event Schedule

9am-1:30pm: Set Up with complimentary lunch

2:30-4pm: For Exhibitors Exclusively- Connecting & Workshop

4:30-7pm: Open to the Public

Registration opens next week.

 

 

 

 

RADC Meeting News
The RADC will not meet for their monthly July meeting. Our next meeting will be Monday, August 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the Rockford Library basement. 

 

 
July 20-23, 2015
 

Parkway Panthers Volleyball Camp for Grades 5-8

 

The Parkway Volleyball Coaching Staff and high school players will host a camp for girls who will be in grades 5-8 this fall. The camp will run July 27 - July 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 in the high school gym. If you have not yet registered, please contact Lisa Miller at millerli@parkwayschools.org for a registration form. The cost is $30 per camper which includes a t-shirt. 

 

 

Parkway Athletic Booster Club Membership Drive

 

The 2015-2016 Parkway Athletic Booster Club Membership Drive and Touchdown Ticket Raffle is currently underway. Packets were mailed out the second week of July. If you did not receive a packet, please email Lisa Miller at millerli@parkwayschools.org. 

 

The Parkway Athletic Booster Club is a non-profit organization of alumni, parents, fans, and friends. We are dedicated to supporting 270 athletes in 23 school-sponsored teams in Grades 7-12. Over the course of a child’s six years of athletic participation, we will contribute over $250,000 for uniforms, equipment, and supplies.

During the past year, the Athletic Boosters contributed over $37,000 to our athletic programs. The money raised through fundraisers was used to purchase 16 flags for the football stadium, weight room incentives, weight room equipment, baseball windscreen and padding, flag pole for softball diamond, and radio headsets for WKRD. The Athletic Boosters also assist with the purchase of new uniforms each year. The football team received new uniforms last year while the volleyball and softball teams will receive new uniforms this year in the five-year uniform rotation.

 

The Athletic Boosters raise money through the annual Membership Drive, 5K Run, Touchdown Club, Golf Outing, and other fundraising activities. Volunteers make it ALL happen. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month during the school year at 7:30pm in the Parkway Community Room. Did you know that each team can “earn” money for their sport just by having a parent or other representative attend the monthly meetings? Also, be sure to like Parkway Athletic Booster Club on Facebook. 

 

 

 

Olive Branch Bible School Planned

We’re making a list and checking it twice to invite all children to our Christmas in July VBS.   Our two day holiday celebration will be held this Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Kids will appreciate all the “winter” activities we have planned in the middle of summer!  Yes actually making a snowman is on the agenda!    Kids will learn about the four gifts that come with the ultimate gift  of Jesus.  All the way from the Garden of Eden to the manger, to the cross we learn that God gives the gift of love, joy, hope and peace.  As always the holiday music is excellent, active, and fun because the “Go Fish” guys will be moving us to the groove!    Each day there will also be a free lunch provided.    At Olive Branch we try to have fun because that’s a key quality in reaching kids and keeping them connected.   While Christmas in December is often so hectic and competes with the commercialism of the holiday, it will be great to look at the Christmas story in a relaxed and meaningful way.  VBS is free and is open to kids age 4 through entering 6th grade.  Olive Branch is located 3 miles south of Ohio City on State Route 118.  For more information call 419 203-7723. 

 

 

 

Parkway Weight Room to reopen on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weight Room and Locker Rooms will be open on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 after being closed for several days.

 

 

Lake Festival 5K Run

The Lake Festival 5K Run is this Saturday, July 25th at 8AM in Lakeshore Park, Celina.   The weather is supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny.  Register today for the Lake Festival 5K Run for $11.  After July 23 and Race Day registration is $15.   Go to www.celinamercer.com and 

scroll down to Chamber news and click onto the race registration form.  

 

Volunteers are needed!  If you would like to help at this 5K Run,

call the Chamber office at 419 586 2219.  We need some assistance 

from 6:30am -9:00am in Lakeshore Park, Celina.  

 

 

 

Ohio City’s “Arts in the Park”

This Friday Ohio City’s “Arts in the Park” is having a special performance for the added weekend in July!! The village is proud to present Ryan Fox and Friends: 1st set: Ryan Fox and Aaron Cooper. The 2nd set will be “Buckeye Drive” (Kris Markley, Jesse Miller, and Derek Cramer), and to end the night “Three on the Tree” (Aaron Cooper, Kris Markley, Ryan Fox, Brian Bowers, Jesse Miller, and Derek Cramer). The show will start at 7:00pm.

All of the performers are locals and have performed in several bands in the past, most noted is the band “Vinal Groove “were Ryan Fox, Brian Bowers, and Aaron Cooper got their start. Friday’s event will be filled with music influenced by the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead,  Phish, Widespread Panic, Ekoostik Hookah, and so much more.

“Arts in the Park” is a community concert series in the village of Ohio City that takes place very second Friday of each month from May-September. Performers for August are the Van Wert Jazz and for September Jarod Delgado. There is no cost to the public, although donations are welcomed. There will be light food and drinks available for the evening. Bring your chairs, blankets, and cooler and come on out and enjoy an evening of great music and friends.

 

 

Mercer Health’s Babysitter Training Program Completed

Eighteen students successfully completed Mercer Health’s babysitter training program on June 30th and July 1st.  According to Betsy Schoenleben, R.N., Education Coordinator at Mercer Health, the students were trained in proper supervision, basic caregiving skills, and how to respond to an ill or injured child.   The students participated in check-offs such as diapering, bottlefeeding, and handwashing.    As part of the class, the Coldwater Fire Department and the Coldwater Department, and Mercer County Central Dispatch spoke to the students.   Students were required to pass a written test to receive certification. Students also viewed a CPR/First Aid video made possible by a donation from the Mercer County Civic Foundation.

           

 

 

Students completing the training include: 

Cole Bertke

Julie Bertke

Kelsey Brandon

Nathan Buschur

Robert Buschur

Emma Dalaet

Grace Etgen

Taylor Grilliot

Alyssa Heinrichs

Mackenzie Lehman

Eddie Nichols

Nathan Overman

Abigail Post

Morgan Rose

Jack Siefring

Julia Siefring

Alyssa Stammen

Bradi Timmerman

 

Schoenleben  says, “We feel we have provided these students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely care for children.  However, Mercer Health cannot assume liability concerning the responsibility of these graduates while they are caring for the children of others.”

 

 

 

VW Area Boy Choir Announces Summer Camp Dates

 The Van Wert Area Boychoir invites all boys with unchanged voices (first grade and up) to attend their annual summer camp. It is to be held on August 4, 5, and 6 from 1-4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on Central Avenue. The camp is a great way to meet new people, sing, and have fun! The registration form can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/missnewlove/ . Please contact Romaine at (419) 238-1962 for more information.

The choir’s artistic leadership team includes Lindsey Newlove, director; Melissa Clay, accompanist; Larry Taylor, arranger/producer/technical director; and Shannon Wagner, rehearsal assistant.

The Van Wert Area Boychoir is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2004. It is open to all Van Wert area boys with unchanged voices. The mission of the Van Wert Area Boychoir is to provide opportunities for boys, of all backgrounds and abilities, to participate in a quality musical, cultural, and educational experience. The Boychoir rehearses weekly throughout the school year.

The following schools are currently represented in the choir: Van Wert, Crestview, Lincolnview, St. Mary’s (Van Wert), Parkway and Delphos St. John’s.

 

 

 

 

Mercer County Prevention Coalition

Interested in making a difference while bettering our community? Concerned about the alcohol and other drug abuse/addiction in our area? Do you want to make a positive impact but realize it’s hard to do on your own?


If so, please consider joining us for our first meeting to re-start this coalition in Mercer County.

 

When? Monday, August 10th from 5:30-7 pm 

              -light supper provided; Please RSVP by Thursday, August 6 by 4 pm

 

Where? Central Services Building, 1st floor conference room

   (enter through SW corner: Sugar Street)

             220 W. Livingston Street, Celina, Ohio 45822

 

Who? Concerned Mercer County Community Members prepared to make a

positive impact

 

How? There are power in numbers! Together we can make a difference!

Please share this information with others who are interested in bettering Mercer County!

 

What is a coalition? It is "the action or process of joining together with another or others for a common purpose." That common purpose: Reduce alcohol and other drugs of abuse and bring awareness and education to our communities! We will continue to address the alcohol and other drug problems that are impacting our youth and other community members and begin to implement strategies for positive change!

 

~If you have a heart for this, but can’t make this 1st meeting, we will be sure to include you or try to plan future meetings more flexible with your schedule, so please contact me! Feel free to pass this onto those who may be interested.


~Smaller committees within the coalition will work towards problem areas that have been identified and concerned citizens are personally interested in addressing.

 

 

 
July 16-19, 2015
 

 

Retro Reunion Coming July 25 for Classes 1972-1975

Parkway High School Graduating Classes of 1972-1978 are invited to the Parkway Retro Reunion on Saturday, July 25, at the Rockford Community Building from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.  Class members are invited to a carry-in dinner and each person attending is asked to bring a covered dish.  Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided as will be bottled water and snacks.  Class members are encouraged to bring their own other beverage choices if desired.  A small $5 per person donation will be asked from attendees to help cover the cost of the hall rental and other related expenses.

Please join us for reconnecting, reminiscing, and sharing of our lives.  As we all get older, the memories become more precious and the friendships more important.  Please join us for much fun and laughter as we take a stroll down memory lane.  Class members who use Facebook are asked to make a request to join the Facebook page of “Parkway  1972-1978 Retro Reunion” or contact Regina (Beeks) Jenkins at rlwjenkins@cox.net.

Members from each class are working hard to get individual invitations sent out to each class member via email or regular mail and in addition, to be sure to catch anyone we may miss, we will continue having information out to class members through Facebook and the local media.  Please plan to attend a very fun evening—we look forward to seeing you!

 

Bridge in Hopewell Township to be Closed for Replacement

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Miller Road between Frahm Pike and Fleetfoot Road in Hopewell Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on July 21, 2015 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 1 week, depending on the weather conditions.

 

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K Openings 2015-2016

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K classes currently have openings for the 2015-2016 school year.  Openings are for the 3 and 4 years olds on Monday/Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons.  There are also openings in the afternoon Pre-K classes (Monday-Thursday).  We also have openings for those needing financial assistance.  Registration forms are available in the elementary and district office or by calling Michelle at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.

 

THIRD ANNUAL WRENSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL

 

Wrenway Park, in association with Bill Miller's Auto Sales in Decatur, Indiana bring you the 3rd Annual WrenStock Music Festival on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

 

Tickets are available now at Bill Miller's Auto Sales, the Wren Restaurant or from any Wiffleball Committee member and are $10 advanced purchase or $15 day of show.  Gates open at 2 pm with the first band starting at 3 pm.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  No carry-in beverages will be permitted. 

 

The bands playing this year are, in order: The 1 Ton Trio, Cadillac Ranch and The Hipnotix.

 

This event is a fundraiser for the Wren Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament. 

 

 

 

Ice Cream Social Coming to Otterbein St. Marys

Otterbein St. Marys Senior Lifestyle Community is planning an evening Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 28 from 6-8 PM. There will be an ice cream bar and entertainment by pianist Scott Oglesbee on the front lawn (or inside if inclement weather).

 

Reservations are requested by July 24th to Gena at 419.394.6227.

 

 

 

 

 

Parkway Class of 1975 Class Reunion Set for July 24th

 

The Parkway Class of 1975 will be holding their 40th class reunion on July 24, 2015 at 6 p.m.

 

Parkway High School Graduating Class of 1975 is invited to the 40th Class Reunion on Friday, July 24, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Hoenie.  It will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Class members are invited to a dinner and each person attending is asked to bring their own beverages.  Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided. 

 

Please join us for reconnecting, reminiscing, and sharing of our lives.  As we all get older, the memories become more precious and the friendships more important.  Please join us for much fun and laughter as we take a stroll down memory lane.  Class members who use Facebook are asked to make a request to join the Facebook page of “Parkway Class of 1975” or contact Regina (Beeks) Jenkins at rlwjenkins@cox.net.

We have worked hard at locating class members via email or regular mail and telephone.  We will continue having information out to class members through Facebook and the local media.  We are still looking for the following class members:  Kathy Carr, Rhonda Conley, Rick Conley, Glen Dunlap, Mary Dutton, Rodney Fisher, Mary Jo Harsin, Kim Highley, Steve Huston, Richard Keen, Julia Lohrmann, Melanie Metz, Bobby Robinson, Vickie Rusk and Beth Sellers.  If anyone has a CURRENT telephone number or email address, please send it torlwjenkins@cox.net or call 602-432-9779.

 

Please RSVP and plan to attend a very fun evening—we look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

Sign-Up For Wren Rib Roast Cook-off

 

It’s Rib Cook-off time again!  The 12th Annual Wren Rib Roast Cookoff will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 during the Homecoming festivities.  This year’s theme will be based off the legendary Star Wars films.

 

Contestants will need to provide any equipment necessary. Western-style pork ribs will be provided to each contestant on the Thursday before the contest. All types of spices, marinades, and “secret recipes” are encouraged.  All types of cookers and any fuel sources will be accepted.  Cooking will take place outside the Wrenway Wiffleball Park, with judging starting at 11:30 am.  Ribs will be judged on taste and tenderness.  A separate prize will be given for presentation, sauce and best side dish.  A new “People’s Choice” award will be presented this year as well.  All ribs must be prepared on-site the day of the contest.

 

To sign up or find out more information, please call James Lautzenheiser at (216) 262-2805. You may also reach him at james.lautzenheiser@yahoo.com. Only the first 15 amateur cooks who register will be permitted to participate.  Deadline to enter is Monday, August 3rd, 2015.

 

 

Jeneration Fitness Takes a Spin with Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

FT RECOVERY - Jen Thompson, owner of Jeneration Fitness, is competing as a star dancer in the upcoming Dancing with the BIG Stars, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties (BBBS). BBBS provides youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. The agency offers various youth mentoring programs including Community Based Mentoring, After School Buddies Programs, Lunch Club Programs, Supper Club, and AmachiOhio.

 

Dancing with the BIG Stars will be held on November 14, 2015 at the Overdrive. Jen is competing as a “celebrity” along with her professional partner David Fennig from Harmony Café and Studio in Portland, IN. Help them win this year’s BIG Star Award by raising the most money.

 

Join their kick-off fundraiser at the Grand Opening of Jeneration Fitness’s new location (Commerce Street in the Ft. Recovery Industrial Park) on Sunday, July 19 from 1:00-5:00pm. There will be free new class demos for POUND, HIIT, TRX, and BARRE. You can also take a 15 minute ballroom dance lesson from David of Harmony Café and Studio for $10 with all proceeds benefiting Dancing with the BIG Stars. There will be door prizes, snacks, and giveaways.

 

Please help spread the word about this exciting open house and more importantly to help Jen WIN! Donations to this couple can be made at www.bbbsma.com. For more information on the Open House call 419-852-1093. 

 

 

 

Ohio Ballot Board Certifies Proposed “Fresh Start Act” Initiated Statute as Single Issue

 

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposed initiated statute concerning the expungement of certain convictions relating to firearms and certain drug related convictions if the offense is no longer considered a crime by state law.

 

Petitioners must now collect 91,677 signatures, a number equal to three percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014, in order to bring the issue before the General Assembly for consideration. Petitioners must file the required number of valid signatures with the Secretary of State’s Office not less than 10 days prior to the start of any legislative session, which begin on the first Monday of each calendar year.

 

Should the petitioners meet the signature threshold, the General Assembly will be granted four months to act on the proposed law. If lawmakers do not pass the law, pass it in an amended form or take no action after four months, petitioners may collect additional signatures in order to place the issue on the ballot. The number of supplemental signatures required is 91,677, again equal to three percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. The supplemental signatures must be presented to the Secretary of State within 90 days after any action by the General Assembly or at the conclusion of the four month period and no later than 125 days before the General Election at which the petitioners wish for the initiative to be placed on the ballot.

 

As part of the total number of signatures needed for both the initial and supplemental signatures filed, petitioners must also collect signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and within each of those counties, collect enough signatures equal to one and one-half percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014, in that county.

 

Secretary Husted serves as the chairman of the Ballot Board in his official capacity as the Ohio Secretary of State. Other members include Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, State Representative Kathleen Clyde, former State Senator Nina Turner and Mr. William Morgan.

 

Submitted note on this:

Link to Above Article About this Statute That is Proposed

There are several issues that are being proposed for Ohio's ballot.  Here is a link to a newspaper article that explains a little more:  http://www.timesjournal.com/government/article_6e07b706-5c27-5cdb-a96e-327d4b25a76f.html?mode=story 

 

Don McTigue, an attorney who filed a lot of lawsuits in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Election cycle, filed the paperwork on behalf of "Responsible Ohio".  This is a group that is also proposing an amendment to legalize Marijuana in Ohio.  One or both issues may become ballot issues for November 2015 and or 2016 if they get enough signatures.  They  need to collect for 44 of the 88 counties in Ohio.

 


2015 Farm Focus Scholarship Winners

Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 in order to promote agriculture in Van Wert

County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert

County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a

degree in an agricultural related field.  Congratulations to our 2015 Scholarship

Recipients; Bryce Campbell, Van Wert, is the son of Tony and Tammy Campbell and is

a sophomore at The Ohio State University in Columbus majoring in Agriculture

Engineering.  Katie Vorst, Delphos, the daughter of Chris and

Sandy Vorst,   is a junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Agribusiness

and Applied Economics. Tiffany Ricketts, Rockford, is the daughter of Darryl and Ginny Ricketts, she will be attending Wright State University Lake Campus as freshman, Majoring in Agriculture Business.

 

The Venedocia Lads and Lassies 

 

                        The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting on Jul.9, 7:00, at the Venedocia Lions Club. There was 17 members present and 10 guest present. Pledges were led by Whitney Welker and roll call was taken by Betty Vorst. 

Unfinished Business: 

* purchase of robotics project total $475.03  

* Donation requests: Mannequins for fair booth $50

                        Whitney Welker gave a Health/Demonstration report on running. Garret Mueller gave a safety report on ATV safety. Emily Rode gave a health report on packaging foods. Our next meeting will held on Jul.23, 7:00, at the Venedocia Lions Club.

 

 

Portland Hosting 43nd National Meet of Vintage Motorbike Club

July 17-20

 

The vintage Motorbike Club will hold its 43nd  national meet on July 17-21, 2015 at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland, Indiana.  This Annual Event is the largest meet of its kind in the nation featuring Vintage Cushman Motorbikes.  An all-day pass at the gate is $5.00

This event will feature several variety of older bikes and scooters, show bikes and a swap meet, parts, treasures, junk, food and fun for all.  Visitors to the Vintage Bike Show are encouraged to look, buy, sell or trade.  For more information contact Darren Chaffin at 419-642-3145 or djchafin@watchtv.net

Check out the web-site at www.vintagemotorbikeclub.org

 

Note:  We have had a lot of flooding but the  Vintage Motor Bike Show will be held this week-end

 

 

 

Van Wert Chamber Golf Outing Rescheduled

If you were unable to golf at the Chamber Classic on July 15, you can now reserve your spot for our new date: WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 11:30am- Lunch & Registration, 12:30pm- Shotgun Start. Limited spots available.

 

Contact the Chamber by THIS FRIDAY, July 17 to register or register on-line at http://bit.ly/2015VWChamberGolfClassic.

 

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

 

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

Photo Caption:  The farm woman’s expression on her face tells a story.

 

 

This old drawing of this farm woman has always captured my attention.  The sun hat which she is wearing suggests that this portrait was drawn by an artist in Europe, but I do not recognize the style of her hat, to determine to which nationality she belonged.  The artist signed his or her name in the right hand corner of the drawing, but I cannot read it.  Perhaps, you readers recognize this portrait?

 

When I see this lady, with a bucket of water or milk in her right hand, and her left hand on her hip, it suggests to me that she has taken a position about something which is happening on the farm.  Her expression suggests to me that she is not only concerned about what is happening, but also that she is not too happy about it.  Do you remember your mother, or grandmother, or other women looking at you with this position and this expression when you were a child?

 

The true history of farm women has not been written.  These past two centuries here in Mercer County, farm women worked hard.  They rose early.  Some women put wood in the fireplace, or in the stove. Some women fed the animals.  Some women milked cows.  And that was all before breakfast, which she then fixed for her family.  The early settlers often included women who worked at the spinning wheel and/or at the loom, to make their family’s clothes.  In the spring, women planted the gardens.  At the time of the fall harvest, the women not only canned the fruits and vegetables in the garden, they also worked in the fields.  Families with more daughters than sons, saw those daughters working in the fields and in the barn.  Women tended the chickens, gathered eggs, as well as made home-made noodles to with their chicken and noodle dishes for meals.   In addition to the house, the women helped with the farm animals, and anything else that needed to be accomplished.  She also raised her family, and often cared for her parents or husband’s parents. 

 

The list of farm women’s accomplishments is a long list.  May I ask that you retired farm women write the stories of your mothers and your grandmothers, and their everyday lives?  Your family would be the first readers of your stories.  Please help preserve the rural history of farm women, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, and share your stories with the Mercer County Historical Society.

 

You are welcome to visit the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic on the north side of the Coldwater Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and, 2015. Stop by and tell me your stories about the way of farm women in Mercer County.  If you do not preserve this history, it will be lost.  The Historical Society needs your help to preserve Mercer County’s rich rural heritage.

 

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

 

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

 Photo Caption:  New Idea’s 25th Anniversary Spreader No. 8 was being used in the field in the 1920’s.

 

The New Idea Company at Coldwater, Ohio, celebrated its 25th Anniversary (1899-1924), by planning and implementing the New Idea Manure Spreader Model 8.  The Company stamped its “Gold Seal Guarantee” on the back side of the front board of the spreader, below the seat.  The Company also provided the Gold Seal Guarantee Certificate to each new owner of this Model No. 8.  This Certificate was signed by B. C.  Oppenheim, President and General Sales Manager of the New Idea Spreader Company in 1924.

 

The celebration included the publication of the book, “A Little Journey through New Idea Land, Silver Anniversary 1899-1924.”  The book stated, “By 1924, Joseph Oppenheim’s idea had greatly expanded to meet the ever-increasing demand for farm machinery.  The Coldwater plant had been expanded to cover twenty acres of factory space.  The factory had been built without the aid of outside capital.  This plant was capable of turning out 125 new New Idea manure spreaders in an eight hour working day.  That means that a finished spreader was completed every three minutes!  The extremely popular Model 8 spreader was introduced in New Idea’s Silver Anniversary year.  It featured automotive type steering and an oscillating front truck which gave the machine great flexibility and easy to handle.”

 

In 1924, the following leading centers completed the New Idea plan of distribution from the Coldwater, Ohio Office:  Harrisburg, PA; Syracuse, NY; Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Madison, WI; Jackson, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NB; Kansas City, MO, and Moline, IL.

 

An original 1924 New Idea spreader, No. 8, will be on display at the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit hosted  by the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society, at the Coldwater Community Picnic, at the north side of the Coldwater Park, on August 1-2.  Come and see the Farm Equipment on display, and enjoy the fellowship of Coldwater’s Community Picnic with activities and programs for all ages.

 

 

 
July 14-15, 2015
 

Sherry Shaffer Named Volunteer of the Year

The Laurels of Shane Hill & Maplewood of Shane’s Village is proud to announce Sherry Shaffer as Volunteer of the Year.  Sherry has dedicated many hours to the residents at Maplewood of Shane’s Village since her retirement. Over the past year, she has organized numerous resident birthday parties as well as Christmas and New Years Eve parties!  Sherry helps with bingo, plays the piano and fills in for Bible study for St. John’s Lutheran Hopewell, just to name a few!  The residents at Maplewood of Shane’s Village enjoy visiting with Sherry and seeing her beautiful granddaughter Hadley too.  Thank you Sherry for everything you do!

 

Rockford Recreation Fall Sports Signup

The Rockford Recreation Association is currently accepting registration forms for the 2015 fall sports season. Registration and medical forms can be printed from www.rockfordrec.com or picked up at The Peoples Bank Co. in Rockford. Registration deadline for all fall programs is August 10th. 

The 2015 Fall Soccer League is open to boys and girls entering grades K-6. Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Shanes Park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey and a soccer ball. Each player is required to provide their own shin guards.

The 2015 Fall Flag Football League is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-6. Flag football games will be played on Monday evenings at Shanes park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey and a mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are required to participate at all practices and games.

Completed registration forms, medical forms, and registration fees can be dropped off at The Peoples Bank Co. in Rockford or mailed to Rockford Rec. - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882.

 

Here we go again ~ another wet weekend and start to the week; Rainfall measuring 4.8 reported in 48 hours and more to come. Sheriff Jeff Grey reminds drivers to use caution on wet roads and watch for standing water. Never drive or walk through water over roadways! 18 inches reported in June in the Mercer County Area.


Shanes Park Beautification Society Members Praised

Thank you to Marlene Roebuck, Karen Long, Julie Long, Donna Riley,
Clete and Irene Schmidt, Nancy Leighner and Joyce Emans for your
volunteer efforts at Shanes Park during the month of June.

The group cleaned up the flower beds, did some weeding and raked
up sticks.

If you are interested in joining the Shanes Park Beautification Society,
there is still time !   They meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each
month at 8 am.    

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING JULY 14, 2015 6:30 P.M. COMMUNITY ROOM - Agenda with Rules on Speaking

 

 

 

Wabash Invests Half Million in Upgrades

Celina, OH - Wabash Communications recently invested $500,000 in upgrades to its wireless network. New equipment has been installed throughout the serving area. The new radios will provide better coverage in areas that before were unreachable and allow for faster bandwidth options. This investment is part of an overall network wide upgrade. Wabash is very excited to have a solid network providing customers in rural areas with a reliable internet connection. Wabash currently covers all of Mercer County, southern Van Wert, western Auglaize, northern Darke and eastern Jay & Randolph Counties with wireless internet access. Wabash Communications is a subsidiary of Wabash Mutual Telephone, a nonprofit cooperative established in 1911.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Sign up for Calvary Preschool on July 23, 2015

Summer Sign up for Calvary Preschool fall session will be held on July 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parents may tour the facility and have questions answered during this session.  Classes are for ages 3 through prekindergarten.  Classes are filling quickly so the staff urges you to register soon to have your choice of days.  Currently the classes for three year-olds are on Tuesday and Thursday, with a possibility of an additional class on Monday and Friday.  Four year-old classes are currently scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while the Pre-K Plus (five year-olds) meets Monday through Thursday.  All classes are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the scheduled day.  Extended care is available beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Registration information is available on the Calvary Evangelical Church website under the preschool tab.  For additional information, call Marilyn Agler at 567-259-3103.

 

 

 

The Fremont Company Named July Business of the Month

Congratulations to The Fremont Company for being selected as the Rockford Chamber - July Business of the month.  

Sharp Canning was established in 1924 by A.L. Sharp.  In 1961 the company was purchased by
The Fremont Company.  The primary products are ketchup and BBQ sauce.  We specialize in
private label ketchup and also co-pack branded product.  In addition to the domestic market, we
ship to over 50 foreign countries.  In 1997,  we installed a state of the art process line.  This year,
we are starting a 3 year program to increase our capacity to meet the growing needs of our
customers.

Thank you, Fremont Company for supporting your local chamber.

Pictured above are Jim Gibson - Fremont Plant Manager, Marie Miller - Rockford Chamber President, Ken Pond - Assistant Plant Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celina Insurance Group Promotes Tyler Stover

Celina, Ohio/USA – (7/9/15) Celina Insurance Group, is pleased to announce that Tyler Stover has been promoted to Farm Director. Tyler will be responsible for the growth and profitability of Celina’s farm insurance program, which includes directing the underwriting, marketing, product management, and service functions.

He brings nine years of insurance experience to his new role and has a solid background in farm and personal lines underwriting, product development and agribusiness.

Tyler graduated with a business degree from Capital University. He has earned the following designations: AFIS (Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist), API (Associate in Personal Insurance), and is currently pursuing CPCU (Charter Property and Casualty Underwriter).

Tyler currently resides in Rockford, OH with his wife Kathryn, and their daughter Madelyn and son Jaxson.

Founded in 1914, Celina Insurance Group is comprised of four mutual property and casualty insurance companies. Celina underwrites auto, non-standard auto, farm, home, commercial auto and property insurance, as well as umbrella and casualty coverage in six Midwestern states. Celina Insurance Group is represented by some 500 independent agencies.

 

 Niece of Local Resident Graduates

Rosalind O'Steen of Huntsville, AL, graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL on May 2, 2015 with a Master's Degree in Accounting through the College of Business.

Rosalind received her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in 2013.

She is the daughter of Colleen (Wood) and Wally O'Steen of Huntsville, and the niece of Sheila Baltzell of Celina, OH and Holly Wood of Rehoboth, MA.

Colleen, Holly and Sheila all grew up in the Rockford area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Working to Keep Avian Influenza Out of Ohio

 

Ohio’s $2.3 billion poultry industry relies on the health of the animals. As the second largest producer of eggs in the country, and home to over 40 million chickens and turkeys, Ohio needs to do its best to protect these crucial assets to our poultry industry. Avian influenza presents a serious threat to our agricultural sector, and we must go to every extent possible to protect agriculture in Ohio.

 

Several years ago, the “bird flu” became a serious concern to Americans, but this current strain poses no threat to humans. However, HPAI (avian influenza) is extremely contagious and spread by wild, migrating birds to domestic birds.  In particular geese are known for spreading the disease, this is a major threat in western Ohio where they are abundant.

 

The Governor and Director Daniels of the Ohio Department of Agriculture have been strong leaders in taking steps to fight the spread of this disease. So far Ohio is virus-free, something to be very thankful for, but other poultry-producing states are being affected negatively. To prevent its spread to Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has canceled all live bird exhibitions this year. In a release that they sent out, State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey explained that the co-mingling of birds at these events presents a high risk of spreading the disease through direct contact. 

 

While I know it will be hard for 4-Hers around the state, I hope that they can learn from this experience. If the disease comes to Ohio, it won’t just be turkey and chicken farmers that feel the impact. Processing plants like the Cooper plant, cracking plants in Western Ohio and other producers of poultry will all experience hardship. I commend the Governor and Director Daniels for taking steps to keep our birds healthy.

I consider keeping this disease out of Ohio to be extremely important to our state. The effects would be felt by our farmers, at the grocery store and at restaurants, to name a few. I will continue to monitor the situation and provide support to our farmers across the state.

Please provide your opinion on the issues in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyjuly2015.

 

 

Pre-Business Planning Seminar Coming to Rockford, OH

Pre-Business Planning Seminar In Rockford, OH
**Cost: $35.00 per business**
What you will learn: • Legal business structures • Record-keeping • Tax information • Employee information
What you will get: • Packet containing the above information • Business Plan Questionnaire • Cash Flow Projection Worksheet • Free future business counseling services

To register, contact Caitlin Jones by email: jones.5564@osu.edu or by phone: 419-238-2999.
Sponsors: Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center, Rockford Area Development Corporation, Village of Rockford, Van Wert City Economic Development Office

Thursday, July 16 6-8 pm @ the Rockford Community Building located at Shanes Park. Use the 420 Holly Drive entrance.

 

 

 

4K Tire Joins Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

4 K Tire has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  4-K Tire
is your hometown, full-service tire dealer that specializes in tire sales,
service, and repair.  They service anything that runs on rubber, including
tractors, semi's, spreaders, wagons, and more.  4K Tire is located at
1460 E. Wayne Street in Celina.  Phone #567-510-5191.  For more information,
visit their website http://www.4ktire.com.

 


Important Crop Insurance Deadline Nears
Farmers Need to Provide Acreage Report by July 15; Know Prevented Planting Options  

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 10, 2015 – The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds farmers that crop insurance acreage reports are due July 15, 2015, for their 2015 spring-planted crops. Farmers should report their planted acreage to their agent on crops covered under the federal crop insurance program.  Crop insurance provides protection against crop production losses due to natural perils such as drought, hail, and excessive moisture.

Heavy rainfall and flood conditions have slowed or stopped planting in many areas, preventing farmers from planting a crop by the final planting date identified in their crop insurance policies. Final planting dates and late planting periods vary by crop and by area. Prevented planting coverage is provided for most crops, and generally includes a late planting period, providing options for farmers who are unable to plant. Producers are required to provide a notice that they were prevented from planting an insured crop within 72 hours after the final planting date. 

“The most important thing you can do if you are unable to plant the crop by the final planting date is contact your crop insurance agent to review your policy and options before you make a decision,” said RMA Springfield Regional Office Director, Brian Frieden.

More information is available in the OnlineFinal planting dates and other county-specific information can be found in specific crop fact sheets on the RMA Regional Office webpage.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.

Ohio’s Wet Summer Leading to Rise in Mosquitoes; ODH Urges Precautions to Prevent Mosquito-borne Diseases Mosquitoes in 5 local health districts have tested positive for West Nile virus COLUMBUS – Ohio is experiencing a rise in mosquitoes this summer due to heavy rains. Mosquito pools from five local health jurisdictions across the state have tested positive thus far for the West Nile virus (WNV): Columbus (1), Franklin County (1), Richland County (1), Summit County (3), and Licking County (2). To date, no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported 2014, Ohio had 11 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in people. The primary way people get the West Nile virus is when someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected with WNV will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). Rains have caused standing water in many areas of Ohio, and mosquitoes breed and multiply in such water. Floodwater species such as Aedes vexans can become extremely abundant under such conditions. “These positive tests in mosquitoes for West Nile virus are a good reminder that arbovirus season is underway and individuals should take precautions – use insect repellents, limit exposure when mosquitoes are active, and remove breeding sources – to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said ODH Medical Director Mary DiOrio, M.D. “There is more mosquito activity now than we’ve seen at this time of year for several years – but still much lower than in our WNV outbreak years of 2002 and 2012.” Here are some tips to avoid possible infection from mosquito bites: o Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present and follow label instructions. o Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing. o Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Here are some tips to help reduce mosquito breeding around your home: o Remove temporary pools of water around your house and yard. Include clearing debris from ditches, cutting small channels to help pooling water drain, or filling in holes and tire ruts with dirt. o Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used. o Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths. Learn more about mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus on the ODH website at; www.odh.ohio.gov/wnv.

 

 

 

Federated Insurance Joins Celina Mercer County Chamber

Cody Muhlenkamp, Marketing Representative for Federated Insurance has joined
the
Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  Federated Insurance sells
industry specific
business insurance.  They offer group health, life and disability, estate
planning and 
business succession planning.   Cody can be contacted by calling
937-286-9185 or email
cdmuhlenkamp@fedins.com.

 

 

 

Van Wert Chamber Sponsoring Popular Golf Classic

Registrations close TODAY, for our 2015 Chamber Golf Classic coming up next Wednesday, July 15th at Hickory Sticks Golf Club. From the 1st tee to the “19thHole,” the Chamber Golf Classic is always a great afternoon on the course with colleagues! Last year was a sell-out so register today HERE or contact the Chamber! Here are additional details:

11:30 am Registration & Lunch   12:30 pm Shotgun Start

$75 per player (Chamber member)   $85 (non-member)

$400: ACE Sponsorship - includes Team of 4 and Hole Signage

$500: 19th Hole Sponsorship – includes Team of 4, Hole Signage AND Signage on every Golf Cart

 

Includes: greens fees, cart, range balls, golfer gift bag, lunch, longest drive & closest to the pin contest, 1 drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres, awards ceremony, and prizes!

NEW this year-  Texas Tee and Casino Holes!

 Contact the Chamber to register or REGISTER HERE!

 

 

 

Village of Ohio City Promotes Entertainment

Recently the  Village of Ohio City’s “Arts in the Park” featured Jim and Bob Delgado. The duo performed at Memory Park in Ohio City on Main Street.

 

These two brothers have been playing in area band since the mid seventies, along with side projects that include forming a mariachi band, Civil War reenactments musicians, an old time traditional music trio, and many other projects though out the decades. They entertained with a collection of American Folk music mixed with crowd favorites. 

 

Remember an additional concert for the month of July: Ryan Fox and Friends on July 23rd, featuring Buckeye Drive and Three on the Tree.

 

“Arts in the Park” is a summer music series that takes place on the second Friday of every month in the summer in Ohio City. It is always free and chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcomed. For more information visit us on Facebook or the village website: villageofohiocity.org

 

 

 
July 13, 2015
 

Parkway Football Camp Starts July 28th
The Parkway youth football season will be starting on Tuesday night July 28th. We will have a three day camp Tuesday the 28th, Wednesday the 29th and Thursday the 30th of July from 6:00-8:00pm at Shane's Park in Rockford. In front of community building. This will be the time to sign-up and register. The cost this year will be $35 and includes two mouth pieces. This is open to any Parkway student entering 3rd thru 6th grades. Conditioning will begin on Monday August 3rd through Thursday August 6th also at the park. Physical will need to be done by August 6th. Any question please call John Shaffer @ 419-733-6375 or Tim Metz @ 419-733-6922.

 

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

 

The Stateline Writer's Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library, 303 N Main St. Celina, Ohio, on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The writing assignment is to write a piece about a compliment that was given to you, one you wish you had given, or one that was given to you in a backhanded way. The public is invited to attend.

 

 

OFF STAGE PRODUCTIONS to hold auditions for
“MURDER INN” Aug 2nd and 4th

 

Off Stage Productions, a community theatre company providing quality and affordable dinner theatre, proudly announces open auditions for its Fall production "Murder Inn", written by Howard Voland & Keith McGregor.  This comedy/murder mystery will be directed by Dan Bulau.

 

OPEN AUDITIONS are set for Sunday, Aug 2nd and Tuesday, Aug 4th at 7 PM at the Van Wert Senior Center located at 220 Fox Road, Van Wert. We will be looking to cast 12 (4 men, 8 women) of various ages. No prior acting experience necessary to audition.  Scripts are available for review before auditions at Premier Financial, 211 S. Walnut Street, Van Wert. Call 419-605-6708 for more information.

Performance dates will be October 24,25,30,31 and November 1, 6 & 7.

 

 

Grand Lake Patriots Announce July Program and Speaker

Guest Speaker: Former State Representative John Adams, a contender for State Senate

Date & Time:  Thursday, July 16  @ 7 PM

Location:  Lefeld Community Building, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina

The Grand Lake Patriots invite members and the public to hear former Ohio Representative and candidate for Ohio State Senate, John Adams, speak locally. Rep. Adams will be in Celina on Thursday, July 16, at the GLPs’ regular monthly meeting.

Adams will be a Republican contender next year for the 12th District Ohio Senate seat, currently held by Ohio Senator Keith Faber who will be term limited in 2016. This is a chance to hear Adams’ position on the vital issues facing our state and our country today.  

Adams is a stalwart conservative who represented his 85th District constituency in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2007-2014 and held the position of Majority Whip. According to Toledo’s The Blade newspaper, Adams “was a major force behind often controversial but, so far, unsuccessful efforts to eliminate Ohio’s income tax, ban an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, and repeal the Common Core standards for K-12 education.”

Adams, 50 and from Sidney, Ohio, is a former Navy SEAL and a business owner. He and his wife Tara are the parents of seven children.

If time allows, a  Q & A period will follow John Adams’ talk.  

The Grand Lake Patriots do not endorse or oppose candidates. The group meets to discuss issues that affect our community and our country; also, to provide opportunities for members and the public to obtain information regarding candidates and issues.

The Patriots meet in the Lefeld Community Building, which provides handicapped accessible venue for presentations. For further information about the Grand Lake Patriots’ July 16 program in Celina, phone 419-733-3880.

 

Van Wert County Hospital Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

Join Other Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program Participants in Learning How to Make Healthy Changes in Van Wert

Van Wert Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program.  Van Wert County Hospital is excited to offer this lifestyle change intervention. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

“One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Anne Dunn, Wellness Program Coordinator & Lifestyle Coach. “The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program groups meet once a week for 12 weeks, then once a month for 9 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.  Each session is led by trained lifestyle coaches.

The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program is based on research that showed that people with pre-diabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Nationwide implementation of the program could save the U.S. health care system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Cindy Cook, Education Coordinator and Lifestyle Coach.  “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program participants make lasting changes together.”

People are more likely to have pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

·  Are 45 years of age or older;

·  Are overweight;

·  Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;

·  Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or

·  Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

Van Wert County Hospital will be offering two sessions starting July 15th on Wednesdays at 5:15 pm and Thursdays at 9:30 am, both at the Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center. The cost of the program is $299 and includes a pedometer, Calorie King booklet, tracking booklets, participant booklets, support and encouragement toward your health related goals. To learn more about Van Wert County Hospital’s program, call Anne Dunn at (419) 238 – 2390.

The Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) Program being offered by Van Wert County Hospital is a comprehensive lifestyle behavior change program adapted directly from the successful lifestyle intervention used in the National Institutes of Health funded Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

 

 

 

 
July 1-12, 2015
 

Concert In The Park

On Friday July 10th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  An all-new program of music has been prepared to perform at this concert.  Music to be featured will include premiers of music arranged and composed by two of our own members.  Scott Turner, a music education major at The Ohio State University has arranged a medley of popular praise and worship songs. Pastor Chip Steffey has arranged a variation of two familiar hymns titled “Our Song Shall Rise”. He has also written a civil war era selection that depicts a battle fought in Ohio during this war titled, “Bluffington Island”. Long time Van Wert area musician Glenn Poling will be featured on a guitar solo “Invitation”. Glen started play in 1933 after he received his first guitar. He is a veteran of WWII having severed in the Navy. Glen continues to make music in our local area, and Florida. Music from the 70’s and 80’s, a Saxophone section feature and selections from the movie “The Patriot” written by John Williams will also be a part of the program.

A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville and Rockford for this special concert.   In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information

 

Rockford Belle to Feature Jerry Garcia on July 11 and a 
Concert in the Park with Bean Bake on July 12

Two separate concert events have been planned by the Rockford Belle, of Rockford, OH for Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. 

Award Winning Southern Gospel Recording Artist Jerry Garcia will make a special appearance at the Rockford Belle entertainment venue located at 135 Market Street, on Saturday, July 11 at 7 PM with doors open at 6 PM. For 30 years, Jerry Garcia has been delivering the Gospel message in song across America and abroad through his spiritually uplifting musical ministry. Respected by his peers and industry leaders alike, Jerry Garcia is recognized as one of the premiere soloist’s in gospel music. Jerry Garcia sings songs that raise people’s spirits, bring smiles to faces, and make great memories! Opening for the event is Olga Kipp, who is originally from the Convoy area and now lives in Defiance, Ohio. Olga sings and ministers God’s Word, using her voice to testify of his love to those with hurting hearts and to those seeking to find peace through Jesus Christ in a chaotic world- in churches, nursing homes, and gospel sings. She is involved with the worship team at Family Christian Center. A free-will offering will be accepted.

On Sunday, July 12 from 11:30am to 5pm the public is invited to attend the 5th annual Concert in the Park and Bean Bake located at Shanes Park, Rockford.  The event will feature local performers and bands from the Midwest – Triad, Jerry Garcia, Randy Long, The Jubilees, and Jess King & Country Gospel. Music styles represent a range of genres including pop, blues, folk, gospel, and country music.  Former longtime radio show host Jim Highley, will emcee. A love offering will be accepted with proceeds collected and turned back over to the performers. 

A food stand with available food items for purchase will be provided by the youth of New Horizons Community Church; enjoy the tastiest beans supplied by the Willow Restaurant in Celina, OH. Shanes Park is 100% handicap accessible. Bring a lawn chair, relax and enjoy the day with us at the park! 

Each event planned for July 11 and July 12 will be filled amazing music and pure inspiration! For more information call Nancy Ritz at 567-259-9211.

 

 

Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 9, 2015

4:30-7pm

St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Twp.

9009 St. Rt. 118, Celina, OH

(Corner of St. Rt. 118 & Oregon Rd.)

Serving homemade ice cream, pies, cakes and sandwiches

 

 

BROWN TO VISIT VAN WERT ON THURSDAY TO HIGHLIGHT JOB TRAINING PARTNERSHIP AT BLUE CREEK WIND FARM

Blue Creek Wind Farm Works with Vantage Career Center to Help Tailor Curriculum so Workers are Prepared for Jobs in Wind Energy Sector

 

Brown Wrote Law that Promotes Sector-Based Partnerships to Ensure Workforce Training Programs are Developed with Industry Input and Tailored to Meet Companies’ Workforce Needs

 

VAN WERT, OH – During a visit to Van Wert on Thursday at 1:30 PM, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will highlight a local effort to prepare workers for jobs in high-growth industries. During a tour of the Blue Creek Wind Farm, Brown will meet with workers and community leaders, including Blue Creek Plant Manager Neil Voje and Pete Pritchard, Adult Workforce Education Director at Vantage Career Center. Blue Creek Wind Farm has a long partnership with Vantage Career Center to help tailor curriculum so students will be prepared for jobs in the wind industry.

 

Vantage and Blue Creek’s partnership mirrors a model Brown has championed that promotes sector-based partnerships to ensure that workforce training programs are developed with industry input and tailored to meet companies’ workforce needs.

 

Jeff and Cathy Thomas, owners and operators of Lincoln Ridge Farms who have a lease with Blue Creek Wind Farm, will also attend Thursday’s visit. The wind farm pays approximately $2 million in annual lease payments to local landowners – like the Thomas’ – and $2.7 million in annual payments to go to local school districts and municipalities.

 

Owned by Iberdola Renewables and operating since June 2012, Blue Creek Wind Farm has 115 turbines in Van Wert County and 37 turbines in Paulding County. During the construction phase of the project, the farm created more than 500 construction jobs, generated $25 million in local spending, and created work for more than 30 Ohio companies that contributed parts or labor.

 

 
 

4-H Clever Clovers Meeting #9

Written by Ali Gemmer

At Grace Bible Church from 4:00-5:00pm on June 29th, 4-H Clever Clovers had their ninth meeting.  The members split off into groups according to their 4-H books and finished up demonstrations.  Then Erin Richardson called the meeting to order.   A piece of paper was passed around for attendance and Catherine Kopack led the 4-H pledge.  Gabbie Perkins gave a Health and Safety Report that compared the health of two foods and Erin Gemmer gave a Treasurer’s Report.   Members were reminded that judging is on June 21st and registration can be done online.  The club was also reminded that 4-H Camp Palmer is next week and answered any questions.  The next meeting will be on July 20th at the usual location from 4:00-5:00pm.

 

 
 

Congratulations to Loren for a Great Job Representing Our Community
Rockford’s Loren Stukey did a great job at the Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen Pageant in Mansfield recently although she did not place at the state contest.  She is preparing now to  compete in the Celina Lake Festival and continues her reign as Miss Oxford's Outstanding Teen.  She will be in Oxford this week to participate in their parade on Thursday July 2.

 

 

John Yoder of Edward Jones

John Yoder of Edward Jones in Coldwater has joined the Celina Mercer County
Chamber of Commerce.  Edward Jones is a premier investment firm and 
John's office is  located at 106 S. Second Street in Coldwater.  For all
your investment
needs, call 419 678-3252 or email john.yoder@edwardjones.com.
For Chamber information visit www.celinamercer.com.

 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center’s Offers Workshops for Business Owners/Workforce

 

Business Consulting          Customized Workforce Training   Advanced Manufacturing Training

Celina, Ohio – Did you know that the Business Enterprise Center (BEC) has helped thousands of new business start-ups since 1985? Today free business consultation services are still offered to new and existing businesses throughout our area due to a number of local banks, economic development agencies, community foundations, and counties donations which help offset costs.

 

Non-Credit Class Offerings for June 2015 at WSU-Lake Campus

 

EXCEL FOR BUSINESS

Microsoft Excel is widely recognized as the best spreadsheet software application for businesses. In this series of classes, you will learn how to create a spreadsheet, input necessary data, create charges and reports, and learn how to use Excel formulas in basic to complex computations. Join Carla as she delves into the world of references, charts, and functions! Certificates of completion will be printed for all participants completing the total 12-hour workshop (both sessions).

Class Dates: Basic to Intermediate: July 20 & 22, 2015; Time: 5 to 8 p.m.; {6 hours}

                     Intermediate to Advanced: July 27 & 29, 2015; Time 5 to 8 pm.; {6 hours}

Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Room: 196 Dwyer Hall, Wright State University-Lake Campus

Cost: $65 p/person for each set of workshops ~or~ $125 p/person for all four classes!

PERFORMANCE COACHING

Discover how to be an effective performance coach to the employees you supervise. Your own work atmosphere will perform better if each member of the group is coached appropriately. This class will teach you to ask the questions which causes a new thinking processes, understand others weaknesses and strengths and generate new possibilities. Learn to truly listen and support vital work relationships and create a sustainable work structure. Anyone wishing to improve their professional relationships are welcome.

Class Date: August 5, 2015; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. {3 hours}; Instructor Carla Hirschfeld;

Room: 177 Dwyer Hall: Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost $45 p/person

STARTING RIGHT

Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for new entrepreneurs. Get current information to decide if business ownership is right for you and let us assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After the class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most financial issues pertaining to your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc.—as well as assistance with the business plan, marketing/advertising, demographics, and HR issues. SUMMER STARTING RIGHT SCHEDULE! Seminars scheduled on Thursday, July 16 OR August 20; Class time is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 126 Trenary Hall at Wright State University-Lake Campus. Cost is $35 p/business.

We recommend all new business owners attend this class.

To register for any classes or to get information about the BEC programs, call the Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center at (419) 586-0355 or by emailing Rachel.stoker@wright.edu.

 

 
 

 
June 30, 2015
 

 

Taste of Celina Tickets on Sale for July 10th

FOR A LIMITED TIME, BUY 20 FOOD TICKETS AND GET 1 FOOD 
TICKET FREE!

Food tickets on sale that evening but not at promotional rate. Don't wait in line.  Get your tickets early at the Mercer - Celina Chamber of Commerce office in Celina

 

 

The Village of Rockford will hold the 2016 Budget hearing
on July 7th at 7:15 pm at the Village Hall.

 
 
 

 
June 29, 2015
 

 
 

4th Annual FUN Challenge Rescheduled for July 11

Join us at 10:00 am Saturday July 11th at Shanes Park in Rockford, Ohio for the 4th Annual Rockford FUN Challenge. The Rockford Fun Challenge is a race in which two-person teams compete in Challenges as they race from location to location in the Rockford area.  This exciting and fast-paced race combines a variety of mental and physical challenges. Teams must complete the required number of challenges and the activities must be approved by each station’s “judge”. Last year, participants were tasked with ringing out grocery items to get a specific total, giving their partner a quick foot massage, throwing darts, reading nursery rhymes and dizzy bat (just to name a few.)

 

This year there will be two age groups as well as the golf cart division. It is encouraged to decorate your golf cart and come up with a creative team name.  Have FUN with it! Grand prizes will be awarded to the first finisher in each division.  Additional prizes will also be given away.

 

Walk, run, crawl or skip as you carefully move throughout the Rockford area. More information on the event and registration forms are available at the village hall and on www.RockfordAlive.com. Questions: Contact Twyla Hayes or Marie Miller (419) 363-2817 or Leah Hays (419) 363-2620.

 http://www.rockfordalive.com/4th-annual-fun-challenge-is-back/

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 26-28, 2015
 

 
 

Here we go again ~ another wet weekend; Rainfall measuring 3.1 reported in 48 hours and more to come. Sheriff Jeff Grey reminds drivers to use caution on wet roads and watch for standing water. Never drive or walk through water over roadways!

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

15 students successfully complete Mercer Health’s Babysitting Training Program in December

 

Fifteen students successfully completed Mercer Health’s babysitter training program on June 2nd and 3rd.  According to Betsy Schoenleben, R.N., Education Coordinator at Mercer Health, the students were trained in proper supervision, basic caregiving skills, and how to respond to an ill or injured child.   The students participated in check-offs such as diapering, bottlefeeding, and handwashing.    As part of the class, the Coldwater Fire Department and the Coldwater Department, and Mercer County Central Dispatch spoke to the students.   Students were required to pass a written test to receive certification. Students also viewed a CPR/First Aid video made possible by a donation from the Mercer County Civic Foundation.

           

Students completing the training include:

 

Elizabeth Alig

Ashlyn Bohman

Nick Brockman

Jordan Hemmelgarn

Braden Klosterman

Rece Mescher

Alyssa Meyer

Dylan Meyer

Allison Miller

Abigail Quinter

Allison Quinter

Julia Rinderle

Renee Rindler

Lauren Schmitz

Kortney Stachler

 

Schoenleben  says, “We feel we have provided these students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely care for children.  However, Mercer Health cannot assume liability concerning the responsibility of these graduates while they are caring for the children of others.”

 

For more information about Education Services provided by Mercer Health, contact Schoenleben at 419-678-5119.

Photo of the students from Mercer Health’s Babysitting Training Program on June 2nd and 3rd.

 

 

 

 
June 25, 2015
 

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

Photo Caption:  Prehistoric Indian Artifact Collectors Doug Chandler (standing), Shaun Place (to his right), and Jon Anspaugh studying the artifacts at Mercer Co. Historical Museum’s Artifact Exhibit. 

On Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00, June 28, the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors will be showing their individual collections for the 35th Annual Artifacts Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina. 

Every year, the Collectors not only bring their latest finds and/or acquisitions of artifacts to show, but also bring some of their favorite artifacts to exhibit.  Every year, we have guests who have attended this exhibit for most of the exhibits these past 34 years.  We also have new guests each year.

The most asked question at this exhibit, is from people who bring the artifacts they have at home, who ask for information about their artifacts.  They ask the Collectors to identify their artifacts, as well as to ask when the artifacts were used, and how they were used. . . and what is the value of an individual artifact!   (To share with you, some people will say an artifact is worth what someone will pay for it, at an auction.) 

 

I will make some suggestions to those of you who have artifacts at home, about what to bring.  First, everyone recognizes Ohio’s Stone Tools.  People have found stone axes on their farms; they include three-quarter grooved axes and half grooved axes, and some miniature axes.   Grooved hammerstones also reflect the fine workmanship on these useful tools.  The stone bowls with conical pestles may have been used in grinding corn.  Roller Pestles and other stone tools were used in the preparation of food.  Various stone celts were used as tools.  Stone tools may be between 1000 and 9000 years in age.

 

Among my favorite artifacts are the Ohio Slate artifacts, which are works of art, as well as having been used as tools and/or ornaments.  The identification of slate tools relate to their shapes, e.g. crescents, bannerstones, gorgets, boatstones, amulets, pendants, geniculates, ovates, picks, bars, plummets, etc.

My favorite flint artifacts are the ones made with the flint from Flint Ridge, Ohio.  The colors cannot be matched by artists; the flintstone is so beautiful.  Many people often identify these artifacts as arrowheads and/or points.  The Collectors have a detailed series of identification names for these artifacts.  They speak of fluted points, unfluted points, bifurcated points, lanceolates, blades, knives, scrapers, dovetails, drills, notched triangular, flint axes and gun flints. . . and many more.

Come to this Prehistoric Artifact and see the stone, slate, and/or flint pieces which the Collectors have on exhibit.  Ask them questions and learn about this fascinating educational hobby.  Bring your own artifacts and compare what you have, with what is on exhibit.  The Collectors love to see what others have found.

The Mercer County Historical Society believes in preserving Mercer County’s heritage, as well as educating the public about that heritage.  This is the 35th year the Society has held this popular Prehistoric Artifact Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum.    Do you recognize the value of the Mercer County Historical Society and its contribution to Mercer County’s cultural heritage?  The Society Membership is open to everyone; you are invited to join this Society which preserves your heritage.  Dues are your choice.  Equally so, the Mercer County Indian Artifact Collectors are also a valued institution in Western Ohio, in preserving the prehistoric Indian Heritage of Western Ohio.  Ask them about their Membership, also.

 

 

11th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk

11th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K run/walk starts at 8:30am on Saturday July 18, 2015.  The race starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 W. Front Street, Rockford, Ohio, and is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge countywide running series.

Race day registration and check in is 7:30-8:30 A.M. at the shelter house at Shane’s Park, with a $15.00 race only registration fee. A limited quantity of shirts will be for sale on race day.

For more information or a printable registration form, Click Here.
Or visit www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com.

Mail completed entry form and check to Steve Fisher, 3953 Purdy Rd., Rockford, OH. 45882. For additional information call: Steve Fisher, 419-308-2080 or email: sfisher@jtdmh.org.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tees Off to Mentor Youth by Hosting Golf for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host its 20th Annual Golf for Kids’ Sake Event on Friday, July 24, 2015 at the Mercer County Elks Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the eleven youth mentoring programs offered to children facing adversity in Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties. 

The day starts with registration and a sacked lunch, donated by McKirnan Brothers, beginning at 11:00 am and a shotgun start at 12:00 pm.  During the event you will have the opportunity to purchase 50/50 tickets, raffle tickets, mulligans, and more.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to win $10,000, thanks to Grand Lake Eye Care for sponsoring our Hole-in-One Prizes again this year. After a round of 18 holes of golf with three of your closest friends and co-works, you can enjoy a delicious catered dinner and an awards ceremony. The cost to join the festivities is $300 per foursome (space is limited). If you are unable to make the event, your company can be a Hole Sponsor for $150 or a Cart Sponsor for $50. For more sponsorship information, contact our office or check out our website.

This event is sponsored by the following: Eagle Sponsor - Katterhenry Investment Group; Birdie Sponsor – The Marsh Foundation, Precision Strip Inc., and Thieman Tailgates; and Par Sponsor – Schwieterman Custom Body, LCS, Inc., and Jim Christman-Plus One Professionals. For more information or to register your team contact Big Brothers Big Sisters by phone at 419-584-2447 or e-mail at abalster@bbbsma.com. We are always looking for volunteers to mentor the 30 youth on our waiting list.

 

 

Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center in Van Wert
Receives Program Accreditation

Van Wert, OH - June 12 2015 - Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center in Van Wert recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, AASM president. “Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”                     

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.  These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance.  Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977.  Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

The Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is Javier F. Pere, MD.  The center is accredited to treat a wide variety of sleep disorders and disturbances including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias, periodic limb movement, shift work disorder, and more.  Call us today to learn more about how we can help you get a better night of sleep, every night: 419-232-5281

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

 

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

Photo Caption:  An aerial view of the New Idea Company Plant, between 1940 and 1945.  Note the name of NEW IDEA, INC. COLDWATER, OHIO  & the Arrow Pointing North, on the building roof.

There was a valid Military reason that the name of the NEW IDEA, INC.  COLDWATER, OHIO and an arrow pointing north, was painted on the roof of the New Idea building, during World War II.

During World War II, an airport was established southwest of Coldwater, Ohio, as a Federal Emergency Landing Field.  This airport was located on the west side of Burkettsville-St. Henry Road, north of Menchhofer Road and south of Buschor Road.  The Field was completed by the M.R. Tomason Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama.  It contained 102 acres, with L-Shaped Runways.  The east-west runway was 3340 feet and the north-south runway was 3100 feet in length.  The angle glide approaches at the ends of the runways were each 1000 feet long, making both sweeps a mile in length.  The average width of the runways was 600 feet.  The Emergency Airport was closed after the War, but the Beacon lasted until the 1950’s. 

Just prior to World War II, on December 18, 1939, this airport was officially opened for emergency use only.  The red flags, indicating hazardous spots were finally removed during July 1940.  At the September 1941 Dedication of the Airport, the Field Caretaker reported that fifty-one pilots registered their planes when landing, as well as many landings at night which were not registered.  Miss Virginia James, Coldwater’s first and only licensed aviatrix in September 1941, took part in the Dedication Ceremonies.  Over fifty airplanes including the twenty-eight from the Fort Wayne Aero Flying Club were present.  One hundred and fifty flyers were greeted by the Lion’s Club. 

Roger Myers, curator at the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, and former Coldwater citizen shared a copy of a photograph of a DC-3 taking off from the airport on Dedication Day in 1940, with the Mercer County Historical Society.

Lakefield Airport, east of Coldwater, east of Rt. 127, on Rt. 219, was opened as a private airport by Perry Noll in 1945.  Former Coldwater Resident Leonard Belsher served as a gunner on a Navy Torpedo Bomber in World War II, and later worked at Lakefield Airport and preserved the history of that Airport, and the old Airport on Burkettsville-Saint Henry Road.  Mr. Belsher passed on this story:  The reason NEW IDEA INC. COLDWATER, OHIO & the arrow pointing North was on the roof of the New Idea building, was to guide Pilots as they flew between Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton during War time. 

Note the open fields which preceded the growth of Coldwater.  The New Idea Company’s employees moved to Coldwater, as well as nearby communities.  Note the influence of New Idea upon Coldwater, Ohio.  This photograph and this story are taken from the book, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982, Coldwater, Ohio,” which can be found at the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit at the Coldwater Park, during the Coldwater Community Picnic, August 1-2, 2015.

 [The Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig, may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, OH 45883,  or histalig@bright.net or 419-678-2614.]

 

 
 

2015 Payne 8 & Under Boys Baseball Coach Pitch Tournament

2015 Payne 8 & Under Boys Baseball Coach Pitch Tournament as well as the 8 & Under Girls Softball Coach-Pitch Tournament

Both tournaments will be held starting Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, at the Payne (Ohio) Community Park and School Fields. We will work with teams who are finishing up at other tournaments on July 10. $150 per team.

These tournaments have included teams from both Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio in the past and we expect for them to fill quickly again this year.

To register for a spot or inquire for more information, please contact Kevin Wannemacher at (419) 399-7243 or wannie8@frontier.com. Spots are reserved when payment is made.

 

Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT) Makes Arrest
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale, and Coldwater Police Chief Jason Miller report the Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT) made an arrest of 31 year old Jennifer Hoelscher, of  1320 West Market Street, Celina, Ohio.  

On June 23, 2015 at approximately 1:30 PM officers working HIT observed  Hoelscher walking in the 400 block of West Warren Street in Celina. Officers made contact with her at 413 West Warren Street where she was arrested on an outstanding warrant that had been issued to Celina PD for receiving stolen property. 

Hoelscher was found to have in her possession 8 syringes, and 4 capsules of suspected Fentanyl.  Hoelscher was transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is currently being held on bond.   

HIT is a collaborate effort between the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office , Celina Police Department, and Coldwater Police Department, aimed to combat the drug problems in Mercer County. 

 

Phil Dirt & the Dozers Set to Perform at Concert of Caring Fundraiser

Get ready to experience an amazing performance by America’s most popular vintage rock and roll show – Phil Dirt & the Dozers.  This incredible band will be the headliner for the second annual “Concert of Caring,” a fundraiser for Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Northern Counties Office. The event will be held at the BMI Speedway and Concert Venue at 791 East Main Street in Versailles on Saturday evening, September 19.

Phil Dirt & the Dozers will help you recapture those wonderful days when poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and the corner drug store were all a part of everyday life.  With their musical talent, high energy, and contagious sense of humor, Phil Dirt & the Dozers will transport you to another time and place – namely the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s of Rock of Roll!  Imagine hearing The Four Seasons with the original falsetto vocals intact … or the hauntingly beautiful Righteous Bothers’ Unchained Melody.  Party on the beach with The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, and experience the pulse of the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, the Eagles, and more.  The nostalgic show encompasses three decades of great music … and is performed live with a sophisticated yet light-hearted approach that creates an atmosphere all ages can enjoy.

Ticketholders for this dressy-casual event will enjoy a fantastic night of music and dancing held in a unique concert venue, a light supper buffet, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, a cash bar, and the opportunity to bid on a variety of fabulous silent auction items donated by area businesses and individuals. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Phil Dirt & the Dozers will take the stage from 8 to 11 p.m.

Coordinated largely by volunteers who live in the agency’s northern service area, this event is a fundraiser to support services for children and families in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami and Shelby Counties. Services include early childhood intervention programs in area child care centers, long-term care coordination services for seniors, and mental health and pregnancy counseling.

Tickets for the Concert of Caring are $50 per person.  Anyone registered by September 1 is guaranteed table seating.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available and sponsors will enjoy VIP, Premier, or Reserved table seating, signage, and program recognition. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.cssmv.org/events.

For more information or to donate an item for the silent auction, contact Elaine Schweller-Snyder at (800) 521-6419 ext. 1141 or  snydere@cssmv.org.

 

 

4-H Clever Clovers Meeting #8

Written by Ali Gemmer

Before Clever Clovers 4-H club had their eighth meeting, they participated in a service project as a change of the original plan. The service project took place at the YWCA on June 15th from 9:00-10:30am. Members moved rocks and soil to give space for planting around the House and the front of the YWCA. After the club planted, they moved onto putting down mulch. When they finished, adults took 4-H members to Grace Bible Church by carpool for a normal business meeting.  From 10:30-11:30am, refreshments were served and the club watched a video over Cooper Farms for their livestock Agricultural Activity. After the club discussed what happened in the video, Erin Richardson called the meeting to order and Lainey Werts led the 4-H pledge. Roll Call was taken by calling names and members were reminded to keep working on their projects before Judging on July 21st. The meeting ended with the club dividing into small groups according to their 4-H project. The next meeting will be on June 29th from 3:00-4:00pm at the usual location.

 

 

 

 
June 23-24, 2015
 

 
Snyder and Owens Engagement Announced
Seth Owens and Kylie Snyder , son of Terry and Kim Owens of Van Wert and daughter of Steve and Diane Snider of Mendon, are engaged and planning a June 27th wedding at Trinity Friends Church. She is a 2013 Parkway Graduate and a 2015 University of Northwestern Graduate. He is a 2005 Lincolnview Graduate and a 2014 Ohio State University Graduate.

 

 

Local Man and Wife Build a Mini Replica of the Rockford Depot

The Cincinnati / Northern Railroad was built in Rockford in 1894.   In 1938 the passenger service was discontinued and then was used strictly for freight.  The Rockford Railroad Depot was located behind the library.  The depot was torn down in the 1980’s.

Shanes Crossing Historical Society member Steve Thompson with help from his wife Marcia, recently built a mini replica of the Rockford Depot.  This project took 3 weeks to complete.  He used 2 pictures and his memory to build the replica.  Growing up, Steve lived several blocks from the rail and spent a lot of time watching rail cars come and go.  

 

Pictured is Steve Thompson with the mini replica.  He has donated this project to the Shanes Crossing Historical Society located at 151 E Columbia St.  The museum hours are Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4:30 pm and on Fridays till 3:30 pm.

In the background you can see the original ticket window that was donated by Jim Grieshop.  

 

 

 

 

 

Kidz Treehouse Opens in Rockford 

A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting took place at Kidz Treehouse on June 19th.
Kidz Treehouse is located at 142 N Main St. in Rockford.  
Rockford’s newest business is a children’s consignment shop and boutique
(sizes newborn to Jr. – clothes, shoes, and toys).

Summer Store hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday – Noon to 6 pn. 
Thursdays – 11 am – 8 pm.  Fridays 10 – 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm. 
Coming soon --- The Fan Room will be offering Parkway apparel and gifts.    

Pictured left to right:  Mayor Amy Joseph, Jessica Shaffer – owner, 
Marie Miller – Rockford Chamber President, Vicki Steffen, Apollo Thomas

 

 

 

 

F45 Training Joins Chamber

F45 Training is the new training technique leaving competition and clients
gasping for air. F45 is the most innovative, challenging and systemized team
training workout in the world.
F45 has 10 different styles of programs of which the workouts NEVER get
repeated.
The new training center is located at 1107 North Main St. Suite 109, Celina
Oh.  Phone #'s  419.733.0016 or 419.305.2093.  
Email f45trainingcelina@gmail.com.  For more information,
visit their website http://www.f45training.com/celina.  

Pictured from left to right: 
Gregg & Kristin Rutledge, Jenny & Greg Snider, all are owners/instructors; 
Pam Buschur, Chamber Director  (Absent was owner/instructor Susan Ingraham.)

 

 

 

Rockford Community Days Thanks Everyone! 

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Rockford Community Days,
despite the crazy weather week we had.
THANK YOU to all the businesses, organizations, and individuals who continue to
offer support for this annual event.
THANK YOU to all the volunteers that make this event happen.

Like us on Facebook @ "Rockford Community Days" to see pictures of all
the fun !

RCD 2015 Committee

 

 

Thanks Extended for Recent Big Brothers Big Sisters Event

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank everyone that made our 25th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser possible. This year’s events were held on March 20th at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, April 10th at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert, and April 24th at Varsity Lanes in St. Marys. The event generated over $15,000 for all of our youth mentoring programs. All together over 300 bowlers and 75 business sponsors pulled together to support the youth in their communities.  This year’s event sponsor was Purmort Brothers Insurance.

 

Stable of Hope Horse Camp

C. & C Bible Fellowship will host this year’s Stable of Hope Horse Camp. This is the 5th year for this camp which will be held on July 9, 10, & 11 for those who will be going in to grades 3-4-5 this fall. This is open to boys and girls.

This Camp is for “want to be” horse riders to advance riders. There will be time for riding, horse care and hand on grooming. Horse education, food, fellowship, overnight stay in the dorms at the C. & C Bible Fellowship campus, and Christian activities.

C. & C Bible Fellowship is located at 4383 S 150 E Berne Indiana or 1 mile north of Berne and 2 ½ east.

For more information go to ccstableofhope.com. You will find a registration form on that web site.

Space is limited so hurry and make your registration before we are full.

If there is any questions call the office at 260-589-9022.

 

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show - Plan Now to Attend

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 10th in downtown Celina.  The festivities begin at the corner of Main and Market Streets and goes south to Warren Street.   From 5 -10pm, you will be able to taste the unique specialties of several different Celina restaurants and caterers.  Each restaurant will serve 3 or 4 different specialties.  Each food item will take between 1 and 4 tickets.  Presale tickets are on sale at the Celina Mercer County Chamber office located at 226 North Main Street in Celina.  Tickets will also be on sale that evening.  At the Chamber office, the first 2000 tickets will be sold at a buy 20 tickets and get 1 ticket free promotion. 

Plenty of tables and chairs will be set up in the street.  There will also be music in the street as well as music inside some of the downtown restaurants.  Beer and wine tasting will also be available inside some of the downtown restaurants.   Several local establishments will be open after the event closes with special entertainment.  After eating, feel free to browse through the unique specialty shops.  Again this year at the south end of Main Street is the cruise in car show.

For more information, call the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

at 419-586-2219.   Visit www.celinamercer.com to see a food menu and list of participating food vendors.

 

 

Willshire Days Approaches  - Garage Sales and Flea Market 

The Willshire Community Civic Association will be sponsoring community wide garage sales in the village of Willshire on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th.  This event is being held in conjunction with the 50th annual Willshire Days activities.  A map listing the locations of the garage sales will be made available.  Advertising will also be provided.  There is a $5.00 fee to have a garage sale location included in the map and to help cover the cost of advertising.  To register for the listing, call 419.495.2704.  Deadline to be included in the listing is Friday, June 19th. 

Flea market and craft vendors are encouraged to set up along State Street in Willshire on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th during the community wide garage sales that are being held in conjunction with the 50th annual Willshire Days.  There is no cost to set up.  Vendors must bring their own tables.  Set up is on a first come basis.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 22, 2015
 

 
 
 
 

Rockford Community Days pictures shared by Pat Agler June 19 and 20.
Thanks Pat!

Click on the smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them. Click Here for more pictures by Pat Agler

 
 
 
Rockford Community Days pictures shared by Tom Baltzell June 20.
Thanks Tom!

Click on the smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them.

 

Petting Zoo
Shanes Crossing Historical Society
Hosts Spinners of wool and linen thread
at the log cabin at Shanes Park.

Playground
 
 
 
 

 
June 20-21, 2015
 

 
 

Happy Fathers' Day

 
Rockford Community Days Update
From: Lisa Kuhn, Fiscal Officer,  Village of Rockford

The Rockford Chamber FUN Challenge has been postponed.

The County Concert Karaoke contest has been canceled.

The Weiner Dog Races have been canceled.

The Community Church Service begins at 10 am instead of
11 am that is on the schedule of events.

Everything else is a go as far as I know  --- weather permitting !

 

GOBA Bicycle Tour Begins June 20 and 21st in Van Wert, OH
 
 

 
June 19, 2015
 

 
 

Bob Maurer took 3 awesome pictures and shared them. They are of the June 17, 2015 flooding on 127 north of Mercer at the St Marys River and also the bridge.

Thanks Bob!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford Village Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, June 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.

 

 

Rockford Rec. Hosts Annual MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition

 

On Sunday, April 12th, the Rockford Recreation Association hosted their 5th annual Pitch, Hit, and Run competition at Shanes Park. Thirty young competitors, ages 7-14, participated in the events of hitting off of a tee, pitching at a strike zone target, and running from second base to home plate. Each participant was individually scored in all three events. At the end of the competition, the scores were calculated and winners announced for each event in the four different age brackets (see local winners below).

 

All of the local winners from the local Rockford competition, had the opportunity to advance to the sectional competition held in Van Buren, OH on May 9th. Medalists at the sectional competition with the highest overall scores representing Rockford included: Brittyn Bruns (1st place 7/8 Girls); Madison Wendel (1st place 9/10 Girls); Fletcher Smith (3rd place 9/10 Boys); Brayden Bruns (2nd place 9/10 Boys); Riley Samples (2nd place 11/12 Boys); Trevor Stearns (3rd place 7/8 Boys); Chaz Neuenschwander (1st place 11/12 Boys). The first place finishers at the Van Buren competition - Bruns, Wendel, and Neuenschwander - will have their scores compared to other competitors from across Ohio for a chance to compete at the Cleveland Indians Team Championship. Congratulations all of our local and sectional winners representing the Rockford Recreation Association!

 

Local Competition Winners:

 

7/8 Boys

All Around: Trevor Stearns

Pitch: Trevor Stearns, Tanner Wendel

Hit: Trevor Stearns

Run: Trevor Stearns

 

7/8 Girls

All Around: Brittyn Bruns

Pitch: Brittyn Bruns, Brynn Schoenleben

Hit: Brittyn Bruns

Run: Brittyn bruns

 

9/10 Boys

All Around: Fletcher Smith

Pitch: Fletcher Smith

Hit: Brayden Bruns

Run: Caden Heindel

 

9/10 Girls

All Around: Madison Wendel

Pitch: Madison Wendel

Hit: Madison Wendel

Run: Alizay Neuenschwander

 

11/12 Boys

All Around: Chaz Neuenschwander

Pitch: Riley Samples

Hit: Noah Purtee

Run Chaz Neuenschwander

 

11/12 Girls

All Around, Pitch, Hit, Run: Claire Langenkamp

 

 

The Parkway Local School Board of Education June meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

 

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K Openings

2015-2016

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K classes currently has openings for the 2015-2016 school year.  Openings are for the 3 and 4 years olds on Tuesday/Thursday mornings, Monday/Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons.  There are also openings in the morning and afternoon Pre-K classes (Monday-Thursday).  Openings are limited for those qualifying for financial assistance.   Registration forms are available in the elementary and district office or by calling Michelle at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.

 

Patrol’s S/Lt. Smith promoted to Captain at Findlay District Headquarters 

Columbus – Staff Lieutenant B. Gene Smith was promoted to the rank of captain today by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the Patrol’s Academy. Captain Smith will remain at Findlay District Headquarter to serve as district commander.           

Captain Smith joined the Patrol in May 1992 as a member of the 123rd Academy Class. He earned his commission in November of that year and was assigned to the Lima Post, where he was selected as Post Trooper of the Year in 1996. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Defiance Post to serve as an assistant post commander. A year later, he returned to the Lima Post. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to the Van Wert Post to serve as post commander. In 2008, he transferred to the Findlay District Commercial Enforcement Unit. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and transferred to the Findlay District Headquarter to serve as an assistant district commander. 

Captain Smith completed training in Administrative Officer’s Course at the Southern Police Institute in 2003. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism.

 

 

RADC Members to Hear Pete and Twyla Hayes
Our next meeting is Monday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Rockford Library basement. Twyla Hayes (and possibly Pete) will be our guest speaker for the evening. It would be great to see you all there. 

 

 

Doctors’ Urgent Care will operate regular hours at Mercer County Community Hospital Community Medical Center Remains Closed, Office Suites Relocated

Mercer Health’s Doctors’ Urgent Care will operate regular hours for Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Mercer County Community Hospital.  Patients are asked to enter at the Emergency Room entrance on the East side of Mercer County Community Hospital and register for Doctors’ Urgent Care at the Radiology registration window.  Doctors’ Urgent Care hours are 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) and 1:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (weekends & holidays).

Mercer Health’s Community Medical Center remains closed for the safety of patients and employees.  The office suites have been temporarily relocated.  Please see below for relocation information.  As necessary, further updates will be available at www.mercer-health.com and on Mercer Health’s Facebook page.

 

 

Recycling scheduled on Saturday at Parkway is cancelled

 

 

Ivan Knapp Named Rockford Chamber June Business Person of the Month

The Rockford Chamber would like to congratulate Ivan Knapp of
Knapp's News for being the June Business of the Month.  Ivan also recently received the
Citizen of the Year Award at the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Thank you for all that you have done for Mercer County!

Congratulations Ivan !  Thank you for supporting the Rockford
Chamber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drug Arrest in Celina

Sheriff Jeff Grey and Chief Tom Wale report the arrest of an individual on drug related charges.   Deputies and Officers assigned to the Task Force applied for and was granted a search warrant for a residence at 649 North Mill Street in Celina.  The search warrant was a result of a drug buy investigation, and was executed on June 16, 2015 at 7:16 PM.

Arrested was 25 year old Kameron McCarty, 649 North Mill Street, Celina.  McCarty is currently incarcerated in the Mercer County Detention Facility, pending formal charges being filed.  The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor.

Deputies and Officers recovered drug paraphernalia (spoons, syringes, straws), marijuana, several empty capsules of suspected heroin, and assorted unknown pills.

Submitted by Martin D. Emerine, Enforcement Captain

 

 

 

Mercer Health 5K Challenge Countrywide Running Series Begins

 

23nd Annual Country Fest 5Krun/walk starts at 9:00 on Sunday June 28, 2014.
This race is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge countrywide Running
Series.
This chip timed, loop course has long straightaway down tranquil country
roads and winds through the village streets of Chapel Hill.  The Start and
Finish Lines are located near 2291 St. Johns Road next to the Country Fest
grounds entrance in Maria Stein, Ohio.
Race day registration and check in is 7:00-8:30 A.M. at the shelter house
next to Maria Stein Shine. With a $15.00 fee with no shirt.
Registration online at https://goodtimesraces.com  thru Friday, June26, 2015
or Mail completed Entry form and check to Country Fest 5K, Caroline Ranly,
2310 at. John Rd., Maria  Stien, Oh. 45860.
With refreshments and awards   ceremony along with food stands open after
the race.
Those who complete all eight races in the Mercer Health's Countywide 5K
Challenge will receive a half-zip, Dri-fit pullover.  Those who complete six
of the races will receive a T-shirt.  Keep running!

 

 

 

8 & Under Girls Softball Tournament Organized

The Payne (Ohio) Ball Association will be hosting an 8 & under girls softball coach-pitch all-star tournament from Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12.

 

Players must be eight years or younger as of December 31, 2014. Teams are guaranteed three games and awards include a minimum of top two teams as well as individual game awards for each team.

 

For more information, contact Kevin Wannemacher at (419) 399-7243 or by e-mail at wannie8@frontier.com. Information can also be downloaded at www.payneball.com.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 18, 2015
 

 
 
 
 
Dramatic pictures of the flooding (on 6-17-2015) from the East End of Pearl Street in Rockford Shared by Todd Henkle of Henkle Insurance. The St. Marys River is in the background as well as one photo from US Route 33 North looking North. Thank you Todd!

 


(From US Rt. 33)
 
 
Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, Issues Warning

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is recommending to motorists that they use extreme caution and care in traveling … “With the very large rainfall events we have had, we have used all of the high water signs we have, as well as road closed barricades.”

There are so many locations of water crossing the roads that our crews cannot physically respond to every location to get those locations marked for the public. We strongly urge the traveling public to use extreme care when traveling and if possible adjust travel plans.

Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer's Office at 419-586-7759.

 
Parkway Wrestling Camp is cancelled for the rest of the week due to high water and road closings. Make up will be late in the Fall.
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers who are helping fill sandbags as the St. Marys River is rising due to approximately 10 inches of rain that fell over the area in several days time. More heavy rain is expected. There are many road closures. Mercer County Sheriff urges careful travel and never drive through standing water. High water signs are posted.
 
 

Chattanooga Community VBS

Calling all children ages 3 through those just completing 6th grade!  Come and join in the Chattanooga Community VBS for a week of “EVEREST”, where you will learn about “Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power”!  The adventure will be held June 22nd-26th from 9AM – 12PM daily at Chattanooga United Methodist Church.  Each day will be filled with games, music, food, laughter, and lots of other surprises.  This will be one adventure that you won’t want to miss.  The Chattanooga Community VBS is sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church – Chatt.  For further information or to pre-register, call Jessica Temple (419.942.3344) or Kendra Miller (419.495.2655).

 

 
June 17, 2015
 

 
 
Parkway Wrestling Camp is cancelled for today due to high water and road closings.
 
With upwards of 10 inches of rain falling in the last 24 hours in Mercer and Van Wert Counties and surrounding areas, the resultant flooding has many roads closed including major highways.

Visit this website by clicking here: http://www.ohgo.com for the latest in closings. Click on the map of the area you want to see the closings.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey encourages careful travel and never drive through standing water.

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 16, 2015
 

 
Parkway School Board Meeting is cancelled for tonight due to high water and road closings.
 

THE WILLSHIRE FIRE DEPT NEEDS HELP FILLING SAND BAGS.  IF YOU CAN HELP, REPORT TO THE WILLSHIRE FIRE DEPT ASAP.  BRING GLOVES AND WEAR OLD SHOES.

 

Outstanding Miss Ohio Teen Competition Includes Rockford Teen

Best Wishes and Congratulations go out to 15 year old Loren Stukey of Rockford who recently was crowned Miss Oxford Outstanding Teen 2015 at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Check out her Blog – Click Here. This weekend of June 18, 19 and 20, she competes during the Miss Ohio Contest in Mansfield, OH for the title of Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen. The contests in Mansfield are all part of the Miss America Pageant circuit, and Loren is participating in all of the fun activities which include a fashion show at the mall; a parade around Mansfield; supporting the Miss Ohio contestants as they “serve food” at Applebee’s; and participating in a Cabaret Show at the Renaissance as well as making new friends.

A total of 18 teenage girls, with outstanding teen titles of their own, will be judged this weekend in several categories to earn points that will lead to one young lady being crowned Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen. Loren is prepared to compete in these areas: Personal Interview; Onstage Question; Fitness Routine; Talent; and Evening Gown.

The Personal Interview will gather her the most points while the Onstage Question will give her a couple minutes to speak about her Platform or current event. The Fitness routine is one activity learned together by the group of contestants. Wendy Stukey, her mother, explained that the teens do not compete in swimsuit at this level. Instead, they wear a fitness outfit that features their school (Loren proudly wears a Parkway High School t-shirt) and do a workout routine together doing a number of calisthenics exercises to a song.Loren’s talent will be unique. She has been learning tap dancing for two years and will tap a routine to the popular song by Meghan Trainor called Dear Future Husband. The Evening Gown category features each contestant in a long dress, and they earn points for stage presence.

Loren’s Platform is her passion “Helping Hands for Ohio’s Seniors” born out of her love for her grandparents and great-grandparents. Loren is devoted to helping Senior Citizens. In her church, St. Paul’s Reform Church of America near Van Wert, Loren participates weekly in “Bread and Bowl” a meal prepared for the less fortunate. These volunteer hours as well as helping Amy Noll with Mother’s Day basket distribution at area nursing homes to Senior Citizens, has strengthened her commitment to the older generation.

Loren is going to be a Freshman at Parkway High School in Fall 2015. She plays the saxophone in the PHS Marching Band. Past activities in junior high school included: softball; volleyball; choir and statistician for the JH girls’ basketball team.

Her loving family supports her in her new adventures. They include parents Adam and Wendy (Baer) Stukey. Adam is a 1987 graduate of Ohio City Liberty School; Wendy is a 1986 graduate of Lincolnview High School. Twin sister, Haylee and brother Austen Stukey will be cheering her on, along with grandparents Perry and Linda Stukey of Ohio City and Dave and Anita Baer of Van Wert and Great-Grandfather Jason Straw of Ohio City.

Other family members and friends from Parkway and Church will be there as well at the pageant which is being held at the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield. Click Here for Miss Ohio Information on the Web Click Here for info on Renaissance Theater and tickets. Loren's event is Wednesday, June 17 at 7 PM!

The Parkway Communities and all of Mercer and Van Wert Counties wish Loren the very best of luck this weekend.  Check out her Blog – Click Here to personally wish her well.

Pictures below are shared by her official photography, Ashley (Dellinger) DuBry. Thanks Ashley! Click Here for Ashley’s website and Loren’s page.

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge Ashley's beautiful pictures!


Loren Stukey in Mansfield Parade
with Alice Magato, Butler County
Outstanding Teen 2015 (by Wendy Stukey)

Loren with Military Escort
Jim Bishop at the Mansfield Parade
(by Wendy Stukey)

 

Otterbein Invites You to Their Lake Campus for Music by the Lake

Otterbein St. Marys invites you to join them for Music by the Lake on Sunday, June 28th from 2 PM to 4 PM. Music by the Larry Ford Trio and refreshments will be served under the tent at the end of Bob White Lane. Golf Carts will be available for tours of the campus and Open Houses. In case of inclement weather, festivities will be held in the Meyer Community Room.

 

Overnight Rain on June 15 Creates Flooded Roads

After a rainy weekend in the area with an average of 1-3/4 inches falling during the past weekend, the community got thumped with an average of 5-1/2” in a 12 hour period from 4:30 PM on June 15th to 4:30 AM on June 16th. Sheriff Jeff Grey issued flash flood warnings overnight on county roads. Floating debris was also included in the warning. Impassable roadways overnight included State Route 118 North of State Route 707 south of Rockford and State Route 49 South of Wilson Road south of Rockford. State Route 49 between Wilson and Sipe Roads remained closed on the morning of June 16 due to high water but 118 north of 707 opened. Sheriff Grey reminds drivers to use caution.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford Community Days Coming

 

YAHOO!!   Join us this weekend June 19-21, 2015 for Rockford Community Days !  A celebration of our AWESOME Community !  We are ready and super EXCITED !!

Friday events – Community Garage Sales, 21st Annual Car Show, ball games @ Shanes Park, FREE music entertainment Thom McKee and Shelby County Line.  Fireworks @ 10 pm

Saturday events – Community Garage Sales,  Fox Family Ride – Poker Run and Auction, Rockford Chamber FUN Challenge, Farm Friends Petting Zoo, Craft and Vendor Show, at the Log Cabin – Hawg Creek Spinners & Weavers, Quarter Auction, and the Parade is at 4 pm.  FREE music entertainment Nut Flush and Kill the Rabbit.  

Sunday event – Community Church Service at 10 am sponsored by Mt. Tabor Church of God 

We have inflatables again this year --- we have cut the price to JUST $5 per child for all day fun !!  Children must be taller than 42” to participate. 

Enjoy our food vendors – St. Teresa Church, Egbert Concessions, CJ's Shaved Ice, 
Stumpy’s Kettle Korn – (only on Friday) and don’t forget to support your local boy scouts by getting some ice cream.

* Several changes from original schedule –  COUNTRY CONCERT KARAOKE CONTEST has been CANCELED. Weiner Dog Races have been CANCELED, Sunday Services are at 10 AM. 

Rockford Community Days is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to making a difference at Shanes Park!  Our current project is to help purchase and replace the old Shane Hall Building.   It’s had many years of use and has served us well, but it’s time for a new, cleaner, more efficient building. Your support will help ensure years of enjoyment at Shanes Park.

So come on – Join us !  What are you waiting for !!!


Click Here for a printable schedule of events for Rockford Community Days June 19, 20 & 21


 

50th Annual Willshire Days Festival coming June 26th and 27th

Plans are nearly completed for the 50th annual Willshire Days festival that is being sponsored by the Willshire Lions Club.  The festivities will be held June 26th and 27th.  The event will kick off on Friday evening.  Following the flag raising ceremony, the entertainment stage will be filled with activity throughout the evening.  The princess pageant will begin at 6:00 PM followed by music from the worship team of Praise Point Church.  Section Ate, a band comprised of  local musicians, will be providing entertainment featuring music from the classic rock genre.    

Activities on Saturday will begin bright and early.  The Willshire Fire Department will be hosting a pancake, sausage, biscuit and gravy breakfast for all to enjoy.  Garage sales, baseball games, and shopping at vendors and local businesses will continue throughout the day.  The activities in the park will begin in the afternoon.  At 4:00 PM the annual parade will begin.  Following the parade, the park will again be filled with many activities including local artist John Brodbeck.  John has been singing and playing country music for the past several years and has become a local favorite.  Willshire native, Aaron Roehm will be entertaining the crowd with a magic show and later on making balloon sculptures for kids to enjoy.  Rounding out the evening entertainment will be “Evolution”, with Matt Motycka of Willshire.  The band features the sounds of acoustic rock from the 80’s and 90’s.  Free pony rides, sponsored by the Willshire Legion Post #207 and the Sons of the American Legion will again be available on Saturday evening.  A kid’s tractor pull will also be held thanks to the Willshire Fire Department.

The park will have many activities going on Friday and Saturday late afternoon and evening.  Those activities include inflatables (sponsored in part by the Willshire Sportman’s Club and Countryside Church of the Nazarene), carnival games, putt-putt golf, bingo, and other activities.  Homemade soups, sandwiches, pies, and cakes will once again be featured in the food stand.  Elephant ears, funnel cakes, soft serve ice cream and many other delicious treats will also be available.  Other events that are being planned for the weekend include community wide garage sales and a craft and flea market.  The Willshire Youth Activities will sponsor a wooden bat Little League tournament to run throughout the weekend.  Plan now to visit Willshire and enjoy a family friendly weekend.

Contact numbers for various activities are as follows:  Parade – Karen Hunziker (419.495.2802), Princess pageant – Katie Schnitz (260.301.6232), Garage Sales – Town Office (419.495.2704), Flea Market/Craft Booths – Sharon Krall (419.495.2474), General Information – Kendra Miller (419.495.2655).

 

 

Corn in Right of Way

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is reminding landowners and farmers that corn that has been planted and is encroaching in the road right-of-ways can be a very serious sight problem on the narrower township and county roads.  “Such sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous; causing the very real and dangerous potential for intersection accidents,” Wiechart said.

The Mercer County Engineer’s Office requests that landowners review these intersections where they have corn planted and if they see sight problems, they lessen the hazard by removing that portion of the crop that is obstructing the clear line of sight.  Details regarding existing township and county road right-of-ways may be obtained by contacting the engineer’s office.

 

 
 
 

 
June 15, 2015
 

 
 

Rockford Rec. Punt, Pass, & Kick Competition

The Rockford Recreation Association will host their annual NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick competition on Saturday, June 20th at 5:00pm on Diamond #4 at Shanes Park during the Rockford Community Days festival.  The event is open to boys & girls ages 6-15 (age classification is determined as of December 31, 2015). Participants are encouraged to visit www.rockfordrec.com to download, print, and complete the registration form to bring with them on the day of the competition. Participants are required to wear athletic shoes and NOT permitted to wear cleats during the competition. This is a FREE event!!

The top finishers from each of the ten different age/gender groups at the local competition will advance to a sectional competition. The winners at the sectional competition will have their scores compared with other sectional champions throughout the region. The top four scorers from the pool of sectional champions advance to the Cincinnati Bengals Team Championship at a Bengals home game later this fall. The winning scores from the Team Championships will be eligible to qualify for the National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Birthday Teri Springer Wehausen - 65 Years Young on May 4, 2015. Parkway Class of 1968.
 
 

 
June 12-14, 2015
 

 
 

Happy Flag Day on June 14, 2015
Fly your United States of America Flag!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 11, 2015
 

 
 

 Darling ~ Pontsler Announce Engagement and Wedding

Ron and Becky Darling of Decatur, IN and Gary and Kathy Pontsler of Willshire announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Kaitlynn May Darling and Shay Anthony Pontsler of Maryland

The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Bellmont High School and a 2012 graduate of Ross medical Education Center for Dental Assisting. She is employed at Tidewater Dental in Lexington Park, Maryland.

The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Parkway High School and a 2008 graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical astronautical engineering. He is employed at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The wedding was May 30, 2015 in Decatur, Indiana.

 

 

Three Arrested in Rockford Burglary

Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies recently arrested 3 individuals following a theft at T.J.’s Grocerette in Rockford.

Kenneth Longstreath, Danny Lee Longstreath, and John William Coile, of Dayton, were charged with breaking and entering, and the theft of cigarettes.

 

Congratulations to Parkway Freshman Haley Hawk
Haley Hawk recently earned 1st Team All state honors as an infielder.

During the recent Parkway Softball Season she set new records for the school. She had nine Home runs and 55 RBI’s. The previous records for home runs were held by Emily Crowell and Sierra Fent at eight each and Amanda Schumm’s runs batted in record was 42.

 

 
 
Willshire Days is Planning Their 50th Annual Festival on June 26th and 27th
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 9-10, 2015
 

 
 

AUTO HARPIST AND SOUTHERN GOSPEL SINGERS TO TAP INTO YOUR FAITH AT THE ROCKFORD BELLE ON JUNE 13

This Saturday, June 13, the Rockford Belle, at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH will host autoharpist PATRICK BRIEDE II of Decatur, IN and southern-gospel singers- THE FISHERMEN QUARTET, of Clyde, OH. Doors open at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A free-will donation will be accepted. 

 

Forty years ago in Clyde, Ohio two brothers and a friend- Larry and Jim Kessler and Max Wright organized what is now known as The Fishermen Quartet. From the beginning, they sang Southern Gospel music, a style that conveys perfectly a special message for the listener if he or she will hear it. Additional musicians were added- leading to a full traveling band that would consist of piano, bass guitar, drums, and lead guitar.  They were like many of other groups who stayed together for a number of years, members leaving one by one, and finally disbanding all together.  Larry and Max sang in some other groups and finally not being fully satisfied, started The Fishermen back up again. The group has welcomed vocalist Larry K. Kessler (son of Larry L. Kessler) and guitar player Jean Willis­ Burson. They have now cut 7 CD`s and a live DVD. Last year, they sang 153 dates and this year’s booking schedule appears to be filling up quickly. The group expresses it best, "All we ever wanted to do was sing a song.” The Fishermen Quartet perform at a variety of venues and look forward to when they can spread the word in song.

Better known as Patty Joe, autoharpist Patrick Briede II will perform again at the Belle and open for The Fishermen Quartet. Listeners can learn why the singer-songwriter and recording artist has been called: fibber, faker, fool, and dreamer. 

For ten years now, Patty Joe has been defining his dirt folk style of music and has compiled quite a play list including the likes of Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash and John Prine. He has written in a wide variety of styles from Folk, Country, Christian, and of life’s humor. His influences range from John Prine, the late Steve Goodman and the Holy Ghost. 

Patty Joe’s instrument of choice is the autoharp (a southern mountain instrument made popular by Mother Maybelle Carter and June Carter Cash) and percussion. He is well-known and recognized as he performs on the street at Farmer’s Markets, in churches, coffee houses, schools, open mics, and daycares. He looks forward to sharing his recorded CD demo entitled “Lost and Found” with 12 original songs that express his life and faith.


Conclude the week on a positive note with lively performances by The Fishermen Quartet and Patrick Briede II! For continued concert updates and communication, click on to FACEBOOK and follow The Rockford Belle. For more information call Nancy Ritz at 567.259.9211.                                                      
                                                 

Ohio City Hosting Performer, Dana Fair

Ohio City would like to announce that Dana Fair will be performing at their third “Arts in the Park” on Friday, June 12 at 7:00. Dana Fair has performed in local bands since the age of fifteen.  In the past twenty–five years he has been in such bands as: Bad Habit, Delgado, Wild Hearts, X-Eyes, Crossroads, DNA, and along with a solo career. 

 

 

2015 5K Challenge Running Series Begins

The 2015 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season will kick off  with  the 23nd
annual Zuma 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Montezuma.
This road race is part of the Montezuma picnic with proceeds to go to
community improvements.
Registration is at the shelter house at Zuma Park.  The race will begin at
the Franklin Township Fire House and will finish inside our beautiful Park.
Pre-registration for 5K is $15.00 including a T-shirt, or $12.00 with no
shirt.  Early registration must be postmarked by June 12, 2015. Race day
entry fee is $15.00 with no shirt.
For more information contact Stacy Braun at 419-733-8218 or
stacy_braun@hotmail.com.

New this year for the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge, run all eight
races and earn a half-zip dri-fit pullover.  As in pasted years run six of
eight of the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge  and receive a T-shirt.

  

 

Mercer Health Volunteers Association Provides 15,897 Hours of Service in 2014

 

Mercer Health held its Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on Wednesday, May 20th at Romers’ Banquet Facility in Celina.  The volunteers provided 15,897 hours of service in 2014 in the areas of community outreach, chaplain services, gift shop, patient services, sewing services and many other service areas.  Ollie Wendel was awarded for providing the most hours of service during 2014 with a total of 434 hours.  Also honored were Jane Wilker for a cumulative total of 7,000 hours service, Dorothy Bruns for a cumulative total of 4,000 hours service and Irene Seitz for a cumulative total of 3,000 hours service.  Several other volunteers were honored for 1,000, 500 and 250 hour cumulative totals.  Those honored for 1,000 cumulative hours included: Verna Ahlers, Elmer Eyink, Brenda Grieshop, Helen Homan, Janet Hummel, Lisa Moeller, Grace Muhlenkamp, Vern Stammen, Jeanette Wellman and Rita Wissman; for 500 cumulative hours included: Ken Gelhaus, Marilyn Link, Rose Lochtefeld, Barb Niekamp, Pat Quinter, Joan Schwieterman, Rita Snider and Velma Spangler; and for 250 cumulative hours included: Hilda Alig, Carol Bellman, Dorothy Bills, Brenda Honigford, Roger Kremer, Ken Rosengarten, Phil Nauman, Vern Schulze, Pat Sommer, Linda Theiman, MaryAnn Wolf and Ollie Wendel.

 

The association also reviewed donations made to Mercer Health during 2014 which exceeded $10,000.  Included in the donations were six Staxi wheelchairs, a donation towards the LUCAS™ Chest Compression System which provides manual chest compressions and over 4,500 gifts to pediatric patients at Mercer County Community Hospital.  Intended donations for 2015 were approved including reconstruction of the exit ramp on the West side of Mercer County Community Hospital, new chairs for patient exam rooms at the Community Medical Center in Celina, infant sleepsacks for each newborn in the Childbirth Center at Mercer County Community Hospital, a minor renovation to the consult room in the Emergency Department and continued donations to all pediatric patients. 

 

Jane Stammen, Director of Volunteer Services states, “The Volunteer Association is proud to support the mission of Mercer Health.  We provide fundraisers throughout the year that allow us to provide financial support for many projects.  The Hospitality Gift Shop also provides financial support for projects.  We assist with many events and of course we provide daily services every single day of the year.  On most days, there are over 30 volunteers providing services within the Mercer Health organization.”

 

 
 
 
New Business Opening in Rockford
Join us for the Grand Opening of Kidz Treehouse on June 19th at 8 am.  Kidz Treehouse is located at 142 N Main St. in Rockford.  Rockford’s newest business is a children’s consignment shop and boutique (sizes newborn to Jr. – clothes, shoes, and toys).
  
Summer Store hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday – Noon to 6 pm.  Thursdays – 11 am – 8 pm.  Fridays 10 – 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm.  Coming soon --- The Fan Room will be offering Parkway apparel and gifts.    We look forward to seeing you on June 19th !  Refreshments will be served.  Door prizes to be given.
 
 

 
June 8, 2015
 

 
 

Grand Lake Patriots to Here Presentation by Jason King

Guest speaker Jason King, a pastor, missionary, and studied speaker on the U.S. Constitution, politics, and history, will present “What Has Been the Fate of Nations That Turned Their Back on Israel?” at the Thursday, June 11  Grand Lake Patriots meeting. The program begins at 7 PM at the Lefeld Community Building, inside the main gate of the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio.

A statement from the Grand Lake Patriots group reads, “The United States has enjoyed a close relationship with Israel in the past. Many Americans contend that the relationship between our two countries is strained today. What can we expect if we turn our back on our most ardent ally in the Middle East? Does history hold the answer?”

Patriots and guests are invited to attend the program. Phone 419-733-3880 for further information. The Lefeld Community Building is handicapped accessible.

 

59th Annual June Art Exhibit – Opening Reception Planned at Art Center

The  Wassenberg Art Center, 214 South Washington Street, Van Wert OH 45891 will hold their 59th Annual June Art Exhibit – Opening Reception Planned at Art Center. Details:

WHEN: June 13, 6 p.m.– 10 p.m.

COST: Free, open to the public

CONTACT: Hope Wallace, executive director: 419-238-6837, hope@wassenbergartcenter.org. or Matt Temple, office manager matt@wassenbergartcenter.org 

The Wassenberg Art Center will host the 59th Annual June Art Exhibit opening reception for this regional/national juried art exhibit. The exhibit is open to amateur and professional artists over the age of 18 and draws artists from the region and other states.

Free brats will be served with other summer fare. Spirited beverages will be available for purchase. Music will be provided by the Dan Smyth Band of Fort Wayne. This funky fresh collective includes on Bass: Casey Stansifer, Brad Kuhns, Bryan Bankson, Andy Pauquette, on Drums: Brandon Ford, Colin Boyd, on Saxophone: Ed Renz, Quincy Sanders.

 

 

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

The Stateline Writer's Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library, 303 N Main St. Celina, Ohio, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The writing assignment is to write a piece from the view point of an inanimate object. Eileen Whitsett will lead the group in a writing exercise. The public is invited to attend.

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 6-7, 2015
 

 
 

 

 

ARROW HEADS & ARTIFACTS EXHIBIT

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 1:00 – 4:00

MERCER CO. HISTORICAL MUSEUM

130 E. MARKET, CELINA

 

 

The Rockford Recreation Association is currently collecting plastic caps and lids from common household containers including milk jug caps, detergent caps, hair spray caps, drink bottle caps, deodorant caps, cottage cheese lids, mayonnaise lids, peanut butter lids, cool whip lids, coffee can lids, etc. A collection goal of 800 pounds of caps and lids has been set so that these collected tops will be recycled into a bench that will be placed near the ball diamonds at Shanes Park. Local residents are encouraged to enlist the children in their family to participate in the collection effort and recruit aunts, uncles, and other relatives to assist in this effort. This is a unique stewardship project targeted to involve kids in our community and provide them an opportunity to make a difference and be proud of the result when the goal is accomplished and the bench is delivered to the park. Collected caps and lids can be dropped off at the Shanes Park concession stand during summer baseball and softball games. If you have additional questions about participating in this project, please call (419)363-3575.

 

 

 

Marketing Essentials, LLC Joins Chamber

 

Marketing Essentials, LLC of New Bremen has joined the Celina Mercer County

Chamber of Commerce.   Businesses of all sizes and types partner with them, a

Certified Internet Marketing firm to increase brand awareness, build trust and relationships with prospects, reach new targeted markets, and shorten the sales cycle. 

They are not your typical graphic design or marketing firm.  Their focus is creating

an internet marketing strategy that brings results. 

 

For more information visit mktgessentials.com, call 419 629 0080, or email

connect@mktgessentials.com.   For more information on the Chamber, visit celinamercer.com.

 

 

4-H Camp Palmer Pool Ribbon Cutting & Opening


The long awaited new swimming pool for 4-H Camp Palmer was officially opening on May 31! Cutting the ribbon for the project included: Jill Stechshulte-4-H Education and Fulton County Extension Director, Neere Emmons-President of Fulton County Dairy Association, Lisa Onweller- Executor of Helen Sell Estate bequest and Jack Brace, President of Bryan Area Foundation. The Camp Palmer Staff and board are very thankful to our hundreds of donors that have made this project a reality.

     Two of our most recent donations have included a gift of $5000 from The Farmers & Merchants State Bank and $1000 gift and additional $2000 pledge from Sherwood State Bank. On the grand opening day Jill Stechschulte made a splash for cash challenge, received $6000 in new pledges and then plunged into the pool!  Currently 4-H Camp Palmer is still accepting donations as they have collected $330,000 of the needed $505,000 for the project.

On June 3 the Kids’ Outdoor Science Camp began our 68th year of serving youth 4-H camps, band camps, outdoor education school groups and retreat groups. The youth are enjoying the new pool and many new features!

    Please call 419-237-2247 or email 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com.  for more information on camp or pool project. 4-H Camp Palmer is a non-profit 501c3 organization, additional donations and purchasing dedicated bricks are also welcomed to support this project.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 3-5, 2015
 

 
 

Cota-Inzunza ~ Frahm Families Announce Approaching Wedding
Gustavo & Lupita Cota together with Ronald and Sheryl Frahm (of Rockford) recently announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Monica Cota-Inzunza and Mark Frahm. The bride –elect has a Master’s Degree in Music and teaches music. The groom to be has a Master’s in Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding and is an Assistant Melon Breeder. He is also a 1995 graduate of Parkway High School. The wedding is planned for June 22, 2015 at a vineyard in California.

 

 

Beahrs and Boyer Families Celebrate Birth of Son

Taylor Beahrs & Jeff Boyer of Rockford proudly announce the birth of a new son, Jeffrey Thomas "J.T." Eugene Boyer.  He was born at 10:28pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Van Wert County Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20" long. Grandparents include Lloyd & Carol Boyer, Pam Beahrs, Janie Rose and Tom Beahrs.

Click Here for more births.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pianist, Christopher Cowdery to Present Senior Recital

 

St. John Lutheran Church of Celina is pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher Cowdery will present a piano and bassoon recital in the church sanctuary on June 14, 2015, at 2:00 in the afternoon.

 

Mr. Cowdery will perform works by Beethoven, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Grainger and others. He will also perform duets with Andrew Cowdery, pianist and Charles Cheuvront, bassoonist.

 

Christopher is a 2015 graduate of Celina High School and has been accepted to Miami University for piano performance. Chris was a musician in the marching band, symphonic band, jazz band and a past participant in the Illinois Summer Youth Music Program. He was also selected to perform in the District 3 Honors Band and was the recipient of the 2015 Sousa Award from the Celina High School Marching Band. 

 

Chris was a bassoon student of Kathy Cross of Lake Zurich, IL, and a piano student of Diane Adamek of Mundelein, IL. Currently, he studies bassoon with Charles Cheuvront of Lima, OH, and piano with David Van Tilburg of Celina, OH.

 

Chris is an Eagle Scout involved in his church youth group and mission trips, soccer and wrestling.  He is the son of Andrew and Deborah Cowdery.

 

Also performing in concert with Mr. Cowdery will be Amber Bruggeman, soprano, and David Van Tilburg, pianist.  The church address is 1100 North Main Street in Celina, OH.  The recital is free and open to the public.

 

Ambrosia to Perform in Fountain Park

(Van Wert, OH) - One of the most popular soft rock bands of its time, Ambrosia will be performing in Fountain Park to help celebrate the 2015 Peony Festival in Van Wert.  This concert also kicks off the start of the Fountain Park Summer Music Series, sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with the Van Wert City Parks & Recreation.

Fountain Park in downtown Van Wert will be the hub of activity as the Ambrosia concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5.  Food vendors, crafts, and artisans will be located around the park area during the day leading up to the concert.  The Peony Festival committee will also be serving food in the park at the Rotary Concession Stand.  During the concert time, the Peony Queen and her court will be introduced to the audience.

With five top 40 hits from the 1970’s/80’s, Ambrosia became one of the most popular soft rock bands of its time.  Enjoy the songs you loved and still hear such as “How Much I Feel,” “You’re the Only Woman,” Biggest Part of Me,” and so much more as we kick off the summer in Fountain Park. 

The concert is free of charge and open to the public.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this fun concert.  Arrive early as there will be plenty of activities to enjoy.

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

 

Photo Caption:  These rare Glacial Kame Shell Gorgets were found by Mercer County Engineer Bernard Gebhart and Chief Deputy Ray Eblen in Gibson Township, a fourth of a mile south of Sharpsburg on June 9, 1965, a half a century ago.

 

Today, I want to share with you that even though Mercer  Countians work to preserve their Mercer County History, the bottom line is, that all too often, that history ends up being located outside of Mercer County, or else outside of Ohio, being preserved by people who care more about Mercer County’s History that Mercer Countians care about their own heritage.  In case you are wondering about this statement, I am not only addressing the loss of Mercer County’s Prehistoric Indian Artifacts but also the loss of Mercer County’s big old barns, Mercer County’s historical archival records, and Mercer County’s original historic photographs. 

 

Since the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors are hosting the 35th Annual Prehistoric Artifacts Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum on Sunday afternoon, June 28, 2015, I will address the topic of prehistoric Indian Artifacts between 1000 to 10,000 years ago, since the last Ice Age.

 

On March 18, 1973, Ray Eblen, who was Mercer County Engineer’s Chief Deputy, and the Treasurer of the Mercer County Historical Society, and a Charter Member of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors hosted an exhibit with this organization, at the old Mercer County Historical Museum, at the northeast corner of Main and Fayette Streets, Celina.  That first exhibit was one rousing success!  After we moved the Mercer County Historical Museum to 130 East Market Street, to the Riley Home, the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors began hosting annual exhibits on the last Sunday of June.

 

Among the rarest artifacts ever found in Mercer County were these 3-Hole Shell Sandal Sole Glacial Kame Gorgets and the two sections, as well as the Bar Gorget and the rare Marine Shell Gorget with 3-Holes and Tallies.  These seven gorgets were among hundreds of prehistoric Indian Artifacts found in Mercer County, Ohio by Ray Eblen and Bernard Gebhart, many of which when they were working on Mercer County’s rural roads.  Eblen and Gebhart took tremendous pride in their collections.  But the day came when they could no longer be here to preserve those collections and the collections were sold on February 22, 2015 at an Ancient Artifact Auction.  We were visiting family in Florida in February.

 

The Members of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors are to be praised for their dedication to preserving the flint, slate, and granite artifacts made by the Prehistoric Indians who lived in this area of Ohio after the last Ice Age, between 1000 and 10,000 years ago.  The flint arrow heads, which were cut from the flint found at Flint Ridge, Ohio are among the most beautiful pieces of art in the world.  Of course, the Pendants, Bird Stones, and Bannerstone Gorgets crafted from Slate are exquisite works of art.  The granite grooved Hammerstones, Celts and Adzes are examples of tools which function as tools but also function of sculpture in stone.

 

Each year I am amazed to see the new finds of ancient artifacts, made by prehistoric people, by the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors.  Books and Archaeology Magazines are published, illustrating the artifacts as well as identifying the information related to them.  Education is important to the Collectors.

 

If you have questions about the Indian artifacts which you have at home, bring them to the Mercer County Historical Museum, a block east of the Mercer County Courthouse, at the corner of Market and Ash Streets, and ask the collectors your questions on June 28.  They are knowledgeable about this subject. 

 

I want to thank the good people who do care about the preservation of our heritage at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  I want to thank the Members of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors for hosting this exhibit on Sunday, June 28, 1:00 – 4:00.

 

 

Floral Reflections has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Floral Reflections has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
Recently, this family owned florist moved into a brand new building at 701
Ash Street in St.Henry (just off of State Route 118).  Sharing space with
Floral Reflections is Anastasia Nychole Boutique.  Mother and daughters have
teamed up for a fabulous shopping experience.   You can reach Floral
Reflections at 419 678 8422 or visit www.sainthenryflorist.com.  

They will be holding an open house beginning June 1st and running through
June 6th. Stop in and register for door prizes.  Both stores are 20% off excluding
fresh plants and  clearance.  

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

 

Photo Caption:  This 1928 Two-Row No. 2 New Idea Corn Picker was donated to the Henry Ford Museum in 1976, in honor of our Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration.

 

 

I was surprised about so many people calling me about the John Deere “Spoker D” Tractor and the old New Idea Corn Picker, in my May 21st article, for “Our Old Bookcase.”  Many of these people ordered several copies of the book, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982.” 

 

Therefore, you readers might be interested in Mercer County’s history on exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.  In honor of our Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, the New Idea Company donated the 1928 Two-Row No. 2 New Idea Corn Picker, to the Henry Ford Museum, at Dearborn, Michigan.  This Corn Picker was the first New Idea Model Two-Row Corn Picker manufactured by the New Idea Company.  Before New Idea donated this picker to the Henry Ford Museum, they took the New Idea Corn Picker to Tom Hoyng, at his Custom Body Shop at Coldwater.  Tom told me that on the Two-Row 1928 Corn Pickers, the center snout would take a beating.  In fact, that entire Corn Picker was “beat up.”  Tom said that they did not want it to be perfect, but wanted him to hammer it out with a hammer and dolly, so he did.

 

It has been years since our family visited the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village at Dearborn, Michigan.  Since we visited this Museum when our children were younger, we would not have seen the New Idea Corn Picker which was not donated until 1976.  I would like to return to this Museum and see this Corn Picker, especially since our New Idea Historic Preservation Committee Member Tom Hoyng was the one to fix up that New Idea Corn Picker before it was taken to the Henry Ford Museum in 1976.

 

I thought that you might be interested in visiting the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.  I went to the internet and Googled this site.  Their website is a beautiful website, but they have so much information to share with us, that it took me a little while to understand it.  There is a line, “Hours, Tickets and Directions,” which gives this information; if you want directions, scroll down to page two! 

 

The Museum address is:  The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029.  You can check your internet for www.mapquest.com, or look at a Michigan Map with the City of Detroit detailed map.   If you do not have computer access, you can call 1-800-835-5237.  Ask them for brochures, maps, and information in general.  This Museum and this Village are worthy of our attention in preserving American History. 

 

Apparently, the Henry Ford Museum is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Greenfield Village appears to be closed during the winter season January 1, through April 14, 2015.

The costs vary and discounts are available  

 

And . . . they are preserving the history of the New Idea Company at Coldwater, Ohio, with this New Idea Corn Picker!  Maybe they would like to reserve a copy of our New Idea Historic Preservation Committee’s book, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982!”  This book should be placed in the Museum’s Archival Collections because a photograph of this Corn Picker has been included in this book.

 

 

To:  Rockford Residents / Public Notice

Discarding Litter Prohibited:

According to Ohio Basic Code 93.27 – No person, regardless of intent, shall deposit litter or cause litter to be deposited on any public property, on private property not owned by him or her, or in or on waters of the state.  

Litter includes – garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature.  Namely – grass clippings on public streets.

Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.   The sentencing court may, in addition to or in lieu of the penalty provided in this division, require a person who violates this section to remove litter from any public or private property or in on waters of the state.


Thank you.

Amy Joseph
Mayor

 

 

 

The Shanes Park Beautification Society would like to THANK the following:

* Village Employees for removing stone, adding dirt and putting in a
sidewalk on the north end of the pavilion.

* Larry Stephenson for donation of time, labor, design, building and painting
of the new arbor at the north end of the pavilion.

* Julie Long, Donna Riley, Marlene Roebuck and Joyce Emans for planting
around tree at pavilion and the bushes and flowers around the arbor.

* Donna Riley, Marlene Roebuck and Joyce Emans for planting annuals in
flower beds at Community Building.

* Doug, Sandra & Taylor Grooms for tiling and planting bushes around 
garden shed and dumpster.

We look forward to seeing more volunteers on June 2nd & June 16th.

Make plans to visit Shanes Park and see the improvements ! 

Thank you Beautification Society - you are making a difference one 
project at a time. !! 

 

 

DARE Has Graduation of Fifth Graders

Celina Intermediate School hosted the D.A.R.E. fifth grade graduation, Monday May 18 in the gym.  The principal Mr. Pohlman opened the program. He presented D.A. R.E. Officer Sue with a shirt from Get Real Week.  He also welcomed the visitors.  Special guests attending were: Deputy Dan Adams from the Mercer County Sheriff Office, and Jerry Kanney, Nancy Heppeard and Laura Sanford from the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters. Miss Greater Columbus Outstanding Teen, Victoria Kanpke was the guest speaker, telling of her personal experiences and encouraging the students to stand up to drug abuse and seek support from their families.  The students reading their winning essays were Amber Crider, Josh Moorman, Landon Engle, Piper Andrew, Cole Hitchcock, Marshall Perry, and Zoe Newcomb. Jenna Campbell read for Bella Schnell who was absent. The Honor students were Sydney Baucher, Dylan Feister, Natalie Samaniego, Megan Rodriguz, Jace Davis, Olivia Elliott, Ashtyn Huber, Myleena Taylor, Amy Hartings, Aaliya Larsen, Mia Rolfes, and Andrea Vogan. The key note speaker was CIS teacher, Mrs. Hallie Craven. Her clever speech explained how school and the teachers at CIS can help students in the future.  Each fifth grade student completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was presented with a certificate and D.A.R.E. shirt. Mrs. Kelly Keck and Mr. Mark Binkley are the teachers coordinating the D.A.R.E. program at Celina  InternediateSchool.   Also assisting were fifth grade teachers , Jess Homan,  Amy Mescher, Andy Waesch,  Brooke Wellman, Toby Seifring and Mark Loughridge.    The Mercer county D.A.R.E. Program is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.

 

 

Coldwater Middle School held the D.A.R.E. fifth grade graduation Friday May 1. The ceremony was opened by Mercer County D.A.R.E. Officer Sue Miller. Special guests  from the Mercer County Sheriff Office, were Sgt. Jay Wehrkamp , Detective Chad Fortkamp,  Corrections Officer Kari Koesters and Mercer County Commisioner Jerry Laffin.  The 2015 Honor Students were: Kayden Baumer, Sam Boeckman, Grace Buschur, Lydia Eckstein, Adam Hryco, Aaron Fortkamp.  Rachel Penno, Kalih Post, Katy Seas and Rachel Wenning.  The essay winners were: Austin Ebbing, Heidi Bruns, Caleb Stammen, Ashlyn Koester, Carter Verhoff, Ava Giere, and Conner Schmidt. Each fifth grade student was presented a certificate and DARE shirt for successfully completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The guest speakr was Coldwater Middle School Principal Mr. Kennedy.  He concluded his talk with a vocal rendition song, reminding the students to keep striving to be the best. Mrs. Bills and Kari Koestes assisted with the D.A.R.E. program.  Also helping with the graduation were Mr. Harlamert, Mr. Seitz, Mrs. Schwieterman, Mrs Siefring, and Mrs. Gilliland.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 2, 2015
 

 
 
Parkway Middle School Supplies List for 2015-2016 ~ Click Here for a printable format

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 1, 2015
 

 
 
 

Blood is Needed ~ Please Help the Red Cross
The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on
Thursday, June 4th from noon to 5 pm at the Rockford United
Methodist Church located at 202 S Franklin St.

Blood is especially needed this time of year.

Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your
blood donation appointment.

 

Lots for Soldiers looking for Donations for Rockford

Carol and Homer Burnett,  of Lots For Soldiers, are pictured in the 
Rockford Village Office and Museum located at 151 E Columbia St.  They are raising funds to purchase a lot on Holly Lane in Rockford.  Pamphlets are available with donation information and/or donations can be dropped off during regular business hours.

Lots for Soldiers is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization formed to honor and thank those that have served in the United States armed forces.  The goal is to donate residential lots and then act as a conduit for others to say thanks in a tangible way by offering affordable housing to our current and former military service members.

If any business, organization or individual would like to express your gratitude for the sacrifices of what the honorable men and women that have sacrificed to protect your rights and freedoms, then please earnestly consider supporting this local grassroots effort.  Donations can also be mailed to Lots For Soldiers, Inc., 201 Jill Avenue, Celina, OH  45822.  For more information call 419-586-5058  or on the web at lotsforsoldiers.com

 

Rockford Library Needs your Answers
If you haven't returned your survey about library services yet, please do.  There are more copies available at the library.  The survey is also available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WJWPF5V 

 

 

Rockford Library Summer Reading Program Begins for ALL Ages

It's time for the summer reading fun to begin at the Rockford Carnegie Library!  "Every Hero Has a Story" is the theme this year.  Special programs will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for children preschool through elementary age.  (Same program is offered two days.)

Teens and adults can enter a drawing for every book read for a chance to win one of six prizes.

 

 

Parkway Local School Board Meeting Change

 

The Parkway Local Board of Education regular meeting for June will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Room of Parkway Local Schools.

 

 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center’s

Offers Workshop for Small Businesses

 

Celina, Ohio – Did you know that the Business Enterprise Center (BEC) has helped thousands of new business start-ups since 1985? Today free business consultation services are still offered to new and existing businesses throughout our area due to a number of local banks, economic development agencies, community foundations, and counties donations which help offset costs.

 

Non-Credit Class Offerings for June 2015 at WSU-Lake Campus

 

MICROSOFT ACCESS (Intro to Access)

Microsoft Access is widely recognized as one of the best database software applications. In these two classes, you will learn the differences between databases and spreadsheets and which application should be used in specific situations. You will set up a sample database. You will learn how to input data into the database. A set of two more advanced classes will take place in July. The Intro classes are for new Access users. Class Dates: Mon., June 15 & Wed. 17, 2015; 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. {5 hours}; Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Room: 196 Dwyer Hall; Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost: $65 p/person

 

BUILDING TEAMS

This class will teach you common work skills to help you build a cohesive team. You will learn how to handle conflicts professionally, problem solve, and empower and motivate team members. Challenge and encourage your team members! Don’t miss out on this three-hour, local opportunity to learn how to supervise effective teams. This class is open to new and experienced managers and supervisors. Class Date: June 24, 2015; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. {3 hours}; Instructor Carla Hirschfeld; Room: 177 Dwyer Hall: Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost $45 p/person

STARTING RIGHT

Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for entrepreneurs planning a business start-up. Get current information to decide if business ownership is right for you and let us assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After the class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc., as well as Business Plan, marketing and advertising, demographics, HR issues assistance. SUMMER STARTING RIGHT! Seminars scheduled; June 18, July 16, & August 20; Class time is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 126 Trenary Hall at Wright State University-Lake Campus. Cost is $35 p/business.           

We recommend all new business owners attend this class.

To register for any of our classes or get information about Business Enterprise Center programs, call the Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center at (419) 586-0355 or by emailing Rachel.stoker@wright.edu.

 

 

Venedocia Lads and Lassies

On May 14, 2015 , 7:00 p.m. at the Venedocia Lions Club the Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting.  Roll call was taken by Avery Mueller and pledges were led by Dominac Bonifas. There were 17 members present and 5 guest present.  June 6th is all livestock tagging. Dairy feeders will weigh in at the Beef Barn, and Sheep and Goats will weigh at the Hog Barn from 7:30-10:30. June 9th is chicken BBQ pick-up at the exstention office at 7:00 p.m. Austin welker gave a health report on raising meat birds properly.  A safety report was given by Abby Bonifas about how to remodel a house.  Audrey Bowser gave a demonstartion on how to pack for the fair accordingly.  Our next meeting will be held on June 11th, 2015, 7:00 at the Venedocia Lions Club.   

 

 

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll ~ End of 4th Quarter 2014-2015
Click above for Michelle Agler's List of Honor Roll students for the end of the last nine weeks.
See Parkway's honor students.

 
 

Mercer Health Celebrating 65th Anniversary with Charity Ball and Corvette Raffle

Mercer Health is celebrating 65 years of caring for Mercer County and the surrounding communities this year.  In 1950, Our Lady of Mercy hospital, the predecessor to today’s Mercer Health, opened its doors.  That first year a Charity Ball and Reverse Car Raffle were held in celebration of the organization and support of the future.  These annual events continued for many, many years. 

After several decades lapse, the Mercer Health Charity Ball and Reverse Car Raffle are being revived. The Charity Ball, a formal event, will take place on Saturday, November 21st at the Galleria in Celina.  At the event, a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be given away.  Ticket holders need not be present at the Charity Ball to win.  For a full listing of rules and regulations or information about the Charity Ball and associated Corvette Raffle, visit www.mercer-health.com

Tickets for the Charity Ball and the Reverse Car Raffle are available now.  Call 419-678-5679 for additional information or to purchase tickets for the Charity Ball or the Raffle.

 

Renowned Southern-Aires to Appear at Rockford Belle on June 6
Rockford, OH- On Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m with doors open at 6pm, the Rockford Belle at 135 Market Street will host the highly applauded southern-gospel concert performers- THE SOUTHERN-AIRES, of Dayton, Ohio. Born-again Christian Jess King, of Jess King & Country Gospel (Celina), will emcee the event and perform. King has been in the music business for nearly 50 years and has made long-lasting friendships with performers in the business. He is no stranger to the Rockford Belle and has shared the stage with many friends on numerous occasions over the years. A free-will donation will be accepted.

 

Organized in 1955, The Southern-Aires includes founding member Dall Miller, Darrell Webb, Wanda Webb, Sam Gabbard and the newest member, Adam Castle. Although the faces may have changed over the years, the message and the ministry have remained the same. Their musical journey began at a time when a new musical style was sweeping across the country. The music became known as Southern-Gospel, and as its popularity spread, so did the popularity of the Southern-Aires.

The demand for personal appearances has taken them all over the eastern United States and into foreign countries where they perform approximately 50 weeks per year. From small rural churches to large municipal auditoriums, the Southern-Aires have ministered and entertained people of all ages, and from all walks of life.

Over the 60 years that the group has been singing and spreading the Good News, they have recorded more than 40 albums and introduced numerous chart-topping gospel songs including "I'll see you in the Rapture" and "I'll Never be the Same Anymore,”
which have gained world-wide acclaim. Currently, the group is busy working on a new CD recording project of “classic” gospel songs.
 
While they are proud of their past accomplishments and rich heritage, they are even more excited about what God is doing now, and into the future.  They want to see Christians encouraged and the Church strengthened so the community can be reached for Christ.


Mark your calendar for what will be a robust life-changing concert on June 6, 2015.
Be inspired with the evening’s performances of smooth harmonies and amazing vocal ranges resonating throughout The Belle. For continued concert updates and communication, click on to FACEBOOK and follow The Rockford Belle. For more information call Tom Rogers at 567.644.9993 or Nancy Ritz at 567.259.9211

 

 
 

Save the date AND save your stuff

The Village of Rockford Community Days Garage Sales will be held on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th beginning each day at 8 am.  

$10 registration fee provides advertisement and listing on
community garage sale map.

All proceeds to benefit the Parkway Backpack Program.

Registration forms available at the Village office and
Rockford Carnegie Library.  Maps will be at local
businesses the week of Community Days.

**Stop by Shanes Park to enjoy other Community Days
Festivities **  !!  

Questions can be directed to Jess at 419-234-2830

 

 Principles in Leadership Seminar - FREE and Open to the Public
  
Sam Lines and Mike Dooley will be presenting this event to our  FREE of charge.  This course was originally designed to focus on owners, senior managers and CFOs and those who aspire to hold such positions.  As it turns out these principles apply to ALL OF US, and teaches us to first lead ourselves, then lead by example.  
  
Sam Lines is from Tipp City, Ohio and Mike Dooley is from Yakima, Washington.  They are servants that enjoy sharing information and making the world a better place.  
  
Bring your family, friends, neighbors, youth groups to this FREE event - Principles in Leadership -  to be held on June 12th at 6 pm at the Rockford Community Building.  

 

 
 

 
May 27-31, 2015
 

 
 
Former Mendon Union School Celebrates Alumni Banquet
The alumni of the former Mendon Union School celebrated their annual banquet on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1 PM at the Celina American Legion hall with the Legion preparing their meal. President Ron Piper welcomed all and thanked his officers: Jeff Severns vice president, secretary Jeanne Sprague, treasurer Audrey Snyder, and reservations organizers Marilyn Ruhlen and Sheryl Ellis. Trustees were noted: Marilyn Hesse, Bob Lewis and Dick Hesse. David Esmonde was toastmaster for the afternoon program which included recognition of special years of graduates (1955, 1965 and 1990) Veterans were honored as well. And, 15 alumni sadly passed during the year and were honored with a moment of silence. Carl Putman, Class of 1940 was the oldest classmate in attendance. A new slate of officers was approved for next year.
 
 
 

 
May 26, 2015
 

 
 
Memorial Day in Rockford - Pictures Shared by Nikki Fox Photography
A large and respectful crowd honored Veterans on Memorial Day in Rockford.

It was a pleasure to hear Tina (Schlickman) Heitkamp speak of her own experiences as a child at the Memorial Day Parades in Willshire, and then go on to honor those in her family who had served in the armed forces including her father-in-law Al Heitkamp who recently passed away. She honored and spoke of all the people we knew who had served because it was the right thing to do.

Al and Jerome Bollenbacher, both Veterans of World War II, Tina explained, have been going to all local cemeteries for many, many years to place American Flags on the graves of all veterans. 300 flags are placed yearly with flag holders repaired and often searches for the graves themselves. This took a lot of time, but was tended with pride by Al and Jerome.

After Al's death, Jerome came to Tina wondering what he would do in the absence of his comrade. Tina took up the challenge and went with Jerome this year. The tradition lives on!

Click Here for Rockford Memorial Day Pictures on Nikki's Website
 
     
 
 
 
Mendon Memorial Day Parade Started Out the Parkway Parade Route Bright and Early
The Celina American Legion and Auxiliary were in Mendon early to honor local veterans from the Mendon Area. They lead the parade to the St. Marys River on the  edge of town where young and old threw fresh cut flowers into the river as a sign of honor and respect. The Parkway Band entertained on the march back to the park where Mort Ward Commander of the Legion lead the 21 gun salute by locale legion members.

Parkway 2015 Co-Valedictorian: Kayle Heckler, daughter of Chris Flores & Roger Heckler, was chosen to read her award winning essay about remembering the veterans. She had a touching and respectful look at those who had served to preserve her freedom, as seen through the eyes of a young person. She received a rousing round of applause.

Willshire Memorial Day Parade Highlighted by Parkway Band and Speaker Aleta Weis
The American Legion under the command of Dick Edgel led a large crowd from downtown Willshire to the cemetery on the outskirts. After prayer, Dick introduced local Aleta Weiss who has come to be known in the area as an avid supporter of Veterans. Each year she and her husband Bill Wiess transform their Willshire Home Furnishings business in Willshire into a museum for Veterans Memorabilia. This year the display included military vehicles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 23-25, 2015
 

 
 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

 
 

 
May 21-22, 2015
 

 
 

Three Communities ~ Three Parades Followed by American Legion Tributes
One Parkway Panther Marching Band ~ And, this year, 120 Members Strong!
 

Mendon 8:30 AM – Celina American Legion and other Veterans

Willshire 9:30 AM – Willshire American Legion &  Aleta Weiss will be the Guest Speaker

Rockford 11:30AM – Rockford American Legion and Sons of Legion


Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day
The Willshire Community Civic Association will be sponsoring the group’s annual pancake and sausage breakfast to be held on Memorial Day, May 25th.  The breakfast will be held at the Willshire Fire Department from 7 AM – 10:30 AM.  All proceeds from the event will be used to sponsor various community projects.

 

Memorial Day Special Tribute Exhibit and Entertainment in Willshire

Military Vehicles are coming to Town!
by Stacie Ford

With all the Memorial Day events to choose from, a must-attend event stands out among all events in honoring the military, and it is being held locally in Willshire, Ohio on Memorial Day, May 25th.

In their fifth year, store owners Bill and Aleta Weiss have completely transformed the entire Willshire Home Furnishings store, at 318 State Street, into a military museum to bring to the public an exhibit that will offer endless lessons in history. The store will not be open for business, but rather, will open its doors from 9 AM to 6 PM to pay SPECIAL TRIBUTE to veterans past and present during this Memorial Day weekend (May 23, 24, and 25).

Keepsakes, pictures, uniforms, flags, a variety of old medals, a German helmet, a Purple Heart and Japanese swords are just a few of the items brought in by inspired residents and service personnel touched by the tribute (with items coming in from the towns of Convoy, Rockford, Van Wert, St. Marys, OH and Berne, Decatur, Markle, Ossian, Bluffton, IN); taking several weeks to organize the event, donations are handled carefully as they are brought in and finally set up for display by Aleta and Bill for the Memorial Day commemoration.

The collection of items brought in for the exhibit has doubled from past years and encompasses the regalia represented from World War I to Afghanistan to Iraq.

Of particular interest are the maps on display that belonged to Aleta’s father; he had been part of the mapping battalion and served in six battles including the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest land battle in the history of the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. While living, Weiss’ father did not talk much with his family about his experiences of serving, but later he would find the opportunity before passing, and would leave behind a manila envelope filled with all the details enclosed, along with other interesting artifacts. It wasn’t until after he died, when it was too late, that Weiss had the chance to understand what her father had experienced and the impact of his service.


Aleta’s devotion to her father and his service has led her to spearhead this event. Weiss has spent countless hours preparing each donation and planning the occasion. The knowledge of her widespread devotion has caused a chain reaction- the board of directors for Veteran Honor Flights invited her to join them. She and Bill would like to honor veterans past and present, and they would like the public to share in this experience through the display at the store. For more information, call Willshire Home Furnishings at 419.495.2833.

Last year, a special ceremony at the Willshire Cemetery was held to pay tribute to all who served; A The bronze statue of the lost soldier's helmut, empty boots and gun was dedicated to the lives of Bill Miller, Carey Fosnaugh and Benny Sapp. An adjacent stone honors all veterans.

 

This year, there will be more to experience at Willshire Home Furnishings Memorial Days Celebration! The public is invited to see the Traveling Military Vehicle Exhibit isted below.

 

Vehicle Information

 

 

Willys M38A1 ¼Ton 4x4 Utility Truck

 

Manufacturer: Willys-Overland Company           Production: 1954

Production Years: 1952 - 1971     

Engine: 134 CID F4-134 Hurricane, F Head 4 Cylinder, 72 HP, Gasoline

Transmission: Three Speed, Manual

Brakes: Hydraulic with a mechanical handbrake

Length: 11 feet, 6 5/8 inch (3.52 meters) Height: 6 feet, 1 inches (1.87 meters)

Width: 5 feet 7/8 inches (1.55 meters)

Weight: 3,865 lbs (1,753.13 Kg)

Payload: 800 lbs Cross Country and 1,200 lbs Highway

Crew: Up to 4            Armor and Armament: None

            In 1952, the Willys-Overland company improved the M38 Jeep for the US Military. Its new design was considered a great improvement from the original and it was sometime called the Willys MD model. The jeep would be used for a transport command, reconnaissance, and light cargo.

 

            A modified M38A1C would mount a 106mm Recoilless Rifle. It would have a split windshield that allowed for the storage of the rifle when not in use.

 

            The M38A1 was the first jeep to feature the round fender design. This military vehicle would be the workhorse of the US Military from the end of the Korean War through Cold War and Vietnam. The M38A1 would only be produced for the US Military from 1952 - 1957 but would not be replaced      completely until the 70’s by the Ford M151 Jeeps.

 

            Foreign governments would buy this version from 1958 to 1971 for their military.

 

Vietnam 2½ Ton Gun Truck

Manufacturer: Kaiser Jeep Corporation  Armament: 9 Weapons Total

Production Year: 1968        1 Quad .50 Cal Machineguns

Model: M35A2          2 Single M2 Machineguns

Armor: ¼” - ½” Steel Plates 1 M1919A4 .30 Cal Machinegun

Nickname: Rolling Thunder          1 M60 Machinegun & 1 M134 Minigun

Markings: US 1st Corps, 3-16 Artillery, Battery “B”

The Armored “Gun Truck” was a 2½ Ton Cargo Truck modified by combat units for patrol duties or add protection when escorting convoys. The first trucks were made in 1965 with no armor or special support equipment. Gun Trucks were first used in the Congo-Leopoldville Conflict.

In Vietnam, the US Army Artillery Battalions were equipped with M35 2½ Ton trucks to pull a M55 Quad Gun Trailer. Many units began removing the trailer wheels or the M54 Quad Mount off the trailer and place it in the cargo area. Some units used 5 Ton Cargo Trucks. A simplified armor project of steel plates were added for protection. More gun systems were added for fire power protection such as the M2 Machinegun, M60 Machinegun and the M134 Minigun.

At the end of Vietnam, most trucks were returned to the original standard configuration except one example sent to the US Army Transport Museum in Fort Eustis, Virginia in 1971.

In recent years, Vietnam Veterans have been buying retired military trucks and recreating the Gun Trucks they used in Vietnam. This truck is one of many reproductions. Vietnamese was written on the truck for warnings. The front and rear have a warning to get out of the way of the truck, while the sides give a warning for kids not to hang onto the truck.

 
 
 

Rockford Village Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Longtime Former Mayor and Councilman Retires
Story and pictures by Lisa Kuhn

Gene Steiner was honored at the Rockford Village Council meeting on May 19th.  Mayor Joseph presented Gene with a plaque giving thanks for his dedication and loyal service as Mayor and Councilman to the Village of Rockford.  Gene retired from council in March of this
year.  Cake and punch was served after the meeting.  Thanks again to Gene Steiner for helping to make Rockford a better place.

Left:   Gene Steiner and his wife Mary.
Above:  Awarded plaque thanks Gene for being the Mayor of Rockford as well as Councilman over the past 40 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Rockford Community Days 2015 Music Entertainment includes:

Thom McKee -   Friday – June 19th 5 – 7 pm

Filled with rich life experiences, passion, dedication, and limitless talent, writing great memorable songs comes naturally for Thom McKee.

McKee was born and raised in a small northwestern Ohio town called Delphos. It was the kind of town where everyone was family and there were plenty of girls and back country roads to go chase. Growing up in a small town had its perks. There were always plenty of life stories and crazy neighbors to write about.

Being on stage is a great way to find out what the fans truly like and react to the most. McKee says. “I want the listener to feel like my songs could have easily have been written about their own lives!” McKee has had a multitude of recent songs on internet and Tennessee radio. There is even a song still being requested in Afghanistan by our American soldiers! Currently two Ohio bands have requested mechanical licenses to record some of Thom’s work for projects and radio play. One of McKee’s latest songs climbed to #12 and was featured as the “Spot Light Song of the Week” on Nashville’s popular VRadio music streaming service



Shelby County Line – Friday – June 19th  8 pm – midnight

Shelby County Line is a four person Country band from west central Ohio who is quickly gaining a following as a premier Country Band for fairs, festivals, bars, and concerts. These Nashville recording artists offer a unique blend of old and new Country, classic, older songs, as well as a few originals which is great for entertaining people of all ages. They signed with Playback Records in May of 2014 and are currently promoting their single “Hey Hey Girl” from their cd self-entitled, Shelby County Line. In April, they traveled to Nashville to play at the famous Tootsies and also Rippys, and this summer they will be traveling back to Nashville to play during the Country Music Festival. Their summer venues include headlining at several area fairs and festivals, The Ohio State Fair and Blazing Saddles in Columbus, Ohio, the Firewater Saloon in Chicago, and opening for Mustang Sally at the Van Wert Ribfest. The band members include: Paul Luft as Lead Vocalist and rhythm guitar, Ben Tuttle as Lead Guitarist and harmonies, Mike Molaskey as Bass and rap vocals, and Carson French on the Drums. Bookmark our webpage, ShelbyCountyLine.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, get our Reverbnation app, and view our New You tube page to find out why they are packing in the crowds and keeping them happy as they are...Kickin' Up Country!





Nut Flush – Saturday -  June 20 – 5 – 8 pm 

Nut Flush was formed in the summer of 2011 with the intent of performing one house party. In 2013 interest grew from the members to regroup with the goal of playing classic rock cover tunes for house parties, small bars and benefits. Individually the members of Nut Flush have many years of live performing experience.  Visit Rockford Community Days if you are interested in fun, energetic classic rock! 


Kill the Rabbit – Saturday – June 20 8 – midnight.

KTR was formed in the 90’s by founding members Scotty Hayes, Marc Baker and Sheridan Lippi with the main goal to play great rock songs with a KTR Twist. We are seasoned professionals that put on a professional live show that engages the crowd from start to finish. We are The 2010 WINNERS of the FT. WAYNE, WHATZUP BATTLE of THE BANDS 7 Original Music SHOWCASE and the 2010 PIERE’S MUSICAL WARFARE CHAMPIONS. We released our first Critically Acclaimed Full Length ORIGINAL CD recording titled “PIECES” .

Our Goal is to provide a high level of entertainment through our original and cover music that we play and through the performance that we give each and every time we hit the stage. We have been playing, recording and performing with over 50 years experience collectively. KILL the RABBiT is the most requested band on the local scene by our fans and Club owners. 

 

38th Annual Vantage Senior Awards Assembly

Above: Vantage class of 2015 Award of Distinction winners: Front row: Caleb Bender, David Leathers, Nick Grote, Jill Ross, Arik Mitchener, Cole Ketchum, Dmitry Billingsley.  Back row: Tyler Foust, Tyler Talboom, Austin Schulte, Derek Schroeder.  Unavailable for the picture was Marty Hessler.

 

            Family, friends, and home school representatives, gathered at the annual Awards Assembly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of senior students enrolled in Vantage career technical programs. Awards of Distinction and scholarships highlighted the event and juniors put technology to the test as they watched the assembly via “live video streaming” from classrooms.

      The student speaker for this year’s assembly was Cole Ketchum, a senior in the Precision Machining program from Parkway.  Cole shared how coming to Vantage provided him with opportunities he never realized were possible and the news that he will begin a permanent full-time job @ Nidec Minster Manufacturing thanks to his technical training at Vantage. He also thanked teachers, staff members and classmates for their guidance, friendship and support. 

            Each year, career technical teachers select outstanding students to receive an “Award of Distinction”.   To be eligible for this award, a student must demonstrate leadership qualities at school, have outstanding achievement in their program area, show exceptional skills in the subject area, participate as an active member of a school career technical club and demonstrate cooperation, initiative and responsibility. This year’s “Award of Distinction” winners are:  Tyler Foust, Auto Technology (Delphos Jefferson), Tyler Talboom, Auto Body (Delphos Jefferson), David Leathers, Building & Grounds (Delphos St. Johns), Derek Schroeder, Precision Machining (Kalida), Austin Schulte, Welding (Kalida), Arik Mitchener, Ag & Industrial Power Tech (Lincolnview), Caleb Bender, Carpentry (Lincolnview), Nicholas Grote, Industrial Mechanics (Ottoville), Cole Ketchum, Precision Machining (Parkway), Marty Kessler, Network Systems (Paulding), and Jill Ross, Medical Office Management (Wayne Trace).

            Kennedy Manufacturing Plant Manager Mike Pond announced the Kennedy Manufacturing Precision Machining and Industrial Mechanics "Senior of the Year" award.  For a second consecutive year, Kennedy Manufacturing presented a Machinist’s Rolling Chest to an outstanding Precision Machining senior and a Maintenance Rolling Chest to an outstanding Industrial Mechanics senior.  This year’s recipients are Derek Schroeder (Precision Machining) and Nicholas Grote (Industrial Mechanics.

            Scholarship recipients were also recognized at the assembly.  The Robert C. Stevens Scholarship is given by the Vantage Teacher’s Organization in memory of Bob Stevens, who taught Occupational Work Experience (OWE) at Vantage from 1976 until 1984.  Students who are awarded this scholarship have shown outstanding achievement in their program area, while demonstrating initiative and perseverance.  This year, the Robert C. Stevens Scholarships were awarded to Jill Ross (Wayne Trace), Alysha Moran (Continental), and Samantha Hinchcliff (Wayne Trace). The Joshua Ralston Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of Josh Ralston, a Vantage Ag Diesel student from Parkway.  This scholarship is given to a student pursuing a career and further education in mechanics.  Josh’s father, Scott Ralston presented this scholarship to Arik Mitchener.  The Robert Brandt Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Bob Brandt, the very first Vantage superintendent, who stayed at the helm of the school for 27 years.  This year’s scholarship recipient was Karlee Trammell (Crestview). 

            The Van Wert Rotary Club provides an annual scholarship to students at all Van Wert county schools.  The year, the Dee Whitcraft Memorial Rotary Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Smith by Rotarian Dave Roach.  Marianne Hardesty of the American Red Cross awarded the ARC High School scholarship to Alysha Moran.

            In March, 2014, Vantage Welding junior Robbie Seffernick lost his life in a car accident.  His family has established the Robbie Seffernick Memorial Award to be presented to a junior Welding student.  This year, there were two recipients – Brooke Brown (Van Wert) and Hunter Blankemeyer (Lincolnview).

            All student scholarship recipients were recognized at the Awards Assembly.  This year, Vantage students received over $200,000 in scholarships to continue their education.  Also honored were national BPA contestants, state skill contestants, National Technical Honor Society members, students receiving academic awards, students with perfect attendance, and student ambassadors.

            CONGRATULATIONS to the Vantage Career Center class of 2015!

Arik Mitchener, a senior in the Ag & Industrial Power Tech program, accepts the Josh Ralston Memorial Scholarship from Josh’s father, Scott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War Roundtable Meets Soon – All invited
Roundtable program for the evening of May 28 is local friend Phil DeHaven, will be guest speaker. They will meet at 7:15 PM in room 154 Dwyer Hall at Wright State Lake Campus in Celina.

Phil is widely sought to appear at Civil War Roundtable meetings, and is one of the favorites at our meetings. He is a retired history teacher, former Mayor of Union City, IN and former president of the Randolph County (Indiana) Civil War Roundtable. He will be making his sixth appearance at our Roundtable. This will be the final meeting of the season...we will return in September.

Learn More: http://www.civilwar.org/

 
 

Summer Youth Employment Program

 

Are you or is someone you know between the ages of 16-24 and looking for a summer job?  Vantage Career Center has partnered with Van Wert County Job and Family Services and is now taking applications for the 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program.  The program will run from May 1, 2015 - October 31st, 2015. 

 

What is it?

 

Our Summer Youth Employment Programs are designed for lower-income youth in order for them to gain valuable work experience and skills while earning a paycheck to help meet basic needs.  Summer employment programs offer the opportunity for youth to develop a work history and to receive a reference from an employer.

 

Wages to youth are paid for by the program.  We help match youth with area businesses and non-profit organizations who have summer jobs and provide mentoring throughout the summer job experience.  Youth who complete the program receive a certificate of completion and the satisfaction of a job well done!

 

General Requirements for Eligibility

• Van Wert County

• Age 16-24

• Households that fall within the 200% FPL

 

And...for the TANF Summer Youth Program must either:

 

1)  Be a minor child (16-17 or 18 and still enrolled in high school) OR

2)  18-24 and live in a household with a minor child OR

3)  18-24 and the non-custodial parent of a minor child OR

4)  A Foster Child in PCSA Custody

                 

How to Apply

If you believe you meet the above mentioned general requirements, or just would like more information, call or stop by the Van Wert County Job and Family Services, 114 E Main St, Van Wert OH  45891.  Applications are at the Reception Area.  To complete an application for the program you will need to bring the following: Income verification for your entire household for the past 30 days, birth certificates/social security cards/IDs for all household members.  Why do we need all this for a summer job?  The program is for lower income families and we need to ensure it serves those it is intended for.  All information provided is completely confidential. Note: If you are 16-17 years old, your parent or guardian must sign for you to apply. Don't delay applying, job slots may be limited! 

 

For more information contact Deanna Lugabihl at 419.238.5430 x 0136.

 

FAMILY SIZE AND 30-DAY INCOME

1

$1,962

2

$2,655

3

$3,349

4

$4,042

5

$4,735

6

$5,429

7

$6,122

8

$6,815

 
 
 

Baseball Tournament Kicks off Summer Rec program

This past weekend, May 16 and 17th, Shane’s Park in Rockford hosted a 9 year-old and under baseball tournament with 8 teams from northwest Ohio competing.  The home Parkway team defeated Convoy 8-5 in the championship game. 

Attached are pictures of both teams.

Parkway’s picture:

Front Row:  Caiden Berry, Apollo Thomas, Devin Crouch, Braxton Ford, Kamden Strickler and Collin Langenkamp

Middle Row:  Trevor Stearns, Fletcher Smith, Douglas Hughes, Brayden Bruns, Landon Hamrick and Xavier Samples

Back Row:  Coaches Bruns, Hamrick, Smith and Samples

 

 

 

 

 

Convoy:

 
Jared Puthoff, son of Greg and Carol Puthoff, signs his intent to play football at Hillsdale College in the Fall. Coach Kevin Browning and Hillsdale Coach watch. Photo by Nikki Fox Photography.
 

 

 

 
May 19-20, 2015
 

 
 

Upcoming Workshops Help Parents “FLIP” Children’s Challenging Behavior

When it comes to establishing good behavior, children may not be the only ones who can benefit from training. Catholic Social Services Counselor Rick Williams, LPCC/S, is planning two summer workshops to help parents and caretakers explore a behavioral method for dealing with “the strong willed child.”

Based on Flip It, an informative book by Rachel Sperry, MSW, the workshop is designed to support all adults who interact with young children. An educator with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Sperry uses four simple steps to transform challenging behavior and support positive social skills for children ages 3 through 8.

The book and the method it outlines received a National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Silver Award in 2012. Its idea is not new, but Flip It transforms best practice into a strategy that is easy to remember and applicable in a variety of challenging situations.

By using the four steps described in Flip It, parents can help children learn about their feelings and gain self-control. The steps are easy to remember by using the mnemonic:  Feelings, Limits, Inquires and Prompts (FLIP). Workshop participants will learn how to FLIP IT with practice pictures, reflection activities, and real life stories in the workbook.

The process begins by helping children acknowledge how they are feeling. If the children’s reactions to those feelings are not appropriate, the parents learn how to help children understand that behaviors have limits. By asking children what they could do differently, parents can then prompt them to find alternative behaviors and better choices. It is found that children who are frequently “FLIPPED” become emotionally aware problem-solvers who develop healthy coping skills that will last a lifetime.

“The interactive workshop trains parents how to do behavioral intervention,” said Williams. “We teach them to find ways to uncover a child’s feelings and help that child find an alternative behavior that is acceptable.”

Williams and Catholic Social Services Intern DeNell Jones will teach each workshop in two sessions. The first workshop is on consecutive Saturdays, June 6 and 13 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. The second workshop is planned for two Thursdays, June 11 and 18 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $35 for the two sessions and all sessions will be held at Catholic Social Services’ Northern Office at 1201 Fairington Drive in Sidney. Call 1-800-521-6419 to register.


Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
strengthens individuals and families through actions of faith, service and charity.
To learn more about CSSMV, please visit
our website at www.cssmv.org or join us on Facebook.

 

 
May 16-18, 2015
 

 
 
 

Memorial Weekend Patriotic Concert In The Park
On Friday May 22nd, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  Music performed on the concert will include Patriotic selections that are intended to reflect, revitalize and rekindle the pride that each of use has as citizens of the best country in the world, the United States of America.  A few of these selections are, Salute To The Patriot by James D. Ployhar, An American Trilogy by Mickey Newbury, and El Capitan by John Philip Sousa.  Area military personnel and veterans will be honored with a Salute To America’s Finest. 
No food stand will be available, so you may choose to dine at one of our local eateries.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville and Rockford for this special concert.  Bring a coat it is going to be cool. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information

 

Parkway Retro Reunion Plans Underway!

Parkway High School Graduating Classes of 1972-1978 are invited to the Parkway Retro Reunion on Saturday, July 25, at the Rockford Community Building from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.  Class members are invited to a carry-in dinner and each person attending is asked to bring a covered dish.  Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided as will be bottled water and snacks.  Class members are encouraged to bring their own other beverage choices if desired.  A small $5 per person donation will be asked from attendees to help cover the cost of the hall rental and other related expenses.

Please join us for reconnecting, reminiscing, and sharing of our lives.  As we all get older, the memories become more precious and the friendships more important.  Please join us for much fun and laughter as we take a stroll down memory lane.  Class members who use Facebook are asked to make a request to join the Facebook page of “Parkway  1972-1978 Retro Reunion” or contact Regina (Beeks) Jenkins at rlwjenkins@cox.net.

Members from each class are working hard to get individual invitations sent out to each class member via email or regular mail and in addition, to be sure to catch anyone we may miss, we will continue having information out to class members through Facebook and the local media.  Please plan to attend a very fun evening—we look forward to seeing you!

 

Parkway Local Schools ~ 3 Co-Valedictorians in Class of 2015

Graduation May 17, at 1:30 P.M.

 

Class Colors: Teal & Silver

Class Motto: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

Co-Valedictorian: Allison Gaerke

GPA: 4.08 on 4.4 scale

Daughter of Todd & Shelie Gaerke

Activities: Cross Country, Cheerleading, Track, Band, National Honor Society

Attend University of Mississippi, major in Journalism

Resides in Rockford, OH

 

Co-Valedictorian: Kayle Heckler

GPA: 4.08 on 4.4 scale

Daughter of Chris Flores & Roger Heckler

Activities: Basketball, Softball, National Honor Society, Class Vice-President, Youth for Christ, Mendon UM Youth Group

Attend Wright State University-Lake Campus, major in Nursing

Resides in Mendon, OH

 

Co-Valedictorian: Cassandra Kuhn

GPA: 4.08 on 4.4 scale

Daughter of Mike & Lisa Kuhn

Activities: Cross Country, Band, Scholastic Bowl, National Honor Society, St. Teresa Youth Group

Attend University of Findlay, major in Pharmacy

Resides in Rockford, OH

 

 

Cassi Kuhn Takes Parkway’s Top Honor at
Mercer County Franklin B. Walter Awards Banquet
Cassi Kuhn, one of Parkway’s 3 co-valedictorians , recently was awarded Parkway’s share of the Mercer County Franklin B. Walter Awards at a Banquet held at Romer’s Catering in Celina, OH.  Nominated by Parkway, Cassi is the daughter of Michael and Lisa Kuhn, and named her teacher of influence as Anita Morton, Parkway Science Teacher. Cassi will go into Pharmacy at the University of Findlay in the Fall.

The 26th Annual Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Award  was designed to recognize one senior from each of Ohio’s 88 counties for outstanding student achievement. The award is named after Dr. Franklin B. Walter, who served as State Superintendent from 1977-1991. His work in education was respected and admired by educators nationwide. The award encompasses academic achievement, leadership roles, work and volunteer roles, as well as student honors. Each public school in the county is asked to nominate one senior to represent them. One senior is chosen from those applicants to represent Mercer County. A committee comprised of high school guidance counselors, the director of gifted education, the director of curriculum and other curriculum supervisors use a rubric to select the winner for Mercer County. Each school winner is presented a certificate to document their honor at their local high school. These young people represent the finest of students who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishment along with hard work and involvement with their schools and community. The award ceremony takes place in Columbus, Ohio, every spring as all 88 counties come together to recognize the outstanding achievements of these young people. There is also scholarship money given.

 

 

Van Wert Hospital Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week  May 17 – 23, 2015

 

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the brave men and women who respond to medical emergencies.  Observance of this important week runs May 17-23.  This year’s theme is EMS Strong and honors the strong drive within everyone who works together as part of the EMS crew—first responders, hospitals, emergency physicians and public health providers who collaborate together to reduce risk and save lives.

Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Medical Services are grateful for the dedication of our local EMS crews who provide the day-to-day life saving of emergency medicine’s “front line.” During EMS Week, or any time, if you see an EMS crew member out in the community, please take a few moments to thank them for their service to our community.  To show our gratitude for the EMS crews who serve our area, Van Wert County Hospital will be providing a meal on Tuesday, May 19 for all EMS personnel and also provide free Continuing Education (CE) hours on the topic of Pediatric Emergencies.

ABOUT VAN WERT MEDICAL SERVICES

Van Wert Medical Services (VWMS) is a multi-specialty group located in Van Wert, OH. VWMS specializes in Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecological services, as well as General, Thoracic, Vascular and Bariatric Surgery.

The Van Wert County Hospital serves Van Wert County, Ohio and adjacent communities as a financially independent nonprofit community health system. Van Wert Hospital ensures that health care services provided are available to all members of the communities we serve.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
May 14-15, 2015
 

 
 
Parkway Holding Cancer Mini Relay for Life on Friday, May 15th - Everyone is Invited!

The Parkway Football Field will be the site of a Mini Relay for Life on Friday, May 15th from  6 PM to Midnight to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. A chosen path will be provided for walking in memory or honor of loved ones who have fought or are fighting cancer or caring for someone with cancer. Musical entertainment and local musicians will keep the evening lively. Food will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

A survivor and caregiver lap will start the event. a Kid Zone with games will be provided. Bingo is offered. Several young men will compete in a comic Miss Relay Competition. luminaries can be purchased all evening until 10 PM when a special luminary event will be held.

 

 

Shane’s Park to Host 9U Baseball Tournament This Weekend May 16th and 17th

The Parkway 9U baseball team will be hosting a 9 year old and under tournament this Saturday and Sunday at Shane’s Park.  In addition to the Parkway team, there will be teams from Celina, Coldwater, Convoy, Evergreen, Ft. Loramie, Ft. Recovery and Versailles.  Games start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with Parkway’s first game at noon.  The semi-finals will be at 11:00 a.m. Sunday with the championship immediately following.  Come on out to watch these young athletes and see the recent upgrades made to the park and ball diamonds.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 

Clean Up After Your Pets in Rockford

The Village of Rockford would like to remind owners of pets that we have an ordinance regarding the proper disposal of pet solid waste - Ordinance 01-11.  

All pet owners and keepers are required to IMMEDIATELY  and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person.

 

 

4th Annual FUN Challenge Returns for Rockford Community Days

Join us at 10:00 am Saturday June 20 at Shanes Park in Rockford, Ohio for the 4th Annual Rockford FUN Challenge during Community Days. The Rockford Fun Challenge is a race in which two-person teams compete in Challenges as they race from location to location in the Rockford area.  This exciting and fast-paced race combines a variety of mental and physical challenges. Teams must complete the required number of challenges and the activities must be approved by each station’s “judge”. Last year, participants were tasked with ringing out grocery items to get a specific total, giving their partner a quick foot massage, throwing darts, reading nursery rhymes and dizzy bat (just to name a few.)

 

This year there will be two age groups as well as the golf cart division. It is encouraged to decorate your golf cart and come up with a creative team name.  Have FUN with it! Grand prizes will be awarded to the first finisher in each division.  Additional prizes will also be given away.

 

Walk, run, crawl or skip as you carefully move throughout the Rockford area. More information on the event and registration forms are available at the village hall and on www.RockfordAlive.com. Questions: Contact Twyla Hayes or Marie Miller (419) 363-2817 or Leah Hays (419) 363-2620.

 http://www.rockfordalive.com/4th-annual-fun-challenge-is-back/

 

 

Van Wert Man is Charged in Juvenile Case

Rockford Police are reporting charges have been filed in the case with the Van Wert man and Juvenile from Rockford. Chief Paul May is reporting that 32 year old Wesley A. Pancake of Van Wert has been charged with 3 counts of Sexual Imposition, 3 counts Attempted Importuning and 6 counts of Public Indecency. The charges stem from an inappropriate relationship that started back in March of 2015 with a 15-year-old juvenile and continued until Sunday morning May 10th, 2015. Records recovered during the investigation show that contact was started over the Internet and continued through text messaging. Chief May is giving credit to the parents of the 15 year old by noticing changes in behavior and monitoring electronic activity. Parents should always question behavior changes and not just settle for the normal responses from teenagers. As we can see, there are adults out there that are counting on parents to not do their jobs. The Rockford Police would like to also thank Van Wert City Police for their assistance in this investigation.

 

 

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K Openings 2015-2016

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K classes currently has openings for the 2015-2016 school year.  Openings are for the 3 and 4 years olds on Tuesday/Thursday mornings, Monday/Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons.  There are also openings in the morning and afternoon Pre-K classes (Monday-Thursday).  Openings are limited for those qualifying for financial assistance.   Registration forms are available in the elementary office or by calling Michelle at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.

 

2015 SUMMER LUNCH in the PARKS

For Children in the Parkway School District (An effort by the churches of the Parkway Ministerial Association)

Wednesday, June 3rd through Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
              11 am - 12:00 noon

Rockford - Shanes Park            Willshire - Willshire Park          Mendon - Park shelter on site of former Mendon/Union School

Inspired in 2014 by the Parkway Local Schools and Mercer County-wide weekly Back Pack Program, servants from the various Parkway School
District churches will provide a simple lunch for Parkway School District children at the community parks.  This is a one hour event and will be held rain or shine.  This is NOT a babysitting service.

The Parkway Ministerial Association Churches include:  Chattanooga United Methodist, Mount Tabor Church of God, New Horizons Community Church, Praisepoint Church, Rockford United Methodist, St. Johns Hopewell Lutheran, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, St. Teresa's Catholic Church, Zion Lutheran, Mendon First Church of God,  Mendon United Methodist Church as well as the West Central Ohio Youth for Christ.

 

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Tour Cancer Center

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting a tour of the Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center in Celina will be conducted.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 19th at the Cancer Center at 900 Havemann Road in Celina. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

Big Accomplishments at Vantage

As the 2014-2015 school year winds down to just days, many students are seeing the results of all their hard work over the past several months.

Rachelle Ward, an Interactive Media senior from Parkway, just returned from the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where she placed sixth in the nation in the Digital Publishing competition!  Kenneth Pinks-Liebert, a junior Network Systems student also from Parkway, competed in the PC Servicing and Troubleshooting contest, and although he didn’t place in the top ten, he earned his Microsoft Technology Associate certification.

Ross Siefker, a Welding senior from Continental has achieved one of the toughest goals in all of welding – his pipe certification!  His classmate, Adam Stutz from Parkway won the AirGas Welding Challenge on May 7, beating out over one hundred other students and professional welders.  As a matter of fact, this year’s Vantage Welding seniors have shattered the school record for the number of AWS welding certifications.  The old record was 76...and as of today, this class of 13 students has 108!

There are 11 new Cosmetologists today, since the following Vantage students passed the Cosmetology State Board exam earlier this month: Kylee Bates (Continental), Caitlin Geckle (Continental), Jenny Holbrooks (Wayne Trace), Bailey Krol (Van Wert), Nathaniel Pruden (Paulding), Alexa Sikraji (Lincolnview), Ciara Thomas (Van Wert), Marisa Tijerina (Delphos Jefferson), Raven Trammel (Van Wert), Mackenzie Urton (Delphos Jefferson), and Courtney Waltmire (Van Wert).

The Carpentry class will be showing off their year-long home building project on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10 am to 12 noon with an open house @ 12468 Richey Road in Van Wert.  Come on out and take a look at the outstanding work done by Carpentry and Electricity students on this beautiful 2,000 square foot home.

The Vantage Senior Awards Assembly will be held @ 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 and the seniors will be dismissed after the ceremony.  The last day for juniors will be Friday, May 22, 2015 and they will be dismissed at the end of the school day.

Caption: Vantage National BPA contestants Rachelle Ward (left) and Kenneth Pinks-Liebert (right) are pictured with their instructors Mrs. Jill DeWert and Mr. Larry Regendanz during the Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California last week.

 
 

Happy Daz Ribbon Cutting 

Happy Daz  opened at 10am on Monday, May 11, 2015  with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The new restaurant is located at 911 East Wayne Street on the location of the  former roller rink in Celina.  Summer hours for Happy Daz are daily from 7am to 10pm. John Heaphy is the owner of Beer Barrel Pizza and Grill, Old City Prime and Happy Daz restaurants.  For a menu visit www.happydaz.com.  Photo compliments of Jagged Edge Photography.

Happy Daz has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  

Pictured is restaurant owner, John Heaphy cutting the ribbon at the grand
opening along with Mayor Jeff Hazel, Mercer County Commissioner Rick Muhlenkamp,  Chamber Director Pam Buschur, several Chamber Trustees and Ambassadors, and the day shift for Happy Daz.

 

 
 

4-H Camp Car Wash

Need a spring car wash? Come support your local 4-H youth’s 4-H Camp Car Wash on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., and get your vehicle looking good at the same time. Car Wash will be held and sponsored by AutoZone located at 415 West Ervin Road in Van Wert. Donations and money earned will be distributed evenly among kids who participate, and will go towards their 4-H Camp Palmer registration fee.   

For more information or to sign up to participate in the 4-H Camp Car Wash please call the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419-238-1214. 

FitDance Event for 4-H Camp Palmer Campers

Want to get a jump start on your summer workout? Join us Sunday, May 17th at the Van Wert Co. Fairgrounds in the Jr. Fair Building for a FitDance Day to help raise money for the local 4-H youth. This event is a great way to get in a fun workout to your favorite tunes! Registration fee is $10, proceeds go towards campers’ registration fees to help make 4-H Camp Palmer more affordable for all kids. Our 4-H Camp Counselors will be providing a babysitting service for the duration of the event free of charge for kids 3-8 years of age for those parents who participate. For more information or to sign up, contact the OSU Extension Office at 419-238-1214. 

 

Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club will meet on May 16, 2015, at the Mercer County District Library. The writing assignment for May is to write about a good or bad event. A birthday was suggested, but another event can be used instead. Eileen Whitsett will lead the writing exercise for the meeting. The Club meets from 10 am to Noon on the 3rd Saturday of each month, spring through fall. The public is invited to attend. For information check out the Club's Facebook page at /Stateline-Writers-Club.

 

 
 
 

 
May 12-13, 2015
 

 

Program: “Abortion: Is It Just Another Issue?”

 

Guest speaker:   Michael Spencer, head of Life Training Institute- Midwest, a much-in-demand presenter and debater across the U.S. on the abortion issue

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 14   @ 7 PM

Location:  Lefeld Community Building, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina

                                                                                                                                                  

Sponsored by: Grand Lake Patriots

                             

Article:  On Thursday, May 14, the Grand Lake Patriots will host Michael Spencer who will speak to the topic, “Abortion: Is It Just Another Issue?” Spencer heads Life Training Institute-Midwest and has become a much-in-demand presenter and debater across the U.S. on the abortion issue. The program begins at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina.  Patriots and guests are invited to attend.

 

 

Parkway is doing an evacuation drill on Tuesday May 12, 2015  at 2:00. Chief May will have a school road closed.

 

School Board Meetings on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Parkway Board of Education meeting is scheduled at Parkway Schools Community Room for a Regular Meeting 6:30 PM.

Click here for the agenda.

 

Mother's Day Rockford Police Investigation
At 18 minutes into Mother’s Day, on Sunday, May 10, 2015,  the Rockford Police was contacted  by a very upset mother. She wanted to report that her 15 year old daughter has had inappropriate contact with a 32 year old Van Wert man for the past couple of months. Patrolman Ted Clevenger and Adam Saunders responded to the home and then contacted Chief Paul May. Chief May arrived and spoke to the upset mother. The investigation lead to false names being used on the Internet. Officers where able to locate the true identity and an interview was conducted at the Van Wert City Police Department in the very early morning. Formal charges are being reviewed at this time with the Mercer County Prosecutors office. Chief May would like to remind parents to stay ever vigilant with their children and continue to monitor their activity. As tragic as this incident is, it could have been so much worst.

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

Thank you from Jerome Bollenbacher
As I celebrate my 90th year, I wish to thank all of those, past and present, who have made my life full and enjoyable.  I have been blessed by wonderful family, friends and neighbors, many of whom were kind enough to help me celebrate my birthday with a lovely party. 

Thank you!
Jerome Bollenbacher 

 

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation


Mark it on your calendars now and be sure to attend! The RADC is proud to bring in a speaker to help educate us on the importance of town preservation.

What: Town Preservation presented by Ted Leahey of the Preservation Society of Union City Indiana/Ohio
Where: The Rockford Belle
When: May 18th @ 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Please be sure to share this event and we encourage all to attend

 

 
 
Minnich - Goettemoeller Families Celebrate Baby Boy

Grant and Terri Minnich of Willshire, announce the birth of a son, named Denver Hamilton Minnich at 7:12 PM on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz and measured 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Gary and Karen Goettemoeller of Celina, and Dan and Jan Minnich of Willshire. Great-grandparents are Mary Ann Homan of Coldwater, Verena Goettemoeller and Freda Lay, both of Rockford, Harold and Lucretia Minnich of Willshire, the late Wilbur Homan, the late Alvin Goettemoeller and the late Paul Lay.

Click Here for More Births

 
 
Grimes and Davis Families Announce A Baby Girl

Curtis and Allison Grimes of Columbus, announce the birth of a daughter named Breckyn Rose Grimes at 6:42 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Ohio Health Doctors Hospital, Columbus. She weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz, and measured 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Kathryn  Grimes Celina, Rick and Kathy Davis, Rockford, and the late Steve Grimes. Great grand parents are John Cron, Celina, Elizabeth Seiffert, Worthington, the late Donald and Martha Grimes, the late Rose Cron, the late Keith and Ada Davis and the late Bob Seiffert.

 

Click Here for More Births

 
 
 

 
May 9-11, 2015
 

 
 
 
2015 Prom at Parkway was a New York City Skyline Event
King and Queen were Whitney Rollins and Tanner Bates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Donation to Fox Family Ride for Autism - Poker Run and Auction Planned to Benefit Cause
Made by
Rockford Eagles - Aerie1292

 

As the yearly celebration rolls around, Autism Speaks - The Eighth Annual World Autism Awareness Day held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, is celebrated by one local family in a unique way. The Fox Family from Rockford has a special place in each heart for their young autistic grandson/nephew/cousin, Alex, who is now 10. He is the son of Holly Fox Snyder, daughter of the late Gary and Delight Fox. For years, Holly, Alex’s dad and their families have been participating in motorcycle runs like the Ribbon Run in Michigan and other fund raisers to spread the word about autism and help families in need. The site for Autism is  World Autism Awareness Day - Autism Speaks  .

The Fox Family this year has decided to hold their very own Autism Poker Run, Bicycle Run and Auction to raise money for Parkway children with Autism. Called the Fox Family Ride for Autism, they are working through the organization called iTaalk Autism Foundation (read the full article below) and plan to use the proceeds to purchase iPads® equipped with special apps that Autistic children can use to communicate with others and learn. Mike Fox, Alex’s uncle said the device has been significant in the life of his nephew and many others, but they are expensive. Some apps are $300 a piece. He recently spoke with Parkway teachers of Autistic children in Parkway, Chad Sapp and Laura (Carter) Yoder,  and they confirmed that  11 students and possibly one preschooler  are in the Parkway district.  The goal for the Fox Family is to raise enough money to buy and give each Autistic child one of the special iTaalk iPads®  which includes all apps fully loaded and training for students, parents and teachers.

The Rockford Eagles (photo: Blair Shaffer (left) presents a check to Mike Fox) recently donated $1000 to be used for a BIG cash raffle during the poker run. The Photo Star donated the raffle tickets.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, during Rockford Community Days  with registration from 9-11 AM. The donation is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. Besides the Big Cash Raffle, there will be a Silent Auction and Dollar Ticket Auction.

Mike said, “In addition, , we are having a Go Fish bicycle ride for children and adults. That event will meet at the Community Building and register between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. All ages welcome! Even adults!  The route will not cross over St Rt 33 so it will be safer. A go fish card will be picked up at each stop, and the riders with the most matches will be put in a drawing for new bicycles donated by an outside supporter of Autistic Causes in Ohio. We'll be giving away a child’s and an adult bike for the ride. The drawing for the winners will be @ 3:30 PM.”

Mike can be reached at 419-733-7466  and the website for registration is: http://nfoxphoto.wix.com/fox-family-ride

From there, a Facebook Page is available, too.

Please use this link to make your own donation to this event: http://www.itaalk.org/#!fox-family-ride/cl34

 

 

The Fox Family from Rockford is Sponsoring  the Fox Family Ride for Austism
by Tammy Eisenreich, Vice President The iTaalk Autism Foundation

Information on Austism

Autism is properly classified as an epidemic, and a recent study revealed 1 in 56 children have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The lifetime incremental cost of education, treatment and care of a person with autism is $3.2 million. Clearly this is a tremendous additional cost on families and on communities...unless we prioritize finding innovative approaches to working with children with Autism.

The iTaalk Autism Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that works to introduce and educate on cost effective and appropriate interactive technology for individuals with autism and related disorders. We continue to endorse traditional therapy programs such as a 30-hour per week Applied Behavioral Analysis program are the most effective treatment for children, but seek to bring attention to how much more progress could be made if the child also had access to an interactive device with educational apps, for which they were trained to use by their teachers and therapists. The immediate and inexhaustible interaction with a device such as an iPad®, would reinforce language, fine motor skills, cause & effect and other key skills for children with autism – thereby enhancing the therapist’s impact in a very cost-effective manner.

Last year, nearly 100 individuals with autism were granted an iPad® by iTaalk, and over 1,000 service providers and parents were provided with the necessary education on using an iPad® with individuals with special needs.

How you can help...

Become a donor for the Fox Family Ride for Autism

The Fox Family Ride for Autism is asking local businesses, corporations and/or individuals to become donors! The donations can be monetary or material in nature. Donations made will be utilized in an auction to raise funds. Money raised from the auction goes directly to iTaalk and will be used to fund the purchase of devices, educational applications, and a full-day iPad training for local parents, teachers and autism caregivers!

We hope you will consider this opportunity to partner with the Fox Family and iTaalk! Visit itaalk.org and click on the Programs tab to find out more about the Fox Family Ride and to become a donor today! Any questions regarding our organization and fund management policies are gladly answered, contact Tammy at tammy@itaalk.org, or visit www.itaalk.org for answers to FAQs about The iTaalk Autism Foundation. If you have questions about the Fox Family Ride for Autism and how to get involved please contact Holly at (419)-787-7857 or by email at hollysnyder@bex.net.

Please use this link to make your own donation to this event: http://www.itaalk.org/#!fox-family-ride/cl34

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Tammy Eisenreich
Tammy Eisenreich, Vice President The iTaalk Autism Foundation
The iTaalk Autism Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization EIN 27-3892351 is located at 2040 West Central Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43606

 

 
 

Parkway attends FFA State Convention
by Taylor Hesse @ ffa@parkwayschools.org

On Thursday April 30th, Amanda Stachler, Taylor Hesse, Tanner Matthews, Maggie Houts and their adviser Alan Post, headed off to Columbus to attend the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention. On Thursday they attended a session where the chapter received an award for donating towards the Children’s Hospital and donating towards CROP (Church World Services). Later in the session, they heard from the keynote speaker Curtis Zimmerman. Later that evening, the students attended a Keith Anderson concert. On Friday the chapter had a very busy day. The students attended the first session for that day where they heard from keynote speaker, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart. Later Taylor Hesse played in the State FFA Band and then she received her Reporters Award. Finally to end their trip, Amanda Stachler, Tanner Matthews, Taylor Hesse and Kameron Roehm received their State FFA Degrees. Congratulations to these students on their hard work and achievements!Picture:

Mr. Post with students who received their State FFA Degrees (Taylor Hesse, Amanda Stachler, and Tanner Matthews)

 

 

 

New Local Artists' Work on Display

Artwork by Evelyn Vian of Celina and her daughter, Andrea, are on display this month at the Rockford Library.  Stop by during regular business hours to see these local artists' work.

 

Survey for Library

The library is sending out surveys through the Photo Star and with students from Parkway for local residents to fill out and return.  We are working on a strategic plan for the library and need community feedback.  The surveys can be returned in the outside book drop or placed in a designated box inside the front library door.  The on-line version is available at 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WJWPF5V.  We are also looking for a sampling of people from the community to participate in a focus group.  This group will meet just once.  If you are interested contact the director, Rozann Maurer, at rmaurer@rcpubliclibrary.org or by calling the library at 419-363-2630.

 

 

Local Youth attend "WE ARE THE MAJORITY"RALLY     

Picture: Elli Keller, Abby Timmerman, Conner Lennartz, Cassie Germann, Miranda Petit, and Lily Schulze at the youth rally in Columbus.

 

6 local youth, along with an adult, attended the “We are the Majority” rally at the Ohio Statehouse on April 30th in Columbus. They joined a crowd of over 1,500 other youth from around the state promoting the drug-free message. The right side of the streets leading from Huntington Park Stadium to the Ohio Statehouse lawn were closed for a short time, in order for the teens march and to promote the message to all those watching. The youth and adult leaders sported t-shirts saying “We are the Majority” and were led by a drum line. At the statehouse, some high school student leaders gave encouraging advice and Ohio’s first lady, Karen Kasich told the youth, "I am proud of each of you for the choice that you've made to live a substance free life,” she said. She also promoted a campaign her and her husband, Governor Kasich, started, called “Start Talking.” For more information on this campaign and how you can “start talking” to your kids about drugs, visit http://www.starttalking.ohio.gov/. Prior to the march to the Statehouse, the youth gathered at Huntington Park for encouragement, pep talks, and encouraging comments from actor/singer Corbin Bleu and ate while the local Columbus band, Truslow wowed the crowd.

Those in attendance from this area were Celina: Cassie Germann (Junior); Fort Recovery: Abby Timmerman (senior), Miranda Petit, Ellie Keller, Conner Lennartz (sophomores); St. Henry: Lily Schulze (freshman), who are some of the members of the Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Group of high school drug-free students.

Cassie stated “my favorite thing about today was Cordon Bleu's very inspirational speech about how he was even bullied at it as a kid in high school but he was too focused on performing he didn't have time for drugs or anything.” He was bullied, but was able to stay focused on what he really wanted in life. Corbin Bleu, is best known for his role in “High School Musical” as Chad, in which he had to “act” like a good basketball player. Corbin Bleu explained the idea behind the day, "They are part of the majority. They are the ones that want to speak out on behalf of all their peers and generation and say we don't do drugs." Miranda said, “we met new people and made a huge difference. We got to listen to people in high places. The best part was, they don't need drugs” to get there! Abby, Elli, and Conner all enjoyed Corbin’s words of encouragement and Conner added, “he had a really great message to get across! And our rally in the streets was really exciting and we handed out cards” that said what the rally was for to people watching intently throughout the route. Lily explained, “I really enjoyed being able to go out of our small town and meet some new people who think all the same things I do. I am definitely coming back next year. The best part by far was the ride” home with the other youth. “I had so much fun with these five girls and I plan to have many more memories with them to come.”

 

Laura Sanford, who is the Prevention Coordinator at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, also participated in the events of the day. “Even statistics from our area indicate that the majority of people do NOT use drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. Despite what many youth think, surveys taken by youth in this area indicate that the majority of youth choose to be drug free,” Sanford states. “It’s important to continue to promote this message and the positive activities that are going on! We have some awesome future leaders in our community who are drug-free and willing to stand up for what is healthy for their body and their future.”

 

If you are interested in learning more about prevention programs in Mercer County, including the S.T.O.P. group and the S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) retreat for middle school students, please contact Laura Sanford at 419-584-1000. For tips and advice and positive news in our area, “like” the “Mercer County Drug Prevention” page on Facebook.

 

 

Work Crews  are Maintaining Roads and Bridges

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is issuing a reminder that it’s that time of year again, when county road, bridge and mower crews are in more active operations throughout Mercer County.  We are asking that motorists heed warning signs that crews display; and further, request that they take extra precaution and reduce speed when approaching mowers or areas where county road or bridge work is being done.

 

 

 
May 8, 2015
 

 
 

Quarter Auction coming on June 20th
There will be a Quarter Auction held during Rockford Community Days on

June 20th from noon to 2 pm at the Shanes Park Pavillion.

 

Seating will begin at 11:30 am. Paddles are $2 each - Limit 2 per person.

 

30-40 items will be in bids from .25 to $1.00.  There will be a mini-Ipad

raffle following the last item in auction.  Raffle tickets are on sale now

until the event.  Contact Amy Noll for tickets or more

information at'419-953-8761

 

Auction items include:  Thirty-One, restaurant certificates, Mary Kay,

gift baskets, and day trips just to name a few.  We are still taking donations

if you are interested in helping out.  

 

The event is sponsored by The Peoples Bank in Rockford.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 7, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Community Thanked
The Parkway Local Board of Education and Staff, plus the Vantage Career Center Staff are very appreciative of the overwhelming support shown by the Parkway Community in the election results.  The District has  and will continue to work very hard to improve the education received by our students. We will continue to make changes that will focus on what is best for educating our students. Once again, a big THANK YOU for the continued support shown by the Parkway Community.

Greg Puthoff

Parkway Superintendent

 

 
 
PARKWAY LOCAL SCHOOL LEVY Unofficial Total from Vote on 5-5-2015
Precincts Reporting 6
Total Votes 280
FOR THE TAX 225     80.36%
AGAINST THE TAX    55 19.64%
 
 

 
May 5-6, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 due to fog.

Parkway Sports Reports for Tuesday, May 5, 2015
7th Grade Softball Team defeats an undefeated Wapak team to STAY unbeaten at 13-0. The girls finish their season on 5-7 taking on Celina.

JV Softball team falls to Allen East 10-4. they are now 13-3 for the season.

Varsity Softball Team wins their 7th straight game with an 11-3 against Marion Local. They are now 15-2 for the season

The 8th grade softball team defeated Lima Central Catholic 18-0 to improve to 10-0 on their year 10-0. Last home game on 5-7-15 at 5 PM.

 

Remember to Vote on May 5!

 

Brand It Marketing Wins National BEST OF NAMA Award

Rockford, Ohio (May 4, 2015) –  Ohio marketing agency, Brand It Marketing Communications, has been awarded a BEST OF national award through the National Agri-Marketing Association for their work they produced for client Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) in the Audio Visual Presentations category for Dealers, Distributors & Sales Reps.

The video was developed for Van Wert, Ohio company, Advanced Biological Marketing, using a stop-motion technique following a soybean on its journey from seed through inoculation to full plant and harvest.  The award-winning video was the creative vision of Brand It Marketing Communications’ Twyla Hayes who entered the competition for the first time this year. Hayes collaborated with Dark Horse Productions in Delphos, Ohio to bring her creative vision and work to reality.

The Best of NAMA, National Ag Marketing Association, honors the best in agricultural marketing communications. Submissions are evaluated for marketing effectiveness and creativity as selected by a panel of 50 judges. The competitions were created in 1988 to honor outstanding work by NAMA members, educate members and to feature good advertising, and thus raise the quality of the industry’s communication efforts.

The regional awards process began in October of 2014. Companies and agencies entered their work to the regional competition. Entries were then judged in six different regions. Overall there were 1,355 entries in the six regions with almost 50 judges participating. These entries were evaluated over a two-day period in November in Kansas City.

 

About Brand It Marketing Communications

Brand It Marketing Communications specializes in result focused services to provide an inclusive branding for your growing business. Brand It Marketing’s team is comprised of creative designers, web site programmers and social media strategists ready to help your business grow. Brand It operates under guiding principles based upon integrity, professionalism and mutual respect. For more information visit www.branditonline.com

About Advanced Biological Marketing

ABM provides solutions for commercial agriculture using biological seed treatments that increase a crop’s potential and yield. Its product line include biological seed enhancements for corn, soybeans, wheat and many other production crops across the globe. ABM headquarters are in Van Wert, Ohio, USA. For more information, go to www.abm1st.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on thumbnail pictures below to see production scene's from Twyla's video.

 
 

May Chamber Member of the Month Announced
The Rockford Chamber would like to congratulate the Rockford United Methodist Church as the May 2015 Member of the Month !

 

Rockford United Methodist Church is a merged church formed in 2000 when the former Grace United Methodist and First United Methodist churches came together as one church. The congregation welcomes everyone to the TRADITIONS worship experience at 8:30 and/or the ENGAGE worship experience at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. The church is located at the corner of Pearl and Franklin Streets in Rockford right behind the firehouse.



Thank you Rockford United Methodist Church for supporting your local chamber !

Pictured:  Nathan Rupp - Youth and Children's Ministries, Susan Sheppard - Office Manager, Pastor Chip Steffy, and Marie Miller - Chamber President.

 

 
 

Become an Umpire
The Rockford Recreation Association is searching for local residents interested in umpiring baseball and softball games during the upcoming 2015 summer season. To be eligible to officiate summer recreation games, individuals must be at least 14 years old and have knowledge of the game of baseball and/or softball. An umpiring handbook will be provided that addresses special league rules and modifications. Contact information for interested individuals will be added to the 2015 summer umpiring list that will be used by coaches to find officials for upcoming games. If you would like to be added to this year's summer umpire list, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 before Sunday, May 10th. 

 

 
 

 
May 4, 2015
 

 
 
 
Parkway Schools Renewal Levy on the Ballot for May 5

Parkway Schools are seeking a renewal levy. NOT new, it is a 1%, 5 year income tax issue and was first approved by voters in May of 1995. Debra Pierce, treasurer reminds voters that it is a necessary operating levy that the district relies upon to run the schools.

 
 

 
May 2-3, 2015
 

 
 

Click Here for the Parkway Calendar of Events for May 2015 by Lisa Miller

 


Shanes Park Gets New Garden Shed and Clean up
The Shanes Park Beautification Society would like to thank the following:

Rockford Chamber of Commerce for donating the santa house to Shanes
Park.

Village Employees that painted and moved the santa house to the park.
The santa house is being converted into a garden shed.  This will be used
to store garden equipment so volunteers do not have to bring personal
items to the park.  It will take some time to build up the inventory, but this
is the goal.

The following ladies helped clean up flower beds, picked up sticks around
the Splash pad and play ground areas and raked leaves:  Thank you to
Marlene Roebuck, Karen Long, Barb Pedroza, Julie Long and Joyce Emans.

We look forward to seeing more volunteers on May 5th and May 19th.

 

 

CONCERT WITH COOL CAT REVUE TO REV IT UP FOR MOTHER’S DAY
ON MAY 9TH

Turn it up a notch and celebrate a special Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 9th with a spectacular performance by Cool Cat Revue at the Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio. Concert at 7 PM, doors open at 6 PM. The newly formed professional music duo with vocalists Shannon Persinger and Doug Hartle, of Fort Wayne, Indiana will feature dynamic impersonations of Country, Jazz, Rat Pack, Oldies, Classic Pop, and More!   A free-will offering is accepted.

Doug Hartle started singing publicly in church at the age of 7.  By age 15, he was singing professionally and is now entering his 34th year of professional entertainment.  Vocal harmony trio CLASSIC VOICE, based in Fort Wayne, is where Doug spends time in a group setting.  Singing his solo act “A Vegas Sounding Show” featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble’ and other “Crooner” style singers is his current solo act. 

Shannon Persinger started singing at a very young age, but it wasn’t until middle school that she became aware of how very much she loved to be in the spotlight and sing for an audience.  With an extensive background in show choir and in musical theatre, Shannon began singing professionally in 1994 and has been a lead singer of several area bands in Northeast Indiana.  Most recently, Shannon ended her seven year run as one half of the duo “Shade n’ Shannon.”   Currently, Shannon is keeping busy singing on the worship team at The Chapel in Fort Wayne.  She also sings jazz in her very own group, The Shannon Persinger Jazz Quartet.   Never short on energy or pep, Shannon was looking for something musical to do in addition to her jazz quartet.  It was during that search that she realized that something great was right around the corner…

Since first working together in THE POSSE in 1994 and remaining good friends over the years, Shannon and Doug decided it was time to join forces and develop a new musical venture called COOL CAT REVUE.   Shannon and Doug knew their show would showcase a variety of music made popular by the greats like Elvis, Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash and more, but they also wanted to add something novel and fun…something that was different…but what exactly?  One day as they were sitting around the Persinger’s kitchen table, Shannon and Doug happened upon a great idea…why not add TV theme songs into a portion of the show?   The great TV Land Revue portion of their show will be filled with memorable and catchy TV tunes that will bring audience members along on a nostalgic journey through a simpler time.

Doug states, “This is an opportunity to sing with one of my favorite female vocalists of all time.  Shannon is such an incredible talent full of energy and she presents such amazing versatility!   It’s fun to explore these musical opportunities with her!”  Shannon states, “I am so very honored and excited to be working with my very talented friend, Doug.  His intensity and love for music is infectious and it will no doubt make me a better performer!”  Both performers have families in Fort Wayne and both are Christians who are so very thankful to God for His many blessings, especially the gift of music!  With their combined talents and love of varying musical genres, Shannon and Doug will deliver a high-energy show that is full of fun and variety that is sure to please audiences everywhere.

The Rockford Belle invites the public to celebrate  “Mom” at this special Mother’s Day event featuring Shannon Persinger and Doug Hartle. Cool Cat Revue’s enjoyable entertainment style will take listeners to another time and place on May 9th. For more information, please call 567-644-9993.


 

 

 

Soup and Sandwich Fundraiser Planned for May 9
Parkway Explorations and Rockford’s Friends of the Library are holding a SOUP AND SANDWICH FUNDRAISER on May 9th at the Fellowship Hall of the Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH. The meal will be served at 5 pm before the Mother’s Day concert with Cool Cat Revue and immediately following the concert. The cost of the meal is $6.50 with selections to include a choice of a Sloppy Joe or Creamed Chicken Sandwich, 2 bowls of homemade soup, dessert, and a drink.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Parkway Explorations future 2016 trip to Europe. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 1, 2015
 

 
 

 

 
 
 

Thieves Apprehended in Rockford
From the Rockford Police: On April 27th, 2015 around 8:40p.m. Sgt. Bryan Stetler was contacted by an alert business owner. The owner stated that someone had just stolen some tires from there property and was headed out of town. Sgt. Stetler caught up to the suspects vehicle and was able to detain parties until Sheriff's Deputies could arrive. This incident occurred just outside Rockford Police jurisdiction. Both male suspects (from Fort Wayne IN. ) where transported to Mercer County Jail for theft. This marks the second time in a week that Rockford has been targeted by thieves. Chief Paul May would like to remind citizens to remain observant around there homes and business.

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

 
 
 

NISWONGER 15-16 MEMBERSHIPS  NOW AVAILABLE

It’s good to be where the good things are.
It’s good to be the reason why good things are happening.
A Niswonger Member experiences BOTH! Members share in bringing inspiration to the stage and  enjoy those performances from seats that are personally selected. The benefits do not end there. We believe in REWARDING our members with more GOOD things!

The 2015-16 Season will soon release an entire NEW YEAR of UNBELIEVABLE ENTERTAINMENT! 

PERSONAL & CORPORATE MEMBERS receive the first opportunity for ticketing and seat selection along with many other special benefits.

Get More Information At The Box Office 419-238-6722 or ONLINE.

 

 

 

VAN WERT COUNTY FOUNDATION ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The Van Wert County Foundation is now accepting Scholarship Applications for the 2015-16 school year. Scholarships are based on residency, college grade point average and financial need and are available for any recognized field of study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree.

A maximum of three grants will be made to a student earning a Baccalaureate Degree in four years. A student whose course of study requires five years to earn a baccalaureate degree may be awarded a fourth grant. Students earning an Associate’s Degree are eligible for scholarship funds after completing the equivalent of one year. No grants are made beyond the baccalaureate degree. Applicants must be full time students, although special consideration may be given to part-time students.

Students who have completed the equivalent of one year in college are eligible to have their application considered, provided they have a 2.75 accumulative grade point average. A first time applicant with above sophomore standing must have a 3.0 accumulative grade point average. Students who have been granted a scholarship must maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average to warrant continuation of a scholarship grant.

An applicant must have been a resident of Van Wert, Paulding, or Allen Counties when they graduated from one of the following eligible High Schools: Antwerp, Crestview, Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St. Johns, Lincolnview, Parkway, Paulding, Spencerville, Vantage, Van Wert, and Wayne Trace.

Applications may be found online at vanwertcountyfoundation.org or students may request an application by calling 419-238-1743, emailing info@vanwertcountyfoundation.org, or by visiting The Van Wert County Foundation, 138 East Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio  45891.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Women’s Fall Retreat 2015 

Mt. Tabor is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Women’s Mini Retreat on October 9th and 10th 2015. This event started with an idea and with a group of ladies wanting to make a difference and now by the grace of God is turning into something absolutely amazing. The theme of the retreat is Let’s Get Real!! Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith.

This event is going to be open to any girl/woman over the age of 10 and will have breakout sessions for all women, but will also have them for the younger crowd. The 10-15 year olds will have sessions on God Loves You and Words Hurt. The 16-21 year olds will learn about Social Media and how it can affect life and how to never give up on life. The over 60 group will have a session on how to be a “Senior Saint” in todays world. The remaining breakout sessions will be on topics such as grief, abuse, ministry in motion, prayer in a mom hectic world, stress and faith in the work place.


Our main speaker is Robyn Dykstra she is a funny, Jesus-loving, Bible study teacher and Christian speaker with over 25 years experience in retreat and conference ministry. You will Love her stories and be captivated by her teaching.

Her life-changing message will strengthen your faith to face life’s real challenges. You’ll be encouraged and equipped to live the REAL life God has planned for you.

Hannah Beck travels the country spreading that message of Hope. Chains can be broken. Relationships can be healed. God can make a way when there seems to be no way. One of the ways she spreads the message is her gift of music. Through her music she tries to connect with the real struggles of life and promise the never ending message of hope that does not fail.

Hannah will share her personal story during a special session geared towards the younger attendees on Hope. She will follow this session up by meeting with our 16-21 year olds about never giving up on life. Hannah hopes that you walk away knowing that there is hope in Jesus and there is a plan for your life.



Music will be supplied to us by the Mt. Tabor Praise Band, Hannah Beck and Gethsemane. We will have a fun and praise time Friday night to close the evening. It will be a great time to fellowship, worship, laugh, maybe cry and praise God for all He does.


Registration by September 20th  – $30
Registration after September 20th – $35
* Mother/Daughter Registration – $50
Registration includes lunch on Saturday

*To qualify for the Mother/Daughter discount the daughter must be under the age of 18. Please note: The fee for any additional daughters under the age of 18 is $20.
Please fill out a form for each daughter and send all forms together.

Pastor’s Wives FREE with 10 
When 10 paid adult registrations from the same church are sent in the same envelope, registration for their pastor’s wife is free.




SCHEDULE
Friday October 9th - Check-in / Registration – 5:30 pm – 6:45pm
Evening events will kick off – 7:00 pm
Evening events will end – 9:15 pm

Saturday October 10th – Morning events will start – 8:45 am
Lunch – 12 noon – 1:00pm (Lunch provided )
Afternoon events will start – 1:00 pm
Event will wrap up at – 4:00 pm

A detailed scheduled will be provided at the time of check-in

 

 
 

 

Barrys’ Family Market Burglarized
The Rockford Police received an alarm at Barry’s Family Market on April 20th, 2015 around  11:36 p.m. Sgt.Bryan Stetler checked the area and contact was made with the owner. Upon further investigation, entry was attempted and broken glass could be seen from the outside of the building. A perimeter was established at the grocery store and Celina’s Police K-9 was requested. No one was found at the scene. Evidence has been collected and no other information is available at this time. The Rockford Police would like to thank Celina Police department and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for the assistance. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Rockford Police at 419.363.3032. 

 

 

SUBWAY Chosen as Rockford Chamber Business of the Month for April 2015

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that SUBWAY has
been chosen as the Rockford Chamber Business of the Month.

  Subway of Rockford was established in May of 2003, by Jeremy, Richard,
  Josh, & Jon Wenning. We offer a wide variety of subs along with
  flatbreads, and Pizza's. The store is currently Managed by Jamie Green.
  She and her staff would like you to stop by for a fresh meal with a
  smile.  Rockford Subway is located at 101 Main St. 
  
  Congratulations Subway !  Thank you for being a supporter of the Rockford
  Chamber.

 

Picture: left to rt - Jamie Green - Rockford Subway Manager, Jeremy Wenning - Store Owner, &
Marie Miller - Rockford Chamber President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Henry Middle School  Holds D.A.R.E. Graduation

St. Henry Middle School  held the fifth grade D.A.R.E. graduation Thursday  afternoon, March 26.   The special guests were  Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, St Henry Police Officer Pat Elking, and St Henry Superintendant Julie Garke. The program was opened by Mercer County Deputy DARE Officer Sue Miller. The students reading their winning essays were: Grace Lange, Sam Koesters, Clayton Everman, Tori Staugler, Lauren Beyke and Olivia Lange.  The 2015 Honor students were presented medals purchased by the Mercer County DARE Boosters. The winners were: Hannah Woods, Jarod Barhorst, Rachel speck, Seth Heitkamp, Ashley Ontrop, Lauren Beyke and Ellie Bruggeman.

Each fifth grade student received a certificate and a D.A.R.E. shirt.  The fifth grade teacher assisting with the program was Mrs. Dingledine.  The guest speaker was Sheriff Jeff Grey.  He  encouraged the students  to rember their DARE lessons and make safe responsible decisions in their furture. Principal Mr. Kunk closed the program. The Mercer County D.A.R.E. program is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.

 

 

Mercer County D.A.R.E. Booster Senior Scholarship Luncheon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entire Group

Senior Scholarship Winners

 

 

 
 

90th Birthday to be Celebrated by Bollenbacher Family
The family of Jerome Bollenbacher would like to invite you to celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Rockford Community Building, Shanes Park, 420 Holly Drive, anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

In lieu of gifts, please just bring yourself.  If you must, bring a canned good for the local food pantry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celina Farmers' Market Opening Soon

The 2015 Celina Farmers' Market will be opening  May 2 - thru September each
Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. Vendors can sell their
homegrown or homemade goods on the sidewalk surrounding the historic Mercer
County Courthouse, located at 101 North Main Street in downtown Celina.
Vendors will come from throughout the area to sell locally grown plants,
produce and homemade foods and crafts.  Vendor registration forms and a list
of Rules and Regulations for sellers can be obtained at the Chamber office
or online at www.celinamercer.com.  

If you are shopping arrive early for the best selection.  After selling or
shopping at the Farmers' Market, be sure to visit the specialty shops,
cafes, and restaurants located in the recently renovated downtown.  Find out
why Celina is rated one of the 100 Best Small Towns in the USA. 

The Celina Farmers' Market is sponsored by the local organic growing
community, the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, and the Celina
Merchant Association.  Stop by the Chamber at 226 North Main Street or call
419-586-2219 for more information about the market.  Take pride in
supporting our local farmers while enjoying Ohio's finest fresh produce and
homemade foods!

 

 

 

 
 

Otterbein St. Marys Hosts Dedication for New Healthcare Expansion

Otterbein St. Marys unveiled the community’s NEW Designated Therapy Wing to the public in a formal dedication held on Friday, March 20th, 2015. Residents, partners, board members, local community leaders and other guests gathered to celebrate the  newest offerings and expansions being offered at Otterbein St. Marys. One new offering is the 1900 square foot state of the art therapy gym. This new amenity offers the latest in therapy services and equipment to Otterbein residents and members from the local communities. The therapy gym is part of St. Marys NEW designated post-acute, short-term rehabilitation area. This new designated therapy wing will conjoin the therapy gym with 12 private suites designed for recovery and rehabilitation. The space will provide residents with all the comforts of home in private suites designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of conditions and care levels. St. Marys is also pleased to offer a new memory support area and newly renovated assisted living and skilled nursing areas. “We have truly created a space that is state of the art, an environment that is warm, focuses on the individual, and returns them to the best possible version of themselves,” said Stacy Klosterman, Healthcare Lifestyle Counselor. The community is encouraged to come see what we have done to enhance the lives of those we serve in aspects of rehabilitation and long term care.

 
 
 
 
 

Donation to Fox Family Ride for Autism - Poker Run and Auction Planned to Benefit Cause
Made by
Rockford Eagles - Aerie1292

 

As the yearly celebration rolls around, Autism Speaks - The Eighth Annual World Autism Awareness Day held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, is celebrated by one local family in a unique way. The Fox Family from Rockford has a special place in each heart for their young autistic grandson/nephew/cousin, Alex, who is now 10. He is the son of Holly Fox Snyder, daughter of the late Gary and Delight Fox. For years, Holly, Alex’s dad and their families have been participating in motorcycle runs like the Ribbon Run in Michigan and other fund raisers to spread the word about autism and help families in need. The site for Autism is  World Autism Awareness Day - Autism Speaks  .

The Fox Family this year has decided to hold their very own Autism Poker Run, Bicycle Run and Auction to raise money for Parkway children with Autism. Called the Fox Family Ride for Autism, they are working through the organization called iTaalk Autism Foundation (read the full article below) and plan to use the proceeds to purchase iPads® equipped with special apps that Autistic children can use to communicate with others and learn. Mike Fox, Alex’s uncle said the device has been significant in the life of his nephew and many others, but they are expensive. Some apps are $300 a piece. He recently spoke with Parkway teachers of Autistic children in Parkway, Chad Sapp and Laura (Carter) Yoder,  and they confirmed that  11 students and possibly one preschooler  are in the Parkway district.  The goal for the Fox Family is to raise enough money to buy and give each Autistic child one of the special iTaalk iPads®  which includes all apps fully loaded and training for students, parents and teachers.

The Rockford Eagles (photo: Blair Shaffer (left) presents a check to Mike Fox) recently donated $1000 to be used for a BIG cash raffle during the poker run. The Photo Star donated the raffle tickets.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, during Rockford Community Days  with registration from 9-11 AM. The donation is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. Besides the Big Cash Raffle, there will be a Silent Auction and Dollar Ticket Auction.

Mike said, “In addition, , we are having a Go Fish bicycle ride for children and adults. That event will meet at the Community Building and register between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. All ages welcome! Even adults!  The route will not cross over St Rt 33 so it will be safer. A go fish card will be picked up at each stop, and the riders with the most matches will be put in a drawing for new bicycles donated by an outside supporter of Autistic Causes in Ohio. We'll be giving away a child’s and an adult bike for the ride. The drawing for the winners will be @ 3:30 PM.”

Mike can be reached at 419-733-7466  and the website for registration is: http://nfoxphoto.wix.com/fox-family-ride

From there, a Facebook Page is available, too.

Please use this link to make your own donation to this event: http://www.itaalk.org/#!fox-family-ride/cl34

 

 

The Fox Family from Rockford is Sponsoring  the Fox Family Ride for Austism
by Tammy Eisenreich, Vice President The iTaalk Autism Foundation

Information on Austism

Autism is properly classified as an epidemic, and a recent study revealed 1 in 56 children have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The lifetime incremental cost of education, treatment and care of a person with autism is $3.2 million. Clearly this is a tremendous additional cost on families and on communities...unless we prioritize finding innovative approaches to working with children with Autism.

The iTaalk Autism Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that works to introduce and educate on cost effective and appropriate interactive technology for individuals with autism and related disorders. We continue to endorse traditional therapy programs such as a 30-hour per week Applied Behavioral Analysis program are the most effective treatment for children, but seek to bring attention to how much more progress could be made if the child also had access to an interactive device with educational apps, for which they were trained to use by their teachers and therapists. The immediate and inexhaustible interaction with a device such as an iPad®, would reinforce language, fine motor skills, cause & effect and other key skills for children with autism – thereby enhancing the therapist’s impact in a very cost-effective manner.

Last year, nearly 100 individuals with autism were granted an iPad® by iTaalk, and over 1,000 service providers and parents were provided with the necessary education on using an iPad® with individuals with special needs.

How you can help...

Become a donor for the Fox Family Ride for Autism

The Fox Family Ride for Autism is asking local businesses, corporations and/or individuals to become donors! The donations can be monetary or material in nature. Donations made will be utilized in an auction to raise funds. Money raised from the auction goes directly to iTaalk and will be used to fund the purchase of devices, educational applications, and a full-day iPad training for local parents, teachers and autism caregivers!

We hope you will consider this opportunity to partner with the Fox Family and iTaalk! Visit itaalk.org and click on the Programs tab to find out more about the Fox Family Ride and to become a donor today! Any questions regarding our organization and fund management policies are gladly answered, contact Tammy at tammy@itaalk.org, or visit www.itaalk.org for answers to FAQs about The iTaalk Autism Foundation. If you have questions about the Fox Family Ride for Autism and how to get involved please contact Holly at (419)-787-7857 or by email at hollysnyder@bex.net.

Please use this link to make your own donation to this event: http://www.itaalk.org/#!fox-family-ride/cl34

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Tammy Eisenreich
Tammy Eisenreich, Vice President The iTaalk Autism Foundation
The iTaalk Autism Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization EIN 27-3892351 is located at 2040 West Central Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43606

 

 
 
 

Rockford's Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Shanes Park
Saturday - April 4th * 1 pm * Rain or Shine

Age Categories:

0-3 (From the Easter Bunny)
4-5; 6-7; 8-10

Cameras are welcome ! 

 

 
 
 
Amanda Stachler, Parkway Bowling Stand-out Heading to UNOH

Amanda Stachler recently signed a letter of intent to bowl at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima Ohio. Her parents are Terry and Sue Stachler. She had the second highest game of the conference season with a 249 and ranked 3rd at conference. Her average was 189 during her senior yearShe holds the Parkway school record for average and high series.

 
 
 
Parkway Music Boosters Work Major Fund Raiser and Build Delicious Burritos

About 75 Parkway Band and Choir students, parents and volunteers worked on Saturday, March 14 and built delicious burritos, making 4800 of them.  All pre-ordered the burrito sales are a top fund raiser for the band and choir programs at Parkway. using 40 gallons of sauce, 570 lbs. of cheese and 612 lbs of meat, the group did it all  from 8:30 to 11 AM at Parkway Schools Common and Cafeteria.

 
 
 
 

 

Family Thank you Expressed

We would like to  thank the organizers, community churches and local businesses for their hard work on the benefit held in our honor.  Thank you also to those that attended.  Bless you!  We are overwhelmed by the generous support we've received since the house fire.

Jeff and Lori Routt, family

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Challenger Basketball Game Provides Fun and Friendship
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great shots!
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Lake Area Arts Group Display at Rockford Library

The Lake Area Arts Group of Mercer County is promoting local artists in the county by displaying their artwork at each of the libraries.  This month the photography of Peggy Green from Celina is on display at Rockford.  Peggy was born in Mercer County and has lived here for 35 years.  She and her husband have four children and eight grandchildren.

Peggy has loved taking pictures all her life.  She received her first DSLR Canon camera for Christmas three years ago.  She says photography allows her to travel to wonderful places, meet fellow photographers and become more proficient.  She retired this past May from teaching which gives her more time to pursue her passion.

Stop by the library during regular hours and see these photos.  The library is open Monday-Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 


Rockford's Best Mix - 101.3 WRKD held an open house and ribbon cutting on February 28th.    

WRKD is a low power broadcasting station that is located on 101.3 on the fm dial. In August 2012 station manager Jim Crocker approached the Village of Rockford with an idea to start a community radio station with the Village being the license holder. The town council unanimously voted to approve the offer, Jim then applied for the license and was granted the construction permit in early 2014. The studios were then built with help from businesses and private individuals from the area.   WRKD has became a reality. In December of 2014 WRKD officially went live on the air. Broadcasting a variety of hits from the 70's to today along with live sporting events and public service announcements. WRKD is Rockford's best mix!!!

WRKD can be found ON THE AIR at 101.3 fm, on the WEB at www.1013rkd.com,
on FACEBOOK 101.3WRKD, and on TUNEIN radio.  Take us with you everywhere you go! Download our FREE AP Available in the Google play store!

Check out our show line-up:

70's at 7 pm; 80's at 8 pm Monday thru Friday
Parkway Sports hosted by Mike Schumm
Greatest Hits USA - Sundays 6 - 9 pm
My Blues Show w/John Dooley - Sundays 9 pm – midnight

 

Photo: Amy Joseph - Rockford Mayor, John Dooley - Village Council, Jim Crocker - General Manager, Mark Wulfhorst - Sports, Bryan Stetler - Operation Manager, Mike Schumm - Sports and Austin Metz -Intern. Photo by Lisa Kuhn

 

 
 
 

Henkle Insurance Honored by Motorists Mutual for 50 Year Mark

Henkle Insurance Agency recently received a 50 year plaque from the  Motorists Mutual Representative Dan Sherran.  Dan Henkle started the agency back in November of 1964 marking this year as their 50th year with Motorists Mutual based out of Columbus, Ohio.
Henkle Insurance Agency has been serving the Rockford Communities Insurance needs for 50 years. The agency has now reached to three generations in the family when Joel and Jordan Henkle joined their father Todd and grandfather Dan in the office. Stop in their Rockford location to get a free quote today on your auto, home, farm, life, annuity, and commercial needs. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Congratulations to Winner Author Jacqueline Franklin

Onetime resident of Mercer County, Jacqueline M. Franklin, daughter of the late, Darlene (Eddie) & Dorothy Bollenbacher, was recently honored by worldwide writing organization, FanStory. She will receive a trophy for 5th place out of 221 novelists, for 2014, gaining her worldwide recognition. Among her other awards are ‘Recognition’ and ‘All Time Best’ for her short stories and poetry. She also took 1st place in the ‘Book of the Month’ for December. Jacqueline recently self-published, ‘A Penny For Your Thoughts,’ available at amazon.com. She has written seven novels. This year she will begin to self-publish them, her short stories, and poetry. You may follow her blog @ www.novelsbyjaxandotherstuff.blogspot.com

Jacqueline still has many ties to Mercer County with three living aunts, Barbara (the late Bob) High, Betty (the late Jiggs) Bollenbacher, and Gretchen (the late Ford) Bollenbacher, as well as many cousins.

 

 
 
 
 

Frozen Fog in Rockford
Photos by Todd Henkle – Thanks for sharing!

Resident of Rockford and surrounding areas woke to a beautiful landscape on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 when a condition known as Frozen Fog, commonly called Freezing  Fog or Rime consists of water droplets that freeze upon contact with objects they encounter, forming a layer of thin ice or rime. This happens because the water is supercooled: its temperature is below normal freezing point, but it has remained liquid. The phenomenon differs from ice fog, which is made up of tiny particles of ice. Many regions of the world can experience freezing fog, especially during the winter months, when the air temperature can drop below freezing, creating the conditions necessary to create supercooled water droplets.

Fog normally forms where there is cold air over a relatively warm, moist surface, such as a lake, wet ground or moist soil. Freezing fog forms when the air temperature is below freezing point — 32°F (0°C). Strange as it may seem, water does not always freeze at the same temperature at which ice melts. It will do so if it is in contact with something solid: this could be a surface or container. In the case of a suspended droplet, a “freezing nucleus” — usually a tiny ice crystal — is required, unless the air temperature is very low.

Between 32°F (0°C) and 5°F (-15°C) the suspended water droplets that make up fog, or a cloud, are normally in a supercooled state. They remain liquid because there is nothing for ice to crystallize around, but on touching anything solid, they will immediately freeze. Surfaces exposed to freezing fog therefore quickly become coated with ice.

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Mercer County Engineer James Wiechart Posts Annual Report 2014
Click Here to to read facts and figures about road and bridge repairs, widening work, expenses, snow removal, the new Engineer's Complex on Mud Pike and more.
 
 
 
Shane Hill Program Enjoyed by Residents
Roberta LePage's Piano Students Entertain

 

On December 30, 2014, the students of Roberta LePage shared a Christmas program with the residents of Shane Hill.  The students who played are:  Treya Conn (daughter of Trevelin Conn), Madalyn Heindel (daughter of Tom & Shannon Heindel), Brooke Stephenson (daughter of Luke Stephenson and Angie Stephenson), Clare Krogman (daughter of Dave & Marcia Krogman), Corban Rich (son of Doug & Jennifer Rich), Hutch and Gwyneth Ridenour (son and daughter of John & Tricia Ridenour), and Coby Jones (son of Mike & Shawn Jones).  The audience enjoyed all the songs, and even sang along with several of them. 

 
 

Mercer County Engineering Complex Open House Held 12-6-2014

Jim Weichart, Mercer County Engineer, and employees of the Engineering Department held an open house for their newly completed facility on Mud Pike west of Celina on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  The new multi-million dollar complex, at 77,000 square feet, features Administrative Offices, Vehicle Maintenance Wing, Vehicle Storage Wing, Fueling Center, Salt & Grit Storage and a Vehicle Wash Bay. Bruns Building and Development was the General Contractor and Garmann-Miller was the architect.
 

The development of the engineer’s facility was in the planning process for more than a decade, according to the literature passed out at the Open House. Former County Engineers, Keith G. Earley, P.E., P. S. and Roy F. Thompson, P.E., P.S. began the planning process, and a multitude of private and public teams brought the structure to reality.

Pictured above are some of the 24 employees of the Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart (second from left), Mark Linn, Wiechart, Darren Porter, Brad Laffin, and Mark Leininger. At left: One of the newest tandem axle dump trucks in the Mercer County Engineer's fleet. It features an automatic transmission and is equipped with a 12 foot snow plow. It is used for other work in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford Eagles Donate to Back Pack Program and College Students

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $2000 to the Parkway Back Pack Program. Pastor Tim Clutter, above, accepts the check from Blair Shaffer, on behalf of his ministry C.A.L.L. Ministries. Tim says they need $4200 to fully fund the program across the Mercer County, and he deeply appreciated the generous check from the Eagles on behalf of the Parkway children. Tim said Parkway children in K-4th grade get a bag of food sent home every weekend including 2 breakfasts; 2 lunches; 2 suppers; 2 snacks and 1 or 2 drinks per child. A jar of peanut butter goes home to the households on free meals at school a the beginning of each month. 260 students are involved at Parkway, and this is the 4th year for the program there. Volunteer Deb Hecht oversees the program with a team of 15 volunteers helping her.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently gave renewal scholarships to students who are Wright State University Lake Campus and are parkway graduates. Tia Caffee, daughter of John and Lisa (Painter) Caffee of Willshire will graduate in May 2014 with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. An outstanding artist at Parkway, she graduated in 2013. Tegan Felver, daughter of Carl and Deena Felver is also from Willshire, and will graduate with an Associates Degree in Business Applications. Aslo a graduate of Parkway 2013, Tegan is learning office management and enjoys MS Access Database the best.  Others who were not present but received renewals were: Austin Adams, Amber Swander and Kirsten Schriema. Left to right: Blair Shaffer explained that the renewals would go directly to Wright State. Tegan and Tia stand next to Wright State University Development Officer, Julie M. Miller. The Rockford Eagles have funded $30,188.00 from 2006-2013 and $8,000 for 2014-2015. All of this money went for Parkway scholarships furthering their education.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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