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February 16, 2018
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 13 years.


 

 
 

Save the Date
Please join the library staff and family of Rozann Maurer as we celebrate her retirement from the Rockford Carnegie Library.  We will have an Open House on March 30th from 3:00-5:30 at the Library, so stop by to wish her well!

 

 

Parkway School Board Hears Details on Proposed Baseball Press Box Construction

Baseball Coach Luke Clouse wants to construct a new baseball press box for the Parkway Panthers and proposed his ideas to the School Board on Tuesday, February 13 at their regular meeting. Donations would pay for his proposal of a new box placed over the home dugout with a practice facility and batting cage included. There was some discussion and the matter was dropped for now citing more information was needed.

 

 

Barn Quilt Project Taking Hold in Rockford

Just as fabric quilts have their own unique history, so do barn quilts.  Even though the name implies that an entire quilt is painted on wood, it generally is only a single quilt block.  After blocks are painted, they are hung on the sides of barns or on front porches or simply just put in the yards.
 

Beginning in the early decade of the 2000's,  barn quilts started showing up again, which is also when the first BARN QUILT TRAIL began which originated in Ohio.   A Barn Quilt Trail consists of many quilt locations throughout the area which are mapped together and used by travelers who visit Barn Quilt Trails.   It is the hope of the Rockford Area Development corporation  to set up a trail bridging the gap between Lima and Spencerville  to the one ending in Berne, Indiana, with the trail ready for visitors beginning in the year of our Rockford Bicentennial in 2020.   Look for more information next month on how you can be involved in making your own quilt.

 

 
 
 
 
 

2017 Local Income Tax Information for All Village of Rockford Residents - Click Here

 
 

 
February 15, 2018
 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Local Schools Takes the Great Kindness Challenge

Parkway Local Schools encourages community members and businesses to come together and to participate in The Great Kindness Challenge, February 20-23, 2018. The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive, proactive, bullying-prevention initiative that reaches millions of students every year.

Parkway Local Schools is committed to creating a safe and caring school environment for all students. The Parkway 8th Grade Girls groups and leaders challenge students to perform a variety of acts of kindness throughout the week. They have made and posted signs throughout the Parkway school building with kindness quotes along with daily themes to remind students of daily kindness activities.  Activities include thanking various school employees for their service, making new friends, sitting with someone new at lunch, saying “good morning” or “good afternoon” to others, and doing something kind for someone without being asked.

Community members are also invited to participate in kindness activities throughout the week. One opportunity for community members and high school students to help others will be to donate blood at a community blood drive in the high school gym, sponsored by the Parkway FFA on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Great Kindness Challenge for creating a positive school environment. The Challenge is one week where students do as many kind acts as possible to create school climates that are respectful, compassionate, and kind with the hope that students continue to perform acts of kindness throughout the year. 

 

 
 

Rockford Lions Club Members Hear Plans for 2018 Variety Show 

The Opening and Closing musical numbers of this year’s variety show titled LET’S PLAY will feature a large choir of area singers and musicians.  It’s not too late to join the musical cast.  To express interest in participating contact Kim Gardner at 419-733-7639, use gardnerkimjohn@gmail.com or use Facebook Messenger.  Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 2 pm in the Parkway HS Music Rooms.

In addition to songs, dance routines and skits, LET’S PLAY will also include audience participation in a ‘game show’ format similar to the current Ellen DeGeneres television show ‘Game of Games’. Participants will be selected from the audience to compete in one of six games.  The winners of each individual game will compete in the final game called “Winner’s Seat’ for a special prize.   Rockford area personalities Barry Peel and Brian Shaffer will serve as Hosts for LET’S PLAY.

The 2018 Lions Club Variety Show will be held Friday and Saturday evenings April 6-7 in the Parkway High School Auditorium.  Tickets $7 adults $5 students will be available at Henkle Insurance, Barry’s Market, Peoples and First Financial Banks in Rockford beginning March 1st, 2018.

Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects fund scholarships & help fulfill local community needs & requests.

The Rockford Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.  

 

Mercer County Engineer Announces St. Marys River Maintenance Activities

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is announcing that over the upcoming several months, engineer inspection and maintenance personnel will be inspecting the entire length of the St. Marys River throughout Mercer County.

Easements exist along this drainage infrastructure that allow the necessary evaluation and maintenance of these important drainage elements.  Such things as ditch inspection, log jam removal and erosion repairs will occur throughout the year.

 
 

BECOME AN OSU EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER THIS SPRING

The Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program is an international organization designed to provide opportunities for gardening enthusiasts of all types and levels to acquire training in numerous aspects of gardening and landscaping, to develop long-lasting friendships with other MGVs, to learn from other MGVs, and to provide an outlet for those who wish to serve their communities through a unique form of volunteering.  Ohio State University MGVs work together with The Ohio State University Extension to provide such services to their communities as answering gardening questions, beautifying the community, developing community or demonstration gardens, and other horticultural activities.

Applications are being accepted for the Spring MGV Training Class of 2018. OSU MGVs are initially given 50 hours of training on information pertaining to gardens, landscapes, plants, diseases, insects and more!  But the learning does not stop after the initial training programs.  Opportunities for many types of continuing education are provided through multiple training programs offered through OSU Extension both locally and statewide.  After the training class is completed, new MGV interns are to provide 50 hours of volunteer service to the community as volunteer educators. Even though this sounds like a lot of time, it is not difficult to fulfill this requirement.  In fact most quickly exceed this number long before the end of their first year of service.

Van Wert County MGVs created and maintain The Children’s Garden, located in Smiley Park on Leeson Avenue in Van Wert to provide an outdoor learning lab for children of all ages.  Additional projects include: The Garden of the Senses in downtown Van Wert, a garden bus tour and more.

The 2018 MGV Training class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 beginning March 6th and ending April 26 and Saturday March 17th.   Classes will be held at The Lima Branch Campus of OSU. Carpooling will be available. If there is enough interest we will hold a class at the Van Wert County Extension Office located at the Fairgrounds.

Classes will cover a multitude of topics including: Basic Botany, Soil Science, Fruits and Vegetables, Diagnostics, Herbs, Annuals and Perennials, Trees and Shrubs, Entomology, Houseplants, Landscape Maintenance, Plant Pathology, and Pesticide Safety and Use. 

For more information on cost and how to obtain an application for the MGV program in Van Wert County contact Rachel Hoverman at 419-238-1214 or email at hoverman.22@osu.edu.

 

 

 

 
 

 
February 13-14, 2018
Valentine's Day!
 

 
 
Burrito Sales in Full Swing to Benefit Music Program
The Parkway Music Boosters are sponsoring the  annual Burrito Sales to benefit the Music Program at Parkway Schools. See the add above for information. They are delicious and cost only $2.25 each. Sales end February 16, 2018. Delivery is March 24th. Contact a high school or junior high band or choir member or Kristi Schaefer 419-790-1662 or Dee Weirrick 419-852-1603.
 
 
 

Parkway Music Booster Parents’ Schedule for February 16th and 20th

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Friday, Feb 16.  Please arrive by 5 PM.  Tiffany Burden, Aaron and Courtney Temple, Mike and Laura Roth, and Luke Stephenson.  

 

On TUESDAY, FEB 20 , the following parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand.  Please arrive by 5 PM.  If you are unable to work, please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  David and Jennifer Barrett, Brent and Michelle Agler, Jason and Diana Rissner, Greg and Amber Slusser, and Eric and Holly Strunk.  Thank you for your help!

 

 

 
February 12, 2018
 

 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on February 13, 2018
Special Meeting and Regular Meeting Planned at 6:30 PM
 Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 

Choir Director Inspires Blood Drive at Parkway
Community is invited to participate along with students and faculty


In honor of Mrs. Leslie Baltzell, Choir Director at Parkway Schools, the Parkway FFA has scheduled a Red Cross Blood Drive  on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the school during the school day.

Mrs. Baltzell suffered complications this past summer with her pregnancy and required blood donated by people just like you.

By donating your blood, you can mean the difference between life and death for a person in need. Register at redcrossblood.org and enter the code parkhs

Or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Hope begins with you!

 

 
 

Parkway 8th Grade Orientation Meeting

There will be a meeting for current 8th Grade students and parents to discuss planning for high school. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Parkway High School Auditorium. Following the session in the auditorium, high school teachers will be available in the High School Commons to answer any questions you may have about high school courses. Please plan to attend this meeting to better assist your 8th grader in planning for the next chapter of their education.

 

 

Meetings for Mercer County EMA :

Statewide Tornado Drill               
March 21, 2018 at 9:50 AM

 

Weather Spotters Class                  

March 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

at

Dicke Hall

Wright State University Lake Campus

Celina, Ohio

 

 
 

PEEBLES Re-opens in Celina
The Celina Mercer County Chamber is pleased to announce the Grand Re-opening and new membership of the Celina Peebles Store.  Peebles was greatly affected by the tornado experienced in November 2017.  Since then, Peebles has taken that opportunity to completely renovate their store with a fresh and exciting updated look.  The grand opening took place on Thursday, February 8th and over 100 people braved the cold as they waited outside for the store to reopen.  Peebles is located at 1935 Havemann Road in Celina, so be sure to stop for a visit.  Pictured at the ribbon cutting is Chamber Executive Director-Stacy Beougher, District Manager-Jennifer Watkins, Store Manager-Pat Brady, and many stores associates.  Welcome back Peebles!

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 9-11, 2018
 

 
 
 

Friday, February 9, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay.
 

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!     

 

Winter Homecoming 2018 at Parkway
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures

The Parkway Panthers held their annual Winter Homecoming Ceremony on Friday Evening, February 2, 2018, when they hosted the Ft. Recovery Indians in basketball action. Crowned Homecoming Queen for the evening was Senior Laura Barrett. Her court included left to right below: Freshman McKenna Schumm; Senior Haley Hawk; Queen Laura; Senior Sydney Crouch; Junior Alyssa Miller and Sophomore Lily Hipply. Queen Laura was crowned by 2017 Queen Klista Hellwarth with the sash placed by Tristen McKee.

The homecoming dance was on Saturday evening, February 3, and the theme was “White-Out.”

Click pictures below to enlarge thumbnails.
 

Justin Rice
gave the flowers.

 

Logan Huff
presented the
game ball.

Andrew Baker bestowed kiss.
 

 

 
 
 

 
February 8, 2018
 

 
 

Happenings at the Rockford Library for February

Valentine Creations  Stop by the library on Monday, February 12th from 3:30-4:30 or 6:30-7:30 to make a special valentine (or two).  Craft supplies will be available.  Decorate a heart cookie to enjoy while making a valentine.  This is a come and go craft: come, create and leave when finished.

Ninjago  The next family program will be Tuesday January 27th at 6:30.  Have some Ninjago fun with stories, games, craft and snacks.

Adult Reading Challenge  In conjunction with other Mercer County libraries, Briarwood Village, Celina Manor, and Van Wert Manor an adult reading challenge for anyone age 50 and older is taking place during the month of February.  Read any book, audio book, or digital book from February 1st-March 1st and enter a drawing for weekly prizes.  The grand prize, to be announced March 2nd, is a Kindle Fire.

The library is open Monday-Thursday 10-8, Fridays 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-2.  New items added to the collection can be found on our website:  www.rcpubliclibrary.org or check us out on Facebook.  For more information about any of the above programs call the library at 419-363-2630.

 
 
 
 

 
February 7, 2018
 

 
 


2018 Parkway Band and Choir BURRITO SALES 

February 5 - 16

Price $2.25 each -  or 25 for $50

* Pay when order is placed

Students to deliver orders March 24th.

Contact any band or choir students to place orders !!  



Any questions contact - Kristi Schaefer 419-790-1662 or 
Dee Weirrick 419-852-1603.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 6, 2018
 

 
 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Parkway Schools are now closed.

 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay.

2 inches of snow on roads.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!    

 

Karen Heckman Receives Promotion
Community Sports and Therapy Center has recently promoted Karen D. Heckman to Director of Operations. The rehab company began in 1980 and it currently provides therapy services to Mercer Health and other agencies and schools in the West Central Ohio area.

Heckman joined the CSTC as a staff Physical Therapist in 1993. Executive Director Robert J. Hibner announced that as Director of Operations, Ms. Heckman will be responsible for oversight of the day to day operations of all divisions of the local rehab company including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, massage therapy and athletic training services.

 

 

Rockford Bicentennial Committee Seeking Auction Donations

Donations are now being accepted by the Rockford Bicentennial Committee for the Bicentennial Auction slated for Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Rockford Community Building.  The proceeds will fund the year-long celebration activities for the Rockford Bicentennial during 2020.

The committee is accepting preferably new items of collectibles, hand-crafted items, sports memorabilia, fishing equipment, hunting accessories, athletic equipment, home decorating items, art pieces, outdoor living items, or other auction-appropriate pieces.  Very gently used items will be accepted only if those items are in excellent condition.  Clothing items will not be accepted.  We would also appreciate gift certificates to be used at area retailers.

Items can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office during regular business hours, or if items are too large to drop off, please contact the office for pick-up arrangements at 419-363-3032.

It’s never too early to start considering donation to the Bicentennial Auction next spring, so please consider what you can do to help out this worthy cause.  We hope to see you participating in the many activities being scheduled for the 2020 Rockford Bicentennial celebration, and thank you for doing your part to make this celebration a grand success!

 

 

 

Barn Quilt Project Taking Hold in Rockford

Just as fabric quilts have their own unique history, so do barn quilts.  Even though the name implies that an entire quilt is painted on wood, it generally is only a single quilt block.  After blocks are painted, they are hung on the sides of barns or on front porches or simply just put in the yards.
 

Beginning in the early decade of the 2000's,  barn quilts started showing up again, which is also when the first BARN QUILT TRAIL began which originated in Ohio.   A Barn Quilt Trail consists of many quilt locations throughout the area which are mapped together and used by travelers who visit Barn Quilt Trails.   It is the hope of the Rockford Area Development corporation  to set up a trail bridging the gap between Lima and Spencerville  to the one ending in Berne, Indiana, with the trail ready for visitors beginning in the year of our Rockford Bicentennial in 2020.   Look for more information next month on how you can be involved in making your own quilt.

 

 

 

St. Joseph Regional Burn Center shares

news you can use during Burn Awareness Week

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (February 5, 2018) – Most of us think we're safe from burn injuries. But the truth is, burns can happen to anyone at any time. Because of this, the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center is using Burn Awareness Week to share information that’s important to know year-round.  

 

Scalding hot liquids, grease fires, car accidents, chemical explosions, house fires, frayed electrical cords, severe sunburns and even frostbite can cause serious scarring, permanent debilitations and even life-threatening infections. That’s why St. Joe burn team members are working around-the-clock to keep the community safe.

 

Here are some additional facts about burns that might surprise you:

 

More than 40 percent of all burn injuries occur at home.

About 500,000 people receive treatment for burn injuries each year.

There are 4,000 deaths each year from fire and burn injuries.

About 40,000 people are hospitalized each year for burn injuries.

Burns from ordinary tap water can occur at a temperature of only 111°. Water heated to 130° can cause severe burns in seconds.

 

When a burn occurs, it is human instinct to attempt to treat the victim immediately. However,
some first aid decisions can actually harm the victim and complicate the burn injury.

 

Do not apply ointment, butter, ice, medications, fluffy cotton, adhesive bandages, cream or oil spray because these interfere with the healing process.

Do not allow the burn to become contaminated; avoid coughing or breathing on the burn.

Do not bother blistered and dead skin.

Do not give the victim anything to eat if he/she has a severe burn.

Do not immerse a severe burn in cold water or apply cold compresses; this can cause shock.

Do not place a pillow under a victim's head if he/she has an airway burn because the airway could close.

 

Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance immediately if:

the victim has a severe or extensive burn

the victim has a chemical or electrical burn

the victim shows signs of shock

the victim has an airway burn

(more)

Burn Awareness Week fact sheet, p. 2

 

 

To avoid the risk of infection and scarring, and to assist with healing, wounds need to be cleaned as quickly as possible after an injury occurs.

 

To treat a minor wound:

Wash your hands with soap and water.

Wear medical gloves, if they are available.

Rinse the wound thoroughly with lukewarm running tap water to help remove dirt, debris and bacteria. Kitchen sprayers are also good for this.

Gently wash the wound with mild soap and a washcloth.

Repeat the washing until the wound is clean.

Bandage the wound, lightly applying an antibiotic ointment first to keep the bandage from sticking to the wound.

Watch the skin around the wound for sensitivity to the bandage.

Apply a clean bandage if the current bandage becomes soiled or wet.

Change the bandage at least twice a day.

Remember, wounds that are deep, large, painful, bleed excessively and/or have large fragments of debris in them should be cleaned and treated by a healthcare professional.

 

For all other burn related questions, call the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center at (260) 425-3567.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 5, 2018
 

 
 

Monday, February 5, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay.

Icy Roads.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!   

 
 
 

 
February 3-4, 2018
 

 
 


Driver Training
Classes to Begin!

MR. E’s DRIVING SCHOOL, LLC

CLASSROOM TIMES            Spring 2018
Sat. Feb 24th                            8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Mon. Feb 26th                            3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Tue. Feb 27th                             3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Wed. Feb 28th                            3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Thur. March 1st                          3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Fri. March 2nd                            3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Sat. March 3rd                           8:00 am – 12:15 pm

 MAKE UP DAY

Mon.       March 5th                   3:30 PM  –  7:30 PM
 


Class will be held in the community room at the high school.

Cost for the class is $ 330.00.
Contracts can be obtained
from Mr. Hinkle or 
in the Parkway High School Office.
419-363-3455
 

Mr. E's Driving School, LLC
Dennis Hinkle
 dhinkle@watchtv.net
 
hinkled@parkwayschools.org

 

 
 

 
February 1-2, 2018
Ground Hog Day - February 2, 2018

 

 
 

Parkway Concession Stand Workers Reminded

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Friday, Feb 2.  Please arrive by 5 PM.  If  you are unable to work, please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Tom and Shannon Heindel, Chris and Kim Regadanz, David and Sara Stearns, Kerry and Heidi Walls, Caryn Wenning, and Brendan and Maci Bates.

The Jan 12 game has been rescheduled for Tues, Feb 6.  The following Parkway Music Boosters are scheduled to work in the concession stand.  Please arrive by 5 PM.  If you are unable to work, please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  David and Marcia Krogman, Keven and Tammy Rager, Andy and Michelle Rogers,  Galen and Tonya Hesse, Crystal Joseph, and Abbey Everett. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway JH Lady Panthers Have Undefeated Season - MAC League Champs

(Rockford, OH) - The Parkway Lady Panther Junior High 7th Grade Basketball Team finished their season undefeated with a 16-0 record, capturing the MAC League Champ Title. Their culture of SCHAPE excellence is made up of a committed team of athletes and a dedicated PIT (Panthers In Training) Management Crew.

Back Row from left: Beth Short, Alyx Yoder, Taylor Gruss, Allison Hughes, Emiree Knittle, Coach Tafi Stober, Coach Sheena Stover, Macy Johnson, Aaliyah Baxter, Emily Clutter, Madison Jacobs, Gabrielle Stober and Alivia Osborne. Front Row PIT Crew: Megan Hughes. Maddie Louth, Addie Hileman, Coach Ben Neff, Frankie Steinbrunner, Brittany Sites and Greer Yoder.

 

 
 
 
 
 
FAMILY FUN NIGHT

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, St Teresa Parish is sponsoring their annual Family Fun Night.  Dinner / DJ beginning at 5:30pm at Rockford Community Building. A
Wedding Style Dinner – PRESALE TICKETS ONLY – will be served. For tickets, contact the church office at 419-363-2633 before February 11th.

The Menu includes: chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, noodles, corn, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for
$8.00 per meal 
(5?free)
“Family deal” $40/max/family

Basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, cake walk/fancy stand, chuck-a-luck will all add to the fun of the evening.

Many great prizes to win for children and adults!

Open to the public!
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

Senior Night for the winter athletes has been changed to Friday, February 16, 2018 after the conclusion of the JV game.  It has been moved up one week due to the wrestlers being in sectional tournament the following week when it was originally scheduled. 
Sorry for any inconvenience - Parkway Athletic Department

 

 
 
 

Van Wert County Hospital Job Openings

Director of Patient Financial Services and Maintenance Mechanic/Safety/Security

Click Here for all the details

 

 
 
 
 
 
Reminder ----

The Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held on
Monday - February 5th at 7 pm - Village Hall and Museum.

All are welcome ! 
 

 
January 31, 2018
 

 
 

Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Early AM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The super Blue Moon happens before sunrise January 31 for North America and Hawaii. 
Click Here for times and details about this super Blue Moon total eclipse.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 30, 2018
 

 
 

Rockford - 2017 Year in Review -
by Mayor Amy Joseph


We would like to recognize several businesses that have made
major investments in Rockford this year:

J & B Equipment - Thank you for purchasing and tearing down 2 older homes and replacing them with a nice truck display on Route 33.

Tastee Twirl - Thank you for tearing down an older home and making improvements in the parking area of your business. This looks very nice as people pass by on Main St.

Betsey's Boutique - Thank you for purchasing the adjacent building for possible expansion and storage. The new front is a nice improvement to our business district.

Rockford Carry Out and Dining - Thank you for the addition to your building to grow your catering business. 
We truly appreciate our local businesses and the investments they are making in the Village.

Additional Village improvements:

3 new homes were built in the Village.

We have continued to make improvements to the Shanes Crossing Subdivision -
completing infrastructure Phase I. Lots will be for sale in the new year.
We have obtained funding for a new Wastewater Treatment plant to be built in the coming year.

At Shanes Park, we used an $80,000 State grant to purchase a new soft surface/obstacle course. We also purchased a new electronic media sign replace
the Shanes Park sign on Route 33.

We recently purchased the Trailer Park on Route 33 to expand Shanes Park for future development.

We completed the Columbia Street reconstruction project with new street,curbs and sidewalks.

The Bicentennial Committee put up banners in the business district to bring awareness to 2020. Future plans for 2018: This spring an artist will be working on a mural to be placed on the South side of the firehouse. Parkway students
will begin working on a mural to be placed on the concrete wall at the end of Market St. Our American Legion is planning to update the memorial park next to their building.

The Police department implemented a new ticket filing system with a State grant.
The department is continuing to keep Rockford drug free with several arrests this year.

Several services are in Rockford to help those that might find a need:

Agape Mobile Food Pantry - comes to Rockford at the Fire Station parking lot on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month.

The Rockford United Methodist Church provides meals on Wednesday evenings during the school year. They also have relocated the Parkway Food Pantry and Helping Hands in the old D & L Classic building on Columbia Street.

Tammy Cheek - purchased and is reviving the old D & L Classic Building. 

Rockford is very proud to have been chosen for a build site for Lots for soldiers. Lots for soldiers has put up a home for a deserving military family. The Rockford community pulled together to donate their time to complete the project. They are also looking for an additional lot in Rockford.

 

2 Family Garage Sale
Rockford Community Building
February 1st and 2nd -
9 am - 6 pm 
Everything $1.
 
 
 
 
 

Dash and Dine Open House at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices
The Otterbein Retirement Community of St. Marys, OH will hold a Dash and Dine Open House on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11408 Cardinal Lane, St. Marys. Stop in anytime between 4:00 PM and 6 PM for tour of the model homes and valuable information about senior lifestyle choices. A light meal will be served for dine in or take-out. Reservations requested by February 6th, Call 419.394.6227.

 
 

Parkway February 2018 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

 
January 29, 2018
 

 
 
Rockford Village Council Meets on January 16, 2018
The Rockford Village Council met on January 16, 2018 and voted thus: "because of management issues Jim Crocker and Crocker Media Group LLC will be dismissed as general manager of WRKD radio station."

At the January 3, 2018 meeting, the council had asked that WKRD radio station manager Jim Crocker (who created his own business called Crocker Media Group LLC and a  checking account for it to pay for the radio station expenses) to comply with council requests. Fiscal agent Lisa Kuhn says the village-controlled checking account handles all fiscal business and has since it holds the license of the station opened in 2014. At the meeting Jim was asked to rectify the situation to Lisa Kuhn fiscal agent by the radio station board member and council member meeting on January 9th at 7 pm. Radio Station Board Members were approved.

 Click Here for all the details by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:  The 782 Uni-Rotary Snow Blower was a part of the New Idea Uni System History, between 1963 and 1999, as a part of the history of Mercer County in the winter time.

The 782 Uni-Rotary Snow Blower was announced in the “Avco New Idea Farm Equipment Dealer News,” in the January-February 1970 issue.  “The rugged 782 Uni-Rotary Snow Blower adds still another function – and another season – to the growing number of jobs Uni-System can do for farmers’ customers.  With its full 9 foot clearing width, the 782 Uni-Rotary Snow Blower is ideal for clearing farm driveways, lanes, and barnyards faster than with a blade or hydraulic loader.”  The 781 Snow Blower was announced two years earlier in 1968. 

The 783 Snow Blower was introduced in 1979.  The book, “Avco Corporation, the First Fifty Years, 1929-1979,” published by the Avco Corporation, at Greenwich, CT., in 1979, made the following statement:  “Since it joined Avco in 1945, New Idea has maintained its reputation as a leader in producing specialized farm implements.  In 1977, the division introduced its largest production line – eleven new attachments – for its unique Uni-System self-propelled harvesting equipment.  The successful Uni-System Power Unit has been in production since 1965.  In 1977, New Idea announces largest new product line – elective Uni-System machines – in history.”  The 783 Snow Blower was front mounted.  The winter workhorse easily removed snow from lanes and barnyards.  The photograph is shown on page 70, “New Idea Company’s Uni-System, 1963-1999, Coldwater, Ohio,”

Coldwater Native Tom Hoyng drove the783 Snow Blower Uni-system, for the Village of Coldwater, in the August 2006 Coldwater Parade.  Hoyng was one of the Founding Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee in 2000.  This Committee held their first New Idea Company Farm Equipment Exhibit at the 2006 Coldwater Community Picnic at the Park. 

The History of the AGCO New Idea Company Snow Blower can be found on pages 41, 49, 60, and 70, in the book, “New Idea Company’s Uni-System, 1963-1999, Coldwater, Ohio,” published in July 2017, by Joyce Alig, Editor and President of the Mercer County Historical Society, and the New Idea Historical Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society.  This NIHP Committee also published the book, “New Idea Company’s Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders, Maria Stein & Coldwater, Ohio,” in 2013, and the book, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982,” in 2015.  These books have not only been extremely popular with Farmers here in Mid-Western Ohio, but also with Farmers in the Mid-Western States.  Many customers are the children of former New Idea Employees, at Christmas time.

In 1985, “The Coldwater Chronicle,” Coldwater, Ohio, made the announcement that “New Idea’s Uni is 20 years old.”   With that column, three photographs were included.  One photograph was of Carl Bettinger standing with the original New Idea Uni System, which had evolved from “The Brown Mule,” of Minneapolis Moline.  The other two photographs were of New Idea Project Engineers, John Slagle and Bob Stelzer, when New Idea purchased the patents for the Uni from Minneapolis Moline in 1963.

And that is what the Mercer County Historical Society is about, “Preserving Mercer County’s History and Educating the Public about that History.”  We invite you to become a Member of the Mercer County Historical Society.  You are welcome to join our New Idea Historic Preservation Committee as well as our other Exhibit Planners, the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors, the Museum of the Soldier Military and Gun Collectors, the Mercer County Post Card and Post Mark Collectors, and the Local Community Historians of Mercer County.  Send me your address to receive a 2018 Schedule of Events.

 

 

Van Wert Barnyard Buddies 4-H Club enjoying a tour of Kenn-Feld during their meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 27-28, 2018
 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Van Wert County Hospital Job Openings

Director of Patient Financial Services and Maintenance Mechanic/Safety/Security

Click Here for all the details

 

 
 

Stammen Insurance Group Announces New Branch Location in the Coldwater Community

February 1, 2018 (Celina, Ohio and Coldwater, Ohio). Stammen Insurance Group, LLC, a local leader in the insurance industry, announces the opening of a branch office in Coldwater, Ohio. The Coldwater branch will be Stammen Insurance Group’s fourth location and will provide them with the opportunity to better serve their growing client base.

The business, currently owned by four Managing Partners: Rob Howell, Cody Muhlenkamp, Jason Stover and Josh Schmackers, was named 2017 Agency of the Year by Celina Insurance Group. Managing Partner and Coldwater Resident, Rob Howell says, “We are excited to expand our operational footprint into Coldwater so we can continue the tradition of providing quality, professional services to businesses and individuals in the communities in which we live.” The new branch will be located in the heart of downtown Coldwater at 124 W. Main St. Coldwater, OH 45828. The doors will officially open on February 1, 2018.

“Our customers are the heart of our business. We pride ourselves on building strong, trustworthy relationships by listening to our clients and doing what’s right for them. Our business values align very well with the values of the Coldwater community.” – Cody Muhlenkamp, Managing Partner and Coldwater Alum.

Stammen Insurance Group is a company backed by 100+ years’ experience in the insurance industry. Since 1919, the heart of their business has been helping their clients protect their family, loved ones and the things that matter most to them. The business specializes in Personal, Business, Farm, Health, Benefits, and Life Insurance and now has four branch locations in the following areas: Celina, St. Marys, St. Henry and Coldwater, Ohio. They are excited to bring their long-standing history of insurance knowledge and expertise to the Coldwater community. For more information about Stammen Insurance, please visit www.stammeninsurance.com.

 
 
 

 
January 25-26, 2018
 

 
 
Area Lions Club Donate Prodeeds to Parkway Eighth Grade Class Trip to Washington D.C.

(Left to right) Lion President Dennis, Brian Woods, Kevin Krall (Willshire Lions), Bill Grier (Mendon Lions) during  the Fish Fry check presentation to Parkway Middle School Principal Brian Woods at the December 11th, 2017 Lions Club meeting.   Proceeds from the Annual Lions Club Fish Fry support the Parkway Eighth Grade Class Trip to Washington D.C. each Spring.   The first Parkway Eighth grade class trip was in 1985.  2017 marked the 13th year for the Lions Club Fish Fry at the Rockford Community Building.

Planning for the 2018 Lions Club Variety Show is currently underway.  This year’s production ‘Let’s Play’ will be Friday and Saturday April 6-7, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. in the Parkway High School Auditorium.  Tickets for ‘Let’s Play’ directed by Kim Gardner will be available at Henkle Insurance, Barry’s Market, Peoples Bank, and the First Financial Bank in Rockford or at the door the evening of the performance. 

Proceeds from the Lions Club Variety Show help to provide scholarships for Parkway High School graduates.  Lions Clubs empower volunteers to serve their local communities, and to meet humanitarian needs.

The Rockford Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.  

 

 
 

Anyone who had backordered shorts or headbands from the annual Parkway Sophomore Class Sportswear Sale may pick their items up in the Middle School office.

 

 

The Mercer County Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 pm at the Mercer County Court House. Please use north entrance. Kip Wright will be conducting a tour of the Mercer County Court House. The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

 
January 23-24, 2018
 

 
 

Stained Glass Artwork of Local Barn Becomes Fund-Raiser for

Carey, Benny and Bill Scholarship Fund for Parkway Students
 
 

About the Art

 
Pictured above: Photo of the stained glass artwork with light coming through the back.

The stained glass barn was modeled after a barn at the intersection of Routes 33 and 127 in Mercer County, Ohio; near Rockford, Ohio.  It was made in September of 2017 and donated to the Scholarship in October, 2017.  The picture represents a barn of circa 1900, and depicts crops of soybeans in the foreground and corn on the horizon.  A John Deere tractor was added to the foreground for effect.

It is a 3D copper foil stained glass piece.  The John Deere tractor and the big tree sit in front of the barn.  When in the light, the roof of the barn shows thru the green of the tree. The completed picture is about 14"x 20".

 

Pictured Above: Stained glass without back light.

About the Artist and the Story

The artist is Bob Blackwell of Candler, NC who was best friends with Carey Fosnaugh while serving in Vietnam.  Carol and Bob Blackwell have been supporters of the scholarship which honors three local men killed in the Vietnam War: Carey Fosnaugh (of Willshire), Bennie Sapp (of Rockford), and Bill Miller (of Willshire).  A scholarship, started in 1970, is awarded each year to a graduating senior at Parkway High School, because the young soldiers all went to Parkway/Willshire.  The scholarship is administered by the Leota Braun Charitable Foundations.

Bob, who creates stained glass has done several pieces. Since this fund is near to his heart, he wanted to create a piece that could raise money to be used in the fund to help earn proceeds for the scholarships presented each year. The proceeds of this fund, along with donations from each of the American Legions in the area are what comprises the award each year.  The American Legions are the biggest supporters of the fund as well as private donors.

Bob had an idea to use a local barn as a focal point. When Bob and Carol traveled to the Rockford area to visit relatives, he saw the Kimmel barn at US 33 and US 127 at Mercer Ohio.  He photographed the barn and then worked for several months on completing the picture and custom building of a frame and easel.  Pictures of his finished work got around as well as how he was trying to raise funds.

Pictured Left: Photo of the barn belonging to multiple generations of the Kimmel Family.

 

 

 

 

 

Before the artwork was able to be auctioned, a private offer was submitted to the Blackwells who accepted the generous offer and now the Carey, Bill and Benny Scholarship Fund has grown through this sum. It is the Blackwells’ hope that the fund will continue to grow through donations.  Bob is even considering another stained glass artwork to sell.

About the Leota Braun Charitable Foundation:

The Foundation is a Community Foundation in Rockford, Ohio:  Contact Information – (419) 238-2000, c/o Herbert Muhlenkamp, PO Box 364, Rockford, Ohio  45882-0364  (EIN) 030388873.  Your tax deductible contributions to the Carey, Bennie, and Bill Scholarship are needed to grow the support for the students; and to honor these three fallen men. 

 
 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
Notice is hereby given that pursuant O.R.C. Section 4928.20 (C) the Village of Rockford will hold two separate public hearings on the Village of Rockford’s Electric Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance on February 26th at 4:00p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall, 151 East Columbia St, Rockford OH.

The Village of Rockford’s Electric Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance describes the policies and procedures by which the Village of Rockford will carry out its municipal electric aggregation program, including those policies and procedures, which relate to rates and customer service.

If you have any questions you may call the Village office at 419-363-3032

Jeff Long
Village Administrator
Village of Rockford
 
 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
Notice is hereby given that pursuant O.R.C. Section 4929.26 the Village of Rockford will hold two separate public hearings on the Villages Natural Gas Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance on February 26, 2018 at 4:30pm. and 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 151 East Columbia St, Rockford Ohio

The Village of Rockford Natural Gas Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance describes the policies and procedures by which the Village of Rockford will carry out its municipal natural gas aggregation program, including those policies and procedures, which relate to rates and customer service.

If you have any questions you may call Village office at 419-363-3032

Jeff Long
Village Administrator
Village of Rockford
 

Mike Henry of PBC Financial Services Becomes Accredited
Jack Hartings, President / CEO of The Peoples Bank Co. announces the recent accreditation of Master Registered Financial Consultant (MRFC) for Mike Henry of PBC Financial Services.

This accreditation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) promotes financial professionals who adhere to a strict code of ethics and provide clients with the highest level of expertise.    

Mike has approximately 20 years of experience in banking and financial planning.  He studied at Bowling Green State University and has his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  He is an active member in several local communities and enjoys spending time with his family.

 
 
 
 

Celina Police Department New Release
by Tom Wale, Police Chief

On Sunday, January 21, 2018 the Celina Police Department responded to a report of a person under the hood of a truck at Bud’s Jeep Chrysler at 945 S. Main St., Celina.  Upon arrival officers found the white pickup truck with the hood open.  Officers began searching the area and requested assistance from the Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Office to saturate the area in an attempt to locate the suspect.

Mercer Co. Sherriff’s Deputy Sites located a 2011 Dodge pickup truck parked on Murlin Av. near South St.  He recognized it as a vehicle associated with other property crimes in Mercer and surrounding counties.  The truck is registered to 31 year old Jason Duane Amspaugh of Union City, Ohio. 

As officers were checking the vehicle, which has dark tinted windows which were fogged over, the lights came on and an officer could see a male hunched down inside the cab.  He was later identified as the owner, Jason Amspaugh.  Celina officers and Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Deputies had the truck surrounded and were ordering the Amspaugh out of the truck.

Amspaugh started the truck and accelerated towards Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Deputy, Detective Fortkamp.  Fortkamp was able to get out of the way of the truck as it sped away southbound on Murlin.  Amspaugh struck a parked car and then went south across Schunk Rd., striking a ditch and coming to rest. 

Jason Amspaugh was taken to the Mercer Co. Jail.  His pickup truck was impounded and a search warrant was obtained for the truck from Judge Katherine Speelman.  Celina Police searched the truck and located numerous stolen items, including items stolen from Bud’s Jeep Chrysler. 

Through an on-going investigation involving multiple agencies in surrounding counties and interviews after Amspaugh’s arrest, Detectives with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office applied for and obtained a search warrant through Darke County Common Pleas Court for Amspaugh’s property located at 1036 Ellis Rd., Union City, OH.  An estimated over $75,000 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered during the execution of the search warrant.  The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.

Amspaugh is being held for a bond of $500,000 as the case is being reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew K. Fox.   Current charges filed are Felonious Assault on a Peace Officer (felony of the 1st degree) and Fleeing (felony of the 3rd degree).

 

 

The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will be meeting on Thursday, January 25, at 7 p.m. for the purpose of continuing interview discussions for the new director position.  It is anticipated the meeting will be conducted primarily in executive session, although it may convene back to public session at the end of the meeting

 
 
 

 
January 19-22, 2018
 

 
 
 
 
Rockford Eagles Donate $1000 to Rockford Traveling Little League Boys Baseball Team

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1000 to Rockford Traveling Little League Boys Baseball Team. The entire team and their coaches recently accepted the check from Blair Shaffer, Eagles President. According to their Coach Steve Samples, the money will be used for equipment, uniforms and entry fees for the upcoming season in Summer 2018. The boys are enrolled in the Rockford Recreation Program Summer Baseball League on different teams. They then try-out to belong to a traveling team representing Rockford Recreation, and spend their weekends traveling to larger cities to play in tournaments.  Pictured above kneeling: Landen May, Caiden Berry, Fletcher Smith, Braydon Bruns; Row 2: Apolo Thomas, Devin Crouch, Landon Hamrick and Xavier Samples; Back row: Coaches: Steve Samples; Ryan Berry and Cort Smith, Shaffer (Eagles) and Coach Chad Bruns.

 

 

 
Rockford Library Board to Meet

The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 23, at 6 p.m. for the purpose of conducting interviews for the position of library director.  It is anticipated the meeting will be held predominantly in executive session.  The meeting will be held in the library basement meeting room.  No formal action is expected to be taken at this meeting.

 
 
 

Parkway High School - 2nd Quarter Honor Roll 2017-2018
by Lisa Miller
Parkway HS Secretary

 

 

SENIORS

HIGHEST HONORS (4.00 & Above): Clayton Agler, Claire Armstrong, Jared Berry, Paige Cron, Reese Fokine, Ashton Hamrick, Logan Huff

HIGH HONORS (3.99 - 3.626): Laura Barrett, Reid Etzcorn, Jared Gibson, Haley Hawk, Miranda Haynes, James-David (J.D.) Hileman, Miah Naseman, Justin Rice, Mackenzie Sipe, Trevor Smith, Chanel Walls

HONORS (3.625 - 3.25): Hadassah Armstrong, Bailey Bates, Jeremy Feldes, Courtney Lies, Tristen McKee, Bailey Parris, Chandler Roof, Megan Zizelman

 

JUNIORS

HIGHEST HONORS (4.00 & Above): Danielle Eads, Alistair Fahncke, Matthew Gaerke, KeAndra Godsey, Justin Miller, Faith Rollins, Haylee Stukey, Loren Stukey, Tessa Thatcher

HIGH HONORS (3.99 - 3.626): Jared Anderson, Molly Baltzell, Alexandria Ford, Mecaylah Hesse, Madison Kroeger, Alyssa Miller, Olivia Scott, Grace Swander

HONORS (3.625 - 3.25): Shay Bolton, Harley Burden, Hannah Eichenauer, Melissa Hauter, Kara Heck, Lauren Henderson, Colton Kraner, Nicholas Riley, Preston Stober, Bailey Strickler, Jonathan Wehe

 

SOPHOMORES

HIGHEST HONORS (4.00 & Above): Rachel Barrett, McKenna Johnson, Kristine Kirby, Olivia Rutledge, Hailey Stephenson, Ashlyn White HIGH HONORS (3.99 - 3.626): Cory Agler, Carley Boeckman, Aaron Bruns, Breyden Bruns, Alexis Cairns, Claire Eichler, Autumn Ellis, Leah Harshman, Macy Henkle, Lily Hipply, Clarissa Krogman, Jason Luth, Brooke May, Sophia Miller, Hailey Roberts, Kyle Roth, Gavin Stober, McKenna Temple, Shaelyn Thomas, Sydney Yoder

HONORS (3.625 - 3.25): Tori Albright, Rachel Breese, Ansley Burtch, Ashlyn Cornett, Courtney Harding, Kiersten Roehm, Grace Rogers, Monica Steen, Alexander Tisdale, Emily Zimmerman

 

FRESHMEN

HIGHEST HONORS (4.00 & Above): Avery Boroff, Kaden Boroff, Sierra Freeman, Zoie Huffman, Brayton Luginbill, Lydia Miller, Elijah Rich HIGH HONORS (3.99 - 3.626): Treya Conn, Remi' Fokine, Savanna Freeman, Dylan Hughes, Kayla Kuhn, Kelsey Nichols, Claire Rutledge, Makenna Schumm, McKayla Sites, Mackenzie Springer, Seth Stukey, Tyler Tinkham, Sydney Waters

HONORS (3.625 - 3.25): Abigail Browning, Alexzandra Cottman, Grace Etgen, Hunter Gibson, Madalyn Heindel, Bryce Mihm, Andrea Miller, Adam Stephenson

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 17-18, 2018
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 13 years.
 

 
 

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay.

Weather related.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!  

 

 

 
 
 
 

Jessica Wilson Patterson Awarded Advanced Practice Clinician of the Year Award

Jessica Wilson Patterson, 1998 Parkway High School graduate and daughter of David and Lina Wilson of Mendon, was recently awarded "Advanced Practice Clinician of the Year Award” for the Acute Care facilities of Bon Secours Health Systems in Virginia.  The title of an APC encompasses multiple professions to include Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Clinical Nurse Specialists.  Members of the health system leadership were asked to nominate individuals who do an exceptional job in their daily work and who go above an beyond to provide the highest level of care to the communities they serve. Jessica was chosen as the top nominee.  Jessica serves as the Lead Nurse Practitioner at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Virginia, and works directly with the Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery patients.

 

 

 

 

 

OHSAA Baseball Umpire Class

The Mid-west Buckeye Umpires' Association will  be hosting a training course for prospective baseball umpires interested in earning OHSAA certification for the upcoming 2018 season. Anyone ages 14+ is eligible to enroll in the class. Cost of the course is $135 - which includes all instructional materials, OHSAA membership fees, rule books, and annual MBUA membership. Classes will be held at Van Wert High School on Monday evenings at 6:00pm beginning February 5th and concluding on March 19th. Course registration and payment can be completed online by visiting www.myohsaa.org and clicking on the "REGISTER" link at the top of the page. Once you have created a free account, click on "Select a Course" and search for "Van Wert." For more information, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 or Ron Golemon at (419)513-0439. To ensure that course materials are received prior to the first class, we request that registrations are completed by January 29th.

 

 

 

As a make-up day, Parkway Local Schools will be in session
on Friday, February 16, 2018.

 

JAMES (JIM) A. WIECHART, P.E., P.S.
~Mercer County Engineer~
RELEASES REPORT FOR 2017 – Click Here

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Museum Conducting Membership Drive - Donations Listed and Bicentennial News

Shanes Crossing Historical appreciates all memorabilia donations. Recent donations include: Tom and Shirley Pryer – a wool press for making bales; Bryan Stetler – his uncle’s gramophone that still works and cylinder records; Kay and John Thomas – a large old classroom sized Rockford School picture of George Washington; Sheila Baltzell- a scrapbook prepared by her with clippings and pictures she took from the Rockford Sesquicentennial (150th) in 1970; and Connie Sell donated pictures she took of old houses in the area when she developed a home tour for the 175th Rockford Celebration.

The 2020 Rockford Bicentennial Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at the Village Hall and Museum at 7 pm. Public invited to attend ~~ Come share ideas and/or memories! The annual membership drive is being conducted.

 
 
 

Nine Students Successfully Complete Mercer Health’s Babysitter Training

 

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, bottle feeding, and handwashing. As part of the class, Coldwater Police 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.

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

Summer Babysitting Training Class dates will be posted on mercer-health.com in the spring.

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

Photos attached. Pictured in the morning class photo are: Grace Huwer, Riggs Tobe and Rudy Kremer (not pictured: Kelly May). Pictured in the afternoon class are: Aerianna Gann and Kendall Fetters.

 

Pictured is Matt Overman and Molly Hay accepting their $500.00 check from Mercer County Fatherhood Initiative. Big Brothers Big Sisters and Grand Lake United Methodist Church will co-host a family board game night. 

 

Pictured is Jenny Eyink from the Coldwater PTO accepting her check for the Father Daughter Dance. The Mercer County Fatherhood committee has awarded 7,  $500.00 mini grants to help promote fatherhood in Mercer County.

 

 

First Place Winner in MLK Jr. Writing Contest is a Vantage Junior

 

Congratulations to Cody Gaham, a junior in the Criminal Justice program from Parkway.  He took first place in the state-wide 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia Contest sponsored by the Ohio Ciivl Rights Commission.  Only one winner is selected to receive recognition from each grade level!  Cody will be formally recognized and his essay showcased at an award ceremony in Columbus on Feb. 2nd.  

 

 

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll
End of 2nd Quarter 2017-2018
by Michelle Agler, Secretary

Click Here for the list of these hard-working students!

 

 

Holiday Lights Contest Winner

Ohio City's Pride held its annual "Holiday Lights" contest for Van Wert County. The winner was decided by people that voted on individual images and videos of contestants. This year's winner was Steven Slusser of Gamble Road. 

We would like to thank our sponsors: Tisha Fast-State Farm AgentOhio City Express, Ohio City Park Board - Lambert DaysKoating Koncepts, and Bigham Creative Communications 

 

 
 

 
January 16, 2018
 

 
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay.

Temperature in the morning is expected to be near 4 with wind chills below zero.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 15, 2018
 

 
 

All Parkway Athletic Practices and Events are
Cancelled for Monday, January 15, 2018

Parkway Schools are CLOSED in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
and athletics are cancelled due to Winter Weather Advisory.

Sheriff Jeff Grey cautions drivers to be careful on the icy and snow-drifted roads.
 

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link! 

 

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE
Historical Society Members’ Workshops & Exhibits for 2018.

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.
Photo caption:    Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, is the home of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. is To Preserve Mercer County’s History & To Educate the Public about that History.  The Mercer County Commissioners purchased the Riley Home on May 27, 1975 for “A Home for the Mercer County Historical Society.”  This Museum is “The County Museum,”  and the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. is “The County Historical Society.” 

 

The 2018 Brochure is being prepared for the events of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc., at the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home.  For 2018, the Society will be continuing to host programs which continue in popularity:  the April New Idea Co. Exhibit; the June Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors Exhibit; the October Military & Gun Exhibit and November Post Card and Post Mark Exhibit.  These dates are announced in the 2018 Brochure.

 

The Society is always introducing new programs; this year, two new Workshops are planned.

 The first series of Workshops will be about the history of Fort Adams and the Artifacts found at Fort Adams on the St. Marys River in Dublin Township.  The 2018 Brochure will contain these dates.  You are welcome to become a part of this project.

 

The second series of Workshops will be about the history of oil and gas wells in Mercer County, including Grand Lake.  The 2018 brochure will contain these Workshop dates, also.  You are welcome to become a part of this project.

 

The Mercer County Historical Society has printed over thirty history books for the public.  This year, two local history books are in progress.  It usually takes two or three years to gather research, write the book, and then get it printed.  These books are noted in the 2018 Brochure.  The first book in progress is the New Idea Company’s fourth book in the Series.  There are many potential themes for this fourth book, so these next few months will be the review of various options for themes for this book, and for future books.  The workshops are announced in the 2018 Brochure.  You are welcome to become a part of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee.

 

The other book in progress is the History of Oil and Gas Wells in Mercer County.  This book has turned out to be a lot bigger than we had anticipated.  I started doing research for this book a couple of years ago and many of you have already brought your stories to the Historical Society at the County Museum.  The research for history of the oil wells on the Lake has been exciting as well as overwhelming.  You are welcome to share your stories about oil and/or gas wells on your land or near-by land in Mercer County.  The Workshop dates are announced in the 2018 Brochure.

 

A great way to help the Mercer County Historical Society is to renew your Membership, or if you are not a Member, now is a good time to do so.  2018 is a fascinating year for visiting the Workshops; either helping or watching.  Thank you to those of you who have already renewed your 2018 Membership.  Membership Dues are your choice, so it fits everyone’s pocketbook.  If you want a copy of the 2018 Historical Society Brochure, email me or write me.  Those of you who are interested, in preserving Mercer County’s history, you may send your Membership, with your name and address to the Mercer County Historical Society, P.O. Box 512, Celina, OH 45822.   Happy New Year to each of you.

 

[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]

 

 

 
 
 

 
January 13-14, 2018
 

 
 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on January 16, 2018
Special Meeting and Regular Meeting Planned at 6:30 PM
 Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 
 

2017 National American Legion Legacy Run


On August 12, 2017, Bob Maurer and fellow motorcyclists departed Fort Dodge, Kansas and traveled for 5 days to Fallon, Nevada. He writes, “We called this day as kick stands up. 

(On another August 12, 1968 to be specific I had another kick stands up or maybe I should wheels up. I left the east coast and headed to Vietnam.) 
We followed US 50 the entire way. 

US 50 is called the loneliest highway in the country. Day 6 took us from Fallon to our final destination Reno Nevada, the site of the 2017 National American Legion Convention. Total miles ridden for the event was 1400 miles.

The total donations raised set another record of $1,225,000 for the Legacy Scholarship Fund.

One small town we traveled through was Rocky Ford, Colorado.  It is known as the sweet melon capital and I can agree with that.  At our stop in Pueblo we were served their melon, and it was great.

In all I rode 4930 miles.
There was different scenery but I will take Mercer County any time.

I presented National Commander Charles Schmidt with checks totaling $1750. (See picture above)

Left: Ray Sutton from Ohio City also rode the entire route shown with Bob (right).

Left: Utah/Nevada border.”

Click here: for the Legion Website and an official video of the Legacy Run.

By Bob Maurer

 

 
 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Discuss New Detection Methods

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 new method for detecting and managing prostate cancer will be presented.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, January 16th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. 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.

 

 

 
January 12, 2018
 

 

Parkway Sporting Events Cancelled for Friday, January 12, 2018
Parkway Schools are CLOSED due to icy weather.

 

All Parkway Evening activities for 1/12/2018 have been cancelled.
The Homecoming Basketball Game for tonight and Homecoming Dance tomorrow are cancelled.  
The Homecoming Boys Basketball Game has been rescheduled for Friday, February 2, 2018.  
The Homecoming Dance is rescheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link! 

 
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 12, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be CLOSED
due to freezing rain and snow expected today and a winter weather advisory posted.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!   

 
 

Sheets Couple To Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Dave and Diane Sheets, 10620 Neptune-Mendon Rd, Mendon will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday January 20, 2018 with an open house at the Rockford United Methodist Church, Social Room, 202 S. Franklin St, Rockford, OH.  from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

They were married at the Rockford E.U.B. Church with the late Rev. Charles Bradford performing the ceremony.

Dave is the son of the late David and Bernice Sheets, Mendon.  Diane is the daughter of the late Ernie and Betty Mihm, Rockford.

Mr. Sheets and his son, Dave is engaged in farming and operate Sheets Bulldozing.  Mrs. Sheets is employed at Motor Inn. 

The event will be hosted by their son, Dave, his wife, Erica and their two grandsons, Tyler and Jayden Sheets, sister, Elaine and her husband Jim Geyer.

The couple requests no gifts.

 

Click Here for other anniversaries
 
 
 
Parkway Junior High Winter Sports Pictures by Nikki Fox, Rosters and Schedules - Click Here.
 
 

Parkway Middle/Junior High School Winter Sports Schedules/Rosters Posted by Lynn Hughes
Click Here to see the Junior High schedules in printable format!

Parkway High School Winter Sports Schedules/Rosters Posted by Lynn Hughes
Click Here to see the Boys Basketball Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Girls Basketball Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Wrestling Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Bowling Schedules - printable!

 
 
 

 
January 9-11, 2018
 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Keep Radon Out of Your Home
Michelle Kimmel, RS, Environmental Health Director 

January is National Radon Action Month, when Ohio residents are urged to test their homes for radon.

Soil in central Ohio can have high levels of radon gas. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and it can seep into homes. To help protect residents, the Mercer County Health Department offers homeowners free test kits. These easy-to-use home test kits are available at www.uchd.net/radon.

Winter is the best time to test your home. During these colder months, homes are closed up, trapping gases inside and providing more accurate radon readings.

Radon gas results from the decay of naturally occurring uranium found in nearly all soils. Radon cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, making testing the only way to determine if it is in your home. Radon can leak into homes through cracks in foundations, openings around sump pumps and drains, construction joints and cracks in walls.

It is estimated that nearly one home in every 15 in the U.S. has an elevated radon level. Elevated levels have been found in all areas of the country, including central Ohio. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and the EPA has identified 4 pCi/L as a recommended action level.

Mercer County has been designated as a zone one area on the EPA’s radon map. This means the EPA predicts that homes within our area could have high radon levels. Therefore, it is important that all homeowners in our area test for radon gas.

According to the University of Toledo’s Ohio Radon Information System, 582 Mercer County homes have been tested for radon. The maximum reading for Mercer County was 56.1 pCi/L, the minimum Mercer County reading was 0.1 pCi/L, with an average reading of 6.8 pCi/L.

If your home registers high levels of radon, it can be removed from your home through a variety of mitigation systems. According to the EPA, mitigation systems can cost between $600 and $1,200. More information on radon mitigation can be found at www.epa.gov/radon by clicking on the “Publications and Resources link” and viewing the EPA publication Consumer’s Guide to Radon.

To get a free test kit, homeowners can log onto www.uchd.net/radon. After completing a short online form, a free test kit will be mailed within a few weeks.

Radon test kits are easy to use. Place the small, non-obtrusive test kit in the lowest living level of the home for three to seven days. Then, seal the kit and mail it to the certified laboratory for analysis. Confidential results are available online a few days later or can be mailed to the homeowner within approximately two weeks.

For more information, please visit www.uchd.net/radon or www.epa.gov/radon.

 

 
 

 
January 8, 2018
 

 
 
 

Monday, January 8, 2018 - Parkway Schools are now closed.
Parkway Junior High boys basketball game versus Crestview is cancelled; Make-up is 1-9-2018 at Crestview at 5 PM; High School Coaches will inform athletes of practice times today. 9th Grade Basketball game with Coldwater is cancelled.

High School Band Solo and Ensemble Group practices are cancelled for tonight, January 8, 2018.
Listen to school morning announcements for rehearsal schedule.

 
 

Monday, January 8, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay
due to freezing rain and snow overnight and a winter weather advisory.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!  

 
 
 

Rockford Bicentennial Committee Seeking Auction Donations

Donations are now being accepted by the Rockford Bicentennial Committee for the Bicentennial Auction slated for Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Rockford Community Building. The proceeds will fund the year-long celebration activities for the Rockford Bicentennial during 2020.

The committee is accepting preferably new items of collectibles, hand-crafted items, sports memorabilia, fishing equipment, hunting accessories, athletic equipment, home decorating items, art pieces, outdoor living items, or other auction-appropriate pieces. Very gently used items will be accepted only if those items are in excellent condition. Clothing items will not be accepted. We would also appreciate gift certificates to be used at area retailers.

Items can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office during regular business hours, or if items are too large to drop off, please contact the office for pick-up arrangements at 419-363-3032.

It’s never too early to start considering donation to the Bicentennial Auction next spring, so please consider what you can do to help out this worthy cause. We hope to see you participating in the many activities being scheduled for the 2020 Rockford Bicentennial celebration, and thank you for doing your part to make this celebration a grand success!

 

Rockford Bicentennial to Raffle Collector Commemorative Presentation Rifle

The Rockford Bicentennial Committee is excited to announce the upcoming raffle of a commemorative presentation rifle, with the winner announced at its benefit auction on Saturday, April 21, at the Community Building in Rockford.

With only 300 tickets being sold, the winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Henry Golden Boy Rifle (22 cal) with a customized serial number. Committee members will be selling tickets soon, with tickets costing $10 each. All proceeds will benefit the Rockford Bicentennial celebration slated for 2020.

More information about the raffle and the purchasing of tickets will follow shortly.

 

 

Bridge Inspection
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced recently that the yearly bridge inspections of Mercer County’s 383 bridges on township and county roads have been completed.  Engineer Wiechart and County Bridge Supervisor T. J. Smalley completed the inspections before the end of 2017.

 “Bridge inspection is completed annually for several very important reasons.  First our bridge maintenance/work orders are generated directly from our yearly inspections.  Secondly, decisions on future bridge replacements/rehabilitations are made as a result of the condition ratings garnered from the inspection.  Third and most importantly, we inspect them to protect the public that uses them each day.”  In Ohio, the professionally licensed and elected County Engineer manages and oversees bridge inspections on township and county roadways.  Any questions, concerns about bridges may be directed to the engineer’s office.

 

 
 
 
 

Christmas Decorating Contest
The Celina Merchants along with the Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce held a Storefront window decorating contest for the holiday season.  Merchants were asked to decorate their window by December 1 and customers would have the opportunity to vote for their favorite storefront up until December 15th.  The store with the most votes would win $50 to donate to their charity of choice.  After all the votes were counted, Venetian Gardens was the winner. Congratulations to Venetian Gardens and thank you to all who participated.  Venetians chose Out of the Darkness Walk for Mercer County.  Out of the Darkness is a walk to raise money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.  The Mercer County walk was initiated by Coldwater resident Marge Griesdorn who lost her husband Randy to suicide.  Marge continues to work hard to raise money and awareness and we thank her for her efforts.  For further information on the walk or to donate, contact Marge Griesdorn at rlmcg@hometowncable.net or visit afsp.donordrive.com .  Pictured is Chamber Director Stacy Beougher, Marge Griesdorn, and Kathy Sovinski owner of Venetian Gardens.

  
 
Rockford Village Council Meets on December 19, 2017 and January 3, 2018
The Rockford Village Council met on December 19, 2017 and discussed the radio station goals for next year:    Parkway Students getting involved, more sports, some former students have come forward to volunteer to call games, most popular on the radio is the sporting events.  Community events can be listed and talked about on the radio, but organizations need to send the information to the station.    Discussed the Board and setting up some guidelines for next year.  

At the January 3, 2018 meeting, the council asked that WKRD radio station manager Jim Crocker (who created his own business called Crocker Media Group LLC and a  checking account for it to pay for the radio station expenses) to comply with council requests. Fiscal agent Lisa Kuhn says the village-controlled checking account handles all fiscal business and has since it holds the license of the station opened in 2014. At the meeting Jim was asked to rectify the situation to Lisa Kuhn fiscal agent by the radio station board member and council member meeting on January 9th at 7 pm. Radio Station Board Members were approved.

New council member Shane Young took office, and Steve Gehle became council president.

 Click Here for all the details by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 
 

Our Old Bookcase, Dec. 28, 2017, Oil Boom in Northwest Ohio

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:   This oil derrick and related machines at the Wood County Historical Museum, outside of Bowling Green, in Northwest Ohio is a great place to visit in the summer of 2018.

It is time that we are looking forward to the New Year, and preparing our programs for the Mercer County Historical Society in 2018.  As you know, I have been doing historical research on the oil and gas wells, not only here in Mercer County, but also in nearby Counties of Northwest Ohio.  Last summer, I was part of the program for the National Petroleum History Institute held at Findlay.  We not only listened to Geologists and Historians, but also visited the Wood County Historical Museum.

This past few months, I have been studying the oil and gas wells, not only on the reservoir, but also on the eastern bank of the Lake, in Auglaize County.  The Villages of St. Marys, New Bremen, and Minster, were a part of Mercer County, 1824 – 1848, when Auglaize County was established.  The families in Auglaize and Mercer County had much in common with their heritage and their way of life.

I will share stories about petroleum, which I found in the book, “Auglaize, Logan and Shelby Counties, Ohio,”  published by the Chapman Bros., at Chicago, in 1892.  The 1890’s were the height of the oil boom in Mercer and Auglaize Counties, and this 1892 book provided a rich history of local oil wells.

Calvin M. Wilkins “owns land in St.Mary’s Township; it was on this place that the Lima Natural Gas Co. first struck gas in this section of the country.”  Solomon Bamberger “is a member of the Bomberger & Hollingsworth Oil Company, which has four wells, and all are producing a good supply of oil.”  Oil was discovered on Charles P. McKee’s property in Auglaize County in 1891, and as of 1892, he had fifteen flowing wells and one gas well.  Henry J.F. Nietert had an interest in the Indiana Oil Field in 1892, which “brought him a good sum yearly.”  J.G. Wisener at Wapakoneta was a stockholder in the Natural Gas Company in 1892.  Honorable Robert B. Gordon “derives a handsome income from the oil found on about sixty acres of his land, and has drilled six oil wells himself, four of which are the best producers in this field.”  Benjamin Sweigart “has one of the best oil-producing farms in Auglaize County, finely located on the borders of the great St. Mary’s Reservoir.” 

 

New Bremen had its share of petroleum history.  In 1892, J.H. Grothaus “is a stockholder in the New Bremen National Gas Company and is Secretary of the Home Oil Company.”  Henry C. Kuenzel “is Secretary to the New Bremen Natural Gas Company, and is stockholder in the Home Oil Company.”  H. L. Nieter “has stock of one hundred and twenty-five shares of $10 each in the New Bremen Natural Gas Company, and is also a member of the German Township Oil Company.”  Christian Schmidt’s two sons, Henry G., and William C., “each own stock in the New Bremen Natural Gas Company.”

“In 1891, oil was discovered on Thomas Cogan’s farm in Moulton Township, Auglaize County, and there are now five oil wells and a gas well on his farm.  These wells have yielded about $5000 worth of oil up to date.”  John Reichelderfer “has twelve oil wells in operation, one of which produced one hundred thousand barrels of oil in five years.”  Henry Beeler “is a farmer in Duchouquet Township, and is the proprietor of four oil wells, one of which is the largest in the area.”

The year 2018 will be a great year in preserving petroleum history.  That is what the Mercer County Historical Society is about, “Preserving Mercer County’s History and Educating the Public about that History, as a part of Northwest Ohio History.”  Watch for the 2018 Programs about Petroleum History and visit the Mercer County Historical Museum, and share your stories about gas and oil wells with us.

[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]

 

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, Dec. 14, 2017, “The Williamsburg Cookbook.”

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:  “The Williamsburg Cookbook” preserves traditional and contemporary recipes adapted from the taverns and inns of Colonial Williamsburg.

Jean Zehringer Giesige knew that I love old books.  I knew Jean’s family since I grew up at Fort Recovery.  When Jean returned home from their visit to Williamsburg, Virginia, she brought this book, “The Williamsburg Cookbook” to me.  Every time I open this book, I am reminded of Jean and her love of writing.

“The Williamsburg Cookbook” reminds me of Christmas and being with friends and family.  I remember the feasts we had at our home when I was young.  Our Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts and Cousins came for Thanksgiving dinner.  Those of you who remember those dinners of your childhood, remember that we used real cream in mashed potatoes and pumpkin pies and homemade ice cream.  [You cannot buy real cream today, like we used then.]

“The Williamsburg Cookbook” reminds me of the times we spent with friends at the Fort Loramie Inn celebrating their Williamsburg Christmas dinners.  The Inn is decorated among all of the Fort Loramie Historical Museum’s exhibits.  The Fort Loramie Historical Society Members dress in that time period.  Guests dress up for these dinners; no one wears blue jeans!  The music is of that time period which is a delightful complement to the evening.  If you have not visited their Williamsburg Christmas dinners, you should plan ahead and make reservations for next year with the Fort Loramie Historical Society.

“The Williamsburg Cookbook” reminds me of people sharing gifts with their friends, because Jean gave this book to me.  When I read her column in “The Daily Standard” and her message in “C.PP.S. Today,” I have a sense of her kindness and understanding of others, not only during the Christmas Season, but also throughout the year.  That kindness is what Christmas is all about.

I would share some of the great recipes from “The Williamsburg Cookbook” with you, but I respect the copyright, not only by the editor Letha Booth, but also the Staff of Colonial Williamsburg, and the publisher, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.   I encourage you to visit Colonial Williamsburg and find a copy of this book for your own kitchen.

“The Williamsburg Cookbook,” is a gift from Jean, when I can use, year after year, not only during the Holiday Season, but the other months as well.  “The Williamsburg Cookbook,” is the gift which keeps on giving.  And that is what friendship is all about. . . especially during the Holiday Season, when we keep in touch with old friends we may not see very often.  Friendships of a lifetime, are gifts of a lifetime.

And that is what the Mercer County Historical Society is all about, caring about our friends we have and friends we have yet to meet.  The Society Members work to preserve the history of our friends and their families, because every person in Mercer County has played a role in the History of Mercer County.  Each person is important to our Mercer County Heritage.  We welcome our friends to join us in preserving Mercer County’s History.  New Friends are Silver and Old Friends are Gold.  You are invited to grow old with us, and be among friends as Members of the Mercer County Historical Society.

[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]

 
 
 
Community Building and Shane Hall in Rockford at Shanes Park Available for Rental

New pricing is listed with dates available at this link - Click Here 

 
 
 
 

 
January 6-7, 2018
 

 
 
 

Winter Storm Coming in on Sunday Afternoon, January 7, 2018
Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link! 

 
 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events by Lynn Hughes
for January 2018 - Click here for a printable version
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Influenza Activity begins in Ohio; Ideal Time to Get Flu Shot
Flu vaccination is the best protection against illness and missed work or school

Current Ohio Flu Activity Level (Geographic Spread) – Widespread Definition: Increased ILI in at least half of the regions AND recent (within the past 3 weeks) lab confirmed influenza in the state.

Flu vaccination can help keep you from getting sick, missing work or school, and prevent flu-related hospitalization and death. The more people who get vaccinated help protect others, including older adults, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal.

People who think that they may have the flu and are pregnant, have an underlying medical condition, or who are extremely ill should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Flu vaccines are still available for ages 6 months and up at the Van Wert County Health Department. To make an appointment, please call 419-238-0808 Ext. 103 or 107.

While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

For more information about influenza and flu activity in Ohio go to www.flu.ohio.gov.

 
 
 

Seasonal Flu Hospitalizations Top 2,000
It’s not too late to get the flu vaccination; Plenty still available across Ohio

 

The Ohio Department of Health continues to alert the public about the importance of flu vaccination as flu-associated hospitalizations continue to increase across the state as kids head back to school from winter break.

Week 52 had 925 new flu-associated hospitalizations which increased from 554 during Week 51. That is compared to 157 at this same time last year.

 

Ohio is now reporting 2,104 flu-associated hospitalizations for the 2017-18 flu season, compared to 369 at this same time last year.

 

Ohio has not reported any flu-associated pediatric deaths so far for the 2017-18 flu season (adult flu-associated deaths are not required to be reported to public health agencies).

 

The start of this year’s flu season in Ohio appears to be similar to the start of the 2014-15 flu season when:

There were 973 new flu-associated hospitalizations during Week 52 (almost 50 more than reported this year)

There were 2,892 total flu-associated hospitalizations through Week 52 (almost 800 more than reported this year)

 

The Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months and older get a flu shot as soon as possible as vaccination is the best protection against seasonable flu viruses.

 

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection against the flu to set in.

 

The flu vaccine is never 100 percent effective, and some people who get vaccinated may still get the flu but their symptoms are likely to be less severe.

 

More information about influenza and flu activity in Ohio is available at www.flu.ohio.gov.

 

 

 
January 4-5, 2018
 

 
 

Friday, January 5, 2018 - Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay
due to frigid cold temperatures and a winter weather advisory.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link! 

 
 
 

3rd Annual Parkway Athletic Booster Club Ball Drop

Tickets are currently on sale for the 3rd Annual Parkway Athletic Booster Club Ball Drop.   Tickets are $10 each with a chance to win up to $5,000.   Tickets can be purchased from any Parkway athlete, at Henkle Insurance Agency in Rockford, or at the High School Office.

Tickets will also be sold at all Boys Varsity Basketball games.  The ball drop will be on Friday, February 23 following the Boys Varsity Basketball game vs. Minster.   All proceeds from the ball drop will benefit Parkway athletes.

 
 
 

New Year Baby Welcomed at Mercer Health

The first baby of 2018 was born at Mercer County Community Hospital on Wednesday, January 3. Lynnlee Gower, daughter of Jessica and Kirk Gower, was born at 7:48 a.m., weighing 6 pounds 5.8 ounces and measuring 19 inches. Lynnlee was welcomed by her parents and four older brothers.

The Gower family received a sherpa blanket, a $100 gift certificate to the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and numerous other gifts.

This marks the third consecutive year that Mercer Health has welcomed the first baby of the year on January 3.

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Our Old Bookcase,  Jan. 11, 2018,  West Bank Road, 1970 & Local Stories Committee Members

Photo caption:    With the reference of this List of Sites on West Bank Road, in 1970, the Mercer County Historical Society is seeking local stories about West Bank Road.

West Bank Road has become quite a topic of conversation of local stories.  The people who grew up fishing along West Bank Road, vacationing at the Cottages, and eating at the restaurants, are recalling the Local Stories about the history of West Bank Road.   Over the years, I have written about sites and included photographs, or old post cards, on West Bank Road.

And now, with the destruction of some of the buildings on West Bank, the chatter about the history of West Bank has attracted the attention of the media.

The list of businesses on West Bank Road, in the year of 1970, will be of interest to the readers who remember the 1960’s and 1970’s. 

If you readers appreciate the work that the Mercer County Historical Society does, in the preservation of the history of West Bank Road, as a part of Mercer County’s History, will you help the Historical Society by sharing your stories of West Bank Road?

Please email me your stories, or write me a letter, about your memories of West Bank Road.  The only way that these Local Stories will be preserved, is if you share your memories with the Mercer County Historical Society.  

If you have old post cards, you are invited to show them, when we have an exhibit of old post cards on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

[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]

 
 
 

 

 

Parkway Panther Athletic Update Week of January 1 - 6
by AD Matt Triplett

 

January 1: 

No Athletic Events Scheduled

 

January 2:

Jr. High Girls Basketball @ Versailles, Bus departs at 3:40 p.m.  T. Stover driving

 

January 3:

No Athletic Events Scheduled

 

January 4:

VAR Wrestling @ Allen East, Bus departs at 4:00 p.m.  K. Browning driving

VAR/JV Girls Basketball vs. Versailles, 6:00 p.m.  Softball concessions

Jr. High Boys Basketball vs. Versailles, 5:00 p.m.  Track concessions  

Jr. High Girls Basketball @ Crestview, Bus departs at 3:45 p.m.  J. Hamilton driving

 

January 5:

VAR/JV Boys Basketball @ Versailles, Bus departs at 4:15 p.m.  L. Hughes driving 

 

January 6:

Jr. High Wrestling @ Spencerville, Bus departs at 8:30 a.m.  B. Peel driving 

Jr. High Boys Basketball @ St. Mary’s, Bus departs at 8:50 a.m.  L. Nichols driving

Varsity Girls Bowling @ Van Wert, Bus departs at 8:50 a.m.  B. Cairns driving

VAR/JV Boys Bowling @ Van Wert, Bus departs at 12:10 p.m.  L. Clouse driving

 VAR/JV Boys Basketball vs. Lehman Catholic, 6:00 p.m. 

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Our Old Bookcase,  Jan. 4, 2018, Workshop for new boxes of Fort Adams Artifacts
Photo caption:   Map of Fort Adams on the Saint Marys River, just north of the Village of Mercer, in Dublin Township, with plans for 2018 Workshop for Artifacts found at the site, 1980’s & 1990’s.

General Anthony Wayne led the U.S. Army into the Indian Territory and continued his march toward Lake Erie, in the summer of 1794.  By the first of August, the troops arrived at the Saint Marys River.   This was a small fort, built with the purpose of protecting the Soldiers who were too ill to march.  Anthony Wayne named the fort, Fort Randolph, but later changed the name to Fort Adams in honor of Vice President John Adams.  Two years later, in the early summer of 1796, it was abandoned by its garrison of 56 United States troops.  The site was used as a supply depot during the War of 1812.  After the war, the site was used as a trading post.

In the 1980’s, I talked with George Wilson, owner of the property where Fort Adams was located.  I asked him if he would permit an Archaeological dig at the site.  He not only agreed to permit Professional Archaeologists and amateur volunteers to dig at this site, he agreed to donate that land to the Mercer County Historical Society. He also made the agreement that all artifacts found would go to the Mercer County Historical Society.  After three summers of archaeological digs under Dr. G. Michael Pratt, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology, Heidelberg College, with Dr. Larry Nelson, Site Manager Fort Meigs State Memorial, Larry Street, St. Marys; Members of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors, Amateur Archaeologists from Toledo, and Members of the Mercer County Historical Society, the artifacts went with Dr. Pratt, for conservation to Heidelberg College, with a promise to return the artifacts to the Mercer County Historical Society.

Two years later, Dr. Pratt called me and asked me to pick up four boxes of the artifacts from Fort Adams at Heidelberg College.  Alvin and I drove there and picked up those boxes and took them to the Mercer County Historical Museum, where we had an exhibit of those artifacts.

This past autumn, 2017, Heidelberg College called me that they were closing the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology, and would I please come and pick up four boxes of artifacts from the Fort Adams dig.  I told them that all of the artifacts were supposed to have been given to the Mercer County Historical Society, following the dig.  I asked why these extra four boxes had not been given to the Historical Society in the early 1990’s.  I was just asked if I wanted these boxes. . . or not.  So, I went to Heidelberg College and picked up these extra four boxes.  I compared the list of artifacts with artifacts in the boxes.

I invite anyone interested in helping to make a list of this second set of four boxes of Fort Adams’ artifacts, i.e. catalog the artifacts, for the Mercer County Historical Society, to email me.  Please give me your name and address and your email address and your telephone number.   I want your input about when to host Workshops to identify these artifacts.  I want your input as to communication with Dr. Pratt about this collection.   I want your input as to your view of the importance of these U.S. Military Artifacts from the U.S. Fort Adams during the Wars between the Native Americans and the U.S. Military. 

Please respond to this request in the first two weeks of January, as I am preparing the schedule of program dates for our 2018 Brochure of Programs for the Mercer County Historical Society.

I would like the public’s input as to your view of the importance of the Mercer County Historical Society preserving these U.S. Military Artifacts at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  I would also invite you to share your views of the importance of the Mercer County Historical Society and County Museum.

[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]

 

 

Emergency Medical of Mercer County
CALENDAR OF EVENTS / PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

EMA Office           Celina                         12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

            2nd Floor Conference Room

 

 
 

Alumni Night of Music at Parkway Game
The 2018 edition of Alumni Music Night will be Saturday January 6th. The alumni pep band will be playing at the basketball game and the alumni choir will be singing the Star Spangled Banner. All former Rockford, Willshire, Mendon and Parkway band or choir members are invited to participate. Also invited to participate are those living in the Parkway district who participated in another school's band or choir. 

The alumni pep band will rehearse in the band room from 4-5:30 on January 6th. The alumni choir will rehearse in the choir room at 5:30 or as soon as the pep band rehearsal is finished. All music alumni participating on January 6th are invited to a carry in, to be held in the band room after the rehearsals. 

If you would like to participate in the alumni choir, please contact Shannon Wagner at wagners@parkwayschools.org. If you would like to participate in the alumni pep band, please contact Paula Linn at 88keys@bright.net 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, January 3, Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay
due to frigid cold temperatures and a winter weather advisory.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!

 
 
 
 
 
Frigid cold temperatures started the New Year. The temps dropped to the single digits and then fell to -14 on January 2, 2018.
It took till noon on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 to reach zero degrees.
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 
 

LAAG – Lake Area Arts Group

Artists, Virg and Jane Bertke, from Glowing Glass Design, will be at C.J. Highmarks Restaurant, 1211 Irmscher Blvd., Celina, Friday, January 19, 6 – 8 p.m.  Artists, art enthusiasts, and the general public are invited to come and meet the Bertkes who will share their creations and enthusiasm for art.  

The Bertkes are local glass artists who have their studio near  St. Marys, Ohio. They specialize in stained glass, blown glass, fussed glass and slumped glass.  

At the Glowing Glass Design studio, Virg and Jane enjoy making your ideas come alive.  They have been creating stained glass art since 1992, twenty-five years, and they say when you get addicted to glass art, you just can not get enough.  So in 2002 they added blown glass to what they can offer for people. 

They are blessed with an artistic and adventuresome spirit which they enjoy sharing through creating beautiful pieces of art and make them available to all whom they meet.

Their lovely creations include a great range of possibilities.  A choice of glass bowls, vases, plates, and platters of numerous shapes, sizes and colors are readily available.

 

 Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Glowing Glass Design Studio, 10026 County Road 66A,  St. Marys, OH  (corner of St. Rt. 219  &  66A)

Virg and Jane Bertke will be teaching high school students from the local schools.  This 1½  hour session is FREE and is scheduled at their studio, which is located between St. Marys and New Bremen!  Interested students need to register for this session.  Information about this event and registration forms are available from any High School Art Teacher. 

Students will work together in the entire glass blowing process – warming, coloring, shaping and blowing into the pipe to start the forming process of the molten glass and using tools to create a one of a kind work of art.   After completion, the objects will go into an annealing oven overnight, so students will not be able to take objects home with them. 

These two events are sponsored by LAAG – Lake Area Arts Group  -   promoting the visual arts in the Grand Lake area.  For more information about this organization,  go to:  www.lakeareaartsgroup.com

 

 

The Parkway Local Board of Education Organizational Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 4 at 6:15 p.m. in the Community Room.

 
 
 
 

 
December 29-31, 2017
 

 
 

COUNTY ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION OF OHIO EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Karen Heinrichs, Administrative Assistant at the Mercer County Engineer’s Office recently received the statewide award for the County Engineer Staff Person of the Year at the recently held County Commissioners of Ohio CCAO / County Engineers Association of Ohio CEAO Annual Winter Conference.

In his nomination to the Recognition Committee, Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart provided the basis of his recommendation…

Karen Heinrichs began work with the Mercer County Engineer’s Office on February 22, 2005.  She began work at our office with the challenging initial circumstance of a very short transition period taking over the Account Clerk II position.  Karen very quickly demonstrated her financial management skills and clerical acumen.  In a small county engineer office, each staff person has to be able to multi-task and master a variety of skill sets to help achieve the overall mission of the office.  Karen continued, improved and built upon the computerization and technology as related to the entire financial side of the office as well as the numerous clerical/administrative tasks that were set before her.  Karen’s detail oriented efforts, per pleasant, professional personality and her pride, determination and willingness in doing a job “right” are a credit to her as an employee and the diligent public servant she is.  Her efforts allow her to manage multiple tasks while working very well in a team environment with others. 

In 2013, she had additional responsibilities added to her plate as she was promoted to the Administrative Assistant position adding many additional duties to an already full plate.  In particular in the later part of her time with our office, three elements stand out as meritorious.  With a calm professional tenacity she was instrumental in working through the exceedingly bureaucratic process of getting an “approved” fringe rate through the ODOT Office of Finance.  Secondly, and more consequentially, for the numerous federal and state funded projects we have been involved in through the years, she greatly helps keep me out of trouble by being my right hand as it relates to attending to the voluminous and myriad array of red-tape ever present in this public work.  Lastly, she was instrumental in applying for and obtaining 0% interest financing in the necessary loans which helped make the construction of the Mercer County Engineer’s Facility a reality.  Karen participated in the Commissioners Clerks & Engineers Administrative Professional Association.  Her efforts throughout the years, behind the scenes back in Mercer County, have helped to allow me to be as involved in our Statewide Association as I am.

Shown in the picture are: Dean Ringle (Executive Director of the CEAO), Karen Heinrichs (Adm. Asst., Mercer County Engineer), Jim Wiechart (Mercer County Engineer), Chris Bauserman (President of the CEAO, Delaware County Engineer)

 
 

Parkway Winter Homecoming Approaching Fast
Parkway’s Winter Homecoming is Friday January 12th, 2018 against the Coldwater Cavaliers.   This year’s underclassmen homecoming attendants are Freshman Makenna Schumm, Sophomore Lily Hipply, and Junior Alyssa Miller.  The Queen candidates include Laura Barrett, Sydney Crouch, and Haley Hawk.  The coronation will take place between the JV and Varsity games.  The Homecoming dance will be held Saturday, January 13th from 8-11pm.  Students voted for dance theme: Whiteout.  Please join us for the homecoming celebration.

 

Parkway Local Schools Receives Donation from Hopewell Grange

Parkway Local Schools would like to thank the Hopewell Grange for their  $200 donation to be used in the library.

Pictured: Esther Zizelman, Parkway Middle School Principal Brian Woods, Marjorie Canary, Janis Stump

 

 
 

Culvert Replacement Notice
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close St. Joe Road between Wabash Road and St. Peter Road in Recovery Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on December 28, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 2 weeks, depending on the weather conditions. 

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

 
 

2018 Celina Combined Services Drive Appeal Still Going On December 20, 2017, Celina, OH/USA – The Celina Combined Services Board recently updated the Drive amount signs located around Celina to show $100,000. The local fund drive is a 100% all-volunteer effort that once a year raises money for various charities that work to serve the needs in Mercer County. Both individuals and businesses are encouraged to consider a donation today. Donations can continue to be sent throughout the upcoming months. You can obtain a 2018 Pledge Form online at www.celinacombinedservices.org and mail your donation and form to: 2018 Celina Combined Services Appeal, P.O. Box 107, Celina, OH 45822. All donations to the Drive Appeal are tax deductible. 2018 Drive Co-Chairs are Cathy Bigham and Kathy Mescher.

 
 

Farm Credit Mid-American Donation to 4-H Camp Palmer’s Pool


The Camp Palmer staff and board are very thankful for the $15,000 grant from Farm Credit Mid-America as part of their Community Giving Fund. Also, a recent gift from Williams County Pork Producers of $2500 for the pool is greatly appreciated. The new pool opened on May 31, 2015. Currently these gifts have reduced the pool loan from $40,000 down to $25,000.


Farm Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative serving the credit needs of farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee for a nearly a century. Backed by the strength of nearly 100,000 customers and $22 billion in assets, Farm Credit Mid-America provided loans for real estate, operating, equipment, housing and related services such as crop insurance, and vehicle, equipment and building leases. For more information, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit then on the web at www.e-farmcredit.com.


4-H Camp Palmer, Inc. serves youth from eleven counties in northwest Ohio and many groups from across the state, Michigan and Indiana. The demand and use of 4-H Camp Palmer has grown steadily since 1947 serving over 320,000 regional youth. 4-H Camp Palmer is a place where adventure and excitement of discovery merge to lift minds of 21,000 camper days of youth and adults annually.


Thousands of area youth are enjoying this new pool facility, which replaced the original camp pool built in 1957. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on May 31, 2015.


If your group or family would like to donate, please call 419-237-2247 or email 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com.  4-H Camp Palmer is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 27-28, 2017
 

 

Parkway January 2018 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

Flu Activity Increasing in Ohio; Still Time to Get Flu Shot CDC says flu vaccination among pregnant women low, putting them, babies at risk

COLUMBUS – Flu activity in Ohio is increasing. During the week that ended Dec. 2 which is the most recent data available, there were 92 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio and 257 hospitalizations since the start of the season. That is above the five-year average for this time of year and significantly higher than the 19 fluassociated hospitalizations during the same week last year and 83 hospitalizations for the season. It’s not too late to get a flu shot, and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone six months and older get one as soon as possible as it is the best protection against seasonable flu viruses. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect. Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. CDC says that despite the benefits of flu vaccination, roughly three out of five people in the U.S. have not been vaccinated this flu season and roughly two out of three pregnant women have not received a flu vaccine yet this year. “Pregnant women and their young infants are at high risk for serious complications from the flu,” said Dr. Clint Koenig, Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health. “CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season.” Flu surveillance data in Australia where flu season is winding down suggests that this year’s vaccine has been significantly less effective against one circulating flu virus strain, influenza A(H3N2). However, CDC notes that vaccine effectiveness measured in Australia may not be predictive of what will happen in the U.S. “No vaccine is 100 percent effective but there are many reasons to get a flu vaccination,” Koenig said. “Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year in the U.S. A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.” Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal. People who think that they may have the flu and are pregnant, have an underlying medical condition, or who are extremely ill should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers and some schools. While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. More information about influenza and flu activity in Ohio is available at www.flu.ohio.gov.

 

 
 

 
December 25-26, 2017
Merry Christmas!
 

 
 
Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to Don and Ethel Pontsler on December 21, 2017!

 
 
 
 

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!

Snow up of 1-3 inches fell over the Parkway area on December 23 and 24, 2017, temperatures fell into the single digits on Christmas Day, and then the winds kicked up for a magical Christmas. Merry Christmas Everyone!

 
 
 
 
Linn Family 4th Generation Picture
The Linn Family was so pleased to have the newest member of their family home in Ohio for Christmas.
Pictured below are:
Front Row left to right: Michelle (Linn) Huiss of Fayetteville, NC holding Roan Joshua Huiss, her son; Great grandparents: Patricia (Hone) and Duane Linn of Celina.
Back row: Joshua Huiss, father of Roan; and grandfather: Mark Linn of Celina.
The occasion was Roan's 1st birthday Party.

 
 
 

2017 CHATT INSURANCE

HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

 

 

Thursday December 28, 2017

 

HIGH SCHOOL GYM                                                                                JUNIOR HIGH GYM

(ALL VARSITY GAMES)                                                                (ALL JV GAMES)

3:00 PM          Ridgemont vs. Lincolnview (Girls)                            3:00 PM          Parkway vs. Adams Central (Girls) 

4:40 PM          Parkway vs. G.C. Christian (Girls)                             4:40 PM          Ridgemont vs. Lincolnview (Girls)

6:20 PM          Graham vs. G.C. Christian (Boys)                              6:20 PM          Parkway (Boys) vs. Ridgemont (Boys)

8:00 PM          Parkway (Boys) vs. Ridgemont (Boys)                      8:00 PM          Graham vs. G.C. Christian (Boys)

 

***FIRST TEAM LISTED IS THE HOME TEAM***

 

Friday December 29, 2017

 

HIGH SCHOOL GYM                                                                                JUNIOR HIGH GYM

(ALL VARSITY GAMES)                                                                (ALL JV GAMES)

3:00 PM          Lincolnview vs. G.C. Christian (Girls Cons.)             3:00 PM          Ridgemont vs. G.C. Christian (Boys Cons.)  

4:40 PM          G.C. Christian vs. Ridgemont (Boys Cons.)              4:40 PM          Parkway vs. Linconlview (Girls Champ.)

6:20 PM          Parkway vs. Ridgemont (Girls Champ.)                     6:20 PM          Parkway vs. Graham (Boys Champ.)

8:00 PM          Parkway vs. Graham (Boys Champ.)                          8:00 PM          Ridgemont vs. Adams Central (Girls Cons.)

 

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM: A committee will select five players to the All-Tournament Team and name one player the Tournament MVP at each level.

 

PIZZA: The Parkway Athletic Department will be providing pizza and drinks for all players and coaches after each game in the community room.

 

AWARDS: Individual awards will be given to the Runners-up and Champions at each level. In addition, the winning teams will receive trophies.  

 

JV TOURNAMENT: The JV tournament will be held in the Junior High gym.  We will make sure that JV and Varsity teams from the same school do not play at the same time on Thursday.  The Varsity game times will not change on Friday, however, if needed, the only games that will be moved around will be the JV games.  The Junior High gym is located just down the hall from the High School gym. 

 

SEATING: Each school will have one side of the gym for their game.  Once their game ends, we will ask that they allow others to sit in the lower section(s). 

 

ADMISSION: All tickets at the gate are $7.00.

 

QUESTIONS: Any questions or concerns can be directed to Parkway Athletic Director Matt Triplett

School Email:    triplem@parkwayschools.org    School Phone   419-363-3045 ext. #774

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
December 23-24, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 13 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 

Rev. Katherine Beckett Accepts Call to St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Rockford

On December 3, 2017, the First Sunday in Advent, Rev. Katherine  Beckett, originally of Columbus, OH delivered a guest sermon from the pulpit at St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Rockford. Her message was from the Gospel of Mark 13:24-37 and dealt with being watchful for the hour of the return of Jesus. Rev. Beckett mentioned several dates in history where people believed and warned that the end was coming, but those dates passed and the Rapture did not happen.

She reminded the members that it is Jesus who tells us that only God will ever know that date, and therefore Christians cannot afford to be caught sleeping, as Mark points out. Katherine pulled some personal experiences into the sermon
including a mission trip to Africa where she spent the day in a village with the teenage daughter of her host family.  She was deaf and could not speak, and was taking Reverend Beckett out to meet all of the neighbors. An unforgettable experience, she was welcomed into home after home and had to do all of the communicating on her own. Katherine also talked about her family Thanksgivings in St. Marys, OH.
 

Rev. Katherine  Beckett received a Master of Divinity in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries in 2010 from The Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware, OH. She has served several churches in Ohio and Illinois. She will return to Ohio following a pastorship in Minier, IL. Following the sermon, the members voted to accept Rev. Katherine Beckett as their new pastor beginning January 1, 2018.

The community is invited to worship at St. Paul’s at the corner of Oregon and Wabash Roads. Sunday School is at 9 AM. Worship service is at 10 AM.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 21-22, 2017
 

 
 
 

FFA Fruit Sales
by Shay Bolton


These past few weeks, the Parkway FFA Chapter received and distributed their fruit that was ordered during their yearly fruit sales! Their items sold consisted of navels, grapefruit, fuji apples, pine apple and a variety of nuts. When the fruit came in, students unloaded the boxes and then collaborated together to sort and mix the fruit according to the specific orders. Sophomores in the picture sort fruit. The Parkway FFA Chapter thanks you for another great year of fruit sales!

 
 
 

Leadership Night
by Shay Bolton

On December 14th, 2017 the Parkway FFA Chapter attended the Coldwater Leadership night. State President, Ryan Matthews and State Sentinel, Marleigh Kerr, led a discussion and activity on the topic of "What sets your heart on fire?". The officers talked about how each individual has their own personal passion. Ryan and Marleigh spoke to the group about how to set goals and reminders on how to keep up with our passions and goals. Once the activities were all through, the night then ended with getting to spend time with the State Officers and having a pizza party!

 

Above: (Left to Right) Andrea Miller, Chanel Walls, Shay Bolton, Noah Stephenson 

 

 

 

 


H&R Block joins Celina Chamber

The Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our newest member, H&R Block. When it comes to tax preparation services, the H&R Block tax professionals located at 818 N Main St in Celina, OH are here to meet all your tax needs. Need help filing taxes; they are here to help you do just that. Visit the H&R Block tax office at Celina, OH and meet with one of our highly trained tax experts who can handle all your tax filing needs quickly and efficiently. 

 

 

Dog Spaw Joins Celina Mercer Chamber

The Dog Spaw has joined the Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce.  The Dog Spaw located at 8026 Howick Road in Celina can handle all your grooming needs to have your favorite furbaby pampered for a day. Lindsey offers full grooming services including bathing, blow drys, trims, nails, and more. Boarding is available as well. Be sure to check them out on Facebook or contact Lindsey to schedule an appointment, 419-733-5245…every dog deserves a spa day.

Channel View Awards Joins Celina Mercer Chamber

Stacy Beougher, Director of the Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce welcomes Channel View Awards to the Chamber.  Tony Bidlack, owner of Channel View Awards offers a full line of custom medals, plaques, and trophies as well as custom laser engraving. His services are perfect for weddings, events, or your business needs. Tony offers a quick turnaround time and very competitive prices which will make Channel View Awards your go to shop. You can find Channel View Awards on Facebook with a new website coming soon. Or feel free to contact Tony at 419-305-8128.  

 

 
 

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Christmas Eve Service
St.
Paul’s United Church of Christ on Wabash and Oregon Roads, Rockford, is holding the annual Christmas Eve, Candlelight Service at 7 PM, on Sunday evening December 24, 2017. Everyone is welcome!

 

Rockford United Methodist Church  Christmas Eve Services

Rockford United Methodist Church on Pearl and Franklin Streets in Rockford, is holding the annual Christmas Eve, Candlelight Services at 7 PM and 10 PM on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017. Everyone is welcome to either or both services!

 

Praise Point Church Services for Christmas

Morning Worship 10 AM and Christmas Eve Service 7 PM. Everyone is welcome!

 
 

 
December 19-20, 2017
 

 
 

Christmas Artwork Created; Christmas Message Shared

On December 17, 2017, Ed Kuhn created this beautiful chalk drawing while Kevin Browning gave the message at the Mendon Community Christmas service. Thank you so much to Ed Kuhn, art teacher at Parkway Schools, for taking time out of his busy schedules to bless the community with this ministry. It was a wonderful night filled with special music, neighbors and a meaningful message. Merry Christmas everyone!

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway Wrestlers Dominate
Entering the fourth week in the Panther Season, Parkway Wrestling has been a dominant team who started with 3 wrestlers 7 years ago to a budding program it is today. The Panthers were in action on December 2 at Montpelier Invitational where the brought home their first hardware as a team in the history of the program, 2nd place. December 9, they traveled to Lincolnview to take on the Lancer Invitational and bring home the Championship trophy. December 16, the team traveled to Edgerton High School for their Invitational finishing as Runner Up to Edgerton. The team went 4-1 on the day, with Reese Fokine and Tristen McKee finishing 5-0 on the day. Coach Kevin Browning comments, “The team is doing very well this year and I am proud of the spirit, attitude and character these wrestlers show on the mats and in the community. I am proud to be part of this growing program and I thank the community and Panther community for their support and dedication to our program. I have high hopes for these wrestlers and their success, for they have all put in the grit so far this season.” Wrestling for the Panthers this year are: Tristen McKee, Ethan Meyer, Reid Etzcorn, Bailey Parris, Cody Murphy, Reese Fokine, Titus Meyer, Preston Browning, Justin Frank, Kane Younker, Marshall Denney, Aidan Hines, Abe Meyer, Treya Conn, Bryce Mihm, Graham Farmer, Chaz Neuenschwander, Brenden Etzcorn, and Tyler Tinkham. Coaches are Kevin Browning and Jeremy Joseph. Good Luck Panther Wrestling in your season!

 

2nd Place Montpelier Invitational

 

1st Place Lincolnview Lancer Invitational

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 15-18, 2017
 

 
 
 

News from the Rockford Carnegie Library

Jim Gibson is shown receiving a certificate from library director, Rozann Maurer, for his dedication and service to the Rockford Library.  Jim served as a trustee for 25 years and has just retired from his position.

Marcia Ripley was chosen to replace Jim on the board.


Local writer, Michelle Houts, donated two of her recent books to the library.  These books are "Lucy's Lab: Nuts 

About Science", and "Lucy's Lab: Solids, LIquids, Guess Who's Got Gas".

The final family program for this calendar year will be Tuesday, December 19th at 6:30.  You'll need to run, run as fast as you can to the library for some gingerbread fun.  A story, craft, snack and games about gingerbread men and houses promises lots of fun.

The library will be closed Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th for the Christmas holiday.  

 

 
 

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Christmas Eve Service
St.
Paul’s United Church of Christ on Wabash and Oregon Roads, Rockford, is holding the annual Christmas Eve, Candlelight Service at 7 PM, on Sunday evening December 24, 2017. Everyone is welcome!

 

Rockford United Methodist Church  Christmas Eve Services

Rockford United Methodist Church on Pearl and Franklin Streets in Rockford, is holding the annual Christmas Eve, Candlelight Services at 7 PM and 10 PM on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017. Everyone is welcome to either or both services!

 

 
 

Parkway Panthers Athletic Schedule December 18 - 23

December 18: 

Jr. High Girls @ Antwerp, Bus departs at 3:30 p.m.  J. Hamilton driving 

Freshman Boys Basketball @ Minster, Bus departs at 4:45 p.m.  L. Clouse driving

Jr. High Boys Basketball vs. Adams Central, 5:00 p.m.  Softball concessions

December 19:

VAR/JV Girls Basketball @ W. Goshen, Bus departs at 4:10 p.m.  L. Clouse driving

December 20:

No Athletic Events Scheduled

December 21:

VAR/Jr. High Wrestling @ Ottawa-Glandorf, Bus departs at 4:00 p.m.  K. Browning driving

VAR/JV Girls Basketball vs. Celina, 6:00 p.m.  Girls Golf concessions

Jr. High Boys Basketball @ Spencerville, Bus departs at 3:50 p.m.  L. Nichols driving 

December 22:

No Athletic Events Scheduled 

December 23:

VAR Wrestling Holiday Invitational, 9:00 a.m.  Track concessions

Boys/Girls Bowling @ St. Mary’s, TBA driving

 VAR/JV Boys Basketball vs. St. Mary’s, 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Mercer County Sheriff Deputies Make Drug Arrest
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that on December 15th, 2017 at 1:44 PM, his deputies had received a call of a disabled vehicle on St Rte 118 in Butler Township.   The deputy stopped to check on the vehicle and it’s operator.  The deputy found that 41 year old Douglas Troy Williams of 543 Clifton Blvd Toledo, Ohio was the sole occupant of the vehicle.   The deputy found that Williams had an active felony warrant out of Wyandot County (Ohio) for possession of cocaine.

The Coldwater Police Department was called to assist in making the arrest.   Williams refused to give permission to search his vehicle and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was called to check the vehicle. The K-9 Unit indicated the presence of drugs inside the vehicle. 

During the search a vacuum sealed package was found in the back seat with over a pound of suspected marijuana inside.   Deputies towed the vehicle from the scene and detectives of the Sheriff’s Office applied for a received a Search Warrant for the vehicle.  Nothing more was located inside the vehicle. 

Mr. Williams was booked into the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on the outstanding warrant from Wyandot County.  This case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review of additional charges. 
 

Sheriff Grey reports on a second traffic stop made on this same date at 2:34 PM.   Deputies of the Sheriff’s Office, working with assigned HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) members, witnessed what they believed to be a “hand to hand” drug transaction in the City of Celina.   

Deputies made a traffic stop on one of the suspected parties involved and found that she was driving under suspension.  The female was in the process of being arrested, when she was advised of the “Body Scanner” at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, at which point the female told the deputies that she had swallowed a small baggie with crack cocaine inside.   

The female was taken to Mercer Health, where she was admitted for observation due to her drug ingestion.   

This case is also being forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review of additional charges.  

Sheriff Grey wants to thanks the citizens of Mercer County for the purchase of the body scanner.  Grey stated that without this scanner, this would be a case where drugs would have been smuggled into the detention facility and putting this female and other inmates at risk of overdosing inside the jail. 

 

 

 
The Parkway Local Schools December board of education meeting has been moved to Monday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Click Here for the Agenda by Sally Cox.
 
 

 
December 14, 2017
 

 
 

Thursday, December 14, Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay
due to icy roads.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 13, 2017
 

 
 

Fremont Company and Employees Donate to Big Projects in the Rockford Community Through
Spirit Week at Fremont

On Tuesday December 5th, 2017 Ken Pond, (right) new Rockford plant manager of the Fremont Company and Chasidy Vinson, (left) leader of the recent Fremont Spirit Week initiative, present a check to Pastor Chip Steffy (center) of the Rockford United Methodist Church. 

The generous gift will be used in support of the Parkway Local Food Pantry, the weekly FREE FIVE02 on Wednesday Community Dinner, and the FREE Christmas Day Dinner.   Each of these ministries is facilitated by the Rockford United Methodist Church.  The Fremont Company matched the funds raised by employees during their Spirit Week event in late November.

The Parkway Local Food Pantry in Rockford is open the fourth Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m.   While the Parkway Local Food Pantry entrance is on East Columbia Street, the official address is 166 N. Main Street, suite #C, Rockford, OH.  Those seeking food assistance are asked to show proof of residency in the school district and provide the names of those in their household.  

This is the sixth year for the FREE FIVE02 on Wednesday Community Dinners held during the school year in the church social room from 5-7 p.m. More than 125 meals are served each week.    

What began as an effort to extend hospitality to area residents who found themselves alone or in need on Christmas Day is now in its 13th year.  The FREE CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER will be held at the Rockford Community Building on Holly Lane in Shanes Park from 10:30 - 1 p.m.   The Christmas Day menu includes roast turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, sweet potato casserole and a myriad of homemade desserts.

For additional information please contact the office of the Rockford UMC 202 S. Franklin Street, Rockford, OH  419-363-3230, office.mrg.rumc@bright.net or www.rumcoh.org .

 
 
 

Parkway Winter Varsity Cheerleaders

 

Click Here for Varsity and JV Winter Sports Cheerleaders Pictures

 

Parkway Winter Junior Varsity Cheerleaders

 
 
 
 

 
December 12, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Panther Sports Team Pictures Shared by Nikki Fox

 

Boys Varsity Bowling Team

Click Here for the Varsity Boys and Girls Bowling Page

 
 
 
 
 

Girls Varsity Bowling Team

 
 
 

 
December 11, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Panther Sports Team Pictures Shared by Nikki Fox

 



Varsity Boys Basketball Team

 
 

Click Here for Varsity and JV Boys Basketball Team Pictures

 
 

Varsity Girls Basketball Team

Click Here for Varsity and JV Girls Basketball Team Pictures

 

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December 9-10, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Panther Athletics Calendar Update for December 11 - 16 by Matt Triplett

December 11: 

No Athletic Events Scheduled

December 12:

Jr. High Girls Basketball @ New Knoxville, Bus departs at 3:45 p.m.  G. Bronson driving

Varsity Wrestling vs. Jay County, 6:00 p.m. (Jr. High Gym), Volleyball concessions

Boys VAR/JV Boys Basketball vs. Temple Christian, 6:00 p.m.

December 13:

Boys/Girls Bowling vs. Fort Recovery, at Celina, 4:30 p.m. 

December 14:

Girls VAR/JV Basketball vs. New Knoxville, 6:00 p.m.  Track concessions 

Jr. High Boys Basketball vs. New Knoxville, 5:00 p.m.  Boys Golf concessions

December 15:

Boys VAR/JV Basketball @ New Knoxville, Bus departs at 4:25 p.m.  L. Hughes driving 

December 16:

Jr. High Girls Basketball vs. South Adams, 10:00 a.m. (HS Gym) Boys Golf concessions

Jr. High Boys Basketball vs. South Adams, 10:00 a.m. (Jr. High Gym)

Varsity Wrestling @ Edgerton Invitational, Bus departs at 6:30 a.m.

Boys/Girls Bowling @ Lima

Girls VAR/JV Basketball vs. Antwerp, 2:00 p.m., Cross Country concessions

Boys VAR/JV Basketball @ South Adams, Bus departs at 4:30 p.m.  T. Bates driving

 

 

Flu Activity Increasing in Ohio; Still Time to Get Flu Shot
CDC says flu vaccination among pregnant women low, putting them, babies at risk

COLUMBUS – Flu activity in Ohio is increasing. During the week that ended Dec. 2 which is the most recent data available, there were 92 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio and 257 hospitalizations since the start of the season. That is above the five-year average for this time of year and significantly higher than the 19 flu-associated hospitalizations during the same week last year and 83 hospitalizations for the season.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot, and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone six months and older get one as soon as possible as it is the best protection against seasonable flu viruses. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect. Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February.

CDC says that despite the benefits of flu vaccination, roughly three out of five people in the U.S. have not been vaccinated this flu season and roughly two out of three pregnant women have not received a flu vaccine yet this year.

“Pregnant women and their young infants are at high risk for serious complications from the flu,” said Dr. Clint Koenig, Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health. “CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season.”

Flu surveillance data in Australia where flu season is winding down suggests that this year’s vaccine has been significantly less effective against one circulating flu virus strain, influenza A(H3N2). However, CDC notes that vaccine effectiveness measured in Australia may not be predictive of what will happen in the U.S.

“No vaccine is 100 percent effective but there are many reasons to get a flu vaccination,” Koenig said. “Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year in the U.S. A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.”

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal. People who think that they may have the flu and are pregnant, have an underlying medical condition, or who are extremely ill should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers and some schools.

While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

More information about influenza and flu activity in Ohio is available at www.flu.ohio.gov.

 

 

Snow –Do not Plow onto Roadways

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is reminding residents living on county and township roadways not to leave snow plowed from private driveways on the roadway.

Ohio law prohibits the placement of injurious material or any obstruction on a highway except that which is placed on the roadway by a proper authority, such as salt or grit the county and townships use to treat icy roads.

If it is found that snow displaced from a private drive onto a roadway contributes to an accident, the individual who placed it there could be found liable.

Placing injurious materials or obstructing the roadway is a criminal offense, according to Sheriff Jeff Grey of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

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

 
 

2018 JR. FAIR STEER AND DAIRY STEER WEIGH-IN ANNOUNCED

The Junior Fair Board has set the date/time for the 2018 show steer, performance steer and dairy steer weigh-in. Please mark your calendars for Saturday January 13, from 8:00am-10:00am at the Junior Fair Beef Barn on the Fairgrounds. Animals not in line to be weighed at the end of the time may be disqualified from participation in the 2018 Van Wert County Jr. Fair. Exhibitors may allow someone else to weigh in their animals for them if they are unable to be present for the weigh in.

Please note: If you are planning to exhibit your steers at the Ohio State Fair you are responsible contacting the Ohio State Fair office for information regarding identification and tagging.

Exhibitors should plan to come in the gate next to the Extension office, and leave through gate 4 (livestock gate during fair) to help with the flow of traffic.  Be prepared to wait as the process takes a bit longer than the other weigh ins, but feel free to come in and help with other exhibitors and the Jr. Fair Board to help us ensure the process goes as quickly as possible!

Please help us to inform others that may be taking show, dairy, or performance steers this coming year. It is especially important for those who are exhibiting these animals for the first time.  We will try our best to have lists of previous participants, but we have no way to knowing who might be exhibiting for 2018.

The Van Wert County Jr. Fair Board exists to promote youth activities related to the fair, to develop leadership, and to demonstrate and illustrate the wealth of knowledge and the resource of the young people of our community. The Jr. Fair is conducted in collaboration with the Van Wert County Senior Fair Board and is under the guidance of the Jr. Fair Advisory Committee.  For more information or questions, please contact the OSU Extension office at (419) 238-1214.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Businesses Join Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce
Wellness to the Core owned and operated by Angel Bueter has recently joined the Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce.  Wellness to the Core offers the most comprehensive and authentic yoga in the area.  One on one training is offered in addition to class sessions and has the ease of online class registration.  Yogi Essentials, a division of Wellness to the Core can offer all the class essentials you need including oils, clothing, and so much more!  You can contact them at 419-733-3066 or stop by the studio at 210 W. Market Street, Celina.  For more information on Wellness to the Core visit the website at www.wttcore.com

The Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Osgood State Bank as its newest member. Located at 79 W. Franklin Street in Chickasaw, they will provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction and innovative customer products while providing top quality service for your personal or business banking needs. They can be reached at 419-925-4514

 

Celina Mercer Co. Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome its newest members, SMaRt Dealer Inc. DBA Rino’s Auto Sales located at 1610 Industrial Drive, Celina. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to welcome the new owners of the long time established business. Many were on hand to welcome the new owners as well as wish Terry Reineke well has he has retired from the business. Rino’s will continue to be a leader in the industry offering experienced expertise, financing, and dedicated service. Congratulations to the new owners of Rino’s Auto Sales.

 

 
 

 
December 8, 2017
 

 
 

Buy Tickets Now for Parkway Basketball Games

The Parkway Athletic department will be selling pre-sale tickets for all HOME Boy’s basketball games on the day of the scheduled games. Tickets for home Saturday games will be sold the day before as well. Pre-sale tickets will also be on sale on game days for all AWAY MAC games as well as games at Crestview (12/9/17) and Lincolnview (1/27/18). No pre-sale tickets will be sold for the Chatt Holiday Tournament. MAC pre-sale ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students. ALL tickets are $7 at the door.

 
 
 

Christmas Open House at Colonial Nursing Home Planned

A Christmas Open House is planned at Colonial Nursing Home

on Tuesday - December 12th from 5-7 PM

Hot Chocolate Bar • Appetizers • Tours • Raffle Prizes

 
 

Celina Chamber Gaining New Members
The Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Osgood State Bank as its newest member.  Located at 79 W. Franklin Street in Chickasaw, they will provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction and innovative customer products while providing top quality service for your personal or business banking needs.  They can be reached at 419-925-4514. 

 
 

 
December 6-7, 2017
 

 

Old Fashion Christmas Concert at The Rockford Belle

You’re invited to an Old Fashion Christmas Concert at The Rockford Belle  
on Sunday - December 17th at 3 pm.
  
Cookies and refreshments will be served
  
Santa Claus will be available for pictures with kids!
  
Free Will donation will be taken
  
This Special Event is sponsored by:  The Laurels of Shane Hill,  Mike Bruns Plumbing and DJ Auto Repair

 

 

 

Santa Claus Coming to Willshire
The Willshire American Legion Post 207 will host Santa Claus from noon to 2 PM in the village on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

 

Mendon Library Hosting Crafts

The Mendon Library will have a family craft session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Everyone is invited.

 

Rockford Village Council Meets on December 5, 2017 and Approves Raises
The Rockford Village Council met on December 5, 2017 and moved to approve the 2018 Budget with 3% raises for all full-time village employees.  Click Here for all the details by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 

Rockford Native Cassie McMurry Writes Books for Teens

Rockford Native Cassie McMurry, a Parkway and Vantage graduate of 2003  writes books for teens using the name Laynie McMurry She has written and is currently selling her first title called Training Camp about mixed martial arts. This will be a 3 book series. Interested buyers can purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 
 
 

 

 

 
December 4-5, 2017
 

 
 

Get Your Dog Tags in Rockford
Mercer County Dog Tags will be available for purchase at the
Rockford Village Office beginning December 4th. Cost $16.

 

The Parkway Local Schools December board of education meeting has been moved to Monday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

 

 

Bowens Accept Lake Eire Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Award

Barb Bowen and her son Brandon of Rockford recently received the Lake Eire Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Award. Back in 2015 Barb and her late husband Scott, began conservation efforts on their 26.3 acres of land east of their home that borders the St. Marys River. The flood-prone area was set up with filter strips and later developed five wetlands and grass buffers, along with the Mercer County SWCD office. The area provides wildlife opportunities for the Village of Rockford as well as flood protection thatnks fto the efforts of the Bowen Family.

 

 
 

Join the Rockford Chamber of Commerce
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is now accepting 
Membership for 2018.    

Membership fees are due by January 15, 2018

Individual $30 
Business $50 


** Members of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce are eligible for
Anthem Insurance discounts.

Contact Lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org

 
 
 

 

 
December 1-3, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events by Lynn Hughes
for December 2017 - Click here for a printable version
 

 
 
 

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Gets Grant
Celina, OH - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today his office has received word from the Ohio Department of Public Safety that his office has received a grant to aide our deputies in reducing traffic related fatalities and serious injury accidents in Mercer County.

 

The grant allows deputies to spend more time targeting problem areas while on patrol.  The grant is broken down into two focus areas. The first for $19,093.51, titled Repeat Offenders for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), will focus on looking for subjects driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol within our county. The second part of the grant, valued at $14,229.01, is State and Community Highway Safety. This part of the grant allows us to have our deputies focus on driving laws and ensure all motorists are safe while on the roads of Mercer County.  

 

Sheriff Grey stated, “we are thankful to receive these grants that allow us to spend more time working on our problem areas in our county and hopefully reduce our traffic crashes”. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 28-30, 2017
 

 
 

Mailbox Damage Policy
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing the policy covering replacement and repair of mailboxes damaged by county crews plowing snow.

Mailboxes and posts damaged by snow and ice thrown from plow blades will not be repaired by the Engineer’s office.  Boxes and posts damaged by contact from a plow blade or truck will be replaced by the Engineer’s office, using light-weight standard steel mailboxes and posts.

 
 

Football for Friends

Recently, the Parkway Pep Club, Parkway Girls Basketball, Parkway Football and Parkway Band held a benefit during the Parkway Powder Puff game for the Alexis Bickle Scholarship Fund and Chris Prichard Family. Many area businesses and families donated items to the raffle. Because of the generous contributions from the community, the benefit was a huge success. The benefit raised over $5,500. We sincerely thank the community for their support and contributions. 

Pictured are Mary Bickle, Haley Hawk, Ellie Prichard, Emma Prichard and Miranda Haynes.    

 
 
Parkway School Board Meets November 14, 2017
At the most recent Parkway School Board Meeting on November 14, 2017, Superintendent Jeanne Osterfeld reported on progress with the bleacher estimates. She and other district officials plan a trip to look at some different bleachers to help in decision making later. The Booster Club is working on a new press box and concession stand at the softball field. Middle School Principal Brian Woods explained his staff took specialized DIBLES training to help with teaching students to read better. The treasurer reported three school board positions will be open in January 2018.
 
 
Rockford Village Council Meets on November 9, 2017
The Village received news recently that they were awarded a $390,000 Community Development Block Grant. The money is eamarked for a necessary Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade. This will partially pay for the estimated $1.5 million cost. Water bills to residents were recently increased to help offset this cost. The new subdivision paving has begun. Click here for the full report by fiscal agent, Lisa Kuhn.
 
 
Courtneys Celebrate 50th Anniversary
Howard and Candy Courtney recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Howard Courtney and Candy Brehm were wed on October 28, 1967 at At. Teresa Catholic Church in Rockford. Their attendants were Bill and Kathy Courtney. They have two sons and wives: Michael (Janet) Courtney of Pleasant Lake Michigan, and  Chris (Margie) Courtney of Pitsboro, North Carolina. They have three grandchildren.
 
 
 

Genealogical Society Will Meet on December 3rd
The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm at the Richardson Bretz Building  behind the Celina Branch of the Mercer County Library.  This will be the group’s annual Christmas party.   The program will be induction of members into the First Families of Mercer County.  Also the  installation of the Chapter’s 2018 officers. This will be a fun and  informal time for members and guests.  The public is always welcome.  

 

 
Rockford Buys Former Arnold's Trailer Park
When the Arnold's Trailer Park opened for business in the 1960's, it was a great option for homes in Rockford. But it fell into disrepair after several changes in ownership when the Arnolds passed away. The property is adjacent to Shanes Park and the Village of Rockford has purchased it for park expansion. There are 3 parcels and 2.25 acres of land. A house located there will be discussed. 25 trailers will be torn down/scrapped. Residents have until February 2018 to move.
 
 
Midnight Gladness in Celina
Midnight Gladness Sales and celebration will be Friday December 1, 2017 beginning at 6:00 PM.

 

 
 
 

 
November 21-27, 2017
 

 
 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 17-20, 2017
 

 
 
 Shop and Dine Event -
  
  Lasagna Dinner and Craft Show
  
  November 19th from 4 - 7 pm
  
  At the Rockford Community Building @ Shanes Park
  
  Tickets available at the door - Adults $8.00 Children $5.00
  
  
  Sponsored by the Rockford Bicentennial Committee
 
 

Rockford Carnegie Library News

Closing early Nov. 22:  The library will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 22nd for carpet cleaning.  We will be closed for Thanksgiving but open regular hours on Friday and Saturday.

Library Trustee Needed:  The library board needs another trustee.  Any one interested can call the library at 419-363-2630 and ask for Rozann.  You may contact any of the other trustees, Georgianna Wilson, Ryan Sipe, Shannon Painter-Carpenter, Marge Gehle, Art Bader, or Lisa Kuhn, for more information also.  The meetings are held monthly and normally last less than an hour.

Taking sealed bids for building:  The trustees are taking sealed bids for a storage building currently located behind the library.  The building is being sold as is and the purchaser will have to move it.  Bids will be accepted until 8:00 p.m. on Monday December 11.

Family Program:  The next family program will be on Tuesday, November 28th at 6:30.  Celebrate the release of a new Pokemon movie, "I Choose You" with a story, games, craft and tasty snacks.

 

Mercer County Fatherhood group is proud to present $500.00 to Our Home for both the RAFT Visitation Center and the Angel Tree program. Kathy Mescher and Claire Neal are pictured accepting the check from Molly Hay.

 

 
 

Rockford Lions Club Donates to Reese Fokine in support of his Eagle Scout Project

Rockford Lions Club treasurer Loren Shindeldecker presents a $200.00 check to Reese Fokine in support of his Eagle Scout Project.  Monday evening, October 9th, Fokine, a member of Boy Scout Troop 98 in Rockford updated Lions members on his progress.  Fokine will lead a group of community-minded high school volunteers constructing a large Playset in a 32' x 32' area at the Willshire Ball Park in late October.  Fokine is also meeting with other area organizations to complete his fundraising efforts.

Rockford Lions also discussed preparations for the 12th Annual Lions Fish Fry at the Rockford Community Building in Shanes Park on Saturday evening, November 4th, 2017 from 4:30 to 7 pm.  Proceeds from the annual event support the Parkway Schools Eighth Grade Class Trip to Washington D.C. each spring.  Tickets are $7.00 each and are available from members of the current Parkway Eighth Grade Class as well as from members of the Lions Club. 

Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects like the annual Fish Fry and annual Variety Show fund scholarships & help fulfill local community needs & requests.    The Annual Rockford Variety Show will be April 6-7, 2018 in the Parkway Schools auditorium. 

So that Lions members may support the 44th Annual Rockford Chamber Banquet on Monday, October 23rd, the next meeting of the Rockford Lions Club will be Monday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.

 

 

 

90th Annual National Convention
by Shay Bolton

The Parkway FFA Chapter started off their week by first stopping at Fair Oaks Adventure Dairy & Swine Farm. While on their tour, the students got to watch a birth of a calf and go through the nursery. They got to see the rotary milking process and observe the tanks the milk was sent to. The next tour was with Swine! While on their tour, the piglets were shown after birth and in different age groups as they were growing. After their tours they got to enjoy yummy ice cream that was made on site! The next stop was Albanese Candy! At this shop, they use mainly corn starch as their sugar supplement and the touring group got to witness how they go through their candy making process. On day two, the group set out to the John Deere Pavilion and World Headquarters to start the Seeding Factory tour! On day three, the Parkway FFA Chapter got to enjoy their time at the expo and convention center and watch the Third General Session before having a great end of the night at the Buckeye Bash! On their final day, the group arrived at the Fourth General Session and then made their way back home from their fun filled week!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE - Rose Garden, St. Rosa Post Office

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

Photo caption:  Rose Garden, St. Rosa Post Office, and St. Rose were names assigned to the Village now known as St. Rose, located at the intersection of St. Rt. 119 and Clune Stuck Road, in Marion Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

The old Plat Maps, found in the 1888 and 1900 Mercer County Atlases, provide studies in local history.  The Mercer County Historical Society reprinted the 1888 and 1900 Plat Maps of the Villages in the book, “Mercer County Centennial Buildings,” because so many Mercer Countians were asking about the ages of their homes.  These old Plat Maps helped Village land owners to confirm if their homes were built before 1888, or between 1888 and 1900, or else after 1900.

The name of Rose Garden was assigned to this Village when A. Jack Linzee, surveyor, saw that the plat was recorded at the Mercer County Recorder’s Office at the Mercer County Courthouse, on June 29, 1854.  It is interesting that the Village was Platted in 1854, after the first church had been begun in 1839, and a brick church had been constructed in 1851.  (Note, that the Village was Platted or laid out, but the Village had not been incorporated.)

The year 1839 marks the foundation of the parish of St. Rose.  On April 9 of that year, four “trustees of the German Roman Catholic Church of Rose Garden”, viz., Henry Lochtefeld, Henry Raudirks, Henry Nichting, and Herman Henry Goettemoeller, leased four acres of property on the north side of the road for a log church.  A brick church was constructed in 1851.  The St. Rose Church preceded the platting of St. Rose in 1854.  The current church was constructed in 1911, eleven years after the 1900 Plat Map was recorded.  Thus the black rectangle marked on the 1900 plat map, belongs to the Church built in 1851.  This information is found on page 767 of the 1978 “Mercer County Ohio History Book.” 

The St. Rosa Post Office is identified on the 1888 Plat Map, and that same building is identified on the 1900 Plat Map.  The Saint Rosa Posts Office was established June 24, 1878, and was discontinued May 31, 1905, and the mail was then sent to Chickasaw Post Office.  Lorenz Lochtefeld signed the application for the proposed Post Office, with the sentence, “The proposed office will be called St. Rosa or Rosengarden.”  On that original application, the name of “Rosengarden” was crossed out.  On June 18, 1878, James Tyred, First Assistant Postmaster General, at Washington, wrote Lorenz Lochtefeld, that the proposed post office will be called St. Rosa.  Due to RFD (Rural Free Delivery), several of the smaller post offices in the rural villages were closed, including St. Rosa Post Office which was discontinued May 31, 1905, and the mail was sent to Chickasaw Post Office.

A few businesses are identified on the two Plat Maps.  A tile works by F. Hartings was marked on the north side of the road.  A. Kleinhentz owned property on the east side of the village in 1888, and J.W. Kleinhenz owned that property by 1900.  A small company with the initials of M. L. L., or else M. L. E. Co. owned property on the east side of the creek, on the south side of the road.  Perhaps, the residents of the Village of St. Rose are able to identify the names of businesses on St. Rosa Street, i.e. St. Rt. 119?

For the local historians of St. Rose, more information for historical research about Marion Township, can be found in the book, “Passport to Mercer County History; Marion Township,” which was published by the Mercer County Historical Society and printed by The Messenger Press in April 2012.  For the most recent book about Saint Rose, see the book,  “Saint Rose Sesquicentennial, 1839 – 1989,” edited by Walter Braun, and was printed by The Messenger Press in 1989.  May I ask who is preserving the history of Saint Rose today?

 

 

Van Wert Fire Department Class on Hoselines Nozzles and Fire Flows

The Van Wert Fire Department hosted the Van Wert County Fire Association meeting this month on Wednesday evening. There was a class giving on hoseline nozzles and fire flows.

Capt. David Cummings lead the instruction.

Refreshments were provided by American Red Cross of Van Wert.

The Van Wert County Firefighter Association has monthly meetings every second Wednesday of the month. These meetings often include seminars and training. 

Van Wert County and surrounding area firefighters are always welcome and encouraged to attend these monthly events. 

Feel free to join the Association's Facebook group to keep up-to-date on current Association events.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/288569397973632/

Photos by V.W. Fire Chief Jon D Jones and Laura Schoenle and submitted by Scott Bigham

 

 

Parkway FFA Competes in Job Interview Career Development Event – Heads to Districts
by Shay Bolton

On November 6th, the Parkway FFA Chapter participated in the Job Interview Career Development Event. The students go through an interview process with an agricultural job of their choice. The participants write up a resume and a job application and then use it for their interview. Then once the interview is done, they write up a follow-up letter and address it to the company they were applying for. The participants from Parkway were Haylee Stukey placing 4th, Madison Kroeger placing 10th of Division 2, Kiersten Roehm placing 1st, Clara Hellwarth placing 1st, Abigail Browning placing 3rd, and Violet Taylor placing 3rd in Division 2. Kiersten Roehm and Clara Hellwarth got the opportunity to move on to districts on November 14th. Clara placed 3rd and Kiersten placed 2nd!

Photo: From top to bottom: Madison Kroeger, Haylee Stukey, Kierstin Roehm, Violet Taylor, Abigail Browning, and Clara Hellwarth.

 

 

 
 
 

Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Rockford
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his agency, assisting the Rockford Police Department, the Grand Lake Drug Task Force, and the Coldwater Police Department K9 unit, served a search warrant at 208 West South Street in Rockford at 9:30 PM on October 31, 2017.

Located at the residence was raw marijuana, dabs (Hash), THC infused products, assorted items of drug paraphernalia, ten handguns and over $7000.00 in cash.

Arrested at the residence was Glen W. Keeling II, who is being held on drug trafficking charges. Also present at the residence was a female juvenile. The case has been referred to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for the filing of additional charges.

Sheriff Grey reminds those involved in the sales of drugs that his agency and all Mercer County Law Enforcement agencies remain vigilant in the war on drugs, working together to make Mercer County a safer place to live.

 

Parkway FFA State Soil Team Compete and Advance
by Shay Bolton
On October 14th, the Parkway FFA Chapter's state soil teams advanced to state. The rural team participants were Jay Anderson, Alyssa Miller, Ansley Burtch, and Leah Harshman. The urban team consisted of Reid Etzcorn, Noah Stephenson, Laura Barrett, and Faith Shellabarger. The rural team overall placed 27th and the urban team placed 31st. Alyssa Miller, a rural participant, state "It was an eye-opening experience and leaves us hungry for state yet again for next year!"

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE - CANDLE ORDER 1911

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


Photo caption:  Dec. 27, 1910, Rev. S. Kunkler, St. Henry Catholic Church, sent an order, typed in English, for candles from The Will & Baumer Company in Syracuse, NY.  The Church retained a copy of the January 10, 1911 record, printed in German.

There is a good reason to save old “sale bills and financial statements,” in preserving local history.  These old statements tell a story of local history of commerce and transportation, as well as cultural studies at the Village of Saint Henry.  Allen Bernard and I saved several boxes of these old statements from being destroyed, as the boxes had been set out at the cemetery to be burned, in the late 1960’s, when I was doing research for the “History of Saint Henry, Ohio.”

On December 27, 1910, Rev. S. Kunkler, St. Henry Roman Catholic Church, sent an order for 72 sets of wax candles, for $14.40, plus $ .55 for dray, for a total of $14.95, of which order was typed on a typewriter, to the Will & Baumer Company at Syracuse, NY.  The order was written in English.

I have a copy of the Cincinnati Northern Railroad Company’s January 2, 1911 charges for delivery of those candles, charging $ .45 for railroad fees, and $ .10 for drayage, for a total of $ .55.  Drayage is for the delivery of the candles from the train depot to the church.  A dray is a cart for delivery.  A drayman is the man who drives the dray delivery cart, and drayage is the delivery of the package.  B. Spoltman signed the statement as the Depot Agent.  The copy of this statement is not shown here, but it tells part of the story.  The St. Henry Railroad Depot is gone; the job position of drayman is no longer in existence.

On January 10, 1911, in a statement written in German, The St. Henry Roman Catholic Church trustees, Theo Moormann, J. J. Uhlenhake, John M. Knapke, and John Panning, with Rev. S. Kunkler, signed the statement for paying $14.95 for the candles.  The German language was spoken in many southern Mercer County Communities prior to World War I.  Those same families read “Der Mercer County Bote,” the German Newspaper printed at Celina from 1883 until the era of World War I.  The Church no longer uses the German language on their Financial Statements and the German Newspaper is no longer being printed.  This history is being preserved by the Mercer County Historical Society.

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE - The Manchester Round Barn

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

Photo caption:  The Manchester Round Barn, built in 1908 by Horace Duncan, and located at 29249 St. Rt. 385, near Lakeview, was visited in September by Members of the Mercer County Historical Society:  Cheryl Naumann, Bill Vondrell, Joyce and Alvin Alig, with Tim Manchester and his daughter Susan, as hosts, standing 2nd and 3rd from the left.

Thanksgiving has been a time for families.  Family homesteads and the big old barns on family farms represent a way of life in Ohio.  Between 1990 and 1993, I took an interest in old barns, and I photographed over 2000 big old barns in Mercer County, and under the Mercer County Historical Society, we published the book, “Those Magnificent Big Old Barns of Mercer County, Ohio.”  I studied books about old barns, including the books “Round Barns of Indiana,” and “Round Barns of Iowa.”  I also studied Round barns in other states, including Ohio.  I always wanted to visit the Manchester Barn in Auglaize County. 

When I happened to have the good fortune of meeting Susan Manchester, I immediately asked her if she was related to the Manchester Family Barn of Auglaize County.  Susan invited the Mercer County Historical Society Members to visit their Manchester barn in September.  Standing at the foot of the bank leading to the barn, we were fascinated not only by the size of this Round Barn, but also with the fine maintenance of the historic barn.  This is one of the finest Round Barns I have ever visited.

When our Mercer County Historical Society Members visited this historic barn, Tim Manchester and his daughter Susan shared the barn’s history.  The first land was purchased in part by their Great Great Grandfather Philander in 1858; his son Jason was born in 1853.  Tim and Martha Manchester are the fifth generation of Manchesters to live on this farm.  Caleb Wilson, their son-in-law,  is the sixth generation of this family to farm. The Manchester Family Barn represents several generations working together and sharing a common bond with Midwestern Ohio. 

 

The Manchester Round Barn has been recognized by the Magazine, “Heart of Ohio,” in their May/June 2017 Issue, by writer Bill Smith.  Smith provided positive reasons for using a round barn, in that it offered simplicity in storage as well as the handling and distribution of feed to the livestock.  The round structure resisted strong winds during a storm.  The round roof was self-supporting and allowed a larger area for storage of hay and stray.  One challenge of using round barns was having a silo at the center of the barn which made for difficulty in filling the silo.

 

In the late 1990’s, Tim Manchester and two partners established a company called “Cornbelt Hybrids,” which processed soybean and wheat seeds for planting.  The Cornbelt Hybrids operated out of Saint Marys, Ohio.  Monsanto purchased the company in 2006.  Today, this magnificent big old round barn still serves as a storage area.  Writer Bill Smith recognized that this barn stands as a monument to an era when ingenuity and hard work were the trademarks of the early 20th Century Farmer. 

 

The Manchester family ingenuity and the hard work did not end with this landmark in Auglaize County.  The tradition continues with the Manchester family.  Susan graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010, with Degrees in Psychology and Political Science, and earned her Masters Degree in Political Management from The George Washington University.  Susan Manchester is carrying on the position of Leadership in parts of Auglaize, Shelby, and Darke Counties, and all of Mercer County as she is a Candidate for State Representative in Ohio’s 84th House District. 

 

 
 

Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University-Lake Campus
December 2017 Class Schedule Line-Up

CELINA, OH – The Business Enterprise Center (BEC) at Wright State University–Lake Campus has announced a full slate of non-credit business classes for November! Upcoming classes include the following workshops:

You Must Pre-Register For All BEC Classes!

 

EXCEL FOR BUSINESS

Microsoft Excel is widely recognized as the best spreadsheet software application for businesses. Through this short course series, you will learn how to create a spreadsheet, input necessary data, create charts and reports, and learn how to use Excel formulas in basic to complex computations. Join Carla as she delves into the world of references, formulas, and functions! Certificates of completion will be printed for all participants completing the total 15-hour workshop (all sessions).

BASIC WORKSHOP

Dates: December 5 & 7

Time: 5:30-8p.m.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $60 p/person

 

INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP

Dates: December 12 & 14

Time: 5:30-8p.m.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $60 p/person

 

ADVANCED WORKSHOP

Dates: December 19 & 21

Time: 5:30-8p.m.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $60 p/person

 ATTEND ALL THREE WORKSHOPS AND SAVE $$$       15 Hours of Training for $160

 

SMALL BUSINESS TAX ISSUES

Small businesses are America’s life blood. Thirty two million small businesses account for 54% of all sales and 55% of all jobs in America (http://www.accounting-degree.org/small-business-accounting/). Can you keep up with constantly changing tax laws? Do you dread doing taxes? Join Ron as he discusses important tax laws and covers standard IRS forms. He will cover the basics of how to avoid overpaying and underpaying your taxes and other common mistakes. This class will improve your tax knowledge and have you confident going into the 2018 tax season.

Dates: December 12

Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Rm: 119 Trenary Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

SWOT ANALYSIS

Strategic planning is important to the stability and growth of businesses. SWOT analysis will examine your business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats as you negotiate business decisions. This structured planning method can identify internal and external factors that are favorable or unfavorable for specific projects or ventures. SWOT analyses can be used in multiple situations and will become your internal thermometer for measuring potential successes and failures. Each business enrolled will receive a free, on-site visit to help you prepare your SWOT Analysis!

Date: December 13

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Rm: 150 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

 

 
 

Trees Planted in Rockford by Town Crew
by Bob Ransbottom

Two of the Village of Rockford Town Crew, Blair Shaffer and Aaron Temple recently planted
a Swamp White Oak Tree on West Columbia Street.  This was one of 
thirty-five trees planted on the newly renovated street. 
 A total of fifty trees were
planted in the Village of Rockford this year.  Other tree varieties were Tulip,
Japanese Lilac, Autumn Blaze Maple, October Glory Maple, Linden, Red Oak and
Princeton Elm.   The Rockford Tree Commission chose these trees to be planted this
fall.  The trees were purchased from A & A Greenhouse on State Rt 127, Rockford.

If you have questions about your trees or would like a tree placed in the tree lawn,
space between sidewalk and street, please contact the Village Office or a member
of the Rockford Tree Commission:  Steve Gehle, Aaron Fent, Ed Long, Karen Long,
Bob Ransbottom, or Bob Bollenbacher.   
 

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
November 13-16, 2017
 

 
 

 

Parkway Local Schools Seeking Nominations for the “Academic Alumni Hall of Fame”

The goal for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize successful former students who have contributed to their profession and community while practicing character qualities. They serve as an example for current students and former graduates as well as all of the community.

Nominations for the hall of fame may be made by anyone. A committee will make the final selection of no more than three recipients. Criteria for nomination are: graduate of Parkway Local Schools (including Willshire, Rockford, Mendon-Union, and Parkway), graduated at least ten years prior to nomination, give time to enhance their profession, and demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism.

The award will be presented at the Parkway High School Spring Awards Program. Students will see how successful one can be if the principles of good character are practiced. Although “rewards” are public recognition, self satisfaction is the true reward. A plaque will be displayed in a high traffic area for students and community members to see frequently.

Nominees may send testimonials or speak to the students about how character education helped them achieve success at the Spring Awards Night. The Academic Hall of Fame encourages students to develop good character to succeed.

To nominate individuals for the Parkway Local Schools Academic Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Parkway High School at 419-363-3045, ext #760 or mail Parkway High School, 400 Buckeye St., Rockford, OH 45882. Please provide the individual’s name, year of graduation, career position, and current contact information. Nominations must be submitted by November 16, to be considered for this school year. Upon nomination, individuals will receive an application to apply for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame. Previous nominees are encouraged to send updates for their applications on file.

Information & application are available at Parkwayschools.org, under the "Students" tab.

 

 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on November 14, 2017 - Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 

PUBLIC NOTICE – Culvert Replacement

 

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Winkler Road between US 33 and Erastus-Durbin Road in Blackcreek Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on November 20, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 1 week, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 

 

 

Tick-Borne Lyme Disease Cases in Ohio Rise

Protect yourself, your family, and your pets from tick bites during hunting season


COLUMBUS – The weather is turning colder, and it’s hunting season in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are reminding Ohioans that ticks are still active. People need to take precautions to prevent tick bites which can carry diseases such as Lyme disease.

 

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 241 cases of Lyme disease in 60 counties so far in 2017. Cases of Lyme disease have steadily increased in Ohio during the past 5 years with 93 cases in 2013, 119 cases in 2014, 154 cases in 2015 and 160 cases in 2016. The increase in cases coincides with the increase of blacklegged ticks in Ohio.

 

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected deer tick. Symptoms can include a flu-like illness, muscle pain, and headache; a bull’s-eye shaped rash is often also seen at the site of the bite as well.

 

“Lyme disease is still very important to think about, even in cold weather,” said Ohio Department of Health Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. “You still need to take precautions like wearing bug repellent to make sure you are protected while outside enjoying the fall season.”

 

Fall hunting season has begun and deer gun season begins on Nov. 27. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reminding sportsmen and sportswomen that hunting brings you in close contact with ticks and their habitats, so it is important to take the proper precautions to reduce your chances of being bitten.

Here are some tips on how to avoid tick bites before and after you hunt:

When possible, walk in the center of trails and paths to avoid brushing up against ticks.

Apply bug repellent to everyone in your party, including pets.

Tuck your pants into your boots or socks and tuck your shirt into your pants to prevent ticks from crawling inside clothing.

Shower immediately after returning from the outdoors to remove unattached ticks.

Check dogs for ticks after returning from tick habitats.

Remove any attached tick immediately by grasping it with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out. Do not twist or jerk.


There are currently no vaccines to prevent tickborne diseases. If detected at an early stage, Lyme disease can be treated successfully with appropriate antibiotic therapy.

For more information about Ohio hunting season, go to www.ohiodnr.gov.
For more information about ticks and Lyme disease, go to www.odh.ohio.gov.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click Here for 2017-2018 Parkway Panther - High School Honor Roll 1st Quarter ~ Students - Way to go!

 
 

 
November 10-12, 2017
 

 
 

Happy Veterans' Day to the Men and Women
Who Served so Bravely for Our Freedom

 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Host Dermatologist

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 Dr. Suzanne Quinter from Wheatland Dermatology will be speaking on taking care of our skin, protecting ourselves from sun damage, signs of skin cancer and types of treatment. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, November 14th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. 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.

 
 

Rockford Village Appreciates Veterans – Two Vietnam Veterans Honored
with Two New Bricks at Shanes Park Veterans Memorial
Solar Lighting Added to Flagpole

By Sheila Baltzell, 10-29-2017, www.parkwayindependent.com

 

The Rockford Hedge’s American Legion 508 in 2001 created and dedicated a Veterans Commemorative Memorial Area in front of the Shanes Log Cabin in Shanes Park. A flagpole, sidewalk and area for donated commemorative bricks was established. Bricks have been added over the years after the initial dedication, mainly by family members wanting to remember and/or honor their own beloved veterans.


Two New Bricks are Added

Recently,  a veteran from out of state, who was originally from Rockford, leaned that a fellow Vietnam Veteran in Rockford (with a Purple Heart medal) did not have a commemorative brick at the log cabin. Additionally, a local gentleman found out about another local veteran without a commemorative brick.  The two bricks were purchased for Wayne Reed (Vietnam Purple Heart Recipient) and Terry Joseph (Vietnam 173rd Airborne Brigade), and are now placed in the memorial.

Lighting is Added to Flagpole

American Legion members then discovered that lighting was needed on the flag at Veterans Commemorative Memorial  at the Shanes Park Log Cabin.  So, Steve Thompson and Reed Shaffer, members, volunteer Lisa Kuhn, and the Shanes Crossing Historical Society,  a solar light was researched, purchased and installed (by Thompson and Shaffer)  so that the flag would be lit up at night.  At left see the light at the top.

Donate a Brick for Your Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Bricks and Commemorative Bricks can be purchased through the Shanes Crossing Historical Society for $50 each. Anyone can purchase a brick for a Veteran, living or deceased, and have it placed in the Veterans Commemorative Memorial at Shanes Park. In addition, the Historical Society will accept donations for those wishing to help monetarily with the brick project.  Contact Rockford Village Fiscal Officer Lisa Kuhn at 419-363-3032, or email her at Lisa.Kuhn@rockfordohio.org

 

Army Veteran Terry Joseph’s Vietnam Experience

Terry L. Joseph, of Rockford, was a mere 19 years old when he enlisted in the Army in August 1970. His proud mother, the late Betty Joseph, prayed for him and kept newspaper clippings as he moved from Army Base to Army Base in training before flying out to Vietnam. His fiancé, Mary Jo Kuhn of Rockford, worried and waited with his mother, for news of his safety from 1970 through 1973.

 

Terry joined the Army 173rd Airborne Brigade. Following Basic Training at Ft. Know, KY, Private 1st Class Terry Joseph  trained at Ft. Polk in Louisiana. The third step was Paratrooper School at Ft. Benning Georgia. Yes, Terry was an Infantry Paratrooper with the 173rd, and he soon moved on to Ft. Lewis in the State of Washington while waiting to travel to Anchorage Alaska to Japan and finally arriving in Cam Ranh Bay, a deep-water inlet in the South China Sea (along the Sue Kai Mountain Range). He was officially “boots on the ground” in Vietnam on April 1, 1971 through September 1971.
 

 
 

Missions From Cam Rahn Bay - (Look this up on Goggle for interesting Facts and Videos)

Terry’s first official mission was an assist with a downed bird (helicopter) at the LZ English (Landing Zone English) Firebase. It had been shot down ~ barely making it back to base with 2 pilots and 6 soldiers aboard. See the picture above.

Casper the Ghost was their “mascot” and the front of the helo has the picture of it painted there. There were two or three helos in his B Company. Shown in the above picture is the Chinook –dual props- helicopter that Terry’s team helped attach the downed bird to, and the Chinook actually carried the helo out of the rice paddies (see foreground of picture) to the repair it needed at the repair area of the base camp. Terry’s team did not have to jump to get to this downed bird, but sometimes they had to jump 8-10 feet to the ground in a hovering helicopter. This would occur in a “Hot” landing zone with enemy fire, and B Company would have Cobra Gunship support from 200-300 miles firing on the enemy around them.

 

Forward Recon at Night

B Company often went out on Forward Reconnaissance (Forward Recon)  in small groups of patrol. In the picture at left is part of Terry’s 5 man team on one such mission. They are crossing a creek to head to a post at night out where the enemy was lurking. The Forward Observers were: (in creek) Dave Bagley; led by Sergeant Hile, a Wildman you could count on (not shown); right top, Dave McFarlin; and Terry Joseph, bottom right; Dave Walker, radio operator took the picture. The group moved forward after leaving their squadron. They did not find anything. So they set-up perimeter flares in the tall bamboo for a very dark night of watching and waiting for the Viet Cong to show themselves. Terry said, “The enemy came too close and tripped our perimeter flares; they had come up and out of the many ground tunnels through which they traveled. We called for lamination rounds. In the pitch black, I could actually feel the enemy moving right past me through the bamboo.” Once the night was lit with rounds, they could see the door to the tunnel, and our guys, called “Tunnel Rats” booby-trapped the door. When the Viet Cong came through again, the door would blow them up. Their job was done for the night.

 

Terry said the Tunnel Rats often booby-trapped the tunnels sometimes from within. They took grenades and their 45’s along. The also used viper snakes which was a poison release. Terry saw the inside of the tunnels. They were only big enough for crawling and there were miles of networks everywhere. B Team helped find and destroy them. Terry was in awe of these men. Tunnel Rats had a very dangerous but necessary job for the safety of soldiers.

They did take mortar rounds in this forward recon, and Dave McFarlin (a pal from jump school) took a “dust-off” injury from the fire. He was stabilized back at camp by medic Richard Moore, then sent on to a hospital.
 

In the picture to the above is their Medic Richard Moore (Victory Sign) who went on to became a colon and rectal surgeon and practices in Chattanooga, TN. Terry keeps in contact with many of the men from his company.

 

Above is a picture of the barracks with sand barricades against mortar attacks.

 

Below is part of the food production facilities on Cam Rahn Bay.

 

Returning Home and Family Life

 

Terry was in Vietnam from April 1971 to September 1971. A mere 5 months, it left a deep impression on him. “So many others gave the ultimate sacrifice or came back with injuries seen and unseen. I know them and see them at the American Legion in Rockford. I was just a soldier like so many young men. And, I was fortunate during my tour of duty.”  Once home, on January 18, 1972, Terry married his sweetheart, Mary Jo Kuhn, and she went with him to Ft. Campbell while he finished his Army stint. It was there that their first child Jeremy was born. When he was honorably discharged in 1973, they returned to Rockford and settled down, where daughter Jennifer was born.

 

Today, Terry and Mary Jo are retired and  have their growing family nearby in Rockford. Jeremy, a construction contractor, is married to Amy, who is the mayor of Rockford and owns a Daycare Facility called Miss Mamie’s. they have two of the Terry and Mary Jo’s grandchildren: Devon and Noah. The boys were once stand-outs in sports at Parkway High and now have both settled down with jobs in the community.  Jennifer is married to Mike Langenkamp, and together they have 4 children. Jennifer teaches dance at studios in St. Marys and Coldwater and works at Parkway Schools. Mike is a foreman at Crown in Celina. Terry and Mary Jo enjoy attending events for the children: Claire (dance and basketball), Collin (all sports), Cami and Calie (both dance).

 

Honor Flight Future
Terry is excited to be on the Indiana waiting list for a trip on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Someday soon, he will get a call and travel for a one day adventure in our Capital to see the war memorials placed in remembrance of the sacrifices men and women have made for our wars.

 

 

Purple Heart Recipient

Wayne Reed, a member of the Rockford American Legion, enjoys being in the community of Rockford. He spends his retired days enjoying the company of friends and fellow veterans at TJ’s and Frankie Jo’s. Wayne suffered a head injury while serving in Vietnam and later in a train accident. Wayne was in the Army and suffered memory loss. He served from 1968 to 1970 with an honorable discharge in July 1970. He keeps close contact with the Mercer County Veterans Service Commission who are working to secure more of his paperwork. Wayne said, “I am so proud of the brick in my honor at Shanes Park.”

 

 

Steve Thompson Gives the Log Cabin a Sprucing-Up

Steve Thompson, along with being the driving force to get the solar lighting on the flagpole at Shanes Park, has recently done some sprucing up at the Anthony Shane Log Cabin. Steve volunteered his time to The Historical Society and painted the logs on the outside and he is ¾ finished. In addition, he replaced the rotting back door and threshold by making a completely new one. It is fashioned with ship-lap joints from oak planks from a barn of the late John Gamble. These special old-style joints are then sealed with caulk to prevent rot. See picture. Another project coming up is some rewiring.

 

“So many classes come here on tours,” said Steve. “It is important to me and the Historical Society that we keep up with improvements that come along with a log cabin.”

In addition, Steve has repainted all of the 4 entry Rockford Corporation signs.  Made of cast aluminum, Steve spent many hours prepping and repainting to the original authentic state. He found them all in pictures in the 159 or 1960 Rockford High School Yearbook. The Historical Society bought new poles for the 4 and Steve installed them. This was all volunteer time as well.

“I was down here this summer on the evening the solar light was installed. I woke my granddaughter, 10 year old Alaina, up and asked if she’d like to go down and see if the solar light was working. She had heard me telling of working on it. She belongs to my daughter Julie from Columbus. So at 10 PM, she went with me in her pajamas to see the flag lit at night. We were both excited that it was working!

We talked about the memorial bricks, and I showed her Uncle Paul’s. You don’t forget those memories.”

 

 

Veterans Memorial Planned at Hedges Park

The Rockford Bi-Centennial Committee and American Legion 508
are planning a refurbish/remodel of the Veterans Memorial Location at Hedges Park that is the common location of the May Memorial Day Parade and ceremony.

Norm VanTilburg says that village history will be incorporated into this new display. A former military vehicle may also become part of the that with several individuals are working on those plans.

Sketches of ideas are currently being drawn. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
November 9, 2017
 

 
 
 
 

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Celebrates 150th

The Congregation of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH  is thankful for God’s blessings over their 150 year history 1867-2017 that guided them to last Sunday - November 5, 2017, when they celebrated. It was a windy and rainy morning, but the church was overflowing with members and guests as Reverend Larry K. May, (left) who served the church from 1961-1967, delivered the inspiring message from the pulpit. His lesson entitled, I Will Build My Church, was taken from Matthew 16:13-18 where Jesus asked the questions of his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” After they answered, he again asked of them, “Who do YOU say that I am?” When Peter answered that He was the Messiah, Jesus was happy and said that Peter was a rock and “ . . . on this rock foundation I will build my church and not even death will overcome it.” Reverend May reminded the congregation that Jesus did not say your church or his church. Jesus said I will build MY church. And so we tend this church, now here for 150 years, for Jesus Christ our risen Lord and Savior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He reminded the congregation that the acolyte (see Remmie above) brings in the light of Jesus every Sunday during worship and carries it back out, and we are thankful for His presence among us. He also spoke about the actual building of the church and obstacles such as getting the new bell up into the tower. Building the church had its challenges. Before the service started, everyone was thrilled to hear the first ringing of the bell in the tower. It had been in the repair shop for a while.

Communion was served by Reverend May, and a Service of Remembrance ceremony was conducted for those in the church who had passed away this year. The choir sang “Bless This House” and many beautiful old hymns were used throughout the service.

 

A delicious lunch was catered by Rockford Carry-Out with tender chicken and beef in gravy and all the best fixings of vegetables and salads. Later, two delicious white and chocolate cakes, decorated with edible icing photos of the old church and the current church were enjoyed by over 260 people. People enjoyed looking through the complimentary 150th Anniversary History Book, printed for the occasion. Pens and magnets with church information were handed out to everyone. People enjoyed the beautiful fall table decorations of the fellowship hall and the gorgeous altar arrangements.

 

 

Even though the skies turned dark in the afternoon as severe weather swept through and tornadoes passed close by, the celebration service went on as planned with Pastor Mark Rutledge, speaking from the pulpit. He no more than began with his messages from Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians and Ephesians, than the thunder and lightning began, the wind howled and the lights went out. Reverend May offered Pastor Rutledge a flashlight to read the scripture lessons, with the light of Christ burning on the altar candles behind him. St. Paul, this church’s namesake, wrote from prison to the two young churches and reminded them of the power they have within themselves to do so much more together with God and power of the Spirit and Jesus Christ residing in their hearts (Ephesians3:14-21). In Paul’s letter to the I Thessalonians (5:1-11), Pastor Mark reminded the congregation that Paul said the Day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night. We, as Christians must be watchful and prepared, and help each other and encourage one another. Pastor Mark remarked that the congregation of St. Paul’s cares for Christ’s church and the rock it is founded upon and follows those lessons.  Special choir music at the second service was “On Eagles Wings” and other beautiful favorites were sung.

 

Thank you’s go out to everyone who worked so diligently to prepare for this very successful 150th celebration. And, thank you’s go out to Reverend May and his entire family who traveled so far to celebrate with the congregation, to Pastor Mark Rutledge, and to so many neighboring churches for well wishes, gifts and spending the day at the celebration.

 

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE - Mercer County Banner Fair on August 17 - 21, 1908

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

Photo caption:  This Post Card Photograph was used to advertise the Mercer County Banner Fair on August 17 - 21, 1908.  The Post Mark is dated July 6, 1908, Celina, Ohio.  This Post Card with its Post Mark from the Celina, Ohio Post Office, will be on the 17th Annual Post Card & Post Mark Exhibit, at the Mercer County Historical Museum on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

The Mercer County Fairboard recognized the importance of preserving the History of this Mercer County Fair, when their Member Mike Niekamp came to the Mercer County Historical Museum and explained that the Fairboard wanted a History book written about the Fair, in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the first Mercer County Fair, in 1852.  Fran Guilbault was a Volunteer at the Mercer County Historical Museum, and he agreed to review the weekly Coldwater Chronicle Newspapers, and gather history about the County Fairs’ events.  The Fairboard shared photographs.  Under the Mercer County Historical Society, we published the book, “The Mercer County Fair, Celina, Ohio, 1852-2002.” 

The First Mercer County Fair was a one day event, held on October 28, 1852, at Celina.  The site of the First Fair is unclear.  (County Fairs were not held every year, as they are today.)  By 1872, the Mercer  County Fair was held on 17-18 acres of land, owned by the State of Ohio, near Grand Lake, on the site known as Mercelina Park, on Lake Shore Drive.  A decade later, in 1882, a Grandstand to seat 1500 persons was constructed at this Fairground site by Grand Lake.  In 1890, the Agricultural Society hired Professor Thompson, the most noted aeronaut of America to provide a balloon ascension and parachute leap for three days at the Fair by Grand Lake.

The Mercer County Agricultural Society pursed 18 acres of land in 1893 on West Market Street.  This is the site of the present Fairground in 2017.  The first Fair held at this site was August 21-24, 1894.  In 1896, the only United States President to ever visit the Mercer County Fair, was W.G. Harding and his wife.  In January 1896, at the previous site of the Fair by Grand Lake, the old Grandstand was destroyed by fire, apparently through arson.

In 1899, fire destroyed nine buildings at the Fair Ground site on West Market St.  In 1900, the Board of Mercer County Commissioners was authorized to purchase more land and to replace the buildings destroyed by fire, which may have included the Grand Stand.  In 1917, the Agricultural Society purchased twelve acres of land to provide more space for parking.  A balloon ascension was held at the August 1924 County Fair.  In 1927, the Grand Stand was renovated, and the half mile tract was put in for a better race track.  By 1935, a new Grand Stand was added under the guidelines of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.  The most recent repair at the Grandstand was made the summer of 2012, after a storm.

Are the Mercer County Agricultural Society Members are continuing to preserve the history of the Mercer County Fair, since 2002, when the Mercer County Historical Society published the book, “The Mercer County Fair, Celina, Ohio, 1852-2002?”  Are the various Departments who plan and implement the many facets of the Fair, preserving the history of their work with the Fair?  For history of the County Fair, read the County Historical Society’s book, “The Mercer County Fair, Celina, Ohio, 1852-2002.”

On Sunday, November 12, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, collectors of Post Card Photographs exhibiting their collections are Sharon and Bob Poor and Dale Poeppelman.  David Gray will exhibit his Mercer County Post Mark collection from the old discontinued Post Offices in Mercer County.  The importance of old Post Card Photographs not only preserve local history, but also preserve the history of the Post Offices, especially the Post Marks of the Closed Post Offices.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 6-8, 2017
 

 

County Auditor Offers Tax Break On Property Destroyed Or Damaged By Severe Weather

 

Mercer County Auditor Randy Grapner reminds property owners that his real estate staff will inspect any building that was either damaged or destroyed by the recent severe weather if its value is $2,000 or more. To receive this reduction for damage/destroyed building, the property owner must file a destroyed property form (D.T.E. Form 26) in Grapner’s office no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 31, 2018. However, filing the form immediately after the damage occurs, rather than months later, is the most cost-effective course of action. After receiving the completed the form, an appraiser from Grapner’s office will inspect the damage and report his/her findings to the Auditor. This inspection is available for damages caused by other natural forces such as fires, earthquakes, tornados, flooding, wind storms and man-made destruction, such as tearing down a building. For questions, or to request a destroyed property form, call 419-586-6402. The destroyed property form (D.T.E. Form 26) is also available at http://www.mercercountyohio.org/auditor/forms

Grapner’s office is open Monday from 8:30 through 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 
 

National FFA Chorus Chooses Shay Bolton to Sing

Shay Bolton, a member of the Parkway FFA Chapter, was selected to participate in the National FFA Chorus in Indianapolis, IN! To apply she had to shoot a video clip of her singing and then send it in to the chorus director and then wait to hear back if she had made it into the group. Only 92 FFA members from all 50 states were accepted and Shay was one of them! She arrived on Saturday October 21st and rehearsed all day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The groups then got the opportunity to perform at one of the luncheons that was held by the national officers and at the Arts Garden. They performed at the Opening Session and at other sessions as well with around 60,000 people each session! This year was the final year of Mrs. LaJoye being the chorus director, so the choir surprised her with a song as she received an award for her hard work over the past 19 years. Shay stated, "It was such an exhilarating experience and I have made friends that will last a lifetime! Even though I was only there for a week, everyone acted as if we were a huge family. I plan to audition next year and make many more memories!"

Left: Shay and the National FFA President 2016-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Shay and Mrs. Patti LaJoye

 

 

 
 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

The Stateline Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, in the Celina public library.  

The suggested composition topic is "a Thanksgiving memory."  

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 
Parkway Middle School Honor Roll
End of 1st Quarter 2017-2018
by Michelle Agler, Secretary
Click Here for the list of these hard-working students!
 
 

What’s Been Happening at Parkway Elementary?

By: PHS Junior Kara Heck

 

The past several weeks for Parkway's Elementary students have been eventful. On October 19th, Parkway's Kindergarten class went on a field trip to Lincoln Ridge for a day of learning. Students picked out their own pumpkins and learned how a pumpkin grows. Then on October 25th , COSI On Wheels came to Parkway Elementary with the theme Energy. The Elementary students were invited to visit different stations to gain experience in science. Following this event, on November 2nd and 3rd the first and second grade classes went to the OSU Theatre to watch a play called, The Amazing Adventures of Baron M. The play was interactive with the audience and kept the children's attention. After the show, the students were taken backstage where they were shown the costumes and how the set was constructed. To say the least, Parkway Elementary has had a very adventurous month.

 

 

Monday, November 6, Parkway Schools will be on a 2 hour delay
due to storm damage and power outages from the Celina Tornadoes on November 5, 2017.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!

 
 

Culvert Replacement in Dublin Township

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Mercer-Van Wert County Line Road between Blackloon Road and Old Trail Road in Dublin Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on November 8, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 1 week, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 

Money Awarded for Prevention Education
The Mercer County Prevention Coalition was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Mercer County Civic Foundation Wednesday! We are very grateful for our awesome community support to help us fulfill our mission “to improve the quality of lives of Mercer County residents by preventing the harmful consequences of substance use and abuse and suicide among youth, families, and the larger community.”

 

Foundations Behavioral Health Services was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Mercer County Civic Foundation. This grant will be used towards the S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) Retreat for 6th-8th grade students. This drug prevention retreat is led by the high school students from the Mercer County Youth to Youth group. We are very grateful for our awesome community support to help us fulfill our mission of “Mercer County youth coming together to rise above the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, peer pressure, bullying, and suicide." The retreat is set for February 17, 2018; registration forms will be available in January in the schools and at Foundations. 

 

Panther Sportswear is Now on Sale
It's that time again! The annual sportswear sale is back! The Parkway sophomore class is selling Panther sportswear items. Order forms have been passed out in all elementary school homeroom classes. Forms are also available to be picked up by students and community members in the middle school and high school offices as well as at the displays.

There is also a link on the Parkway Local Schools website so forms can be printed off. The website is www.parkwayschools.org. Under “Athletics”, there is a link for the “Sophomore Sportswear Sale”. Click on that link to find the order form and pictures of the items. Orders will not be accepted via email so please have the form filled out with the correct money amount and turned in to Mrs. Agler in the middle school office by Monday, November 20th.

Orders can be picked up in the middle school office December 18-20 or they will be delivered to the student (depending on what is directed on the order form). If you have any questions feel free to call Mrs. Agler, sophomore class advisor, in the middle school office at 419-363-3045, ext. #740 or email her at aglerm@parkwayschools.org.

Displays are set up in the display cases just outside the middle school office doors as the students come in from the busses and also in the commons just outside of the high school office. Items are available to size/try on in the middle school office. Items are non-returnable so please check on the sizing to ensure proper sizing. Sportswear makes great birthday and Christmas gifts. Thank you for supporting the sophomore class as they raise money for prom and graduation through this fundraiser.

 

 Shop and Dine Event -
  
  Lasagna Dinner and Craft Show
  
  November 19th from 4 - 7 pm
  
  At the Rockford Community Building @ Shanes Park
  
  Tickets available at the door - Adults $8.00 Children $5.00
  
  
  Sponsored by the Rockford Bicentennial Committee
 
 

 
November 4-5, 2017
 

 

Celina Police Department News Release by Tom Wale 11/05/2017

 

On Sunday, November 05, 2017 shortly after 2:10 PM emergency sirens were activated in Mercer County as a result of a major storm coming through associated with a tornado.  Weather radar also indicated rotation in the storm with a high likelihood of tornadic activity.  Celina Police officers posted near the south west edge of town spotted a funnel cloud headed towards the city.

 

A tornado did enter the city from the southwest causing damage to a home along Lakeshore Dr. The tornado then apparently crossed the lake in a northeast direction. It caused damage to Wendy’s Restaurant, Lakeshore Auto, a few more residences in the area of E. Market St.  As the tornado continued in a north east direction Crown Equipment suffered severe damage along with several businesses along Havemann Rd.  These include Dollar General, Dunhams, C-Town Wings, Ruler Foods and others.  Most businesses in that area had some damage to one degree or another.  A further damage assessment will be done in the morning by area agencies.

 

Eight people within the City limits were treated for injuries by area EMT’s from Celina, Coldwater and Rockford.  Four of those were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.  There was no loss of life in Celina due to this storm.

 

Celina Police and Fire Departments responded with all available personnel both on and off duty.  As well as all service departments within the City, including electric, street and water crews.  The City of Celina received assistance from Montezuma, Rockford, Mendon and Chickasaw Fire Departments.  Buildings were searched for any casualties as well as for gas and electrical hazards. 

 

Also assisting with law enforcement and traffic control were the Ohio State Highway Patrol, New Knoxville Police Department, MCERV and the Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Office.

 

Mayor Jeff Hazel responded to the areas struck by the tornado as well as Senator Keith Faber.  Both directly assisted with the ongoing emergency.  Senator Faber did also provide additional propane tanks to keep the Celina Police Command Center running through the night.  Mayor Hazel did declare a State of Emergency for the City of Celina to free up additional resources from the State of Ohio.

 

The Celina Police Department urges people to stay away from affected areas.  As tempting as it is to go look, the additional traffic causes serious issues for people trying to get utilities on, roads open and debris cleaned up.  Please give us a couple of days to make it safe for everyone.  We were blessed with low casualties and no fatalities, help us keep it that way.

 

We would like to thank Westside Carryout as well as Kentucky Fried Chicken for assisting with food donations for responding personnel.  

 

 

 

 

Parkway Local Schools will be hosting a COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR

November 13 – November 17 & 20-21, 2017


The Parkway Local School District Libraries will host a special Book Fair from Scholastic on November 13th-17th  and November 20-21 during school hours, and on the evenings of November 16th, 20th and 21st (during Parent-Teacher Conferences).  The Book Fair will be held in the Community Room, which is adjacent to the High School Entrance. Funds from the Book Fair will provide new books and technology for the students of the Parkway Local School District.

The Book Fair will be open each day from 8:00 to 3:00 and from 4:30 to 8:00 on November 16th, 20th , and 21st  (during Parent-Teacher Conferences).  The Book Fair will feature a wide variety of books ranging from elementary students to young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy series, sports guides, graphic novels, and the latest bestsellers from more than 100 publishers. Parents, children, teachers, and the community are invited to attend. 

Book Fair attendees can also help build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List program. This Book Fair will be a great chance to promote the love of reading by providing reading material that the students will enjoy reading.

 

 

Parkway November 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 
 

Reminder to the Parkway Community

Daylight saving time (DST) ends on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 a.m. ET. Most Americans will set their clocks back an hour at this time. This makes for darker days, but they will gain an extra hour of sleep.

 
 
 

 
November 1-3, 2017
 

 
 

The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held on November 6th at the Village Hall and Museum at 7 pm.

 

 

The Mercer United Methodist Church is having an All You Can Eat Soup Supper and Bake Sale, Saturday November 4, 2017 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. We are located at 5595 Mercer Road at the junction of State Routes 33 and 707 in Mercer, OH. There will be homemade Chili, Pastor Craig’s special HOT chili, Vegetable & Noodle soups; Sloppy Joes & Chicken Sandwiches, Hotdogs, Coney Dogs, Deluxe Salad Bar and delicious Homemade Pies and beverages.  Cost is $8.00 for adults 13 and up, kids 5-12 $5.00 and kids 4 and under free.
 
Carry outs are available.
 
We are also having a Bake Sale during the Soup Supper.  There will be homemade noodles, Angel food cakes, Fudge puddles, cookies, pies, popcorn balls, Chocolate Fudge, etc.
 
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT VARIOUS MISSION PROJECTS

 

 
 

Annual Chili Supper will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017
from 4:30-7:30pm at Rockford Community Building
 
The menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup, sloppy joes and creamed chicken, hot dogs, chili dogs, applesauce, veggies and desserts
 
Dine in or Carry out.
 
Free will donation will be accepted. Proceeds benefit area service projects.
 
Donations are also being accepted for the Parkway Food Pantry. Bring in a non-perishable food item
 
Raffle Drawing will be held to benefit the Religious Education Program of St Teresa Parish

 

 

 
October 30-31, 2017
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events for November 2017
By Lynnette Hughes - Click here for a printable version
 

 
 
 
 
 

Rockford Village Appreciates Veterans – Two Vietnam Veterans Honored
with Two New Bricks at Shanes Park Veterans Memorial
Solar Lighting Added to Flagpole

By Sheila Baltzell, 10-29-2017, www.parkwayindependent.com

 

The Rockford Hedge’s American Legion 508 in 2001 created and dedicated a Veterans Commemorative Memorial Area in front of the Shanes Log Cabin in Shanes Park. A flagpole, sidewalk and area for donated commemorative bricks was established. Bricks have been added over the years after the initial dedication, mainly by family members wanting to remember and/or honor their own beloved veterans.


Two New Bricks are Added

Recently,  a veteran from out of state, who was originally from Rockford, leaned that a fellow Vietnam Veteran in Rockford (with a Purple Heart medal) did not have a commemorative brick at the log cabin. Additionally, a local gentleman found out about another local veteran without a commemorative brick.  The two bricks were purchased for Wayne Reed (Vietnam Purple Heart Recipient) and Terry Joseph (Vietnam 173rd Airborne Brigade), and are now placed in the memorial.

Lighting is Added to Flagpole

American Legion members then discovered that lighting was needed on the flag at Veterans Commemorative Memorial  at the Shanes Park Log Cabin.  So, Steve Thompson and Reed Shaffer, members, volunteer Lisa Kuhn, and the Shanes Crossing Historical Society,  a solar light was researched, purchased and installed (by Thompson and Shaffer)  so that the flag would be lit up at night.  At left see the light at the top.

Donate a Brick for Your Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Bricks and Commemorative Bricks can be purchased through the Shanes Crossing Historical Society for $50 each. Anyone can purchase a brick for a Veteran, living or deceased, and have it placed in the Veterans Commemorative Memorial at Shanes Park. In addition, the Historical Society will accept donations for those wishing to help monetarily with the brick project.  Contact Rockford Village Fiscal Officer Lisa Kuhn at 419-363-3032, or email her at Lisa.Kuhn@rockfordohio.org

 

Army Veteran Terry Joseph’s Vietnam Experience

Terry L. Joseph, of Rockford, was a mere 19 years old when he enlisted in the Army in August 1970. His proud mother, the late Betty Joseph, prayed for him and kept newspaper clippings as he moved from Army Base to Army Base in training before flying out to Vietnam. His fiancé, Mary Jo Kuhn of Rockford, worried and waited with his mother, for news of his safety from 1970 through 1973.

 

Terry joined the Army 173rd Airborne Brigade. Following Basic Training at Ft. Know, KY, Private 1st Class Terry Joseph  trained at Ft. Polk in Louisiana. The third step was Paratrooper School at Ft. Benning Georgia. Yes, Terry was an Infantry Paratrooper with the 173rd, and he soon moved on to Ft. Lewis in the State of Washington while waiting to travel to Anchorage Alaska to Japan and finally arriving in Cam Ranh Bay, a deep-water inlet in the South China Sea (along the Sue Kai Mountain Range). He was officially “boots on the ground” in Vietnam on April 1, 1971 through September 1971.
 

 
 

Missions From Cam Rahn Bay - (Look this up on Goggle for interesting Facts and Videos)

Terry’s first official mission was an assist with a downed bird (helicopter) at the LZ English (Landing Zone English) Firebase. It had been shot down ~ barely making it back to base with 2 pilots and 6 soldiers aboard. See the picture above.

Casper the Ghost was their “mascot” and the front of the helo has the picture of it painted there. There were two or three helos in his B Company. Shown in the above picture is the Chinook –dual props- helicopter that Terry’s team helped attach the downed bird to, and the Chinook actually carried the helo out of the rice paddies (see foreground of picture) to the repair it needed at the repair area of the base camp. Terry’s team did not have to jump to get to this downed bird, but sometimes they had to jump 8-10 feet to the ground in a hovering helicopter. This would occur in a “Hot” landing zone with enemy fire, and B Company would have Cobra Gunship support from 200-300 miles firing on the enemy around them.

 

Forward Recon at Night

B Company often went out on Forward Reconnaissance (Forward Recon)  in small groups of patrol. In the picture at left is part of Terry’s 5 man team on one such mission. They are crossing a creek to head to a post at night out where the enemy was lurking. The Forward Observers were: (in creek) Dave Bagley; led by Sergeant Hile, a Wildman you could count on (not shown); right top, Dave McFarlin; and Terry Joseph, bottom right; Dave Walker, radio operator took the picture. The group moved forward after leaving their squadron. They did not find anything. So they set-up perimeter flares in the tall bamboo for a very dark night of watching and waiting for the Viet Cong to show themselves. Terry said, “The enemy came too close and tripped our perimeter flares; they had come up and out of the many ground tunnels through which they traveled. We called for lamination rounds. In the pitch black, I could actually feel the enemy moving right past me through the bamboo.” Once the night was lit with rounds, they could see the door to the tunnel, and our guys, called “Tunnel Rats” booby-trapped the door. When the Viet Cong came through again, the door would blow them up. Their job was done for the night.

 

Terry said the Tunnel Rats often booby-trapped the tunnels sometimes from within. They took grenades and their 45’s along. The also used viper snakes which was a poison release. Terry saw the inside of the tunnels. They were only big enough for crawling and there were miles of networks everywhere. B Team helped find and destroy them. Terry was in awe of these men. Tunnel Rats had a very dangerous but necessary job for the safety of soldiers.

They did take mortar rounds in this forward recon, and Dave McFarlin (a pal from jump school) took a “dust-off” injury from the fire. He was stabilized back at camp by medic Richard Moore, then sent on to a hospital.
 

In the picture to the above is their Medic Richard Moore (Victory Sign) who went on to became a colon and rectal surgeon and practices in Chattanooga, TN. Terry keeps in contact with many of the men from his company.

 

Above is a picture of the barracks with sand barricades against mortar attacks.

 

Below is part of the food production facilities on Cam Rahn Bay.

 

Returning Home and Family Life

 

Terry was in Vietnam from April 1971 to September 1971. A mere 5 months, it left a deep impression on him. “So many others gave the ultimate sacrifice or came back with injuries seen and unseen. I know them and see them at the American Legion in Rockford. I was just a soldier like so many young men. And, I was fortunate during my tour of duty.”  Once home, on January 18, 1972, Terry married his sweetheart, Mary Jo Kuhn, and she went with him to Ft. Campbell while he finished his Army stint. It was there that their first child Jeremy was born. When he was honorably discharged in 1973, they returned to Rockford and settled down, where daughter Jennifer was born.

 

Today, Terry and Mary Jo are retired and  have their growing family nearby in Rockford. Jeremy, a construction contractor, is married to Amy, who is the mayor of Rockford and owns a Daycare Facility called Miss Mamie’s. they have two of the Terry and Mary Jo’s grandchildren: Devon and Noah. The boys were once stand-outs in sports at Parkway High and now have both settled down with jobs in the community.  Jennifer is married to Mike Langenkamp, and together they have 4 children. Jennifer teaches dance at studios in St. Marys and Coldwater and works at Parkway Schools. Mike is a foreman at Crown in Celina. Terry and Mary Jo enjoy attending events for the children: Claire (dance and basketball), Collin (all sports), Cami and Calie (both dance).

 

Honor Flight Future
Terry is excited to be on the Indiana waiting list for a trip on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Someday soon, he will get a call and travel for a one day adventure in our Capital to see the war memorials placed in remembrance of the sacrifices men and women have made for our wars.

 

 

Purple Heart Recipient

Wayne Reed, a member of the Rockford American Legion, enjoys being in the community of Rockford. He spends his retired days enjoying the company of friends and fellow veterans at TJ’s and Frankie Jo’s. Wayne suffered a head injury while serving in Vietnam and later in a train accident. Wayne was in the Army and suffered memory loss. He served from 1968 to 1970 with an honorable discharge in July 1970. He keeps close contact with the Mercer County Veterans Service Commission who are working to secure more of his paperwork. Wayne said, “I am so proud of the brick in my honor at Shanes Park.”

 

 

Steve Thompson Gives the Log Cabin a Sprucing-Up

Steve Thompson, along with being the driving force to get the solar lighting on the flagpole at Shanes Park, has recently done some sprucing up at the Anthony Shane Log Cabin. Steve volunteered his time to The Historical Society and painted the logs on the outside and he is ¾ finished. In addition, he replaced the rotting back door and threshold by making a completely new one. It is fashioned with ship-lap joints from oak planks from a barn of the late John Gamble. These special old-style joints are then sealed with caulk to prevent rot. See picture. Another project coming up is some rewiring.

 

“So many classes come here on tours,” said Steve. “It is important to me and the Historical Society that we keep up with improvements that come along with a log cabin.”

In addition, Steve has repainted all of the 4 entry Rockford Corporation signs.  Made of cast aluminum, Steve spent many hours prepping and repainting to the original authentic state. He found them all in pictures in the 159 or 1960 Rockford High School Yearbook. The Historical Society bought new poles for the 4 and Steve installed them. This was all volunteer time as well.

“I was down here this summer on the evening the solar light was installed. I woke my granddaughter, 10 year old Alaina, up and asked if she’d like to go down and see if the solar light was working. She had heard me telling of working on it. She belongs to my daughter Julie from Columbus. So at 10 PM, she went with me in her pajamas to see the flag lit at night. We were both excited that it was working!

We talked about the memorial bricks, and I showed her Uncle Paul’s. You don’t forget those memories.”

 

 

 

 

Veterans Memorial Planned at Hedges Park

The Rockford Bi-Centennial Committee and American Legion 508
are planning a refurbish/remodel of the Veterans Memorial Location at Hedges Park that is the common location of the May Memorial Day Parade and ceremony.

Norm VanTilburg says that village history will be incorporated into this new display. A former military vehicle may also become part of the that with several individuals are working on those plans.

Sketches of ideas are currently being drawn.  

 

 

 

Reminder to the Parkway Community

Daylight saving time (DST) ends on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 a.m. ET. Most Americans will set their clocks back an hour at this time. This makes for darker days, but they will gain an extra hour of sleep.

 

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ to Celebrate 150th Anniversary Milestone


St. Paul’s United Church of Christ membership will celebrate the sesqui-centennial of their church at the corner of Oregon and Wabash Roads, Rockford, OH. This 150th anniversary milestone is an amazing sign of the love and endurance of a church community as they worship together.

Many of the current members of the church are direct descendents of the pioneers of Liberty Township in Mercer County who were the founders of the church near Chattanooga in 1867.

A special day has been set aside for the celebration and the public is invited to join in the festivities.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 will begin with Worship at 10 AM with special guest speaker, Reverend Larry K. May, who pastored the church from 1961-1967. Remember to turn your clocks back the night before!

Interim Pastor Mark Rutledge will be speaking at the 2 PM Celebration Service. A lunch will be served following morning worship.

Follow us on Facebook at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – Rockford for more details.

 

 

Rockford Club Meets in October  for 2nd Meeting of the Year

The Twenty-First Century Club met for their second meeting of the year on October  24, 2017 at the beautiful new home of Sherry Shaffer with Rozann Maurer, president and Karla Butler, vice-president presiding. The Club theme for the year is History ~ HER-story, and will involve a learning experience on the history of these famous couples. “Behind every great man , the forgotten woman,” goes the saying.

A short meeting was completed with the reading of the minutes and treasurer’s report. Role call was a favorite Muppet character or favorite Hitchcock movie. Members brought items for the food pantry.

Cindy Canary began the program with a short quiz to see if members could put activities and actions of the two ladies, Jane Henson (wife of Jim Henson) and Alma Reville (wife of Alfred Hitchcock) together. The strange questions piqued everyone’s interest into the personalities of these women individually and as couples with queries like, “Who became a Lady when her husband was Knighted? Who had 5 children in 10 years? And who said his wife was snooty?”

Jane and Jim Henson met in a park at a puppetry class. In college he created a puppet TV show called Sam and Friends and Kermit the Frog’s forerunner was in it. This show evolved into the Sesame Street Muppets. Jane helped him. They married in 1959 and had 5 children in 10 years. They worked together on The Sesame Street Muppets but even though she took some time off to raise the children, she always worked behind the scenes. They were hard workers and he traveled a lot. They separate in 1986 but never divorced. He died in 1990. Jane established the Jim Henson Legacy supporting puppetry. Jane Henson’s “Nativity Story” was featured in the 2013 CBS TV special “A New York Christmas to Remember.” 

Alma Reville, born in Nottingham England, we learned was as eccentric as her famous husband, Alfred Hitchcock, also a Brit. She had an interesting beginning as her father was into the silent movies. She became a re-wind girl in the industry. Later she cut and sliced film. The company closed in England and she was hired by an American film company. Alfred wrote titles for movies and they met. They dated but he was chaste and celibate even after they married.  They were soul mates deeply in love and their marriage lasted 54 years.  In 1923, the couple moved to America with the film industry. They married and had one daughter. He was a narcissist and depended on Alma to everything from finding financing for films like Psycho which was a box office hit and a budget of $800K. He was the creative force, but she had her hand in every film. Food and film were their passions. Alma was good at climactic drama. She ran the show, and at the American Film Institute honoring him for lifetime achievements, he gave ALL credit to his love, Alma.

Delicious autumn favorites like apple desserts and hot cider were served by Sherry and Toni Fisher.

The next meeting will be held on November  28, 2017, 7 PM, at the home of Lani Stein with Louisa Hemmelgarn assisting. Members Kim Carr and Toni Fisher will be providing the program on Edith Wilson (wife of Woodrow Wilson) and Freda Kelly (Secretary to the Beatles). Contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 if you’d like to learn more about this club.

 

Parent/Teacher Conference Dates for Parkway Students
by Lisa Miller

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Parkway students are as follows:

Elementary -- November 2, 16, 20, 21*  from 4:30 to 8:00

      *Nov 21 is for grades 3 & 4

 

Middle School – November 14, 16, 20 from 4:30 to 8:00

High School – November 2, 14, 16 from 4:30 to 8:00

 

Conference sign up forms have been mailed for parents to select the day and times that they wish to schedule conferences. If you did not receive a form, please contact the school at 419-363-3045 to schedule a conference time with the building secretary.

Thanksgiving break dates are Wednesday, November 22 through Monday, November 27.

 

 
 

 
October 28-29, 2017
 

 
 
 
Couple Retires/Rehires after Faithfully Serving Community
by Sheila Baltzell, 10-28-2017


Jerry Sell, M.D., and his wife, Connie (Beougher) Sell have recently embarked on a new path in their retirement, one of the half time variety. Although they are busy doing new things, Dr. Sell is keeping his hands in the profession that he has loved for 40 years. His last day working full time was at the end of August 2017.

His current schedule includes various medical procedures and surgeries at Van Wert County Hospital as well as pitching in to help wherever he is needed. He generally works one week on and one week off at the office in Rockford to see his surgical patients and assists the newest doctor in town, Norman Means, M.D.

Dr. Sell continues to locate and attract new doctors to the area.

 

 

After running the Family Medicine office for 30 years, while raising a family, Connie is finding it difficult to stay completely retired. She has gone on to helping her son, Jonathan, start a Biggby Coffee franchise in St. Marys, OH. She does this by continuing her knack for bookwork from home for the one year old business. Connie also continues to help with the family farm after the death of her father, Charlie Beougher, in 2004. Today she helps when brother Gary Beougher needs her.

When the Sells looked toward their retirement, they knew that travel would be in the picture. So far, they have enjoyed several overseas trips with their friends, Patty and Bud Schoenleben. These trips have included visits to Italy, the Holy Land, and Egypt. In Italy, their cruise took them from Venice to Croatia, then to Sicily and Rome. In the Holy Land, they visited all of the Holy sites including; Jerusalem, the temple, Galilee, the Dead Sea, Golan Heights, Israel, Egypt, and the Jordan river- where Connie was baptized. In Egypt they visited Cairo, the Museum of Antiquities, and the pyramids. The goal of their trips will now involve learning from the Road Scholar Program. Link Here. Some trips they have already had the pleasure to experience have been Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon. The Sells were led by an 85-year old geology professor who shared his knowledge of Earth with them.
They soon hope to enjoy the Road Scholar trip they are currently planning to Ireland, in celebration of their 2016, 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Traveling for them will not stop at enjoyment and enlightenment trips though, they intend to participate in medical and general mission trips. The Sells wish to participate in at least one mission trip per year. The most recent trip was a group led by Nathan Boggs, from New Horizons Community Church to Big Laurel Missions, KY. This trip served the less fortunate in our country. Jerry and Connie along with son, Jonathan, and other New Horizons members spent several days helping to complete homes for the area residents. Dr. Sell has done three mission trips to Honduras, accompanied on one by Connie. He has also done a medical mission trip to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Dr. Sell is considering a return trip to Haiti (possibly to help Carrie Stoller, CNP) as well las a return trip to Sierra Leone, Africa. His previous Sierra Leone trip was with Dr. Ron Baker through the United Brethren Church missions. Connie is also considering a trip to Haiti. Click Here to read about the trip to Sierra Leone.

Looking back at their lives, becoming a family medicine doctor has made all the difference to their family and this community, which they have served so faithfully for 40 years. Dr. Sell said, “It has always been a team effort with Connie by my side.” After graduation at Rockford High School, they married. Connie was by his side when he attended Middletown School of Nursing, during his stint in the U.S. Army, from 1967-1970, as a preventative medicine instructor. His service led to the Army Commendation Medal for acts of heroism and extraordinary or meritorious service. When the couple returned to Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Science and Microbiology degree-cum laude in 1970; medical degree-cum laude in 1976; and residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dayton in 1979, for “family medicine” practice. Dr. Sell completed in full-range and surgical obstetrics. Click Here to read about an additional article on Dr. Sell as the Rockford Chamber Person of the year (from several years ago).


In between all of this, the Sells love bird watching together on their back porch, their favorite place to hang out. They also have fun with their two children, Jonathan, Jenny, their spouses, and their six grandchildren at Dale Hollow Lake. Following their grandchildren’s adventures be it at college, in School at Parkway, science fairs, or on the ball field, is their greatest enjoyment. You also might find them making coffee at Biggby, St Mary’s on special days.


Locally the Sells look forward to the Rockford Bicentennial celebration coming up. Dr. Sell is active on the Rockford Area Development Corporation in Rockford as well as the Governance Board at New Horizons Community Church.

So, retirement? Not exactly, but close enough.

Click here for a printable version of this story about Dr. Jerry and Connie Sell.

 
 
 

Culvert Replacement to Close Road in Hopewell Township
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Morrow Road between Weitz Road and US 127 in Hopewell Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 31, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 1 week, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 
Genealogy Group to Meet
The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday November 5  at 2:00pm at the Richardson Bretz Building. Father David Hoying will be the speaker. He is a noted genealogist and historian.  The meeting is free and the public is welcome
 
 

Parkway Middle School “Mad XC Runners”
Running Boys Go on to State Meet
Story and photos shared by Leah Thompson - Thank you Leah!

Parkway Middle School Boys Cross Country locked in 3rd place as a team in the Division III race of the recent 11th Annual 2017 Ohio Cross Country Middle School State Championships. The event was held at Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin, Ohio where a record number of 1,603 runners competed and 151 teams were represented across divisions.

 

Mad XC Runners: pictured from left to right – front row: Gage Hamrick, Drew Wagner, Roman Thompson. Back row – Jack Wagner, Riley Samples, Blake Strickler, Cade Schoenleben, Carter Hellwarth, Blayne Fullenkamp.

Representing Parkway at the State Cross Country Meet was: Blake Strickler (8th), Gage Hamrick (8th), Roman Thompson (7th), Riley Samples (8th), Carter Hellwarth (7th), Cade Schoenleben (8th), Blayne Fullenkamp (7th), Drew Wagner (7th) and Jack Wagner (7th).   
 

The 9 athletes ran on behalf of the Parkway Middle School Cross Country team under the club name ‘Mad XC Runners’, a requirement of the team since they had previously competed in 12 eligible meets/invitationals allowed by the OHSAA during their regular season.    

 

The ‘Mad XC Runners’ competed against athletes representing 25 different Division III schools from around the state. Finishing with an overall team score of 116, the ‘Mad XC Runners’ finished 3rd as a team with Blake Strickler reaching the podium with an 8th place finish, individually.

Scoring for the Mad XC Runners was: Strickler (8th) 11:32.4, Hamrick (23rd) 12:06.6, Thompson (24th) 12:07.2, Samples (25th) 12:09.5, and Hellwarth (83rd) 13:39.9. Other notable finishes include: Schoenleben (90th) 13:51.0, Fullenkamp (96th) 14:28.3, Wagner, Drew (109th) 15:39.7 and Wagner, Jack (115th) 17:18.1.  

The community welcomed the athletes with a parade led by the Rockford Fire Department when they returned from state. “On behalf of the Mad XC Runners, we give our sincerest thanks to the Rockford Fire Department and the community for their continued support of our student-athletes,” stated Leah Thompson.

 

A Look Back at the Season – Recap:

Individual Highlights of the season include:

* 3 first place finishes were achieved by Blake Strickler during the season at St. Henry Tri-Meet, South Adams Invitational and Antwerp Invitational

*4 medalists were awarded at South Adams Invitational (for placing in the top 25 of all runners). Runners include: (1) Blake Strickler, (13) Riley Samples, (16) Gage Hamrick, (21) Roman Thompson

*5 runners placed in the top 10 at St. Henry Tri-Meet: (1) Blake Strickler, (4) Gage Hamrick, (5) Riley Samples, (6) Roman Thompson, (9) Cade Schoenlenben

*4 medalists were awarded at Antwerp Invitational (for placing in the top 15 of all runners). Runners include: (1) Blake Strickler, (5) Gage Hamrick, (8) Roman Thompson, (11) Riley Samples

*Countless ribbons collected throughout the season

 

Team Highlights of the season include:

·         1st Place at the Antwerp Invitational

·         1st Place at the St Henry Tri-Meet (out of 3 schools)

·         2nd Place MAC Championship Runner Ups in the MAC Conference Meet

·         2nd at the Mercer County Invitational
          (out of all 6 Mercer Co. schools represented)

·         2nd at the Wapak Night Meet (out of 13 schools represented)

·         3rd at Botkins Invitational (out of 14 schools represented)

 

“3rd place”: The boys on the podium to receive their 3rd place team trophy. From left to right: Drew Wagner, Cade Schoenleben, Riley Samples, Gage Hamrick, Blake Strickler, Roman Thompson, Carter Hellwarth, Blayne Fullenkamp and Jack Wagner.

“Blake Strickler” : pictured is Blake Stricker, 8th grader for Parkway, after receiving a medal for his 8th place finish as an individual

“Fire truck parade” : The boys were welcomed back home to Rockford by the Rockford Fire Department. Shown in the image, the boys were riding in the back of Bryan Schoenleben’s truck to see all of their supporters greeting them. From left to right: Cade Schoenleben (peeking under the arm), Riley Samples, Blake Strickler, Gage Hamrick, Drew Wagner and Jack Wagner

 

 

 
 
 

 
October 24-27, 2017
 

 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce 44th Annual Banquet Honors Businesses Old and New; Names Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year
by Sheila Baltzell 10-23-2017

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet on Monday evening, October 23, 2017. A lovely dinner was prepared by Tom and Matt Burtch, owners of the Rockford Carry-out. Following the meal, Chamber President Mary Beougher highlighted the 6 businesses with special anniversaries: Baker Built Engraving 15 years; Leota Braun Foundation 15 years; TJ’s Food Mart and Gas Station 30 years; Mike Bruns Plumbing, Heating, Ventilating and AC 35 years; Hayco Broadcasting (WCSM) 40 years; and Parkway Schools 55 years.

Mary then introduced the two new businesses in Rockford: Tasty Blessings, owner Amy (Baltzell) Lyons; and Ole-Mil Creations, Bob Ransbottom. Each gave a short presentation.

Amy spoke of her love of cooking and baking and how she often had helped with meals for the sick and shut-ins through her church, New Horizons. She found herself reaching out in ministry to the recipients through food and prayer. She felt inspired to take it one step further and create a small catering business. She offers meals for one person, families or small groups which includes a full meal; side dishes  and/or just fun and delicious desserts. She handed out tasty samples after the program.

Bob displayed his unique wooden barrel pen creations and showed the various stages of building them with a drill press and lathe. His wood comes from all over the world even olive wood from the Holy Land and maple from right here in Ohio. All pens are customized in some way with names engraved, a rifle action pen, favorite sports teams and teacher pens with black AND red in in them. He had lots of samples with him.

Norm Van Tilburg, chairman of the 2019 Bicentennial Committee, gave an update on the plans for the year long celebration including a first night on December 31, 2018/January 1, 2019 complete with a ball and fireworks. Shirts and hats are now available; a lasagna dinner fund raiser is planned for November; and the plans for the mural to be painted on the side of the Rockford Fire Station is moving ahead. He then introduced Barbara Pedroza who is spearheading the Barn Quilt project fundraiser. She explained that there is a Barn Quilt network, and Rockford is going to join in on that. Lima and Berne are the closest towns with unique, painted barn quilts on barns (large size) or porches (small size). Click Here for history. Made of large squaes of wood, they are painted to look like the block of a bed quilt. She and Deb Schumm have learned the technique and are willing to help others make their own. Or, for a fee to benefit the Bicentennial , the ladies will do the quilt. They are looking for many members of the community to become part of the trail that will be link Lima to Berne with a printed map for traveling to the different quilt patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next came Business of the Year: Rockford Carry-Out, owned by Matt and Tom Burtch, son and father. This is a full catering operation with a daily restaurant, too. Their specialties include barbequed meats, shredded meats; full meals with homecooked sides; pizza, desserts, and daily specials. In true Christian fashion, their motto is “be kind to each other and have a great day”. They are currently expanding their building on Main Street in Rockford. Jon Wenning (2016 recipient) presented the plaque.

Mike Schumm (winner for 2016) then spoke as they played the special DVD to surprise the crowd (and the winner) on the announcement of Citizen of the Year for 2017. Barbara Jean (Pifer) Pedroza was selected. Her many accomplishments are listed in the story below. She briefly spoke of her love of the community since moving here in the 6th grade and how she works through projects to see it improve in every way.

 

 
 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2017 Barbara (Pifer) Pedroza with Husband Michael and their family! Congratulations to Barbara!
 
 
 
 
 
Rockford Chamber of Commerce Names Citizen of the Year 2017
Barbara Pifer Pedroza - Her Story

by Stacie Ford 10-23-2017



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Barbara was born at a United States Army Hospital, Ft. Eustis, Virginia on February 3, 1952.  She was one of three girls born to parents William and Dorothy. Her sister’s names are Gail and Cindy.

Her civic minded father was a military man who had fulfilled his promise of moving his family back to Rockford after serving a Tour of Duty and traveling throughout Europe.

Barbara graduated from Parkway High School in 1970
Her employment history includes Tuway, Thunderbird Boats, Cisco Realty, and to this day, she continues to work with Miesse’s Herbs in Celina.

Wedding vows were exchanged on October 15, 1994 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina with her husband Michael Pedroza.

Together, she and Michael raised five wonderful kids - Bryan, Josh, Travis, Angie, and Matt. 

One of her many favorite pastimes is working in the flower garden.  Her husband shares in the task of beautifying the landscape.
 

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Family is very important to her! She prioritizes spending time with her six grandkids, who are her pride and joy, her new puppy - Bandit, and her sisters - Gail and Cindy. Cookouts and family gatherings are held nearly each month during the year.

Barbara has attended Rockford United Methodist Church nearly her entire life and is involved in many of the programs offered through the church including: the free Community Meal and Kid’s Club; Harvest Jubilee Talent Show and Video Ministries; teaching Junior Church; and leading a bible study group “Sisters of Grace”.

Her community involvement includes: Rockford EMS; Homemakers Club;  and a Shanes Park Splash Pad Committee member. As a volunteer for Lots for Soldiers, she played a major role in painting the inside of the house located in Rockford.

 

Barbara is a Board Member of Rockford Area Development Corporation and as a Bi-Centennial Committee member she has played a major role in organizing fundraisers. There have been dinners, concerts and raffles. Most recently, she spearheaded a fundraiser project on making wooden barn quilts to be auctioned for the Bi-Centennial. It was through her initiative that these Bi-Centennial signs were printed and hung to promote the upcoming event and are seen throughout Rockford.    

Congratulations Barbara Jean Pifer Pedroza on becoming 2017 Citizen of the Year.


 

Jordan Thompson, Rockford Native and Former Detroit Lions NFL Player Speaks at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Rockford
Jordan Thompson spoke of his first taste of sports competition at the Chatt Farmer's Picnic. His desire to compete only became more intense as he continued on into the Chatt Little League program which drew a chuckle from the congregation. From there he became a Parkway Panther, an Ohio University Bobcat and a Detroit Lion. Though he had injuries (shoulder and knees) which caused set-backs, he never wavered from his goal to become a pro football player. Sports was always his refuge, and he lived by
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight,
which helped him through his injuries and his fears. He kept his goals firmly in focus, even when he had graduated from Ohio University, and was at his first job in Cincinnati with no TV in a one room apartment and a mattress on the floor. He continued his football routine there, and soon was signed to the Lions. "I was able to reach the pinnacle of my profession because I set my goals and I wanted to prove myself right." Faith in God was a common denominator for all of the men with whom he played on the team. They came from all walks of life and situations, but they all prayed together before and after the games. Their faith held them together, and it was POWERFUL, said Jordan to the group. "I never forgot my roots and the community that raised me and my brothers after our dad died." He left everyone with a quote that he lives by, "Always remember who you are and whose you are - a child of God."
 
 

Two New Members Join St. Paul's United Church of Christ

Wanda Ross (left) and Sheila Baltzell (right) joined St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Sunday, October 22, 2017 during the regular worship service. Becky Jo Shope, President of the Consistory, presided over the Affirmation of Faith in Christ ceremony.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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October 21-23, 2017
 

 
 

Jim Shaffer Realty Sales Staff Win Awards

Tammy Cheek and Jim Shaffer of Jim Shaffer Realty recently received sales awards from the Ohio Association of Realtors. Cheek received the OAR Award of Achivement with sales totaling over $1 million from July 2016 to June 2017.

Shaffer received the OAR Award for $2.5 million in sales. Brad Shaffer has alos joined the sales staff.

 

 

 

Parkway Schools Host Professional Learning Day on October 8, 2017

Celina Schools staff recently participated in a STEM Professional Learning Conference which was Mercer County-Wide. Held at the Parkway Local Schools' facilities, the morning session in the audtiorium was presented by Cindy Moss,  Discovery Education Senior Director of Global STEM. Following her exciting message for promoting Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics across the curriculum, the staff broke into morning sessions directed by Discovery Education staff and trained on transdisciplinary units in STEM. After lunch, the the collaborative groups met and discussed additional Transdisciplinary Learning Ideas and then Content Specific groups focused on teacher collaboration.

 

 

Rockford Council Learn New Police Cruiser is Needed
Rockford Police Chief Paul May told the council the news that the 2005 police cruiser is on its last legs, so to speak. May provided some prices for a new cruiser, and council agreed to consider allocating funds for this purchase in the 2018 budget. Click Here for the council minutes by Lisa Kuhn, fiscal agent.

 

Rockford EMS in Line for New Ambulance

Mercer County Commissioners recently announced that the request of Kyle Gerlach, EMS Director for the County, for a new ambulance for the Rockford EMS has been approved. The $220,000 state-of –the-art purchase will be the same as the latest addition to the Celina fleet. Once ordered, the ambulance will be delivered in about 180 days.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 20, 2017
 

 
 
 

Parkway High School Class of 1967 Celebrates 50 Years

It was only yesterday that the Parkway High School class of 1967 walked down that aisle to receive their graduation diplomas.  How could it be the 50th class reunion!

Seventy-nine classmates, faculty and spouses gathered September 29 and 30 to relive for a few moments those carefree days of youth.  So many memories and so many schooldays stories were shared.  Twenty-five gathered Friday night to cheer on the Parkway football team. Of course it gave the proud grandparents an opportunity to point out their special football players, band members and cheerleaders to the classmates they grew up with. Saturday afternoon's tour of the Rockford museum, narrated by Mr. Norm VanTilburg, and assisted by Mr. Mike Schumm, kept the group of twenty-one more spellbound than any history class ever attended in a grade school classroom. These events were all great times to catch up on the lives of the Class of '67 family of friends.

A very special time was set aside at the dinner Saturday to remember our childhood friends who are no longer with us. Nineteen classmates are deceased, including those who gave their lives fighting in Viet Nam. A very touching Veterans Tribute prepared by Bob Maurer and the heartfelt appreciation to all veterans in attendance for their willingness to preserve our freedom was led by Gary Brehm.

The class has been together too long to lose touch with each other now so SAVE THE DATE! September 28, 2019 (the last Saturday in September two years from now). Details will be sent out close to the time of the next reunion so please remember and send any changes to your contact information that may come along to Vickie Bollenbacher (timvickie.bollenbacher@gmail.com  or 419-363-2492), Greg Schumm (greg_schumm@hotmail.com  or 419-733-7596) or Roberta LePage (ralepage@centurylink.net or 419-363-3614 or 419-790-9225).



Picture above favorite teachers: Naomi Sipe Lehman and Esther Brandt-Fox-Schweyer. Standing is Norm Van Tilburg, Jon Sidenbender and Wayne Shively

Seated (l to r):  Roberta Beeks LePage,  Toby Schumm Oswald,  Metta Stucky Hike,  Myra Hoblet Sustae,  Vickie Gause Bollenbacher,  Nancy Feasel Shaffer,  Loisann Felver Yoh,  Barbara Huffman Schumm,  Judy Seawell Zeikle.

Standing, Second row  (l to r):  David “Chick” Stewart,  Karen Hays,  Dianne Hoffmann Schott,  Becky Suman White,  Susan McGough Schrock,  Diane Mihm Sheets,  Susan Cully Etzcorn,  Kathy Arnold,  Linda Gehm Duff,  Candy Wyer Osborn,  Diane Kimmel Schumm,  Sandy Miller Ulrey,  Sandy Sipe Schwartz

Standing, Third row  (l to r):  Benito Rodriguez, Sheryl Ridenour Knittle,  Charles White,  Susan Neuenschwander Wulliman,  John Cline,  Alan Schott, Judy Secaur Stephenson,  Greg “Boom” Schumm, Tom Schumm

Standing, Fourth row,  (l to r):  Kirk Wilson,  Wade Marbaugh,  Denny Krugh, Clinton Bennett,  Jim Grier,  Grable Cheek,  Duane Laux,  Gary Brehm,  Ken Cochran,  David Wilson,  Bob Schumm,  Doug Carr

Picture by Elaine and Ed Geyer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 17-19, 2017
 

 
 
Rockford United Methodist Church's Helping Hands Thrift Store Opens in New Location
The Helping Hands Thrift Store, run by Rockford United Methodist Church, has served the community of Rockford for 9 years. During that time, they have been able to help families in need with gently used items donated by the members of the church. From their young beginnings in 2008 when they shared a donated space in Dave Salway's Cabinetry Business in the old Lloyd Motor Sales Building to a recent return to the same location after 5 years in the old Reisch's Dime Store Building, the mission as never changed. They offer all sizes and types of clothing, shoes, household goods, furniture, toys, books, etc. Betsey's Boutique recently bought out the old "dime store" building in Rockford requiring Helping Hands to relocate. Fortunately, Tammy Cheek had recently purchased the old Lloyd Motor Sales location. She and her husband Rusty are remodeling it into several spaces for businesses to operate. Helping Hands took over one of the beautifully remodeled areas and can be accessed from the north side door. They are open two days a week: Wednesday 4-7 PM and Saturday 10-1. Several church members volunteer their time with Karla Butler heading-up the operation. Karla mentioned that the public is invited to shop. She has regulars who come in looking for good used items. And she has seen many first time customers just recently with the new move. Christmas gift shopping is a good reason to stop in, she says. With very limited space, Karla does not take outside donations but can be contacted at the church at 419-363-3230 for more information.

Interesting Lloyd Motor Sales Building History: See the pictures below of the railroad train rail showing through the flooring where the railroad actually pulled right into the building to unload new cars to the Ford dealership. Also see the picture of the floor hydraulic jack for lifting cars to service them.

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North Door Entry Clothing and more Railroad track Car Hydraulic jack
 
 
 

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY OPENS IN NEW LOCATION

For more than a decade Parkway Local School District residents contacted their local churches in advance for food assistance through the Parkway Ministerial Association Food Pantry.   The pantry enjoyed district-wide support.   

Recently, to better serve area communities and fulfill food assistance needs, residents of the Parkway School District may come in person to the new Parkway Local Food Pantry located on East Columbia Street in Rockford in the same building area as Helping Hands Thrift Store. 

The Parkway Local Food Pantry will be open the fourth Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m.   Those who need food assistance will be asked to show proof of residency in the school district and provide the names of those in their household.  

The new Parkway Local Food Pantry on East Columbia Street, is facilitated by the Rockford United Methodist Church, and guided by the biblical command to ‘…serve one another in love’ found in Galatians 5:13.   

 

 
Halloween Festivities Announced

Mendon Village - October 28, 2017 Trick or Treat from 4-6 PM; Costume judging at the fire department/township building will begin at 7 PM, sponsored by the Mendon Lions Club. There will be age group (grade level in school) costume judging with prizes to be awarded. A chili supper with sandwiches, desserts and drinks will be there from 4-7 PM.

Chattanooga - Trunk or Treat will be held at Chatt Zion Lutheran on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 5 PM. Cars parked in the lot will be filled with special treats for the children. Soup, sandwiches and activities follow.

Willshire Trick or Treat - Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 4-6 with costume judging to follow in the park.

Rockford - Saturday, October 28th -  Trick or Treat from 6 - 7:30 pm and Judging @ the Firehouse at 8 pm - age group categories

Ohio City -

 
 
 
 

WALK TO PREVENT SUICIDE – 10/21/2017

 

Mercer County, Ohio Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a fundraising walk supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  There are more than 250 Out of the Darkness Community Walks taking place throughout the U.S. this fall.  Funds will support vital research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives and programs to support those impacted by suicide.

Mercer county’s walk will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds


8:00 am – Walker registration


9:00 am - Opening Ceremonies-Guest Speaker Chad Dunlap


9:15 am - Walk begins

 

WHY:    On average, one person dies by suicide every 6 hours in Ohio and suicide is the 11th leading cause of death overall for our state.  Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers and entire communities. Suicide can be prevented.  This event is designed to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.

 

 
 

Mercer County Youth to Youth
Twenty students met at the last Mercer County Youth to Youth meeting with Sheriff Grey last week (Oct. 9th). The students discussed ways to work together with law enforcement and began to establish relationships with them. Also, new this year (since our name change this summer), youth who attend their 3rd Y2Y meeting, were given the opportunity to sign the drug free/role model pledge. This was the students 1st opportunity since this was the 3rd meeting of the school year. Congrats to the 12 leaders in this
picture.

 

Mercer County Youth to Youth (formally known as STOP), is having their 4th gathering of the school year October 23rd. The group is looking for youth who want peer support and back our mission to come “together to rise above the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, peer pressure, bullying, and suicide.”

The meeting will be held at Briarwood Village in Coldwater (look for the flag pole and go in the doors under the carport - room is to the right of the Cafe).

*    7:00 - 9:00 (social time 7:00-7:30)

*    THIS IS A YOUTH-LED group!!! THERE WILL BE FOOD!!!

*    Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, same time and place

 

 

 

Rockford Council Members Meet on Tuesday, October 3 and October 17, 2017
 

Rockford Village Council Members met recently. Activities in the Village were discussed and more.


 Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celina Tent Owners Travel to England and Represent Celina Mercer County Chamber
Janice and Herb Grieshop of Celina Tent recently made a visit to England on business. Before departing on this exciting adventure, Janice came to the Celina Chamber of Commerce in search of items to offer a glimpse of Celina and the Mercer County area. While visiting, they stopped to visit the Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) to which they belong. As a great gesture of friendship and good business, Janice and Herb also presented the UK Chamber with an honorary membership to the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber. Pictured with Janice and Herb are Lisa Brewer and Maria Martin-Albarran of the East Midlands Chamber. The Celina Mercer Co. Chamber would like to thank Janice and Herb for representing our area so well and bringing a piece of our county all the way to the UK!

 

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ to Celebrate 150th Anniversary Milestone


St. Paul’s United Church of Christ membership will celebrate the sesqui-centennial of their church at the corner of Oregon and Wabash Roads, Rockford, OH. This 150th anniversary milestone is an amazing sign of the love and endurance of a church community as they worship together.

 

Many of the current members of the church are direct descendents of the pioneers of Liberty Township in Mercer County who were the founders of the church near Chattanooga in 1867.

 

A special day has been set aside for the celebration and the public is invited to join in the festivities.

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017 will begin with Worship at 10 AM with special guest speaker, Reverend Larry K. May, who pastored the church from 1961-1967.

 

Interim Pastor Mark Rutledge will be speaking at the 2 PM Celebration Service. A lunch will be served following morning worship.

 

Follow us on Facebook at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – Rockford for more details.

 

Church History from the 125th History Book by Lester Miller:

 

 

St. Paul's United Church of Christ 1867-2017 - Celebrating 150 Years

The church has a rich history in the beginnings of Liberty Township which was organized in 1841 following the 1820 formation of Mercer County.

The German settlers of the time were served in 1850 by Rev. J.D. Gackenheimer who had an Evangelical Church in Van Wert County. He strove to start a church as early as 1850, and as the German population grew around Chattanooga (508 people), the Evangelicals organized and built a church with the Zion Lutheran Church members. Several years later, the Evangelical church sold their interests in the church and called Reverend A. Fismer to serve them on November 17, 1867. The church was now started! They met in the homes of the members while he helped them plan the building of a church. It is exciting to note that many of the current church members are direct descendants of the early church who were: William Koch; George Bollenbacher (the first elders); John Bauer and J.J. Baker (the first trustees), and later the following year, the first constitution was signed by: William Koch; Ferdinand Kable; John Bauer; Jacob J. Bollenbacher; Jacob Leininger; John F. Schaadt; George Bollenbacher; Christian Fisher; Phillip Gehm; Anton Koch; Adam Schultz; J.J. Bollenbacher; Gottfried Linn, Peter Alt; Jacob Bollenbacher; Ludwig Alt; Adam Schaadt; George Bollenbacher; George Schlafmann; Chas. Bollenbacher; Adam Bollenbacher; John Koch; Jacob Bollenbacher; Phillip Stumpf; William Gehm; Jaob Miller; Jacob Wendel; John Schultz; Abraham Bollenbacher; Henry Trisel; Adam Alt; Phillip Wendel and William Baker.

 

A land donation, by Mr. and Mrs. Jacob J. Baker,  resulted in a log church being built and dedicated in 1868. Then a log parsonage was built. All logs were native wood. Several pastors served the church until 1877 when Reverend C. J. Bohnen and family came. By 1880, the log church was inadequate and a new church was built. A new 2 story frame parsonage was built shortly thereafter.

 

In 1882, Reverend Samuel Egger and family answered the call, and the church grew so large that a second church in southern Liberty Township, called the South Church,  was soon in the planning stages. It was located on corner of Oregon and Wabash Roads near the St. Paul’s Cemetery. The North Church remained and was pastored by Rev. Egger and several to follow on alternating Sundays.  Then in 1928, the north church officially became the parish hall and services were discontinued there.

 

St. Paul’s, formerly called the South Church, took on a big remodeling plan that took several years to establish, fund and complete. A basement was added as well as an addition and rearranging of the inside of the sanctuary. It was dedicated in December 1941. A new parsonage was completed in 1948. The old farmhouse was moved off the property. Reverend H. C. Ahrens was the pastor during this time, but left in 1951and was followed by Reverend John Perl. It was Perl who instituted printed bulletins for the service and the counting of attendance at each service. He had the first television set in the parsonage.

 

Reverend Larry K. May came in June of 1961 and stayed until 1967. During that time, Christian Education was promoted, and this led to the congregation’s decision to pursue a brand new building to the east of their church. The first service in the new church was March 27, 1966.

 

Several pastors came to St. Paul’s United Church of Church of Christ aafter that including, to name a few: Rev. John Masters, Rev. Duane Hoffman,

Rev. Howard Hershberger, Rev. Jeffery Hammonds and most recently Rev. Catherine Costello. The church is currently being served by Interim Pastor Mark Rutledge. A pastor search is currently in progress.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
October 16, 2017
 

 
 
 

Parkway National Honor Society Holds Induction
by Haley Hawk

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on September 24th. The total National Honor Society membership for 2017-2018 is thirty-two. Nineteen juniors were inducted into National Honor Society. These people include: Jared Anderson, Molly Baltzell, Shay Bolton, Alistair Fahncke, Alexandria Ford, Matthew Gaerke, KeAndra Godsey, Melissa Hauter, Mecaylah Hesse, Colton Kraner, Madison Kroeger, Alyssa Miller, Faith Rollins, Olivia Scott, Bailey Strickler, Isabella Strunk, Loren Stukey, Tessa Thatcher, and Jonathon Wehe. Thirteen senior members had a teacher speak on their behalf. These members include: Clayton Agler, Claire Armstrong, Laura Barrett, Paige Cron, Sydney Crouch, Reid Etzcorn, Reese Fokine, Jared Gibson, Ashton Hamrick, Haley Hawk, James-David Hileman, Logan Huff, and Mackenzie Sipe.   

 
 

 

Parkway 7th Grade Volleyball Team Wins 2017 MAC
by Coach Lisa Miller
The Parkway 7th Grade Volleyball team concluded their season by winning the 2017 MAC 7th Grade Volleyball tournament this past Saturday, October 14, 2017. The Panthers defeated Fort Recovery in their first match of the day and then avenged their only 2 losses of the season by defeating Coldwater and St Henry to claim the championship. They finished their season with an overall record of 17-2.

 

Team members include:

Front Row: Manager Madison Louth, Emily Schaefer, Alyx Yoder, Gabrielle Stober, Sativa Baker, Brooke Stephenson, Alison Rowen.

Back Row: Hannah Stapleton, Macy Johnson, Emiree Knittle, Aaliyah Baxter, Allison Hughes, Madison Jacobs, Emma Wells, Abby Baltzell, Manager Bryn Schoenleben, Coach Lisa Miller.

 

New Horizon Church Updates

 

St. Paul United Church of Christ Updates

 
 

College Financial Aid Night 
by Mickey McConahay
College Financial Aid Night will be held in the Parkway Community Room on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Any seniors, along with a parent, who are thinking about college or any additional training after high school should attend. Juniors and their parents are welcome also. Melanie Weaver, ONU Director of Financial Aid, will provide updated information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

 

 
 

Rockford Chamber Banquet

Reminder that the Rockford Chamber banquet is coming up on
Monday -  October 23rd -
The Early Bird RSVP is THIS Friday - October 13th.  
  
The following achievements will be celebrated:
  
  Baker Built Engraving - 15 Years
  Leota Braun Foundation - 15 Years
  TJ's - 30 years
  M. Bruns Plumbing, Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning - 35 Years
  Parkway Schools - 55 Years
  
  New Businesses:
  
  Tasty Blessings
  Ole-Mil Creations
  
Citizen of the Year and the Business of the Year will be announced!

 

 
 
Bulldogs Live Concert to Benefit Bicentennial
The Bulldogs - Live Music - benefits  Rockford Bicentennial events.
Saturday - October 21 at 7 pm.  at the Rockford Community Building.
Tickets $10 at the door.
    
Dig out your poodle skirt and dance the night away !
Rock with the 50's !
    
50/50 drawing and giveaways !!
    
Thank you to our sponsors!
Thrivent Financial - Jerry & Sally Bolenbaugh,
DJ's Auto Repair, Tammy Cheek of Jim Shaffer Realty,
Henkle Insurance, Mike & Barb Pedroza and
Carl Etzler of Thrivent Financial.
 
 
The Rockford Belle - Opry Show
Saturday - November 4th, 2017
135 Market St., Rockford Ohio

Jerry Bolenbaugh along with special guests invite you to a Rockford Opry Show
featuring Classic Country, Bluegrass, Rock n Roll, Gospel and some comedy !!

Doors open at 6 pm - Show starts at 7 pm

Cost - $7.00  18 and under free !
 
 
Shanes Crossing to Feature Jim Bowsher
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on
Monday, October 16th at 7 pm in the museum at 151 E Columbia St in 
Rockford.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. Jim Bowsher of Wapakoneta.  
Jim is a very interesting speaker who will bring many historical items he has
collected and will share his stories concerning the items.  

The public is invited to the meeting.
 
 

US Route 33 West of Rockford was repaved in October 2017

 

 

 

 
October 13-15, 2017
 

 
 

Girls Self Defense Presentation Planned in Rockford
On Thursday, October 19th from 6pm to 8pm the Van Wert Sheriffs will be presenting a Girls Self Defense presentation at the Rockford Community Building. This is free and open to all girls in middle school and high school.  This program will teach girls be more aware of their surroundings and practice some basic self defense techniques.  To reserve a spot have girls sign up in middle school or high offices.  If there are additional questions or to reserve a spot call or text 937-212-5801.

 

 

Upcoming Events at Rockford Library

A representative from the Mercer County Council on Aging will be at the Rockford Library on Tuesday, October 17 from 3:30-7:30 and Tuesday, October 31 from 10:15-2:15 to help seniors make comparisons on Medicare Part D.  Those interested in this service need to call the Council on Aging and make an appointment.  Their phone number is 419-586-1644.

The library will be having Pumpkin Painting on Tuesday, October 24 at 4 and 6:30.  Pumpkins and paint will be provided.  Snacks will be served also. Please call the library at 419-363-2630 and register for this event so enough pumpkins can be purchased.

 

The family program for October will be Monday, October 30 at 6:30p.m.  "Halloween Happening" will feature a Halloween story, craft, games and snack.  Registration is not needed for this program.  This program is designed for all family members.


Monday, October 16 is the last day to drop off coats, hats, mittens and other cold weather gear for the Celina Kiwanis Club and Our Home.  We filled up the big box but will make room for more.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 11-12, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Police Conduct Drug Search – Make Arrest
Rockford Police report that a search warrant was executed on October 10th around 11:30 pm at 106 West Market Street in the Village of Rockford. Sergeant Bryan Stetler obtained creditable information that drug activity was occurring at that location.  Sgt. Stetler applied for and was granted a search warrant for that location. Large amounts of marijuana and cash was located. Two adults were briefly detained and  Ryann Robertson (30) of Rockford was arrested for Felony Drug Trafficking . Robertson is being held on $100,000.00 bond in the Mercer County Jail. Rockford Police was assisted by the Coldwater Police Department’s K9 (Mojo) and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. 

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

 

 

Bridge to Close

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close St. Anthony Road between Karch Road and Burkettsville St. Henry Road in Butler Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 16, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately one week, depending on the weather conditions.

 

 

 

It’s not too late! LBCF Banquet to be held

The Leota Braun Charitable Foundation (LBCF) Annual Harvest Celebration will be held on October 29, 2017, in the Rockford Community Building at 420 Holly Lane, Rockford. Social time is 12:00 noon with Dinner to be served at 12:30 pm. The entertainment and speaker will be Dan Keyes, the Rockford Bicentennial Muralist, from New Bremen, Ohio.

 

A delicious catered meal to be served by The Rockford Carry Out (RCO) will be followed by announcing the raffle and silent auction winners. The money raised during this lively event is used for scholarship recipients from the Parkway Local High School district living in the Mendon, Rockford and Willshire communities and surrounding area.

 

This is the only annual fundraiser for the LBCF. Your contributions do make a difference. You can turn in your RSVP to Kim Carr, LBCF Secretary.

If you are unable to attend this special event, you still can make a donation.

 

Donations can be sent to: Leota Braun Charitable Foundation (LBCF) P.O. Box 364 Rockford, OH 45882.

 

To learn more about LBCF you can visit www.leotabraun.org, or contact anyone of the board of directors listed on the site.

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, Oct. 19, 2017 Eddie Rickenbacker Flying Ace of Aces, A Century ago!

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

 

Photo caption:  Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, Flying Ace of  Aces during World War I, wearing  the highest award given by its military men by the United States, his Congressional Medal of Honor.  Photograph Credit:  U.S. Army Air Force.

 

 

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, better known as Eddie Rickenbacker, lived an exiting life, during his years between 1890 and 1973.  Being a native of Columbus, Ohio,  Eddie did not have an easy life at the turn of the Century.  He was twelve years old when his father died, leaving his wife and seven children.   Eddie worked nights in a factory to help with expenses at home.   Eddie was like a lot of young boys as he was fascinated by motors.  As a young man, Eddie took correspondence courses in engineering and drafting.  By the time that Eddie was 20 years old in 1910, people were driving automobiles. 

 

Eddie wanted to drive automobiles and Eddie wanted to drive fast!  With his knowledge of motors, he had a natural talent to become involved in automobile races.  Eddie’s skill not only contributed to his winning automobile races in the United States, but also in Europe.  That skill stayed with him the rest of his life.

 

While people were driving automobiles on the ground, the dreamers were looking to flying airplanes. 

A Century Ago, when Eddie turned 27 in 1917, he had a dream to not only to fly his own airplane, but also to have a squadron of flyers, who were also automobile racers.   If automobile racing was exciting, just imagine how exciting it would be to race airplanes!  Eddie joined the Army as a Sergeant-Driver for General John J. Pershing’s staff.  It was not long before Eddie requested to transfer to the Air Service.  Eddie was sent to “Tours in France,” for his first flight training in August 1917. 

 

The hat-in-the-Ring Squadron was the first American-trained air unit to go into action against the enemy. 

Edward Rickenbacker was named by Gen. William Mitchell to be Chief Engineering Officer of the fledgling Army Air Corps.  Eddie assumed command of the 94th Hat-in-the-Ring squadron in September, at the peak of the St. Mihiel offensive.  The next day, Eddie shot down two German planes, as he had also challenged his fellow pilots to compete as a team against all of the other squadrons of the American Service.  The Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron served longer in combat than any other air service squadron.  It was credited with shooting down the first and last German airplanes shot down by the American Air Service.  The Squadron shot down 69 planes.  During Eddie’s actual combat flying, Eddie shot down twenty-two German planes and four observation balloons, in his effort to protect the United States Citizens from the Enemy.

 

Eddie Rickenbacker returned to Columbus to a hero’s welcome after World War I.  Eddie went on to become a major businessman with Eastern Air Lines.  During World War II, Eddie was making an inspection tour of World War II bases in the Pacific, and the B-17, in which he was riding, had to make a crash landing in the ocean, 12 hours out from Honolulu.  Within minutes the plane sank and its eight passengers and crewman took to the rubber rafts.  For twenty-two days, Eddie gave orders with rationing rain water and food they caught, before they were rescued.  The survivors owed Eddie their lives!

 

Most of you Senior Citizens read Al Capp’s comic strip, “Dogpatch,” when you were younger.  Capp honored Eddie Rickenbacker by creating a character, known as “Eddie Ricketyback, the owner of Dogpatch Airlines.”  Al Capp wrote and drew the comic strip about “Dogpatch” from 1934 until 1977.   I checked the Internet about Al Capp and “Dogpatch,” and laughed to myself as I saw Al Capp’s long list of “Dogpatch Characters,” and their descriptions. 

 

Eddie Rickenbacker finally retired at his death in 1973.  Eddie Rickenbacker believed in the United States ethic of work and high standards.  Eddie dedicated his work in protecting American Citizens and their Freedom for a life of Democracy.  Yes, Eddie Rickenbacker was truly an American Hero! A Biography of Edward Vernon Rickenbacher is a great inspirational history book to read! 

 

On Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00, visit the World War I Military Exhibit hosted by the Museum of the Soldier from Portland, Indiana, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, Celina.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 10, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Widespread fog affecting many schools.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!

 

 
 
 

Congratulations to Parkway’s Fall Homecoming Court and Queen Bailey Bates
They are left to right:

Sophomore Attendant  Miss Leah Harshman; Queen Candidate Miss Mackenzie Sipe. 2017 Fall Homecoming Queen Miss Bailey Bates; Queen Candidate Miss Paige Cron; Freshman Attendant Miss Claire Langenkamp; nd Junior Attendant Miss Shay Bolton.
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great shots.

 

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Letter to the Editor 10-9-2017

To the Citizens of Northern Mercer County:

I am reaching out to bring to your attention wind turbine activity that is occurring in your area.  Apex Clean Energy, the owner of hundreds of land rights in southern Van Wert County, has recently been attempting to secure land rights from property owners in northern Mercer County – without any notification to the public or local governments.  Apex Clean Energy’s current land rights were acquired by the initial efforts of the wind development company known as BP Wind Energy North America.  The development they have been working on is called Long Prairie Wind – with the goal of putting up as many wind turbines in the area as possible.


Because your livelihood and the well-being of your land is important, I would like you to be aware of this proposed large scale industrial wind turbine project that Apex Clean Energy is attempting to develop and how you, as landowners, can help protect your land.  Under the current structure of siting for large industrial wind turbine developments, local officials have limited/no authority when it comes to helping regulate these large landscape altering projects.  Instead, this authority currently resides with the Ohio Power Siting Board.  The only real and tangible method to preclude a landscape altering development across a multiple township area is for the company (Apex Clean Energy) to be unable to acquire land rights in a geographic foot print to site.

I respectfully request that all landowners who are approached by Apex Clean Energy, or any other wind development company, educate themselves about the significant rights they are granting before signing any contracts.   

 

What You Can Do To Protect Your Land

·         Educate yourself on the effects wind turbines will have on your area and the people living around them before signing any contracts or granting land rights to any wind development company.

·         Talk and network with neighbors about the impact a large industrial wind development will have on your community.

·         Consult with legal counsel that is well versed in this segment of the law before you consider signing the 30+ page contract.

It is likely the wind companies approaching you will promote that the highly subsidized activity of large scale wind development will be a financial benefit to the local economy.  Please note, they are not able to quantify the potential multiple decades-long degradation and negative impacts these large industrial developments present to all the people in an area.

 

Respectfully,

______________________________________

James A. Wiechart, P.E., P.S., Mercer County Engineer

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Suicide in Chickasaw
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a suicide that occurred 10-9-2017 in Chickasaw, Ohio.  Sheriff Grey advised that his office received a call at 10:49 AM from a male, who advised that an acquaintance of his had threatened suicide via social media. The male caller indicated that the victim had taken some sort of pills in his attempt to overdose. 

Deputies responded to an address in Chickasaw, where they found the victim inside the residence.  As deputies entered the residence the male committed suicide by means of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the victim was transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater by the St. Henry EMS; where he was pronounced deceased.  The deceased is 22 year old Stephen J Arling of Chickasaw, Ohio.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to the scene for the investigation. 

This case remains under investigation at this time.

 

 

Parkway Middle School Conferences Scheduled in November

 

Parkway Middle School will be holding parent-student-teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 14th, Thursday, November 16th, and Monday November 20th. Conference times for all evenings will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m.Conference scheduling forms have already been sent home with all students.  You may pick up extra forms in the Middle School office.

As a reminder to parents and students, due to conferences and Thanksgiving break, students will not be in school November 22nd through November 27th.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 28th.

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf at District Tournament

Representing Parkway, Mason Baxter took part in the Division III Boys Golf Tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, where he shot an 89.

 

Brianna Coon Memorial Scholarship Fund Raiser Planned

In the Breeze For Bri Quarter Auction Benefit will be held on 
October 28th at the Rockford Community Building.

Doors open at noon - Auction begins at 1.

$3 per paddle or $5 for two - selling only 300 paddles

All proceeds go to the Leota Braun Foundation to award
two Parkway Seniors a scholarship in memory of
Brianna Coon.  

 

 

 

Rick Jackson Benefit ~ Fight against Cancer

The family of Rick Jackson of Decatur, formally of Ohio City, will be holding a benefit to raise money for medical and living expenses from his fight with Cancer.  The benefit will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 7065 N. Piqua Rd from 4:00 until midnight.

There will be a chili cook-off contest that begins at 4:00 along with a silent auction.  There will be kiddie carnival games with prizes and everyone is encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes. There will also be music provided by a DJ.

Come on out this Saturday and visit with Rick and his family and show your support. For more information contact Ricky Jackson: 260-223-6791

 

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ to Celebrate 150th Anniversary Milestone


St. Paul’s United Church of Christ membership will celebrate the sesqui-centennial of their church at the corner of Oregon and Wabash Roads, Rockford, OH. This 150th anniversary milestone is an amazing sign of the love and endurance of a church community as they worship together.

Many of the current members of the church are direct descendents of the pioneers of Liberty Township in Mercer County who were the founders of the church near Chattanooga in 1867.

A special day has been set aside for the celebration and the public is invited to join in the festivities.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 will begin with Worship at 10 AM with special guest speaker, Reverend Larry K. May, who pastored the church from 1961-1967 during the time of the construction of the new church.

Interim Pastor Mark Rutledge will be speaking at the 2 PM Celebration Service. A free catered lunch prepared by Rockford Carry-out will be served following morning worship.

Meal RSVP is appreciated but not required at 419-942-1374 or 419-495-2947 or Stpaulsucc@bright.net.

Follow us on Facebook at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – Rockford - St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Rockford

 

 

Ohio City Park Board Planning Annual Halloween Party

The Ohio City Park Board is excited to announce details about their annual Halloween Party. This year the party will be partnered with a benefit that will also take place at the community building. This benefit will be for medical and living expenses for Debby Strickler and her battle with cancer.

The Halloween party will be held on October 28th at the Community Building in Ohio City. This will be the first Halloween party since their new kitchen and restroom additions. The band: “Section-Ate” will begin playing at 8:00 and will play until midnight. The annual costume contest is at 10:00.

Food and beverages will be available. For more information contact Brenda: 419-965-2000.

 

 

 
 

Prayers needed for victims of an automobile accident - Click Here

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
October 6-9, 2017
 

 
 


Parkway Homecoming Court 2017
Scroll down for information and pictures.

 

Agenda for October 10, 2017 Parkway Board of Education Regular Meeting
at 6:30 PM Mendon Library
Annex

 

Mercer County Soils Competition
by Shay Bolton

On September 22nd, the Parkway FFA Soils teams attended the Mercer County Soils event hosted by Fort Recovery. In the Rural division, Ansley Burtch placed first and Sophia Miller placed second out of the entire Mercer County. Next in placements were Rachel Barrett, Shay Bolton, Alyssa Miller, Ryan Hesse, Caleb Kinney, Leah Harshman, Jay Anderson, and David Sheets. In the Urban division, the top five were Reid Etzcorn, Faith Shellabarger, Noah Stephenson, Dylan Hughes, and Laura Barrett. The Parkway FFA soils will then move on to district soils. For further information please contact Shay Bolton at 19bolts@parkwayschools.org

 

 

Hardin Northern Soils Invitational

By Shay Bolton

On September 13th the Parkway FFA Chapter participated in the Urban and Rural soil competitions located at Hardin Northern. The students who participated, had to determine the types of soils and determine what treatment was needed for them if any. The top four placers were Reid Etzcorn, Faith Shellabarger, Noah Stephenson, and Brendan Doner. The top four placers in the Rural category were Jay Anderson, Shay Bolton, Alyssa Miller, and Violet Taylor. For further questions, please contact Shay Bolton at 19bolts@parkwayschools.org

 

Homecoming Plans made at Parkway High School
By Trevelin Conn, Advisor

Panther Fans are asked to please arrive early Friday night, October 6, 2017 to get in the gate, reserve your seat, and proceed through the back gate with your ticket stub to form the fan tunnel for the Homecoming parade which will be coming up the bike path. At 6:40 pm, Mr. Twigg and the Parkway band will lead the cars or carts up the path through the back gate. Fans can visit girls at the South end of the football field while our Band marches on through to begin the traditional homecoming ceremony. Please share so everyone knows about our bike path tunnel! Remember you'll need your ticket stub to re-enter the back gate.

Candidates include: Freshman Claire Langenkamp; Sophomore Leah Harshman; Junior Shay Bolton; and Senior Court: Bailey Bates; Paige Cron: and McKenzie Sipe.

Parkway Homecoming Court 2017 -

Miss Bailey Bates is the daughter of Brenden and Marci Bates.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball teams.  She is the Senior Class President and active in Band, Future Teachers of America, Pep Club, Science Club, and Relay for Life Committee.  Bailey attends Zion Lutheran Church in Willshire, and is a member of D-group through New Horizons.  She enjoys hunting, spending time with friends and family, singing, dancing and star-gazing.  Bailey plans to attend college to major in Education.

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Paige Cron is the daughter of Chris and Kari Cron. She is a member of the Relay for Life Committee, Science Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Honors Society.  She is employed at Schwieterman Pharmacy.  Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, running, watching Grey's Anatomy, and eating ice cream.  Paige plans to attend college to major in Nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Mackenzie Sipe is the daughter of Ryan and Kelly Sipe.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball and Softball teams, Pep Club, Science Club, National Honors Society, Relay for Life Committee, and Future Teachers of America.  Mackenzie is a member of D-group through New Horizons in Rockford.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, singing, laying out by the pool, and going to Taco Bell.  Mackenzie plans to attend college to major in Accounting.

 

 
 
 

Autumnfest Coming to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
The Women's Fellowship of St Paul's United Church of Christ will hold 
their annual "Autumnfest" on Sunday, October 15th.  They will begin 
serving food at 4:30 and the auction will begin at 5:30. Tom Robbins and 
DeDe Strickler will again serve as our auctioneers.  All proceeds from 
the evening will benefit Parkway and Celina Backpack, Hurricane Relief, 
and Bell Tower Repair. Everyone is invited to enjoy the food, fun and 
fellowship.


The church will also be celebrating it 150th anniversary on November 5, 
2017.  SAVE THE DATE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 4-5, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 13 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 

Homecoming Plans made at Parkway High School
By Trevelin Conn, Advisor

Panther Fans are asked to please arrive early Friday night, October 6, 2017 to get in the gate, reserve your seat, and proceed through the back gate with your ticket stub to form the fan tunnel for the Homecoming parade which will be coming up the bike path. At 6:40 pm, Mr. Twigg and the Parkway band will lead the cars or carts up the path through the back gate. Fans can visit girls at the South end of the football field while our Band marches on through to begin the traditional homecoming ceremony. Please share so everyone knows about our bike path tunnel! Remember you'll need your ticket stub to re-enter the back gate.

Candidates include: Freshman Claire Langenkamp; Sophomore Leah Harshman; Junior Shay Bolton; and Senior Court: Bailey Bates; Paige Cron: and McKenzie Sipe.

Parkway Homecoming Court 2017 -

Miss Bailey Bates is the daughter of Brendan and Marci Bates.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball teams.  She is the Senior Class President and active in Band, Future Teachers of America, Pep Club, Science Club, and Relay for Life Committee.  Bailey attends Zion Lutheran Church in Willshire, and is a member of D-group through New Horizons.  She enjoys hunting, spending time with friends and family, singing, dancing and star-gazing.  Bailey plans to attend college to major in Education.

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Paige Cron is the daughter of Chris and Kari Cron. She is a member of the Relay for Life Committee, Science Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Honors Society.  She is employed at Schwieterman Pharmacy.  Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, running, watching Grey's Anatomy, and eating ice cream.  Paige plans to attend college to major in Nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Mackenzie Sipe is the daughter of Ryan and Kelly Sipe.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball and Softball teams, Pep Club, Science Club, National Honors Society, Relay for Life Committee, and Future Teachers of America.  Mackenzie is a member of D-group through New Horizons in Rockford.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, singing, laying out by the pool, and going to Taco Bell.  Mackenzie plans to attend college to major in Accounting.

 

 
 

Financial Peace University Coming to Rockford United Methodist Church
Rockford United Methodist is once again offering the Dave Ramsey’s  Financial Peace University starting on Wednesday, Oct 25 at 6:30 p.m. 

Dave Ramsey’s  Financial Peace University is a nine week class that presents biblical, practical steps on how to get rid of debt, manage your money, and spend and save wisely.   The Rockford United Methodist Church will again offer Financial Peace University for anyone in the Rockford community and surrounding area on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm following the free FIVE02 Community Dinner.   The first class will be Wednesday, Oct.  25, 2017  in the Rockford United Methodist Church Conference Room.   As always the first class is FREE.  Come check it out.

Kara Ransbottom, an experienced Financial Peace University facilitator will lead. 

Rockford United Methodist Church is located at 202 South Franklin Street, Rockford OH.  Please use the West Pearl Street entrance.   

For more information contact the Rockford UM Church office at 419-363-3230 office.mgr.rumc@bright.net.   Participants may register in advance using the link on the Rockford UM Church website www.rumcoh.org or the Rockford UM Church Facebook page.

Previous Financial Peace University participants can enroll WITHOUT repurchasing the Financial Peace University materials.   

If you have any questions for Kara, her contact info is kararansbottom@gmail.com.

There will  be Financial Peace University graphics and other Financial Peace University items directly from the Financial Peace University source on the church's Facebook page as well.

 

 
 

FFA Student Members Loading Truck Bound for Harvey, TX

With help from the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities, the Parkway FFA planned another successful project this time aimed at providing relief to hurricane-stricken families in Harvey, Texas and surrounding communities. The FFA sends out their grateful thanks to the many, many generous donors who supplied needed items like water, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and paper products as well as cash donations. 

Reid Etzcorn and Tristen McKee are the boys who loaded the truck.  The Senior Ag students took charge of collecting the items each day and organized them for shipment.  Celina Moving set this up and The Parkway FFA organized it for the school.

An extra special shout-out goes to Rob Kraner and his team at Celina Moving and Storage setting up the shipping and for the use of the semi truck and driver to deliver the items. Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge.

 
 
 
 

“The Queen of Bingo” Coming to Van Wert – New Location

Off Stage Productions will be performing “The Queen of Bingo” by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy in our NEW LOCATION at The American Legion Post 178, located at 631 W. Main St. in Van Wert.   The six Dinner Theatre performances will be Oct 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 & 26.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances and 12:30 pm for the Sunday matinees.  A buffet style meal will be served starting at 7:00 pm with show starting at 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday, while the Sunday matinee performances will have dinner served at 1:00 and show at 2:00 PM. The ticket price is $28 for dinner and a show.  An additional non-dinner “popcorn night” performance will be Oct 15th at 7:00 PM for $12.  

This play is an exploration of the world of sisterhood, weight issues, romance, winning, losing, and Bingo!  The two sisters are very different individuals bound together by genetics, history, and love.  Cast members are Amy McConn, Angi Spry, Jonathan Dennie and Thomas Branch.  Directors are Matt Krol and Whitney Nihiser

Reservations can be made by calling 419-605-6708, 10AM-6PM daily, and must be secured with a credit card.

 

 

Mercer County Prevention Coalition Hosting Several Events

Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide awareness and prevention at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 21st.

1st annual Superhero 5K walk/run at the Fairgrounds on Oct. 28th.

"Hold On To Hope" Prayer Walk w/ Candle Light Vigil, on Saturday, Oct. 14th. 7 pm, Lakeshore Park Gazebo

Everyone is Welcome!

 

 
 

Optimist Club of Van Wert inducts 2018 Officers and Board Members
by Amanda Miller

On Thursday, September 28 - The Optimist Club of Van Wert  inducted the 2018 officers and board members.

Optimist Club of Van Wert inducts 2018 Officers & Board Members. Officers are Diana Cearns, President; Marie Junk Miller, First Vice-President; Sean M. Sauer, Second Vice-President; Thaison Leaser, Past President; Ray Able, Secretary/Treasurer.

Board Members are Michelle GunterMichele Purmort MooneyJennifer Kimmel Smith, Andy Manz, Gloria Waterman & Trevor Webster.

The Optimist Club of Van Wert has been proudly serving the Van Wert County area since the 1980s. We are comprised of men and women dedicated to the community, friendship, fun, service to youth and the promotion of Optimist as a way of life. Our positive approach, upbeat outlook, and commitment to creating a more optimistic future for kids is what differentiates the Optimist Club of Van Wert from other volunteer opportunities.

Our members receive as much as they give:

The fellowship of people who get things done and the example they set for embracing a similar optimist mindset

New social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our community

The opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills

The satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of children and the community

Whether you are searching for an outlet to help your community, personal development, or rewarding camaraderie, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Optimist Club of Van Wert. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.  Find out more about the Optimist Club of Van Wert – www.optimistvw.com or follow on Facebook @OptimistVW.  The club meets on Thursdays at 12noon at the Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert, OH. 

 

 
 

23rd Annual Evening for Race Fans with Steve Kinser & Dave Darland

Steve Kinser & Dave Darland will be the featured guests for 23rd Annual Evening for Race Fans. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at Romer’s Catering in St. Henry, Ohio.

The Bloomington, Indiana native, Steve Kinser, known as the “King of The Outlaws”, racing stats include 20 World of Outlaws titles, 14 Knoxville Nationals & 7 Eldora Kings Royals wins. He amassed over 850 feature victories during his career, finished 14th in the 1997 Indy 500 and earned a victory in the International Race of Champions series at Talladega International Speedway.

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana, recognized as “The Peoples Champ” is no doubt one of the most popular and respected open wheel drivers in the country. His career stats in USAC sanctioned events include 53 Sprint Car wins, a Triple Crown Champion earning championships in the Spring Car, Midget and Silver Crown series. His wins include the HUT 100, Belleville Nationals, Kokomo Smackdown and several wins at the legendary Eldora Speedway.

With these open wheel greats along with Mike King returning as our Emcee, this event will provide a great evening of racing stories that have become synonymous with the Annual Evening for Race Fans event. Each year this event provides intriguing and great racing stories as the guests spend time on the stage with Mike King. Mike has the knack of pulling out insightful and colorful answers from our guests regarding their own careers, other competitors and the sport of auto racing.

All in attendance will also be provided an opportunity for autographs and partake in a fantastic buffet dinner prepared by the staff at Romer’s Catering. This event serves as a fundraiser with over $230,000 raised for the Chamber, State of the Heart Care, and Community Health Professionals Hospice during the past 22 years.

The evening includes:  Autograph session with Steve and Dave§  Buffet dinner§  Driver interviews conducted by Mike King§  Race memorabilia auction§ Tickets must be purchased prior to the event by calling the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at (419) 586-2219. Cost per ticket is $50; Visa & Master Card are accepted. Follow us on Facebook at “Chamber Race Night”.

 

 

Parkway Local Schools Criteria & Application Process for the “Academic Alumni Hall of Fame”

The goal for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize successful former students who have contributed to their profession and community while practicing character qualities such as perseverance, self-discipline, curiosity, honesty, responsibility, etc. They serve as an example for current students and former graduates as well as all of the community.

Nominations for the hall of fame may be made by anyone. Criteria for nomination are: 1) a graduate of Parkway Local Schools (including Willshire, Rockford, Mendon-Union, and Parkway), 2) graduated at least ten years prior to nomination, 3) give time to enhance their profession, and 4) demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism.

The award is presented at the Parkway High School Spring Awards Program in May to no more than 3 recipients annually. A plaque listing all recipients is displayed inside the High School entrance to be highly visible for students and community members.

Nominees either send a testimonial or speak briefly to the students about how character education helped them achieve success at the Awards Night. The Academic Hall of Fame encourages students to develop good character to lead to success.

To nominate individuals for the Parkway Local Schools Academic Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Parkway High School at 419-363-3045, ext #760 or mail Parkway High School, 400 Buckeye St., Rockford, OH  45882. Please provide the individual’s name, year of graduation, career position, and current contact information; or you may complete the application posted on parkwayschools.org and mail it to the address above.  Nominations must be submitted by the 3rd Friday in November, to be considered. Upon nomination, individuals will receive information on applying for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame. Applications must be completed by January 10 of each year.

A committee of five Parkway staff members score the applications using a rubric to determine each year’s recipients. Applicants are notified in February of the results. Previous nominees are encouraged update their applications by the January 10 deadline. Previous applications are kept on file indefinitely.

 

Sunday - October - 8th - "Soup"er Concert at the Park
11:30 AM to 2 PM

Shanes Park, Rockford, OH

 

11:30 AM Blind Date to Entertain and Food Stand Opens

12:45 PM Chamber President Announcements & Free Will Offering

1 PM Parkway Jr/Sr High School Musical Selections from "High School Musical"

1:30 PM Blind Date Band

 

Bring your Lawn Chairs and Enjoy the Afternoon

 

COUNTY REMINDER

Ohio Law prohibits signs on trees and poles.

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart has issued a reminder that the Ohio Revised Code prohibits the erection of signs or affixing signs, posters or advertisement to any tree or utility pole within the right-of-way of any public highway.

Political candidates, campaign workers and supporters of issues appearing on the ballot are reminded that these signs are subject to removal.

 

 

 
October 3, 2017
 

 
 
New Water Tower Planned in Mendon - Some Funds Secured
A Community Development Block Grant fund has been secured in the amount of $434,000 is what the Mendon Village Council members learned at a recent meeting. They plan to use that money for a new and bigger water tower to serve the needs of Mendon. Access Engineering has been helping them with the paperwork. The council agreed to apply for an Ohio Public Works Grant to complete the funding for the project. That grant could be up to $500,000.
 
 

 
October 2, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in September at Library for 1st Meeting of the Year

The Twenty-First Century Club met for their first meeting of the year on September  26, 2017 at the Rockford Carnegie Library with Rozann Maurer, president and Karla Butler, vice-president serving a delicious meal of lasagna, garden salad, veggies and rolls. Cherry pie and apple pie baked by Bob Maurer topped things off. 

A short meeting was completed with the reading of the minutes and treasurer’s report. The group members paid their yearly dues and discussed the brand new welcome sign north of Rockford with the club’s plaque upon it. Members decided to continue to bring non-perishable food items like canned meat, fruit and peanut butter each month and plastic bags for the food pantry. Karla mentioned the recent move of Helping Hands Thrift Store to the former Salway Cabinetry building. Members were asked to save plastic bottle caps for a project in Mendon, and reminders were issued to attend the October 29, 2017 Leota Braun Foundation banquet where Mr. Dan Keyes ~ the historical muralist who will paint for the upcoming Bicentennial ~ will be speaking. 

All members assembled were waiting to hear what the new theme would be for the year. Karla passed out a matching game as a teaser, with famous historical men’s names and a list of events and accomplishments to link together. After revealing the answers, Rozann passed the new programs and the members learned that each man on the game list, had a famous “lady” behind him. The Club theme for the year is History ~ HER-story, and will involve a learning experience on the history of these famous couples. “Behind every great man , the forgotten woman,” goes the saying. Rozann and Karla went on to tell the story of the famous couple, Albert Einstein and wife, Mileda Einstein. He was German and Jewish. She was Serbian. Apparently much has been written and discussed of her involvement in his famous theories and they spoke of “our theories – our research” as he pursued teaching. She was brilliant, quiet and persevered in her physics studies. He was a rebel as well as brilliant. Their letters to each other proved she collaborated with him. They married in 1896 and by 1914 they divorced. In the divorce agreement, if he won a Nobel prize, she was to receive the money – and she did.  They had two sons together and prior to wedding had an illegitimate daughter together. Albert married his cousin Elsa. Mileda died in 1948.  

The next meeting will be held on October 24, 2017, 7 PM, at the home of Sherry Shaffer with Toni Fisher assisting. Members Sandra Grooms and Cindy Canary will be providing the program on Jane Henson (Jim Henson) and Alma Reville (Alfred Hitchcock). Contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 if you’d like to learn more about this club.

 
 

Fatal Traffic Crash-3rd This week

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred in the early morning hours of September 30th, 2017.   Grey advised that Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 2:02 AM stating that there was a single vehicle crash on Monroe Road, just East of St Rte. 118.   The caller advised that there were four people hurt in the crash.

Preliminary information indicates that 19 year old Anthony L Mowery of Celina, Ohio was driving a 2004 Buick Rendezvous eastbound on Monroe Road.  Mowery lost control of his vehicle, traveled off of the north side of the roadway and rolled his vehicle over.   Mowery was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Other passengers involved in the crash were 17 year old Nathan C Bowman of Celina Ohio, 17 year old Corbin M Houser of Celina Ohio and 15 year old Quinton R Springer of Celina Ohio.    All three passengers were transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater by members of the Celina and Coldwater EMS. 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office traffic crash reconstruction team was called to the scene for the investigation.   This crash remains under investigation at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS, Coldwater EMS and Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs.

This marks the seventh fatality in Mercer County this year.

 

 
 
 

Parkway October 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 
September 29-30 & October 1, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Lions Club Plans Upcoming Fish Fry to Benefit 8th Grade DC Trip

Rockford Lions are preparing for their 12th Annual Lions Fish Fry to be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at the Rockford Community Building in Shanes Park.  Proceeds from the annual event support the Parkway Schools Eighth Grade Class Trip to Washington D.C. each spring.  Tickets are $7.00 each and are now available from members of the Parkway Eighth Grade Class as well as from members of the Lions Club. 

Photo: At their September 25th meeting, Lion President Dennis Hecht (left) and Lion membership sponsor Randy Habegger (center) welcomed Chad Miller of Rockford (right) as a new member.   The Rockford Lions Club was officially chartered nearly 40 years ago, October 24, 1977.

At their September 11th meeting Lions also remembered and honored the 16th anniversary of the multiple terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 through song and personal reflection on where each Lion member was on that fateful day. 

Conversations and plans are also underway for the Annual Variety Show March 23-24, 2018.   The Rockford Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.   The next meeting is Monday, October 9, 2017.

 

 


Parkway Community Hosting Two Foreign Exchange Students

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Parkway Foreign Exchange Students from Germany.   The Chamber gave them each a Welcome to Rockford bag of local information that will help them become familiar with our area.   

Pictured left to right:  Nancy Leighner - Chamber Member, Lisa Kuhn - Chamber Treasurer, Max Wantikow - Germany, Mary Beougher - Chamber President, and Enrico De La Cruz Gonzalez - Germany.

 

 

 

 

Stateline Writers Club  Plans Meeting

The Stateline Writers Club will meet Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m., at the Celina public library.  Writer Marge Wuebker of Midwest Electric will be the guest speaker.

The suggested composition topic is "discovery."

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

 

Join the Crew Planning the Rockford Bicentennial

The next meeting of the Rockford Bicentennial Committee will be held on
Monday - October 2nd at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum.

All are welcome ! 

 

 

 

BROWN ANNOUNCES $150,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO IMPROVE AIRPORT IN MERCER COUNTY

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $150,000 to Lakefield Airport Authority and the Mercer County Board of Commissioners for upgrades to the Lakefield Airport.  

“The Lakefield Airport supports tourism and commerce in Mercer County,” Brown said. “This funding will improve the safety and efficiency of the airport so it can remain a reliable option for the county.”

This grant to the Lakefield Airport will go toward construction of a hangar building.

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Sectional Ends Season 9/26/17
by Coach Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf team ended their season at Country Acres in Kalida in Sectional play.  The team finished 5th overall, just 10 strokes away from advancing to Districts.  Mecaylah Hesse was the lowest scorer with a 103, Haylee Stukey had a 104, Madison Kroeger added a 106, and Lauren Henderson finished scorers with a 117.  Nonscoring Panther was Autumn Ellis with a 122.  Congratulations on an outstanding season!

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Season Ends on 9-29-2017

By Coach Joe Falk
The Boys Golf team finished in 5th place out of 14 teams at Colonial Golfers Club with a score of 358.

Qualifying for the District Tournament in 3rd place after winning a playoff hole was Mason Baxter with a score of 85. Ashton Hamrick shot an 88, Clayton Agler a 92, Jack Wehe scored a 93 and Seth Stukey shot a 94 to help Parkway break a tie with Lincolnview for 5th place.


Mason Baxter will advance to district action on October 5, 2017

 

Fatal Accident at  US 127 and Howick Road

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred at US 127 and Howick Road. Central Dispatch received several 911 calls at 1:33 PM indicating a collision at that intersection.

Through the investigation it was determined that a 2007 Freightliner driven by Mark Cook, age 57, of Convoy, Ohio was driving southbound on US 127 when a northbound vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac driven by 56 year old Georgette Zinn, of Van Wert went left of center striking the truck. Mrs. Zinn was pronounced deceased at the accident scene.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office traffic crash reconstruction team was called to the scene to investigate the crash.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire Department, Celina Squad, and members of MCERV for traffic control.

This was the fifth traffic fatality in 2017 in Mercer County.

 

Second Fatal Crash Announced

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports a second traffic fatality that occurred on September 27th, 2017.  Grey advised that Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 3:58 PM stating that a male on a bicycle had been struck by a car.

The investigation found that 67 year old Nicholas J Hemmelgarn of Coldwater, Ohio was riding a bicycle southbound on the bike path and crossing St. Anthony Road, when he failed to yield.  Hemmelgarn was struck by a westbound 2001 Ford Taurus being driven by 32 year old Wallace J McGough of Celina, Ohio.  

Hemmelgarn was transported from the scene by members of the Coldwater EMS.  Hemmelgarn was pronounced deceased at Mercer Health in Coldwater.  McGough did not claim any injury.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office traffic crash reconstruction team was called to the scene for the investigation.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Coldwater EMS, Coldwater Fire Department and MCERV (Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers), who assisted with traffic control.

This was the second fatal crash today and marks the sixth overall fatal for Mercer County this year.

 

 

2017 4-H Square Dance Fun – Come and Learn

Do you know what a “allemande left” is? Did you know that “Stir the Bucket” isn’t something you do in the kitchen? Come learn with the Van Wert County 4-H members and families as they explore square dancing on Saturday, October 28th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. You do not need to be an experienced dancer to attend! Lessons will be provided throughout the dance by experienced caller John Wargowsky. The event is to be held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds in our Jr. Fair Building located at 1055 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891. We are planning a family-friendly night of fun, lessons, and snacks! Join us as we learn all the fun dances and kick our heels up to learn a new skill!

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Van Wert County Friends of 4-H (previously known as the Van Wert County Endowment Fund) Which is invested here in the Van Wert County Foundation and allocated to support the Van Wert County 4-H Program.

 

 

 

Rockford Volunteers Needed for the Tree Commission
Help Wanted: Volunteers to help with the Rockford Tree Commission. Meetings 5 - 6 times a year. Would oversee planting and trimming Village right of way trees. May attend the Tree City Banquet each year and help with Arbor Day presentation at Parkway. DO NOT NEED TO BE ROCKFORD RESIDENT TO VOLUNTEER !
 Contact Village Office at 419-363-3032
  

 

 

Genealogical Society to Host Professional Genealogist

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, October 1, at 2:00 at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.  The speaker will be Deborah Carder Mayes, a professional genealogist.  She has presented workshops for the OGS conference and classes at OSU- Lima. Debbie writes a blog, monthly columns in two online genealogy magazines and is editor of the Allen County newsletter.   Her topic Sunday is Talking to the Dead: 89 records pertaining to an ancestor’s death.   The meeting is free and everyone is welcome.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
September 26-28, 2017
 

 
 
Free Community Meals and Fellowship Offered to Public on Wednesdays at Rockford United Methodist Church
Rockford United Methodist Church offers food, fellowship and Bible study every Wednesday evening September 6 through the end of December 2017. A delicious free meal is served at 5:02 PM followed by Bible Study at 6:15. Chancel Choir is an ongoing activity for interested individuals each Wednesday at 7 PM. Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University is TBA. Kids Club runs from after school until 5 PM. Everyone is welcome at Rockford United Methodist Church.
 
 
 

First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert Hires New Choral Director

VAN WERT, Ohio September 20, 2017 –The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert is pleased to announce that Cheryl Gigler has been hired as the new chancel choir director.

Cheryl Gigler, soprano, is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Her advanced vocal studies include work with Lili Chookasian of the Metropolitan Opera, Armen Boyagian, Edwin MacArthur, as well as Vincent La Selva of the Juilliard School. Cheryl has sung professionally with the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy as well as in Charleston, South Carolina and the Heartland Chamber Chorale of Ft. Wayne. She also has been a featured soloist with the Sterling Forest Renaissance Festival, Waldwick Symphony and Rockland Symphony, as well as the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne. Cheryl has performed various roles with regional opera companies in the New York Metropolitan Area, including the New York Grand Opera.

In addition to performing, Cheryl is a certified music educator in Indiana, New York, and New Jersey. Cheryl has directed and developed graded English handbell and choral programs in both public school and church settings. Cheryl also served for many years as an adjunct professor of voice at Nyack College, Nyack, New York.

Cheryl is also a trained Stephen’s Minister and a certified life coach specializing in ADHD.

Cheryl and the church extends an open invitation to all singers, age high school through adult, who enjoy singing to participate in the 2017-2018 Chancel Choir season.

All those involved share a love of bringing glory to God through music and Christian fellowship. The only requirement for participating is a desire to sing and be present for any Wednesday night rehearsal held at 7:15 PM to perform with the choir during the following 10:00 AM Sunday service.

The chancel choir performs regularly throughout the entire calendar year and frequently has guest soloists, instrumentalists and ensembles during our Sunday morning worship services.

To learn more about First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert, our choir season and how to participate, please contact the church office at 419-238-3670 or sopranosheila@yahoo.com.

 

 
 
 

Fundraiser for Catholic Social Services to be held at Versailles K of C

The 4th annual Concert of Caring, a major fundraising event for the Sidney Office of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Versailles.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the annual event guarantee continued success of CSSMV services in the Northern Miami Valley counties of Shelby, Miami, Darke, Auglaize, and Mercer.  These programs include counseling, early childhood intervention, parenting and adoption support, and senior services.   

The dressy-casual evening begins with a dinner buffet catered by K’s Catering in Versailles at 7:00 p.m., followed by desserts, and music and dancing from 8-11 p.m.   There will be over 60 silent auction items of varying values, including UD basketball tickets, a stay at The Inn of Versailles, Bengals’ tickets, OSU items, Country Concert VIP passes, an office chair, exquisite purse and scarf sets, a First Four basketball package, original artwork and wood crafts, wines, a mystery dinner, and more!   There will also be special raffle items including a “basket of cheer,” a lottery tree, and a 24” LED television.

This year’s featured entertainment is Dave and Rae, a popular four-piece group from the Indianapolis area.  Ticket holders are urged to bring their dancing shoes because this high-energy group offers a unique blend of music from all genres guaranteed to have guests singing along, getting up to move, and having fun.

Committee chairmen for the 2017 Concert of Caring event are dedicated volunteers Kathy Nichols, Dianne Sielschott, and Irene Stonebraker.    

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased from a committee member, online at www.cssmv-sidney.org/events, or at the door.  For more information about the event, contact Elaine Schweller-Snyder, Northern Counties Marketing and Development Coordinator, at (937) 498-4593 ext. 1141 or snydere@cssmv.org.

Your support of the 2017 Concert of Caring could counsel a teen facing an unplanned pregnancy, give a person coping with depression a chance to work through problems, help a preschool child develop positive social and emotional skills, or provide companionship and help for an isolated senior or caregiver.  The impact of CSSMV services are far-reaching and may just touch a family member, friend, or neighbor. 

 

 
 

Rockford Community Garage Sales - September 29th and 30th 
Find local sales on the "Rockford Community Days' Facebook page.

 
 
Betsy Crites Earns District/Building ICoach Designation from INFOhio
Now Certified to Provide INFOhio Tools and Resources Training to Other Educators


Celina, OH – Betsy (Bollenbacher) Crites, District Technology Integration Coach for Celina City Schools has earned certification as a District/Building ICoach from INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library. The certification requires more than 15 hours of group training and individual study, which was completed on her own time this past summer of 2017.

ICoaches—short for “integration coaches”—work with teachers to incorporate digital technology and research tools in their classrooms. Mrs. Crites joins 332 other educators around Ohio who have received District/Building ICoach certification.

“District/Building ICoaches are a linchpin in promoting INFOhio’s free resources and services to educators across the state,” said INFOhio’s Executive Director Theresa M. Fredericka. “An ICoach has first-hand experience with the demands classroom educators face along with boundless curiosity about the newest educational technologies. And they love to share their excitement.”

Sheila Baltzell, Celina Schools District Media Specialist agrees. “Betsy is definitely a district leader. Taking personal time to learn more about these digital tools will directly and positively affect the quality of instruction our students receive.”

For more than 20 years, INFOhio has provided online digital resources to Ohio’s PreK-12 schools and is one of the country’s largest library and information networks. In addition to library software group licensing and support, INFOhio provides a collection of online academic research databases to all PreK-12 students and their families as well as classroom information technology and curriculum support to educators. For more information, go to www.infohio.org.
 

 

Citizen Academy Coming Again to Mercer County

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office will be hosting a Citizen Academy in October - November of 2017.  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 fourth 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.  We have had (44) students graduate from the academy since it was established.  The classes have consisted of citizens from different backgrounds, age groups, and areas of Mercer County. 

The participants attend classes that are in lecture format, observe demonstrations, take tours of the facilities, and participate in hands on training sessions.  They are also provided with an opportunity to “job shadow” with staff members. The 2017 academy will take place from October 17, 2017 until November 9, 2017, 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 limited.  Interested persons can stop at the Sheriff’s Office during office hours 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 27, 2017.  If anyone has any questions they may contact Citizen’s Academy Coordinator, Sergeant Jay Wehrkamp, at (419) 586-7724.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Delphos St. John on Tuesday September 5, 2017

By Coach Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf Team improved to 4-1 in MAC play after defeating Delphos St. John Tuesday 205-255 at the Celina Lynx. Haylee Stukey was the medalist shooting a 44 to lead the Panthers. She was followed by Lauren Henderson's 52, Mecaylah Hesse's 53 and Autumn Ellis' 56. Delphos St. John was led by Cassidy Schafer who shot a 59.

 

Parkway Girls Golf Loses to New Bremen on Friday September 8, 2017.
By Coach Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf team brings their MAC record to 4-2 with a loss to New Bremen 209-195.  Haylee Stukey was Medalist for the Panthers with a 43.  Other scorers for Parkway were Lauren Henderson with a 50, Mecaylah Hesse with with a 53, and Autumn Ellis had a 63.  New Bremen's Amy Balster shot a 44 for the Cardinals.

Parkway Boys Golf team Wins Over New Bremen on Thursday, September 7, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf team won a narrow victory over the New Bremen Cardinals by a score of 185-188 at Arrowhead Golf Club (par 36). Medalist was Parkway's Jack Wehe with a 42. This moves the Panthers to 5-1 in the MAC.

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter- 45

Clayton Agler- 48

Ashton Hamrick- 50

Jack Wehe- 42

Duncan Morton- 52

Jared Gibson- 55

 

New Bremen Scores

Cole Hemmelgarn- 46

Derek Bergman- 49

Tyler Leichliter- 53

Ezra Ferguson- 44

Jared Bergman- 49

Austin Schmitmeyer- 58

 

Parkway Boys Golf on September 11, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk
Parkway drops to 5-2 in the MAC after falling to undefeated St. Henry by a score of 159-182 at the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36). Co-medalists for the match were St. Henry's Kyle Naumann and Reed Koesters with a pair of 38s. 

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter         46

Clayton Agler          44

Ashton Hamrick      48

Jack Wehe              44

Duncan Morton        62

Seth Stukey            54

 

St. Henry Scores

Kyle Naumann     38

Jack Romer        42

Rylee Deitsch     42

Seth King            44

Ryan Grieshop     41

Reed Koesters      38

 

St Henry also won the JV match by a score of 214-226

Parkway JV

Jared Gibson     61

Andy Metz          57

Kaden Boroff      49

Breyden Bruns     59

 

St. Henry JV

Andrew Mescher     48

Caleb Post               52

 Jordan Puthoff        56

Logan Griner            58

 

Parkway Boys Golf on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk

At Celina Lynx Golf Club par 36.

Parkway 176        Mason Baxter- 41, Clayton Agler-41, Ashton Hamrick-43, Jack Wehe-51

Crestview 196     Colton Lautzenheiser- 45, Caden Hurless, 46, Jacob Bowman- 51, Brett Schumm- 54

Celina 206           Lance Mawer- 48, Tyler Johnson- 51, Parker Maurer- 53, Nate Langenkamp- 54

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Loses to Versailles on September 21, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk
Parkway
172- Versailles 167

@ Stillwater Valley Golf Club (par 35)

Medalist- Clayton Agler (P) 38

 

Parkway Scores

Clayton Agler 38

Ashton Hamrick 40

Mason Baxter 44

Duncan Morton 50

 

Versailles Scores

Austin Pleiman 40

Will Eversole 41

Connor Van Skysock 43

Alex Keiser 43

Both teams 6-3 in the MAC

 


Custom Socks Sale to Benefit Boys Golf Team
The Boys Golf team is selling custom Parkway crew socks that come in black or white with the Parkway Panther head on the sides and “PANTHERS” down the back of each sock. Sizes range from youth to adult extra-large and are $12 a pair. Order forms are available in the HS Office or Online @

http://www.parkwayschools.org/athletics 

Orders with Payment Due by October 27

Please Make Checks Payable to Parkway Boys Golf

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf are Runners-Up on September 21, 2017
by Coach Teri Samples


The Parkway Girls Golf Team finished runner-up at the 5-team Wayne Trace Invite at Pleasant Valley Golf Club on Thursday. 

Autumn Ellis led the way with a 51 followed by Mecaylah Hesse's 52, Haylee Stukey's 54 and Madison Kroeger's 56. 

Ellis and Hesse earned medals for placing in the top 10 scorers.

 

 

 

Parkway finished 6th in the tournament, 5th in the conference overall. Mason Baxter earned First Team All MAC, and Jack Wehe and Clayton Agler Second Team All MAC.

By coach Joe Falk

 

2017 MAC Boys Championship

St. Henry

Delphos SJ

Parkway

Player

Score

Player

Score

Player

Score

Kyle Naumann

74

Adam Gerker

87

Mason Baxter

87

Jack Romer

77

Grant Csukker

85

Clayton Agler

93

Rylee Deitsch

79

Carson Muhlenkamp

93

Ashton Hamrick

101

Seth King

92

Robert Buescher

99

Jack Wehe

86

Ryan Grieshop

87

Matt Dickrede

91

Duncan Morton

107

Reed Koesters

87

Jared Lucas

92

Seth Stukey

107

317

355

367

 

Coldwater

 

Minster

 

Versailles

Player

Score

Player

Score

Player

Score

Adam Knapke

90

Connor VanSkyock

83

Andrew Fisher

83

Grant Voisard

85

PJ Platfoot

92

Trey Wolters

86

Logan Lazier

90

Austin Pleiman

89

Alex Wourms

106

Grant Koenig

86

Will Eversole

92

Caden Seitz

102

Joseph Magoto

90

Alex Keiser

100

Nathan Kaiser

95

Ethan Lehmkuhl

92

Ethan Kremer

105

Michael Schoenherr

97

351

356

361

 

New Bremen

 

New Knoxville

 

Ft. Recovery

Player

Score

Player

Score

Player

Score

Cole Hemmelgarn

100

Ray Newton

91

Harrison Kaup

85

Derek Bergman

103

Jack Bartholomew

106

Grant Knapke

99

Tyler Leichliter

107

Nathan Tinnerman

115

Blayne Tobe

114

Jared Bergman

98

Ben Lammers

96

Dylan Ranly

101

Devon Thieman

109

Sam Anspach

93

Carson Rammel

117

Xander Stevens

146

Trent Lehman

120

Derek Lochtefeld

108

408

386

393

 

Marion Local

Player

Score

Seth Kelch

104

Tim Knapschaefer

102

Dylan Homan

103

Collin Everman

100

Garrett Pleiman

113

Logan Fleck

105

409

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, September 7, 2017, Swimming at Edgewater Park, Celina, 1907
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society


Photo caption:  At Edgewater Park in Celina, the Diving Board at this Diving Platform had quite a spring to it, if you see the diver on the right hand side of the post card photograph, in 1907.

 

On this post card photograph, summer was over.  Labor Day weekend was over.  It was time to catch the last of the warm weather and the fun at Edgewater Park, before the cold weather came to stay.

 

Summer recreation has been a part of our lives in Mercer County, for as long as we can remember.  Years ago, Lima and Dayton citizens, and others, would return to their summer homes around the lake, and would spend a lazy summer enjoying the pleasant world of living on the lake. 

 

Nearly a century ago, in the wintertime, the men who owned the ice houses, would cut ice blocks from the frozen lake, and load the ice blocks on their wagons to go to the ice houses to be covered with sawdust.  That following summer, the ice man would deliver blocks of ice, to the homes to use in their ice boxes. 

 

When we were young, I remember we went on picnics and went swimming at Grand Lake.  My Grandfather went fishing at Windy Point, and we looked forward to eating fresh fish that evening.  Over the years, so many restaurants were available where we could eat at picnic tables on the banks of the lake.  During Lake Festival, decorated boats joined the parade across the lake.  Fishing contests were popular, as to who would catch the biggest fish.

 

Many of those “older summer homes,” are gone now.  The value of land around the lake has skyrocketed.  Businesses have invested around the lake.  Citizens have constructed beautiful homes around the lake.

 

What has happened to the history of this lake?  Has the value of the land around the lake peaked, and leveled off?  I saw the headlines in “The Daily Standard” on Thursday, August 24.  Are the land owners around Grand Lake, selling their properties and leaving the lake?  Auglaize and Mercer Countians are directly affected by what happens at Grand Lake.  The tourists spend their tourist dollars in Mercer and Auglaize Counties, which improves the local economy.

 

We know very well that the State of Ohio owns Grand Lake.  In addition to the State of Ohio caring for the lake, local organizations, e.g. The Lake Development Corporation, the Lake Improvement Association, and other organizations, are excellent volunteer organizations who work to serve the needs of Grand Lake and the area around this lake.  It is sad that summer is over, but we know summer will return next spring.  It is sad that the Lake’s ecosystem is not improving as fast as we would like it to do.  

 

Every summer, tourists  who are visiting Grand Lake, call me at my home phone, asking for information about the historic sites in Mercer County, or asking me to open the County Historical Museum for them to visit.  Since I retired as Museum Director on February 29, 2004, Historical Society Members join me to open the County Historical Museum, for special events, and by appointment.  I keep a list of events and Open Houses, posted at the front door of the Mercer County Historical Museum.  It is sad that the Mercer County Commissioners no longer employ a Director for the Mercer County Historical Museum.

 

I am not sad that I spent most of my adult life, working to preserve Mercer County’s history because I truly believe that most Mercer Countians value the Mercer County Historical Society and Mercer County Historical Museum to preserve the history of our County, including the history of Grand Lake.

 

I trust that future Mercer Countians will see that the County Historical Museum will once again see the need for an academically trained Museum Director to open the Mercer County Historical Museum on a regular schedule, to serve schools, local citizens and tourists who visit Grand Lake, not only during the summer season, but throughout all four seasons. 

 

 
 

 
September 25, 2017
 

 

Rockford Council Members Meet on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
 

Rockford Village Council Members met on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and voted to sell a village owned lot at 507 W. Pearl Street to Maharg Properties. Other items were discussed and voted-upon.


 Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 
 
 
 
 

 
September 23-24, 2017
 

 
 

RADC Members to Meet
The next RADC next meeting is Monday, September 25th at 7pm in the Rockford Library basement. 

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 22, 2017
 

 
 

Upcoming Events for Rockford

September 29th -  1st Annual Benefit Dinner for Lots for Soldiers
Held at Howard Johnson - Lima 1920 Roschman Ave, Lima OH  45804
4 pm - Doors open w/cocktail hour
5 pm -  7 pm Dinner and Recognition
4 pm - 7 pm - Silent Auction

Cash bar and DJ all night - pre sale tickets $15 - At door $30
For more information contact - 419-586-5058


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September 30th - 8th Annual Rockford Belle Sock Hop & Cruise in
with Classic Cars -  Shine and Show

Cruise in starts at 2 pm
Live music with Blind Date starts at 4 pm

Bring your own lawn chairs!

Rockford Belle - 135 Market St. - Rockford, OH  

 

 
 
 

Meet and Greet Planned
Meet Susan Manchester.  She is a young lady
from the Waynesfield area that is running in next year's Ohio
Primary election for State representative for the area that includes 
Mercer County.

She will be at the Rockford Carry Out on Tuesday -
September 26th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Please stop by for a meet and greet and share 
any questions or concerns ! 

 

 
 

Grand Lake Marathon is Saturday morning (9/23) and will take place throughout the Celina area. Over 700 runners will be participating.  

 
 

 
September 20-21, 2017
 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Music Boosters Sub Sales Now Until Wednesday, September 27th
The Parkway Music Booster group is currently hosting the annual sub sandwich sales.  The subs have been sold for many years and continue to be a favorite of many.  This year three different subs will be made: “The Original” (bologna, pork loaf, beef stick, American and Swiss cheeses), ham (ham, American and Swiss cheeses), and turkey breast (turkey, American and Swiss cheeses).  Prices are as follows: 1 for $4, 3 for $10, 6 for $18, and 12 for $32.  Students in grades 6-12 who are involved with the band or choir programs at Parkway are selling the subs.  Selling dates are from Friday, September 15th – Wednesday, September 27th.   The subs will be made at the school on Saturday, October 21st and will be ready for the students to deliver at that time.  All profits from the sub sales will go directly to the Parkway Music Boosters and will be used to support the bands and choirs.  The sales are a great way to get a delicious sandwich while providing support to our students.  If you would like to purchase subs or have further questions, please call Kendra Miller at 419.495.2655.

 

 
 
Van Wert 4-H County Awards
County Food and Nutrition Awards


Best 1st Year Foods, Bella Wise—Barnyard Buddies, Cookbook donated by Clever Clovers
Runner UP Best 1st year Foods, Lily Wyatt—Leaders of the Future, Trophy donated by Phil and Chris Campbell
 

Best County Foods Junior (9-11), Preston Kreischer– Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by Delphos Young Farm Wives
Runner UP Best Junior Foods, Ella Wilson—Venedocia Lads and Lassies Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club
 

Best County Foods Intermediate (12-15), Abigail Bonifas—Venedocia Lads and Lassies, Trophy donated by P & R Medical Connection
Runner UP Best County Foods Intermediate, Carson Kreischer—Ohio Challengers Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club
 

Best County Senior Foods, Hannah Kraner—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers Trophy donated by Warren & Marilyn Reed
Runner UP Best County Senior Foods Senior, Michaela Hoffman—Farmtastic, Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club
 

Best County Leadership Award, Katelyn Wendel—Hoaglin Farmers, Trophy donated In Memory of Roger Short—Tim Short
Runner UP Best County Leadership Award, Isaiah Pugh—4-H Exchange Club, Trophy donated by Jr. Leaders in Memory of Ethan Enyart


Best County Family & Consumer Science Project, Junior: Elyssa Renner—Hoaglin Farmers, Trophy donated by Homemakers Community Education, Senior:Abigail Bonifas Venedocia Lads and Lassies, Cash donated by Homemakers Community Education
Runner UP Best County Family and Consumer Science Project
Junior: David May—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club, Senior: Carson Kreischer—Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by York Commanders –4-H Club
 

Best County Garden & Plant Science, Morgan Anspach—Leaders of the Future, Trophy donated In Memory of Roger Short
Best County Photography Project, Junior: Olivia Lauf– Leaders of the Future, Trophy donated by Seth, Anna & Grayson Baker, Senior: Wyatt Richardson—Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by Bittner Family
Best Master Photography Project, Abbey Bradford– Bunny Hoppers, Trophy donated by the Bittner Family
 Best County Self Determined, Junior: Luke Heffelfinger—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy donated by Venedocia Lads & Lassies, Senior: Madelyn Lamb—Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by the Doug and Marcia Germann Family
Best County Cake Decorating, Junior: Rory Youngpeter—Venedocia Lads & Lassies, Trophy—Hempfling Dairy Farm, Senior: Elizabeth Mitchener—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—Nancy Johnson
Best County Scrapbooking, Junior: Haley Sheets—Ohio Challengers, Scrapbook Kit— Heather Gottke, Senior: Kailey Denmen—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers, Scrapbook Kit—Heather Gottke

Best County Small Animal Vet Science, Junior: Grace Spieles—Clever Clovers, Trophy—Greif Brothers, Senior: Alexis Parrish –Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—F & S Floor Covering

Best County Environment and Natural Resource , Junior: Ean Scarlett—Harrison Jolly Boosters, Trophy– John Auld Family
Runner Up Best County Environment and Natural Resource: Junior: Preston Kreischer—Ohio Challengers, Trophy -Ryan Mohr Seed Becks Hybids

Best County Creative & Leisure Arts Award
Junior: Catanna Saum—Ohio Challengers, Trophy—Delphos Young Farm Wives
Senior: Carson Kreischer –Ohio Challengers, Cash—Homemakers Community Education
Best County STEM Award: Junior: Kimberly Sites—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—Linda Baker, Senior: - Kennedy Sites—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—Wee Care Learning Center
Runner UP Best County STEM: Junior: Dalton Keysor—Hoaglin Farmers,Trophy– Harrison Jolly Boosters 4-H Club, Senior: Cody Gamble—Shooting Stars, Trophy—Ryan Mohr Seeds Becks Hybrids
Best County Shooting Sports, Junior: Kaleb Denman—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers, Trophy—Keister & Baker LLC, Senior: Isaiah Pugh—Venedocia Lads and Lassies, Trophy—Keister & Baker LLC
Best County Woodworking Project
Junior: Luke Heffelfinger—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy- Colin and Halie Harting, Senior: Annie Mendenhall— Hoaglin Farmers, Trophy- Colin and Halie Harting
Runner UP Best County Woodworking Project: Junior: Kaiven Welch—Bunny Hoppers, Trophy-York Commanders 4-H Club, Senior: Andrew Newell—Jackson Lively, Trophy—York Commanders 4-H Club
 
BLACK INC. DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Mary Shackley Clothing Development
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Senior (16-18) 1. Michaela Hoffman—Pathfinders of Delphos Beginner (9-11) 1. Lauren Anspach—Leaders of the Future
(Tie) Melissa Joseph—Ohio Challengers
Black Inc. Livestock Awards
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Sheep 1. Austin Sorgen, 2. Emily Greulach, 3. Addie Sorgen Tie—Evan Scarlett
Goats 1. Cody Gamble, 2. Lillian Hempfling, 3. Alexa Gearhart
Poultry 1. Morgan Anspach, 2. Lillian Hempfling, tie 2. Cody Gamble, 3. Katie Gamble
Tie 3. Ethan Greulach, 3. Evan Scarlett
Dairy Feeder 1. Luke Heffelfinger, 2. Betty Vorst
Swine
1. Austin Sorgan
2. Maddy Lamb
2. Betty Vorst
2. Luke Heffelfinger
3. Alana Williams
3. Addie Sorgen
3. Jase Delgado
3. Justin Bowman
Beef
1. Betty Vorst
2. Addie Sorgan
Rabbits
1.Caton Williamson
2. Maddy Lamb
2. Alicia Rist
2. Abbey Bradford
3. Lauren Henderson
3. Cody Gamble
3. Katie Gamble
3. Kyra Welch
3. Carson Kreischer
3. Preston Kreischer
3. Gracie Mull
3. Sam Price
Dairy
1. Lily Hempfling
Horses
1. Alicia Rist
Black Inc. Miscellaneous
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Natural Resources/Environment
1. Cody Gamble
2. Morgan Anspach
Creative/Leisure Arts
1. Carson Kreischer
2. Alana Williams
3. Jennifer Haggis
Small Animal/Vet. Science
1. Jordan Rawlins
2. Samantha Klinger
Family Life
1. Madelyn Lamb
2. Carson Kreischer
3. Abigail Bonifas
Science, Tech, Engineering & Math
1. Luke Heffelfinger
2. Evan Scarlett

Doris Limbach Purmort Foods/Nutrition
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Senior (16-18)
1. Michael Joseph
2. Michaela Hoffman
Intermediate (12-15)
1. Carson Kreischer
2. Kayla Krites
3. Katie Gamble
3. Abigail Bonifas
Junior (9-11)
1. Preston Kreischer
2. Morgan Anspach
2. Kyra Welch
3. Melissa Joseph

 4-H Table Setting Contest
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Senior (15-18)
1. Lauren Henderson
2. Hannah Kraner
Intermediate (12-14)
1. Gracie Mull
2. Samuel Price
3. Cody Gamble
3. Katie Gamble
Junior ( 8-11)
1. Morgan Anspach
2.Kyra Welch
2. Lauren Anspach
3. Lily Burch
 
Black Inc.- Special 4-H Achiever Awards
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation

Barnyard Buddies: Bella Wise, Brett Schumm
Farmtastic: Baylee Miller
Bunny Hoppers: Drew Deitmeyer, Josie Montano
Canines and Critters: Landen Krammer
Clever Clovers: Gracie Spieles
Harrison Jolly Boosters: Savannah Nofer, Jacob Dickman
Hoaglin Farmers: Taylor Post
Jackson Lively: Andrew Newell
Jr. Leaders: Makenzie Kraft
York Commanders: Grace Brickner, Maddie Gerdeman
 
Leaders of the Future: Kyle Hamilton, Noah Wyatt
Ohio Challengers: Ashley Dealey, Danil Lichtensteiger, Melissa Joseph
Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers: Kole Swander
Phoenix Foundation: Joshua VanWey
Shooting Stars: Whitley Fast
Udder Dairy: Grant Mefferd
Van Wert Exchange Club: Kassidy Klinger
Venedocia Lads and Lassies: Chloe Kroeger, Ava Milligan
Willshire Wide Awake: Katie Hauter
Chicken BBQ Sales Winners
Top Seller: Austin Arnold, 45 tickets
2nd Tie: - Kyra Welch and Luke Heffelfinger, 37 tickets each

Outstanding Livestocker Award
Sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation
1st Place Abby Bradford
2nd Place Sam Price
3rd Place Cody Gamble
 
4-H Officer Books
Awards provided to the Top 3 Officer Books
Sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation

President:
Ashley Dealey—Ohio Challengers
Betty Vorst—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Brett Schumm—Barnyard Buddies
Jordan Rawlins—Canines and Critters
 
Vice President:
Curtis Swick—Canines and Critters
Hannah Kraner—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Kassidy Klinger—4-H Exchange Club
 
News Reporter:
Maddy Lamb—Ohio Challengers
 
Historian:
Melissa Joseph—Ohio Challengers
Ella Wilson– Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Courtney Mefferd—Udder Dairy
 
Health & Safety:
Allison Bowsher—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Whitley Fast—Shooting Stars
Grace Brickner—York Commanders
 
Recreation:
Mackenzie Deitering—Jackson Lively
 
Community Service:
Makenzie Kraft—Jr. Leaders
 
Treasurer:
Samantha Klinger—Canines & Critters
Chloe Kroeger—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Cassidy Deitering –Jackson Lively
Michael Joseph—Ohio Challengers
 
Secretary
Abigail Bonifas—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
McKenna Johnson—Barnyard Buddies
Leigh Benedele –Jr. Leaders
Austin Sheets—Barnyard Buddies
Community Service Award
1. Clever Clovers
2. Barnyard Buddies
3. Canines and Critters
Honorable Mention Community Service Award
Ohio Challengers
Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Jr. Leaders
Jackson Lively
Honor Clubs
Udder Dairy
Jackson Lively
Farmtastic
Venedocia Lads & Lassies
Champion Club
Shooting Stars
York Commanders
Jr. Leaders
Ohio Challengers
Clever Clovers
Barnyard Buddies
Bunny Hoppers
Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Fourth “H” for Health
Barnyard Buddies
Ohio Challengers
 Community Service - Recognizes adults and youth 4-H volunteers whom have collaborated or cooperated with community or 4-H groups, or undertaken them with their own 4-H club or unit, community service projects or activities.
Individual— Mandi Scarlett
Group— Marie Markward—Van Wert Middle School After School Program
 
Friend of 4-H - An individual, family, business or corporation that supports the Ohio 4-H Program, in a charitable manner at the county, state, or national level.
Sue Hempfling
 
Hall of Fame -  Recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions of service to the 4-H program and who have also made an important positive impact upon clubs, communities, and the state 4-H program.
Rita Adam

 

 
 

Van Wert County Junior Fair Turkey Competition Results           

            Winners           Turkey

            Senior Turkey Showman Trophy           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Delphos Pathfinders

            Intermediate Turkey Showman  Trophy           Won by:           Hannah Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Shooting Stars 4-H Club

            Junior Turkey Showman Trophy           Won by:          Avery Figley

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Pathfinders

            Champion Turkey Showman      Chair   Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Store & Haul Trucking

            Grand Champion Turkey Pen of Two  Trophy           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Grand Champion Turkey Pen Of Two  Banner           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Turkey Pen of Two          Trophy           Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Turkey Pen Of Two          Banner           Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Grand Champion Tom Turkey   Trophy           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Grand Champion Tom Turkey   Banner           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Tom Turkey           Trophy           Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Tom Turkey           Banner           Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Tom Trukey Flight 1 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:           Rayana Thatcher

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Tom Turkey Flight 1 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Lindsey Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Van Wert SWCD

            Tom Turkey Flight 2 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Tom Turkey Flight 2 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Hannah Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Gibson's Barnyard BBQ

            Tom Turkey Flight 3 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:           Samantha Klinger

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Tom Turkey Flight 3 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Colt Marbaugh

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Tom Turkey Flight 4 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Tom Turkey Flight 4 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Hen Turkey Flight 1 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Rayana Thatcher

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Hen Turkey Flight 1 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:           Adalynn Longstreth

            Sponsored by:            Van Wert SWCD

            Hen Turkey Flight 2 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Hannah Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Hen Turkey Flight 2 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Gibson's Barnyard BBQ

            Hen Turkey Flight 3 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Hen Turkey Flight 3 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:           Ean Scarlett

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Hen Turkey Flight 4 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Hen Turkey Flight 4 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:           Evan Scarlett

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

 

 

Boys golf at Jordan Moeller
by Coach Joe Falk

The Boys Golf team finished 9th out of 19 teams at the Jordan Moeller Invitational at the Mercer County Elks Golf Club on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Mason Baxter led the Panthers with a 90. Clayton Agler and Jack Wehe both shot 95 and Ashton Hamrick shot a 100.

 

 

Panther Boys Golf Loses to Ft. Loramie

By Coach Joe Falk

In team match play action on Monday September 18, 2017 the Panthers fell to Ft. Loramie by a score of 4 ½ to 1 ½.

Zach Pleiman (FL) defeated Mason Baxter (P) 3&2.

Mitchell Puthoff (FL) defeated Ashton Hamrick (P) 2&1.

Clayton Agler (P) tied Shea Swick (FL).

Eli Rosengarten (FL) defeated Jack Wehe (P) 2up.

Clay Eilerman (FL) defeated Duncan Morton (P) 3&2.

Seth Stukey (P) defeated Jared Middendorf (FL) 3&2.

Parkway is 10-5-1.

 

 

10th Annual Celebrate 4-H Camp Palmer Day-Free event! Camp Open House

Sunday, October 1 - 11 am-4 pm

 

The general public is invited to a day of celebration and fun geared to the whole family family and for all ages. The event will take place at 4-H Camp Palmer in Fulton County-26450 County Rd. MN, Fayette Ohio 43521. 4-H Camp Palmer owned and operated by 11 counties in northwest Ohio and also is an outreach of Ohio State University Extension. 

           

Please join us for a fun day!  Activities may include:  carnival games with pumpkin painting, wagon rides, camp store, zip line, rifle, nature center,

climbing tower, archery, gaga ball, canoeing, and flying squirrel ….

           

Free will offering picnic lunch will be provided on a first come, first serve   basis served from 12 noon-2:30 p.m. Also there will be craft and specialty

 vendors in Woodland lodge.  (more information on www.camppalmer.org)

 

                                                  

October 8- 1:00 pm-5:00 pm-4-H Camp Palmer Shoot-open to public youth ages 9-18 years old. 4-H Camp Palmer is very appreciative for a generous

ODNR Grant, Division of Wildlife for Scholastic Steel targets, rifles, pistols

and additional equipment to improve our programs! Registrations are taking place for Shotgun or Scholastic Steel division for this event on first come, first serve basis-contact Chuck Wurth-419-237-2247 or wurth.6@osu.edu

 

Recently, Sauder Stewardship Foundation made a $6000 grant to rebuild the boys showers at the Sauder Recreation Hall. 4-H Camp Palmer board and staff are very thankful for this donation and others that have also reduced our pool loan to $43,000.  Donations can still be made to camp by calling 419-237-2247 or emailing 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
September 18-19, 2017
 

 
 
Sunday - October - 8th - "Soup"er Concert at the Park
11:30 AM to 2 PM

Shanes Park, Rockford, OH

 

11:30 AM Blind Date to Entertain and Food Stand Opens

12:45 PM Chamber President Announcements & Free Will Offering

1 PM Parkway Jr/Sr High School Musical Selections from "High School Musical"

1:30 PM Blind Date Band

 

Bring your Lawn Chairs and Enjoy the Afternoon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Class of 1967 to Celebrate 50 Reunion
Special recognition kicks off the Parkway Class of '67 "Golden" 50th class reunion September 29 at the Friday night Parkway vs Coldwater home football game. Stop by the special Class of '67 hospitality tent.

Saturday September 30 activities begin at 1:00 p.m. with a look back in time at the Rockford Museum located downtown. Evening events will be held in the Rockford Community Building, Shanes Park. Registration begins at 5:00 with Social Hour from 5:00 to 6:00, giving everyone time to greet classmates and look over the pictures and memorabilia around the room. Dinner is at 6:00, followed at 7:00 by recognition of the special teachers who are joining us and taking of the class picture.  At 7:30 a special Veterans Memorial Tribute will be conducted to honor and remember our classmates who have given to the protection of our country and freedom.

If you were ever a part of the class please come and be included in the group picture. If you can't attend all of the events, please attend what you can. Contact Greg Schumm for any additional information 419-733-7596.

 

 
September 16-17, 2017
 

 
 
 

Parkway wins Golf Match September 14 against Minster
by Coach Joe Falk

Parkway 171 Minster 174 at Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36)
Medalist was Clayton Agler (P) 39

MAC Scores: Parkway 6-2 MAC Minster 5-3 MAC

Parkway Scores: Clayton Agler 39; Mason Baxter 40; Ashton Hamrick 45; Jack Wehe 47

Minster Scores: Logan Lazier 42; Joseph Magoto 42; Grant Voisard 44; Adam Knapke 46

JV Match: Minster 201; Parkway 239

 

 

Parkway Girls Winn Against Minster on September 14, 2017
by Coach Teri Samples
The Parkway Girls Golf team was narrowly defeated by Minster in MAC action 211-216.  Taylor Homan was Medalist for Minster.  Other scorers were:  Hannah Koenig with a 47, Paige Phillips with a 56, and Kaycee Wissman had a 64.

For the Panthers, Mecaylah Hesse was the lowest scorer with a 52, followed by a 53 by Autumn Ellis, Lauren Henderson had a 55, and Haylee Stukey finished with a 56.

 

 
 

OVI Checkpoint Held on State Route 118 in Van Wert 

Van Wert - The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Van Wert Police Department, conducted an OVI checkpoint on State Route 118, south of Fox Road in Van Wert.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, was designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.  The checkpoint included nearby saturation patrols that aggressively targeted alcohol and drug related violations.

A total of 330 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and no drivers were found to be impaired.

During nearby saturation patrols State Troopers and Police Officers made a total of 86 traffic stops. Four drivers were arrested for OVI. Additionally, two drivers were cited for driving under suspension, three misdemeanor drug charges and four misdemeanor summons were issued

 

 

 
September 15, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Friday, September 15, 2017

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link! 

 

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Review Cyberknife Treatment

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 there will be a presentation on the relatively new treatment for prostate cancer called Cyberknife.  The presentation will explain the treatment and discuss the pros and cons. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 19th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. 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.

 
 
 

Rockford Bicentennial Committee Seeking Auction Donations

Donations are now being accepted by the Rockford Bicentennial Committee for the Bicentennial Auction slated for Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Rockford Community Building.  The proceeds will fund the year-long celebration activities for the Rockford Bicentennial during 2020.

The committee is accepting preferably new items of collectibles, hand-crafted items, sports memorabilia, fishing equipment, hunting accessories, athletic equipment, home decorating items, art pieces, outdoor living items, or other auction-appropriate pieces.  Very gently used items will be accepted only if those items are in excellent condition.  Clothing items will not be accepted.  We would also appreciate gift certificates to be used at area retailers.

Items can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office during regular business hours, or if items are too large to drop off, please contact the office for pick-up arrangements at 419-363-3032.

It’s never too early to start considering donation to the Bicentennial Auction next Spring, so please consider what you can do to help out this worthy cause.  We hope to see you participating in the many activities being scheduled for the 2020 Rockford Bicentennial celebration, and thank you for doing your part to make this celebration a grand success!

 
 
 

 
September 13-14, 2017
 

 
 

Baltzell Attends Stem Leadership Conference in Massachusetts

Joseph Baltzell, a junior at Celina High School, attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders held at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell Massachusetts June 29, 30 and July 1, 2017.

Baltzell was invited to attend along with 1500 other teens from around the country.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Baltzell was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Celina High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Joe Baltzell joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading scientific research; was given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities; was inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learned about and actually saw demonstrations of cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

Among the leaders he heard were Nobel Prize winners: David Wineland, Ph.D. and Sheldon Glasgow, Ph.D.; and John C. Mather, PhD. He also met the  Master of Ceremonies and  founder of the Congress, Richard Rossi. (See Photo).

Joe Baltzell was sponsored by several organizations in Celina, family members, and friends in order to travel to and attend the Congress. An Honor Student at Celina High School, he is active in National Honor Society and the TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science). He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a brown belt in Karate.

Joe Baltzell is the son of Chris and Leslie Baltzell of Celina.

 
 
 
 

Chili Cook-off
Parkway
Wrestling will be hosting a chili cook off on October 14th in the High School cafeteria. Those that are interested in joining may fill out and return the entry form from the Parkway website www.parkwayschools.org

There will be chili bowls for sale for $10 at the next home football game. The bowls have the custom Parkway log on them. These bowls will be free entry into the cookoff, cost of entry without the bowl is $7. We look forward to seeing everyone there to help us crown the Champion Chili Recipe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 12, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway High School/Middle School Yearbooks have Arrived

The 2016-2017 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 $60. There is also a limited supply of extra books from previous years available for only $25 each. 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.

 
 

Preschool to Start at Rockford Library

P.L.A.Y. group, Rockford Carnegie Library's preschool program, will be starting next Tuesday, September 19th at 10:30.  This program is held every Tuesday morning for an hour.  The children play, make a craft and listen to stories.  All preschoolers are welcome and the program is free.

Please call (419-363-2630) or stop by the library to register so we can be better prepared. 

 

 

The Parkway Chapter - National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 2:30 in the High School Auditorium. This event in open to the public.

 
 
Upcoming Events in Rockford
by Lisa Kuhn

Saturday - September 30th - the 8th Annual Sock Hop at the Belle
  

Sunday - October - 8th - "Soup"er Concert at the Park
  

Saturday - October 21st - The Bulldogs in Rockford
  

Monday - October 23rd - 44th Annual Rockford Chamber Banquet.  
 
 

 
September 9-11, 2017
 

 

 

Observe Patriot Day

On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.

 

 

Lake Area Arts Group to Meet at 6 PM

September 11, 2017 at the Mercer County District Library.

1.    Showing a creation of art and welcomes including three creations
       by
Todd Buschur who will be in attendance.

2.    Reactions to the LAAG Fair Booth
3.    September 27 Spectrum with Peggy Green
4.    Brochures and school year program with Carol Hone
5.    Pep talk with Mayor Jeff Hazel of Celina and the arts
6.    Showing of a YouTube involving Ray Feltz
7.    Informal sharing time

 
 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on September 12, 2017 - Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 

 
September 8, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway FFA will be collecting water and cleaning supplies
for hurricane victims at the Football Game Friday (9-8-2017).
Drop off at South Ticket Gate.
 

 
 
 
Shanes Crossing Speaker on September 18 is Jordan Thompson
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on
September 18th at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum located
at 151 E Columbia St.  Our guest speaker will be Jordan Thompson sharing
experiences in the NFL.   All are welcome to attend.
 
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Lunch Club Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters need volunteers to be a Big for its Lunch Club.  This program is about to begin its third year in Parkway Elementary and Middle School.  In this program, volunteers would meet with a child from Parkway for lunch and activities twice a month.  Each visit the volunteers would spend time with their Little during the child’s lunch.  Matches would then have some free time together.  During the free time, the activities could talking, making a craft, playing a board game, building a model, or playing on the playground.  The program will begin in September and run through the school year.

Volunteers must be able to meet with a child twice a month for about 45 min during the students’ lunch periods.  Volunteers will be able to decide which day they would like to attend.  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 free time activities.

The Littles are 1st-6th grade students from Parkway Elementary & Middle School who 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 regular basis.  We do not want to turn any students away because of a lack of volunteers.

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

It doesn’t take a lot to make a BIG difference in a life of a Parkway Elementary or Middle School Student. 

 
 

Fall Fest Coming to Otterbein

Otterbein St. Marys is planning their annual FALL Fest for Saturday, October 14th from 11 am to 2 pm in the Meyer Community Room.

Everyone is invited to this event with the following activities, food and entertainment:

OPEN HOUSES                                                                                                        

DOOR PRIZES

FACE PAINTING                

ARTS & CRAFTS

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES                            

APPLE PRESS DEMONSTRATIONS

LUNCH along with other FALL TREATS

ENTERTAINMENT BY “THE MULESKINNER BAND”

 

 

The Parkway Class of 1992 To Celebrate With Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1992 is celebrating their 25 year class reunion on the weekend of October 6 and 7. It all begins Friday night, October 6 at the Parkway Homecoming Football game vs. Versailles. The Homecoming festivities at Panther Stadium begin at 7:00 PM with the game following at 7:30 PM. The first 6 rows of the South Section of the Home bleachers will be reserved for the Class of 1992. 

Then on Saturday October 7 at 7:00 PM, classmates can reunite at Brew Nation on Main Street in Celina for appetizers and cocktails. There will be space reserved for the reception and a live band. No RSVP is necessary and all food orders and beverages will be at cost to attendees. Dinner can be ordered until 8:00 PM and fire baked pizza until 10:00 PM. 

Class Motto: In our hearts we hold today. In our dreams we hold tomorrow. In our memories we hold forever.

 

 
 
 

Organizer Needed for Shanes Park Christmas Decorating

Shanes Park Board is looking for someone to take leadership of 
decorating Shanes Park for the Christmas Season.  Decorating supplies
and lights from previous years are available to use. 

Anyone or organization that is interested is asked to contact the 
Rockford Village office at 419-363-3032 ext 1.    

 
 
 

 
September 6-7, 2017
 

 
 

PLC Health Clinic’s Walk for Life and Grand Opening

The PLC Health Clinic’s Walk for Life and Grand Opening will take place on Sunday September 10th at 2pm at the PLC (215 N. Market St. Van Wert).  Everyone is invited to attend this special event and help raise the $45,000 needed.  Walk forms can  be found at Van Wert area churches and on the PLC website www.plchealthclinic.org.  Pictured are representatives of area businesses and churches that sponsored the walk at the gold level.  From the left: Sam Scott, First United Brethren in Christ Church, Jan Keipper, Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Robin Farris, P&R Medical Connection and P&R Home IV Service, Beth Cook, John C. Cook, DDS, Marcia German, Century Trading Company, Kevin Laing, Kevin Laing, DDS, Pastor David Ray, Jennings Road Church of Christ, and Trina Langdon, PLC Executive Director.

 

 

Girls Parkway Golf Defeats Ft. Recovery on August 31, 2017

By Coach Teri Samples

In MAC play at the Mercer County Elks, Parkway Girls Golf defeated Fort Recovery 215-243.  Haylee Stukey shot a 50 to earn Medalist.  Other scorers for the Lady Panthers were:  Mecaylah Hesse and Lauren Henderson both carded 54's, and Madison Kroeger and Autumn Ellis added 57's.  Emma Gause had a 68 on the night.

 

Kristen Keller led the way for Fort Recovery with a 53.  Becca Wood added a 61, Eryn Litner carded a 63, and Alli Vaugn finished with a 66.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf defeated by Versailles in MAC action on August 29, 2017
The Parkway Girls Golf team suffered their first MAC loss of the season, falling to Versailles, 195-227.  Jorja Pothast, of Versailles, was Medalist shooting a 44.  Other scorers for Versailles were Lauren Durham with a 46, Morgan Heitkamp with a 52, closely followed by Anna Groff's 53.

Leading Parkway was Haylee Stukey who shot a 49.  Lauren Henderson followed with a 54, Mecaylah Hesse had a 56, and Madison Kroeger finished the scoring with a 68.  Non-scoring Panthers were:  Autumn Ellis 69 and Emma Gause 77.

 

 
 
 

Property Value Estimates for 2017 Revaluation Available

CELINA - Mercer County Auditor Randy Grapner has announced that property value estimates for the 2017 Revaluation are now available for review. The new property values can be found on the auditor’s website at: http://www2.mercercountyohio.org/auditor/ParcelSearch/ or by calling the auditor’s office at (419) 586-6402 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. Auditor Grapner is offering both an online and in-person Informal Value Review to provide taxpayers the opportunity to review and have questions answered regarding their new property valuation. The online Informal Value Review will be available September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017 and can be found at http://mercercounty.propertyrevaluations.com. This site will provide frequently asked questions and a response form to ask questions or share concerns about a property’s valuation. Appraisal staff will be available for Informal Value Review in the Mercer County Auditor’s office, 101 N. Main Street, Celina, on Wednesday, September 20 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Thursday, September 21 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

 

 
 
 

Limberlost to host ‘Twilight Adventure’

State Historic Site to offer twilight hike through the Loblolly Marsh

GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. to enjoy the beauty of fall wildflowers and learn about the creatures that roam Limberlost as the sun goes down. The Twilight Adventure will begin at the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve parking lot, located at 8323 N. 250W, which is a half mile north of Highway 18 on county road 250W, 3.5 miles west of Bryant, Ind.

Limberlost State Historic Site naturalists will lead the twilight hike and when the sun sets, participants will gather at the Loblolly Pavilion. Families are encouraged to attend to watch a wildlife program, reach into “mystery boxes” to see if they can guess what’s inside, try out bionic ears, test night vision equipment, make crafts and roast marshmallows. 

The program is $4 per adult, $3 per child.

Twilight Adventure is sponsored by Berne Ready Mix and Bixler Insurance of Berne, Ind. 

 

 

 
 
 

Parkway Boys Golf on September 5, 2017

By Coach Joe Falk

In a non-league dual match, the Lincolnview Lancers beat the Parkway Panthers 179-191 at the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36) Medalist was Lincolnview's Ryan Moody with a 40 while low man for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 41. Parkway is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter-41

Clayton Agler-53

Ashton Hamrick-49

Jack Wehe-51

Duncan Morton-50

Andy Metz-60

 

Lincolnview Scores

Ryan Moody-40

 Jayden Youtsey-43

Braden Evans-41

Jordan Fetzer-58

Zane Miller-55

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf at Versailles Invitational

By Coach Joe Falk

 

The Parkway Boys Golf team finished the Versailles Invitational at Stillwater Valley Golf Club (par 72) with a score of 364, which was good for 9th place out of 20 teams, Scoring leader for the Panthers was Clayton Agler with an 86. Mason Baxter was next lowest for Parkway with a score of 91, followed closely by Jack Wehe with a 93 and Ashton Hamrick who carded a 94. Duncan Morton shot a 96 and Seth Stukey a 111 for the Panthers as well.

Tournament Medalist was Kyle Naumann of St. Henry who shot a 75.

1st. St Henry 341 won on 5th man score.

2nd Anna 341

3rd Minster 342

4th Delphos St. Johns 344

5th Sidney Lehman 348

6th Graham 349

7th Franklin Monroe 353

8th Versailles A 359

9th PARKWAY 364

10th Milton Union 367

11th Miami East 371

12th Russia 375

13th Coldwater 377

14th New Bremen 408

15th Marion Local 410

16th National Trail 414

17th Covington 418

18th Miami East B 451

19th Bradford 490

20th Versailles B 497

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf vs. Ft. Recovery on August 31, 2017
By Coach Joe Falk

At the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36) the Parkway Boys Golf team defeated the Ft. Recovery Indians by a score of 189-204, in very windy conditions. Match medalist was the Panthers' Mason Baxter with a 43. Jack Wehe was next for the Panthers with a 48 and Ashton Hamrick and Duncan Morton both shot a 49 to finish the scoring for the Panthers. Clayton Agler shot a 50 and Jared Gibson a 58. Parkway is now 4-1 in the MAC and 5-2-1 overall.

Ft. Recovery

Harrison Kaup-48

Grant Knapke-45

Carson Rammel-70

Derek Lochtefeld-55

Blayne Tobe-64

Dylan Ranly-56

 

Parkway Boys Golf vs St. Henry and Ottoville on August 30, 2017

By Coach Joe Falk

 

In a tri-match at Delphos Country Club (par 35) the Parkway Boys Golf team came in second, St. Henry shot a 156, Parkway, a 174 and Ottoville a 188. Co-medalist were Kyle Naumann (SH) and Jack Romer (SH), with a pair of 37s. Low man for Parkway was Mason Baxter with a 40 and leading the way for Ottoville was Andy Schimmoller with a 38. Parkway is now 3-2-1 on the season, St. Henry is 6-0 and Ottoville is 6-6.

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter-40

Clayton Agler-46

Ashton Hamrick-45

Jack Wehe-43

Duncan Morton-48

Seth Stukey-50

St. Henry Scores

Kyle Naumann-37

Jack Romer-37

Rylee Deitsch-41

Seth King-40

Ryan Grieshop-40

Andrew Mescher-44

 

Ottoville Scores

Andy Schimmoller-38

Dylan Kemper-41

Zach Knippen-59

Ethan Geise-55

Evan Turnwald-54

Tyler Birr-58

 

BECOME AN OSU EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER THIS FALL!

 

The Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program is a national and international organization designed to provide opportunities for gardening enthusiasts of all types and levels to acquire training in numerous aspects of gardening and landscaping, to develop long-lasting friendships with other MGVs, to learn from other MGVs, and to provide an outlet for those who wish to serve their communities through a unique form of volunteering.  Ohio State University MGVs work together with The Ohio State University Extension to provide such services to their communities as answering gardening questions, beautifying the community, developing community or demonstration gardens, and other horticultural activities.

 

Applications are being accepted for the MGV Training Class of 2017. OSU MGVs are initially given 50 hours of training on information pertaining to gardens, landscapes, plants, diseases, insects and more!  But the training does not stop after the initial training programs.  Opportunities for many types of continuing education are provided through multiple training programs offered through OSU Extension both locally and statewide.  After the training class is completed, new MGV interns are to provide 50 hours of volunteer service to the community as volunteer educators. Even though this sounds like a lot of time, it is not difficult to fulfill this requirement.  In fact most quickly exceed this number long before the end of their first year of service.

 

Van Wert County MGVs have developed The Children’s Garden, located in Smiley Park on Old Tile Factory Road in Van Wert to provide an outdoor learning lab for children of all ages.  Additional projects include: a Garden of the Senses in downtown Van Wert, a garden bus tour, and more.

 

The 2017 MGV Training class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 beginning October 3rd and ending November 21st. Classes will be held in The Van Wert County Extension Meeting Room.

Classes will cover a multitude of topics including: Basic Botany, Soil Science, Fruits and Vegetables, Diagnostics, Herbs, Annuals and Perennials, Trees and Shrubs, Entomology, Houseplants, Landscape Maintenance, Plant Pathology, and Pesticide Safety and Use. 

 

For more information on cost and how to obtain an application for the MGV program in Van Wert County contact Rachel Hoverman at 419-238-1214 or email at hoverman.22@osu.edu.

 

 

 

 
 

Christmas Classic On Sale at Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - As we inch closer to the premier of season ELEVEN at The Niswonger, the excitement continues to build for all of the electrifying events to come. The second Christmas event of the 17-18 season is on sale now! Join your favorite reindeer for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical, Friday, December 1 at 7:30 PM presented by Jeffery-Mohr Family Dentistry.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in this classic Christmas tale.

It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Adapted for the stage by Robert Penola, the show faithfully follows Romeo Muller's teleplay: Reindeer couple Donner and Mrs. Donner beget Rudolph, a spunky young reindeer with a curious birth defect: Instead of coal-black, his nose glows bright red like a lightbulb (the original TV airing was sponsored by General Electric). Donner tries to help his son fit in by masking his nose in a black sock during the reindeer games, an annual event during which Santa scouts young reindeer for their flying ability. Unfortunately, Rudolph's sock falls off, leading all of the Reindeer to laugh and call him names. With no prospect of making Santa's sleigh team, Rudolph and dentist wannabe elf Hermey flee Christmas town, eventually meeting prospector Yukon Cornelius and a whole island of misfit toys. But with a massive winter storm about to hit the North Pole, Santa might just find a use for Rudolph after all.

Along with Presenting Sponsor Jeffery-Mohr Dentistry, Supporting Sponsors for this event include Westwood Behavioral Health Center, Mercer In-Sight Family Eye Care and Van Wert Family Eye Care. This event is yet another in the NPAC KIDS Series sponsored by The Robideau Family. Sponsorship is made complete by our 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical can be purchased through the Box Office Monday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722 and online at NPACVW.ORG

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

 

 
September 5, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway September 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 

Athletic Booster Club Meeting in Community Room at 6:30 on September 5, 2017

 

 

Rockford Bicentennial Fund Raiser

The Bulldogs are coming to Rockford on October 21st at 7pm at
the Rockford Community Building.  Doors open at 6 pm
$10 per person at the door  - 50/50 drawings !  Giveaways !

Rock with the 50's !  Dig out your poodle skirt & dance the
night away for Rockford's Bicentennial fundraiser.  


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

Thrivent Financial, Jerry & Sally Bolenbaugh, DJ Auto Repair,
Tammy Cheek of Jim Shaffer Realty - Henkle Insurance,
Mike & Barb Pedroza, Carl Etzler of Thrivent Financial

 

 

 

Mercer County Genealogical Society to Meet

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday September 10  at 2:00pm at the Richardson Bretz Building for a short business meeting.  After the quick meeting the group will walk over to the Mercer County Library.  The rest of the meeting will be a chance to use the facilities for research. This is a good opportunity for people unfamiliar with the library’s genealogy resources.  The meeting is free and the public is welcome.

 

Van Wert, OH Off Stage Productions Inc to Present Play

“The Queen of Bingo” will be presented at the American Legion Post 178, located at 631 W. Main St. in Van Wert.  Show dates are as follows:  Sunday Brunch Matinees – October 15th & 22nd, (doors open at 12:30 pm, meal at 1:00 pm), “Popcorn Performance” – Sunday, Oct 15 (doors open at 6:30 pm, show at 7:00pm), and Friday & Saturday Dinner Shows – October 20th & 21st and October 27th & 28th (doors open at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm).  All shows, with the exception of the “Popcorn Performance”, include a delicious and elegant buffet dinner provided by Romer’s Catering of Celina, Ohio.  The ticket price is $28 per person, and tables of eight are available.  Ticket price for the "Popcorn Night" on October 15th is $12 and includes fresh popcorn, lemonade and water. Reservations can be made beginning September 25th for OSP members and September 27th for the General Public by calling (419) 605-6708. Box office hours are 10:00 am till 6:00 pm daily starting on those dates.

 

 

Van Wert Fair Horse Results

Winners         Horse

            Cloverleaf Barrels 14-19     Plaque           Won by:         Reagan Priest

            Sponsored by:          Bill and Mary Fallis

            Cones and Barrels 14-19   Plaque           Won by:         Paige Motycka

            Sponsored by:          Riverside Acres Tack Shop, St. Marys, OH

            Cones and Barrels 9-13     Trophy            Won by:         Paige Smith

            Sponsored by:          Senior Fair Board

            Keyhole 14-19          Trophy            Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          Wrenco Trophy and Sportswear

            Keyhole 9-13            Trophy            Won by:         Paige Smith

            Sponsored by:          Greif

            Poles 14-19   Plaque           Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          Bill and Mary Fallis

            Flags 14-19   Trophy            Won by:         Adalynn Longstreth

            Sponsored by:          Allie and Bill Kuhlman

            Western Showmanship 9-11         Plaque           Won by:         Tazmin Archer

            Sponsored by:          Vancrest of Convoy

            Champion Horse Showman          Chair  Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          Bill and Mary Fallis

            Novice Horsemanship 9-19           Trophy            Won by:         Breck Evans

            Sponsored by:          Dick and Margaret Miller

            Western Horsemanship 9-13         Trophy            Won by:         Tazmin Archer

            Sponsored by:          Ayers Mechanical Group

            Trail 9-13       Trophy            Won by:         Adalynn Longstreth

            Sponsored by:          Senior Fair Board

            Single Hith Draft Driving Pony/Horse      Trophy            Won by:         Paige Smith

            Sponsored by:          Horse in Harness

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Van Wert Fair Rabbit Results

 

Winners         Rabbits

            Champion Junior Showman         Trophy            Won by:         Holden Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Nancy Dixon

            Champion Intermediate Showman          Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Mid-America

            Champion Senior Showman         Trophy            Won by:         Caton Williamson

            Sponsored by:          Shooting Stars 4-H Club

            Champion Rabbit Showman         Chair  Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Triple L Farms

            Champion Junior Skill-a-thon       Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Rick McCoy

            Champion Intermediate Skill-a-thon        Trophy            Won by:         Holden Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Triple L Farms

            Champion Senior Skill-a-thon      Trophy            Won by:         Alicia Rist

            Sponsored by:          Mercer Landmark, Middle Point

            Champion Single Fryer      Trophy            Won by:         Kiersten Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          The Klinger Family

            Grand Champion Single Fryer      Banner           Won by:         Kiersten Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          The Don  and Susan Mosier Family

            Reserve Champion Single Fryer  Trophy            Won by:         Jacob Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          The Klinger Family

            Reserve Champion Single Fryer  Banner           Won by:         Jacob Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          Mike & Diane Owens

            Champion Meat Pen           Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Grand Champion Meat Pen           Banner           Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          The Finishing Touch

            Reserve Champion Meat Pen       Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Ned Young Family

            Reserve Champion Meat Pen       Banner           Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          The Finishing Touch

            Champion Doe and Litter   Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by: Aaron and Ashley Knittle

            Reserve Doe & Litter           Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Greif

            Best of Breed-Rex   Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Californian  Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Ag Credit

            Best of Breed-Dutch            Trophy            Won by:         Dakotah Nihiser

            Sponsored by:          Liberty Acres Rabbitry

            Best of Breed-Dwarf Hotot Trophy            Won by:         Melissa Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Best of Breed-Champange D'Argent       Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Flat Lands Supply

            Best Of Breed-Flemish Giant         Trophy            Won by:         sidney jenkins

            Sponsored by:          Van Wert Co. Township Association

            Best of Breed-Florida White           Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Vaeda , Gretchen & Ahnika Heizman

            Best of Breed-Crème D'Argent      Trophy            Won by:         Lauren Henderson

            Sponsored by:          Leaders of the Future 4-H Club

            Best of Breed-Tan    Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Havana        Trophy            Won by:         Kaiven Welch

            Sponsored by:          Canine and Criters 4-H Club

            Best of Breed-Himalayan   Trophy            Won by:         Tori Swick

            Sponsored by:          Klinger's Rabbitry

            Best of Breed-Holland Lop Trophy            Won by:         Kyra Welch

            Sponsored by:          Rob, Jacque, Katelyn, Kyra, Kaiven,Keiley and Keaten

            Best of Breed-Mini Lop       Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Greg Rickard & Family

            Best of Breed-Jersey Wooley        Trophy            Won by:         Josie Williamson

            Sponsored by:          Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Best of Breed-Mini Rex       Trophy            Won by:         Curtis Swick

            Sponsored by:          Candy Osborn

            Best of Breed-Mini Satin    Trophy            Won by:         Ethan Lugabihl

            Sponsored by:          Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Best of Breed-Mixed Breed            Trophy            Won by:         Lana Carey

            Sponsored by:          Alan & Shayna DeLong Family

            Best of Breed-Netherland Dwarf   Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          The Robert McClure  Family

            Best of Breed-New Zealand          Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Kyle & Christie Wendel

            Best of Breed-Polish           Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Rex   Trophy            Won by:         Holden Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Hoover's Garage

            Best of Breed-Satin Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Rick McCoy

            Best of Breed-Sliver Fox     Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Greif

            Best of Breed-Silver Marten           Trophy            Won by:         Taylor Post

            Sponsored by:          Thomas Edison Workshop

            Best of Breed-Harlequin     Trophy            Won by:         Dakotah Nihiser

            Sponsored by:          The Steve Holden Family

            Best In Show            Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Raabe Ford Lincoln

            Second Best In Show         Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of Carl Lape

            Runner-up Best 4 Class     Trophy            Won by:         Curtis Swick

            Sponsored by:          Pond Seed Company

            Runner-up Best 6 Class     Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Pond Seed Company

            Best of Breed-Thrianta        Trophy            Won by:         Dakota Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Thomas Edison Workshop

 

 

 
 

Health Department Warns of Phone Call Scam Seeking Personal Information

Callers use caller ID spoofing technology to appear to call from credible sources

 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is warning of a phone scam where callers posing as health department staff are asking for personal information that the department would never seek over the phone. The callers use caller ID spoofing technology to make it appear that they are calling from a credible phone number, including from ODH and at least one Ohio local health department. In addition to posing as ODH staff, some callers have said that they are calling on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or a hospital or other healthcare provider. The callers often have some personal information about the individuals they are calling, such as name, date of birth, address and the name of the person’s physician. Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of a phone scam: ▪ If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and find a phone number on the company's or government agency's website to call to verify the authenticity of the request. ▪ Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious. ▪ Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately. • You can block the caller’s phone number to try to prevent follow up calls – although the caller may call back from a different phone number. • File a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov/complaint. Since this scam includes caller ID spoofing of a state agency, the Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating these calls.

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 1-4, 2017
 

 
 

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day comes around at summer’s end to celebrate to workers in the United States.

Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is one of just 10 federal holidays in the United States and pays tribute to the American workers movement.

But while it is celebrated in modern times with BBQs, holidays and sales shopping, the holiday came out of a long battle for workers’ rights in the country.

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 30-31, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway School Sports Cancellations

All Junior High games and practices are cancelled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

High School Volleyball Practice at 3:00, Cross Country at 3:30 and Football practice at 4
are cancelled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Panther Volleyball Camp is cancelled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

High School Boys golf match for Wednesday, August 30, 2017 is on

High School Girls golf practice is at the Lynx at noon for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 
 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Minutes by Lisa Kuhn

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

 

 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Widespread fog affecting many schools.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!

 

 

Parkway Class of 1992 to Celebrate 25th with Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1992 is celebrating their 25 year class reunion on the weekend of October 6 and 7. It all begins Friday night, October 6 at the Parkway Homecoming Football game vs. Versailles. The Homecoming festivities at Panther Stadium begin at 7:00 PM with the game following at 7:30 PM. The first 6 rows of the South Section of the Home bleachers will be reserved for the Class of 1992. Then on Saturday October 7 at 7:00 PM, classmates can reunite at Brew Nation on Main Street in Celina for appetizers and cocktails. There will be space reserved for the reception and a live band. No RSVP is necessary and all food orders and beverages will be at cost to attendees. Dinner can be ordered until 8:00 PM and fire baked pizza until 10:00 AM. Bring your memories and laughter. No official invitation is being mailed. Please do share this message with any Class Member that you know of 1992.
Class Motto: In our hearts we hold today. In our dreams we hold tomorrow. In our memories we hold forever.

 
 
 
 

New Welcome Sign Completed

The Village of Rockford would like to thank the Rockford Chamber and the area
organizations for helping raise funds and construct the 4th  "Welcome to Rockford"
sign located at 118 North.   The Village also thanks Barb Rogers and Al Brandt for letting
us locate the sign on their property.   

 

 
 
 
 
Rockford Council Members Busy through the Summer
 Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.
 
 
 
 
 
 

ROCKFORD VILLAGE RESIDENTS –


DID YOU KNOW~~~    YOU CAN PURCHASE LARGE ITEM TRASH TICKETS AT THE VILLAGE OFFICE?    

MOST TICKET ITEMS ARE $5.00.   

THE TICKET IS THEN PUT ON THE LARGE TRASH ITEM AND PUT OUT WITH YOUR TRASH ON THURSDAYS.

IT’S A GREAT WAY TO CLEAN UP AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. !

 

 
 

Calvary K’Motion (Kids In Motion)

Calvary K’Motion (Kids In Motion) is gearing up for another season of mid-week programming for preschoolers and elementary kids. From September 6 through May 16, 6:30-7:45PM weekly, kids from the community are invited to be a part of Calvary’s K’Motion where each month a new theme challenges kids to apply Bible lessons to their everyday lives.

Every week, boys and girls will hear a Bible story through interactive teaching; will experience worship through high energy music and movement; will take the lesson to a new level through a creative, fun activity; will connect to their peers and small group leaders through conversation and prayer.

Parents are asked to walk their children into the church and check them in to ensure safety. Calvary is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Rd. in Van Wert. For more information, contact Children’s Ministry Director Carrie Pauquette at carrie@calvaryelife.org or visit www.calvaryelife.org.

 

 
 

Colonial Nursing Center Joins Celina/Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Colonial Nursing Center strives to provide the highest level of care with compassion and respect. Going above and beyond to meet the unique needs of residents and their families. They pride themselves in maintaining a professional and reputable nursing facility, with a home like environment. Colonial Nursing Center's nursing staff is highly trained and dedicated to care for all your loved one's needs. They offer 24-hour nursing care for long-term residents who can no longer live safely at home. Colonial Nursing Center offers a full schedule of social and recreational activities, making your loved one feel right at home. Colonial Nursing Center's therapy staff will help your loved one create an individualized plan of care to meet their goals and achieve their highest level of independence. Their staff is dedicated to helping the patient improve their overall quality of life. Colonial Nursing Center is located at 201 Buckeye Street Rockford, OH, 45882 and can be reached at (419) 363-2193.

 

 
 


Memorial Books Donated to Mercer County Library

Sonnie Bernardi (left), University Women’s Club President, recently presented two memorial books in the name of the club’s late president, Rebecca Lytle. The club memorializes their members in this way and truly appreciated Becky’s leadership. The titles chosen are: Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work and She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur. These books have Memorial Book Plates in each in Becky’s name and are ready for check-out at the Celina Mercer County Library. Center, Elizabeth Muether, library director, accepts the books, as club member Sheila Baltzell looks on.

 

 
 
 
 
 

The Rockford Bicentennial Committee will be meeting on Monday, September 11th at
the Village Hall and Museum at 7 pm.

Public invited to attend ~~ Come share ideas and/or memories !

 

 
 

Upcoming Events for Rockford

September 29th -  1st Annual Benefit Dinner for Lots for Soldiers
Held at Howard Johnson - Lima 1920 Roschman Ave, Lima OH  45804
4 pm - Doors open w/cocktail hour
5 pm -  7 pm Dinner and Recognition
4 pm - 7 pm - Silent Auction

Cash bar and DJ all night - pre sale tickets $15 - At door $30
For more information contact - 419-586-5058


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September 30th - 8th Annual Rockford Belle Sock Hop & Cruise in
with Classic Cars -  Shine and Show

Cruise in starts at 2 pm
Live music with Blind Date starts at 4 pm

Rockford Belle - 135 Market St. - Rockford, OH  

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:  An Image of the Corona, the circle of light surrounding the Sun, during the June 8, 1937 Total Solar Eclipse of Canton Island [Kanton Island] located Southwest of Hawaii.

The first Total Solar Eclipse to cross continental United States in 99 years was on August 21, 2017 and  followed a path across the United States.

A Total Solar Eclipse touched the United States on July 20, 1963, when it began in the North Pacific, with the path of totality crossing Alaska and heading across Eastern Canada and northern New England to cease midway across the Atlantic.  The New York City photographers captured spectacular images of the 1963 Eclipse. 

A Total Solar Eclipse on October 2, 1959 crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean.  During that Eclipse, a Partial Solar Eclipse crossed Ohio and I watched it.  The one image in my mind from that event is that the partial eclipse made a reflection of crescent shadows on the leaves of the trees at our home at Fort Recovery.

I downloaded several historical Astronomy books on my NOOK Reader to study the astrological phenomena of Solar and Lunar Eclipses recorded in history.  A Solar or Lunar Eclipse can be viewed from various sites and times around the world. 

For there to be a Solar Eclipse, the moon must be near enough to the plane of the ecliptic at the time of a new moon so that some part of its shadow will fall on the earth’s surface.  The moon must be between the earth and the sun, in order for the sun’s light to be cut off from shining on the earth, whether it is a full or partial eclipse. 

For there to be a Lunar Eclipse, the full moon must occur near enough to the plane of the ecliptic for the moon to pass through some part of the earth’s shadow.  The earth must be between the sun and the moon, in order for the sun’s light to be cut off from shining on the moon.

In the photograph above, during the June 3, 1938 Total Solar Eclipse, photographers were taking photographs at Canton Island, and captured detailed images of the Corona during the eclipse.  Photographers captured images of the Sun’s Corona during the May 26, 1916 Total Eclipse at Srinagar, Kashmir, India.  Photographers also captured images of earlier Total Solar Eclipses in 1854, 1860, 1900 and 1905 around the world.

There is a legend relating to our history here in Midwestern Ohio, about Tecumseh, the Shawnee Indian, during the Indian Wars of the 1790’s through the War of 1812, whereby Tecumseh and/or his brother, the Prophet, predicted the June 16, 1806 Solar Eclipse.  Several historians and astronomers have written about documenting the validity and/or the invalidity of that story. 

I look forward to watching this Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, over our television.  Following the Eclipse, the news media will be repeating the views.   National Geographic Magazine has always been known for its quality photographs.  I will look forward to seeing this magazine’s images of the Total Solar Eclipse.  This Solar Eclipse will become a part of Mercer County’s history, to be preserved by the Mercer County Historical Society.  We will be able to watch this Eclipse on television, and see it become a part of our history.  I wonder how many readers are going to ignore the warning “to not look directly at the sun” during this Eclipse!

[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]

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:  Is this a photograph of the former path of Lake Shore Drive?

 

Our Old Bookcase, August 24, 2017,  Is this the former path of Lake Shore Drive?

 

This Post card photograph presents a puzzle to me.  Do you Celina Citizens remember seeing these sites along the lake?

 

The photograph is identified as   “Public Boat Landing, Grand Reservoir, 17,500 acres, Celina, Ohio.” 

 

The postmark is dated July 23, 1923.  A lady named Jessie wrote to Mrs. W. O. Bently, at Newton, Mass.  Her message reads:  “Here is where we spent the day.  Great sport!  I think I prefer Indiana traveling in a Ford.  Beats Pierces all to pieces.  Love, Jessie.” 

 

Apparently, Jessie was referring to the Pierce Automobile, introduced by George N. Pierce, who was known for his Pierce automobile, at the George N. Pierce Company.  Prior to World War I, the Pierce automobile became the expensive automobile known as the Pierce-Arrow, respected for it quality.  During the War, the Pierce-Arrow, in an effort to help the U.S. Military, sent hundreds of trucks to France and England.  After World War I, during the “Roaring Twenties,” the Pierce-Arrow became the elegant traveling vehicle for the wealthy.  The story of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company is a fascinating study of American success.   It presents an alternative individual story on this post card, because “Jessie preferred a Ford to a Pierce!”

 

Back to the photograph on the post card above.  The building on the east side, appears to be the Stearic Acid Plant, formerly on South Ash Street, south of Logan Street, adjacent to Grand Lake. 

 

I am trying to determine exactly where the Public Boat Landing was located, in comparison with Lake Shore Drive today. 

 

Do you readers have photographs or post card photographs of this part of Celina, south of Logan Street, east of Main Street, and west of Ash Street? 

 

The Annual Post Card and Post Mark Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Society will be held on Sunday afternoon, November 12.  That would be a great time to bring your post card photographs to the Museum.  Or, on Sunday afternoon, October 22, the Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit will be on display at the Museum.  You can bring your lake photographs and post cards to the Museum, that day and show them to me. 

 

This story about the “routes” of Lake Shore Drive is a mystery to me.  I look forward to hearing what history you readers will share with me.  The history of Grand Lake becomes more interesting as time goes by.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Versus Crestview
By Coach Joe Falk

Using the team match play format, Parkway and Crestview tied 3 matches to 3, in non-league action.

(Parkway) Mason Baxter over (Crestview) Caden Hurless 5 and 4

(Parkway) Clayton Agler over (Crestview) Colton Lautenheiser 2 and 1

(Crestview) Brett Schumm over (Parkway) Ashton Hamrick 3 and 2

(Crestview) Jacob Bowman over (Parkway) Jack Wehe 2 and 1

(Parkway) Duncan Morton over (Crestview) Derek Stout 1 Up

(Crestview) Olivia Skelton over (Parkway) Hunter Gibson 3 and 2

 

 
 

Human Bones Found near Grand Lake in 2016  Are Further Investigated

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey releases that their office is still actively investigating the human remains case and has received the results from IsoForensics for the follow-up testing done on the human remains.  This testing measured the strontium stable isotope ratios of bone and is in correlation with the previous oxygen isotope testing done by IsoForensics.  The interpretation of the isotope testing is that the overlapping of the oxygen and strontium isotopes analysis may help narrow down the prediction area of where our victim spent the last 10 years of his life.

 

The origin predictions provided by IsoForensics using oxygen isotopes and strontium isotopes are based off testing with tap water in the USA.  So the analysis is based off of tap water consumption over a period of time.  According to our contact at IsoForensics, roughly 10% of the human skeleton remodels per year so they estimate the bone isotope “signal” represents an average of approximately 10 years prior to death.   See the attached map for the updated prediction areas.

 

Sheriff Grey states, “Although this case will be nearly impossible to solve if we cannot identify the victim, we will continue to actively investigate it because there is a family out there who deserves closure and answers.”  Anyone who thinks they may have information on this case can send us an anonymous email through our website at www.mercercountysheriff.org, can leave a message on our tip line 567-890-TIPS (8477) or call the detectives at 419-586-1450.

 

 

 
August 29, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Loses Tough Match

By Coach Joe Falk

Despite posting four scores in the 40s, the Parkway Boys Golf team lost a tough match to the Delphos St. Johns Blue Jays at the Delphos Country Club (par 35) Low man for the Panthers was Clayton Agler with a 40, Mason Baxter shot a 42, Jack Wehe a 46 and Ashton Hamrick a 48 for the low four scores. Duncan Morton shot a 50 and Seth Stukey shot a 53. Parkway is now 3-1 in MAC. Parkway 176. Delphos 169.

Adam Gerker-            40

Grant Csukker-          39

Robert Buscher-        36

Matt Dickrede-           46

Jared Lucas-              44

Carson Muhlenkamp-49

 

Parkway Girls Golf Cancelled Due to Lightning – Match Rescheduled for September 5.

 

 

Spend your next spring visiting Budapest, Krakow, Auschwitz, Prague and Vienna



CELINA, OH - OPEN TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS, WSU-Lake Campus is sponsoring a trip to Budapest, Krakow, Auschwitz, Prague and Vienna. This will be a pleasant and unforgettable experience, taking you to a plethora of historical and breath-taking sites. There will be informational meetings on Tuesday, September 12th from 5:30-6:00pm and Wednesday, October 11thfrom 6:00-6:30. Both meetings will be held in room 150 Dwyer Hall at Wright State University – lake Campus. 

TOUR DATES: May 8, 2018 to May 19, 2018


TOUR COST: $3,197 for travelers under the age of 30 and $3,554 for travelers over the age of 30. 
 
CONTACT:
Tour Director: Dr. Dane Daniel
dane.daniel@wright.edu
Phone: (419) 586-0390

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 28, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Receives Tree City Award for 28th Year in a Row
The Village of Rockford was recognized as a Tree City USA on September 22nd at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum.  Stephanie Miller, representative of the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, attended the Rockford Tree Commission meeting to present the award.  This is the 28th year in a row that Rockford has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

The Title of Tree City USA was bestowed upon our Community for its ongoing efforts
to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive tree 
management program.  The program is guided by the Rockford Tree Commission -
President - Steve Gehle, Vice President - Bob Ransbottom, Secretary - Karen Long,
along with members Bob Bollenbacher and Ed Long.

The Community must meet 4 standards to achieve the title and the honors:

* A Tree Ordinance

* an Active Tree Commission or forestry department

* A comprehensive urban forestry program support by a minimum of $2 per capita

* An Annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance.

Ohio boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total
of 243.  This marks Ohio's 40th consecutive year as the top Tree City USA state, according
to the Ohio Division of Forestry.  For more information about the Tree City USA program or the
Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org

 

 
 
 

Parkway Class of 1972 Holds 45th Class Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1972 held their 45th Class Reunion in Rockford on Saturday evening, August 26, 2017 at the Community Building in Shanes Park. The gathering of 33 members of the class and their spouses/guests was a delightful evening. A 1-1/2 hour social time was spent reminiscing, catching-up, looking at old yearbooks, pictures and memorabilia. Dinner by Manley’s Catering,  planned and served by the committee was especially delicious, and homemade cupcakes were later provided by classmate Peggy Snider Severt’s daughter. Prayer was offered by Phillip Miller, husband of classmate Jane Luginbill Miller. Gary Hensley and Bill Hamrick organized the event and were MC’s for the evening, keeping everyone in stitches on a trip down Memory Lane. Jim Kuhn provided the sound system and Becky Bollenbacher Shope prepared a lovely memorial table for the 7 classmates who are deceased. Susie Springer Dickson from California was a special guest for the evening as she was a former classmate until the 8th grade. A committee was formed for planning the 50th Reunion in 2022. Photo by Mark Linn. A Facebook Page for Parkway Class of 1972 is available by invitation where many photos by Elaine and Jim Geyer are available as well as the Class Booklet in PDF by Peggy Severt.

 

Front row Left to Right Elaine Mihm Geyer, Jane Schmid Poling, Tracy Dellinger Ulrich, Kathy Reichard Pontsler, Barbara Lloyd Painter, Peg Bollenbacher, Jane Luginbill Miller, Marcia Eichenauer Hoffines, Michelle Wallick Mills, 
 Row 2 Jim Kuhn, Keith Canary, Rick Black, Becky Bollenbacher Shope, June Cully Bollenbacher, Peggy Snider Severt, Susie Springer Dickson, Cindy Stover Canary, Sheila Wood Baltzell, Susan Sipe Roehm, Pam Fisher Krugh 
 Row 3 Mike Warthman, Gary Pontsler, Gary Hensley, Daryl Strickler, Todd Granger, Philip Thompson, Bill Hamrick, Duane Roehm, Steve Gamble, Dave Hoffhines, Gene Bollenbacher, Ralph Beeks and Ted Krugh. List provided by Elaine Mihm Geyer.

 

 
 


Niswonger Performing Arts Center Joins Celina/Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

The beautiful Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio opened its doors on March 15, 2007. Since then, it has been the host to hundreds of professional performers, Broadway productions, national and international speakers, dance recitals, school concerts and productions, and numerous rentals. The dream of a professional performing arts center began in 2001 and Six years later, a facility opened thanks to The Van Wert County Foundation, Mr. Niswonger, many businesses, corporations, and hundreds of individuals and organizations. The Niswonger Center continues to host incredible performances all year long and have entertained guests from all over the United States. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 188 South in Van Wert, OH. To find out more information on upcoming performances visit their website at www.npacvw.org or contact their box office at 419-238-6722. You will so happy you did!!

 

Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce Accepting Nominations
The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for our 22nd Annual Leadership Van Wert County Class. See nomination form - register online HERE.

Lead. Connect. Be the Change… in your company and your community. Please consider nominating one of your employees or yourself to join other area leaders who have experienced the best of the best leadership development in the greater Van Wert area.

The nomination form is due to the Chamber by Friday, September 15 (first class is Friday, September 22) or you may submit your nomination online here. An application will be emailed to the nominee once we receive the nomination form. Please contact the Chamber with further questions.

Together we build success,

Susan L. Munroe, President/CEO

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Girls Golf Team Moves Up in the MAC

By Coach Teri Samples 8-24-2017

The Parkway Girls Golf team moves to 2-0, in MAC action, with the 212-246 win over Marion Local.  Haylee Stukey was Medalist win a round of 52.  Mecaylah Hesse and Autumn Ellis both had 53's, and Lauren Henderson finished with a 54 for the Panthers.

Marah Moeller was the low score for Marion Local with a 56, Maddie Smith and Macy Spieth both had 63's, and Sarah Fleck added a 64 for the team score.

 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Moves Up in MAC

By Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf team moved to 3-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 176-205 victory over the Marion Local Flyers at the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36). Match medalist for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 3 over par 39. Clayton Agler and Jack Wehe contributed a pair of 45s and Ashton Hamrick shot a 47 to finish up the low four for Parkway. Duncan Morton shot a 59 and Andy Metz a 66 in the varsity contest, as well.

Marion Local Varsity

Seth Kelch-51

Tim Knapschaefer-49

Dylan Homan-51

Jack Bohman-54

Garrett Pleiman-55

Collin Everman-55

 

In the JV match, Hunter Gibson led the scoring for the Panthers with a 50. Jared Gibson shot a 56, Adam Stephenson a 61, Kaden Boroff a 62, Alex Altenbach a 64 and Breyden Bruns a 73.

 

 
 

Market Street Inn Joins Celina/Mercer County Chamber

Market Street Inn The Market Street Inn. Located at 605 E. Market Street, Owner, Stacy Brunswick promotes the comfort of home which is perfect for a quick get away, small family vacation, or a comfortable place to stay while coming to town on business. This two bedroom home has been completely renovated by Brunswick and Todd Bader. It has a fully equipped kitchen, Wide-screen TV, Internet access, and many other amenities while also being Pet Friendly. To view this property, go to www.marketstreetinn.info or call them at 567-890-2300. Welcome Stacy Brunswick and the Market Street Inn.

 

 
 

Bridge to Close

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Wabash Road between Siegrist Jutte Road and Philothea Road in Recovery Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on August 28, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3 months, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 
 

 
August 22-27, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 13 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Fall Sports Team Pictures by Nikki Fox - Thank you for sharing Nikki!

Click here for Varsity and JV Football, Marching Band and Varsity Cheerleader Pictures

Click here for Varsity and JV Volleyball Pictures

Click here for Varsity Boys and Girls Golf Pictures

Click here for Varsity Co-Ed Cross Country Pictures

Click Here for Fall Sports Junior high Team Pictures

 

Prayers needed for Mike Fox - Motorcycle Accident

 
 

Schools Start on Tuesday, August 22, 2017  
(Including Parkway)

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 (33) times.  The deputies spent over (47) 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.

Jeff Grey

Sheriff
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

 
 
 

PLC HEALTH CLINIC ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING & WALK FOR LIFE

 

PLC Health Clinic (AKA Pregnancy Life Center) will be having a combined Grand Opening and Walk for Life on Sunday, September 10th at 2:00 pm.  The clinic is located at 215 N. Market St. in Van Wert.  The ribbon cutting will take place promptly at 2:00 followed by a few remarks from Executive Director, Trina Langdon and then the two mile Walk for Life will begin.  City and County officials as well as area businesses and individuals are invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Afterwards, everyone who comes for the ribbon cutting is more than welcome to stay for the Clinic’s walk.  Following the walk, guided tours of the new facility will take place.  As a health clinic, the PLC has added pregnancy and STD testing and limited obstetric ultrasound as part of their free services.  The PLC is 100% locally funded with part of that funding coming from area churches and businesses that sponsor the Walk for Life.  Pictured are some of the Gold Level Sponsors.  In the front row: Carla Custis, New Life Fellowship Church, Michele and John A. Baker, Baker Built Products, Dena Strickland, Pentecostal Way Church, Trina Langdon, PLC Executive Director, James C. Brickner, Brickner Funeral Home, and Dan Custis, Advanced Biological Marketing.  In the back row: Kurt Tomlinson, Trinity United Methodist Church, Tim McComas, GKN Freight Services, Ron Lumm, Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Tisha Fast, State Farm Insurance, Todd Fox, Advanced Grain Systems, LLC, Teresa Shaffer, First United Methodist Church Youth Group, and Randy Carey, Carey Insurance.

 

 
 
Solar Eclipse Fascinates Residents in the Area Even with Approximate 86.5% Totality
Area residents beheld a treat of a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 when at 2:20 (approximately), the moon fully came between the Earth and the Sun casting a shadow on the Earth. It started around 1 PM and continued until 4 PM with the most totality here in Mercer County happening around 2:20. I t lasted for about 2 minutes. Many people had welding glasses and other other safety glasses to protect their eyes from the burning of the Sun's rays. People were cautioned not to look directly at the Sun or risk retinal burn. Click here to see the eclipse provided by NASA. The next solar eclipse to be seen in the continental United States will be April 8, 2024.

 

 
 

 
August 16-21, 2017
 

 
 

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

 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Defeats Coldwater
by Coach Joe Falk

 

Parkway's Boys Golf team moved to 2-0 early in the MAC season with a 182-192 win over Coldwater at  Celina Lynx (par 36) Match medalist was Parkway's Mason Baxter with a 40. Clayton Agler shot a 45, Jack Wehe a 47 and Seth Stukey completed the scoring with a 50. Ashton Hamrick shot a 55 and Breyden Bruns, a 79.

Coldwater Scores

Andrew Fisher 48

Trey Wolters 47

Alex Wourms 54

Caden Seitz 51

Nathan Kaiser 47

Michael Schoenherr 50

Coldwater took the JV match by a score of 205-228. Leading the JV Panthers was Duncan Morton with a 52.  Kaden Boroff scored a 57, Andy Metz contributed a 59, and Alex Altenbach a 60. Jared Gibson and Adam Stephenson both shot 63s for Parkway

Coldwater JV

Austin Riethmen 53

Alex Raffel 51

Chris Meyer 51

Alex Mestemaker 62

Matt Meinerding 60

Jack Bills 50

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Coldwater

By Coach Teri Samples

 

Parkway girls golf starts MAC action with a 219-250 win over Coldwater.  Haylee Stukey, of Parkway, took Medalist with a 52.  Autumn Ellis shot a 53, Mecaylah Hesse added a 54, and Lauren Henderson finished with a 59 for Parkway.

 

Coldwater was led by Payton Kunk's 55, Emma Eckstein had a 58, Lexi Wright added a 65, and Abby Ashbaugh rounded out the team with a 72.

 

Salem Presbyerian Church to Hold 102nd annual “Gymanfa Ganu”

 

WHAT: 102nd Annual Welsh Songfest event

WHEN:  7 PM, Sunday, September 3; Meal is at 4 PM.

WHERE: Salem Presbyterian Church, Venedocia, Ohio

Cost: Free and open to the public

Salem Presbyerian Church is holding its 102nd annual ‘Welsh song festival event “Gymanfa Ganu” Sunday, Sptember 3 at 7 PM. A light meal is available at 4 PM for social time.

Gymanfas are American Welsh gatherings to sing hymns from Welsh origins known for their four-part harmony.

This year’s Director is Ben Williams; he is from Louisville, Kentucky, where he developed a love for music at a very early age. Ben grew up in a musical family with both his parents and brother playing musical instruments. Ben began singing at the age of three, and soon after learned to play piano, handbells, saxophone, and oboe.

After attending the DuPont Manual High School’s Youth Performing Arts School, Ben would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music Education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his Master of Music Education from The University of Louisville.

Significant performance venues include Carnegie Hall in New York City, Severance Hall in Cleveland, as well as New Orleans, Boston, Montreal, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Detroit, Louisville, Austin, Dayton, Nashville, and Chicago.

Ben’s grandparents are David and Sue (Dustman) Williams, who are both native to the area of Venedocia and Van Wert. In fact, they first met at a Gymanfa Ganu! Ben’s family members, Tom Dustman and Christopher Uhl, have conducted prior Gymanfas. 

 

 

 

 
 

Man Arrested in Celina on Felony Theft Charges
On August 2nd the Celina Police Department arrested 49 year old Fredrick Hale Jr., of New Carlisle, formerly of Karafit Rd., Celina.  He is currently incarcerated in the Mercer Co. Jail on charges of felony Theft, filed by the Celina Police Department. 

 

The Celina Police Department was investigating a theft from WalMart which occurred on July 24th.  Through that investigation detectives were able to develop suspects in the case.  The Celina Police detectives were able to connect the suspects to other thefts throughout the region. 

 

After many hours of investigation and surveillance, Celina Police officers, on August 2nd, were able to conduct a traffic stop on Fredrick Hale and make an arrest.  The traffic stop, which was conducted on Havemann Rd., also revealed a theft which had just occurred at the Celina Menard’s.  He was also found to be in possession of criminal tools used in thefts around the area as well as stolen goods.

 

Celina Police detectives brought Fredrick Hale Jr. to the Celina Police Department where he and an un-named witness were interviewed for a lengthy period of time.  During the Celina P.D. interview, detectives were able to gather information regarding thefts throughout the region.  The information was passed on to Minster P.D., Miami County and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The information provided to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was used by them to obtain search warrants and recover thousands of dollars of stolen property.  Including property from the recent TSC and Dollar General thefts.

 

Fredrick Hale Jr. is being held for $100,000 bond on charges filed by Celina P.D.  Additional charges from Celina and other jurisdictions are pending review of the Mercer County Prosecutor.

 

This is a case of law enforcement agencies working together for the good of the community as a whole.  This investigation is still pending, anyone with information is urged to contact the Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 14-15, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway August 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m for the annual club picnic for members.  The location has been changed to the shelter house at Pullman Bay Park in Celina.

Members are asked to bring a covered dish and a short composition on the topic of "favorites."   

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Celina

By Coach Teri Samples

Parkway Girls Golf defeated Celina at the Celina Lynx, 208-231.  Mecaylah Hesse, of Parkway, took Medalist honors.  Other scorers for Parkway were Haylee Stukey with a 51, Lauren Henderson had a 53, and Autumn Ellis added a 56.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Antwerp

By Coach Teri Samples

Parkway Girls Golf defeated Antwerp at Pond-A-River Golf Club 194-235. Taking Medalist was Parkway's Haylee Stukey carding a 43.  The other scorers for Parkway were:  Mecaylah Hesse with a 47, Autumn Ellis with a 49, and Lauren Henderson with a 55.

 

Leading Antwerp was Kendyl Miller with a 53, Carlie Hanes added a 58, Shayla Wieland had a 60, and Amanda Roberts rounded out the team with a 64.

 

 
 

Van Wert Area Community Concert Band - Concert In The Park
By  Richard Sherrick

On Friday August 18th, 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 pre-1917 Classics, one of witch will feature our lead trumpeter, Mark Schaberg, A 1930’s hit by Ray Charles-Georgia On My Mind, Hits from the 60 and 70’s, and yes, even songs by Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The VWACCB goes contemporary.

A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star starting at 5:00PM.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville, New Bremen and Rockford. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved to an announced location or cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information. The band will also perform at the Van Wert Fair Music Pavilion September 2nd at 4:00 P.M.

Scott Turner rehearses the VWACCB on two numbers he arranged, and will hopefully direct for this performance. The band’s thoughts and prayers are with Scott and his family as they grieve the loss of Scott’s father Glenn Turner.

 
 

Be Prepared for Back-to-School; Get Your Children Vaccinated National Immunization

Britt C. Menchhofer, R.S.

Environmental Health Director

Van Wert County General Health District

 

 Awareness Month (NIAM) Celebrates Importance of Vaccines COLUMBUS –

Summer is almost over and that means it’s time for parents to begin thinking about backto-school season. Along with the back-to-school necessities such as folders and backpacks, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to remind parents to make sure their kids are up-to-date on their vaccines against serious diseases. To emphasize the importance of vaccinations, and to make sure that children are protected with all the immunizations they need, ODH is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. “When parents are thinking about their back to school checklists, vaccines should be at the top of the list,” said ODH State Epidemiologist and Bureau Chief of Infectious Diseases Sietske de Fijter. “Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health as well as the health of classmates and the community.” Unvaccinated children are at an increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. They also may spread diseases, like pertussis, which are serious or potentially lifethreatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to health conditions. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs, and when,” said de Fijter. This fall will be the second school year that the new meningococcal vaccine requirement is in effect under Ohio Revised Code. All incoming seventh graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming twelfth graders must have a second dose of the vaccine. ODH is currently running a back-to-school public awareness campaign that features radio and television ads that you can hear and see across the state. Parents should check with their child’s doctor, school or local health department to learn more about specific requirements. For more information on the meningococcal vaccine and other vaccination requirements, visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/immunization.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

A Dose of “Magic” On Sale at The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - With a career spanning more than five decades, Olivia Newton-John brings her star power and dazzling stage presence to The Niswonger! Presented by US Bank, tickets for Olivia Newton-John's concert on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 PM are on sale now.

Olivia Newton-John's appeal seems to be timeless. With a 50+ year career she is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans around the globe. She is a four-time GRAMMY award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and fourteen of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She starred in Grease, which featured one of the most successful soundtracks in Hollywood history.



 

Olivia Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. Since surviving breast cancer in 1992, she has been an advocate for health awareness becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts.

Top Ten Hit List

“Physical”

“Magic”

“You’re the One That I Want”

“A Little More Love”

“Please Mr. Please”

“Have You Never Been Mellow”

“I Honestly Love You”

“Let Me Be There”

“Hopelessly Devoted To You”

“Heart Attack”



 

Along with Presenting Sponsor US Bank, Supporting Sponsors include Ciao! MedSpa, Kitchens Inc., and Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service. This event is made complete with our 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets for Olivia Newton-John can be purchased through the Box Office Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722 or anytime at NPACVW.ORG.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 South, Van Wert, OH.

 
 
 

 
August 11-13, 2017
 

 
 
 
Parkway Graduates Class of 2017 on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these beautiful pictures - more at link below!

 

Click here for the Parkway High School Page and more pictures from graduation and the year by Nikki.

 

 

 

Rockford Chamber Awards Parkway Graduate with Scholarship
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Coleton Lautzenheiser as the 2017 Chamber Scholarship Award winner.  Colteton plans to attend Bowling Green this fall and study Sports Management.  Congratulations Coleton - Good Luck from the Rockford Chamber.

 

 
 

2017 Graduates - Parkway Scholarship Winners - Open PDF and Rotate Clockwise

 
 

Parkway Athletic Department Updates
The track will be closed for renovation from 12:00 p.m. today through 8:00 a.m. August 14. Future closure is possible as well.

Senior Night for Fall athletes has been moved to Friday, October 20.

 

 

 

Regional Urban Forester Coming to Rockford

Stephanie Miller, Regional Urban Forester for this area, will be at the 
Rockford Tree Commission meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 22, to
make a presentation and answer any questions about trees in the
Mercer County Area.  The meeting will be held at the Rockford
Village Hall located at 151 E Columbia St.  We would like
for all interested people to join us for this meeting.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Lunch Club Programs

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is about to kick off the Fifth year of its Lunch Club program.  Volunteers are needed to be a Big for the 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, Delphos Middle School, Ft. Recovery Elementary and Middle School, Parkway Elementary and Middle School, Van Wert Middle School, Wapakoneta Middle School, and Waynesfield Schools.  This is the first year to have the program in Delphos and Waynesfield.

 

Each visit the volunteers spend time with their Little during the child’s lunch.  They spend time talking and getting to know each other and have some free time together.  During the free time, the activities could include 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 twice a month for 30-45 min (depending on school) 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 free time activities.

 

The Littles are students from Celina Primary (grades 1-2); Delphos Middle School (grades 6-8), Ft. Recovery Elementary & Middle School (grades K-5); Parkway Elementary & Middle School (grades 1-6); Van Wert Middle School (grades 6-8); Wapakoneta Middle School (grades 5-7), and Waynesfield Schools (grades 1-6).  These are students that 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.

 

Littles in the program in previous years have said that they liked having a Big spend time with them and that their Big made them happy.  The Bigs said that they looked forward to seeing their Littles’ smiles and liked knowing their Littles looked forward to their coming.  Teachers of Littles said their students couldn’t wait for Lunch Club days and that they saw positive changes in their students.

 

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.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a BIG difference in a life of a student in your community.  Contact BBBS to become a Big today!

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 10, 2017
 

 
 
13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk

Story by Steve Fisher and photos by Mike Roth

The 13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K was held, Saturday morning July 15, 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 Roman Michell Schulze with a time of 16.52, and the women’s winner was Ashley Lefeld with a time of 18.48.  Complete race results can be found at:  http://www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com

Parkway student athletes also fared well.  Kyle Roth finished 5th overall, followed by Ben Schlemmer 6th, and Aaron Bruns 9th.  They were also the top 3 finishers in the Men’s 15-19 age group.  Also Blake Strickler and Gage Hamrick finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the Men’s 14 and under age group, Rachel Barrett was 1st in the Women’s 15-19 age group, and Treya Conn was 3rd in the Women’s 14 and under.

Also this year we added a half mile Fun Run for ages 12 and under.  These young runners met once a week this summer, under the direction of Jennifer Barrett, who with assistance from members of the Parkway Cross Country Team, taught these future runners the fundamentals off running and different training techniques.  Fun Run Results coming soon from Jennifer.

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 Parkway Athletic Boosters.

 

Rockford Fire Department

Shane’s Park Board

Boy Scout Troup 98

Barry's Market

Laurels of Shane Hill

Rockford Carryout

First Financial Bank

Subway - Rockford

Dannon Yogurt

Grand Lake Health

Pepsi

Domino's

Pizza Hut

Mercer Health

Wabash Communications

Innergy Fitness

Independent Capital Management

Cooper Farms

Grand Lake Marathon

People’s Bank

 

Click Here for the official results
Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them. Pictures by Mike Roth.
   
 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Boys 2017 Golf Team Opens Season
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf team opened the 2017 campaign at the Rob Contini Invitational at Colonial Golfers Club (par 71) in Harrod, Ohio. The Panthers finished in 6th place out of 8 teams. Leadin