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WABASH ROAD IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN THE VILLAGE OF FT. RECOVERY AND ST. JOE ROAD

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today, contingent upon weather conditions, Kahlig Dozing & Excavating, Inc. is continuing construction work Wednesday, August 21, 2019 on a 1 mile section of Wabash Road northeast of the Village of Ft. Recovery. 

The improvements will involve horizontal and vertical road improvements, pavement and shoulder widening and resurfacing.  The road will be closed to through traffic for approximately 5 weeks and local access will be maintained.  The completion deadline for the project is October 1, 2019.

Right-of-way stakes and construction staking will be placed and need to remain for the duration of the project.

Our office is available to try to answer any questions you may have about the project. 

by Mercer County Engineer’s Office Phone: 419.586.7759
Email: engineer@mercercountyohio.org 

 

 
 
 
 

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

 

 

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August 12- 21, 2019
 

 
 

Bonfire Planned - GO PANTHERS! BEAT CRESTVIEW KNIGHTS!

All Panthers fans are invited to come support the football team at a bonfire at River Trail Campground on August 29th at 7:15, 7712 Deepcut Rd, Mendon.  

 

Link to all Fall Sports Schedules for the Parkway Panthers!

 
 
 

Support the Parkway Band Program
Attend the  Lima Area Concert Band Coming to Parkway High School
By Sheila Baltzell-Linn

The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the Lima Area Concert band will be held on Sunday, September 8th at 3 pm in the auditorium at Parkway High School located at 400 W Buckeye St. in Rockford.

Adult tickets - $7 and Students - free
All proceeds will benefit the Parkway High School Band Program.

Lima Area Concert Band

The Lima Area Concert Band has been performing since 1971.  The band is comprised of seventy volunteer musicians who all share the love of music.  The members of the LACB are a living testimony that music truly is a lifetime activity. It is a means of expression that encourages personal challenge, camaraderie, well spent leisure time, and just plain fun.  It is a shining example of the value of music education in our schools. 

And, who else knew this better than the late Larry Seibert!?

 

 

A gift to Karen, by her friend Deb Wolters, this drawing of Larry is by artist Julie Baltes.

Larry’s Lifetime of Music

Larry Seibert, a Mendon native and more recently a citizen of Rockford, had volunteered with the Lima Area Concert Band  from 2006 until his death in January 2017. Although bassoon was his instrument of choice, Larry could play several instruments well.  Larry first learned he had esophageal cancer in 2013, according to his loving widow, Karen (Donnerberg) Seibert, who is sponsoring this concert in Larry’s memory. Following treatment, the cancer was found to be in remission. 

Unfortunately the cancer returned in 2016 and despite their efforts to combat it, the cancer took his life much too early on January 28, 2017.

Larry was a Defiance college graduate with a degree in Music Education K-12. He taught briefly but then, as many of you may remember, he went to work with family at Bob’s Audio-Video in Celina, OH. Larry had a real knack with electronics but always kept one foot in the music industry.

He played with: the West Ohio Big Band; Grand Lake Symphony Orchestra; Dick Sherrick’s Van Wert Alumni Band; St. Marys Community Band; Black Swamp Musicians and the Bluffton College Community Band. Karen says he fully returned to music in 2000 playing with Grand Lake Symphony Orchestra and  Bluffton College.

A short time later he joined the Lima Area Concert Band playing clarinet. Beyond teaching and directing, Larry came from a very musically inclined family, which included his father and nieces Sarah and Shirissa Seibert, all Mendon/Parkway alumni.

One of Larry's biggest dreams was to offer the caliber of music that the Lima Area Concert Band plays to his Rockford family and friends and to show to the local band students that playing music shouldn't end after high school.  “Music fed his soul,” said Karen. Larry helped to plan and coordinate the first concert at Parkway in August of 2016.

Karen and the Parkway School Band Program invites the community and surrounding communities to please join with them as they celebrate Larry's life and enjoy the wonderful music as performed by Larry's close friends and a large part of his music “family”, the extremely talented musicians of the Lima Area Concert Band.

Concert Details

The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the Lima Area Concert band will be held on Sunday, September 8th at 3 pm in the auditorium at Parkway High School located at 400 W Buckeye St. in Rockford.

Adult tickets - $7 and Students - free

All proceeds will benefit the Parkway High School Band Program.

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf at Lancer Invitational on August 12, 2019

The Parkway Boys Golf team finished 4th out of 7 teams at the Lancer Invitational at Hickory Sticks  Golf Club (par 72) in Van Wert on Monday. Three Panthers, Hunter Bruns, Gabe Schaaf, and Camdyn Clay, led the way with scores of 93. Caden Slusher finished the the top four with a 96, for a team total of 375. Adam Stephenson and Breyden Bruns both shot 100 for Parkway as well. Hunter Bruns received 10th place individual honors by winning the tiebreaker.

 

by Joe Falk

Head Boys Golf Coach


 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Meet at Celina Invitational 8-9-2019

Parkway SCH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 FRONT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 BACK TOTAL
Caden Slusher PW 4 7 3 6 5 7 3 5 5 45. 6 5 4 6 5 5 3 5 7 46. 91.
Gabe Schaaf PW 4 5 4 7 4 6 4 5 6 45. 6 5 3 5 5 4 5 6 7 46. 91.
Breyden Bruns PW 6 6 3 7 8 7 4 5 5 51. 4 7 4 8 6 5 3 6 9 52. 103.
Hunter Bruns PW 5 6 5 5 4 6 3 5 4 43. 7 7 4 7 6 8 6 5 7 57. 100.
Kaden Boroff PW 6 6 5 8 6 6 4 5 5 51. 4 9 5 8 7 7 3 6 7 56. 107.

By Joe Falk, Head Golf Coach

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Local Woman Opens Massage Therapy Studio

Karen Seibert of Rockford opened her massage therapy studio at 211 N. Oak Street in Rockford.
Trained and graduated in 2015 at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Lima, OH, Karen has now been a licensed massage therapist for 4 years.

Appointments at her beautiful new studio is by appointment only. Email her at karenseibertlmt@gmail.com or call her at 419-953-8782

 
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for Regular Meeting
by Sally Cox for August 13, 2019

 

 

 

Area Woman is Missing - Reported by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey

Celina, OH-Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey today said the Sheriff’s Office is cooperating with several other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to locate Shawna Lynn Rue, age 33, last known address 201 S. Walnut St., Union City, IN.

On August 8, we received a report from Shawna Rue’s sister that she had been missing since Saturday, August 3.  Her sister reported that she might go by the name of Shawna Ressler as that is her married name.  Her sister advised that was the last time anyone had spoken to her was Saturday.

The sister reported to Mercer County as, at that time, she thought this was the last location Shawna was seen.  Shawna’s husband is currently incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention facility and Shawna visited her husband from 6:40-7:00 PM.

Sgt Westgerdes then spoke to Shawna’s husband, Steve Ressler in the jail.  Mr. Ressler confirmed that he did have a visit with his wife on Saturday evening.  He stated that they talked about some issues that did not make Shawna happy.  He gave Sgt. Westgerdes some locations to check that Shawna may have went too.

Sgt Westgerdes contacted law enforcement agencies in those jurisdictions and she was not located at any of those locations.  Shawna’s sister advised that she had went to a residence in Union City where Shawna was most recently staying and learned that Shawna was not there.   That is when she decided to report her missing.

Sgt Westegerdes contacted the Sheriff’s Office IT department and had the surveillance videos pulled.  Shawna left the Sheriff’s Office in her Black Chevy Trailblazer and there was no indication of any foul play as she left the Sheriff’s Office.

Later Saturday evening, Shawna dropped her children off at their grandmother’s house in Union City, IN.  The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office have both issued BOLO’s for Shawna.  “At this point, I don’t believe Mercer County has jurisdiction,” stated Sheriff Grey, “it appears that she was fine when she dropped the children off, and that is her last known location at this time, which is not in Mercer County.  We are continuing efforts to locate Shawna, however, we have obtained no new leads.”

If anyone has any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 419-586-7724 and we will then ensure the proper law enforcement agency is notified.

 

Ft. Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor
"Celebrating 150 years of German Culture through Song - 1869 to 2019"

There is an  All you Can Eat Fish Fry and Pork Tenderloin Dinner sponsored by Ft. Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor coming this Fall

The location is  Ft. Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor at Park Edelweiss

3355 Elmhurst Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809

Fall dates include:  August 9, September 13, October 11, and November 8

TIME:  4:30 to 7:00PM. Cost is  $9.00 adults, $5.00 children.

DETAILS:  All you can eat fish and pork tenderloin with scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, dessert and coffee. Full service bar available with German and domestic beer, wine and other beverages and soft drinks. Live German music.

 

 
 
 

 
August 4-11, 2019
 

 
 

Mercer County Fair - August 9 - 15, 2019

 
 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Meet

Rob Contini Memorial Lima City Invitational - LCC

Colonial Golf Course - August 08, 2019

1. Elida; 2. Lima Central Catholic 348; 3. Shawnee 354;

4. Allen East 364; 5. Bath 391; 6. Parkway 392; 7. Arlington 409; 8. Perry 0;

Parkway

392.107108

 

392

1.

Breyden Bruns 12

46

52

98

2.

Adam Stephenson 11

52

56

108

3.

Kaden Boroff 11

56

51

107

4.

Gabe Schaaf 10

51

46

97

5.

Caden Slusher 10

49

45

94

6.

Hunter Bruns 10

51

52

103

By Joe Falk, Head Golf Coach

Click Here for the Parkway Boys Golf Teams' Schedules

 

Parkway Golf Teams Scores - Celina Lynx Golf Club, par 72 on August 6, 2019

Mercer County Invitational Varsity Scores
Mercer County Invitational JV Scores

by Golf Head Coach Joe Falk

 

Click Here for the Parkway Boys Golf Teams' Schedules

 
 

Concert In The Park by Van Wert Area Concert Band

On Friday August 16th the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  Music to be performed will include the 1971 CBS sports theme "Championship", Michael W. Smith's "Emmanuel", 1954 doo-wop hit by the Penguins "Earth Angel", Styx’s 1978 billboard hit “Come Sail Away”, and John Philip Sousa’s “The Belle Of Chicago”.   

Also featured on the concert will be tenor saxophone soloist Bob Loughrige playing “Harlem Nocturne”.  Bob was a well-known band director at Celina High School and legendary jazz musician in the Lima and surrounding area. Many will remember him, his brother Boyd and Jerry Amato as members of the popular dance and jazz band the “Pastels”. Bob also formed the 16 member group “The West Ohio Big Band”. The concert will conclude with rousing songs of The Ohio State University, including “Carmen Ohio”, “Across The Field”, “The Hey Song” and “Hang On Sloopy”.

          
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, Glenmore, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Coldwater, 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.

 
 

Parkway August 2019 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Patrol promotes school bus safety - August is school bus safety month

VAN WERT – This month, thousands of Ohio school children will be heading back to school. For many of these students their day starts and ends by riding a school bus. The safety of the students riding to and from school and to school-sanctioned events is top priority.

From 2016 through 2018, 3,962 traffic crashes involved school buses in Ohio. During this time, four fatal crashes occurred killing four and injuring 1,268. None of those killed were on a school bus.

“All Ohioans can help make this school year a safe one,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “School bus safety involves a commitment from motorists, parents, and children.”

“Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility by school bus drivers and motorists,” said Lt. Jonathon Gray, commander of the Van Wert Post. “Motorists should always exercise caution while children are boarding and exiting school buses.”

As the buses return to the roadways, the Patrol has a few reminders: Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed and cannot resume driving until the school bus begins moving. The Patrol also reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for school bus stops. 

School buses are also required to be inspected twice a year to ensure the bus is operating properly. Every bus used to transport students is inspected before the beginning of the school year and once randomly during the year. From 2016 through 2018, the Patrol performed 121,876 inspections.

For a complete statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bus violations, visit https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/School_Bus_Bulletin_2019.pdf

 
 
 

Mercer County Fair Art Activities

The Lake Area Arts Group invites fair attendees to visit artist during
next weeks fair. Opportunities to win art pieces will be available at
their booth and students can learn about the free art workshops
presented by The Lake Area Arts Group starting in the fall.

The schedule for artist will be from 11:00- 9:30 pm daily except Friday.
 
August 9, Friday 1-9:30 pm-Jeff Griswold and Laney Hughes - mixed
medium

August 10,Saturday -Mary Jo Stilwell- alcohol inks

Jill Parris- painting
 
August 11, Sunday -Sherry Chandler- ceramic/acrylics

Shirley Wenning- painting
 
August 12, Monday -Jane Dippold-collage/painting

Marilyn Stall-quilted art

August 13, Tuesday -Ray Feltz and Bob Hart- wood turning at 1,3, and 5
pm

August 14, Wednesday -Sonnie Bernardi-card making

August 15, Thursday -Grand Lake Photo Club, variety of artists and

photographers

 

 

2019 Citizen’s Academy
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office will be hosting a Citizen Academy in October - November of 2019.  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 sixth 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 (11) students.  We have had (75) students graduate from the academy since it was established.  The classes have consisted of citizens from different backgrounds, age groups, and geographical areas of Mercer County.  The participants attend classes that are classroom based, 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 2019 academy will take place from October 22, 2019 until November 14, 2019, and will usually be held two evenings per week for a four week period.  The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and will last for 2-3 hours per session.

The academy is open to residents of Mercer County, who are at least 21 year old.   A background check is required.  Class size is limit.  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 24, 2019.  If anyone has any questions they may contact Citizen’s Academy Coordinator, Sergeant Jay Wehrkamp, at (419) 586-7724.

 

 
 

 
August 1-3, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway High School Students to Pick up Schedules
Parkway High School
students may pick up their final class schedule beginning Monday, August 5 from 9:00 to 3:00 and continuing every weekday through Friday, August 16. Students wishing to request a schedule change must complete a Course Schedule Change Form which is available in the high school office. Book fees will be assigned after Labor Day when all class changes have been completed. 

 

Parking Permits will also be available beginning Monday, August 5 from 9:00 to 3:00 with the following schedule:

 

Monday, Aug 5 -- Seniors only

Tuesday, Aug 6 -- Juniors and Seniors

Wednesday, Aug 7 -- Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Thursday, Aug 8 through Friday, Aug 16 (weekdays only) -- Any eligible students

 

Students planning to drive to school on the first day of school must purchase a parking permit. This includes students who are attending Vantage Career Center and are parking their vehicle at Parkway during the school day. Students must have a valid driver's license and may pick their spot on a first come, first served basis. Parking Permit applications must be completed, signed by a parent and have the $15 fee accompany the application before a permit can be issued. Applications are available online on One View and in the High School Office.  

 
 

Rockford Carnegie Library Summer Reading Program Concludes

I hope everyone enjoyed the Summer Reading Program. What a turnout for our last hurrah! Roughly 150 people and one VERY large CAT!!!

I want to thank all the parents/guardians/caregivers that took time out of their day to shuttle the kids to library programming. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss

A BIG thanks to the following:

Shanes Park, Community Building

New Horizon Community Church – Meal Co-host

Adams Entertainment and Photography – The Cat in the Hat

We received coupons for all our little readers from the following businesses: Subway, Auglaize-Mercer Family YMCA, Bryson Pool (Celina), The Mercer County Fair, Neil Armstrong Museum, Monfort/Vorhees McDonalds, The Ohio State Fair, and The Ohio Renaissance Festival.

Library Staff, Miss Rachel Powell, and Olivia Scott

 

***Prizes are available at the library. Stop in to see if you won or check the complete list on Facebook. If you missed the party stop in to get your coupons and 2 FREE Books.***

 

 

Prayer Walk for Parkway Schools

Rockford United Methodist Church has planned the annual Prayer Walk for Parkway Schools. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 at 8:30 AM. Walk begins at the Parkway High School entrance. Everyone is invited to come and pray for our schools, staff and students.

 

 

Refuse To Be A Victim - Free Program

Do you have a child going off to college? Are you wanting the knowledge to defend yourself? Come listen to Prepare Awareness, to help you think outside the box, outside your surroundings. Things to think about when living outside Mercer County but also things to think about anywhere. Presented by Shelly Moorman from Arrow N Bows. NRA Refuse to Be a Victim certified Instructor / A.L.I.C.E Certified Instructor. Learn some hand maneuvers to give you a fighting chance. Palm to the nose shown by a 79 yr old. How you can strike back? FREE Program on August 6, at 6:30 at the Rockford Carnegie Library. All Ages Welcome. 

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
July 23-31, 2019
 

 
 
Press Box at Parkway Football Field Installed

The 6 man team from WE Construction out of Piketon, OH recently finished erecting the new aluminum Panther Home Team stadium bleachers contracted out several months ago to Dant Corporation by Parkway School Board members.

Ed Alexander of WE explained that they assemble a set-up like this in about 2 weeks time. His team has done many bleacher set-ups for Dant Corporation. Everything comes pre-cut in packages ready to assemble. At the time of the pictures below by Todd Henkle, on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, they had a crane scheduled to lift the press box which was pre-made, with 2 filming decks, and angled windows to easily watch the action on the football field.

Click on thumbnail pictures below to enlarge.

Photos shared by Todd Henkle - Thanks Todd!
 

Reminder - Rockford United Methodist Church
Ice Cream Social

Sunday, July 28, 2019
4:30-6:30

Rockford UM Church Social Room
202 South Franklin St.
Rockford, OH 45882
 

 

Coldwater 5K

The 26st annual Buzzard’s Glory 5K run/walk is set for August 3nd 2019 at 8:30 in Coldwater at Cavalier Stadium.

The chip timed 5K run/walk begins and ends at the stadium with registration from 7:00 to 8:00.  Pre-registration w/dry-fit tech shirt is $24 and  race day registration is $18 without shirt.  They will also host the Little Foot  ½ mile and 1 mile run.  Registration is available on line at www.speedy-feet.com until August 1.

New to this year’s race,  all runners 14 and younger will run for free.

Door prizes and awards will be given at the park after the race.

100% of all proceeds go to Coldwater Memorial Park and Coldwater Library.

This is the seventh of eight races in the Mercer Health 5K Challenge running series.

Results are available online at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com   and www.speedy-feet.com

Call Innergy Fitness at 419-763-1111 with any questions.

 

 

 

Parkway Back to School Night Planned on Tuesday, August 13
by Michelle Tribolet
Parkway Local Schools will be holding their annual Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This evening serves as an open house for parents and students in Preschool - 12 to visit their classroom, meet their teachers and bring their supplies to school. There will be no Back to School packets mailed this year as we have converted to online forms. Parents may now update their childrens' back to school forms online   All forms must be completed online by September 2.  Computers are available at school in each office, if needed.  Mrs. Pam Smith, Cafeteria Supervisor, will be available to add money to students' lunch accounts. That evening, bus drivers will also be available.   Elementary School - Students in grades K-4 who are new to the school district are asked to meet in the Elementary Gym at 6:30 p.m.  Middle School - 5th Grade and New Student Orientation - Learn everything you need to know about the middle school from 6:45-7:30 in the Auditorium.  You may visit your classrooms and meet your teacher before or after orientation.  This night will also be the last time you may make any bussing changes until August 27. Parkway Local Schools first day is Monday, August 19.

 

 

 

 

 
 

VAN WERT COUNTY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 

The Van Wert County Foundation’s Board of Trustees honored two retiring long-time trustees and welcomed two new board members at their Annual Meeting in June.

Mike Cross retired from the Board of Trustees. Mr. Cross was elected to the board in 1998, served as a member of the board for 21 years. “We are grateful for his commitment to The Foundation and to our community. During his time on the board, Mike oversaw various committees, served as President of the Board from 2005-2007, and represented The Foundation on the Wassenberg Art Center Board, shared Seth Baker, VWCF Executive Secretary.

Paul Svabik also retired from the Board of Trustees. Mr. Svabik served as a member of the board for 10 years. “During his time on the board, Paul served as President from 2016-2018, served on various committees, and helped to forge The Foundation we know today”, continued Baker.

Newly-elected trustee, Cindy Hurless, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Central Insurance Companies.  She and her husband Mark have six children and three grandchildren. She is a member of Life House Church and Van Wert Rotary.  She and her husband are involved in a variety of community outreach activities. They enjoy gardening, cooking, sports, and travel.  She also serves on the YWCA Board and NPAC Board.

Tom Burenga, was also elected to the Board. Burenga is the CEO of Kenn-Feld Group LLC, an eight location John Deere dealer with locations in Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana. He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters - Jamie, age 16, and Mandy, age 12. In his free time, Tom enjoys growing a garden and canning salsa each summer. He also likes growing hot peppers and creating things from them.  He currently serves as a trustee for First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. 

“We are excited to install Cindy and Tom as trustees.  Both are a great fit to carry out the mission of our organization – Transforming quality of life by fulfilling purposeful endowments, inspiring collective growth, and building initiatives for the future. I look forward to working with them on committees and upcoming projects”, stated Andy Czajkowski, Board President. 

Board of Trustee members for 2019-2020 listed below:

 

Andy Czajkowski, President

Chuck Koch, Vice President

Gary Clay, Secretary

Tom Burenga

Larry Greve

Cindy Hurless

Bruce Kennedy

Thad Lichtensteiger

Randy Myers

Bill Purmort

Brian Renner

Gary Taylor

Mark White

Eva Yarger

Mike Zedaker

 

Portion of Tama Road Closed to Reconstruct Road
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing a road closure on Tama Road between SR 49 and Wabash Road in Liberty Township for a bridge replacement and roadway approach reconstruction.  This road will be closed on July 23, 2019 and is scheduled to reopen by or before October 31, 2019, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown opens August 2 at VWCT

All are invited to come experience the very best of our area youth. Van Wert Civic Theatre is proud to present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on August 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and August 4 at 2 p.m. Not only does this classic musical featuring the Peanuts gang have actors who are high school and college age but is also directed and produced by the same age group.

In 2018 Griffen Waltmire, director of the show, approached the VWCT Board with the idea of directing and producing a summer musical for high school and college age youth. After much discussion, VWCT agreed to support the project and mentor the young people involved with the production. To support the financial commitment to the project, VWCT applied for and received an Ohio Arts Council grant. The grant review committee was most impressed with “the idea to provide mentoring and other opportunities for young directors” while “creating a pipeline for training young people while also creating new and future supporters of the theatre arts.”

The show is ready, and now all these young people need is an audience. Tickets are $10 and go on sale now from 2-6 p.m. at 419-238-9689 or anytime online at vwct.org.

The directing team consists of Griffen Waltmire, director; Dee Fisher, music director, and Dane Litchfield, choreographer. The cast includes Cooper Adams as Charlie Brown, Olivia Kentner as Sally Brown, Anna Reichert as Lucy van Pelt, Connor Johnson as Linus van Pelt, Austin Sheets as Schroeder, Justin Etter as Snoopy, Alyssa Taylor as Peppermint Patty, Emily Gehle as Marcie, Gracie Morgan as Frieda, Becky Rigdon as theLittle Red Headed Girl, and Gabby Thomas and Brooke Tigner as Woodstock.

 

 

 

 
July 18 - 22, 2019
 

 
 

Concert In The Park

 

On Friday July 26th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  Music to be performed will include a tribute in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.  “Sea of Tranquility” by David Shaffer was composed to catch the excitement and exhilaration of that moment. Also featured on the concert will be sophomore trumpet player Una VanWynsberghe of Lincolnview High School playing Leroy Anderson’s “Trumpeters Lullaby”, an original composition by band member Chip Steffey “Prairie Fire Overture ”, Theme from “The Jetsons and “National Fencibles by John Philip Sousa.

 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, Glenmore, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Coldwater, 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 new Pressbox came ready built. Notice the slanted windows for better viewing of the Parkway Panther Football Field.

 
 
 

Clever Clovers 4-H Club News
by Noah Krites

The final meeting for the Clever Clovers 4-H club was on July 15, 2019 with 11 members present and 3 guest parents. The pledges were led by Noah Krites and Lindsay Hatcher. Roll call was taken by writing your name on a piece of paper. The treasurer's report was given by Kayla Krites. Then, demonstrations were given. Grace Linton showed how to make a delicious chip sauce. A demonstration was given on how to make a fruit salad. Another demonstration was given on how to make a whole wheat waffle. Fair judgings will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2019 at the Van Wert Middle School.  All 4-H members should have already signed up online for their judging times.  

 

The Clever Clovers 4-H Club met on July 1, 2019 with 15 members present and 4 guest parents. The pledges were led by Josie Miller and Leah Krites. Roll call was taken by writing your name on a piece of paper. The Health and Safety report was given by Lizzie Spath and she showed what is inside a first aid kit. Demonstrations were given. Josie Miller showed everyone how to do a crumb layer for a cake. Then, Grace Linton showed how to use the persuasive form of writing called OREO, the O stands for opinion, the R stands for reason, the E stands for example and the last O stands for repeating your opinion. Lizzie Spath showed everyone how to make a fruit parfait. Alli Spieles showed everyone how to make a color wheel out of felt. Several other members gave their demonstration as well. The next meeting will be Monday, July 15 from 6:30-7:30 at the VWMS Healthy choices room. This meeting will be in preparation for 4-H judging.

The Clever Clovers 4-H Club met on June 17, 2019 with 12 members present and 5 guest parents. The night's meeting was about sustainable forms of energy in Van Wert County. First, we visited the Vantage Career Center solar field. The solar field covers about 5 acres of land and always face south to maximize the amount of sun the panels get. They provide Vantage with significant amounts of energy. We then traveled to a rest area between Van Wert and Convoy to look at information there about wind turbines. Finally, we went to a wind turbine at Blue Creek Wind Farm. Mrs. Sarah Moser provided us with information about the wind turbines. To climb up you have to climb 353 feet of ladder. It is 455 feet to the top of a blade pointing straight up. The box of the wind turbine is the size of a Fed-X truck. Wind turbines are separated for more wind power. The next meeting will be Monday, July 1 from 6:30-7:30 at the VWMS Healthy Choices room

 

Respectfully Submitted by

Noah Krites

Clever Clovers News Reporter

 

 

ATV Accident
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating an incident that occurred at the residence of 7515 Burrville Road, Celina.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received the call at 5:24 PM on Tuesday, July 16.

Carla Baucher, an off-duty Mercer County deputy sheriff, age 28, was giving her two children a ride on a Polaris Ranger ATV on the property of the residence.  Baucher’s 2 ½ year old son attempted to exit the ATV and fell onto the accelerator.  The ATV then struck 73 year old Mary J. Stachler and crashed into the garage area of the residence.  Mrs. Stachler, who lives at the residence, is Baucher’s husband’s aunt.  Baucher and her son sustained minor injuries but were not treated.

Mrs. Stachler was transported to Mercer Health by the Celina branch of the Mercer County EMS and later transfer to Miami Valley Hospital.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

 
 
15th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk
by Steve Fisher
The 15th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K was held, Saturday morning July 13, 2019, with 182 runners competing. The race is part of the Mercer Health 5-K Challenge and is sponsored by the Parkway Cross Country program. Winning the men’s race was Isaac Schoen in 18:03, followed by Jaxson Lehmkuhle, Riley Kuess, Aaron Bruns, and Brian Homan. The women’s winner was Rileigh Baumer in 22:01, followed by Maria Heckman, Rachel Barrett, Ava Lefeld, Ashley Lefeld, and Channing Lefeld.

Complete race results can be found at: http://www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com

See pictures at the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=mercer health 5k challenge ohio&epa=SEARCH_BOX
 

Parkway student athletes placing the top 3 in their age groups were Aaron Bruns 1st, and Riley Samples 2nd in the Men’s 15-19, Xavier Samples 2nd, and Trent Rollins 3rd in the men’s 14 and under, Alexis Berry 3rd in the women’s 14 and under.
Winning the Half Mile Fun Run this year was Amanda Barrett, followed by Helana Sinning, Noah Sutter, Janelle Dameron, Emma Jauregui, Kendra Dameron, Kara Fullenkamp, Stella Sinning, Holden Hays, Evynn Luth, Emma Sutter, Jesse Luth, and Kade Minnich.
Remaining Mercer Health 5k Challenge Races:
July 20th St. Clair
July 27th Lake Festival
Aug 3rd Buzzards Glory
Aug 10th Burkett

The Parkway Cross Country Program would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their donations and support of the Shane’s Crossing 5K.
Parkway Athletic Boosters
Rockford Fire Department
Shane’s Park Board
Barry's Market
Rockford Carryout
First Financial Bank
Subway – Rockford
TJ’s RoadDog
Taste Twirl
Dannon Yogurt
Mercer Health
Wabash Communications
Innergy Fitness
Independent Capital Management
Cooper Farms
Grand Lake Marathon
People’s Bank

 

CHIP & SEAL SEASON

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews will be starting the yearly chip and seal work on various rural local roads in Mercer County.

We would like to request that yard mowing not be blown onto the county and township roads.  Doing so creates additional prep work to get the roads ready for chip and seal and slows the whole operation down.

Blowing excess grass onto the roadway also makes a hazard for motorists and especially motorcycle riders that most of us don’t think about related to loss of traction.  This becomes even more dangerous with rain on the roadway.  Stopping distances increase and friction between the tires and pavement decrease.  This scenario has caused tragic accidents and has opened up unknowing property owners to lawsuits.  We respectfully request that private mowers are turned around for a couple of passes to keep our roads and traveling public safe.

County and township roads with “Loose Stone” or “Loose Gravel” signs posted are roads that are scheduled to be chip and sealed this season.  These roads will have temporary closures during the chip and seal process.  We thank you for your patience in helping to keep the traveling public and our workers safe.

 
 

 
July 13-18, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Class of 1964 Celebrates Reunion in 2019
by Rob Van Fleet

The Parkway graduating class of 1964 held its 55th class reunion at the Shanes Park Community Center in Rockford on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Twenty-four classmates and their partners met for renewing friendships and sharing life stories and memories of our experiences at Parkway – oh so long ago!!


We all had special thoughts for those classmates and teachers who are no longer with us except in memory, and this year we especially felt the loss of a great teacher and mentor, Boyd Granger.


After being welcomed by event organizers Marie (Shaffer) Obrock and Linda

(Shindeldecker) Huffman (photo left) the microphone was passed for all to relate their life experiences and their memories of our school days at Parkway.


A new set of planners volunteered to organize our next reunion to be held in the summer of 2022. Special effort will be made to reach out to those classmates who were not able to attend this reunion and those whom we haven't seen since our graduation in 1964.

Pictured in the group photo above:

Front row - Marie (Shaffer) Obrock, Sandra (Snyder) Shaffner, Connie (Davis) Conn, Linda (Shindeldecker) Huffman, Charlene Hawk, Yvonne (Beeks) Farmer

Middle row - Les Shinnerer, Elaine (Lugabihl) Sullinger, Melina (August) Agler, Janet (Fleming) Emans, Virginia (Hoffman) Fickert, Barry Copeland, Johnny Provci, Ned Pryer, Jerry Schaadt
 
Back row - Forest Yocum, Gary Eichler, Barbara (Snyder) Kogerman, Rose Mary (Binkley) Lampton, Nancy (Wendell) Bevington, Rob Van Fleet, Robert Haver, Danny Huffman,  Rollie Miller

Not shown: Gary Bayles

 
 

Ohio City Completes Trail Bench Project with Cub Scouts of Rockford #98

Approximately two years ago, the Ohio City Warrior Trail committee decided to start a project that would provide the trail with benches that would be paid for by collecting bottle caps. Since this was a youth program they contacted Ben Reigle and the Cub Scouts of Rockford #98 to assist. The Cub Scouts collected enough caps for five benches. Each bench took 1250 caps and some expenses. Ohio City American Legion # 346 covered the expenses. The Ohio City Warrior Trail Committee paid for the labor, transportation, placement, and the plates. 

 

Pictured above (front to back) First Row: Harvey McMillen, Levon Fox, Wyatt Pancake, Peyton Muhlenkamp Second Row: Jaime Delgado, Gary Profit, Brenda Weaver, Ben Reigle, Larry Krugh Last Row: Steve Anderson, Greg Bruns, Don Walker, Dan Amweg

 

 
 
 
 

Gymanfa (Welsh Festival of Song) Planned for September 1, 2019
Mark your calendar for Sunday September 1st for our annual Gymanfa (Welsh Festival of Song).  This marks our 104th year of honoring our Welsh heritage.  Our director this year is Christopher Uhl, who is originally from Van Wert and has been with us in the past.  This year he is joining with Paul Hoverman , also of Van Wert to put together a choir of 16-20 voices to entertain us for special music.  This should be a real treat.  Anyone interested in singing with this group should contact Paul at 419-513-0123.  Practices are being planned for August.  Our organist for the evening will be Connie Lloyd ONeill and on the piano will be David VanTilburg.

 
 
Fremont Canning Company Gets Paved Driveway Entrances
ODOT Subcontractor Works on US Route 33 Widening East of Rockford

Fremont Canning Company, on Thursday, July 11, 2019, had the paving crew, Bowers Asphault,  from Walbridge, Ohio busy paving new driveway entrances to their $ 27 million expansion project at the plant in Rockford,, OH. Fremont Canning Company is nearing completion of a  warehouse expansion that will require special access from U.S. Route 33 on the east edge of Rockford. They are hiring approximately 70 people. 




The Mercer County Commissioners have hired VTF Excavation to do the new turn lane roadway work on U.S. 33 to accommodate the new $27 million expansion of Fremont Company in Rockford, and they were busy on the same day working on that turn lane.

 

 

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

Our Old Bookcase, July 18, 2019,  Mercer Co. Courthouse 75th Anniversary Planning Committee, 1995-1998

 

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

 

Photo Caption:  Members of the Mercer County Courthouse 75th Anniversary Committee in 1998:

1st Row:  Janet Gels, Kip Wright; 2nd Row:  Anita Huber, Jason Kaiser, Donna Grube, Ken Rosengarten; 3rd Row:  Nancy Desch, Mary Toms, Sue Heiser; 4th Row:  Joyce Alig, Betty Dilworth; Back Row:  Bill Dilworth, Jim Chittum, Damian Dorsten, Jeffrey Ingraham, and Mark Giesige.  Absent, Gene Weber.  Photographer:  Frank Zoretich, The Daily Standard, Celina, Ohio.

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

William Kincaid, The Daily Standard, introduced the subject of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Mercer County Courthouse, and the preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the Courthouse in 2023.  I took the following information from the introduction to the book, “Mercer County’s Courthouses, Celina, Ohio, 1824-1998,” which I wrote, under copyright, for this Celebration.

 

March 9, 1995, the Honorable Jeffrey Ingraham, Mercer County Historical Museum Director Joyce L. Alig, and the Mercer County Commissioners Ray Cron, Jerry Laffin and Ron Puthoff met at the Common Pleas Office to discuss the Mercer County Courthouse 75th Anniversary in 1998.  The following citizens were asked to serve as Officers:  Kip Wright and Janet Gels as Co-Chairpersons; Jason Kaiser, as Treasurer and Anita Huber as Secretary.  September 6, 1998 was chosen for the Rededication Ceremony. 

 

St. Henry Band and Director Rod Miller performed the John Phillip Sousa Concert.  The Honorable Jeffrey Ingraham invited the Ohio Supreme Court to meet at the Mercer County Courthouse.  The Mercer County Historical Society hosted a series of public lectures about the Courthouse.  Nancy Desch interviewed Senior Citizens who had attended the 1923 Courthouse Dedication.  An Anniversary Quilt was made and donated by Betty and Bill Dilworth.  Township Trustees made 75th Anniversary Wall Hangings.  A committee constructed an early 1900’s model train display.  A Juried Art Exhibit was planned.  Bruce and Sandy Dillon were commissioned to direct a historical pageant at Wright State University Lake Campus.  Gene Weber worked with Communications for Events.  Mercer County Auditor Mark Giesige planned Tours of the Mercer County Courthouse, with Mary Toms and several volunteers.  Damian Dorsten and Sue Heiser, WCSM and Donna Grube, WKKI, worked for publicity.   Commemorative items were prepared.  Ken Rosengarten worked with Schools for programs and  Time Capsule.  Jim Chittum, through Reynolds and Reynolds, donated stationery and Ceremony programs.

 

The Program for the September 6, 1998 Rededication Ceremony for the 75th Anniversary of the Mercer County Courthouse,  listed the Committee Members, the Speakers, the Offices located in the Courthouse, as well as comparisons of events in 1923 with 1998, e.g. population, budget, and other demographic data.  A Thank You was extended to the long list of people who made the Celebration possible. 

 

What about the people behind the scenes?  These are the volunteers who went quietly about their work.  Everyone who has ever planned a major event like this 75th Celebration knows very well, that without the Volunteers and the Citizens who attended the events, the Celebration would not have succeeded.  Mercer Countians and their friends and neighbors are fine people, as their ancestors have been fine people.  Without our Past, we would not be celebrating our successful present with positive plans for the future. 

 

I believe that everyone who served on this 75th Anniversary Committee for the Celebration for the Mercer County Courthouse, is proud to have been a part of this series of events.  Personally, I am proud that I wrote the book, “Mercer County’s Courthouses, Celina, Ohio, 1824-1998.”  The people, who use my local history book for their own publications, obviously like to study local history, also.

 

[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.]

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
July 11-12, 2019
 

 
 

Topping Off Ceremony Celebrated at Van Wert Health Hospital Expansion

Community members, officials and employees celebrated the Topping Off Beam Placing on Tuesday, July 8, 2019 at an early morning ceremony. Nearly 1000 people signed their names to the beam over the past several weeks. Some even wrote poignant remembrances of their beloved historical 60 year old hospital on the 32-foot steel beam.

The Topping Off Ceremony of the beam began with photographs at the beam  itself and then a welcome speech by President and CEO Jim Pope. “A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step,” he said, as he thanked the many people involved in the project from planning in 2016 to the construction crew now at work in the building process.

In explaining the Topping off Ceremony, he mentioned that the Scandinavians, in the Dark Ages, when putting on their new roof top, put a tree on top to pay homage to the tree gods (they built their homes of trees) and a coat of arms flag to signify that the place belonged to them. The beam raised to the top layer of the Van Wert Expansion  building has the Evergreen Tree (which will be planted later on the grounds) and the United States Flag. See the picture.

The $46 million expansion project is the largest to date and will house state of the art in-patient rooms as well as new surgical facilities. It is being financed by hospital cash funds, bank financing and bonds (as it benefits the hospital financial picture). Pope said that preliminary research in 2016 showed renovation costs on the existing structure would run into the tens of millions of dollars and would still leave the community with an old building and without the ability to incorporate future needs so the board decided the only way to meet the needs of the community going forward was to go ahead and build a new campus.

 

According to Jim Pope CEO, the in-patient rooms will be family friendly with plenty of room for private doctor consultations as well as areas for families to gather with their loved one.  The patient beds and rooms will be state-of the-art in communicating with the doctors and nurses at all levels. There will be new acute care and intensive care unit rooms, and all new labor and delivery rooms and C-section suite. There will be private entrances/exits and canopies.

The surgical suites will be larger and tech advanced to provide for all of the new advances now and in the future. A larger and private surgery waiting area is also included. Even robotics were figured into the equation as the planning committee looked far into the future of the health needs here at home.

 

 


Left to Right: Jade Painter - Construction Coordinator; Mark Johnston - Project Manager; Jim Pope - President and CEO; and Curtis Zink - Site Supervisor.



 

Jim Pope with free t-shirts - Top 100 Hospital Award!

Construction on the Surgery and Inpatient Expansion Project began in September 2018 and has seen substantial progress over the past 10 months. “We’re energized about the progress thus far on the project and we are so happy to be celebrating this milestone with the entire community, and ultimately, celebrating the evolution of the project as we move into the next era of health care in our region,” shared Jim Pope, President and CEO of Van Wert Health.


Left to right: Dr. Jellinger and Radiology Staff

Reverend Demon Johnson provided the blessing after which the beam was raised by a large crane by the Weigand Construction team and placed onto the top of the expansion.


Later that day they began pouring concrete and by Fall 2019, the structure will be enclosed for inside finishing. The project will be completed in October 2020 when the current hospital will be anchored by a new two-story, 84,000 square-foot facility which will help further address the health care needs of residents and visitors in our area.

 
 

Parkway New Student Registration Days

Parkway Local Schools will be holding Registration Days on Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7 from noon - 6:00 p.m. Only those students in K -12 who are new to the district need to register. Our registration process can now be completed online. Please call the appropriate office at 419-363-3045 for website information and to schedule a time to bring the necessary documents to the school to finalize the registration process on one of these two days.  Please note that all athletes need to be registered online before August 1.

 

 
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for Regular Meeting
by Sally Cox for July 16, 2019

 
 
Schimmoller Couple Celebrates Birth of Daughter
Lee and Audrey (Linn) Schimmoller of Van Wert, OH, announce the birth of a daughter.
Everly Rochelle was born on Friday, June 28, 2019, at Van Wert Hospital at 9:43 PM.

She weighed in at 6 lbs. 15 oz. and measured 19 inches long. Grandparents are: Monte and Renee (Harding) Linn of Willshire; and Richard and Joyce Schimmoller of Venedocia. Great grandparents are: Judy Harding of Willshire; Duane and Pat Linn of Rockford; Don and Nancy Schimmoller of Venedocia; and Doc and Dorothy Miller of Venedocia.

"Evy" has been welcomed home by his sister Alyah age 11 and brother Blake age 4.

Click here for other births.

 
 

Celina Block Party Planned
A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 12, 2019 in downtown Celina.  The festivities begin at the corner of Main and Market Streets and go south to Warren Street.   From 5 -10pm, you will be able to taste the unique specialties of 16 different Celina restaurants and caterers.  Each restaurant will serve 3 or 4 different specialties.  Each food item will take between 1 and 4 tickets.  Presale tickets are on sale at the Celina Mercer County Chamber office located at 121 East Logan Street in Celina.  Tickets will also be on sale that evening at the Chamber Ticket Tent.  At the Chamber office, the first 2000 tickets will be sold at a buy 20 tickets and get 1 ticket free promotion. 

 

Plenty of tables and chairs will be set up in the street.  There will also be live entertainment provided. Several local establishments will be open after the event closes with special entertainment.  After eating, feel free to browse through the unique specialty shops.  Again this year at the south end of Main Street is the cruise in car show.

 

For more information, call the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at 419-586-2219.   Be sure to visit the Celina Mercer Chamber Facebook Page for  Taste of Celina menus and contests to win tickets!

 

 

Civic Theatre youth show opens next week

Each summer the Van Wert Civic Theatre provides performing opportunities for youth and theatre experiences for everyone in the family.  Next week, Little Red: Life in the Hood will open for a 3-performance run.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.  All tickets are $10.  This show is suitable for all ages and runs about one hour.  Tickets go on sale July 15.  Call the box office at 419-238-9689 from 2 – 6 p.m. or go online to vwct.org to reserve tickets.  All tickets must be paid for at the time of reservation.

Director Monica Campbell has assembled a cast to bring to life this quirky retelling of the well-know story of Little Red, her grandma, and the wolf.  Little Red appears on a talk show to tell all to talk show host Telly Tellus but is rudely interrupted by Grandmother and the Wolf. It seems Red Riding Hood's version is nothing but a fairy tale! The Grandmother and the Wolf insist on equal airtime. Other fairy tale characters pop in to and to the excitement as the plot twists and turns through several different versions of the story.

Hannah Bouillon and Hatti Bouillon serve as assistant directors for Little Red: Life in the Hood while also appearing onstage.  Members of the cast include the following:   Olivia Anthony, Lauren Black, Jennifer Benson, Hatti Bouillon, Olivia Bloom, Bryanna Cole, Harmony Dillon, Kortnie Galloway , Beth Garrett, Addie Guyton, Kody Hamilton, Connor Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Sydney King, Landen Kramer, Ella Lamb, Evvy Lamb, Dante Lippi, Ivy Lippi, Hannah McKenzie, Abbie Mengerink,  Gracie Morgan, Danni Piske, Lizzie Spath, Gabby Thomas, Kordane Thomas, Brooke Tigner, and Kennadie Vizuete.

The final youth show of our summer season, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, opens August 2.  Tickets go on sale July 29.  This full-scale musical production features high school and college age youth.  More information about this cast will be released soon.

 

 
 

 
July 8-10, 2019
 

 
 
Parkway High School Football Stadium Bleachers Assembled
by Sheila Baltzell-Linn

The 6 man team from WE Construction out of Piketon, OH are busy this week of July 7-July18 are busy assembling and erecting the new aluminum Panther Home Team stadium bleachers contracted out several months ago to Dant Corporation by Parkway School Board members.

Ed Alexander of WE explained that they assemble a set-up like this in about 2 weeks time. His team has done many bleacher set-ups for Dant Corporation. Everything comes pre-cut in packages ready to assemble. All parts including bolts come together. At the time of the pictures on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, they were working on the lower deck for handicapped accessible seating complete with a ramp. But as the week progresses, more and more sections will be added until the full 15 rows are completed.

The press box will come this week, pre-made, with 2 filming decks, and angled windows to easily watch the action on the football field.

 

 
 

Ice Cream Social
St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township, will be having an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 18 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m in their air conditioned parish hall.  On the menu will be homemade sandwiches, pies, cakes as well as homemade ice cream.  A free will donation will accepted to benefit the Celina Disaster Relief efforts.  The church is located at the corner of State Route 118 and Oregon Road.  Hope you are able to join us!!

 

 
 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Active Shooter Training on July 11 & July 12, 2019

The training will be presented by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Coldwater PD, and will be held at the Coldwater Middle School.

We have scheduled two separate (8) hour training days.  Each day will have the same training so that departments can send half of their personnel the first day and the other half the next day.  The Sheriff’s Office is covering the cost of providing the training. 

There will be a short classroom portion of the training that will be followed up with hands on roll playing scenarios involving intruders and victims.  We will be utilizing the use of “air soft” guns to help simulate “Force” on “Force” training.

This will be the 5th year for the Sheriff’s Office hosting an Active Shooter Training session in Mercer County.  We have had (49) students sign up to attend the class from most of the Law Enforcement agencies in Mercer County.

We have been moving the training throughout the county.  We have had training at Marion Locals Schools, Ft. Recovery Schools, Parkway Local Schools, and St. Henry Schools in the past.  Our hope is to allow all of the officers from Mercer County to attend training in each of the School Districts so that they get an idea of the general lay outs of the buildings that they may be asked to respond to one day.

We hope that we never have to use the training, but want to be as prepared as possible if we do.

The public may notice an increased police presence in the area of the Coldwater Schools.  There will be a large amount of officers in and around the school.  The area will be posted with training warning notices and areas of the building will be closed off to the public.

We wish to thank the Coldwater PD and the Coldwater Exempted Village Schools for their assistance in providing this very important training opportunity.

Jeff Grey

Sheriff

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 1-7, 2019
Happy Independence Day!
 

 
 
Come to Old Fashioned Farmers Days in Van Wert Ohio - 43nd Year!

In 2019, the Old Fashioned Farmers will host the 43nd Annual Van Wert County Old Fashioned Farmers Days, from July 4-6, 2109, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, U.S. Rt. 127 South, at Van Wert.  The feature tractors are Case Tractors, Equipment, and Hit & Miss Engines.  All Brands are welcome.  Attractions include Antique Tractors & Machinery, Parts Swap & Sell Area, Quilt & Needle Art Show, Threshing, Gas Engines, Sawmill, Jr. and Powder Puff Pull, Car Show, Antique Tractor Pull, Trading Post, Crafts & Flea Market, Garden Tractor Display, Truck Display, Food Vendors, Animal Land, Free Barrel Rides, Kids & Adult Pedal Tractor Pull, Barney Fife Look A-like, Tractor Games, Chain Saw Sculpturing, Tug-A-Truck.  Music, Contests & Prizes!  Camping is available.
Visit the Website. 
 http://www.oldfashionedfarmersdays.com See the ad above!

 

 
June 28-30, 2019

 

 
15th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk
15th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K run/walk starts at 8:30am on Saturday July 13, 2019. The race starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 W. Front Street, Rockford, Ohio, and is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge countywide running series.

Race day registration and check in is 7:30-8:30 A.M. at the shelter house at Shane’s Park, with a $15.00 race only registration fee.

A limited quantity of shirts will be for sale on race day.

New this year, Free registration for all participants, age 14 & under.

There will also be a ½ Mile Fun Run for ages 12 & under beginning at 8:00am. For more information on this contact Jennifer Barrett at 419-605-7305.


For more information or a registration form, visit www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com.

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

 
 
 
 

 
June 26-27, 2019
 

 
 

Church Members Honor Member/Family Veterans and All Veterans
Donation Made to the Rockford Veterans Memorial

Members of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, on Sunday, June 23, 2019, donated money to the Rockford Veterans Memorial Fund. Donations came from members as well as the Consistory and the Women’s Guild and were presented in honor/memory of their church members/family who are and were Veterans and for all Veterans who served. The Rockford American Legion Post 508 and the Rockford Bicentennial Committee appreciate this generous donation. 

Seated front: Member Jerome Bollenbacher, Navy WWII. Pictured left to right second row Reed Shaffer – Army Reserve, Terry Joseph - Army, and Lowell Warthman – Navy Submarine - who are trustees of the Legion accepting the money, members: Duane Linn – Marines, and Dennis Laffin - Army; Back row left to right: members Marvin Schaadt – Army National Guard,   Jerry Bollenbacher - Army, Jerry Schaadt – Marines, and Hugh (Gary) Deitsch - Army. Photo by Jerry Deitsch.

 

 

 

Letter to the Community - Updated

Dear Friends –
 
We would like to take this time to extent a heartfelt THANK YOU to those who have donated to the Rockford Veterans Memorial!   Since May 2019, we have raised a total of $28,116 of the $125,000 needed to complete the project. 
 
 The Veterans Memorial will be located beside the American Legion and is located on State Route 33 in Rockford.  This memorial will be seen not only by the local community but by the many travelers passing by Hedges Park.  We believe this Veterans Memorial will be a benefit to our community.
 
 All around our county memorials stand to honor those who served in uniform and the battles they fought to protect our nation’s freedoms.   We need your financial help for this to become a reality in our community.   No donation is too small, it will take the entire community coming together to make this happen.  
 
Checks should be made out to the Leota Braun Foundation with “Post 508 Veterans Memorial” on the memo line.
 
Each donation will be tax deductible.   Mail to:  Leota Braun Foundation, PO Box 364, Rockford, Oh 45882.   We are still asking for donations.  The Veterans Memorial is to be dedicated at the May 2020 Memorial Day Service – Our Bicentennial Year. 
 
 Thank you for your time and consideration.   Please direct any questions to the
 Rockford Village Office at 419-363-3032 ext 1. 
 
 Reed Shaffer, American Legion Representative
 Jeff Long, Rockford Village Administrator / Bicentennial Coordinator
 Mike Schumm, VP of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society/ Bicentennial Coordinator.

 

 
 

 
June 24-25, 2019
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Old Bookcase, June 27, 2019, Indian Relic Collectors’ Exhibit June 30, 2019

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

Photo Caption:  June 30, Indian Relic Collector’s Exhibit, Mercer Co. Historical Museum

Do you recognize the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors who bring you the Prehistoric Artifact Exhibit every year, on the last Sunday of June?  Have you taken the time to thank them for their dedication to preserving the history of the Prehistoric Indians who lived in this area thousands of years ago?  Let me clarify the difference between Historic Events and Pre-Historic Events.  Historic Events are events which took place after people started writing down stories about events and/or people of that time period.  Prehistoric events were events which took place thousands of years ago, prior to the time period of people writing and recording events.

The Prehistoric Indians lived here thousands of years ago.  They began arriving in this area, after the last great Ice Age was receding, about ten to twelve thousand years ago.   The prehistoric people left evidence of their existence in this area; that evidence included flint arrowheads, slate gorgets, and granite tools.

The Historic Indians are familiar to you, with the Native American Tribes, identified as Ottawas, Shawnees, Wyandots and Seneca who signed the revised Fort Meigs Treaty of September 17, 1818.  In October 1818, the following Native American Tribes signed the St. Marys Treaty:  Potawatomie, Wea, Delaware, and Miami.  These Treaties followed the time period when the Native Americans had possession of the land here in Northwest Ohio, i.e. north of the 1795 Treaty Line, locally known as the Indian Trail, or along the Fort Recovery Minster Road.

The 39th Annual “Prehistoric Artifacts Exhibit” will be hosted by the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors at the Mercer County Historical Museum lawn, at 130 East Market, (one block east of the Mercer County Courthouse), Celina, Ohio, Sunday afternoon, June 30, 1:00 – 4:00.

The public is invited to bring their personal pieces of flint arrow heads, granite hand axes, slate butterfly gorgets, and other pieces, and ask the “local experts,” to identify more information about their artifacts. 

The local collectors are able to identify the types of artifacts, as well as their approximate age and their use.  Many of these artifacts range in age from a thousand to several thousand years old.  The prehistoric people were in this area of Ohio following the Ice Age, as early as ten to twelve thousand years ago. 

Without the dedication of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors, perhaps, these artifacts which are thousands of years old, would have been lost.  Our Grandchildren might not have had the opportunity to see the creativity, the craftsmanship, and the beauty of these artifacts.  Our Grandchildren might not have had the opportunity to grasp the delicate work the prehistoric Indians achieved so long ago.  Will our Grandchildren be inspired to be creative and create works of art today?  Will our Grandchildren be inspired to create tools, which improve our life styles?  What have we learned in the past thousand years?  What have we learned in the past ten thousand years?  Were the prehistoric people, who lived here thousands of years ago, more competent in creating new tools than people today?  I ask you, would you be able to survive, living in the wilderness, and living off of the land, like these people did thousands of years ago?

This exhibit is not something for you to use to “pass your time on a Sunday afternoon.”  I challenge you to be inspired by visiting this Exhibit, and going home with new ideas crossing your thoughts in the future.  Encourage your children to share their ideas with you, not only about the past, but also about the future.  Young people have the most delightful ideas, which will impress you, as well as make you smile.  I look forward to seeing you Sunday afternoon, June 30, 1:00 – 4:00 at your Mercer County Historical Museum.  That is correct; this County Historical Museum is “YOUR MUSEUM,” owned by the County.

 
 

Norman Means, MD Announces His New Work Location
Norman Means, MD of Rockford recently announced his new work location at
Bluffton, IN Bluffton Regional Medical Center - a Lutheran Health Network.

125 E. Cherry St., Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 919-3470

 

 

Mercer Health 5K Challenge Series continues in St. Henry
The Redskin Classic 5K walk/run will be Sunday July 7th 2019 at 8:45 A.M. at St. Henry, Ohio.  This event is sponsored by P. T. Services with the proceeds to benefit community improvements and events.

New this year, all runners 14 and younger can participate for free in all challenge races.

This walk/run is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge Series.

The course will start and finish on Columbus St. near the high school.  Race day registration will be at the school for $15.00 (Race tshirt not included).

Mail completed form and check to: P.T. Services  452 Stachler Dr. St. Henry, Ohio 45883.  If you wish to receive race results, please visit www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com .  For information call 419-678-4444.

For those who complete 6 of the 8 races will earn a Challenge T-shirt, and if you run all eight races you will earn Challenge running apparel.  Good running!

 

 
Greenville Farm Power of the Past
The Greenville Farm Power of the Past show will be celebrating its 20th anniversary show July 11-14, 2019 at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville. There will be: a flea market and concessions; horse and pony pulls; gas engines and hot air engines; tractors; camping; tractor pulls; car show; horses and mules; antiques; quilting; and more. Come join the fun!   Visit www.greenvillefarmpower.org for more info.
 

 
June 19-23, 2019
 

 

 

 

Willshire Days Coming
Visit Willshire Days, Annual Community Festival, on Friday through Sunday, June 28 through 30. There is a car show, crafters, inflatables, food, Princess pageant, talent show, beer tent, garage sales, petting zoo and so much more!

 

 

Miss Shay Bolton’s Senior Recital Planned on Sunday, June 30th at 3:00 PM – Everyone Invited

Miss Bolton is the daughter of Greg and Tabitha Bolton and graduated this past May with honors from Parkway High School. Shay has always enjoyed music. She has been taking piano lessons for 12 years and vocal lessons for 9 years. She is currently taking private lessons from David Van Tilburg of Celina. While in school she has participated in several musical performances, honor bands, and choruses.

Shay also participated in the State FFA chorus for 2 years and during her junior year auditioned and was selected to perform at The National FFA Convention along with 80 other FFA members from across the United States.  She also auditioned and was selected to participate in the OMEA District III Honors Choir for 2 years. Shay has been involved in many band activities that include marching band, 1st chair concert trumpet for four years and ASBDA Honors Band for 2 years.   

She has also participated in countless OMEA Solo and Ensembles. Shay was honored to receive The John Philip Sousa Award and also The National Chorus Award.

Shay will be performing several piano selections by Chopin, Bach & will also play a piano duo with her teacher, Mr. Van Tilburg from the composers Nielson & Young. Her vocal selections will include numbers from the classical and sacred world of music plus several from the Broadway stage by composers such as Pergolesi, Giordani, Conti, Guion, Meredith Willson & Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This fall, Miss Bolton will be attending Ohio Northern University in Ada majoring in music education.

First Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of Washington & Crawford Streets in Van Wert.  The recital is free and open to the public.

 

 

Plane Crash Kills Two

2 Killed in Plane Crash east of Gomer Sugar Creek Township – The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an airplane crash that occurred in a field located southeast of the intersection of Tudor Rd. and Sandy Point Rd. On June 20, 2019 at approximately 4:42 P.M., troopers responded to a call of a plane in a field. Upon arrival, it was found that a 1981 Beech A36 Fixed Wind Single -Engine Airplane had crashed. The pilot and one passenger were pronounced dead on scene by Allen County Coroner’s Assistant, Jamie Sizemore. The names have not yet been released pending next of kin notification. Assisting on scene were troopers with the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Cairo-Monroe Fire and EMS, Allen County Coroner’s Office, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

Van Wert Civic Theatre Announces Auditions

Van Wert Civic Theatre is gearing up to present the next season of live theatre.  Director Christa Manning and Music Director Dee Fisher will be holding auditions for Assassins,  the first show of the 2019-2020 season, on Sunday, June 23 and Monday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Callbacks may be held after with a date and time to be determined.  Assassins, featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim, merges the stories of nine individuals who assassinated or attempted to assassinate United States presidents.  The show bends time and space to bring these characters together, revealing a dark side of the American experience.  In addition to the nine assassins, the show requires a chorus and other minor roles. 

 

The directors ask that those auditioning to familiarize themselves with the characters in the show and music in the show. Please prepare a 90 second vocal selection which demonstrates you range or ability. Accompaniment will be provided. Those auditioning are encouraged to be creative. These roles are demanding, and the directors need to see what you are capable of doing.  Visit vwct.org for a link to the casting requirements including vocal ranges of the characters. 

 

Musical rehearsals will take place during July as schedules allow with full rehearsals beginning in August. Show dates for Assassins are September 26, 27, 28, 29 and October 3, 4, 5, 6, 2019.

 

 

 

The Parkway Local Schools July board of education meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

 

 

 

 

Culvert to be Replaced

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart has closed Township Line Road between Fox Road and Watkins Road in Gibson/Granville Township for a culvert replacement.  This road 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.

 

 

SHARPSBURG ROAD IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN FLALER ROAD & FOX ROAD

 

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today, contingent upon weather conditions, Kahlig Dozing & Excavating, Inc. plan to start construction work Monday, June 3, 2019 on a 1 mile section of Sharpsburg Road centered on the intersection of St. Peter Road. The improvements will involve vertical road profile improvements, pavement and shoulder widening and resurfacing. The road will be closed to through traffic for up to 120 days and local access will be maintained. The completion deadline for the project is mid-fall 2019. Right-of-way stakes and construction staking will be placed and need to remain for the duration of the project. Our office is available to try to answer any questions you may have about the project. The contact information for the Mercer County Engineer’s Office is: 4884 Mud Pike, Celina 45822 Phone: 419.586.7759 Email: engineer@mercercountyohio.org

 

 

 

 

 

Beam Signing Marks Milestone in Van Wert Health Hospital Expansion 2019 Project

Van Wert, OH –All area community members are invited to sign their name on a 32-foot beam that will be used in the construction of the Van Wert Health Expansion Project. The beam signing events mark a significant milestone in the largest expansion project for Van Wert Health, which has provided health care services to Van Wert and the surrounding communities for nearly 115 years. Community members, physicians, hospital employees, and volunteers are all invited to sign the beam during any of the designated dates and times.

Guests should enter the Van Wert Health Main Campus (located at 1250 South Washington Street, Van Wert) and park near the large white tent, which will house the 32-foot beam to be signed.

Beam signing dates will be: June 20, 21, 22, and 23 and June 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2019 from 12:00-2:00 PM and 5:00 to 7:00 PM each day. Construction on the Surgery and Inpatient Expansion Project begin in September 2018 and has seen substantial progress over the past 9 months. “We’re energized about the progress thus far on the project and we look forward to celebrating this milestone with the entire community, and ultimately, celebrating the evolution of the project as we move into the next era of health care in our region,” shared Jim Pope, President and CEO of Van Wert Health. When complete, the current hospital will be anchored by a new two-story, 84,000 square-foot facility which will help further address the health care needs of residents and visitors in our area.

Highlights of the expansion project include a state-of-the-art surgical suites, surgery waiting area, all new acute care and intensive care unit rooms, and all new labor and delivery rooms and C-section suite.

Van Wert Health is also hosting a Pretend Play Hospital for children of all ages on Saturday, June 29.

Children and their parents are invited to the hospital any time between 9 AM and 2 PM where a special area will be converted into a land of make-believe where children can play dress up with child-sized scrubs and lab jackets; experiment with medical equipment like crutches, slings, bandages, and gauge; and enjoy play time with Van Wert Health doctors and nurse practitioners.

 

 

 

 

 

Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University-Lake Campus
June & July 2019 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 Summer Semester 2019! To access our full spring schedule go to: https://lake.wright.edu/connect/business-enterprise-center. Upcoming classes in June include the following workshops:

 

CONTACT INFO:     Must pre-register for each class. Call Carol Jones at 419-586-0902, or email Carol.jones@wright.edu, or follow us on Facebook: WSU-LakeHYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/pages/WSU-Lake-Campus-Business-Enterprise-Center/548195448562822"-Campus Business Enterprise Center.

 

“STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Workshop Held Monthly)

This two-hour class provides you and your guest information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and how to start your business the “Wright Way.” After attending this class, you are eligible for to free, individualized business counseling. Most issues such as business financials—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc., as well as Business Plan assistance, marketing and advertising, researching demographics, HR issues, etc.

We recommend all who considering starting or buying a business to attend one session.

Dates:             June 27, 2019

            July 25, 2019

            August 22, 2019

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Rm: 120 Trenary Hall

Cost: $35 p/business

 

MICROSOFT WORD FOR BUSINESS (openings still available!)

Learn the #1 document processing software! Discover MS Word’s unique features including various menu bars, inserting tables, charts, pictures, etc. Set tabs for a professional look or use columns to create your business newsletter. Learn to format your business correspondence to look and sound more professional including business letters, short memos, or long reports, etc. Set margins for different tasks, insert page numbers or use headers and footers. This class can help your documents look as professional as your business!

Dates: Monday/Wednesday June 24 & 26, 2019; Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm {6 hours}; Room: 194 Dwyer Hall; Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost: $90 p/person

 

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: July 8 & 10, 2019

Time: 5:30-8 pm.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $75 p/person

Intermediate Workshop

Dates: July 15 & 17, 2019

Time: 5:30-8 pm.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $75 p/person

Advanced Workshop

Dates: July 22 & 24, 2019

Time: 5:30-8 pm.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $750 p/person

 ATTEND ALL THREE WORKSHOPS AND SAVE $$$       15 Hours of Excel Training for $200

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 150 Years Of German Culture Through Song
Who: Ft. Waiyne Maennerchor/Damenchor
When: Saturday, July 13 - Float in the Three River's Festival Parade
           Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20 - International Village Tent, in Club Soda parking lot.
What: Serving traditional Currywurst (bratts with sauce) and Kuchen (German pastry)
Why: An invitation to join our chorus or just enjoy our yearly Dinners and Concerts.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 17-18, 2019
 

 
 

Business, and Industry Fair in Van Wert on June 26
On Wednesday June 26th from 11 – 2 pm at the Van Wert Co. Fairgrounds in the Junior Fair building is the Health, Business, and Industry Fair. Several businesses will be present to share info with you on services that they offer including: health related topics, insurance needs, home improvements, and more! Free blood pressure and pulse oximetry checks as well as balance screenings will be available from area hospitals. Lunch available for donation, door prizes, and FREE ADMISSION!

 

 

Fifth Annual Summer Kickoff Festival on Saturday, June 22 in St. Marys at Villa Nova
The Lake Improvement Association will host the fifth annual Summer Kickoff festival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 near the Villa Nova shelter house on the northeast side of Grand Lake St. Marys. Admission is free to the public, with all proceeds from events and concessions going toward the improvement Grand Lake St. Marys. There will be races, bands, food and fun games.

 

 

Rockford Memorial Day Thank-You’s Voiced
The Rockford American Legion Post 508 would like to extent a heartfelt thanks
to the following organizations that made our Memorial Day 2019 remembrance a success:

Willshire American Legion Post 207 

Rockford Sons of the Legion

Willshire Sons of the Legion 

Rockford and Willshire Boy Scouts

Mr. Ryan Twigg and the Parkway High School Marching Band

Pastor Chip Steffy – Rockford United Methodist Church

Rockford Thrifty 4H 

Rockford Carry Out and those individuals that served meals

The individuals that went to several local cemeteries to put flags on graves.

And grateful thanks to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedoms we U.S. citizens enjoy every day of the year.

 

 


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

Our Old Bookcase, June 13, 2019,  History of New Idea Equipment at the Vatican in Italy.

Photo Caption:  The New Idea Hay Rake found a new home at the Vatican Farm, in August 1960.

This photograph was particularly striking to me, to see the modern New Idea Company No. 49 Hay Rake at the Papal Villa of Castel Gandolfo just north of the Vatican City.  At this Villa, the ruins of the Villa of Emperor Domitian are still standing as a reminder of life in Rome in the year 96 A.D.  Today, one can visit this farm and see the oak trees, and the olive trees that have centuries of history on this land.

The July-August, 1960 “Around New Idea” newsletter described the scene on the photograph in Italy.  Standing by the New Idea Hay Rake, were Right Reverend Monsignor L.G. Ligutti and Dr. E. Bonomelli.  This New Idea Rake was one of three machines which were shipped to the Vatican in April.  In 1960 Monsignor Ligutti was Director of International Affairs of the United National Catholic Rural Life Conference.  Dr. Bonomelli was the Farm Manager of the 180 acre Papal Farm at Castel Gandolfo.

New Idea Farm Equipment was not the only product going to the Papal Farm.  A group of United States farmers gave the Pope a gift of an Aberdeen Angus herd.  The Newsletter concluded its story with the following statement:  “The gift of the Aberdeen Angus Herd and the New Idea Equipment installed, is a symbol of American generosity, good will, and brotherhood.”

Most Mercer Countians who have lived here most of their lives are quite aware of the New Idea Company and its Century of work at Coldwater and all of its branches across the Nation.  Most adults are also aware that the New Idea Company sold its farm equipment around the world.  We think of business and industry, but we may not put a face on the very people who use New Idea Farm Equipment. 

Monsignor Ligutti’s parting words to the New Idea Company’s representatives were as follows:  “Any time any of you people come to Rome, a short drive to Castel Gandolfo must form a part of your itinerary.”   I am not certain if I will have the opportunity to travel in Europe as I did when I was younger.  However, I will remember Monsignor Ligutti’s words, and accept his invitation because that visit sounds like a walk through the archaeology and culture of Italy’s history.

This story about New Idea Company’s Hay Rake has been received so well, that it has been recorded in our new book, “New Idea Company’s Hay Tools, 1931-1999, Coldwater, Ohio.”  Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about their enthusiasm that our New Idea Historic Preservation Committee is publishing the Fourth Book about New Idea’s History. 

[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.]

 
 

Civic Theatre offers summer youth shows

Each summer the Van Wert Civic Theatre provides performing opportunities for youth and theatre experiences for everyone in the family.  Next week, Disney Frozen Jr will open for a 3-performance run.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.  All tickets are $10.  This show is suitable for all ages and runs about one hour.  Light up snowflake wands will be available for purchase each night for $5 (cash only).  The wands will be lit during the song “Let It Go” allowing everyone in the theatre to be part of the action.  Tickets go on sale June 17.  Call the box office at 419-238-9689 from 2 – 6 p.m. or go online to vwct.org to reserve tickets. 

This weekend, director Monica Campbell, will be holding auditions for Little Red: Life in the Hood, a tell-all fairy tale comedy that has speaking and non-speaking parts for youth ages 5 – 18.  Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 and Monday, June 17.  All young people are encouraged to attend.  This show is not a musical. 

For more information about shows, auditions, or tickets, visit vwct.org. 

 
 

 
June 8-16, 2019
 

 
 
Parkway HS 4th Qtr Honor Roll 2018-2019 - Congratulations!
By Lisa Miller, HS Secretary

SENIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Alistair Fahncke, Matthew Gaerke, KeAndra Godsey, Mecaylah Hesse, Madison Kroeger, Faith Rollins, Isabella Strunk, Haylee Stukey, Loren Stukey, Tessa Thatcher

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Molly Baltzell, Shay Bolton, Hannah Eichenauer, Alexandria Ford, Kara Heck, Alyssa Miller, Olivia Scott, Grace Swander, Jonathan Wehe

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Jared Anderson, Justin Miller, Rachel Perry, Stephanie Schaaf, Owen Sinning, Bailey Strickler, Lance Weirrick



 

 

JUNIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Rachel Barrett, Aaron Bruns, Alexis Cairns, Autumn Ellis, Macy Henkle, McKenna Johnson, Brooke May, Kyle Roth, Olivia Rutledge, Hailey Stephenson, Shaelyn Thomas, Ashlyn White

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Cory Agler, Breyden Bruns, Ansley Burtch, Claire Eichler, Emma Gause, Leah Harshman, Kristine Kirby, Clarissa Krogman, Jason Luth, 
Sophia Miller, Kiersten Roehm, Grace Rogers, Alexander Tisdale

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Carley Boeckman, Courtney Harding, Jacob Haver, Nicholas Hawk, Ryan Hesse, Lily Hipply, Kaitlin LaBrun, Mason Landers, Bryce Lowery, Hailey Roberts, Gavin Stober, McKenna Temple, Corey Walls, Sydney Yoder, Emily Zimmerman

 



 



 

SOPHOMORES

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Avery Boroff, Kaden Boroff, Savanna Freeman, Sierra Freeman, Zoie Huffman, Brayton Luginbill, Lydia Miller, Kelsey Nichols, Elijah Rich

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Abigail Browning, Alexzandra Cottman, Brendan Etzcorn, Remi' Fokine, Madalyn Heindel, Kayla Kuhn, Haydn Ridenour, Claire Rutledge, Makenna Schumm, Mackenzie Springer, Sydney Waters

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Addison Barna, Breanna Beeks, Treya Conn, Grace Etgen, Graham Farmer, Justan Felver, Audrey Ford, Hunter Gibson, Clara Hellwarth, Dylan Hughes, Claire Langenkamp, Bryce Mihm, Andrea Miller, Samantha Noll, McKayla Sites, Jonathan Steinhoff, Adam Stephenson, Tyler Tinkham



 

 

FRESHMEN

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Leah Eichler, Lily Haver, Danielle Huff, Riley Samples, Benjamin Sheppard, Blake Strickler

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Kameryn Altenbach, Aiden Anderson, Alex Anderson, Cora Barna, Grant Bollenbacher, Cami High, Molly Hileman, Raegan Roehm, Jacob Rogers, Gabriel Schaaf, Chantry Simon, Ashtyn Sipe, Caden Slusher, Gracyn Temple

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Jace Armstrong, Bailey Berry, Camdyn Clay, Elise Darrigan, Alexander Gile, Ashley Hague, Chase Heitkamp, Jaden Hileman, Emily Jackson, Paige Jackson, Faith Jacobs, Chasity McGhee, Cade Schoenleben, Makenzie Stephenson, Montanna Vann, Briana Webb

 

 
 

Middle School Artists Featured at Rockford Community Days - Click Here

 
 



Rockford Lions Club Donates and Plans Car Show
At a recent meeting of the Rockford Lions Club, president Darrell Sheppard presented a check to Misty Riley representing the Parkway High School Baseball Parents.   The Lions Club contribution along with others in the community will assist with the expansion of the Parkway High School Baseball Dugout.

Under the direction of Lion Rod Heiser, project chair, members of the Rockford Lions are also finishing their preparation for the 25th Annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-In on Friday evening June 14th 2019.  The Car Show and Cruise-In on West Market Street in Rockford are held in conjunction with the Rockford Community Days.  The 2018 Car Show included more than 200 entries.  On June 14th, Car Show registration begins at 4 pm.  Judging begins at 6:30 and the Awards Ceremony begins at 8:45 pm.  Rockford Lions will also participate in the Community Days Parade Saturday afternoon, June 15th, 2019 at 4 pm.

Proceeds from Lions projects fund scholarships and help to fulfill local community needs and requests. 

 
 

Come to Community Days
Did you know by supporting Rockford Community Days you not only support the organization itself for permanent improvements to our village parks, but also other organizations from around our village all at once. 

You are supporting the Lions Club, boy scouts, girl scouts, 4H, a few local small businesses, St. Teresa's Catholic church, summer jobs for high school kids, parkway wrestling, local artists, Leota Braun charitable foundation, Mercer County Fire and EMS Depts (racing for relief) and local entrepreneurs. One event can do so much good with a little support from everyone!


Cant wait to see you June 14th and 15th at Rockford Community Days! 

 

Rockford Festival of Arts -- during Community Days

Dan Keyes - who is creating a historical themed mural on the side of the Rockford Firehouse for the 2020 Rockford Bicentennial.   Dan will be available for meet and greet on Friday - June 14th from 5 - 9 pm.  Learn about our local history and see the rendering of the Rockford mural !

From Minnesota, Dan lives in New Bremen.  He has a BS in theater and has acted professionally.  He has also worked at historical sites.  In his spare time he has been the drama director at New Bremen High School and 
Co-Founder of Lock One Community Arts.


Dan is a self taught and has done faux painting, wood graining, marbling  and murals.  He has previously painted murals in St. Marys, Ft. Recovery and Coldwater. 


* Check out Rockford Community Days for information on other local artists that will be participating in 
the Festival of Arts - located at the Rockford Community Building on June 14 and 15th.  Several painting 
workshops will be help - RSVP - limited seating !  

 

 
 

 
June 7, 2019
 

 
 

The Twenty First Century Club Gathers for Last  Meeting of the Year

President Karla Butler called the meeting to order and thanked the officers as well as the members for researching Remarkable Women. The club thanked her as well for her leadership. The theme for the year was memorable as the group learned so much. A note was shared from Susan Coburn which thanked Club members for their kindness of cards, visits, prayers and the Chamber gift cards.

Karla shared a newspaper article about one of the remarkable women from our membership, Sheila Baltzell-Linn, who will be retiring as Celina Schools media specialist after nearly 32 years.  It was also shared that Cindy Canary is retiring from her job at Central Insurance at the end of May.

Roll Call for the evening was “Tell about the children in your life or a favorite childhood memory.” 

Food Pantry items were collected. And, an updated information sheet was given to members regarding details of the Rockford Bicentennial Formal Tea to be held in May 2019.  Also, a description of the 4 committees was given to each.  A signup sheet was available if members were ready to commit to a committee. Each member is being asked to serve on one committee.  Committees may decide to meet before the September 2019 Club meeting.  At the September meeting, members will be asked to sign up with someone to plan for and decorate a table or two.  It was discussed that having a general theme would be helpful for the Entertainment Committee and possibly decorating tables.

New Business:  Karla Butler offered the name of Janet Steffy as a new member for Club, and she was unanimously accepted. 

Karen Nuttle then began the program by sharing information about Marian Wright Edelman, an American activist for children’s rights.  She is founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund.  Much of Karen’s information comes from two of Edelman’s books, The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small and Lantern: A Memoir of Mentors.  Edelman’s father instilled in her at an early age to “right the wrongs” around her.  She realized early on in her education that to make the needed changes in the south during the 1960’s, especially for black women and children, she would need to have a law degree.  She was the first black woman to be admitted to the Mississippi State Bar.  Many of her accomplishments come from her ability to write letters that convince others to act and to change social injustices.  In reflecting on her career and work, Edelman gives credit to her mentors who told her that emphasis was on education, excellence and service, not just making a career.  Even though Edelman saw so much cruel and unfair treatment of people in the American South, she focuses on the “strength and resiliency of the human spirit and the ability of determined people to resist and overcome evil through personal and collective will.” 

Katherine Beckett then shared about the life of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education. During her childhood, Malala’s parents treated her differently than is customary in Pakistan.  They raised her to be the best person she could be, not the best wife.  She was educated by her father in the same way boys are educated.  However, at age 12 she was separated from the boys for schooling.  Her role model was Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to serve as prime minister of Pakistan or any Muslim majority nation.  As a young pre-teen, Malala had a blog, gave speeches, and was interviewed on TV where she shared about her life, making the world aware of the treatment of girls and women in Pakistan. When the Taliban rose to power, in October 2012 at the age of 15, an assassination attempt was made on her life.  In order to save her life, the Pakistani government took charge of her medical care and sent her, alone, to Great Britain.  Months later after she regained consciousness, her family joined her there where she remains due to her personal safety.  Malala has received several worldwide honors, including at the age of 14 a nominee for the International Children’s Peace Prize, Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice, and co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.  Malala will be 22 in July 2019.

Kara Ransbottom and Valerie Fritzinger provided delicious snacks.

The next meeting will be on September 24, 2019 in the RUMC Social Room.

 

Donation from America’s Farmer Grow Communities for new Danuta Cabin at 4-H Camp Palmer, Fayette, OHIO, June 6, 2019


The 4-H Camp Palmer staff and board are very thankful for a $2,500 donation. A local farmer-Kevin Wyse of Fulton County who was recently awarded an America’s Farmers Grow Communities Donation, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, and directed the donation to 4-H Camp Palmer. This donation was used to help with the construction of a new cabin. The new Danuta cabin was just completed and replaces cabin 2 that was built in 1955.  Thanks to primary donor, Walt Lange, this cabin is in memory of his wife Donna (Danuta) Lange.


Started in 2010, the America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, have been dedicated to partnering with farmers to strengthen rural communities. The programs provide funding for ag scholarships, nonprofit donations and school STEM grants. Since inception, the programs have awarded over $50 million to rural communities. For more information, visit AmericasFarmers.com.


4-H Camp Palmer began 72nd summer camp operation with Williams County 4-H Campers arriving on June 6, 2019. Besides the excitement of the new Danuta Cabin, camp also opened a new 240-foot zip line ride off the high ropes course and has a new STEM science program where campers can learn to fly drones this summer!

 
For addition information concerning summer camps, please call 419-237-2247 or email 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com.  4-H Camp Palmer is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

Caption: Pictured are Walt Lange (primary donor) and Elliot Lawrence (Camp Board member) who are holding giant scissors. Also from left to right Walt Lange’s daughter Denise, grandsons Kyle, Nicholas and Nathan, granddaughter Allysa and daughter Lisa.

   

 

16th Annual Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Pow Wow Planned

16th Annual NCGLNAC Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Portland, IN. Make plans today to attend the 16th Annual Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Pow Wow hosted by National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture on June 8 and 9 at the TriState Antique Gas Engine Association Grounds, 1010 Morton Street in Portland. This event is sponsored in part by the Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau and First Bank of Berne. The 16th Annual Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Pow Wow is a celebration of Great Lakes Native Americans and their culture. It features Native American drums, singers and dancers from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday June 8 and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday June 9. A flute and hand drum contest will be at 12 noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Other activities on both days include Native American vendors from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wyoming, Native American foods, a pre-1840 re-enactment camp, and artisan demonstrations. Special dances open to all are a senior dance (50+) Saturday, a kid’s candy dance Sunday and intertribal, two step and potato dances both days. All activities are included in the gate admission of $3 per person, children under 12 are free with a maximum of $12 per carload for families. Parking is free. Bring lawn chairs. In addition, 10% of the gate admissions will be donated to the Jay County Humane Society to help find forever homes for area homeless pets. The higher the attendance, the higher the donation to the Jay County Humane Society! So come out to a great family-oriented entertainment opportunity and help support the Jay County Humane Society at the same time. National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture, Inc. was formed as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational organization. The Center is composed of Native and non-Native members whose mission is to continue and preserve traditional Great Lakes Native American art, history and culture by helping pass those traditions on to Native People and by educating the general public about the importance of Great Lakes Native peoples, their art, history and culture. NCGLNAC owns nearly 30 acres (generously donated by the Jay County Fair Board) of beautiful, wooded land, complete with pond and wetlands, located just north of the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland. The first ethno-botanical hiking trail was opened to the public in 2008. A stone parking lot was finished in 2014. Construction of the walking bridge over Miller Branch was completed in 2015. Construction of a second bridge over the pond spillway will begin this year. An educational gazebo is in the planning stages.   

  

Defiance Post Investigating Fatal Crash

Montpelier – The Defiance Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred today at approximately 1:28pm on County Road K within the intersection of County Road 13, in Superior Township, Williams County, Ohio.  

A 2013 Chevrolet, driven by Andrea Cummins, age 46, of Montpelier, Ohio was northbound on County Road 13.  A 2012 Kia, driven by Kelly Gray, age 45, of Napoleon, Ohio was eastbound on County Road K. Kelly Gray’s vehicle struck Andrea Cummins’ vehicle on the diver side as it turned left onto County Road K.  Andrea Cummins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Williams County Coroner.  The front seat passenger in the Cummins vehicle was taken to Community Hospital Williams County-Bryan where he was then transported to Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo.  Kelly Gray was taken by Williams County EMS to the Montpelier Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.  Seat belts were in use in both vehicles.

Assisting at the scene were the Williams County Sheriff’s Department, Williams County EMS, Montpelier Police Department, Montpelier Fire Department, The Bryan Municipal Prosecutor’s Office, Williams County Prosecutor’s Office and the Williams County Coroner.  The crash remains under investigation at this time.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always wear their seat belts, to never drive distracted or impaired, and to reduce speed during inclement weather.

 

 

Writer’s Club to Meet
The Stateline Writer's Club is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Celina public library.  

The suggested topic is "birthdays." 

If time permits, there will also be a short writing exercise.  

 

 

Council on Aging establishes endowment fund with VWCF

A new charitable endowment fund was created with The Van Wert County Foundation by the Van Wert County Council on Aging (COA). This fund helps to generate future income for the COA for years to come. 

The mission of the COA is to assist older adults, age 60 and over, to live their lives with independence and dignity for as long as possible in the environment of their homes. By operating the Van Wert Senior Center located at 220 Fox Road, Van Wert; the COA offers a place for citizens ages 60+ to enjoy fun and fellowship through many daily activities at the center. Favorites activities include euchre, pinochle, bingo, and there’s always a special event right around the corner. The COA provides essential services like transportation and chore services for those seniors who need it most. These services ensure a better quality of life to help clients to remain living independently in their homes as long as possible. 

This charitable endowment fund is open to the public for a donation. All donations become permanent principle which helps to create investment income. The investment income becomes part of their operating budget at the decision of the Van Wert County Council on Aging’s board in support of their organization. Your gift toward the COA Endowment Fund helps to ensure that additional services for older citizens continue for generations to come. 

The Van Wert County Foundation conducts such activities using only the investment income generated by the principal. Donors should know that those assets received by The Foundation will remain in perpetuity as a funding source forever. The Foundation pools funds for investment purposes. All contributions are professionally managed, and thus, donors have the advantage of a diverse investment policy. There are many options as to how to set up such a fund and those wanting more information should contact Executive Secretary, Seth Baker at info@vanwertcountyfoundation.org or by phone at 419.238.1743.

Pictured: (Left to Right) Seth Baker, Foundation Executive Secretary; Trevor Webster, Board President Council on Aging; and Kevin Matthews, Executive Director of Van Wert County Council on Aging

 

 

Did you know that the founder of Rockford, Anthony Shane or 'Antoine Chene' was a French-Ottawa Indian who was raised among the Shawnee and of the Catholic faith?  That his wife Lamateshe or 'Aqualanox' was a Delaware Indian who was an avid follower in the Baptist faith?

Rockford Historical Snippet
by Mike Schumm

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 1-6, 2019
 

 
 

Changes for Parkway Board of Education Meetings
The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education regular meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  The purpose of the meeting will be to approve overnight field trips and go into executive session.  No business will be acted upon after the executive session. Click Here for the Agenda by Sally Cox.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plan Now for Rockford Community Days  
Are you ready? Its festival season and we are super excited to kick it
off with Rockford Community Days 2019. Join us for a weekend full of
family fun, free entertainment, arts festival, adult beverages,
fireworks and delicious fair food we all crave. All the festivities
will begin at 5pm Friday June 14th and continue through Sat June 15th.
Click Here for a printable agenda of The Rockford Arts Festival Events.

Contact - general Amy Joseph @
419-953-7874 or arts festival Lisa Kuhn @ 419-363-3032

 
 
 

 
May 28-31, 2019
 

 
 
 

Make your Own Barn Quilt!

Rockford Festival of Arts will be holding (2)  Wooden Barn Quilt Sampler Workshops on
on Saturday - June 15th - starting at 3 pm in the Rockford Community Building.
  
Join us as we learn how to make a Barn Quilt with Barb Pedroza or  Deb Schumm  
This event requires pre-registration at the Rockford Village Office.  
RSVP Cost is $15.00 cash.    Call 419-363-3032 with any questions. 
  
Space is limited - RSVP today !  

 
 

Plan Now for Rockford Community Days  
Are you ready? Its festival season and we are super excited to kick it
off with Rockford Community Days 2019. Join us for a weekend full of
family fun, free entertainment, arts festival, adult beverages,
fireworks and delicious fair food we all crave. All the festivities
will begin at 5pm Friday June 14th and continue through Sat June 15th.
Find us on Facebook @rockfordcommunitydays
For a complete list of events. Contact - general Amy Joseph @
419-953-7874 or arts festival Lisa Kuhn @ 419-363-3032

 

 
 
 

 
May 23-27, 2019
Memorial Day Weekend
 

 
 
 

Memorial Day 2019 – in Rockford

The Rockford Community is looking forward to honoring our Veterans on
Monday - May 27th with the following services:

The public is invited to honor our fallen veterans at Riverside Cemetery at 10 am.
Flags will be placed on the grave markers, a 21 gun salute will be given, and TAPS will be played.  

The Memorial Day parade will begin at approximately 11 am (When the band arrives) and travel north on Main street to the service at Hedges Park.  This is the site where the new Veterans Memorial will be built.  Our guest speaker will be Pastor Chip Steffy of the Rockford United Methodist Church. 

The Rockford American Legion will be holding a chicken dinner fundraiser.
The cost will be $7 - Tickets are pre-sale only and are available at
Rockford American Legion, Barrys Family Market, and The Rockford Carry

 

 

Memorial Day 2019 in Mendon and the Annual Mendon-Union Alumni Banquet

The 123rd Annual Mendon-Union Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday May 25th, 2019 at noon, at the Celina American Legion Post 210 on State Route 703 east of Celina.  Your reservation for the banquet meal needs to be in by Saturday May 11th.  Other events planned for Alumni Weekend include, a "Tribute to Patsy Cline" featuring Mary Pfeifer of Gardner, Illinois who will singing at the banquet, and then will be doing her entire show at 6:30 p.m. at the Mendon School grounds.  This is a free outdoor concert, open to the public, sponsored by various Mendon area businesses, so bring your lawn chairs.  Concert will be moved inside one of the churches in case of rain.  Sunday activities include an Alumni Golf Scramble at 8:00 a.m., a community church service at 10:00 a.m. at the school park, a carry-out chicken B*B*Q at noon pre-sale tickets only at the Methodist church, and an ice cream social at the Mendon First Church of God from 4:30-7:00 p.m. 

 

Monday morning, Memorial Day starts off with a breakfast by the Methodist Youth at the church from 7:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m., at 8:30 a.m. the Annual Memorial Day parade and service in the town park honoring fallen veterans featuring the Celina VFW post Honor Guard, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Parkway marching band, local scout troop, and guest speaker.

 

 
 
Memorial Day 2019 in Willshire

Parade time at 9:30 from the American Legion Post to the Willshire Cemetery for the service with speaker Pastor Mark Rutledge. Parkway Band will provide music. The parade will resume to the bridge for the memorial to the men and women lost at sea. Willshire Home Furnishings will have their military museum of 160 uniforms and memorabilia open Saturday and Monday  from 9 AM to 6 PM an one week following Memorial Day.

 
 
 

Norman Means, MD Announces His New Work Location
Norman Means, MD of Rockford recently announced his new work location at
Bluffton, IN Bluffton Regional Medical Center - a Lutheran Health Network.

125 E. Cherry St., Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 919-3470

 

 

Patrice Wood Honored by Rhode Island Radio and Television Hall of Fame

Holly “Patrice” Wood was honored on Thursday, May 9, 2019 for her years of dedicated service to the people of Southern New England.

The Rhode Island Radio and Television Hall of Fame  named Patrice to its class of 2019 during the induction ceremony and banquet.

Patrice has been a familiar face on NBC 10 WJAR – Providence RI for nearly 40 years, first as a reporter and then moving to the anchor desk. She's also advocated for the adoption of children in foster care in her "Tuesday's Child" segments.

When accepting the award, Patrice raised her late mother’s newspaper reporter’s press pass for the audience to see and credited the late Virginia Meyer Wood with instilling a work ethic and journalistic curiosity in her.

"Patrice has dedicated her career to making WJAR one of the most watched and trusted news stations in New England," General Manager Vic Vetters said.

Other members of the class of 2019 are Walter Cryan, former anchor at WPRI-TV, Kim Zandy of WPRO-FM, and newsman Bill Haberman of WPRO. Patrice is pictured with other winners above (center) holding a bouquet of flowers and her "microphone" award.

Also honored in memoriam  was legendary NBC 10 personality Art Lake who received the Pioneer Award posthumously.

Lake spent more than 60 years at WJAR. He began as an announcer on WJAR radio in 1944 and made the transition to television five years later when WJAR-TV went on the air. He was a booth announcer, program host, news reader and ultimately, weather forecaster.

Art passed away in 2009 and was a colleague of Patrice Wood.

Holly Patrice Wood is a 1973 graduate of Parkway High School and grew up in Mercer County with her sisters Sheila Baltzell-Linn, Celina and Colleen O’Steen, Huntsville, AL. Their parents are the late Duane Wood and the late Virginia Wood.

 

Parkway High School Art Students Display Their Work on New Website

Parkway High School Art Teacher Ed Kuhn invites the community to take a look at the art created by this year’s high school art students. He created a Museum of their work on a webpage accessible with a clickable link or a QR code link.  “I have never tried something like this before, and so I am very excited for smart-phone users to try the QR code in the invitation on the link. The url to the website is located below."

https://sites.google.com/parkwayschools.org/parkway-web-museum/home

 

Click here for the Invitation to use your Smartphone with the QR code reader.

 
 
 
 

 
May 20-22, 2019
 

 
 

Sapp Family Donates $1,150 to Rockford American Legion Veterans Memorial
Fifteen Servicemen from the Sapp Immediate Family Honored

by Sheila Baltzell-Linn, 5-20-2019
Photo by Nikki Sapp Fox

When the Rockford American Legion recently announced their plans to create a new Veterans Memorial in Hedges Park, adjacent to the American Legion Post  on State Route 33, the Sapp Family began to discuss how they could contribute and honor the men dear to them. Together, they raised $1,150 to honor their fathers, fathers-in-law, brothers and brothers-in-law as well as all veterans.

Their immediate family of veterans includes: Dick Sapp – Army; Roger Sapp – Army; Benny Sapp – Army; Dale Ellis – Army; Ted Ballinger – Marines; Don Frahm – National Guard; Ron Frahm – National Guard; Richard D. Kline – Navy; Paul J. Nichols -  Navy; Ralph Shindeldecker – Army; Ralphie Shindeldecker – Air Force; Jim Shindeldecker – Army; Harold Feasel – Army; Reed Shaffer – National Guard; and Kenneth Branstetter – Army.

Shown above, the Sapp brothers recently presented a check for $1,150 to help fund the project. Left to right: Dick Sapp, Roger Sapp, Charlie Sapp, Rockford American Legion representatives Reed Shaffer, Terry McMillen and Terry Joseph.

Family not present included: Larry Sapp (who recently passed-away); Steve Sapp; Nancy Kline; and Toby Feasel. They are all the children of the late Paul and Jessie (Snyder) Sapp.

The Sapp Family is also instrumental in keeping the memory alive of Benny Sapp, their brother who died in Viet Nam on November 20, 1968 through the Carey, Bill and Benny Scholarship Fund. This scholarship not only remembers Benny but Carey Fosnaugh and Bill Miller as well. The recipient of the scholarship is a Parkway graduate.  2019 recipient is Molly Baltzell.

 
 

Memorial Weekend Patriotic Concert In The Park

 

On Friday May 24th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  Music performed on the concert will include Patriotic selections that are intended to reflect, revitalize and rekindle the pride that each of use has as citizens of the best country in the world, the United States of America.  A few of these selections are, Flight of Valor in honor of United Airlines Flight 93, Stone Garden that depicts the cemeteries of our fallen heroes and Voices of the Battlefield. Area military personnel and veterans will also be honored with a Salute To America’s Finest. 

A food stand will be available provided by the District Eastern Star starting at 5:00, so come early and enjoy a meal. Bring a coat it may be cool. In the event of inclement weather please listen to the local radio station or visit the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Facebook page.

Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Coldwater and Rockford for this special concert.

 
 
 
 
Letter to the Community
Dear Friends –

We would like to take this time to extent a heartfelt THANK YOU to those who have donated to the Rockford Veterans Memorial!   Since November, we have raised a total of $21,911 of the $125,000 needed to complete the project. 

The Veterans Memorial will be located beside the American Legion and is located on State Route 33 in Rockford.  This memorial will be seen not only by the local community but by the many travelers passing by Hedges Park.  We believe this Veterans Memorial will be a benefit to our community.

All around our county memorials stand to honor those who served in uniform and the battles they fought to protect our nation’s freedoms.   We need your financial help for this to become a reality in our community.   No donation is too small, it will take the entire community coming together to make this happen.  ?

Checks should be made out to the Leota Braun Foundation with 
“Post 508 Veterans Memorial” on the memo line.

Each donation will be tax deductible.   Mail to:  Leota Braun Foundation, PO Box 364, Rockford, Oh 45882.   We need donations by May 24th, 2019.  We will give an update at the Memorial Day Service.  The Veterans Memorial is to be dedicated at the May 2020 Memorial Day Service – Our Bicentennial Year. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.   Please direct any questions to the
Rockford Village Office at 419-363-3032 ext 1. 

Reed Shaffer, American Legion Representative
Jeff Long, Rockford Village Administrator / Bicentennial Coordinator
Mike Schumm, VP of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society/ Bicentennial Coordinator.
 
 

 
May 14-19, 2019
 

 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Hear About New Treatment Option

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 presentation will be given on High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) as a treatment option for newly diagnosed or recurring prostate cancer. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 21st 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.

 

Simply Patsy Concert Free on May 25, 2019 in Mendon

Mary Pfeifer from Gardener, Illinois will be preforming her Simply Patsy concert Sat, May 25th at the old Mendon School grounds beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This concert is free to everyone. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors filled with the country music of Patsy Cline's greatest hits from 1955-1963. Thanks to many local businesses, churches, and Alumni Association this community event is made possible.  In case of rain Mary will perform in the Mendon United Methodist Church. 

Mary Pfeifer only recently discovered her ‘Patsy’ voice that was within her. In 2009 she auditioned and got the part of Patsy Cline in the stage play “Always Patsy Cline”, performing all week long to sold-out audiences at the Engle Lane Theatre in Streator, Illinois. The play met with such great success, that it launched a Patsy Cline one-man show for Mary, as well as a full Patsy Cline tribute band- Mary Pfeifer and The Pearl Handle Band . Mary has performed her ‘Simply Patsy’ tribute as the featured performer at The Bement County Opry, Bement, Illinois, at Festival 56 in Princeton, at the Annual Thresherman’s Reunion, and five times t Boot City Opry in Terre Haute, Indiana, as well as county fairs and local festivals. Mary also performed her ‘Simply Patsy’ for White Pines Inn, Oregon, IL and is returning for her tenth season at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL in their TRIBUTE  TO THE STARS series. Mary does not consider herself and imitator of Patys Cline, feeling strongly that there is only one Patsy Cline, but considers herself an ambassador of her music, gibing tribute to her life and songs. She likes to ‘Patsify’ her audiences with facts and trivia about the amazing young entertainer that left this world in the prime of her life. Dressed in Patsy-like attire, Mary will not disappoint her listeners as her Patsy-like voice takes them from her early recordings to her top charted hits.

This is Mary's second appearance in Mercer County.  She last performed in Celina, Ohio at  Romer's with Choice Travel in 2017.  She was a big hit and loved by all.   Come enjoy her music and stories.

 

 

 
May 13, 2019
 

 
 

Rockford Community Announcements and events:

Tuesday – May 14 – Brush pick up

 

Saturday am – May 18 - New Horizons Student Ministries - bottle cap collection to benefit the Veterans Memorial

(Will be 3rd Saturday of each month)

 

Sunday – May 19th – Parkway Graduation

 

Monday – May 27 – Memorial Day Remembrance

 

Friday and Saturday – June 14/15 – Rockford Community Days

 

Saturday – June 22nd – Fox Family Ride for Autism

                                   

Click here to read above events and back minutes May 7, 2019 by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

 
 

Rockford Festival of Arts
Rockford Festival of Arts will be holding a Paint with the Artist workshop with
Emilie Fisher on Saturday - June 15th - starting at noon in the Rockford
Community Building.

Join us as we Paint Poppies with Emilie - this event requires
pre-registration at the Rockford Village Office.   RSVP Cost is $25.00.

Space is limited - RSVP today !  

 

Updates on Parkway Athletic Schedule for May 13 – May 18, 2019 by AD Matt Triplett

 

May 13:  

Varsity Baseball @ Jefferson, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball vs. Minster, 5:00 p.m. 

May 14:

Varsity Baseball vs. USV, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Softball vs. Lincolnview, @ Elida, 4:00 p.m. 

May 15:

No Athletic Events Scheduled

May 16:

Potential Varsity Baseball @ St. Henry, 5:00 p.m. 

HS District Track Meet @ Spencerville, 4:00 p.m.

May 17:

Potential Varsity Softball vs. TBD, @ Elida, 5:00 p.m. 

May 18:

HS District Track Meet @ Spencerville, 11:30 a.m.

 

 


  LAKE AREA ARTS GROUP MEET

  
  The Lake Area Arts Group (LAAG) will meet Monday, May 13th at 6 pm at
  the Celina Library. The agenda includes projects by Rockford artist,
  Jill Parris and Amelia Goff of St. Marys. Attendees will have
  opportunities to visit art stations to complete glue creations, wood
  grain, pencil and marker projects to take home.
  
  Information about the 9th annual mixed media art show at Maria Stein
  in June will be available which can include 3-D art.
  
  Artists in the area can exhibit at the meeting and teachers and art
  enthusiasts are invited to talk with the artists.
  
  LAAG member Marlene Marsee will be exhibiting her acrylic on canvas
  paintings at Brew Nation in Celina thru the month of May with over
  forty works on display.

 

 
 

 
May 11-12, 2019
 

 

Happy Mother's Day!

 
 
 

 
May 10, 2019

 

 
 

Plan Now for Memorial Day Festivities
on Monday, May 27th

 

 

Memorial Day 2019 – in Rockford

The Rockford Community is looking forward to honoring our Veterans on
Monday - May 27th with the following services:

The public is invited to honor our fallen veterans at Riverside Cemetery at 10 am.
Flags will be placed on the grave markers, a 21 gun salute will be given, and TAPS will be played.  

The Memorial Day parade will begin at approximately 11 am (When the band arrives) and travel north on Main street to the service at Hedges Park.  This is the site where the new Veterans Memorial will be built.  Our guest speaker will be Pastor Chip Steffy of the Rockford United Methodist Church. 

The Rockford American Legion will be holding a chicken dinner fundraiser.
The cost will be $7 - Tickets are pre-sale only and are available at
Rockford American Legion, Barrys Family Market, and The Rockford Carry

 

 

 

Memorial Day 2019 in Mendon and the Annual Mendon-Union Alumni Banquet

The 123rd Annual Mendon-Union Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday May 25th, 2019 at noon, at the Celina American Legion Post 210 on State Route 703 east of Celina.  Your reservation for the banquet meal needs to be in by Saturday May 11th.  Other events planned for Alumni Weekend include, a "Tribute to Patsy Cline" featuring Mary Pfeifer of Gardner, Illinois who will singing at the banquet, and then will be doing her entire show at 6:30 p.m. at the Mendon School grounds.  This is a free outdoor concert, open to the public, sponsored by various Mendon area businesses, so bring your lawn chairs.  Concert will be moved inside one of the churches in case of rain.  Sunday activities include an Alumni Golf Scramble at 8:00 a.m., a community church service at 10:00 a.m. at the school park, a carry-out chicken B*B*Q at noon pre-sale tickets only at the Methodist church, and an ice cream social at the Mendon First Church of God from 4:30-7:00 p.m. 

 

Monday morning, Memorial Day starts off with a breakfast by the Methodist Youth at the church from 7:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m., at 8:30 a.m. the Annual Memorial Day parade and service in the town park honoring fallen veterans featuring the Celina VFW post Honor Guard, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Parkway marching band, local scout troop, and guest speaker.

 

 
 
Memorial Day 2019 in Willshire - Information Coming soon!
 
 
 

 
May 8-9, 2019
 

 
 

Van Wert Health Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

April 29, 2019 – Van Wert County Hospital, dba, Van Wert Health in Van Wert, Ohio today announced it has been named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics. “We are proud to be recognized by agencies like The Chartis Center for Rural Health,” said Jim Pope, President & CEO of Van Werth Health. “Our Mission is simple, we want to be the best community hospital. We know that designation has to be earned every day from the patients we care for. It is a journey.”

Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all rural and community hospitals nationally. Now in its ninth year, the INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength (i.e. Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Chare, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective and Financial Stability) to determine an overall score for each hospital. Each of the INDEX’s 50 indicators is culled from publicly-available data sources. “In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”

 

Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital Resources: The list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

 

To learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health or to speak with someone regarding the INDEX and the 2019 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at wbalfour@ivantagehealth.com.

 

Van Wert Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital and physician group that provides comprehensive healthcare to Van Wert County, Ohio, and the surrounding region. They work to meet the health needs of their patients by continually assessing and improving the quality of care they provide. Van Wert Health has served the region since 1905. Their patient-focused approach is at the forefront of their mission to be the best community hospital.

 

 
 


Pomona Grange Strwberry Festival Coming

The Mercer County Pomona Grange will hold its Annual Strawberry Supper on Thursday, June 6,2019 at the Unity Grange Hall located 2 1/2 miles East of St. Anthony,OH or 2 1/2 miles South of Wabash,OH. on St. Anthony Road. 
Serving is from 4:30 until 7:00 pm. The cost is $8.00. Children 5-11 $4.00; 
4 & under-free. 
The menu consists of Chicken or Ham Sandwich and chips PLUS ALL the Strawberries and Shortcakes YOU CAN EAT
Carry-outs are available. Please bring your own containers. 
The Grange Hall is Handicapped Accessible. 
Please put this on your calendar. Grange members are looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

Parkway First Grade Trip to Zoo Delayed

The 1st grade trip to the zoo for Thursday, May 9 has been postponed to Thursday, May 16 due to incoming bad weather.

 

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, May 16. 2019,  The Founding of the Mercer County Historical Museum, 1957

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

Photo Caption:  Interior views of the first Mercer County Historical Museum, following the two years of Founding this County Institution.

Sixty-three years ago, in 1957, three forward-looking Mercer County Commissioners, Joseph Hartings, Lawrence Davis and Dwight Raudenbush,  made the decision to create and fund the County Institution, the Mercer County Historical Museum, and to create and fund the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.

The three gentlemen approached Roscoe D. Riley, (President Citizens Commercial Bank), Carleton C. Reiser, (Celina Municipal Judge 1958-1964), and Carroll Stubbs, (Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney, 1917-1920), and asked the three men to plan and implement a Mercer County Historical Society for the purpose of preserving Mercer County’s History, through public education and the collection of historical items for the County Museum.  In a series of private meetings between the County Commissioners and the three gentlemen, the decision was made to appoint an Agent, Carroll Stubbs, on October 29, 1957.  The next step was to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State, as of October 31, 1957.  The Articles of Incorporation were necessary in order for the County Commissioners to appropriate funds to the County Historical Society. 

The January 28, 1958 Minutes of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. confirm the history of the Founding of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. and the Mercer County Historical Museum.

“January 28, 1958, Roscoe D. Riley, President; Carleton C. Reiser, Vice-President, and C.A. Stubbs, Secretary-Treasurer, Mercer County Historical Society, met at the Citizens Commercial Bank, at Celina, Ohio.  Motion by Carleton C. Reiser, seconded by C.A. Stubbs, that the following Resolution be passed:

“Whereas, the Board of County Commissioner have informally been meeting with Roscoe D. Riley, Carleton C. Reiser, and C.A. Stubbs, and

“Whereas, the Board of County Commissioners of Mercer County have asked Roscoe D. Riley, Carleton C. Reiser, and C.A. Stubbs to start a Mercer County Historical Society for the purpose of preserving Mercer County’s history, through public education and the collection of historical items for a County Museum, and

“Whereas, the Mercer County Historical Society is a Society incorporated not for profit under the laws of the State of Ohio, and

“Whereas, the Officers duly called this meeting the 28th day of January 1958,

“Whereas, funds are necessary for the establishment of the Mercer County Historical Society, and the Mercer County Commissioners have encouraged the Officers to apply for funds for this Society,

“Therefore, Be it Resolved that

Application be duly made to the Board of Commissioners of Mercer County, Ohio, under the provisions of Section 307.23 of the General Code of the State of Ohio, and that the Commissioners appropriate for the use of the Mercer County funds in the amount of $4000.00.

“All Members present voted in favor of the motion.  There being no further business before the meeting, on motion of Carleton C. Reiser, duly seconded. The same adjourned. 

Roscoe D. Riley, Chairman.  Attest.   C.A. Stubbs.

In January 1958, Mercer County Commissioners John E. Suhr, Lawrence M. Davis and Joseph Hartings passed the Resolution to appropriate $4000.00 to the Mercer County Historical Society.  As Charter Members of the Mercer County Historical Society, Mercer County Commissioners John R. Suhr and Lawrence K. Davis attended the February 21, 1958 Meeting of the Mercer County Historical Society.  The Mystery-History of how those $4000.00 funds were held up until May 16, 1958 will be the story for “Our Old Bookcase,” next week.

 [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.]

 

 

Rockford Library Board will Meet 

The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will review the 2020 Budget for the Rockford Carnegie Library on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the library meeting room at 162 South Main Street, Rockford OH 45882.  A copy of the 2020 Budget will be available for public review at the front desk of the library.

 

 


Mercer County PERI Chapter #13
by Sharon Heitbrink, Secretary

The Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Hopewell Grange Hall on the Mercer County fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio.  Guest speakers will be Ron & Carolyn Stucke who will be presenting information about "Bees & Beekeeping."
As always, early birds are welcome to coffee, juice, & donuts beginning at 9:30 AM.

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for Regular Meeting
by Sally Cox for March 12, 2019

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 6-7, 2019
 

 
 
 
Books and DVD’s for Sale at the Rockford Library
Book and DVD Sale in the basement of the Rockford Carnegie Library, 162 S. Main St. Rockford, OH. May 10 - May 27. During library hours: Mon-TR 10-8, Fri 10-5:30, and Sat 10-2. Free Will Donation  

 

 

Did you know that the Parkway High School football field in Rockford once ran east - west?  That there was an airport to its south? That the trees around the field were planted in 1940-41 after the field was shifted to north - south? That the 'stadium' was built in 1964?

 

Rockford Historical Snippet
by Mike Schumm

Click here for other interesting Rockford Historical Articles and Bicentennial News.

 

 

MED Foundation awards $16,000 in scholarships to 17 local high school seniors

 

The Medical, Educational and Development (MED) Foundation of Mercer Health recently awarded a total of $16,000 to local high school students furthering their education in the medical field after graduation. Scholarships were awarded to students from each of the six high schools in Mercer County at a ceremony held on April 25 at Mercer County Community Hospital.

 

Students were selected as recipients based on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, volunteerism and plans for higher education.

 

“The Scholarship Program was started 27 years ago as a way for the MED Foundation of Mercer Health to support local students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare,” Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation Director, said. “We hope that these students will eventually bring their talent back to our community and serve as leaders in healthcare.”

 

MED Foundation scholarship recipients for 2019 include:

 

Celina

·         Mya Lockwood, Chemistry/Pre-med, Ashland University

 

Coldwater

·         Alex May, Nursing, Mount Saint Joseph University

·         Conner Muhlenkamp, Occupational therapy, University of Findlay

·         Reece Thomas, Integrated science/Pre-med, Wright State Lake Campus

·         Taylor Siefring, Nursing, Ball State University

 

Ft. Recovery

·         Kayla Lennartz, Biology/Pre-med, Case Western Reserve University

 

Marion Local

·         Rachel Partington, Biomedical engineering/Pre-med, University of Cincinnati

·         Ava Rose, Nursing, University of Toledo

·         Carrie Fesenmyer, Nursing, Miami University

 

Parkway

·         Jared Anderson, Biomedical engineering/Pre-med, Syracuse University

 

St. Henry

·         Taylor Rammel, Occupational therapy, Rhodes State College

·         Seth Brookhart, Psychology/Pre-med, Miami University

·         Ryan Post, Biomedical engineering, University of Toledo

·         Devin Siefring, Nursing, Wright State Lake Campus

·         Julia Beyke, Exercise science/Pre-med – physician assistant, University of Dayton

·         Alexis Heath, Pre-health biology/Pre-med/Psychology minor, Bowling Green State University

·         Olivia Winner, Nursing, The Ohio State University

 

The MED Foundation Scholarship Program is funded by the annual Esmonde/Homan Golf Outing and Golf Ball Drop. Due to the success of the golf outing in recent years, the MED Foundation has been able to provide additional scholarships to even more local students. Since 1992, 263 scholarships have been awarded totaling $279,950. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 14 at the Mercer County Elks.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 4-5, 2019
 

 
 
 

The Stateline Writer's Club is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.  Due to a conflict, the meeting will be held at the St. Marys library.

The suggested writing topic is "service."  If time permits, a writing lesson will follow.

 

 
 
 
 

 
May 1-3, 2019
 

 
 
 

May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1 May.
It is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.

 
 

 

In Honor of May 1st, Decision Day, the Parkway Seniors wore shirts to represent what college or profession they decided to pursue for their future. Good Luck Panthers!

 

 

 
 
 

Celina Farmers' Market Opens
The Celina Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, May 4th. Come out and support the local growers and makers in our area. There are many great things to find at the market and many new vendors this year as well. The Celina Farmers Market is a fun place to visit with your family!
Downtown at the Mercer County Courthouse 9 AM to Noon.

 
 

NEW FRIENDS, AMAZING EXPERIMENTS, CREATIVE GAMES,
SUPER-FUN SNACKS - SURPRISNG ADVENTURES AND INCREDIBLE MUSIC ----



The 'MANE" Event - Rockford Community VBS

Location - Rockford United Methodist Church

June 10-14th, 2019

Each day begins at 9 am

The day ends at 12:00pm - with lunch to follow

For more information - contact Rockford United Methodist Church, 
New Horizons Community Church, or St. Teresa Church

Register today !!

 

 

DITCH MAINTENANCE SPRAYING BEGINS

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews are tentatively scheduled to begin the 2019 herbicidal spray application of various open drainage ditches located in Mercer County. Only those ditches that are on the county maintenance program maintained by the Mercer County Engineer’s Office will be sprayed.

Right of Way Management, St. Joseph, IN has been awarded the contract this year to apply one application of the E.P.A. approved herbicide, to suppress and control undesirable brush and noxious weeds within the channel and maintenance berm.

Weather permitting, the tentatively scheduled completion date for this year’s herbicidal spray application is June 2, 2019.  Any landowner having questions or concerns regarding the herbicide application, should contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office, 419.586.7759.

 
 
 

Blood-drive hosted at Parkway High School on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

 

Drug Take-back Day Held
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his agency, in conjunction with the Saint Henry Police Department, participated in the National Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  The event was held from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Main Street in the Village of Saint Henry.  “It was a very good turnout Saturday, probably one of the better ones we’ve seen recently.  We collected over 20 pounds of unused, unwanted, and expired prescription pills.”

On Monday, the Drug Enforcement Administration will come pick up all drugs collected by the Sheriff’s Office.  The total amount collected since the last National Take Back Event, which was held on October 27, 2018, is over 134 pounds.  The public is reminded that unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at any time in the Sheriff’s Office lobby.  “There are several take back events held throughout the year, but there’s no need to wait to get rid of the drugs you don’t need.”

 

 
 
 

 
April 29-30, 2019
 

 
 
 

On Monday April 29, 2019, Parkway Schools will be on a 1 hour delay
to allow for daylight
as some routes will need to be adjusted for road closures.

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

See some flooding pictures below.

 
 

Clever Clovers 4-H Club Meets
The Clever Clovers 4-H club met on April 22, 2019 with 13 members present and 2 guest parents present. Roll call was taken by writing your name on a piece of paper. Aubree Bear, and Kayla Krites led the pledges. The health and safety report was given by Lizzie Spath. Lizzie talked about getting 60 minutes of exercise a day and had everyone do some exercises. Everyone watched a video on how to give a presentation. Everyone stated if they have started their projects or not. Projects were discussed.  To practice presentations and demonstrations, the group leader had everyone get into groups of 3 and go to a table with a task card. Everyone then presented to their group what was discussed on the card. This was done to help prepare club members for upcoming presentations. The next meeting will be Monday, May 6 from 6:30-7:30 at the VWMS healthy choices room.

Submitted by Noah Krites
Clever Clovers News Reporter

 
 

Community Medical Center and Doctors' Urgent Care Closure and Relocation Updates

Mercer Health’s Community Medical Center remains closed for the safety of patients and employees.  As listed below, the office suites will be temporarily relocated through Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, unless otherwise notified.  Additional updates will be provided as made available. 

Updates will be available at www.mercer-health.com and on Mercer Health’s Facebook page.

 

Updates on Parkway Athletic Schedule for April 29 - May 4, 2019 by AD Matt Triplett


April 29:  

Varsity Softball vs. South Adams (Senior Night), 5:00 p.m.

JV Softball @ Lincolnview, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball @ Adams Central, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball vs. Adams Central, 5:00 p.m.

8th Baseball vs. Celina 7th (Tournament), 5:00 p.m.

7th Baseball @ LCC (Tournament), Simmons Field, 5:00 p.m.


April 30:

HS & JH Track @ Coldwater, 4:00 p.m.

7th Softball @ Spencerville, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball vs. New Knoxville, 5:00 p.m.


May 1:

Varsity Softball vs. Shawnee, 5:00 p.m.

JV Softball vs. Shawnee (Shane’s Park), 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball vs. South Adams, 5:00 p.m.

 

 

May 2:

HS & JH Track @ Coldwater, 4:00 p.m.

Varsity Softball vs. Minster, 5:00 p.m.

JV Softball @ Minster, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball @Minster, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball vs. Minster, 5:00 p.m.

Potential 7th & 8th Grade Home Baseball games.


May 3:

JV Softball vs. Bath, 5:00 p.m.


May 4:

Varsity Softball @ Houston 11:45 p.m.

8th Softball @ Bath Invitational  TBD

7th Softball @ New Bremen, 11:00 a.m.

Varsity Baseball @ Van Wert, 11:00 a.m.  Single Game

JV Baseball @ Van Wert, 1:00 p.m.  Single Game

Potential 7th or 8th Baseball game @ Crestview, (Championship Game) 12:00 p.m.

7th Baseball @ Crestview 12:00 p.m. *IF THEY ARE NOT IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.*

 
 

 
April 27-28, 2019
 



Flooding pictures around Rockford - Click on smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge.
 

Bridge north of Rockford
looking towards back of Barrys' Market

Bridge north of Rockford
looking towards back of Barrys' Market

North of the 127 Bridge
north of Mercer - east fields

Field debris covering
Oregon Road south
of Rockford
 

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

 

 
April 26, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Friday, April 26, 2019.

Preschool screening rescheduled for May 24, 2019.

Please use caution if traveling!
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports high water and debris on roadways
in Mercer County.

Heavy rain overnight!

 

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

 

 
 
 
 

Garage Sale for Children’s Benefit
MAV Youth Mentoring (formally Big Brothers Big Sisters) is having a HUGE sale at their office at 1005 North Main Street, Celina. The sale will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm and Friday, April 26 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Most items will be available for donation. Items available include lots of household items and decorations, clothing, children's toys and books and lots of other goodies.  Please stop by their garage sale and help support the work that they do for the children and families in Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties.

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway May 2019 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Celebrating 150 Years of German Culture Through Song At Germanfest

The Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor is proudly "Celebrating its 150th year of German Culture through Song". Throughout these years the Maennerchor/Damenchor has presented free concerts, opened to the public, in which we sing traditional German songs in the German language. We also serve German foods at our periodic dinners and enjoy Fish Frys every month, for nominal costs, all open to the public.

Throughout this year of Celebration, we will be holding special events and occasions with an invitation to the community to come and celebrate with us. We hope you will be watching for these upcomming announcements.

Naturally Germanfest is a special time for us, beginning on Sunday, June 2nd, at 11:00 AM, with our annual German Mass at St Peter's Church, 518 E. Dewald St., featuring the music of the Maennerchor/Damenchor chorus conducted by Thomas Remenschneider. Later that day, join the Maennerchor/Damenchor at 4:30 PM, at Park Edelweiss, 3355 Elmhurst Dr. for the annual concert accompanied by a live band, followed by Heimatabend Dinner at 6:00 PM. serving traditional Kasseler Rippchen (smoked pork chops) and all the trimmings ($12.00/$6.00).

On Wednesday, June 5th, at 8:00 PM, opening day of the Festival at Headwater's Park, join us for a brief concert and presentation calling attention to our "150 Years Of German Culture Through Song." Then come visit us at the Culture Tent at Headwaters Park, June 5 to 8, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM to learn more about our organization, receive a gift, and purchase our German Cookbook comprised of our members recipes.

 
 
 

Mercer Health Announces Educational Series for Local Student Athletes​

Mercer Health and Community Sports & Therapy Center are partnering to bring a four part educational series to student athletes, parents, coaches and trainers in the community.

Each hour long session, held weekly for four consecutive weeks, focuses on information to promote the health and performance of fall sport athletes. Topics, presented by pediatric, nutrition and exercise experts from Mercer Health and Community Sports & Therapy Center, include:

Injury prevention

Overall and pre/post game nutrition

Maximizing performance

Supplements and hydration

"We often receive questions from parents and coaches about how to make sure kids are at their best during their sports seasons,” Jen Bills, APRN, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Mercer Health's Weight Management Center said. “The best way to keep them healthy and performing at the top of the their game is to focus on their nutrition and hydration and to prevent injuries.”

The series runs on Wednesdays from June 5 – 26 beginning at 6 p.m. for junior high athletes and younger and at 7:15 p.m. for high school athletes and older. The education fee is $100 for the full series. All sessions will be held at Mercer County Community Hospital. Registration and pre-payment is required.

 
 

 
April 24-25, 2019
 

 
 

Summer Youth Umpire Clinic
A baseball and softball umpiring clinic will be offered for anyone interested in officiating youth summer baseball and softball games in Rockford, Willshire, and/or Mendon for the upcoming summer season. The clinic will be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:00-8:30pm at Shanes Park in Rockford. Participants who attend the clinic will receive  2.5 hours of umpiring instruction and a printed umpiring manual with league rules. The participants' contact information will also be sent to all of the coaches within these towns as they look to assign summer umpires. Participation is free and open to any male or female age 14+ in the area who is interested in umpiring in Rockford, Willshire, or Mendon. Registration for the clinic is required for those planning to attend. To register, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 or ryanthompson2000@hotmail.com

If you are unable to attend the May 1st clinic but would still like to be added to the "Umpire Contact List" for the 2019 season, you can provide your information before May 1st to be included on the list.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 22-23, 2019
 

 
 

MEET THE ARTIST

The public is invited to the Meet the Artist reception Friday, April 26th,6-8 p.m.at CJ Highmarks restaurant in Celina. Julie Baltes, a local artist, specializing in pencil drawings and portraits will be featured. Baltes likes to capture how light falls on her subject. Her work will be displayed showing different values creating depth and shadows. Students, teachers and any art enthusiasts are welcome to this presentation. Baltes will be conducting a free workshop Saturday, April 27th, at the Richard Bretz Building in Celina.

 
 

Our Home Family Resource Center Lands a Grant
Dianne Cooper stopped by Our Home Family Resource Center recently to present the organization with a grant from the Cooper Family Foundation and to take a guided tour of the facility. The Cooper Family Foundation provides funding for a wide variety of projects throughout the region with a true dedication to bettering the communities where they operate.

Monies from this Cooper Family Foundation grant will be used to pay personnel of the Direct Services program that provides hope, financial assistance, and referrals to Mercer County residents when they needed a helping hand.

The Direct Services program exists to provide folks with resources needed to overcome emergency situations, unexpected expenses, or unusually tight budgets. To accomplish this, the program staff offer advice, referral information and, in many cases, financial assistance to those in need. Financial assistance is available for evictions, utility shut-offs, home repairs, emergency shelter, prescriptions, doctor visits, and medical services. Food, personal care items, and baby supplies are also available for folks on a limited income.

Over the past year, Direct Services staff helped Mercer county residents in over 1500 situations. In addition to that, program staff coordinated and administrated a “Back-To-School Supply Drive” that provided essential school supplies to over 300 children across the county, “Winter Warmth Day” that provided winter coats and accessories to over 600 Mercer County residents, and the “Mercer County Angel Tree Project” that allowed 365 Mercer County families provide Christmas gifts for their children.

These figures not only represent an individual or family who would have suffered without assistance from the Direct Services program but they also demonstrate the meaningful impact that this Cooper Family Foundation Grant will have on Mercer County residents in need.

Direct Services & Referral program hours are 8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:30pm Monday through Thursday; the food pantry operates Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Learn more about the Cooper Family Foundation at www.cooperfarms.com

 
 
 

Anytime Fitness Opens in Celina
The Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Anytime Fitness!  Anytime Fitness has finished a complete renovation of the former Family Video building located at 220 E. Market St. right here in Celina.  Anytime Fitness offers a complete line of cardio equipment, weights, personal training, tanning, and private shower areas, in addition to 24 hours access.  Club Director, Hayley Sandoval stated they are currently offering enrollment specials to help you begin your health journey.  Stop by Anytime Fitness or contact them at 567-876-1399. 

 
 
 

Spring Fest
The first annual Spring Fest is this coming May 3rd and 4th at the Van Wert Co Fairgrounds. On Friday the hours are from 4 to 9pm with Dueces Wild playing in the Agricultural building from 6 to 9pm. This is a BYOB music event on the grounds. Come out and eat Bare Bones BQQ, CJ Shaved Ice, Homemade Ice cream and more! There will be vendors in the Commercial building and Junior Fair Building all evening and on Saturday from 10am to 7pm, in conjunction with the Evergreen Garden Club annual flower sale outside the commercial building starting at 8:30am. Later in the day on Saturday is the Car Show from 4 to 7pm with DJ Magnificent Music Solutions. Spring Fest has over 50 vendors! Including business, crafts, direct sales, campers, flowers, food, and more! 

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
April 19-21, 2019
Happy Easter Weekend

 

 
 

Parkway FFA Recycling is canceled this week.  
It will take place next week April 27.

 

Two Activities Coming to the Rockford Carnegie Library

Spring Has Sprung at the Rockford Carnegie Library.  Join us on Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30-7:30. We’ll be making a craft, reading a story, playing games and having a snack.

 

May 6th book discussion covers the title Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah. Everyone is welcome to come at 2:00 OR 6:30 pm. Stop by the library to get your copy.

 

 

Man Arrested

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the arrest of 51 year old Dennis A. Studer, on charges of Failure to Register a Change of Address as a Sex Offender, as well as Obstructing Official Business. Mr. Studers arrest was a result of several tips provided to the Sheriff’s Office. He remains incarcerated in the Mercer County Jail under $100,000.00 bond.

 

 

Updates on Parkway Athletic Schedule for April 22 - 27, 2019 by AD Matt Triplett

April 22:  

Varsity/JV Softball @ Elida, 5:00 p.m.

8th Softball @ Van Wert, 5:00 p.m.

7th Softball @ St. Mary’s, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball vs. Russia, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball @ Russia, 5:00 p.m.

8th Baseball @ Wapakoneta, 5:00 p.m.

April 23:

HS Track @ Minster Quad, 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Softball vs. St. Henry, 5:00 p.m.

8th Softball vs. Spencerville, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball @ St. Henry, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball vs. St. Henry, 5:00 p.m.

8th Baseball @ Elida, 5:00 p.m.

7th Baseball vs. LCC, 5:00 p.m. 

April 24:

No Athletic Events Scheduled

 

 

April 25:

JH Track Home Quad, Adams Central, South Adams, Van Wert, 4:30 p.m.

Varsity/JV Softball @ Van Wert, 5:00 p.m.

8th Softball vs. Elida, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball @ Delphos St. John’s, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball vs. Delphos St. John’s, 5:00 p.m.

8th Baseball vs. Spencerville, 5:00 p.m. 

April 26:

HS Track @ New Bremen, 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Softball @ Wayne Trace, 5:00 p.m.

April 27:

Varsity Softball vs. Fort Loramie, DH, 1:00 p.m.

JV Softball @ South Adams, DH, 1:00 p.m.

8th Softball @ Crestview, DH, 11:00 a.m.

Varsity Baseball, 3-way DH, Miller-City, LCC, 10:00 a.m.

JV Baseball @ Jefferson, Single Game, 1:00 p.m.

8th Baseball vs. New Bremen, DH, 12:00 p.m.

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
April 17-18, 2019
 

 
 

Roadside Herbicide

To spray or not to spray

 

Roadside herbicide application for the suppression of undesirable vegetation and environmental enhancement, through the use of Environmental Protection Agency approved herbicides, will be performed by licensed personnel along all County Roads in Mercer County and on Township Roads in Center, Jefferson and Washington Townships, starting May 1, 2019 extending thru May 31, 2019, according to the Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.


Anyone who has sensitive areas adjacent to any road right-of-way and does not wish for those areas to be treated must erect signs reading “Do Not Spray”.


For further information, contact the office of the Mercer County Engineer at 419-586-7759.

 

 

LAKE AREA ARTS GROUP MEETS
  
  The April meeting of the Lake Area Arts Group (LAAG) had several local
  artists exhibiting including special presentation by Rebecca Flora on
  mindful meditation and art making. Flora is a certified art therapy
  coach and runs Heal the Inner You Holistic Center in Celina. She has
  conducted mindfulness painting with some of the local schools, the
  Health Dept., and Foundations. Attendees were able to view a
  progression of art that Flora exhibited to show how mindfulness and
  painting can heal using color to express emotions.
  
  Information about the 9th annual mixed media art show at Maria Stein
  in June was announced which can include 3-D art. Four pieces can be
  entered with registration of entries due May 31st. and the show will
  be 20th of June.
  
  Peggy Green,president of the Celina Area Photography Club, spoke on
  her journey into photography and said ," Anyone with a phone is a
  budding photographer". Green was a recent exhibitor at the Artistry
  Under the Dome and has become an award winning photographer in the
  area.

  Artist Jill Parris reminded members that Rockford Community Days will
  be Featuring a Festival of Arts on  June 14 and 15.  Applications are being accepted now!  Contact:
  lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org for more information.
  
  Registration forms for the free student workshop Saturday, April 27th
  are available from school art teachers. Local artist Julie Baltes will
  be using graphite powder and brushes teaching techniques to show
  depth.
  
  The Lake Area Arts Group May 13th meeting (second Monday in May) will
  start at 6PM in the meeting room at Celina Public Library. Artists in
  the area can exhibit at the meeting. Teachers and art enthusiasts are
  invited to talk with the artists.

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, April 18, 2019, Wash Day at the Farm

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

Photo caption:  Father Ernie Ranly, in his book, “Pick Up Stuff; Family Farm Life,” wrote about his early life, and told touching stories from his childhood, including “Wash Day at the Farm.”

Every one of you readers remembers Wash Day at your childhood home.  If you are a Septuagenarian or an Octogenarian, you remember your Mother or Grandmother getting ready for Wash Day.  You remember that the ladies wanted rain water, to use in the washing machine.  Water from the well (which might contain iron), or city water (which might contain other chemicals) would not result in clean clothes from the washing machine.  You remember heating the water on the stove, for the washing machine.  Some women even carried the hot water in a container down to the basement, where their washing machine was located. 

 You remember after the clothes were washed and run through the ringer that the clothes were carried outside in the heavy wash basket.  The clothes were hung on the clothes line, with clothes pins.  The sun and/or the wind produced the energy to dry the clothes.  The next step was to take the clothes down and fold them into the wash basket, and carry the basket inside the house.  I suspect that some of you recall, that your mother used a water bottle, to sprinkle the clothes to dampen the clothes in preparation for ironing the clothes.  Some women had electric irons; the older women may still have used the flat irons which they heated on the stove.  By nine o’clock that evening, your mother may still have been ironing your father’s white shirts, or your Sunday clothes.  Wash Day was a long day of work for the women.

 

What did Father Ernie Ranly write about Wash Day?  He remembered the early days when the washing was done in the smoke house, with a gasoline motor on the Maytag Washing Machine.  Later the washing was done in the closed front porch with an electric motor on the Maytag.  They had several large tin tubs and one large wooden tub, used for rinse water, which was always set aside of the washing machine. 

 

You will just have to read every unique story in Father Ernie Ranly’s book.  He wrote about Church bells, and Lent and Holy Week at the Nativity of Mary Church in Cassella.  He wrote about farm activities of hay making, farm work, threshing, corn harvesting, butchering, and hedge fences.  He wrote about the fun times of birthday parties, games, fishing, finding arrow heads in the fields, and spring.  He remembered their holidays at home.  One day his family would never forget was the day the Barn burned.  Father Ranly’s book will make you smile as it touches your heart as you recall your own childhood days.  This book is about Family.

 

Today, the fields are turning green.  Farmers are preparing for the planting season.  Wives are planning their gardens and their flowers.  Children are planning their summer activities.  Business men and women are creating fresh ideas for marketing products or services.  Employees and employers have their jobs to do.  Retired citizens are anticipating another spring, smiling at their grandchildren’s antics.  The sounds of spring are bringing us hope. 

 

Yes, without realizing it, we remember an event from Wash Day.  There is nothing more relaxing than to put fresh sheets which dried on the clothes line, on the bed.  We will take a deep breath and relax into a peaceful slumber while anticipating the gift of another Spring Season.  And that is our History today!

 

 

Rockford Council Meets on April 2, 2019

Jeff Long offered a report on the Water Treatment Plant. Arbor Day was set for April 26th in the Village. Upcoming events were noted.


Click here to read this and back minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

 

 

 

 

Clever Clovers 4-H Club Meets for More Turbine Instruction
The Clever Clovers 4-H club met on April 8, 2019 with 14 members present and 4 guest parents present. Roll call was taken by writing your name on a piece of paper. Leah Krites, and Nora led the pledges. The health and safety report was given by Lindsay Hatcher. She talked about having healthy snacks and had everyone state their favorite healthy snack. The treasurer’s report was given by Leah Krites. Mrs.Sarah Mosier has everyone create their wind turbines. After the time for creating a wind turbine was finished teams create their names: team 1-Storm clouds, team 2-Banana girls, team 3-Weather Wizards, team 4-Tiger Whale. The challenge was to see what team could pull a toy truck across a line with a fan powered wind turbine. After every team finished, the group leader decided the fastest time to pull the toy truck across the line and the best looking wings. The Banana Girls had the fastest time and the Storm Clouds  have the best looking wings. The next meeting will be Monday, April 22 from 6:30-7:30 at the VWMS healthy choices room.


Submitted by Noah Krites - Newsreporter - Clever Clovers

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events by Makayla McAvoy
for April 2019 - Click here for a printable version

 
 

Heartbeats 4 Andrea Planned
Submitted by Amy Joseph
The public is invited to come together on April 28th 2019 for Heartbeats
4 Andrea. This event will begin at 12 noon at the Rockford Community
Building. The event includes Chicken Dinners prepared by RCO, quarter
auction, live auction, gun raffle, music, 50/50, bake sale and a few
vendors. Other food and drinks will also be available. Andrea Pindell
suffered a massive heart attack on February 22 and has along road
ahead of her which includes continuous mounting medical bills and
undetermined time off work. Your kindness and generosity is more than
appreciated. To offer auction donations or to buy tickets please
contact Amy Joseph at 419-953-7874 or Wilbur Welling at 419-852-2663

 

 

Hepatitis A Outbreak Information

Ohio is in the midst of a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis A. Since January 5, 2018, there have been 2,077 cases of Hepatitis A identified in Ohio. Historically, Ohio has seen about 40 cases per year. Individuals who may be at risk for Hepatitis A infection include but are not limited to the following:

• Individuals who currently use recreational drugs (regardless if he/she injects)

• Individuals experiencing homelessness or in transient living

• Individuals with direct contact (e.g., lives with, has sexual contact with, or is a caregiver for) someone infected with Hepatitis A

• Children attending child care and their teachers/family members

• Persons who traveled to areas of United States where there is an outbreak or countries where Hepatitis A is common

 • Individuals who were recently incarcerated

• Individuals with underlying liver disease (including cirrhosis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C)

• Individuals with a clotting-factor disorder

Please contact the health department at 419-238-0808 extension 101 for more information about Hepatitis A and risk factors. The health department has Hepatitis A vaccine available, please call 419- 238-0808 extension 107 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Fulton County Dairy Association Donation & Others for new Danuta Cabin at 4-H Camp Palmer

The 4-H Camp Palmer staff and board are very thankful for a $3,000 donation from Fulton County Dairy Association for the new Danuta Cabin at camp. Other recent gifts for this project have also included: $3,000 donation from Farmers and Merchants State Bank, $2000 donation from Williams County Pork Producers.

4-H Camp Palmer, Inc. serves youth from eleven counties in northwest Ohio and many groups from across the state, Michigan and Indiana.  The new Danuta cabin scheduled for completion by spring of 2019 replaces cabin 2 that was built in 1955.  Thanks to primary donor, Walt Lange, this cabin is in memory of his wife Donna (Danuta) Lange.

  
4-H Camp Palmer is very pleased to announce that Kristy Helberg was hired as our new full time Program Specialist in January of 2019. She is in an Ohio State University Extension position working with the camp.


For addition information concerning camp  or to donate toward the cabin project, please call 419-237-2247 or email 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com.  4-H Camp Palmer is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, April 11 2019, The Fort Recovery Stirrup Company

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

 

Photo caption:  The Fort Recovery Stirrup Company is identified at the northeast corner of Broadway and Oak Streets, on this April 1946 Map by the Sanborn Map Company, New York.

 

The beginning of The Fort Recovery Stirrup Company dates back to Prussia, when Frederick Runke married his wife Charlotte Koch.  Since Charlotte Koch owned the farm, the custom of the country, at that time, was for the husband to take for his name, the name of the wife’s farm.  Therefore, Frederick Runke became Frederick Koch.  Frederick Koch and his family of seven children came to the United States in 1845.  Their son William Koch had been born January 31, 1834 in Prussia.  He learned the trade of Tanner from Harmon Wellman, New Bremen, Ohio.  William Koch worked at this trade at St. Marys.  He married Dorothea Backhaus in 1857.

 

In 1864, William Koch moved to Fort Recovery and bought the Tannery of Isaac Lotz; this Tannery grew under his leadership.  William Koch owned property on the west side of South Elm Street, a half block north of the Center Street intersection, in Fort Recovery, in the 1888 and 1900 Mercer County Atlases.  There were several buildings on this property, one of which was listed as the Tannery.   William continued at this site and established the Fort Recovery Stirrup Company in 1899. 

 

Edward Koch, son of William and Dorothea Koch, first became Secretary and Manager of the Fort Recovery Stirrup Company and by 1907 was President.  During World War I (1914-1918) the Fort Recovery Stirrup Company produced “large numbers of stirrups,” for the U.S. Cavalry.  This Company became a manufacturer of bent wood and metal bound saddle stirrups, the largest exclusive manufacturers of wood stirrups in the world. 

 

Following a fire which destroyed William Koch’s original factory prior to March 13, 1919, Edward Koch moved the Company to the former flour mill at the southwest corner of Broadway and Oak Streets.  Edward Koch retired in 1946, and The Stirrup Company was purchased by George and Esther Jetter of Cincinnati.  George Jetter continued manufacturing stirrups, and began making saddle trees, also.  These were the wood frames upon which the saddle was built.  The trees required an aluminum horn to be used in securing the rope when ranging cattle.  The metal casting operation was begun.  Within two years, the Company changed its name to Fort Recovery Industries, Inc. 

 

I went to the Recorder’s Office at the Mercer County Courthouse, where I received their help to check the Property Deed in the book, “Abstract of Title 1, Village Fort Recovery, Recovery Township, Out Lot #4, 132 ft. x 165 ft.  After having purchased the property from John and Eva Holmes on September 5, 1913, the Montgomery-Mayers Shoe Co., then sold the property to Alonzo & Fannie Frazer on December 28, 1916.  The next business recognized as the owner, on December 2, 1918, was the Fort Recovery Building and Loan.  Edward Koch then purchased the property on December 13, 1919. 

 

On June 30, 1945, Edward Koch sold this property to George and Ester Jetter.  The following year, the deed was recorded under the name of Fort Recovery Industries, on September 30, 1946.  And this was the turning point, whereby today’s citizens remember the Fort Recovery Industries, and the Jetter Family as a part of the Fort Recovery Community.  Their children followed in this business, as it has grown.  That is the follow up story of the original Fort Recovery Stirrup Factory.   On May 24, 1989, the property deed was recorded under the name of Esther Jetter.  On April 24, 1992, George and Ester Jetter sold the property, originally known as the Fort Recovery Stirrup Company, to Melvin Bertke.

This story gives a few of the highlights of the History of The Fort Recovery Stirrup Company. 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
April 13-16, 2019
 

 
 

Rockford Lions Club Quarter Auction Raises Money for Scholarships

Rockford Lions Club, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, raised more than $5,500 at their Quarter Auction on Saturday, March 30th at the Rockford Community Building on Holly Lane in Rockford.  

A "Quarter Auction" is a type of fundraiser where people bid on items using quarters instead of larger sums of money.  Participants are able to win valuable items for as little as 25, 50, 75 cents or a dollar.

At their April 8th meeting, ‘Lion’ LeeAnn extended a ‘thank you’ to the area businesses and individuals who donated prizes and gifts, to the local vendors on-site and to the area print and online news agencies for their support.  The 2nd Annual Rockford Lions Quarter Auction at the Rockford Community Building will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020.  

Proceeds from the 2019 Rockford Lions Club Quarter Auction as well as other Lions projects fund scholarships, and help to fulfill local community needs & requests.  In addition to a $1000 scholarship for a 2019 Parkway graduate, the Rockford Lions will make a $1000 contribution to the Rockford American Legion Veterans Memorial project as well as contributions to the Parkway Baseball Parents in support of the Parkway Baseball program and to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.

The Lions Club continues their preparation for the 25th Annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-In on Friday evening June 14th 2019.  The Car Show and Cruise-In on West Market Street in Rockford are held in conjunction with the Rockford Community Days.  The 2018 Car Show included more than 200 entries.  Lion Rod Heiser, project chair can be contacted at 260-750-0533.  On June 14th, Car Show registration begins at 4 pm.  Judging begins at 6:30 and the Awards Ceremony begins at 8:45 pm.

The next meeting of the Rockford Lions Club will be Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

Re-scan Day is April 12 for WTLW, Channel 44

Viewers Using Antennas Will Need to Re-scan TVs

 

Lima, Ohio – WTLW TV announced today that it is moving frequencies on Friday, April 12 at 9 am and viewers who watch TV at no cost, with an over the air antenna, must re-scan their TVs to continue watching WTLW, 44.1 and WOSN, 44.2. Re-scanning is when a TV finds all of the available channels in an area.

Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch through a cable or satellite service do not need to re-scan – your service provider will do it for you.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. Nearly 1,000 TV stations nationwide are moving to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services.

 “Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible on our viewers to ensure they can keep watching the programs they love, such as inspirational shows and local sports,” said Kevin Bowers, General Manager.  

For more information, contact Bowers at 419-339-4444 or by email: contact@wtlw.com.

Additional information on how to re-scan is available at tvanswers.org.

 

 
 
 
 

Veteran’s Support Veteran’s For Honor Flight

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) will celebrate its 31st flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. This is the first of four flights planned for 2019.

HFNEI Flight #31 is being sponsored through donations from Roanoke American Legion Post 160. A major supporter of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana since 2009, members and volunteers from the Post have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours, conducted fund-raising events and proudly served area veterans.  Their efforts throughout the past 10 years raised over $100,000 for HFNEI.  

Post Auxiliary and Honor Flight Benefit Board Member Julie Isch states “Roanoke American Legion Post 160 has had the privilege and honor to support veterans through HFNEI. With the enormous support from our small town and surrounding communities, our benefit concerts and auctions have been a huge success toward Honor Flight Northeast Indiana dedicating this flight to our Post. We continue to proudly stand beside and behind our veterans.”

Honor Flight #31 currently consists of a total of 84 veterans: 4 WWII veterans, 63 Korea veterans, 7 Cold War veterans and 10 Vietnam veterans. To date 2210 veterans have been transported to Washington by Honor Flight Northeast Indiana to reflect upon the memorials built in their honor.

Veterans and volunteer guardians will gather at the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard at 5:30 a.m. with take-off projected to be at 7:40 a.m. Returning home, the community is encouraged to patriotically welcome the veterans in the Main Terminal of the Fort Wayne International Airport the evening of April 24th.  Return time is tentative, but expected to be at approximately 9:00 p.m. More information regarding the public’s participation and return timing will be shared on the group's Facebook page at HFNEI.

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana President, Dennis Covert, states “While the April 24, 2019 Honor Flight is dedicated to the veterans who have served our country, it is the support, encouragement, and financial donations from the Roanoke American Legion Post that make this April 24 Honor Flight possible.”
 
95% of all donations go directly towards the veterans’ trips. Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

If media are interested in joining us at the 122 FW on April 24, please RSVP with Staff Sergeant William Hopper, william.l.hopper10.mil@mail.mil or (260) 478-3314. Names, driver's license numbers and date of birth will be needed for security purposes. Please have all media information, to include a specific time of arrival, to Technical Sergeant Hopper by 5 P.M. Friday, April 19.

*Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Inc. is not endorsed or funded by the Indiana Air National Guard.

 

 

Spring Planting & Open Ditch Maintenance

The Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Engineer would like to remind those who plant and till the fields around the county this spring to remember to avoid planting in the roadway right-of-way.  The Engineer and the Commissioner’s Office have maps that identify the varied widths of the road right-of-way throughout the county.  More specifically, sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous.


Also, a reminder to those along county-maintained open ditches.  By law there is a maintenance easement for access adjacent to the tops of banks of the open ditches.  We encourage the use of filter strips to eliminate sedimentation and soil erosion adjacent to the open ditches.  Keep in mind that our maintenance crews use the easement for access for the maintenance operations we perform (the spraying of weeds and brush is the most significant maintenance operation). 


Should you have any questions related to these requirements, please feel free to call the Commissioners’ Office at 419-586-3178 or the Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759.

 
 
 
 
Paul Hoverman to be Honored
(Van Wert, OH) The Van Wert County Foundation and Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation recognize Paul Hoverman for his extraordinary contributions to Music in Van Wert County. Paul Hoverman has served as the Executive Director of the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation since its inception in 2005. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Fountain Park Summer Music Series, The Young Artists Showcase and Handel’s Messiah, have all become a thriving reality under Paul’s diligent leadership. The public is invited to an open house style reception honoring Paul’s service to Van Wert County and beyond on Sunday, May 5 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in the Van Wert Federal Grand Lobby.
 
 

 
April 12, 2019
 

 
 

The Shanes Park Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday - April 13th at 1 pm

Bring your own baskets. For Age groups up to 10 years old


The Easter Bunny will be there to see the kids !

 

 
 
 
5th Annual Fox Family Ride to Benefit Autism
This annual event will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
The Motorcycle Poker Run begins with registration at the Rockford Belle, 135 Market St. in Rockford.

Go to the www.foxfamilyride.com for times, cost and activities information.

  

 
Body Armor Grant Received in Rockford

The Village of Rockford Police Department recently received a $2,834.00 grant from the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program. This grant allows law enforcement to purchase body armour and related equipment for officers. Bullet resistant vests have a shelf-life and need to be replaced regularly. This specific grant is a match grant that covered 75% of the costs.

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce presented Chief Paul May with a donation of $695.00 from the Crime Awareness budget to complete the purchase of the carrier vests and related equipment to keep the Rockford Police Department safe.

Pictured left to right: Lucas Luginbill Chamber Vice President, Amanda Peel, Chamber Treasurer, Laura Putman Chamber Board Member, Chief Paul P May III, Marie Junk Miller Chamber President, Leah Hays Chamber Board Member, Tom Burtch Chamber Board Member Sierra Megan Chamber Board Member.

 
 

Plan Now to Attend Annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-in
The 25th Annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-in to be held on 
Friday - June 14th.

Registration from 4-7 pm

Judging begins @ 6:30 p,

Awards ceremony begins at 8:45 pm

Downtown Rockford, Ohio 

Food & Drinks
Good Tunes and bad dance moves

Event held in conjunction with Rockford Community Days 
for more information contact "Lion" Rod Heiser @ 260-750-0533

 

 

 
 

Scrap Metal Drive

On Saturday, April 20th from 8am-Noon. Sponsored by Rockford Cub Scout Pack 98. Please drop off items behind the Rockford Fire Department. If you are unavailable at this time or have large items your welcome to contact Nick Reigle at 419-305-1969 to schedule a pick up from the scouts.

 

 
 

Updates on Parkway Athletic Schedule for April 15 - 20, 2019 by AD Matt Triplett

April 15:
 

JH Track @ Fort Recovery, 4:30 p.m.

JV Softball @ Wayne Trace, 5:00 p.m.

8th Softball @ Wapakoneta, 5:00 p.m.

7th Softball @ Wapakoneta, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball vs. Wapakoneta, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball @ Wapakoneta, 5:00 p.m. 

April 16:

HS Track @ Lincolnview, 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Softball vs. New Bremen, 5:00 p.m.

JV Softball @ New Bremen, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball @ New Bremen, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball vs. New Bremen, 5:00 p.m.

8th Baseball vs. Elida, 5:00 p.m.

7th Baseball @ Elida, 5:00 p.m.

April 17:

JV Softball @ St. Henry, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball @ South Adams, 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

April 18:

HS Track @ Waynesfield-Goshen, 5:00 p.m.

JH Track @ New Bremen, 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Softball @ Versailles, 5:00 p.m.

JV Softball vs. Versailles, 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball vs. Versailles, 5:00 p.m.

JV Baseball @ Versailles, 5:00 p.m.

7th Baseball vs. Lincolnview, 5:00 p.m.

April 19:

No Athletic Events Scheduled

April 20:

8th Softball vs. Marion Local, 10:00 a.m.

7th Softball @ Crestview, TBD

Varsity Baseball @ Jefferson, 1:00 p.m.

JV Baseball @ Crestview, 11:00 a.m.

7th Baseball @ New Bremen, 10:00 a.m.

 

 
 

 
April 9-11, 2019
 

 
 

Club to Meet

The Stateline Writer's Club is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Celina public library.

The suggested writing topic is either "stuck" or "trapped."  If time permits, a writing lesson will follow.

 

 

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet
The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet - April 15th at 7 pm at
the Rockford Village Hall located at 151 E Columbia St.   Guest speaker will be
Harrison Frech - Willshire at War:  WW1 and the Schumm School bombing.

 

 

The 2019-20 ENRICH Community Concert Series On Sale Now

 

(Van Wert, OH) - The tradition grows with a spectacular, value-packed 2019-20 Enrich Community Concert Series presented by Unverferth Dentistry and Roger and Kay Okuley. Since 1953, artists and entertainers from the around the globe have made their mark on the Van Wert community and enriched lives through the Community Concert Series. The Niswonger is proud to continue this Van Wert institution by putting together four monumental acts that have been carefully selected to bring culture, joy, and wonder while being incredibly affordable.

Catapult, the magic of shadow dancing, kicks off Enrich by pushing the limits of both mind and imagination. As seen on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent, Catapult is a troupe of shadow dancers who work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing silhouettes of the world around us. In their near decade of existence, Catapult has amazed audiences with their family friendly show full of music, humor, breathtaking visuals, and engaging storylines on Saturday, October 12 at 3:00 P.

The Swingles are coming to the Niswonger, bringing with them a holiday flare on Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 P. This five-time Grammy winning a cappella group, formerly known as The Swingle Singers, has astounded audiences for over half a century with their barrier-breaking vocals and delightful harmonies. The audience will sing-a-long to holiday classics and original songs by The Swingles.

Do-wop puts a bit of spunk into the holiday season when The Midtown Men come to town on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 P. The 60s-era group consisting of four original cast members of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, deliver their sweet harmonies performing both holiday and hits. Alongside their band, The Midtown Men have captivated audiences over the course of more than 2,000 performances. 

Neil Diamond fans rejoice with a rocking full-production tribute show, I AM, HE SAID that leaves fans astounded.  Matt, Jeff, and Tommy Vee (nephew and sons of 60's pop-star Bobby Vee) bring the hits of Neil Diamond to life in a spectacular show that features Neil Diamond’s classics such as Sweet Caroline, I Am, He Said, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue and many more. This show has rocked venues of more than 23,000 people and will now entertain from the Niswonger stage on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

 

Supporting Sponsors for the ENRICH Series are Taylor Auto Sales, Inc, State-Farm Tisha Fast Agent, Van Wert Health, E&R Trailer - Shurco Trailers, Putman Law Offices - Attorney Shaun Putman and First Financial Bank.

 

Season Sponsors for the 2019-20 NPAC Season are Statewide Ford-Lincoln, Chuck & Karen Koch and Central Insurance Companies.

The new ENRICH Community Concert Series is a musical adventure that is packaged together at a tremendous savings from $85 for all four events. ENRICH Memberships are available and provide VIP opportunities to meet the stars. General Sales of the series have now begun and can purchased online at npacvw.org, by phone 419-238-6722 or in person by visiting the Box Office from Noon - 5P, MON-FRI at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 

 

 

 

Weather Spotters Course Offered

 

The Wilmington Office of the National Weather Service will be presenting a Weather Spotters Course for all those interested.

 

REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED. There is no charge for this class.

 

Please call the Mercer County EMA office at 419-586-6468

or the Auglaize County EMA office at 419-739-6725  if you have any questions.

Course Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

6:00 – 9:00 PM

DICKE HALL

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY LAKE CAMPUS

Celina, OH

 

 

 

ROCKFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PLANS HOLY WEEK WORSHIP EXPERIENCES

Wednesday- April 17th

Members of the Rockford United Methodist Church are preparing three unique worship experiences for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings before Easter Sunday, April 21st, 2019.  The first, an informal worship experience, on Wednesday evening April 17th is called Six10 or ‘Come Sit with Us’ inspired by John 6:10 and begins at 6:10 pm in the sanctuary.

Thursday- April 18th

The Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday worship experience on April 18th begins @ 7:00 pm in the Rockford United Methodist Church Sanctuary and will include Holy Communion.   The name ‘Maundy Thursday’ is derived from French and Latin words which mean ‘a new commandment.’  The commandment Jesus shared in John 13:34 was ‘love one another.’

Friday- April 19th

On Friday, April 19th the Rockford United Methodist Church will offer two interactive experiences for Good Friday.   The first is a CROSSWALK, a remembrance or simple re-enactment of Jesus’ journey to the cross as recorded in the gospels.   Jesus was tortured and forced to carry his own cross to his crucifixion.   A designated person or persons will carry a large wooden cross and will lead the procession. 

Friday- April 19th 

Everyone is invited to gather at the Rockford United Methodist Church.   At 12 noon on Friday, April 19th members of the church and community will follow a pre-determined path from the church walking north on Franklin Street to W. Market Street.  The procession will then turn and travel west on Market Street stopping at a total of eight (8) predetermined stations along the ¾ mile route before reaching the final station located at the RUMC property on Rockford West Road just beyond the new Rockford Village subdivision.   The entire experience will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour.   This is the third year for the CROSSWALK through the Rockford community. 

Friday and  Saturday evenings April 19th and 20th

The community and church members are also invited to participate in an indoor prayer experience called a PRAYER PATH.   Created by the RUMC Junior and Senior High youth, the Prayer Path is intended for ALL ages and will held in the Rockford UMC sanctuary from 6-8 p.m.   This self –guided experience will take approximately 30 minutes.

Sunday- April 21st

Easter Sunday morning, April 21st our worship experiences in the Sanctuary will include an Easter Sunrise Worship experience led by the RUMC youth at 7 am.  Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am followed by our Easter Traditions and Easter ENGAGE worship experiences at 8:30 and 10:30 respectively.     

The Rockford United Methodist Church is located at 202 South Franklin Street in Rockford.  For additional information contact the church office at 419-363-3230, office.mgr.rumc@bright.net  or check on the church’s Facebook page or website www.rumcoh.org.

 

 

April is National Donor Month- Pictures Wanted
by Lisa Kuhn

On behalf of the committee that put together Bryan/Jenna's benefit, we want to continue to spread the word about organ donation. April is National Donor Month and April 12th is Blue and Green Day to help promote awareness.
    
We would like to ask Rockford businesses to participate on April 12th by encouraging their employees to wear blue and/or green. We would love to see them take pictures and post them on the Rockford Village Facebook page. There is even a contest that Donate Life is sponsoring these photos could be submitted to. There's lots of ways our community could have fun with this and promote organ donation!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 5-8, 2019
 

 
 
 
 
 

Donation Made to the Rockford Veterans Memorial
M. Bruns Plumbing and Heating and employees recently donated $250 to the
Rockford Veterans Memorial.     The Rockford American Legion appreciates this
generous donation. 


Pictured Terry Joseph, Mike Bruns - Owner,  Terry McMillen, Reed Shaffer,
Steve Thompson, Lowell Warthman

 

 
 

Ryan and Leah Thompson will be Featured Artists of the Month

First Financial, located at 166 S Main St., is pleased to host the Rockford April Artists of the Month - Ryan and Leah Thompson.  Ryan and Leah Thompson, of Rockford, Ohio, enjoy spending their free time hand-making crafts together. Their work has ranged from hand-crafted duck decoys,  holiday decorations, car decals, yard signs, campsite "bucket" lanterns, party/event decorations,  Parkway Panther spirit items and personalized gifts, such as unique memorials, tumblers, apparel, birth announcements and more. While they enjoy crafting as a hobby, they always appreciate when others reach out to them and have a request for items. "When someone asks us to do a project for them, not only does it bring us joy to spend time with one another crafting, but it brings them happiness, too.
That is a gift …. that is priceless,"   Leah shared.

 

 
 
Classic Country & Bluegrass Jam - Free Public Event

Sunday - April 14th - 1:30 pm - ??
Rockford Community Building  ** Note new location
420 N Holly Lane


Bring your acoustic instruments and HAVE FUN !!

Room to dance   :)

Concessions available ~~~  50/50 drawing

Presented by Jerry Bolenbaugh - 419-363-3794
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
April 3-4, 2019
 

 
 

Did you know that in 1879 Shanes Crossing doctor Aaron Vaughn submitted an application for a 'Lock Nut' patent? That 1891 Rockford resident Joshua Shellabarger applied for a 'Flood Gate' patent?  That, in 1908, Rockford citizen E.H. Moyer applied for a 'Hay Rack' patent? And, in 1910, Rockford native Frank Lichty applied for a 'Corn Harvesting & Husking Machine' patent?

 

Rockford Historical Snippet
by Mike Schumm

Click here for other interesting Rockford Historical Articles and Bicentennial News.

 
 

Schoenleben and Snell Families Thank the Public

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, the community of Rockford and surrounding areas, under the leadership of the Bryan Schoenleben Benefit Committee (Posie’s Pit Crew) held a fund-raising evening event at the Rockford Community Building. Bryan Schoenleben needed a kidney transplant and Jenna Snell was a match to donate. Both are from the Rockford area. The transplant was completed earlier in March with great success.  The Schoenleben and Snell Families thank the public for their support financially, emotionally and spiritually.

The committee offers their thanks and these words:

The opportunity to impact lives starts with a personal commitment to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor * More than 114,000
Americans and 2,900 Ohioans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant * 20 men and women die each day waiting for an organ transplant * Every 48 hours an Ohioan dies waiting for an organ transplant. Paid for by the Bryan Schoenleben Benefit Committee (Posie's Pit Crew).

 
 
 

Rockford Community Days - Festival of Arts Announced

Friday - June 14
Exhibit hours:  5 pm - 9 pm

Saturday - June 15
Exhibit hours: 11 am - 7 pm

In search of artists to display and sell handmade goods -
Artwork
Crafts
Baked goods

Artists are welcome to demonstrate and create during the exhibit

Applications and information available at
The Rockford Village Office 
419-363-3032 ext 1
lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org

 

 
 

FFA State Spring Competition Completed
By: Mecaylah Hesse

Parkway FFA Reporter

 

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 the Parkway FFA brought multiple teams to the state spring CDE’s competition in Columbus at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Agronomy placed 10th out of 28, equine management placed 74th out of 117, general livestock placed 136th out of 174, and milk quality and products placed 6th out of 28. Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work the past couple weeks.

 

Pictured: Agronomy- (left to right) Jared Anderson, Tessa Thatcher, Madison Kroeger, Leah Harshman, and Austin Clutter

Dairy Foods Team- (left to right) Ansley Burtch, Sophia Miller, Izzy Strunk, Shay Bolton, Katie Hauter, Lexie Cairns, Rachel Barrett, and Andrea Miller.

Equine Team- (left to right) Faith Shellabarger, Raegan Roehm, and Carley Boeckman.

General Livestock- (left to right) Sidney Doner, Corey Walls, and Brendan Doner.

Wildlife- (left to right) Grace Etgen and Andy Metz.

 


Agronomy

Dairy Foods

Equine

General Livestock

Wildlife
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pictures to enlarge them.
 
 

Van Wert to Nebraska: Collection Drive to Help Farmers and Those in Need!

Submitted by Heather Gotte

81 of the 93 counties in Nebraska are currently experiencing a state of emergency declaration with historic flooding and catastrophic losses of over $600 million dollars from one of the most devastating disasters in recent history. As many as one million calves (and counting) have been lost due to the flooding as well as millions of bushels of wheat, corn, and soybeans destroyed with no foreseen ability to plant crops for 2019. 

In an effort to support farmers in need, Van Wert and Paulding Counties are working together to collect items to take out to Nebraska to help those in need. A group is planning to travel to Nebraska leaving April 12. We need your help to collect as many items as possible to help!

1.       Donate any items from the list below and drop off at the donation area. Deadline is Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

2.     Monetary donations can be made out to the Paulding County Area Foundation with memo “Nebraska Relief Fund”. Those not wishing to travel to Paulding can drop off the checks to the Van Wert County Extension Office on the Fairgrounds (Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-7:00pm) and they will be delivered to the Paulding County Area Foundation. Monetary donations can be collected at any time.

All physical donations must be dropped off no later than Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the evening. Monetary donations can dropped off after this date. Want to help? Here are some items we want to deliver to those in need!

Priority #1

(Fencing)

·        Barbed Wire

·        Electric Fencing

·        Leather Gloves

·        Fencing Pliers

·        Wooden Posts (Cresote Covered)

·        Milk Replacer

·        Wooden Fence Posts

·        T Posts

Priority #2

(Hay)

·        Large Round or Square Bales

Priority #3

(Livestock Feed)

·        Mineral Blocks

·        Bagged Calf Starter Feed

·        Cow Feed

·        Horse Feed

Priority #4

(Other)

·        Animal Bedding- Straw Bales or Corn Cob (No Shavings)

·        Bagged Ag Lime

·        Contractor Trash Bags

·        Large Round Trash Cans with Lids

As much as the thought is appreciated, they are overwhelmed with donations of water, cleaning supplies, baby items, clothes, and food. Please consider a monetary donation if those items are the only things you would consider donating to those in need.

Supply donations need to be done and collected no later than Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the evening. There will be an organized collection drive from 8:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Jr. Fair Dairy barn located on the south end of the fairgrounds. Those wishing to donate should come to the east doors (facing Washington street) to unload. There will be help to unload. Those with larger trailers should enter in gate 4 for ease of maneuvering.

If you are unable to come during those times and have a large donation to unload, please contact Heather at the Extension Office at (419) 238-1214 to make arrangements. Otherwise you can stop by the Extension Office April 3-5 from 8:30am-4:30pm, Saturday from 8:30am-12:30pm, or Monday, April 8 from 8:30am-7:00pm or Tuesday, April 9 from 8:30am-7:00pm.

If you are interested in getting more involved you can check out the Facebook page, Van Wert to Nebraska #farmershelpingfarmers for more information.

 

 
 

Clever Clovers 4-H Club Meets

The Clever Clovers 4-H club met on March 25, 2019. With 15 members present and 3 guest, roll call was taken by writing your name on a piece of paper. Elizabeth and Lindsay led the pledges. The health and safety report was stated by Lizzie Spath. She talked about healthy foods and had everyone state their favorite fruit and vegetable.  The treasurer’s report was given and members were reminded to pay their dues and book fees. Mrs. Sarah Mosier spoke to the club about wind energy. She talked about where energy comes from and how wind produces energy. She compared a fan to a wind turbine and showed what parts make up a wind turbine. We discussed the pros and cons of making our own wind turbine. The website Kidwind.com was suggested. The meeting concluded with a commercial about making M&Ms with wind energy. Then M&Ms were the club snack. The next meeting will be Monday, April 8th from 6:30 - 7:30 at the VWMS healthy choices room.

Submitted By Noah Krites - Clever Clovers News reporter

Sarah Mosier presents in photo above.

 

 
April 1-2, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway April 2019 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 
 

Patrol reminds drivers to keep eyes, focus on the road
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Lima – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are reminding drivers to keep their eyes and their focus on the roadway while driving.

Last year, 51 people lost their lives and more than 6,800 were injured in Ohio as a result of distracted driving crashes. Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph. 

“National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is the perfect time to make the commitment to yourself and to your family to eliminate distractions, such as cell phones, while you drive,” said Governor DeWine.

“Every time someone takes their eyes off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Tim Grigsby, Commander of the Lima Post. “Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”

On October 29, 2018, Ohio passed House Bill 95, a law which broadened what is considered distracted driving and increased the fine if it was a contributing factor to the commission of the driving violation.

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.

As a reminder, Ohio law bans all electronic wireless communication device usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers and is a secondary offense for adults 18 and above.

 
 
 

Parkway HS 3rd Qtr Honor Roll 2018-2019
By Lisa Miller, HS Secretary

 

SENIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Alistair Fahncke, Matthew Gaerke, KeAndra Godsey, Mecaylah Hesse, Madison Kroeger, Faith Rollins, Haylee Stukey, Grace Swander, Tessa Thatcher

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Molly Baltzell, Kara Heck, Colton Kraner, Alyssa Miller, Nicholas Riley, Noah Riley, Olivia Scott, Owen Sinning, Bailey Strickler, Isabella Strunk, Loren Stukey, Jonathan Wehe

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

 

Shay Bolton, Hannah Eichenauer, Alexandria Ford, Rachel Perry, Tyler Rider, Stephanie Schaaf, Preston Stober, Lance Weirrick



 

 

JUNIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Rachel Barrett, Alexis Cairns, Macy Henkle, McKenna Johnson, Kristine Kirby, Brooke May, Olivia Rutledge, Hailey Stephenson, Ashlyn White

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Cory Agler, Aaron Bruns, Ansley Burtch, Leah Harshman, Clarissa Krogman, Jason Luth, Gavin Stober, Alexander Tisdale

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Tim Bloos, Carley Boeckman, Breyden Bruns, Claire Eichler, Ryann Fox, Emma Gause, Courtney Harding, Jacob Haver, Nicholas Hawk, Ryan Hesse, Caleb Kinney, Bryce Lowery, Sophia Miller, Grace Rogers, Kyle Roth, McKenna Temple, Corey Walls, Sydney Yoder, Emily Zimmerman

 



 



 

SOPHOMORES

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Avery Boroff, Kaden Boroff, Savanna Freeman, Zoie Huffman, Lydia Miller, Kelsey Nichols, Elijah Rich, Claire Rutledge, Makenna Schumm

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Treya Conn, Alexzandra Cottman, Brendan Etzcorn, Justan Felver, Remi' Fokine, Sierra Freeman, Madalyn Heindel, Kayla Kuhn, Claire Langenkamp, Chaz Neuenschwander, McKayla Sites, Mackenzie Springer, Tyler Tinkham, Sydney Waters

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Breanna Beeks, Abigail Browning, Grace Etgen, Graham Farmer, Audrey Ford, Clara Hellwarth, Dylan Hughes, Brayton Luginbill, Andrea Miller, Samantha Noll, Haydn Ridenour, Jonathan Steinhoff



 

 

FRESHMEN

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Leah Eichler, Lily Haver, Danielle Huff, Riley Samples, Benjamin Sheppard

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Kameryn Altenbach, Cora Barna, Grant Bollenbacher, Elise Darrigan, Cami High, Molly Hileman, Paige Jackson, Raegan Roehm, Jacob Rogers, Chantry Simon, Ashtyn Sipe, Caden Slusher, Blake Strickler, Gracyn Temple

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Aiden Anderson, Alex Anderson, Jace Armstrong, Chasity McGhee, Gabriel Schaaf, Cade Schoenleben, Makenzie Stephenson, Montanna Vann, Briana Webb

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 29-31, 2019
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 14 years.
 

 
 
 
 
Rockford Lions Planning Quarter Auction
The Rockford Lions, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, invite the community to a Quarter Auction to be held Saturday, March 30th at the Rockford Community Building, 420 Holly Lane in Rockford. 

Doors will open at 11 am.  The auction will begin at 12 noon.   Paddles for participation in the auction will be three (3) dollars each and available at the door.  An All-IN paddle, also available at the door, will be twenty-five (25) dollars. 

A light lunch will also be available for purchase. 

A 50-50 Drawing will be held.

Click here to visit the Lions Club Facebook Page for a look at the items already donated to the event.

New item just donated by a vendor: 1 grey enviro cloth and 1 window cloth valued at $38 - Lee Ann reminds the community that bids start at 25 cents. See complete list and many pictures at the above link!

 
 
 
 
Rockford Community Building Information Link
Contact the Rockford Community Building in Shanes Park through this link on Facebook - https://www.rockfordalive.com/village/parks-community-buildings/
 
 

Wabash Mutual Telephone Company Named Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Arlington, Va., (March 28, 2019) – Wabash Mutual Telephone Company was recently recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in the Celina, Coldwater, Fort Recovery, Rockford and St. Henry communities.

As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, Wabash joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households.

“I applaud Wabash for its commitment to delivering the internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “By building a gigabit-capable network, Wabash has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region and nationwide.” To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory.

“We are honored to receive this distinction and to join the elite group of broadband providers,” said Wabash President and CEO Mike Boley. “Not only does this national accolade represent the work and dedication of our employees and Board of Directors, but also the cooperative’s commitment to our communities. Wabash is grateful for the support of these communities to allow us to be part of their everyday lives. We look forward to expanding our fiber network and to raising the standard of excellence even further.”

More information about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification program is available at www.ntca.org/gigcertified.

 
 
 

Grand Lake Task Force/HIT Arrests
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that the Grand Lake Task Force and HIT Team (which consist of Law Enforcement Deputies/Officers from Mercer and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Offices, Celina Police Department, and Coldwater Police Department), made several arrests yesterday.   

Approximately 12:34 p.m., Deputies witnessed Jason E. Niemeyer, age 39 enter his residence at 608 North Walnut Street, Celina, Ohio. Knowing there was a warrant for his arrest for drug trafficking, (resulting from tips from the community), deputies made contact with Niemeyer.   While there, deputies witnessed the presence of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia and applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence.  In the execution and search of the residence, suspected drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash was seized.   

Also arrested at the residence was a Wesley W. Elam, age 26 for a parole violation.  

Approximately 11:17 a.m., during a traffic stop on Wayne Street in the city of Celina, officers arrested Casey W. Hammond, age 35 for a warrant for contempt of court, original charge of nonsupport through Celina Municipal Court.   After Mercer County K-9,  Franko alerted to the present of narcotics in the vehicle, a passenger,  Adam L. Cornett, age 37, was arrested for the possession of drug abuse instruments, being a syringe. 

Sheriff Grey reminds citizens to continue to call with drug tips.  He reminds citizens that tips are received and worked on a continued basis and those tips have assisted in the arrest of drug users and traffickers.   Grey stated that his office along with other agencies that are part of the Grand Lake Task Force and the HIT Team will continue their fight to rid our community of drug issues.

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 27-28, 2019
 

 
 
Chatt T-Ball Registration
Call Mandy at 260-223-6474 to register your child for Chatt T-ball.
 
 
Chatt United Methodist to Host Movie Night
Chatt United Methodist to will host a showing of the movie "Unbroken: Path to Redemption" on Saturday, April 6, 2019, following the life of Louis Zamperelli and his inspirational story as a prison of war and the aftermath of the ordeal. Movie starts at 7 pm. Free admission and popcorn.
 
 
Mission Sunday Coming to the Rockford Belle Community Church

On Sunday March 31, 2019, the Rockford Belle Community Church will host Chris Moore from Here's Hope Ministries. He recruits and trains volunteer teams for ministry in Belize, Central America. A carry-in meal will follow the 9AM service. Meat will be provided

 

Vantage Hosts State Officials

Senior Precision Machining students Samantha Backas (Kalida) and Gage Etgen (Parkway), along with Precision Machining Instructor Larry Ray, presented custom made gifts to State Superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, and State Board member, Linda Haycock, while they visited Vantage Career Center. DeMaria and Haycock were greeted by several Instructors and students, and were able to speak with each of them about their programs and accomplishments this school year.

 

Road Closing for Bridge Replacement Announced

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Oregon Road between Hoenie Road and Weitz Road in Hopewell Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on April 1, 2019 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 6-8 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

Letter to the Community
Dear Friends –

We would like to take this time to extent a heartfelt THANK YOU to those who have donated to the Rockford Veterans Memorial!   Since November, we have raised a total of $21,911 of the $125,000 needed to complete the project. 

The Veterans Memorial will be located beside the American Legion and is located on State Route 33 in Rockford.  This memorial will be seen not only by the local community but by the many travelers passing by Hedges Park.  We believe this Veterans Memorial will be a benefit to our community.

All around our county memorials stand to honor those who served in uniform and the battles they fought to protect our nation’s freedoms.   We need your financial help for this to become a reality in our community.   No donation is too small, it will take the entire community coming together to make this happen.  ?

Checks should be made out to the Leota Braun Foundation with 
“Post 508 Veterans Memorial” on the memo line.

Each donation will be tax deductible.   Mail to:  Leota Braun Foundation, PO Box 364, Rockford, Oh 45882.   We need donations by May 24th, 2019.  We will give an update at the Memorial Day Service.  The Veterans Memorial is to be dedicated at the May 2020 Memorial Day Service – Our Bicentennial Year. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.   Please direct any questions to the
Rockford Village Office at 419-363-3032 ext 1. 

Reed Shaffer, American Legion Representative
Jeff Long, Rockford Village Administrator / Bicentennial Coordinator
Mike Schumm, VP of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society/ Bicentennial Coordinator.

 
 

Canned Food Drive by FFA Resounding Success
By: Mecaylah Hesse
Parkway FFA Reporter


During FFA Week, February 18th to February 22nd, the Parkway FFA held a canned food drive. They collected and donated 1285 cans to the local food pantry. The classes who collected the most cans in the elementary and middle school grades are Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Bruns, Mrs. McDonough, and Mrs. Stover. And the class that collected the most cans in the high school was Mrs. Howell’s. Elementary class winners are being rewarded with a movie while Mrs. Howell’s class is being rewarded with donuts. The Parkway FFA would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual Parkway FFA canned food drive. 

 

 
 
 

 
March 26, 2019
 

 
 

Open Doors USA Director to Speak at Rockford United Methodist Church
On Saturday evening April 6th at 5:30 pm, Robert B., Senior Director of Mobilization for Open Doors USA will join us for an International Dinner and time of conversation in the Rockford UMC social room.  Open Doors USA is an organization that supports persecuted believers in more than 60 countries where it is most difficult for Christians.  A former pastor and church planter, Robert lived overseas working with immigrants and refugees before serving in his current post.  He recently traveled to the Middle East and to South Asia with Open Doors.  He continues serving the local church as a lay elder.  Please pray for Robert in the days leading up to his visit with us.  Members and friends of area churches are welcome to attend.  To properly prepare meal for all, please contact the Rockford UMC church office 419-363-3230 to indicate your interest and attendance.

 

 

Night of Hope Against Heroin

Taking Place Live in the TV-44 Studio

  

“We are tired of seeing people hurting and dying and how lives are being torn apart because of the heroin problem. We have dealt with heroin first hand and beat it! We want to give that hope to others!

We want to open up the communication to start talking about the issue of drugs and heroin. If we never talk about it and it's always taboo, our friends, family and children will never know that it's a very serious issue until it's too late. We are hoping that this concert and the awareness and the hope, will stop people from trying it and doing heroin and the ones that are on it, will give them hope to get off of it! “

Those are the words of Benjamin & Missy Budde, organizers of  The Night of Hope Against Heroin, scheduled to take place LIVE in the TV-44 studio, Saturday, March 30, 7pm.

This event will include speakers, testimonial videos, and local musicians, all with a unified message that there is freedom from the chains of addiction.

Slated speakers include: Kenton Mayor Randy Manns, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Josh & Nikki Meeker, Brad Crouch, Tim Shadley, and Ben Budde.

Individuals are welcome to attend this event in the TV-44 studio. Limited seating is available. Call 419-339-4444 to secure seating. Doors open March 30, 6:30pm.  The Night of Hope Against Heroin will also be broadcast live on TV-44 from 7-8pm, Saturday, March 30. TV-44, a non-profit locally owned Christian TV station,  is located at 1844 Baty Rd., Lima, OH 45807

 

 

Bicentennial Committee to Meet
A reminder that the next Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held next
Monday - April 1st at 7 pm - Village Hall.

RAFFLE DRAWING will be held for the One of a Kind - Henry Golden 357 mag.

Several tickets still available at the Village office.  $10 donation.

 

 

Stateline Writer's Club to Meet

The Stateline Writer's Club is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Celina public library.  The writing topic is open.  The public is welcome to attend.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 23-25, 2019
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Clever Clovers 4-H Club in Van Wert Busy with Project
by Noah Krites, new reporter for the Clever Clovers 4-H club in Van Wert. 

The first meeting of the Clever Clovers was held February 25 at 6:30 in the VWMS Healthy choices room. The meeting included the election of officers. They are as follows: President-Gabby Perkins, Vice president-Maria Bagley, Secretary-Grace Linton, Treasurer-Kayla Krites, Media secretary-Noah Krites, Health and Safety- Lindsay Hatcher and Lizzie Spath, and Community service-Aubree Bear. Members were reminded that dues are $10 and books are $6 each. Project enrollment is due by April 1. Upcoming events include the County 4-H recycling project and the 4-H BBQ chicken dinner in early June.

The Clever Clovers had another meeting on March 11 at 6:30 with 15 members and 3 guest parents present. The pledges were led by Leah Krites and Elizabeth.  Roll call was taken by writing your favorite animal and your name on a piece of paper. The health and safety report was given by Lindsay about plastic. BPA used to be in a lot of plastic items but has been removed for safety reasons. It is hazardous to the hormone system of the body. In other activities we started to learn about energy and what starts energy. Recreation included writing types of energy from pictures. The next meeting will be on March 25 from 6:30-7:30 at the VWMS healthy choices room.

** Pictures are of 4-H members working on their energy project/pictures.  

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Updates on Athletic Schedule for March 25 - 30, 2019 by AD Matt Triplett

March 25:
JH Track @ Crestview, 4:45 p.m.
JV Softball vs. Antwerp, 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Baseball vs. St. Mary’s, 5:00 p.m.
JV Baseball @ St. Mary’s, 5:00 p.m.


March 26:
Varsity & JV Softball @ St. Mary’s, 5:00 p.m.
8th Softball vs. Shawnee, 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Baseball @ Spencerville, 5:00 p.m.
JV Baseball vs. Spencerville, 5:00 p.m.
8th Baseball vs. Crestview, 5:00 p.m.


March 27:
No Athletic Events Scheduled


March 28:
HS Track @ New Bremen, 4:30 p.m.
JH Track @ St. Henry, 4:30 p.m.
Varsity & JV Softball vs. Celina, 5:00 p.m. (JV @ Shane’s Park #3)
Varsity & JV Baseball vs. Celina, 5:00 p.m. (JV @ Shane’s Park #4)
March 29:
Varsity & JV Softball vs. Shawnee, 5:00 p.m. (JV @ Shane’s Park #3)

March 30:
Varsity Softball @ Wapakoneta, 12:00 p.m.
JV Softball vs. Wapakoneta, 12:00 p.m.
Varsity & JV Baseball @ Jefferson, Varsity at Noon, JV to follow. Single game each.
8th Baseball vs. St. Mary’s, 12:00 p.m.
7th Baseball @ St. Mary’s, 12:00 p.m.


 

 
 

Van Wert County 4-H Program Plans to Replace Wooden Benches with recycled Ones
The Van Wert County 4-H Program is participating in “A Bench for Caps” (ABC) program with Green Tree Plastics to help replace the wooden benches on the fairgrounds with 100% recycled plastic lumber made from caps, lids, and otherwise unusable plastic tops. Each 4-H Club in the county has been challenged to collect 250lbs of acceptable, clean caps to then be produced into an eight foot bench with a back. In addition to the plastic members will be fundraising or seeking donations to pay for the benches in the amount of $350.00 plus engraving costs.

The ABC Program is specifically designed for youth. Youth will be responsible for helping with collecting, sorting, and weighing caps to ensure that all the guidelines are met to submit to Green Tree Plastics for the bench production.

The benches produced from this program will be given permanent locations on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds for visitors to sit and enjoy. In the future the 4-H Program hopes to organize beautification of each bench area in a contest so everyone can benefit from the functionality and beauty of this project.

The ten-year goal is that 10 benches be added to the Fairgrounds each year as permanent seating. There are a number of ways the community can help 4-H’er achieve this goal! First, please collect items as listed from the acceptable plastic lid and cap list. Taking the time to rinse the lid will eliminate a lot of sanitary and smelly issues for us, so run it under the sink please. Fill up a grocery sack and give the caps and lids to any Van Wert County 4-H’er you know. Each 4-H club has their own piles of caps and are working to get their own 250lbs so it can be identified as their own bench. You can also drop the lids off at the Ohio State University Extension Office Monday-Friday from the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm located at the Fairgrounds or the Senior Fair Board Office.

Caps for 2019 benches will be collected until June 11, 2019 at the Chicken BBQ and can be dropped off at the drive-through or inside the commercial building at the fairgrounds. Caps without designation to a 4-H Club will be distributed to help make as many benches as possible.

Any person, business, or entity interested in helping with the project through collections or financial assistance can contact Heather Gottke at the Extension Office at (419) 238-1214 or by email at gottke.4@osu.edu. Through the community’s support and the power of the youth in 4-H here in Van Wert County we hope we can truly make a difference!

Acceptable Caps and Lids information – click here.
 
 

Vantage staff would like to invite you to Vantage on Wednesday, March 27 from 12:30 to 12:45 as Ohio Superintendent, Paolo DeMaria briefly visits Vantage and talks with some of our students and staff members.

 

Litter Pickup News - Youth groups to collect litter

Motorists are asked to use caution in the next few months as youth community groups will be picking up litter in the ditches along many Mercer County Roads.


Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart issued the warning recently to protect the various groups of people who will be participating in the Litter Pick-up Program this spring.  “Clean-up crews are set to begin work in late March and typically complete the project by late spring,” Wiechart said. 


The litter pick-up program is a joint project funded by the County Engineer’s Office and Township Trustees who pay recognized civic and community groups who participate.  Safety vests, gloves, bags and disposal fees are funded by the Mercer County Solid Waste District and the Ohio EPA.

 
 

Exciting New Technology For Honor Flight

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) has launched a new way for veterans of the area to sign up for their free honor flight.  After months of development, HFNEI has launched an ONLINE application opportunity.  Now veterans and guardians can visit the website to fill out online applications for upcoming flights. This not only will increase the ease for the veterans but streamline the efficiency from the operations perspective, reducing potential mistakes from transcribing from paper applications.

Honor Flight recognizes that there are many veterans who are not comfortable using a computer and they will continue to gladly accept paper applications from any veteran or guardian that does not wish to utilize the online version.  
 
The new online digital application process would not have been possible without long time support from Symplexity, a local cybersecurity and IT solution company here in Fort Wayne. Their dedicated support assisted in developing an electronic database for veteran and guardian flight processing several years ago, and their continued assistance in improving processes has allowed HFNEI to more efficiently serve veterans from all wars and conflicts.

HFNEI Board President Dennis Covert shares “The on-line application process is a major upgrade for HFNEI and is already being widely accepted. Within hours of posting the availability of the on-line application process, we began receiving veteran and guardian applications.”
 
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is currently looking for Korean veterans. They continue to make WWII veterans a priority while accepting applications for Vietnam veterans and all subsequent conflicts.  Veterans may visit their website at www.hfnei.org and follow the Apply Now link to get signed up for a free flight to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor.

 

Classic Country & Bluegrass Jam - Free Public Event

Sunday - April 14th - 1:30 pm - ??
Rockford Community Building  ** Note new location
420 N Holly Lane


Bring your acoustic instruments and HAVE FUN !!

Room to dance   :)

Concessions available ~~~  50/50 drawing

Presented by Jerry Bolenbaugh - 419-363-3794

 

 
 

 
March 22, 2019
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 14 years.
 

 
 


Rockford Carnegie Library Plans Two Events
Hop on in to the Rockford Carnegie Library's Family Program on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30-7:30. There will be a bunny themed story, craft, game and snack. All "Peeps" welcome.

 

Remember the Book Club will be meeting on Monday, April 1st at 2:00 or 6:30 to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot. 

 

Saint Charles will host Seventh Annual ‘Artistry Under the Dome’

Artistry Under the Dome is set for Friday, April 5, 7-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Saint Charles Senior Living Community, 2860 US 127, Celina, Ohio.

This art fair, now in its seventh year, showcases the amazing talents and works of artists either residing in or originally from Mercer and Auglaize Counties. This premier juried art exhibit and sale features 30 artists and includes some student art work from seven area high schools.  

There is no entrance fee; however, free-will donations are gladly accepted. 

Over 1,000 people attend the event each year. There, they can meet the wonderful artists, enjoy the beautiful artwork and consider purchasing items, which make amazing gifts for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and even next Christmas.

First held in 2013, this annual extravaganza continues to grow in prestige, scope, and size. It exposes creators of all sorts to a wide audience and art lovers to a wide variety of works. Various types of art medium will be on hand, including pottery, woodwork, glass art, copper, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, clay and more.

The following artists are participating in the Art Fair this year:  Julie Baltes, Kathleen Bauer, Tony Beckman,  Virg & Jane Bertke,  John Beyke,  Mary Boettger, Todd Buschur, Sherry Chandler, Brad Cull, Berry Davis & Collette Fortin,  Jane Dippold,  Ray Feltz,  Doug Fiely, Anna Fisher,  Amelia Goff,  Holly Gray, Peggy Green, Debby Gregory,  Rhonda Hager,

Caleb Luthman, Ken Maggi, David Maywhoor, Joan Muhlenkamp, Margo Sharp,  Marilyn Stall, Amber Temple, Hannah Thees, Nick Wenning, Shirley Wenning, Jerry Will.

For more info:  Go to facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ArtistryUnderTheDome

 
 
 

 
March 20-21, 2019
 

 
 

Phone Scam Advisory by Sheriff Jeff Grey

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today his office received notice of a potential scam in Mercer County. Deputies were contacted by an individual who indicated he received a phone call from someone who identified themselves as a Deputy Sheriff, and advising the subject there was a warrant for his arrest. The individual advised him to go to the Sheriff’s Office and put money inside the Kiosk using his own name.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office does not phone people regarding warrants requesting money. Warrants can be checked on the Sheriff’s Office website, www.mercerountysheriff.org. Sheriff Grey urges caution when dealing with individuals on the phone, as phone numbers can be “Spoofed” to appear like a local phone number.

 

 

 

All You Can Eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast in Coldwater

Coldwater Kiwanis is sponsoring their annual All You Can Eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday March 31, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Breakfast will be served at Coldwater High School.  Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member or by contacting Steve Steinbrunner atllstnbrnnr@gmail.com.  Cost is $6.00 per person.  Children 6 and under eat free.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Proceeds from this event benefit local youth and community service programs.

 

 

 

Parkway Preschool Registration Night

Parkway Preschool has set their Registration Night for the 2019-2020 school year on Wednesday, April 3 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Parkway Preschool is a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by ODE.

 

On this evening, parents may bring their child to the school to see the rooms as well as meet the teachers.  Registration forms will be available to complete and payment of the $25 registration fee will be accepted.  Once the registration is completed, other forms need to be turned in before the school year begins in August.  Children must be 3 years old by August 1.  If you have further questions, please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.  (Currently enrolled Parkway preschoolers need not attend this event.)

 

 

 

Incident in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility
on 3-20-2019

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey released a few details about a suspected drug overdose inside the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  At approximately 3:29 PM today, inmates alerted corrections staff of a male inmate who was not responding and not breathing.  Corrections officers immediately responded to the dorm where an inmate had started CPR.  The on duty corrections nurse responded and rendered aid while Central Dispatch alerted the Celina EMS personnel.

 

When EMS personnel arrived, they took over treatment of the inmate.  EMS administered NARCAN to the inmate.  The inmate was transported by EMS to Mercer Health, a deputy sheriff followed for security.  The inmate, a male, is  being held in the facility on several felony offenses of violence.  His name is being withheld at this time due to medical privacy laws and no additional charges have yet been filed.

 

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 units were called in to search the dorm.  A search warrant for blood and urine of the inmate was applied for.  “Drugs getting into detention facilities is becoming a nationwide problem,” stated Sheriff Grey, “Mercer County is no different.”  Grey expressed frustration at inmates resourcefulness in getting contraband into the jail.  The jail has a body scanner that has detected drugs hidden inside body cavities, but inmates still are successful from time to time  smuggling drugs in.  Detectives are investigating to attempt to determine how the drugs got into the facility.

 

“I would like to commend the inmates for their quick action and alerting staff of the emergency,” stated Sheriff Grey, “Had they not done that, this young man probably would’ve died.”

 

Sheriff  Jeff Grey

 

 

 

 

Old Bookcase, March 28, 2019, New Idea Horn Shredder

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

The New Idea Horn Shredder was a part of New Idea Farm Equipment Company, a subsidiary of Avco Manufacturing Corporation at Coldwater, Ohio in the 1950’s.  

Photo caption:  The New Idea Horn Shredder shredded corn stalks by 3 shredding heads.  Do you recognize the tractor driver in the photograph in the 1950’s?  This photograph will be a part of the Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2019 exhibit of New Idea Hay Tools at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

 

 “The New Idea” Spreader Factory, was begun by Joseph Oppenheim, as Manufacturer and Proprietor, at Maria Stein, Ohio.  [This Company name was used on their Letterhead of the Stationery in 1899.]  In spite of local lore, Joseph Oppenheim did not invent the manure spreader.  Manure spreaders were in production across the United States two decades earlier.  A successful manufacturer of spreaders was Joseph Sargent Kemp, who filed his first Patent for improvements to the manure spreader on February 28, 1877, and continued with filing patents, and was noted as the “inventor of the first practical manure spreader,” in 1877, by history books.  The Kemp & Burpee Company was organized at Syracuse, New York in  1880-1881.  An interesting note of Mercer County history, is that J.A. Meinerding Hardware and Implement Shop at Fort Recovery was advertising “The Great Western Endless Manure Spreader,” on February 16, 1905, at the same time period as New Idea was being established. 

 

February 17, 1900, Joseph Oppenheim filed his Application for his first Patent, which he received the Patent No. 648,519 on May 1, 1900.  The secret of Oppenheim’s success was that he created the idea of having the paddles at the back of the spreader, deflect the manure to both sides of the spreader, instead of directly in back of the spreader.  Through a series of continued “new ideas,” the Company continued to file patents and produce farm equipment for century, until December 1999. 

 

In 1907, the Village of Coldwater made an agreement with the NI Spreader works to move from Maria Stein to Coldwater, and production began at Coldwater in August 1907.  Production of the spreaders continued at Maria Stein, until 1911.  As 1912, production ceased at Maria Stein.  In 1930, the Company purchased Sandwich Manufacturing Company.  As of 1935, the Company was recognized as New Idea, Inc.  In 1945, the Company was purchased and became known as New Idea Farm Equipment Company, a subsidiary of AVCO Manufacturing Corporation, Coldwater, Ohio.  In 1951, the Company purchased Horn Manufacturing, which was located at Fort Dodge, Iowa.  This history is from  the book, “New Idea Company’s Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders, Maria Stein & Coldwater, Ohio,” by the Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee, of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. in 2013.

 

In 1951 New Idea Company purchased Horn Manufacturing, Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The New Idea Horn Shredders came into use in the 1950’s.  The New Idea-Horn All Steel Wagon Boxes have been on exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic, these past years.  (The New Idea Equipment and Antique Tractors are on exhibit every other year at the Coldwater Community Picnic, and this August 2019 will again be at the Coldwater Park.)  Will a New Idea Horn Shredder be there this year?

 

New Idea Hay Tools is the theme of the Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00.   Miniature New Idea Farm Equipment, manuals, photographs, brochures, and posters, not only of hay tools, but also other NI equipment collectables will be on exhibit.  This is your last public notice about this exhibit.  

 

 
 
 

The Niswonger Unveils the 2019-20 ENRICH Community Concert Series

(Van Wert, OH) - The tradition grows with a spectacular, value-packed 2019-20 Enrich Community Concert Series presented by Unverferth Dentistry and Roger and Kay Okuley. Since 1953, artists and entertainers from the around the globe have made their mark on the Van Wert community and enriched lives of those in it as a part of the Community Concert Series. The Niswonger is proud to continue this Van Wert institution by putting together four monumental acts that have been carefully selected to bring culture, joy, and wonder that’s incredibly affordable.

Catapult, the magic of shadow dancing, kicks off Enrich by pushing the limits of both mind and imagination. As seen on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent, Catapult is a troupe of shadow dancers who work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing silhouettes of the world around us. In their near decade of existence, Catapult has amazed audiences with their family friendly show full of music, humor, breathtaking visuals, and engaging storylines on Saturday, October 12 at 3:00 P.

The Swingles are coming to the Niswonger, bringing with them a holiday flare on Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 P. This five-time Grammy winning a cappella group, formerly known as The Swingle Singers, has astounded audiences for over half a century with their barrier-breaking vocals and delightful harmonies. The audience will sing-a-long to holiday classics and original songs by The Swingles.

Do-wop puts a bit of spunk into the holiday season when The Midtown Men come to town on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 P. The 60s-era group consisting of four original cast members of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, deliver their sweet harmonies performing both holiday and hits. Alongside their band, The Midtown Men have captivated audiences over the course of more than 2,000 performances. 

Neil Diamond fans rejoice with a rocking full-production tribute show, I AM, HE SAID that leaves fans astounded.  Matt, Jeff, and Tommy Vee (nephew and sons of 60's pop-star Bobby Vee) bring the hits of Neil Diamond to life in a spectacular show that features Neil Diamond’s classics such as Sweet Caroline, I Am, He Said, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue and many more. This show has rocked venues of more than 23,000 people and will now entertain from the Niswonger stage on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The new ENRICH Community Concert Series is a musical adventure that is packaged together at a tremendous savings from $85 for all four events. ENRICH Members receive reserved seating and advanced ticketing along with VIP opportunities to meet the stars. ENRICH Memberships are on sale now from $50 - $200. General sales begin Monday, April 8. The series package is a savings of up to 26% from single event ticket prices. 

 

Supporting Sponsors for the ENRICH Series are Taylor Auto Sales, Inc, State-Farm Tisha Fast Agent, Van Wert Health, E&R Trailer - Shurco Trailers, Putman Law Offices - Attorney Shaun Putman, First Financial Bank.

 

Season Sponsors for the 2019-20 NPAC Season are Statewide Ford-Lincoln, Chuck & Karen Koch and Central Insurance Companies.


Memberships are available through the Box Office at 419-238-NPAC. Find out more at NPACVW.ORG. The Box Office is open 10A - 5P, MON-FRI and located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
March 18-19, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway's Annual FFA Week

By: Mecaylah Hesse

Parkway FFA Reporter

 

This past week, February 18th- February 22nd, 2019 the Parkway FFA chapter held their annual FFA week. Although the week was shortened by weather conditions and cancellations, Parkway FFA was still able to hold all planned events. Tuesday, February 19th, the apple dessert bake-off and truck drive-in was held. There were 6 winners for the apple dessert contest between the top 3 best looking and top 3 best tasting (winners are listed below). The truck drive-in had 5 winners including the smallest truck, biggest truck, cleanest truck, newest truck, and oldest truck (winners are listed below). Then on Thursday, February 21st, the tractor drive-in was held. With many participants, 6 were awarded prizes for the biggest, smallest, cleanest, newest, oldest, and best overall tractors (winners listed below). Finally, to wrap up the short-but-fun week, Parkway FFA held their annual petting zoo and member luncheon on Friday, February 22nd. Grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade were invited to go down to the Ag shop and see various farm animals that were brought in by FFA members including chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, calves, lambs, and a donkey. In addition, the FFA held a week-long canned food drive to help collect canned goods to donate to the local food pantry. The Parkway FFA would like to thank all members who participated in the week’s activities.  

Top 3 Best Looking Desserts: 

1. Keaton Zizleman 

2. Gracyn Temple 

3. Aiden Anderson 

Top 3 Best Tasting Desserts: 

1. Aiden Anderson 

2. Parker Mihm 

3. Gracyn Temple 

Truck Drive-In Winners: 

Smallest- Leah Harshman 

Biggest- Bryce Mihm 

Cleanest- Cory Agler 

Newest-Conner Lyons 

Oldest- Adam Stephenson 

Tractor Drive-In Winners: 

Smallest- Tyler Rider 

Biggest- Colton Kraner 

Cleanest- Corey Walls 

Newest- Conner Walls 

Oldest- Bryce Mihm 

Best Overall- Lance Weirrick 

Click smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge:


Judges

Best Looking Desserts

Best overall tractor

Calves

Canned Food Drive

Cat
 

Parkway FFA Members Participate in the Mercer County CDE Invitational

By: Mecaylah Hesse

Parkway FFA Reporter

 

On Saturday, March 16th, 2019 the Parkway FFA took multiple CDE teams to the Mercer County CDE Invitational. The agronomy team placed 3rd out of 14 teams, equine management placed 19th out of 38 teams, general livestock placed 59th out of 61 teams, milk quality and products placed 2nd out of 5 teams, and the wildlife team placed 18th out of 20 teams. Congratulations to all the participants and good luck at the state competition which will take place on March 23, 2019.  

 

 
 

Parkway FFA Participates in Ag Mechanic Skills CDE

By: Mecaylah Hesse

Parkway FFA Reporter

 

On Friday, March 8th, 2019 Parkway FFA members Colton Kraner, Justin Felver, and David Sheets traveled to Vantage Career Center to participate in the Ag Mechanic Skills CDE. They were required to determine different mechanical parts, oils, and welds. As a team, the boys placed 7th out of 16 teams. As individuals, Kraner placed 30th, Felver placed 15th, and Sheets placed 18th out of 48 participants.  

 

 
 
 

Parkway FFA Participates in the Marysville CDE Invitational

By: Mecaylah Hesse

Parkway FFA Reporter

On Saturday, March 2nd, several Parkway FFA members attended the annual Marysville Invitational for spring CDE’s. Parkway had a team for the following contests: general livestock, equine management, wildlife, agronomy, and dairy foods. General livestock placed 82 out of 100 teams, equine management placed 54 out of 70 teams, wildlife placed 13 out of 50 teams, agronomy placed 8 out of 23 teams, and dairy foods placed 8 out of 22 teams. In addition to these five teams, Kiersten Roehm went as an individual for public speaking in extemporaneous and placed 5th. The next competition the teams will compete in is the Mercer County invitational on March 16th.  

 

 
 

 
March 16-17, 2019
 

 
 

Did you know that in 1961, Rockford High School
had a record 450 graduates attend their alumni reunion, with the oldest being an 1895 graduate named Clara Penn (who wrote articles in the early 1900's for a bimonthly publication called 'The Kindergarten Primary Magazine')?

Rockford Historical Snippet
by Mike Schumm

Click here for other interesting Rockford Historical Articles and Bicentennial News.

 
 
 
 
Rockford to Get a Turn Lane Added to U.S. Route 33 for Construction at Fremont Company
The Mercer County Commissioners have hired VTF Excavation to do the new turn lane roadway work on U.S. 33 to accommodate the new $27 million expansion of Fremont Company in Rockford.
 
 
 
Parkway's New Home-Side Stadium Bleachers Planned
The Parkway Board of Education is working on the new bleacher project. Superintendent Jeanne Osterfeld is overseeing the project. The old ones are now being dismantled. New ones built by Dant Clayton Corporation of Kentucky will install the new bleachers and a new press box.
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE By Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.
Old Bookcase, March 21, 2019, Coldwater FFA

Photo caption:  “Jerry Vogt’s F.F.A. Class at Coldwater School.  A 1957 Ford is in the background,” was written on the back of this old photograph.

The man wearing the white shirt with the tie must be Jerry Vogt, the Coldwater High School F.F.A. Teacher.  Who are the other half dozen F.F.A. Members on the photograph?  Can you identify the piece of equipment?  Was it made at New Idea?

I invite you to visit  the April 7 Sunday afternoon Exhibit about New Idea Hay Tools, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, 1:00 – 4:00.  

The first fifty Guests on Sunday, April 7, who identify these F.F.A. Members on the photograph correctly, will receive a free copy of the book, “100th Anniversary New Idea, A Century of Excellence, 1899-1999.”  Whoever identifies the owner of that 1957 Ford will also receive a free copy of this book.

Since the automobile in the photograph was identified as a 1957 Ford, that would suggest that Coldwater High School Graduation Classes of 1957 through 1961 would recognize these F.F.A. Members.

“New Idea Company’s Hay Tools,”  is the theme of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee’s fourth book in this Series of books about New Idea Company’s History.  The NIHP Committee Members have been doing research about the history of the Hay Tools manufactured by Employees of the New Idea Company at Coldwater, Ohio.  If you are interested in a copy of this book about New Idea Hay Tools, we will mail you a notice when the book is ready, if you sign your name and address.  Since the book is in progress, no price has been established yet.

This year, 2019, the August 3-4 Exhibit at the  Coldwater Community Picnic at the Park, will feature New Idea Company’s Hay Tools, as well as Antique Tractors.  We are always seeking New Idea Farm Equipment for our Exhibit at the Park in August.  If you have New Idea Farm Equipment and/or antique tractors, you wish to exhibit in August, tell our Members of the NIHP Committee or tell me.

I just received an email from Kathy Shepherd, at Lilburn, Georgia, that she started a FACEBOOK PAGE FOR COLDWATER.  She said that they were discussing The Buckeye at Coldwater. She mentioned about U.S. Soldier’s Uniforms were sewn at The Buckeye.  Her email address is kshepherd70@gmail.com if you wish to write her.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.  We must be doing something right, considering how many local history books the Society sells.  We must be doing something right, considering how many compliments we receive for our work with 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.]

 

 

Genealogical Society to Meet in April
The Mercer County Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 pm at the Richardson-Bretz Building, 119 West Fulton St. Celina, OH.  Our guest speaker will be Susan Talbot-Stanaway.  World War 1 Posters: For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People. Focusing on World War I posters and their importance in national history. She is the retired Director of the Zanesville Museum of Art. She is an art historian, concentrating on American Art, and has curated over 500 exhibitions. The meeting is open and the public is welcome to attend. Refreshments served.

 

Updates on Athletic Schedule for March 18 - 23, 2019 by AD Matt Triplett



March 18:
Varsity Baseball scrimmage vs. Fort Jennings, 5:00 p.m.

March 19:
Varsity/JV Softball scrimmage @ Bath, 5:00

March 20:
Varsity Baseball scrimmage vs. Van Wert, 3:45 p.m.

March 21:
Varsity Baseball scrimmage vs. Lincolnview, 5:00 p.m.
JV Baseball @ 5:00 p.m at Lincolnview



March 22:
No Athletic Events Scheduled

March 23:
Varsity Softball @ Houston, 12:00 p.m.
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 15, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Grad To Make TV Debut
Viewing Party at New Horizons Community Church

Designer Ty Pennington (Above Left), most famously known for his role on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and Parkway Graduate Jordan Thompson (Above Right) pose for a picture on the set of “While You Were Out” a new home renovation show set to air on HGTV & TLC March 16th at 9PM. A viewing party is being held Saturday night at New Horizons Community Church in Rockford at 8:30PM.

Jordan Thompson, a graduate of Parkway High School Class of 2008, will be making his TV debut appearing as a carpenter on the reality TV show “While You Were Out” on March 16th at 9PM. The show will air simultaneously on two networks - HGTV and TLC – each Saturday night for four weeks straight. Over the last several months Thompson has been working with your favorite reality TV designers to help bring their ideas to life for lucky homeowners during a surprise $10,000 room renovation. Each episode will feature two houses and four designers. Be sure to tune in to see the chaos and excitement surrounding these major home renovation projects that are finished in under 48 hours!

New Horizons Community Church in Rockford will be hosting a viewing party starting at 8:30PM Saturday night March 16th. Jordan will joining us to answer any questions about the episode and the steps taken to finish each project on time and under budget. Come join us for a fun evening of entertainment as Jordan will be watching this episode for the first time with us on the big screen!

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

American Legion Helps Fund Student Trip to DC

The Rockford American Legion Post 508 makes a $600 donation towards the Parkway Eighth grade Washington DC trip.  Pictured from left are Terry McMillen, Post 508; Brian Woods, Parkway Middle School Principal; and Terry Joseph, Post 508.

 

 

2019 Van Wert Fountain Park Summer Music Series

Paul Hoverman, Coordinator of the Performing Arts at The Van Wert County Foundation, has announced the list of concerts for the 2019 Fountain Park Summer Music Series. The 2019 edition of the popular and lively summer series takes you on a journey through genres of rock from the birth of rock and roll to glam rock and southern rock, jumping over to pop, country and twirling the twang of rockabilly and folk rock into the mix.  
All Fountain Park Summer Concerts are on Friday and open, free to the public. Concerts begin promptly at 7 PM. The Fountain Park Summer Music Series, now in its 18th year, is powered by The Van Wert County Foundation, in cooperation with the Van Wert City Parks & Recreation Department.
 

Friday, June 7        Turn It Up, The Lynyrd Skynyrd Experience

Friday, June 21    Bless the Rains- The Ultimate Toto Tribute Experience
Friday, June 28     Daryl Wayne Dasher
Friday, July 5        Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra

Friday, July 12        Waylin, Willie, Cash- Outlaws and Highwaymen

Friday, July 19        Satisfaction- The International Rolling Stones Show

Friday, August 2    The Everly Set

Friday, August 9    John Denver Tribute featuring Ted Vigil

 

 

Weather Spotters Take Notice

 

Mercer & Auglaize County Offices of Homeland Security & Emergency Management are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Weather Spotter Course presented by the Wilmington Office of the National Weather Service on:

 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

 

The class will be held in Dicke Hall, Wright State University Lake Campus,

7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, Ohio

Registration is NOT REQUIRED for this evening class.

This is an excellent training class for anyone. Even if you have taken this class before, there is always more that can be learned! Mike Robbins, Director, encourages every facility in Mercer County to have trained spotters available who are able to identify threats and give an internal warning.

Remember, a trained eye is still the best detection device available to identify tornados.

SPRING WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

MARCH 17 – MARCH 23, 2019

 

OHIO’S STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL

will be performed on

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 AT 9:50 AM

Preparedness Doesn’t Cost …………… It Pays!!!!

 

 

Wren Christmas Society Planning Soup and Sandwich Fundraiser

The Wren Christmas Society will be holding a Soup and Sandwich fundraiser on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Wren Eagles Nest (new community building) at 110 West Jackson Street. 

The choice of soups will be chili or potato soup.  The choice of sandwiches will be pulled pork or creamed chicken.  There will be a choice of cookies, cupcakes or brownies for dessert, with coffee, punch or water to drink. 

The cost will be by donation.  Suggested donation is $8.  Carryout will be available. 

The money raised will be used to replace worn out, damaged pole wraps. 

The Wren Christmas Society would like to thank everyone for their continued support in our efforts to make our little community sparkle at Christmastime. 

 

 
 

 
March 14, 2019
 

 
 

 

Biggby Coffee Joins Celina Mercer Co. Chamber
The Celina Mercer Co. Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Grand Opening of their newest chamber member, Biggby Coffee.  The newly renovated building is located at 615 Grand Lake Road right here in Celina.  Biggby Coffee offers specialty coffees, smoothies, bragels, muffins, and so much more.  John Sell, owner and operator of the St. Marys store was excited to open a second location right here in Celina and bring their brand to our community.  Biggby Coffee is open Monday – Saturday 5:30a-8:00p and Sundays 7:00a-8:00p.  Pictured is Chamber Executive Director Stacy Beougher, Mayor Jeff Hazel, Owner John Sell, and management staff and family.   The Chamber welcomes Biggby Coffee.

 
 
 
 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Hear About Outreach Programs

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 presentation will be given by Lesia Arnett, Customer Relations Manager at Grand Lake Health Systems, on the various outreach programs offered by the system.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, March 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.

 

 
 

Parkway Elementary Carnival set for March 17

The annual Parkway Elementary Carnival is coming March 17.  Come join us for a day of affordable family fun in the high school commons and gym. There will be carnival games, balloon animals, face painting, sand art, giant inflatables, and prizes.  In addition, there will be a magic show performed by Aaron Roehm. There will also be a raffle drawing during the carnival.

The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the activities are only 25 cents each.  Pre-sale tickets are available in the elementary office and tickets will be available in the high school commons area.  See You At the Carnival!


Statewide Community Outbreak of Hepatitis A

Outbreaks of hepatitis A virus infection are occurring nationwide, including Ohio. In June 2018, the Ohio Department of Health declared a Statewide Community Outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018. The Mercer County Health District is reporting two confirmed cases of hepatitis A in its jurisdiction. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter – even in microscopic amounts- from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person, such as through sex. Good hand-washing and vaccination are the best ways to prevent hepatitis A in at-risk individuals. Individuals who have one or more risk factors for hepatitis A, call Mercer County Health District at 419-586-3251 to see about getting vaccinated. People at increased risk for hepatitis A in Ohio’s Statewide Community Outbreak include those with direct contact with known cases, men who have sex with men, people who use illicit drugs whether they are injected or not, people who are incarcerated, and people experiencing homelessness. The disease spreads easily from person to person and can range from mild illness lasting a few weeks to severe illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs two to six weeks after exposure to the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools and jaundice. People who believe that they are at high risk for hepatitis A infection, people who know that they have been exposed to someone with hepatitis A, or individuals who experience symptoms of hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider.

 
 

 
March 12-13, 2019
 

 
Semi-Truck and Trailer Rig Smashes into Home of Local Family
A semitruck and trailer rig veered off U.S. 127 west of Mendon, OH on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 8:30 AM smashing into the home of Johnny and Raeh Harrod. After the 911 call came in, Mercer County first responders were on the scene including sheriff's deputies, EMS from Rockford and Celina and the Rockford Fire Department. Raeh Harrod and the couple's two daughters were in the home at the time of the crash and narrowly escaped injury. The three were in the bedroom and the rig came to rest halfway between the liveing room and bedroom they occupied. The house was moved off its foundation and deemed a unlivable. Mark McGurk, 52, the driver of the northbound rig reported coughing and dizziness at the scene.
 
 
 
Saturday – March 23 – Benefit for Bryan Schoenleben – Community Building
Plan now to attend a fund raiser for Bryan Schoenleben who recently received a kidney transplant. Event is being held at the Rockford Community Buildign and will feature a catered meal, 50/50 raffle, raffles, live and silent auction, and music with DJ JR Sigler. Cost: $35 per couple; $20 per person and $10 for children under 18.
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 9-11, 2019
 

 
 

Van Wert Health Opens Temporary ER Entrance

Van Wert, OH – Beginning Friday, March 8, 2019, patients and families should use the new, temporary entrance for the Emergency Room at Van Wert Health, located under the Red Canopy.  The new Emergency Room entrance is located directly east of the current ER entrance.  Large signs will be in place to mark the entrance location.

This will continue to be the entrance throughout the construction process of the Surgery and Inpatient Expansion Project.  “The safety of our patients, visitors, and employees is always a top priority, and we wanted to ensure everyone can quickly and safely access the Emergency Room in the midst of the construction happening at the hospital,” shared Mark Johnston, Van Wert Health Project Manager for Construction. 

Construction of the Surgery and Inpatient Expansion Project is on-schedule.  The towers that can be easily seen on the construction site are pre-cast concrete towers for the new stair cases and elevators. 

For the latest updates about the construction progress, follow Van Wert Health via Facebook or Instagram.

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for Regular Meeting
by Sally Cox for March 12, 2019

 
 
 

Shanes Crossing Historical to Meet and Host German Exchange Students
The next Shanes Crossing Historical Society meeting will be held on 
March 18th at 7 pm - at the Rockford Village Hall.  
Guest speakers will be Parkway Exchange students from Germany.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 7-8, 2019
 

 
 

Remember!
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time Starts

Local Standard Time will change to Daylight Savings Time on
Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2:00 am when clocks are turned forward 1 hour.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on March 10, 2019 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

It is also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

 

 
Parkway Schools Announces 3 Hour Delay Schedule
The Parkway Local Schools is now implementing a 3-hour delay schedule, to be used as needed, to combat the number of cancellation days due to weather.  The school day will not be extended. School doors will open at 10:45 and dismissal time remains the same.  Please note that there will be no breakfast served in the cafeteria on a 3-hour delay day.
 
 

Joel Henkle Named New Head Football Coach at Parkway

Coach Joel Henkle was recently named the new head football coach by Parkway School Board.  Coach “Dusty” Rob Rutledge recently indicated he would not be returning for a 2nd season at Parkway. Joel is a graduate of Parkway High School where he played football and basketball.  A graduate of Ball State University, he began working for the family business at Henkle Insurance Agency as an insurance agent several years ago. Joel has been coaching football at Parkway, spending several years with the junior high team and then two years with the varsity team.

 

 
 

 
March 4-6, 2019
 

 
 
Rockford Lions Planning Quarter Auction
The Rockford Lions, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, invite the community to a Quarter Auction to be held Saturday, March 30th at the Rockford Community Building, 420 Holly Lane in Rockford. 

Doors will open at 11 am.  The auction will begin at 12 noon.   Paddles for participation in the auction will be three (3) dollars each and available at the door.  An All-IN paddle, also available at the door, will be twenty-five (25) dollars. 

A light lunch will also be available for purchase. 

A 50-50 Drawing will be held.

Click here to visit the Lions Club Facebook Page for a look at the items already donated to the event.

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 1-3, 2019
 

 

Mercer County Peri Chapter #13 Plan Meeting

The Mercer County Peri Chapter #13 will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Hopewell Grange Hall on the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio.  Guest speaker will be Janie Timmerman representing The St. Anthony Dinner Theater.

Early birds are welcome to coffee, juice, and donuts beginning at 9:30 AM.

 
 

Parkway March 2019 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 27-28, 2019
 

 
 


Larry and Shirley May Celebrating 65th Anniversary
March 20, 2019 marks the 65th Wedding Anniversary of Larry and Shirley May.  We, their children, Cindy May Cook ~ Kay May ~ Tim May, would be honored if you would take time out of your busy schedule and send them congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone in their life. Reverend Larry and Mrs. Shirley May made their home for many years in the Rockford area, raising their family, while he served at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ near Chattanooga.

Their address is:   1517 Page St.    Port Charlotte, FL     33952

 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in February

The Twenty-First Century Club members met on a cold and windy February 26, 2019 at the Rockford United Methodist Church Café Room with Karla Butler, president and Toni Fisher vice-president presiding. The Club theme for the year is Remarkable Women.

Karla opened with a rundown of famous Women’s Rights Marches from 1789 to present day which resulted in social changes for women. A meeting was then completed with the reading of the minutes from January and the treasurer’s report. Role call was the member’s favorite book or author. Members were reminded to continue to bring items for the food pantry. There was lengthy discussion on a 2020 Rockford Bicentennial activity.

 

Kara Ransbottom presented the first part of the program about a quiet and intelligent environmentalist/scientist named Rachel Carson. A preliminary documentary preceded the talk. Kara explained that she became an unlikely American Activist when she began seeing evidence and did research on the effects of the chemical DDT in the 1960’s.  The widespread use of DDT for the eradication of bugs was hailed as a wonderful thing because it killed mosquitoes that caused Malaria. But unfortunately, it had widespread consequences including breast cancer and disruption of the food chain when it killed the food of smaller animals. An introvert, Carson showed her research to others and tried to get someone to act, but when that failed to happen, she wrote a book at the age of 56 entitled Silent Spring which became an instant best seller. She was in the spotlight but got the attention of President John F. Kennedy and environmental activists who pressured the government into creating the Toxic Substances Control Act in 1976. The chemical industry fought back and attacked her personally because she was a woman scientist, but her research was quality and they lost the battle over DDT. She died of breast cancer before she won the fight.

Sheila Baltzell-Linn then covered the famous British mystery writer, Dame Agatha (Miller) Christie Mallowan. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books. Born in a seaside village in southern England to a semi-wealthy family, she had the means to travel especially after marrying an archeologist. Her most famous detective characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Poirot was fashioned after the Belgian soldiers she cared for during WW2 and Marple was crafted upon the image of her grandmother. Beginning with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, her career as a mystery writer took off.

Her book, Mousetrap is the longest running show off Broadway. The most recent re-make of Murder on the Orient Express, was set in Turkey, which she visited with her husband. This mystery features 12 murderers!

In keeping with the mystery writer theme, the hostesses Julie Henkle and Sandra Grooms welcomed the group with hot tea and later served “Death by Chocolate Cake”, “Hot on Your Trail” snack mix and “Killer” Fruit Salad. The members enjoyed figuring-out the ingredients to the salad.

The next meeting will be held on March 26, 2019 7 PM, at the home of Louisa Rumple with Twyla Hayes assisting.  Susan Coburn and Katherine Beckett will provide the program. New members are always welcome, so contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 if you’d like to attend a program to see what 21st Century Club is all about.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 23-26, 2019
 

 
 
 

Meeting at the Parkway Stadium Open to the Public
On Thursday, February 28, from 5:00-6:00, the Parkway football stadium will  be open to the public.  District staff will be available to review the concerns of the current structure and to answer questions regarding the upcoming bleacher/press box project.  

 

Celebrating 150 Years Of German Culture Through Song

This year the Fort Wayne Maennerchor/ Damenchor is proudly "Celebrating its 150th year of German Culture through Song". Throughout these years the Maennerchor/ Damenchor has presented free concerts, opened to the public, in which we sing traditional German songs in the German language.

Celebrating 150 years of German Culture Through Song, we invite the community to come and celebrate with us.

Fruelingsfest (Spring Concert) and Dinner
Sponsor: Ft. Wayne Maennerchor/ Damenchor
Where: Park Edelweiss Clubhouse, 3355 Elmhurst Drive, Ft. Wayne, IN
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: Doors: 5:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 PM, Concert: 7:00 PM
Cost for dinner: Adults: $12.00 / Children, $6.00

Dinner consists of traditional German Schlachtfest (Bratwurst) and all the trimmings. The Chorus is the Ft. Wayne Maennerchor/ Damenchor directed by Thomas Remenschneider, former director of the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Chorus. Also presenting winners of local high schools essay contest regarding German customs and traditions. Questions please call, Patti Knox, (260) 444-3634.

 

 

Empty Bowls Mercer County Dinner & Auction Tickets Available

 

CELINA - Tickets are on sale for Our Home Family Resource Center’s annual fundraising event, Empty Bowls Mercer County Dinner and Auction. This year’s event will be held at American Legion Post 210 in Celina on Saturday, March 30th. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner will begin at 6:30pm.

A $25 ticket includes personal selection of a souvenir bowl and a buffet of savory soups donated by area restaurants, salad, dessert, and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar available for those who prefer adult beverages.

For an additional $10 dinner guests can reserve a specific souvenir bowl. This means folks can have a special keepsake bowl, one that was painted by their partner, child, grandchild or themselves at the “Create A Bowl” event.

The activities at Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction will include silent auction tables, raffles, and door prizes. All proceeds of the evening directed to Our Home’s programs and projects. Jonathan Williams will provide live music during registration, dining, and bidding and will serve as the emcee for the evening.

Reserved and general admission tickets are available at Our Home, 117 W Fayette Street in Celina and general admission tickets are available at Chief Supermarkets in Celina and Coldwater.

Our Home is located at 117 W. Fayette Street in Celina. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the organization’s work is possible with resources provided through monetary and in-kind donations from private individuals, groups, organizations, and corporations and money awarded through grants.

 

 

MERCER COUNTY ENGINEER DITCH MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES

 

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is announcing that over the upcoming construction season that engineer inspection and maintenance personnel will be on-site on many of the 111 miles of Mercer County maintained open drainage ditches and 58 miles of tile throughout Mercer County.

 

Easements exist along specific drainage infrastructure attributes that allow the necessary evaluation and maintenance of these important drainage elements.  Such things as ditch inspection, spraying for noxious weeds and erosion repairs will occur throughout the year.  “Many people may think that a ditch or tile is solely on private property, but all of Mercer County’s ditch and tile maintenance infrastructure attributes have a maintenance easement on and around the drainage feature.  A fraction of the open ditches and tile in the unincorporated areas are on county maintenance.”  Wiechart stated.

 

Rockford Carnegie Library Plans Dr. Seuss Fun & Book Discussions

 

Come honor Dr. Seuss's birthday with a Seuss themed story, craft, game, and snack. The Family Program will be held at The Rockford Carnegie Library on Thursday, February 28 at 6:30.

 

The library's new book discussion group will meet Monday, March 4 at 2:00 OR 6:30 pm (same discussion to accommodate everyone's schedule). The book being discussed is “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.



 

The next book discussion will be April 1, over The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951 after dying of cervical cancer —became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. A riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of. Her story was made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey. Stop by the library to get your copy of the book, book on cd, and/or movie.

 

 

 

Come to the Bicentennial Committee Meeting
The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held on
Monday - March 4th - Village Hall and Museum at 7 pm.

We need committee members to bring unsold gun raffle tickets and
turn in money for those that have been sold.  

The Gun Raffle drawing will be at the April 1st meeting.

 

 

 

BROWN ANNOUNCES OFFER OF APPOINTMENT TO CONVOY RESIDENT FOR U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has extended an offer of appointment to Olivia Skelton of Convoy. Brown nominated Olivia for West Point.

 

Olivia is a senior at Crestview High School and is a member of the golf and softball teams. She was also offered an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.  

 

“Today’s students will be the next generation of military leaders, and I’m proud Olivia has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s prestigious service academies,” said Brown. “Olivia worked hard for this achievement and has demonstrated the leadership and commitment to service needed to represent our country and values. Her family and community should be proud of this honor.”

 

Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The Academy’s Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.

 

The nominations are based on the recommendation of a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee, assembled by Brown. This committee – comprised of former academy graduates, active service members, veterans, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state – conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates.

 

 

Our Old Bookcase by Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Ohio Historical Society, Inc.

 

Old Bookcase, Feb. 28, 2019. St. Marys Nursing Home, postmark 1948


Photo caption:  The St. Marys Nursing Home, 518 Jackson Street, post card was postmarked 1946.  The Post Card was placed in George L. Neargarder’s book, “Auglaize County Postcard Images,” and published by the Auglaize County Historical Society in 2008.

 

 

John Marshall, host of the Radio Program, “On the Road Ohio,” emailed me and shared how he sometimes uses topics from “Our Old Bookcase,” on his Radio Program.  With this email, he shared with me that his grandmother died of cancer.  John’s mother remembered visiting her mother at a Sanitarium at St.  Marys, sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.  John requested information about this topic.

 

I looked at George Neargarder’s book, “Auglaize County Postcard Images,” and found the photograph pictured above.  The post card was dated 1946; therefore, I wondered if this Nursing Home was the place his Grandmother went for treatment of her cancer.

 

Next, I looked at the “Souvenir book commemorating Home Coming Week, July 1 to 7, 1907, St. Marys, Ohio,” and found the history of Dr. C.L. Sheppard’s Cancer Sanitarium and Hospital,  Dr. Clark L. Sheppard was proprietor of the Sheppard Cancer Sanitarium on South Main Street, in 1907.  Dr. Sheppard was born in Michigan in 1860.  As Sheppard grew up, he worked at a saw mill, until he was 22 years old.  He studied medicine about five years, and he began manufacturing a well known cancer remedy, which made his name famous.  He located a Sanitarium for the treatment of Cancer at Findlay, Ohio, for ten years.  In 1897, he moved to Upper Sandusky and established the Sheppard Sanitarium for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. 

 

In September 1905, Dr. Sheppard moved to St.  Marys, and leased the former Main Street House, and established a Cancer Sanitarium and Hospital.  The 1907 book about St. Mary’s Homecoming, stated that Dr. C. L. Sheppard’s Cancer Sanitarium and Hospital was a large and commodious structure, which provided the specialty of treating cancers, tumors and chronic diseases, and that his patients came from all parts of this county and Canada.

 

May I ask the local historians of St. Marys, if they remember Dr. Sheppard’s Cancer Sanitarium and Hospital on South Main Street?  Many local historians may recall the St. Marys Nursing Home, at 518 Jackson Street, St. Marys, as illustrated in the post card image above.  If you have information or memories about either one of these institutions, would you write John Marshall at his email address:  JohnMarshall@cngbr.com and share your memories? 

 

Over the years, when I had questions about Auglaize County History, I asked George Fisher, President of the Auglaize County Historical Society, in the 1970’s.  Then I met George L. Neargarder, well known author of local history books in Auglaize County.  I miss both gentlemen, and their vast knowledge of local history.  Now, the current Auglaize County Historical Society and community historical societies are carrying on the Mission to preserve Auglaize County’s History.  

 

May I ask you readers who value local history of Western Ohio, do you support the people who preserve your local history?  Do you show your support by becoming a Member of the local historical Society?  If not, it is time to do so.  If you do not want to become an active member, then become a Silent Supporting Member.  Let your local historical societies know that you appreciate their work.

 

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.  Today, I was requested to find information about a Cancer Treatment Center at St. Marys.  Auglaize and Mercer Counties have much

history in common.

 

 
 
 

 
February 21-22, 2019
 

 
 
 

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link

and providing these Winter Wonderland Pictures

from Shanes Park on 2-20-2019!

 
 
 

RADC to Meet
The next RADC meeting will be Monday, February 25th at 7 pm in the basement of the Library. Raha Harrod of Mercer Metal will be our guest speaker for the evening so please join us to hear more about Raha and Johnnie's business.

 

 

 
February 20, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to road conditions for Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Freezing Rain and Wintry Mix. Icy Roads.

Please use extreme caution if traveling! Stay Safe in Mercer County.
 

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


Three inches of heavy wet stuff by Sheila Baltzell-Linn 2-20-2019.

 

 

Mercer County Ohio Genealogical Society Invites Public
The Mercer County Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, March 3rd at 2:00 pm at the Richardson-Bretz Building, 115 West Fulton St. Celina, OH.  Our guest speaker will be Hannah Wiest. She will be presenting Layers of History. 

Women’s Fashion During the War Between the States

Hannah Wiest, local American Civil War historian, will present a revealing history about ladies’ fashion and undergarments during the early 1860's. She will expose each layer and the purpose of the individual garments and explain how the fabric content, print, dress style, and cut all revealed a woman’s class, age, and social standing. Wiest will be dressed in a complete ensemble and have many other garments to show as well as a PowerPoint presentation.

The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments served.

 

 
 
 

Civic Theatre Holding Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors
By Mary Ann Falk

Van Wert Civic Theatre will be holding auditions for the final show of their season, Little Shop of Horrors.   Director Chad Kraner and Music Director Dee Fisher are seeking singers and non-singers to audition on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at the theatre located at 118 S. Race Street in Van Wert.  There literally is a role of anyone high school age and up.  Those auditioning for singing roles should prepare 90 seconds of a song that showcases their vocal abilities.  Accompaniment will be provided. 

Little Shop of Horrors will run May 2 - 12.  Those wanting more information can visit vwct.org or email Kraner at chad@vwct.org

 
 
 

Parkway 8th grade orientation is scheduled for Thursday 2/21/19 at 6:30pm in the Parkway Auditorium.

 
 

Parkway Drama Club to Entertain - Reminder
The Parkway Drama Club will be presenting "Seussical the Musical, Jr." on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 in the Parkway High School Auditorium. Both performances will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for K-12 students.

The story is told by Cat in the Hat, who narrates that tale of Horton the Elephant as he tries to save the Who's.  Many Dr. Seuss characters, including Mayor and Mrs. Who and their child, Jo Jo, Maizy LaBird, Gertrude and her Amazing tail, the Sour Kangaroo, Thing 1 & 2, the Grinch and Yertle the Turtle all make appearances in this fun musical presentation.

 

 

Vantage Open House & “Taste of Vantage”

Vantage Career Center will hold an Open House and Taste of Vantage on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm to celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month, which runs through February.


The Open House will highlight both the high school and Ohio Technical Center adult education programs, and is open to the public. “Vantage is opening up the building so our local communities we serve can see and experience how our high school and adult students learn every day” according to Community Relations Coordinator Miriam Owens.  “This is a chance for prospective and current high school students and their parents, community members, business partners, alumni, and interested adult learners to see what opportunities are available to them at Vantage. We’re also highlighting our newest OTC Adult Education Firefighter program and have local employers stationed throughout the building to speak with our guests. Any community member interested in touring our labs will not want to miss this opportunity to attend the Open House.”


Vantage high school and OTC Adult Education instructors will be in their career technical labs, while students demonstrate the skills they’ve learned.


Career technical education is a strong force that contributes to the support of the local economy.  It allows students an opportunity to be career and college ready, graduating with industry certifications and credentials, college credit, and hands-on experience in their field. For graduating seniors and adults who are looking to continue their education, the Ohio Technical Center at Vantage provides an opportunity to advance your career path in a short amount of time, for a nominal amount of money.


The popular “Taste of Vantage” will be held in conjunction with Open House.  Six area restaurants will be offering a delicious sampling of some of their most talked about cuisine.  For just $5 at the door, you can purchase a strip of 6 tickets.  One ticket will get you one food sample.  All proceeds support the Vantage school-wide Student Activity Fund.  Enjoy chicken wings from Millie’s Café in Ottoville. Taste a pork slider from Gibson’s Barnyard BBQ from Convoy. Try a variety of meatballs from Van Wert’s Black Angus on Main.  Warm up with a cup coffee and sweet cinnamon roll from Brewed Expression of Van Wert.  Try award winning ice cream from The Creamery of Delphos as well as Pizza Hut Pizza.

The Vantage Culinary Arts program will be serving their fabulous homemade Mexican chips and salsa. Don’t be late because the food goes fast!

You could be the winner of a wooden Vantage bench being raffled off, ticket prices are one ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5. DJ Ron Burt from Magic Moment Entertainment will be the emcee for the evening and will announce the special demonstrations and activities going on throughout the building. Listen for WERT Radio to come to you LIVE with several interviews from our amazing administrative team members and instructor.

To learn more about the Vantage Open House, visit vantagecareercenter.com or the Vantage Career Center Facebook page.

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
Rockford Lions Planning Quarter Auction
The Rockford Lions, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, invite the community to a Quarter Auction to be held Saturday, March 30th at the Rockford Community Building, 420 Holly Lane in Rockford. 

Doors will open at 11 am.  The auction will begin at 12 noon.   Paddles for participation in the auction will be three (3) dollars each and available at the door.  An All-IN paddle, also available at the door, will be twenty-five (25) dollars. 

A light lunch will also be available for purchase. 
 
 
 


Vantage BPA Winners
Congratulations to the Vantage Business Professionals of America (BPA) regional competition winners on their accomplishments!  Out of the 77 students who attended, 36 were given awards in their division and 25 will move on to state competition held in Columbus, Ohio. Good Luck to all of the Vantage BPA state qualifiers.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 19, 2019
 

 

Missing Mom, Jinny Wood, who passed away 4 years ago today 2-19-2015. This picture was of her at 85 around her birthday. The hat was a gift from Holly. Mom was the life of the party. Bet she's singing in the Heavenly Choir. Love and miss you, Mom! Sheila (Wood) Baltzell-Linn

 

 
 
 

700 SOPHOMORES VISIT VANTAGE

Area sophomores visited Vantage recently to check out the 17 Vantage high school career tech labs. Precision Machining Instructor gave a group of sophomores a tour of the lab while senior Precision Machining student Gage Etgen (Parkway) demonstrated how the CNC lathe works.    

Over 700 sophomores from our 13 associate school districts came to Vantage on Wednesday, Feb. 6, for “Sophomore Visitation Day”. Each sophomore had the opportunity to investigate and explore two different career technical programs of interest to them.  During each one-hour visit, there were hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations prepared especially for them. 

Vantage Cosmetology students staged a fashion and style show for the 10th graders, while those visiting Welding got a chance to try out the virtual welder.  Visitors to Auto Body used their artistic talent to create an airbrush painting and practiced using the virtual painter program.  In Auto Technology, students learned how to use the tire balancer and the rim clamp and had a contest to see how quickly they could replace a spark plug.  Sophomores in Network Systems got to use some of the latest technology – Oculus 3D Rift Virtual Reality and Google Glass, while those visiting Interactive Media got to work with the 3D printer.  In Construction Equipment Technology, students were able to operate a backhoe, forklift and other large machinery.

Here are a few frequently asked questions – and answers - about coming to high school at Vantage.

Q:  Can I go to college after Vantage?
A:  Vantage prepares not just career ready students, but also those who are college bound. About 42% of Vantage graduates continue their education immediately after high school graduation at a two or four year college. Students are urged to check with their school counselor to be sure that all requirements for college entrance are met.

Q: Can I receive college credits through my high school class at Vantage?

A:  YES! Many programs have articulation agreements with local colleges which provide some college credit for Vantage coursework.  Some courses are College Credit Plus.

Q:  Can I participate in home school sports and activities?
A:  YES!  Students are encouraged to stay involved in extracurricular activities at their home school, such as sports, pep band, drama, etc. 
Q:  What is the tuition to attend Vantage?

A:  There is NO tuition to attend Vantage.  Each program has a fee of $100, which covers the cost of tools, supplies, equipment, and one full uniform. 

Q:  When are applications due at Vantage?

A:  Sophomore and junior students who are considering attending Vantage should be aware that the priority application deadline is March 6, 2019.  Interested students may complete and submit an online application form by using this address https://tinyurl.com/yd2yad66 to access the application form.  Students may continue to enroll throughout the spring and summer however, first choice programs may already be filled.  Visit the Vantage website for complete information vantagecareercenter.com

Vantage offers 17 different high school career technical programs.  If you have any questions, please talk to your school counselor or call Student Services at Vantage at 419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2032.  You can always check out the Vantage website vantagecareercenter.com, like and follow us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @vccstudents.

Vantage will celebrate Career and Technical Education month at the annual Open House on Monday, February 25, from 5:00 – 7:30 pm.  All the labs will be open and there will be special demonstrations and activities. There will be an important Parent Information Session in the Community Room from 6:00 to 6:30 pm designed to answer questions about your student’s opportunities at Vantage.  You’ll be able to speak with local employers linked to the program your student in interested in throughout the building. Area restaurants will be onsite @ “A Taste of Vantage” for you to sample their food for a minimal cost, with proceeds going to the Vantage Student Activity Fund.  We hope you can make it to our Open House!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 18, 2019 - President's Day
 

 
 
 

Local 3D Visualization Software Entrepreneur Bill Miller of Rockford Working with ODOT

Bill Miller of Rockford was recently featured in a video by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The video on YouTube (Click Here – see Bill’s story at runtime 7.20 minutes) features the 2018 Civil Rights Symposium and looks inside ODOT's Office of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion. Video/Edit by Dylan Spitz.

Amy Schmidt District 7consultant contract manager for 6 years, introduces Bill on the video. She’s had an even longer career at ODOT.

She loves to meet new people and met Bill Miller at an Outreach District program (for business owners with disabilities) where the office of diversity and inclusion had several people come in to do a presentation to how to do business with ODOT. While interacting with Bill, they realized he had something that ODOT had not thought of using before ~Three D visualization programs.

Because they wanted to learn more, they had Bill come in and present to others at ODOT. He offered impressive software work. He was referred to as inspiring!

Bill graduated from Parkway High School in 1988.

He later graduated from Wright State University Lake Campus with an Associate Degree in engineering.

He then formed his own business called: Miller Consulting & Visualization Service LLC for Drafting and Design Residential and (3D Modeling, Rendering, and Animation).

Bill’s minority business now does work for ODOT District 7 in Sidney, OH with his engineering software skills. He is under contract for 2 years. His good friend, Todd Henkle commented, “One of his projects was to produce 3d video of exit routes for the District 7 office in the event of an emergency - so that the employees could view the building by video to memorize exits. That entailed taking one dimensional drawings of the building and converting them into a 3D rendering. From there he built the videos. He is currently under contract with ODOT to do more projects and is waiting on his next assignment.”

He is DBE Certified by Ohio Department of Transportation as well as SBE Certified by Ohio Department of Transportation.

Bill also has an EDGE Business Certification: standing for Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE). This program is designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in obtaining state government contracts in the following areas: construction, architecture and engineering; professional services; goods and services; and information technology services.

Because of EDGE, Bill was able to make the contact with ODOT. Click here for EDGE details online.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has a Diversity Program that has its roots in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that "No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

On the video, Lauren Purdy, Deputy Director of the ODOT Division of Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion discusses the program and ODOT’s commitment to reach out and help minorities in these areas in all ways. The video discusses ways in which they knock down barriers.

For instance the department of ODI provides a Contracted Compliance Officer for District Eight who checks to be sure workers are receiving proper pay, that no discrimination occurs, and that contractors are not taking advantage of their workers.

Another area of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion is their division of outreach managers to businesses. These 4 individuals are liaisons for small, minority, and disadvantaged businesses. Their job is to help demystify ODOT through outreach events and level the playing field for all. They spread the word of ODOT and opportunities for people.

Besides the video featuring Bill Miller, visit the website for details on the program
http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/ODI/SDBE/Pages/DBE.aspx

Bill’s business is a tremendous success story!

To reach out and congratulate Bill, email him at wmiller@mcvs-3d.com.

He was born to Kenny and Shirley Miller of Rockford in 1969 who are both equally proud of his accomplishments.

Bill enjoys computers, horseback riding and tubing in the snow. His friends at Henkle Insurance provided these great pictures. Thanks!

 
 

Huiss Couple Celebrates Birth of Second Son
Joshua and Michelle (Linn) Huiss, Fayetteville, NC, announce the birth of their second son.
Warren Joseph Huiss was born Saturday, February 16, 2019
at Central Carolina Hospital, Sanford, NC at 10:41 AM.

He weighed in at 7 lbs. 12 oz and measured 21 inches long. Grandparents are Mark L. Linn and Sheila Baltzell-Linn of Celina, Debra & Allan Farrell of Greenville, Michael and Heidi Huiss of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Great Grandparents are Duane and Pat Linn of Rockford and the late Paul and Ruth Laux, Raymond and Rita Klingbeil of Sunbury, and the late Ann and Elmer Huiss. Warren is welcomed home by his big brother, Roan, age 2.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Monday, February 18, 2019 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to road conditions for Monday, February 18, 2019

Freezing Rain. Icy Roads.

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning on Sunday night at 5:30 PM.
Deputies are advising of slick and hazardous roadways due to freezing rain. Please use extreme caution if traveling! Stay Safe!
in Mercer County.
 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 16-17, 2019
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 14 years.
 

 
 

Freezing Rain Making Roads Slick at 1 PM

Sheriff Jeff Grey Issues Warning of Hazardous Roadways
in Mercer County at 5:30 PM - Stresses Caution While Driving

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

 
 
New Church Opens in Rockford

The Rockford Belle Community Church opened recently at 135 W. Market Street. It is advertised as a Christ centered community church that is worship based. They are trained in scriptures and looking to glorify God by reaching out to the world and preaching God's Word to all. Join them every Sunday Morning for Worship with Bonnie Smith, Interim Pastor and Mark Rutledge assisting. Phone 937-634-6646 for information.

 
 
 
 

 
February 13-15, 2019
Happy Valentine's Day
 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in January

The Twenty-First Century Club members met on a cold and wintry January 22, 2019 at the Rockford United Methodist Church Café Room with Karla Butler, president and Toni Fisher vice-president presiding. The Club theme for the year is Remarkable Women.

A short meeting was completed with the reading of the minutes from November and the treasurer’s report. Role call was member’s special cause. Members were reminded to continue to bring items for the food pantry.

Rozann Maurer and Julie Henkle offered a reporter-interviewer style program about a feisty woman named Maggie Kuhn, American Activist.  Maggie’s dad was brilliant and her mom was 39 before Maggie was born and was a feisty character herself. Known for founding the Gray Panthers movement, after she was forced to retire from her job at the then-mandatory retirement age of 65, she wrote a book: No Stone Unturned: The Life and Times of Maggie KuhnGet Out There and Do Something about Injustice. She never married, never wanted children but had lots of boyfriends. She never liked jokes about old people and negatives attitudes toward women.

They then gave a report on the life of Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Nancy and Susan were sisters. Nancy survived breast cancer, but Susan did not. Nancy promised her dying sister she would work for a cure in her memory and the foundation has evolved, over the past 30 years, into the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. The Foundation is fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Their success has been phenomenal.

Delicious warm apple crisp with ice cream and crunchy snacks were served by Kim Carr, hostess and Sheila Baltzell-Linn, co-hostess.

The next meeting will be held on February 26, 2019 7 PM, at the home of Julie Henkle.  New members are always welcome, so contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 if you’d like to attend a program to see what 21st Century Club is all about.

 
 

News Release for Farm Focus Inc. Scholarship

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

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

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

degree in an agricultural related field.
                                                                                   

Farm Focus Inc. is offering three one thousand dollar scholarships to high school seniors interested in majoring in an Agricultural related program at a university, college, or technical school.

 In addition to seniors, full time students already enrolled in an undergraduate program

in agriculture are also eligible to apply. This also means that a successful applicant  

last year can reapply  again this year.

The applicant must be a Van Wert County resident. Minimum grade point is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship funds will be submitted directly to the educational institution by Farm Focus Inc. upon receipt of proof of enrollment or a copy of a tuition invoice.

 

Scholarship Applications have been sent to all nine area high schools where Van Wert

County students may be enrolled, so please contact your High School Guidance

Counselor, or FFA Instructor for your scholarship application. 

 

 The application is available at the OSU Van Wert County Extension office at 1055 South Washington Street, Van Wert OH 45891, or email; Deb Knapke at: Knapke.45@osu.edu .   Scholarship is in a PDF file form; can be emailed or put on a jump drive.   Questions should be directed to: 419-238-1214. All completed applications must be postmarked or delivered in person no later than March 15th to the OSU Van Wert County Extension Office.

 
 

REMINDER

Concession Stand Workers Listed for Friday, February 15, 2019

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Friday, February 15, 2019 for the game against New Knoxville.

Brian and Melissa Etzcorn; Mike and Laura Roth; John and Donna Felver; Kevin and Tammy Rager; Robert and Brenda Brown; David and Sara Stearns; and Tim Heindel.

Please arrive by 5:00 PM.  If you are unable to work please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Thank you for your help!

 
 

Updates on Athletic Schedule by AD Matt Triplett
THESE CONTESTS HAVE BEEN RE-SCHEDULED. SOME ARE STILL ON THE ORIGINAL DATES.

 

Wrestling:

JH & HS Wrestling at home (JH Gym) February 14th. JH wrestles at 5:00 p.m. and HS wrestles at 6:00 p.m.

HS Sectional Tournament: @ Lima Central Catholic HS, February 22nd, 6:00 p.m. and February 23rd, 9:30 a.m. NO PRE-SALE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!  

 

Girls Basketball:

JH Basketball seasons are completed. Congratulations to the 8th grade team for winning back-to-back MAC tournament titles!

HS Girls: @ New Knoxville, February 14th, JV tip at 6:00 p.m.

Sectional Tournament: @ Coldwater HS, vs. Waynesfield-Goshen, February 19th, 8:00 p.m. NO PRE-SALE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!

 

Boys Basketball:

JH Basketball seasons are completed.

9th Boys: Freshman Tournament game at Versailles, February 16th, 10:20 a.m. vs. St. Henry.

HS Boys: Home vs. New Knoxville, February 15th, JV tip at 6:00 p.m.  Senior Night for Boys Basketball, Cheerleading and Wrestling.

@ Adams Central, February 16th, JV tip at 6:00 p.m.

Home vs. Bradford, February 18th, JV tip at 6:00 p.m.

@ Minster, February 22, JV tip at 6:00 p.m.

Sectional Tournament: @Paulding HS, vs. Lincolnview, February 26th, 6:15 p.m. NO PRE-SALE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!  

 

Boys and Girls Bowling:

Sectional Tournament Information: Both teams bowl at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta.

Girls Sectional: February 15th at 5:00 p.m.

Boys Sectional: February 16th at 12:00 p.m.

 
 
 

 
February 12, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now Closed for Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

 
 

 Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to road conditions for Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Freezing Rain in the area. Icy Roads.

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning on Monday night at 9:30 PM.
Deputies are advising of slick and hazardous roadways due to freezing rain. Please use extreme caution if traveling! Stay Safe!
in Mercer County.
 

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

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 11, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now Closed for Monday, February 11, 2019.

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to road conditions for Monday, February 11, 2019

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning on Sunday afternoon at 2:25 PM
about snow-covered,
slick roadways in Mercer County.
Fog is also being reported.
Drive with caution.
 

2 inches of wintry mix!

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

 
 
 

The Rockford Carnegie Library will meet in regular session
on Tuesday, February 12, at the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.

 
 
 

REMINDER

Concession Stand Workers Listed for Monday, February 18 Make-up game against Bradford

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Monday, February 18  which is a make-up game for the cancelled: Saturday, January 19, 2019 game against Bradford.

Andy and Shannon Wagner; Christopher and Erin Cole; Steve and Teri Samples; Scott and Angie Ransbottom; Matthew and Heidi Tinkham; Scott and Tomi Lautzenheiser; and Kyle and Mary Osbourne.

Please arrive by 5:00 PM.  If you are unable to work please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Thank you for your help! 

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 9-10, 2019
 

 
 

Rockford Council Meets on February 5, 2019

2019 WRKD Radio Station Board of Directors – voted on and approved: Steve Gehle ,Todd Henkle, Chris Rasbach, Kevin Browning who had been serving as directors for the past year.

The State Attorney General's office is now involved with the case concerning concerning former manager Jim Crocker (and his business Crocker Media Group LLC) who was dismissed as general manager of WRKD radio station back in January 2018.


Click here to read this and back minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

Rockford Community Events by Lisa Kuhn
Saturday am – February 16th - New Horizons Student Ministries - bottle cap  collection to benefit the Veterans Memorial

(Will be 3rd Saturday of each month)

 

Saturday – March 9 – Family Fun Night - Community Building

                       

Saturday – March 16 – Parkway Carnival – Parkway High School

 

Saturday – March 16 – Duck Races – Community Building

 

Saturday – March 23 – Benefit for Bryan Schoenleben – Community Building

 

Saturday – March 30 – Lions Club Quarter Auction – Community Building

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 7-8, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Drama Club to Entertain
The Parkway Drama Club will be presenting "Seussical the Musical, Jr." on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 in the Parkway High School Auditorium. Both performances will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for K-12 students.

The story is told by Cat in the Hat, who narrates that tale of Horton the Elephant as he tries to save the Who's.  Many Dr. Seuss characters, including Mayor and Mrs. Who and their child, Jo Jo, Maizy LaBird, Gertrude and her Amazing tail, the Sour Kangaroo, Thing 1 & 2, the Grinch and Yertle the Turtle all make appearances in this fun musical presentation.

 
 

Making Bryan Great Again - Benefit for Bryan Schoenleben

March 23, 2019 at the Rockford Community Building
Doors open at 5 pm - Music at 7 - featuring DJ J.R. Sigler

All proceeds to benefit Bryan's kidney transplant.

Donations can be made to
B. Schoenleben Benefit
10303 Erastus Durbin Rd.
Rockford, OH  45882

 

 

REGIONAL MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING OFFERED

Do you have an interest in gardening, want to improve your skills, and at the same time, enjoy volunteering and sharing your knowledge with others?  Multiple county OSU Extension offices will partner to host a Master Gardener Volunteer training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers this spring.

 

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office.  Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

 

Classes will be held on the Ohio State University Lima Campus beginning with orientation on Tuesday, March 5 and classes being held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning March 7 and continuing through April 25. Additionally, a daylong seminar on Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is required for the course as well.

The training course is open to interested volunteers from any county with the volunteer commitment to be completed in the volunteer’s home county program.

The cost of the training is $150.00 and includes the training manual and materials for the class. The program requires 50 hours of class room training and a commitment of 50 hours volunteer time to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer. There is also a requirement for a background check at the volunteer’s expense. Carpooling will be available from the Van Wert County Extension Office.

More information is available at: vanwert.osu.edu and clicking on the Master Gardener link or by contacting Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator Rachel Hoverman at 419-238-1214 or hoverman.22@osu.edu.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events by Makayla McAvoy
for February 2019 - Click here for a printable version

 
 

 
February 4-6, 2019
 

 
 
 

Bigger than Ever – Christmas With RUMC Fun Facts
Info Provided by Rockford Methodist Church – Tina Waltmire
The church volunteers served 603 who came to the Shanes Park Community Building with an additional 168 carryout meals plus 79  to a total of 850 meals served – the biggest crowd ever.


30 people prepared 500 lbs of turkey


48 people donated desserts like homemade pies, cakes and cookies.

 

Santa was there to hand out candy canes and pass on holiday cheer to each person.

 


Team of Volunteers

Servers Man the Line

Table of Desserts
 
 
 
 

Meet the Artist on February 16, 2019

Rockford Artist, Twyla Hayes, owner of Brand It Marketing, is exhibiting her art work during the month of February at the Rockford Carry Out (RCO) located at 156 S Main Street, Rockford.  

On Saturday - February 16th the RCO will host a Meet the Artist event from noon - 2 pm.  

The public is welcome to stop in to watch Twyla watercolor paint and ask her questions. The RCO will donate a portion of that day's proceeds to the Rockford Community Days Arts and Music Festival held in June at Shanes Park.

 

The painting shown is a watercolor of the Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie created in 1996.

 

 

New Fair Secretary Named in Van Wert County
News Release and photo by Quincy Thompson
The Van Wert County Agricultural Society would like to introduce Mike Poling as their new Fair Secretary! Poling is a lifetime resident of Van Wert County and currently resides in Washington Township with his wife Berneil. He has a daughter Abbigail who resides in Ankeny, Iowa. He is currently employed as an independent sales rep for Stine Seed Company and continues to farm with his father Larry Poling. He was a director on the Van Wert County Fair board from 2013 through 2018. He is currently serving his sixth year as a state trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He is a graduate of Lincolnview High School and he has an associate degree in agri-business from Owens Technical College.

 

 

Did you know that Rockford once had 4 brickyards
and a hub and spoke factory for making wooden wheels?

Rockford Historical Snippet
by Mike Schumm

Click here for other interesting Rockford Historical Articles and Bicentennial News.

 

Lake Area Arts Group to Meet 
The Lake Area Arts Group meets 6 pm, Monday, February 11th at the
Celina Public Library. The meeting is open to the public where
attendees will see a YouTube video of wood turning artist Ray Feltz
and Laney Hughes presenting a YouTube of her animated art work. Jill
Parrish of Rockford and Jeff Griswold will be presenting their art
techniques. Also exhibiting will be Marlene Marsee and Kale Sudoff.
The planning committee will report on ideas to invite 4-H club members
to participate in the youth art workshops. The free student workshop
on February 16th will be given by New Bremen artist, Weston
Hirschfield, demonstrating Scroll Woodworking. Middle school and high
school students can register thru art teachers at local schools for
this workshop. See LAAG Facebook for more information.

 

 

Parkway Athletic Schedule for February 4 – February 9, 2019

By AD Matt Triplett


February 4:
JH Boys Basketball @ Versailles, 5:00 p.m.
JH Wrestling @ Adams Central, 5:00 p.m.

February 5:
8th GBK MAC Tournament @ Fort Recovery, 5:00 p.m.
HS Girls Basketball vs. Elida, 6:00 p.m. Boys Golf Concessions
JH Boys Basketball vs. DSJ, 5:00 p.m. Track Concessions

February 6:
No Athletic Events Scheduled

February 7:
HS Girls Basketball vs. DSJ, 6:00 p.m. Girls Golf Concessions
HS Wrestling @ LCC, 6:00 p.m.
Potential 8th GBK MAC Tournament, @ Fort Recovery, 6:15 p.m.
Potential 8th BBK MAC Tournament, @ Marion Local, 6:00 p.m.
7th BBK MAC Games, 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Volleyball Concessions

February 8:
HS Boys Basketball @ DSJ, 6:00 p.m.

February 9:
Varsity Boys Bowling, “MAC” Match, @ Minster, 8:45 a.m.
Varsity Girls Bowling, “MAC” Match, @ Minster, 1:00 p.m.
HS Girls Basketball @ St. Mary’s, 12:00 p.m.
HS Boys Basketball @ Temple Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Potential 8th BBK MAC Tournament at Marion Local, TBD
JH 7th MAC Tournament @ PARKWAY, 9:00 a.m./ 10:15 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 12:45 a.m.
Cross Country Concessions
 

 

Old Bookcase, Jan. 31, 2019,  Historic Downtown St. Henry

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

Photo caption:  Rammel Dry Cleaning, 102 West Main St., Saint Henry, 1972.

I was talking with Bill Prenger at St. Henry this week.  We were discussing our common interest in local history and local history books.  I am always happy to see the younger generation take an interest in Mercer County’s rich history.  Honestly, I first met Bill Prenger, when he came to the St. Henry Basketball Games, and sat with his parents, in front of us in the bleachers.  He was a little one, at that time, and I am sure he does not remember being there!

In respect for Bill’s interest in St. Henry’s past, I thought that I would write about the Rammel Dry Cleaning business, as a part of Saint Henry’s Main Street History, as well as Bill Prenger’s family heritage.

Ott and his son John “Jack” Rammel bought the Dry Cleaning business in the summer of 1963, from Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kohn, who were in the dry cleaning business from June 1959 until 1963.  Prior to 1959, Mrs. Mike Pazitney had a bakery in this building for about a year.

The early history of this building dates back to 1898 when Mr. Joseph Bruns built this building to use as a General Store.  After her husband’s death, Mrs. Joseph Bruns and her children ran the store.  The store continued in the Bruns name, as Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bruns ran the General Store there for nearly a year, until Ed Bruns sold the building to his brother Urban Bruns of Cincinnati.  Mrs. Pazitney then used the building as her bakery.

I checked the 1987 book about the” Sesquicentennial of St. Henry,” to update this history about the Rammel Dry Cleaning.   The Rammel Family was still in business as of 1987.  I do not recall when they closed the Rammel Dry Cleaning.  I will just have to ask Bill Prenger to update the history of his Grandparents’ business. 

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.  Assigning the younger Generation of family businesses to contribute to the Preservation of Mercer County’s History is what we all have to do.  I ask each of you, if you are updating your own history!  I do not want any local history of Mercer County to be swept into the Dustpan of Lost History! 

 

 

OPTIMIST CLUB SPONSORS CONTESTS FOR STUDENTS

The Optimist Club of Van Wert invites area students to enter its annual Essay and Oratorical contests, for the opportunity to win prize money and the possibility of earning thousands of dollars in scholarships.

ESSAY CONTEST

The Optimist Club Essay Contest encourages area students to write about the topic, When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?  Optimist Club members will judge students’ essays and determine the winners of medallions and cash awards of $300 for first-place, $150 for second-place, and $50 for third-place. Winners of the local contest advance to the district contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.

Essay contest applications are available now at Crestview, Lincolnview, and Van Wert middle and high schools, or may be obtained by contacting Diana Cearns at 419-238-1463. Deadline for entries is February 15. Applications and essays will be picked up from each school on this date. Home school students may mail completed essays to the address listed on the application by Feb. 15.

 

ORATORICAL CONTEST

The Optimist Club Oratorical Contest is set for Mar. 3, 2 p.m. at Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert. Students are asked to craft a four-to-five-minute speech addressing the topic, Is There a Fine Line between Optimism and Reality? Parents and immediate family are welcome to attend the contest and Optimist Club members will judge each speech.

Winners will receive medallions and cash awards of $300 for first-place, $200 for second-place, and $100 for third place. The top two local contestants will advance to zone, regional, district, and possibly international level competitions for the opportunity to win up to $22,500 in scholarships.

Oratorical contest applications are available now at area middle and high schools, or may be obtained by contacting Greg Yinger at 567-259-5277. Deadline for entries is February 25. Both contests are open to youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2018. There is no minimum age to enter, but both contests are generally appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Carrying the motto “Friend of Youth,” the Optimist Club of Van Wert conducts positive service projects in support of young people.  To learn more about the club’s volunteer service opportunities, visit www.optimistvw.com or @OptimistVW on Facebook.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 2-3, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Three school graduates are being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Jennifer (Frahm) Barrett, Alan Carr, and the late Gary “Gus” Kesler are the inductees. The event will take place at the basketball games at Parkway High School.

Jennifer (Frahm) Barrett is a 1989 graduate of Parkway High School where she earned four varsity letters in track and three varsity letters in cheerleading and competed in state track during high school. She holds the school record in the 100 meter.

Alan Carr is a 1990 graduate of Parkway High School and earned three varsity letters in baseball and two varsity letters in football. He excelled in high school baseball and went on to play for the Atlanta Braves.

The late Gary “Gus” Kesler was a 1956 graduate of Willshire High School, and he contributed to the success of the 1955 State-Runner-Up basketball team and the 1956 State-Semi-Final team. He attended the University of Dayton, University of Alabama and University of Tampa where he played college basketball. Later he went to the Hawaii Chiefs a semi-pro team.

 

 

 

Fund Grows for Hedges Park Veterans Memorial

The Rockford American Legion Post 508 recently received a generous $1000 donation from the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund for the Veterans Memorial. The memorial will be constructed in Hedges Park located adjacent to the Rockford Legion. Pictured l to r are Reed Shaffer (Post 508), Bob Barnt (Midwest board member), and Terry McMillen (Post 508). If you would like to help with this community project please contact us 419-305-0170 thank you.

 


 

Saturday morning 2-2-2019, Rime (frozen fog) covers the trees in the park
creating a winter wonderland.

After record cold temperatures this week, Saturday morning's heat wave of 20
brought fog to the area
which froze on the trees and outdoor objects.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link

 

Empty Bowls Mercer County “Create A Bowl” Raffle Winners Announced

Our Home Family Resource Center kicked off Empty Bowls Mercer County with “Create A Bowl” events at Brew Nation/Potters House in Celina recently.

“This event’s success is due in large part to the hospitality and support from Brew Nation/Potters House and the participants who join us to paint bowls and raise funds for Our Home” exclaimed Deb Simon-Heinfeld, Our Home’s Marketing/Development Coordinator.

Individual painters collected donations from their friends, family members, and neighbors and volunteered two hours of their time to help paint the bowls for the Empty Bowls dinner on March 30th.

A minimum $20 donation was required to participate in “Create A Bowl”. This fee was set to cover the cost for bowls, paints, firing, and space at Brew Nation/Potters House. There were 17 painters who raised over $50 in donations, and they were entered into a participation raffle.

Raffle winners include: Ed Hosbach (gift card to Pla-Mor Lanes); Gina Bruns, Carol Hone and Ann Boyer (Celina-Mercer Chamber of Commerce gift certificates); and Ella Shelby, Debra Dunn, Callie Colson, Angie Sudhoff, Dan Gabriel, and Kay Klopfleisch (Empty Bowls Mercer County event t-shirts).

The bowls created at this event will be gifts for the guests at Our Home’s Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction on Saturday, March 30th, at American Legion Post #210 in Celina. Tickets for the dinner are on sale now. A $25 ticket includes personal selection of a souvenir bowl and a buffet of savory soups donated by local restaurants, salad, and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar available for those who prefer adult beverages.

Reserved and general admission tickets are available at Our Home, 117 W Fayette Street in Celina and general admission tickets are available at Chief Supermarkets in Celina and Coldwater. All proceeds from Empty Bowls Mercer County, both “Create A Bowl” and the Dinner and Auction, will be used to support and expand Our Home Family Resource Center’s programs and projects. You can visit www.ourhomefrc.com to learn more about Our Home’s work.

 

 

Ohio Ag Recertification Classes Planned by Extention Office

Van Wert County OSU Extension Announces Ohio Pesticide Recertification Class and Fertilizer Recertification Tuesday February 5th and Soil Health Workshop Wednesday February 6th.

Opportunities to renew your Private Pesticide License and your Ohio Ag Fertilizer Recertification Tuesday February 5th at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Time: 8:30-1:30.

8:30-9:00 am Registration, 9:00- Noon PAT Recertification. 12:30-1:30 Fertilizer Recertification.

The Soil Health workshop provided in partnership with Soil Health Specialist Jim Hoorman with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Basic Soil Health:  February 6th at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Nutrient Recycling and Soil Ecology; Biology of Soil Compaction.
February 13th: Using Soil Health Practices to address Water Quality; Beneficial Insect and Cover Crops; Vole and Slug Issues. February 27th: It’s all about Cover Crops; Managing Grasses, Brassicas and other Cover Crops. All Soil workshops start at 7:00pm and last until 9:00pm held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. $5.00 per session. Contact Curtis Young Extension Educator for more Information. 419-238-1214

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 1, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Friday, February 1, 2019.

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to road conditions for Friday, February 1, 2019

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning about snow-covered,
slick roadways in Mercer County. Drive with caution.
on Friday morning at 5:38 AM.

 

4 inches of the fluffy white stuff!

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

 
 
 

Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Three school graduates are being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Jennifer (Frahm) Barrett, Alan Carr, and the late Gary “Gus” Kesler are the inductees.

Jennifer (Frahm) Barrett is a 1989 graduate of Parkway High School where she earned four varsity letters in track and three varsity letters in cheerleading and competed in state track during high school. She holds the school record in the 100 meter.

Alan Carr is a 1990 graduate of Parkway High School and earned three varsity letters in baseball and two varsity letters in football. He excelled in high school baseball and went on to play for the Atlanta Braves.

The late Gary “Gus” Kesler was a 1956 graduate of Willshire High School, and he contributed to the success of the 1955 State-Runner-Up basketball team and the 1956 State-Semi-Final team. He attended the University of Dayton, University of Alabama and University of Tampa where he played college basketball. Later he went to the Hawaii Chiefs a semi-pro team.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 31, 2019
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are closed for Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The National Weather Service
has issued
sub-zero wind chill warnings as low as -40
through 1:00 PM.


Sheriff Jeff Grey has issued a warning to be prepared if you go outside.

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

 

Parkway February 2019 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 

Rockford Lions to Hand-out Mints at Game on Saturday
Rockford Lions will be on hand Saturday evening, February 2nd, 2019 for the Parkway Hall of Fame Induction honoring Parkway Athletics Alumni at the Parkway Gymnasium.  Lions members will distribute FREE mints to those in attendance before and during the Hall of Fame Game between the Adams Central and Parkway High School basketball teams.   Lion Randy Habegger is the project chair. Members of the Rockford Lions Club are empowered volunteers serving their local community and meeting 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.  

 

 

 

Parkway 8th Graders’ Trips to DC Sponsored by Rockford Lions Club

Kevin Krall of Willshire Lions, Bill Grier of Mendon Lions, and Darrell Sheppard of Rockford Lions recently presented a check from the 13th Annual Lions Club Fish Fry to Parkway Middle School Principal Brian Woods (L to R).   Proceeds from this yearly project help to support the Parkway Eighth Grade Class Trip.  Woods shared a picture presentation of the 2018 class trip to Philadelphia and Washington D.C.  The 2019 class trip will take place in April.

 

REMINDER

Concession Stand Workers Listed for Saturday, February 2, 2019

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Saturday, February 2, 2019 for the game against South Adams.

Mike and Linda Hawk; James and Karri Springer; Tim and Tanya Green; James and Jill Leighner; Leonard and Jennifer Smith; Timothy and Megan Fokine; and Caryn Wenning.

Please arrive by 5:00 PM.  If you are unable to work please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Thank you for your help!

 

 

Rockford Lions Club Announces Upcoming Activities

On January 14th, 2019 Andrew Peel of Rockford, welcomed by Lions President Darrell Sheppard,  became the newest member of the Rockford Lions. 

Preparations also continue for the 2019 Quarter Auction at the Rockford Community Building on March 30th.  The auction begins at 12 noon. Doors open at 11 a.m.  Lion LeeAnn Frank is the project chairperson.

Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects like the Annual Fish Fry, the Quarter Auction, and the Car Show scheduled for June 14th, 2019 fund scholarships and help to fulfill local community needs & requests.  Globally, Lions Clubs help to provide resources and programs in five humanitarian areas: Diabetes, Environment, Hunger, Childhood Cancer, and Vision. 

The next meeting of the Rockford Lions Club will be January 28th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.  

 

 

 

Rockford Bicentennial Committee Needs YOUR Help

Reminder - the Next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be
next Monday - February 4th - at the Rockford Village Office and Museum to
begin at 7 pm.   They have several new developments that you'll
want to hear about!   Bring a friend!

 

 

 

Rockford Lions Club Members Hear About Baseball Parents’ Activities

Rockford Lions welcomed Luke Clouse, Parkway HS Baseball coach and Misty Riley representing the Parkway High School Baseball Parents on Monday evening January 28th, 2019.  Clouse and Riley reviewed various projects over the past couple of years including the addition of an athletic trainer, and highlighted plans for the expansion of the High School Baseball Dugout.   

Riley also highlighted the ‘Great Panther Duck Races’ to be held Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at the Rockford Community Building beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is presented by the Parkway Baseball Parents and benefits the Parkway Baseball Program.

The Rockford Lions, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, continue to prepare for their Quarter Auction to be held Saturday, March 30th at the Rockford Community Building, 420 Holly Lane in Rockford.  Doors will open at 11 am.  The auction will begin at 12 noon.   Paddles for participation in the auction will be three (3) dollars each and available at the door.  An All-IN paddle, also available at the door, will be twenty-five (25) dollars.  A light lunch will also be available for purchase. 

Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects, like the Quarter Auction and the Rockford Car Show in June 2019, fund scholarships & help fulfill local community needs & requests.

The next meeting of the Rockford Lions Club will be Monday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.

 
 

Learn to be a Beekeeper

2019 Beginning Beekeeping Class Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA) will host its 5th annual Beginning Beekeeping Class February 9th, 2019 at the Richardson-Bretz Building in Celina, Ohio. The class will begin at 8:00 AM and last until 5:00 PM.

This full-day class will cover everything you need to know to begin keeping bees, including honeybee biology, castes, and nutrition, as well as parts of a hive and equipment needed, products of the hive, honeybee pests and diseases. Demonstrations will be given on assembling frames and installing foundation, along with instruction on how to work a hive.

Cost of the class is $50 per person which includes the textbook “Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping” ($65 value). A spouse or guest can also register for $25 per person (no textbook).

Attendees will receive beekeeping supply catalogs, literature, and handouts. Each person registered will also receive a one-year membership in Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association ($15 value), a one-year membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association ($20 value) and the chance to win several beekeeping related door prizes.

Attendees will be given information about ordering honeybee nucs from northern climate stock.

Dwight Wells from Tipp City will be the main instructor. Dwight is a recognized speaker from many States and collaborates with Dr. Greg Hunt of Purdue University on improving the “Indiana Leg Chewers,” a genetic strain with traits that attack the pest varroa mite.

Dwight has also taught Queen grafting and is Director of Sustainable Genetic Technologies Network, a collaborative effort in artificial insemination with IL, KY, IN, and OH. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis and class size is limited to 35 people.

To enroll or for more information, go to www.gglba.ohiostatebeekeepers.org or contact Mark Beougher (419) 305-8662 or Rich McNaughton (419) 733-7424.

The Richardson-Bretz building is located at 119 W. Fulton Street in Celina (just behind the Mercer County Library). Coffee, doughnuts, and refreshments are included. Lunch will be on your own. Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA) meets monthly at the St. Marys Community Library on the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings run from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM and are open to the public.

 
 

Parkway Athletic Schedule for January 28 – February 2, 2019

By AD Matt Triplett

January 28:
9th Boys Basketball vs. St. Henry, 6:00 p.m.
JH Boys vs. St. Mary’s, 5:00 p.m. Cross Country Concessions

January 29:
JH Girls Basketball @ St. Henry, 5:00 p.m.
JH Boys Basketball @ Antwerp, 5:00 p.m.

January 30:
No Athletic Events Scheduled

January 31:
HS Girls Basketball vs. St. Henry, 6:00 p.m. Track Concessions
JH Boys Basketball vs. St. Henry, 5:00 p.m. Boys Golf Concessions
9th Boys Basketball at Celina at 6:00 p.m.

February 1:
HS Boys Basketball @ St. Henry, 6:00 p.m.

February 2:
Varsity/JV Boys Bowling vs. St. Henry, @ Versailles, 9:45 a.m.
Varsity Girls Bowling vs. Russia, @ Versailles, 1:00 p.m.
JH Wrestling @ Elida, 10:00 a.m.
HS Girls Basketball @ Ansonia, 1:00 p.m.
HS Boys Basketball vs. South Adams, 6:00 p.m. Hall Of Fame


 

 
 
 

 
January 29-30, 2019
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are closed for Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Makeup day is Thursday, April 18, 2019.

The national weather service has issued sub-zero wind chill warnings as low as -25.
 

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

 

 
 
 

Department of Aging reminds older adults, families
that extreme temperatures are severe weather

Prepare for bitter cold, check on loved ones, just as you would for a storm


Columbus, Ohio – With sustained, bitter cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills predicted for all of the state this week, the Ohio Department of Aging reminds all Ohioans to treat extreme temperatures just as you would a coming snow or ice storm. Be prepared and check on older loved ones and neighbors before, during and after the mercury drops.

“Extremely cold temperatures can take a physical toll on all of us, but also threaten important parts of community and home infrastructure that we and our older loved ones rely upon to stay safe and comfortable in our homes,” said Ursel McElroy, director of the department. “Take some time before the temperature drops to ensure you are ready for the worst and have a plan in place should your health be affected, or it becomes unsafe to stay in your home.”

Body changes as we age, prescription medications and more can make older adults more susceptible to the ravages of bitter cold temperatures. In addition, prolonged cold conditions like those expected this week raise the risk of freezing home plumbing, community water main breaks, automobile failure, transportation interruptions, power outages, home heating system failures and more.

To prepare:

Assemble an emergency kit that includes a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and extra batteries, extra blankets and warm clothing, food that you can open and prepare easily and plenty of clean drinking water (at least one gallon per person per day), in case water supply lines are compromised.

Open cabinet doors under sinks on exterior walls of your home and turn faucets to a slow drip to help prevent pipes from freezing. Place rolled-up towels or blankets around drafty windows and doors to help keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside.

Know where the main valves and switches are for gas, water and electricity and ensure you or someone you trust can operate them should you need to shut them off.

If you must use portable space heaters to warm your home, check that yours has been tested and certified to the latest safety standards. Keep heat sources at least three feet from combustible items, like papers, blankets and curtains. Never leave a fireplace or portable heater unattended; turn off heaters and extinguish flames when you leave the room or go to bed. Never use appliances that weren’t designed to heat your home, such as cooking stoves and ovens, for that purpose.

Have a plan for a safe, warm place to go, and a way to get there, if it becomes unsafe to stay in your home.

Throughout the week, call or visit older loved ones and neighbors to ensure they are safe, warm and healthy, and have the means to stay that way.

Is the temperature in their home comfortable? Do they have safe means to keep it that way if outdoor temperatures remain frigid?

Do they need medical attention? Do they appear alert and aware? Have they fallen? Are they staying warm enough? Are they taking their medications as prescribed?

Do they have safe food and water? Are they eating and drinking regularly?

Whom will they call if they need help? Do they have access to a phone that will work without power or landline service?

Ohioans who live in nursing homes also can be at increased risk from severe winter weather. The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman at the Department of Aging advises family members and concerned friends to call loved ones’ nursing homes to check conditions there and ask how the facility is staffed.

Visit www.aging.ohio.gov/safeathome for additional tips and resources to prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.

If you or an older loved one become ill or injured during the storm, or if it becomes unsafe to stay in your home for any reason, call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. Check local media or call local law enforcement to learn about the availability of warming centers or emergency shelters. Your area agency on aging can help identify emergency resources and services in your community. Visit the Ohio Department of Aging’s website (www.aging.ohio.gov) for contacts or call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community.

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 28, 2019
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to road conditions for Monday, January 28, 2019

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning about snow-covered,
slick and drifting roadways
on Sunday evening at 6:47 PM.

 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 26-27, 2019
 

 
 

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a slick and snowy roads warning last evening (1-26-2019) at 9:08 PM
and again this morning (1/27/2019) at 6:47 AM

2 Inches of fluffy snow fell overnight followed by wind creating problems.
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 25, 2019
 

 
 

Annual Report for 2018 by Mercer County Engineer James Wiechart
Click Here to Read all kinds of interesting facts about our roads, bridges, equipment purchases
and so much more!

 
 

Mercer County Ohio Genealogical Society Plans Meeting
The Mercer County Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, February 3rd at 2:00 pm at the Richardson-Bretz Building, 115 West Fulton St. Celina, OH.  

Our guest speaker will be Curt Witcher. He will be speaking on the “Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center”, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments served.

 

 
 
 

Bicentennial Barn Quilts for Sale

New Barn Quilts for sale at the Rockford Village Office.  Stop in and take a closer look at these new designs!  If you would like to design your own, the committee will work with you.  They come in sizes 24 x 24 and 48 x 48.    

Give Lisa Kuhn a call - 419-363-3032 ext 1.

 
 

Help for Our Home Family Resource Center
Our Home Family Resource Center received word that they have received a grant for the Direct Services & Referral program from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. Through its charitable foundation, Dominion Energy invests in organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in the geographic areas where the company provides electricity or natural gas service, or has significant facilities or business interests.

This Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Grant will support Our Home’s on-going efforts to help Mercer County residents overcome emergencies or respond to unexpected expenses. “The Direct Services program is designed to help folks stabilize their situation” stated Deb Simon-Heinfeld, marketing director at Our Home, “Our Home’s assistance may be in the form of vouchers for emergency financial needs or referrals to partner agencies. This grant helps to ensure that residents of Mercer County will have somewhere to turn and someone to speak with in their time of need.” 

In addition to direct financial assistance and referrals, the Direct Services program provides a food pantry stocked with canned fruits and vegetables, meat, pastas, soup, milk, and other assorted items. The food pantry also offers personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper and diapers.

Direct Services & Referral program hours are 8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:30pm Monday through Thursday; the food pantry operates Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Our Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 117 W. Fayette Street in Celina. The organization’s work is only possible with resources provided through monetary and in-kind donations from the community and money awarded through grants such as Dominion Charitable Foundation Grant. For information about Our Home’s programs and needs, visit www.ourhomefrc.com or call 419-586-4663.

 

 
 

Accepting Applications for the Vantage OTC Practical Nursing Program

Applications for the Practical Nursing Program at the Ohio Technical Center of Vantage Career Center are now being taken.  The program will begin its competitive admissions process and welcome 24 students in August, 2019.  Registration closes May, 2019. The program is approved through the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) and accredited through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Vantage launched the Practical Nursing Program in the fall of 2018, welcoming 19 students. Students’ progress through 4 phases of training that include classroom, clinical and lab experiences.  The curriculum focuses on the art and science of the nursing process and psychomotor skills to prepare the student to be a competent member of the interdisciplinary team.  Kristin Swanson’s Theory of Caring is utilized to obtain an entry level skill set.  All graduates of the Practical Nursing Program will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses to become licensed.

Local healthcare partners in Van Wert, Mercer, and Paulding counties have provided support to the program to meet local healthcare needs, as the job outlook for practical nurses is projected to grow 10% in the next five years.

“The nursing program at Vantage is a one stop experience, with the student receiving all needed training in a little less than one year.  The class size is small allowing for individual attention and assistance,” says Jean Sullivan, Practical Nursing Program Instructor.

The program is slated to begin September, 2019 and end August, 2020.  Classes are 7:30 to 3:30 Monday through Thursday at Vantage Career Center.  Clinical hours may vary based on availability.  Financial Aid is available to qualified candidates. 

For more information on admissions criteria, contact the OTC Enrollment Coordinator, Maria Diltz: 419-238-5411 ext. 2118, or go to www.vantagecareercenter.com, Adult Education.

 

 
BLUEGRASS JAM - *FREE Public Event *

Sunday - February 3, 2019 2 - 5 pm
The Rockford Belle - Social Room
135 Market St., Rockford, OH

Bring your acoustic instruments and have fun!

Various artists from Indiana and Ohio 

Presented by Jerry Bolenbaugh - 419-363-3794
and Bob Brown - 419-495-2769.

 

 
 

 
January 24, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Makeup day is Monday, February 18, 2019.

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to icy roads for Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued an icy roads warning last evening at 8:56 PM
and again this morning at 5:19 AM

 

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

 

 
 

St Paul's United Church of Christ Cancelled for Sunday, January 27, 2019.

 
 
 
 
Grief Support Group at Willshire Church
Praise Point Church is offering a one day grief support group, led by Kaye Brandt. It is intended for those who have lost a spouse. Ages 60 and over will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Lunch is offered. The second session is 6:30 - 8:30 PM for 59 and younger. Contact Praise Point 419-495-2074 to register.
 
 
RADC to Meet
The Rockford Area Development Corporation will meet on Monday, January 28 at 7 PM in the Rockford Library.
 
Winter Homecoming Dance re-Scheduled

The winter weather has been wreaking havoc with Parkway's Winter Homecoming Dance plans. On January 26, 2019, after the basketball game, the dance will commence until midnight.

 
 
 

Rockford Council Meets on January 15, 2019
Click here to read this and back minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

 
 
 

Announcing The Sound of Music Early Ticket Release at Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - Good things just keep coming from the Niswonger. Releasing nearly a month ahead of schedule is The Sound of Music Saturday, May 4 with two family friendly showtimes 2PM & 7:30PM, presented by Jim & Mary Pope. Tickets are now on sale from $35.

Along with Presenting Sponsors, Jim & Mary Pope, the Niswonger invites families to experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music based upon the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award– winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song, “The Sound Of Music.”

Tickets for The Sound of Music can be purchased through the Box Office Mon - Fri, 10AM - 5PM at 419-238-6722 and online at NPACVW.ORG.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

REMINDER

Concession Stand Workers Listed for Friday, January 25, 2019

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Friday, January 25, 2019 for the game against Versailles.

Cory and Bonnie Wells; Renee Carpenter; Chris and Kari Cron; James and Corrie Clutter; Kimberly Lavergne; Stephen and Laura Yoder; Toby and Cynthia Giles and Michael Heck.

Please arrive by 5:00 PM.  If you are unable to work please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Thank you for your help!

 

REMINDER

Concession Stand Workers Listed for Saturday, January 26, 2019

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for the game against Lincolnview.

Scott and Angie Dicke; Lacy Dunning; Pat and Betsy Johnson; Robert Rutledge; Deb Williams; Mike and Jennifer Langenkamp; Sue Fox, John and Sheila Boroff, and Todd and Shelie Gaerke.

Please arrive by 5:00 PM.  If you are unable to work please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Thank you for your help!

 

 

 
January 23, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Roads should be traveled with caution.
 

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

 
 
 

 
January 21-22, 2019
January 21, 2019 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Roads should be traveled with caution in this sub-zero weather.
Wind has caused drifted roads.
 

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

 

 

Parkway Athletic Schedule for January 21 – 26, 2019

By AD Matt Triplett

January 21:

Varsity Boys Bowling vs. Ansonia, @ Celina 11:00 a.m.

9th Boys Basketball @ Versailles, 6:00 p.m.

 

January 22:

HS Girls Basketball vs. Lincolnview, 6:00 p.m.  Cross Country Concessions 

JH Girls Basketball vs. Versailles, 5:00 p.m.  Girls Golf Concessions

 

January 23:

No Athletic Events Scheduled

 

January 24:

HS Girls Basketball @ Versailles, 6:00 p.m. 

JH Girls Basketball @ Lincolnview, 5:00 p.m.

JH Wrestling vs. Spencerville, 5:00 p.m.  Volleyball Concessions

JH Boys Basketball @ Versailles, 5:00 p.m.

 

January 25:

HS Boys Basketball vs. Versailles, 6:00 p.m.

 

January 26:

Varsity/JV Boys Bowling vs. Fort Recovery, 9:45 a.m.

Varsity Girls Bowling vs. Fort Recovery, 1:00 p.m.

HS Wrestling @ Indian Lake, 10:00 a.m.

HS Boys Basketball vs. Lincolnview, 6:00 p.m.

 

 
 
St. Teresa Catholic Church Plans Family Fun Night
Saturday, March 9, 2019 is the date set for the Annual St. Teresa Catholic Church Family Fun Night. The event runs from 5:30-7 PM st Shane's Park Rockford Community Building and is open to the public. Presale tickets for the "Wedding Style" dinner are available at 419-363-2633. Deadline to purchase is February 24, 2019. $8.00 per meal, 5 and under free, and Family Deal maximum is $40 per family. DJ and Games including prizes, raffle drawings and games of chance will make for a fun evening.
 
 
The Shanes Crossing Historical Society Reports
Marcia Ripley donated a bank teller window that came out of one of the earliest banks in Shanes Crossing in the late 1800's. And then Steve Thompson and Mike Schumm removed the bank alarm system from Terry Gehm's barber shop building. It was the earliest building actually built as a bank in Shanes Crossing. Another stained glass window from the Grace EUB church has been restored and placed at the museum by Steve Thompson. And, four moon landing pictures, autographed by Neil Armstrong, a gift to former librarian Ethel McSherry, were also recently donated. Stop at the museum and see these and many other treasures.

The Bicentennial Committee meets every first Monday of the month to plan for the 2020 year-long celebration.
The muralist is now working in the Stephenson building on the firstation murals to be hung this year and Parkway students are working on their mural on the wall at the east end of Market Street.

If you are a historical member, please renew; if you are not, please join us!

 

Otterbein Retirement Community Plans Musical Event
Visit Otterbein on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 3 PM, for musical entertainment by Band Loco in the Meyer Community Room.

 
 

Our Old Bookcase, Jan. 24, 2019,  First world Map to identify America
A Map of the World
According to the Tradition of Ptolemy And The Voyages of Amerigo Vespucci et. al.
By Waldseemuller, 1507

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

 Photo caption:  The first map to identify America as a Continent, 1507. Photo coming!

Do you know that Dr. Michael Naumann became the key figure on the world stage to lead in the acquisition of the 1507 Map, which was the first World Map to identify America on this map? 

Prior to Columbus and his voyages to America, three continents were identified on world maps:  Europe, Africa, and Asia.  I was reading the book, “A History of the World in Twelve Maps,” by Jerry Brotton, London.  His book was published by Penguin books, 2012.  The story of how the world map included the name of America as a continent, captured my attention.  Philip D. Burden, Author of “The Mapping of North American,” was asked to give credibility to the map entitled, “A Map of the World according to the Tradition of Ptolemy and the Voyages of Amerigo Vespucci, and others,” credited to Martin Waldseemuller, circa 1507.  The map was owned by Count Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg, of Wolfegg Castle in Baden Wurttemberg,  Germany, who wanted to sell the map for ten million dollars.

The sale of this 1507 map created controversial excitement in the academic and political world of history, not only in the United States, but also Germany.  Some German leaders contested the sale, claiming that the map belonged to the German Cultural Heritage.  Political power changed under the 1998 elections and Gerhard Schroder appointed Dr. Michael Naumann as the Minister of Culture.  Dr. Naumann had served as publisher for Holtzbrinck Group, who had offices around the world, including the United States.  Dr. Naumann encouraged trade and cultural interaction between Germany and the United States, and spent over five years working through fund raising of the ten million dollars for the Count of Wolfegg Castle, as well as surviving the political fences of cultural questions.

His success was achieved in June of 2003 when the U.S. Library of Congress completed the sale.  Dr. Michael Naumann was the silent hero of the saving of America’s first confirmed history as a continent on this planet.  On July 23, 2003, the Library of Congress hosted the 1803-2003 Exhibit of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which featured Waldseemuller’s 1507 Map identifying America as a Continent.  The honor was a legitimate point of origin, confirming the 1507 document.

This story is one of academic, scientific, cultural, religious, and political intrigue.  From the first sentence, my attention was captured, until the last page.  I have a  copy of Jerry Brotton’s book, “A History of the World in Twelve Maps,” on my Nook Reader, under Barnes and Noble.  You can find this dynamic history book as well as the history of Waldseemuller’s 1507 map on the internet.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.   Today, both the history of Waldseemuller’s 1507 Map and Dr. Michael Naumann’s preservation of this map for the U.S. Library of Congress and the American People has been brought to your attention.  It is my pleasure to educate the public about our Mercer County History.  

[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 HS 2nd Qtr Honor Roll 2018-2019

By Lisa Miller, HS Secretary

 

 

SENIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Alistair Fahncke, Matthew Gaerke, KeAndra Godsey, Melissa Hauter, Mecaylah Hesse, Madison Kroeger, Justin Miller, Nicholas Riley, Noah Riley, Faith Rollins, Olivia Scott, Isabella Strunk, Loren Stukey, Grace Swander, Tessa Thatcher

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Molly Baltzell, Shay Bolton, Hannah Eichenauer, Alexandria Ford, Kara Heck, Colton Kraner, Alyssa Miller, Owen Sinning, Preston Stober, Bailey Strickler, Haylee Stukey, Jonathan Wehe

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Conner Lyons, Rachel Perry, Faith Shellabarger

 

 

JUNIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Cory Agler, Rachel Barrett, Aaron Bruns, Breyden Bruns, Alexis Cairns, Macy Henkle, McKenna Johnson, Brooke May, Kyle Roth, Olivia Rutledge, Hailey Stephenson, Ashlyn White

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Tim Bloos, Claire Eichler, Emma Gause, Courtney Harding, Leah Harshman, Ryan Hesse, Kristine Kirby, Clarissa Krogman, Bryce Lowery, Jason Luth, Sophia Miller, Grace Rogers, Gavin Stober, Shaelyn Thomas, Alexander Tisdale, Emily Zimmerman

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Ansley Burtch, Ryann Fox, Nicholas Hawk, Lily Hipply, Caleb Kinney, Mason Landers, Kiersten Roehm, McKenna Temple, Corey Walls, Sydney Yoder, Olivia Zimmerman

 

 

SOPHOMORES

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Avery Boroff, Kaden Boroff, Remi' Fokine, Savanna Freeman, Sierra Freeman, Brayton Luginbill, Lydia Miller, Kelsey Nichols, Elijah Rich, Makenna Schumm

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Abigail Browning, Treya Conn, Alexzandra Cottman, Brendan Etzcorn, Justan Felver, Madalyn Heindel, Zoie Huffman, Kayla Kuhn, Todd Lampy, Claire Langenkamp, Bryce Mihm, Andrea Miller, Claire Rutledge, McKayla Sites, Mackenzie Springer, Jonathan Steinhoff, Sydney Waters 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Breanna Beeks, Grace Etgen, Graham Farmer, Hunter Gibson, Anthony Heck, Dylan Hughes, Chaz Neuenschwander, Haydn Ridenour, Tyler Tinkham

 

 

FRESHMEN

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Kameryn Altenbach, Leah Eichler, Danielle Huff, Riley Samples, Benjamin Sheppard, Blake Strickler

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Alex Anderson, Cora Barna, Grant Bollenbacher, Elise Darrigan, Lily Haver, Cami High, Molly Hileman, Raegan Roehm, Ashtyn Sipe, Caden Slusher, Gracyn Temple

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Aiden Anderson, Jace Armstrong, Alexander Gile, Ashley Hague, Paige Jackson, Chasity McGhee, Jacob Rogers, Gabriel Schaaf, Cade Schoenleben, Chantry Simon, Makenzie Stephenson, Avamaria Strunk, Tim Trigo

 

 

 

One Injured in Commercial Rollover Crash on US 30

Richland Township – The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single commercial vehicle rollover crash which occurred on US 30 west of Interstate 75 near Beaverdam.   

On January 17, 2019, at approximately 4:26 P.M., a 2007 Western Star Semi Truck and Trailer, operated by Adam C. Mancuso, age 36, of West Olive, Michigan, was traveling west bound on US 30 and went off the right side of the roadway while negotiating a curve.  After leaving the roadway, the semi overturned and came to final rest in the ditch on the north side of the roadway. 

Beaverdam-Richland Township Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported Mr. Mancuso to Lima Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.  Mr. Mancuso was wearing a properly adjusted seat belt at the time of the crash.  Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

The Lima Post was assisted on scene by Beaverdam-Richland Township Fire and EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Beaverdam Fleet. The trailer was loaded with bricks and took several hours to remove from the ditch, however, the right lane of west bound traffic was only closed for a short period of time and has since been re-opened.   

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to take into account adverse weather conditions, especially when traveling on overpasses and negotiating curves. 

 
 

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll

End of 2nd Quarter 2018-2019

By Michelle Agler, Middle School Secretary

 

5TH GRADE

Highest Honor 4.0

Brittyn Bruns

Addison Dailey

Natalie Moeller

Taylor Muhlenkamp

Ella Putman

Jordyn Schaefer

Emmery Temple

Christina Tong

 

High Honors

3.5-3.99

Carlee Barna

Brooke Booher

Meagan Boroff

Miley Crouch

Addison Fisher

Payton Frese

Jakeb Frysinger

Jaden Green

Kolt Harner

Trevor Heitkamp

Carson Kirby

Grace Kiser

Parker Lyons

Maddie Miehls

Taylor Minnich

Megan Nichols

Haley Perry

Ava Pond

Ethan Pond

Addison Reigle

Zavier Rissner

Bryn Schoenleben

Gabryelle Sill

Demetrius Snyder

Kyndra Thornsberry

 

 

5th Grade

Honors 3.0-3.49

Lenny Boroff

Tara Brown

Liliana Carrizales

Hayden Castleman

Tyler Chalfant

Cooper Clay

Olivia Clifford

Peyton Dunning

Dakota Eller

Logan Fullenkamp

Kaleb Gilliland

Caden Hays

Maddoxx Houts

Parker Johnson

Rylan Lyons

Madison Mosier

Ashtlynn Muhlenkamp

Milee Peel

Hunter Scott

Colbie Smith

Analicia Velez

Troy Wallace

Gabriel Welling

Cora Wenning

Luca Winters

Jack Yoder

 

6TH GRADE

Highest Honor 4.0

Brayden Bruns

Braedn Conn

Gaven Garwood

Evan Kimmel

Scarlett Laux

Adria Miller

Alexavier Samples

Elizabeth Winget

 

High Honors

 3.5-3.99

Amanda Barrett

Cali Bollenbacher

Shay Boroff

Duke Brehm

Wyatt Carpenter

Gabriel Cross

Addisyn Gottschalk

Karley Harrod

Zoey Henning

Lucas Hileman

Brynlea Houser

Creeden Knittle

Maicee Renner

Wyatt Seals

Jayden Sheets

Meah Suzuki

Madison Williams

 

6TH GRADE

Honors 3.0-3.49

Kylie Barker

Anna Bell

Roxlyn Bell

Nolan Bollenbacher

Riley Bolton

Hayden Browning

Lillian Carpenter

Chase Crouch

Nevaeh Etgen

Abby Hague

Thomas Hague

Landon Hamrick

Joseph Houser

Colson Jones

Mackenzie Kellermeyer

Makenzie Kroft

Collin Langenkamp

Tayler Pennell

Kaitlyn Rager

Kailyn Regedanz

Matthew Roberts

Mason Schumm

Briann Scudder

Melanie Severt

Helana Sinning

Trevor Stearns

Andrew Taylor

Isabella Thornsberry

Ethan Tuttle

Derrick Wagner

Landon Younker

7th GRADE

Highest Honor 4.0

Breanna Berry

Meg Henkle

Addisyn Hileman

Madison Louth

Sarah Sheppard

Tori Williams

 

High Honors

 3.5-3.99

Ruby Bennett

Alexis Berry

Morgan Bollenbacher

Emilio Bonilla

Harli Garrity

Logan Green

Ashley Jackson

Addysin Leighner

Samara McDonald

Alizay Neuenschwander

Audrey Nichols

Lily Noll

Ellie Prichard

Emma Prichard

Trent Rollins

Tyler Rowen

Brittany Sites

Fletcher Smith

Francesca Steinbrunner

Paige Stephenson

Trent Tinkham

Avery White

Jacob Winget

 

7th GRADE

Honors 3.0-3.49

Ben Bates

Caiden Berry

Devon Crouch

Dalton Dawson

Kirsten Deitsch

Olivia Dicke

Braxton Ford

Aaron Hipply

Paige Hirschy

Landen May

Caleb Nusbaum

Casey Popp

Merissa Price

Hallie Salway

Abigail Sheets

Julia Sheets

Jazmin Smith

Kamden Strickler

Abbi Taylor

Apollo Thomas

Katie Trisel

Selina Valle

 

 

 

 

8th GRADE

Highest Honor 4.0

Colby Bentz

Aaron Cron

Colin Fokine

Carter Hellwarth

Madison Jacobs

Jackson Kraner

Derek Smith

Gabrielle Stober

 

High Honors

3.5-3.99

Abby Baltzell

Avery Cole

Gavin Dicke

Skyler Fokine

Trenton Garwood

Caden Heindel

Allison Heitkamp

Allison Hughes

Emiree Knittle

Romas Leszinske

Edin Nichols

Deegan Rager

Corban Rich

Hutch Ridenour

Emily Schaefer

Bryant Scudder

Nevaeh Seals

Emree Sinning

Bryce Stearns

Brooke Stephenson

Herminie Williams

 

8th GRADE

Honors 3.0-3.49

Blayn Aller

Aaliyah Baxter

Ariana Bullinger

Austin Curry

Bryce Dorsten

Madison Gile

Taylor Gruss

Morgan Hunter

Macy Johnson

Adrienne Joseph

Alivia Osborne

Alison Rowen

Ashton Stephenson

Andrew Wagner

Emma Wells

Alyxandra Yoder

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 19-20, 2019
 

 
 

All Mercer County Snow Alerts are cancelled as of 10:40 AM on Sunday, 1-20-2019

Sheriff Jeff Grey cancelled all Snow Alerts as of 10:40 AM on 1-20-2019 for unincorporated parts of Mercer County but he issued a reminder that roadways are still slick and hazardous in many places. Drive with caution.

 

 
 
 

LEVEL 2 Snow Alert

Sheriff Jeff Grey has issued a LEVEL 2 Snow Alert at 6:30 PM for unincorporated parts of Mercer County (January 19, 2019):

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Some roads are impassable. Drive very cautiously.

 

 
 
 

LEVEL 1 Snow Alert

Sheriff Jeff Grey has issued a LEVEL 1 Snow Alert for unincorporated parts of Mercer County (January 19, 2019):

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drive very cautiously.

 

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

 
 

St Paul's United Church of Christ Cancelled for Sunday, January 20.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 17-18, 2019
 

 


Four inches of wet snow at 6:30 PM on 1-19-2019
5:30 AM Freezing rain - 27 degrees
8 AM Snow
11 AM Sleet
11:30 Snow
5 PM Winds Picked up - 22 degrees

 

Due to the pending weather this weekend, Parkway FFA will be postponing the Community Recycling until next weekend, January 26, 2019.

 

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

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 16, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to icy roads for Wednesday, January 16, 2019
 

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


  LAKE AREA ARTS GROUP HOSTS "MEET THE ARTIST"
  
  The Lake Area Arts Group will welcome Coldwater quilt artist Marilyn
  Stall on Friday, January 18th at CJ Highmarks from 6-8 pm. This
  reception is open to the public where Stall will be showing her work
  and giving a brief talk about her journey thru quilting seeing herself
  as a "sewist",a sewing artist.She works with cut shapes of fabric in a
  way that resembles a painting's texture to create wall art? Stall's
  work was seen this past year at St. Charles Art Under the Dome.
  
  Students attending her free workshop Saturday, January 19th (10-11:30)
  at the Richardson Bretz building ,will be able to create an 8x8"
  quilted art piece which can be mounted in a frame for displaying.
  Students interested in the workshop can get registration forms from
  school art teachers or contact Sonnie Bernardi: sonnie0088@aol.com.

 

Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT) Makes Arrest
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today the arrest of Tyler Weitz after a traffic stop in Celina on January 14th. Mr. Weitz, age 32, Celina, was inside of vehicle that was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies at the request of the Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT).

A Sheriff’s Office K9 performed a free air narcotic sniff, which resulted in the K9 alerting to the presence of drugs. Mr. Weitz was removed from the vehicle and frisked, which resulted in the recovery of a syringe as well as heroin. He was arrested and incarcerated in the Mercer County Detention Facility where he is presently being held on a $50,000.00 bond, where Mr. Weitz is no stranger having been charged in the past for:  Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drugs, and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments.

The HIT team is composed of Deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office as well as Celina and Coldwater Police Departments.

 

 

 
January 15, 2019
 

 
 

The Parkway Winter Homecoming dance has been rescheduled
for Saturday night,  January 26th, 2019
following the basketball game until Midnight.
Tickets for students will be available this week at Parkway High School.

 
 

 
January 14, 2019
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Monday, January 14, 2019

Weather related road conditions are affecting many schools.

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

 

Parkway Winter Homecoming Queen Izzy Strunk and Court
Info and pictures by Trenna Browning - Thank you!

On Friday, January 11, 2019, the Parkway Panthers hosted the Marion Local Flyers at their Winter Homecoming.
Iszzy Strunk was named Homecoming Queen and her court attendants were: Seniors - Madison Kroeger and Grace Swander; Junior -Hailey Stephenson; Sophomore - Abigail Browning; and Freshman - Ashtyn Sipe. Congratulations!
 

L to R - Ashtyn Sipe, Abigail Browning, Grace Swander, Queen Izzy Strunk, Madison Kroeger, and Hailey Stephenson
See their biographies below by Abigail Browning.
 
 

REMINDER

Concession Stand Workers Listed for Saturday, January 19, 2019

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Saturday, January 19, 2019 for the game against Bradford.

Andy and Shannon Wagner; Christopher and Erin Cole; Steve and Teri Samples; Scott and Angie Ransbottom; Matthew and Heidi Tinkham; Scott and Tomi Lautzenheiser; and Kyle and Mary Osbourne.

Please arrive by 5:00 PM.  If you are unable to work please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Thank you for your help! 

 

 

Flu Activity Increasing in Ohio; Still Time to Get a Flu Shot
Geographic Spread of Flu Activity Elevated to “Widespread,” Highest Level

COLUMBUS – Flu activity in Ohio is increasing and widespread throughout the state for the first time during this flu season. The number of flu-associated hospitalizations are also rising with 338 new hospitalizations during the first week of January compared to 166 during the last week of December. There have been 893 total flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio so far this flu season, which runs from October 2018 to May 2019. The number of flu cases typically peak between December and February.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot, and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months old and older get one as the best protection against seasonable flu viruses. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect.

“Flu vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu which can lead to missed work and school, and cause other serious health complications,” said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. “Pregnant women, young children and people who already have serious medical conditions are especially at risk for serious complications from the flu.

Flu symptoms 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, local 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 your hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into your elbow; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. 

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

 
 

Parkway Panthers Weekly Update for January 14-19, 2019

By A.D. Matt Triplett

January 14:

9th Boys Basketball vs. New Bremen, 6:00 p.m.

JH Boys Basketball vs. Lincolnview, 5:00 p.m.  Track Concessions

January 15:

JH Girls Basketball @ New Bremen, 5:00 p.m.

January 16:

No Athletic Events Scheduled

January 17:

HS Girls Basketball vs. New Bremen, 6:00 p.m.  Football Concessions 

JH Girls Basketball @ Spencerville, 5:00 p.m.

JH Boys Basketball vs. New Bremen, 5:00 p.m.  Football Concessions

January 18:

HS Boys Basketball @ New Bremen, 6:00 p.m.

January 19:

Varsity/JV Boys Bowling @ Versailles, 9:45 a.m.

Varsity Girls Bowling @ Versailles, 1:00 p.m.

HS Boys Basketball vs. Bradford, 6:00 p.m.  *CHALLENGER BASKETBALL*

 

 

 
January 12-13, 2019
 

 
 

Closings and Cancellations for Saturday and Sunday, January 12 & 13, 2019.

Heavy Snow up to 6 inches in Mercer County Area.

Parkway Homecoming Dance cancelled for Saturday, January 12. To be re-scheduled.

Parkway Girls Bowling Cancelled for Saturday, January 12.

St Paul's United Church of Christ Cancelled for Sunday, January 13.

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


Yep, that's 6 inches of snow on Saturday night 1-12-2019 and still coming down!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 11, 2019
 

 
 

Peoples Bank in Rockford Donates to the Veterans Memorial Fund

 

The Peoples Bank is pleased to make a generous donation of $2,500 to the
Rockford American Legion Post 508 - Veterans Memorial Fund.    
  
Pictured - Terry Joseph - American Legion Representative,
Ryan Sipe - Rockford Peoples Bank - Vice President and Reed Shaffer - American Legion Representative.

 

 

 
 

Parkway Winter Homecoming January 11, 2019
Three Young Ladies Were Selected to the Court
Senior Attendant: Grace Swander

Senior attendant, Ms. Grace Swander is the daughter of Nikki Zwick and Brad Swander. Grace is a member of New Horizon’s Church. She is active in Parkway volleyball, softball, FTA, FCCLA, FBLA, Yearbook, Science Club, Relay for Life, and Student Government. In her free time, Grace likes to spend time with friends and family, attend sporting events, eat at Taco Bell, and nap. In the fall, Grace is planning to attend Bowling Green State University and major in social work.

 

Senior Attendant: Izzy Strunk

Senior attendant, Ms. Isabella Strunk is the daughter of Eric and Holly Strunk. She attends New Horizon’s Community Church. Izzy is active in Cross Country, Track, Band, National Honors Society, FFA, Relay for Life, Pep Club, and Wrestling stats. In her free time, Izzy likes to spend time with friends and family, shop at Marshall’s and be a professional procrastinator. Izzy plans to major in nursing, but her college is currently undecided.

 

Senior Attendant: Madison Kroeger

Senior attendant, Ms. Madison Kroeger is the daughter of Gerald Kroeger and Kim Youtsey. She attends Lifehouse Church in Van Wert. Madison is active in golf, softball, scholastic bowl, National Honors Society, Science Club, and FTA. Madison is the President of Parkway’s FFA Chapter, and currently resides as Parkway Band’s secretary. In her free time, Madison likes to watch Netflix, spend time with friends and family, and hangout with her dog. Madison plans to major in Human Resources, but her college is undecided at this time.

 

 
 
 
 

REGIONAL MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING OFFERED

Do you have an interest in gardening, want to improve your skills, and at the same time, enjoy volunteering and sharing your knowledge with others?  Multiple county OSU Extension offices will partner to host a Master Gardener Volunteer training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers this spring.

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office.  Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Classes will be held on the Ohio State University Lima Campus beginning with orientation on Tuesday, March 5 and classes being held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning March 7 and continuing through April 25. Additionally, a daylong seminar on Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is required for the course as well.

The training course is open to interested volunteers from any county with the volunteer commitment to be completed in the volunteer’s home county program.

The cost of the training is $150.00 and includes the training manual and materials for the class. The program requires 50 hours of class room training and a commitment of 50 hours volunteer time to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer. There is also a requirement for a background check at the volunteer’s expense.

More information is available at: vanwert.osu.edu and clicking on the Master Gardener link or by contacting Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator Rachel Hoverman at 419-238-1214 or hoverman.22@osu.edu.

 

 
 

News Release from OSU Van Wert County Extension:

 

Van Wert County OSU Extension Announces Ohio Pesticide Recertification Class and Fertilizer Recertification Class Dates Set for 2019

You will have two opportunities to renew your Private Pesticide License and your Ohio Ag Fertilizer Recertification in 2019 in Van Wert County

Tuesday February 5th at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds
8:30- 1:30 pm
8:30 - 9:00     Registration
9:00-12:00     PAT Recertification
12:00-12:30    Registration/Break
12:30-1:30      Fertilizer Recertification


Monday March 18th at the Delphos Eagles, Delphos OH
4:00-9:00 pm
4:00-4:30         Registration
4:30-5:30         Fertilizer Recertification
5:30-6:00        Break/Registration
6:00-9:00        PAT Recertification

 

 
 

Old Bookcase, Jan. 17, 2019, Maria Stein Drilling Co., 1912
OUR OLD BOOK CASE  By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.
Photo caption:  Maria Stein Drilling Co., 1912

This financial statement was in an old box of St. Henry Catholic Church Financial Statements, headed for the burn pile.  Allen Bernard and I requested permission to study these old documents.  They contributed to the preservation of the history of St. Henry Catholic Church, as to what was happening at a certain time.  The financial Statements contributed to the various businesses with whom the Church did business, throughout those years.  Preservation of Mercer County’s history is what the Mercer County Historical Society does.

With this October 15, 1912, Statement, S. Kunkler signed the statement that the bill was paid on October 16, 1912, check # 445.  H. A. Beckman was the Treasurer, for the St. Henry Roman Catholic Congregation.  The wardens were Ben Heitkamp, G.H. Schmackers, and Stephan Thieman.

The bill for $300.00 was from the Maria Stein Drilling Company, for drilling a gas well for the Church.

Now, who in St. Henry remembers where the gas well was located at the St. Henry Church?

This financial statement contributed to the knowledge that the Maria Stein Drilling Company existed at that time.  The statement also contributed to the knowledge that the St. Henry Church was using gas at that time.

Dear readers:  Over the holidays, I always receive more phone calls and emails than during other times throughout the year.  As a result, my telephone answering machine filled up with messages, fast!  Some of you left messages and you said your phone number so fast, that I could not understand you.

My email filled up faster than the telephone messages.  Doing the research and answering each request is time consuming.

Therefore, instead of calling me and/or emailing me, you are welcome to write me a letter at my home address, listed below.  I respect each one of you.

Thank you for your patience.  I also appreciate all of the times we have heard from our relatives, friends, Historical Society Members, and everyone.   Thank you.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.   As this New Year of 2019 begins, I will share the latest news of the Status of the publication of this book, as well as the great stories of the oil and gas wells, with you.  This story about the Maria Stein Drilling Company and the gas well being drilled at St. Henry will be a part of this new book by 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.]

 

 

 
 

 
January 9-10, 2019
 

 
 

Winter Reminder from Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart and Snowplow Crews

During snow and ice removal nothing prevents crews from doing a safe and efficient job of clearing roadways more than abandoned vehicles on and along county roadways that either slow or obstruct snowplows from getting county roads open.

Here are a few winter safety driving tips that hopefully will allow snowplow crews to provide safe travel this winter for Mercer County motorists:

*If you have to travel during hazardous conditions, use common sense and adjust your speed to surrounding road conditions and slow down.

*When following a snowplow, be vigilant and stay back far enough so you can be seen in the snowplow driver’s mirrors.  All snowplows have starting and stopping points on their routes and at times unexpected backing by the truck may be necessary.

*Many of the township and county road pavements are one-lane or narrower.  Never attempt to pass from behind in these circumstances.

*When approaching a snowplow coming toward you on a typical two-lane road, give some room to those large trucks and pull over as far as you safely can.  The tip of the blade usually is at or around the centerline of the pavement.

*Be vigilant at intersections and provide plenty of room.  Plows may have to clear the edges of the radius of the intersection of snow and ice, which require many forward and reverse operations at the intersection area.

*If clearing driveway, do not push snow to opposite side of mailbox (the low side).

*Stay abreast of the road conditions and advisories issued by the local media.

 

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Hear About New Treatment Option

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 presentation will be given on High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) as a treatment option for newly diagnosed or recurring prostate cancer. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, January 15th 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.

 

 

 
 

Parkway FFA Christmas Party
By: Mecaylah Hesse
Parkway FFA Reporter


On December 27th, 2018, Parkway FFA members who chose to attend, convened at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio. The FFA provided those who came with free bowling and pizza as a Christmas gift for the members. The members would like to thank the Parkway FFA for the fun experience and Pla-Mor Lanes for hosting the party.

Pictured Back: (Standing, left to right)- Cade Schoenleben and Jack Wehe
(Middle row, left to right) Mecaylah Hesse and Tessa Thatcher
(Front row, left to right) Erica Post, Madison Kroeger, and Molly Post

 

 
 

Local students complete Mercer Health’s babysitting training classes

Thirteen students successfully completed Mercer Health’s babysitter training program in December.

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.”

Students who completed babysitting training class on December 27 and 28, 2018, include:

Lauren Beckman, Emma Eyink, Michaela Firks, Sarah Fritz, Aubrie Heitkamp,

Trevor Heitkamp, Isabella Kahlig, Madelyn Lange, Samantha Miller, Paige Ontrop, Kamdon Riethman, Hailey Stough, and Olivia Uhlenhake.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Bingo Coming to Willshire
The Willshire Youth Activities will be sponsoring the annual BINGO fundraiser on Sunday, January 27th.  The event will be held at the Rockford Community Building.  Doors will open at 12:00 p.m., with bingo beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20, which includes 20 games of bingo.  Bingo prizes include the brands of Ninja, Keurig, Kitchen Aid, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Pampered Chef, Insta-Pot, OSU items, Fitbit Versa, Shark, Longaberger and more.  The game winnings are being donated by area businesses, individuals, and organizations.  All proceeds will be used to support the summer ball program, in particular to help finish up and stock the new concession stand set to be used this coming Spring.  This event is in no way connected with nor is it sponsored by The Longaberger Company.  Plan to join in on this afternoon filled with much fun.  Homemade soups, sandwiches, and baked goods will be available.  For further information, please call 419-495-2655.  Willshire Youth Activities. 

 

 
 

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 2018.

 “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.

 

 

Parkway Panthers Weekly Update for January 7-12, 2019

By A.D. Matt Triplett


January 7:
JH Girls Basketball vs. Crestview, 5:00 p.m. Cross Country Concessions
9th Boys Basketball @ Marion Local, 6:00 p.m.
JH Boys Basketball @ Crestview, 5:00 p.m.

January 8:
HS Girls Basketball @ Botkins, 6:00 p.m.
JH Girls Basketball vs. Marion Local, 5:00 p.m. Track Concessions

January 9:
No Athletic Events Scheduled

January 10:
HS Girls Basketball @ Marion Local, 6:00 p.m.
JH Girls Basketball vs. Adams Central 5:00 p.m. Boys Golf Concessions
JH Boys Basketball @ Marion Local, 5:00 p.m.

January 11:
HS Boys Basketball vs. Marion Local, 6:00 p.m. HOMECOMING

January 12:
Varsity Wrestling @ Adams Central, 9:00 a.m.
JH Wrestling @ Ben Logan, 9:00 a.m.
Boys Bowling vs. Ansonia, @ New Bremen, 9:45 a.m.
JV Boys Bowling vs. Coldwater, @ New Bremen, 9:45 a.m.
Girls Bowling vs. Versailles, @ New Bremen 1:00 p.m.
 

 

 
January 8, 2019
 

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for Organizational and Regular Meetings
by Sally Cox for
January 8, 2019

 
 
 
 
 

REMINDER

Concession Stand Workers Listed for Friday, January 11, 2019

The following Parkway Music Booster parents are scheduled to work in the concession stand on Friday, January 11, 2019 for the Homecoming game against Marion Local.

Kim Youtsey; Joseph and Amber Noll; Eric and Holly Strunk; Grady and Toni Hauter; Garrett and Judy Hellwarth; David and Angela Hague; Amanda Haver; James and Kristi Harshman; and Michael Gause.

Please arrive by 5:00 PM.  If you are unable to work please make arrangements for someone to work for you or contact Heather Barker at 419-305-1345.  Thank you for your help! 

 
 

Lake Area Arts Group Plans Meeting
  
The Lake Area Arts Group meets Monday, January 14 in the Celina Public
Library at 6pm. The meeting is open to the public where attendees will
hear, Lilli Hausfeld, describe how she created an artistic tennis
shoe. Also, Brad Cull, from Minster, will show a short video featuring
his artistic copper works. Information on Marilyn Stahl's youth
quilting workshop, January 19th at the Richardson Bretz Building will
be available. Middle school and High school students can register thru
  art teachers at local schools for this workshop.
  
Local artists are encouraged to bring their art to exhibit at this monthly meeting.

 

New Adult Education Firefighter Training Program - Slated For February, 2019

Vantage Career Center launches a new Firefighter Training Program at the Ohio Technical Center. The program is slated to begin February, 2019. Courses being offered are Volunteer Fire, Firefighter 1, and Firefighter 1 Transition.

The job outlook for a firefighter is projected to continue to grow in both volunteer and full time positions, while current changing demographics will continue to expand the need for qualified firefighter personnel at all levels of education.

The goal of this program is to meet community needs, and to provide excellent training to aspiring fire and rescue personnel at a convenient, local training facility.

Vantage has been working with many local fire departments to bring this valuable and much needed training to the surrounding communities. Each department has offered advice, guidance, off-site training locations and use of equipment for the program.

Van Wert Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic Brian Ankney will serve as the program Fire Training Coordinator, and provide instruction for the program, along with several other instructors. Ankney has 29 years of experience in firefighter training and 21 years in fire instruction.

The Firefighter Training Program is slated to begin February, 2019 and students are expected to complete training in May, 2019. Current registration has limited space left. The next class will begin in September, 2019.

For registration information, contact Brian Ankney, Fire Training Program Coordinator: 419-238-5411 ext. 2035.

 

 

 

 
 

Patrol reminds drivers to prepare for winter weather

Lima – The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to winterize their vehicles and follow safe driving tips in preparation for inclement weather. Winter weather can catch drivers off guard, but you can reduce the risks of being involved in a crash by making sure your vehicle is ready for the season, adopting winter driving techniques and following general roadway safety.

Last winter, there were 22,330 crashes on snow, ice or slush covered roads in Ohio. These crashes resulted in 42 deaths and 5,529 injuries. Speed-related factors were reported as a causative factor in 20 percent of all crashes.

Before traveling in winter weather, clear snow and ice from the windows, headlights and taillights of your vehicle. Also, allow defrosters time to work so you can see. Once you begin driving, go slow and increase following distances; remember that bridges, ramps and overpasses will freeze first.

Remember, Ohio law requires headlights to be on at anytime when the windshield wipers of the vehicle are in use because of precipitation. If your vehicle becomes stuck in snow, clear the tail pipe free of all snow and debris to decrease the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Patrol reminds drivers to stock their vehicles with a winter car kit including: an ice scraper, shovel, jumper cables, flashlight, warning devices, blankets, cell phone charger, first aid kit, tow rope, water, and food for longer trips. It’s also important to ensure your tires have plenty of tread, check your battery and keep your windshield washer reservoir full.

If you must travel in winter weather, visit http://www.ohgo.com/ for real time traffic conditions from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The Patrol’s winter driving traffic safety bulletin can be found at:

https://www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/Winter_Driving_Bulletin_2019.pdf

 

 

SHULTZ HUBER & ASSOCIATES, INC. ELECTS
TYSON STUCKEY AS MANAGING PARTNER

DEFIANCE, OHIO – Tyson L. Stuckey, CPA, CVA, MAFM was recently elected by the board of directors of Shultz Huber & Associates to serve as the firm’s managing partner. This appointment comes after the shareholders voted to restructure the firm’s governance model and move away from an executive committee model of governance.

“As we continue to grow as a firm, in terms of the number and size of clients we partner with, the number of our firm’s offices, the number of team members within the firm, and the resources that we have available for our clients, we felt we needed a different form of governance than how we’ve been structured. This change will allow us to adapt and respond more quickly to changes in addition to allowing us to simplify and expedite our decision-making abilities,” said Stuckey.

As managing partner, Stuckey is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction and operations. This includes working with the shareholder group to set long-term and short-term goals and implement strategies and initiatives as they relate to these goals. Stuckey will report to the board of directors, which is made up of shareholders Barbara L. Kohnen, Anthony L. Gericke, Robin K. Brinegar, Stacey A. Baer, S. Rob Bourn, Jr., Kimberly A. Ray and Steven S. Samples.

In addition to his responsibilities as managing partner, Stuckey will continue to serve clients of the firm. As a shareholder himself, Stuckey provides accounting, auditing and taxation services. He also assists business owners with determining a value for their company, succession planning, gifting, estate values, sales and mergers.

Stuckey’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business information systems and mathematics from Goshen College. He also holds a master’s degree in accounting and financial management from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

A CPA in both Ohio and Indiana, Stuckey is also a certified valuation analyst. He stays current in the industry with involvement in several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accounts and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

Stuckey is actively involved in several community civic and professional organizations as well as his church.  In the past, he has also enjoyed devoting time to teaching the next generation of accounting and finance professionals at several area colleges and universities.

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. is a full-service accounting, tax and business consulting CPA firm specializing in assisting businesses and their owners plan for their future and achieve their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment. Offices are located in Archbold, Bryan, Defiance, St. Marys and Van Wert, Ohio, with eight shareholders and over 60 employees.

 

 

 
 
 

Coldwater Leadership Night Well Attended
By: Mecaylah Hesse
Parkway FFA Reporter

 

On December 18th, 2018 four students from the Parkway FFA went to the Coldwater Leadership Night which was held at Coldwater High School. Parkway FFA members Conner Lyons, Corey Walls, Madison Kroeger, and Mecaylah Hesse were in attendance along with many other members from surrounding FFA chapters. Two Ohio state FFA officers, Gretchen Lee (state secretary) and Kaylyn Strahley (state treasurer), were also in attendance Tuesday night to teach the hour-long presentation for the members. Students learned about exceeding their expectations, setting goals for themselves, and pushing themselves to be better people and leaders. The Parkway FFA would like to thank Coldwater High School for holding this leadership night and would also like to thank Gretchen and Kaylyn for spending time with Mercer County FFA chapters. 

Pictured Above:

Coldwater Leadership Night 1- (left to right) Madison Kroeger, Corey Walls, Conner Lyons, and Mecaylah Hesse

 

 

Parkway FFA Chapter Members Visit Elementary Classrooms to Teach
By: Mecaylah Hesse
Parkway FFA Reporter

 

For December PALs, the Parkway FFA Chapter ventured down to the first and second-grade classrooms to teach the students about trees, pigs, and reindeer. The young pupils learned about the growing cycle of apple trees, the sizes and manners of pigs, and many facts about reindeer. The Parkway FFA Chapter would like to thank the first and second grade teachers for being so welcoming and supportive of the PALs program.

Pictured: 

Dec PALS 2- Faith Shellabarger talking with the young students about apple trees.

Dec PALS 1- Mecaylah Hesse helping students water their apple trees that they planted in a cup.

 

 
 

 
January 5-7, 2019
 

 
 

Bottle Caps needed for Park Benches in Rockford
New Horizons Student Ministries, led by Pastor Matt Rhynehart, is partnering with the Rockford American Legion Post 508 to collect plastic bottle caps to be recycled into park benches that will benefit the new Veterans Memorial at Hedges Park.   The goal is to provide 4 benches for the park location.  Each bench costs - 200 lbs of plastic caps and $250.00.  

Drop off location will be New Horizons Community Church located at
833 S. Main St, in Rockford on the 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9 am - noon. The 1st drop date will be January 19th.   * Acceptable caps and lids only ~ Please !

Pictured is Pastor Matt and Reed Shaffer - Rockford American Legion Representative

Acceptable Caps and Lids information – click here.

 
 
 


Alumni Music Night Planned at Parkway
The 2019 edition of Alumni Music Night will be Saturday January 26th at 
Parkway High School. Groups performing that evening will be the Alumni 
Pep Band and the Alumni Choir.

On the 26th, the alumni pep band will rehearse from 4-5:30. There will 
be a carry-in for all participating music alumni following the pep band 
rehearsal. The alumni choir, who will be singing The Star Spangled 
Banner before the start of the varsity basketball game, will rehearse 
after the carry-in. All former Parkway, Rockford, Willshire and Mendon 
band and choir members are invited to participate in Alumni Music Night.

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

 
 

The Peoples Bank Co. Announces President’s Retirement

Coldwater, OH— December 20, 2018 following a distinguished career spanning nearly 30 years as President/CEO, The Peoples Bank Co. announced today that Jack A. Hartings has planned to retire in December of 2019.

Hartings (pictured left) was elected to the President/CEO position in 1990 after serving as Vice President and Loan Officer for approximately seven years. He is the longest serving president in the Bank’s history and has seen many changes throughout his three decades with The Peoples Bank Co. Hartings has built a reputation of unwavering commitment to his customers and the banking industry.

Hartings served as Chairman for the Independent Community Bankers of America (2015-2016) and on their Federal Delegate Board as well as multiple committees within the organization. He previously served as a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Advisory Committee on Community Banking and was a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Bank Advisory Council. He served as a board member of the Ohio Banking Commission, a member of the Federal Reserve Small Bank Advisory Board, and the executive director, Chairman and Board member of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio.

Hartings’ dedication and service led to testifying on community banking issues before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee and Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee. His passion for developing and mentoring future leaders within the Bank has given him a virtuous legacy. This legacy paid off as the Board of Directors chose to fill his shoes with long-time lender and Senior Vice President Dan Broering. Hartings & Broering will work together through the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition.

 

(Dan Broering pictured below)

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Jack for his many years of service. Jack has been an inspirational leader over the past 30 years. His tireless contributions to the growth and advancement of The Peoples Bank Co. have provided all of us on the PBC team with prosperity and a strong vision for the future. We are deeply grateful to Jack for his innumerable contributions to the success of the Bank.” Said Stephen Lefeld, Chairman of the Peoples Holding Company Board of Directors.

Hartings’ retirement will be effective December 31, 2019. His tenure marked by a significant growth in the size of the Bank, which has more than quadrupled since he assumed his leadership nearly 30 years ago. He plans to remain on the Board of Directors after his retirement and do what he can to support the staff and continue to help the Bank grow and prosper. Broering will take the helm beginning in the New Year, 2020. “I look forward to continuing this legacy of growth and advancement for our customers and communities,” said Broering. He has 27 years of banking experience and has been in a leadership role with PBC for over 20 years. He has a strong background in Agricultural and Commercial Lending. “I am confident that Dan is the right person to lead PBC to even greater success,” said Hartings.

 
 
 

Last Chance to Register – Step Into Your Future!

If you missed out on attending the Vantage Summer Camp – this career exploration is for you! Vantage Career Center is hosting a really cool, hands-on adventure for girls in the 7th and 8th grade on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Spend the morning learning new skills and exploring some non-traditional careers.

Participants will learn how to weld metal together to make a personalized name plate in the Welding lab.  Use a tape measure, power drill, hammer, and nails in the Carpentry lab to build a personalized stepstool.  Take on the Excavator Challenge and check out the latest GPS technology for a tractor in the Ag Diesel lab, with the Kenn-Feld Group.  Be one of the lucky ones to try the newest technology apps, 3D virtual reality, and motion capture in the Network Systems lab.  A morning snack, lunch, and a T-shirt are provided AND you get to take home everything you create!  Best of all, it’s FREE!

To register, go to the Vantage website – www.vantagecareercenter.com – and click on the “Step Into Your Future” registration link, or you can email your information to klinger.a@vantagecareercenter.com.

 
 
 

 
January 2-4, 2019
 

 
 
 

Mercer Health Welcomes First Baby of 2019

The first baby of 2019 was born at Mercer County Community Hospital on Tuesday, January 1. Lyndie Cisco was born at 5:04 p.m., weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces and measuring 19 inches. Lyndie is the daughter of Samantha Homan and Cody Cisco of Celina.

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

Photo: Lyndie Cisco pictured with her parents, Samantha Homan and Cody Cisco.

 
 

BLUEGRASS JAM - *FREE Public Event *

Sunday - February 3, 2019 2 - 5 pm
The Rockford Belle - Social Room
135 Market St., Rockford, OH

Bring your acoustic instruments and have fun!

Various artists from Indiana and Ohio 

Presented by Jerry Bolenbaugh - 419-363-3794
and Bob Brown - 419-495-2769.

 
 
 

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 on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm at Van Wert High School on the following dates: February 26, 27, March 5, 6, 12, 13, 20. 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 "Baseball - Van Wert." For more information, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 or Ron Golemon at (419)513-0439.

 
 

Fatal Crash Claims the Life of a Columbus Woman

Allen County – The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred on State Route 309 at Thayer Road, east of Lima.

On January 3rd, 2019 at approximately 5:20 a.m., a 2001 Ford Escape, driven by Tashonda Ward, 23, of Columbus, was southbound on Thayer Road and stopped at a stop sign at State Route 309.  When attempting to cross State Route 309, Ms. Ward failed to yield to a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck, driven by Mark J. Oberly, 58, of Harrod.  After impact, the F-250 overturned and came to rest in a field.  The Escape traveled off the road and came to rest in a field.

A passenger in the Escape, two year old Christian Cabrera-Clark, was not properly restrained in a child safety seat and was ejected at impact.  He was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Mr. Oberly was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  Ms. Ward was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Alcohol/drug impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.  Mr. Oberly and Ms. Ward were both wearing seat belts. 

State Route 309 was closed for approximately two hours.

The Lima Post was assisted on scene by the Allen County Coroner’s Office, Bath Township Fire and EMS, Lafayette Township Fire Department, Perry Township Fire and EMS, Kinstle’s Towing, and Minnich’s Towing.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to not drive distracted or impaired, and always ensure all occupants of a motor vehicle wear properly adjusted seat belts.

 
 

Keep Radon Out of Your Home

January is National Radon Action Month, when Ohio residents are urged to test their homes for radon according to Jason Menchhofer, R.S., Health Department Public Information Officer, Celina, Ohio.

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 District 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 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 test kit, homeowners can log onto www.uchd.net/radon. After completing a short online form, for income-eligible households, 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.

 
 
 
Donation Made by Rockford American Legion

The Rockford American Legion Post 508 recently made a donation to
The Van Wert Pride 16U Softball Team. The team has been a big help with recent turkey shoots and the Legion wanted to show them some appreciation. Thanks girls for your help!

Pictured – Terry McMillen and Terry Joseph both of the American Legion. Les Nichols of Van Wert Pride and Reed Shaffer of the American Legion.

 
 
 

Parkway FFA's Annual Fruit Sale Fundraiser
By: Mecaylah Hesse
Parkway FFA Reporter

In early November, Parkway FFA kicked off their annual fruit sale fundraiser. In this fundraiser, members sold fruit, beef sticks, barbeque sauce, nuts, and the latest item added to the list—cheese. Then on December 3rd, the fruit arrived at Parkway High School all the way from Florida for the members to deliver to those who bought items. The Parkway FFA would like to thank everyone who participated in this fundraiser and bought fruit to support the Parkway FFA chapter.

Pictured: Top 3 fruit sellers (left to right) Sydney Doner, Rachel Barrett, and Corey Walls
 
 
 

RAIN: Beatles Tribute On Sale Now at Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - The music of The Beatles has transcended generational lines and served as an influential precursor to scores of albums to come. While it may be impossible to see the original group live in concert, it is still possible to enjoy their music live. The Niswonger will see a british invasion Sunday, March 16 with RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles - The Best of Abbey Road performing two rockin’ showtimes at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM presented by Alexander Bebout and Kitchens Inc.

RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES presents The Best of Abbey Road! In celebration of the anniversary of the release of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits to life in addition to all your early favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome.

Experience the world’s most iconic band and celebrate the best of Abbey Road with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. From the best of Abbey Road, this immersive tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends.

Along with Presenting Sponsors Alexander Bebout and Kitchens Inc, Supporting Sponsor for RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles is Kevin M. Laing D.D.S. Season Sponsors for IGNITE 18-19 include Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets for RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles can be purchased through the Box Office Mon - Fri, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at 419-238-6722 and online at NPACVW.ORG.
 

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 1, 2019
 

 
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR
FROM THE PARKWAY INDEPENDENT!

 
 

VAN WERT AREA PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION NAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TAFI STOBER TAKES THE HELM OF THE GROWING NPAC

The Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation (VWAPAF), along with The Van Wert County Foundation, announce that Tafi Stober was recently named as the next Executive Director of the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation.

Stober has over twenty years of professional and personal pursuits that are rich in brand and marketing management, economic development, and community enrichment. She began promoting the arts in the region as Marketing Director of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) in 2012. She will succeed Paul Hoverman, who is retiring in May of 2019.

Performing Arts Foundation Board Chairman Chuck Koch states, “Paul Hoverman deserves great credit during his tenure as Executive Director for guiding the NPAC business from infancy to a nationally recognized performing arts center. We are going to miss Paul’s wisdom and talent as he identified artists and engaged with their agents to secure their appearances in Van Wert. At the same time, we welcome Tafi Stober and the energy and enthusiasm she brings as our new Executive Director.  We will be in good hands with Tafi. I would encourage our friends and patrons in the coming months to please take time to thank Paul for his years of service to our organization and to welcome Tafi as she assumes her role as our new Executive Director.”

Stober’s hiring will kick off a plan for strategic growth in programming, development, and community outreach. This will build on the successes of the 2018 - 2019 season when plans and fundraising efforts for a backstage annex were unveiled.

“Music ignites Van Wert County with life. We are living in extraordinary days of outstanding artistic opportunity that did not happen by chance. The strong foundation of cultural excellence began with visionaries and benefactors who made possible the arts landscape that the entire region enjoys today. Paul Hoverman’s proven leadership ushered in an era of entertainment that became a backdrop of treasured life moments for thousands of residents and guests of Van Wert.”, states Stober.

Furthering that mission, VWAPAF turns to the future, but not before celebrating the splendor of the present and reveling in the musical and educational opportunities within reach that uplift, educate, and inspire.

Stober continues by sharing, ”These grand musical adventures provide an escape and expand our awareness and appreciation of life and cultures, all the while enriching our own - the value of which aligns with my personal and career purpose. Being appointed as a steward and purveyor of musical opportunity in Van Wert County is a role that I embrace with a humble heart, great joy, and eager anticipation.”

The mission of the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation is to provide a premier venue for a wide variety of performing arts, concerts, lectures, meetings, and special events which inspire, educate, and entertain residents of and visitors to Van Wert County, and to provide an economic catalyst by increasing cultural tourism, creating new jobs, and generating business for the region. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Fountain Park Summer Music Series, The Van Wert Area Performance of Handel’s Messiah and The Young Artists Showcase are all products of that mission provided through the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation on behalf of the Van Wert County Foundation.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS / PUBLIC MEETINGS
Mercer County Homeland Security & Emergency Management

1) EMA Advisory Board Meeting Tuesday, January 8, 2019 EMA Office Celina 12:05 PM

2) LEPC Meeting Thursday, January 10, 2019 Central Services Building Celina 7:30 AM 2nd Floor Conference Room

 

Any Questions: Contact the Mercer County EMA @ 419-586-6468

 

 
 

Parkway January 2019 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Brandon Schreiber is the 2018 Lima Post Trooper of the Year

Lima – Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Brandon P. Schreiber has been selected 2018 Trooper of the Year at the Lima Post.

The selection of Trooper Schreiber, 23, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2018 at the Lima Post.  Fellow officers stationed at the Lima Post chose Trooper Schreiber based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.

Trooper Schreiber is now in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year Award to be announced at a later date.

Trooper Schreiber joined the Highway Patrol in 2016 and has served at the Lima Post throughout his career.  Trooper Schreiber is originally from Wapakoneta and is a graduate of Wapakoneta High School.  Other Highway Patrol awards received in the past include: the ACE award for proficiency in auto larceny prevention and the Division’s Criminal Patrol award, both in 2018.

 
 
 

Old Bookcase, Jan. 3, 2019, Ice Storm destroys derricks on the Lake

 

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

 

Photo caption:  The last Thursday of January 1899,  an Ice Storm destroyed oil derricks on the Reservoir

 

 

The February 1, 1899 “Mercer County Standard,” made the following report:

 “High winds and the ice on the last Thursday of January played havoc with the derricks in Lake Mercer.  A number of them were thrown over and in consequence the pumpers at several of the wells have been out of a job since that time.  Matt Alberry, who was out on the lake looking after the Mike Linn lease, was prevented from getting home that night and his family were greatly alarmed.  Matt was a pumper and saw the approach of the storm and realizing his danger made ready to start across the ice to the shore, a distance of about a hundred yards.  Just as he was ready to leave the derrick, he noticed a great cake of ice, a hundred feet or so square, break loose and begin to float from his domicile.  Thinking it a safer plan to take his chances on the floating ice, than on the frame structure, he gave a jump and landed safely upon the ice, which, instead of going his way, began moving from the direction of the shore and into deep water.  It took Mike but a second for him to make up his mind that he would soon be in a perilous position, and jumped from the ice into the water and waded to the shore, the water, for a part of the time, being up to his shoulders.  After reaching the shore, he had near a half a mile before reaching a dwelling.”

On February 18, 1899 “Mercer County Standard,” followed up with more about this storm.

“The Bryson oil lease located in the reservoir just off the Celina shore has been abandoned and the casing of the wells is being pulled.  The abandonment of this lease is due to the great damage done the wells by the recent ice upheaval during the thaw of a few weeks ago, when the high winds on Lake Mercer hurled the ice with such force against the derricks as to do great destruction.

“The casing in the best well was broken off down below the water’s level and the inflow of fresh water soon shut off the oil output.  When this lease was first opened up it gave flattering promise of being one of the best in the field.  People immediately became interested and the owners felt for a time that they had a bonanza within their grasp.  Slowly, but surely, the yield diminished, and the owners do not think it sufficient to justify any expenditure for repairs.”

 

I thought I would give you an update, about the status of the book about the history of the oil and gas wells of Mercer County, including the lake, and just across adjacent county lines.  The very reason that I began to do research about this topic, for a local history book, was that one of our Members of the Mercer County Historical Society, left a bequest in his Estate, to the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc., with the tag that I should write a local history book about the gas and oil wells.  I received this notice over five years ago.  Just so you understand this Estate, it involved properties in Florida, California, Oregon and Washington.   Somehow the Trustee of this Estate has given the Beneficiaries “mixed messages.”  He wrote us a letter that the Estate would be settled and we would receive a notice about that.  Then, he said something to the effect, that the Estate was “so extensive,” that it would take a long time to settle it.  I do believe that you can read between the lines here.  I will not bother you with the hundreds of pages of correspondence which the Trustee mailed to us, because it hurts my head.  However, I have done research and held interviews, and typed chapter after chapter, for this book.  We were given the word of the Estate that we would receive the property designated for us, but the Trustee finds all kinds of reasons to not settle the Estate.  The publication of this book about the oil and gas well history of Mercer County, Ohio depends upon the funds from that Estate.   Please have patience with me, for those of you who have been providing interviews about the oil and gas wells, to me.  I have many people to check back with.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.   As this New Year of 2019 begins, I will share the latest news of the Status of the publication of this book, as well as the great stories of the oil and gas wells, with 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.]

 
 

Old Bookcase, Dec. 27. 2018,  Fat’s Stag Bar, Celina
OUR OLD BOOK CASE  By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.

Photo caption:  Charles M. (Buzzy) Marley standing outside of Fat’s Stag Bar, located at 117 West Fayette St., Celina, in 1972.   (Photograph courtesy of Bob Marley, Buzzy’s brother.)

Fat’s Stag Bar has become a topic of interest to local historians.  In November, I wrote about the “Men’s Only” Club House, known as Phi Delta Kappa Club House, on the water front at Mercelina Park, at Celina.  I asked about other meeting places for men, and  explained that I did not know about Fat’s Stag Bar’s history.

Bob Marley sent this photograph to me, with the following information. 

“I took this picture of my brother Buzzy Marley in 1972.  At that time, any one between 18 and 21 years would be served 3.2 percent beer.  If you were over 21 years, you would be served 6 percent beer.  On Sunday, no one could buy 6 percent beer, regardless of age.  I don’t know if women could be barred from a stag bar.  Millers bar in St. Marys had a big sign that said, `Tables for Ladies.’  I had heard that in Indiana women could not sit at the bar.”

On Fayette Street, looking west from Fat’s Stag Bar:  Fink’s Radio and TV, Fran’s Barber Shop, unknown, McKirnan Bros. Inc., Fleck’s Pool Hall, and Robbins Leather Shop.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.   The Mercer County Citizens living here today, and former Mercer County Citizens, are the local historians who contribute to the preservation of the History of Mercer County, Ohio. 

Before the New Year begins for 2019, I want you readers to consider the local history which you know, in your own memories and/or in old photographs.  Would you please make a small New Year’s Resolution, in your own heart, that in the New Year of 2019, you will share some piece of local history with the Mercer County Historical Society?  Email me or write me a letter; I will look forward to hearing from you.

I invite every person who is interested in local history, to become a Member of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.  To become a Member, email me or write me a letter.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Your history is important; each Mercer Countian’s history is important.  You can be proud that you are a Mercer Countian. 

[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.]

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 28-31, 2018
 

 
 

Join the Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Reminder --- 2019 Rockford Chamber Membership payment is due January 15th.
Contact Lisa Kuhn, Secretary, at   lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org

 

 

State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash in Paulding County

Paulding Township - The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 11:53 P.M. on Tuesday evening, December 25, 2018, on County Road 144 just east of Township Road 83 in Paulding County.

A 2013 Ford Fusion, operated by an unidentified male, was westbound on County Road 144. A Case farm tractor / implement operated by Francis Maag, age 46, of Paulding, Ohio, was also westbound on County Road 144. The Ford struck the rear of the implement and slid off of the right side of the road where it came to final rest in a ditch.

The unidentified driver was trapped within the motor vehicle and required extrication to be freed. The driver was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana for serious injuries.

The Ford was occupied by three passengers, all who have not been identified at the time of reporting. The front seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Joseph Kuhn, Paulding County Coroner. Both rear seat passengers were transported to Paulding Hospital to be treated. Both were then transported to Parkview Regional for additional treatment. Maag was listed as uninjured.

The Van Wert Post was assisted on scene by Paulding Fire and EMS, Antwerp Fire and EMS, Samaritan, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, and R and O Towing.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always where their seat belts and never drive distracted or impaired.

 

81-0447-63

State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash in Paulding County

*UPDATE – 12/27/2018

Paulding Township - The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 11:53 P.M. on Tuesday evening, December 25, 2018, on County Road 144 just east of Township Road 83 in Paulding County.

A 2013 Ford Fusion, operated by Joel Molina, age 19, of Paulding, Ohio, was westbound on County Road 144. A Case farm tractor / implement operated by Francis Maag, age 46, of Paulding, Ohio, was also westbound on County Road 144. The Ford struck the rear of the implement and slid off of the right side of the road where it came to final rest in a ditch.

Molina was trapped within the motor vehicle and required extrication to be freed. The driver was transported by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana for serious injuries.

The Ford was occupied by three passengers, Ever Alvarez Gomez, age 25, Ranulfo Lopez Perez, age 23, and Victor Alvarez Hernandez, age 20, all of Paulding, Ohio. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Joseph Kuhn, Paulding County Coroner. Both Alvarez Gomez, and Lopez Perez were transported to Paulding Hospital to be treated. Both were then transported to Parkview Regional for additional treatment. Maag was listed as uninjured.

The Van Wert Post was assisted on scene by Paulding Fire and EMS, Antwerp Fire and EMS, Samaritan, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, and R and O Towing.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always where their seat belts and never drive distracted or impaired.

 

81-0447-63

 

 

Parkway School Board Meetings Coming Up
The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education have set the below for January meetings.  Both meetings will be held in the Community Room.

 

Organizational Meeting                      Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30 p.m.

Regular Meeting                        Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:45 p.m

 

 

Parkway Local Board of Education Special Meeting 

The Parkway Local Board of Education held a special meeting on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the community room.  The purpose of the meeting was to vote on the football bleacher project. 

 

Board members approved a bid from Dant Clayton Corporation of Louisville, KY to replace the Home-Team Bleachers and the Press box.

Demolition and removal of the old materials, concrete foundation and paths as well as electrical work and a fence are included, The bid was $482,275. Although not the low bid submitted, it was the lowest complete bid according to Jeanne Osterfeld, superintendent. Local companies may do some of the work.

 

 

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey Announces Drug Arrests
Celina, Ohio – December 26, 2018 Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced 11 individuals were arrested and taken to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on drug indictments, those indictments included 32 felony counts.  An additional 13 individuals already incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility were served indictments which include 22 felony counts, and 2 misdemeanor counts.

There are 3 additional persons indicted who are currently incarcerated in other Correctional Institutions, who have been indicted on 10 felony counts. 

There are 3 additional persons that have been issued summons on indictments for a total of 6 felony counts.  The names of the persons currently incarcerated in prisons, and those indictments issued as summons are not being released until they have been served.

Deputies are also looking for an additional 7 individuals who have been indicted that are currently at large.  Those 7 indictments include a total of 12 felony counts.

Officers during the arrests recovered drug paraphernalia, and suspected cocaine and methamphetamine.

These charges are the result of investigations by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Lake Task Force, and the Celina Police Department. Many of the charges and arrests are results of tips from the community.    The Celina Police Department assisted deputies with these apprehensions.  

 

SERVED IN JAIL:
Kelli J. Rutter, Age 22, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  3 Counts of Trafficking in Heroin, Felonies of the 5th degree.

 

Joshua E. Kittle, Age 35, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Possession of Heroin, a Felony of the 5th degree, 1 Count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the 3rd degree, and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.

 

Paige K. King, Age 20, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree. 

 

Angel Storck, Age 29 Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree.

 

Deven R. Dugger, Age 22,  Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 1 Count of Burglary, a felony of the 3rd degree, 1 Count of theft from a Person in a Protected Class, a Felony of the 4th degree. 

 

Damion J. Post, Age 32, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Possession of Cocaine, a Felony of the 5th Degree, 1 County of Possession of a Fentanyl Related Compound, a Felony of 5th Degree, and 1 Count of Possession of a Drug Abuse Instruments, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.

 

Gregory S. Edwards, Age 52, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree.

 

Kiah Z. Helmer, Age 22, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, 1 Count of Possession of LSD, a Felony of the 5th Degree, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree.

 

Orlando C. Candelaria Jr., Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance, a Felony of the 4th Degree, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.

 

Charles J. Tester, Age 30, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.

Billie J. Huston, Age 37, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.

 

Jeremy E. Stineback, Age 40, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 4 Counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felonies of the 4th Degree, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.

 

Kelly R. Hooks, Age 39, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 4th degree, and 1 Count of Trafficking in Cocaine, a Felony of the 5th Degree.

 

ARRESTED:

Christopher W. Anderson, Age 40, 322 Fayette Street, Celina, Ohio.  1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of 3rd Degree.

 

Michael H. Toler, Age 50, 306 West Summit Street, Celina, Ohio. 1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of the 4th Degree, and 1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of the 3rd Degree.

 

Tina K. Hall, Age 52, 1100 Meyer Road, Celina, Ohio. 4 Counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree.

 

Craig Hall, Age 54, 1100 Meyer Road, Celina, Ohio.  4 Counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree.

 

Roy M. Schmidt II, Age 35, 616 North Walnut Street, Celina, Ohio.  2 Counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree.

James D. Thompson, Age 45, 217 Parkview Drive, Celina, Ohio. 2 Counts of Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree, 1 Count of Trafficking in Hashish, a felony of the 5th degree.

Nathan J. Watkins, Age 25, 637 Hoying Street, Celina, Ohio. 4 Counts of Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 4th Degree, 3 Counts of Trafficking in Heroin, Felonies of the 5th Degree, 2 Counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, Felonies of the 5th Degree.

Jesse A. Williams, Age 35, 1400 West Market Street, Celina, Ohio. 1 Count of Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substances, 1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of the 4th Degree, 1 Count of Trafficking in Cocaine, a Felony of the 5th Degree.  Mr. Williams was also served with an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for child support.

 

Maria A. McBride, Age 41, 710 Devonshire, Celina, Ohio.  2 Counts of Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 4th Degree.

 

Rebecca K. Springer, Age 58, 322 West Fayette Street, Celina, Ohio.  1 Count of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd Degree.

 

Alissa R. Tebbe, age 25, 408 E. Main Street, Coldwater, Ohio. 1 Count of Possession of Cocaine, a felony in the 5th degree.

 

*** Joshua P. Bernholt, Age 30, 915 Fleck Ave, Celina, Ohio. 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5thDegree, 1 Count of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.

Mr. Bernholt turned himself into the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday evening.  Mr. Bernholt was the 12th individual arrested.

 

 

 

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December 26-27, 2018
 

 
 

CONGRATULATIONS to Tom Beahrs on his retirement.
THANK YOU for all your years of hard work and dedication to the Village of Rockford!!

 

 
 

McDonalds - Celina Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting event on January 8th at 5pm

 
 

 
December 24-25, 2018
 

 
 
 

Congratulations to Chris and Tracy Heitkamp on winning the 2018 Best decorated house contest for the village of Rockford.

 

Merry Christmas from Sheila and Stacie at The Parkway Independent!

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 22-23, 2018
 

 
 
Rockford's best decorated house contest - judging to be shown live at 6 PM on Facebook by Monty Gibbons Sunday, December 23, 2018.

Click here for Monty's Facebook Link

Over $1,200 in prizes have been donated so far to the winner!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 20-21, 2018
 

 
 
Food Drive Exceeds Goal

Parkway Middle School students recently held a food drive to benefit the Parkway Local Food Bank in hopes to aid families in our community during the holiday season. The students had a goal of 1,500 items and exceeded that goal!!!! In just over a week, Parkway Middle School students in grades 5-8 collected 1,663 items to donate. The Middle School Student council would like to thank the students and families that donated items for the food drive. Please find the attached picture including Karla Butler from the  Parkway Local Food Pantry along with members of the Middle School student council with the 1,663 items collected.

 
 
 


Parkway Panther Athlete Bailey Strickler, on December 5, 2018, with her family by her side, signed to play softball at Huntington University. Photo by Pat Agler – thanks for sharing!

Bailey Strickler has signed her letter of intent to further her education and softball career at Huntington. She is the daughter of Bryan & Karen Strickler. Bailey plans to major in graphics design and marketing while at Huntington. Bailey has been a starter on the softball team since she was a freshman. She has been an integral part of the Panther softball team that went to back to back regional appearances the past two seasons. Bailey was named 1st team all-MAC, first team all-district, Honorable mention all-state, The Daily Standard dream team and the all-mercer county team in 2018. Bialey has tied the school record for most hits in a single season, she had a batting average of .490, scored 45 runs and stole 11 bases as a junior.

 

 
December 18-19, 2018
 

 
 

Parkway FFA Attends the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo
By: Kiersten Roehm, Parkway FFA Historian
Submitted by Mecaylah Hesse, Parkway FFA Reporter

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the Parkway FFA Chapter joined the Lincolnview, Crestview, and Wayne Trace Chapters to attend the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. National FFA Convention is a time for all chapters in the nation to gather. While at the convention, there are sessions that members and guests may attend to listen to the National Officer Team speak. Keynote speakers as well as the National FFA Band and Chorus join the officers on stage to speak and perform. On Tuesday, the four FFA chapters went to Universal Lettering in Van Wert, Wilson Football Factory in Ada, The National Museum of the U.S. Airforce outside of Dayton, and Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield. At Universal Lettering, FFA members watched as the very jackets worn by FFA members everywhere were made from start to finish. At the Wilson Football Factory, FFA members watched the process of high school through professional level footballs being made. This process takes many different stations to complete, starting with the cowhide and ending with an inspection of all footballs. The National Museum of the U.S. Airforce allowed the students to view many previously used aircrafts in the many wars fought by the U.S. military. Jungle Jim’s International Market was a great experience for the FFA students. They were introduced to new foods that aren’t commonly sold in their respective counties. Wednesday included a tour at Cargill, a grain elevator. At this grain elevator, the grain is shipped off in barges on the river that runs alongside the property. The Buck Creek Winery was another stop for the FFA members. At this location, members were invited to go to the vineyard to see the many types of grapes. Once seen, members listened as the owner of the winery went through the wine making process. Later in the night was the Garth Brooks concert that many had been looking forward to! The next two days were full of speakers, new knowledge from the booths set up, and new friends from across the nation. The 2018 National Convention trip is one that these students won’t forget.

 

Pictured:

Jungle Jims- Tessa Thatcher (left) and Madison Kroeger (right)

Cargill- (Left to Right)- Sophia Miller, Grace Etgen, Ansley Burtch, and Abigail Browning.

Buck Creek Winery Vineyard- Gracyn Temple

Gracie Furnish's Retiring Address- National Eastern Region Vice President of 2017-2018, Gracie Furnish, gave her retiring address about being an individual and there only being ONE you. (The theme of this year's national convention was "Just One")

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge.

 
 
 

Old Bookcase, Dec. 20. 2018 Preserving Our Christmas Heritage
OUR OLD BOOK CASE  By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.

 

Photo caption:  The old image of Santa Claus at Christmas has returned again.  I will share with you, that I still love the rich sound of the old upright pianos and listening to the ones singing the old Christmas Hymns.  Christmas hymns bring joy to my heart.

Christmas is back!  If Scrooge were here, he might say, “Bah! Humbug!”  Maybe he had good reason to be grumpy?  How many of you readers might agree with Scrooge some days?  But, that feeling does not last for long.  Since you are from Mercer County, you put on a smile and find good reason to value your friends and what you have. 

What if Christmas were “not back?”  What would you miss?  I would not miss being inundated with nonsense emails on my computer.   In fact, I would not miss the telemarketers either.

However, when the chips were down and decisions had to be made, even Scrooge and Grinch found their way to honor the good and generous side of Christmas.  Scrooge and Grinch are characters of fiction. So many Christmas stories and movies of fiction are like fairy tales and everything comes out for the good by the time that Christmas  arrives,  Does this match real life behavior at Christmas time?

There is a sense of joy at Christmas time.  Without realizing it, we remember our childhood happiness of seeing the first snow and making snowmen.  When we hear the sleigh bells ring, just for a second, our childhood memories of Santa’s sleigh come slipping back.  When we see the children laughing when they are decorating their Christmas tree, we chuckle to ourselves.  When we are able to help another person, whether throughout the year, or just at Christmas time, we smile to ourselves.  When we share a dinner with family or friends at Christmas time, we get that feeling, known as the Christmas Spirit.

The Christmas season and the sense of joy at Christmas time is a strong part of our Mercer County Heritage.  This sense of Christmas happiness will continue to be with us, as long as we honor it.  The happiness of Christmas will only be lost, if we let it be lost.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.   Thus, our Historical Society members ask you to help preserve this rich heritage of honoring Christmas  and its meaning. 

Since I cannot visit each of you to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year, I will send you a warm greeting from our Members of the Mercer County Historical Society.  We care about your Mercer County Heritage and we care about you.  Sing a Christmas hymn and appreciate your blessings.

[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.

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in November

The Twenty-First Century Club members met on November 27, 2018 at the home of Rozann Maurer in Mercer with Karla Butler, president and Toni Fisher vice-president presiding. The Club theme for the year is Remarkable Women.

A short meeting was completed with the reading of the minutes from October and the treasurer’s report. Role call was where members get their news for the day. Members were reminded to continue to bring items for the food pantry. Christmas cards were signed and sent to Honorary members.

President Karla Butler then mentioned a remarkable woman named Dame Cicely Mary Saunders, a famous Social Worker and Doctor in the field of palliative medicine – the first steps toward HOSPICE care.

Valerie Fritzinger presented her program on journalist Barbara Walters. Her father booked acts for clubs and she met many movie starts. In college she majored in English and then began working in television writing the news and later wrote the weather.  She rose in a time when women were discriminated against and competed with Walter Cronkite for the spotlight. She interviewed movie stars and famous people for 20/20 Special Reports and worked on the View for 16 years. Her favorite interview was with Katherine Hepburn.

Ann Gage reported on the Remarkable Woman, Grace Hopper, an admiral in the U.S. Navy and the first female computer programmer. Grace graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Physics and Mathematics. She went on to get a master’s degree in Mathematics from Vassar and became a Rear Admiral after receiving her Computer Programming degree from Yale.  She invented programs and compilers. Her famous invention was the Universal Automatic Computer. She retired at age 80 from the Navy. She was the woman who reported the first actual case of a bug in the programming – a real moth wedged in the computer.

A delicious cake was served by Rozann Maurer.

The next meeting will be held on January 22, 2019 7 PM, at the Café Room at Rockford United Methodist Church.  Contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 if you’d like to learn more about this club.

 

 
 
 
 

 
December 15-17, 2018
 

 
 
Several Christmas Services Planned - Everyone is Invited to Come and Worship!

St.. Paul's United Church of Christ, Oregon and Wabash Roads,
10 AM, Sunday, December 23, 2018 Worship Service
6 PM, Monday, December 24, 2018 Candlelight and Music Service

Rockford United Methodist Church, Franklin St. in Rockford,
Sun., December 23 • 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Worship Experience
Mon., December  24 • 7 & 10pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

 

St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township and Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga
The congregations of St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township and Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga extend an invitation to join for a candlelight Christmas Eve worship service.  The service will be held on Monday, December 24th at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga.  The service, led by Pastor Karen Tamorria, will begin at 7:30 PM with pre-service music beginning at 7:15 PM.  The worship service will include Holy Communion as well as special music.  Please plan to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Zion Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of State Route 49 and Tama Road in Chattanooga.

Christmas Dinner Served at Rockford Shane's Park Building
A free Christmas Dinner, all homemade, will be served from 10:30 AM to 1 PM on December 25, 2018 in Celebration of Jesus Christ's birth. Members of Rockford United Methodist Church prepare and serve this delicious dinner. Come and join them! Everyone is welcome!

Mt. Tabor Christmas Service
Sunday December 23 at 7 PM

 
 

Parkway FFA Members Participate in the State Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE

By: Mecaylah Hesse
Parkway FFA Reporter

On December 7th, 2018, Parkway FFA members Noah Riley, Nick Riley, Colton Kraner, and David Sheets traveled to the Ohio State University to participate in the State Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE. For Parkway’s team to qualify for this contest, they had to place in the top 10 of 28 teams based on the online test. Once they qualified, they placed 4th out of 10 teams in the competition itself where members had to wire electricity, calibrate a fertilizer sprayer, build a rafter, and identify plumbing parts. As individuals, Nick Riley placed 7th, Colton Kraner placed 12th, Noah Riley placed 15th, and David Sheets placed 20th out of 40 participants. 

 

Pictured- (Left to right) Nick Riley, Colton Kraner, Noah Riley, and David Sheets

 

 

Christmas Gift Suggestion - Barn Quilts for Sale in Rockford - Bicentennial Project

When in Rockford, remember to stop by to see the Barn Quilts on sale now at the
Village Office and Museum located at 151 E Columbia St.   If you want to design
your own, contact Barb Pedroza at 419-305-1272.

 

 

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey Reports Arrests as a Result of the HIT Team   

A traffic stop was conducted in the 700 block of Echo Street in Celina at 3:37 PM December 13, 2018.  A K-9 from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office indicated the presence of narcotics, and a search was done on the vehicle.   Drug paraphernalia and a baggie with white crystal like substance were located in the vehicle. The crystal like substance was field tested, and was positive for Methamphetamine.  Taken into custody were the vehicle’s two occupants:

Angel A Storck, age 29 from Celina, was arrested and taken to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  She was booked into the jail for Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree.  Judge Speelman set her bond at $50,000.00, subject to 10%.

Matthew J. Broerman, age 28 from rural St. Henry, was arrested and taken to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  He was booked into the jail for Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree.  Judge Speelman set his bond at $50,000.00 subject to 10%.

HIT also developed information and conducted a subsequent investigation that led to a search warrant and additional arrests unrelated to the above traffic stop.  Deputies applied for and received a search warrant for a residence located at 314 Stella Street in Celina.  The search warrant was executed at 7:45 PM on December 13, 2018.  Numerous drug paraphernalia items were found throughout the residence.  Suspected drugs which include marijuana, crystal meth, and other substances were also located throughout the residence. Finally, Officers recovered a loaded Ruger LCP 380 caliber handgun found inside the residence.  Taken into custody was:

Paige K. King, age 20 from 314 Stella Street, Celina, was arrested and taken to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  She was booked into the jail for Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree.  Judge Speelman set bond at 50,000.00 subject to 10%.

Both cases will be referred to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.  The HIT team is comprised of Deputies and Officers from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Celina PD, and Coldwater PD.  These incidents remain under investigation.

 
 
 

Columbus Grove Football Coach, Andy Schafer, Honored with John Reed Leadership Award

By Jennifer Keat-Beck

It is one thing to lead young men through plays on the football field. It’s another thing to inspire and encourage them as they mature in life. Those are just a few of the reasons behind this year’s selection of the John Reed Leadership Award.

WTLW-TV 44 and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are excited to announce Andy Schafer as the recipient of the 2018 John Reed Leadership Award. Schafer is head football coach at Columbus Grove High School. The award is given annually to a local football coach exemplifying Christian character and moral strength, creating a legacy both on and off the field.

Coach Schafer accepted the award from TV-44 Sports Anchor, Andy Lynch, and from the 2017 Award Winner, Spencerville Head Coach Chris Sommers, live during the Sports Report Friday, December 7.

“I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive this award.” said Sommers during the award presentation.  “He helps so many. After the game, no matter what, he is humble overall a great guy, remaining encouraging to the players regardless of the outcome. He is one of the most positive people I know, and his heart’s in the right place. It’s a guy you can really look up to. I look for guys like this in my career- people I can look up to.”

Coach Schafer recognizes that a key to effective coaching is family commitment. “This is really a family thing for my wife and kids. We really pour ourselves into the team.  I’ve felt it to be a mission, to do what I can to build up young men [to grow into responsible young adults.]”

He also sees coaching as more than just focusing on the sport, this past season focusing strongly on positive character and respect of others. “You always try to teach your kids character, but this season I really felt it was important to show character. That’s where I got the idea to invite a different coach this year to talk to the team, and I had Coach [Chris] Sommers come talk to the team.  And then he asked me to come speak to his team. When we got into the season, and our teams went to battle, and it was great to see how our players respected him and his players respected me.”

Above all, Coach Schafer recognizes the importance of faith in Christ.  “That’s everything for me. It’s a key to living life. It’s amazing to see not only Jesus impacting your life, but how you can impact others. I’m going to live my life as a man of God, as a believer, and see what happens, how others will respond.”

The John Reed Leadership Award was created to foster Godly principles in coaches.  Founded by Tom Giesken, it honors longtime Coldwater coach, John Reed.

WTLW TV-44 is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization governed by a 10-member board of directors. The viewer-supported station reaches 220,000 homes and through WOSN, offers 24-hour coverage of local high school sports within a 40 mile radius of the station. 

 

 
 

Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society to Meet
The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, January 6th at 2:00 pm at the Richardson Bretz Building 119 West Fulton St., Celina.

Our guest speaker will be Father David Hoying. Father David will be presenting, “The Ship Everhard and the Oldenburg Mayflower” concerning the passengers and the settling of Egypt, Ohio.

As always, the meetings are free and open to the public. We would love to have you join us. Refreshment served.

 

 

Our Home Family Resource Center Receives Grant from CPPS Heritage Mission Fund

 

CELINA – The CPPS Heritage Mission Fund has awarded a grant to Our Home Family Resource Center’s Direct Services & Referral program. The CPPS Fund was created by the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton, Ohio to support groups and organizations that are responding to community needs in a way consistent with Precious Blood values and spirituality.

“This grant recognizes the Direct Services program’s commitment to providing Mercer County residents with hope in the midst of crisis”, explained Deb Simon-Heinfeld, coordinator of marketing and development at Our Home “and the funds from this CPPS grant will lend a great measure of hope to folks who are going through times of frustration, fear, and insecurity.”

According to Simon-Heinfeld, people who contact Direct Services for assistance meet with a family support specialist to evaluate the situation and to create a plan to meet their specific needs. The family support specialist may provide folks with vouchers for emergency financial assistance and/or refer them to partner agencies and programs for other forms of support that may be needed to stabilize the situation.

Over the past year, Direct Services staff provided assistance in over 1500 situations and distributed tens of thousands of dollars in financial support to families in need. This includes help for folks facing eviction or utility shut-off, unexpected home repairs or prescription costs, and those who needed help getting to medical appointments. In addition to that, program staff coordinated and administrated Mercer County’s back-to-school supply drive, winter coat drive, and Angel Tree project.

Our Home also offers a food pantry stocked with canned fruits and vegetables, meat, pastas, soup, milk, and other assorted items including personal care items such as detergent, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and toilet paper.

Direct Services & Referral Program hours are 8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:30pm Monday through Thursday; the food pantry operates Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Our Home is located at 117 W. Fayette Street in Celina. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the organization’s work is possible with resources provided through monetary and in-kind donations from private individuals, groups, organizations, and corporations and money awarded through grants such as CPPS Heritage Mission Fund.

If you are interested in supporting Our Home but are uncertain about our specific programs and needs, visit www.ourhomefrc.com or call 419-586-4663

 

 

Parkway FFA Participates in Job Interview CDE
by Mecaylah Hesse,  Parkway FFA Reporter

 

 

On November 6th, 2018 Parkway FFA members Dennis Leighner, Raegan Roehm, Clara Hellwarth, Abi Browning, Kiersten Roehm, and Madison Kroeger participated in the sub-district job interview CDE at Paulding High School. In the division one competition, Freshman Raegan Roehm placed 3rd and Dennis Leighner placed 5th out of 7 participants. In the division two competition, sophomore Clara Hellwarth placed 1st and Abi Browning placed 4th out of 6 participants. In the division three competition, junior Kiersten Roehm placed 3rd out of 9 participants. Finally, senior Madison Kroeger placed 7th out of 10 participants in the division four competition. Parkway’s only district-qualifying member was sophomore Clara Hellwarth who proceeded to participate in the division two district competition where she placed second, but did not qualify for state. 

 

 

Local High School Choirs Sing in the TV-44 Studio & Support The Lima Rescue Mission
By Jennifer Keat-Beck
 

25 area high school choirs took part in TV-44’s annual Holiday Music Festival studio production this month. Portions of choral selections will appear on TV-44 throughout the month of December and in full, December 24 and 25 (full schedule listed below.)

In addition to singing Christmas songs in the TV-44 studio, the students also had an opportunity to give back to the community. $484.60 in cash was donated by the choirs, to be given to The Lima Rescue Mission, a non profit organization that has been helping poor and homeless men since 1906 .  4 boxes of donated food items were gifted to The Church at Allentown Food Pantry.

Schools participating in the 2018 Holiday Music Festival are: Allen East, Arcadia, Arlington, Bath, Bluffton, Botkins, Columbus Grove,  Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St. John, Elida, Kalida, Liberty Benton, Leipsic, Lincolnview, New Bremen, New Knoxville, Ottawa-Glandorf, Pandora, Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville, Temple Christian, Wapakoneta, Waynesfield, and Van Wert.

The 2018 Holiday Music Festival is a locally produced Christmas concert featuring Christmas music sung by area high school choirs. Air dates and times: December 24: 4pm, and  December 25, 7am and 12 noon. Selections can also be viewed at wtlw.com.

WTLW TV-44 is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization governed by a 10-member board of directors. The viewer-supported station reaches 220,000 homes and through WOSN, offers 24-hour coverage of local high school sports within a 40+ mile radius of the station.  TV-44 desires to partner with area high schools as a positive opportunity to support local youth and the arts.

 
 

Ohio City to Sponsor a Holiday Lights Contest for Van Wert County Residents
Ohio City is having their annual county-wide "Holiday Lights
Contest" open to all Van Wert County residents.
The deadline for entries are due on the Facebook Page by December 27th and voting will be done on New Years Eve.

 

 

Country Legend’s Travis Tritt on Acoustic Tour

Country legend Travis Tritt will come to Van Wert with a six-string in his hands on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30PM presented by 1st Federal of Van Wert and tickets can be purchased Wednesday, December 5.

Travis Tritt's hits include: It’s All About the Money, Where Corn Don’t Grow, I’m Gonna Be Somebody, Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man, Country Club, Here’s a Quarter, Best of Intentions, Help Me Hold On, Whiskey Ain’t Workin, Anymore, It’s a Great Day to Be Alive, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde.

Tickets for Travis Tritt can be purchased through the Box Office Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm at 419-238-6722.

 

 

Handel’s MESSIAH Returns to First UM Church- Van Wert

A First United Methodist Church Christmas tradition returns Sunday evening, December 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm when Handel’s Messiah will be performed in its ornately decorated sanctuary.  First United Methodist Church is teaming with The Van Wert County Foundation to help present this beloved Oratorio depicting the story of Jesus’ birth through dramatic music. 

This year’s performance features three soloists from the state of Tennessee and one from Eastern Ohio.  Three of the four have never sung at First United Methodist Church before and are looking forward to sharing with the community.

Soprano, Jennifer Barnett Harrell; Mezzo Soprano, Sara Snider Schone; Tenor, Rev. Daniel Doty and Bass, Perry will sing.

The Van Wert performance will be with a professional chamber orchestra consisting of musicians from throughout Ohio and Michigan.  Paul Hoverman, FUMC Chancel Choir Director will be conducting and joined with a chorus of 60 volunteer singers from throughout the region.  They have been rehearsing since the beginning of November.

Doors to the sanctuary will be open to the public at 6:00 pm.  There is no admission fee but a free-will offering will be accepted.  Seating is first come-first served.

 

 

Bella's Italian Grill Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and Bella's Italian Grille
recently co-hosted a Business After Hours to welcome area businesses to help
Bella's celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Attendees enjoyed door prizes and
delicious food and drinks.  Bella's originally opened on Main Street in
Celina in 1998 and moved to their current location on West Bank Road in
2002. Bella's offers a full menu with catering options as well.  Owner Julie
Fleck is very community minded and is constantly looking at new ways to
serve the community.  Bella's has also been expanding their catering
services as well with the addition of a catering truck.  Catering is
something Bella's has been doing for some time though.  Congratulations to
Bella's Italian Grille for 20 years in Celina.

 

 
 

 
December 13-14, 2018
 

 
 
 
 
Several Christmas Services Planned - Everyone is Invited to Come and Worship!

St.. Paul's United Church of Christ, Oregon and Wabash Roads,
10 AM, Sunday, December 23, 2018 Worship Service
6 PM, Monday, December 24, 2018 Candlelight and Music Service

Rockford United Methodist Church, Franklin St. in Rockford,
Sun., December 23 • 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Worship Experience
Mon., December  24 • 7 & 10pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

 

St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township and Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga
The congregations of St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township and Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga extend an invitation to join for a candlelight Christmas Eve worship service.  The service will be held on Monday, December 24th at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga.  The service, led by Pastor Karen Tamorria, will begin at 7:30 PM with pre-service music beginning at 7:15 PM.  The worship service will include Holy Communion as well as special music.  Please plan to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Zion Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of State Route 49 and Tama Road in Chattanooga.

Christmas Dinner Served at Rockford Shane's Park Building
A free Christmas Dinner, all homemade, will be served from 10:30 AM to 1 PM on December 25, 2018 in Celebration of Jesus Christ's birth. Members of Rockford United Methodist Church prepare and serve this delicious dinner. Come and join them! Everyone is welcome!

 
 

Parkway Panthers Weekly Update for December 17 – January 5

By A.D. Matt Triplett

 


December 17:
JH Girls Basketball vs. Antwerp, 5:00 p.m. Football Concessions
JH Boys @ Adams Central, 5:00 p.m.
9th Boys Basketball vs. Minster, 6:00 p.m.
 

December 18:
HS Girls Basketball vs. Waynesfield-Goshen, 6:00 p.m. Softball Concessions
JH Girls Basketball @ Coldwater, 5:00 p.m.
 

December 19:No Athletic Events Scheduled
 

December 20: HS Girls Basketball @ Celina, 6:00 p.m.
JH Boys Basketball vs. Spencerville, 5:00 p.m. Softball Concessions
 

December 21:
No Athletic Events Scheduled


December 22:
Varsity Wrestling Invitational, 9:00 a.m. Football Concessions
Boys Bowling vs. Minster, @ Coldwater 9:45 a.m.
Girls Bowling vs. Minster, @ Coldwater 1:00 p.m.
HS Boys Basketball @ St. Mary’s, 6:00 p.m.


December 27:
HS Girls vs. South Adams, 6: