News About Us! . . . October 18-20, 2014
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Henkle Insurance Donates to Rockford's New Radio Station 101.3 WRKD

The Henkle Insurance Agency of Rockford recently donated $700 towards the purchase of radio equipment to get WRKD 101.3 live and on the air. Currently the radio station is a web-based radio. A transmitter on a short tower at the station 
located in the Rockford Village Offices is sending the signal out for a test so far, as they are not on the air officially at Channel 101.3 on the FM Dial (for the Federal Communications Commission – FCC). However, they are streaming 24/7 at which is free and works great! They have a mix of music on the stream that you are sure to enjoy with over 900 hits available. Tune-In Radio has an app for your phone, too. 

Jim Crocker and Bryan Stetler invite you to stream the station on line.  Currently Bryan is working on securing their own tower that will be placed at the city building allowing them to broadcast live on the radio sometime before the first of the year. The station is raising money so they can add the on-air portion of their services in the near future. For more information on how to donate to the Leota Braun Fund making the donation tax deductible, please Contact Bryan Stetler at the station phone number 419-363-3032. Click here for the station’s website  
Pictured above is Bryan Stetler (right) accepting the Henkle Insurance donation from Todd Henkle (left) owner of Henkle Insurance Agency.


Van Wert and St. Marys Claim Top Spots in the TV-44 Whiz Quiz Tournament Seasons

Champions have been crowned in the TV-44 Whiz Quiz Tournament with Van Wert and St. Marys claiming top title in each respective tournament bracket. The annual televised event included 30 high school quiz teams, divided evenly  into two different brackets, each bracket with three days of competition until crowning a champion.

Bracket one, aka, the Fall Whiz Quiz Tournament, included the following teams: Coldwater, Patrick Henry, Riverdale, Delphos St. Johns, Elida, Paulding, Versailles, Van Wert, Findlay, New Bremen, Shawnee, Bellefontaine, Continental, Arcadia and Allen East.

Bracket two, the Winter Whiz Quiz Tournament, was comprised of: Bath, Ada, Defiance, New Knoxville, LCC, Columbus Grove, Celina, Spencerville, Bluffton, Botkins, Delphos Jefferson, St. Marys, Crestview, Minster, and Pandora-Gilboa.

Each tournament is divided into eight 30 minute television shows, to be aired on a weekly basis. The Fall Whiz Quiz Tournament started airing on TV-44 October 16 and continues to air Thursdays at 9 pm through December 4.

The Winter Whiz Quiz Tournament can be seen on television starting Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9pm through Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9pm.

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Van Wert

Vantage Cosmetology Salon to Open

The Vantage senior Cosmetology class is proud to announce that the Avantage’ Salon will open on Tuesday, October 21, 2015.

The salon will be open from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  A variety of cosmetology services including hair care, skin care, manicures, pedicures, permanents, hair cutting and styling are being offered.  Later this year, even  more specialty services will be available such as ” Spa pedicures”, “Gel Polish”,  "Paraffin Dipping" for extremely dry hands, “Tea Tree Experience", deep conditioning treatment and aromatherapy.  Groups are always welcome.  It's a great way to have a ladies morning out.  Please be sure to call 419-238-5411 ext. 2003 to make an appointment.  Please note that if school is on a delay, cosmetology services are cancelled for the day.

In addition to serving customers, students are also taught salon management skills, retailing practices and communication skills.  Students also study the specifics of anatomy and chemistry related to the hair care industry.  This year’s instructors are Mrs. Amy Grothouse, (a Vantage Cosmetology grad herself) teaching the junior class, Mrs. Susie Smith, the senior Cosmetology teacher.

Students completing the cosmetology course of study and meeting the required competencies have the opportunity to take the state cosmetology board exam and earn a license issued by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology.

Vantage Cosmetology senior Caitlin Geckle (Continental) practices hair coloring services on her classmate, Jen Schrecengost (Crestview).

Enjoy a morning just for you!  Schedule an appointment in the salon for a haircut, manicure, or pedicure.  Call 419-238-5411 ext. 2003 to make your appointment TODAY!



Vantage Fall Sports Spirit Day was held recently.  More than 30 Vantage students participate in fall sports or extracurricular activities this year.



Auditions Sought For Ohio Has Talent! 

Auditions for the eighth annual Ohio Has Talent! competition will be held Nov. 14 and 15 in Van Wert.

 The top 20 acts will take part in the Feb. 28, 2015 Ohio Has Talent! show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. All entertainment talents are welcome – single and group acts – especially those other than singing and dancing, to provide variety for the show.

Contestants will compete for prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 based on votes collected from the audience. Proceeds from the show benefit a nonprofit hospice center in Van Wert.

Download an audition application at Application is due by Nov. 7.

For more information call Kim Mason at 419-238-9223.


Shanes Crossing Historical Society Welcomes the Community to their Informative Meetings

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet on Thursday - October 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Museum at 151 E Columbia St.
Mr. Jim Bowsher, of Wapakoneta, will be our guest speaker and as always will have many historical topics he will share in very
interesting ways.  The public is invited to the meeting.



Mercer Health remains active in taking Ebola precautions

Mercer Health continues to take precautions amidst the international Ebola outbreak focusing on education to both staff and the general public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided an overview of "What you need to know about Ebola at


Order laundry Detergent and Sponsor Wrestling at Parkway
Once again the Parkway Wrestling team is selling 5 Gallon Buckets of Laundry Detergent. If you are interested in purchasing a bucket, the cost is $45 per bucket and the pump is included. Orders are due by October 31st with payment. Checks can be made payable to Parkway Wrestling. All proceeds from the sales are used by the wrestling program to lower student costs, entry fees for tournaments, and equipment used by the wrestlers.
The wrestling program would like to thank those of you who have purchased in the past and look forward to your continued support. A copy of the order form can be found at



Village Council Meeting Minutes for October 7, 2014 - Click Here


October 17, 2014

Autumn Fest Coming to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Public Invited

Join the good times at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ as the congregation celebrates Autumn Fest on Sunday, October 19th at 4:30 PM. The meal begins at 4:30 with delicious homemade food including soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. An auction follows at 6 PM with a wide array of crafts, baked goods, noodles, and homemade items up for bid. The church is located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford.  Proceeds go to local charities. Everyone is invited!
Remember that on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 AM we will return to Eastern Standard Time from Daylight Savings Time.
"Fall Back" 1 hour overnight. Be sure to set your clocks, so you won't be late for church.


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

Picture below: Discarded brass shell casings were at  hand for a Soldier at war, to use his artistic talents to produce when is  sometimes called “Trench Art.”  This “Trench Art” will be on exhibit at the  Mercer County Historical Museum’s Military Exhibit October  26.


Two years ago, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in partnership with the Museum of the Soldier, Portland, IN presented a “Trench Art” Exhibit.  That exhibit was curated by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Technical Director, Brian K. Williamson, who is also a founding board member and Vice President of the Museum of the Soldier, Inc.  Williamson is not only a Military Historian, but also a Master Sergeant in the Indiana National Guard.  He returned last year after having a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012. 

The type of art, known as “Trench Art,” was a common souvenir of soldiers of the first half of the 20th Century, and is still found in the homes of veterans or their descendants.    Examples of “Trench Art” will be on exhibit at the 14th Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, on Sunday afternoon, October 26, 1:00 – 4:00.  The public is invited.

The exhibit in the photograph above was taken in the Military Room of the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home.  May I ask you Veterans if you have brass shell casings at your home, which were used for works of art, either by you or your relatives?  If so, would you please bring those brass shell casings (with or without the artwork) to show others, at the 14th Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, on Sunday afternoon, October 26?  I would like to ask your permission to photograph the brass shell casings, for the purpose of preserving Mercer County’s Military History. 

The October 26 Military and Antique Gun Exhibit will also host other exhibits.  Brian Williamson and Jim Waechter, administrators of the Museum of the Soldier, are hosting the Exhibit related to the Vietnam War.  One of their exhibits is the DShK, a standard heavy machine gun, which saw combat service against the U.S. during the Korean War, Vietnam War, and has been supplied to any country militarily supported by the former Soviet Union or Chinese governments.

Last year, the Lloyd “Buck” Bader exhibit was held at the Military Exhibit.  Buck’s family brought many family items and photographs featuring Buck and his hunting scenes.  This is another exciting exhibit.

Philip Gerard’s book, “Secret Soldiers,”  and related photographs, which includes Celina Native Bill Brown’s role in the “Secret Soldiers,” will also be on exhibit.  Bill Brown’s fellow VFW Members will be present to answer questions.  Veterans are invited to tell their own stories about World War II.

Each year, local Gun Collectors bring guns from their own collections to exhibit.  The public is welcome to bring old guns to ask the exhibitors for information.  This exhibit changes every year.  Gun Collectors are welcome to bring their antique guns to display on October 26.

The regular exhibit of the Military Room at the Mercer County Historical Museum is another highlight of the exhibits on display Sunday afternoon.  Each time people visit this Museum, they learn something new.  The Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, is located at 130 East Market Street, one block east of the Mercer County Courthouse.  The public is invited to this October 26 Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit.



Students Receive Smoke Detectors

All Parkway students living in Van Wert County in grades K-9 received a smoke detector with a ten year, life time battery free of charge. The smoke detectors were provided as a result of fundraising efforts by the Van Wert County Fire Chief’s Association. The organization recognized a need in our community after seeing many examples of homes without a working smoke detector. Providing smoke detectors for all Van Wert County students will be an ongoing project for the Van Wert County Fire Chief’s Association, with plans to provide smoke detectors to kindergarten students as well as students who move into Van Wert county next year. The smoke detectors were distributed during Fire Safety Week which was held October 5 -11.



PUCO advises to arrange for propane supply early

COLUMBUS, OH (Oct. 7, 2014) - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)  joins the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) in encouraging Ohio consumers to consider the following steps to proactively prepare for the coming winter heating season.

1.     Check your current propane supply. Make sure that you are aware of your current supply to decide your needs to get through the heating season.

2.     Call your provider. Get in touch with the propane provider that issued your tank. Begin a good working relationship and develop a plan for your propane supply including refills, automatic refills and payment programs to make sure your tank stays full.

3.     Fill up early. By filling your tank early (before the demand for propane increases due to falling temperatures), you can help your provider better plan for supply needs so that everyone has a safe and comfortable winter.

4.     Make sure your home or business is running efficiently.  Have a technician check your appliances and propane system, look for energy efficient upgrades like programmable thermostats, let the sun naturally heat your home by opening curtains and set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees.

5.     Explore the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).  HEAP is available to income-eligible customers in Ohio. For more information visit

For more propane-related information, the PERC directs customers to The website has information on the propane industry, a quiz to see if you are prepared and safety and efficiency tips.



Halloween in Rockford
The Village of Rockford Trick or Treating hours will be
from 6 - 7:30 pm on October 25th.  Judging at the
Firehouse will be at 8 pm.

Halloween in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Board is proud to announce the date for their annual Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. The band “Section Ate” will provide music throughout the night and beverages will be available. The Park Board will also be offering free chili and an Ohio City-Liberty classic, peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches, along with other snacks. There will be prizes for several categories. We are also proud to announce that Anna Perry, local artist and Halloween enthusiast, will again decorate the community building. This is a great opportunity to go out and enjoy a FREE community Halloween party with a community atmosphere.



VWHS Theatre Announces Fall Production

Van Wert High School Theatre proudly presents their 2014 fall production at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. This fall, VWHS theatre students will be performing “George Washington Slept Here”, a classic comedy in three acts, written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. This show explores the best of times and the worst of times when looking and purchasing a new home, which may or may not have the ideal qualities including running water, a roof, or even the presumed historical value. Newton, Annabelle, and Madge Fuller

decide to own this piece of cherished American land. You, the audience, will experience the whirlwind of a family the Fullers are. When hard economic times strike, the Fullers must decide what to do with their beloved property.

This hilarious comedy, appropriate for the whole family, is being directed by Miss Melissa Bloomfield and Miss Danielle Slagle. Mr. Hugh Saunier will serve as technical director and Mr. Josh Schumm will serve as set construction director. Lighting will be designed by VWHS student Tyler Nygren. “George Washington Slept Here” will be performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio on Friday, November 21, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, 2014, with both shows starting at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased from cast members, the NPAC Box Office at 419-238-NPAC, or at the door on the night of the performances. VWHS Theatre strives to create and perform theatrical works that inspire the community with an appreciation for the arts. Visit their website,, for more information.


Reminders for Rockford Chamber

The Flower Power Fund Raiser is still going on - please use the following link to purchase bulbs to be planted this

fall for Spring flowers !   All sales will benefit the local community ! 419-363-3032 ext 1. Click below to order:



October 16, 2014



Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Thursday, October 16, 2014 due to fog.



Rockford Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Fran and Rollie Miller gathered with family to celebrate 50 years of marriage. 

On October 3, 1964, Rolland Miller and Frances Gephart exchanged vows at the United Methodist Church in Rockford with Rev. Bradford officiating the ceremony before a small gathering of family.  The groom's brother Larry Miller stood as the best man and the bride's sister Sharon Gangwer was the maid of honor.

Rollie and Fran raised their three children on the Miller family farm near Chattanooga and retired to Rockford.  They both graduated from Parkway High School.  They are members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Chatt.  Rollie retired from Navistar and Fran from the U.S. Postal Service.

They celebrated with their three children: Julia (John) Churan of Chandler, AZ; Jill (John) Schaeffer of Wooster, OH; and John (Angie) Miller of Upper Arlington, OH, and their six beautiful grandchildren.








Fall Festival Planned at Colonial Community
FALL FESTIVAL to be held at Colonial Healthcare

located at 201 Buckeye St, in Rockford will take place

on Sunday - October 19th from Noon - 3 pm.


1st Annual Car Show - registration 11 am - 1 pm.

$10 per fee per car - Judging at 2:30 pm

Award Presentation following judging.


  *Bake Sale * Crafts * Games



The Rockford United Methodist Church

Presents:  Harvest Jubilee


Celebrating a Bountiful Harvest by sharing God's Talents and Gifts




Supper served at 5 pm - Presentation of Gifts @ 6 pm.


We invite you to share in a free appreciation dinner followed by

an evening that will showcase God's talents and gifts at work

in our community.


We ask you to please come and share in this spirit led evening of praise

at 202 South Franklin St, Rockford 


Autumn Fest Coming to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Public Invited

Join the good times at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ as the congregation celebrates Autumn Fest on Sunday, October 19th at 4:30 PM. The meal begins at 4:30 with delicious homemade food including soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. An auction follows at 6 PM with a wide array of crafts, baked goods, noodles, and homemade items up for bid. The church is located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford.  Proceeds go to local charities. Everyone is invited!

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy Sound Money Management of Public Dollars

When I was sworn in as a State Representative the first time around, I made it clear to my constituents that sound money management would be a focus of my time in the legislature.  Today, I continue to work for better handling of public moneys because taxpayers worked hard to earn that money.

In west central Ohio, we have some of the best locally elected officials and they are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, not all elected officials can be trusted to handle public funds. Even when they are caught mishandling taxpayer money, it is difficult to remove an elected official from office.

That is why Representative Christina Hagan worked with Auditor Dave Yost to come up with a way to address these problems.  House Bill 10 outlines procedures to remove local fiscal officers from office if they are found to be mishandling public funds.  The bill also establishes continuing education for local officials to ensure they don’t mishandle public dollars in the first place.

Proper handling of public dollars has been a focus of my efforts over the past four years. State leaders have been working to reduce taxes and bring more jobs to Ohio.  In western Ohio we have hard working people and they deserve better than to see their tax dollars wasted on failing government growth.

Under the leadership of Governor Kasich we closed an 8 billion dollar shortfall in the state budget and reduced taxes at the same time.  Tax reductions for all Ohioans are helping to spur economic growth by allowing Ohioans to choose how they spend the money they earned.  Providing a 10 percent income tax reduction across the board and providing small business owners with a 50 percent reduction has proven to help Ohioans.

Since 2010, sound money management has resulted in more Ohioans going back to work.  Poor money management prior to 2010 left just 89 cents in the state’s rainy day fund. But with better approaches to budgeting the state now has almost $1.5 billion to use in the case of an emergency.

With more Ohioans back to work, more of their money is being put right back into the economy and both state revenue and transfers of state monies to the counties are up. Sound money management has proven successful. 

Using wise financial strategies will help our state continue to budget as we face any remaining challenges in coming years.  Taxpayers deserve to have elected officials that are good stewards of taxpayers dollars.  I have been impressed by the commitment my colleagues have made to the taxpayers through budgeting practices and reforms that will improve the handling of public dollars.


October 14-15, 2014


Rockford Recreation DESPERATELY Needs Your Help!

By Ryan Thompson 

We are currently 50 votes away from receiving one of the $2500 grants! We need to push for 100 votes in the next 2 days to secure this funding! If you have not yet signed up - PLEASE do so NOW!!!

 If you have already signed up, PLEASE try to recruit five other family members, friends, or coworkers to sign the pledge! Pledge signers do NOT need to be directly connected with Rockford Rec! Copy and past the information below, post it on Facebook, and be sure to "tag" your friends to make sure the see it!!

Rockford Recreation Association is competing for a $2,500 grant from the  Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program. All we need to do is collect online petition signatures from people that support the youth recreational programs provided by Rockford Rec and commit to demonstrate good sportsmanship in our community. The top five organizations that collect the most online signatures will receive the $2,500 award!

The online petition is free and only takes 30 seconds to complete. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a link that you will need to click to verify your petition.

You can access the survey in three different ways:

"Like" Rockford Recreation Association on Facebook and follow the link posted on our Facebook page

Visit and click on the banner at the top of the page

Click on the following direct link:

Visit and search for "Rockford Recreation Association" by organization name

Also, please help spread the word by forwarding this email on to your parents, friends, aunts, uncles, siblings, neighbors, or anyone else that will appreciates Rockford Recreation Association!

Thank you for your continued support of Rockford Recreation Association and I am excited to see your name added to our signature list!


Parkway Homecoming Dance Fun

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Click Here for Homecoming Dance Pictures shared by Nikki Fox



The Parkway Jr. High Athletic Teams are hosting a Tailgate Party on Friday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 PM in the parking lot at Panther Stadium. Tailgate tummy teasers including Frickers Wings, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chili, Nachos & Cheese, Sweet Treats, Hot Chocolate and more will be available compliments of the Jr. High Athletic Teams. Look for the motorhomes in the parking lot East of the football field. The Tailgate Party will begin at 6:30 PM and food will be served until it's gone. Game time is at 7:30 PM. Join in the fun as we cheer our Panthers on to Victory over the Delphos Blue Jays!




Rockford Chamber of Commerce Banquet

You're Invited ~  to the 41st Annual Rockford Chamber Banquet to
be held on Thursday, November 6th at the Rockford Community
Building - Shanes Park.

Social time begins at 6 pm.  Meal at 6:30 pm and program begins
at 7:15 pm.  

Entertainment by Triad, Meal by Angelina's Catering
Business Attire - Cost is $18 per person. 

Who will be the Citizen of the Year?  Who will be the Business of the Year?

Make reservations today ~ by calling 419-363-3032 ext 1 or by
email to


The congregations of St. John Lutheran Church Hopewell and Zion Lutheran Church Chatt will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of ordination for Pastor Karen Tamorria on Sunday, October 19 with a joint worship service at the St. John Hopewell church at 10 a.m. The service will feature guest pastor Sue Irons, and a carry-in meal will be held in honor of Pastor Karen after the church service.
Pastor Karen has offered dedicated service to the congregations of St. John and Zion since 2012. Please join us as we honor her for her 20th anniversary of ordination. St. John Lutheran Church Hopewell is located at the corner of State Route 118 & Oregon Road south of Rockford (9009 St. Rt. 118, Celina, Ohio).








Bicentennial Meeting Planned
The Rockford 2020 Bicentennial Planning Committee will be holding a
meeting on October 20th at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.
Public invited and encouraged to get involved.



Halloween in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Board is proud to announce the date for their annual Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. The band “Section Ate” will provide music throughout the night and beverages will be available. The Park Board will also be offering free chili and an Ohio City-Liberty classic, peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches, along with other snacks. There will be prizes for several categories. We are also proud to announce that Anna Perry, local artist and Halloween enthusiast, will again decorate the community building. This is a great opportunity to go out and enjoy a FREE community Halloween party with a community atmosphere.


National Honor Society Inducts New Members at Parkway - Great Pictures from Nikki Fox Photography
Click Here for Her Link to More

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Click Here for the Agenda from Superintendent  Puthoff


PUBLIC NOTICE on Culvert Replacement

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Wilson Road between State Route 118 and Lombard Road in Dublin Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 15, 2014 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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





Like You've Never Seen Them Before!

The Grand Series at the Niswonger kicks off with GRAMMY-nominated Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. This world famous quartet known over the past decade for rich harmonies, energetic performances, and their love for the American spiritual, serves as the perfect complement to Broadway Star, J. Mark McVey’s (Les Miserables legend) extraordinary voice.  The will bring their unique collaboration of voices to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 7:30 PM


Turkey Shoot


The Willshire Sportsman’s Club will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Sunday November 2, 2014, starting at noon. It will be held on the club grounds located 2 miles east of Willshire, OH on St. Rte. 81.

Only 12 gauge shotguns will be permitted and shell will be furnished. Youth shoots for children, aged 16 and under will be held. Only 20 gauge shotguns will be permitted for the youth shoots and shells will be furnished.

A lunch stand will be available.

                            Public is welcome.


October 10-13, 2014

Parkway Homecoming Fun with Queen Allison Gaerke - More Pictures from Nikki Fox Photography
Click Here for her link to more!

October 8-9, 2014


Lloyd and Florence Gause Celebrate 70 Years Together

Lloyd and Florence Gause, Rockford, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family attending their church, Chattanooga United Methodist, together on October 19th. Lloyd Gause and Florence Shively were married October 15th,1944 in the living room of the Gause family home, where they still reside, by Rev. Lewis Gehron,the groom’s brother-in-law. They are the parents of David and Lois Gause, Chattanooga, Vickie and Tim Bollenbacher, Rockford, Marjie and Jay Ellis, Celina and Douglas Wayne, deceased. They have 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

There will also be a weekend Campout at the Gause Barnyard Campground on Saturday, October 18th. Come join them at the bon fire for hot dogs and s'mores and Sunday for church.



Autumn Fest Coming to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Public Invited

Join the good times at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ as the congregation celebrates Autumn Fest on Sunday, October 19th at 4:30 PM. The meal begins at 4:30 with delicious homemade food including soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. An auction follows at 6 PM with a wide array of crafts, baked goods, noodles, and homemade items up for bid. The church is located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford.  Proceeds go to local charities. Everyone is invited!


Rockford United Methodist Church Begins Five: 02 Activities

The FIVE:02 Ministry of Rockford United Methodist Church has begun now through December each Wednesday. A FREE Community Dinner is served at 5:02 – 7 PM on Wednesdays. Bible Study follows 5:42-7:00.
Kids Club is daily after school with transportation provided for Pre-K through 5th graders. Class and Life Group Sessions are listed above in the ad banner or by calling the church.

RUMC congregation invites the public to join them for their fall activities.


Writing with State Line Writer’s Club

The Stateline Writer's Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library, in Celina, Ohio, from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The writing assignment for the meeting will be to write about “Friendship”. Alian Rion will lead the group in a writing exercise. The public is invited to attend.


Printable Parkway Sports Schedule for the Week of October 6, 2014


Mercer Health’s Ebola Infection Control Precautions Quoted in Yahoo News

Nicole Pleiman, RN, Employee Health and Infection Prevention Nurse, at Mercer Health, was quoted on Yahoo News in regards to the Ebola precautions the organization has had and continues to have in place at all locations.  Pleiman indicated that Mercer Health had posted  signs at entrances a month ago telling patients to notify the staff immediately if they've traveled recently to African countries hit by the outbreak.  For the complete story, click here: 042814480.html;_ylt=A0LEV1aQMDRUJy4ADhtXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzdnFyZW5rBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDUwMl8x



Parkway Middle School Conferences

Parkway Middle School will be holding parent teacher conferences on Thursday October 30th, Thursday, November 6th, Thursday November 20th and Tuesday, November 25th. Conference times for all evenings will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Conference scheduling forms have already been sent home with all students.  You may pick up extra forms in the Middle School office.

As a reminder to parents and students, due to conferences and Thanksgiving break, students will not be in school November 26th through December 1st.  School will resume on Tuesday December 2nd.


Chancel Choir Participation
The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert extends an open invitation to all singers, age high school through adult, who enjoy singing to participate in the 2014-2015 Chancel Choir season.

All those involved share a love of bringing glory to God through music, Christian fellowship, and singing together in harmony. The only requirement for participating is a desire to sing and be present for any Wednesday night rehearsal held at 7:30 pm to perform with the choir during the following 10:00 am Sunday service.

The chancel choir performs regularly throughout the entire calendar year, is in the planning stages for the performance of two major choral works for the 2014-2015 year, and frequently has guest soloists, instrumentalists and ensembles during our Sunday morning worship services.

To learn more about First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert, our upcoming choir season and how to participate, please contact the church office at 419-238-3670.


Parkway Drama Club Holding Fund Raiser

Help is needed to support Parkway Drama Club and one can do it by eating at Bob Evans in Van Wert! Show the participating flyer when paying your tab on October 15th and 10% of your bill will help with sets and costumes! Pick up the required flyer from a drama student, High school office, Elementary office, or Rockford library.



October 1-7, 2014


Local Men Finish at Tough Mudder Competition in Brooklyn Michigan – Fund Raiser for Wounded Warrior Project

Two area young men, Austin Art and Sam Dellinger, with a love of physical fitness and a streak of patriotism,  recently realized a goal they had planned together over a year ago when they competed-in and finished the Tough Mudder Competition in Brooklyn, Michigan  a major fund raising company for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Austin and Sam’s brother Tim were best buddies and attended school together at Parkway for many years while little brother Sam tagged along. Eventually the Dellingers, Tim and Chris, moved their family to Indiana, but all of the boys kept in contact. Austin graduated from Parkway in 2008, and Sam graduated from South Adams in 2012. As they grew older (Austin is 24 and Sam is 20) the years grew less as they began regular work-outs of running the country roads of Mercer County and lifting at the Exile Fitness Center in Celina (formerly Musclehead Fitness).

The fellows learned of the Tough Mudder events staged all across the country for the benefit of Wounded Warriors, and got totally interested. Theyr regular workouts became training sessions. Although they never bought the Tough Mudder Training Guide, they did every kind of workout they thought would help them with the challenge. Tough Mudder stresses: Testing Physical Toughness; Mental Grit; and Camaraderie.

The son of Joe and Brenda Art of Rockford, Austin works at Celina Glass and Sam works at a factory in Berne, IN.  The sought out other young men who had done the challenge including Barry Peel III and Andrew Peel, gathering knowledge and advice.

After listening to motivational speaker, Shawn Corvel talk about the Wounded Warriors and how much they gave up to protect freedom, Austin and Sam’s adventure began on the raceway in Brooklyn, but the course was laid out all over the grounds. The obstacle course can be seen on Austin claims he felt the heat of Fire in Your Hole as he climbed high to race down a slide with fire blazing over the finish line into a pool of water. Poles strung over a muddy pool was the next event, and was called the Pole Dancer because participants used upper body strength to cross it via the poles.  Hold Your Wood was carrying logs long distances, just like the elite Marines do in training; and following that, Austin and Sam ran through the Electro Shock Therapy which were strands of live wires. After that shock wore off, the guys tackled Twinkle Toes, crossing 2 x 4’s over a pool. They climbed a giant mud mound called King of the Mountain and went through Kiss the Mud (yup – belly crawls through the mud). Walk the plank was fun which was climbing high to a diving board and jumping into muddy water. The arctic Enema was climgbing high to jump into a pool of ice water which they followed with the event called Funky Monkey – with ladders strung overhead, the guys used their arms to “walk” from one end to the other. There were plenty of walls and fences to climb mud to trample through and people to help along the way. “People helped pull me to the top of walls; then I would help pull the next ones up. It was all about helping each other through a tough course.”  There were 250-person “waves” that left the starting gate every 20 minutes from 7:20 AM to 12:20 PM. Once their faces were painted with their entry numbers, they were ready.

Austin and Sam finished the course earning them each the special orange headband for finishers. The guys paid a $155 entry fee, with proceeds going to Wounded Warriors. Many soldiers helped with the event set-up and supervised.  8000 people participated-in and watched the event. People volunteered their time, and although Austin and Sam did not raise donations for the Project, they want to do it at the next eent. They have not chosend the city they want to participate-in, but they are working on it!

If you want to contact Austin to talk about the event or sponsor his next Tough Mudder,  email him at  






Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.



Funky Monkey



Sam and Austin

Heading to the Fire Hole


Sam in Electro Shock

Military Volunteers


Girl with local ties selected as a Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon "Patient Champion."

Elena Grace Miller has been selected as one of 24 Miracle Mile Patient Champions for the 2014 National Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon, taking place on Sunday, October 19th.

Elena is the daughter of John and Angela Miller of Columbus, former local residents. She is the granddaughter of Rolland and Fran Miller of Rockford, Ralph and Judy Evans, of Ohio City, and the late Janice Evans.

The Miracle Mile Patient Champions originated to recognize NCH patients and allow them to share their personal stories of hope and how NCH has impacted their lives. Champions represent various conditions such as autism, type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and many others. Each "Champion" will be present at their particular mile marker, cheering on marathon participants, while the remaining two miles are reserved for the Encore mile, honoring past Champions, and the Angel Mile, dedicated to the angels of NCH who have passed on. 

Elena will be representing children with hearing impairments. Elena's family, which also includes her big brother, Ryan, wishes to raise awareness of hearing loss and help deliver hope to other families of similarly diagnosed children. They are inspired to raise funds for the Hearing Program at NCH to assist the providers who have loved and cared for Elena from the beginning, as well as all the patients they serve.

Below is the press release introducing Elena as a Patient Champion.




Meet Elena
Do you like puppies? Six-year-old Elena Miller does. Can you imagine the sound of a puppy playfully sniffing in your ear when he is cuddling you? Well, Elena doesn’t have to imagine that sound anymore, because now she can hear it with her own ears. Elena Miller was born deaf. At 10 months, she received surgically implanted bilateral cochlear implants. During the first two years of her life, she underwent 6 surgical procedures followed by intensive speech therapy and audiology. Once a qqchild has been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, the child’s family is often faced with questions and decisions they do not feel equipped to address. The Hearing Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital helps patients and their families through a multidisciplinary team approach. The team of experts includes a pediatric otolaryngologist specializing in hearing loss, advanced practitioner nurse, audiologist, speech-language pathologist, social worker and registered nurse. Perhaps Elena’s mother, Angela, said it best, “We have experienced a miracle in Elena and she lives a very full and blessed life because of the technology of cochlear implants and the wonderful care Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides. She truly does have a very bright future ahead!” And so does her puppy, Snickers. As the runners and walkers pass her special mile, Elena will be cheering loudly on behalf of all the kids who have been diagnosed with hearing impairments.

To join Elena's team or to donate to Nationwide Children's Hospital, visit the link below.




Rockford EMS Needs Members - Open Letter to Residents
P.O. Box
, OH 45882

October 1, 2014: This is an open letter to the residents of Rockford Village, Mendon Village, Dublin Township, Union Township, Blackcreek Township, Liberty Township, & Hopewell Township:

The Rockford EMS branch desperately needs your help. Rockford EMS is in need of volunteers who are willing to take classes and serve as a member of the Rockford EMS squads. Recent meetings were held to discuss this matter with village and township officials in the Rockford EMS coverage area. Without more volunteers on board in the very near future, it is possible that the Rockford EMS branch will see some major changes.

Recent changes have been made in the response for EMS runs in the Rockford EMS coverage area. At the time of this letter, all EMS runs to the northern part of Mercer County, from 6a.m.-6p.m. Monday-Friday, are being covered by squads from the Celina Fire Department. Although the squad runs are being handled as quickly as possible, it is not what we desire. It is the desire of Rockford EMS that all runs be handled by the Rockford EMS branch units. In order to do so, it is urgent we get more volunteers. ALL hours of volunteers are needed, but the immediate need is specifically for volunteers who would be available to make runs during the daytime hours. If you live in a five (5) mile radius of the EMS station you can respond to the station to make squad runs. If you live outside the five mile radius, you can still be a first responder and meet the squad on the scene.

More Rockford EMS volunteers are needed now. If we are unable to get volunteers from the Rockford area, some very hard decisions will need to be made. These decisions may be up to and including the paying for private EMS service to cover the area or possibly a long term agreement for EMS coverage from Celina EMS units.

To be a Rockford EMS volunteer: must be 18 years of age at the time of taking the final test, must have a valid Ohio drivers license, must have high school diploma or GED, must complete and pass a background check, must sign a two(2) year agreement to make EMS runs after fully trained. All initial training will be paid by Mercer County EMS.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to continue to provide EMS service from the Rockford station. Only eight students are needed in order to conduct the EMT classes in Rockford. If you or a member of your family is interested in helping please leave your name and contact information at 419-305-2887 or E-mail information to Someone will contact you as soon as possible. Time is critical in making EMS response decisions for northern Mercer County. This is a great opportunity to help your family, friends, and neighbors by being an EMS volunteer. Please call for more information today.

Thank you,
Rockford EMS



Parkway Attends Farm Science Review

On Wednesday September 17th, Parkway FFA juniors and seniors reported to the school at 6:30am to load the bus and head to head to London, Ohio to attend Fair Science Review. After the two hour bus ride, students were able to walking around and visit the different booths before leaving at 1pm so they could be back by the end of the school day. Students had a very educational trip and commented that they learned a lot while there. The FFA students would also like to thank former Parkway FFA member, Danielle Matthews, for the LG bags!




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Click Here for the Parkway Calendar of Events for October 2014

Parkway October 2014 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith


Driver Training
Classes to Begin!

CLASSROOM TIMES            FALL 2014

SAT.           Nov.   1nd             8:00 AM  - 12:15 PM 

MON.          Nov.   3rd              3:45 PM  -   7:15 PM          

TUE.           Nov.   5th              3:45 PM  -   7:15 PM      

WED.          Nov.   5th              3:45 PM  -   7:15 PM       

THUR.        Nov.   6th              3:45 PM  -   7:15 PM       

FRI.            Nov.   7th              3:45 PM  -   7:15 PM

SAT.           Nov.   8th              8:00 AM -  12:15 PM

Make up date is Nov. 10th from 3:30PM to 7:30 PM

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

Cost for the class is $ 330.00.
Contracts can be obtained
from Mr. Hinkle or 
in the high school office
from Sandi.


Photo caption:  DShK 38/46 Heavy Machine Gun will be on exhibit at the October 26 Military Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum.


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

This Soviet pattern heavy machine gun will be one of the interesting weapons featured in the upcoming annual Gun Show at the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, on Sunday, October 26th. The DShK will be one of many Vietnam War era weapons exhibited by the Museum of the Soldier of Portland, IN.

The DShK is the standard heavy machine gun of most current and former European and Asian communists’ countries. It fires the Soviet 12.7 mm cartridge from a metallic linked belt. The Chinese made version is called the Type 54.   This DShK saw combat service against the U.S. during the Korean War, Vietnam War, and has been supplied to any country militarily supported by the former Soviet Union or Chinese governments. It has been used recently against US forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Such heavy weapons like this are very rare.

This is the 14th Annual Military Exhibit hosted by the Museum of the Soldier at the Mercer County Historical Museum, Celina.  Brian Williamson and Jim Waechter, administrators of the Museum of the Soldier, have planned and implemented different Military Exhibits each year.  For example, they have exhibited Military accouterments from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and other Military eras.

Last year, the Lloyd “Buck” Bader exhibit was held at the Military Exhibit.  Those of you who remember Buck and his hunting adventures will enjoy this exhibit.  Last year, Buck’s family brought many family items and photographs featuring Buck and his hunting scenes.  We have invited them to return this year, and tell Buck Bader Stories. Those of you, who have Buck Bader stories to tell, please bring the stories to the Museum, on Sunday afternoon, October 26.  The mounted Elk brought down by Buck is on display.

Philip Gerard’s book, “Secret Soldiers,”  and related photographs, which includes Celina Native Bill Brown’s role in the “Secret Soldiers,” will also be on exhibit.  This is an untold story of World War II.

Every year, local Gun Collectors bring guns from their own collections to exhibit.  The public is welcome to bring old guns to ask the exhibitors for information.  This exhibit changes every year.

The regular exhibit of the Military Room at the Mercer County Historical Museum is another highlight of the exhibits on display Sunday afternoon.  Each time people visit this Museum, they learn something new.

The Military Exhibit from the Vietnam War is hosted by the Museum of the Soldier from Portland, IN.  The Museum of the Soldier at Portland is one of the finest Military Museums related to Local History as well as National and International History, located in the Midwest.  This Museum identifies the individuals, their uniforms and accouterments, as well as the roles they played in our United States Military History.  When you visit this Museum, you will recognize the names of the individuals as identified in the exhibits.  The Museum also holds a collection of Military Vehicles.  This Museum brings Military History home to this area of Indiana and Ohio.  Pick up one of their brochures when you visit us.


This 14th Annual Military Exhibit is open to the public, on Sunday afternoon, October 26, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, 1:00 – 4:00.  This Museum is located at 130 East Market Street, one block east of the Mercer County Courthouse in Celina. 


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



Grand Lake Patriots to Host Congressman Jim Jordan

U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan will address national and state current events at the next Grand Lake Patriots meeting in Celina, Thursday, October 16, at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina.  Patriots and guests are invited to attend. Congressman Jordan serves the 4th U.S. Congressional District in Ohio, which includes a portion of Mercer County. 

Jordan is a fiscal conservative who believes that “families and taxpayers, rather than government, know best how to make decisions with their money.” He describes himself as an advocate of the taxpayer, looking for waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. Jordan sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs.

Recognized for his poignant, bold, and revealing questions regarding Benghazi, the IRS scandal, and more, Congressman Jordan has become a frequent face on national TV news and commentary programs. Among his numerous awards are the Taxpayers’ Friend “A” Rating award and Guardian of Small Business recognition. In addition, he has been the recipient of the Freedom Fighter Award, the Defender of Life Award, the Defender of Liberty Award, the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award, and numerous other recognitions from organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Family Research Council Action. He also received’s Paul Revere Patriot Award.

Raised in Champaign County, Ohio, Jordan graduated from Graham High School in 1982, where he was a four-time state champion in wrestling with a career record of 150-1. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion. He later earned a Master’s degree in Education from the Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Jim Jordan and his wife Polly are the parents of four children, and they reside near Urbana, Ohio.



PUBLIC NOTICE on Bridge Closing

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Erastus Durbin Road between Mud Pike and Bunker Hill Road in Liberty Township for a culvert replacement. This road will be closed tentatively on October 6, 2014 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 2 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

Ohio Genealogical Society will Meet
The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday October 5th at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Allen Bernard.  The meeting begins at 2:00 and is free and open to the public.



Sub Sales to Start
Announcing… the Annual Band Sub Sales are currently going on!  Parkway band and choir members are taking orders for not only our Traditional Sub, but this year we are introducing our new Turkey Sub.  Our Traditional Sub consists of 2 cheeses and 3 kinds of meat on a plain sub bun.  Our New Turkey sub will consist of 2 cheeses and Honey Smoked Turkey Breast.  All orders are Prepaid please.  1 Sub is $4.  3 Subs are $12.  6 Subs are $20 and 12 Subs are $35.  Subs will be made on Saturday October 18th.  We would like orders turned in by October 3rd if possible. Please make all checks out to the Parkway Music Boosters. Please find a Parkway Jr High or High school band or choir member, stop by the Rockford Village Office or email to place your order.

This fundraiser helps to pay for the many expenses throughout the year for both the choir and band.  The Parkway Music Departments and the Parkway Music Boosters greatly appreciates you supporting our youth! 



Parkway Golf Team Finishes Season

Parkway total 366 Best par 72 team total of the season.

At Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima.


Hayden Lyons 89

Connor Morton 90

Hunter Gause 91

Cole Schoenleben 96

Clayton Agler 110



September 27-30, 2014


Remember the Rockford Eagles Fish Fry and Chicken Strips Dinners
on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 5-7 PM.
Members and Guests only. Good Food! See ad above for details.



Parkway Homecoming Celebrated on Friday, September 26, 2014
Panthers Loses in Hard Fought Battle to Ft. Recovery in Football Action

Queen Candidates are Seniors: Lydia Heindel, Allison Gaerke and Erin Weirrick  Click Here for their information.

Sophomore Attendant Tessa Morton, Senior Attendant Lydia Heindel, Queen Allison Gaerke, Senior Attendant Erin Weirrick, Junior Attendant Elizabeth Dellinger, Freshman Attendant Paige Cron. Thank you Nikki Fox for sharing this photo. More coming ~ visit back to the Parkway Independent!




The Power of Influence to be presented by Mercer Health CEO, Lisa Klenke; Justice Judith L. French,
Supreme Court of Ohio;  and Judge Mary Pat Zitter, Mercer County Juvenile/Probate Court


Women in Leadership of West Central Ohio, with a mission to learn, lead and inspire, has brought together professional women from the local area to provide meaningful networking opportunities and practical knowledge to local women in leadership. 

The Power of Influence, a luncheon to be held on Thursday, October 16th, will feature Justice Judith L. French, Supreme Court of Ohio; Judge Mary Pat Zitter, Mercer County Juvenile/Probate Court and Lisa Klenke, CEO of Mercer Health.  The panel luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Mercer County Central Services Building, Room B-195, 220 W. Livingston St., Celina, Ohio.  Buffet lunch starts at 11:30.  Reservations can be made until October 1st by emailing  and a $25 check can be mailed to Women in Leadership, c/o Anne Staugler, 2864 Fox Rd., Ft. Recovery, Ohio 45846.  

The Steering Committee for Women in Leadership of West Central Ohio includes: Robin Elston, Ann Esselstein, Andrea Faber, Betsy Gamble, Amy Ikerd, Lisa Klenke, Judy Koesters, Bonnie Mathies, Molli Schleucher and Anne Staugler.






September 26, 2014


Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, September 26, 2014 due to fog.


Couple Die in Traffic Accident West of Celina

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office is investigating a double fatal crash at the intersection of State Route 49 and State Route 29.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received calls at 7:11 PM on Wednesday September 25, 2014 of a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and a vehicle.   The investigation revealed a 2006 Chevy Impala that was driven by 82 year old Kathleen Hickey from Piqua, Ohio was traveling north bound on State Route 49 and failed to stop for the stop sign at this intersection.  The 2006 Chevy Impala was struck in the intersection by a west bound 2012 Volva tractor and semi-trailer.  The semi-tractor and trailer was operated by 24 year old Brandon L. Dobbs from Muncie Indiana.  Mr. Dobbs was not injured.

Pronounced dead on the scene by Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs was Kathleen Hickey, and her husband 86 year old Billy N. Hickey, who was the right front passenger.

Deputies were assisted on scene by the Southwest Fire Department, Celina Squad, MCERV, and a Ohio Motor Carrier Inspector.  This marks the third fatal crash in Mercer County in 2014.  The crash remains under investigation.



Leota Braun Harvest Banquet Planned – Harrison Frech to Speak
The Public is invited to the Leota Braun Charitable Foundation
Harvest Banquet to be held on Sunday - October 5th.
Social Time - 12 noon
Dinner - 12:30 pm
Shanes Park Community Building.

The guest speaker will be Harrison Frech - Retired Parkway

To make reservations email:

Proceeds from the banquet event support the Foundation's
offering of scholarships to graduating Parkway Seniors and
other Parkway community events.


Lincoln Scholar to Address Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable

“Lincoln’s Emancipation.”

Dr. Brian Dirck will address the September 25 meeting of the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable. Dirck  is a Professor of History at Indiana’s Anderson University. He is one of the nation’s foremost Lincoln scholars. His topic is “Lincoln Emancipated”. The talk will explore popular myths concerning Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. It will be based upon research Dirck developed while editing a book with the same name.

 The meeting is held in Room 154 – Dwyer Hall - Wright State University – Lake Campus, in Celina. Meeting begins at 7:15 PM.

The September 25 Roundtable meeting kicks off an eight month series of meetings featuring authors, lecturers, and Civil War enthusiasts. The Roundtable programs are free and open to the public.


Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Mercer County a Destination for All

West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are.  For the past few months I have periodically focused a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live, work and rear a family.  This month I will discuss Mercer County.

The people of Mercer County are connected by the spires of the church steeples which have provided a strong set of values that guide the people of Mercer County in their work, play and charity.  Mercer County is on the map as one of the top agricultural producing counties in the state and also known for the work ethic that allows manufacturers to thrive.  Grand Lake St. Marys punctuates all that is good in Mercer County.

Grand Lake St. Marys is the largest inland lake in Ohio. Man-made to provide area canals with water for the shipping of commodities and other goods; that water helped to grow agriculture in the county by creating an export path for agricultural commodities in the otherwise land-locked county. In recent years challenges at the lake and in the watershed have provided great opportunities for discussion and I am committed to continuing work in the lake and watershed to protect the history and future of Mercer County.

It is no accident that 73% of the population in Mercer County is Roman Catholic. The county’s population grew with German immigrants choosing the area as home in the late 1800’s.  Many of these families tie their roots back to areas of Germany such as Alsace, Bavaria and Prussia.  Their choice to move to Mercer county likely correlates with the rise of anti-Catholic actions in the region that were part of the “Kulturkampf”(1871-1878) which led to the closing of around twenty-five houses of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

In Mercer County the Missionaries of the Precious Blood had already solidified the local mission and it was natural for immigrants displaced by religious persecution to come to Mercer County.  The society was first welcomed to the region in 1844 by John Baptist Purcell, Bishop of Cincinnati.  In 1861 the order opened St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena which is now a part of the “Land of the Crossed Tipped Churches” recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today tourism remains important as pilgrims come to visit the Shrine of the Holy Relics in Maria Stein and water enthusiasts travel to enjoy Grand Lake St. Marys.  The location of the county intersects many major east-west and north-south routes that have in recent years attracted shipping and distribution companies.

The work ethic of Mercer County residents has led to home grown manufacturing success such as; J&M and companies seeking good employees from other parts of the country and world.  Major employers include Reynolds and Reynolds, Celina Aluminum Precision Tech, Fort Recovery Industries and Pax Machine.  On the agricultural side Cooper Farms is the top employer with the cooking plant in St. Henry, elevators and of course contract livestock operations throughout the county.

In Mercer County there is no shortage of community and family pride and rightfully so.  The county is one more part of west central Ohio that should be an example to the rest of the state.  Hardworking people who are guided by traditional values are what make families so very strong in the region.  We have the best schools, businesses, and families in the state, and that is what makes west central Ohio the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.





Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for September 2013


Van Wert County Health Department

Influenza Vaccine Clinics

The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by

influenza viruses. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly

changing, and flu illness can vary from mild to severe. Flu viruses spread mainly

by droplets made when people who are infected with the influenza virus cough,

sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are

nearby. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the

flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose. The symptoms of

flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches,

headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people may

develop serious consequences from the flu including pneumonia and death.

To protect yourself from getting influenza, the first and most important thing you

can do is to get an annual flu vaccine. Vaccination is recommended for everyone

6 months of age and older. In addition to getting vaccinated, it is important for

everyone to take the following steps that can help prevent the spread of germs:

 Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash after

you use it.

 Stay away from people who are sick.

 Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not

available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

 If someone in the household is sick, try to keep the sick person in a

separate room from others in the household.

 Keep surfaces & toys in the home clean by wiping them down with

household disinfectant.



September 25, 2014


Sheriff Jeff Grey’s Advisory on 9-25-2014: Widespread power outage in the Celina area, utility crews are working on the issue. Emergency calls only please. Issue resolved around noon.


Nominate Parkway, Rockford, Mendon, or Willshire Alumni to the Parkway Schools Academic Alumni Hall of Fame


Parkway Local Schools Seeking Nominations for the

“Academic Alumni Hall of Fame”


            The goal for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize successful former students who have contributed to their profession and community while practicing character qualities such as perseverance, self-discipline, curiosity, honesty, responsibility, etc. They serve as an example for current students and former graduates as well as all of the community.

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

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

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

            To nominate individuals for the Parkway Local Schools Academic Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Parkway High School at 419-363-3045, ext #760 or mail Parkway High School, 400 Buckeye St., Rockford, OH  45882. Please provide the individual’s name, year of graduation, career position, and current contact information.  Nominations must be submitted by November 21st, 2014, to be considered for this school year. Upon nomination, individuals will receive an application to apply for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame. Previous nominees are encouraged to send updates for their applications kept on file.



Parkway FFA Excelled at Fair

By Taylor Hesse at

During the Mercer County Fair, Parkway FFA students did very well. Parkway FFA Chapter was well represented throughout the week by students with animas, shop and vegetable projects, while also working in the FFA food stand. The chapter would like to congratulate the students on achievements. Parkway FFA had 88 outstanding, 17 best in class and 8 overall best in class. 

Students who received overall best in class are as followed, Madison Roehm- Best Small Grain Crop, Maggie Houts-Best Corn Crop, Tanner Matthews- Best Soybeans Crop, Caleb Jacobs-Best Small Mechanics, Hayley Bollenbacher- Best CNC Metal Project, Justin Barna- Best Indoor Furniture, Austin Smith- Best Small Woodworking, and Terra Walls- Bet CNC Wood Project.  

We also had many students that did very well with there livestock. Members who showed beef were Maggie Houts, Caleb Jacobs, Devin Dicke, and Shelbie Eddington. Rabbits were exhibited by Taylor Hesse, Laura Barrett, and Trinity Leistner. Poultry was shown by Job Beair and Amanda Stachler. Taylor Hesse and Maggie Houts took goats. Kayla Walls exhibited horses.

The Parkway and Ft. Recovery FFA Food stand did very well this year. They sold deep-fried food items such as chicken, fries, cheese sticks, pickles, and much more. The chapters would like to thank all the students and parents who helped work the stand this year. The chapters would also like to thank the Coldwater young Farmers for matching the outstanding premiums! 


September 23-24, 2014


Flu Shots Offered
During the month of October, Mercer Health’s Neighborhood Nurse offers flu shot clinics. Call Wellness Services at 419-586-1220 for more information. 
Mendon Library, Mendon  – October 13, 2 - 4 p.m

Barry's Market, Rockford
Oct 9, 2 - 4 p.m.



Printable Parkway Sports Schedule for the Week of September 22, 2014


Haystack Taco Lunch
The Praise Point Community Church, Willshire, OH, will be holding a Haystack 
Taco Lunch on Sunday, September 28, 2014, serving from 11:30 - 1:30 
(following Morning Worship).  This lunch is a Fund Raiser to collect 
donations for our Mission's Trip to Haiti, in which 8 - 10 people will be 
going to work to help those who live in this under-privileged area.  Please 
join us for this benefit, in which your donations will be greatly 


Kingdom Kids in Chatt
Calling all kids ages 3 through 5th grade.  Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga will be kicking off the fall session of “Kingdom Kids” on Wednesday, October 1st.  The group will be meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings with the fall session finishing up on November 12th.  Kingdom Kids will be held from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM with a meal provided at each gathering.  Bible stories, crafts, games, and fun are all in the plans.  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road in Chattanooga.  For further information, call Kendra (419.495.2655) or Pastor Karen (419.942.2591).



Joyce Alig will Speak at Historical Society

The  next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on September 25th at 7:30 pm in the museum on E. Columbia St. in Rockford.

The guest speaker will be the President of the Mercer County Historical Society, Joyce Alig, who will present history of Rockford and our surrounding areas as we approach our town’s Bicentennial. The public is invited to the meeting. 


Village Council Meeting Minutes for September 16, 2014
Click Here for full details of the meeting by Lisa Kuhn, fiscal agent.


September 22, 2014


Monday September 22 - No school for students. Teacher In-service


Congratulations to Boys Golf Team

In tournament, Parkway finished 8th place. For the season finished 9th in the MAC.

See attached  for individual and team scores.

Hayden Lyons 95

Cole Schoenleben 95

Hunter Gause 95

Connor Morton 107

Clayton Agler 110

Ashton Hamrick 119


Hayden Lyons received 2nd Team All MAC honors.






“Cowabunga…It’s a 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Happening

Tuesday, September 30th


Call the Rockford Carnegie Library at 419-363-2630 for more information.     



Rockford Chamber Planning Holiday Fun – Looking for Volunteers
Rockford Chamber of Commerce to host Christmas at Shanes Park November 30th at 7:00 pm
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is in the planning stages of a Christmas in the Park event and needs your help!
Volunteers are needed November 8th beginning at 9:00 am to assist in decorating the park for Christmas.  An additional day has also been set aside in case it is needed due to weather or carryover preparation - November 15th at 9:00 am
Are you musically talented? We would love to hear from you!  We need your musical participation to celebrate the sounds of Christmas the evening of the event.
PLEASE consider sharing your musical talent with our community as we celebrate Christmas by contacting us at the Rockford Village Hall or by email to
Deadline will be September 30th @ 4:30 pm to volunteer your musical gifts!   We look forward to hearing from you!



Drug Arrests Made
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that a joint investigation with the Celina Police Department resulted in the arrest of four individuals in connection with a methamphetamine lab.  On Thursday September 18, Mercer County Deputies and Celina Police Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for a residence and property located at 2521 Mud Pike, Celina.  Two active methamphetamine cook operations were discovered while serving the search warrant. 

Taken into custody were the following individuals: 

Lloyd Fickert, 57, owner of the property, 2521 Mudpike, Celina Ohio.

Richard Craw, 51, 4837 St Rte 29, Celina Ohio.

Chester Sullivan, 42 ,123 East Walnut Street, Coldwater Ohio.

Kevin McDowell,  47,  107 Bayview Drive, Celina Ohio.


All four were arrested and incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility being held initially for Possession of a Controlled substance, and bond was set for $25,000.00 cash by Municipal Court Judge James Scheer.


Deputies seized the following:


400 grams of marijuana

16 firearms

60 ounces of liquid methamphetamine

Prescription pills

Drug paraphernalia which would include: scales, packaging items, and  marijuana pipes.


Deputies were assisted on scene by an agent with BCI&I whose specialty is securing and cleaning of methamphetamine labs.  Deputies were also assisted by the Celina Fire Department & Squad, with additional equipment from the Chickasaw Fire Department.


Additional charges are expected to be filed, and the case will be sent and reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor.



September 19-21, 2014


Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, September 19, 2014 due to fog.


DAR Promotes Constitution Week Awareness
Submitted by Mickey McConahay, Parkway High School Counselor

WASHINGTON, DC – September 17, 2014, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American. 

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. 

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution.  Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world. 

“Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties,” states DAR President General, Lynn Forney Young. “We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to Celebrate America!”

DAR has served America for 124 years as its foremost cheerleader.  In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is one of the only structures erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.  

Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 175,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 13 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs visit or call (202) 628-1776.


Arrest Made in County
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of a 22 year old male after he arranged and traveled to a rural Rockford area home to meet a 15 year old female for sex.  The male was arrested at the home of the female on September 7 at 12:30 AM.  Arrested for criminal trespass and possession of marijuana was John T. McDermitt of Leona Street, Celina.  McDermitt is currently incarcerated on a $100,000.00 bond in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  Deputies expect further charges to be filed after review by the Prosecutor’s Office that include felony charges of importuning.


This encounter was set up through Facebook and text messaging.  “Sheriff Grey reminds citizens to be cautious of social media contacts and never give your personal information out over the internet or phone, including your cell phone.”



Parkway versus Versailles and Lima Central Catholic

Parkway 197

Hayden Lyons  40 

Connor Morton 52

Cole Schoenleben 53

Hunter Gause 57

Clayton Agler 54

Ashton Hamrick  52


LCC 154

James Riepenhoff 40

Westin Young  37

Ian Friesner   40

Jim Thatcher   40

Liam Hennon 37

Collin Hennon  46


Versailles 173

Nicholas Litten Stonebraker   45

Jacob Watren  45

Griffen Riegle  40

Kyle Cotner   49

Kyle Christian  43

Michael Hemmelgarn  52


Parkway 1-9 MAC 2-10 overall



Berne, Indiana

Saturday, October 4, 2014  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Rockford Area Development to Meet
The next RADC meeting will be held Monday, September 22nd at the Rockford Library basement with a slight change.
We will be presenting a check to the radio station at 7:15 pm, prior to the meeting. We will have a photo taken with Jim Crocker and Brian Stetler and encourage all RADC members to be included to show our support.

The meeting will then begin at 7:30 with Ron Puthoff as our guest speaker. Ron will explain some of the experiences he has had in community development and will then answer any questions we may have concerning the Village purchase of Tom Rogers' land



September 18, 2014


Schumm Named Hospice Nursing Supervisor

Community Health Professionals announces Tonya Schumm, RN, of Rockford as the nursing supervisor for its Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, 1155 Westwood Dr.

Schumm has been a nurse with CHP for seven years, beginning at its Celina office before coming to the hospice center in 2009.

“CHP is a great company to work for,” she said. “They care about their employees and my coworkers are like family.”

Schumm says finds hospice care particularly worthwhile.

“I love hospice care because of the difference you make in people’s lives,” she said. “It is a very stressful time for patients and families and being able to make a difficult time a little easier is very rewarding.”

“My goal is to guide staff in providing care to our patients and families and to continue to uphold the excellent reputation the center has in end-of-life care,” Schumm says.

Schumm is the mother of two children, Makenna and Mason.

Community Health Professionals is a nonprofit agency with ten offices, providing home health and hospice services to patients and families throughout northwest and west-central Ohio.

Find more information about home health and hospice services at or




Maplewood of Shane’s Village Celebrates
Maplewood of Shane’s Village celebrated National Assisted Living Week
starting Sunday, September 7^th through Saturday, September 13^th.
Throughout the week residents, family members and guests enjoyed a horse
and carriage  ride, accordion players and a steel drummer. Some of their
activities included pedicures/manicures, The Price is Right game and a
tailgate party for the OSU/Kent State game.  They also enjoyed steaks on the grill, fresh fruit and vegetables and a pizza party.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the week memorable!

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them!



September 17, 2014


The Rockford Chamber is pleased to announce the September Business of the Month is ... Brand It Marketing Communications!

Brand It Marketing Communications is a full service design and marketing firm that specializes in branding, identity materials and packaging, as well as digital projects. They design and create:
• Logos
• Business essentials
• Video
• Publication ads
• Brochures and catalogs
• Web sites
• Promotional products
• Copywriting
• Corporate naming
• Exterior storefront design 

Brand It Marketing is located at 4510 State Route 117, Rockford.  They can be reached Monday - Friday at 

Thank you Twyla Hayes and Brand It Marketing Communications for your continued support of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. 

Pictured left to right: Michelle Hill - Office Administrator, Twyla Hayes - Owner of Brand It Marketing Communications, Lisa Kuhn - Chamber Treasure, Marie Miller - Social Media Strategist 



Turkey Shoot Coming to Willshire

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Sunday October 12, 2014, starting at noon. It will be held on the club grounds located 2 miles east of Willshire, OH on S.T Rte. 81.

Only 12 gauge shotguns will be permitted and shell will be furnished. Youth shoots for children, aged 16 and under will be held. Only 20 gauge shotguns will be permitted for the youth shoots and shells will be furnished.


A lunch stand will be available.  Public is welcome.


Parkway's DECA Program wins 1st Year award for the Most Members in the State - Click Here!

September 16, 2014

Parkway Sports Scores

Girls Golf Loses to Mister on September 15; Terra Walls had a score of 47.

Freshman Football team loses to Anna 27-6 on September 15; They are now 1-2 on the year.

Boys Golf Loses to Minster on September 15, 2014 Hayden Lyons 43; Connor Morton 45.

Varsity Volleyball improves 9-6 defeating Lincolnview in 3 . JV Volleyball improves 10-2 by defeating Lincolnview in two on September 15, 2014.


Minster 154 Parkway 188 at Arrowhead

for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 43. 

Connor Morton 45. 

Cole Schoenleben 48. 

Hunter Gause 52. 

Clayton Agler 55. 

Ashton Hamrick 62. 


For Minster

Sam Schutte 39

Xavier Francis 38

Austin Brackman 38

Gunner Blanke 42

Matt Trushaw 39

Chip Perryman 45


Parkway 1-7 MAC 2-7 overall


Celina Police Department 09-15-2014

On Monday, September 15, 2014 officers from the Celina Police Dept. were conducting surveillance on a suspected drug house at 303 W. Fulton St., Celina.  Two persons were observed leaving the residence, one of which, James Thomas was known to have a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.  Ptl. Brian Taylor stopped and arrested Thomas.  At the time of arrest Thomas had 8 capsules of suspected heroin and a syringe in his possession.

As a result of the surveillance and arrest a search warrant was obtained for the residence.  Entry had to be forced.  Inside officers located Megan Smith, the tenant.  The search warrant was executed and officers found 13 additional capsules of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia as well as a suspected meth lab.

Megan Smith was arrested for possession and is being held at Mercer Co. Jail pending the filing of formal charges.  James Thomas is being held as well on a probation violation.  More charges are expected after a review from the Mercer Co. Prosecutor’s Office.

As always, we urge citizens to please call the Celina Police Dept. if they see unusual activity in their neighborhood or suspect drug activity.  You can reach Celina P.D. Dispatch at 419-586-2345.  Thank you.





Ohio Law prohibits signs on trees and poles.

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart has issued a reminder that the Ohio Revised Code prohibits the erection of signs or affixing signs, posters or advertisement to any tree or utility pole within the right-of-way of any public highway.

Political candidates, campaign workers and supporters of issues appearing on the ballot are reminded that these signs are subject to removal.


Parkway Local School Board Meeting Changes

The Parkway Local Board of Education regular meeting for October will be held at the Mendon Library Annex in Mendon OH on October 14, 2014 with a start time of 6:30 p.m.

The Parkway Local Board of Education regular meeting for November will be held on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Room of Parkway Local Schools.




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


Photo caption:  Making plans for Celina’s Sesquicentennial, 1834-1984.  Terry with Terry’s Photography; Randy Winkeljohn, Winkeljohn Printers; Joyce Alig, Museum Director and Editor of Celina History book, and Jay Korte, Local Designer.


Celina will be having a birthday on August 25, 2014.  Like a graceful old lady, she is not asking for a party on her 180th Birthday.   How would anyone know the birth date of the City of Celina? 


“The original town of Celina was established by James Watson Riley, Rufus Wilson Stearnes, Robert Linzee II, and Peter Aughenbaugh, acting in partnership.  They made their agreement on August 25, 1834, at St. Marys, Mercer County, Ohio.  That agreement was acknowledged for record before the Honorable Stacey Taylor, one of the associate judges of the County, on September 8, 1834.”  The source of this information is the book, “Celina, Ohio Sesquicentennial, 1834-1984,” which Joyce Alig edited and it was printed by Winkeljohn Printers & Stationers.  Why was this book written?


The years 1983-1984 were busy years at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  April 5, 1983, the Commissioners had an appointment at the Mercer County Historical Museum with Museum Director Joyce Alig, and Historical Society Board Members David Riley, Don Muhlenkamp and Frank Snyder about painting the Museum, wiring and insulating the Museum, and repairing the porch foundation.  The Commissioners told Joyce Alig to acquire bids for painting part of the Museum exterior.  On May 6, 1983, the Commissioners Walter Schmiesing and Ed Osterholt and Maintenance Director Myron Hartings met with Museum Director Joyce Alig, at the Museum, about vinyl siding part of the Museum exterior. 


In 1983, in honor of Celina’s 150th Birthday, (1834-1984) Joyce Alig met with the City Council of Celina and asked about their plans for their upcoming Sesquicentennial Celebration.  A history of the City of Celina had not been published, except for the pages of Celina’s history in the “1978 Mercer County History Book.”  At that meeting, Alig also explained to the Celina City Council Members about the difficulty of raising funds to paint the Mercer County Historical Museum, as the Mercer County Commissioners had explained that they did not have the funds to paint the Museum. 


The Mercer County Commissioners own the Museum Building and have the authority and responsibility of its maintenance.  After a series of meetings with the Commissioners, City Council Members of Celina, and Alig, a three way agreement was made among the three institutions about painting the Museum, wiring and insulating the Museum, and repairing the porch foundation.   In a service to the Mercer County Commissioners, Joyce Alig agreed to write a book, about the history of Celina in honor of its Sesquicentennial Celebration, if the City would make the agreement to contribute $6000 to pay for the painting of the Museum, of which the Mercer County Commissioners had agreed.  On August 7, 1983, the City of Celina passed Ordinance No. 32-83-0, to fund $6000.00 to paint the exterior of the Mercer County Historical Museum.  On October 13, 1983, the Commissioners passed Resolution #754, for a change of order for a change in the contract.  October 14, 1983, the Commissioners passed Resolution # 617 about museum building repair.  On October 21, 1983, the Commissioners passed Resolution #774, about wiring the Museum.


In conclusion, the Mercer County Historical Museum acquired its painting and insulation.  The Mercer County Commissioners accepted the help from Celina City Council for the Museum maintenance and the help from Joyce Alig which resulted in Museum maintenance.  Celina acquired its first local history book from Joyce Alig.  Alig received a sense of pride in seeing a successful project completed for the Museum, and for seeing the “Celina, Ohio Sesquicentennial, 1834-1984,” book in print.  Happy Birthday, Celina.  May you enjoy your next 180 years and may you have a Museum Director who will continue to preserve your Celina History for your Bicentennial Celebration in 2034 in two decades. 




GAHANNA, Ohio, Sept. 15, 2014 – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric

Power (NYSE: AEP), and AEP Ohio Transmission Company are using helicopters

this week to do line maintenance to a portion of a high-voltage

765-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Marysville, Ohio, to the Indiana

state line.

The work involves installing line spacers and is part of the company’s

ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the reliability of its electric

transmission system in Ohio. This work will be done through Mercer,

Auglaize, Shelby, Logan and Union counties. Communities near the route

include Rockford, Celina, St. Mary's, Wapakoneta, Botkins, Jackson Center,

Northwood, Bellefontaine, Russells Point and Marysville.

The work will be done during daylight hours Monday through Saturday and is

expected to be completed by Sept. 26.  Weather delays could alter this

schedule. AEP has contracted with Haverfield Aviation, which will be

flying a black Hughes MD500 Helicopter with Tail Number N721RP. AEP has

been using helicopters for aerial line work in Ohio for more than 10



Fastpitch Softball Tournament
The Rockford Rippers Fastpitch Softball (Tournament Team) will be having a tryout for area softball players.

If Interested, Please plan on attending with your softball player on September 20th, 2014. Tryouts start at10:00 a.m., with registration starting 9:30am.

Tryouts to be held at: Shane's Park, Rockford, Ohio.

Tryouts are for 10U, 12U and 14U Tournament Teams.




Click Here for the Parkway Calendar of Events for September 2014


September 15, 2014


Mercer Health to offer Free Clinical Breast Exams during Breast Cancer Awareness Month


In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mercer Health is offering free Clinical Breast Exam Screenings.  The screenings are available on Wednesday, October 28th from 8 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. at Mercer Health’s Community Medical Center, 950 South Main Street, Celina. Persons interested in receiving the free clinical breast exam must call (419)586-1220 make an appointment.


According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a clinical breast exam should be a part of a periodic health exam – about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women age 40 and older. In addition, yearly mammograms should begin at age 40 and continue as long as a woman is in good health.  In addition to searching for early signs of breast cancer through mammograms and clinical breast exams, the ACS states that women can stay well and reduce their breast cancer risk by making healthy lifestyle choices such as staying at a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and limiting their alcohol intake.


A display with educational materials has been set up in the Outpatient Lobby of Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. This display includes information about breast health as well as other cancer prevention techniques.



Celina Police Report 09-12-2014

The Celina Police Department wants to make citizens aware of dangers involving hypodermic syringes found in the area.  Over the past several months we have had reports of syringes found in the area, usually in gutters, storm drains, yards and other outside locations.  They appear to be used and discarded.  These syringes or “needles” pose serious health risks if an unsuspecting person gets pricked by the needle.  Hepatitis C and other bloodborne diseases and bacteria can be passed on.

This morning Celina P.D. investigated a report of a syringe jammed in a FedEx box on Walnut St.  It was found and in a position it could have injured a person attempting to use the box.  It is unknown if it was intentionally placed that way or if it happened when someone was trying to discard the syringe.

We urge people to be careful and to look before reaching into these type of boxes whether it be FedEx, UPS or the U.S. Mail or any other.  If you find a syringe please call the Celina Police Dept. and an officer will respond and dispose of the syringe safely.  You can call Celina Police Dispatch at 419-586-2345.


Help Rockford Rec. Win $2,500


The Rockford Recreation Association is asking for your help to earn one of ten $2,500 grants from the Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive Pledge. The Play Positive Pledge is part of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program which is an ongoing effort championing and celebrating sportsmanship in youth sports. This community-based program offers meaningful, easy-to-use educational resources for youth sports parents and coaches.


“The Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program targets many of the issues we see happening at youth sporting events by shining a positive light on what it means to be a positive coach and a positive sport parent. Beyond that, Liberty Mutual is supporting local organizations, like the Rockford Recreation Association, to offset the costs of providing a valuable youth sports experience,” said Julie Brassard, marketing director at Liberty Mutual Insurance.


Ryan Thompson, the board president of the Rockford Recreation Association shared, “Our organization has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of local youth participating in our recreational sports programs in Rockford. We are proud to be able to offer these opportunities for families throughout the surrounding area right here in our own community. Our success heavily relies upon the financial support of local businesses and organizations and the dedication of the many volunteers that make these programs happen. The Rockford Recreation is extremely grateful for this support and is always searching for new ways to maintain our high quality programs without increasing the burden upon our local sponsors that so generously provide the resources we need to make our programs possible. The Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program is just one of the many grant opportunities that Rockford Recreation Association has pursued this year. Participating in the pledge is free and takes less than a minute. This is a simple way for anyone that appreciates the work of our organization to support our efforts.”


The Rockford Recreation Association is asking community members to take the Pledge to promote sportsmanship. Each Pledge that is completed earns a point for our organization. The top five organizations that earn the most points by October 15th in each division will earn one of the ten $2,500 grants.


To take the pledge, follow the link at or check out the Rockford Recreation Association Facebook page for more details.



Parkway Golf at Arrowhead

Parkway 207

New Knoxville 199


for Parkway 


Hayden Lyons 43 medalist

Hunter Gause 51

Connor Morton 53

Cole Schoenleben 60


also for Parkway 

Clayton Agler 60

Ashton Hamrick 61


for New Knoxville

Shane Topp     52

Hunter McMurray  45

Ben Menke     52

Nick Thobe    50

also for New Knoxville

Eric Prater    54 

Jack Bartholomew  62

Parkway 1-5 MAC, 2-5 overall



Parkway tied for 13th out of 17 teams at Jordan Moeller Tournament

Hayden Lyons  99

Connor Morten 97

Cole Schoenleben 109

Hunter Gause  102

Clayton Agler   109



Ohio Experiencing Increase in Respiratory Illnesses Awaiting CDC Test Results to Confirm Enterovirus D68

COLUMBUS, OHIO –Ohio hospitals are experiencing an increase in the number of patients with respiratory illnesses, especially children. This increase may be associated with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which has been confirmed in other states. The Ohio Department of Health has sent hospital specimens to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing.

Enteroviruses are common, and there are more than 100 types which cause an estimated 10 million to 15 million infections each year – particularly in infants, children and teenagers. Most of them occur seasonally during summer and fall. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms.

EV-D68 is a less common type of enterovirus and can cause cold-like symptoms and mild to severe upper respiratory illness in some individuals. Infected individuals usually recover on their own. However, some individuals, especially those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization with supportive therapy. There is no vaccine for EV-D68 nor any specific treatment or anti-viral medications.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) advises individuals to contact their healthcare provider if they are concerned about their, or their children’s, symptoms.

“We definitely won’t be surprised if test results come back from CDC confirming the presence of EV-D68 in Ohio given patient symptoms,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, ODH State Epidemiologist. “We’re urging Ohioans to take precautions to help prevent the spread of this virus. We also want to bring attention to the importance of optimal asthma control. Some of the children who have gotten ill with this enterovirus have previously been diagnosed with asthma.”

Since individuals with asthma are at higher risk for respiratory illnesses, ODH advises them to take their medications regularly, to get a flu vaccine, and to avoid triggers like tobacco smoke that can cause an asthma attack.

Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. To protect you and your family from becoming infected with an enterovirus or other illnesses, remember to:

 Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

 Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

 Clean and disinfect surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

 Stay home when you are sick.


EV-D68 is not a nationally notifiable disease nor is it reportable in Ohio.

For more information about this virus and other important health information, please visit our website at




Rockford Chamber September
Meeting minutes -



Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for September 2013


September 13-14, 2014


Van Wert County Health Collaborative Seeks Employer Feedback

The Van Wert County Health Collaborative is working together to improve the health of individuals and families in the
Van Wert community.  The Health Collaborative's focus is to increase awareness and improve health risks including
obesity and substance abuse in adults and youth.  The committee is seeking assistance of local employers.

The Van Wert community identified obesity (lack of physical activity and unhealthy lifestyle choices) as a major health
risk impacting our residents. These individuals also comprise the workforce for many local businesses and often impact
productivity and profitability. Because employees spend the majority of their waking hours at their place of work, the
environment of the company has a large impact on healthy lifestyle choices (smoking, physical activity, healthy food
choices, etc.).

2014 marks the initial year of the Van Wert Community Health Improvement Plan, and the collaborative is collecting
information regarding what wellness resources are currently available to local employers. Even if an organization does
not currently have a Wellness Program, this input is still needed to develop baseline data for the county, and help
determine the collaborative’s focus for the future and how to best serve local businesses.

Local employer and business leaders are asked to complete a survey, which should only take a few minutes. If an
organization does not have a Wellness Program, there are only 6 questions to answer. Please complete the survey by
September 30, 2014.

Take the survey here:



September 11-12, 2014
Patriot's Day




Thank you from the Family of Fire Chief Ralph Rhoades
Last Friday was a day none of us will forget. Not only because we laid to rest our loved one, Chief Ralph Rhoades, but for the most amazing send off we could have asked for.

The flowers were lovely, the donations were generous, the meal was delicious, but the service was beyond words. We would like to thank each of you for taking time out of your day to celebrate his life. A special Thank you to Ketcham-Ripley funeral home, Rob Belna and the Rockford Fire and EMS, the Fire Marshall, Celina, Mendon, Southwest, Burkettsville, Montezuma, Willshire, Ohio City, Chickasaw, Chatt, and Coldwater Departments for going above and beyond. Thank you for honoring the Chief in the that you did.

Thank you for your travels, respect, and for leaving us with the great final memory of how truly amazing Chief Ralph Rhoades was.

From the Family of Ralph Rhoades, Rockford Fire Chief


Nazarene Church Invites Public

HARVEST AMERICA with Greg Laurie live via satellite from Dallas, Texas

FREE Beginning at 6:30. Doors open at 5:30. Sunday, October 5

At Shankel Auditorium, Nazarene District Center, 272 Jack Oak Point Drive, St. Mary's, Ohio

Live music by: Gabe Maas, and Salah and Shekinah

Hosted by:  Calvary Christian Fellowship, St. Mary, Ohio

Information:  Phone Pastor Jim at 419-394-7276


Leigha Wieman Benefit Planned

Leigha Wieman loved cheerleading, band, and choir when she attended Parkway High School. After graduation she went on to coach cheerleading at Parkway until she accepted the position of band and choir assistant at Coldwater High School and then also became the cheerleading coach there. She was only able to work in her passion a short, two years until acute lymphoblastic leukemia took her life July 14th, 2009. She had no children of her own, but she always affectionately referred to the Coldwater students as "her kids". That is why a benefit is held every year to raise money to give scholarships to deserving kids in her memory. One $500 scholarship will be given to a student who has been in band, choir, or cheerleading for at least one year at Crestview, Parkway, and Coldwater high schools. 

The benefit consists of a co-ed softball tournament and a vendor/craft show that will be held September 20th at Edgewood park in Convoy. Livy Lu's barbeque will be there serving their great food. Softball starts at 8AM and anyone interested in entering a team may contact Keith Earle for details at 260-750-2691. For information about the vendor/craft show please contact Vickie Schulte at 419-238-4002. There are 16 vendors signed up so far so there will be lots to choose from. Hours for the vendor show are 10 - 5. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction of items donated by several businesses. The winning bidder need not be present to win as long as a phone number is provided.

Come to Shane's park in Edgewood Park in Convoy on September 20th and support this great cause to help 3 deserving kids receive these scholarships and keep the memory of Leigha Wieman alive.



“A Peter White Christmas” Tickets on Sale

Tis the season…for Peter White & Friends! This Jazz guitar favorite delivers his brand of holiday smooth jazz cheer, with some very impressive musical pals. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center presents “A Peter White Christmas” on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 PM.  Peter White leads an all star lineup featuring Mindi Abair and Rick Braun, performing dazzling arrangements of holiday favorites. Tickets for “A Peter White Christmas” are now available through the Box Office 419-238-NPAC or online at NPACVW.ORG. Group tickets of 10 or more are available by contacting the Box Office and speaking with Jerry Beard, Group Sales Coordinator.

Experience a complete evening with dinner and a show. Guests can make the night complete with reservations at the Willow Bend Country Club. The Prime Rib buffet will be featured for $19.99. Call 419-238-0111 to reserve seats.

A special thanks to event Presenting Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch and Jim & Theresa Robideau and Supporting Sponsors, Rex & Bev Fortney, Willow Bend Country Club and Lincoln Printing of Fort Wayne. Media Sponsors include WANE TV 15, T102 WIMT, MIX 103.3, and 1150 WIMA of Clearchannel Media.and  Season Sponsors are Statewide Ford Lincoln and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets are available online 24/7 at or through the Box Office, 419-238-6722 (NPAC), Tue-Fri​ from Noon-4:00 PM.



Van Wert County Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader



Van Wert, OH – Van Wert County Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Van Wert County Hospital was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.


Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.


Van Wert County Hospital pulmonary rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.


AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.



Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.



Kick It - For A Benefit - October 18th, 2014 - 
Shanes Park - Rockford, OH  - All Day Fun begins at 8:45 am 


This year's proceeds will benefit Tony and Sandy King for their medical expenses.
Tony needed a kidney transplant and his wife Sandy was a perfect match.  Tony
has been battling in and out of the hospital since the transplant.

We as a community can make a difference!  Please help us continue this event
in the following years.  Another family or cause will benefit next year !


Co-ed Kickball Tournament, 5K Walk / Run, Kids/Adult Bingo, Dog Costume Contest,
50/50 drawing, bake sale, Pizza Eating Contest, Music, Ohio State Buckeye game on 
the big screen under the pavilion - Game Time 3:30 pm.

Contact:  Jessica Shaffer 419-305-2211, Ashley Temple 419-953-4072, or Courtney Temple 419-852-8189  Registration forms can be picked up at Rockford Village Office.


Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Review Latest Treatments

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 various options for treatment of prostate cancer will be reviewed with emphasis on new developments.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 16th in Conference Room 1 at the Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or



September 9-10, 2014



Panther Varsity and Junior Varsity Football

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Remember the Rockford Eagles Fish Fry and Chicken Strips Dinners
on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 5-7 PM.
Members and Guests only. Good Food! See ad above for details.



Panther Cheerleaders


Panther Varsity Volleyball

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Panther Junior Varsity Volleyball

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Panther 7th Grade Football

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Panther 8th Grade Football

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Panther 7th Grade Volleyball

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Panther 8th Grade Volleyball

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Rockford Cub Scout Pack 98 is having their annual Fall Recruitment Night on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 PM. It will be held at the Rockford United Methodist Church. Cub Scouting is a program designed to enrich your son with strong values, leadership skills, and emphasizes the importance of community involvement.

 The pack has increased its membership to over 30 scouts within the last year through the dedication and commitment of its Leadership and Volunteers. The Pack is excited to invite new youth (grades 1-5) to join.

Upcoming Events:
Monday, Sept. 15 Recruitment Sign Up at 7 pm
Saturday, Sept. 20 Popcorn Sales
Saturday, Sept. 27 (Home Coming Weekend) Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at Rockford Firehouse
Recruitment Party at Park 7pm



"Painting in the Park" Fundraiser Sponsored by Parkway Youth Cheer

Parkway Youth Cheer has partnered with Bottle and Bottega to hold "Painting in the Park" on Saturday, Sept. 20th from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Shane's Park Pavillion in Rockford. Parkway Youth Cheerleading is a local organization committed to making a difference in the community through the teaching and training of young girls in Cheerleading skills and activities. Parkway Youth Cheer invites everyone to bring their child to enjoy painting with Expert Artists. Ticket Prices include instruction, paint supplies, 16 x 20 and/or 10 x 10 canvas to take home. Cost is $35 for One Adult or $55 for One Adult and One Child. Pre-Registration is required. Sign up now at




Varsity Co-ed Junior High Cross Country

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September 8, 2014


Parkway Boys Golf 2014



Parkway Golfers at the 2014 Antwerp Golf Invitational



1          Bluffton        313

5          Rich Streicher                    39 38             77

4          Eli Runk                                39 37             76

James Harrod                     45 38             83

6          Aaron Belcher                    41 36             77

Aaron Shaw                         48 45             93

Braden Skillliter                51 48             99


2          Allen East    322

2          Parker Frey                         34  36            70

3          Kayne Richardson             36  35             71

Harry Kill                              54 50             104

Logan Ryan                          40 43             83

Matt Meyer                          47 51             98

Grant Whitley                    49 57             106


3          Wayne Trace   339

Corbin Linder                      47 39             86

Luke Miller                          43 39             82

Alec Vest                             46 40             86

Evan Baughman                 44 43             87

Brady Stabler                     42 43             85

Ethin Linder                        48 43             91






4          Lincolnview             342

1          Joshah Rager                      36 32             68

Dereck Youtsey                 46 42             88

Justis Dowdy                      46 43             89

Damon Norton                   50  47            97

Logan Kraner                      52 51             103

Nick Moteycka                   58 66             124


5          Crestview    346

9          Connor Lautzenheiser     41 38             79

Jon Germann                      49 36             85

Ronnie Schumm                46 46             92

Caden Hurless                    44 46             90

Derek Biro                           52 56             108

Mitchell Rickard                51 48             99


6          Parkway       361

Hayden Lyons                     43 44             87

Connor Morton                  43 43             86

10       Cole Schoenleben             41 38             79

Hunter Gause                     56 66             126

Clayton Agler                     54 55             109

Ashton Hamrick              62 64             126


7          Fairview       370

Mathew Kozumplik          46 41             87

Joe Macsay                          54 43             97

Brett Dietrich                     45 45             90

Jacob Eisel                           50 47             97

Logan Hetrick                     53  43                        96

Ian Groves                           59  54                        113


8          Edgerton      372

Max Nihart                          45  35                        80

Drew Hug                             45  47                        92

Jake Siebenaler                 46  49                        95

Cam Schaper                       54  54                        108

Decoda Faber                     59  58                        117

Brody Michael                   59  46            105


9          Antwerp       378

8       Jeff Coleman                       40  39                        79

Jack Godeke                        60  46                        106

Noah Cline                           47  49                        96

Iann Roebel                         54  43                        97

Zeb Getrost                                     57  58                        115

Jacob O’Donnell                46  61            107


10       Miller City   379

Cody Sheets                                    56  43                        99

Jacob Schimmoeller         45  47                        92

Trey Hermiller                   43  45                        88

Adam Schroeder               56  62                        118

Jordan Schmenk                53  47                        100

Trever Niese                       67  60                        127


11       Paulding       379

7      Ben Heilshorn                    39  39                        78

Corey Adkins                      WD

Ethan Dominique              48  48                        96

Cade McGarvey                 44  45                        89

Ellie Miller                          54  62                        116

Isaac Baldwin                     60  62                        122



School Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Parkway Board of Education meeting scheduled on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 in the community room at the school.

Click here for the agenda.


Golf Match on September 4, 2014 Parkway 176 St. Henry 189


Parkway 2-4 overall 1-4 in the MAC


Scoring for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 43

Connor Morton 43

Cole Schoenleben 43

Hunter Gause 47


Scoring for St. Henry

Kyle Naumann 45

Mitch Dormer 47

Seth King 47

Alan Albers 50


JV match

St. Henry 209

Parkway 242


For Parkway

Clayton Agler 53

Ashton Hamrick 60

Austin Metz 62

Maxwell Smith 67


For St. Henry

Justin Alers 48

Clayton Heitkamp 47

Ryan Grieshop 57

Logan Rindler 57


Varsity Co-ed Cross Country


Join Us for a Painting FUN-Raiser !

Let's raise money for Parkway Youth Cheerleading

Saturday - September 20th
2 - 4 pm @ Shanes Park
705 W Front St, Rockford

$35.00 for one Adult
$55.00 for one Adult and one child

Ticket price includes:  All Paint supplies, A 16 x 20 and/or 10 x 10 
canvas to take home, Expert artists to assist you, proceeds to benefit
Parkway Youth Cheerleading.

Space is limited - register now at


Parkway Sports Schedule for the Week of September 8 - Click Here


Parkway Girls Golf 2014


Thank you, Nikki Fox!

Visit back tomorrow for more of Nikki's great shots!


September 6-7, 2014


Stateline Writers Club Meets

The Stateline Writers Club met on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Mercer County District Library. President Alain Rion called the meeting to order. After the general business portion of the meeting, the members read their works on their stuff, collections, etc. This was followed by a writing exercise led by Mike O'Shea, who asked the group to write a paragraph on the topic: “If you could do something different in your life what would it be.” Members then read their paragraphs out loud. The Stateline Writers Club will be having a private party in September so there will be no meeting held on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The group will resume their regular meetings at the Mercer County District Library from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The writing assignment for October will be to write about Friendship.



Parkway Golf - 176  versus St. Henry 189

Parkway 2-4 overall 1-4 in the MAC

Scoring for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 43

Connor Morton 43

Cole Schoenleben 43

Hunter Gause 47


Scoring for St. Henry

Kyle Naumann 45

Mitch Dormer 47

Seth King 47

Alan Albers 50


JV match

St. Henry 209

Parkway 242


For Parkway

Clayton Agler 53

Ashton Hamrick 60

Austin Metz 62

Maxwell Smith 67


For St. Henry

Justin Alers 48

Clayton Heitkamp 47

Ryan Grieshop 57

Logan Rindler 57



September 5, 2014


Due to storms in the area, the Parkway - Arlington Game has been postponed until Saturday, September 6 at 1 PM.


First home game of the season for Panther Football is this Friday night, September 5 versus Arlington!  Let’s fill the stands and show our team we’re behind them!

Kick off at 7:30


Reminders for Rockford Chamber

The next Rockford Chamber Sponsored Social Media Class will be

on Monday - September 8th at 6 pm at the Rockford Library.


Please RSVP to the Village office - 419-363-3032 ext 1.


The Flower Power Fund Raiser is still going on - please use

the following link to purchase bulbs to be planted this

fall for Spring flowers !   All sales will benefit the

local community !




$45 Early Bird Pricing on Blood Chemistry Screening EXPIRES TOMORROW!!

See ad above. 

The blood profile screening includes 23 different items including Electrolyhtes: Sodium, Potassium, Chloride; Renal Function Tests: BUN, Creatinine, Calcium; Cardiac and Liver Enzymes: AST, ALT, Total Bilirubin, Albumin, Total Protein, FBS, ALK. Phos.; Lipid Tests: Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDL; Complete Blood Count Tests: White and Red Cell Counts, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Platelet Count.


The screening requires a 12 hour fast for accurate results. Please no food or drink (other than water) can be consumed during the 12 hour fast. However your medication(s) can be taken.


And remember, the Red Cross pancake breakfast is included in the cost of the screening..


Schedule by calling 419-238-9977 TODAY! 


Walk-ins are welcome on Saturday for the same-day price of $55.


This event is a fundraiser for the Van Wert County Rotary and the Van Wert County Chapter of the American Red Cross.



Sheriff Report on Park Arrests
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports two individuals have been arrested as a result of increased patrols to Mercer County’s parks.  Arrested for public indecency was 30  year old Lauren Hart,  of Celina Ohio, and 44 year old Anthony Siler, of Lima Ohio.  Hart and Siler were found in a vehicle engaged in inappropriate activity for a park at 10:33 PM at Bunge Park located in Jefferson Township, off of State Route 29. 

“Everyone was warned about inappropriate activity at the parks,” stated Sheriff Grey, “we are serious about keeping our parks family friendly, this activity is not going to be tolerated, you will go to jail.”



Sheriff Reports Death in Celina
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office is investigating the death of 39 year old Eric S. Hunley.  Hunley was found deceased at his residence located at 5468 Ada Drive, Celina Ohio.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received the call at 3:02 PM on Wednesday (9-3-2014). 

Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs ordered an autopsy to determine cause of death.  Deputies recovered 10 capsules of suspected heroin and other drug paraphernalia at the scene.  “The investigation is ongoing,” stated Sheriff Grey, “at this time nothing indicates that this is a suspicious death.”



September 4, 2014


Henkle Insurance is Business of the Month

The Rockford Chamber is pleased to announce the August Business of the Month is  Henkle Insurance located at 149 S Main St., Rockford.

Henkle Insurance Agency has been serving the Rockford Communities Insurance needs for 50 years this upcoming November. The agency has now reached to three generations in the family when Joel and Jordan Henkle joined their father Todd and grandfather Dan in the office. Stop in their Rockford location to get a free quote today on your auto, home, farm, life, annuity, and commercial needs. 

Congratulations Henkle Insurance!  Thank you for supporting the Rockford Chamber.

Pictured - Joel Henkle, Dan Henkle, Jane Cozad - Rockford Chamber President, Todd Henkle and Jordan Henkle.



The Master’s Own Slated to Perform at Rockford Belle on September 6
On September 6, with doors open at 6 PM and a concert at 7 PM, The Master’s Own will be performing at The Rockford Belle located at 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio.  It will be a time of reflection and celebration of America channeled through Patriotic and Gospel Music!  The Public is invited to attend. A free-will offering will be accepted. 

The Master's Own was formed back in 1982, after originally starting out as The Master's Four, and consisted of Allen Stout, Dan Stout, Craig Stone, Bernie Nelson and Jeannine Black.

The group took a break around 1991 as God lead each member in a different direction.

After a six year hiatus, and plenty of prayer, The Master's Own was reorganized with Bernie Nelson (original member) and two new members consisting of Bernie's sister Dottie Rhoades and brother-in-law Chuck Rhoades.

In 2001 the group was privileged to cross paths with Bob Melford. What started out as a fill in on the keyboard for one night has evolved into a permanency of kindred spirits and a common goal of sharing the gospel through song.

Over the course of The Master's Own history, many miles have been traveled in their ministry. They have sung in MN, WI, IL, IN, KY, TN, OH, PA and also in Canada. They look forward to traveling to many more states and foreign countries in the future.

The Master's Own, of Fairmount, Indiana is excited about serving the Lord together and sharing the gospel through music.

Mark your calendar for this special appearance by The Master’s Own in your area. Invite your friends to experience an evening of wonderful Gospel and Patriotic Music with this energetic gospel group. For concert information contact: Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.


Rockford Village Council Purchasing Land to Create New Subdivision West of Village

The Rockford Village Council, on September 2, 2014, voted to purchase 20 acres of land from Tom Rogers. The land is located west of Rockford on Rockford West Road. The village has never bought entered into a subdivision project before but officials cite a lack of land for people to purchase and build. The last time a subdivsion went into Rockford, it was privately developed by Roy Thompson. Named Heather Park Subdivision on Holly Lane on the west side of Rockford, those building lots have all been sold and built upon. The new village subdivision  will have 40-60 lots at a half-acre each. Tom Rogers is financing the sale at no interest and will buy back any unsold lots.

 James Lee, representative of the PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) told councilmen about the new website designed to help consumers of energy make decisions when confronted with choosing energy suppliers. The website compares apples to apples and makes rate comparisons easier. The site is also sort-able by many other options such as opt-out fees and length of terms. PUCO stands ready to help consumers and are available with just a phone call.



Village Council Meeting Minutes for September 2, 2014
Click Here for full details of the meeting by Lisa Kuhn, fiscal agent.





Big Brothers Big Sisters Presents Dancing with the BIG Stars

There is no other place to be on Saturday, November 15 than at the Overdrive, located at 3769 U.S. 127, Celina, OH 45822, for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dancing with the BIG Stars event! This event is based off of the popular TV show, Dancing with the Stars. A group of prominent community members from throughout the area will put on their “boogie shoes” and test their newly learned dancing skills with their experienced dance partners. These dancers are putting their heart and soul into dancing and raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties. Each of the celebrity dancers and their experienced dance partners will compete twice on Saturday, November 15 at the Overdrive during an afternoon matinee performance starting at 12:30 p.m. and an evening dinner performance starting at 5:00 p.m..


The 2014 cast includes Abby Balster (Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters) dancing with Steve Hartwig, Pat Green (Detective, Wapakoneta Police Department) dancing with Jessica Welker, Rex Katterheinrich (Administrator, Village of New Knoxville) dancing with Kelly Hawk, Jeff Knapke (Manager Sales/Marketing, VersaPak) dancing with Janessa Schwieterman, Pete Lisi (Fundraising Representative) dancing with Ashley Etzkorn, Ambyr Rose (Morning Show Host, New Country 92.1 The Frog) dancing with Zach Ferrall, Andy Schwieterman (Realtor, BeeGee Realty) dancing with Lisa Grunden, and Shelly Vaughn (Superintendent, Ft. Recovery Schools) dancing with Ron Rindler. The professional dancers represent several dance studios throughout our servicing area, including:  Dancer by Gina, The Dance Centre, En Pointe Dance Studio, and Wagner Ballroom Dance Studio. 


Dancers will be taking lessons, rehearsing their dances and soliciting funds over the next few months.F fans can vote NOW for their favorite community dancer at or at the BBBS office located at 204 E. Spring St., St. Marys. Every vote is a $5 donation to BBBS. The BIG Star Award will be announced at the dinner performance and is based on the celebrity dancer that raises the most money on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition, a Judge’s Choice Award will be given to the couple that has the best dance performance based on the judges’ critiques. The night’s featured judges are Lucy Staugler, Eric Wellman, and Jane Diller.


Tickets are still available if you would like to be a member of the audience for this event, and each dinner ticket includes a catered dinner in addition to the performance.  There are only Bronze Level tickets left for $30 each for the dinner show; the Gold Level and Silver Level are SOLD OUT. The matinee performance includes snacks and a beverage. These tickets are $20 per person and are sold on a first come first serve basis.  Dancer voting ballots, ticket information, and event information about Dancing with the BIG Stars can be found on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties website at All votes are tax deductible. Proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert  Counties’ ongoing efforts to make a difference in your community, one child at a time.




September 3, 2014


Parkway High School Marching Band
by Parkway's Own Nikki Fox

Nikki's Parkway Fall Sports pictures will be posted this week.

Visit back!


1st Annual Parkway Athletic Booster Club Open

Sunday September 28, 2014

8:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Shot Gun Start

Dinner @ Noon

Deerfield Golf Course

5621 Shelley Rd.

Rockford, OH

$50 / Person

$200 / Team

45 Minimum Handicap

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Prizes

To Register Contact:

Bryan Schoenleben

419.733.3275  or

 Checks made payable to:

Parkway Athletic Boosters

Deadline: Wednesday September 17



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

Photo caption:  The Leopard Skin, which Captain James Riley brought back from Morocco, Africa on his 1837-1839 trading voyages, will be on exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, on Sunday, September 14.

On Sunday, September 14, 1:00 – 4:00, the 55th Anniversary of the Mercer County Historical Museum, will feature the exhibit about Captain James Riley.  On exhibit will be the leopard skin which Riley brought back from Morocco, Africa, from his trading voyages, 1837-1839.   This leopard skin is a gift from Mary Torgoman, Thomas Pearsall, and Catherine Parry, children of Virginia Bannister Pearsall, the descendants of Captain James Riley’s daughter Amelia, wife of Dr. William Murdoch.  Details of this history are a part of the exhibit of the leopard skin.  Riley’s original ship logs from his 1830’s voyages will also be on exhibit. 


The book, “Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce,” written by Riley, in 1816, about his 1815 shipwreck and the capture of Riley and his crew by Arabs of the Sahara Desert, will be on display.  McMurtry’s book, “The Influence of Riley’s Narrative upon Abraham Lincoln,”  which relates how Lincoln wrote that Riley’s book influenced him against slavery, will be on display.  Dean King’s book, “Skeleton’s on the Zahara,”  which tells the story of Riley and the 1815 shipwreck, will be on display.  The son of Captain James Riley, William Willshire Riley’s book, “Sequel to Riley’s Narrative,”which relates the story of Captain Riley’s experiences in Mercer County and northwest Ohio, including the platting of the Village of Willshire, will be on display.  The story of Henry Clay, United States Senator, and his visit to Captain Riley at his home in Willshire is included.  The Mercer County Historical Society’s book, “Ohio’s Last Frontiersman Connecticut Mariner Captain James Riley,” will be on display. The “50th Anniversary” book for the history of the Mercer Co. Historical Society is included.


Since this exhibit is in celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the Mercer County Historical Museum,  some readers may not know the history of the founding of the Mercer County Historical Museum in 1959.  In 1957, the Mercer County Commissioners asked three men to found the Mercer County Historical Society and the Mercer County Historical Museum.   The next two years included the organization of Charter Members of the Mercer County Historical Society.  Charter Members included Mercer Countians, as well as the Mercer County Commissioners and the Elected Officials of the Mercer County Courthouse. While Officers of the Historical Society took care of the administrative responsibilities, Bronsart Gilberg was employed as Curator of the exhibits at the Museum.  The Dedication of the Mercer County Historical Museum was held at the Museum at the corner of Main and Fayette Streets on September 8, 1959.


On May 27, 1975, the Mercer County Commissioners purchased the Lena Riley Home, 130 East Market, Celina, for the Mercer County Historical Society and the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The summer and winter of 1975-1976, was spent in the organization of the Museum, for the first Open House at the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, on April 25, 1976. 


While reading the Library books in Miss Lena Riley’s bookcase, I found the books “Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce,” by Captain James Riley, and “Sequel to Riley’s Narrative,”  by Captain Riley’s son, Wm. Willshire Riley.  Those two books set the pattern for the quest to learn about Captain James Riley, and his influence on Mercer County and Ohio and American History.  James Watson Riley, son of the Captain, platted the Village of Celina in 1834.  Thus, the reader can understand the relationship of the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, and Mercer County’s history.


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




September 1-2, 2014


Courtney Couple to Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Richard (Dick) and Jean Courtney of Rockford will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a family dinner.

Dick Courtney and the former Jean Freeland  were married on September 5, 1964 at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Charles Bricker officiating.

The wedding party included: best man, James Courtney; maid of honor Candice (Membury) DeFrancesco; and attendants Marilyn (Gehle) Roediger, Roger Freeland and Dan Harter; flower girl Yvonne (DeVall) Worley and ring bearer Lloyd Gehle.


The couple have three sons: Darrell (Dotty), Coldwater; Tim (Vicki), Evans, Georgia, and Keith (Amber), Rockford. They also have two grandsons, Dylan and Bentley Courtney, eight step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. Dick worked at Avco New Idea and retired from Mercer Landmark. Jean is retired from Parkway Local Schools as a cook.  









Cory Couple, Former Rockford Residents, to Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary – Card Shower Requested

 The friends of Jerold and Elizabeth Cory, 21 Somerset Road, Delaware, OH  43015 are requesting a very special card shower for the couple in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary on September 5, 2014. The couple spent 15 years of their marriage living and working in Rockford, Ohio in the Parkway School system. Elizabeth taught high school English beginning around 1957, and Jerold taught government and later became Parkway High School Principal, too.

The couple recall meeting as youngsters at a birthday party when she was 4 and he was 6. They began dating in high school when he was a senior and she was a sophomore. Elizabeth went on to college and Jerold was drafted into the army and served a term in Korea. When he returned from the Korean War, he went to college as well and later asked her to be his bride. They were blessed with two children.

If you remember this special couple from their years in Rockford, please mail them a card at the address above.

Thank you to Jerry and Ellen (Salway) Riegle for being close friends of the Cory family and sponsoring this card shower.






Thompson’s to celebrate 40th Wedding Anniversary

Steve and Marcia Thompson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Steve and Marcia (Johnston) were united in marriage on September 7, 1974 at the United Methodist Church in Continental, Ohio.  They have resided in Rockford since they were married.  They are parents of 2 children, Julie (William) Towns of Reynoldsburg and Curtis (Jessica) of Grove City. They are the proud grandparents of 4 grandchildren: Alaina, Sloane, Madison, and Paxton. Email well wishes to:



Jordan Thompson signed to the Detroit Lions Practice Team on August 31, 2014.  Congratulations to our Parkway Graduate!



Century Farm Status Comes to Family in Mendon

Century Farm Status has been approved for land owned by Robert maurer and his sister Pam (Maurer) Young. The farm land was acquired by their Great-Great-Great Grandfather Richard Palmer in 1834. In the early 1800's Richard Palmer, who was  a blacksmith, traveled from Maryland to Fort Wayne.  There he became associated with the Indian Agent Mr. Johnson. When Mr. Johnston moved to Piqua, Richard Palmer traveled there and purchased land.
In 1834 Richard Palmer purchased farmland in Mercer County and moved
his family to what is now the Mendon area.
Pam and Robert are quite proud to still own a large portion of the original
farmland.  The even have original copies of tax bills from 1840.
Congratulations to Robert and Pam!


Help Rockford Recreation Secure a Grant
Rockford Recreation Association is competing for a $2,500 grant from the
Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive program. All we need to do is collect online petition signatures  from people that support the youth recreational programs provided by  Rockford Rec and commit to demonstrate
good sportsmanship in our  community. The top five organizations that
collect the most online signatures will receive the $2,500 award!
The online petition is free and only takes 30 seconds to complete. Once
submitted, you will  receive a confirmation email with a link that you will
need to click to verify your petition.
You can access the survey in three different ways:

"Like" Rockford Recreation Association on Facebook and follow the link
  posted on our Facebook page and click on the banner at the top of the page
Click on the following direct link:
Visit this link and search for "Rockford Recreation
  Association" by organization name
  Also, please help spread the word by forwarding this email on to your
  parents, friends, aunts, uncles, siblings, neighbors, or anyone else that
  will appreciates Rockford Recreation Association!
  Thank you for your continued support of Rockford Recreation Association
  and I am excited to see your name added to our signature list!
  Rockford Recreation Association


Parkway Football News

Panthers Varsity Football lost to Crestview on Friday, August 29. On Saturday AM, August 30, the Panther Junior Varsity Team beat Crestview 22-8.


Parkway Junior Varsity Volleyball News

The JV Panthers won the Coldwater Invitational going 3-0 for the day. Each match went three games.



Local Genealogical Society to Meet

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, September 7, at 2:00  The speakers will be Sue Miller and Annie Miller, with the topic   ‘Meet the Ancestors.’  The goal of this presentation is to help and inspire others to share  their genealogy in a unique and attention grabbing  arrangement, through stories and pictures. Whether the aim is to record and preserve the memory of a family  member, a family group  or an incident, and to share this with others.  Those interested in beginning their own project, are asked to bring a copy of a photograph of an ancestor. At the end of the program they will have the opportunity to start a family heritage album of their own. This presentation is ideal for anyone in search of new ideas to create or add to their family history.

Also a number of genealogical materials from the  estate of Lucille Gertz will be offered fo a donation to the Chapter’s Memorial Fund

The meeting  will held at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.  It is free and the public is welcome.


Rally Day at St. John’s Hopewell

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township will be celebrating their
annual Sunday School Rally Day on September 7.  Church service begins at
9:00 a.m. followed by our Sunday School Rally Day at approximately 10:15
a.m.  This year, our Sunday School children will sing some of the songs
they learned at our Bible School, as well as  the members of our
congregation that attended the Henderson Settlement Project will share
their experiences.  This summer, church member, Jeremy Tribolet, along with
Parkway graduate, Caden Rodriguez and a few other Ball State University Cru
members (Campus Crusade for Christ) went on a Summer Project to Virginia
Beach.  They were joined by 70 other students from the Great Lakes Region
on this awesome evangelism and leadership mentoring project.  They will
share their story as well as answer questions during our celebration.  A
carry-in meal will then be enjoyed with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs
being provided.  We hope you can join us for this very special day.



The Mercer County PERI Members will meet at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 9, at the Hopewell Grange Hall at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina.

The speaker will be the Representative from OPERS.  This will be an important meeting, for information about OPERS retirement and benefits in the future.

Remember that coffee, juice, and donuts will be available for the 9:30 Early Birds!



Rockford Area Fall Garage Sale
September 12th-13th

The Rockford area fall community-wide garage sale will be held September 12-13. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Rockford Recreation Association. Residents living in the Rockford area can register their sale for $10; or, out-of-towners can purchase a vendor space to set up at Shanes park for $15.  Registration will include local advertising and printed map, addresses, and sale descriptions to be distributed the week of the sale. The deadline to register your sale is September 5th. For more information or to register, call (419)234-2830. Registrations can also be completed at the Rockford Village Office or the Rockford Carnegie Library during regular business hours.


Van Wert County Junior Fair Winners


Winners        Canine

            Showmanship Junior A Trophy Won by: Lana Carey

            Sponsored by:          Youth For Christ

            Showmanship Intermediate A       Trophy Won by: Brendan Browning

            Sponsored by:          Youth For Christ

            Obedience Beginner Novice A     Trophy Won by: Libby Price

            Sponsored by:          Youth For Christ


Winners        Sheep

            Senior Sheep Showman    Trophy Won by: Ethan Greulach

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of Terry Hiller - Hiller Family

            Intermediate Sheep Showman     Trophy Won by: Emily Greulach

            Sponsored by:          Brad Owens Family

            Junior Sheep Showman    Trophy Won by: Brendon Doner

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms

            Champion Sheep Showman Cash Won by: Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          E.O. "Nick" Stemen

            Champion Sheep Showman Chair Won by: Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          E.O. "Nick" Stemen

            Grand Champion Ram       Trophy Won by: Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Dick Jellison- Paul Ross Memorial Award

            Reserve Champion Ram    Award Won by: Hunter Hamrick

            Sponsored by:          R Lane Acres

            Reserve Champion Ewe    Trophy Won by: Brendon Doner

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Animal Hospital

            Best Rate of Gain    Feed Scoop  Won by: Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          VW County Old Fashioned Farmers Days

            Best Rate of Gain 2nd        Award Won by: Ryan Rager

            Sponsored by:          R Lane Acres

            1st Light Weight Market Class Trophy Won by: Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Double T Farm

            2nd Light Weight Market Class Trophy    Won by: Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          Rager Home Improvement, Inc.

            1st Heavy Weight Market Class Trophy   Won by: Ethan Greulach

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of David Allen Hiller - Hiller Family

            Grand Champion Market Lamb Trophy   Won by: Emily Greulach

            Sponsored by:          Wayne Kemler and Family

            Grand Champion Market Lamb Banner Won by: Emily Greulach

            Sponsored by:          Gary Richey Auctioneer

            Reserve Champion Market Lamb Trophy Won by: Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          In memory of Andy Kemler By Knapke Suffolks



Reserve Champion Market Lamb Banner Won by: Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          Tri-County Driving School, Tom Osting

            Grand Champion Performance Lamb Banner Won by:           Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          In Memory Of Imogene Wortman

            Grand Champion Performance Lamb Trophy Won by:            Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          Ron & Carla Young & Family

            Reserve Champion Performance Lamb  Banner Won by: Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          Gary Richey Auctioneer

            Reserve Champion Performance Lamb  Trophy Won by: Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          Rager Home Improvement, Inc.

            1st Medium Weight Market Class Trophy Won by: Emily Greulach

            Sponsored by:          Sorgen Farms

            2nd Medium Weight Market Class Trophy Won by: Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          C & K Family Farms

            Winners        Rabbits

            Champion Junior ShowmanTrophy         Won by:         Sophia Miller

            Sponsored by: Nancy Dixon

            Champion Intermediate ShowmanTrophy          Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by: Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Champion Senior ShowmanTrophy        Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by: Shooting Stars 4-H Club

            Champion Rabbit ShowmanChair           Won by:         Frankie Carey

            Sponsored by: Triple L Farms

            Champion Single FryerTrophy      Won by:         Elijah Wortman

            Sponsored by: The Klinger Family

            Grand Champion Single FryerBanner    Won by:         Elijah Wortman

            Sponsored by: The Don Mosier Family

            Champion Meat PenTrophy          Won by:         Samantha Klinger

            Sponsored by: Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Grand Champion Meat PenBanner         Won by:         Samantha Klinger

            Sponsored by: The Finishing Touch

            Reserve Champion Meat PenTrophy      Won by:         lauren henderson

            Sponsored by: Ned Young Family

            Reserve Champion Meat PenBanner     Won by:         lauren henderson

            Sponsored by: The Finishing Touch

            Champion Doe and LitterTrophy  Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by: Sponsored by: Aaron and Ashley Knittle

            Reserve Doe & LitterTrophy           Won by:         Alicia Rist

            Sponsored by: Greif

            Best of Breed-Hotot TrophyWon by:         Melissa Hauter

            Sponsored by: Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Californian  Trophy            Won by:         Gene Gillespie

            Sponsored by: Ag Credit

            Best of Breed-DutchTrophy           Won by:         Alicia Rist

            Sponsored by: Brickner Ambulance Service

            Best of Breed-Dwarf Hotot Trophy            Won by:         Melissa Hauter

            Sponsored by: Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Best of Breed-English Lop TrophyWon by:         Justin Overmyer

            Sponsored by: Dr. Daryl Osborn

            Best of Breed-English Spot           Trophy            Won by:         Brynn Mollenkopf

            Sponsored by: Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Best Of Breed-Flemish Giant         Trophy            Won by:         Leslie Marbaugh

            Sponsored by: Van Wert Co. Township Association

            Best of Breed-Florida White           Trophy            Won by:         Braxton Strunkenburg

            Sponsored by: Vaeda & Gretchen Heizman

            Best of Breed-Crème D'Argent      Trophy            Won by:         Cody Gamble

            Sponsored by: Leaders of the Future 4-H Club

            Best of Breed-Havana        Trophy            Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by: The Don Mosier Family

            Best of Breed-Himalayan   Trophy            Won by:         Sarah Klinger

            Sponsored by: Klinger's Rabbitry

            Best of Breed-Holland Lop Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by: Rob, Jacque, Katelyn, Kyra, Kaiven,Keiley and Keaten

            Best of Breed-Mini LopTrophy       Won by:         Frankie Carey

            Sponsored by: Greg Rickard & Family

            Best of Breed-Jersey Wooley        Trophy            Won by:         Frankie Carey

            Sponsored by: Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Best of Breed-Mini Rex       Trophy            Won by:         Katie Hauter

            Sponsored by: Candy Osborn

            Best of Breed-Mini Satin    Trophy            Won by:         Libby Price

            Sponsored by: Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Best of Breed-Mixed Breed            Trophy            Won by:         Elijah Wortman

            Sponsored by: Alan & Shayna DeLong Family

            Best of Breed-Netherland Dwarf   Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by: The Robert McClure  Family

            Best of Breed-New Zealand          Trophy            Won by:         Sarah Klinger

            Sponsored by: Kyle & Christie Wendel

            Best of Breed-PolishTrophy           Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by: Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Rhinelander            Trophy            Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by: The Steve Holden Family

            Best of Breed-Satin Trophy            Won by:         Allison hauter

            Sponsored by: Rick McCoy

            Best of Breed-Sliver Fox     Trophy            Won by:         Braxton Strunkenburg

            Sponsored by: Greif

            Best of Breed-Standard Chinchilla          Trophy            Won by: Sophia Miller

            Sponsored by: Klinger Trenching

            Best of Breed-Lion Head    Trophy            Won by:         Derek Biro

            Sponsored by: Mike & Laura Biro And Sons

            Best In Show            TrophyWon by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by: Raabe Ford Lincoln

            Second Best In Show         Trophy            Won by:         allison hauter

            Sponsored by: C & D Lape Rabbitry

            Runner-up Best 4 Class     Trophy            Won by:         Brynn Mollenkopf

            Sponsored by: Pond Seed Company

            Runner-up Best 6 Class     Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Pond Seed Company        





            Winners    Swine

            Champion Farrow to Finish           Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Lee's Ace Hardware

            Reserve Champion Farrow to Finish       Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Master's Heating & Cooling

            3rd Place Farrow to Finish Trophy            Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

            4th place Farrow to Finish Trophy            Won by:         Kurt Hoersten

            Sponsored by:          The Steve Holden Family

            Class I Drive A - 1st Trophy            Won by:         Brayden Evans

            Sponsored by:          Barnyard Buddies

            Class I Drive A - 2nd           Trophy            Won by:         Hayley Walker

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class I Drive A - 3rd Trophy            Won by:         Amanda Lobsiger

            Sponsored by:          Remedy Sports Bar & Grill

            Class I Drive B - 1st Trophy            Won by:         Emma Leary

            Sponsored by:          The David C. Girod Family

            Class I Drive B - 2nd           Trophy            Won by:         Sidney Davis

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class I Drive B - 3rd Trophy            Won by:         Jenna Rode

            Sponsored by:          Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Class II Drive A - 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Kevan Owens Family

            Class II Drive A - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Olivia Leary

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class II Drive A - 3rd            Trophy            Won by:         shay pond

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

            Class II Drive B - 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Troy Patterson

            Sponsored by:          Paul and Donna Pohlman Family

            Class II Drive B - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Amanda Lobsiger

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class II Drive B - 3rd            Trophy            Won by:         Jason Whitler

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

            Class III Drive A- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Tara Vorst

            Sponsored by:          Brooks and Nancy Myers

            Class III Drive A - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Madison Williams

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class III Drive A - 3rd           Trophy            Won by:         Dane Ebel

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by F & S Floor Covering

            Class III Drive B- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Foxhunters

            Class III Drive B - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Nick Keber

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class III Drive B - 3rd           Trophy            Won by:         McKenzie Davis

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Class IV Drive A- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Devann Springer

            Sponsored by:          Warren & Marilyn Reed

            Class IV Drive A - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class IV Drive A - 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Layken E. Klinger

            Sponsored by:          Brickner Ambulance Service

            Class IV Drive B- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Laney Jones

            Sponsored by:          Clark Ringwald Family

            Class IV Drive B - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Justin Gibson

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class IV Drive B - 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Paul & Joyce Oechsle & Family

            Class V Drive A- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Pioneer Seeds: Robert Gehres

            Class V Drive A - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Chase Clark

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class V Drive A - 3rd           Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          J & J Ag Equipment

            Class V Drive B- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         zoey pond

            Sponsored by:          Lloyd Seed Service, Pioneer Hi- Bred

            Class V Drive B - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Kurt Hoersten

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class V Drive B - 3rd           Trophy            Won by:         Reagan Priest

            Sponsored by:          J & J Ag Equipment

            Class VI Drive A- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Chloe Kroeger

            Sponsored by:          Ronald Kill Family

            Class VI Drive A - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Hayley Walker

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class VI Drive A - 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Bobby Spath

            Sponsored by:          Joyce & Paul G. Oechsle

            Class VI Drive B- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Brayden Evans

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by Dan Miller

            Class VI Drive B - 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Destiny Coil

            Sponsored by:          Remedy Sports Bar & Grill

            Class VII Drive A- 1st          Trophy            Won by:         Troy Patterson

            Sponsored by:          Schumm Farms

            Class VII Drive A - 2nd        Trophy            Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class VII Drive A - 3rd         Trophy            Won by:         Jason Whitler

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Class VII Drive B- 1st          Trophy            Won by:         Breena Grace

            Sponsored by:          Century Trading Company

            Class VII Drive B - 2nd        Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class VII Drive B - 3rd         Trophy            Won by:         Elijah Wortman

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Class VIII Drive A- 1st         Trophy            Won by:         Tyler Priest

            Sponsored by:          Master's Heating & Cooling

            Class VIII Drive A - 2nd       Trophy            Won by:         Gabe Evans

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class VIII Drive A - 3rd        Trophy            Won by:         Destiny Coil

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Class VIII Drive B - 1st        Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          Gary Richey Auctioneer

            Class VIII Drive B - 2nd       Trophy            Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

            Class VIII Drive B - 3rd        Trophy            Won by:         Chase Clark

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Champion Barrow   Trophy            Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Paul and Donna Pohlman Family

            Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog   Banner           Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Heffelfinger Farms

            Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog   Trophy            Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Matthews Farms

            Junior Showman Winner   Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms

            Junior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Laney Jones

            Sponsored by:          Leland Smith Insurance Services

            Junior Showman 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Young Farmers

            Junior Showman 4th          Trophy            Won by:         Betty Vorst

            Sponsored by:          VW County Old Fashioned Farmers Days

            Intermediate Showman Winner    Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Intermediate Showman 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Betty Vorst

            Sponsored by:          Kennedy Kuhn Inc.

            Intermediate Showman 3rd            Trophy            Won by:         Chase Clark

            Sponsored by:          Crestview FFA

            Intermediate Showman 4th            Trophy            Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview FFA

            Senior Showman Winner  Trophy            Won by:         Brayden Evans

            Sponsored by:          Stoller Farms, Inc.

            Senior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Gabe Evans

            Sponsored by:          Mike & Christy Wortman and Family

            Senior Showman 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Troy Patterson

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview FFA

            Senior Showman 4th          Trophy            Won by:         katie mcclure

            Sponsored by:          Baer Farms, Ltd.

            Champion Swine Showman         Chair  Won by:         Jason Whitler

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms





Celina P.D. would like to take a moment to remind people to be aware of phone scams.  These are a continuous concern as criminals have found this to be an easy way to steal your money with little to no chance of being caught.  A common one lately has been for the caller to claim to be with a government agency such as the IRS, Homeland Security or the FBI.  They claim money is owed if not paid the person faces prison. This is not how these agencies work.

Other scams will claim the victim won something, such as a car or money.  The caller says the “winner” has to pay some type of fee up from.  Taxes, shipping fees or some other reason that money must be paid up front is given.  These are scams, you will never see the prize. 

Others will send you a check and ask for a smaller amount of cash in return.  Whatever reason they give, this is also a scam.  Their check will take weeks to get through the banking system and come back as a fake.  You will owe you bank whatever amount you sent the other person along with fees and whatever is spent from the check you cashed.

Never give you personal or financial / banking information out over the phone and never to someone you do not know and trust.


Parkway Golf on August 28, 2014
Coldwater 184 Parkway 211  at Mercer County Elks


for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 44

Connor Morton 45

Clayton Agler 60

Cole Schoenleben 62


also for Parkway 

Ashton Hamrick 62

Hunter Gause 63


For Coldwater

Tyler Kanney 40

Jarren Kunk 44

Josh Scott 47

Ben Meyer 53


Also for Coldwater

Ben Schmitmeyer 56

Kohl Koester 75


Coldwater 2-3 2-2 MAC

Parkway  1-4 0-4 MAC



SATURDAY (8/30/14)     8:30AM.   ( SHOTGUN START)



 2014 FINAL TEAM RESULTS                                                         “TOP 10” INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TEAM                                    SCORE                   NAME                                   SCHOOL                               SCORE

RUSSIA 1                              328                         JOE SLUSHER                      COVINGTON                      72

MINSTER                             329                         ALEX BRITTEN                    NEW BREMEN                   75

COVINGTON                      336                         MICHAEL OLMOR             ANNA                                   78

ANNA                                   338                         AUSTIN BRACKMAN       MINSTER                             79

MIAMI EAST 1                   341                         LEVI WINN                          COVINGTON                      80**

VERSAILLES                         342*                      GRIFFEN RIEGLE                               VERSAILLES                         80

NEW BREMEN                   342                         JONAH COUNTS                               RUSSIA                                 80

MILTON UNION                                368                         ALEX JENKINS                    GRAHAM                             80          

LEHMAN CATHOLIC         369                         NICK L. STONEBRAKER   VERSAILLES                         81          

RUSSIA 2                              370                         GAVIN HOYING                                RUSSIA                                 81

MARION LOCAL                372                         JOEY SMEDLEY                   MILTON UNION                                81

TRI-VILLAGE                       377                                                                        

PARKWAY                           379                                                                                        

NATIONAL TRAIL              381                        

FRANKLIN MONROE        382                                       

ST. HENRY                           388                                        

COLDWATER 1                   390                                        

GRAHAM                             397        

MIAMI EAST 2                   447                        

COLDWATER 2                   449


*WINS  6TH MAN TIE-BREAKER                 


Additional Panther Golf

Team's best 18 hole score this season so far.  Team total 379 

13th out of 18 varsity teams


Scoring for Parkway at this Match








Letter to Parkway Parents from Greg Puthoff, Superintendent on  August 27, 2014

Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is a defendant in a federal lawsuit. Our school district is not a party in the lawsuit.  It has come to our attention that ODE will be releasing personal information about our students, and we want to ensure that you are aware of this release so you can take any steps you find appropriate.  While the district has no legal power to stop this release, please be assured that per the court order student names, addresses, and Social Security numbers will not be part of what ODE releases.  Please review the notice from ODE and direct any questions regarding this matter to the Ohio Department of Education at 877-644-6338 or mail a letter to the courts as indicated below.

Greg Puthoff

Parkway Superintendent



JOHN DOE, et al., : CASE NO.: 2:91-cv-00464


Plaintiffs, : JUDGE: WATSON




STATE OF OHIO, et al. :


Defendants. :


This is a message from the U.S. District Court in the case identified above. This notice may apply to you if you are a student or the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in an Ohio public school since 2013.

The purpose of this notice is to inform you that, as part of a lawsuit related to funding for special education, a request has been made to the Ohio Department of Education for educational information regarding individual Ohio public school students. The purpose of this notice is to inform you about the request, about the information to be disclosed, and about your right to object to the disclosure of the information.

The information that will be provided includes data for all Ohio students attending a school district or community school for the 2013/2014 school year. Some examples of the types of data include: a student identifying number; demographic information, such as school, grade, gender, race, age, and disability category; attendance statistics; information on suspensions and expulsions; and results on state tests such as the Ohio Graduation Tests, the Ohio Achievement Assessments, and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Your student’s name, address, and

Case: 2:91-cv-00464-MHW-TPK Doc #: 274-2 Filed: 08/13/14 Page: 1 of 4 PAGEID #: 6331 {00119793-2} 2

social security number will not be disclosed because the Ohio Department of Education does not possess that information. Once disclosed, the information is protected by an order of the court, and cannot be used for any purpose other than this litigation. No information will be disclosed beyond the participants in the litigation in a way that allows an individual student to be identified.


Disability Rights Ohio, a not-for-profit organization that represents persons with disabilities, has filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Ohio for a class consisting of all disabled students in Ohio public schools and disabled students seeking enrollment in Ohio public schools. The lawsuit challenges the way that Ohio funds the provision of special education services and other related services.

As part of the lawsuit, Plaintiffs have requested that the Ohio Department of Education disclose information that it stores in the Educational Management Information System, or “EMIS,” which is a statewide data collection system for Ohio's primary and secondary education. Examples of EMIS data includes student statewide identifiers (SSID); demographic information, such as school, grade, gender, race, age, and disability category; attendance statistics; information on suspensions and expulsions; and results on state tests such as the Ohio Graduation Tests, the Ohio Achievement Assessments, and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. EMIS does not include students’ names, addresses, or social security numbers.

The Court presiding over this matter has determined that some or all of the information that the Plaintiffs seek from EMIS may be relevant to the claims and defenses in this lawsuit and has ordered the Ohio Department of Education to provide this information to Plaintiffs. However, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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(“FERPA”), a federal law relating to education records, and under Ohio law, the information sought by Plaintiffs is confidential and generally cannot be disclosed without the permission of the person who the information is about. Education information that is protected by FERPA may, however, be disclosed without permission under Court Order. Before educational information may be released, affected students and parents must be provided notice that the information will be disclosed and be allowed an opportunity to object to the disclosure of such information.


If you do not object to the disclosure of information described above, you do not have to do anything.

If you object to the disclosure of information described above and you want to inform the Judge of your objection, you must do all of the following:

1. Write a letter to the Judge telling him what you object to;

2. On the first page of your letter, write in large or underlined letter: “OBJECTIONS TO DISCLOSURE OF FERPA INFORMATION IN DOE V. STATE, Case No. 91-464.”

3. Mail your letter to:

Clerk’s Office: Judge Watson’s Docket

U.S. Courthouse

85 Marconi Boulevard

Columbus, Ohio 43215

A parent or guardian may object on behalf of a minor student, but must state in the objection the relationship that he or she has with the affected minor student.


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You may also include your contact information such that the Court or the parties’ counsel may contact you to discuss your concerns.

Objections must be received no later than September 12, 2014. All objections will be maintained by the Court under seal, which means they will not be available to the public, but they will be available to the parties’ attorneys.

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August 27-31, 2014



Rockford Library to Start Preschool Program in September

P.L.A.Y. group, the weekly preschool program offered by the Rockford Carnegie Library, will begin Tuesday, September 16th.  The program starts at 10:30 and lasts for one hour.  The children play with toys and make a craft and end the hour with a story time.  All preschoolers who can use the restroom are welcome to join us.  The program is free.  Please call the library at 419-363-2630 or stop in to register your child.  The program will be held each week during the school year with a break in December at Christmas.



Farm Focus at the Fair



Farm Focus, a non-profit field research and clinical trial program sponsored by Van Wert County, The Marsh Foundation School Farms, and Ohio State University Extension, started as a plowing match and turned into a two-day farm show held each year on an individual farm somewhere in Van Wert County, Ohio.  For 30 years the masses attended Farm Focus to see agricultural exhibits, educational speakers, and machinery demonstrations.  

The Farm Focus Committee during its prime had over 200 volunteer members; however, with the changes in agriculture, the show was discontinued and reduced to random Field Days when there was a need to highlight new technology or educate farmers on research plots or trials that were conducted on 300 acres of the March Foundation School Farms.  If you go to the Farm Focus web page today, you’ll find the message “Due to budget cuts within Ohio State University Extension, the Farm Focus Program Manager position has been eliminated, resulting in the field day cancellation.”  That message was written in 2009.

This year at the Van Wert County Fair, an effort is being made to revive Farm Focus.  On Wednesday and Thursday of the fair, vendors and speakers will be offered to speak about GMOs, new Farm Technology to include two drone demonstrations, aquatic ecosystems, and other topics centered around the Farm Focus type topics some of us remember from years past.  A full list of speakers can be found at and  partners nicely with the Fair’s Lunch Ticket Program which will allow admission to the fair from 11-2pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and also Friday to enjoy the speakers and demonstrations during work hours.  Fair patrons will be asked to pay $5 at the gate when they arrive in the 11-2 hours and will be refunded the $5 if they depart before 2:00 to head back to work.  Fair starts Wednesday 27 August!




Allen County’s Workers to Celebrate Labor Day with Parade


August 27, 2014, Lima, OH — The community’s largest parade will be the centerpiece of local Labor Day activities on Monday, September 1. Labor organizations, their members, workers, families and faith and community leaders will gather and march to celebrate Labor Day and recognize the role of working families who have been the foundation of the region’s economic stability.


Organized and sponsored by the Allied Labor Council, the Labor Day Parade will continue a local tradition going back to 1982. The first Labor Day holiday in the United States was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. They followed that with another celebration a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. By 1887, it was established as an official holiday to support the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

The parade assembles along North Main Street and marches south through the Town Square. Grand Marshal will be Dave Rabe, until recently, the Chairman of the Allied Labor Council. He has served his local union and the community through his elected position as President of UAW Local 1219 at Ford. The Allied Labor Council expects approximately 5,000 people to participate in the parade and an additional 6,000 - 8,000 spectators. The Parade steps off at 10:00 AM.


The Grand Marshal and other honored guests will be presented with honors at a brief ceremony at the Town Square Reviewing Stands at 9:00 AM. The Mayor and Commissioners will issue proclamations at this ceremony. The public are invited to both events, (ceremonies and parade).


Music and dance studio sets open house event

Van Wert, OH – August 25, 2014


Husband-wife team Richard Humbach and Sarah Hope Wells, of Van Wert, announce the opening of their studio, the Bachwell, in downtown Van Wert. This center for the performing arts will include private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, and oboe along with a dance academy for children and adults. Over the winter, the Bachwell will be expanded to include recording capabilities, suitable for soloists as well as multi-instrumentalist bands and full-scale music production. The Bachwell building, located at 116 N. Washington St, in the former Anderson Architects firm, will also be available for community events.

An Open House will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Classes begin Monday, September 15. Those interested can visit or telephone 323-252-5565 for more information.


The Marsh Foundation & Big Brothers Big Sisters

Needs Volunteers for Supper Club Program


The Marsh Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters need volunteers to be a Big for the Supper Club Program.  We have several youth from The Marsh Foundation looking forward to spending some time with a special friend a couple of times a month beginning in late October.  Without enough volunteers some of these youth may not be able to participate in the program.  You could be that special person!  One youth from the program in the past said that the best day we had a Supper Club was the day he got his Big!  You could help give another youth the same experience.


The program will begin in  late October.  In the Supper Club program, the Bigs and Littles get together on the first and third Thursdays of the month for supper and an activity.  Some of the things planned include a Christmas Party & Feast, All Group Birthday Party, art project at Wassenberg Art Center, service projects, going to Camp Clay, making meals, Minute to Win It games, The Amazing Race, and lots of other fun! 


The volunteers also visit their Little at the youth’s group home once a month on a weekend day of their choosing for a couple of hours.


To participate in this program or for more information, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 419-394-2990 or 1-866-670-BBBS, or e-mail: or Sherry Grone from The Marsh Foundation at 419-605-2512 or


It doesn’t take a lot to make a BIG difference in a life of a youth at The Marsh Foundation.  A past youth summed it up when he said it is really cool how you guys do this for us.  It is really appreciated.  It’s a lot of fun.  Contact BBBS or The Marsh Foundation today to Start Something. 



Buckeye Vintage Scooter Meet

Jay County readies itself to host the Buckeye Annual Scooter Meet at the Fairgrounds.

September 4-6,  2014

The Buckeye Scooter meet will hold its annual meet September 4-6,  at the Jay County Fairgrounds.  The event will feature several variety of older bikes and scooters, a swap meet, parts, treasures, junk, food and fun for all.  We are encouraging all Vintage Campers to join us for this event.  An all-day pass at the gate is $3.00. 

Special Event for Children with Disabilities

Stable of Hope a division of C. & C Bible Fellowship, Berne Indiana, PLANS A SPECIAL EVENT TO HONOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES on September 13, 2014 at the C. &  C Bible Fellowship campus at 4383 S 150 E Berne, Indiana. The event will give these special kids a chance to pet a pony, ride a horse, ride in a pony cart or an Amish buggy. How about a hay ride in a special built wagon just for them. Petting zoo, free lunch and more.  Yes, this is all FREE for these special kids. Parents, guardians, grandparents bring that special child to a special event.  Program time is 11:00 to 2:30. If you have any questions please call 2605899022. Parental release form signed required.


Parkway Golf Results from August 25, 2014

Parkway 188   and  New Bremen 173

Medalist Alex Britton (NB)36 Runners up- Hunter Gause (P), Jacob O'Neill (NB) -43


Scoring for Parkway

Hunter Gause -43

Connor Morton -46

Hayden  Lyons -49

Cole Schoenleben -50


Also for Parkway 

Clayton Agler 51

Ashton Hamrick 58


For New Bremen

Alex Britton -36

Jacob O'Neill -43

Markus Sachtller -46

Max Travis - 48


Also for New Bremen

Derek Bergmen - 53


Parkway 1-4 0-4 in MAC






Then head out to the Schoenleben's on Wilson rd, Thursday, August 28th, from 8:00pm till 10:00pm.

Let's all get behind our team and get things fired up for the first game of the season.

The Panther's will start things off at Crestview, Friday, August 29th.  Kick-off at 7:30.


August 26, 2014



6 Week Series Begins September 11th

VAN WERT, OHIO — Van Wert County Hospital will offer _Active
Parenting Now! _A free workshop for parents of children ages 5-12. The
six-session video and discussion program will be held on Thursday evenings.
Beginning September 11th for 6 weeks, each session will be held in the
hospital’s conference room B&C from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Van Wert Hospital
is located at 1250 S. Washington Street.

This parenting workshop is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio
Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the Ohio Children's Trust Fund
(OCTF) is to take a leadership role and be a catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect in Ohio.  


For more information about this class, visit Registration is required and can be made by calling 419-238-8672.



August 23-25, 2014


Mercer County Sheriff Reports Accident

Sunday, August 24, 2014 6:55 PM
Advisory: US 33 between US 127 and Palmer Rd is closed due to an injury accident, please avoid the area at this time.

The highway reopened at 2 AM.


Parkway FFA Member Selling Mums
By Taylor Hesse at


Taylor Hesse, a junior at Parkway High School, will be selling mums again this  year in hopes of receiving her State Degree this spring. Taylor has raised around 500 mums with the help of her family, and FFA adviser, Alan Post. This summer Taylor has spent many hours watering, fertilizing and trimming her mums.

Taylor has 18 different colors and styles of mums this year. She also has 4 different sizes of pots to choose from. She has black 12in. pots for $10.00, 8in. pots for $5.00, hanging baskets for $15.00, and big decorative pots for 20.00. If you are interested in purchasing mums this year, Taylor can be contacted at 419-795-3069 or at 567-644-5235.


August 22, 2014


Local FFA member selected as member of National FFA Band

By Taylor Hesse at

Taylor Hesse, a member of the Parkway FFA chapter, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 29-Nov. 1 during the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. Taylor, a junior and the daughter of Galen and Tonya Hesse, has been selected to play the baritone again this year in the National FFA Band. Taylor submitted an audition tape and was selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants from across the country. The National FFA Band will perform several times during the national convention and expo. Taylor will join fellow band members in Louisville three days before the event for rehearsals. Taylor would like to thank Mr.Twigg, band director, and Mr. Post, FFA Adviser, for helping her apply again this year. 



Parkway -198 Delphos St. John’s – 187 August 20, 2014


Austin Lucas (DSJ) medalist Derek Klausing (DSJ)runner up



Hayden Lyons 46

Connor Morton 46

Cole Schoenleben 51

Ashton Hamrick 55


Also for Parkway

Hunter Gause 64

Austin Metz 72

Clayton Agler 57



Austin Lucas 41

Derek Klausing 44

Brandon Slate 50

Elliote Courtney 52


Also for DSJ

Steve Leathers 53

Robbie Buescher 54


Parkway 1-2 0-2 in MAC



Parkway 196 and Marion Local 175 – August 21, 2014


For Parkway 

Hayden Lyons 43

Connor Morton 47

Cole Schoenleben 53

Clayton Agler 53


David Gause 57

Ashton Houser 63


For Marion Local

Derek Platfoot     42

Adam Kremer     40

Luke Knapke       46

Collin Fleck        47

Mitch Rethman      52

Jordan Heitkamp    55 


Parkway 1-3    0-3 MAC


August 20-21, 2014


Lockdown at Parkway Schools
Greg Puthoff, Parkway Superintendent
Released this statement around noon on August 20, 2014:


Parents / Guardians,

This morning, a 22 caliber bullet was found on a school bus. The school immediately went to lockdown procedures.

After an investigation, it was determined that a student brought the bullet to “show it off” to other students. No gun was found. The lock-down was then lifted.

Student and Staff Safety is always our Number 1 concern.

If you have any questions, please call me at 419-363-3045.


Greg Puthoff

Parkway Superintendent


Parkway School Go On Lockdown

The Village of Rockford Police are reporting a 41 minute “Lock Down” occurred this morning at Parkway Local Schools. Chief Paul May received a call from Parkway Local Schools that a bus driver doing his “Post Check” of his bus located a .22 caliber (bird shot) bullet on the floor of the school bus. Parkway Schools went into lock down and a search was conducted by staff. Interviews, by staff, of students on the bus revealed information that made it then possible to secure from lock down in about 41 minutes. Chief May credits the team work of Parkway Administration, staff and employees in resolving this matter in a timely manner with minimal disturbance to the learning process. No charges will be filed and no names released due to the age of the student. This turned out to be a matter of a student not using good judgment when bring an item in for Show and Tell.  

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford



The Music Boosters will meet Thurs Aug 21 at 6:30 pm in the community room.  All parents with a student in band and/or choir in 7th through 12th grade are encouraged to attend.  Hope to see you there!


New Idea Reunion Planned
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 V.F.W. Shelter House 3720 STATE ROUTE 118


Detergent Fundraiser

Celina Bulldog Softball is selling Laundry Detergent as a fundraiser to reach their goal they must raise for the new softball field! The detergent is Tide Formula & Gain Formula. The Softener is Downy Formula & Gain Formula. $45 per bucket. Contact any Celina Bulldog softball player or parent in grades 7 - 12 to place your order. All info is on the attached flyer! Any questions, call Nicole at 419.733.1183 or Money due at time of order. Go Lady Bulldogs!



Concession Stand at Boat Races Planned


We are so very close to meeting our portion of the new softball project and hoping that we can meet that goal through our concession stand at the Governor’s Cup Regatta and through the rec soccer concession stand! Again, thank you for your support. This goal cannot happen without YOU!



Flower Sale in Rockford – Order NOW

The Rockford Chamber is launching our FALL Flower Power campaign ! * Top Quality Flowers and bulbs. * Shipment of orders direct to customers * Plant in Fall for Spring Blooms *50% of sales profit on each order. Proceeds to the Rockford Chamber benefit the local community!

Please use the following link to view the online catalog and make your purchase.

Orders can also be place at the Rockford Village Office located at 151 E Columbia St. 


Rockford Fire Department Fund Raiser

Make plans to attend the Rockford Fire Department Open
House / Reverse Raffle / Dinner on September 13th.  The
evening begins at 5 pm with the Reverse Raffle at 7 pm.

Reverse Raffle tickets are on sale now for $50.00 and included
is one chicken dinner ticket.   Additional chicken dinner tickets
are available for $8 each.

* Only 250 tickets to be sold   *  Over $6,000 in prizes

Tickets holders need not be present to win.

Chicken Dinners served from 5 - 7 pm. - order tickets by 08/25/14.

To purchase tickets contact:

Rob or Jordan Belna 419-363-2342 - Ron Searight 419-790-9502
or Brian Bruns 419-953-8439

Your support benefits the Rockford Fire Department and Shanes Park !


Welsh Festival of Song

The annual Gymnfa Ganu or Welsh Festival of Song will be held at the Salem Presbyterian Church at Venedocia on Sunday, August 31. A light supper will be served from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for a free will donation and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The church is handicap accessible.

Chris August to Play at the Van Wert County Fair Gospel Pavilion


Saturday August 30th welcomes 2011’s GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the year, Chris August to Van Wert for FREE!  With paid admission into the fair, you can enjoy talent in the Gospel and Entertainment tents all week long.  From rockabilly and country to southern gospel and Contemporary Christian there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

August’s album No Far Away won GMA’s pop/contemporary album of the year in 2011 and his 2012 album the Upside of Down continues to fill contemporary Christian radio nationwide.  His number 1 hit single “Starry Night” will be sure to be in Saturday night’s playlist.  Other songs you may recognize are “7 X 70” a song about forgiveness, “Battle,” and “Center of It,”  all songs in local playlists on your way to and from work.  

Also Saturday night, opening for Chris August will be Veridia.  Check them out on you tube.  February 2014, Veridia signed with Word Entertainment, Nashville, TN and released their first EP “Inseparable” shortly thereafter. The female-fronted group falls into the category of alternative rock and Veridia means ‘of truth.’  Lead singer Deena Jakoub explained in press releases it’s their creed to strive for raw honesty in all that they do, being true to themselves, the ones they love, and in their music.  Veridia has been acclaimed as a band filled with conviction and passion to bring hope to the hopeless and applauded as a band that cares for their fans and truly wants to serve those who are hurting in any way.  



Wassenberg Art News

There are only days left of The Best of 2014 a traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus before we tote it to its only other stop in Ohio, at the French Art Colony. The world of craft (functional objects) has over time morphed into fine art. This is not your grandmother’s craft show. Van Wert is extremely fortunate to have been chosen to exhibit this body of work. It will be on view through August 24.

Our next exhibit, The Symphony of My Heart, will detail the life and loved ones of Saffron Goetschius through something called mail art. Mail art is typically collages of mixed media placed on a post card, with instructions to the post office to hand cancel. and are they are mailed as is. My mailbox has been full almost everyday with the body of the work arriving through the United States Post Office. Thank you mail carrier, your pack is probably much lighter following delivery at my house. 
These cards of communication will hang from the trusses in the Wendel Gallery, signifying fragile balance of life and relationship. The Exhibit will open Saturday September 13, at 6 p.m. with an opening reception and run through September 28. During the last week of the show, Saffron encourages visitors to cut down a postcard they find meaningful and take it home.

The call for entries for our Annual Photography Exhibit will be mailed have been posted on our website. This year we will be accepting and jurying by digital entry only. Entry deadline is September 12

Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Classic Drawing Class will again be offered August 8, 15, 22, 29 10 a.m.–noon. Learn different and sometimes crazy ways to open up and have fun with drawing. The use of non-traditional tools make this class a hoot. Materials required. Cost is $35 members/$40 for non-members.

Our next Vine & Palette is scheduled for September from 6:30–9 p.m.. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Did you know you can schedule private and corporate Vine & Palette parties? We can also design the party for children and or parent child. Give us a call and lets see what we can dream up.

Clay creation is here! Beginning on September, 8–12 from 6­–9 p.m. ages 15–150. Reverend Hall Schafer will be joining us to teach various ceramic techniques. Hal graduated from Mount Union University and learned to throw pottery at Culver Military Academy at the age of fourteen. He also attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco. We are super excited to have Hal on board. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to throw ceramic pots, Cost for the class is $40 members/$45 non-members all materials included.

To help you prepare for what is coming to the Wassenberg this Halloween we are offering dance lessons here at the art center to get you up to snuff. In conjunction with newly-opening Bachwell Center for Music & Dance in downtown Van Wert, Sarah Hope Wells, will offer two classes: East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Jitterbug, the Shag (no, really, that's the official dance of South Carolina!) and even the urban hippie/raver classic, the Shuffle. If you've got a partner, bring him or her, and if not, bring yourself! Dress comfortably, in shoes you can move in. Classes will be meeting Tuesday, October 21 and again on October 28 from 7–8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, per session.

For information on exhibits, classes and programs listed on there as well. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street (former Van Wert Armory). We can be reached by telephone at: 419.238.6837, email: and our website is: 



Hot Air Balloons at the Van Wert County Fair

Typically, the Hot Air Festival has been held the weekend following the fair.  Many factors to include weather, balloon meister scheduling, consideration of planning, the economy and proximity to the fair, this year it made sense to try and combine the two events offering one stop shopping for hot air balloon lovers and fairgoers alike.  

So, for those of you familiar with the Hot Air Festival or Hot Air Affair of the past, don’t despair.  This year, balloons will be incorporated into the 158th Van Wert County Fair.  Not only can you experience a balloon glow in the Grandstand as part of the Triple Play on Saturday night, balloon launches are scheduled for 7 am and 6:00 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the fair.  August 30th, 31st, and Labor Day September 1st.  Balloon rides are also available to the public, please call the fair office 419-238-9270 to schedule a time.  Tethered rides will also be available for those less daring or more concerned with heights.  


Recent Events in Western Ohio Highlight the Importance of a Federal Bill

By Jim Buchy

Grand Lake St. Marys is a landmark of the 84th House District, promoting jobs in the area and offering a place that families can visit to fish, boat, and enjoy time together.


Being residents of western Ohio and the Grand Lake St. Marys area, we are all familiar with Algal Blooms, and it is something we have been dealing with for decades.  We are also aware of the successful remediation of Indian Lake, which has seen significant improvement in water quality.  At Grand Lake St. Marys efforts continue to remediate the problems in the lake.  The recent situation with the Toledo water system reminds us why reduction of phosphorous loading in our waterways is, and should continue to be, a focus of Ohio agriculture.


Just as the city of Toledo gets its water from the Maumee Bay/western basin of Lake Erie, the city of Celina in Mercer County receives water from Grand Lake St. Marys.  The harmful toxin that caused problems in Toledo’s water supply, microcystin, is also present in Grand Lake St. Marys and has been an issue for the past four years, yet the fine engineering work of the Celina water purification system to this point has kept that vital water supply available to the public.


As an agricultural community we know the spotlight is on us, and I am proud of the legislation we have passed in Columbus to help Ohio agriculture continue the efforts of reducing phosphorous loading. These efforts need to continue so that we have cleaner waterways in Ohio.  On that same note, there is a lot of information now available that indicates the city of Toledo shares in this blame and they need to take steps to reorganize their water purification and sewage treatment plans.


The federal, state and local governments are all engaged to address these concerns.  Recently Senator Portman led an effort to have a bill passed that will increase funding for research of Harmful Algal Blooms.  I share in the hope that the research will provide new solutions to this problem and help with our remediation efforts at Grand Lake St. Marys.


This new law is the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013. It was introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Bill Nelson of Florida.


Basically the bill allocates money to freshwater locations around the country for the research and prevention of hypoxia. It specifies that $20.5 million will go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration over a span of four years. It also develops Comprehensive Research and Action Plans to identify and then prioritize the regions that need research the most. I would encourage the federal government to spend some of those research dollars in western Ohio.


Senator Portman understands the issues affecting our bodies of water in western Ohio and I appreciate his efforts to bring federal attention to this issue.  The research dollars can make an impact in our area.  This is a time when farmers are under the microscope and agriculture needs to continue the important efforts of reducing phosphorous loading. At the same time we need our urban areas to do the same with their sewage treatment plants and improve their water purification systems.  A lot of questions remain for the city of Toledo.


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



Hoof-it at Mercer County Fair


Mercer County Fairgoers had an opportunity to “hoof-it” during the weeklong fair.  “Hoof-it”, sponsored by local businesses, offered an interactive opportunity for kids and families to learn more about agriculture, healthy lifestyles and area organizations while walking a one mile trek around the fairgrounds.  Renee Kinney, Director of Wellness and Outreach Services at Mercer Health states, “We had hundreds of participants for the “Hoof-it” event.  People had a lot of fun while getting some exercise and seeing some things at the Fair that they might not have otherwise.”


Daily Winners were awarded for both youth and adults.  In addition, a Grand Prize was awarded on Wednesday to both a youth participant who won a new bike and an adult participant who won gift certificates valued at over $75 to local establishments.  The winners are as follows:

·         Adults: Theresa Lochtefeld, Kim Springer, Ginny Axe, Rachel Fields, Hilda Alig and Erin Pancake, Grand Prize Winner

·         Youth: Rachel Barrett, Alisha Springer, Kendra Tuente, Logan Barhorst, Julie Westgerdes, Amielle Abner and Ashley Bergman, Grand Prize Winner


Hoof-it was sponsored by “Mover Sponsors” – Mercer County Farm Bureau, Mercer Health and Grand Lake Wabash Watershed, “Shaker Sponsors” – Kenn-Feld Group, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and Walmart, and “Kicker Sponsors” – Friendly Markets, The People’s Bank, St. Henry Bank and Celina Wine Store.


Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox Announces Grube Murder Case End - Click Here



August 18-19, 2014


Parkway August 2014 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith


Parkway August 2014 Calendar of Events by Lisa Miller - School Starts Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Parkway Boys Golf vs. Ft. Recovery


Ft. Recovery 176

Parkway 211

For Parkway-

Hayden Lyons 41
Cole Schoenleben 56
Connor Morton 57
Hunter Gause 57

For Ft. Recovery-

Derek Backs- 40
Chase Bruns - 44
Nick Litmer - 44
Jackson Hobbs- 48

Also playing for Parkway
Clayton Agler - 60
Austin Metz - 67


Also for playing for Ft. Recovery

Micaiah Cox-49
Cole Wendel-54


Parkway JVs 
Ashton Hamrick - 58
Max Smith - 65

Ft. Recovery JVs
Austin Faller- 55
Brandon Homan- 50
Austin Pohl- 64
Parkway 1-1 0-1 in the MAC 




Calvary Preschool Orientation Scheduled

Calvary Preschool, located at 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Road, has scheduled student orientation on Tuesday, August 26th at either 9:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. for its three-year-old students. Parents can choose which time is most convenient and are asked to meet in their child’s classroom.  Parents with children in a four- or five-year-old class can choose either 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m., meeting in the church fellowship hall first. Parents and students will then go to their classroom to meet with the teacher. A list of needed school supplies will be given during orientation and security badge pictures will be taken. Orientation allows students to meet their teacher while accompanied by their parents, and it is an excellent time for them to meet other classmates.

Calvary Preschool offers many educational opportunities for students, emphasizing Christian principals. The church has a beautiful playground for the boys and girls to utilize. To register a child, forms are available on Calvary’s website, They can be found by clicking on ministries, then preschool, and finally, forms. After printing each page off, the registration form, along with the registration fee, are due immediately to ensure enrollment.  A few openings remain in each age level class, so register soon.

Parents with children already enrolled in Calvary Preschool, who have yet to receive orientation information, should contact Administrator, Marilyn Agler in the Preschool Office at 567-259-3103.

Classes begin, based on the child’s class schedule, on September 2nd and 3rd.  Calvary Preschool’s teaching staff for the upcoming school year is:  Marilyn Agler, Administrator; Mrs. Issa Ickes, 3-year-old teacher; Mrs. Julie Stewart, 4-year-old teacher; and Mrs. Vicki Chavarria, older 4’s and 5’s teacher.

Calvary Preschool is looking forward to the 2014-2015 school year with excitement and wish God’s best for all the staff and students.


Entertainment Coming to the Fair

Did you know that the Van Wert County Fair has all kinds of free* things to do?  *With paid admission into the fair, you can hang out all day and enjoy an eclectic array of talent from local dance teams to a wood carver.  Sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation and a list of additional community sponsors to be found on the fair website at, fairgoers can save their money for French fries and enjoy.  

In addition to the many free activities happening throughout the fair, every night at 7:00 pm there will be performances held in the entertainment tent. 

Thursday night features Polly Mae who held performances earlier this month at the Mercer County Fair and will perform Friday in St. Mary’s.  The band, Polly Mae, features lead singer Jodi who grew up in Waynesfield, Ohio and has been singing since the age of three.  Polly Mae has been known to open for acts such as David Alan Coe and perform at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 at CMA Fest.  Polly Mae's single's "What I Drink" and "Come As You Are" are currently playing on local country radio.


18 year old, Bowling Green native, Connor Rose, performs Friday night  with more country tunes, and Saturday night, “take the 1957 hands of Jerry Lee Lewis, the 1957 look of Elvis Presley, and the raw energy of those two artists to get piano pumpin’, thumpin rockabilly kid, Blair Carman!” 

Sunday at 7 it’s back to country with Cook & Belle.  This Muncie, Indiana born duo is said to “mix raw passion, soul, and a gospel influence into a hit country sound all its own.”  Over the past ten years this duo has opened for artists to include:  Dierks Bentley, Randy Travis, Rascal Flatts, Joe Diffie, The Charlie Daniels Band, Tracy Lawerence, Lonestar, Sara Evans, and more. 


Finally, The Broken Lights rounds out the evening entertainment selection on Monday September 1st performing their farewell performance in Van Wert County.  Theirs is the genre of blues rock.  Tyler Cochran, original band member, explains on his facebook post August 7th of the Miami County Fair show, “This will be the last Dayton area show that The Broken Lights will play, and will only be followed by one additional show at the Van Wert County fair September 1st…After that, The Broken Lights will disband to pursue other ventures.”



Vicious Dog News Release 08-18-2014


On this date at about 10:50 AM officers from Celina P.D. were called to the 500 block of Lisle St. regarding a vicious dog complaint.  Upon arrival an officer spoke with the complainant.  They advised that a pit bull and a smaller dog crossed the street to get at them while they walked their own dog on a leash.  They were able to get their dogs inside.  They went back to the residence where the dog’s owner resides to let them know.  The pit bull came at them aggressively until they backed all the way home.  They then called police.

A Celina P.D. officer responded and went to the door of the pit bull owner’s residence.  The pit bull came around from the back of the residence and began barking at the officer.  He jumped on the officer, scratching him repeatedly.  The officer backed away, the pit bull continued to advance on the officer and jump on him.  The officer pushed the pit bull away.  The pit bull continued his aggression, snapping at the officer.  The officer drew his sidearm and shot the dog once, injuring him.

The pit bull fled and was located a short time later.  The animal was captured and taken by the Mercer Co. Dog Warden.  It was later treated by a veterinarian and is being held pending charges on the owner. 

All names involved are being held pending the completion of the investigation and filing of charges.




Nominations are being accepted for Rockford Business of the Year 2014.

Please have your nomination and reason for nomination submitted to the
Rockford Chamber by September 10th at 4 pm.

To submit your nomination, you may email, drop off at the
Rockford Village office or by mail to:  Rockford Chamber, PO Box 175,
Rockford, OH  45882

* Must be a Rockford Chamber member.

The 2014 Business of the Year will be announced at the Rockford Chamber
Banquet on November 6th.



August 16-17, 2014


Coming Soon ~ Parkway Team Pictures by Nikki Fox Photography


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


Click Here for the Parkway Varsity and Freshmen Football Printable Schedules


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


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


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


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



August 14-15, 2014


Baltzell and Denning Families Celebrate Birth of Daughter - Click Here for her details




Parkway Boys Golf results from Mercer County Invitational
August 12, 2014
6th out of 6 teams



Hayden Lyons 92

Connor Morton  93

Cole Schoenleben  108

Clayton Agler 111



Hunter Gause  117

Austin Metz 131

Ashton Hamrick         144

Maxwell Smith  146




The Fall Hydrant Flushing will begin tomorrow -
Thursday - August 14th between the hours
of 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.

The schedule as follows:

Thursday - Front St.

Friday - Market St. and Columbia St.

next week continues:

Monday - Franklin St. and Main St.

Tuesday - South St. and Pearl St.

Wednesday - East side of town all streets.

If all goes according to "the plan", we will be
done on Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday are scheduled
make up days if needed.

Any questions, please call the Village Office at



Plans ongoing for the Van Wert County Fair
Summer isn’t over until after the fair!   The last Saturday of summer, August 30th, come out to the Van Wert County Fair and catch the Triple Play in the Grandstand.  For just $5 after paid admission into the fair, you can enjoy a calf scramble, balloon glow, and Country Duo Emerald Blue.  

The Calf, Pig, and Sheep Scramble starts at 7:30pm and requires pre-entry and signed wavier (by a parent) prior to the event.  Entry is limited to the first 36 participants per age group.  The sheep scramble is open to residents ages 7-10, pig scramble group 11-14, and the calf scramble is available ages 15-18.  The entry fee is $3 with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and individual heats. 

The balloon glow will happen at dusk.  Balloon rides are still available to the public throughout the fair at various launches and tethered events, please contact the fair office 419-238-9270 to book yours today!  

Rounding out the Triple Play at 9:45 pm, Nashville lends country duo Emerald Blue to the festivities.  Chaney DeLong and Bree Stevens are two complementary musical forces who form dynamic country duo driven by harmony.  The band’s name comes from the girls’ birthstones; Chaney’s emerald green and Bree’s sapphire blue.  Together, it is said they “offer a formidable blend of soulful, tight-knit harmonies, relatable lyrics, and two passionate performers.”  Their single “You Can’t Hold Me Back” (penned by Jon Nite and Stacy Donahue) can be heard on youtube or on their website at

Tree Donations Sought

Less than two weeks until the Van Wert County Fair and still lots to be done.  You may have noticed the progress on the new rabbit barn and that the old rabbit barn has come down, but did you notice the trees?  The Van Wert County Agricultural Society had Regional Urban Forester Stephanie Miller from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources visit the fairgrounds and recommend a plan.  This year alone, 45-50 trees needed to be removed from the fairgrounds.  All but three of them were dead Ash trees, one had a split trunk and the final two were 80% rotten.  Removing the dead and dangerous trees has been a priority for the Fairboard once the weather turned nice and with so many to remove it’s been quite the task.  

Miller looked at every tree on the fairground and made a recommendation. Over the next three or four years, all but about seven of the old trees will be replaced at the fairgrounds with a five to eight year replanting  plan of trees in specific locations of specific varieties that will best suit their new home at the Fairgrounds. 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the replant effort at the fair, though types and varieties of trees are specific, inquire with the Fair Office or at to donate.    



August 13, 2014


Jr. Fair King and Queen Candidates Announced


With the Van Wert County Fair quickly approaching, the Jr. Fair Coronation Committee has released the 2014 Jr. Fair King and Queen Candidates for the 2014 Fair. They would also like to remind the public that this year’s coronation ceremony will be held on Sunday August 24th, 2014 starting at 6 p.m. at the entertainment tent.

Cody Keirns, the son of Dave and Mia Keirns, is a 2014 graduate of Van Wert High School. While in school, he participated in Choir, basketball, and baseball. In 4-H, he is an active member in Buckeye Ambassadors, 4-H Camp Counselors, and in his club as well, holding the office of Vice President for the Shooting Stars 4-H club, and has been Treasure and in charge of activities for the club in previous years. Cody plans to work for a year or two before heading to college to pursue nursing.

Jonathon Germann is the son of Doug and Marcia Germann and a senior at Crestview High School. He is an active four-year member in the Crestview FFA where he currently holds the position of student advisor. Jon is also on the Crestview Varsity Golf and Track and Field Teams, and has earned the Scholar Athlete award for two years. Being a part of the Van Wert County Jr. Fair has always been important to him, as he started showing animals when he was in kindergarten and bought his first cow when he was eight. His fair projects include beef cattle and breeding stock, all raised from his herd, horses, rabbits, and goats. He is a member of the Jr. Fair Board, enjoys participating in a variety of sports, referees Upward basketball, and has worked for years at his church campground. This summer Jon was honored to represent the Van Wert American Legion Post 178 at the annual Buckeye Boys State held at Bowling Green State University. He attends Common Ground Church in Decatur, Indiana and works part time at Century Trading Co., Inc. His future plans are to study civil engineering and pursue a career in the United States Military.

Cheyenne Oechsle, the daughter of Heidi and Duane Emans, will be entering her senior year at Crestview High School. There, she is a member of FCCLA, a Varsity Girls Basketball Statistician, a member of the softball team, Academic Red club, and the honor roll. Cheyenne is a seventh year 4-H member, where she has held the offices of Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian six of those years. She is also a current member of Buckeye Ambassadors for the second year and Junior Fair Board where she has been Secretary for the past two of the three years she has been on the board. She has received the Outstanding Jr. Fair Board Member Award for the previous two years. Six of the seven years Cheyenne has been in 4-H, she has taken swine to the fair. When she is not working at the Convoy Tastee Freeze, she volunteers during the summer at the Extension Office preparing for the upcoming fair. After graduation, Cheyenne wishes to attend the University of Akron to pursue her Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Trauma Nursing.

Lauren Schmid, 17, is the daughter of Kent and Jane Schmid of Wren. She is a senior at Crestview High School and is representing the Crestview FFA chapter. She is a four year member and current President of the Crestview FFA and has been involved in softball, soccer, cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and youth group. Lauren has participated in Greenhand, Cooperative Education, Parliamentary Procedure, and was on the 2014 Farm Business Management state championship team, individually placing 7thin the state. She has taken show cattle through Beef It Up 4-H club for 5 years and through FFA for 4 years. Her sixth year participating in 4-H, she was a 4-H ambassador and a camp counselor. Lauren actively attends Trinity United Methodist Church and is an active member of the youth group and volunteers with child care and music. Over the past four summers she has participated in three mission trips in Nooksack Valley, Washington, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and Flint, Michigan, roofing houses, painting churches, and clearing and landscaping vacant lots. Lauren enjoys working on the farm with her father and working with her fair projects. She also enjoys playing travel softball, going to bonfires and spending time with her friends and family. Lauren encourages everyone to become involved in their local 4-H club or FFA Chapter.

Sophie Wilson is the daughter of Michael and Wendy Wilson. She is an upcoming junior at Delphos Jefferson High School. Her school involvements include being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, varsity football cheerleading, varsity softball, and wrestling stats. She has been an FFA member from 2012-Present and holds the position as Vice President for the Delphos FFA. Her FFA project is taking two market lambs and one performance lamb to the fair. She has been a 4-H member from 2006-Present and currently holds the position of President for her club. He 4-H project is taking beef feeders to the Van Wert Fair. Sophie is also a 4-H camp counselor, a member of the Jr. Fair Board and the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Taylor Jean Hughes is the daughter of Susan and Brad Hughes of Van Wert. She is a senior at Crestview High School in Convoy, OH where she is an active member in Golf, Band, Knight Vision, FCCLA, and Track. In these organizations, she has held numerous leadership roles. She attends the Convoy United Methodist Church where she is a member and president of the youth group there. She is an active volunteer in the Van Wert County Special Olympics and loves volunteering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. As a 4-H member, she has been a part of four clubs, taken numerous miscellaneous, and livestock projects, and won a variety of awards. She currently represents the Van Wert County Interstate Exchange Club and shows dairy feeders and dairy steers at the Van Wert fair. One of her favorite memories is winning Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Steer her first year showing them. Taylor is excited to be presented with the opportunity to run for Fair Queen.

Also new this year is the Species Prince or Princess, in which there are five candidates for. The king and queen and runners-up will be crowned first followed by the species prince or princess. Those candidates are Sophie Wilson, Lauren Schmid, Tara Vorst, Amanda Lobsiger, and Leah Lichtensteiger.

Tara Vorst, the daughter of Chris and Sandy Vorst, will be running for Swine Princess. She is a nine year member of Venedocia Lads and Lassies 4-H Club, where she has held many offices, a three year member of the Junior Fair Board, and has served as a 4-H Camp Counselor. She will be a senior at Delphos St. John’s where she is President of the Student Council. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Varsity Basketball, and other community and liturgical service organizations.

Amanda Lobsiger is the daughter of Chris and Erika Lobsiger. She graduated from Crestview High School in 2013 and is currently going to the University of Northwestern Ohio studying Agribusiness. She has raised goats all of her life and has shown them since she was three. She has been in 4-H for eleven years and was in FFA for two years. She participated in many Career Development Events in FFA including soil judging, Livestock Judging, Farm Business Management, and Grain Merchandising. In her senior year of high school, she got the privilege of participating at the National FFA Convention for Farm Business Management where her team received 17th nationally and she got silver rating individually. Also in high school, she ran track and cross country and participated in Model UN and National Honor Society. Currently, she is employed at Westwood Car Wash and is learning to do barrel racing.

Leah Lichtensteiger is the daughter of David and Janice Lichtensteiger. She graduated from Crestview High School. While a student there, she was actively involved in the school’s Agriculture/FFA program. She was a member for four years, during those years she competed on the multiple Career Development Events, CDE’s. Her freshman year she participated in the Greenhand test, Parliamentary Procedure, and Equine Management judging. Her sophomore year she took part in the Cooperative Education Test, Parliamentary Procedure and once again Equine Management judging. Her junior year she took part in the Farm Business Management, where the team placed first in the state. She also was a teacher’s assistant to her FFA Chapter’s advisor and completed her State FFA degree. Senior year, she took part in Equine Management judging and Parliamentary Procedure and got the opportunity to go to Nationals with the Farm Business Management team. Outside of school Leah has two horses that she shows in barrel racing. She has qualified for State twice and in 2012 placed in the top ten. She also runs at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in October. When she isn’t with the horses, she helps her dad and uncle around the farm with various jobs. 



Rockford Chamber of Commerce Members to Meet

Join us this coming Thursday, August 14th at 8 am at the Village Hall where we will have our next Chamber meeting. We will also have special guests Randee Henson of Stolly Insurance and Beverly Danner, Sales Executive from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, who will discuss 2014 HCR Update - Affordable Care Act impact on insurance plans.



August 12, 2014



Fall Sports Team Pictures Schedule by Nikki Fox

Seniors must be at the football field no later than 7:50 with jeans and jerseys on. Football players wear white jersey.














Piano Recital Presented by nine students ~ Enjoyed by Many
Roberta LePage, Piano instructor

On July 27, 2014 the piano students of Roberta LePage presented their annual Piano Recital at the Praise Point Community Church, Willshire OH.  The following students participated:

First Row (l to r):  Madalyn Heindel, Brooke Stephenson, Corban Rich, Hutch Ridenour, Haydn Ridenour.

Second Row (l to r);  Coby Jones, Clare Krogman, Claire Armstrong, Roberta LePage


Here is the lesson history and their parents names.

Madalyn Heindel is the daughter of Tom and Shannon Heindel, Mendon, Ohio.  Madalyn will be in the sixth grade at Parkway.  She has been a piano student since August 26, 2009.   

Clare Krogman is the daughter of Dave & Marcia Krogman, Mendon, Ohio.  Clare will be in the seventh grade at Parkway. She has been a piano  student since September 22, 2009

Claire Armstrong is the daughter of Jeff & Jenny Armstrong, Rockford, Ohio.  Claire will be in the ninth grade at Parkway.  She has been a piano student of Roberta’s since April 8, 2010.

Brooke Stephenson is the daughter of Luke Stephenson and Angie Stephenson, Rockford, Ohio.  Brooke will be in the fourth grade at Parkway.  She has been a piano student since October 17, 2012.

Corban Rich is the son of Doug and Jennifer Rich, Rockford, Ohio.   Corban will be in the fourth grade at Parkway.  He has been a piano student since January 8, 2013.  

Haydn Ridenour is the son of John & Tricia Ridenour, Rockford, Ohio.  Haydn will be in the sixth grade at Parkway.  He has been a piano student since March 13, 2013.

Hutch Ridenour is the son of John & Tricia Ridenour, Rockford, Ohio.  Hutch will be in the fourth grade at Parkway.  He has been a piano  student since March 13, 2013.

Coby Jones is the son of Mike & Shawn Jones, Ohio City, Ohio.  Coby will be in the eighth grade at Parkway.  He has been a piano student since March 19, 2014.



Engineer Office Relocation



The Mercer County Engineer’s Office location will be moving from the current 321 Riley Street, Celina, Ohio address to 4884 Mud Pike, Celina, Ohio.  The move date and time is scheduled for late Friday, August 15th and extends to the morning of Monday, August 18th. 


The phone system of the engineer’s office will also not be operational from 2:00 pm on the 15th extending to mid-morning the 18th.  If the public has issues that need to be addressed in that short time period, Mercer County Central Dispatch may be contacted at 419-586-7724.


Later in the year (late fall-early winter) after the construction season has slowed, an open house event will be held where the public can view the new engineer facilities.  More details to come on that as specifics are worked out.



Rockford Fire Department Planning Open House/Chicken Dinners and Reverse Raffle

The Rockford Fire Department announces an Open
House/Reverse Raffle Benefit on September 13th, 2014, from 5 to
7 pm. The department plans to serve (pre-sale only) chicken dinners,
which are dine-in or carryout, starting at 5pm. Seats and tables will
be provided. The open house will also have fire truck tours for kids. A
Reverse Raffle will also be held starting at 7 pm. Reverse Raffle
tickets include a dinner and can be bought from any firefighter.
Chicken Dinner tickets can be purchased at either bank in Rockford,
Barry's Family Market, and also His and Hers Salon in Rockford.
All tickets will need to be purchased by August 25th. We invite the
whole community to join us. Thank you for your support!




Gas Engine Show Coming
The World’s Largest Gas Engine and Tractor Show will be held Wednesday, August 20-Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Jay County Fairgrounds.  The Feature tractors this year include 25 year and older Ford-Fordson Tractors & Iowa Engines.  This show will have over 150 antique dealers, 50 craft dealers, 3,000 Engine and 800 Tractors, plus large trading post and tractor part dealers. 

Visit local food service vendors and take advantage of free parking.  Admission $5.00 per day, high school age $2.00 per day and children 12 and under are free.  For more information please call The Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Association at 260-726-2031or 765-777-6056or visit their website;  


Car Wash

Saturday - August 16, 2014
Dollar General - Hwy 33 - Rockford
Time:  11 am - 3 pm

* Proceeds Christmas Celebration at Shanes Park


Mercer County Fair in Full Swing



School Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Parkway Board of Education meeting scheduled on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 in the community room at the school.

Click here for the agenda.


August 11, 2014


Come to the Annual Otterbein FISH FRY

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014


11230 State Route 364

St. Marys, Ohio 45885


Delicious Fish Dinner

(Hamburgers Optional)

Ice Cream and Beverage included!

Cost: $6.50 adults $3.50 children 10 & under




Served by the Wapakoneta Lions Club



Under the tent

11:30am-12:30pm Grand Lake Sound Waves

1pm-3pm PANTASIA Findlay Steel Drum Band

Take a tour of Otterbein St. Marys Life Enrichment Center


Fun for Everyone!

Bake Sale and Door Prizes

Pontoon Boat Rides and  Campus Tours

Grandma’s Attic “ BIG” sale and  Open Houses


Contact us at

(419) 394-2366

(800) 628-9341



Press Release on Injury Crash on Celina Mendon Road


Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced that his office is presently investigating an injury crash that occurred on Celina Mendon Rd. at the intersection of Howick Rd.  The crash was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on August 8, 2014 at approx. 10:28 a.m.


The investigation shows that Ida Meyers, Age 54, Hilliard, Ohio was southbound in a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck on Celina Mendon Rd., north of Howick Rd.  A Kerry Zuercher, age 51, Celina, Ohio was southbound on Celina Mendon Rd. in his 1999 Dodge pickup truck traveling behind Meyers’ vehicle.  It appears that the 1999 Dodge pickup truck attempted to pass Meyer’s vehicle.  At that time Lynn M. Combs – Abels, age 43, Mendon, Ohio was northbound, in a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, on Celina Mendon Rd. at the intersection of Howick Rd.  It appears that she swerved off of the right side of the road to avoid a collision.  The vehicle then came back on the road, overturned, and travelled off of the West side of the road where it came to rest in a field.   Lynn Combs-Abels and her passenger, Thomas Abels, age 61, Mendon, Ohio were transported to local hospitals by ambulance.  They were later transported by air ambulance to Miami Valley Hospital.


The accident remains under investigation. Deputies at the scene were assisted by the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS and MCERVE.




August 9-10, 2014


Final Friday Night Concert In The Park August 15th.


On Friday, August 15th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present their final park concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Music performed on the concert will again be new and contain a wide variety of musical genre to include: The official State song of Ohio, “Beautiful Ohio”, Imperial March by Karl L. King, a 1920’s Dixieland favorite Basin Street Blues, Elvis Presley’s hit “Heartbreak Hotel, for the fans of the 70’s and 80’s music “A Doobie Brothers Medley”, the very current Pharrell Williams hit “Happy” and more.

           A food stand will be available starting at 5:30. The District Eastern Star is sponsoring the food stand.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elida, Lima, Delphos, Spencerville, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, and Rockford for this entertaining concert.  The band members appreciate the continued support of our local communities. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. The band will conclude their summer concert series with a performance in the entertainment tent of the Van Wert Fair Saturday August 30th at 4:00 PM.






On August 13, at the Mercer County Fair, 10 area high school bands will perform on the track in front of the grandstands. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The following bands are scheduled to perform: Arcanum, Mississinewa Valley, Tri-Village, Crestview, Celina, Coldwater, Ft. Recovery, Marion Local, St. Henry and Parkway. New to the Festival this year, at the conclusion of the regular performances, all the participating bands will mass on the track and play the Patriotic favorite “Battle Hymn Of The Republic.”

As many of you know, countless hours of rehearsal have gone into preparing for this marching festival. Music and drill executed by the bands are sure to please all that attend. We invite and encourage the public to come out and support these fine musicians.



First NARCAN use Saves a Life in Mercer County
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported that his office has it's first save with NARCAN. At 4:23 PM on 8-7-2014 a citizen stopped a deputy and reported a man slumped over the wheel in a car at the fair.

Deputies located the car and found a man not breathing, with a syringe on his lap. Deputies extricated him from the car. After a quick examination, Detective Sgt Timmerman administered one dose of NARCAN to the subject. EMS units were called. The subject responded to the NARCAN with in about 10 seconds.

EMS transported the subject to Mercer Health. "This is why it is important that we have this tool," stated Sheriff Grey. "Once the individual is released from medical treatment, he will be transported to jail and charged with drug possession.


JOSH TURNER Nearly Sold Out

Songs like "Long Black Train" and "Firecracker" catapulted Josh to international fame! His popularity has proven itself in Northwest Ohio as pre-sale tickets have nearly outpaced supply. 

Individual event tickets release on Wednesday, August 13 at Noon for Josh's November 15, 7:30 PM concert event at the Niswonger. Pre-sale opportunities are available for those who bundle 3 or more Niswonger season events or for groups who purchase 10 or more tickets. Each of these Pre-Sale ticket opportunities also receive discounts from 10-15% off the ticket price. 

Order an Event Bundle of 3 or more to obtain advanced seating through the Box Office (419-238-6722) or online NPACVW.ORG.




Parkway Golf Report 8-7-201
by Coach Falk
Parkway- 176

Crestview- 193


Scoring for Parkway Hayden Lyons- 39 medalist

     Connor Morton - 44

      Hunter Gause - 46

             Cole Schoenleben - 45

Also for Parkway - Clayton Agler- 56

           Ashton Hamrick- 65


Scoring for Crestview- Connor Lautzenheiser - 42 runner up

         Jon Germann - 47

                                 Ronnie Schumm - 47

                                 Derek Biro - 57

Also for Crestview - Cyler Miller - 59

                             Mitch Rickard - 72



Heroin Arrests Made

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of three individuals on drug related charges.  On Wednesday August 6, 2014 Sheriff’s Office  detectives received information of heroin being transported back to Mercer County from the Dayton area. The information was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office heroin unit.  The heroin unit is comprised of Sheriff’s Office detectives and road patrol deputies.   Patrol deputy Mike Link observed the suspect vehicle and it was stopped at 8:08 PM in the Chief’s Supermarket parking lot in Coldwater. 


Arrested were the driver of the vehicle 21 year old Danielle M. Pulfer from Spencerville.  Passengers 26 year old Aaron L. Rodriguez from Celina and 23 year old Aron R. Lange from Celina.


Pulfer was arrested for a traffic violation (Lanes of travel), complicity to trafficking in drugs, and a bond violation.  Pulfer was out of jail on bond for two previous felony indictments for trafficking in drugs (Heroin).


Rodriguez was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants for failure to appear in court on original charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of heroin.  He was also charged for possession of drug abuse instruments.   Rodriguez had two syringes and other drug paraphernalia on his person.


Lange was arrested for possession of heroin.  Lange was found with 24 suspected heroin capsules on his person.  He was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest.


Deputies recovered an additional suspected capsule of heroin from inside the vehicle.  The vehicle was seized by deputies, a 2006 Pontiac Torrent owned by Pulfer’s mother.


All three were transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention facility and incarcerated.  Deputies requested assistance on the stop from  Coldwater Police Department.    The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review and possibly additional charges.


“It is critically important that the public continue to assist us with information.  Tips given to the Sheriff’s Office or your local police department are a great help in combatting the problem,” stated Sheriff Grey. “All three of these individuals have been in the system before, while we have to find a way to break the cycle of addiction, we will not have tolerance for those bringing drugs into our community.”




Midwest Members Donate $13,607 to Area Causes


Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $13,607 to 12 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund.


Since the program began in 1998, the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has provided $822,930 to 649 area projects.


The recent Fund recipients include the following:

• Hope Visitation and Exchange Center, Lima, $2,000 to upgrade the security camera system with audio capabilities.

• West Ohio Food Bank, $1,800 to buy tools for warehouse maintenance.

• Rockford Recreation Association, $1,740 to buy new soccer goals.

• Apollo Career Center, $1,242 to purchase two laptop computers for classroom use.

• Auglaize County 4-H Shooting Sports, $1,000 to buy archery and shooting supplies.

• Lima Symphony Orchestra, $1,000 to support the Young People’s Concert, and a symphony outreach to Wapakoneta.

• Family Promise of Lima-Allen County, $1,000 to purchase case management software.

• Coleman Behavioral Health, $1,000 to buy pill organizers.

• Miracle Meal, Wapakoneta, $800 to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children.

• Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties, $775 to support the Day with the Reds trip to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

• Village of Cridersville, $750 to buy a picnic table for the town park.

• Hirschfeld Foundation, $500 to support the scholarship program.



The Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund is a voluntary charitable program. Participating members’ monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar, with the additional pennies deposited in the Fund.


A Board of Trustees, composed of cooperative members and separate from the Midwest Electric Board of Trustees, oversees the application and allocation process.

Individuals or organizations can obtain an application by contacting Midwest Electric, at 419-394-4110 or 1-800-962-3830.



Nancy Clum, Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund trustee, donates $1,740 to Joel Henkle, board member of Rockford Recreation Association, to purchase new soccer goals.



Convoy Truck Pulls Fun and Successful

With over 800 people in attendance, the Convoy Community Days Truck Pulls last Saturday were a huge success.  From 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm spectators enjoyed 45 Michindoh hooks.  Please see the Michindoh website for individual results and a list of winners.  

There were also two Convoy Classes.  9 hooks in the 6500lb Open Street Truck Gas resulted in a win by Brad Thomas of Van Wert and after 11 hooks in the 8000lb Open Street Truck Diesel, Nate Anderson of Payne took home the win.

This year, Convoy Community Days will be held over one day, Saturday, September 27th.  The truck pulls were moved this year to accommodate harvest.  Sponsors included CW Farms, Minnich Garage, Doug Poling Excavating, and WSM.  If you missed the smoke and noise out of Convoy, Michindoh will be in Bluffton, IN this Saturday, in Mercer County Sunday night and back at the Van Wert County Fair on Friday, August 29th. Visit the fair office or for more details.  





      To prepare for the upcoming school year, Vantage will hold two orientation meetings to welcome new students and their parents to the school.  The first orientation meeting will be held on MONDAY, AUGUST 11 at 7:00 p.m.  This is designed for students who are enrolled in Ag & Industrial Power Tech, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Building & Grounds Maintenance, Carpentry, Electricity, Industrial Mechanics, Precision Machining, and Welding. 

         The second orientation meeting is set for TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 at 7:00 p.m. and is for students in the following programs: Network Systems, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Interactive Media, Early Childhood Education, Health Technology, and Medical Office Management.

          Both meetings will be held in the Commons Area at Vantage.  The evening will include a brief general session as well as an opportunity for students and their parents to re-acquaint themselves with the Vantage facilities, talk to the teachers, complete electronic forms, and get measured for uniforms.  Class schedules and student handbooks will be available for pick-up and students will be able to pay their program fees.  ALL STUDENTS NEW TO VANTAGE AND THEIR PARENTS SHOULD ATTEND THIS MEETING. 

      Students who attended Vantage last year can pick up their schedule and pay program fees from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, August 11 and 12.   Please return your completed emergency medical form on the day you pick up schedules and pay fees.

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

      The first day of school for new students is Tuesday, August 19 starting at 8:23 a.m. The first day of school for returning students is Wednesday, August 20 starting at 8:23 a.m.  The school day runs until 2:40 p.m.

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



TV-44 Gears Up for Its Biggest Annual Fundraiser

Auction: Saturday, Sept. 6



Donations are being accepted and the public is invited to the annual TV-44 auction, Saturday, September 6. Bidding begins at 9 am and will continue throughout the day until all items have been sold.


This year’s auction features automobiles, including a 2001 Dodge Caravan donated by Tom Ahl Deslerships. Many brand new furniture items from Ottoville Hardware and Furniture and others, exciting getaway trips, sports items, including Ohio State Football tickets, and unique historic items including authentic spinning wheels.


Auction schedule:  9:00 AM Bidding Starts

                               10:00 AM Sports Items

                               10:30 Furniture& General Items

                               12:00 Trips

                               1:30 More Furniture & General Items

                               2:00 Automobiles


Honorary chairs for this year’s auction are Dr. Herb & Paula Schumm.


The TV-44 auction is an annual event and for years has been known as a great gathering opportunity for individuals all throughout West Ohio. Hundreds converge on the TV-44 studios, 1844 Baty Rd., and enjoy a day under the big tent.


Proceeds from the auction benefit community focused programming including The Holiday Music Festival, Whiz Quiz, Community Datebook, and Sports Report, and the hundreds of high school sporting events covered each year on WOSN. TV-44 strives to be a positive, uplifting television station for the entire community.



Young Lady Panthers Learn Volleyball Skills at Camp


Last week, the Parkway volleyball coaching staff along with two collegiate volleyball players, conducted a volleyball camp for 45 girls entering grades 5-8. Campers were taught the proper techniques in the skills of passing, serving, setting and hitting. Shown above are the campers with their new t-shirt and volleyball.




Attention Parkway Fans

The Parkway Athletic Booster Club mailed out the 2014-2015 Membership Packet last month. Included in the packet were a membership form, touchdown ticket form, athletic schedule card for fall and winter sports, and information about what the Booster Club provides for our Parkway athletes. Membership forms are due Friday, August 15, for your name to appear in the patron's listing in the fall sports program. Memberships received after this date will be included in the winter sports program. If you did not receive a packet and wish to join the Booster Club or purchase a touchdown ticket, please contact the Athletic Office at 419-363-3045. 


The Parkway Athletic Booster Club meets the first Monday of each month (except June & July) at 7:30 in the Parkway Local Schools Community Room. All Parkway athletic fans are invited to attend and support our athletes!


Parkway Panther Football Team Selling Coupon Cards

The Parkway Football Players are selling a coupon card that will come in handy this year. It is $10 and more than pays for itself in local savings are area businesses like sports, bowling, car care and restaurants. See any football player to get one.



Van Wert Hospital Offers New Online Tool for Patients

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View test and lab results

Receive email care reminders

Request appointments

Create proxy accounts for children or dependent adults

Create you FREE portal account today, at



The August Chamber meeting is scheduled for
August 14th - 8 am at the Rockford Village Hall.


August 7-8, 2014


African Mission Trip Taken by Local Physician

By Sheila Baltzell 8-6-2014

Below, hats made by the Seirre Leones

Sierra Leone is an independent country in Africa (but once a British Colony until 1961) sitting aside of Guinea and Liberia on the far western coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Sierra Leone is tiny, impoverished, recovering from civil war and crying-out for missionaries, volunteers and medical help in any form . . . and many people feel the calling to go and help.


One doctor from the Rockford community, Jerry Sell, M.D. recently fulfilled a dream of his to visit and care for the poorest of the poor in Sierra Leone at a hospital there which was started by the missionary parents of another traveler on the journey, Ron Baker, M.D.


Dr. “Baka” as he is fondly called, actually grew up in Sierra Leone while his parents, Dr. and Mrs. DeWitt Baker were missionaries (and he the Education Secretary) from 1949-1965. They built the hospital in Mattru, a village of 1500 people and ministered to their needs for 16 years.  Then the family returned to Indiana where Dewitt became the president of Huntington College. It was there that Ron went to college and did his residency in medicine. He then returned to Sierra Leone and served the people for 16 years before coming back to Berrian Springs, Michigan. Ron’s maternal grandpa was Pastor L. A. Middaugh who was once a pastor at Otterbein U. B Church, where Jerry Sell and his family attended. Dr. Sell has known and kept in contact with the family (including Ron’s mother living in Indiana) over the many years of their ministry. The country of Sierra Leone has a United Brethren African Conference supporting the hospital. Personal support comes from other places, too. Francis Mustapha, a construction worker from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, recently ran a 401K and used the donations to support the Madina School (for teaching good morals and values) in Moiomba. He is from Sierra Leone and wants to help his people. (At left, Dr. Baker and a man severly beaten with a belt buckle during the Civil War.)


In March of 2013, Dr. Baker and Dr. Sell began an earnest dialogue in planning a mission trip to Africa. There was much to discuss. Who would be going along? Dr. Sell talked to one of Van Wert County Hospital’s Nurse Anesthetists, Mike Smith, CRNA, who is also an ordained Baptist Minister, and he requested a place on the team. Dr. Baker goes back every other year to serve.


Dr. Ron Baker talked to Allie Kaditu from Neighborville, IL, a native of Sierra Leone, who works for BP Oil Company as a Financial Analyst. She accompanied the group and was their trip facilitator, handling flights, road travel, and necessary paperwork.  She speaks both Mende (Southern ½ of Sierra Leone) and Krio (Pidgeon English). Her skills came in handy and in one instance, life-saving for the team. They were stopped by a policeman looking to empty the pockets of strangers. She spoke to them in their language, telling them they were missionaries and to please let them pass. They did. Dr. Sell said that usually paying respect  to the Paramount Chief (District Mayor) will get travelers protected. Even though they had done this act, it did not help, until Kaditu spoke up.


The travel took 30 hours in late January 2014. The group of four flew from Chicago to Brussels and then on to the Sierra Leone coastal town of Freetown via an airbus. The flights alone took 10 hours.  Then there was a six hour layover.  In the city of a million people, they saw a beautiful, very old cotton tree, valued by the community because it is the tree where slaves were freed many years long ago. In Brussels, the group met up with Michelle from Michigan, who came to work with the nurses in the Mattru Harmony House Nursing Hospital and Paradise Dormitory.  Then the mission team of 5 boarded a truck which took them on a 14 hour ride down a rutted lane they called a road, followed by a Ferry Boat ride across the Jong River. A system of sticks launched the ferry across the water. The weary group spread out in various spots for the mission including a Catholic Mission, and apartment building and two houses.

Rice bag at left.





They were greeted by Mama Parker, Pastor Parker’s wife. They showed her respect and later they met up with another team member who practices in South Africa for the United Nations. Abu Minah stayed for the week, as well. The women cooked for the group. Chickens ran around free and then wound up in a stew for supper. They were offered fresh baked bread and peanut butter, and pineapple. The team took food with them as well including instant oatmeal and Cliff energy bars. Sometimes they ate food they were not sure what it was. Dr. Sell says he lived on peanut butter sandwiches.



According to history, there was a 10 year Civil War in the 1990’s and was perpetrated by neighboring Liberian Rebels who performed horrible atrocities. The warriors destroyed the hospital in Mattru where the rebels dumped the country’s only x-ray machine in the river. The government had to pay off the rebels to enact a cease-fire. The opposition party in Sierra Leone is now made up of the former rebels. The atrocities are forgiven. One woman was injured by a machete cut with her intestines hanging out during the struggles. When the mission team recently arrived, she rode her bicycle 3 hours to see Dr. Ron Baker  who was the surgeon who fixed her wound. Dr. Baker’s name is known through-out the country. While his family lived in Mattru, he and his brother and 2 younger sisters played with the villagers who lived in thatched-roof houses. Ron attended the Danville School. Tragedy struck the family when a boat launch collapsed and killed Dan’s older brother. Dan regularly visits the gravesite, which the villagers prepare for viewing by brushing the grave area.





All supplies have to be brought along, according to Dr. Sell, so, Van Wert County Hospital and the Pharmacy Staff donated medical supplies and money. Dr. Sell and Dr. Baker bought a ton (25 kilos) of rice for the hospital. Mary, Dr. Ron’s housekeeper and cook, cooked the rice for them to eat. She kept their mosquito nets mended and they ate on a screened gazebo. All team members had their shots before the trip and took malaria pills the entire time.  With a 50% infant mortality rate by the age of 5 years, it is not surprising that they are the worst in the world. Infectious disease is prevalent; viruses abound. One evening a premature baby was brought in with breathing difficulties. Mike Smith the anesthetist worked and managed to get an IV in. They used a bag apparatus to breathe for it but it’s little lungs were not developed enough and it died in Nurse Michelle’s arms.


Each member carried 2 suitcases up to 50 lbs, plus a carryon and a backpack.

All items and supplies were used or left behind. The doctors played volleyball with the village children and handed out candy and balloons. There was swimming in the river. They walked ½ mile every day to and from the hospital.


All in all, the group performed 31 hernia surgeries in 5 days. They gave joint injections for pain; Dr. Sell did ultrasounds; CRNA Smith did anesthesia including spinals. Once, they treated a construction worker who fell 30 feet in a pit and caused severe damage so he could not walk. The team figured out how to get him a wheelchair. He was so happy and appreciative. There were heart failure induced leg ulcerations for which Dr. Sell used Una boots and people got better.  People came from near and far for care. They had to pay for their services. But some could not, so the team actually paid $1000 for their patients to have the surgery they gave as volunteers.







When the week was done, all doctors were thanked with the hand-shake of highest status and respect; they were each given a hat; and they left down the dirt lane for their ferry boat ride to the airport: Dr. Ron Baker, Dr. Jerry Sell, Dr. Minah (back to South Africa), Allie Kaditu and Nurse Michelle.

Click here from lots more great pictures from Dr. Sell's trip.



Bob Maurer Visits Two Memorial Sites in May 2014 Via Motorcyle

Bob Maurer participated in the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Tour to Arlington Cemetery. This Veterans’ activity is held over Memorial Day each year, and many motorcycle riding veterans from the Mercer County Area attend.

On the way to Rolling Thunder, Bob took time out to visit the Flight 93 Memorial site. “It is only a 6 hour drive from here.  They are currently working on the construction of a visitors’ center,” said Bob. “On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted. It is in

Stoystown, PA  in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

Thank you Bob for sending these pictures and representing Mercer County!

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge them


Arlington Rolling Thunder Ride

Rolling Thunder 2014

Flight 93 -Pennsylvania

Flight 93 -Pennsylvania

Flight 93 -Pennsylvania



Monument in Willshire, Ohio photo submitted by Bob Maurer

Dedicated on Monday May 26, 2014

In honor of

William Miller      Panel 25E  Line 24

Benny Sapp          Panel 38W Line 20

Carey Fosnaugh   Panel 14W Line 61


Celina Bulldog Softball Team Raising Money for a New Softball Complex

by Nicole Driggs

Celina Bulldog Softball team is attempting to raise $125,000 for the conversion of Jim Hoess field at Westview Park into a new softball complex!  We need your help to do this. To date $61,000 has been raised. Please team up with us by purchasing  a paver to be a part of the new complex. Pavers are 1005 tax deductible. You will receive a receipt by mail for your contributions. Pavers start at 6” x 6” = $50; 12” x 12” = $500; 18” x 18” = $1,000 for Single; 18” x 18” = $2000 for Double; 18” x 18” = $3000 for Triple; 18” x 18” = $4000; Homerun; 18” x 18” = $5000 for Grand Slam. Please contact Nicole for additional “text” information for engraving on the pavers. We really need the support of our community to make this opportunity become a reality! Check out our Celina Bulldog Softball Facebook page for updates. Take a minute and “LIKE” our page while you are there. Thank you for your support!  The team will also have a detergent fundraiser and a work booth at the Governor’s Cup Regatta to help raise money. Contact Nicole Driggs, Coach, at 419-733-1183 or






Celina Police Department News Release on Drug Arrests 08-06-2014

On 08/05/14 at abput 2:43 PM Celina Police officers were dispatched to 812 Pro Dr., Celina on a report of possible drug activity with a description given of the suspects.  Upon making contact with the first suspect, 24 yr old Kevin M. Yohey, he started to leave.  Upon commands from a uniformed officer, Ptl. Brian Taylor, to stop, Yohey fled into an apartment.

Upon entering the apartment officers found Yohey in the bathroom.  He was taken into custody for Obstructing Official Business and on a bench warrant from the Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Office.  Located in the toilet was an empty baggie and an empty capsule associated with heroin. 

While in the apartment the tenant permitted a search which yielded 3 capsules of suspected heroin as well as paraphernalia.   The tenant, Taylor Lautzenheiser, was arrested for probation violation. 

The Mercer Co. Prosecutor is reviewing the case for possible additional charges.


Also on 08/05/14, at 9:55 PM, officers were sent to 1100 Myers Rd. on a reported drug deal in progress.  Officers checked a white SUV reportedly involved with the deal and located two persons, 28 yr old Benjamin Creech and 30 yr old Joshua Kittle.  During the investigation Kittle was detained and a capsule with suspected Heroin was located in his shoe by Sgt. Jim Stelzer.

Ptl. Doug Ranly arrested Benjamin Creech on a drug warrant from Celina P.D. and located 5 capsules containing suspected heroin.  Upon speaking with Creech, Ptl. Nathan Miller was told there was additional drugs in the vehicle.  Miller located 45 more capsules with suspected heroin and a syringe.

A total of 51 capsules and a syringe were seized and the pair were held in the Mercer. Co. Jail.



Stateline Writers Club Information

The Stateline Writers Club met on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Mercer County District Library. The meeting was called to order by the secretary. After the general business portion of the meeting, the members read their works on, irony or other written piece. The assignment for August is to write a piece about our stuff as in clutter, possessions, collections, etc.

The next meeting will be held at the Mercer County District Library from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The meetings are free and open to the public.



Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for July and August 2013


Annual Tractor Ride Planned

The Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau will hold its seventh annual Tractor Ride on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  The Tractor Ride will leave the Jay County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. traveling thru countryside on the way to Fort Recovery, OH.  


Many interesting sites will be seen along the way such as Hull Brothers Case I-H, Fort Recovery Monument, K & L Ford New Holland Dealers J& M Manufacturing and a tour Minnich Poultry Farm that produces over a million eggs a day.  The drivers will enjoy the stop will be the Bergman Farm to view around 40 Moline Tractors ranging from 1917-1971, and a few White Tractors.  A 1915 and 1919 Oldsmobile car and truck will be on display at Bergman’s as well.  


Our Tractor Marshal, Matt Tomano of Poet Biorefining will lead the way!  Wave to Matt and all the tractor drivers as you see them go by.  There is no charge to participate in this ride; lunch at Ambassador Park complements of Citizens State Bank.   Pak-A- Sak  has donated water for the drivers and volunteers.   Please call ahead if you plan to join us on this adventure!  We need to know how many people to expect for lunch. 

The Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show Begins August 20 – 24th.  After the ride the group will be served Homemade Ice Cream complements of members of the Gas Engine & Tractor Show.


For more information contact the Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau at 260-726-3366 or Jim Bob McEwen at 765-730-4848.


Picnic Planned

The Willshire Youth Activities will be hosting a picnic on Sunday, August 10th in celebration of the completion of a great summer ball season.  The picnic will be held at the village park in Willshire (not the ball park) beginning at 4:00 PM.  Meat, drinks, and table service will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share.  All players and family members, coaches, and team sponsors are invited to attend.  Plenty of fun will be in store.  The board members hope that you will be able to attend.  See you Sunday!!



Parkway Golf Team Results from Allen East Invitational August 6 2014

Parkway total 390 19th out of 20 teams


Hayden Lyons- 88

Connor Morton- 94

Hunter Gause- 103

Cole Schoenleben- 105


Also participating - Ashton Hamrick- 129, Clayton Agler- 138


Submitted by Joe Falk, Parkway Boys Golf Coach




Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Darke County- My Historic Hometown


West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are.  For the next few months I will periodically focus a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live work and rear a family.  This month I will discuss Darke County.


With over 600 square miles of land and 900 acres of parks and preserves, Darke County is a great place to live work and rear a family. I would know. I call Greenville home.


Darke County contributes so much to the state of Ohio. It is usually considered one of the largest agriculture producing counties in the state with over 1700 farms specializing in the production of soybeans, corn, and eggs. Over 90 percent of these farms are family or individual owned and the entire county is an epicenter of small businesses.


One of the county’s larger employers is KitchenAid, now Whirlpool.  Tours are given to show the craftsmanship and quality of the well-known appliance as well as cooking demonstrations and new item showcases at the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center.  Even Governor John Kasich visited this factory following a Maid-Rite.


The county also hosts other major employers such as Midmark, Fram, Greenville Technology, Brethren Retirement Community and Wayne Healthcare.  The continued success of these businesses and other large and small employers is why our unemployment rate remains below state and national averages.


Even if I wasn’t born and raised in Darke County I would know that it is one of the best places in the world to live work and rear a family because of its rich history. Fort Greenville was host to General Mad Anthony Wayne who oversaw the genesis of the American Army as he prepared soldiers to battle Native Americans trying to maintain claim to western Ohio.


Fort Greenville later served as the site of the signing of two major treaties that opened up the west for American expansion.  These treaties are known as first and second “Treaty of GreenVille.”  In addition, Fort Greenville continued expanding America westward, by hosting the introduction of Lewis and Clark where they became great friends prior to their exploration of the Northwest Passage.


Annie Oakley, the treasured sharpshooter was born in Darke county. From here she traveled the world with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. It is hard to come to Darke County and not understand our remaining respect for Annie whose remains call the county home to this day.


Adding to Darke county’s rich history is Earle Baltes who opened Eldora Speedway in 1954.  This half mile race track has hosted legends and legendary races.  In recent years, the current owner NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart is elevating the track to new levels. Billed by the industry as one of the best dirt tracks in the country, Eldora is expected to continue to gain national attention by NASCAR and motorsports enthusiasts around the country.


The past makes Darke County an Ohio landmark and the future promises continued economic growth and notoriety worldwide.  Darke County is one of the best places to live work and rear a family thanks to an exceptional history and hardworking people.


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



Village Council Meeting Minutes for August 5, 2014 by Lisa Kuhn
Mercer County Jail Inmate Work Program; Water Cleared for Bacteria
Click Here for full details of the meeting.


Reminder ~

The August Chamber meeting is scheduled for  August 14th - 8 am at the Rockford Village Hall.


Two Upcoming Events ~

New Horizons Community Church - End of Summer Bash on August 17th

Art Gala - Fundraiser for Allisa's House Ministries - August 23rd at Shanes Park.



Calvary Preschool Teachers Prepare for 2014-2015 Classes

Calvary Preschool teachers Julie Stewart, Issa Ickes and Vicki Chavarria, along with Preschool Director Marilyn Agler, are attending training sessions, workshops and preparing their classrooms this summer to get ready for the coming school year. These workshops and activities are presenting new materials, methods and learning activities, as well as ensuring the teachers meet state approved guidelines to give the students exciting experiences in each class.

Openings remain in most classes for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds at this time.  If you are looking for a Christ-centered education, along with quality educational activities to prepare your child for school, please call Calvary Preschool at 567-259-3103 or e-mail the preschool at .   Forms are also available to download on the church website at

Orientation will be held for all classes on August 26, with the first day of classes beginning September 2 and September 3.  Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road in Van Wert.



4-H Club Meets

Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers held a meeting on August 3rd.   Among items discussed were : The clubs upcoming educational trip to tour the Alspach-Gearhart funeral home on Sunday August 10  (subject to change if necessary) . Group members are to meet at the funeral home at 1:30.   After the tour members and their families will meet for their yearly “ Fun-day “ on August 10th at Timberwoods campground .  This will be at approx. 3:00.  Bring your swimsuits, towels, fishing poles and appetites for an afternoon of fishing, swimming , putt-putt golf followed by a pizza party in the pavilion.   Don’t put your swimming suits away just yet,  4h is hosting a 4H swim day party  at Camp Clay  on August 13 . from 6-9 .  Free to all 4H members are hotdogs, shaved ice and ice cream!  


Van Wert 4H is having the 4H talent show at 1:00 on August 31st. if you would like to showcase your talent please pick up a form and turn it in by August 29th.    Those presenting demonstrations at the meeting was Kole  (Legos ) and Kaedyn (how to get rid of a tick) Swander  .  Kailey Denman demonstrated how to French-braid hair and Kasey Denman , how to clean a clarinet.    Thank you to all of the members this year for their creative and educational demonstrations!    The group also discussed the building of the fair booth for the Van Wert County fair .  Officers were reminded to have their officer books filled out and ready to present . 



August 4-6, 2014


Chatt Picnic Celebrates with 100th Anniversary and Great Crowd

The Chatt Farmer's Picnic, a century long tradition in Liberty Township, went off without a hitch on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Tractor Pulls and Garden Tractor Pulls were a favorite. The Parkway Band played "Sweet" Favorites for the crowd to join in, a delicious chicken and pork chop barbeque were served, and Shannon Wagner and Paula Linn entertained with song and comedy.

Willshire Trade Days Pictures Chronicles Events

August 1-3, 2014


100th Farmers’ Picnic Set for Thursday
Plan Now to Attend

The Farmers’ Picnic Committee has lined-up a full day of fun events for the community. Plan now to spend your day at the Tama Road picnic grounds and enjoy the adult and children mini tractor pull events, BBQ chicken and pork chop dinners, Stock 4 wheel drive truck pull, cash raffle draw, children’s events, entertainment by the Parkway Band and much more.  


Willshire Trade Days is Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd, 2014.


Be a Part of the Hometown Fun Cheering for Jordan Thompson!

Jordan Thompson, Rockford Native and Parkway Graduate, is attending the Detroit Lions training camp. If you wish to send him words of support and encouragement, send mail to :


Detroit Lions
Player: Jordan Thompson
222 Republic Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101

Practices are open to the public Thursday, July 31 a 2:00, Fri., Aug. 1- 3:30 p.m., Sat.,Aug. 2 - 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 4 - 8:30 a.m. , Tues.,Aug. 5 - 3:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Ford Field, Thursday, Aug. 7-2:00 p.m., Mon. Aug.11- 3:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 13 - 2:00  with the exception of Aug.6, practices are held at Allen Park training facility. First 1500 are admitted at the gate. Gates open 30 minutes prior to practice. If you do wish to attend, you can be put on Jordan's guest list to assure admission to outside practice only.   If bad weather forces the Lions to move indoors, practice is closed to the public. 

Two preseason home games are set for Sat. Aug. 9 - 7:30 vs. Cleveland Browns ( NFL network)  and Aug. 22 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 p.m.  Individual game tickets go on sale Aug. 31 @ 

Join the Thompson family tailgate party on Sat. afternoon on Aug. 9 in the RV parking lot located across 75 from Ford Field.  Look for the Lions and Bobcat flags flying to mark their location. Bring a snack and join the fun! 

Text Or call Kay Brandt at 419-305-0419 for needed information. 


Thank you to everyone who sent birthday cards and well-wishes to me on my 85th Birthday. I received over 60 cards and enjoyed the special messages inside.

~  Jinny Wood


Let’s Go to the Hop! Sock Hop and Cruise-In

Set for August 2

The Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio will hold their 5th annual Sock Hop and Cruise-In on August 2, 2014. The street will be closed off and activities will take place outside in front of the entertainment venue. The Cruise-In starts at 4 PM and a live concert is set for 6 PM. A food tent will be available. Bring your lawn chairs and take in the sights and sounds of the Cruise-In cars and “Blind Date” band as they play a variety of 60’s and 70’s music. Cruise-in participants are welcome to bring their Classic Motorcycles, Cars, Trucks and to come, shine and show! There will be no judging or entrance fee. Door prizes will be available for cruise-in participants, and a 50/50 drawing. Local favorite Jerry Bolenbaugh has been invited to perform with the band, and there will be a special appearance with Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr. and powerhouse” vocalist  Samantha Rae Duquette.

Mark your calendars for August 2 to enjoy this fun-filled evening- sure to please all ages. A free-will offering will be accepted and appreciated. For more information, call Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.



Mardi Gras Fun Coming to Vacation Bible School at Olive Branch

Olive Branch will be hosting a Mardi Gras themed VBS this year.  Kids ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to come and be “unmasked” when they discover who they really are in Jesus.  So many times we are tempted to wear masks to cover up our insecurities and weaknesses, but Jesus invites us to come to Him just as we really are.  Our VBS includes some really fun action video songs that the kids will really move to.  Each child will create and decorate their own Mardi Gras mask.  Of course what would Mardi Gras be without beads....beads....beads.   One lucky child will be crowned King or Queen each day by finding the prize in the cake!  Throw in games and a free lunch each day (PIZZA!) and it all makes for an exciting two day adventure.  VBS will be this Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Olive Branch is located on State Route 118, 3 miles south of Ohio City.  Questions?  Call 419-203-7723.   We can’t wait to get the party started!



Rockford Bicentennial 2020 Planning Meeting Scheduled  

A very important planning meeting for the upcoming Rockford Bicentennial in
2020 will  take place on Monday, August 18th at 7:30 pm at the Village Hall.

Everyone interested should plan to attend.  



PATROLMAN Competitive Examination

To Create an Eligibility List For the Celina Police Department

Classified Civil Service Of The City Of Celina, Ohio


Date of Examination:          Saturday, August 30, 2014

                                                            9:00 a.m.

Place of Examination:         Mercer County Central Services Building

                                                            220 West Livingston Street

                                                            Celina, Ohio


Application:  A person seeking to receive an original appointment, as Patrolman must apply to take the examination by filing with the Celina Civil Service Commission, 225 N. Main Street, Celina, Ohio 45822

Deadline:  The deadline for submission of applications for this exam will be 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 15, 2014.  Completed applications are to be returned to the City of Celina, 225 N. Main Street, Celina, Ohio.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME.



Harrison Jolly Booster 4-Hers’ Plant Trees

At the Harrison Jolly Booster 4-H meeting we planted 2 trees. Younger member planted a Red Oak tree and the older member planted a White Oak at the Van Wert Fair Grounds. Then we move on to the Jessica and Jacob Heller memorial by the Jr. Horse arena, the Harrison Jolly Booster 4-H'er  cleaned the area up and planted 14 flowers and shrubs. Submitted by Heather L. Gottke



July 28-31, 2014

Fair Passes now on sale throughout the County!

Season Passes for the 2014 Van Wert County Fair are now available at various locations throughout the County.  Passes are the same price as last year at $18 and allow admission for all five days of the fair, August 27th – September 1st.   Single day admission is $5.00 for adults or $3.00 kids 9-15.  8 and under is free. 

This year offers lots of free entertainment with highlights featuring Chris August in the Gospel Pavilion on Saturday August 30th at 7:00 pm  and Polly Mae (country) in the Entertainment Tent Wednesday August 27th at 7:00 pm or Cook & Belle (also country) on Sunday at 7:00 pm.  Southern Gospel lovers can hear performances in the Gospel Pavilion on both Wednesday and Friday evenings with more Contemporary Christian on Sunday evening all free of charge with paid admission into the fair.  Rock and Roll performers Broken Lights  are scheduled in the entertainment tent on Monday for those looking for a way to celebrate after the horse races this Labor Day.  Please come out and support your local fair


Season passes can be purchased at the following locations.  Please note: Membership tickets (if you choose to vote) are only available at the fair office and are the same $18.  Also, ride armbands, reserved seat tickets for harness racing, thoroughbred racing, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, The Build a New Band Show featuring The Naked Karate Girls, and Cheerleading need to be purchased at the fair office.


Becky’s Village Restaurant   Willshire                 Convention Visitors Burearu   Van Wert

Brookside Convenience Store   Van Wert          Delphos Discount Drugs    Delphos
Century Trading     Van Wert                                Flat Lands Supply    Van Wert
Chamber of Commerce   Van Wert                     Hall Lumber     Convoy
Clark’s Pharmacy    Van Wert                               Hemker Grain Inc.  Venedocia
Collin’s Fine Foods    Van Wert                             Huggybear Campground   Middle Point
Kennedy Kuhn     Van Wert                                    Mercer Landmark   Glenmore
Ohio City Express   Ohio City                                  Partee Shop   Van Wert
Rambler’s Roost    Middle Point                           Scott Variety Store    Scott
Sportsman    Van Wert                                           TJ’s Grocerette   both Rockford & Willshire locations
Tyler’s Short Stop    Van Wert                               United Equity    Delphos
Van Wert Party Mart (Shell)   Van Wert               Wrenco Trophy     Wren




Fair Entry Deadline Approaching

The Van Wert County Fair Office, located at 1055 S. Washington, is open for all fair business daily.  Membership tickets, season tickets, ride armbands, Jr. Fair passes and tickets for all events are available. 

Membership tickets ($18) permit entry into the fair all week and are required to place entries and grant voting privilege for Fairboard directors.

The absolute deadline for all fair entries is Saturday, August 9th at 12:00 Noon.   





July 23-27, 2014


Rockford Eagles Donates to Rockford’s New Radio Station
By Sheila Baltzell 7-24-2014

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1000 to the brand new Radio Station WRKD in Rockford, OH. Pictured at left are (l to r) Brian Stetler - WRKD Underwriting Manager, Harold Shaffer, Jim Crocker - WRKD General Manager, and Blair Shaffer. In the past year, the Eagles membership has given back to the community through donations to Community Health Professionals, Mercer County Cancer Association, Parkway Back Pack Project and the Parkway Booster Club. These donations have helped fund many projects in countless ways.

The radio station has been in the planning stages for about a year with the Village of Rockford providing space (and permissions) in the village hall. Jim Crocker and Brian Stetler have been busy on building the offices and setting up the equipment. A transmitter on a short tower there is sending the signal out for a test so far, as they are not on the air officially at Channel 101.3 on the FM Dial (for the Federal Communications Commission – FCC). However, they are streaming 24/7 at which is free and works great! They have a mix of music on the stream that you are sure to enjoy with over 900 hits available. Tune-In Radio has an app for your phone, too.

For listeners in Rockford, you can either stream it on your computer or use your radio at 101.3 on the FM dial. The range is only about 5 miles, but once the FCC approves Crocker’s and Stetler’s license, they will be able to place their antenna on Rob Belna’s tower south of town.

100 feet is what the antennas will be at and then WRKD will be rated at 93.3444 kw and the station should be heard 10-15 miles, according to Jim.  This will greatly increase their range depending on the atmosphere. They will be able to reach Rockford, Ohio City, Mendon and maybe the south side of Van Wert. 

Jim Crocker has been in radio for 30 years. An Emergency Medical Technician by trade, radio is his love and hobby. He has worked for area stations including 92Z00 in Lima, Hits 105.5 in Sidney and K-94 in Celina as a radio show host. Jim is the manager and engineer for the station. Brian Stetler, Rockford’s Police Sergeant, is a 1994 Parkway graduate and was a disc jockey for weddings and other venues for many years. As the Underwriting Manager for this non-profit venture, Brian is accepting donations to get the radio station up and running for the community. If you are interested in donating, contact him at or 419-236-6669.

Click here for the streaming radio station at

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.


Parkway Elementary Supply Lists by Grade Level - Click Here for a printable list by Michelle Tribolet

Parkway Middle School Supply Lists by Grade Level - Click Here for a printable list by Michelle Agler


HGTV and Van Wert

Not just a big sale, a big day for Van Wert!  HGTV is coming to the 127 Yard Sale!  They are looking for interesting and unusual antiques and collectibles.  Listed below are some of the items they are looking to buy. 

The HGTV team will meet first with Van Wert City Mayor, Don Farmer, who says he will “welcome them to our community for a weekend of events asking them to enjoy the use of Rotary Park and the Van Wert festivities.” From there, they will head to the Fairgrounds where the 127 sales and Rib Fest will be full force.  What a great way and a great day to enjoy Van Wert!  Be sure to come on out to the fairgrounds, grab some ribs, listen to some Nashville Crush, play some cornhole, and see what bargains you can find.  Contact Ann Marshal or the fairboard office 419-238-9270 if you are interested in participating in the 127 sales.  Space is limited – call today!



The RADC meeting is scheduled for July 28th at 7:30 in the Rockford Library basement. A representative from the Picket Fence will be attending.  


Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

Happy Birthday Jinny Wood! 85 Years Young on July 24, 2014.



2014 State Fair Qualifiers
Van Wert County 4-H


Club Leadership:
Maggie Cripe     Ridge Buckeyes

Food & Nutrition

Yeast Breads on the Rise
Katelyn Welch – Bunny Hoppers

You’re the Chef
Layken Klinger – Ohio Challengers

The Gobal Gourmet
Daniel Joseph – 4-H Exchange club

I Spy in the Kitchen
Kyra Welch – Bunny Hoppers
Alternate:  Michael Joseph – Ohio Challengers

Snack Attack
Baylee Miller – Beef it UP

Sports Nutrition 1 – On your mark
Carson Kreischer – Ohio Challengers

Let’s Bake Quick Breads
Rachel Spath – Clever Clovers
Alternate:  Jamie Burenga – Clever Clovers

Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals
Allison Miller – Pathfinders of Delphos
Alternate: Hayley Temen – Pathfinders of Delphos

Natural Resources

Exploring our Insect World I
Chris Kraner – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers

Exploring our insect World II
Cody Gamble – Shooting Stars/Bunny Hoppers
Exploring our Forests
Madelyn Lamb – Ohio Challengers- Bunny Hoppers

How Does your Garden Grow
Morgan Anspach – Leaders of the Future

Creative Arts & Leisure

Get Started in Art JR
Jennifer Haggis – Clever Clovers
Alternate:  Ali Gemmer – Clever clovers
Get Started in Art SR
Madelyn Buettner – Pathfinders of Delphos
Alternate:  Erin Gemmer – Clever Clovers


Cake Decorating

Cake Decorating Beginner
Kennedy Sites – Barnyard Buddies
Alternate:  Madison Kroeger – Bunny Hoppers

Cake Decorating Advanced Junior
Elizabeth Mitchener – Barnyard Buddies
Alternate: Kailey Denman – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers

Cake Decorating Advanced Senior
Alyssa Matthews – Ridge Buckeyes


Scrapbooking Junior
Kassidy Ringwald – Leaders of the Future
Alternate: Hannah Barnes – Harrison Jolly Boosters
Scrapbooking Senior
Tiffany Ricketts – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Alternate: Ashley Dealey – Ohio Challengers


Focus on Photography
Morgan Dowler – Ohio Challengers
Alternate:  Melissa Hauter – Willshire Wide Awake

Mastering Photography
Abbey Bradford – Bunny Hoppers

Advanced Photography Self Determined
Alicia Buettner – Pathfinders of Delphos

Shooting Sports

Safe Use of Guns
Evan Mongold – Leaders of the Future
Alternate:  Dreama Hampton – Ohio Challengers

Basic Archery
Camden Teman – Pathfinders of Delphos
Alternate:  Emily Barricklow – Harrison Jolly Boosters


Magic of Electricity
Carter Teman – Pathfinders of Delphos

Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
Evan Mongold – Leaders of the Future

Bicycle Adventure 1  Age 11
Michael McGuffey   -  Green Hopping Marshalls

ATV   Ages 9-13
Wyatt Freidrich – Leaders of the Future

Rockets #501
Isaiah Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies

Robotics 2 NEXT
Madison Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies

Vet Science
Kayla Krites – Clever Clovers
Alternate:  Carson Kreischer



Measuring UP JR
Tanner Short – Ohio Challengers

Measuring UP SR
Tiffany Ricketts – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Alternate:  Dalton Sidle – Ohio challengers
Making the Cut JR
Alex Wyatt – Leaders of the Future
Alternate: Ethan Crow – Leaders of the Future
Nailing it together SR
Louis Crow III – Leaders of the Future


Family & Consumer Sciences

First Aid in Action:
Carsen Kreischer – Ohio Challengers
Alternate:  Maddy Lamb – Ohio challengers

Family History Treasure Hunt
Hanna Young – Leaders of the Future

The Truth about Tobacco SR
Chris Kraner – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Alcohol and Drug Abuse JR:
Trinity Welch – Jackson Lively


#415 Active Sportswear
Maddie Pohlman – Pathfinders of Delphos

#410 Fun with Clothes
Baylee Miller – Beef it up
Alternate: Haley Sheets – Ohio challengers

# 409 Sew Fun
Kayla Krites – Clever Clovers
Alternate: Breck Evans – Hoaglin Farmers

# 419 Tops for Tweens
Dylann Carey – Hoaglin Farmers

# 417 Dress up outfit
Alexandra Crow – Leaders of the Future

# 408 Creative Costume
Baylee Lindeman – Pathfinders of Delphos

# 430 Shopping Savvy
Chelsea Hancock – Ohio challengers

# 424 Clothing for Middle School
Frankie Carey – Hoaglin Farmers
Alternate: Alexandra Ford – Willshire Wide Awake

# 420 Outer Layers
Colleen Schulte- Pathfinders of Delphos

# 418 Loungewear
Samantha Wehe – Willshire Wide Awake

# 412 Sewing for others
McKenna Johnson – Barnyard Buddies

# 425 Look Great for Less
Maddison Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Alternate: Gabrielle Perkins – Clever Clovers



Self Determined JR
Madison Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Alternate:  Ethan White – Clever Clovers
Self Determined SR
Dylan Hicks – Ohio Challengers
Alternate: Devan Springer – Hoaglin Farmers



 CAPT Supports D.A.R.E.

CAPT representative Greg Nietfeld presented a $750 check to D.A.R.E. Officer Sue Miller. CAPT has been a supporter of the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Program for many years. All money is used for Mercer County students through the cup stacking event, 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduation t-shirts, and scholarships given to graduating seniors who have remained true to their D.A.R.E. promise. The D.A.R.E. Boosters thank CAPT for their continued support of this important program to ensure Mercer County students are knowledgeable about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and how to say “NO”.






Clever Clovers Meet
Reporter Catherine Kopack

The Clever Clover 4H Club had its final meeting on July 14th, 3:00-4:00PM at Grace Bible Church in Van Wert. Ten members were present. Kayla Krites led the 4H Pledge. Rachel Spath reported on Mosquito Bites for the Health and Safety Report. Members went through stations, reviewed judging and discussed Black, Inc. Club Members finished up demonstrations. The Club would like to thank Marie Markward and Tonia Gamble for leading the Clever Clovers as Advisors. It has been a great year! The Club also invites everyone to visit the Clever Clover Booth in the Junior Fair Building at the Van Wert County Fair.


2014 Lambert Days Winners Announced


 Whiffle ball tournament champions: "Wifflerz"

The whiffle ball home champion: Brandt Richardson

2014 Lambert Days volleyball champions. From Ben Jones, Jason Schaffer, Jason Hefner, Steve Hatfield. Molly Gamble, Nicki Staten, Shea Dietrich, & Kayla Gawronski.

Lambert Days 3on3 Basketball champions:
Koonta Kentai: Aaron Comer, Dillan Foust, and Zack Burk

2014 Lambert Days corn-hole champions:
John Blue and Randy Moore


Brickworld Fort Wayne 2014 – LEGO® Exposition

Brickworld is excited to be bringing their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Fort Wayne for the 4th consecutive year!

Once again, on Saturday and Sunday of the event, the displayers will put their creations on display in 32,000 square feet of space for the public to enjoy at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun!  See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc.  Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors.                 

Buy public day tickets online at or at the door.

Buy public day tickets online at ( or at the door.


Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10 am - 4 pm

General Admission:        $8.50 in advance    or      $9 Day of Show


158th Anniversary of the Van Wert County Fair
Limited Edition Collector's Basket, The “Tissue Basket,” is now available.

A long-standing tradition of the annual Van Wert County Fair is to offer a commemorative basket to fairgoers and basket collectors. These make a fun keepsake for yourself and an excellent gift for family and friends. They are offered at a reduced price by the Fairgrounds as a service to the local community.

The 2014 basket is the unique and beautiful “Tissue Basket” that features a commemorative brass tag engraved with the year and anniversary, blue decorative accent weave and VAN WERT COUNTY FAIR laser cut into the lid. This attractive basket measures 6” x 6” x 6” and is hand woven using hard maple. It is designed to hold a tissue box. It is 100% custom made by American Traditions Basket Company located in historic Canal Fulton, Ohio. This company has been producing handmade, heirloom quality baskets for over 18 years. You may register your “Tissue Basket” to receive their lifetime warranty that covers workmanship and materials.

The 2014 basket order form has been mailed to those who ordered an annual fair basket in the past. The price is only $40.00 this year. You may inquire about, order and pick up this keepsakes at the Fairgrounds office. They are open 9 - 5 each day and 9 -12 on Saturday. Call the office at (419) 238-9270 or email at  The basket flyer may be viewed with an order form to print from the Fairgrounds website The baskets are now in stock at the Fairgrounds office. Payment by case, check or credit card is accepted. See you at the fair!



Stoneco Quarry donates construction toys to Mercer Health

Construction toys were recently donated to Mercer Health.  The toys, donated by Stoneco Quarry representatives Mike Thees and Robin Kraner, have been placed in Mercer Health’s pediatric offices which include Dr. Julia Eckert’s office at Mercer Medical Group and Dr. Paul Reddy’s office at the Community Medical Center, both in Celina.

"We felt it would be nice for the young patients to have something to keep them busy." states Mike Thees, representative from Stoneco  “The Celina, Coldwater and surrounding communities have been customers of Stoneco for decades.  This is our way of saying thank you and giving back.  For those not familiar with  Stoneco Quarry, it is located on Karch Road off of Route 29 near Celina.  Just look for the big quilted rock on the corner!”




Shanes Crossing Historical Society Newsletter - July 2014 - Click Here to read it.
John Vining, Parkway Graduate and published historical author will speak at the August 28th meeting




July 21-22, 2014


Shanes Crossing 5K – Part of Mercer Health Race Series
Rain Finishes with Cool Rain during 10th Annual Event

The approximately 80 participants in the Shanes Crossing 5K went off without a hitch despite misting rain and a few showers on Saturday morning, July 19th. TheParkway Booster Club, under the direction of officer Steve Fisher, has taken over the event from organizers Mike Bruns and Amy Lyons. John Folk and Charlie Folk of St. Marys were the official time keepers using a chute system.

A National Anthem Medley was play over the PA followed by Youth Pastor Matt Rhynehart of New horizon who gave the prayer, then participated in the race. Clete Schmidt lead the races on his bicycle.

Race Results - Click Here

1st Man in - Mitch Williams

1st woman in -
Ashley Lefeld

Mother-Daughter Entries
Haley and Mom Lisa Alig

Race Begins

Clete leads the race

Mike Bruns retires from race
coordinating after 10 years


Spectator Barney Lehman
and friend

Race Begins

Rockford Carnegie Library gets brick and mortar uplift.

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy   -  Grand Lake St. Marys – Continuing Efforts

Grand Lake St. Marys is an important fixture in west central Ohio, drawing people from all over the state during summer months. The lake also offers an economic boost to the surrounding communities, local businesses, and the rest of the Auglaize and Mercer Counties. The vital economic boost it provides to the region is important to consider as the lake undergoes continued restoration work.

The lake season started off positive, but as with years before, it is experiencing algae blooms. It is important that work continue on resolving this issue, first and foremost, so that visitors to Grand Lake St. Marys will have a positive experience and stay longer to spend more money, supporting our economy.

Restoring the health of the lake is a major issue, and one that will take time. Sediment build-up within the lake is a situation that has developed over hundreds of years, but little by little it is improving. Just as it took many years for the sediment to reach current levels, it will take many years to clean out the sediment from the lake.

There is one operational treatment train on Prairie Creek that naturally cleans incoming water to the lake. As a result of its success, more treatment trains are being constructed at Grand Lake St. Marys in the coming months and years.

During restoration, the state has been committed to funding projects to improve the health of the lake, and the future continues to look bright as the Lake Facilities Authority comes together to help resolve issues pertaining to water quality in the agricultural community  and in the lake.

Additionally, local elected officials and the state of Ohio are making substantial efforts to preserve the quality of the lake. Local farmers are also helping the process through voluntarily improving their practices. The collaboration of these various entities has shown there is a lot of positive direction for improving Grand Lake St. Marys.

While many positive and pro-active steps have been taken in addressing the continued restoration of Grand Lake St. Marys, it is important that this work continue. Not only will the lake benefit from these efforts, but so will the neighboring communities. The long-range plan to make the lake better has made much progress already, and the restoration yet to be completed will continue to  make Grand Lake St. Marys a hotspot of family recreation and economic vitality for years to come.  

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



Lake Festival Plans 

The Celina Police Department is announcing the following street closings for the Lake Festival’s special events on Saturday July 26. The parade begins at 6:30 P.M.

These areas will be closed starting at 5 A.M. for the car show Saturday morning:
S. Main St. from Market St. to Warren St.
½ block east and west of S. Main St. on Fayette St.
The city parking lot in the 200 block of S. Main St.

These areas will be blocked at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday for the parade:
E. Livingston St. from County Rd. to Vine St
E. Fulton St. from Armstrong College Av.
E. Anthony St. from Armstrong St. to College Av.
College St. from E. Wayne St. to E. Livingston St.
Fountain St. from E. Wayne St. to E. Livingston St.

These areas will be blocked at 5:00 P.M. for the parade:
E. Market St. at County Rd. to Main St.
N. Main St. from Market St. to Johnson Av.
Johnson Av. From N. Main St. to Holly St.
E. Wayne St. from Meadowview Dr. to Linden Av.

All vehicles in these areas during the closing process are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.


July 19-20, 2014

Rockford Recreation Announces Fall Sports Registration

Flag Football - Co-ed teams are open to boys and girls in grades 1-6. Registration fee is $25.00. Each player is provided with a team jersey and mouthpiece (mouthpieces are required for all practices and games). Games will be played at Shanes Park on Monday evenings during September and October. Questions can be directed to Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426

Soccer - Co-ed teams are open to boys and girls in grades K-5. Registration fee is $25.00. Each player is provided with a team jersey. Players are required to provide their own shin guards, socks, athletic shoes or cleats (no metal cleats), and black shorts. Games will be played at Shanes Park on Sunday afternoons throughout September and October. Questions can be directed to Michelle Rogers or Sara Stearns (419)303-9140

The Rockford Recreation Association is excited to continue offering organized recreational activities for our local youth throughout the year. These fall events are coordinated and scheduled so that kids are able to participate in multiple programs that promote active and healthy lifestyles. In the past, many of our participants involve themselves in soccer, flag football, pee-wee tackle football, and fall baseball and softball leagues with minimal scheduling conflicts.

Registration forms can be downloaded from or picked up at The Peoples Bank Co. in Rockford. Completed registrations, medical forms, and fees can be dropped off at The Peoples Bank or mailed to Rockford Recreation Association - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882.

The registration deadline for fall sports is August 9th. Registrations received after the deadline risk not receiving a team uniform.
10th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk
10th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K run/walk starts at 8:30am on Saturday July 19, 2014. 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 $12.00 race only registration fee. A limited quantity of shirts will be for sale on race day.

For more information or a registration form, visit Mail completed entry form and check to Parkway Athletic Boosters, PO Box 482, Rockford, OH. 45882. For additional information call: Steve Fisher, 419-308-2080 or email:

Parkway 8U Baseball Team Take Championship at Payne Tournament 



The Parkway 8U Baseball Team recently captured the championship of the
15-team Payne 8U All-Star Tourney with a 16-5 run-rule victory over
Fairview.  For the tourney, the team went undefeated in 6 games by
scoring 93 runs and only giving up 27.  Pictured with their championship
trophies are:

Front Row:  Brayden Bruns, Apollo Thomas, Xavier Samples, Kamdyn
Strickler and Trevor Stearns
Middle Row:  Fletcher Smith, Caiden Berry, Doug Hughes, Braxton Ford,
Landon Hamrick and Collin Langenkamp
Back Row:  Coaches Samples, Bruns, Smith and Hamrick
Not Pictured:  Coach Stover



July 18, 2014

 Yes! There will be a Concert In The Park July 18th.

On Friday, July 18th, 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. Music performed on the concert will be new and contain a wide variety of musical genre to include: Big Band hits String of Pearls, Night Train, and Riffin’ the Blues, 50’s style selection Greasy Kids Stuff, music of the “Beatles”, “The Association and “The Righteous Brothers”, selections from “Frozen”, a unique march in Honor of the Lincoln Highway and the trumpet section will be featured on “Trumpets Ole!

Amy Roth, a music major at Miami University, will be the featured vocalist. A food stand will be available starting at 5:30. The District Eastern Star is sponsoring the food stand. Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elida, Lima, Delphos, Spencerville, Convoy, Payne, Chat, Middle Point, and Rockford for this entertaining concert. The band members appreciate the continued support of our local communities. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.




Rockford Recreation Announces Fall Sports Registration

Flag Football - Co-ed teams are open to boys and girls in grades 1-6. Registration fee is $25.00. Each player is provided with a team jersey and mouthpiece (mouthpieces are required for all practices and games). Games will be played at Shanes Park on Monday evenings during September and October. Questions can be directed to Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426

Soccer - Co-ed teams are open to boys and girls in grades K-5. Registration fee is $25.00. Each player is provided with a team jersey. Players are required to provide their own shin guards, socks, athletic shoes or cleats (no metal cleats), and black shorts. Games will be played at Shanes Park on Sunday afternoons throughout September and October. Questions can be directed to Michelle Rogers or Sara Stearns (419)303-9140

The Rockford Recreation Association is excited to continue offering organized recreational activities for our local youth throughout the year. These fall events are coordinated and scheduled so that kids are able to participate in multiple programs that promote active and healthy lifestyles. In the past, many of our participants involve themselves in soccer, flag football, pee-wee tackle football, and fall baseball and softball leagues with minimal scheduling conflicts.

Registration forms can be downloaded from or picked up at The Peoples Bank Co. in Rockford. Completed registrations, medical forms, and fees can be dropped off at The Peoples Bank or mailed to Rockford Recreation Association - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882.

The registration deadline for fall sports is August 9th. Registrations received after the deadline risk not receiving a team uniform.



4H Club Meets
The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting on Jul. 15, 2014. Their were 20 members and 6 guest present.  Pledges and roll call were led by Madison Pugh.  Our booth theme is road trip, Places to go,People to see and Things to do.  If you have any old maps or atlases please bring them in.  Garret Mueller gave a safety report on tree stand safety.  Tyra Trentman gave a health report on first aid kits.  Melanie Mueller gave a demonstration on scrapbooking.  Our next meeting will be held on July. 29th 2014.

by Addison Mueller


Village Council Meeting Minutes for July 15, 2014 by Lisa Kuhn
Concrete walkways in the park; sidewalk improvements; request fro property cleanup; and more.
Click Here for full details of the meeting.



Rockford Carnegie Library Renewal Levy to be Placed on November General Ballot

Parkway Local School Board members recently approved a resolution for the Rockford Carnegie Library's renewal levy. Passed 5 years ago, at 1-mill, the money generated operating expenses that have been crucial to the services at the library. In 2009, the State of Ohio drastically cut funds to all Ohio libraries. Robert Maurer is the fiscal Officer for the library and said that the renewal is crucial for continuing the excellent services. This is a renewal.




Jr. Fair Royalty Applications are Due Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Coronation Committee is pleased to announce the search for candidates for a King and Queen of the Van Wert County Fair. These people would be chosen to be ambassadors not only to the Junior Fair but also to the entire Van Wert County Fair.

Candidates must be 15 years of age and must have an open schedule throughout the fair to perform special duties such as handing out awards and trophies, giving radio interviews, and making special appearances. Any Van Wert County Jr. Fair youth meeting these qualifications may apply.

New this year are the Species Prince and Princess. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age and also be flexible in their scheduling during Fair week. Species included with this application include beef, horses, poultry, sheep, goats, and swine. Applicants may run for more than one species if desired.

Applications are due in to the Van Wert County OSU Extension Office by July 18, 2014.These applications may be picked up at the OSU Extension Office or by emailing Heather Gottke at

Any questions may be directed to the OSU Extension Office at 419-238-1214 

Bible School in Celina

St. John Lutheran Church is inviting all the area children (ages 3 through 6th grade)

to their annual Vacation Bible School, Weird Animals, Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.  It will be held Sunday Aug. 3rd through Thursday, Aug 7th , starting at 6PM and ending at 8:30PM in the Church’s Family Life Center.  Each day kids will sing catchy songs, play games, have a snack, and experience Bible adventures.

Also in order to make each evening a little less harried, a free will offering dinner will be available for the entire family in the Church Fellowship Hall at 5:15PM.

Please come and join the FUN!

To Register for Vacation Bible School, please call the church office at 419-586-2332 or register on line at Early registration fee is $5, after August 1st  $10.  An optional t-shirt is available for an extra $10.


Warning of Increased Sheriff’s Patrols in Parks

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning today that the Sheriff’s Office is increasing patrols in the public parks.  This increase will include both marked patrol cars and plain clothes deputies and extends to parks within the City of Celina and all villages as well as parks in unincorporated areas, to include, but not limited to the State Park on West Bank Road, Bunge Park on State Route 29, and Eden Haven Park on Hellwarth Road.

The Sheriff’s Office has received complaints of sexual activity occurring in public areas.  “These parks are visited by families,” states Sheriff Grey, “we will not tolerate public sexual activity or soliciting in the parks.  Those activities should be kept in the privacy of your home.  Anyone caught engaged in sexual activity or soliciting in the parks, will be arrested and taken to jail, this news release is your only warning.”

The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office or the police department that has jurisdiction about unusual activity observed in the parks.  You may report it anonymously to the Sheriff’s Office through our website at or our tip line, 567-890-8477 “It is time we take back our community from drugs and deviant behavior,” states Sheriff Grey, “it takes all of us working together, we appreciate and need the public’s help.”

Effective immediately, if you are arrested by a deputy sheriff and incarcerated for public sexual activity, your mug shot and a news release will be provided to news outlets.  “We are providing everyone who engages in this activity fair warning.”


Otterbein Retirement Community Ice Cream Social Planned - Everyone Welcome!

Plan now to enjoy an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social at Otterbein Retirement Community in St. Marys on Grand Lake.
The date is Tuesday, July 29 from 6-8 PM. Call Gena at 419-394-6227 by July 25th for a reservation.


July 14-17, 2014


Jordan Thompson Football Camp Coming

On Sunday, July 20th, the Rockford Recreation Association is excited to host current Detroit Lions tight end, former Ohio Bobcat, and Parkway High School alumni - Jordan Thompson. For the second year in a row, Jordan will be returning to Rockford to spend an afternoon with local young athletes interested in improving their passing, receiving, and rushing skills just in time for the upcoming football season. The clinic is open to students who will be entering grades 1-6 and will be held in the outfield grass of Diamond #4 at Shanes Park from 2:00-3:30pm. In case of inclement weather, the clinic will be moved indoors to the Parkway High School gymnasium. The Rockford Recreation Association is excited to host this FREE event and thanks Jordan for his continued support of the recreational programs in our community! Registration forms will be available at the event and a parent signature is required for all participants.

Any clinic updates will be communicated on the Rockford Recreation Association Facebook page.



Enjoy Yourself at Lambert Days
The Lambert Days pageant starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 17 and is open to the public. Local young ladies compete for the Queen and Princess Title. There will be cake donated by L & S House of pastries and cake available after the pageant.

Friday begins with a Flea Market/ vendor show that starts at 9:00 am and will go on through-out the weekend. Community garage sales will also be starting in the am. A steak dinner will be available at 4:00 with a flag raising ceremony at 5:00 from the Harvey Lewis post 346. The kids’ games will begin at 5:00 with a $3 entry fee for the duration of the night and at 5:30 the wiffleball home-run derby starts. Texas hold ‘em at 7:00 and Monte Carlo night at 8:00. Henry “Pit bull” Rife will start his ATV stunt show at 9:00, along with rock band “ENDEVER” at the tent. ID bracelets are available. The best firework display in the area starts at 10:15.

Saturday brings men’s slow-pitch softball at 8:00 and Co-ed volleyball at 9:00. The flea market and vendor show returns at 9:00 and the waffle ball tournament starts at 10:00. The kids’ games open at 11:00 with a entry fee of $5 for the day. Corn hole and 3on3 basketball starts at 1:00 with registration an hour before. The hog roast dinner is available at 4:00 with music provided by “SaMax”. Bingo at 5:00 and the country band “Sean Wise and the Bad Attitude Band” will close the night starting at 9:00. ID bracelets are available.

The John W. Lambert Car show registration starts at 10:00 along with the flea market and vendor show.  A chicken dinner will be available starting at 11:00 with dinner music being provided by “Triad”. The car show starts at noon along with the kids’ games with a $3.00 fee for all day play. What promises to be the biggest parade in the area, the forty-sixth annual Lambert Days parade begins at 3:00.

Lambert Days would like to acknowledge the sponsors of the 2014 fireworks display. Thanks to: Jim Ash, the Ohio City Express, Mercer Landmark, Inc., Lee Kinstle, BHS Gun shop, the village of Ohio City, and the community individual donations. 


Celina Police Sergeant Named

On July 13th Ptl. Dan Harting assumed the role of Sgt. Dan Harting for the Celina Police Dept. He scored the highest combined score on the civil service test and assessment. Sgt. Harting is the K-9 handler for the Celina Police Department and has been serving the citizens of Celina as a police officers since 1996. He is considered a valuable asset to the police department as a very capable, experienced and knowledgeable officer. We express our congratulations and expect he will continue to serve well in his new role.


Stateline Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club met on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Mercer County District Library. President Alain Rion called the meeting to order. After the general business portion of the meeting, the members read their works on, “What makes me happy.” Barbara Moore then talked about irony and gave examples of the three different kinds. Members were given an exercise about the different kinds of irony and asked to choose the type of irony illustrated. The assignment for July is to write a piece using irony.

The next meeting will be held at the Mercer County District Library from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The meetings are free and open to the public.



July 11-13, 2014


Annual Concert in the Park and Bean Bake Set for July 13

The public is invited on Sunday, July 13 to enjoy live music at the upcoming 4th annual Concert in the Park and Bean Bake at Shanes Park, Rockford, OH. The event is being hosted by local entertainment venue, The Rockford Belle.

A Bean Bake Lunch begins at 11:30 AM with onstage performances set for 12 noon-5 pm.  The event features local performers and bands from the Midwest. Music styles represent a range of genres including pop, blues, folk, gospel, and country music.  Former longtime radio show host Jim Highley, will emcee. A love offering will be accepted with proceeds collected and turned back over to the performers.

Featured performers are as follows:

Blind Date
The Master’s Own
Jerry Garcia
The Jubilees
Jess King & Country Gospel

A food stand with available food items for purchase will be provided by the youth of New Horizons Community Church, delicious desserts provided by St. Paul’s UCC, and the tastiest beans supplied by the Willow Restaurant in Celina, OH.

The park is 100% handicap accessible.

Bring a lawn chair, relax and enjoy the day with us at the park!


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Library Fun Planned for Summer Readers

Party at Shanes Park for Summer Reading Participants

Don't forget to come to the end of the summer reading program party for the Rockford Carnegie Library next Thursday, July 17th at 11:30.  Join us for lunch, prizes and play at the park.  All summer reading participants are welcome.


Cash Scammers Hit Rockford Businesses
The Rockford Police received a complaint of suspects working the "Quick
Change Scam" in area business on June 23rd, 2014. Several area business's in
Mercer, Van Wert and Auglaize Counties had been targeted. The thieves where
able to get away with $150.00 .The Suspects came back to the area 8 days
later and attempted to complete the scam again. A quick thinking clerk
pulled video and wrote the license plate down. That information was relayed
to the Rockford Police. Chief May contacted Toledo Police Department ( Crime
Task Force ) and was able to positively identify at least two of the four
suspects involved. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of one male and
one female in the Toledo Ohio area. Chief May would like to thank Van Wert
County Sheriff's Office and also Toledo Police for there cooperation. Names
and more detail will follow after the arrest of the suspects. - Chief Paul
P. May III




Sign-Up For Wren Rib Roast Cook-off

It’s Rib Cook-off time again!  The 11th Annual Wren Rib Roast Cookoff will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 during the Homecoming festivities. 


Contestants will need to provide any equipment necessary.  All types of spices, marinades, and “secret recipes” are encouraged.  All types of cookers and any fuel sources will be accepted.  Cooking will take place around the Wrenway Wiffleball Park, with judging starting at 11:30 am.  Ribs will be judged on taste and tenderness.  A separate prize will be given for presentation, sauce and best side dish.


To sign up, please call James Lautzenheiser at (216) 262-2805. Only the first 15 amateur cooks who call will be permitted to participate.  Deadline to enter is Monday, August 4th.



Rockford Belle to Host Combined Gospel Concerts on July 12


Award Winning Southern Gospel Recording Artist Jerry Garcia will be appearing with The Master’s Own in Rockford at The Rockford Belle on Saturday, July 12 at 7 PM with doors open at 6 PM. The public is invited to attend the exciting musical performances at the entertainment venue located at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH. The evening will be filled with comedy, amazing music, and pure inspiration!  A free-will offering will be accepted.

For 30 years, Jerry Garcia has been delivering the Gospel message in song across America and abroad through his spiritually uplifting musical ministry. Respected by his peers and industry leaders alike, Jerry Garcia is recognized as one of the premiere soloist’s in gospel music.


This special night will be unforgettable for all. Jerry Garcia sings songs that raise people’s spirits, bring smiles to faces, and make great memories!


The Master's Own was formed back in 1982, after originally starting out as The Master's Four, and now consists of original member Bernie Nelson and Bernie's sister Dottie Rhoades and brother-in-law Chuck Rhoades, and Tim Rickard.

Over the course of The Master's Own history, many miles have been traveled in their ministry. They have sung in MN, WI, IL, IN, KY, TN, OH, PA and also in Canada. They look forward to traveling to many more states and foreign countries in the future.

The Master's Own is excited about serving the Lord together and sharing the gospel through music.

Mark your calendar for this special appearance by Jerry Garcia and The Master’s Own set for July 12. We invite you to come and bring a friend and experience an evening of wonderful Gospel Music!. The Rockford Belle is a smoke- and alcohol-free facility.




July 9-10, 2014


Rockford Police, Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies and Coldwater K-9  Capture Most Wanted

The Rockford Police received a tip that an Allen County Ohio “Most Wanted” was staying at a residence in the Village.

Chief May responded to the Market Street address and spoke to an adult male. The male stated that “yes, he is here” and retreated to the rear of the residence to wake him. Chief May then learned that the male Philip M. Lane (25) of Lima Ohio wanted for an Ohio State Probation Violations had exited out the back of the residence on foot.

Chief May contacted Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and Coldwater Police’s K-9 unit for assistance. A temporary perimeter has established and a K9 track was started. Chief May reports that after sometime, K9 lost the track and Officers resumed the area search on foot and patrol car. The incident started at 1043 and at 1144 Coldwater’s K9 officer (Dues) located Mr. Lane running West on South Street, a brief foot chase took place and Officer Dues was able to catch up and placed under arrest.

Chief May would like to thank the Coldwater Police Department for their use of the K-9 and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

Chief May would also like to further thank those citizens that reported the tip and assisted with information on his location throughout the event.

– Your Chief of Police Paul May reported July 2, 2014


Volleyball Camp for Little Lady Panthers

The Parkway Volleyball Coaching Staff held a Little Lady Panthers Volleyball Camp for girls in grades K-3 for 4 days after school during the month of May. Campers were introduced to basic skills and techniques that are used in the game of volleyball. Each camper was given a t-shirt along with a volleyball to practice their skills at home. Volleyball Camp for girls entering grades 5-8 for the next school year will be held July 28 - July 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Registration forms were sent home with students, however, if you still need to register, please contact Parkway Schools at 419-363-3045 x777.


NEWS RELEASE: 07-04-2014 – Car goes in Grand Lake

On today’s date at about 12:49 hrs Celina police and fire departments responded to a call of a car in the lake off of Lakeshore Dr. near Elmgrove Av.  Upon arrival officers found fifteen year old Skyler Green in the lake assisting 76 year old Nancy Leighner. 

Through the investigation of the non-injury crash it was found that Nancy Leighner, of Rockford, was operating at 2006 Saturn VUE.  She reported being tired and dozed off before failing to negotiate the curve at Elmgove Av. as she travelled towards E. Market St.  Her vehicle went off of the right side of Lakeshore Dr., over the concrete rip-rap and into Grand Lake.  Her car drifted a short distance north and sank up to the roof.  Nancy Leighner, uninjured, was able to exit her car and was stranded on the roof several yards from shore. 

Skyler Green, of Portland, Indiana, was along Grand Lake with his mother, taking pictures.  He observed the vehicle in the water, obtained a life jacket and swam out to Leighner and gave her the jacket.  Green stayed with Mrs. Leighner until members of the Celina Fire Department were able to get to her with a boat and bring her to safety.


Sign up for Parkway Youth Football on July 23rd and 24th in Rockford

Parkway Youth Football registration and Signup will be on Wednesday July 23rd and Thursday July 24th from 6:00 to 7:00pm at the community building in Rockford. This is open to any parkway student entering 3rd thru 6th grade and cost is $35. Conditioning will start on Monday July 28th thru the 31st at the Park from 6:00 to 8:00pm and contact will begin on Monday August 4th. All players will need a physical completed by August 4th. Any questions contact Tim Metz at 419-733-6922 or John Shaffer at 419-363-3663

10th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk
10th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K run/walk starts at 8:30am on Saturday July 19, 2014. 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 $12.00 race only registration fee. A limited quantity of shirts will be for sale on race day.

For more information or a registration form, visit Mail completed entry form and check to Parkway Athletic Boosters, PO Box 482, Rockford, OH. 45882. For additional information call: Steve Fisher, 419-308-2080 or email:



Parkway Art Students Do it Again – Create Award Winning Masterpiece

The Ohio Department of Transportation snow blade that Ed Kuhn’s art students painted recently received a second place ribbon.  Denis Heitkamp, Program Administrator from the Deputy Director’s Office of ODT District 7, reports they entered the Parkway mural blade in the Vectren Dayton Airshow parade recently.  Denise said, “You should be very proud of the talent displayed by your students.  Thank you again for participating.”  Parkway students, last year, painted a beautiful mural for the Shanes Crossing Historical Society at the museum in Rockford.



Rockford Chamber Names Vanity Kept as July Business of the Month

Congratulations to VanityKept on being the Rockford Chamber Business of the Month for July! You are now the proud owner of our traveling the award "The Rocky", a certificate of appreciation, free advertising/promotion. Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber.

Pictured:  Melissa Metz, Marie Miller - Rockford Chamber Vice-President, and Tara Patterson - Owner 


Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for June 2013


American Red Cross Accepting Donations
The American Red Cross will be collecting items through July 31, for members
of the Armed Forces deployed in Djibouti located in the Horn of Africa.
Comfort items will be collected and sent to the troops.   Donated items may
be dropped off at chambers in Auglaize County and our office here in Celina,
at 226 N. Main St.  
in Celina.  Hygiene items should be placed in plastic sealed bags. The
following items will be collected:  FOOD/SNACK ITEMS Hard Candy, Slim
Jims/jerky (beef or turkey), Granola bars, Individual size cookies, Rice
Krispies Treats, Little Debbie Snack Cakes (no boxes of cookies) Individual
size salty snacks - nuts, chips, pretzels. etc.  Crackers and cheese spreads

HYGIENE/OTHER ITEMS Body Wash (Travel size), Soap (Hand and bath), Hand &
Body Lotion (Travel Size), Foot Lotion/ Powder
Lip Balm, Hand Sanitizer (Travel size), Shaving cream, razors & refills,
Sunscreen, Deodorant, Insect Repellent, Toothpaste, toothbrushes &
mouthwash, Fly Swatters, DVD's (Movies) Phone Cards.  All these items help
to make our military a bit more comfortable as they are away fighting to
keep us safe.  

4-H in Venedocia Meets

The Venedocia Lads & Lassies held their last meeting on June 30th, 2014, 7:00 at the Venedocia Lions Club.  There were 12 members and 5 guest present.  Pledges were led by Dominic Bonifas and roll call was taken by Madison Pugh.  Addison Mueller did a safety report on campfire safety.  Keaton and Dominic Adkins did a demontration on their rabbits.  Our next meeting will be held on July 15th, 2014, 7:00 at the Venedocia Lions club.


Clever Clovers Meet

Reporter Catherine Kopack

The Clever Clover 4H Club had its seventh meeting on June 16th, 3:00-5:00PM at Wee Care Day Care in Van Wert. The club began with the business meeting and listened to demonstrations. Erin Richardson led the pledge.  Alaina Arney did roll call and read the minutes.  Erin Gemmer gave the financial report.  Jamie Burenga reported on the good turn-out for the Food Pantry service project and read a thank you note from the Master Gardener’s for the club’s help at the Children’s Garden.  After the business meeting adjourned, the club broke into groups to clean the gym and cots at the day care.  Snacks were provided by the Gemmer Family and Mrs. Markward.  The next meeting will be on June 30 to learn about a dairy barn.  Members will meet at Grace Bible Church in Van Wert at 2:30 to travel to the dairy.




Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the Sheriff’s Office arrested two female subjects on Wednesday 7-9-2014 in Celina for possession of suspected heroin.  Sheriff Grey stated  a tip was received by the Sheriff’s Office Detectives indicating heroin was being transported to Mercer County from the Dayton area, with a possible delivery in Celina.  The tip provided a description of a possible vehicle and description of the occupants.  A vehicle was spotted with occupants known to the Detectives matching information provided by the tip pulling into the Marathon Gas Station on South Main Street in Celina.  Detectives and Mercer County Patrol Deputies made contact with the occupants of the vehicle.   

Arrested were the driver of the vehicle, 33 year old Skye Anna Daniels of 3514 State Route 219, Coldwater, Ohio, and a passenger 19 year old Cassandra Nicole Springer, of 1430 Meadowview Drive Apt. 8, Celina, Ohio.  Deputies and Detectives recovered two capsules of suspected Heroin and a used syringe from property belonging to Daniels.  They also recovered 6 capsules of suspected heroin that was found on Springer’s person.

A second passenger was released at the scene.  The vehicle was impounded and towed to the Sheriff’s Office.   The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor with a request to file felony charges.  

Information from the public from tips is a vital tool in battling the Heroin problem in Mercer County.  Residents are encourage to leave tips by calling the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 567-890-8477 or email at, or on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.



Wassenberg Art Center
This Saturday! National level exhibit, The Best of 2014 is coming up on July 12 with an ice-cream social-type opening reception. Music by Matt Keeler and the Blues Reveler will perform on instruments called of all things a hurdy gurdy, a mandolin and guitar. Blues Reveler performed in Van Wert over the Fourth of July at the Van Wert County Historical Museum. So, if you missed the chance to seem them there, stop by. Ice cream and pie, will accompany some of the best art in the state of Ohio. The Best of 2014 is a traveling, multi-media exhibit curated by the Ohio Design and Craft Museum in Columbus. This exhibit will be on view through August 24.

Stop by after the Fountain Park Concert series featuring Motown Touch this Friday night to enjoy some beer, wine and great company. The Wassenberg Art Center is staying open late on Fridays to help expand our dynamic downtown activities.

Classic Watercolor class continues on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 a.m. This is an ongoing class is taught by Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to jump in anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

Vine & Palette is just around the corner for August and we always end up a waiting list. Call soon if you would like to join us for the evening. The evening includes all painting materials and wine and participants may bring a snack to share if they wish. We take care of the rest. Wear a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes. $25 for members and $30 for non-members.


Ice Cream Social
St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Twp. will be hosting its annual ice cream social today, July 10th, from 4:30 to 7p.m.  The church is located at the corner of St. Rt. 118 and Oregon Rd.

Clever Clovers Meet
Reporter Catherine Kopack

The Clever Clover 4H Club had its eighth meeting on June 30th, 3:00-5:00PM at Hempfling Dairy  in Van Wert County. The club began with a tour of the diary and learned how the automated dairy works . After the tour the club listened to demonstrations. The club carpooled to The Creamery for a snack.  The next meeting will be on July 14 at 3:00 at Grace Bible Church in Van Wert.


Baby Sitting Course Completed

During the month of June, Mercer Health provided three sessions of its babysitter training program with 54 students successfully completing the training.

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

Students completing the training include:
Haley Alig
Katie Alig
Macy Beougher
Allison Berry
Grace Bertke
Katelyn Bihn
Paige Bihn
Kayla Brunswick
Macy Brunswick
Nicole Brunswick
Grace Buschur
Torrance Clay
Bethany Dues
Brock Dues
Jackson Ervin
Clayton Everman
Allison Eyink
Daria Feltz
Laney Finke
Emma Grieshop
Annelise Harlamert
Alec Heitkamp
Abbie Kaiser
Braden Kaup
Aubrey Knapke
Madelyn Knapke
Samantha Knapke
Natalie Larkin
Lilie Leuthold
Ben Marcha
Isaac May
Kyle May
Hannah Metzger
Kendra Metzger
Rachel Miller
Olivia Milligan
Tanner Muhlenkamp
Kelsey Nichols
Rachel Olberding
Jordyn Olding
Erica Post
Molly Post
Dana Rindler
Michael Schoenherr
Devin Schoenlein
Laci Schritz
Tyler Schwieterman
Macy Shinaberry
Becca Stein
Madelynn Sudhoff
Hanna Sudman
Hope Sudman
Black Will
Megan Wolters

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

Another session of Mercer Health’s Babysitting Training Program will be held in July 21 and 22 from 9 am-12 pm.  To register for this session or for more information about Education Services provided by Mercer Health, contact Schoenleben at 419-678-5119. Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge.


July 8, 2014


Ohio Fury Ignites Flag City Firecracker Tourney


The Ohio Fury 14u team finished 6-0 over the weekend to win the Flag City Firecracker tournament in Findlay, Ohio. They beat the Findlay Blackhawks 10-2 in the final game to qualify for ASA Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The girls have played in five tournaments so far this summer and have an overall record of        28 - 1 - 1.  They will play this weekend in the NIT Shootout in Toledo.



Members of the team are, front row from left, Lindsay Albers (Minster), Caitlyn McEldowney (Versailles), Emily Bott (St. Marys) and bat boy Jacob Albers.  Back row, asst. coach Roger McEldowney, Kami McEldowney (Versailles), Katelin Augsburger (South Adams), Mackenzie Sipe (Parkway), asst. coach Ryan Sipe, Bailey Bates (Parkway), Haley Hawk (Parkway), Savannah Oen (Wapak), Haley McEldowney (Versailles) and head coach Rex Oen.  Not pictured:  Kate Perryman (Minster).


Chamber Reminder of Meeting

The Rockford Chamber will be meeting this Thursday at 8 am at the Village Hall.
Guest speaker will be Jim Crocker of WRKD - Rockford's radio station.





Bundle 3 or more season events together to ensure you have your favorite seat at an even better price this season!

The 2014-2015 Season at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is sure to be a thrill-fest of fun with family & friends! With performances from Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Temptations, The Olate Dogs, the first ever Holiday Ice Show and more, seats will sell out fast. The Niswonger is extending the opportunity for you to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure that you have first chance at priority seating selection while grabbing your tickets at a discount!

By bundling 3-5 events from the upcoming season, you will save 10% on the ticket face value. Bundle 6 or more events and you will save 15%. If you simply can't decide, why not go with a Grand Series ticket, which includes 19 events at a 20% discount. 

Bundle your events starting TOMORROW, JULY 8 at NOON. Order Online, stop by the box office at 10700 State Route 118 S., or order by phone (419) 238-6722  to avoid the crowd! Single event tickets, if still available, go on sale 90 days prior to each event and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Don't get sold out. Bundle your tickets early to guarantee your seat at the Niswonger, where inspiration is alive!



By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society
July 17, 2014

Celina Auto Company was purchased by Mr. And Mrs. Wm. J. Brown, Sr. in 1917.  Wm. Brown, Sr. is the second person, wearing a vest, at the main entry door.

Celina Auto Company, with DeSoto, Plymouth and GMC Trucks, with the addition to the north side of the original building, with the gas pump in front, at Christmas time.  Can you date this photograph by the year of the car on the display window?

Celina Auto Company

The Celina Auto Company was originally located at 306 South Main, Celina.  They sold the leading motor cars and motorcycles, as advertised in the May 25 and 26, 1913 “Souvenir of Celina and the Official Program of the Convention of the Knights of St. John, at Mercelina Park.”

In 1917, William J. Brown, Sr., purchased the Celina Auto Company, and at some point, located the business at 225 South Main, at the northwest corner of Warren and Main Streets, Celina.  Brown operated the Company until his death in 1946.  Then, the Company was operated by his widow, Bess Brown and son, William, Jr., until they sold the business to Jared Halderman, but she kept the building in 1950.   

The Wollam Aircraft and Marine Products Company was located upstairs above Celina Auto Co. as of 1953.  What products were made at this Wollam Aircraft and Marine Products Company?  Who worked there? 

Three years after Halderman purchased the business of Celina Auto Company, on Monday November 2, 1953, Celina’s second greatest fire in the history of Celina destroyed businesses north of Warren Street.  In that fire, Celina Auto Company not only lost its building, but also lost 34 vehicles, of which six were new autos.  The story of that fire will be addressed in next week’s article, July 24. 

A Thank you goes to Pat Adams Howard and to Pat Brown Hays for the contribution to preserving the history of Celina, for this local history story.


School Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 8
The Parkway Board of Education meeting scheduled on Tuesday, July 8 at 6:30 in the community room at the school.

Click here for the agenda.


July 7, 2014


Cooper Farms Supports Rockford Recreation Association


Dianne Cooper, Vice President of Public Relations for Cooper Farms, presents a check to Ryan Sipe, Rockford Recreation Association Treasurer, from the Cooper Family Foundation.  The Foundation supports projects and activities in Cooper Farms area communities. This generous donation will support ongoing Shanes Park improvements and recreational programs that are provided by the Rockford Recreation Association.


Salem Presbyterian Church Ice Cream Social

Friday, July 25th,  4:30 to 7:30 pm

Description: Featuring ice cream, cakes, pies, cookies and dinner menu

Where: Venedocia Lions Club Building, air conditioned, next to the
recreation park and ball field. Venedocia is west of Lima and south of Van
Wert. It is on Route 116.


Rockford  Vacation Bible School.
Gangway to Galilee_ VBS will take us on and around the Sea of
Galilee with  five accounts of Jesus' ministry there. By grace through
faith,  Jesus, God's own Son our Savior, calls us, teaches us, keeps
us safe,  saves us, and provides all we need now and forever. That's
amazing  grace!

Registration is open for ages 3 years to grade 5 who will attend VBS
from  July 7-11th , 9am-12 noon at New Horizons Church, Rockford.
Don't  miss the boat! Set sail with us to sing fun songs, do crazy
crafts, eat  yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. Plus, you'll
learn all  about Jesus our Savior and His amazing grace! Can't wait to
see you  there! Registration forms are available at New Horizons,
Rockford Methodist  and St Teresa Churches in Rockford or register by
calling 419-363-2633.


Fresh & New Community Concert Series Announced

By Tafi Stober, Marketing Director
We dream of entertainment and it shows in this 61st season of Community Concerts. The Series has been unveiled and features revered TV Legends, piano, strings, vocals and high energy dance. Entertainment dreams come true in the opulent comfort of the Niswonger.  

The Series begins on Saturday, October 4 with The Annie Moses Band. This award winning group of Juilliard-trained musicians and songwriters is dedicated to musical and spiritual excellence in the arts. The Annie Moses Band is a young and exciting group well-known for their diverse sound from Classical to soulful Bluegrass music that will move every soul with their heart melting harmonies. All ages will delight in this zestful display of musical talent.

Then on Thursday night, October 9, Peter Yarrow, of the iconic folk group, “ Peter, Paul, and Mary” takes center stage sharing stories and song in the very intimate setting of the Niswonger. Take a stroll down memory lane to when “Puff the Magic Dragon” was first created and delight in the soothing songs of Peter Yarrow and his band of friends, “Mustard Retreat.”  As an advocate of “anti- bullying”, Peter Yarrow will share his encouraging platform  with students as part of his visit to Van Wert. Support of the Community Concerts affords this worthwhile cause that impacts our communities through the arts.


The series then travels south to the Caribbean on October 13 to visit the lovely island country of Cuba.  The Habaneros, a talented string quartet from the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba are joined by virtuoso clarinetist, Ortuno Cabezas in a night of Classical and native Cuban music.  The concert will also feature the quintet, dressed in authentic, colorful Cuban Guayaberas, and performing with a digital backdrop displaying hundreds of rarely seen images of Cuba.  


Headlining the series on Sunday, March 8 are the iconic legends of television, Barbara Eden of “I Dream of Genie” and Hal Linden of “Barney Miller” star in a modern American Classic, Love Letters, A.R. Gurney’s beloved play about two people who grow up in love with each other’s writing. The broadway tale is as much a celebration of the power of the written word as it is to love itself. Poetic, elegant, funny and profoundly touching, Love Letters shows that, despite how things seem, what divides us is rarely as powerful as what connects us. 

The fifth concert of the series features one of the finest concert pianists in the nation, Leon Bates. This bodybuilding, world touring concert pianist found his love for music at the age of 6 and continued his talent all the way to Carnegie Hall. A masters class and seminar of African American composers and their contributions to American music is also featured.

The season comes to a triumphal ending on Thursday, April 9 with a trip to Ireland with the Celtic dance ensemble, The StepCREW.  This crew of dancers and musicians literally tear up the stage with their high energy moves and Irish music.  Masters of three exhilarating dance styles: Ottawa Valley Stepdance, Irish stepdance and tap, this new show takes you on a journey with some of the finest dancers and musicians in the Celtic Music scene today.  The StepCREW delivers a show of both brilliant visual and musical display.

The Community Concert Series includes all six concerts for as little as just $60 for a balcony seat, $75 for mezzanine or $100 for orchestra seating. Become a Community Concert Series Member at a Maestro, Principal or Musician level. Community Concert Members receive first buying opportunities and choice seating. Memberships are purchased separately from tickets. Maestro level sales begin April 30, Principal - May 5 and Musician on May 12. General series subscribers may purchase seats beginning May 19. Any remaining seats will be available for single ticket purchases approximately 90 days prior to the concert date.

Wish no longer! Amazing entertainment becomes a dreamy reality at the Niswonger, located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH. The Box Office is open Mon-Fri from noon - 4 PM. More information about the Community Concert Series can be found online at NPACVW.ORG

The 14-15 Community Concert Series, is presented by VANCREST Healthcare Centers. Supporting sponsors are Delphos Hearing Aid Center, Central Insurance Companies, Taylor Auto Sales, Slusher's Jewelry and Van Wert County Hospital. Season Sponsors for 2014-15 Season are Statewide Ford Lincoln and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.




June 27- July 6, 2014
Happy Independence Day


Nuclear Physicist for NASA Space Center Studies Gamma Rays
Via FERMI/GLAST Satellite
By Sheila Baltzell, Liz Hays and Paula Hays 6-27-2014

Below is a picture of the sky in high energy, taken over a five year period by the LAT instrument on Fermi.  This was a big deal and a good emphasis for the Five -Year celebration of Fermi.


Elizabeth Anne “Liz” Hays, daughter of Reverend Richard S. and Paula (Barron) Hays spent the first 10 years of her life in Rockford, Ohio. She grew in Christ at the former Rockford Presbyterian Church where her father pastored, attended school at Parkway, played the clarinet in the Parkway Elementary band, studied the migrating monarch butterflies in the vegetation near her home and absolutely loved the stars, planets and moon phases. Her mom recalls that as a toddler, she would run for the TV when she heard the Nova Channel begin on PBS.

Paula said, “What caused little Beth Anne to run to the TV in the evening was the music from Carl Sagan's "Cosmos."  She'd head for the TV room calling "Cosmos music! Cosmos music!"  We let her watch it, even though it was a bit past bedtime, because she liked it so much.  I'm sure she only understood a little.  When she went to Cornell, she heard a few physics lectures from Sagan himself as he was then a professor there.  Small world.” In 1986, she and her mom located Halley’s Comet which swings into our solar system every 75-76 years. Fascinated, they spent one chilly, March evening observing it in the low western sky with Sheila, Chris, Scott and Tom Baltzell on the west side of Rockford (where it was darker).

When the family left for a new church and home in Waverly, Ohio, Liz grew up and continued in her fascination of the cosmos. She studied hard and graduated as valedictorian of her Waverly High School class in 1994.  While in high school, she was in band, cross country, track (the two mile), school plays and served on the yearbook staff.  She and two classmates won the high school science trophy for the State of Ohio.  The trophy is still on display among the many athletic school trophies that Waverly has collected over the years.  She played in the Ohio State High School Honors Band - clarinet.  She even continued her music when she went to college, playing clarinet in the band and a jazz group, a relaxing activity. Just before she graduated, the Waverly Mayor presented her with a key to the city for all her accomplishments and for being a good Waverly ambassador. Liz was mayor for a day. With those accomplishments under her belt and a deep dedication to science, she was accepted and continued on to a bachelor degree at the prestigious University of Cornell in Ithaca, New York, in the Finger Lake region.


Liz was in no ordinary program. Nuclear Physics was her major, and she became part of the Women in Science program at Cornell. This opened doors for her to different summer employments at the University of Chicago as well as the  University of Connecticut in their physics departments. While at the University of Chicago, Liz was the lecturer one year for the popular weekly Compton Lectures. These are given on Saturdays to the general public (picture at left).
She studied at University of Maryland after that and "fused" her masters work into a doctoral program (a phd (doctor’s degree) in Physics at University of Maryland).

During this time she worked some on the Milagro project at Los Alamos National Lab near Sante Fe, New Mexico.  She dug up electrical cables that desert rats had chewed.  She also sat in a rowboat under a large tarp covering a pond that contained rods which detected gamma rays.  The rods had to be cleaned by divers and somebody had to man (or rather, woman)  the boat. She was either in hot and/or dirty work conditions those summers, but certainly paid her dues. 

Post graduate work, at University of Chicago an Argonne National Laboratory  took her to a career at NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland in the space program and was part of the team who designed and built the unmanned FERMI space observatory satellite which just celebrated its 5th year in orbit this past July 2013. Launched in July 2008, it was the culmination of years of work  that Liz and her colleagues had planned for the day. Their satellite was going up into space with a Gamma-ray telescope to send back data to help scientists learn more about the universe. Rick and Paula, her parents, and Drew and Angie (her brother and sister-in-law) all made the journey to Cocoa Beach, Florida and experienced the VIP treatment while Liz prepared for the launch. They shopped, ate-out and visited the Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve in Titusville, FL (140,000 acres). They were able to tour NASA, and sit in on a formal pre-launch briefing in the auditorium they use for Astronaut press conferences. Unfortunately the launch was postponed due to inclement weather. Even though Liz’ family could not stay, the following week the launch happened, with her husband, Eric, then able to join her.


Since the launch, Liz has worked with her colleagues around the world to comb through and decipher the gamma ray data. They are looking for the dark matter of the universe. We live in light matter with atoms, molecules, rocks water, air and stars. It is our home. But it is small. It only represents 4.9 percent of our universe. It is the FERMI team’s job to study the other 95.1 percent of the invisible and formless energy that we live alongside.

The European Space Agency’s PLANCK spacecraft in the Spring of 2013 completed its 15 month look at the composition of our universe. It concluded that of the 95.1 percent, 26.8 is invisible “dark” matter; and 68.3 percent is formless energy. The conclusion is that two thirds of the universe has no substance at all, according to an article Darklands of the Cosmos by Corey S. Powell in Discover Magazine July/August 2013.

Cosmologists thought this dark matter was holding the visible universe together and it was proven in 1980 by astronomers. In January 2012, with the help of the FERMI/GLAST space observatory satellite, physicist Christoph Weniger, at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, located a new type of radiation at the center of our galaxy, a glow where dark matter particles were smashing together and going from invisible to visible.

Because of the data, Liz’ team of theorists at Harvard University with colleagues Lisa Randall and JiJi Fan, formulated a new theory of dark matter. Because the dark matter glow was so minute, they theorized that there was another type of dark matter out there, just discovered, which could interact with itself and be seen as it clumped and formed a disk shape which Weniger could see. If the theory holds true, this would be a breakthrough that dark matter is not something so simple, but can actually interact, collapse and create a dark disk within our galaxy ~ a double disk of dark matter right underneath us.  Liz explains that this means the clumping dark matter acts like clumping light matter which means it could be making dark stars and planets with dark atoms and dark structures, just like our light matter does. They even say this could mean there is dark life out there somewhere ~ a shadow galaxy.  

Weniger’s research has excited the science world as he and 4 collaborators including Elizabeth Hays, were pouring over 43 months of data from the  FERMI – NASA space observatory that was looking for gamma ray radiation (described as similar to light but much more energetic). FERMI recorded a very specific energy that was 60 billion times faster. The team believes it is the theorized  flash of dark particles crashing into and destroying one another. So they continue to watch the data, as long as FERMI continues to operate in space. Independent astronomers like Douglas Finkbeiner from Harvard are using FERMI data to try to confirm the theory as well.

A new European Space Agency observatory called GAIA which launched on December 19, 2013 after postponements from the original launch date in October, is an exciting event for Liz and her colleagues, too. Its mission is to map the location and velocities of stars in the Milky Way. According to Liz, it will be able to define the outline of a dark disk of matter pulling on our light matter galaxy as it searches for and records star motions.  And so, Beth’s team culls FERMI data and waits for new data to arrive, studying the hottest topic in science right now. She travels regularly to the Japan, Italy and Sweden in her career as a scientist.

Beth lives in Alexandria, Virginia, is married to Eric Melin, and has a two and 1/2 year old daughter, Tabitha and a new baby son, Arthur Paul. Eric is a computer scientist who also works for NASA and is involved with the launches of satellites. His expertise launched the New Horizons Satellite in 2006 scheduled to reach Pluto in 2015. She offers this link to the latest news on the FERMI gamma ray galactic lens for viewing a galaxy published by Astronomy Magazine for more reading on the topic:

Rick and Paula Hays can be reached at or 310 E. North Street, Waverly, OH  45690.  

Above: Rick, Drew, Liz and Angie planning their itinerary in Florida as they wait for the "postponed" launch.  The second is Liz relaxing at an open air table while waiting on food.  The third is a shot of the launch towers, one of which sent the Fermi into orbit. Click on smaller thumbnails to enlarge the pictures.


Above: The first is Liz and her mom Paula in front of the mammoth Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center; the next of Dad (Rick) and Liz in front of a Shuttle on display at the Smithsonian, and the third was taken while Liz, Tab and Paula were in Monterey, CA - Liz was working at conference but this was shot at the evening dinner at the Monterey Salt Water Aquarium.  "That was a fabulous place!" said Paula.



Rob “Dusty” Rutledge, Rockford Native, Follows Football Dreams to a Career That Lands Him on TV Reality Series

By Sheila Baltzell 6-20-2014

Rob Rutledge, nicknamed in college ~ Dusty Rutledge, spent his entire life following his dreams of a football career. Little did he realize his dreams would lead him to a TV reality series, called American Muscle, airing on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9 PM on the Discovery Channel. There will be seven episodes.

Dusty is the son of Bob and Kathy McGough Rutledge of Rockford. From an early age, he was fascinated with football, says his mom and dad. “He spent entire weekends in front of the television.”  Dusty remembers that well. He practiced the plays he watched and eventually became the football “boy” for the Parkway team in the 4th grade. He idolized neighbor, Joe Stewart, and practiced hard for him. In the 2nd and 3rd grader , Dusty was always day-dreaming about football and looking out the schoolroom window. According to his mom, Mrs. Haddock had to move the entir classroom so Dusty could not gaze out the window at the football field.

He later joined the Parkway Junior High School Football team. From there on out, he was hooked on the sport. Dusty says he was a decent center in high school, and lived from Friday nights. When he graduated from Parkway in 1986, with good grades, he earned a scholarship at Fairmont State University, Virginia. He used his summer, that year, to run the Rockford Swimming Pool where he got tanned.  With all of his blond hair, he became known as Dusty when he got to Fairmont State and played football for them. He was a three year letterman in college and felt he was an average player. One thing for sure, he was having a great time, playing the sport he loves.

Dusty went on to become a coach from 1994-1996 at Glenville State, West Virginia and then to Bloomington, Indiana University. It was here, that Dusty felt he had the greatest years of his career from 1997-2000. Even now, he finds excitement in the college and looks forward to his cousin Tarin Tischler heading to Bloomington in the Fall of 2014 as she works toward a career in medicine. Tarin is even going to be helping the football team there, in the recruiting area.

From 2000-2007, Dusty headed back to West Virginia at the University of WVA as their video coordinator. He supervised 2 fulltime photographers and 2 college editors as they followed the team to 6 straight Gator Bowls and 1 Sugar Bowl.

From 2008-2010, Rob found his way to his childhood Mecca, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He worked for the coaching team of Rich Rodriguez, head coach, as the Director of External Affairs. Dusty’s job was to build relationships with ex-football players. Dusty mentioned that, by this time in his career, he felt he was the luckiest “kid” on the planet. All this time he had been able to work with the best football players around. He loved it! But his greatest heroes even now, are not the players, but his own late Grandpa Jake Rutledge, his father, Bob Rutledge and his Uncle Keith Rutledge. They all told him, “Go after your dreams!” And, Dusty did.

In 2009, Dusty met the love of his life, Jennifer, and his marriage to her made him an instant dad to his beautiful and intelligent step-daughters, Maegan and Elizabeth. One is studying to become a medical doctor and the other a lawyer.

He is so proud of them and recalls the day he learned that Coach Rich Rodriguez and the coaching team was leaving Michigan and heading to the University of Arizona. Dusty was not willing to uproot his new family, and so he declined an the offer to follow the team. Fortunately for Dusty, Mike Barwis, the top-rated strength coach in the United States, who  was once at University of West Virginia knew Rob and hired him into the new Gym venture he was starting in Ypsilanti Michigan. Barwis Methods is the premier place to go if one is an athlete who needs rehabilitation or just wants to get stronger. It is so successful, Barwis Methods trains professional athletes year round including more than just football players. Hockey, basketball and track are just of few of the other athletes seeking Barwis help. They take entire teams, individuals, high school teams, and also work with accident victims, paralysis patients, children with birth defects ~ they take anyone who needs help.

According to Dusty, Elliot Nealer, brother to a football player, Brock Nealer, at the University of Michigan, was in a serious automobile accident. Doctors gave him a 1% chance of walking again after he was paralyzed from the neck down. The happiest day of Elliot’s life was the day he walked down the aisle to his wedding.

Children with disabilities have learned to walked. Bob and Kathy Rutledge say these success stories are the most touching part of the show.

Mike Barwis espouses a tough love attitude to strength training:
He doesn’t take no for an answer.
Keep a positive attitude.

Shoot for the moon.

Tough love.

If there is any fire in the nerve at all, you can bring it back.

Intense ~ no babying

All glory to God.


Barwis Methods Training Center ( is involved in many charitable activities including: (Christmas presents and food for underprivileged children.)

Pairing of successful athletes with underprivileged children.

Dusty, the receptionist and scheduler at the gym, is the official Santa Claus for Barwis chaitable activities. He is pleased with that job, as his Grandpa Jake was the official Santa in Rockford.

The premier for the show American Muscle, was held on June 26, and father Bob Rutledge and local friend Barney Lehman, attended the private affair of over 500 people in Ypsilanti.

So what does Dusty say it has been like to be wired-up and taped for 12 weeks? “It was heard getting used-to ~ someone in your face constantly. But now the show has premiered, had great rating and Dusty says it was all worth it. He thanks everyone from his hometown in Rockford for believing in him including his sister, Jenny (see picture left as toddlers).

He invites everyone to watch the show, which is owned  by Actor Will Farrell’s Company Funny or Die. His friends are in it as well including Eric “TankDog’ Potis. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9 PM.

You can find and communicate with Dusty Rutledge 64 on Twitter.
















This Saturday, June 28th, the Rockford Belle, at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH will host autoharpist PATRICK BRIEDE II of Decatur, IN and southern-gospel singers- THE FISHERMEN QUARTET, of Clyde, OH. Doors open at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A free-will donation will be accepted.

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

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

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

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

Conclude the week on a positive note with lively performances by The Fishermen Quartet and Patrick Briede II! For continued concert updates and communication, click on to FACEBOOK and follow The Rockford Belle. For more information, call Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993



June 23-26, 2014



Parkway’s Caden Slusher Takes First Place

Caden Slusher traveled to Cleveland on June 22 to compete in the team championship of the pitch hit and run at Progressive Field home of the Cleveland Indians.  Caden won 1 st place in his age group allowing him to be eligible to participate in the national championship at the MLB allstar game in Minneapolis.  Caden and the 7 other 1 st place age group winners were escorted onto the diamond to be recognized for their win at home plate in front of thousands before the Indians and Tigers game Saturday night.  Great job Caden!  



Ohio Fury Has Another Successful Tourney!


The Ohio Fury 14U team finished the weekend with a record of 5-0-1 to win the Ohio Wave Summer Smackdown ASA Tournament that was held in Greenville, Ohio on June 14th & 15th, 2014.  The girls had an exciting come from behind 7-5 win over a very good and undefeated Indiana Bambino team.  The girls now have a record of 17-0 and 1 tie on the season.  They will travel to Van Wert this weekend to play in the Welch Tournament.



Members of the team are, front row from left, Katelin Augsburger (South Adams), Emily Bott (St. Marys), Kaitlyn McEldowney (Versailles) and Kate Perryman (Minster).  Back row, asst. coach Ryan Sipe, Kami McEldowney (Versailles), Mackenzie Sipe (Parkway), Bailey Bates (Parkway), bat boy Jacob Albers, Savannah Oen (Wapak), Haley Hawk (Parkway), Lindsay Albers (Minster), Haley McEldowney (Versailles) and head coach Rex Oen.  Not pictured: asst. coach Roger McEldowney.



Congratulation Pat Agler for being chosen as the
Rockford Community Days - 2014 Volunteer of the Year:

 Pat Agler and Mayor Amy Joseph

 Pat Agler, son of Rebecca   (Smitley) Mumma  & the late Ned Agler; and
  stepson of James  Mumma was born 2/20/65. Pat grew up in Van Wert, Ohio.
  Growing up he could always be found with the neighborhood kids playing a
  game of football or whatever sport was in season.  In high school, Pat
  played tackle for the Van Wert Cougars football team. He attended college
  1 year at Bluffton College with the goal of becoming a physical education
  teacher /coach.    He has always been a sports enthusiast. Whether 
  cheering at a live  game, watching a televised game or participating in
  the game  himself , sports has always been a passion of his. Fast forward
  a few years  to 1993 when Pat married a local hometown girl, Monica (
  Sill) Agler, daughter of Jerry & Marjorie Sill.  Pat became  stepdad to
  Jennifer (Moody) Burker & Spencer Moody.  Later Pat & Monica welcomed
  their daughter Amy Jo into the world.
  When Pat became disabled in 2001 he was devastated. He had always enjoyed
  very active lifestyle. He enjoyed  participating in bowling, softball
  leagues and taking family walks/ bike rides.  During this transition
  phase we decided to downsize and made our home in Rockford.  As God
  worked it out we purchased a home near Shane's Park in 2004. Pat 
  wanted to become involved in the community.   He took on the role
  of grounds keeper of the ball diamonds at Shane's Park for 3 years.
  During his time at the park, Pat developed a "shadow" in Cody Depweg. 
  Cody enjoyed tagging along with Pat helping him with the bases
  & lining the fields.  Pat took great pride in his work and keeping the
  fields in tip top shape.  While his pace was slow his technique was
  flawless. Rockford was able to host games when other locations cancelled
  due to flooded fields. Pat also designed the Shane's Park
  Softball/Baseball logo which hangs on the concession stand at
  Shane's Park.   After a time it became to much for him to manage but
  he had acquired a new hobby; photography.
  He found great joy in getting the action shots at baseball games. Being
  such an avid sports fan he soon found the rhythm of the game and could
  predict the plays. That, he says is what helps him get some of the
  awesome shots. " You have to anticipate where the ball is going and be in
  position for the shot." He made fast friends with the Athletic Director,
  Doug Hughes and was thrilled when he was allowed to snap pics at the
  local high school sporting events.  Hands down, football is his favorite
  because he played the game himself.   "Nothing like being under the lights
  on Friday night with the adrenaline pumping and the fans cheering." Pat
  launched his website :   [LINK:] in  2007.  There he would post pix of Parkway High
  School sports.   He also includes stats of the games and a brief story
  line. The site changes w/the Fall, Spring & Winter sports seasons. This
  website is very time consuming, challenging, yet rewarding.
  The pantherzden website is a great  resource for parents, grandparents,
  etc. to view their student in action.   Pat has received so many kind words
  from folks saying how much they appreciate the website. It is a wonderful
  opportunity to put a spotlight on our school, community, and students. 
  Many Parkway alum check in to see how panther sports are going. Family
  members far & near can see  pics of their clan and feel like they were at
  the game. His website is not sponsored by the school or community. All of
  his picture posted on the site are free for the taking. He is very clear
  about his calling.    He will tell you quite simply, " God put this camera
  in my hand.   Photography is my gift, my way to give back." Pat's
  website gives back to the community that so graciously accepted him in.
  He counts it a priviledge to attend the school sporting events and cheer
  on the Panthers.   He may have been born a Cougar but he is a proud
  transplant and loves his Parkway Panthers!   In addition, Pat's
  action shots have caught the attention of local paper, The
  Times-Bulletin. He shares his photos with them and  in turn, Parkway gets
  some great press in the local paper. 
  Pat has traveled to support our   Parkway Alumni as they play college
  sports as well. He has had the joy of watching: Jordan Thompson, Kelsey
  Bates, Dillon Long, and Josh Fisher to name a few.
  Pat can also be found at community events such as Rockford Days, Sock
  Hop @ The Belle, Business Expo and the Memorial Day Parade snapping
  pictures. Watch for  those on Parkway Independent.  He has taken photos
  for Youth for Christ , the recent Attaboy concert held at Parkway
  and other school events as well. In addition he has shared his talent by
  assisting with images for Chamber events and the Rockford Alive website.
  As former president of the Grand Lake Photo Club he brought awareness to
  the area agriculture.
  Pat is most deserving of this honor. He is a person with a big heart
  always willing to lend a hand.
  He continues to give back to the community through his pictures.


Congratulations American Legion - Post 508- June Business of the Month



The Rockford Legion is a membership club with three different types of members:

•           Regular Legion Member (Served and met proper criteria to become)-  $25/Yr dues

•           Son of American Legion (Met proper criteria to become)- $20/Yr dues

•           Social Membership- (Anyone else that isn't a Regular or Son member. People that didn't serve or have immediate family serve and Women)


Dues are actually due at the beginning of July and members will have all through July to pay these. Now would be a great time to become a member. To become a member is very easy. Just stop in, see the bartender, & they will take your name & number down. At the next Sons of Legion meeting, the patron will be voted on to become a member.


The Legion has a new 27 seat bar with 4 flat screen HD TVs. They also offer a surround sound stereo that plays off of TouchTunes. For Ohio State football games, the stereo is set to the audio of the game and it makes for a great atmosphere! If you are a sports fan, it's a great place to be to watch a game of any sport!


A lot of the Legion’s profits are given to various charities and such, including Parkway High Schools Scholarship program and Parkway Athletics. They have also given generous amounts for the new improvements at the beautiful Shanes Park.


They are working on starting to serve dinners on Saturday's from 5-8PM. See below for Facebook information to follow all of their updates!


If you have any other questions on becoming a member or what we do as a group, please follow them on Facebook at "Rockford Legion" and they can assist you the best that they can.


The Rockford Chamber Business of the Month program recognizes our Chamber Members and serves as a "Thank You" in addition to promoting the recipient each month. To learn how to become a chamber member, visit our website


Congratulations again, and thank you for your support!


Hays and Melin Families Celebrate Birth of a Son - Click Here for his details


Jessica Burger Wins Scholarship

Ohio City resident wins scholarship from Indiana Pacers Foundation

Jessica Burger, who just completed her junior year at Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.), has received a $2,500 Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Indiana Pacers Foundation.  She is the daughter of Ray and Rochelle Burger, Ohio City.

The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in Indiana who demonstrate excellence in academics, character, integrity and leadership, and who are pursuing careers in medicine, sports medicine or physical therapy.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and pre-physical therapy, Burger intends to enroll in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program and complete a term of service with the Peace Corps. 

Her ultimate career goal is to work with the WHO (World Health Organization) in sub-Saharan Africa, promoting physical activity, rather than medication, as a means of preventing and treating non-communicable diseases.

“My lifetime goal is to combine my love of fitness and volunteering into service on a global scale,” Burger said. 


Clever Clovers Meet

Reporter Catherine Kopack

The Clever Clover 4H Club had its seventh meeting on June 6th, 6:30-7:30PM at the Grace Bible Church  in Van Wert. 16 members and three guests were present. The club was reminded to sell BBQ Dinner Tickets.  The club separated into small groups and many did demonstrations. Two graduation cards were presented to Claire Gamble and Audrey Nicolai, the seniors of the club. Health and safety officer Kayla Krites did a report on “Pet Safety in the Summer”.  Snacks and drinks were provided by Erin and Ali Gemmer.  There are 6 weeks until judging!  Erin Richardson led the club in an ice-breaker. Then the club participated in a learning activity by teaching each other how to sew buttons.  Service coordinator Jamie Burenga reminded the club that there is a service project to help unload food for the Cooperative Ministries’ Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church at 8:45am.   The next meeting will be on June 16, at 6:30 at Grace Bible Church in Van Wert.



Mercer Co. PERI will meet on July 8, 2014  - State Representative Buchy to Speak



The Mercer County Chapter of the PERI will beet Tuesday, July 8, at 10:00 A.M. at the Hopewell Grange Hall, Mercer County Fairgrounds, West Market Street, Celina.

At 9:30 donuts will be served with juice and coffee.


State Representative Jim Buchy will be the Speaker.  This is a good time for each PERI Member to express his or her own views about our State of Ohio, as well as to listen to Representative Jim Buchy tell about the State of Ohio.

The philosophy of our Nation is that each person is important and each vote counts.  This is our authority as well as our responsibility.  Look around the world at other governments and compare our democracy with the lives of others.  

If we do not accept our responsibility for our government, someone else will do it for us.





RICHMOND, Indiana - Four-time honorees Cheltsi Hinners and Justin Judd headline the list of 29 Indiana University East student-athletes who qualified for the All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Team for the 2013-14 school year.

All athletes with a cumulative 3.25 grade point average after at least two semester of attendance at a KIAC institution are named to the All-KIAC Scholar-Athlete Team.


Among the winners in Women's volleyball were: Katrina Detwiler (Bloomington, Indiana/Bloomington High School North), Morgan Dobbs (Nashville, Indiana/Brown County High School), Mallory Livingston (Union City, Ohio/Mississinawa Valley High School), Sierra Nobbe (Connersville, Indiana/Connersville High School), Lydia Smith (Connersville, Indiana/Connersville High School) and Morgan Steinbrunner (Rockford, Ohio/Parkway High School).


By Kyle Wright

Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director

Indiana University East


RADC to Meet
The RADC meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 23 at 7:30 in the Rockford Library basement. A representative from the new owners of the Rockford Carryout will be attending as well as Jim Crocker from the new radio station.  




Auditor Takes Distinguished County Auditor Award

Mercer County Auditor Randall E. Grapner is a recipient of the “Distinguished County Auditor” award, presented by the County Auditors’ Association of Ohio (CAAO).  The award recognizes County Auditors who have completed 100 or more hours of continuing education during their term of office.  Mr. Grapner was recognized and received the award from CAAO President George Kaitsa, Delaware County Auditor, during the CAAO Summer Conference in June.  In recognizing this achievement the CAAO notes, that when you consider the time commitments on County Auditors in general, it is truly an accomplishment for a County Auditor to have over 100 hours of credit. 


Section 319.04 of the Ohio Revised Code requires County Auditors to complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during their term of office.  Mr. Grapner obtained his training in topics such as Recent Trends in Real Property Valuation, Financial Audits, Budget Commission and Tax Levies, and two mandatory classes in ethics and substance abuse.



Sheriff Arrests Five People
Celina, Ohio – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the indictment and Arrests of 5 persons.   All of the charges are a result of an investigation by the Grand Lake Task Force.   The Task Force is a combined effort of law enforcement agencies in Mercer and Auglaize Counties.  The Celina Police Department assisted with these apprehensions.


Dennis W. Clutter, Age 54, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count Possession of Heroin, A Felony of the 4th degree.

William R. Culver Jr, Age 49, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count Possession of Heroin, A Felony of the 4th degree.

Savannah K. Thees, Age 26, 222 Washington Street Celina, Ohio.  1 Count Trafficking in Heroin, A Felony of the 5th degree.

Quinn F. Staugler, Age 24, 1035 Westbank Road Apt C Celina, Ohio. 3 Counts Trafficking in Marijuana, Felonies of the 5th Degree. 

Marcus P. Koester, Age 25, Farm view Estates 800 Touvelle Apt 1 Celina, Ohio.  3 Counts Trafficking in Marijuana, Felonies of the 5th Degree.

Deputies are currently seeking four other individuals.



4-H Camp Palmer is in full swing & new pool is coming! June 25, 2014


On June 4th 4-H Camp Palmer began their 67 year of resident summer camp for youth from northwest Ohio. So far over 920 campers have had the joy of attending camp. The season began with over 120 youth enjoying the 25th year of science camp, 150 youth from Williams County, 120 youth from Auglaize County, 212 youth from Fulton County, 205 youth from Henry County and over 120 youth from Allen County.

This past April the 4-H Camp Palmer board made it official that the camp’s original pool built in 1957 would be used for the last season and the new one would be in place by summer of 2015. Some recent donations that are making this possible included the Helen Sell Estate Bequest of $54,372, Defiance Area Foundation grant of $10,000, Cooper Farms Foundation of $5000 and a number of other donations, including the new brick memorial patio/flagpole.

This memorial patio was dedicated with a blue ribbon cutting on June 14. Several of the brick donors attended the event and enjoyed seeing Fulton County youth enjoying camp activities. Special recognition was given to Lyle and Hilda Spiess for sponsoring a $5000 donation to this project to pay for the concrete slab and the purchase of 1089 bricks!

A 22 ft. by 22 ft. patio now surrounds the camps flagpole at the center of camp. Dedicated 8” by 8” bricks can be purchased by individuals or businesses.  Individual, family or non-profit youth group can order one for $100.00 or business can purchase a brick for $275 to advertise as thousands of youth and adults will walk by the patio at the center of camp. The next set of bricks will be installed before the camps annual Celebrate Open house program scheduled for Sunday, October 5.

            Some other programs coming up this season include a new Family Camp open to the public for August 2-3. Families can camp in our cabins and participate in canoeing, swimming, zipline, campfire as well as enjoy the annual fireworks display at Harrison Lake State on August 2. Also, our present  camp pool will be open for a final swim for alumni, former campers, families on August 10th-1:00-3:00 p.m.

            Some people may be surprised to learn that after 4-H Camps, Camp Palmer will host 6 band camps/retreat from the following schools: Eastwood High School, Elida High School, Start High School, Rodgers, Woodward and Bowsher High School. Other programs include family reunions, special camps, leadership retreats, competition fun shoot, church picnics and retreats, fall outdoor education school programs and more!

                        Thanks on behalf of 4-H Camp Palmer for the generous gifts from Helen Sell Estate, Defiance Area Foundation, Cooper Farms Foundation, Lyle and Hida Spiess and many other. For more information on ways to support 4-H Camp Palmer pool project or order your memorial brick please call 419-237-2247 or email



Venedocia Lads and Lassies        

 The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting on May 29th,2014 at 7:00.  There were 21 members present and 5 guest.  Pledges were led by Tyra Trentman and roll call was taken by Tara Vorst.  Health report was givin by Tara Vorst on stretching before an event of sport.  Safety report was givin by Tara Radabaugh on life jacket safety.  At our next meeting we will be working on our booth.  Our next meeting will be held on Tues June 30th at 7:00 at the Venedocia lions club.



PRESS RELEASE – St. Johns Road Project to be Funded



Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that funding has been obtained from the Federal Highway Administration to make improvements to St. Johns Road from a location ¼ mile south of SR 119 extending north 1.45 miles to a location approximately 0.2 mile north of Amsterdam Road.  $245,120 in federal funds (predominantly federal gas user fee revenue) was obtained through a competitive application process. 


The project is set to be funded in the second half of 2016.  The project will involve pavement widening, shoulder widening as well as geometric improvements all intended to improve the safety and usability of the roadway.  The total estimated cost for the improvement is $306,400 of which 20% will come from local county engineer funds and 80% will come from federal funds.


“This is a highly traveled road in Marion Township and we are fortunate to be able to access these funds.  The public is encouraged to provide comments or questions related to this project to our office.”  Wiechart stated.



Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Elevating the Issue of Common Core to a State Level Issue


It was just over a year ago, when my office began receiving calls from constituents in western Ohio concerned about the Common Core Standards.  At that time I knew that the schools were implementing new standards and they had been for some time but I had a lot to learn about how this effort was really an attempt to nationalize public education.  A lot has come out since that time and recently Senator Faber led the way in elevating the discussion of the common core to a state level issue.

Many state leaders remain unaware of the costs of common core both in hard money and dignity.  Ohio should run our own education system and the local school boards should have control over curriculum and teaching in each of our schools.  For those leaders who haven’t been able to comprehend the threat of the Common Core—now is our opportunity to share the information that we have learned.


In House Bill 487, which the Governor signed recently, there will be four standards review committees with experts, parents and teachers that will advise the Ohio Department of Education on Ohio’s Academic Content Standards.  The committees provide a platform to educate the leaders that are not yet aware of the threat of common core.


In addition to other advancements in protecting Ohio’s children from the Common Core, the bill also requires each Ohio school to establish a parental review committee or other method of input. This will give parents a say in the curriculum at the school and give them the assurance that local curriculum matches the values of the community.


HB 487 touched on several different areas to protect Ohio’s children from any unintended effects of the Common Core and elevates the discussion from the grassroots level to a state level issue.  There is still a lot of work to be done but Governor Kasich and the Ohio legislature have signified a commitment to further addressing the concerns related with the common core academic content standards.


While the amendments in HB 487 provide a temporary stop gap to the unintended consequences I am working with other legislators to advance the passage of House Bill 237 which would repeal the Common Core in its entirety.  At this time HB 237 is stuck in the House Education Committee.  I joined with some of my colleagues in signing a discharge petition.  If we can get 50 signatures it will bring the bill to the floor for an up or down vote.


Thanks to the hard work of persons in our communities this issue has become a state level issue, and it needs our attention.  In west central Ohio we have the best schools in the state.  Increasing parental involvement and keeping the Common Core out will ensure that it stays that way.



Willshire Days Details

Plans are completed for the 49th annual Willshire Days festival that is being sponsored by the Willshire Lions Club.  The festivities will be held June 27th and 28th.  The event will kick off on Friday evening.  Following the flag raising ceremony, the entertainment stage will be filled with talent from the local area.  Pat Briede will begin the evening with music from various genres.  Shay Bolton and Sophia Miller will be sharing their vocal talents for all to enjoy.  The feature event on the entertainment stage for the evening will feature 13 year old, Samantha Rae Dauquette.  Samantha Rae will be sharing selections from a range of styles.    


Activities on Saturday will begin bright and early.  The Willshire Fire Department will be hosting a pancake, sausage, biscuit and gravy breakfast for all to enjoy.  The activities in the park will begin in the afternoon.  At 4:00 PM the annual parade will begin.  Following the parade, the park will again be filled with many activities including chicken dinners prepared by “Geno’s” and served by the Willshire Legion Auxillary.  The Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will perform a variety of selections for everyone to enjoy.  The band is under the direction of former Parkway band director Richard Sherrick.  Following the concert band, “Ghost Train Outlaws”, featuring local artist John Brodbeck will be performing on the music stage.  John has been singing and playing country music for the past few years and has become a local favorite.  Willshire native, Aaron Roehm will be entertaining the crowd with magic and balloon sculptures.  Rounding out the evening entertainment will be “Evolution”, with Matt Motycka of Willshire.  The band features the sounds of acoustic rock from the 80’s and 90’s.  Free pony rides, sponsored by the Willshire Legion Post #207 and the Sons of the American Legion will again be available on Saturday evening.  A kid’s tractor pull will also be held thanks to the Willshire Fire Department.



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


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



Parkway Class of 1964

50th reunion picture – Thank you Linda Stover for Sharing



Events Scheduled


Ohio City, Ohio – The Ohio City Park Board is happy to announce that they have finalized there annual LAMBERT DAYS schedule of events. This community festival is in its 46th year and this year promises to be the biggest yet. There will be a Community Garage sales early Thursday, July 17th .The pageant will begin the festivities at 7:00 pm and is open to the public at the Community building. 

Friday begins with a Flea Market and Vender Show from 9:00 to 9:00 and a community wide garage sales that will go on throughout the weekend. A steak dinner at the Community Building will begin at 4:00 pm with carry-out availability.  At 5:00 the American Legion “Harvey Lewis” Post 346 will have a flag raising ceremony. Also at the same time the inflatable equipment and games will begin. At 5:30 we will be holding our annual Wiffleball Homerun Derby contest.

 7:00 is the start of our Texas Hold ‘em with Monte Carlo starting at 8:00. At 9:00 there with be two area of entertainment with Henry “Pitbull” Rife jumping in the front ball diamond and Local Rock band: ENDEVER. ID bracelets available. Returning this year by popular demand: FIREWORKS at 10:15

Saturday starts with Men’s Softball 8:00 and Co-Ed Volley ball starting at 9:00. The Flea Market and Vendor Show will take place from 9:00 to 9:00. Wiffleball tournament starts at 10:00, the kid’s games and inflatables open at 11:00 and a Cornhole tournament and a 3on3 basketball tournament will start at 1:00. The Community Building will be offering a Hog Roast dinner at 4:00 along with entertainment from the band: SAMAX. Bingo will be offered at the building starting at 5:00. The country band: Sean Wise and the Bad Attitude Band will perform starting at 9:00 with a movie for the kids at dusk.

The vendor show continues at 10:00 along with registration for the Car Show. A chicken dinner will be available at the Community Building at 11:00 with dinner music being provided by TRIAD. At 12:00 the kid’s inflatable and games and the Car Show will take place. At 3:00 the biggest parade in the county, the 2014 Lambert Days parade will take place with all units finishing at the park.

Lambert Days is always the third weekend in July. This year the dates are July 17th -20th. For more information or event applications find us on Facebook or



An Armed and Dangerous Plant: Wild Parsnip

By Curtis E. Young, Van Wert County OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Wild parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) are currently blooming along field edges and roadways.  They share these sites with the poison hemlock, yellow sweet clover and wild carrots (Queen Anne's lace).  Wild parsnip like poison hemlock and wild carrot is a member of the carrot or parsley family of plants (Family Apiaceae).  The plants in this family produce flowers in clusters displayed in umbrella-like groups called umbels.  Wild parsnip differs from poison hemlock and wild carrot which have white flowers by producing yellow flowers.  The whole plant, including the flowers, have a yellow to green-yellow coloration.

Wild parsnip is the same plant as the cultivated, edible parsnip.  The wild parsnip has simply escaped cultivation and spread into the roadsides, field edges and other unmaintained areas.  Parsnips are biennial plants requiring two years to go to seed.  In the first year of their growth, parsnips produce an enlarged, edible taproot.  In the second year of their growth, they produce a tall stem (3 - 4' tall) atop of which they display their umbel flowers and eventually seeds.  When raised for consumption, they are harvested in the first year of growth.  Those that have escaped cultivation to become wild regularly cycle through their seed production. 

 The concern with this plant and the reason for writing this article is the plant is armed with a defensive chemical that can be damaging to skin exposed to the juices (sap) of the parsnip.  The chemical that is present in the juice of the plant is furanocoumarin.  This chemical is photosensitive and reacts when exposed to sunlight (specifically UV light) to produce a condition called phytophotodermatitis.   When exposed to sunlight, furanocoumarin produces a type of chemical burn.  Depending on how much of the chemical from the plant juices that get onto bare and sunlight exposed skin will determine how serious of a burn that can occur on the skin.  Skin exposed to the chemical and sunlight may turn red and burn like a mild sunburn to burn painfully and blister like a severe sunburn with relatively short sunlight exposure times.  The skin affected by this reaction will turn dark brown and can remain discolored for two or more years.  This could be very embarrassing if the burns occur on the face.  The chemical is present even in cultivated parsnips and one should be careful when harvesting parsnips.  However, there may be greater potential of coming in contact with large quantities of plant juices when the plant has produced its flowering stalks.  Simply walking through a stand of wild parsnip stems can be enough to cause the plant to release sap to get on the skin.

Some people might inadvertently and unknowingly walk through a patch of wild parsnip (e.g., walking alone a roadway, hunting for a lost item suck as a golf ball, entering a crop production field, etc.).  People for whom there is a great concern are those who do maintenance work along roads and edges of fields.  These people may have greater opportunities to come in contact with wild parsnip.  Great care should be taken when using weed trimmers (bladed or string) and power mowers.  In either case, great quantities of the plant's juices will be released as a result of cutting the parsnips.  Anyone who has used a weed trimmer knows that eventually different parts of the body will be coated with chewed up plant materials while running the machine.  Power mowers can throw clouds of plant juices out of their discharge shoots that the wind can carry back on the mower.  In either case, if it were wild parsnips being cut, it could be disastrous to the machine operator.  Cleaning these machines after mowing wild parsnips could also be problematic.

If one must work with the wild parsnips:

Wear a long sleeve shirt and pants to cover arms and legs.

Work with the plant on cloudy days, and always wash your skin immediately after coming in contact with the sap.

When using a weed trimmer or power mower in areas where wild parsnips are growing, wear eye/face protection, in addition to pants, long sleeved shirt, and gloves.

Avoid touching ones face or other sensitive body parts with clothing that might be contaminated with parsnip plant juice.

If one gets sap on their skin:

Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible.

Protect the exposed skin from sunlight for at least 48 hours.

If one experiences a skin reaction, call your physician.

Humans are not the only animals that can be affected by wild parsnips.  Toxic reactions can also occur in livestock on parts of their bodies where their skin is exposed.

Wild parsnip is not the only plant that produces furanocoumarin.  Two maladies caused by furanocoumarin-containing plants are "celery picker's itch" and "bartender's itch."  The juices of the celery and the oil of the lime peels contain furanocoumarins.  So be careful preparing the celery slices and lime wedges for the bloody Marys and other drinks when outdoors for picnics and pool parties!


Redskin Classic 5K/Walk


The Redskin Classic 5K walk/run will be Sunday July 6th 2014 at 9:15 A.M. at St. Henry, Ohio.  This event is sponsored by P. T. Services with the proceeds to benefit community improvements and events.

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

The course will start and finish on Columbus Street near the high school.  Race day registration will be at the school for $12.00 with no shirt or a limited number of Dri-fit T-shirts will be available for an additional charge.

Mail completed form and check to: P.T. Services c/o Connie Buschur, 452 Stachler Dr. St. Henry, Ohio 45883.  If you wish to receive race results or print out a race form, please visit .  For information call 419-678-4444



Calvary Preschool Sees Martial Arts Demonstration

Shad Robeson, owner of 514 Martial Arts, surprised the Calvary Preschool boys and girls with his special abilities.  Mr. Robeson had the boys and girls warm up before trying some of the moves.  It is used to protect never to hurt someone.  Shad showed the stances and what you say when you are finished.  Lots of fun and laughs as they tried to spin around.  Each one had the opportunity to hit or kick the bag.  Some opted out.  Thanks Shad for sharing with the boys and girls.  We had a blast!! 

If you need to enroll for the fall, please go to and pull up forms under preschool, or call 567-259-3103.  We would love to show you around the school.  Openings are still available for 3’s, 4’s and 5’s.




Ambulance Summoned on 6-19-2014


In the early morning hours on this date an ambulance was called to a Myers Rd. address in Celina for a 6 month old infant who was not breathing.  The baby was taken to Joint Township Hospital in St. Mary’s where it was pronounced dead.  The death, NOT labeled as suspicious, is being investigated by the Celina Police Department with the assistance of the Auglaize Co. Coroner, Dr. Freytag and the Mercer County Children’s Services agency.  Nothing further is being released at this time pending the notification of next of kin as well as the outcome of the investigation.


Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Severance Tax and its Impact on Ohioans


With the discovery of large deposits of oil and gas in the eastern part of Ohio, we have an opportunity to work with Ohio’s oil and gas industry to offset costs incurred by the tax payers for road maintenance and regulation associated with the industry.  As we learn more about this growing economic benefit in Appalachia we must have a serious discussion at the state level to determine the best government policies moving forward.


Since Ohio contains such an abundance of natural gas, tapping into it helps our state in countless ways. In order to reap all the benefits of the oil and gas beneath our feet, a severance tax must be implemented. The revenue that is created by this tax can help sustain Ohio’s growing economy by helping us lower Ohio’s personal income tax.


House Bill 375 addresses the issues at hand by modifying the existing severance tax and working with the State Government and those in the field to establish a competitive severance tax for Ohio. The discussion surrounding the bill development focused on the safety of Ohioans, a competitive tax rate and funding for communities affected by the growth in oil and gas exploration in eastern Ohio. The result is a severance tax rate that is high enough to provide revenue for the community, but low enough to ensure Ohio can attract more development in our oil and gas fields.


The first $21 million in revenue will fund the regulatory programs of the oil and gas industry by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Additional revenue produced will provide tax relief to Ohioans by funding the Ohio Income Tax Reduction Fund, which will total more than $325 million over the next five years. 


Another goal was to be sure that local governments would receive revenue as well.  I’m happy to say that 17.5 percent of the total tax revenue will be distributed to local governments. This money will help to make improvements to local infrastructure that has experienced wear and tear as a result of the increased industrial activity in eastern Ohio.


To ensure oil and gas production in Ohio is safe for our people and the environment some of the dollars will be used to increase funding for Ohio’s orphan well program.  Closing wells that are no longer in use and have been abandoned in some cases for decades is a very important environmental practice.  This is just one more tool that will allow Ohio to grow as an energy producer.

The extraction of natural gas has already created many private sector jobs and investments. House Bill 375 adds to this by providing economic stability and long term  safety precautions for  oil and gas extraction. It sets the stage for a stronger and safer Ohio, and continued growth in the energy sector right here in Ohio.



The 5th Annual Jay County Time Trial Bike Race is taking place on June 28 at 9 a.m. Spectators and participants should gather at Hudson Family Park in Portland, Indiana. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event . It is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Profits and donations made from the race will be donated to the Jay County Trails Club for the purpose of creating trails in Jay County.

There are three courses this year: An 8-mile novice course, a 19-mile advanced course and a 1-mile course for children 12 and younger. Medals will be given to the top three men, women and youth in each age group. Awards will be given to the top three men and women overall. For more information on this event please contact Samantha Thomas at or 260-251-5514


PUBLIC NOTICE Rice Road Closure


            The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Rice Road between State Route 197 and Oregon Road in Center Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 23, 2014 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.


Village Council Meeting Minutes for June 17, 2014
Click Here for full details of the meeting.


Village Council Minutes from June 17, 2014  by Lisa Kuhn


The Rockford June Chamber Minutes can be found using
    the link below to our new website.






Photo caption:  The bell from the previous Mercer County Courthouse (1868-1923) is located on the front lawn of the Mercer County Historical Museum.


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


In respect for our National Holiday of Independence, the Fourth of July, I will remember our Nation’s Declaration of Independence in 1776.  In Philadelphia’s Statehouse (later known as Independence Hall) hung the bell, which became part of the myth that this bell was rung on July 4, 1776, and became known as the Liberty Bell.  The inscription on this bronze bell read, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All The Inhabitants Thereof.”  In was not until 1839, when this bell was used as a symbol by abolitionists because of its inscription that the State House bell came to be known as the “Liberty Bell.”  In 1847, George Lippard, in the book, “Washington and His Generals,” or “Legends of the American Revolution,” fabricated the story of the crack in the Liberty Bell on the first Independence Day.


Here in Mercer County, the Courthouse bell, shown above, was rung on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918 to notify our Citizens of another step in protecting our Nation’s freedom that World War I was over.

The bell in this photograph is the original bell in the previous Mercer County Courthouse, (1868-1923) which was located on the southeast corner of the lawn, adjacent to the current Mercer County Courthouse. 


What Mercer County Courthouses preceded this 1868 Courthouse? 

Mercer County was erected by the Ohio Government with fourteen counties in Northwest Ohio, and passed February 12, 1820.  That same act provided that Van Wert and Mercer Counties be attached to Darke County, until otherwise ordered.  Mercer County was subsequently detached in 1824, and Saint Marys became the seat of justice for Mercer County.  Until the first Courthouse was constructed in 1828-29 at St. Marys, Court was held in area buildings, e.g. at Shanesville (Rockford) and  St. Marys.  June 5, 1839 was the last Mercer County Commissioners’ meeting held at their County Office at St. Marys. 


In 1839, Celina became the Mercer County Seat of Justice.  Celina had been platted in 1834.  Auglaize County was not formed until 1848.  September 12, 1839, the Mercer County Commissioners held their first meeting at Celina.  The second Mercer County Courthouse was built at Celina in 1841, at the northeast corner of Main and Livingston Street, (which became the site of Celina City Hall in 1890.)


The third Mercer County Courthouse was constructed in 1867-1868, on the southeast corner of the lawn of the current Mercer County Courthouse. 


The fourth Mercer County Courthouse, which is the current Courthouse building, on Main Street, was constructed 1921-1923, and dedicated on September 3, 1923.  In 1998, I edited the book, “Mercer County’s Courthouses, 1824-1998,” in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Dedication of the 1923 Mercer County Courthouse.  This book provides history of the Courthouses, and the County Offices.


In August 1923, the Mercer County Commissioners sold a contract to G.W. Jackson to raze the old Courthouse building.  The bell from the Courthouse, which was used 1868-1923, first went to the Old Town Church on Riley Road, east of Celina.  In 1976, this bell was removed to the lawn of the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, 130 East Market, Celina.  That was 38 years ago and the weather has done its damage on the bricks holding the bell.  In honor of Independence Day, and our Courthouse history, and in respect for Mercer County’s past, this maintenance should be addressed.


[The Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig, may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, OH 45883,  or







Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for June 2013


June 19-22, 2014

The Van Wert County Department of Job and Family Services announces the expansion of ‘Pack to School’ through 12th Grade:

Pack to School K-12

“Pack to School” provides a backpack containing many (not all) of the required school supplies for eligible children who will be in grades K-12 during the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline to apply for the program is July 11th. Income eligible families currently receiving public assistance through Van Wert CDJFS should receive an application in the mail on or before June 23, 2014.

Application forms are available for other families wanting to participate in the program. They must meet eligibility criteria, including residing in Van Wert County and earning less than the income guideline.

2                               $2622
3                               $3299
4                               $3975
5                               $4652
6                               $5329
7                               $6005
8                               $6682

Parents of eligible children who have applied by the July 11th deadline will get a letter in the mail by August 9th providing information about when and where to pick up their child’s backpack and supplies.

Applications and additional information are available at the CDJFS front desk at 114 East Main Street, Van Wert or by calling (419) 238-5430 X 0 to request information by mail.

Chatt Insurance Center Achieves Bronze Level Winner's Circle Award

Wayne Insurance Group has awarded Chatt Insurance Center a Bronze Level Winner’s Circle Award. Agents who achieve Bronze Level Status have written more than $100,000 in insurance premiums with Wayne Insurance while attaining an excellent earned loss ratio  ((losses incurred for every $1 of earned premium) during the past 3 years.   

“Chatt Insurance Center has demonstrated an ongoing commitment productivity, professionalism and service excellence,” said Timothy J. Suppes, Vice President of Operations at Wayne Insurance. “We are proud to have Chatt Insurance as our representative.”

Chatt Insurance, since 1961, has been providing insurance protection to policyholders in the Chattanooga and surrounding communities.

Wayne Insurance has been providing property and casualty insurance to Ohio residents for more than a century and is headquartered in Wooster, Ohio.


2014 Lima’s Funniest Lady Comedy Festival

Four days of comedy in celebration of Phyllis Diller Day in Lima, Ohio.


Lima, Ohio: In July of 2013, Limaland Comedy requested to the mayor and city council of Lima that July 17th should be forever known as Phyllis Diller Day.  That request was granted.  This year is the second annual Lima’s Funniest Lady Comedy Festival and it has increased by three days in just one year’s time. Each event is created to celebrate laughter and raise funds to benefit Limaland Comedy’s goal of creating a Phyllis Diller exhibit in the Lima/Allen County museum.


“This year we are focusing on something for everybody,” says Limaland Comedy owner Gina Chiappazzi. “We have professional stand-up comedy at one of the classiest restaurants in town. We have improvisation comedy for the whole family in a theatre setting.  We even have an Ohio comedian performing a spot-on Phyllis Diller on her birthday.”


“We’re doing this for the community and the people of Lima,” says local comedian Joe Deez. “Every show is guaranteed to make you laugh and has been created to raise awareness and funds for a Phyllis Diller exhibit right here in her hometown.”


Visit for more details.


Carry Out Holds Grand Opening


The Rockford Carry Out & Dining held their Grand Opening this past weekend
  during our Rockford Community Days celebration. Todd and Renee Mathewson
  along with parents, Terry and Sandy Mathewson are the new owners.

  The exterior has been updated with new siding, parking area, landscape and
  signage. A dine-in section with new booths and food prep equipment
  enhancements has been added to the interior, allowing for a pizza buffet on
  Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as a Sunday Brunch buffet.
  The Carry Out has been moved to the back of the building to allow for food
  pick-ups and beer purchases.  The drive-thru will be open Sunday through
  Thursday - 11:00 am to 10:00 pm ; Friday and Saturday - 11:00 am to 11:00
  pm. The dining rooom will be open Sunday through Thursday - 11:00 am to
  8:00 pm ; Friday and Saturday - 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
  A full menu can be found at or you can call them
  at 419-363-2855

Pictured left to right: Norm VanTilburg, Chamber President Jane Cozad,
Mayor Amy Joseph, Sandy Mathewson, Terry Mathewson, Dan Henkle, Mary Beougher and
Nancy Leighner.

Information submitted by Marie Miller - Rockford Chamber Vice President. 


June 16-18, 2014


Mercer County Emergency Medical Agency Meetings

EMA Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
EMA Office Celina 12:05 PM 

LEPC Meeting
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Central Services Building
  Celina 7:30 AM
2nd Floor Conference Room


Golf Tournament Benefit

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tees Off to Mentor Youth by Hosting a Golf Tournament

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host its 19th Annual Golf for Kids’ Sake Event on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Mercer County Elks Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the numerous youth mentoring programs offered to children facing adversity in Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties.

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

This event is sponsored by the following: Eagle Sponsor - Katterhenry Investment Group; Birdie Sponsor – The Marsh Foundation; and Par Sponsor – Schwieterman Custom Body. For more information or to register your team contact Big Brothers Big Sisters by phone at 419-394-2990 or e-mail at We are always looking for volunteers to mentor the 30 youth on our waiting list.



Baseball and Softball Tournaments in Payne
The Payne (Ohio) Ball Association will be hosting four all star tournaments
in July.

Beginning Monday, July 7, a 10 and under boys tournament will run through
Thursday, July 10.

An eight and under boys baseball (coach pitch) tournament will be July 11
through July 13.

Also July 11 through July 13, the association will sponsor an eight and
under girls softball (coach pitch) tournament.

Lastly, a 12 and under boys baseball tournament will be held July 14 through July 18.

For more information on any of these tournaments, please contact Kevin Wannemacher via e-mail at or the phone at (419)



Church Camps Announced
C. & C, Bible Fellowship, 4383 S 150 E Berne Indiana, a par church, announces its summer events.

Here is the list of Camps and special events at C. & C Bible Fellowship.

High School camps June 26,27 & 28

K through 2 grade July 30

Grade 3,4,& 5 July 31 And August 1 & 2

Open to the public.

For more information call the Bridge Church in Decatur Indiana.

Horse Camp For grades 3,4,5 &6 July 31 and August 1 & 2 (check out web site,

Special Events with Horses:

June 21 For kids of low income families

August 9 For kids with serious illness or grieving the loss of a love one.

September 13 For kids with disability.

All special events start at 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends encouraged to come view the activities. Activities will include horse back riding for those who are able to ride, pony cart rides, petting zoo, and possible hay ride.  All participants must have an accident release form signed by a parent or guardian. A free lunch will be provided for participants, all others there will be small charge for lunch.  

Bring you own chairs and come join the fun.

For more information call 260-589-9022.


Special Thanks for Community Days Support
by Lisa Kuhn
THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all those individuals and businesses that helped support ROCKFORD COMMUNITY DAYS 2014.  We are
grateful and most appreciative to all our volunteers that help make Rockford Community Days a success !  


22nd Annual Country Fest 5K Run/Walk

22nd Annual Country Fest 5Krun/walk starts at 9:00 on Sunday June 29, 2014.  This race is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge countywide running series.

This loop course has a long straightaway down tranquil country roads and winds through the village streets of Chapel Hill.  The Start and Finish lines are located near 2291 St. Johns Road next to the Country Fest grounds entrance in Maria Stein, Ohio.

Race day registration and check in is 7:00-8:30 A.M. at the shelter house next to Maria Stein Shrine with a $15.00 race only registration fee.  A limited quantity of running tech shirts may be for sale on race day.

For more information or a registration form visit  Mail completed entry form and check to Caroline Ranly, 2310 at. John Rd., Maria Stien, Oh. 45860.  For additional information call: Caroline Ranly, 419-953-8127 or email:

New this year is Chip Timing for the runners.  Country Fest food stands will open after the race and awards ceremony.



Breece-Rumple Engagement

Don and Ellen Breece of Fredericktown, Ohio are pleased announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Angie Breece, to Scott Rumple, son of Randy and Ruth Rumple of Rockford.

The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Arcanum High School, and a 2010 graduate of The Ohio State University. She is currently employed as a Registered Nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Parkway High School and a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University. He is employed as a Account Executive at Ricoh Americas Corporation in Columbus, Ohio.

The couple plans an early Fall wedding at the Grand Barn near Mohican State Park in Ohio.


June 14-15, 2014

Rockford Carry Out - New Owners Make Changes including home cooking

Renee uses the deep fryer. "Our sit-down family restaurant is a gathering place for the community."

The Rockford Carry-out has new owners: Renee and Todd Mathewson, and Terry and Sandy Mathewson, parents. The  Carry-Out side of the business is running as usual with the same great food ~ Pizza, subs, salads and chicken. A new drive through window has expedited service. but the expansion of  the dining area has really transformed the Carry-Out into a full service restaurant. They have added new booths and tables and chairs. They have also bought and paved the adjacent parking lot.  There is a Salad Bar and a Pizza Bar with Daily Lunch Specials. There is a buffet including the salad bar on Friday and Saturday. Sunday brunch is from 11-2 including a soup and salad bar. Staff has gone from 7 employees to 15 employees. Hours are: Sunday through Thursday, Restaurant 11-8 and Carry-out 11-10. On Friday and Saturday Restaurant 11-10 and Carryout 11-11. "Come try our home cooking and Rockford Carry-out Favorites!" invites the Mathewson Family.

New salad bar

New tables, booths and chairs.

“Let’s Walk Together”

Walk for Heroin Awareness to be held June 20th 2014. Opening prayer and guest speaker @ 6:45 p.m. This event is intended to bring our community out onto the street in order to show unity and increase awareness of the heroin epidemic that is sweeping our town and surrounding communities. This is an anti-heroin rally- wear RED to make a bold statement against heroin. Come out and show your community support. Meet at Lake Shore gazebo, Main St., Celina Ohio.

Sponsored by: Pray For a Drug Free Celina, Mercer County Clean Up, New Start Church of God, Randy Christian, The Lord’s Church, Jony D’s, Beaver Sk8s, and Furniture Express.

Rain or Shine.

Free event. No pre-registration required.

Amber 567-644-1688. Email


July 3 – 4 – 5th


The Public is invited to enter quilts, quilted items or needle art in the

Quilt Show at Old Fashioned Farmers Days. Bring your items on Thursday, July 3rd  from 9 to 6 to the Administration Building at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Show hours are Fri & Sat -  9 to 7.

Peoples Choice Ribbon Awards will be given in six categories.

The Van Wert Neighborhood Group of the  American Sewing Guild and the

OFFA will host the show. For more information, contact Marilyn Morgan 419-203-7016 or  email

Fairgrounds located at: 1055 S. Washington St. - Van Wert, OH  45891



June 12-13, 2014



Congratulations to Caden Slusher for advancing to the championships in Cleveland at the Cleveland Indians stadium for pitch hit and run competition on June 21.  Good luck Caden 
Tony and Sandy Learn Surgical Date

Tony and Sandy King, husband and wife, have been given a scheduled date of July 11, 2014  for the kidney transplant procedure.
Sandy will donate a kidney to Tony.




Rockford Rec. Punt, Pass, & Kick Competition - With a Special Guest Jordan Thompson!

The Rockford Recreation Association will host their annual NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick competition on Saturday, June 14th at 5:00pm on Diamond #4 at Shanes Park during the Rockford Community Days festival.  The event is open to boys & girls ages 6-15 (age classification is determined as of December 31, 2014). Participants are encouraged to visit to download, print, and complete the registration form to bring with them on the day of the competition. Participants are NOT permitted to wear cleats during the competition. This is a FREE event!!

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

For almost 20 years that this local competition has been hosted in Rockford, our local participants have qualified for the Cincinnati Bengals Team Championships on 11 different occasions. Four times, these championship qualifiers have won the state competition. The Rockford Recreation Association is excited to have one of these state winners return to Rockford to help with this year's competition. Jordan Thompson - former Parkway Panther, Ohio University Bobcat, and current NFL player with the Detroit Lions - will be at our PP&K competition this Saturday! Bring the kids to Shanes Park for an afternoon of friendly competition and fun and enjoy the Rockford Community Days weekend!



Radio Station Donates Equipment

THANK YOU to WLKI of Angola Indiana !  They recently updated
their equipment and made a donation valued at $3,000 to
our radio station WRKD 101.3.  This was all inside equipment consisting
of horseshoe control center, console, speakers, etc.  We are still in
need of FCC approved antenna to officially get on the air.
We are in need of donations to get the needed equipment.
Donations can be sent to Village of Rockford c/o WRKD,
PO Box 282, Rockford, OH  45882

When General Manager, Jim Crocker,  is working on the station
he periodically goes on air for testing purposes.  So tune in
every now and then and you just might hear Jim testing equipment !
The goal is to be on air full time within 6 months.



A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show



A Taste of Celina Block Party is scheduled for Friday, July 11th in downtown Celina.

It begins at the corner of Main and Market Streets and goes south to Warren Street.

From 5 -10pm, you will be able to taste the unique specialties of sixteen different

Celina restaurants or caterers.  Each restaurant will serve 3 or 4 different specialties.  Each item will take between 1 and 4 tickets.  Presale tickets are on sale at the Celina Mercer county Chamber office located at 226 North Main Street in Celina.  (Look for the bright blue awnings on the front of the building.)  The first 1000 tickets will be sold with a buy 10 get 1 free promotion.   Purchase your tickets in advance so you do not have to wait in line the evening of the event.  Tickets are nonrefundable.


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


Here is a sampling of what may be on the menus during A Taste of Celina.


Gourmet mini desserts

Pork slider sandwiches

Chicken and noodles

Baby back ribs

Boneless chicken wings

BBQ pork sandwiches

Pizza, paninis, cannolis

Smokehouse brats


Ice cream, slushies

Homemade pies & cakes



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

at 419 586-2219.   Visit


Clever Clovers Help at Food Pantry

Reporter: Catherine Kopack

The Clever Clovers met on June 3,2014 at 8:45 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.  The club unloaded and stocked food, hygiene, cleaning,  and paper products for the Cooperative Ministries’ Food Bank.  After the club finished, they learned how the food pantry works.  The service project was organized by Jamie Burenga, Service Project Coordinator.     The food bank is always taking food or monetary donations to help those in need.  Donations may be dropped off at the church office during business hours.  First United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Jefferson  and Central in Van Wert.  The phone number is 419-238-0631. 



June 11, 2014


Mercer County Deputies Assist in Low-Speed Pursuit
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office assisted in a slow speed pursuit that began in Decatur, Indiana and involved a man who was operating a Case International 5130 Farm Tractor (Unknown year).  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call from Adams County Indiana at 8:34 PM Monday evening requesting assistance with trying to stop the tractor.  Adams County also reported the tractor had struck several vehicles and did property damage while in Indiana.  They further reported the operator rammed an Adams County Sheriff’s cruiser while a deputy was trying to get the tractor stopped.

A Deputy from Mercer County deployed stop sticks. The suspect then swerved in an attempt to strike the Deputy.  The suspect also attempted to ram several patrol cars while in Mercer County.  The low speed pursuit continued through Mercer County in the area of Chattanooga, Strable  Road, and Burrville Road. The tractor eventually stopped due to mechanical problems on Burrville Road, just north of Strable Road.  The suspect did not respond to verbal commands to shut off and exit the tractor.  Eventually, a Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy deployed his Taser. The suspect then complied without any further incident. 

The suspect was identified as Dustin D. Clouse, 20,  3916 East 200 North Decatur,  Indiana.    Mr. Clouse was transported to Mercer Health, per policy, by a Mercer County Sheriff’s deputy after being tased.  Once cleared at the hospital, he was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a felony charge of fleeing and eluding.  The case will be reviewed by the Mercer County and Adams County Prosecutor’s Office.  Additional charges may be filed in Ohio and/or Indiana after that review.


“This was an unusual pursuit, we are happy that no one from the public, Mr. Clouse, or law enforcement was injured,” stated Sheriff Grey,  “law enforcement agencies from both states worked well together to bring this to a safe conclusion.”  Agencies involved in the investigation were the Adams County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.








Tournament Champs

The Ohio Fury 14U team finished the weekend with a record of 6-0 to win the Shootout at the Creek USSSA Tournament that was held in Beavercreek, Ohio on June 7 - 8, 2014.  The girls now have a record of 12-0 on the season.



Members of the team are, front row from left, Kaitlyn McEldowney (Versailles), Emily Bott (St. Marys), Savannah Oen (Wapak) and Kate Perryman (Minster).  Back row, head coach Rex Oen, asst. coach Ryan Sipe, Mackenzie Sipe (Parkway), Bailey Bates (Parkway), Lindsay Albers (Minster), Haley Hawk (Parkway), Katelin Augsburger (South Adams), Kami McEldowney (Versailles), Audrey Coil (Wapak), Haley McEldowney (Versailles), bat boy Jacob Albers and asst. coach Roger McEldowney.

Rockford Community Garage Sale Planned for June 13 & 14
Come to the Community Garage Sale in Rockford sponsored by the Shanes Crossing Historical Society.
Click HERE for the list of sellers and their items as well as the location map.
Call Dee for more info at 419-363-2998 or Jane at 419-363-2950.

Father / Daughter Duo donates to "Locks of Love"
By: Monica Agler

What began as a family joke soon became a challenge between Pat Agler and his daughter Amy Jo. The challenge was established upon Amy's graduation from Parkway High School. Amy's hair was already long but she determined that she would not cut her hair until she graduated from college at Wright State.  Pat already had a short goatee which he was trying to grow out.  He concluded that he would not shave his beard until Amy's college graduation.

The challenge was on!!

Both agreed that when the time came, they would donate their hair to Locks of Love. A very worthy organization that creates wigs for cancer patients.  

Pat endured the beard and some good natured ribbing about him being part of the "Duck Dynasty" clan.

Amy dealt with the long hair which was a challenge at times. Her hair was so thick that when she showered, it could take all day for her hair to air dry.

Finally, after 2 years, Pat was ready to let his face breathe again. He shaved the length of the beard leaving just a goatee.

Amy followed suit and had 10 inches of her beautiful tresses sheared off.

They are quite pleased with their choice. They enjoyed a friendly rivalry and donated to a good cause as well.

Attached below is the photo finish of this battle of wills. Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge.


Please check out to see the 2014 Rockford Community Days Schedule of Events and our NEW website !
Village of Rockford
Community Days tab



Stateline Writers Enjoy Assignments – Public Invited

The Stateline Writers Club met on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Mercer County District Library. President Alain Rion called the meeting to order. After the general business portion of the meeting, members chose the assignments for the next two months. The assignment for June is to write about, what makes you happy. The assignment for July is to write something ironical. Barbara Moore volunteered to have the program for the June meeting on Irony. Members read their various works some about the assignment of, “If you had the ability to mute or silence something what would it be and what would you replace it with,” or “a story that begins with the word 'blue,' and in which the first word of every paragraph is a color. Use the 'color word' only once in each paragraph, but suggest the color in as many ways as possible,” or a writing that contained colors or was about color.

The next meeting will be held at the Mercer County District Library from 10:00 am. to 12:00 pm. on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The meetings are free and open to the public.




VW County Foundation announces Summer Music

For twelve years, The Van Wert County Foundation, in cooperation with the Van Wert City Parks & Recreation has been presenting free concerts on Friday nights during the summer in Fountain Park.  The fun returns to Van Wert’s Fountain Park for a thirteenth season when the  2014 Fountain Park Summer Music Series will be offered for the public to enjoy.

Paul Hoverman, Coordinator of Performing Arts for The Van Wert County Foundation has announced the line-up which starts on June 6 during Van Wert’s Peony and ArtRageous Festival.  The ever-popular beach party band from California, Papa Doo Run Run kicks off the summer at 7:00 PM.  After a week off, the music returns to Fountain Park with San Franciso’s electric fiddling virtuoso, Tom Rigney and Flambeau.  Specializing in Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, and New Orleans music, they perform on June 20.

The world’s best tribute band to the music of Chicago, Brass Transit returns to Van Wert on June 27.  On July 4, celebrate America’s Independence with the Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra in a Star Spangled American Celebration concert filled with surprises.  The sounds of Motown fill the air on July 11 when NBC TV’s “The Winner Is” finalists, TOUCH come to town.

After a week off when the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band performs in Fountain Park on July 18, the music of Simon & Garfunkel will delight everyone, featuring Scarborough Fair by The Guthrie Brothers on July 25.  The summer season is wrapped up on August 1 with the music of one of Rock’s most endearing bands of all-time: Journey.  Never Stop Believin’- a Journey Tribute Band from Florida will feature the incredible vocals of Donny Ferrari and his band.  Experience the amazing lineup of hits that dominated arenas worldwide in the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

All concerts are offered free of charge to the public.  Fountain Park is located on the west edge of downtown Van Wert at the corner of W. Main and Jefferson Streets.  Food is available at all concerts.  Attenders are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.  All concerts are on Friday nights and begin at 7:00 PM.



St. John Lutheran’s Charity Auction Huge Success

St. John Lutheran Church’s Charity Auction which was sponsored by their “Purple Door Youth Group” was a huge success.  Originally scheduled for Sunday January 26th, but postponed to Sunday, February 16th due to snow did not slow down the bidding!  Close to 100  bidders came and purchased new items, gently used merchandise, & homemade baked goods to raise money for the Youth Mission Trip being held in June 2014.  Our auctioneers for the event were Tim Levi & Duane Ridenour who were assisted by Pastor Jeff Gramza.  Our clerks were Sally Leininger, Elaine Fett, and Nancy  Adams.  Thank you to both our auctioneers and clerks who generously donated their time.  A very special thank you to our local businesses who donated items to the auction and to all who generously purchased them.  This atmosphere of generosity helped raise $10,660.25!!!  This money will help 32 teens & 9 adults travel to Maysville, KY to help elderly people and low-income families with home repairs. 



June 10, 2014


 Scouts Conduct United States Flag Retirement


Rockford Troop 79 Boy Scoutmaster, Kevin Browning assisted by Scout member, Preston Browning and narrator, Abigail Browning, conducted a flag retirement ceremony at the Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on May 5. Following the flag ceremony members enjoyed a carry-in dinner hosted by Janet Mohr. Janet Mohr reviewed flag trivia & how to make a five-pointed star pattern. The next meeting will be a carry-in picnic at the home of Janet Torson  at noon on Friday, June 14.



Pictured in the Flag Retirement picture: (front) Kevin Browning, Preston Browning & Abigail Browning

(back) Mickey McConahay, Barbara Steptoe, Janet Mohr, Karen Jean Myers, Bill Fast, Gloria Fast, Linda Schumm


Pictured in Scout program: Abigail, Kevin, & Preston Browning from Rockford Troop 79, Boy Scouts of America



St. Clair 5KRun/Walk Planned for Saturday


Fort Recovery Historical Society will have the St. Clair 5KRun/Walk on Saturday, June 21st 2014.  This Mercer Health 5K Challenge even starts at 8:30 in front of the Fort.


This scenic 5K course runs through historic Fort Recovery.  Cannon fire sends you off on your run past the museum, fort stockade, Monument Park and Indian Memorial.  You’ll finish and have refreshments, door prize drawings and awards at Van tree’s amphitheater next to the museum.   This is Fort Recovery Jubilee Weekend so bring your whole family out for the fun and enjoy the museum/park grounds!

Race day registration is $15.00 and $15.00 for purple & white tie dye t-shirt.  Make check payable to Fort  Recovery Historical Society  and on line registration at . Contact race Director  Kathy Gonzalez at 419-375-2123 or or mail to St. Clair Run 865 Watkins Road, Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846.


Yummy Chicken Barbeque Coming to Van Wert Fairgrounds
Think summer and you think of chicken barbecued on the grill to perfection.  Carrying on with a long time tradition, the annual 4-H Chicken Barbecue will be held Tuesday June 10th, 2014 serving from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Again this year we will have the drive thru or carry out options. Cars should enter the Fairgrounds at Fox Road and join us at the Commercial Building  (new fair grounds location with faster service to you)  Drive on in and pick up your food at the door, with out even getting out of your car. Tickets are $8.00 for a full meal which includes, ½  barbecued chicken, green beans,  roll and cookie prepared by Chik-N House LLC. Members of all 4-H clubs in the county will be working to pack up meals, help those dining in and collecting tickets in the drive through.  

A Barbecue poster contest was held for all county 4-H clubs with many of the posters to appear in local stores and windows. 1st Place: Katelyn Welch of the Bunny Hoppers, 2nd Place Austin Sheets of the Udder Dairy, 3rd Place: Melissa Hauter of the Willshire Wide Awake, and Honorable Mention: Kirsten Stemen of the Ridge Buckeyes. Winning Posters are displayed at the OSU Extension office and others submitted are being hung up around town to showcase the talent of the 4-H members.

The 4-H Chicken Barbecue is a long time event in Van Wert County.  It is one of the few fund raisers put on by the Van Wert County 4-H Council.  The funds from this event are used to support 4-H endeavors such as 4-H Camp, camp scholarships, awards and to support 4-H members at the Jr. Fair. Please join us for hassle-free dinner on June 10th, 2014! We will do the cooking for you!

June 9, 2014


Parkway Softball Players Reach Top Levels of Honor
Story and pictures by Amber Slusher – Thanks for sharing!
Recently, Parkway Softball team had 4 players recognized for their hard work this season.  Junior, Zoey Pond and  Senior, Rachel King were named Honorable Mention All Northwest District, Senior, Sierra Fent was named 2nd team All Northwest District and Freshman, Alyx Slusher was named 1st team All Northwest District and Honorable Mention All State.  Alyx will be representing Parkway on Monday, June 9th at 6pm at Oregon Clay High School for the All District All Star Team.  Come and cheer on Alyx at 5665 Seaman Rd Oregon, Ohio (near Toledo).  Great Job Lady Panthers on all of your hard work and dedication and to a great season!  The community is proud of you!!!



Fatal Crash Reported East of Rockford
CELINA, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported that his office is investigating a two vehicle head on crash that occurred today on US Route 33 between Palmer Road and US Route 127.  The Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call at 11:47 AM. 

The investigation revealed that Adam Hamilton, age 26, Fort Wayne, IN was driving westbound on US Route 33 in a 2013 Nissan.  Joshua Angel, age 35, Fort Wayne, IN was driving eastbound on US 33 in a 2003 Volvo.  Hamilton attempted to pass a semi tractor-trailer just west of the intersection of Palmer Road.  Both Hamilton and Angel took evasive action swerving into the ditch on the south side of US Route 33.  The two vehicles collided head on in the ditch.  Frontal and side impact air bags deployed in both vehicles.  All occupants were wearing seat belts.  The crash remains under investigation.

Hamilton was the sole occupant of his vehicle.  Angel, was accompanied by his wife, Christine age 34, same address and three children, Ellijah age 4, Jonah, age 5, and Isaac age 8.  Hamilton was transported by Rockford EMS to Van County Hospital where he was transferred to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne by helicopter, he died from his injuries shortly before 4:30 PM.  Angel’s family was transported by Rockford EMS and Celina EMS to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Mary’s where Joshua and Christine Angel were transferred to Parkway Hospital in Fort Wayne by helicopter.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Mendon and Rockford Fire Departments and members of MCERV handled the traffic detour.  US Route 33 was closed for approximately 4 hours.


Dubry –Dellinger Families Celebrate Son - Click Here for his details















Saturday, September 6th 
7:30 AM - 12 PM

The Van Wert County Health Aware Fair is back! The American Red Cross, Van Wert  County Hospital, Health Department and Rotary are excited to once again host this annual community health fair. We invite you to join us and be a part of the celebration of health and healthy living! 




Special Weaving Skills to be Shared at Rockford Community Days
The Rockford Historical Society will host the HAWG CREEK SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD during the ROCKFORD COMMUNITY DAYS on Saturday, June 14, at 10 the Historical Log House in Shanes Park.  The Guild preserves the talent used by our ancestors in the preservation, spinning and weaving skills in the making of cloth for clothing and other everyday use from the fibers, wool and flax, produced and raised on the homestead.




Join us for Rockford Community Days - FREE  Summer Concert Events:

Friday - June 13:

5:30 - 7 pm - Kaela (Gardner) Kinney

* 10 pm   Fireworks

8 pm - Midnight - Pete Schlegel

Saturday - June 14:

4:30 - 8 pm - Country Concert Karaoke Finals

7 pm - at The Rockford Belle - Father's Day Special with
local vocalist Shannon Wagner, Linda Youmans, Laura Puschel,
and Olga Kigg

8 pm - Kings Landing - Nashville Recording Artists




By Trish Anderson-Boerger

When Velma Louise Schumm was born on June 18, 1914, Henry Ford had just introduced his assembly line for the Model T, Babe Ruth had just played his first professional baseball game and the world’s first airline, the St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, started.  Before she reached her first birthday, World War I began in Europe.

During that war, here in the U.S., patriotic sentiment against the Kaiser made anything German undesirable. That must have been difficult for Schumm’s family, German immigrants who settled in northwest Ohio in the mid-19th century. Schumm says she remembers speaking German at home as a child. But to chafe under changed life conditions was not their way--they just worked harder to be good American citizens.

The Schumms were farmers whose lives centered on work, family, church and community. Schumm was the third of four daughters born to Phillip and Leona Schumm.

In the era when Schumm was growing up, even before radios were in every home, someone who had a good singing voice or the ability to play a musical instrument was considered a valuable social asset.

Early on, Schumm showed musical talent and was given piano lessons. By age 16, she was playing the piano and organ for services at Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm-Willshire where she’s been a member all her life. She also played for funerals, though in recent years, carpal tunnel syndrome and failing eyesight have stilled the hands that commanded the keyboard for nine decades.

Schumm attended King’s School in Black Creek Township and Rockford High School. Her attention to detail and precise, beautiful penmanship were attributes that were valued when she worked as a bookkeeper in the office at Rockford Hardware and later, for many years, doing administrative work at Henkle Insurance.

Though Schumm never married and remained at home with her parents, hers has been a full life that reached far beyond her own backyard.  Among her most treasured memories is the cross-country trip she made with her father to visit some family in California where she dipped her toes into the Pacific Ocean.

Schumm was a faithful pen pal who maintained correspondence with girlfriends in Germany for decades. She has been an active contributor to her community and her church, always willing to help others by making blankets for the homeless or baking pies for Farm Focus every year.

Up until last year, Schumm managed well on her own in the farmhouse where she was born. Like her farming ancestors, the seasons dictated her work at planting and maintaining a garden and keeping up her house.

Schumm will celebrate her 100th birthday with a cake and punch reception on Saturday, June 14 from 2-4 PM, at Maplewood of Shane’s Village, 10701 State Route 118, south of Rockford.  Friends and neighbors are invited.

Schumm is delighted to be able to share the joy of this day with her big sister, Emma Boerger of Decatur, IN who is 103 and her baby sister Kate Bischoff in Arizona, who is only 97. Many devoted nieces and nephews will also be wishing Schumm well.



Drug Arrests Made in  Celina
Celina, OH -  Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Police Chief Tom Wale released details today of a joint investigation involving the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, the Celina Police Department and the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.

On Wednesday at approximately 3:15 PM an Ohio Adult Parole Officer requested assistance checking on a parolee and ensuring his compliance with parole orders.  When they arrived at the residence, violations were observed immediately.  Officers then applied for a received a search warrant for the residence located at 751 Deford Street, Lot #100, Celina.

The search of the residence turned up 36 suspected heroin capsules and 11 suspected Alprazolam pills and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.  Celina Police Department's K-9 unit assisted in the search.

Dennis Clutter, 54, and William Culver, 49, of the Deford Street address were arrested and booked into the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on charges of drug possession.  The cases have been sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for review.  Additional charges are possible.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Celina Police Department, and Task Force Officers continue to work together to battle the drug problems in the community.



June 6-8, 2014

Zuma 5K Run/Walk

The 2014 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season will kick off  with  the 22nd annual Zuma 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Montezuma.

This road race is part of the Montezuma picnic with proceeds to go to community improvements.

Registration is at the shelter house at Zuma Park.  The race will begin at the Franklin Township Fire House and will finish inside our beautiful Park.

Pre-registration for 5K is $15.00 including a T-shirt, or $12.00 with no shirt.  Early registration must be postmarked by June 6, 2014. Race day entry fee is $15.00 with no shirt.

For more information contact Stacy Braun at 419-733-8218 or


39th Van Wert Peony Festival begins this Friday, June 6

Free fishing derby is on Saturday, 9 – 11 AM at Camp Clay

The 39th version of the Peony Festival begins this Friday, June 6, at 10 AM in Van Wert's Fountain Park. A craft show, Optimist Youth Art Show, Art Rageous On Main Artists Exhibits, car show, food vendors including the Peony Festival food booth in Fountain Park all lead up to the Fountain Park Community Concert at 7 PM featuring Papa Doo Run Run. This concert is sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation and always draws an extra large crowd on the first day of the Peony Festival weekend.
On Saturday, June 7, the annual free kids' fishing derby will be held at Camp Clay. Kids ages 3 – 13 years have the chance for free fishing, no fishing license required, from 9 – 11 pm. Prizes are given for the longest fish in 4 age groups and one overall winner. Bait is furnished for all kids. Show up with a fishing rod ready to go! An information sheet is available at .
The YMCA is hosting their annual Peony Pace 5K Run & Walk plus a 1-mile Fun Run for kids in conjunction with the free fishing derby. Visit the YMCA website for registration forms.
Fountain Park has activities all day and evening Saturday with the Girl Scouts of America offering children's games and Main Street Van Wert sponsoring fun activities Chalk the Walk, Art Rageous On Main, and the popular Architectural Hunt downtown. The Optimist Youth Art Show is again part of the festival and the annual pet show is now a free entry pet show 10 – 11 AM in Fountain Park. Bring your special pet early, register, and then show-off your pet!
Food vendors are open 10 AM – 8 PM and the craft show continues until the annual Peony Parade begins at 5 PM. A new free event this year in Fountain Park is the Medieval Reenactors performing from 11 AM – 12:30 PM.  Young dancers from Stars by Erin dance studio hit the band shell stage from 12:30 – 1 PM.
This year there is a Saturday night free concert sponsored by the Peony Festival Committee. Blair Carman, playing authentic 1950s style Honky Tonk, takes the stage at 7 PM. The Peony Parade again follows the south-to-north Washington Street route beginning at the County Fairgrounds at 5 PM. Gather up your group of parade watchers for an after-parade visit back to Fountain Park. The food vendors will be ready for your group and then get a good seat before the concert starts.

A new event this year is the Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, June 7, 1:30 PM at Eggerss Stadium. The Van Wert High School football team is sponsoring the event for ages 6 – 17 years and an adult division. This is a fundraiser for the football program with a registration cost of $5.00. The registration form is also available at .

A “retro” event comes back to the National Guard Armory this year! Remember when the Jubilee Flower Show was held at the armory many years ago? It's back, hosted by the Wassenberg Art Center in their newly remodeled armory building. It's an amazing building and a must see this year. This 53rd Flower Show will be 1 – 5 PM Saturday and 1 – 4 PM Sunday. Wassenberg also has a charity silent auction on the festival weekend.
The Peony Festival Garden Tours are Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM and Sunday 12 Noon – 3 PM. The Wassenberg Art Center is included on the tour this year. Stop by the Peony Festival information booth at the corner of Fountain Park to pickup a tour schedule. The booth opens at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday.
Queen Jubilee XXXIX, Chelsea Hancock, Crestview High School, and her court have a 11 am – 1 PM luncheon at DeShia Country Gift Shoppe on Friday. The Queen's Reception is combined with the Flowers In Full Bloom Reception on Saturday at 1:30 PM at Willow Bend Country Club.


Culpepper and Merriweather Circus entertained audiences with 2 shows at Shanes Park on May 29th.
Thank you to Lisa Kuhn for sharing her pictures. Click on smaller thumbnails photos to enlarge them.


June 5, 2014

Hoolie Custer, longtime Rockford resident passed away on Sunday June 1, 2014
Below is a story written on his 91st birthday.

by Sheila Baltzell
Reprinted from 2005 Parkway Independent in honor of his 91 birthday


Dwight Lyman Custer, more commonly known as Hoolie, has lived his life to the fullest.  Dwight, growing up and living in the small town of Rockford, Ohio, found enjoyment in his favorite hobbies of hunting, golfing, and fishing.  He helped his family survive the Great Depression and also served his country in the Thirty-Seventh Infantry during World War II.  His life is full of interesting stories of him as a youth and of perseverance.

Dwight got his nickname of Hoolie from a newspaper comic character in the 1920s known as the “Happy Hooligan.”  The comic character was a good-hearted hobo, with rags for clothing and a tin cap for a hat.  One day while playing baseball with his friends, Dwight received the comic book character’s name.  He was up at bat and one of his buddies on the other team, Jason Adams, started chanting, “ Happy Hooligan is at bat.”  Soon, the rest of the team was saying the chant.  All through high school he was known as Hooligan, and later on in life his nickname was shortened to Hoolie.

Hoolie was born on May 22, 1914, the third of his parents Franklin and Della Mae Custer’s six children.  He had one older sister Pauline and an older brother Dutch.  Hoolie’s three younger siblings were named Irene, Lorraine, and James.

Hoolie grew up in a time much different than today.  His father’s job as a Stationary Engineer at Rockford Electric Lighting Company was the family’s only source of income. Hoolie’s pants were made by his mother’s hands from a nine-yard bolt of denim.  In the summertime, the family’s evening entertainment was conversation found on the neighbor’s front porch.  In the wintertime, the family’s evening entertainment was found in conversation with neighbors around a coal-burning stove.  To help put food on the table, Hoolie and his siblings tended to the garden behind the family’s home in Rockford.

As a child, Hoolie had a few pets, one of them being a crow named Jim.  He was given the bird by his next-door neighbors who had grown tired of it.   Hoolie soon learned why his neighbors had so eagerly given him the pet crow.  Jim was attracted to shiny objects. One day while Hoolie was working on his bike, Jim stole some of the bicycle’s shiny nuts.  On another occasion, the pet crow stole some of Hoolie’s shiny money, which was later found on a woodpile behind his house.  He passed the mischievous bird on to someone else for fifty cents.   

During his childhood years, Hoolie ran around with a group of friends known as the “River Rats.”  The boys seemed to be obsessed with the St. Mary’s River.  Growing up well before the time of television or Nintendo, the boys often spent time fishing off the banks of the river, hunting the wooded areas along the water, and anything else the young boys could do to entertain themselves.

The boys picked up the nickname of River Rats from their schoolteacher.  She gave Hoolie and his friends the name after one boy, Carl Thompson, got an ear infection from playing down by the river.  One day in the winter, they cut a block of ice out of the St Mary’s River with axes and carried it up on the shore. The boys proceeded to slide across the ice.  Carl ran on the ice barefoot and soon got the ear infection.

For one week during the summer before Hoolie’s junior year in high school, he and fellow River Rat Davy Camel went on a voyage down the St. Mary’s River to a town called Mendon.  The two took Davy’s green rowboat, a piece of canvas, and a twenty-two rifle.  The two River Rats lived off the land, eating squirrels, robin’s breasts, and corn from farmer’s fields along the river.  The adventure had to be ended before making it to Mendon, because Davy got sick after getting bit on the finger by something in the water.  After returning home, Davy got better; the two often talked about how much fun they had on their trip.

Hoolie in his teens was one of Rockford’s top athletes.  While attending Rockford High School, Hoolie earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.  The sport he was most known for was football.  In high school Hoolie served as the football team’s star fullback, earning three varsity letters.  During his sophomore year, he enjoyed having his older brother Dutch and his friend Wilford Stover as linemen and their team had an undefeated season.

While Hoolie did enjoy childhood, it was not a bed of roses.  In October of 1929, the Stock Market crashed, bringing with it the Great Depression.  Soon, the whole country, including Rockford, would enter into the Great Depression.  The Custer family entered into a time of uncertainty.  Like most people who lived in town, it was hard for Hoolie’s family to get food or jobs to make money.  To make things even worse, Hoolie’s parents divorced in these dire times.

After the divorce, Hoolie, his mother, and his three younger siblings moved in with their grandmother who also lived in Rockford.  Hoolie’s father moved to another town and the family ceased to have his income.  Hoolie’s older siblings, Dutch and Pauline, moved out on their own and were not around to help the family.

To take care of the family, Hoolie, along with his younger brother Jim, would put meat on the table by hunting and fishing.  Hoolie also often found work on farms, picking fruit and bailing hay for a dollar a day.  His younger sister Irene quit school to get a job as a waitress, to help provide for the family.  It was a hard time for everyone, but even harder for a broken family.

The day after Hoolie graduated from Rockford High School he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  The CCC was one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s most successful New Deal programs.  The CCC gave young unemployed men a job during the Great Depression, while helping to maintain the country’s national resources. The men earned a paycheck that was sent home to help their families.  These men experienced a work program that was run very much like the U.S. Army.

Hoolie was sent out to CCC Camp 594, in northern California.  During Hoolie’s eighteen months at the camp, he helped build two suspension bridges, build fire access roads, and construct buildings to store fire-fighting equipment.  He also served on a surveying crew working for the Northern Pacific Railroad.

The eight AM to five PM day was filled with backbreaking work.  Many times getting to the work area required the men to hike several miles through the rough mountain terrain.  Hoolie and his fellow laborers often had to bust through huge rocks with sledgehammers to make way for the fire access roads.  Huge timber also had to be cut out with two-man crosscut saws.  They did not have the aid of labor saving jackhammers or chain saws.

Hoolie’s CCC camp experience was not all hard work.  If the men passed the section leader’s inspection of their barracks, they received a weekend pass.  Just as long as the men were back Monday morning for work, they could do whatever they wanted.  Many times, Dwight and his peers ventured into the nearby town of Castella on their weekends off.  In the town, the men would watch picture shows and listen to traveling bands at the town’s pavilion. They could also obtain food from the Mess Sergeant and hike into the wilderness.  On one of these adventures, Hoolie and a few of friends climbed near by Mount Shasta.  On one weekend pass, they also ventured to the Pacific Ocean, to take their first swim in the Pacific Ocean.  The weekend pass proved to be well worth a week’s worth of strenuous labor.  

In 1936, Hoolie’s eighteen-month term in the CCC ended and he returned to Rockford.  The town had improved some since his leaving, but was still hurting from the Great Depression.  He was able to find work in the near by town of Celina at the Mersman’s Furniture Factory.  Hoolie got his social security card while working at Mersemen’s.  In November, Mersemen’s normally laid off many of their employees.  This did not bother Hoolie, because he always saved his money for the hard times.  He was happy to be laid off, with the approach of hunting season.  He had all the time in the world to trap muskrats and hunt game down by the river.

Hoolie made his living working odd jobs for the next few years.  He helped construct a bridge north of Rockford under the U.S. Government WPA program.  Other jobs included bailing hay for local farmers, and he even reentered the CCC program for six months under his older brother Dutch’s name.  Hoolie would soon find steady employment.

On October 15, 1940, not wanting to be drafted, Hoolie and his best friend Carl Thompson enlisted in the Army National Guard.  Soon the two men were sent to Camp Shelby Indiana for Basic Training.  Dwight, Carl, and the rest of the trainees experienced traditional basic training with Drill Sergeants’ hazing, long marches, and the meticulous cleaning of equipment.  With the country still reeling from the Great Depression, the soldiers in training drilled with broomsticks for guns and wood burning stoves pipes for mortars. The men eventually graduated basic training and were a part of the 37th Infantry.

            Hoolie had high-test scores on his Military Aptitude tests, and was promoted to Corporal right after basic training.  Six months later still stationed at Camp Shelby and training to be a medic in the 37th Division’s Third Battalion, Corporal Custer was promoted to Sergeant.  Later on in his military career, Hoolie would very quickly become Staff Sergeant and finally First Sergeant.  As a First Sergeant in the Third Battalion’s Medical Detachment, Hoolie was responsible for forty men. 

            In 1942, after training for a year and a half, the 37th Division traveled by train to the Pacific Theater’s staging area in San Francisco.  From there, the Division was shipped to the island chain of Fiji for training exercises.   Hoolie had the privilege to make the voyage to Fiji on the cruise liner President Coolidge.  The luxurious ship had a swimming pool and dancing halls that the soldiers could enjoy.

            After arriving at one of Fiji’s enchanting tropical islands, Hoolie and the rest of his men spent little time on the island’s majestic beaches. The Third Battalion, along with the rest of the 37th Division, drilled repeatedly for their upcoming invasion of the Solomon Islands.  The men kept themselves in excellent physical condition with a twenty- mile hike almost every day, and they did push-ups until they could do no more.  Hoolie and his fellow medics spent time practicing their life saving skills.  Just like in basic training, they still meticulously cleaned their equipment.

            Six months after arriving at Fiji, the 37th division headed for the Japanese-occupied Island of New Georgia.  On July 4, 1932, under the cover of battleship cannons, landing crafts carrying an American invasion force landed on the island’s beaches.  One of those landing crafts carried Hoolie; who was about to get his first taste of combat.

            The conflict on New Georgia was only supposed to take a month.  It took American Forces over two months to accomplish their objective.  During that time without mentioning the hardships imposed by enemy forces, Hoolie would go three weeks without a bath, three days without food, and never had toothpaste to brush his teeth.  By the end of the two months of fighting on New Georgia, Hoolie’s uniform had rotted off his body.  Even worse, Hoolie lost his best friend, Private First Class Carl Thompson, on this island to enemy fire.  But Hoolie overcame all this and made sure the medics under his command had the supplies they needed to save lives.

After New Georgia, Hoolie and the rest of the medical detachment helped reinforce a Marine Raider Expeditionary Force at one of World War II’s most famous battles, Guadal Canal.  Hoolie also helped bolster defenses on the island of Bougainville.  He missed out on being in the landing invasion force of the Philippines due to a two-week furlough.  However, he spent the remainder of the war in the Philippines. 

            While at home on furlough from the war, Hoolie noticed how things had changed for the war effort.  In almost every yard in town there was a Victory Garden to help conserve food. Everyone that was previously unemployed in the small town had a job building something for the war effort.  People were forced to ration fuel, building materials, and anything else that was useful to help win the war.  Not only Rockford, but also the rest of the country was able to defeat the Great Depression.  The people back home in the United States were the ones that won World War II, giving the Military what they needed.  

            Hoolie received an honorable discharge from the military on October 5, 1945, at Indian Town Gap in Pennsylvania.  Almost five years after joining the National Guard with his best friend Carl Thompson, Hoolie was going home.  Throughout Hoolie’s time in the Army, he had been sending the majority of his paychecks home to take care of his mother and for the purchase of a house in Rockford.  After returning home in October of 1945, Hoolie slept for the first time in his new home at 609 West Columbia Street in Rockford.   

            Following in his father’s footsteps, Hoolie earned his Stationary Engineer’s License so that he could operate the boiler heating system at Rockford High School.  He also served as the school’s janitor and as a school bus driver for a year and half before taking a job with United States Post Office in Rockford.  He held this job for twenty-five years, retiring in 1972 from his position as a rural mail carrier.

             In the early 1950’s, Hoolie’s younger brother Jim and his wife Jayne bought a house in Rockford right around the corner from his.  Over the next seven years, the couple would give birth to four children: Cheryl, Tom,Cindy, and Steve.

Hoolie was very involved in the children’s lives.  All four of the children would spend significant time at “Grandma and Uncle Hoolie’s house.”  Each year he would travel with Grandma and his two nieces to a vacation destination.  Hoolie would also go on fishing trips to Canada, with his brother Jim and nephews.  In addition, Hoolie helped his nephews Tom and Steve cut firewood to help put them through college.  He also taught Tom and Steve how to hunt and play golf.

            Hoolie is still living at ninety-one years of age.  He is the last surviving sibling in his immediate family.  Some people might think that Hoolie missed out on a great part of life by never marrying or raising his own family, but they are wrong.  Over the years, Hoolie had his girlfriends; he just never found the one that was meant to be.  While he did not start his own family, he helped bring his immediate family through the Depression and looked after his mother until her death.  Also, because of his brother Jim’s untimely death at age 56 in 1977, Hoolie has lent many bits of fatherly wisdom to his nieces and nephews.

Click Here for his obituary by Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home


Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center’s
Offers Workshop for Small Businesses

Business Consulting          Customized Workforce Training   Advanced Manufacturing Training


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

We are expanding our open enrollment course offerings for small business owners, managers, and employees. We are happy to announce new classes in the next couple of months:

June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. we are offering Financial Record Keeping Basics. Participants will receive practical advice to help keep their business records in legal compliance. You will learn how long and what type of records need to be kept as well as how to use those records to make more sound business decisions. Each participant will receive a helpful booklet to take home. Ron Kremer, Accounting Professor, CPA, and a BEC Business Consultant since the late 1980’s will provide you with tips and techniques to help clarify your business records process. 

July 15 & 17 from 5:30 to 8:30, we will be offering an introductory supervisory class: Transitioning from Peer to Supervisor. This workshop will teach new supervisors who have been promoted from within, how to navigate transitioning from a co-worker to a boss. Instead of doing the work, you have to learn to direct the work. You will learn how to become a respected manager. Carla Hirschfeld will be leading this interactive class.

August 5, 6, and 7 from 5:30 to 8:00, we will be offering leadership/supervisory workshop: Five Functions of a Team. Working together as a team to complete a project under deadline can be difficult but it can be done. Melissa Smalley will guide you along as you learn how to create and work within a cohesive team to meet and even exceed your objectives.

Individuals can register for these classes or get more information about our other Business Enterprise Center programs by calling the Wright State University Business Enterprise Center at (419) 586-0355 or by emailing Helping you with your business needs is our business!



Summer Lunch in Willshire Park
Members of the West Central Ohio Youth for Christ were on hand at the Park in Willshire, OH on Wednesday morning June 4th to serve lunch to elementary age children from the Parkway Local School District.

The Summer Lunch in the Parks Program is a unified effort of the Parkway Ministerial Association offered on Wednesdays from 11 am to 12 noon simultaneously at the Parks in Rockford, Mendon, and Willshire.   Servants from the many local churches in the Parkway School District will prepare and serve the children a FREE lunch each Wednesday morning. The program is focused on Elementary age children in the Parkway School District.  It will continue from June 11th through August 13th rain or shine.  


Wilson and Patterson Families Celebrate New Daughter - Click Here for the details

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2014 Rockford Community Days Schedule of Events and our NEW website !

Challenger League Baseball in Rockford
Story and Photos by James and Jill Leighner - Thank you for sharing!

On Sunday, June 1st, Rockford hosted the Mercer County Challenger Baseball/Softball League at Shanes Park. There was a total of 2 games played as there were 4 teams in attendance.  There were six Parkway students playing on these teams. 


Thanks to all the many volunteers and sponsors who made this event a great success!

(The Challenger Division of Little League Baseball was established in 1989 as a separate division to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three. One of the benefits of having a Challenger Division is that it encourages the use of "buddies" for the Challenger players. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.)

Game 1 – Reds and Pirates – link


Game 2 – Cubs and Indians – Link





June 3-4, 2014


Tourney Champs

The Ohio Fury 14U team finished the weekend with a record of 6-0 to win the Kenton Kaos Tournament that was held on May 31 - June 1, 2014.



Members of the team are, front row from left, Katelin Augsburger (South Adams), Lindsay Albers (Minster), Kate Perryman (Minster), Kaitlyn McEldowney (Versailles) and Emily Bott (St. Marys).  Back row, head coach Rex Oen, Savannah Oen (Wapak), Haley Hawk (Parkway), asst. coach Ryan Sipe, Bailey Bates (Parkway), Mackenzie Sipe (Parkway) and asst. coach Roger McEldowney.  Not pictured: Kami McEldowney (Versailles) and Haley McEldowney (Versailles)


Corn in Right of Way

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

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

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Celina Police Department NEWS RELEASE: 06-02-2014

On Saturday, May 31st  at 9:40 PM Celina police officers responded to a traffic crash at 122 N Lake St.  A vehicle operated by 35 year old Jason Gray of 228 N Enterprise St, Celina struck a parked car at that location causing heavy damage to his 1988 Monte Carlo SS and moderate damage to the parked car.  Gray was not injured, however, a Doberman Pincher suffered a laceration to the top of his head.

Gray was arrested for his 9th OVI offense.  He tested a .212 on the BAC.  His vehicle was towed and Gray was incarcerated on the OVI charged pending review for felony charges by the Mercer Co. Prosecutor.


Congratulations to Nikki Fox for Her Published Photo

Nikki Fox learned recently that her Parkway Prom photograph of Parkway student Austin Denison and Delores Denison, his 89 year old great-grandmother who enjoyed  the Parkway Prom as his date, was selected to be published in Best Magazine. The publication is a very popular "People Magazine" style which covers all of the latest gossip and movie star news in Great Britain. Congratulations to Nikki, now a world-famous photographer!


June 1-2, 2014




Wrenway Park’s Wiffleball Warehouse, in association with Bill Miller’s Auto Sales in Decatur, Indiana, are proud to present the second annual WrenStock Music Festival.  This event will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, rain or shine.  The first band will begin at 4 pm with the gates opening at 3 pm.  Presale tickets will be $10 and are available now at the Wren Restaurant, Bill Miller’s Auto Sales in Decatur, and from any Wiffleball Committee member.  Tickets will be $15 the day of the show.  Section Ate starts out the day at 4 pm.  Next in the lineup is LoudMouth Soup with 100 Proof rounding out the day. 

The proceeds from this event will help fund the 23rd annual Wiffleball Tournament in August during the Wren Homecoming.  For questions, call 419-495-2752 or 419-495-2623.



Calvary Preschoolers Learn About Dental Care

Dr. Jessica Jeffery-Mohr, DDS came to Calvary Preschool to teach the students proper dental care. She showed them how to brush their teeth, explained the important times and how often they should brush. Dr. Mohr told the boys and girls that when they brush their teeth before bedtime, it keeps all the little bugs from partying all night in their mouths. She further explained healthy foods to eat and the importance of using fluoride so the students do not get sad teeth with holes. She provided each student and teacher with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Calvary Preschool is located at Business Route 224 at Sidle Road in Van Wert. For questions regarding the program or registration, contact director Judy Fox at 567-259-3103 or



Fifth Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation at Celina Intermediate School
Celina Intermediate School
held the Fifth Grade D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation Tuesday, May 27 at the school.  Special guests were Mercer County D.A.R.E. Booster Jerry Kanney, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and  Hillard Miss Teen Victoria Kanpke.  The graduation was open by fifth grade teacher Mr. Mark Binkley.   The students reading their winning essays were Maddy Burgoon, Maddy Meeker, Stephen Abby, Chole Mc Nielan, Kennady Murlin, Brandon Chapman, Sophie Wiley, Kailey Keith, Mackenzie Lehman and Sky Jackson.

The Honor Students receiving special recognition were: Chole Johnson, Caitlin Loewe, Sydney Lehman, Andrea Vian, Emma Menchhofer, Allison Berry, Hunter Wolters, Brittney Williams, Alexa Arnold, Jack Duncan, Reeves Black, Solomon Hierholzer,Jersey jones, Mackenzie Lehman, Justin Bruggeman, Kailey Keith, Ryan Moorman, Emma Minnich, Nicole Warnement and Brittney Littmer.  These students were presented medals purchased by the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters and earned the honor because of their extra effort in the program.

All of the students were presented with certificates by the fifth grade teachers:  Mark Binkley,  Amy Mescher, Andy Waesch  Jess Homan, Brooke Wellman, Toby Siefring, Mark Loughridge, and Kelly Keck.  Each fifth grader successfully completing the D.A.R.E. Program was also given a D.A.R.E. tee shirt.

The speakers were Victoria Knapke and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.  Both  congratulated and  reminded the students to use the skills they learned and make good decisions in the future. The program was closed by the principal Mr. Pohlman.  Deputy Sue Miller is the D.A.R.E. Officer conducting the D.A.R.E.  classes. Mrs. Keck and Mr. Binkley assisted with the D.A.R.E. classes. Mercer County D.A.R..E. is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.




Willshire Garage Sales
The Willshire Community Civic Association will be sponsoring community wide garage sales in the village of Willshire on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.  This event is being held in conjunction with the 49th annual Willshire Days activities.  A map listing the locations of the garage sales will be made available.  Advertising will also be provided.  There is a $5.00 fee to have a garage sale location included in the map and to help cover the cost of advertising.  To register for the listing, call 419.495.2704. 



May 30-31, 2014


Challenger Baseball/Softball League Coming to Rockford!

On Sunday, June 1st, Rockford will host the Mercer County Challenger Baseball/Softball League at Shanes Park. Two games will be played on that day - starting at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. Prior to the start of each game, lineups will be announced and the National Anthem will be played. Music, dancing, and other fun activities are scheduled between innings.

The Challenger Division of Little League Baseball was established in 1989 as a separate division to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three. One of the benefits of having a Challenger Division is that it encourages the use of "buddies" for the Challenger players. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.

There will be six Parkway students playing on these teams. Come to Shanes Park and cheer them on - like all of our children, they love playing for a big crowd! This is a great opportunity for our community to support such a wonderful event!!



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Rockford Carry-Out Changes Hands
Todd Mathewson has become an owner of the Rockford Carry-out. Jason Stover, who owned the pizza establishment for many years, sold the business recently. The original owners were Lowell and Elsie Beougher who created the business on Main Street (but in a different location) in approximately 1971.

A new sign with landscaping and a paved and striped parking lot have spruced-up downtown Rockford. The Rockford Carry-Out invites you to come in for their famous menu of pizza, subs and other delicious food. Eat in the newly refurbished dining room or carry out at the new drive through window. Below, Monte Gibbons and Grandma Bethanne Eikenberry enjoy a meal with cuties Lydia and Kylie.




Did you See the Helicopter Spraying Fields?

Tru-Pointe Agriculture Services out of St. Marys, Ohio have contracted with a helicopter company out of Kidron, Ohio, to spray some local wheat fields with fungicide. The man near the truck refuels and reloads the product. The helicopter lands on flat ground nearby. Once the wheat is done, they will be spraying corn fields. People have been enjoying the acrobats of the helicopter pilot! This shot was taken along U.S. Route 33 east of Rockford.


The J Taylors to Perform in Concert at Rockford Belle on May 31
On May 31, with doors open at 6 PM and a concert at 7 PM, The J Taylors will be performing at The Rockford Belle located at 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio. The public is invited to celebrate life and the best of American music with husband and wife team, Jonathan and Janelle Taylor, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana!  A free-will offering will be accepted. For concert information contact: Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993

The J Taylors started performing together professionally in 2009 and have mastered many popular styles of music: classic rock & country favorites; traditional holiday and faith-based songs; famous musical duets & upbeat, “dance-able” tributes to American music legends from the 1940s to today.

The J Taylors’ American Voices is a wonderful look back at some of the greatest vocal performers in American history.  The show features songs from and stories about many of the most memorable singers of the twentieth century--from the big band era to classic country to popular music from the ′50s to the ′80s.

To accompany their unrivaled vocal harmonies, the duo plays multiple instruments over the course of their show.  Come early and prepared for this opportunity at the Rockford Belle on May 31 to enjoy The J Taylors for two hours of beautiful music and great memories!





May 29, 2014

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for May 2013

May 28, 2014


Rockford Community Days -   Quarter Auction June 14th From 1-3 pm at Shanes Park Pavilion


You won't want to miss out on this great auction, Lots of prizes with

different interests. ONLY 200 paddles available, $2 per paddle. Admission will begin at 12:30, with first item up for bid at 1pm. Items will be available for viewing preauction and will range in bidding prices from .25 to $1.


Toby Keith Tickets will be raffled off during the event. $1 each chance or 6 for $5.

Must be present to win. The Concert is on August 23rd at the Allen County Fairgrounds In Lima Ohio. You will have to pay admission to the fair.


Other prizes include Eldora Speedway tickets, Rodney Adkins tickets, various

restaurant gift certificates, NFL autographed memoriabilia, Science Central, Mariners passes, museum admissions, Thirty One items, Pampered Chef Items, Avon,  home made baked goods and so much more!!


Please plan to come and have lots of fun and win, win win!!



May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Parades Highlight Weekend Activities

Willshire ~ Carol Miller Fosnaugh Blackwell stood out as the weekend speaker for the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at the Willshire Cemetery.
She and her husband Bob of North Carolina walked the parade route together. Carol gave an address in part honoring all veterans and in part dedicating the new  statue of the lost soldier's helmut, empty boots and gun to the lives of the late Bill Miller, the late Carey Fosnaugh and the late Benny Sapp. The adjacent stone honors all veterans. She talked from experience as she remembered the black car, the uniformed soldiers who came bearing bad news. She talked about the lost youth of so many in war including her late husband Carey