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Rockford Village Council meets on Febuary 2, 2016 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
These upcoming community events and items of business including Columbia Street were discussed:

Rockford Upcoming Community events:

 

February 6th - The Northmen & Cathy at The Rockford Belle.

Doors open at 6 pm.  Cost $10

 

March 5th - Wine Tasting -  Rockford Community Building.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Presale tickets $20 – available at the Village Office and Barrys Family Market

 

March 12th – St. Teresa Parish – Family Fun Night – Open to the public

Rockford Community Building

 

March 19th – Parkway Carnival –  Parkway High School

 

March 19th – Parkway Duck Races – Rockford Community Building

 

March 26th – Easter Egg Hunt – Shanes Park – 1 pm

 

 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION
Agenda
Regular Meeting
on February 9, 2016 6:30 pm

 
 

Parkway 8th Grade Orientation Meeting Set

Current 8th grade students at Parkway Middle School and their parents are invited to attend a High School Orientation meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.

An information session will be held in the auditorium to explain new High School graduation requirements, course options available at Parkway High School, and information on making the most of your high school years. High School teachers will be available in the Commons after the information session until 8:30 p.m. to answer questions you may have about any of their classes. Information from the meeting will help the students to decide which classes to take in the 2016-17 school year as they will be registering for them in the near future.

 

 

College Credit Plus Meeting

Parkway students and parents of students in grades 6-11 are invited to an informational meeting on College Credit Plus. The meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 29 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. We will be joining parents and students from Van Wert County schools for the opening session presented by local colleges. The group will then be divided by school districts into smaller rooms to go over each school district's policies on earning college credit while attending high school. Additional information was sent home with students in grades 6-11 this year and is also posted on the Parkway website under "High School", "Guidance" links. Please attend this meeting to get answers to your questions about College Credit Plus.

 


Columbia Street Project in Rockford

The Rockford Village will be holding a Public Meeting on February 9th at 6 pm to discuss Columbia St. The public is encouraged to attend - especially those living on Columbia St. The meeting will take place at the Village Hall. 

 

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dinner / DJ beginning at 5:00pm at Rockford Community Building
Wedding Style Dinner – PRESALE TICKETS ONLY 
Contact church office at 419-363-2633 or Rockford Village Office
Menu: chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink
Admission cost $5.00-$15.00 depending on age
Many great prizes to win for children and adults
Open to the public
Sponsored by St Teresa Parish

 

 

Get Rid of Old Tires Free
Mercer County Solid Waste Mgt. District and Mercer county Soil and Water Conservation are holding a

Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 
Free!
10 tire limit

No Dealers

No tires on Rims

Call 419-586-3695 at Mercer County Solid Waste Mgt. District for more information.

 


OSHA 10-Hour Course- General Industry

This will be held at the Vantage Career Center in Van Wert, OH

February 23-24

Please RSVP by February 19th as seats are limited.

To Register Contact:

Grace Gonzales

BWC Lima Service Office

(419) 227-4006



   

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Nullifying President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Guns

 

President Obama is forcing new gun control policies on Americans.  In doing so he’s trampling on the Constitution.  It is time for states to stand up against these regulations that have gone too far.

 

In January, President Obama went around Congress to expand U.S. gun control laws using an executive action that many are calling illegal.  The President has made it clear that he thinks taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens will make the country safer, but he does nothing to stop illegal, black market sales of firearms. 

 

Only 3 percent of violent crimes are committed by criminals who bought their guns at a legal gun store, but as many as 40 percent of criminals bought their guns on the black market.  This order does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals buying their guns on the black market.  President Obama has disregarded the constitutional rights of Ohioans.

 

By intruding into our individual health records, President Obama may create a national “no gun list,” which is just another step by Washington to destroy the Second Amendment.  Law-abiding gun owners already verify their mental ability to have a firearm.  We don’t need more bureaucracy to vet the mental ability of law-abiding Ohioans.

 

The lack of governing in Washington calls for more power at the state level.  Ohio must protect the rights of our citizens by nullifying these federal gun laws within the state.  Founding fathers James Madison and Thomas Jefferson both argued that states are sovereign and have the right to nullify federal gun law within the state, and so the very people who designed our Constitution support this action.

 

Nullifying President Obama’s actions would send a clear signal that Ohio will protect the rights of Ohioans as guaranteed by the Constitution.  By standing up to Obama’s decrees, Ohio will show Washington that Buckeyes are fed up with executive overreach that threatens the integrity of the Constitution.

 

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“Rolling over drugs” SKATING PARTIES

 

WHO? All Mercer County 3rd-6th Grade Students

 

WHAT? Skating parties in celebration of our awesome Mercer County      

   Students!!

 

Tuesday, February 16th for 3rd-6th graders; Doors open at 5:30 pm; Skating and games are from 6:00-8:00 pm; Pick-up is by 8:30 pm. $6 per person. Families are welcome to come for free, but aren’t permitted to skate.

 

~AND~

 

Sunday, March 6th for 3rd-6th graders; Doors open at 1:30 pm and skating is from 1:45-3:45 pm. Pick-up is by 4:00 pm. $6 per person. Families are welcome to come for free, but aren’t permitted to skate.

 

Don’t like to skate? Come play pool and arcade/video games instead and meet some awesome and positive youth!!!  Come to one or both!

 

WHERE? WOODLAND ROLLERDOME, 2600 Celina Road, St. Marys, Ohio 

 

COST? $6 per skater and this includes your Skate Rental!! Feel free to bring your own skates, however the price will still be the same. If bringing your own rollerblades or skates, please make sure they are clean and free of rocks/stones/dirt!

 

Drinks and snacks are sold separately.

 

WHY? These skating parties are a fundraiser for the newly formed “Mercer County Prevention Coalition” whose mission is “to improve the quality of lives of Mercer County residents by preventing the harmful consequences of substance use and abuse among youth, families, and the larger community.” Parents are welcome to join our efforts! Please contact Laura for more information on how you can get involved!

 

Contact for Questions: Laura Sanford, Prevention Coordinator

        Foundations Behavioral Health Services ~ Celina

                                            419-584-1000 ~ lauras@foundationsbhs.org

 

 

Mercer County  REMINDER

Ohio Law prohibits signs on trees and poles.

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


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

 

 

Lima Area Concert Band Coming to Parkway High School Auditorium
The Parkway Music Boosters have been given the incredible opportunity to host the Lima Area Concert Band.  Parkway has been added to their 2016 Calendar for Sunday, August 7th at 3 pm in the Parkway High School Auditorium.

We Need Community Support to Sponsor this Event !   While ANY donation is greatly appreciated, we would like to suggest 10 businesses to give a $100 sponsorship to help pay for the band and to help with advertising.  This band draws supporters from all over the area and the surrounding communities.  What better way to support this special event and advertise your business at the same time !!  All sponsors will be named in the advertising and on the flyers.  A suggested $7 donation at the door will then go to benefit the Parkway Music Booster program.

Your donation can be mailed to:  Parkway Music Boosters, PO Box 451, 
Rockford, OH  45882.  Please make note in the memo that your donation is for the Lima Area Concert Band Event.

 

 

 

 
February 3-4, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Winter Homecoming Dance Pictures
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing!

Visit her website below:

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MEDICAL SOCIETY TO OFFER COURSE IN LATEST SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

 SLS Teaching the Latest in Minimally Invasive Surgery to Communities with A Need for Advanced, Efficient Medicine

Miami, FL—In response to a need for better quality medical care in developing countries, beginning next month SLS, the largest multi-disciplinary surgical society in North America, will introduce the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques to communities around the world, as well as younger surgeons who can benefit the most from the newest research in surgical education.  Minimally invasive surgery has been shown to minimize blood loss and hospital stay, which is even more important in countries with fewer resources.

“This is an opportunity for us as a society to present what we know to communities who cannot yet capture this kind of education because they lack the resources to attend worldwide medical meetings or come face to face with experts in our field, says Dr. Paul Wetter, chairman of SLS.  “For the first time, we are going to them to teach the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery.”

The SLS course, which will be called “Tips and Tricks in Minimally Invasive Surgery,” will be taught by academics from a variety of medical disciplines in Romania, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Columbia as a part of a ten-city tour that will also reach more industrialized nations such as China, as well as military bases in the United States.  Primarily funded by SLS, the two day course will allow academic experts in general surgery, gynecology, urology and other disciplines to teach basic minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques, using the latest research, which will include specific, common conditions, how to avoid complications, pain, and complex surgical conditions.

“By doing on this, we are bringing a multi-specialty vision in minimally invasive surgery to the rest of the world,” says Dr. Maurice Chung, president of SLS, director of women’s health service, Van Wert County Hospital, Ohio and a professor at University of Toledo School of Medicine. 

The course will also be developed for the military, with the first lecture at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  The six-hour course, which has not yet been advertised, has already attracted dozens of attendees and is scheduled for February 16th, 2016.

“Supplementing the training of these important institutions and for military based hospitals is important work,” says Dr. Richard Satava, a general surgeon and Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, and a former senior science advisor at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.  “They are targeting the younger generation of doctors—many that have fewer resources and the greatest need.”

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of multi-specialty surgeons, including general surgery, urology, OB-GYN and others, SLS advocates for minimally invasive surgery and improved surgical outcomes for all these specialties. It is a voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of roughly 6,000 surgeons. www.sls.org

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

OFF STAGE PRODUCTIONS to hold auditions for
“Buying the Moose” Feb 14th and 16th

Off Stage Productions, a community theatre company providing quality and affordable dinner theatre, proudly announces open auditions for its Spring production "Buying the Moose", written by Michael G. Wilmot.  This comedy will be Co-Directed by Matt MtCastle and Dustin Manson.

OPEN AUDITIONS are set for Sunday, Feb. 14th and Tuesday, Feb.16th at 7 PM at the Van Wert Senior Center located at 220 Fox Road, Van Wert. We will be looking to cast 4 adults (2 male, 2 female). No prior acting experience necessary to audition.  Scripts are available for review before auditions at Premier Financial, 211 S. Walnut Street, Van Wert. Call 419-605-6708 for more information. Performance dates will be April 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1 & 6.

 

After his wife discovers him with a blow up doll which is wearing one of her dresses, Rob is out in the cold when she, for some reason, assumes the worst!  Rob connects with his brother Greg while his wife connects with Greg's wife.  The result is a comedy with heart and personal discoveries.

 

Michael G. Wilmot, a resident of London, Ontario, is a former free-lance writer for Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” monologue and Kevin Nealon on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” before turning to playwriting in 2007.  His works have been presented in England, Canada and The United States.

 

Characters:

ROB:

GREG: (Rob’s brother).

BETTY: (Rob’s wife)

CHERYL: (Greg’s wife)

Characters can be any adult age providing their ages make sense relative to the other characters.

Come audition for our Spring show! Prepare to join the group and have the time of your life while entertaining patrons in a relaxing and comfortable setting! Stay tuned for forthcoming announcements indicating show times and reservation information of the six shows held at the Senior Center at 220 Fox Road, Van Wert, OH. Off Stage Productions can be found online at http://www.offstagetheatre.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OffStageProductions

Find out more about us. Contact one of our members. Find out what it really means to be “Buying the Moose”!

 

 

 
February 2, 2016

 

 
 
 
 
Parkway Winter Homecoming Queen Jasmine Forman
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures!

 
Click Here for more of Nikki's Homecoming Photos
 
 
 

What Would You Do?
By Vickie Smith and Spiritual Care Commission at Praise Point Church

Imagine if your life was turned upside down with the news that you are not going to get any better and the only chance of seeing your daughters grow up is to have a double lung transplant. Well that was a real life situation for Brad and Nikki Swander. Brad has been battling with a lung disease (Pulmonary Fibrosis) and went searching for the answers that might give him some hope.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a condition in which the tissue deep in your lungs becomes scarred over time. The tissue gets thick and stiff and makes it hard for you to catch your breath, and your blood may not get enough oxygen.  All of the body’s functions depend on delivery of a steady supply of oxygen. In some cases, doctors can determine the cause of the fibrosis, but in many cases, the cause remains unknown.

There is no cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis and every individual diagnosed has a unique experience with the disease. Some patients remain in stable condition for an extended period of time and others may experience a rapid progression of symptoms.   

The research in his case has been going on for over a year now. Brad was really sick and was going through several surgeries before the diagnosis was that he needed to be put on oxygen. He so much wanted to be able to go back to work but was not going to be able to until he improved enough to be off oxygen. Well that day never came, and the need for oxygen became a lifeline for Brad. Brad is now living with the reality that he will be on oxygen until he has his double lung transplant surgery. Even though Brad has been approved for the double transplant surgery, he has to overcome many tests and levels before he can actually be on the official list.

Well that makes for many challenges as a father of three daughters (Amber, Madison and Grace). Brad has had to quit work and Nikki continues to work to support the family. The expenses for the continued medical tests, upcoming surgery, travel to and from Indianapolis and supporting a family of five continues to be a challenge for the family. The communities where Brad and Nikki live have really stepped up to do several benefits to assist in the financial burden. The Parkway Basketball team had a spaghetti dinner benefit and the Willshire Youth Activities had a 50/50 drawing at their Basket Bingo event. Brad and Nikki attend the Praise Point Church in Willshire and the church family as well is holding an event to assist the family.  The event is a Soup & Sandwich dinner on Saturday, Feb. 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 555 Decatur Rd. in Willshire. The Spiritual Care Commission is organizing this event with a variety of soups, sandwiches and desserts. They are also holding a silent auction with many items that have been donated to raise money for the Swander family. If you are interested in coming, the cost is a “FREE WILL” donation to the family and all money raised will help with medical costs.  If you are interested in helping or donating to this event, please contact 419-495-2769. If you are interested in following Brad’s journey, like “Breathe For Brad” on Facebook.

 

Click Here for a Licensed Practical Nursing Position to be filled

 

 

Driver Training Classes to Begin!

MR. E’s DRIVING SCHOOL

CLASSROOM TIMES            Spring 2016

 

SAT.           Feb.  20th              8:00 AM  – 12:15 PM

 MON.          Feb.  22nd               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM          

 TUE.           Feb.  23rd                3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM      

 WED.          Feb.  24th               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM       

 THUR.        Feb.  25th               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM       

 FRI.            Feb.  26th               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM

 SAT.           Feb.  27th               8:00 AM –  12:15 PM

Make up dates are Feb. 29th  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.

 

 
Community Health Professionals of Mercer County
Hosting Dinner and Auction to Benefit Hospice

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, the Community Health Professionals of Mercer County will be hosting a Dinner and Auction to Benefit their Hospice Patients. Featuring Ken Groves, a comedian/Ventriloquist, the event will be held at The Overdrive, south of Celina on State Route 127. Doors open at 5 PM. Dinner is at 6 PM. Show will follow. Live and silent auctions will be throughout the evening. All seats are reserved. Early Bird Tickets are on sale now for $20 until February 22. From February 23 to March 4th the price goes up to $25 each. Deadline is Friday March 4th. Call 419-586-1999 to order tickets and for more information.
 
 

 
February 1, 2016

 

 
 

Congratulations to Parkway Winter Homecoming Queen and Court

Junior Attendant Claudia Etgen, Senior Attendant Alli Harner, Queen Jasmine Forman, Senior Attendant Allison Pancake, Sophomore Attendant Tayah Renner, Freshman Attendant Molly Baltzell.

Thank you Nikki Fox for this great shot of the royal young ladies at the New Knoxville Game and ceremony on Friday, January 29, 2016. More pictures are coming!

 
 
 

Parkway February 2016 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

Come to the Genealogy Society Meeting
Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 will be the next meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society. The guest speaker will be Sam Schmitz.  He will explain how to compile a professional looking, Family History Book. Schmitz will cover topics such as design and layout, what should you include, tips on technical knowledge required, and insight on reducing the need for expensive equipment. He will also share what is needed to have a book printed. This program was postponed from January due to weather. The group meets at the Richardson Bretz Building next to the Celina Library on Fulton Street in Celina.  The public is welcome to attend this free event.

 

 

Support Panther Baseball – Buy Panther Apparel

It's that time again! The annual Baseball apparel fundraiser is back! Order forms have been passed out in all elementary school homeroom classes. Forms are also available to be picked up by students and community members in the middle school and high school offices.

There is also a link on the Parkway Local Schools website so forms can be printed off. The website is www.parkwayschools.org.

Under “Athletics” there is a link for the “Baseball Fundraiser 2016”. Click on that link to find the order form and pictures of the items. Orders will not be accepted via email so please have the form filled out with the correct money amount and turned in to Coach Clouse in any of the offices by Wednesday February 24th.

We will send the Items home with your student and notify the community with a Ohio Alert when the items have been received.  We have used the money raised from this fundraiser to help purchase uniforms, training equipment, and make improvements to Don Black Field.

 

Thanks for your support!

Coach Luke Clouse

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Properly Calculating School Performance

Recently, our children have come under increased pressure due to a drastic increase in school testing. With the number of testing hours reaching a threshold that bordered on unhealthy for our children, it was clear that the legislature needed to step in to help reduce the stress level placed on the students.

This is why I introduced House Bill 7 last year, which provided safe harbor to students taking the PARCC test. The PARCC test, which has since been a proven failure, already had a safe harbor provision for the teachers and districts, however HB 7 extended that protection to those who need it the most; our children.

Even though HB 7 proposed safe harbor for students many families still chose to “opt-out” their children.  The PARCC test was an unproven, untested examination. Following the failure of this test Ohio lawmakers voted to end the PARCC testing ensuring it will not be used in the future.

The state education report card grade is scheduled to be released in February, posing problems for local districts because scores will reflect zeros for students who did not take the PARCC. Projections show that our local schools will see their scores drop as much as 40 points ranking them as D’s or F’s because bureaucrats have refused to recognize the impact of the opposition to PARCC testing.

In order to right this wrong, I am pushing for a bill that will require the Ohio Department of Education to adjust the performance index score on the state report card for students who opted out of the failed PARCC test. This is an emergency measure that needs to be passed this month so our students are not unfairly punished for opting-out of an inadequate standardized test. Without emergency legislation, the Ohio Department of Education will release false scores, eliminating the legislature’s intent for a safe harbor.

We have the best and brightest education minds right here in west-central Ohio. I am confident that if these education professionals come together to develop a program, Ohio will certainly prove to have superior public education.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyjanuary2016

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 29-31, 2016

 

 
 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center continues with Weight Management Support Program
Meats & Spices 101

 

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special, FREE event and support group titled ‘Meats & Spices 101 on Monday, February 8, at 6:00pm at Mercer Health’s West Campus location.  This month’s free class is presented by Barb Hennard, MA, Extension Educator of Family and Consumer Sciences at The Ohio State Extension Office. This program will discuss what types of spices pair best with which types of foods, how to make your own spice mix, as well as how to buy and prepare the best cut, or leanest types, of meats.

 

The Mercer Health Weight Management Center also continues to offer several other Weight Management programs throughout the year.  The following programs are now available through Mercer Health’s Weight Management Center:

1)      The weight loss surgery program continues to grow, and now includes laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery.  The required informational seminar is now available online anytime at www.mercer-health.com

2)      Rev It Up!® Weight Management is a 9-week interactive lifestyle program led by our registered dietitian that covers topics such as behavior modification, hunger and fullness signals, fluid needs, meal timing, aerobic exercise, and more. The next 9-week session begins in March.

3)      The Medifast® Program offers a structured meal plan that incorporates specially formulated Medifast meal replacement and snack products to achieve a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet.  To begin the Medifast program, view the required “Introduction to Medifast” class online anytime at www.mercer-health.com.

4)      The MedGem Indirect Calorimeter is a handheld device that determines an individual’s resting metabolic rate.  This test also includes an interpretation with a registered dietitian to determine an appropriate caloric level for weight loss.  Tests are scheduled on a patient by patient basis.

5)      The monthly Weight Management Support Group Program is held the second Monday of each month at 6:00pm at Mercer Health West Campus meeting room.

 

To register for the Support Program, or for more information about this program or other Weight Management Programs available at Mercer Health, contact the Weight Management Center at 419-678-8446.  

 

 

 
 

Relay for Life Fundraiser

The Ohio City “Relay for Life” team is having a fundraiser this Saturday, January 30th at the Community Building on 118. There will be a Soup and Sandwich supper that starts at 6:00 pm, along with Texas Hold ‘em tournament sign-up, followed by music from 7:00 on. The team will also be having a reverse raffle with tickets that cost twenty dollars. There will be eight pay-offs for a total of $1,250.  There will also be miscellaneous basket raffles throughout the night.

The “Adam Andrews Blues Band” will begin at 7:00 followed by “Three on the Tree”. There will be a cash bar with all proceeds going to the cancer research. For more information contact the Village of Ohio City: 419-965-2255

 

 
 

LIMA POWWOW

NATIVE WEDDING PERFORMED SATURDAY

HONORING ALL VETERANS - ALL WARS AND CONFLICTS

The 7th annual Lima “Honoring Our Native Heritage” Powwow, will be held February 20th and 21st 2016 at the United Auto Workers Hall, 1440 Bellefontaine Ave, Lima, OH. The doors open at 10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday. Grand entry will be at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Saturday and at 1:00 PM on Sunday.
The UAW Hall is off OH 309, at the 309, 117, and Kibby Street Intersection. Bellefontaine Ave. ends at the UAW Hall. Coming off I-75 it is exit 125 from the South and 125 B from the North. The UAW Hall number is 419-224-6791.

Co-host Drums for the powwow are Sky Hawk and Southern Singers. Other invited drum, Chaske Ho`tain; Head dancers are Justin Kwascigroh and Shawnee Waters. George Reiter is the announcer, Shawn Reilly, the Head Veteran, and the Arena Director is Aaron Stevens
SPECIAL THIS YEAR; A NATIVE WEDDING SATURDAY around 4:30-5:00 PM.

An auction of Native crafts, etc. donated by the vendors, will be held during short intervals throughout both days.

There will be vendors from several states in the United States, Canada, and South America with their offerings of many varieties of hand made Native American merchandise. They will have everything from beads and craft supplies, fur and leather clothing to tomahawks, knives, and bow and arrows, turquoise jewelry, t-shirts, and art work.

Of course, there will be the Indian frybread and Indian tacos, Buffalo burgers, Shawnee dogs, corn soup, nachos/cheese, fried dill pickles and more to warm you and satisfy those hunger pangs.

The admission fee is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for those over 62 and children between the ages of 6 and 12. Those under 6 and over 90 are free.

A powwow is spiritual, exciting, entertaining, beautiful and educational, all in one, under one roof. A moving experience you won’t want to miss! Come feel the heartbeat of the drum and learn more about the Native ways. The public will be invited to participate in many of the dances, and don’t miss the candy dance for the youngsters!

Host motel for the powwow is The Howard Johnson Hotel, 419-222-0004.

For information, call or e-mail Phyllis Davis-Kill 419-203-0377, killphyllis@yahoo.com or John Thompson, 419-587-3474. Vendor information call or e-mail Terri Brewster 419-648-9230, or dancing_fawn@watchtv.net

 

 

Rockford Village Council meets on January 19, 2016 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
Committees were discussed in length with mission statements and codes of conduct.
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  Interurban car, for Western Ohio Railway, at corner of Main and Monroe Streets, New Bremen.  Credit:  “Auglaize County Postcard Image,” by George L. Neargarder , published by the Auglaize County Historical Society, 2008.

 

When we were visiting the New England States, we came across this Museum of old Interurban cars for the Electric Railways.  I purchased a copy of the book, “The Lima Route,” by Scott D. Trostel, published by CAM-TECH Pub., Fletcher, Ohio.  Trostel wrote about several lines of the Electric Railway in Western Ohio, whereby I found some of the resources about the Western Ohio Railway.  After we toured the Museum, we rode the restored Interurban cars on the old tracks, and then we were able to walk through a barn with restored cars as well as cars waiting to be restored.  The old wood was sanded and varnished to perfection and the old brass was polished to shine in the sunlight.

 

Sometimes people confuse the term “Restoration,” with the word, “Refinish.”  “Restoration” means to restore an object back to its original condition, as much as possible, by using old parts, measuring exactly if parts have to be made, and by using original colors.  To “Refinish” an object means to clean it up, and use any modern means necessary to “make it look good,” whether it is exactly like the original. . . or not.  When I state that the Interurban Cars had been restored, those cars truly looked exactly like brand new vehicles, just built over a Century ago!

 

The Western Ohio Electric Railway provided transportation to and from communities throughout Ohio.  Most cities became centers for the Electric Railways and people could travel by one Interurban and then change cars at another city.  Nearby Lima and Dayton had Electric Railway Centers.  The Western Ohio Railway opened between Wapakoneta and St. Marys, and between St. Marys and Minster in 1902.  The first scheduled public movement of cars out of New Bremen was reported on April 29, 1902.  The Line opened to Minster on May 19, 1902.

 

By July 1902, the ten mile extension from St. Marys to Celina had opened, paralleling Grand Lake.  For those of you who remember, a car barn and a freight house stood on the southeast corner of East Market and Cherry Street intersection.  When construction workers were tearing down the building, the men told that they came across some of the original tracks, a few feet down!  I was surprised that Market Street level had become that much higher this past century.

 

In 1903, the Electric Railway opened from Wapakoneta to Piqua.  By 1905, the link was made to Toledo.  In 1911, the Minster and Loramie Railway opened.  The 1986 “Timeline” magazine by the Ohio Historical Society, carried an article by H. Roger Grant, about the Interurban.  Grant wrote that by World War I, the Interurban mileage in Ohio peaked at 2,798 miles, a national record.  He commented that three decades later, the Interurban was mostly a memory.

 

In “Auglaize County Postcard Images,” Neargarder wrote the following history:  “In 1931, the Western Ohio abandoned its equipment and the tracks were removed in New Bremen.  The Minster Line was discontinued in 1932.  At St. Marys, the Western Ohio Power Plant generated electricity for the Western Ohio Railway Company Traction Line.  It was located behind the Interurban car barn at 625 South Wayne Street. The plant generated power for the entire system from 1900 to 1932 and provided power to many nearby communities as well.  The plant was torn down in 1958.”  George Neargarder has served as an excellent County Historian to Auglaize County Communities, not only in working with the Auglaize County Historical Society, but also in collecting and preserving the history of Auglaize County.  His books can be found at the Auglaize County Historical Museum, and at the area Libraries.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 
January 26-28, 2016

 

 
 
Reminder:  the next Rockford Bicentennial Committee Meeting will be held on Monday -  February 1st at 7 pm - Village Hall and Museum.
 
 
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties would like to welcome some new faces.  Nikki Sawmiller, on the left, joined the Board of Directors at the January meeting.  She lives in Wapakoneta with her husband Jerry and their three children.  She is employed by the Wapak Police Department and recently danced in the BBBS Dancing with the Big Stars event. She joined the Board of Directors because she enjoys doing community activities to promote her city and the positive interactions she has had with BBBS.  Molly Hay, on the right, became the Executive Director at the recent Board Meeting.  Molly and her husband Jim live in Celina. She has experience as an Elementary Principal and recently retired from Wright State University. She has been on the Board of Directors for the past 15 years and is looking forward to this new career.  She is passionate about the youth in our community and is excited about the future of BBBS.  If you would like to know more information about BBBS, please call 419-584-2447.

 
 
 

Annual Chamber Awards Banquet

The Annual Awards Banquet of the Celina Mercer County Chamber will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at the Galleria in Celina.   Social time will begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 6pm.  The program will begin at 7pm with awards given out after the guest speaker’s presentation.     

We are excited to announce our speaker this year is Bruce Boguski.  Bruce was in a car accident at the age of 18 and was paralyzed from the neck down.  After two years, he regained full use of his body and went on to become a two-time Ohio state champion in racquetball and played on a state championship softball team.  He has been a baseball coach and assistant football coach at the high school level, as well as a tennis coach at the college level.

Today, he spends most of his time making speeches throughout North America.  He has made over 1,800 presentations to student groups, educators, associations, chambers of commerce, large and small corporations, secretarial groups, and government agencies.   He is one of the most "in-demand" speakers in the country, doing nearly 100 presentations each year.  Bruce is the author of several recent books and CDs….he is also a huge proponent of living a healthy lifestyle.

Sponsors for this year’s awards banquet are Cooper Farms, Second National Bank,
WCSM Radio, and Celina Tent. 

Chamber awards applications are being taken and must be in by Friday, February 12th. 
The four awards are Business of the Year, Citizens of the Year, Humanitarian and Achievement Awards.  Award applications have been inserted into this newsletter.  They are also available online at www.celinamercer.com.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 each or you can purchase a corporate table of

eight for $195.  RSVPs are due by Feb. 21st.  Call the Celina Mercer County Chamber for tickets or further information at 419 586-2219 or email info@celinamercer.com.

 

 

 

Private Pesticide Applicator License Recertification and Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Available

Farmers who hold a Private Pesticide Applicator License that expires in 2016 can attend one of two recertification trainings being offered in Van Wert County.

The 2016 Recertification Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) dates are Friday, February 5 and Wednesday, March 9, 2016.  Each recertification training date also has an accompanying 2-hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT).  The 2-hour FACT sessions are ONLY for farmers/producers who already hold an Ohio private pesticide applicator license.

The February 5 training begins with recertification PAT in the morning.  Presentations start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and continue to noon.  Please plan on arriving before 8:45 a.m. for check-in/registration/paying of fees.  The FACT Training will be conducted in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Both trainings will be held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, OH in the Jr. Fair building.  Enter the fairgrounds through Gate 2.

The March 9 trainings, a late afternoon-evening program, will be held at the Delphos Eagles Aerie #471 Hall, 1600 East 5th Street, Delphos, OH.  This program will start with the 2-hour FACT training at 3:00 p.m.  The PAT training will follow in the evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Again 2-hour FACT trainings are only for those who currently hold an Ohio Pesticide Applicator License. 

Both facilities are handicap accessible.  Each session will offer a full recertification for CORE and Categories 1 (Field Crops), 2 (Forage Crops & Livestock), 6 (Fumigation), and 7 (Specialty Uses), plus special arrangements for those carrying Categories 3 (Fruit & Vegetable Crops), 4 (Nursery & Forest Crops including Christmas Trees) and 5 (Greenhouse).  These categories will be scheduled after the standard recertification session.  A $35 fee is charged for the PAT trainings.  FACT trainings are free.  OSU Extension encourages anyone planning to attend either the February 5 or March 9 trainings to pay at the OSU office in advance of the meeting to speed up registration on the day of the meeting.  If one does not pay in advance, the fee will be collected at the door.  Pre-registration is highly encouraged to allow for preparation for the meeting. 

If neither session in Van Wert County fits within your schedule, please visit http://pested.osu.edu for a list of neighboring counties and their corresponding recertification sessions or call or visit the Extension Office for assistance.  Please note that sessions outside of Van Wert County may require pre-registration as well.

These sessions are for farmers and others who already possess a Private Pesticide Applicators License.  There are NO Commercial Pesticide Applicator credits available at these meetings.  Commercial pesticide applicators need to attend one of the State Commercial Pesticide Applicator Conferences.  Farmers and others wishing to obtain a new pesticide license should visit http://pested.osu.edu/privatelicense.html for more information.

For additional information on pesticide applicator license recertification or for information on obtaining a pesticide applicator license, please contact Curtis Young, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419-238-1214 or email young.2@osu.edu.


  

 

 

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

Business Consulting          Customized Workforce Training   Advanced Manufacturing Training

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

Non-credit Class Offerings at WSU-Lake Campus

 

EXCEL FOR BUSINESS

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

Dates:             Basic/Intermediate: February 1 & 3, 2016; Time: 5 to 8 p.m.; {6 hrs.}; Room 192 Dwyer Hall

            Intermediate/Advanced: February 8 & 10, 2016; Time 5 to 8 p.m.; {6 hrs.} Room 192 Dwyer Hall

Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Wright State University-Lake Campus

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

 

RESUMES & INTERVIEWS

Is your resume a little out of date? Are your interviewing skills a little rusty? Allow Carol and Rachel to get you up-to-date with current resume formatting trends. Learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of interviewing. Create or refresh your resume to clearly reflect your skills and abilities. Prepare yourself to ace an interview while presenting yourself professionally. All ages, majors, and careers are welcome to attend. This class is FREE to current Wright State University students and Alumni! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to prepare yourself now for a better future!

Class Date: February 11, 2016; 4:00-6:00 p.m. {2 hours}; Room: 229 Dwyer Hall      ~or~

                              February 27, 2016; 9:30-11:30 a.m. {2 hours}; Room 111 Trenary Hall

Instructors: Carol Jones & Rachel Stoker; Wright State University-Lake Campus;

Cost $35 p/person; Free to WSU Students & Alumni

 

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

 

Drug Facts Week

Brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition and the Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Group. For more information or to find out how to become involved, contact Laura at Foundations Behavioral Health Services.  419-584-1000.

             

Fact 1:

When prescription drugs are abused, they can be addictive &put the person at risk for harmful health effects, such as overdose.

There are three kinds of prescription drugs that are commonly abused.

Opioids—painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, or codeine

Depressants—like those used to relieve anxiety or help a person sleep, such as Valium or Xanax

Stimulants—like those used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin

-Prescription drugs are often a bridge to heroin. Many people get addicted to prescription drugs, then turn to heroin because it’s cheaper to buy on the streets and sometimes more accessible.

 

Fact 2:

Drinking alcohol (or using other drugs) is more harmful to teens than adults because their brains are still developing throughout adolescence and well into young adulthood. Drinking during this critical growth period can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills (ability to move) and coordination.

Teens that begin drinking at age 15 or younger are 4 times more likely to become an alcoholic than someone who begins drinking at age 21.

Fact 3:

 

 

Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke and other places they are found:

Acetone – found in nail polish remover.

Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye.

Ammonia – a common household cleaner.

Arsenic – used in rat poison.

Benzene – found in rubber cement.

Butane – used in lighter fluid.

 

Fact 4:

One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another. Also, "1 in 11 people who have ever used marijuana will become dependent on it; this risk rises to one in six when use begins in adolescence" (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy).

 

Fact 5: Nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco and is used in e-cigarettes as well, and it’s what makes it addictive. Nicotine reaches the brain within 8 seconds after someone inhales tobacco smoke. Nicotine can also enter the bloodstream through the mucous membranes that line the mouth (if tobacco is chewed) or nose (if snuff is used), and even through the skin. Pure nicotine could easily send someone into cardiac arrest if consumed by itself, but it’s mixed with other chemicals to lessen the effects.

 

Fact 6: There is no known "safe" amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. Alcohol use appears to be the most harmful during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy; however, drinking alcohol anytime during pregnancy can be harmful to both the mother and the developing baby.

 

Fact 7: Regular alcohol or other drug use changes the functioning of the brain. Using substances repeatedly can result in:

Tolerance—more of the drug is needed to achieve the same “high”

Dependence—the need to continue use of the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms

Addiction—a devastating brain disease where, without proper treatment, people can’t stop using drugs even when they really want to and even after it causes terrible consequences to their health and other parts of their lives

 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 
January 23-25, 2016

 

 
 
 

VOLLEYBALL: STEINBRUNNER APPEARS TWICE IN UPDATED NAIA RECORD BOOK

By Kyle Wright

Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director

 

Morgan Steinbrunner enjoyed one of the most efficient hitting days in NAIA volleyball history.

Twice.

In the same year.

Two of Steinbrunner's performances from her recently completed junior year in the Indiana University East volleyball program appear in the updated NAIA volleyball Top 10s record book.

Steinbrunner's hitting average of. 889 in the Red Wolves' win against Governors State University on Sept. 26 was the fifth-best single-match hitting percentage in NAIA history.

Three weeks later, Steinbrunner hit for an .875 average in an Oct. 17 victory against Brescia University - tied for the eighth-best single-match hitting percentage in NAIA history.

A player must have a minimum of 15 attacks in a match to qualify for the "Highest Hitting Percentage" section of the NAIA record book. Steinbrunner (Rockford, Ohio/Parkway High School) is the only player who appears twice in the "Highest Hitting Percentage" top 10.

"This is kind of unreal, honestly," Steinbrunner said when shown her name in the updated record book. "Even as a little kid, you dream of being a person who does something like that in college.

"I felt my game improved this season, and it is just the best feeling in the world to see that kind of recognition in the record books."

Steinbrunner put away 16 kills and 18 attempts without an error in IU East's three-set victory against Governors State, a match played at Purdue University Calumet.

"I actually didn't think I was doing very well," Steinbrunner remembered. "And then after about my 10th swing, I thought, 'OK, I'm in a rhythm.' Once I felt like that, I knew it was going to be a good match."

Steinbrunner had 14 kills in 16 attempts without an error three weeks later at home against Brescia - and the Red Wolves needed every one of those kills to rally for a four-set win.

"That one, I came out and was ready and could feel it was going to be a good match," Steinbrunner said. "I think I was hitting 1.000 up until the third set, and Coach (Abby Niekamp) didn't want to show me the stats because she didn't want to jinx it."

Steinbrunner finished her junior season with 2.13 kills and 0.87 blocks per set - both career bests.

“Morgan is one of the hardest working players I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and to see her being recognized for some of her accomplishments is a true testament to that," Niekamp said. "One goal that she’s set for herself is becoming a consistent go-to hitter. I think being able to see that goal play out in record form will only increase her motivation going into her senior year. I look forward to seeing her on that list again next year."

IU East is an NAIA program. IU East is one of 14 NAIA programs with 20 or more wins in each of the past seven seasons.

 

Link to record book: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/RegularSeason/VB_RegularSeason.pdf?SPSID=640698&SPID=96227&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27900

 

 

Main Street Van Wert announces return of popular Downtown Chocolate Walk
Van Wert, OH

Your next visit downtown might be a little bit sweeter! The MSVW merchant committee is pleased to announce the return of the Downtown Chocolate Walk, Friday evening, February 5th. Participating businesses will be open for this special event from 4-8pm. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for a pair, and must be purchased or reserved in advance.

The evening of the event, ‘chocolate walkers’ will begin at the MSVW office to pick up a special Chocolate Bag & map. Then relax and savor the evening while strolling at your leisure through the participating businesses downtown. Show your event bag at each Chocolate Stop on the map to sample or collect nearly 20 chocolate treats! A horse drawn trolley will help make sure walkers visit every location on the map. The evening will conclude at the Wassenberg Art Center, with gourmet chocolate samples, wine tasting, and live music.

A full list of participating businesses will be announced 1 week before the event. Ticket holders will visit businesses they are familiar with & learn about ones they may not know. What a fun way to visit someplace new or get reacquainted with the stores & offices downtown.

Grab your friends or invite someone special and enjoy this excursion through downtown Van Wert. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased in person at the MSVW office, 136 E. Main Street, or at Truly D’vine Bread Co, 117 W Main Street, in Van Wert. Tickets may also be reserved over the phone. For more information, visit www.mainstreetvanwert.org or call 419-238-6911.

 

 

 

 

Kim Brandt Organizes Calvary Preschool 9-1-1 Program

Calvary Preschool recently hosted the 9-1-1 Program, organized by Kim Brandt. The boys and girls learned what to do in a real emergency situation through video and hands-on practice of dialing 9-1-1. The children practiced the numbers, then dialed them on a telephone. This gave the boys and girls an opportunity to practice a conversation with an actual dispatcher. The Calvary Preschool teachers and students were grateful to Kim and Shelly for offering this important information and application.

Calvary Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. For more information, contact director Marilyn Agler at the preschool office at 567-259-3103 or e-mail marilyn@calvaryelife.org. The preschool is located one mile west on Business Route 224 at Sidle Road in Van Wert, 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road.

 

 
 

Rockford Chamber Seeks Christmas Decorative Lights and Greenery
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations of new/used Christmas lights and /or greenery  to be used for next year’s Christmas at the Park.   At this time, we do not need other types of decorations.   

CAN we make one more suggestion, the Rockford Chamber will also accept aluminum CANS to recycle, with all proceeds directly benefiting future Christmas displays.  

Donations can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office at 151 E Columbia St.  

 

 
 

Youth Group Charity Auction Planned for Missions
St John Lutheran Church Youth Group has their annual Charity Auction on Sunday, January 31st  at 1:00PM at the Church’s Family Life Center.  Our doors and concession stand open at Noon.

The youth hold this auction to raise money for their mission trip in June.  On the trip, the High School youth perform minor home repairs such as building wheelchair ramps, porch and roof repair and painting for the  low income and elderly.  In addition to the repairs, the youth share their faith with the residents of the homes by inviting them to share a lunch and take part in daily devotions. 

There will be lots and lots of wonderful items to be auctioned.  The items include new and used furniture, household items, collectables, gift certificates for local services, restuarents, and department stores and much more.  Also there is a concession stand serving delicious home made food including sandwiches and pie.  Everyone in the community is welcome to come and join in the fun.  Any questions please contact Cindy Snyder at 419-586-2332.

 

RADC MEMBERS AND FUTURE MEMBERS

The next meeting is Monday January 25th at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement. Board Directors please confirm your attendance by Friday afternoon.

 

Celebrating 40 years of Workforce Education!

Vantage Career Center --1976-2016

BY STACI KAUFMAN, VANTAGE SUPERINTENDENT

Your Choice. Your Career. Your Success.

Your area career center. Need I say more? Vantage connects real people with real jobs, helping make real livelihoods for students and their families. We’ve been helping high school students and adult learners for 40 years. And we know what it means to you.

As superintendent, I always enjoy the real life stories of people whose lives have been touched by Vantage staff and the skills we provide. Our staff helps students who are working full-time jobs, who come to school sleepy, and share their paychecks with a single parent, to help make ends meet. We help young people who know what they want to do in life and throw themselves wholeheartedly into their education at Vantage to make that dream come true. We encourage some students to stick with it, come to school, go to work, and know it WILL make a difference. And there’s no greater joy than listening to these students thank a teacher or staff member for helping them to steer them on the right path.

As a lifetime educator, I also know career technical education is a vital part of local workforce development and economic development. Why? Because Vantage alumni tend to stay in our local communities, working as auto technicians, welders, secretaries and office support, network systems analysts, programmers, machinists, cosmetologists, and healthcare STNA’s. There are so many jobs that our students and alumni fill. They live local, spending their paychecks in our communities, and helping our local businesses to survive. Retention and expansion of local business is 90 percent of economic development. Especially in rural Ohio. And Vantage alumni ARE a huge percentage of our community.

Vantage offers high school training in 16 different career programs, as well as a variety of customized training for interested employers, and full-time workforce programs for displaced workers and anyone who wants a career change. Real people in real jobs. People connecting with their local communities. Vantage staff “get it”. We’ve done it for 40 years--and as superintendent, I have the pleasure of spreading the good news about our caring staff and awesome school.

The Vantage career technical planning district covers Van Wert and Paulding counties, and parts of Putnam and Mercer counties.  Vantage provides juniors, seniors and adults of all ages, with entry-level and advanced job skills to find employment. We’re proud of what we do. Our staff knows it’s about real people wanting to improve their lives, looking for a better job, or their first job, or a second income to start their own business or help out at home.

Thank you for supporting Vantage and our mission for the past 40 years. I invite you to attend our Open House on Monday evening, February 22, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm and celebrate our 40th year of changing lives. 

 

PUCO to hold aggregation workshop at Rockford Carnegie Library

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 21, 2016) – Have you been approached by door-to-door energy marketers or received literature in the mail about shopping for your electricity or natural gas? Want to learn more and feel confident that the decision you make is right for you and your family?

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s (PUCO) Office of Retail Competition conducts free, educational events throughout the state to provide consumers with unbiased, understandable information about Ohio’s energy market. Zack Frymier, public information officer for the PUCO, will conduct an informal workshop concerning local government aggregation in Rockford. The event will take place January 26th from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Rockford Carnegie Library (162 S Main Street, Rockford).

Mr. Frymier will highlight local government aggregation proposals in Rockford and how it fits into the opportunity that consumers have to choose an electric or natural gas supplier. Residents are encouraged to drop-in throughout the length of the workshop for answers to questions regarding any utility.

Additional topics will include PUCO resources that assist Ohioans in understanding the state’s utility structure, consumer protection tips, consumer rights and responsibilities, payment assistance programs and local government aggregation. In 2014, the PUCO received 76,402 calls and initiated 13,421 investigations, saving Ohio consumers $683,701. 

In addition to providing educational presentations, the PUCO hosts the Energy Choice Ohio website, which has page after page of information and tools to help Ohio’s energy consumers to understand energy choice in Ohio. By visiting thewebsite consumers can utilize the PUCO’s Apples to Apples comparison charts offering unbiased, true apples to apples comparisons of offers available to consumers.

The PUCO Office of Retail Competition

With a number of legislative changes in the electric utility industry in Ohio over the past 16 years, the PUCO recognizes the need to educate consumers on the retail competition of utility services. With this recognition the PUCO created the Office of Retail Competition (ORC) in July of 2012. The mission of the Office of Retail Competition is to improve awareness, trust and understanding of market-based utility service in Ohio.

 

 
 

 
January 21-22, 2016

 

 
 
Jonathan Pabis Graduates from Columbus Police Academy and Ohio State University

Jonathan Pabis, son of Paul Pabis and Holly Wood of Massachusetts, celebrated two graduations in 2015. On May 9, 2015 he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the OSU Fisher College of Business. He then entered the Columbus Police Academy in July as a member of the 124th Recruit Class and graduated in a ceremony (with 31 classmates) on January 15, 2016. A pinning ceremony was held on January 14 with his mother pinning on the new badge while his father and sister, Stephanie Pabis, looked on. Joining the family at the pinning were his Aunt Sheila Baltzell, Mark Linn, his cousin, Tom Baltzell and children, Sam, Jake and Lydia, and many friends from the Columbus area.

On Friday, Jonathan gave the official address for the 124th Recruit Class.

Attending the graduation were: his parents and sister, Tom and Ann Baltzell and Family and many Columbus-area friends. A party at a local restaurant was hosted by Paul and Holly in his honor following the event .

Jonathan has been hired as a police officer by the Columbus Police Department, which is celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Police Academy

Police Academy

OSU Graduation Party
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 20, 2016

 

 
 

The Rockford Belle Concert Season Begins

The Rockford Belle will be alive with entertainment, as 1st show of the 2016 Season gets underway, with BLIND DATE and special guests.

Mark your calendars for January 30th.  Doors open at 6 pm.  

Concert begins at 7 pm.
$7 donation at the door per person / 18 and under FREE. Discount rates for special needs will be accepted upon approval.

 
 
 
Family Fun Night Announced by St. Teresa Parish

A Family Fun Night is being planned by the members of St. Teresa Parish on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Rockford Community Building. There will be a dinner at 6 PM with a DJ following.  Drawings and Prizes will be given to children and adults throughout the evening. The event will be the official Kick-off for Monthly Money Madness Drawing. The community is invited to attend. Admission is $5-$15 (depending on age).

 
 
 
 
Congratulations to the hard-working 9th-12th grade students at Parkway High School
Click below to see who made:

Parkway High School Honor Roll
End of 2nd Quarter 2015-2016
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 19, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, January 19, 2016 ~ due to wind chill.

 
 

Red-Out for Heart Disease Coming to Van Wert Basketball Game

Van Wert High School and Van Wert County Hospital are sponsoring a Red Out during the Jan. 22 varsity basketball game to raise awareness about heart disease. The Red Out, an American Heart Association initiative, encourages spectators at the Van Wert versus Elida boys basketball game to wear red and learn more about the causes and symptoms of heart disease while enjoying the game.

Van Wert County Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings starting at 6:45 p.m. in the Van Wert High School cafeteria. Staff will also provide information about the signs and symptoms of heart disease.

Before the varsity basketball game tip-off, Van Wert head coach Mark Bagley and Elida head coach Denny Thompson will receive blood pressure screenings by Van Wert County Hospital staff at half court.  Van Wert Elementary School students will perform a special Jump Rope for Heart routine during halftime of the varsity game.

Heart disease claims more lives than the next four causes of death combined. On average, an American dies of heart disease every 35 seconds, according to the American Heart Association.

Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert High School want to join in the effort to provide more education to the community about heart disease and encourage all to take a free blood pressure screening during the Red Out on Jan. 22.

Additional sponsors of the event include: P & R Medical Connection, Vancrest Health Care Centers, Foster Family Chiropractic, Leland Smith Insurance Services, and Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 16-18, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


 

 
 
 
Congratulations to the hard-working 5th-8th Graders at Parkway Middle School
Click below to see who made:

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll
End of 2nd Quarter 2015-2016
 
 
Wanted– Pictures of Rockford Landmarks
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is in the process of updating the Chamber Business Directory for 2016.  We are looking for some nice photos of the Rockford area and landmarks – example Shanes Park.  If you have some photos that you would like to share, please email them to lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org.  We won’t be able to use all the photos submitted, but will give credit for photos that are used.    Thank you !
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

New Book on Mercer About Small Town Life for Sale

“Mercer Memories”, written by Rex and Carl Marsee,  is a true story about a Southern boy and his relatives growing up in a small town in Northwestern Ohio in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  It is a rather simple story about simpler times and individuals, who were far less complex, than are found in the 21st century.  It is about a time when WWII was coming to an end and the beginning of the ‘baby boomers of today were being born.”  It is about a time in American history, when families didn’t have a lot of money, but they had a lot of love and compassion for each other.



The books are for sale at the Shanes Crossing Historical Society located at the Rockford Village Office at 151 E Columbia St.  The books cost $10 each. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 14-15, 2016

 

 
 

The Rockford Belle Concert Season Begins

The Rockford Belle will be alive with entertainment, as 1st show of the 2016 Season gets underway, with BLIND DATE and special guests.

Mark your calendars for January 30th.  Doors open at 6 pm.  

Concert begins at 7 pm.
$7 donation at the door per person / 18 and under FREE. Discount rates for special needs will be accepted upon approval.

 
 

Parkway Junior High girls basketball game at Adams Central tonight now has a start time of 6:00pm

 

 
 

News and Events at the Rockford Carnegie Library

There will be an adult craft night next Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30.  Miniature flowers and butterflies will be created with wire and nail polish.  There is no fee for the program and anyone wishing to try this craft is welcome to come.

The next family program will be Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30.  "Popcorn and Penguins" will be featured.  January 19th is National Popcorn Day so popcorn will be the snack for the evening while creating a cool penguin.  For more information about these program call the library at 419-363-2630.

Maria Suhr is the featured artist on display this month.  The Lake Area Arts group has several local artists who rotate their artwork to the libraries in the county each month.  The collection can be seen in the library during open hours.  Maria is a photographer and has several pictures on display.

 

 
 

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF)
Awards Scholarship Donations from St. Marys K of C
Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

Celina, Ohio – For over 50 years, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) has responded to the educational needs of residents in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van Wert counties by providing the resources to allow residents access to college instruction. The foundation secured the funding to build and operate an institution of higher education. Since 1962, WOEF has remained strongly committed to the success of the Lake Campus.

St. Marys Knights of Columbus Council #1592, a long-time supporter of Wright State University-Lake Campus, contributed two (2) $150 Book Scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year. Since this is a matching scholarship, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation matches the sum given to a Lake Campus student which increases the total award to $300. Students competing for this scholarship, must be registered for a minimum of six (6) credit hours for the Spring Semester 2016. This award may be used to purchase books and/or supplies at the Barnes & Noble bookstore located at the Lake Campus.

Accepting the 2015-2016 award is Loretta K. Chavis of St. Marys and Kalie J. Tobin of Mendon. Chavis is pursuing a degree in Business and Tobin is pursuing a degree in Psychology. .

Photo: Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer is shown presenting the book scholarship check to Loretta K. Chavis and Kalie J. Tobin and looking on is Fred Shawhan, Scholarship Committee Chair of the St. Marys Knights of Columbus Council #1592, and Mike Makely, WOEF Board Secretary and Trustee. To find out more about WOEF scholarship program, log onto www.wright.edu/lake/woef.html.

 


Become a Baseball Umpire!
The Mid-west Buckeye Umpires' Association will  be hosting a training course for prospective baseball umpires interested in earning OHSAA certification for the upcoming 2016 season. Cost of the class is $135 - which includes all instructional materials, OHSAA membership fees, rule books, and annual membership dues to MBUA. Classes will be held at Van Wert High School on Monday evenings beginning February 8th and conlcuding on March 21st. Course registration and payment can be completed online by visiting www.myohsaa.org and clicking on the "REGISTER" link at the top of the page. Once you have created a free account, click on "Select a Course" and search for "Van Wert." For more information, contact Ron Golemon at (419)513-0439 or crg490@gmail.com. To ensure that course materials are received prior to the first class, please register by January 31st. 

 

 

Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Fixing a Broken Unemployment Compensation System

Throughout this past decade our nation and state has had financial ups and downs, which has caused people to rely on unemployment benefits. In Ohio, our system was maxed out with the federal government having to pay the bill during the last decade. Following this, taxes were raised on employers to make up that lost money. Although many Ohioans are back at work, we can’t forget about this situation and how we can fix the unemployment compensation system.

In order to prevent the need to borrow again in the future to support unemployment compensation, we must help our system reach the “Minimum Safe Level” (MSL), the size of our Unemployment Comp Emergency Fund. This will help us prepare for any future crisis if we continue to build it up, which would result in another tax increase if we didn’t have the money. The MSL is important for our state’s future and we must save accordingly.

Another task we must do is to reduce the number of weeks the system will cover. By doing this we are reducing the risk level, which reduces the costs to employers for the tax. Families across Ohio must prepare for these future employment emergencies and take responsibility.

I believe these changes will have an impact, causing a tax deduction. Employers recently saw an increase in their FUTA tax rates, making this reduction that much more crucial. The new system will gradually bring new employers into this new responsibility to fund this unemployment compensation system and will help new business owners. This will allow the job market to grow and bring a positive outlook to this once broken system.

Finally, for this all to work changes including adjusting specific ways the taxes are collected based on the number of employees an employer has will be undergone. Moving forward, Ohio will start to move into a better and more stable unemployment compensation system that benefits workers and employers. I hope this system will provide Ohio will a rainy day fund to use if an emergency ever did arise.

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Willshire Youth Basket Bingo
Looking for a fun way to spend a wintery afternoon?  The Willshire Youth Activities will be sponsoring “Basket Bingo & More” on Sunday, January 31st.  The event will be held at the Rockford Community Building.  Doors will open at 12:00 pm, with bingo beginning at 1:00 PM.  Tickets are $20, which includes 20 games of bingo.  The winner of each game of bingo will receive a Longaberger basket filled with a variety of items.  The baskets are being donated by area businesses, individuals, and organizations.  A raffle will also be held the day of the event with the winner receiving a Longaberger Hamper Basket with lid (valued at $290).  Homemade soup, sandwiches, and baked goods as well as chips and drinks will be available for purchase.  All proceeds will be used to support the summer ball program.  This event is in no way connected with nor is it sponsored by The Longaberger Company.  A 50/50 raffle will be held during the event with proceeds to benefit the Brad and Nikki Swander family.  Plan now to join in on this afternoon of fun.  Please invite a friend or neighbor to join you.  Bingo will be held unless Mercer County is under a level 3 snow emergency.  For further information, please call 419.495.2655.

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption: This Rockford Carnegie Public Library building, 162 S. Main St., Rockford, Ohio, was dedicated on May 1, 1913.  The first Library at Rockford was opened January 1, 1903.  (Photograph by Bob Maurer, Fiscal Officer, Rockford Carnie Library.)

 

On January 17, 1902, a number of ladies met at the home of Mrs. W.T. Barbour to consider the establishment of a Free Public Library in Rockford, and they organized the Rockford Library Association.  Members paid dues and held socials and entertainments to raise funds to establish a Library.  On January 1, 1903, the first Library Room was opened in the Dysert Opera House, which stood on the southwest corner of Main and Pearl Streets.  The Library may have been located in other rooms, also, prior to having the Carnegie Library location.

In 1904, the Village Council determined that the Association be given the yearly rent of $24.00 from the Town Hall and an annual appropriation of $175.00.  The Council also voted to add one-half cent for library purposes at the next general tax levy.  Citizens donated books and the Traveling Department of the State Library provided books.  Mrs. D.C. Kinder was selected as the regularly employed Librarian in 1905.  At first, the library was opened free to Rockford residents, with non-residents paying one dollar per year for library service.  By 1910, the library was free to all residents of Dublin Township. 

At that time, Miss Mary Downey, Representative from the State Library, suggested that the Rockford Librarian request funds from Andrew Carnegie to building a Library.  A ten thousand dollar grant was received from Carnegie and the Library was built on the present site.  The new building was opened on May 1, 1913. By 1969, the library was doubled in size when an addition was put on the back of the building.  In the 1978 “Mercer County History,” this Carnegie-Rockford Public Library was identified as the “smallest Carnegie Library in the Country.”   Today, this Library is the only Carnegie Library located in Mercer County.

The library was organized under the School Board plan in 1927.  Those serving as Librarian/Director were Mrs. Mary Kinder (1905-1934), Mrs. Vida Smith (1934-1940), Mrs. Elsie Koepple (1940-1950), Mrs. Ethel McSherry (1950-1972), Mrs. Harriet Pugh (1972-1974), Miss Marcia Winscott (1975-1988), Ms. Deborah Williams (1988-1989).  Mrs. Rozann Maurer has served as Librarian since 1989.

For this history, the four sources were the “Souvenir Journal, Rockford Sesquicentennial, Shanes Crossing, Mercer County, Ohio, 1820-1970,” the 1978 “History of Mercer County, Ohio,” “Our Post Card Past; Rockford, Ohio,”  and “The Free Press, Shanes Crossing, Ohio.”  These three books and the Newspaper microfilm may be read at the Rockford Carnegie Public Library, 162 South Main Street, Rockford, Ohio.

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

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 13, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 

County roads are snow-covered and slick
Sheriff Grey Issues Warning to Drive with Caution

 
 
 

 
January 12, 2016

 

 
 

All of Parkway Schools Practices and Games are cancelled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Parkway Schools have now closed for Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, January 12, 2016
 

Sheriff Grey Issues Caution at Two Intersections
Two intersections were briefly closed this morning to remove a semi-tractors from the ditch at each location:
US Rte 127 between US 33 and SR 707 north of Mercer and US Rte 127 at Morrow Road north of Celina.
Again, he issued a warning for cautious driving in these snowy conditions.

 

Snow Overnight and Windy Conditions
Sheriff Issues Warning
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued an early-morning warning to motorists on January 12, 2016 after more than an inch of snow fell and gusting winds came overnight. The snow is blowing and drifting making driving hazardous.

 
 

Community Cantata Coming on Good Friday – Vocalists Needed
The Parkway Ministerial Association will sponsor a Community Cantata on Good Friday at the Parkway School Auditorium. Director Richard Sherrick is inviting any and all vocalists who would enjoy being part of the choir, to an 8 PM practice at the Rockford United Methodist Church in Rockford starting Wednesday, January 13. The performance will feature 'Champion of Love', arranged by Russell Mauldin. This Cantata contains some familiar hymns and also some contemporary pieces..

Please come, sing, fellowship with area vocalists and prepare to honor and praise our risen Savior.

 

 

 

Bridge Inspection

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced recently that the yearly bridge inspections of Mercer County’s 394 bridges on township and county roads have been completed.  Engineer Wiechart and County Bridge Supervisor T. J. Smalley completed the inspections before the end of 2015.

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 11, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Monday, January 11, 2016

 

RADC MEMBERS AND FUTURE MEMBERS
The Rockford Area Development Corporation Membership drive is on. Please mail your form with payment or simply bring it to the next meeting which is planned for Monday January 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement.

 

 
 

The Rockford Belle Concert Season Begins

The Rockford Belle will be alive with entertainment, as 1st show of the 2016 Season gets underway, with BLIND DATE and special guests.

Mark your calendars for January 30th.  Doors open at 6 pm.  

Concert begins at 7 pm.
$7 donation at the door per person / 18 and under FREE. Discount rates for special needs will be accepted upon approval.

 

 
 

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

Photo Caption:   Willshire’s School System was a part of the long-term vision of Captain James Riley, when he platted the Village of Willshire in 1822.  This brick and stone school building was constructed in 1901, on the site of the previous school building.  

On June 23, 1819, Edward Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, appointed Captain James Riley as Deputy Surveyor.  Riley began “to run off into Townships, Ranges and Sections, the lands then lately purchased from the Indians in the Northwest section of Ohio.”  As of November 20, 1819, Riley was at the head of the Wabash River, south of the former military fort, known as Fort Recovery.  When Riley was surveying along the St. Marys River, he chose to purchase land under the Federal Land Act of 1820, with the intention of erecting a dam across the St. Marys River, establishing a mill, and constructing a log cabin.  Riley platted the Village of Willshire at that site in 1822, and recorded his plat at Greenville, Ohio, January 31, 1823, because the Counties of Van Wert and Mercer were established in 1820, and were first attached to Darke County, Ohio.

Captain Riley was always looking ahead and planning for the future of the wilderness.  Since Willshire was platted on the St. Marys River, in Van Wert County, adjacent to the Mercer – Van Wert County Line, and just east of the Ohio-Indiana State Line, Riley believed that Willshire had a great future, being located on the well-traveled transportation route of the St. Marys River.  Captain Riley established the first school at Willshire, in Van Wert County and asked his daughter Amelia to teach.  Amelia Riley was the first teacher in a log building, on Willshire’s Public Square.  The 1882 “History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio,” stated that Amelia Riley’s students included her sister Phoebe Julia Riley, and two brothers Horatio Sprague and William Willshire Riley, and Roswell Riley’s children and Jonathan Lewis in 1827.

Highlights of the history of Willshire’s Schools is included in the book, “History of Van Wert County Ohio,” published by the Van Wert Co. Historical Society in 1981, and the book, “A Collection of Favorite Recipes and Historical Happenings from the Willshire Community.”  By 1848, the Willshire community built a frame schoolhouse.  By the end of the Civil War in 1865, a brick schoolhouse was erected on Green Street.  During the late 1890’s, that building was razed to build a new school, which was completed in 1901.  Later, an addition, which included a gymnasium-auditorium, restrooms, and kitchen, was made to that school building,.  Additional classrooms were added in the 1950’s.  This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.  Qualification for this honor was based upon the building’s significant architecture and its history of education in the Willshire area.

Ultimately, this Willshire School became a part of the Parkway Local Schools, which was established in 1961 with the consolidation of Rockford Schools and Willshire Schools and the 1992 addition of the Mendon Union Schools.

Captain Riley’s vision of the community and the educational system at Willshire can be found by visiting the historic Village of Willshire today.

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

 

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION
Agendas
Organizational Meeting and Regular Meeting
on January 12, 2016 6:30 and 6:45 P.M.

 

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Make a New Years Resolution-Stop Black-out Beer

Ohio’s growing craft beer industry has likely been a subject of your Christmas discussions.  You may have even sampled many of Ohio’s fine products.  We should continue to promote that growth but we must be mindful of the dangers of beer over 12% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer over 12% ABV, which is Ohio’s current limit will have a very different impact on the human brain and body than our average light beer or craft beers currently on the market.  We must work to ensure the growing industry remains a positive force on Ohio’s economy.

My New Years Resolution is to stop the movement for easy access to drugs and highly intoxicating substances.  When you think about the impacts of beer over 12% ABV, it is very easy to understand why some people call this type of alcohol black-out beer.  Some legislators want to legalize black-out beer so that consumers can have more options.  Unfortunately, this is a move that could jeopardize the future of this very important industry.

To understand why this is a problem you have to consider the impacts of ABV on a person’s body when they drink.  Alcohol by Volume is the percentage of alcohol per specific amount of an alcoholic beverage, directly measured by the level of pure ethanol present in 100 milliliters of a beverage at 20 degrees Celsius (or 68 degrees Fahrenheit). To make this simple, the higher the ABV the more similar this product is to the ethanol in our regular gasoline used to fill up our cars.  As the level increases the impact on our bodies multiplies.

Legislators interested in increasing the ABV limit in Ohio are considering an increase to 21% ABV.  This would be nearly double our current limit which has provided consumers many different beer options.  This increase would allow for a 12 oz. beer that, according to the Cleveland Clinic Blood Alcohol Content Calculator, could possibly leave a normal 150 lb person unable to safely and legally operate a motor vehicle if consumed over three hours. To provide some perspective, that same person could have drank up to 4 average light beers in that same amount of time and they may be considered safe and legal to drive.

Alcohol consumption should remain a decision left to responsible adults over the age of 21.  Allowing a beer with this level of potency on the market raises concerns because of the potential for an unsuspecting individual to consume large quantities of this type of beer without proper notice of the potential consequences. Like with any alcohol product discretion and safety should be paramount.

Responsible legislative measures to improve the craft beer industry should remain a focus.  We have taken a number of these steps in the past several years, including the creation of the A-1c permit that allows for a smaller brewer to compete outside of the normal constrains of Ohio’s major brewers.  In addition, we have legalized entertainment districts to allow for the open consumption of beer in certain designated areas and the ability to consume alcoholic beverages on the popular pedal wagons found in certain parts of Ohio.

I have made it a resolution this new year to stop the movement for easy access to drugs and highly intoxicating substances. You can learn more about my new year’s resolution and join the effort by visiting tinyurl.com/buchystandingstrong

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Grand Lake Patriots Announce Two Events


Strategies for Preserving and Promoting Religious Freedom in America
Presented by Allen Heindel
Thursday, January 14 @ 7 PM
Lefeld Community Building, Mercer Co. Fairgrounds, W. Market St, Celina

. . . and coming in February:

“The Case for Christian Engagement in an Abortion Culture”
Presented by Michael Spencer from the Life Training Institute
Thursday, February 11 @ 7 PM
Lefeld Community Building, Mercer Co. Fairgrounds, W. Market St, Celina

“Strategies for Preserving and Promoting Religious Freedom in America” will be presented Thursday, January 14, 7 PM, in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, W. Market Street, in Celina.  Speaker Allen Heindel is a life-long Mercer County resident who has earned recognition for his knowledge of history, the Constitution, the Bible, and current events.  Religious freedom in America is under assault as the culture grows more secular and even hostile toward religion in general and Christianity in particular.  Beyond acknowledging the problem, Allen Heindel’s talk will discuss strategies for responding to hostility to, or oppression of, religious expression.

On Thursday, February 11, Life Training Institute’s Michael Spencer will address “The Case for Christian Engagement in an Abortion Culture.” Mike served as a pastor for 23 years before joining the staff of LTI in 2012. He serves as the LTI-Midwest Director of Training and travels extensively throughout the United States equipping pro-lifers on high school and university campuses and in churches. He serves as the keynote speaker at pro-life banquets and conferences. Matt Huffman, a candidate for Ohio’s 12th District Senate seat, will also speak briefly following Mike Spencer’s presentation at the February 11 program.  Mr. Huffman has a family history of pro-life involvement, especially with pregnancy help centers and adoption assistance. The February 11 event will begin at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building in Celina, which is handicapped accessible.  

Both programs are sponsored by the Grand Lake Patriots.  The public is invited.

 

New Year’s Baby 2016 at Mercer Health

Pictured with her parents, Tara and Brian Dorsten of Celina, is Mercer Health’s New Year’s Baby 2016, Kinzlee Dorsten.  Kinzlee, born at 11:21 a.m. on Sunday, January 3rd, was the recipient of a Sherpa blanket, a $100 gift certificate to the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and numerous other gifts.

 

New Book on Mercer About Small Town Life for Sale

“Mercer Memories”, written by Rex and Carl Marsee,  is a true story about a Southern boy and his relatives growing up in a small town in Northwestern Ohio in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  It is a rather simple story about simpler times and individuals, who were far less complex, than are found in the 21st century.  It is about a time when WWII was coming to an end and the beginning of the ‘baby boomers of today were being born.”  It is about a time in American history, when families didn’t have a lot of money, but they had a lot of love and compassion for each other.

The books are for sale at the Shanes Crossing Historical Society located at the Rockford Village Office at 151 E Columbia St.  The books cost $10 each. 

 

 
Rockford Village Council meets on January 5, 2016 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
Learn about talks: on the new subdivision; involvement needed from community; several volunteers are needed to serve on boards; January 19th meeting – Heather Hedrick from LACCA will be presenting information on Fair Housing.
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  The 1942 Calendar was hosted by Hoel’s General Merchandise Store, Montezuma, during World War II.

This 1942 Calendar was donated to the Mercer County Historical Society.  Since Bud Preston is a former Resident of Montezuma (1934-1952) and he knew Nora Hoel, I asked him to write this history of Hoel’s General Store.

In the 1930's and 1940's, Nora Hoel's grocery store was the hub of Montezuma and Franklin Township.  It was the typical general store, selling everything from gasoline to groceries to nuts and bolts.

First, Nora was a wonderful, personable lady, but ran her store in a businesslike manner.  She was unmarried until later in her life.  It was probably in her 50's or possibly 60's that she married the butcher at her store, Jeff Ulrich.

I do not remember when the Hoel's Store was started, nor what building, if any, was in that lot, but it was directly south, and across Main Street, from Ferd Hein's Restaurant.  The store front abutted the sidewalk, and a single gas pump was near the outside edge of the sidewalk.  One door opened into the store at the front, with show windows on each side of the door.  Counters lined both sides and one in the middle.  The cash register was about halfway to the back.

In the rear was the meat counter, and a walk-in refrigerated room for storing meat was directly behind the meat counter and area for slicing and cutting meat.  Behind that was a large area that was not accessible to customers, but store employees could take customers back there to look for the right size nuts or bolts or nails or many other hardware items.  A door at the back led out of the store building to a parking area that permitted trucks to come in and unload.  South of the parking area was a two car garage which was also used for storage. 

Nora lived next door (west of the store) and there was a large basement under the house and many items for the store were kept there.  A side door near the back of the store opened to a walk connecting the basement of the house to the store.

Nora would hire young boys and girls to work part time at the store.  When I was in the 8th or 9th grade, I worked there for a while.  The young folks' duties were to stock shelves, unload deliveries and place them in storage areas, and sometimes slice cold meat or count up people's purchases or help them find items.  Obviously, the youngsters also helped clean-up or close up the store, pump gas, carry items to people's cars, and a lot of other necessary errands.

An amusing incident still sticks in my memory.  It was during the summer and the weather was hot, as was the store.  A shipment of groceries had just arrived, and several cartons of "Baby Ruth" candy bars were included.  This was another product that was not often available.  The basement was cool and I just couldn't resist eating a "Baby Ruth" while sitting on some cartons in that nice cool basement.  "Yummy."  I still enjoy "Baby Ruth" candy bars. 

With the advent of the super market, it was goodbye to the small general store.  Hoel's Store was a model of that type of business.  Nora sold the store to Henry Schenking of Coldwater, and he owned and operated it for several years, then sold it to Vernon Brodbeck, who closed for good in the early 1960's.

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

 

 

 
 

 
January 9-10, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
Winter's First Big Event on Sunday, January 10, 10216 - Sheriff Issues Warning
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued an early-morning warning to motorists on January 10, 2016 after heavy rainfall overnight gave way to dropping temperatures and snow overnight. Saturday, January 9 had a high of 45 and lots of fog for two days, followed by the rain, and before the snowstorm came through. With it, Sunday morning also brought winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour with blowing snow making it difficult to see at times and causing drifting of the scant 1-1/2 inches of snow. By 4 PM Sheriff Grey was reissuing the warning: Drive carefully on the roads as they are snow-covered and icy.
 
 

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner for Brad Swander
A Benefit Spaghetti Dinner will be held Friday, January 29th from 4:30-7:00pm at Parkway High School. Tickets are $8.00 each. You may dine in or carry out. All proceeds go to benefit the Brad Swander family, locals with children in Parkway Schools. Brad, a Parkway Graduate himself,  was diagnosed with 
Pulmonary Fibrosis and requires a Double Lung Transplant. Dinner includes:  Spaghetti, garlic bread, coleslaw, cookies and a  drink. This event is sponsored by Coach Chris Weirrick and the Varsity Girls Basketball team at Parkway. They invite the community to come and support this worthy event.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LIBERA IS A NEW SOUND FOR A MODERN ERA

(Van Wert, OH) - Strategence Capital LLC is proud to present internationally-renown boy's vocal band Libera at the Niswonger Sunday, Apr. 3 at 3:00 PM. This youthful group from South London has topped the mainstream and classical charts with recordings holding their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.

The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The vocal group's unique sound may be impossible to pigeonhole, its universal appeal has endeared the group to fans from all over, particularly in the US, the UK, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. 

The singers of Libera who are aged seven to sixteen attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band. The boys who make up this boy band have been described as "normal" and "ordinary." However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, Libera is like no other group who has performed at the Niswonger. 

These are truly sounds to lift the soul. Libera's music is a celestial sound for a modern era.

Supporting sponsors for this event include Supporters of the Van Wert Area Boychoir and The Rod & LeAnn Stoller family.

Tickets are available today and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office Mon. - Fri., Noon - 4 PM. Tickets range from $15 - $35. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 7-8, 2016

 

 

Sheriff Jeff Grey reported at 6:40 AM on Friday, January 8, 2016 that at the intersection of US Rte 127 and US Rte 33 there was an injury accident.

 

 
Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, January 8, 2016 due to ice.


Thank you to Chatt Insurance for being our Weather Sponsor!

 
 
 

Ron Searight Recognized for 35 Years of Service to Rockford Fire Department
by Sheila Baltzell, editor
1-7-2016


Ron Searight retired in December 2015 from the Rockford Fire Department after serving for 35 years. He had been on the volunteer force since 1980 and
credits former Rockford Fire Chief Ralph Rhoades (who passed away in recent years) for kindling his interest in two of the greatest volunteer positions a person can give to their community. Ron also retired from his job as an Emergency Medical Technician for Rockford after 20 years (back in January of 2014).

Below is a picture of Ron and Lisa Searight when he retired from the squad in 2014.

Ron’s fondest memories are about the camaraderie of his fellow volunteers and the friendships he has made over the years. “We covered each other’s back; we protected each other; we always worked as a team and contributed our ideas to the situation; we always worked together,” said Ron.  

 If you would like to send Ron a card, his address is 406 N. Street, Rockford 45882. His email address is rseaight@woh.rr.com

Click here to read the article about Ron retiring as an EMT in 2014.
 

 

 
Prom Dress Exchange and Vendor Show Coming to Celina High School
Pick up a beautiful dress for prom at great prices

A Prom Dress Exchange and Vendor Show is planned for Sunday, January 17th, 2016 at Celina High School, 715 E. Wayne St., Celina, OH, with shopping from 1-4 PM. Drop off dresses and accessories to be sold from 11-12:30. Click here for the release form to fill out make drop-off quicker. It is only $7.00 to sell a dress! View other costs fro selling at the above link. Pick-up money and unsold items from 4-4:45.

Proceeds go to Celina High School After Prom.

 
 
 
 

The Vantage Roadshow…

Coming soon to a basketball game near you.
Win a One-Of-A-Kind School Mascot Clock!

The Vantage Roadshow 2015-2016 has begun!  Simply find the date of a basketball game at your local high school on the schedule below.  Stop by the Vantage table before the game to check out what’s new and exciting at Vantage AND enter the raffle for a chance to win a custom-designed polished aluminum and acrylic 10” x 10” school mascot clock that sits on a stained cherry wood base and is lit with LED lights. This unique and distinctive piece was created by combining the talents of the Vantage Precision Machining, Carpentry, and Electricity students. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  All proceeds stay at the home school.

Home School            Date/Opponent

Delphos Jefferson      1/8 v. Crestview

Parkway                       1/9 v. Lima Perry

Van Wert                     1/9 v. Marion Local

Continental               1/15 v. Fort Jennings

Kalida                         1/16 v. Columbus Grove

Antwerp                     1/16 v. Lincolnview

Fort Jennings           1/22 v. Ottoville

Lincolnview              1/23 v. Parkway

Delphos St. John     1/29 v. Marion Local

Paulding                       2/5 v. Jefferson

Crestview                     2/6 v. Wayne Trace

Wayne Trace                           2/12 v. Antwerp

There will also be a Vantage clock raffled off at the Open House and Taste of Vantage on Monday night, Feb. 22, 2016.  

So, get in on the fun, find out about the great things happening at Vantage while supporting your local school, and you might just walk away with a brand new clock that shows your school spirit!

CAPTION:
Caleb Crawford, a Van Wert senior in the Vantage Precision Machining program is pictured with the customized Panther school mascot clock he made. The clock will be raffled off at halftime of the Parkway/Lima Perry basketball game on Saturday January 9, 2016. You must be present to win. 

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 5-6, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway 5 and 6th Grade Band Music Students Entertain at the Winter Christmas Program

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures.

See more pictures of this show by clicking here.

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Parkway 5th and
6th Graders
 
 
 
Parkway 4th Grade Music Students Entertain at the Winter Christmas Program

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures.
See more pictures of the 4th grade show by clicking here.

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4th Grade
Parkway Students
Entertain
 
 
 
 
 

Alert Deputy Makes Arrest

Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of a 34 year old from Geneva, Indiana.  On January 3, 2016 at 5:48 AM, Lt. Bill Westgerdes observed a male at the Fort Recovery Car Wash located at 104 South Elm Street in Fort Recovery.  Due to the suspicious activity, the deputy circled around the block and the male and vehicle was observed leaving.  Lt. Westgerdes initiated a traffic stop on SR 49 near Oak Street.

The male was subsequently arrested and is currently being held at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  A 2004 Chrysler Concorde was towed from the scene and Mercer County Detectives will apply for a search warrant.  A coin machine unrelated to Fort Recovery was observed in the back seat of the vehicle.

Arrested was 34 year old Brian Harper from 420 High Street in Geneva, Indiana.  Harper is currently being held on two Misdemeanors (Tampering with Coin Machines, Possession of Criminal Tools), and Safecracking a felony of the 4th degree. The case will be reviewed by the Prosecutor and additional charges are expected.

Sheriff Grey states “This is just good police work, a deputy on routine patrol being alert”.

Jeff Grey, Sheriff
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
4835 SR 29
Celina
, OH  45822
(419)586-7724

 

 
 

New Year’s Baby Arrives at Van Wert County Hospital

VAN WERT -- Charlie Xavier Dunlap was welcomed into the world at 7:49 a.m. Jan. 3 to become Van Wert County Hospital’s 2016 New Year’s baby.

His parents, Larry and Charity Dunlap, were excited and humbled to have the first baby of the year as Charlie decided to come a month early.

“It was amazing just hearing him cry,” Charity said. “I had a C-section so I was just waiting to hear him and when I did, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see him.”

Charlie measured in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long.

The happy parents, Van Wert residents, also have a 14-month-old son, Bryan, so the experience was not all new, but it did come with its differences.

Bryan was born a full two months early through an emergency C-section on Nov. 17, 2014. Charity had gone in for an appointment at 9 a.m. and by noon was having surgery.

Bryan spent two months at a hospital in Indianapolis after being only 2 pounds, 14 ounces at birth. When he finally got to go home, he weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and was still smaller than his little brother Charlie.

This time around Charity and Larry said everything happened so much slower and they actually were able to process what was happening.

When Charity made it past the 32-week mark with Charlie, the couple was relieved. Larry guessed Charity would have baby number two at 36 weeks, but as the due date of Jan. 30 came closer and she still felt good, he thought maybe she would make it full term.

Around 3 a.m. on Jan. 3, Charity’s water broke and they made it to Van Wert County Hospital about 45 minutes later. By 5 a.m., the couple knew they would be seeing Charlie that day.

 “It was easier because we had time to process it and I knew everything was going as planned,” Larry said. “Last time, I was trying to call people and saw my wife going by as they were taking her into emergency surgery, so by the time I made it in the room, she already had Bryan.”

With the birth of Charlie, Larry was able to be in the room and see him right away.

As the couple waited for the surgery to begin, they were told they had a chance of having the New Year’s baby.

“I had just looked on the hospital’s Facebook page and saw the basket the New Year’s baby was going to get and I thought it was so nice that the hospital did that and it was all so cute,” Charity said.

The couple was excited to be the recipients and thankful for the New Year’s baby basket.

Older brother Bryan still does not know what to think of the new baby Mom has been holding, but his parents are excited to get home to start their lives as a family of four.

 

Photo caption: Larry (left) and Charity Dunlap hold their son, Charlie Xavier, Van Wert County Hospital's 2016 New Year's baby. Dr. Alberto Delgado (right) delivered Charlie at 7:49 a.m. January 3, 2016. 

 

 

Emergency Medical  Board Plans Upcoming Meetings

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

2nd Floor Conference Room

Any Questions: Contact the Mercer County EMA @ 419-586-6468

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Preparing for Ice and Snow on the Roads

Winter is upon us and that means dropping temperatures, snow, and ice.  Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation and local authorities work endlessly to make sure that our roads are clear and safe through these rough winter conditions. 

ODOT spends around $50 Million a year to keep 1700 plows on the road laying 650,000 tons of salt from 200 ODOT offices around the state.  This, however, is a small investment for the safety of Ohio’s travelers and the necessity to keep Ohio moving.  A few years ago, the American Highway Users Alliance released a report showing that if Ohio’s roads were to shut down for just one day, Ohio workers would lose over $200 million in wages, and the state and federal governments would lose over $26 million in tax revenue. 

As Ohio’s economy continues to grow, the role that ODOT and local authorities play in keeping us on the move becomes even more important.  Having clear roads not only prevents accidents and keeps us going on our daily routines, but it allows Ohio’s economy to continue to grow through the winter months. 

While ODOT and local governments play a huge role in keeping our roads safe, there are some common sense practices that we can incorporate in our routines to stay safe on the roads.  First and foremost, leave early and take it slow.  Even with salt, roads can be icy and wet, leading to reduced traction and loss of control.  In winter conditions, it can take 3 to 10 times farther to stop, so allow for extra stopping distance behind other vehicles and at intersections.  Also, always slow down gradually when stopping or making a turn, and never slam on your brakes.

Finally, as plows are out on the road removing snow and spreading salt to keep us safe, make sure you give them extra room.  Plows often travel below the posted speed limit and drivers have limited visibility.  The plows are wide and can often cross the center line or shoulder, so try to refrain from passing.  If you must pass, use extra caution as the trucks can create snow clouds that limit your visibility. 

So as winter sets in, remember to take it slow, use extra caution, and stay safe on the roads! 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchydecember2015

 

 

Family and Church Donate Tablets to Van Wert County Hospital

Van Wert County Hospital recently received a donation this week of two tablets for its pediatrics department. After Albany Roth, (front left) was hospitalized for a few days, the family decided to work with their church, Landfair United Methodist Church in Celina, Ohio, to raise funds to buy the hospital two tablets for children who have to stay for long periods.  The family wanted to say “thank you” to nurses and medical staff for the care that Albany (age 5) received during her stay at the hospital. Pictured below is Director of Patient and Community Relations Ellen Rager (left), with Albany and her mom, Stacey (center), and other family members.   

 

 


MERCER COUNTY PERI MEETING - JAN. 12, 2016, HOPEWELL GRANGE       

PERI Members will hold their Tuesday, January 12, 2016 meeting at 10:00 A.M., at the Hopewell Grange, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina, Ohio.  The Swearing In Ceremony will be held as PERI Members welcome Rob Fisher, Coldwater, for Vice President, and Doris Rutschilling, St. Henry, for Treasurer.  For those PERI Members who pay their Membership Dues annually, the 2016 Dues are due.

Deb Sneddon, Mercer County Election Board, will be the Guest Speaker.  The year 2016 will be important for each U.S. Citizen, for the Presidential Election Year. 

For Early Birds, coffee, juice, and donuts will be available at 9:30 A.M.

 

Michelle Houts, Local Published Author Speaks at Leota Braun Foundation Annual Meeting in October
The members and donors of the Leota Braun Charitable Foundation in Rockford recently met for their Annual Meeting on October 18, 2015 at the Shanes Park Building, built with funds provided by the late Leota Braun. Following a delicious catered meal and a fun silent auction, local published author, Michelle Houts, was introduced as the entertainment for the afternoon.  Michelle is a local woman who grew up in a rural/suburban area but later married a local farmer and lives on their farm near Rockford. She puts her imagination to work into two children's books, both best-sellers entitled The Beef Princess of Practical County and The Practical County Drama Queen. Following their success, Michelle wrote and released two more titles -  Winterfrost and Kammie on First: Baseball's Dottie Kamenshek. Michelle talked about life on the farm and the local school house she is restoring for small gatherings. The school is located at the corner of Erastus Durbin Road and Frahm Pike west of Celina. Click here to visit her website and see the schoolhouse restoration pictures.
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  The Celina Public Library opened on January 1, 1907, at 303 North Main Street.

A few dedicated citizens of Celina, as Members of the Shakspere Club, deserve credit for the original establishment of the Celina Public Library.  During 1897, these Members held cultural programs, known as the “Lecture Course.”  The History and Altruian Clubs provided services to raising funds for this Library .  The three organizations contacted Andrew Carnegie about funds for this Library.  In January 1904, Andrew Carnegie responded by donating $12,000.00 for the construction of a library.  Over the years, others donated funds to this Library, including the Lion’s Club who donated $5000.00 for books and Library improvement.

As of 1960, the Library became known as the Dwyer Mercer County District Library, and included school districts of Union, Center, Franklin, St. Henry, and Marion.  On October 21, 1960 Mendon’s Library became a Branch Library of the Mercer County District Library.  On July 4, 1976, a Branch Library was dedicated at St. Henry/Granville Township.  On January 20, 1982, a Branch Library opened at the Chickasaw/Marion Township Library.

The December 4, 2015 Daily Standard announced that the “Mercer County District Library Renovation was complete,” with the new Library Director Elizabeth Muether’s  announcement for the Library’s future, “I want the Library to be more inviting, more welcoming and less stodgy.”

Coldwater and Fort Recovery had their own Libraries.  Coldwater Public Library began in 1936, and was moved to its present location at 305 West Main Street in April 1962.  Fort Recovery Public Library began in 1928, and moved to a new building at the Fort Site of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society October 16, 1938.  As of June 30, 1968, their Library was dedicated at 113 North Wayne Street.

The oldest library in Mercer County was Celina’s which was dedicated on January 1, 1907.  The night before that dedication, the local clubs in Celina held their New Year’s Eve Parties, and sang, “Auld Lang Syne,” in respect for their past and future:  “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?  Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and Auld Lang Syne.”  After a few verses, they concluded, the song, “And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!  And give us a hand of yours!  And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will for Long, Long Ago.”  These Club Members recognized that due to a century of respect for public education by former citizens, the community was ready to dedicate their new Celina Public Library as a free service to public education.

The song, “Auld Lang Syne” was an old traditional song, for which the citizens of Scotland take credit.  As the song evolved,  Robert Burns may not deserve all of the credit for this song, but he set his poem to the music of the traditional song.  This song, which is only sung at the end of the year, is a part of our heritage, of respecting our past and looking to the future.

 

Libraries are a part of our Mercer County heritage, due to the foresight of our former residents of Mercer County.  Today, people are still volunteering their time as a public service for the betterment of our communities.  Stephen Ambrose said it best:  “The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope.  Love of the past implies a faith in the future.”  The Members of the Mercer County Historical Society are at your service in preserving your past and preparing a foundation for your future in Mercer County, Ohio.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 3-4, 2016

 

 
 
Jenilee Bransteter Promoted to Branch Manager at Berne Bank

Jenilee Bransteter, Vice president and Business Banker of First Bank of Berne as been promoted to Branch Manager.
She is an Ohio State Graduate with a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. she has been with Berne Bank since 2007.
Jenilee is the wife of Lance Bransteter.

 
 
 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society Running Membership Drive
Donations Listed

Join the Shanes Crossing Historical Society for 2016 and for $10 a membership, you can help preserve Shanes Crossing/Rockford History.

Items donated:

Joe Howell donated a neck tie box from the Kohn and Williams clothing store and a thermometer from Shrider’s Servicemaster.

Sheila Baltzell donated a scrapbook covering the restoration of the Shanes Log house. It has the historical studies, news items and pictures. She also donated a small hand press from the Rockford Press in memory of her late husband Larry Baltzell

Dick and Jan Figley donated a 1948 Rockford yearbook.

The old telephone used in the old train depot was donated by someone.

Mike Schumm found a thermometer from the City Garage of Rockford with the telephone #57 on it.

Rick and Jodi Fairchild of Celina donated an old trunk from an auction that contained many pictures and legal papers from the McCristy family of Rockford.

The Marcia Koepple estate donated many Hi-Life school newsletters published at Rockford during WWII with letters from local service men.

The Bicentennial committee is working on the plans for the Rockford 2020 Bicentennial. People are invited to join in the planning.

 
 
 

 
January 1-2, 2016
Happy New Year!

 

 
 
 
Rockford Village Council meets during months of November and December 2015 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
Learn about talks: to fix flooding on Columbia Street; change the U.S. Route 33 entrance to subdivision; leaf truck is unusable; and new police cruiser SUV on order.
 
 
 

 
December 28-31, 2015
Happy New Year!


 

 
 

Auctioneer Pre-Licensing Course Being Offered

If you would like to become an auctioneer, an Auctioneer Pre-Licensing Course is being offered January 25, 2016 through February 5, 2016 (Weekdays only – NO weekends). Running from 8 AM to 6 PM daily at the Mendon Library Annex, 101 S. Wayne St., Mendon, OH, the course costs $1,150.00. Participants will learn bid calling techniques and how to start up and run your own auctioneering business. Sign up deadline is January 7, 2016. Contact Mike Brandly of the Ohio Auction School, Columbus, OH for more info and to register. Call 614-836-2754 or go online at www.theohioauctionschool.com

 

 

17th Annual Mendon Festival of Trees Pictures of the Over 100 Trees Displayed

Held in Mendon at the town hall on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th, the trees below are just a few of the over 100 enjoyed by visitors to the event.

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Canning Memories

Cookie Cutter Tree

Gingerbread Men

Mendon Library Book Tree

Pallet Tree

Piper Welding

Sewing Tree

Trees Ablaze

Vintage Silver Tree
Thank you to Mary Jo Hellwarth of
WH Dick and Sons-Hellwarth
Funeral Home of
Celina and Mendon for these
pretty pictures.
 
 
 
 

Parkway January 2016 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

 
December 26-27, 2015

 

 
 
 

WREN FIRE DEPARTMENT

Friday, December 18, 2015 - Wren Fire Department took ownership of a 2016 Freightliner Tanker/Pumper which was manufactured by Midwest Fire in Luverne, Minnesota. The vehicle was made possible by a FEMA grant. The vehicle was driven by Tom Acheson and Mike Marchek from the factory and it arrived in Wren Saturday night. The vehicle can transport and dump up to 3,000 gallons of water, using either a chute in the center rear of the tank or two 36 inch telescoping chutes located on the street side and curb side of the truck. The truck can be used as a pumper in extreme situations where extra fire suppression is needed. The Wren Fire Department and truck design committee comprised of Mike Marchek, Rick High, Tom Acheson, Andy O'Hagan, Chris High, and Craig "Gep" Meyer, will begin training on this tanker so it can be placed in service as soon as possible.

 

 
 

Event Supports Noah Hospice Fund

The family of Noah Martin held a fundraising event on Nov. 7 at Olympic Lanes to raise funds for the Noah Fund at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center. Kim Mason of Community Health Professionals accepted the proceeds from the event from Brandy and Kaitlyn Martin, Lisa Learned and Michelle Sidle of Olympic Lanes. The Noah Fund provides for comfort needs for family members that are not covered by Medicare or insurance while a loved one is being cared for at the hospice center. Needs provided by the fund in the past have included gas cards, meals, toys, food items, movies, television packages.

 
 

CHP Recognizes Volunteer Service

Forty two volunteers were honored at Community Health Professionals annual volunteer Christmas party on Dec. 3. The meal was prepared by Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center and volunteers enjoyed an evening of food, holiday games, door prizes, and gifts.

CHP Volunteers provide caregiver relief to our hospice patients and families. Others help with clerical duties, answer phones and provide helpful hands at our Adult Day Care Center and at fundraising events. There is also a sewing group and much more.

Volunteers continue to be a key to the success of the local nonprofit organization and are appreciated for investing their time to make a difference in the lives of many.

In attendance were: Fourth Row: Melissa Mengerink, Lloyd Marvin, Yvonne Bidlack, Ilo Marvin, Janice Stuart, Marie Tow, Ed Stuart, Dianne Thatcher, Helen Elzey, Betty Farr, Dick Hoverman, Kathy Steinecker, Sharon Gipe, Sherri Arn, Louise Watson, Connie Keirns, Jean Brown. Third Row: Susan Allen, Sue Price, Kathy Denny, Nancy Potter, Marcia Shaw, Susan Ringwald, Sandy Gordon, Sonja Knittle. Second Row: Judy Michaelson, Becky Elston, Del Free, Sharon Adkins, Jan Waters, Ruth Osting, Theresa Parkanzky, Deb Lewis, Lois Harrow. Front Row: Karen Madison, Cindy Gardner, Rosie Cox. New volunteers are always needed and welcome. For more information, call Robin Waters at 419-238-9223.

 

 
 

 
December 24-25, 2015
Merry Christmas!


 

 
 

Thursday, December 24th at 7:00 pm
Youth directed Christmas Eve Service

Later Service at 11:00 PM
on Thursday, December 24, 2015
Rockford United Methodist Church

 

Rockford United Methodist Church ~ Invites Everyone
Together at Christmas

At this time of the year when many families are gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the people of the Rockford United Methodist Church are looking ahead to Christmas and extending an invitation to all to join us for a FREE Christmas Day dinner.

The Christmas Day dinner started in December 2005 with the original intention of serving hungry and lonely people who might not have a traditional Christmas Day dinner nor family with whom to share it. A decade later, people from the church continue to volunteer and work as a team preparing and serving a turkey dinner and offering a venue to gather and spend Christmas day together as a community with family and friends. Gifts will be given to children attending.

Yearly attendance continues to grow, still offering a free meal to anyone who walks in the door. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potato casserole are served with a dinner roll and a smile. The dessert tables are loaded with lots of homemade goodies. People from the church congregation serve meals, wash dishes and greet dinner guests. The biggest blessing comes from seeing and serving hungry families, empty-nesters and extended families enjoying the holiday together.

On December 25, Friday this year, we’re inviting everyone to join us at the Community Building at Shanes Park in Rockford for Christmas Dinner, 10:30 am to 1pm. If you are alone on the holiday, if you are hungry or alone on the holiday or even if you have a houseful of family and guests, please join us. We’ll be Together at Christmas.

 

 
December 22-23, 2015

 

 
 
 

Local Tractor Supply Store in Van Wert Wins Award

(Van Wert, Ohio) – December 22, 2015 – The Van Wert Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store was recently recognized for winning the Paper Clover "District Champion and Class Champion" award for being the store with the highest transaction percentage in the district during the 4-H/Spring 2015 Paper Clover Promotion.  Store employees at the Van Wert TSC store had 32.8% of all transactions include a 4-H Paper Clover purchase and will be presented with a certificate and ribbon from 4-H to recognize this achievement.

The 4-H/TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming in the communities where a TSC store is located. The campaign raised over $893,000 that supports 4-H on the local, state, and national level.  During the twelve day promotion, the Van Wert TSC raised $376.00 for 4-H in Van Wert County. 

The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other club activities. In Van Wert, the Paper Clover funds have gone to support 4-H camper scholarships for them to attend the residential camp during the summer.

 

 

 

Christmas Donation

Instead of the usual gift exchange for the Christmas Season the Mercer County Engineer, the Mercer County Commissioners and their respective staffs have chosen to donate the money normally spent on gifts to charity.  Mercer County House of Hope was randomly chosen.   

Mercer County House of Hope is a transition house specializing in helping women with a history of substance abuse. Their mission is to provide housing, food, clothing, spiritual & emotional support while assisting in finding employment for Mercer County Citizens that are struggling with a drug addiction, are now clean and show the desire to stay clean and become a productive member of the community.

A total of $315.00 was donated to them to use as needed.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone in Mercer County.

Shown in the photograph from left to right are:  Commissioner Jerry Laffin, Tonya Huber, Executive Director of the Mercer County House of Hope, Engineer Jim Wiechart, Commissioner Rick Muhlenkamp, and Commissioner Greg Homan.

 
 

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for November  & December 2015

 
 

Local Family and Church Pays it Forward to Mercer Health’s Pediatric Patients


Stacy Roth and her daughters, Albany and Zoey, along with Kendra Kuhn, recently presented Mercer Health nursing staff with two tablets to be used by pediatric patients.  Roth indicated that her daughter, Albany, has frequented the hospital often with a long-term condition and she understands the importance of making the hospital experience as positive as possible.  “We want to pay it forward for other children,” indicates Roth.  The donation, made possible by Landfair United Methodist Church in Celina, will be used by pediatric patients staying at Mercer County Community Hospital. 

PICTURED: (L to R) Maureen Oltman, Kim Reinhard, Abby Griesdorn, Kendra Kuhn, Albany Roth, Zoey Roth, Stacy Roth, Denise Stammen, Mary Bruggeman, Lucy Kaup

 

 

 
December 21, 2015

 

 
 
Parkway 2nd Grade Concert Gets Audience in the Christmas Spirit

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Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures by Nikki Fox!

Click here to see even more!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 18-20, 2015

 

 
 
 
Bunnies Found in Rockford - Appear to be Pets

Brandi Neth of Rockford found two bunnies on Columbia Street in Rockford on Tuesday this week. They believe they are called Lion head Rabbits and were very friendly. If you have lost your pets, please call Brandi at 419-581-5515.

 
 
 
 
 

Sub District Parli Pro Competition

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 
JV

On November 24, parkway FFA members set off to Delphos high school to participate in the sub district parliamentary procedure competition. At this competition teams of six perform a proper business meeting in front of panel of judges. Parkway had two teams in the contest. The Advanced included Tanner Matthews (president), Taylor Hesse, Clista Hellwarth, Maggie Houts, Alec Schoenleben, and Shay Pond. The sophomore team included Ashton Hamrick (president), Laura Barrett, Katie John, Chanel Walls, Tristen McKee, and Zack Albright. The advanced team placed 2nd in their division and the sophomore team placed 4th in theirs. Good luck to the advanced team as they move on to the district competition December 3rd.


Varsity

 

 

District Job Interview CDE

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

The job Interview district contest was held at Hardin Northern on November 19, 2015. All who participated received gold ratings. The girls scored very well in their divisions. Maggie Houts got 1st, Abby Stephenson got 1st, and Taylor Hesse got 4th.  Congratulations ladies and good luck Abby and Maggie as they move onto the state competition.

 

 

 
 

Marge Clouse Retirement Party - celebrating nearly 50 years at Van Wert County Hospital

Marge Clouse celebrated almost 50 years with the Van Wert County Hospital on Tuesday morning with family and friends.  Clouse started working for the hospital in 1966 as an aide and ward secretary, retired in 1986, and then joined the Lady Board of Managers in 1988. The Lady Board of Managers is a group of dedicated volunteers who assist the hospital by mending scrubs, sheets, privacy curtains and helping with other sewing-related projects.  On Tuesday, Clouse sewed with the Lady Board of Managers for the last time before enjoying refreshments at her retirement party.  “I have enjoyed every minute of it,” Clouse said. “Never once in my 20 years of working 11 to 7 or in the sewing room, never once did I say, ‘I hate to go to work’.”

 

 


The Ohio Department of Health Reminds Parents About Toy Safety Keep your children safe this holiday season with a few simple tips

COLUMBUS – The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids and parents and to help ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), wants to remind parents to keep safety in mind when choosing toys for young children when out holiday shopping. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 250,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries each year. "Parents and others will purchase toys this holiday season for children," said ODH Director Rick Hodges. “By reading labels and being safety conscious, they can help prevent toy-related injuries and even death." The following tips will help parents and others choose appropriate toys for children this holiday season:  

Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the intended child.

Be a toy label reader. Look for labels that give age recommendations.

For infants and toddlers, avoid toys with small parts.

For children under age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.

Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight.

Check toy instructions for clarity.

Discard plastic wrapping on toys immediately the wrapping can cause suffocation.

Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children.

 

 

 

New Chamber Business - Medicine and More Home Medical Equipment  

Medicine and More Home Medical Equipment has joined the Celina Mercer County
Chamber of Commerce.  Their office is located at 808 E. Wayne Street in
Celina 
(west of Peoples Bank Company).   For your home medical needs, they can
provide scooters,
wheelchairs, crutches, canes, lift chairs, home oxygen therapy, CPAP/Bi-Pap
Therapy for
sleep apnea, nebulizers, bathroom safety and much more.  There is free
delivery and set up by trained personnel.  The staff at Medicine and More
can be reached at 567-890-8687.

 

 

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

Photo Caption:   The Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” has been a part of our history for almost two centuries.

This song “Silent Night,” is a part of our history, as we sing this song and as we hear others sing this song during the Christmas season.  Literature, accompanied by art and music, is a part of the heritage of most cultures.

The original words to this song, “Silent Night,” belong to the poem written by Joseph Mohr, an Austrian Priest, in 1816.  This story has been passed down through generations, that in Oberndorf, an Alpine Village, the St. Nicholas Church organ was not working for the Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 1818.  Joseph Mohr took his poem to his friend and musician, Franz Xavier Gruber, who set the words to music.  Even though Mohr’s original poem was written in German, as “Stille Nacht,” the words are now sung in a multitude of languages around the world. 

The first verse of this poem begins, “Silent night, Holy night,” and ends with “Sleep in heavenly peace.”  These words are a universal hope for peace on earth.  These words and this music belong to our history; this is our heritage.

May each of you readers and your family have a silent and holy night this Christmas Eve. 

 

 

 
 

 
December 16-17, 2015

 

 
 
 

Parkway D.A.R.E. Graduation Held
The 2015 Parkway D.A.R.E. graduation was held Thursday December 3rd at the school. The program was opened by Mr. Woods the Middle School Principal.  Special guests were Rockford Police Chief Paul May, NFL Player Jordan Thompson and Lori Knapschaefer from Mercer County Juvenile Court.  The Fifth Grade Choir sang “I’m a Champion”.  Emiree Knittle, Gabby Stober, Aaron Cron, Alison Rowan, Madison Gile, and Colin Fokine, were the fifth grade essay winners.  D.A.R.E. Officer Deputy Sue Miller announced the Honor students, Aaron Cron, Jackson Kraner, Trenton Garwood, Brooke Stephenson, Allison Heitkamp and Emiree Knittle  They were  presented medals for the extra effort they put into the program.  The special speaker was Detroit Lions Tightend Jordan Thompson.  He recalled his time as a Parkway fifth grader and his involvement in the D.A.R.E. program. Each student successfully completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was awarded a certificate and D.A.R.E. shirt provided by the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters.  Fifth grade teachers assisting with the program were Mrs. Mulenkamp, Mrs. Staley and Mrs. Shellabarger. The Mercer County D.A.R.E. program is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.

 

Collection at 4-Way Stop in Rockford to Benefit Local Food Pantries
Mr and Mrs Santa Claus and several elves will be at the 4 Way Stop in Rockford (at U.S. 33 and Main St.) to collect canned goods and monetary donations for C.A.L.L. Ministries Food Pantry and the Rockford Ministerial Association Food Pantry. The collection will take place from 3-5 PM on Saturday, December 19, 2015.  Giving is the Reason for the Season, and the group invites you to drop your items off for those in need.

 

Financial Aid Night

On Wednesday, January 6th, at 6:30 p.m. there will be an informational meeting on Financial Aid for college at Parkway High School Community Room. Seniors and juniors along with their parents are invited to attend. Seniors planning to attend any college or university should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15, 2016 to be eligible for any aid including student loans. Juniors will begin filing their FAFSA’s in October 2016. Mrs. Melanie Weaver, Financial Aid Director from Ohio Northern University, will explain how to finance a college education including completing the FAFSA.  Several relevant handouts will be distributed at this meeting. Juniors, seniors, and their parents are invited to attend.  

 

 

Ladies Auxiliary Eagles Donate to Parkway Students’ Trip to DC

On November 8th the Ladies Auxiliary Eagles 1292 held a designer purse bingo. The proceeds from this event are going towards the Parkway Middle School 8th grade Washington D.C. trip. Eagles Auxiliary President Candy Courtney, center and Past Madame President Peggy Serviss, right,  presented a check to the Middle School Principal Mr. Woods on December 8th in the amount of $2,000. This check will help children that otherwise could not have had a chance to go on this trip. This is one of the many donations made by the Lady Auxiliary throughout the year to various organizations. 

 

 

 
December 14-15, 2015

 

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church ~ Invites Everyone
Together at Christmas

At this time of the year when many families are gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the people of the Rockford United Methodist Church are looking ahead to Christmas and extending an invitation to all to join us for a FREE Christmas Day dinner.

The Christmas Day dinner started in December 2005 with the original intention of serving hungry and lonely people who might not have a traditional Christmas Day dinner nor family with whom to share it. A decade later, people from the church continue to volunteer and work as a team preparing and serving a turkey dinner and offering a venue to gather and spend Christmas day together as a community with family and friends. Gifts will be given to children attending.

Yearly attendance continues to grow, still offering a free meal to anyone who walks in the door. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potato casserole are served with a dinner roll and a smile. The dessert tables are loaded with lots of homemade goodies. People from the church congregation serve meals, wash dishes and greet dinner guests. The biggest blessing comes from seeing and serving hungry families, empty-nesters and extended families enjoying the holiday together.

On December 25, Friday this year, we’re inviting everyone to join us at the Community Building at Shanes Park in Rockford for Christmas Dinner, 10:30 am to 1pm. If you are alone on the holiday, if you are hungry or alone on the holiday or even if you have a houseful of family and guests, please join us. We’ll be Together at Christmas.

 
 
 

The Ohio City Pride’s Fourth Annual “Holiday Lights” Contest

The rules for entering the contest is easy, you must reside in Liberty Township (Ohio City). Your photo will be added to our album for our 3,300 fans to vote on. We suggest that after your photo is uploaded to our album that you share the photo and encourage friends and family to vote for you. Only votes in this album count. If you do not have a Facebook account or internet access your photo can be dropped off at the Village of Ohio City’s Utility Office, just include your name and address on the back of the photo. You can also email the photo to bighamcreativecommunications@gmail.com. There will be one winner that will take all the prize money. The contest will be over on December 31st at 11:59pm.

Here are our current sponsors. We will be adding more as they become available.

Sponsors:
BHS Gun Shop
Bigham Creative Communications
Ohio City Express
Park Board: Ohio City Community Building
Thee Ohio City Junction, LLC
Rent-A-Garage
Village of Ohio City

If you would like to be a sponsor or have any questions, please contact us at 419-953-9511

 
 
 

22nd Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony at Van Wert County Hospital
Van Wert County Hospital’s TWIG III volunteers lit up the tree in front of the hospital’s main entrance for the 22nd year on Monday.  The Tree of Lights service was filled with reflection and music, offering a wonderful way to honor and remember loved ones this holiday season. The tree displays sparkling lights and special star ornaments that were purchased in memory of loved ones.  This year, 40 people gathered to hang the star ornaments to honor and remember family members and friends or in support of the hospital.  Jacob Wilder provided music as the lights were turned on and the ornaments were hung. Pastor William Haggis II gave the invocation.

 

The annual Tree of Lights ceremony is a TWIG III fundraiser and approximately $2,100 was raised from the event. At the end of the evening’s program, TWIG III President Lisa Dunn presented the donation to Mark Minick, CEO and President of Van Wert County Hospital.

Mark Minick, CEO and President hangs a star on the Tree of Lights.

 


 

Eric and Kaila Flory hang a star in memory of their son, Beau Flory.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

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

Photo Caption:   Santa’s Image was a part of an historic advertisement in 1885.

This historic 1885 advertisement of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. from Leroy, Ohio, with Ed. C. Snyder as the local Celina Agent, used the image of Santa Claus, not only to promote the good will of the season, but also to promote good will of his business to his customers.  This advertisement is a reflection of the history of Christmas and Santa Claus, as well as being a reflection of the history of the commercial side of the season.

Our annual calendar reflects the history of keeping time, and keeping an annual record of seasonal celebrations.  One hundred and thirty years ago, the 1885 Calendar had the same days and dates as the 2015 Calendar.  Christmas fell on Friday, December 25, 1885.  Yes, the December 25 celebration of Christmas will again fall on Friday, in 2015.

The historic message of good will at Christmas is just as clear today, as it was 130 years ago, in 1885, and just has it has been for the over two thousand years.  This season of celebrating the birth of Christ and Peace on Earth is among our most historic holidays of the year.

The Members of the Mercer County Historical Society join me in wishing each of you a Merry Christmas.  May each of you find peace and happiness and good health in the New Year of 2016.  May you value your Ohio Heritage of celebrating Christmas among family and friends.

 

 
 
 
 

 
December 11-13, 2015

 

 
 
 

Calvary Preschool Sings to Residents of Van Crest

Calvary Preschool students in Vicki Chavarria’s and Julie Stewart’s classes recently visited Van Crest Health Care Center.  The students sang several Christmas carols for the residents.  Vicki Chavarria read the Nativity Story from scripture.  At the conclusion of the singing the students greeted each resident with handshakes and hugs, wishing those in attendance, “Merry Christmas.”    For information about the preschool program for the remainder of this year or for enrollment information contact Marilyn Agler at 567-259-3130, via our Facebook page, or on the Calvary Evangelical Church webpage.

 

 

Santa House Hours in Celina and Appreciation of Support

The Santa house on the Mercer County Courthouse steps will be open through
December 22nd.  The hours that Santa will be in his house are Tuesdays and Thursdays 6PM-8PM and Saturdays 12N-2PM.  Every year almost 900 children and their parents visit the house of the jolly elf.  These children are from all over Mercer and Auglaize Counties. 

This Santa house is organized by the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of these 900 children, we would like to thank the following sponsors who donated this year for the expenses of the house.   They are CAPT, Celina America Legion, Celina Eagles Lodge, Celina Moose Lodge, Citizens National Bank, Deluxe Dry Cleaners, Jones Jeweler, Stammen Insurance, VFW of Celina, VFW of Celina Ladies Auxiliary, and Women of the Celina Moose Lodge.

We would also like to thank the Chamber Trustees and Ambassadors who assist Santa in the house during those hours.   Thanks to Dick and Jodie Swaney and sons for all their help with moving and putting up the decorations.  JD Construction moves the house to and from the Courthouse steps every year and we appreciate that very much.   We appreciate the city of Celina utilities department for their help with the electrical needs of the house.   Also, thank you to the Mercer County Commissioners for allowing the house to be placed on the
Courthouse steps.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to call the Chamber
office at 419 586 2219.

 

Rockford Police Department to Have an Office at Parkway High School
In an agreement between Parkway Local Schools and the Rockford Police Department, Police Chief Paul May will be using a conference room at the high school as an office during the day and at some weekend events. Beginning in January 2016, the police presence is meant to boost security and student safety. This will not cost the school anything except phone calls the chief might incur while at the school.
 
 
 

 
December 8-10, 2015

 

 
 

Richard Sherrick Inducted into Prestigious Hall of Fame
This past weekend at the University of Akron, former Parkway Schools band director Richard Sherrick was inducted into the Ohio Band Directors Conference Hall of Fame.

The Ohio Band Director’s Hall of Fame was established in 1974 as part of the Ohio Band Director’s Conference held annually at The University of Akron. The Hall of Fame inducts one retired Ohio High School or Middle School band director in recognition of outstanding work in the field of instrumental music education. To date there have been 38.

The Ohio Band Directors Conference photo gallery for the Hall of Fame is located in the Guzzetta Hall Atrium.

Each year, the Ohio Band Directors Conference welcomes outstanding middle school and high school concert bands and directors to campus for performances, workshops, and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony during the final OBDC High School Honor Band concert.

Mr. Sherrick held the Parkway music teacher position from 1971 until his retirement in 2007.

Pictured left is nominator/presenter and the 2014 OBDC Hall of Fame recipient Jeff Shellhammer with Richard Sherrick.

 

 
December 7, 2015
Pearl Harbor Day

 

 
 
 

Christmas Lights in Shanes Park are Beautiful!
The Christmas lights and decorating have been completed at Shanes Park.  The light displays will come on every evening from 6 pm - 10 pm during the Christmas season.  Take some time to drive by and see the beautiful lights at Shanes Park - we hope you enjoy them!  There are some nice settings for family pictures, too!  If you see any of the following helpers, please extend a Thank you
to them for giving of their time, over 210 hours to get the decorating completed.

Georgette Knox, Karen Long, Lisa Kuhn, Marlene Roebuck, Karen Seibert, Jami Green, Amy Beougher, Barb & Mike Pedroza, Clete & Irene Schmidt, Rex & Terri Piper, Larry Stephenson, Denny Gibbons, Denise Marbaugh, Donna Felver and Joyce Emans.

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 

 

Steer Show in Van Wert

The Junior Fair Board has set the date/time for the 2015 show steer, performance steer and dairy steer weigh-in. Please mark your calendars for Saturday January 2nd, from 8:00am-10:00am at the Junior Fair Beef Barn on the Fairgrounds. Animals not in line to be weighed at the end of the time may be disqualified from participation in the 2016 Van Wert County Jr. Fair. Exhibitors may allow someone else to weigh in their animals for them if they are unable to be present for the weigh in.

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

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

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING December 8, 2015 6:30 P.M.
COMMUNITY ROOM - Agenda

 
 
Henkle Insurance Train and Christmas Village Set-Up and Running
Henkle Insurance has their Christmas train set-up and running completely around a beautiful Christmas Village.
It is located in their front window on Main Street in Rockford. Stop by and take a look - it will put you in the Christmas spirit!
 
 

Get Your Dog Tags in Rockford
The Village of Rockford will be selling Mercer County Dog Tags at the Village Hall beginning December 7th through January 31st.   Checks should be made payable to Mercer County Treasurer.  Cost is $14.00 for tags and $70 for Kennel License.  

3 Year or Lifetime Dog Tags are sold at the Mercer County Auditor Room 207. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
December 4-6, 2015

 

 
 
Parkway Christmas Concert Schedule
Come and enjoy the sounds of the season.

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 PM High School Band and Choir
Monday, Dec 7 at 6:30 PM Junior High School Band and Choir
Thursday, Dec 10 at 6:00 PM 1st Grade concert followed at 6:45 with the 3rd Grade concert
Monday, Dec 14 at 6:00 PM 5th and 6th grade concert
Tuesday, Dec 15 at 6:00 PM 2nd grade concert followed at 6:45 with the 4th Grade concert

 

 

 

Aggravated Robbery in Mercer County
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a Robbery that occurred on December 1st, 2015 at around 2:00 PM.   The victim and suspect are acquainted with each other.  The suspect approached the victim at his residence, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.   The Sheriff’s Office applied for and  received a search and arrest warrant for the suspect and his residence.  Detectives found the suspect at a bar in Franklin Township and he was taken into custody without incident.   Detectives and Deputies then searched the suspects house and found the gun described by the victim.   The gun was found to be a  pellet gun, however was made to look like a .357 revolver.  The suspect is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.   Arrested was 62 year old Silas Floyd King Jr of 6620 Bruce Road Lot 23 Celina, Ohio.   King is currently being held on charges of Aggravated Robbery (felony of the 1st degree) and Theft (Felony of the 5th degree).   The theft charge was enhanced due to the victim’s age.   King is being held on a $500,000.00 Bond.

 
 

 
December 2-3, 2015

 

 
 

Local Wood Craftsman Creates Unique Pens
by Sheila Baltzell 12-2-2015
Robert Ransbottom, of Rockford, has always loved woodworking and has recently taken his talent for refinishing, custom frame building and cabinetry to a much “smaller” size and is creating one-of-a-kind unique refillable ball point pens from wood. Refills are available through Bob or at Office Depot.

The pens range in price from $20-$35, and he offers olive wood from the Holy Land, Cocobolla wood from Africa, cedar from Michigan, local walnut and oak as well as wood which he stains like hickory.

The designs are fun and include a rifle, with bolt action, a patriotic flag, teacher pens with red on one end and black on the other for grading papers, and a pen with a car shifter. He also has regular pens and mechanical pencils, 7 mm.

Pens are created with precut wood or wood he cuts on a table saw for small chunks ¾ “  x ¾” x 2-1/2” – grip size. The corners are removed and shaped into a round wood shaft on a band saw. A lathe creates the unique design by hand shaping with a wood gouge tool.  Hand sanding finishes the wood shafts for placement on a Pen Pal drill used to open a shaft down the middle of the wood. This takes some extra skill to get the pen right.  Superglue added in 5 coats gives the wood shafts their shine. After the drying, Bob uses the Penn State Industries “pen kits” and a pen press to superglue to pieces together. The metal finishes available are gun metal, brass, copper, and antique gold.

 

 

Monograms engraved for personalization are available; special gift bags can be purchased for storage; and cards explaining the authenticity of some of the imported woods are available. Bob sells his rifle pens locally at Terry’s Trim in Rockford, as well as a variety of craft shows, and from his home.

Bob works part-time at Ace hardware in Van Wert and locally learned of the pen crafting from Ray Volk, who makes them as a hobby.

Bob also does custom picture framing with non-glare glass, and creates signage from old barn wood.  Give Bob a call at 419-363-3269 or email him at mkranny@bright.net

Contact him before Christmas as they make great gifts. 

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 

Gun pens

Teacher pens


Other styles
 
   
 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (following a 2 hour delay) due to dense fog.
Teachers at Parkway will be handing-out Blizzard Bag Assignments
to make-up for this day's absence from school.
Students will receive the make-up work upon their return to school.

Thursday, Dec 3 Lunch as scheduled
Friday, Dec 5 Lunch will be the Dec 2 Lunch

 

 
 
 
 

New Building Going Up in Shanes Park

The Village of Rockford has raised money for and begun construction on a new park building in Shanes Park.  The 50 x 30 building, complete with porches sits next to the old United Brethren Church Summer Campground Meeting Hall used now for parties. Donors have been The Rockford Eagles, Rockford American Legion, Shanes Crossing Historical Society, and private individuals.  The old building will be torn down in the Spring. Plans to add a kitchen and restrooms will have to wait for more donations.

 
 
 

17th Annual Mendon Festival of Trees & Christmas Walk

Friday, December 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5th from 1:30 - 5:30 PM for most events.

 

The historic Town Hall in the Village of Mendon will be decorated for the Holidays and feature over 80 Christmas trees-trimmed in a variety of themes. 

Refreshments are provided at the end of the tour. 

Throughout the Village there will be activities suitable for all the family, Animals of the Nativity will be housed in the old Fire House, Mendon United Methodist Church and the Mendon Church of God will have activities and displays.   A shopping extravaganza will be open with a variety of vendors in the Mendon Farm Store.

Santa will be in town on Saturday, arriving by Fire Truck.  He will be available to visit with children from 1:30 -4:30.  Most events are free or a $1.00 donation.

Check out our Facebook Page,  Mendon Festival of Trees for exact times of specific events.

 

Go UkeCrazy With The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra 


(Van Wert, OH) - Vancrest Health Care Centers is pleased to present a world-renowned group of ukulele enthusiasts, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra as the third concert in the 2015-2016 Community Concert Series at the Niswonger. The Wellington Ukulele Orchestra’s modern and eccentric style is sure to make a splash at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio on Thursday Mar. 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Unconventional and arrestingly culture filled, this event will inspire kids and youth with current culture relevant music played in a new and unexpected way.

Renowned for their winning combination of charming humor, disarmingly small ukuleles, and sublime musicality, The WIUO is one of the world’s great modern stage acts. Hailing from New Zealand, the ten-member ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever they go.

Armed with nearly a dozen Ukuleles and a single, double bass, The WIUO presents a catalogue of popular music selections in a way few have heard them before, including songs made famous by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers, Kings of Leon and much more. The combination of high octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies, and outrageous costumes spells the perfect recipe for an unmissable fun-fest with The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

Supporting sponsors for this event include Slusher’s Jewelry, Van Wert County Hospital, Taylor Auto Sales of Van Wert, Tisha Fast – State Farm Agent, and Central Insurance Companies.

Tickets are available beginning Thursday, Dec. 3 at noon, at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office Mon – Fri, Noon – 4 PM. Tickets range from $20 - $30. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 


Used Toy Bazaar to Benefit Missions
The Annual IC Christmas Used Toy Bazaar will be Monday, December 7
from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

This event is to help families be able to offer a nicer Christmas to their kids or grandchildren. Proceeds will benefit the IC Mission Project to purchase schools supplies for the children in El Chan, Guatemala.

The school will be accepting donations of gently used toys, books, games and puzzles up until Noon on the 7th. Please drop off during the hours of 8:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. or other arrangements can be made by  calling (419) 586-2379. Left over items will be donated to the Choosing Life Pregnancy Center and Mercer County Books for Tots.

 

Snow –do not plow onto roadways

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

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

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

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

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

 

Join the Bi-Cenntennial Committee at the Next Meeting

Here’s a friendly reminder that the next Bi Cenntennial Committee meeting will be held on December 7th at 7 pm - Village Hall and Museum.

The public encouraged to attend and get involved.

 

 

Free Gift Wrapping in Celina on Friday Evening, December 4, 2015

On Friday, December 4, 2015, teachers in the Celina City Schools are proudly offering free gift wrapping at Brew Nation, 110 S. Main Street,  in Celina. Steve Stewart, spokesperson for the Celina Education Association (CEA) stated that “The free gift wrapping will take place from 9-11 PM, and the gift must be accompanied by a receipt from a local, downtown business. Wrapping will take place while wrapping supplies last ”.

CEA is a local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). CEA represents the approximately 199 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in the Celina City School District.

 

Mailbox Repair

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

Mailboxes and posts damaged by snow and ice thrown from plow blades will not be repaired by the Engineer’s office.  Boxes and posts damaged by contact from a plow blade or truck will be replaced by the Engineer’s office, using light-weight standard steel mailboxes and 4-by-4-inch wooden posts.

 

1,600 Shoeboxes Packed
Van Wert - Youth for Christ (YFC) would like to say thank you to all that generously gave of their time and means to help impact millions of hurting kids this Christmas. Together we were able to pack over 1,600 shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoe box gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in over 100 countries.

The following local churches participated: Calvary Evangelical, Countryside Chapel United Methodist, First Baptist Church, First Church of God, First Presbyterian, First United Brethren in Christ, First United Methodist, LifeHouse, Middle Point United Methodist, Ohio City Community Church of God, Olive Branch, Pleasant View Baptist, St. Mark’s Lutheran, Sugar Ridge, Trinity Friends, Trinity United Methodist, and Zion Christian Union; along with several private individuals that dropped off their boxes.

We also want to thank Store &Haul, Inc. for the use of their facility as the Collection Center.

The shoeboxes are collected for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org or contact the local OCC Relay Center coordinator, Denis Ellinger, at (419) 238-1370, denis@wcohyfc.com.

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer; passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

 

 

Mercer Health issues Visitor Restrictions in Childbirth Center due to Pertussis

Mercer County is experiencing an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough).  At Mercer Health, we are seeing an increased number of pertussis patients, primarily children, in our outpatient areas. To protect our newborns, we are limiting visitors in the Childbirth Center.  At this time, all visitors under the age of 14, except siblings, are restricted from visiting in the Childbirth Center at Mercer Health. 

Nicole Pleiman, RN, BSN, CIC, Infection Prevention Specialist at Mercer Health, states, “We are implementing these restrictions to protect our newborns.  Newborns are more vulnerable to certain types of illness such as pertussis.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends babies receive their first vaccination to help protect against pertussis at 2 months of age.  Mercer Health’s visiting restrictions will remain in place to protect our newborns until the number of pertussis cases in Mercer County decrease.”

According to the Mercer County Celina City Health Department, Pertussis can occur at any age.  Pertussis begins as a mild upper respiratory infection.  Initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough.  Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop, vomiting during or after the coughing fits and exhaustion.  These episodes may recur for one to two months, and are more frequent at night.  For more information on pertussis: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/features/odhfeatures/pertussis.aspx or http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/index.html

 

 

 

 
December 1, 2015

 

 
 
 

Twenty-First Century Club Members Meet in November

The members of Rockford’s Twenty-First Century Club met for the third meeting of the year at the home of Susan Coburn on November 17, 2015. Kim Carr and Karla Butler (shown) conducted a very entertaining program on the city of Wapakoneta in Auglaize County. It was complete with maps and brochures they had gathered on a fact-gathering trip. They also had photos on an i-pad to share with the group and books to peruse. Kim and Karla told about the early years of the area where Shawnee Indians settled and lived along the Auglaize River in 1780 with their Chief Black Hoof. The area was called Waughpaughkonnetta, meaning white garment. Quakers came and settled in the area to help the Indians and they set up a grist mill. In 1832, the Shawnee were sent by the federal government to Kansas, opening up the Auglaize reservation lands to white settlers. The settlement soon became the county seat for the newly redistributed lands called Auglaize County.  They told about early industries including: butter churns; cast iron cookware; furniture; and buggies.  Travel and trading up and down the river made it a prosperous town. Then the Civil War Era came as did the railroad, and the women reported that the town is still considered a major American crossroad at the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. Route 33. Besides the very popular tourist attraction, The Neil Armstrong Museum, the town is known for beautiful architecture including the county courthouse, the old Presbyterian church, now the museum, homes, and a thriving antiques center.  A privately owned attraction is another item on the must-see list for Wapakoneta – The Temple of Tolerance. They passed pictures of the site located in the back yard and adjoining properties of Jim Bowsher. An eclectic collection of old items of interest, including many unusual rocks and rock formations, there is said to be an aura of energy in Bowsher’s creations. Travelers come from far to see this wonder and some to meditate.   Susan and Jane Miller served a delicious berry dessert. The December meeting, a group trip, will be to the Niswonger Center in Van Wert for the Mercy Me Christian Concert. Members are reminded to bring canned goods and plastic bags for the Food Bank in Rockford at the next regular meeting in the home of Cindy Canary on January 26, 2016.

 

 
November 26-30, 2015

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway December 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

December Fun at the Rockford Carnegie Library
Rockford Carnegie Library announces programs for the month of December.

There will be a craft program for adults and teens on Thursday, December 3rd.  We will be making "Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars".  We will start at 6:30 and supplies will be furnished.  Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of crafting and snacking.

The next family program at the library will be Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30.  A "Snowman's Christmas" will be featured in stories, games, craft and snacks.  Bring the family for an evening of fun.

 

 
 

Mercer County Engineer employees participated in the County Engineer’s Association of Ohio Annual Snow Plow Rodeo on Nov. 24th, held at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.

 

            Every year Mercer County Engineer snow and ice control crews participate with their counterparts from Allen and Auglaize counties in competitions testing their skills against others in their profession.

 

            The activity allows the crews to network with others in the region about snow and ice control, safety and other county engineer work efforts.

 

            The three counties (Allen, Auglaize and Mercer) involved take turns hosting the event.

 

            This year, the Allen County Team B came in first place, with Allen County Team A coming in second.  In the individual snow plow competition, Mercer County’s Tony Knapke and TJ Smalley placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

 

            Equipment rodeo results are as follows:  1st Place Backhoe Basketball: Tony Knapke (Mercer County), 1st Place Backhoe Bowling: Dusty Messner (Mercer County), and 1st Place Skid Loader: Mike Steinlage (Mercer County).

 

            “Part of the day involves competition and displaying individual skills in snow and ice control, as well as other equipment operation,” Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart says.  “Another part of the day involves a training and safety program.  I think the most important part of the day for the guys is the ability to communicate and share what is working and what is not working in their operations with others in the region.”

 

            We want to thank Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Gray and Detective Doug Timmerman for their presentation about drugs and drug abuse.

 

            Wiechart offers the following guidelines for motorists to follow as they travel this winter season:

            ·If you have to travel during hazardous conditions, use common sense and adjust your speed to surrounding road conditions and slow down.

 

            ·When following a snowplow, be vigilant and stay back far enough so you can be seen in the snowplow driver’s mirrors.  All snowplows have starting and stopping points on their routes and at times unexpected backing by the truck may be necessary.

 

            ·Many of the township and county road pavements are one-lane or narrower.  Never attempt to pass from behind in these circumstances.

 

            ·When approaching a snowplow coming toward you on a typical two-lane road, give some room to those large trucks and pull over as far as you safely can.  The tip of the blade usually is at or around the centerline of the pavement.

 

            ·Be vigilant at intersections and provide plenty of room.  Plows may have to clear the edges of the radius of the intersection of snow and ice, which require many forward and reverse operations at the intersection area.

 

            ·Keep track of the road conditions and advisories issued by the Mercer County Sheriff.

 

 

 
 

Rockford Sergeant Arrests a Fleeing Driver
On November 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM. Sergeant Bryan Stetler with the Rockford Police attempted to stop a dark green Honda westbound on US 33 for speeding.  The vehicle being driven by Kean Butler of Mendon Ohio, failed to yield to the emergency lights and siren for 7 miles.  The vehicle then pulled into a residence in Van Wert County and drove behind a barn, in an attempt to hide. The driver was taken into custody without incident and is being held in Mercer County Jail on felony charges .

 

 
 

Vocalist Jerry Garcia Featured in Concert at Three Northwest Ohio Locations

Award Winning Southern Gospel Recording Artist Jerry Garcia will be appearing in Northwest Ohio during the month of December at three locations!  The public is invited to celebrate Christmas with the Gospel Music Sensation. Each performance will be unforgettable for all. Jerry Garcia sings songs that raise people’s spirits, bring smiles to faces, and make great memories!  A free-will offering will be accepted at each concert.

Concerts are set for Saturday, December 12 at 6 PM at House of Love Ministries, of 220 N. Williams Street, Paulding; then on Sunday, December 13 at 10 AM, Beaver Chapel Congregational Christian Church will host Jerry at 6505 Karch Road, Celina; and at 6 PM he is hosted by First Church of God, of 500 Defiance Road, St. Marys. 

Each performance will be filled with comedy, amazing music, and pure inspiration!  A 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.  

Mark your calendars for December 12 and 13 and experience the excitement with Jerry this holiday season when he shares the gospel through music! 

 

Genealogical Society Plans Meeting

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 pm at the Richardson Bretz Building  behind the Celina Branch of the Mercer County Library.  This will be the group’s annual Christmas party.  Anyone wanting to participate in a cookie exchange should bring 10 dozen of their favorite cookies. The program will be a discussion of the most unexpected place you found genealogy material, information or clues. There will also be the installation of the Chapter’s 2016 officers. This will be a fun and  informal time for members and guests.  The public is always welcome.

 

VANTAGE CARPENTRY STUDENTS
BUILD ON EXPERIENCE

– Christmas Buffet Planned as Well

 

            Much goes on in the Carpentry lab at the end of the long hallway in the Trade and Industrial wing at Vantage.  Students learn how to use the “tools of the trade” – a dovetail machine, router, biscuit joiner, pocket hole cutter, and wide belt sander – just to name a few.  Many times, they are working on custom project for local businesses, like the Van Wert Senior Center, VFW Museum, and Habitat for Humanity.

            One recent project for Universal Lettering had the Carpentry students building customized sewing carts and tables.  General Manager, Cory Hoops was very pleased with the project.  “I can’t say enough about the carpentry program at Vantage. Each year that we have asked the students to build work aids for our growing operation, they have exceeded far beyond our expectations in a number of ways.  The workmanship is top notch as well the professionalism of the young men and women in the program.  I always look forward to the next opportunity to work with Mr. Robinson’s students on future carpentry projects that will help Universal Lettering continue to expand and grow.” Instructor Jerry Robinson is eager for his students to learn a variety of skills in the two year program.

            At the extreme opposite end of the building, Culinary Arts students are preparing for one of their biggest events at the Cup & Saucer Restaurant - the annual Christmas Lunch Buffet.  It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, December 9 and Friday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 + tax.  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  Reservations go quickly, so be sure to call 419-238-5411 ext. 2425 to reserve your spot now. 

 

 

 
November 24-25, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 
 
 

88th National FFA Convention
by Laura Barrett

On October 26 2015, Parkway students loaded the bus along with Coldwater and St. Henry for the 88th National FFA convention. Held in Louisville KY, this was the biggest year yet, breaking the record with a total of 53,358 attended. This forces a location change as the convention next year will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The group stopped for some pretty cool tours along the way. Their first was the Corvette factory and museum. Also that day the group toured the Auburn Leather Factory, and Mammoth Caves. Day two consisted of seeing, a cattle and tobacco farm, Omni meats (a processing plant), and the opening convention session with guest speaker Rick Rigsby.  The third day was spent at the career show and shopping mall in the Kentucky Expo Center; touring Buffalo Trace Distillery, and having a blast at the Buckeye Bash. Also in the spirit of Halloween, went to a haunted house. Then the fourth day students explored the Kentucky Expo Center again, toured Foxhollow farms, an organic farm in Crestwood, Kentucky, and went to a convention session where guest speaker Brad Montaque (creator of kid president) received a standing ovation for his inspiring speech. Finally, on the last day the group watched the American degree ceremony, and took the long journey home.

Students that went said it was a lot of fun and a worthwhile experience. Also, a special thank you to Farm Credit for sponsoring the group jackets, they looked awesome!

 

 
 

WRKD to Celebrate 1st Anniversary

It’s a 1st Anniversary Open House!  Come celebrate!   Rockford’s Best Mix – 101.3 WRKD  will be hosting an open house on Sunday – December 13th from 2 – 5  pm.  We are located at the Rockford Village Office and Museum at 151 E Columbia St, Rockford.   Refreshments will be served!   Meet the team and tour the studio!

Pictures taken and shared by Todd Henkle when the new WKRD tower went up last year. Click on pictures to enlarge them.

 
 

New Record Set for Shoebox Collection in Northwest Ohio

TV-44 and Samaritan’s Purse are pleased to announce 18,210 boxes were collected from the northwest Ohio region during the 2015 Operation Christmas Child national collection week.

Individuals, churches, and organizations from the region converged on TV-44 from November 16-23 to bring their filled and sealed shoeboxes. Items inside the boxes ranged from toys to school supplies, personal hygiene items, and more. Each box was designated for a boy or girl of specific age range.

The 18.210 boxes departed Lima on November 24 in 4 semi truck pup trailers, transported to North Carolina for the next step of processing.

Throughout the coming months, the shoeboxes will be dispersed to countries around the world, given to children in need. The program is organized by Samaritan’s Purse as a way to impact the lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection is an annual program, taking place every year, the third week of November.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.


For questions about the TV-44 drop off site, call 419-339-4444.

The local collection director is Deb Smith.

 

 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Deer Season in Ohio

For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception.

Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on September 26th and will run through February 7th, while deer gun season will begin on November 30th and end on December 6th, with a bonus season December 28th and 29th. Hunters using a muzzleloader will have another opportunity in the New Year, with a four day season January 9th through January 12th, and youth deer gun season will be November 21st and 22nd.

Once again, bag limits have been changed from last year. In Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Shelby counties, hunters will be under the two-deer bag limit. These bag limits are established by county lines, so you should consult the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) handbook on bag limits in other counties. Hunters this year will be using the electronic checking system, which has successfully reduced administrative concerns during deer season and ensures that permit money is put to better use.

ODNR is tasked with managing the deer population in the state and considers multiple factors before establishing bag limits. We are currently seeing the benefits of a major push a few years ago to thin the deer population in the state—a practice that results in healthier deer. Ultimately, these state policies are focused on improving the hunting experience in Ohio. Whether you are hunting with a bow or a gun this deer season, please be safe and remember to wear your orange.

 

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

Photo Caption:  The Village of Sebastian is located in Mercer County, in Marion Township, at the intersection of Sebastian Road and St. Rt. 716-A.  This 1900 map of Sebastian identified the Store owned by J.H. Beckman, where the Sebastian U.S. Post Office was located from 1882 to 1904.

As noted on the 1900 Map of Sebastian, located on the east side of the Saint Sebastian Church, J. H. Beckman had a General Store, in which a U.S. Post Office was located, for twenty-two years. 

Prior to the existence of Sebastian Post Office, Sebastian Citizens and their rural neighbors had been receiving their mail on Route No. 21639, from New Bremen, Auglaize County.  The 1881 arrival of the Narrow Gauge T.D. & B. Railroad in Mercer County resulted in the improvement of transportation and the economy of Mercer County.  As Mercer County communities acquired their own U.S. Post  Offices, the citizens in Sebastian looked to the possibility of a Post Office within their community.

After the New Year in 1882, J.H. Beckmann, under the New Bremen Post Master Wm. Schulenberg, sent an Application for a new Post Office, with the name of “Saint Sebastian,” to the Post Office Department at the Office of the First Assistant Post Master General Frank Hatton.  As of February 25, 1882, Hatton wrote J. H. Beckmann, in care of the Postmaster of New Bremen, explaining that another name, than “Saint Sebastian,” for the Post Office must be selected.  Mr. Hatton assigned the name of “Sebastian Post Office,” to the new Post Office.  In 1882 J.H. Beckmann signed his last name as Beckmann, and by 1900 had signed his name as Beckman.

The 1882 Application for the Post Office at Sebastian provided a lesser known history of the area.  The Application noted the nearby Villages of Chickasaw, and Carthagena, and stated that the nearest railroad was the “Toledo, Delphos & Burlington Railroad” i.e. T.D. & B. R.R. at Chickasaw, at a distance of a mile and a half.  Today, that railroad is remembered locally as the “Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton,” i.e. C.H. & D., because that was a later name for that railroad. 

The statement that caught my eye was that the 1882 Application stated that the nearest “Flag Station” was located at St. Johns, a distance of three and a half miles.  A “Flag Station,” was a railroad station at which trains stopped only when signaled to do so.  The 1900 Plat Map of St. John identified a site of a Railroad Depot, along the R.R. tracks; therefore, there was a depot at which the trains could stop in 1900.  I do not know the date of the original construction of the Railroad Depot at St. Johns.

The 1882 Application noted a Village population of eighty, and a total number of residents, including the rural citizens being served, would be one hundred and twenty-five.  J. Henry Beckmann was the Proposed Post Master.  (Remember that the Post Office was located in Beckmann’s General Store.)  The Proposed Date to open the Post Office was to take effect on July 1, 1882.

Historians John Gallagher and A. Patera, in their 1979 book, “The Post Offices of Ohio,” stated that the U.S. Post Office was established at Sebastian August 29, 1882 and that Post Office was discontinued June 2, 1904, and became effective June 15, 1904.  The date 1904 was the time period when the RFD (Rural Free Delivery) resulted in smaller rural post offices being closed and mail being sent to larger villages.

The Village of Sebastian was neither platted nor incorporated; therefore the Village does not have an exact date of being established.  Thus, changes within the Village of Sebastian began with the arrival of the T.D. & B. Railroad in Mercer County in 1881, accompanied by a new U.S. Post Office within the Village in 1882.  A return to a quieter life in Sebastian followed the 1904 closing of the Sebastian U.S. Post Office.  That event was followed by the loss of nearby transportation via the railroad, when the C.H. & D. Railroad discontinued operating through Marion Township, in Mercer County, Ohio in 1923.  

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

 

 

 

 
November 23, 2015

 

 
 

All Team Pictures provided by Nikki Fox
All Team Schedules provided by Lisa Miller
Thank you!




Click Here for the Parkway Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Pictures and Printable Schedules and Rosters

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Basketball Varsity and JV Pictures and Team Schedules and Rosters

 
 

Parkway Boys & Girls Bowling Team Pictures and Schedules

 
 

Parkway Boys Wrestling Team Pictures and Schedules

 
 

Parkway Junior High Team Pictures and Schedules for Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Cheerleaders

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rockford Christmas in the Park – November 29, 2015 
Help us celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by attending our
FREE event - Christmas at the Park - on Sunday, November 29th at 7 pm -
Shanes Park in Rockford.  We will light up the park with Christmas lights
and decorations and enjoy Christmas music from local talented artists.  
Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided !
  
Sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce

 
 
 

Van Wert County Hospital

Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes and Financial Strength

 

 

Van Wert, OH, November 2015 – Van Wert County Hospital today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes and Financial Strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

 

“Van Wert County Hospital is committed to the population of this community and their health,”

Mark Minick, Van Wert County Hospital’s president and CEO, said. “Our number one priority is the patient. We want our patients to receive the best care when they come to us and we are proud to be recognized as one of the top hospitals providing quality health care in similar rural communities. It encourages us as we continue to strive to be better each day.”

 

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and

9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

 

“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

 

About NOSORH

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

 

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage is a leading business analytic and advisory services company a unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare. For more information please visit  http://www.ivantagehealth.com.

 

 
November 20-22, 2015

 

 
 
 
Parkway Middle School Students Present Willy Wonka on November 14 & 15, 2015

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures of the talented actors and actresses at Parkway.

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The RADC will meet again Monday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rockford Library basement. We will also discuss candy cane distribution.

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Delgado joins Van Wert Medical Services, Community

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services is pleased to announce Alberto Delgado, M.D., has joined the team as an obstetrics and gynecology physician.

Delgado had been working at Van Wert Medical Services since June as a locum physician, but became an employed physician on Oct. 5.

“The patients, my coworkers and the community members I have worked with during my time here have been more than welcoming and a pleasure to work with and care for ,” Delgado said. “I look forward to meeting more people in the community as I settle down with my family to make Van Wert my home.”

Dr. Delgado attended Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he received his doctorate of medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University’s Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, from 2003 to 2007.

Since then,Dr. Delgado has worked in obstetrics and gynecology at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin, Georgia, and Mercy Regional Hospital in Lorain, Ohio.

“I have worked in a variety of environments throughout my schooling and career,” Delgado said. “My experience will help me better serve my patients here in Van Wert and I hope my knowledge and experience will help to continue the mission of Van Wert Medical Services.”

By joining the obstetrics and gynecology team at Van Wert Medical Services, Dr. Delgado has committed to the department’s goal of staying up to date with the latest developments in women’s healthcare to provide quality patient  care in the community.

“Dr. Delgado has already proven he is a great asset to Van Wert Medical Services in the short time he has been here,” Dr. Jennifer Hohman, the Medical Staff President for Van Wert County Hospital, said. “He truly cares about his patients and their well-being. We are happy to have him as a member of our team and community.”

Delgado is accepting new patients.  Those interested in scheduling an appointment should call his office at 419-238-3047.

 

State Representative Buchy Applauds Representative Derickson on Passage of Resolution Urging Obama to Halt Acceptance of Syrian Refugees

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauds State Representative Tim Derickson (R-Oxford) for his leadership in sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 31. Derickson carried the concurrent resolution and led the efforts for swift passage at a time when America needs common sense leadership the most.

The concurrent resolution, which passed the Ohio House on Tuesday, November 19th, urges President Obama to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. and Ohio.  The legislation was in response to President Obama declaring the U.S. will continue to allow Syrian refugees in the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks.

“Americans are concerned about the efforts of terrorist to infiltrate innocent refugee groups,” Buchy said. “Without 100% certainty in our screening process it is unsafe for the U.S. to accept refugees from Syria, which we have reason to believe may be a Trojan horse for terrorists to enter our homeland.”

“In today’s politically correct world, we often struggle to find leaders willing to stand up and lead the legislature to do the right thing,” Buchy said. “The recent example of Tim Derickson’s efforts to unite the Ohio legislature behind this needed resolution justly deserves recognition.” 

Earlier this week, Derickson released the following statement following the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 31:

“I was pleased to see my colleagues in the House stand beside me to pass a measure that I think is very important for our national security interests. The tragic events in Paris over the weekend served as yet another grim reminder of the potential for dangers and vicious acts to be carried out on innocent people. For the safety of our families, neighbors and friends, I believe it is imperative that public leaders come together and take the necessary steps to prevent acts of terror from occurring here at home. Several states are taking similar stands, and Ohio can be among the leaders when it comes to promoting peace and safety for all Americans. That is what today’s passage of HCR 31 was all about.”

House Concurrent Resolution 31 was passed Tuesday with a vote of 65-29.

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church ~ Invites Everyone
Together at Christmas

At this time of the year when many families are gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the people of the Rockford United Methodist Church are looking ahead to Christmas and extending an invitation to all to join us for a FREE Christmas Day dinner.

The Christmas Day dinner started in December 2005 with the original intention of serving hungry and lonely people who might not have a traditional Christmas Day dinner nor family with whom to share it. A decade later, people from the church continue to volunteer and work as a team preparing and serving a turkey dinner and offering a venue to gather and spend Christmas day together as a community with family and friends. Gifts will be given to children attending.

Yearly attendance continues to grow, still offering a free meal to anyone who walks in the door. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potato casserole are served with a dinner roll and a smile. The dessert tables are loaded with lots of homemade goodies. People from the church congregation serve meals, wash dishes and greet dinner guests. The biggest blessing comes from seeing and serving hungry families, empty-nesters and extended families enjoying the holiday together.

On December 25, Friday this year, we’re inviting everyone to join us at the Community Building at Shanes Park in Rockford for Christmas Dinner, 10:30 am to 1pm. If you are alone on the holiday, if you are hungry or alone on the holiday or even if you have a houseful of family and guests, please join us. We’ll be Together at Christmas.

 

State Rep. Buchy Applauds Passage of Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today voted in favor of House Bill 294, which defunds Planned Parenthood.  Representative Buchy also co-sponsored the legislation which goes further than any previous legislation to remove funding from the country’s largest abortion provider.

“I am for any bill that reduces or stops the killing of innocent babies,” Buchy said. “We must continue to reduce funding sources for Planned Parenthood because government has no business participating in funding organizations that profit from the practice of abortion.”

The bill prohibits the use of public health funds to perform, promote, or contract with any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions.  If passed, funds may be redirected to organizations that provide services without promoting or performing nontherapeutic abortions.
HB 294 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 

 

Pit Bull Attacks Child and Mother in St. Henry

Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a dog mauling incident.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call on November 16th at 3:45 PM from the resident at 4009 Lange Road, St. Henry advising her dog was attacking her two year old daughter.   St. Henry Police Department was requested to respond because deputies were not in the immediate area of the call.  The dog identified as a Pitbull breed was put down by the responding St. Henry Officer after the dog went after and charged the officer. The mother and 2 her year old daughter were transported to Coldwater ER with severe injuries inflicted by the dog by the St. Henry Rescue Squad.  The incident remains under investigation, no other information is being released at this time.  

 

 

 
November 18-19, 2015

 

 
 
 
Teachers in Celina City Schools Collect One Can for Every Hour and Donate to C.A.L.L. Food Bank

Teachers in the Celina City Schools have collected and donated  1010 canned goods to the C.A.L.L. Food Bank in Celina. Steve Stewart, spokesperson for the Celina Education Association (CEA) stated that “each can of food represents one hour some Celina City School teacher has worked beyond their contractual time – the time each day they are expected to work.  The collection time was limited to one week in early November. We wanted a visual representation of how many hours Celina teachers go above and beyond what they are paid to do to assist the students in our community. Teachers put in a lot of hours that most people in the community don’t see.  It is a way for us to present this information as well as our way to assist those in need during the upcoming holiday season.  We are proud of how much our teachers do for the students as well as how much they have contributed to the canned food drive”.


CEA is a local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). CEA represents the approximately 199 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in the Celina City School District.

 
 

 
November 17, 2015

 

 
 
 

Red Ribbon Week at Parkway Schools
Pictured are students from Parkway High School's FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) class with a Drug-Free banner provided by the Ohio Army National Guard. Students signed the banner pledging to stay drug-free. National Guardsmen SFC John Connolly and MSgt Scott Morningstar spent a day at Parkway speaking to students from Pre-K through 12th grade about making healthy choices and passing out red ribbons. The FCCLA students were instrumental in organizing Red Ribbon Week activities from Oct. 23-30th for Parkway schools.  The FCCLA class performed a skit for the lower grades and provided daily activities throughout the week to encourage their peers and under-classmen to stay drug-free and make healthy choices.

 
 

Christmas Afternoon of Shopping will Benefit Local Food Pantry
Please Join us this Sunday, Nov 22 at New Horizons Community Church,
833 S. Main St, Rockford OH for stress free holiday shopping!! Support
small business while helping those in need who may be a little extra
stressed this holiday season!!
  
We are so excited to announce our special guests, SANTA CLAUSE and
BATMAN!! Bring your cameras!
  
Admission is a donation of any non perishables, toiletries, coats,
hats and gloves!! All donations will be delivered to Parkway
Ministerial food pantry, parkway local school students and our local
Angel Tree project!!

Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of socializing, food,
free massages, unique crafter's, vendors and kiddie crafts!! Everyone’s invited.

 

Christmas Open House at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices December 17, 2015

1 PM to 3 PM is the time set for the Christmas Open House in the Meyer Community Room at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in St. Marys. Piano music, holiday treats, patio home and house tours. Tour the post-acute therapy wing.  Enter a drawing for a poinsettia. Everyone is invited! Call 419-394-6227

 

 

90th Birthday to be Celebrated in Rockford
Please join the Lloyd and Painter families for an open house to celebrate Betty Lloyd's 90th birthday on Sunday, December 6th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Maplewood of Shane's Village dining room.  Or you may send a card to Betty at 10701 St Rt 118, Rm 18, Rockford, OH  45882.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Offices Receive Immunization Coverage Excellence Award

The Van Wert County Health Department would like to congratulate Van Wert Medical Services Family Practice/Pediatrics and Wishing Well Pediatrics on receiving the 2014 Adolescent Coverage Excellence Award. This award is presented by the Ohio Department of Health to healthcare providers that achieve high levels of immunization coverage for recommended adolescent vaccines. The immunization rates of these two practices are assessed yearly by the Van Wert County Health Department using the continuous quality improvement process called AFIX. AFIX requires the commitment and dedication of providers to achieve these high levels of immunization coverage. It is through these efforts that Ohio is working toward the goal of 80% immunization coverage of adolescents aged 13 to 15 years. “Van Wert County is very lucky to have such dedicated medical professionals who are committed to protecting our adolescents against vaccine preventable diseases”, stated Kim Haas, RN, Director of Nursing and Immunization Coordinator at the Van Wert County Health Department. The awards were presented at the 11th Annual Statewide Immunization Conference held in Dublin, Ohio on September 10, 2015

 


OSU Extension to Host Agricultural and Natural Resources Issues Workshop  

Ohio State University Extension-Fulton County will be hosting an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agricultural Issues Workshop (webinar) on Monday, December 14th, 2015.  Fulton County was selected as one of ten locations for this statewide webinar.  If you are a farmer or represent farmers, this webinar will give you the information you need concerning specials issues with farm tax returns. 

You can choose to attend a host location or listen at your home or office.  Host locations will provide a knowledgeable facilitator, refreshments and lunch.  You are encouraged to bring your computer, as there will be real-time question and answer.  If you choose not to attend a host location, a web address for the webinar will be sent to you the week before December 14th.  Good web connectivity is required.  Check in at the host site begins at 8:30 am and the webinar runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

Pre-registration fee of $130 must be received by December 1st to receive the Agricultural Tax Issues Workbook and weblink.  Registration should be completed online at www.go.osu.edu/taxschools or stop at the Extension Office to pick up a mail-in registration form.

The following continuing education units are being offered:  Accountancy Board of Ohio, CPAs
(6 hrs), Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS (6 hrs), and Supreme Court of Ohio, Attorneys (5 hrs).

The OSU Extension Office in Fulton County is located at the Robert Fulton Ag Center, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 across from the Fulton County Fairgrounds.  If you have questions, please contact Julie Moose at 614-292-2433 or moose.14@osu.edu.

 

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OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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


Photo Caption:  North Grove Cemetery, 2015.  In 1870, this cemetery had a rule which stated, “Any one hitching a horse to any tree in the cemetery shall be fined $5.00.”  How times have changed!

Cemeteries are an important facet of Mercer County’s history.  Local communities take pride in their heritage and they take care of their Cemeteries. 

The Study of Mercer County Cemeteries was initiated by the Mercer County Commissioners when they were receiving letters requesting sites of graves from people’s ancestors.  They asked the Mercer County Historical Society “to locate records of the Mercer County Cemeteries and the location of as many graves as possible.”  At the September 16, 1973 meeting of the Mercer County Historical Society, the Members made an agreement with the Commissioners to do this research.  As of August 1975, the Mercer County Historical Society reported to the Commissioners that this was an overwhelming job, considering the number of cemeteries in the County.  Therefore, when the Commissioners hired the Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum in 1975, the Commissioners also made an agreement with the Director to employ Assistants at the Mercer County Historical Museum, to help with the Cemetery Project.  As of August 9, 1984, the Museum Director presented the completed Cemetery Project to the Mercer County Commissioners at the Mercer County Historical Society’s public meeting.

During that Cemetery Project, I was also editing the “1978 Mercer County History” book.  This book included over a thousand family histories.  Local citizens were searching the cemetery records for genealogy information to include in their family history in this 1978 book. 

This spring, I learned more about the history of North Grove Cemetery at Celina.  I thank our Auglaize County neighbor Daryl Koenig who found this cemetery history book, “Celina Cemetery Association,” in the Caretakers building at the German Protestant Cemetery at New Bremen.  The introduction to this book reads, “We, the undersigned citizens of Celina, Mercer County, Ohio hereby associate ourselves together for cemetery purposes, to be known as the Celina Cemetery Association, to purchase in the aggregate, not to exceed fifteen acres of land, to be held and controlled by said Association exclusively for cemetery purposes, in pursuance to the statute in such case made and provided, September 26, 1870.”  This statement was signed by 49 Celina Citizens.   As of October 22, 1870, this organization drafted their By-Laws.  Those By-Laws were amended in 1922.  Section 1 listed responsibilities of the elected officers. 

Section 2 provided the following restriction:  “All interments in the lots shall be restricted to the members of the family and relations of the proprietors thereof, except special permission to the contrary be obtained in writing from the Secretary.”  The following Sections provided regulations for dimensions of the graves, payment, rules for monuments, trees and shrubs, improvements, and information to be provided.  No. 15, stated, “Any one hitching a horse to any tree in the cemetery shall be fined $5.00.”  Restrictions for protecting the cemetery, behavior in the Cemetery, work on the grounds, and costs for maintenance were included, in 1922 edition.  This book is one example of Mercer Countians working to preserve their own heritage, at Mercer County Cemeteries.

In Mercer County, Churches take care of their cemeteries.  Communities take care of their cemeteries.  Township Trustees take care of the small rural cemeteries.  In this county, there are a few forgotten cemeteries, which are not marked, about which I have written in the past.

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

 


Sky Zone RTrampoline Park - Youth from New Horizons Community Church

 

 
November 16, 2015

 

 
 
 
Parkway Board of Education to Hold a Regular Meeting on  November 17 at the Community Room at 6:30 - Click Here for the Agenda
 
 

WREN CHRISTMAS SOCIETY NEWS

The Wren Christmas Society would like to thank everyone who purchased chicken dinner tickets, those who donated money, and Gibson's Barnyard BBQ for preparing the chicken dinners. 

The money raised will be used to help pay for the replacement of pole wraps and lights for this Christmas season. 

In other WCS news, the Christmas decorations will be put up in Wren on Saturday, November 21st and the official lighting ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28th at dark (approximately 6:00 pm).  

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Wren at the Santa House at the corner of St. Rt. 49 and Jackson Street on Saturday, December 12th and Friday and Saturday, December 18th and 19th from 6 to 8 pm.  Carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies will be available during Santa hours.

 

 
Happy 60th Birthday to Mike Stephenson!
From your friends and family

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

 Photo Caption:  L.E. & W. Railroad Depot, northeast of the former New Idea Co., in 1988.  Photo by Gary Lefeld, for the book, “Coldwater at 150,” during the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

The Lake Erie & Western Railroad (passing through Fort Recovery, and headed toward Celina) and the Cincinnati Northern Railroad (passing through from Cincinnati and headed north through Rockford), made a major difference in the settlement of Coldwater, in the 1880’s.

When the communities were in contest for the railroad, the citizens in Macedon wanted the L. E. & W. Railroad, after leaving Fort Recovery, to go through Macedon, as Macedon was a larger village than Coldwater at that time.  Macedon was platted in 1838.  By the 1880’s, Macedon had a hotel, two stores, a grocery store, and a blacksmith and wagon shop.  As of 1888, Macedon had its own Post Office. But, Macedon lost the bid for the railroad and Coldwater won.

In 1838, William  A.O. Munsel built a log cabin, at the site of what is now the intersection of First and South Streets at Coldwater, and the citizens of Coldwater recognized that first lot ownership, as the beginning of Coldwater. The Village of Coldwater was platted in 1859, by Wm. A.O. Munsel.

Before the railroads reached Coldwater, shipments of timber were hauled on ox and horse drawn wagons, mainly to Celina, where they were stacked in huge piles along the west embankment of the Reservoir at the south end of Main Street.  There, they were lashed onto rafts and poled across the lake to the Miami and Erie Canal, for similar shipment to Toledo.  The L.E. & W. Railroad reached Coldwater in 1879.  The Cincinnati Northern Railroad reached Coldwater in 1883.

Railroads were the source of business interaction and communication with the outside world.  Grain mills were constructed so that farmers could send their grain to market, at a cheaper cost than via the Miami & Erie Canal.  Sawmills also utilized railroad transportation.  Hotels were erected for travelers; restaurants were established to serve those travelers.  The 1888 Plat Map of Coldwater indicates the St. Lawrence Hotel, which later became the old Chronicle Office, at the corner of Walnut and Market.  The American House stood at the northeast corner of Main and Market.  The first newspaper, “The Coldwater Change,” began in 1884.  Coldwater even boasted a college, by the name of Coldwater Academy, at the northeast corner of Market and College Streets.  Joseph Oppenheim began his first factory at Maria Stein in 1899.  As of 1907, the first NI plant was constructed at Coldwater.  As the NI Company continued to move its factory to Coldwater through 1911, the Maria Stein Factory closed completely in January of 1912.

Other businesses and industries were established in Coldwater, and the Village of Coldwater grew  The people of Coldwater had the foresight to continue to improve their way of life.  Schools, churches, social institutions and homes were constructed.  To this day, this heritage of improvement of the Village of Coldwater is evident as Coldwater continues to grow.  As for that former New Idea building, drive by and see the construction work, as a new life is being given to the old building.

The result of transportation improvements in Mercer County has made an improvement in the quality of life and in the economy of our County, first with the rivers, and then with the old dirt roads and the plank road, then with the Miami & Erie Canal, followed by the Railroads, and then the major U.S. Highways crossing our County.  The old Coldwater Airport on Burkettsville St. Henry Road in the 1940’s was used until the Lakefield Airport Authority began in 1962, which contributes to the transportation improvements in this County.  One of the businesses to use the transportation improvements is agribusiness and all of its related businesses.  Transportation improvement has resulted in economic improvement for our County.  Our Mercer County History has proven these facts.

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

 

 

8th Graders Visit Vantage

These Parkway 8th graders stop at the accounting station in the Medical Office Management lab @ Vantage while senior Caitlin Wilder (Van Wert) prepares her demonstration.

Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in sixteen different occupations, as they visited the career technical labs at Vantage. 

Each school in the Vantage district is invited to bring their 8th graders to Vantage for a career exploration activity, which involves a two-hour demonstration tour.  Eighth graders receive a “mini-brochure” which describes the programs and explains what a typical day is like for students who attend Vantage.  The eighth graders spend a little time in each lab and return home with a better idea of what goes on in this big, new school.      

This career exploration activity is especially helpful by informing the students about all the options available to them.  During the visit, the eighth graders are able to see what skills are being used in different career areas.  Students may also become more aware of how their interests and abilities can be developed into a rewarding career. 

It’s always fun hosting the 8th graders and giving them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage Career Center is all about! 

The annual Culinary Arts Christmas Lunch Buffet is just around the corner.  Mrs. Robin Burns and her class invite you to this popular event.   It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, December 9 and Friday, December 11.  Guests will be seated from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 (plus tax).  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  To reserve your spot, call 419-238-5411 ext. 2425.

A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.  School will resume on Tuesday, December 1.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Rockford’s Lighting of the Park AND Shop and Dine Event - Lasagna Dinner

The Rockford BiCentennial Committee invites the public to attend
Rockford’s Lighting of the Park AND Shop and Dine Event!  This takes
place at the Rockford Community Building on Sunday, Nov 29th.  Doors
open at 4:00pm till 7:00pm!  Purchase a Lasagna Dinner while doing
some Holiday Shopping!  
  
$7 tickets are available at Barry’s Market, Betsey’s Boutique,
Henkle Insurance, His & Hers and Willshire Home Furnishing.

  
Shop from: Jewelry in Candles; Thirty-One, doTerra Essential Oils,
Signature Homestyles, Keep it Cool, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Ava
Anderson Non-Toxic, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Beautiful Handmade Gifts,
DRL Design, Old Town Shoppe, Four Boys Favorite Chocolate Clusters,
Pop’s BiCentennial Peanut Brittle and Simply Me Design & Catering!

 

Drop-off site confirmed for Van Wert area to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for hurting children worldwide

Youth for Christ in Van Wert confirmed their office would serve as one of some 4,000 sites nationwide collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for hurting children around the world during National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23.

National Collection Week marks the high point of an effort to collect and deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to 10 million children in more than 100 countries worldwide this year in support of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. Each shoebox is packed with toys, school supplies, and basic hygiene items. More than 100,000 volunteers are expected this year to operate drop-off sites just like the one in Van Wert to help this project succeed.

"We're excited to be a part of this effort to communicate love and hope, through simple gifts, to so many children in need around the world who are dealing with incredible issues of war, famine, poverty and disaster," said Denis Ellinger. Ellinger will serve as the Relay Center Coordinator, helping to coordinate and manage operations at the drop-off site.

After National Collection Week concludes, the shoebox gifts collected at the Van Wert drop-off site will then be received for final shipping preparation to Boone, NC. Once they arrive at their country destination, the shoebox gifts might be transported by canoe, dog sled or even elephant, before they are eventually delivered to children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in more than 150 countries. In 2014, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 10 million children.

Drop off times during the week of Nov. 16-23 at the 302 Bonnewitz Avenue office are as follows:

Monday 16:                10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday 17:              10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday 18:        10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday 19:                          10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friday 20:                   10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday 21:              10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sunday 22:                 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday 23:                  8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

 

 

Please call the Youth for Christ office at 419-238-1370 if you have any questions.

 
 

 
November 14-15, 2015

 

 
 
Turkey Dinner to be Held at New Horizon's Church

New Horizons Community Church is planning a camper benefit Turkey Dinner on Saturday evening, November 14th from 4:30 to 7 pm. The church sends many of its youth to Camp Co-Tu-Bic and this is the community's chance to help them and get a tasty dinner, too, of roasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing and noodles, green beans or corn, cranberry salad or applesauce, roll, dessert, coffee or punch. Dine-in or Carry out. Prices: $7 Adult, 12 and under $3.50.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 13, 2015

 

 
 
 

Rockford American Legion Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Members and volunteers at the Rockford American Legion served a soup and sandwich supper for Veterans and their families on November 11, 2015, Veteran’s Day.  Dale Zizelman, Jim Zizelman, Bob King,Terry Joseph, Charles Stephenson, Dick and Gini Fickert and Wayne and Sally Fickert are just a few vets and spouses shown below who enjoyed the evening.

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November is National Home Care & Hospice Month

 

Families caring for loved ones with chronic health needs often feel caught in the middle: You want your loved one to have the best care, but you also want him or her to have the comforts of home. With home health care services the goal is to provide both.

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. As the name implies, home care simply refers to health services that are delivered in a patient’s home. And the services themselves can be quite diverse.

“Some patients receive rehabilitation therapy or skilled nursing care,” said Nancy Hoying, RN, supervisor for Community Health Professionals of Celina. “But others may receive more targeted care, such as pain management, wound care, infusion therapy, medication management or hospice.”

When given the option, most patients would prefer to recover at home, but often family and friends can't provide all the care the patient needs.

Hoying says home care services help patients transition from the hospital to the comfort of their home, or simply while they’re coping with or recovering from an illness. A doctor helps you decide what type of home care assistance is suitable for you and your loved one, and the nurses and staff communicate directly with your physician while they are caring for you in your home.

“If a person has an illness or injury or is chronically or terminally ill, it’s important for families to know there are services available to help them care for their loved one at home,” said Hoying.

And in many cases, services such as in-home skilled nursing and therapy services, as well as hospice, have proven to decrease the likelihood of patients returning to the hospital, after they’ve been released by their physician.

“Avoiding a return trip to the hospital is everyone's preference, and it's what we want for our patients, too,” said Hoying. “Our services and our staff are focused on decreasing the likelihood of you having to return to the hospital.”

CHP Hospice offers a team-oriented approach to medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support to patients and families facing a terminal illness. Hospice services are available in the home and at CHP inpatient hospice centers in Van Wert and Defiance.

“We are unique because we offer a complete range of home health, hospice and related services,” said Hoying. “We are a one stop shop for home care services. Our primary goal is to make a stressful time much easier on a patient and their family by providing the very best care we can tailored to each patient’s individual circumstance.”

Community Health Professionals is celebrating 40 years of business this year. The nonprofit organization operates 12 locations throughout northwest and west central Ohio.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING RESIDENTS OF ROCKFORD VILLAGE

The Village of Rockford will be holding Public Hearings on the Plan of Operation and Governance of the ballot approve natural gas and electric aggregation for the Village. All meetings will be held at the Village Hall, 151 East Columbia Street, Rockford, OH 45882.

Electric Aggregation Meeting Date and Times

December 1, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

December 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

 

Natural Gas Aggregation Meeting Date and Times

December 1, 2015 @4:30 pm

December 1, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

 
 

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Awards $1,000

Mercer Savings Bank Academic Excellence Scholarship

Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

 

Celina, Ohio – For over 50 years, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) has responded to the educational needs of residents in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van Wert counties by providing the resources to allow residents access to college instruction. In 1962, the foundation secured the funding to build and operate an institution of higher education. Since then, WOEF has remained strongly committed to the success of the Lake Campus.

Mercer Savings Bank recently awarded a scholarship for $1,000 to Kenisa Post, current freshman student at WSU-Lake Campus. Kenisa is a St. Henry graduate who is studying nursing at the Lake Campus. The Mercer Savings Bank Scholarship is awarded yearly to an incoming Lake Campus freshman. This generous scholarship is awarded to a Mercer or Darke County high school student who has pursued a college preparatory curriculum and has a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the WOEF Scholarship program offered eligible applicants the opportunity to apply for over 270 academic scholarships, grants and loans worth over $290,000. Since 1965, WOEF has awarded over $3.4 million worth of scholarships to over 2,600 new and continuing students. Applications for 2016-2017 awards are currently online at http://www.wright.edu/lake/scholarships.

For over 120 years Mercer Savings Bank has been helping local residents achieve financial success. All of their Board of Directors and Executive Officers are local individuals, who live in and care about our local communities. Mercer Savings provides full-service banking to both individual and business customers and offer a wide array of financial products. Every customer is given the highest quality of customer service.

Photo: Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer and Bill Martin, President of Mercer Savings Bank is shown presenting the $1,000 scholarship to Kenisa Post, Lake Campus student. To find out more about the work of the WOEF Board and the scholarship program, log onto http://www.wright.edu/lake/about/woef.html

 
 

88th National FFA Convention

For more information contact Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On October 26 2015, parkway students loaded the bus along with Coldwater and St. Henry for the 88th National FFA convention. Held in Louisville KY, this was the biggest year yet, breaking the record with a total of 64,000 attended. This forces a location change as the convention next year will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The group stopped for some pretty cool tours along the way. Their first was the corvette factory and museum. Also that day the group toured, the Auburn leather factory, and mammoth caves. Day two consisted of seeing, a cattle and tobacco farm, Omni meats (a processing plant), and the opening convention session with guest speaker Rick Rigsby.  The third day was spent at the career show and shopping mall in the Kentucky Expo Center, touring Buffalo trace distillery, and having a blast at the buckeye bash. Also in the spirit of Halloween, went to a haunted house. Then the fourth day students explored the Kentucky Expo Center again, toured Foxhollow farms, an organic farm in Crestwood, Kentucky, and went to a convention session where guest speaker Brad Montaque (creator of kid president) received a standing ovation for his inspiring speech. Finally, on the last day the group watched the American degree ceremony, and took the long journey home.

Students that went said it was a lot of fun and a worthwhile experience. Also, a special thank you to Mercer landmark for sponsoring the group jackets, they looked awesome!

 

Job Interview CDE

For more information contact Laura Barrett at ffa@parkwayschools.org

On November 10th parkway students participated in the job interview CDE. This contest requires students to put together a resume, apply to a fake job, and be interviewed by a judge, just as they would be in an actual job interview. Students that participated were, Taylor Hesse, Abby Stephenson, Maggie Houts, and Haylee Stukey. Abby and Taylor both placed first in their divisions, and Maggie placed second in hers. Haylee also did very well in her division. Good luck to Abby, Taylor, and Maggie as they move on to the district competition!

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

The Stateline Writer's Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library, 303 N Main St. Celina, Ohio, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The writing assignment is to write something about sin. The public is invited to attend.

 


 

 

Chatt Insurance Center Selected as Rockford Chamber – November Business of the Month

Pictured Travis Pond with daughter Jenna

Chatt Insurance Center is located near the Ohio-Indiana border and has been serving communities in both Ohio and Indiana since 1959. We are committed to building a solid relationship with customers through practical solutions and excellent service. 

The most important thing about insurance is YOU. Make sure that you and your loved ones are financially protected against lawsuits, accidents or disasters so that your life's work is not wiped away and those you love will not suffer. Rather than price alone, think of the type of claims you would want paid or how much it could cost to rebuild your home, income-producing farm or business when you are shopping for protection.

The agents at Chatt Insurance Center are independent insurance agents. We don't work for any one insurance company; we sell coverage from several different companies. This allows us to focus on providing you with the right amount of insurance and the right type of coverage for your needs. 

Thank you Chatt Insurance for being selected as the Rockford Chamber – November Business of the Month.    We appreciate your continued support.

 

 

 

Museum Post Card Exhibit

Sunday, November 8th Notice

 

We apologize for the early closing of the Mercer Co. Historical Museum,

for the Exhibit, due to an accident.  If you visited the Museum after the early closing,  Email me or call me, and I will mail you a free Post Card booklet.  Thanks, Joyce Alig      histalig@bright.net  or  419-678-2614

 

 

 
November 11-12, 2015
Veteran's Day (11-11-2015) Week - Thank you to all Veterans!

 

 
 
 

Sidenbender Couple Celebrating 60th Wedding Anniversary

Jon and Martha Sidenbender will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, November 13th. The Sidenbenders were married on a 71 degree Sunday afternoon in 1955 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Rockford.  The anniversary will be celebrated by enjoying a meal with their daughters (Karen, Kaye, Kelley and Karla) and sons-in-law.  Congratulations, Jon and Martha!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Local Man Becomes Life Tribute Specialist

Rockford, Ohio – Casey Nuttle, Associate for Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home of Rockford, recently attended a workshop to become a Certified Funeral Celebrant.  The training was held at the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in Columbus, Ohio.

The Funeral Celebrants Training is a new approach to personalized funerals presented by Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of the InSight Institute.  At the end of 2014 they had trained over 2500 Funeral Celebrants throughout the United States and Canada.

A Funeral Celebrant is a lay-person, clergy person or funeral director who has been trained in the specific area of conducting funerals for families who wish to have a personalized and individualized funeral service experience.

Our society has become much more mobile and much less tied to the church.  Many people are not affiliated with a religion or theology and do not have a clergy person on whom to call in times of death.  Also many people may not be comfortable with a traditional religious funeral ceremony.  Therefore, the need for Funeral Celebrants has become more apparent.

This practice is used widely in New Zealand and Australia.  In some cases, Civil Celebrants, who are licensed by the government in those countries, perform over 50% of the funerals and weddings.  Doug Manning, one of the leading speakers and authors in the area of bereavement, toured these countries several years ago and brought back the idea that people in the United States and Canada needed this option.

The training included people from all over the country who will offer these services to families who come to their funeral homes.  Celebrants offer personalized funeral services, tributes, memorial services, grave side memorials.  They meet with family to help them design a service that reflects the life and attributes of their loved one.

Marcia Ripley plans to publicize the fact that this option is available for the families who come to her firm and hopes to be offering these types of funeral services, celebrations and memorial services in the very near future.

 

 

17th Annual Mendon Festival of Trees & Christmas Walk

Friday, December 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5th from 1:30 - 5:30 PM for most events.

 

The historic Town Hall in the Village of Mendon will be decorated for the Holidays and feature over 80 Christmas trees-trimmed in a variety of themes. 

Refreshments are provided at the end of the tour. 

Throughout the Village there will be activities suitable for all the family, Animals of the Nativity will be housed in the old Fire House, Mendon United Methodist Church and the Mendon Church of God will have activities and displays.   A shopping extravaganza will be open with a variety of vendors in the Mendon Farm Store.

Santa will be in town on Saturday, arriving by Fire Truck.  He will be available to visit with children from 1:30 -4:30.  Most events are free or a $1.00 donation.

Check out our Facebook Page,  Mendon Festival of Trees for exact times of specific events.

 

 

Laurels and Maplewood Veterans Take the Honor Flight
by Leah Hays


Two residents from Maplewood of Shane’s Village and one resident from The Laurels of Shane Hill had the outing of a lifetime!  Gaylord Hoffman, Ed Pierce and Ned Baltzell along with 153 other veterans participated in Honor Flight Northeast Indiana on October 7, 2015.  Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s Veterans for all their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to WWII survivors along with other veterans who are terminally ill.  All flights are free of charge for veterans. Each veteran gets a one on one volunteer along with nurses, a doctor, and respiratory techs that all volunteer their time to assist the veterans on the flight.

 

The day started early with breakfast at 6:00 a.m. followed by a scheduled departure time for 7:00 a.m. from Ft. Wayne on the 122nd Fighter Wing to Washington D.C..  Buses were standing by to transport them to their WWII Memorial, as well as other memorial stops throughout the day, each bus with their own private police escort through the city.  A box lunch and a great supper was furnished before flying them back home the same evening where more than 2,000 family and friends greeted them at the F.W. International Airport with gifts, a live band and the Junior Honours Core saluting them upon sight!  What a sight, from the moment they stepped off the plane until they reached the parking lot!  American flags and people greeting them home at every turn.  A truly remarkable sight to behold as they all got a true HEROES welcome home.

 

“To me, the day was spectacular.  The best day that I’ve ever spent in my life.  It was mind boggling what I saw and it’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life! I liked The Arlington National Cemetery the best because of the way it was laid out.  You could drive by and see nothing but crosses. To others it may not mean as much… but to me it made me feel like I was walking on top of the world. I just loved that! The whole trip was wonderful but that was the most outstanding!” stated Gaylord Hoffman, Navy Veteran of WWII.

 

 

Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Veterans Day: Legislation and Initiatives to Honor those who Served Locally

 

America is the greatest country on earth and we live in the greatest state in this country. Our values and lifestyle could not be sustained without the sacrifice of the men and woman of our armed forces. The presence of the American military is felt in every community from Main Street to Wall Street. Those who serve and protect the United States should be supported and recognized for their efforts.

 

Honoring veterans for their service has always been a priority of mine. There are over 866,000 veterans in Ohio, 293,000 of these solders served in the Vietnam War. Historically, Vietnam veterans returned home to a nation that was divided about the significance of the Vietnam Conflict and those who served. This reality is a travesty, as properly recognizing all service men and women is an important part of our nation’s responsibility.   

 

As a result of the hard work and dedication of families and veterans in western Ohio, a bill has been introduced to recognize two fallen service members from the Vietnam conflict and their brigade, specifically, the 196th Light Infantry Brigade of Darke County. Robert L. Fowble Jr. and Jack E. Beam, both from Darke County, belonged to the brigade and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War.

 

If the bill passes, State Route 571 from the southeastern corporation limits of Union City onward to Greenville would be known as the “196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L. Fowble Jr. and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway.” This legislation is a just way to commemorate their sacrifice and remind Ohioans of the significance of sacrifices made in the Vietnam conflict.

 

The families of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade have been very helpful in this process. Including all the members of this brigade in this process is important.  However, a number of the veterans have been hard to reach as they may have relocated or have unlisted numbers. If anyone has any contact information for these men or their families, please call my office at 614-466-6344.

 

I will continue to support our military and our veterans. I encourage all Ohioans to reach out to a military member not only on Veterans Day, but every day. Thank you to those who serve, and happy Veterans Day.   

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and other important issues by completing a brief online survey at tinyurl.com/buchynovember2015  

 

 

 

 

 
November 9-10, 2015
Veteran's Day Week - Thank you to all Veterans!

 

 
 

A Veteran’s Story
By Paul C. Thompson (Specialist 5)
Motor Transport Operator
Honorable Discharge Award
The Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Vet

I grew up in Rockford, Ohio, have lived in Denver, Colorado and now reside in Gallup, New Mexico, hoping to move again soon.  (That’s another story !)

The dates of my service in Vietnam were – May 31, 1970 through April 26, 1971.

I was drafted into the US Army in September of 1969 at Fort Hayes near Columbus, Ohio, and sent into basic training and Army Transportation School, both at Fort Jackson -- Columbia, South Carolina.

From Fort Jackson, I went to Fort Bliss – El Paso, Texas.  (Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico make up one huge military complex), the ADA (Air Defense Artillery).  At Fort Bless, and now in the Army Transportation Corps, I worked as a truck driver, military taxi and finished there as an officer’s chauffer.  (Good duty!).  Then via Oakland Army Base, California, I was sent to ‘Nam”.

In South Vietnam I served as a combat truck driver with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (American Division).  As a combat trucker, I saw much of the beautiful, but worn-torn, nation of Vietnam.

                       

A Bronze Star Medal

I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was a rainy day and we were near TamKy in South Vietnam.  I was coming upon a curve in the road, to the right, and off to my left was an overturned truck on its top.  It was a truck from my outfit, the 196th Infantry Brigade US Army that was just a head of me.

It was a terrible, unbelievable sight.  Pinned underneath along one side of that truck bed were six or more soldiers that were passengers on that truck.  The full weight of the truck had them trapped, crushing legs, hips, and abdomens of those men.  The cab was flattened with the driver and the ‘shotgun’ trapped in there.  Screams filled the air from the injured and from the soldiers trying to rescue them by digging with their hands and futility trying to lift the 13,000 lb truck off of them.

Additionally, this was an area where I had had the road shot up in front of me, twice. 

I knew something had to be done by someone, and done fast. !  My gut told me that “someone’ had to be me, but what could I do ?

I surveyed the situation, did some quick thinking, and with no regard of my military rank, I took command.  Someone had to do this!

“You and you, take your rifles and get up there on the road and keep traffic moving.  We don’t want to get shot at”, I yelled.

The overturned truck was down an embankment just off the road in a rice paddy.  All the trapped soldiers were on the far side of the truck from me.  This was a good thing figuring into my plan.

If I could use my truck and my tow-chain anchored to the undercarriage of the wrecked truck, I may be able to rock the truck up enough to pull the injured out from under the truck. 

I explained my plan and got people into place.  “As soon as you see the truck bed, move upward, drag these guys out, ok?  I don’t know if my clutch will hold or the chain, so move fast.”

I hitched up both ends of the chain and got into my truck and slowly pulled forward tightening the tow chain.  I could smell my clutch getting hot, but it was working!

The truck rocked up on that side and they got everyone out from under it.

When we were clear, I was able to pull the truck all the way back over onto its wheels.  I tossed two smoke grenades to some guys and told them if you hear any choppers “pop smoke”. 

Then another guy and I tore off the canvas and support tubing from the cab, we got the driver and the ‘shotgun’. 

I saw a cloud of green smoke and a cloud of red smoke and two Huey gunships came in and landed in the rice paddy.  They radioed in, and soon several medi-vac helicopters landed.

I don’t know how many choppers landed and took off.  I don’t know how many survived that day, but I knew the two guys in the cab from my outfit, Leonard, the shot gun, seemed to be ok.  David, the driver, un unconscious.  As I held him in my arms…. he died.

They gave me a Bronze Star Medal.  I just did my job.

 

While in Nam

Upon discovering a ‘booby-trap” , now called and “IED” meaning improvised explosive device, I disarmed it in my hands using a roll of masking tape.  (It was made using a grenade, pin pulled, mud pack).

I organized a small fire brigade when I witnessed a loaded munitions truck with one of his trailer axles on fire enter the ammo dump (ammunitions depot) where I was picking up a load with my truck.  The diver did not know he had a fire on board.

Several of us drivers fought the fire with the extinguishers from our vehicles while four forklifts off-loaded the flatbed trailer.  We all remained safe with no explosions.

During a night-run with two trucks to make a pick up at an ammo dump in Quang Tri, we became the target of enemy sniper fire and got pinned down inside the ammo dump.

The forklift driver was able to flee and got all the floodlights turned off.

An ammo dump is no place to engage in a fire fight, so I devised a plan to get us safely out of there , or at least I hoped so.

The four of us:  two drivers, two ‘shotguns’  (passenger-guards) got into a quick huddle on the ‘safe side’ of our trucks under cover of darkness.  “Here’s how we are going to do this”, I told them and that’s what we did.

It was pitch dark and we could not use the lights on our trucks and be targets.

 We drivers started our engines, put the trucks in gear and crouched on the running boards, door open and reached up to the steering wheels.  The shotguns walked along side and told us right or left and we steered the trucks as they directed us.  It was too dark, and with the doors in our faces, our shotguns were our navigators.  We slowly inched our way out of the kill-zone.

Just as soon as we felt it was safe enough, we hopped into our trucks, partially loaded, got out of there and called it a night.!

Click Here for a collage of pictures from Paul Thompson.

Editor's Note: Paul is a 1968 Graduate of Parkway High School.
His parents are the late Ernie and Gertrude Thompson form Rockford.
Ernie taught school at Rockford High and then Parkway High.
His siblings are: the late Bob Thompson, Steve Thompson, Phil Thompson, and Ann Thompson Brown

 
 
 

For this November 3, 2015 election there have been:

943 people voted absentee in person on the electronic voting machines

786  people voted absentee by mail or using paper ballots

148 of the 786 have not been returned to the Board yet this morning

 

In 2013 absentee voting was about half of that and there were no state issues on the ballot.

 

In 2011, which is the very same election cycle we are in the numbers for total absentee voting were similar to this election and these three state issues were on the ballot then..

State Issue ! was Eliminating Age Limits for Judges

State Issue 2 was Something to do with Government Union Contracts

And...State Issue 3 was Freedom for Ohioans to Choose Health Care

Thank you to Toni Slusser for providing this information!

 

Parkway High School - Click Below
First Nine Weeks Honor Roll Fall 2015
Congratulations to all those listed!

 


VWHS Theatre Members Preparing for Production of Mr. Hobbs’ Vacation

The VWHS theatre members are preparing for the upcoming production of Mr. Hobbs’ Vacation by F. Andrew Leslie. This three act comedy takes a look at the Hobbs’ family who decide to go on a family vacation to Rock Harbor. With the inadequate living conditions, arrival of unexpected guests, and differences in opinion, this vacation is less than relaxing.  Mr. Hobbs’ Vacation is based on the 1954 novel by Edward Streeter.  

     The cast and crew for the production include the following students: LeAndryce Miller and Joe Linser lead the way as Peggy and Roger Hobbs followed by Michaella Johnson as daughter Kate Hobbs, Elizabeth Lassiter as daughter Jane Dangerfield, and Austin Carnahan as son-in-law Bryon Dangerfield. Kate’s boyfriend Sam Griswold is played by Davis Munroe and community leader Archer Gabrielson is played by Madison Buecker. Community members are portrayed by Maggie Davis, Meagan Jacobs, Cloey Spry, Kaylin Bledsoe, Austin Carnahan, Rachel Davis, and Kole Schaffer. Austin Voors as plumber Fred Saltonstall comes to the Hobbs’ family rescue several times and the Clayberry’s and Binger’s, unexpected guests of the Hobbs, are played by Chelsey White, Austin Voors, Nick Olson, and Sarah Linser. Stage crew consists of production manager Shianne Baldwin, stage manager Shelbee Miller, assistant stage manager Samm Brooks, Morgan Lahmon, Erin Richardson, Lexi Allmandinger, Kaileigh Gentry, Erienne Cassidy, Aimee Nicolai, Alaina Alvarez, Tymon Moore, Maggie Cripe, Margaret Kistler, Nick Olson, Kaylin Bledsoe, and Austin Price.

     Show time for the entire production is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  Tickets may be purchased from theatre students listed above or by calling the box office at 419-238-NPAC.  Tickets will be available at the door.   All tickets are $6. Mr. Hobbs’ Vacation is produced with special arrangement by Dramatists’ Play Service in New York, New York.  Thank you for supporting the students of Van Wert High School Theatre as we strive to create, perform, and inspire the Van Wert community.  



 

Pictured is part of the cast of VWHS Theatre’s production of Mr. Hobbs’ Vacation to be held on November 20 and 21, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  

 

 
November 7-8, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 

Grand Lake Patriots’ November 12 Program

Topic: “Education 200 Years Ago & Now—What a Difference the Bible Made”

Speaker: Doyle Fledderjohann

Date & Time:  Thursday, November 12, 2015  @ 7 PM

 Location:  Lefeld Community Building, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina

 

The Grand Lake Patriots will feature the topic “Education 200 Years Ago & Now—What a Difference the Bible Made,” presented by speaker Doyle Fledderjohann at the GLPs’ Thursday, November 12 meeting. The program begins at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina. The building is handicapped accessible.

 How has respectful behavior toward teachers and other authority figures changed over the years?  How have textbooks changed?  What accounts for the decline in student discipline and the rise in liberalism and violence in many U.S. institutions of education today? Fledderjohann will address these subjects and more at the GLPs’ upcoming program.  Members and guests are invited to attend.

 

 

 

Vantage Announces Parent/Teacher Conferences

This is a reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.

Parent/teacher conferences allow parents the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with not only their career tech teacher, but their academic teachers as well. Members of the teaching staff welcome and encourage parents to visit the school during conference hours.

Due to parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no school Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Nov. 30.  School will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 1 with a regular school day.

Those attending parent/teacher conferences should enter the Vantage campus through the south driveway and park in the east parking lot (student parking lot) and enter the building through the southeast entrance (Door #13) or the Main High School entrance (Door #7).  Conferences will be held in the Commons Area. 

Parents attending will also be able to order a 2016 Vantage Memory Book for just $15.     

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
November 6, 2015

 

 
 

Parkway Sophomore Class Selling Panther Sportswear 

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

There is also a link on the Parkway Local Schools website so forms can be printed off. The website is www.parkwayschools.org. Under “Athletics” there is a link for the “Sophomore Sportswear Sale”. Click on that link to find the order form and pictures of the items. Orders will not be accepted via email so please have the form filled out with the correct money amount and turned in to Mrs. Agler in the middle school office by Thursday Nov. 19th.

Orders can be picked up in the middle school office the December 15, 16, 17 or they will be delivered to the student (depending on what is directed on the order form). If you have any questions feel free to call Mrs. Agler, sophomore class advisor, in the middle school office at 419-363-3045, ext. #740 or email her at aglerm@parkwayschools.org.

A display is set up in the display cases just outside the middle school office doors as the students come in from the busses. Items are also available to size/try on in the middle school office. Items are non-returnable so please check on the sizing to ensure proper sizing. Sportswear makes great birthday and Christmas presents. Please help support the sophomore class as they raise money for prom and graduation by purchasing some Panther sportswear items.

 

 
 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center
Offers Workshops for Business Owners/Workforce
Non-credit Class Offerings at WSU-Lake Campus

 

BEER 101 & BEER 201

BEER 101: Are you interested in craft beer? Have you ever wanted to brew your own? Learn how to identify various beer types and the ingredients used that make all the differences in taste. Dr. Joe Cavanaugh, Lake Campus Professor and master home brewer, will teach you the nuances of craft beers and introduce information for home-brewing in this informative class. Learn what flavors complement each other to make your perfect mix! We will be using Moeller Brew Barn beers for tasting!

Date: November 14, 2015; 11 am to 2 pm {3 hours}; Instructor Joe Cavanaugh; Location: Moeller Brew Barn located at 8016 Marion Drive, Maria Stein, OH 45860; Cost $60 p/person includes home brewing book!

BEER 201: Take your love of beer to the next level and learn to brew your own! Each participant will receive their own home-brewing starter kit and assist Dr. Joe with brewing a sample batch. Learn how to use your kit so you can make a batch at home. Begin your path to becoming a master beer craftsman! Starter kit is included in price!

Date: December 5, 2015; 11 am to 2 pm {3 hours}; Instructor Joe Cavanaugh; Location: Moeller Brew Barn located at 8016 Marion Drive, Maria Stein, OH 45860; Cost $125 p/person includes home brewing starter kit.

This is a great Christmas gift to give to the beer lover in your life! Register for both classes and save! Attend BEER 101 and BEER 201 for a total cost of $175!

Groups of four or more who sign–up together receive an additional discount!

For both sessions, only $160 per person!

 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Drop-Off Schedule Set

The public is invited to participate in the 2015 Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection week.
The northwest Ohio shoebox collection site is WTLW TV-44 in Lima. Shoeboxes will be collected the following days and times:

November 16-22

 

Monday 11-5

Tuesday 11-5

Wednesday 11-5

Thursday 11-7

Friday 11-5

Saturday 10-1

Sunday 1-5

 

Bring boxes to 1844 Baty Rd., Lima, OH and enter via the main entrance (located adjacent to the parking lot.)


For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

 

For questions about the TV-44 drop off site, call 419-339-4444.

The local collection director is Deb Smith.

 

Calvary Preschool Supports Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry

Calvary Preschoolers recently brought in spare 'change' for the purpose of filling a shoebox for the Operation Christmas Child project.  The students brought in enough in donations to fill 5 shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for children in other parts of the world.  There was also sufficient money to help underwrite the shipping of the five boxes, as well as for six additional  boxes.  The staff salutes the parents and children for sharing in this worthwhile ministry.  Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road. Contact Marilyn Agler with any questions about openings or the program of Calvary Preschool.

 

 

Shop & Dine - Lasagna Dinner & Christmas Shopping

Rockford Community Building
Sunday - November 29th, 2015
4 - 7 pm.  

Lasagna Dinner tickets are $7 each.  Available at
Barrys Family Market, Betsey's Boutique, Henkle
Insurance and His n Hers.

* Christmas at the Park will begin at 7pm after
the Lasagna Dinner.  Light up the park with musical
selections from local talent.

This is sure to be a great way to kick off the
Christmas holiday season !!

 

 

VeggieTales Live! in Little Kids Do Big Things

(Van Wert, OH) - Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all of their Veggie friends are coming to the Niswonger in Van Wert this Tuesday in the all new fresh, funny, and unforgettable VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things tour. This “fun-for-all-ages” show is presented by Jeffery Mohr Family Dentistry on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at a bedtime friendly time of 7:00 PM. The lobby doors will open at 5:15 PM for show goers to actually meet Bob & Larry! The Meet & Greet is open to all ticketed patrons from 5:30 - 6:00 PM. 

Join the VeggieTales crew in a musical review that celebrates that with help and faith, even little kids can do big things too!  This all new production features live performances of Veggie silly song favorites like The Hairbrush Song and I Love My Lips as well as songs that inspire like Big Things Too.  Children will be thrilled to see their favorite Veggie friends live on stage performing in a rollicking musical review of VeggieTales greatest hits. This high-energy show is sure to delight children who are just getting to know the characters, teenagers who have grown up with the show and adults who can’t help but sing along.

VeggieTales is the best selling brand that delivers stories and songs kids love and values parents appreciate.  It is the go to show for families who desire wholesome quality entertainment that promotes values and lessons kids use for a lifetime such as telling the truth, sharing and forgiveness. Supporting sponsors for this family focused entertainment are First Federal of Van Wert and the Decatur Daily Democrat.

 Tickets are now available and range from $15-$35. Get tickets online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Niswonger Box Office, Noon - 4 PM, Mon.-Fri. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 

 
 
 

 
November 4-5, 2015

 

 
 
 

Mercer County Election Results from the Board of Elections - Click Here

 
 

Community Building in Rockford Releases Newest Events - Click Here for late 2015 and all of 2016

Find out More About Renting the Community Building at Shanes Park

 

 
 

 
November 2-3, 2015

 

 
 
 

Remember to Vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

 
 
 

Congratulations to Joey Brandt, Versailles Graduate and College Wrestler
Ranks 1st Nationally in Wrestling in the 197 Weight Category

Joey Brandt, a former wrestler at Versailles and graduate of 2011 has found himself at the top of his field in wrestling at Ashland University. Rankings were released according to Ahsland’s website:

“The 2015-16 Preseason Division II Wrestling Coaches' Regional And Individual Rankings were released late Thursday (Oct. 29, 2015) night, and a pair of Ashland University wrestlers begin the season atop their respective weight classes in Super Region II.

Senior Joe Brandt sits atop the super region rankings at 197 pounds. A three-time All-American, Brandt returns to mat after a redshirt season. In 2014, he finished a career-best fifth place at nationals.  Brandt also is the No. 1-ranked wrestler nationally at 197.”

Another wrestler, Eagle senior, Zeb Beam, is ranked No. 1 in the region at 157 pounds.

As a team, the Eagles are ranked seventh in Super Region II and 10th nationally.

Ashland begins the 2015-16 campaign on Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Michigan State Open.Follow Ashland University Athletics at  www.goashlandeagles.com

Joey is the son of Tim Brandt and Jennifer Sterrett (of Rockford) and the grandson of Marge Gehle (of Rockford) pictured left.

 

 

 

Rockford Village Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
There were several visitors at this meeting to discuss: water deposits and their legality; improvements and equipment needing moved at the new Radio Station; and Glenn Keeling running against Amy Joseph for mayor. Also, upcoming events and an update on the Post Office mold.

 

 

 

 

Students from the Mercer County Vocational Career Center visit the Shanes Crossing Historical Society Museum located in Rockford.  

 

 
 
 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center continues with Weight Management Support Program
Make Healthy Choices this Holiday Season!

 

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special, FREE event titled “Healthy choices & ‘Mocktails’ this Holiday Season, on Monday, November 9, at 6:00pm at Mercer Health’s West Campus location.  This month’s program, presented by the Mercer Health Weight Management Center staff, will discuss tips on how to make healthier choices this holiday season, healthy food options, and portion control, as well as provide taste testing of healthy “mocktails”.   Registration is required for this event.

 

The Mercer Health Weight Management Center also continues to offer several other Weight Management programs throughout the year.  The following programs are now available through Mercer Health’s Weight Management Center:

 

1)      The Surgical Weight Loss Program continues to grow, and now includes the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery.   The required informational seminar is now available online anytime at www.mercer-health.com

2)      Rev It Up!® Weight Management is a 9-week interactive lifestyle program led by our registered dietitian that covers topics such as behavior modification, hunger and fullness signals, fluid needs, meal timing, aerobic exercise, and more. The next 9-week session begins January 6.

3)      The Medifast® Program offers a structured meal plan that incorporates specially formulated Medifast meal replacement and snack products to achieve a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet.  To begin the Medifast program, view the required “Introduction to Medifast” class online anytime at www.mercer-health.com.

4)      The MedGem Indirect Calorimeter is a handheld device that determines an individual’s resting metabolic rate.  This test also includes an interpretation with a registered dietitian to determine an appropriate caloric level for weight loss.  Tests are scheduled on a patient by patient basis.

 

To register for the Program, or for more information about this program or other Weight Management Programs available at Mercer Health, contact the Weight Management Center at 419-678-8446.  

 

 

 

 

Rockford Club Meets in October at Auglaize-Mercer Visitor Center

The Twenty-First Century Club met on October 27, 2015 at the Auglaize and Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau in St. Marys, the only two county visitor center in the State of Ohio. The regular club meeting program was delivered by Donna Grube, director for 12 years.  The Club has a theme for the year called On the Road Again and each meeting will be a learning experience on local attractions right in Mercer and Auglaize County.  Promotion of our area as a travel destination is what Donna does. She is the marketing director as well as general director. One thing she loves to tell people is that Ohio had the first man to fly (Wright Brothers), the first man to orbit the earth (John Glenn), and the first man on the moon (Neil Armstrong). She explained that the Auglaize and Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization which is funded by a lodging tax.

She arranges and acts as travel guide for bus tours to our area. And here is where tourists want to go (mainly for day trips): The Neil Armstrong Museum, antique stores, and the Temple of Tolerance in Wapakoneta; Ft. Recovery Fort and Museum; New Bremen Bicycle Museum, and the Miami Erie Canal Locks; Grand Lake; Land of the Cross Tipped Churches and The Shrine of the Holy Relics to name a few. When travelers come to our area, there is a ripple effect when they eat and lodge here and buy souvenirs like homemade specialties. According to Donna, tourists are fascinated with the rich history, friendly and helpful people, home cooked meals, Grand Lake and manicured lawns and landscaping.

The club enjoyed apple pie after the meeting, served by hostesses Sheila Baltzell and Louisa Hemmelgarn. The next meeting will be held on November 17, 2015 in the home of Susan Coburn, Rockford with Jane Miller assisting. Member Karla Butler and Kim Carr have been researching Wapakoneta’s attractions and will be ready to report on their finds.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
October 31 ~ November 1, 2015

 

 
 
Daylight Savings Time to Change this Weekend on November 1, 2015 "Fall Back"

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 1, 2015. The mornings will get lighter and the evenings darker and those living in participating states of the United States will get an extra hour in bed.

So turn your clocks back one hour!

 

 

 

Linn Couple Celebrating 60th Wedding Anniversary

Duane and Patricia “Pat” Linn, of rural Celina, OH 45822 are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Duane Linn and Patricia Hone were married 60 years ago on November 10, 1955 at a little chapel in Yuma, Arizona where Duane was stationed in the Marine Corps. Duane is now retired from Conrail and farming, and Pat is retired from Chief Supermarket and is a homemaker. They are lifelong members of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on Oregon Rd where they will be joined by their sons Mark and Monte (Renee) and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren for worship in church followed by a family dinner at a restaurant.

 

Rockford United Methodist Church to Celebrate Harvest Jubilee

The Rockford United Methodist Church is happy to invite everyone to their annual Harvest Jubilee on Sunday, November 1, 2015. A free appreciation dinner starts at 5:30 followed by an evening that will showcase God’s talents and gifts at work in the community beginning at 6:30.

 

 

 
 

Trick or Trick Details by Community


Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 25th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 31st from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Registration for costume judging will be held at the southwest pavilion in the park from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  Beginning at 6:30 PM, the Parkway High School Marching Band will provide musical entertainment for all to enjoy.  Costume judging will begin following the band performance.  Participants will be judged in categories based upon age.  Donuts, apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate will be available for everyone to enjoy.  The evening activities are being co-sponsored by the Willshire American Legion and the Willshire Lions Club.

???TRICK OR TREAT???

Rockford trick or treat will be held on 
Sat Oct. 31    6-7:30 pm
Then come Join us at the Rockford Fire Station for yummy 
fall food and snacks along with 
their traditional costume judging at 8 pm.

 

Mendon Trick or Treat is Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 4-6 PM followed by the costume judging at 7 PM sponsored by the Mendon Lions Club at the fire Department /Township building. There is a chili supper from 4-7 prior to the judging. Sandwiches , soup, desserts and drinks will be for sale as well. Come join the fun!

 

 

Celina Education Association Press Release 10-30-2015

Contact Steve Stewart, CEA Spokesperson  (419) 268-0074

The Celina Education Association (CEA) has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the Celina Board of Education for violating Ohio law regarding negotiations. “The school board has been discussing negotiations in public venues – school board meetings, school board candidate forums and on social media.  The CEA was forced to file the Unfair Labor Practice charge against the Board because Ohio law clearly states negotiations are to be conducted in privateThe Board’s open comments were misleading and made in order to directly deal with the CEA members.  The Board’s actions constitute interference with CEA as its sole bargaining representative and coercion of the CEA membership” said CEA spokesperson Steve Stewart.  “Furthermore, the school board is allowing an outsider, their attorney, to dictate when the parties negotiate.  The CEA has requested a return to the negotiations table and is eager to settle a fair contract.  Please contact school board members Matt Gilmore and Amy Hoyng and urge them to honor the collective bargaining process and settle this contract.”  Matt Gilmore’s phone number is 419-363-3870 and Amy Hoyng’s phone number is 419-586-2041.

CEA is a local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). CEA represents the approximately 199 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in the Celina City School District.

 

 

The Parkway Local School Board of Education November meeting has been changed to Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

 

 
 

Parkway November 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

21st Annual Evening for Race Fans with Kyle Petty, Rusty Schlenk and Dallas Hewitt

The Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce is very proud to announce Kyle Petty as the featured guest for this year’s event.  No doubt, his experience from growing up in the legendary Petty family, his successful racing career, and now his success as a TV race analyst will provide us a very interesting and insightful, as well as, entertaining event.

Joining Kyle Petty for the event will be dirt late model driver Rusty Schlenk. The veteran driver completed a successful 2015 campaign that included winning the season opening event at Eldora Speedway and finishing 5th in the Eldora point standings.

Also in attendance will be third generation driver, Dallas Hewitt, grandson of the late Don Hewitt and nephew of the legendary sprint car driver, Jack Hewitt.  Dallas enjoyed another solid season that included his first start in a silver crown car at the Eldora Four Crown Nationals coming from last to thirteenth place and earning the hard charger award. Dallas competed at various Ohio tracks through out the season, earning A-main wins along the way.

For the 15th consecutive year, Mike King will serve as the MC. This year’s event will again take place at Romer’s Banquet Facility in St. Henry, Ohio on Friday, November 27th.

This fantastic evening provides intriguing and great racing stories as the guests spend time on the stage with Mike King. Mike has the knack of bringing out insightful and colorful answers from our guests regarding their own careers, other competitors and the sport of auto racing. With Kyle Petty leading the way, no doubt, it will be a very entertaining evening.  You will also be provided an opportunity for autographs and partake in a great buffet dinner prepared by the staff at Romer’s Catering.

This event serves as a fundraiser with over $210,000 raised for the Chamber, State of the Heart Hospice, and Community Health Professionals Hospice over the past 20 years.

The evening includes:

Autograph session with Kyle Petty, Rusty Schlenk and Dallas Hewitt

Buffet dinner

Driver interviews conducted by Mike King

Race memorabilia auction

Tickets must be purchased prior to the event by calling the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at (419) 586-2219.  Cost per ticket is $50; Visa & Master Card are accepted. Follow us on Facebook at “Chamber Race Night”.

 

Van Wert Medical Services announces Dr. Han as new family physician

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services has welcomed Jianming Han, M.D., as a physician in family medicine.

Han joins Matthew Miller, M.D., and Allison Harting, C.N.P., in suite 201 of Van Wert Medical Services to provide exceptional care to their patients’ entire family, from newborns to seniors.

“Joining the family practice at Van Wert Medical Services, I know that I will be a part of a team of great physicians and staff members,” Han said. “I am passionate about providing patient-centered care and  am committed to providing the best possible health care to my patients.”

Dr. Han was a family physician with Bloomington Medical Services in Wooster, Ohio, before coming to Van Wert. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Tianjin Medical University in China in 1996 and then earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia.

Dr. Han made her way to Ohio in 2004 until 2007 where she completed her residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo before returning in 2009 to practice family medicine in Wooster.

“Dr. Han truly cares about her patients and about caring for the entire person – body, mind and spirit,” Dr. Jennifer Hohman, the Medical Staff President for Van Wert County Hospital, said. “When working in family medicine, you need to possess excellent communication skills to be able to build relationships with patients who are at various ages and stages of their life. Dr. Han is able to provide medical guidance and do so in a way that all patients can understand.”

Dr. Han is taking new patients at this time and those interested in scheduling an appointment can do so by calling her office at 419-232-2077.

“I am excited to meet more people in the community,” Han said. “Each day I come to work, I am reminded of how great Van Wert residents are and I am happy to be a member of such a wonderful community.”

 

 

 

 

 
October 30, 2015

 

 
 

Remember to Vote! There are Many Important Issues and Races in Mercer County

 

Early In-Person Voting at the Board of Elections Office (First Floor) at the Mercer County Courthouse

Hours to Vote:

Friday, October 30, 2015 from 8 AM to 7 PM

Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 8 AM to 4 PM

Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 1 PM to 5 PM

Monday, November 2, 2015 from 8 AM to 2 PM

 

General Election Day Hours to Vote at Your Local Polling Place:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM

 

 

CHP Honored for 40 Years of Service

 

Community Health Professionals was recognized with a business milestone award by the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce at its 42nd banquet on Oct. 26. Deb Temple, Mary Beougher and Tonya Rutledge of CHP pose with the award honoring the nonprofit organization’s years of providing home health and hospice services throughout Mercer County and Northwest and West Central Ohio. For more information call CHP of Celina at 419-586-1999 or go online to www.ComHealthPro.org.

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

 

Photo Caption:  Who are the Graduates of Mercer High School in 1910?  Note the photograph of Mercer School in 1910 and compare it to the brick building standing in Mercer today.

 

 

Last week, I thanked the citizens of Dublin Township who helped to preserve the history of Mercer Methodist Church.  This week, I want to thank citizens who help preserve the history of Mercer School

 

On February 5, Peg Knueve emailed me that her sister gave her the photograph shown above.  Someone had given the photograph to Peg’s sister.  Peg gave the photograph to Lucy Ann Nieport to give to me.  Thank you Peg for helping to preserve Mercer School’s history.  Since that time, I have shown this photograph to guests visiting the Mercer County Historical Museum, and various citizens of the Village of Mercer, but I have found no one who recognizes the 1910 Graduates of Mercer High School.  I have not asked the Rockford High School nor the Shanes Crossing Historical Society Members, if they have a list of 1910 Graduates of Mercer.  Perhaps, local citizens will recognize these 1910 Graduates.

 

The photograph above is a large photograph, and I could not scan it into my computer.  I talked with Sheila Baltzell at the Celina High School Library, about this, because Sheila is Editor of the internet newspaper, www.ParkwayIndependent.com .  She asked the Art Teacher Amy Sutter, if she would be able to make a copy of this photograph, and Amy did excellent work in copying this photograph so I could use it for this week’s “Our Old Bookcase.”   Thank you Sheila and Amy for helping to preserve the history of Mercer School.

 

When I edited the “1978 Mercer County History Book,” I asked Mrs. John Maurer, if she would write the history of Mercer, Ohio, including the history of Mercer School.  This is a copy of the School History:

“Mercer Special School District was organized in August of 1880 with an enumeration of 139.  It was composed of sections 24, 25, 26, 35, and 36 in Dublin Township.  School was held in a log building during the 1830’s and 1840’s.  A frame building was built probably in the 1860’s, and later moved, and now (1978) a dwelling of the Paul Beougher family.  A later 2-story frame school house was destroyed by fire around 1907, and was replaced by a 2-story brick building.  Originally there was a high school, but due to economic pressures, it was discontinued in 1927.  The school was finally discontinued in 1939, and joined the Rockford School System.  That year, the building was sold to the Union Grange.”  Maurer named the Janitor John Green.  She also listed Mercer School Teachers who were living, in 1978, (nearly 40 years ago).  Maurer included old photographs of the former frame school, the two story brick school,

and a group photograph of Mercer School Students, in the 1910-1911.  The “1978 Mercer County History Book” is available at local libraries in Mercer County.  Recognition is due in Memory of Mrs. John Maurer, for her contribution to preserving the history of Mercer, located in Dublin Township of Mercer County, Ohio.  Recognition is due to each person who contributed local history in that 1978 Book.

 

It is important that we recognize our local citizens who preserved Mercer County History, in the past.  We encourage Mercer County Citizens today to preserve Mercer County’s History.  We hope that Mercer County families are encouraging their children to preserve Mercer County’s local history, including the history of their families, so that future generations may remember what fine citizens have built Mercer County, into what it is today.  Mercer County’s way of life did not “just happen.”  Generations of Mercer County Citizens have contributed to making Mercer County into a fine place to live with our families.

 

If anyone wants a copy of this photograph emailed to them, email me with your name and email address, and I will be happy to email you a copy of this photograph.  It always makes my day every time that someone wants to preserve Mercer County’s History.    And now, I am waiting for you readers to email me, write me, or call me about this photograph of the 1910 Mercer High School Graduates.  As President of the Mercer County Historical Society, I need your help in preserving Mercer School’s history.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, 130 East Market, Celina, Ohio.   Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1979

 

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

 

What is the Mercer County Historical Society & Mercer County Historical Museum?

Mercer County Commissioners Jerry Laffin, Thomas Gagel and Ray Cron, on April 28, 1999, wrote to Mercer County Libraries, “We continue to believe that the Mercer County Historical Museum is a strong asset to the citizens of Mercer County. The Director has and continues to provide quality programs.  The Historical Preservation and the dissemination of historical information help to retain the foundation of our existence.  The Members of the Society and the Board of Directors continue to serve the public as volunteers in administering the Museum and its public programs.  The Mercer County Commissioners stated in their January 13, 2004 letter to the Mercer County Historical Society, “The Board of County Commissioners recognize the importance of preserving our heritage and greatly appreciate the services you have provided.  We are confident that you will be able to utilize funds available to continue to operate the Mercer County Historical Museum.”

 

The Mercer County Commissioners initiated the Mercer County Historical Society, and the Mercer County Museum, when in 1957, they budgeted funds for this Society and Museum for 1958, and appropriated those funds on January 10, 1958.  With that agreement for support, the Mercer County Historical Society held its first meeting January 28, 1958.  On May 27, 1975, the Mercer County Commissioners purchased the Riley Home, to be The County Museum, as a Home for the Mercer County Historical Society.  The Mercer County Commissioners created a new public position, Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum, which existed 1975-2004. 

 

What Services does the Mercer County Historical Society provide?

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. is to Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.   The Mercer County Historical Society not only provides free services to the Mercer County Commissioners by hosting the County Museum in County’s public building, the Society also provides free services to the public. 

 

With the help of the Combined Drive, funds are used for public exhibits and programs, publication of local history books, office supplies, utilities, and maintaining an Alarm System, at the Mercer County Historical Museum.   The following examples illustrate the importance of funding these programs.

 

-The Mercer County Historical Society not only preserves permanent Historical Exhibits at the Mercer County Historical Museum, but also preserves History by hosting Public Programs about Local History.

Exhibits have included such topics as Antique Tractors, Farm and Carpenter Tools, Quilts, Bridal Gowns, Stamps, Coins, Military History, Post Cards, Glassware, etc.  The Annual Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors Exhibit of Prehistoric Artifacts, has been held at the Museum, 1973 through 2015.

 

-The Society has served as the Leader with the Mercer County Commissioners in establishing the County Committees for our Nation’s Bicentennial in 1976; the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance in 1987; the 75th Anniversary of the Mercer County Courthouse in 1998 and Ohio’s Bicentennial in 2003.

-The Society President attends Professional Regional, State and National Historical Educational Programs at Museums across Ohio, the United States, and International Archaeological and Sites, for the purpose of maintaining a professional Museum with High standards and Technology in Service to the Public, for preserving Mercer County’s Heritage.  The Mercer County Historical Society has earned numerous professional and academic awards in Ohio.

 

-President Joyce Alig taught “Mercer County Ohio History” Classes at Wright State Lake Campus in the 1970’s.  She also has written weekly local history articles, “Our Old Bookcase,” for the past three decades, to educate people about the County’s History and to encourage citizens to become interested in the County Society & Museum.  She also answers daily emails, locally and across Ohio and the Nation, in response to requests for historical research and for the Historical Society’s Local History Books.

 

-The Society publishes local history books, with a Mission to Preserve Local History within the context of State and National History.  The Mercer County Historical Society has published 29 History Books, under the “Passport to History Series.”   The Society’s programs strengthen communities by encouraging pride in their heritage, in cooperation with local communities for their 150th Anniversaries, e.g. published history books for Celina, Coldwater and Saint Henry, and the Indian Wars of the 1790’s at the sites of Fort Recovery and Fort Adams.  The 1978 “Mercer County History Book,” held histories of communities, businesses, churches, schools, service organizations and families.  In a show of respect for this history book, citizens and communities have copied from these books innumerable times over the years.  Two books of international history included “Connecticut Mariner Captain James Riley,” and “Old Gold Rush Diaries to Alaska, 1898-1900.”  The Township Passport to History books are detailed research resources.

 

-With the goal to preserve rural and agricultural history, the Society hosted the Antique Tractors and  Trucks Exhibit, 1977-2003.  The Society participated in the Mercer County Farm Tours under the Nick Freeman and the OSU Extension Office.  In respect for Rural Heritage, the Society published the book, “Those Magnificent Big Barns of Mercer County, Ohio” in 1989.  When AGCO New Idea Company closed its door on December 8, 1999, President Joyce Alig requested the New Idea Company Records from AGCO and established the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee.  This Committee has hosted NI Manual Sales, NI Equipment exhibits, and published two books, “New Idea Company Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders, Maria Stein & Coldwater, Ohio,” in 2013, and “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982,” in 2015, with a third New Idea History book in progress.

 

Each of the 29 History Books are the “Gifts which keep on Giving,” as these books continue to provide local history information to students and adults year after year.  These books will still be valued by Mercer Countians a hundred years from now.

 

-The Society works to preserve the Heritage of Mercer Countians, which includes the work ethic, and principles of honesty, education, training, and progress.  The Mercer County Historical Society’s Programs affirm the importance of values in our lives, and the importance of preserving Mercer County’s cultural heritage and history of our Communities.  The Society’s programs promote public discourse and enrich citizens’ participation in public affairs and thereby strengthen Democracy, the very principle upon which our Nation was founded. 

 

 
 

 
October 29, 2015

 

 
 
 

Jim Bowsher with some of  Parkway High School Students Who Attended the 
Shanes Crossing Historical Society meeting.




The guest speaker, on October 22nd, at the Shanes Crossing Historical Society, Jim Bowsher, really needed no introduction.  Jim is a local favorite and is well known throughout Ohio and America. He has been called an archeologist, geologist, historian, folklorist, collector, storyteller and writer.

He is famous for his "Temple of Tolerance" on Wood Street in Wapakoneta, which by the way,
has been visited by many celebrities and is listed by many travel web sites as a place to visit.
Jim has been featured on WBGU's "Scenic Stops" and there are many, many blogs that recommend a visit to "The Temple of Tolerance."

Jim has a blend of energy, humor and knowledge.  A man who believes that all people are inherently good, a man that reaches out to all people of the human race, and a man who has an uncanny ability to capture your attention and make you think about your lifeand your future.  

Thank you, Jim, for taking time out to stop in Rockford to speak to our Shanes Crossing Historical Society and Parkway High School Students.

 

 

PERI MEETING, NOV. 10, 2015 at Mercer Co. Fairgrounds

The Tuesday, November 10, 2015 meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of PERI will be held at 10:00 A.M. at the Hopewell Grange at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.

President Kip Wright requests a dialogue among PERI Members, about their experiences during 2015, with the One Exchange, about Members’ Health Benefits for 2016.

A PERI Treasurer and Vice President should be elected for 2016.  An audit of the 2015 Treasurer’s books will be done.   Since our PERI Chapter has strength in Members, 2016 Membership will be considered.

The first PERI Meeting in 2016 will be held on January 12; mark your calendars. 

 

At the November 10 meeting, there will be no noon luncheon, however, coffee, juice and donuts will be available to early birds at 9:30.

 

 

Tree Commission Plants Trees in Rockford

The Village of Rockford Town Crew, Tom Beahrs, Blair Shaffer, and Aaron Temple plant a 
Red Horse Chestnut Tree on South Main Street.  This was one of six trees of that variety
planted.  Other tree varieties planted were Japanese Lilac, Autumn Blaze Maple, Linden,
and Elm - totaling eighteen trees.  The Rockford Tree Commission chose these trees to be
planted this fall.  Also, ten trees were cut down and sixteen stumps removed.

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

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:  Lininger Bros. Department Store, 202 South Main, Celina. The postmark on this card is April 17, 1912.  Check out the chimneys on the roof, and the water fountain out front, next to the telegraph pole. 

 

 

Post Card Collectors preserve history at the Sunday, November 8 Post Cart Exhibit at the Museum.  I will use the above post card as an example to study historical clues on post cards.

 

The obvious Celina History lesson is that this building was the Lininger Building which belonged to the Lininger Family and stood on the southeast corner of Main and Fayette Streets, Celina.  In the Post Card photograph, the signs on the building indicate that the Lininger Bros. “sold furniture, carpets, rugs, dry goods, notions, furnishings, hardware, tin ware, granite ware, and wall paper.”  Architectural Historians will study the architectural styles of this business building.  Environmental Historians will note the chimneys on the roof, as well as the drinking fountain in front of the building.  Archival Research Historians can check the “1978 Mercer County History” and the “1904 and 1909 Celina Directories.”  That research will clarify that Mildred Lininger told how the “Opera House,” was purchased by the Lininger Brothers who named it “Lininger Bros. Big Bargain Store.”  Mildred also told about the “Opera House,” on the third floor of that Building and that one of the first elevators in Celina was located in this building.  The “1909 Celina Directory,” lists Charles, Harry, and William Lininger as owners of the Lininger Store.  After two Lininger Brothers died, Charles Lininger and his wife Viola, and daughter Mildred continued in the business until 1945.  Mildred rented out the first floor while living on the second floor, until her death in 2001.   Local Citizens will remember Mildred’s civic leadership roles.

 

I wrote about this Lininger Building on March 30, 2006, “Our Old Bookcase,” because Danielle Schmackers had called me and asked about that history.  I listed the businesses in that building from 1953 through 2006.  For the history to be updated, one can seek businesses in this past decade.  This building may have also held the “Celina Cigar Factory,” about 1926-1929.

 

Another history lesson in the Humanities can be obtained by reading the messages on the back of Post Card photographs.  On this card, Sister Connie wrote Mrs. Geo. Bosken, St. Henry, Ohio, on April 16, 1912.  She told that everyone was well, and that their folks had planted their potatoes that day.  For Agrarian Historians, that message would suggest the month for planting potatoes.

 

Post Mark Historians will note that this post card has a Celina, Ohio Post Mark, dated April 17, 10:00 A.M., but did not list the year.  Post Card and Post Mark Collectors will notice that the back of the post card was “split in two halves.”  Ann Bowers, B.G.S.U. Archives, wrote “Golden Age of Post Cards,” in the book “Celina, Ohio, Post Card Past,” and stated “By 1907, the U.S. Post Office allowed the address side of the post card to be split in two so that messages could be written on half of the post card, adjacent to the address.”  Post Mark Collectors will recognize the shape of the Postmark, because that is another facet of U.S. Post Office History.  Stamp Collector Historians will seek those old Post Cards with One Cent Stamps with images of Presidents.

 

Sunday, November 8, 2015, Post Cards with historic photographs of Mercer County and Grand Lake St. Marys, including oil wells on the Lake, will be on exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum. Post Card Collectors Bob and Sharon Poor, and Dale Poeppelman as well as Post Mark Collector David Gray, will be there with their Collections and will answer your questions.  Stamp Collectors are welcome to bring their Stamp Collections.  The public is invited to learn more about the colorful world of Collecting Post Cards, Post Marks, and Postage Stamps and the History reflected on those Post Cards, this coming Sunday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00. 

 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 27-28, 2015

 

 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Holds 42th Banquet
by Sheila Baltzell

The  Rockford Chamber of Commerce held their 42th banquet on Monday evening. Following a social time with music by Triad, a delicious meal was enjoyed. Jonathan Williams served as Master of Ceremonies. Marie Miller Chamber President gave a report on accomplishments by the Chamber this year and upcoming events. She read off the names of the new businesses KIDZ Tree House, Heart 'n Soul Massage Therapy, Shanes park Beautification Society; and Rockford Monuments under new ownership. She recognized Businesses of the Month who had been honored during the year and went on to acknowledge and congratulate business milestones: A & A Greenhouse 15 years; Community Health Professionals 40 years; Family Medicine Associates 35 years; John K. Granger - General Dentistry 40 years; Peoples Bank Company 110 years; Rockford EMS 40 years; S & B Coin Laundry 40 years; Shanes Crossing Enterprises 15 years; Shanes Crossing Historical Society 20 years and Time Bulletin 170 years.

She turned the program over to Norm VanTilburg and Mike Schumm, officers for the Shanes Crossing Historical Society. They entertained with a lovely program of old photos from Shanes Crossing including horses and buggies, the building of the L.E. Lloyd Buggy and Surrey Building which later became a car dealership, Lloyd Motor Sales and the laying of the brick streets on Main and Market. They talked about the rich history of the area and our village founder Anthony Shane and his wife, who as Shawnee Indians were well respected and sought after for their knowledge of the history of the area.  They encouraged everyone to get involved with the 2020 Rockford Bicentennial Celebration Plans and discussed a list of the activities on which the committee is working.

Then the time all had been waiting for ~ the announcement of Business of the Year and Citizen of the year. First Marcia Ripley, as last year's business recipient for Ketcham Ripley Funeral Home, spoke about how the winner has been in business nearly 40 years and was always willing to open her doors for the Christmas Walk, and help with all activities in town. As a progressive business owner, she focused on pampering her customers with hair, nail and tanning over the years. Brenda Barker was surprised and pleased when further discussion revealed her business His 'n Hers as the winning. She spoke briefly to thank everyone and express her pride in her hometown. After several presentations, Marie Miller started a special DVD leading the audience into suspense over who the winner would be. It was clear by the end of the power-point, that Joyce Ann Price Emans, a winner in 2013 of volunteer of the year, was the newest Chamber Citizen of the Year.  Ryan Sipe, recipient of the Chamber Citizen of the Year in 2014, spoke about the selection process and how he and Mike Bruns agreed whole-heartedly that Joyce, who grows, transplants and tends the flower gardens at Shanes Park,  was a natural choice. Ryan said he spends many an early morning at the park, checking buildings and ball diamonds and cleaning up sticks and trash. He always see Joyce there as well, working the flower beds in the early hours when it is coolest.  Joyce, surprised and smiling, thanked the Chamber and mentioned that she took great pride in her flowers and appreciated all the people who stepped up to help her when major projects needed completed. She was presented with several proclamations as well.

See the pictures below.

 

Congratulations Joyce Ann Price Emans on becoming Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2015 Citizen of the Year

By Stacie Ford

 

This statement exemplifies the recipient of the Citizen of the Year, Joyce Ann Price Emans: "The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others."

Joyce was born a coal miner’s daughter on April 11, 1939 and raised in Speedwell, Tennessee.

She was the oldest of seven children born to Milt and Leona Price, and attended Powell Valley, a small county school, until her freshman year when she was needed at home to help her family on the farm.

Later, family responsibilities in Rockford, Ohio dictated that our recipient relocate there when she was 21 years old.

Fours years later, she married and started a family with Larry.

Her children Denise, Donna, and Duane leave a legacy of 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


While raising her children, she grew, harvested, and put up a year round vegetable garden; she also took delight in tending to a flower garden.

The fruits of her labor were shared with family during Sunday meals. 


Her Rockford “Clean It All” commercial cleaning business launched once her children became more independent and responsible.

Love of holiday and seasonal decorating with flowers, lights, and arrangements extend to her work environment, home, and the world around her.


 

A few years ago, an idea to decorate Shanes Park for Christmas became a reality. Her budding vision of a musical lighting ceremony complete with 12 stations involving community came true with the help of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

 

Over the last 10 years, vegetation has been transplanted from her home to Shanes Park so that visitors there might enjoy it, too.

She and a crew of enlisted volunteers help to maintain the park on a daily basis during the summer by pulling weeds, planting, watering, amending the soil, picking up sticks and raking leaves. 

Her efforts were recognized in 2013 as she was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Joyce recipient volunteers not to get credit for the work that is done, rather, it is so that others will see what 1 person can accomplish.  Therefore, if more individuals got involved each would see what many can accomplish.

In 2015 she began the Shanes Park Beautification Society.


Congratulations Joyce Ann Price Emans on becoming 2015 Citizen of the Year.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Brenda Barker owner of  His N Hers Salon and Spa on becoming Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business of the Year.

by Sheila Baltzell


His N Hers has been a Rockford business since 1976, when Brenda (graduate of Ohio State Beauty Academy) officially opened her doors. Relax and be pampered at His N Hers Salon and Spa where enhancing natural beauty is their specialty. With an extensive full line of services that include Hair Cut & Coloring, Nails, Permanent Eyelash Extensions, Massage, Waxing, and more. Brenda is dedicated to offering personalized services for each client. Located in downtown Rockford, the comfortable and easy environment at His N Hers allows an escape from the race and an opportunity to feel refreshed and renewed for nearly 40 years!

 

Brenda is the daughter of the late Woody and Ilene Davis. Ilene is also a cosmetologist who worked those years in the His n Hers Salon with Brenda. Brenda has two daughters, Leslie and Lindsay and five grandchildren.

 
Brenda receives Proclamation from Mercer County Commissioners

Congratulations Brenda on being Business of the Year 2015!

Pictures from the banquet and DVD:

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge them.


Joyce with her siblings.

Joyce started her own cleaning company
called Clean it All.

Joyce's beautiful lilacs
which she cuts and shares around the village.

With the help of the Chamber
Joyce's idea of a decorated Christmas in
Shanes Park came true.

Beautiful transplanted
flowers from Joyce's own gardens
to Shanes Park Gazebo.

A Coal Miner's daughter.

More flowers planted and
tended by Joyce.

2013 Volunteer of the Year - Rockford

Proclamation from Commissioners

Proclamation from Rep. Buchy

Proclamation from Keith Faber (absent)
presented by Jonathan Williams
 
       
 
 

Chicken & Pork Chop Dinner/Auction Coming to RUMC

 

Rockford United Methodist Women's Chicken & Pork Chop Dinner/Auction
will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dinner- 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Auction- 6:30
and will run until all items have been auctioned.

Chicken Dinners- $7.00
Pork Chop Dinners- $8.00

 
 
 
 

Caribbean Culture Coming to Wright State Lake Campus
Thursday, November 5 from 6-8 PM

Take in the music, legends and flavors of the Caribbean at a special free event to be held at the Lake Campus. Featuring Cincinnati’s Premier Steel Band Ensemble, Steel Away, the program will include authentic and rhythmic Reggae, Calypso and Soca Music. Also planned for the evening is an Ethnic Potluck, featuring a menu of Caribbean cuisine and flavors. Guests are welcome to contribute with a favorite Ethnic Dish – from any part of the world – or to come and simply enjoy the great food, music and atmosphere.

Join storyteller Amber Daniel, a former media practitioner who hails from the Caribbean, as Mistress of Ceremonies, with the Wright State Community in a contingent representing the islands of Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Bahamas.

Steel Away is the premier steel band group from Cincinnati offering Caribbean rhythms as well as smooth jazz and contemporary pieces. The band creates its music from steel drums, melded into various notes, which produces a distinctly and melodious sound. The steel pan, the only musical invention of the 21st Century, is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago, the most southerly of the Caribbean islands in that archipelago. While there are no Trinidad and Tobago players in the band, the band members honed their craft under the tutelage of Trinidad and Tobago nationals, and their Caribbean offering is authentic in style and composition. The band will be playing Calypso, Reggae, and Crossover Caribbean Folk Counter-rhythms for your enjoyment on this evening.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY CELEBRATES RED RIBBON WEEK

 

Foundations Behavioral Health Services, Celina and the Mercer County Schools invite the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 25-31st. 

 

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

 

Area schools are celebrating Red Ribbon Week in various ways. Foundations Behavioral Health Services teamed up with all 7 local elementary schools to have a Grocery Bag decorating contest for the 4th graders. The theme this year is “Respect Yourself: Be Drug Free.” 5 finalists from each school were chosen, and a winner from each school will be recognized on Thursday at a skating party at the Rollardome in St. Marys for the Mercer County 4th graders. Each winner will be presented with a $25 gift certificate donated by the Mercer County Elks. These grocery bags will be returned back to the local grocery stores to hand out to their customers during and after Red Ribbon Week. Participating stores are Chief (Celina and Coldwater), Friendly’s Markets (Celina), Wayne IGA (Fort Recovery), Winner’s Meats (Osgood), and Gels IGA (St. Henry).

 

All Mercer County schools (grades K-12) are participating in Red Ribbon week in some way or another. Activities range from a dress-up spirit week, facts on the announcements, assemblies, health fairs, wearing Red Ribbons, among other activities.

 

“Red Ribbon Week encourages our entire community to adopt healthy, drug-free lifestyles,” said Laura Sanford, prevention coordinator at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, Celina. “The campaign brings together parents, schools, and businesses as we look for new ways to keep kids and communities drug free.”

 

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly

after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

 

“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said Sanford. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”

 

If you are interested in joining in local efforts reduce drug abuse, consider joining the “Mercer County Prevention Coalition.” Our mission is to “To improve the quality of lives of Mercer County residents by preventing the harmful consequences of substance use and abuse among youth, families, and the larger community.” For more information, please contact Laura at 419-584-1000 or lauras@foundationsbhs.org

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
October 26, 2015

 

 
 

Local Races and Issues ~ November 3 at the Polls or

Vote Everyday Now at the Courthouse in Celina, OH

Vantage has a 5 year renewal of a .7 permanent improvement levy coming up at the General Election. NO NEW TAXES! With the renewal of the Vantage Levy, the Vantage Career Center will continue to train and put people to work.

 

Mendon Mayor Election – incumbent John Boroff is running unopposed; April Grunden is running unopposed for her current seat on Mendon Countcil and on the Board of public affairs, Darrell Etgen and Jeff Snider run unopposed.

 

Rockford Mayor’s race includes incumbent Amy Joseph challenged by Glenn Keeling.  Council seats of Gary Fox and Greg Pontsler run unopposed.

 

Blackcreek Township Trustee Grant Minnich runs unopposed as does fiscal officer Guy Brigner.

 

Parkway School District has a renewal operating levy on the ballot as well. It is a 5 year 8.97 mil property tax generating  about $1 million per year. This money is used for operating expenses including teacher salaries and benefits and school building utilities and supplies and materials. NO NEW TAXES!

 

In Hopewell Township, Eldon Sell runs unopposed as a trustee and fiscal off Herbert Muhlenkamp runs unopposed as well.

 

The residents of the Village of Rockford will voting on proposed gas and electric aggregation

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church to Celebrate Harvest Jubilee

The Rockford United Methodist Church is happy to invite everyone to their annual Harvest Jubilee on Sunday, November 1, 2015. A free appreciation dinner starts at 5:30 followed by an evening that will showcase God’s talents and gifts at work in the community beginning at 6:30.

 

Parkway Board of Education Approves Wrestling as a Varsity Sport

Parkway recently officially made Wrestling a Varsity Sport. Coach Kevin Browning and his team of wrestlers have been working hard  for years as a club sport. Their determination paid off.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 24-25, 2015

 

 
 
 
 

Goosebumps to be Celebrated
"Goosebumps Galore"  is the next family program at the Rockford Carnegie Library.  This not so very scary program will celebrate the newly released Goosebumps movie.  The program is Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 in the library basement meeting room.  All members of the family are welcome to come and enjoy the stories, craft, games and snack.  If more information is needed call the library at 419-363-2630.

 

Van Wert Peony Pageant
Attention all area senior girls ~ applications have been given to your school to be filled out to be a part of the 2016 Van Wert Peony Pageant.  Any senior girls that are homeschooled and interested in filling out an application please contact pageant director Kylie Mills at 419-203-5385. The deadline for the application is November 27, 2015.

 

Parents of Elementary Students

Just a reminder that parent/teacher conferences for Parkway Elementary are October 29, November 12, 23 and 24.  If parents requested email conference time notifications, they have been emailed for the first two nights and the last two nights should be emailed by next week.

If you have not scheduled a parent/teacher conference yet, spots are limited.  Feel free to call the elementary office to schedule a conference or double check your scheduled time.  419-363-3045

 

 
 

Bicentennial Meeting Coming Up
The next Rockford 2020 -  Bicentennial Meeting will be held on
November 2nd at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum
located at 151 E Columbia St.  The public is encouraged to
get involved in this project to celebrate our 200th Birthday !

 

Voice Winner, Craig Wayne Boyd To Perform At The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - The Niswonger Performing Arts Center along with Presenting Sponsor, US BANK, is please to announce that last season's winner of NBC's The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, will bring his signature Southern sound to Van Wert on Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 PM. Dynamic and charismatic, Craig Wayne Boyd’s sound is rooted in the southern tradition of country music and is topped with a rebellious flair. Texas-born and raised country singer and multi-instrumentalist Craig Wayne Boyd, who came to the public's attention when he was a contestant, and the eventual winner, on the seventh season of the television show The Voice in 2014, showed an affinity for music even as a child. Growing up in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Mesquite, he was drawn to gospel and country, and was active in his church choir, eventually becoming its director. He moved to Nashville to try for his dream of a career in the music business in the early 2000s, and soon had a publishing deal with EMI. Things looked promising. Yet Boyd, after ten years of songwriting, local gigs, national support touring, and trying everything he could to further that dream in Nashville, was on the verge of quitting music because of financial and other pressures. All that changed when he auditioned for the seventh season of The Voice. Ending up on Blake Shelton's team, Boyd's singing voice, playing, and easy musical versatility made him a fan favorite, and eventually made him the overall winner. Boyd then rocketed onto Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1 with his coronation single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face. "Boyd becomes just the second artist to launch at No. 1 since Hot Country Songs began as a multi-metric chart in October 1958. Garth Brooks is the only other act to bow atop the chart. After Boyd won the latest season of The Voice, and performed "Smile," on the show's Dec. 16 episode, the track enters atop Country Digital Songs with 99,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music.

Noted as a very personable performer who takes time with his fans, Craig Wayne Boyd will be meeting with his Niswonger audience in the lobby following the January 23 performance. When asked what fans should expect from his songwriting, Boyd responded "I hope to bring to light songs again that have stories with meanings behind them," he says. "I feel like I'm a spokesperson for all of those guys who have paid their dues and slugged it out. If they truly believe in themselves, don't quit. Find any avenue you can; it will pay off.”​

​Tickets are now available and range from $20-$35. Get tickets online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Niswonger Box Office, Noon - 4 PM, Mon.-Fri. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 

Don’t let “Trick-or-Treat” become “Trip-for-Treat”

State Falls Prevention Initiative issues its annual list of Halloween falls prevention tips for all ages

 

Columbus, Ohio – The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and soon ghouls and goblins of all ages will be celebrating Halloween. To help all residents celebrate the holiday safely, STEADY U Ohio, the state’s comprehensive older adult falls prevention initiative, once again offers its annual list of tips to help ensure that whether you are taking the grand-ghouls out trick or treating, or indulging in some grown-up fun, you don’t let “Trick-or-Treat” become “Trip-for-Treat.”

·        If you'll be accompanying little ones on beggar's night, carry a flashlight and watch for uneven sidewalks, curbs, debris and other tripping hazards.

·        Fancy dressing is what Halloween is about, but avoid costumes with long gowns, robes or capes that can snag on objects or get tangled up with your feet.

·        Put on a scary face, but avoid masks that limit your peripheral vision and cause you to miss tripping hazards. Use make-up instead.

·        That fabulous footwear might be the thing that sets your costume off, but sensible shoes will be less likely to send you tumbling.

·        Your costume may fit your personality, but does it fit your body? Too loose, it can cause you to trip. Too tight, it can limit your movement.

·        Accessorize for success, but avoid dangling bits of costume that can be tripped on and ensure that props you are carrying won't cause injury if fallen on.

·        If you decorate your yard for trick-or-treaters, make sure walkways are free of cords and debris and that decorations are far enough away that visitors can't trip on them.

·        If you're going for that "big scare," make sure the area is level and clear of objects to prevent falls when people react.

·        Know how alcohol affects your balance and perception, and drink responsibly.

·        Eat a balanced, nutritious meal before partying or trick-or-treating to make sure you have plenty of energy and to help curb the urge for sweet treats, which can affect blood sugar levels and cause dizziness.

For more fall and winter tips to help you or a loved one prevent falls, visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.

About STEADY U Ohio – Falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging, and supported by Ohio government and state business partners to strengthen existing falls prevention activities, identify opportunities for new initiatives and coordinate a statewide educational campaign to bring falls prevention to the forefront of planning for individuals, families, health care providers, business and community leaders and all Ohioans. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.

 

 

 
October 22-23, 2015

 

 
 

Hospital Director of Pharmacy Dave Hipply Wins Award

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert County Hospital Director of Pharmacy Dave Hipply was recently chosen as one of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year.

The Preceptor of the Year award recipients are chosen based on student nominations from OSU’s College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students are asked to nominate any preceptor who mentored, guided and challenged them throughout their education whom exhibited a high regard for students and a great commitment to teaching. The nominees are then reviewed by a selection committee.

Hipply was chosen for his high standards of professionalism, spirit of cooperation with OSU’s College of Pharmacy and commitment to students as a professional mentor.

“I enjoy helping students of pharmacy who have the same desire and commitment as I do to provide quality service,” Hipply said.  “I am honored to have been able to help others wanting to enter a career in pharmacy and I am humbled to have been chosen for this award.”

As a recipient of one of the Preceptors of the Year awards, Hipply received a personalized plaque and was invited to attend this year’s White Coat Ceremony which signifies the students’ transitions into the professional part of their education. Hipply was unable to attend the ceremony in August, but was given his award from Donald Sullivan, director of professional experiential programs at OSU’s College of Pharmacy, at Van Wert County Hospital in September.

“We know that Dave does great work for us at Van Wert County Hospital and it makes us proud to have someone else recognize his commitment as an exceptional mentor in pharmacy,” said Mike Holliday, Chief Financial Officer at Van Wert County Hospital.

Pictured are: Mike Holliday (left), Van Wert County Hospital Chief Financial Officer, Dave Hipply (middle), Van Wert County Hospital Director of Pharmacy and Donald Sullivan (right), Director of Professional Experiential Programs and Clinical Pharmacy Professor at The Ohio State University

 

Happy Heavenly 65th Birthday, Larry Baltzell!
on October 23, 2015
If you were still with us, we'd
all be celebrating with homemade
German Chocolate Cake!
Missing You!

Love, Your Family and Friends

 

 
 

All-Twig Board Donates Money to Van Wert County Hospital

 

The All-Twig Board of Van Wert Hospital recently presented the hospital with a  check  for $23,527.31. This donation is used to support patient-centered initiatives.  This year, the Twigs have approved the purchase of a Patient Monitor with EKG Capability for the Surgery Recovery Room, two endoscopy carts for the Health Center Surgery center, and assistance with the purchase of a blood plasma refrigerator for the Laboratory. 

"For over fifty years, the Twig group members have been raising monies for the good of the hospital and community. We have an amazing number of women participating in various Twig projects, as we support each other in friendship and giving.  We wish to thank the members of Twig IV for their endless years of service. They have done  RADA Cutlery Sales, Christmas Poinsettias, and monthly projects for the benefit of the hospital.  We are sorry to have had the group dissolve at the beginning of the year due to declining participating memberships.  We salute them for all of their hard work accomplished with only a remaining few members' efforts.  The Twig groups will be pleased to continue with some of their community projects." stated Sharon Witten, All twig Board President.

Twig groups I and II manage the Hospital Thrift Shop on Central Avenue, handling and selling gently used clothing and household small items and linens at a very reasonable price.  They are now also handling  the RADA Cutlery Sales in the shop.

Twig group III manages the Hospital Gift Shop and the Tree of Light community project at Christmas time.  Members of Twig II group are also undertaking the poinsettia sales for merchants and community clients this year, and will be taking  orders in November for December delivery.

New members are always encouraged to join and share their talents and passions with other volunteers in friendship and fellowship. 

Each group meets once a month and enjoys learning about hospital department services as well as community group resources.

Persons present in picture, left to right:

Nancy Farmer, Twig III representative; Mae Stoller, Twig I representative, Sharon Witten, Twig II Chairman and All Twig Board Chairman, presenting check to Mark Minick, Ella Jackson, Tll Twig Board Comptroller, and Twig IV acting chairman Colleen Krauskop.

 

 

There will be no meeting this month of the RADC in Rockford as the Rockford Chamber Banquet is scheduled for Monday the 26th. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement.  

 

Drug Drop Box

CELINA, OH –Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced that his office, which regularly participates in the DEA Drug Takeback projects as well as maintains a Drug Drop Box, has turned over more than 350 pounds of drugs collected in the last 18 months to the DEA for destruction. The vast majority of the drugs taken are in pill form.

Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many more become addicted. Sheriff Grey stated “The Drug Drop Box was installed to make getting rid of unnecessary pills from your home easy. Most prescription abuse in teenagers start when they take medications prescribed for an adult”. Deaths from prescription painkillers have also quadrupled since 1999, killing more than 16,000 people in the U.S. in 2013.

The Sheriff’s Office maintains the only Drug Drop Box in Mercer County, and has since 2012.

While the National Drug Takeback program, sponsored by the DEA, collects unwanted drugs on a regular basis, the Drug Drop Box is maintained in the lobby of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and drugs can be dropped into the box at any time, making getting rid of unused or unwanted drugs convenient. 

 

 

 
 

 
October 21, 2015

 

 
 

Red Cross Volunteers Welcome Stemen with Open House

VAN WERT – The Red Cross volunteers at Van Wert County Hospital are hosting an open house for Derek Stemen, the new executive director for the West Central Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The reception is Wednesday October 28 in Conference Room A at the hospital. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with the first hour for Red Cross volunteers to meet Stemen.

At 5 p.m., the community is invited to attend at the same location to learn more about the organization’s new leader.

Stemen will introduce himself and answer any questions the public may have regarding the Red Cross in Van Wert and the region. The Red Cross Community Leaders will also explain their roles in the community.

 

 
 
 

Counselor Rick Williams of Catholic Social Services to give two November presentations at St. John Fryburg

 

With over 20 years experience working with clients age 2 to age 102 through Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Counselor Rick Williams has seen a shift in family dynamics that concerns him.

 When approached by Rachel Barber of the Petersburg Pastoral Region (a cluster of Catholic parishes in Auglaize and northern Shelby Counties) to do some sessions about today’s family, Williams was quick to agree.  On November 8 and 15 at St. John Parish in Fryburg, Williams will address issues that impact today’s family life. 

On November 8 at 2 p.m., Williams will present a session titled “Honor Thy Father and Mother: What Changed the Rules?”  The 30-45 minute presentation will address the topic of respect and how the changing family dynamic is affecting the boundaries of acceptable behaviors. 

“The Greek word for honor means to revere, prize and value,” said Williams. “Honor is giving respect not only for merit but also for rank…… Yet today’s American culture is less closely tied to the entire notion of hierarchy.”  Williams goes on to say that the prevailing lack of respect for authority creates a lack of balance in the family.  In too many situations today, it is the kids who are in charge, not the parents. 

The November 15 presentation will also begin at 2 p.m. and is titled “The Media and Family Dynamics” and will examine the effects of our highly-wired existence on families.  “Our culture today encourages the independence of the child,” said Williams. “Since we prefer nonverbal communication instead of face-to-face, there are fewer chances for children to interact with a parent and learn about family relationships.” 

Even in the most intact families, much interaction happens through screens (texting, email, etc.) or not at all.  Our preoccupation with gadgets both large and small is undermining human contact in general, and severely limiting the bonding processes that must occur on a daily basis to create strong families. 

Williams specializes in individual, couples and family counseling.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education, and is licensed by the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.  Rick is also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with supervisory credentials, and was recently certified as an Early Childhood Mental Health Certified Professional.

For more information or to arrange for Williams to conduct a session about family issues at your location, contact RWilliams@cssmv-sidney.org or call him at 937-498-4593 extension 1107.

 

 
 

Trick or Trick Details by Community


Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 25th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 31st from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Registration for costume judging will be held at the southwest pavilion in the park from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  Beginning at 6:30 PM, the Parkway High School Marching Band will provide musical entertainment for all to enjoy.  Costume judging will begin following the band performance.  Participants will be judged in categories based upon age.  Donuts, apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate will be available for everyone to enjoy.  The evening activities are being co-sponsored by the Willshire American Legion and the Willshire Lions Club.

???TRICK OR TREAT???

Rockford trick or treat will be held on 
Sat Oct. 31    6-7:30 pm
Then come Join us at the Rockford Fire Station for yummy 
fall food and snacks along with 
their traditional costume judging at 8 pm.

 

Mendon Trick or Treat is Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 4-6 PM followed by the costume judging at 7 PM sponsored by the Mendon Lions Club at the fire Department /Township building. There is a chili supper from 4-7 prior to the judging. Sandwiches , soup, desserts and drinks will be for sale as well. Come join the fun!

 

Christmas at the Park Planned for November 29th in Shanes Park
The summer beautification of Shanes Park has come to an end.

Many thanks to those who have given of their time to help make
Shanes Park a beautiful location to enjoy time with family and friends.
Those individuals are Marlene Roebuck, Karen Long, Julie Long,
Donna Riley, Barb Pedroza, Clete & Irene Schmidt and Joyce Emans.

There are some ways you can help get us started for next year -
1.  Plan to volunteer your time.  It's a very rewarding way to give
back to the community.   2.  A donation earmarked for
Shanes Park Beautification.  3.  Save your aluminum cans.  Funds
received from recycling aluminum cans gets put into park plants, projects,
and Christmas lights and decorations.

Decorating the Park for Christmas at the Park will begin on Saturday,
October 24th at 9 am.  We will continue each Saturday until the
event.   We need a lot of volunteers to make this happen !

Christmas at the Park will be held on Sunday, November 29th at 7pm.
This event is a Christmas lighting of the park along with some Christmas
music from local talent.   Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Could New Marriage Laws be a Step toward Civil Unions?

 

Since the Supreme Court overturned Ohio’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, the rights of clergy members to refuse marriage on religious grounds has been questioned.  House Bill 286, known as the Pastor Protection Act, aims to protect the clergy’s right to deny marriage, but it falls short in many ways. 

House Bill 286 only provides protection to clergy members.  While this is an important step, it leaves many others without the right to religious objection.  This bill provides no protection to venues or vendors, like church facilities and Knights of Columbus Halls, wishing to not provide services to those operating against their religious beliefs. 

This legislation also, for the first time, defines the right of clergy to refuse marriage.  However, this is a long-held practice that has never before needed to be in code.  By defining this ability, we must ensure that the definition isn’t so narrow that clergy can no longer refuse marriage in instances where they could before.

Additionally, under this bill elected officials, like mayors and judges, would still be forced to carry out same-sex marriages regardless of their beliefs.  Municipal Judge C. Allen McConnell of Toledo recently refused to marry a same-sex couple based on his Christian beliefs.  When he asked the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct for an official opinion they said “judges who perform civil marriages may not refuse to perform same-sex marriages over personal beliefs.”

House Bill 286 establishes two separate but equal classes of marriage providers that can officiate a marriage with all the same benefits, including title.  This new system closely mirrors a civil union, which distinguishes a separate path for those wishing to be married outside of the church. While I see major problems with removing marriage from the church, if the bill sponsor wants to discuss civil unions it may be more appropriate to openly discuss comprehensive reform.  By passing HB 286 and separating marriage between church and civil marriage the legislature would be solidifying same-sex marriage in our state.

At this time, I do not know what the final solution will be for contending with the same-sex marriage issue in Ohio, but any attempt to address it should be met with thorough scrutiny of the bill’s consequences.  House Bill 286 has been introduced without consideration of what it may actually do to traditional marriage.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and other issues in the news and in future news by completing a brief online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyoctober2015

 

In the Breeze for Bri - Quarter Auction Benefit
November 7th at the Rockford Community Building.

Doors open at noon * Auction begins at 1 pm
300 Paddles Available * 50/50 Auction
Food available for purchase.  

All proceeds go to the Leota Bruan Foundation to award two
Parkway student seniors a scholarship in memory 
of Brianna Coon.

* A great time to get that early Christmas shopping done
and for a good cause.

 

Turkey Shoot

 

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Sunday November 1, 2015, 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.

 

Chili Supper Planned at St. Teresa Church

The St Teresa Annual Chili Supper will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015
  from 4:30-7:30pm.
  
  The public is invited to attend at our location at 4227 State Route
  707, Rockford, Ohio
  
  The menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup, sloppy joes and creamed
  chicken, hot dogs,  chili dogs, veggies and desserts
  
  Dine in or Carry out.
  
  Free will donation will be accepted. Proceeds benefit area service
  projects.
  
  Donations are also being accepted for the FOOD or FUNDS DRIVE for
  Parkway Food Pantry.
  
  Raffle Drawing will be held to benefit the Religious Education Program
  of St Teresa Parish.

 

 
 

 
October 20, 2015

 

 
 
 

Parkway Fall Homecoming Celebrated on Friday, October 9

Queen Samantha Wehe officially reigned over the game with Versailles.

 

 

Senior Tanner Matthews  gave the Ceremonial kiss.

   

The Court of lovely young ladies left to right included: Freshman Attendant Loren Stukey, Senior Attendant  Abigail Stephenson, Queen Samantha Wehe, Senior Attendant Taylor Hesse, Junior Attendant Mikaylee Heindel,  and Sophomore Attendant Mackenzie Sipe.

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures!
She invites you to click below for more!

https://plus.google.com/photos/114795694345872018504/albums/6204125609133163681?banner=pwa

 
 
 
 
 

 

Twenty-First Century Club Meets in September

The members of Rockford’s Twenty-First Century Club met for the first meeting of the year at the Rockford Historical Museum on September 22, 2015. Loni Stein and Twyla Hayes, President and Vice President prepared the meal of ham loaf, potatoes, beans and a delicious dessert. The group officially welcoming Toni Fisher to the ranks. Following the meal, the group of women were tasked with a scavenger hunt to find the answers to questions of Rockford historical significance. The questions and answers were found in the museum. The activity was fun, and the ladies learned about the theme for the year. There will be lots of local information shared as the program committee each month will be visiting and then reporting on Mercer County and Auglaize County special points of interest. The next meeting will be held at the Auglaize-Mercer County Convention and  Visitors Bureau in St. Marys.  Members are reminded to bring canned goods and plastic bags for the Food Bank in Rockford.

 

 

Community Health Professionals Longaberger Basket Bingo on Oct. 21, 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Van Wert.

 

 

 

 
October 17-19, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 
Rockford Ladies Eagles Auxiliary Purse Bingo Fun - To Benefit the Parkway Washington DC Trip for 8th Graders

Plan now to join in the fun at the Rockford Ladies Eagles Purse Bingo scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2015. Doors open at 11 AM at the Rockford Community Building and Bingo begins at 12 noon. Food and Drink available. Presale tickets available September 1 through October 23 $25 (includes an Early Bird game). $30 at the door. Call Marina at 419-517-6519, Peggy at 419-581-5515 or see Michelle at the Parkway Middle School Office. Raffle that day will include a big screen TV and a Trail Camera! It's for the students at Parkway - the Eagles' Ladies invite everyone!
 
 
 
 

 
October 15-16, 2015

 

 
 

Parkway will have a practice Evacuation Drill on Thursday, October 15 at 10:00. Please try to avoid coming to the school at this time.

 
 

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

 

 
 

Lots For Soldiers Now
Accepting Applications for Rockford Lot

Lots For Soldiers is seeking applications from current or former military members for a residential lot on Holly Lane in Rockford, Ohio.  Our only requirement to receive this gift of thanks is that the applicant be either honorably discharged or currently serving in the United States armed forces.

We have two basic home designs to choose to build on this beautiful lot that is adjacent to the city park.  These designs are posted at the Rockford city office, Rockford library, TJ’s and at Wilshire Home Furnishings.  Either design can be modified to fit the needs of the applicant.

Lots For Soldiers’ mission is to donate residential lots and then to coordinate community support to provide a new home at a very reduced cost to the successful applicant.  This is our way for local citizens to express their gratitude for the selfless sacrifices of those that chose to serve to protect our rights and freedoms.

Applications can be obtained the Rockford city office, Rockford’s Methodist Church, New Horizons Church, the Rockford Eagles and the Rockford American Legion.  They can also be downloaded from our website: www.lotsforsoldiers.com or simply call 419-586-5058 for a form to mailed.

 

Congratulations to Jane Cozad of Baker Built Engraving for being chosen as the Rockford Chamber Business of the Month



Baker Built Engraving, LLC was established in 2002 as part of a family business in Ohio City.  Jane Cozad, now the current owner, has managed the business since the beginning.  The business is now located outside of Rockford.

Baker Built Engraving does most of their business online through their website www.SignsForEquines.com, and specializes to the equestrian market.  Baker Built Engraving does offer local engraving service as well, by appointment, for signs, name plates, plaques and awards.  Some of their local work has included signs for Shanes Park in Rockford, Camp Clay, and the Children’s Garden at Smiley Park, as well as various plaques and awards for the villages of Rockford and Ohio City, and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.

For more information please check out the website at www.SignsForEquines.com, or email Jane at engraving@bakerbuilt.com, or call (419) 203-4727.

Thank you Baker Built Engraving for supporting YOUR Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Trick or Trick Details by Community


Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 25th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 31st from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Registration for costume judging will be held at the southwest pavilion in the park from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  Beginning at 6:30 PM, the Parkway High School Marching Band will provide musical entertainment for all to enjoy.  Costume judging will begin following the band performance.  Participants will be judged in categories based upon age.  Donuts, apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate will be available for everyone to enjoy.  The evening activities are being co-sponsored by the Willshire American Legion and the Willshire Lions Club.

 

Safer Schools Ohio Hotline has been added to the Parkway Website under Parents & Students. Call in any safety concerns about Parkway Schools.

 

 

No New Taxes

 

            Career tech education puts people to work. Plain and simple. Learn a living. Advance your training. Earn college credits for a degree, later in life or during high school. Get extra mobility to move up in your career. Get the Edge! Why not enroll at Vantage Career Center, as a high school student or adult, and Get the Edge?

            How does Vantage keep “the Edge?”  The Vantage facility is kept current by the five-year renewal of a .7 permanent improvement levy. Monies generated are allocated to specific funds for the replacement and repair of equipment, mechanical operating systems, parking lot re-sealing, preventive maintenance, and furnishings with at least a five-year life expectancy.

            Renewed levy funds will bring in $559,947 per year, generating a huge portion of the expenses required for the upkeep of our facility. Our completely renovated and expanded facility, finished in 2013, and co-funded by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, requires setting aside $225,000 annually--specifically for permanent improvement projects to maintain the facility. 

            The .7 mil renewal levy will appear on the November general election ballot.  The owner of a home appraised at $100,000 pays only $9.57 per year; owners of a $50,000 home would see $4.78 per year as taxes for the .7 mil renewal levy. This renewal means no new taxes.

            When you have questions about the permanent improvement levy renewal, please contact Staci Kaufman, Superintendent at 419-623-9650. Should your organization desire a presentation of levy facts and student success stories, please call the superintendent or MaryJo Wilhelm, Community Relations Coordinator, at 419-238-5411, ext. 2169. Vantage staff will be glad to share good news about how our students “Get the Edge” with you and your organization.

 

 

Highway Patrol Investigating Death of Individual Found Along US 30 in Van Wert County

Tully Township – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating the death of John M. Chilcote, age 58, of Antwerp, Ohio.

On Friday, October 9th, at 4:31pm a passerby observed Mr. Chilcote lying along the north side of US 30 near a culvert. Troopers from the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene and located the victim lying beside the culvert. Responding Trooper’s found Mr. Chilcote to be unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at 5:40pm by Deputy Van Wert County Coroner Dr. Matthew Miller.  

At this time evidence indicates that Mr. Chilcote succumbed due to natural causes while working to clear a drainage tile along US 30 near a field that he farmed.

The Van Wert Post was assisted by the Van Wert County Coroner’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Office of Investigative Services, the Paulding and Van Wert County Sheriff’s Offices, and Brickner Ambulance Service.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

The Stateline Writer's Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library, 303 N Main St. Celina, Ohio, on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The writing assignment is to write something about your family history. The public is invited to attend. 

 

 

Zoning Request
Jennifer Brandt has filed a zoning amendment request for her property
located at 311 S Main Street, Rockford, OH.  The property is presently
zoned residential and her request for amendment is to business.

A Public Hearing will be held on November 17th, 2015 at the Village Hall
located at 151 E Columbia St. at 7 pm.

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Improving the Future of Ohio Agriculture

 

The Toledo water problems of 2014 caused growing concerns over water quality, especially in Lake Erie’s western basin.  In order to fully address the issues with nutrient loading in Lake Erie we must address issues in our municipalities and in farm country.

 

Understanding that many farmers in northwestern Ohio have taken voluntary steps to reduce their environmental impact, Senate Bill 1 considered these actions and made them the law for all farmers in the western basin of Lake Erie. When asking farmers to change practices, we must also extend those same expectations to other nutrient loaders, so additional regulations have been placed on waste water treatment and dredging across the state.

 

Research from The Ohio State University and other agricultural experts clearly indicates that farmers should be applying nutrients only after checking the weather.  After all, when nutrients leave the field farmers lose money, so retaining that value in their fields is a priority. Farmers have always checked the forecast before cutting hay and the same diligence should be paid to keeping nutrients on the field. 

 

For the many farmers who are already utilizing nutrient-management plans, these new standards will not have a significant impact on these farms.  The new guidelines are meant to ensure that all farming practices are in line with the best nutrient management policies.

 

The new standards set by SB1 ban the application of nutrients when the top two inches of soil are saturated by precipitation and limits when fertilizer can be applied to frozen soil.  Nutrient applications are also limited while there is a significant chance of rain.

 

As of July 3, 2015, these standards are in effect.  However, in order to reduce the financial burden on small and medium size livestock farms, these operations are permitted to seek a temporary exemption allowing more time to prepare.  Additionally, the Division of Soil and Water can grant permission to apply manure in emergency cases.

 

The new regulations set forth by Senate Bill 1 are very important for the health of Lake Erie.  They have been prescribed based on agricultural research and determined to be the most environmentally sound approaches to farming.  Lake Erie is an asset to Ohio, and we all have interests in preserving the health and beauty of the lake for years to come.

 

As farmers begin to follow these new provisions, they should be consulting with their county NRCS, OSU Extension, and the Division of Soil and Water.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates 

 

Culvert Replacement

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Chickasaw Road between Brockman Road and Clover Four Road in Franklin Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 19, 2015 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 

 

 

 

“Rise. Shine,” Campaign for Wright State University

CELINA, OH  – Since launching the “Rise. Shine,” Campaign for Wright State University (WSU) this past March, the Lake Campus has continued to see support from the community for the initiatives outlined by the project. According to Lake Campus Director of Development Julie Miller, the Mercer County Civic Foundation has gifted $400,000 to support the Wright Rural Health Initiative (WRHI).

 

The WRHI, announced in Fall 2014, is dedicated to improving access to health care services by increasing the number of students and residents who train and practice in rural communities. Goals of the initiative include:

Create an inter-professional longitudinal education opportunity in rural settings for medical, nursing, and pharmacy students. 

Expand residency training sites supported through Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) to include a track in a rural community(s). 

Increase the number of health professional students making the commitment to practice in rural communities. 

Increase in financial aid and other support for underrepresented students in health professions 

Increase in number of primary care and/or dental students and residents participating in community based training programs serving underserved populations. 

This past June, the Lake Campus announced collaboration with BSOM in which students pursuing the rural track will study at Lake Campus. Currently, plans to implement the medical degree at Lake Campus are moving forward, and medical students assigned to rotations in Mercer and Auglaize county health care facilities are already staying in the Lake Campus Housing Villas during their rotations.

 

Dean Jay Albayyari, Ph.D., is excited about the growing partnership with BSOM, and the gift from the Mercer County Civic Foundation Health Care Fund exemplifies the community response. “We are thrilled and grateful that the community is behind the Lake Campus as we provide the degrees and programs that are needed for this area,” states Albayyari. 

 

John Irmscher, chair of the Health Care Fund advisory committee comments, "We believe the Wright State Rural Health Initiative will benefit health care in our area for many years to come and are very pleased to be able to support it."

 

Since 1995 the Health Care Foundation and Health Care Fund of the Civic Foundation have donated approximately $1 million in support of health care needs in the local communities. These donations have included support of the Wright State nursing program, local EMS squads and elderly transportation for medical needs addressed through the Mercer County Council on Aging. 

 

Additional partners dedicated to the goals of the WRHI include health professions faculty and staff from both the Dayton and Lake campuses of Wright State University (Departments of Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery from the BSOM, College of Nursing and Health, Science, and Social Science and Education Units); faculty from Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy; Grand Lake and Mercer Health Systems; staff from the Western Ohio Education Foundation/WSU-Lake Campus; representatives from the West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance (WCORHA) group; and multiple community foundations including Community Foundation of Shelby County, Mercer Health Med Foundation, St. Mary’s Community Foundation, Van Wert Community Foundation, and Mercer County Civic Foundation-Health Fund. 

 

For more information about the WRHI, please go to https://medicine.wright.edu/about/news-and-events/vital-signs/article/health-care-in-the-heartland. For more information about the WSU Rise.Shine Campaign, please go tohttps://lake.wright.edu/connect/rise-shine or contact the Development Office at Lake Campus at 419-586-0375.

 

 

 
October 14, 2015

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Trick or Trick Details by Community


Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 25th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 31st from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Registration for costume judging will be held at the southwest pavilion in the park from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  Beginning at 6:30 PM, the Parkway High School Marching Band will provide musical entertainment for all to enjoy.  Costume judging will begin following the band performance.  Participants will be judged in categories based upon age.  Donuts, apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate will be available for everyone to enjoy.  The evening activities are being co-sponsored by the Willshire American Legion and the Willshire Lions Club.

 

 

 

 
 

 
October 12-13, 2015

 

 
 
 

Parkway's Board Meeting is being held at the Mendon Library Annex tonight starting at 6:30.

 
 
 
 

Shanes Park Breaking and Entering of Cars on October 11, 2015

On October 11,2015 around 4:30 p.m. the Rockford Police received a call from several parents attending their children’s soccer match at Shane’s Park. Several vehicles had been broken into and items taken from those locked cars. The Rockford Police are asking anyone that was in the area on Sunday October 11, 2015 between 3:30 p.m and 5:00 p.m. to report any suspicious activity they may have seen. A reward of $250.00 is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for this incident.

 

Chief Paul P. May III is adding that this particular incident is a very troubling act committed in broad daylight with hundreds of children in the area. These people obviously are very desperate and need to be located. 

 

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

 

 

Halloween Party Planned in Ohio City

The Ohio City Park Association is proud to present their annual Halloween Party, featuring music from Section-Ate and Halloween decorating artist: Anna Perry. This event will take place at the Ohio City Community Building on State Route 118 Halloween night. The band will play from 9-1 and will include classic rock, oldies, and country music. There will also be prizes for costumes in several categories and free food for all. Foods will include chili and Ohio City-Liberty’s very own “Peanut Butter and Lettuce Sandwiches”. The costume judging will be held at 10:00.

 

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  St. Peter’s Schoolhouses, 1950’s.  Do you recognize the owners of the cars or the truck or the tractor?  Who attended St. Peter’s old school houses?  (Oscar Jutte photograph)

 

The photograph of the old St. Peter’s Schoolhouses explains the latest Ledger which was donated to the Mercer County Historical Society.  The “Saint Peter School Special Record of Board of Education Meeting Minutes,” from February 8, 1904 – August 27, 1923, was found in a private home.  I have been typing a copy of these old records.  I wish I would have had this ledger when Pat Diller was writing the History of Saint Peter Parish in 2010.

 

The Mercer County Historical Society is active with its work with the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home.  Mike Krugh, Bluffton called about Archaeology.  Kitty Pierstorff called about the Trophy for the Betty’s Baseball Team at Coldwater.  Leroy Lange called about the Home School by the Himmelgarten Convent.  Several people in Mercer and Van Wert Counties called about their Sears and Roebuck Catalog homes.  Jim Myers brought family photographs to the Museum.  Mr. Mescher, Maria Stein, called about Century farms.  A Member of the Rammel family brought an album of the Livingston Family.  Kenneth Earley called about a copy of the Hopewell Township book.  Toni Schroyer emailed me about the Celina Bus Station in the 1950’s.  John Rethman called about the 1978 “Mercer County History Book.”  Patrick Phillips from Greenbay, WI, called about Nelsonville Bricks, in Ohio.

 

The Coldwater Kiwanis asked me to speak about preserving the history of Coldwater, including the New Idea Co., at their September 22 meeting.  We have been busy with NI Spreader & Corn Picker book orders.  Dave Suhr called about 1956 Daily Standard newspapers, with stories of the New Idea Strike.  Tim Price called that his father and grandfather worked at New Idea.  Diane Oppenheim, a descendant of Joseph and Anna Oppenheim, founders of New Idea Company, called about her family, from her home, near Chicago.  Mendon’s Pastor brought in the book, “Howe’s Historical Collection of Ohio.”

 

Local history programs preserve history.  I attended the September 24 Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable program.  In August, Alvin and I attended the Tri State Gas Engine Show and the Museum of the Soldier’s Military Vehicle Exhibit at Portland.  We attended the August 11 meeting of Old Fashioned Farmers, Van Wert.  I attended the Celina Combined Services Appeal Kick Off, August 25.  I attended the September 10 Mercer County Records Commission meeting at the Mercer County Commissioners’ Office. 

 

Chris Onfeld, Stockholm, Sweden, was a guest at the Mercer County Historical Museum, on Columbus Day.  He was an exchange student with the Halderman Family, for Celina’s High School Senior Year, and he returned for the 50th Class Reunion.  When Halderman’s son left for college, Chris was not permitted to drive a car, so Huffy Bicycle gave Chris a bicycle to ride that summer, a half century ago. 

 

The Lake Improvement Association asked me to speak about the history of Grand Lake, including the oil wells on the lake, at their September 5 meeting.   Brenda Robinson was helping the Chamber Office move to their new office, and brought Jackie Balfour’s collection of Lake Festival albums to the Museum.  Don Spitler and John M. Adams sent post card photos of West Bank Road on the Lake.  I purchased post card photos of oil wells in Mercer County and Allen County, for our next book about Oil and Gas Wells of Mercer County.  These post cards will be on display at the November 8 Post Card Exhibit.

 

Charlie Spriggs called me about a German Flag with a swastika, which he had taken from a Winery in France where the Germans had been celebrating, during World War II.  John Stauffer, Michigan, called for a copy of the book, “Ohio Gunsmiths,” by Don Hustslar.  The Veterans Office called about donating Veteran Law Books which will be on exhibit at the Museum at the October 25, 2015 Military Exhibit.  

 

 

 

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet

The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be on
October 22, at 7:30 pm in the museum located at 151 E Columbia St. in
Rockford.  One of our favorite speakers, Jim Bowsher of Wapakoneta , will
bring many artifacts with him from a recent digging and tell many historical
stories about them.  The public is invited to the meeting.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 6-11, 2015

 

 
 
 
Autumn Fest Coming to St. Paul's United Church of Christ

The congregation invites you to Autumn Fest at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1538 Oregon Road,  Rockford for Fun, Food, and Fellowship as they raise money for CALL Ministries for the Celina and Parkway Back-Pack Programs. The women of the church will be serving up soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages on Sunday, October 18 at 4:30 PM to be followed by an auction at 5:30 with crafts, baked good & other homemade items.

 
 

Celina City School Board Candidates To Speak at GLPs’ Program

Candidates for the Celina City School Board of Education will speak at the Thursday, October 8th Grand Lake Patriots’ program, beginning at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina. The 6 candidates vying for 3 positions include Amy Hoyng, Barb Vorhees, Bill Sell, Curt Shellabarger, Ken Fetters, and Mark King. Of the 6 whose names will appear on the November 3rd General Election Ballot,  Hoyng, Vorhees, Fetters, and King have confirmed participation at the Patriots’ event.

Following an opportunity to personally introduce themselves to the public, the candidates will respond to questions submitted to them prior to the evening’s program. If time allows, the moderator may present the candidates with additional questions that are submitted by attendees during the presentation.

This program is open to the public. The Lefeld Community Building is handicapped accessible.

 

 
 

Kingdom Kids Coming to Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga

Calling all kids ages 3 through 5th grade.  Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga will be kicking off the fall session of “Kingdom Kids” on Tuesday, October 13th.  The group will be meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings with the fall session finishing up on November 24th.  Kingdom Kids will be held from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM with a meal provided at each gathering.  Bible lessons, 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).

 

 
 

MR. E’s DRIVING SCHOOL -  Driver Training Classes to Begin!

CLASSROOM TIMES            FALL 2015

SAT.           Oct.   31st             8:00 AM  – 12:15 PM

MON.          Nov.   2nd              3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM  

TUE.           Nov.   3rd              3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM      

WED.          Nov.   4th              3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM       

THUR.        Nov.   5th              3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM       

FRI.            Nov.   6th              3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM

SAT.           Nov.   7th              8:00 AM –  12:15 PM

Make up date is Nov. 9th from 3:30PM to 7:30 PM

 

 

Taylor CHP Hospice - Massage Therapist

Community Health Professionals of Celina has added Lori Taylor, licensed massage therapist, to its hospice team.

Taylor recently opened a business in Rockford called Heart-N-Soul Massage Therapy along with Karen Seibert of Rockford. Both Taylor and Seibert attended the Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Lima together.

“I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Taylor. “I am proud to be joining the Hospice team at CHP to provide a comforting touch to patients.”

The role of massage in hospice care is to deliver pain and symptom management. Anxiety is eased, relationships are deepened and spirits are lifted for both those receiving the touch and those giving it.

Hospice helps those with terminal illness to live well and have a better quality of life,” Taylor said. “Alleviating pain is a big part of it. As massage practitioners, we have much to contribute to easing pain and suffering on many levels.”

Community Health Professionals is a nonprofit agency celebrating 40 years of service in northwest and west central Ohio. CHP has served Mercer County and surrounding areas since 1988.

Find more information call 419-586-1999 or go online to www.ComHealthPro.org.

 

 

 
October 3-5, 2015

 

 
 
 

Rockford Eagles Donates to Rockford Little League Football
By Sheila Baltzell 10-3-2015

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1500 to the 20 year old Rockford Little League Football program (Rockford Recreation). With the money and some additional, head organizers John Shaffer and Tim Metz were able to order $3000 including 5 new helmets and 30 new shoulder pads. Helmets have an 8-10 year life expectancy, so they are phasing in new ones every year. In addition, the Recreation Program provides the 3rd through 6th grade children with jerseys and a mouthpieces and insurance. Pictured at left are (l to r) Blair Shaffer – Eagles member, Caden May (son of Paul and Tara May, sophomore player on the Parkway FB team and coach for the 3rd and 4th graders), John Shaffer, football organizer, and Logan Sutter (son of Chris Sutter and Aaron Sutter, a senior player on the Parkway FB team who coaches the 5th and 6th graders). Other coaches include Jeff Farmer and Josh Crouch for 3rd and 4th, Mike Heck, John Nichols, Justin Ellis who coaches the 5th and 6th graders. There are 5 regular season games as well as tournaments.

 

 

Rockford Eagles Donates to Back Pack Program at Parkway
By Sheila Baltzell 10-3-2015

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1,700 to the Back Pack program run by CALL Ministries.  The money will be used  toward the purchase of weekend food for Parkway children in need. Pictured at left are (l to r) Blair Shaffer – Eagles member, and Deb Hecht – volunteer organizer. She explained that 12-15 volunteers come every other week to prepare donated food into 36 backpacks at Parkway. The Eagles are a 501c3 and they have given away $5000 in the past 3 months with a year’s today at $20,000. Some of the other business who have benefited are: Wright State WOEA, Cancer Association; Chatt Picnic; Celina Visiting Nurses and Athletic Boosters at CHS.

 
 
 
 

Miss Lake Festival's Outstanding Teen Looking to Miss Ohio Teen Contest Next Year
by Loren Stuckey

Just a 15 year old hometown girl going after one of my goals. From taking on the Miss Ohio stage this past June with a previous title I had won at the Miami University all the way to winning another title at the Celina Lake Festival Pageant, my summer has been very busy. My experience at Miss Ohio was very little before this past June! From just going to watch the teen competition, I had no idea what the whole week really consisted of. After not taking home the crown, I was eager to compete in the first local preliminary to get me back  to the Miss Ohio stage. The atmosphere at Miss Ohio Week really prepared me for the Lake Festival pageant. The preparation before the state pageant and the preparation before the local really made me feel ready for the competition. I wanted to make sure I was ready to take the crown to my hometown. Well I was able to take the crown home. Tap dancing to Megan Trainor's hit song "Dear Future Husband", I was able to get the audience clapping throughout my performance. I was awarded with the People's Choice Award, the award was open to the public and anyone could vote for their favorite contestant for $1 per vote. I appreciate all who voted; your support means so much to me. So since I have been crowned, I have helped at the local county fairs’ Senior Days. This year I want to focus so much on senior citizens in the local area, as my platform is Helping Hand for Ohio's Seniors. I have such a love for seniors as I want to motivate our youth to get involved and serve in their community as well. My community has been very supportive of this accomplishment of mine. From performing for a church social, to waving in many parades, and volunteering my time at many functions. I will be serving my time at various Children Miracle Hospitals (CMNH) during my year. The children are fighting such tough battles. Wearing a crown on my head I can bring a light of happiness into a child's life. I have kept very busy these last few weeks and I look forward to the weeks that are in store for the rest of my reign. The community is getting me prepared to bring the Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen crown to my hometown next June. Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 
 

Panther Boys' Golf Team Goes to Sectionals

In Sectional Golf Action at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course (par 72) in Lima. the Parkway Boys Golf team scored a 346, which gave them fourth place out of fourteen teams. The Panthers missed out on advancing as a team to the District tournament by one place. Hayden Lyons lead the way for the Panthers, shooting a 79, and qualifying as a individual for Districts. The top three finishers not on on one of the teams that advanced, participate as individuals. Connor Morton finished out his Panther golf career with an 88. David Gause shot an 89, and Cole Schoenleben shot a 90 to add up to Parkway's 346. Clayton Agler shot a 95 for the Panthers as well. To see complete tournament result, click on this link.

 

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.

 

Ohio Has Talent! Auditions Set for Nov. 13-14

Auditions for the ninth annual Ohio Has Talent! competition will be held Nov. 13-14, 5-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert. Audition applications are available at www.comhealthpro.org and are due by Oct. 30.

The top acts will perform in the Mar. 5, 2016 show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. All entertainment talents are welcome including single and group acts. Talents beyond singing and dancing are especially encouraged to audition.

Contestants will compete for prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. Winners are based solely on votes collected from the audience.

Ohio Has Talent! is a benefit show for the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center and is presented by Community Health Professionals, Inc., a nonprofit home health and hospice organization.

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

 

 
 

 
October 1-2, 2015

 

 
 

Rockford Lions Club Annual Fish Fry
The annual fish fry is coming to the Rockford Community Building on Friday - November 13, 2015 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Tickets are $7.00 - available at the Parkway Middle School Office

Proceeds benefit the Parkway 8th Grade Class trip to Washington D.C.

 

 

Parkway October 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Friday, October 2 - No School for students due to Teacher In-service

 

 
 

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. Criteria for nomination are: 1) a graduate of Parkway Local Schools (including Willshire, Rockford, Mendon-Union, and Parkway), 2) graduated at least ten years prior to nomination, 3) give time to enhance their profession, and 4) demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism.

 The award is presented at the Parkway High School Spring Awards Program in May to no more than 3 recipients annually. A plaque listing all recipients is to be displayed in a high traffic and visibility area for students and community members.

 Nominees either send a testimonial or speak briefly to the students about how character education helped them achieve success at the Awards Night. The Academic Hall of Fame encourages students to develop good character to lead to success. 

 To nominate individuals for the Parkway Local Schools Academic Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Parkway High School at 419-363-3045, ext #760 or mail Parkway High School, 400 Buckeye St., Rockford, OH  45882. Please provide the individual’s name, year of graduation, career position, and current contact information; or you may complete the application posted on parkwayschools.org and mail it to the address above.  Nominations must be submitted by  November 20, to be considered. Upon nomination, individuals will receive information on applying for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame. Applications must be completed by January 10 of each year.

 A committee of five Parkway staff members score the applications using a rubric to determine each year’s recipients. Applicants are notified in February of the results. Previous nominees are encouraged update their applications by the January 10 deadline. Previous applications are kept on file indefinitely.

 

 

Wright State University Plans Agriculture and Water Quality Center
CELINA, OH  – Wright State University (WSU) and the Lake Campus will proceed with the planning and development of an Agriculture and Water Quality Center, a facility that will house laboratories, classrooms and faculty offices dedicated to this purpose.

According to Lake Campus Dean Jay Albayyari, Ph.D., the Center exemplifies the progress that Wright State University has made toward the goals of the “Rise. Shine” resource campaign. As part of Capital Campaign initiatives specific to the Lake Campus and  announced this past Spring, the Center will house the support for key programs that reflect community and regional needs related to the agriculture industry, as well as foster innovation for water quality research and collaborations.

The cost of the project, approximately $3 million, is being funded by $1.5 million allocated from Senator Keith Faber and matched by $1.5 million raised by WSU. The University will move forward with requesting proposals for the facility within the next 6-12 months, with construction to commence upon completion of that process.

"Many thanks to our Senator, WSU President David R. Hopkins, and Lake Campus Agriculture Associate Professor Dr. Greg Homan, as well as the agriculture community, and all who supported the Idea of dedicating funds to our campus to enhance our educational programs in this high-demand field,” states Dean Albayyari.

The Center will be situated on the south of the Lake Campus property, adjacent to the shore (Click for high-resolution image of site map). For more information about the Center and the WSU Rise.Shine Campaign, please go to https://lake.wright.edu/connect/rise-shine or contact the Dean’s Office at Lake Campus at 419-586-0328.

 

Annual Fall Fest at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices October 10, 2015
The Muleskinner Band will Entertain

11 AM to 2 PM is the time set for the Annual Fall Fest in the Meyer Community Room at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in St. Marys. A complimentary lunch will be served; tours are available; Horse Drawn Carriage Rides; Arts and Crafts; Pumpkin Painting; Apple Press Demonstrations; and Door Prizes. Everyone is invited! Call 419-394-6227

 

 

 
September 29, 2015

 

 
 
 

Genealogists to Meet
Sunday October 4th at 2:00 pm is the next meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. The guest speaker will be Nancy Knapke, Director of the Fort Recovery Museum.  Fort Recovery is the site of two important battles in the early history of the United States.   The meeting is free and the public is welcome.  The group meets at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina the first Sunday of the month September through May.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 28, 2015

 

 
 

Public Meeting Announced
The Village of Rockford will be holding a Public Meeting regarding
the Aggregation of Electric and Gas services.  The meeting will be held at
the Rockford Village Hall on October 20th at 7 pm. The Public
is encouraged to attend so that questions can be answered.  This 
will be on the November 3rd ballot.

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation to Meet

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 28th at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement. Nick Regedanz from Do It All Cleaning will be our guest speaker for the evening. 

 

Parkway Boys Golf team Finishes 3rd in the MAC
Teammates Win Individually in MAC

The Parkway Boys Golf team finished the MAC season with a 3rd place finish at the Midwest Athletic Conference tournament at Arrowhead Golf Club (par 72) in Minster. The Panthers scored a 357 finishing behind only Versailles (346) and St. Henry (350). This score along with their 7-2 dual match record put the team in solo third place, behind co-champions St. Henry and Versailles. Leading the way for the Panthers was Hayden Lyons who shot an 86. Cole Schoenleben had the next best score with an 88. Connor Morton carded a 90 and Clayton Agler shot a 93 to finish the scoring for Parkway's 357. David Gause shot a 98 and Ashton Hamrick a 108 for the Panthers as well.

 

Hayden Lyons won first team all MAC honors. Connor Morton earned a 2nd team all MAC award and both Clayton Agler and Cole Schoenleben earned Honorable Mention all MAC for Parkway.

 

MAC Tournament Results

Versailles

346

St. Henry

350

Parkway

357

Ft Recovery

358

Coldwater

358

Delphos St. Johns

360

Minster

372

Marion Local

374

New Knoxville

425

New Bremen

518

 

 

Celina Education Association Comments

“The Celina Education Association is deeply disappointed that the Celina Board of Education has chosen to violate Ohio law and publish misleading information on the school district’s website.  Because CEA is following the law, we will not respond to the information posted on the website at this time. Celina teachers will continue to direct our focus on the education and well-being of the students of Celina City Schools and leave negotiations to our bargaining team.”

CEA is a local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). CEA represents the approximately 199 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in the Celina City School District.

 
 
Parkway Business Club Collecting Bottle Caps
The Parkway Business Club, as a service project,  is collecting plastic bottle caps and lids so that they can have them made into benches to grace the front of the school. If you are interested in helping with this project, bring your caps and lids to the high school office.

 

 

Renewal Levy on the Ballot in November 2015

Parkway voters will be voting on the renewal of the 8.97 mill tax levy on November 3, 2015. This is a renewal levy and will not increase taxes. The money is used for operating expenses.

 
 
German Exchange Student at Parkway
Benedikt Pontrow, from Balingen, Germany, is a foreign exchange student at Parkway High School this year. He is living with the Jason and Jenne Fullenkamp family.

 

 

 
 
 

 
September 25-27, 2015

 

 
 
 

Parkway Clubs Selling Detergent as Fund-Raiser

 

The Parkway Wrestling Team, along with Student Council and Parkway Explorations will be selling laundry detergent 5 gallon buckets again this year. The cost is $45 and comes with a pump. You may order your laundry detergent by contacting Coach Kevin Browning at 419-363-3045. You may also stop by the High School to place your order. Money is due at the time of order. Orders are due by October 9th. Thank you in advance for your support, and thank you for your past support. Proceeds to benefit the three programs and their advancement of students.

 

 

Arts in the Park

The village of Ohio City and the “Arts in the Park” committee are proud to present Dana Fair “unplugged”. Friday, September 25, 2015, will be that last performance on the season and it will begin at 7:00pm.

Dana has been performing in local bands since the age of fourteen, with thirty years of experience and will roll modes like his Uncle Ron Rasberry, Dana will be a great finale for a great summer of music. His influences include: ZZ-Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Ron Rasberry, and an array of music that covers decades.  Currently he is in the band “DNA” along with doing several side projects. This promises to be a great evening. Bring your chair and cooler and enjoy a night of entertainment.

“Arts in the Park” is a monthly concert that provides some of the best local talent in the region. The shows are always the second Friday of every month between May and September, with an additional couple “special” performances.  We are looking for sponsors for our 2016 season, if you are interested please contact Scott Bigham 419-953-9511

 

 

CHP OFFERING LUNCH & LEARN ON OCT 14

 

Community Health Professionals will host a free “Lunch and Learn” opportunity titled, “Planning for End-of-Life…The Smart Thing to Do” on Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1159 Westwood Dr. , Van Wert.

The format will be an informal discussion with presenters from Putman Law Offices, Cowan and Son Funeral Home and CHP Hospice staff.

“When it comes to end-of-life planning, the decisions involved can be overwhelming,” said Tonya Rutledge, RN, nursing supervisor at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center. “We want to help [participants] understand what is involved in putting your affairs in order.”

Topics included in the discussion include: explaining end-of-life planning, understanding hospice care, advance directives and financial planning, and where to start with funeral planning.

Talking about such topics may be a little intimidating to most people, but are important to discuss and will be presented in a nonthreatening manner according to Rutledge.

“End-of-life planning allows a person to make his or her wishes and care preferences known before being faced with a medical crisis,” Rutledge said. “Advance planning is simply smart life planning.”

Attendees will receive a complimentary lunch with pre-registration required by Oct. 5.

For more information or to register, call Tonya Rutledge or Beth Dye at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, 419-623-7125.

 

 

Mercer Health to offer several Flu Clinics

throughout Mercer County during month of October

 

 

During the month of October, Mercer Health’s Neighborhood Nurse offers flu shot clinics. Call Wellness Services at 419-586-1220 for more information.

 

·         Chickasaw Library, Chickasaw – October 1, 1  – 3 p.m.

·         Celina Manor, Celina – October 5, 5:30  – 7:30 p.m.

·         WCSM Senior Fair, Romer's Celina  – October 6, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

·         Miller Place, Celina  – October 7, 10  – 11 a.m.

·         Barry's Market, Rockford  – October 8, 2  – 4 p.m.

·         Mercer County Council on Aging, Celina - October 14, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

·         Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Ft. Recovery  – October 28, 1:30  – 3:30 p.m.

·         Fall Lab Fest at Mercer County Community Hospital  – October 31, 7 - 10 a.m.

 

MERCER COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. DRIVE-THRU FLU CLINIC @ MERCER
COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS


Mercer County Health Dept. will be operating a Drive-Thru Flu Clinic
on October 6, 2015 from 9:30 am-6:00pm at the Mercer County
Fairgrounds. Get your flu vaccinations for you and your family without
leaving your vehicle! It's the quickest, most convenient way to get
everyone 6 months and older in your household immunized. We bill
private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare. Uninsured clients also
welcome, cash or check accepted. For screening forms or more
information visit our website at mccchd.org or call (419) 586-3251 x
1270. We will also have Walk-In Flu Clinics at the Health Department
on the following dates: 10/16/15 from 7:30am-3:30pm, 10/20/15 from
9:30am-5:30pm, 10/27/15 from 7:30am-3:30pm & 11/03/15 from
9:30am-5:30pm. 

 

Celina Teachers Bargaining Crisis Escalates – No Tentative Agreement Reached

 

“We were hopeful today’s bargaining would have resulted in a tentative agreement between the Celina Board of Education and the Celina Education Association. Unfortunately that did not happen” stated Steve Stewart, Celina Education Association (CEA) spokesperson. Stewart is reacting to the end of a third bargaining session with a federal mediator in an attempt to reach a successor agreement between the parties.

 

Stewart went on to say “Celina teachers have been working without a contract since September 1st.  All we want is a fair settlement that invests money in our students’ education. That means putting money back into classroom priorities that supports student learning”. Today’s meeting with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service mediator Dan Judy ended with no future meetings having been scheduled.

 

CEA is a local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). CEA represents the approximately 199 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in the Celina City School District.

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Shoots Third Best Team Score

Despite shooting their third best team score of the season, the Parkway Panthers Boys Golf team fell to the Versailles Tigers at Stillwater Valley Golf Course (par 35) in Versailles, by a score of 160-177. The Panthers are now 6-2 in the MAC and 7-3 overall.

Scores for Parkway: Hayden Lyons- 43, Connor Morton- 43, Clayton Agler- 44, Cole Schoenleben- 47, David Gause- 48, Ashton Hamrick- 50.

Scores for Versailles: Jacob Watren- 35, Nicholas Litten Stonebraker- 39, Griffen Riegle- 39, Connor Custenborder- 47, Kyle Cotner- 48, Michael Hemmelgarn- 49.

Scores for Parkway JVs: Austin Metz- 55, Duncan Morton- 58, Andy Metz- 66.

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Ties With Two for 2nd Place in MAC

The Parkway Boys Golf team finished the MAC dual match season with a record of 7-2 after a win at Deerfield Golf Course (par 36) over the Marion Local Flyers by a score of 174-196. This put the Panthers in a three way tie for 2nd place in the MAC, going into Saturday's league tournament. Match medalist was Parkway's Hayden Lyons with a 40. Connor Morton shot a 42 for the Panthers as well. Completing the match scoring for Parkway were Clayton Agler and Cole Schoenleben, both of whom shot 46's. Completing the varsity scoring for Parkway were David Gause with a 48 and Austin Metz with a 59.

Leading the scoring for Marion Local were Derek Platfoot and Mitch Rethman with a pair of 46's. Jordan Heitkamp, Matt Tangeman and Jacob Zizelman all contributed scores of 52, and Collin Fleck finished out the scoring with a 54 for the Flyers.

For the Parkway JVs, Ashton Hamrick shot a 57, Duncan Morton a 59 and Andy Metz a 65.

 

 

Sheriff Announces Traffic Safety Grants
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announces that his office applied and received two traffic safety grants for fiscal year 2015/2016.  The Sheriff’s Office was awarded $11,159.68 for the STEP Grant (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program), and $16,739.52 for the IDEP Grant (Impaired Driving Enforcement Program).

These grants allow the Sheriff’s Office to put extra cars on Mercer County roadways, with the purpose of deterring impaired driving, aggressive driving, and distracted driving, and encourage the use of seatbelts. The ultimate goals are to reduce fatal traffic crashes, and reduce alcohol involved crashes.   During the 2014/2015 grant the Sheriff’s Office made 522 traffic stops, issued 67 citations and 476 written warnings.  Deputies also traveled 15,840 miles working the traffic grants.

The Sheriff’s Office has been awarded traffic safety grants in the past.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 22-24, 2015

 

 
 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  Mercer Methodist Church celebrated its building’s Centennial in 1999 in the Village of Mercer in Dublin Township, Mercer County, Ohio.  Their previous church was used from 1848-1899.  Their records suggest that Methodists were meeting as early as 1820, as their Church was being established.  Look closely at each window in this Church; note the Bell Tower.

 

The Mission Statement for the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc., is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.  Today, the history of the Mercer Methodist Church  is being addressed.

 

The Ruckmans Post Office existed in the Village of Milan, the site of Mercer, in Dublin Township, June 22, 1832 to April 21, 1837.  As of April 22, 1837, the name of the Ruckmans Post Office was changed to Mercer Post Office.  This Post Office was closed in the Village of Mercer October 19, 1957, and mail was transferred to Mendon Post Office.  I wrote about this Post Office on April 2, 2009, and May 20, 2014.

 

On May 27, 1999, I wrote about the Beougher & Fisher General Merchandise Store at Mercer.  In that same article, I wrote about George Schroyer’s Antique Transportation Exhibit.  On May 5, 2005, I wrote about George Schroyer’s Antique Trucks.  Everyone who knew George, knew his love for antique trucks.

In 1970, Paul E. Hosack wrote a short History for the “Sesquicentennial of Mercer Methodism, Mercer County, Ohio, 1820-1970.”  Hosack drew a sketch of the Mercer M.E. Church, used from 1848 – 1900. The building was about 35 feet by 48 feet.  Prior to this building being used for their services, the Methodist Circuit Riders served Allen, Van Wert and Mercer Counties, as early as 1820.  (Mercer County and other counties in northwest Ohio were not established until 1820; Mercer County was attached to Darke County, 1920-1824.  Auglaize County was not formed until 1848.)  Visit Rockford’s Carnegie Library and read Hosack’s two books about the Mercer Methodist Church and its Members.

Last November, Connie Sell was kind enough to write me about the Mercer Methodist Church.  In December she sent me photographs of the church windows, when the church lights were on, in the inside of the church, and from the outside, the stained glass colors were beautiful that winter morning.  Those stained glass windows came from Germany.  The two fascinating points of those stained glass windows are their beauty, and their dedication in memory of names of their early settlers and Church Members.

Connie shared with me that Bob Maurer would be a good person to see about the history of this church.

Last February, Peg Knueve emailed me that she has a photograph of Mercer High School Graduates in 1910.  Peg shared with me that her sister had given the photograph to her, as it belonged to their aunt. The history of Mercer High School will be addressed at a different week.  

Thus, when U.S. 127 was hosting its “Miles of Garage Sale’s, I went to the Mercer Methodist Church, and met Bob Maurer, and Members who were helping that day.  I was introduced to Lois Jean Powell who is currently the longest living Member of this Church.  At their St. Rt. 127 sale, I purchased those homemade cookies, as well as purses, from the business who worked for Vera Bradley, for our daughters.

A thank you goes to the Mercer Citizens who help preserve the Methodist Church History.  It takes a lot of good Mercer Countians to preserve Mercer County’s history.  By the time Mercer Countians realize how important their history is and what a powerful influence Mercer County’s history has had on Mercer County today, those good Citizens learn to respect their heritage and to value the Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society.   Thank you to each one of you readers who value the Mercer County Historical Society and the Mercer County Historical Museum.  Without you, there would no one preserving our Past, which would continue to influence Mercer County’s Future.

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

Mercer Health names Sunderland new Chief Information Officer

Mercer Health has named Mike Sunderland as Chief Information Officer for the organization.  Sunderland has 20 years’ experience in information systems management including roles as a Systems Analyst with Reynolds & Reynolds in Celina; Information Technology Manager with Portland Forge, an Allegheny Technologies company, in Portland, Indiana and NK Parts, a tier 1 Honda supplier and logistics center, in Sidney, Ohio; and Director of Information Systems with Crown Battery in Fremont, Ohio.  Most recently, Sunderland served as the Vice President of Information Systems at KBS (Kellermeyer Bergensons Services), headquartered in Maumee Ohio,  one of the largest retail service providers in the United States, providing services for large retail customers such as JCPenney, Walgreens, TJ Maxx, Best Buy, Meijer, Kroger, Kohl’s, Sears and Target.

 

Sunderland holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, with extensive concentration in Computer Science, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Masters of Business Administration, all from Bluffton University.  Sunderland, a Celina native, lives in Coldwater with his wife Angie and their four children,  Autumn 15, Amber 13, Chase 11, Cole 9.

 

Mrs. Carey's Jr. Health Technology class at Vantage learns the importance of how to use protective gowns, masks, and gloves correctly.

 

2015 JR. FAIR FEATHER-LESS POULTRY SHOW

Friday, September 4, 2015 9:00A.M.

 

POSTER CONTEST

Jr. Poster 1st Place:     Richard Drukemiller

Trophy donated by Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4-H Club

Jr. Poster 2nd Place:   Cody Gamble

Trophy donated by In Memory of Elwyn & Ethel Long by Carl & LaDonna

Jr. Poster 3rd Place:   Kasey Denman

Trophy donated by Stoller Farms, Inc.

Sr. Poster 1st Place:  Marie Mueller

Trophy donated by Carl & LaDonna Wollenhaupt

Sr. Poster 2nd Place:  Austin Leeth

Trophy donated by Delphos Pathfinders

Sr. Poster 3rd Place:  Draya Rison

Trophy donated by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

 

SHOWMANSHIP

Jr. Poultry Showman: Cody Gamble

Trophy donated by Carl and LaDonna Wollenhaupt

Intermediate Poultry Showman: Colt Marbaugh

Trophy donated by Delphos Pathfinders

Senior Poultry Showman: Austin Leeth

Trophy donated by Venedocia Lads & Lassies

Champion Poultry Showman: Austin Leeth

Trophy donated by Welch Trophy

 

 

 

SKILLATHON

Jr. Poultry Skillathon 1st : Cody Gamble - Duck

Trophy donated by Flat Lands Supply

Jr. Poultry Skillathon 2nd: Trey Evans

Trophy donated by Westwood Family Dental

Jr. Poultry Skillathon 3rd: Cody Gamble - Poultry

Trophy donated by Westwood Family Dental

Sr. Poultry Skillathon 1st : Anna Mueller

Trophy donated by Hamrick Co. Line Farms, Willshire, Ohio

Sr. Poulty Skillathon 2nd: Kailey Denman

Trophy donated by In Memory of Kenneth and Helen Mongold

Sr. Poulty Skillathon 3rd: Marie Mueller

Trophy donated by Vantage FFA

 

BEST EGGS

1st Place: Garrett Henderson

2nd Place: Travis Lichtensteiger

Donated by Davis Farms

 

BUILD YOUR OWN BIRD CONTEST

1st Place: Katie Gamble

2nd Place: Kierson Drukemiller

3rd Place: Richard Drukemiller

Sponsored by the Van Wert County Black Inc. Awards

 

 

 

2015 JR. FAIR FEATHER-LESS TURKEY SHOW

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 9:00A.M.

 

POSTER CONTEST

Jr. Poster 1st Place: Jacob Dickman

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms – Cooked Meats

Jr. Poster 2nd Place: Emily Brower

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms – Cooked Meats

Jr. Poster 3rd Place: Sam Klinger

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

Sr. Poster 1st Place: Tiffany Ricketts

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms – Cooked Meats

Sr. Poster 2nd Place: Connor Lautzenheiser

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms – Cooked Meats

Sr. Poster 3rd Place: Colton Laurtzenheiser

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

 

SHOWMANSHIP

Jr. Turkey Showman: Lindsey Barnes

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

Intermediate Turkey Showman: Cody Gamble

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

Senior Turkey Showman: Connor Lautzenheiser

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

Champion Turkey Showman: Ashlynn Henderson

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

 

 

 

 

SKILLATHON

Jr. Turkey Skillathon 1st : Lily Hempfling

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

Jr. Turkey Skillathon 2nd: Cody Gamble

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

Sr. Turkey Skillathon 1st : Garrett Henderson

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

Sr. Turkey Skillathon 2nd: Tiffany Ricketts

Trophy donated by Cooper Farms-Cooked Meats

 

All Pro Cleaning & Restoration Joins Chamber

Welcome new
Celina Mercer County Chamber member, All Pro Cleaning & Restoration.  
Craig Obringer, President/CEO of All Pro has joined the Celina Mercer Co Chamber of
Commerce. All Pro offers carpet cleaning, tile & grout cleaning, mold
mitigation, pressure washing, water-fire-smoke restoration and 24 hour
emergency services. To contact All Pro Cleaning & Restoration, call 419
305-7597. Check out their facebook page All-Pro Restoration.  This new
business is able to accept Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce gift certificates.

 
 
 
Rockford Village Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7:40 pm at the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
 
 

 
September 19-21, 2015

 

 
 
 

Rockford Volunteer Fire Department Installs Digital Sign
Open House Celebrated

The Rockford Volunteer Fire Department recently installed a new digital sign in front of the fire station on Main Street in Rockford. It came just in time for their annual Fall Open House complete with barbecue chicken dinners and a reverse raffle.

They bought the sign from Baldus Signs in Ft. Wayne, IN, and it features all kinds of colorful graphics and nifty lettering to run as many messages as it can hold. Time and temperature will be programmed into it very soon. Rob Belna, fire chief, said it can be updated remotely, and community events can be called in to Todd McKee at 419-363-3611to have an event added. There will be no charge for this community service.

Viewing the sign as a must-have item, the department bought the sign, after nine years of dealing with a metal and letter sign sitting in front of the station which could only feature one event at a time.  The community is quite excited about the location on Main Street and its visibility all the way up and down the street.  The firemen are asking for donations to help them recoup the cost for the sign, and interested parties can contact Jordan Belna at the above number as well.

The firemen held their Open House as a fund raiser for other projects. A nice display table at the event showed the gear that all firemen must wear when out on a run. Rob said the gear has a shelf-life of 10 years and replacement is then mandatory. For one fireman, it costs $10,000 for the fireproof coat, hat, goggles, respirator, air pack, gloves, boots and regular upkeep. The money they raised from selling 600 chicken dinners and running a reverse raffle, will go towards gear and replacing older vehicles including a 4000 gallon tanker, which is on their wish list. A tanker can cost anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000. The reverse raffle, emceed by Tom Robbins (auctioneer), distributed around $6,000 in prize money that evening. The sale of 250 tickets gave a return of money to the department as well and was entertaining to the crowd for the evening. Funding for the fire department also comes from fire protection fees that the local townships pay to the department and is subject to the current valuation of property.

The next opportunity to join in a Fire Department Fund-Raiser is in the Spring 2016 when they will host their very popular Pancake and Sausage breakfast featuring Kuhn Farms whole hog sausage.

 

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge.
Firemen cook barbeque chicken Families help distribute dinners Firemen demonstrate
Jaws of Life for peeling open
a wrecked car
Reverse Raffle
with Tom Robbins as Emcee
 
 

Mercer County EMA Announces Public Meetings

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

EMA Office Celina              

12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Central Services Building, Celina           

7:30 AM

2nd Floor Conference Room

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

Celina Education Association Plans Two Community Activities

Evening Vigil

The Celina Education Association in Celina, Ohio, plans an evening vigil at the Mercer County Courthouse at the town square on Main Street in Celina, OH on Monday evening, September 21, 2015 at the east entrance to the Mercer County Courthouse. The gathering will bring together teachers, retired teachers, community members, family, friends, and all those who support the Celina teachers in their quest for a fair contract as they negotiate with Celina Board of Education.

When: Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7 PM
Where: Mercer County Courthouse, Celina, OH

 

Autumn Walk

The Celina Education Association in Celina, Ohio, plans an afternoon autumn walk in Celina, OH on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 to begin at the Gazebo on the west end of Lake Shore Drive in Celina, OH where the group will walk north down Main Street and back. Bringing together teachers, retired teachers, community members, family, friends, and all those who support the Celina teachers, the walk will raise awareness as the teachers negotiate for a fair contract with the Celina Board of Education. Everyone is invited to wear something red.

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM
Meeting Place: Gazebo on the west end of Lake Shore Drive in Celina, OH

 

 
 

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 mid- 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 mid- 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.  The theme this year is Super Heroes.  Some of the things planned include a Christmas Party & Feast, All Group Birthday Party, art project at Wassenberg Art Center, and touring lots of locations in Van Wert including Central, fire department, historical museum, and the court house.

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 419-584-2447, 1-866-670-BBBS, or e-mail:  neberle@bbbsma.com or Sherry Grone from The Marsh Foundation at 419-605-2512 or sgrone@marshfoundation.org

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.

 

 

Annual Scholarship Reception Held

CELINA, OH  – Wright State University – Lake Campus recently held their annual scholarship reception September 13, 2015, in James F. Dicke Hall. For the 2015-2016 academic year, 146 students received 186 scholarships worth $228,699. The Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) has awarded over $3.6 million in scholarships since 1965. Awards ranged from a few hundred dollars in book scholarships to full-tuition.

For over fifty years the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Board has responded to the community’s need for higher education, and they are an integral part of Lake Campus success. Since 1965 the WOEF Board has awarded more than $3 million in scholarship funds. The Lake Campus Scholarship Fund would not be in existence without community donations and the tireless efforts of Julie Miller, WOEF Board Development Officer and Sandy Gilbert, Coordinator of the Scholarship Program at the Lake Campus.

Scholarship information can be viewed at https://lake.wright.edu/admissions/lake-campus-scholarships.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 17-18, 2015

 

 
 
Grand Opening of Heart-n-Soul

The Grand Opening of Heart-n-Soul was held on September 12th. Heart-n-Soul is located at 121 S Main St. in the His n Hers Beauty  
Salon & Boutique in downtown Rockford.   Rockford’s newest business is owned by Karen Seibert and Lori Taylor,
licensed Massage Therapists.
     
Massage Therapy hours will be by appointment – daytime, evening and weekend  schedules. Contact Karen @ 419-953-8782 or Lori @ 
419-305-5496 to schedule your appointment.
     
Certified in:  Cancer Massage, Chair Massage, Clay or Paraffin Facial, Deep  Tissue Massage, Geriatric Massage, Hot/Cold Stone Facial, Hot Stone Massage,  Pediatric Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Relaxation Massage, Sinus  Massage.  Also, licensed to do pedicures.
     
“When mind, body, and spirit are in harmony, happiness is the natural result.”  Deepak Chopra
     
   
Pictured - Lori Taylor - Owner, Amy Joseph - Rockford Mayor, Mary Beougher - Chamber Member, Karen Seibert - Owner

 
 
 

Road Closure

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the immediate temporary closing of Howick Road between State Route 197 and Riley Road for intersection relocation.  This road will be closed for approximately three weeks depending on the weather conditions. 

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

 

 

SENATOR BROWN ANNOUNCES NEARLY $110,000 IN NEW FEDERAL RESOURCES TO IMPROVE VAN WERT COUNTY AIRPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that Van Wert County Airport has been awarded $109,350 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the design phase of a south general aviation apron for aircraft parking and a taxiway to connect the apron to the airfield.

“This federal investment is great news for the region and will enhance operations at Van Wert County Airport,” Brown said. “These improvements will go a long way in sustaining travel in and out of the airport for area residents and businesses.”

 

 

Foster Family Chiropractic Announces New Athletic Trainer

Van Wert, OH—Foster Family Chiropractic is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica McClellan as an Athletic Trainer to their office.

Jessica graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Exercise Science. Jessica is a BOC certified Athletic Trainer and an Ohio licensed Athletic Trainer.

McClellan will have primary focus on developing rehabilitation programs for the Foster Family Chiropractic patients. She also will be providing athletic trainer coverage at area high school athletic events.

“We are excited to have Jessica join the Foster Family Chiropractic staff,” said Shad Foster, DC. “We believe that rehabilitation is an important facet in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries. Her addition will complement the chiropractic treatment, physical modalities, and massage therapy which our patients currently receive. Her specialization in prevention and treatment of athletic injuries will expand our services and will further facilitate recovery time,” added Foster.

Please join Foster Family Chiropractic in congratulating Jessica on her new position. She can be reached at the office by calling 419-238-6686. For further information on your chiropractic and rehabilitation needs, stop by and schedule your appointment at Foster Family Chiropractic or visit us online at www.fosterfamilychiropractic.com.

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 15-16, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Culvert Replacement will Close Road

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Wabash Road between St. Anthony and Menchhofer Road in Washington Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on September 16, 2015 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.

 

 
 
 

Historical Society to Meet – Harrison Frech will Speak on Anthony Shane

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet on Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 pm in the museum at 151 E Columbia St in Rockford.  Our guest speaker will be Harrison Frech, former Parkway social studies teacher.  His presentation will be on Anthony Shane and the Indian tribes that lived in the area of the present day Parkway School District.  The public in invited to attend.

 

 
 

Boys Golf Versus New Knoxville

After a long layoff, the Parkway Boys Golf team came back to defeat the New Knoxville Rangers, 182-201 at Deerfield Golf Course (par 36) Medalist for the match was the Rangers' Hunter McMurray who shot a 42, however with all 6 varsity Panthers scoring in the 40's, the match went to Parkway.

Leading the way for the Panthers was Hayden Lyons' 43, closely followed by Dave Gause with 44. Connor Morton was next for Parkway with a 47, and  Clayton Agler and Ashton Hamrick, who both shot 48's. Cole Schoenleben finished the scoring for Parkway with a 49. 

 

Along with McMurray's 42, New Knoxville had a 51 from Ben Menke, Ray Newton with a 53, Nick Thobe with a 55, Erik Prater with a 57, and Nathan Tinnerman with a 58.

 

For the Parkway JVs, Austin Metz shot a 51, Andy Metz a 61, and Duncan Morton a 66.

 

 

Boys Golf at Minster

At Deerfield Golf Course (par 36) Monday, the Boys Golf team defeated Minster by a score of 183-192. This now makes Parkway 6-1 in the MAC with two matches and the league tournament to go. Match medalist was Connor Morton with a 43. Clayton Agler was next for the Panthers with a 45, and Hayden Lyons was next with a 46 . David Gause finished out the scoring for Parkway with a 49. Cole Schoenleben had a 50 and Ashton Hamrick a 51 as well for the home team.

Leading the scoring for Minster was Adam Knapke with a 47. Brett Hoelscher and Logan Lazier both had 48's for the Wildcats and Jordan Brackman rounded out Minster's scoring with a 49. Ben Stubbs had a 51 and Connor Tumbusch had a 61 for the Wildcats as well.

 
 
 

Phil Dirt & the Dozers Bringing Vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll to Versailles on Saturday

September 14, 2015 – If you love the music of the 50’s, 60’, and 70’s, you won’t want to miss a performance by Phil Dirt & the Dozers, America’s most popular vintage rock ‘n’ roll show.  This well-known cover band will be the headliner for the second annual “Concert of Caring,” a fundraiser for Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Northern Counties Office. The event will be held at the BMI Speedway and Concert Venue at 791 East Main Street in Versailles on Saturday evening, September 19.

Phil Dirt & the Dozers recapture those wonderful days when poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and the corner drug store were all a part of everyday life. With their musical talent, high energy, and contagious sense of humor, this band transports you to another time and place, remembering the sounds of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s!  You will hear songs by The Four Seasons with the original falsetto vocals and an Unchained Melody that sounds just like the Righteous Brothers of old.  You will party on the beach with The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, and dance to the beat of the Doobie Brothers, the Eagles, and more.  No matter what generation you are, this nostalgic show creates an electric atmosphere that all ages can enjoy.

Tickets for the Concert of Caring are $50 per person.  Attendees of this dressy-casual event will enjoy a fantastic night of music and dancing plus food by Michael James Catering and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.  There will also be a cash bar of mixed drinks, wine, and beer, and the opportunity to bid on a variety of fabulous silent auction items donated by area businesses and individuals. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Phil Dirt & the Dozers will take the stage from 8 to 11 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cssmv.org/events, at various ticket locations in the area, or at the door.  Tickets are on sale at Sidney Flower Shop, Piqua Readmore Hallmark, Galbreath Realty in Troy, Francis Furniture in Greenville, BMI in Versailles, or at the CSSMV Office at 1201 Fairington Drive in Sidney.

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

 

Community Block Party in Ohio City

The village of Ohio City would like to invite the community to their annual community block party on Saturday, September the 19th at 6:00. This will be held on Main Street and the community is encouraged to attend. The village will be providing hamburgers and hotdogs. Everyone attending please bring a covered dish and table service. You can bring your own beverage of choice; however, water will be supplied.

The band "SaMax" will be providing entertainment from 7:00pm to 9:00. Please bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the wide variety of music that this band plays. SaMax is brother and sister musical trio that plays rock, alternative rock, blues, acoustic, soul, Americana, and Country music. They have won 2nd place in bother the “Lima’s got Talent” and “Springfield’s got Talent” Samantha Razinger- Lead Vocals, Aux. Percussion, Max Razinger- Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Nick Piper- Drums & Percussion.

 The Ohio City "Relay for Life" team will be sponsoring a fundraiser with proceeds going to assist in the fight against cancer. Gift baskets will be raffled and there will be a 50/50 drawling. Please come and help support our cause.

Come on out and bring your chair and cooler and enjoy at evening at the village. villageofohiocity.org

 

 

Winners at 2015 Van Wert County Fair -  Swine

            Champion Farrow to Finish           Trophy            Won by:         Avery Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Lee's Ace Hardware

            Reserve Champion Farrow to Finish       Trophy            Won by:         Chase Clark

            Sponsored by:          Master's Heating & Cooling

            3rd Place Farrow to Finish Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

            4th place Farrow to Finish Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          The Steve Holden Family

            Class I Drive A - 1st Trophy            Won by:         Ella Kemler

            Sponsored by:          Barnyard Buddies

            Class I Drive A - 2nd           Trophy            Won by:         Dane Ebel

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of Jeff Evans

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

            Sponsored by:          The David C. Girod Family

            Class I Drive B - 2nd           Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie F Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Class II Drive A - 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Cassidy Beining

            Sponsored by:          Kevan Owens Family

            Class II Drive A - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Brayden Evans

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

            Class II Drive B - 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Olivia Leary

            Sponsored by:          Paul and Donna Pohlman Family

            Class II Drive B - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Brady Emans

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

            Class III Drive A- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Avery Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Brooks and Nancy Myers

            Class III Drive A - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Catlyn Richey

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by F & S Floor Covering

            Class III Drive B- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Katie McClure

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Foxhunters

            Class III Drive B - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Breck Evans

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC


 

            Class IV Drive A- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Warren & Marilyn Reed

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

            Sponsored by:          CKS Farms

            Class IV Drive B- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Chase Clark

            Sponsored by:          Clark Ringwald Family

            Class IV Drive B - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Grace Richey

            Sponsored by:          Joyce & Paul G. Oechsle

            Class V Drive A- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Pioneer Seeds: Robert Gehres

            Class V Drive A - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Emma Leary

            Sponsored by:          J & J Ag Equipment

            Class V Drive B- 1st            Trophy            Won by:         Elliott Lloyd

            Sponsored by:          Lloyd Seed Service, Pioneer Hi- Bred

            Class V Drive B - 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          J & J Ag Equipment

            Class VI Drive A- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Gary Richey Auctioneer

            Class VI Drive A - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Cal Evans

            Sponsored by:          Joyce & Paul G. Oechsle

            Class VI Drive B- 1st           Trophy            Won by:         Jenna Rode

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by Dan Miller

            Class VI Drive B - 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Layken E. Klinger

            Sponsored by:          Davis Farms

            Class VII Drive A- 1st          Trophy            Won by:         Macala Ashbaugh

            Sponsored by:          Schumm Farms

            Class VII Drive A - 2nd        Trophy            Won by:         Kassidy Klinger

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Class VII Drive B- 1st          Trophy            Won by:         Breck Evans

            Sponsored by:          Century Trading Company

            Class VII Drive B - 2nd        Trophy            Won by:         Olivia Gorman

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Class VIII Drive A- 1st         Trophy            Won by:         Sidney Davis

            Sponsored by:          Master's Heating & Cooling


 

            Class VIII Drive A - 2nd       Trophy            Won by:         Elliott Lloyd

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Champion Gilt          Trophy            Won by:         Olivia Leary

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview FFA

            Reserve Champion Gilt      Trophy            Won by:         Katie McClure

            Sponsored by:          Crestview FFA

            Champion Barrow   Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Paul and Donna Pohlman Family

            Reserve Champion Barrow           Trophy            Won by:         Breck Evans

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview Young Farmers

            Grand Champion Market Hog       Banner           Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Joyce & Paul G. Oechsle

            Grand Champion Market Hog       Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Joyce & Paul G. Oechsle

            Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog   Banner           Won by:         Olivia Leary

            Sponsored by:          Heffelfinger Farms

            Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog   Trophy            Won by:         Olivia Leary

            Sponsored by:          Matthews Farms

            Junior Showman Winner   Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms

            Junior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Avery Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Leland Smith Insurance Services

            Junior Showman 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Laney Jones

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Young Farmers

            Junior Showman 4th          Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Jones

            Sponsored by:          VW County Old Fashioned Farmers Days

            Intermediate Showman Winner    Trophy            Won by:         Kassidy Klinger

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Intermediate Showman 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Elliott Lloyd

            Sponsored by:          Kenn-Feld Group

            Intermediate Showman 3rd            Trophy            Won by:         Betty Vorst

            Sponsored by:          Crestview FFA

            Intermediate Showman 4th            Trophy            Won by:         Emma Leary

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview FFA

            Senior Showman Winner  Trophy            Won by:         Katie McClure

            Sponsored by:          Stoller Farms, Inc.

            Senior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Layken E. Klinger

            Sponsored by:          Mike & Christy Wortman and Family

            Senior Showman 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Chase Clark

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview FFA

            Senior Showman 4th          Trophy            Won by:         Catlyn Richey

            Sponsored by:          Baer Farms, Ltd.

            Champion Swine Showman         Chair  Won by:         Katie McClure

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms

 

 

 

 
 

 
September 12-14, 2015

 

 
 

Local Viet Nam Veteran Takes 7th Ride in the American Legion Legacy Run - Summer 2015

Recently Bob Maurer of Mendon, Ohio participated in the 10th annual Legacy Run sponsored by the American Legion Riders.  This  was the 7th time for Bob to participate.  Bob is a member of the Celina American Legion Riders Post 210. He is also a Veteran of the conflict in Viet Nam.

This year’s run traveled from Indianapolis, Indiana with overnight stops in several places including Manchester, Ohio and  Beverly, Ohio where they received warm receptions on their destination to Baltimore, Maryland at the 97th American Legion National Convention in Baltimore. The run covered 5 days. Over 1300 miles were traveled in all types of weather from heavy rain to very high temperatures.  Over 500 motorcycle riders participated.

American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm road along to accept the checks of the multi-state motorcycle riders who surpassed all records by raising more than $1.2 million for the children of fallen service members. Bob is shown left presenting his check to the Commander Helm.

 

The Legacy Run raises funds for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.  This fund was established to provide scholarships for children who have lost a parent on active duty since 9/11. The American Legion provides all of the administrative expenses so that all donations made will be placed in the fund.

 

This year’s goal was to raise $1 million.  At the end of the run $1,249,000 had been raised.. Bob proudly pointed out that the American Legion and the Legion Riders are behind their Legacy Run contributions all the way.

 

Each year Bob has written the name of someone from the local area who is currently serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.  This year, Bob chose Petty Officer Randall Smith from Paulding. He was killed in the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A look at the crowds welcoming the riders in Manchester, Ohio and Beverly, Ohio.
Click on the smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them.

More information and pictures of this year’s event can be found at www.legion.org or www.legion.org/riders.

Donations to the scholarship fund are still accepted.

Contact Bob Maurer
bmaurer@rcpubliclibrary.org
419-238-6863

 

 
Parkway School Board Considering Wrestling as a Varsity Sport
Club Wrestling Coach at Parkway, Kevin Browning, recently made a presentation to the Parkway School Board at their regular meeting, explaining the Wrestling Program since its start-up 3 years ago. He asked for the sport to be made a Varsity Program at Parkway as it has proven to be popular. They will vote on the proposal on October 13 at their next meeting.
 
 
 
 

 
September 11, 2015

 

 
 
 

Roberta LePage Donates Memorial Brick Information to Shanes Crossing Historical Society

By Lisa Kuhn, Treasurer

Roberta LePage began a quest to find out if her father, Herman Beeks had a memorial/military brick at the Shanes Park Log Cabin.  She found out that there was not any written information regarding the memorial bricks either at the Log Cabin or at the Shanes Crossing Historical Society.

Seeing a need, Roberta took on the project of gathering the information off the approximately 200 bricks located at Shanes Park and recorded it in an easy to read spreadsheet format.

Robert has donated the information to the Shanes Crossing Historical Socity so that others may find out if their family members have memorial bricks at the park.  The information is available to the public during business hours or by appointment on weekends.

If you are interested in purchasing a brick, there are 3 types of bricks – Commemorative, Memorial or In Honor and Veterans Bricks.   Each brick has 3 lines with 15 spaces per line.  The bricks cost $50 each with payment being made to Shanes Crossing Historical Society.  Forms are available at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum.

Thank you, Roberta, for your time in completing this valuable resource for the historical society.

 

 

 

 

Parkway Independent Online Newspaper Named Business of the Month

Congratulations to The Parkway Independent Online Newspaper (Web Works Services, LLC)  for being selected as the  Rockford Chamber - September Business of the month.  

The Parkway Independent Online Newspaper was established in 2004 by Sheila Baltzell.  Sheila said she created the newspaper to help the community record their events and news. Because of the online application, the paper has been read near and far over the past 11 years with readers as far away as overseas.

Hometown news is the specialty of The Parkway Independent.

Visit www.parkwayindependent.com for all the news without all the paper!

Thank you, Parkway Independent Online Newspaper (Web Works Services, LLC) for supporting your local chamber.

Pictured is Sheila Baltzell, owner and editor. Stacie Ford is the advertising director. 


 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Cast Members Announced for Comical Murder Mystery Production

Van Wert, OH- Off Stage Productions, Inc. opens its 2015-2016 season and announces the cast for their upcoming dinner theatre show, “Murder Inn”, by Howard Voland & Keith McGregor.  After Directing Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway”, Dan Bulau is returning to Direct the 12-member cast of this murder mystery/comedy.  We will once again be performing for three weekends, so mark your calendars and plan to attend one or more of the seven show dates offered October 24, *25, 30, 31, November *1, 6 and 7.  Doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, *12:30 pm on Sundays, at the Van Wert County Senior Center (220 Fox Road, Van Wert, OH).  A delicious buffet style meal prepared by “Catering at its BEST by Sonya & Diane” will be served starting at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm (*1:00pm meal and 2:00pm show on the Sunday matinees).

Join our cast and creative team and you will be sure to laugh out loud as you try to solve the mystery along with the stranded guests at “Murder Inn”. This delightful comedy features a cast of zany characters, a near-sighted, knife-throwing poltergeist, a Ouija board of doubtful veracity, thunder and lightning, screams in the dark and a satisfying body count.  

 

Jake Talbot…………..Travis Nihiser 
Martha Talbot.……….Julie Miller
Agnes Tate…………..Staci Kaufman
Carolyn Pickett...........Lacy Allen
Ellen Halsey………….Marcy Shoppell 
Muriel Lampmann…...Amy McConn 
Patricia Simpson........Terri Stevens
Todd Currier………….Cody Tucker 
Lawrence Currier.…...John Vining 
Grace Sharp……........Jewell Kurtz
Doris Brooks………….Lisa Eichler 
Donald Schultz….…...Ed Eichler


Director: Dan Bulau

Director/Stage Manager: Amy Shoppell
                                                                                     
Murder Inn is set in New England, at the Barnsley Inn, a dilapidated eighteenth century inn, which is supposedly haunted by Marco, a knife-throwing poltergeist. A group of tourists, on a tour-Ghosts and Ghouls of New England-is forced, by a storm, to make an unscheduled stop at the Barnsley. What looks to be an unpleasant and uncomfortable detour soon turns into a night of mayhem and madness as knives begin to pop up… in the most unexpected places. As the storm builds and the body count rises, the survivors try to figure out who done it. And even more important- who’s likely to have it done to them next?

 

Reservations for members open at 10:00 am on Monday, Oct. 5 and on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for the general public and are open daily. Reservations close at 6:00 pm each day. More information about Off Stage Productions can be found online at www.offstagetheatre.com or by calling 419-605-6708.

Find out more about us. Contact one of our members. Come to see “Murder Inn”!

 

 

 

Showman of Showmen Named at Van Wert County Junior Fair 2015

Showman of Showmen - Sophie Wilson

Runner-Up - Jordan Miller

 

 

2015 Van Wert Jr. Fair Horse Contesting Show

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Jr. Cloverleaf Barrels

1st  - Cassie Priest

2nd – Parker Mihm

3rd – Bryce Mihm

4th – Alicia Rist

Sr. Cloverleaf Barrels

1st – Paige Motycka

2nd – Reagan Priest

Jr. Barrels & Cones

1st – Bryce Mihm

2nd – Cassie Priest

3rd – Parker Mihm

4th – Alicia Rist

Sr. Barrels & Cones

1st Paige Motycka

2nd – Reagan Priest

Jr. Flags

1st – Cassie Priest

2nd Bryce Mihm

Sr. Flags

1st - Paige Motycka

Jr. Poles

1st – Parker Mihm

2nd – Cassie Priest

3rd – Bryce Mihm

Sr. Poles

1st – Paige Motycka

2nd – Reagan Priest

Jr. Stakes

1st – Cassie Priest

2nd – Parker Mihm

3rd – Bryce Mihm

4th – Alicia Rist

Sr. Stakes

1st Paige Motycka

Jr. Keyhole

1st Cassie Priest

2nd Parker Mihm

Sr. Key Hole

1st Regan Priest

Jr. Speed and Control

1st – Cassie Priest

Sr. Speed and Control

1st – Paige Motycka

 

 

 

 

Winners Van Wert County Fair 2015 - Beef

 

            Senior Beef Showman Trophy Won by: Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by: Van Wert County Foundation Black Inc. Award

            Intermediate Beef Showman Trophy Won by: Tristin Miller

            Sponsored by: Scott Equity Exchange

            Junior Beef Showman Trophy Won by: Jake Bowersock

            Sponsored by: Holdgreve Beef Farm

            Champion Angus Female  Rosette          Won By:         Liliana Dietrich
            Champion Simmental Female      Rosette          Won By:         Austin Sorgen

            Reserve Champion Simmental Female  Rosette          Won By:         Ronnie Schumm

            Champion Chianina Female         Rosette          Won By:         Ashley Dealey

            Reserve Champion Chianina Female     Rosette          Won By:         Michael Joseph

            Champion Limousin Female         Rosette          Won By:         Allison Bowsher

            Reserve Champion Limousin Female     Rosette          Won By:         Ryan Bowsher

            Champion Shorthorn Female       Rosette          Won By:         Brett Schumm

            Reserve Champion Shorthorn Female   Rosette          Won By:         Ronnie Schumm

            Champion Maine Anjou Female   Rosette          Won By:         Liliana Dietrich

            Reserve Champion Maine Anjou Female           Rosette          Won By:         Ronnie Schumm

            Champion Crossbred Female       Rosette          Won By:         Jordan Miller

            Reserve Champion Crossbred Female   Rosette          Won By:         Kayla Ballard           

            Champion Beef Showman            Chair  Won by:         Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Van Wert County Foundation Black Inc. Award

            Champion Supreme Female Overall       Banner           Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Van Wert Co. Cattlemen

            Reserve Supreme Female Overall           Banner           Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Buckeye Angus-Chiangus Farms-Craig McNall & Sons

            Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf         Banner           Won by:         Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          Leaders of the Future 4-H Club

            Champion Beef Feeder      Cash  Won by:         Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          Beef it Up 4-H Club - In Memory of Justin Adam

            Reserve Champion Beef Feeder Calf     Banner           Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Reserve Champion Beef Feeder  Cash  Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Churchview Farm - Simmentals

            Dairy Steer Best Rate of Gain       Feed Scoop  Won by:         Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          Keber Family Farms

            Dairy Steer 2nd Best Rate of Gain           Feed Scoop  Won by:         Leslie Marbaugh

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Grand Champion Dairy Steer        Banner           Won by:         Kalei Lare

            Sponsored by:          Jerry & Irene Luersman

            Champion Dairy Steer        Trophy            Won by:         Kalei Lare

            Sponsored by:          The Chris Vorst Family

            Reserve Champion Dairy Steer    Banner           Won by:         Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          Ryan Mohr Seed Becks Hybrids

            Performance Steer Best Rate of Gain      Feed Scoop  Won by:         Lauren Schmid

            Sponsored by:          First Federal Savings and Loan

            Performance Steer 2nd Best Rate of Gain          Feed Scoop  Won by:         Brett L Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Gene and Drema Arn Family

            Grand Champion Performance Steer      Banner           Won by:         Jordan Miller

            Sponsored by:          Arn Acres

            Champion Performance Steer      Trophy            Won by:         Jordan Miller

            Sponsored by:          First Federal Savings and Loan

            Reserve Champion Performance Steer  Trophy            Won by:         Lauren Schmid

            Sponsored by:          Vantage FFA

            Reserve Champion Performance Steer  Banner           Won by:         Lauren Schmid

            Sponsored by:          Wellman Seeds

            Show Steer 1st Weight Class        Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie F Schumm

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of Andy Kemler By Double T Farm

            Show Steer 2nd Weight Class      Trophy            Won by:         Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Vantage FFA

            Show Steer 3rd Weight Class       Trophy            Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Vantage FFA

            Show Steer 4th Weight Class       Trophy            Won by:         Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Allmandinger Custom Bailing

            Show Steer Best Rate of Gain      Feed Scoop  Won by:         Lauren Schmid

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Pathfinders

            Show Steer 2nd Best Rate of Gain          Feed Scoop  Won by:         Caden A Ringwald

            Sponsored by:          Double T Farm

            Grand Champion Show Steer       Banner           Won by:         Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Dave Allmandinger Family

            Champion Show Steer       Trophy            Won by:         Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Kenn-Feld Group

            Reserve Champion Show Steer   Banner           Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Jerry & Irene Luersman

            Reserve Champion Show Steer   Trophy            Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Holdgreve Beef Farm

            Dairy Steer Drive 1 Winner            Trophy            Won by:         Kalei Lare

            Sponsored by:          Matthews Farms

            Dairy Steer Drive 2 Winner            Trophy            Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Matthews Farms


 

            2nd Place Show Steer 1st Weight Class Trophy            Won by:         Jake Bowersock

            Sponsored by:          Miller Farms

            2nd Place Show Steer 2nd Weight Class           Trophy            Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Magnum Farms & Transport

            2nd Place Show Steer 3rd Weight Class            Trophy            Won by:         Caden A Ringwald

            Sponsored by:          Tim & Jackie Miller Family

            2nd Place Show Steer 4th Weight Class            Trophy            Won by:         Lauren Schmid

            Sponsored by:          Tim & Jackie Miller Family

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

 

Photo Caption:  Did you or your brother have a toy train during your childhood?  Were girls allowed to play with those toy trains?

 

 

Sunday, Sept.13, 1:00 – 4:00, is the day for Grandparents and Grandchildren to join the Treasure Hunt at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  You are invited to learn how the past will influence their future.

 

Do your Grandchildren today have all kinds of toys of which were not available to you?

 

Why were toys invented?  Who came up with the idea of toys for Grandchildren?  Grandparents saw a need to invent toys for Grandchildren for two reasons!  Necessity is the Mother of Invention. 

 

In past Generations, many Grandparents lived in the same home as their Grandchildren’s family.  Their first reason for inventing toys was to keep the children busy.  As a Grandparent myself, I realize the need to keep those little ones busy!

 

The second reason for inventing toys was to teach Grandchildren about roles they would play as adults.  Boys were taught to do “guy things.”  The boys were taught to solve puzzles, to go hunting, and to create solutions to problems.  The boys learned to fix their own bicycles, and to build things.  The girls were taught play house, i.e. learn to cook, sew, and to care for the family.  Girls learned about art and beauty in their environment.  Both boys and girls learned to play sports, and to play those sports “outdoors.”

 

Both boys and girls were taught to learn in school and to respect their teachers.  Grandparents read to their Grandchildren.  Some Grandchildren wanted to spend time with books.  Some Grandchildren wanted to attend college.  Some Grandchildren wanted to be outside, tending to the garden, or working with farm machinery or learning to fix cars, or caring for animals.  Grandchildren were encouraged to join social organizations where they would learn life skills.  Boys joined the Boy Scouts, and Girls joined the Girl Scouts.  Both Boys and Girls joined 4-H Clubs.    Families attended church together on Sunday mornings.  Children were taught the difference between right and wrong, and the importance of helping those who needed help.  Children were encouraged to be married and raise families within the influence of their communities.  The family consisted of Parents, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

 

What happened?  Would Grandchildren today rather watch television, text on their cell phones, play games on their electronic devises, or work on the computer, rather than doing chores or  belonging to certain organizations?  Would Grandchildren today rather play sports instead of doing their homework?

 

How are you involved with your Grandchildren?  Do you stay in touch with your Grandchildren and teach them to take pride in their Heritage?  How do you participate in your Grandchildren’s lives?

 

You are invited to visit the Mercer County Historical Museum and join in the Treasure Hunt with your Grandchildren on Sunday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00, September 13.  You are invited to teach your Grandchildren about your way of life, and your Grandparent’s way of life.  You are invited to help your Grandchildren understand that the choices you and your family made has had a direct influence on the choices that they make.  You are invited to teach your Grandchildren, that decisions made in the past have a direct influence on the decisions made in the future.  What positive decisions are they going to make about their own future?  You are invited to teach your Grandchildren to take pride in their Heritage at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

 

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

 

 

Dairy Feeder Show Winner Results – Van Wert County Fair

            Sr. Dairy Feeder Calf Showman   Trophy            Won by:         Brett L Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Mercer Landmark Ohio City and Glenmore Branches

            Senior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Makenzie Bowen

            Sponsored by:          Clark Ringwald Family

            Intermediate Dairy Feeder Showman      Trophy            Won by:         Kassidy Klinger

            Sponsored by:          Bob and Denise Pugh and Family

            Intermediate Showman 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Morgan Miller

            Sponsored by:          Clark Ringwald Family

            Jr. Dairy Feeder Calf Showman    Trophy            Won by:         Ryan Renner

            Sponsored by:          Gene and Drema Arn Family

            Junior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Lindsey Barnes

            Sponsored by:          Clark Ringwald Family

            Champion Feeder Calf Showman           Chair  Won by:         Brett L Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Allmandinger Custom Bailing

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat One        Trophy            Won by:         Alexis Bowen

            Sponsored by:          The Ream Family

            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 1        Trophy            Won by:         Betty Vorst

            Sponsored by:          Richard L. Miller Realtor And Auctioneers

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat Two        Trophy            Won by:         Brandon A McNall

            Sponsored by:          Waltz Meats

            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 2        Trophy            Won by:         Brandon A McNall

            Sponsored by:          Richard L. Miller Realtor And Auctioneers

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat Three     Trophy            Won by:         Tyler l McNall

            Sponsored by:          Ayers Mechanical Group

            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 3        Trophy            Won by:         Brett L Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Delphos

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat Four       Trophy            Won by:         Brandon A McNall

            Sponsored by:          Jack and Sharon Bolenbaugh

            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 4        Trophy            Won by:         Taylor Hughes

            Sponsored by:          Richard L. Miller Realtor And Auctioneers

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat Five        Trophy            Won by:         Morgan Miller

            Sponsored by:          Wrenco Trophy and Sportswear

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            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 5        Trophy            Won by:         Leslie Marbaugh

            Sponsored by:          Richard L. Miller Realtor And Auctioneers

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat Six          Trophy            Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Keber Family Farms

            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 6        Trophy            Won by:         Ashley Dealey

            Sponsored by:          Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Delphos

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat 7 Trophy            Won by:         Ryan Renner

            Sponsored by:          The Ream Family

            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 7        Trophy            Won by:         Tyler l McNall

            Sponsored by:          Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Delphos

            Dairy Feeder Calf Winner Heat 8 Trophy            Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by F & S Floor Covering

            Dairy Feeder Calf 2nd Place Heat 8        Trophy            Won by:         Alexis Bowen

            Sponsored by:          Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Delphos

            Dairy Feeder Calf: Best Rate of Gain       Feed Scoop  Won by:         Morgan Miller

            Sponsored by:          Pure Line Food Company Middle Point, OH

            Champion Dairy Feeder Calf        Trophy            Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Allmandinger Cattle Farms

            GrandChampion Dairy Feeder Calf         Banner           Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Wellman Seeds

            Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder Calf    Trophy            Won by:         Ashley Dealey

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder Calf    Banner           Won by:         Ashley Dealey

            Sponsored by:          Randy Mueller Family

 

 

Grand Opening Planned in Rockford
Join us for the Grand Opening of Heart-n-Soul on September 12th from 7:30 am – noon.  Heart-n-Soul is located at 121 S Main St. in the His n Hers Beauty Salon & Boutique in downtown Rockford.  Rockford’s newest business is owned by Karen Seibert and Lori Taylor, licensed Massage Therapists.  
    
Massage Therapy hours will be by appointment – daytime, evening and weekend schedules.  
Contact Karen @ 419-953-8782 or Lori @ 419-305-5496 to schedule your appointment.
    
Certified in:  Cancer Massage, Chair Massage, Clay or Paraffin Facial, Deep Tissue Massage, Geriatric Massage, Hot/Cold Stone Facial, Hot Stone Massage, Pediatric Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Relaxation Massage, Sinus Massage.  Also, licensed to do pedicures.
    
  “When mind, body, and spirit are in harmony, happiness is the natural result.”
  Deepak Chopra

The Rockford Chamber will be having the Ribbon Cutting at 8:30 am.
 We look forward to seeing you on September 12 !  
    
 Refreshments will be served.  

 

 

WITH DEADLINE APPROACHING, BROWN INVITES OHIOANS TO APPLY FOR NOMINATION TO U.S. SERVICE ACADEMIES

 

Deadline is September 23, 2015

 

Eligible Students May Apply for the U.S. Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and Military Academy at West Point

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the deadline to apply on September 23 approaching, 2015, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today encouraged Ohioans to seek nomination from his office to U.S. Military Service Academies for 2016 admission.

 

“Ohio’s students have the integrity, courage, and knowledge needed to succeed in our nation’s prestigious military academies and I am honored to nominate students for this high honor,” said Brown. “These academies develop the next generation of leaders who will serve our country as military officers and national leaders.”

 

Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy.

 

Student applicants are reviewed by a committee of active and retired military and community leaders appointed by Brown. Selected students are provided with the required congressional recommendation upon applying for admission.

 

Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should mail their completed application packet to reach Brown’s Cleveland office no later than September 23, 2015.

 

For more information or to request an application, please visit Brown’s website here. Inquiries can also be directed to Brown’s Academy Coordinator at the Cleveland office (888) 896-6446. 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 10, 2015

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winners     Rabbits - Van Wert County Fair Results

     Champion Junior Showman                             Trophy             Won by:     Micaela Lugabihl

               Sponsored by:           Nancy Dixon

     Champion Intermediate Showman                 Trophy             Won by:     Caton Williamson

               Sponsored by:           Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

     Champion Senior Showman                            Trophy             Won by:     Katelyn Welch

               Sponsored by:           Shooting Stars 4-H Club

     Champion Rabbit Showman                            Chair                Won by:     Madelyn Lamb

               Sponsored by:           Triple L Farms

     Champion Single Fryer                                     Trophy             Won by:     Katelyn Welch

               Sponsored by:           The Klinger Family

     Grand Champion Single Fryer                          Banner             Won by:     Katelyn Welch

               Sponsored by:           The Don Mosier Family

     Reserve Champion Single Fryer                       Trophy             Won by:     Austin Bockrath

               Sponsored by:           The Klinger Family

     Reserve Champion Single Fryer                       Banner             Won by:     Austin Bockrath

               Sponsored by:           Mike & Diane Owens

     3rd-10th Place Meat Pen                                  Medallion        Won by:     Justin Overmyer

               Sponsored by:           Pond Seed Company

     Champion Meat Pen                                         Trophy             Won by:     Justin Overmyer

               Sponsored by:           Convoy Tastee Freeze

     Grand Champion Meat Pen                              Banner             Won by:     Katelyn Welch

               Sponsored by:           The Finishing Touch

     Reserve Champion Meat Pen                           Banner             Won by:     Katelyn Welch

               Sponsored by:           The Finishing Touch

     Champion Doe and Litter                                 Trophy             Won by:     Allison Hauter

               Sponsored by:           Sponsored by: Aaron and Ashley Knittle

     Reserve Doe & Litter                                         Trophy             Won by:     Katie Hauter

               Sponsored by:           Greif

     Best of Breed-Rex                                             Trophy             Won by:     Holden Thornell

               Sponsored by:           Westwood Family Dental

     Best of Breed-Californian                                 Trophy             Won by:     Hunter Gillespie

               Sponsored by:           Ag Credit


 

     Best of Breed-Dutch                                         Trophy             Won by:     Courtney Wendel

               Sponsored by:           Liberty Acres Rabbitry

     Best of Breed-Dwarf Hotot                              Trophy             Won by:     Chamberlynn Couts

               Sponsored by:           Farmers Grain & AG LLC

     Best of Breed-English Lop                                Trophy             Won 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:     Austin Bockrath

               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-Tan                                             Trophy             Won by:     Austin Bockrath

               Sponsored by:           Westwood Family Dental

     Best of Breed-Havana                                       Trophy             Won by:     Katelyn Welch

               Sponsored by:           The Don Mosier Family

     Best of Breed-Himalayan                                 Trophy             Won by:     Crutis Swick

               Sponsored by:           Klinger's Rabbitry

     Best of Breed-Holland Lop                               Trophy             Won by:     Kyra Welch

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

     Best of Breed-Mini Lop                                     Trophy             Won by:     Natalie Hauter

               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:     Holden Thornell

               Sponsored by:           Candy Osborn

     Best of Breed-Mixed Breed                              Trophy             Won by:     Braxton Strunkenburg

               Sponsored by:           Alan & Shayna DeLong Family

     Best of Breed-Netherland Dwarf                     Trophy             Won by:     Micaela Lugabihl

               Sponsored by:           The Robert McClure  Family

     Best of Breed-New Zealand                             Trophy             Won by:     Justin Overmyer

               Sponsored by:           Kyle & Christie Wendel
 

     Best of Breed-Polish                                         Trophy             Won by:     Madelyn Lamb

               Sponsored by:           Westwood Family Dental

     Best of Breed-Rhinelander                               Trophy             Won by:     Derek Biro

               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:     Austin Bockrath

               Sponsored by:           Greif

     Best of Breed-Silver Marten                             Trophy             Won by:     Taylor Post

               Sponsored by:           NOT NEEDED THIS YEAR

     Best of Breed-Standard Chinchilla                  Trophy             Won by:     Justin Overmyer

               Sponsored by:           Klinger Trenching

     Best of Breed-Lion Head                                  Trophy             Won by:     Austin Welker

               Sponsored by:           Mike & Laura Biro And Sons

     Best In Show                                                      Trophy             Won by:     Katelyn Welch

               Sponsored by:           Raabe Ford Lincoln

     Second Best In Show                                        Trophy             Won by:     Hunter Gillespie

               Sponsored by:           C & D Lape Rabbitry

     Runner-up Best 4 Class                                     Trophy             Won by:     Justin Overmyer

               Sponsored by:           Pond Seed Company

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

               Sponsored by:           Pond Seed Company

 

 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Have EMS Presentation

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting a presentation and tour of the St. Marys EMS operation will be conducted.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 15th at the St. Marys Fire Station, 222 Indiana Ave. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

 
 

 
September 8-9, 2015

 

 
 

Fourth Traffic Fatality in Mercer County

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Kremer Road, South of Huwer in Marion Township. On September 5, 2015 at 3:58 AM, Central dispatch received a 9-1-1 call transfer from Auglaize County reporting a one vehicle crash.   The investigation revealed that a 1979 Jeep was traveling south on Kremer Road, lost control and went off the east side of the roadway and struck a Pioneer power pole.

Killed was the driver and only occupant,  20 year old Samuel J. Wuebker of 1189 Kremer Road, Maria Stein Ohio.

This marks the fourth traffic fatality in Mercer County in 2015, and remains under investigation.

Deputies were assisted on scene by Osgood Fire Department and Squad.

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING September 8, 2015 6:30 P.M.
COMMUNITY ROOM - Agenda

 

Village of Ohio City and the “Arts in the Park” Sponsor Jarod Delgado

The village of Ohio City and the “Arts in the Park” committee are happy to present Nashville Recording Artist, Jarod Delgado. The event will be held this Friday evening, September 11, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00.

 Jarod is an accomplished singer/songwriter. His current single, "Here and Now" featuring, Chris Volz (Rock band Flaw) is quickly gaining attention from radio stations all over the country. In 2012, "Here and Now" was nominated and won "Best Rock Song" (Mayhem Awards) of Nashville TN. Jarod recently has released his Debut album, "Don't Hold Back", selling over 1,000 Physical copies in its first week of release. Jarod has opened up for many National Acts, such as: Shinedown, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool, Sick Puppies, Saliva and the list goes on. To date, Jarod is currently in the writing phase for his second album.

Jarod will be performing on this Friday (11th) in Ohio City at Memory Park. The park is located on Main St. (at the traffic light) across from the Village Hall. Bring you chairs and fill your cooler and have for a wonderful evening of music and friends.

There will be two other events this month to complete this year’s season. Saturday the 19th we will be presenting the brother and sister sensation: “SaMax”. Our final event will be held on Friday, September 25th and will consist of “Dana Fair-Unplugged”. All events begin at 7:00.

 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

Parkway High School Encourages Parents to Monitor Grades using Progress Book

Parkway High School is making more information available electronically to parents and students this school year in an attempt to move to a more digital format, which reduces the amount of paper used.

Beginning this school year, Parkway High School will no longer print interim reports for students.  Instead, parents are encouraged to monitor their student(s) grades on Progress Book.  Progress Book can be accessed from any Internet enabled device including computers, tablets, smart phones, and Kindle devices. Students also have access to Progress Book and can monitor grades and print progress reports at school to bring home if they are needed. Parents are also welcome to stop by the Parkway High School Office and a progress report can be printed at their request.

Teachers are also moving towards digital classrooms through the use of programs like OneNote and Moodle, having students do some assignments in a digital format.  The athletic department is also joining the digital trend. Some parents have been introduced to this through their child's Athletic Physical Packet and the online registration from OHSSA. 

The use of electronic information has helped make communication more efficient and timely while at the same time helping reduce costs by cutting down on printing costs. 

 

 

2015 JR. FAIR HORSE SHOW – Van Wert County Fair

Friday, September 4, 2015

Jr. Western Showmanship

Trophy Donated by Vancrest of Convoy

 

1st- Adalynn Longstreth

2nd – Breck Evans

3rd – Alicia Rist

4th – Tazmin Archer

5th – Brooke Saam

Sr. Western Showmanship

Rosette Courtesy of Senior Fair Board

 

1st – Regan Priest

2nd – Breck Evans

Horseless Horse Showmanship

 

1st – Aurora Longstreth

Jr. English Showmanship

Trophy Donated by Thomas Edison Workshop

1st – Adalynn Longstreth

Champion of Showman

Chair Donated by Bill & Mary Fallis

1st – Cassie Priest

2nd – Reagan Priest

Jr. Western Pleasure

Trophy Donated by Pam Linton

 

1st – Brooke Saam

2nd – Adalynn Longstreth

3rd – Tazmin Archer

Sr. Western Pleasure

Rosette Courtesy of Senior Fair Board

1st Place – Megan Marsee

Jr. Western Horsemanship

Trophy Donated by RoAnna Farm

 

1st Place- Brooke Saam

2nd Place- Alicia Rist

3rd Place- Adalynn Longstreth

Sr. Western Horsemanship

Rosette Courtesy of Senior Fair Board

1st – Megan Marsee

Jr. Trail

Trophy Donated by Senior Fair Board

 

1st – Adalynn Longstreth

2nd – Bryce Mihm

Sr. Trail

Rosette Courtesy of Senior Fair Board

1st – Megan Marsee

Jr. Reining

Trophy Donated by Van Wert Co. Township Association

 

1st – Bryce Mihm

 

 

Winners    Rabbits – Van Wert County Fair

Saturday, September 05, 2015

            Champion Single Fryer      Trophy            Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by:          The Klinger Family

            Grand Champion Single Fryer      Banner           Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by:          The Don Mosier Family

            Reserve Champion Single Fryer  Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          The Klinger Family

            Reserve Champion Single Fryer  Banner           Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Mike & Diane Owens

            3rd-10th Place Meat Pen    Medallion      Won by:         Justin Overmyer

            Sponsored by:          Pond Seed Company

            Champion Meat Pen           Trophy            Won by:         Justin Overmyer

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Grand Champion Meat Pen           Banner           Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by:          The Finishing Touch

            Reserve Champion Meat Pen       Banner           Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by:          The Finishing Touch

            Champion Doe and Litter   Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by: Aaron and Ashley Knittle

            Reserve Doe & Litter           Trophy            Won by:         Katie Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Greif

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 4-7, 2015

 

 
 
 
Heart-n-Soul Grand Opening on September 12 – 7:30 to noon
His ‘n Hers Hair Styling Salon Offering Brand New Services
Massage, Manicures, Pedicures
by Sheila Baltzell
www.parkwayindependent.com 9-4-2015


A new business within a business in Rockford will have a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday morning with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce assisting in the ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 AM. Heart-n-Soul Massage Therapy, is owned by Karen Siebert and Lori Taylor, who are both licensed massage therapists, educated at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Lima. Located at 121 S. Main Street, the ladies will be working at the His ‘n Hers Styling Salon and offer these certified massage services: Relaxation; Deep Tissue; Hot Stone; Cancer; Chair; Clay or Paraffin Facials; Geriatric; Hot and Cold Stone Facials; Pediatric; Pregnancy; and Sinus. Massages last for an hour, and they like the customor to arrive a little early for any necessary paperwork as well as providing the opportunity for the full hour of massage. The ladies are fully insured.
Search on Facebook for Heart-n-Soul, Karen Siebert, Lori Taylor or His 'n Hers.

For appointments, Karen Siebert can be reached at 419.953.8782 or email karensiebertlmt@gmail.com. Lori Taylor can be reached at 419-305-5496 or email at dynagirl_04@yahoo.com or by calling Brenda Barker at His n Hers 419-363-3805 or 567-644-4255. Appointments are available daily during the week and evenings as well as some Saturdays and Sundays. Give them a call!

 


In addition to Heart-n-Soul Massage Therapy, Brenda Barker, licensed cosmetologist since 1974, of His 'n Hers has added a pedicure chair to her wide range of hair care services. A graduate of Ohio State Beauty Academy, she offers regular and deluxe pedicures, foot water massage, toe manicures, trim and buff of nails and waxing. She uses OPI products. She does color, tints, perms, cuts and sets. Her haircare line includes Joico, Kenra, and Fairy Tales. Call Brenda at 419-363-3805 or 567-644-4255 for an appointment.


Dayton School of Medical Massage in Lima is where Megan Kraner-Stechschulte completed her training as a licensed massage therapist. She offers these massage services: deep tissue, hot stone, relaxation, lymph drainage, sports, back pain, sciatica, sinus drainage and neck. Call her at 419-305-7337 for an appointment.


Carol Zizelman has been a licensed cosmetologist for 56 years. She does color, tints, perms, cuts and sets at His n' Hers, where she has worked since 1996. In addition to her manager's license, she also has a traveling license. Call her at 419-363-3664 for an appointment on Thursdays and some Wednesdays.


Raeh Harrod, licensed cosmetologist, also works at His 'n Hers doing acrylic nails & shellac manicures. She also does special colors and tints. Call Raeh for a Monday or Friday appointment 419-733-7640.


Brenda Barker, owner of His 'n Hers, has recently renovated the massage rooms for a quiet and peaceful expereience whether it is a massage or a pedicure. Brenda and her team invite you to come to the open house on Saturday, September 12, 2015 with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and enjoy some delicious refreshments.

 
 

Landfair Church Quarter Auction
100% of proceeds will support community missions and scholarships
September 20, 2015 - 2-4pm
Doors Open at 1pm
Location: Celina Eagles (1400 St Rt 703)
80+ items auctioned, drawings and raffles
Local Vendors attending and setting up.
Contact: Stacy Roth 419.733.1450

 
 
 

The Parkway Class of 1980 Reminisces at 35th Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1980 held its 35th Reunion on Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th at Schroyer Truck Museum.  On Friday, several members of the class attended the Parkway vs. Crestview football game.  A golf scramble was held the next morning at Deerfield for class members and families.  The culminating event was the social time and a dinner which took place on Saturday evening.  Thirty class members were in attendance for the party on Saturday, along with their high school principal, two junior high teachers, their band director, and their Campus Life leader.

Pictured are (left to right)

Front: Barb Bogle Hileman, Barb White Miller, Vicki Bollenbacher, Polly Thieman Muhlenkamp, Mr. Norm VanTilburg, Mr. Wayne Shively, Mrs. Jane Shively, Mr. Dick Sherrick, Mr. Ed Weirrick, Sandy Garver King, Lori Granger Davis, Jackie Stetler Ogg, Mary Stetler Manley

Back: Tony Sill, Todd Marsee, Rod Leighner, Dewayne Salway, Roger Craft, Kathy King Fisher, Steve Kuhn, Karla Sidenbender Butler, Jim Wann, Lori Sidenbender Likens, Rick Muhlenkamp, Jill Crabtree Yoder, Loren Shindeldecker, John Morrison, Lisa Michaud Glenn, Tim Dellinger, Jeff Byer, Greg Brigner, Craig Schroyer, Randy Thomas, Bruce Bollenbacher, Bruce Custer

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 3, 2015