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December 14, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 13 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 

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

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December 13, 2017
 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Parkway Winter Varsity Cheerleaders

 

Click Here for Varsity and JV Winter Sports Cheerleaders Pictures

 

Parkway Winter Junior Varsity Cheerleaders

 
 
 
 

 
December 12, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Panther Sports Team Pictures Shared by Nikki Fox

 

Boys Varsity Bowling Team

Click Here for the Varsity Boys and Girls Bowling Page

 
 
 
 
 

Girls Varsity Bowling Team

 
 
 

 
December 11, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Panther Sports Team Pictures Shared by Nikki Fox

 



Varsity Boys Basketball Team

 
 

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Varsity Girls Basketball Team

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Click here for more of Nikki's Pictures

 
 
 

 
December 9-10, 2017
 

 
 

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

December 11: 

No Athletic Events Scheduled

December 12:

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

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

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

December 13:

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

December 14:

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

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

December 15:

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

December 16:

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

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

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

Boys/Girls Bowling @ Lima

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Snow –Do not Plow onto Roadways

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

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

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

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

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

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

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

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

 

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

 

 
 

 
December 8, 2017
 

 
 

Buy Tickets Now for Parkway Basketball Games

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

 
 
 

Christmas Open House at Colonial Nursing Home Planned

A Christmas Open House is planned at Colonial Nursing Home

on Tuesday - December 12th from 5-7 PM

Hot Chocolate Bar • Appetizers • Tours • Raffle Prizes

 
 

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

 
 

 
December 6-7, 2017
 

 

Old Fashion Christmas Concert at The Rockford Belle

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

 

 

 

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

 

Mendon Library Hosting Crafts

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

 

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

 

Rockford Native Cassie McMurry Writes Books for Teens

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

 
 
 

 

 

 
December 4-5, 2017
 

 
 

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

 

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

 

 

Bowens Accept Lake Eire Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Award

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

 

 
 

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

Membership fees are due by January 15, 2018

Individual $30 
Business $50 


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

Contact Lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org

 
 
 

 

 
December 1-3, 2017
 

 
 

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

 
 
 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 28-30, 2017
 

 
 

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

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

 
 

Football for Friends

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 
 
 

 
November 21-27, 2017
 

 
 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 17-20, 2017
 

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

Rockford Carnegie Library News

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

90th Annual National Convention
by Shay Bolton

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Van Wert Fire Department Class on Hoselines Nozzles and Fire Flows

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

Capt. David Cummings lead the instruction.

Refreshments were provided by American Red Cross of Van Wert.

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 
 
 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE - CANDLE ORDER 1911

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE - The Manchester Round Barn

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 
 

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

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

You Must Pre-Register For All BEC Classes!

 

EXCEL FOR BUSINESS

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

BASIC WORKSHOP

Dates: December 5 & 7

Time: 5:30-8p.m.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $60 p/person

 

INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP

Dates: December 12 & 14

Time: 5:30-8p.m.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $60 p/person

 

ADVANCED WORKSHOP

Dates: December 19 & 21

Time: 5:30-8p.m.

Rm: 194 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $60 p/person

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

 

SMALL BUSINESS TAX ISSUES

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

Dates: December 12

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

Rm: 119 Trenary Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

SWOT ANALYSIS

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

Date: December 13

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Rm: 150 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

 

 
 

Trees Planted in Rockford by Town Crew
by Bob Ransbottom

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

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

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
November 13-16, 2017
 

 
 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 
 

PUBLIC NOTICE – Culvert Replacement

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Tick-Borne Lyme Disease Cases in Ohio Rise

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check dogs for ticks after returning from tick habitats.

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


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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

 
November 10-12, 2017
 

 
 

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

 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Host Dermatologist

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting Dr. Suzanne Quinter from Wheatland Dermatology will be speaking on taking care of our skin, protecting ourselves from sun damage, signs of skin cancer and types of treatment. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, November 14th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 
 

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

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

 

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


Two New Bricks are Added

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

Lighting is Added to Flagpole

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

Donate a Brick for Your Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Army Veteran Terry Joseph’s Vietnam Experience

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

 

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

 
 

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

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

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

 

Forward Recon at Night

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Returning Home and Family Life

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Purple Heart Recipient

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

 

 

Steve Thompson Gives the Log Cabin a Sprucing-Up

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Veterans Memorial Planned at Hedges Park

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

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

Sketches of ideas are currently being drawn. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
November 9, 2017
 

 
 
 
 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 6-8, 2017
 

 

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

 

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

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

 
 

National FFA Chorus Chooses Shay Bolton to Sing

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

Left: Shay and the National FFA President 2016-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Shay and Mrs. Patti LaJoye

 

 

 
 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

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

The suggested composition topic is "a Thanksgiving memory."  

The public is welcome to attend.

 

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

What’s Been Happening at Parkway Elementary?

By: PHS Junior Kara Heck

 

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

 

 

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

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

 
 

Culvert Replacement in Dublin Township

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
November 4-5, 2017
 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Parkway Local Schools will be hosting a COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR

November 13 – November 17 & 20-21, 2017


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

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

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

 

 

Parkway November 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 
 

Reminder to the Parkway Community

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

 
 
 

 
November 1-3, 2017
 

 
 

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

 

 

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

 

 
 

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

 

 

 
October 30-31, 2017
 

 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 

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

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

 

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


Two New Bricks are Added

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

Lighting is Added to Flagpole

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

Donate a Brick for Your Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Army Veteran Terry Joseph’s Vietnam Experience

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

 

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

 
 

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

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

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

 

Forward Recon at Night

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Returning Home and Family Life

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Purple Heart Recipient

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

 

 

Steve Thompson Gives the Log Cabin a Sprucing-Up

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Veterans Memorial Planned at Hedges Park

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

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

Sketches of ideas are currently being drawn.  

 

 

 

Reminder to the Parkway Community

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Parent/Teacher Conference Dates for Parkway Students
by Lisa Miller

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Parkway students are as follows:

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

      *Nov 21 is for grades 3 & 4

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 
 

 
October 28-29, 2017
 

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


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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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


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


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

So, retirement? Not exactly, but close enough.

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

 
 
 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

A Look Back at the Season – Recap:

Individual Highlights of the season include:

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

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

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

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

*Countless ribbons collected throughout the season

 

Team Highlights of the season include:

·         1st Place at the Antwerp Invitational

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 
 
 

 
October 24-27, 2017
 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 
 
 

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

by Stacie Ford 10-23-2017



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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October 21-23, 2017
 

 
 

Jim Shaffer Realty Sales Staff Win Awards

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

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

 

 

 

Parkway Schools Host Professional Learning Day on October 8, 2017

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

 

 

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

 

Rockford EMS in Line for New Ambulance

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 20, 2017
 

 
 
 

Parkway High School Class of 1967 Celebrates 50 Years

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

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

A very special time was set aside at the dinner Saturday to remember our childhood friends who are no longer with us. Nineteen classmates are deceased, including those who gave their lives fighting in Viet Nam. A very touching Veterans Tribute prepared by Bob Maurer and the heartfelt appreciation to all veterans in attendance for their willingness to preserve our freedom was led by Gary Brehm.

The class has been together too long to lose touch with each other now so SAVE THE DATE! September 28, 2019 (the last Saturday in September two years from now). Details will be sent out close to the time of the next reunion so please remember and send any changes to your contact information that may come along to Vickie Bollenbacher (timvickie.bollenbacher@gmail.com  or 419-363-2492), Greg Schumm (greg_schumm@hotmail.com  or 419-733-7596) or Roberta LePage (ralepage@centurylink.net or 419-363-3614 or 419-790-9225).



Picture above favorite teachers: Naomi Sipe Lehman and Esther Brandt-Fox-Schweyer. Standing is Norm Van Tilburg, Jon Sidenbender and Wayne Shively

Seated (l to r):  Roberta Beeks LePage,  Toby Schumm Oswald,  Metta Stucky Hike,  Myra Hoblet Sustae,  Vickie Gause Bollenbacher,  Nancy Feasel Shaffer,  Loisann Felver Yoh,  Barbara Huffman Schumm,  Judy Seawell Zeikle.

Standing, Second row  (l to r):  David “Chick” Stewart,  Karen Hays,  Dianne Hoffmann Schott,  Becky Suman White,  Susan McGough Schrock,  Diane Mihm Sheets,  Susan Cully Etzcorn,  Kathy Arnold,  Linda Gehm Duff,  Candy Wyer Osborn,  Diane Kimmel Schumm,  Sandy Miller Ulrey,  Sandy Sipe Schwartz

Standing, Third row  (l to r):  Benito Rodriguez, Sheryl Ridenour Knittle,  Charles White,  Susan Neuenschwander Wulliman,  John Cline,  Alan Schott, Judy Secaur Stephenson,  Greg “Boom” Schumm, Tom Schumm

Standing, Fourth row,  (l to r):  Kirk Wilson,  Wade Marbaugh,  Denny Krugh, Clinton Bennett,  Jim Grier,  Grable Cheek,  Duane Laux,  Gary Brehm,  Ken Cochran,  David Wilson,  Bob Schumm,  Doug Carr

Picture by Elaine and Ed Geyer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 17-19, 2017
 

 
 
Rockford United Methodist Church's Helping Hands Thrift Store Opens in New Location
The Helping Hands Thrift Store, run by Rockford United Methodist Church, has served the community of Rockford for 9 years. During that time, they have been able to help families in need with gently used items donated by the members of the church. From their young beginnings in 2008 when they shared a donated space in Dave Salway's Cabinetry Business in the old Lloyd Motor Sales Building to a recent return to the same location after 5 years in the old Reisch's Dime Store Building, the mission as never changed. They offer all sizes and types of clothing, shoes, household goods, furniture, toys, books, etc. Betsey's Boutique recently bought out the old "dime store" building in Rockford requiring Helping Hands to relocate. Fortunately, Tammy Cheek had recently purchased the old Lloyd Motor Sales location. She and her husband Rusty are remodeling it into several spaces for businesses to operate. Helping Hands took over one of the beautifully remodeled areas and can be accessed from the north side door. They are open two days a week: Wednesday 4-7 PM and Saturday 10-1. Several church members volunteer their time with Karla Butler heading-up the operation. Karla mentioned that the public is invited to shop. She has regulars who come in looking for good used items. And she has seen many first time customers just recently with the new move. Christmas gift shopping is a good reason to stop in, she says. With very limited space, Karla does not take outside donations but can be contacted at the church at 419-363-3230 for more information.

Interesting Lloyd Motor Sales Building History: See the pictures below of the railroad train rail showing through the flooring where the railroad actually pulled right into the building to unload new cars to the Ford dealership. Also see the picture of the floor hydraulic jack for lifting cars to service them.

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North Door Entry Clothing and more Railroad track Car Hydraulic jack
 
 
 

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY OPENS IN NEW LOCATION

For more than a decade Parkway Local School District residents contacted their local churches in advance for food assistance through the Parkway Ministerial Association Food Pantry.   The pantry enjoyed district-wide support.   

Recently, to better serve area communities and fulfill food assistance needs, residents of the Parkway School District may come in person to the new Parkway Local Food Pantry located on East Columbia Street in Rockford in the same building area as Helping Hands Thrift Store. 

The Parkway Local Food Pantry will be open the fourth Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m.   Those who need food assistance will be asked to show proof of residency in the school district and provide the names of those in their household.  

The new Parkway Local Food Pantry on East Columbia Street, is facilitated by the Rockford United Methodist Church, and guided by the biblical command to ‘…serve one another in love’ found in Galatians 5:13.   

 

 
Halloween Festivities Announced

Mendon Village - October 28, 2017 Trick or Treat from 4-6 PM; Costume judging at the fire department/township building will begin at 7 PM, sponsored by the Mendon Lions Club. There will be age group (grade level in school) costume judging with prizes to be awarded. A chili supper with sandwiches, desserts and drinks will be there from 4-7 PM.

Chattanooga - Trunk or Treat will be held at Chatt Zion Lutheran on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 5 PM. Cars parked in the lot will be filled with special treats for the children. Soup, sandwiches and activities follow.

Willshire Trick or Treat - Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 4-6 with costume judging to follow in the park.

Rockford - Saturday, October 28th -  Trick or Treat from 6 - 7:30 pm and Judging @ the Firehouse at 8 pm - age group categories

Ohio City -

 
 
 
 

WALK TO PREVENT SUICIDE – 10/21/2017

 

Mercer County, Ohio Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a fundraising walk supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  There are more than 250 Out of the Darkness Community Walks taking place throughout the U.S. this fall.  Funds will support vital research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives and programs to support those impacted by suicide.

Mercer county’s walk will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds


8:00 am – Walker registration


9:00 am - Opening Ceremonies-Guest Speaker Chad Dunlap


9:15 am - Walk begins

 

WHY:    On average, one person dies by suicide every 6 hours in Ohio and suicide is the 11th leading cause of death overall for our state.  Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers and entire communities. Suicide can be prevented.  This event is designed to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.

 

 
 

Mercer County Youth to Youth
Twenty students met at the last Mercer County Youth to Youth meeting with Sheriff Grey last week (Oct. 9th). The students discussed ways to work together with law enforcement and began to establish relationships with them. Also, new this year (since our name change this summer), youth who attend their 3rd Y2Y meeting, were given the opportunity to sign the drug free/role model pledge. This was the students 1st opportunity since this was the 3rd meeting of the school year. Congrats to the 12 leaders in this
picture.

 

Mercer County Youth to Youth (formally known as STOP), is having their 4th gathering of the school year October 23rd. The group is looking for youth who want peer support and back our mission to come “together to rise above the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, peer pressure, bullying, and suicide.”

The meeting will be held at Briarwood Village in Coldwater (look for the flag pole and go in the doors under the carport - room is to the right of the Cafe).

*    7:00 - 9:00 (social time 7:00-7:30)

*    THIS IS A YOUTH-LED group!!! THERE WILL BE FOOD!!!

*    Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, same time and place

 

 

 

Rockford Council Members Meet on Tuesday, October 3 and October 17, 2017
 

Rockford Village Council Members met recently. Activities in the Village were discussed and more.


 Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celina Tent Owners Travel to England and Represent Celina Mercer County Chamber
Janice and Herb Grieshop of Celina Tent recently made a visit to England on business. Before departing on this exciting adventure, Janice came to the Celina Chamber of Commerce in search of items to offer a glimpse of Celina and the Mercer County area. While visiting, they stopped to visit the Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) to which they belong. As a great gesture of friendship and good business, Janice and Herb also presented the UK Chamber with an honorary membership to the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber. Pictured with Janice and Herb are Lisa Brewer and Maria Martin-Albarran of the East Midlands Chamber. The Celina Mercer Co. Chamber would like to thank Janice and Herb for representing our area so well and bringing a piece of our county all the way to the UK!

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

Sunday, November 5, 2017 will begin with Worship at 10 AM with special guest speaker, Reverend Larry K. May, who pastored the church from 1961-1967.

 

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

 

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

 

Church History from the 125th History Book by Lester Miller:

 

 

St. Paul's United Church of Christ 1867-2017 - Celebrating 150 Years

The church has a rich history in the beginnings of Liberty Township which was organized in 1841 following the 1820 formation of Mercer County.

The German settlers of the time were served in 1850 by Rev. J.D. Gackenheimer who had an Evangelical Church in Van Wert County. He strove to start a church as early as 1850, and as the German population grew around Chattanooga (508 people), the Evangelicals organized and built a church with the Zion Lutheran Church members. Several years later, the Evangelical church sold their interests in the church and called Reverend A. Fismer to serve them on November 17, 1867. The church was now started! They met in the homes of the members while he helped them plan the building of a church. It is exciting to note that many of the current church members are direct descendants of the early church who were: William Koch; George Bollenbacher (the first elders); John Bauer and J.J. Baker (the first trustees), and later the following year, the first constitution was signed by: William Koch; Ferdinand Kable; John Bauer; Jacob J. Bollenbacher; Jacob Leininger; John F. Schaadt; George Bollenbacher; Christian Fisher; Phillip Gehm; Anton Koch; Adam Schultz; J.J. Bollenbacher; Gottfried Linn, Peter Alt; Jacob Bollenbacher; Ludwig Alt; Adam Schaadt; George Bollenbacher; George Schlafmann; Chas. Bollenbacher; Adam Bollenbacher; John Koch; Jacob Bollenbacher; Phillip Stumpf; William Gehm; Jaob Miller; Jacob Wendel; John Schultz; Abraham Bollenbacher; Henry Trisel; Adam Alt; Phillip Wendel and William Baker.

 

A land donation, by Mr. and Mrs. Jacob J. Baker,  resulted in a log church being built and dedicated in 1868. Then a log parsonage was built. All logs were native wood. Several pastors served the church until 1877 when Reverend C. J. Bohnen and family came. By 1880, the log church was inadequate and a new church was built. A new 2 story frame parsonage was built shortly thereafter.

 

In 1882, Reverend Samuel Egger and family answered the call, and the church grew so large that a second church in southern Liberty Township, called the South Church,  was soon in the planning stages. It was located on corner of Oregon and Wabash Roads near the St. Paul’s Cemetery. The North Church remained and was pastored by Rev. Egger and several to follow on alternating Sundays.  Then in 1928, the north church officially became the parish hall and services were discontinued there.

 

St. Paul’s, formerly called the South Church, took on a big remodeling plan that took several years to establish, fund and complete. A basement was added as well as an addition and rearranging of the inside of the sanctuary. It was dedicated in December 1941. A new parsonage was completed in 1948. The old farmhouse was moved off the property. Reverend H. C. Ahrens was the pastor during this time, but left in 1951and was followed by Reverend John Perl. It was Perl who instituted printed bulletins for the service and the counting of attendance at each service. He had the first television set in the parsonage.

 

Reverend Larry K. May came in June of 1961 and stayed until 1967. During that time, Christian Education was promoted, and this led to the congregation’s decision to pursue a brand new building to the east of their church. The first service in the new church was March 27, 1966.

 

Several pastors came to St. Paul’s United Church of Church of Christ aafter that including, to name a few: Rev. John Masters, Rev. Duane Hoffman,

Rev. Howard Hershberger, Rev. Jeffery Hammonds and most recently Rev. Catherine Costello. The church is currently being served by Interim Pastor Mark Rutledge. A pastor search is currently in progress.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
October 16, 2017
 

 
 
 

Parkway National Honor Society Holds Induction
by Haley Hawk

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on September 24th. The total National Honor Society membership for 2017-2018 is thirty-two. Nineteen juniors were inducted into National Honor Society. These people include: Jared Anderson, Molly Baltzell, Shay Bolton, Alistair Fahncke, Alexandria Ford, Matthew Gaerke, KeAndra Godsey, Melissa Hauter, Mecaylah Hesse, Colton Kraner, Madison Kroeger, Alyssa Miller, Faith Rollins, Olivia Scott, Bailey Strickler, Isabella Strunk, Loren Stukey, Tessa Thatcher, and Jonathon Wehe. Thirteen senior members had a teacher speak on their behalf. These members include: Clayton Agler, Claire Armstrong, Laura Barrett, Paige Cron, Sydney Crouch, Reid Etzcorn, Reese Fokine, Jared Gibson, Ashton Hamrick, Haley Hawk, James-David Hileman, Logan Huff, and Mackenzie Sipe.   

 
 

 

Parkway 7th Grade Volleyball Team Wins 2017 MAC
by Coach Lisa Miller
The Parkway 7th Grade Volleyball team concluded their season by winning the 2017 MAC 7th Grade Volleyball tournament this past Saturday, October 14, 2017. The Panthers defeated Fort Recovery in their first match of the day and then avenged their only 2 losses of the season by defeating Coldwater and St Henry to claim the championship. They finished their season with an overall record of 17-2.

 

Team members include:

Front Row: Manager Madison Louth, Emily Schaefer, Alyx Yoder, Gabrielle Stober, Sativa Baker, Brooke Stephenson, Alison Rowen.

Back Row: Hannah Stapleton, Macy Johnson, Emiree Knittle, Aaliyah Baxter, Allison Hughes, Madison Jacobs, Emma Wells, Abby Baltzell, Manager Bryn Schoenleben, Coach Lisa Miller.

 

New Horizon Church Updates

 

St. Paul United Church of Christ Updates

 
 

College Financial Aid Night 
by Mickey McConahay
College Financial Aid Night will be held in the Parkway Community Room on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Any seniors, along with a parent, who are thinking about college or any additional training after high school should attend. Juniors and their parents are welcome also. Melanie Weaver, ONU Director of Financial Aid, will provide updated information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

 

 
 

Rockford Chamber Banquet

Reminder that the Rockford Chamber banquet is coming up on
Monday -  October 23rd -
The Early Bird RSVP is THIS Friday - October 13th.  
  
The following achievements will be celebrated:
  
  Baker Built Engraving - 15 Years
  Leota Braun Foundation - 15 Years
  TJ's - 30 years
  M. Bruns Plumbing, Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning - 35 Years
  Parkway Schools - 55 Years
  
  New Businesses:
  
  Tasty Blessings
  Ole-Mil Creations
  
Citizen of the Year and the Business of the Year will be announced!

 

 
 
Bulldogs Live Concert to Benefit Bicentennial
The Bulldogs - Live Music - benefits  Rockford Bicentennial events.
Saturday - October 21 at 7 pm.  at the Rockford Community Building.
Tickets $10 at the door.
    
Dig out your poodle skirt and dance the night away !
Rock with the 50's !
    
50/50 drawing and giveaways !!
    
Thank you to our sponsors!
Thrivent Financial - Jerry & Sally Bolenbaugh,
DJ's Auto Repair, Tammy Cheek of Jim Shaffer Realty,
Henkle Insurance, Mike & Barb Pedroza and
Carl Etzler of Thrivent Financial.
 
 
The Rockford Belle - Opry Show
Saturday - November 4th, 2017
135 Market St., Rockford Ohio

Jerry Bolenbaugh along with special guests invite you to a Rockford Opry Show
featuring Classic Country, Bluegrass, Rock n Roll, Gospel and some comedy !!

Doors open at 6 pm - Show starts at 7 pm

Cost - $7.00  18 and under free !
 
 
Shanes Crossing to Feature Jim Bowsher
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on
Monday, October 16th at 7 pm in the museum at 151 E Columbia St in 
Rockford.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. Jim Bowsher of Wapakoneta.  
Jim is a very interesting speaker who will bring many historical items he has
collected and will share his stories concerning the items.  

The public is invited to the meeting.
 
 

US Route 33 West of Rockford was repaved in October 2017

 

 

 

 
October 13-15, 2017
 

 
 

Girls Self Defense Presentation Planned in Rockford
On Thursday, October 19th from 6pm to 8pm the Van Wert Sheriffs will be presenting a Girls Self Defense presentation at the Rockford Community Building. This is free and open to all girls in middle school and high school.  This program will teach girls be more aware of their surroundings and practice some basic self defense techniques.  To reserve a spot have girls sign up in middle school or high offices.  If there are additional questions or to reserve a spot call or text 937-212-5801.

 

 

Upcoming Events at Rockford Library

A representative from the Mercer County Council on Aging will be at the Rockford Library on Tuesday, October 17 from 3:30-7:30 and Tuesday, October 31 from 10:15-2:15 to help seniors make comparisons on Medicare Part D.  Those interested in this service need to call the Council on Aging and make an appointment.  Their phone number is 419-586-1644.

The library will be having Pumpkin Painting on Tuesday, October 24 at 4 and 6:30.  Pumpkins and paint will be provided.  Snacks will be served also. Please call the library at 419-363-2630 and register for this event so enough pumpkins can be purchased.

 

The family program for October will be Monday, October 30 at 6:30p.m.  "Halloween Happening" will feature a Halloween story, craft, games and snack.  Registration is not needed for this program.  This program is designed for all family members.


Monday, October 16 is the last day to drop off coats, hats, mittens and other cold weather gear for the Celina Kiwanis Club and Our Home.  We filled up the big box but will make room for more.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 11-12, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Police Conduct Drug Search – Make Arrest
Rockford Police report that a search warrant was executed on October 10th around 11:30 pm at 106 West Market Street in the Village of Rockford. Sergeant Bryan Stetler obtained creditable information that drug activity was occurring at that location.  Sgt. Stetler applied for and was granted a search warrant for that location. Large amounts of marijuana and cash was located. Two adults were briefly detained and  Ryann Robertson (30) of Rockford was arrested for Felony Drug Trafficking . Robertson is being held on $100,000.00 bond in the Mercer County Jail. Rockford Police was assisted by the Coldwater Police Department’s K9 (Mojo) and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. 

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

 

 

Bridge to Close

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close St. Anthony Road between Karch Road and Burkettsville St. Henry Road in Butler Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 16, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately one week, depending on the weather conditions.

 

 

 

It’s not too late! LBCF Banquet to be held

The Leota Braun Charitable Foundation (LBCF) Annual Harvest Celebration will be held on October 29, 2017, in the Rockford Community Building at 420 Holly Lane, Rockford. Social time is 12:00 noon with Dinner to be served at 12:30 pm. The entertainment and speaker will be Dan Keyes, the Rockford Bicentennial Muralist, from New Bremen, Ohio.

 

A delicious catered meal to be served by The Rockford Carry Out (RCO) will be followed by announcing the raffle and silent auction winners. The money raised during this lively event is used for scholarship recipients from the Parkway Local High School district living in the Mendon, Rockford and Willshire communities and surrounding area.

 

This is the only annual fundraiser for the LBCF. Your contributions do make a difference. You can turn in your RSVP to Kim Carr, LBCF Secretary.

If you are unable to attend this special event, you still can make a donation.

 

Donations can be sent to: Leota Braun Charitable Foundation (LBCF) P.O. Box 364 Rockford, OH 45882.

 

To learn more about LBCF you can visit www.leotabraun.org, or contact anyone of the board of directors listed on the site.

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, Oct. 19, 2017 Eddie Rickenbacker Flying Ace of Aces, A Century ago!

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

 

Photo caption:  Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, Flying Ace of  Aces during World War I, wearing  the highest award given by its military men by the United States, his Congressional Medal of Honor.  Photograph Credit:  U.S. Army Air Force.

 

 

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, better known as Eddie Rickenbacker, lived an exiting life, during his years between 1890 and 1973.  Being a native of Columbus, Ohio,  Eddie did not have an easy life at the turn of the Century.  He was twelve years old when his father died, leaving his wife and seven children.   Eddie worked nights in a factory to help with expenses at home.   Eddie was like a lot of young boys as he was fascinated by motors.  As a young man, Eddie took correspondence courses in engineering and drafting.  By the time that Eddie was 20 years old in 1910, people were driving automobiles. 

 

Eddie wanted to drive automobiles and Eddie wanted to drive fast!  With his knowledge of motors, he had a natural talent to become involved in automobile races.  Eddie’s skill not only contributed to his winning automobile races in the United States, but also in Europe.  That skill stayed with him the rest of his life.

 

While people were driving automobiles on the ground, the dreamers were looking to flying airplanes. 

A Century Ago, when Eddie turned 27 in 1917, he had a dream to not only to fly his own airplane, but also to have a squadron of flyers, who were also automobile racers.   If automobile racing was exciting, just imagine how exciting it would be to race airplanes!  Eddie joined the Army as a Sergeant-Driver for General John J. Pershing’s staff.  It was not long before Eddie requested to transfer to the Air Service.  Eddie was sent to “Tours in France,” for his first flight training in August 1917. 

 

The hat-in-the-Ring Squadron was the first American-trained air unit to go into action against the enemy. 

Edward Rickenbacker was named by Gen. William Mitchell to be Chief Engineering Officer of the fledgling Army Air Corps.  Eddie assumed command of the 94th Hat-in-the-Ring squadron in September, at the peak of the St. Mihiel offensive.  The next day, Eddie shot down two German planes, as he had also challenged his fellow pilots to compete as a team against all of the other squadrons of the American Service.  The Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron served longer in combat than any other air service squadron.  It was credited with shooting down the first and last German airplanes shot down by the American Air Service.  The Squadron shot down 69 planes.  During Eddie’s actual combat flying, Eddie shot down twenty-two German planes and four observation balloons, in his effort to protect the United States Citizens from the Enemy.

 

Eddie Rickenbacker returned to Columbus to a hero’s welcome after World War I.  Eddie went on to become a major businessman with Eastern Air Lines.  During World War II, Eddie was making an inspection tour of World War II bases in the Pacific, and the B-17, in which he was riding, had to make a crash landing in the ocean, 12 hours out from Honolulu.  Within minutes the plane sank and its eight passengers and crewman took to the rubber rafts.  For twenty-two days, Eddie gave orders with rationing rain water and food they caught, before they were rescued.  The survivors owed Eddie their lives!

 

Most of you Senior Citizens read Al Capp’s comic strip, “Dogpatch,” when you were younger.  Capp honored Eddie Rickenbacker by creating a character, known as “Eddie Ricketyback, the owner of Dogpatch Airlines.”  Al Capp wrote and drew the comic strip about “Dogpatch” from 1934 until 1977.   I checked the Internet about Al Capp and “Dogpatch,” and laughed to myself as I saw Al Capp’s long list of “Dogpatch Characters,” and their descriptions. 

 

Eddie Rickenbacker finally retired at his death in 1973.  Eddie Rickenbacker believed in the United States ethic of work and high standards.  Eddie dedicated his work in protecting American Citizens and their Freedom for a life of Democracy.  Yes, Eddie Rickenbacker was truly an American Hero! A Biography of Edward Vernon Rickenbacher is a great inspirational history book to read! 

 

On Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00, visit the World War I Military Exhibit hosted by the Museum of the Soldier from Portland, Indiana, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, Celina.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 10, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Widespread fog affecting many schools.

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

 

 
 
 

Congratulations to Parkway’s Fall Homecoming Court and Queen Bailey Bates
They are left to right:

Sophomore Attendant  Miss Leah Harshman; Queen Candidate Miss Mackenzie Sipe. 2017 Fall Homecoming Queen Miss Bailey Bates; Queen Candidate Miss Paige Cron; Freshman Attendant Miss Claire Langenkamp; nd Junior Attendant Miss Shay Bolton.
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great shots.

 

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Letter to the Editor 10-9-2017

To the Citizens of Northern Mercer County:

I am reaching out to bring to your attention wind turbine activity that is occurring in your area.  Apex Clean Energy, the owner of hundreds of land rights in southern Van Wert County, has recently been attempting to secure land rights from property owners in northern Mercer County – without any notification to the public or local governments.  Apex Clean Energy’s current land rights were acquired by the initial efforts of the wind development company known as BP Wind Energy North America.  The development they have been working on is called Long Prairie Wind – with the goal of putting up as many wind turbines in the area as possible.


Because your livelihood and the well-being of your land is important, I would like you to be aware of this proposed large scale industrial wind turbine project that Apex Clean Energy is attempting to develop and how you, as landowners, can help protect your land.  Under the current structure of siting for large industrial wind turbine developments, local officials have limited/no authority when it comes to helping regulate these large landscape altering projects.  Instead, this authority currently resides with the Ohio Power Siting Board.  The only real and tangible method to preclude a landscape altering development across a multiple township area is for the company (Apex Clean Energy) to be unable to acquire land rights in a geographic foot print to site.

I respectfully request that all landowners who are approached by Apex Clean Energy, or any other wind development company, educate themselves about the significant rights they are granting before signing any contracts.   

 

What You Can Do To Protect Your Land

·         Educate yourself on the effects wind turbines will have on your area and the people living around them before signing any contracts or granting land rights to any wind development company.

·         Talk and network with neighbors about the impact a large industrial wind development will have on your community.

·         Consult with legal counsel that is well versed in this segment of the law before you consider signing the 30+ page contract.

It is likely the wind companies approaching you will promote that the highly subsidized activity of large scale wind development will be a financial benefit to the local economy.  Please note, they are not able to quantify the potential multiple decades-long degradation and negative impacts these large industrial developments present to all the people in an area.

 

Respectfully,

______________________________________

James A. Wiechart, P.E., P.S., Mercer County Engineer

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Suicide in Chickasaw
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a suicide that occurred 10-9-2017 in Chickasaw, Ohio.  Sheriff Grey advised that his office received a call at 10:49 AM from a male, who advised that an acquaintance of his had threatened suicide via social media. The male caller indicated that the victim had taken some sort of pills in his attempt to overdose. 

Deputies responded to an address in Chickasaw, where they found the victim inside the residence.  As deputies entered the residence the male committed suicide by means of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the victim was transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater by the St. Henry EMS; where he was pronounced deceased.  The deceased is 22 year old Stephen J Arling of Chickasaw, Ohio.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to the scene for the investigation. 

This case remains under investigation at this time.

 

 

Parkway Middle School Conferences Scheduled in November

 

Parkway Middle School will be holding parent-student-teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 14th, Thursday, November 16th, and Monday November 20th. Conference times for all evenings will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m.Conference scheduling forms have already been sent home with all students.  You may pick up extra forms in the Middle School office.

As a reminder to parents and students, due to conferences and Thanksgiving break, students will not be in school November 22nd through November 27th.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 28th.

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf at District Tournament

Representing Parkway, Mason Baxter took part in the Division III Boys Golf Tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, where he shot an 89.

 

Brianna Coon Memorial Scholarship Fund Raiser Planned

In the Breeze For Bri Quarter Auction Benefit will be held on 
October 28th at the Rockford Community Building.

Doors open at noon - Auction begins at 1.

$3 per paddle or $5 for two - selling only 300 paddles

All proceeds go to the Leota Braun Foundation to award
two Parkway Seniors a scholarship in memory of
Brianna Coon.  

 

 

 

Rick Jackson Benefit ~ Fight against Cancer

The family of Rick Jackson of Decatur, formally of Ohio City, will be holding a benefit to raise money for medical and living expenses from his fight with Cancer.  The benefit will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 7065 N. Piqua Rd from 4:00 until midnight.

There will be a chili cook-off contest that begins at 4:00 along with a silent auction.  There will be kiddie carnival games with prizes and everyone is encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes. There will also be music provided by a DJ.

Come on out this Saturday and visit with Rick and his family and show your support. For more information contact Ricky Jackson: 260-223-6791

 

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


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

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

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

Sunday, November 5, 2017 will begin with Worship at 10 AM with special guest speaker, Reverend Larry K. May, who pastored the church from 1961-1967 during the time of the construction of the new church.

Interim Pastor Mark Rutledge will be speaking at the 2 PM Celebration Service. A free catered lunch prepared by Rockford Carry-out will be served following morning worship.

Meal RSVP is appreciated but not required at 419-942-1374 or 419-495-2947 or Stpaulsucc@bright.net.

Follow us on Facebook at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – Rockford - St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Rockford

 

 

Ohio City Park Board Planning Annual Halloween Party

The Ohio City Park Board is excited to announce details about their annual Halloween Party. This year the party will be partnered with a benefit that will also take place at the community building. This benefit will be for medical and living expenses for Debby Strickler and her battle with cancer.

The Halloween party will be held on October 28th at the Community Building in Ohio City. This will be the first Halloween party since their new kitchen and restroom additions. The band: “Section-Ate” will begin playing at 8:00 and will play until midnight. The annual costume contest is at 10:00.

Food and beverages will be available. For more information contact Brenda: 419-965-2000.

 

 

 
 

Prayers needed for victims of an automobile accident - Click Here

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
October 6-9, 2017
 

 
 


Parkway Homecoming Court 2017
Scroll down for information and pictures.

 

Agenda for October 10, 2017 Parkway Board of Education Regular Meeting
at 6:30 PM Mendon Library
Annex

 

Mercer County Soils Competition
by Shay Bolton

On September 22nd, the Parkway FFA Soils teams attended the Mercer County Soils event hosted by Fort Recovery. In the Rural division, Ansley Burtch placed first and Sophia Miller placed second out of the entire Mercer County. Next in placements were Rachel Barrett, Shay Bolton, Alyssa Miller, Ryan Hesse, Caleb Kinney, Leah Harshman, Jay Anderson, and David Sheets. In the Urban division, the top five were Reid Etzcorn, Faith Shellabarger, Noah Stephenson, Dylan Hughes, and Laura Barrett. The Parkway FFA soils will then move on to district soils. For further information please contact Shay Bolton at 19bolts@parkwayschools.org

 

 

Hardin Northern Soils Invitational

By Shay Bolton

On September 13th the Parkway FFA Chapter participated in the Urban and Rural soil competitions located at Hardin Northern. The students who participated, had to determine the types of soils and determine what treatment was needed for them if any. The top four placers were Reid Etzcorn, Faith Shellabarger, Noah Stephenson, and Brendan Doner. The top four placers in the Rural category were Jay Anderson, Shay Bolton, Alyssa Miller, and Violet Taylor. For further questions, please contact Shay Bolton at 19bolts@parkwayschools.org

 

Homecoming Plans made at Parkway High School
By Trevelin Conn, Advisor

Panther Fans are asked to please arrive early Friday night, October 6, 2017 to get in the gate, reserve your seat, and proceed through the back gate with your ticket stub to form the fan tunnel for the Homecoming parade which will be coming up the bike path. At 6:40 pm, Mr. Twigg and the Parkway band will lead the cars or carts up the path through the back gate. Fans can visit girls at the South end of the football field while our Band marches on through to begin the traditional homecoming ceremony. Please share so everyone knows about our bike path tunnel! Remember you'll need your ticket stub to re-enter the back gate.

Candidates include: Freshman Claire Langenkamp; Sophomore Leah Harshman; Junior Shay Bolton; and Senior Court: Bailey Bates; Paige Cron: and McKenzie Sipe.

Parkway Homecoming Court 2017 -

Miss Bailey Bates is the daughter of Brenden and Marci Bates.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball teams.  She is the Senior Class President and active in Band, Future Teachers of America, Pep Club, Science Club, and Relay for Life Committee.  Bailey attends Zion Lutheran Church in Willshire, and is a member of D-group through New Horizons.  She enjoys hunting, spending time with friends and family, singing, dancing and star-gazing.  Bailey plans to attend college to major in Education.

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Paige Cron is the daughter of Chris and Kari Cron. She is a member of the Relay for Life Committee, Science Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Honors Society.  She is employed at Schwieterman Pharmacy.  Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, running, watching Grey's Anatomy, and eating ice cream.  Paige plans to attend college to major in Nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Mackenzie Sipe is the daughter of Ryan and Kelly Sipe.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball and Softball teams, Pep Club, Science Club, National Honors Society, Relay for Life Committee, and Future Teachers of America.  Mackenzie is a member of D-group through New Horizons in Rockford.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, singing, laying out by the pool, and going to Taco Bell.  Mackenzie plans to attend college to major in Accounting.

 

 
 
 

Autumnfest Coming to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
The Women's Fellowship of St Paul's United Church of Christ will hold 
their annual "Autumnfest" on Sunday, October 15th.  They will begin 
serving food at 4:30 and the auction will begin at 5:30. Tom Robbins and 
DeDe Strickler will again serve as our auctioneers.  All proceeds from 
the evening will benefit Parkway and Celina Backpack, Hurricane Relief, 
and Bell Tower Repair. Everyone is invited to enjoy the food, fun and 
fellowship.


The church will also be celebrating it 150th anniversary on November 5, 
2017.  SAVE THE DATE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 4-5, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 13 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 

Homecoming Plans made at Parkway High School
By Trevelin Conn, Advisor

Panther Fans are asked to please arrive early Friday night, October 6, 2017 to get in the gate, reserve your seat, and proceed through the back gate with your ticket stub to form the fan tunnel for the Homecoming parade which will be coming up the bike path. At 6:40 pm, Mr. Twigg and the Parkway band will lead the cars or carts up the path through the back gate. Fans can visit girls at the South end of the football field while our Band marches on through to begin the traditional homecoming ceremony. Please share so everyone knows about our bike path tunnel! Remember you'll need your ticket stub to re-enter the back gate.

Candidates include: Freshman Claire Langenkamp; Sophomore Leah Harshman; Junior Shay Bolton; and Senior Court: Bailey Bates; Paige Cron: and McKenzie Sipe.

Parkway Homecoming Court 2017 -

Miss Bailey Bates is the daughter of Brendan and Marci Bates.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball teams.  She is the Senior Class President and active in Band, Future Teachers of America, Pep Club, Science Club, and Relay for Life Committee.  Bailey attends Zion Lutheran Church in Willshire, and is a member of D-group through New Horizons.  She enjoys hunting, spending time with friends and family, singing, dancing and star-gazing.  Bailey plans to attend college to major in Education.

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Paige Cron is the daughter of Chris and Kari Cron. She is a member of the Relay for Life Committee, Science Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Honors Society.  She is employed at Schwieterman Pharmacy.  Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, running, watching Grey's Anatomy, and eating ice cream.  Paige plans to attend college to major in Nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Mackenzie Sipe is the daughter of Ryan and Kelly Sipe.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball and Softball teams, Pep Club, Science Club, National Honors Society, Relay for Life Committee, and Future Teachers of America.  Mackenzie is a member of D-group through New Horizons in Rockford.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, singing, laying out by the pool, and going to Taco Bell.  Mackenzie plans to attend college to major in Accounting.

 

 
 

Financial Peace University Coming to Rockford United Methodist Church
Rockford United Methodist is once again offering the Dave Ramsey’s  Financial Peace University starting on Wednesday, Oct 25 at 6:30 p.m. 

Dave Ramsey’s  Financial Peace University is a nine week class that presents biblical, practical steps on how to get rid of debt, manage your money, and spend and save wisely.   The Rockford United Methodist Church will again offer Financial Peace University for anyone in the Rockford community and surrounding area on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm following the free FIVE02 Community Dinner.   The first class will be Wednesday, Oct.  25, 2017  in the Rockford United Methodist Church Conference Room.   As always the first class is FREE.  Come check it out.

Kara Ransbottom, an experienced Financial Peace University facilitator will lead. 

Rockford United Methodist Church is located at 202 South Franklin Street, Rockford OH.  Please use the West Pearl Street entrance.   

For more information contact the Rockford UM Church office at 419-363-3230 office.mgr.rumc@bright.net.   Participants may register in advance using the link on the Rockford UM Church website www.rumcoh.org or the Rockford UM Church Facebook page.

Previous Financial Peace University participants can enroll WITHOUT repurchasing the Financial Peace University materials.   

If you have any questions for Kara, her contact info is kararansbottom@gmail.com.

There will  be Financial Peace University graphics and other Financial Peace University items directly from the Financial Peace University source on the church's Facebook page as well.

 

 
 

FFA Student Members Loading Truck Bound for Harvey, TX

With help from the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities, the Parkway FFA planned another successful project this time aimed at providing relief to hurricane-stricken families in Harvey, Texas and surrounding communities. The FFA sends out their grateful thanks to the many, many generous donors who supplied needed items like water, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and paper products as well as cash donations. 

Reid Etzcorn and Tristen McKee are the boys who loaded the truck.  The Senior Ag students took charge of collecting the items each day and organized them for shipment.  Celina Moving set this up and The Parkway FFA organized it for the school.

An extra special shout-out goes to Rob Kraner and his team at Celina Moving and Storage setting up the shipping and for the use of the semi truck and driver to deliver the items. Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge.

 
 
 
 

“The Queen of Bingo” Coming to Van Wert – New Location

Off Stage Productions will be performing “The Queen of Bingo” by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy in our NEW LOCATION at The American Legion Post 178, located at 631 W. Main St. in Van Wert.   The six Dinner Theatre performances will be Oct 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 & 26.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for the Friday and Saturday performances and 12:30 pm for the Sunday matinees.  A buffet style meal will be served starting at 7:00 pm with show starting at 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday, while the Sunday matinee performances will have dinner served at 1:00 and show at 2:00 PM. The ticket price is $28 for dinner and a show.  An additional non-dinner “popcorn night” performance will be Oct 15th at 7:00 PM for $12.  

This play is an exploration of the world of sisterhood, weight issues, romance, winning, losing, and Bingo!  The two sisters are very different individuals bound together by genetics, history, and love.  Cast members are Amy McConn, Angi Spry, Jonathan Dennie and Thomas Branch.  Directors are Matt Krol and Whitney Nihiser

Reservations can be made by calling 419-605-6708, 10AM-6PM daily, and must be secured with a credit card.

 

 

Mercer County Prevention Coalition Hosting Several Events

Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide awareness and prevention at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 21st.

1st annual Superhero 5K walk/run at the Fairgrounds on Oct. 28th.

"Hold On To Hope" Prayer Walk w/ Candle Light Vigil, on Saturday, Oct. 14th. 7 pm, Lakeshore Park Gazebo

Everyone is Welcome!

 

 
 

Optimist Club of Van Wert inducts 2018 Officers and Board Members
by Amanda Miller

On Thursday, September 28 - The Optimist Club of Van Wert  inducted the 2018 officers and board members.

Optimist Club of Van Wert inducts 2018 Officers & Board Members. Officers are Diana Cearns, President; Marie Junk Miller, First Vice-President; Sean M. Sauer, Second Vice-President; Thaison Leaser, Past President; Ray Able, Secretary/Treasurer.

Board Members are Michelle GunterMichele Purmort MooneyJennifer Kimmel Smith, Andy Manz, Gloria Waterman & Trevor Webster.

The Optimist Club of Van Wert has been proudly serving the Van Wert County area since the 1980s. We are comprised of men and women dedicated to the community, friendship, fun, service to youth and the promotion of Optimist as a way of life. Our positive approach, upbeat outlook, and commitment to creating a more optimistic future for kids is what differentiates the Optimist Club of Van Wert from other volunteer opportunities.

Our members receive as much as they give:

The fellowship of people who get things done and the example they set for embracing a similar optimist mindset

New social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our community

The opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills

The satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of children and the community

Whether you are searching for an outlet to help your community, personal development, or rewarding camaraderie, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Optimist Club of Van Wert. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.  Find out more about the Optimist Club of Van Wert – www.optimistvw.com or follow on Facebook @OptimistVW.  The club meets on Thursdays at 12noon at the Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert, OH. 

 

 
 

23rd Annual Evening for Race Fans with Steve Kinser & Dave Darland

Steve Kinser & Dave Darland will be the featured guests for 23rd Annual Evening for Race Fans. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at Romer’s Catering in St. Henry, Ohio.

The Bloomington, Indiana native, Steve Kinser, known as the “King of The Outlaws”, racing stats include 20 World of Outlaws titles, 14 Knoxville Nationals & 7 Eldora Kings Royals wins. He amassed over 850 feature victories during his career, finished 14th in the 1997 Indy 500 and earned a victory in the International Race of Champions series at Talladega International Speedway.

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana, recognized as “The Peoples Champ” is no doubt one of the most popular and respected open wheel drivers in the country. His career stats in USAC sanctioned events include 53 Sprint Car wins, a Triple Crown Champion earning championships in the Spring Car, Midget and Silver Crown series. His wins include the HUT 100, Belleville Nationals, Kokomo Smackdown and several wins at the legendary Eldora Speedway.

With these open wheel greats along with Mike King returning as our Emcee, this event will provide a great evening of racing stories that have become synonymous with the Annual Evening for Race Fans event. Each year this event provides intriguing and great racing stories as the guests spend time on the stage with Mike King. Mike has the knack of pulling out insightful and colorful answers from our guests regarding their own careers, other competitors and the sport of auto racing.

All in attendance will also be provided an opportunity for autographs and partake in a fantastic buffet dinner prepared by the staff at Romer’s Catering. This event serves as a fundraiser with over $230,000 raised for the Chamber, State of the Heart Care, and Community Health Professionals Hospice during the past 22 years.

The evening includes:  Autograph session with Steve and Dave§  Buffet dinner§  Driver interviews conducted by Mike King§  Race memorabilia auction§ Tickets must be purchased prior to the event by calling the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at (419) 586-2219. Cost per ticket is $50; Visa & Master Card are accepted. Follow us on Facebook at “Chamber Race Night”.

 

 

Parkway Local Schools Criteria & Application Process for the “Academic Alumni Hall of Fame”

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

Nominations for the hall of fame may be made by anyone. Criteria for nomination are: 1) a graduate of Parkway Local Schools (including Willshire, Rockford, Mendon-Union, and Parkway), 2) graduated at least ten years prior to nomination, 3) give time to enhance their profession, and 4) demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism.

The award is presented at the Parkway High School Spring Awards Program in May to no more than 3 recipients annually. A plaque listing all recipients is displayed inside the High School entrance to be highly visible for students and community members.

Nominees either send a testimonial or speak briefly to the students about how character education helped them achieve success at the Awards Night. The Academic Hall of Fame encourages students to develop good character to lead to success.

To nominate individuals for the Parkway Local Schools Academic Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Parkway High School at 419-363-3045, ext #760 or mail Parkway High School, 400 Buckeye St., Rockford, OH  45882. Please provide the individual’s name, year of graduation, career position, and current contact information; or you may complete the application posted on parkwayschools.org and mail it to the address above.  Nominations must be submitted by the 3rd Friday in November, to be considered. Upon nomination, individuals will receive information on applying for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame. Applications must be completed by January 10 of each year.

A committee of five Parkway staff members score the applications using a rubric to determine each year’s recipients. Applicants are notified in February of the results. Previous nominees are encouraged update their applications by the January 10 deadline. Previous applications are kept on file indefinitely.

 

Sunday - October - 8th - "Soup"er Concert at the Park
11:30 AM to 2 PM

Shanes Park, Rockford, OH

 

11:30 AM Blind Date to Entertain and Food Stand Opens

12:45 PM Chamber President Announcements & Free Will Offering

1 PM Parkway Jr/Sr High School Musical Selections from "High School Musical"

1:30 PM Blind Date Band

 

Bring your Lawn Chairs and Enjoy the Afternoon

 

COUNTY REMINDER

Ohio Law prohibits signs on trees and poles.

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

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

 

 

 
October 3, 2017
 

 
 
New Water Tower Planned in Mendon - Some Funds Secured
A Community Development Block Grant fund has been secured in the amount of $434,000 is what the Mendon Village Council members learned at a recent meeting. They plan to use that money for a new and bigger water tower to serve the needs of Mendon. Access Engineering has been helping them with the paperwork. The council agreed to apply for an Ohio Public Works Grant to complete the funding for the project. That grant could be up to $500,000.
 
 

 
October 2, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in September at Library for 1st Meeting of the Year

The Twenty-First Century Club met for their first meeting of the year on September  26, 2017 at the Rockford Carnegie Library with Rozann Maurer, president and Karla Butler, vice-president serving a delicious meal of lasagna, garden salad, veggies and rolls. Cherry pie and apple pie baked by Bob Maurer topped things off. 

A short meeting was completed with the reading of the minutes and treasurer’s report. The group members paid their yearly dues and discussed the brand new welcome sign north of Rockford with the club’s plaque upon it. Members decided to continue to bring non-perishable food items like canned meat, fruit and peanut butter each month and plastic bags for the food pantry. Karla mentioned the recent move of Helping Hands Thrift Store to the former Salway Cabinetry building. Members were asked to save plastic bottle caps for a project in Mendon, and reminders were issued to attend the October 29, 2017 Leota Braun Foundation banquet where Mr. Dan Keyes ~ the historical muralist who will paint for the upcoming Bicentennial ~ will be speaking. 

All members assembled were waiting to hear what the new theme would be for the year. Karla passed out a matching game as a teaser, with famous historical men’s names and a list of events and accomplishments to link together. After revealing the answers, Rozann passed the new programs and the members learned that each man on the game list, had a famous “lady” behind him. The Club theme for the year is History ~ HER-story, and will involve a learning experience on the history of these famous couples. “Behind every great man , the forgotten woman,” goes the saying. Rozann and Karla went on to tell the story of the famous couple, Albert Einstein and wife, Mileda Einstein. He was German and Jewish. She was Serbian. Apparently much has been written and discussed of her involvement in his famous theories and they spoke of “our theories – our research” as he pursued teaching. She was brilliant, quiet and persevered in her physics studies. He was a rebel as well as brilliant. Their letters to each other proved she collaborated with him. They married in 1896 and by 1914 they divorced. In the divorce agreement, if he won a Nobel prize, she was to receive the money – and she did.  They had two sons together and prior to wedding had an illegitimate daughter together. Albert married his cousin Elsa. Mileda died in 1948.  

The next meeting will be held on October 24, 2017, 7 PM, at the home of Sherry Shaffer with Toni Fisher assisting. Members Sandra Grooms and Cindy Canary will be providing the program on Jane Henson (Jim Henson) and Alma Reville (Alfred Hitchcock). Contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 if you’d like to learn more about this club.

 
 

Fatal Traffic Crash-3rd This week

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred in the early morning hours of September 30th, 2017.   Grey advised that Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 2:02 AM stating that there was a single vehicle crash on Monroe Road, just East of St Rte. 118.   The caller advised that there were four people hurt in the crash.

Preliminary information indicates that 19 year old Anthony L Mowery of Celina, Ohio was driving a 2004 Buick Rendezvous eastbound on Monroe Road.  Mowery lost control of his vehicle, traveled off of the north side of the roadway and rolled his vehicle over.   Mowery was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

Other passengers involved in the crash were 17 year old Nathan C Bowman of Celina Ohio, 17 year old Corbin M Houser of Celina Ohio and 15 year old Quinton R Springer of Celina Ohio.    All three passengers were transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater by members of the Celina and Coldwater EMS. 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office traffic crash reconstruction team was called to the scene for the investigation.   This crash remains under investigation at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS, Coldwater EMS and Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs.

This marks the seventh fatality in Mercer County this year.

 

 
 
 

Parkway October 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 
September 29-30 & October 1, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Lions Club Plans Upcoming Fish Fry to Benefit 8th Grade DC Trip

Rockford Lions are preparing for their 12th Annual Lions Fish Fry to be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at the Rockford Community Building in Shanes Park.  Proceeds from the annual event support the Parkway Schools Eighth Grade Class Trip to Washington D.C. each spring.  Tickets are $7.00 each and are now available from members of the Parkway Eighth Grade Class as well as from members of the Lions Club. 

Photo: At their September 25th meeting, Lion President Dennis Hecht (left) and Lion membership sponsor Randy Habegger (center) welcomed Chad Miller of Rockford (right) as a new member.   The Rockford Lions Club was officially chartered nearly 40 years ago, October 24, 1977.

At their September 11th meeting Lions also remembered and honored the 16th anniversary of the multiple terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 through song and personal reflection on where each Lion member was on that fateful day. 

Conversations and plans are also underway for the Annual Variety Show March 23-24, 2018.   The Rockford Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.   The next meeting is Monday, October 9, 2017.

 

 


Parkway Community Hosting Two Foreign Exchange Students

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Parkway Foreign Exchange Students from Germany.   The Chamber gave them each a Welcome to Rockford bag of local information that will help them become familiar with our area.   

Pictured left to right:  Nancy Leighner - Chamber Member, Lisa Kuhn - Chamber Treasurer, Max Wantikow - Germany, Mary Beougher - Chamber President, and Enrico De La Cruz Gonzalez - Germany.

 

 

 

 

Stateline Writers Club  Plans Meeting

The Stateline Writers Club will meet Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m., at the Celina public library.  Writer Marge Wuebker of Midwest Electric will be the guest speaker.

The suggested composition topic is "discovery."

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

 

Join the Crew Planning the Rockford Bicentennial

The next meeting of the Rockford Bicentennial Committee will be held on
Monday - October 2nd at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum.

All are welcome ! 

 

 

 

BROWN ANNOUNCES $150,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO IMPROVE AIRPORT IN MERCER COUNTY

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $150,000 to Lakefield Airport Authority and the Mercer County Board of Commissioners for upgrades to the Lakefield Airport.  

“The Lakefield Airport supports tourism and commerce in Mercer County,” Brown said. “This funding will improve the safety and efficiency of the airport so it can remain a reliable option for the county.”

This grant to the Lakefield Airport will go toward construction of a hangar building.

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Sectional Ends Season 9/26/17
by Coach Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf team ended their season at Country Acres in Kalida in Sectional play.  The team finished 5th overall, just 10 strokes away from advancing to Districts.  Mecaylah Hesse was the lowest scorer with a 103, Haylee Stukey had a 104, Madison Kroeger added a 106, and Lauren Henderson finished scorers with a 117.  Nonscoring Panther was Autumn Ellis with a 122.  Congratulations on an outstanding season!

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Season Ends on 9-29-2017

By Coach Joe Falk
The Boys Golf team finished in 5th place out of 14 teams at Colonial Golfers Club with a score of 358.

Qualifying for the District Tournament in 3rd place after winning a playoff hole was Mason Baxter with a score of 85. Ashton Hamrick shot an 88, Clayton Agler a 92, Jack Wehe scored a 93 and Seth Stukey shot a 94 to help Parkway break a tie with Lincolnview for 5th place.


Mason Baxter will advance to district action on October 5, 2017

 

Fatal Accident at  US 127 and Howick Road

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred at US 127 and Howick Road. Central Dispatch received several 911 calls at 1:33 PM indicating a collision at that intersection.

Through the investigation it was determined that a 2007 Freightliner driven by Mark Cook, age 57, of Convoy, Ohio was driving southbound on US 127 when a northbound vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac driven by 56 year old Georgette Zinn, of Van Wert went left of center striking the truck. Mrs. Zinn was pronounced deceased at the accident scene.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office traffic crash reconstruction team was called to the scene to investigate the crash.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire Department, Celina Squad, and members of MCERV for traffic control.

This was the fifth traffic fatality in 2017 in Mercer County.

 

Second Fatal Crash Announced

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports a second traffic fatality that occurred on September 27th, 2017.  Grey advised that Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 3:58 PM stating that a male on a bicycle had been struck by a car.

The investigation found that 67 year old Nicholas J Hemmelgarn of Coldwater, Ohio was riding a bicycle southbound on the bike path and crossing St. Anthony Road, when he failed to yield.  Hemmelgarn was struck by a westbound 2001 Ford Taurus being driven by 32 year old Wallace J McGough of Celina, Ohio.  

Hemmelgarn was transported from the scene by members of the Coldwater EMS.  Hemmelgarn was pronounced deceased at Mercer Health in Coldwater.  McGough did not claim any injury.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office traffic crash reconstruction team was called to the scene for the investigation.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Coldwater EMS, Coldwater Fire Department and MCERV (Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers), who assisted with traffic control.

This was the second fatal crash today and marks the sixth overall fatal for Mercer County this year.

 

 

2017 4-H Square Dance Fun – Come and Learn

Do you know what a “allemande left” is? Did you know that “Stir the Bucket” isn’t something you do in the kitchen? Come learn with the Van Wert County 4-H members and families as they explore square dancing on Saturday, October 28th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. You do not need to be an experienced dancer to attend! Lessons will be provided throughout the dance by experienced caller John Wargowsky. The event is to be held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds in our Jr. Fair Building located at 1055 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891. We are planning a family-friendly night of fun, lessons, and snacks! Join us as we learn all the fun dances and kick our heels up to learn a new skill!

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Van Wert County Friends of 4-H (previously known as the Van Wert County Endowment Fund) Which is invested here in the Van Wert County Foundation and allocated to support the Van Wert County 4-H Program.

 

 

 

Rockford Volunteers Needed for the Tree Commission
Help Wanted: Volunteers to help with the Rockford Tree Commission. Meetings 5 - 6 times a year. Would oversee planting and trimming Village right of way trees. May attend the Tree City Banquet each year and help with Arbor Day presentation at Parkway. DO NOT NEED TO BE ROCKFORD RESIDENT TO VOLUNTEER !
 Contact Village Office at 419-363-3032
  

 

 

Genealogical Society to Host Professional Genealogist

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, October 1, at 2:00 at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.  The speaker will be Deborah Carder Mayes, a professional genealogist.  She has presented workshops for the OGS conference and classes at OSU- Lima. Debbie writes a blog, monthly columns in two online genealogy magazines and is editor of the Allen County newsletter.   Her topic Sunday is Talking to the Dead: 89 records pertaining to an ancestor’s death.   The meeting is free and everyone is welcome.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
September 26-28, 2017
 

 
 
Free Community Meals and Fellowship Offered to Public on Wednesdays at Rockford United Methodist Church
Rockford United Methodist Church offers food, fellowship and Bible study every Wednesday evening September 6 through the end of December 2017. A delicious free meal is served at 5:02 PM followed by Bible Study at 6:15. Chancel Choir is an ongoing activity for interested individuals each Wednesday at 7 PM. Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University is TBA. Kids Club runs from after school until 5 PM. Everyone is welcome at Rockford United Methodist Church.
 
 
 

First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert Hires New Choral Director

VAN WERT, Ohio September 20, 2017 –The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert is pleased to announce that Cheryl Gigler has been hired as the new chancel choir director.

Cheryl Gigler, soprano, is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Her advanced vocal studies include work with Lili Chookasian of the Metropolitan Opera, Armen Boyagian, Edwin MacArthur, as well as Vincent La Selva of the Juilliard School. Cheryl has sung professionally with the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy as well as in Charleston, South Carolina and the Heartland Chamber Chorale of Ft. Wayne. She also has been a featured soloist with the Sterling Forest Renaissance Festival, Waldwick Symphony and Rockland Symphony, as well as the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne. Cheryl has performed various roles with regional opera companies in the New York Metropolitan Area, including the New York Grand Opera.

In addition to performing, Cheryl is a certified music educator in Indiana, New York, and New Jersey. Cheryl has directed and developed graded English handbell and choral programs in both public school and church settings. Cheryl also served for many years as an adjunct professor of voice at Nyack College, Nyack, New York.

Cheryl is also a trained Stephen’s Minister and a certified life coach specializing in ADHD.

Cheryl and the church extends an open invitation to all singers, age high school through adult, who enjoy singing to participate in the 2017-2018 Chancel Choir season.

All those involved share a love of bringing glory to God through music and Christian fellowship. The only requirement for participating is a desire to sing and be present for any Wednesday night rehearsal held at 7:15 PM to perform with the choir during the following 10:00 AM Sunday service.

The chancel choir performs regularly throughout the entire calendar year and frequently has guest soloists, instrumentalists and ensembles during our Sunday morning worship services.

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

 

 
 
 

Fundraiser for Catholic Social Services to be held at Versailles K of C

The 4th annual Concert of Caring, a major fundraising event for the Sidney Office of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Versailles.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the annual event guarantee continued success of CSSMV services in the Northern Miami Valley counties of Shelby, Miami, Darke, Auglaize, and Mercer.  These programs include counseling, early childhood intervention, parenting and adoption support, and senior services.   

The dressy-casual evening begins with a dinner buffet catered by K’s Catering in Versailles at 7:00 p.m., followed by desserts, and music and dancing from 8-11 p.m.   There will be over 60 silent auction items of varying values, including UD basketball tickets, a stay at The Inn of Versailles, Bengals’ tickets, OSU items, Country Concert VIP passes, an office chair, exquisite purse and scarf sets, a First Four basketball package, original artwork and wood crafts, wines, a mystery dinner, and more!   There will also be special raffle items including a “basket of cheer,” a lottery tree, and a 24” LED television.

This year’s featured entertainment is Dave and Rae, a popular four-piece group from the Indianapolis area.  Ticket holders are urged to bring their dancing shoes because this high-energy group offers a unique blend of music from all genres guaranteed to have guests singing along, getting up to move, and having fun.

Committee chairmen for the 2017 Concert of Caring event are dedicated volunteers Kathy Nichols, Dianne Sielschott, and Irene Stonebraker.    

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased from a committee member, online at www.cssmv-sidney.org/events, or at the door.  For more information about the event, contact Elaine Schweller-Snyder, Northern Counties Marketing and Development Coordinator, at (937) 498-4593 ext. 1141 or snydere@cssmv.org.

Your support of the 2017 Concert of Caring could counsel a teen facing an unplanned pregnancy, give a person coping with depression a chance to work through problems, help a preschool child develop positive social and emotional skills, or provide companionship and help for an isolated senior or caregiver.  The impact of CSSMV services are far-reaching and may just touch a family member, friend, or neighbor. 

 

 
 

Rockford Community Garage Sales - September 29th and 30th 
Find local sales on the "Rockford Community Days' Facebook page.

 
 
Betsy Crites Earns District/Building ICoach Designation from INFOhio
Now Certified to Provide INFOhio Tools and Resources Training to Other Educators


Celina, OH – Betsy (Bollenbacher) Crites, District Technology Integration Coach for Celina City Schools has earned certification as a District/Building ICoach from INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library. The certification requires more than 15 hours of group training and individual study, which was completed on her own time this past summer of 2017.

ICoaches—short for “integration coaches”—work with teachers to incorporate digital technology and research tools in their classrooms. Mrs. Crites joins 332 other educators around Ohio who have received District/Building ICoach certification.

“District/Building ICoaches are a linchpin in promoting INFOhio’s free resources and services to educators across the state,” said INFOhio’s Executive Director Theresa M. Fredericka. “An ICoach has first-hand experience with the demands classroom educators face along with boundless curiosity about the newest educational technologies. And they love to share their excitement.”

Sheila Baltzell, Celina Schools District Media Specialist agrees. “Betsy is definitely a district leader. Taking personal time to learn more about these digital tools will directly and positively affect the quality of instruction our students receive.”

For more than 20 years, INFOhio has provided online digital resources to Ohio’s PreK-12 schools and is one of the country’s largest library and information networks. In addition to library software group licensing and support, INFOhio provides a collection of online academic research databases to all PreK-12 students and their families as well as classroom information technology and curriculum support to educators. For more information, go to www.infohio.org.
 

 

Citizen Academy Coming Again to Mercer County

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office will be hosting a Citizen Academy in October - November of 2017.  The purpose of the academy is to give residents of Mercer County the opportunity to see an overview of Sheriff’s Office, and how it differs from other law enforcement agencies.

This will be the fourth citizen’s academy for the Sheriff’s Office.  The first Mercer County Citizen’s Academy was hosted in 2013 and culminated in the graduation of eleven students.  We have had (44) students graduate from the academy since it was established.  The classes have consisted of citizens from different backgrounds, age groups, and areas of Mercer County. 

The participants attend classes that are in lecture format, observe demonstrations, take tours of the facilities, and participate in hands on training sessions.  They are also provided with an opportunity to “job shadow” with staff members. The 2017 academy will take place from October 17, 2017 until November 9, 2017, and will usually be held two evenings per week for a four week period.  The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and will last for 2-3 hours per session.

The academy is open to residents of Mercer County, who are at least 21 year old.   A background check is required.  Class size is limited.  Interested persons can stop at the Sheriff’s Office during office hours or go to our website at www.mercercountysheriff.org to obtain an application packet.  Completed applications need to be returned to the Sheriff’s Office by September 27, 2017.  If anyone has any questions they may contact Citizen’s Academy Coordinator, Sergeant Jay Wehrkamp, at (419) 586-7724.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Delphos St. John on Tuesday September 5, 2017

By Coach Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf Team improved to 4-1 in MAC play after defeating Delphos St. John Tuesday 205-255 at the Celina Lynx. Haylee Stukey was the medalist shooting a 44 to lead the Panthers. She was followed by Lauren Henderson's 52, Mecaylah Hesse's 53 and Autumn Ellis' 56. Delphos St. John was led by Cassidy Schafer who shot a 59.

 

Parkway Girls Golf Loses to New Bremen on Friday September 8, 2017.
By Coach Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf team brings their MAC record to 4-2 with a loss to New Bremen 209-195.  Haylee Stukey was Medalist for the Panthers with a 43.  Other scorers for Parkway were Lauren Henderson with a 50, Mecaylah Hesse with with a 53, and Autumn Ellis had a 63.  New Bremen's Amy Balster shot a 44 for the Cardinals.

Parkway Boys Golf team Wins Over New Bremen on Thursday, September 7, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf team won a narrow victory over the New Bremen Cardinals by a score of 185-188 at Arrowhead Golf Club (par 36). Medalist was Parkway's Jack Wehe with a 42. This moves the Panthers to 5-1 in the MAC.

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter- 45

Clayton Agler- 48

Ashton Hamrick- 50

Jack Wehe- 42

Duncan Morton- 52

Jared Gibson- 55

 

New Bremen Scores

Cole Hemmelgarn- 46

Derek Bergman- 49

Tyler Leichliter- 53

Ezra Ferguson- 44

Jared Bergman- 49

Austin Schmitmeyer- 58

 

Parkway Boys Golf on September 11, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk
Parkway drops to 5-2 in the MAC after falling to undefeated St. Henry by a score of 159-182 at the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36). Co-medalists for the match were St. Henry's Kyle Naumann and Reed Koesters with a pair of 38s. 

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter         46

Clayton Agler          44

Ashton Hamrick      48

Jack Wehe              44

Duncan Morton        62

Seth Stukey            54

 

St. Henry Scores

Kyle Naumann     38

Jack Romer        42

Rylee Deitsch     42

Seth King            44

Ryan Grieshop     41

Reed Koesters      38

 

St Henry also won the JV match by a score of 214-226

Parkway JV

Jared Gibson     61

Andy Metz          57

Kaden Boroff      49

Breyden Bruns     59

 

St. Henry JV

Andrew Mescher     48

Caleb Post               52

 Jordan Puthoff        56

Logan Griner            58

 

Parkway Boys Golf on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk

At Celina Lynx Golf Club par 36.

Parkway 176        Mason Baxter- 41, Clayton Agler-41, Ashton Hamrick-43, Jack Wehe-51

Crestview 196     Colton Lautzenheiser- 45, Caden Hurless, 46, Jacob Bowman- 51, Brett Schumm- 54

Celina 206           Lance Mawer- 48, Tyler Johnson- 51, Parker Maurer- 53, Nate Langenkamp- 54

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Loses to Versailles on September 21, 2017
by Coach Joe Falk
Parkway
172- Versailles 167

@ Stillwater Valley Golf Club (par 35)

Medalist- Clayton Agler (P) 38

 

Parkway Scores

Clayton Agler 38

Ashton Hamrick 40

Mason Baxter 44

Duncan Morton 50

 

Versailles Scores

Austin Pleiman 40

Will Eversole 41

Connor Van Skysock 43

Alex Keiser 43

Both teams 6-3 in the MAC

 


Custom Socks Sale to Benefit Boys Golf Team
The Boys Golf team is selling custom Parkway crew socks that come in black or white with the Parkway Panther head on the sides and “PANTHERS” down the back of each sock. Sizes range from youth to adult extra-large and are $12 a pair. Order forms are available in the HS Office or Online @

http://www.parkwayschools.org/athletics 

Orders with Payment Due by October 27

Please Make Checks Payable to Parkway Boys Golf

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf are Runners-Up on September 21, 2017
by Coach Teri Samples


The Parkway Girls Golf Team finished runner-up at the 5-team Wayne Trace Invite at Pleasant Valley Golf Club on Thursday. 

Autumn Ellis led the way with a 51 followed by Mecaylah Hesse's 52, Haylee Stukey's 54 and Madison Kroeger's 56. 

Ellis and Hesse earned medals for placing in the top 10 scorers.

 

 

 

Parkway finished 6th in the tournament, 5th in the conference overall. Mason Baxter earned First Team All MAC, and Jack Wehe and Clayton Agler Second Team All MAC.

By coach Joe Falk

 

2017 MAC Boys Championship

St. Henry

Delphos SJ

Parkway

Player

Score

Player

Score

Player

Score

Kyle Naumann

74

Adam Gerker

87

Mason Baxter

87

Jack Romer

77

Grant Csukker

85

Clayton Agler

93

Rylee Deitsch

79

Carson Muhlenkamp

93

Ashton Hamrick

101

Seth King

92

Robert Buescher

99

Jack Wehe

86

Ryan Grieshop

87

Matt Dickrede

91

Duncan Morton

107

Reed Koesters

87

Jared Lucas

92

Seth Stukey

107

317

355

367

 

Coldwater

 

Minster

 

Versailles

Player

Score

Player

Score

Player

Score

Adam Knapke

90

Connor VanSkyock

83

Andrew Fisher

83

Grant Voisard

85

PJ Platfoot

92

Trey Wolters

86

Logan Lazier

90

Austin Pleiman

89

Alex Wourms

106

Grant Koenig

86

Will Eversole

92

Caden Seitz

102

Joseph Magoto

90

Alex Keiser

100

Nathan Kaiser

95

Ethan Lehmkuhl

92

Ethan Kremer

105

Michael Schoenherr

97

351

356

361

 

New Bremen

 

New Knoxville

 

Ft. Recovery

Player

Score

Player

Score

Player

Score

Cole Hemmelgarn

100

Ray Newton

91

Harrison Kaup

85

Derek Bergman

103

Jack Bartholomew

106

Grant Knapke

99

Tyler Leichliter

107

Nathan Tinnerman

115

Blayne Tobe

114

Jared Bergman

98

Ben Lammers

96

Dylan Ranly

101

Devon Thieman

109

Sam Anspach

93

Carson Rammel

117

Xander Stevens

146

Trent Lehman

120

Derek Lochtefeld

108

408

386

393

 

Marion Local

Player

Score

Seth Kelch

104

Tim Knapschaefer

102

Dylan Homan

103

Collin Everman

100

Garrett Pleiman

113

Logan Fleck

105

409

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, September 7, 2017, Swimming at Edgewater Park, Celina, 1907
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society


Photo caption:  At Edgewater Park in Celina, the Diving Board at this Diving Platform had quite a spring to it, if you see the diver on the right hand side of the post card photograph, in 1907.

 

On this post card photograph, summer was over.  Labor Day weekend was over.  It was time to catch the last of the warm weather and the fun at Edgewater Park, before the cold weather came to stay.

 

Summer recreation has been a part of our lives in Mercer County, for as long as we can remember.  Years ago, Lima and Dayton citizens, and others, would return to their summer homes around the lake, and would spend a lazy summer enjoying the pleasant world of living on the lake. 

 

Nearly a century ago, in the wintertime, the men who owned the ice houses, would cut ice blocks from the frozen lake, and load the ice blocks on their wagons to go to the ice houses to be covered with sawdust.  That following summer, the ice man would deliver blocks of ice, to the homes to use in their ice boxes. 

 

When we were young, I remember we went on picnics and went swimming at Grand Lake.  My Grandfather went fishing at Windy Point, and we looked forward to eating fresh fish that evening.  Over the years, so many restaurants were available where we could eat at picnic tables on the banks of the lake.  During Lake Festival, decorated boats joined the parade across the lake.  Fishing contests were popular, as to who would catch the biggest fish.

 

Many of those “older summer homes,” are gone now.  The value of land around the lake has skyrocketed.  Businesses have invested around the lake.  Citizens have constructed beautiful homes around the lake.

 

What has happened to the history of this lake?  Has the value of the land around the lake peaked, and leveled off?  I saw the headlines in “The Daily Standard” on Thursday, August 24.  Are the land owners around Grand Lake, selling their properties and leaving the lake?  Auglaize and Mercer Countians are directly affected by what happens at Grand Lake.  The tourists spend their tourist dollars in Mercer and Auglaize Counties, which improves the local economy.

 

We know very well that the State of Ohio owns Grand Lake.  In addition to the State of Ohio caring for the lake, local organizations, e.g. The Lake Development Corporation, the Lake Improvement Association, and other organizations, are excellent volunteer organizations who work to serve the needs of Grand Lake and the area around this lake.  It is sad that summer is over, but we know summer will return next spring.  It is sad that the Lake’s ecosystem is not improving as fast as we would like it to do.  

 

Every summer, tourists  who are visiting Grand Lake, call me at my home phone, asking for information about the historic sites in Mercer County, or asking me to open the County Historical Museum for them to visit.  Since I retired as Museum Director on February 29, 2004, Historical Society Members join me to open the County Historical Museum, for special events, and by appointment.  I keep a list of events and Open Houses, posted at the front door of the Mercer County Historical Museum.  It is sad that the Mercer County Commissioners no longer employ a Director for the Mercer County Historical Museum.

 

I am not sad that I spent most of my adult life, working to preserve Mercer County’s history because I truly believe that most Mercer Countians value the Mercer County Historical Society and Mercer County Historical Museum to preserve the history of our County, including the history of Grand Lake.

 

I trust that future Mercer Countians will see that the County Historical Museum will once again see the need for an academically trained Museum Director to open the Mercer County Historical Museum on a regular schedule, to serve schools, local citizens and tourists who visit Grand Lake, not only during the summer season, but throughout all four seasons. 

 

 
 

 
September 25, 2017
 

 

Rockford Council Members Meet on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
 

Rockford Village Council Members met on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and voted to sell a village owned lot at 507 W. Pearl Street to Maharg Properties. Other items were discussed and voted-upon.


 Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 
 
 
 
 

 
September 23-24, 2017
 

 
 

RADC Members to Meet
The next RADC next meeting is Monday, September 25th at 7pm in the Rockford Library basement. 

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 22, 2017
 

 
 

Upcoming Events for Rockford

September 29th -  1st Annual Benefit Dinner for Lots for Soldiers
Held at Howard Johnson - Lima 1920 Roschman Ave, Lima OH  45804
4 pm - Doors open w/cocktail hour
5 pm -  7 pm Dinner and Recognition
4 pm - 7 pm - Silent Auction

Cash bar and DJ all night - pre sale tickets $15 - At door $30
For more information contact - 419-586-5058


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September 30th - 8th Annual Rockford Belle Sock Hop & Cruise in
with Classic Cars -  Shine and Show

Cruise in starts at 2 pm
Live music with Blind Date starts at 4 pm

Bring your own lawn chairs!

Rockford Belle - 135 Market St. - Rockford, OH  

 

 
 
 

Meet and Greet Planned
Meet Susan Manchester.  She is a young lady
from the Waynesfield area that is running in next year's Ohio
Primary election for State representative for the area that includes 
Mercer County.

She will be at the Rockford Carry Out on Tuesday -
September 26th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Please stop by for a meet and greet and share 
any questions or concerns ! 

 

 
 

Grand Lake Marathon is Saturday morning (9/23) and will take place throughout the Celina area. Over 700 runners will be participating.  

 
 

 
September 20-21, 2017
 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Music Boosters Sub Sales Now Until Wednesday, September 27th
The Parkway Music Booster group is currently hosting the annual sub sandwich sales.  The subs have been sold for many years and continue to be a favorite of many.  This year three different subs will be made: “The Original” (bologna, pork loaf, beef stick, American and Swiss cheeses), ham (ham, American and Swiss cheeses), and turkey breast (turkey, American and Swiss cheeses).  Prices are as follows: 1 for $4, 3 for $10, 6 for $18, and 12 for $32.  Students in grades 6-12 who are involved with the band or choir programs at Parkway are selling the subs.  Selling dates are from Friday, September 15th – Wednesday, September 27th.   The subs will be made at the school on Saturday, October 21st and will be ready for the students to deliver at that time.  All profits from the sub sales will go directly to the Parkway Music Boosters and will be used to support the bands and choirs.  The sales are a great way to get a delicious sandwich while providing support to our students.  If you would like to purchase subs or have further questions, please call Kendra Miller at 419.495.2655.

 

 
 
Van Wert 4-H County Awards
County Food and Nutrition Awards


Best 1st Year Foods, Bella Wise—Barnyard Buddies, Cookbook donated by Clever Clovers
Runner UP Best 1st year Foods, Lily Wyatt—Leaders of the Future, Trophy donated by Phil and Chris Campbell
 

Best County Foods Junior (9-11), Preston Kreischer– Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by Delphos Young Farm Wives
Runner UP Best Junior Foods, Ella Wilson—Venedocia Lads and Lassies Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club
 

Best County Foods Intermediate (12-15), Abigail Bonifas—Venedocia Lads and Lassies, Trophy donated by P & R Medical Connection
Runner UP Best County Foods Intermediate, Carson Kreischer—Ohio Challengers Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club
 

Best County Senior Foods, Hannah Kraner—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers Trophy donated by Warren & Marilyn Reed
Runner UP Best County Senior Foods Senior, Michaela Hoffman—Farmtastic, Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club
 

Best County Leadership Award, Katelyn Wendel—Hoaglin Farmers, Trophy donated In Memory of Roger Short—Tim Short
Runner UP Best County Leadership Award, Isaiah Pugh—4-H Exchange Club, Trophy donated by Jr. Leaders in Memory of Ethan Enyart


Best County Family & Consumer Science Project, Junior: Elyssa Renner—Hoaglin Farmers, Trophy donated by Homemakers Community Education, Senior:Abigail Bonifas Venedocia Lads and Lassies, Cash donated by Homemakers Community Education
Runner UP Best County Family and Consumer Science Project
Junior: David May—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers Trophy donated by York Commanders 4-H Club, Senior: Carson Kreischer—Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by York Commanders –4-H Club
 

Best County Garden & Plant Science, Morgan Anspach—Leaders of the Future, Trophy donated In Memory of Roger Short
Best County Photography Project, Junior: Olivia Lauf– Leaders of the Future, Trophy donated by Seth, Anna & Grayson Baker, Senior: Wyatt Richardson—Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by Bittner Family
Best Master Photography Project, Abbey Bradford– Bunny Hoppers, Trophy donated by the Bittner Family
 Best County Self Determined, Junior: Luke Heffelfinger—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy donated by Venedocia Lads & Lassies, Senior: Madelyn Lamb—Ohio Challengers, Trophy donated by the Doug and Marcia Germann Family
Best County Cake Decorating, Junior: Rory Youngpeter—Venedocia Lads & Lassies, Trophy—Hempfling Dairy Farm, Senior: Elizabeth Mitchener—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—Nancy Johnson
Best County Scrapbooking, Junior: Haley Sheets—Ohio Challengers, Scrapbook Kit— Heather Gottke, Senior: Kailey Denmen—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers, Scrapbook Kit—Heather Gottke

Best County Small Animal Vet Science, Junior: Grace Spieles—Clever Clovers, Trophy—Greif Brothers, Senior: Alexis Parrish –Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—F & S Floor Covering

Best County Environment and Natural Resource , Junior: Ean Scarlett—Harrison Jolly Boosters, Trophy– John Auld Family
Runner Up Best County Environment and Natural Resource: Junior: Preston Kreischer—Ohio Challengers, Trophy -Ryan Mohr Seed Becks Hybids

Best County Creative & Leisure Arts Award
Junior: Catanna Saum—Ohio Challengers, Trophy—Delphos Young Farm Wives
Senior: Carson Kreischer –Ohio Challengers, Cash—Homemakers Community Education
Best County STEM Award: Junior: Kimberly Sites—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—Linda Baker, Senior: - Kennedy Sites—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy—Wee Care Learning Center
Runner UP Best County STEM: Junior: Dalton Keysor—Hoaglin Farmers,Trophy– Harrison Jolly Boosters 4-H Club, Senior: Cody Gamble—Shooting Stars, Trophy—Ryan Mohr Seeds Becks Hybrids
Best County Shooting Sports, Junior: Kaleb Denman—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers, Trophy—Keister & Baker LLC, Senior: Isaiah Pugh—Venedocia Lads and Lassies, Trophy—Keister & Baker LLC
Best County Woodworking Project
Junior: Luke Heffelfinger—Barnyard Buddies, Trophy- Colin and Halie Harting, Senior: Annie Mendenhall— Hoaglin Farmers, Trophy- Colin and Halie Harting
Runner UP Best County Woodworking Project: Junior: Kaiven Welch—Bunny Hoppers, Trophy-York Commanders 4-H Club, Senior: Andrew Newell—Jackson Lively, Trophy—York Commanders 4-H Club
 
BLACK INC. DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Mary Shackley Clothing Development
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Senior (16-18) 1. Michaela Hoffman—Pathfinders of Delphos Beginner (9-11) 1. Lauren Anspach—Leaders of the Future
(Tie) Melissa Joseph—Ohio Challengers
Black Inc. Livestock Awards
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Sheep 1. Austin Sorgen, 2. Emily Greulach, 3. Addie Sorgen Tie—Evan Scarlett
Goats 1. Cody Gamble, 2. Lillian Hempfling, 3. Alexa Gearhart
Poultry 1. Morgan Anspach, 2. Lillian Hempfling, tie 2. Cody Gamble, 3. Katie Gamble
Tie 3. Ethan Greulach, 3. Evan Scarlett
Dairy Feeder 1. Luke Heffelfinger, 2. Betty Vorst
Swine
1. Austin Sorgan
2. Maddy Lamb
2. Betty Vorst
2. Luke Heffelfinger
3. Alana Williams
3. Addie Sorgen
3. Jase Delgado
3. Justin Bowman
Beef
1. Betty Vorst
2. Addie Sorgan
Rabbits
1.Caton Williamson
2. Maddy Lamb
2. Alicia Rist
2. Abbey Bradford
3. Lauren Henderson
3. Cody Gamble
3. Katie Gamble
3. Kyra Welch
3. Carson Kreischer
3. Preston Kreischer
3. Gracie Mull
3. Sam Price
Dairy
1. Lily Hempfling
Horses
1. Alicia Rist
Black Inc. Miscellaneous
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Natural Resources/Environment
1. Cody Gamble
2. Morgan Anspach
Creative/Leisure Arts
1. Carson Kreischer
2. Alana Williams
3. Jennifer Haggis
Small Animal/Vet. Science
1. Jordan Rawlins
2. Samantha Klinger
Family Life
1. Madelyn Lamb
2. Carson Kreischer
3. Abigail Bonifas
Science, Tech, Engineering & Math
1. Luke Heffelfinger
2. Evan Scarlett

Doris Limbach Purmort Foods/Nutrition
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Senior (16-18)
1. Michael Joseph
2. Michaela Hoffman
Intermediate (12-15)
1. Carson Kreischer
2. Kayla Krites
3. Katie Gamble
3. Abigail Bonifas
Junior (9-11)
1. Preston Kreischer
2. Morgan Anspach
2. Kyra Welch
3. Melissa Joseph

 4-H Table Setting Contest
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation
Senior (15-18)
1. Lauren Henderson
2. Hannah Kraner
Intermediate (12-14)
1. Gracie Mull
2. Samuel Price
3. Cody Gamble
3. Katie Gamble
Junior ( 8-11)
1. Morgan Anspach
2.Kyra Welch
2. Lauren Anspach
3. Lily Burch
 
Black Inc.- Special 4-H Achiever Awards
Sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation

Barnyard Buddies: Bella Wise, Brett Schumm
Farmtastic: Baylee Miller
Bunny Hoppers: Drew Deitmeyer, Josie Montano
Canines and Critters: Landen Krammer
Clever Clovers: Gracie Spieles
Harrison Jolly Boosters: Savannah Nofer, Jacob Dickman
Hoaglin Farmers: Taylor Post
Jackson Lively: Andrew Newell
Jr. Leaders: Makenzie Kraft
York Commanders: Grace Brickner, Maddie Gerdeman
 
Leaders of the Future: Kyle Hamilton, Noah Wyatt
Ohio Challengers: Ashley Dealey, Danil Lichtensteiger, Melissa Joseph
Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers: Kole Swander
Phoenix Foundation: Joshua VanWey
Shooting Stars: Whitley Fast
Udder Dairy: Grant Mefferd
Van Wert Exchange Club: Kassidy Klinger
Venedocia Lads and Lassies: Chloe Kroeger, Ava Milligan
Willshire Wide Awake: Katie Hauter
Chicken BBQ Sales Winners
Top Seller: Austin Arnold, 45 tickets
2nd Tie: - Kyra Welch and Luke Heffelfinger, 37 tickets each

Outstanding Livestocker Award
Sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation
1st Place Abby Bradford
2nd Place Sam Price
3rd Place Cody Gamble
 
4-H Officer Books
Awards provided to the Top 3 Officer Books
Sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation

President:
Ashley Dealey—Ohio Challengers
Betty Vorst—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Brett Schumm—Barnyard Buddies
Jordan Rawlins—Canines and Critters
 
Vice President:
Curtis Swick—Canines and Critters
Hannah Kraner—Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Kassidy Klinger—4-H Exchange Club
 
News Reporter:
Maddy Lamb—Ohio Challengers
 
Historian:
Melissa Joseph—Ohio Challengers
Ella Wilson– Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Courtney Mefferd—Udder Dairy
 
Health & Safety:
Allison Bowsher—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Whitley Fast—Shooting Stars
Grace Brickner—York Commanders
 
Recreation:
Mackenzie Deitering—Jackson Lively
 
Community Service:
Makenzie Kraft—Jr. Leaders
 
Treasurer:
Samantha Klinger—Canines & Critters
Chloe Kroeger—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Cassidy Deitering –Jackson Lively
Michael Joseph—Ohio Challengers
 
Secretary
Abigail Bonifas—Venedocia Lads and Lassies
McKenna Johnson—Barnyard Buddies
Leigh Benedele –Jr. Leaders
Austin Sheets—Barnyard Buddies
Community Service Award
1. Clever Clovers
2. Barnyard Buddies
3. Canines and Critters
Honorable Mention Community Service Award
Ohio Challengers
Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Jr. Leaders
Jackson Lively
Honor Clubs
Udder Dairy
Jackson Lively
Farmtastic
Venedocia Lads & Lassies
Champion Club
Shooting Stars
York Commanders
Jr. Leaders
Ohio Challengers
Clever Clovers
Barnyard Buddies
Bunny Hoppers
Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Fourth “H” for Health
Barnyard Buddies
Ohio Challengers
 Community Service - Recognizes adults and youth 4-H volunteers whom have collaborated or cooperated with community or 4-H groups, or undertaken them with their own 4-H club or unit, community service projects or activities.
Individual— Mandi Scarlett
Group— Marie Markward—Van Wert Middle School After School Program
 
Friend of 4-H - An individual, family, business or corporation that supports the Ohio 4-H Program, in a charitable manner at the county, state, or national level.
Sue Hempfling
 
Hall of Fame -  Recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions of service to the 4-H program and who have also made an important positive impact upon clubs, communities, and the state 4-H program.
Rita Adam

 

 
 

Van Wert County Junior Fair Turkey Competition Results           

            Winners           Turkey

            Senior Turkey Showman Trophy           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Delphos Pathfinders

            Intermediate Turkey Showman  Trophy           Won by:           Hannah Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Shooting Stars 4-H Club

            Junior Turkey Showman Trophy           Won by:          Avery Figley

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Pathfinders

            Champion Turkey Showman      Chair   Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Store & Haul Trucking

            Grand Champion Turkey Pen of Two  Trophy           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Grand Champion Turkey Pen Of Two  Banner           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Turkey Pen of Two          Trophy           Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Turkey Pen Of Two          Banner           Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Grand Champion Tom Turkey   Trophy           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Grand Champion Tom Turkey   Banner           Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Tom Turkey           Trophy           Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Reserve Champion Tom Turkey           Banner           Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Cooper Farms - Cooked Meats

            Tom Trukey Flight 1 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:           Rayana Thatcher

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Tom Turkey Flight 1 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Lindsey Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Van Wert SWCD

            Tom Turkey Flight 2 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Tom Turkey Flight 2 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Hannah Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Gibson's Barnyard BBQ

            Tom Turkey Flight 3 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:           Samantha Klinger

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Tom Turkey Flight 3 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Colt Marbaugh

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Tom Turkey Flight 4 1st Place    Medallion       Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Tom Turkey Flight 4 2nd Place  Medallion       Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Hen Turkey Flight 1 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Rayana Thatcher

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Hen Turkey Flight 1 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:           Adalynn Longstreth

            Sponsored by:            Van Wert SWCD

            Hen Turkey Flight 2 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Hannah Barnes

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Hen Turkey Flight 2 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:          Adelyn Figley

            Sponsored by:          Gibson's Barnyard BBQ

            Hen Turkey Flight 3 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Colton Lautzenheiser

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Hen Turkey Flight 3 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:           Ean Scarlett

            Sponsored by:            Staley Poultry Production LLC

            Hen Turkey Flight 4 1st Place     Medallion       Won by:           Lillian Hempfling

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

            Hen Turkey Flight 4 2nd Place   Medallion       Won by:           Evan Scarlett

            Sponsored by:            Harrison Jolly Boosters

 

 

Boys golf at Jordan Moeller
by Coach Joe Falk

The Boys Golf team finished 9th out of 19 teams at the Jordan Moeller Invitational at the Mercer County Elks Golf Club on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Mason Baxter led the Panthers with a 90. Clayton Agler and Jack Wehe both shot 95 and Ashton Hamrick shot a 100.

 

 

Panther Boys Golf Loses to Ft. Loramie

By Coach Joe Falk

In team match play action on Monday September 18, 2017 the Panthers fell to Ft. Loramie by a score of 4 ½ to 1 ½.

Zach Pleiman (FL) defeated Mason Baxter (P) 3&2.

Mitchell Puthoff (FL) defeated Ashton Hamrick (P) 2&1.

Clayton Agler (P) tied Shea Swick (FL).

Eli Rosengarten (FL) defeated Jack Wehe (P) 2up.

Clay Eilerman (FL) defeated Duncan Morton (P) 3&2.

Seth Stukey (P) defeated Jared Middendorf (FL) 3&2.

Parkway is 10-5-1.

 

 

10th Annual Celebrate 4-H Camp Palmer Day-Free event! Camp Open House

Sunday, October 1 - 11 am-4 pm

 

The general public is invited to a day of celebration and fun geared to the whole family family and for all ages. The event will take place at 4-H Camp Palmer in Fulton County-26450 County Rd. MN, Fayette Ohio 43521. 4-H Camp Palmer owned and operated by 11 counties in northwest Ohio and also is an outreach of Ohio State University Extension. 

           

Please join us for a fun day!  Activities may include:  carnival games with pumpkin painting, wagon rides, camp store, zip line, rifle, nature center,

climbing tower, archery, gaga ball, canoeing, and flying squirrel ….

           

Free will offering picnic lunch will be provided on a first come, first serve   basis served from 12 noon-2:30 p.m. Also there will be craft and specialty

 vendors in Woodland lodge.  (more information on www.camppalmer.org)

 

                                                  

October 8- 1:00 pm-5:00 pm-4-H Camp Palmer Shoot-open to public youth ages 9-18 years old. 4-H Camp Palmer is very appreciative for a generous

ODNR Grant, Division of Wildlife for Scholastic Steel targets, rifles, pistols

and additional equipment to improve our programs! Registrations are taking place for Shotgun or Scholastic Steel division for this event on first come, first serve basis-contact Chuck Wurth-419-237-2247 or wurth.6@osu.edu

 

Recently, Sauder Stewardship Foundation made a $6000 grant to rebuild the boys showers at the Sauder Recreation Hall. 4-H Camp Palmer board and staff are very thankful for this donation and others that have also reduced our pool loan to $43,000.  Donations can still be made to camp by calling 419-237-2247 or emailing 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
September 18-19, 2017
 

 
 
Sunday - October - 8th - "Soup"er Concert at the Park
11:30 AM to 2 PM

Shanes Park, Rockford, OH

 

11:30 AM Blind Date to Entertain and Food Stand Opens

12:45 PM Chamber President Announcements & Free Will Offering

1 PM Parkway Jr/Sr High School Musical Selections from "High School Musical"

1:30 PM Blind Date Band

 

Bring your Lawn Chairs and Enjoy the Afternoon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Class of 1967 to Celebrate 50 Reunion
Special recognition kicks off the Parkway Class of '67 "Golden" 50th class reunion September 29 at the Friday night Parkway vs Coldwater home football game. Stop by the special Class of '67 hospitality tent.

Saturday September 30 activities begin at 1:00 p.m. with a look back in time at the Rockford Museum located downtown. Evening events will be held in the Rockford Community Building, Shanes Park. Registration begins at 5:00 with Social Hour from 5:00 to 6:00, giving everyone time to greet classmates and look over the pictures and memorabilia around the room. Dinner is at 6:00, followed at 7:00 by recognition of the special teachers who are joining us and taking of the class picture.  At 7:30 a special Veterans Memorial Tribute will be conducted to honor and remember our classmates who have given to the protection of our country and freedom.

If you were ever a part of the class please come and be included in the group picture. If you can't attend all of the events, please attend what you can. Contact Greg Schumm for any additional information 419-733-7596.

 

 
September 16-17, 2017
 

 
 
 

Parkway wins Golf Match September 14 against Minster
by Coach Joe Falk

Parkway 171 Minster 174 at Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36)
Medalist was Clayton Agler (P) 39

MAC Scores: Parkway 6-2 MAC Minster 5-3 MAC

Parkway Scores: Clayton Agler 39; Mason Baxter 40; Ashton Hamrick 45; Jack Wehe 47

Minster Scores: Logan Lazier 42; Joseph Magoto 42; Grant Voisard 44; Adam Knapke 46

JV Match: Minster 201; Parkway 239

 

 

Parkway Girls Winn Against Minster on September 14, 2017
by Coach Teri Samples
The Parkway Girls Golf team was narrowly defeated by Minster in MAC action 211-216.  Taylor Homan was Medalist for Minster.  Other scorers were:  Hannah Koenig with a 47, Paige Phillips with a 56, and Kaycee Wissman had a 64.

For the Panthers, Mecaylah Hesse was the lowest scorer with a 52, followed by a 53 by Autumn Ellis, Lauren Henderson had a 55, and Haylee Stukey finished with a 56.

 

 
 

OVI Checkpoint Held on State Route 118 in Van Wert 

Van Wert - The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Van Wert Police Department, conducted an OVI checkpoint on State Route 118, south of Fox Road in Van Wert.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, was designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.  The checkpoint included nearby saturation patrols that aggressively targeted alcohol and drug related violations.

A total of 330 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and no drivers were found to be impaired.

During nearby saturation patrols State Troopers and Police Officers made a total of 86 traffic stops. Four drivers were arrested for OVI. Additionally, two drivers were cited for driving under suspension, three misdemeanor drug charges and four misdemeanor summons were issued

 

 

 
September 15, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Friday, September 15, 2017

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

 

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Review Cyberknife Treatment

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting there will be a presentation on the relatively new treatment for prostate cancer called Cyberknife.  The presentation will explain the treatment and discuss the pros and cons. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 19th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 
 
 

Rockford Bicentennial Committee Seeking Auction Donations

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

 
September 13-14, 2017
 

 
 

Baltzell Attends Stem Leadership Conference in Massachusetts

Joseph Baltzell, a junior at Celina High School, attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders held at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell Massachusetts June 29, 30 and July 1, 2017.

Baltzell was invited to attend along with 1500 other teens from around the country.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Baltzell was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Celina High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Joe Baltzell joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading scientific research; was given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities; was inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learned about and actually saw demonstrations of cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

Among the leaders he heard were Nobel Prize winners: David Wineland, Ph.D. and Sheldon Glasgow, Ph.D.; and John C. Mather, PhD. He also met the  Master of Ceremonies and  founder of the Congress, Richard Rossi. (See Photo).

Joe Baltzell was sponsored by several organizations in Celina, family members, and friends in order to travel to and attend the Congress. An Honor Student at Celina High School, he is active in National Honor Society and the TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science). He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a brown belt in Karate.

Joe Baltzell is the son of Chris and Leslie Baltzell of Celina.

 
 
 
 

Chili Cook-off
Parkway
Wrestling will be hosting a chili cook off on October 14th in the High School cafeteria. Those that are interested in joining may fill out and return the entry form from the Parkway website www.parkwayschools.org

There will be chili bowls for sale for $10 at the next home football game. The bowls have the custom Parkway log on them. These bowls will be free entry into the cookoff, cost of entry without the bowl is $7. We look forward to seeing everyone there to help us crown the Champion Chili Recipe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 12, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway High School/Middle School Yearbooks have Arrived

The 2016-2017 Parkway High School/Middle School Yearbooks have arrived. Graduated seniors who purchased books may pick them up in the high school office. A limited supply of extra yearbooks are available for sale on a first come, first serve basis for $60. There is also a limited supply of extra books from previous years available for only $25 each. If you are not sure if you purchased a book, or are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please contact Curtis Hamrick at hamricc@parkwayschools.org or by calling the high school office at 419-363-3045.

 
 

Preschool to Start at Rockford Library

P.L.A.Y. group, Rockford Carnegie Library's preschool program, will be starting next Tuesday, September 19th at 10:30.  This program is held every Tuesday morning for an hour.  The children play, make a craft and listen to stories.  All preschoolers are welcome and the program is free.

Please call (419-363-2630) or stop by the library to register so we can be better prepared. 

 

 

The Parkway Chapter - National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 2:30 in the High School Auditorium. This event in open to the public.

 
 
Upcoming Events in Rockford
by Lisa Kuhn

Saturday - September 30th - the 8th Annual Sock Hop at the Belle
  

Sunday - October - 8th - "Soup"er Concert at the Park
  

Saturday - October 21st - The Bulldogs in Rockford
  

Monday - October 23rd - 44th Annual Rockford Chamber Banquet.  
 
 

 
September 9-11, 2017
 

 

 

Observe Patriot Day

On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.

 

 

Lake Area Arts Group to Meet at 6 PM

September 11, 2017 at the Mercer County District Library.

1.    Showing a creation of art and welcomes including three creations
       by
Todd Buschur who will be in attendance.

2.    Reactions to the LAAG Fair Booth
3.    September 27 Spectrum with Peggy Green
4.    Brochures and school year program with Carol Hone
5.    Pep talk with Mayor Jeff Hazel of Celina and the arts
6.    Showing of a YouTube involving Ray Feltz
7.    Informal sharing time

 
 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on September 12, 2017 - Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 

 
September 8, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway FFA will be collecting water and cleaning supplies
for hurricane victims at the Football Game Friday (9-8-2017).
Drop off at South Ticket Gate.
 

 
 
 
Shanes Crossing Speaker on September 18 is Jordan Thompson
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on
September 18th at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum located
at 151 E Columbia St.  Our guest speaker will be Jordan Thompson sharing
experiences in the NFL.   All are welcome to attend.
 
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Lunch Club Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters need volunteers to be a Big for its Lunch Club.  This program is about to begin its third year in Parkway Elementary and Middle School.  In this program, volunteers would meet with a child from Parkway for lunch and activities twice a month.  Each visit the volunteers would spend time with their Little during the child’s lunch.  Matches would then have some free time together.  During the free time, the activities could talking, making a craft, playing a board game, building a model, or playing on the playground.  The program will begin in September and run through the school year.

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

The Littles are 1st-6th grade students from Parkway Elementary & Middle School who it is thought could use a special friend and someone to spend time with them, YOU!  They are looking forward to spending time with a special friend on a regular basis.  We do not want to turn any students away because of a lack of volunteers.

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

It doesn’t take a lot to make a BIG difference in a life of a Parkway Elementary or Middle School Student. 

 
 

Fall Fest Coming to Otterbein

Otterbein St. Marys is planning their annual FALL Fest for Saturday, October 14th from 11 am to 2 pm in the Meyer Community Room.

Everyone is invited to this event with the following activities, food and entertainment:

OPEN HOUSES                                                                                                        

DOOR PRIZES

FACE PAINTING                

ARTS & CRAFTS

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES                            

APPLE PRESS DEMONSTRATIONS

LUNCH along with other FALL TREATS

ENTERTAINMENT BY “THE MULESKINNER BAND”

 

 

The Parkway Class of 1992 To Celebrate With Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1992 is celebrating their 25 year class reunion on the weekend of October 6 and 7. It all begins Friday night, October 6 at the Parkway Homecoming Football game vs. Versailles. The Homecoming festivities at Panther Stadium begin at 7:00 PM with the game following at 7:30 PM. The first 6 rows of the South Section of the Home bleachers will be reserved for the Class of 1992. 

Then on Saturday October 7 at 7:00 PM, classmates can reunite at Brew Nation on Main Street in Celina for appetizers and cocktails. There will be space reserved for the reception and a live band. No RSVP is necessary and all food orders and beverages will be at cost to attendees. Dinner can be ordered until 8:00 PM and fire baked pizza until 10:00 PM. 

Class Motto: In our hearts we hold today. In our dreams we hold tomorrow. In our memories we hold forever.

 

 
 
 

Organizer Needed for Shanes Park Christmas Decorating

Shanes Park Board is looking for someone to take leadership of 
decorating Shanes Park for the Christmas Season.  Decorating supplies
and lights from previous years are available to use. 

Anyone or organization that is interested is asked to contact the 
Rockford Village office at 419-363-3032 ext 1.    

 
 
 

 
September 6-7, 2017
 

 
 

PLC Health Clinic’s Walk for Life and Grand Opening

The PLC Health Clinic’s Walk for Life and Grand Opening will take place on Sunday September 10th at 2pm at the PLC (215 N. Market St. Van Wert).  Everyone is invited to attend this special event and help raise the $45,000 needed.  Walk forms can  be found at Van Wert area churches and on the PLC website www.plchealthclinic.org.  Pictured are representatives of area businesses and churches that sponsored the walk at the gold level.  From the left: Sam Scott, First United Brethren in Christ Church, Jan Keipper, Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Robin Farris, P&R Medical Connection and P&R Home IV Service, Beth Cook, John C. Cook, DDS, Marcia German, Century Trading Company, Kevin Laing, Kevin Laing, DDS, Pastor David Ray, Jennings Road Church of Christ, and Trina Langdon, PLC Executive Director.

 

 

Girls Parkway Golf Defeats Ft. Recovery on August 31, 2017

By Coach Teri Samples

In MAC play at the Mercer County Elks, Parkway Girls Golf defeated Fort Recovery 215-243.  Haylee Stukey shot a 50 to earn Medalist.  Other scorers for the Lady Panthers were:  Mecaylah Hesse and Lauren Henderson both carded 54's, and Madison Kroeger and Autumn Ellis added 57's.  Emma Gause had a 68 on the night.

 

Kristen Keller led the way for Fort Recovery with a 53.  Becca Wood added a 61, Eryn Litner carded a 63, and Alli Vaugn finished with a 66.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf defeated by Versailles in MAC action on August 29, 2017
The Parkway Girls Golf team suffered their first MAC loss of the season, falling to Versailles, 195-227.  Jorja Pothast, of Versailles, was Medalist shooting a 44.  Other scorers for Versailles were Lauren Durham with a 46, Morgan Heitkamp with a 52, closely followed by Anna Groff's 53.

Leading Parkway was Haylee Stukey who shot a 49.  Lauren Henderson followed with a 54, Mecaylah Hesse had a 56, and Madison Kroeger finished the scoring with a 68.  Non-scoring Panthers were:  Autumn Ellis 69 and Emma Gause 77.

 

 
 
 

Property Value Estimates for 2017 Revaluation Available

CELINA - Mercer County Auditor Randy Grapner has announced that property value estimates for the 2017 Revaluation are now available for review. The new property values can be found on the auditor’s website at: http://www2.mercercountyohio.org/auditor/ParcelSearch/ or by calling the auditor’s office at (419) 586-6402 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. Auditor Grapner is offering both an online and in-person Informal Value Review to provide taxpayers the opportunity to review and have questions answered regarding their new property valuation. The online Informal Value Review will be available September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017 and can be found at http://mercercounty.propertyrevaluations.com. This site will provide frequently asked questions and a response form to ask questions or share concerns about a property’s valuation. Appraisal staff will be available for Informal Value Review in the Mercer County Auditor’s office, 101 N. Main Street, Celina, on Wednesday, September 20 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Thursday, September 21 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

 

 
 
 

Limberlost to host ‘Twilight Adventure’

State Historic Site to offer twilight hike through the Loblolly Marsh

GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. to enjoy the beauty of fall wildflowers and learn about the creatures that roam Limberlost as the sun goes down. The Twilight Adventure will begin at the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve parking lot, located at 8323 N. 250W, which is a half mile north of Highway 18 on county road 250W, 3.5 miles west of Bryant, Ind.

Limberlost State Historic Site naturalists will lead the twilight hike and when the sun sets, participants will gather at the Loblolly Pavilion. Families are encouraged to attend to watch a wildlife program, reach into “mystery boxes” to see if they can guess what’s inside, try out bionic ears, test night vision equipment, make crafts and roast marshmallows. 

The program is $4 per adult, $3 per child.

Twilight Adventure is sponsored by Berne Ready Mix and Bixler Insurance of Berne, Ind. 

 

 

 
 
 

Parkway Boys Golf on September 5, 2017

By Coach Joe Falk

In a non-league dual match, the Lincolnview Lancers beat the Parkway Panthers 179-191 at the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36) Medalist was Lincolnview's Ryan Moody with a 40 while low man for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 41. Parkway is now 5-3-1 on the season.

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter-41

Clayton Agler-53

Ashton Hamrick-49

Jack Wehe-51

Duncan Morton-50

Andy Metz-60

 

Lincolnview Scores

Ryan Moody-40

 Jayden Youtsey-43

Braden Evans-41

Jordan Fetzer-58

Zane Miller-55

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf at Versailles Invitational

By Coach Joe Falk

 

The Parkway Boys Golf team finished the Versailles Invitational at Stillwater Valley Golf Club (par 72) with a score of 364, which was good for 9th place out of 20 teams, Scoring leader for the Panthers was Clayton Agler with an 86. Mason Baxter was next lowest for Parkway with a score of 91, followed closely by Jack Wehe with a 93 and Ashton Hamrick who carded a 94. Duncan Morton shot a 96 and Seth Stukey a 111 for the Panthers as well.

Tournament Medalist was Kyle Naumann of St. Henry who shot a 75.

1st. St Henry 341 won on 5th man score.

2nd Anna 341

3rd Minster 342

4th Delphos St. Johns 344

5th Sidney Lehman 348

6th Graham 349

7th Franklin Monroe 353

8th Versailles A 359

9th PARKWAY 364

10th Milton Union 367

11th Miami East 371

12th Russia 375

13th Coldwater 377

14th New Bremen 408

15th Marion Local 410

16th National Trail 414

17th Covington 418

18th Miami East B 451

19th Bradford 490

20th Versailles B 497

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf vs. Ft. Recovery on August 31, 2017
By Coach Joe Falk

At the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36) the Parkway Boys Golf team defeated the Ft. Recovery Indians by a score of 189-204, in very windy conditions. Match medalist was the Panthers' Mason Baxter with a 43. Jack Wehe was next for the Panthers with a 48 and Ashton Hamrick and Duncan Morton both shot a 49 to finish the scoring for the Panthers. Clayton Agler shot a 50 and Jared Gibson a 58. Parkway is now 4-1 in the MAC and 5-2-1 overall.

Ft. Recovery

Harrison Kaup-48

Grant Knapke-45

Carson Rammel-70

Derek Lochtefeld-55

Blayne Tobe-64

Dylan Ranly-56

 

Parkway Boys Golf vs St. Henry and Ottoville on August 30, 2017

By Coach Joe Falk

 

In a tri-match at Delphos Country Club (par 35) the Parkway Boys Golf team came in second, St. Henry shot a 156, Parkway, a 174 and Ottoville a 188. Co-medalist were Kyle Naumann (SH) and Jack Romer (SH), with a pair of 37s. Low man for Parkway was Mason Baxter with a 40 and leading the way for Ottoville was Andy Schimmoller with a 38. Parkway is now 3-2-1 on the season, St. Henry is 6-0 and Ottoville is 6-6.

Parkway Scores

Mason Baxter-40

Clayton Agler-46

Ashton Hamrick-45

Jack Wehe-43

Duncan Morton-48

Seth Stukey-50

St. Henry Scores

Kyle Naumann-37

Jack Romer-37

Rylee Deitsch-41

Seth King-40

Ryan Grieshop-40

Andrew Mescher-44

 

Ottoville Scores

Andy Schimmoller-38

Dylan Kemper-41

Zach Knippen-59

Ethan Geise-55

Evan Turnwald-54

Tyler Birr-58

 

BECOME AN OSU EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER THIS FALL!

 

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

 

Applications are being accepted for the MGV Training Class of 2017. OSU MGVs are initially given 50 hours of training on information pertaining to gardens, landscapes, plants, diseases, insects and more!  But the training does not stop after the initial training programs.  Opportunities for many types of continuing education are provided through multiple training programs offered through OSU Extension both locally and statewide.  After the training class is completed, new MGV interns are to provide 50 hours of volunteer service to the community as volunteer educators. Even though this sounds like a lot of time, it is not difficult to fulfill this requirement.  In fact most quickly exceed this number long before the end of their first year of service.

 

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

 

The 2017 MGV Training class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 beginning October 3rd and ending November 21st. Classes will be held in The Van Wert County Extension Meeting Room.

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

 

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

 

 

 

 
 

Christmas Classic On Sale at Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - As we inch closer to the premier of season ELEVEN at The Niswonger, the excitement continues to build for all of the electrifying events to come. The second Christmas event of the 17-18 season is on sale now! Join your favorite reindeer for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical, Friday, December 1 at 7:30 PM presented by Jeffery-Mohr Family Dentistry.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in this classic Christmas tale.

It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Adapted for the stage by Robert Penola, the show faithfully follows Romeo Muller's teleplay: Reindeer couple Donner and Mrs. Donner beget Rudolph, a spunky young reindeer with a curious birth defect: Instead of coal-black, his nose glows bright red like a lightbulb (the original TV airing was sponsored by General Electric). Donner tries to help his son fit in by masking his nose in a black sock during the reindeer games, an annual event during which Santa scouts young reindeer for their flying ability. Unfortunately, Rudolph's sock falls off, leading all of the Reindeer to laugh and call him names. With no prospect of making Santa's sleigh team, Rudolph and dentist wannabe elf Hermey flee Christmas town, eventually meeting prospector Yukon Cornelius and a whole island of misfit toys. But with a massive winter storm about to hit the North Pole, Santa might just find a use for Rudolph after all.

Along with Presenting Sponsor Jeffery-Mohr Dentistry, Supporting Sponsors for this event include Westwood Behavioral Health Center, Mercer In-Sight Family Eye Care and Van Wert Family Eye Care. This event is yet another in the NPAC KIDS Series sponsored by The Robideau Family. Sponsorship is made complete by our 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical can be purchased through the Box Office Monday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722 and online at NPACVW.ORG

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

 

 
September 5, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway September 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 

Athletic Booster Club Meeting in Community Room at 6:30 on September 5, 2017

 

 

Rockford Bicentennial Fund Raiser

The Bulldogs are coming to Rockford on October 21st at 7pm at
the Rockford Community Building.  Doors open at 6 pm
$10 per person at the door  - 50/50 drawings !  Giveaways !

Rock with the 50's !  Dig out your poodle skirt & dance the
night away for Rockford's Bicentennial fundraiser.  


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

Thrivent Financial, Jerry & Sally Bolenbaugh, DJ Auto Repair,
Tammy Cheek of Jim Shaffer Realty - Henkle Insurance,
Mike & Barb Pedroza, Carl Etzler of Thrivent Financial

 

 

 

Mercer County Genealogical Society to Meet

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday September 10  at 2:00pm at the Richardson Bretz Building for a short business meeting.  After the quick meeting the group will walk over to the Mercer County Library.  The rest of the meeting will be a chance to use the facilities for research. This is a good opportunity for people unfamiliar with the library’s genealogy resources.  The meeting is free and the public is welcome.

 

Van Wert, OH Off Stage Productions Inc to Present Play

“The Queen of Bingo” will be presented at the American Legion Post 178, located at 631 W. Main St. in Van Wert.  Show dates are as follows:  Sunday Brunch Matinees – October 15th & 22nd, (doors open at 12:30 pm, meal at 1:00 pm), “Popcorn Performance” – Sunday, Oct 15 (doors open at 6:30 pm, show at 7:00pm), and Friday & Saturday Dinner Shows – October 20th & 21st and October 27th & 28th (doors open at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm).  All shows, with the exception of the “Popcorn Performance”, include a delicious and elegant buffet dinner provided by Romer’s Catering of Celina, Ohio.  The ticket price is $28 per person, and tables of eight are available.  Ticket price for the "Popcorn Night" on October 15th is $12 and includes fresh popcorn, lemonade and water. Reservations can be made beginning September 25th for OSP members and September 27th for the General Public by calling (419) 605-6708. Box office hours are 10:00 am till 6:00 pm daily starting on those dates.

 

 

Van Wert Fair Horse Results

Winners         Horse

            Cloverleaf Barrels 14-19     Plaque           Won by:         Reagan Priest

            Sponsored by:          Bill and Mary Fallis

            Cones and Barrels 14-19   Plaque           Won by:         Paige Motycka

            Sponsored by:          Riverside Acres Tack Shop, St. Marys, OH

            Cones and Barrels 9-13     Trophy            Won by:         Paige Smith

            Sponsored by:          Senior Fair Board

            Keyhole 14-19          Trophy            Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          Wrenco Trophy and Sportswear

            Keyhole 9-13            Trophy            Won by:         Paige Smith

            Sponsored by:          Greif

            Poles 14-19   Plaque           Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          Bill and Mary Fallis

            Flags 14-19   Trophy            Won by:         Adalynn Longstreth

            Sponsored by:          Allie and Bill Kuhlman

            Western Showmanship 9-11         Plaque           Won by:         Tazmin Archer

            Sponsored by:          Vancrest of Convoy

            Champion Horse Showman          Chair  Won by:         Cassie Priest

            Sponsored by:          Bill and Mary Fallis

            Novice Horsemanship 9-19           Trophy            Won by:         Breck Evans

            Sponsored by:          Dick and Margaret Miller

            Western Horsemanship 9-13         Trophy            Won by:         Tazmin Archer

            Sponsored by:          Ayers Mechanical Group

            Trail 9-13       Trophy            Won by:         Adalynn Longstreth

            Sponsored by:          Senior Fair Board

            Single Hith Draft Driving Pony/Horse      Trophy            Won by:         Paige Smith

            Sponsored by:          Horse in Harness

            Sunday, September 03, 2017        Page 1 of 1

 

 

Van Wert Fair Rabbit Results

 

Winners         Rabbits

            Champion Junior Showman         Trophy            Won by:         Holden Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Nancy Dixon

            Champion Intermediate Showman          Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Mid-America

            Champion Senior Showman         Trophy            Won by:         Caton Williamson

            Sponsored by:          Shooting Stars 4-H Club

            Champion Rabbit Showman         Chair  Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Triple L Farms

            Champion Junior Skill-a-thon       Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Rick McCoy

            Champion Intermediate Skill-a-thon        Trophy            Won by:         Holden Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Triple L Farms

            Champion Senior Skill-a-thon      Trophy            Won by:         Alicia Rist

            Sponsored by:          Mercer Landmark, Middle Point

            Champion Single Fryer      Trophy            Won by:         Kiersten Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          The Klinger Family

            Grand Champion Single Fryer      Banner           Won by:         Kiersten Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          The Don  and Susan Mosier Family

            Reserve Champion Single Fryer  Trophy            Won by:         Jacob Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          The Klinger Family

            Reserve Champion Single Fryer  Banner           Won by:         Jacob Druckemiller

            Sponsored by:          Mike & Diane Owens

            Champion Meat Pen           Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Grand Champion Meat Pen           Banner           Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          The Finishing Touch

            Reserve Champion Meat Pen       Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Ned Young Family

            Reserve Champion Meat Pen       Banner           Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          The Finishing Touch

            Champion Doe and Litter   Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by: Aaron and Ashley Knittle

            Reserve Doe & Litter           Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Greif

            Best of Breed-Rex   Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Californian  Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Ag Credit

            Best of Breed-Dutch            Trophy            Won by:         Dakotah Nihiser

            Sponsored by:          Liberty Acres Rabbitry

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

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Best of Breed-Champange D'Argent       Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Flat Lands Supply

            Best Of Breed-Flemish Giant         Trophy            Won by:         sidney jenkins

            Sponsored by:          Van Wert Co. Township Association

            Best of Breed-Florida White           Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Vaeda , Gretchen & Ahnika Heizman

            Best of Breed-Crème D'Argent      Trophy            Won by:         Lauren Henderson

            Sponsored by:          Leaders of the Future 4-H Club

            Best of Breed-Tan    Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Havana        Trophy            Won by:         Kaiven Welch

            Sponsored by:          Canine and Criters 4-H Club

            Best of Breed-Himalayan   Trophy            Won by:         Tori Swick

            Sponsored by:          Klinger's Rabbitry

            Best of Breed-Holland Lop Trophy            Won by:         Kyra Welch

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

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

            Sponsored by:          Greg Rickard & Family

            Best of Breed-Jersey Wooley        Trophy            Won by:         Josie Williamson

            Sponsored by:          Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Best of Breed-Mini Rex       Trophy            Won by:         Curtis Swick

            Sponsored by:          Candy Osborn

            Best of Breed-Mini Satin    Trophy            Won by:         Ethan Lugabihl

            Sponsored by:          Venedocia Lads & Lassies

            Best of Breed-Mixed Breed            Trophy            Won by:         Lana Carey

            Sponsored by:          Alan & Shayna DeLong Family

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

            Sponsored by:          The Robert McClure  Family

            Best of Breed-New Zealand          Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Kyle & Christie Wendel

            Best of Breed-Polish           Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Rex   Trophy            Won by:         Holden Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Hoover's Garage

            Best of Breed-Satin Trophy            Won by:         Allison Hauter

            Sponsored by:          Rick McCoy

            Best of Breed-Sliver Fox     Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          Greif

            Best of Breed-Silver Marten           Trophy            Won by:         Taylor Post

            Sponsored by:          Thomas Edison Workshop

            Best of Breed-Harlequin     Trophy            Won by:         Dakotah Nihiser

            Sponsored by:          The Steve Holden Family

            Best In Show            Trophy            Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by:          Raabe Ford Lincoln

            Second Best In Show         Trophy            Won by:         Austin Bockrath

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of Carl Lape

            Runner-up Best 4 Class     Trophy            Won by:         Curtis Swick

            Sponsored by:          Pond Seed Company

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

            Sponsored by:          Pond Seed Company

            Best of Breed-Thrianta        Trophy            Won by:         Dakota Thornell

            Sponsored by:          Thomas Edison Workshop

 

 

 
 

Health Department Warns of Phone Call Scam Seeking Personal Information

Callers use caller ID spoofing technology to appear to call from credible sources

 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is warning of a phone scam where callers posing as health department staff are asking for personal information that the department would never seek over the phone. The callers use caller ID spoofing technology to make it appear that they are calling from a credible phone number, including from ODH and at least one Ohio local health department. In addition to posing as ODH staff, some callers have said that they are calling on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or a hospital or other healthcare provider. The callers often have some personal information about the individuals they are calling, such as name, date of birth, address and the name of the person’s physician. Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of a phone scam: ▪ If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and find a phone number on the company's or government agency's website to call to verify the authenticity of the request. ▪ Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious. ▪ Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately. • You can block the caller’s phone number to try to prevent follow up calls – although the caller may call back from a different phone number. • File a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov/complaint. Since this scam includes caller ID spoofing of a state agency, the Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating these calls.

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 1-4, 2017
 

 
 

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day comes around at summer’s end to celebrate to workers in the United States.

Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is one of just 10 federal holidays in the United States and pays tribute to the American workers movement.

But while it is celebrated in modern times with BBQs, holidays and sales shopping, the holiday came out of a long battle for workers’ rights in the country.

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 30-31, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway School Sports Cancellations

All Junior High games and practices are cancelled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

High School Volleyball Practice at 3:00, Cross Country at 3:30 and Football practice at 4
are cancelled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Panther Volleyball Camp is cancelled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

High School Boys golf match for Wednesday, August 30, 2017 is on

High School Girls golf practice is at the Lynx at noon for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 
 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Minutes by Lisa Kuhn

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

 

 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Widespread fog affecting many schools.

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

 

 

Parkway Class of 1992 to Celebrate 25th with Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1992 is celebrating their 25 year class reunion on the weekend of October 6 and 7. It all begins Friday night, October 6 at the Parkway Homecoming Football game vs. Versailles. The Homecoming festivities at Panther Stadium begin at 7:00 PM with the game following at 7:30 PM. The first 6 rows of the South Section of the Home bleachers will be reserved for the Class of 1992. Then on Saturday October 7 at 7:00 PM, classmates can reunite at Brew Nation on Main Street in Celina for appetizers and cocktails. There will be space reserved for the reception and a live band. No RSVP is necessary and all food orders and beverages will be at cost to attendees. Dinner can be ordered until 8:00 PM and fire baked pizza until 10:00 AM. Bring your memories and laughter. No official invitation is being mailed. Please do share this message with any Class Member that you know of 1992.
Class Motto: In our hearts we hold today. In our dreams we hold tomorrow. In our memories we hold forever.

 
 
 
 

New Welcome Sign Completed

The Village of Rockford would like to thank the Rockford Chamber and the area
organizations for helping raise funds and construct the 4th  "Welcome to Rockford"
sign located at 118 North.   The Village also thanks Barb Rogers and Al Brandt for letting
us locate the sign on their property.   

 

 
 
 
 
Rockford Council Members Busy through the Summer
 Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.
 
 
 
 
 
 

ROCKFORD VILLAGE RESIDENTS –


DID YOU KNOW~~~    YOU CAN PURCHASE LARGE ITEM TRASH TICKETS AT THE VILLAGE OFFICE?    

MOST TICKET ITEMS ARE $5.00.   

THE TICKET IS THEN PUT ON THE LARGE TRASH ITEM AND PUT OUT WITH YOUR TRASH ON THURSDAYS.

IT’S A GREAT WAY TO CLEAN UP AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. !

 

 
 

Calvary K’Motion (Kids In Motion)

Calvary K’Motion (Kids In Motion) is gearing up for another season of mid-week programming for preschoolers and elementary kids. From September 6 through May 16, 6:30-7:45PM weekly, kids from the community are invited to be a part of Calvary’s K’Motion where each month a new theme challenges kids to apply Bible lessons to their everyday lives.

Every week, boys and girls will hear a Bible story through interactive teaching; will experience worship through high energy music and movement; will take the lesson to a new level through a creative, fun activity; will connect to their peers and small group leaders through conversation and prayer.

Parents are asked to walk their children into the church and check them in to ensure safety. Calvary is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Rd. in Van Wert. For more information, contact Children’s Ministry Director Carrie Pauquette at carrie@calvaryelife.org or visit www.calvaryelife.org.

 

 
 

Colonial Nursing Center Joins Celina/Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Colonial Nursing Center strives to provide the highest level of care with compassion and respect. Going above and beyond to meet the unique needs of residents and their families. They pride themselves in maintaining a professional and reputable nursing facility, with a home like environment. Colonial Nursing Center's nursing staff is highly trained and dedicated to care for all your loved one's needs. They offer 24-hour nursing care for long-term residents who can no longer live safely at home. Colonial Nursing Center offers a full schedule of social and recreational activities, making your loved one feel right at home. Colonial Nursing Center's therapy staff will help your loved one create an individualized plan of care to meet their goals and achieve their highest level of independence. Their staff is dedicated to helping the patient improve their overall quality of life. Colonial Nursing Center is located at 201 Buckeye Street Rockford, OH, 45882 and can be reached at (419) 363-2193.

 

 
 


Memorial Books Donated to Mercer County Library

Sonnie Bernardi (left), University Women’s Club President, recently presented two memorial books in the name of the club’s late president, Rebecca Lytle. The club memorializes their members in this way and truly appreciated Becky’s leadership. The titles chosen are: Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work and She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur. These books have Memorial Book Plates in each in Becky’s name and are ready for check-out at the Celina Mercer County Library. Center, Elizabeth Muether, library director, accepts the books, as club member Sheila Baltzell looks on.

 

 
 
 
 
 

The Rockford Bicentennial Committee will be meeting on Monday, September 11th at
the Village Hall and Museum at 7 pm.

Public invited to attend ~~ Come share ideas and/or memories !

 

 
 

Upcoming Events for Rockford

September 29th -  1st Annual Benefit Dinner for Lots for Soldiers
Held at Howard Johnson - Lima 1920 Roschman Ave, Lima OH  45804
4 pm - Doors open w/cocktail hour
5 pm -  7 pm Dinner and Recognition
4 pm - 7 pm - Silent Auction

Cash bar and DJ all night - pre sale tickets $15 - At door $30
For more information contact - 419-586-5058


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September 30th - 8th Annual Rockford Belle Sock Hop & Cruise in
with Classic Cars -  Shine and Show

Cruise in starts at 2 pm
Live music with Blind Date starts at 4 pm

Rockford Belle - 135 Market St. - Rockford, OH  

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:  An Image of the Corona, the circle of light surrounding the Sun, during the June 8, 1937 Total Solar Eclipse of Canton Island [Kanton Island] located Southwest of Hawaii.

The first Total Solar Eclipse to cross continental United States in 99 years was on August 21, 2017 and  followed a path across the United States.

A Total Solar Eclipse touched the United States on July 20, 1963, when it began in the North Pacific, with the path of totality crossing Alaska and heading across Eastern Canada and northern New England to cease midway across the Atlantic.  The New York City photographers captured spectacular images of the 1963 Eclipse. 

A Total Solar Eclipse on October 2, 1959 crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean.  During that Eclipse, a Partial Solar Eclipse crossed Ohio and I watched it.  The one image in my mind from that event is that the partial eclipse made a reflection of crescent shadows on the leaves of the trees at our home at Fort Recovery.

I downloaded several historical Astronomy books on my NOOK Reader to study the astrological phenomena of Solar and Lunar Eclipses recorded in history.  A Solar or Lunar Eclipse can be viewed from various sites and times around the world. 

For there to be a Solar Eclipse, the moon must be near enough to the plane of the ecliptic at the time of a new moon so that some part of its shadow will fall on the earth’s surface.  The moon must be between the earth and the sun, in order for the sun’s light to be cut off from shining on the earth, whether it is a full or partial eclipse. 

For there to be a Lunar Eclipse, the full moon must occur near enough to the plane of the ecliptic for the moon to pass through some part of the earth’s shadow.  The earth must be between the sun and the moon, in order for the sun’s light to be cut off from shining on the moon.

In the photograph above, during the June 3, 1938 Total Solar Eclipse, photographers were taking photographs at Canton Island, and captured detailed images of the Corona during the eclipse.  Photographers captured images of the Sun’s Corona during the May 26, 1916 Total Eclipse at Srinagar, Kashmir, India.  Photographers also captured images of earlier Total Solar Eclipses in 1854, 1860, 1900 and 1905 around the world.

There is a legend relating to our history here in Midwestern Ohio, about Tecumseh, the Shawnee Indian, during the Indian Wars of the 1790’s through the War of 1812, whereby Tecumseh and/or his brother, the Prophet, predicted the June 16, 1806 Solar Eclipse.  Several historians and astronomers have written about documenting the validity and/or the invalidity of that story. 

I look forward to watching this Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, over our television.  Following the Eclipse, the news media will be repeating the views.   National Geographic Magazine has always been known for its quality photographs.  I will look forward to seeing this magazine’s images of the Total Solar Eclipse.  This Solar Eclipse will become a part of Mercer County’s history, to be preserved by the Mercer County Historical Society.  We will be able to watch this Eclipse on television, and see it become a part of our history.  I wonder how many readers are going to ignore the warning “to not look directly at the sun” during this Eclipse!

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

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:  Is this a photograph of the former path of Lake Shore Drive?

 

Our Old Bookcase, August 24, 2017,  Is this the former path of Lake Shore Drive?

 

This Post card photograph presents a puzzle to me.  Do you Celina Citizens remember seeing these sites along the lake?

 

The photograph is identified as   “Public Boat Landing, Grand Reservoir, 17,500 acres, Celina, Ohio.” 

 

The postmark is dated July 23, 1923.  A lady named Jessie wrote to Mrs. W. O. Bently, at Newton, Mass.  Her message reads:  “Here is where we spent the day.  Great sport!  I think I prefer Indiana traveling in a Ford.  Beats Pierces all to pieces.  Love, Jessie.” 

 

Apparently, Jessie was referring to the Pierce Automobile, introduced by George N. Pierce, who was known for his Pierce automobile, at the George N. Pierce Company.  Prior to World War I, the Pierce automobile became the expensive automobile known as the Pierce-Arrow, respected for it quality.  During the War, the Pierce-Arrow, in an effort to help the U.S. Military, sent hundreds of trucks to France and England.  After World War I, during the “Roaring Twenties,” the Pierce-Arrow became the elegant traveling vehicle for the wealthy.  The story of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company is a fascinating study of American success.   It presents an alternative individual story on this post card, because “Jessie preferred a Ford to a Pierce!”

 

Back to the photograph on the post card above.  The building on the east side, appears to be the Stearic Acid Plant, formerly on South Ash Street, south of Logan Street, adjacent to Grand Lake. 

 

I am trying to determine exactly where the Public Boat Landing was located, in comparison with Lake Shore Drive today. 

 

Do you readers have photographs or post card photographs of this part of Celina, south of Logan Street, east of Main Street, and west of Ash Street? 

 

The Annual Post Card and Post Mark Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Society will be held on Sunday afternoon, November 12.  That would be a great time to bring your post card photographs to the Museum.  Or, on Sunday afternoon, October 22, the Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit will be on display at the Museum.  You can bring your lake photographs and post cards to the Museum, that day and show them to me. 

 

This story about the “routes” of Lake Shore Drive is a mystery to me.  I look forward to hearing what history you readers will share with me.  The history of Grand Lake becomes more interesting as time goes by.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Versus Crestview
By Coach Joe Falk

Using the team match play format, Parkway and Crestview tied 3 matches to 3, in non-league action.

(Parkway) Mason Baxter over (Crestview) Caden Hurless 5 and 4

(Parkway) Clayton Agler over (Crestview) Colton Lautenheiser 2 and 1

(Crestview) Brett Schumm over (Parkway) Ashton Hamrick 3 and 2

(Crestview) Jacob Bowman over (Parkway) Jack Wehe 2 and 1

(Parkway) Duncan Morton over (Crestview) Derek Stout 1 Up

(Crestview) Olivia Skelton over (Parkway) Hunter Gibson 3 and 2

 

 
 

Human Bones Found near Grand Lake in 2016  Are Further Investigated

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey releases that their office is still actively investigating the human remains case and has received the results from IsoForensics for the follow-up testing done on the human remains.  This testing measured the strontium stable isotope ratios of bone and is in correlation with the previous oxygen isotope testing done by IsoForensics.  The interpretation of the isotope testing is that the overlapping of the oxygen and strontium isotopes analysis may help narrow down the prediction area of where our victim spent the last 10 years of his life.

 

The origin predictions provided by IsoForensics using oxygen isotopes and strontium isotopes are based off testing with tap water in the USA.  So the analysis is based off of tap water consumption over a period of time.  According to our contact at IsoForensics, roughly 10% of the human skeleton remodels per year so they estimate the bone isotope “signal” represents an average of approximately 10 years prior to death.   See the attached map for the updated prediction areas.

 

Sheriff Grey states, “Although this case will be nearly impossible to solve if we cannot identify the victim, we will continue to actively investigate it because there is a family out there who deserves closure and answers.”  Anyone who thinks they may have information on this case can send us an anonymous email through our website at www.mercercountysheriff.org, can leave a message on our tip line 567-890-TIPS (8477) or call the detectives at 419-586-1450.

 

 

 
August 29, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Loses Tough Match

By Coach Joe Falk

Despite posting four scores in the 40s, the Parkway Boys Golf team lost a tough match to the Delphos St. Johns Blue Jays at the Delphos Country Club (par 35) Low man for the Panthers was Clayton Agler with a 40, Mason Baxter shot a 42, Jack Wehe a 46 and Ashton Hamrick a 48 for the low four scores. Duncan Morton shot a 50 and Seth Stukey shot a 53. Parkway is now 3-1 in MAC. Parkway 176. Delphos 169.

Adam Gerker-            40

Grant Csukker-          39

Robert Buscher-        36

Matt Dickrede-           46

Jared Lucas-              44

Carson Muhlenkamp-49

 

Parkway Girls Golf Cancelled Due to Lightning – Match Rescheduled for September 5.

 

 

Spend your next spring visiting Budapest, Krakow, Auschwitz, Prague and Vienna



CELINA, OH - OPEN TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS, WSU-Lake Campus is sponsoring a trip to Budapest, Krakow, Auschwitz, Prague and Vienna. This will be a pleasant and unforgettable experience, taking you to a plethora of historical and breath-taking sites. There will be informational meetings on Tuesday, September 12th from 5:30-6:00pm and Wednesday, October 11thfrom 6:00-6:30. Both meetings will be held in room 150 Dwyer Hall at Wright State University – lake Campus. 

TOUR DATES: May 8, 2018 to May 19, 2018


TOUR COST: $3,197 for travelers under the age of 30 and $3,554 for travelers over the age of 30. 
 
CONTACT:
Tour Director: Dr. Dane Daniel
dane.daniel@wright.edu
Phone: (419) 586-0390

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 28, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford Receives Tree City Award for 28th Year in a Row
The Village of Rockford was recognized as a Tree City USA on September 22nd at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum.  Stephanie Miller, representative of the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, attended the Rockford Tree Commission meeting to present the award.  This is the 28th year in a row that Rockford has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

The Title of Tree City USA was bestowed upon our Community for its ongoing efforts
to maintain and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive tree 
management program.  The program is guided by the Rockford Tree Commission -
President - Steve Gehle, Vice President - Bob Ransbottom, Secretary - Karen Long,
along with members Bob Bollenbacher and Ed Long.

The Community must meet 4 standards to achieve the title and the honors:

* A Tree Ordinance

* an Active Tree Commission or forestry department

* A comprehensive urban forestry program support by a minimum of $2 per capita

* An Annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance.

Ohio boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total
of 243.  This marks Ohio's 40th consecutive year as the top Tree City USA state, according
to the Ohio Division of Forestry.  For more information about the Tree City USA program or the
Arbor Day Foundation, visit www.arborday.org

 

 
 
 

Parkway Class of 1972 Holds 45th Class Reunion

The Parkway Class of 1972 held their 45th Class Reunion in Rockford on Saturday evening, August 26, 2017 at the Community Building in Shanes Park. The gathering of 33 members of the class and their spouses/guests was a delightful evening. A 1-1/2 hour social time was spent reminiscing, catching-up, looking at old yearbooks, pictures and memorabilia. Dinner by Manley’s Catering,  planned and served by the committee was especially delicious, and homemade cupcakes were later provided by classmate Peggy Snider Severt’s daughter. Prayer was offered by Phillip Miller, husband of classmate Jane Luginbill Miller. Gary Hensley and Bill Hamrick organized the event and were MC’s for the evening, keeping everyone in stitches on a trip down Memory Lane. Jim Kuhn provided the sound system and Becky Bollenbacher Shope prepared a lovely memorial table for the 7 classmates who are deceased. Susie Springer Dickson from California was a special guest for the evening as she was a former classmate until the 8th grade. A committee was formed for planning the 50th Reunion in 2022. Photo by Mark Linn. A Facebook Page for Parkway Class of 1972 is available by invitation where many photos by Elaine and Jim Geyer are available as well as the Class Booklet in PDF by Peggy Severt.

 

Front row Left to Right Elaine Mihm Geyer, Jane Schmid Poling, Tracy Dellinger Ulrich, Kathy Reichard Pontsler, Barbara Lloyd Painter, Peg Bollenbacher, Jane Luginbill Miller, Marcia Eichenauer Hoffines, Michelle Wallick Mills, 
 Row 2 Jim Kuhn, Keith Canary, Rick Black, Becky Bollenbacher Shope, June Cully Bollenbacher, Peggy Snider Severt, Susie Springer Dickson, Cindy Stover Canary, Sheila Wood Baltzell, Susan Sipe Roehm, Pam Fisher Krugh 
 Row 3 Mike Warthman, Gary Pontsler, Gary Hensley, Daryl Strickler, Todd Granger, Philip Thompson, Bill Hamrick, Duane Roehm, Steve Gamble, Dave Hoffhines, Gene Bollenbacher, Ralph Beeks and Ted Krugh. List provided by Elaine Mihm Geyer.

 

 
 


Niswonger Performing Arts Center Joins Celina/Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

The beautiful Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio opened its doors on March 15, 2007. Since then, it has been the host to hundreds of professional performers, Broadway productions, national and international speakers, dance recitals, school concerts and productions, and numerous rentals. The dream of a professional performing arts center began in 2001 and Six years later, a facility opened thanks to The Van Wert County Foundation, Mr. Niswonger, many businesses, corporations, and hundreds of individuals and organizations. The Niswonger Center continues to host incredible performances all year long and have entertained guests from all over the United States. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 188 South in Van Wert, OH. To find out more information on upcoming performances visit their website at www.npacvw.org or contact their box office at 419-238-6722. You will so happy you did!!

 

Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce Accepting Nominations
The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for our 22nd Annual Leadership Van Wert County Class. See nomination form - register online HERE.

Lead. Connect. Be the Change… in your company and your community. Please consider nominating one of your employees or yourself to join other area leaders who have experienced the best of the best leadership development in the greater Van Wert area.

The nomination form is due to the Chamber by Friday, September 15 (first class is Friday, September 22) or you may submit your nomination online here. An application will be emailed to the nominee once we receive the nomination form. Please contact the Chamber with further questions.

Together we build success,

Susan L. Munroe, President/CEO

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Girls Golf Team Moves Up in the MAC

By Coach Teri Samples 8-24-2017

The Parkway Girls Golf team moves to 2-0, in MAC action, with the 212-246 win over Marion Local.  Haylee Stukey was Medalist win a round of 52.  Mecaylah Hesse and Autumn Ellis both had 53's, and Lauren Henderson finished with a 54 for the Panthers.

Marah Moeller was the low score for Marion Local with a 56, Maddie Smith and Macy Spieth both had 63's, and Sarah Fleck added a 64 for the team score.

 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Moves Up in MAC

By Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf team moved to 3-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 176-205 victory over the Marion Local Flyers at the Celina Lynx Golf Club (par 36). Match medalist for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 3 over par 39. Clayton Agler and Jack Wehe contributed a pair of 45s and Ashton Hamrick shot a 47 to finish up the low four for Parkway. Duncan Morton shot a 59 and Andy Metz a 66 in the varsity contest, as well.

Marion Local Varsity

Seth Kelch-51

Tim Knapschaefer-49

Dylan Homan-51

Jack Bohman-54

Garrett Pleiman-55

Collin Everman-55

 

In the JV match, Hunter Gibson led the scoring for the Panthers with a 50. Jared Gibson shot a 56, Adam Stephenson a 61, Kaden Boroff a 62, Alex Altenbach a 64 and Breyden Bruns a 73.

 

 
 

Market Street Inn Joins Celina/Mercer County Chamber

Market Street Inn The Market Street Inn. Located at 605 E. Market Street, Owner, Stacy Brunswick promotes the comfort of home which is perfect for a quick get away, small family vacation, or a comfortable place to stay while coming to town on business. This two bedroom home has been completely renovated by Brunswick and Todd Bader. It has a fully equipped kitchen, Wide-screen TV, Internet access, and many other amenities while also being Pet Friendly. To view this property, go to www.marketstreetinn.info or call them at 567-890-2300. Welcome Stacy Brunswick and the Market Street Inn.

 

 
 

Bridge to Close

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Wabash Road between Siegrist Jutte Road and Philothea Road in Recovery Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on August 28, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3 months, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 
 

 
August 22-27, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 13 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Fall Sports Team Pictures by Nikki Fox - Thank you for sharing Nikki!

Click here for Varsity and JV Football, Marching Band and Varsity Cheerleader Pictures

Click here for Varsity and JV Volleyball Pictures

Click here for Varsity Boys and Girls Golf Pictures

Click here for Varsity Co-Ed Cross Country Pictures

Click Here for Fall Sports Junior high Team Pictures

 

Prayers needed for Mike Fox - Motorcycle Accident

 
 

Schools Start on Tuesday, August 22, 2017  
(Including Parkway)

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

The Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up patrols during schools hours.  In an effort to enhance school bus safety, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey is reinstating the School Bus Riding Program for all six schools districts in Mercer County.  A deputy will randomly be assigned to a school bus in Mercer County each week to look for school bus passing violations.  Last year’s program consisted of placing deputies on school buses (33) times.  The deputies spent over (47) hours on school buses last school year.

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

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

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

Jeff Grey

Sheriff
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

 
 
 

PLC HEALTH CLINIC ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING & WALK FOR LIFE

 

PLC Health Clinic (AKA Pregnancy Life Center) will be having a combined Grand Opening and Walk for Life on Sunday, September 10th at 2:00 pm.  The clinic is located at 215 N. Market St. in Van Wert.  The ribbon cutting will take place promptly at 2:00 followed by a few remarks from Executive Director, Trina Langdon and then the two mile Walk for Life will begin.  City and County officials as well as area businesses and individuals are invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Afterwards, everyone who comes for the ribbon cutting is more than welcome to stay for the Clinic’s walk.  Following the walk, guided tours of the new facility will take place.  As a health clinic, the PLC has added pregnancy and STD testing and limited obstetric ultrasound as part of their free services.  The PLC is 100% locally funded with part of that funding coming from area churches and businesses that sponsor the Walk for Life.  Pictured are some of the Gold Level Sponsors.  In the front row: Carla Custis, New Life Fellowship Church, Michele and John A. Baker, Baker Built Products, Dena Strickland, Pentecostal Way Church, Trina Langdon, PLC Executive Director, James C. Brickner, Brickner Funeral Home, and Dan Custis, Advanced Biological Marketing.  In the back row: Kurt Tomlinson, Trinity United Methodist Church, Tim McComas, GKN Freight Services, Ron Lumm, Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Tisha Fast, State Farm Insurance, Todd Fox, Advanced Grain Systems, LLC, Teresa Shaffer, First United Methodist Church Youth Group, and Randy Carey, Carey Insurance.

 

 
 
Solar Eclipse Fascinates Residents in the Area Even with Approximate 86.5% Totality
Area residents beheld a treat of a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 when at 2:20 (approximately), the moon fully came between the Earth and the Sun casting a shadow on the Earth. It started around 1 PM and continued until 4 PM with the most totality here in Mercer County happening around 2:20. I t lasted for about 2 minutes. Many people had welding glasses and other other safety glasses to protect their eyes from the burning of the Sun's rays. People were cautioned not to look directly at the Sun or risk retinal burn. Click here to see the eclipse provided by NASA. The next solar eclipse to be seen in the continental United States will be April 8, 2024.

 

 
 

 
August 16-21, 2017
 

 
 

In Memory of Larry A. Baltzell  

October 23, 1950 – August 17, 2008

 

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

 

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

 

Sadly Missed by Your Family

 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Defeats Coldwater
by Coach Joe Falk

 

Parkway's Boys Golf team moved to 2-0 early in the MAC season with a 182-192 win over Coldwater at  Celina Lynx (par 36) Match medalist was Parkway's Mason Baxter with a 40. Clayton Agler shot a 45, Jack Wehe a 47 and Seth Stukey completed the scoring with a 50. Ashton Hamrick shot a 55 and Breyden Bruns, a 79.

Coldwater Scores

Andrew Fisher 48

Trey Wolters 47

Alex Wourms 54

Caden Seitz 51

Nathan Kaiser 47

Michael Schoenherr 50

Coldwater took the JV match by a score of 205-228. Leading the JV Panthers was Duncan Morton with a 52.  Kaden Boroff scored a 57, Andy Metz contributed a 59, and Alex Altenbach a 60. Jared Gibson and Adam Stephenson both shot 63s for Parkway

Coldwater JV

Austin Riethmen 53

Alex Raffel 51

Chris Meyer 51

Alex Mestemaker 62

Matt Meinerding 60

Jack Bills 50

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Coldwater

By Coach Teri Samples

 

Parkway girls golf starts MAC action with a 219-250 win over Coldwater.  Haylee Stukey, of Parkway, took Medalist with a 52.  Autumn Ellis shot a 53, Mecaylah Hesse added a 54, and Lauren Henderson finished with a 59 for Parkway.

 

Coldwater was led by Payton Kunk's 55, Emma Eckstein had a 58, Lexi Wright added a 65, and Abby Ashbaugh rounded out the team with a 72.

 

Salem Presbyerian Church to Hold 102nd annual “Gymanfa Ganu”

 

WHAT: 102nd Annual Welsh Songfest event

WHEN:  7 PM, Sunday, September 3; Meal is at 4 PM.

WHERE: Salem Presbyterian Church, Venedocia, Ohio

Cost: Free and open to the public

Salem Presbyerian Church is holding its 102nd annual ‘Welsh song festival event “Gymanfa Ganu” Sunday, Sptember 3 at 7 PM. A light meal is available at 4 PM for social time.

Gymanfas are American Welsh gatherings to sing hymns from Welsh origins known for their four-part harmony.

This year’s Director is Ben Williams; he is from Louisville, Kentucky, where he developed a love for music at a very early age. Ben grew up in a musical family with both his parents and brother playing musical instruments. Ben began singing at the age of three, and soon after learned to play piano, handbells, saxophone, and oboe.

After attending the DuPont Manual High School’s Youth Performing Arts School, Ben would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music Education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his Master of Music Education from The University of Louisville.

Significant performance venues include Carnegie Hall in New York City, Severance Hall in Cleveland, as well as New Orleans, Boston, Montreal, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Detroit, Louisville, Austin, Dayton, Nashville, and Chicago.

Ben’s grandparents are David and Sue (Dustman) Williams, who are both native to the area of Venedocia and Van Wert. In fact, they first met at a Gymanfa Ganu! Ben’s family members, Tom Dustman and Christopher Uhl, have conducted prior Gymanfas. 

 

 

 

 
 

Man Arrested in Celina on Felony Theft Charges
On August 2nd the Celina Police Department arrested 49 year old Fredrick Hale Jr., of New Carlisle, formerly of Karafit Rd., Celina.  He is currently incarcerated in the Mercer Co. Jail on charges of felony Theft, filed by the Celina Police Department. 

 

The Celina Police Department was investigating a theft from WalMart which occurred on July 24th.  Through that investigation detectives were able to develop suspects in the case.  The Celina Police detectives were able to connect the suspects to other thefts throughout the region. 

 

After many hours of investigation and surveillance, Celina Police officers, on August 2nd, were able to conduct a traffic stop on Fredrick Hale and make an arrest.  The traffic stop, which was conducted on Havemann Rd., also revealed a theft which had just occurred at the Celina Menard’s.  He was also found to be in possession of criminal tools used in thefts around the area as well as stolen goods.

 

Celina Police detectives brought Fredrick Hale Jr. to the Celina Police Department where he and an un-named witness were interviewed for a lengthy period of time.  During the Celina P.D. interview, detectives were able to gather information regarding thefts throughout the region.  The information was passed on to Minster P.D., Miami County and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The information provided to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was used by them to obtain search warrants and recover thousands of dollars of stolen property.  Including property from the recent TSC and Dollar General thefts.

 

Fredrick Hale Jr. is being held for $100,000 bond on charges filed by Celina P.D.  Additional charges from Celina and other jurisdictions are pending review of the Mercer County Prosecutor.

 

This is a case of law enforcement agencies working together for the good of the community as a whole.  This investigation is still pending, anyone with information is urged to contact the Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 14-15, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway August 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m for the annual club picnic for members.  The location has been changed to the shelter house at Pullman Bay Park in Celina.

Members are asked to bring a covered dish and a short composition on the topic of "favorites."   

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Celina

By Coach Teri Samples

Parkway Girls Golf defeated Celina at the Celina Lynx, 208-231.  Mecaylah Hesse, of Parkway, took Medalist honors.  Other scorers for Parkway were Haylee Stukey with a 51, Lauren Henderson had a 53, and Autumn Ellis added a 56.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Antwerp

By Coach Teri Samples

Parkway Girls Golf defeated Antwerp at Pond-A-River Golf Club 194-235. Taking Medalist was Parkway's Haylee Stukey carding a 43.  The other scorers for Parkway were:  Mecaylah Hesse with a 47, Autumn Ellis with a 49, and Lauren Henderson with a 55.

 

Leading Antwerp was Kendyl Miller with a 53, Carlie Hanes added a 58, Shayla Wieland had a 60, and Amanda Roberts rounded out the team with a 64.

 

 
 

Van Wert Area Community Concert Band - Concert In The Park
By  Richard Sherrick

On Friday August 18th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present their final park concert for the season in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  An all-new program of music has been prepared to perform at this concert.  Music to be featured will include pre-1917 Classics, one of witch will feature our lead trumpeter, Mark Schaberg, A 1930’s hit by Ray Charles-Georgia On My Mind, Hits from the 60 and 70’s, and yes, even songs by Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The VWACCB goes contemporary.

A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star starting at 5:00PM.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville, New Bremen and Rockford. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved to an announced location or cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information. The band will also perform at the Van Wert Fair Music Pavilion September 2nd at 4:00 P.M.

Scott Turner rehearses the VWACCB on two numbers he arranged, and will hopefully direct for this performance. The band’s thoughts and prayers are with Scott and his family as they grieve the loss of Scott’s father Glenn Turner.

 
 

Be Prepared for Back-to-School; Get Your Children Vaccinated National Immunization

Britt C. Menchhofer, R.S.

Environmental Health Director

Van Wert County General Health District

 

 Awareness Month (NIAM) Celebrates Importance of Vaccines COLUMBUS –

Summer is almost over and that means it’s time for parents to begin thinking about backto-school season. Along with the back-to-school necessities such as folders and backpacks, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to remind parents to make sure their kids are up-to-date on their vaccines against serious diseases. To emphasize the importance of vaccinations, and to make sure that children are protected with all the immunizations they need, ODH is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. “When parents are thinking about their back to school checklists, vaccines should be at the top of the list,” said ODH State Epidemiologist and Bureau Chief of Infectious Diseases Sietske de Fijter. “Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health as well as the health of classmates and the community.” Unvaccinated children are at an increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. They also may spread diseases, like pertussis, which are serious or potentially lifethreatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to health conditions. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs, and when,” said de Fijter. This fall will be the second school year that the new meningococcal vaccine requirement is in effect under Ohio Revised Code. All incoming seventh graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming twelfth graders must have a second dose of the vaccine. ODH is currently running a back-to-school public awareness campaign that features radio and television ads that you can hear and see across the state. Parents should check with their child’s doctor, school or local health department to learn more about specific requirements. For more information on the meningococcal vaccine and other vaccination requirements, visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/immunization.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

A Dose of “Magic” On Sale at The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - With a career spanning more than five decades, Olivia Newton-John brings her star power and dazzling stage presence to The Niswonger! Presented by US Bank, tickets for Olivia Newton-John's concert on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 PM are on sale now.

Olivia Newton-John's appeal seems to be timeless. With a 50+ year career she is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans around the globe. She is a four-time GRAMMY award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and fourteen of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She starred in Grease, which featured one of the most successful soundtracks in Hollywood history.



 

Olivia Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. Since surviving breast cancer in 1992, she has been an advocate for health awareness becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts.

Top Ten Hit List

“Physical”

“Magic”

“You’re the One That I Want”

“A Little More Love”

“Please Mr. Please”

“Have You Never Been Mellow”

“I Honestly Love You”

“Let Me Be There”

“Hopelessly Devoted To You”

“Heart Attack”



 

Along with Presenting Sponsor US Bank, Supporting Sponsors include Ciao! MedSpa, Kitchens Inc., and Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service. This event is made complete with our 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets for Olivia Newton-John can be purchased through the Box Office Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722 or anytime at NPACVW.ORG.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 South, Van Wert, OH.

 
 
 

 
August 11-13, 2017
 

 
 
 
Parkway Graduates Class of 2017 on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these beautiful pictures - more at link below!

 

Click here for the Parkway High School Page and more pictures from graduation and the year by Nikki.

 

 

 

Rockford Chamber Awards Parkway Graduate with Scholarship
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Coleton Lautzenheiser as the 2017 Chamber Scholarship Award winner.  Colteton plans to attend Bowling Green this fall and study Sports Management.  Congratulations Coleton - Good Luck from the Rockford Chamber.

 

 
 

2017 Graduates - Parkway Scholarship Winners - Open PDF and Rotate Clockwise

 
 

Parkway Athletic Department Updates
The track will be closed for renovation from 12:00 p.m. today through 8:00 a.m. August 14. Future closure is possible as well.

Senior Night for Fall athletes has been moved to Friday, October 20.

 

 

 

Regional Urban Forester Coming to Rockford

Stephanie Miller, Regional Urban Forester for this area, will be at the 
Rockford Tree Commission meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 22, to
make a presentation and answer any questions about trees in the
Mercer County Area.  The meeting will be held at the Rockford
Village Hall located at 151 E Columbia St.  We would like
for all interested people to join us for this meeting.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Lunch Club Programs

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is about to kick off the Fifth year of its Lunch Club program.  Volunteers are needed to be a Big for the program.  In this program, volunteers would meet with a child from area elementary and middle schools for lunch and activities twice a month.  This year we will have programs at Celina Primary, Delphos Middle School, Ft. Recovery Elementary and Middle School, Parkway Elementary and Middle School, Van Wert Middle School, Wapakoneta Middle School, and Waynesfield Schools.  This is the first year to have the program in Delphos and Waynesfield.

 

Each visit the volunteers spend time with their Little during the child’s lunch.  They spend time talking and getting to know each other and have some free time together.  During the free time, the activities could include making a craft, playing a board game, building a model, or playing on the playground.  The program will begin in mid-September and run through the school year.

 

Volunteers must be able to meet with a child twice a month for 30-45 min (depending on school) during the students’ lunch.  Volunteers will be able to decide which day they would like to attend and the grade level of their Little.  Volunteers will bring their own lunch or eat at another time. Big Brothers Big Sisters will supply a box of items to use during the free time activities.

 

The Littles are students from Celina Primary (grades 1-2); Delphos Middle School (grades 6-8), Ft. Recovery Elementary & Middle School (grades K-5); Parkway Elementary & Middle School (grades 1-6); Van Wert Middle School (grades 6-8); Wapakoneta Middle School (grades 5-7), and Waynesfield Schools (grades 1-6).  These are students that could use a special friend and someone to spend time with them, YOU!  They are looking forward to spending time with a special friend on a consistent basis.  We do not want to turn any students away because of a lack of volunteers.

 

Littles in the program in previous years have said that they liked having a Big spend time with them and that their Big made them happy.  The Bigs said that they looked forward to seeing their Littles’ smiles and liked knowing their Littles looked forward to their coming.  Teachers of Littles said their students couldn’t wait for Lunch Club days and that they saw positive changes in their students.

 

To participate in this program or for more information, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 419-584-2447, 1-866-670-BBBS, or e-mail:  neberle@bbbsma.com.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a BIG difference in a life of a student in your community.  Contact BBBS to become a Big today!

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 10, 2017
 

 
 
13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk

Story by Steve Fisher and photos by Mike Roth

The 13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K was held, Saturday morning July 15, 2015, with over 170 runners/walkers competing.  The race is part of the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge and is sponsored by the Parkway Athletic Boosters.  The men’s winner was Roman Michell Schulze with a time of 16.52, and the women’s winner was Ashley Lefeld with a time of 18.48.  Complete race results can be found at:  http://www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com

Parkway student athletes also fared well.  Kyle Roth finished 5th overall, followed by Ben Schlemmer 6th, and Aaron Bruns 9th.  They were also the top 3 finishers in the Men’s 15-19 age group.  Also Blake Strickler and Gage Hamrick finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the Men’s 14 and under age group, Rachel Barrett was 1st in the Women’s 15-19 age group, and Treya Conn was 3rd in the Women’s 14 and under.

Also this year we added a half mile Fun Run for ages 12 and under.  These young runners met once a week this summer, under the direction of Jennifer Barrett, who with assistance from members of the Parkway Cross Country Team, taught these future runners the fundamentals off running and different training techniques.  Fun Run Results coming soon from Jennifer.

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

 

Rockford Fire Department

Shane’s Park Board

Boy Scout Troup 98

Barry's Market

Laurels of Shane Hill

Rockford Carryout

First Financial Bank

Subway - Rockford

Dannon Yogurt

Grand Lake Health

Pepsi

Domino's

Pizza Hut

Mercer Health

Wabash Communications

Innergy Fitness

Independent Capital Management

Cooper Farms

Grand Lake Marathon

People’s Bank

 

Click Here for the official results
Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them. Pictures by Mike Roth.
   
 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Boys 2017 Golf Team Opens Season
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf team opened the 2017 campaign at the Rob Contini Invitational at Colonial Golfers Club (par 71) in Harrod, Ohio. The Panthers finished in 6th place out of 8 teams. Leading the scoring for Parkway was junior Mason Baxter with a score of 84. Jack Wehe shot a 97, while Clayton Agler and Seth Stukey finish the 4 man scoring with a pair of 99s. Ashton Hamrick shot an even 100 and Duncan Morton scored a 103 for Parkway. Lima Bath won the invitational with a score of 319.

 

The Panthers Varsity and JV teams were in action at the Celina Lynx Golf Club in the Mercer County Invitational on Tuesday. The Panthers Varsity team was led by a 93 shot by Mason Baxter. Ashton Hamrick shot 100 and Jack Wehe shot a 104 for Parkway as well. Clayton Agler finished the scoring for Parkway with a 107. Seth Stukey shot a 109 and Breyden Bruns a 113 for the Panthers as well. The Panthers golfers finished 3rd out of 5 teams behind St. Henry and Coldwater.

 

The JV team finished in 3rd place out of 4 teams. Leading the way for Parkway in the JV division was Duncan Morton with a 106, Jared Gibson was next for Parkway with a 112, Andy Metz shot a 119 and Adam Stephenson scored a 122 to finish the scoring for Parkway. Alex Altenbach shot a 128 and Hunter Gibson a 131. Kaden Boroff played as a marker for the invitational and shot a 126.

 
 
 

Kids Club Begins September 6 at Rockford United Methodist Church

Kids Club begins Wednesday, September 6 at Rockford United Methodist Church. An after school program on Wednesdays, it runs from 3:30 to 5 PM. A free community meal is served afterwards. This program is FREE, but a form must be filled out. Children are transported from Parkway Schools to the church. Ages K-5th grade are welcome. Snacks, games, crafts and a Bible lesson are included. Contact the church at 110 S. Franklin Street for the form or at parkway Elementary School Office. Call 419-363-3230 for information.

 
 
 

School Prayer Walk Planned Saturday, August 19th

The Rockford United Methodist Church will sponsor the annual School Prayer Walk on Saturday, August 19th at 8:30 a.m. This is open to anyone who would like to lift up the 2017-2018 school year in prayer.  Participants will meet outside of the Parkway High School entrance and prayer will be offered there.  The group will walk around the outside of the school, stopping at various locations to pray.  Specific groups and programs will be lifted up.  Participants may either offer a prayer out loud as led, or pray silently as others lead prayer.  The School Prayer Walk will last approximately one hour.

 
 

 
August 8-9, 2017
 

 
 

Nikki Fox Plans Athletic Pictures this Week

Nikki is taking pictures this Wednesday with golf pictures on Thursday.

 

         Wednesday, August 9

            8:00     Senior Fall Athletes (at football field)

            9:00     HS & JH Cheerleaders (at football field)

          10:00     HS & JH Cross Country (at football field)

          10:30     HS Volleyball (HS gym)

            1:00     Band

            3:30     HS Football (at football field)

            4:30     JH Football (at football field)

            5:00     JH Volleyball (JH gym)

 

          Thursday, August 10

            8:15     Boys & Girls Golf (meet at HS entrance)

 

 
 
 

Parkway Middle School Fall Sports Schedules Posted by  Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the Junior High schedules in printable format!

Parkway High School Fall Sports Schedules Posted by Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the Football Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Volleyball Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Co-ed Cross Country Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Boys and Girls Golf Schedules - printable!

Pictures coming soon by Nikki Fox . . . .

Rosters coming soon by Lisa Miller . . . .

 
 
 
 
 
 

Otterbein Plans Annual Fish Fry – Celebrates 30 Years!
Otterbein Retirement in St. Marys is hosting their annual Fish Fry at the lake on august 19, 2017 (Saturday) from 11 AM to 3 PM. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There will be free popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones provided by the Wapakoneta Lions Club. Aftermath, a sixies group, will entertain. Campus Tours Available and Open House. Grand door prize drawings, pontoon rides, craft and bake sale, silent auction, face painting, Caricaturist, Resident Art Show & sale, and photo booth. Otterbein is located at 11230 St. Rt. 364 on the east side of the lake St. Marys, OH.

 

 
 

State Plowing Contest at Maurer Farm in Mendon was a Success

On July 29 at 9 AM the state plowing contest was held near Mendon at the Maurer Farms location on State Route 707. Classes included: Novice, Junior and Senior Classes.

The food stand was operated by the Mercer United Methodist Church.

Pictures here are by Bob Maurer who said, “I believe the contestants had a good time plowing.”

Doug and Don Hays' tractors for the event.

 

 

 

 

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them.


Junior Contestant

Junior Contestant

Mercer Methodist Women
help with food

Junior Open
 
 

Burkett  5K

The 15th annual Burkett 5k will be Saturday August 12, 2017 at 8:30 starting and ending at Burkettsville Park.

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

Race day registration is from 7:00 to 8:15 at $10.00 for under  18 years and $15.00 for over 18 years of age.   Results after the race are on www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com.  Sponsored by  Burkettsville Community Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

For more information contact Tonya Siefring at 419-733-5445 email tonyajan@yahoo.com. Or Josie Snyder at 419-375-4616 email bsnyder37@woh.rr.com.

 

 
 

Man Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor
Celina, OH –Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey today reported the arrest of Jerry L. Fisher, 58, 9891 St Rte. 49, Rockford, for Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a minor, a felony of the second degree.  The Sheriff’s Office received information on Saturday that Fisher had been having sexual relations with someone under the age of 16 in the recent past.

The Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation in cooperation with Mercer County Job and Family Services.  The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions, Fisher had sex with the underage victim.

After consultation with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday,  Fisher was arrested and incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.

Fisher has a history as a sexually oriented offender and had been required to register his address with the Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.  That requirement expired in 2015.

His bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer at $750,000, subject to a 10% provision.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case to determine if any additional charges should be filed.

 
 
 

4th Annual Concert of Caring to Feature Indianapolis Band

Concert of Caring, the major fundraising event for the Sidney Office of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Versailles.

This year’s featured entertainment is Dave and Rae, a popular four-piece group from the Indianapolis area.  Ticket holders for this dressy casual event are urged to put on their dancing shoes because this high-energy group offers a unique blend of music from all genres guaranteed to have guests singing along, getting up to move, and having fun.

Tickets for the 2017 Concert of Caring are $50 per person which includes table seating, dinner buffet, desserts, two drink coupons, and the chance to bid on a variety of Silent Auction items donated by businesses, individuals, and local artisans.  There will also be distinctive raffle items and other surprises throughout the evening.

Sponsorship opportunities for the event include signage, program recognition, and reserved table seating.  The Headliner Level is $1000 and includes 12 tickets with VIP seating.  The Star Level is $500 and includes six tickets with Premier seating.  The Artist Level is $250 and includes four tickets with Reserved seating. 

Proceeds from the annual Concert of Caring guarantee continued success of CSSMV services in the Northern Miami Valley.  Those programs include counseling, early childhood intervention, parenting and adoption support in Auglaize and Mercer Counties, and all those services plus the RideLink call center and senior visiting in Darke, Miami, and Shelby Counties. 

Sponsorships and tickets can be purchased online at www.cssmv-sidney.org/events.  For more information, or to donate a silent auction item, contact Elaine Schweller-Snyder, Northern Counties Marketing and Development Coordinator, at (937) 498-4593 ext. 1141 or snydere@cssmv.org.

 

Liberty Baptist Bible Time

(Van Wert) According to Sr. Pastor, Jim C. Burns, the week of Neighborhood Bible Time at Liberty Baptist Church, Van Wert with special ministry guest Evangelists, Joseph King from Hagerstown, Maryland and Joshua Linguid from Vancouver, Washington was an outstanding success with 120 total enrollees including workers, teens and children and an average attendance nightly of over 100 people.  A new neighbor who's children attended nightly was so impressed with the excitement and fun his kids were having with the other children at this year's Neighborhood Bible Time, that he secured shirt sizes of everyone late Wednesday night and made Rally T Shirts for all of the workers, teens and children who attended, and presented everyone with a free Rally T Shirt last Friday night for the Awards Ceremony!  A Big thanks to Mark Eberle of Midwest Sportswear for his kind contribution.  For information about Rally T Shirts and other sportswear products, contact Mark at:  familyfirst131415@gmail.com or 419-670-5347.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 7, 2017
 

 
 

Piano Recital Enjoyed

On Saturday, July 29 the students of Roberta LePage presented their annual Piano Recital for parents and grandparents and friends.  Following this recital, we will observe a break until the week after Labor Day.  If you are interested in taking lessons, call Roberta at 419-363-3614 to set up a time.  The sooner you call, the more chance you have of getting a place in the schedule.

Students for this year's recital were (back row) Brooke Stephenson, Caiden Berry, Hutch Ridenour, Rylan Lyons, (front row) Oliver Haines, Maggie Rich, and Gwyneth Ridenour. 

 

Parkway will host a fall sports meet the team night on August 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the HS Auditorium. Our fall teams will be introduced at this meeting. Sports passes will also be available for sale on the meeting.

 

 

Girls Golf Team
by Coach Teri Samples
The Parkway Girls Golf Team placed  1st at Willow Bend Country Club in a Tri-Match with host teams Lincolnview and Delphos Jefferson. Marissa Miller of Lincolnview earned Madalist with a 96 and Parkway’s Haley Stukey took 2nd overall with a score of 99. Other scoring Panthers were Mecaylah Hesse shooting 103, Autumn Ellis with 111, and Maddie Kroeger earning the last scoring spot with a 125.

Team Scores: 1 Parkway 438
2. Lincolnview 470 and 3. Delphos Jefferson 507

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 3-6, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford, Mendon and Willshire Experience Power Outage
Rockford, Mendon, Willshire, Wren, Van wert, Ohio City and Celina experienced over an hour power outage in the wee hours of Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from a little after midnight to 1 AM. It was a DP & L substation in Celina that had a breaker needing reset. No cause was given.

 

Couples Cruise a Stretch of the St. Marys River

Bob and Cyn Van Fleet of California visited in the Mercer County area in June and attended the Parkway High School Reunion of the Class of 1964. A Bucket List item for the couple was to take “a float” down the St. Marys River, where Bob and his Grandpa Van Fleet had traveled when Bob was a child. The pair would pitch an old Army tent back at the “fishing hole” off the 127 bridge for a week or more and fish, hunt, gig, and trap. They cleaned their catch and took it up to Rockford to store in the freezer for tasty meals that Grandma Van Fleet would cook in the winter. Bob remembers the wonder of a boy out in nature, learning survival techniques from Grandpa.

The trip was planned by a friend, Aaron Crites, whose family owns the land. He provided the 2 canoes and took the Van Fleets and Sheila Baltzell and Mark Linn on an adventure down the St. Marys River from the U.S. Rt. 127 bridge to Frysinger Road bridge. They encountered and ported around 3 massive log jams, hauling their canoes up onto the bank and carrying them around the blockages.

They also manage to squeeze their canoes under a “hole” in a 4th log jam. The 4.07 mile long trip took 3-1/2 hours and every bend in the winding river held a surprise. It was quiet and cool on June 7 and the river was high with recent rains, but no longer out of its banks. The current was very slow. The group experienced: a raccoon scrambling up a tree (rare in the daytime); red winged blackbirds; baby ducklings with their mamas; black capped chickadees; and robins. 

Later Aaron took the couples on a walk  back in the woods along the river where they encountered the noisy hammering of pilated woodpeckers in the dead trees that are their food source of bugs. Hiking back to the old fishing hole where Grandpa Van Fleet and Bob camped so long ago, Aaron pointed out in the distance, the huge stick structure of the resident eagle’s nest. There were mosquitoes on land but not on the water cruise. And plenty of poison ivy to avoid.

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge.

Casting off at 127 bridge Bob and Cyn portage around a log jam Sheila at the worst log jam encountered Bob and Cyn Van Fleet
Mark Linn and Aaron Crites
on the bank
A tree nearly ready to fall across and into the river.
Mark Linn, with Mercer County Engineer's office, at one time
 walked and marked log jams in this very river.
Mark Linn pointed out how the bank washes away the dirt
from the roots eventually causing the tree to fall into the river creating log jams.
A look at the new
Frysinger Road Bridge
planned and built
by Mercer County Engineer's office.
 
 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events for August 2017 - Click here for a printable version

 
 

 
August 1-2, 2017
 

 
 
 

Feature Story on Dr. Norman Means

 

Creative Alaskan Photography by Dr. Norman Means

Scroll down past these pictures to read the story about Dr. Means. 

Hoarfrost on a tree twig at the hospital in Alaska
Aleknagik Lake with the village of Aleknagik in the background.
Mother moose and 2 newborn calves in the Means' backyard.
Palmer, AK, with 6398 foot Pioneer Peak in the background.
6119 foot Matanuska Peak in the Fall.

The above 5 photo images are the creative photographic property of Dr. Norman Means and are copyrighted solely by him 2017.
Permission has been granted to publish these pictures only on The Parkway Independent Online Newspaper by Dr. Norman Means.

 
 

New Doctor in Rockford Comes to the Community by Way of Alaska and Several States In Between

By Sheila Baltzell, editor 8-1-2017

 

So what brings a doctor to Western Ohio from Alaska? Dr. Norman Means, MD, the new family doctor at Rockford Family Medicine, has the answer to that. “Family and the desire to be closer to home.” Yes, home for the Means’ Family is Eastern Indiana. In fact, Dr. Means actually did a Rural Medical Requirement of Medical School at IU ~ a one month rotation – with Dr. Judge in Berne, IN. When he was recruited to look at Van Wert Hospital and in particular, Rockford, Ohio he was so excited because he already knew the area.

 

 

Decision to Become a Doctor – Early Family Life

Growing up in Anderson, IN was like living in a town the size of Lima. His high school graduating class was around 400-450. Dr. Means’ father was a veteran of the Army, having served in Vietnam and stationed in Germany. While in Germany, his father met and married a German young lady. They had two sons including Norman.  They lived the military life. When Dr. Means’ father was injured in combat in Vietnam, the entire family relocated briefly to Washington DC to be near him as he recovered at Walter Reed Hospital. Dr. Means remembers his curiosity, even though he was only six, when the staff changed his father’s wound dressings. He was never frightened by the other injured soldiers, and spent time wandering around and visiting with the patients. His father used to tell him that the soldiers were always asking when Norman was coming back to visit. Dr. Means believes all of this had an impact on his desire – when he was still in elementary school – to become a doctor. It was always his career choice. His father recovered from his wounds, took a military medical discharge and went on to work at the U.S. Post Office and the auto-making industry. The family continues to visit family in Germany as they did when he was a child. Dr. Means also is fluent in German.

Where have they been?

From a beginning in Germany with his military family, to growing up in Anderson Indiana, travel and living world-wide has been a way of life.  After graduating from Anderson-Highland High School, he began a life on the move. As he worked to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor and completing necessary course work, he and his wife, Tammy, and their family have moved around a lot during this career path that took them from Anderson, IN to  the University of Chicago with his undergrad degree where he recently celebrated his 30th reunion. From there he went to medical school at Indiana University. After graduation, he began his internship in General Surgery and his Pathology Residency took them to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Then they were off to Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the University of North Carolina for his Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine and Bloodbanking. His 2nd residency took the family to Duke University into their Family Medicine Residency program in Fayetteville, North Carolina. From all that warm weather, they then moved to Cordova, Alaska on Prince William Sound. Click here to take a look at a Google map of Prince William Sound and Cordova to the far right. Dr. Means was the only doctor in town!

The Means Family

Tammy, his wife of 25 years, is a registered nurse, and they met in college at Indiana University. She was from nearby Noblesville, IN. Later on, Tammy completed a Master in Business Administration. She worked as an RN and was also her husband’s office manager in Anchorage. They have 4 children.

Cordova, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska

A fishing village of 3000, accessible only by boat or airplane, Cordova (on the Copper River) swells to 6000 people when the salmon canning season begins.  There is a Coast Guard Base in Cordova  an artist colony, an artisan bakery, and it is near the Exxon-Valdez pipeline. After one year, they moved on to Anchorage, a city the size of Ft. Wayne, IN. where the summer days are 20 hours long at the summer solstice. From 4:15 AM to 11:43 PM, there is daylight.

Anchorage is a modern city where their children attended school. Alaska ranks 48th (of the states) in population but has 20% of the land surface of the entire country.  Click here for a look at all kinds of info on Alaska as well as a map of how Alaska compares in size to the rest of the US. The Means Family members have traveled to Kodiak, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Mt. McKinley/Danali. They enjoyed white water rafting, golfing and lots of photography.

Adventures in the Tundra

Dr. Means and his family learned much while living in Alaska.  Law requires people to store their garbage properly. Once he looked out the window from the office to see a bear wandering around. That is the reason for garbage laws; the bears are always close by.

Another time, he was asked by a Reality Show producer to fly to a little village to give physicals to the cast members as part of the show’s contract. He flew in on a 3000 foot gravel airstrip in a 9 seat plane.

Specialties and Joining Van Wert Hospital Services

Dr. Means became Board Certified in Family Medicine, Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology  (the later AP and CP are specialties). He brings many years of experience to Family Medicaine Associates and the patients of Dr. Jerry Sell and Nurse Practitioner Rona Dellinger. He works for Van Wert Hospital Services for Family Medicine Associates. Van Wert Hospital manages everything for him so he can do his job as a doctor. He still practices in the Clinical Pathology area, which is blood and genetics. Dr. Means does this for his patients and through regulatory work. He manages several labs in Alaska. He is looking forward to meeting his new patients in Rockford. And, he chuckles as he says, “I try not to live up to my name “Means” . 

 

Welcome Dr. Norman Means!

 

 
 

 
July 28-31, 2017

 

 
 

Robert Maurer Attends Rolling Thunder in Washington DC Over Memorial Day

Rolling Thunder Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the search of American soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Rolling Thunder was established in 1987. On May 29, 2017 approximately 900,000 motorcycle riders paraded through the streets of Washington, DC. where they honored our fallen heroes. Among those attending was Robert Maurer of Mendon who placed 2 wreaths at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Bob is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Above picture: Parkway Class of 1967 Wreath for fallen hero Benny Sapp.


Sapp Family Memorial Wreath carried and placed by Bob Maurer for their fallen brother Benny Sapp.

 

 


Above Elida, OH Class attending Memorial Day Services in DC.

Bob said, “When I walked up the wall to place the 2 wreaths, I asked someone from a group of young students if one of them would take a couple of pictures. One boy graciously volunteered. I asked them where they were from and they said Elida.  I then saw one of them had an Elida t-shirt on.  I said I live only 30 miles from Elida. The person in the front row of the picture I took was the chaperone.  I think the kids were excited that they were in Washington DC and ran into someone who knew where Elida Ohio was located.”

 

 

Legacy Run 2017 – 12th Annual

Bob Maurer Preparing for his 9th Ride in the American Legion Riders Legacy Run on a West Coast Run Following Route 50

Bob Maurer, a Viet Nam Veteran, is still serving his fellow military comrades. On August 12, 2017, he will be heading out on his motorcycle for his personal 9th ride in the American Legion Riders Legacy Run to raise Scholarship Funds for the children of men and women who have lost their lives in military service to the USA. In its 12th year, the riders have raised over $7 million. Bob said, “We will travel from Ft. Dodge, Kansas westward over 1400 miles in 5 days heading through Kansas, Colorado, Utah and finally arriving in Fallon, Nevada.

 

The Kansas City soldiers’ Home is sponsoring a kick-off night Hog Roast for the riders. And, traveling a quieter stretch of the United States requires the men to have scheduled fuel stops! There will be special dinner stops at two American Legion Posts in Pueblo, CO and Fallon, NV. Wreath-laying ceremonies, along the route, are always touching events.

 

The riders will congregate before heading on to Reno, Nevada for the 99th American Legion National Convention. Bob said, “It is always a great time and can get emotional for those who have been helped by our fund raising efforts and share their stories.

 

Bob is a member of the Celina American Legion Riders Post 210. He is also a Veteran of the conflict in Viet Nam. August 12 has a special meaning for Bob. Sharing his memory, he said, “It is also special for me in that August 12th, the day of our start (kick stands up) will mark the 49th anniversary of another type of kick stands up sort of.  That day was wheels up as I boarded a plane in New Jersey and headed for Vietnam. I will have on my mind just how many of those on that plane never made it home alive to have the wonderful life I have had.”

 

Donations to the cause can be given directly to Bob before he leaves or on the secure website at www.legion.org or www.legion.org/riders. bob’s number is 419-238-6863

 

More information and pictures of past years’ events and the latest course planned for August 12-16, 2017 can be found also be found at those links.

Donations to the scholarship fund are still accepted.

 

 
 
 
 

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

ALL ARE WELCOME !!

 
 

Parkway High School Student Schedules
by Sandee Bollenbacher

Parkway High School student schedules for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year will be mailed out to students Monday, August 7.  All school fees will need to be paid by the first day of school, Tuesday, August 22.  The High School “Back to School” night will be Tuesday, August 15, beginning at 6:00pm and will last until 8:00pm.  Students wishing to do a walkthrough of their schedule or try their locker combination can do so at this time.  The high school secretary will also be available that evening to accept book fee payments and any completed forms from students or parents.

Parking permits this year will be issued on a first come-first served basis to students with a valid driver’s license and students will be able to pick their numbered spot.  We will be following this schedule to issue parking permits:  Seniors (August 11), Juniors (August 14), Sophomores (August 15) and any 10, 11, or 12 grader on August 16 between the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Parking permits WILL NOT BE available on Back to School night.  Any registration forms that are not completely filled out and signed by both the parent and student will not be accepted until they are complete.  Any students that will be attending Vantage this year will also need to purchase a permit if they plan to leave their vehicle at the high school parking lot area during the school day.  Extra parking forms are available in the high school office.

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

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

 

Parkway Schools weight room and all locker rooms are closed for cleaning, until further notice, effective immediately. Contact the school if you have questions.

 

 

Clifton and Tribolet Families Announce Engagement and Wedding Plans

Cameron and Lachelle Clifton, Wren, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mekale Clifton, to Jeremy Tribolet, son of Scott and Michelle Tribolet, Rockford.

The bride-elect is a 2013 graduate of Crestview High School and a 2016 graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science in speech and language pathology.  She is currently a graduate student at Ball State University.

The prospective groom is a 2013 graduate of Parkway High School and will graduate in July from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

The couple is planning an August 5, 2017, wedding at The Lodge in Yorktown, IN.  

 

 
 

Fatal Traffic Crash at St Rte. 29 and St Rte. 118 North Claims Life

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred today (July 18th, 2017) at 8:17 AM.   Grey reports that his office received numerous 911 calls at this time, reporting that there was a multi vehicle accident at the intersection of St Rte. 29 and St Rte. 118 North. 

The investigation found that a 2008 Kia being driven by 27 year old Lisa Rinderle of St. Henry, Ohio was North bound on Burkettsville – St. Henry Road.   Rinderle stopped for the stop sign at St Rte. 29.  Rinderle failed to yield the right of way and proceeded into the intersection and collided with a West bound 2001 Freightliner being driven by 57 year old Charles W Ward of St. Mary’s, Ohio.   Ward’s semi overturned and slid broad side down the roadway, where he was struck again by an East bound 2018 Volvo being driven by 37 year old Terry A Green II of Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Grey reported that both Rinderle and Ward were transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, where Ward was pronounced deceased from his injuries.  Rinderle is currently being treated at Mercer Health at the time of this release.   Green was treated and released at the scene. 

Grey stated that his office was assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire and EMS, Mercer County EMS, Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers (MCERV), Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Mercer County Emergency Management (EMA) and the State Motor Vehicle Inspector.

Grey called the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team to the scene for the investigation.    

At this time this crash remains under investigation.  Grey stated that once the crash is completed, his office will have this case reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for possible charges. 

Grey stated that this marks the third fatal crash in Mercer County this year. 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

Lima Area Concert Band Coming to Parkway High School

The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the Lima Area Concert band will be held on August 27th at 3 pm in the auditorium at Parkway High School located at 400 W Buckeye St. in Rockford.

Adult tickets - $7 and Children 10-17 - $5

All proceeds will benefit the Parkway High School band.

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

Larry Seibert, a Mendon native and more recently a citizen of Rockford, had played with the Lima Area Concert Band for more than 10 years.  One of Larry's dreams was to offer the caliper of music that the Lima Area concert Band plays to his Rockford family and friends and to show to the local band students that playing music shouldn't end after high school.  

Please join us as we celebrate Larry's life and enjoy the wonderful music as performed by the extremely talented musicians of the Lima Area Concert Band. 

 

 
 
 

Please Avoid Mud Pike Road As Resurfacing Begins
Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, strongly recommends that, as much as possible, the traveling public avoid the Mud Pike road corridor west of Celina, and the intersecting Fleetfoot and Hellwarth roads.  “Over the course of approximately the next 7-10 days (weather permitting) intensive asphalt concrete resurfacing operations will be conducted by the contractor.  Through traffic should not utilize those 3 roads (Mud Pike, Fleetfoot, and Hellwarth).  Those needing to get to and from specific drive locations within this footprint of these roads should travel with the utmost caution and care in the construction area.”

 
 

Mercer Health’s West Wing Expansion Nears Completion of Steel Placement;

Topping Out Signing and Ceremony Planned

 

The construction of the West Wing Expansion at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital is progressing as planned and has reached an important milestone – its topping out ceremony.  “We are pleased with the progress and are very excited to invite the community and our staff members to participate in some special events to celebrate the progress of the project.” shares Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations at Mercer Health.

 

Beam Signing

The last structural beam to be placed in the building will be available for staff and community members to sign.  The beam will be available in the east lawn of Mercer Health West Campus (former Briarwood Manor), 830 W. Main St., Coldwater, on the following dates and times.

         Thursday, August 3rd – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m.

         Friday, August 4th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

         Saturday, August 5th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

         Sunday, August 6th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

         Monday, August 7th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m.

         Tuesday, August 8th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m.

         Wednesday, August 9th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Topping Out Ceremony

A topping out ceremony, an exciting construction tradition, will take place on Wednesday, August 9th at 12 noon.  Refreshments will be served.  The ceremony will take place on the east lawn of Mercer Health West Campus (former Briarwood Manor), 830 W. Main St., Coldwater.

 

The West Wing Expansion is expected to be completed in Fall 2018.

 

 

VANTAGE ANNOUNCES ORIENTATION MEETINGS AND

SCHEDULE PICKUP DATES

It’s time to get ready for the new school year @ Vantage! There will be two orientation meetings to welcome new students and their parents to the school.  The first orientation meeting will be held on MONDAY, AUGUST 7 at 7:00 p.m.  This is for students who are enrolled in Ag & Industrial Power Tech, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Construction Equipment Technology, Carpentry, Electricity, Industrial Mechanics, Precision Machining, and Welding. 

The second orientation meeting is set for TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 at 7:00 p.m. and is for students in the following Business and Human Services programs: Network Systems, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Interactive Media, Early Childhood Education, Health Technology, and Medical Office Management.

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


Students who attended Vantage last year can pick up their schedule and pay program fees from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, August 7 and 8.  Parents should have received a letter in the mail with instructions on how to fill out the required “beginning of the year” forms using the Oneview parent portal. 

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

The first day of school for new students is Monday, August 21, starting at
8:23 a.m. The first day of school for returning students is Tuesday, August 22.  The school day runs until 2:40 p.m.

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

 

Our Old Bookcase, July 20, 2017, Cassella Post Office History

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:   The Village of Cassella, known as Marysville on this 1888 Atlas of Mercer County, Ohio Plat Map, identified the U.S. Post Office in the building on the southwest corner of Marion Street [St. Rt. 119] and Convent Street [Cassella-Montezuma Road].

 

 

An old Post Card of a Cassella building was the topic of the July 6, 2017 “Our Old Bookcase.”  Dale Poeppelman sent me a copy of another old Post Card of Cassella, with that same building, and across the street from that building, stood the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.   That photograph confirmed the site of the building across the street, in the July 6, 2017 column.  I also received calls about the old Cassella Post Office being located in that building.

 

The Village of Cassella was platted with the name of “Marysville” in 1860.  The 1888 Plat Map of Marysville above was included in the “1888 Mercer County Atlas.”  Beneath the name of “Marysville,” is written “Cassella P.O., [Post Office], Marion Township.” 

The microfilm of the U.S. Post Office of Cassella, Marion Township, Mercer County, Ohio, confirms that an application for Capella, [Cassella] Post Office was made to the Post Office Department, at Washington, on April 20, 1878.  On May 28, 1878, The Topographer’s Office of the Post Office Department, at Washington, wrote the Postmaster at Cassella, Mercer Co., Ohio, and requested information.  On June 5, 1878, John Cron Postmaster at Cassella responded,  “The Post Office Department name of my Office is ‘Cassella.’  The local name is ‘Marysville’.  The nearest Office on route No. 21427 is Cranberry Prairie, two miles southwest.  The name of the nearest office on the same route on the other side is Maria Stein, four miles east.  The name of the nearest office ‘off the route,’ is Carthagena, 2.5 miles northwest.”

That same microfilm of the U.S. Post Office stated the Cassella Post Office was established April 22, 1878, and was discontinued June 15, 1905.  The Cassella Postmaster appointments were:  John Cron, April 22, 1878; John Houck, August 4, 1879; Philipp Staugler, October 22, 1880; Joseph Wily, January 20, 1886; Henry Cron, February 3, 1886; John Cron, March 13, 1889.  As of May 22, 1905, the Post office was discontinued and the mail was sent to Saint Henry.  The closing of the Cassella Post Office was effective as of June 15, 1905.

I looked at the history of the building at the southwest corner of St. Rt. 119 and Cassella-Montezuma Road.  I ask you readers, when was the road widened on St. Rt. 119?  Was the Cassella Tavern open until that time?  The Village of Marysville (Cassella) was not incorporated and I do not know the date as to when the Village became known as Cassella, in place of Marysville.

The 1989 Directory listed the Cassella Tavern at 6490 St. Rt. 119.  The October 16, 1980 “Mercer County Chronicle,” newspaper addressed the story of the recent fire in the store room of the Cassella Tavern, owned by Dennis and Tommy Kessen.  I checked previous Mercer County Directories, to learn the names of the owners of the Cassella Tavern, at 6490 St. Rt. 119.   The 1979 owners of the Cassella Tavern were Dennis and Thomas Kessen.  The 1977 owner of the “Cassella Store & Tavern” was Lari A. Robinson.  The 1970 Directory listed the Cassella Store and Tavern, but not the owner, just before the Cassella-Montezuma Road Intersection at St. Rt. 119.  The owners of this property would be listed at the Mercer County Recorder’s Office at the Mercer County Courthouse.  The 1980 story in the Chronicle suggested that this building dated back to the Civil War, in the 1860’s.  The Village of Marysville, later known as Cassella, was platted in 1860; this old tavern building may very well have dated back to the 1860’s. Apparently, the old Tavern building was the Cassella Post Office, between 1878 and 1905.

 

 
 

 
July 27, 2017
 

 
 
 

Reminder Parkway Youth Football Camp K-6

inside the Track 6-8pm Thurs and Fri.  Bring water.  Cleats preferred.  Athletic Dress.

 

 

 

Limberlost to present ‘Swift Night Out’

State Historic Site to host an educational event on chimney swift birds

 

GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Swift Night Out, a free, family-friendly event, all about the chimney swift bird. These small birds are known for their aerial acrobatics and distinctive “chippering” sound.

 

“Chimney swifts are fascinating birds that are important for the number of insects they eat,” said Nicky Ball, Limberlost State Historic Site manager. “They are definitely unknown and underappreciated by most people.”

 

A program will be presented in the Limberlost Visitor Center classroom at 7:30 p.m., followed by a “swift sit” in downtown Geneva to watch the birds in flight. As the sun goes down, visitors will watch the swifts take shelter for the night in the chimneys of Geneva residents. Unlike other birds, chimney swifts are unable to perch upright and can only cling to vertical surfaces.

 

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs for this free nature program. Donations are encouraged.

 

This event is sponsored by Geneva Dental Clinic and Berne Ready Mix.

 

For more information on Swift Night Out, please contact Curt Burnette, Limberlost State Historic Site program developer, at 260.368.7428 or cburnette@indianamuseum.org.

 

 

Limberlost State Historic Site in Adams County and the Loblolly Marsh Wetland Preserve in Jay County are located near Geneva in northeastern Indiana. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Limberlost admission is free for Indiana State Museum & Historic Site members. General admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children. The Historic Site is located at 200 E. 6th St. in Geneva, Ind., just off U.S. Highway 27.

 

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, August 3, 2017 Antique Farm Equipment Exhibit at Coldwater Picnic August 5-6, 2017

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

Photo caption:  New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractors will be on exhibit at the Coldwater Community Park Picnic, Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6, 2017.

 

  

Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017 the Antique Tractors and New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit will be hosted by the Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society, at the north side of the Park, at the Coldwater Community Picnic at the Park. 

 

The New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit will include New Idea products; for example: Manure Spreaders, Wagons, Hand Corn Shellers, Elevators, Balers, Lime Spreaders,  Hay Harvesting Equipment, Mounted Corn Pickers and Uni-System Corn Pickers, and other Uni-System Equipment..  The white tents will hold smaller collections, for example, New Idea Equipment Manuals, photographs, original wood patters by Orville Ranly and collections of New Idea Memorabilia by the Members of the New Idea Committee.

 

The Antique Tractors will include early tractors, hosted by the area tractor collectors.  Rare Tractors, as well as Gasoline Engines will be there. 

The New Idea History Book Series #2 about New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers and #3 about New Idea Company’s Uni-System will be on Exhibit.  For those of you who have not yet picked up your copy of these books, the books will be waiting for you at this Picnic.

The New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractors Exhibit has been held by the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee Members and local farmers, since they held their First Exhibit beginning in 2005 at the Coldwater Community Picnic.  The New Idea Historic Committee was established by the Mercer County Historical Society in January 2000, following the December 1999 closing of the AGCO New Idea Company at Coldwater.  The NIHP Members have been meeting monthly, January through October since 2000, with a goal to preserve New Idea’s history by holding New Idea Manual Sales, and by hosting New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibits at Coldwater Community Picnic, Van Wert Old Fashioned Farmers Days, Greenville’s Farm Power of the Past, and Sandwich Farm Equipment at Sandwich, Illinois.  They have published a Series of three New Idea History Books. 

The 2017 Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee include Alvin Alig, Richard Bashore, Ken Coffman, Vance Engle, Ron Fischer, Tom Fischer, Lavern Heuing, Jim Jutte, Joe Karafit, Joe Kuhn, Orville Kunk, Leo Lefeld, Linus Lefeld, Frank Mohlman, Don Muhlenkamp, Phil Naumann, Leroy Peters, Gary Rismiller, Bernard “Pete” Schaefer, Bob Stelzer. Jim Weiler, and Ollie Wendel.  Stop by this Exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic, and thank the Members for preserving your rural heritage in Coldwater as a part of Mercer County.  If this Committee had not preserved New Idea’s history, too much of that New Idea History would have been filed in history’s dustbin.

Thank the Mercer County Commissioners for creating plans for the Mercer County Historical Society in 1957 by including funds in their County Budget for 1958 to plan and implement the Mercer County Historical Society and Mercer County Historical Museum.  The Mercer County Historical Society has several dedicated committees, each with a separate project designed to preserve the many facets of Mercer County’s history and to educate the public about that history.

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

 

 

 

A Classic Rock Release at The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - Who’s ready to rock? As the finale of this week’s packed individual release schedule, Thursday, July 27 marks the release date for Australian rock legends Little River Band. Starting at noon, patrons can purchase individual tickets for these musicians rockers from down under who are set to rock The Niswonger Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 PM.

Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. It was originally a blend of musicians who had enjoyed success in other Australian rock acts. Their new focus was to get airplay on American radio, and they achieved that goal with good songwriting, powerful vocals, and guitar harmonies. They immediately claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the '70s...and the '80s. Between 1976 and 1983, chart success in America includes the following singles: It's a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Man On Your Mind, We Two, and The Other Guy.

Little River Band is considered to be one of Australia's most significant bands. Worldwide album and CD sales now top 30 million. They also set a record for having Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years...the first band to achieve that mark. LRB was rightfully inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.

Along with Presenting Sponsor US Bank, Little River Band is made whole by the contributions of 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets to Little River Band can be purchased through the Box Office Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-NPAC 6722 and online at NPACVW.ORG.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 South, Van Wert, OH.

 

 

M*A*S*H Star Jamie Farr Coming to Niswonger

 

He made his name as Maxwell Q. Klinger on the hit television show M*A*S*H in the 1970s and 1980s, and now he’ll make his mark at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Tuesdays with Morrie Starring starring Jamie Farr is the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom’s hit autobiographical novel coming to The Niswonger Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 PM presented by Community Health Professionals.



 

Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Jamie Farr is absolutely brilliant as Morrie.

 

Basketball Coach Jim Valvano once said that there are three things you should do every day: You you should learn something, you should laugh and you should be moved to tears. Tuesdays with Morrie fulfills all three of these requirements.

 

"Tuesdays with Morrie is only 80 minutes long, but I guarantee it will make you laugh, cry, think and feel, all in that limited time span." -The Star

 

Along with Presenting Sponsor Community Health Professionals, this event is made complete with the 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

 

Tickets to Tuesdays with Morrie Starring starring  Jamie Farr can be purchased through the Box Office Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722 or online at NPACVW.ORG.

 

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

 

2017-2018 Parkway Preschool

August 1 is the deadline to register for preschool for the 2017-2018 school at Parkway Preschool.

 

We currently have openings for the Tuesday/Thursday morning and afternoon classes, Monday/Wednesday afternoon classes and Monday - Thursday morning classes.  Children must be 3, 4 or 5 to attend and fully potty trained.  Financial assistance is available; however, the preschooler must be 4 years old by August 1 to qualify.

 

Our preschool is a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by the Ohio Department of Education.

 

Registration forms are available in the district and elementary office or the Rockford Carnegie Library.  Once the registration is completed and the registration fee paid, the forms packet needs to be turned in before the school year begins on August 23.  We offer both two half-day classes and four half-day classes.  Morning classes are 8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and afternoon classes are 12:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  

 

If you have further questions, please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 22-26, 2017
 

 
 

Dr. Tom Baltzell New Onsite Owner of Marysville Animal Care Center

Marysville Animal Care Center, LLC has added a new fulltime veterinarian, Dr. Thomas “Tom” Baltzell, DVM to its team. Dr. Baltzell had been working at the clinic since October 2016, but has recently become the new onsite owner.

Dr. Tad Sullivan, the founder and previous owner, is still seeing clients. Continuing the family-owned style business, Dr. Baltzell will be joined by his wife Dr. Ann Baltzell, DVM, as well as co-owners Dr. Brian Carson and Dr. Eric Ratliff.

“We look forward to continuing Dr. Sullivan’s commitment to the community, their clients, and patients,” said Dr. Tom Baltzell.

Shown left are practicing doctors at the clinic: Dr. TadSullivan, Dr. Ann Baltzell, Dr. Tom Baltzell, and Dr. Bethany Gibson

 

 

Upon graduating from Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, Dr. Tom Baltzell joined a mixed animal practice in Urbana. He later moved to Columbus and became the owner of a clinic in 2005 and was eventually the chief-of-staff of a multi-site practice there. He has particular interest in internal medicine and soft tissue surgeries.

While the Marysville Animal Care Center focuses on companion animal medicine, he and his partners each bring unique areas of focus.

His partner, Dr. Carson has a particular interest in oncology (treatment of cancer) and critical care, while Dr. Ratliff exclusively performs advanced surgery and orthopedics.

Dr. Ann Baltzell is most interested in preventative care and challenging medical cases.

“We are bringing additional services to the area to minimize the need for residents to drive to Columbus for their pet’s more complex needs,” said Dr. Tom Baltzell.

The doctors’ commitments and roots in the community were factors in making the practice a home.

Dr. Ratliff’s wife, Diane Smith Ratliff, was born and raised in Marysville and is a 1979 MHS graduate. Dr. Carson and his family live in Lewis Center.

Dr. Tom Baltzell is originally from Rockford, OH, a graduate of Parkway High School, and is also a graduate of University of Toledo for his undergraduate degree. Dr. Ann Baltzell is originally from Celina, OH, a graduate of Celina High school and is also a graduate of Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree as well as Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for her graduate degree. Doctors Tom and Ann have four children and a boxer named Vinny. Dr. Tom is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a Cubmaster of Pack 550 in Dublin.

Dr. Tom Baltzell is the son of Sheila (Wood) Baltzell of Celina and the late Larry Baltzell.

Dr. Ann Baltzell is the daughter of Paul and Kathy (Siebert) Bonvillian.

Marysville Animal Care Center is a full service veterinary hospital that also offers boarding to assist its clients. Currently the clinic provides veterinary  services to the Union County Sheriff’s Office’s canine unit.

 

 
Baltzell Family Welcomes Son

Joe Baltzell, Dylan Baltzell and Grace Baltzell, along with their parents, Christopher and Leslie (Barker) Baltzell, of Celina joyfully announce the birth of their new brother born to Chris and Leslie on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:28 PM.

He weighed 10 lb 4 oz and was 21-1/2 inches long.

Grandparents: Brenda Barker of Rockford; Kevin Barker; Sheila Baltzell of Celina and the late Larry Baltzell. Great- grandmothers: Eileen Davis and Martha Baltzell of Rockford.

Other births - click here

 
 

 

WJAR Night Team brings home the Emmy for Best Evening Newscast

 

Pictured is NBC10 anchor Patrice Wood and 11PM producer Ben Wilcox with the Emmy Award.

 

WJAR’s coverage of the Taunton, Massachusetts Galleria Mall stabbings the evening of May 10, 2016 earned NBC-WJAR Channel 10’s  11pm news an Emmy for Best Evening Newscast in New England outside of Boston and Hartford.  

 

“From the newsroom to the control room to the field, this team achieved something we haven’t done in recent memory, and that is a top honor for a single newscast,” read the news release by the TV station. “Congratulations to our Night Team colleagues who provided excellent coverage for this Emmy win:”

 

Jessica Botelho, web editor

Jennifer Bray, assignment editor

Brian Crandall, reporter

Kevin Dahlquist, director

Doug Monahan, director

Ryan Pickering, photographer

George Ramos, photographer

Matt Reed, reporter

Michelle San Miguel, reporter

Paul Tierney, photographer

Ben Wilcox, producer

Patrice Wood, anchor

Editor's note: Patrice Wood is Holly Patrice Wood, who grew up in Rockford and graduated from Parkway High School in 1973.

 

 
July 20-21, 2017
 

 
 
 
Sportsman Club Trade Days in Willshire

The Sportsman Club in Willshire  (East on State Route 81) will be holding their annual Trade Days and Flea Market on August 4th and 5th. there will be hunting and fishing items, flea market items, q vendors auction at 6 PM Saturday.

Free admission; everyone invited; lunch stand with breakfast and sandwiches served. contact info: 419-495-2730.

 
 
Praise Point to Have Vacation Bible School

Praise Point church will offer Vacation Bible School from 6-8 PM at the church in Willshire on Thursday and Friday, July 27-28, 2017.

Camp Out is the theme and is for children Pre-K through 5th grade.

Contact info: 419-495-2074.

 
 

127 Yard Sale is coming August 2 through August 5, 2017

 
 
McDonough and Swander Couple Announce Engagement

Tommy McDonough and Amber Swander of Rockford announce their engagement. He is the son of Larry and Tammy McDonough of Rockford, and she is the daughter of Nikki and (the late) Brad Swander of Willshire. Both are Parkway graduates. Tommy is also a graduate of University of Northwestern Ohio in agriculture and is self employed. Nikki is a graduate of Wright State University Lake Campus in education and employed as a teacher at Parkway Schools.

The wedding is Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 PM.

 

Rockford Carnegie Library to have Reading Party for The Summer Reading Participants and their Families

The Rockford Carnegie Library will have a summer Reading Party on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:30 PM in Shanes Park.

 

Jerry and Cheri (Clifton) Schaadt Celebrated their 50th Anniversary

Jerry and Cheri (Clifton) Schaadt celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Sunday, July 16, 2017. They were married 50 years ago to the day in 1967 at United Brethren in Christ Church in Wren.

They have one daughter Cheri (Scott) Rolsten of Mendon and two sons: Jerry Jr (Christine) of Union KY, and Neil (Ginny) of Greensboro, NC. They have seven grandchildren, whom they love to visit.

The couple celebrated in their church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Sunday, July 16, 2017 with their family present and a private celebration later.

 

 

 

Cheryl Ann Programs Plant Tree in Shanes Park

Thank you to Cheryl Ann Programs and A & A Greenhouse for planting a
Sunset Maple at Shanes Park in Rockford to celebrate the Cheryl Ann Programs
50 year Anniversary.

Pictured top: Dee and Norm VanTilburg, Bob Ransbottom - Rockford Tree Commission Vice President,
Shanes Park Board members Marlene Roebuck and Joyce Emans and 
Sandy Schaffner - Shanes Park Board President

Thank you to Lisa Kuhn, Fiscal Officer, for the pictures and info.

 

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

"STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Seminar Held Monthly)
Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for individuals planning to start a small business. This two-hour class gives you information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and can assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After attending the Starting Right class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. Must Pre-Register For All BEC Classes!

* We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

Date: August 17

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Rm: 126 Trenary Hall

Cost: $35 p/business

 

QuickBooks for Small/Medium Businesses

Learn the best methods to record, track, and manage your hard-earned dollars. QuickBooks makes it easy to organize all of your financial data so you can manage your money, pay your bills, and track customer’s payments efficiently. Always know your business’s finances or inventory. Join Carla for 12-hours of software training on this highly-rated accounting software to help improve your bottom line! Participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate.

Dates: July 31, Aug. 1, 2, & 3

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Rm: 196 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $135 p/person

 

Peer to Supervisor
A new position of authority means new challenges, new responsibilities, and learning new skills. Carla can teach you to communicate effectively, discover when to be flexible or firm, earn trust and gain respect from past peers, develop your own management style, learn how to motivate your people and understand how to handle difficult situations. You won’t want to miss this informative class!

Dates: August 7 & 9

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Rm: 222 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

Handling Conflicts/Interpersonal Relationships

The challenge with conflict lies in how you deal with it. Would you like to improve how you handle sensitive people and situations? Carla will describe how to approach communication, emotions, and behavioral issues and to view conflict as an opportunity. This course can help employees and employers who need to work on understanding others and developing relationships. Harmony is just a class away!

Dates: August 28 & 30

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Rm: 177 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

For more information about the BEC and its programs, call Carol Jones at 419-586-0902, email Carol.jones@wright.edu.

 

The Rockford Chamber welcomes Lots for Soldier home recipients - The Hamptons !
The Blessing of the Home and dedication took place on June
18th.

 
 
 

Lake Festival 5K

Registrations for the Lake Festival 5K run in Celina are being taken now at the Celina-Mercer County   Chamber of Commerce. 

The 5K run, a fundraiser for the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday,  July 29, 2017 at 8 A.M. The 5K begins at Lake Shore Park in Celina with the course traversing along West Bank Road.  This race is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge running series. 

The deadline to pre-register is July 28.  Pre-registration is $12.00 without a running tech shirt and $25.00 with a running tech shirt till July 12  

Trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female runners with an award of a $100.00 for a course record.  Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place in each age group with special awards to be given to the runner coming from furthest distance, the youngest and oldest runner.

There will be water on the course, splits at 1 mile and 2 mile marks.  Refreshments will be served at the finish.

Thank you to the following sponsors:  Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Celina Insurance Group,  Mercer Savings Bank,  Behms Restaurant and  Landing, Celina Tent,  Dynamic Federal Credit Union, State Farm Brian Stephan, Schwieterman Pharmacy,  McKirman  Brothers, Celina Lions, and Mercer Health.

Registration forms are available online at www.celina-mercer.com or www.mercer-health5kchallenge.com or at the local chamber office at 121 E. Logan St. Celina.

For more information call the chamber at 419-586-2219. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 18-19, 2017
 

 
 

Village Rockford conducting sewer tests this week. If you have questions, please call 363-3032 ext. 1.

 

State Plowing Contest at Maurer Farm in Mendon

On July 29 at 9 AM the state plowing contest will take place in Mendon at the Maurer Farms location on State Route 707. Novice, Junior and Senior Classes.

Call Don Hays for info at 419-363-3806.



 

Tree Planting Ceremony

Cheryl Ann Programs have been working in Mercer County for 50 years.  To celebrate this
anniversary, they are planting trees in Mercer County Parks.  A tree planting ceremony will take place
at Shanes Park in Rockford, on Wednesday - July 19th from 1 - 2 pm.    The public is welcome
to attend.  Ice Cream will be served after the planting.

 

Drug Take-Back Planned in Rockford

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a Drug Take-back Event for getting rid of old and unused medication. It is at the Rockford Fire Station on Main street in Rockford on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9-noon. Pills accepted ~ No liquids or needles.

 

Rockford is Busy with Projects

 

1.  Columbia Street project - almost done !

2.  Shanes Crossing Subdivision beginnings - lots for sale now !
     Contact Jeff Long at 419-363-3032 ext 4

 

 

 

Ice Cream Social

Sunday, July 30

4:30-6:30

Rockford UM Church Social Room

202 South Franklin St.

Rockford, OH 45882

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 14-17, 2017
 

 
 
 

Wabash Telephone Company now has speeds up to 1 gig for your Internet.

Visit them at www.wabash.com or call 419-942-1111 for the details.

 


2017 Lambert Days Coming – July 21-23

The Ohio City Park Association and the Lambert Days Committee has finalized the 2017 Lambert Days festival.

Lambert Days is always the third “full” weekend in July. This year’s dates are from the 21st-23rd. This is also the 50th anniversary of Ohio City celebrating the life of John W. Lambert and his invention of “America’s First Automobile”. For general information about Lambert Days please contact Jason Parrish (567) 259-9460, Brenda Weaver (419) 965-2000, Scott Bigham (419) 953-9511 or Ralph Riley (419) 965-2443. We will be having a community-wide garage sale for more information contact Laura Morgan (419) 965-2515. We will also be providing food all weekend in our newly renovated Community Building on State Route 118. Our website: lambertdays.com

 

FRIDAY - Our festivities start off with a Steak Dinner (carry-out is available) on Friday at 4:00. The Ohio City American Legion Harvey Lewis Post 346 will have a flag rising ceremony at 5:00. The kids’ games and inflatables will also open at 5:00. At 6:00 we have our Wiffleball Homerun derby for information contact Lorenzo Frye (419) 771-7037. We will be providing entertainment in the tent a 6:00 featuring Cass Blue. At 7:00 we are having Adult Wiffleball for more information contact Brian Bassett (419) 203-8203. We have a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament that starts at 7:00, along with Monte Carlo Night that starts at 8:00 for more information contact Jeff Agler (419) 513-0580. Our entertainment for Friday night starts at 8:00 and will be the band: Colt & Crew. We will also have our Fireworks Display at 10:15 (Saturday night is the rain date).

SATURDAY – Saturday morning begins with our Softball Tournament at 8:00, for more information contact Brian Bassett (419) 203-8203. We also have our Co-ed Volleyball Tournament that starts at 9:00 for more information you can contact Tim Matthews (419) 203-2976. Our Kids’ Wiffleball Tournament starts at 10:00 for more information contact Lorenzo Frye (419) 771-7037. Kids’ Games and Inflatables continue at 11:00. Cornhole Tournament registration and 3on3 Basketball Tournament registration starts at 12 and both tournament starts at 1:00, for more information on Cornhole contact Josh Agler (567) 259-9941 and for 3on3 basketball contact Scott Bigham (419) 953-9511. Our Hog Roast Dinner starts at 4:00 and carry-out is available. We will also have music under the tent by Jeff Unterbrink at 4:00. We have Bingo at 5:00, and we finish the night with Megan White and Cadillac Ranch.

SUNDAY – Our Car Show and Cruz-In registrations start at 10:00, the car show starts at 12:00, and judging and rewards will be giving at 1:30. For more information, contact Jan Osborn (419) 605-2594. Our Sunday Chicken Dinner starts at 11:00 and the band “Triad” will provide music in the building. This year we have TRSS Drum Corp that will be performing before the parade on Main Street. Parade registration is at 1:45 for more information contact Dixie Emerick (419) 605-8165. Our 50th Lambert Days Parade will start at 3:00 and will travel down Carmean Street and end at Fireman’s Park.

 

 
Annual Ice Cream Social Coming to Rockford United Methodist Church - Everyone is invited

The Rockford United Methodist Church is planning its annual Ice Cream Social for Sunday, July 30, 2017. It is from 4:30 to 6:30 and features homemade food and homemade ice cream. Soooo delicious!

All proceeds go to support the Mission Projects of the United Methodist Women. Church is located at 202 S. Franklin in Rockford. Everyone is invited!

 
 
 

Open House for Thomas Couple Planned

Rockford United Methodist Church will host an Open House on Sunday, July 23 to honor John and Kay (Kettering) Thomas before their move to Georgia.

John and Kay have been in this area all of their lives and have touched the lives of many along the way. John worked at New Idea in Coldwater for many years.

Kay taught in the Parkway Elementary School for years until her retirement. Her second career presented many opportunities for traveling with Riverside Charter.

The Thomas' two children, Mark and Diane, and their grandchildren, Owen and Caroline, residents of Georgia, are awaiting the reuniting of family.

The Open House will begin at 2pm in the church Social Room. Please plan to stop in to reminisce and wish John and Kay all good things as they begin the next chapter of their lives in Georgia.

The Rockford United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Pearl and Franklin Street in Rockford, just behind the Village Fire House. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 12-13, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Junior High Football Camp is Monday July 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM

 
 
 


Picture from 2016

13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, July 15th 2017 @ 8:30 A.M.

Race Location: Starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 W. Front Street, Rockford, OH.

Times: Preregistration post-marked by July 7, 2016 (July 5th to guarantee shirt)

Day of Race Registration begins at 7:30am


(New this year!) ½ Mile Run for ages 12 & Under begins at 8:00am

Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15am

Click Here for the full details with entry form in printable PDF format to fill out and send in. Address included to Steve Fisher, event coordinator.

 
 
 
 

 
July 10-11, 2017
 

 
 
Tornado Spotting and Touchdown near Rockford Hit Area on Monday, July 10, 2017
Thunderstorms with Fierce Lightning and Non-Stop Thunder Follow the Scare

 

The National Weather Service and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a tornado warning for Rockford  on Monday, July 10, 2017 about 8:30 PM, and shortly thereafter, the pop-up hit. The tornado was sighted by residents around the Tama Road area south of Rockford and it reportedly touched down as the storm traveled from Tama Road southeasterly through the village of Mercer at US Route 33 and 127 angling across to St. Marys, OH.  It was followed by a severe thunderstorm warning by Sheriff Grey until 11 PM which produced nonstop thunder and lightning for a period of time. 4/10 inches of rain fell with that storm. 4 inches of rain was reported in the extreme northeast corner of Mercer County near Spencerville.

Eyewitness, Sherry Shaffer commented, "

Sheila,  we watched this from north of us (south and west of Rockford) almost on top of Rockford.  Our daughter was home and had gone to Rockford and said the wind was really bad.  The cloud moved more slowly than ones we've seen before. 

At one point the cone tipped and you could see a defined circle with an empty middle.   It took almost 10 minutes for it to move from over Rockford to this point.  Reminded me of a lumbering giant.   Very amazing.  

Sherry."

Picture by Sherry Shaffer as it moves over Rockford

Picture above by Sherry Shaffer as it moves toward Mercer and begins to take shape.

 

The picture below (by Sheila Baltzell) is a look north from Celina at the shelf cloud which produced the tornado. According to reports, a National Weather Service expert confirmed that a tornado did touch down near Winkler and Jordan Roads west of Rockford. No property damage was reported.

 

 

 

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for Sponsoring the Weather Channel Link above!

 

 
 
 
 

OLIVE BRANCH TO HAVE SUPER HERO VBS

 

Calling all Super heroes!   Olive Branch Church will have a free two day VBS this Friday and Saturday, July 14th and 15th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Kids ages 4 through entering 6th grade are invited to participate in the fun.                                                                                                                                 

This is going to be one SUPER VBS!   It will be a great opportunity for kids to discover that some of the people found in the bible were great bible heroes.  Those stories will help inspire kids to realize how they can be a great hero too by trusting God and having faith in Jesus who is our Ultimate Super Hero!   Each story will concentrate on*superpowers* that we receive by God.  Because of Jesus and through the HolySpirit, we can ALL have these “powers”.                                                                                                                                                                                          Each day will also include high energy songs, fun recreation and really neat crafts.  Each child will receive their own Super Hero cape and mask!   A free lunch will also be provided each day. Olive Branch is located between Ohio City and Rockford on State Route 118.


If you have questions call 419 203-7723.

 

 

 
July 7-9, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford EMS Plans Open House and Health Fair
The Rockford EMS is planning an Open House and Health Fair at their facility on Main Street in Rockford on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 9-noon.  It is all free with blood pressure and glucose checks, CPR presentations and ambulance tours, free giveaways and volunteer opportunities. Contact rockfordems@gmail.com

 

 

Meeting Date Change

Because of the July 4th Holiday - the Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting has
been changed to July 10th - Rockford Village Hall - 7 pm.

 

 
 

Mercer County EMA Posts Meeting Dates

 

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

EMA Office          
Celina                        12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting &

PUBLIC CRITIQUE of HAZMAT EXERCISE

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Central Services Building 
2nd Floor Conference Room
Celina            7:30 AM

 

 
 

No Lost Time

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced recently that for the 2nd quarter of 2017, its full time and seasonal work force of 35 employees recorded no (0) lost time injuries as related to on the job injuries.

“Achieving quarterly benchmarks of no lost time injuries is a direct result of our employees collaboratively embracing a safety culture.  Kudos to our workforce in achieving this milestone.  With safety being a priority, our folks are working smarter and staying healthier.”  Wiechart stated.

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:   The Village of Cassella is located at the intersection of St. Rt. 119 and Cassella-Montezuma Road.  Do any readers recognize these old buildings at Cassella?

This Cassella post card was being sold over ebay, by Jim and Donna Dehne from Richardson, Texas.  There is a connection between the early settlement in Mercer County, Ohio  and Texas.  After the turn of the century, in the early 1900’s, several Mercer County families moved to Texas.  The railroads were being used for travel as well as transportation of goods, and the U.S. Mail.  Post cards were a popular method of communication among families “here and there.”   This is my theory as to how the Cassella post card made it to Texas.

The Church at Cassella was named the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, and was formed in 1847.  With the migration of German citizens in the 1830’s and 1840’s, St. Rt. 119 was right on the direct route of settlers entering Mercer County, from the Miami & Erie Canal at Minster. 

The village of Cassella was platted as Marysville in 1860.  On June 5, 1878, John Cron, Post Master wrote, “The Post Office name of my office is Cassella.  Its local name is Marysville.”  [The Cassella Post Office was discontinued June 15, 1905.]  The 1876 Map of Mercer County stated that John Cron was Postmaster at Cassella Post Office in 1876.  The 1882 “History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio,” edited by R. Sutton, stated that John Cron was the Postmaster at Cappella [Cassella] from 1868-1876.  The U.S. Post Office states that the Cassella Post Office was established in 1878.  [Remember the old adage, “Read not to believe nor disbelieve, but to weigh and consider.”]  Studying this photograph, it appears to me that the building on the left side of the photograph may have been the local General Store.  Often the early Villages had the Post Office mail, in their local General Stores.  I wonder if this building in Cassella was the site of their first Post Office?

The October 16, 1980 Mercer County Chronicle newspaper carried photographs and a story of the fire in the store room of the Cassella Tavern.  The area fire departments arrived quickly and prevented the fire from spreading to the main building.  At that time, Dennis (Spanky) Kessen and Tommy (Tammy) Kessen were the owners.  The newspaper reported that this tavern had been an old landmark in Cassella and dated back to the Civil War.  Cassella was platted in 1860; it is possible the first General Store did date back to the Civil War, in the 1860’s.  The 1980 newspaper photograph of the Cassella Tavern building resembles the building on the Cassella Post Card above.

In 1976, the newspaper borrowed a photograph from Henry J. Leugers, of the interior of Cassella Saloon, dated about 1911.  I wonder if this was the same building, known as the Cassella Tavern?

I re-read the “History of Cassella,” written by Oscar Eifert, for the 1978 “Mercer County History Book.”  For those seeking the early history of Cassella, the early names for the local village included Marysville, Kappella, Frogtown, and Dog Town.  In the 1980’s Ray Feltz volunteered at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  Ray would tell stories of Frog Town and Dog Town.

When I retired as Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum in 2004, I wrote several Township History books, for people doing research on a specific Township within Mercer County.  The “Passport to Mercer County Ohio History, Marion Township,” includes a bibliography of historical resources of Marion Township Villages and Sites, including Cassella’s history.   The Village of Cassella will have its 160thBirthday in 2020.   Who is interested in writing a book about Cassella’s history for 2020?  Who wants to help the Mercer County Historical Society to preserve Cassella’s history as a part of Mercer County’s history?

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

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:   This February 17, 2011 letter from U.S. Board on Geographic Names to Charles H. Ayers, at Celina, confirms the local lake’s name as “Grand Lake.” 

Questions keep coming across my desk about the “official” name of the local lake between Mercer & Auglaize Counties.  I have written about the many names of this lake, over the years.  This February 17, 2011 letter printed above should remove any doubt about the name of “Grand Lake.”

Questions keep coming across my desk about how Saint Marys gained and lost the status of being the Mercer County Seat.  On February 16, 2017, I wrote about St. Marys being the Mercer County Seat from 1824 until September 12, 1839, when the County Seat was moved to Celina.  I asked if anyone knew why the County Seat was moved from St. Marys to Celina.

 

John Valentine, New Bremen, sent me a copy of a page from Frank Shuffelton’s book, “The Saint Marys Story, 1823-1973,” written for the Village’s Sesquicentennial.  On page 28, Shuffelton wrote:

            “When this area was laid out by the State Legislature in 1820, the County of Mercer contained the western half of Auglaize County.  [Auglaize County was not founded until 1848, which resulted in St. Marys, New Bremen and Minster being a part of Mercer County, 1824-1847.  As of 1848 the three villages became a part of the newly formed County, Auglaize County.]  In 1824, the proprietors of Saint Marys, (Murray, Houston and McCorkle), gave the County Commissioners 31 of the 68 plotted lots.  These lots were sold by the Commissioners to raise funds for the establishment of the county to build a courthouse, a jail, and provide operating monies.  By virtue of this gift, the new County was successfully established.  Sixteen years later, in 1840, the controlling votes of the Commissioners passed to elect members of the western most parts of Mercer County.  They wanted the County seat to be closer to themselves.  Consequently, they moved the Courthouse and all to Celina, much to the unhappiness of Saint Marys.  In 1848, a new County of Auglaize was formed.  An Election was held soon to choose a site for the new County seat.  Wapakoneta wanted it as being close to the geographical center while Saint Marys pushed its claim of being nearer the center of population.”   Auglaize Countians can check those records at the Auglaize County Courthouse.  Shuffelton recommended in the introduction to his 1973 book, that Saint Marys plan for its Bicentennial celebration in 2023.  I do hope that Auglaize County includes the facts about the elections in the 1830’s and 1840’s for their Bicentennial Celebration.

 

The first week of April, 2017, I contacted the Mercer County Board of Elections twice, and asked them to provide the public records about the public elections in the 1830’s and 1840’s.  I have not heard from them as of this July.  The public is interested in the information which may confirm the story about why the Courthouse was moved to Celina.

 

When I was writing the “History of the Mercer County Courthouse,” for the Mercer County Commissioners, for the 75th Celebration of the current Courthouse in 1998, I did not find a record of a meeting of the Mercer County Commissioners which recorded why they made the decision and/or passed a Resolution to change the site of the Mercer County Seat.  I did find the Mercer County Commissioners’ Journal that the Commissioners held their first meeting at Celina, dated September 12, 1839.

 

Decisions to move an Ohio County Courthouse, from one Village to another Village should have been a public record in 1839.  Was this decision about a County Public Building Site, a private decision made behind closed doors?   In the “Ohio Sunshine Laws, An open Government Resource Manual,” from the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the statement is made, “Over 200 years of Sunshine:  Reflections on Open Government.”

 

[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]

 
 
 

New Troopers Assigned to the Van Wert Patrol Post

VAN WERT - The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has two new troopers serving at the post.

Troopers Chase Black and Austin Adams graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy on March 24, 2017 after 26 weeks of intense paramilitary training.

Courses completed by the Patrol’s 161th class included crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations.

The troopers recently completed their field-training period and are now serving the Van Wert and Paulding county communities.

 

 

Austin Adams


Chase Black

 
 

Sign-Up For Wren Rib Roast Cook-off

It’s Rib Cook-off time again!  The 14th Annual Wren Rib Roast Cookoff will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 during the Homecoming festivities.  This year’s theme will be “Backyard Bonfire BBQ”.  Cooks are asked to consider adding a flare of creativity with their main entry and/or side dishes that connect to the theme.

Contestants will need to provide any equipment and supplies necessary for the cook-off. Western-style pork ribs will be provided, at no cost, to each contestant on the Thursday before the contest. All types of spices, marinades, and “secret recipes” are encouraged.  All types of cookers and any fuel sources will be accepted.  Cooking will take place outside the Wrenway Wiffleball Park, with judging starting at 11:30 am.  Ribs will be judged on taste and tenderness.  A separate prize will be given for presentation, sauce and best side dish.  For the third consecutive year, a “People’s Choice” award will once again be presented. Visiting rib enthusiasts can enter a drawing to be one of two “celebrity judges”.  All ribs must be prepared on-site the day of the contest.

To sign up or find out more information, please call James Lautzenheiser at (216) 262-2805. You may also reach him at james.lautzenheiser@yahoo.com. Only the first 15 amateur cooks who register will be permitted to participate.  Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  T-shirts will be available to order prior to August 1st.

 
 

Faith Bible Institute for Adults Coming to Liberty Baptist Church

(Van Wert) Open enrollment has begun for the Faith Bible Institute for adults which is held at the Liberty Baptist Church at 501 E. Third Street, Van Wert, Ohio.  FBI is a once a week Bible Institute with 3 hours of college level studies each Thurs. night beginning at 6 pm. The first session for this year’s fall semester is Aug. 24, 2017. The last night for this semester is Dec. 14.  The DVD instructor is John Yates, who founded Faith Bible Institute in 1985.  FBI courses have been held in churches in 47 U S states and 7 different continents.  Although FBI is designed to bring a practical Bible education to lay people to enrich your Christian lives and help you better understand the Bible, FBI is also an excellent tool to encourage Sunday School teachers, Bible teachers, as well as Pastors, evangelists and missionaries. Each night of studies includes one Old Testament Bible lesson, one New Testament Bible lesson and one Bible doctrine theology lesson.  This 2017 fall semester will cover:  the Separate Kingdoms of Israel & Judah, the New Testament Epistles of  Paul, and the theology course will be on the Doctrine of  Salvation.   If you attend Faith Bible Institute every semester for 3 years, you will study every book of the Bible. Some Bible Colleges will also accept FBI credits towards higher degrees. Your host and director of the Van Wert classes is Mr. Fred Heimann and Pastor Jim C. Burns is the pastor of the host church.   You may enroll online at:  www.fbiclass.com & enter classes for "Van Wert."  If you have any questions about the area Faith Bible Institute classes for the fall semester you may contact Fred Heimann at 260-413-2873, or view the Faith Bible Institute’s web site at:  www.fbiclass.com.

 

 
 

 
July 5-6, 2017
 

 
 

Couple Celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary


Jason E. & Rae S. Dull will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 14, 2017. They were married July 14th, 1967 at the United Methodist Church in Pleasant Mills IN.

Jay & Rae have five daughters: Jenni (Bobby) Brewer of Celina OH; Julie (Chris) Coppler of Decatur IN; June (Jason) Arnold of Celina OH; Jessica (Len) Archibald of Lima OH; & Joelle (Travis) Pond of Celina OH.

In their golden years, Jay & Rae love to spend time with their family, especially their 15 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren. They also love to sit on the glider, on their front porch, and take in all the outdoors has to offer.

A private celebration will be held for the couple to commemorate this lasting union. An email shower of well wishes and congratulations may be sent to: thedulls50thanniversary@gmail.com
 
 
 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on July 11, 2017 - Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 

Reminder to Pull over and STOP for All Public Safety Vehicles

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reminds motorists that the Ohio Revised 

Code 4511.45 requires all vehicles to yield the right of way to public safety 

vehicles.  Public safety vehicles are Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement

 vehicles using emergency flashing red or blue lights and sirens. 

The law requires you to stop as close as possible to the right side of the 

roadway and remain in that position until the public safety vehicle has 

passed.



 

The Sheriff’s Office has received complaints regarding vehicles that refuse 

to yield to emergency vehicles. Vehicles that do not stop and/or pull to the 

right of the roadway may be charged with a misdemeanor of the fourth 

degree on a first offense. Maximum penalty is $250 fine and 30 days in jail. 

Sheriff Grey reminds motorists to drive safely and allow those responding 

to emergencies get to their destination safely as well, they may be 

responding to help someone you know. 

 

 
 

Writers Invited

The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. in the Celina public library.  The suggested composition topic is a summer activity.

If time permits, the meeting will include a writing activity.

The public is welcome to attend.

 

Rockford Rec Fall Sports Registration - Flag Football & Soccer 

The Rockford Recreation Association is currently accepting registration forms for the 2017 fall sports season. Registration and medical forms can be printed from www.rockfordrec.com, the Rockford Rec Facebook page, or picked up at the Rockford Village Office. Registration deadline for all fall programs is August 6th.

The 2017 Fall Soccer League is open to boys and girls entering grades K-6. Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Shanes Park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey. Each player is required to provide their own shin guards. 

The 2017 Fall Flag Football League is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-6. Flag football games will be played on Monday evenings at Shanes park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey and a mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are required to participate at all practices and games. 

Completed registration forms, medical forms, and registration fees can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office or mailed to Rockford Rec. - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882. 

 

 
 

 
July 1-4, 2017
Happy Independence Day!

 

 
 

Taste of Celina – Very Fun and Delicious Event

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 14th in downtown Celina.  The festivities will be downtown Main Street in Celina from 5-10pm. You will be able to taste the unique specialties of several different Celina restaurants and caterers.  Food items will require 1 to 4 food tickets which will be available at the ticket tent for $1 each.  If you wish to avoid the lines, presale tickets are on sale now at the Celina Mercer County Chamber office located at 121 East Logan Street in Celina.  Buy 20 tickets; get one free for a limited time! 

Tables and chairs will align the streets so you can sit and enjoy food and friends while also listening to live music by Will Freed and Friends. Beer and wine tasting will also be available inside some of the downtown restaurants.   Several local establishments will be open after the event closes with special entertainment.  Feel free to browse through the unique specialty shops that downtown has to offer.  Again this year at the south end of Main Street is the cruise in car show.  The evening has so much to offer with food, friends, and fun at the Taste of Celina Block Party and Carshow.

For more information, call the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at 419-586-2219.  

 
 

 
Picture from 2016

13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, July 15th 2017 @ 8:30 A.M.

Race Location: Starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 W. Front Street, Rockford, OH.

Times: Preregistration post-marked by July 7, 2016 (July 5th to guarantee shirt)

Day of Race Registration begins at 7:30am


(New this year!) ½ Mile Run for ages 12 & Under begins at 8:00am

Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15am

Click Here for the full details with entry form in printable PDF format to fill out and send in. Address included to Steve Fisher, event coordinator.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 28-30, 2017

 

 

 

Artist from Urbana, Native of Rockford Area, to Speak on Radio Show

Todd Buschur will be interviewed on the Spectrum radio show by Kevin
Sandler on WCSM on Friday, July 7. He will talk about his own art plus his
involvement in the Lake Area Arts Group. Todd is a Parkway graduate and now teaches art in Urbana, OH. His personal artwork is shown in the area ~ one such place being Eastview Park in Celina, OH.

 

 

 

Northmen and Cathy to Perform in Rockford

The Northmen and Cathy will be in concert at Rockford United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 9, at 8:30 and 10:30 worship services. The Northmen and Cathy are celebrating 28 years as a full-time Christian music ministry. The group consists of three members. Lead singer is Alan Godsey, Alan’s wife, Cathy, sings alto and plays piano. Singing baritone is Brad Luzadder.

The Northmen and Cathy are a ministry that entertains and uplifts the Christian, as well as reaches out to a lost and dying world to let them know that Jesus still saves.

Rockford United Methodist Church is located at 202 South Franklin Street, where Chip Steffy is lead pastor. Please join us when the Northmen and Cathy come to entertain and inspire us.

 

 


MILITARY FAMILY RECEIVES NEW HOME


For Jonathan and Kami Hampton, looking to the organization Lots for Soldiers for a home didn’t seem like the real-deal at first.

"When I first heard of Lots for Soldiers, I thought it was kind of a too-good-to-be-true type of things and it turned out to be a really great organization that really cares about the veterans," Jonathan Hampton said.

But now, the town of Rockford is welcoming in the Hampton family after helping build a home for the couple and their young son with a house dedication and raising of the American flag. Lots for Soldiers helps out military families by bringing the community together to build them a home on a donated residential lot, and it’s just a way to give back to those that have served or are serving now.

"We found a that there are a whole host of people out there that want to say thank you in some fashion for the veterans' service but they don't know how to do it, so we actually started to provide a way for them to say thanks," said Homer Burnett, Board President of Lots for Soldiers.

That community has been very warm towards Jonathan, who is a career counselor and recruiter for the Ohio National Guard and Kami, who is a licensed practical nurse - a community that they are excited to be a part of soon.

"We're looking forward to the community because they're a close knit community - both of us come from bigger communities, not really big cities, but bigger than this, where they're not as close knit," said Kami Hampton.

This is the second home that Lots for Soldiers has donated, and they’re planning to build more this coming fall.

Local Veterans helped with the dedication.

 

Lake Area Arts to Meet

The Lake Area Arts Group will meet on Wednesday, July 12 at the
Richardson-Bretz building beginning at 6 p.m. Items will include given art creations, 2D and 3D art at the Celina CityAdministrative building, and stations at Eastview Park. Otherpertinent points will include the following: 1. Public art at
Montgomery Field, 2.Mercer County Fair booth for art, 3. new methods in art by Emilie Fisher, a graduate of Parkway High School, and 4.2017-18 LAAG programs.

Public is invited.

Tia Caffee of Willshire will have solo exhibits for the month of July at CJ Highmarks in Celina. Her artistic creations 
will be admired by many, many people. 

Public is encouraged and welcome to visit.

 

 
 

Ice Cream Social Planned

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Serving from 4:30-7pm

Homemade ice cream, pies, cakes, sandwiches

St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Twp.

9009 State Route 118, Celina, OH

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

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center continues

with Weight Management Support Program

Gentle Yoga Demonstration

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special, free speaker event on Monday, July 10, at 6:00pm at Mercer Health’s West Campus location.  Join Jenna Moody, Certified Gentle Yoga Instructor, as she explains and demonstrates the art of Gentle Yoga, as well as her own personal weight loss journey.  Registration is preferred 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)      Medical Weight loss is now available, with the addition of Lindsey Moeller, CNP, to the Weight Management Center staff.  This offers medically managed weight loss, including surgical and non-surgical interventions, weight loss medications, and appointments specialized to discuss your personal weight loss needs.

2)      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

3)      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 this fall.

4)      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.

5)      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.

6)      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. 

 

 

Redskin Classic 5K

The Redskin Classic 5K walk/run will be Sunday July 2th 2017 at 8:45 A.M. at St. Henry, Ohio.  This event is sponsored by P. T. Services with the proceeds to benefit community improvements and events.

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

The course will start and finish on Columbus St. near the high school.  Race day registration will be at the school for $13.00 with no shirt.

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

Those who complete all eight challenge races will receive a half-zip, Dri-fit pullover.  Those who complete six races will receive a T-shirt.  Good running!

 

 
 
 

 
June 23-27, 2017
 

 
 

Corn in Right of Way

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

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

 

 
 
 

Taste of Celina - Great Food, Music and Community

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5 to 10 PM; Great Food; Car Show; Music by Will Freed and Friends.

 

 
 

Public Service Announcement

The Village of Rockford will begin a project of smoking the sewer system.  This will begin on July 5th and may continue for up to 2 weeks.  You may see white smoke coming up out of the ground – do not be alarmed.

 

 
 

41st Old Fashioned Farmers Days coming to Van Wert Fairground

Plan now to take in the fun at the Old Fashioned Farmers’ Days Event to be held June 29 through July 2, 2017. Tractors, engines, equipment food and fun. See the ad and website link at the top of the Parkway Independent.

 

 

 
June 22, 2017
 

 
 

RADC Members, to Meet in Rockford in august
The Rockford Area Development Corporation meeting is cancelled for Monday, June 26th at 7pm in the Rockford Library basement.
There is no July Meeting. The August meeting is planned.

 

Jeanne (Clouse) Osterfeld Hired as New Parkway Superintendent

The Parkway Local School Board on Tuesday, June 13, voted to hire Jeanne (Clouse) Osterfeld as their new Superintendent, offering her a two year contract beginning on August 1, 2017 . She will make $94,500 salary per year. A native of Rockford, Osterfeld is a Parkway graduate herself and is the daughter of Bill and Sharon (Hamrick) Clouse of Rockford.

The board thanked the public and staff for their input, through an online survey, as they deliberated on the pool of candidates. The board was looking for a student-first candidate with strong leadership and communications skills.  Mrs. Osterfeld will come to Parkway from Versailles Middle School where she has been serving several years as the principal.

Greg Puthoff, the current superintendent, will retire after 8 years in the position and 4 years as high school principal at Parkway.  

 

 

Greg Puthoff Retiring as Parkway Superintendent on July 31, 2017 – Moving on in his Educational Career

Greg Puthoff has been at the helm of Parkway for 8 years as Superintendent and 4 years as high school principal. He plans to retire at the end of the month. 

He grew up on a small farm outside of St. Henry where he enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball during high school. He received a Football Scholarship to Ohio University.  Greg credits his
brother in law who was a teacher and influenced Greg’s  decision to go in to Education.

Greg ~ early on in his career ~ set an Educational goal to become a Superintendent. As the High School Principal at Parkway for four years , he was able to apply for the position of Superintendent when Mr. Karst retired.

Greg’s most memorable moments include several things.  When he first came to Parkway, the Parkway School Building was built. In June 2006, he helped move students and administrators into the new building in Rockford.  He is also proud of the fact that Parkway became an Excellent rated School District three years in a row.    One big challenge, in his first year was the dilemma of the Parkway District losing $20,000 per year for Opened Enrolled Students (who were attending school elsewhere. Greg is roud to say that in the 2016-2017 school year, Parkway has a positive $420,000 for Open Enrolled Students.

For Greg, his proudest personal moments at Parkway were actually three ~ he said, “My proudest moments were handing my three sons their Graduation Diplomas.”

Greg enjoys spending time with his family. His wife Jenifer is a teacher in the Crestview School District.

Their sons are busy, too.  Jacob graduated from Ball State and is working for Garman/Miller Architects in Minster Ohio. Jared is a Junior at Hillsdale College majoring in Economics. And, Joshua will be a Freshman at the University of Toledo majoring in Mechanical Engineering. 

Greg welcomes Jeanne Osterfeld as the new Parkway Superintendent. Greg’s retirement plans include a new job. He has accepted a position as the Paulding Elementary Principal in Paulding OH starting on August 2, 2017.

 

 
 

21st Century Club Learn About Child’s Play and Yahtzee

The Twenty First Century Club met on May 23, 2017 at Twyla Hayes’ business office.  Vice President Rozann welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.  Roll-Call was completed with everyone stating their favorite game.

The treasurer’s report was not available.

Minutes were read and approved. Twyla reviewed some of the Rockford Bicentennial updates and  suggested that the 21st Century Club consider hosting an old-fashioned “tea”.  The group also discussed inviting new members to join the club. Any woman interested in joining may also contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326.  A slate of officers was presented  for the 2017-2018 year:

President: Rozann Maurer; VP: Karla Butler; Treasurer: Valerie Frizinger: Reporter: Sheila Baltzell; and Secretary: Kim Carr

The officers were approved by the members.

The theme for the year “Start to Finish” has been about all aspects of different games with outgoing president Lani Stein and outgoing vice-president leading the group.

The last program for the current club year was presented by Ann Gage speaking of some of the people that have influenced her life the most. She recalls that her family didn’t play games when she was a child.  She sewed, crocheted, tatted, and played with paper dolls.  She displayed many of her paper doll items with Patty Page, Rosemary Clooney and Bob Cummings being represented.  She discussed some of her life long collections: earrings; napkins (almost 600); and marbles - with some of them being from her grandfather’s collection.

She then shared the rules of Yahtzee (stating that she had never played it.)

Following Ann was member Susan Coburn who then shared what she learned about Mancala.  She stated it originated in the 6th-7th century possibly in southern Iraq.  It is a two person game, using a board and markers that can be stones, beach glass, acorns, marbles, and many other variations. 

She reviewed the rules and then each member played several games.

Twyla Hayes and Cindy Canary then served delicious snacks with a red-white-blue theme to represent the upcoming Memorial Day.

The next meeting will be in September 2017.

 

 

Plans Being Finalized For  52nd Annual Willshire Days  

Plans are nearly completed for the 52nd annual Willshire Days, scheduled
for June 23rd, 24th and 25th.

The park will have many activities going on Friday evening and Saturday.
Those activities include inflatables, carnival games,  bingo, face painting,
the ODNR archery trailer and Hover Archery.

Community wide garage sales and the second annual Willshire Days Swap Meet
will open early on Friday morning. A list of participating garage sales will
be available at local businesses. Watch for crafters/vendors to be setting
up in the park along the path on the northeast side of the park on Saturday
morning.

The Car Show will be well underway prior to the Flag Raising ceremony at
6:00 p.m. Activities during Friday evening include a Talent Show Pageant,
and Lions Club Bingo.  New to the entertainment stage will be rock band Muddsock
featuring area singer, Garry Heck.

Activities on Saturday will begin early as the Willshire Fire Department
and Ladies Auxiliary will be serving a breakfast at the fire station for all
to enjoy. Breakfast will include pancake, sausages, biscuits with gravy and
scrambled eggs.  

Inflatables, and games,  along with  concessions will open
at 11:30 a.m.  The annual parade begins at 4:00 p.m. Following the parade
the park will again be filled with many activities including free pony
rides, kids tractor pull and Willshire native, Aaron Roehm. He will be
entertaining all ages with a magic show. Plan to be there early as he will
be making balloon sculptures prior to the show.

Rounding out the evening entertainment will be "Evolution" featuring Willshire's own Matt Motycka.
The band features the sounds of acoustic rock from the 80s and 90s. 

Sunday will feature a Chicken Dinner. Presale tickets are available from
any Willshire Youth Activities member or player, members of the  Willshire
Fire Dept. and/or at the Photo Star.


Contact numbers for the various activities are as follows: Car Show (Bryan
Hess, 419-910-1558), Crafts/Vendors (Renee Linn, 419-953-8961), Garage Sales
(Village Office, 419-495-2704), Pageants (Angela at 419-953-4865 or Audrey
at 567-259-8527), Parade (Karen Hunziker, 419-495-2802 or Paulette Stauffer,
419-203-2579), Swap Meet (Rod Vore, 260-223-9985), General Information (Jodi
Berry, 567-259-7818).

 

 
 

 
June 20-21, 2017
Summer Solstice and First Day of Summer

 

 
 

Parkway Grads Deliver Home Sewn Clothing to Mission in Haiti

By Ty Habegger

On May 20th the Rockford United Methodist Church held a “Girls Night Out” event to sew girl’s dresses and boy’s shorts to be given to impoverished children in Haiti. Over 130 dresses and a dozen pairs of shorts were made.

This clothing was delivered by the “Hope Has a Name” mission team from Lafayette, IN which included Parkway alums Ty & Laura (Linn) Habegger. The team presented the dresses on June 6th to the pastor at a church in rural Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti to be distributed amongst the children of the village. The women and children in the village were overcome with joy at the generous gift.

The “Hope Has A Name” mission team is a part of First Assembly Community Ministries in Lafayette, IN and consisted of 19 team members from Lafayette, Logansport, and Attica, Indiana. The team worked in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti from June 2-9th. During this time the team partnered with the organization, Convoy of Hope in constructing an addition on to a school building, delivering used laptop computers and French books for the school, and helped in training the school teachers and nurses at the church clinic. Overall it was a very successful and rewarding trip for all.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

ROCKFORD LIONS CLUB AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS

Claire Fisher, Alivia Stover, Sydney Swygart, and Megan Weirrick each received a $500.00 Scholarship from the Rockford Lions Club during the Senior Awards Night held at Parkway High School in May.  Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects, like the Annual Variety Show, fund scholarships and help to fulfill local community needs & requests. 

Lion President Lee Ann Frank recently presented varsity baseball coach Luke Clouse with a donation in support of the Parkway Baseball program. 

Members of the Rockford Lions were a part of the Rockford Community Days Parade on Saturday afternoon June 17th.   Planning for 2018 projects will continue throughout the summer.

The Rockford Lions Club meets at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.

 

 
 

Drug Arrest Made

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his agency had received a drug tip, that led to the arrest of a local man.   Grey reported that his agency received the tip on June 15th, 2017 shortly after 9am.   Deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and a patrolman from the Celina Police Department went to the 7000 block of Havemann Road and located the suspect at 9:29 am.  The suspect was reported to be in possession of drugs.

Deputies checked the male suspect and found that he was in possession of over 5 grams of Methamphetamines.  Arrested was 35 year old Michael James Wilson Jr. of 219 E Wayne Street Celina, Ohio.  Wilson is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony of the 5th degree.  Wilson’s bond has been set at $125,000.00 subject to ten percent.

“Tips have increased as of late and so have our arrests,” stated Sheriff Grey.   Grey stated that he is asking his citizens to continue help his office by leaving tips. 

 

 
Golf for Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties will be hosting their annual Golf for Kids Sake on Friday, July 14th at the Mercer County Elks. Registration includes a sack lunch, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, prizes, pork chop dinner, $10,000.00 hole in one prize, 50/50, silent auction and a chance to win a new club.  Team registration is $300.00 or individual is $75.00. Call 419-584-2447 by July 7th to register. 
 
 
 

 

Value Life Benefit Ride - Additiction Rehabilitation Resources Fundraiser
June 24th - Shanes Park - Registration begins at 11 am.
First bike out 12:00 pm
Live Music, guest speakers, great food and beverages
Family Friendly with something for Everyone.

 

 
 

2017 4TH OF JULY “HOLIDAY AT HOME”

 

The “Holiday at Home” Committee would like to extend their annual invitation to all Van Wert County to join them for the July 4th  festivities. 

On Friday evening, June 30, a Star Spangled Spectacular concert will be presented in Fountain Park.  The American and patriotic music presented by Crafton Beck and the Lima Pops Orchestra will set the tone for the upcoming July 4th celebration.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. with food being served starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Van Wert VFW located at the corner of Jackson and Shannon will start out the July 4th by serving breakfast.   They will be serving pancakes and sausage and biscuits and gravy from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The 24th Annual Historical Society Bike Tour is a scenic tour through Van Wert County.  Tour departs (at 7:30 a.m.) and returns at Jubilee Park.  Both pre-registration and day of race registrations are available by contacting Lionel Enyart.

At 11:00 a.m., the annual 4th of July parade will begin.  Parade lineup begins at the corner of Cherry & Main Streets (YWCA). The parade will proceed down Main Street to Shannon Street (YMCA) at which time it will turn north onto Shannon and end at Jackson Street.  For a parade form or more information, contact Linda Stutz at 419-238-4192 (until 4:00 p.m.) or 419-238-2901 (after 4:30 p.m.)

In conjunction with the “Holiday at Home” celebration, the Van Wert County Historical Society will be hosting their annual craft, food and fun.  Such things as free train rides and games and activities for the kids will be on the Museum grounds located at 602 N. Washington Street.  Food will be ongoing from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Service again this year will be by the Van Wert Rotary Club with the assistance of Scout Troop 35.   Music will be presented in the Gazebo by the Merry Gentlemen presenting the National Anthem at Noon with the Boy Scouts flag raising.    Additional presentations will be made at 12:15 by Randy Long; 1:00 The Community Band and from 2:00 Aaron Roehm’s magic & balloons. 

The 4th of July “Holiday at Home” wouldn’t be much of a celebration without a spectacular fireworks display.  American Fireworks will be presenting a fireworks display you won’t soon forget.  The fireworks will be shot off at the Van Wert City School property on St. Rt. 118 (Shannon Street) south of Van Wert at approximately 10:00 p.m.   The fireworks are made possible by a grant from the Van Wert County Foundation and many other Van Wert County merchants.   

 

 

 
June 17-19, 2017
 

 
 
 

Summer Reading is for all ages at Rockford Carnegie Library!

The summer reading program for the preschool and elementary age children will continue on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st at 10:30.  This week, on Wednesday the 21st only, members of the Grand Lake Mariners will be here to meet and greet with the children.

All teens and children signed up for the summer reading program by Friday, June 30th will be entered in a drawing for 4 (four) Kings Island tickets.  

All teens and adults can enter a drawing by signing an entry slip with their name and phone number.  Prizes will be awarded the last week of July.  We have some Kindle Fire 7's among other prizes to give away.

 

 
 
 

Plans Being Finalized For  52nd Annual Willshire Days  

Plans are nearly completed for the 52nd annual Willshire Days, scheduled
for June 23rd, 24th and 25th.

The park will have many activities going on Friday evening and Saturday.
Those activities include inflatables, carnival games,  bingo, face painting,
the ODNR archery trailer and Hover Archery.

Community wide garage sales and the second annual Willshire Days Swap Meet
will open early on Friday morning. A list of participating garage sales will
be available at local businesses. Watch for crafters/vendors to be setting
up in the park along the path on the northeast side of the park on Saturday
morning.

The Car Show will be well underway prior to the Flag Raising ceremony at
6:00 p.m. Activities during Friday evening include a Talent Show Pageant,
and Lions Club Bingo.  New to the entertainment stage will be rock band Muddsock
featuring area singer, Garry Heck.

Activities on Saturday will begin early as the Willshire Fire Department
and Ladies Auxiliary will be serving a breakfast at the fire station for all
to enjoy. Breakfast will include pancake, sausages, biscuits with gravy and
scrambled eggs.  

Inflatables, and games,  along with  concessions will open
at 11:30 a.m.  The annual parade begins at 4:00 p.m. Following the parade
the park will again be filled with many activities including free pony
rides, kids tractor pull and Willshire native, Aaron Roehm. He will be
entertaining all ages with a magic show. Plan to be there early as he will
be making balloon sculptures prior to the show.

Rounding out the evening entertainment will be "Evolution" featuring Willshire's own Matt Motycka.
The band features the sounds of acoustic rock from the 80s and 90s. 

Sunday will feature a Chicken Dinner. Presale tickets are available from
any Willshire Youth Activities member or player, members of the  Willshire
Fire Dept. and/or at the Photo Star.


Contact numbers for the various activities are as follows: Car Show (Bryan
Hess, 419-910-1558), Crafts/Vendors (Renee Linn, 419-953-8961), Garage Sales
(Village Office, 419-495-2704), Pageants (Angela at 419-953-4865 or Audrey
at 567-259-8527), Parade (Karen Hunziker, 419-495-2802 or Paulette Stauffer,
419-203-2579), Swap Meet (Rod Vore, 260-223-9985), General Information (Jodi
Berry, 567-259-7818).

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 16, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway 8th Graders Enjoy Annual Class Trip to Washington DC April 9-14th

Principal Brian Woods commented on the recent trip to Washington DC by 8th graders and their chaperones, “We had a great trip to Washington D.C.! The weather was beautiful with high's in the 70's each day and no rain. We started our trip in Philadelphia (second year for this) and then headed to D.C.”

Two coach busses full of excited students traveled through the night of April 9th and began touring early on Monday morning April 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA where they saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the US Mint. They all enjoyed the Constitution Center’s "Rocky Steps".  Traveling on, they made DC by evening and took a tour of “The Mall” and checked into the hotel.

First thing on April 11, everyone took the White House Walk - North Side and then headed to the museums including: American History, Natural History, Air & Space National Archives, U.S. Marine Corps Museum 3:30 Mt. Vernon Estate & Educational Center and then finished up the long day with the Alexandria Colonial Tour . On April 12, 2017 busses delivered the students to Arlington Cemetery where students  watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the unknown soldier and four students from Parkway conducted the Wreath-Laying Ceremony . Students also visited the Kennedy Graves .  That afternoon they all met with Congressman Latta at the  Capitol and saw the Library of Congress .  Students also visited the  Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials, Pentagon, 9-11 Memorial before heading to their hotels for the night.  On April 13, 2017 they loaded up the busses for the trip home, but they still had a full day of sight-seeing to do. Thursday was the Lincoln / Vietnam / Korean Memorials, Ford's Theatre: Museum, Theatre Walk Thru, Petersen House, Educational Center World War II Memorial, U.S. Holocaust Permanent Exhibit, National Archives – and  Jefferson Memorial. After dinner, they took in two more sights Air Force Memorial and  Iwo Jima Memorial before traveling through the night to arrive home  at Parkway Middle School on Friday April 14, 2017.

 


Students selected by their peers to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery - Kelsey Nichols, Kaden Boroff, Elijah Rich, Avery Boroff

 

Group pic at the White House

 

Girls taking a break at the National Sculpture Garden with the National Archives building in the background.

 

Students at the Marine Corp Museum

 

Students at John F. Kennedy grave site at Arlington  

 

Students participating in the wreath laying ceremony

 

Group photo at the Capitol

 

Students getting "rubbing" of names on Vietnam Memorial wall.

 

 
 

Rockford Community Prepares for Upcoming Bicentennial Celebration

The members of the Rockford community are now making plans for the Rockford Bicentennial to be recognized in 2020.  The year-long celebration will feature the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Rockford (Shanes Crossing) and all the great history that has made this village what it is today.  The events will be kicked off with a formal celebration ball in December 2019.

 

Members of the community and surrounding area who consider the Rockford area their home are encouraged to join in the planning of this grand celebration.  It will take many hands to make this celebration a success, so your participation would be appreciated.

 

The Bicentennial Celebration Committee meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Village Hall.  Please consider being a part of this very exciting celebration.

 

Gun Raffle to Benefit Bicentennial Celebration Plans

The Rockford Bicentennial Celebration Committee will be holding a gun raffle during the Rockford Community Days this year, with the guns being awarded at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, in front of the log cabin in Shanes Park.  A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase.  Being given away are a Remington 870 Mag and a 9MM Smith & Wesson Shield, with the guns being furnished by Iron Elements of Celina, Ohio. 

 

Tickets can still be purchased on Friday, June 16, at the Community Days Car Show in downtown Rockford, located at the Bicentennial T-shirt table at the car show.  All proceeds will help with the Rockford Bicentennial celebration to be held in 2020.  Thank you for your support of our upcoming bicentennial celebration!

 

 
 
 

Road to Close for Bridge Work

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Rauh Road between Pine Road and St. Anthony Road in Washington Township for a bridge rehabilitation.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 19, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 5 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 

Taste of Celina - Great Food, Music and Community

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5 to 10 PM

 

 

2017-2018 Parkway Preschool

Parkway Preschool is currently accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year.  Our preschool is once again a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by the Ohio Department of Education.

Registration forms are available in the district office or on our website under Parents>>School Forms Download>>Preschool Forms and Documents.  Once the registration is completed and the registration fee paid, the forms packet needs to be turned in on Back to School Night, August 15 or before preschool begins (August 23).  Morning classes are 8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and afternoon classes are 12:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  

We currently have openings for the Tuesday/Thursday morning and afternoon classes as well as the Monday/Wednesday afternoon classes.  Children must be 3, 4 or 5 to attend and fully potty trained.  Financial assistance is available; however, the preschooler must be 4 years old by August 1 to qualify.

Sign-up as soon as possible as the deadline to register is August 1, 2017.  If you have further questions, please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 8-15, 2017
 

 
 

Flag Day is June 14, 2017
Fly your American flag!

 
 
 
 

Lots For Soldiers - Rockford Home Dedication - Community Invited

Please plan to attend as we honor a deserving member of
the United States Armed Forces and his family.  We will be
turning over the keys to their new home located at:

310 Holly Lane, Rockford
June 18th, 2017 
1 to 3 pm

 

 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on June 13, 2017 - Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 
 
Rockford Council Members Approves Vacating Alley, Reports One Lot Sold in New Addition
On Tuesday, June 6, the Rockford Village council approved vacating an alley, reports one lot sold, request clean-up of property, apply for grant money and more Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.
 
 
 
 

Rockford Police Department Serves Search Warrant

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his deputies and officers of the Celina Police Department working as the Grand Lake Task Force and a member of the Rockford Police Department served a search warrant for a residence in Rockford on Tuesday, June 6.  The Sheriff’s Office had received an anonymous tip at 7:05 am of possible drug activity at 214 West Walnut Street in Rockford, Ohio.   Deputies applied for and received a Search Warrant for the residence with the information that they had.  At 4:44 pm, the search warrant was issued and served. 

Deputies and officers found three (3) people hiding inside the residence.   All three people were detained and their information checked.   Two people were found to have outstanding warrants, they were taken into custody. The third person was questioned and released.

Arrested was 24 year old James Charles – Phillip Higgins II.  Higgins last known address is listed as 2405 Gannon Road Howell, Michigan.   Higgins had an outstanding bench warrant out of Auglaize County for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond $10,000.00.

Also arrested was 34 year old Stephanie Clare Boeckman of 1730 Celina Road Lot 15 St.Marys, Ohio.   Boeckman had an active Felony Warrant out of Mercer County for Aggravated Possession of Drugs.  There was No Bond on her warrant.

During the search of the residence, deputies and officers found suspected Methamphetamines, small amount of marijuana, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. 

A copy of this investigation will be sent to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for their review of additional charges. 

Sheriff Grey reminds citizens that every tip that is received by his office will be looked into.  Grey stated that some tips have instant results, while others begin long term investigations.  Grey stated that it will take all of us, Law Enforcement, Courts and the citizens to combat our drug problem.    Grey stated that tips can be left on the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office web site. 

 

 

Click Here - Parkway Middle School Supply List for 2017-2018

 

 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway Middle School ~ 4th Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Michelle Agler
Click Here

 
 
 
 

Community Announcement – Ice Cream Social

 

What:              Salem Church Ice Cream Social, Venedocia, Ohio

 

When:                        Friday, June 16, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

 

Description:   Featuring Venedocia Lion’s Club Sausage and Sycamore Ice Cream along with other dinner and dessert items.

 

Where:           Venedocia Lions Club Building, air conditioned, next to the recreation park and ball field. Venedocia is west of Lima and southeast of Van Wert on State Route 116.

 

Church Background: 

Almost like a cathedral arising out of corn fields, Salem Presbyterian Church was built in 1897. It features beautiful stain glass windows and a Welsh heritage singing festival every year on Labor Day Sunday night.

 

Venedocia Background:

Venedocia was settled by Welsh immigrates in the early and mid-1800s. Many came for religious expression of being able to sing four part harmony rather than single line as the Anglican Church severely enforced by British troops. Governor Bebb of Ohio, a Welshman himself, organized the settlement.

 

 

Auction Donations Now Accepted for Annual TV-44 Auction

Donations are being accepted now for the 2017 TV-44 auction. Items of interest include quality furniture, automobiles, collectables, sports memorabilia, vehicles, tools, timeshares, trips, and other items of value. Garage sale and boutique items also accepted.

TV-44 is a 501-c3 non-profit association and the annual auction serves as the station’s largest one day fundraiser. Hundreds converge on the TV-44 studio grounds, 1844 Baty Rd., and enjoy a day under the big tent. This year’s auction is September 9.

Proceeds from the auction benefit youth and family focused community programming including The Holiday Music Festival, Whiz Quiz, Faith & Friends, Sports Report, and the hundreds of high school sporting events covered each year on WOSN.

This year TV-44 is celebrating 35 years of serving the community. The annual fundraising auction is a tool used to support this viewer supported local TV station.

Donations for the annual auction can be brought to the TV-44 studios, 1844 Baty Rd, Lima, Monday-Thursday, 10am – 3pm.  Call in advance for Friday drop-offs. Additionally, if you are downsizing or depleting items from an estate, the TV-44 auction is capable of accepting your large load items. All donations are tax-deductable according to what is allowed by law. 

For more information, call (419) 339-4444 and ask for Jennifer or Michele.

 
 

Stateline Writers Club
The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m. in the Celina public library.  The suggested composition topics are "graduation" or "change."

If time permits, a language arts lesson will follow.

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

2017 Graduates - Parkway Scholarship Winners - Open PDF and Rotate Clockwise

 
 

Bryan Area Foundation Grant & Others for new High Ropes Project at 4-H Camp Palmer

Fayette, OHIO


The Camp Palmer staff and board are very thankful for a $12,000 grant from Bryan Area Foundations for the new high ropes project at camp. Other recent grants for this project have also included: $2500 grant from Defiance Area Foundation, $2500 grant from North Western Electric Trust Round Up and $500 grant from Midwest Electric Community Connection. 4-H Camp Palmer, Inc. serves youth from eleven counties in northwest Ohio and many groups from across the state, Michigan and Indiana.  The new high ropes course scheduled for full completion by spring of 2018 replaces our original course that was built in 1990.


4-H resident camps will begin their 70 year of operation at 4-H Camp Palmer during the month of June and July. Eleven Counties in northwest Ohio including: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood County offer 5 day, 4 night camps for youth ages 9-14 years of age. Registrations are taking place at the respective 4-H Extension office of your county; non 4-H youth are welcome to join in for these camps.


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

 


Shanes Park New Playground Area - Ready to install the new Obstacle course
equipment ! 

 

 

 

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY OPENS IN NEW LOCATION

For more than a decade Parkway Local School District residents contacted their local churches in advance for food assistance through the Parkway Ministerial Association Food Pantry.   The pantry enjoyed district-wide support.   

 

Beginning Saturday, June 24th, 2017, to better serve area communities and fulfill food assistance needs, residents of the Parkway School District may come in person to the new Parkway Local Food Pantry located on East Columbia Street in Rockford. 

 

The Parkway Local Food Pantry will be open the fourth Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m.   Those who need food assistance will be asked to show proof of residency in the school district and provide the names of those in their household.  

 

The new Parkway Local Food Pantry on East Columbia Street, is facilitated by the Rockford United Methodist Church, and guided by the biblical command to ‘…serve one another in love’ found in Galatians 5:13.   

 

Serving the Rockford community since April of 2009, the Helping Hands Thrift Store helps to provide Parkway families with clothing and some household items.   Helping Hands, located at 131 S. Main Street in Rockford, is open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-1 p.m.  

 

For more information contact the office of the Rockford UMC 202 S. Franklin Street, 419-363-3230.

 

In addition to the local resources, since February 2017 Mercer County residents who qualify under the Job and Family Services Poverty guidelines may receive food assistance through the Agape’ Mobile Rural Food Pantry a creative cooperative of churches, businesses, and individuals based in Sidney, OH.  

 

The Mobile Pantry travels to Mendon and Rockford on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month and to Fort Recovery on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.    

 

 

Rockford, Ohio - Shanes Crossing Subdivision lots for sale - 
Please contact:  Jeff Long - Village Administration at 
151 E Columbia St. or by email at jeff.long@rockfordohio.org

Click Here for the subdivision layout

Click Here for the subdivision rules

 
 
 

 
June 5-7, 2017
 

 
 
Luau Party by the Lake
Plan now to join the fun at Otterbein Retirement Village when they host a Luau on Saturday, June 25 from 2-4 PM.
The party with hors d'oeurves, door prizes, and special entertainment by the Lima Marimba Ensemble, will be under the tent at the end of Heron Lane.
 
 
Quarter-size Hail and Thunderstorm Hit Area on Monday, June 5, 2017
The Weather Service and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Monday, June 5, 2017 about 4 PM, and shortly thereafter, the pop-up hit. There was plenty of quarter size hail that lasted several minutes and was followed by rain, thunder and lightning. The temperature, which had reached into the upper 80's dropped immediately into the 70's as the storm passed on.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for Sponsoring the Weather Channel Link above!

 
 

JOIN US FOR ROCKFORD COMMUNITY DAYS - JUNE 16 & 17:

  
  Summer's here!! That means it's festival time. Rockford Community Days
  is gearing up and almost ready to go. We are so excited to welcome a
  new event this year. Racing for Relief will be making their Rockford
  debut on Sat June 17th. Joins us in supporting the event and help them
  raise money for area fire depts.
  
  Other events include Pageants with a purpose. This is a pageant that
  teaches girls how to be brave and help them to be supportive and
  collect canned goods and money for local charity. The ever growing car
  show will be back on Friday evening. On Saturday a Cake walk and
  grocery game will be available for all to participate. Who doesn't
  love homemade baked goods and prizes?
  
  Friday night June 17 after the car show our entertainment includes
  Brother Believe me and our oh so popular fireworks display.
  
  Saturdays line up also includes inflates with a water slide, vendor
  event, community wide garage sales, fox family ride and we will top
  off the night with Karmas Pawn in beer garden.
  
  We are still accepting entries for garage sale, vendor event, and
  pageant. Also accepting donation for cake walk and grocery game. Also
  accepting monetary donations to help cover our expenses.
  
  Volunteers needed to help run inflatables and beer servers. Wanna make
  money for your organization ask me how.
  
  Contacts Amy Joseph or Amy Noll
  419.953.7874 or 419.953.8761
  Visit "Rockford Community Days" on Facebook for more details and share
  info with friends and family.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 2-4, 2017