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April 25-26, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
 
Claire Fisher and Justin Cairns are 2017 Parkway Prom Queen and King -
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Snow & Ice statistics for Winter Season 2016-2017
By Jim Wiechart - Mercer County Engineer

Mercer County, 384.129 miles of roads

 

12 snow plows average 32 miles per route (one way)

 

24 days of snow & ice control in winter of 2016-2017

 

Salt used – 1032 tons  =  $57,106.91

Grit used – 1032 tons  =    $8,772.01

            Total material costs during the winter season = $65,878.92

 

Total regular labor hours on snow & ice = 784.00 hours

               Overtime hours                         = 507.50 hours

 

Total costs for snow & ice during the season = $165,747.15 (Equip., labor, & material)

 

Average cost for snow & ice control         2011-2012 season = $264.91/mile

                                                                        2012-2013 season = $635.52/mile

                                                                        2013-2014 season = $1,267.47/mile

                                                                        2014-2015 season = $950.18/mile

                                                                        2015-2016 season = $399.54/mile

                                                                        2016-2017 season = $431.49/mile

 

 
 

Artists’ Work Featured in Station Displays at Eastview Park in Celina
Beautiful Print by Artist Todd Buschur, Parkway Graduate, Among Them

Submitted by Ralph Stuckman

There is a lyric that inspired Todd Buschur to do the print featured in Eastview Park in Celina. Click here for Todd Buschur Studios for more information.
Todd has been an art teacher at Graham Local High School near Urbana, Ohio for twenty six years. But he was a talented artist long before that. He is a graduate of Parkway High School. His mother is Margie Buschur who lives in Celina.

There are some other artist stations presently installed. A
notable one is an aerial photography of the “Blue Goose” done by
Bob Hart of Fort Recovery. All stations are presently assigned for selected artists with more artists on the waiting list. This project was an idea of Mayor Jeff Hazel. The Lake Area Arts Group has taken on the responsibility for the completion of this outdoor art concept.

This type of art may be a bit new to this area and is happening throughout the U.S. and other countries.

The Lake Area Arts Group welcomes this type of opportunity to be of service to our local area. 
 
 
 
 

Rockford Village Council Looks to Community Development Block Grant
to Upgrade Wastewater  Treatment Plant

Rockford Village will apply for a $490K Community Development Block Grant to help pay for a $1.5 million upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant. Motion by Councilman Gehle to approve the 2017 Rockford Recreation Board Officers. Click Here for the meeting minutes from April 18, 2017 by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 

 
 
 

Our Old Bookcase, April 27, 2017, Mercer County’s 1963 Banner Fair

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society
Photo caption:  Mercer Count’s 1963  111th Banner Fair Book listed historic businesses.

The 1963 book for the 111th Banner Fair at the Mercer County Fairgrounds was a gift to my husband Alvin from our friends Gary and Rita Rismiller of Darke County.  They belong to the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee and appreciate local history.

 

Alvin would pick up this 1963 Fair book, in the evening, and look at all of the names of people he knew in the 1960’s.  I thought this book might bring back good memories to you, also.

 

The Mercer County Agricultural Society hosted the Banner Fair with a goal of promoting and encouraging agriculture, industry, science, art and other interests of Mercer County.  In this 1963 book, the Society preserved the history of businesses and their owners by listing the names of the advertisers in their Fair Book.  In 1963, many local businesses were family-owned.   Have times changed?

 

I attended the Bicentennial Planning meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society at Rockford, this month.  One of the topics they discussed was the names of old businesses listed in the old Rockford Press Newspapers.  Rockford Citizens do business in the Village, as well as people from the country, and the nearby villages of Mendon, Mercer, Neptune, Chattanooga, and Tama,   Therefore,  it may be of interest to local citizens of Rockford and nearby Villages, to see the businesses which advertised in the 1963 Mercer County Banner Fair book. 

 

Rockford:  Bigham’s Cities Service, Carr and Shindeldecker Standard Oil Products,  Dean Hellwarth Pioneer Corn, Dinner Bell, Farmers Grain & Supply Co., Fast Auction Sales, J. Dolan Purdy Insurance, Ken’s Barber Shop, Ketcham’s Funeral Service and Furniture, Lloyd Motor Sales, Lugbihl Feed Mill, Paul Dudgeon Seed Co., Paul E. Miller & Son Mil-Ket Farm, Ole Sites & George Jr. Schroyer & Glenn Hasis Bulk Lime & Fertilizer Spreading, Pierstorff Seed Farms, Polar Stores, Inc., Rockford Locker Service, Rockford Lumber Co., Sharp Canning, Inc., The Rockford National Bank, Rockford Stone Co., and The Rockford Press.

 

Chattanooga:  Andrew’s Garage & Saw Mill, Berne Equity Exchange Co., Bollenbacher’s Cash Store, Carl Schroeder Beef & Dairy, Fisher & Sons Farm Implements, Inc., Kenneth Hoblet Auctioneer, and Wendel Bros. Motor Sales,

 

Mendon:  A. and T. Sohio Service, Archer Pipe & Supply, Bud Hays Barber Shop,  Carol’s Beauty Shop, Claud Hansel’s Recreation Hall, Dick & Sons, Don Nuding-Rockford Agri-Limestone, Drake & Shaffer Motor Sales, Ellis Insurance, Fisher’s Market and Locker Service, Griggs Garage, Krogmans Garage, L.W. Diegel Sales, Maurer’s Hardware, Mendon Farm Store, Mendon Live Stock Exchange, Mendon Service Co., and Ray’s Pure Oil Station.

 

Mercer:  Beougher’s General Store,  and Motor Inn Truck Stop.

Neptune:  Roebuck’s Elevator, and Schnarre’s Garage and Implement Sales,

Tama:  Berne Equity Exchange Co., and Canary Bros. Concrete,

 

For you local historians of these Villages, how many of these family businesses are still in the family?

The Mercer County Fair Board is planning an historic celebration.  Will businesses advertise in the Fair Book because they want their name to be remembered in 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.] 

 

 

Golf Outing Planned at Mercer County Elks

The Celina Mercer Chamber Golf Outing is fast approaching! Start off your Memorial Day weekend by teeing off on Friday, May 26 at the Mercer County Elks!  We invite you all to bring a team and join in on the fun.  All golf levels are welcomed.  It's a great day of golf, door prizes, and fun!   If you would like your business recognized at this event we are accepting raffle items and sponsorship. It will be a great way to promote your business and give to a great event.  If you would like more information on registering a team or donating, please contact the Chamber today at 419-586-2219.  

 

 

Culvert Replacement in Gibson Township
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Watkins Road between Meiring Road and Burrville Road in Gibson Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on April 17, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 
 

 
April 21-24, 2017

 

 
 

Sydney Crouch Breaks Parkway Long Jump Record
Sydney Crouch broke school record with her long jump 18 feet 2 inches.

Thank you to Nikki Fox for providing these great shots of the track meet. See more of the meet at the link below:

http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

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It’s a Girl Thing  Hosted by Van Wert Medical Services OB/GYN Clinic
Van Wert, Ohio -- Over 60 girls and their moms (or another trusted friend) gathered together on Thursday, April 6 for an annual event called “It’s a Girl Thing” which focuses on preparing girls ages 9-13 for the physical and mental changes that come with puberty.  Jennifer Hohman, M.D. and Shane Gerber, C.N.P. were the main presenters and gave the girls information and tools that they will need to navigate adolescence with confidence, strength, and kindness. 

The event was planned by the staff from the Van Wert Medical Services OB/GYN Clinic with additional financial support from Van Wert County Hospital and the Lima Area Health Education Center.  Girls in attendance were treated to pizza, snacks, and prizes.  We would like to thank the staff at the Van Wert Medical Services OB/GYN Clinic for their dedication in organizing this event each year.  Additionally, thank you to the YWCA of Van Wert County for hosting the event at their facility.

Photo Information: Staff from the Van Wert Medical Services OB/GYN Clinic 

 

 

Wine Tasting at Dues Nursery/Spade and Barrell

There will be a Wine Tasting Event on April 28, 2017 from 6-9:30 PM

At Dues Nursery , 4380 Monroe Rd., Celina. Cook your own pizza in their pizza oven; pizza supplies available. Call 419-586-1290 to RSVP

 




 

 

 

Parkway's Mini Relay for Life

May 12th   6 pm - 12 am

At the Parkway Football Field

Join in and celebrate life with food, games, face painting, luminaries and more!

 

 

 

Rockford  RADC Members to meet
The next meeting of the RADC is Monday, April 24th at 7pm in the Rockford Library basement. Be sure to wear some comfortable shoes as members will be walking the Main Street of Rockford for ideas on improvements.
The  2017 RADC Membership Drive is underway.

 

 

 

The Great April Adventure in Celina

The Great April Adventure in Celina will be FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH 5:00PM-10:00PM in DOWNTOWN CELINA

Grand prize and door prize drawings begin at 9:30pm at Brew Nation. Participating businesses!

Teams up to 4 People (Must be 18) will complete task at participating businesses Complete all tasks and be entered for team prize of $300 cash

$25 Pre-Registration fee is due by 4/21/17 ($40 after 4/21)
Registration fee is non-refundable
Sign up at the Chamber office or call 419-586-2219

$300 CASH GRAND PRIZE PLUS DOOR PRIZES

 

Participating Businesses:

Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce Brew Nation Speak Easy 211 Club Martinis on Main Venetian Gardens 21st Century Kitchens Hot Brass Personal Defense Celina Music Store POSH Nails

 

 

 

The Shanes Park Beautification -  March update.

After a very windy February and March -  38 carts of limbs and sticks were picked up at
the park.   This totaled of 58 hours of time.

We are looking for some volunteers to help wash and clean up the playhouses
at the park.  

We can always use help in park clean up !    We appreciate our volunteers !


Message from the Shanes Park Beautification Society

 

More Beautiful Flowers and a New Sidewalk in Shanes Park
 

 

Rabbit Quality Assurance Training on Saturday, April 29th, 2017

 

“Quality Assurance Training is a requirement each year from the Ohio Department of Agriculture for all youth exhibiting livestock.”

With so many youth exhibiting rabbits in Van Wert County, there will be a Quality Assurance training on Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00am-11:00am, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds Extension Office Meeting room. Since an animal project is truly a family involvement project, we are inviting and encouraging at least 1 parent to attend this training also. We are planning sessions for younger 4-H’ers, older 4-H’ers, and parents.

Remember you must attend one of the Quality Assurance Training sessions to exhibit Market Rabbits (meat pen of 3 and/or single fryer), or any market type livestock at the fair. Note: cloverbud participants are exempt, but encouraged to attend and learn.

When arriving make sure to sign in with you name and club, and sign out at the conclusion of the training session. 

 

 

BLIND DATE IN CONCERT 

THE BLIND DATE BAND WILL BE IN CONCERT AT THE ROCKFORD BELLE on Saturday, May 20th.   Blind Date is a group of five guys who love playing music together. All the members have been playing for more years than they care to remember. This gives them a unique perspective of the music from several generations.

Focusing mainly on songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s they bring together such eclectic tastes that, like a blind date you may have had, you never know what you’re going to get. Sing along with them on songs you may not have heard for years, but will instantly recognize, including many from one-hit-wonders. This is music that lives on long after the artists have faded away. Always entertaining and family-friendly, let John, Kent, Dan, Rick and Mike take you on a journey to a time when life was simpler, cars were faster, and music came from AM radio

$7.00 donations will be accepted at the door, 18 and under admitted free.

Doors open at 6 pm with the show beginning at 7 pm.

The Belle is located at 135 Market St, the former Rockford Presbyterian Church.
        

* Guest appearance by Weston Thompson  Saxophone artist!

KEEPING TOM ROGER’s DREAM ALIVE --- bringing fellowship to the community WITH MUSIC !!

 

 

Motor Coach Association coming to Mercer County Fairgrounds

Monaco International is one of the largest chapters of motor coach owners in the Family Motor Coach Association.  They host several rallies every year in a variety of locations.  Each rally brings more than 150 families to that area.  We are excited to announce that Monaco International has chosen the Mercer County Fairgrounds to host their Great American 4th of July Rally.  Guests will be in Celina anytime between July 1 - 11th with the main event being held July 5th-7th.  This is a great event for the fairgrounds and our communities, as they will be out and about visiting our area.  Let's roll out the red carpet and welcome them to Mercer County! We need your help!  The Celina Chamber will be providing welcome bags to each family that attends. How can you help?

*Provide items to help fill the bags (160 bags total) Coozies, pens, notepads, coupons or whatever you like to put in the bags. (any amount of items will be accepted)

*Donate a door prize to be given at their meetings

*Welcome Monaco International on any outdoor marquees or signage

*...or anything else you can think of!

 

Help us welcome Monaco International to Celina and the Mercer County Fairgrounds.  Let's show them why we are the best! 

Thank you in advance for any items.  Please have items to the Mercer County Chamber office by June 9th or call 419-586-2219 if you would like someone to pick up the items for you

 

 
 
 
Lots for Soldiers House Nearly completed - Concrete Driveway Ready to Pour

 
 
 
 
 
Claire O'Steen Wins Certificate of Merit

Claire O’Steen recently won the Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Service from the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce. She received the award as part of Honors Day at a reception and ceremony sponsored by the Department of Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science.
Claire was chosen for the award based on her high grade point average and service to the college as an ambassador for the University co-op program. She is a senior at the University of Alabama majoring in operations management and is the daughter of Colleen (Wood) and Wally O’Steen of Huntsville, AL. She is also the niece of Sheila (Wood) Baltzell of Celina and Holly Patrice Wood and Paul Pabis of Rehoboth, MA.

 
 

The Annual Senior D.A.R.E. Scholarship Luncheon

Above 2017: Mercer County D.A.R.E. Scholarship Winners: Carly Link, Megan Schoenlein, Alivia Stover, Kraig Gruss, Makayla Hoying, Lauren McDonough, Ashtyn Phlipot, Alyssa Cisco, Cami Mohler, Alyssa Hoyng

The Annual Senior D.A.R.E. Scholarship Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Mercer County Elks. Over 60 students, school staff, and guests attended the luncheon. The ten scholarship winners are: Lauren McDonough, Cami Mohler, Alyssa Hoyng, Ashtyn Phlipot and Alyssa Cisco – Celina High School; Kraig Gruss – Coldwater High School; Carly Link - Ft. Recovery High School; Megan Schoenlein - Marion Local High School; Alivia Stover – Parkway High School; Makayla Hoying - St. Henry High School.

Other Seniors attending included: From Celina HS: Alyssa Wilkins, Karlee Huber, Allison Yaney Conner Ewing, Nicole Bowsher, Caleb Gladhill, Nathan Robinson, Zach Meeker; from Ft. Recovery HS: Ashton Hoying, Brooke Gower, Chassity Hemmelgarn, and Kyle Fullenkamp; From Marion Local HS: Marie Wilker; From Parkway HS: Alyx Slusher, Abby Sutter, Megan Weirrick, Tessa Morton, and Coleton Lautzenheiser; From St. Henry HS: Ashley Ray, Brittany Howe, Emily Greer, and Sean Muhlenkamp.

Guests attending in honor of the seniors were Principal Phil Metz and SADD advisor Michelle Langmeyer – Celina HS; Guidance Counselor Natalie Kanney and Principal Jason Hemmelgarn – Coldwater HS; SADD advisor Julie Billenstein - Ft. Recovery HS; Principal Tim Goodwin and Guidance Counselor Jenny Dippold – Marion Local HS; Principal Brian Fortkamp – Parkway HS; Principal Eric Rosenbeck and Guidance Counselor Betsy Armstrong -- St. Henry HS; Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Carol Hone - guest speaker; County Commissioners: Jerry Laffin and Rick Muhlenkamp; Courtney Donovan and Linda Helentjaris - Wright State-Lake Campus; Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel, Former D.A.R.E. Booster members, Shirley and Tom Pryer, Ken and Violet Taylor; and current D.A.R.E. Booster members Jerry Kanney (president), D.A.R.E. Officer Sue Miller, Amy Miller, Laura Sanford, and Casey Nuttle.

Commendations were presented to the students from the offices of Governor John Kasich; Senator Matt Huffman; Representative Keith Faber, as well as the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters. The luncheon honors students who have remained true to their 5th grade D.A.R.E. promise. This promise says the student will remain drug, tobacco, and alcohol free.

Essays were received from 38 students. The prompt for this essay dealt with how D.A.R.E. made an impact on the student’s life starting in 5th grade and how the program provided tools for them to deal with situations they faced since then. The essays are numbered and given to the judges for selection of scholarship winners.  The judges do not know the essay writers until after the top 10 are chosen. Ten students were awarded $500 scholarships. All non-scholarship winners each received a coupon compliments of McDonalds.

Courtney Donovan, Lake Campus and Western Ohio Educational Foundation, explained the matching scholarships available to those students who will be attending the Lake Campus.

Carol Hone, Mercer County Civic Foundation, was the speaker for this event. She is a retired teacher from Celina City Schools. The theme of her inspirational speech was to always leave positive deposits. She also encouraged the students to find one person they look up to as a hero (teacher, coach, parent, pastor) who will never give up on them. And before they do something, to ask themselves, “would I do this in front of that person?” She also said, “someone, somewhere will always be watching you. What will you be teaching them?” Carol then discussed how when she was a 6th grade teacher, that she would have the kids write a prediction for their future. She then sends these letters to the students their senior year of high school. The hardest part is when she comes across a letter of a student that has passed away due to illness, an accident, or poor choices. She then writes a letter to the parent of the child about the positive deposits that student left while he/she was in her class. She concluded her speech reading a poem that she had her students memorize, which was called “Kids Who are Different” by Digby Wolfe. It ended with: “It’s their difference that makes them unique.”

Thanks goes out to the Elks for the donation of the meeting area and the luncheon: Amy Kemper (cook), Kirk Stucke, Bill Link, Alan Albers, and Exalted Ruler Ed Rump who were also all present from the Elks. The Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters would also like to thank all merchants, individuals, and others who continually support this program through their donations and time. Special thanks go to McDonald’s Restaurants and Wright State University-Lake Campus for their donations to the luncheon.


Above: All Mercer County DARE Seniors 

 

 

 

 
Columbia Street Reconstruction Project Well Under Way in Rockford
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April 20, 2017

 

 
 
 

Brad Baltzell Celebrates 30 Years at Fremont Company
Brad Baltzell of Rockford was recently recognized at Fremont Company in Rockford. He has worked there 30 years and is head of the Ketchup cooking operation.

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Pre-School Screenings Available

An early identification screening for any 3, 4, or 5 year old child of Parkway Local Schools whose parents are concerned about their child’s speech or any potential developmental delay will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Celina First Church of God in Celina, Ohio.  This screening is not a requirement in order to enroll in preschool, but the screening can be used to help identify any potential learning needs.  The screening will include speech and language skills, vision, hearing, and general knowledge.

If you are interested in having your child screened, please call Janice Diller at the Mercer County Educational Service Center at 419-586-6628, ext. 221, by May 11, 2017.

This is a free service provided by your local school district in cooperation with the Mercer County Educational Service Center.

 

 

School Choice Already Exists Across Ohio - Editorial

 

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Van Wert County on Thursday, April 20th at the invitation of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten.  During her expected visit, Ms. DeVos will tour Van Wert City Schools to see one instance of how public education works in West Central Ohio.  This is a great opportunity for our sister district to showcase their ongoing efforts to promote their students’ well-being, develop and enrich their staff, and collaborate with members of their community to grow their district through public education.

 

What cannot be lost during this visit is the drastic difference in opinion between our local communities and the Secretary of Education.  Ms. DeVos is an advocate for increased voucher programs and for-profit education centers in Ohio and around our country.  Her efforts are masqueraded by a rollout of buzzwords that include grandiose visions of “school choice” for families.  What needs to be made clear for Ohioans--particularly those in our region--we already have school choice options for our students, and that Ms. DeVos’ educational suggestions, rooted in for-profit voucher programs, amount to the theft of public education at the expense of our students and district taxpayers.

 

The responsibility for public education is not something that starts and ends with school administrators, teachers, and support personnel.  It is not merely a collection of assessments and checkpoints for students on their way into the workforce or onto further training or education. True “school choice” lies with our many communities across Ohio and our collective capacity to participate in the public education process.  It is our civic responsibility to support candidates for public office to supervise, manage and oversee the function and operation of our public school districts.  It is our civic duty to ask tough questions of teachers and administrators when reports show that improvement is necessary for our students and communities. It is our civic opportunity to consider tax levies that could be utilized to renovate, improve or retask elements of a school district for the constantly evolving mission of public education for our children and their eventual children.

 

School voucher programs in Ohio and around the country are not all connected to the type of for-profit scheming that we have seen in Michigan and in other parts of the country; however the recent rollout of voucher proposals in Columbus and around our nation by those that share the DeVos mindset for community destabilization cannot be tolerated by our Ohio citizens.  We cannot rob a community trust for an unchecked, enterprising gamble.  If we are not vigilant, our state coffers will be emptied of revenue initially aimed at supporting our public school districts and redirected at commercial “academies” and “schools” associated with benefitting shareholders rather than developing students and communities for a better tomorrow in the State of Ohio.

 

We have always had a choice in Ohio, and many of us have used that opportunity to be involved in our local school districts as much as possible.  This new “choice” is a carefully packaged and convenient “fox in the henhouse” that is designed to prey upon parents’ desires to promote a better future for their children.  The only obvious choice that we have in Ohio is to continue to invest in our local districts, and work together to make sure that they are in a position to meet the needs of our students and communities in the future.  While it is important that Van Wert and other communities in Ohio and around the country welcome Ms. DeVos with an open-mind, we must be ever diligent to avoid the cheap parlor tricks associated with the branding of new, “school choice” rollouts by the current Secretary of Education and state legislators that might introduce her brand of education.

 

Submitted by James Lautzenheiser, President
Crestview Employees’ Association (OFT-AFT)
Crestview Local Schools - Convoy, Ohio
lautzenheiser.james@crestviewknights.com

(216) 262-2805 - Cell

 
 

Lake Campus Engineering Department to Host Trebuchet Contest

On  Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 9am-2pm at the Mercer-Auglaize Counties YMCA – Celina, OH, close to one dozen teams from Coldwater, Parkway, Versailles and Arlington High Schools will compete in the Trebuchet Contest. This is an engineering design challenge presented to high school students. Students apply math and science to develop a small-scale trebuchet to launch squash balls towards a target. There are two teams competing against one another. Each team has four trebuchets. Each trebuchet has a target next to it. One objective of this competition is to challenge students to develop a well-designed machine capable of accurate trajectories. The more accurate the trebuchet, the more targets they can eliminate from the opposing team.

The competition is a tournament style challenge.  Wright State engineering students will serve as judges and Engineering faculty are sponsoring the event.

 
 

Rockford Police Arrest Male on Sexual Contact with a Minor Charges

On April 17th, 2017 the Rockford Police received a complaint of an adult having had sexual contact with a minor. An investigation was conducted by Rockford Police and Children Services. Ryan M. Mills (39) of Rockford was arrested for sexual conduct with a minor, who is not the spouse of the offender a Felony of the third degree. Mr. Mills is being held on $500,000.00 bond. The victim’s name is not being released. Chief Paul May would like to thank the St. Mary’s Police for their cooperation in the investigation. 

 

Superintendent Search at Parkway Continues
The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education has scheduled the following work session related to the Superintendent search:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room

The work session will be held in executive session.  No action will be taken.

 
 
 

 
April 18-19, 2017

 

 
 

Red Cross Needs Volunteers at Van Wert County Hospital
Van Wert, Ohio -- Are you looking for a way to give back to your community?  The American Red Cross – Hospital Program is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of areas at Van Wert County Hospital.  Volunteering only takes a few hours each week and is a great way to serve others and bring a smile to someone’s face!  If you are interested in volunteering for the American Red Cross – Hospital Program, please call Carol Hennis at 419-203-6030 to find out how to get started.  We’d love to add you to our great group of caring volunteers!

 

Pictured below are volunteers currently serving in the American Red Cross – Volunteer Program.

 

Twenty First Century Club Meets

The Twenty First Century Club met on March 28, 2017 at the Rockford Methodist Café room.  Vice President Rozann Maurer welcomed everyone. 

The program began with Karla Butler presenting a power point lesson about the “Chutes and Ladders originally called Snakes and Ladders.  She shared details about the history and rules of the game.  She stated that it is an ancient game called Moksha Patam from Indian played between two or more players. Ladders and Snakes (later Chutes since snakes were frightening) are pictured on a gridded board and connect two squares. By the luck of rolling the die players move their game piece, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes (chutes) respectively. Historically, it was a game to teach Hindu morality lessons with the ladders being virtues and the snakes being vices. Later Milton Bradley created their own version and it is still popular today.

Louisa Hemmelgarn continued the program with Candy Land trivia which everyone enjoyed. The game was designed in 1948 by Eleanor Abbott, while she was recovering from polio. Other sick children in her hospital  loved the game and convinced Abbott to submit the game to the Milton Bradley Company. The game was bought by Milton Bradley and first published in 1949 as a temporary fill in for their then main product line, school supply. Candy Land became Milton Bradley's best selling game surpassing its previous top seller, Uncle Wiggly.

The race revolves around a storyline about finding King Kandy, the lost king of Candy Land. The board has a winding, linear track made of 134 spaces, most red, green, blue, yellow, orange or purple. The remaining pink spaces are named locations such as Candy Cane Forest and Gum Drop Mountain, or characters such as Queen Frostine and Gramma Nutt. The board has three colored spaces marked with a dot. Two of these spaces were designated as "cherry pitfalls" and the other was situated in Molasses Swamp. A player who lands on such a space is stuck until the correct color is drawn.  A spinner is used to move players along the track. Club members remembered both of these games well.

Ann Gage and Sherry Shaffer served candy themed snacks.

 
 
 

Blessing of the Bikes

The Legion Riders of Celina American Post 210 invite all motorcycle riders to their 3rd annual Blessing of the Bikes.  It will be held on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 11:30 at the Post parking lot located at 2501 St Rt 703, Celina Ohio.

You do not have to be a member of the  American Legion, Sons of the Legion, Auxiliary , or Legion Member.  Just show up on your motorcycle.

The St Marys American Legion is sponsoring their SIDS Ride after the Blessing of the Bikes.  You are invited to join them for the event.  The Legion Post is just down the road on St Rt 703.

 

 
 

 
April 15-17, 2017
Easter Weekend

 

 
 

Grandparents’ Day for 2017
Calvary Preschool is planning the annual Grandparents’ Day for 2017.  There will be two days for this event, Monday April 24 and Tuesday April 25.  Mrs. Chavarria’s Pre-K Plus and Mrs. Stewart’s Red class will host their guests on Monday, while Mrs. Ickes’s Three’s and Mrs. Stewart’s Blue classes will hold their day on Tuesday.  Grandparents and special guests are asked to arrive at 10:30 for a time of music presented by the classes and then join their students for fun activities in the Fellowship Hall.

Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road.  Registrations are being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year.  There are currently openings in all age groups, three to five years old.  For information, contact Marilyn Agler, director, at 567-259-3103 or by e-mail at preschool@calvaryelife.org.

 

 

 
 
 

Our Old Bookcase

 

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

Photo caption:  Shanes Crossing (1888) was known as “Half Way Cross,” in 1755.

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society invited me to their meeting in 2014, when they were discussing ideas for their 200th Anniversary Celebration in 2020 (Twenty-Twenty).   We shared many ideas about how various communities in Mercer County had celebrated anniversaries of their historical events.

 

Now that they have had three years to consider various plans, they invited me to return this April.  I went back to my computer, to see if I had kept my outline of plans related to their history, the last time I was there.  At that time, I was impressed with the depth of thought which they had applied to their ideas at those early planning meetings. 

 

When I was writing about inventions, I wrote, “Creative individuals are thinkers and dreamers; they are the ones who come up with the light bulb moment.”  Today, I am asking the thinkers and dreamers to create ideas for a local community to plan and implement for their historic celebrations.

 

Prehistoric Artifact collectors of arrow heads, stone axes, flint pieces, and shards of pottery, have found extensive examples of artifacts along the Saint Marys River in Dublin Township.  Map collectors may have early maps of Mercer County.  The earliest map I have found which identifies a site in Mercer County, is the 1755 English map which includes “Half Way Cross,” which refers to the site of Shanes Crossing of the St. Marys River.  (This Crossing was half way between two Indian Villages; do you know their names?) 

 

Military Historians study military action which relate to people in Mercer County.  In Dublin Township, during the 1790’s Indian Wars, the U.S. Military constructed Fort Adams and crossed the St. Marys River.  During the War of 1812, the U.S. Military crossed the St.  Marys River.   Treaties were made between the Native American Tribes and the U.S. Government, in the early 1800’s.  Anthony Shane played an important role during that time period.  Shanes Crossing Historical Society has Members who study this heritage.  Local organizations honor our Military Veterans in several ways.  German Prisoners of War worked for local businesses in Rockford, in the 1940’s. 

 

Transportation History is studied about rivers, trails, railroads, airports, and high ways.  Rockford can  claim history for each of these methods of travel.  Communication History is another topic, with studies of the social events, written history, Morse Code, newspapers, telephones, cell phones and computers.

 

Communities study their Township and Village Government histories, Business histories, School histories, Library history, Church histories, and Service Organization histories.  Community events’ history includes arts and music programs, parades, festivals, fairs, and holiday celebrations.  Sports historians not only study school sports, but also study adult and children’s sports of baseball, basketball, and other options, including local swimming pools, and race tracks.   Architectural styles in family histories of homes would be of interest.  The untold stories of Prohibition in the 1930’s might find a place for story-telling?  Those oral histories of the community may need a night of “Twice Told Tales.”

 

The easiest reference books for you to read about Rockford’s history are Mercer County History books and Rockford’s History books at the local Libraries in Mercer County.  You may email Mike Schumm at MDSchumm@roadrunner.com and share your knowledge and your ideas of projects for Rockford’s 200th Anniversary in 2020, with Shanes Crossing Historical Society.

 

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

 

 
 
 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet

The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on
Monday - April 17th at 7 pm at the museum located at 151 E Columbia St.

Our guest speaker will be Joyce Alig, President of the Mercer County Historical
Society.  Joyce will be talking about our Rockford history and the
importance of local people becoming involved in the upcoming
Bicentennial.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. 

 
 
 
 
 

 
April 13-14, 2017

 

 
 

NBC 10 anchor Patrice Wood (Rockford Native) to Deliver Commencement Address at Roger Williams University and Receive Honorary Degree

Dr. Pablo Rodriguez will Receive Honorary Degree during May 20 ceremony

BRISTOL, R.I., April 10, 2017 ­­– NBC 10 anchor Patrice Wood will deliver the commencement address at the Roger Williams University graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Wood, who has been delivering the news at Channel 10 (WJAR) in Rhode Island for more than 37 years, will be joined at the graduation ceremony by her husband, Paul Pabis, who is receiving a master’s degree in leadership from RWU, and by her daughter, Stephanie, who is receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from RWU. Wood will receive an honorary degree in communications.

The university also will confer an honorary degree to Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, chair of the Women & Infants Health Care Alliance, president and CEO of Women’s Care, former medical director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, and a clinical associate professor at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School.

Some 1,080 undergraduate and graduate students will take part in the 2017 commencement exercises, which will begin with a processional at the Bristol campus, One Old Ferry Road. The procession will enter a tent on RWU’s main athletic field at 9:30 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

“Many universities honor certain individuals at their commencement ceremonies by inviting them to deliver an address to the graduates or by awarding them an honorary degree — and Roger Williams University is no exception to this tradition,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “We think it is particularly important to recognize those who have contributed to the public good and who reflect our institutional mission of ‘strengthening society.’ This year, we honor two such individuals, well-known to many Rhode Islanders, whose life work reflects a deep and abiding commitment to making Rhode Island a better place: Patrice Wood and Dr. Pablo Rodriguez.”

Wood’s first name is Holly (yes, Holly Wood); her middle name is Patrice. She grew up on a farm in Rockford, Ohio, where she and her two sisters worked taking care of pigs and horses, driving tractors and pulling weeds out of soybean fields. Her father was a farmer, and her mother was a newspaper reporter.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Wood studied journalism, receiving a bachelor’s degree in from Bowling Green State University. She worked as a news anchor/reporter for WDHO-TV in Toledo, Ohio, and held several news positions with WBGU-TV in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Wood joined NBC 10 in 1980. In addition to anchoring the 5, 6 and 11 o’clock news, she’s also known for her weekly “Tuesday's Child”  reports, which feature children in state care who need permanent homes. Those reports have resulted in numerous children being matched with adoptive families. She has received many volunteer and professional awards, including the prestigious Silver Circle award from the New England Association of Television Arts and Sciences and the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.

Rodriguez is a well-known community leader and active participant in civic and charitable organizations, both locally and nationally. He is past chair of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the Rhode Island Foundation, the International Institute of RI, the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee, RI Project AIDS and the Democracy Compact. He led a $1.5 million capital campaign to benefit Progreso Latino, the leading social service agency for new immigrants. He was involved in the Health Care Reform Commission, which was in charge of drafting the RIte Care legislation in Rhode Island. And he was chair of the Minority Health Advisory Committee and the Minority AIDS Taskforce.

Rodriguez has received many awards for his community involvement, including the Community Service Award from the American Medical Association in 1994 and Planned Parenthood of RI in 1996. The John Hope Settlement House gave him their highest honor, the Paris Vaughn Sterett Award for community service, and the Ministers Alliance gave him with the Martin Luther King Service Award. Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has called him the inspiring force behind the creation of the Latino Policy Institute at RWU, which Elorza co-founded. Also, he is a host of radio and television programs. He co-founded and serves as chairman and CEO of 1290-AM, Latino Public Radio.

About RWU: With campuses on the coast of Bristol and in the heart of Providence, R.I., Roger Williams University is a forward-thinking private university committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning. At RWU, small classes, direct access to faculty and guaranteed opportunity for real-world projects ensure that its nearly 4,000 undergraduates – along with hundreds of law students, graduate students and adult learners – graduate with the ability to think critically along with the practical skills that today’s employers demand. Roger Williams is leading the way in American higher education, confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs, rising debt and job readiness.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 12, 2017

 

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 10-11, 2017

 

 
 
 

Coach Mark Esselstein Posts 500th Career Win
By Amber Slusher


Saturday, April 8, 2017 marked Coach Mark Esselstein’s 500th Career Win as the Parkway Softball Coach.  This win came as the 2017 Parkway Softball Team defeated Archbold and Crestview in a Quad at Parkway.  On this date, the Members of the 1997 State Final 4 softball team surprised Coach Esselstein with an impromptu reunion and recognition  on the field.  The team was the 1st softball team in school history to advance to the State tournament.  Members present were Dr. Andrea Fisher, Jennifer Garwood Schmidt, Leslie Bowen Maurice, Amber Scheidt Slusher, Dawn Mathewson May, Amanda Schumm Triplett, Lisa Miller England and Brandi Stover Bruns.  The team was Coached by Coach Mark Esselstein and Coach Rex Miller. 
Congratulations again to Coach E on 500 wins!


Members of the 1997 State Final 4 softball team


The team was the 1st softball team in school history to advance to the State tournament.  Members present were Dr. Andrea Fisher, Jennifer Garwood Schmidt, Leslie Bowen Maurice, Amber Scheidt Slusher, Dawn Mathewson May, Amanda Schumm Triplett, Lisa Miller England and Brandi Stover Bruns.

 
 

 
April 8-9, 2017
 

 

Armed Robbery in Celina ~ NEWS RELEASE 04/09/2017 


Clay Junod

Today, April 9th, 2017, the Celina Police Department responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Best Western Hotel at 2020 Holiday Dr., Celina.  At about 4:15PM a man, later identified as 34 year old Clay A. Junod, produced a handgun.  He grabbed the female clerk and demanded cash.  Junod left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area on foot.

An extensive search of the area was conducted along with searches of multiple locations in Celina where Junod is known to frequent.  Clay Junod has not been apprehended and is considered to be armed and dangerous.  Junod is a white male, 5’10”, 225 pounds, short brown hair and blue eyes.  Last seen wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and black jacket.  It is believed that he has since changed clothes.   

The Celina Police Department was assisted by deputies from the Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Office as well as the Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew K. Fox.  Judge James J. Scheer has issued an arrest warrant for Clay Junod on a charge of aggravated robbery.

If you know the whereabouts of Clay Junod or if you see him, please call the Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345.  If he is not in Celina call your local law enforcement agency.  DO NOT approach Junod or attempt to apprehend or hold him for police.

 
 
 

Celina Municipal Court Prosecutor / Celina Law Director / Mercer
County Attorney George Erik Moore Running for Municipal Court Judge

 

Celina Municipal Court Prosecutor / Celina Law Director / Mercer
County Attorney George Erik Moore is excited to announce that he is
running for Municipal Court Judge in the upcoming Republican Primary
Election on May 2, 2017.  This is a county-wide race.

George is a fifth-generation Mercer County native, is married to
Lindsey with three children, and is very-active in numerous community
and governmental activities.  His deeply-held family and religious
roots have taught him the benefits of “faith, family, and hard
work”.
 
Not only has he helped recover civil judgments and settlement for
clients in excess of several Million Dollars with the law firm of
Faber & Associates in Celina, he has also prosecuted over 8,000 cases
at the Municipal Court since being elected in 2012, including
appearing at over 250 trials, jury trials, and hearings.  He fully
understands the “ins and outs” of how this court works, and has
developed a “5 Point Plan for a Safer Mercer County”, which will
be paid for by those using the court (and not by all of the
taxpayers). 



 *Create a “Diversion Program” for certain minor non-violent
first-time offenses to not go on a person’s record upon completion of an educational program 

 

* “Harsher sentences” for ongoing repeat offenders

 

* Create a “probation department” to help repeat offenders comply
with court orders, and to help those with drug addictions 

 

*“Evening court” as an option for citizens who work during regular
business hours (including victims and witnesses)

 

* “Technology upgrades” to court to make the court more accessible,
and to keep law enforcement officers on the street

George has not sought or accepted any “political endorsements”
from anybody affiliated with the court, including from lawyers or from
law enforcement, in order to remain as fair and impartial as possible
if elected judge.

George is honored to have the support of so many people from
all-across Mercer County, and humbly asks for your vote on May 2.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 7, 2017

 

 
 
 
Parkway Varsity Softball Team Defeats Antwerp - Thank you to Nikki for sharing these pictures
Click Here for team pictures and schedules

Click here for more action shots by Nikki

 

 
 

Public Notice - Mercer County Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Mercer County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will be conducting its annual hazardous material exercise on April 12, 2015 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Mercer County Fairgrounds behind the Mercer County EMS / EMA / LEPC office. This year’s exercise is a full scale exercise with activation of the County Emergency Operations Center.

 
 

Spring planting & open ditch maintenance

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

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

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

 
 

Parkway April 11, 2017 School Board meeting will be held at the Praise Point Church in Willshire – Click here for the agenda

 
 

Sponsors Are Appreciated

Thank you to the Following Sponsors for your continued support of Caden Slusher and the Northwest Ohio Basketball Club:

Chatt Insurance, Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Betseys Boutique, Rockford Carryout, TJ's. Willshire Drive In, Laurels of Shane Hill, Vancrest Healthcare Centers, Kitchens Inc.

Your Support is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!

 

 

Patrol Investigates A Motorcycle Crash

Paulding – The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a motorcycle crash at approximately 8:15 PM. The crash occurred on US-24 .1m east of mile-post 13 in Crane Township, Paulding County. The crash was north of the Village of Paulding. 

A 2008 Harley Davison motorcycle, driven by 32 year old Barron P. Elder of Hudson, Michigan, was westbound on US 24. The motorcycle drove off the left side of the roadway, into the center median, and overturned.    

Barron P. Elder Scot E. Elwood did have a helmet on, and was ejected from the motorcycle. He was flown from the scene to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Parkview Samaritan Air Ambulance, and is listed in serious condition. 

The Highway Patrol was assisted by Paulding Fire Department and Paulding Rescue, Paulding Sheriff’s Department.  The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

 
April 6, 2017

 

 
 

The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education has scheduled the following work sessions related to the Superintendent search:

            Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room

            Wednesday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room

The work sessions will be held in executive session.  No action will be taken, according to Debbie Pierce, Treasurer.

 
 
 

Stateline Writer’s Club to Meet
The Stateline Writer's Club will meet on Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. in the Celina public library.  

Celina librarian Jay Miley will deliver a presentation on blogging.

The suggested composition topic for the April meeting is short piece about "a local historical place, person or thing."   Writers are expected to cite sources. 

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 
 
 

 
April 5, 2017

 

 
 
Trees cut down at site of old Parkway School Building on Franklin Street

Recently the last old trees at the site of the old Parkway School Building on Franklin Street in Rockford were cut down by the Village maintenance crew. Some residents expressed their memories of sitting under the majestic oak trees and having class when it was hot in the school building, playing tag under the old walnut tree and having art class outside so sketches could be made of the trees.

Thanks to Marcia Ripley for sharing these pictures.

Click on smaller thumbnails
shots to enlarge them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 4, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Athletic Booster meeting is Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00

 
 

Van Wert Medical Services Announces Dr. Gammill as Internal Medicine Physician

 

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services welcomes Todd Gammill, M.D., as a physician in internal medicine. Gammill joins Christine Ulrich, C.N.P. and Scott Jarvis, M.D. in Suite 105 of the Van Wert Health Center, which is located at 140 Fox Road, Van Wert, Ohio.  Dr. Gammill is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

 “One of the things that I enjoy most about being a physician is really listening to my patients.  I like being able to make an impact on their lives,” Dr. Gammill said. He will treat patients with acute and chronic medical problems and sees adult patients with a broad spectrum of illnesses.

 Dr. Gammill was a cardiologist with Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, before coming to Van Wert. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas in 1979 and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Gammill also completed a Fellowship in Cardiology at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis.

 Dr. Gammill welcomes new patients to his office and accepts most insurance plans.  At his office, you will find courteous and friendly staff, same day appointments, and exceptional medical care.  To schedule an appointment, please call 419-238-7727.

 

 
 

Lake Campus Happenings – April 2017

 

CELINA, OH – As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end for Wright State University – Lake Campus, there are many events occurring during the month of April that are free and open to the public. Some events may require registration. Please see details below for further information.

 

Active Shooter Awareness Training

Would you know how to protect yourself if an assailant would enter your school, workplace, church, or other public area?  Join us for one of these interactive, instructional courses.  Training is sponsored and hosted by the Wright State University Crime Prevention Unit.  FREE and open to the public!  Seating is limited – please RSVP for one session totyler.pottkotter@wright.edu.

Monday, April 10, 2:00-4:00pm

OR Tuesday, April 11, 6:00-8:00pm

177 Dwyer Hall

 

Faculty Research Symposium

This year’s event will showcase 30+ research posters from a combination of 20+ faculty and 35+ students, representing a variety of discipline and research interests.  Come see what is happening within our academic programs and ongoing research projects at the Lake Campus and beyond!

Email jill.puthoff@wright.edu with questions.

Thursday, April 20

11:00am-1:30pm

James F. Dicke Hall

 

Sign Language Concert

This annual event features a variety of hit songs interpreted in American Sign Language by our very own Lake Campus students. Enjoy the music and the visual version of the lyrics! FREE and open to the public!

Email jodi.pierstorff@wright.edu with questions.

Friday, April 21

7:00pm

James F. Dicke Hall

 

Graphic Design, Multimedia & Photography Display

View our large showcase of graphic design, multimedia, and photography displays from Lake Campus students.  A variety of mediums will be featured from campus courses in these fields.  Students will be available to discuss their graphic design portfolios from noon-2pm.

Email teresa.richter@wright.edu with questions.

Thursday, April 27

9:00am-5:00pm (open house format)

James F. Dicke Hall

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reservations Now Open for “Farce of Nature” 

Van Wert, OH- Off Stage Productions concludes its 2016-2017 season with “Farce of Nature”, a Jones Hope Wooten comedy. This two-act comical farce will be directed by Mandy Fifer. Mark your calendars and plan to attend one of our seven performances, opening Saturday, April 22nd. Additional show dates are Sunday April 23rd*, Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 28th-30th*, and Friday & Saturday May 5th & 6th. Doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, *12:30 pm for Sunday matinees, at the Van Wert County Senior Center (220 Fox Road, Van Wert, OH). A buffet style meal provided by Romer’s Catering will be served starting at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm (*1:00pm meal and 2:00pm show on the Sunday matinees). 

THE STORY: The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. Meet D. Gene Wilburn, the owner and proprietor of the Reel 'Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Well, it used to be, but lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who's just checked in—an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago—is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program. Doesn't anybody just want to fish anymore? Certainly not D. Gene's frustrated wife, Wanelle, who's fed up with their lackluster romantic life. She's taken drastic steps to improve it through hypnotic suggestion. D. Gene's feisty sister Maxie has her own problems, chief among them battling ageism to resume her career in law enforcement. She's determined to prove her worth by keeping Carmine DeLuca alive through the weekend—a task that's going to prove to be much harder than she bargained for since she keeps losing both her gun and the bullets. And she never anticipated the gangster Carmine’s been dodging for the last five years, Sonny Barbosa, is about to walk through the door. This side-splittingly funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy is guaranteed to win your audiences—hook, line, and sinker. 

Join our cast and creative team and you will be sure to laugh out loud as you watch all of this action play out at the Reel ‘Em Inn lodge. 

Wanelle Wilburn - Jewell Kurtz 
D. Gene Wilburn - Dan Bulau 
Jenna Sealy - Kelly Smith 
Maxie Wilburn Suggs - Terri Stevens 
Carmine DeLuca - Matt Krol 
Ty Wilburn - Jonathan Dennie 
Lola Barbosa - Mary Yackey 
Sonny Barbosa - Travis Nihiser 
Roxanne Thorne - Staci Kaufman 

Reservations for members open at 10:00 am on Monday, April 3rd and on Wednesday, April 5th for the general public and are open daily. Reservations close at 6:00 pm each day, and can be made by calling 419-605-6708. Ticket prices are $28 for the dinner and show. Reservations must be secured with a credit card, and any cancellations must be made by the Wednesday prior to show date (for full refund). Off Stage Productions can be found online at http://www.offstagetheatre.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OffStageProductions 

Find out more about us. Contact one of our members or call (419) 605-6708.

 

 
April 1-3, 2017

 

 
 
 

Parkway High School Art and Business Students tour Chicago
The Parkway High School Art and Business students attended a fieldtrip to the “Windy City” of Chicago. The group activities included a boat tour of the architecture of Chicago, a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, behind the scene tour of Solider Field, Shed aquarium, and a trip up the Willis Tower. Students learned about the history of Chicago, including the great fire of Chicago. While on the boat tour students learned about the cost of each building, time involved in building the structure, and with some buildings they learned about the miles of materials used to build the structure.

While visiting the Art Institute, students had time to visit the main exhibit which was dedicated to James Whistler, including his famous painting of his mother. Students had the chance to visit many of the different galleries such as an armor exhibit, modern art, and a showcase of the Chicago Board of Trades prior to the technology changes of today. Students were engaged with something that sparked their interest during the visit.

There was time for students to take in the taste of Chicago while they visited Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile during meal times. Groups visited Chicago Pizzerias to take in a deep dish pizza, while others visited Michael Jordan’s steak house or Harry Carries dinner. Students enjoyed the opportunity to try something new and take in the big city at lunch time.

Day two of the trip was dedicated to the business of Chicago, where students had the chance to take a behind the scene tour of Soldier Field. The most exciting part of the tour was sitting in the luxury boxes and seeing the field from that view, as well as a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. The group was amazed when told the cost per seat and guaranteed number of years for the contract. Later, the tour was a trip to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower Skydeck. While in line to visit the tower, students were exposed to the planning, costs, and strategic planning of the building. Students could then see a birds eye view of the Chicago landscape.

The Parkway Art and Business program would like to thank K&K Tours (Celina, Ohio) for helping put this great tour together and helping our students experience Chicago. Portions of this trip were paid through fundraising efforts by the Parkway Business program, and we would like to thank the community for their continued support of fundraising efforts. These trips are a great way for our students to see how they fit into a larger world.

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Preschool Registration Night

Parkway Preschool has set their Registration Night for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, April 26 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Parkway Preschool is a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by ODE.

 

On this night, parents may bring their child to the school to see the rooms as well as meet the teachers.  Registration forms will be available to complete and payment of the $25 registration fee will be accepted.  Once the registration is completed, other forms need to be turned in before the school year begins in August.  There are changes for the 2017-2018 school year, so be sure to attend on this evening.  If you have further questions, please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.  (Currently enrolled Parkway preschoolers do not need to attend.)

 

 

 

 

THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW

SATURDAY – APRIL 8, 2017

ROCKFORD, OH

 

 

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 with show beginning at 7 pm.

 

Cost at the door is $7.00.  18 and under are free.  There will be a 50/50 drawing.

 

Guests include: 

 

* Dondie Macklin – Lima, OH       

* Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Dan Cole – Reading, MI 

* Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance 

 

There is a lot of music experience in all the guests.  All are very talented.

Jerry started the band “The Originals” in the early 1970’s playing weddings, club and other events.  He retired with the band in 1978.   But the music stayed with him and in 2005, Jerry bought a guitar and the bug got to him again!   He sings Classic Country and enjoys it.  He currently plays in Oakwood, Definance, Contenential, Lima, and Uniopolis – all Ohio locations.  He enjoys playing music with different people.  The people and the audiences are REALLY GOOD PEOPLE !!

 

 

2017 MINI S.T.A.R. Retreat

 

The first Mercer County Mini S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) Retreat was held for 4th and 5th grade students on Saturday, March 18th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Celina. This year’s theme was, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Say No to Drugs. Say Yes to Pizza!” 64 Mercer County 4th and 5th graders attended the retreat and the goal was to provide the youth with a positive, drug-free experience full of alternative activities. The retreat also gave them a chance to learn new skills, be themselves, and make new friends to support them during difficult times! Laura Sanford, the Prevention Coordinator at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, directed the youth-led prevention event. The retreat was mostly ran by 14 of the high school students from the Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Group. Having the High School students lead allowed them to be role models to their peers and the community. The retreat was also assisted by 17 local adult volunteers. 

 

The day started at 9 am with games and energizers led by the teens and adults. The staff introduced themselves and shared why they say “no to drugs and yes to (something important to them).” The high school students also performed skits about preventing bullying, peer pressure and remaining drug-free.

 

The 4th and 5th graders were each placed in a closer-knit “family group” led by the high school students with adult supervision. Family groups met 3 times throughout the day to do team-building activities, discuss activities and any issues someone might be facing. The youth took part in two “How To” sessions such as juggling, fitness fair, crafts, self-defense or introduction to the arts. They also attended one Personal Growth workshop.  Youth could choose either Social Media Safety, Girl Talk 101, Guy Talk 101, Health/Relaxation, Peer Pressure/Defensive Strategies, or Communication/Resolving Conflict. The “How To” and “Personal Growth” sessions were led by the high school students along with local community adult volunteers.

 

The day ended at 5:00pm after some VERY LOUD energizers and a video presentation for the parents/guardians showcasing the day’s events.  A skit led by Sean Muhlenkamp, S.T.O.P. President and the rest of the high school students was performed to a Chariots of Fire theme. The skit demonstrated with determination and the support of family and friends you can resist using drugs and alcohol.   A special recognition by his peers was given to Sean for his long-time dedication to the S.T.O.P group and the S.T.A.R. retreats.  He is a senior at St. Henry High School and participates in Cross Country and Track.  Sean first attended the S.T.A.R. Retreat as an 8th grader was a member of the S.T.O.P. Group and has helped with the retreat for all 4 years through high school.  Sean will be greatly missed and we wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors. 

 

The Mini S.T.A.R. Retreat was made possible by a grant from the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund, Inc. and support from Foundations Behavioral Health Services. T-shirts were sponsored by McKirnan Brothers, Inc., Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters, Monfort Family McDonalds, Preferred Insurance Center, Walmart, Hot Brass Personal Defense, Grand Lake Auxiliary FOE 1291 and 4-U Office Supplies. 

 

Special thank you to:

·         Detective Sergeant Megan Baker from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department for teaching the Social Media “How To” Session

·         Fitness Fair instructors: Amber Mott (Drum Fitness), Christina Dicke and Shaun Koester from Upstage Downtown (Jazzercise); Kelly Lefeld from Be Well. Be Fit (Zumba & Pound)

·         Andrea Cahill from Hot Brass Personal Defense for helping teach Self-Defense and the Peer Pressures/Defensive Strategies session

·         Craig Muhlenkamp for teaching the Juggling class and helping with electronic needs

·         Brittany Swartz who made the closing ceremony video

·         Carl Wuebker for helping with electronic needs and taking pictures

·         Co-worker, Amy Miller for helping A LOT and keeping things organized

·         Interns Claire Hemmelgarn and Skyler Howell

·         Celina Kiwanis Club for putting the youth folders together with all the necessary papers

·         Guidance counselors/principals and school secretaries for helping to recruit the youth

·         St. John’s Lutheran Church aka The Purple Door Church for the use of their building and for all their accommodations assistance

·         All the adults and high school students who volunteered their time

·         All the parents who came and the awesome 4th and 5th graders that made today possible

 

High School S.T.O.P Leaders include: Celina School - Aleisha Mott, Kaitlyn Smith, Bransen Miller and Rayne Reisinger; Coldwater School - Ian Cahill, Anthony Kunk; Ft. Recovery School - Owen Sheridan (vice president), Ashley Bryam, and Troy Kunk; Marion Local - Carrie McNeely; St. Henry - Sean Muhlenkamp (president), Leah Roll, Grant Garke, Alexis Heath. Adult staff included: Laura Sanford, Amy Miller, Andrea Cahill, Becca Cotterman, Roberta Donovan, Craig Muhlenkamp, Dan Jones, Gina Kittle, Crystal Pyles, Joan Roll, Tom Sanford, Cassie and Wayne Schaaf, Jodi Wenning, Carl Wuebker, Skylar Howell, and Ashley Searight.

 

 
 

Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University-Lake Campus 
Announces Upcoming Class Schedule

 

CELINA, OH – The Business Enterprise Center (BEC) at Wright State University – Lake Campus has announced the Spring 2017 schedule of classes. There is still time to register for workshops scheduled for April or May. Upcoming classes include the following workshops:

 

 

Microsoft Outlook

Want a better way to organize your busy home or office? Join Carla as you learn the capabilities of Microsoft Outlook to keep your schedule in order. The course will teach you how to utilize e-mail, online calendaring, task & contact manager, along with the journal & note taking options. Share your task lists and calendar with colleagues. Schedule meetings with minimum hassle. Exchange folders with co-workers. Make this powerful software work for you! This class is for new and current users wanting to expand their use of Outlook.

Date: April 5, 2017 from 5-8pm (3 hours)
Location: 196 Dwyer Hall
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Cost: $50/person

 

"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. We can help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc. We also assist with your Business Plan, some marketing and advertising features, demographics, HR issues, etc. 

 We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

Dates: April 20, 2017

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Room: 126 Trenary Hall

Cost is $35 per business

 

QuickBooks
Before you start making money in business, you need to figure out how you will record, track, and manage each of your hard-earned dollars. QuickBooks, the #1 recommended accounting software for small business, makes it easy to organize all of your financial data in one central location so that you can manage your money, pay your bills, and track payments from your customers efficiently. Always know exactly where your business stands with QuickBooks. Join Ron Kremer for 12-hours of software training on this highly-rated accounting software to help improve your bottom line! All participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate.

Dates: May 1, 2, 3 & 4 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld
Room: 196 Dwyer Hall
Cost: $135/person

 

The Business Enterprise Center (BEC) at Wright State University-Lake Campus provides free, comprehensive counseling and management training to new and existing small businesses. In addition to workshops, one-on-one counseling appointments are scheduled individually to ensure convenience and confidentiality. The BEC office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2017 BEC Summer Class Schedule will be announced in mid-April.

 

For more information about the BEC and its programs, call Carol Jones at 419-586-0902 or email Carol.jones@wright.edu or call Rachel Stoker at 419-586-0355, email Rachel.stoker@wright.edu

 

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
March 31, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway April 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 
 

 
March 28-30, 2017

 

 
 
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Grants Parkway Local Schools Hunting Permit

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently Parkway Local Schools a hunting permit to deal with an invasion of turkey vultures on the football field. Rockford Police Chief Paul May says up to 5 of the buzzards will hunted on April 1, 2017. Call him at 419-363-3032, ext 2, for more information.

 
 

Rockford Resident to Sing in Annual Show
John Foster, a Rockford resident, will be in a Sound Waves Chorus annual
show on Saturday, April 8th to be held in the St. Marys High School auditorium.
Shows are 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at the door. John
has sung bass in this group since 2003.

 


Panther Varsity Baseball


Parkway Varsity Softball Team - Click Here

 
 
 

Junior High Track

 


High School Track - Click Here for more Pictures

 

 
March 25-27, 2017
 

 
 
Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community Plans Open House in Celebration
The Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community is planning an Open House in Celebration of the 5 year milestone of the Life Enrichment Center. With the opening of the Life Enrichment Center, many activities including swimming and exercise classes have richly enhanced the lives of the residents and staff of Otterbein. The Open House will be held from 9 to 3 on Friday, April 21, 2017 with hor's doeuvres served, tours, and door prizes. Everyone is welcome!
 
 
 

Pam Buschur Retiring
We at the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you all to stop by for an Open House on Thursday, March 30 from 10:00am-4:00pm to wish Pam Buschur a Happy Retirement!!!  Light refreshments will be available.  Our office is located at 121 E. Logan Street, Celina, OH.

You will also have the opportunity to meet the new Chamber Director, Stacy Beougher.  We look forward to you stopping by to wish Pam well!!

 
 

Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Plan Meeting

Sunday April 2, at 2:00 the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet.  Mary Ann Olding  will be the  guest speaker.  She has an extensive background conducting original historical research on Ohio’s ethnic architecture and rural settlement patterns.  Ms. Olding has served as a regional preservation officer for the Ohio Historical Society, a graduate instructor in the history department at Wright State University, director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association, and professor and advisor at the Union Institute and University.    Olding has spent 35 years researching Ohio rural Black settlements established before the Civil War.  Mercer County’s Carthagena early Black settlement will be the topic of Sunday’s program.  The public is welcome to attend. The meetings are held at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.

 
 
 
Village Council Members Welcome New Member
Minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal Agent

Brad Now of Rockford on March 21, 2017 was welcomed on as a new council member filling the vacated seat of Bob Dooley. Dooley's seat would have expired in November. Now will consider if he wants to run for that seat once this term is over. The new subdivision is in the stage of the issuance of bonds to pay for construction  - $200,000. Two cul-de-sacs, a main street and 13 lots are planned. Rogers Avenue, Youngblutt Drive and Belle Drive are the names planned in honor of Tom rogers, former landover. Columbia Street is currently under re-construction. Click here for more details.

 
 

 
March 24, 2017

 

 
 
 

Litter Pickup – Youth groups to collect litter

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

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

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

 

Parkway 8th Grade Baseball Team - Click Here for the other teams by Nikki Fox

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 22-23, 2017

 

 
 
 

Shanes Park Easter Egg Hunt
A fun Easter Egg Hunt for the kids is coming to Shanes Park on Saturday, April 15th at 1 pm.

** Bring your own basket

Age groups up to 10 can join in the hunt.

Sponsored by:  SHANES PARK BOARD

 

Parkway Middle School Spring Sports Schedules Posted by  Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the Junior High schedules in printable format!

Parkway High School Spring Sports Schedules Posted by Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the Baseball Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Softball Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Co-ed Track Schedules - printable!

Pictures coming soon by Nikki Fox . . . .

 

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE ROAD CLOSING

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Hayes Road between State Route 197 and Oregon Road in Center Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on March 23, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 2 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

 
 

Great April Adventure

Celina Mercer Chamber along with the Celina Retail Association will once
again be hosting the Great April Adventure.  This fun filled evening is
Friday, April 28 beginning at 5pm in downtown Celina. 

Teams of 2 to 4 people will travel to downtown Celina businesses and
complete an adventure at each location.  This is similar to the Amazing Race
but it is not a race.  Pre-registration is $25 per team by April 21st  at
the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber office located at 121 E. Logan Street, Celina.
After April 21st, it is $40 per team.  Registration fee is nonrefundable.
Space is limited.  To register your team call the Chamber at 419.586.2219.
Must be 18 to play.  You must complete all tasks to be eligible for the $300
cash prize drawing and other door prizes.  Get ready for an adventure in
downtown Celina!

 

 
 

Unique Woodmasters Joins Celina Mercer Co Chamber

Lawrence and William Schoen, Co-Owners of Unique Woodmasters, LLC has joined the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber.  They specialize in furniture restoration
such as stripping, repairs, finishing, chair cane & rush.  Together they
have over 20 years' experience in woodworking with Entertainment Centers,
Custom Cabinetry, Heirloom Quality Reproductions, Licensed Corian
Fabricator, and much more. For more information contact Willam or Lawrence
at 419-268-WOOD or visit their website at www.Uniquewoodmasters.com.

 

 

 

 

JEG Business Solutions joins Celina Mercer Co Chamber

Jon Grimm, owner of JEG Business Solutions has joined the Celina Mercer
County Chamber of Commerce.  JEG Business Solutions helps businesses grow in five key ways.  They are specialized tax incentives, credit card merchant audit,
waste and recycling audit, work comp audit,  and parcel shipping expense audit.  Jon Grimm is a Senior Agent with Stryde Solutions.   Jon Grimm's team works with clients on a national level to identify Specialized Tax Incentives and Expense Reductions.  To reach Jon, email jg31673@gmail.com or visit
www.strydeadvisors.com/136631. 

 

 

Suspicious Person Arrested

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office investigated a suspicious person on Monday March 20th, 2017 that resulted in the arrest of an Ohio City man.  Grey reports that dispatch received a 911 call at 9:37 AM from a resident in Washington Township, who reported that there was a suspicious male in a truck in his driveway.   Deputies responded to the call along with an officer from the Coldwater Police Department.  When deputies arrived they found the male to be disoriented and unaware of his surroundings.   It was found that the vehicle was not registered to the operator and contact could not be made with the registered owner of the truck.  The registered owner was from Lima, Ohio.    Deputies called a wrecker to tow the truck from the scene.   When the truck was moved from the scene small baggies were found.  The baggies contained Methamphetamines.   The male was arrested and transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.

 

Arrested was 47 year old Shane Richard Burk of 15921 St Rte. 709 lot 58 Ohio City, Ohio.   Burk is currently being held in jail on a $150,000.00 bond set by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer.   Burk is being charged with Possession of Drugs a Felony of the fifth degree.  The case is being sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review of additional charges.

 

Grey stressed the importance of citizens to calling his office with information; this is a perfect example of a vigilant citizen and his deputies working together.  We will continue our efforts to combat the drug problem and we appreciate the assistance of our citizens.

 

Sheriff Jeff Grey

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

Art's Muffler and Tire joins Chamber
Art's Muffler and Tire has joined the Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce.
Their experience staff can assist with all your automotive needs from
reliable muffler and tire work, oil changes, wheel alignment, and general
repair.  Art's Muffler and Tire is located at 212 E. Fayette St. here in
Celina.  They can be reached at 419-586-1518 or visit their website at
www.artsmufflerandtire.com for more information.
You can count on Art's for all of your auto work. No job is too small or
large for this dedicated crew. Bring your vehicle in to their shop today!

 

 

 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway High School ~ 2nd Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Sandee Bollenbacher
Click Here

 

 
 

 
March 21, 2017

 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Parkway Schools are now closed for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

Parkway Junior Class ACT test is rescheduled and will be given on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway School Board and Administration invite you to please go to the Parkway Schools Web Page and complete the survey for Community Input for Parkway's Next Superintendent.

www.parkwayschools.org

 
 


THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW
SATURDAY – APRIL 8, 2017
ROCKFORD, OH



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 with show beginning at 7 pm.

Cost at the door is $7.00.  18 and under are free.  There will be a 50/50 drawing.

Guests include:  

* Dondie Macklin – Lima, OH * Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Dan Cole – Reading, MI * Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  

There is a lot of music experience in all the guests.  All are very talented.



Jerry started the band “The Originals” in the early 1970’s playing weddings, club and other events.  He retired with the band in 1978.   But the music stayed with him and in 2005, Jerry bought a guitar and the bug got to him again!   He sings Classic Country and enjoys it.  He currently plays in Oakwood, Definance, Contenential, Lima, and Uniopolis – all Ohio locations.  He enjoys playing music with different people.  The people and the audiences are REALLY GOOD PEOPLE !! 

For more information contact Jerry at 419-363-3794.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

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

Photo caption:  Burkettsville Community Fire Department.  Back row:  Frank Bueter, __?__, and Nip Wehrkamp.  Front Row:  __?__, Willie Rammel.  Can you identify the two men and Nip Wehrkamp’s first name? 

Thanks to Dennis Hemmelgarn for sharing this photograph with the Mercer County Historical Society.  Can you identify the date and type of fire truck in the photograph?  When was the front of the Fire Department building remodeled, from the smaller arched entry, to the larger entry today?  The history of Mercer County is often illustrated in old photographs, and with the help of local citizens, that history is identified and preserved. 

The Burkettsville Community Fire Department Members placed the history of their Fire Department in the 1978 “Mercer County History” book, on page 367.  Burkettsville Fire Department was organized October 26, 1900 with about twenty members, with Stephen Oliger as chief.  The Department first had a hand pumper.  They had monthly meetings and examined the fire equipment.  For water supply, the town dug cisterns located at various places in the middle of the street.  January 11, 1915, the Fire Chief asked the Burkettsville Board of Council to put up markers at the village cisterns for easy identification. 

The old pumper type was discontinued around 1920.  On August 4, 1936 the present fire department was organized with Officers and the Burkettsville Council as the executive committee.  The 1936 truck was the first truck.  [What fire equipment did the citizens use between 1920’s and 1936? ]  The next fire truck was a 1952 truck and the 1936 truck was converted to a tank wagon.  The 1952 truck was replaced in 1968.  Over the years, the number of fires varied from year to year.  Some years there were as many as twenty fires or more a year.  Other times there were as few as half dozen.  The biggest fire the department ever had was the Burkettsville Novitiate on State Route 118, on January 1, 1971. 

As of 1978, the department served an area of over 200 certificate holders (farmers), in addition to the residents of New Weston and Burkettsville.  As of 1978, the department had three trucks:  a 1975 grass fire unit; a 1965 pumper, and a 1968 tank truck.  At that time, there were twenty-three members on the Burkettsville Fire Department, which was made up of all volunteers.  Funds for the department originated from assessments from the townships, the towns and the farmers.

I invite the Burkettsville Fire Department Members to update their history since 1978, and share a copy of that history with the Mercer County Historical Society, because the Mercer County Historical Society’s Mission is To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that history.

Sunday, April 2, 1:00 – 4:00, an exhibit of old photographs related to the history of Burkettsville will be on exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, (a block east of the Courthouse). 

An Exhibit about New Idea Company’s history will also be on exhibit that April 2 Sunday afternoon.  You and your family can have the pleasure of seeing both temporary exhibits about the history of Burkettsville and the New Idea Company as well as the permanent exhibits at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  Your Mercer County Historical Museum is important to you and your family & friends. 

Burkettsville area citizens (Mercer & Darke Counties) are invited to bring their old photographs to exhibit at the County Museum, on April 2.  (I will be at the Museum by 11:30; you may come early if you wish.)  Your help will be appreciated by the Sunday afternoon Guests at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

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

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 18-20, 2017

 

 
 
 
Parkway Middle School Students Wins 2nd Place in Regional Spelling Bee

Congratulations go out to Aaron Cron, 12, Parkway 6th grader who recently won second place in the Annual Lima Regional Spelling Bee.
 
 
 

Brand It Marketing Wins Regional BEST OF NAMA Award Rockford, OH (March 17th, 2017)

Ohio marketing agency, Brand It Marketing Communications, has been awarded two first place awards for BEST OF Region VI through the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). Both Region VI awards are for the work they produced for client Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) in the Direct Mail for farmers, growers and ranchers (flat) and Direct Mail for dealers, distributors, sales reps or others serving agribusiness (three dimensional) categories.

 

The award-winning “SabrEx for Wheat/Cereals Mailer” and “Trichoderma Takes a Little Digging” direct mail pieces were both developed for the Van Wert, OH company, Advanced Biological Marketing.

 

For the Wheat/Cereals Mailer, Brand It Marketing worked with ABM to identify a target audience in a territory which did not have a history working with ABM. The goal and successful outcome was to create product brand awareness and to show the advantages of using SabrEx for Wheat, even on naked (untreated) seed. The second campaign, Trichoderma Takes a Little Digging, was used to show appreciation and generate interest at the ASTA (American Seed Trade Association) annual meeting in Chicago. Trichoderma works in the roots of the plant, in the soil. The piece explained what Trichoderma is and what it does.

 

The “BEST OF NAMA” honors and awards the best of the best in agricultural marketing communications. All submissions to NAMA are evaluated for agricultural marketing effectiveness and creativity, and are handselected by a panel of roughly 50 industry experts. The BEST OF NAMA competition originated in 1988 to honor outstanding work by NAMA members, while educating members of the agriculture industry and feature top-of-the-line advertising. These awards have helped to raise the quality of the agricultural industry’s overall communication efforts throughout the years.

 

Brand It Marketing will advance to compete at the National level for both awards. The national awards ceremony will take place on April 26th, 2017 at the Sheraton Dallas hotel. About Brand It Marketing Communications Brand It Marketing is a full-service marketing agency with a combined 100+ years of experience in the print, media, web, and campaign industries. They are an established team of innovative designers, thinkers, and creative strategists focused on helping your business grow. Many of their clients use them as their marketing arm to become experts in their industry and manage their overall brand image. Brand It Marketing operates under guiding principles based upon integrity, professionalism, and mutual respect.

 

About Advanced Biological Marketing Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) provides solutions for commercial agriculture using biological seed treatments that increase a crop’s potential and yield. Its product line includes biological seed enhancements for corn, soybeans, wheat, and many other crops across the globe. ABM headquarters are in Van Wert, OH.

 

 

 

Clean up Day for Shanes Park Decided

The Shanes Park Beautification Society is gearing up for the spring planting season.
We will begin with our first clean up day on April 4th at 9 am - note new time !

We will continue to meet throughout the spring and summer on the 1st and 3rd
Tuesdays of each month.

We appreciate anyone that would like to help us get ready for the flower season
and help with general clean up of our BEAUTIFUL Shanes Park.  All are welcome !

"No Act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted."  -AESOP


The Shanes Park Beautification Society 

 

 
 
Reynolds Donates to Celina Combined Services Appeal Drive March 14, 2017, Celina, OH/USA

 

Steve Kuhn, Vice President of Operations at The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in Celina, announced that local employees raised $27,638 for the recent 2017 Celina Combined Services Appeal Drive, while The Reynolds and Reynolds Company Foundation contributed an additional $10,000 to the Drive. Reynolds, along with their employees, have been big supporters of the drive for many years. Pictured are Sharon Heckler, Joy Heyne and Lynn Knapschaeffer of the Reynolds Events & Activities Team, along with Steve Kuhn.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 17, 2017
St. Patrick's Day

 

 
 

All You Can Eat Country Breakfast in Mercer
Mercer United Methodist Church is having an All You Can Eat Country
Breakfast Saturday April 1, 2017 from 8 am to Noon at the church at
the Junction of SR 33 and SR 707 Mercer, OH.
Menu:  Johnny Cakes (NEW), Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Patties,
Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit and Beverages.
Cost:  $7 for Adults, $5 for Kids 5-12 and 4 and under free.
“PLUS, BAKE SALE OF PIES, CAKES, COOKIES, FUDGE PUDDLES, HOMEMADE
NOODLES AND MUCH MORE.”
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS REPAIR OF THE BRICK ON OUR CHURCH
BUILDING.

 
 
 

Lima Area Concert Band Coming to Rockford
What is the Lima Area Concert Band? Why are they coming to Rockford? Larry Seibert, a Mendon native and more recently a citizen of Rockford, has 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. Larry spearheaded a concert of the Lima Area Concert Band that was held at the Parkway High School Auditorium in August of 2016. On January 28, 2017 Larry lost his valiant fight with esophageal cancer before he could perform in the Lima Area Concert Band 2017 season. In his honor his family is carrying on his dream by sponsoring another August Concert here in Rockford. Won't you please join us as we celebrate Larry's vision and enjoy the wonderful music as performed by the extremely talented musicians of the Lima Area Concert Band? Join us August 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Parkway High School Auditorium Adult tickets - $7 Children ages 10-17 - $5 Refreshments served following concert All proceeds to benefit Parkway High School Band.

 
 

HIGH 5 Organization Elementary CARNIVAL at Parkway Schools

The High 5 Parent Organization at Parkway Schools is planning their annual Elementary Carnival with the sponsorship of area businesses. It is going to be a fun-filled day with family activities including games, prizes and food. There is a raffle for some really awesome prizes!  Profits from this event go back into the Parkway Elementary Classrooms for the benefit of the students!

All kinds of kid-friendly games like ball toss; fish for a prize; beanbag toss; race tracks; balloon fun and so much more will entertain the whole family.  A magician, face painting, and a bounce house are also planned.

Plan your day at the CARNIVAL on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 AM to 2PM in the Parkway Gymnasium.

 
 
 

 
March 16, 2017

 

 

Our Old Bookcase - St. Marys Parochial School, Ft. Recovery, OH 
by Joyce Alig
Click Here for the article

 

 
March 15, 2017

 

 
 
Our Old Bookcase - Lowell Thomas, 1940's Explorer
by Joyce Alig, Mercer County Historical Society -
Click here for the article
 
 
Our Old Bookcase - Ellen Gertrude Piper - Graduate of Neptune School
by Joyce Alig, Mercer County Historical Society -
Click here for the article
 
 
 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Host Radiation Oncologist

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 by Dr. Perry Williams, Radiation Oncologist at the Grand Lake Radiation Oncology Center in Celina.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, March 21st at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

 
 

Theme for Week is "4-H Grows Here"
The Van Wert County Commissioners proclaimed March 13-18 as Van Wert County 4-H Week. The theme for the week is "4-H Grows Here". Four Buckeye Ambassadors and 4-H Educator Heather Gottke joined the Commissioners Todd Wolfrum and Thad Lichtensteiger (Stan Owens, absent) for a proclamation ceremony at the annex building in Van Wert.

Buckeye Ambassadors participating in the ceremony included: Sam Price of the Bunny Hoppers, McKenzie Davis of Hoaglin Farmers, Macala Ashbaugh of Hoaglin Farmers, and Abbey Bradford of the Bunny Hoppers.

Throughout 4-H week local club members and their families will be celebrating their involvement in 4-H and preparing for the coming 4-H busy season. They'll be actively recruiting new members and families into the program and participating in a variety of activities and events to promote the 4-H program.

4-H is sponsored by the Ohio State University and its programs and activities are open to young people from kindergarten through age 18. Feb. 15 is the 2017 enrollment deadline.

There are 20 4-H clubs in Van Wert County led by adult volunteers. Young people may join 4-H at any time throughout the year, however they must be enrolled in a club by Mar 15 in order to exhibit projects, including animals, in the 2017 Van Wert County or Ohio State Fairs.

Contact the OSU Extension Van Wert County at 419-238-1214 or visit the website at vanwert.osu.edu for more information, to volunteer, or for the name and contact information for a 4-H club near you.

 

 
 

Second National Bank-Greenville Donates to Wright State University-Lake Campus

Rise! Shine! Capital Campaign

Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

Celina, Ohio – Second National Bank-Greenville, Ohio, recently donated $25,000 to Wright State University-Lake Campus Rise! Shine! Capital Campaign. These funds are earmarked for the Lake Campus capital facilities project for academic expansion to house new classrooms.

For over 130 years, Second National Bank-Greenville, has helped local families, businesses and communities achieve financial success with confidence and ease. Their heritage is rooted in values of service, integrity and local community commitment. They offer truly personal service built on a foundation of financial strength. Their clients enjoy access to full-service banking at many local offices as well as convenient electronic banking. Led by a local president and local advisory board, Second National Bank is part of the Park National Family of Community Banks. This group of strong, successful banks is dedicated to providing superior customer service, a full range of financial services, and local community support.

The Rise! Shine! Campaign had its regional launch at the Lake Campus in March of 2015. In October of 2014, Wright State University launched the $150 million fundraising campaign which was co-chaired by Tom Hanks, Academy Award winning Actor, and Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of Wilbur & Orville Wright, our namesake. The campaign’s mission was to “create a level playing field for all our students to light their imagination with possibilities and to make necessary investments to help all students achieve, serve our communities, and advance applied research that answers important questions and creates jobs.”

 

Awards Given
by Heather Gottke

Van Wert County 4-H was well-represented at the Ohio 4-H Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Carrie Jellison was recognized as one of four Meritorious Service winners, and 4-H Alumni Brent Swander was one of three Early Career Achievement Alumni winners.

Both were recognized at the Bob Evans Farms Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. 

 

Meritorious Service Award- State Winner

Presented to an adult volunteer for long-term meritorious service to a county 4-H program.

Carrie Jellison has been a devoted volunteer to the Van Wert County 4-H program for 51 years. During that time she has been an advisor for the Jr. Leaders Club and the Ridge Buckeyes. Carrie designed the Jr. Leaders Club with service as its main topic. Carrie also spent many hours as a 4-H Council Volunteer, serving on various boards such as awards, and senior banquet. She has helped with the talent show, judging, and officer training. She also serves on the Enrichment Board helping with various fundraisers. The work of the Jr. Leaders Club is not limited to just 4-H. Carrie carefully plans events to get youth out into the community. Many volunteers love what they do; Carrie is a step above that. She cares deeply about her youth, the club, and the activities she participates in. In everything she does, she is focused, detail-oriented, and present.

 

4-H Alumni Award for Early Career Achievement – State Winner

Presented to 4-H Alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in their career and can attribute part of their success to participating in 4-H.

Brent Swander is an alumnus of the Van Wert County 4-H program and was actively involved as a 4-H member. He took on many teen leadership roles and was very creative, energetic, and reliable. Currently Brent is responsible for the Columbus REALTORS legislative agenda in six counties in Central Ohio. At 19. Brent volunteered in the White House for the Office of Presidential Advance as a press advocate representative planning and executing events. He serves as Steve Chabot’s Political Director, Director if Vice Presidential Press Advance, and served as part of Speaker Ryan’s travelling staff for the Romney/Ryan presidential campaign. He also served as the Grand Chapter Advisor to the Ohio Wesleyan chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi. 4-H provided countless opportunities for Brent to practice and polish his skills, helping to shape Brent into the person he is today. 

 

 

Mercer County EMA and LEPC

CALENDAR OF EVENTS / PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

            2nd Floor Conference Room

“Mercer County EMA and Resource Solutions Associates, LLC are working on the Mercer County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan update. A PUBLIC meeting is being held on Monday, March 20, 2017 in the Mercer County Courthouse Auditorium at 7:00 PM to present mitigation strategies and to listed to your concerns and ideas. Please enter the auditorium from the door on the Southwest corner of the Courthouse”

 
 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:
Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

Those present:   Gehle, Rutledge, Fox, Pontsler , Heitkamp.

Also attending:   Chief May, Srgt Stetler, George Moore, and Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard

Plans and Street Name for Subdivision Decided; Councilman John Dooley resigns.

Click here to read minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal Agent

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 14, 2017

 

 
 
 
Clista Hellwarth Heading to University of St. Francis

Parkway Senior Clista Hellwarth recently signed on to compete in Track and Field for the Cougars in Ft. Wayne, IN. Her intended major is Nursing. She is excited about her college career starting this Fall. Her finishing career at Parkway begins soon, and Clista has been a standout for them in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles. She will take those skills with her to USF. Pictured above seated are Clista (center) with parents Garrett and Judy Hellwarth. Standing left to right are Parkway track coach Dan Cairns, USF Cougars coaches Corey Birchmeier and Kyle Allison with Jennifer Barrett, Parkway track coach. Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing this picture.

 
 
 
George Erik Moore Running for Celina Municipal Court Judge
 
 
 

S.T.A.R. Retreat
by Laura Sanford

The S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) Retreat was held on Saturday, February 25th at Wright State University-Lake Campus. This year’s theme was, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Say No to Drugs. Say Yes to Pizza!” 69 Mercer County 6th, 7th, and 8th graders attended the event. The goal of this event was to provide the youth with a positive, drug-free experience full of alternative activities. The retreat also gave the youth a chance to learn new skills, be themselves, and make new friends to support them in the difficult times! Under the direction of Laura Sanford, the Prevention Coordinator at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, this youth-led prevention event was led mostly by 18 of the high school students from the Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Group. It also allowed the youth to be role models to their peers and community. 16 additional adult volunteers also assisted with the event. 

The day started at 9 am with games and energizers led by the volunteers. The staff introduced themselves and that they “say no to drugs and yes to (something important to them).” Owen Sheridan was the keynote speaker and provided all those in attendance some great words of encouragement about how the choices we make now, affect our future later. Owen is a sophomore at Ft. Recovery and the vice president of the S.T.O.P. group and participates in football and swimming. He has a passion for seeing youth stay drug free and being a positive role model. He stated that even when those around us are making negative decisions, we still have to choose to make the best decision for us and our future. Following Owen’s encouragement, several youth leaders talked about how they are “Above the Influence” of the pressures of life, including being someone they aren’t, dealing with stress and depression, body image, dating, bullying, media influence, and using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. It was all very well received by the students.

The high school students performed skits about preventing bullying and remaining drug-free. Each participant was placed in a “family group” which is a closer-knit group led by high school students with an adult supervising. Family groups met 4 times throughout the day to do team-building activities and discuss activities and issues. Each youth took part in one “How To” activity such as juggling, fitness fair, crafts, self-defense or guitar which were led by volunteers (mostly high school, some adults). Also, each student attended two Personal Growth workshops, which consisted of Social Media Safety, Girl Talk 101, Guy Talk 101, Health and Relaxation, Peer Pressure and Defensive Tactics, and Communication and Resolving Conflict. Along with having a blast at the dance/free time, the students shared much laughter during the family group “minute to win it” competitions and the energizers. The day ended at 9:30 after some VERY LOUD energizers and a video presentation for the parents/guardians showcasing the day’s events.  Two skits performed by the high school role models demonstrated the reasons the youth should be drug-free.  

S.T.A.R. was funded by a grant from the Mercer County Civic Foundation and donations from McKirnan Brothers, Inc., Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters, McDonald’s, Preferred Insurance Center, Walmart, Hot Brass Personal Defense, Grand Lake Auxiliary FOE 1291 and 4-U Office Supplies. 

We also want to thank Detective Sergeant Megan Baker from the Sheriff’s Department for teaching the Social Media Safety session and fitness instructors: Amber Mott (drum fitness), Christina Dicke and Shaun Koester (Jazzercise) from Upstage Downtown and Kelly Lefeld from Be Well. Be Fit and volunteer Amanda Freeman (Zumba). Also a huge thank you to Andrea Cahill from Hot Brass Personal Defense for helping to teach self-defense and also the peer pressures and defensive strategies sessions and all the additional time she has invested in the STOP group and other prevention efforts. Thanks to Celina Intermediate Schools for allowing us to borrow the guitars for the teaching session. Thanks to Craig Muhlenkamp for being the disc jockey and ,also teaching the Juggling class; Craig Hart, who made the closing ceremony video of the event; Amy Miller, Foundations for helping with the planning. Appreciation also goes out to the Wright State-Lake Campus staff for the use of their facilities, the guidance counselors, principals, and school secretaries for their efforts in recruiting youth for the event and collecting applications, the media for advertising event, and the community for supporting prevention efforts. 

High School S.T.O.P Leaders included, from Celina Schools: Aleisha Mott, Cameron Peck, Kaitlyn Smith, and Rayne Reisinger; from Coldwater: Ian Cahill, Jordan Kline (social media), Anthony Kunk; from Ft. Recovery: Owen Sheridan (vice president), Ashley Bryam, and Troy Kunk; from Marion Local: Carrie McNeely and Mariah Schlater; from St. Henry: Sean Muhlenkamp (president), Vannessa Goewert (secretary), Leah Roll (social media), Grant Garke, Madison Brunswick, Alexis Heath. Adult staff included: Laura Sanford, Amy Miller, Andrea Cahill, Becca Cotterman, Roberta Donovan, Craig Hart, Claire Hemmelgarn, Jennifer Hiser, Gina Kittle, Craig Muhlenkamp, Crystal Pyles, Joan Roll, Tom Sanford, Cassie and Wayne Schaaf, Jodi Wenning, Carl Wuebker.

We also send special thanks to the talented and eager high school role models who led this event, the awesome adult staff, the energized youth who attended, the parents of all those involved, Foundations for their support in the program, those businesses who made donations. The first ever Mini S.T.A.R. retreat will be held for 4th and 5th grade students on Saturday, March 18th in Celina.

If you are interested in assisting with future prevention efforts or joining the Mercer County Prevention Coalition whose mission is “to improve the quality of lives of Mercer County residents by preventing the harmful consequences of substance use and abuse among youth, families, and the larger community,” please contact Laura Sanford, prevention coordinator at Foundations, 419-584-1000 or lauras@foundationsbhs.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 11-13, 2017

 
 

Twenty First Century Club Meets

The Twenty First Century Club met on February 28, 2017 at the Rockford Methodist Café’ room.  President Lani Stein welcomed everyone. 

The program began with Janie Miller presenting a lesson about the “Mexican Train” AKA Dominoes.  She shared details about the history and rules of the game.  She stated that there are many versions of Dominoes with some of them featured at multiple Casinos.

Valerie Fritzinger then shared information about Scrabble and Majhong. Scrabble is currently manufactured by Hasbro.  Scrabble is now produced in 29 languages with over 150 million games having been sold.  Macy’s Department Store was one of the major contributors of the Scrabble games success. Valerie shared the rules of Scrabble, how to play the game, and how to determine what words are allowable.  There are many scrabble clubs including online versions. She shared what the most difficult letters to use are: F, C, V, Q, and Z. The most commonly used letter is the “S.”

She then presented information about Mahjong which is a solitaire type game that is currently popular on computers and phones. She stated there are too many versions to review.

Karla Butler and Kim Carr served creative snacks to go along with the Scrabble, Dominoes, and Mahjong themes: Alphabet Krispie Treats, Alphabet Cheez-its, and some very interesting desserts all the way from China.

Are you a woman interested in seeing what this club is all about? Join us for the next meeting on March 28th at 7pm at the Rockford Methodist Café’ Room. Cotact Sheila at 419-733-3326. Games to be featured are: Chutes & Ladders and Candy Land.

 

 
 

Come to the Shanes Crossing Historical Society Meeting

The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on
Monday, March 20th at 7 pm in the Museum located at 151 E Columbia St.
in Rockford.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. Harrison Frech, former
Parkway Social Studies teacher.  His topic will be Civil War incidents in
Mercer County and Willshire Township.

The Public is encouraged to attend. 

 

 

Christian Singles Group to Meet
C & C Bible Fellowship continue to offer the new program for 30 + for singles, single again, single parents, widows, widowers..

This is great place to met new friends, enjoy recreation time, food, fellowship plus a short chapel service.

The 30 + ministry is the 1st. and 3rd Saturday of each month. Located at 4383 S 150 E Berne Indiana.

Phone number is 260 223 6392. The next get together is March 18th at 6:00 PM. Come join the fun and check it out.

 

 
 

 
March 10, 2017

 

 
 

PLC Banquet Raises $50,000

The PLC Health Clinic held their Annual Banquet  Fundraiser on Sunday night.  The Banquet was generously sponsored by Cooper Farms, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, a grant from the Van Wert County Foundation, and Van Wert County Hospital.  Nearly 200 guests gathered at Willow Bend Country Club to hear about the progress that has been made towards becoming  a  medical clinic.  They were also  treated to an exceptional  guest speaker, Anne J. O’Connor, J.D.,  Vice President of legal affairs at National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA).  The PLC Health Clinic hopes to open early summer.  As a medical clinic, they will perform free pregnancy testing, limited obstetric ultra sounds, and STI/STD testing.  For more information, please visit their website www.plchealthclinic.org.

Pictured are Trina Langdon, PLC Health Clinic Executive Director and Guest Banquet Speaker, Anne O’Connor, J.D., Vice President of Legal Affairs at National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

 

 
 

Rockford Lions Club Variety Show Planned
Each spring for more than thirty years the Rockford Lions Club has presented their annual variety show. The 2017 Variety Show is titled ‘The Science Project.’  

In the 2017 storyline, Mr. Peel, a Parkway science teacher and a few of his students design a space ship as a science project.   The students successfully complete their project, but their space ship accidently takes off into outer space and crash lands on the planet Pantherzone.   They encounter aliens of all ages called Pantherzonians who all want a trip to planet earth themselves and perform a variety of songs, dance numbers, and skits.  Some of the evil inhabitants of Pantherzone try to steal the broken space ship.  Mr. Peel is also unaware that the longer he remains on the planet the more he risks turning into a Pantherzonian himself.  

‘The Science Project’ directed by Kim Gardner and featuring members of the Rockford community will be presented in the Parkway High School Auditorium on Friday and Saturday evening March 24-25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.    Tickets will be available at the door.  Tickets are currently available at Henkle Insurance, Barry’s Market, the First Financial Bank, and Peoples Bank in Rockford, OH.   Adults are $7.00 Children under age 12 are $5.00.   

Proceeds from the Lions Club Variety Show help to provide scholarships for Parkway High School graduates.  The Rockford Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.  

 

 
 
Parkway High School Band and Choir Participate in OMEA
The Parkway High School Band and Choir participated in the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event held at Van Wert High School and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on March 3 and 4, 2017. The Symphonic Band received a Superior Rating and the concert band and high school choir both received excellent ratings. Directors Ryan Twigg and Leslie Baltzell commented that the students represented Parkway Schools and the community very well. "We are proud of their accomplishment."
 
 
 
Falls and Balance Clinic Offered at Otterbein
Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is offering a Falls and Balance Clinic on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 between the hours of 1 PM and 3 pm.
Their Therapy Department will conduct a series of tests to determine risk factors for falling and offer educational material to reduce risks of falling.

Refreshments will be provided.

 
 

 
March 9, 2017

 

 
 
 
3rd Annual John Keuneke Memorial Scrapbook Event to Benefit Parkway Band Trip to Disney

The 3rd Annual John Keuneke Memorial Scrapbook Event is coming up on Friday and Saturday, March 31, 2017 Friday and April 1, 2017 Saturday.  100% of the proceeds will Benefit the Parkway Band Trip to Disney coming in November 2017.

Plan now for a day of fun and productivity with Close to My Heart Scrapbook Class, door prizes, Raffles, good food, friendship, fellowship!

Contact Caryn 419-733-0326 or NCwenning@metalink.net to book a table and find out more info. Find Caryn Wenning on Facebook, too.

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
March 8, 2017

 

 
 
 

Reminder:
The March Community Recycling Collection hosted by the Parkway FFA Chapter will take place this weekend March 11, 2017 from 8-12:00 due to FFA Competition being held on March 18.

 

 

2017 Rockford Rec Summer Baseball & Softball Registration

The Rockford Recreation Association is now accepting registration forms for the 2017 summer ball season. Leagues are available for boys and girls ages 4-15. Registration forms can be found on the Rockford Rec. Facebook page, picked up at the Rockford Village Office, or downloaded at www.rockfordrec.com. Completed paperwork and registration fees can be mailed to: Rockford Recreation Association - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882 or can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office. Registration deadline is March 17th.

 

 
 

“Refuse to be a Victim” Seminar to be Offered
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that the Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Hot Brass Personal Defense is putting on a 3 hour seminar on Saturday, March 25, from 9A-noon at the Sheriff’s Office, 4835 St Rte. 29, Celina.

The seminar, titled “Refuse to be a Victim,” will cover such topics as Psychology of Criminal Predators, Mental Preparedness, Home Security, Automobile Security, and much, much more.  This class is not a self-defense class, although information will be provided on where you could attend a self-defense class.

“This is the 3rd year we have partnered with Hot Brass to present this seminar,” stated Sheriff Grey, “Andrea is an excellent instructor and has a lot of information to share.”

Any Mercer County resident interested in attending the class should contact Hot Brass Personal Defense at 419.733.7400 to reserve a seat.  There is no cost for the training, however, space is limited.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

Mercer County Day at the Great American Ballpark

Formerly, Celina Day at the Great American Ballpark has been renamed to
Mercer County Day to encompass Reds Fans from all over the county.   All are

invited to attend the game on Sunday, April 23rd when the Reds will play the
2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs.  
The game begins at 1:10pm and kids 14 or younger will receive a free Joey
Votto Fathead wall decal.  
Discounted tickets are on sale now at www.reds.com/celina.    

 

 

 
March 7, 2017

 

 
 

Speelman takes out Petition to become Celina Municipal Court Judge

 

Local Attorney Kathryn W. Speelman has taken out a petition to run in the Republican primary election, for Judge of the Celina Municipal Court.  “I am honored by the tremendous support I have received from family, friends and fellow attorneys, in my quest to become the Celina Municipal Court Judge.”  Speelman was previously selected by current Judge James Scheer to be his Acting Judge during times of his absence. “As Acting Judge, I have gained valuable experience on the bench.  If elected, I will use my experience as Acting Judge, as well as 18 years as an attorney in private practice, to serve the citizens of Mercer County.  I am honest, fair, and dedicated to the legal profession.”

Speelman grew up on a dairy farm and is no stranger to hard work and going the extra mile to get things accomplished.  Speelman has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University and her Law degree from the University of Toledo.  She resides in Maria Stein with her husband, Mark. 

Speelman previously held elected office, being elected twice to the Marion Local Board of Education, a position she held for 8 years.  She was a past President of the Mercer County Bar Association, and has served on the Board for the Cancer Association of Mercer County and the Our Home Family Resource Board. 

“I seek this position as Judge because I feel I can serve the citizens of Mercer County and make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves before the Court.”

Follow Speelman for Judge on Facebook - Click Here

 
 

Weather Spotters Notified
by Mike Robbins

 

Mercer & Auglaize County Offices of Homeland Security & Emergency Management are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Weather Spotter Course presented by the Wilmington Office of the National Weather Service on:

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

 

The class will be held in Dicke Hall, Wright State University Lake Campus,

7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, Ohio

 

Registration is NOT REQUIRED for this evening class.

 

This is an excellent training class for anyone. Even if you have taken this class before, there is always more that can be learned! I encourage every facility in Mercer County to have trained spotters available who are able to identify threats and give an internal warning.

 

Remember, a trained eye is still the best detection device available to identify tornados. I encourage everyone to attend this class.

 

 

SPRING WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

MARCH 19 – MARCH 25, 2017

 

OHIO’S STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL

will be performed on

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 AT 9:50 AM

 

 

Preparedness Doesn’t Cost …………… It Pays!!!!

 

 

State Patrol Investigating Two Vehicle Injury Crash

Pleasant Township – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle injury crash that occurred at the intersection of Liberty Union Road and Van Wert Willshire Road south west of Van Wert, in Van Wert County. 

On February 18, 2017, at approximately 3:52 P.M. a 2012 Nissan Titan pickup truck and trailer, operated by James E. Freeman, age 67, of Williamsburg, Kentucky was traveling south on Liberty Union Road.  A 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Christopher N. Wilson, age 32, of Ohio City, Ohio was traveling east on Van Wert Willshire Road.  Mr. Freeman failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the left front of Mr. Wilson’s vehicle.  Both vehicles came to final rest in a field on the south east side of the intersection and sustained disabling damage. 

Mr. Freeman was transported by Ohio City EMS to the Van Wert County Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  A passenger in the Nissan, Jason D. Brown, age 30, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, was transported by Samaritan Life-Flight to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The driver of the Chevrolet, Mr. Wilson, was transported by Ohio City EMS to the Van Wert County Hospital where he was later transported by Samaritan Life-Flight to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Mr. Freeman and Mr. Brown were reportedly not wearing seat belts.  Mr. Wilson was reportedly wearing a seat belt.  Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash and the crash remains under investigation.    

State Troopers with the Van Wert Post were assisted on scene by the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio City Fire and EMS, Knippen’s and Delpha Towing, and Samaritan Life-Flight. 

The State Patrol would like to remind motorists to always make complete stops at posted stop signs before proceeding cautiously through an intersection, to avoid any distractions while driving and always wear a seat belt. 

 
 
 

Drop Off Unwanted, Unused and Expired Medications

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office participated in two drug take back events over the last two weeks.  On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Grand Lake Health Fair at the Mercer-Auglaize Family YMCA.  During the Health Fair, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office collected 4.99 pounds of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.  On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office participated in the Mercer Healthy Expo at the Galleria in Celina.  During the Expo, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office collected 14.09 pounds of prescription pills.

So far in 2017, between take back events and the drug drop box, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has collected over 50 pounds of medication.

Sheriff Grey reminds the public that unwanted and expired prescription medications can be dropped off in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office at any time.  There will be another drug take back event on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  This event will be held in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office.

 
 
 

Stateline Writer's Club to Meet
The Stateline Writer's Club is scheduled to meet at the Celina public library on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until noon.  The topic is the writer's choice. If time permits, a short writing lesson will follow.  The meeting is open to the public.

 
 
 
 

 
March 6, 2017

 

 
 

HIGH 5 Organization Elementary CARNIVAL at Parkway Schools

The High 5 Parent Organization at Parkway Schools is planning their annual Elementary Carnival with the sponsorship of area businesses. It is going to be a fun-filled day with family activities including games, prizes and food. There is a raffle for some really awesome prizes!  Profits from this event go back into the Parkway Elementary Classrooms for the benefit of the students!

All kinds of kid-friendly games like ball toss; fish for a prize; beanbag toss; race tracks; balloon fun and so much more will entertain the whole family.  A magician, face painting, and a bounce house are also planned.

Plan your day at the CARNIVAL on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 AM to 2PM in the Parkway Gymnasium.

 

 
 
 
 

Board News by Sally Cox

The Parkway Board of Education March meeting date has been changed to Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

The Parkway Board of Education has scheduled a work session for Tuesday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  No business will be conducted. Work Session Cancelled. See Below:

The Parkway Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the community room in place of the previously scheduled work session.  The board will go into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel.  No business will be conducted. 

 

 
 
 

LIONS CLUBS SUPPORT PARKWAY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
by Chip Steffy


The Rockford Lions Club welcomed guests from the Parkway Local Schools administration, as well as the Willshire, Mendon, and Wapakoneta Lions Clubs at their regular meeting held Monday evening, February 27th, 2017.  

Brian Woods, Parkway Middle School Principal shared details of the upcoming Eighth Grade Trip to Philadelphia, PA and Washington D.C. from Sunday, April 9 to Friday, April 14th.   

This year 80 eighth graders and chaperones will visit the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  In Washington D.C. they will visit the National Archives and the various national monuments before visiting Mt. Vernon, the historic home of first president George Washington on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia.  2017 is the 32nd year for the Parkway Schools Eighth Grade Class Trip. 

To assist with student expenses for the Eight Grade Class Trip, members of the Rockford, Mendon, and Willshire Lions Clubs presented Woods with a check for $3, 042.00 representing the proceeds from the Lions Clubs Fish Fry held on November 4, 2016 at the Rockford Community building.

Pictured left to right during the check presentation are Lee Ann Frank, Rockford Lions, Caitlin Grier, Mendon Lions, Brian Woods, Parkway Middle School Principal, Bill Grier, Mendon Lions, and Kevin Krall of the Willshire Lions Club.  

Proceeds from Lions Club projects fund scholarships and help fulfill local community needs & requests.   The Willshire Lions will hold their Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 from 6-11 a.m. at the Legion Building in Willshire.  Members of the Mendon Lions also shared plans for a Truck and Tractor Pull on June 3-4, 2017 in Mendon.   

The Rockford Lions Club, serving the Rockford community since 1977, currently meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.  

 

 
 

Alyx Slusher Heading to Capital University
Parkway Senior Alyx Slusher recently signed on to play softball for the Capital Crusaders in Columbus, OH. Her intended major is Early Childhood Intervention. She is excited about her college career starting in August. Her career at Parkway will soon be over, but Alyx has been a standout from Rockford Rec Little League on up. In high school she was named a first team All-Midwest Athletic Conference for three years. She was on the team that took an ALL MAC title, as well, playing for Coach Mark Esselstein. From Rockford, her parents are Amber and Greg Slusher, grandparents Bing and Sheri Scheidt, and her great grandparents are Marlene Roebuck and the late Woody Roebuck. Pictured above with Alyx and parents are Parkway Athletic from left Director Matt Triplett and Coach Mark Esselstein. Photo shared by Nikki Fox

 

 

 


Alyx signs her letter of intent for Capital University.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 4-5, 2017

 

 
 
 

Genealogical Society to Meet

Sunday, March 5, The Mercer County Chapterof the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina. The program will be a round table discussion. The members and guests are invited to share some family tree finds or areas where you need help. If you are having trouble finding an ancestor or need help with other genealogy problems, come and ask.  We have members who have been there too. They may just have the solution you need.  The meeting begins at 2:00 and everyone is welcome.    

 

 
 

Farm Focus Inc. Scholarship

Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 in order to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agricultural related field.  

Farm Focus Inc. is offering three one-thousand dollar scholarships to high school seniors interested in majoring in an Agricultural related program at a university, college, or technical school. In addition to seniors, full time students already enrolled in an undergraduate program in agriculture are also eligible to apply. This also means that a successful applicant

last year can reapply  again this year. The applicant must be a Van Wert County resident. Minimum grade point is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship funds will be submitted directly to the educational institution by Farm Focus Inc. upon receipt of proof of enrollment or a copy of a tuition invoice.

Scholarship Applications have been sent to all nine area high schools where Van Wert County students may be enrolled, so please contact your High School Guidance Counselor, or FFA Instructor for your scholarship form.Additional copies of the application are available at the OSU Van Wert County Extension office at 1055 South Washington Street, Van Wert OH 45891.  Questions should be directed to: 419-238-1214. All completed applications must be postmarked or delivered in person no later than March 17th to the Van Wert County Extension Office.

 

 
 

The Shanes Park Beautification Society Reports
 

Monday - January 2nd, 2017 from 8 am - 4 pm we had 5 individuals show up to
help take down the Christmas decorations.  

Thank you to:  Denny Gibbons, Clete & Irene Schmidt, Sandra Grooms, and Joyce Emans.

All the decoration got taken down and moved into the old hall ready to be cleaned and
boxed up to be returned to the Village Office.

Thank you to Terry Joseph, who spent several days helping, cleaning and packing up
the decorations to be moved back to the Village Office.

Tuesday - February 21st - Thank you to Donna Felver for helping to take down the
last of the lights.

Thanks to Stuart Morehouse, Kainen Detwiller, Justan and Jonathon Felver for help and
the use of trucks to move the 8 blue barrels of greenery and wreaths back to
storage.

Thank you to Fremont Company for donating 25 - 5 gallon buckets that are being
used to store the lights.

Some fun Facts:

*  over 96 hours to take all the decorations down and get back to storage.

*  an estimated 25 - 30,000 lights at the park this season.

*  265 luminaries were used to light up the park the night of the music program.

*  310 electrical cords were used throughout the park.


We hope you enjoyed Christmas at the Park 2016! 


From: The Shanes Park Beautification Society

 

 
 
 
 
Remember that Daylight Savings Time returns on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2 AM. We will Spring Forward 1 hour and be on Daylight Savings Time until November 5, 2017. Click Here for details.
 
 

 
March 2-3, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway March 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Cooper Family Foundation Provide Grant

The Camp Palmer staff and board are very thankful for a $10,000 grant from Cooper Family Foundation. These funds have been designated for the upgrade of showers in the Sauder Recreation Hall bathrooms.

4-H Camp Palmer, Inc. serves 4-H youth from eleven counties in northwest Ohio and many groups from across the state, Michigan and Indiana.  Last year over 6,193 youth and adults were served in variety of youth development programs, retreats, camp, school outdoor education programs and band camps.

For many years, Cooper Farms has given support to area organizations with the goal of making our community a safer and more enjoyable place to live for all.

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

 
 
 

State Patrol Investigating Injury Crash On County Road 263

Brown Township - The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a one vehicle injury crash that occurred on County Road 263 just south of SR 613, in Paulding County. 

On February 17, 2017, at approximately 3:53 A.M., the Van Wert Post was advised of an overturned vehicle in a ditch on County Road 263. Once on scene, Oakwood Fire and EMS, Paulding Sheriff’s deputies, and troopers located the 2014 Kia with the driver still trapped inside.

Through the initial investigation, it was found that the driver, Angela Dockery, age 39, of Continental, Ohio, was northbound on County Road 263, and drove off of the left side of the road. While entering the ditch, the Kia flipped onto its side where it came to final rest.

The driver and only occupant, was transported by Life Flight to St. Rita’s for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Alcohol and drug impairment is unknown at this time. The crash remains under investigation.

The Van Wert Post was assisted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Oakwood Fire and EMS, Life Flight, and Meyer’s Towing.  

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to always buckle up. 

 
 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events for March 2017 - Click here for a printable version

 
 

 
March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins

 

 
 

 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to
power outage for Wednesday,
March 1, 2017

Storms sweep through the area during the night.

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

 

 
 

HS/Jr. High Baseball & Softball practice for tonight has been cancelled. Varsity Boys BBK practice is from 2:00 - 3:45 p.m.

 

Due to another power outage, Parkway is dismissing at 2:00

 
 
 
 

 
February 28, 2017

 

 
 

The American Red Cross will have a blood drive at Parkway High School on Tues, 2/28 (Today!) from 8:30-2:00.  This will be open to public for donations.

 

 
 

What Is 4-H and How Do I Join?

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the country, with over 6 million youth participating across the country. The 4-H program was started in 1902 by A.B. Graham in Springfield, Ohio. Graham started clubs for youth so they could “learn by doing” which to this day is the 4-H slogan; youth learn by actively participating in educational experiences and projects. Today, the 4-H program is operated in every county in Ohio by Ohio State University Extension and has nearly 216,000 members participating across the state.

In Van Wert County and all across the country, 4-H’ers are still actively following the slogan of learn by doing to develop themselves into caring, contributing citizens and working to follow the 4-H motto of “To Make the Best Better.”

Who is involved in Van Wert County 4-H?

Van Wert County has over 500 active 4-H members involved in 19 community clubs throughout the county. There are around 100 dedicated adult volunteers who work to provide support for clubs, programs and activities.  Community clubs participate in community service projects, clinics, field trips, social events, and fundraisers throughout the year. Other opportunities include project judging, 4-H Camp, state and national events, and exhibiting at the Van Wert County Fair.

Who can join 4-H and what will I do?

Youth who are age 5 and in Kindergarten as of January 1st, 2017 are eligible to join 4-H as a Cloverbud member. Cloverbuds participate in community clubs and non-competitive activities exploring a variety of fun, hands-on interest areas. Youth who are age 8 and in 3rd grade as of January 1st can join 4-H as project members. Project members participate in club activities, select 4-H projects that interest them, go through project judging, and can exhibit their projects at the Van Wert County Fair. Youth age out of 4-H the year they turn 19. Youth are eligible to join 4-H in the county they reside in, if you wish to join 4-H in a different county then where you reside, you should contact the Extension Office of the program you wish to join for more information on eligibility.

 

How do I join 4-H?

The first step in joining 4-H is to find a community club near your home or school. There are 19 community clubs throughout the county; experience 4-H with a friend and invite them to join with you. Contact the Van Wert County OSU Extension Office at 419-238-1214 today for help in locating the right club for you or visit us on the web at http://vanwert.osu.edu for more club information.

When should I sign up?

You can join 4-H at any time! But, join by the March 15, 2017 to take advantage of all the opportunities throughout the year. First year families and members are given a month of extra time to get their paperwork in past the deadline to help them make the joining process a little easier!  So if you are still looking to join in 2017, it is NOT too late!

What are these projects I keep hearing about?

Members who are age 8 and in the third grade are considered project members and must enroll and complete a minimum of one project each year. There are over 200 4-H projects a member can choose from. Can’t find a project that interests you out of those 200? You can create your own personalized project by taking the self-determined project.

Projects cover a wide range of topic areas. Excluding livestock project, examples of popular projects include: photography, small engines, and natural resource projects such as fishing, foods, rockets, creative writing, and shooting sports such as archery.

Youth can discover all the projects available through the Ohio 4-H Family Guide. These are available through a community club or you can pick one up at the Van Wert County OSU Extension Office or online at www.ohio4h.org.  Also, you can visit Project Central online at http://projectcentral.ohio4h.org to browse projects. Project Central allows you to filter projects by interest areas and skill levels. You can also read reviews from others who have taken the project.

Want to learn more?

The 4-H program is part of the Ohio State University Extension services. For more information on the 4-H program and how to get involved, contact the Van Wert County OSU Extension office at 419-238-1214. The office is located at 1055 S Washington St in Van Wert at the fairgrounds. You can also find more information on their website vanwert.osu.edu or follow Van Wert County 4-H on Facebook at facebook.com/vanwert4h

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 27, 2017

 

 
 
 

Van Wert County General Health District Closure

The Van Wert County General Health District will be closed on Friday, March 3, 2017 in order for staff to participate in the Accreditation Summit.  The Van Wert County General Health District is working towards accreditation as required by the Ohio Department to guarantee future funding and advance quality and performance within public health departments.  The closure will allow our staff to attend the Summit and focus on efforts towards accreditation.  The health department will address emergencies as necessary.  For more information or any questions, please contact 419-238-0808.   

 

 
 

Liberty Baptist to Host First Children's Consignment Sale!

A Whale of a Sale children's consignment sale will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 

8 am-1 pm at the Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third Street, Van Wert, Ohio.  The purpose of this sale is to help parents who have infants, toddlers and school-age children purchase good quality used clothes and young children's items at a big price discount. We are excited to continue what Countryside Chapel near Convoy has started! 

Liberty Baptist Church is located in the former Horace Mann School.  For more information, please Email us at:  whaleofasale.lbc@gmail.com or message us on our Facebook page: LBC Whale Of A Sale. 

(Submitted by Pastor Jim C. Burns)

 

 
 

Parkway Kindergarten Screening

Parkway Elementary is currently scheduling appointments for kindergarten screening.  Students need to be five years old before August 1 to be eligible to attend.  Screening will be held on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Parkway Elementary School.  If your child is new to Parkway Local Schools, we will need the following on screening day: the official birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, two forms of proof of residency and in the case of divorced parents, a copy of the child custody order.  Only the certified birth certificate will be accepted.  Immunizations are required to be documented by the 15th day of school.  All students entering kindergarten in the fall will need to go through the screening process.  Please call Michelle in the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext.720 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

MERCER COUNTY PERI MEETING ~ March 14, 2017, HOPEWELL GRANGE       

PERI Members will hold their Tuesday, March 14, 2017 meeting at 10:00 A.M., at the Hopewell Grange, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina, Ohio. 

For those PERI Members who pay their Membership Dues annually, the 2017 Dues are due.

Sharon Drerup will be the Guest Speaker; she will address Legislative Updates for PERI Members & spouses.

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

 

 
 

Rockford Village Council Met on February 21, 2017 - Click here for the full minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal
Agent

Shanes Park – we are using an $80,000 grant from the State to replace the old playground equipment with a soft surface pad and an obstacle course play area.

Columbia St.  – Contractors are a little ahead of schedule with the good weather we have had.  We will be looking at some mail box issues with the consideration of going to a centralized box – 1 per block.  This is a must with any new subdivision.

Much more . . . .

 
 
 

Arrests Made in Mercer County

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that the HIT Team (Heroin Interdiction Team) conducted a saturated patrol effort yesterday (February 23rd, 2017).   HIT team conducted several traffic stops for various violation, emphasis on drugged driving and drug possession.  Arrests were made on the following people.

1)      20 year old Dallas Edward Fortner of 751 Deford Street lot 65 Celina, Ohio.   Fortner was charged with OVI (operating vehicle intoxicated), Misdemeanor of the First Degree.   He was also charged with Possession of a Drug Abuse Instrument (syringe) and this was elevated to a Misdemeanor of the First Degree due to the fact that Fortner had a prior charge of Drug Abuse Instrument.   Fortner was also found to be in possession of a white powder and the preliminary test show that was Methamphetamines.   Fortner was also found to be in possession of suspected K2 (commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana)   This case is being reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for additional felony charges. Fortner remains in jail on a $150,000.00 bond sent by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer.

2)      25 year old Dillon Elbert Parlow, who listed himself “At Large” was arrested for an Outstanding Bench Warrant for Contempt of Court, with the original charge being  Domestic Violence.  Parlow was a passenger in the Fortner vehicle.

3)      28 year old Demi Marie Goldman of 633 W Anthony Street Celina, Ohio was arrested for Driving Under Suspension.

4)      30 year old Danielle Ames of 1730 Celina Road St.Mary’s, Ohio. Ames was arrested for two (2) Outstanding Bench Warrants.  Ames was a passenger in one of the vehicles that was stopped by the HIT Team.   Ames had a warrant out of Mercer County for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Failure to Pay Child Support.   Ames’s second warrant was from Montgomery County for a Probation Violation.  Ames is on Probation in Montgomery County for Theft and Possession of Drugs. 

The HIT Team consist of members of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Celina Police Department and the Coldwater Police Department.   The HIT team was also assisted yesterday by members of the Grand Lake Task Force (Mercer / Auglaize County).  

Sheriff Grey continues to ask citizens to call in with drug tips.  Some of the tips have assisted his deputies and other agencies with drug arrest.    Grey also wants to remind the public that we will not stop looking for violations of drug use and trafficking and will continue our efforts in battling this epidemic that has crushed so many lives in our county, our state and our nation.

 

 

 

 

MERCER COUNTY ENGINEER DITCH MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is announcing that over the upcoming construction season that engineer inspection and maintenance personnel will be on-site on many of the 111 miles of Mercer County maintained open drainage ditches and 58 miles of tile throughout Mercer County.

Easements exist along these drainage infrastructure attributes that allow the necessary evaluation and maintenance of these important drainage elements.  Such things as ditch inspection, spraying for noxious weeds and erosion repairs will occur throughout the year.  “Many people may think that a ditch or tile is solely on private property, but all of Mercer County’s ditch and tile maintenance infrastructure attributes have a maintenance easement on and around the drainage feature.”  Wiechart stated.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 24-26, 2017

 

 
 

State Patrol Investigating Single Vehicle Injury Crash

Jackson Township – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single vehicle injury crash that occurred on State Route 637 just north of State Route 613, west of the Village of Oakwood, in Paulding County. 

On February 25, 2017, at approximately 11:17 P.M., a 1995 Ford Escort, operated by Scott W. Rhoades, age 46, of Middle Point, Ohio was traveling south on State Route 637.  Mr. Rhoades went off the left side of the roadway, re-entered the roadway, went off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. 

Mr. Rhoades was transported by Samaritan Life-Flight to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed by R&O Towing. 

 

Mr. Rhoades’ vehicle was equipped with an automatic shoulder strap seat belt, in which he was wearing, however, he was reportedly not wearing the lap portion of the seat belt.  Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash and crash remains under investigation. 

 

State Troopers with the Van Wert Post were assisted on scene by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding County Fire and EMS, Samaritan Life-Flight and R&O Towing. 

 

The State Patrol would like to remind motorists to always wear a properly adjusted seat belt, to include both shoulder and lap straps, and to never operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

 

 
 
 
 

 
February 23, 2017

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two New Doctors Welcomed by Rockford Community


Dr. Jerry Sell, long time family physician in Rockford, was host at a dinner reception on February 16, 2017 at the Rockford Community Building. In a letter/invitation to the reception (sent to his patients), he announced that Dr. Norman Means, family medicine physician  from Anchorage Alaska would be joining The Rockford Family Medicine practice. Dr. Means and his wife Tammy were welcomed to the community at the reception. Dr. Sell continues to see patients on a full time basis. Also welcomed during the evening was Dr. Alberto Delgado, an obstetrics and gynecology physician, who already sees patients at the Rockford office.

 

There was a wonderful crowd of patients and friends who came to visit their favorite doctor and his family and welcome the other two physicians and their families. All members of the Rockford Medicine Staff were there, as well, to visit with the community. Van Wert County Hospital sponsored the event and administrators were in attendance. A delicious meal was catered by the Rockford Carry-out, coffee was provided by Biggby Coffee in St. Marys and desserts were made by .

Please watch for a more detailed story coming soon!

 

 

Dr. Norman Means with Dr. Jerry and Connie Sell

Dr. Alberto Delgado
 
 

 
February 22, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

 
 

Author to Speak at Shanes Crossing Historical Society
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on Monday, February 27th at 7 pm in the museum located at 151 East 
Columbia St. in Rockford.  Our guest speaker will be John Vining, who grew up in the Willshire area and has great interest in our local history.
He has written a few books on American History.  John's topic will be "OHIO FORTS DURING EARLY SETTLEMENT'.  The public is
invited to the meeting.

 
 

ROCKFORD CARNEGIE LIBRARY ACCEPTING DONATIONS

If you are looking for an opportunity to honor a loved one or to give a gift in memory of a loved one, the Rockford Carnegie Library Memorial Fund offers a great way to do just that and also instill the love of reading within our local community.

The Memorial Fund primarily pays for author visits by nationally-known children's authors.  The visiting author spends the day at Parkway Local Schools and talks with the children about books and reading as well as the children having an opportunity to have their own books autographed.  The visit then culminates in the early evening with a meet-and-greet in the library where community members can get their books personally autographed by the visiting author. This is a great way to foster the love of reading among our community's children.

Contributions are always gratefully accepted for the Memorial Fund.  Checks can be made out to the Rockford Carnegie Library Memorial Fund and dropped off at the library or simply mailed to the library at 162 South Main Street, Rockford OH 45882.  Your consideration of this ongoing project is always appreciated.

 
 
 

Wren Christmas Society News

The Wren Christmas Society will be holding a Soup and Sandwich fundraiser on Sunday, April 2nd from 11 am – 2 pm at The Building in Wren.

The choice of soups will be chili or potato soup.  The choice of sandwiches will be pulled pork or creamed chicken.  There will also be cake and brownies for dessert, and coffee and lemonade to drink.

The cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Carryout will be available. 

The money raised will be used to add to our Toy Soldier/Nut Cracker display.  Please direct questions to Karen at 419-495-2623.

 
 
 

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Coldwater Kiwanis is sponsoring their annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday March 12, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Breakfast will be served at the Coldwater High School Auditeria.  Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member or by calling 419-942-1875.  Cost is $6.00 per person.  Children 8 and under eat free.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Proceeds from this event benefit local youth and community service programs.

 

 

 

State Patrol Investigating Two Vehicle Injury Crash

Pleasant Township – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle injury crash that occurred at the intersection of Liberty Union Road and Van Wert Willshire Road south west of Van Wert, in Van Wert County. 

On February 18, 2017, at approximately 3:52 P.M. a 2012 Nissan Titan pickup truck and trailer, operated by James E. Freeman, age 67, of Williamsburg, Kentucky was traveling south on Liberty Union Road.  A 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Christopher N. Wilson, age 32, of Ohio City, Ohio was traveling east on Van Wert Willshire Road.  Mr. Freeman failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the left front of Mr. Wilson’s vehicle.  Both vehicles came to final rest in a field on the south east side of the intersection and sustained disabling damage.

Mr. Freeman was transported by Ohio City EMS to the Van Wert County Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  A passenger in the Nissan, Jason D. Brown, age 30, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, was transported by Samaritan Life-Flight to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The driver of the Chevrolet, Mr. Wilson, was transported by Ohio City EMS to the Van Wert County Hospital where he was later transported by Samaritan Life-Flight to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Mr. Freeman and Mr. Brown were reportedly not wearing seat belts.  Mr. Wilson was reportedly wearing a seat belt.  Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash and the crash remains under investigation.    

State Troopers with the Van Wert Post were assisted on scene by the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio City Fire and EMS, Knippen’s and Delpha Towing, and Samaritan Life-Flight. 

The State Patrol would like to remind motorists to always make complete stops at posted stop signs before proceeding cautiously through an intersection, to avoid any distractions while driving and always wear a seat belt.   

 

 

Parkway Local Board of Education Special Meeting

The Parkway Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room.  The Board will be presented information regarding the Superintendent search.  No business will be conducted.

 

 

 
February 17-21, 2017

 

 
 
Two New Doctors Welcomed by Rockford Community


Dr. Jerry Sell, long time family physician in Rockford, was host at a dinner reception on February 16, 2017 at the Rockford Community Building. In a letter/invitation to the reception (sent to his patients), he announced that Dr. Norman Means, family medicine physician  from Anchorage Alaska would be joining The Rockford Family Medicine practice. Dr. Means and his wife Tammy were welcomed to the community at the reception. Dr. Sell continues to see patients on a full time basis. Also welcomed during the evening was Dr. Alberto Delgado, an obstetrics and gynecology physician, who already sees patients at the Rockford office.

 

 

There was a wonderful crowd of patients and friends who came to visit their favorite doctor and his family and welcome the other two physicians and their families. All members of the Rockford Medicine Staff were there, as well, to visit with the community. Van Wert County Hospital sponsored the event and administrators were in attendance. A delicious meal was catered by the Rockford Carry-out, coffee was provided by Biggby Coffee in St. Marys and desserts were made by .

Please watch for a more detailed story coming soon!


Dr. Norman Means with Dr. Jerry and Connie Sell

Dr. Alberto Delgado
 
 

 
February 14-15, 2017
Valentine's Day!

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE
Third book in New Idea’s history
By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

Photo caption:   This is the cover of the third book in New Idea’s history, 
which is due August 5th.

You may place an order for this book, “New Idea Company’s Uni System, 
1963-1999, Coldwater, Ohio,” at the Sunday afternoon April 2, 2017 Exhibit 
about the History of New Idea Company at the Mercer County Historical 
Museum, 130 East Market, Celina.

When New Idea Company closed in December 1999, the Mercer County Historical 
Society requested the records of the New Idea Company at Coldwater.  In 
January, 2000 this Society asked for people to join the New Idea Historic 
Preservation Committee.  As a result, this NIHP Committee has been meeting 
since 2000.  Their Mission is To Preserve New Idea History and To Educate 
the public about that History.

This NIHP Committee has held exhibits of New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique 
Tractors at the Coldwater Community Picnic, and other Farm Equipment shows, 
e.g. Darke County Power of the Past; Van Wert Old Fashioned Farmers Days, 
and Sandwich, Illinois Farm Show.  This Committee has also held New Idea 
Farm Equipment Manuals sales.

After a decade, this NIHP Committee asked about writing a History of the New 
Idea Company, 1899-1999.  When studying the history of New Idea Company, 
this NIHP Committee realized that this history was a complex history to 
address.  Therefore, the NIHP Committee began gathering history and 
photographs, and wrote about the first book in the Series:  “New Idea 
Company’s Horse Drawn Spreaders, at Maria Stein and Coldwater, Ohio.”  This 
book was published in 2013 and was for sale at the August 2013 Coldwater 
Community Picnic at the Park.  By the time the 2015 Coldwater Community Picnic concluded, that book about the New Idea Spreaders was “sold out!”

Between 2013 and 2015, when the Committee realized what a success that their first book about the New Idea Spreaders was, they decided to write the second book in this Series, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers.”  This Corn Picker book was printed in time for the 2015 Coldwater Community Picnic at the Park.  To address the popularity of this second New Idea History book, 
this book is also about sold out in February.

Therefore, before this New Idea Historic Preservation Committee makes the final decision as to how many copies of this new book, “New Idea Company’s Uni System, 1963-1999, Coldwater,” to print, the NIHP Members will be taking orders for this book at the Sunday, April 2, 2017 New Idea Company History Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  For those who cannot pick up an Order Blank for this book, email histalig@bright.net or write the NIHP, 3054 Burk-St. Henry Rd., Saint Henry, OH 45883.

The Messenger Press at Carthagena is printing this new book which will be available to be picked up at the New Idea Committee Exhibit, at the 
Coldwater Community Picnic, on August 5-6, Saturday and Sunday.  For the book to be mailed, contact the above address.

Put your order in before the first of May, 2017, so that you are confident that you will receive a copy of this third book in the Series of New Idea’s 
History. In August.

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.] 

 


VALENTINES, SCIENCE PROJECTS, AND DUCK RACES

Members of the Rockford Lions Club, spouses and guests enjoyed a special Valentine Dinner prepared by the Rockford Carryout before their February 13th, 2017 meeting.

Kim Gardner, director of the 2017 Lions Club Variety Show presented an overview of this year’s show titled ‘The Science Project.’   A science teacher and his students create a space ship as a Science Fair project.   The students are successful in building and launching their science project, but the space ship crash lands on another planet.   Encountering aliens of all ages the stranded earthlings perform a variety of songs, dance numbers, and skits to win a trip back to earth.   

‘The Science Project’ featuring members of the Rockford community will be presented in the Parkway High School Auditorium on Friday and Saturday evening March 24-25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.    Tickets will be available at the door.    Proceeds from the Lions Club Variety Show help to provide scholarships for Parkway High School graduates. 

 

 

 

 

Misty Riley and Luke Clouse, representing the Parkway Baseball Parents also presented their plans for the 2017 Great Panther Duck Races to be held at the Rockford Community Building on Saturday, March 18th beginning at 6:30 p.m.      The ‘Duck Races’ event supports the Parkway Baseball program.  In 2016 the ‘Duck Races’ event raised fourteen thousand dollars to help provide for major improvements to local baseball facilities.   

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

 

 
 

2017 Livestock Quality Assurance Dates

Quality Assurance is a state required training program for any 4-H or FFA member who is exhibiting livestock at the junior fair. This includes rabbits. The Ohio State University Extension is hosting the first QA in 2017 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 5th starting at 2:00pm until approximately 4:00pm. Youth will most likely not need to be present for the entire two hours, but should plan in case of a large crowd.

Members eligible for test out it will be offered starting at 1 hour prior to the beginning at the Jr. Fair Building. Test out is offered to youth 12-14 or 15-18 as of January 1, 2017. Youth who need special accommodations for testing should contact the Extension Office for details.

In case of inclement weather please check the OSU Extension webpage at http://vanwert.osu.edu or the Van Wert 4-H Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/vanwert4h

For a list of regional quality assurance dates or for questions please contact The Ohio State University Extension at (419) 238-1214 or email Heather Gottke at Gottke.4@osu.edu

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Get a Flu Vaccine
The Van Wert County Health Department would like to remind the public that is not too late to obtain a flu vaccine for this season’s influenza. Vaccination remains the best protection against the flu, its severity and potential serious complications. It is recommended that any person 6 months and older obtain an annual flu shot. If you have not received a flu shot this season and would like to obtain one, please call the Van Wert County General Health District at 419-238-0808 extension 103 or 107 to schedule an appointment. Influenza is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your physician. Anti-viral medications are most effective when used early in the course of the disease. Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading influenza include hand washing; covering coughs and sneezes; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth and staying home when sick until fever-free for 24 hours.

 

 
 

Vantage Plans Open House

Above:  Kara Heck, a 10th grader from Parkway, is excited to be cooking a pasta dish in the Vantage Culinary Arts lab, as junior Emily Freund (Ft. Jennings) looks on. Nearly 800 sophomores from 13 associate schools visited Vantage on February 1.

 

 

Above:  Parkway 10th graders Conner Lyons, Colton Kraner, Nick Riley, and Kainen Detwiller check out an engine in the Ag and Industrial Power Tech lab with Vantage FFA members Wyatt Miller (Paulding), Clystal Ramirez (Continental), and Blake Miller (Wayne Trace).  

 

Come visit these labs and more during Open House on February 27 from 5 – 7:30 pm

 

 

Lots for Soldiers and The Village of Rockford would like to 'THANK'  students, teachers and volunteers from The Crossing, located in Berne, IN,  for painting the inside of the home located on Holly Lane.  

 

 

PRE-REGISTRATION at Calvary for 2017- 2018

Calvary Preschool will hold Early Registration February 21-24, from 8:00 AM – Noon Tuesday through Friday, and on Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Come check out our facilities.  Forms are available on the website, www.calvaryelife.org under preschool and then forms.  Calvary Preschool has been serving the Van Wert community and surrounding area since 1966.  Calvary Preschool is committed to help children develop Spiritually, Intellectually and Emotionally.  Our goal is to introduce the boys and girls to a variety of learning experiences which will prepare them for kindergarten. 

The preschool has an outdoor playground for the students to enjoy with a climbing wall, swings and slides.  Inside, we have a playroom that includes a variety of learning centers. There is ample parking for parents. Snacks are provided daily by the preschool which includes milk or 100% juice.  Four’s and five’s go on field trips during the school year and we have special guests visit during the winter months.  The four’s and five’s have take home bags that are used over the week-ends.  The totes provide activities and games for parents to do with their child.  All the material needed is provided in the tote bag. The child picks the theme he wants to do.  It is a wonderful learning tool for the child and the parents seem to enjoy it also. 

All classes meet from 8:30-11:30 a.m.  The three’s meet two mornings per week, Monday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. The four’s meet three mornings per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.  The Pre-K Plus (older fours and fives) meet 4 mornings per week. The classes offered depend on the number of students enrolled.

Calvary Preschool has Extended Care on Monday thru Friday between 7:30 - 8:30. If you are interested in Extended Care, please note that at registration. 

The Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road.  If you have questions call Marilyn Agler @ 567-259-3103 or leave a message on the voice mail.

Our teaching staff for this school year is:  Issa Ickes (three year olds), Julie Stewart (four year olds) and Vicki Chavarria (older fours & five year olds), and Marilyn Agler, Administrator.  

If you cannot make these dates and times, please call the preschool office @567-259-3103 or e-mail  marilyn@calvaryelife.org and other arrangements will be made.  We do accept registrations at any time during the year as long as openings remain.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Our 27th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake will be held on Saturday, March 18th @ 5:00 pm at Pla Mor Lanes in Coldwater. Also, on Friday, March 31st @ 6:00 pm at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert. Everyone can bowl for 2 hours, receive a Bowl for Kids’ Sake T-Shirt and the chance to win prizes. Please call the BBBS Office at 419-584-2447 to register your team and for more information. Hope to see you at our Bowl for Kids’ Sake event.

 

 

 
February 14-15, 2017
Valentine's Day!

 

 
 
 
Parkway School Bus Goes in the Ditch on Friday Morning February 10, 2017
Parkway School Bus Number 10, with no passengers aboard, driven by Parkway school teacher and bus driver Lucas Minnich, slid off Shindeldecker Road between U.S. Route 127 and State Route 117 on Friday morning, February 10, 2017 on the way to pick up students. Mr. Minnich was not injured, and the bus had to be towed out of the ditch.  Apparently there was no damage to the bus. School was cancelled on Thursday due to a storm storm that dumped 5-6 inches of wet snow, then froze. School had just resumed after a two hour delay that next morning.
 
 
 
 

Dr. Norman Means to Join the Medical Team of Dr. Jerry Sell and Rona Dellinger, CNP

Family Medicine Associates in Rockford, Ohio, a division of Van Wert Medical Services, is pleased to announce that Norman Means, MD will be joining the medical team as a family practice physician. 

Dr. Means received his Medical Degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN.  He completed Residencies at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN and at Duke University/Southern Regional Area Health Educational Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dr. Means is Board Certified in the areas of Family Medicine, Anatomic Pathology, and Clinical Pathology. 

Most recently, Dr. Means has been practicing medicine as a family physician in Anchorage, Alaska where he has been in practice for the past 14 years. He and his wife Tammy, who is a registered nurse, have 3 adult children and 1 high-school aged son.

Dr. Means joins the medical team of Dr. Jerry Sell and Rona Dellinger, CNP at the Family Medicine Associates location in Rockford.  Family Medicine Associates opened in 1979 and is dedicated to providing the best patient care and service experience.  Same day appointments are available, as needed.  Dr. Means is accepting new patients.  To request an appointment, please call (419) 363-3008.

There will be a community reception at the Rockford Community Building on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  All patients and community members are invited to the reception to welcome Dr. Means to our community and to greet the other medical providers of the Family Medicine Associates clinic.  A casual, buffet dinner will be served at the reception.

 

 
 

Parkway Schools Schedule Make-up Days

Due to the cancelled school day last week, Thursday, April 13 will be a Make-Up Day.

Parkway has an additional Make-Up Day on Friday, February.

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 11-13, 2017

 

 
 
 

Ball Drop Fun enjoyed by everyone at Parkway Game on February 10, 2017
Lisa Keipper was the $5000 winner. Thank you to Nikki Fox for the pictures!
The Parkway Athletic Booster Club would like to congratulate Lisa Keipper, winner of the $5,000 prize for the 2nd annual ball drop. The athlete who sold the winning ticket and won $50.00 was Sydney Swygart, Lisa's daughter.
The Parkway Athletic Booster Club would like to thank the following for their help in making the ball drop fundraiser a success:
First and foremost, all of the athletes and parents who have sold tickets, and to everyone who bought tickets. Without you this fundraiser would not be a success.
Parents who volunteered to sell tickets at Parkway athletic events.
Mercer Health for the donation of the balls.
Parkway school secretaries for selling tickets at school. 
Henkle Insurance for selling tickets to the community.
The Parkway Baseball Team for assisting with the practice drop.
Mike Jones and Brent Agler for the engineering side of the ball drop.
Brandy Cairns and Cory Agler for helping to prepare for the ball drop.
Our official ball drop judge, Rockford Police Chief Paul May.
Thank you again to the entire Parkway communities for your continued support of the Parkway Athletic Booster Club and all Parkway Athletes.

(Picture 1: From left to right.......Jeff Ford- booster president, Sydney Swygart -Athlete who sold winning ticket, Michelle Agler- booster treasurer, Bryan Schoenleben- booster vice-president)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for February 14, 2017 - 6:30 P.M. - Regular Meeting

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 
 

Eagles Stag Night With Hog Roast Planned for February 28, 2017

The Rockford Eagles is planning their annual Stag Night for Monday, February 28, 2017. According to Blair Shaffer, coordinator for the event, former Ohio State University Defensive Back, Donnie Ray Evege will be the speaker for the evening. Fresh Whole Hog sausage will be served. Contact the Eagles Lodge in Rockford for more details and to purchase tickets.

 

 
 
 
 

The Rockford Carnegie Library has a 1999 John Deere TRS22 snow blower
(electric start) for sale.   

Sealed bids are due by 12 noon on Friday, February 24 and will be opened on Saturday, February 25, at 10 a.m. in the Library."  

You may pick up a bid form and envelope at the Library counter.

If anyone is interested in this, please
call the library at 419-363-2630 for additional information or email
Sherry Shaffer at sshaffer@rcpubliclibrary.org.

Click Here for Classified Ads

 
 

Rockford Eagles Donates to Rockford Fire Department
For Jaws of Life Purchase

By Sheila Baltzell 2-13-2017

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1000 to the Rockford Fire Department, Rockford, OH, toward their fund raising efforts for a department Jaws of Life. Pictured at left are (l to r) Luke Clouse and Blair Shaffer. Luke accepted the check on behalf of the Rockford Fire Company. He is not a member of the fire department. In the past year, the Eagles membership has given back to the community through donations to Community Health Professionals, Austism Speaks, Mercer County Cancer Association, Parkway Back Pack Project, Lots for Soldiers and the Parkway Booster Club. These donations have helped fund many projects in countless ways.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 10, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, February 10th

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

 

 
 
 

 
February 9, 2017

 

 
 

All Parkway events scheduled for Thursday, February 9th have been cancelled.

Parkway Schools are now closed for Thursday, February 9th 

 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Thursday, February 9th

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to Henkle Insurance for sponsoring the PWI Weather Link!
5 inches of Snow on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
 
 
 

Mercer County Engineer Annual Report 2016
by James (Jim) Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer

What might be hard to distinguish (for someone that does not live on a day to day basis in our world of local road and bridge infrastructure system improvements) is that these infrastructure assets (over large swaths of time) have “evolved” through the years. Yes, many of the improvements over the shorter period of time (10-20 years) have had planned improvements. But, if you review why and how these assets have changed over broad stretches of time, they have “evolved” because of forces of localized development or due to connectivity benefits for the transportation system. Thus, beyond any one Engineer or specific Board(s) action through the years, circumstances of the world have been the primary driving forces to implement in an evolutionary fashion, changes to our infrastructure system. Even though our infrastructure assets have “in a sense” evolved, we continue to strive to effect positive change in this area for the public we serve.

In 2016, our organization went through significant employee transition with the end of the year retirements of Mike Borns (Operations Manager), Vern Eichler (Engineer Tech 3/Surveyor) and John Menchhofer (Bridge Worker II). Elements of the approximate 109 years of experience that leave our workforce are irreplaceable and we wish our fellow former co-workers all the best as they continue down life’s highway. With the losses being suffered, every change is also an opportunity to adjust to new and upcoming challenges and to bring on board new talents. We welcome aboard new employees: Aaron Moeller (Survey Design Technician/Drainage Deputy), Gary Schaublin (Equipment Operator II) and James Allen (Equipment Operator II). We believe all of these folks and our current work force will help us meet those challenges. Continued  . . . .

Click Here for the full 9 page 2016 report by James Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer, filled with interesting facts, statistics, retirements of three long-time employees, Vern Eichler, Mike Borns and John Menchhofer, pictures from the end-of-year events and more!

 

 
 

 
February 8, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Local Board of Education Special Meeting

The Parkway Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the community room.  The board will accept the resignation of personnel.

 

 
February 7, 2017

 

 
 
 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT
 
Saturday, March 11, 2017
 
Dinner / DJ beginning at 5:30pm at Rockford Community Building
 
Wedding Style Dinner – PRESALE TICKETS ONLY contact the church office at 419-363-2633 before February 10th 
 
Menu: chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, noodles, corn, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $8.00 per meal (5?free) dine in or carry out
 
Basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, cake walk/fancy stand, chuck-a-luck
 
Many great prizes to win for children and adults
 
Open to the public ~ Sponsored by St Teresa Parish

 

 

New Horizons – Human Trafficking Program

New Horizons Community Church will be hosting “Shining the Light on Human Trafficking” on Sunday, February 12 at 7p.m. Kelly King, human trafficking director at Children’s Lantern in Defiance, will be speaking and sharing. This is a public event.Think human trafficking doesn't happen here? Join us to learn about Human Trafficking in Ohio. Our goal is to share with students, parents and our communities about the risks and the signs of this modern day issue. Information, stories, and tips will be shared as a way to be aware and prepared. Come & learn more! 

 

 

 

Lima Powwow Planned

  

8th annual “Honor our Heritage” Powwow

February 18-19

Doors open at 10:00 am

Grand entry: Saturday 1:00 pm, Sunday 1:00pm

UAW Hall 1440 Bellefontaine Ave.

Watch for the Powwow signs

Native American Crafts, Dancing, Singing, and Native Food

Price:

Adults $5.00

5-12 $3.00

Over 62 $3.00

Under 5 free

 

 

 
 

 
February 2-6, 2017

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway Ball Drop February 10 - Reminder

The 2nd Annual Parkway Athletic Booster Club Ball Drop will take place on Friday, February 10th at the conclusion of the Boys Varsity Basketball game.   If you have not purchased your ticket yet,  they are available at the High School and Middle School Offices during regular school hours,  and at Henkle Insurance.  Tickets will also be sold on February 10th prior to the start of the Varsity game.   Tickets are $10.00 each with a chance to win up to  $5,000.00.    100% of the proceeds of this fundraiser go to Parkway Athletes. 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Groups are supporting 4-H Camp Palmer’s New High Ropes Course Project

 

The 4-H Camp Palmer staff and board are very thankful to Midwest Energy Cooperative for donated installation of 16 telephone poles that will form the base of the new course! These poles were purchased by the camp from Midwest Energy Cooperative. We would like to recognize Operation Round Up-Paulding Putnam Electric Trust for a recent donation of $2,000 toward this project.

     This new pole high ropes course built in poles will replace 4-H Camp Palmer’s original high ropes course built in trees in 1990. Youth will be challenged to participant and experience up to 15 physical elements located 25 feet in the air including a zip wire. A unique feature of the new course will be a central spiral stairway access.  This project will cost about $25,000.

     The camp’s swimming pool fund was reduced by $2,500 through a generous donation from Williams County Pork Producers. The pool loan fund now stands at $64,000.

     4-H Camp Palmer is the largest 4-H youth camp in northwest Ohio serving 11 counties, 2000 youth in summer resident camps and another 4,100 in outdoor education school programs, retreats, specialty camp and leadership/team work workshops through-out the year.   

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

 
 
 
 

 
February 1, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
 

Mendon-Union Alumni Weekend

The upcoming Mendon-Union Alumni Weekend’s evening entertainment for Friday May 26th, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. is Roger & Jocelyn DeMange, singing hits from the 1960's, and on Saturday May 27th, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m is Ron Rasberry, and the Rasberry Jam Band will be playing Southern Rock of the 70's .  Both events will be held at the former Mendon school grounds, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy these 2 free outdoor concerts.  Others events of the weekend are being planned and will be announced at a later date.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 30-31, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Athletics Inducts Three New Members to the Hall of Fame

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 the Parkway Athletic Department inducted three new members into the Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction took place in between the JV and Varsity games. Thank you to Nikki Fox for the photos and Matt Triplett for the write-ups.

 

Travis Bates - Class of 1986

 

Travis earned three varsity letters in track and two letters in football. He took 9th place in the discus at the State Track Meet his junior year. Travis also placed 12th in the discus at the State Track Meet his senior season. He was the MAC champion in the discus his junior & season seasons. Travis also was the MAC champion in the shot put his senior season. He also earned Honorable Mention MAC in football his senior season. Travis earned four varsity letters in track at Huntington University. He was named the team MVP in 1989 & 1990. He was a four time MCC All Conference honoree. Travis broke the NAIA District 21 record in the discus in 1990. He was the discus champion at the International Meet On Day of Pentecost, held in Bolzano, Italy in 1990. In 2010, Travis was inducted into the Huntington University Hall of Fame.   

 

Brett Roehm - Class of 1991

Brett earned two varsity letters in baseball and one letter in basketball. During his senior season, Brett threw a no-hitter in the district semi-finals. He was also named first team all MAC. Brett was a member of the 1991 State Championship Baseball Team. He attended Ohio Northern University where he earned four varsity letters in baseball. At ONU, Brett set multiple school records including most wins in a season (14), most complete games in a season (12), most strikeouts in a season (134) and most shutouts in a season (5). Brett is also the ONU career leader in wins (31), shutouts (9), innings pitched (320) and strikeouts (392). Brett earned First Team All-American honors during his senior season. He also set an NCAA Division III record with 392 career strikeouts. Brett went on to play two seasons in the Atlanta Braves organization. 

 

 

Kelly (Rutledge) Sutton - Class of 1985

 

Kelly earned four varsity letters in track. She was a member of the 800-meter relay team that won a State Championship in 1982, 1984 & 1985. Kelly is Parkway’s only three-time State Champion. During her career, Kelly qualified for the State Track Meet in 13 events. She qualified for the State Track Meet in four events as a freshman, three events during her sophomore, junior and senior years. Kelly is a two-time Mercer county champion in the 100-meter dash. She is a member of the 800-meter relay team that holds the school record. Kelly is also a member of the 1600-meter relay team that holds the school record.

Click here for more of the evening's pictures by Nikki Fox:    http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

 

 
 
 

Rockford Lions Club Makes Donation Towards Jaws of Life Purchase

At the January 23, 2017 meeting of the Rockford Lions Club, president Lee Ann Frank presented Chad Ransbottom, Assistant Chief of the Rockford Fire Department a one thousand dollar check in support of the local fire department’s efforts to upgrade their emergency rescue equipment commonly called ‘Jaws of Life.’  

The Lions motto is "We Serve." Lions Clubs empower volunteers to serve their communities, and meet humanitarian needs.   The Rockford Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street, Rockford.

 

 
 
 
 

OSU Van Wert County Extension Announces Agronomy Day February 16th

Please join us February 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for our informational "AG Day" to be held on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds in the Jr. Fair Building.

Speakers include Jeff Stachler, Ag Educator from Auglaize County on "Weed Populations are Changing Again - Now What?", Ed Lentz, Ag Educator from Hancock County, "How does Chicken Manure Fit into your nutrient Phosphorus Management Plan?",  Glen Arnold, OSU Field Specialist, Manure Nutrient Mgt. Systems, "A reminder of the winter manure application rules in the Western Lake Erie Basin and using livestock manure with  growing corn to capture the nitrogen value", Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems, " Sorting through the Numbers...Science vs Sales", and Dee Jepsen, OSU State Agricultural Safety Program Leader, "Getting back into livestock production? Bring your safety management practices up to date.”

Continental Breakfast; Lunch, CCA Credits, Vendors, and information everyone can use for $10 if registered by February 10th, $20 at the door. Please call 419-238-1214 for reservations.

 

 

PLC Health Clinic Receives Donation of Ultrasound Machine

The PLC Health Clinic of Van Wert, also known as Pregnancy Life Center, now has an ultrasound machine which Director Trina Langdon hopes will allow the PLC to enhance its mission to protect the life of the unborn.  The ultrasound machine was donated by the Van Wert County Hospital as part of the PLC’s movement to include medical services for its clients.

The PLC sees a lot of teenagers and clients in their 20s who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.  The ultrasound machine, along with counseling services offered by the staff at the Pregnancy Life Center, will help clients to decide what to do with their unborn baby.  “Even from the early stages of pregnancy, a mother can see her developing child and hear the baby’s heart beat via an ultrasound,” shared Matthew Miller, M.D., Medical Director at the PLC and family physician at Van Wert Medical Services. 

“We’ve dreamt about having an ultrasound machine for many years,” said Langdon.  “We’re so grateful to Van Wert County Hospital for this generous donation so we can continue saving babies and helping the scared young women who turn to us for help.”

In addition to limited ultra sounds, the PLC Health Clinic will provide STI/STD testing as part of their new medical services.  By working with Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert County Health Department,  the PLC hopes to fill the gap in the community for this much needed service which will be available to both women and men.  All medical services done at the PLC will be free to patients, however, since the lab and medications will be outsourced there may be a charge for them but if the patient has insurance most of the cost will be covered,  if not all.  For patients without insurance, the PLC has set up a special fund to help offset those costs. 

Offering free medical services, although great for the patient, comes at a high price to the PLC.  “We have estimated a yearly cost of $40,000 for us to run the clinic,” said Langdon.  “This includes paying a medical staff, purchasing medical supplies, and covering lab and medication fees for patients.”  For that reason, the PLC will be holding their second annual Health Clinic Banquet fundraiser.  The event will be at Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert at 6pm on Sunday, March 5th.  Although the banquet is free, there will be a love offering to benefit the PLC Health Clinic.  “Last year, when we held our first banquet, we had to raise $115,000 to cover our start up costs and our community made that happen,” Langdon communicated.  “We are prayerful everyone will show that same enthusiasm this year as we raise the funds to actually run the clinic.”   If you are interested in attending, please contact the PLC by February 20th at 419-238-9177 or plc1@embarqmail.com to make your reservation.

The banquet is underwritten by Van Wert County Hospital, Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, a grant from the Van Wert County Foundation, and Cooper Farms.  As part of the NPAC’s sponsorship, they are giving away two sets of two tickets to the upcoming David Phelps concert on Friday, April 14th.  Anyone who gives a monetary donation towards the clinic fundraiser this year will automatically be registered for the tickets.  You do not have to be at the banquet to win.  Names will be drawn the week following the banquet.  “We cannot thank our underwriters enough for their generosity,” shared Langdon.  “Each underwriter has been extremely supportive of us and our new clinic.  We are truly blessed to be in such a caring and giving community.” 

Pictured from left to right: Matthew Miller, MD (Matthew Miller, MD, Medical Director at the PLC and family physician at Van Wert Medical Services); Jim Pope, CEO at Van Wert County Hospital; Trina Langdon, Director of Pregnancy Life Center Health Clinic of Van Wert; Heidi Kline, RN, Clinic Manager at PLC; Kim Owns, RTMS, Clinic Staff at PLC.

 

 

 

Parkway February 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

 
January 25-29, 2017

 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in January to Play Chinese Checkers

The Twenty-First Century Club met on January 24, 2017 in Rockford at the Rockford United Methodist Church Tea Room. The regular club meeting program was delivered by members Sheila Baltzell and Twyla Hays.  The Club has a theme for the year called Start to Finish, and includes board games of all kinds  and each meeting has become a learning experience on the history and fun of the games with which we have all grown up.  Roll call was answered with a game that did not go as planned. There were some good laughs in that. Members then went on to hear a report from Sheila Baltzell on the history of Chess dating back to India in the 1500’s.  It was called chaturaṅga. Last month members learned that Parcheesi, a very old game, also came from India. Chess is a game played with 16 pieces on a checkered board. There are 8 pawns (lowliest pieces), two rooks, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, one king and one queen. It is a battlefield game of wits and strategy, and played all over the world.

Twyla Hayes went on to provide history of her game Chinese Checkers created 125 years ago, in ~ of all places~ Germany! It was called Sternhalma and up to 6 people can play at a time but never 5 due to the way the marbles have to be moved one at a time to directly across the board into the triangle space of another player. In 1928, Pressman Company decided to market the old game and called it Hop Ching Checkers. Twyla said that software developers have been trying unsuccessfully to figure out a computer version. In other trivia about the game, she said the pattern on the board is a star shape, the upward and downward shapes within are equilateral trianagles, and the center of the star makes a hexagon. Then the ladies teamed up and played a game of Chinese Checkers. Sheila Baltzell and Valerie Fritzinger tied for the win.

The club enjoyed fresh strawberries, cream cheese bars, chocolate chip and sugar cookies, all made by hostesses Toni Fisher and Sandra Grooms, after the meeting, The next meeting will be held February 28, 2017 in the home of Kim Carr with Karla Butler co-hostessing. Members Valerie Fritzinger and Janie Miller will be providing the program on Dominoes, Mahjong and Scrabble. Are you a woman who would like to try out this club? Call Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 to attend a meeting and see what 21st Century Club is all about!

 

 

Henkle and Roehm Families Welcome Baby Girl

Jordan and Amanda (Roehm) Henkle of Willshire are proud to announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, on  Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 3:27PM at DuPont Hospital, Ft Wayne, Indiana. 

Laikyn Ann Henkle weighed in at 6 lbs 3 oz and 19.5 inches long. She was welcomed home by her brother, Rhett, 17 months. 

Maternal grandparents are Kerry and Debbie Roehm of Rockford. Maternal great grandparents Cletus and Irene Schmidt of Rockford, Joe and Paula Miller of Decatur, and Elmer and Ruth Ann Roehm of Willshire. 

Paternal grandparents are Todd and Julia Henkle of Rockford. Paternal great grandparents are Dan and Jean Henkle of Rockford, and the late Bob and Doris Stover.

 
 
 

Join the Bicentennial Team in Rockford

The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held at the
Rockford Village Hall and Museum on February 6th at 7 pm.
The public is encouraged to attend and share ideas.

 

 

The Parkway Ball Drop Fundraiser is February 10, 2017

The ball drop fundraiser is a fun activity that raise money for Parkway Athletics.  Tickets are available in PHS & PMS, Henkle Ins. & at the Basketball Game on Feb. 10th.

 

 

Parkway Graduate and Professional Artist to Exhibit his Work in Celina

Todd Buschur has accepted the honor of putting one of his creations in the City building of Celina on a semi-permanent basis. He is a Parkway Graduate and teaches art as well.
“Lindsey Schulze of St. Henry will be holding an art opening at Bellas in Celina on Friday night, February 17. An informal hour beginning at 7 will take place where participants my choose to see her creations and perhaps dine. At 8, Lindsey will talk and show her creative works. The public is most welcomed to attend one or both of these sessions in a relaxed environment.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 20-24, 2017

 

 
 
 

Rockford Native Jordan Thompson Takes Part in Operation Good Cheer 

 

Rockford native Jordan Thompson and his girlfriend, Erica Toussant, took part for the first time in a long-standing tradition called Operation Good Cheer in Michigan on December 3, 2016. Founded in 1971, the mission and goal of Operation Good Cheer is to locate and further promote opportunities to gain additional donors to help children in foster care. Child and Family Services, Inc. is in charge of and organizes Operation Good Cheer.

 

Jordan obtained his private pilot license in June 2016 after four months of private flying lessons in Detroit.  

 

"All the pilots I became friends with recommended participating in Operation Good Cheer around Christmas time. All of these pilots are people I met from the Oakland Southwest Airport in New Hudson, MI. Many of them have flown presents year after year," said Thompson. 

 

Jordan cited these statistics, "The organization provides all the children in Michigan in foster care with Christmas gifts. This year, it was 17,200 gifts to 5,733 children. Each child fills out their wish list, and those lists are distributed to businesses and other organizations in the Detroit area. Companies and employees purchase, wrap, and deliver these gifts in early December to the Oakland County Airport just north of Detroit in Pontiac, Michigan.

When the presents are delivered to the airport, hundreds of volunteers involved help sort the gifts by regions throughout the state. The next day, when all of the pilots fly in, the volunteers and pilots pack their planes with gifts and deliver them 

to many county airports to hand the gifts off to the local children services agency for distribution to each child before Christmas."

 

In all, over 200 airplanes, 21 trucking companies, and hundreds of volunteers joined Erica and Jordan in spreading Christmas cheer. Thompson used an airplane from the Van Wert County, OH Airport. It was a Cessna 172 and is available for rent. Jordan compared  the collection to The Angel Tree in Mercer County for families in need.

 

Please click on the link below for a video look at the day's fun:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KAu9mbYbJzs

 

 
John Deere Snow Blower for Sale
The Rockford Carnegie Library has a 1999 John Deere TRS22 snow blower
(electric start) for sale.   If anyone is interested in this, please
call the library at 419-363-2630 for additional information or email
Sherry Shaffer at sshaffer@rcpubliclibrary.org.

 

Click here for Classified Ads

 
 

REO Speedwagon Concert Date Changes at Niswonger PSC

AT THE REQUEST OF THE ARTIST AND DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR SCHEDULING CONTROL, REO SPEEDWAGON HAS MOVED THEIR CONCERT FROM APRIL 29 TO SUNDAY, MAY 21 AT 7:30 PM. ALL PREVIOUSLY PRINTED PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE HONORED ON MAY 21.
REO Speedwagon and the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding of this unforeseen change.
Individual tickets to the REO SPEEDWAGON Concert on Sunday, May 31st at 7:30 PM will go on sale Wednesday, February 1. 
The Willow Bend Prime Rib Dinner beginning at 5 PM at Willow Bend Country Club will still be available on the concert evening, May 21.
Get Dinner Tickets Online Anytime: NPACVW.ORG

 
 

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

Business Consulting        Customized Workforce Training            Advanced Manufacturing Training

 

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

February, 2017 Non-credit Class Offerings at WSU-Lake Campus

 

EXCEL FOR BUSINESS

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

Dates:             Basic: Monday, Feb. 6 & Wednesday, Feb. 8; Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Rm. 196 Dwyer Hall

            Intermediate: Monday, Feb. 13 & Wednesday, Feb. 15; Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Rm. 196 Dwyer Hall

            Advanced: Monday, Feb. 20 & Wednesday, Feb. 22; Time 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Rm. 192 Dwyer Hall

Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Wright State University-Lake Campus

Cost: $60 p/person for each set of workshops ~or~ $160 p/person for all four classes!

 

RESUMES & INTERVIEWS

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

Class Date: February 8, 2017; 3:00-4:30 p.m. {1.5 hours}; Room: 177 Dwyer Hall      ~or~

                              March 30, 2017; 4:30-6:00 p.m. {1.5 hours}; Room 177 Dwyer Hall

Instructors: Carol Jones & Lucy Flowers; Wright State University-Lake Campus;

Cost $30 p/person; Free to WSU Students & Alumni

 

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

 

 
 

Dr. Norman Means to Join the Medical Team of Dr. Jerry Sell and Rona Dellinger, CNP

Family Medicine Associates in Rockford, Ohio, a division of Van Wert Medical Services, is pleased to announce that Norman Means, MD will be joining the medical team as a family practice physician. 

Dr. Means received his Medical Degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN.  He completed Residencies at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN and at Duke University/Southern Regional Area Health Educational Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dr. Means is Board Certified in the areas of Family Medicine, Anatomic Pathology, and Clinical Pathology. 

Most recently, Dr. Means has been practicing medicine as a family physician in Anchorage, Alaska where he has been in practice for the past 14 years. He and his wife Tammy, who is a registered nurse, have 3 adult children and 1 high-school aged son.

Dr. Means joins the medical team of Dr. Jerry Sell and Rona Dellinger, CNP at the Family Medicine Associates location in Rockford.  Family Medicine Associates opened in 1979 and is dedicated to providing the best patient care and service experience.  Same day appointments are available, as needed.  Dr. Means is accepting new patients.  To request an appointment, please call (419) 363-3008.

There will be a community reception at the Rockford Community Building on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  All patients and community members are invited to the reception to welcome Dr. Means to our community and to greet the other medical providers of the Family Medicine Associates clinic.  A casual, buffet dinner will be served at the reception.

 

 
Rockford Village Council Meets on January 17, 2017

Click Here to read about: naming the streets in the new subdivision and input requested of the Tom Rodgers Family; Community Days Committee forming; AND Important Changes to 2016 Village Income Tax.
 
 
 

 
January 19, 2017
 

 
 

Van Wert County Hospital Holds Grand Opening
for new Occupational Health Clinic
 

Van Wert, OH --  Van Wert County Hospital announced the grand opening of the Occupational Health Clinic.  Located at the Van Wert Health Center at 140 Fox Road, Suite 106, the new Occupational Health Clinic will provide local employers pre-screening physicals for new employees, drug screens, safety exams, and work injury care in addition to other services.  The clinic is supervised by Jocelyn Wray, M.D., who is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

“Van Wert County supports a thriving manufacturing community along with several large employers.  We’re proud that we are able to establish the Van Wert County Hospital Occupational Health Clinic so that local businesses can focus on keeping the local workforce healthy and productive,” said hospital CEO, Jim Pope.

The clinic provides a full spectrum of occupational medicine services to help companies ensure their workers remain healthy.  Additional services at the clinic include drug and alcohol testing, treatment of injured workers, ergonomic/safety initiatives, and wellness programs.  Because the clinic is part of Van Wert County Hospital, patients can easily be referred for additional specialized services that the hospital offers such at CT scans, MRIs, or physical therapy. 

“We developed the Occupational Health Clinic to help employers keep their employees healthy and on-the-job, which ultimately reduces the costs associated from injured workers,” commented Dr. Wray who supervises the clinic. “We can even offer patients same day appointments for acute injuries.”

Businesses and community members are encouraged to attend a grand opening event at the clinic on Tuesday, January 24 from 3:00-5:00 PM for a tour of the new clinic and to see how the staff at the Occupational Health Clinic can help local businesses.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the Occupational Health Clinic, businesses may contact Anne Dunn at 419-238-2390 or via email at info@vanwerthospital.org.

 

Laurels of Shane Hill Announces New Director of Nursing Craig Hirschy
By Leah Hayes
 

The Laurels of Shane Hill is pleased to announce Craig Hirschy as the
new Director of Nursing. Craig is a native of Van Wert and graduated
from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science and
Nursing degree. Craig has two daughters, Lea age 3 and Claire 6 months
old. Craig enjoys spending time with his daughters, hunting and
woodworking. Stop by and give Craig a welcoming "hello" as you are
visiting with family or friends!

The Laurels of Shane Hill is a welcoming, 89-bed skilled nursing and
rehabilitation center situated in the countryside off State Route 118,
just south of Rockford, Ohio. We are located within easy distance of
Van Wert County Hospital, Mercer County Community Hospital and Grand
Lake Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. Maplewood of Shane's
Village is 23 unit assisted living facility on the same campus. Our
highly trained professional staff offers the best in comprehensive
health care to both short-term and extended-stay guests while offering
all the comforts of home.

We warmly welcome short-term guests for respite, rehabilitation or
hospice care. We offer private rehabilitation suites and we work with
your doctor to customize a care plan that will speed you from hospital
to home as quickly as possible. We view our extended-stay guests as
members our own Laurel family, making sure they have access to
activities, learning opportunities, community outings and events that
keep them connected with family and friends.
  
Finally, we offer a secured special-care Memory Care Unit dedicated
to treating those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The unit has
specially trained, around-the-clock staff and a secured courtyard
where guests can safely enjoy a bit of the outdoors. Our long-tenured
staff at The Laurels of Shane Hill is deeply dedicated to “The Laurel
Way of Caring”, which ensures that - whatever level of care you need -
you'll be offered the respect, dignity companionship and compassion
you deserve.

 

 

 

Basket Bingo to Benefit Willshire Youth Activities

The Willshire Youth Activities will be sponsoring “Basket Bingo & More” on Sunday, January 29th.  The event will be held at the Rockford Community Building.  Doors will open at 12:00 pm, with bingo beginning at 1:00 PM.  Tickets are $20, which includes 20 games of bingo.  The winner of each game of bingo will receive either a Longaberger basket filled with a variety of items or “more”.  This year the committee is planning to add a few different items in for bingo prizes (one being a Ninja Blender system).  The game winnings are being donated by area businesses, individuals, and organizations.  A raffle will also be held the day of the event with the winner receiving a 12 piece set of Longaberger pottery dinnerware for 4 as well as a 7 piece accessory set for a total value of $349.00.  Homemade soup, sandwiches, and baked goods as well as chips and drinks will be available for purchase.  All proceeds will be used to support the summer ball program.  This event is in no way connected with nor is it sponsored by The Longaberger Company.  Plan now to join in on this afternoon of fun.  Please invite a friend or neighbor to join you.  For further information, please call 419.495.2655.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 17-18, 2017

 

 
 

Bacher Family Welcomes a Son

Mark and Kandi Baucher of Rockford would like to announce the addition to their family of Adam Joseph Baucher, born on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 8:07am at Joint Township Hospital in St Mary's, OH.  He weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. 

Adam was welcomed home by proud big sisters Alivia (5) and Avery (3).  They are over the moon for their new baby brother!

Maternal grandparents are David and Bonnie Adams of Rockford.  Paternal  grandparents are Dick and Trish Baucher of Celina. Maternal great grandmother is Mary Lou Adams of Mendon.

 

 
 
 
Columbus Police and Columbus Fire Departments Play Benefit Hockey Game

The 2017 First Responder Face-off of the Columbus Police and Columbus Fire Departments was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams played after the OSU vs Arizona Hockey Game. One jersey, that of the late Brad Forster was retired. A remembrance video was played in memory of those service personnel who lost their lives this year, including Adam Long, formerly of Celina, OH. The Columbus Police & Fire Pipes and Drums played the "Bells of Dunblane" in a live tribute. 

The Fire Department won the match after an exciting game.

Search Facebook for Columbus Police Hockey Game to see game pictures.

Traveling to the game to watch officer Jonathan Pabis play for the Police Department, were his parents Holly Wood and Paul Pabis from Massachusetts and the Baltzell Families from Celina, Mansfield and Dublin.

 
 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 14-16, 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday

 

 
 
 

Parkway Board of Education Hears Todd Henkle at Meeting on January 10, 2017

Todd Henkle made a proposal to the Parkway School Board members at the recent meeting, outlining the details of and explaining a new Panther Training Facility. The details of the board presentation are below- click to view the PDF by Todd Henkle.  

A new sports facility proposal would encompass many benefits for the Parkway Community, according to Todd. In the proposal he gave to the board, he mentioned the strengthening of mind, body and determination in the Parkway Tradition as well as a sense of pride in the community with the addition of this type of structure. This plan offers a way to strengthen the Parkway Community and center the school as the hub of community activity.  In addition, the new facility would provide much needed space for the brand new Wrestling Program and the Cheerleading Program.

According to Todd, the facility would attract students, show Parkway as a progressive school, offer memberships for community members at a nominal fee for work-outs, of all sorts; allow for more competitive options like shoot-outs, tournaments, etc; and make the school sports programs into a central hub.

Here is what the plans call for with the current drawings in addition to a wish list of additional items, in part: 3 Surface Areas for Track, baseball/softball batting cages and throwing areas and court surfaces for treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines, rowers, free weights and more in a workout area; as well as a separate surface for basketball courts. There would be: two running lanes; football and locker rooms as well as a female track locker room; divider nets between courts; two scoreboards ; air conditioning; wifi; videos and TV’s; indoor/outdoor concession stands and multi purpose bathrooms for inside and out for track meets.

Read about the rest of the ideas below as well as see the actual plans.  The Parkway School Board gave a favorable response to Todd for this presentation and asked that he continue to investigate the Panther Training Facility.

If anybody from the community has favorable feedback or ideas for Todd, please email him at toddhenkle@hotmail.com   

 

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Buckeye Boys State Applications Available

Applications for American Legion Buckeye Boys State are available to Parkway boys in the Junior class.   Forms are available from the guidance counselor and must be returned by February 6, 2017.   Buckeye Boys State will be held June 11-18 at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society
Photo caption:   Martha Jane Canary was a woman in a man’s world in the 19th Century.

Martha Jane Canary was a woman in a man’s world, or so the men thought.  “Calamity Jane” was her nickname, but how she acquired that nickname is not clear.  Some biographies refer to her as “an American Frontier character!” 

Some sources give Martha Jane Canary’s birth date as 1844.  “The Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia” provides the dates of 1852-1903 for her life time.  She was known as a resident of Deadwood, South Dakota. 

She has been represented as a Western Woman who could outshoot any man, in the old western movies which we saw in the 1950’s.  As shown in this publicity photograph for her western show business scenes, she wore men’s clothing and donned buckskins.  She wore her hat, even when she “dressed up.”  (I am not certain that when she dressed up, if she wore a dress or men’s clothes!)  Part of her image was that she had no problem drinking liquor and chewing tobacco.  Some reviews of Calamity Jane made comments about her habitual cursing!

When we would visit Deadwood, South Dakota, over the years, there were so many tourist sites which presented the wild western image of cowboys and Indians.  I could not separate fact from fiction. . . much like today’s political news media.

Whatever Martha Jane Canary did or said, and/or whatever image Calamity Jane presented, she made a statement.  Look at the publicity poster above.  She was a proud lady because she was wearing one fancy pair of cowboy boots.  [In the latter half of the 1800’s, cowboys tended to wear dusty, well-worn boots.]  Her buckskin pants are not dirty around the bottom; they had not been worn often.  I cannot determine if that is a scarf around her neck, or some other piece of clothing.  She was one proud person in her stance.  However, I would suspect that she is standing more like a cowboy would stand, in comparison with the way a cowgirl would stand.

It is most likely that Martha Jane Canary lived in a man’s world in the latter half of the 19th Century.  I suspect that any woman who lived in a man’s world throughout history was challenged by any man who was less competent than the woman.  Perhaps, competent women challenge incompetent men?  I also suspect that whoever assigned that nickname of “Calamity Jane” to the lady Martha Jane Canary, was simply an incompetent and jealous male. 

I admire Martha Jane Canary for sticking to her guns while living in a man’s world.   Calamity Jane became a part of our American Heritage.  I also admire our Darke County neighbor Annie Oakley who was another lady who lived in a man’s world and became a part of our American Heritage.  They earned the respect of men and women yesterday and today.

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

           

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 11-13, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Football Stadium Survey Results Released

The Parkway Board of Education is in the process of considering renovations to the school's football stadium. The current home bleachers and press box are deteriorating and are in need of replacement. The Board of Education is considering three options; Option #1) Replacing the current home bleachers and press box for an estimated cost of $400,000. Option #2) "Flipping the Stadium" by putting new home bleachers and press box on the west side of the stadium with new visitors bleachers on the east side at an approximate cost of $600,000. Option #3) Moving the stadium to the track facility at and estimated cost of 1.5-2 million dollars. 

A survey was posted on the school website to gather community feedback. Of the 432 responses, 54.86% voted for Option #1 - Replacing the current home bleachers. Option #2 - Flipping the stadium - was second with 31.02% of the votes, and option #3 - Moving the stadium to the track - was third with 14.12% of the votes.

The data was also broken down by sub-category: Students, Adults, Adults (20-39), Adults (40+), Current/Former Football Players, Non-Players, and Coaches. Across all subcategories, option #1 was the first choice with option #2 second and option #3 third. Within each sub-category, the percentages for each option were very close to the overall percentages.

Respondents were also asked for their second choice. Option #2 received 51.89% of the votes as the second choice, option #1 was next with 34.91% and option #3 received 13.21% of the votes. Again, the breakdown of the sub-categories followed suit with the overall percentages. 

The school board would like to thank the individuals who completed the survey. The board will be using the voting results and comments to make a final decision in the coming months. We have learned that bleacher companies are behind on the production of press boxes and our renovation may have to wait until after the conclusion of the 2017 season. The current home bleachers, while in need of eventual replacement, are still safe for the coming year and will be inspected again before the season.

Click here to read the Survey Results

 
 
Parkway Board of Education Hears Brian Woods at Meeting on January 10, 2017

Brian Woods, Middle School Principal made a proposal to the Parkway School Board members at the recent meeting, outlining the details of and explaining the three options explored for replacing the aging Football Stadium. The details are above in a press release by the school. Brian Woods presented the results of the  community wide survey

 
 
Winter Homecoming Photography by Nikki Fox - Thanks Nikki!

Crowning of Queen Clista Hellwarth and the Homecoming Dance
Click below for more pictures by Nikki:

http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Discuss Diet & Lifestyle

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 web presentation on the role of diet and lifestyle in cancer therapy given by Dr. Colin Champ, Radiation Oncologist at the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, January 17th 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.

 

 

Marathon Runner to Speak in Van Wert

Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes home, Craig Leon, Van Wert native and one of the fastest marathon runners in the country at our 95th Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 2 at the stunning Wassenberg Art Center.

See attached Awards & Recognition Nomination form for the Golden Shovel, Milestone, Ray Miller & Crystal Image awards and the registration form for the Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

You may also register online HERE. Please register promptly as this event is quickly filling.

 

 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center to hold Rev It Up!® Program

 

The Mercer Health Weight Management Center will hold a 9-week weight management program titled Rev It Up!® to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle.  The next 9-week program will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Classes will be held at 5:30pm at the Mercer Health Weight Management Center, located at the Mercer Health West Campus.  Participants in this program will meet each Tuesday for 9 consecutive weeks.

Rev It Up!® Weight Management is a 9-week behavior modification, interactive lifestyle program led by a registered dietitian that covers topics such as ‘revving’ up your metabolism, hunger and fullness signals, fluid needs, meal timing, simplified portion guidelines, eating out strategies, aerobic exercise, and more. This program is appropriate for those looking to lose weight as well as those wanting to learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The program also includes ongoing support after the 9 week program. 

The Rev It Up! ® Program includes a Rev It Up!® book, weekly weigh-ins, pre- and post-program body measurements and lab work, class material, CalorieKing® book, mood magnet, and a MedGem Indirect Calorimeter session.

Over 180 people have participated in the Rev It Up!® Program.  At the conclusion of the last session, one participant, who lost 12.8% of their body weight during the program, stated “This program was so beneficial in that I learned awareness on so many levels. I am now aware of what, when, why and how much I eat. I am conscious of these now. I would recommend this program to anyone as this class has been very informative as well as a lot of FUN.” 

Another sated “I was able to implement change right off from the beginning of the program, and am I am now equipped to continue making changes as time goes by. I think anyone would benefit from this program.” 

If you are interested in participating in this program and would like more information, pricing, or to register for the Rev It Up!® program, please contact the Mercer Health Weight Management Center at 419-678-8446.

 

 

Mercer Health’s New Year’s Baby 2017, Jaycee Ahlers, daughter of Jenna and Jason Ahlers of Coldwater, was born at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3. Jaycee was the recipient of a Sherpa blanket, a $100 gift certificate to the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and numerous other gifts.

 

 

Mercer Health Holds Babysitter Training 

Eighteen students recently successfully completed Mercer Health’s babysitter training program on December 27 and 28.  According to Betsy Schoenleben, R.N., Education Coordinator at Mercer Health, the students were trained in proper supervision, basic caregiving skills, and how to respond to an ill or injured child.   The students participated in check-offs such as diapering, bottle-feeding, and handwashing.    As part of the class, the Coldwater Fire Department and the Coldwater Department, and Mercer County Central Dispatch spoke to the students.   Students were required to pass a written test to receive certification. Students also viewed a CPR/First Aid video made possible by a donation from the Mercer County Civic Foundation.

Students completing the training in December session included:

Reece Evers

Drew Eyink

Megan Fortkamp

Bridget Fullenkamp

Lindsay Grieshop

Ben Hemmelgarn

Kate Hemmelgarn

Troy Homan

Leah Lange

Shelby Larkin

Alayna Laux

Makenna Laux

Michael Laux

Emma Linn

Molly Meyer

Olivia Smith

Paige Veit

Ariel Wilson

 

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

For more information about Education Services provided by Mercer Health, contact Schoenleben at 419-678-5119

 

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Bridge Inspection

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced recently that the yearly bridge inspections of Mercer County’s 394 bridges on township and county roads have been completed.  Engineer Wiechart and County Bridge Supervisor T. J. Smalley completed the inspections before the end of 2016.

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

 

 
 

Teddy Bear Clinic Coming to Van Wert County Hospital
Appointments Being Taken Now

Is your Teddy Bear well?  That is the question that staff at Van Wert County Hospital will help answer during the Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, January 21 from 9 AM – 2:30 PM. The event is geared towards children ages 3-8, though children of all ages are welcome to attend. 

The Teddy Bear Clinic will introduce children to the emergency room experience in a fun and educational setting. “Come meet us before you need us,” shared Paula Stabler, RN, Director of the Emergency Department. “Visiting the hospital emergency room can be a stressful time for both children and parents. The Teddy Bear Clinic provides an opportunity to interact with the emergency department staff and touch the equipment that may be used during a real visit without the angst that can occur when you visit us during an emergency.”

In addition to touring the emergency room, children will serve as the “parent” of the teddy bear while accompanying them through the Teddy Bear triage area, where the bears will be weighed, measured, and receive a cast for any broken bones the bear may have.  The stuffed friends will also receive a nebulizer breathing treatment.  “Children who are diagnosed with asthma, RSV, or another respiratory ailment may be prescribed a nebulizer treatment at home as part of their care plan.  The machine does make noise and can be initially scary for a child.  The Teddy Bear Clinic is a great way for kids to be exposed to a nebulizer machine for the first time and to see that it’s not so scary after all!” Jeanette Ford, Director of Cardio Pulmonary Services at Van Wert County Hospital. 

The Teddy Bear Clinic also features a story time, opportunity for children to try on a lab coat and stethoscope, and all children and parents receive a snack or meal provided by the Van Wert County Hospital cafeteria. 

This event is free and open to the public, but each child must have an appointment. Appointments are available every 30 minutes and the event takes approximately 1 hour.

To register your child for this event, contact us at 419-238-2390 or via email at info@vanwerthospital.org

 

 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway Middle School ~ 2nd Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Michelle Agler
Click Here

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  The Hall of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows & Rebekahs was located at Mendon, Ohio in 1907.

Lodge No. 750, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a Rebekah Lodge (I. O. O. F.) was included in a list of fraternal societies at Mendon, in the 1907 “Mercer County Ohio History,” edited by S.S. Scranton. 

The North American Odd Fellowship was founded by Thomas Wildey, who had been born in London and belonged to the Odd Fellows in London.  After moving to Baltimore, MD, he met with other men from England who belonged to the Odd Fellows, and they planned the society which became the I.O.O.F.  At the time of the Civil War, in 1861, the I. O. O. F. had Chapters in 42 States, and over 200,000 Members.  Today, there is a Website for the Odd Fellows & Rebekahs, which includes their Mission, “To Improve and Elevate the Character of Mankind.”  There are no I.O.O.F. lodges in Mercer County today.

The 1907 “Mercer County Ohio History” book, listed additional fraternal organizations at Mendon.  The list included the Mendon Lodge No. 586, F. & A. M. (Free and Accepted Masons), which was chartered in 1902.  Mendon’s Sesquicentennial history book, 1834-1984, “Our Heritage – A Time to Remember,” included a history of the Masons on page 163.  Mendon Lodge No. 416 K. of P. (Knights of Pythias), was included in the 1907 list.  Mendon’s 1834-1984 book referred to the 1924 fire which destroyed the Hussey and Barber Hall, where the Masons held their meetings.  In 1927, the Masons purchased the Knights of Pythias Building on the east side of Main Street.  (Apparently, the Knights of Pythias were no longer active as of 1927.)

The 1907 “History of Mercer County,” did not include the Mendon Chapter No. 259 Order of the Eastern Star, which was not instituted until February 6, 1907, and they received the Charter on October 14, 1907.  The Chapter celebrated their 75th Diamond Jubilee celebration in September 1982, and were included in Mendon’s 1834-1984 History.

 

According to the 1907 list of Societies, The McKendree-Murlin Post, No. 319, G.A.R. was organized in the 1880’s.    The Grand Army of the Republic was a popular organization, until the Civil War Veterans no longer were able to continue it.     The 1907 list included Mendon Tent, No. 214, K.O.T.M.     Does anyone recognize this society?

Mendon’s Sesquicentennial history book, 1834-1984, “Our Heritage – A Time to Remember,” in addition to the Societies listed above, listed the following organizations:  The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, The Grand Lake Motorcycle Club, Mendon Flower and Garden Club, Mendon Women Civic Club, Order of the Rainbow for Girls Mendon Assembly # 75, Mendon Lions Club, Emergency Medical Service, Mendon-Union Recreation Association, The Mendon Craft Club, The Mendon Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Weblos, Mendon-Union Band Boosters, and The Chevy Unlimited Club.

How did Mendon celebrate their 175th Anniversary in 2009?  How will Mendon celebrate their Bicentennial Anniversary, 1834 -  2034?  Who is preserving the history of Mendon and Union Township?  Mendon has a Library, as a branch of Mercer County District Library.   At this Library, who organizes the History of Mendon and Union Township?   Mendon has a rich history which is worthy of preserving for future generations to appreciate. 

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

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 10, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Tuesday, January 10th
due to icy roads.

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, January 10th

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

All Parkway scheduled Athletic contests are on for tonight as planned
including Junior High Girls Basketball and Junior High Wrestling (Wrestling Cancelled!)

At 2:45 AM Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported roads
in Mercer County were Ice Covered and Hazardous.
Use Caution while driving.

Then at 7:53 AM, Sheriff Grey repeated the same message and urged caution if out driving.

 

 

 
Shanes Crossing Historical Society Seeks member Dues and Reports on Items Donated

The SCHS is having their annual membership drive. Send your membership to POB 92, Rockford, OH.

Some of the new items donated recently include: a copy of the deed for the 640 acres of land just north of the river in Rockford that Anthony Shane received from the U.S. Government as a land grant in 1820; an old sign used along country roads telling people to not spray 24D - per Sharp Canning Company who grew tomatoes in the area; and early 1900's Church Booklets of the minutes of the Central Ohio Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church.

Harrison Frech donated copies of his historical research works, "Anthony Shane, Meris Interpreter: Bridge Between Two Cultures", which he has updated, and "Early Visitors to Rockford Area 1749-1838". It includes the names of Indian Tribes, French Fur Traders, "Mad" Anthony Wayne, missionaries, and Johnny Appleseed, to name a few. Come to the museum in Rockford and read these documents for yourself.

Dave Salway purchased an old carriage built by the Lloyd Carriage Works in Rockford. He has donated it to the museum and is restoring it, too.

 

Bicentennial Committee Plans

The Bicentennial Committee is finalizing plans for the mural to be placed on the south wall of the Rockford Fire Department Building. The quilting club is donating a quilt to be auctioned, and two handmade quilt racks have been donated. The American Legion Post is working on development of a war memorial.

 
 
 
 

 
January 9, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Holds Winter Homecoming on Friday, January 6, 2017 - New Queen Crowned

Thank you to Nikki Fox for pictures of these Lovely Young Ladies

With a full week of homecoming enthusiasm, the student body had fun dressing the part all week. At the Panthers game against Versailles on Fri. night, winter homecoming was held between the JV and the varsity game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Clista Hellwarth

 

 

Pictured from left to right, Sophomore Attendant Kara Heck, Senior Attendant Alyx Slusher, Senior Attendant Alivia Stover, Queen Clista Hellwarth, Junior Attendant Haley Hawk, Freshman Attendant Rachel Barrett.

 

 
 

Live Duck Races in Celina

On January 21st - Bayview Pub in Celina will be holding duck races to
benefit Lots for Soldiers.

The action starts at 2 pm with twelve duck races running throughout the
day.  And YES, they are actual live ducks !!

You can get in on the fun by sponsoring a duck.  Sponsorships are
$20 per duck, per race.  Put your business's names behind a duck
to spread goodwill or sponsor one in honor of a loved one as
a funny, memorable gift !  Either way, it's going toward a great
cause.  

If you are interested in sponsoring a duck, please contact 
419-586-5058 or lotsforsoldiers@gmail.com.

Come one down to cheer your duck to victory !!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for January 10, 2017 - 6:15 P.M. Organizational

6:30 P.M. - Regular Meeting

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 

Lots For Soldiers Conducting Interviews
Lots For Soldiers will be starting interviews for lot/homeowners on
January 17th through the 19th at 112 Vine St. in Celina.  If you
would like to be considered for a lot in Allen, Auglaize, or Mercer County, 
please call 419-586-5058 or email to lotsforsoldiers@gmail.com.  Our
next round of interviews will be in late spring.

 

 
 

Train to Become a Baseball Umpire

The Mid-west Buckeye Umpires' Association will  be hosting a training course for prospective baseball umpires interested in earning OHSAA certification for the upcoming 2017 season. Anyone ages 14+ is eligible to enroll in the class. Cost of the course is $135 - which includes all instructional materials, OHSAA membership fees, rule books, and annual membership dues to MBUA. Classes will be held at Van Wert High School on Monday evenings beginning February 6th and concluding on March 20th. Course registration and payment can be completed online by visiting www.myohsaa.org and clicking on the "REGISTER" link at the top of the page. Once you have created a free account, click on "Select a Course" and search for "Van Wert." For more information, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 or Ron Golemon at (419)513-0439. To ensure that course materials are received prior to the first class, please register by January 30th. 

 

 
 

 
January 6-8, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, January 6, 2017

 

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

 

Parkway Homecoming Queen Candidates - 2017

 

Clista Hellwarth
Miss Hellwarth is the daughter of Garrett and Judy Hellwarth. She is a member of the Varsity Track and Volleyball teams.  Her activities include FBLA, Pep Club, Science Club, New Horizon's Church Youth Group, Girl Talk Leader, Relay for Life, S.A.D.D. group, National Honor Society Vice President, FFA President, Senior Class Vice President, and powder puff football.  Clista attends Mt. Tabor Church.  She enjoys collecting tiny objects, listening to music, having dance parties with friends, playing piano, spending time outside, playing with the farm animals, and eating beefy 5-layer          burritos.  Clista plans to pursue a four year nursing    degree with a special interest in being a nurse         anesthetist while running track at either the            University of Saint Francis or Huntington University. 

 

 

Alivia Stover
Miss Stover is the daughter of Brian and Brenda Stover.  She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball team and Band.  Her activities include National Honor Society reporter, Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, D-group, Pep Club, Science Club, FBLA, Student Council class representative, FBLA, Relay for Life committee, Yearbook, Varsity Baseball statistician, and powder puff football.  Alivia attends New         Horizons Community Church.  She loves playing with her nieces, nephews and her cat Steve and being with her friends and family.  Alivia plans to attend Capital    University and major in nursing.

 

 

 

 

Alyx Slusher

Miss Slusher is the daughter of Greg and Amber Slusher.  She is a member of Varsity Volleyball and Softball teams, Pep, Concert and Marching Band, Ohio Fury and Van Wert Pride traveling softball teams.   Her activities include National Honor Society, Relay for Life, Pep Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Camp Laffalot counselor, Middle School Basketball          statistician, and powder puff football.  Alyx attends New Horizons Community C

hurch.  She enjoys shopping, listening to music, and doing word searches.  Alyx plans to play softball at Capital University and major in Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist. 

 

 

 
 

 
January 5, 2017
 

 
 
 

Steer Weigh In Date Announced

The Van Wert  County Junior Fair Board has set the date/time for the 2017 show steer, performance steer and dairy steer weigh-in. Please mark your calendars for Saturday January 14, 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 2017 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!

 

 

CSTC to Offer Dry Needling Services in our Coldwater Location at Mercer Health

Community Sports and Therapy Center is pleased to announce that one of their physical therapists, Stacy Holland, PT, is now offering dry needling in our Coldwater location. We will also be expanding this service to include our Celina location beginning in early 2017.

Dry Needling is a specialized therapy technique in which a very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into tissue. This causes a micro lesion which helps break up shortened tissues, inhibiting reflexes from the nervous system, normalizing the inflammatory response, and assisting in decreasing pain. The mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that helps the body to self-heal, which ultimately decreases pain. Dry needling is NOT the same as acupuncture, but is based on modern scientific study by western medical practitioners of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. 

“I was excited to learn dry needling techniques because it truly makes scientific sense on how the treatment promotes the healing of the human body, “stated Holland. “I feel as a therapist I need to have a wide variety of tools that can help improve function and pain of individuals we serve.”

What conditions can be treated? Dry needling is an effective treatment for many conditions of chronic pain with very few side effects. It is therefore a very effective means of addressing a wide range of acute and chronic conditions that cause pain or hinder mobility, and is suitable for treating multiple musculoskeletal dysfunctions, including, but not limited to: back and neck pain; hamstring problems; migraines and tension headaches; muscular tightness; ankle sprains; shin splints and calf strains; shoulder and scapular pain; tendonitis in various areas; and sporting injuries.

Is the procedure painful? Dry needling is a very safe and relaxing process. In some cases, a needle being inserted into a trigger point muscle can create a slight ache, but there is no sharp or excessive pain, and indeed many patients do not feel the needles being inserted at all. The fine filament needle is very thin, and is pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin, which helps reduce discomfort. Your physical therapist will strive to make your experience comfortable and therapeutic.

How will I feel after dry needling? This varies from person to person. Patients can experience decrease in symptoms, improvement in function, achiness, or soreness. The soreness, if present, may last 1-2 days. After a dry needling session, it may be that patients feel a little tired, but there are no lingering effects and people are able to continue with their day (including athletic performance) as normal. It is uncommon, but possible that treatment might increase your symptoms, but typically you will notice relief or improvement in symptoms. Inform your physical therapist so adjustments can be made to your treatment.

“There was an individual with chronic pain in her neck and shoulders to the point of where she would have her children massage her daily and she would have difficulty sleeping at night due to the pain. She had dry needling performed and in one session she had 95% relief of the chronic pain she was having,” stated Holland. “This individual continues to be pain free based on recent follow up conversation. She notes the decrease in pain has made her more energetic and improved her ability to accomplish more in a day.”

Scheduling is easy and can be done by contacting our Coldwater office at 419-678-5125. After the initial session, we work with each client to determine the best frequency of visits, whether that be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even just a one-time session. We are here to help and want to provide you with the best patient experience possible. Please contact our offices for any questions or concerns you might have about the Dry Needling program at Mercer Health.

 
 

Ohio State Highway Patrol Honors Menke and Scheirer

VAN WERT – Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Joshua T. Menke has been selected the 2016 Trooper of the Year at the Van Wert post.

The selection of Trooper Menke, 27, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2016.  Fellow officers stationed at the Van Wert post, chose Trooper Menke based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.

Trooper Menke joined the Highway Patrol in 2011 as a member of the 151st class. Originally from Delphos, Trooper Menke is a graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School and the James A. Rhodes State College Police Academy.  Menke serves as a field training officer and has also been awarded the patrol’s physical fitness award. 

Trooper Menke and wife, Kristina, reside in Van Wert County with their daughter Violet.

Radio Dispatcher Meghan L. Scheirer has been selected the 2016 Dispatcher of the Year at the Van Wert dispatch center.  Scheirer joined the Highway Patrol in 2013 and is assigned to the Van Wert dispatch center.  She is a graduate of Defiance High School and Defiance College.

Scheirer, 37, was honored in recognition of her outstanding service over the past year.  Supervision and dispatchers chose Scheirer based on her technical job knowledge and ability, enthusiastic work attitude, teamwork, and prompt and courteous response to the public’s request for information and assistance.

Scheirer and her family reside in Defiance County.

Both Menke and Scheirer are in contention for district and state honors as Trooper of the Year and Dispatcher of the Year.  Those honors will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

Parkway Schools Calendar of Events for January 2017 - Click here for a printable version

 

Rockford Village Council Minutes from 12-6-2016
by Lisa Kuhn, Fiscal Clerk - Click Here

 
 

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.

 

 
 

College Credit Plus Meeting Planned for Parkway & Surrounding Schools

Parent(s) /Guardian(s) of students in grades 7-12 in 2017-18 school year:

The Ohio Department of Education began the College Credit Plus program for all students enrolled in Ohio schools. College Credit Plus has two fundamental positions:

1. Students must be enrolled in both college and high school.

2. Students can earn transcripted college and high school credit upon successful

completion of the course.

Eligible students may need a qualifying college entrance exam score that places them in courses ABOVE a remediation level to participate.

Principals and counselors from Lincolnview, Crestview, Parkway, Vantage and Van Wert City Schools, as well as local college representatives will be hosting an informational meeting for parents/guardians beginning at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will consist of a general session giving more information on College Credit Plus, as well as individual meetings with your respective school. There will be several colleges and universities in attendance. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH 45891.

If you have a student who might be interested in earning college credit during their time at Parkway High School, please plan to attend the meeting on January 25th. Should you have questions prior to the meeting please contact Mrs. McConahay (419) 363-3045x762.

 

 

Van Wert Common Pleas Cases for January 2017

 
 

Christmas in the Park Successful with Volunteer Helpers
The Shanes Park Beautification Society would like to give THANKS for the help that was received in November / December for the Christmas at the Park Event

Thanks to the following people that helped in some way to beautify Shanes Park
with Christmas lights and decorations.

Georgette Knox - for putting together 260 luminaries

Bob Haver and Boy Scouts - for setting out, lighting and taking up the luminaries

Mike Bruns for the Sound and equipment for the Christmas music event

Frances Schaffner for building and keeping the fire going in the Eagle Shelter House.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for stopping by for a visit during their busy schedule.

Robin Link - for creating our program.

Colonial Nursing Center, Subway and Nancy Leighner - cookie donations

The Laurels - Hot Chocolate and cups 

Sandy Schaffner - Helping with Coffee pots

Mary Beougher, Nancy Leighner, Georgette Knox and Jean Ireland for serving cookies and hot chocolate.

Emily and Madison Moorman for supplying us with a 'baby Jesus'.

Leslie Baltzell for providing music and lining up the performers from Parkway High School.

Brenda Barker for helping with music.

Singers included - 
Miss Mamy's Daycare, Morgan Hamrick, Jayden Black, Shay Bolton, Sophia Miller, Trey Ransbottom, Kaila Flory, and Mike Bruns.

Pastor Tony Richmond - from Celina for our closing prayer.

Those that helped plug in lights -
Sandy Schaffner, Lisa Kuhn, Jane Cozad, Irene Schmidt, Kathy Taylor, Amy Joseph, Miss Mamy's Daycare, Donna, Wyatt and Justin Felver, Cheryl and Megan Nichols, Brooke Stephenson, Kristie, Emily and Jordyn Schaefer.

Many thanks to the many volunteers that helped put up the lights and decorations, Lisa Kuhn for helping to organize the event and especially Joyce Emans for the vision for all to enjoy.  


by Shanes Park Beautification Society

 

 

 
January 4, 2017

 

 
 
 

THE EVENT OF THE DECADE IS NEARLY HERE!

The Niswonger, along with presenting sponsors The Central Insurance Company, Scott & Nikki Niswonger, The Van Wert County Foundation and support from The Kenn-Feld Group, is honored to welcome the most recorded and beloved orchestra in the country, to Northwest Ohio at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Affectionately known as "America's Orchestra", the Boston Pops will be featured along with iconic Broadway, Hollywood and television great, Bernadette Peters! Tickets release for sale on Wednesday, January 4 at noon.

What better way to celebrate
TEN YEARS OF WOW!

This celebratory events marks a milestone year for the Niswonger. Over 200 events have been showcased from the Niswonger stage. We hope that you will join us for this memorable night when the Boston Pops makes its debut performance in Ohio, right here at the Niswonger, alongside the charismatic Bernadette Peters. 

 

 
 


Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy Farewell To the Residents of the 84th House District

 

As the year and my term of office wind down, I want to take a minute to thank you for the privilege of serving in the Ohio House of Representatives for 24 years. There is no better place in which to live than west-central Ohio. We have the best families, schools, and places to work. A very high percentage of our families have a strong belief in God and are active in church. You can count on Mercer County having the lowest unemployment rate in the state every month. Auglaize, Darke, and Shelby are close behind. In the aggregate, the 20 schools in the 84th House District are among the best in the state. We have the best administrators and teachers and, coupled with our hard working families, people stay here and rear the future generations. As long as we hold these values high, we will always be successful. Come January, we will be well represented in the Ohio House by Keith Faber, who was just term limited as a member of and as President of the Ohio Senate. The next two years are going to be very interesting in state government. We are fortunate to have Keith and his abilities and expertise working for us. Our new Senator, Matt Huffman, is going to serve us so well. I had the privilege of working with him in House Leadership when Matt was Speaker Pro Tempore. We will be in good hands with Senator Matt Huffman. I am so blessed that you allowed me to work for you in the Ohio House of Representatives. To me, there is no higher calling than to be a member of the People’s House. You sent me to Columbus to make Ohio’s government better. I leave knowing that I contributed positively to that end.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

Parkway Second and Fourth Graders WOW! Their Families at Winter Christmas Concert in December
Thank you to Nikki Fox for Sharing These Heart-Warming Pictures!

http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

   
 
 
 
 

 
January 1-3, 2017
Happy New Year!
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Speelman takes out Petition to become Celina Municipal Court Judge

 

Local Attorney Kathryn W. Speelman has taken out a petition to run in the Republican primary election, for Judge of the Celina Municipal Court.  “I am honored by the tremendous support I have received from family, friends and fellow attorneys, in my quest to become the Celina Municipal Court Judge.”  Speelman was previously selected by current Judge James Scheer to be his Acting Judge during times of his absence. “As Acting Judge, I have gained valuable experience on the bench.  If elected, I will use my experience as Acting Judge, as well as 18 years as an attorney in private practice, to serve the citizens of Mercer County.  I am honest, fair, and dedicated to the legal profession.”

 

Speelman grew up on a dairy farm and is no stranger to hard work and going the extra mile to get things accomplished.  Speelman has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University and her Law degree from the University of Toledo.  She resides in Maria Stein with her husband, Mark. 

 

Speelman previously held elected office, being elected twice to the Marion Local Board of Education, a position she held for 8 years.  She was a past President of the Mercer County Bar Association, and has served on the Board for the Cancer Association of Mercer County and the Our Home Family Resource Board. 

 

“I seek this position as Judge because I feel I can serve the citizens of Mercer County and make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves before the Court.”

 

 

Rockford Graduate will be Featured at Next Lake Area Arts Group Meeting

 

Lake Area Arts Group will meet on Monday, the ninth of January at 6
p.m., at the library in Celina. The People will see art exhibits by
local artists. Attendees will further realize artistic opportunities
in the local area. The program feature will be a locally produced
YouTube of Todd Buschur, a wonderful artist and graduate of Parkway
High School in Rockford, Ohio. The public is most welcomed to attend.

 

 

 

Sheriff Grey to be Featured Speaker at Next Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Meeting

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, January 8th at 2:00pm. The speaker will be Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey. He will be discussing identity thief.  As genealogists we are often very willing to share important personal information.  This can be dangerous and problematic.  Sheriff Grey will offer suggestions and take questions about protecting our personal information. This should be a very informative meeting.  The group meets at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina. It is located next to the library. The meetings are free and the public is welcome.

 

 

MERCER CO PERI MEETING ~ JAN. 10, 2017, HOPEWELL GRANGE

The Mercer Co. PERI will hold their January 10, 2017 meeting at 10:00 A.M. 
at the Hopewell Grange, at the County Fairgrounds, Celina.
Sharon Drerup, PERI District # 2 Representative is planning to attend this 
meeting.  She is following Merrill Asher.

The Offices of President and Secretary are to be filled.  Programs for the 
remaining five 2017 meetings will be planned.
Have you paid your dues for 2017?  New Retirees are welcome.  Early Birds 
are welcome to coffee, juice and donuts at 9:30 A.M.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 29-31, 2016
Happy New Year's Eve!

 

 
 

Wiechart Sworn in as County Engineer                                             

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart was recently sworn in for the four year term commencing in 2017.  Mercer County Commissioner Jerry Laffin administered the oath surrounded by family, friends and coworkers.  The ceremony was held at the Mercer County Highway Garage.  Wiechart stated,   "I am both humbled and driven to do the best I can in public service over the next four years."  Wiechart has worked in Mercer County since 1999 and has served as County Engineer since 2002.  Wiechart has overseen 201 bridge projects and has been instrumental in Mercer County receiving $26,316,694.16 in Federal Highway Administration Funds.

 

Pictured are:  Jerry Laffin - Mercer County Commissioner, Jim Wiechart – Mercer County Engineer, and Rebecca Keller, Jim’s mother-in-law

 

 

 

Child Struck by Car has Died

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office investigated an injury accident that turned into a fatality and occurred on St Rte. 219 near Hillside Court in Franklin Township (near Montezuma).   The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 5:50 PM, December 20th stating that a child had been struck by a car.

 

The investigation revealed that 6 year old Christopher G Frey Jr. of Celina, Ohio; had been to a local store and was walking home with another adult.   Frey crossed the road in front of a car and was struck.   

 

Frey was transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, where he was later air lifted to Dayton Children’s Hospital. He died from his injuries on December 28, 2016 at 12:04 PM.

 

The driver of the car was 46 year old Shane P. LeCompt of Celina, Ohio.   LeCompt was not injured and cooperated fully with the investigation. 

 

 

 

Child Found Dead in Car – Brian A Hayslip of Springfield, Ohio Apprehended

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office received a 911 call at 5:17 PM on December 27th, 2016 from a residence on Wabash Road in Washington Township.   The caller reported that they found an infant child in a car seat, inside a truck; which was running.  Deputies of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, along with members of the Celina Fire Department.

Celina Fire pronounced the child deceased on scene.

 

Deputies located an ID found inside the truck, which was that of 22 year old Brian A Hayslip of Springfield, Ohio.  Hayslip was found to be entered as a missing person from Clark County, Ohio.  The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and exchanged information.

 

The Sheriff’s Office called for the nearest on duty K-9, which was from the Coldwater Police Department.   Coldwater K9, Mojo, and his handler, Sgt. Kyle Dues tracked and found a male subject in a short period of time.  The male was found in an open field, next to a wooded area.  That subject was Brian A Hayslip.   Hayslip was taken into custody and transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is being held until the prosecutor’s offices can determine the appropriate charges to be filed.

 

The infant child has been transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office at the request of the Mercer County Coroner, Dr. Timothy Heinrich’s.   An autopsy is being conducted.

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and  Clark County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are working the case jointly, at this point.   Both the Mercer and Clark County Prosecutors Offices are also working together to determine jurisdiction on this case. 

 

Mercer County & Clark County worked closely on this case. It has been determined that the death occurred in Clark County, although the child's body was found in Mercer County and Hayslip was arrested in Mercer County. 

After the Prosecutor's Offices in both counties discussed the case, it was determined that prosecution will occur in Clark County. "This is an example of how agencies are supposed to work together to ensure that justice is served," stated Sheriff Grey, "I am proud of the work by all involved."

Since this case will be a Clark County case, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office will make no further comment on the case. We will refer all questions to the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

 

Happy New Year ~

The January Rockford Chamber meeting has been canceled.
    
    and ---
    
    2017 Rockford Chamber Membership deadline is February 1st

    
    Have a blessed 2017 !!
    
    
    Rockford Chamber Officers:
    
    Mary Beougher - President
    
    Jamie Green - Vice President
    
    Lisa Kuhn - Secretary / Treasurer

 

 

 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center announces

Weight Management Programs available in January

Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery now offered as part of Surgical Weight Loss Program

 

As a health care leader, Mercer Health is pleased to offer the only Weight Management Center in the area.  Mercer Health’s Weight Management Center offers both surgical weight loss and medically managed weight loss programs, and is proud to announce that patients of these programs have lost over 6,000 pounds!

 

The Mercer Health Weight Management Center will be offering several programs in January to help the community with their weight-related New Year’s resolutions.  The following programs are now available through Mercer Health’s Weight Management Center:

1)      Rev It Up!® Weight Management is a 9-week interactive lifestyle program led by our registered dietitian that covers topics such as behavior modification, hunger and fullness signals, fluid needs, meal timing, aerobic exercise, and more. The next 9-week session begins January 17 at 5:30pm.

2)      Medically Managed Weight Loss consultations are now available with our certified nurse practitioner.  These consultations are designed to help any individual with his or her specific weight loss goals, and targets the root causes of obesity and weight gain, and may include medical nutrition therapy, and/or weight loss medications

3)      The Medifast® Program offers a structured meal plan that incorporates specially formulated Medifast meal replacement and snack products to achieve a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet.  Participants are required to attend an introduction class.  The introduction class is available online at www.mercer-health.com and can be viewed anytime!

4)      The surgical weight loss surgery program continues to grow, and now includes the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy!  The required informational seminar is now available 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)      Weight Management Support Groups continue to be held the second Monday of each month at 6:00pm.  Join us for a variety of speakers and topics.  Join us on January 9 at 6:00pm as we assist participants in creating a vision board to help you conceptualize your goals and inspire and motivate you as you work towards achieving these goals.  Registration is required.  Contact the Weight Management for a full schedule or to register.

 

All programs are now taking registrations.  Limited space is available.  Begin your weight loss journey today, and join in the success of our patients.  For more information or to register for an upcoming program, contact the Mercer Health Weight Management Center at 419-678-8446.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President,

Mercer County Historical Society

 

Photo caption:   New Idea Historic Preservation Committee Members with their families, on September 28, 2016 at Coldwater Park, as they are planning the third book of the New Idea History Series, “New Idea Uni System History.”

The New Year’s Resolution for the Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society is to complete their third book, in the New Idea History Series:  “New Idea Uni System History,” by the first of August 2017.

The first book of the New Idea History Series, “New Idea Company’s Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders, Maria Stein and Coldwater, Ohio,” was printed in time for the August 2013 Coldwater Community Picnic.  I felt so badly at this 2016 Christmas time, when people were calling me for copies of this NI book, to give to their fathers as a Christmas present, and I had to tell them that the NI Spreader book was “sold out!”

The second book of the New Idea History Series, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982, Coldwater, Ohio,” was printed in 2015.  We have a few of those Corn Picker books left.  The last of the Corn Picker books will be for sale at the April 2, 2017 New Idea Exhibit at the Museum. 

The third book of the New Idea History Series, “New Idea Uni System History,” is in progress.  We hope to have this book printed in time for the August 2017 Coldwater Community Picnic.

The Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation (NIHP) Committee have met monthly since the autumn of 2015, doing research as well as coordinating photographs of the Uni System, with the information from the Uni System Manuals, publications of New Idea Company, brochures and newspapers.

I need your help.  If you want to reserve a copy of this New Idea Uni System History book, then place your order on April 2 at the Museum. 

On Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2016, the NIHP Committee Members will host an exhibit of New Idea Company’s History at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina.  We will know the price of the NI Uni System book at that time.  On that date you can place your paid order for this New Idea Uni System History book, so that you can pick up your own copy of this book at the Coldwater Community Picnic on August 6-7. 

The Mercer County Historical Society will not be reprinting copies of any of its local history books, because it is cost-prohibitive to reprint books.  The Society has printed over 30 local history books to preserve Mercer County’s History these past forty years.  If you value the work of the Mercer County Historical Society, you are invited to become a Member of this Society, to show your interest in preserving local history.  Dues are your choice, so it fits everyone’s pocketbook. 

May your New Year’s Resolution be to show your appreciation to the Mercer County Commissioners and to the Mercer County Historical Society for all of the services provided by the County Historical Society for preserving your Mercer County heritage.

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

 

 

Van Wert Post Investigation Serious Injury Crash

Convoy, OH – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a serious injury motor vehicle crash on US 30 Westbound at Convoy Rd in Van Wert County.

On December 22, 2016 at 10:26 AM, a 2007 Chrysler driven by Betty Wyandt, 87, of Van Wert was eastbound on Convoy Rd. She crossed over US 30 Eastbound and failed to yield to a Westbound 2007 Chevrolet 4 door driven by Margaret Lyons, 54, of Payne, OH. The Lyons vehicle struck the Wyandt vehicle in the intersection of US 30 Westbound and Convoy Rd.

The Wyandt vehicle came to rest on the right lane of US 30 Westbound and the Lyons vehicle went off the northwest corner of the intersection of US 30 and Convoy Rd, stopping at a right of way fence.

Mrs. Wyandt was transported by Convoy EMS to Parkview Regional Medical Center. Her passenger, Bonnie Speelman, age 85, of Convoy, was taken by Scott EMS to Van Wert County Hospital. Mrs. Speelman was later flown by Samaritan to Parkview.

Mrs. Lyons and her six year-old passenger were taken to Van Wert County Hospital by Van Wert EMS. Mrs. Lyons was later taken to Parkview by Samaritan’s Mobile ICU. Her 6 year-old passenger was flown by Samaritan to Parkview.

Seatbelts were in use during the crash. However, the six year-old child was not properly restrained in a child booster seat.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by Convoy Volunteer Fire and EMS, Van Wert EMS, Scott EMS, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Superior Collision and Knippen’s Towing.

The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

MED Foundation Awarded Grant for Emergency Response, Educational Equipment

The Medical, Educational and Development Foundation recently received a $9000 grant from the Mercer County Civic Foundation that will be used to purchase new emergency response and educational equipment for Mercer Health. 


 

The grant will fund the purchase of four new automated external defibrillators (AEDs), portable electronic medical devices used during sudden cardiac arrest to diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and deliver electrical shock to reestablish normal rhythm. With the new devices, all nine Mercer Health locations will have AEDs on site.

 

“The generous support we receive each year from the Mercer County Health Care Fund and the Mercer County Civic Foundation is greatly appreciated. Their ongoing support allows the MED Foundation to provide funds for needed projects that improve the patient experience at Mercer Health.” Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation Coordinator, said. “Our sincere thanks to the Civic Foundation board of directors, leadership and numerous donors for their continued support.”

 

Additionally, the grant funds will purchase clinical training equipment to ensure the education of our clinical staff meets the healthcare needs of our patients. The equipment trains our staff in high-risk, low volume critical care situations to provide the best outcome possible for every patient.

 

“Thanks to the grant money provided by the Mercer County Civic Foundation, we are able to put our staff in realistic, high- risk scenarios that they may face,” Betsy Schoenleben, R.N., Education Coordinator, said. “This allows us to educate our staff using hands-on training with realistic manikins, which better prepares staff for critical situations.”

 

The Mercer County Civic Foundation awards grants to local charitable organizations annually based on the breadth of community members served, the stability of the program and the quality of the services offered, among other important factors. The funding provided to Mercer Health will provide immeasurable benefit to the community in the constant improvement of the quality of care provided to our patients.

 

The MED Foundation of Mercer Health, established in December of 1988 by a group of community leaders and hospital administration, aims to cultivate philanthropic relationships to provide for enhancements and for educational support for the future of health care services within our community.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 26-28, 2016

 

 
 
 

Please click on the Obituaries link above for arrangements for Pastor Karen J. Long

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 23-25, 2016
Merry Christmas!
 

 
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 21-22, 2016

 

 
 

New Dates and Times for Previously Cancelled Parkway Athletic Events
by Matt Triplett, Athletic Director
 

Varsity/Junior Varsity Girls Basketball @ Antwerp, January 10, at 6:00 p.m.

Jr. High Boys & Jr. High Girls Basketball @ South Adams, January 14, at 10:00 a.m.

Varsity/Junior Varsity Boys Basketball vs. South Adams, February 20, at 6:00 p.m.

The Wrestling Duel with Ottawa-Glandorf on December 27th has been CANCELLED. We are still working on rescheduling that event.

We are also still working on rescheduling the home Jr. High Girls Basketball game with Antwerp.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

Parkway January 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 
 

 
December 20, 2016

 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, December 20th

 

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

 
 

Parkway 5th and 6th Grade Winter Concerts Enjoyed by Community

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great shots.

Click below for a link to more pictures:

http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

Click smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge

 
 
 

Concert Raise Funds for Ministerial Program in Rockford Area

The Laurels of Shane Hill and Mike Bruns Plumbing, Heating and
Electric sponsored a free Christmas concert on Sunday, December 11th
at the Rockford Bell. The local band Blind Date played hits from the
60's and 70's plus a variety of Christmas music. Mike Bruns is the
lead singer of Blind Date along with other band members including Kent
Krogman, Rick Temple, Dan Schoen, John Lessick and special saxophonist
Weston Thompson. There was a total of $300 collected in donations for
the Parkway Ministerial Association. Pictured is Pastor Chip Steffy of
the Rockford United Methodist Church, Dave Souers Lead Pastor of New
Horizons Community Church and Leah Hays, Director of Marketing at The
Laurels of Shane Hill.

 
 
 

Mailbox Repair

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

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

 

 

 

 

The Parkway Spelling Bee is postponed until January; the date will be released soon.

 

 

 

4-H Holiday Lights Walk - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Van Wert Jr. Fair Board would like to invite the public to join them for a fun walk through the 4-H Holiday Lights sponsored by the Interstate Exchange 4-H Club. Cost for the walk is $1.00 a person with all proceeds to benefit the Jr. Fair Barn Restoration projects. Enter at gate #4 on Fox road for parking.  The walk takes around 30-45 minutes, and measures out to approximately 2,400 steps. Enjoy the over 80 displays at your own pace. Proceeds from the night will benefit the Jr. Fair Barn Restoration projects.

 

 

 

Tickets Available for Broadway Legend Returning To The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - Just in time for Christmas, individual tickets to the third event in the 2016-2017 Community Concert Series will be available for purchase. Wednesday, December 21 at Noon marks the release of Broadway & Beyond Featuring J. Mark McVey, presented by Unverferth Okuley Dentistry.

On Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM, internationally famed singer and Broadway performer J. Mark McVey joins the Heartland Vocal Artists in a tribute to the American musical theatre tradition and the American songbook. Audiences will delight in the artistry of McVey, whose stage credits include over 3,268 performances portraying the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Couple this with the Heartland Vocal Artists and Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Nance and this performance promises to be an experience to remember!

A pair of tickets to a night of broadway favorites or an NPAC gift card will make a great stocking stuffer!

This event is made complete with the generous Community Concert Series sponsorship support of Central Insurance, E&R Trailer, Eaton, First Financial Bancorp, Taylor Auto Sales, Tisha Fast - State Farm Agent, and The Van Wert County Hospital, along with 2016-2017 Season Sponsors, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Statewide Ford-Lincoln, and Chuck & Karen Koch.

Tickets for Broadway & Beyond will be available Wednesday, December 21 at Noon and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office, Mon. - Fri., Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722.

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

By  Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society
Photo caption:  Leugers Insurance Agency provided Polio Insurance to the public, when there was a need for this insurance, in the 1950’s.

Christmas presents come in all shapes and sizes.  One of the gifts to this generation is that the disease of polio which affected Mercer Countians of this older generation is not a threat to this younger generation.  Polio is an infectious disease caused by poliovirus.  It may affect the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and paralysis.  Immunization has contributed to eliminating polio in many countries around the world, except a few countries in Africa and Asia.  Right here in Mercer County, there are still a few adults who suffer from the effects of contracting polio, in the past. 

I have to thank my former Fort Recovery High School Classmate Jim Johnson for collecting local history, and preserving this particular letter about “Polio Insurance,” from Leugers Insurance Agency at Maria Stein.  In 1914, Herman Leugers, a teacher living in Maria Stein, made the decision to drive his horse and buggy to Celina and to ask the late E.J. Brookhart if he could sell auto insurance for The National Mutual which had just been organized.  Leugers continued teaching until 1935 he went into the insurance business full-time.  After World War II, (1941-1945), Herman’s son Henry Leugers joined the business.  At the death of Herman in 1959, the business continued under Henry.  Since the above Insurance Letter had both names of Herman and Henry Leugers, this Polio Insurance Letter was prepared between 1945 and 1959.  Note that Insurance was offered for Polio, also known as infantile paralysis or Poliomyelitis.  The cost was ten dollars for a two year family policy, valued at up to five thousand for each case.   

Mercer Countians are known for helping each other, in so many ways.  There may have been a polio fund, to help those with polio, years ago, here in Mercer County.  The History of the Mercer County Society for Crippled Children and Adults was placed in the 1978 “Mercer County History Book,”  on page 36.  A unit of the Crippled Children’s Society began in 1919, which later became a part of the Easter Seal Society.  An active Society for Crippled Children existed in Mercer County in the late 1930’s.  Through a series of volunteers and various groups, and loans of equipment for people with polio, the Mercer County organization became known as the Mercer County Society for Crippled Children and Adults.   A reminder of this crippling disease is a child’s shoe, built into a brace for the child’s leg, and is part of the children’s exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

In 1982, a gift for a Crippled Children Fund, from the Estate of Elizabeth Kable, went to the Mercer County Civic Foundation.  The Mercer County Society for Crippled Children and Adults was also serving the public.  About 2005, this organization placed their funds in the Mercer County Civic Foundation.  I talked with Carol Hone at the Mercer County Civic Foundation and she explained how they serve Crippled Children and Adults; for information, call 419-586-9950. 

Carol Hone also told me that the Civic Foundation had just received a donation and five massage gift certificates, for the Crippled Children and Adults, from the Saint Henry Granville Township Combined Drive.  I shared with her that the Mercer County Historical Society had also received a donation from the Saint Henry Granville Township Combined Drive.  The Historical Society also receives donations from the Celina Combined Services Appeal, and from Mercer  Countians and from Estate Plans.  The people who are served by the Mercer County Civic Foundation and the Mercer County Historical Society thank the public for these generous gifts.  Yes, Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes.  

Merry Christmas to each of you, from the Members of the Mercer County Civic Foundation and the Mercer County Historical Society.

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

 

 
 

Local High School Choirs Unite to Support Heartbeat of Lima

Providing support to the next generation, and that generation’s parents. That was the mission of the 2016 Each One Bring One Fundraising Drive, sponsored by WTLW TV-44.  From December 5-7, members of 25 area high school choirs were invited to bring baby items and monetary donations to the TV-44 studios, during the taping of Holiday Music Festival. As a result, $592.70 in cash and 4 boxes of food and baby supplies were gathered for Lima’s crisis pregnancy center. 

Schools participating in the Each One Bring One Fundraising Drive were: Elida, Waynesfield, Delphos St. John, Ottawa, Botkins, Van Wert, New Bremen, Spencerville, Kalida, Leipsic, Columbus Grove and Lincolnview.

See these featured schools as well as 13 additional schools during the 2016 Holiday Music Festival on TV-44. Air dates and times: December 24: 4pm and 10 pm. December 25, 7am and 12 noon.

For more information, contact WTLW Director of Marketing, Jennifer Beck, at (419) 339-444 ext 162 or jbeck@wtlw.com. WTLW TV-44 is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization governed by a 10-member board of directors. The viewer-supported station reaches 220,000 homes and through WOSN, offers 24-hour coverage of local high school sports within a 40+ mile radius of the station.  

 

 
 

 
December 19, 2016

 

 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Monday, December 19th

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Monday, December 19th

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

 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Celebrating the Christmas Spirit

‘Tis the season for Christmas trees, holiday wreaths, gifts, and enjoying the company of our loved ones as we sit by the fire. But most importantly, Christmas is a time to join together to celebrate Christ’s birth. In the hustle and bustle of shopping and decorating Christmas trees, we often forget the true meaning of the holiday and the faith upon which our nation was built. From the earliest days of our nation, our founding fathers used their faith as inspiration as they created our great republic. The Constitution they created contained the undeniable declaration that all Americans must enjoy the freedom of religion. Our founders believed so strongly in this that they placed it along with the freedoms of speech and assembly. Many left their homelands to come to America for this basic freedom that today is sometimes taken for granted. Amongst the holiday cheer though, we often find ourselves too caught up in adhering to political correctness. Every year, it seems there are those out there who stir up conflict because they do not celebrate Christmas or honor the reasoning behind it. They would rather that we do not have community nativity scenes, and prefer that we stick to words such as “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas!” This is a theme that is becoming all too common with the Christmas season, and I believe it must not continue. We all recognize that we live in a very diverse world in which people make their own life choices according to how they see fit. This doesn’t mean that we restrict others from their customs. It means that we all have something to bring to the table, and Christmas is part of that for the vast majority of Americans. As we continue through the month of December, I encourage you to live out your faith, beliefs, and traditions—whatever they may be—without apology. Respect others, learn about one another’s traditions, and teach others about yours. Spend time with your family and friends, and enjoy this joyous time of year. The birth of Christ is reason to celebrate! As for myself and my family, we wish all of you a very “Merry Christmas!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 18, 2016

 

 

THE PARKWAY BASKETBALL SHOOTOUT FOR GRADES 2-6 BOYS AND GIRLS HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR TODAY.

 

 

The Parkway National Honor Society officers, Alisa Gray, Alivia Stover, Clista Hellwarth, Sydney Swygart, and Claire Fisher, donated on behalf of the NHS a contribution of toys and money to go to the Angel Tree.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 17, 2016
 

 
 
 
Ice Storm Arrives Overnight

A layer of rain coated everything with ice overnight in the early hours of December 17, 2016. Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a warning for icy road conditions at 11 PM Friday night and this morning at 8:18 using extreme caution as roads are ice covered and hazardous.

Parkway Schools have cancelled these events for December 17, 2016: the Wresting meet; Jr. High Basketball games; all basketball practices for grades 2-6; the HS shoot around and ALL boys and girls High School Basketball Games have been cancelled for today and tonight.
Celina Schools have cancelled all morning activities.

It is 32 degrees at 8:30 AM on December 17, 2016. Check the weather link above for current weather news and updates.
 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 16, 2016

 

 
 

The Village of Rockford's Shanes Park is ready for Christmas !  The light
display can be seen each night from 6 - 10 pm.  
Merry Christmas ! 

 
 
 
 
Parkway Boys Basketball Teams Plays Crestview on Saturday, December 10, 2016
Thank you to Parkway's own Nikki Fox for sharing these pictures. Click below for more on her website:

http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge.

 
 
 
Parkway Boys Wrestling Team Defeats Celina B Team on Thursday, December 8, 2016
Thank you to Parkway's own Nikki Fox for sharing these pictures. Click below for more on her website:

http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 15, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to wind chill factor for Thursday, November 15, 2016

Brrrrrr!

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

 

 

Two Special Christmas Events at Liberty Baptist Church, Van Wert

(Van Wert)  Two special Sunday services are planned this Christmas season at Liberty Baptist to help enrich your Christmas Holiday according to Sr. Pastor, Jim C. Burns. On Sunday Dec. 18 at 10:45 am, the Children and Teens of the church will be presenting their annual musical play which will be centered around the Nativity scene and to tell the story of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ.  The play “Go and Tell”  will be followed by a free Christmas dinner for all who attend.  

Sunday Dec. 25 Liberty Baptist will have one unified service which will begin at 10:30 am in the church's main auditorium.  A Christmas Communion will be offered for those interested followed by a mini-musical cantata presented by the church's adult ensemble entitled, "Worship the King."  This Christmas morning worship experience will include congregation Christmas singing and a brief Christmas message by Pastor Burns.  The church is located at 501 E. Third Street, just 5 blocks east of the Van Wert Historical Museum in the former Horace Mann School building.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information on Liberty Baptist Church ministries please see their Facebook page or the church's web site at:  www.lbcvw.org.

 

(Submitted by Jim C. Burns, Pastor)

 

 

Van Wert Medical Services Staff Donates Christmas gifts

Van Wert, OH -- It’s too easy to get lost in the “hurriedness” of the holiday season and to lose sight of what Christmas and this time of year represents.  This holiday season, the staff at Van Wert Medical Services partnered with the YWCA of Van Wert and the Crisis Care Line/House of Transitions, which are local organizations that help victims of domestic violence, by donating gifts to both organizations to help our less fortunate neighbors in Van Wert County to enjoy the holiday season.  Staff donated Christmas gifts, baby formula, cleaning supplies, and other basic necessities.  Giving to those in need and participating in programs like this is one of the best ways to be involved in the spirit of giving this time of year.

Pictured above are staff from Van Wert Medical Services; Kimberly Laudick and Jamie Evans, administrative staff at the YWCA of Van Wert County; and Kathy Taylor, Crisis Care HOT Director.

 

 

 

Honda Donates to Celina Combined Services Appeal Drive

December 14, 2016, Celina, OH/USA – Alan Smith, Celina Combined Services President, announced that a representative of Honda of America recently visited Celina to present a generous pledge donation to the 2017 Celina Combined Services Appeal Drive. Honda associates contributed $22,000, with Honda adding a corporate match of $11,000, for a total contribution to this year’s drive of $33,000. Honda, along with their employees, have been big supporters of the drive for many years. Pictured: Steve Kuhn, Drive Trustee, Ginger Haynes of Honda, and Alan Smith, Celina Combined Services Drive President.

 

 

 
December 12-14, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to road conditions for Monday, December 12, 2016

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

 
 
 
 

Huiss Couple Celebrate Birth of First Child
Joshua and Michelle (Linn) Huiss, Phenix City, AL, announce the birth of their first child, a son. Roan Joshua Huiss was born Monday, December 5, 2016 at Martin Army Community Hospital at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA at 8:04 AM. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 8 oz and measured 20 inches long. Grandparents are Mark L. Linn of Rockford, Debra & Allan Farrell of Greenville, Michael and Heidi Huiss of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Great Grandparents are Duane and Pat Linn of Rockford and the late Paul and Ruth Laux. Raymond and Rita Klingbeil of Sunbury, and the late Ann and Elmer Huiss. 

 

 
 
 

Food for Fines at the Rockford Library

Now is the time to get rid of any fines on your library account.  Donate nonperishable food items and the fines for overdues will be waived.  Be sure to tell staff you have donated.  There is a box in the library by the desk to place your items.  The food will be donated to the Parkway Ministerial Association's Food Bank.  Of course, everyone is welcome to donate whether you have fines or not.

 

A Christmas Family Program

Take time for some family fun at the library on Tuesday, December 20th.  Decorate some wrapping paper, play Christmas games, hear a Christmas story and decorate a Christmas cookie to enjoy.  The activities will start at 6:30 and everyone is welcome to come.  Need more information?  Call the library at 419-363-2630.

 

 

8 hour Ohio Basic Safety Course ~ Ohio Carry Conceal Permit

 

Rockford Native Chris May co-owner of Tri-Tactical Training Group, LLC, is presenting an 8 hour Ohio Basic Safety Course (Ohio Carry Conceal Permit) on Saturday, December 17th from 8:30am until 5:30pm. 

The course will consist of: Ohio CCW Course; Simulator analysis of firearm handling; Scenario based training (conditioning of the mind); and live fire.

Prices are $110.00 with your own handgun; $125 without your own handgun; $25 to attend 2 hour Introduction to armed conflict immediately after the Safety Course.

Students required equipment:
Serviceable handguns/fitted holster
Appropriate clothing (jeans/5.11)
Cover garment for drawing
Eyes and ear protection (live fire)
Footwear-boots or tennis shoes (no flip flops)

Students are encouraged to bring every handgun they plan to carry for personal protection and about 50 rounds of ammo (no reloads)

The classroom portion of the class is being held at the Community Room at Parkway Schools.

Click here for a printable sign-up sheet for the class.

Tri-Tactical Training Group, LLC
6440 Norwalk Road, Suite #J
Medina, OH 44256
Owners: Chris May/Jesse Sprouse
Phone 419-305-9665
Email: tritactraining@yahoo.com
Website: www.tri-tactraining.com
Facebook: tri-tactical training Group

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
December 11, 2016

 

 
 
Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, December 15th

The Rockford United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, December 15th from 12:00 until 5:00. Walk-ins are welcome but donors are encouraged to schedule a time in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or logging onto redcrossblood.org using code word “rockumc.” The Rockford United Methodist Church is located at 202 S. Franklin Street (behind the fire station) in Rockford, Ohio.

 
 

Sheriff Jeff Grey issued this warning on Sunday Morning at 6:07 AM, December 11, 2016:
"Mercer County roads are snow covered and hazardous. Please use caution while driving."

This snow is expected to continue through early Monday Morning, according to the Weather Channel.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for being our Weather Sponsor. Check out Rockford area weather at the link at the top of the page beside the Henkle Insurance Ad.

 

 
 
 

 
December 7-10, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 
Happy Birthday Dan Henkle - 77 Years Young on December 9, 2016!
Or is that 21?
With Love from Grandson Jordan and Your Family
 
 
 
 
 

Deerfield Golf Course Winter Hours – Open all Winter

Golf Simulator Leagues Started on November 16th ~ Clubhouse/Simulator Room Rentals Now Available for Family and Corporate Parties

The winter hours have started at Deerfield Golf Course 5621 Shelley Road, Rockford.

They are open Wednesday - Saturday 8 am to 7pm and Sunday Noon to 7 PM.

Exciting Golf Simulator Leagues started on Nov 16th, 2016 ~ sign up now for a favorite tee time.

Reservations for holiday family parties or bachelor parties in the clubhouse and simulator room


Hurry ! 10% off all 2017 memberships now through Dec 31st 2016
 

Get your membership early and save! Call 419-363-9400.

 

 

Deerfield Golf Course Winter Hours – Coincides with New Ownership

by Sheila Baltzell
December 5, 2016

 


The New Sign on 127.

 


Jerry, Kris and Phyllis Above

 

The Deerfield Golf Course has changed hands. Taking over the operation from the original builders and owners Jerry and Phyllis (Ross) Now are their daughter and son-in-law, Kris Now Black and Chuck Black. After 25 years in the golf business and 58 years of marriage, there has been much excitement in the change-over as Kris and Chuck have added to the business offerings.

 

First of all, the Deerfield Golf Course has expanded the usual golf season into winter team leagues with a new simulator game. The “Golf Simulator Room” of the club house is now out-fitted with technology ~ golf at any of the “major golf” course all winter long. Play with your own group of family or friends or go onto the Internet using Deerfield’s Optishot and play other teams. Tournament action is also available through Optishot. Kris says t-times are available anytime or book a bachelor or birthday party in the room and entertain with golf. There are other activities to enjoy like poker and cards. Let SandWedge Cafe' cook for your group by purchasing off the menu.  Gift cards are available for your favorite golfer.

 

Optishot also has available a Golf Coach System that can be loaded onto your iPad, and it analyses a player’s swing.

 

Rather just practice? Use Optishot’s Driving Range.

 

The closest offering of this golf technology to Rockford is Ft. Wayne and Decatur. Tee times for 18 holes on Optishot is $15 for 30 minutes plus $10 for each 30 minutes after that. Renting the system for 18 holes for an afternoon get-together runs from 2 to 4 hours.

 

 


Kris demonstrates The Golf Simulator Above
Below is the Computer System that Runs the League Simulator

 

 

The Golf Simulator Leagues are now forming - play is anytime. The league is $25 for 18 holes ~ play whenever they are open.

 

 

Second of all, they have remodeled the club house and added a new menu of food. The spacious area offers plenty of room for parties and gatherings of golfers. The SandWedge Café’ Menu includes 9 different panini sandwiches including the Eagle – fried egg, ham, pepperjack cheese and Jalapeño  pepper jelly on an English Muffin, muffins, soup, baked potatoes, hot dogs and chili dogs, Kidz Meals, specialty and regular coffee, pop and daily specials. Kris cooks at the SandWedge Café’ year round.

 

Helping their parents out at the golf course are their son Ross Black (greenskeeper) and daughter Stephanie Black Stroh (everything from bookwork, cooking to running the simulator), Ross and Chuck take care of the 30 golf carts. Longtime employee, Tim Shaw (club house) has stayed on now that Jerry and Phyllis have officially retired.

 

The story is interesting on how Deerfield Golf Course came to be.  Kris recalls her dad, an avid golfer, always saying he was going to build a golf course when she was a young girl at home. He golfed every morning before work in Van Wert and loved it. He kept his eyes open for appropriate property, and when a 230 acre dairy farm of rolling hills in 1988, near their home on State Route 117 came available, he knew it would be the perfect place. There were barns and buildings, a milk house, pond and stands of trees. Jerry, not really knowing how to build a golf course, went to the Rockford Library and borrowed books on how to build greens and holes complete with irrigation/drainage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Renovation pictures

New Clubhouse

New Clubhouse - Party
Rentals Available

Building Lots for Sale

 


Deer on the property helped Jerry & Family decide the Deerfield name.

 

 

 

 

At the time, the couple, in their early fifties, and working at factory jobs (he a tool and die maker and she a sewing machine operator), took on a whole new life with the purchase. They bought a truck, back hoe, bulldozer, a pan and other earth moving equipment. “Overall, we moved more than 550 yards of dirt,” said Jerry. “Today there are 5 ponds all with underground irrigation and drainage.”

At the time,  Jerry and Phyllis hired Warner Bowen, as a golf course consultant, to help them map and plan the golf course and surrounding area for a housing development. The late Roy Thompson served as their surveyor and more home building lots have opened for sale with the Blacks taking ownership of the Golf Course. The first tee, fairway, and green were mapped-out, and by 1991 they had succeeded in building 3 holes, one at a time. Jerry laughs about the payment system of a coffee can nailed to a picnic table, but just like in the film Field of Dreams, he built a golf course, and golfers came to play. They built holes 4 and 9 next., learning all the while as they went along.

 

During this time they had razed several buildings, including an old farmhouse, which they lived in for 6 years. The old milkhouse was a useful piece of property and stands today as the club house with a cart shed attached. There were many deer that came onto the property or passed through, and eventually, the name Deerfield was selected as an appropriate name for the Golf Course. The barnyard became a cement parking lot. They bought a few carts and advertised golf outings which quickly became popular.

 

By 1995, they had 9 holes completed (5,6,7,8 were last and all located in the back green). Phyllis laughs about coming home from work and immediately going to work at physical labor on the golf course until sundown stopped them. Jerry was able to retire in 1989, and the golf course soon became his full-time job.

 

Kris and Chuck today invite the public out to see the remodeled club house, join a league and try the new simulator room for your next party.  Call 419-363-9400 for more information. Congratulations to Jerry and Phyllis on a happy retirement.

 

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Phyllis drives the tractor.
Jerry runs the backhoe.

The First Golf Outing

Jerry and Phyllis Now

SandWedge Cafe'

 


Jerry and Phyllis buy the dairy farm.

 


Farm Buildings.

 

Milkhouse to become the Club house

 

Click Here for the printable Deerfield Golf Course Article

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  The Barn Builders had such high hopes that their new barn would last for several generations of family farmers.  What has happened to those big old barns?

Examine this photograph of the men working to construct this barn, perhaps in the 1890’s or at the turn of the Century.  With the world of farming, which their family had known for generations, these men believed that their children and grandchildren would be using this barn, for raising cattle and storing hay and/or grain and farm machinery.

Little did they realize that by the turn of this Century, that those big old barns would no longer be used as they had been used in the past.  Dairy farming has changed the structure of dairy barns.  The big farm machinery can no longer be stored in these barns for obvious reasons of size and the fact there are many farm pieces of equipment.  Bales of hay or straw are no longer the size which can be handled by one person and stored in the haymow.

Another change in using these big old barns is that the children are no longer staying on the farm to help with the work; they have their own lives to lead.  Farmers no longer farm a hundred and twenty acres; farmers today not only own land but also rent land, and may farm up to a thousand or more acres.  Another change is the farm records are no longer kept in a drawer of the farmer’s desk.  Computers now are available for record keeping, as well as manage that equipment.  Farmers recognize the changes to agribusiness.  Farmers of this generation are retiring and may or may not have any family members to take over their own farms which have often been in their family for a few generations. 

Since I wrote the book on Mercer County’s big old barns at the beginning of the 1990’s, I do not want to watch the destruction of those barns.  Some barns have new uses, and have been dismantled by professionals, and taken out of Ohio and used in other States for Tourism sites.  Why in the world would Mercer County Ohio have an Auglaize-Mercer County Tourism Bureau sit quietly by as our Mercer County Barns are taken out of our county forever, to be used for Tourism sites in other States?  Why do other States recognize the value of these Mercer County Barns, while our very own Mercer County Citizens watch our Magnificent Barns be snapped up by other States, from New York to Colorado?

When an old Mercer County Barn falls into disrepair, or burns down; or is torn down and replaced by a modern barn, I am sad.  The upkeep on the big old barns is cost prohibitive, without an alternative for its use.  I have seen barns turned into popular Rural Restaurants.  Some barn owners rent their barns for boat and/or camper storage.  Some barns have been restructured to become beautiful homes.  Many barns in other states have been renovated into Agricultural Museums.  So many times, we have seen Coldwater’s New Idea Farm Equipment on exhibit in Museum in the United States and Canada.  Alvin and I celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in the Homan Barn in Marion Township, years ago.  Their barn is like a new home; we thank the Homan family for preserving their beautiful barn.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. is To Preserve the History of Mercer County, Ohio and To Educate the Public about that History.  We are losing our Rural History every time we lose a big old barn.  How can we work together as a County to help preserve this Rural Heritage?

 

 

 

Revive Ohio – Mercer County Events Dec 11 – 17, 2016
Revive Ohio is a Revival Movement which started in Texas and is Engaged in Praying for Churches and People and encouraging others to pray.
Visit www.reviveoh.com for more information

 

Sunday (December 11th 2016)

6:00pm – Kick-off Service – Grand Lake UMC, 119 E Fulton St, Celina, OH

 

Monday – Saturday (December 12th – December 17th 2016) Schedule

 

7:00am – Prayer time – Grand Lake UMC, 119 E Fulton St, Celina, OH

8:00am – Breakfast

 9:00am – Organize into teams and Go Out to pray for churches

12:00pm – Noon time

 

Testimonies Monday – Celina Church of the Nazarene, 900 Fairground Rd, Celina, OH 45822

 

Tuesday – Abounding Grace Ministries, 7495 US 127, Celina, OH 45822

 

Wednesday – Bethany United Methodist Church, 416 E Wayne St, Celina, OH

 

Thursday – The Lord’s Church, 404 N Main St, Celina, OH

 

Friday – New Horizon’s Community Church, 833 S Main St, Rockford, OH

 

Saturday – Grace Missionary Church, 510 Portland St, Celina, OH 1:00pm – Lunch 2:00pm – Organize into teams and Go Out to pray for people 5:30pm – Dinner –

 

Grand Lake UMC, 119 E Fulton St, Celina, OH 7:00pm – Evening Prayer and Worship – Grand Lake UMC

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

WREN CHRISTMAS SOCIETY NEWS

The Christmas Society put up decorations in Wren on Saturday, November 19, 2016 and the Grand Illumination was held on Saturday, Nov. 26th at 6:00 pm.  Jetta Merkle was the winner of the “Create your own Christmas scene” contest and turned on all the lights in Wren (pictured below). 

The Society is sponsoring an Outside Home Display Contest again this year within a 3-mile radius of Wren.  Please contact Moe Davis at 419-495-2584 with any questions. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Wren at the Santa House at the corner of St. Rt. 49 and Jackson Street on Saturday, December 10th and Friday and Saturday, December 16th and 17th from 6 to 8 pm.  Carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies will be available during Santa hours.

The Wren Christmas Society would like to thank the Crestview National Honor Society students for helping with setting up lights and decorations, along with all the other volunteers.  NHS students pictured above are: Kara Strabbing, Katie Hughes, Caleb Bagley, Spencer Rolsten, and Brett Schumm.  Thank yous also go to the Wren Restaurant for feeding the Christmas Society on set up day, Mike Bolander and Ron Dull for the use of their lifts, and Wrenco Trophy for providing the cards for Santa and the music during the holiday season. 

The Society would also like to thank Mrs. Mollenkopf and Mrs. Lichtensteiger in the Crestview Elementary office for helping make the “Create your own Christmas scene” contest possible.  Thank you also goes to Tim Hamrick for donating the straw for the Manger scenes and Julie Sheets for donating the hot cocoa for this year.  Thank you also to all those who have donated at our various fundraisers.  It is because of all the help and donations that we are able to decorate our village each year. 

 

 
 
 

DARE Graduation Held at Parkway
Parkway Middle School
hosted the fifth grade D.A.R.E. graduation, Monday, November 21, 2016.  The program was opened by Alizay Neuenschwander. Deputy D.A.R.E. Officer Sue Miller introduced the special guests: D.A.R.E. Booster President Jerry Kanney, Sgt April Grunden and Administrant Assistant Theresa Berry from the Mercer County Sheriff Office, and author Michelle Houts.  The Fifth Grade Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Wagner, presented “Forever Free” The D.A.R.E. Essay Winners who read their work were: Apollo Thomas, Morgan Bollenbaucher, Madison Louth, Tyler Rowen, Devon Crouch, Braxton Bragg, Kamden Strickler, and Victoria Shideler.  Students receiving special recognition as Honor Students were: Jazmin Smith, Jacob Winget, Ben Bates, Lyndsey Heath, Audrey Nichols, and Alexis Berry.  All D.A.R.E. students were presented a shirt and certificate. Michelle Houts spoke on how bullying hurts and the importance of standing up and making safe responsible choices. The program was closed by Adalyn Byrd.  Also assisting with the program were Parkway Middle School Principal Mr. Woods, fifth grade teachers Anita Muhlenkamp, Suzie Staley, Tammy Boroff, Barb Shellabarger and Beth Streib.

 

 
 
 

 Parkway Schools Calendar of Events for December 2016 - Click here for a printable version

 
 

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Van Wert Messiah Soloists Announced

(Van Wert, OH) - A biennial Christmas tradition returns to Van Wert’s First United Methodist Church this Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 pm.  Handel’s Messiah will be performed by a 60 voice community chorus, a 16 piece chamber orchestra and four soloists.  The four soloists all have ties to the Ohio area, although two of them currently reside in New York City and the Boston area.

Soprano, Margaret Mack received her BM from the University of Toledo and her MM from The Ohio State University.  She made her professional operatic debut in the world premiere of David Lang’s Modern Painters at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico.  She received the Outstanding Apprentice Award from the Santa Fe Opera for two seasons and went on to appear with the company in the world premiere performance, recording and PBS national telecast of Tobias Picker’s opera, Emmeline.

Other performances have been with the Mid-Columbia Symphony in Richland, Washington, Aspen Opera Theatre in Colorado, Honolulu Symphony, Los Angeles Chorale, London Consort in the UK, and the West Bohemian State Orchestra in the Czech Republic.  Recently, she performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahm’s Ein Deautsches Requiem in Saint Louis, MO.  She has also sung with New Jersey Choral Society and Puccini Arias on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s concert series.

In 2015, Mack moved to Massachusetts following her marriage and now teaches voice at the Deerfield Academy.

Alto, Elizabeth “Betsy” Bellavia, originally from Kettering, Ohio, graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BM degree in Choral Music.  While at BGSU, she played such roles as Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte and Second Lady in Magic Flute.  In her senior year at BGSU, she won the NPTS vocal competition for Senior Women in the state of Ohio.

Betsy has taught choral music throughout the state of Ohio at Lemon-Monroe, Kettering Fairmont, and Franklin High Schools and Fostoria Junior-Senior High School.  She has directed and sung in many school and community theater productions.  Betsy has sung with the Dayton Opera Chorus in the 2002 Opera Gala and the opera, Aida.  She has also sung the National Anthem at the University of Dayton’s men basketball games, Dayton Dragon baseball games and many BGSU events.

Currently, Betsy is a full time choral graduate assistant at BGSU getting her masters in choral conducting performance.  Last spring Betsy played the role of Mama Lucian in BGSU’s spring opera, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and is currently cast in the role of Olga Olsen in Kurt Weil’s Street Scene.  Betsy lives in Perrysburg, Ohio with her husband, Reverend Dan Bellavia, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, and their three sons: Christopher, John, and James.

Daniel Doty is a tenor who is equally at home on the opera, theatre or concert stage. As participant of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Daniel spent six weeks in the Tuscan village of Lucca (Italy) singing operatic arias at various venues associated with Lucca's most famous son, Giacomo Puccini. Mr. Doty has appeared in Master Classes with such Metropolitan Opera stars as Martina Arroyo and Angela Brown. 

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Bowling Green State University. He is also an ordained minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. Currently Daniel is Senior Minister at The Bath Church, United Church of Christ in Akron, Ohio. He is the proud father of three children - Kristian, Sean and Kaetlyn. Daniel makes his home in Wadsworth with his wife Amy and their youngest daughter Kaetlyn. 

Baritone John Glann has performed over forty leading roles in opera, oratorio, and musical theatre. His repertoire ranges from the works of Bach, to Verdi, to contemporary compositions, including the world premiere of Robert Samels’ revolutionary opera, Pilatus. Also an avid recitalist, he was hailed as a young Fischer-Dieskau’ for his performance of the Schumann Opus 24 Liederkreis at the Ann Arbor Art Fair Song Fest. Mr. Glann was a young artist with the opera companies of Indianapolis and Toledo, and has subsequently sung with numerous companies throughout the Midwest and New England.

A native of Ohio, John now resides in New York City, where he previously served as Chair of Classical Voice Studies at Wickham Vocal Studios, instructing many up-and-coming operatic talents, as well as Broadway leads, jazz singers, and cross-over artists. His private voice studio is now gaining acclaim for producing young singers with ‘exceptional technical facility and dramatic intensity.’ He also served as a Staff Vocal Coach at the Huron Playhouse, one of the nation’s oldest and most successful summer theatres.

The public is invited to this performance of Handel’s Messiah at First UM Church 113 W. Central Ave. Van Wert.  The performance will include Part I as well as The Trumpet Shall Sound, Worthy is the Lamb/Amen, and the Hallelujah chorus.  Paul Hoverman is the conductor and Gloria Wendel has been the rehearsal accompanist and will be playing organ on the performance.

The Messiah performance is underwritten by the Saltzgaber Music Fund of The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with First UM Church.  

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
December 6, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Varsity and Junior High Wrestling Team Pics and Schedules Posted by Nikki Fox and Lisa Miller
Parkway Varsity Bowling Team Pics and Schedules Posted by Nikki Fox and Lisa Miller

Thank you Nikki and Lisa!

 
 

Parkway Boys and Girls Bowling Teams Begin Season


Click Here for more Pictures and the Schedules

 

Varsity Wrestling Team

Click Here for the Varsity Wrestling Page and the Schedule

 
 

Click Here for Junior High Wrestling Team Picture and the Schedule

 
 
 


2nd Anniversary  Come celebrate with Rockford’s Best Mix

Rockford’s Best Mix – 101.3 WRKD  will be hosting an open house on Sunday – December 11th from 2 – 5  pm. 
We are located at the Rockford Village Office and Museum at 151 E Columbia St.   

Stop by, meet the team and tour the studio.  Refreshments will be served! 

 

 

Mercer County Dog Tags will be for sale at the Rockford Village office beginning December 1st - until January 31, 2017.  The cost is $16.

 

 

Mercer Savings Bank Donates to Education to Memorialize J. Douglas Temple
Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

Celina, Ohio – Mercer Savings Bank donated $20,000 to Wright State University-Lake Campus Rise! Shine! Capital Campaign in honor of former bank president, J. Douglas Temple. Doug Temple passed away in January 2016, and Mercer Savings wanted to honor his many years of bank leadership. Doug led efforts to support economic development throughout the area, was an active Celina Rotarian and a proud supporter and alumni of Wright State University-Lake Campus. He is remembered as someone who treated others with compassion and respect.

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


Mercer Savings Bank has had a long history of supporting WSU-Lake Campus students with their yearly $1,000 scholarships. They are pleased to honor Doug by supporting the building expansion for increased academic space as well as continuing their annual support of WSU-LC students through WOEF Scholarships.

 

Photo: Pictured are William Martin, Mercer Savings Bank President, Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer, Patty Temple, widow of Doug Temple, and Tom Knapke, WOEF Board Member. To find out more about WOEF scholarship program, log onto www.wright.edu/lake/woef.html.

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Salvation Army Coat and Food Drive

Van Wert, OH -- The employees and patients of Van Wert Medical Services embraced the season of giving this year with a coat and food drive to be donated to the Salvation Army in Van Wert. 

Over 80 new and gently used coats were donated this year along with numerous hats, gloves, scarves, and food items.  The collection bins sat at various offices to allow staff and patients to donate to the Salvation Army and were overflowing by the end of the drive.

“Van Wert can be frigid during the winter months -- the coats will go to numerous deserving individuals and families.  As we enter the season of giving, we are grateful for the staff and patients at Van Wert Medical Services who open their hearts each year to help those in need,” shared Lisa Marsee who chaired the campaign this year and works in the Internal Medicine office at Van Wert Medical Services. 

Employees and patients will continue collecting non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army through December 19.  Community members are invited donate as well and items may be dropped off at any clinical office at Van Wert Medical Services, which is located at the Van Wert Health Center, 140 Fox Road.

 

 
 

Open House Set at Calvary Pre-School

The Calvary Preschool’s annual Open House is set for Tuesday, December 6, from 6:00 –7:30 pm.  It is being planned to allow parents and families a visit to the classrooms at their leisure.  On display in the classrooms will be crafts and Christmas items the students have worked on.  Cake and punch will be served in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be a video presentation of all the happenings during the school year from September through Thanksgiving for families to enjoy while having refreshments.   Parents, relatives and friends are welcome to attend. 

The staff wish all a very Merry Christmas!  May Christ be the center of your celebration this year!

The Calvary Preschool teachers are:  Mrs. Issa Ickes, three-year-old teacher; 

Mrs. Julie Stewart, four-year-old teacher; Mrs. Vicki Chavarria

teaches older fours & five year olds and Mrs. Marilyn Agler is the administrator.  We have openings for this school year for 3’s, 4’s & 5’s who reached these ages by August 1st.  Call the Preschool office @ 567-259-3103 to speak with  

Marilyn Agler.  The church is located at 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Road in Van Wert.  Interested people may check out Calvary Preschool on Facebook @ Calvary Preschool Van Wert.

 

 
 

November update of the Shanes Park Beautification Society


We are very THANKFUL for our volunteers that have helped Joyce Emans decorate the park !  
Thanks Joyce for your vision of Christmas lights and displays at Shanes Park. 

Thank you to Donna Riley, Brenda Barker, Beckie McMillen, Kathy Taylor, Marcia Ripley,
and Beth Anne Eikenberry for decorating the new Shane Hall with greenery, lights, and wreaths.

Thank you to Marlene Roebuck and Denny Gibbons for moving all the Christmas decorations
from the Village Hall to the park.

Thanks to the following for help with decorating -   Denise Marbaugh, Donna Felver, 
Clete & Irene Schmidt, Rex and Terri Piper, Lisa Kuhn, Denny Gibbons, Marlene Roebuck,
Nancy Leighner, Barb Bowen, Kristi Schaefer, and Annette Spindler.

The decorating took approximately 275 hours.

The Christmas lights will be on at Shanes Park for your enjoyment nightly from 6 pm - 10pm.
Let us know what is your favorite display !!  Please stay on the concrete paths so as not
to trip over extension cords that are running through the park.  

Merry Christmas and God Bless ~~ 

by The Shanes Park Beautification Society.

 

 

 

 

Celina Winter Farmers’ Market

The Celina Winter Farmers’ Market is now taking place at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in the
Kenn-Feld Community Center.  The event will take place the first Saturday of every month through April from 9AM to 12N.  The dates are Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 11, Mar. 4, and Apr. 1.    All vendors must sell produce/products that are homegrown, homemade, or handmade.   Any food items must be in compliance with the cottage foods regulations set by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. 
The public is invited to shop on these Saturdays. 

For more information or to register for the market, call Deb at 419 586 8488 or
Suzanne at 419 733 2321. 

 

 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Minutes by Lisa Kuhn

http://www.rockfordalive.com/category/news/minutes/rcoc-minutes/

 
 
 
 
 

 
December 2-5, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball pictures and Schedules Posted by Nikki Fox and Lisa Miller

 

Varsity Girls Basketball

 

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball

 
 

Click Here for the Girls Basketball Rosters

 
 

Click Here for the Girls Varsity and Junior High Basketball Schedules

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 1, 2016

 

 
 
 

Alumni Music Night at Parkway Coming Fast – Join Now!

The 2016 Alumni Music Night at Parkway will be Saturday December 17th. The alumni pep band, directed by Mr. Sherrick, will rehearse from 4:00-5:30. The alumni choir-who will be singing the Star Spangled Banner-and directed by Mrs. Wagner, will practice immediately following the pep band rehearsal. All alumni band and choir members are invited to take part in a carry in that evening.

All former Parkway, Rockford, Willshire and Mendon band and choir members are invited to participate in the alumni groups. Also invited to participate are those living in the Parkway district who were members of another school's band or choir. If you would like to be a member of or have questions about the alumni pep band, you may contact Paula Linn at 88keys@bright.net. If you would like to be a member of or have questions about the alumni choir, you may contact Mrs. Wagner at wagners@parkwayschools.org.                                                            
Pep band members: If you'd like your music before December 17th, it will be available starting Monday December 5th and will be in a box  next to the sink in the band room. The best time to pick the music up would be Monday-Friday after school.          

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 30, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
Parkway Middle School Winter Sports pictures and Schedules Posted by Nikki Fox and Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the rest of the Junior High pictures and schedules!

 

Click Here for the Junior High Basketball Schedule

7th Grade Boys Basketball

 
 
 

Calling All Music Boosters Concession Stand Workers
Here is your Schedule for working - Click Here!

 
 

Parkway High School Winter Sports pictures and Schedules Posted by Nikki Fox and Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the rest of the High School pictures, rosters and schedules!

Click Here for the Varsity and JV Basketball Schedule

Varsity Boys Basketball

 
 
 

The next  Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held on
Monday - December 5th at 7 pm.  Rockford Village Hall.
Public Welcome ! 

 

 
 
 

 
November 29, 2016

 

 
 

Shanes Aerie 1292 Fraternal Order of Eagles
Celebrate 110th Birthday of Charter in Rockford
The members of the Shanes Aerie 1292 Fraternal Order of Eagles are looking forward to a big birthday ~ their 110th of their Charter in Rockford on December 20, 2016.

In 1906, the Order of the Good Fellows, Seattle, WA, as it was originally called, was 8 years old at the time and chartering new member clubs around the USA. They became the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Rockford men decided to form their own club. The Charter was provided, signed, sealed, custom framed and installed at the first location on the East side of Main Street in the old DP & L building which now houses Kid’s Tree House and Jessica’s Consignment Shop. The men met upstairs and 68 names were on the original charter.

According to Tom Myers, Eagles member and historian, the club remained in that location until 1956 when they bought the current brick structure on the south side of Main Street from Charlie Andrews. They moved the club. In 1983 they added the north adjacent building where Carl and Mabel Brandt’s Rockford Dry Cleaners had just gone out of business.

Today the club has 330 members, with the oldest living continuous member being Earl Brodbeck of Willshire with 56 service membership years. Their motto continues to be “People Helping People”. Members, auxiliary members and families alike have called The Eagles their club, their place to socialize with one another, and generate money to return to the community. “Rockford first, then County ~ as Charity begins at Home,” say the members.

 

 

 

Their first big community project ~ building a Shelter House in the newly bought Shanes Park in Rockford ~ was in 1976 when they repurposed bricks from an old outside east brick wall which was torn out of the Rockford United Methodist Church to pave way for a new addition to the church. It turned out to be a 4 brick thick wall, and the bricks were likely fired right there in Rockford at the old round oven down by Fremont Canning Company. Junior (Clarence B.) Couts was an  Eagles member and Past Worthy President (1975-1976) and a brick layer. He undertook the moving and cleaning of the brick with Eagle members’ help. Then he laid the Shelter House wall and pillars, repurposing the brick. Fred Tolan, Eagles member and Tolan Memorials business owner donated a cornerstone/plaque to the project. The Eagles members and the Shanes Auxiliary, women’s group, worked at fund-raising projects for a year to supply funds for their gift to the community, their Community Project for the Year. Past Worthy President (1974-1975), Jim Zizelman at 91 years old, is the oldest member of the Rockford Eagles. He and Mr. Couts, along with Tolan, set the stone in place at a dedication ceremony in the park. The Shelter House is used year round with a fireplace for cooking, electricity, and picnic tables.

 

 

 

 

Dedication and laying of the cornerstone

 

In addition to this project, the Eagles, as a  501c3 (gaming law),  have given away $50,000 each to the Wright State WOEF Scholarships; Celina Visiting Nurses; Mercer County Cancer Association. In addition, they donate $1000’s of dollars to the Leota Braun Foundation to disperse to Rockford area projects and needs including these:  Chatt Farmers’ Picnic; Pee-wee Football; Rockford Recreation (ball fields, equipment, grounds); Rockford Fire Department; Rockford Lions Variety Show; Ryan Temple Memorial Golf Tournament; Rockford Sons of Legion Duck Races; Parkway 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC; Lots for Soldiers; Parkway Back-pack Program (food for children); Parkway Athletic Boosters Club projects; Rockford Police Department Tasers $2000 each); Fox Family Autism Ride; Scoreboard for Girls Softball Field; Gazebo in Shanes Park; Park Batting cage and dugouts; and Kids Playhouses in Shanes Park. There are other benevolent donations as the need arises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eagles opened their doors to another organization in 2016. The century old Rockford Masonic Lodge now meets on Monday nights in the Eagles’ Facility. An organization as old as the Eagles had met for years above the old Pontius Hardware.

The Eagles, as well as the Masonic Lodge in Rockford, invite potential members to check out their facilities in downtown Rockford, or contact Tom Myers at 419-790-9587.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Parkway December 2016 Breakfast Menus by Pam Smith
Parkway December 2016 Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

New Celina Mercer County Chamber Member holds Ribbon Cutting

Schwieterman Pharmacy located at 510 E. Market Street in Celina has joined
the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  This grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting.  

The full service pharmacy is open Monday thru Friday from 9AM to 7PM and
Saturday 9AM to 4PM.  They have an experienced staff to assist you with all
your needs.  Their services include Home Medical Equipment & Safety Aides,
health screenings, prescriptions, vaccinations, RX Compounding and more to
west-central Ohio.  Visit www.schwietermanpharmacy.com to see all the
details of their healthcare services or call 419-586-8875.

Pictured from left to right:
Traci Rutledge-Pharmacist
Kara Lovitt -Pharmacist
Dale Bertke - owner
Dave McDonough - owner
Shelly Temple - Technician
Karen Maurer - Sales Associate
Amy Fennig - Technician
Angie Baumer - Technician
Absent: Owner Mark Dominic

 
 

Football Stadium Information Forthcoming – Community Invited
by Brain Woods

Parkway Local Schools are considering renovations to the football stadium complex. There will be an informational meeting prior to the Parkway Athletic Booster meeting on December 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The athletic booster meeting will begin with the football stadium presentation in the school auditorium and will last for approximately 15 minutes.

Attendees will hear about and will be given the chance to provide feedback on three stadium options. The presentation will also be posted on the district website, parkwayschools.org, along with survey link on December 7th for anyone unable to attend. Following the presentation, the athletic boosters will continue with their normal meeting in the Community Room.

 
 
Rockford United Methodist Church to Host Annual Free Christmas Day Dinner in Rockford
Come to the Christmas Day Dinner in Shanes Park at the Rockford Community Building. It is free and everyone is invited to come and celebrate Jesus' Birth with a meal that is delicious. Serving 10:30 am to 1 PM.

 

 

 
November 22-28, 2016

 

 
 

Genealogical Society to Meet for Christmas Party

Sunday, December 4, the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet for the annual Christmas party.  New members will be received into First Families of Mercer County.   These members of the group are direct  descendants of an ancestor who was a resident of Mercer County before December 31, of 1880. They have furnished proof of their lineage and been approved. A short  program, ‘What Do You Call It?’ by Sue Miller will follow.  Miller will display items from the past and ask the audience if they can identify the objects . The meeting is held at the Richardson Bretz Building behind the library in Celina and begins at 2:00pm. The public is welcome.

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation
The RADC will meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Rockford Library. Please note the time change as the meetings will begin at 7 pm until further notice. 

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church to Host Annual Free Christmas Day Dinner in Rockford
Come to the Christmas Day Dinner in Shanes Park at the Rockford Community Building. It is free and everyone is invited to come and celebrate Jesus' Birth with a meal that is delicious. Serving 10:30 am to 1 PM.

 

 

 

 
November 21, 2016

 

 
 
St. John Lutheran Church Hopewell to Host Community Thanksgiving Service

St. John Lutheran Church Hopewell will host a Community Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 23. 2016 at 7:30 PM. Everyone is invited.
 
 

Two Dayton Men Plead Guilty in TJ’s Grocerette Burglary

Kenneth Longstreath and Danny Lee Longstreath, of Dayton,  filed a plea deal in Mercer County Common Pleas Court recently that involves the 2015 burglary of TJ’s Grocerette in Rockford. They will be sentenced in December 2016.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 18-20, 2016

 

 
 
 

Foot and Ankle Specialist Joins Van Wert Medical Services

Van Wert, OH -- Van Wert Medical Services is pleased to welcome Sam Neuschwanger, D.P.M. to its team of physicians and surgeons as a foot and ankle specialist.  Dr. Neuschwanger received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 

Dr. Neuschwanger’s academic and clinical practices combined with over 35 years of experience allow him to provide the best possible medical and surgical care of the lower extremity. He specializes in general podiatric care, heel pain, ingrown nails, bunions, diabetic foot care, corn and callous care and surgical care. “Foot and ankle problems can be incredibly debilitating and being able to help someone regain their mobility and quality of life is extremely rewarding to me,” shared Dr. Neuschwanger. 

“Both Dr. Neuschwanger and Dr. Charles Hoehn provide top quality foot and ankle care for a vast array of problems.   There are very few small communities that have podiatry care as comprehensive as we do and we’re lucky to have such a strong team of qualified physicians to treat foot and ankle problems,” shared Jim Pope, CEO and President of Van Wert County Hospital. 

 Dr. Neuschwanger is accepting new patients.  Call today to make an appointment to discuss an individual care plan for your feet and ankles: 419-238-8621

 

 
 

Help for Over-Dose Victims Continues with New Joint Program

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Foundations Behavioral Health Services and the Mercer County Emergency Medical Services announced today they are joining forces in an effort to address the drug overdose problem in Mercer County.

The agencies have agreed to meet weekly to review individuals who have recently overdosed and offer the appropriate resources for detox, recovery and treatment. Most individuals who have overdosed in the last week are more likely to consider a treatment program and gain the necessary assistance than those who’s overdose are not clear in their memory.

The Rapid Response Team will review records of those who overdosed weekly, and then provide a home visit to offer support and services to those individuals. The Team, made up with one member of the Sheriff’s Office, Foundations and the Emergency Medical Services will go over with and assist in signing up for services available to the individual who overdosed. It is important to note that the goal of the team is to provide services, not to punish or arrest anyone in need of services.

This goal of this program is to reduce the number of overdoses in the Mercer County area.

For more information contact Chief Deputy Gery Thobe at the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Jeff Grey

Sheriff

 

 

 
 
 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway Middle School ~ 1st Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Michelle Agler
Click Here

 
 

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

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.  is To Preserve the History of Mercer County, Ohio and To Educate the Public about that History. 

 

 

Photo Caption:  Gary Thobe and his son Kyle completed the brick construction to support the old Courthouse bell at the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home. 

In order to preserve the History of the old Mercer County Courthouse, which was used from 1868 until 1923, the Mercer County Historical Society acquired the bell from that 1868 Courthouse, in 1975.  The present Mercer County Courthouse was dedicated on September 3, 1923.  In 1923, the Mercer County Commissioners sold a contract to G.W. Jackson to raze the 1868 Courthouse building.  The Commissioners no longer wanted the old Courthouse bell, and that bell went to the Old Town Church on Riley Road, east of Celina.  When that Church closed, the ownership of that old 1868 Courthouse bell was transferred to the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.  The Mercer County Commissioners had purchased the Riley Home for the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc., to become the Mercer County Historical Museum on May 27, 1975.  Eugene Hirschfeld, Hirschfeld Construction, constructed the two brick columns to support that old 1868 Courthouse bell on the lawn of the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The Mercer County Historical Society placed bronze plaques identifying the Courthouse bell and the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, on those two brick columns.

For over forty years, 1975-2016, the weather took its toll on those bricks, as well as the two bronze plaque.  The Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Historical Society discussed the preservation of that 1868 Courthouse bell, and the plaques which needed updating.

The Mercer County Commissioners explained that there were extra new bricks from the new Mercer County Jail, constructed at 4835 St. Rt. 29, west of Celina.  Dave Dorsten, Mercer County Maintenance, discussed this topic with Joyce Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society.  Gary Thobe, Masonry and Plastering, 7968 Fort Recovery Minster Road, near Maria Stein, was employed by the County to take those new bricks from the Mercer County Jail and to construct the brick columns to support the 1868 Mercer County Courthouse bell on the lawn of the Mercer County Historical Museum. 

The Mercer County Historical Society made the agreement with the Mercer County Commissioners to fund the cost of placing new bronze plaques on those brick columns which would support the 1868 Courthouse bell.  Mercer County Historical Society Board Member Bill Vondrell and President Joyce Alig met with the Mercer County Commissioners on September 15, 2016 to finalize the plans for these plaques, as well as to discuss Civic Foundation funds for new wallpaper at the County Museum, and a Handicapped parking place to accompany the Handicapped Ramp, which the Commissioners had recently installed. 

The plan for one plaque was for the Mercer County Commissioners’ May 27, 1975 Resolution to purchase the Riley Home for a home for the Mercer County Historical Society, as the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The plan for the other plaque includes the proper Name of the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, and the identification of the 1868-1923 Mercer County Courthouse bell.  The Mercer County Historical Society agreed to employ Jony D Images, 998 East Market, Celina, to order the bronze plaques for the brick columns supporting the 1868 Courthouse bell.

Preservation of Mercer County’s history is the goal of the Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Historical Society Members at the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home.

 

 
 

Vantage Announces Parent/Teacher Conferences

This is a reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 21st from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 22nd from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.  Conferences will be held in the Commons.

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

After parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday, school will resume on Tuesday, November 29, for a regular school day.

 

 
 

 
November 17, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in November to Play CLUE

The Twenty-First Century Club met on November 15, 2016 in Mendon at the home of Janie Miller. The regular club meeting program was delivered by members Julie Henkle and Sandra Grooms.  The Club has a theme for the year called Start to Finish, and includes board games of all kinds  and each meeting will be a learning experience on the history and fun of the games we all grew up with.  Roll call was answered with a game we’d like to learn. Members mentioned Canasta, Bridge, Pinochle, and Dragons and Dungeons.  Julie went on to provide historical details about Parcheesi, a very old game from India. It was actually played with live people including servants on the lawn of the India King’s Palace. Aggravation and several other variations of the game today. The people of India still love it today. Julie had a couple of beautiful game boards she had created herself for her family to play.  Sandra Grooms went on to provide history of her game CLUE created in 1944 by Anthony Pratt. It was meant to be played in Bomb Shelters during World War II. There are tons of versions of it including Sponge Bob. Some historical facts include original game pieces: knife; wrench; rope revolver, lead pipe and candlestick. And those were the pieces the members used to play a round of the game. Teaming up in pairs, the members wore hats to represent their colors/characters: Colonel Mustard – yellow, Miss Scarlet- red, Mr. Green – green, Mrs. Peacock – peacock feather hat, Mrs. White – white, Professor Plum – purple.

The club enjoyed lemon bars, chocolate coconut bars, and cheese, made by hostesses Janie Miller and Sherry Shaffer, after the meeting,. The next meeting will be held in January 24, 2017 in the Tea Room at Rockford United Methodist Church. Members Sheila Baltzell and Twyla Hayes will be providing the program on Chess and Checkers.

 
 
 
 

The  Rockford Village Shop and Dine event will be held on December 4th - 4 pm - 7 pm.
Lasagna Dinner and Craft Show


Adults $8; Children $5 in Shanes Park Community Building
Buy Tickets at Barrys' Market and His 'n Hers
Sponsored by the Rockford Bicentennial Committee.

 
 
 

Rockford Village Council Met on 11/15/2016 - Click Here to read about upcoming events, and the minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal Agent, including:

The Rockford Fire Department is getting two lots transferred to them by the village for possible future expansion.

Christmas in the Park will be November 27 at 7 PM with food and music and lighting of the decorations.

Subdivision Plans move forward.

A new street will be built on Columbia Street beginning in February 2017. The project will be paid with a community block grant and interest free loans. 

 
 
 

 
November 14-16, 2016

 

 

Parkway is now closed due to fog for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

One Big Table at NHCC for grades 6-12 is still on tonight at 7:00

 

Western Ohio Civil War Round Table to Meet

Joe Bellas will speak at 7:15 pm at Wright State University - Lake Campus Room 152 Dwyer Hall on Thursday, November 17, 2016. His topic is:

Guerrillas in Midst - Kentucky

Public Invited

 

 

Thank you Toni Slusser of the Mercer County Board of Elections
for providing this printable Election Results Sheet - Click Here

 

Christmas in Shane’s Park in Rockford – Everyone Invited!

Christmas in the Park is planned for Sunday evening, November 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

There will be a special lighting of the numerous Christmas decorations, music, hot chocolate, and cookies.

 

This is sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, which also invites new members to consider joining. Membership Drive is currently in swing.

 

 

Colonial Offers Holiday Open House

Colonial Nursing Center is having an Open House for the Holidays on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 4-7 PM. Special Decorations on view, special treats and activities for the whole family.

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet on Monday - November 21st at 7 pm
at the museum on East Columbia Street in Rockford.  Our guest speaker will be
Mr. Rex Spencer of Celina.  Rex will make a presentation of his many studies of 
St. Claire and the movement of his troops along the Wabash River.  The public
is invited to the meeting.

 

Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Gets New Member

Coil Processing Repair located at 1201 Havemann Road in Celina has joined
the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.   They rebuild and repair
splitters,  choppers, mandrels (uncoilers/recoilers), trimmer, and auxiliary equipment.

The experienced service technicians at Coil Processing Repair, Inc.
understand how important a breakdown is and they make every effort to get you back up and running in the shortest possible time.  For more information on Coil Processing Repair visit  www.coilprocessingrepair.com or call 419 394-8623.

 

EMT Classes Being Offered
Apollo Career Center and Mercer County EMS are Offering Basic EMT
Classes. Orientation will be held on January 10th with classes
Beginning January 17th. All classes will be held at the Mercer County
EMS office on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6p to 10p. For
details and registration call 419-586-3797

 

For Sale – Snow Blower

30 inch 2 stage self propelled Snow Blower.

Husky Brand. 6 years old.  Excellent Condition.

$375 Call 419-852-6097

 

WREN CHRISTMAS SOCIETY NEWS

 

The Christmas Society will be putting up decorations in Wren on Saturday, November 19th and the Grand Illumination will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26th at dark (approximately 6:00 pm).  

 

The WCS will be holding a "Create your own Christmas scene" contest for area children in grades K-5 for the chance to turn on the Christmas lights in Wren for the Grand Illumination.  The deadline for entries will be Friday, Nov. 18th.  The winner will be notified by Tuesday, Nov. 22nd.  Please contact Karen at 419-495-2623 with any questions. 

 

The Society will also be sponsoring an Outside Home Display Contest again this year within a 3-mile radius of Wren.  Please contact Moe Davis at 419-495-2584 with any questions. 

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Wren at the Santa House at the corner of St. Rt. 49 and Jackson Street on Saturday, December 10th and Friday and Saturday, December 16th and 17th from 6 to 8 pm.  Carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies will be available during Santa hours.

 

2016 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

The public is invited to participate in the 2016 Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection week.

 

The northwest Ohio shoebox collection site in Lima is WTLW TV-44.

Shoeboxes are collected the following days and times:

 

November 14-20

 

Monday 11-5

Tuesday 11-7

Wednesday 11-5

Thursday 11-7

Friday 11-5

Saturday 10-1

Sunday 1-5

 

Bring boxes to 1844 Baty Rd., Lima, OH and enter via the main entrance (located adjacent to the parking lot.)


For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit http://wtlw.com/occ/.

 

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

The local collection director is Deb Smith.

 

Park University Announces Graduates from Wright-Patterson AFB Campus Center Parkville, Mo

Park University’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center held its commencement ceremony on Nov. 6, 2016 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center in Springfield, Ohio. The University had 63 students eligible to participate in the ceremony — two students received a master’s degree, 54 students received a bachelor’s degree, five students received both a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree, and two students received an associate degree. Former resident, Steven Todd Stetler, received his Management/Human Resources Degree (Magna Cum Laude (3.7 to 3.899 GPA). He is from Dayton, Ohio  and attended Parkway High School, Rockford, Ohio.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway High School ~ 1st Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Sandee Bollenbacher
Click Here

 

 
November 11, 2016
November 12-13, 2016

Happy Veterans' Day ~ Thank you for your bravery and service!


 

 
 

Veteran Ralph Ritz from Rockford Returns from Northeast Indiana Honor Flight to DC ~ 2000 People Greet Flight #22 in Ft. Wayne on October 12, 2016

By Sheila Baltzell – Veterans’ Day Feature 11-11-2016

 

The Trip

 

Humbled and awed by the late-night crowd of 2000 people in Ft. Wayne, IN, Ralph Ritz, a veteran of the Korean War Era, who served in Peace-Keeping Task Force in South Korea, December 1961 – January 1963, came home from his trip to Washington DC, totally thrilled about his tour of the nation’s capitol.

 

Sponsored by local businesswoman, Aleta Weis of Willshire Home Furnishings (above), and accompanied by caregiver - below, Bill Weis (her husband and business partner), Ralph Ritz started out a year ago to secure a seat on the Northeast Indiana hub of the Honor Flight trip to DC. Aleta is also a Director on the Board of Northeast Indiana and accompanied the flight on October 12, 2016 carrying 86 veterans of the Korean War, a few from World War II, and a few from Viet Nam. 86 caregivers went along and paired with a veteran, and 15 other passengers in various roles to help the veterans on the whirlwind day trip. All flights ($400) are free to the veterans; a price which the sponsor pays including his/her own ticket.

 

 
Picture above with caregiver and sponsor, Bill Weis.

 

Ralph reports that the day started at 4:30 AM in Ft. Wayne with a breakfast at the National Guard Armory served by a rousing Welcome Committee. The men were grouped by colored id tags, and there were 4 sections. They were then bussed to the airplane at Bair Field. Three hundred people joined the send-off. Entertainment on the one hour and 20 minute flight included a younger veteran who led them in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem. He continued with military songs , and many of the Veterans sang right along. They also had another breakfast on the plane ride.

 

Busses (with an escort of police on motorcycles) picked them up when they arrived in DC and a narrator accompanied each of the 4 busses. The colored tag each Veteran wore determined their group and the bus they were assigned. Each of the 86 veterans had their own wheelchair that accompanied them on the bus trip to each memorial attraction. First stops were the 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon, and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue where they also traveled by Trump’s Hotel. They traveled on to the WWII Memorial and the Air Force Memorial where they were served a boxed lunch compliments of Arby’s.

 

Next came the monument Ralph was longing to see, The Korean War Memorial. A Korean greeter narrated the tour. He spoke about the significance of the 19 bronze soldiers in the “field” that is the memorial. The wall nearby reflects the 19 to double the men making it 38 to represent the 38th Parallel between North and South Korea which the Veterans had fought to protect. The war ended in 1954. But the protection of the 38th Parallel continues even today.

 

Later, with their police escorts dodging dangerous traffic to keep the busses moving along in the motorcade, they continued on to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam Wall, Aiwa Jima, the Potomac River – Lions Bridge, and the Jefferson Memorial. Arlington National Cemetery was a particular treat, because the Philadelphia 76er’s Basketball Team was in charge of changing the flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the solemn changing of the guard. A meal was provided, they were bussed to the airport and at 9 PM, they arrived back in Ft. Wayne to the cheers of 2000 people, men, women and children. Bill Weis who had been his caregiver all day, stayed by Ralph’s side as emotional thank yous were expressed, shaking of many hands and lots of hugs were followed by sincere letters of thanks, hand drawn pictures and poems from school children and others. Ralph himself received a pretty handmade pillow made by a little girl who handed it to him personally. Ralph was humbled by the experience.

 

 

The Tour of Duty

 

On July 20, 1961, Ralph was  a newly-wed to his young bride Opal (Rogers), and they lived on a small farm near Arcanum. They raised Holstein milk cows together, and he also worked at NCR in Dayton. That was the day that Ralph E. Ritz was drafted at the age of 23 years. He served from 1961 to 1963 and took basic training at Ft. Knox, KY after which he shipped out on the USS Mann. It took 21 days to cross the ocean to En Chow, where the troops took a train and then truck to Camp Beavers just 30 miles from the 38th Parallel and below the demilitarized zone. Private Ralph E. Ritz, now a South Korean Trainee, had been trained as a Tank Operator in KY. At 170 pounds, he was trim and fit, working on his machine to keep it washed, shining and in perfect running order. He met Kim Bo Soon, who became Ralph’s Interpreter and gun loader on the tank for the 13 months he called South Korea his home. Two other men became his constant friend and partners, on the tank, a 50 ton beast built in Lima Ohio at the Tank Depot. They were a tank operator and a tank commander, making 4 who manned the tank. It was a 50 tone, 7 wheels/sport rollers with a rubber track, M48 Tank with 90 mm and 30 mm machine guns. Theirs was Tank #25 with the American Star on it.  Ralph said out on peace-keeping practice maneuvers, he once got the tank racing along at 58 MPH over the frozen hills and rice patties. The gas tank could hold 275 gallons of fuel, it had power steering, and an automatic transmission in High and Low, an accelerator and a brake. It was warm enough in the cold, snow-less winters and very hot in the summer (no AC). There were 15 tanks in his A Battalion (they had A, B, and C)  and the diesels were started every two hours to heat the fuel in cold weather.  Ralph took special Davy Crockett training to  shoot a nuclear rocket, and he was allowed to fire a blank once in practice. He saw no combat, but knew of 6 soldiers who were shot in the line of duty while he was there. Guard duty involved no live ammo, but they were allowed to take the 1st Sergeant’s dog to walk along on duty. The men knew if they gave Rusty a stick of gum, he would stay with them all night. He was a Heinz-57 variety, but well-trained. If he heard a noise outside the fence, he attacked or ran-off whoever was out there. Once he and his friends took a bus as far north as they were allowed to the DMZ – The NO CROSS LINE. It was and eerie feeling, and he had heard tales of soldiers getting lost and wandering into North Korean Territory.

 

 

 

After 13 months of barracks living in metal Quonset huts, 6 AM revelry calls, fuel oil stoves for heat, and Army cots, Michigan native Dale Snider, Ralph’s tank driver, Washington, PA native, Jim Sickles, his other driver, Kim Bo Soon of South Korea, and Ralph finished their tours of duty and went home. At Ft. Stewart in Georgia, Ralph finished his last 6 months, then returned to Arcanum, Ohio to raise a family and live a happy life.  He lost his wife, Opal, many years later and then met and fell in love with Nancy (Rogers) who became his bride, and they recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in Rockford. Ralph recently retired after 30 years as a bus driver for Parkway Schools, too.

 

 

The Thanks

Thank you Ralph for serving our nation so bravely. You deserved that grand tour of Washington DC! We are proud!

Anyone interested in the Honor Flights that travel nearly year round to assure that our Veterans are able to see their memorials in DC, can call 937-521-2400 or contact Aleta Weis in Willshire.

 

Click below on smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge them
 
Honor Flight 22

Korean War Memorial
Souvenir books

Thank you letters from a grateful nation
Ralph's translation and training manuals

The Uniform
Training commendations

Honor Flight Certificate
 

 
November 10, 2016

 

 
 

Oncologist to Speak to Men’s Prostate Cancer Group

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. Chris Rhoades will be making a presentation on oncology treatments for prostate cancer.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, November 15th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

 
 

 
November 9, 2016

 

 

Donald Trump Wins Election and Becomes our 45th President

 

Wabash Rd will be closed at the intersection of Schaadt Rd for approximately 6 weeks for bridge replacement.

 

 
 
 
 

8th Graders Visit Vantage

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

The eighth graders are seeing some new and exciting extras in the labs this year.  In the Construction Equipment Technology program which started this year, they’re able to check out the equipment as well as surveying, site layout, masonry and concrete installation.  Several new robotic pieces have been installed in the Industrial Mechanics lab as part of the RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) grant Vantage received.  And in Health Technology, they’re being introduced to “HAL,” a lifelike health simulator that provides students with a more realistic way to practice a number of medical procedures, including taking blood pressure and pulse, and drawing blood.

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

It’s great to host the 8th graders and give them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage is all about! 

The annual Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet is just around the corner.  This year it will be held on Wednesday, November 16 and Friday, November 18.  Guests will be seated from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 (plus tax).  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  To reserve your spot, call 419-238-5411 ext. 2425.

A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 21 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 22 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 29.  Happy Thanksgiving!

CAPTION 1:  Seth Heindel, a Parkway 8th grader, attempts to maneuver a perm curler on a mannequin in the Vantage Cosmetology lab while his classmates watch with anticipation.

 

CAPTION 2:  These Parkway 8th graders take a break on some newly-built steps in the Vantage Carpentry lab during their recent visit.

 

 

 

 
 

It’s not too late to donate!

The Leota Braun Charitable Foundation (LBCF) Annual Harvest Celebration was held on October 8, 2016, in the new Shanes Building on Front Street Rockford. The evening entertainment and speaker was hometown girl, Kaela Gardner Kinney, who now lives and sings in Nashville, Tennessee.

A delicious catered meal served by Brenda Severns was 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.

The LBCF would like to thank those who contributed to the event in any way. This is the only annual fundraiser for the LBCF. Your contributions do make a difference.

If you were 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___ 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.

 

 
 

 
November 8, 2016

 

 
 
 
 

Election Day - Poll Hours in Ohio 6:30AM - 7:30 PM

 
 
 
 
 

 
November 7, 2016

 

 
 

Deerfield Golf Course Winter Hours – Open all Winter Beginning November 1st
Golf Simulator Leagues ~ Clubhouse/Simulator Room Rentals

The winter hours have started at Deerfield Golf Course 5621 Shelley Road, Rockford.

They are Wednesday - Saturday 8 am to 7pm and Sunday Noon to close.

Exciting Golf Simulator Leagues start Nov 16th so sign up now for your favorite tee time.

Reservations for holiday family parties or bachelor parties in the clubhouse and simulator room
Hurry ! 10% off all 2017 memberships now through Dec 31st 2016
 

Get your membership early and save!

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  Anthony Shane’s log cabin may have been the site of the first U.S. Post Office in Mercer County.  Credit for Post Card:  Shanes Crossing Historical Society, Rockford, Ohio.

Old Post Cards about Mercer County, and Grand Lake, and Post Marks (from old closed Mercer County Post Offices) will be on exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 1:00 – 4:00 at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, Ohio (a block east of the Mercer County Courthouse).

Last week, I wrote about the historic site of Rockford, Ohio being identified as “Half-Way Cross,” at the historic river crossing of the St. Marys River, on the 1755 English map, with the site being later platted as the Village of Shanesville, by Anthony Shane on June 23, 1820.  The Shanes Crossing Post Office was established on October 4, 1823.  Most of the very early Post Offices in Mercer County, were either in a home, or a general store.  Dublin Township had the two oldest Post Offices in Mercer County, being Shanes Crossing, October 4, 1823 and Ruckman’s June 22, 1832.  There is a strong possibility that the first U.S. Post Office in Mercer County was the Shanes Crossing Post Office, at the Village of Shanesville, in the home of Anthony Shane.  I was wondering if Anthony Shane might have built a two story log cabin along the St. Marys River, between 1820 and 1823.

 

In quest of more information about log cabins on the St. Marys River, at that time, I read Captain James Riley’s “Journal,” where he wrote about moving his family in the midst of the winter, January 1821, to the banks of the St. Marys River, “Intending to build mills, I immediately commenced improving my purchase of land, by erecting a dam across the river and building a log cabin into which I moved my family.”  Riley’s two story log cabin was built in three sections.  Captain James Riley [not to be confused with his son James Watson Riley who platted Celina in 1834], laid out the plat of Willshire in 1822. The Village of Willshire received its Post Office in 1822, and Roswell Riley, Captain Riley’s brother, was appointed as Postmaster of Willshire on November 1, 1822.  Therefore, on the Saint Marys River, Anthony Shane platted the Village of Shanesville in 1820, and Captain Riley platted Willshire in 1822, and the Willshire Post Office was established in 1822, and the Shanes Crossing Post Office was established in 1823.  The log cabin of Anthony Shane is the site of the first Mercer County Post Office,  Willshire Post Office is the first Van Wert County Post Office.

Last week, I said that I would give you a list of the closed Mercer County U.S. Post Offices.  First, I will list the Mercer County Ohio Post Offices which are in operation in 2016:  Rockford, Mendon, Celina, Montezuma, Coldwater, Fort Recovery, Saint Henry, Maria Stein, and Burkettsville. 

 

The following are closed Mercer County Post Offices, listed by Township:  Blackcreek Twp., Pond; Butler Twp., Philothea; Center Township, Boetia and Neptune; Dublin Twp., Mercer, Ruckmans, and Shaffers Station; Gibson Twp., Violet; Granville Twp., Cranberry Prairie and Wendelin; Hopewell Twp., Earley, Stedke (Stedcke) and Tamah; Jefferson Twp., Reservoir; Liberty Twp., Brehm, Chattanooga, Durbin, Hinton, Price, Scudder, and Skeels Crossroads; Marion Twp., Carthagena, Chickasaw, St. Rosa, and Sebastian; Recovery Twp., Ferner, Saint Peters, and Victoria; and Washington Twp., Erastus, Macedon, Padua, and Wabash.

 

At this Sunday November 13 Exhibit, we are seeking historic Mercer County post cards and/or old envelopes with post marks of closed Post Offices.  Anyone who brings an old envelope with a postmark of a closed Mercer County Post Office will receive one free $5.00 local history book.  

 

On Sunday, November 13, Guests bringing old post cards to the Mercer County Historical Museum may ask for information from the experts, Bob and Sharon Poor, Dale Poeppelman, and David Gray.

 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 5-6, 2016
Time Change Weekend!


 

 
 
Remember that Daylight Savings time is going away on November 6, 2016 at 2 AM. We will Fall Back 1 hour and be on regular Eastern Standard Time.
 
 

Stateline Writers Club Meetings

The Stateline Writers Club will meet at the Celina library on Saturday, November 19, at 10 a.m.  The suggested writing topic is "a sensory experience that evoked a childhood memory."  A lesson on devotional writing will follow.  The public is welcome to attend.


The last meeting of 2016 will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m.  The suggested writing topic is "a family ritual."   No club meetings are scheduled for January or February.

 

 

MUD PIKE IMPROVEMENT BETWEEN SR 118 & THE CITY OF CELINA

Over the course of the last year or so, you have seen a lot of utility relocations occurring by both utility companies and their respective contractors to be ready for the upcoming road work.  Earlier this year, Shinn Brothers, Inc. was awarded the bid and contract for the road work, which is set to begin shortly. 

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced depending upon weather, Shinn Brothers, Inc. plan to start some drainage work this year as part of the Mud Pike road improvements.  There may be short/limited road closures through the remainder of this year.  Most of the closures – interruptions to travel will be occurring in 2017.  The contractor has a total of 180 days pursuant to the contract allotted for road closures.  Even though the road is closed to through traffic, the contractor (as they progress with their work) is required to maintain access to all the local drives on this section of Mud Pike.  There will be times when you may only be allowed to go one direction, as the roadway may be cut with culvert/crossover pipe replacements.  The progression of their work is likely to involve, initially, a lot of road drainage, catch basin, pipe, tile and crossover pipe replacements.  Next, Fleetfoot Road and Hellwarth Road intersection realignments are likely to occur.  At the same time, shoulder and ditch regrading will occur.  Following that, the actual road pavement widening would occur, followed by the full width asphaltic concrete resurfacing.  Lastly, dirt fine grading and seeding and mulching operations will be completed.  The completion deadline for the project is October 1, 2017.  Keep in mind, if the weather is exceptionally wet and non-conducive to work or changes occur to the contract, these timelines can be dynamic.

In early spring, right-of-way stakes will be placed and need to remain for the duration of the project.

Thanks to the public for their past patience and understanding with the work that has been done and we apologize in advance for the disruption and impact the road work will have.  Our office is available to try to answer any questions you may have about the project. 

The contact information for the Mercer County Engineer’s Office is:

4884 Mud Pike, Celina 45822

Phone: 419.586.7759

Email: engineer@mercercountyohio.org 

 

 
 
 
 


Operation Christmas Child Donors

For the second year, Calvary Preschoolers have brought in change to purchase gifts for Operation Christmas Child.  This year the students filled 6 shoe boxes with items purchased with their donations.  It was exciting to pack the boxes and know the gifts will be sent to a child in another country who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

 

 
 

Crestview Plans  Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 11, 2016

Community veterans are invited to attend a pancake breakfast in order to commemorate Veterans Day at Crestview Middle/High School on Friday, November 11th.  Student leaders from Grades 6-12 will help prepare and serve breakfast for Van Wert County veterans between 7:45-9:30am in the school auditeria.  There will also be a ceremonial program to thank and recognize our veterans at 8:15am in the auditeria.

Middle and High School students will be working on service projects in the classroom throughout the week to assist with the upcoming Honor Flights in April/May 2017 with the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight organization.

Guests may park in the staff and visitor parking lot nearest to Tully Street by the Crestview Board of Education and enter through that door entrance or by the “Knight Door” by the main MS/HS office.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 4, 2016

 

 
 
 

Soup and Sandwich Lunch in Chatt

The Chattanooga United Methodist Women will be holding their annual Soup and Sandwich lunch to raise money for missions and charities in the community.  We will serve soups, sandwiches, desserts and drinks on Sunday November 13th from 11-12:30 and will be accepting free will donations to further our work within the area.  Thanks so much to all who support us in everything we do!

 

 
 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for November 8, 2016

6:30 P.M.

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 
 
 

 
November 3, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Village Council Met on 11/1/2016 - Click Here to read about upcoming events, and the minutes including:

J & B Equipment has purchased several lots and have cleaned them up. 

TJ’s lot – in the south east corner – where does their lot end and the street begin?

Subdivision Plans move forward

Street Repairs

 

 
 
Parkway Schools Calendar of Events for November 2016 - Click here for a printable version
 
 
 

 
November 1-2, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Boys Cross Country Going to State
At the Regionals in Tiffin on Saturday, October 29, 2016, Parkway earned a 4th place finish. They earned a 175 and this is the first time Boys Cross Country has ever been to state.

They compete at National Trail Raceway on Saturday.

Congratulations and Best of Luck Panthers!
 

 
 

Panther Sportswear for Sale – Sophomore Class Fundraiser

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 Friday, November 18th.

Orders can be picked up in the middle school office December 19-20 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.

 

 

St. Teresa Chili Supper Planned

Annual Chili Supper will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016
from 4:30-7:30pm.
The public is invited at St Teresa Catholic Church 4227 State Route
707, Rockford, Ohio
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 FOOD or FUNDS DRIVE for
Parkway Food Pantry.

Raffle Drawing will be held to benefit the Religious Education Program
of St Teresa Parish.

 

Turkey Shoot

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Sunday November 6, 2016 starting at noon. It will be held on the club grounds located 2 miles east of Willshire, OH on St. Rte. 81.

Only 12 gauge shotguns will be permitted and shell will be furnished. Youth shoots for children, aged 16 and under will be held. Only 20 gauge shotguns will be permitted for the youth shoots and shells will be furnished. A lunch stand will be available. Public is welcome.

 

Rockford Bicentennial Committee to Meet

A reminder that the next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be
held on November 7th at 7 pm - Rockford Village Hall.  Public is encouraged to
attend and get involved !  

 

 

Books Donated to Mercer County Library

The University Women's Club in Celina, OH recently donated two books to the Mercer County District Library in memory of the late Joyce Smelser who was a longtime, active member of the club and passed away on June 16, 2016.

"Power Your Happy: Work Hard, Play Nice & Build Your Dream Life" by Lisa Sugar and "Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction" by Elizabeth Vargas were titles chosen by library staff as good fits for their collection. Memorial book plates were entered into each title so readers  to come will remember Joyce.

Shown above are left to right: Elizabeth Muether, MLIS, Library Director, Sheila Baltzell, club member, and Sonnie Bernardi, club president with the new books.

 

 
 

 
October 28-31, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in October at Rockford United Methodist Church

The Twenty-First Century Club met on October 25, 2016 at Rockford United Methodist Church. The regular club meeting program was delivered by Kim Carr.  The Club has a theme for the year called Start to Finish, and includes board games of all kinds  and each meeting will be a learning experience on the history and fun of the games we all grew up with.  Roll call was answered with our favorite childhood games which included Parcheesi, Peanuts, Canasta, Battleship, Pit and Racko to name a few. Kim went on to provide historical details about Monopoly, created in 1933 by Charles Darrow who made the first one on an oil cloth board, use handwritten cards, and and had wood carved houses and hotels. In 1935 Parker Brothers bought the game, manufactured it and it became an instant success. Kim had an original planning board and several pieces as well as boards that have been produce and sold over the years. In her fact finding, she learned that 300 licensed versions have been produced; 47 languages have been represented and 114 countries have the game. The first game cost $2.00. Kim had everyone playing a shortened version of the game, which was loads of fun, and  Val Frizinger and Ann Gage won a special prize for ending the game with the most money.

The club enjoyed apple pie, cookies, apple cider and coffee after the meeting, served by hostesses Sheila Baltzell and Val Fritzinger. The next meeting will be held on November 15, 2016 in the Rockford Library Meeting Room. Members Sandra Grooms and Julie Henkle will be providing the program on Clue and Parcheesi

 

 

Parkway Boys Cross Country Team Headed to State After Regional 4th Place Win
Order Shirts to Join in the Celebration – HS Office on October 31, 2016



 

Parkway Volleyball Ends Season with Loss 3-0 to Coldwater in district Semi-fianls.

Great Season Lady Panthers!

 

 

DNA Testing to be Discussed

Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at the Richardson Bretz Building.  The program will be a round table discussion of the use of DNA testing in genealogy research.  Karen Franzer will lead the discussion and tell of her recent experince with the testing and the results.  The meeting is free and the public is welcome. The Richarson Bretz building is located at 119 west Fulton Street in Celina.

 

 

Parkway November 2016 Breakfast Menus by Pam Smith
Parkway November 2016 Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

 
October 26-27, 2016

 

 
 

Death and Grieving 101
  
Wednesday November 2nd 7pm at RUMC Fellowship Hall
  
All 9th-12th grade students welcome

 

 

 

Daniel Tiger Releases Ahead of Schedule at Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. October has been an entertaining ride at the NPAC, leaving fans of all ages looking forward to what’s in store. Well, the wait is over for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Daniel and his friends will transport the audience to the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” on February 25, 2017 with two kid-friendly showtimes of pure, Tiger-ific Fun at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Jeffery-Mohr Family Dentistry has been presenting family shows at the Niswonger for the past five seasons and is pleased to bring this very popular PBS Kids show to Northwest Ohio.

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Kids and parents alike rave about the lively show that is produced by The Fred Rogers Company and airs daily on PBS Kids. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

This event is made complete with the generous support of the  2016-2017 Season Sponsors, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Statewide Ford-Lincoln, and Chuck & Karen Koch. 

Tickets for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! are now available and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office, Mon. - Fri., Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722.

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

 

 



 

Formal Charges Filed Against Former Local Man

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the filing of formal charges against Jeffery E.  Rasawehr, age 51, Birmingham, MI.  Since January 2012, Mr. Rasawehr has continually barraged his family & extended family and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office with threatening and condescending emails, blog posts, voicemails, phone calls, and texts.

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office have tried to work through Mr. Rasawehr’s attorney, Joseph Yamin, to find a solution to the ongoing issues.  These attempts have been met with threats by Mr. Rasawehr to sue the Sheriff’s Office. (See Attached Recording)

“While people have a first amendment right to free speech, the Ohio Revised Code prohibits menacing by stalking, telecommunications harassment, and obstructing official business,” stated Sheriff Grey.  Mr. Rasawehr has been charged with 5 counts of Menacing by stalking, 8 Counts of Telecommunications Harassment, and 13 Counts of Obstructing Official Business.  Menacing by stalking and telecommunications harassment are first degree misdemeanors carrying a possible penalty of 6 months in jail for each charge.  Obstructing Official business is a second degree misdemeanor carrying a possible 3 months in jail for each charge.  

 

Mr. Rasawehr has filed unfounded complaints with the FBI, the Bureau of Adult Detention, and Ohio Organized Crime.  All have concluded there was no wrong doing by the Sheriff’s Office or its employees and have closed their cases.

It is possible more charges will be filed as the investigation continues.  The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comment due to the on-going threat of litigation.

 

 

THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 5, 2016
ROCKFORD, OH


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 with show beginning at 7 pm.

Cost at the door is $7.00.  18 and under are free.  There will be a 50/50 drawing.

Guests include:  

* Dondie Macklin – Lima, OH * Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Randy Moore from Gover Hill * Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  * Dan Cole – Reading, MI

There is a lot of music experience in all the guests.  All are very talented.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
October 25, 2016
 

 
 
 
 
 
Mendon Halloween Activities

Trick or Treat within the Village of Mendon is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM as set by the Village Council.

The Mendon Lions Club will sponsor the annual costume judging at 7 PM at the Fire Department/ Township House.

Costume judging will be by school grede level and an adult category.

A chili supper with sandwiches , soups and desserts is also planned there (by the fire department members) from 4-7 PM.

 

Laurels of Shane Hill Trick or Treat

Trick or Treater's are invited to the Laurels and Maplewood of Shane's Village Trick or Treat from 3:30 to 5 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Free pizza will be served and a coloring contest is planned

 

Rockford Halloween Activities Set

October 29th – Halloween activities:   Trick or treat from 6:00-7:30 and Judging will follow at the Fire House 8:00 pm.

October 29th – Rockford United Methodist Church will be handing out candy during Trick or Treat at the church parking lot behind the Fire Station.

 

Halloween Party in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Association is excited to announce their date for their 2016 Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building located on 118 on the north side of the Village and as always,.. FREE to the public.  It will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00pm to midnight. The evening will feature the local band: “Section Ate”. They will be serving homemade chili and peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches along with other snacks by donation. There will also be cash prizes for several costume categories.  

 

Willshire Trick or Treat is is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM Costume judging will follow in the park.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Activities in the park will begin at 6:00 PM with entertainment provided by the Parkway High School Marching Band.  Categories for judging will be by ages as well as a category for “group”.  Doughnuts, coffee, apple cider, and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Willshire Lions Club and the American Legion Post 207.  Plan to visit Willshire and enjoy the evening activities.

 

Zion Lutheran Church Trunk-r-Treat

Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 30th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MERCER UMC AYCE SOUP SUPPER & BAKE SALE

JUNCTION SR 707 AND 33. 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2016 4:30 -7:00 PM. 

ADULTS 13 & UP $7, KIDS 5-12 $4, 4 & UNDER FREE. 

SANDWICHES:  BBQ PORK, CHICKEN, SLOPPY JOE, HOTDOGS & CONEY DOGS.  SOUPS:  CHILI, PASTOR CRAIG'S HOT CHILI, NOODLE & VEGETABLE.   DELUXE SALAD BAR,  HOME BAKED PIES AND BEVERAGES. 

SILENT AUCTION FOR A HICKORY NUT CAKE!!  BAKE SALE:  ANGEL FOOD CAKES, HOMEMADE  NOODLES, FUDGE PUDDLES, HOME BAKED PIES, BUCKEYE COOKIES, POPCORN BALLS, COOKIES, FUDGE, ETC. 

 ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT MISSIONS. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 22-24, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Athletes Bring Home Tournament Wins
Move on to More Action

 

Parkway Volleyball won the Sectional Title in 4 sets over Patrick Henry on Saturday. The next game is October 26, 2016 at 6 PM in Kalida

Parkway Cross Country qualified for Regionals for the first time in school history on Saturday with a 3rd place finish at Districts.

 
 
Mendon Voters to Decide on a five-year renewal of a levy at 2.5 mill. It collects $9,700 annually for alley repairs, park improvements; ambulance service, and other village items.
 
 

Prayers Needed ~ Click Here!

 
 

The Rockford Chamber would like to congratulate Business Members that have had
milestone Anniversaries this year -


Chatt Insurance - 10 Year Anniversary

Main Street Tax - 15 Year Anniversary

Deerfield Golf Course - 20 Year Anniversary

A. Brandt Construction - 30 Year Anniversary

Gehle Transport - 40 Year Anniversary

His N Hers Salon - 40 Year Anniversary

Mercer Health - 65 Year Anniversary

Wabash Telephone - 105 Year Anniversary


We appreciate their membership in the Rockford Chamber
and thank these businesses for their years of service
to the Rockford Area ! 

 

 

Noah’s Ark Fund Supplies Items for Hospice Center

Generous donations collected at the CHP Hospice dinner/auction in April are enabling the Noah’s Ark Fund at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center to purchase items to benefit hospice patients and families during their stay at the center.

Tisha Fast and Tonia Verville, members of the Noah’s Ark Fund committee, recently looked over the new purchases. These include roll away beds, fans, video monitors, games, toys, bird feeders, and other things intended to make patients and visitors feel more at home.

The Noah’s Ark Fund was established in memory of Noah Martin, a 14-month-old child who received care at the hospice center shortly after it opened in 2009. Supported entirely through donations, its goal is to make available comfort measures not typically covered in hospice care.

Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center provides personalized, around-the-clock care focused on comfort at the end-of-life.

 

 

 
October 21, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Village Council to Increase Wages of Employees
The Rockford Village Council voted to increase wages by 3% to seven full-time employees at the meeting on Tuesday October 18, 2016. Read about this news and other items of business by clicking here for the minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal Officer.

 

 

Parkway Middle School Conferences

 

Parkway Middle School will be holding parent teacher conferences on Thursday, November 3rd, Thursday, November 10th, Monday November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd. 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 23rd through November 28th.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 29th.

 

 

Financial Aid meeting at Parkway High School for Weds, Oct. 19, was postponed. The meeting on completing FAFSA's for college will be held on Tues, Oct 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Seniors and parents should plan to attend, juniors and parents are also welcome. 

 

 
 
 

New Celina Mercer County Chamber of
Commerce Member 

Preferred Insurance Center has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of
Commerce. At Preferred Insurance Center they do a lot of things right.   Every time they give a quote, they donate $10 to a charity.  They shop eight great companies for you and save hundreds of dollars for their customers.  


 

 

 

Signature Partners, Inc.  dba Signature 4 has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Signature 4 is located in Coldwater and here is a snapshot of what they do and who they are. 

WHAT WE DO

S4 is an engineering, design, marketing, and manufacturing company that works closely with each customer to design products specifically tailored to meet our customer needs. We blend creative design with disciplined engineering; S4’s image enhancing solutions are as unique as your product.

Forty Nine Degrees, LLC

WHO WE ARE

We are designers first and foremost and that passion for design carries through our in-house manufacturing and installation process. That’s paramount to us as designers. Attention to detail at every turn is what sets us apart from others in our industry. Whether renovating an existing space or building an entirely new one, Forty Nine Degrees is the company customers rely upon for cutting-edge design and innovative material fabrication.

WHAT WE DO

The heartbeat of our business is design. This drives everything we do. We create. Our team of talented artists designs environmental graphics 24-7. It is a group of people that are trained to think and work outside of the norm but have the discipline to execute.

One of the big advantages in working with Forty Nine Degrees is our ability to fabricate the designs we create. We have a range on in-house processes that can achieve virtually anything graphically. Our fabrication team works hand-in-hand with design and installation to make each vision become a reality.

Our installation team is the best there is…period. This team is composed of highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals that flat out get it.

 

 

 

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 Gonzalo Bergara Quartet 

The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930’s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a "masterpiece." 

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet consists of Gonzalo Bergara on lead guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, and Brian Netzley on upright bass. 

The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara's true home, Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious... and deeply moving.

Don't miss out. 
This show is sure to impress music lovers of all ages! 

Reserve your tickets in advance to save on at the door prices. 

260-726-4809

 

 

 

 

The Mercer County Commissioners have added a Handicapped Ramp on the West side of the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, in time for the public to visit the October 23, 2016 Military Exhibit at this County Museum.  The Handicapped Parking Space is on the South side of the Museum.

 

 

 

Celina Police Department Release

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 12:43 PM Celina Police Officers responded with an ambulance from the Celina Fire Department in response to a report of a man who was not breathing at 1404 E. Livingston St., Celina.  CPR was in progress.  The man, identified as 34 year old Jordan J. Bowers, of Delphos, was taken to the Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater.  Efforts to resuscitate Bowers were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The death, which is not considered suspicious, remains under investigation by the Celina Police Department.  An autopsy is pending at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
October 20, 2016

 

 
 
 
Driver Training Classes to Begin! MR. E’s DRIVING SCHOOL, LLC Announces:
 

CLASSROOM TIMES for FALL 2016
Sat. Oct. 29th                8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Mon. Oct. 31st              3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Tue. Nov. 1st                 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Wed. Nov. 2nd               3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Thur. Nov. 3rd                3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Fri. Nov. 4th                   3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Sat. Nov. 5th                 8:00 am – 12:15 pm
 

MAKE UP DAY
Monday,  November 7th 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM


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

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

 
 
 
Mendon Halloween Activities

Trick or Treat within the Village of Mendon is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM as set by the Village Council.

The Mendon Lions Club will sponsor the annual costume judging at 7 PM at the Fire Department/ Township House.

Costume judging will be by school grede level and an adult category.

A chili supper with sandwiches , soups and desserts is also planned there (by the fire department members) from 4-7 PM.

 

Laurels of Shane Hill Trick or Treat

Trick or Treater's are invited to the Laurels and Maplewood of Shane's Village Trick or Treat from 3:30 to 5 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Free pizza will be served and a coloring contest is planned

 

Rockford Halloween Activities Set

October 29th – Halloween activities:   Trick or treat from 6:00-7:30 and Judging will follow at the Fire House 8:00 pm.

October 29th – Rockford United Methodist Church will be handing out candy during Trick or Treat at the church parking lot behind the Fire Station.

 

Halloween Party in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Association is excited to announce their date for their 2016 Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building located on 118 on the north side of the Village and as always,.. FREE to the public.  It will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00pm to midnight. The evening will feature the local band: “Section Ate”. They will be serving homemade chili and peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches along with other snacks by donation. There will also be cash prizes for several costume categories.  

 

Willshire Trick or Treat is is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM Costume judging will follow in the park.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Activities in the park will begin at 6:00 PM with entertainment provided by the Parkway High School Marching Band.  Categories for judging will be by ages as well as a category for “group”.  Doughnuts, coffee, apple cider, and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Willshire Lions Club and the American Legion Post 207.  Plan to visit Willshire and enjoy the evening activities.

 

Zion Lutheran Church Trunk-r-Treat

Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 30th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

 

 
 
 
 

 
October 19, 2016

 

 
 
 

Lindsay Shellabarger and Jamon Hammel
Announce Engagement

Lindsay Shellabarger and Jamon Hammel have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding on November 12, 2016, at The Well in Huntington.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Randy and Colleen Shellabarger, of Rockford, Ohio.  Lindsay is a 2010 graduate of Parkway High School, and a 2014 graduate of Huntington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and played softball.  She is licensed as a Registered Nurse and is employed on the Medical/Surgical unit at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Her fiancé is the son of Jeff and Marie Hammel, of Andrews, Indiana.  Jamon is a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School, and a 2013 graduate of Huntington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management and played baseball.  Jamon is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and is employed as a Senior Financial Analyst with Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Photo Credit: Amy Sprunger Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Van Wert Civil Air Patrol Coming to Mercer County Museum

The Van Wert Civil Air Patrol unit #296 will be greeting the guests at
the Military Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum at Celina,
on Sunday, October 23, 1:00 – 4:00.  Civil Air Patrol is a congressionally
chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as
the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force for
kids age 12-18.   It performs three congressionally assigned key
missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air
and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for
youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. 

 

 

 

8 hour Ohio Basic Safety Course ~ Ohio Carry Conceal Permit

 

Rockford Native Chris May co-owner of Tri-Tactical Training Group, LLC, is presenting an 8 hour Ohio Basic Safety Course (Ohio Carry Conceal Permit) on Sunday, October 30th from 8:30am until 5:30pm. 

The course will consist of: Ohio CCW Course; Simulator analysis of firearm handling; Scenario based training (conditioning of the mind); and live fire.

Prices are $110.00 with your own handgun; $125 without your own handgun; $25 to attend 2 hour Introduction to armed conflict immediately after the Safety Course.

Students required equipment:
Serviceable handguns/fitted holster
Appropriate clothing (jeans/5.11)
Cover garment for drawing
Eyes and ear protection (live fire)
Footwear-boots or tennis shoes (no flip flops)

Students are encouraged to bring every handgun they plan to carry for personal protection and about 50 rounds of ammo (no reloads)

The classroom portion of the class is being held at the Community Room at Parkway Schools.

Click here for a printable sign-up sheet for the class.

Tri-Tactical Training Group, LLC
6440 Norwalk Road, Suite #J
Medina, OH 44256
Owneres: Chris May/Jesse Sprouse
Phone 419-305-9665
Email: tritactraining@yahoo.com
Website: www.tri-tactraining.com
Facebook: tri-tactical training Group

 

 
 
 

 
October 17-18, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Caitlin Grier Joins Staff at His ‘n Hers Rockford
Nails are her Specialty

 

Caitlin Grier recently passed her State Board License as a Nail Technician, and has joined the staff at His ‘n Hers Rockford, working alongside Brenda Barker, owner.

Caitlin is the daughter of Bill and Cindy Grier of Mendon and graduated from Parkway in 2010. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing from University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima.

Following her graduation, she finished an Advanced Nail Technician Degree through Creative Images in Vandalia. Her ten week program included training on: natural nails; acrylics;  nail diseases; bacterial disorders; muscles and bones of the hands; massage of the hands and feet; and nail art.

She completed an additional 100 hours on advanced work on her own for managing her own nail business.

 

 

 

 

 

Her training in polishes and acrylics includes: regular; gels; and lacquers.

Products she uses are: OPI Polishes; CND Shellac and gel; and OPI gel; Morgan Taylor Polishes; and Tammy Taylor Acrylics.

Caitlin and Brenda both use the OPI Infinite shine Lacquer System on pedicures.

Caitlin works evenings beginning at 4 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, she works during the day.

Walk-ins are welcome or call her at 419-305-6243 for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember that Daylight Savings time is going away on November 6, 2016 at 2 AM. We will Fall Back 1 hour and be on regular Eastern Standard Time.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Election Night Supper in Venedocia ~ Open to Public

Election Night Supper, featuring Lions Club Sausage, Chicken Sandwiches, Homemade Soup & Desserts is coming to the Venedocia Lions Club Building
in Venedocia and hosted by the Salem Church. It will be held

on  Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 4:30pm-7:00pm (Election Day)

 

 
 
 

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for October 18, 2016

6:30 P.M.

Mendon Library Annex

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 

Good Earth Run Supports Hospice Fund

 

 

The Good Earth Health Food Shoppe in Van Wert celebrated 40 years of business, partnering with CHP Hospice on a 5K/10K run-walk on Aug. 27, to benefit the local hospice agency’s patient care fund.

On Tuesday, Deb Ford, owner of the Good Earth, presented the event’s proceeds to Kim Mason, CHP volunteer coordinator. Also present were (L-R) Karla Laukhuf, Chalmer Huston, Cheryl Schaffner, Neil Hammons and Karen Hammons.

The Good Earth Run 5K/10K drew around 160 participants and included a celebration with food and music following the run.

As a community-based, nonprofit organization, CHP works with local families regardless of financial situation. Its patient care fund helps to offset costs in cases where Medicare or insurance doesn’t cover all the charges incurred for hospice services.

 

Messiah Chorus being formed


Paul Hoverman, director of the biennial Van Wert Community Messiah performance has announced the rehearsal schedule for the volunteer chorus.  The first rehearsal will be Saturday, November 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church 113 West Central Ave. Van Wert, OH.  All other rehearsals will be on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm beginning with Sunday, November 13.  The performance will be Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 pm at the First UM Church in Van Wert.

A volunteer chorus of approximately 75 singers joins a professional chamber orchestra and four professional soloists.  Anyone high school age and older wishing to sing in the chorus is invited to attend the first rehearsal.  The ability to sing in tune and the desire to be a part of a wonderful musical and Christmas tradition are the only requirements.  Music books are available for those who do not have their own copy.  Those who own their own copy are encouraged to bring them.  It is highly recommended for singers to attend the majority of rehearsals.

The Van Wert community tradition of a Messiah performance dates back to pre-WWII years.  Since 1992, it has been a biennial tradition.  Hoverman will be conducting his eleventh performance of Messiah.  The December performance will include Part I as well as The Trumpet Shall Sound, Worthy is the Lamb/Amen, and the Hallelujah Chorus.

The performance is sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.  Any questions may be directed to paulhoverman@gmail.com

 

“Drinking Habits” to appear at Off Stage Productions.

Play review by Lacy Allen

 

Directors Dan Bulau and Amy Schoppell have comedy gold in this year’s production of Drinking Habits by Tom Smith.

The sisters of Perpetual Sewing Convent have a problem… and it’s enough to drive one to drink.

 A declaration has been made that any convent not of “consequence” will be closed, so the sisters take matters into their own hands to protect the place they call home… even if it’s just three... or six of them.

Cunning Sister Augusta (played by Mary Yackey) and Confessional Sister Philamena (played by Kecia Pontius) have devised a plan to secretly sell wine instead of grape juice to make their convent more profitable, even if it means dragging innocent groundskeeper George (played by Daniel Sanderson) into their scheme. But someone’s wine has just won a half million-dollar prize, spurring reporters Paul and Sally (played by Matt Krol and Amy McConn) to the steps of the convent in search of the mysterious winner. As Paul (Krol) and Sally (McConn) go under cover as Father Paul and Sister Mary Mary, things get even more twisted with news that not only will there be a new arrival at the convent, but that the Cardinal is sending spies around to infiltrate and determine what convents will be closed.

With the arrival of Sister Mary Catherine (played by Kelly Smith), even the level-headed Father Chenille (played by Steve Bricker) is doubting the intentions of all the new arrivals.

With a Mother Superior (played by a perfectly stern Jewell Kurtz) who is against drinking, so much so that even the word is banned at the convent, and the threat of closure looming over their heads, the sisters of the convent will do just about anything to keep the doors open… even if it means covering up their own “sins” with a little lie….

As the lies get bigger, the cover-ups bolder… it’s hard to tell who’s who in this twisted tale of mistaken identities, speculated spies, and behind the scene secrets.

 Can the girls keep the cork in their secret, or is their cover and livelihood blown?

Come See for yourself!

Mark your calendars and plan to attend one of their performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday Oct 14th-16th*, and Friday & Saturday Oct 21st & 22nd. Doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, *12:30 pm for Sunday matinees, at the Van Wert County Senior Center (220 Fox Road, Van Wert, OH). A buffet style meal provided by Romer’s Catering from Saint Henry, OH will be served starting at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm (*1:00pm meal and 2:00pm show on the Sunday matinees).  Cost of the dinner and show only $28!

 

 
 
 
 

 
October 15-16, 2016

 

 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Deer Season in Ohio

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

Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on September 24th and will run through February 5th, while deer gun season will begin on November 28th and end on December 4th, with a bonus season December 17th and 18th. Hunters using a muzzleloader will have another opportunity in the New Year, with a four day season January 7th through January 10th, and youth deer gun season will be November 19th and 20th.

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

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

Please give me your opinion on this topic and other issues in the news by completing a brief online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyoctober2016

 

 

 

 

Marion Township Road to Close

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Stelzer Road between State Route 119 and State Route 127 in Marion Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 18, 2016 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions. Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer's Office at 419-586-7759.

 

 

 

Fatal Crash Announced by Sheriff Jeff Grey

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at approximately 9:52 AM.  Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Frahm Pike and State Route 118 in Hopewell Township.

 

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that a 2005 GMC Envoy SUV was being driven westbound on Frahm Pike by Linda D. Aschliman, 65,  of Bluffton, Indiana.  Ms. Aschliman failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of State Route 118 and struck a northbound 2012 Freightliner semi tractor and trailer being driven by Jeremy W. Bragg, 36, of Ohio.

 

Ms. Aschliman was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The front seat passenger in Ms. Aschliman’s vehicle, Katie Wickey, 38,  of Geneva, Indiana, was also ejected from the vehicle.  Ms. Wickey was transported to the Coldwater Hospital by Celina’s Squad.  Another passenger in Ms. Aschliman’s vehicle, Katherin Christner, 65, was also transported to the Coldwater Hospital by Celina’s Squad for her injuries.  Mr. Bragg refused treatment at the scene.

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS, Rockford EMS, and the Motor Carrier Unit of the Ohio Highway Patrol

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 12-14, 2016

 

 
 

Drug Take-Back Planned

Celina OH – On Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a drug take back event as part of the National Drug Take Back Initiative. The Sheriff’s Office will be working in conjunction with Mercer Health and the Coldwater Exempted Village School System.  The public can bring their expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Coldwater High School at 310 North Second Street in Coldwater.

So far in 2016, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has collected nearly 200 pounds of drugs from the Drug Drop Box located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and from take back events. The public is reminded that if they are unable to make it to the organized take back event, the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office is available 24 hours a day.  There are no liquids or needles accepted at the drug take back events or in the drug drop box.

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

By Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.
Photo Caption:  This Powder Horn is inscribed “J.S. Burr Phil.  1752”  from Louise Dubitsky Polan’s description of the Herman P. Dean Firearms Collection, on display at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV.

 

 

Historic Powder Horns will be on display at the 16th Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit, hosted by the Museum of the Soldier, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, one block east of the Courthouse on Sunday, October 23, 1:00 – 4:00.

 

Each year, the Museum of the Soldier Administrators Jim Waechert and Brian Williamson bring an entirely different Military Exhibit.  This October, the Main Feature will be a U.S. 1917 Enfield Rifle exhibit with various makers represented including the Winchester, a tool kit, bayonets and manuals, and a British P1914 rifle where the design originated.  A Powder horn display is an additional feature of this October 23 show.

 

The Museum of the Soldier is located across the Ohio-Indiana State Line, at 510 East Arch St., (just south of the Jay Co. Fairground), Portland, Indiana 47371.  This Museum is open on the 1st and 3rdweekends of each month 12:00 – 5:00, from April until Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11, 2016.  Their Mission is “To Recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of those who served and supported the Armed Forces of the United States.” 

 

The Museum of the Soldier features an extensive Indiana Militia, National Guard and 38th Division exhibit, during WWII.  Members of the Military are honored in a series of exhibits that recognize the last full measure of “Duty, Honor, Country.”  The First Gulf War exhibit features Iraqi SPG9 Recoilless Gun and a selection of Iraqi uniforms and equipment.  The men and women currently serving around the world are being recognized for their service on part of the post 9-11 exhibit.  This Museum also hosts annual exhibits of Military Vehicles.  When Alvin and I visit this Museum, the most important facet of the exhibits which I value is that this Museum of the Soldier recognizes the individual service man or woman, by putting individual names to the objects on display.  A person from Jay County, Indiana or Mercer County, Ohio cannot walk through this Museum without recognizing persons or families’ names on the exhibits.  This Museum is worthy of your visit.  The website is www.museumofthesoldier.com.

 

The Powder Horn in the photograph above is inscribed “J.S. Burr Phil, 1752,” on display at the Huntington Galleries, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV.  It is included in Louise Dubitsky Polan’s essay, ‘Engraved Powder Horns, Personal Expressions of Popular Motifs,’ in the 1980 book, “Herman P. Dean Firearms Collection.”  This Museum contains one of the finest early collections of firearms, from the 1550’s, including the Wheel Lock, dated 1595, and Flintlock pistols of 1700’s, English firearms of the 1700 and 1800’s, Matchlock Muskets, Percussion pistols in the U.S., and Flintlock rifles, 1700-1800’s.  The engraving and inlaid mother-of-pearl and ivory on the gunstocks were made by master craftsmen/artists.  This Museum, across the Ohio River at Huntington, WV is also worthy of your visit.

 

Another activity which you might enjoy is Cincinnati’s Schuetzenfest, a marksmen’s shooting competition in the cultures of Germany and Switzerland. Website http://www.schuetzenfestcincy.com/

provides information for the Schuetzenfest.  Friendship, Indiana is the site of another event featuring the Black Powder exhibits and competitions. 

 

Private Gun Collectors are also showing their Rifles and Shotguns on October 23.  Buck Bader’s Exhibit and the book of Buck’s Biography will complement these Private Collections at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The public is invited to visit the Exhibit, Sunday, October 23, 1:00 – 4:00.

 

 

 

 

Board of Director Volunteers Sought

WRKD – Rockford’s Best Mix radio station is working on some reorganization. We are looking for some volunteers to set on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in radio and seeing our local station continue to be successful, please contact the Rockford Village Office at 419-363-3032 ext 1. Please leave your name and phone number.

 

 

Guest Speaker Coming to Historical Meeting
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on 
Monday - October 17th at 7 pm in the museum on East Columbia St in 
Rockford. Jim Bowsher, of Wapakoneta, will be our guest speaker.  Jim
has always been an enjoyable speaker as he tells many historical
stories about artifacts he has brought with him.  The public is
invited to the meeting.

 

 

 

Local Publishing Company to Host Book Release Party

4 Authors=12 Books in 1 Year

Coco Publications will host a book release party featuring four local authors on Thursday, October 13, 6:30 to 9:30 P.M., in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Illustrators will join the authors in book signing. Editors and a representative from the publishing company will also be on hand.

 

Featured authors will include Jeremy Wenning, who has released 6 books through Coco Publications in the last year. Wenning says his featured title, Bullysaurus Rex, was written “with the goal of stomping bullying into extinction.” Illustrator Karen Flesch’s paintings bring the dinosaur characters to life. Other books published by Wenning in recent years include Coco & Pebbles Happy Halloween and Coco & Pebbles Merry Christmas (2015), Welcome to Joey Ohio (April 2016), Coco & Pebbles The Westside Pizza and Coco & Pebbles The Hunting Trip (both in July 2016).


Judy Bruns has released 3 children’s picture books and 1 book for middle school teachers through Coco Publications since May. Her titles include Now I’m a BIG Girl!, Now I’m a BIG Boy!, and Prompts that Make Kids BEG to Write! Her featured book will be Painting Grandma’s Nails, illustrated by 2014 Indiana Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, Kathy Ayers.A retired language arts teacher and Power of the Pen coach, Bruns has been published in hometown and Christian newspapers, magazines, and other publications.

 

Author Terry August wrote his story-turned-book over 30 years ago. When one of his grandchildren discovered his story and encouraged him to get it published, August decided to pursue publication, much to the satisfaction and happiness of the grandkids. In Charlie the

Turtle Rabbit, main character Charlie stars as the fastest turtle around! Rex, a red bird who cannot fly, looks past Charlie’s rare features because he is different himself. As Charlie and Rex swim one day, their lives are put on the line. Can the two friends survive?

 

Tia Caffee, the youngest of the Coco Publications authors, will be debuting her novel, The Oasis. As a team of scientists venture deeper and deeper into the uncharted Amazon rainforest, they soon learn that bats aren’t the only creatures that survived extinction. The hunt for science becomes a fight for survival when these humans enter the prehistoric oasis. Author Tia Caffee, having completed her novel, has ambitions to write children’s books as well as comic books in the future.

The October 13 Coco Publications book signing event is open to the public.

 
 
 

 
October 11, 2016

 

 
 
Homecoming Court at Parkway
Thank you Nikki Fox for these Great Shots!

See more of Nikki's homecoming pictures at: http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

Freshman Alexis Cairns, Senior Alisa Gray, Queen Mikaylee Heindel, Senior Sydney Swygart, Sophomore Grace Swander, Junior Bailey Bates.

 
 

Parkway FFA Students Move on to State for Soil Judging 
19kroem@parkwayschools.org 

On September 29th Parkway FFA students went to district soil judging in Ottowa. The rural kids judged soil properties, overall degree of limitation, and best management practices or BMP'S. To judge all of this the students had to find the slope, decipher soil texture, complete a general knowledge test, evaluate the structure, determine drainage, restrictive features, bedrock, topsoil depth, and compaction.  The "urbanites" went to evaluate the soil and the lay of the land to determine where to build a home, urban problems, and other nonagricultural uses. For the students to be able to decide which urban problems could occur with the soil type the use the same procedures the rural kids do except they have to decide whether the soil was good for buildings and basements, driveways and roads, lawns, gardens, landscaping, and septic tank absorption fields.

The rural team consisted of Shay Pond, Tessa Thatcher, Mecaylah Hesse, Alec Shoenleben, and Alyssa Miller. Shay Pond scored third individually and the students for the rural team that are moving to state are Shay Pond, Mecaylah Hesse, Tessa Thatcher, and Alec Shoenleben. This team ranked fourth overall. The urban team was Maggie Houts, Clista Hellwarth,  Noah Stephenson, Faith Shellabarger, and Gage Etgen.  Maggie Houts placed fourth individually and the team moving on to state is Maggie Houts, Clista Hellwarth, Noah Stephenson, and Faith Shellabarger. The urban team ranked fifth overall. 

 

 


Halloween Party in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Association is excited to announce their date for their 2016 Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building located on 118 on the north side of the Village and as always,.. FREE to the public.  It will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00pm to midnight. The evening will feature the local band: “Section Ate”. They will be serving homemade chili and peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches along with other snacks by donation. There will also be cash prizes for several costume categories.  

 

 

 

Suicide Prevention Walk

Mercer County, Ohio’s 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.

 

Come to the Mercer County Fairgrounds, on October 15th at 9:00 am – Walker registration and 10:00 am - Opening Ceremonies with the Walk to start at 10:15 am. 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.

 

 

 

 

Parkway 173 (7 holes, shortened due to weather)

By Coach Teri Samples 

Heavy rains and lightning ended the Wayne Trace Invite two holes early.  Parkway finished 4th overall with Haylee Stukey leading the way placing 6th place shooting a 37 and Mecaylah Hesse placing 7th with a 39.  Autumn Ellis' 45 and Lauren Henderson's 52 rounded out the scoring.

 

Also completing for the Panthers was Maggie Houts shooting a 55 and Emma Gause a 63.

 

Lincolnview placed first with a team score of 144.

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf

At Colonial Golfers Club in Harrod, OH the Parkway Boys Golf team competed in their Sectional Tournament, shooting a 380 and finishing in 9th place. Leading the way for the Panthers was Cole Schoenleben with an 88. Mason Baxter shot an 89 to pace the Black and Gold as well. Ashton Hamrick shot an even 100 and Dave Gause finished out the scoring with a 103. Jack Wehe shot a 105 for the Panthers as well.

To check out all results from the tournament, go to  http://www.baumspage.com/golf/gevent.php?peventID=80&table=C

 

 

By Coach Joe Falk

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 10, 2016

 

 
 
 

Leota Braun Annual Harvest Banquet Held on October 8

The Leota Braun Foundation held their annual Harvest Banquet. A social time and chance to bid on silent auction items preceded the meal and was followed by a meeting with a run-down of the year’s activities.

Entertainer for the evening was Kaela (Gardner) Kinney a musician, song writer, and entrepreneur. Kaela currently lives in Nashville where she writes for artists and runs her companies K'LA Straps (bling guitar straps) and Bling Bridal Events (wedding decorating company). Kaela told her story of moving out to Los Angeles after growing up in the Parkway community. 

Food was provided by Brenda Severns. 

Donations can still be made to Leota Braun for anyone interested. 

 

 
 
 
 

The Shanes Park Beautification Society Update for September


Thank you to Barb Pedroza and Marlene Roebuck for helping clean up the flower beds for the season.

Thank you to Donna Riley for helping plant daffodil bulbs.

If you are interested in volunteering for some small projects next season at the park, please contact Joyce Emans.

The tree committee recently planted 18 trees 2 of which were Memorial trees.

If you are interested in seeing more trees be planted at the park, consider making a donation to the Tree Committee.    We are working on plans for next year.


The Beautification Society

 

 

THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 5, 2016
ROCKFORD, OH



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 with show beginning at 7 pm.

Cost at the door is $7.00.  18 and under are free.  There will be a 50/50 drawing.

Guests include:  

* Kim Epple from Defiance * Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Randy Moore from Gover Hill * Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  

There is a lot of music experience in all the guests.  All are very talented.



Jerry started the band “The Originals” in the early 1970’s playing weddings, club and other events.  He retired with the band in 1978.   But the music stayed with him and in 2005, Jerry bought a guitar and the bug got to him again!   He sings Classic Country and enjoys it.  He currently plays in Oakwood, Definance, Contenential, Grover Hill, and Uniopolis – all Ohio locations.  He enjoys playing music with different people.  The people and the audiences are REALLY GOOD PEOPLE !! 

 

 
 

In the Breese for Bri - Quarter Auction Benefit
November 12th - Rockford Community Building
Doors open at noon.

Auction begins at 1.

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

$3 per paddle for $5.00 for two
300 paddles available

Food will be available for purchase.

A great time to get that early Christmas shopping
done and for a good cause ! 

 

 

Would you like to be a Writer? Stateline Writers Club Invites you to A Meeting

The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at Celina's public library.  Members are encouraged to write a composition about "something scary."  If time permits, a short language arts lesson will follow.  The public is invited to attend.

 

 

Ohio Has Talent - Auditions Set for Nov. 4-5

Auditions for the 10th annual Ohio Has Talent! competition will be held Nov. 4-5, 5-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert. Audition applications are due by Oct. 28.

The top acts will perform in the Feb. 17, 2017 show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. All entertainment talents are welcome including single and group acts. Talents beyond singing and dancing are especially encouraged to audition.

Contestants will compete for prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. Winners are based solely on votes collected from the audience.

Ohio Has Talent! is a benefit show for the CHP Home Care & Hospice patient care fund.

Audition applications are available at the CHP office, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert or can be downloaded at www.ComHealthPro.org. For more information call Kim Mason at 419-238-9223.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 8-9, 2016

 

 
 
Autumn Fest Coming to St. Paul's United Church of Christ on October 9th - Join the Fun for a Great Cause

The congregation invites you to Autumn Fest at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1538 Oregon Road,  Rockford for Fun, Food, and Fellowship as they raise money for CALL Ministries for the Celina and Parkway Back-Pack Programs. The women of the church will be serving up soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages on Sunday, October 9 at 4:30 PM to be followed by an auction at 5:30 with crafts, baked good & other homemade items. Tom Robbins and D. D. Strickler will be calling the bids!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 5-7, 2016

 

 
 
 

Parkway Fall Homecoming Pep Session
Thank you Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures of Panther's preparing for Homecoming!
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October 3-4, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Fall Homecoming Dance Fun
Thank you Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures of Panther good times!
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4-H 5K Harvest Run and Family Day

October 2016 – The Van Wert County 4-H Endowment Board will be conducting their second 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day fund raiser event on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Lincoln Ridge Farms. The event will raise money for memorials for the Brower 4-H Family, the Benson 4-H Family, academic scholarships for graduating 4-H seniors, scholarships and financial assistance to 4-H youth interested in attending 4-H Camp Palmer, and 4-H club grants for community service projects and special programs.

Registration for the race will begin at 9:00am, with the Kiddie Race at 9:45am, and 5K Walk Run starting at 10:00am. Cost to register for the race is $25.00 and entries will be taken the morning of the race. The memorials, and awards for the race will be presented at 11:30am. Following the race this year, families are invited to explore Lincoln Ridge and all they have to offer! For more information about the events at Lincoln Ridge check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lincolnridgefarms/

Not a runner? You can participate in activities like corn hole, our pumpkin decorating contest, check out the visiting insects from the Ohio State University Entomology lab, play games, and get your face painted! Activities are covered with your $10.00 ticket for Lincoln Ridge for the day.

To download the registration forms and find more information about running or walking the 5K or participating in the Family Fun Day please go to the website at http://go.osu.edu/4h5k 

You do not have to be a 4-H member or volunteer to participate in our event!

4-H Youth Development education creates positive environments for diverse youth and adults to reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, caring and contributing citizens. Engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming.

 

The Parkway Class of 1976 will be holding its 40-year reunion on Saturday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion.   Snacks and soft drinks will be available along with a cash bar.  
Hope to see you there!

 

 
 
Author Coming to Parkway Schools

Children's author and Illustrator, Eileen Christelow, will visit at Parkway Elementary on Thursday, October 6, 2016. She wrote the popular 5 Little Monkeys books. She is sponsored by the Rockford Library.
 
 
 
Parkway Beats New Bremen on Homecoming Night 41-10
Thank you Nikki Fox for catching the action and sharing it!
 

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October 1-2, 2016

 

 
 
Reminder Join us for Rockford's Beanfest in memory of Bob Clay and Tom Rogers on
Sunday - October 2nd from 11:30 am - 5 pm at Shanes Park.

    
Tasty Bean Soup donated by The Willow and live music all day !!  
    
Schedule of music entertainment:
    
Triad @ 1 pm
Parkway Jr. High Choir and special guests - 1:45 pm
Jerry Garcia - 2:30 pm
George Moore - 3:15 pm
    
Food stand provided by - New Horizons Community Youth Group
    
Free Will offering !!  
    
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing day at beautiful
Shanes Park.  
 
 

Parkway October 2016 Breakfast Menus by Pam Smith
Parkway October 2016 Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 
 

LIONS CLUB FISH FRY

Parkway Middle School 8th grade students are currently selling Fish Fry tickets to benefit their trip to Washington D.C. this coming spring. The Fish Fry is sponsored by Mendon, Rockford, & Willshire Lions Clubs and will take place on Friday, November 4th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rockford Community Building. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from any 8th grade student or by stopping by or calling the Middle School office at 419-363-3045. Students are asked to turn all tickets and money in by October 24th  to the Middle School office. Parkway Local Schools and the 8th grade class would like to sincerely THANK the Lions Clubs for their continued support of this very educational trip.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Celina Bank Robber Caught

On Friday, September 23, 2016 at about 1:00 PM a man entered the 2nd National Bank at 800 N. Main St., Celina announcing a robbery and demanding cash.  The man did obtain an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  Tips were received as a result of the previously released photo.  The man was identified as 32 year old Joshuia Dale Bursey of Pierceton, Indiana.  Detective Ronald Waltmire of the Celina Police Department signed charges of Robbery, a third degree felony as well as theft, a fifth degree felony.  Those charges were filed on Wednesday, September 28th. 

This afternoon, on September 30, 2016, a traffic stop was conducted in Ft. Wayne, Indiana by Ft. Wayne P.D., Allen Co, Ind, Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Task Force and the U.S. Marshalls.  Bursey was subsequently arrested.  He is being held in Indiana on charges unrelated to the Celina bank robbery.

The Celina Police Department’s investigation continues in conjunction with the Lima, Ohio office of the FBI, the FBI Task Force and the Ft. Wayne, Indiana Police Department.

 

 

FLU CLINICS

The Mercer County-Celina City Health Department will have a Drive Thru
Flu Clinic on Tuesday, October 4th at the Mercer County Fairgrounds
from 9:30a.m.-6:00p.m (enter thru the Market Street entrance). Clients
that are 6 months and older are encouraged to get a flu shot!
Additional Walk In Flu Clinic hours will also be held on the following
dates: Tuesday, October 18th from 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m., Friday, October
28th from 7:15a.m.-3:15p.m. and Tuesday, November 8th from
9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. at the Health Department (Central Services Building
- Suite B152). Please bring your insurance card with completed
screening forms found on the website at www.mccchd.org. We also accept
clients with Medicaid, Medicare and those that do not wish to bill
insurance. A pay at time of service discount will be offered: $50 High
Dose Flu & $30 Quadrivalent Flu. Clients 6 months-18 years that meet
the Federally Funded Vaccine (VFC) requirements will be charged $12
administration fee ($15 administration fee after October 12th, 2016)
only and will not be denied vaccine due to inability to pay. FluMist
Nasal Spray will NOT be offered this Flu Season. For more information
call (419) 586-3251 x1270 or 'Like' us on Facebook .

 

 
 

Affair of the Art, Apples, & Ale

Affair of the Art, Apples, & Ale is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th in
downtown Celina from 12n to 4pm.  Artists, craftsmen, and vendors will be
set up on the sidewalks on Main Street in Celina.  These participants will
be
selling and demonstrating their crafts and products.   There is still space
to
be a part of this free family event.  Vendors/artists/craftsmen are invited
to
attend.  You must pre-register with the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber by
calling 419 586 2219 or emailing info@celinamercer.com or stop by
121 E. Logan Street, Celina.  

A kids' zone will be set up on East Fayette Street with a bouncy house
sponsored by
Wabash Communications, face painting, games, and touch a truck sponsored by
Mercer County
Library.  

An apple pie contest will be held for local restaurants and caterers to
showcase their baking skills.  The winner will be able to brag about the
best apple pie in Celina and receive an award.  Two pies must be delivered
to
Brew Nation by 12n on October 8th to enter.   Contact the Chamber if you
want
to participate.  

Ale tasting will be held at Brew Nation and the 209/211 Club in Celina.

Again, contact the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at
419 586 2219 or stop by 121 E. Logan Street, Celina.  Don't miss the fun.

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Increasing the Monetary Limit for Small Claims Courts

Small businesses make up a large pillar of our western Ohio economy. For that reason, I am always supportive of all proposed measures that will help our local small businesses to grow and prosper far into the future.

One of these most recent pieces of legislation was House Bill 387, which doubles the monetary jurisdiction of a small claims court from $3,000 to $6,000. Although this may not seem to be an issue the directly correlates to the success of our small businesses, it significantly reduces the cos of doing business in Ohio. That is always a win for our companies.

For family owned and operated businesses and other companies throughout our region, increasing the limit on the small claims court can give owners the opportunity to recover debts without being forced to take their claim to a higher, more expensive court.

The $3,000 small claims cap did not suffice for those Ohio businesses that needed to recoup a larger amount than the limit, but not enough to justify an attorney to file an action in a municipal court. By increasing access to the small claims process, businesses can now save time and money, benefiting from a quicker court proceeding and less expensive alternative to settling a dispute.

Small businesses are the backbone of our community and our economy in western Ohio, and it is imperative we give them every opportunity to thrive. By increasing the small claims court limit, we are lowering business’ operating costs, leaving them with more capital to reinvest in their workforce. There is no doubt that when our local businesses succeed, our entire community succeeds.

 

 
 

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. Plaques for each recipient will be displayed in the High School for students and community members.

Nominees will either send a testimonial or speak briefly to the students at the Spring Senior Awards Night on how character education helped them achieve success. 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 the nominee 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.

 

 
 

College & Financial Aid Informational Meeting

October 19: Juniors & Seniors Parents & their students are invited to attend a 6:30 p.m. meeting at Parkway High School Community Room. Melanie Weaver, Financial Aid Officer from Ohio Northern, will speak on college costs, understanding the financial aid application process, steps to completing a FAFSA application, and other aid options. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should be completed by December 1, to be eligible for priority status for grants as well as student and parent loans. Please attend to get your college financial aid questions answered.

Please note the deadline for priority submission has changed for all current and future college students. 2015 tax data will be used this fall.

 

 

Mercer County EMA
CALENDAR OF EVENTS / PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

 

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

            2nd Floor Conference Room

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 28-30, 2016

 

 

Twenty-First Century Club Meets in September

The members of Rockford’s Twenty-First Century Club met for the first meeting of the year at the Rockford Carnegie Library on September 27, 2016. Lani Stein and Rozann Maurer, President and Vice President, prepared the meal of ham sandwiches, chips and dip, veggie and fruit trays and a delicious dessert. The group officially welcomed Sandra (Sites) Grooms, retired nurse and native of Rockford, to the ranks. Following the meal, the group of women learned about the theme for the year which is the History of Board Games. They learned that games go way back and were used to teach, entertain and bring families closer together. President Lani quizzed the group on: the oldest game, called Senet played by the Egyptians; the newest playing part in Operation - 2003 they added Brain Freeze; which games a ruler Buddha forbid. The next meeting will be held at the Rockford United Methodist Church.  Members are reminded to bring canned goods and plastic bags for the Food Bank in Rockford.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 27, 2016

 

 
 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Names Citizen of the Year 2016
Michael “Mike” Schumm

 

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet on Monday evening, September 26, 2016. A lovely dinner was prepared by Tom and Matt Burtch, new owners of the Rockford Carry-out who were also mentioned as a new business. 

Mary Beougher, Chamber President, took the stage and mentioned businesses who had met year milestones in the community including these: Wabash Telephone 105; Brenda Barker at His n’ Hers Salon 40 years; Al Brandt Construction 40 years; Deerfield Golf Course 20 years; and more.

 

 

Next she invited speaker Norm VanTilburg to the podium with Mike Schumm, president and vice president of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society to discuss plans for the 200th Birthday Celebration of Rockford. The Bicentennial Committee (of about 20 people so far) has big plans in the works for the 2020 Celebration including: a First Night Celebration on New Year’s Eve in 2019; murals painted on the sides of different buildings; quarterly dinners to raise money as well as a gun raffle; duck races; a bicentennial quilt; parade; family reunions; banners for businesses and houses; men’s beard contest; king and queen contest; ladies’ dress (from the 1820’s) contest; band and choir concerts;

Homecoming day; and many other activities.  Many famous people lived and passed through Rockford (Shanes Crossing) as early as 1700 when first maps show it as the ½ way cross over the St. Marys River. Half way was between Piqua and Fort Wayne. Crossing through were: General Mad Anthony Wayne, General Henry Harrison, General Mentor Johnson; Tecumseh, John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) and Anthony Shane , the founder of Shanes Crossing. They invited people to help o the committee and support fund raising efforts for the year long celebration which will culminate with the June 2020 Community Days.

 

 

 

WCSM’s Jon Williams, emcee turned the stage over to Brenda Barker who presented the Business of the Year Award to Subway Restaurant, in business since May 2003 and owned by Jeremy, Josh and John Wenning. She cited their community involvement and great food!

 

Then the time came to name the winner of the Citizen of the Year for 2016, which went to Mike Schumm, presented by Joyce Emans, last year’s winner.

The video, carefully prepared by Stacie Ford, Parkway Independent and Jim Crocker of WRKD Radio was played and everyone stood to applaud and congratulate Mike following an endearing look at his life.


Mike and Family following awards ceremony 

 

 
 

Mike Schumm’s Life and Memories
written by Stacie Ford 9-26-2016

 

Mike was born June 3, 1955 in Decatur, Indiana and raised in Willshire, Ohio by parents Frederick and Rosemary. He had 5 brothers and 2sisters.
In the Mike grew up listening to The New York Yankees on the radio and collecting Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards. Competitive pick up ballgames were on the daily agenda for him with an unlimited band of neighborhood kids, or his 5 brothers including Tom, Mark, Ronnie, Scott, and Ted. He played baseball, and  whenever a team needed an extra player, he filled in. In grade school he was quoted as saying of Willshire’s Organized Little League Ball Team, “If there would have been a World Series Little League Championship, we would have won it!”

He loved growing up in Willshire where they had the park to play, the river to fish, and he was related to nearly everyone. If they got into trouble, mom knew about it before he returned home.

Mike embraced life and was surrounded, guided, and influenced by loving  family, friends, teachers and coaches who would shape and mold him to become the person he is today. His influences had a major impact in forming his role as a leader. During his 4 years of high school, Mike was fortunate to have played baseball, basketball, and football under the direction of 4 Hall of Fame Coaches who made lifelong impressions:  Coaches Don Black (Baseball), Dave Hansbarger (Football), John Reed Football), and Ron Neikamp (Basketball).

His talent and positive leadership style would later earn him nominations into the Acme Baseball Hall of Fame (2009), Ohio High School Baseball Hall of Fame (2010), and Parkway High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2015).

As  President of the graduating  Class of 1973, Mike gave the Commencement speech based on the book- I am Third- by  Gale Sayers, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history; summed up, The Lord is first, my friends are second, and I am Third. Forty three years later, people still approach him to say they remember that speech!

Baseball scholarships opened doors for  Mike on the campuses of Marietta College and Ohio Northern where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Education followed by a Masters Degree earned at Mary Grove.

He married his high school sweetheart, Debra Sue Butcher on August 30, 1975 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. This is the same church where he served as Council President and Trustee for several years.     Together Mike and Deb raised Aaron, Amanda, and Galen,  who also embraced a mutual love for sports. Coaching became a part of his entire life, whether it was at home or at school he enjoyed teaching life lessons and the value of what it was like to be part of a team.                          

Spending time and making memories with family has always been a priority to Mike. Family is always there no matter what.


Mike secured employment as a history teacher at Fort Recovery Local Schools and Mendon-Union School , and in 2013 retired with a tenure of 28 years at Parkway Local Schools  as an educator, Head Basketball and Baseball Coach,  and Athletic Director..


Talented team members and cheering fans wearing black and gold will never forget when the Parkway Panthers won 2 Baseball State Championships in 1987 and 1991; Mike’s leadership was at the helm of these opportunities. 2016 marks
the 25th Year Anniversary celebrating the 1991 State Baseball Championship.

Fishing, playing golf, and collecting flea market finds of old ball gloves and baseball memorabilia are ways Mike spends time in retirement;   His love of local history research related to Willshire and Rockford  led him to the  discovery that an apple orchard was planted on his property by Johnny Appleseed!  In keeping with the tradition two more apple trees were planted 7 years ago; 2 apples were harvested this year!

 

Active memberships within the community include the Historical Society (Vice President) and Bicentennial Planning Committee (Co-Chairman).
He helps at the museum, has been in several Lions Club Variety Shows, and volunteers as the sports director for the Rockford Radio Station WRKD.


“Coach” would be the title given to this man who is a teacher on and off the field and, described as a family man who is a great role model, practices what he preaches, who is always positive, and a good listener. Our lives are enriched for knowing you, “Coach.”

CONGRATULATIONS  2016  CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

- Michael Lynn Schumm !
written by Stacie Ford 9-26-2016

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Greg Homan Proclamations by
Mercer County Commissioners

Johnny Appleseed

Influential Coaches

Mike and Deb's Family

Variety Show Fun

Winners!

Wedding

Mike's Siblings

College Mike Schumm
 
 
 
Join us for Rockford's Beanfest in memory of Bob Clay and Tom Rogers on
Sunday - October 2nd from 11:30 am - 5 pm at Shanes Park.

    
Tasty Bean Soup donated by The Willow and live music all day !!  
    
Schedule of music entertainment:
    
Triad @ 1 pm
Parkway Jr. High Choir and special guests - 1:45 pm
Jerry Garcia - 2:30 pm
George Moore - 3:15 pm
    
Food stand provided by - New Horizons Community Youth Group
    
Free Will offering !!  
    
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing day at beautiful
Shanes Park.  
 
 

 

87th Annual Parkway FFA banquet

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On Wednesday April 13, 2016, the Parkway FFA chapter hosted their 87th annual FFA banquet. This is an entirely student run event and, as usual, it turned out fantastic! At 6:30 pm people started filing in for the event in the high school cafeteria. We kicked off the night with opening ceremonies and the official welcome by the new president, Clista Hellwarth. Jay Anderson followed with the prayer for the meal. Everyone then enjoyed the delicious meal of, BBQ turkey, cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a wide variety of amazing desserts brought in by guests. Special thank you to Stephenson’s greenhouse, The Freemont Company, and Coopers for donating to the meal! Afterwards the reporter, Laura Barrett, played her slideshow of everything they had done this past year. Next, Alec Schoenleben introduced the guest speaker, ’06 Parkway FFA President Katie King. Katie gave an awesome speech about her time in FFA and encouraged current FFA members to get involved and have fun. Then, students presented awards to those who got, Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, Fruit Sale Awards, Scholarship Awards, and those who participated in CDEs. Next Mr. Post gave out his special awards. He first gave an award to reporter, Laura Barrett, for getting a perfect score on her Chapter Scrapbook. Then to President Tanner Matthews for his outstanding leadership this year. Next he awarded Clista Hellwarth, and Maggie Houts, for earning their State Degree, and Rachel King, and Amanda Stachler for receiving their National FFA Degrees. Kayla Walls also earned her National Degree but, was unable to attend the banquet. Mr. Post also gave the “Star” awards to, 1st year Madison Kroeger, 2nd year Chanel Walls, 3rd year Shay Pond, and 4th year Taylor Hesse. Finally, senior members gave their parents carnations and President Tanner Matthews gave his retiring address. Tanner gave an outstanding “bikini” speech, as he called it. To end the night, closing ceremonies were performed, and the new 2016-2017 FFA officers were announced. They are; President: Clista Hellwarth, Vice: Maggie Houts, Reporter: Madison Kroeger, Secretary: Shay Pond, Treasurer: Alec Schoenleben, Sentinel: Chanel Walls, and Student Advisor: Jay Anderson. Congratulations students on an outstanding year and thank you to Parkway’s Staff, School Board, and Community members for making all of this possible!

 

 

 

FFA Holds Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

On Saturday April 30, 2016, The Parkway FFA held the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Girls in grades K through 5 brought their fathers to the Elementary Gymnasium for a night of dancing, snacks, and fun!  Pictures were taken by Reflections photography and will be sent home with the girls at school. This year we had over 100 girls attend! Money raised from the dance will be donated to the Dayton Children’s Hospital. Thank you to Chanel Walls for organizing the event and thank you to everyone who attended, we hope to see you again next year!


Photo Caption: Parkway third graders who attended the dance.

 

 

FFA Evaluations

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

This year, the Parkway FFA had 5 students earn degrees in the State and National FFA evaluations. This is an outstanding accomplishment for these girls! Earning a degree takes a huge amount of work in and outside of class. Requirements for the State Degree are, $3,000 earned in agricultural work and earning their Chapter Degree. But for the American Degree you have to earn $10,000 in agricultural work, previously received their State Degree, and graduated high school with completed ag classes. Only the top 2% of FFA students earn their State Degree and only half of them go on to receive their American Degree. The American Degree (National) is the highest honor someone can achieve in the FFA.  

Maggie Houts, daughter of Mark and Michelle Houts, earned her State Degree. She earned her degree by working on her family farm, Houts Partnership, with her goats. Maggie is very involved in the FFA, served this past year as the treasurer and will be the Vice President of our chapter in 2017.

Clista Hellwarth, daughter of Garrett and Judy Hellwarth, earned her State Degree as well. Clista earned her degree by working on her family farm, Hellwarth Dairy, with her calves. Clista was secretary for the last two years and will be the Parkway FFA President this coming year.

Kayla Walls, daughter of Kerry and Heidi Walls, earned her American Degree this year. Kayla spent her hours on working with her horses. In high school, Kayla was reporter, Vice President, and then President of our chapter her senior year. Kayla is currently attending The Ohio State University to become an agriculture teacher.

Amanda Stachler, daughter of Terri and Sue Stachler, earned her American Degree. She earned her hours by working with her chickens at home, and working at Hemmelgarn and Sons. Amanda was very involved in the FFA in high school and still serves on the junior fair board today. She is attending UNOH for Ag. Business.

Rachel King, daughter of Mike and Anne King, earned her American Degree as well. Rachel earned her degree by, raising her vegetables at King Farms. Rachel was the Treasurer of our chapter her senior year. She is currently attending Wright state lake campus for Ag.

The State Degree will be presented at the State FFA convention this spring in Columbus, and the American Degree will be presented this fall at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis. Congratulations girls on this outstanding accomplishment, you have definitely earned it!

 

Photo Caption - Above: Clista and Maggie, state degree recipients.

 

Below: Amanda and Rachel, American degree recipients.

 

 



Trash Receptacles Fun Clean-up to Park

The Splash Pad Committee, Shanes Park Board and the Village went together
to purchase (1) Splash and (2) Tidybear trash receptacles for Shanes Park.
They continue to work together to find ways to make Shanes Park a fun, 
unique experience for children of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 26, 2016

 

 
 

Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Elementary School to Host Kid’s Health Fair

Van Wert Hospital Moves Venue for Kid’s Health Fair
Please note,  due to the rainy forecast, the Kid’s Health Fair, which was originally scheduled to be at Van Wert County Hospital on Friday, September 30 has been moved to the Elementary School. The grass at the field on the hospital campus is very wet and slippery due to the rain we’ve had this week. In order to keep kids safe, we decided to host the event at the Elementary School instead. Because of the change in location, sadly the Fun Run has been CANCELLED.

 

                

Van Wert, OH – Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Elementary School, along with several supporting partners, will host the 10th Annual Kid’s Health Fair on Friday, September 30 at Van Wert County Hospital for Van Wert Elementary students in 3rd-5th grades.  According to the World Health Organization, health is not just the absence of disease, but rather it is the complete physical, mental, and social well-being of an individual.  This approach to complete healthy living is the basis for the Kid’s Health Fair.  Students will complete activities at each of the following stations:

Balance & Flexibility, Dental Health, Stone Quarry Safety (sponsored by Stoneco, a division of the Shelley Co.), Hands-Only CPR, Back Yard Safety (sponsored by Kenn-Feld Group), Responding in an Emergency (in conjunction with Van Wert County Hospital Emergency Department & Lutheran Mobile ICU), Poison Safety & Tobacco Prevention (sponsored by Van Wert County Health Department), and Disability Awareness.

Special lunch-break activities include the opportunity to see an ambulance up close (sponsored by Braun Industries, Inc.); hear how fireman respond in an emergency and stay safe (sponsored by Van Wert Fire Department); see how police officers use K-9 dogs to help search for drugs; interact with the Van Wert County D.A.R.E. Team; and the chance to practice talking with a 9-1-1 operator.

Students will also complete a 1-mile fun run around the Van Wert County Hospital campus.  Parents and community supporters are encouraged to spectate at the fun run to cheer on the runners. Fourth graders will run at 10:15 am; Third graders will run at 10:45 am; and Fifth graders will run at 11:15 am.  Four local community figures will also run with the kids to demonstrate the importance of physical activity at all ages – Joel Hammons, Chief of Van Wert County Police Department; Ryan Holliday, Varsity Boys Cross-County Coach; Jay Fleming, Van Wert County Safety Service Director; and Kimberly Laudick, Executive Director of the YWCA of Van Wert County.  Fun run times may vary in the case of a school delay that day.

For additional information about the Kid’s Health Fair, please contact Ellen Rager, Director of Patient and Community Relations at Van Wert County Hospital at 419-238-2390.

 

Parkway Class of 1966 Celebrates 50 year Mark

The Parkway Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th class reunion Saturday September 17, 2016 at Romer’s Westlake Lodge, Celina. Those in attendance were:

Row 1- Lynn (Miller) Hinkle, Toni (Dellinger) Pentino, Linda (White) Ford, Sandra Shelly, Marilyn (Suman) Lautzenheiser, Linda (Frye) Warthman, Donna (Canary) Riley, Karen (Bollenbacher) Casey, Shirley (Secrest) Brandon, Kathy (Siedel) Wilkeson

Row 2- Dennis Hinkle, Linda (Schroer) Williams, Susan (Eischen) Jones, Paul Donovan, Millie (Bruns) Donovan, Kathy (Eichenauer) Kimmel, Jane (Rumple) Heyd, Paula (Leistner) Reeves, Dee (Brumbaugh) Miller, Vicki Shell, Jerry Duff, Sherry (August) Eady, Sue (Howell) Miller, Keith Rutledge, Anita (Adams) Rutledge, Steve Haines, Fred Bollenbacher, Reed Shaffer

Row 3- Tom Kimmel, Bob Brown, Tom Stephenson, John Painter, Rex Miller, Steve Graham, Jack Berry, Ron Dietrich, Lu (Roehm) Grunden, Jim DeArmond, Jackson Ireland, Van Riley, Steve Thompson, Tim Bollenbacher, Jack Provci, Myron Myers

 

 

 

 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf Tam finish out the year in a 5th place tie with Ft. Recovery in the MAC after placing 6th in the season ending MAC tournament with a team score of 383. Leading the way for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 91. Jack Wehe scored a 93. Cole Schoenleben shot a 98 and Ashton Hamrick finished out the 383 for Parkway with a 101. Duncan Morton shot a 107 and Andy Metz a 109 for the Panthers as well.

Mason Baxter won 2nd Team All MAC honors for Parkway and Cole Schoenleben made Honorable Mention All MAC for a combination of their results throughout the regular season, as well as the league tournament.

 

MAC FINAL STANDINGS - 2016

 

 

Season Points MAC Tourney Pts.

Total

 

1

Versailles

16

18

 

34

2

Delphos St Johns

16

16

 

32

3

St Henry

14

14

 

28

4

Minster

14

12

 

26

5

Parkway

8

8

 

16

5

Ft Recovery

6

10

 

16

7

Coldwater

8

6

 

14

8

Marion Local

4

4

 

8

9

New Knoxville

4

2

 

6

10

New Bremen

2

 

 

 

0

 

2

 

 

Saturday Tournament Results

 

 

 

 

1

Versailles

 

323

 

 

2

Delphos St Johns

 

326

 

 

3

St Henry

 

337

 

 

4

Minster

 

349

 

 

5

Parkway

 

383

 

 

6

Ft Recovery

 

380

 

 

7

Coldwater

 

391

 

 

8

Marion Local

 

393

 

 

9

New Knoxville

 

412

 

 

10

New Bremen

 

418

 



 

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf 9/22/16

By Coach