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December 18, 2014
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

Presbyterian Church in Celina

The Presbyterian Church on North Main St. in Celina Ohio is have a candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7 PM on Wednesday, December 24th.
The community is invited.


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December 17, 2014


Alumni Band and Choir to Entertain
The Parkway alumni pep band and alumni choir will be performing Saturday 
December 20th at the boys basketball game. Rehearsal for the alumni pep 
band is from 4:00 until approximately 5:30, with a carry in immediately 
following rehearsal. The alumni choir is also invited to participate in 
the carry in and will rehearse immediately following the carry in.

There is extra music available for both alumni groups, just in case you 
haven't already signed up to sing or play.

Even if you haven't played an instrument or sung in a choir for a long 
time, please don't be afraid to give it a try.



December 16, 2014


Together at Christmas Free Christmas Day Dinner

The people of Rockford United Methodist Church are in the final planning stages for their 10th Annual FREE Christmas Day Dinner. The event will be held at the Community Building at Shanes Park on Christmas Day with serving to begin at 10:30 am and continue until 1 PM.

The menu will offer turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, dressing and green beans served on china plates and brought to your table. A buffet with all sorts of desserts will be available. Church members will be on site to greet, usher and serve all those attending.

If you are alone, hungry or have guests to entertain, please join us at the park on Christmas Day so we may celebrate the births of Jesus. EVERYONE is welcome to join us so we might be Together on Christmas.



Mt. Tabor Christmas Eve Service
ALL are invited to attend a Christmas Eve Service on Wed., Dec.24th at 9:00pm!  Come observe a special Christmas celebration at Mt Tabor Church of God.  This will be a great event for friends and family!

 Mt Tabor’s Christmas Eve service will celebrate Communion and a Candlelight Ceremony.

 Mt Tabor COG is on the corner of 127 and Tama Road.  See you at 9:00pm on Wednesday evening!



Congratulations to the Rockford Carnegie Library for being selected
as the December - Rockford Chamber Business of the Month ! 

A library association was formed in 1902 in Rockford.  The library didn't
have a permanent home though during those early years.  In 1910
correspondence was started with Andrew Carnegie to get money
for a building.  The new building was dedicated in May of 1913.

The library has changed drastically in the past few years because
of technology.  The card catalog became an on-line catalog, e-books
were added to the collection and computers have become essential for

The library is funded primarily with money from the state and a local

The Rockford Carnegie library is located at 162 S Main St.  The hours
are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 8 pm.  Fridays till 5:30 pm and Saturdays
till 2 pm.

Thank you Rockford Carnegie Library for supporting your Rockford


Pictured left to right: Becky Schaadt, Jane Cozad - Rockford Chamber President, Rozann Maurer, and Bob Maurer




Old Christmas Decorations Wanted

Did you update your holiday decorations this year? You’re in luck! The Rockford Chamber of Commerce would love to take those old decorations off your hands. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will gladly accept those unwanted holiday items.  Items in good shape and function may be repurposed next year.  Donated items that are broken or do not function will be properly recycled.  Let us help you make room!

No decorations to spare?  The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will rejoice in celebration of community donations. All monetary donations should be made out to Shanes Park – with drop off at the village office or mailed to Shanes Park CO/ Chamber Christmas PO Box 282, Rockford Ohio 45882

Are you a bargain shopper? Our elves at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce would love to receive any post-holiday discounted Christmas decoration donations that you may find.

CAN we make one more suggestion?  If you CAN help the Chamber in some way, and none of the above work with your schedule/interest, the Rockford Chamber will also accept aluminum CANS to recycle, with all proceeds directly benefiting future Christmas displays.

Questions? Reach out to your Rockford Chamber at, or call 419.363.302 ext. 1.


Parkway Middle School Holds DARE Graduation

Parkway Middle School held the Fifth Grade D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation Friday, December 5, at the school.   Student, Ben Sheppard welcomed everyone. Fifth graders reading the winning essays were Mackenzie Stephenson, Cami High, Zaenen Renner, Chloe Morefield and Jacob Rogers.

The Honor Students receiving special recognition were: Lily Haver, Molly Hileman, Blake Strickler, Gracyn Temple, Aailya Larsen, Kaitlin Shaffner, Kameryn Altenbach and  Tim Miller.  These students were presented medals purchased by the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters and earned the honor because of their extra effort in the program.

The speaker was award winning author Michelle Houts.  She talked about what can harm dreams and role bullying can play in undermining success. The program was closed by a thank you by Dani Huff. The program was concluded by the principal Mr. Brian Woods. Deputy Sue Miller is the D.A.R.E. Officer conducting the D.A.R.E.  classes.  Fifth grade teachers assisting with the D.A.R.E. graduation  were Mrs. Kraner, Mrs. Muhlenkamp, Mrs Shellabarger.  Mercer County D.A.R..E. is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.



December 15, 2014


Parkway Schools went on a two hour delay for Monday, December 15, 2014 due to fog
then cancelled.

The 5 - 6th  Graders Music Concert is rescheduled for Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00 PM




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. 
Three New Members Chosen for Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame



The public is invited to this event.

Click Here to read the profile on these former Parkway Stand-outs.


Parkway High School Band and Choir Members Entertain at Annual Winter Christmas Concert
Pictures shared by Nikki Fox - Thanks Nikki!

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Parkway Middle School Students Wow  Audience at Christmas Concert - Awesome - Click Here for more shared by Nikki Fox!
Parkway First and Third Graders Christmas Concert Pictures - Adorable - Click Here for more shared by Nikki Fox!



December 13-14, 2014


Calvary Holds Christmas Open House
Calvary Preschool recently held their annual Christmas Open House to celebrate the Holiday Season.  Students in each class made crafts to decorate trees in the classroom and to take home as gifts.  Parents and family members walked through the classrooms to see what the students accomplished and then joined others in the fellowship hall for refreshments and a slide show of activities from the beginning of the year to this time.   Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road in Van Wert.  There are currently a few openings in each class for 3 years through 5 years.  Call Marilyn Agler at 567-259-3103 or check for forms on the Preschool tab of Calvary Evangelical's website. We are committed to helping children grow spiritually, emotionally and academically as they mature.



Ohio City Liberty Christmas Lights Contest

All photos that are sent to Ohio City's Pride or emailed will be added to an album. This album will be available for members to vote on the 22nd of Decembers, members will have ten days to vote and the winner will be announced on New Year’s Day. Be sure to have a photo of your home turned in by the 22nd.

If you do not have Facebook or the internet, you can still enter the contest by sending your photo, including your address, phone number, and name to P.O. Box 102 Ohio City, Ohio 45872 or email it to

* This contest is open to the residents of the Village of Ohio City and Liberty Township.

We will be adding more sponsors and donations as we receive them:

Village of Ohio City: $25.00

Ohio City Express: $25.00

Park Board (Ohio City Community Building) : $25.00

Rent-A-Garage: free oil change

Bigham Creative Communications: $25.00


Steer Weigh-in Set


The Junior Fair Board has set the date/time for the 2015 show steer, performance steer and dairy steer weigh-in. Please mark your calendars for Saturday January 3rd, 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 2015 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!



December 11-12, 2014


AND Special Meeting at 6:30 to swear-in new board member Matt Swygart
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Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for December 2014


December 9-10, 2014


Mercer County Engineering Complex Open House Held 12-6-2014

Jim Weichart, Mercer County Engineer, and employees of the Engineering Department held an open house for their newly completed facility on Mud Pike west of Celina on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  The new multi-million dollar complex, at 77,000 square feet, features Administrative Offices, Vehicle Maintenance Wing, Vehicle Storage Wing, Fueling Center, Salt & Grit Storage and a Vehicle Wash Bay. Bruns Building and Development was the General Contractor and Garmann-Miller was the architect.

The development of the engineer’s facility was in the planning process for more than a decade, according to the literature passed out at the Open House. Former County Engineers, Keith G. Earley, P.E., P. S. and Roy F. Thompson, P.E., P.S. began the planning process, and a multitude of private and public teams brought the structure to reality.

Pictured above are some of the 24 employees of the Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart (second from left), Mark Linn, Wiechart, Darren Porter, Brad Laffin, and Mark Leininger. At left: One of the newest tandem axle dump trucks in the Mercer County Engineer's fleet. It features an automatic transmission and is equipped with a 12 foot snow plow. It is used for other work in the summer.












Rockford Eagles Donate to Back Pack Program and College Students

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $2000 to the Parkway Back Pack Program. Pastor Tim Clutter, above, accepts the check from Blair Shaffer, on behalf of his ministry C.A.L.L. Ministries. Tim says they need $4200 to fully fund the program across the Mercer County, and he deeply appreciated the generous check from the Eagles on behalf of the Parkway children. Tim said Parkway children in K-4th grade get a bag of food sent home every weekend including 2 breakfasts; 2 lunches; 2 suppers; 2 snacks and 1 or 2 drinks per child. A jar of peanut butter goes home to the households on free meals at school a the beginning of each month. 260 students are involved at Parkway, and this is the 4th year for the program there. Volunteer Deb Hecht oversees the program with a team of 15 volunteers helping her.






The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently gave renewal scholarships to students who are Wright State University Lake Campus and are parkway graduates. Tia Caffee, daughter of John and Lisa (Painter) Caffee of Willshire will graduate in May 2014 with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. An outstanding artist at Parkway, she graduated in 2013. Tegan Felver, daughter of Carl and Deena Felver is also from Willshire, and will graduate with an Associates Degree in Business Applications. Aslo a graduate of Parkway 2013, Tegan is learning office management and enjoys MS Access Database the best.  Others who were not present but received renewals were: Austin Adams, Amber Swander and Kirsten Schriema. Left to right: Blair Shaffer explained that the renewals would go directly to Wright State. Tegan and Tia stand next to Wright State University Development Officer, Julie M. Miller. The Rockford Eagles have funded $30,188.00 from 2006-2013 and $8,000 for 2014-2015. All of this money went for Parkway scholarships furthering their education.




Shanes Park Holiday Lights - Beautiful and Perfect for an Evening Drive to Rockford

December 6-8, 2014


Stateline Writer’s Holiday Meeting
Members and guests are invited to the Stateline Writer's Club holiday luncheon at CJ Highmarks, 1211 Irmscher Blvd., Celina, Ohio, on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 11 am to 1 pm. Those attending are asked, but not required, to bring a $5 gift to exchange along with a short written piece about the gift or about the holiday.

There will be no meeting on December 20, 2014, and the next meeting will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Mercer County District Library, Celina, Ohio.



Stars Placed on Tree in Honor or Memory of Loved Ones

VAN WERT, OHIO – The volunteer of TWIG III and the Van Wert County Hospital illuminated the holiday sky at the 20th Annual “Tree of Lights” ceremony on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm. 

In keeping with the 20 year tradition, the lighting of the tree in the front of the hospital marks the beginning of the holiday season.  The Tree of Lights is both a remembrance service and a TWIG III fundraiser in support of hospital programs.  For a contribution, family members placed star ornaments on the tree. Thirty five stars were placed on the tree honoring or in memory of loved ones.

The 20th annual event raised $2,300.  TWIG III President Lisa Dunn said, “Since 1994, the Van Wert Community has been tremendously supportive of the Tree of Light project. With the generosity of Van Wert and surrounding communities, we have been able to give over $76,000.00 to the hospital for the purchase of the most up-to-date medical equipment available from this project alone. We are very grateful for that support”.

The evening started with an invocation from Pastor Paul Hamrick from First Friends Church. The Lincolnview Octet performed under the direction of Mrs. Stacy Korte.  Following the check presentation, Lisa Dunn, TWIG III member, read the names on the stars.  As the event concluded, attendees enjoyed a reception in the hospital cafeteria.

About Van Wert Hospital

For more than 100 years, Van Wert Hospital has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments.  As an independent nonprofit community health system, Van Wert County Hospital remains committed to the region’s healthcare needs for generations to come.  Van Wert Hospital is committed to today, focused on tomorrow. Visit for more information.




Parkway Yearbooks from Previous Years Available

Purchasing a yearbook from your child or grandchild’s high school years is a unique and meaningful idea for a Christmas gift.  Parkway Local Schools has extra yearbooks from 2004 through 2013 that will be for sale through Friday, December 19 for $20 each. There are also a limited number of 2013-2014 books still available for $40 each.  The 2005-2006 yearbook is the last year in the old buildings and the 2006-2007 yearbook is the first book in our new building. All books will be sold on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in purchasing a book, contact Curtis Hamrick at or 419-363-3045 ext. 565



Messiah Soloists announced for Van Wert Performance

Every other year, The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with First United Methodist Church in Van Wert presents a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  This year the performance will be Sunday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  The performance includes a 60 member community chorus, a professional chamber orchestra, and esteemed soloists.  The soloists for this year’s performance are soprano, Kirsten Osbun Manley; mezzo, Tina Bunce; tenors, Shawn and Richard Mathey; and bass, Sean Cooper.

Osbun Manley is resident artist in music and co-director of the musical theatre program at Ohio Northern University, where she teaches voice and diction for singers and directs the opera workshop program.  She has appeared in recital and concert in performance venues throughout the Great Lakes Region.  Recently she was the featured soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Ralph Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music with the Lima Symphony Orchestra.  She has considerable opera and musical theatre experience, including roles in The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Magic Flute, Carmen, The Merry Widow, Candide, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.  She will be making her first Van Wert Messiah appearance.

Tina Sandor Bunce is primarily known for her work in oratorio and on the concert stage.  She has excelled as soloist in performances of many of the great works for choir and orchestra, including Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, and St. John and St. Matthew Passions of J.S. Bach.  Recently, she participated in weeklong residencies at Chester and Liverpool Cathedrals in England.  She is a member of the Bowling Green vocal ensemble Opus 181 and the Canterbury Singers, USA.  In addition, Bunce maintains a private studio in Bowling Green and Findlay, Ohio.  Bunce last performed Messiah in Van Wert in 1995.

Richard Mathey is no stranger to Van Wert and First United Methodist Church.  He has been guest soloist in Messiah as well as the Seven Last Words of Christ on several occasions.  In addition, he has been guest conductor for District, Regional and State Music Festivals.  Making his singing debut in 1971 at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, he has since performed 17 leading operatic tenor roles and has soloed with symphonies throughout the Midwest.  As director of choral activities and professor of music at Bowling Green State University for 32 years, Mathey became infamous as conductor and director of both Men’s Chorus and Mixed Choirs, taking them on tour all over the United States.

Richard’s pride and joy, his son Shawn has become a very distinguished tenor in his own right.  Shawn Mathey performs in the most important and distinguished opera companies and music festivals in the world including the Paris Opera, the Operahaus Zurich, the Salzburg Festival, Frankfort Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Washington National Opera among many others.  This season, Mathey made his debut in Seoul, Korea as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, followed by one of his signature roles, Tamino in Kansas City.  He then debuted two extremely rare roles at the Opera de St. Etienne in France which will be recorded for commercial release.  He has also performed with the Cincinnati and Toledo Operas as well as Opera Hong Kong.  We are extremely honored to have Mr. Mathey make his first Van Wert appearance as he joins his father in the tenor roles of our Messiah.

Sean Cooper, praised for his “rich,” “powerful,” and “well-tempered” vocal production has performed both Broadway and Opera roles in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Guam.  His roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance to mention just a few.  His opera performances include Raphael in Haydn’s Creation, Jesus in Bach’s Passion of St. John and numerous Messiah and Beethoven Ninth performances.  He has also performed with the Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Toledo, Lima, Warren and Oakland, MI Symphonies.  His musical theater experience includes Riverdance! On Broadway, Carousel, The Fantastiks, Gypsy, South Pacific, and Jesus Christ Superstar to mention a few.  We welcome Professor Cooper of Bowling Green State University back for his second Van Wert Messiah performance. 

Paul Hoverman, Senior Choir Director at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert will be the conductor.  Gloria Wendel and Annette Hoverman have been rehearsal accompanists.  Jake Wilder of Van Wert has assisted in sectional chorus rehearsals.  The 7:00 p.m. performance is open to the public with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.  A free-will offering will be received.



Parkway December 2014 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith


Parkway Local Schools December Calendar of Events - Click Here
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Athletic / HS Attendance Secretary
Parkway Local Schools


December 4-5, 2014
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

Snapshot Cuisine Open on Saturday, December 6, 2014

Snapshot Cuisine opens for a new dining experience on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Come to 209 South Main Street in Celina and try this menu:
Green Lentil & Andouille; New England Clam Chowder; Smoked Salmon Tartar with Quail Egg Gribiche: Lamb T-bone with Bordelaise, Harissa & Raita; Shrimp Scampi with Beurre-Blanc & Arugula on Baguette; Quail with Cream Corn, BBQ Sauce & Corn Salsa; and Creme Brulee for dessert. Reservations recommended but not required from 5 pm to Midnight. 419-953-5232.


Snow Plow Rodeo

Mercer County Engineer employees participated in the County Engineer’s Association of Ohio Annual Snow Plow Rodeo on November 25, 2014 held at the Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima.  Every year Mercer County Engineer snow and ice control crews participate with their counterparts from Allen and Auglaize counties in competitions testing their skills against others in their profession.  The activity allows the crews to network with others in the region about snow and ice control and other county engineer work efforts.  Every year one of the three counties involved take turns hosting the event.


This year the Mercer County team (Darren Porter, Tony Knapke, TJ Smalley, & Derrick Harter) came in first.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

If clearing driveway, do no push snow to wrong side of mailbox (the low side).

            Keep track of the road conditions and advisories issued by the local media.



December 2-3, 2014


Parkway Team Photos Below are Compliments of Nikki Fox Photography.
Thank you for sharing Nikki!


Click Here for Parkway Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team Pictures


Click Here for Parkway Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Team Pictures


Click Here for Parkway Varsity Boys and Girls Bowling Team Pictures


Click Here for Parkway Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders Pictures


Click Here for Parkway Varsity Wrestling Team Picture


Click Here for Parkway Junior High Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Pictures, 
Wrestling Team Picture and Cheerleaders


Printable Parkway Sports Schedule for the Week of December 1, 2014






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.


Parkway Local Board of Education Special Meeting

The Parkway Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school conference room.  The board will go into executive session for the purpose of interviewing potential board candidates.  No business will be conducted.

The Parkway Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room.  The purpose of the meeting will be to appoint a new board member.  The regular December board meeting will start immediately after the special meeting.


December 1, 2014


Mercer County Engineer Facility Open House Set
Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today that an open house has been scheduled for 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Mercer County Engineer Facility, 4884 Mud Pike, Celina, Ohio 45822.

This event is an opportunity for the general public to walk through and view the facility improvements which were recently constructed, as well as to see engineer staff and the equipment they use in their mission to maintain and improve Mercer County’s roads and bridges. Parking will be on the east side of the facility in the stone area, to be accessed from the eastern most drive, near the fueling system.


Chamber Meeting Date Changed
The December Rockford Chamber meeting has been rescheduled 
from December 1st  back to our original day and time.

Therefore - 

The Rockford Chamber will be meeting on on December 11th at 8 am
at the Rockford Village Hall.



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






Mercer Health’s Doctor’s Urgent Care to change hours


Mercer Health offers Doctor’s Urgent Care and x-ray services located at the Community Medical Center, south of Celina on 127.  Starting January 5th, 2015, Doctor’s Urgent Care will be open on Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. until11:30 p.m. and Weekends and Holidays from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Mercer Health also offers a state-of-the-art, 24—hour emergency room with advanced x-ray and medical imaging services in Coldwater.  For more information, visit


Genealogical Society will meet
The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm.  This is the annual Christmas gathering.  The speakers will be Sue Miller and Annie Miller sharing a collection of Vintage Toys most from the 1930’s. Those attending are invited to bring one of their own childhood toys for a show and tell portion of the program.  The Chapter will also install the officers for upcoming year. The meeting is held at the Richardson Bretz Building behind the library in Celina.  The public is always welcome. This is a good time to meet and get to know others interested and active in researching family history.




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

Photo caption:  The Immaculate Conception High School was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1933 at the corner of Anthony and Wayne Streets, Celina, during the Great Depression.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1933, the Immaculate Conception Parish dedicated a new high school building, at Anthony and Wayne Streets, Celina.  This history is found in the 1978 “Mercer County History” book. 

The Immaculate Conception Parish was organized in 1864; they are celebrating their 150th Anniversary this year.  Their first Parish Church was dedicated December 8, 1865, at the end of the historic year of the Civil War.  In 1900 work began on the present Church and was completed three years later in 1903.  The Class of 1972 was the last class to be graduated from the I.C. High School, as the cost of maintaining a High School was prohibitive.  However, the I.C. Elementary School continues to serve its Parish. 

The history states that the High School building cost $72,000.00, which must have been a fortune during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.  That must have been a grand achievement for I.C. Parish to fund a new building for the I.C. High School, during the 1930’s.  What else was happening in the 1930’s?

Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, was the date of the Crash of the Stock Market which set off the Great Depression.  The 1930’s Depression was felt across the country, as well as here in Mercer County, from all of the stories I have heard, when I was growing up.

On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a bill making “The Star Spangled Banner,” the National Anthem.  Whenever that Anthem is played, everyone stops in respect for our Flag and for which it stands.  Later that year, on December 24, the first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was decorated.

On June 17, 1932, nearly 10,000 desperate World War I Veterans, who had not yet received their War Bonus over a dozen years after that War was over, marched on the Capitol at Washington D.C. when the U.S. Senate was voting on the Bill, which had already been passed by the House.  At that time, the War Bonus was $1.25 per day for overseas service and $1.00 for stateside service.  But, on June 27, 1932 the Senate vote defeated the bill, 62 to 18.  The Veterans’ War Bonus was not paid until 1945!   How many Mercer County World War I Veterans had to wait for their War Bonus until 1945?

Another event was planned, which was supposed to “brighten the gloom of the Depression,” at Chicago to mark its 100th Birthday, with the opening of the World’s Fair on May 17, 1933.   The Fair Planners looked to the stars, for light.  The star Arcturas, one of the closest stars, was 40 light years away.  (One light year equals about 6,000,000,000,000 miles, the distance light travels in a year.) The world’s largest refracting telescope at Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin, caught the ray of Arcturas starlight and focused it on a photoelectric cell which transformed its energy into the current needed to throw the switch at the Fairgrounds.  As the crowd watched, a white beam shot out from a search light atop the Hall of Science.  As the light touched one Exposition building after another, the crowd was thrown into a brilliant light.

Who remembers the 1933 dedication of the I.C. High School building?  Who remembers the Great Depression here in Mercer County?  Did anyone in Mercer County attend the World’s Fair at Chicago in 1933?  Please send your stories so they can be preserved at the Mercer County Historical Museum.



November 26-30, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas in the Park
Shanes Park - Rockford, OH ~ November 30th, @ 7 pm


Get in the holiday spirit as the Village of Rockford celebrates
Christmas in the Park on November 30th, 2014 at 7 pm at
Shanes Park.

This inaugural event will include the lighting of twelve different
Christmas displays, with musical accompaniment from our
community members.

Cookies and hot coca will be served.

* Parking located at the Rockford Community Building.

Sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for November 2014


Community Building in Rockford Releases Newest Events - Click Here

Find out More About Renting the Community Building at Shanes Park  


16th Annual Mendon Festival of Trees & Christmas Walk – come to Mendon, Ohio


Friday December 5th         6-9 PM

Saturday December 6th    1-5:30 PM

(Times for some events vary)


There will be over 85 Christmas Trees with a variety of themes on display at the Historic Town Hall in Mendon. Enjoy all of this with just a $1.00 donation and children under 12 attend free. Refreshments included in cost of admission.


Angel & Nativity Displays will be at Mendon First Church of God - Friday & Saturday


Live "Animals of the Nativity" at Bethlehem Stable - Fri. 6-9, Sat. 1-4 (Located at Old Firehouse on Main St.)






Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (1:30-5:30) 

Visits Santa Claus (1:30-4:30) at his house on Main Street

Family Activities - Mendon United Methodist Church




Hot Head Burritos Joins Celina Mercer County Chamber

Owners of Hot Head Burritos, Jim and Beth Miller have joined the Celina
County Chamber of Commerce.   A ribbon cutting was held after a soft opening
to the
community.   A fresh alternative to fast food, Hot Head Burritos is located
at 1945 Havemann Road in Celina.  


Mile-X Equipment Inc. has joined Celina Mercer Chamber
Mile-X Equipment, Inc. has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of
Commerce.  Mostly an internet based company,
Mile-X Equipment is a shop and garage equipment provider.  Visit for more details.


Neal's Hardin Street Automotive has joined Celina Mercer Chamber
Hardin Street Automotive has been purchased by Neal Marchal.   The business
has been renamed to Neal's Hardin Street Automotive.
They are located at 300 Hardin Street in Coldwater.  Phone # 419 678-0163.


Business Journal Joins Celina Mercer County Chamber

The Business Journal of West Central Ohio is the leading source of local
business news and information for the thirteen-county region.
Visit for more details.



Atelier Salon is the newest member business of the Celina Mercer County
Chamber of Commerce.
A full service salon, Atelier Salon is located at 224 South Main Street in
Celina.  Visit for more business details


Dancing with the Big Stars

Dancing with the Big Stars (DWTBS) has brought a countless number of people together on Saturday, November 15 to raise money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties (BBBS). The first time ever event recruited “stars” including marketing managers, police officers, superintendents, and everyone in between to not only raise money on behalf of BBBS but perform on the dance floor at the Overdrive in front of more than five hundred community members.

“This is the first time our agency has done an event like this. It was a huge risk to put this much time and effort into something without knowing the outcome,” stated Abby Balster, Executive Director of BBBS. “We are so glad we did. The community was very supportive of our dancers and their fundraising efforts.”

Before the event even started the dancers had already raised over $5,000. Balster says that the amount of funds that came in throughout the day was astounding. Over $7,000 was collected in just a few hours.

“The goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters was to raise $10,000 for youth mentoring, and we surpassed that by another $10,000. So in total we raised over $20,000 for kids in Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert counties,” expressed Balster.

Jeff Knapke (star) and Janessa Schwieterman (professional) were busy fundraising and asking family and friends to support their efforts. All their hard work paid off in the end, as they went home with the Big Star Award, for raising the most money for BBBS. They were able to raise over $3,500 as a couple.

The judges, Jane Diller, Lucy Staugler, and Eric Wellman, also had their work cut out for them that evening as well. All the dancers brought their “A” game.  It was such a tough decision that the Judges’ Choice Award ended in a tie. Shelly Vaughn (star) and Ron Rindler (professional) and Pete Lisi (star) and Ashley Etzkorn (professional) both had the exact same score from the judges. Both couples received the Judges’ Choice Award for their tremendous performance.

“We cannot express our thanks enough to all of those who donated or helped to make this event a huge success,” said Balster. “We are so glad there are businesses like F1 Sound, Romer’s Catering, Anew You, Visions, G D Garman Photography, and Mr. Shoppe that helped to make this event happen. “

If you would like to “see” or remember this event, you are able to order a DVD for $10. Call 419-394-2990 or send a check with your name and phone number by November 30 to place your order.

The ultimate goal of this fundraiser was to help youth in the community. BBBS will be using the money to match the 35 children on their waiting list with a Big and to support all five of their youth mentoring programs. For more information about becoming a Big or enrolling a child contact BBBS at 419-394-2990 or by e-mail at



November 24-25, 2014



Chatt Valley Churches will be holding a Thanksgiving Eve Service , Wed. at 7:00pm. The service will be held a Zion Lutheran Church, St Rt 49 Chattenooga, OH.  Pastor Catherine Costello from UCC will give the Thanksgiving message, refreshments will follow the service.

Everyone is welcome.



Into the Woods Presented at Parkway High School Auditorium by Middle School Students.
It was their first ever production.
Friday and Saturday, November 21, and 22, 2014 7 PM - Congratulations


See more terrific pictures below by Photographer Nikki Fox. Click on smaller thumbnails to enlarge them.







The Wren Christmas Society would like to thank everyone who purchased chicken dinner tickets, those who donated money, and Gibson's Barnyard BBQ for preparing the chicken dinners.  The money raised will help pay for the electricity for the Christmas lights this holiday seaon. 

The WCS spends over $900 a year for electricity, $1000 for replacement bulbs, strand lights, and miscellaneous electrical, $500-$1000 a year for new display items, $450 for wagon rides, cards and candy for the children.  Your support and generous donations help make what we do possible.  

In other WCS news, the Christmas decorations were put up in Wren on Saturday, November 15th and the official lighting ceremony will be held this Saturday, Nov. 29th at dark (approximately 6:00 pm).  

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Wren at the Santa House at the corner of St. Rt. 49 and Jackson Street on Saturday, December 13th and Friday and Saturday, December 19th and 20th from 6 to 8 pm.  Carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies will be available during Santa hours.

The Society will also be sponsoring an Outside Home Display Contest again this year within a 3 mile radius of Wren.  Please contact Karen at 419-495-2623 with any questions.



District 3 Honors Participants Chosen 
After a competitive audition process on November 15th, the following Parkway High School band and choir members were chosen to participate in the following OMEA District 3 honors groups: 

Choir: Nathan Boroff-Tenor 

Band: Emily Strunk-Clarinet 
          Paige Hamrick-Alto Saxophone 
          Grace Linn-Percussion 

Jazz Band: Grace Linn-Piano 

District 3 is one of seventeen music districts in the state of Ohio and is comprised of the following counties: Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert. All students selected for these honors groups will be in concert on Sunday January 11th at 3:00 in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. 


Congratulations to all of these students!! 

Plan Now to Hear the Alumni Pep Band and Alumni Choir on December 20

The 2014 alumni pep band and alumni choir will be performing on Saturday December 20th during the Parkway vs. South Adams basketball game. The alumni pep band will rehearse from 4-5:30, with a carry-in immediately following. The alumni choir is invited to participate in the carry-in and will rehearse immediately following the carry-in. All former Parkway, Mendon, Rockford and Willshire band and choir members are invited to participate in alumni music night. 

If you have any questions about the alumni pep band, you may e mail Paula Linn at If you have any questions about the alumni choir, you may contact Shannon Wagner at 419-363-3045 ext. 133 or e mail her at


The Nutcracker Ballet
The Christmas season begins in Northwest Ohio with great fanfare! The Nutcracker Ballet comes to the Niswonger on Saturday, December 6 with two showtimes. The 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM showtimes will accommodate families traveling in from around the region to usher in the holiday in a classically entertaining way.

Family Seating Available Now.


Vendor/Craft Show Benefit for Ned Pryer
Date: Dec. 7, 2014
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Location: Celina Eagles #1291
Ned Pryer has been in Cleveland Hospital for 8+ weeks and looking at least another 6-8 weeks of being there.  He has had many heart issues and they are working on his health to try to resolve the issues.  Due to being in the hospital they have acquired many bills that we are working on trying to help them with.  All proceeds from raffle, bake sale, and table rent will go to Ned Pryer.
40+ tables/vendors/crafters to be set up to visit their tables to look at product, cash and carry, etc.  Do your Christmas Shopping while helping with a great cause!
Raffle and Bake Sale to be held during entire event.



Free Pizza and The Grinch Coming December 6








You are invited to attend a FREE Pizza & “GRINCH” Movie Night on Saturday, December 6th at 5:00pm!  Come join the food and fun at Mt Tabor Church of God.  There will be pizza, chips, cookies and beverages to enjoy while we watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  This will be a great event for your friends and family!

Mt Tabor’s FREE Pizza & “GRINCH” Movie Night will begin a series of Christmas messages beginning December 7th.  This series will tie biblical principles to scenes from the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Sunday Worship starts at 10:00am!

Mt Tabor COG is on the corner of 127 and Tama Road.  See you at 5:00pm on Saturday!

For more information check out:



Parkway Local School Board Meeting Change

The Parkway Local Board of Education regular meeting for December will be held on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Room of Parkway Local Schools.



November 22-23, 2014


Arrangements for Herbert Brandt Funeral


Rockford Area Development Corporation to Meet
RADC meeting reminder for Monday, November 24th, at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement. We will be discussing candy cane distribution at the 4 way stop. The chamber also has some great "Welcome to Rockford" pamphlets to be distributed with the candy canes. 




November 21, 2014


Prayers are Needed - Click Here



The Rockford  United Methodist Church Women at   202 SOUTH FRANKLIN ST. ROCKFORD,  OH 45882
are busy planning their  Fall Dinner and Auction for Saturday,  November 22, 2014

They will be Serving  Dinners from  4:30-6:30 and tickets are now on sale!

Carry  Out or Dine in of these choice delicious meals:

Pork  Chop Dinner—$8 comes with baked potato, applesauce, roll,  cookie, and beverage


Chicken  Dinner--$7 comes potato  chips, applesauce, roll,  cookies, and beverage

(Auction  will begin at  6:30)

Tickets  are available until November 13th at the following Rockford
Businesses: Henkle  Insurance, His  ‘n Hers,  Rockford  UM Church office
(419-363-3230) or contact any Rockford UM Woman

All proceeds donated to Missions.



Rockford United Methodist Church Begins Five: 02 Activities

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

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



November 20, 2014


Parkway School Board Seeks Replacement

The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education is filling a vacancy created by the resignation of one of its members.  The position will be for approximately thirteen months and the term will end on December 31, 2015.  Qualified candidates should submit a statement of interest, listing qualifications, to Gregory Puthoff, Superintendent, Parkway Local Schools, Rockford, OH  45882.  The school board may interview selected candidates prior to the appointment of the new board member at the December 16 regular board meeting.  The deadline for the written statement of interest is noon on Monday, December 1.  Questions concerning the vacancy can be directed to Gregory Puthoff, Superintendent or Kim Brandt, Board President.


Parkway Committee Members Decide on Challenged Book
Tuesday, 11-18-2014 School Board Members Hear More Discussion

A special committee was recently formed by the Parkway School Board meeting to read and decide on a challenged book. The book had been a reading assignment for the entire freshmen class, and came under fire by Jeff Armstrong, a parent of a freshman in the class. The book, The Freedom Writer’s Diary written by Erin Gruwell and her high school students in California, was assigned by Ms. Jessica Rolfes, a new teacher to the Parkway School system. She teaches the freshman English classes and had previously taught the book at a high school in South Carolina. Ms. Rolfes sent a letter home to parents of the Parkway freshmen explaining the controversial issues with the book as well as her goal of teaching literary devices through the text. There was much discussion at the board meeting in October. After the school policy on book challenges was reviewed, Jeff Armstrong was notified that a formal complaint was needed so that a special committee could be convened. He filed that complaint with high school principal Brian Fortkamp. The special committee then read and made their recommendations to the school board a few weeks ago. The committee decided the book was not appropriate for freshmen, and it was pulled from Ms. Rolfes' reading selection for her classroom. She chose another book to replace it Lord of the Flies. At the school board meeting on November 18, 2014, board members heard from community members supporting the Armstrong family. Apparently, even though the decision to shelve the book for freshmen is final and supported by the board, the topic is unfortunately not over at Parkway High School. The Parkway School Board members listened to complaints about a blog and will gather more information before further discussion.


Mercer County Engineer Facility Open House Set
Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today that an open house has been scheduled for 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Mercer County Engineer Facility, 4884 Mud Pike, Celina, Ohio 45822.

This event is an opportunity for the general public to walk through and view the facility improvements which were recently constructed, as well as to see engineer staff and the equipment they use in their mission to maintain and improve Mercer County’s roads and bridges. Parking will be on the east side of the facility in the stone area, to be accessed from the eastern most drive, near the fueling system.



November 19, 2014


Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
Sheriff continues to caution drivers about road conditions.


Thank you to Chatt Insurance Center ~ for being our weather sponsor.



Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio Launches Shoe Collection Drive
Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills.

Family Health Care, a non-profit company based in Van Wert, Ohio is conducting a shoe collection drive. 
Family Health Care will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the 
donated goods.  Those dollars will benefit the patients of Family Health Care. Anyone can help by donating gently 
worn, used or new shoes at Family Health Care, 1052 S. Washington Street in Van Wert.

Several local SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES are participating in the collection. DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT 
THESE LOCATIONS- Van Wert Elementary, Lincolnview, and Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert, Ohio; Crestview 
Local Schools, Convoy, Ohio; Parkway Local Schools, Rockford United Methodist Church, New Horizons Community Church, Rockford, Ohio;  and Immaculate Conception School, Celina, Ohio. Each location has its own deadline in place  for collecting. The drive ends December 31. 

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as 
Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are excited about our shoe drive," said Jenny Smith, Director. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets that they could donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.  Family Health Care will 
use the earned funds to help cover the cost of our uninsured clients that pay a minimum fee for their office visits. It’s a win-win for everyone”.

By donating shoes to Family Health Care, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives. 

Local organizations interested in learning more about conducting a shoe drive of their own can visit

Celina Man Found Dead After ATV Accident
by Tom Wale, Chief of Police, Celina
Kevin A. Dennis, a 24 year old male from Celina was reported missing on Sunday, November 16, 2014 shortly before 2:00 PM. He was reported to being riding a small, yellow four wheeler (ATV). He left a Deford St. residence at around 11:00 PM Friday in an unknown direction of travel. He normally cuts through the Mercer Co. Fairgrounds along a drive around the back to get to a Morton St. residence where he has been staying. He did not arrive at his expected destination.
Kevin Dennis is described as a white male, 6’00” tall, 135 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. A male matching the description was possibly spotted at the Shell Station on S. Main St., Celina a short time before his reported departure from the residence.
Anyone with information as to Kevin’s whereabouts were urged to call the Celina Police Department Dispatch at 419-586-2345.
UPDATE: Kevin Dennis was found deceased with the wreckage of his ATV. He was found at the Celina City Compost Facility several blocks from his last confirmed location. It appears he was alone at the time of crash. The accident remains under investigation.

VWHS Theatre Fall Play Debuts this Weekend

Van Wert High School Theatre is making final preparations for their fall production “George Washington Slept Here” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Join them on Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd at 7pm in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Auditorium for an evening filled with laughter end enjoyment featuring the talented students of VWHS

Theatre. The fall play is being directed by Melissa Bloomfield and Danielle Slagle with Hugh Saunier, Matt Saunier, and Josh Schumm serving as technical directors. Students have been working hard on blocking, developing their characterizations, painting, publicizing, and rehearsing since September. The following students are a part of the cast and crew of the production: Sage Burden, Brittney Boaz, Tyler Nygren, Sarah Linser, Lexi Ayers, Lexi Lepper,

Cade Chiles, Maggie Cripe, Haley Richardson, Madison Buecker, Rachel Davis, James Defore, LeAndryce Miller, Nathan Ireland, Alea Hill, Noah Miller, Matt Saunier, Shianne Baldwin, Samantha Brooks, Shelbee Miller, Kaylin Bledsoe, Olivia Wingo, Morgan Lahmon, Valerie Barnhart, Madison Turnwald, Hannah Bartley, Erin Richardson, and Olivia Mengerink. Before our Saturday performance from 4:30-7pm in the High School Commons, dine at the Wing Ding Dinner supporting our local Salvation Army. This event sponsored by the VWHS

Senior Class costs $7 for an adult meal and $4 for a kids meal. Support our seniors and the Salvation Army before our fall play. VWHS Theatre is continuing to create, perform, and inspire the Van Wert community through the theatrical arts. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, New York, NY.



November 18, 2014


Parkway Schools are now closed for Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Cancelled Practices for November 18, 2014:
Grades 2-6 Basketball
All Junior High Scrimmages and Practices
All High School Basketball Scrimmages and Practices
All Wrestling Scrimmages and Practices
Junior High Drama Practice

Lunch Menu changes due to cancellations:
Wednesday, November 19 will be Chili, Toasted Cheese meal
Friday, November 21 will be Ham, French Toast Meal

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports at 5:15 AM: Use caution while driving as roads are becoming snow covered and slick with black ice. Possible white out conditions in spots.

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, November 18, 2014,
due to road conditions.

Field trips are cancelled for Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance Center ~ for being our weather sponsor.

Rockford Carnegie Library Renewal Levy Passes
The 5 year 1-mill renewal tax levy passed handily 738-234 in last week's election. It will continue to generate  $70,000 annually. In 2010, the State of Ohio cut the budgets of libraries across Ohio. Rockford Carnegie Library went for the levy then which passed. The library is provides much needed services to the community including computers, Internet access, books and community programs. Thank you!

Dublin Township Renewal Levy Passes
The 5 year 0.5-mill property tax levy was renewed handily 490-130 in last week's election. It will continue to generate a little over $10,000 annually. Services provided include ambulance service, road repairs, utilities, trustee's salaries and other services. Thank you!


Baby Welcomed in Canales Family - Click Here for Details


November 17, 2014

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports at 9:15 PM: Use caution while driving as roads are becoming snow covered and slick with black ice. Possible white out conditions in spots.

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Monday, November 17, 2014,
due to snow. Approximately 4 inches fell overnight.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance Center ~ for being our weather sponsor.

Pep Band Practice is cancelled for the evening.


Couple from Rockford Serve the Lord in Detroit Michigan

Chad Shellabarger and his wife Doris recently celebrated their first year in Mission work, following the call from Lord Jesus to move to Detroit, Michigan to serve the under-privileged of the inner city.

The young couple from Rockford (who belong to Mt. Tabor church of God), work within the organization called YouthWorks which focuses the majority of its time and efforts on equipping Detroit youth for the fullness  of life (John 10:10).  Chad and Doris work within the school year calendar of Detroit Public School system.  They pull together a unique group of volunteers called gapers in order to fully staff the different programs. Gappers take a year to “stand in the  gap” (Ezekiel 22:30).  Shown here is the group of Gappers who helped the Shellabargers move into their third story apartment  last August 2013. 



Top L to bottom R:  Evan (Gapper from Ann Arbor), Camille (part-time staff from Ann Arbor), Ryan (Gapper from Belfast, Northern Ireland), Emily (staff from Sterling Heights, MI), Matt (Gapper from Minnesota) Chad, and Anna (staff from Minnesota)  Photographer: Josh (Executive Director)


The  P.R.A.I.S.E. youth group is a weekly program. Chad explains, “It is structured similarly to a church youth group, but with some natural differences based on the needs of urban youth.  We focus chiefly on intentionally building deep relationships and living out our faith by example.  With a good balance of fun events and teaching, we witnessed a very fruitful year with the amazing group of young people we are privileged to serve.  By opening our lives and our homes to the youth, God creates a spirit-filled environment that leads to growth in our focus areas: Prayer, Relationships, Academics, Integrity, Service, and Evangelization (together, we P.R.A.I.S.E.).” 



Chad and Doris also ran the Bezalel Project.  Named after an Israelite that God gifted with artistic and creative skills (Exodus 31), Bezalel is an after-school program for elementary and middle school youth that engages in the arts and other creative outlets.  The couple is working with some of the talented youth there to create their own entrepreneurial projects. Shown below, the Bezalel group took a trip to downtown Detroit for some ice skating last winter.


YouthWorks-Detroit also runs an Urban Encounter program.  On these short-term mission trips, groups of high schoolers, collegiates, and adults have the opportunity to serve the elderly, youth, homeless, and homebound in the city.  Serving in this way is not only an opportunity for them to bring Christ to those in need but also an opportunity for Christ to open the eyes and change the hearts of those who “come and see.” (John 1:39-46), said Chad.  He also explained that through a complete urban mission experience, missionaries serving in Detroit are encouraged to re-examine their views of culture, tradition, race, economic class, and other issues involved in urban life.  After experiencing Detroit as a mission field, “Urban Encounterers” are encouraged to hear God's call for them as individuals for a life of Christian mission.  Chad and Doris attended their  first Urban Encounter in 2010 while students at Huntington University in Indiana. They feel it changed their lives, and God led them to his service.


During the recent summer, Chad and Doris planned and completed Detroit Summer Outreach.  For two  months college age men and women (approx. 18-23) live and serve in Detroit, while receiving Christian information to prepare them for a life of mission. Chad feels these Interns, who  give two months of their summer over to deep discipleship, learn the true meaning of fullness of what God has for them and learning to live a life poured out on mission for Christ by  sacrificing luxuries, and receiving training in youth work and urban issues.  After a couple weeks of training, the summer Outreach participants dove into the  summer ministry programs: Bezalel Project, Mercy Team, and the StreetTeam Leadership and Job Training program.

Shown below: a glimpse of the StreetTeam men’s backpacking weekend in Manistee National Forest.


Chad and Doris are into their 2nd year in Detroit, and if you would like to support YouthWorks-Detroit,  please Visit to make a donation!


Chad is the son of Randy and Colleen (Sites) Shellabarger of Rockford. Chad is a 2009 Parkway graduate. Doris grew up in Germany in the Black Forest Region. They attended Huntington University together, both graduating in 2013. They have been married 1-1/2 years.



Retirement, Promotion and Appointment announced at Mercer Health


John Hoying has announced his retirement as the MED Foundation Director at Mercer Health.  Hoying has served in his role for over six years.  Mindy Kremer, current Marketing Coordinator at Mercer Health, will be promoted to Director of MED Foundation, Marketing and Communications.  Kremer has been with the organization since 2011 and has ten years’ experience in healthcare marketing and communications.  Kremer lives in Coldwater with her husband Scott and their three sons.  In addition, Deb Hemmelgarn has been appointed Community Relations Coordinator for the Mercer Health organization.  Hemmelgarn is the former Executive Director at the American Red Cross of Mercer County and has former experience in managing successful fundraising events.  Hemmelgarn lives in St. Henry with her husband Bill and their four children.



November 15-16, 2014


Midwest’s Hottest Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys in Concert  
on November 15
Blair Carman and The Belleview Boys, an amazing Rock ‘n’ Roll act out of Cincinnati, OH will be featured at The Rockford Belle on Saturday, November 15 at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. A high energy show sure to take listeners down memory lane- Blair and his band will perform authentic 1950’s style Rock’n Roll/Rockabilly tunes ranging from a repertoire of original songs to include classics from Elvis Presley to Carl Perkins, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more! The public is invited to attend this performance located at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH and experience one of the Country’s Hottest Acts. A free-will offering will be accepted. 

Put together the 1957 hands of Jerry Lee Lewis and the 1957 look and energy of Elvis Presley and what do you get? A piano pumpin', thumpin rockabilly kid named Blair Carman who no matter where he goes always receives rave reviews and leaves fans enthralled and wanting more.


Piano player and singer, Blair Carman, has exhibited his passionate musical drive across the USA and Canada. His talent and professionalism has given him the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of venues by opening for artists such as Three Dog Night, Trace Adkins, Marty Stuart, Jeff Bates and Hank Williams Jr.’s Bama Band. Blair has also shared the same bill with legendary performers Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Daniels, and Wanda Jackson.

His music has been enjoyed by audiences at ballrooms, casinos, theaters, riverboats, and festivals. A sampling of venues performed include the John F. Kennedy Center and the Spanish Ballroom (Washington D.C), Clarendon Ballroom (Arlington, VA), U. K. Grand Center Ballroom (Lexington, Kentucky), Orpheum Theater (Galesburg, Illinois),  Beale on Broadway (St. Louis, Missouri), Little Nashville Opry  (Nashville, Indiana),  International Rockabilly Hall of Fame (Jackson, Tennessee), Oneido Casino (Greenbay, Wisconsin).American Queen Riverboat (Vicksburg, Mississippi), Lakeside Hotel Casino (Osceola, Iowa), Mystic Lake Casino Hotel (Prior Lake, Minnesota), and Bobby Mackey’s (Wilder, Kentucky). 

Blair has been on several local radio and TV shows and recorded twice at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  

Blair Carman’s outstanding talent has been recognized by Jerry Lee Lewis. He accepted an invitation to attend and play piano at Jerry Lee Lewis’s 75th Birthday Party, and later was in included in a book written about the artist; at the end of the book, Blair Carman is thanked for continuing the legacy of Jerry Lee Lewis's Rockabilly Music. 

A must-attend event at The Belle on November 15 for [what will become] a rare and intimate appearance to see the band described as the “Midwest’s Hottest Piano Pumpin’ Rockabilly Band.” Visit the band's website at for music, videos, photos, and more! For more information about this event contact Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.        



Christmas in the Park
Shanes Park - Rockford, OH ~ November 30th, @ 7 pm


Get in the holiday spirit as the Village of Rockford celebrates
Christmas in the Park on November 30th, 2014 at 7 pm at
Shanes Park.

This inaugural event will include the lighting of twelve different
Christmas displays, with musical accompaniment from our
community members.

Cookies and hot coca will be served.

* Parking located at the Rockford Community Building.

Sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.



Calvary Evangelical Church Updates


November 14, 2014


Parkway FFA Attends Hockey Game

On Friday November 7th, 15 Parkway FFA Students headed to Columbus, Ohio to see an Ohio State hockey game and to learn about Ohio States collage of food and agriculture. Before the game, students went to a presentation put on by Ohio State to inform them of all the opportunities that the collage had to offer. Even though Ohio State lost, the students still enjoyed themselves. Students all agreed that it was an educational opportunity and a lot of fun to watch Ohio State play hockey. 



Parkway FFA Competes in Job Interview CDE 

On Tuesday November 11th, 4 Parkway FFA memebrs traveled to Kalida, Ohio to participate in the Sub-Districts Job Interview CDE. Members who competed were Kayla Wall – senior, Taylor Hesse – junior, Maggie Houts – sophomore, and Laura Barrett – freshman. Each participant was to come prepared with a cover letter, their resume, and references. Once the girls arrived they were asked to complete a job application then they went to an interview. After the interview they had to write a follow up letter. Taylor Hesse and Maggie Houts placed 1st. Kayla Walls 3rd, and Laura Barrett 4th. Good job to all of these girls. Taylor and Maggie will move on to districts on Thursday November 20th, good luck Taylor and Maggie!



November 13, 2014


Sheriff’s Department Makes Another Heroin-related Arrest November 12, 2014

Sheriff Grey’s Department announced the  arrest of Andrew Hesse, age 33, Leona Street Celina. The information came from an informant and provided enough information for a search warrant at 245 Leona Street. At 3:32 PM officers from Celina Police Department and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office executed the warrant with  the help of a K9 from Celina Police Department. Evidence ollected was over 20 capsules containing what is believed to be heroin, cash, and a spoon and syringe. In the house they found Hesse, his girlfriend and her 17 year old daughter (a juvenile), which could enhance the charge. The prosecutor’s office is reviewing this.

Bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer at $100,000 subject to 10%, meaning he could be released on $10,000.

Sheriff Grey is pleased to announce that the heroin door hangers that were announced last month have resulted in 24 tips so far.  They have been distributed in Mobile Home parks on SR 703, East of Celina, in Mobile home parks on the south side of the lake, in Mendon, and in Coldwater.  The Celina Police Department is partnering with the Sheriff’s Department to distribute the door hangers in Celina very soon. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Heroin Unit and the Celina Police Department heroin investigators have joined forces and created a “HIT” team or Heroin Interdiction Team.

Computers have been placed in Celina PD and Mercer County SO that are linked to share drug information  Deputies and Celina Officers will be working side by side both in Celina’s jurisdiction and the Sheriff’s jurisdiction to battle not only the heroin problem, but the drug abuse issue in general. They are working closely with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office to set up a community group to assist the group as Sheriff Grey puts it, “ We know we can’t arrest our way out of the problem.”  The message from the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department is that drugs are high on our radar screen.

Said Sheriff Grey, “There is help available in the community for those who have addiction and need help, but they need to seek it before we arrest them.  We have phone numbers on the heroin hangers for where they can seek help. Those arrested will have help available but they will have to face the consequences of court action. The message is:  we are tired of it.  We have worked it hard in the last few years and we are stepping it up another notch. The Sheriff’s Office and Celina Police Department are proud to form one more partnership to keep our citizens safe!”




The Calvary Preschool’s annual Open House is set for Tuesday, December 2, from 6:00 –7:30 pm.  It is being planned for you to come and visit the

classrooms at your convenience.  The two activities in the fellowship hall on Tuesday evening will be a DVD of happenings of the preschool students from the beginning of school through Thanksgiving, as well as cookies, punch and coffee being served by the Calvary Evangelical Church Elders.  Parents, relatives and friends are welcome to attend.  The boys and girls have been busy making special decorations for this event. The staff wish all a very Merry  Christmas!  May Christ be the center of your celebration this year!

Teachers are:  Mrs. Issa Ickes, our three year old teacher;  Mrs. Julie Stewart is the four year old teacher;  Mrs. Vicki Chavarria  teaches older fours & five year olds and Mrs. Marilyn Agler is the administrator.  We still have openings for this school year for 3’s, 4’s & 5’s that turned 3, 4 or 5 by August 1st.  Call the church office @ 567-259-3103 and ask for Marilyn Agler.  The church is located at 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Road in Van Wert.  Calvary Preschool has a facebook page @ Calvary Preschool Van Wert.



Red Ribbon Week Celebrated Across the County

Picture Caption: Winners of the 4th grade Grocery Bag decorating contest at their Red Ribbon Week Skating Party at the Rollardome in St. Marys—L-R: Fort Recovery: Gentry Clark, Parkway: Macy Johnson, Celina: Andrew Hines, St. Henry: Nolan Fullenkamp, Coldwater: Karla Kunk, Marion: Maddie Goodwin. Not pictured Carter Hellwarth, IC School

The Mercer County schools took part in Red Ribbon Week from October 27-31st. All Mercer County schools (grades K-12) participated in Red Ribbon week in some way or another. Activities ranged from a dress-up spirit week, facts on the announcements, a health fair, wearing Red Ribbons, among other activities.

Foundations Behavioral Health Services teamed up with all 7 local elementary schools to have a Grocery Bag decorating contest for the 4th graders. The theme this year was “Love Yourself: Live Drug Free.” 5 finalists from each school were chosen, and a winner from each school were recognized on Thursday, October 31st at a skating party at the Woodland Rollerdome in St. Marys for the Mercer County 4th graders. The 7 winners were Gentry Clark (Fort Recovery), Macy Johnson (Parkway), Andrew Hines (Celina), Nolan Fullenkamp (St. Henry), Karla Kunk (Coldwater), Maddie Goodwin (Marion Local), and Carter Hellwarth (IC). Each winner was presented with a $25 Chamber of Commerce gift certificate donated by the Mercer County Elks. Grocery bags decorated by area 4th graders were returned back to the local grocery stores to hand out to their customers during and after Red Ribbon Week. Participating stores were Chief (Coldwater), Friendly’s Markets (Celina), Wayne IGA (Fort Recovery), Winner’s Meats (Osgood), and Gels IGA (St. Henry).

The other finalists included, from Celina: Alex Cluckey, Kaylee Eischen, Isaiah Sutton, and Dakota Young; from IC School: Kira Dirksen, Olivia Grieshop, Dane Herman, and Taylor Kingshirn; from Coldwater: Kendra Clune, Jenna Leugers, Courtney May, and Brooke Stammen; from Fort Recovery: Allysen Fullenkamp, Brookelyn Jutte, Amy Stammen, and Caitlin Weitzel; from Marion Local: Erin Bergman, Abby Buening, Allison Everman, and Owen Rindler; from Parkway: Abby Baltzell, Emiree Knittle, Ashton Stephenson, and Brooke Stephenson; from Saint Henry: Leah Heitkamp, Anna Lange, Emily Selhorst, and Audrey Wendel.

Special thanks goes out to the local school principals, guidance counselors, and art teachers and others who helped the students design their bags, as well as the Elks, the Rollardome, the local grocery stores (listed above), and all others who contributed to make Red Ribbon Week a success.

The red ribbon symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community. Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.

All Mercer County High School students who are interested in participating in youth-led prevention efforts are invited to the next S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Gathering on December 8 in the Coldwater High School CAV room from 7-8:30 pm. This group consists of youth who come together and learn about ways to stand strong in their belief not to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as help prevent bullying and suicide. On March 7, 2015, the S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) Retreat will be held for Mercer County middle school students. You must be an active S.T.O.P. group member to be a leader at this awesome youth-led event!!! Other leadership and volunteer opportunities will also be made available through the S.T.O.P. Group.

For more information about prevention programs, please contact Laura Sanford, Prevention Coordinator at Foundations Behavioral Health Services at 419-584-1000 or




Rockford Recreation Association Will Use Pledge Funds towards Facility Improvements and Equipment Upgrades


ROCKFORD, OHIO (November 7, 2014) – In a few short weeks, fall sports seasons across the country will conclude, and for Rockford Recreation Association of Rockford, Ohio, this season will be one to remember.  Liberty Mutual Insurance recently announced that Rockford Recreation Association will receive $2,500 as part of its Play Positive Pledge™ program.  Over the course of the fall season, Rockford Recreation Association rallied its parents, coaches, and supporters to visit and confirm their commitment to promote good sportsmanship.  This effort enabled the group to earn one of 10 awards given to youth sports organizations around the country.

“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Play Positive program this season, and our organization will continue to promote the qualities of good sportsmanship and positive character in all of our recreational programs,” said Ryan Thompson of Rockford Recreation Association. “We are so thankful to receive this $2,500 from Liberty Mutual Insurance – it will allow us to make facility and equipment upgrades without the need to increase registration costs of our participants.” 

Liberty Mutual Insurance introduced the Play Positive Pledge to shine a light on the value of sportsmanship and instill a renewed spirit in positive play in youth sports.  A recent Liberty Mutual Play Positive survey of 2,000 coaches and parents identified a perceived decline in sportsmanship since their days as youth athletes.  Parents and coaches considered “teamwork” and “sportsmanship” the two most important lessons learned through youth sports; yet approximately 50 percent of parents and coaches believe that sportsmanship in youth athletics is worse today than when they participated as children, compared to only 12 percent who feel it has improved. 

“Liberty Mutual Insurance believes that the experiences and lessons learned at a young age serve as the foundation for the future,” said Anthony Storm, senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer, Liberty Mutual Personal Insurance.  “We are proud to applaud Rockford Recreation Association, as well as the Rockford community for pledging their commitment to sportsmanship, integrity and an overall positive experience in youth sports.”

Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive, formerly Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports, has supported local youth sports since 2007 with resources, tips, and funding.  More than 250 youth sports teams, organizations and school athletic departments have received nearly $700,000 to help improve the youth sports experience.  This school year, Liberty Mutual will provide a total of thirty $2,500 Play Positive Pledge awards during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons to help improve their local youth sports experience. 

The winter Play Positive Pledge season will open November 15 and continue through January 15.  Teams and youth sports organizations can pledge their commitment to sportsmanship and rally the support of their communities by visiting

About Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™

Liberty Mutual Play Positive™ is a community-based program providing resources, tools, tips and advice for volunteer youth sport coaches and sport parents.  Powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, the Play Positive™ program offers parents and coaches constructive tips, expert advice and practical examples to help create a positive sports environment for children.  Liberty Mutual also has provided more than $700,000 in grants to youth sports teams, organizations and schools for community participation in the online Play Positive curriculum.  Liberty Mutual is proud to support youth sports organizations, including ASA Softball, US Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, USA Softball, U.S. Speedskating, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo, and USA Wrestling.  To access the Play Positive resources, visit

About Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance helps preserve and protect the things people earn and own and build and cherish.  Keeping this promise means we are there when our policyholders throughout the world need us most. 

In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today Liberty Mutual is a diversified insurer with operations in 30 countries around the world.  The company is the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premium written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  Liberty Mutual also is ranked 76th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2013 revenue.  The company employs over 50,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world. 

The fifth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual ( sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance.  The company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships, offering car and home insurance to employees and members of more than 14,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.

Liberty Mutual Insurance is the Official Property and Casualty and Life Insurance Partner of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. 


House of Hope Open House Planned
There are a lot of good things going on in Mercer County to combat Heroin/Drug issues.  The community is coming together to battle this problem. One effort for helping people with shelter and support is the House of Hope at 4874 Mud Pike, Celina, OH.  The public is invited to an Open House on Saturday, November 15 and Sunday November 16 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. It officially opens on December 1, 2014.


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Boys and Girls Basketball Schedules in PDF Printable Format


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Boys and Girls Bowling Schedules in PDF Printable Format


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Boys and Girls Basketball Schedules and the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament

in PDF Printable Format

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November 12, 2014


Nikki Fox Released the Schedule of Winter Sports Pictures for Parkway
WEDNESDAY November 12th---High School Sports Picture Day (HS gym)

3:20-4:15 High School Girls Basketball

4:15-5:00 Boys basketball team (Varsity, JV, and then freshmen)

5:00 Senior picture

5:10-6:00 Wrestling and Bowling

6:00-6:30 Cheerleaders


THURSDAY November 13th---Junior High Picture Day (JH gym)

3:30-4:45 BOYS junior high basketball

4:45- 5:30 Cheerleaders

5:30-6:30 Junior high GIRLS basketball


Pizza Preview Planned at Parkway School
The Pizza Preview, a fun event for the entire family, is planned for Saturday 11-15-2014 at both of the Parkway gyms. Action will start in the junior high gym at 9 AM with a JH boys scrimmage and then at 10 AM, the high school girls JV and Varsity teams will have a scrimmage in their gym. The boys JV and Varsity scrimmage will follow at noon in the high school gym. Grades 2-6 scrimmages will be in the junior high gym following the JH boys. 6th grade will start at 9:40. There will be PIZZA and other concessions.


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

Photo caption:  The first replica of a fort was constructed in 1936, in memory of the Indian Wars of the 1790’s and the U.S. Military Fort Recovery.

Tuesday, November 11, Veterans Day was celebrated this week.  As I thought about the Veterans in Mercer County, my mind went back to the battles in the 1790’s at the site of Fort Recovery.  As I grew up in Fort Recovery, I wanted to know the facts of what happened in those battles. 

In 1989, I asked the following six Ohio History Scholars to write about the Indian Wars between the U.S. Army and the Native Americans in the 1790’s:  Miami Chief Floyd Leonard, his son Dr. Joseph Leonard, Dr. Phillip Shriver, Miami University; Dr. Dwight Smith, Miami University; Professor Randall Buchman, Defiance College, and Dr. George Knepper, University of Akron.  I asked these Scholars to document the source of their research with footnotes, not only in academic history books, (not fiction) and with the Department of Indian Affairs, and original diaries of the Veterans of those battles.  This book has been used as an academic reference by those interested in the Indian Wars:  The title of the book is “Native Americans and Early Settlers; The Meeting of Cultures, 1780’s – 1980’s.”   


However, books by U.S. Historians often wrote about Veterans of the U.S. Army.  The U.S. Army, led by General Arthur St. Clair was defeated by Chief Little Turtle and many Indian Tribes on November 4, 1791.  On the 24th of December 1793, General Anthony Wayne marched from north Cincinnati, Ohio with about a thousand men.  Wayne’s men went to the ground where St. Clair was defeated and erected a fort on that site, named Fort Recovery.  On the last day of June 1794, the Native Americans attacked Fort Recovery, but were repulsed with considerable loss on both sides.   


I researched information about the Veterans who fought with the Native Americans.  This is one story I found in the book, “History Auglaize County, Ohio, with the Indian History of Wapakoneta, and the First Settlement of the County, published by Robert Sutton, at Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1880.  “There was a great sir in town, (on the Auglaize River) about an army of white men coming to fight the Indians.  The squaws and boys were moved, with the goods, down the Maumee River, and there awaited the result of the battle, while the men went to war.  They met St. Clair and came off victorious, loaded with the spoils of the enemy.  Big Cat left the spoils at the town and came down to move us up.  We then found ourselves a rich people.  His share of the spoils was two fine horses, four tents, one of which was a noble ‘marquee,’ which made us a fine house, in which we lived.  He had also clothing in abundance and of all descriptions.  I wore a soldier’s coat.  He had also axes, guns, and everything to make an Indian rich. These Indians numbered probably 1000 warriors and were led, not by Little Turtle, the Chief of the Ottawas, as was generally supposed, but by the famous Mohawk chief, Brant, who had 150 Mohawk braves with him.  Of the warriors engaged in this battle, the Delawares furnished 400; the Shawnees (who afterward lived at the Wapakoneta Reservation) furnished about 300; the Miamis, who lived about Fort Wayne, 100; the Wyandots, 150; the residue being from the Pottawatomies and Ottawas.  The leaders and principal warriors of the Shawnees were Blue Jacket and Captain Johnny, and the Shawnees were the tribe whose voice was always still for war.”  The name “Big Cat,” was not a common name in local history.  Henry Clay Alder, in his book, “A History of Jonathan Alder; His Captivity and Life with the Indians,” which was edited by Larry Nelson, Manager of Fort Meigs State Memorial, 2002, made a reference to “Big Cat,” on page 195:  “John Brickell was captured in 1791 and adopted by Whingwy Pooshies, or Big Cat.  Brickell lived with Big Cat on the Auglaize River a short distance from its confluence with the Maumee from May 1791 until June 1795.”  (Remember the 1795 Treaty.)


Today, Native Americans come to the Mercer County Historical Museum and ask me how to find information about their ancestors, i.e. Veterans of the Indian Wars in the 1790’s.  I wonder if there is a Veterans’ Day for Native Americans.  That is another subject for research in Ohio’s history.




November 11, 2014
Veterans' Day






November 17- November 21, 2014 continuing through November 24- November 25, 2014

The Parkway Local Schools Libraries will host a special Book Fair from Scholastic on November 17th – 21th continuing through November 24th and 25th, during school hours and on the evenings of November 24th and 25th. Funds from the Book Fair will provide new books and technology for the students of the Parkway School District.

The Book Fair will be open each day from 8:00 to 3:00 and from 4:30 to 8:00 during Parent-Teacher Conferences (24th &25th).  The Book Fair will feature a wide variety of books ranging from elementary students to young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy series, sports guides, graphic novels, and the latest bestsellers from more than 100 publishers. Parents, children, teachers, and the community are invited to attend. 

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





87th National FFA Convention

Taylor Hesse at

On Monday October 27th, the Parkway, Coldwater, and St. Henry FFA Chapters loaded a bus and headed for St. Louis, Missouri. The chapters arrived at their destination around 10pm and had a nice night’s sleep. They then woke up and toured Purina, Anheuser-Busch, and the St. Louis Arch. The next morning they toured Monsanto and then headed for the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville
, Kentucky. The next morning, the chapters woke up bright and early to go to the Opening Session and got to see fellow FFA member, Taylor Hesse play in the National FFA Band and heard keynote speaker Nick Vujicic. After that they went to Squire Boone Caverns and got to walk through the caves. Later that night, the students went to the Buckeye Bash where all Ohio FFA Members hang out and dance that night of convention. The next morning the students went and toured Hawks View Glass Blowing and got to see a piece being made. That afternoon students were able to walk around the Career Show and Mega Store. Later that evening they sat in on the 7th General Session and was able to see Taylor play again. The next morning the chapters went to watch former FFA members, Tommy McDonough, Lindsey Walls, Caden Hellwarth, and Tyler Matthews receive their American Degrees. The chapters then picked up Taylor Hesse and headed back to Ohio. The students all agree that is was a very memorable week and that they had a great time!



Rockford Chamber Decorators Are Readying Shanes Park

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Christmas at the Park on Sunday

November 30th at 7 pm. Save the date for the lighting ceremony, food, music and getting in that Christmas spirit!



Martial Arts Tournament Coming to Parkway high School on Saturday, April 25, 2015
The Stone Tiger Challenge Martial Arts Benefit Tournament to benefit the Cancer Association of Mercer County date has been set. Bigger Venue than last time with great Trophies and Awards.Please put this date in your calendar and come join us in helping out a great cause and enjoy yourselves at an awesome event. Sparring, Weapons, Empty hand Kata, and Grappling




Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) coming to the Lake Campus in 2015


CELINA, OH - Wright State University - Lake Campus, in conjunction with the Wright State University - Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health, is pleased to announce a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will begin in the fall of 2015 at the Lake Campus. The BSN program is four academic years in length and prepares students who are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This program will be designed as a cohort for qualified students coming directly from high school.  The program will be selective and highly competitive.


Nurses care for individuals and families from birth to death in local as well as international communities.  Workplace environments can include newborn nurseries to elderly care facilities and school clinics to the World Health Organization. A nursing education prepares you students to participate in research to that improves the health of people and health care practices.

Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is also approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. 

“We are thrilled to make the dream of a nursing program at the Lake Campus a reality. In every Regional Summit we have hosted, we have heard engineering, business and nursing were the top priorities in this area," states Lake Campus Dean Bonnie Mathies. “As stated in the mission of the Lake Campus, we will continue to respond to the needs of the communities in west-central Ohio."


Within the past 5 years, the Lake Campus has added bachelor’s programs in agriculture, business, criminal justice, engineering, and food science.  Information about the new nursing program will be available at our open house on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 4-7pm. For more information on our exciting new degree program, please contact Lake Campus Student Services at 419.586.0300. Please visit our website at to register for the open house.



November 7-10, 2014




Ryan Sipe Becomes Rockford Chamber 2014 Citizen of the Year

Ketcham’s Funeral Home – Marcia Ripley, Owner, Becomes Rockford Chamber 2014 Business of the Year

by Sheila Baltzell and Stacie Ford
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce held their 41st Banquet at the community Building on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Following a social time and a delicious meal, the program began with Chamber Master of Ceremonies Pete Hayes welcoming everyone.  Larry Sielschott led the prayer. 

Several businesses were recognized:
New Owners: Picket Fence; Tastee Twirl; Eve's Chatt Bar; Rockford Carry-Out.
New Business: WRKD Radio - Jim Crocker
Longevity Celebrations:
Brand It Marketing Communications - 10 years
Parkway Independent - 10 years
Subway - 10 years
Fox Photography -15 years
Gourmet by Kristi - 15 years
D & L Classic Woodworking - 25 years
Henkle Insurance - 50 years
First Financial Bank - 150 years
Ketcham Ripley Funeral Home - over 150 years

Then the moments all had been wondering:

Congratulations to Ryan Ronald Sipe, a most deserving Rockford Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2014.  Ryan has his heart fully involved in the community of Rockford. Here is why.

He was born in 1974 to the late Ronald and Marcia (Eichnauer) Sipe, whose families have a long history in Mercer and Van Wert counties.

They raised Ryan and his two brothers (living in Willshire and Rockford areas)  in St. John’s Lutheran Church Hopewell, and he was confirmed there at the age of 14. His faith continued through high school as he joined Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Drunk Driving. He was an active fan of the Parkway Baseball team which went on to become State Champs in 1991.

Ryan enjoyed country life and the boys spent many hours on a baseball field built on their front lawn. Ryan was a natural leader and grew to love the sport although he loved basketball as well. He learned sportsmanship through these activities.

The tragic loss of his father to a car accident in 1986, when Ryan was just 12,  would become the impetus to him in spearheading the flashing stop sign development at the intersection of 49 and 707 through ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation). Project finalization would come 20 years later, after dedicated pursual.

The blessing of a stepdad completed the family; Dennis Hoffhines was and is still a loving provider and listener. Together this family blended with Ryan and his two younger brothers, Scott and Carey, gaining two older sisters Rachael and Renee, from this union.

Following graduation from Parkway High School in 1993 , he completed an Associates Degree in Business Computer Applications, two years later, and  graduated from Northwestern Business College in Lima. His first job was at at TuWay Manufacturing in Rockford and then Community First Bank & Trust in Celina. Later he went to work at The People’s Bank Company and eventually took over the reins from retiring Bob Thompson. He  is currently employed as Branch Manager at The People’s Bank Company’s Rockford office.

On October 5, 1996 he married Kelly McMillen and together they have two daughters, Mackenzie Ann and Ashtyn Ryann. The girls are skilled athletes due to coaching by their Dad who has coached 11 teams over the years. Ballpark projects, coaching, and “Ohio Fury” team travel have occupied his time.

Ryan enjoys farming, four wheeling, hunting, and camping . He is involved with these activities: community Club and Board Memberships include Rockford Carnegie Library, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Eagles, and Rockford Recreation Association.

His leadership and dedication have made a dream a reality at Shanes Park, and continues a legacy that every family can enjoy in the future.

Congratulations Ryan Ronald Sipe on becoming 2014 Citizen of the Year.

See another related article below the pictures:


Marcia, Ron and Ryan

Ryan's persistance resulted
in blinkers being
installed at the intersection of 707 and 49.
Kirby Stetler and Ryan Sipe worked hard together.


Indiana University basketball
and Cincinnati Reds Baseball Fans


Peoples Bank
Branch Manager

Ryan, Kelly, with
Mackenzie &

Marcia Ripley of Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home accepted the award for Chamber Business of the 2014 Year.
Ketchams began in the crossroads of Mercer as a small manufacturing business. They moved to Rockford, making and selling furniture. And providing funeral services. Marcia was recently honored by the National Funeral Directors Association for being in business for over $150 years.

Jim Crocker WRKD Radio - New

Joel Henkle - 50 Years Henkle Insurance

Sheila Baltzell (left)
10 years Parkway Independent Online News
with Marie Miller, Chamber VP

First Financial Bank 150 Years Old
Crystal Severt and Kelly Walls

Lisa Kuhn, Jane Cozadd,
Marie Miller,
Chamber Secretary, President and VP


Norm VanTilburg
SCHS President
- slides from the past.

Commissioners John Bruns and Rick Muhlenkamp
presented Proclamations to Ryan Sipe and
Marcia Ripley

Ryan Sipe ~ Shanes Park and More

Ryan Sipe’s involvement in expanding Shanes Park made him a perfect choice for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2014, according to Mike Bruns, winner of the awrad last year and head of the committee to name his successor. Mike said at the Chamber Banquet after presenting him with the award, “He has worked many years with the Recreation Board in one position or another. His hard work and dedication have turned our ball diamond and concession area from average to first class for a village of our size. Starting  a few years ago with remodeling the concession stand he has been the driving force in the  many improvements since.  A few to list are the addition of the 2 north diamonds, diamond lighting, the concession stand patio area and tables, the planting of many trees in the park, the addition of sidewalks, the batting cage etc. and the list goes on.  There is a lot of behind the scenes work and effort that goes on in order to get these tasks done. He has had the leadership to get things done and has dedicated many hours to this cause and still is working hard for the Park and Rec program. He also has been on local boards in the area including the Rockford Carnegie  Library and  Leota Braun foundation. In ending he has been active in our community especially the Rec board for many years and still going strong.” 


Ryan Thompson, who works closely with Ryan Sipe on the Recreation Board compiled this list of details about him:


Ryan Sipe has served as a Rockford Recreation Association Board member since 2002; serving as treasurer since 2005.

During this time, he has also coached over 15 different Rockford Recreation Association summer teams.

During his time as a board member, Ryan has led the effort to establish and grow the Shanes Park Legacy Fund through the Leota Braun Charitable Foundation. His lead in these fundraising efforts have made significant park improvements possible at Shanes Park while he has been an active member; including:


2006 – Concession stand expansion and equipment room addition

2010 - Diamond Lighting Project

2011 - Updated underground drainage system on Diamond #1 & #2

2011 - Tree Project - donations were made to plant over 70 new trees at Shanes Park

2012 - Diamond #4 Dugouts & Sidewalk Project

2013 - Diamond #3, #2, & #1 Dugouts & Sidewalks

It is estimated that his fundraising leadership effort over the past 12 years has raised over $350,000, through donations and grants, that has been committed to improvements at Shanes Park and the growth and continued success of the Rockford Recreation Association. 

Future Vision:


Install new home run fencing on Diamonds #1 & #2

Extended sidewalks and walking paths

Expanded parking accessible from North St.

Development of Diamond #5

Construction of a new equipment storage facility

Program Statistics


An average of 300 kids (ages 4-14) participate in summer baseball/softball/t-ball/coach pitch teams through the Rockford Recreation Association each summer.

In 2013, Rockford hosted the most summer ball teams ever - 29 different summer teams!

Nearly 150 games are played on the baseball/softball diamonds at Shanes Park each year

Teams travel from as far as 70 miles away each year to play in tournaments hosted at Shanes Park.

At the peak of the summer ball season, an average of 5.6 games are played every Monday-Thursday night in Rockford.

On the busiest summer nights, it is estimated that nearly 1,000 people visit Shanes Park in a single evening.

Over the past five years, fall sports program registrations have increased 400%.

In 2013, Rockford Rec added a fall youth soccer program that has had 90 participants (ages 5-12) for two consecutive years.

For four consecutive years, over 60 kids (ages 6-13) have participated annually in the flag football program.

Rockford Recreation Association collects a total of nearly 500 registration forms for kids ages 4-15 to participate in our spring, summer, and fall programs every year.

Jack Hartings, President and CEO of The Peoples Bank Company Congratulates Ryan Sipe

Ryan has worked for The Peoples Bank for almost 9 years.  I always knew Ryan would be a great community banker because of his passion and empathy for the betterment of the Rockford Community. Ryan is not afraid to dig in when a job needs done and makes his decisions on what’s best for the customer or the community.  I don’t know if Ryan spends more time in the bank or on the ball diamonds, or in the bleachers at a volleyball match, but he always has on his Peoples Bank hat, and we are honored that he is on our staff  and very proud of his service to the Rockford community. Congratulations Ryan as Citizen of the Year.

In conclusion, Kirby Stetler praised Ryan because they worked closely to gather signatures on a petition to urge the Ohio Department of Transportation to make the intersection of State Routes 707 and 49 west of Rockford and north of Chattanooga safer. The scene of many fatalities, including the death of Ryan’s father, led the two to ask for blinking lights or something to make drivers aware. In  2006, Ryan’s and Kirby’s persistence was rewarded with the ODOT installation of  stop ahead and stop signs that are enhanced with solar/battery-powered flashing Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) that to this day make it a safer intersection.


April 2006 ~ Marcia Ripley Speaks at Shanes Crossing Historical Society
Published on Parkway Independent in April 2006
by Sheila Baltzell

At the April 2006 meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society, held in the Rockford Methodist Church, Marcia Ripley, descendent and fourth generation funeral director of the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, spoke to a group of 30 members. At left Marcia displays the contents of the "tool" kit for morticians back in the days of her  Grandfather Thomas Ketcham

She recently closed the furniture-flooring store on Main Street and relocated all of her business activities (she had been there 32 years) to the Ketcham Ripley Funeral home on First Street in Rockford. She moved into a bigger office and actually moved the Ketcham-Cotterman Safe, as well.

What she remembers about the furniture store is that it actually started in Mercer and was later moved to Shanes Crossing, Ohio. She does not know if her Great-grandfather William Ketcham started or bought it, but does remember her Uncle Ralph and Grandfather Tom Ketcham working in the second floor mortuary/preparation room with the furniture and flooring business on the first.  They were cabinet and casket makers, and she remembers Grandma Ethel Ketcham running the store and visitation as well. The prep room was eventually built at the current location of the funeral home which was also where Grandmother Ethel lived.

She was recently honored by the National Funeral Directors' Association for over 100 continuous years in service in their family with a plaque this past summer of 2005.

Gene Barna (left) visited the store during the close-out and move and reminisced about the restaurant he owned across the street, where the Rockford Fire Station now sits. He and Marcia were looking at the old elevator that moved bodies and caskets up to and down from the second floor prep room. The elevator has a huge wheel that was pulled by a rope woven by the late Rockford  resident Pete Temple. Gene and Marcia agreed that the thick rope, woven from twine, was an art form. Gene was one of the many individuals who helped at the furniture store and funeral home when needed.


Marcia's dad, Carl Ripley, joined the company and became a licensed furneral director along-side his wife, Lucille Ketcham Ripley. Carl was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was a Marine. He added the flooring business and worked with John Deitsch, who had been with Ketcham's for 40 years having begun there part-time in 1954.  At right he works on flooring at Marcia's home as Marcia's daughter, Devon Stansbury watches.



Come and See What State Line Writers Club is all About
The Stateline Writers Club will meet from 10 am to Noon on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Mercer County District Library. The writing assignment for the meeting is to write a second-hand story or a story that has been told to you. The public is welcome to attend.


Donations of Shoes Requested for Developing Nations
Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio Launches Shoe Collection Drive

Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills

Family Health Care, a non-profit company, is conducting a shoe collection drive starting on November 3.   Family Health Care will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods.  Those dollars will benefit Family Health Care’s patients. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at Family Health Care, 1052 S. Washington Street in Van Wert.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are excited about our shoe drive," said Jenny Smith, Director. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets that they could donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.  Family Health Care will use the earned funds to help cover the cost of our uninsured clients that pay a minimum fee for their office visits. It’s a win-win for everyone”.

By donating shoes to Family Health Care, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.

Local organizations interested in learning more about conducting a shoe drive of their own can visit


Kremer's  Guns at 122 Hamilton St, Celina OH is now open on Sundays 11-4 during November and December
See the ad above for details. Thinking of a Christmas Gift for the man in your life? Kremer's sells gift certificates.


Stephanie Pabis Named  Athlete of the Week at Roger Williams University
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Equestrian team notched its first win of the season (on November 3, 2014), taking first place at the team's home show.

With the win, Roger Williams moves into first place in the region, moving nine points ahead of Becker College. Stephanie Pabis finished the day as High Point Rider , taking first place in Novice Fences and Novice Flat in the weekend home show for the Hawks.  She is a sophomore,  studying for a degree in Criminal Justice, and has been competing with the equestrian team for two years. Involved in riding since the age of 5, Stephanie works hard and was thrilled over this honor. She is the daughter of Paul Pabis and Holly Patrice Wood of Rehoboth, MA, granddaughter of Virginia Wood of Celina and niece of Sheila Baltzell of Celina and Colleen O’Steen of Huntsville, AL.


Team Results
1. Roger Williams University – 43 pts
2. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth – 34
3. Johnson & Wales University – 28
4. University of Rhode Island – 27
5. Becker College – 26
6. College of the Holy Cross – 23
7. Brown University – 21
8. Clark University –17
9. Rhode Island College – 15
10. Salve Regina University – 13
11. Assumption College – 11






November 6, 2014

Local Author Michelle Houts to Sponsor Christmas in Denmark
Michelle Houts of rural Celina is the author of Winterfrost, a novel which Kirkus Reviews proclaims as a ". . . timeless story that upholds and nurtures the magical worlds of nature and childhood." Come to the Mercer County Library, 303 N. Main St, Celina  on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 6-8 PM where she will host a Christmas in Denmark party and sign her new book.


Town Hall Christmas in Mendon
The Festival of Trees is enjoyed every year in Mendon at the Town Hall. There will be Christmas trees beautifully decorated, a visit from Santa Claus, delicious food and much more.
Save the date for December 5th and 6th!


November 6, 2014

Concert Planned for Parkway Bands, Grades 6-12
The big annual fall concert of the Panther Bands grades 6-12 is planned for Sunday, November 9, 2014.
The event begins with a Spaghetti Dinner at 11:30 and con

The Rockford Chamber is pleased to announce the November Business of the Month is ....
The Peoples Bank Co,  located at 100 N Main St. in Rockford.

The Peoples Bank Co. has been part of the Rockford community long before they opened the branch on Main Street in 2001.  We are grateful to have such a strong customer base in Rockford and the surrounding area. The Peoples Bank Co. is a local independent community bank and our success is directly related to meeting the financial needs of the individuals, farmers, and small businesses in the communities we serve. The staff of the Rockford branch takes an active role in the community they so proudly serve. This active role empowers them to provide professional banking solutions to businesses and individuals. 

"We are honored the Rockford Chamber of Commerce has chosen The Peoples Bank Co., Rockford branch as Business of the Month for November."  Ryan Sipe, Assistant Vice President and Rockford Branch Manager stated this afternoon.  

Congratulations ! Thank you Peoples Bank for supporting your Rockford Chamber!

Pictured:  Deb Rollins, Kay Shaffer, Ryan Sipe - Assistant Vice President, Rockford Branch, Jane Cozad - Chamber President, LuAnn Sigler and Linda Standiford.





Rockford High School  Class of 1959 - 55th Reunion  Held June 7, 2014

Front Row: Julie Smalley Long, Esther Schmidt Coleman, Jean Shindeldecker Giese, Nancy Carr Temple, Carolyn Shaffer Jamieson, Kay Kettering Thomas, Linda Pierstorff Zsembik, Betty Grossnickel Felver, Bonnie Brehm Barna

Second Row: John Runyan, George Weinman, Jerry Rutledge, Larry Sapp, Tom Ransbottom, Mark Rutledge, John Hileman, Ernie Felver

Top Row: Keith Kable, Jon Binkley, Bill Fritzinger, Roger Jamieson, Jerry Luth, Dave Binkley, Stan Hunter, Jim Provci



November 5, 2014


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





Rockford Chamber of Commerce Banquet

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

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

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

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

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



November 3-4, 2014


“The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope.  Love of the past implies a faith in the future.”    Stephen Ambrose


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

Many Mercer Countians value the fact that the Mercer County Historical Society works to preserve their heritage.  They recognize that a Nation which forgets its past, has no future.  Today’s local history story is an update of communication from our friends of the Mercer County Historical Society.

Gerald (Mort) Ward, Post Quartermaster, VFW Post 5713, Celina, asked permission to put the story of Bill Brown being honored by receiving the World War II Honors in Florida from the Governor, on their VFW Post 5713 Website since Bill was a former Post Commander.  Those requesting Bill Brown’s current address, it is 1651 Campos Dr., The Villages, FL 32162.  That makes me proud that our Military Veterans in Mercer County are interested in preserving Mercer County’s Military History.


Alvin Braun called me after he had read my article about the Bounty on Wolves, and about the Buck Bader Story being on exhibit on Sunday, October 26 at the Military Exhibit by the Museum of the Soldier, at the Mercer County Historical Museum. Braun told me about over 975 coyotes being killed in the four County area, these past years.  I invite Coyote Hunters to this Exhibit on Sunday, the 26th.


Karen from Rockford, called, that she has a gun with the name of P.P. King, Celina, on the stock.  The book, “Ohio Gunsmiths & Allied Tradesmen,” by Donald Hutslar, listed Philip P. King at Celina, 1845-1885.  In 1885, Philip King was listed as a gunsmith at Shane’s Crossing (Rockford).  I asked Karen to bring the gun to display at the Antique Gun Show at the Museum, Sunday, the 26th.   Two Van Trees were gunsmiths at Fort Recovery in the 1800’s; one of the Van Trees’ guns will be on exhibit on the 26th.


Mercer County Auditor Randy Grapner asked me to review the rough draft of the new brochure for the Mercer County Courthouse.  In the past, people often repeated the error that the Courthouse columns support Corinthian Capitals; In fact, the columns support Ionic Capitals.  (See the photograph above.)  Another error passed down is that the front doors are solid bronze. . . what do you think? 


Kelly Newcomb, Celina Middle School Teacher, requested information on the history of Celina.  I emailed her a list of 28 books which the Mercer County Historical Society has published, and made suggestions related to the many research topics her students could seek, in reference to local history.


Robert Tong, Findlay, Ohio, does research on the Gas Boom and related Glass Factories in Western Ohio.  He sent me a copy of his manuscript about The Celina Colored Plate and Window Glass Company and The Celina Star Glass Works, in the early 1890’s.  Do any of you have information about this topic?


Thanks to Sharon (Moeder) Spears for enlightening the Basketball Fans about Mercer County Basketball History, by sharing information, in the Daily Standard, from former Basketball Coach and Historian Fran Guilbault, as to why St. Henry adopted the name “Redskins,” when her Grandfather Julius Moeder was the first St. Henry Basketball Coach.  (The name “Redskins” was not about Native Americans!)


Thank you to everyone who contacted me about the article in the local news media, about the Mercer County Historical Society being one of the organizations on the Celine Combined Services Appeal and local Combined Drives.  I have been with the Mercer County Historical Society for over forty years, and I cannot tell you how much the Combined Drives have helped this Historical Society reach its Mission Statement:  To Preserve Mercer County History and To Educate the Public about that History.  I am proud to live in Mercer County where people value their past and want to preserve their heritage with the Mercer County Historical Society, and the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home.


Remember to Vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.


Village Council Meeting Minutes for October 7, 2014 - Click Here
for news on the new subdivision, holiday plans for the village, weed and junk code enforcement,
liquor license motion and much more.


Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for October 2014


November 1-2, 2014

Remember that on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 AM we will return to Eastern Standard Time from Daylight Savings Time. "Fall Back" 1 hour overnight. Be sure to set your clocks, so you won't be late for church.


Parkway Shining Star Awards Given for September 
Submitted by:
Suzann Litteral
Parkway Elementary Guidance Counselor


Parkway Students are nominated, by their teachers, for showing healthy social interaction and responsible school choices.  These actions might include for grades 3-5: making positive choices; respecting others; being responsible; showing compassion; being fair, honest, and cooperative; and developing good self-esteem.  For grades 1 & 2: good listening skills, organization, being responsible, completion of homework, and following directions. 

Congratulations to these Shining Stars:

Pictured above: 4th grade- Allison Hughes & Aaron Cron  and 3rd grade- Breanna Berry & Jacob Winget


Pictured above: 2nd Grade- Best Listener- Kaitlyn Rager, Zoey Henning, Gracy Laux, & Rylee Vann

Most Responsible- Meah Suzuki, Roxlyn Bell, Creeden Knittle, & Landon Hamrick

Awesome Organizer- Kierrah Weitz, AJ Taylor, & Amanda Barrett

#1 Homework Completer- Ethan Tuttle, Shay Boroff, Adria Miller, & Brayden Bruns

Fabulous Follower of Directions- Xavier Samples, Elizabeth Winget, & Jeremiah Collins


Pictured above:

1st Grade- Best Listener- Jaden Wenning, Zavier Rissener, Jordyn Schaefer, & Miley Crouch

Most Responsible- Taylor Muhlenkamp, Luca Winters, Haley Perry, & Megan Nichols

Best Effort- Kayden Dale, Zac Myers, Logan Butler, & Cooper Clay

Hard Worker- Brittyn Bruns, Christina Tong, Payton Frese, & Josiah Neff

Fabulous Follower of Directions- Natalie Moeller, Carlee Barna, Analicia Velez, & Kyndra Thornsberry

See other Elementary School events by clicking here.


Jeff Burton Coming to St. Henry

An Evening for Race Fans with Jeff Burton is Friday, 
November 28th at Romer's in St. Henry.   Proceeds of this event are shared with State of the Heart Hospice, Community Health Professionals Hospice, and the Chamber. 



Panther Sportswear Fund Raiser Orders Runs Till November 20, 2014 – Order Now!

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 and middle school homeroom classes. Forms are also available in the middle school and high school offices.

There is also a link on the Parkway Local Schools website so forms can be printed off. The website is Under “Our District News” there is a link for the “Annual Sportswear Sale”. Click on that link to find the order form. Orders will not be accepted via email so please have the form filled out with the correct money amount and turned in to Mrs. Agler in the middle school office by Thursday Nov. 20th.

Orders can be picked up in the middle school office the December 16, 17, 18 or they will be delivered to the student. 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

A display is set up in the display cases just outside the high school and middle school office doors. Items are also available to size/try on in the middle school office. Items are non-returnable so please check on the sizing to ensure proper sizing. Sportswear makes great birthday and Christmas presents. Please help support the sophomore class as they raise money for Prom and Graduation by purchasing some Panther sportswear items.



Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for October 2014



Parkway Middle School Honor Roll ~ End of 1st Quarter 2014-2015 – Click Here for their names!


Parkway Local Schools November Calendar of Events - Click Here
By  Lisa MDescription: Remove Formatting/Eraseriller
Athletic / HS Attendance Secretary
Parkway Local Schools


Christmas in the Park Coming Soon!

The Village of Rockford is planning a beautiful lighting display to ge you in the holiday spirit. Coming on Sunday, November 30 at 7 PM will be the lighting of 12 different holiday themed displays with musical accompaniment by community members. Cookies and Hot Cocoa will be served.




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

Photo caption:   This is an old Post Card photograph of the Mercer County Jail, 1876 – 1939, which was located at the southwest corner of Main and Livingston Streets, Celina.


On the second Sunday of November, November 9, 1:00 – 4:00, the Mercer County Historical Society is hosting the 13th Annual Post Card Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina.  The public is invited to bring their old Post Cards and ask the Collectors about them.


The extensive collection of old Post Cards of Mercer County and Grand Lake St. Marys Post Cards of Bob and Sharon Poor will be on exhibit Sunday, November 9.  Dale Poeppelman also will have his fine collection of Post Cards, and historical articles about the C.H. & D. Railroad, etc.  The Railroads, which delivered the U.S. Mail to local Depots and the Local Post Offices are a part of the November 9 exhibit.  David Gray will be showing his Mercer County Post Mark Collection, and envelopes with lithographs of Mercer County Businesses.  On exhibit will be books, photographs, and historical files about the Railroads, Rural Free Delivery, the Narrow Gauge Railroad, Electric Trolley of Northwest Ohio, histories of old Post Offices in Mercer County, including local Post Offices which were closed over a Century ago.


The Delphos Museum of Post History is one of three museums in the U.S. dedicated to postal history.   For information about the Delphos Museum, contact Gary Levitts, 339 N. Main St., P.O. Box 174, Delphos, OH 45833; telephone:  419-303-5482, or .  The Ohio Postal History Society has published articles in the “Ohio Postal History Journal,” about Mercer County’s Post Offices. Alan Borer, Editor, can be contacted at 568 Illinois Ct., Westerville, OH 43081


Betty Kuhn sent me this email.  “There was a picture posted on Facebook of a jail on Main Street.  When was it torn down?  I have a vague remembrance of one on the corner of Main and Livingston.  I had remembered seeing it as a child.  I recall standing with my Grandfather and observing it on the corner of Main and Livingston.  I don't remember what it looked like.   I just remember that he said that it was the jail, I would have been only 6 at the time it was torn down.”


To provide the information about the history of the old Mercer County Jail, I referred to the book, I wrote for the Mercer County Commissioners for the 75th Anniversary of the Mercer County Courthouse in 1998:  “Mercer County’s Courthouses, 1824-1998.”  This book was published by the Mercer County Historical Society, and should be available at local libraries, or via “Inter-Library Loan.” 


“March 24, 1875, plans and specifications for a new Mercer County Jail and Sheriff’s house was let April 30, 1875, which were prepared by T.J. Toland & Son, Delphos, Ohio, and awarded to E.W.Wilson of Van Wert,Ohio for $25,500 on March 6, 1875.  March 8, 1876, the Jail was ordered to be heated with steam, and the contract was awarded to C. Buehler & Co. of St. Marys for $935.  When the present Courthouse was dedicated in 1923, photographs of the new Courthouse were taken, while the old 1868 Courthouse stood on the lawn at the South side of the front of the Courthouse, and the 1876 Jail stood on the North side of the Courthouse, facing Main Street.  The 1876 Jail was used until 1939, when the Mercer County Jail was built on Livingston Street, across the street on the North side of the Courthouse.”


I invited Betty to attend our November 9 Post Card Exhibit because old Post Card Photographs of the 1876 County Jail are a part of the vast collections of Bob and Sharon Poor and Dale Poeppelman.  Facebook Post Card Collectors are also invited to show their Post Cards Sunday, November 9.


Rockford Chamber Business of the Month Announced
Congratulations to New Horizons Community Church


Marie Miller, Chamber Vice President,  Dave Souers . Lead Pastor @ New Horizons, and Jane Cozad - Chamber President are shown.
New Horizon Church has been chosen as the Rockford Chamber October Business of the Month.  New Horizons is located at 833 S Main St. in Rockford.  
Pastor Dave has been serving as the Lead Pastor at NHCC since February of 2014. New Horizons is a place where you will find a relaxed atmosphere, upbeat music, and messages from God’s word. We strive to make you feel a part of our family, and hope that you will join us at either service on Sundays at 8:30 am or 10:15 am.   New Horizons offers Kidzone, Pioneer Club and Wired Youth Ministries for children and young adults.  
Thank you New Horizons for supporting the Rockford Chamber  The chamber
website is and we can be found on Facebook "Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce".  



Belle Entertainment in Rockford

The Rockford Belle will host John Brodbeck and Linda Youmans on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7 PM.

They are both Country and Christian singers. There is a free will offering.


Mandy Barnett Coming to Portland

She will sing on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at the Arts Place, Portland Center Hall-Moser Theatre 131 East Walnut Street Portland, IN 47371


Willshire Youth Activities Fun Night

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 15th.  The Willshire Youth Activities will be sponsoring an evening of fun at the Willshire American Legion, Post #207.  Homemade soup and sandwiches, including many “concession stand favorites” will be available.  A 50/50 raffle, cake walks, corn hole, shuffleboard, pool, as well as many other live raffles and even a time for some auction items will be going on throughout the evening.  Fun and food will be available for all ages.  Plan now to join in on this time.  All proceeds from the evening will be used to support ball park activities and improvements.  Your support will be appreciated.  The food and fun will begin at 5:00 PM.  For further information, please contact Lynne Miller at 419.203.1976.


Celina Police Department – Shooting News Release: 10-27-2014 

On October 26, 2014 hrs at 0243 hrs Celina P.D. officers responded to a report of shots being fired at 417 N. Brandon Av., Celina.  It was found that someone had fired 7 rounds into the residence from a handgun.  Heather Dorsten and Robert Kennedy live at the residence with two young children.

During the course of the nightlong investigation probable cause was developed to obtain search warrants for the person of Danny L. Williams and his residence at 751 Deford St., Celina.  Officers collected residue from Mr. Williams’ hands to be tested for gunshot residue.  From his residence two firearms were seized pursuant to the warrant.  One of those firearms is consistent with evidence located at the crime scene.

Danny Williams did resist the search warrant and did struggle with officers during the subsequent arrest.  Patrolman Brian Taylor did sustain apparent minor injuries during the struggle.  Williams is being held at the Mercer Co. Jail on a $75,000 cash bond on misdemeanor charges.  Felony charges are pending review of the Mercer Co. Prosecutor.

**Dorsten, Kennedy and the children were home at the time.

**Felony charges were filed this date, including: 2 counts Felonious Assault (F2), 1 count of Improperly Discharging a Firearm into a Home (F2)



October 30-31, 2014


Panther Revue Coming on Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Parkway High School Choir Panther Revue, a favorite event in the Fall, will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3 PM. The audience will enjoy light  refreshments during the entertainment which will be held in the Commons.



Parkway November 2014 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith


Parkway Committee Members Reviewing Challenged Book

At the Parkway School Board meeting in October 2014, a book that had been a reading assignment for the entire freshmen class, came under fire by Jeff Armstrong, a parent of a freshman in the class. The book, The Freedom Writer’s Diary written by Erin Gruwell and her high school students in California, was assigned by Ms. Jessica Rolfes, a new teacher to the Parkway School system. She teaches the freshman English classes and had previously taught the book at a high school in South Carolina. Ms. Rolfes sent a letter home to parents of the Parkway freshmen explaining a controversial issues with the book as well as her goal of teaching literary devices through the text. There was much discussion at the board meeting. Later in the week, after the school policy on book challenges was reviewed, Jeff Armstrong was notified that a formal complaint was needed so that a special committee could be convened. He filed that complaint with high school principal Brian Fortkamp. The committee will read and make their recommendations to the school board at a future date. Ms. Rolfes was informed by the board that another book was to be assigned while the book in question is under review.




Parkway Schools issued a statement on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Concerning Text Message Alerts

Ohio Alert has grown to about 190,000 alerts. Some of the phone carriers cannot process the large number at one time, so they are sent out in small patches every few minutes. The Panther Community  may not receive the alert for several hours. The company is working to fix the problem. Once corrected, Tal Bates, Technology Coordinator,  will send out an alert.

Please use the Parkway Website, the schools’ phone system and the local media to check for cancellations and delays.



Rockford Library Has Renewal Levy on Ballot

Residents of the Parkway School District are reminded to vote next Tuesday, November 4th.  The library has a renewal levy on the ballot.  The money from this levy replaces the amount of money lost from the state.  The library needs these funds to purchase new materials and provide services such as copies, faxing, free internet and computer use.  All voters in the Parkway School District will be voting on this levy except for those living in Van Wert County and the village of Mendon.  The homeowner of a $100,000.00 home would pay approximately $25.00 in taxes per year.  For more information contact Bob or Rozann Maurer at the Rockford Library, 419-363-2630.


Open Arts Meeting at the Rockford Carnegie Library

On Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 there will be a meeting for people interested in the arts in Mercer County.  The meeting will be led by Ralph Stuckman representing the new ad hoc arts committee composed of  Barbara Vorhees, Judy Brewer, Phil Long, Tom Knapke, and Glenn Hux. Please
contact them for additional information, if desired.  Here are discussion points:
… learn what has been done.
…give input and ideas
…give names of artists willing to exhibit
…know about initial programming.
... give information on Rockford area artists wishing to be in our data bank.
...identify artists moving out of this area
…question and answer time.


Any local artists or people interested in the arts are welcome to attend.


October 29, 2014



The Rockford  United Methodist Church Women at   202 SOUTH FRANKLIN ST. ROCKFORD,  OH 45882
are busy planning their  Fall Dinner and Auction for Saturday,  November 22, 2014

They will be Serving  Dinners from  4:30-6:30 and tickets are now on sale!

Carry  Out or Dine in of these choice delicious meals:

Pork  Chop Dinner—$8 comes with baked potato, applesauce, roll,  cookie, and beverage


Chicken  Dinner--$7 comes potato  chips, applesauce, roll,  cookies, and beverage

(Auction  will begin at  6:30)

Tickets  are available until November 13th at the following Rockford
Businesses: Henkle  Insurance, His  ‘n Hers,  Rockford  UM Church office
(419-363-3230) or contact any Rockford UM Woman

All proceeds donated to Missions.


ROCKFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Harvest Jubilee Open to Community
Sunday, November 2nd is coming right up for the Harvest Jubilee dinner and program at Rockford United Methodist Church at 202 S. Franklin St. in Rockford. Come at 5:30 for dinner with music and entertainment to follow at 6:30 PM. Community Invited!
Remember that on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 AM we will return to Eastern Standard Time from Daylight Savings Time.
"Fall Back" 1 hour overnight. Be sure to set your clocks, so you won't be late for church.

October 28, 2014


Local Viet Nam Veteran Takes 6th Ride in the American Legion Legacy Run


Recently Bob Maurer of Mendon, Ohio participated in the 9th annual Legacy Run sponsored by the American Legion Riders.  This  was the 6th time for Bob to participate.  Bob is a member of the Celina American Legion Riders Post 210. He is also a Veteran of the conflict in Viet Nam.

This year’s run traveled from Indianapolis, Indiana with overnight stops in  Pikeville, KY, Danville, VA, Gastonia, NC,  Buford, GA, and Kings Mountain, NC. The run covered 5 days. Over 1300 miles were traveled in all types of weather from heavy rain to very high temperatures.  Over 500 motorcycle riders participated.

American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger and Sons of the American Legion National Commander Joe Gladden  also participated.

The Legacy Run raises funds for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.  This fund was established to provide scholarships for children who have lost a parent on active duty since 9/11. The American Legion provides all of the administrative expenses so that all donations made will be placed in the fund.

This year’s goal was to raise $450,000.  At the end of the run $947,450 had been raised. However, in exciting news,  the American Legion Charities board voted later to donate enough to make the total of donations an even $1 million dollars. Bob proudly pointed out that the American Legion and the Legion Riders are behind their Legacy Run contributions all the way.

Each year Bob has written the name of someone from the local area who is currently serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan.  This year, Bob instead wanted to pay tribute (and ride in the name of)  to SSG Sonny Zimmerman who lost his life on July 13, 2013 while serving in Afghanistan. 

Bob also mentioned that he was thinking about the Legacy Street sign that is shown in two of the pictures here which wa donated by the Charlotte, Michigan Legion Riders who rode on the trip. The sign was auctioned off and Bob was lucky to win the bid. It meant a great deal to him because he has
a link to Charlotte, MI.  As he said, “My mom's uncle Charlie left Charlotte in 1917 and was seriously wounded in WWI.  My great-uncle served as the Commander of the Charlotte Legion Post in 1938. I am so pleased to have this sign.”


Above pictures: Bob won the bid for the Legacy street sign auctioned.

Below: Bob paid tribute to local late serviceman Sonny Zimmerman (shown written on his windshield).

More information and pictures of this year’s event can be found at or


Donations to the scholarship fund are still accepted.

Contact Bob Maurer











Emily Clouse, Celina High School graduate of 2006 and Ohio State University graduate of 2010, recently finished a two year program in the Peace Corps. Serving in Uganda, Africa, Emily worked with women in their local hospital, educating them on health issues for themselves and their families.  She is back in the United States and has taken a job in Chicago continuing her career in social work. Emily stopped by Celina High School History Teacher Wally Ellinger's history classes recently. She gave a talk complete with power point pictures and then fielded questions from the students, who enjoyed her visit.

To learn more about Emily's work in Africa click on the Palmetto Hospital Blog from Africa:

Emily is the daughter of Parkway graduate - Jon and Betty Buckloh Clouse of Celina and the niece of Jack, Bill, and Tom Clouse who all live in the area and are Parkway graduates.


October 27, 2014


Bright Star Award Goes to Jane Cozad

The Rockford Chamber's 'BRIGHT STAR" award sponsored by NOACC - (Northern Ohio Area Chamber of Commerce) - is Jane Cozad - President of the Rockford Chamber and owner of The Healing Hand - located at 142 N Main St., Rockford.

Jane has been the Rockford Chamber President for 3 years.   Jane is an asset in helping the Chamber be a vital part of the Rockford Community.  She is committed to supporting our local businesses.  

Jane will be honored on Wednesday - October 29th at Club Velvet at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.


Congratulations Jane !



Soup Supper Planned

The Mercer United Methodist Church is having an All You Can Eat Soup Supper Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. We are located at the junction of State Routes 33 and 707 in Mercer, OH. There will be homemade Chili, Pastor Craig’s special HOT chili, Vegetable & Noodle soups; BBQ Pork & Chicken Sandwiches, Hotdogs, Coney Dogs, Deluxe Salad Bar and delicious Homemade Pies and beverages.  Cost is $7.00 for adults 13 & up, kids 4-12 $3.00 and kids 3 and under free.

We are also having a Bake Sale during the Soup Supper.  There will be homemade noodles, Angel food cakes, Fudge puddles, cookies, pies, etc.



Soup and Sandwich Supper Planned 

Soup and Sandwich Supper will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014
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, veggies and desserts
Dine in or Carry out.
Free will donation will be accepted. Proceeds benefit Parkway Ministerial
Association, St Teresa Youth Group and local charities.
Donations are also being accepted for the FOOD or FUNDS DRIVE to Parkway
Food Pantry through the month of November.
Raffle Drawing will be held to benefit the Religious Education Program of
St Teresa Parish.



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

Applications are being accepted for the MGV Training Class of 2015. OSU MGVs are initially given 50 hours of training on information pertaining to gardens, landscapes, plants, diseases, insects and more!  But the training does not stop after the initial training programs.  Opportunities for many types of continuing education are provided through multiple training programs offered through OSU Extension both locally and statewide.  After the training class is completed, new MGV interns are to provide 50 hours of volunteer service to the community as volunteer educators. Even though this sounds like a lot of time, it is not difficult to fulfill this requirement.  In fact most quickly exceed this number long before the end of their first year of service.

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

The Orientation Meeting for MGV training for Van Wert County will be held on Thursday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the OSU meeting room on the fairgrounds, 1055 South Washington St, Van Wert, OH Training will be held each Monday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. January through March 12, 2015.  All classes will be held  at the OSU Extension Office in Van Wert, OH

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


For more information on cost and how to obtain an application for the MGV program in Van Wert County contact Curtis E. Young at 419-238-1214 or email at



CALL Food Pantry’s “Backpack Program” ~ a Great Charitable  Idea for Giving
by Sherry Shaffer

As we enter the final two months of the year, the time has come for many of us to consider our charitable giving for the year, and I’d like to encourage you to give thought to the CALL Food Pantry’s “Backpack Program” this year.

Every two weeks during the school year, volunteers pack approximately 540+ bags of food to send home for the next two weekends with students in grades kindergarten through fourth who are on the free lunch programs in Parkway, Celina, and St. Henry Schools.  The remaining schools in Mercer County have the option of participating if they wish.  The backpack program food bags include easy-to-prepare items for kids to fix for themselves when they are hungry during the weekend.  

 Many people find it hard to believe the issue of hunger exists in Mercer County, but it does, and just a small contribution will help cover the costs for the food items sent home with the children throughout the year.  Especially this year, approximately $7,500 is still needed to continue the program for the remainder of the school year.   Donations can be sent to CALL Food Pantry, 420 N. Brandon Avenue, Celina OH 45822.  Churches and philanthropic organizations are encouraged to consider helping sponsor food for these children in need as well.

Please consider a donation to the CALL Food Pantry, designated to the Backpack Program, for your charitable giving this year.





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


Photo caption:  Halloween Post Cards are at the top of the list for Post Card Collectors this weekend.


Happy Halloween; either you are planning a costume for Halloween or your are remembering the old Hay Ride Parties on Halloween!  Many of you have your candy dish out for Goblins  & Witches and Spider Man and other guests of other worlds this weekend.  Seeing children laugh is one of our finest hours.


How many of you collect Post Cards for Holidays?  I know very well that many of you Senior Citizens have your old Valentines tucked safely away in an ornate box, from years ago.  Do you also save your old Post Cards?  If so, bring them to the Museum and show them to us, on November 9th Sunday.


Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00, November 9, will be the 13th Annual Autumn Post Card Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, 130 East Market, Celina.  The Museum is located one block east of the Courthouse.  The public is invited to see the Exhibit as well as bring their own post cards & ask the collectors for information. 


Post cards will feature scenes of Mercer County communities, as well as Grand Lake.   This exhibit will also include information about local Post Offices and the Post Marks from those “dead” or closed Post Offices in Mercer County’s rural communities, in addition to railroads crossing Mercer County, trains which delivered the local U.S. Mail, train depots, and train tickets.


We invite anyone who has post cards or photographs from Post Offices which are no longer in existence, to bring their cards to show the local collectors.  We invite anyone who has post cards or photographs with scenes of train depots and the trains which ran through Mercer County.


Do you know how to determine the date or age of the Post Card?  Look at the back of your Post Cards.  By 1907, the Post Office permitted the address side of the Post Card, to be split in two sides, so that messages could be written on the left side.  (If your card does not have the two sides on the back, your Post Card is older than 1907.  Of course, the date and Post Mark provide more clues about the date of your Post Card.  The messages are endearing.  So many messages read, “Having a great time; wish you were here.  We will see you soon.”  I smile every time I read one of those trite remarks.


I was asked about exhibiting Post Cards with scenes from the former New Idea Company at Coldwater.  Therefore, we invite anyone who has post cards related to New Idea Company to please bring them and show them on Sunday, November 9.  


Next week, I will share with you what the Collectors are bringing to this November 9th Post Card Exhibit.  The Collectors are Bob and Sharon Poor, Dale Poeppelman, and David Gray.  Other Post Card Collectors are invited to show their Collections, whether they have a half dozen Post Cards, or several dozen Post Cards. 


Photograph Post Cards are among the best methods of preserving local history.   Thank you to everyone who saves Post Cards, for helping To Preserve Mercer County’s history and To Educate the Public about that History.  Bring your Post Cards to the Museum on Sunday, November 9; we will look forward to seeing what unique Post Cards you have.



Calvary Preschool Visits Fire Department

Calvary Preschool students from Julie Stewart’s and Vicki Chavarria’s classes recently visited the Van Wert Fire Department. The students liked seeing the fire trucks up close and a fireman in all his gear.
Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Road in Van Wert. There are currently a few openings remaining in the 4 and 5 year old classes. Contact Marilyn Agler for information at 567-259-3103. Check out the Calvary Preschool Facebook page to see students and teachers involved in activities.
Calvary Preschool is a Christian based preschool with a curriculum that prepares students for kindergarten, as well as teaching spiritual applications.


New Trees Planted in Rockford
The Rockford Tree Commission has been busy this past summer planning the
purchase of some new trees for the Village.   2 Varieties were purchased and
planted by the village employees include: Japanese Lilac and Red Horse Chestnut
There were a total of 15 trees planted on October 16th. 
Several at Shanes Park and the rest throughout the village.

RADC to Meet
The next RADC meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 27 at 7:30 in the Rockford Library basement. Brenda Barker will be our guest speaker for the evening and a representative from the Rockford Fire Departmet will be present to discuss the proposed wall mural for the Fire Department. 



October 24-26, 2014

Congratulations to the Parkway Panthers - Football Win over New Bremen on 10-24-2014

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

It’s our 1st ever local spin on “Dancing with the Stars,” where community members step up as Dancers and Judges to raise money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties. Local professional dancers have generously donated dance lessons to produce a spectacular dance competition. Event will be held at the Overdrive south of Celina.

Dancing with the BIG Stars will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Our dinner performance has sold out, but if you would still like to participate in the festivities you can purchase a ticket for the matinee performance. The doors will open at 12:30 pm with the show beginning at 1:00pm. The cost is $20 per ticket and includes a beverage, snacks, and the performance.

If you can’t make the show that day you can support your favorite dancer by voting for them online at and click on “Dancing with the BIG Stars” logo. Every vote is $5 and the dancer that raises the most money will receive the Big Star Award.  You can also join in on their extra fundraising efforts. To get updates about these great events like our Facebook page:  Our Star Dancers are Abby Balster, Pat Green, Rex Katterheinrich, Jeff Knapke, Pete Lisi, Ambyr Rose, Andy Schwieterman, and Shelly Vaughn.

All money raised will stay local and help make and support matches of our five youth mentoring programs. Mentors help these children to stay in school, off drugs, and away from violence. They also help children to boost self-esteem and learn how to deal with bullying and depression. Your support will make a BIG impact on your community. To enroll a child or become a volunteer call our office at 419-394-2990. 



October 22-23, 2014


Parkway Schools were on a two hour delay for Thursday, October 23, 2014,
then closed due to fog.


Jordan Thompson officially signed to the Detroit Lions Active Roster on October 17, 2014.  He will be playing Tight End and Special Teams. Congratulations to our Parkway Graduate!

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

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

Trunk-r-Treat in Chattanooga

Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 26th.  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.  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.

Halloween in Willshire

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Registration for costume judging will be held at the southwest pavilion in the park from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  Beginning at 6:30 PM, the Parkway High School Marching Band will provide musical entertainment for all to enjoy.  Costume judging will begin following the band performance.  Participants will be judged in categories based upon age.  Donuts, apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate will be available for everyone to enjoy.  The evening activities are being co-sponsored by the Willshire American Legion and the Willshire Lions Club.

Halloween in Mendon

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Mendon on Saturday, October 25th from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.   Costume Judging at the
Firehouse will be at 7 pm.



FFA Annual Fruit Sale

            It’s that time of year again, Parkways FFA Fruit sale is in full swing! Below

are the items that the chapter will be selling this year. To order fruit,

contact any Parkway FFA member, email, or by

calling 419-363-3045 ext. 636. Order are due by November 10th and money is due

when fruit is delivered. Thank you for your continued support!

Fruit                            Full Case       Half Case      ¼ Case

Navels                         $32.00                        $17.00                    $10.00

Grapefruit                  $28.00                        $16.00                        $10.00

Tangelos                    $28.00                        $16.00                        $10.00

Fuji Apples                $30.00                        $16.00                        $10.00

Mix Box                      $34.00                        $18.00



Honey Krunch                                              Two Cans Pack                    $10.00

Brittle Bits                                          Two Can Pack                      $10.00

Whole Cashews                                                                              $10.00                                   

Chocolate Almonds/ Cashews                Two Can Pack                    $13.00           

Trio Pack $13.00


D.B. Yummers BBQ Sauce

Sweet and Smokey BBQ Pack of Two                             $10.00

Mildly Spicy BBQ     4 pack ( 2 of each flavor)    $16.00                       


Smoked Snack Sticks (12-1 oz. sticks)

Sweet Pack $10.00             

Hot Pack        $10.00

Mild Pack $10.00



Happy Heavenly Birthday, #64

In Memory of Larry A. Baltzell  

October 23, 1950 – August 17, 2008


“He was our North, our South, our East and West,
Our working week and our Sunday rest,
Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song;
We thought he’d be here for ever: we were wrong.”


Adapted from the poem Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden


Sadly Missed by Your Family and Friends



October 21, 2014


Henkle Insurance Donates to Rockford's New Radio Station 101.3 WRKD

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

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





Trick or Treat Safety and Mercer County Sheriff's Department

In Mercer County, there are approximately 68 registered sex offenders, and we want you to know where they reside so that you avoid those houses when trick-or-treating.  “We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website , to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Jeff Grey.  Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their family spend time.  Sheriff Grey says, “The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives.”


You will also find many other beneficial tools such as the ability to sign up for FREE automatic email notifications informing you if an offender moves within a specified radius of any address you register.  “If you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid.  You can register any and all addresses where your children spend time; for example:  friends’ grandparents’, or babysitters’ addresses,” says Sheriff Grey.  The alerts are in real-time and sent out via e-mail as soon as a new offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Grey says, “The benefit of registering for this free confidential e-mail alert service is that it allows us to monitor important addresses for you, thereby keeping you up-to-date of newly registered offenders and making it unnecessary for you to have to check important addresses daily or even weekly.”

The website for the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office is .  Citizens should click on the link “Search for Offenders, in your area,” and follow the instructions to check their e-mail alerts about nearby offenders.

Sheriff Grey encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween.  Knowledge is power and knowing where the registered sex offenders reside in your area can help you make the best choices for safe and enjoyable Halloween activities.

For further information, please contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 419-586-7724.


Genealogy Group to Meet 

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday November 2nd at 2:00pm.  The guest speaker will be Tom Risch of the Mercer County Veteran Services.  He has served as the Veteran Officer for the last 26 years, and is past president of the Ohio State Association of County Veteran Service Officers and as a member of the Executive Board of the National Association of County veteran Service Officers.  Risch is a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life time member of the Disabled Veterans.  He will be speaking on the Mercer County Veteran’s Office located in the Central Services Building. The group meets in the Richardson Bretz Building located behind the library in Celina.  The public is always welcome.




Mercer County D.A.R.E. Booster  Quarter Auction


The Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters Quarter Auction will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at the Hopewell Grange building, Mercer County Fairgrounds (across from the grandstand).

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with the Hopewell Grange selling their homemade sandwiches and desserts. Homemade noodles will also be available for purchase. Refreshments will be available throughout the event.

Admission is $3.00 per paddle. Quarters are required to bid on individual auction items. Quarters will be available for purchase at the event.

Join us for a lot of fun and some early Christmas shopping! Tickets for the raffle drawing will also be available at the event. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.        Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters want to thank “all county merchants” who have donated to this worthy cause—the students of Mercer County. A complete listing of all merchant donations will be issued after the event.   

The "Quarter Auction" is sponsored by the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters.  All proceeds are used for Mercer County D.A.R.E. student activities, including 4th and 5th grade cup stacking, 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduation T-shirts, Senior D.A.R.E. luncheon, and graduating senior scholarships.  Thank you for your continued support of the D.A.R.E program.

Check the Mercer County DARE Boosters Facebook page for listing of merchants donating and for items up for bid!


10-20-14, 3:30 PM

Approximately fifty people attended Monday’s Van Wert County Disaster Task Force meeting to learn more about local plans to respond in the event that the Ebola virus should be found in Van Wert County.  Although there are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio, local officials are taking this opportunity to ensure that our community is prepared to defend against this serious health threat if necessary.  A meeting attendee who works in 15 Ohio counties commended Van Wert County for taking a proactive approach to this situation.  Like any other public health threat, if Ebola is eventually found in Van Wert County, the Van Wert County Health Department will be the lead agency in the response. 

“Van Wert County is well prepared”, stated Rick McCoy, local Emergency Management Director. “We have been preparing for situations like this for many years in developing response plans and exercising our readiness. Our local Health Department, County Hospital and EMA have been talking daily between agencies and with the State. I can reassure the public that we are monitoring the situation in Ohio and around the country and will be ready to respond immediately if the virus were to spread. If we as a nation can quickly isolate and quarantine Ebola, then we have the opportunity to end it quickly from affecting others”, he said.

Linna Kelly, Infection Preventionist at Van Wert County Hospital said, “Our team at Van Wert County Hospital, along with other Ohio hospitals, is preparing to diagnose and treat a patient with the Ebola virus in order to best protect our patients as well as our staff.  Initial staff education began in August and has been ramped up with the most recent developments.  We have an organizational pandemic plan, which was developed for dealing with diseases such as SARS, H1N1, small pox and the bird flu. This plan has been revised specifically for dealing with a potential case of Ebola. We have been working with staff regarding specific questions to ask, symptoms to look for, infection prevention, personal protective equipment as well as isolation protocol. Caring for our patients is paramount while ensuring the safety of our caregivers is in the forefront of our decision making.”

Dr. Paul Kalogerou, Van Wert County Health Commissioner, reported: “Our department is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health and is following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.  Our staff, health care agencies and first responders understand the importance of early risk assessment, which will help us provide prompt intervention and initiation of protocols.  We are fortunate to have in place experienced personnel and an established and tested emergency response plan.”

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with the Ebola virus.  It is spread by touching the blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola.  Recent media reports have said that the Ebola virus cannot be spread through the air.  This means that the virus does not live in the air, or remain there for long periods of time.  However, it is possible to contract the virus through contact with droplets of bodily fluid released into the air by the cough or sneeze of an infected person.  A person who is infected with the virus can’t spread the disease until symptoms appear.  Symptoms of Ebola include a fever higher than 100.4oF, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.  Many of these symptoms mirror the symptoms of influenza, but are an increased concern in people who have recently traveled to West Africa or had close contact with a person infected with the Ebola virus.

Because there is currently no cure for Ebola, the only effective way of stopping the spread of the disease is through quarantine or isolation of sick individuals, and monitoring people who have come into contact with those individuals for symptoms of the disease.  Quarantine and isolation are two ways to prevent the spread of disease by keeping sick people separate from others who are healthy.  Monitoring simply consists of watching for symptoms in people who may have been exposed to Ebola.  These activities are currently being conducted in affected areas by public health professionals from local and state health departments, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

It is important to remember that, while Ebola is a deadly disease, the probability of becoming infected by this virus is low.  A total of three cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the United States since the epidemic began in West Africa earlier this year, and one of these cases of Ebola infection resulted in death.  In comparison, the CDC estimates that over 53,000 people died from influenza and pneumonia in the United States in 2010.  To help answer questions from the public, the Ohio Department of Health recently opened a 24-hour call center.  For more information, contact the call center at 1-866-800-1404 or visit the Ohio Department of Health website at


Blood Drive Info

The American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive on
Thursday - October 23rd from 12:00 noon - 5 pm at
the Rockford United Methodist Church located at
202 S Franklin St.

Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your
appointment today or go to, sponsor
code "rockumc".  


October 18-20, 2014



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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Marys

Van Wert

Vantage Cosmetology Salon to Open

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



Auditions Sought For Ohio Has Talent! 

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

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

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

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

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


Shanes Crossing Historical Society Welcomes the Community to their Informative Meetings

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



Mercer Health remains active in taking Ebola precautions

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


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



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


October 17, 2014

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Students Receive Smoke Detectors

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



PUCO advises to arrange for propane supply early

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





VWHS Theatre Announces Fall Production

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

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

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


Reminders for Rockford Chamber

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

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



October 16, 2014



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



Rockford Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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

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

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

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








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

located at 201 Buckeye St, in Rockford will take place

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


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

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

Award Presentation following judging.


  *Bake Sale * Crafts * Games



The Rockford United Methodist Church

Presents:  Harvest Jubilee


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




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


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

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

in our community.


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

at 202 South Franklin St, Rockford 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 14-15, 2014


Rockford Recreation DESPERATELY Needs Your Help!

By Ryan Thompson 

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

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

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

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

You can access the survey in three different ways:

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

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

Click on the following direct link:

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

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

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


Parkway Homecoming Dance Fun

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Click Here for Homecoming Dance Pictures shared by Nikki Fox



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




Rockford Chamber of Commerce Banquet

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

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

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

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

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


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








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



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


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

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Click Here for the Agenda from Superintendent  Puthoff


PUBLIC NOTICE on Culvert Replacement

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

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





Like You've Never Seen Them Before!

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


Turkey Shoot


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

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

A lunch stand will be available.

                            Public is welcome.


October 10-13, 2014

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

October 8-9, 2014


Lloyd and Florence Gause Celebrate 70 Years Together

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

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





Rockford United Methodist Church Begins Five: 02 Activities

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

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






Parkway Middle School Conferences

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

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


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

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

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

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


Parkway Drama Club Holding Fund Raiser

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



October 1-7, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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Funky Monkey



Sam and Austin

Heading to the Fire Hole


Sam in Electro Shock

Military Volunteers


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,
Rockford EMS



Parkway Attends Farm Science Review

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




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Click Here for the Parkway Calendar of Events for October 2014

Parkway October 2014 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith


Driver Training
Classes to Begin!

CLASSROOM TIMES            FALL 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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



Grand Lake Patriots to Host Congressman Jim Jordan

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

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

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

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



PUBLIC NOTICE on Bridge Closing

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

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

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



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

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



Parkway Golf Team Finishes Season

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

At Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima.


Hayden Lyons 89

Connor Morton 90

Hunter Gause 91

Cole Schoenleben 96

Clayton Agler 110



September 27-30, 2014


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



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

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

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




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


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

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

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






September 26, 2014


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


Couple Die in Traffic Accident West of Celina

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

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

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



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

The guest speaker will be Harrison Frech - Retired Parkway

To make reservations email:

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


Lincoln Scholar to Address Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable

“Lincoln’s Emancipation.”

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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


Van Wert County Health Department

Influenza Vaccine Clinics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

develop serious consequences from the flu including pneumonia and death.

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

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

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

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

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

you use it.

 Stay away from people who are sick.

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

available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

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

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

separate room from others in the household.

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

household disinfectant.



September 25, 2014


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


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


Parkway Local Schools Seeking Nominations for the

“Academic Alumni Hall of Fame”


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

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

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

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

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



Parkway FFA Excelled at Fair

By Taylor Hesse at

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

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

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

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


September 23-24, 2014


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

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



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


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


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



Joyce Alig will Speak at Historical Society

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

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


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


September 22, 2014


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


Congratulations to Boys Golf Team

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

See attached  for individual and team scores.

Hayden Lyons 95

Cole Schoenleben 95

Hunter Gause 95

Connor Morton 107

Clayton Agler 110

Ashton Hamrick 119


Hayden Lyons received 2nd Team All MAC honors.






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

Tuesday, September 30th


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



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



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

Taken into custody were the following individuals: 

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

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

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

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


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


Deputies seized the following:


400 grams of marijuana

16 firearms

60 ounces of liquid methamphetamine

Prescription pills

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


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


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



September 19-21, 2014


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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



Parkway versus Versailles and Lima Central Catholic

Parkway 197

Hayden Lyons  40 

Connor Morton 52

Cole Schoenleben 53

Hunter Gause 57

Clayton Agler 54

Ashton Hamrick  52


LCC 154

James Riepenhoff 40

Westin Young  37

Ian Friesner   40

Jim Thatcher   40

Liam Hennon 37

Collin Hennon  46


Versailles 173

Nicholas Litten Stonebraker   45

Jacob Watren  45

Griffen Riegle  40

Kyle Cotner   49

Kyle Christian  43

Michael Hemmelgarn  52


Parkway 1-9 MAC 2-10 overall



Berne, Indiana

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


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

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



September 18, 2014


Schumm Named Hospice Nursing Supervisor

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

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

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

Schumm says finds hospice care particularly worthwhile.

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

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

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

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

Find more information about home health and hospice services at or




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

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them!



September 17, 2014


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

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

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

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

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



Turkey Shoot Coming to Willshire

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

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


A lunch stand will be available.  Public is welcome.


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

September 16, 2014

Parkway Sports Scores

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

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

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

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


Minster 154 Parkway 188 at Arrowhead

for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 43. 

Connor Morton 45. 

Cole Schoenleben 48. 

Hunter Gause 52. 

Clayton Agler 55. 

Ashton Hamrick 62. 


For Minster

Sam Schutte 39

Xavier Francis 38

Austin Brackman 38

Gunner Blanke 42

Matt Trushaw 39

Chip Perryman 45


Parkway 1-7 MAC 2-7 overall


Celina Police Department 09-15-2014

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

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

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

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





Ohio Law prohibits signs on trees and poles.

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

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


Parkway Local School Board Meeting Changes

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

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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

state line.

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

ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the reliability of its electric

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

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

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

Northwood, Bellefontaine, Russells Point and Marysville.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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




Click Here for the Parkway Calendar of Events for September 2014


September 15, 2014


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


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


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


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



Celina Police Report 09-12-2014

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

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

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


Help Rockford Rec. Win $2,500


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


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


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


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


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



Parkway Golf at Arrowhead

Parkway 207

New Knoxville 199


for Parkway 


Hayden Lyons 43 medalist

Hunter Gause 51

Connor Morton 53

Cole Schoenleben 60


also for Parkway 

Clayton Agler 60

Ashton Hamrick 61


for New Knoxville

Shane Topp     52

Hunter McMurray  45

Ben Menke     52

Nick Thobe    50

also for New Knoxville

Eric Prater    54 

Jack Bartholomew  62

Parkway 1-5 MAC, 2-5 overall



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

Hayden Lyons  99

Connor Morten 97

Cole Schoenleben 109

Hunter Gause  102

Clayton Agler   109



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Stay home when you are sick.


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

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




Rockford Chamber September
Meeting minutes -



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


September 13-14, 2014


Van Wert County Health Collaborative Seeks Employer Feedback

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

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

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

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

Take the survey here:



September 11-12, 2014
Patriot's Day




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

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

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

From the Family of Ralph Rhoades, Rockford Fire Chief


Nazarene Church Invites Public

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

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

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

Live music by: Gabe Maas, and Salah and Shekinah

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

Information:  Phone Pastor Jim at 419-394-7276


Leigha Wieman Benefit Planned

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

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

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



“A Peter White Christmas” Tickets on Sale

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

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

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

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



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



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


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


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


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



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



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


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

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


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

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


Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Review Latest Treatments

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



September 9-10, 2014



Panther Varsity and Junior Varsity Football

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



Panther Cheerleaders


Panther Varsity Volleyball

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Panther Junior Varsity Volleyball

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Panther 7th Grade Football

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Panther 8th Grade Football

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Panther 7th Grade Volleyball

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Panther 8th Grade Volleyball

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

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

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



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

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




Varsity Co-ed Junior High Cross Country

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September 8, 2014


Parkway Boys Golf 2014



Parkway Golfers at the 2014 Antwerp Golf Invitational



1          Bluffton        313

5          Rich Streicher                    39 38             77

4          Eli Runk                                39 37             76

James Harrod                     45 38             83

6          Aaron Belcher                    41 36             77

Aaron Shaw                         48 45             93

Braden Skillliter                51 48             99


2          Allen East    322

2          Parker Frey                         34  36            70

3          Kayne Richardson             36  35             71

Harry Kill                              54 50             104

Logan Ryan                          40 43             83

Matt Meyer                          47 51             98

Grant Whitley                    49 57             106


3          Wayne Trace   339

Corbin Linder                      47 39             86

Luke Miller                          43 39             82

Alec Vest                             46 40             86

Evan Baughman                 44 43             87

Brady Stabler                     42 43             85

Ethin Linder                        48 43             91






4          Lincolnview             342

1          Joshah Rager                      36 32             68

Dereck Youtsey                 46 42             88

Justis Dowdy                      46 43             89

Damon Norton                   50  47            97

Logan Kraner                      52 51             103

Nick Moteycka                   58 66             124


5          Crestview    346

9          Connor Lautzenheiser     41 38             79

Jon Germann                      49 36             85

Ronnie Schumm                46 46             92

Caden Hurless                    44 46             90

Derek Biro                           52 56             108

Mitchell Rickard                51 48             99


6          Parkway       361

Hayden Lyons                     43 44             87

Connor Morton                  43 43             86

10       Cole Schoenleben             41 38             79

Hunter Gause                     56 66             126

Clayton Agler                     54 55             109

Ashton Hamrick              62 64             126


7          Fairview       370

Mathew Kozumplik          46 41             87

Joe Macsay                          54 43             97

Brett Dietrich                     45 45             90

Jacob Eisel                           50 47             97

Logan Hetrick                     53  43                        96

Ian Groves                           59  54                        113


8          Edgerton      372

Max Nihart                          45  35                        80

Drew Hug                             45  47                        92

Jake Siebenaler                 46  49                        95

Cam Schaper                       54  54                        108

Decoda Faber                     59  58                        117

Brody Michael                   59  46            105


9          Antwerp       378

8       Jeff Coleman                       40  39                        79

Jack Godeke                        60  46                        106

Noah Cline                           47  49                        96

Iann Roebel                         54  43                        97

Zeb Getrost                                     57  58                        115

Jacob O’Donnell                46  61            107


10       Miller City   379

Cody Sheets                                    56  43                        99

Jacob Schimmoeller         45  47                        92

Trey Hermiller                   43  45                        88

Adam Schroeder               56  62                        118

Jordan Schmenk                53  47                        100

Trever Niese                       67  60                        127


11       Paulding       379

7      Ben Heilshorn                    39  39                        78

Corey Adkins                      WD

Ethan Dominique              48  48                        96

Cade McGarvey                 44  45                        89

Ellie Miller                          54  62                        116

Isaac Baldwin                     60  62                        122



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

Click here for the agenda.


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


Parkway 2-4 overall 1-4 in the MAC


Scoring for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 43

Connor Morton 43

Cole Schoenleben 43

Hunter Gause 47


Scoring for St. Henry

Kyle Naumann 45

Mitch Dormer 47

Seth King 47

Alan Albers 50


JV match

St. Henry 209

Parkway 242


For Parkway

Clayton Agler 53

Ashton Hamrick 60

Austin Metz 62

Maxwell Smith 67


For St. Henry

Justin Alers 48

Clayton Heitkamp 47

Ryan Grieshop 57

Logan Rindler 57


Varsity Co-ed Cross Country


Join Us for a Painting FUN-Raiser !

Let's raise money for Parkway Youth Cheerleading

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

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

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

Space is limited - register now at


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


Parkway Girls Golf 2014


Thank you, Nikki Fox!

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


September 6-7, 2014


Stateline Writers Club Meets

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



Parkway Golf - 176  versus St. Henry 189

Parkway 2-4 overall 1-4 in the MAC

Scoring for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 43

Connor Morton 43

Cole Schoenleben 43

Hunter Gause 47


Scoring for St. Henry

Kyle Naumann 45

Mitch Dormer 47

Seth King 47

Alan Albers 50


JV match

St. Henry 209

Parkway 242


For Parkway

Clayton Agler 53

Ashton Hamrick 60

Austin Metz 62

Maxwell Smith 67


For St. Henry

Justin Alers 48

Clayton Heitkamp 47

Ryan Grieshop 57

Logan Rindler 57



September 5, 2014


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


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

Kick off at 7:30


Reminders for Rockford Chamber

The next Rockford Chamber Sponsored Social Media Class will be

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


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


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

the following link to purchase bulbs to be planted this

fall for Spring flowers !   All sales will benefit the

local community !




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

See ad above. 

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


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


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


Schedule by calling 419-238-9977 TODAY! 


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


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



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

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



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

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



September 4, 2014


Henkle Insurance is Business of the Month

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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





Big Brothers Big Sisters Presents Dancing with the BIG Stars

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


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


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


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




September 3, 2014


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

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

Visit back!


1st Annual Parkway Athletic Booster Club Open

Sunday September 28, 2014

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

Shot Gun Start

Dinner @ Noon

Deerfield Golf Course

5621 Shelley Rd.

Rockford, OH

$50 / Person

$200 / Team

45 Minimum Handicap

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Prizes

To Register Contact:

Bryan Schoenleben

419.733.3275  or

 Checks made payable to:

Parkway Athletic Boosters

Deadline: Wednesday September 17



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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




September 1-2, 2014


Courtney Couple to Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

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

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

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


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









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

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

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

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

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






Thompson’s to celebrate 40th Wedding Anniversary

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



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



Century Farm Status Comes to Family in Mendon

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


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

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


Parkway Football News

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


Parkway Junior Varsity Volleyball News

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



Local Genealogical Society to Meet

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

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

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


Rally Day at St. John’s Hopewell

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



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

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

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



Rockford Area Fall Garage Sale
September 12th-13th

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


Van Wert County Junior Fair Winners


Winners        Canine

            Showmanship Junior A Trophy Won by: Lana Carey

            Sponsored by:          Youth For Christ

            Showmanship Intermediate A       Trophy Won by: Brendan Browning

            Sponsored by:          Youth For Christ

            Obedience Beginner Novice A     Trophy Won by: Libby Price

            Sponsored by:          Youth For Christ


Winners        Sheep

            Senior Sheep Showman    Trophy Won by: Ethan Greulach

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of Terry Hiller - Hiller Family

            Intermediate Sheep Showman     Trophy Won by: Emily Greulach

            Sponsored by:          Brad Owens Family

            Junior Sheep Showman    Trophy Won by: Brendon Doner

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms

            Champion Sheep Showman Cash Won by: Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          E.O. "Nick" Stemen

            Champion Sheep Showman Chair Won by: Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          E.O. "Nick" Stemen

            Grand Champion Ram       Trophy Won by: Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Dick Jellison- Paul Ross Memorial Award

            Reserve Champion Ram    Award Won by: Hunter Hamrick

            Sponsored by:          R Lane Acres

            Reserve Champion Ewe    Trophy Won by: Brendon Doner

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Animal Hospital

            Best Rate of Gain    Feed Scoop  Won by: Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          VW County Old Fashioned Farmers Days

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

            Sponsored by:          R Lane Acres

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

            Sponsored by:          Double T Farm

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

            Sponsored by:          Rager Home Improvement, Inc.

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

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

            Grand Champion Market Lamb Trophy   Won by: Emily Greulach

            Sponsored by:          Wayne Kemler and Family

            Grand Champion Market Lamb Banner Won by: Emily Greulach

            Sponsored by:          Gary Richey Auctioneer

            Reserve Champion Market Lamb Trophy Won by: Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          In memory of Andy Kemler By Knapke Suffolks



Reserve Champion Market Lamb Banner Won by: Sophie Wilson

            Sponsored by:          Tri-County Driving School, Tom Osting

            Grand Champion Performance Lamb Banner Won by:           Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          In Memory Of Imogene Wortman

            Grand Champion Performance Lamb Trophy Won by:            Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          Ron & Carla Young & Family

            Reserve Champion Performance Lamb  Banner Won by: Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          Gary Richey Auctioneer

            Reserve Champion Performance Lamb  Trophy Won by: Whitney Welker

            Sponsored by:          Rager Home Improvement, Inc.

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

            Sponsored by:          Sorgen Farms

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

            Sponsored by:          C & K Family Farms

            Winners        Rabbits

            Champion Junior ShowmanTrophy         Won by:         Sophia Miller

            Sponsored by: Nancy Dixon

            Champion Intermediate ShowmanTrophy          Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by: Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Champion Senior ShowmanTrophy        Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by: Shooting Stars 4-H Club

            Champion Rabbit ShowmanChair           Won by:         Frankie Carey

            Sponsored by: Triple L Farms

            Champion Single FryerTrophy      Won by:         Elijah Wortman

            Sponsored by: The Klinger Family

            Grand Champion Single FryerBanner    Won by:         Elijah Wortman

            Sponsored by: The Don Mosier Family

            Champion Meat PenTrophy          Won by:         Samantha Klinger

            Sponsored by: Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Grand Champion Meat PenBanner         Won by:         Samantha Klinger

            Sponsored by: The Finishing Touch

            Reserve Champion Meat PenTrophy      Won by:         lauren henderson

            Sponsored by: Ned Young Family

            Reserve Champion Meat PenBanner     Won by:         lauren henderson

            Sponsored by: The Finishing Touch

            Champion Doe and LitterTrophy  Won by:         Hunter Gillespie

            Sponsored by: Sponsored by: Aaron and Ashley Knittle

            Reserve Doe & LitterTrophy           Won by:         Alicia Rist

            Sponsored by: Greif

            Best of Breed-Hotot TrophyWon by:         Melissa Hauter

            Sponsored by: Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Californian  Trophy            Won by:         Gene Gillespie

            Sponsored by: Ag Credit

            Best of Breed-DutchTrophy           Won by:         Alicia Rist

            Sponsored by: Brickner Ambulance Service

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

            Sponsored by: Farmers Grain & AG LLC

            Best of Breed-English Lop TrophyWon by:         Justin Overmyer

            Sponsored by: Dr. Daryl Osborn

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

            Sponsored by: Farmers Grain & AG LLC

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

            Sponsored by: Van Wert Co. Township Association

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

            Sponsored by: Vaeda & Gretchen Heizman

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

            Sponsored by: Leaders of the Future 4-H Club

            Best of Breed-Havana        Trophy            Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by: The Don Mosier Family

            Best of Breed-Himalayan   Trophy            Won by:         Sarah Klinger

            Sponsored by: Klinger's Rabbitry

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

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

            Best of Breed-Mini LopTrophy       Won by:         Frankie Carey

            Sponsored by: Greg Rickard & Family

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

            Sponsored by: Venedocia Lads & Lassies

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

            Sponsored by: Candy Osborn

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

            Sponsored by: Venedocia Lads & Lassies

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

            Sponsored by: Alan & Shayna DeLong Family

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

            Sponsored by: The Robert McClure  Family

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

            Sponsored by: Kyle & Christie Wendel

            Best of Breed-PolishTrophy           Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by: Westwood Family Dental

            Best of Breed-Rhinelander            Trophy            Won by:         Katelyn Welch

            Sponsored by: The Steve Holden Family

            Best of Breed-Satin Trophy            Won by:         Allison hauter

            Sponsored by: Rick McCoy

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

            Sponsored by: Greif

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

            Sponsored by: Klinger Trenching

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

            Sponsored by: Mike & Laura Biro And Sons

            Best In Show            TrophyWon by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by: Raabe Ford Lincoln

            Second Best In Show         Trophy            Won by:         allison hauter

            Sponsored by: C & D Lape Rabbitry

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

            Sponsored by: Pond Seed Company

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

            Sponsored by:          Pond Seed Company        





            Winners    Swine

            Champion Farrow to Finish           Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Lee's Ace Hardware

            Reserve Champion Farrow to Finish       Trophy            Won by:         Garret Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Master's Heating & Cooling

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

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

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

            Sponsored by:          The Steve Holden Family

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

            Sponsored by:          Barnyard Buddies

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Remedy Sports Bar & Grill

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

            Sponsored by:          The David C. Girod Family

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Venedocia Lads & Lassies

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

            Sponsored by:          Kevan Owens Family

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

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

            Sponsored by:          Paul and Donna Pohlman Family

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Poling Excavating & Waterways

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

            Sponsored by:          Brooks and Nancy Myers

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by F & S Floor Covering

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

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Foxhunters

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC

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

            Sponsored by:          Warren & Marilyn Reed

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Brickner Ambulance Service

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

            Sponsored by:          Clark Ringwald Family

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Paul & Joyce Oechsle & Family

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

            Sponsored by:          Pioneer Seeds: Robert Gehres

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          J & J Ag Equipment

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

            Sponsored by:          Lloyd Seed Service, Pioneer Hi- Bred

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          J & J Ag Equipment

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

            Sponsored by:          Ronald Kill Family

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Joyce & Paul G. Oechsle

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

            Sponsored by:          Sponsored by Dan Miller

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

            Sponsored by:          Remedy Sports Bar & Grill

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

            Sponsored by:          Schumm Farms

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Farmers Grain & AG LLC

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

            Sponsored by:          Century Trading Company

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

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

            Sponsored by:          Master's Heating & Cooling

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

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

            Sponsored by:          Gary Richey Auctioneer

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

            Sponsored by:          Scott Lloyd Show Pigs

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

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Champion Barrow   Trophy            Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Paul and Donna Pohlman Family

            Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog   Banner           Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Heffelfinger Farms

            Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog   Trophy            Won by:         Hannah Leary

            Sponsored by:          Matthews Farms

            Junior Showman Winner   Trophy            Won by:         Madelyn Lamb

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms

            Junior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Laney Jones

            Sponsored by:          Leland Smith Insurance Services

            Junior Showman 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Young Farmers

            Junior Showman 4th          Trophy            Won by:         Betty Vorst

            Sponsored by:          VW County Old Fashioned Farmers Days

            Intermediate Showman Winner    Trophy            Won by:         Addison Mueller

            Sponsored by:          Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

            Intermediate Showman 2nd          Trophy            Won by:         Betty Vorst

            Sponsored by:          Kennedy Kuhn Inc.

            Intermediate Showman 3rd            Trophy            Won by:         Chase Clark

            Sponsored by:          Crestview FFA

            Intermediate Showman 4th            Trophy            Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview FFA

            Senior Showman Winner  Trophy            Won by:         Brayden Evans

            Sponsored by:          Stoller Farms, Inc.

            Senior Showman 2nd         Trophy            Won by:         Gabe Evans

            Sponsored by:          Mike & Christy Wortman and Family

            Senior Showman 3rd          Trophy            Won by:         Troy Patterson

            Sponsored by:          Lincolnview FFA

            Senior Showman 4th          Trophy            Won by:         katie mcclure

            Sponsored by:          Baer Farms, Ltd.

            Champion Swine Showman         Chair  Won by:         Jason Whitler

            Sponsored by:          CW Farms





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

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

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

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


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


for Parkway


Hayden Lyons 44

Connor Morton 45

Clayton Agler 60

Cole Schoenleben 62


also for Parkway 

Ashton Hamrick 62

Hunter Gause 63


For Coldwater

Tyler Kanney 40

Jarren Kunk 44

Josh Scott 47

Ben Meyer 53


Also for Coldwater

Ben Schmitmeyer 56

Kohl Koester 75


Coldwater 2-3 2-2 MAC

Parkway  1-4 0-4 MAC



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



 2014 FINAL TEAM RESULTS                                                         “TOP 10” INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

TEAM                                    SCORE                   NAME                                   SCHOOL                               SCORE

RUSSIA 1                              328                         JOE SLUSHER                      COVINGTON                      72

MINSTER                             329                         ALEX BRITTEN                    NEW BREMEN                   75

COVINGTON                      336                         MICHAEL OLMOR             ANNA                                   78

ANNA                                   338                         AUSTIN BRACKMAN       MINSTER                             79

MIAMI EAST 1                   341                         LEVI WINN                          COVINGTON                      80**

VERSAILLES                         342*                      GRIFFEN RIEGLE                               VERSAILLES                         80

NEW BREMEN                   342                         JONAH COUNTS                               RUSSIA                                 80

MILTON UNION                                368                         ALEX JENKINS                    GRAHAM                             80          

LEHMAN CATHOLIC         369                         NICK L. STONEBRAKER   VERSAILLES                         81          

RUSSIA 2                              370                         GAVIN HOYING                                RUSSIA                                 81

MARION LOCAL                372                         JOEY SMEDLEY                   MILTON UNION                                81

TRI-VILLAGE                       377                                                                        

PARKWAY                           379                                                                                        

NATIONAL TRAIL              381                        

FRANKLIN MONROE        382                                       

ST. HENRY                           388                                        

COLDWATER 1                   390                                        

GRAHAM                             397        

MIAMI EAST 2                   447                        

COLDWATER 2                   449


*WINS  6TH MAN TIE-BREAKER                 


Additional Panther Golf

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

13th out of 18 varsity teams


Scoring for Parkway at this Match








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

Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

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

Greg Puthoff

Parkway Superintendent



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


Plaintiffs, : JUDGE: WATSON




STATE OF OHIO, et al. :


Defendants. :


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

3. Mail your letter to:

Clerk’s Office: Judge Watson’s Docket

U.S. Courthouse

85 Marconi Boulevard

Columbus, Ohio 43215

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


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

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

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August 27-31, 2014



Rockford Library to Start Preschool Program in September

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



Farm Focus at the Fair



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

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

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




Allen County’s Workers to Celebrate Labor Day with Parade


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


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

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


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


Music and dance studio sets open house event

Van Wert, OH – August 25, 2014


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

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


The Marsh Foundation & Big Brothers Big Sisters

Needs Volunteers for Supper Club Program


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


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


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


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


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



Buckeye Vintage Scooter Meet

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

September 4-6,  2014

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

Special Event for Children with Disabilities

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


Parkway Golf Results from August 25, 2014

Parkway 188   and  New Bremen 173

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


Scoring for Parkway

Hunter Gause -43

Connor Morton -46

Hayden  Lyons -49

Cole Schoenleben -50


Also for Parkway 

Clayton Agler 51

Ashton Hamrick 58


For New Bremen

Alex Britton -36

Jacob O'Neill -43

Markus Sachtller -46

Max Travis - 48


Also for New Bremen

Derek Bergmen - 53


Parkway 1-4 0-4 in MAC






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

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

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


August 26, 2014



6 Week Series Begins September 11th

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

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


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



August 23-25, 2014


Mercer County Sheriff Reports Accident

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

The highway reopened at 2 AM.


Parkway FFA Member Selling Mums
By Taylor Hesse at


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

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


August 22, 2014


Local FFA member selected as member of National FFA Band

By Taylor Hesse at

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



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


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



Hayden Lyons 46

Connor Morton 46

Cole Schoenleben 51

Ashton Hamrick 55


Also for Parkway

Hunter Gause 64

Austin Metz 72

Clayton Agler 57



Austin Lucas 41

Derek Klausing 44

Brandon Slate 50

Elliote Courtney 52


Also for DSJ

Steve Leathers 53

Robbie Buescher 54


Parkway 1-2 0-2 in MAC



Parkway 196 and Marion Local 175 – August 21, 2014


For Parkway 

Hayden Lyons 43

Connor Morton 47

Cole Schoenleben 53

Clayton Agler 53


David Gause 57

Ashton Houser 63


For Marion Local

Derek Platfoot     42

Adam Kremer     40

Luke Knapke       46

Collin Fleck        47

Mitch Rethman      52

Jordan Heitkamp    55 


Parkway 1-3    0-3 MAC


August 20-21, 2014


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


Parents / Guardians,

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

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

Student and Staff Safety is always our Number 1 concern.

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


Greg Puthoff

Parkway Superintendent


Parkway School Go On Lockdown

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

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford



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


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


Detergent Fundraiser

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



Concession Stand at Boat Races Planned


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



Flower Sale in Rockford – Order NOW

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

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

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


Rockford Fire Department Fund Raiser

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

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

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

Tickets holders need not be present to win.

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

To purchase tickets contact:

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

Your support benefits the Rockford Fire Department and Shanes Park !


Welsh Festival of Song

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

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


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

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

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



Wassenberg Art News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Hot Air Balloons at the Van Wert County Fair

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

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


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

By Jim Buchy

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Hoof-it at Mercer County Fair


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


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

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

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


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


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



August 18-19, 2014


Parkway August 2014 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith


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


Parkway Boys Golf vs. Ft. Recovery


Ft. Recovery 176

Parkway 211

For Parkway-

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

For Ft. Recovery-

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

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


Also for playing for Ft. Recovery

Micaiah Cox-49
Cole Wendel-54


Parkway JVs 
Ashton Hamrick - 58
Max Smith - 65

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




Calvary Preschool Orientation Scheduled

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

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

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

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

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


Entertainment Coming to the Fair

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

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

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


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

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


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



Vicious Dog News Release 08-18-2014


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

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

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

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




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

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

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

* Must be a Rockford Chamber member.

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



August 16-17, 2014


Coming Soon ~ Parkway Team Pictures by Nikki Fox Photography


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


Click Here for the Parkway Varsity and Freshmen Football Printable Schedules


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


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


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


In Memory of Larry A. Baltzell  

October 23, 1950 – August 17, 2008


“He was our North, our South, our East and West,
Our working week and our Sunday rest,
Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song;
We thought he’d be here for ever: we were wrong.”


Adapted from the poem Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden


Sadly Missed by Your Family



August 14-15, 2014


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




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



Hayden Lyons 92

Connor Morton  93

Cole Schoenleben  108

Clayton Agler 111



Hunter Gause  117

Austin Metz 131

Ashton Hamrick         144

Maxwell Smith  146




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

The schedule as follows:

Thursday - Front St.

Friday - Market St. and Columbia St.

next week continues:

Monday - Franklin St. and Main St.

Tuesday - South St. and Pearl St.

Wednesday - East side of town all streets.

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

Any questions, please call the Village Office at



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

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

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

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

Tree Donations Sought

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

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

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



August 13, 2014


Jr. Fair King and Queen Candidates Announced


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Rockford Chamber of Commerce Members to Meet

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



August 12, 2014



Fall Sports Team Pictures Schedule by Nikki Fox

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














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

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

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

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


Here is the lesson history and their parents names.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Engineer Office Relocation



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


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


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



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

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




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

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


Car Wash

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

* Proceeds Christmas Celebration at Shanes Park


Mercer County Fair in Full Swing



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

Click here for the agenda.


August 11, 2014


Come to the Annual Otterbein FISH FRY

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


11230 State Route 364

St. Marys, Ohio 45885


Delicious Fish Dinner

(Hamburgers Optional)

Ice Cream and Beverage included!

Cost: $6.50 adults $3.50 children 10 & under




Served by the Wapakoneta Lions Club



Under the tent

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

1pm-3pm PANTASIA Findlay Steel Drum Band

Take a tour of Otterbein St. Marys Life Enrichment Center


Fun for Everyone!

Bake Sale and Door Prizes

Pontoon Boat Rides and  Campus Tours

Grandma’s Attic “ BIG” sale and  Open Houses


Contact us at

(419) 394-2366

(800) 628-9341



Press Release on Injury Crash on Celina Mendon Road


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


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


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




August 9-10, 2014


Final Friday Night Concert In The Park August 15th.


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

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






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

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



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

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

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


JOSH TURNER Nearly Sold Out

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

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

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




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

Crestview- 193


Scoring for Parkway Hayden Lyons- 39 medalist

     Connor Morton - 44

      Hunter Gause - 46

             Cole Schoenleben - 45

Also for Parkway - Clayton Agler- 56

           Ashton Hamrick- 65


Scoring for Crestview- Connor Lautzenheiser - 42 runner up

         Jon Germann - 47

                                 Ronnie Schumm - 47

                                 Derek Biro - 57

Also for Crestview - Cyler Miller - 59

                             Mitch Rickard - 72



Heroin Arrests Made

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




Midwest Members Donate $13,607 to Area Causes


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


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


The recent Fund recipients include the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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



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



Convoy Truck Pulls Fun and Successful

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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



TV-44 Gears Up for Its Biggest Annual Fundraiser

Auction: Saturday, Sept. 6



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


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


Auction schedule:  9:00 AM Bidding Starts

                               10:00 AM Sports Items

                               10:30 Furniture& General Items

                               12:00 Trips

                               1:30 More Furniture & General Items

                               2:00 Automobiles


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


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


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



Young Lady Panthers Learn Volleyball Skills at Camp


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




Attention Parkway Fans

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


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


Parkway Panther Football Team Selling Coupon Cards

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



Van Wert Hospital Offers New Online Tool for Patients

We're excited to offer a new online tool that provides anywhere, anytime access to your personal health records!

With our new patient portal, you can save time by using online tools that will help you better manage your health and make more informed decisions about your care - 24/7 from any computer, smartphone or tablet. 


You also have the ability to:

Review your medical records online in a safe, secure environment

Send and receive secure online messages

View test and lab results

Receive email care reminders

Request appointments

Create proxy accounts for children or dependent adults

Create you FREE portal account today, at



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


August 7-8, 2014


African Mission Trip Taken by Local Physician

By Sheila Baltzell 8-6-2014

Below, hats made by the Seirre Leones

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


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


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


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


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


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

Rice bag at left.





They were greeted by Mama Parker, Pastor Parker’s wife. They showed her respect and later they met up with another team member who practices in South Africa for the United Nations. Abu Minah stayed for the week, as well. The women cooked for the group. Chickens ran around free and then wound up in a stew for supper. They were offered fresh baked bread and peanut butter, and pineapple. The team took food with them as well including instant oatmeal and Cliff energy bars. Sometimes they ate food they were not sure what it was. Dr. Sell says he lived on peanut butter sandwiches.



According to history, there was a 10 year Civil War in the 1990’s and was perpetrated by neighboring Liberian Rebels who performed horrible atrocities. The warriors destroyed the hospital in Mattru where the rebels dumped the country’s only x-ray machine in the river. The government had to pay off the rebels to enact a cease-fire. The opposition party in Sierra Leone is now made up of the former rebels. The atrocities are forgiven. One woman was injured by a machete cut with her intestines hanging out during the struggles. When the mission team recently arrived, she rode her bicycle 3 hours to see Dr. Ron Baker  who was the surgeon who fixed her wound. Dr. Baker’s name is known through-out the country. While his family lived in Mattru, he and his brother and 2 younger sisters played with the villagers who lived in thatched-roof houses. Ron attended the Danville School. Tragedy struck the family when a boat launch collapsed and killed Dan’s older brother. Dan regularly visits the gravesite, which the villagers prepare for viewing by brushing the grave area.





All supplies have to be brought along, according to Dr. Sell, so, Van Wert County Hospital and the Pharmacy Staff donated medical supplies and money. Dr. Sell and Dr. Baker bought a ton (25 kilos) of rice for the hospital. Mary, Dr. Ron’s housekeeper and cook, cooked the rice for them to eat. She kept their mosquito nets mended and they ate on a screened gazebo. All team members had their shots before the trip and took malaria pills the entire time.  With a 50% infant mortality rate by the age of 5 years, it is not surprising that they are the worst in the world. Infectious disease is prevalent; viruses abound. One evening a premature baby was brought in with breathing difficulties. Mike Smith the anesthetist worked and managed to get an IV in. They used a bag apparatus to breathe for it but it’s little lungs were not developed enough and it died in Nurse Michelle’s arms.


Each member carried 2 suitcases up to 50 lbs, plus a carryon and a backpack.

All items and supplies were used or left behind. The doctors played volleyball with the village children and handed out candy and balloons. There was swimming in the river. They walked ½ mile every day to and from the hospital.


All in all, the group performed 31 hernia surgeries in 5 days. They gave joint injections for pain; Dr. Sell did ultrasounds; CRNA Smith did anesthesia including spinals. Once, they treated a construction worker who fell 30 feet in a pit and caused severe damage so he could not walk. The team figured out how to get him a wheelchair. He was so happy and appreciative. There were heart failure induced leg ulcerations for which Dr. Sell used Una boots and people got better.  People came from near and far for care. They had to pay for their services. But some could not, so the team actually paid $1000 for their patients to have the surgery they gave as volunteers.







When the week was done, all doctors were thanked with the hand-shake of highest status and respect; they were each given a hat; and they left down the dirt lane for their ferry boat ride to the airport: Dr. Ron Baker, Dr. Jerry Sell, Dr. Minah (back to South Africa), Allie Kaditu and Nurse Michelle.

Click here from lots more great pictures from Dr. Sell's trip.



Bob Maurer Visits Two Memorial Sites in May 2014 Via Motorcyle

Bob Maurer participated in the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Tour to Arlington Cemetery. This Veterans’ activity is held over Memorial Day each year, and many motorcycle riding veterans from the Mercer County Area attend.

On the way to Rolling Thunder, Bob took time out to visit the Flight 93 Memorial site. “It is only a 6 hour drive from here.  They are currently working on the construction of a visitors’ center,” said Bob. “On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted. It is in

Stoystown, PA  in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

Thank you Bob for sending these pictures and representing Mercer County!

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Arlington Rolling Thunder Ride

Rolling Thunder 2014

Flight 93 -Pennsylvania

Flight 93 -Pennsylvania

Flight 93 -Pennsylvania



Monument in Willshire, Ohio photo submitted by Bob Maurer

Dedicated on Monday May 26, 2014

In honor of

William Miller      Panel 25E  Line 24

Benny Sapp          Panel 38W Line 20

Carey Fosnaugh   Panel 14W Line 61


Celina Bulldog Softball Team Raising Money for a New Softball Complex

by Nicole Driggs

Celina Bulldog Softball team is attempting to raise $125,000 for the conversion of Jim Hoess field at Westview Park into a new softball complex!  We need your help to do this. To date $61,000 has been raised. Please team up with us by purchasing  a paver to be a part of the new complex. Pavers are 1005 tax deductible. You will receive a receipt by mail for your contributions. Pavers start at 6” x 6” = $50; 12” x 12” = $500; 18” x 18” = $1,000 for Single; 18” x 18” = $2000 for Double; 18” x 18” = $3000 for Triple; 18” x 18” = $4000; Homerun; 18” x 18” = $5000 for Grand Slam. Please contact Nicole for additional “text” information for engraving on the pavers. We really need the support of our community to make this opportunity become a reality! Check out our Celina Bulldog Softball Facebook page for updates. Take a minute and “LIKE” our page while you are there. Thank you for your support!  The team will also have a detergent fundraiser and a work booth at the Governor’s Cup Regatta to help raise money. Contact Nicole Driggs, Coach, at 419-733-1183 or






Celina Police Department News Release on Drug Arrests 08-06-2014

On 08/05/14 at abput 2:43 PM Celina Police officers were dispatched to 812 Pro Dr., Celina on a report of possible drug activity with a description given of the suspects.  Upon making contact with the first suspect, 24 yr old Kevin M. Yohey, he started to leave.  Upon commands from a uniformed officer, Ptl. Brian Taylor, to stop, Yohey fled into an apartment.

Upon entering the apartment officers found Yohey in the bathroom.  He was taken into custody for Obstructing Official Business and on a bench warrant from the Mercer Co. Sheriff’s Office.  Located in the toilet was an empty baggie and an empty capsule associated with heroin. 

While in the apartment the tenant permitted a search which yielded 3 capsules of suspected heroin as well as paraphernalia.   The tenant, Taylor Lautzenheiser, was arrested for probation violation. 

The Mercer Co. Prosecutor is reviewing the case for possible additional charges.


Also on 08/05/14, at 9:55 PM, officers were sent to 1100 Myers Rd. on a reported drug deal in progress.  Officers checked a white SUV reportedly involved with the deal and located two persons, 28 yr old Benjamin Creech and 30 yr old Joshua Kittle.  During the investigation Kittle was detained and a capsule with suspected Heroin was located in his shoe by Sgt. Jim Stelzer.

Ptl. Doug Ranly arrested Benjamin Creech on a drug warrant from Celina P.D. and located 5 capsules containing suspected heroin.  Upon speaking with Creech, Ptl. Nathan Miller was told there was additional drugs in the vehicle.  Miller located 45 more capsules with suspected heroin and a syringe.

A total of 51 capsules and a syringe were seized and the pair were held in the Mercer. Co. Jail.



Stateline Writers Club Information

The Stateline Writers Club met on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Mercer County District Library. The meeting was called to order by the secretary. After the general business portion of the meeting, the members read their works on, irony or other written piece. The assignment for August is to write a piece about our stuff as in clutter, possessions, collections, etc.

The next meeting will be held at the Mercer County District Library from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The meetings are free and open to the public.



Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for July and August 2013


Annual Tractor Ride Planned

The Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau will hold its seventh annual Tractor Ride on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  The Tractor Ride will leave the Jay County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. traveling thru countryside on the way to Fort Recovery, OH.  


Many interesting sites will be seen along the way such as Hull Brothers Case I-H, Fort Recovery Monument, K & L Ford New Holland Dealers J& M Manufacturing and a tour Minnich Poultry Farm that produces over a million eggs a day.  The drivers will enjoy the stop will be the Bergman Farm to view around 40 Moline Tractors ranging from 1917-1971, and a few White Tractors.  A 1915 and 1919 Oldsmobile car and truck will be on display at Bergman’s as well.  


Our Tractor Marshal, Matt Tomano of Poet Biorefining will lead the way!  Wave to Matt and all the tractor drivers as you see them go by.  There is no charge to participate in this ride; lunch at Ambassador Park complements of Citizens State Bank.   Pak-A- Sak  has donated water for the drivers and volunteers.   Please call ahead if you plan to join us on this adventure!  We need to know how many people to expect for lunch. 

The Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show Begins August 20 – 24th.  After the ride the group will be served Homemade Ice Cream complements of members of the Gas Engine & Tractor Show.


For more information contact the Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau at 260-726-3366 or Jim Bob McEwen at 765-730-4848.


Picnic Planned

The Willshire Youth Activities will be hosting a picnic on Sunday, August 10th in celebration of the completion of a great summer ball season.  The picnic will be held at the village park in Willshire (not the ball park) beginning at 4:00 PM.  Meat, drinks, and table service will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share.  All players and family members, coaches, and team sponsors are invited to attend.  Plenty of fun will be in store.  The board members hope that you will be able to attend.  See you Sunday!!



Parkway Golf Team Results from Allen East Invitational August 6 2014

Parkway total 390 19th out of 20 teams


Hayden Lyons- 88

Connor Morton- 94

Hunter Gause- 103

Cole Schoenleben- 105


Also participating - Ashton Hamrick- 129, Clayton Agler- 138


Submitted by Joe Falk, Parkway Boys Golf Coach




Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Darke County- My Historic Hometown


West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are.  For the next few months I will periodically focus a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live work and rear a family.  This month I will discuss Darke County.


With over 600 square miles of land and 900 acres of parks and preserves, Darke County is a great place to live work and rear a family. I would know. I call Greenville home.


Darke County contributes so much to the state of Ohio. It is usually considered one of the largest agriculture producing counties in the state with over 1700 farms specializing in the production of soybeans, corn, and eggs. Over 90 percent of these farms are family or individual owned and the entire county is an epicenter of small businesses.


One of the county’s larger employers is KitchenAid, now Whirlpool.  Tours are given to show the craftsmanship and quality of the well-known appliance as well as cooking demonstrations and new item showcases at the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center.  Even Governor John Kasich visited this factory following a Maid-Rite.


The county also hosts other major employers such as Midmark, Fram, Greenville Technology, Brethren Retirement Community and Wayne Healthcare.  The continued success of these businesses and other large and small employers is why our unemployment rate remains below state and national averages.


Even if I wasn’t born and raised in Darke County I would know that it is one of the best places in the world to live work and rear a family because of its rich history. Fort Greenville was host to General Mad Anthony Wayne who oversaw the genesis of the American Army as he prepared soldiers to battle Native Americans trying to maintain claim to western Ohio.


Fort Greenville later served as the site of the signing of two major treaties that opened up the west for American expansion.  These treaties are known as first and second “Treaty of GreenVille.”  In addition, Fort Greenville continued expanding America westward, by hosting the introduction of Lewis and Clark where they became great friends prior to their exploration of the Northwest Passage.


Annie Oakley, the treasured sharpshooter was born in Darke county. From here she traveled the world with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. It is hard to come to Darke County and not understand our remaining respect for Annie whose remains call the county home to this day.


Adding to Darke county’s rich history is Earle Baltes who opened Eldora Speedway in 1954.  This half mile race track has hosted legends and legendary races.  In recent years, the current owner NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart is elevating the track to new levels. Billed by the industry as one of the best dirt tracks in the country, Eldora is expected to continue to gain national attention by NASCAR and motorsports enthusiasts around the country.


The past makes Darke County an Ohio landmark and the future promises continued economic growth and notoriety worldwide.  Darke County is one of the best places to live work and rear a family thanks to an exceptional history and hardworking people.


Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at



Village Council Meeting Minutes for August 5, 2014 by Lisa Kuhn
Mercer County Jail Inmate Work Program; Water Cleared for Bacteria
Click Here for full details of the meeting.


Reminder ~

The August Chamber meeting is scheduled for  August 14th - 8 am at the Rockford Village Hall.


Two Upcoming Events ~

New Horizons Community Church - End of Summer Bash on August 17th

Art Gala - Fundraiser for Allisa's House Ministries - August 23rd at Shanes Park.



Calvary Preschool Teachers Prepare for 2014-2015 Classes

Calvary Preschool teachers Julie Stewart, Issa Ickes and Vicki Chavarria, along with Preschool Director Marilyn Agler, are attending training sessions, workshops and preparing their classrooms this summer to get ready for the coming school year. These workshops and activities are presenting new materials, methods and learning activities, as well as ensuring the teachers meet state approved guidelines to give the students exciting experiences in each class.

Openings remain in most classes for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds at this time.  If you are looking for a Christ-centered education, along with quality educational activities to prepare your child for school, please call Calvary Preschool at 567-259-3103 or e-mail the preschool at .   Forms are also available to download on the church website at

Orientation will be held for all classes on August 26, with the first day of classes beginning September 2 and September 3.  Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road in Van Wert.



4-H Club Meets

Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers held a meeting on August 3rd.   Among items discussed were : The clubs upcoming educational trip to tour the Alspach-Gearhart funeral home on Sunday August 10  (subject to change if necessary) . Group members are to meet at the funeral home at 1:30.   After the tour members and their families will meet for their yearly “ Fun-day “ on August 10th at Timberwoods campground .  This will be at approx. 3:00.  Bring your swimsuits, towels, fishing poles and appetites for an afternoon of fishing, swimming , putt-putt golf followed by a pizza party in the pavilion.   Don’t put your swimming suits away just yet,  4h is hosting a 4H swim day party  at Camp Clay  on August 13 . from 6-9 .  Free to all 4H members are hotdogs, shaved ice and ice cream!  


Van Wert 4H is having the 4H talent show at 1:00 on August 31st. if you would like to showcase your talent please pick up a form and turn it in by August 29th.    Those presenting demonstrations at the meeting was Kole  (Legos ) and Kaedyn (how to get rid of a tick) Swander  .  Kailey Denman demonstrated how to French-braid hair and Kasey Denman , how to clean a clarinet.    Thank you to all of the members this year for their creative and educational demonstrations!    The group also discussed the building of the fair booth for the Van Wert County fair .  Officers were reminded to have their officer books filled out and ready to present . 



August 4-6, 2014


Chatt Picnic Celebrates with 100th Anniversary and Great Crowd

The Chatt Farmer's Picnic, a century long tradition in Liberty Township, went off without a hitch on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Tractor Pulls and Garden Tractor Pulls were a favorite. The Parkway Band played "Sweet" Favorites for the crowd to join in, a delicious chicken and pork chop barbeque were served, and Shannon Wagner and Paula Linn entertained with song and comedy.

Willshire Trade Days Pictures Chronicles Events

August 1-3, 2014


100th Farmers’ Picnic Set for Thursday
Plan Now to Attend

The Farmers’ Picnic Committee has lined-up a full day of fun events for the community. Plan now to spend your day at the Tama Road picnic grounds and enjoy the adult and children mini tractor pull events, BBQ chicken and pork chop dinners, Stock 4 wheel drive truck pull, cash raffle draw, children’s events, entertainment by the Parkway Band and much more.  


Willshire Trade Days is Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd, 2014.


Be a Part of the Hometown Fun Cheering for Jordan Thompson!

Jordan Thompson, Rockford Native and Parkway Graduate, is attending the Detroit Lions training camp. If you wish to send him words of support and encouragement, send mail to :


Detroit Lions
Player: Jordan Thompson
222 Republic Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101

Practices are open to the public Thursday, July 31 a 2:00, Fri., Aug. 1- 3:30 p.m., Sat.,Aug. 2 - 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 4 - 8:30 a.m. , Tues.,Aug. 5 - 3:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Ford Field, Thursday, Aug. 7-2:00 p.m., Mon. Aug.11- 3:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 13 - 2:00  with the exception of Aug.6, practices are held at Allen Park training facility. First 1500 are admitted at the gate. Gates open 30 minutes prior to practice. If you do wish to attend, you can be put on Jordan's guest list to assure admission to outside practice only.   If bad weather forces the Lions to move indoors, practice is closed to the public. 

Two preseason home games are set for Sat. Aug. 9 - 7:30 vs. Cleveland Browns ( NFL network)  and Aug. 22 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 p.m.  Individual game tickets go on sale Aug. 31 @ 

Join the Thompson family tailgate party on Sat. afternoon on Aug. 9 in the RV parking lot located across 75 from Ford Field.  Look for the Lions and Bobcat flags flying to mark their location. Bring a snack and join the fun! 

Text Or call Kay Brandt at 419-305-0419 for needed information. 


Thank you to everyone who sent birthday cards and well-wishes to me on my 85th Birthday. I received over 60 cards and enjoyed the special messages inside.

~  Jinny Wood


Let’s Go to the Hop! Sock Hop and Cruise-In

Set for August 2

The Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio will hold their 5th annual Sock Hop and Cruise-In on August 2, 2014. The street will be closed off and activities will take place outside in front of the entertainment venue. The Cruise-In starts at 4 PM and a live concert is set for 6 PM. A food tent will be available. Bring your lawn chairs and take in the sights and sounds of the Cruise-In cars and “Blind Date” band as they play a variety of 60’s and 70’s music. Cruise-in participants are welcome to bring their Classic Motorcycles, Cars, Trucks and to come, shine and show! There will be no judging or entrance fee. Door prizes will be available for cruise-in participants, and a 50/50 drawing. Local favorite Jerry Bolenbaugh has been invited to perform with the band, and there will be a special appearance with Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr. and powerhouse” vocalist  Samantha Rae Duquette.

Mark your calendars for August 2 to enjoy this fun-filled evening- sure to please all ages. A free-will offering will be accepted and appreciated. For more information, call Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.



Mardi Gras Fun Coming to Vacation Bible School at Olive Branch

Olive Branch will be hosting a Mardi Gras themed VBS this year.  Kids ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to come and be “unmasked” when they discover who they really are in Jesus.  So many times we are tempted to wear masks to cover up our insecurities and weaknesses, but Jesus invites us to come to Him just as we really are.  Our VBS includes some really fun action video songs that the kids will really move to.  Each child will create and decorate their own Mardi Gras mask.  Of course what would Mardi Gras be without beads....beads....beads.   One lucky child will be crowned King or Queen each day by finding the prize in the cake!  Throw in games and a free lunch each day (PIZZA!) and it all makes for an exciting two day adventure.  VBS will be this Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Olive Branch is located on State Route 118, 3 miles south of Ohio City.  Questions?  Call 419-203-7723.   We can’t wait to get the party started!



Rockford Bicentennial 2020 Planning Meeting Scheduled  

A very important planning meeting for the upcoming Rockford Bicentennial in
2020 will  take place on Monday, August 18th at 7:30 pm at the Village Hall.

Everyone interested should plan to attend.  



PATROLMAN Competitive Examination

To Create an Eligibility List For the Celina Police Department

Classified Civil Service Of The City Of Celina, Ohio


Date of Examination:          Saturday, August 30, 2014

                                                            9:00 a.m.

Place of Examination:         Mercer County Central Services Building

                                                            220 West Livingston Street

                                                            Celina, Ohio


Application:  A person seeking to receive an original appointment, as Patrolman must apply to take the examination by filing with the Celina Civil Service Commission, 225 N. Main Street, Celina, Ohio 45822

Deadline:  The deadline for submission of applications for this exam will be 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 15, 2014.  Completed applications are to be returned to the City of Celina, 225 N. Main Street, Celina, Ohio.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME.



Harrison Jolly Booster 4-Hers’ Plant Trees

At the Harrison Jolly Booster 4-H meeting we planted 2 trees. Younger member planted a Red Oak tree and the older member planted a White Oak at the Van Wert Fair Grounds. Then we move on to the Jessica and Jacob Heller memorial by the Jr. Horse arena, the Harrison Jolly Booster 4-H'er  cleaned the area up and planted 14 flowers and shrubs. Submitted by Heather L. Gottke



July 28-31, 2014

Fair Passes now on sale throughout the County!

Season Passes for the 2014 Van Wert County Fair are now available at various locations throughout the County.  Passes are the same price as last year at $18 and allow admission for all five days of the fair, August 27th – September 1st.   Single day admission is $5.00 for adults or $3.00 kids 9-15.  8 and under is free. 

This year offers lots of free entertainment with highlights featuring Chris August in the Gospel Pavilion on Saturday August 30th at 7:00 pm  and Polly Mae (country) in the Entertainment Tent Wednesday August 27th at 7:00 pm or Cook & Belle (also country) on Sunday at 7:00 pm.  Southern Gospel lovers can hear performances in the Gospel Pavilion on both Wednesday and Friday evenings with more Contemporary Christian on Sunday evening all free of charge with paid admission into the fair.  Rock and Roll performers Broken Lights  are scheduled in the entertainment tent on Monday for those looking for a way to celebrate after the horse races this Labor Day.  Please come out and support your local fair


Season passes can be purchased at the following locations.  Please note: Membership tickets (if you choose to vote) are only available at the fair office and are the same $18.  Also, ride armbands, reserved seat tickets for harness racing, thoroughbred racing, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, The Build a New Band Show featuring The Naked Karate Girls, and Cheerleading need to be purchased at the fair office.


Becky’s Village Restaurant   Willshire                 Convention Visitors Burearu   Van Wert

Brookside Convenience Store   Van Wert          Delphos Discount Drugs    Delphos
Century Trading     Van Wert                                Flat Lands Supply    Van Wert
Chamber of Commerce   Van Wert                     Hall Lumber     Convoy
Clark’s Pharmacy    Van Wert                               Hemker Grain Inc.  Venedocia
Collin’s Fine Foods    Van Wert                             Huggybear Campground   Middle Point
Kennedy Kuhn     Van Wert                                    Mercer Landmark   Glenmore
Ohio City Express   Ohio City                                  Partee Shop   Van Wert
Rambler’s Roost    Middle Point                           Scott Variety Store    Scott
Sportsman    Van Wert                                           TJ’s Grocerette   both Rockford & Willshire locations
Tyler’s Short Stop    Van Wert                               United Equity    Delphos
Van Wert Party Mart (Shell)   Van Wert               Wrenco Trophy     Wren




Fair Entry Deadline Approaching

The Van Wert County Fair Office, located at 1055 S. Washington, is open for all fair business daily.  Membership tickets, season tickets, ride armbands, Jr. Fair passes and tickets for all events are available. 

Membership tickets ($18) permit entry into the fair all week and are required to place entries and grant voting privilege for Fairboard directors.

The absolute deadline for all fair entries is Saturday, August 9th at 12:00 Noon.   





July 23-27, 2014


Rockford Eagles Donates to Rockford’s New Radio Station
By Sheila Baltzell 7-24-2014

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1000 to the brand new Radio Station WRKD in Rockford, OH. Pictured at left are (l to r) Brian Stetler - WRKD Underwriting Manager, Harold Shaffer, Jim Crocker - WRKD General Manager, and Blair Shaffer. In the past year, the Eagles membership has given back to the community through donations to Community Health Professionals, Mercer County Cancer Association, Parkway Back Pack Project and the Parkway Booster Club. These donations have helped fund many projects in countless ways.

The radio station has been in the planning stages for about a year with the Village of Rockford providing space (and permissions) in the village hall. Jim Crocker and Brian Stetler have been busy on building the offices and setting up the equipment. A transmitter on a short tower there is sending the signal out for a test so far, as they are not on the air officially at Channel 101.3 on the FM Dial (for the Federal Communications Commission – FCC). However, they are streaming 24/7 at which is free and works great! They have a mix of music on the stream that you are sure to enjoy with over 900 hits available. Tune-In Radio has an app for your phone, too.

For listeners in Rockford, you can either stream it on your computer or use your radio at 101.3 on the FM dial. The range is only about 5 miles, but once the FCC approves Crocker’s and Stetler’s license, they will be able to place their antenna on Rob Belna’s tower south of town.

100 feet is what the antennas will be at and then WRKD will be rated at 93.3444 kw and the station should be heard 10-15 miles, according to Jim.  This will greatly increase their range depending on the atmosphere. They will be able to reach Rockford, Ohio City, Mendon and maybe the south side of Van Wert. 

Jim Crocker has been in radio for 30 years. An Emergency Medical Technician by trade, radio is his love and hobby. He has worked for area stations including 92Z00 in Lima, Hits 105.5 in Sidney and K-94 in Celina as a radio show host. Jim is the manager and engineer for the station. Brian Stetler, Rockford’s Police Sergeant, is a 1994 Parkway graduate and was a disc jockey for weddings and other venues for many years. As the Underwriting Manager for this non-profit venture, Brian is accepting donations to get the radio station up and running for the community. If you are interested in donating, contact him at or 419-236-6669.

Click here for the streaming radio station at

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Parkway Elementary Supply Lists by Grade Level - Click Here for a printable list by Michelle Tribolet

Parkway Middle School Supply Lists by Grade Level - Click Here for a printable list by Michelle Agler


HGTV and Van Wert

Not just a big sale, a big day for Van Wert!  HGTV is coming to the 127 Yard Sale!  They are looking for interesting and unusual antiques and collectibles.  Listed below are some of the items they are looking to buy. 

The HGTV team will meet first with Van Wert City Mayor, Don Farmer, who says he will “welcome them to our community for a weekend of events asking them to enjoy the use of Rotary Park and the Van Wert festivities.” From there, they will head to the Fairgrounds where the 127 sales and Rib Fest will be full force.  What a great way and a great day to enjoy Van Wert!  Be sure to come on out to the fairgrounds, grab some ribs, listen to some Nashville Crush, play some cornhole, and see what bargains you can find.  Contact Ann Marshal or the fairboard office 419-238-9270 if you are interested in participating in the 127 sales.  Space is limited – call today!



The RADC meeting is scheduled for July 28th at 7:30 in the Rockford Library basement. A representative from the Picket Fence will be attending.  


Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

Happy Birthday Jinny Wood! 85 Years Young on July 24, 2014.



2014 State Fair Qualifiers
Van Wert County 4-H


Club Leadership:
Maggie Cripe     Ridge Buckeyes

Food & Nutrition

Yeast Breads on the Rise
Katelyn Welch – Bunny Hoppers

You’re the Chef
Layken Klinger – Ohio Challengers

The Gobal Gourmet
Daniel Joseph – 4-H Exchange club

I Spy in the Kitchen
Kyra Welch – Bunny Hoppers
Alternate:  Michael Joseph – Ohio Challengers

Snack Attack
Baylee Miller – Beef it UP

Sports Nutrition 1 – On your mark
Carson Kreischer – Ohio Challengers

Let’s Bake Quick Breads
Rachel Spath – Clever Clovers
Alternate:  Jamie Burenga – Clever Clovers

Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals
Allison Miller – Pathfinders of Delphos
Alternate: Hayley Temen – Pathfinders of Delphos

Natural Resources

Exploring our Insect World I
Chris Kraner – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers

Exploring our insect World II
Cody Gamble – Shooting Stars/Bunny Hoppers
Exploring our Forests
Madelyn Lamb – Ohio Challengers- Bunny Hoppers

How Does your Garden Grow
Morgan Anspach – Leaders of the Future

Creative Arts & Leisure

Get Started in Art JR
Jennifer Haggis – Clever Clovers
Alternate:  Ali Gemmer – Clever clovers
Get Started in Art SR
Madelyn Buettner – Pathfinders of Delphos
Alternate:  Erin Gemmer – Clever Clovers


Cake Decorating

Cake Decorating Beginner
Kennedy Sites – Barnyard Buddies
Alternate:  Madison Kroeger – Bunny Hoppers

Cake Decorating Advanced Junior
Elizabeth Mitchener – Barnyard Buddies
Alternate: Kailey Denman – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers

Cake Decorating Advanced Senior
Alyssa Matthews – Ridge Buckeyes


Scrapbooking Junior
Kassidy Ringwald – Leaders of the Future
Alternate: Hannah Barnes – Harrison Jolly Boosters
Scrapbooking Senior
Tiffany Ricketts – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Alternate: Ashley Dealey – Ohio Challengers


Focus on Photography
Morgan Dowler – Ohio Challengers
Alternate:  Melissa Hauter – Willshire Wide Awake

Mastering Photography
Abbey Bradford – Bunny Hoppers

Advanced Photography Self Determined
Alicia Buettner – Pathfinders of Delphos

Shooting Sports

Safe Use of Guns
Evan Mongold – Leaders of the Future
Alternate:  Dreama Hampton – Ohio Challengers

Basic Archery
Camden Teman – Pathfinders of Delphos
Alternate:  Emily Barricklow – Harrison Jolly Boosters


Magic of Electricity
Carter Teman – Pathfinders of Delphos

Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
Evan Mongold – Leaders of the Future

Bicycle Adventure 1  Age 11
Michael McGuffey   -  Green Hopping Marshalls

ATV   Ages 9-13
Wyatt Freidrich – Leaders of the Future

Rockets #501
Isaiah Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies

Robotics 2 NEXT
Madison Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies

Vet Science
Kayla Krites – Clever Clovers
Alternate:  Carson Kreischer



Measuring UP JR
Tanner Short – Ohio Challengers

Measuring UP SR
Tiffany Ricketts – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Alternate:  Dalton Sidle – Ohio challengers
Making the Cut JR
Alex Wyatt – Leaders of the Future
Alternate: Ethan Crow – Leaders of the Future
Nailing it together SR
Louis Crow III – Leaders of the Future


Family & Consumer Sciences

First Aid in Action:
Carsen Kreischer – Ohio Challengers
Alternate:  Maddy Lamb – Ohio challengers

Family History Treasure Hunt
Hanna Young – Leaders of the Future

The Truth about Tobacco SR
Chris Kraner – Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers
Alcohol and Drug Abuse JR:
Trinity Welch – Jackson Lively


#415 Active Sportswear
Maddie Pohlman – Pathfinders of Delphos

#410 Fun with Clothes
Baylee Miller – Beef it up
Alternate: Haley Sheets – Ohio challengers

# 409 Sew Fun
Kayla Krites – Clever Clovers
Alternate: Breck Evans – Hoaglin Farmers

# 419 Tops for Tweens
Dylann Carey – Hoaglin Farmers

# 417 Dress up outfit
Alexandra Crow – Leaders of the Future

# 408 Creative Costume
Baylee Lindeman – Pathfinders of Delphos

# 430 Shopping Savvy
Chelsea Hancock – Ohio challengers

# 424 Clothing for Middle School
Frankie Carey – Hoaglin Farmers
Alternate: Alexandra Ford – Willshire Wide Awake

# 420 Outer Layers
Colleen Schulte- Pathfinders of Delphos

# 418 Loungewear
Samantha Wehe – Willshire Wide Awake

# 412 Sewing for others
McKenna Johnson – Barnyard Buddies

# 425 Look Great for Less
Maddison Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Alternate: Gabrielle Perkins – Clever Clovers



Self Determined JR
Madison Pugh – Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Alternate:  Ethan White – Clever Clovers
Self Determined SR
Dylan Hicks – Ohio Challengers
Alternate: Devan Springer – Hoaglin Farmers



 CAPT Supports D.A.R.E.

CAPT representative Greg Nietfeld presented a $750 check to D.A.R.E. Officer Sue Miller. CAPT has been a supporter of the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Program for many years. All money is used for Mercer County students through the cup stacking event, 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduation t-shirts, and scholarships given to graduating seniors who have remained true to their D.A.R.E. promise. The D.A.R.E. Boosters thank CAPT for their continued support of this important program to ensure Mercer County students are knowledgeable about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and how to say “NO”.






Clever Clovers Meet
Reporter Catherine Kopack

The Clever Clover 4H Club had its final meeting on July 14th, 3:00-4:00PM at Grace Bible Church in Van Wert. Ten members were present. Kayla Krites led the 4H Pledge. Rachel Spath reported on Mosquito Bites for the Health and Safety Report. Members went through stations, reviewed judging and discussed Black, Inc. Club Members finished up demonstrations. The Club would like to thank Marie Markward and Tonia Gamble for leading the Clever Clovers as Advisors. It has been a great year! The Club also invites everyone to visit the Clever Clover Booth in the Junior Fair Building at the Van Wert County Fair.


2014 Lambert Days Winners Announced


 Whiffle ball tournament champions: "Wifflerz"

The whiffle ball home champion: Brandt Richardson

2014 Lambert Days volleyball champions. From Ben Jones, Jason Schaffer, Jason Hefner, Steve Hatfield. Molly Gamble, Nicki Staten, Shea Dietrich, & Kayla Gawronski.

Lambert Days 3on3 Basketball champions:
Koonta Kentai: Aaron Comer, Dillan Foust, and Zack Burk

2014 Lambert Days corn-hole champions:
John Blue and Randy Moore


Brickworld Fort Wayne 2014 – LEGO® Exposition

Brickworld is excited to be bringing their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Fort Wayne for the 4th consecutive year!

Once again, on Saturday and Sunday of the event, the displayers will put their creations on display in 32,000 square feet of space for the public to enjoy at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun!  See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc.  Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors.                 

Buy public day tickets online at or at the door.

Buy public day tickets online at ( or at the door.


Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10 am - 4 pm

General Admission:        $8.50 in advance    or      $9 Day of Show


158th Anniversary of the Van Wert County Fair
Limited Edition Collector's Basket, The “Tissue Basket,” is now available.

A long-standing tradition of the annual Van Wert County Fair is to offer a commemorative basket to fairgoers and basket collectors. These make a fun keepsake for yourself and an excellent gift for family and friends. They are offered at a reduced price by the Fairgrounds as a service to the local community.

The 2014 basket is the unique and beautiful “Tissue Basket” that features a commemorative brass tag engraved with the year and anniversary, blue decorative accent weave and VAN WERT COUNTY FAIR laser cut into the lid. This attractive basket measures 6” x 6” x 6” and is hand woven using hard maple. It is designed to hold a tissue box. It is 100% custom made by American Traditions Basket Company located in historic Canal Fulton, Ohio. This company has been producing handmade, heirloom quality baskets for over 18 years. You may register your “Tissue Basket” to receive their lifetime warranty that covers workmanship and materials.

The 2014 basket order form has been mailed to those who ordered an annual fair basket in the past. The price is only $40.00 this year. You may inquire about, order and pick up this keepsakes at the Fairgrounds office. They are open 9 - 5 each day and 9 -12 on Saturday. Call the office at (419) 238-9270 or email at  The basket flyer may be viewed with an order form to print from the Fairgrounds website The baskets are now in stock at the Fairgrounds office. Payment by case, check or credit card is accepted. See you at the fair!



Stoneco Quarry donates construction toys to Mercer Health

Construction toys were recently donated to Mercer Health.  The toys, donated by Stoneco Quarry representatives Mike Thees and Robin Kraner, have been placed in Mercer Health’s pediatric offices which include Dr. Julia Eckert’s office at Mercer Medical Group and Dr. Paul Reddy’s office at the Community Medical Center, both in Celina.

"We felt it would be nice for the young patients to have something to keep them busy." states Mike Thees, representative from Stoneco  “The Celina, Coldwater and surrounding communities have been customers of Stoneco for decades.  This is our way of saying thank you and giving back.  For those not familiar with  Stoneco Quarry, it is located on Karch Road off of Route 29 near Celina.  Just look for the big quilted rock on the corner!”




Shanes Crossing Historical Society Newsletter - July 2014 - Click Here to read it.
John Vining, Parkway Graduate and published historical author will speak at the August 28th meeting




July 21-22, 2014


Shanes Crossing 5K – Part of Mercer Health Race Series
Rain Finishes with Cool Rain during 10th Annual Event

The approximately 80 participants in the Shanes Crossing 5K went off without a hitch despite misting rain and a few showers on Saturday morning, July 19th. TheParkway Booster Club, under the direction of officer Steve Fisher, has taken over the event from organizers Mike Bruns and Amy Lyons. John Folk and Charlie Folk of St. Marys were the official time keepers using a chute system.

A National Anthem Medley was play over the PA followed by Youth Pastor Matt Rhynehart of New horizon who gave the prayer, then participated in the race. Clete Schmidt lead the races on his bicycle.

Race Results - Click Here

1st Man in - Mitch Williams

1st woman in -
Ashley Lefeld

Mother-Daughter Entries
Haley and Mom Lisa Alig

Race Begins

Clete leads the race

Mike Bruns retires from race
coordinating after 10 years


Spectator Barney Lehman
and friend

Race Begins

Rockford Carnegie Library gets brick and mortar uplift.

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy   -  Grand Lake St. Marys – Continuing Efforts

Grand Lake St. Marys is an important fixture in west central Ohio, drawing people from all over the state during summer months. The lake also offers an economic boost to the surrounding communities, local businesses, and the rest of the Auglaize and Mercer Counties. The vital economic boost it provides to the region is important to consider as the lake undergoes continued restoration work.

The lake season started off positive, but as with years before, it is ex